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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
Mind Games - Carolyn Crane An impressive debut novel from a new author. The urban-fantasy genre is currently saturated with vampires and werewolves, but Carolyn Crane came up with an exciting new concept. Justine Jones is a hypochondriac who is brought into a shadowy group of vigilantes nicknamed "The Disillusionists". Every member of this group suffers from some kind of crippling anxiety issue, and they've learned how to transfer their phobias into the minds of criminals in an attempt to convince the criminals to reform.

Crane's greatest strength is her ability to write compelling characters. Justine Jones is a flawed-yet-lovable heroine, and her compatriots are all interesting personalities in their own right. Also, Justine's adversaries are bizarre enough to hold your interest as well.

This book was a real page-turner. The only reason I couldn't give it a perfect score is because Crane makes a huge misstep in the last few chapters, when she shoehorns in a second love-interest for Justine that just feels clumsy. It feels like Crane was almost finished writing and then said, "Wait a minute...all urban fantasies have to feature love-triangles these days, don't they"!

Yes, the clunky love-triangle element at the end did detract from my overall enjoyment, but other than that, Crane hits all the right notes with charismatic characters and exciting plotting. I can't wait to read her next book!