Skip to main content

Posts

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Necropolis by Michael Dempsey

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by  Freda's Voice , and Book Beginnings, hosted by  Rose City Reader .  For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.  Happy Friday everyone!  This week I'm spotlighting one of my current Trope-ical Readathon books,   Necropolis  by Michael Dempsey .  I don't know about you, but this cyberpunk noir sounds like it's going to be exactly my kind of thing. Beginning: Ten minutes before I died, I realized I was out of cigarettes. 56: I h
Recent posts

2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge - Update #2 & Mini Reviews

Happy Thursday everyone and welcome to my second 2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge update with mini  reviews!  I completed 7 books this month for a grand total of 14 of 50 books finished for the  2021 Popsugar Reading Challenge .  I'd say I've made great progress and have read some pretty good books already.  Without further ado, here are my thoughts on the books I completed in February for this challenge in the order I read them in: ❋  ❋  ❋  ❋ Anno Dracula  by Kim Newman  was a pretty cool read. The style of the alternate history, the classic characters Newman integrates into the story even those that aren't from Bram Stoker's Dracula made a great combination.  Honestly, though, I did wish that Newman's own characters got a little more attention.  Either way, I'm going to have to try the sequel soon. My review is also on Goodreads . ❋  ❋  ❋  ❋   ❋ Concrete Rose  ( The Hate U Give  #0) by Angie Thomas  was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021, so needless t

PopCulture Mini-Thon, The Midnight Society - Announcement & TBR

  Happy Thursday everyone!  Later this month I'm going to be taking part in the next  PopCulture Readathon  mini-thon aka The Midnight Society, created and host March 14th through March 20th and this time it's themed around  Are You Afraid of the Dark? which was one of my favorite shows.  There's no bingo board this time around, but there are five prompts that look pretty tempting.  By the way, don't forget to follow the fun over on  Twitter , and tag your posts with  #popcreadathon ,  #minipopreads , and #midnightsocietyreads .  Keep reading to see the books I hope to tackle for these prompts: The Tale of the Twisted Claw - Animal on the Cover My choice: The Tower of Ravens ( Rhiannon's Ride #1) by Kate Forsyth - This fantasy series opener looks like it's going to be epic! The Tale of the Long Ago Locket - Historical Fiction My choice: Conspiracy of Ravens ( The Shadow #2) by Lila Bowen - I really loved the first book in this historical fantasy western and I

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Fictional Librarians

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by  That Artsy Reader Girl .  This week's topic is Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had, but I'm doing something else.  As a librarian, I'm going to feature my favorite librarians onscreen in movies and tv shows, in podcasts, and in books:  Without further ado, here we go alphabetical order by name: Movies & TV Shows Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell from The Mummy and The Mummy Returns Flynn Carsen from The Librarian movie series Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer Wong from Doctor Strange , Avengers: Infinity War , and Avengers: Endgame Podcasts The Night Vale Public Librarians from Welcome to Night Vale Books Christopher Wolfe from The Great Library series by Rachel Caine Claire from the Hell's Library series   by A.J. Hackwith Irene from The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman Isaac Vainio from the Magic Ex Libris series   by Jim C. Hines The Librarian from the Discworld series by Terry

ARC Mini Reviews: The Conductors by Nicole Glover & Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva

Happy Monday everyone!  Today, I'm sharing two ARC mini reviews -  The Conductors ( Murders and Magic #1) by Nicole Glover and  Forget Me Not by Alexandra Oliva  (available March 2, 2021).  I received these ARCs from NetGalley in exchange for honest reviews.  Read on to see my thoughts: ❋   ❋  ❋ The Conductors ( Murder and Magic #1) by Nicole Glover is a solid historical fantasy debut.  I really liked the concept when it comes to the magic system and the post-Civil War setting.  I liked the idea of Underground Railroad conductors having magical powers.  The story starts off strong and held my attention.  However, the book is a little overlong and it drags too much in several point half way through.  I also wish we had more detail on the magic system itself and how it works.  That said, I particularly liked Hetty.  She's quite brave, talented, and determined.  I also appreciated getting to see Hetty's relationship with her husband Benjy grow over the course of the story. 

Judgement (The Prophet #3) by Don Newton (ARC) - Review

  ❋  ❋  ❋   ❋ I received an ecopy from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review. The Draggon King, Darkonus, died at the hands of his daughter - the cold steel of her dagger taking his life, and the void-wraith trapped within sucking his soul away. Now Kat has ascended to the Draggon throne and become their Queen. Judgement ( The Prophet #3) by Don Newton is such a good finale to what has been such a fun genre mashup series. I know I've said it before, but I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to experience this series. Each installment took the series to new heights and that is no exception here in book three. As with the first two entries of The Prophet series, Don Newton's style and world-building are the strongest elements and my favorite part of the book as well. I've always appreciated a genre mashup when done well, and this is right up at the top of the game. Traditionally fantasy and science fiction elements are brought together masterfully. We

Music Monday: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below. Rules: Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s). If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url. Happy Monday everyone!  This week I'm sharing some of my favorite songs from  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) .  I love the soundtrack to this whole series, and I'm surprised I've never featured it here.  Give a listen to my favorite tracks from The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack:  Concerning Hobbits , The Black Rider , A Knife in the Dark , The