Month: December 2015

Dec 13
Indelible (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf (review)

Indelible (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf (review)

I won the third book in this series in a giveaway, not knowing that it was the third book. So I went to the library to pick up the other two. I think the Universe was trying to tell me something. I absolutely LOVED this book! I loved the world of the Twixt, and how it bled over into Joy’s world once she was marked by Ink. I loved how cute Ink was as he learned about what it was to be and look like a human from Joy. He grew so much as a character during the book. It… Read more »

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Dec 12

What Do You Think Of Bloggers Who Moderate Comments?

I don’t mean the way we all do, to make sure comments aren’t spam. That makes total sense and doesn’t bother me at all. A month or more ago, I came across a blog I’d never been to before. I don’t remember which blog or what the post was about. That’s not really important anyhow. But whomever the blogger was, had put up a discussion post and was asking for opinions. So I typed up a response that was different than what they were going for I guess? (We’ll pretend a moment that the discussion was about the color of… Read more »

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Dec 10
Crucible edited by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Crucible edited by Mercedes Lackey (review)

This book felt less like Valdemar to me than some of the previous collections. I have read nearly every Valdemar book Mercedes Lackey has written, and all of the collections she has edited. So I’m familiar with all the people and time periods that were represented here. Unfortunately, not all the stories resonated with me. A number of them were decent, but didn’t feel like they were part of Valdemar. And then there were those that managed to get it so right they deserved 5 stars all on their own. There is a broad collection of characters here. Everything from… Read more »

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Dec 09
Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mystery #3) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Latte Trouble (Coffeehouse Mystery #3) by Cleo Coyle (review)

As per usual, I didn’t guess who the killer was right away. Unlike the last 2 books however, I did actually figure out who had done it! But not until around 90-92%. So that may not count… There was still a lot of coffee talk and explanations of drinks and how coffee is processed. It was interesting to me even though I don’t like coffee. (Which I know is crazy since I’m already 3 books into the series!) I loved how Madame had a part in the sleuthing in this book, and she acted all giddy like a teenager at… Read more »

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Dec 07
November Wrap-up Challenge Giveaway!

November Wrap-up Challenge Giveaway!

Welcome to the November Wrap-Up Round-Up Giveaway! If you aren’t already following the round-up, you can find the link-up for November over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction. I was trying to think of something fun and bookish to give away, besides the obvious one – books! And then I remembered that Cait over at Paper Fury makes the most adorable mini book necklaces in her Etsy shop! So for the giveaway, 2 lucky people will get a mini necklace with a book cover of their choice, as well as one extra mystery pendant of Cait’s choice per winner. So that’s… Read more »

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Dec 06
Upside-Down Magic (Upside-Down Magic #1) by Sarah Mlynowski (review)

Upside-Down Magic (Upside-Down Magic #1) by Sarah Mlynowski (review)

This was cute and fun. I liked the voices the narrators gave the characters, and the personalities were believable for the age group they were supposed to be. I didn’t like Nory’s father at all, and her upside-down magic teacher sounded both like fun as well as like she would have been that annoying teacher we all had growing up. The one who came up with embarrassing and off-the-wall stuff they made everyone in class do because they thought it would be fun and bond the students together. But usually ended up just making the kids roll their eyes. Most… Read more »

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Dec 05

What Makes You Immediately Add A Book To Your TBR List?

I know there are lots of reasons to add a book to your TBR pile. And lots of reasons not to add a book! But is there anything in particular that makes something a must-read? Besides my usuals, (favorite author, favorite series, all my friends saying “add it!”) there are a few things that will make me put a book in my To Buy, or To Read list. Does it have a dragon in it? Is the dragon more than a passing mention? It must be added to my TBR immediately! Is it about the Fae? Are said Fae not… Read more »

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Dec 04
Fantasy Creature Friday – Fire Salamander!

Fantasy Creature Friday – Fire Salamander!

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:   Fire Salamander!   Not to be mistaken for normal amphibians, Fire Salamanders are Elemental creatures with an affinity for fire. Usually seen covered in flames, they live in the heart of fires and are usually… Read more »

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Dec 03
Ghost of a Potion (A Magic Potion Mystery #3) by Heather Blake (review)

Ghost of a Potion (A Magic Potion Mystery #3) by Heather Blake (review)

I loved all the Southern-isms in the book. The way the characters talked, the phrases they used for things, the foods and parties and everything. It made the book feel more real, even though I did not grow up in the South, I could picture it all perfectly in my head. I’m used to cozy mysteries where the business that the main character owns (if they own one at all) plays some part in the mystery. And while this one DID use the potion shop, it was in a very round about way. Most of the focus in this book… Read more »

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Dec 02
A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

I love this series because of the wide variety of Fae we get introduced to. And the Fae are not the sweetness and light that some stories and cartoons make them out to be. They are the stuff of the original dark fairytales. There are other reasons I love the series, but most of them fall into a guilty pleasure area. Taranis finally falls into madness in a way everyone around him can see it, whether or not they choose to. Except of course most humans, because they are not around him all the time like the Fae. And Andais… Read more »

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