The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is the second book I’ve read from Holly Black. It is another stand alone book, so if you don’t want a series this is a good one.

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I thought I would share with you some of the lessons I’ve learned since starting my channel. You might hear this from others and it’s because it works. Understanding HOW had been elusive for me until recently. I don’t want you guys to have the same frustrations that I did trying to figure it out. This is not a competition and I am more than happy to go over what had been working and what didn’t so you don’t make t...

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This is an adorable series! I first fell in love with Annette Blair’s writing with her Accidental Witch series. It took me 10+ years before I found out that she had written this series.

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Review: The Tournament by Matthew Reilly
Reviews / October 18, 2016

  Matthew Reilly took a surprising turn in this book in comparison to his other works that I have read. The Tournament is a historical mystery and unlike his others stays fully in the past. The Tournament is based off of a time in Queen Elizabeth I childhood that is not well known and has been speculated over by historians and authors alike. In this telling she is brought on a journey to the Ottoman Empire to witness a chess tou...

Review: Epic of Gilgamesh
Reviews / September 14, 2016

This is a story that I have always wanted to read, but for some reason waited this long to do it. Most of the book was about interpreting the story and trying to make sense of the missing parts. Its a story about a journey, simple as that. What awed me was the fact that such poetry was around when this was first put into words. Commonly known as the first written story, it is one that we can relate to and understand even thousands of...

Meet Shannon, the Digital of Digital and Vellum!
Introduction / August 30, 2016

Hello all 🙂 It’s been my absolute pleasure to be a frequent guest on D&V, so much so that Crystal and I have decided to make it official! Though you may not see me all the time I am glad to join the project and engage with the growing D&V community. As you may have guessed from my video appearances I am a very spirited, ridiculous, and often foul mouthed person (sorry not sorry). I am currently attending UW-Stout as an ...

Review: Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
Reviews / August 28, 2016

This is a collection of short stories from the view of secondary characters. Most of these are based off of the original Selection books, just from their point of view. The only exception would be the story of the queen Amberly and how she went through her Selection process. Admittedly it was hard to read Amberly’s story since it has to do with the beginning stages of a very controlling and at times abusive relationship. Person...

Review: Room by Emma Donoghue
Reviews / August 23, 2016

Not what I expected. This was a book told from the eyes of a 5 yr old. You find out that his mother was abducted when she was 19 and forced to live in a 1 room shed. There she has Jack and you follow him from his 5th birthday on. It was jarring to read from such a young perspective, I honestly don’t think that he would be quite so simplistic about certain things. Here again, it has been quite a while since I was 5, so it might ...

Reader Book Problems Tag
Tag Videos / August 15, 2016

Everyone who are avid readers run across similar problems. How you handle them is different for everyone. Who do you think matches your way more, Crystal or Shannon?

July What The Heck Did I Read??
Wrap Ups / August 5, 2016

It’s that time of the month again. Let’s see what I was able to get through for the month of July.   July was a super busy month for me; I started school again, I had some surprises at home including a flood and gas poisoning, all of that on top of the normal adulting I have to do. With all that in mind I was able to read 5 books: The Magicians by Lev Grossman Beckoning Darkness by J.D. Stonebridge Poison Study by Ma...

June What The Heck Did I Read?
Wrap Ups / July 14, 2016

Welcome to a Quick run through / review of what we read for the month of June. Crystal read: The Crown by Kiera Cass Princess Bride by William Goldman Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon Born of Defiance by Sherrilyn Kenyon   Shannon read: Poison Study by Maria V Snyder Magic Study by Maria V Snyder Fire Study by Maria V Snyder Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

Coffee Book Tag
Tag Videos / June 24, 2016

What goes better together than Coffee and Book? Absolutely NOTHING! Shannon joins me for a quick Tag video about which coffees remind us of our favorite books. Do you agree? Would you have made different choices? Let us know!