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Paddle Your Own Canoe – Book Review

Published Date: October 1, 2013

Publishing Co.: Dutton

Pages: 340

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I read this book at a time in my life when I very much needed it. While Offerman becomes his own bard, recounting his travels to success, he also offers wisdoms about life. “How to live deliciously,” as it were.

Honestly, those were the parts that spoke the most to me. It was great getting to know his origin story but those nuggets of suggestions on how to live better, buttered the bread. I knew that I wanted to focus the year on good things and Offerman handed me ideas and reminders of how just to do that.

Don’t be an asshole – easier said than done. The public these days are rude as fuck and yet somehow, I should be the nice one. No promises on this one.

Find a hobby – I need to get back to woodworking or anything creative to feed the lack of creativity in my life.

Less screen time/social media – Stop wasting my life away staring at that screen when I could be making real memories or doing something more productive.

Spend more time with friends – After the last two years, I would love to dedicate more time to friends.

This is just a snack-sized sample of his offerings.

Come for his tales and leave fed with inspiration to change up your life.

Dhampir (Noble Dead Saga #1) – Book Review

Published Date: January 7, 2003

Publishing Co.: Roc

Pages: 376

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Magiere and Leesil (along with his weird dog, Chap) have been scamming small villages for a long time. Peasants are superstitious after all and if anything goes wrong, vampires are to blame. Magiere and Leesil have never actually seen a vampire but they’re all too happy to take the village’s money to pretend like they’ve destroyed one. After, they march along with their bounty, leaving the villagers light of pocket and stuck with their original problem.

Magiere is getting tired of the game (poor baby!) and wants to settle down somewhere once and for all. She dreams of running a tavern somewhere along the coast and eventually hears from her broker that one is available. Now, she just has to convince Leesil that it’s a good idea.

In a run of karma, the town where the tavern is located IS actually run by vampires. Magiere and Leesil learn the hard way that Magiere may be the only one who can destroy vampires. Weird changes happen when she’s confronted by the undead and her rage consumes her, making her into a lethal weapon she never knew she was.

For most of this novel, I thought I wouldn’t continue to the next book however, the author writes great characters with intriguing back stories and a world just interesting enough to keep me going. I like that Magiere didn’t know what she was or what her abilities are and we’re learning it all right along with her. I want to see what adventures lie in wait for Magiere, Leesil and Chap. (Who is weird because the cover depicts him as a husky-like dog while the story refers to him as a silver furred hound. Huskies and hounds do not look alike good sir.)

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) – Book Review

Published Date: May 7, 2019

Publishing Co.: Ace

Pages: 303

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Nothing makes me happier than a Mercy Thompson-Hauptman binge read.

Miniature zombie goats. Black magic witches. Mysterious origin story of a newer character. These are the things that lead to great entertainment.

A new group of witches has come to town and they have some big plans for the place. Take out the resident witch and stop the human/fae negotiations at all costs. They don’t have just one idea of how to accomplish these things so they’re hitting hard on multiple fronts. Raising the dead, spreading curses and killing anyone they want.

Mercy claimed the Tri-Cities as pack territory years ago, vowing to keep everyone safe. With Adam trapped (sometimes literally) in peace talks, their resident witch’s entire family massacred, Mercy has to pull help from other fronts. Some favors she would rather not call in but these witches are powerful and she’s just one stubborn little coyote. But, she’s made allies with some very scary creatures.

This was a fun romp but not my favorite Mercy novel. There was just some pizzaz missing somewhere along the way and I am having a hard time determining where or why. Nevertheless, I couldn’t put it down.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism – Book Review

Published Date: May 17, 2016

Publishing Co.: Quirk Books

Pages: 330

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Well, this book certainly did not make me miss high school. Teenagers are just too much drama and make so many dumb decisions. I know, once upon a time, I was one. I don’t miss those days unlike a lot of people. This is part of the reason why I don’t read YA all too often, I get all grouchy about the young idiots.

