Month: April 2015

Apr 30
Rosamond’s Heart (The Black Mountain Saga #1) by Cate Dean (review)

Rosamond’s Heart (The Black Mountain Saga #1) by Cate Dean (review)

I really loved this book. I started reading it, and didn’t want to put it down until it was finished. Rose and Dan were interesting characters, and fairly well fleshed out considering how short the book is. I also really liked Jaren. It bugged me a little bit that Jaren’s mother was never named, anytime she was spoken of, or thought about, everyone called her “milady”. It was a little strange that the castles were so identical, but it wasn’t odd enough to throw me out of the story. I would have liked to know a little more about Haneh,… Read more »

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Apr 29
Lisa Star and the Solstice Academy by R. Hunter Gough (review)

Lisa Star and the Solstice Academy by R. Hunter Gough (review)

I loved how none of the characters from other worlds seemed to automatically know or speak English. Once they got to the school, they were given earrings that reminded me a bit of the fish from the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy series. And the earring allowed them to understand each other. I also liked learning a bit about Lisa’s classes, and finding out who Mrs. Gale is. The bad guy of the book wasn’t obvious, at least to me. I was thinking it was a completely different character until the very end. Which is always a huge plus! It… Read more »

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Apr 26
Hegira by Ela Lond (review)

Hegira by Ela Lond (review)

This is a fairly short story, that doesn’t appear to have a series. Which is sad because I was hoping there would be a longer book in this universe after I finished reading this. We’re introduced to Elementals, magic users who are born with a gift that allows them to control the elements. James’ element is Water, he can make it rain and is able to tap into lakes, rivers, and streams. Amanda turns out to be a Lightning elemental, which is so rare, she is the only one they know of. We also meet Earth and Air elementals, and… Read more »

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Apr 25

Do You Procrastinate Writing Your Blog Posts?

I’ve been horrible lately. When I first started this blog 7 months ago, I had all kinds of posts scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance. I had reviews, discussions, daily book updates, etc. But here lately? I’m not keeping up as well anymore. Part of that is that I now have a full-time job. I was jobless when this blog started, and for the first 3 months I had tons of time. I’m still doing fairly well with scheduling reviews in advance. Right now I have 2 weeks worth, with 2 extras later this summer (ARC reviews…) But as… Read more »

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Apr 24
Fantasy Creature Friday – Seelie Court!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Seelie Court!

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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Apr 23
The Finisher (Vega Jane #1) by David Baldacci (review)

The Finisher (Vega Jane #1) by David Baldacci (review)

This book was given to me by a friend. It was an ARC, so some things may have changed in the final version.   There are a lot of terms to get used to in this book. Things like ‘sessions’ instead of ‘years’, ‘light’ instead of ‘day’, ‘sliver’ instead of  ‘minutes’. Once you figure out what they all mean, it’s easy to translate them in your head without thinking about it. Females seem to be looked down on by the males, when male characters talk to or about them, instead of using their name, a lot of time they tack… Read more »

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Apr 22
Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas #1) by Anita Valle (review)

Maelyn (The Nine Princesses Novellas #1) by Anita Valle (review)

I liked the idea of a king adopting nine babies and raising them to be princesses. I haven’t seen that done before, at least that I can remember. All of them are named in this book, though only a few actually end up being introduced to us with enough personality to be considered characters. Partly because the book is short, and partly because most of the plot centers on Maelyn. I also liked that the author plans on writing a book about each princess. So we’ll get to know the others in story lines tailored to them. Maelyn was easy… Read more »

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Apr 21
Loot Crate – April Fantasy Edition

Loot Crate – April Fantasy Edition

I keep hearing good things about Loot Crate, so when I found out that April’s crate would be Fantasy themed, I went to the website to see what all might be in it. I was thrilled to see it was going to be Princess Bride, D&D, and Harry Potter themed! So I signed up just for the month to see if I actually liked what would come in my box. There were a few items I don’t see me ever using, mostly the Game of Thrones magnets and the D&D pin. But most of the rest of it was pretty… Read more »

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Apr 19
Sweet Masterpiece (Samantha Sweet Mysteries #1) by Connie Shelton (review)

Sweet Masterpiece (Samantha Sweet Mysteries #1) by Connie Shelton (review)

This is a quick read. The storyline is interesting, I like how the box ties into things. And Sam manages to figure out how to use the magic of the box fairly quickly, without letting herself depend on it too heavily. The information we learn about the painter is sad, but also a little sweet at the end bits. There is a lot of mention about Sam’s dream to own a bakery, and how she makes the cakes and other things for her customers. I didn’t mind this as it gave her more of a personality, but if you’re looking… Read more »

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Apr 18

How Do You Organize Your Books?

I like organizing mine alphabetically by author. If the author has 1 or more series, the series is organized in reading order. Which is not always published order, or book order. (Valdemar, Pern, Vorkosigan series’, I’m looking at you…) And series I like best get put first under that author. This tends to only work when I first move into a house or apartment. After that, it’s too much work to shift books from one shelf (or bookcase!) to another every time I buy or am given new books. I’m up to 10 bookcases now, though only 8 are completely… Read more »

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