Month: December 2015

Dec 31
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews (review)

Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) by Ilona Andrews (review)

“What kind of a woman greets the Beast Lord with ‘here, kitty, kitty’?” I love how sarcastic and funny Kate is. She knows how she should act around vampires and werewolves, but she doesn’t always do so. Especially around the Beast Lord. She makes mistakes and owns up to them. She admits she is lonely, but she is also unafraid to call the men in her life on the stupid things they sometimes do. She has lines she will not cross, and she also has a strong sense of right and wrong. She has a magic sword that actually drools…. Read more »

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Dec 30
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas (review)

I swear this is one of those series where every book just feels so much better than the last one. And the last ones weren’t bad books! I totally wanted to hit Chaol over the head with a heavy and hard object again for a good bit of this book. But, Manon! And Lysandra! And of course Rowan, Aedion and Aelin herself. When I saw the size of this book I was both happy and a bit scared. Would it live up to the other books? Was it too long? What all could you fit into 650 pages?! And then… Read more »

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Dec 27
Give Up the Ghost (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #6) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

Give Up the Ghost (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery #6) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

I really liked the way ghosts were portrayed in the book. As well as the way Mel interacted with them. It was not only believable, but quite funny at times! There were a few different ghosts in the book besides the one in the main storyline that haunted Crosswinds. They each had their own distinct personalities and quirks. As did the living characters in the book. I was totally surprised by who killed Chantelle, I had a few guesses, none of which turned out to be correct. But it made perfect sense once the killer was revealed. I also liked… Read more »

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Dec 26

Pinterest and the Holidays

Dad and I exchanged gifts on the 23rd, since he’s been sick and finally felt well enough to. And I had to work on Christmas. He got me 9 different Tinkerbell statues. Apparently he got a really good deal on an auction! *laughs* I got him 2 nutcrackers. A Darth Vader, and an R2D2. Because if he doesn’t tell me what he wants, he gets a random fun nutcracker. (He collects nutcrackers, so it’s slightly less random than it sounds! I just don’t buy him the traditional ones.) The Darth Vader one is really cool, and bigger than I had… Read more »

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Dec 24
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir (review)

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir (review)

I loved the world and all the twists and turns in the book! It shifted from Laia’s point of view to Elias and back, but always in a way that wasn’t confusing and easy to understand. I really liked how strong Laia was, even when she thought she wasn’t. She grew a lot from the scared girl we first met, into a woman who was able to see her mother in herself. I also loved reading about Elias. How he presented multiple faces to the world depending on who he was with and what role he had to play. I… Read more »

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Dec 23
First Year (The Black Mage #1) by Rachel E. Carter (review)

First Year (The Black Mage #1) by Rachel E. Carter (review)

The synopsis was a bit deceptive. I thought we’d get to see or at least hear about, Ryiah and her twin choosing their schools. Or even anything about Ryiah and her powers. But the book starts off with the twins heading to the magic Academy. I also wasn’t a fan of how the book dealt with her powers prior to entering the School. It almost felt like important story bits had been cut out of the beginning of the book during an editing phase. The friendship theme with Darren didn’t work for me at first. He had been too much… Read more »

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Dec 20
Murder at Whitehall (Elizabethan Mysteries #4) by Amanda Carmack (review)

Murder at Whitehall (Elizabethan Mysteries #4) by Amanda Carmack (review)

I haven’t read any of the other books in this series. But I also didn’t have to have read them to understand what was happening in this book. There were a lot of historical facts and tidbits sprinkled through this book. I loved that about it, you could tell the author did a lot of research before writing the book. And I liked the way Queen Elizabeth was portrayed. The rest of the characters were easy to connect with, especially Kate. There were a few smaller mystery threads woven around and through the major one. I guessed part of one… Read more »

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Dec 19

Post Titles Are Hard

I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now, I have the most horrible time coming up with a title for posts! Reviews are easy, I just do book+author+review. But discussions? I tend to fail, BADLY. The title is almost always too long, easily confused with some other subject, or both. Rarely do I actually come up with a discussion title that works well. I’m constantly in envy of all you bloggers who have brains that work well for coming up with titles for your posts. I don’t know what my issue is, but the longer I try to come up with… Read more »

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Dec 17
Valiant by Sarah McGuire (review)

Valiant by Sarah McGuire (review)

I loved this take on The Brave Little Tailor! Saville was believable and smart. She wasn’t trying to best the giants for her own gain, she was trying to save the life of a younger boy who she had gotten attached to. And then everything started spiraling out of her control. The romance was perfect. There was no insta-love, but rather a slow build where you could see just why each of them fell in love with the other. The characters were fleshed out well, and had enough quirks to make them feel real. There is both plenty of adventure… Read more »

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Dec 16
The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary (review)

The Night Parade by Kathryn Tanquary (review)

Saki behaved the way I’d expect a 13 year old girl to act, when dragged out into the middle of nowhere and forced to leave her friends behind. Which is to say, she was an almost unlikeable little brat. Which while realistic, wasn’t much fun to read about. Luckily, once the curse came into play, she started to grow up a bit. I loved the kitsune the best of the three spirit guides Saki met. And I liked the tanuki the least. Which was kind of amusing because the kitsune tells Saki that everyone likes the third spirit (the tanuki)… Read more »

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