Month: November 2015

Nov 29
Murder Most Howl (Paws and Claws Mystery #3) by Krista Davis (review)

Murder Most Howl (Paws and Claws Mystery #3) by Krista Davis (review)

I liked how the murder mystery game and the actual murder were entwined. You never knew if the clue that appeared was going to shed light on the game or on the real murder. I also really liked how the pets were so important in the book. They weren’t just cute filler, but very useful in finding clues as well as well-woven into the town and people’s lives. I had no idea who the murderer was until the very last pages of the book where you get the clue that pretty much makes it obvious. It made a lot of… Read more »

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Nov 28

Do You Cry When Reading?

I keep a box of kleenex on my desk. Not just because I have allergies, but so that when I’m reading a book I can just take a few steps to get to the box. I don’t consider myself a crier. I actually don’t cry much normally, I’m not sure why. When my grandmother passed last month, I didn’t cry. I was sad, and I still miss her every day. But not a tear was shed. Which makes it all the more odd that certain movies and books will make me bawl. I was reading a short story collection last… Read more »

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Nov 26
The Taken (Foxcraft #1) by Inbali Iserles (review)

The Taken (Foxcraft #1) by Inbali Iserles (review)

I loved how the events unfolded in the story. We get to learn what is happening right along with Isla, only knowing what she knows or learns along the way. Because of this, you get sucked right into the story from the first pages. I liked the way the magic worked in the book. And the names the foxes had for human things made total sense. Like streets are called Deathways. Cars are Manglers. And forest areas are called Wildways. The personalities of the various characters were well written. It was easy to connect with them, and the world itself… Read more »

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Nov 25
The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell (review)

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell (review)

I loved how Sand fixed things in the castle, and how his magic worked. I also liked how Sand and Perotte’s relationship grew. The Saints and the Thorns were twists I wasn’t expecting, both of which I liked. This book is filled with friendship and forgiveness themes, but you don’t really notice until near the end. The story grabs you and sweeps you away while you try to see what’s going to happen next. Two teenagers completely alone, but for a falcon, in an abandoned castle where they don’t know for sure they will ever escape. You would think that… Read more »

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Nov 22
Dead to the Last Drop (Coffeehouse Mystery #15) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Dead to the Last Drop (Coffeehouse Mystery #15) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Generally, I like to read series in order. However, I’ve only read through book 5 of this series and then this one appeared in the mail. Considering how much I love the coffeehouse mysteries, I couldn’t help but read it as soon as it arrived! This book was told in a different way than the early books I’ve read previously. It almost read like a movie in that Clare and Mike would discuss how they got to a certain point. And then you’d get a flash back. Only it wasn’t an actual flash back like you’d expect. The scene would… Read more »

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Nov 21

Do You Ever Feel Overwhelmed?

I love blogging. I love visiting other people’s blogs, reading their posts and commenting. But after my unexpected 26 day hiatus, trying to play catch up is leaving me wanting to do something other than deal with everything. I had over 200+ e-mails waiting for me to go through them. This doesn’t count the ones I was reading and deleting on my phone. These would be only the ones I actually had to respond to, or posts I had saved to read and comment on from the blogs I follow. (I’m now down to about 30-ish! Yay me!) I have… Read more »

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Nov 19
The Vampire from Hell: The Beginning (The Vampire from Hell #1) by Ally Thomas (review)

The Vampire from Hell: The Beginning (The Vampire from Hell #1) by Ally Thomas (review)

It sounded like it might make for an interesting twist. And the way Hell is set up like a business was kind of neat. They use computers and modern technology to keep track of humans going into and out of Hell. The Hell Hounds weren’t like I’m used to, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s mostly a light read, not lots of background information, and nothing that you have to concentrate on or you’ll miss it. We didn’t really get a lot explained, but since the book is fairly short that was expected. I’m not sure what the… Read more »

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Nov 18
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

This was a fairly quick read, though not up to the usual scary standards I’ve come to expect from this author. There was a bit of suspense, but it never got to even slightly creepy. All the workers at the Hall seemed to know Sophia’s ghost was haunting them, and had been a wicked child. But Florence’s Aunt and Uncle had no idea. Florence’s Aunt hated her on sight, and believed the worst about her. While at the same time, thinking Sophie had been the next thing to an Angel. Constantly yelling at Florence and trying to get her sent… Read more »

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Nov 17
October Wrap-Up

October Wrap-Up

  October was going really well! And then my internet died on October 22nd. I didn’t get it back until late on November 16th. 25 days without internet? Yes, yes I did go insane. I tried to get ahold of my internet provider with no luck whatsoever for a week. And then I bugged my Dad to sign up with Comcast for another week. We had to get it in Dad’s name because there was a new customer special, and I had signed up with Comcast over a year ago. Then it took them another week to actually come out… Read more »

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Nov 15
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs (review)

“We’re the good guys. That we’re scary doesn’t mean we’re the villains.”   This is one of my favorite Mercy Thompson books yet! I love the series in general, but this one just stood out more for some reason. I got about halfway through the book, and wondered what was going to happen next. Because at that point, most of the plot seemed like it was wrapped up with only a few things left to do. And then more twists happened. Ones that worked with what had happened already so far, and didn’t feel like they were just there to… Read more »

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