Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

5 stars
(Parents of younger readers should be aware that there is a transvestite and a few mild swear words.)

Another thoroughly satisfying and entertaining installment!

I loved seeing more of Jenny's story and getting more character development there.

As always, Abigail's voice is marvelous.

I really do just love these books.

If you haven't tried them yet, start at the beginning certainly.  This is not a series to jump into in the middle.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

4 stars
R- 2-3 (nothing graphic, but general discussion of sexuality)

Yet another "not really what I expected".  Though perhaps if I'd read the back cover more carefully I'd have had a better idea what to expect, lol.  I'm not very good about that sometimes.

The general discussion of sexuality was possibly a little odd, to me at least.  I actually wonder, though, if that's more about the difference between American and European sensibilities.

I've read complaints about the translation, but honestly I don't see why.  I didn't even realize it was a translation and that's generally the kind of thing I notice pretty quickly.

I enjoyed the characters and while much of the romance was a little predictable and/or annoying it did have an interesting twist in the long run.

This is a book about books, but not necessarily in the way you might think.  I enjoyed Sara's arranging and rearranging of the book store shelves as she grouped books differently.

I'm not doing a very good job of capturing this novel in this review....

Ultimately, I enjoyed it; I found it charming.

Go read it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Paradigms Lost by Ryk E Spoor

4 stars
R- 1-2

Not what I expected, though as my husband put it, "there wasn't really a way to expect that".

He was the one who discovered Ryk Spoor and has insisted I read a couple.

This one wasn't as much my thing, I enjoyed Phoenix Rising more overall, but the characters were engaging and entertaining and the concept enjoyable.

Paradigms is very episodic-- almost more of a collection of short stories than a novel.  The stories are connected though and the same characters run throughout.

I do wish that Spoor had erred a bit more on the side of rewriting rather than keeping true to the original.  This is technically a rewrite and expansion of his first work Digital Knight, and the resulting writing can be a bit choppy.  As a writer, I can fully appreciate hesitating to redo older work, but as a reader it would have benefited.

Overall, an interesting read.  If you're looking for a paranormal/urban fantasy with an interesting and fresh approach, check this one out.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Coloring Books

Okay, so chances are you've done your shopping by now, but for you procrastinators (or crazy people like me who are already thinking about next Christmas*) here are some excellent coloring choices for the color-ers in your life.

(Most if not all received for review)

Thankfulness to Color by Zoe Ingram
Filled with great pictures to color and quotes on gratitude, this is a great choice all year, but especially in the fall. (Only complaint, pages are double sided so sometimes you may have to sacrifice a design)

Mehndi Designs by Creative Haven
Awesome designs, single side only.

Coloring ___________ Mandalas by Wendy Piersall
Fill in the blank.  Ocean.  Dream.  Animal.  Flower.  Piersall has a whole series.  I've got a few of them and they're pretty great.  Single-sided and interesting.

Daily Zen Doodles by Meera Lee Patel
A quote and a doodle for every day of the year.  What more could you want??

Christmas to Color by Mary Tanana
Again double-sided, which is a bummer.  But gorgeous designs.

My Mother, My Heart by Eleri Fowler
Okay, so this could totally be a "shop ahead for Mother's Day" instead of a "I totally procrastinated Christmas".  Double-sided, but with great quotes and drawings.

Joyous Blooms to Color by Eleri Fowler
More awesome quotes and pictures.  This would be good all year.

Wise Words to Color by Zoe Ingram
Similar to the last few, this one has an emphasis on quotes in cool fonts to color.  It's lots of fun.

*Congrats on making it all the way down to find this.  Yes, I have honestly purchased stuff for next Christmas.  In fact, the other night I bought things for the Christmas after that.  Yes, I'm crazy.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: A List of Lists

Are y'all familiar with Brightly?  Because really, you need to check Brightly out.  They have awesome lists and recommendations.  They have great articles.  And they send you cool emails if you sign up for them.  How nice is that?  I was really excited about these holiday gift guides, so I'm sharing them with you!

2016 Holiday Gifts for Book-Loving Babies & Toddlers