Month: September 2015

Sep 30
September Wrap-Up

September Wrap-Up

  This month as I’m sure you noticed, I finally got my new header! It was done by the wonderful Becca Gowdy. She designed it with only a little input from me, and it turned out perfect! This month also was my 1-year Blogiversary and I did a giveaway to win some books! Congrats to Jen, Emma, Michele and Amy for winning! I said last month was the month of too many books. And then I received a pile for review this month that shocked me. So this month I am not saying a word about it. *laughs* I’ve finally… Read more »

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Sep 29
Boundary Lines (Boundary Magic #2) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

Boundary Lines (Boundary Magic #2) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

I’m really loving this series! The first book concentrated mostly on witches and vampires, while this book concentrated on witches and werewolves. There was still a lot of vampire moments, but they weren’t as prominent in some ways as the previous book. I sort of liked Maven in the last book, but you don’t really get to know her well. She played a bigger part in this one, and I really ended up liking her. I also love how Lex and Quinn’s relationship is going. Simon and Lily are central characters again as they try to help Lex figure out… Read more »

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Sep 27
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer (review)

I loved this take on Little Red Ridinghood. It was even better than the first book. The story switches back and forth between Scarlet’s story, and Cinder’s story. But never in a way that feels choppy, or that leaves you with cliffhangers about what the other character is doing. Of the new characters, Wolf was by far my favorite. Wolf’s mannerisms and actions were a perfect blend of human and wolf. For some descriptions, I could picture in my head exactly what he was doing in that moment, and it was what I would expect an actual wolf’s reactions to… Read more »

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Sep 26
Are You Drawn To Certain Cover Colors?

Are You Drawn To Certain Cover Colors?

  There have been a lot of discussions lately about what we like to see (or don’t like to see!) on book covers. As I was looking at my many bookcases, I realized that certain colors are in the vast majority. I have a lot of books that have black as the main color. I also have a lot of dark green, tan/brown, white and dark blue. I only have a handful where the majority of the book is red (though I have a number where the main color is black/dark grey and has bright red accents). There are a… Read more »

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Sep 25
Fantasy Creature Friday – Chimaera!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Chimaera!

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: Chimaera!   Chimaera are said to be made up of three animals: A lions body and head, a goats head rising out of its back, and a snake in place of its tail. Some accounts say… Read more »

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Sep 24
Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan (review)

Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan (review)

This book takes turns telling Tyen and Rielle’s stories from their point of views. The first handful of chapters are Tyen, then the next handful are Rielle, and so on. I liked getting to know about both characters and the people and world around them. However, when it came time to switch to the other character? It always seemed to ‘end’ the chapter on a cliffhanger! There were very few times this didn’t happen. Switch between characters by all means, but not in places that you leave the reader yelling out loud (literally in a few instances!) because of where… Read more »

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Sep 23
Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery #2) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Through the Grinder (Coffeehouse Mystery #2) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Yay more Quinn! We get to know more about Quinn’s life and family in this book. Some of his personality quirks are explained, and he and Clare get closer. There are a lot of twists, and red herrings. Like the last book, I had no idea who the killer was. I had two suspects, and neither one of them turned out to be correct. I do love mysteries that keep you guessing, and that aren’t super-obvious. Looking back, I can see the clues we were given that point to the true killer, but while reading not so much. I did… Read more »

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Sep 20
Never Never by Brianna Shrum (review)

Never Never by Brianna Shrum (review)

This book flips between having a middle grade feel, and then suddenly becoming YA. There were a lot of making Peter into being an evil child. Which seems to be a thing in Peter Pan retellings. Peter seemed to have no problem with killing. Pirates, Lost Boys, he’d kill or attempt to kill them and never care about the blood spilling. I also wasn’t expecting the sex. Yes it’s mostly off-screen. But it is something I haven’t come across before when reading a story based in the Peter Pan mythos. The first third or so of the book was a… Read more »

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Sep 19
What Do You Collect?

What Do You Collect?

So besides the obvious answer: books. I collect all kinds of things. I get pack-rat tendencies from my Dad. If he sees something and it might be useful at some point in the future, he takes it home with him. Sometimes he even actually ends up using whatever it is. Most times, it just ends up as part of the clutter. I collect toys, but other than My Little Pony, I don’t collect any specific toys. I have around 350-ish MLP G1’s, and various random other generations. I’ve started collecting Funko POP, but I’m super picky about which ones. I… Read more »

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Sep 17
Sins of the Warrior (Grigori Legacy #4) by Linda Poitevin (review)

Sins of the Warrior (Grigori Legacy #4) by Linda Poitevin (review)

I had no idea this was the 4th in a series when I requested it. However it did such a good job explaining what was going on, I was able to get the context and understand without having read the first 3 books. And without over-explaining or making it so it would be a slow read if you had read the first 3 books. I loved this book! All the characters were well-developed, as was the world. The way immortality was done is something I haven’t seen before. Instead of having immortality be just a state of being, it was… Read more »

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