Category: Book Reviews

Sep 21 2015

Day 8 #TackleTBR Read-a-thon Review of The Colorado Kid

Had a great time at the #TackleTBR Twitter chat that was 13 questions long. Thanks @TresSherm and @PrincessicaOB for the good times and perfect pace. #TackleTBR template from @TresSherm Day of the week/Date: Day 8 Sept 21 Monday What I read today: Novelsmithing, The Colorado Kid Today’s finished books: — Total number of finished books: …

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Sep 19 2015

It be Day 6 of #TackleTBR and #TalkLikeAPirateDay so there be a review of Pirate Dave and his Randy Adventures by @robynpeterman

#TackleTBR template from @TresSherm Day ‘o th’ week and date, matey: Day 6 Sept 19 SatARRday What I read this day: Pirate Dave and his Randy Adventures, The Colorado Kid This day’s treasure looted: Pirate Dave and his Randy Adventures Total number of ships in me fleet: 4 Me captured ships be called: Sam’s Story, …

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Sep 18 2015

Day 5 #TackleTBR Read-a-thon Review of The Invasion of the Tearling

#TackleTBR template from @TresSherm Day of the week/Date: Day 5 Sept 18 Friday What I read today: The Invasion of the Tearling Today’s finished books: The Invasion of the Tearling Total number of finished books: 3 Titles of finished books: Sam’s Story, The Richest Man in Babylon — Six Laws of Wealth, The Invasion of …

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Sep 16 2015

Day 3 #TackleTBR Read-a-thon Review of The Richest Man in Babylon

#TackleTBR template from @TresSherm Day of the week/Date: Day 3 Sept 16 Monday What I read today: The Richest Man in Babylon — Six Laws of Wealth Today’s finished books: The Richest Man in Babylon — Six Laws of Wealth Total number of finished books: 2 Titles of finished books: Sam’s Story, The Richest Man …

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Sep 15 2015

Day 2 #TackleTBR Read-a-thon with a Review of @mesummerbooks Sam’s Story

#TackleTBR template from @TresSherm Day of the week/Date: Day 2 Sept 15 Monday What I read today: Sam’s Story, The Invasion of the Tearling Today’s finished books: Sam’s Story Total number of finished books: 1 Titles of finished books: Sam’s Story Sam’s Story by Mary Elizabeth Summer My rating: 5 of 5 stars This short …

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Aug 29 2015

The Queen of the Tearling #Book #Review (extensive version)

Amazon.com Widgets This feels like a debut author novel. There are many pages of long blocks of text. Different scenes are told from different points of view. This is a publishing anomaly that breaks many “rules” agents, editors, and respected writing sites and books have taught as the standard for this era in publishing. Including …

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Aug 19 2015

#boutofbooks 14 MASH #bookreview #writetip and #query update with thanks to @NaomiLHughes

QUERY UPDATE! Thanks to Naomi Hughes @NaomiLHughes, I have a new and (fingers crossed) awesome query letter. Here’s the main part: Thoughts? DAY 3 Here’s my MASH for the Rocky Top Real Talk #boutofbooks challenge. I looked for an online version of the game. Sadly, the categories were not customizable. (If someone finds one that …

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Aug 18 2015

#BoutOfBooks 14 Day 2 #BoutOfBooksHunt and #BookReview of Writing Fantasy Heroes

Goal Template Time Devoted to Reading: I will be reading all week. I read for 4 hours today. #BoutOfBooksHunt Amazon.com Widgets My Goals: I intend to finish two books that I started reading already. I will read at least one book on the craft of writing. I hope to read one book aimed to improve …

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Aug 17 2015

#FictionalWorldTravel #BoutofBooks 14

Today’s challenge is from Between Library Shelves. List 3 to 6 books of fiction that take place in countries other than the one you currently reside in. List the books of choice and display them how you wish. BE CREATIVE! Use the hashtag #FictionalWorldTravel From my Goodreads to-read shelf. Eat My Globe: One Year to …

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Aug 15 2015

Goals for #BoutofBooks 14

Goal Template Time Devoted to Reading: I will be reading all week. My Goals I intend to finish two books that I started reading already. I will to read at least one book on the craft of writing. I hope to read one book aimed to improve health. I desire to read a fantasy book. …

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Aug 07 2015

Fantasy Blog Tour for the War of Six Crowns Books

The Vanished Knight by M Gerrick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Callan is a wonderful rare character. She’s a foster child in England. But she might be from a fantasy world. The book sits on the edge between Portal and Urban Fantasy. The relatable story of this “Anne-like-luck” girl getting a new family that …

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Jul 23 2015

#FirstReads #NewToYouRC Book Review of How to Develop Story Tension: 13 Techniques plus the Five Minute Magic Trick Guaranteed to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages by @amydeardon

How to Develop Story Tension: 13 Techniques plus the Five Minute Magic Trick Guaranteed to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages by Amy Deardon My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was informative. The book itself is much shorter than portrayed. There is “extra” content. But the titled content is straightforward and well-explained. A useful book. …

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Jul 04 2015

Reviews of Books Read in June #firstreads #NewToYouRC

As promised in my goal post, here are the three books that I read in June. Reviewed at last! All of these authors were new to me (though they are not debut authors by any standard). I also managed to cross two off my 2015 reading challenge — A popular authors first book (according to …

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May 27 2015

Book Review of Trust Me, I’m Lying by @mesummerbooks with a Marshmallow Alert

Marshmallow alert! Dear fellow Marshmallows, I have found a book for you. No, it doesn’t take place at Neptune High. But the voice in this story reminds me of Veronica Mars. (And, naturally, of iZombie. Honestly, the two voices are similar.) Someone send a copy of this book to Rob Thomas A.S.A.P. -J Trust Me, …

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May 18 2015

Blood, Boobs, and Carnage blog fest featuring the novel Red Queen

This is a review and discussion of Victoria Aveyard’s book Red Queen. Pic taken of Red Queen book by @VictoriaAveyard for #boutofbooks and upcoming Blood, Boobs, and Carnage blogfest. pic.twitter.com/E7BG3a0rsQ — J Lenni Dorner (@JLenniDorner) May 17, 2015 As you can see from that picture, I have marked several passages that fall into the categories. …

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May 11 2015

Review of The Imaginary Friend by @kellyhashway #boutofbooks #FirstReads #NewToYouRC

  Time Devoted to Reading I will be reading all week.   My Goals To finish three books by May 17, 2015.   Updates Monday Number of books I’ve read today: 1 Total number of books I’ve read: 1 Books: The Imaginary Friend by Kelly Hashway   My Review:   The Imaginary Friend by Kelly …

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Apr 26 2015

Portrait of a Lone Wolf by @Katalina_Leon #Book Tour #BookReview #FirstReads #NewToYouRC

Book Info   Series: Black Hills Wolves Book: Portrait of a Lone Wolf, Novella, #7 Publisher: Decadent   Book Blurb   A mixed-blood Native American wolf-shifter, abandoned by a teenage mother and ignored by an absentee father, Rio Waya has never fit in or felt worthy of love. But when he comes home to the …

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Apr 11 2015

Book Review #firstreads #NewToYouRC and Vocabulary Words of Missing Sisters by Gregory Maguire

Missing Sisters by Gregory Maguire It’s an interesting read. There are strong references to the 1960s, which is when the book takes place. The book didn’t end as I suspected it would, which makes it intriguing. The characters felt real. There are scenes where the descriptions are very poetic. Excellent symmetry between the opening and …

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