Month: October 2014

Oct 31
Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick (review)

Trick or Treat by Richie Tankersley Cusick (review)

  “Trick or treat, trick or treat, candy is dandy, but murder is sweet.” This has all the hallmarks of a good scary story. Creepy house, a secret that the whole town knows and that the main character doesn’t. Mysterious phone calls, Halloween right around the corner. Some of the book will seem cliched now, but you need to remember this was published back in 1989 when most of this was new and fresh. It’s still a sufficiently chilling read for this time of year. I’d love to be able to explore this house, in daylight, without someone wanting me… Read more »

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Oct 28
The House Of Grey (Volume 1) by Collin Earl (review)

The House Of Grey (Volume 1) by Collin Earl (review)

  The prologue doesn’t seem connected to the rest of the story, until you get to chapter two. That’s when the connection finally comes to light. It also seems to be written differently, almost as though you are reading a transcription of a play or something. This is a slow-start book, but the characters are well fleshed out and believable. I liked Cassius as well as Brian, Monson was funny as well as intriguing. But I think my favorite character had to be Taris. Her nickname was “My Princess”, and it fit, but not in the stuck-up way. She was… Read more »

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Oct 26

What Are Your Halloween Traditions?

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. Getting to dress up in fun costumes, see little kids eyes light up when they get their candy. Watch Halloween movies (not the scary ones, not all that interested in Horror.), curl up with a good book. I’ve noticed as I’ve grown up, that I don’t tend to go all-out for Halloween costumes anymore. I remember a time when I would buy a new one each year, I kept all the old ones, but it was fun and exciting to browse through the shops and pick out exactly the look I… Read more »

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Oct 25
Earth & Sky (The Earth & Sky Trilogy Book 1) by Megan Crewe (review)

Earth & Sky (The Earth & Sky Trilogy Book 1) by Megan Crewe (review)

  “What do I know about this guy? He saves high school classes from bombs, he has the attention span of a guppy, and he moons over lattes.” The book is told in first person, from the perspective of a seventeen-year-old girl. The summary sounded interesting, but I wasn’t really expecting a lot. Once I started reading though, it just sucked me in. There were a few times were I had the “really? you’re just going to go along with this?” feeling. But for the most part, it worked so well I wasn’t thinking about anything except what was happening… Read more »

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Oct 22
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (review)

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes (review)

  Okay, so technically this isn’t a fantasy or sci-fi book. But it’s all about The Princess Bride, which is a fantasy movie, so it counts. Right? As I read this book, the narrator in my head had Cary Elwes’ voice. As it should be of course, since I have loved The Princess Bride since I first saw it in 1987 at the age of 9. I can quote almost every line in the movie, and getting to read about what was going on in the minds and behind the scenes of the cast was absolutely fantastic. Don’t forget to… Read more »

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Oct 20
Unicorn on Speed Dial by Jeanette Cottrell (review)

Unicorn on Speed Dial by Jeanette Cottrell (review)

  This book is super funny. And the twists keep coming. Just when you think Kathryn is finally going to get a break, even for five minutes, something else happens and she’s thrown right into the thick of another crisis. Unlike most heroines, Kathryn is primarily a mother. Which means not only should you be expecting the unexpected at every turn, the way she handles the situations that befall her are completely unlike anything you have seen done in fantasy before. Attacked by a griffon? Poison it with baby diaper rash creme, and then make your unicorn best friend heal… Read more »

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Oct 17
The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper

The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper

  As all good fantasy books, this one is filled with twists and and adventure as well as the usual quest. It is the first in a series, though enough is wrapped up by the last page that you don’t get the cliffhanger effect. And enough is left to give a good starting point for the next book. There are talking animals, nymphs, dryads, Druids, and even time travel. Shape-shifting is done by the main character as well as his friend and his mentor. Mentions of things such as what happened to the Druids when the Romans came, and having… Read more »

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Oct 14
Wish by Alexandra Bullen (review)

Wish by Alexandra Bullen (review)

  There were a number of cringe-worthy moments in this book. There were also quite a few sweet ones, and you will want a box of tissues handy near the end. There are a number of mentions of under-age drinking, which bothered me. Olivia and Violet were well-written, full of interesting quirks and compelling to read. I think I liked Calla the most however, I’m not sure why, there was just something about her as a character that I liked. Lark and Eve seemed very glossed over, they weren’t mentioned enough to really have any idea what their personalities were… Read more »

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Oct 12
Painted Blind: A Modern Retelling Of The Myth Of Cupid & Psyche by Michelle Hansen (review)

Painted Blind: A Modern Retelling Of The Myth Of Cupid & Psyche by Michelle Hansen (review)

  “Your mother visiting is as painful as a building full of teenage boys?” “Worse.” This book looked interesting, I liked the cover, and the premise sounded like it might be fun. I’ve always loved mythology, but didn’t remember much about Cupid and Psyche. I read the first 2 chapters or so and it was good, but then had to go do something. I picked it up again yesterday afternoon and couldn’t put it down again until the last word. It sucked me in and I kept telling myself “just one more chapter.” Then it was “just one more page.”… Read more »

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Oct 09
Steal The Dragon by Patricia Briggs (review)

Steal The Dragon by Patricia Briggs (review)

  “I seem to have turned a simple information-gathering mission into defying the gods with a man who claims heritage with an obscure, all-but-forgotten race of tree-folk.” I really enjoyed this book. It is the 2nd in a series, however reading it was more like reading a stand-alone book. It started and ended as though it was a single book and not one of a series. The characters were engaging and my favorites were of course Rialla and Tris. The fears and emotions Rialla displayed through out the book made sense and were appropriate to the situations. The villains in… Read more »

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