Gretchen and Abby are accidental BFFs. Gretchen was forced to come to Abby’s birthday party by her parents and when no one else showed up, a very rude Abby managed to make a best friend while being very rude. I for one, would have said peace out to this beast and went home. But Gretchen is a better person than I am and saw someone in pain and tried to help them.

Fast forward several years to high school, they’re still inseparable. However, a strange night at the lake ends with Gretchen missing in the woods and when she is finally found, she’s not the normal Gretchen. As months go by, her hygiene declines, she starts fights with everyone and she is scribbling creepy things in her notebook.

My one major issue with this book is, we never find out just HOW Gretchen gets possessed by a demon. There isn’t a demonic backstory. This demon was just hanging out in the water/woods, waiting to possess someone?

The ending is DEPRESSING. Mostly, because I cannot imagine having the kind of friendship they end up having, with my BFF. I know it’s realistic which makes it all the more sad.

The moral of the story here is; don’t let your BFF jump off the end of a dock without you. If someone is getting possessed, you might as well bring chaos down on those around you TOGETHER. Twice the possession, twice the fun.

Thank you Melanie at Grab the Lapels for the book. ❤

August 2021 Recap

I kept my promise! I was very active this month. It was easy for once. Now I get to go back to school starting today and I am sure things will slow down for me, blog wise, until this semester is up in December. I will try to post at least once a week.

I managed to finish 3 books this month. I don’t know the last time this happened. Probably before school started.

The Invention of Sound review

The Last Mortal Bond review

I just finished this last night and I loved it. 5 out of 5 stars. I don’t feel like reviewing it however. There is a lot of world building to explain and I rather just enjoy the bliss it brought me instead of worrying about how to describe it.

eBooks Purchased:

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews $2.99

The Poppy War by RF Huang $1.99

Death Masks by Jim Butcher $0.00 (coupon for this book specifically from Amazon)

TOTAL SPENT: $4.98

Movies Watched:

I’ve clearly been on a horror movie kick. I decided to go back and watch all the ones from the 80s that I haven’t gotten around to yet.

TV Watched:

As you can see, it was a productive month. My three weeks off of class flew by. I’m going to miss all the free time.

What was your favorite part of August??

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3) – Book Review

Published Date: January 13, 2015

Publishing Co.: Tor Books

Pages: 649

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

In my review of the second book in the series, The Providence of Fire, I promised that the third book would be mine by Christmas. That might have been true, I don’t remember when I bought it but let me tell you, I thought I read that book last year. Turns out…..it was four years ago.

Now I sit here, absolutely torn. I was riding high on this book for ¾ of the way through, positive down to my bones that this was going to be another 5 star edition. Then, the last 60 or so pages happened. I HATE to say anything bad about this series, I’ve recommended it to SO many people, but I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t brutally honest.

The ending falls flat on it’s face. At least it did for me. We’ve spent so long, following an amazing story line with truly epic world building and some great characters, that it seemed the ending was thrown in just to finally end it. I wish I could describe accurately, how incredible the build up to this final battle was. Hell, there were so many battles before this that were more suspenseful than the grand finale. It was a disappointment that I was just not expecting. There is a quick end to this epic tale and a lot of questions left. Character deaths that felt unjust to the character themselves. As in, there were deaths depicted rather lamely for characters who carried the major plot points. The last person standing in a position of power is my absolute least favorite character of the series.

Before all that happened though, I was loving every second of what I was reading. It will remain a series that I recommend to people, as other people seem to love the ending, so it may have just been a case of it’s me not you. I will still read the standalone novel that comes after this and probably everything else Staveley writes, but this ending just left me unfulfilled.

“Nira just shrugged. “Sometimes ya gotta kill people to save ‘em.”

The Invention of Sound – Book Review

Published Date: September 8, 2020

Publishing Co.: Grand Central Publishing

Pages: 240

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

“Haunting her was the idea that we each summon our own death.”

Do not pick up a Palahniuk book unless you are ready to get dddaaaaaarrrrkkkk.

