Saturday, August 27, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The School of Good and Evil

The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil, #1)The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great book! I loved how the themes of good and evil were explored throughout the story. I started out listening to this on audiobook and did not realize that the physical copy had some amazing illustrations! Definitely keep that in mind if you decide to pick this one up. I can't really say anything more because the other things I loved about this story would be spoilery for someone who hasn't read it! Just know that this was highly enjoyable for me and I definitely recommend it.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on It Takes A Witch (Wishcraft Mystery #1)

It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #1)It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder...

Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters - witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.

But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead - strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf - and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Skylar wish that the victim would disappear - forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery....

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This was one of the #Book1CoziesClub picks for the month and I really enjoyed it! First off, I loved their last name, even though some may find it eye-rolly (Merryweather was my favorite of the fairies in Disney's Sleeping Beauty growing up). I enjoyed the fact that as Darcy was learning things about her powers and the community, I was learning along side her. Trying to unravel the mystery kept me intrigued and I did not know who the culprit was until it was revealed. There are definitely signs of a romance brewing and I really want to see where that goes. The mystery tied up nicely and the book left on a very interesting tidbit. I definitely will be continuing with this series.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Books: July Reading Challenges Wrap Up

This update is super late this month, but I'm finally going to update you on how I did with my reading challenges in July.

#RockMyTBR - For this challenge, I set a goal for myself to read at least one book off my physical TBR every month. In addition to this list, I want to read one book from Kindle Unlimited to make sure I'm making use of that service. I did end up cancelling my Scribd membership. After a couple months of paused membership with them, I unfortunately did not miss having access to their offerings. The books I read for this challenge are as follows:
  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia #7) by C.S. Lewis - Buddy read with Lee at
  • Better Read Than Dead (Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye #2) by Victoria Laurie
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
As you can see, I did not accomplish reading a book from Kindle Unlimited in July, so I really need to make sure I fulfill that challenge in August.

#FinishingtheSeries - For this challenge, I set a goal for myself to complete or become current on 3-6 series during the year. I am not counting series I start and finish in 2016 until I finish the initial 6. These are the books I read towards this challenge in July:

  • The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia #7) by C.S. Lewis
  • Better Read Than Dead (Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye #2) by Victoria Laurie
  • Fairy Tail Volumes 29 & 30 by Hiro Mashima
  • Blue Exorcist Volumes 3 & 4 by Kazue Kato
  • Red River Volumes 10-12 by Chie Shinohara
As you can see, I did complete a series this month, but I am not counting it towards my goal, as it is one that I both started and completed in 2016. That being said, I am still doing well with this challenge and as of the date of this post, I have already completed the challenge. You will see what my sixth completed/up to date series is next month ^_-

By the end of July, I have read 40 novels among the mountains of manga I've consumed this year. This leaves me with 12 novels to read to reach my goal of 52 by the end of the year, which shouldn't be a problem at all. I will be adjusting my Goodreads challenge to reflect these additional novels, as I have been for the last couple months.

Let me know how you've been doing with your reading challenges! I hope you are all doing great!

Until Next Time, Take Care & Smi-Le Always

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Monday, August 15, 2016

#Book1CoziesClub: September Books of the Month

The books for September have been chosen! They are:

Murder in Volume (Megan Clark Mysteries) by D.R. Meredith - as recommended by Elizabeth from LizzyfayeLovesBooks
These books no longer seem to be in print, so links above are to purchase ebook copies only. If you would like a physical copy, I have seen used copies for sale or check to see if it's available at your library! 

Discussion threads for these two books will be up in the Mystery Madness Goodreads Group around September 1.

Whether you decide to read one book or both, I do hope you join us for these reads for September.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on A Toxic Trousseau (Witchcraft Mystery #8)

A Toxic Trousseau A Toxic Trousseau by Juliet Blackwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another highly enjoyable book in this series! This one didn't have as much of the supernatural element that I really enjoy, the story still kept me engaged. I especially liked the scenes during Bronwyn's birthday party and that we got a glimpse into some of the things Aidan does in the community. A couple underlying story lines progressed also and the last few pages left me really curious about the next installment.

I listened to a little bit of this on audiobook. This was the first time that I had done that with one of the books in this series and though I did enjoy the narrator, reading the physical copy allowed me to consume the story faster. As always, can't wait for the next installment!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Books: July Wrap Up

I've been feeling a bit slumpy but I still managed to read 4 novels and 7 volumes of manga in July. I also participated in the #SaveOurCozies 24 Readathon and failed miserably at the #BookTubeaThon.

Books mentioned:
Channels mentioned:
My #SaveOurCozies Vlog

The First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club Announcement and August Books Video

Mystery Madness Goodreads Group

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The blanket shown in the opener was crocheted by me and the blanket in the closer was hand knit by me.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2)

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die, #2)The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5

I enjoyed this book but not as much as the first one. The beginning kept up the pace from the previous book, but then I thought it slowed down quite a bit. It picked up again towards the end only to leave me with another cliffhanger ending. I do have the next one but am concerned that it will also have me dwell in my curiosity with a cliffhanger ending again, as I don't believe it's the last book of the series (or so I think I heard).

I have been listening on audio as well as reading a physical copy and do enjoy the narrator. As much as I don't think this was as good as the first, this book did have my interest and I am still wanting to see how this all turns out.

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