Book Review50 Ways to Hex Your Lover

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3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008

I was twigged onto Linda Wisdom's witch series in a 'if you like' spin for something resembling Darynda Jones. Right away I liked the cartoonish cover. Immediately I liked the sassy set of characters to delve into. But instantly, I knew it was not the same caliber ride as Darynda Jones. I like sassy. I like romance. I like adventure. 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover had all of those in abundance...overflowing abundance. Jazz was so fiery it went beyond my ability to relate to her as a reader. The romance was so hot it was too hot for the lines I draw on that area. The adventure, well, it was just alright so I can't complain on that level really, but things in lists are always better in threes! There is a lot to...

Book ReviewBetween the Lines

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3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Simon Pulse, 2012

I have to admit to being a little disappointed by this novel by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha Van Leer. When I began it - I loved it. I loved the concept; I loved the trio narrative between Delilah, Oliver and the telling of the actual fairy tale which connects the two characters - one on page, one reading the page. The few full colour pictures were a nice touch as well as the black and white silhouettes. BUT then that initial fascination faded for me like a drop of pure paint and then a bucket of water washed it down next to nothing. Big beef number one: This book is not...

Book ReviewInfinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Scholastic Inc., 2012

I love sharing books with my daughter. It is good like a heaping scoop of ice cream with caramel sauce (though she would argue chocolate sauce is better). It's a fun, interesting link to discuss the merits and downfalls of a book with her and it deepens our bond as 'people friends' outside of the mother/daughter dynamic. A Mutiny in Time, the first in the Infinity Ring series was a perfect duo read for us. Despite our sauce choice differences, we both found A Mutiny a Time a...

Book ReviewThe Vindico

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2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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G.P. Putnam Sons, 2012

Author Wesley King has watched a fair share of action movies. How do I know this? His book reads like a movie script - lots of action, lots of punching and explosions and kidnapping and and and not a lot else. Without bashfulness I can claim to be a stereotypical female reader. I like good stories, I like a little romance, and I like my happy endings. I'm not asking for rocket science (I'd fall asleep in the acknowledgements) but neither am I after something so light there's nothing solid in it. In other words, I like a sandwich with not just lettuce and mayo - this book read like lettuce and mayo between the bread with...

Book ReviewFireside

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Mira, 2009

I loved the wintery cover on this novel and chose it as my holiday read. Perhaps, like me, your holidays are wonderful but rushed and reading goes to the backburner of priorities. This is my first Susan Wiggs novel and I'm pleased as Christmas punch to say it won't be my last. The very best scenario for reading a novel is a nice chunk of time - 3 hours, but with Fireside, I snatched 30 minutes here, 30 minutes there with a couple days in between my visits. And yet, despite the lack of a luxurious deep dive I...

Book ReviewBody Guard

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3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Balantine Books, 1999

After a plethora of young adult books I felt the need for some adult level reading. I researched authors who wrote close to my newest favourite author Darynda Jones and came up with Suzanne Brockmann. I'd never read any of her books before and looked forward to an award winning, The Body Guard, by Suzanne. The rating for this book is so/so because that is exactly how I felt when I finished. There were some things I quite enjoyed, but to balance that perfectly, there were some equally low points for me. Starting with the positive, Suzanne does an exemplary job...

Book ReviewPegasus the Flame of Olympus

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5
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
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Scholastic Inc, 2011

GUEST REVIEWER CRYSTAL AKA MISS GEVIOUS JR: I gave this book my best review because I wanted to keep reading it every time I got interrupted. It is very fast paced which keeps you interested and it reminded me of Rick Riordan's books - they both have Roman Gods and teach you about Greek mythology without it feeling like a classroom. Reading this book you really get to...

Book ReviewThe Iron Queen

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2
I don't need my money back but I'm willing to prop a door open with this one.
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Harlequin Teen, 2011

I've a few key pet peeves with The Iron Queen - namely, being the THIRD book in a TRILOGY would indicate to any normal person that this would be the final book in the three book set...nope.  My second pea-shooter is aimed at my first pet peeve in book one, we are bogged down by the descriptions of species and the complex ways the certain factions get along/don't get along/kinda get along etc.  Not to mention we have sworn enemies deciding to get along for the time being but they won't again soon and snooze.......

Book ReviewDeath and the girl next door

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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St. Martin's Griffin, 2012.

Another series by Darynda Jones? YUMMY! Finding this book by chance on the shelves was like a disco ball falling from the ceiling and "Party Rocket" bursting from invisible speakers. I didn't think it was possible for a new favorite author of mine to have anything on the shelves without me having devoured it first. Being a librarian DOES have its perks you know. I was curious about this Young Adult series by Darynda because her adult series is very, um, adult in content. True, there are some definite sizzly, hot spots, but...

Book ReviewThe Iron Daughter

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4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Harlequin Teen, 2010

Thank goodness the summary doesn't really summarize the book...though it is supposed to, really. But the synopsis is kinda limp which is why I had to drag myself to finally pick up The Iron Daughter and get going. And lo and behold - that synopsis really just snapshots the first three chapters then WHAMO! we're into adventure and action mode. I had mixed feelings about the first book in this trilogy, The Iron King. I felt it was way too concerned with detailing the various species, the complexity of their rivals vs comrades and it bogged the flow of the story down quite a bit. I'm happy to report that all gets left behind in The Iron Daughter, book two. Instead, we focus on just a few key characters and their very dangerous quest. Who doesn't love a good quest?

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