November 2018 — A Wrap-Up

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Even though I read this book in October, I forgot to include it in that month’s wrap-up. So, reviewing it now. Cinder is the story of Cinderella but one who is half cyborg and works as a mechanic. All the elements you’d expect from such a story are there, i.e., an evil stepmom,…

Reading Anniversaries & First-in-a-Series — July Edition

2017 Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson This was my first encounter with Kamala Khan and boy did I love what I read! What made her an authentic character were her lifelike issues, including those of being a teenager, a superhero coming into her powers, of trying to find her place…

August 2018 — A Wrap-Up

Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas This series is light, entertaining, and satisfies all my once-in-a-blue-moon romance cravings. I know the setting and the characters are familiar. While they may be cut out from the same stencil: the guys are manly and stubborn and the ladies are quirky and non-traditional. These books are still fun…

July 2018 — A Wrap Up

Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs “Silver” I finally learned how Samuel and Bran became werewolves. The story is dark and violent but that seems fitting. “Roses in Winter” Asil, an aging werewolf in the Marrok’s pack is more man than beast. An innocent girl, Kara, begins to change all that….

I Review Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

I started reading this book at a weird time in my life. A loss that I’m still grieving and new changes make for bad companions. Those reasons could be why I enjoyed reading this book much more than I should have. You’ll see what I mean when I share the two contrasting views that I…

June 2018 — A Wrap Up

Shaman Rises by C. E. Murphy Read my series review here. Meanwhile here are two of my fave quotes from the last book: Don’t you just love it when a favorite author of yours quotes/alludes to the work of another favorite author?   I saw Morrison’s face twitch like he couldn’t believe I was baiting…

May 2018 — A Wrap Up

Vamps and the City by Kerrelyn Sparks A pleasant surprise! I was expecting the lead couple would jump into bed immediately but I liked how the author took time to let the relationship develop. I also appreciated how they were willing to sacrifice their vamp/human nature for each other but decided on a compromise. I will definitely…

April 2018 — A Wrap Up

Out for Blood by Kristen Painter This series has many flaws but since I have read the first few books I am going to see it through. While it is true that I have been spacing them out, so I could have missed it but I kept searching for a bigger picture or an overarching…

March 2018 — A Wrap Up

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry Creates a feeling of dread very nicely but doesn’t follow through. The protag is made to look so smart in so many ways and yet her stupidity gets an old woman killed! Barely anything happens in the book and it feels like a go-between for the first and third books…

Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles – March Edition

2017 The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman Find my review here   Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Review here   Coraline by Neil Gaiman  My review   Dune by Frank Herbert First, Second, Third, and Fourth parts.   All Flesh Is Grass by Clifford D. Simak The review   2016 The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters I love reading books by this author because they portray human interaction…