Review: The Chrysalis and King series by Ashlyn Forge

Ok, this is incredibly late, but… reasons. Mostly to do with over-extending myself, and never having written up a review for a series before. But this one was worth it ❤

A trio of short stories with a big impact.

Fans of old-school sci-fi where the authors unapologetically dropped the reader down into an alien situation and made them fend for themselves. For those who enjoy discovering other worlds and cultures. And heartily (haahaa) recommended for romantics. Continue reading “Review: The Chrysalis and King series by Ashlyn Forge”


Review: Me, Cinderella?  by Aubrey Rose

I spent the last week reading the first chapter of nearly every “to-read for blog” book on my Kindle. This was in an effort to weed out the books I really didn’t want to spend time on right now, and to prioritize the remainders. See my blog post on making a good first impression for more about that. When all was said and done, this was the book that screamed “READ ME!!” the most to my brain, and so this is where I started. And I’m glad I did.

As the main character, Brynn, put it:

Like the moment when you first open a book, uncertain of whether or not you’ll enjoy it. You decide to read the first page, and word by word it draws you in until you’ve reached the end of the first chapter without realizing it, then the second. Could the rest of the story live up to the promise? You’d have to wait and see.


A very enjoyable read, with complex, relatable characters. A definite treat! This is in that newish category “New Adult”, aimed at college age readers and with a college-age protagonist. It is a brainy romance, weaving music, mathematics, fairy-tales, and the recovery process from deep psychological wounds into a story both sweet and compelling. Continue reading “Review: Me, Cinderella?  by Aubrey Rose”

Review: Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle by Phil and Kaja Foglio


Reading this was like coming home – nostalgic with a high-possibility of holiday-related violence. This novel is a brilliant adaptation of volumes 7partway through volume 10 of the Girl Genius Graphic Novels, and really challenges the adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” And if you know the incredible detail in every panel of Girl Genius, you know what high praise it is to say that they transmuted art to prose with commendable efficiency.

“Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle” is the third installment in this series. If you have not read the first two books, DO THAT NOW. And you probably should read at least the first 6 volumes of the Graphic Novels as well (free online for your frugal viewing pleasure!)

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To Review or to not Review – Part Deux

Stephen King says “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

So I made my New Year’s resolution a pledge to read 52 books. I currently have finished 2, and have 100 sitting in my “to read for blog” stack, and that’s not counting the books that I want to read to actually enjoy, books by authors I stalk adore… or the dozens that I tack on there every week from book-giveaways or friends who finally have crossed that threshold that I hope to make it across sometime soon.

That’s reading… but why review? Well, when I started the whole “reviewing” thing, it was for two reasons – to support independent/small published authors and their works, and to hold a gun to my back and make me try new authors and keep my pledge. Continue reading “To Review or to not Review – Part Deux”

Review: Misfortune Cookies by Linda Kozar

As you can probably tell, this is NOT Ronnie Virdi’s “Grave Beginnings”. With the craziness of the holidays and the news that the author is considering revising it again, I’ve decided to shelve that one for now. Feel free to get a jump start on me with it – I love the main character and Virdi knocks the action scenes out of the park 😀 Now back to “Misfortune Cookies.”


A disappointing read for a scenario that had so much potential. Continue reading “Review: Misfortune Cookies by Linda Kozar”

Review: Nothing, Everything, Nothing by Casia Schreyer

This is a well written, well-researched novel about the factors that can lead an average girl to contemplate -and then attempt – suicide. Aimed at young adult readers, “Nothing, Everything, Nothing” is a heart-wrenching tale with a very clear message: Know your true friends, ignore those who only pretend to be.

BOOK TRIGGERS: Suicide, bulimia, abusive relationships

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Review: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty


Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is an ambitious, philosophical book about Caitlin Doughty’s journey to understand, then help others to understand, death. This is not your typical superficial exploration of the topic of mortuary practices, distancing the reader from the anecdotes with anthropological and scientific research and interviews. It has those elements, but rather than distancing they enhance and draw the reader even more fully into the topics the anecdotes are illuminating. I was I was most interested by the vision, drive and intense vulnerability that the author revealed in the second half of the book. I look forward to reading more of her writings in the future, and hope her audience takes many of her words to heart.


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