Aug 24
Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison (review)

Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison (review)

It’s been a while since I last read this series. But reading this book made everything come back like I’d just read the other 8 books recently. All the characters have strong, distinct personalities. A lot of the settings and twists are unique. And I really like the variety of fantasy species. Trent is just as much of a selfish, obnoxious brat as I remembered him being. But towards the end of the book we start to see glimpses of other facets of his personality we haven’t seen much of. I liked how Ivy is moving on from her crush/possible… Read more »

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Aug 21
Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery #3) by Diane Vallere (review)

Silk Stalkings (A Material Witness Mystery #3) by Diane Vallere (review)

The beginning was a little slow, but once I got past the first 30 pages or so it picked up and started to suck me in. There were a lot of plot twists, but none were over the top and all of them fit perfectly and made a lot of sense. I had a few ideas on who the killer was, and it turns out all of them were wrong. But the reveal as to whom and why, worked. I just didn’t guess that person because of all the other possibilities. I really liked Poly and Vaughn, the backstory tidbits… Read more »

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Aug 20

Time Sense – Do You Have It?

I most certainly do not. Easy stuff, I can do. Like, this morning I had yogurt for breakfast. Yesterday I was off work and got an e-mail from the publicist for one of my favorite authors. But past that? Not so much… For certain things, I can remember fairly easily because I’ve associated something with it. Like, my cat was born in September of 2002. I can remember the year because it was close to 2000, and since that is a significant date being the start of a millennium and all, I can remember it! (And I remember when I… Read more »

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Aug 17
Demon Hunts (Walker Papers #5) by C.E. Murphy (review)

Demon Hunts (Walker Papers #5) by C.E. Murphy (review)

I do love how this series always seems to come up with a rarer fantasy creature or scenario in every book. It’s not the over-done vampire or werewolf (as much as I love both creatures, they seem to pop up everywhere in Urban Fantasy…) I won’t spoil you and tell you what the creature was, but I really liked how the clues were laid out, and the neat twist on the creature itself. An old favorite character of mine appears in this book. I totally squee’d when they appeared, and I’m hoping to get to see a lot more of… Read more »

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Aug 14
The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #8) by Leann Sweeney (review)

The Cat, The Collector and the Killer (A Cats in Trouble Mystery #8) by Leann Sweeney (review)

I liked how the crazy cat lady was done in this. And how she wasn’t actually a hoarder, even though she had so many cats. I also liked the police investigation, and the details that went into it. The cats themselves were adorable, and I liked how they weren’t central to finding clues. You can tell the author knows a lot about cats by the realistic way she wrote about them. There are a number of cozy mysteries I like or love with cats in them, but a lot of them make the cats smarter than credible. And they tend… Read more »

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Aug 11
The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Masked City (The Invisible Library #2) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

Kai had a smaller part in this book due to his kidnapping. However once he appeared again, his use of draconic powers was pretty cool! We also get to meet a few more dragons, and lots more Fae. There is lots of cloak and dagger, Irene has to pretend to be a Fae for part of the book. She also has to outwit a great many people, and manages to make at least one new friend. I loved the Fae Train, and how Irene has to use the Language to tell a Story in order to make a few small… Read more »

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Aug 10
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I loved the idea of a sentient castle. One who would add on rooms when bored, or just because. I also liked how it seemed to love Celie, and added things or changed where things were in the castle to help her. I liked Celie’s siblings, though Celie was my favorite of the characters. I also liked the intrigue, and how the bad guys tried to take over the castle. It was believable, and made perfect sense as to why they were doing it. Sometimes it was hard to remember how old Celie was supposed to be, as some scenes… Read more »

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Aug 07
Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams (review)

Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams (review)

The secret garden comparison is what drew me to this book. Unfortunately the garden was barely mentioned. Jane’s garden sounds like what the blurb was describing, except for the poisonous plants. And then past the half-way mark of the book, another garden is introduced that has the plants, and is found behind a normally locked gate. But even then, neither garden was in the book for long at all. I did like Jane, and her twin sons. And the duck race was cute. I liked the Fins, and was curious as to how they had come to be in service… Read more »

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Aug 03
Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Having not read any books by this author before, I wasn’t sure if I’d be confused reading a spin off series. But it wasn’t confusing at all. In fact, I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it! The magic and creatures aren’t quite like I’ve met before. There are wereleopards and vampires, but they have their own unique spin. I really like how Tandy’s empathy was done. It was believable, and as much a weakness as it was a strength. I loved how Soulwood was almost sentient but not quite. The way it and Nell worked… Read more »

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Aug 01
July  2016 Wrap-Up

July 2016 Wrap-Up

    So this month marked the last of my scheduled posts. Somewhere around the end of April or beginning of May, I had 6 weeks of scheduled reviews and a few discussions. And as of the beginning of July I had 0 scheduled posts of any kind! Work is really cutting into my reading time. Not to mention my babbling on other blogs, and crafting time. I haven’t even touched my crochet hook since I finished the throw for my niece the other month. I currently have 2 posts scheduled, but they aren’t all that soon. I also have… Read more »

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