Month: July 2015

Jul 17
Fantasy Creature Friday – Shapeshifters!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Shapeshifters!

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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Jul 16
The Iron Queen (Daughters of Zeus #3) by Kaitlin Bevis (review)

The Iron Queen (Daughters of Zeus #3) by Kaitlin Bevis (review)

This one starts right where book #2 left off. And contains lots of changing view points. Each chapter is told from someone else’s POV. We get Persephone and Hades of course, but also Aphrodite. Which was great because it gave me a better chance to connect with Aphrodite. I actually liked her in this book, whereas last book I thought she was evil and working for Zeus on purpose. Melissa was still a whiny brat, thinking only of how she was inconvenienced by things and not how bad she was hurting Persephone. We get to meet a lot of the… Read more »

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Jul 15
The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)

The Conquering Dark (Crown & Key #3) by Clay and Susan Griffith (review)

I love how Simon realizes he was too used to using his abilities. And how he has to change his fighting style and thoughts now that he can’t lean on the Aether. He still has moments when he tries to use the power of his runes in the midst of battle, and then realizes that he is magicless. It makes him think on his actions a lot more, instead of just leaping into the fight and powerhousing his way through it. Penny is also a huge part of things again, and I loved the inventions she came up with as… Read more »

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Jul 12
13 Curses (Thirteen Treasures #2) by Michelle Harrison (review)

13 Curses (Thirteen Treasures #2) by Michelle Harrison (review)

The first book in this trilogy was all about Tanya. This book centers on Rowan, the girl we met previously who goes by the name of Red. Her brother was stolen by faeries and she is determined to get him back. I love that the faerie lore we learn in these books follows the traditional lore I’ve read in myths and legends. The fae shown in the books are mischievous and dark, though not so evil or twisted as to make it an unsuitable read for children. There are a variety of fae described in the books, not just the… Read more »

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Jul 11

How Do You Remember New To You Authors?

I’ve recently come across a few first-in-a-series books that I absolutely adored. So much so, that had there been any more in the series (or any more by that author at all), I would have gone right out and bought them! Unfortunately, they have all been not only a first in the series, but a first book ever for these authors. So with no way to easily track when the next book would come out, it got me to thinking. What do all of you do? I’ve followed them on GoodReads, and added them to my Amazon favorite authors section… Read more »

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Jul 10
Fantasy Creature Friday – Gremlins!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Gremlins!

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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Jul 09
Twilight’s Dawn (The Black Jewels #9) by Anne Bishop (review)

Twilight’s Dawn (The Black Jewels #9) by Anne Bishop (review)

This is a collection of 4 novellas in the Black Jewels universe. It should not be read out of order, as some of the novellas refer to events that have happened in the later books as well as the earlier ones.   In Winsol Gifts (79 pages), we get to see Daemon learning where he fits into his family and the household at Winsol. Saetan teaches him a few things about how to distract Daemonar from destroying the presents. And they deal more with the after-effects of what happened in Tangled Webs. Shades of Honor is probably my favorite of… Read more »

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Jul 08
Black Trillium (The Saga of the Trillium #1)  by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton  (review)

Black Trillium (The Saga of the Trillium #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Julian May, & Andre Norton (review)

I really like Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. So I was hoping I would love this book. Unfortunately I ended up DNFing at the 50% mark. The Prologue is long, slow, and reads like a dry history book until the very end where the Black Trillium plant is mentioned. Then it picks up for a bit, and ends shortly thereafter. The rest of the book is a mix of slow slogging through and then interesting bits. Unfortunately the interesting bits didn’t last as long as the slow bits. The princesses themselves didn’t have enough personality to keep me interested…. Read more »

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Jul 05
Jaclyn’s Ghost by Dorlana Vann (review)

Jaclyn’s Ghost by Dorlana Vann (review)

I loved the idea that ‘Hell’ isn’t the usual place most people think of. ‘Hell’ is actually your life on Earth. So when you die, if you don’t go to Heaven, your choice is to basically be reincarnated to learn lessons you didn’t manage to learn in the last life, or remain a ghost forever. Jaclyn gets one more choice than the usual two, she is given 48 hours to find out who killed her and why. And if she manages to do so, she gets to go to Heaven. If she fails, she is condemned to remain a ghost… Read more »

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Jul 04
Do You Celebrate The 4th Of July?

Do You Celebrate The 4th Of July?

(Image Credit: Howard Pinsky)   I don’t. Well, not exactly. I mean, when I was younger Dad and I would go out and watch the fireworks the city put on. And while I like seeing fireworks, I’m not a fan of all the billion and one mosquitoes that swarm around me. I’m like a walking salad bar for them. I can be in a group of 10+ people, and be the only one bitten. Or the only one bitten numerous times. And then I get to walk around looking like I’ve contracted plague for the next few weeks. I don’t… Read more »

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