Category Archives: Reading

Book Review: Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg

Maire doesn't remember anything about her life or who she was prior to a few years ago when she was found on the side of the road, but she knows that she has the magical gift to infuse emotions and abilities into the treats she bakes. When marauders raid her town one day and kidnap her, she gets sold to a strange man who somehow knows of her talent and wants to use it to make money. But amidst...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Zombies

So I seem to be on a bit of a zombie kick lately, reading and adding to my TBR quite a few books that have zombies as main characters or love interests, and even some that have the more stereotypical, shambling, post-apocalyptic kind of zombies. I've never been a huge fan of zombies, even though I have started giving their books more of a chance, but that doesn't mean I can't be a fan of their...
 

Book Review: The Bleeding Dusk (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 3) by Colleen Gleason

The vampires in Rome have allied themselves with demons, and it's now up to Victoria to lead the hunters and figure out how to stop them from their latest plans. She turns to Sebastian and Max for help, but Sebastian's games and Max's secrets make Victoria unsure of who she can trust, and when a certain vampire sets his sights on her, things get even more complicated than...
 

Book Review: My Zombie Boyfriend (The Undead Canadian Book 1) by T. Strange

When Edward, a necromancer, finds a beautiful dead guy on his way home one night, he decides to reanimate him as a zombie and name him Kit. But Kit isn't like any zombie he's ever seen---he can talk and think for himself, though he can't remember his past---and Edward soon finds himself having feelings the zombie who has now taken up residence in his...
 

Bookish Musings: Feminism and Double Standards in Books – Strong Characters

"Strong female character" is a pretty common phrase nowadays. I even used to include a tag for it in my book review posts. I mean, we all know (or should know) that sexism is still a problem in our world, and I just wanted to do my part by pointing out the female characters who could help combat the sexism, who could show that women are just as good as men, etc. But one day I decided to remove...
 

Book Review: Thereafter (Afterlife Book 2) by Terri Bruce

Irene has finally decide to follow the light and cross over to the other side only to discover it's really just a dreary purgatory where billions of spirits are gathered and stuck, not knowing how to move forward. As Irene tries to figure out what to do next, she ends up with a knight and a cowboy as her companions, and they navigate the realm, filled with dangers such as phantoms and nephilim,...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Hair

Ok, I had way too much fun with this post. This is not the official topic this week, but I didn't care for the official topic and got inspired when I came across one cover in particular and was mesmerized by how gorgeous the character's hair was, so here we are. I happen to love long hair, I think it's pretty, so basically I just went and found a whole bunch of covers with long, flowing,...
 

Book Review: House of Judges (House of Royals Book 4) by Keary Taylor

Alivia toyed with the King, and now she's paying the price. She's been thrown into a cell to await her trial and punishments, but most of her House believes she betrayed them, her other friends can't stand the person she's become, and one of her only allies was dragged away screaming after he tried to defend her. A castle full of vampires wants justice for what they believe she did, but King...
 

Book Review: Magic Fell (The Mages’ Guild Trilogy Book 1) by Andi Van

When Tasis's mother dies, she gives him a necklace that causes him to start having strange dreams and ultimately discover his magical abilities---abilities that are strictly forbidden in the kingdom. Tasis and his sister decide to leave town in search of the place he's been dreaming about and end up joining up with Kelwin, an elf on a journey of his own. The three then head out together to find...
 

Bookish Musings: Why Negative Reviews Can Be a Positive Thing

There's been a lot of hubbub over negative reviews, authors behaving badly, reviewers behaving badly, fans behaving badly, and generally just everyone getting offended. But here's the thing---while I do recognize that some reviews are just plain mean and don't particularly help anyone, there are times when negative reviews actually are a GOOD thing, for both readers and authors. So I thought I'd...