Feb 15
Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

This was actually not quite what I was expecting. And that isn’t a bad thing at all! It’s a mix of Cinderella and Snow White, with a twisted Cinderella, and a funny and crazy Godmother. Nothing is quite what you remember from the fairy tale, or quite like any other retelling of Cinderella that I’ve read so far. I loved how nothing was quite what it seemed, and there were a lot of twists for such a short book. The story and characters are a bit dark and twisted, which just sucked me in further. I wanted to know what… Read more »

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Feb 12
The Ghosts of Misty Hollow (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian (review)

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian (review)

There are a few different plot threads in the book. Some tie into the main mystery, and some tie together into a main side mystery. Both are woven together well. I liked how Emma interacted with the ghosts, and how her talent was portrayed. The characters were well-written, with enough fleshing out to feel real. Some I clicked with right away, and others I didn’t like so much. I guessed who the killer was early on, but had no idea of the why. I also liked how Emma had to look up historical records and put old clues together to… Read more »

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Feb 08
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

Heartless by Marissa Meyer (review)

I liked a number of things about the book. Like how many Wonderland characters I recognized, and felt true to themselves. (Like Cheshire!) I also liked reading about the various confections Cath made, and how when she dreamed about Jest, things would appear in her room, grown by the dreams. Jest was by far my favorite character. He was charming and sweet, mysterious and had so many magic tricks up his sleeve. (Can’t say much more due to spoilers…) The friendship between Cath and Mary Ann was really good too. They dreamed together about opening up their own bakery. And… Read more »

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Feb 05
Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery #4) by Sofie Ryan (review)

Telling Tails (Second Chance Cat Mystery #4) by Sofie Ryan (review)

I had no idea who the killer was until the end. I had a few guesses, but they were all wrong. It did end up fitting, once we found out the why though. I really like Rose. It was amusing how much trouble she got into, and how stubborn she was. She dragged Sarah along for the ride, whether or not she wanted to go! There is a lot of humor and twists in the book. Some of which you expect, a number of which you won’t. The main characters are well fleshed-out, and each have their own personal quirks…. Read more »

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Feb 01
Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim #3) by Juliet Marillier (review)

Den of Wolves (Blackthorn & Grim #3) by Juliet Marillier (review)

The big twist I saw coming very early on. That didn’t detract at all from the story though. Especially as I wasn’t sure of the why or the how. We also finally get confirmation about why Conmael has been helping Blackthorn. I loved the song/rhyme that’s given in bits and pieces and then finally in full in the book. I usually skip over that sort of thing, but it really resonated and stuck in my head. I also liked the story of the Heartwood House, and how we got to see different versions of it, both good and bad. I… Read more »

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Jan 15
Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower (review)

Prose and Cons (A Magical Bookshop Mystery #2) by Amanda Flower (review)

There’s still a love triangle going on in this book. The mayor (Nathan), and the police chief (David) are still both interested in Violet. And while Violet doesn’t seem to be interested in Nathan, she wasn’t encouraging David either. I’m hoping for David, but we’ll have to see! There were more magical happenings in the store, and with the tree. But not a whole lot more than the first book. The bookshop is still talking to Violet via poetry, this time using Edgar Allan Poe. And while she’s able to figure out a few of the clues, both she and… Read more »

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Jan 08
Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery #16) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Dead Cold Brew (Coffeehouse Mystery #16) by Cleo Coyle (review)

I loved this one! The ship that sank reminded me of the Titanic, and it was pretty funny about how the police thought a crime was being committed by someone in a superhero costume. The book was fast paced, without being so quick moving that you miss important bits of plot. As usual, there are side mysteries tied into the main one. And while I had a few suspicions about who had done what during the book, not all of them ended up the way I expected. I liked how there was just enough back story to the Andrea Doria… Read more »

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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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