Due to a bathroom remodel, my husband and I slept in our front room, where all our bookcases are, and when we finally went back to our bedroom a stack of books was unearthed with A Darker Shade of Magic sitting on top. This book was my introduction to author Victoria (V.E.) Schwab, also known for the Monsters of Verity duology and Vicious. I devoured the story and highly praised it in a previous Cannonball. My TBR list is intimidating, so even though I often find comfort in re-reading, I’ve been making a conscious choice not to in favor of new books. A […]
I have a friend who is an Outlander fanatic. She re-reads the series every couple of years and the book associated with the tv series season before it is aired. For the past couple of years at Christmas, I have given her Outlander calendars and one year an Outlander cook book (which she used and it has good recipes!). Last year I wanted to introduce her to a new author. My favorite local independent bookstore gave me a couple of recommendations but I settled on Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley. When presenting the book, I commented that it would be lovely […]
I liked this quite a bit, maybe even more than the first one. It still featured miscommunication as one of the central conflicts, but with one of the characters being autistic, and the other being from another country, I feel like here it’s actually justified, and it didn’t really bother me. (It still bothered me a little in The Kiss Quotient, even though Stella was on the spectrum as well. Also, that book featured a couple of other tropes that didn’t sit well with me, and there was none of that here.) Khai believes he can’t fall in love and […]
This review specifically covers the last two books in Djanjo Wexler’s “The Shadow Campaigns” series, book four, The Guns of Empire, and the conclusion in book five, The Infernal Battalion but also discusses the series as a whole. Each book of The Shadow Campaigns gets a 4 star rating, however the strength of the series as a whole is 5 stars. With each book Wexler expands the scope of the story and fills in the world with greater detail. The Thousand Names is a military campaign in the deserts of Khandar. In The Shadow Throne the capital city of Vordan is […]
All right Buckaroos. This was my first Tingler ever. Chuck Tingle is a GodDamned National Treasure. Fight me.
Y’all!!!! Firstly – I’m here! It’s been a very intense couple of years for me. This is my first review in a while and I declare complete review bankruptcy on anything I read during that time. No obligations, no guilt, no shame. (This review fills in the “And So It Begins” CBR11 Bingo Square) Secondly – y’all. Y’all? Y’all. Sometimes a friend or acquaintance writes a book and I read it and it’s… well it’s bad! Sometimes it’s mediocre, sometimes it’s serviceable but not great, sometimes it’s so rough that I stop reading and just never speak of it again. […]
Rosa Capoletti is a born and raised coastal New Englander, running a high-end Italian restaurant on the beach. Her childhood friend and first boyfriend, Alex Montgomery, is back in town to clean up his family’s summer home after his mother passes away. When Alex happens into Rosa’s restaurant for dinner, sparks fly! Will they rekindle the passion that has been simmering since Alex ghosted Rosa 10 years ago? Will Rosa’s father ever forgive Alex for breaking his daughter’s heart? How did Alex’s mother’s really die? Can these two kids from opposite sides of the tracks ever find true love? Read […]
When reading a long series, it’s nice to take a break with a genre collection under an interesting theme. Burning Up brings together four authors who know how to bring the heat to a supernatural romance! As I heard only great things about Nalini Singh, I decided to bring this on my adult spring break trip to Hawaii. I procrastinated on my review and realized this is perfect for my Summer Reads bingo square. I highly recommend powering through a sexy anthology on the plane. Short stories are a low commitment and easy to return to after sightseeing adventures. Singh’s […]