Month: January 2016

Jan 14
The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows (review)

The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen #1) by Jodi Meadows (review)

I really loved Wil. She was smart, and really cared about the people around her. She wasn’t perfect, but she admitted her mistakes and tried to be a better person. I also really liked the Black Knife. I had a suspicion as to who he was early on, then thought it might actually be someone else. But his duality was a neat twist to read about. The good and bad wasn’t as clearly defined as in some books. Even though the kingdom Wil was infiltrating, was responsible for the downfall of her own kingdom. And even though that king had… Read more »

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Jan 13
The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst (review)

The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst (review)

I loved Monster and Sophie! I really liked how the magic in the book was unique. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a person who could drink other people’s dreams and make elements appear in reality. I also liked how close Sophie was to her parents. A lot of books tend to have the parents more of an after-thought almost. With not much of a relationship between the kid and the adults. But Sophie’s parents were involved in her life, and included her in some of the running of the Dream Shop. The ending of the book was a… Read more »

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Jan 10
Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery #5) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Decaffeinated Corpse (Coffeehouse Mystery #5) by Cleo Coyle (review)

Love plays a role through all 3 generations in this book. Clare’s ex-mother-in-law is having problems with her Dr. boyfriend. Clare’s daughter Joy is dating a man old enough to be her father at least. And Clare herself finally starts seeing the man I’ve been hoping she would since book #1! With all that said, this is not a romance. The mystery plays out just as well as in the previous books. The romance is just a side-note and helps to make the characters more rounded. I liked that there were multiple mysteries that all ended up being tied together…. Read more »

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Jan 09

How Many Books Do You Read At Once?

Before I started blogging, I was strictly a one book at a time girl. I always thought I’d get confused and mix plotlines if I read more than one book at a time, and thought I’d get through a book faster if it was the only one I was reading. After I started blogging however, I started reading two books at once. And it wasn’t as hard to keep them separate in my head as I used to think. Part of that is I read two different genres at a time. If my Kindle book is a fantasy or sci-fi,… Read more »

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Jan 07
Rapunzel’s Revenge (Rapunzel’s Revenge #1) by Dean & Shannon Hale (review)

Rapunzel’s Revenge (Rapunzel’s Revenge #1) by Dean & Shannon Hale (review)

I had no idea this was some kind of comic strip/graphic novel mix when I requested the book from the library. And now after reading it, I can’t imagine the story having been told any other way! I loved getting to see Rapunzel use her hair as weapons, as well as see the characters and obstacles she had to overcome. Reading it on my Kindle, I have no idea if the pages were colored, but it worked really well in black/white/grey. This book was really fun to read, had a number of funny moments, and I loved the Old West… Read more »

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Jan 06
Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard (review)

Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard (review)

The synopsis sounded so good! And parts of the book lived up to it. Unfortunately it just didn’t grab me as a whole the way I was expecting it to. There is the dreaded love triangle in the book. Made worse by the fact that one of the boys Alyssa is crushing on is dating another girl. I loved the fact that while she didn’t like the girlfriend, she also wasn’t going to try to steal the boy out from under the other girl, or try to date him at the same time or anything. And then once in Wonderland… Read more »

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Jan 03
Kingdom Come (An Elizabeth Harris Mystery #1) by Jane Jensen (review)

Kingdom Come (An Elizabeth Harris Mystery #1) by Jane Jensen (review)

I love crime investigation novels in general. And the fact that the crime happened in an Amish area just made the book all that more interesting. You can tell the author did a lot of research into customs and way of life. But it was never an info-dump or over the top. I really liked Elizabeth as a character, and her boss Grady was the perfect partner. I liked how she had faults as well as strengths. And each clue they found (whether wrong or right) gave you more insight to the people and community as well as the inner… Read more »

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Jan 02

Do You Use Your Real Name On Your Blog?

I don’t. I started getting online back in 1996, and there was this big thing back then about not sharing any info people could use to find you. You weren’t supposed to give out your real name, address, city or state. Not tell people what school you went to, what job you had, etc. So I used my nickname in any chat rooms, and also used it to sign up with different websites. To differentiate from all the other Silvara’s out there at the time, I added a last name that fit the character and that I liked. “Silvara” is… Read more »

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Jan 01
December Wrap-Up

December Wrap-Up

  I’m sure you’ve noticed the lack of my Fantasy Creature Friday posts this month. I’ve decided to stop posting them. As fun as it was to come up with a creature to stump you all with, no one was really using the link-ups and it seemed like only one or two people really commented either. Which is fine. It was just a lot of work to make the post, and I decided I should put that energy into other things. What things? I’m not sure yet! *laughs* I’ll come up with something to replace FCF eventually. I ran it… Read more »

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