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My hobbies include just about anything, really...except reading, I hate reading! Kidding of course, reading is my favorite hobby! I love not only reading, but creative writing as well. I'm currently working on a novel about a group of paranormal social workers who try to help creatures like themselves cope with being different while also protecting humanity from the more malevolent beings. Other hobbies include music, yoga, comedy clubs, movies, and video games. I read from just about any genre, but my favorites are fantasy/urban fantasy, mystery, science fiction, and graphic novels (that's what us comic-book geeks call them to try to sound more sophisticated). In my secret identity, I work as an accountant for a nonprofit organization . I know...accounting and creative writing don't exactly go together...what can I say, I'm full of contradictions! My rating system: 5 STARS - I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't wait to finish it, yet I also never wanted it to end! 4 STARS - I liked this book an awful lot! It would have been perfect, except for some minor issue or issues that detracted from my overall enjoyment. 3 STARS - I liked this book, but found it somewhat flawed. Probably would not read again, but might still give the author and/or series a second chance. 2 STARS - Overall, a disappointing read for me. It had its moments, but sadly the bad outweighed the good. 1 STAR - I hate the part of my brain that convinced me to read this book!

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Queen and Country: A Gentleman's Game
Greg Rucka
Aurian - Maggie Furey Before Harry Potter, there was this series featuring a young wizard who is brought to a magical school to realize her potential. The biggest difference between "Aurian" & "Harry Potter"...in Aurian's case, the greatest evil in her land just happens to be the headmaster of the school! (So basically, this series would be like if Hogwarts was run by Voldemort!)

Overall, "Aurian" was a great read. Aurian is a very compelling heroine, and her enemies are deliciously-evil. However, the book does suffer from some pacing problems at parts, particularly the action sequences, which sometimes feel rushed and end way too quickly. Still, despite not being perfect, the Aurian saga may be a great find for anyone currently going through Harry Potter withdrawl.