Bookish Musings: 3 Things Every Character Inexplicably Knows How to Do (But I Don’t)

There are certain things that seem to pop up in so many books, and even movies and TV shows, and every time they do, I find myself wondering, well, 1) why they pop up so often, but mostly 2) how the characters know how to do these things in the first place. So I decided it's high time I took to the internet and find out whether it's just me who lacks the worldly experience and unflinching...
 
 
 

Book Review: Crisped + Sere (Immemorial Year Book 2) by TJ Klune

Having recently found out just how valuable Lucas is, Cavalo now has to decide whether to return Lucas to the tribe of cannibalistic "Dead Rabbits" and save his people in Cottonwood, or to keep Lucas safe and go to war. With the help of his dog, his robot friend, and the mute psychopath who has somehow gotten past his barriers and under his skin, Cavalo will have to use the remains of his sanity...
 
 
 

Discussion: Do 5 Star Books Really Need to Be Perfect?

Do you like my graphic? There was no literal way to represent the topic, so I went with a visual metaphor, which is pretty fitting considering my blog name ;-) but I digress. I admit that I am notoriously stingy when it comes to giving out 5 star ratings for books. Well, notorious may have been a bit of an exaggeration as I'm not exactly famous and most of you probably didn't even know that about...
 
 
 

Book Review: Pieces (Patchwork Book 1) by T. Aleo

Rebekah, a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein, is the only one in her family who isn't immortal, and she's tired of being over-protected because of it. But her father, the leader of the Works---a group of families made up of vampires, shifters, werewolves, witches, and Rebekah's kind---is obsessed with trying to make Rebekah immortal and even more obsessed with power. With unease brewing among the...
 
 
 

The Weekly Update: 7/24/16 + Kristen’s Theory of Electronics

Alright, guys, I'm going on a bit of a tangent today because I didn't want to make a whole post just for this considering it's not even remotely related to books and have instead decided to just include it in this post. So... I have a new theory about electronics. It seems like the worse I treat my electronics, the longer they last, so my theory is that you have to toughen them up when they're...
 
 
 

Book Review: The Unquiet Dead by Chris Dubecki

Tyler didn't ask to be a necromancer, and he doesn't want to get involved when he finds a mysterious mausoleum holding a spectre that's trying to break free, but when he ends up caught up in the supernatural chaos, he's not going to sit back and let anyone else he loves get hurt. Now, with the help of his friends and new mentors, he'll have to learn to hone his abilities and find a way to stop...
 
 
 

Book Review: Teeth: The First Bite (Teeth Book 1) by Chele Cooke

Thomas is horrified when he wakes in a blood-drenched room and finds out he's turning into a vampire, but he soon starts coming to terms with it with the help of Spencer, his assigned mentor. But when a feeding goes wrong, not only does it have consequences on Thomas's life, it creates a rift between Spencer and August and even more problems for the vampire...
 
 
 

Discussion: Broad vs. Narrow Scope in Books

I am having a very genre-specific problem at the moment. It's getting harder and harder to find sci-fi or fantasy books anymore that aren't about saving the world. Whatever happened to just saving a loved one? Or pulling off a heist? Or escaping a kidnapper? Or completing a journey? Or finding something/someone? I mean, seriously, there are a million different goals a book can have, as proven by...
 
 
 

Book Review: Whereafter (Afterlife Book 3) by Terri Bruce

Irene and Andras have attempted to move another step through the afterlife only to find themselves stuck in a new place with dangerous shadows that attack them and a river of fire preventing them from getting to the castle they believe they need to reach. Meanwhile, Jonah has spiraled downward since Irene left and is desperate to cross over and save her from the trouble he believes she's...
 
 
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Apples

Alright everyone, today I have a list of Snow White retellings! Oh, wait, no, I meant apples. It's book covers featuring apples. But it might as well have been a list of Snow White retellings since that's what almost every book cover with an apple on it is about. That or Adam & Eve references. Apparently apples have very strong symbolism associated with them and you mustn't dare use them for...