Overall, First Grave on the Right was a fun read if you want some light laughs and don’t want to think very hard.
Bethany: So...I do this thing where I wander around bookstores and pick up all of the books and then buy WAYYYY too many of the ones that I like. That’s how I came across Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles.
Book: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor Reviewer: Jeriann Age/Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Preferred Reading Environment: Somewhere you feel grounded. This would be great to read in a hammock or otherwise outdoors. Reading Accoutrements: Comfort foods that remind you of home. Content Notes: murder, racism, war, PTSD Since I read Who Fears Death, I knew I wanted to…
The concept of this collection of short stories is that the characters fulfill gendered prophecies in unexpected ways.
It’s the end of February, and chances are you’ve had to watch at least one “romantic” movie that made you want to gag and roll your eyes. Don’t you wish that a movie could have romance without being super sappy? Maybe have a sword fight or two in there? Perhaps a harrowing battle with Rodents Of Unusual Size?
I came across Christmas Kiss (A Scottish Holiday Romance) (Kisses and Carriages Book 1), by L.L. Muir, because it was a free romance novel around the holidays and I was in the mood for a little Christmas cheer. I know that the holiday season is over and done with - I work in retail, so trust me, I know - but I decided to review this particular book because: 1) It's February - the month of romance - and "kiss" is in the title, and 2) This book makes references to classic works of romance, so it's kind of a double-whammy of perfection for the month of February.
I don’t know when I first heard about Children of Blood and Bone, but I first decided to read it when Lindsay Ellis included it in her PBS “It’s Lit” segment on fantasy novels. I already knew it was supposed to be really good, so seeing the name again was the tipping point that caused me to put it on my reading list.
It’s NaNoWriMo!* Time to get writing, Bathtub Book Clubians! In honor of this auspicious annual event, I thought we should talk about a book that will have the literary nerds in all of us jumping for joy: Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris: Book One) by Jim C. Hines.
I read Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series because I saw (and thoroughly enjoyed) the movie. I was pleasantly surprised, when I read the first book, at how closely the movie followed the source material. I probably wouldn’t have started reading Bloodlines had I walked up to it on a shelf in a bookstore without any knowledge of Vampire Academy, but my copy of the last book in the Vampire Academy series had a teaser for Bloodlines. Being my (sometimes silly and easily distractible) self, I read the teaser. And then I bought the book. And then I bought the rest of the books in the Bloodlines series.
My sister bought this book for me for my birthday a few years ago. She saw it and thought of me, she said, for three reasons: 1. It is a supernatural fantasy/mystery book, and she knows how much I love those. 2. It takes place in a steampunk setting and I have been fascinated with steampunk since I heard of it. 3. She knew I was looking for a new series to read and this one comes with a follow-up series about the main characters’ daughter. Hours of entertainment for me and silence for her.
My sister knows me really well.