Friday, September 18, 2015

Throne of Glass Review

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Throne of Glass" was a treat and delight to read. This fantasy has it all, snarky heroines, winsome princes and devilish fiends. It plays like a grungy steam punk novel at times, while others is filled with everything that's delightful about modern fantasy. Can't wait to devour the next installment.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Recent Reads

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was introduced to Laini Taylor by her children's novel, Dreamdark, a rich piece of fantasy fiction. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was just as rich with color, life and soul as I hoped it would be. Much like the title character, Karou, Taylor is a word artist with a gift for making you taste the world her characters live in. In a word, sublime.

View all my reviews One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend, #1)One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Two damaged people tell a tale as old as time, except with lots of sex, passion and family drama worthy of a modern fairytale.

View all my reviews Dark Promise (Between Worlds, #1)Dark Promise by Julia Crane
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While the main heroine grated on my nerves at times, things got very interesting halfway through the novel. By the time the real magic starts happening I was hooked until I had read the very last page and look forward to reading the sequel.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

"King of Ash and Bone" by Melissa Wright

King of Ash and BoneKing of Ash and Bone by Melissa Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Almost a year after I first began reading this epic dystopian novel, I finally finished it! The best part was once I started it up again, I couldn't put it down until I read the last word. I have been a long time fan of Melissa Wright's works, ever since I stumbled upon Frey in the "free" category on Amazon. I fell in love with the Frey Saga and hounded the poor author until she had finished her fantastical series. The Descendants was equally exciting for me, albeit a different genre. I enjoyed seeing this author grow and show off her talent for characters with a lot of snark and personality. King of Ash and Bone is her latest series, this time a dystopian fairy tale set not to far from the present. Wright did a wonderful job drawing you into her characters lives, and especially detailing the sudden fall of civilization. King of Ash and Bone is very different from her previous two series and promises even more surprises and wondrous discoveries for the future. Impatiently waiting for the next installment!

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

"Under the Dome" by Stephen King

Under the DomeUnder the Dome by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Upon my friends' insistence, I chose Under the Dome as my first foray into the Stephen King universe. Without having seen the television show I had no basis to compare or go off of. I am pleased to report that Mr. King lives up to his hype. He is indeed a seasoned master storyteller, interweaving characters and plots with deft precision and keen ruthlessness. I began this novel ready for the long ride and enjoying the fun. Then somewhere around the middle I grew frustrated and increasingly frustrated. So many political intrigues! So many instances where the bad guys seemed to rule over the good with injustice. I had to force myself to continue, yet knew it would pay off eventually. I was right. The ending of this novel, while surprising in its twists was satisfying and gratifying. It was as though Mr. King sensed my growing frustration and took care of the large portion of the problem for me in the end. And his work reminded me why I love storytelling in the first place. Now I plan to read anything that is under a thousand pages.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Graphic Novel Reviews

The Last UnicornThe Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A masterful retelling of one of the most beloved modern fairy tale classics, Peter S. Beagle's "The Last Unicorn" shines in this fresh vivid format. With brilliant artwork by Renae De Liz, reminiscent of the animated film, this graphic novel practically bursts with life and color. From start to finish, I was mesmerized and inspired, much like the characters within the pages. The magic of "The Last Unicorn" is just as potent to day as it first came to print.

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Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume 1Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Volume 1 by Brian Holguin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I was five years old, my older brothers sat me down and made me watch our VHS copy of The Dark Crystal. I was instantly terrified and mesmerized. Today I can watch the film any time and the brilliance and imagination of Jim Henson still blows me away. I discovered this treasure of a comic while perusing graphic novels at a Barnes & Noble and knew I had to have it immediately. I was not disappointed. The concept art of Brian Froud shines in this series and the myths are woven in a way that draws you in. The artwork is exceptional and the storytelling exactly what you would expect from the magic makers at Henson.

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New Audio Format Release of "Her Prairie Viking" by Kit Morgan



Prairie Brides is a series, so you'll want to listen to the audiobooks in order to have the most fun! Enjoy these sweet romances as you get to know the Cooke brothers and the townsfolk of Clear Creek. One of the wackiest little towns in the old west!
The long awaited arrival of Mr. Berg is here! He made his first appearance in Her Prairie Knight, and then sprang into action with the rest of the townsfolk in His Prairie Duchess, now Mr. Berg has his own story to tell!
Andel Berg came to Clear Creek under the guise of becoming the new blacksmith, but little did the townspeople of Clear Creek know that he was so much more! Madeline Van Zuyen came to Clear Creek for a new beginning and the chance to start a new life. Little did she know that SHE was so much more!
Mr. Berg had a duty to perform. Find the Princess Madelaina at any cost, retrieve her, and deliver her to Count Rudge, one of the most despicable men Andel had ever known. Not an appealing task for a Captain of the King's Guard but unfortunately, Andel had no choice. If he didn't deliver the princess Count Rudge would kill his father and Andel was prepared to do anything to keep that from happening. But Andel hadn't counted on falling in love.
If he didn't deliver the princess his father would die. And if he did could Andel live with himself not to mention, live without his princess?
What then, will Mr. Berg do?



His Prairie Duchess, Prairie Brides Book 3


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Her Prairie Knight, Prairie Bride Book 2


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His Prairie Princess, Prairie Brides Book 1



The Christmas Mail Order Bride, Holiday Mail Order Brides Book 1


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The New Year’s Bride, Holiday Mail Order Bride Book 2


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MR-300x300Michael Rahhal has been a performer for his entire life. He has been performing, writing and directing comedy, theater, music and public or private events for the past 20 years. He has toured the world and collaborated with Blue Man Group as a writer, director and performer, founding members of The Wooster Group and as a writer, director, producer and performer for New Belgium Brewing Co.’s nonprofit touring bikes-and-beer festival “Tour De Fat”, where he helped raise over $500,000 for bike nonprofit organizations around the U.S. He also had his own hour-long solo comedy show at Caroline’s on Broadway, performed with Center Theater Group in Los Angeles and the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts.

As an audiobook narrator, his credits include The Wicked Passage: A Blake Wyatt Adventure by N.M. Singel, Realms of Mystery: A Forgotten Realms Anthology, Dragons of Chaos: A Dragonlance Anthology, And the Girl Screamed by Gil Brewer, Kolchak’s Gold by Brian Garfield, The Two Faces of Tomorrow by James P. Hogan, and Rule: A Marked Men Novel by Jay Crownover. All of these titles are available on He has also narrated feature documentaries, as well as various animated comedic shorts. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has frequented the comedy lineups of “What’s Up Tiger Lily”, “Garage Comedy” and “The Tomorrow Show”, as well as “Hot Tub with Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler”. He also has been studying and now teaching Krav Maga, a self-defense system that is as fun and effective as it is easy to learn, for he believes all bullies, bad guys and would-be assailants deserve to get kicked in the groin several times for preying on us regular folks.