Month: January 2016

Jan 31
Pouncing on Murder (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #4) by Laurie Cass (review)

Pouncing on Murder (A Bookmobile Cat Mystery #4) by Laurie Cass (review)

Unlike a lot of cozy mysteries where investigating the murder takes center stage, and the characters life temporarily seems to take a back seat, it was the other way around in this book. Minnie fits in her investigations between running the library’s bookmobile, getting ready for their first-ever book fair, and hanging out with her friends. She spends a lot of time talking to her cat, and interpreting his responses or lack thereof. Which for me, was believable since I talk to my own cat all the time. That said, it seemed like Minnie spent more time talking to her… Read more »

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Jan 30

Books That Make You…

Okay, so you’re reading your current book. And the author describes what the characters are eating. It might not be something you would normally be interested in, it might even be something you dislike. But the author is describing it so well, that suddenly you get hungry and it sounds like the best thing ever invented. Or a character is a really good weaver/knitter/blacksmith/sculptor/jewelry maker/whatever, and after reading the book, you suddenly want to try doing that skill too. Maybe it’s an outfit that you would never have considered wearing (or something you’d never heard of before). Maybe it’s a… Read more »

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Jan 28
Invisible (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf (review)

Invisible (The Twixt #2) by Dawn Metcalf (review)

I didn’t love this one quite as much as the first book. I still really liked it, but there were some slow bits in the beginning. And while I totally understand why Joy did that one thing, I still wanted to hit her over the head with something. I also need to take a moment and squee! (without spoilers!) because I totally knew something was going to happen eventually! And it DID! And I didn’t know how it was going to happen or when, but finally? *laughs* We get to see more of Filly in this book, as well as… Read more »

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Jan 27
Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs (review)

I do love this series. And yes, the staff on the cover does mean the walking stick pops back up in this book. We also get more Coyote tricks, and a few anecdotes about pranks Mercy pulled on Bran growing up. There’s a lot of Mercy and the pack being manipulated by Adam’s ex-wife. And surprisingly enough, bonding time for Honey and Mercy. We also get to meet a half-brother of Mercy’s, and get introduced to another set of fantasy creatures. Ones that almost no one has heard of before. I liked how real the power games Christy was pulling… Read more »

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Jan 24
Faux Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #7) by Sofie Kelly (review)

Faux Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #7) by Sofie Kelly (review)

I loved pretty much everything about this book. It’s totally made my keeper shelf, and I’ll be going back and reading the earlier books at some point as well. When I received it in the mail, I thought it sounded like a me book. And then when I started reading it, I realized it was perfect. It has a bit of a fantasy element, in that Kathleen’s two cats have magic powers. Hercules is able to walk through walls or closed doors, and his brother Owen can literally disappear. They both appear to be smarter than normal animals, and help… Read more »

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Jan 22

Going To Cali!

By the time you see this post, I will be on a plane on my way to California. My niece turns 11 this month, and Dad and I thought it would be fun to fly out and see her. Since we haven’t seen her in 4-ish years. We leave very early on friday morning and won’t be home until very late on monday night. Tickets are paid for, clothing is chosen (but won’t be packed until wednesday night most likely!), and I have a bunch of books loaded up on my Kindle. My niece doesn’t know we’re coming, at least… Read more »

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Jan 21
Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I really liked this fairytale retelling. I haven’t seen that many retellings of the 12 Dancing Princesses. And I liked that the story was from Galen’s point of view as well as Princess Rose’s. I would have liked the pronunciation guide in the front of the book instead of in the back, past the knitting patterns and such. I had ideas in my head about how some of the names and things were pronounced, and then once the book was finished I found out I was wrong on a few of them. I’m sure I’ll continue to be wrong when… Read more »

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Jan 20
Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy #1) by Pam Brondos (review)

Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy #1) by Pam Brondos (review)

I liked this book. However the prologue? Not so much. We didn’t care about the characters at that point, didn’t have a clue what was going on or how the world worked. So having that be the first thing you read turned me off. I loved it once we met Natalie in chapter 1, she was easy to like and her money and family problems felt true to life. But I almost didn’t read that far because of not clicking at all with the prologue. It’s the first in a series, so there was a lot of setting up in… Read more »

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Jan 17
The Iced Princess (Snow Globe Shop Mystery #2) by Christine Husom (review)

The Iced Princess (Snow Globe Shop Mystery #2) by Christine Husom (review)

I loved the mystery in this. And how Cami went about trying to piece it together. I’m not sure exactly why, but I kept picturing Velma from Scooby Doo, during some of the sleuthing bits. I liked how Cami and Pinky interacted. You could tell they’d been friends a while, and it was fun getting to know them and the other characters. There is a little bit of romance, but it isn’t a major thread. Friendships new and old are more central than the romance. I also liked how involved the police were. As well as the way the small… Read more »

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Jan 16

Do You Purge Your Books?

Before I started blogging I never got rid of books. Well, almost never. *laughs* I was and always will be, a book hoarder. I have books from when I was a small child (not a lot of them, but the ones I was able to save from my parents purging!) And any book that I’ve read over the years that I haven’t hated. Books that I’ve read over and over again, I will sometimes have more than one copy of. Especially if it’s a cover that was changed, and I prefer one of the older covers. I’ve noticed that if… Read more »

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