Category: All Reviews

Aug 10
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1) by Jessica Day George (review)

I loved the idea of a sentient castle. One who would add on rooms when bored, or just because. I also liked how it seemed to love Celie, and added things or changed where things were in the castle to help her. I liked Celie’s siblings, though Celie was my favorite of the characters. I also liked the intrigue, and how the bad guys tried to take over the castle. It was believable, and made perfect sense as to why they were doing it. Sometimes it was hard to remember how old Celie was supposed to be, as some scenes… Read more »

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Aug 07
Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams (review)

Murder in the Secret Garden (Book Retreat Mysteries #3) by Ellery Adams (review)

The secret garden comparison is what drew me to this book. Unfortunately the garden was barely mentioned. Jane’s garden sounds like what the blurb was describing, except for the poisonous plants. And then past the half-way mark of the book, another garden is introduced that has the plants, and is found behind a normally locked gate. But even then, neither garden was in the book for long at all. I did like Jane, and her twin sons. And the duck race was cute. I liked the Fins, and was curious as to how they had come to be in service… Read more »

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Aug 03
Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1) by Faith Hunter (review)

Having not read any books by this author before, I wasn’t sure if I’d be confused reading a spin off series. But it wasn’t confusing at all. In fact, I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished it! The magic and creatures aren’t quite like I’ve met before. There are wereleopards and vampires, but they have their own unique spin. I really like how Tandy’s empathy was done. It was believable, and as much a weakness as it was a strength. I loved how Soulwood was almost sentient but not quite. The way it and Nell worked… Read more »

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Jul 31
In the Land of Milk and Honey (Elizabeth Harris Mystery #2) by Jane Jensen (review)

In the Land of Milk and Honey (Elizabeth Harris Mystery #2) by Jane Jensen (review)

I loved the mystery in this. And I loved the Amish characters too. It made perfect sense that some of them were stubborn, and still drinking the milk even though they knew some in their community had died because of doing that. THEIR cow(s) weren’t looking or acting sick, so why should they waste food? We didn’t see much of Ezra’s family in this, but we did get to interact with Katie’s. As well as meet new characters, Amish and English both. There are descriptions of dead people, adults and children in the book. Nothing graphic, things like ages, what… Read more »

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Jul 28
The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1) by Genevieve Cogman (review)

I loved the idea of a spy network made out of librarians. And the book grabs your attention from the first pages, because Irene is in the middle of a mission to steal a book from a boys school when the book opens. There are elements of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the 007 movies in the book. Not because the book is using either as a reference exactly, but because there is a great detective in Vale. And lots of narrow escapes, assistants who are more than what they seem, double-crosses and mysteries. Besides all that, there’s also the… Read more »

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Jul 27
The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #2) by M.A. Larson (review)

The Shadow Cadets of Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy #2) by M.A. Larson (review)

The first book concentrated a lot on what was happening inside the Academy. On the lessons, friendships, intrigue and day-to-day. This one had a little of the school day stuff, but mostly skimmed over that to focus on the friendships, things that happened before school started, and the mysteries Evie was trying to solve. For a lot of the book, the four friends were separate from each other a lot. Not in physical distance, but emotional. From hiding away, to finding other friends to hang out with, it didn’t have the closeness of the previous book. They do eventually work… Read more »

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Jul 24
A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #1) by Julia Buckley (review)

A Dark and Stormy Murder (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery #1) by Julia Buckley (review)

I was a little iffy on the first page of the book, because the main character is reading a mystery novel. And the plot of the novel was written out. So it was like reading a book inside a book. Which was a bit weird. But after that first page and a bit, the author stopped doing that and just concentrated on the actual book. Each chapter has a paragraph of the novel Lena and Camilla are writing together. And I think it was supposed to give you an idea about what each chapter was going to be about. But… Read more »

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Jul 21
The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (review)

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (review)

Witches. Firebirds. Rusalka. Friendship and magic. I love how Baba Yaga was portrayed, and how you’re never quite sure who is the bad person and who is the good one. Mary and Jacob’s friendship is one of the central plot threads. I liked getting to see how it developed during the book. I also liked how we were shown instead of told, a lot of the important information. We discovered things right along with Mary. Learning about magic and her new life, and getting to see all the changes that happened just because she had been picked instead of some… Read more »

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Jul 20
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (review)

Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (review)

I like when a girl pretending to be a boy is done well. This book does it well. In part because Aurora never actually means to pretend she’s a boy with Niklaas. It happens by accident while she’s still under the influence of the drugs the slavers gave her. And when she’s in her right mind again, she’s afraid to tell Niklaas that she’s not her brother. Partly because he’s a big guy and she isn’t sure if he won’t try to capture her himself. And partly because she needs him to help her save her brother. I like that… Read more »

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Jul 17
A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mystery #14) by Victoria Laurie (review)

A Grave Prediction (Psychic Eye Mystery #14) by Victoria Laurie (review)

I really like how Abby’s psychic ability works. And how snarky she is. She and Candice work really well together. In this book, most of the characters we’ve gotten to know from previous books aren’t around. Abby and Candice are in Los Angeles working on cases for the FBI there. Well, Abby is working on cases. Candice is a tag-along that wasn’t supposed to actually be there. She still helps Abby out a lot though. And I really liked getting to know Special Agent Hart, I hope we get to see more of her in other books. I didn’t really… Read more »

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