Top Ten Tuesday – Titles with Numbers
Top Ten Tuesday / October 1, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl.This feature gives a weekly Top Ten list. We all love lists, right? This week’s theme is : Book Titles with Numbers In Them (You could really challenge yourself and do numbers 1-10 or just any numbers at all. Submitted by Emma @ Words and Peace) SO I tried to stick to only books that I have read and have read and I tried to go sequentially. However, I got stuck with the number 8, and for number 5 I used I book I have but have not yet read. So I threw in a couple of extras, because why not? I also avoided using the number in a series a book is, otherwise I would have used the eighth book in a series for number eight. 🙂 ZERO ONE TWO THREE FOUR FIVE I may not have read this yet, but I do have a copy and hope to read it! SIX SEVEN EIGHT? yeah, I got nothin that I’ve read or have. Sorry eight, you are just not a cool enough number evidently. NINE A couple random extras, just because my 5 and 8 were a bit weaker than I’d have…

Stacking the Shelves – January 20, 2019
Stacking the Shelves / January 20, 2019

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s been another couple of great weeks for book additions! Received for Review   … This was a complete surprise. It’s a prequel story about Eleven’s mother, and if there is one character I want to know more about, its obviously Eleven. I’m hoping I find the time to read this one. Many thanks to Del Rey Books! Wow! This was such an exciting package to open. I have really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and am so looking forward to this one!! Thanks to Orbit! This sounds like a fun series, but I’ve not yet read the first one, so it might be a bit until I get to this one. Many thanks to Tor for the copy! … Smoke and Summons was one I hadn’t heard of, but it does sound like a good read. Hoping I might find the time to check it out. Many thanks to 47North and Wunderkind for the copy for review. It’s been a little while since I’ve read a good dystopian thriller, and this…

Review: Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
Reviews / December 10, 2018

So, I rarely read paranormal romance, which this book falls squarely into, but you know, sometimes the mood just strikes to read a book were passions run high. I’ve not read any of Jeaniene Frost’s other novels, but evidently this one, while a first in series,  is set in the same world as other books and features a character, Ian, that has been a secondary character from her existing works. I had no problems at all entering with this series. If I was missing knowledge or connections for backstory or references I think it was trivial and definitely did not impact my enjoyment of the book. There’s a chance there could be references that other readers may pick up on that went over my head, but as a new reader this felt like the start of a brand new series and worked quite well. Anything I needed to know was provided as part of the story. I mention this because I have read some books where it was quite evident I was missing something important by not reading the previous series. So for anyone concerned, this absolutely felt like a great starting place. Evidently Ian has been a fan favorite…

Stacking the Shelves – October 27, 2018
Stacking the Shelves / October 27, 2018

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature all about sharing your good luck in book acquisitions! So here’s what came my way since my last post! It’s only been a week since my last Stacking the Shelves, but I had so many exciting books show up this week, I decided to do another one already.   Received for Review   First, there was a #WickedReads package from PenguinTeen! This was a fun one, full of books and chocolate!! (Is there a better combination?? I dont think so!) And look at those covers! I love them! And I may have to use a couple of the tattoos next week for Halloween! Many thanks to PenguinTeen and Razorbill!     … … And then I had two complete (and crazy exciting) surprises! Two Stranger Things books. One is a Behind the Scenes companion book, and the other is done in the style of a kids book (and is really fun). Absolutely love the packaging on the bigger one. In fact, I’m having a hard time bringing myself to unwrap it as I love the FAIR sticker so much. But I will, I know I will, because I also have to see what’s inside!!…

Backlist Burndown Review: Nine Princes of Amber by Robert Zelazny

So I am participating in the Reddit Fantasy 2016 Book Bingo, and they forced me to read a book from the 1970s to fill the Decade You Were Born Square (yeah, I’m old, anyway…). Considering I rarely read anything more than a couple years old, this was definitely out of my typical set of books. Based on recommendations, I chose Nine Princes in Amber by Robert Zelazny and was incredibly impressed by how well it aged. It is a portal fantasy, so parts of it are set in the “modern” day we know, but with the exception of the absence of current technology and a few references to hippies, I could not have told you when it was written. It still feels very modern even though its 40+ years old. The story begins with Corwin, who has woken in a hospital and seems to be suffering from amnesia. Now, I have read a number of books that start with amnesia, that have decidedly not worked well for me. I am happy to say this one actually did. As Corwin learns and remembers more, we discover alternate worlds and in particular, we learn about Amber, the ultimate world. The world that seems hardest…