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The author who got me back into reading…

I started reading at an unusually young age and I frankly didn’t stop for a long time. As a kid, my family didn’t have cable TV, and we didn’t have an extensive collection of VHS or DVDs. I managed to hit some major popular culture moments, but usually only after I’d missed out on the […]

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Deerbrook 3/4 Update

The rising action that I could see emerging previously has come to a head! There was actually a very dramatic chapter in which there was stone throwing, lots of arguing, and a burned effigy… There are now two major conflicts in the plot: Hope’s romantic feelings, and Enderby’s. Much of the novel has been concerned […]

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Curse of Magic, Review

In the second book of the Fairy Tale Enchantress series, K.M. Shea follows the adventures of Apprentice Angelique, Enchantress-in-Training, who is left adrift after the kidnap of her instructor Enchanter Evariste. Evariste for his part must resist losing hope as he remains trapped, memories of Angelique keeping him from giving into despair. Warning: Here Be […]

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The House of Night series, by PC and Kristin Cast

“House of Night is a thrilling, New York Times bestselling young adult fantasy series. The books follow 16-year-old Zoey Redbird as she is “Marked” by a vampyre tracker and begins to undergo the “Change” into an actual vampyre. She has to leave her family in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and move into the House of Night, a boarding […]

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2/4 Update: Deerbrook

I actually started reading Deerbrook last summer, and left it behind in pursuit of quicker reads while I was busy at an excavation. It’s taken me a while to get back into reading it, but I’m so glad I did! Deerbrook focuses on the lives of Hester and Margaret following Hester’s marriage to Edward Hope. […]

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Big Little Lies: Flash Review

What is a flash review? Since this is the first one of my flash reviews, I’ll quickly explain what I’m planning for them. A flash review will happen if I find a book that just sucks me in and I read in a very short period of time. For Big Little Lies I received a […]

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Monday: This Week’s Reading Schedule

What I’m Reading Since Saturday I’ve added two books to my currently reading list: Awakened, the 8th book in the House of Night series by PC and Kristin Cast Curse of Magic, the 2nd book in the Fairy Tale Enchantress series by KM Shea Updates Planned This week I’m planning on finishing up Atlantis, and […]

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3/4 Update: Atlantis

This book started out so promising… Now, it’s not a jaunty archaeological adventure through the city of Atlantis (excuse me, I have a Disney movie to watch). It’s somehow a thriller political novel? There aren’t any spies, but there’s Kazakh gangsters who’ve created a sanctuary for terrorists and are using that to…pillage museums and ancient […]

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Atmospheric Settings

“I became conscious…of a vast ruined castle, from whose tall black windows came no ray of light, and whose broken battlements showed a jagged line against the moonlit sky.” – Dracula What is the atmosphere? The atmosphere of a book is the mood, the setting, and the emotions that the author invokes. The above example […]

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Saturday Morning Wrap-Up, 24/8

Overview This week has been a fun one! Since I launched this blog, I’ve really enjoyed getting into all of the book blogger circles of twitter, tumblr, and Instagram. I’ve gotten some warm welcomes, and I’m very excited to get to know everybody a lot better!  What am I reading? At the moment I have […]