Month: October 2016

Oct 30
Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (review)

Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene (review)

Olivia irked me a bit because she was constantly getting into trouble and trying to guilt trip her daughter and friends. I get that life as a ghost must be a let down. She can’t do the stuff she used to do when alive, can’t go everywhere and has to hide sometimes. But it was without fail, the moment she decided to do something, Murphy’s Law went into effect. I liked Molly, and the mystery was done well. I had one guess as to the killer for the first half the book or so, which turned out to be wrong…. Read more »

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Oct 27
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Technically a re-read, but as I haven’t read it in 10 years or more and I wanted something spooky for October… This totally scared the crap out of me as a teenager. It isn’t as scary as an adult, but there are a number of spooky moments in the book. Heather is a horrible brat, constantly trying to get her step-siblings in trouble with her father, and trying to split up her Dad’s new marriage. But she is fairly well redeemed in the end, and the reason she was such a little terror is both believable and sad. I liked… Read more »

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Oct 26
Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge (review)

Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) by Lola Dodge (review)

This was just as good as the first book. I was slightly confused at first, because this book deals with entirely new characters. But after a while we hear a bit about Cipher and Knight again. Quanta is a really interesting character, and I was soon lost in her story. Just like the first book, I fell in love with Quanta from the first pages. Tair pulled me in quickly as well, and his sister too! The bad guys in this are really twisted and evil. Though I’m sure they don’t think of themselves that way. And I liked getting… Read more »

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Oct 23
Masking for Trouble (Costume Shop Mystery #2) by Diane Vallere (review)

Masking for Trouble (Costume Shop Mystery #2) by Diane Vallere (review)

I really liked Tak in the first book. But for a lot of this one I wanted to smack him. His and Margo’s relationship was a fairly big plot point in the book, and all of it seemed like it was heading towards bad news. I guess it was fairly realistic in some ways, that neither one really talked to the other about the issues until towards the end of the book. But it didn’t add anything to the main mystery for me, it just annoyed me. I had no idea who the killer was, until a chapter or so… Read more »

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Oct 18
Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show by Robert Garcia (review)

Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show by Robert Garcia (review)

This is one of my favorite Batman and Robin shows ever. So when I saw this book was coming out I had to preorder it. The colors and way they did the text blurbs, remind me strongly of the show. They have that voice over feel to them. Some of the pictures were blurry however, which I didn’t expect. And while there are facts and statistics, there are far less of them than I had expected. Half the book describes the show’s villains, 2-4 pages for the most recognized ones like Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and the Joker. And then a… Read more »

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Oct 16
The Witch and the Dead (A Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake (review)

The Witch and the Dead (A Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake (review)

This book was just as engrossing as the last one. I liked that we got to learn more about the way magic works in this book. Amulets and Seekers were the focus this time around. The characters were easy to remember, even though it’s been a while since I read the last book in this series, and have read a lot more cozies between then and now. I like how Darcy’s relationships are growing and changing. Both with her family, and others in the community. I had two guesses as to who the killer was. My 2nd one turned out… Read more »

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Oct 15

Do Your Pets Help You Pick Books?

My cats have always had interesting personality quirks. Kaylynn was my thief. She would steal the most random objects, and hide them under the couch, or in my bed. She never stole my books, but she was super curious about them. To the point she had to position herself in such a way that her head was between me and the book. Almost like she was reading it. Miles likes to use them as cat beds. If I leave one on my bed, a chair, or anywhere that is a flat surface that has room enough for a cat to… Read more »

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Oct 12
Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Like the last book, Anita is finally getting back into police work and crime scene investigation more. There is still sex in the book, at least 3 different scenes (I didn’t count, but there were that many minimum.) Which when compared to the length of the book, and the amount of time spent on other things? Not really an issue for me. There are also a number of gory or gross things mentioned in the book. But if you’ve read the early books in the series, it won’t bother you much as the scenes are less bad than some of… Read more »

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Oct 11
The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

Technically a series, but each book deals with different characters and different ghosts. This was actually creepier than I had expected for a kids book. Not too much so, but the creepiness factor was definitely there. It probably doesn’t help that I have a porcelain doll that has an outfit very similar to the one in this book! I liked how the kids discovered there was something not quite right about the doll. And how each of them had a slightly different experience, even if the voice was eventually a shared one. We do get to find out who was… Read more »

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Oct 09
Paws and Effect (A Magical Cats Mystery #8) by Sofie Kelly (review)

Paws and Effect (A Magical Cats Mystery #8) by Sofie Kelly (review)

I love how even though Owen and Hercules are magical cats, they still act like cats. Sometimes cats in paranormal cozies act too human, or just don’t act the way you expect a cat to act. But that isn’t the case for these two. I had two guesses as to who the killer was, it turned out that my 2nd guess was right. Though I had no idea about the why. When it was finally revealed, it made sense though. I love how the books in this series don’t always seem to focus on the sleuthing 100% of the time,… Read more »

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