Month: August 2015

Aug 31
August Wrap-Up

August Wrap-Up

August was fairly busy for me. Lots of books arrived to be reviewed, as well as library books that came up all at once to be read. I still haven’t managed to schedule discussion posts, or my Fantasy Creature Fridays ahead. But I haven’t lost my months worth of scheduled reviews. So I shall have to be happy with that. I still hope to have my new header and blog button done by my 1-year blogaversery in a little over 2 weeks. But my designer is a bit backed-up, so it may be later. But I have seen more updates… Read more »

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Aug 30
Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) by Jen Calonita (review)

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) by Jen Calonita (review)

“Never send a hero to do a villains job.”   So I’ve never listened to an audio book before this one. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pay enough attention to it while doing other things. But the girl who narrates this one does voices for all the characters, and her voice itself was super-expressive. Just the right amount of snark in the right places, and sadness, and all the other emotions the characters felt. Gilly wasn’t super-likable at first. I mean, she’s stealing things in order to be able to afford to buy food for her 5… Read more »

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Aug 29

mPoints – My Newest Gift Card Addiction

I love check-in apps. Mostly the ones where you get stuff for checking in. I used to love 4Square before they ruined it by splitting the app in two. So when I stumbled across an app called mPoints, I had to download it to see if it was worth it. It totally was! It’s a free app for iPhones and Android. You download and sign up, and then when you check into places (only up to 25 times a day) you get coins. You also get to open a free prize box once every hour. The boxes give you a… Read more »

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Aug 28
Fantasy Creature Friday – Mares of Diomedes!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Mares of Diomedes!

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.   This weeks creature are the:   Mares of Diomedes!   The Mares of Diomedes, also called the Mares of Thrace, were 4 man-eating horses from Greek mythology. They were wild and uncontrollable, and belonged to a giant named Diomedes. He was… Read more »

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Aug 27
Dragonheart (Pern #21) by Todd J. McCaffrey (review)

Dragonheart (Pern #21) by Todd J. McCaffrey (review)

I’ve been a longtime fan of Pern. I own every book prior to this one, and have read them many times over. This is most likely the reason I knew immediately why certain riders were tired or muddle-headed. If you are new to the series, then it will be an unexpected twist. For us oldies, we just had to wait to see when it would happen. One thing I noticed, and is most likely just me. But a chicken dish was referenced in the book. I don’t remember chicken in earlier Pern books. Except the ones dealing with when the… Read more »

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Aug 26
Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios (review)

Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios (review)

This is and is not, a love triangle. In one sense it is, because two men are after the same woman (Nalia). But it also isn’t, because Nalia only loves one of them. And it isn’t her abusive master. She’s a little confused at first, because she was taken into slavery as a 15 year old who had never loved or had a relationship before. But mostly she hates Malek. And with good reason. I liked how strong Nalia was. She lived years in captivity with an abusive owner, forced to grant wishes for his business contacts. Otherwise she was… Read more »

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Aug 23
The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani (review)

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani (review)

“Only once you destroy who you think you are can you embrace who you truly are”   I really liked Sophie for most of the book, but as we get to know Agatha better, she slowly started making me root for her. All the characters were fun and interesting to read about. I liked Hestia and Dot best of the secondary characters. And the illustrations that were all throughout the book were wonderful! This is a middle grade book, but it does have a bit of darkness to it. There are also a lot of Good = beautiful, and Evil… Read more »

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Aug 22

Where Do You Post Your Reviews?

Now that I’m getting closer to my 1-year blogging anniversary, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I do things. Up until this past week, I only ever posted my reviews on my blog, and on Amazon. I’d tweet about them on Twitter too. But I didn’t post them on GoodReads. I vaguely remember way back when I started blogging, reading some post about how posting your reviews too many places was bad for Google Search. That you were penalized by having the same review in multiple places. And that if you only put a small blurb out on GoodReads,… Read more »

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Aug 21
Fantasy Creature Friday – Jinn!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Jinn!

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.     This weeks creature is the:   Jinn!     Jinn, also called Djinn, or Genies, are from Arabian and Islamic mythology. They live in an alternate world from ours, and are made of smoke as well as flesh. Jinn can… Read more »

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Aug 20
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

Celaena grew, changed and learned so much in this book. I loved the first one, but this book? Was amazing! We got to see the secret killing side of her she didn’t actually unleash in the first book. The cold calculating side. As well as the warm and loving one. Her friendship with Nehemia was warm and fun, the perfect balance. And her relationship with Chaol was perfect. Her reactions fit, and were believable even as I yelled “Nooo!!!!” for some bits of the book. There were more magical happenings, more things revealed and more twists. Some I had totally… Read more »

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