Month: March 2015

Mar 29
Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus (Milrose Munce #2) by Douglas Anthony Cooper (review)

Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus (Milrose Munce #2) by Douglas Anthony Cooper (review)

I liked the first book in this series better than this one, but this one isn’t bad at all. It has a twisted kind of humor, and uses some big words, so I’d recommend it for the older YA crowd as well as adults. There were a few slow places that I don’t remember the first book having. And one of my favorite characters gets kidnapped early on, so we don’t get to see much of her. I’m not sure how to describe this series honestly. It reminds me a little bit of Neil Gaiman movies like Coraline and the… Read more »

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Mar 28

Do You Exercise While Reading?

I hate exercising. I’m a horribly lazy person when it comes to going out and about. I’d much rather sit around at home and read, or do crafts like crochet and paint ceramics. So the thought of going to the gym, or out jogging/walking makes me cringe. I love roller skating though! And when I actually had somewhere I could go and skate, I did it for hours and hours. That was also the last time I was able to call myself ‘thin.’ I’ve tried walking on a treadmill and reading, and it’s too distracting. Either I walk too slow… Read more »

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Mar 26
Redoubt (The Collegium Chronicles #4) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Redoubt (The Collegium Chronicles #4) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Having not enjoyed the last book in this series as much as I usually love Valdemar, I was a bit skeptical of this book as well. But having already purchased it, I figured I might as well give it the benefit of the doubt. The first half of the book was more of the same. I’d place it somewhere in the 3 to 3.5 stars range. The second half? Was so completely different it was almost as if two books had been shoved together and a cover put onto them to make a single book. The plot totally did an… Read more »

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Mar 25
The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble (review)

The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble (review)

Magic and curses and fairytale creatures abound in this book. As well as adventure, romance, and sadness. Maren is turning into the mermaid they all knew she would be from the moment she appeared as a baby 17 years ago. And the longer it takes to get her to the sea, the smaller she shrinks. I love the description of her mermaid-self, it was lovely and I could picture her so easily in my head. I really liked O’Neill, he was my favorite character. Charming and clever, trying so hard to keep his promises to everyone. Clara would have been… Read more »

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Mar 22
Death Whispers (Death #1) by Tamara Rose Blodgett (review)

Death Whispers (Death #1) by Tamara Rose Blodgett (review)

The story is told from the viewpoint of a 14 year old boy. So some of the things he says and does, will make you want to occasionally smack him. But that’s also what makes the story feel real. He acts in the way I’d expect a teenage boy to behave. The story takes place in 2025, 10 years after a healthcare act Obama has helped create. 10 years after the first of the children who were injected with a drug start to manifest paranormal abilities. Some of them have tested low enough they can pick from the jobs offered,… Read more »

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Mar 21

Giveaways: When Do You Enter?

I was reminded of a giveaway this afternoon, when the person e-mailed me telling me I’d won the ARC. I don’t tend to keep track of which giveaways I’ve entered, most people e-mail you if you’ve won, so to cut down on needless clutter, I don’t bookmark the pages after entering. But then I tend to not remember that I’ve actually entered a giveaway. Which is fine, I’ve only won twice in the 6 months I’ve been blogging. I don’t enter every giveaway I see, only ones for books I’d actually want to read and don’t have yet. And of… Read more »

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Mar 20
Fantasy Creature Friday – Wyvern!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Wyvern!

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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Mar 19
Black Moon (Moon Trilogy #1) by C. L. Bevill (review)

Black Moon (Moon Trilogy #1) by C. L. Bevill (review)

It’s a short story, so I suppose I can ignore the dreaded InstaLove. But there were a few other things that irked me. Most of the story was written with normal every-day words, or at least ‘normal’ for most fantasy books. But in a few places it looked like the author chose to use a thesaurus in random places just because. I know what “hirsute” means, because I’ve had to look it up before. But for the average reader? Also “lagniappe”. Donovan tells Isabella that usually new shifters don’t change for weeks or even months. Yet she changes after 1-2… Read more »

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Mar 18
UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) by Chanda Hahn (review)

UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale #1) by Chanda Hahn (review)

The premise sounded like it would make for a really good story. Mina has to live through 200 of the fairy tales from Brothers Grimm, because she is a descendant of them. And if she manages to make it through all the stories, then the Fae will have to leave our world and stay in their own. Needless to say, most of the Fae don’t want her to succeed. It didn’t quite live up to the promise. Mina spent the whole book feeling insecure and trying to run away from the curse. Even after saying a few times that she… Read more »

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Mar 15
Affliction (Anita Blake #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Affliction (Anita Blake #22) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, based on the summary. I like Micah well enough, but it sounded like the whole 600-page book would be based around his dying father. It was, and it also wasn’t. I was really enjoying it, there’s lots of police work and crime detection like in the early books most of us loved before the series started going down hill. There were only 2 sex scenes in the entire book. And 2 of my favorite characters who we don’t see enough of made appearances: Wicked and Truth. But Anita kept… Read more »

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