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Require: Cookie by Grace McDermott

Suits. Guns. Magic. 

A magical thing happened to Stef Mimosa when she was only two: she died and an angel confronted Death to bring her back–or at least that’s how she remembers it.

Years later, Stef has traded magic for science, working as a freelance hacker. When a simple coding job turns out to be more than she expected, Stef gets in over her head in more ways than one and gets to meet her angel again.

As it turns out, her angel is really Ryan: an operative for an organization known only as the Agency. Their second meeting recruits Stef into his world, where bleeding-edge science is indistinguishable from magic and where she might just be farther out of her element than she already was in normal life!

Note: Require: Cookie contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.


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Listed: Jul 1, 2008

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Fast paced and action packed.

By Donna Sirianni, editor

Jul 14, 2008: If you like stories that jump right into the action, Mirrorfall is the way to go. The storyline itself spans a rather short amount of time but there’s a lot of story to tell. The characters are dynamic and varied; some wanting to appear two dimensional but, much to their chagrin, a third layer is there to be found. Steph Mimosa is a compelling character to follow, what with her antisocial behavior and her conflicting emotions for human contact. She’s more at ease with a computer but there were a few instances where I interpreted them as her wanting something a little warmer. Her doll, for instance. It gives her that human quality that she seems to try so hard to fight against.

While I’ve come to realize that cyberpunk really isn’t my thing, this is still a story I was able to roll through and which made me forget that I was reading anything but a good story. If you start reading this, I can tell you now you probably won’t stop. Just because the chapter ends, doesn’t mean the action does.

I did have some major qualms with the very end, though. We’re talking the last two chapters. According to Grace, it’s something that’s rounded out in the second arc of the Mirrorverse, something I haven’t read. The design of the ending isn’t something I agree with and I feel that it could have ended differently, or been a little more fleshed out and warranted. I think it’s something that should be contained within the original story, but that’s just my opinion. I’m not a fan of using the ending of one story as a means to segue into the next. But don’t confuse that with me not being a fan of this story. I certainly am. I’m just not fond of the ending, at all. I found it disappointing, lacking, frustrating and angering but I take it if you read on to the second arc, all shall be answered.

Read this story. It’s one of the better serials out there and it deserves to be read and have fans. You might even like the ending. If you get hooked on this story I have no doubt you’ll go on to read the next. I just haven’t had a chance yet but I’m sure it’s just as good.

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Magic, Technology, and Cookies – What More Could You Want?

By Palladian, author of Super

Nov 27, 2012: I really love reading this story. From the first few chapters I was hooked, and one of the main reasons why is the protagonist, Stef Mimosa. She’s a hacker who started off the story working on a large project of dubious origin, and later falls down the rabbit hole, becoming involved with an agency she never before knew existed.

One of the things I love the most about this story is the window it gives the readers into Stef’s mind. She [more . . .]

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By ValkyriePhoenix, member

Jul 19, 2013: I have spent the last year and a half reading, loving, and begging every one of my irl friends to read Mirrorverse. Here’s why:

The Mirrorverse series of five books, with one and a half re-written for publication, and a sixth one in progress as well, is a highly unusual tale of a less than usual world and the most unlikely hero imaginable. This heroine is no awkward-yet-attractive noble soul, nor a villainess-turned-good; she’s a socially inept twenty-two year old hacker [more . . .]

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G-Men, Faeries, and Hackers, oh my!

By Ithraen, member

Jul 19, 2013: It doesn’t really matter where your taste in fiction lies. Black Ops intelligence Agency fighting to save the world? A world of Magic trying to keep humanity in the dark while a rebel group of terrorists seeks to exterminate non-human life? Supergenius hacker girls kicking butt one keystroke at a time? Action, romance, suspense, humor, and mystery: "Require: Cookie" will scratch whatever itch you have.

The universe may draw from reality, set primarily in Brisbane, Australia, but once you take the [more . . .]

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