Category: All Reviews

Jul 14
Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires #2) by Chloe Neill (review)

Friday Night Bites (Chicagoland Vampires #2) by Chloe Neill (review)

I spent a lot of this book rooting for Morgan. I know, I know. It’s obvious from the beginning of book 1 that Merit is interested in Ethan, and he in her. Even if it doesn’t look like it will work. But Morgan seemed like such a sweet guy. I couldn’t help hoping! (And no, I won’t say who she picked, because she didn’t exactly pick? And because spoilers. *nods*) Merit did a few stupid things during the course of the book. Some of them made sense for her personality and what was happening at the time. But I couldn’t… Read more »

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Jul 13
Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

Bastion (Valdemar: Collegium Chronicles #5) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

There were a number of flashbacks in this book. Which is good if it’s been a while since you read the first book in this series, but if you mostly remember what happened, there are quite a few pages to skip over. This book wasn’t as slow as some of the earlier books in this series, but it wasn’t as suck you in as the previous book either. It was a mixture of both. I liked the mention of Tayledras and their vales in the book. I also liked the circuit bits, and how not all the towns Mags and… Read more »

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Jul 10
A Toxic Trousseau (A Witchcraft Mystery #8) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

A Toxic Trousseau (A Witchcraft Mystery #8) by Juliet Blackwell (review)

This sounded like it might be fun, and then once I started reading it I realized that the Winchester Mystery House was part of the book! It’s been renamed, and the rifles and actual people from the House have also been renamed. But anyone who has ever been there will know exactly what the book is talking about, even with the name changes! I liked all the twists and turns the book took. Besides the main mystery, Lily is put in charge of San Francisco’s magical community. And there were a number of funny moments because of this. I’m super… Read more »

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Jul 07
The Skeleth (The Nethergrim Trilogy #2) by Matthew Jobin (review)

The Skeleth (The Nethergrim Trilogy #2) by Matthew Jobin (review)

I liked the first book a little more than this one. But I still really enjoyed this book as well. One of the things I loved about the last one was the strong friendship between Edmund, Katherine and Tom. And how they worked together to save the children stolen by the Nethergrim. In this book they’re separated for a great deal of the story. Tom is away with Katherine’s father, and then ends up on a quest of his own. Edmund and Katherine are in the same village still, but they’re kept apart by various things. This book had a… Read more »

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Jul 06
A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

This was such a fun book! The characters were all interesting, the children were believable, and I liked figuring out the mysterious bits. You don’t get a lot of magic right away (other than the ghosts), but you do get a little bit of history as to why magic is mostly gone from the world. I liked the ghost animals, though I didn’t like how cats are portrayed. The ghost T-Rex was a fun surprise. The book is apparently set in the UK somewhere, as there were a few phrases that were different than what we would say in America…. Read more »

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Jun 30
A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

A True Princess (Fairy Tale Princesses) by Diane Zahler (review)

I loved how devoted Lilia, Kai and Karina were to each other. Even though Lilia was basically adopted (found floating down the river in a basket as a baby), they all love each other like siblings. I was expecting the reveal about who Lilia’s parents were, but it was still interesting to find out how she was lost all those years ago. There was a good bit of world building for such a short book. I liked the elves, Odin and the Wild Hunt. I also liked the bit about the Royal Beds. There is a tiny hint of romance… Read more »

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Jun 29
Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (review)

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn (review)

This sounded like it was going to be a really funny and cute read! Unfortunately the characters were a little too juvenile for me. Evie kept making it a point to mention that she had learned such-and-such when writing a paper in college. Only, she and Aveda acted like angsty teens for most of the book. So I really couldn’t see her as the intended age. Evie spends the first half of the book allowing Aveda to bully her into doing things she doesn’t want to do. She also has bottled her emotions up so tight, that it appears she… Read more »

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Jun 26
Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery #14) by Maggie Sefton (review)

Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery #14) by Maggie Sefton (review)

This sounded like it was going to be a fairly interesting mystery. I liked the synopsis, and the first pages caught my attention. Unfortunately it started to irk me shortly after that. Almost every single character is introduced like this: “friend Lisa”, “newcomer Nancy”, “Rottweiler Carl”, “boyfriend Pete”, “waitress so-and-so” … And some of them were introduced that way multiple times in the book. As though the author was aware we might not remember who the character was because they didn’t have much personality. The very central characters had enough personality and quirks that you remember who they are, but… Read more »

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Jun 23
The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin (review)

The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim Trilogy #1) by Matthew Jobin (review)

I loved the legends and magic system. Magic that has costs and that you can’t do over and over again. Magic that makes you give something in exchange for what you want to have happen. The legends felt true to life, in that they grew and twisted away from what actually happened. All the characters felt very real, with strengths and flaws. Ones you grew attached to and really wanted to know more about, like Edmund, Katherine and Tom. Ones that you hated and wanted bad things to happen to like Athelstan, and ones that actually grew and changed like… Read more »

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Jun 22
Boundary Born (Boundary Magic #3) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

Boundary Born (Boundary Magic #3) by Melissa F. Olson (review)

I liked that we got to know more about Quinn’s past in this book. We finally find out how he became a vampire, and a bit about his family. We also learn more about Lex’s birth family, and more about boundary magic in general. I like Lex, but it bugged me a bit that she’s still not relying on her magic the way she should. Her first instincts (and sometimes second ones too!) are still to attack or react like a normal non-magical human. She has to be reminded that she has other ways she can deal with things now…. Read more »

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