Cover Art…

Cover Art…

I just realized something about myself: I’m a cover snob. Seriously. If you’d have asked me a day ago if I judged books by their covers, I’d have said, “No way.”   And I would have been So. Wrong.   I can admit that I’ve never bought a book based solely on a cover I’ve loved. But, I have picked several up and read the jacket blurbs because of their covers. So based on that, the cover did its job. It caught my eye and drew me in… I read the jacket copy and (hopefully) bought the book. Or not. […]

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Cinder

Cinder

I love fairytale retellings. But, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d like one that involved cyborgs. And that’s why it has taken me so long to read Cinder. A cyborg Cinderella? Really? How could I possibly get on board with that?   But, hey, I loved it. I mean, I’m not a big science fiction fan. I’m not even a huge fantasy fan (well, lately I have been). And I’m definitely not a cyborg fan. But I loved Cinder. Go figure. A cyborg Cinderella totally worked for me.   Meyer’s characters are well developed. Cinder has just enough snark […]

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Pull Me Close

Pull Me Close

Pull Me Close by Sidney Halston… hmm, what to say? I liked it? No, that’s not right. I loved it? Not right either. I related to it? Yes. That’s it. To be fair the first two statements fit as well.   I’ll be honest. There are very few—very few—books dealing with mental illness that I will recommend. Why? Because I live it. And, therefore, I’m very critical about how it’s presented. Panic attacks? Been there, done that. Anxiety that sometimes confines me to my home? Um, yes, that too. Depression? Well, they all go together, so yeah. When a person […]

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The Thousandth Floor

The Thousandth Floor

Okay, so, I’ll admit that I picked up this book at my local library because of all the buzz about it. It made me a little curious and I thought I’d give it a try. And, I must say, I have mixed feelings about The Thousandth Floor, the debut novel by Katharine McGee.   I thought it would be more of a dystopian-thriller/mystery. I knew a girl would die and got the impression from the first story blurb I read for the book many months ago that there would be some type of investigation or something of the like. Instead […]

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Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows is the fourth book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. The series has quickly become one of my favorites—along with thousands of other readers. I enjoyed Queen of Shadows more than I did Heir of Fire, book three. The action and intrigue starts on page one and doesn’t let up. It’s go, go, go. There’s a prison break, a courtesan and her young protégé saved, monsters killed, a prince , witches tortured, magic, a queen, kings, death, life, hope, and on, and on.   Characters, in my opinion, are one of the best aspects in […]

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Thankful

Thankful

    When I sat down to write this post, to list the things I’m thankful for as one often does this time of year, I realized I was at a loss for words. Not a nice place for an author to find herself, generally. But in this case, right now, it is the best place to be. I’m not at a loss for words because I have nothing to be thankful for, but because I have so much to be thankful for I don’t know how I could ever list it all.   Is my life perfect? No. Not […]

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Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns

I’ve wanted to read Anna Dressed in Blood for so long. I don’t know why I haven’t yet. Life, I suppose. So, when I saw Three Dark Crowns one Saturday when I was with my twin daughters at the library, I snatched it up. It’s not Anna Dressed in Blood, but it is by the same author: Kendare Blake. And I’ve heard great things about her writing.   Let me start with the cover. It’s awesome. It’s simple, no fluff or flowers or loving gazes. Just three crowns on a dark background. At least that’s the cover of my edition. […]

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The Girl On The Train

The Girl On The Train

What an awesome debut from Ms. Hawkins! I’ll admit, I’d never heard of The Girl on the Train until I saw the previews for the film. And since I’m a big fan of the lead actress who’ll play the main protagonist, Rachel Watson, in the movie (Emily Blunt), I immediately put the book on hold at my local library… along with every other resident of Winston-Salem, I think. But the weeks-long wait to get a copy was well worth it!   Rachel Watson is an odd protagonist. The reader almost pities her. Her husband cheated on her, divorced her for […]

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Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire is the third book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass Series. This series has rapidly become one of my favorites and I’ve devoured the books as fast as I can get my hands on them, which is odd because I’m generally not a huge fantasy genre lover. I suppose I can’t really say that anymore, however. I’ve just finished Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (awesome, btw) and now I’m starting Throne of Glass, book four: Queen of Shadows. I’m officially a fantasy genre convert.   I fell in love with the characters and world in […]

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CIN

CIN

“Lynn, Lynn, the city of sin; you never come out the way you went in.” Okay, so I have a confession to make. While I’ve never bought a book based solely on a cover I’ve loved (I have not bought one because of a bad cover, but that’s a different post), I’ve also never read a book based on a tagline… until now. The tagline of Pritchard’s CIN caught my eye (or ear, whatever) and made me take a second look at the jacket blurb. And I’m so glad I did. I thoroughly enjoyed CIN and the world it transported me […]

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