Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Gargoyles

I've never really given a whole lot of thought to gargoyles. They can be kind of creepy and ugly, but they can also be kind of intimidating and beautiful. They do seem to be gaining popularity in fantasy books though as a paranormal creature. They also seem to be on a surprising number of book covers. I thought this would be a hard topic, but it turned out to be rather easy. I don't really have a...
 

The Weekly Update: 2/28/16

I need to gripe about something, but first I have to explain something else. So gather round everyone, it's storytime! When I was in college I had this really great world civilizations professor. He was nice, he was passionate about his subject, and he genuinely wanted his students to succeed. It was one of the few classes I never read the textbook for because he gave us all the information we...
 

Book Review: House of Kings (House of Royals Book 3) by Keary Taylor

King Cyrus is in town and anxious to find out if Alivia is his reincarnated wife, but between her newfound bloodlust, her concerns for the person she's becoming, and her pain and confusion about her relationships, Alivia doesn't even know what she wants anymore. But that won't stop Cyrus who's ready to play some games, shed some blood, and wreak some havoc on the House of Conrath and the city of...
 

Book Review: Mud (Chronicles of the Third Realm War Book 1) by E.J. Wenstrom

As a golem, Adem has spent his entire immortal life forced by his maker to guard over a mysterious box and kill anyone who touches it, but all Adem really wants is to be human. When an angel comes to Adem, offering him a soul, and thus his humanity, in exchange for bringing back the angel's love from the Underworld, Adem decides to take the risk, not realizing the consequences his actions could...
 

Bookish Musings: Do You Read Prequels?

Is it just me, or do prequels seem to have exploded into popularity? And let's not forget the shorts and novellas and extra things that are published in between full length books. *Activates grandma voice* Back in my day, we didn't even have prequels. We only got however many books were in the series, and we had to rely on flashbacks and our imaginations to figure out more about the stories and...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Enjoyed Recently That Weren’t My Typical Genre

I LOVE PARANORMAL AND URBAN FANTASY. Human-like creatures (e.g. vampires, incubi, ghosts, witches, shifters, demons, etc.) are my jam. I also love historical fantasy, magical realism, dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and even the occasional genetic-engineering or cyborg book. So those are the genres I read. Therefore, those are the genres this post will not be about. But I like certain genres for a...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring People Holding Fire in Their Hands

Everybody get excited because it's time for another strange and highly specific topic! If you recall, I did a post about people holding glowy magic in their hands a few weeks ago, but, while I was looking for those covers, I also came across quite a few covers with people holding fire. Since fire isn't quite the same as magic, I decided to make it a separate post (plus the collages totally look...
 

The Weekly Update: 2/21/16

Since I have no legitimate real life news or updates this week, instead I'm gonna tell you all about a weird dream I had. It wasn't weird in the conventional sense (well, I mean, it was, but my dreams are pretty much always weird, so that makes it normal), it was weird in that I experienced the dream from two different perspectives. I was with this small group of people, and we were escaping or...
 

Book Review: The Shifter (The Healing Wars Book 1) by Janice Hardy

In a world where both pain and the pynvium it's stored in are valuable items, Nya has an ability that no other Taker has---she can shift the pain she takes into other people. But then, against her better judgment, Nya starts using her ability to help people, not realizing the consequences it will have. When the wrong people find out and Nya's sister goes missing, things start to spiral out of her...
 

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Alana has started her acting job for the Open Circuit, leaving Marko to take care of Hazel. But Alana has also been doing drugs, which has been creating a rift in her and Marko's relationship. Meanwhile, a robot janitor decides to take revenge on the royal family, and Gwen and Sophie attempt to figure out what to do to help The...