Month: August 2015

Aug 19
Wish Bound (Grimm Agency #3) by J.C. Nelson (review)

Wish Bound (Grimm Agency #3) by J.C. Nelson (review)

I loved how a lot of the things you wondered about through the other books in the series finally was explained in this one. Like the evil cheese in the Agency’s fridge. Why Rosa hates Marissa. Why magic goes so horribly, weirdly wrong around Marissa. (And I totally didn’t see the answer to that coming!) I really liked Mikey, his character really grew in this book. Grimm is still my favorite, as he has been in all the books. But I also loved reading about the Adversary (the devil), and we get to meet god as well (though I’ve already… Read more »

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Aug 16
On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery #1) by Cleo Coyle (review)

On What Grounds (Coffeehouse Mystery #1) by Cleo Coyle (review)

I love the smell of coffee, but not the taste. And so I know little to nothing about coffee drinks. That totally didn’t matter. If a coffee drink was mentioned, there was also a quick description. There was a lot of information about various brewing methods, types of beans, how to make the perfect cup of coffee, etc. And not being a coffee drinker, I expected that to bother me. It didn’t at all, it just made Clare’s character seem more real. She was totally into the coffee business, and her enthusiasm was just part of her character. I didn’t… Read more »

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Aug 15

What Are Your Favorite Blogs And Why?

I’ve been seeing lots of discussions lately about what makes a great blog. What design elements people love, and what makes them run screaming. Why you stop following a blog, or why you start following it. (Another one on following.) And each time I read the posts, it made me think of my favorite blogs. Some of them are my favorites because they always seem to have a discussion I want in on. Or because we have similar taste in books, and if I miss hearing about a book, I’ll find out about it because of that blog. Others are… Read more »

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Aug 14
Fantasy Creature Friday – Banshee!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Banshee!

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:   Banshee!       Banshees, also known as Bean Sidhe, are female spirits from Irish mythology. They are usually seen as a death omen. Banshees wail when someone is about to die. Accounts of Banshees… Read more »

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Aug 13
Hook’s Revenge (Hook’s Revenge #1) by Heidi Schulz (review)

Hook’s Revenge (Hook’s Revenge #1) by Heidi Schulz (review)

This was such a fun read! I loved it from the first pages, it just sucked me in. The illustrations were really nice too. And the descriptions were perfect, without being too detailed. The one of that pink room in the finishing school made me shudder and wish Jocelyn had burned it down. (Ewww…. pink…) I liked Roger, and Smee was wonderfully in character. It was amusing that Peter made two random Lost Boys be Twins because they ‘needed’ Twins. Even if the boys looked nothing at all alike. One-Armed Jack, Blind Bart, and Jim McCraig with a Wooden Leg… Read more »

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Aug 12
Armageddon Rules (Grimm Agency #2) by J.C. Nelson (review)

Armageddon Rules (Grimm Agency #2) by J.C. Nelson (review)

This book takes place a few years after the first book ended. I liked this one a lot more, which is rare for me. It had a lot more funny moments, and less of the things that irked me about the first book. Marissa was less shallow in this one, and while she still made fun of princesses, it was in a way you could tell was supposed to be funny and not mean. I also loved how she twisted the plagues! And it still amuses me that toy poodles are considered evil, people-eating creatures from hell. This was very… Read more »

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Aug 09
Spindle (Two Monarchies Sequence #1) by W.R. Gingell (review)

Spindle (Two Monarchies Sequence #1) by W.R. Gingell (review)

I tend to like fairytale retellings. At least if they’re done well. This one was for the most part. Lots of unique twists, and funny moments. I quite enjoyed reading about Poly and Onepiece. I didn’t like Luck at all however. At least not until somewhere around the 40% mark. He never answered questions, was always doing things to Poly magically without her permission. Pretty much, he was an obnoxious character. But somewhere along the way, he started growing on me. And he grew on Poly as well. I ended up really liking him by the end of the book,… Read more »

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Aug 08

When Do You Publish ARC Reviews?

If I get the book via Netgalley, I’ll go back in and look at the Publisher info to see when they prefer you post the reviews. Most publishers seem to like either 30 days before, or no more than 2 weeks before, the publish date. But a few of them don’t state a preference. If it’s an ARC I got from another blogger, or from some other means, I base it on if the ARC is already published or not. If not, I schedule my review for close to the release date. If it’s already out, the review gets posted… Read more »

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Aug 07
Fantasy Creature Friday – Kitsune!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Kitsune!

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:   Kitsune!   Kitsune have magical abilities that increase with their age, and the wisdom they gain. The more tails a Kitsune has, the older, wiser and more powerful it is. They may have up to… Read more »

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Aug 05
Irona 700 by Dave Duncan (review)

Irona 700 by Dave Duncan (review)

I really enjoyed this book. It was the first time I’ve read a book by Dave Duncan, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the synopsis sounded good, so I requested it. In some very small ways, it reminded me a bit of Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan. I really liked reading about Irona and her life, the little bits we saw before she was chosen, as well as after. She had realistic strengths and flaws, and while I didn’t always agree with some of the things she did, it made sense for the character to do… Read more »

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