Month: March 2015

Mar 14

Do You Pay Attention To Publish Dates?

I’ve had friends mention this to me before, that I must like ‘old books’, because of some of the books I have reviewed on the blog. And while that’s true to an extent, what usually ends up happening is one of two things: 1) I get given a book as a gift from a friend or family member. 2) I pick up an interesting looking/sounding book at my local used book store.   In either case, I never look to see when the publish or copyright dates are until I’m sitting at my computer filling in the blanks for my… Read more »

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Mar 13
Fantasy Creature Friday – Faun!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Faun!

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 12
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (review)

Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean (review)

I have loved the Peter Pan mythos ever since I was a little girl. I have a great many copies of the original book, all of which are just slightly different. So when I saw that this book is the first authorized sequel, I had to read it. I think it did a pretty good job of staying true to the voice of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. And it still had unique twists of it’s own. I loved that the adult Lost Boys were able to become children and travel to Neverland again by putting on the clothes of… Read more »

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Mar 11
Tomorrow’s Sphinx by Claire Bell (review)

Tomorrow’s Sphinx by Claire Bell (review)

I didn’t realize how old this book was until I started to write the review… But it’s still worth reading! It’s told from the point of view of a cheetah. First Kichebo’s mother, then her aunt, Kichebo herself and a cheetah from the past named Asu-Kheknemt. You get to learn a lot about cheetahs, as well as ancient Egypt. Some of it has been tweaked to fit the events in the book, but a great deal of it is factual. I’ve always loved Egyptian stuff, and cheetahs, so this book was a huge win for me. I loved Kichebo, her… Read more »

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Mar 08
Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4) by Patricia Briggs (review)

I loved that Stefan had a fairly large part in this book. He’s one of my favorite characters in the series. I didn’t like some of what happened to him, but at least some of it wasn’t permanent. I’m really almost hating Marsilia. I totally get why she did what she did, but I don’t like her. Mercy was raped in the last book, and she’s still working through her issues with that. And with the fact that she has finally done what we all knew she would be doing since book 1: Become Adam’s mate. She tried to push… Read more »

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Mar 07

Ever Wished A Movie Was A Book, But It Wasn’t?

I had this thought the other day after watching Jupiter Ascending. (And no, there will be no spoilers. Promise!) I really liked the movie, it was the perfect setting for a book, and had more than enough plot and made me have enough questions, that I really wanted it to not be just a book, but a book series. So I came home, got online and searched around to see if it was a book… and then found out that it not only wasn’t a book, but as far as I could find, there were no plans for it to… Read more »

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Mar 06
Fantasy Creature Friday – Elves!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Elves!

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 05
Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger (review)

Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School #2) by Gail Carriger (review)

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but was still able to figure out what was going on in this one fairly well. Sophronia is a 15 year old girl in a finishing school. Only this finishing school is also a spy training ground. The teachers are all women, except for the werewolf and vampire teachers who are men. Their school is run in a huge airship, which is kind of a cross between a blimp and a hot air balloon. There are 4 large balloons that keep it afloat, and the school hangs below them. The school… Read more »

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Mar 04
The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library #1) by Django Wexler (review)

The Forbidden Library (The Forbidden Library #1) by Django Wexler (review)

Don’t think of this as a middle-grade book. It has so many interesting twists on magic, and the characters and world are so well-written that any age would enjoy reading this. I especially loved Ashes and Isaac. I want to know what Ashes other half is, since he’s always commenting on how he’s only half cat. Isaac was charming and tricky, a bit of a rogue and I can’t wait to read more about him and Alice in the next book. None of the characters are exactly friends. Friendship doesn’t seem to be encouraged in the Reader world. It’s more… Read more »

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Mar 01
Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim #1) by Juliet Marillier (review)

Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim #1) by Juliet Marillier (review)

You know how most times, you pick up a book and start reading, and then you need to do something else like sleep, and say “at the end of this page.” or “at the end of this chapter.” Yeah. I totally spent the entire day doing nothing but reading this book. I didn’t have lunch. The only reason I had dinner was because it was brought to me and the book taken away for the short time it took to eat the fast food burger. I loved Blackthorn and Grimm. They were believable characters, with quirks and faults and three-dimensional… Read more »

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