Oct 07
The Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (review)

The Godmother by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (review)

    With appearances from Snow White, Hansel and Gretal, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, and other familiar characters, I expected something more. But the reality is this is not a light read, not a fairy story, and certainly not for children or younger teens. Each person you meet in the book has problems, yes they tend to parallel the stories they’re from, but they’re also darker. Hansel and Gretal for instance. Their mother leaves them in a shopping mall, twice! The first time a kindly police officer manages to reunite them with their mother. The second time? A pedophile takes… Read more »

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Oct 05
Suitcase Of Stars (Enchanted Emporium book 1) by P. D. Baccalario (review)

Suitcase Of Stars (Enchanted Emporium book 1) by P. D. Baccalario (review)

    There are lots of neat black and white illustrations in this book. I’m not sure if the eBook version has them or not, as my copy is a hardback. It kept my attention throughout the book, and Finley seemed to be in character for a 13 year old boy. More interested in fishing and mysteries than in school. Most of the book is getting to know the characters and figuring out mysteries. It sounds like a slow or boring read, but the way everything came together actually made the book go fast. It’s also told from Finley’s point… Read more »

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Oct 03
Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae Book 1) by Deanna Chase (review)

Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae Book 1) by Deanna Chase (review)

  I love how the Fae are portrayed in the book. The author fleshed them out wonderfully well, all the little quirks and explanations about what will sap their powers, as well as what will boost them. So many authors make the mistake of making their main character all-powerful or perfect. Willow is shown to have both strengths and weaknesses, and it makes for a more realistic read. (And yes, I did just say ‘realistic’ about a fantasy novel!) I also got easily and quickly attached to the characters. Willow’s best female friend and usual partner Phoebe quickly became a… Read more »

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Sep 29
Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (review)

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (review)

      Sookie & Bill are described as perfect in appearance, neither of the two main characters seem to have any flaws. They’re both equally gorgeous and stereotypically so. Sookie keeps mentioning to you the reader, that she is disabled. Apparently she means the fact that she can read minds is a ‘disability’. She is also incredibly shallow, if people aren’t beautiful or have wonderful personalities she looks down on them. She uses her telepathy on nearly everyone, while telling herself that it isn’t her fault, it was an accident. Or that they deserved it because they’re bad people…. Read more »

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Sep 27

B&N Coupon Code

Just got an e-mail from Barnes & Noble, they’re doing a 20% off promotion on Monday September 29th, 2014. If you use coupon code BNSEPT29 at check-out, you’ll get 20% off one item. This is only good for that date, so if you’re planning on buying something from them anyway, remember to use it! Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 36 other subscribers Email Address

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Sep 26
Nocturnal Academy by Ethan Somerville (review)

Nocturnal Academy by Ethan Somerville (review)

    I really enjoyed this book. Bits of it reminded me of “Harry Potter”, but for the most part it has a charm all it’s own. It was weird reading that high school started at age 13, and I’m not sure where in the world it takes place. I’m guessing the UK somewhere as mothers are referred to as “mum”. It is the first in a series, and was good enough I will be picking up more of them. If you like fantasy books that contain werewolves, vampires, nature spirits, demons and other creatures of that ilk, and enjoy… Read more »

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Sep 22
Surviving The Fog – Kathy’s Recollections by Stan Morris (review)

Surviving The Fog – Kathy’s Recollections by Stan Morris (review)

    The story is told from the point of view of a 14 year old girl from Morgan Hill California. But I would not recommend it for younger readers as the story has dark themes, including murder and a hanging early on. At one point, Kathy likens what is happening to “The Lord of the Flies“, and that is a fairly apt comparison for this book. It is a very interesting read, kept my attention and made me want to know how it ended. Mike was my favorite character, even though it was told from Kathy’s point of view,… Read more »

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Sep 19
Hell Hounds Are For Suckers by Jessica McBrayer (review)

Hell Hounds Are For Suckers by Jessica McBrayer (review)

  Hannah talks and acts like a teenager even though she’s close to 200 years old. There are many mentions of marijuana throughout the book. It’s the 2nd in a series, and only 57 pages long. So it’s a quick read, and has some funny parts to it. Over-all it was cute, and made me curious about the other books in the series. If you’re looking for a fluffy and quick read, and enjoy vampires, djinn, and other fantasy creatures, this would be a good choice. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog… Read more »

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Sep 16
Luck In The Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (review)

Luck In The Shadows by Lynn Flewelling (review)

    I love this series as far as I’ve read it (which at this point is only to book 3). But commenting only on this first book, everything introduced in the book is relevant. There is no throwing in of random elements just to move the plot along. If it is mentioned once, you can be sure that the person/history/guild/whatever it is, is going to pop up again later in the book, and most likely later in the series as well. There is also not a huge amount of info-dumping. The history you need to know about Skala is… Read more »

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