The Weekly Update: 3/13/16

Ugh, I have bad news, guys: my computer broke. It acted up one night and just kept turning on and off by itself, but then it worked fine again the next day. I ran some scans and updates, but they found nothing. I turned my computer off at the end of the day, and that was when it decided to break for real. I didn't lose much (just a couple book reviews which is disheartening but not dire), but...
 

Book Review: Tempest by Cari Z

When Colm travels to Caithmor, he quickly finds himself living a happy life with a roof over his head, a family who accepts him, a job that allows him to use his "knack" for sensing fish in the water, and a sense of freedom he never felt in his hometown. He also finds himself in love with Nichol, but, as each of them struggles through their own hardships, including the discovery of what Colm's...
 

Book Review: Rises the Night (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 2) by Colleen Gleason

Victoria is back to slaying vampires after a much needed leave of absence, but this time her duty as a Venator takes her to Italy where a powerful vampire is working create his own army of the dead using, something that will have disastrous consequences if he succeeds. But turning to Sebastian of all people for help is not something Victoria is happy about, especially as she uncovers more secrets...
 

Bookish Musings: Ten Things that Turn Me Off in Book Blurbs

We all talk about covers a lot because they're the first thing that get our attention and draw us in to take a closer look at a book. But the next step in the book decision process is reading the blurb to determine if it's a story you're actually interested in, right? As much as I say I sometimes read books solely for their covers, I actually don't. I don't grab books from random genres that I...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Traits that Make Me Love a Character

I have no idea what characters other people like or dislike, and I mostly read indie books, so this week's topic is another one of those topics that's just too difficult for me. That's why I've tweaked it! I've come to realize there are certain things that usually make me immediately start to love a character. I'm not talking the typical personality traits like brooding or sarcastic---those are...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Hands

Wow! There are A LOT of gorgeous book covers out there that prominently feature hands on them. I had a ridiculously hard time narrowing down my choices, so I can definitely see this being a topic I do a part 2 for---there are so many more covers I still want to share with you all! But, as usual, I somehow managed to choose just ten ;-) and I don't have a whole to say about hands other than they...
 

The Weekly Update: 3/6/16

It's March! Seriously though, I am going to be glad when the cold is gone. Of course it will just be replaced by rain, but what can you do. So remember how I complained last Sunday about the lawn mower in the mornings? Well this past week, either the person below or next to me (I was half asleep, I just know it was someone very nearby) decided 9 in the morning would be the perfect time to drill...
 

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Marko and IV have become unlikely allies, united against a common enemy, along with Ghus and Yuma, but have so far been unsuccessful in their mission and are struggling more and more each day to get along even moderately well. Meanwhile, Gwen, Sophie, and The Brand are working on obtaining what they need to cure The Will, and Alana, Kiara, and Hazel are fighting against enemies of their...
 

Bookish Musings: Why I Don’t Watch Movie Adaptations of Books

It seems as though I'm rarely in the majority when it comes to bookish things. Sometimes I feel like my entire blog is like one big unpopular opinion :-P But this opinion especially seems to be the minority of the most minor minority. I do not watch a movie adaptation after reading a book if I liked the book. Yes, I know, you're probably gasping at me and clutching your pearls. Everyone (except...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books to Read If You’re in the Mood to Laugh

This week we've been given a partial freebie for Top Ten Tuesday: "Books to Read If You're in the Mood for..." But my whole blog is practically books to read if you're in the mood for sci-fi/fantasy, and I don't even have ten recommendations for books in any other genre. That's why I thought it'd be fun to do something more specific---funny books! I don't know about you, but sometimes I just am...