Month: May 2015

May 31
Iron Shoes (Tales From Hawks Folly Farm #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney (review)

Iron Shoes (Tales From Hawks Folly Farm #1) by J. Kathleen Cheney (review)

I really liked this book! It had more magic in it than I expected it to, and the story caught my attention from the first pages. I loved how the historical elements blended in with realistic race horse information, as well as the magic. It all felt realistic, and there were no information dumps. None of the book felt slow to me at all, even though there were non-action scenes and sweet scenes, and places where Imogen kind of ‘grew up’ in the book even though she’s already in her middle 20’s. I adored Guaire as a character. He fit… Read more »

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May 30

Do You Have Your Own Feature?

When I started this blog last year, I noticed that a lot of the bigger and popular blogs had their own feature. Something they came up with that was different from other blogs. Like Pabkins Art It Up, or Nosegraze’s Blogging and Coding tips. I thought it was a fun idea, and came up with my Fantasy Creature Friday posts. I love mythology, and it never feels like fantasy books use more than the standard creature types. So it was fun trying to find books that had lesser-known creatures in them. I don’t tend to get a lot of comments… Read more »

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May 29
Fantasy Creature Friday – Rusalka!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Rusalka!

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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May 28
Stone Maiden (Maiden Series #1) by Tina Gerow (review)

Stone Maiden (Maiden Series #1) by Tina Gerow (review)

The beginning of the book didn’t catch me immediately. It would have, but the main character spent a lot of time thinking about how hot her soon-to-be client was, as well as how hot she herself was. I was worried it was going to turn into a smut-fest with very little plot. I was pleasantly surprised however. After the action started, the story sucked me in. A lot of the focus on the sexual tension dropped off. It wasn’t gone, and there are explicit sex scenes in this book. But it stopped sounding like porn-waiting-to-happen with a little plot here… Read more »

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May 27
From A High Tower (Elemental Masters #11) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

From A High Tower (Elemental Masters #11) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I really liked this book. I liked even more, that you don’t have to read this series in order. The last book I read in this series was #6, and then I got distracted and kept forgetting to get the next books. But each book can be read as a stand-alone, so it’s great for people who like things all wrapped up by the end of the book. And it’s still good for those who like series, as each book has some of the same elements, just new characters and situations. There were a lot of creatures in this book…. Read more »

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May 24
Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

Boundary Crossed (Boundary Magic #1) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

From the first few pages, my attention was grabbed. You think it’s going to possibly be something slow, or not super interesting at first. Lex is working in a retail store and hears a couple talking about what kind of diapers they need to get. But when she approaches them to help, she realizes they’re kidnappers. How does she know this? Her niece is in the babycarrier on the floor by the couple, and she does not know them. There’s magic, vampires, mentions of werewolves (though no actual werewolves in this book), suspense, action, and a touch of romance. I… Read more »

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May 23
What Crafty Things Do You Do?

What Crafty Things Do You Do?

My basket of ‘to be used’ yarn has reached crazy proportions, so I’ve been trying to use some of it up this past week. Mostly so I don’t feel too guilty buying more! So this past week I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting. You may have seen some of these pictures on my InstaGram already. I made 2 twirl scarves for my co-workers, and started on a blanket for myself. The blue scarf was 6 feet long and 4 inches thick, I used 2 skeins of yarn on it. The white and black scarf was just under 5 feet… Read more »

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May 22
Fantasy Creature Friday – Puca!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Puca!

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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May 21
Stella And The Timekeepers (The Laws of the Universe Series Book 1) by Mick Petersen (review)

Stella And The Timekeepers (The Laws of the Universe Series Book 1) by Mick Petersen (review)

I’ve seen this book hyped as the ‘new’ Harry Potter. Every review I saw before reading it was glowing, not a single down vote anywhere. And the synopsis sounded like it could be good. But from the beginning, there were things that irked me about the book. I may be being too critical, but in the first little bit, you meet Stella and her parents. They’re out in this tiny little boat in the middle of shark infested waters. They don’t know where they are. Stella’s mom ends up overboard, and her dad tells Stella he loves her and to… Read more »

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May 20
The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith (review)

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith (review)

I really enjoyed this book. All the characters were well-developed, even the more minor, not central characters. The story was descriptive, giving you a good idea of what everything looked and sounded like, without being over-detailed. The world was fully-fleshed out and believable. I liked the magic we were introduced to, and would love to learn more about Scribes and the key. I loved Simon. He was funny and quick-thinking, without falling into the ‘too perfect’ role a lot of main characters end up in. Kate I didn’t care for at first, but she quickly grew on me. I also… Read more »

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