Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Jewels

The first Cover Characteristics post of 2016! And who'd have thought it'd be such a hard one? Book covers with jewels turned out to be so much harder to find than I thought they would be. But, as usual, hunting down the covers is part of the fun, especially since I always end up finding more books to add to my TBR and more free ebooks to download. I'm not a jewelry person myself, but I did manage...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

It's almost Christmas! Which means Santa is coming! Which means bookworms all around the world are putting the finishing touches on the list of books they want to get because, really, do we even include anything else on our lists? My book wishlist is entirely way too long, but I have somehow managed to rein ̶d̶e̶e̶r̶ it in and choose the ten I'd most love to get in paperback. You better be...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers from Books I Read in 2015

Now that 2015 is coming to an end, I really wanted to share some of the amazing book covers I have fallen in love with. But I've realized I'm kind of a bitch when it comes to book covers, and I've become one even more so as the year has gone on and I've seen more and more of them. I was going to write this whole spiel about what I do and don't like in book covers, but I've decided to save it for...
 

Book Review: Winterspell by Claire Legrand

With Clara's mother murdered and her father a mayor-turned-gang-lord who has spent the past few years succumbing to his grief, Clara has become increasingly close to her unusual, story-telling godfather and harbored a crush on the beautiful statue in his shop. But on Christmas Eve, her life gets turned upside-down when Godfather's stories start becoming reality, his statue becomes a live person,...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Read in 2015

I'm pretty sure I've already talked about all these books and series roughly 27 times each this year, but what can I say? They are my favorites! They're also the books that don't get the attention they deserve---something I keep trying to change! (Some of these first in series are free on Amazon, so check 'em out!) I have had an AMAZING book year though and am keeping my fingers crossed that next...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Snakes

I really thought book covers with snakes would be easy to find, but I was wrong. However, some of the ones I did find I really love, so it worked out in the end. As for snakes in general, I feel like they're a common fear, right? I've never had an issue with snakes though. Granted I don't want random, wild snakes crawling on me, but the ones they let you hold at zoos and whatnot are awesome. Are...
 

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Alana and Marko, two soldiers from opposing sides of the galactic war who fell in love and ran off together, bring a new life into the world when Alana gives birth to their child, but they soon realize it's not easy caring for a baby when you're on the run and everyone is out to kill you. Meanwhile, The Will, one of the assassins sent to kill them, deals with some personal problems of his...
 

Book Review: House of Pawns (House of Royals Book 2) by Keary Taylor

Alivia is on a mission to take the House from Jasmine and to prepare as much as possible for King Cyrus's arrival, but that means she'll need allies, both mortal and immortal. But Alivia's relationship with Ian, despite seeming like it should be perfect now, is more strained than ever, and Alivia just might have to face her war with Jasmine, her new House of vampires, the King's spies, and her...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Male Characters from Books I’ve Read This Year (2015)

Unlike with female characters, there never seems to be a shortage of male characters I like. I often prefer a male protag, but, even as love interests and side characters, they can be just as great. Also, I find it amusing that only 6 of the 16 characters mentioned are normal humans. Not sure if that says more about my taste in books or my taste in men ;-) Anyway, these characters deserve a...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Sharks

As I was perusing Amazon for book covers with sharks on them, I stumbled into the "deep sea thriller" and general sea creature horror/thriller book section that I did not previously know existed. And let me tell you, there are some terrifying book covers out there. I'm talking blood-soaked boats and monstrous creatures and stormy skies with tsunami-type waves, all of which would only be, like,...