Review: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Goodreads has Down Among the Sticks and Bones mislabeled as a sequel to Every Heart a Doorway. For the first half of this short book, I kept wondering when it was going to move on from back story and progress with the plot. Then I read the cover flap, and I learned that it was actually a prequel. From that point on, I enjoyed this book a lot more. The Wayward Children series is kind of like Alice in Wonderland only there are infinite worlds that children fall into. In the first book we met a full cast of characters who attend a boarding school for children who […]

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Review: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Alienated by Melissa Landers

I loved the premise of Alienated: an exchange program for teens between Earth and a newly discovered planet, L’eihr. Cara has been selected to host one of three L’eihr students coming to Earth. And then next year she’ll take her turn on L’eihr. Of course Aelyx is gorgeous and feelings develop. Many humans aren’t happy with the presence of aliens on Earth. The next level of racism and discrimination abound in this book, from threatening notes to outward protests. I really disliked that part of the plot. Cara loses her boyfriend and her best friend over housing Aelyx. It was pretty realistic, but it was too painful to read. This […]

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Review: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway was a little confusing at the start, but once I got into the story, I was pleasantly surprised. Nancy ends up at a very unique boarding school after returning from a world that isn’t the one we know. All of the children at Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children have stumbling into other worlds – some ruled by logic, some fueled by nonsense. It’s rather like Alice in Wonderland only imagine there are hundreds of Wonderlands, each unique as the child who visited it. Nancy makes a handful of friends, but most of the students are weary of her since bad things […]

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Review: Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 by Marissa Meyer

Wires and Nerve is a graphic novel spin-off of Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. You all know how much I love that series, so of course I had to read this book. It was my first graphic novel (well except the ones I read with my son). The main character is Iko, Cinder’s side-kick android friend. The story takes place between the battle on Luna at the end of Winter and the wedding story from Stars Above. Basically, it covers the clean up of all of the wolf soldiers on Earth. Iko is a bounty hunter of sorts. It’s pretty fun. I enjoyed this book because I’m a […]

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TV to Book Recommendations: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

TV to Book Recommendations: Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Opinionated Book Lover

I love a good sci-fi or fantasy TV series, perhaps more than I like those genres of books. If you’re in a similar boat but looking for a good book, check out these recommendations based on some beloved TV series. Sherlock/Penny Dreadful…Stalking Jack the Ripper I admit I haven’t watched all of Penny Dreadful. My husband didn’t like it as much as I did, so it kind of feel by the wayside. I don’t watch much TV alone these days because usually I’d rather be reading. But we both love Sherlock, although we have 2 episodes to go in the latest season. When I read Stalking Jack the […]

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Review: Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Heartless is Marissa Meyer’s first stand-alone book, and for me the pacing was a little off. Marissa is amazing at world-building, and she did a great job playing around within Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. She imagined many insane elements and situations, but as someone who was fairly familiar with the world, I thought the beginning of the book was rather slow. I wanted to jump into the action right away. Also, once the action did start, there was almost too much going on. That being said though, I did really love this story. Catherine wants to be a baker. She and her housemaid have dreamed of opening their […]

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Review: The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

This book is about 10 years too late for me. It reminded me a lot of Twilight, but I am well beyond the immortal-falls-instantly-in-love-with-a-human kind of romance. I forced myself to finish this book, but there was very little that I enjoyed. X is a bounty hunter from hell who’s sent to Earth to bring back an evil soul. In the attempt he encounters Zoe and falls in love at first sight. He ignores his duty and rescues Zoe and her brother instead. The entanglement develops further as he begins to get ill for skipping out on his assignment. The romance is the main plot […]

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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

I made the mistake of thinking Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was written by J.K. Rowling. It is not. And even though it’s supposed to have been based off a short story by Rowling, and it appears she has sanctioned this play, I was very disappointed in this book. Some Background My husband and I are both HUGE Harry Potter fans. We read the series out loud together early in our dating life (and then later when the last book came out), and we’ve listened to the audiobooks numerous times since then – together and apart. (I’d previously read the first 3 books in the […]

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Harry Potter is my favorite series for one reason

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

There are many reasons to love Harry Potter… The characters The friendships The magic The worldbuilding The adventure The triumph of good over evil All of that is great. Truly, it is. But all of those things do not make the Harry Potter series my favorite books of all times. What does that? The details. I have read (mostly listened to) the Harry Potter series many, MANY times, and every time I do, I discover new details. Seriously, the planning that went into writing this series is insane. It’s clear that it was meant to be a 7 book series from the start. There are things revealed books […]

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Review: Off the Page by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult

I am a huge Jodi Picoult fan. She was my favorite author for a long time. I enjoyed Between the Lines (3 stars). But this book was just too ridiculous. After an entire book of trying to find a way to get Oliver into the real world, this book has characters going back and forth without much effort. I have a hard time passing up a sequel because I like to know what’s happening with the characters – as if they’re real people. But I didn’t feel like Delilah or Oliver had matured much since the start of the first book. And was Delilah really […]

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