27 Apr
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One Hell of a Book Sale

…in the best way possible, of course.  Last week was the semi-annual Arlington Friends of the Library book sale.  I decided to join the Friends of the Library in order to attend early access night, and due to an unforseen internet outage at work, I was able to be there right when the book sale opened. I didn’t expect there to be a line when I got there 15 minutes early.  In fact, I didn’t expect to see many people at all, but apparently used book sales are serious business.  Many of the people in line are resellers, and came with […]

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21 Apr
Cover Reveal: “Petals & Thorns” by Jeffe Kennedy

Cover Reveal: “Petals & Thorns” by Jeffe Kennedy

In exchange for her father’s life, Amarantha agrees to marry the dreadful Beast and be his wife for seven days. Though the Beast cannot take Amarantha’s virginity unless she begs him to, he can and does take her in every other way. From the moment they are alone together, the Beast relentlessly strips Amarantha of all her resistance. If Amarantha can resist her cloaked and terrifying husband, she gains his entire fortune and will be allowed to return to her family and a normal life. But the Beast seduces her at every turn, exposing, binding, tormenting, and pleasuring Amarantha until she […]

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20 Apr
“Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan

“Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan

  Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan is a middle-grade novel that combines historical fiction and a fairy tale to tell the story of young people who rise above adversity with the help of music. The prologue begins with a tale of three princesses who are held captive by a magical spell.  In order to free themselves, they infuse power into a magical harmonica, which they give to a little boy who is lost in the woods.  The little boy finds his way home and moves on with his life, but now the harmonica is in our own world, and Echo proceeds to tell the […]

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17 Apr
“To Say Nothing of the Dog” by Connie Willis

“To Say Nothing of the Dog” by Connie Willis

  …for which I write the shortest review of all time, for I shall say nothing!  Sorry, bad pun. To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis is a comedy of manners with time travel.  It’s kind of like a mashup of Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, and Douglas Adams.  It has an eminently literary feel, but continuously pokes fun at itself. The story begins with a time traveler named Ned Henry.  Ned Henry is time lagged.  If you time travel too much, you get time lag, which is kind of like a blend between jetlag and being really really high. […]

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15 Apr
New Acquisitions: 4/15/15

New Acquisitions: 4/15/15

New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. For Review: Oathkeeper by J.F. Lewis This book is a continuation of the series that began with Grudgebearer.  I enjoyed the first book tremendously, and am excited to pick up where it left off. Rae’en has taken her father’s place as First of the practically immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the magic-resistant reptilian Zaur. Freed from all Oaths by Kholster’s death, Rae’en decides to wage […]

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13 Apr
“Acorna” by Anne McCaffrey

“Acorna” by Anne McCaffrey

  I’ve loved Anne McCaffrey ever since I first discovered her Crystal Singer trilogy when I was in high school.  I’ve long admired McCaffrey’s ability to bring to life strong and competent heroines who are independent and a little bit Type A.  Acorna is no exception. The novel begins when an alien couple’s ship is attacked.  They realize they are doomed, and because they know that they would meet a slow and painful demise if they allowed themselves to be taken, they decide to blow themselves up so that they can take their enemies with them.  Their only regret is their […]

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10 Apr
“Enchanted” by Alethea Kontis

“Enchanted” by Alethea Kontis

Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace; Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go; Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for its living; But the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay. –nursery rhyme Sunday is the youngest of the Woodcutter sisters, who are each named after a different day of the week.  She’s not really happy with her life, but to me it seems as if it’s mostly because she’s got some growing up to do. […]

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08 Apr
New Acquisitions: Seattle Edition

New Acquisitions: Seattle Edition

New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. …ignore the terrible photograph that’s had no editing.  I was extremely tired at the time.  Yay jetlag! So, I went to Seattle for work a couple weeks ago, and one of the things that impressed me about the city was the number and quality of used bookstores that I encountered just while walking around.  There were a lot of books that I wanted to bring home with me, but I eventually settled […]

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06 Apr
“The Guild of Assassins” by Anna Kashina

“The Guild of Assassins” by Anna Kashina

The Guild of Assassins is the second book in Anna Kashina’s series The Majat Code.  If you haven’t read the first book, see my review of Blades of the Old Empire instead, as this review will contain spoilers from the first book. When Kara made the decision to disobey her orders to save Prince Kythar’s life, she was cast out from her guild.  The assassin Mai was sent to kill her, but he chose to instead spare her life.  Now the Majat Guild has finally found out, and demands that Mai return for punishment.  Meanwhile, a crazed cult is attempting to take over […]

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03 Apr
Mini-Review: “Anansi Boys” by Neil Gaiman

Mini-Review: “Anansi Boys” by Neil Gaiman

A couple months ago, a friend and I had a few glasses of wine at an embassy and decided to start a book club.  We settled on Anansi Boys as our first book. I intended to write this post right after our meeting so all of the discussions were still fresh in my mind, but then life happened and I didn’t get around to it, so instead you get a mini-review with some fragmented impressions. The story, in a nutshell:  Fat Charlie Nancy is a normal guy leading a normal (albeit boring life).  He’s got some daddy issues, but on the whole, […]

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