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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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 30
September 2016 Wrap-Up

September 2016 Wrap-Up

    Not lot’s going on this month. I got more crochet done, 2 new scarves! And picked up a new pattern I want to try making a blanket with. Bought 7 skeins of christmas variegated yarn to use with it. It’s red, white and green. So if I get time to make much, I’ll show off a work in progress in next month’s wrap up. I plan on taking a week off work next month and doing a bit of a stay-cation. Where I sit around and read and crochet and not worry about work. *lol* I also plan… 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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