Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland #2)

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland, #2)The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok, I originally said 3.5, but on reflection probably 3.75 instead.

I definitely enjoyed the story more in this book than the first. Also, the issues I had with the difficult vocabulary words were not present in this installment. As with the first though, it took me a really long time to finish this book. It just didn't pull me in until closer to the end. That being said, I was engaged sooner in this story than I was in the first book, even though it was still pretty close to the end.

This book also provided another interesting nugget of info at the end, which really makes me want to continue with the series. Seeing as this has been a slightly more enjoyable read and experience than the first, I have hopes that each installment will just get better and better for me.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon #3)

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

More like a 3.5

Though this book took me quite a while to get through, I did enjoy it quite a bit. I listened to almost the entire thing on audiobook and though the narrator was just ok, the story kept me wanting to know what happened next. It even escaped my mind that the story took place over the span of several hours and not days.

There were definitely things I could've done with less of, like the several points where our villian's physique is described. I seriously didn't need to know about it to the extent that the description was given. The way Sato handled situations got under my skin a bit, too. That being said, I did find it interesting learning about the topics this story explored and I will be moving to the next one shortly.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

#Book1CoziesClub: October Books of the Month

This is the announcement video for the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club October Selections. Links for both books can be found after the break.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Escape from Witchwood Hollow

Escape from Witchwood HollowEscape from Witchwood Hollow by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was approached by one of the members of the author's street team to possibly read and review this book. Upon reading the synopsis, it sounded like it would be right down my alley so I happily agreed. Thank you to the author for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Everyone in Arnn - a small farming town with more legends than residents - knows the story of Witchwood Hollow: if you venture into the whispering forest, the witch will trap your soul among the shadowed trees.

After losing her parents in a horrific terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, fifteen-year-old Honoria and her older brother escape New York City to Arnn. In the lure of that perpetual darkness, Honoria finds hope, when she should be afraid.

Perhaps the witch can reunite her with her lost parents. Awakening the witch, however, brings more than salvation from mourning, for Honoria discovers a past of missing children and broken promises.

To save the citizens of Arnn from becoming the witch’s next victims, she must find the truth behind the woman’s madness.

How deep into Witchwood Hollow does Honoria dare venture?


The story is told in three different time periods: 1670, 1850, and 2001. Not something I was aware of going in. Jumping between time periods or multiple perspectives is something that throws me off a bit if I'm not careful, but I didn't seem to have too much of a problem with it in this book. Once I realized this though, I definitely started to form a theory about the storylines. That theory turned out to be right, but there were still nuggets presented that I was surprised and entertained by.

My favorite parts were the ones that occurred in the story taking place in 2001. Those sections were the ones that really drew me in and kept me captivated from the start. It wasn't until roughly halfway through, that I started to become enthralled with the story as a whole. That is also about when things started clicking together for me.

I was a little irritated with Honoria in the way that she only seemed interested in the prospect of a boyfriend at one point of the story. Some of the things she thought to herself really got under my skin. I was also a little disappointed with the way she handles some drama in the latter part of the story.

The end of this story was definitely a let down for me and it's what is preventing me from giving this book a higher rating. It was not something that I expected for sure, though I do feel it is a feasible end. If it had gone in a different direction though, I feel that the story would've been more satisfying for me as a whole. That being said, I would still check out another of this author's work in the future as I did think this was an enjoyable read.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Books: August Reading Challenges Wrap Up

Here's my monthly update post of how I'm doing with my Reading Challenges to date.

#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. The books I read for this challenge are as follows:

  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente (buddy read with Raul from Latin Lector)
  • The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil #1) by Soman Chainani
As you can see, I again did not meet the challenge of reading a book from Kindle Unlimited....  (๑◕︵◕๑)

#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 August:
  • Fairy Tail Volumes 31 & 32 by Hiro Mashima
  • A Toxic Trousseau (Witchcraft Mysteries #8) by Juliet Blackwell - this is my 6th completed/up to date series for the year. With this, I have met my challenge goal, yeah!
I've done really good on this particular challenge this year. At the end of August, I have read 45 novels. This leaves me with 7 novels to read to reach my goal of 52 by the end of the year, which I am feeling super positive about meeting. I will be adjusting my Goodreads challenge to reflect these additional novels, as I have been for the last few 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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/___\     Di

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Manga: August Wrap Up Part 2

This second part of my wrap up includes all of the manga I read in August. Links to all series mentioned can be found after the break.

Books: August Wrap Up Part 1

I think I'm finally out of my reading slump! I was able to read 16 things in August. This video covers only the novels that were read. Part 2 will contain the manga that I read. Keep a look out for that video, coming soon!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Homicide in Hardcover (Bibliophile Mysteries #1)

Homicide in Hardcover (Bibliophile Mystery #1)Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads): The streets of San Francisco would be lined with hardcovers if rare book expert Brooklyn Wainwright had her way. And her mentor wouldn't be lying in a pool of his own blood on the eve of a celebration for his latest book restoration.

With his final breath he leaves Brooklyn a cryptic message, and gives her a priceless and supposedly cursed copy of Goethe's Faust for safekeeping.

Brooklyn suddenly finds herself accused of murder and theft, thanks to the humorless, but attractive, British security officer who finds her kneeling over the body. Now she has to read the clues left behind by her mentor if she is going to restore justice….

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I really enjoyed this one. The tidbits about the books restoration were very interesting and the main character has a background that was new to my reading experiences. I didn't know the culprit until the reveal. This installment also comes equipped with a villainous nemesis for our main character, who I particularly despise. I'm interested to see what becomes of that character as the series continues.

Read as part of the First in a Series Cozy Mystery Book Club #Book1CoziesClub

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