That’s honestly what I love and what I count on when it comes to Chuck Palahniuk. He reaches into every taboo zone and drags you along with him. If he has to step into the dark to write it, you are going to have to walk through the dark to read it. We’re going places you never thought an author would go.

For example, we start this adventure with one of the main characters picking a Xanax out of the damp pubes of her lover after sex. This is how I knew I was back in Palahniuk territory. His characters are always massively flawed and that’s part of what makes them so interesting to read about.

Mitzi works for the Hollywood sound industry. She sells screams for movies and TV. She is on a quest to make the best scream ever recorded and she would do anything, even kill to get it.

Foster’s daughter disappeared during a game of hide and seek. Walked off with a stranger never to be seen again. Now he scours the dark web, seeking out child molesters and murders, trying to find out exactly what happened to his daughter. He assumes she’s dead, it’s seventeen years later after all, but his lust for revenge hasn’t died.

Both will bring Hollywood to it’s knees in their quests.

Palahniuk’s best book in years.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1) – Book Review

Published Date: May 5, 2015

Publishing Co.: Bloomsbury USA

Pages: 419

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Honestly, I told myself I would never read anything by Sarah J. Maas. The things I had read from reviewers about her other series about assassins, were pretty off putting for someone who only dabbles in young adult books once in awhile. They have to really catch my attention or be recommended by people I trust to get me to give them a shot anymore. I’m in my thirties and plenty jaded at this point.

In this case, I had not one but two people tell me that I should give this specific series a try. That in mind, worlds still had to collide before I picked it up. I was on vacation. I didn’t bring the book I was reading because it was falling apart and I wasn’t sure how much time I would actually have to read. Turns out, it was a decent amount. So I hit the local independent bookstore where I was, the selection was wanting, and I picked this up in the clearance section.

I opened it, fully skeptical, of what I would find.

I was hooked by chapter two. I loved the poor main character angle, just trying to keep her family alive with the skills she picked up by watching others and trial and error. That’s a girl I can get behind. A survivor. Her situation sucked and it was about to get worse (or better) thanks to a chance encounter with faeries.

Feyre doesn’t listen very well. I can get behind that. I don’t particularly like when people tell me what I can and cannot do either. In this case, it leads to trouble she has to fight her way out of and/or be rescued from. I’m currently team Tamlin as he’s (mostly) a gentleman, as I have a feeling this is going to become a love triangle. Normally, this trope would bother me but I’m very interested in the back story of the possible other boy toy. The big issue is resolved in this novel so I’m not entirely sure what book two holds but I’ve been told by my friend that it’s better than book one. She lead me straight with her recommendation so I’m sure I will pick up the next book as well.

This felt darker to me than a lot of young adult novels these days (I say this like I read a lot of them), and I think that made it feel a little more grown up for me. Reading other people’s reviews reminded me that this is supposed to be a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and honestly, that’s a vague comparison. If you ignore that altogether, you’ll probably enjoy it more.

That riddle was hella easy tho, homegirl.

May Mini-Reviews

I read all of TWO books in May. I started school the second week and that has really ate up my free time. June 7th I begin my second class for the semester and it’s accelerated. Not sure why I did that to myself. I was feeling rather cocky I suppose.

3 out of 5 stars – Usually, even when I go years between a series’ books, I can still remember most of what happened. Not so much this time. But, I’m stubborn and refuse to go back and reread the first book. Either it will come back to me or it won’t. The main reason I enjoyed the first book so much was the great representation of a good female friendship. Here the two heroines are separated for the duration of the book. Overall, 3/4 of it was okay and the last 1/4 was actually pretty good. Undecided whether I will continue the series or just give up.

I ordered Stephen King’s Pet Sematary for a buddy read with Ignited Moth on our other blog, Sugar and Scream. It’s currently the only thing I want to read so I’m reading nothing until it arrives. :3

SPEAKING OF WHICH, I GET TO SEE MS. MOTH FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE OCTOBER AT HER WEDDING!

I am ready to party with my favorite person. ❤