Month: May 2015

Review: Uprooted

Review: Uprooted

Where to start with a book you loved, a book that fully immersed you into its world, pulling you in like the snaking tendrils of its Wood? It doesn’t really matter, my friends. Because from start to finish, every page in Uprooted was as good as the next. What made Uprooted highly captivating for me was the world and all of its magic and mythos. There isn’t info dumping at all, the details necessary for understanding are presented quite neatly through the plot. This made the story seamless and entirely digestible. If time had allowed, I would have liked to finish Uprooted in one sitting. If I could offer one teensy warning: the magical system isn’t highly detailed, more theoretical. Sure, Agnieszka learns magic, but it isn’t as if we gain an understanding of how she uses it. Some spells, some wishing, magic is there. I’d liken it to Harry Potter magic… Read more »

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Should your blog be more niche?

Should your blog be more niche?

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the types of books we review on this blog and whether or not our tastes are too varied. Between Ashley and I, we’ve reviewed: Classics, Contemporaries, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Horror, New Adult, Paranormal, Regency Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense/Thrillers AND in both YA and Adult varieties And as I keep trying to expand my reading list, this will only grow to include even more subgenres. Now, my big question is: Is this a problem? I do not claim to be a blog expert — oh gods, faaar from it. I’m a pretty small fish in a big bookish pool. I feel like most other blogs I follow have a specific niche within the bookish world. They predominately stick to YA or Adult, and mostly review the same genres of books. There certainly are bloggers who do have a bit of variety, and of course… Read more »

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Review: The Shattered Court

Review: The Shattered Court

Sometimes you need a light fluffy read, especially if you are rebounding from a particularly challenging or frustrating story. In the case of the Shattered Court, I had just finished The Winner’s Crime, a book that I enjoyed overall but whose characters I wanted to shake silly. I think the vast difference between what I had just experienced (she loves me, she loves me not, she loves me…) and what I was undertaking made me more forgiving of The Shattered Court’s potential foibles. The Shadow Court is fantasy lite, a story filled with witches and wizards, minimal world building and a lusty duo at its core. I should have been raging against some of these details, but somehow it worked for me just fine. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Sophia and Cameron, the former a young witch who is 32 people away from the throne and the… Read more »

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Shut up and take my money: The allure of Kindle deals

Shut up and take my money: The allure of Kindle deals

Here’s the situation: every day I get at least one email with a bunch of books on sale for Kindle. Instead of deleting it, like a wise person would, I look to see what’s for cheap. Many of the books I pass on (I’m not going to download every book I come across), but if it is 1. a book I’ve heard of before with positive reviews and 2. less than $1.99, I will buy it. The inspiration for this post comes from Val, who said she needed to pay attention to Kindle deals. I actually think I pay way too much attention to Kindle deals. I end up buying these books, and almost never get to them in a timely manner. I have a knee-jerk, it-is-on-sale-and-therefore-it-should-be-mine reaction. I started a shelf on Goodreads for these kinds of books now. That way I feel I am at least cognizant of what I actually purchased on a… Read more »

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TTT: The books we’ll probably never read

TTT: The books we’ll probably never read

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 is books we’ll probably never read, which is an … interesting … topic. I have a would-never shelf on Goodreads, but it is empty. I don’t really pay much attention to books that I wouldn’t read, I mean, I only have so much time so I focus on the ones that I would. So, I’ve attempted to make some sense of this topic. It might become a little rage-y. First, a little story. I was browsing Netgalley (as one will do when bored) and saw a book called Asking For It, which came with a warning about rape fantasies. *shudder* I texted Ashley (again — of course) and she was as outraged at the idea of that… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap Up: April 2015

Monthly Wrap Up: April 2015

I’ve gotta say, April was a spectacular reading month for me. So much good stuff, and half of them were eARCs, which is fortuitous. Usually I don’t have good luck with those, but something was in the air this month — I got accepted for nearly every request I made on Netgalley, and I really feel like I am in the swing of things again on the blog. So many posts! And comments! Thank you to everyone who has been reading my posts over the last few weeks, especially. I feel like I’ve returned to form a bit. Now, when I asked Ashley what her fave read was for the month, she literally said: “I had a lot of bad eggs in April.” Guh, sorry — I’m all enthusiastic over here, and she’s probably sick of me saying, “I read the best book yesterday!” But I am so darn excited…. Read more »

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