Heartless By Marissa Meyer
Reviews / July 15, 2017

I love Alice in Wonderland. I love Origin Stories. What I don’t enjoy is the love trope that one character is wishy washy with their affections. I enjoy a good romance, but this I love you yet I’m going to brush you off and look down my nose at you so you are unsure of my feelings. It was fun to see connections to all the original story and where they came from. Even the unexpected connection. They were like little desserts to the story. I would say this is a borrow from the library book. I don’t see myself rereading this.

Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman
Reviews / July 12, 2017

This was not what I was expecting. I had made the assumption since Neil Gaiman is a well known fiction writer that this would be a new fiction story based off the Norse Pantheon. I was sadly mistaken. This is a collection of the famous Norse stories basically just re-written in Gaiman’s writing style. Now I will say that this did make reading these stories very easy and enjoyable. He took all the research he did into that culture and made it more assessable for the main stream public. But I already know the tales, and to me this was missing the spark that I get from his writing. If you are looking for a good introduction to Norse Mythos, this is a great beginning; just not what I was looking for. I’d say either borrow it from the Library. It does not need to come home with me.

My Lady Jane By Cynthia Hand
Reviews / June 21, 2017

Historical Romance- with a twist. This book is light hearted and full of comedy. Cynthia Hand writes like The Princess Bride with the narrator interrupting the story and all. This is the story of Jane Grey, a woman who was the Queen of England for less than a full week. The country is being torn apart, not by religion, but by shape shifters. It’s interesting to see how they portray bias and make it an inoffensive thing to the reader. This book is silly & fun while, if you are willing to look deeper into it, taking on some pretty heavy topics of prejudice. I’d say this one is a good borrow from the library book. It is a quick read, good for a summer afternoon!

The Isle of the Lost (Descendants #1) By Melissa de la Cruz
Reviews / May 26, 2017

This book was made strictly to satisfy Disney nerds. I would know, I am one. 🙂 That being said, I’m sure this review is going to be skewed because of it. After Happily Ever After all od the Disney Villains are sentenced to live on an island cut off from the rest of the kingdoms. The story is about the children that live and were raised on that island. Being evil is all they know and they strive to live up to their parents legacies. This is a fun & quick read that happens before the Made for TV Disney Channel Original Movie “The Descendants”. It takes a look at a persons personality and whether they are born inheritably evil or changed by the world around them. For most people I would say this is a borrow from the Library, but with my huge Disney addiction this is a must own. Not to hard cover extreme, but I still want a copy for myself..

Touch of Power (Healer #1) By Maria V. Snyder
Reviews / May 1, 2017

Same author, different series. When I first grabbed this book I thought it would be another Ixia story. I admit that was all in my head. This book has nothing to do with the others, outside of the fact that this world doesn’t like magicians either. In this book all the Kingdoms killed off every healer save for one. Why you ask? When a plague came through they were not able to heal it and so the people got furious and mobbed. Avry has been on the run for the last 3 years just trying to survive. Unfortunately her kind heart wont let the suffering of a child continue and therefore she is caught and sentenced to be executed the next morning. She is rescued in the early morning before the hanging by group of men that have one purpose, to find a healer and save the realms. Sounds great until she realizes the leader they want her to save has the same plague. What is she to do? I enjoy Snyder’s writing style of fast paced first person. It allows you to be a part of her inner struggle and share her thought process. I don’t know why she…

Dark Witch Trilogy By Nora Roberts
Reviews / April 11, 2017

Let’s talk about all 3 books in 90 seconds! Good thing Nora Roberts writes books that are similar enough to cover quickly. Not my favorite of her trilogies, but still entertaining.

90 Second Review: A Child Called “It”
Reviews / March 28, 2017

Today it is Shannon’s turn to see how well she can do a book review in under 90 seconds! Review is about A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer. This book is known to be quite a rough read emotionally. Do you agree?

60 Second Review: The Candy Shop War
Reviews / February 23, 2017

Ooof!! Have you ever tried to cover what you thought of a book and give a summary in less than a minute? Well I just gave it my first go. By the 4th or 5th try I was starting to get the hang of it. Look for these little shorts in the future!

Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven #5) By Brandon Mull
Reviews / February 16, 2017

This was a wonderful ending to the Fablehaven Series. I was sad to read at the end that there weren’t going to be any more books to continue on with our favorite characters, but they really don’t NEED more story. In this final installment everything comes to a head. Everyone is captured at one point in time. Friends turn to enemies, enemies turn to friends. They travel all over the world and you get to experience the 5th and hidden reserve. There is all out war, brave heroics, heart breaking losses, and a peanut butter sandwich. This final book just solidifies my desire to see this series done in a movie or mini series format. I would love to see everyone go through their adventures one last time on screen.

More Post-Valentine Reads
Reviews / February 15, 2017

Hey! RikaChu here with more post-Valentine book reviews! If you haven’t already, go read Sassy Librarian’s review first (because hers has hedgehogs in it.) There are so many great romance novels out there and today I want to focus on Tessa Dare’s Castles Ever After regency series. Each book features a heroine who inherits a castle somehow only to find a handsome man in the vicinity of the property. (Doesn’t the heroine’s picture look like Emma Thompson? I think so.)  In Romancing the Duke, our heroine Isolde Ophelia Goodnight finds herself in possession of a castle not unlike the ones featured in her father’s famous stories. The castle just happens to inhabited by a brooding bachelor and no wonder too, having lost his sight early on in his playboy career and becoming the tenant of castle. Of course, they don’t get along at first because he refuses to recognize her claim on the property, but only the best stories feature characters that find love through some form of mutual distaste for each other. It reminds me of the story of Beauty and the Beast, so if you’re into that sort of thing, try this book out. (She has to be…