Month: November 2015

Nov 12
Crowned and Moldering (Fixer-Upper Mystery #3) by Kate Carlisle (review)

Crowned and Moldering (Fixer-Upper Mystery #3) by Kate Carlisle (review)

I really liked Shannon as a character, and getting to learn about renovation and construction. The secrets the house held were also fun to read about. Shannon was my favorite kind of character. She had faults and strengths, was usually level-headed, but also curious and with a quick burning temper. She felt like a real person, not a caricature. I wasn’t as attached to her possible-boyfriend Mac. He wasn’t a bad character, he just didn’t have a lot of depth. It’s possible since this is book 3, that he was described better in previous books. Maybe his personality was shown… Read more »

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Nov 11
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (review)

Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell (review)

I loved all the inventions and steampunk things in this book. I especially loved Jules. I liked that in this Cinderella twist, Nicolette wasn’t trying to get to the ball and meet the prince. She was trying to get to an inventors showcase and find a patron for her inventions so she could be her own person. Not under her step-families thumb and subject to their whims. There was both insta-love, and insta-friendship in the book. The insta-love isn’t surprising considering this is basically a Cinderella retelling. But Nicolette’s love interest as well as her best friend didn’t have a… Read more »

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Nov 08
Masques (Sianim #1) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Masques (Sianim #1) by Patricia Briggs (review)

This was the first book Patricia Briggs ever wrote apparently. It is not as good as her Mercy Thompson or Alpha & Omega series’. So if you haven’t read anything by her before, don’t start with this book. That said. I did enjoy it a lot! I loved Wolf and Aralorn. Their interactions made me laugh more than once. The supporting characters were decent, but with the exceptions of Myr and the ae’magi, weren’t anything memorable. They were not puppets, they were developed. Just not as well as they could have been. I liked the magic we were introduced to…. Read more »

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Nov 05
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (review)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik (review)

I read this in two days. I could have finished it faster if I didn’t have to go to work. It was that amazing. And now that I’m done reading it, I’m wishing that it was the first in a series and not a single book. I loved how Agnieszka and Sarkan interacted with each other. It was funny and perfect, and totally believable. I also liked how close she was to Kasia. Their friendship was shown through everything they did together, and I liked how it changed and yet stayed the same. The reason behind the Woods being evil… Read more »

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Nov 04
The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery #10) by Livia J. Washburn (review)

The Candy Cane Cupcake Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery #10) by Livia J. Washburn (review)

I kind of knew who the killer was early on. But it was mostly one of those back of your mind ideas. I loved that Phyllis’ other roommates were more prominent in this book than they were in the last one. Carolyn had a little more book time, and we actually got to know more about Eve. Sam helped out with the investigating again, and Buck appeared a time or two as well. I liked how Phyllis dug into all the suspects pasts to find out reasons why they might have killed. I didn’t care for Felicity the reporter at… Read more »

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Nov 03
Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #2) by Juliet Marillier (review)

Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #2) by Juliet Marillier (review)

I loved this one just as much as the first book. I also liked the fact we got to see the point of view of Lady GeilĂ©is as well as Blackthorn and Grim’s. The way the mystery unfolded, with the little folk and the fairytale feel of the story being told night after night was a really neat twist. You knew immediately that there was something not right, but I at least, had no idea what was going to happen with the curse until it actually happened. I also liked that we got to learn Grim’s tragedy in this book,… Read more »

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