Month: February 2016

Feb 28
Devonshire Scream (A Tea Shop Mystery #17) by Laura Childs (review)

Devonshire Scream (A Tea Shop Mystery #17) by Laura Childs (review)

I haven’t read any books in this series before, but from the very first pages this one grabbed my attention. Some cozy mysteries start off slow, and you don’t get introduced to the murder or stolen thing, or whatever until you’re a few chapters in. This book waited all of 5 pages before the beginning of the actual mystery plot. I loved getting to know all the characters. They were well-fleshed out and most had their own little quirks and personality traits. I especially liked Theo and Drayton. There were a number of funny moments when Theo was investigating, and… Read more »

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Feb 25
The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani (review)

The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani (review)

I loved getting to meet some of the ‘famous’ fairy tale characters. And the twists their stories took. (Though I could have done without a geriatric Peter Pan… Poor Peter!!) Merlin was hilarious, and spot on if you like the way he’s portrayed in The Sword In The Stone. I also liked the surprise twist with Hort, as well as the fact the witch coven played big roles in this book again. All the books have been a fun read, but this one was a little bittersweet too since it’s the last one. Agatha did a lot of worrying about… Read more »

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Feb 24
The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy #1) by Sophie Cleverly (review)

The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy #1) by Sophie Cleverly (review)

The synopsis is slightly misleading, in that it says Ivy is invited to take Scarlet’s place and she agrees. She gets a letter telling her a place has opened up for her, and that her school fees have already been paid. So she really doesn’t get a choice about going to the school or not. And once there, she is told point blank that she is going to pretend to be Scarlet. She agrees to do so in order to find out what happened to her sister. However, since she was basically threatened into doing it, the synopsis description sounds… Read more »

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Feb 21
A Familiar Tail (Witch’s Cat Mystery #1) by Delia James (review)

A Familiar Tail (Witch’s Cat Mystery #1) by Delia James (review)

There were a lot of twists and turns in this book. But it never strayed into the ‘too many plot twists’ territory. It was just about the perfect mix of twists and reveals. There are Pagan practitioners in the book, and they play a large role. But the book itself never delves far into the how-to of it. You just get the little things like the Three-Fold-Rule, that they use wands, have Familiars, and are a coven. So for anyone who doesn’t like to read about non-fantasy type witches, there really isn’t anything all that objectionable in this book. I… Read more »

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Feb 20

How Do You Feel About Character Names?

You can tell a lot about a character, based on the name the author chose. I love seeing all the different names, but sometimes a character name will actually turn me off on the book. And of course, there are character names that make me want to read the book just because one of the characters has that name! Like, if there’s a character named Arianna, Belladonna, Sebastian, Aiden, Braedyn and others. I really love those names and don’t come across them much. So when I see a book that has a main character with one of those names, I… Read more »

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Feb 18
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie (review)

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie (review)

I loved the ghostly elements in the book. The way Sunshine interacted with the child ghost. And how the story unfolded. I didn’t expect most of the twists around why it was happening to her after their move. And while there is a minor romance thread, it is super minor. The strongest theme was the focus on family between Sunshine and her mother. They are best friends for most of the book, and do things you don’t always see in YA. Things like have movie nights, cook dinner together, poke fun at each other, and Sunshine raids her mom’s closet… Read more »

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Feb 17
Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

Lament: The Faerie Queen’s Deception (Books of Faerie #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

So I picked up this book at the library, because Cait is always going on and on about how wonderful the author is. I love fae books, so thought I’d give this one a try as my first introduction to the author. It was not-so-surprisingly good! I loved all the fae lore and mythology that popped up in the book. Everything from four leaf clovers helping you to see the fae, to Thomas the Rhymer. From the synopsis, it makes it sound like there are two bad fae out to kill Deirdre. But it doesn’t actually unfold that way. I… Read more »

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Feb 14
Ghost in the Wind (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #7) by E.J. Copperman

Ghost in the Wind (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #7) by E.J. Copperman

It sounded like a really neat concept, being able to see ghosts and having them not only entertain the guests in the guesthouse, but running a PI firm of one living person and two dead ones. The way Alison interacted with the police woman, McElone was perfect. McElone didn’t want to believe in ghosts, didn’t want to work with a PI she didn’t feel was up to the job. But because of something that happened in an earlier book (which I haven’t read), she’s kind of forced into belief. And she’s not particularly happy about it. I didn’t much care… Read more »

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Feb 11
Transformation (Tempted by the Jaguar #1) by Cristina Rayne (review)

Transformation (Tempted by the Jaguar #1) by Cristina Rayne (review)

Being a short book, a lot happens fairly quickly. This series is done in installments, and while I liked the premise, there wasn’t as much explanation of how things work and character development as I would have liked. The ending was abrupt, like a longer book had been cut in half at an almost arbitrary point. The story did draw me in and made me want to read more. I liked Kylie and was curious about Hunter, but most of the other characters felt more like background filler. Most likely because so much happened in the book, and cutting it… Read more »

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Feb 10
It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt (review)

It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt (review)

This was such a fun book! RJ starts out as the kind of self-absorbed popular girl we all hate. But by the end of the book she had become the best version of herself. It was full of snarky humor, which I adore. As well as just fun things in general. Like, Death Himself (yes, it’s always capitalized like that!) wears tacky Hawaiian shirts and is a bit of a surfer dude. We also get to meet a number of angels, as well as Cerberus (and his handler). I loved all the characters in this book, even the ones we… Read more »

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