Review: Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

Review: Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

April 19, 2013 2013, book rating, C+, reviews 0

This is a buddy review I did with nath over at Breezing Through. I had a lot of fun talking with nath about this book, but it did make me realize I’m not a very critical reader. While we discussed the book I had to admit a number of things in the book were problems! This is also a new author I read so this is another of my New Author Challenge 2013 books. This is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby The Hearts and Thrones series, book 1 Genre: Fantasy Romance Published by: Signet, 2013 E-book, purchased 400 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis:Vitala Salonius, champion… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday–Top Ten Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

Top Ten Tuesday–Top Ten Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

April 16, 2013 2013, books, Top Ten Tuesday 0

Note: I had trouble finishing up this post this morning after the terrible events in Boston yesterday. One of my daughters ran in the Boston Marathon a couple years ago so this brought back memories of my happiness for her that day with the horror of seeing those bombs go off  blanketed over those happy memories. Plus I have a nephew and his wife who just moved from Boston. My hearts go out to all the people injuried or killed yesterday, their families and to all of Boston. My thoughts are also with the police, FBI and everyone working to catch the person or person who did this: I hope… Read more »

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National Library Week–April 14 – 20

National Library Week–April 14 – 20

April 15, 2013 2013, books, National Library Week 0

April 14-20 is National Library Week here in the U.S. I love libraries. The small town I grew up in didn’t have any bookstores so the library in our town was very precious to us. Some of my earliest memories are going to the library with my mother. I remember the children’s section was in the basement. I was thrilled when I finally came upstairs and looked for books in the adult section! In those days there weren’t any young adult books though looking back a lot of the books I read were pretty much young adult–Mary Stewart, Andre Norton and some of Robert Heinlein, for example. I loved spending… Read more »

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Sunday Post–April 14

Sunday Post–April 14

April 14, 2013 2013, Sunday Post, Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy Month 0

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I review my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week. Last Week Around the House We drove home from Iowa this week. Lots of driving, but fun to see friends and family. My husband helped his dad clean up his yard to get ready for spring. We arrived back in the DC area and it was summer! The daffodils my sisters-in-law helped me plant last fall are blooming, tulips are growing and the lawn is getting green. We’ve only been in this house a few months so this… Read more »

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Review: Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin

Review: Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin

April 11, 2013 2013, B, book rating, reviews 0

R. L. Naquin is another new author I’ve read this year. Thus, this review is listed at the New Author Challenge 2013 hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. I love the fact that I’m finding so many new authors I want to read. Usually I don’t read more than a half dozen new authors in a year. For whatever reason (even before I found this challenge) I read five new authors just in January! Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin A Monster Haven series, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by: Carina Press, 2012 E-book, purchased 209 pages Grade: B I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But… Read more »

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Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

April 9, 2013 2013, B, book rating, reviews 0

Bec McMaster is another new author I’ve read this year. Thus, this review is listed at the New Author Challenge 2013 hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Kiss of Steel  by Bec McMaster London Steampunk Series, Book One Genre: Steampunk Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca, September 2012 E-book, purchased 448 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Honoria Todd has no choice. Only in the dreaded Whitechapel district can she escape the long reach of the Duke of Vickers. But seeking refuge there will put her straight into the hands of Blade, legendary master of the rookeries. No one would dare cross him, but what price would he demand to keep her safe?… Read more »

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Sunday Post–April 7

Sunday Post–April 7

April 7, 2013 2013, Sunday Post 0

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I look back at the last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week. Last Week Around the House Spring Clean-up in Iowa We haven’t been around the house too much. We drove from Maryland to Iowa for a quick trip to see some of our family. We’ve been having a great time here in Iowa and though we don’t see flowers blooming or trees leafing out yet it’s in the 60’s. Nice to have some warm weather. We haven’t had more than a day or two in the 60’s… Read more »

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Review: Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen

Review: Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen

April 4, 2013 2013, B+, book rating, mini book review, reviews 0

I am challenging myself to read new authors this year. Luckily I found a blog which is hosting a new author challenge! This challenge–New Author Challenge 2013–is hosted by the Literary Escapism blog. Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen Forged Bloodlines series, book 1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011 E-book, purchased 260 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: Anja Evans wakes up in the morgue with a helluva hangover. She chalks it up to a strange brush with death and gets back to her life as a music student in San Francisco. It takes almost eating her best friend before she figures out…… Read more »

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April 2013 Books

April 2013 Books

April 2, 2013 2013, books, Books on my radar 0

April 1 This is free right now for the Kindle (I’m not sure about other sites) Far in the Wilds by Deanna Raybourn Prequel Novella (54 pages) Published by Harlequin Mira Genre: Historical  Synopsis: Kenya, 1918  Ryder White is Canadian by birth but African by choice. He is more at home in the wilds of the savannah, shooting and sleeping his way across the continent, than amongst the hedonistic colonists of Kenyan society.  In a landscape where one false move can cost a man his life, Ryder’s skill as a guide is unparalleled, but only the rich or royal can afford his services. When a European prince hires Ryder to… Read more »

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Sunday Post–March 31

Sunday Post–March 31

March 31, 2013 2013, Sunday Post 0

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Last Week Around my house We had a little snow on Monday (second consecutive Monday!), but the daffodils two of my sisters-in-law helped me plant last fall are finally coming up! I love daffodils and the deer leave them alone. Next week we may finally get some warmer weather. Our oldest daughter (who lives in North Carolina right now) came for a visit this weekend. It’s so good to see her! Posts on my blog Top Ten Tuesday–Books I Recommend to Friends Review: The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir Books read Frost Burned… Read more »

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