Month: April 2015

Apr 17
Fantasy Creature Friday – Dryad!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Dryad!

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 16
Accidentally Wolf (Seraphine Thomas #1) by Erin R. Flynn (review)

Accidentally Wolf (Seraphine Thomas #1) by Erin R. Flynn (review)

I’ve been on a paranormal kick lately apparently. This one looked really promising. I love books with strong female characters, and I also like reading about police investigative stuff. And this book started out really good. It didn’t stop being good, but it turned more into the guilty pleasure kind of good. It reminds me a lot of the Anita Blake books in some ways. Only Sera doesn’t have most of Anita’s hang-ups. She does suffer from the super-heroine syndrome though. She was a good agent, and then she was attacked by a shape-shifter while on an under-cover op, when… Read more »

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Apr 15
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (review)

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley (review)

I won this book in a giveaway over at On Starships And Dragonwings. As it is an Advanced Reader Copy, some things may have changed in the final version.   The cover is gorgeous, and the description of the book sounded really good. Unfortunately, those were some of the best parts of the book. The main character, Aza, I think was supposed to come off as a bit snarky, a bit ironic. But mostly she sounded like a whiny emo brat to me. I just found it really difficult to like her at all. Her best friend Jason on the… Read more »

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Apr 12
First Frost (Mythos Academy #0.5) by Jennifer Estep (review)

First Frost (Mythos Academy #0.5) by Jennifer Estep (review)

I liked how Gwen’s gift works, and how she was able to save a friend from bad things because of it. It was also neat that her mother and grandmother also had gifts, and that they were different gifts. I imagined all these things she could do with it, plot lines that could be had, etc. I wasn’t as fond of the fact that the foreshadowing was anything but subtle. No building up to it, no mystery, just bam! One sentence, and I immediately stopped reading to stare at it and think to myself: “Really? I hate it when books… Read more »

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Apr 11

Do You Keep Every Book Ever?

I’m bad about keeping books. This would be one reason I have 10 floor to ceiling bookcases. (8 of which are completely full, 1 is half full, and one has one shelf of books, and then my ceramics and paint for them.) It’s hard for me to give away books unless I absolutely hated them. Those ones get given away if friends or family want them, and otherwise get turned into the local used bookstore for credit towards more books. If I only kind of liked the book, it still usually ends up on my shelves. And once I’ve had… Read more »

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Apr 10

Fantasy Creature Friday – Kul!

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 09
Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms #6) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

The ‘bad guy’ was fairly obvious. The hero/love interest a sweet and bumbling boy who was very earnest and a bit shy at times. And for whom there really isn’t all that much character development. But Bella was worth enough to me to keep reading. I loved how she wasn’t some shrinking flower of a girl. She took as much charge of herself and her destiny as she was able to. She was funny and smart. The invisible servants were something I’ve seen before, but not done in this way. I was fairly sure I knew who was to blame… Read more »

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Apr 08
Lord Demon’s Delight (Demons of Dunmore #1) by Gia Dawn (review)

Lord Demon’s Delight (Demons of Dunmore #1) by Gia Dawn (review)

I expected more fantasy than I got. It read like a normal romance book, with every now and then an appearance from what I’m guessing are Fae or Godmother types. These aren’t really explained well, what they are or anything. And ‘Lord Demon’ isn’t a demon at all. For all that, I did enjoy it. I liked how spirited Jessaline was, and how she seemed to stay true to character. Llewellen and his brothers were fun to read about, and fairly well fleshed out for a romance book. There are a number of fairly explicit sex scenes in the book…. Read more »

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Apr 05
The Dragel’s Song (Neilson Hewitt #1-4) by Chera Carmichael (review)

The Dragel’s Song (Neilson Hewitt #1-4) by Chera Carmichael (review)

I have to say that I don’t usually like the ‘stories by installment’ type of books. However, the world building in this series is amazing. I love the detail and thought the author put into both the world Neil and the others live in, as well as the creatures that make up the world. Neil is a scholarship student at a school where most students are what is called the ‘Elite.’ These are the wealthy and or extremely smart. At age 18, all children must be tested to find out if they have a creature inheritance, and if so, what… Read more »

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Apr 04
Do You Like When Book Covers Get New Designs?

Do You Like When Book Covers Get New Designs?

Looking at my bookshelves, I see a theme. When a book I love gets so fragile that it needs to be replaced, if I loved the cover or just really liked it, I have to replace the book with a book of the same cover. Some books I’ve replaced three or more times over the years, and always it’s had the same cover as the first book no matter how many years ago I acquired said book. Unless of course I didn’t like that cover. Or a new incarnation appeared with a cover that made me fall in love. But… Read more »

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