Month: March 2016

Mar 31
March 2016 Wrap-Up

March 2016 Wrap-Up

  This month lots of things got in the way of me reading. Mostly it was being short-staffed at work. With less people there, it made for less down-time. As well as me picking up an extra shift here and there. Which also meant that when I got home from work, I couldn’t quite settle on any one thing I wanted to do. I’d read a while, then decide I wanted to crochet instead. So I’d do that for an hour or so, then I needed to do things on my computer, and it was an endless round of “stop… Read more »

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Mar 30
The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima (review)

The Demon King (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima (review)

I loved Raisa. She’s smart and stubborn, she wants to be a good queen one day. And when she realized that things are being kept from her that she needs to know, so she can BE a good queen, she goes out and starts finding answers. She may not always have the best ideas on how to do things, and some of the scrapes she gets into could have been avoided if she had been less headstrong. But over-all, I really liked her as a character. And I really like her and Amon together. I liked Han just as much… Read more »

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Mar 29
Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard (review)

Red Queen (Red Queen #1) by Victoria Aveyard (review)

(No actual spoilers I don’t think! I’m discussing the love interests a bit, but I don’t think I’ve given anything away.) I wasn’t sure if I’d end up liking this book, but all my friends kept raving about it. I was afraid it would end up too much like The Selection, which I didn’t like so much. I’m glad I finally read it! It was a lot better than I thought it would be. I loved Mare. Her interactions with her family, as well as the Silvers were great. And the intrigue and twists! I thought she was going to… Read more »

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Mar 27
Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)

Crime and Poetry (Magical Bookshop #1) by Amanda Flower (review)

This was such a fun book! I didn’t guess who the killer was, I was thinking it was one of two other people. But it made total sense once the reveal happened. I loved Grandma Daisy, she was fun and perfectly fit the mischievous meddling grandma role, with a few extra quirks thrown in. I also really liked Violet. And how her past slowly revealed itself as clues to the main mystery appeared. There are hints about a love triangle, but honestly her old boyfriend, now the mayor, irked me. I’m really hoping the police chief wins out, and it… Read more »

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Mar 24
The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule (review)

The Hidden Twin by Adi Rule (review)

The cover is gorgeous, and the description sounded so good! Unfortunately I just couldn’t click with the book or the characters. There were a lot of slow bits in the beginning of the book. Some of it was interesting and I read those parts quickly. And then there would be more bits to slog through. I don’t understand why, if her father loved her so much that he didn’t kill her like he was supposed to at birth. And hid her away from the public to keep her safe, and pretty much did everything a loving father should, why he… Read more »

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Mar 23
The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder (review)

The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder (review)

I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down until the end. It was sweet as well as funny and Violet was endearing. I loved how she looked at the world. She was a prisoner, but she never let that fact break her spirit. I liked her mother Nuri,  and the servants George and Maggie. Queen Bogdana was evil without being scary to read about for young children. The illustrations were fun to see. The characters all looked younger than you expected, but the almost whimsical feel fit very well with the story. It has the fairytale feel to… Read more »

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Mar 20
The Searcher by Christopher Morgan Jones (review)

The Searcher by Christopher Morgan Jones (review)

I stopped reading this book on page 213.   I haven’t read anything by this author before, but once I got past the confusing first part of the book the pages sped by. The very beginning is a little confusing because the main character keeps flashing between present time, and something that happened in the past. It later turns out that past was only a few days at the most, previous to the main part of the book. But while we were jumping back and forth, it was hard to tell what was supposed to be the ‘current’ time. I… Read more »

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Mar 19

What Do You Do With Unsolicited Review Books?

I never honestly thought my blog would get big enough to have to worry about unsolicited review books. I mean, I get e-mails from people asking me to review their books, but I got those the first week I started blogging too. So I figured that was just authors trying to get the word out about their book any way they could. I’ve also gotten a book here and there from a Penguin imprint, that I never requested. But again, I figured that was because I’m on a list somewhere because I’m on the mailing list for Berkley Prime Crime… Read more »

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Mar 17
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (review)

I loved Cress! She was such a cute mix of naive wonder, and super hacker! She was constantly using daydreams to get her through situations that would otherwise send her screaming. Stranded in the middle of a desert with no idea where you are? No problem, she is now a brave explorer. Lots of people staring at her? She becomes a famous actress in her head. And yet, she is also a super brilliant computer wiz. Hacking into top secret places, learning access codes and other information known only to a handful of people or less. I loved how her… Read more »

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Mar 16
Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson #9) by Patricia Briggs (review)

Fair warning: Once I picked this book up, I didn’t put it down again until I’d finished it. So be prepared to spend an entire day doing nothing but reading! All the books in this series have been amazing, this one being no less so. Trolls, fae, fire magic, pack politics, a sentient faerie home, and Baba Yaga suck you in from the first pages. We get more of Mercy and Adam being cute, as well as appearances from old favorites like Bran, Zee and Tad. Besides the pack politics, we also get fae politics, bargains and exchanges. I liked… Read more »

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