Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books I’d Like to Live

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, where after a week's hiatus I realized all the TTT posts I'd written back in January had run out (how are we at the end of March already?) and I had to stop relying on all of my scheduled posts and actually get around to writing things again. I've … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Places in Books I’d Like to Live

Book Review: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibanez

I think my main issue with this book is that I'm supposed to feel sorry for Ximena in the beginning, when she's captured by the Llacsans, and I feel nothing. She is supposed to be the Decoy Condesa, but everything she does shows that she has had very little training in this matter. She is … Continue reading Book Review: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibanez

Book Review: “Over the Woodward Wall” by A. Deborah Baker

First of all, let this be known that this is the first book in a series, so if you're not looking for a commitment, you may want to skip this book until the rest of the books have been published. Now, having said that, let's begin. I have read a lot of regular "adult" fiction … Continue reading Book Review: “Over the Woodward Wall” by A. Deborah Baker

First Impression Friday: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibañez

There's a map at the start of this book, and I am a sucker for maps. From GoodReads: Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Woven in Moonlight” by Isabel Ibañez

Book Review: “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan

First things first: this book seems way more advanced, reading-level-wise, than the Percy Jackson series. I don't know if that's because the main characters are in the 15-16ish age range (whereas Percy was just 12 in The Lightning Thief), but this book doesn't feel nearly as middle school-y as the first series did. The stylistic … Continue reading Book Review: “The Lost Hero” by Rick Riordan

Book Review: “Spellbreaker” by Charlie N. Holmberg

I really, really enjoyed Spellbreaker's London (and by extension, England). The magic system is believable (anyone can become a magician, but the main barrier is money, like it is with most things), and the characters all seem to have some purpose. Elise Camden is the main character of the book, although the perspective shifts between … Continue reading Book Review: “Spellbreaker” by Charlie N. Holmberg

Book Review: “The Devil and the Dark Water” by Stuart Turton

Samuel Pipps is Sherlock Holmes before Sherlock Holmes was invented. His escapades are written down by his loyal bodyguard ("I'd be lost without my blogger"!) and they're distributed all over the East India Trading Company's lands for people to read. How, then, did he find himself locked up in the filthy windowless room in the … Continue reading Book Review: “The Devil and the Dark Water” by Stuart Turton

First Impression Friday: “Spellbreaker” by Charlie N Holmberg

So far, I'm on a roll this year. As of this writing, it's only January 4 and I've read two books and started a third. I don't think I read this many books in the first three months of 2020. Today's book is Spellbreaker, which I received as a Kindle First book ages ago (I … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “Spellbreaker” by Charlie N Holmberg

First Impression Friday: “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman

First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! Today, I'm starting The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. It's one of those kids' series that I missed growing up, and now that my husband has moved in with me, I have access to all of his books, too, and there are so many that … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman

First Impression Friday: “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik was October's book club book for the Fantastic Stranglings Book Club, led by Jenny Lawson over at The Bloggess. I, unfortunately, was in full wedding-stress-meltdown-panic mode, and a such I just picked up this book this week. From BookShop: I decided that Orion Lake needed to die after the … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “A Deadly Education” by Naomi Novik