Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Top 10 Bookish Pet Peeves

We readers know what we like ... and don't like. Feel free to add to the list or argue with me in the comments.

My Top Ten Bookish Pet Peeves, in no particular order

1. Cliffhanger endings

2. Made up character names I can't pronounce. I don't care what country/plantet Magergaherm is from. Name him Hal.

3. Not using contractions in dialogue

4. Bad movie adaptations - Yes, Percy Jackson and the Olympians - I'm talking about you!

5. Back/neck pain from staying up late leaning over a book. Also feeling dead the next day.

6. This is more a movie thing, but why does every character love jazz? I'm pretty sure in real life it's just my high school choir teacher.

7. Kids books with dust jackets Why!! They just rip.

8. The interrupting phone call / doorbell as a plot device to keep a character from telling the truth. (And yes, I've probably used it)

9. Starting too many sentences with ING. Running to the door, she... Taking out his phone, he...

10. Sharing a book with someone and trying to keep their bookmark from falling out.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Book Review of Seventh Born (The Talented Book 1) by Rachel Rossano

I could tell this was a special book to the author. There was a lot of detailed world building and Christian faith woven into a story that spanned several years. If you're looking for the romance you expect from a Rachel Rossano novel (such as Duty - LOVED that book) than this is probably not the book for you, though it's hinted that it will come in the next one. But as an inspirational fantasy with characters of integrity and grit, this works.

Zezilia is an interesting character, humble yet highly gifted and intelligent. Hadrian is the reluctant hero, holding fast while surrounded by corruption and power-seeking. I can't wait to see what comes next for them.

I received an ARC copy and chose to write a review.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Book Review of My Sister's Intended (Serendipity Book 1) by Rachael Anderson

Rachael Anderson is one of my favorite authors, and while I haven't loved everything she's written, she consistently puts out great books. My Sister's Intended did not disappoint. Prudence, who totally does not match her name, is suspicious of her sister's intended fiancee after she sees him making eyes at another woman and overhearing them planning to meet. She goes to intercept what she thinks is a tryst (while also gathering research for her romance novel). Of course, she's totally wrong about him, and unintentionally captures his attention instead. I loved that this was about a lovable headstrong heroine, but she didn't do reckless thing after reckless thing and somehow weasel out of the consequences as I've seen in many regency novels lately. This has long been a pet-peeve of mine. She loves her sister and the conflict felt real. Definitely a recommend from me.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

My Top Ten Favorite Books for 2017

I've always loved top ten lists, so why not make one? Here are my top ten favorite reads from this year, in alphabetical order, since I can't pick among faves.

10. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison

All's Fair in Love, War, and High School by [Rallison, Janette, Hill, C.J.]

I love all Janette Rallison's YA books (with the exception of Son of War, Daughter of Chaos, but that's a whole other post). They are funny, easy to relate to, and with flawed, but lovable characters with hilarious insight into life. This one is no exception.

9. Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard

Beyond the Rising Tide by [Beard, Sarah]

This is a YA romance book, but also a book about the afterlife, regrets, being a hero, survival guilt... so much to think about. Really enjoyed this.

8. Edgewood by Karen McQuestion

Edgewood by [McQuestion, Karen]

This is a YA Fantasy series about teens that develop powers. And yes, that's kinda been overdone, but the characters are an interesting group and I have to say, book 2 was amazing. The relationship between Russ and Nadia is very unique and seeing things from different character perspectives really changed how I felt about the characters in book 1.

7. House of Oak 1-5 by Nichole Van

Intertwine (House of Oak Book 1) by [Van, Nichole]

You're going to want to read all five, might as well get the boxed set. Nichole Van seamlessly intertwines a contemporary romance novel with an Austen-like regency novel. Each can be read as a stand-alone, but they work better if you read in order.

6. Isabella and the Slipper by Victorine E. Lieske

Isabella and the Slipper by [Lieske, Victorine E.]

I got to beta read this, and I have to say this hit the sweet spot of using a fairy tale to tell a compelling YA love story.

5. Love and Fat-Free Cheese by Crissy Sharp

Love and Fat-Free Cheese by [Sharp, Crissy]

This is both a satisfying clean romance and a suspense mystery wrapped in one. Really loved this book.

4. Moss Forest Orchid by Shari L Tapscott

Moss Forest Orchid (Silver and Orchids Book 1) by [Tapscott, Shari L.]

I'm still a little miffed that this ended in a cliff-hanger, but I really, really loved all the adventure and romance and fantasy elements like pocket dragons. Everything Shari L Tapscott writes is amazing.

3. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

P.S. I Like You by [West, Kasie]

Kasie West is like the queen of YA. This one is especially fun because it's a passing notes, mystery admirer kind of story.

2. The Princess Fugitive by Melanie Cellier

The Princess Fugitive: A Reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood (The Four Kingdoms Book 2) by [Cellier, Melanie]

This is another book where the main character was an unlikable side character in a previous book, until she gets her own story and you learn about her past. Full of adventure and clean romance.

1. The Student and the Slave by Annie Douglas Lima

The Student and the Slave (Krillonian Chronicles Book 3) by [Douglass Lima, Annie]

This was another beta read and a great culmination to the three book series. This is YA, but otherwise hard to categorize in that it's alternative reality with no magic. And about martial arts. Definitely different than what I write or usually read, but engaging all the same.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fate's Arrangement by Megan Elder Evans

Fate's Arrangement is about a noblewoman who more than anything else, wants to continue her work as a midwife, performing c-sections in a time where everyone else thinks she's barbaric. This book is not for the squeamish as there are several childbirth scenes and sword fights and such. Tastefully done, but realistic. The adventure and romance in it are both excellent. I really enjoyed this and haven't read anything else quite like it before.

I received an early copy from the author and wanted to write a review.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Student and the Slave (Krillonian Chronicles Book 3), by Annie Douglas Lima

I had the privilege of being a beta reader for all three of the Krillonian Chronicles and this one was a great wrap up to the series. Bensin and Steene have traded places. One a free man now owned by a spoiled teenager, and one a former slave now free. But being free isn't all Bensin thought it would be. He's out of work and feels like a burden to those that helped him. The characters are well rounded, with flaws and temptations that make their circumstances even harder. The choices they have to make are not easy, and whatever they choose, someone is bound to get hurt. And yet, even with the tough subject matter, this is once again a fun adventure, appropriate for a middle grade reader, with a very satisfying ending. I highly recommend.

The Student and the Slave (Krillonian Chronicles Book 3) by [Douglass Lima, Annie]

Monday, October 16, 2017

Moss Forest Orchid (Silver and Orchids Book 1), by Shari L Tapscott

A book with magic and dragons is a little out of my usual reading genre, but the heroine in this is so feisty and fun that I was drawn in. After an investment gone wrong, Lucia is determined to make back the money and pay off her business partner/best friend, Sebastian. Even if it means dealing with monsters, pirates, and exploding plants. Sebastian is swoon-worthy throughout, so I was a little annoyed to find the book ending on a cliff-hanger. I will probably read books 2 and 3 through KU, but I had gone in hoping those were separate stories set in the same world, since the world-building in this is so good.

Moss Forest Orchid (Silver and Orchids Book 1) by [Tapscott, Shari L.]