Nov 28
Twice Told Tail (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #6) by Ali Brandon (review)

Twice Told Tail (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery #6) by Ali Brandon (review)

From the synopsis, I was thinking this would be some kind of Magical Cats cozy. It’s not though. The closest it comes to that is the fact Hamlet pulls books off the shelves to tell Darla what’s going on. And she doesn’t twig on to the meaning until after things have already happened. I didn’t really like Connie much, there were a few moments where she ends up almost likable, but by the end of the book my first impression held. Way too high maintenance, and it was pretty surprising she was willing to marry a cop. Considering how often… Read more »

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Nov 26

How Early Do You Start Your Christmas Shopping?

It varies year to year for me, but I usually try to be finished by the end of November at the latest. I like not having to scramble around at the last minute looking for gifts. And it’s nice to not worry about if a particular item is sold out or not. This year all my shopping was done by November 25th. I got Dad’s gift last because he almost never knows what he wants when I ask him. My usual defaults if I can’t come up with anything else, are an interesting nutcracker (he collects them), or some kind… Read more »

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Nov 16
Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

Foxheart by Claire Legrand (review)

I’m not sure what it was about this book, but it was kind of a chore to get through it. It’s not that I disliked the characters or the story, but I just kept coming up with all kinds of things to do other than read. When I was reading it, I really liked most of what was happening, and wanted to know what would happen next. But the moment my attention wandered, it was like pulling teeth to pick the book back up again. I loved Quicksilver and Fox, they really were the best parts of the book. I… Read more »

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Nov 14
Deck the Hallways (Fixer-Upper Mystery #4) by Kate Carlisle (review)

Deck the Hallways (Fixer-Upper Mystery #4) by Kate Carlisle (review)

I knew who the baby was going to end up with, as well as who’s baby she was. It wasn’t anything necessarily super obvious about the mother, it was more of an “I bet the mom is x-character…” And it was really funny how all the baby things kept popping up in strange places. There were a lot of different people who could have been the murderer. Usually when there are so many suspects, it feels either overwhelming or a bit annoying. But Mr. Potter was such a jerk it actually felt super realistic to have that many people hate… Read more »

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Nov 12

People Who Flame You For Your Opinion

I suppose that I’ve been lucky in that this is a first for me after over 2 years of book blogging. But I had someone attack me for my opinion of a book that I reviewed on Amazon. I get not having the same opinion of a book, because not everyone likes the same stuff. But to go off on a screaming rant about half of a sentence in my review? And it totally was a rant, bashing the characters and spewing hate all over the place. I’ve never seen so many down votes on one of my reviews in… Read more »

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Nov 05

Do You Have A Book Buying (Or Borrowing!) System?

I rarely buy books anymore. Mostly because of how large my TBR pile is. And especially this last year or so, when I do buy books, it’s to get a physical copy to replace my eARC or physical ARC copy. I have been borrowing a ton of books from the library though! My system for the library is to look through my bookmarked books to see which ones are available to download right away. Which ever one appeals the most is the one (or 2 or 3) that come home with me that day. I mostly do ebooks because then… Read more »

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Nov 02
Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter (review)

Curse on the Land (Soulwood #2) by Faith Hunter (review)

This series just keeps getting better and better. Nell is still finding clues and putting things together in ways her team hasn’t. But they found a lot of things on their own as well. And it fits better in this book, the way she puts things together. It didn’t feel nearly as Mary Sue-ish this time around. She’s now getting schooling to become a full member of the team, and her powers keep growing and changing in interesting ways. Tandy’s powers also got a temporary boost and twist during the book. And he is a lot more sure of himself,… Read more »

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Oct 30
Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (review)

Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (review)

Olivia irked me a bit because she was constantly getting into trouble and trying to guilt trip her daughter and friends. I get that life as a ghost must be a let down. She can’t do the stuff she used to do when alive, can’t go everywhere and has to hide sometimes. But it was without fail, the moment she decided to do something, Murphy’s Law went into effect. I liked Molly, and the mystery was done well. I had one guess as to the killer for the first half the book or so, which turned out to be wrong…. Read more »

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Oct 27
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Technically a re-read, but as I haven’t read it in 10 years or more and I wanted something spooky for October… This totally scared the crap out of me as a teenager. It isn’t as scary as an adult, but there are a number of spooky moments in the book. Heather is a horrible brat, constantly trying to get her step-siblings in trouble with her father, and trying to split up her Dad’s new marriage. But she is fairly well redeemed in the end, and the reason she was such a little terror is both believable and sad. I liked… Read more »

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Oct 26
Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge (review)

Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge (review)

This was just as good as the first book. I was slightly confused at first, because this book deals with entirely new characters. But after a while we hear a bit about Cipher and Knight again. Quanta is a really interesting character, and I was soon lost in her story. Just like the first book, I fell in love with Quanta from the first pages. Tair pulled me in quickly as well, and his sister too! The bad guys in this are really twisted and evil. Though I’m sure they don’t think of themselves that way. And I liked getting… Read more »

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