Category: All Reviews

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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Oct 05
Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (review)

Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (review)

“You don’t cause problems. You cause catastrophes.”   I really do love snarky characters. Kate has a lot of really funny lines in this book, and I like that a bit of mythology was also included. The book was fast paced, without it being so fast that you miss anything important, or feel like it needed to slow down. I liked Curran a lot better in this book than in the first one. There were quite a few scenes with him and Kate trading snark, and flirting to embarrass her. I also like how it seems to be a slow… Read more »

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Oct 04
Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Chest (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #3) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

This book wasn’t as fast-paced as most Valdemar novels. It was still interesting and kept my attention, but if you love the ones full of action, this book is more in the line of intrigue. Mags, Amily and a number of their friends from the last book, spend most of this book hunting a bully. You know exactly who is responsible from the beginning, but finding enough evidence to prove it takes most of the book. I liked getting to see how Mags and Amily were settling into their roles. I also liked that we got to see more of… Read more »

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Oct 03
A Golden Cage (Newport Gilded Age #2) by Shelley Freydont (review)

A Golden Cage (Newport Gilded Age #2) by Shelley Freydont (review)

The cover is my favorite part of the book. The book itself isn’t bad, but the cover is lovely! I especially love the yellow dress… I found myself finding other things to do during the course of reading this. Never a good sign with a book! But it was never boring enough that I wanted to DNF it. I didn’t really like any of the actors, Noreen came across as mean and sharp. And it made it very hard to believe her sudden almost 180 when she started being nice to Joe and then Deanna. Deanna herself was fun, and… Read more »

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Sep 28
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) by Ransom Riggs (review)

This sounded good, and since my friends have been raving about it, and the movie based on it is coming out this month I decided to finally read it. And it was good, but it also wasn’t… Let me explain. You know those first-in-a-series books that spend so much of the book setting up the story that it doesn’t really feel like an actual story? Yeah. That was this book. Some parts of it were interesting. Some parts dragged like crazy. Almost the entire first half of the book is about Jacob and growing up on his grandfather’s stories. And… Read more »

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Sep 26
Murder of a Cranky Catnapper (A Scumble River Mystery #19) by Denise Swanson (review)

Murder of a Cranky Catnapper (A Scumble River Mystery #19) by Denise Swanson (review)

This was both a really funny book, and a more suspenseful one. I had no idea who the killer was, it actually came as a complete surprise. But it made total sense once the reveal happened. And I liked how they brought the person in for questioning at the police station at the end, instead of being one of those cozies where the main character ends up being in fear for her life. I liked how real the characters felt, there were no cardboard cut-outs, even with the ones who weren’t as central to the plot. Skye was my favorite… Read more »

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Sep 22
Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Closer to the Heart (Valdemar: The Herald Spy #2) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Having only liked a few of the books from the last series about Mags, I wasn’t sure what I’d think of this one. But since it was Valdemar, I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the first book in the series before this one arrived, so some of the things in it (like Amily being the King’s Own) I have no idea how it happened. Despite that, this was a really good book! I read it in 2 days, and it’s made me happy that I have the third book in this series already… Read more »

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Sep 21
Aveline (Lost Vegas #1) by Lizzy Ford (review)

Aveline (Lost Vegas #1) by Lizzy Ford (review)

So much of this book dragged. There were a lot of interesting bits that I breezed through quickly. But in between those bits, there were slow spots and things going on that I just didn’t care about. I wanted to like this book, it sounded really good, and I was super curious about why Tiana was locked away and mistreated. There is a brothel scene early on, and you find out that the poor people are cannibals because there isn’t enough other meat to go around. There are signs all through the book that something horrible happened in the past,… Read more »

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Sep 18
No Farm, No Foul (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery #1) by Peg Cochran (review)

No Farm, No Foul (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery #1) by Peg Cochran (review)

This looked interesting, but wasn’t one of my top pics from the batch I had been sent for review. And then I started reading it! I read the entire thing from cover to cover in one day, and loved it! The blog entries are interesting, and make for a unique touch. I liked reading about Shelby and her kids, and the characters were really well fleshed out. I had an inkling of who the killer was by around the half-way point, but it turned out I was only half-right. I liked the way the clues were scattered through the book,… Read more »

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Sep 14
The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

The Last Phoenix (Genie #2) by Linda Chapman (review)

I didn’t like this one as much as the first book. I still liked it, but there were a number of cringe-worthy moments that made me want to skim past them. Like the first book, the 4 siblings stumble upon something magical. And they go on various adventures to help the phoenix hatch her egg. I liked Fenella, she didn’t act like I expected a phoenix to in my head, but she was a fun character if a bit ditzy. I liked how the kids had to work together in order to get each item that Fenella needed. And while… Read more »

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