Month: May 2016

May 14

Do You Ever Weed Out Your TBR On GoodReads?

I admit, I mostly go on GoodReads to mark that I’ve read a book. Or to add it to my Want To Read list. That and I go by and Like friends reviews when they go up. But I don’t really have the time to join groups or get into discussions or anything there. I was realizing the other day, that my To Read list on GoodReads is on the huge side. (706 books!) A lot of books are ones I clicked on because they looked interesting and I wanted to remember to look for them when they were out… Read more »

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May 12
Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (review)

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1) by Chloe Neill (review)

I liked that the book started with Merit’s change from human to vampire. We got to learn about vampires in this world, right along with Merit. We also got some info on werewolves, magic-users, and nymphs. I like the idea of vampires living in Houses. Which are basically their family, they’re all sisters and brothers once they’ve been accepted into a House and turned into a vampire. And each House polices it’s own, but also works in concert with the other Houses to hunt down Rogues. There was also politics, both vampire and human. We learn why vampires and werewolves… Read more »

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May 11
The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows (review)

The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows (review)

This starts right where the first book left off. Which is good, because that cliffhanger in the first book? So huge! So I was happy to see we wouldn’t have to wait long to find out what happened next. I loved how Tobiah and Wil changed and grew in the book. So many near tragedies and some actual bad things happen. And the way they reacted to them were believable. We got to learn a little more about their world, and came into contact with old and new friends. I loved how insecure Wil was about becoming Queen. It was… Read more »

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May 08
Gone With the Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery #6) by Heather Blake (review)

Gone With the Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery #6) by Heather Blake (review)

I loved how many side mysteries were in this book. It never felt like there was too much going on, and it wasn’t confusing following all the various mysteries. I guessed the answers to who the Elder was, as well as the mystery around the dove by about half-way through the book or so. But I liked getting to see how the plots would unfold. I had no idea who the killer was, and no idea who the petnapper was. But it made total sense once those mysteries were revealed. I liked the way Craft worked in the book, and… Read more »

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May 05
The Summer Dragon (The Evertide #1) by Todd Lockwood (review)

The Summer Dragon (The Evertide #1) by Todd Lockwood (review)

I loved the details about how dragons were raised, how they bonded to their riders, and all the little things. Like cutting small holes in a baby dragons wings, so that when they are adults, straps can be passed through the holes to help their rider stay in place. The world was rich with tidbits and details, everything coming together to make a world I was happy to be lost in. I enjoyed the characters as well, especially Maia and Darian, Keirr and her father. I especially loved the drawings that headed each chapter. They were really well-done, and helped… Read more »

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May 04
Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells (review)

Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells (review)

“By now, I should have learned that luck, if she was a lady, was a mean-spirited bitch with a grudge against me.”   Some of this worked really well, and some of it just… didn’t. For a lot of the book we don’t know exactly how old Sabina is. She’s half vampire, and half magic user. We know she went to school to train to be an assassin. So I figured she must be somewhere in her late 20’s to mid-30’s. Especially when she has some blonde moments. Then we find out later that Sabina is actually in her 50’s…… Read more »

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May 02
Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #8) by Jenn McKinlay (review)

Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery #8) by Jenn McKinlay (review)

I loved Mel and Holly. Especially their first meeting, where Mel realizes she had been super mean, and how they get past that point. I loved Holly’s little girl Sydney, and Mel’s friends were funny as well. The twists and turns the plot took made me not want to put the book down until I was finished. I loved all the ideas they came up with as to who was behind the explosion. I had absolutely no idea who it was until around 3/4 of the way through the book. The way they caught the person was a huge plus… Read more »

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May 01
April 2016 Wrap-Up

April 2016 Wrap-Up

    This was totally a Murphy’s Law month for my family. Dad went on a white water rafting trip down the Grand Canyon for 10 days. When he got back, he found out he’d managed to fracture his ankle. He did this on day 3 or 4, and then went on 2 major hikes and continued the rafting trip! After seeing a specialist, he was told he didn’t need a cast or splint or anything, and the best thing he could do was use it as usual and exercise on it because it would heal faster that way. Made… Read more »

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