29 Oct
“Jackaby” by William Ritter

“Jackaby” by William Ritter

  Jackaby by William Ritter is easily one of the best books of 2014.  Set in 1892, it tells the story of a girl named Abigail Rook who runs away from home seeking adventure.  After a failed experiment in an archaelological dig, she finds her way to New Fiddleham, a small and somewhat stereotypical town in New England. Abigail tries to find a job, but is largely unsuccessful.  Then she meets Jackaby, a detective of sorts whose specialty is the occult.  Abigail doesn’t believe in the occult, but she’s free-spirited and open-minded, and decides to give Jackaby a chance. It […]

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27 Oct
“Blood Rights” by Kristen Painter

“Blood Rights” by Kristen Painter

  Blood Rights by Kristen Painter is set in a futuristic world filled with vampires.  Chrysabelle is a Comarre, or, as the vampires call them, a blood whore.  Think of a skillful courtesan or geisha, trained to entertain with grace, but also bred and raised in such a way as to have the tastiest blood imaginable.  There isn’t usually sex involved, because that’s not what vampires are interested in.  They’d rather just drink their blood.  Purchasing the services of a Comarre is very expensive, and they’re something of a status symbol among the vampire nobility.  And what does the Comarre […]

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24 Oct
Write on Review-a-Thon: October Edition

Write on Review-a-Thon: October Edition

Each month, Brianna from The Book Vixen hosts the Write On Review-a-Thon, an event dedicated to catching up on reviews.  This month I have a few reviews to catch up on, but I also have a particularly nasty cold, so I’m not going to stress out too much if I don’t get all of my reviews written and scheduled.  Here are the books I plan on writing reviews for: Jackaby by William Ritter Blood Rights by Kristen Painter Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy If I get really ambitious, and I doubt that I will, I’d also like to […]

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22 Oct
“The House of the Four Winds” by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

“The House of the Four Winds” by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

  Mercedes Lackey’s newest novel, The House of the Four Winds, is about a cross-dressing princess who has adventures on the high seas. Clarice is one of twelve princesses in the kingdom of Swansgaard.  Swansgaard is a tiny country in an alternate Europe that doesn’t have much money.  There certainly isn’t enough for twelve royal dowries, and so after a son (and heir) is finally born, the sisters agree to each go forth and make their fortune when they come of age.  I did find this setup to be a bit of a stretch, but hey, let’s go with it.  […]

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20 Oct
“Vampires of Manhattan” by Melissa de la Cruz

“Vampires of Manhattan” by Melissa de la Cruz

  Vampires of Manhattan is the first book in a new adult series that’s set ten years after the conclusion Melissa de la Cruz’s young adult Blue Bloods series.  I love the idea of having books that can grow with you.  In fact, that’s one of my favorite things about the Harry Potter series–the books become more complex and thoughtful as the readers themselves age, so they grow into the themes that emerge in the later books.  Having a series for grown-ups set in the world that they enjoyed visiting as teenagers is really cool. The story is set in […]

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17 Oct
DNF Review: “Spellbound” by Sylvia Day

DNF Review: “Spellbound” by Sylvia Day

  Normally I’m a very persistent reader and don’t give up on books easily.  I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve DNF’d since starting this blog (for non book blogger friends, DNF=Did Not Finish).  Spellbound by Sylvia Day is one of them. I picked up the book because it was on sale for $2 and because Amazon told me I’d like it based on other things I’d read.  Normally I prefer to listen to book recommendations from real people rather than the algorithm that Amazon pulls out of its ass, but I decided to give this […]

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16 Oct
Halloween Giveaway: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

Halloween Giveaway: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

If it sees like I’m doing lots of Halloween giveaways, I am.  Halloween is one of the few holidays that gets more and more fun each year, even as a grown-up.  It’s the kind of holiday that brings out everyone’s inner child.  Who doesn’t love costumes, candy, and things that go bump in the night? Today I’m featuring a giveaway of the new Penguin Classics edition of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories (thanks Penguin!).  The story of the Headless Horseman is one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of Halloween […]

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15 Oct
“The Killing Moon” by N.K. Jemisin

“The Killing Moon” by N.K. Jemisin

  Tired of fantasy set in some tired permutation of medieval Europe?  The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin is the book for you!  The story takes place in a fantasy world that is loosely based on ancient Egypt, but with some major differences.  It’s not the stereotypical pharaohs and mummies and cat-gods and tombs, but rather it borrows the social structure itself.  The city of Gujarreh has a king, and he’s the supreme power.  However, there’s also a powerful priest class that keeps the king in check.  These priests are called the Gatherers, and they perform a special function within […]

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13 Oct
Halloween Giveaway: “Jackaby” by William Ritter

Halloween Giveaway: “Jackaby” by William Ritter

I accidentally ended up with a duplicate copy of Jackaby by William Ritter, so I’m going to give it away as a Halloween treat to one lucky winner.  It looks like a fantastic fall read!  Here’s a summary of the book from Goodreads: “Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.” Newly arrived in New […]

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10 Oct
“The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak

“The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak

  The Book With No Pictures is an inherently silly book, even though (and perhaps because) it doesn’t contain any pictures.  B.J. Novak tells the story through two distinct voices.  The first is the text itself, which features onomatopoeia and absurd phrases such as “… and my head is made of blueberry pizza”.  The text is bright, bold, and highly visual. The entire point of the story is to make the grown-ups reading the book aloud to their children say ridiculous things.  Interspersed throughout the book runs a commentary in a different font in which the grown-up reading the book […]

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