Month: April 2016

Apr 28
Under Their Skin (Under Their Skin #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix (review)

Under Their Skin (Under Their Skin #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix (review)

This sounded so much better than it ended up being. Unfortunately, most of what ended up irking me I can’t explain due to the fact it’s so spoilery that it would ruin the surprise/suspense of the entire book. So let’s see… I was expecting something creepy, something completely different as the reason for why Nick and Eryn weren’t allowed to meet their stepsiblings. It was a little interesting at first, once we find out what the reason is. But then it just got uninteresting to me. There were lots of mentions about how dangerous such-and-such a thing would be, if… Read more »

Divider

Apr 27
Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2) by Jessica Day George (review)

Princess of Glass (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy #2) by Jessica Day George (review)

I really enjoyed getting to know Poppy in this book. We didn’t get to learn a lot about any of her other sisters, since Poppy was sent to another kingdom by herself. But the characters we did get to meet I quite enjoyed. All except Eleanor. She was entirely disagreeable and I kept hoping she would fail and not end up with any boy at the end of the book. Once we found out why she was such a horrible person, it made a lot more sense for her to act that way. But by that point in the book,… Read more »

Divider

Apr 24
A Whisker of Trouble (Second Chance Cat Mystery #3) by Sofie Ryan (review)

A Whisker of Trouble (Second Chance Cat Mystery #3) by Sofie Ryan (review)

I liked that the main sleuths weren’t actually the main character in this book. Sarah helps out a lot, and comes up with a number of clues, but the actual detectives centered around her grandmother and her grandmother’s friends. They call themselves Charlotte’s Angels as a play on Charlie’s Angels. I liked how all the characters had their own quirks. And how Rose, Liz, and Charlotte were pretty much ignoring Sarah and Nick’s attempts to get them to act more like ‘normal’ old people and not get into trouble. My favorite characters were Sarah, Mr. P, and Nick, though I… Read more »

Divider

Apr 23

How Do You Celebrate Your Blogiversary?

My blog will be 2 years old in September. I can’t believe how fast the time has flown! I’ve seen lots of blogiversary posts in the last 1.5 years. Some blogs throw a huge bash with tons of giveaway items and lots of posts on various social media for a week or more leading up to the date. Others I’ve seen, don’t giveaway anything. But they recap how well their blog has done over the past year, thank all their visitors, and go on about their regular daily life. I’ve seen a few who don’t celebrate it at all, past… Read more »

Divider

Apr 20
Walking Dead (Walker Papers #4) by C.E. Murphy (review)

Walking Dead (Walker Papers #4) by C.E. Murphy (review)

“I sounded so rational, as long as I didn’t listen to what I was actually saying.”   I love the Native American folklore in this series. I also like how shamanism, witchcraft, and other magic things are done. Not everyone believes, and most people manage to make up a version of reality where the ‘strange’ things that happen are easily explained away. Like a graveyard suddenly erupting with zombies (including zombie bugs and rodents!), was just a movie set. I love that Joanne is both a smart-ass, as well as occasionally taking a moment to whine in her head. I… Read more »

Divider

Apr 18
The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey (review)

I can honestly say, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. It was better! I went in thinking it would be a fairytale story about friendship and magic. And while it was, it was also so much more. Princess Jeniah and Aon were very well-developed. We got to see not only how they became friends, but also hopes and fears. Jeniah is afraid she won’t be as good a Queen as her mother was. Aon thinks she’s a failure because she isn’t happy all the time. The mystery surrounding the Carse was more complex than I had expected. I loved… Read more »

Divider

Apr 17
A Churn for the Worse (An Amish Mystery #5) by Laura Bradford (review)

A Churn for the Worse (An Amish Mystery #5) by Laura Bradford (review)

If you know nothing about the Amish, you may be a little lost with some of the terms used. Mostly the book does a good job of explaining things, but certain terms (like “Ordnung” which is basically the rules by which the Amish live) aren’t explained quite enough for someone unfamiliar with Amish culture to completely understand. It may have been explained better in the earlier books though, and since most people don’t start a series with book 5 (except me apparently, since I was sent this and it looked good!) then it shouldn’t be an issue. However, those moments… Read more »

Divider

Apr 14
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (review)

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer (review)

I loved that Scarlet calls Winter “crazy” as a nickname, and that Jacin calls her “trouble.” She is both, knows she is both, and isn’t bothered in the slightest. While Cress daydreams to psych herself up to be able to do things that scare her, Winter has visions. None of them are real, and they are caused by her refusal to use her Lunar gift. So she sees the walls of the palace bleeding, feels herself turn into “a girl of ice and snow”, and is never 100% sure if the things she is seeing are real or just figments… Read more »

Divider

Apr 13
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (review)

Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood by Liesl Shurtliff (review)

This was full of interesting twists on fairy tales I read as a child. Like, Red’s granny is actually Rose Red (though her sister is called Snow White instead of Rose White, but she still married a bear…?) You get to meet Beauty and the Beast, Goldilocks, dwarves, gargoyles and various magical forest creatures. Red’s journey to find a cure for her granny is both funny and at times almost unbelievable. I didn’t like Goldie at all at first. She was pushy and chattered, and messed up a lot of things for Red. But as the story went along, I… Read more »

Divider

Apr 10
An Unhappy Medium (A Family Fortune Mystery #4) by Dawn Eastman (review)

An Unhappy Medium (A Family Fortune Mystery #4) by Dawn Eastman (review)

I haven’t read any books in this series before. And usually with cozy mysteries that isn’t a problem. For the most part, it wasn’t. Enough was explained as I read, that the only thing I was left in the dark about was Clyde’s gift. You get a few tiny hints, but mostly you were expected to know what she was able to do already. At least until close to half-way through the book. A better explanation of her gift was towards the end. Kind of a silly quibble, but Clyde? For a girl? Yes, it’s short for a much longer… Read more »

Divider