Review: Shadow Scale

Review: Shadow Scale

Seraphina is back! Shadow Scale was my highest anticipated read for 2015, and while it doesn’t live up to Seraphina, it was still a very enjoyable and satisfying conclusion to the duology. The story begins in Goredd, where Seraphina, Kreggs and Queen Glisssenda all preparing for war. Admittedly, the first 100 pages or so were not exactly thrilling, and I was looking for the spark that made Serpahina so amazing to me. Kriggs and our heroine were keeping things on the down low, refusing to let Glissenda find out that they were in love with each other. And this means that they both have huge restraint and essentially don’t have any scenes alone. Soon enough though, Seraphina leaves on a quest to find the other half dragons in a hope to unite them in order to defend Goredd from the dragon war happening in the North. This is when the… Read more »

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Review: Scarlet

Review: Scarlet

Scarlet was everything I was looking for: fast-paced, well written and full of interesting characters. But it took me more than a year to get to this after reading Cinder. Why did I waste all this time? Mostly because Cinder was just okay for me; I wasn’t that into it. For some reason I felt like the plot was so obvious to everyone but Cinder herself — of course you are the princess! I had heard many times that each book in the Lunar Chronicles improves on the last, and when Scarlet was on sale for dirt cheap for Kindle, there was no hesitation. And I loved it! Our titular character Scarlet is more up my alley when it comes to MCs — her willingness and drive to get her grandmother back really endeared her to me. The rest of the cast for Scarlet were well drawn too — Cinder… Read more »

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Readerly Advice: What should I pick next?

Readerly Advice: What should I pick next?

Dear readers, I have asked for your advice before, and trust your readerly judgement. I’m in between books right now and am not sure which to pick up next. I’ve come up with a short list, and would like your thoughts on which I should commit to. This is somewhat of a random bunch, so even if you haven’t read a single one, what would you go with based on first glance? There’s a little poll below, and leave me a comment with your reasoning if you’d like! Thanks in advance! It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for. If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College… Read more »

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Movie review: Insurgent

Movie review: Insurgent

I’ve seen a string of ridiculous movies based on books lately: Fifty Shades of Grey for its awkward everything, The Duff for its weak jokes that go on far too long, and now Insurgent and its crazy nonsense of a world. But at least I enjoyed snarking at each of those movies. Insurgent probably the most. I kind of ignored the flaws of the world building when watching Divergent because it was a pretty well-paced and visually interesting movie. Well, other than the whole idea of a society divided by personality traits, but I tried to suspend my disbelief. It seems like this all just gets far more vacuous and implausible in Insurgent, though. Disclosure: I didn’t read the book, so I’m basing all of this off the movie plot and devices. Also, if you didn’t read the book or watch the film, this might be spoilery. Things I cringed… Read more »

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Anne’s five mini reviews: February 2015

Anne’s five mini reviews: February 2015

It has been some time since I’ve done a mini review, or a book review at all! Somewhere along the line, it stopped being fun. :/ Today that streak ends! Last month I had a mixture of hits and misses, which I’m doing mini justice to here. Authority by Jeff Vandermeer (Southern Reach #2) After the superbly chilling Annihilation, I was expecting a lot from Authority. Where the first book was wild and exciting, most of Authority was bureaucratic and slow. In this second installment, we follow John “Control” Rodriguez as he attempts to take control (ha, get it) of the Southern Reach facility as the new director. Control meets resistance from the assistant director, and finds himself surrounded by oddities he cannot explain. We were watching the descent into something mad again, but this time it has to do with paperwork and notes and old cellphones. Most of this… Read more »

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You should probably watch iZombie

You should probably watch iZombie

If you’ve heard about iZombie already, it was likely in the same breath as Veronica Mars. And how not when the new series is developed by Rob Thomas, the creator of VMars. I was surprised to discover that iZombie is actually based off of a graphic novel of the same name, but so far, the show feels a whole lot like VMars with brains. Now, that’s not actually a terrible thing, for this show to remind us of our favorite teen PI. Its a formula that clearly works well enough. I’m just hoping that this wears off after a few episodes, because there’s enough to make iZombie successful on its own! The pilot opens with Liv Moore’s smooth voice over, narrating how her life was before becoming a zombie. She had it all going for her: a position as a doctor, a fiance named Major (yes, really) and a developing rapport with a colleague that… Read more »

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TTT: Celebrating St. Patty’s with Irish reads

TTT: Celebrating St. Patty’s with Irish reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. Anne and I feel like we keep regurgitating the same books from week to week (which isn’t a bad thing!), but we decided to give a nod to St. Patrick’s Day and feature books that are set in Ireland or are about the Irish. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 1) P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern So, I admit, I only read this book after seeing the movie with Gerard Butler (one of my crushes), but am actually really glad I picked it up. It is entirely a fluff read, but is actually pretty different from the film. The same basic plot is the same, but there’s a lot more going on with Holly’s friends and family. Give it a… Read more »

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When your co-blogger moves away you get books

When your co-blogger moves away you get books

As Ashley has shared a few times on the blog, she’s moving to New York. Like, on Saturday. I’m so happy, yet so sad. I will miss working in the same office, talking about books and the blog over lunch, having impromptu coffee/tea breaks and just being able to pop up and say hello.   However, Ashley is staying with our company, just moving to New York so I am certainly going to take advantage and plan a vacation to visit around the work week. I can just go into that office every morning and then we have the evenings to hang. I’m ridiculously enthused about this since I have NY co-workers I’ve never met in person. There is one perk though to having your book loving friend move, and that’s getting to go through her bookish possessions before she goes! Ashley purged her book collection, and presented me with a large… Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books for readers who like variety

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for readers who like variety

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic was somewhat of a freebie: Readers who like ___. In all honesty, that’s kind of lame sauce and we’ve responded in kind. Now, I love lists and this meme is obviously wildly popular, and rightfully so, but I have to admit I feel a bit repetitious. Looking at my top books, I only have like 100ish rated 4 or 5 on Goodreads. You probably expect me to talk about Kushiel’s Dart or Ashley to rave about Grave Mercy (just a stab in the dark), but this week I am not going to. Let’s proceed with our list for readers who like variety.* *AKA Anne is running out of books and doesn’t want to bore you with the… Read more »

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Blogger guilt: Shame, guilt and downright anxiety

Blogger guilt: Shame, guilt and downright anxiety

Ya’ll know I’m relocating to NYC, and you may have noticed I’ve gone AWOL again. I knew moving halfway across the country would be difficult, but I grossly underestimated the unforeseen challenges, hiccups, road-bumps, etc. This is my official apology and explanation as to why I’ve been a bad, bad blogger. Moving is hard! It’s bad enough that I’m saying goodbye to all my family and friends, but to have to compartmentalize my life in little cardboard boxes is more emotional and tiring than you’d think! I’m actually procrastinating by writing this post, when I should be going through more boxes I found in storage. Ugh. Moving is really hard! I don’t know how often any of you have moved and/or how far it was, but moving to a brand spanking new city is super tough. In two weeks, I’m going to be homeless with all my stuff in transit… Read more »

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