Source: Purchased

Divider

Feb 15
Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

Sinful Cinderella (Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series) by Anita Valle (review)

This was actually not quite what I was expecting. And that isn’t a bad thing at all! It’s a mix of Cinderella and Snow White, with a twisted Cinderella, and a funny and crazy Godmother. Nothing is quite what you remember from the fairy tale, or quite like any other retelling of Cinderella that I’ve read so far. I loved how nothing was quite what it seemed, and there were a lot of twists for such a short book. The story and characters are a bit dark and twisted, which just sucked me in further. I wanted to know what… Read more »

Divider

Oct 27
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Technically a re-read, but as I haven’t read it in 10 years or more and I wanted something spooky for October… This totally scared the crap out of me as a teenager. It isn’t as scary as an adult, but there are a number of spooky moments in the book. Heather is a horrible brat, constantly trying to get her step-siblings in trouble with her father, and trying to split up her Dad’s new marriage. But she is fairly well redeemed in the end, and the reason she was such a little terror is both believable and sad. I liked… Read more »

Divider

Oct 18
Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show by Robert Garcia (review)

Batman: Facts and Stats from the Classic TV Show by Robert Garcia (review)

This is one of my favorite Batman and Robin shows ever. So when I saw this book was coming out I had to preorder it. The colors and way they did the text blurbs, remind me strongly of the show. They have that voice over feel to them. Some of the pictures were blurry however, which I didn’t expect. And while there are facts and statistics, there are far less of them than I had expected. Half the book describes the show’s villains, 2-4 pages for the most recognized ones like Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and the Joker. And then a… Read more »

Divider

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 »

Divider

Aug 24
Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison (review)

Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison (review)

It’s been a while since I last read this series. But reading this book made everything come back like I’d just read the other 8 books recently. All the characters have strong, distinct personalities. A lot of the settings and twists are unique. And I really like the variety of fantasy species. Trent is just as much of a selfish, obnoxious brat as I remembered him being. But towards the end of the book we start to see glimpses of other facets of his personality we haven’t seen much of. I liked how Ivy is moving on from her crush/possible… Read more »

Divider

May 04
Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells (review)

Red-Headed Stepchild (Sabina Kane #1) by Jaye Wells (review)

“By now, I should have learned that luck, if she was a lady, was a mean-spirited bitch with a grudge against me.”   Some of this worked really well, and some of it just… didn’t. For a lot of the book we don’t know exactly how old Sabina is. She’s half vampire, and half magic user. We know she went to school to train to be an assassin. So I figured she must be somewhere in her late 20’s to mid-30’s. Especially when she has some blonde moments. Then we find out later that Sabina is actually in her 50’s…… Read more »

Divider

Mar 03
Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1) by Aileen Erin (review)

Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl #1) by Aileen Erin (review)

I picked this up free months ago, and then forgot about it. Added it to my Kindle during my Cali trip, but didn’t expect a whole lot from it. And then once I started reading it, I totally kicked myself for waiting so long to start this series! I loved Tessa! Most of her reactions were pretty believable for the situations she found herself in. I liked the way she dealt with being a werewolf. A lot of PNR series have the main character stress over being a werewolf a little bit, but then they get over it and end… Read more »

Divider

Feb 11
Transformation (Tempted by the Jaguar #1) by Cristina Rayne (review)

Transformation (Tempted by the Jaguar #1) by Cristina Rayne (review)

Being a short book, a lot happens fairly quickly. This series is done in installments, and while I liked the premise, there wasn’t as much explanation of how things work and character development as I would have liked. The ending was abrupt, like a longer book had been cut in half at an almost arbitrary point. The story did draw me in and made me want to read more. I liked Kylie and was curious about Hunter, but most of the other characters felt more like background filler. Most likely because so much happened in the book, and cutting it… Read more »

Divider

Feb 03
The Masterharper of Pern (Pern #15) by Anne McCaffrey (review)

The Masterharper of Pern (Pern #15) by Anne McCaffrey (review)

I’ve always loved Robinton, so getting a look into his life before he was the MasterHarper was fun! Petiron was an awful father, I can see better why he and Robinton don’t get on well. But his mother was such a sweet woman. She easily made my favorite character list. I also loved seeing the characters we know as old or middle-aged, as children and young adults. We get to meet Lord Groghe before he became a Lord. C’gan as a young dragonrider, Lessa as a toddler, Jerint, Shonagar, Silvina, Manora, Sebell, and a host of others I’ve already forgotten…. Read more »

Divider

Jan 20
Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy #1) by Pam Brondos (review)

Gateway to Fourline (The Fourline Trilogy #1) by Pam Brondos (review)

I liked this book. However the prologue? Not so much. We didn’t care about the characters at that point, didn’t have a clue what was going on or how the world worked. So having that be the first thing you read turned me off. I loved it once we met Natalie in chapter 1, she was easy to like and her money and family problems felt true to life. But I almost didn’t read that far because of not clicking at all with the prologue. It’s the first in a series, so there was a lot of setting up in… Read more »

Divider