Month: December 2014

Dec 14
Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey (review)

Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey (review)

“Do you have any idea how challenging it is to live your life deprived of sharp objects?” I knew what the ending would be before I had gotten even half way into the book. And guessed at more of it by the time I reached page 105. Even knowing what would happen, I still nearly cried towards the end of the book. The entire book is told from Aurore’s point of view. Which gives some interesting insights at times. I loved the twist on the ‘evil fairy’, and how she became that way. I also really enjoyed reading about Oswald,… Read more »

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Dec 13
Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

Bookshelf Scavenger Hunt

So this tag was created by Created by The Library Of Sarah as a youtube video where you’re supposed to film yourself doing it. I have elected to just write it up however.   Find an author’s name or title with the letter Z in it. Marion Zimmer Bradley. I have quite a few of her Sword and Sorcery books, as well as Darkover.   Find a classic. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.   Find a book with a key on it. The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop. She’s holding the key, blends in a bit with her dress…. Read more »

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Dec 12
Fantasy Creature Friday – Unicorns!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Unicorns!

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through. Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after… Read more »

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Dec 11
Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones (review)

Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones (review)

    “Be careful what you ask for; you may get it.” You would think that with a book this size, and what some would call a ‘cast of thousands’, that most of the characters are going to be puppets. Or archetypes, and only a few characters would have personalities of their own that really stood out. I must say, this is not the case. I’m sure there were a few that could be classified as such, but there were so many strong characters those few got completely lost to me. I did not notice if there were actually any… Read more »

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Dec 09
Fairy Haven And The Quest For The Wand by Gail Carson Levine (review)

Fairy Haven And The Quest For The Wand by Gail Carson Levine (review)

    The fairies seem to like finishing each others sentences. The last word one fairy would have spoken, is instead spoken by the next fairy before he or she says something of their own. It’s a little annoying to read. You also get only the barest hints of personalities for each fairy. Some of them would have come across as completely flat if I hadn’t know their personality from other books/movies/games. This book is for children, but honestly I think most children would be bored by it. The ‘quest’ goes on for ages, and while there are twists and… Read more »

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Dec 07
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson Book 1) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Moon Called (Mercy Thompson Book 1) by Patricia Briggs (review)

  Mercy might be a skinshifter, able to change into a coyote almost instantly, but she isn’t invincible. A lot of series I’ve gotten into have the main character end up as some kind of super-woman because of having to keep up with the vampires or shifters in her life. Not Mercy. She isn’t as strong as a werewolf, she’s only slightly faster than one as a coyote, and she knows it. I like the way the pack dynamics are explained in this world, and while Mercy is an outsider, she was raised in the pack of what amounts to… Read more »

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Dec 06

Best Ways To Get Traffic To Your Blog

Everyone will of course, have different opinions on this topic. As well as have different ones they prefer. But these 4 have done the best for me. 1) Stumbleupon. I’ve been using it for years on and off, but it never did send me much traffic. Until I started this blog. When I first posted my review of The Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, I added it to Stumbleupon as I had my earlier reviews and thought nothing of it. Then I went out and did some errands. When I came home I found that review had over 600 hundred… Read more »

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Dec 05

New Blog Design!

Just a quick note, yes I have re-designed the blog. I got tired of having a narrow blog and wanted something more versatile. I’m still working out a few kinks, (like why is my menu blurry??), and I may re-arrange a few small things over the next week or so as I figure out what I’ve done wrong. If you notice anything that doesn’t work, is hard to read, confusing in whatever way, or that you just don’t like, please let me know! It might already be on my ‘things to fix’ list (I’ve sent in a support ticket to… Read more »

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Dec 05
Fantasy Creature Friday – Gargoyles!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Gargoyles!

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through. Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after… Read more »

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Dec 04
Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (review)

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix (review)

  This take on the classic Cinderella fairytale was fun and interesting. Ella is 15 years old when she goes to the ball and meets the Prince. She has no fairy godmother, no special magic to help her. She gets the glass slippers from a glassmaker in her village because she helped him win a bet. The dress she wears is her mother’s wedding gown that she stitches a little smaller so it fits her. The book starts after the Cinderella story we know, Ella is now a Princess but has not yet married her Prince. She must sit through… Read more »

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