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...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Cemeteries

This topic was right up my alley because I read mostly paranormal and urban fantasy. And you know what paranormal and urban fantasy has got a lot of? Cemeteries. Between all the vampires and ghosts and witches and necromancers, I didn't have to look very hard. But that also made this an especially fun topic for me since I really do LOVE all of these book covers. It was hard just to narrow it down...
 

The Weekly Update: 2/14/16

So... I suppose I'm obligated to say Happy Valentine's Day? Happy Single's Awareness Day? Happy Sunday? I can't say I'm celebrating---in fact, I can't say I've ever really done much for Valentine's Day, even times when I haven't been single---but I do always love the overabundance of the color red at this time of year :-P I finally made it to that doctor's appointment that was rescheduled. I...
 

Book Review: Wings of Darkness (The Immortal Sorrows Book 1) by Sherri A. Wingler

When Izzy gets into a car accident, her stubborn soul won't stay in her body even though it's not her time to die, so the Angel of Death uses his own blood to bind it to her body, a choice that has unintended consequences on Izzy's body and life. Izzy eventually meets her savior and stalker, Asher, and finds out what's happening to her, but they soon discover they have a lot more to worry about...
 

Book Review: The Rest Falls Away (The Gardella Vampire Hunters Book 1) by Colleen Gleason

Victoria Gardella may be a debutante in 19th century London, being pushed into finding an eligible bachelor to marry, but she's also a vampire hunter by blood, born with the extra capabilities it takes to fight the creatures. Victoria chooses to accept her calling, but, when she unexpectedly falls in love with the Marquess of Rockley, she realizes she has a difficult choice to make between love...
 

Bookish Musings: Time Skips in Books

Just in the past year alone, I've read books with stories that took place over the course of anywhere ranging from a few days to a few years. In fact, I even read one that took place over the course of 600-something years. It's got me thinking about what I like and dislike when it comes to how much time a story covers and how the author handles that time. But honestly, I'm not really sure what I...
 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Quotes About Love and Cats

So this week's Top Ten is all about Valentine's Day---OTPs, love declarations, swoon-worthy quotes, Valentine's Day reads, etc. I was going to go with swoon-worthy quotes, but they proved to be a lot harder to find than I thought they would be. But then I came across some cat quotes and decided an anti-Valentine's Day post would be fun... except I had a bit of a shortage of cat quotes too. So,...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring People Holding Glowy Magic in Their Hands

I know you must be thinking whaaaaaaa? But allow me to explain. My first response is that this was not the official topic this week for the meme. (Really, Kristen? Shocking. I know.) My second response is that I know it is highly specific, but yes, there actually *are* a lot of covers that have exactly this on them. I think it's an urban fantasy thing. And since I read a lot of urban fantasy, I...