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Caroline Berg has commented on (15) products.

The Villain's Guide to Better Living by Neil Zawacki
The Villain's Guide to Better Living

Caroline Berg, May 12, 2012

Since I always figured I'd grow up to be a Mad Scientist or an evil Sorceress, this was a must buy book. I already knew how to be a villain, but I didn't have the finer points down. Such as how to deal with coworkers, you know, the ones you don't turn into zombie minions. Or villain health tips - why exercise is important (one reason: to chase wounded heroes down). The book is divided into six evil sections, covering everything a villain needs to create a fulfilling life.

Tongue-in-cheek, deliciously dark humor, perfect for anyone who enjoys the darker side of life.
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Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder
Spellbent

Caroline Berg, May 12, 2012

To be perfectly honest, I expected this to be a mediocre book - it had an interesting premise, enough that I bought the book, but I didn't expect the total awesomeness that was in store. The heroine Jessie is delightfully sarcastic, and some of the spells she casts are hilarious. She is strong, despite everything that happens, and instead of giving up, she gets angry. And kudos to the author for having her get damaged in battle and not magically come out perfectly healed. Her familiar, Palimpsest is the perfect foil for her character.

If you enjoy lots of action, battles with heaven and hell, and tons of sarcasm, this is the book for you!
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The Kingdom Beyond the Waves by Stephen Hunt
The Kingdom Beyond the Waves

Caroline Berg, May 12, 2012

An excellent second book in a series that is fast becoming one of my favorites. This book takes two minor characters from the first book set in this world (The Court of the Air) and makes them the stars of their own adventure. You do not need to have read the first book in the series to understand anything in this book.

This book is a completely different style from the first book in the series. This is a roaring steampunk adventure. A group sets out to find the mythical city Camlantis (a mixture of Camelot and Atlantis) in a submarine through dangerous jungles and hostile landscapes. And like the first book, there are lots of plots and subplots, some which seem to have no relation to the main plot - but it all comes together by the end. I highly recommend it!
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The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt
The Court of the Air

Caroline Berg, May 12, 2012

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, it borrows a lot from history, but all the history is used so uniquely - seriously what other book is there were the Ancient Aztec gods are mixed with insects and are hellbent on destroying the world? (OK, to be fair, the Aztec gods are fairly bloodthirsty, but they aren't insectoid.)

This book is a steampunk romp that takes place so far in the future that time has cycled around again and Earth is having a second "Victorian-esque" age. Magic has returned to the world. The continents have shifted to form new counties, like Cassarabia, part Eastern Europe, part Arabian peninsula. And in this book two different groups are rushing to save the world. At first it can be confusing, since the two parties don't actually meet up until the middle of the book. And there are a lot of points of view to keep track of. But despite all the plots and subplots, everything comes together at the end.

I highly recommend it if you are a fan of steampunk. It is certainly one of the most creative books I have read in a long time.
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Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
Lady of Devices

Caroline Berg, May 12, 2012

Fun and fasted paced. The interactions between the characters are great. Claire is a great strong character with a certain amount of steel in her spine. Watching her get in and out of situations is highly entertaining. My only problem was that the book ended too soon. Just when you were fully into it and everything was moving, the book just ends with a major cliffhanger. Meaning that you have to get the next book to find out how anything is resolved.
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