Book Review: The Key to Erebus (Les Corbeaux: The French Vampire Legend Book 1) by Emma V. Leech & Roisin O’Connor

Jehenne has recently moved in with her grandmother in France and is shocked to discover that not only are all sorts of supernatural creatures real, she herself is a powerful witch. Her first meeting with the mysterious and dangerous vampire Corvus doesn't go well, neither does the second when he tries to kill her, but she soon finds herself drawn to him and pulled deeper into the supernatural...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Cards

You know what's great about the topic playing cards? They're all red and black, my favorite colors! However, I didn't end up sticking to just playing cards. I couldn't quite tell what some of the cards on covers were and just using playing card covers was limiting, so tarot cards, baseball cards---really any palm-sized cards---I also deemed appropriate. Speaking of cards though, it has been a...
 

The Weekly Update: 2/12/17

Happy early Valentine's Day, I guess? I can't say I have any plans, but I do find it kind of interesting that the only people in my hall (granted there are only four apartments, or eight if you include the first floor) who have decorated for the holiday is the group of young guys. I feel like there's this stereotype that it's girls who like to decorate for holidays and whatnot, but these guys...
 

Book Review: Dead End (Duncan Andrews Thrillers Book 4) by Stephen Osborne

When Robbie's cousin calls Duncan with a ghost problem, Duncan takes the case, figuring it'll be another simple spirit banishment---until the serial killer ghost nearly kills Duncan and nearly drains Robbie of all his energy. Meanwhile, Duncan finds out some unsettling news about his best friend Gina's new boyfriend that could put her in danger, and he still hasn't given up on trying to fix his...
 

Bookish Musings: Disabilities Being Magically Cured in Books

We already have so little diversity in books, and we have even less diversity of the disability kind. Then, on top of that, the portrayal of disability is often riddled with problems---a big one being disabilities---whether physical or mental---being magically cured or turning out to be something paranormal. I feel like some people may not fully understand why this is so harmful though, so I...
 

Book Review: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

When Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, shows up one night, Wendy, Michael, and John all fly away with him to Neverland. Wendy becomes the mother for all the boys, and they have all sorts of adventures with Peter and his Lost Boys. But Captain Hook has a special vendetta against Peter, and they will have to fight him if Wendy and her brothers are ever to get back...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Tentacles

Tentacles is kind of an odd topic for me to choose since I don't read a whole lot of books that involve tentacles. What kind of books involve tentacles anyway? Books set out at sea? Maybe books about weddings if comedian Demetri Martin were writing them? I've read a few books that had kraken in them, and one of them did in fact take place out at sea. I also read a couple of books in a series that...
 

The Weekly Update: 2/5/17

Ugh, why has it been so cold?! My tiny little space heater cannot keep up! Also, the only warm shoes I have are boots, and I can't wear those with sweatpants because that looks weird. It's a real problem lol. Anyway, I had some fun and educational dreams last week! It was a nice change from the usual weird ones. In one of them I got to dance! The person I was dancing with in the dream was kind of...
 

Book Review: Blackwell (Magnus Blackwell Book 1) by Alexandrea Weis with Lucas Astor

Jacob O'Connor, a poor orphan boy attending school on scholarship, and Magnus Blackwell, a wealthy New Englander from a well-known family, become unlikely friends when they meet at Harvard in the architecture program, but that friendship becomes rocky when Jacob gets the girl Magnus wants. Magnus goes to New Orleans to distance himself but is unable to move on from his desire for revenge and...
 

Book Review: Rogue Magic by Kit Brisby

Byron, the PR rep for Cole Industries (an anti-magic company that makes magic-suppressing bands and that's about to break new ground by using magic as a clean energy source), has always believed the outlaw of magic was necessary and that his uncle's company was doing good things---until one day an unregistered mage saves his life only to labeled a terrorist. As Byron delves deeper into his moral...