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September 20, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton

I’m from a family of readers, and my father has always been the one who when you tell him that he HAS to read a book, it makes him less likely to actually read it. I’ve inherited a lot of this from him. But as much as both of my parents love to toss books at me and say that they’d recommend them, when my father specifically seeks me out to say “this book is on NetGalley and you REALLY SHOULD READ IT”…I know I’m likely in for a treat. That being said, I do walk in with a small piece of trepidation. I am very much my father’s child, but we can have highly different opinions on media and entertainment. But if he’s this excited…

Well, he’s the reason I found NetGalley in the first place, so I’ll give it a try.

And holy cow, was I not left wanting. This book came out in the US on 09/18 and I fully recommend buying it RIGHT NOW.

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September 7, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert

When THE HAZEL WOOD came across my path, it absolutely sounded like it was my kind of book. Fairy tales, but the dark side of them, blending into reality. What wasn’t there for me to enjoy? Plus, the cover art is absolutely stunning. One hundred percent I was into this book. And I was delighted to find that it seemed to absolutely live up to every expectation I had.

…Yeah, you hear that “but” coming too, don’t you?

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August 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE LIGHTNING STENOGRAPHY DEVICE by M. F. Sullivan

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I can’t for the life of me remember where exactly I found this book. I know it was a NetGalley book that got lost to the annals of archives, and I had to go back through and track it down again so that I could read it and review it. (Not that I’ve done a great job of that lately, but hey, we’re not talking about that…) This one had an interesting premise, that spoke to me as an author. The Lightning Stenography Device (or LSD as they so creatively acronymed it to) is a contraption you put on your head, and then the device takes your thoughts and pens them to the page. So literally you can write as fast as you can think.

Neat, right?

Mmmmm.

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January 29, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE NIGHT CHILD by Anna Quinn

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

I’m never write sure what to make of the books I pick up from netgalley. I’ve read some really amazing things, and I’ve found some authors I will actively avoid in the future. I don’t mind the disparity of it; it’s part of the charm of the site. I’d rather have a mixed bag than always know what to expect.

I know, this is a pretty ominous opening to a review, huh? It sounds worse than it is, I promise.

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January 12, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: UNTEACHABLE by Elliot Wake

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Elliot Wake’s work. CAM GIRL is one of the books I point at every time someone asks me for a book request. (…As long as I think they’d be okay with the subject matter. Cause it’s…uh. A bit dark. XD)

It’s also not a huge secret that I’m a sucker for the teacher/student trope in romance, though I can be a little picky about how it’s executed. But I’m like that with most romances, so that’s not specific to the trope. So when I realized that Wake’s first novel (I believe, back when he was writing as Leah Raeder) was a student/teacher romance, I jumped on it so fast.

(And you know, let it sit on my Kindle for way too long. But…again. That’s kinda my MO.)

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January 6, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: THE NOBLE THRONE by Yessi Smith and Logan Keys

I meant to have this review up a while ago, since I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of it, but life conspired against me (as is so often the case) and alas, I can only get it to you now. But a review! Woo! First review of 2018!

I’ll be completely upfront and say that I’m generally a little iffy on shifter books. (I’m not sure I actually knew this was properly a shifter book until after I got the ARC.) As has always been my lot, I’m willing to give anything a few fair shots, just because the genres are so varied that it’s not fair to judge them all off of only one or two books. I’d seen a lot of good things about Logan Keys, one of the co-authors, and so I figured this was a safe one to start with.

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September 20, 2017

BOOK(S) REVIEW: BY VOW AND ROYAL BLOODSHED and ON WINGS OF BONE AND GLASS by M.C.A. Hogarth

TAG TEAM ATTACK! Books two and three in the Blood Ladders trilogy I’m tossing into one review, not because I don’t think they’re worth their own, but because I read them in such close proximity to one another, my mind is having trouble keeping track of what happens when. As such, I’d rather just summarize here, because as you all know, if left to my own devices, I’ll talk for days about MCAH and her writing, and…well, I’m more than happy to, but perhaps you aren’t. So without any spoilers (which will already cut a chunk out) here’s what my thoughts are. (However, if you haven’t read book one, I don’t recommend reading this, unless the potential for spoilers in THAT book doesn’t bother you. JUST AS A WARNING.)

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September 13, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: MIRRORED HEARTS by Emily Sheppard

I received a copy of this story through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I had absolutely no idea of what to expect when confronted with this story. It sounded interesting, so I requested it and it found its way to my Kindle. The description gives away very little (including not telling me something that I would have enjoyed knowing going in) but I’m usually up for an adventure.

And…well, this was certainly an adventure of some sort. THERE ARE POTENTIAL SPOILERS (so to speak) BENEATH THE CUT. BE FOREWARNED. (tl;dr rating: *** – Worth a Look)

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September 6, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE SCATTERED AND THE DEAD by L.T. Vargus and Tim McBain

I’ve been on the mailing list for this pair for a while now (I honestly don’t remember where I found them any more, or when) and I’m sure this book has been on my Kindle for just as long. I’m always up for a good look into post-apocalyptic nightmares, zombies, you know, whatever the end of the world brings. Everyone has their own view and it’s absolutely fascinating. So this seemed to be right up my alley. If nothing else, I always like to give any author the benefit of the doubt for a book, if I’ve ended up on their mailing list and they haven’t irritated me too much during whatever emails I’ve received. (It’s happened, y’all. But that’s a post for another day.)

This started out with so much promise.

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August 30, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: AN HEIR TO THORNS AND STEEL by M.C.A. Hogarth

Guess what! Just what you’ve all been waiting for! ANOTHER MCAH REVIEW no but seriously, I’ve gotten a new trilogy of hers, and she’s got a big promo for one of them right around now, and THIS IS THE TIME TO BE TALKING ABOUT MICAH. *coughs* Just saying.

In any event, if you’ve been on the blog for any length of time, you’ll know that M.C.A. Hogarth is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve always up to read and review her work, and it’s been a while since I delved into anything. (Mea culpa, mea culpa.) Having spent as much time in her Pelted universe, stepping outside of it–no matter how sure I am of her talent–is a little unnerving. The Blood Ladders trilogy is definitely not the Peltedverse, and AN HEIR TO THORNS AND STEEL is book one of Morgan Locke’s adventure into worlds he truly never believed to be completely real.

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