Jun 26
Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery #14) by Maggie Sefton (review)

Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery #14) by Maggie Sefton (review)

This sounded like it was going to be a fairly interesting mystery. I liked the synopsis, and the first pages caught my attention. Unfortunately it started to irk me shortly after that. Almost every single character is introduced like this: “friend Lisa”, “newcomer Nancy”, “Rottweiler Carl”, “boyfriend Pete”, “waitress so-and-so” … And some of them were introduced that way multiple times in the book. As though the author was aware we might not remember who the character was because they didn’t have much personality. The very central characters had enough personality and quirks that you remember who they are, but… Read more »

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Jun 25

What Time Of Year Do You Read More Books?

I read all year round, as I’m sure we all do. But I tend to read a lot more during the fall and winter. Partly because summer is the busy time at my work. So I don’t get to read during work nearly as much as in the off season. And also partly because it’s cozy to snuggle up in my chair with a blanket and rock while reading in the winter. My cat snuggles in with me and is less of a book nuisance in the winter as well. When it’s cold, she is focused on cuddling and sleeping… Read more »

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Jun 23
The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin (review)

The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin (review)

I loved the legends and magic system. Magic that has costs and that you can’t do over and over again. Magic that makes you give something in exchange for what you want to have happen. The legends felt true to life, in that they grew and twisted away from what actually happened. All the characters felt very real, with strengths and flaws. Ones you grew attached to and really wanted to know more about, like Edmund, Katherine and Tom. Ones that you hated and wanted bad things to happen to like Athelstan, and ones that actually grew and changed like… Read more »

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Jun 22
Boundary Born (Boundary Magic #3) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

Boundary Born (Boundary Magic #3) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

I liked that we got to know more about Quinn’s past in this book. We finally find out how he became a vampire, and a bit about his family. We also learn more about Lex’s birth family, and more about boundary magic in general. I like Lex, but it bugged me a bit that she’s still not relying on her magic the way she should. Her first instincts (and sometimes second ones too!) are still to attack or react like a normal non-magical human. She has to be reminded that she has other ways she can deal with things now…. Read more »

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Jun 19
Murder at Fontainebleau (Elizabethan Mysteries #5) by Amanda Carmack (review)

Murder at Fontainebleau (Elizabethan Mysteries #5) by Amanda Carmack (review)

I really love the attention to detail shown in this series. Everything from the clothes they wear, to who the characters could actually run into. The world is filled with little details that are easy to overlook if you aren’t interested in the history, but really make the characters and time come alive. I also like the fact that the series uses ciphers and spies, as well as the more usual elements of cozy mysteries. The characters are easy to like, and there are always interesting twists and turns in the story. I guessed who the killer was early on,… Read more »

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Jun 16
Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps (Genie #1) by Linda Chapman (review)

Be a Genie in Six Easy Steps (Genie #1) by Linda Chapman (review)

This was really cute. The step-sibs got along a lot better than I was expecting them to. And there were a few unbelievable moments, but all in all, I enjoyed it. I was expecting the bad guy to be worse than what turned out to be the case. Though it totally worked with the reveal at the end, and with the age group the book is aimed at. I liked how the kids had to work together in order to complete each step, and that even when they failed they were able to figure out why with a little help… Read more »

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Jun 15
Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer (review)

I’m glad we got to learn more about Levana in this book. Some of it explains why she was such an evil person, but not all of it. She seems to have no remorse about making people do what she wants even from a young age. I loved that we got a lot of questions answered in the book. Like why and how the Lunars started making the disease and how it got to Earth. We also get to meet Winter’s parents, find out how Levana got her scars, and learn just what really happened the day Cinder supposedly died…. Read more »

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Jun 12
Books of a Feather (Bibliophile Mystery #10) by Kate Carlisle (review)

Books of a Feather (Bibliophile Mystery #10) by Kate Carlisle (review)

I didn’t know anything about book binding before I read the last book in this series. I still don’t really! But it was really interesting to read the little bits of info that Brooklyn thinks about when restoring old books. Reading this one in hardback, meant that I was able to see what she was talking about when she mentioned things like “end papers” and “headband”. I could still visualize it if it had been paperback, but it was easier (and far neater!) to actually SEE it. Most of the books Brooklyn was given for restoration were about birds, or… Read more »

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Jun 11

How Chatty Are You With Your Publisher Contacts?

I don’t like treating mine like they’re robots, or just being blah in my e-mails to them. But at the same time, I don’t want to babble on and take up their valuable time! I have a few that I send reviews to every week or so, and a few that I only contact every once in a while. For the ones I talk to every week, I tend to do a mix of form e-mail and chatty. Like, I’ll say “Hi Name! I hope your day/week/holiday is going well!” etc. and maybe throw in a response to something they… Read more »

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Jun 09
Lotus and Thorn by Sara Wilson Etienne (review)

Lotus and Thorn by Sara Wilson Etienne (review)

I loved how detailed the world and it’s customs was. I liked reading about how life inside the Dome was different from both the area the Citizens lived, as well as the desert area. We get to see what kind of technology was lost, as well as what was important enough to have stayed in use after 500 years. I liked how Leica grew as a character during the book. And I loved getting to know her friends in the Dome. I liked her sisters as well, but we don’t really get to interact with them a lot. There was,… Read more »

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