Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey
Posted on April 12, 2017 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 1 Comment

Main points I SUPER LOVED this book. It was everything I was looking for in a period drama. It was such a great blend of romance, mystery, and historical quotidian. It’s one of those books that reminds me just how much I want to live in this era. The language took some getting used to but I loved it all the same. I wish we all spoke like that. I do sometimes, but it’s easy to forget when no one else does. I did learn several new (archaic) words as well. Really, though, it’s probably […]

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The Animal Under the Fur by E. J. Mellow

The Animal Under the Fur by E. J. Mellow
Posted on March 29, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I particularly enjoyed this one. Action romance indeed. I usually enjoy these kinds of stories, especially the hate-to-love sort of thing. I think it’s hard for most people to resist that. I guess that’s as good a place to start as any. The important thing to note is that it wasn’t too fast. Too often, authors know that we really just want them to get into it already, so maybe by around halfway (if not sooner) things start changing. But not here. No, things didn’t really pick up until well into the three-quarter […]

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Traveler by L. E. DeLano

Traveler by L. E. DeLano
Posted on March 17, 2017 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was REALLY good. Oh man, I have so much to say. I hope I remember it all. Okay, the story was excellent. It wasn’t entirely without plot holes (some of which I could fill in myself using logic, but not all) but it was mostly just really cool. Some of the smaller details really added to the story. In fact, I think all of them did. The fact that the Jessas shared memories when they Traveled, some things that Danny said that were strangely poignant or important, the subtle differences between […]

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ECHO Campaign by Taylor Brooke

ECHO Campaign by Taylor Brooke
Posted on February 23, 2017 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 3 Comments

Main points This book was super good. I’d say it didn’t suffer from Second Book Syndrome at all. To be fair, I didn’t remember too much of the first one, but bits and pieces came back to me as I read this one. I had forgotten just how character-driven it was. Seriously, the dynamic between them was almost more intriguing than the plot. It was just all over the place. Trust was mixed with distrust so frequently, and even when people made up it didn’t feel genuine. A lot of the “steamy scenes” didn’t feel […]

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The Witch’s Revenge by Danny Odato

The Witch’s Revenge by Danny Odato
Posted on January 20, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points I really liked this book. The writing was good, and the story was interesting. In a short time I grew to be very invested in the families, all of them. I think it was how they were described as people, because it wasn’t long enough to get to know them truly or see any development, but they were described as very loving, strong, family-oriented people. It was easy to believe because of their actions. They were so emotional but still rational in the face of all the tragedy. I loved how the Indian […]

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1930s Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Vol. 1 by Frank Brathwaite

1930s Hollywood: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Vol. 1 by Frank Brathwaite
Posted on January 16, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main point This book was pretty all right. It was informative. I liked the presentation. The first section is short summaries of news articles throughout the decade. The middle section is all about Frank Capra. The last section is about Shirley Temple. I recognized some names, but didn’t know most. Still, it inspired me to check out a few old movies. I had already been familiar with Shirley Temple (I basically idolize her) so it was cool to read about how she became so famous. And reading about Capra’s movies made me want to watch […]

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Shadows and Fire by Jennifer Fales

Shadows and Fire by Jennifer Fales
Posted on January 14, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points This book was okay, I guess. A lot confused me. The supernatural people confused me. I was never quite sure what they were supposed to look like. They were often described as being their animal, so Maltha was a dragon and Finch was a rat, for example, but then they would be described as having hair or clothes or body parts that make me imagine a human. So mostly I was picturing some animal-human hybrid, or like humans with heads of animals, and it was just unsatisfying not knowing what it was supposed […]

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While-Reading Notes: Animal Farm by George Orwell

While-Reading Notes: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Posted on January 10, 2017 in While-Reading Notes / 0 Comments

introduction See my review here! It’s a long one, and if you’re interested in the following notes, you probably don’t want to miss the full review. Also: ~ spoiler alert ~ Only proceed if you have already read the book, don’t intend to read it, or believe you’ll forget the spoilers by the time you read it. notes Let’s get started! page 27 The first descriptions of the animals are fraught with stereotypes; although such diverse character is welcome. The donkey has already amused me with his cynicism. page 28 Old Major’s speech seems to be […]

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Posted on January 10, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Preliminary remarks: This post is more an analysis (or an “assessment,” if you will) than a review, so if you’re worried about spoilers, maybe only read the first two paragraphs. The rest is a long Q&A session, where I ask questions about the book and then give possible answers. I’ve always liked this book. I mean, I’ve never been particularly knowledgeable about the Russian revolution, but I can tell that the state of things—of government—the farm devolved into is bad. (I did think it downright hilarious that the name Napoleon was used for […]

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Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Posted on January 7, 2017 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Main points Foreword: Please listen to this and this while you read this review. Really get in the spirit of it. This book was amazing and deeply philosophical—and a bit religious, although not the kind of religious I tend to avoid. I will start with some notes about how I came to read it. I watched the movie for the first time years ago (when it came out in theaters) and have seen it a few times since. I didn’t know it was a book until after having seen it perhaps twice. I put it on […]

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