Monthly Archives:: January 2013

Jan 18
Book Review: Mark Capell’s Vows to Kill

Book Review: Mark Capell’s Vows to Kill

When Detective Inspector Lee Eyre receives an email threatening to kill him on his wedding day, he is on the hunt to find the culprit. At first he believes it might an interoffice joke, but then he quickly realizes if it’s not a joke, who sent it? Should he tell his wife-to-be, Lucy, or keep quiet as he investigates? There’s one question we, as readers, will find ourselves asking: Is Lee Eyre guilty? There’s mention of an incident gone wrong and Eyre’s inability to move on from it. Mark Capell does an excellent job going over the details of “Southampton” (the place where the incident occurs). If Eyre is guilty, what is he guilty of? What I really enjoyed is how Capell reveals bits of information and it’s up to… Read more »

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Jan 17
Book Review: Shelly Crane’s Significance

Book Review: Shelly Crane’s Significance

Significance is the first book in Shelly Crane’s Significance series. There are four books total with a companion book. In this case, it is necessary to read the first book in the series and work your way down the list. I should also note there’s a film version of the series coming to a screen near you. Ultimately what doesn’t work for me is how quickly Maggie and Caleb fall in love. Maggie even questioned her constant need for him and Caleb himself said to her that he wouldn’t push himself on her. He doesn’t, and I realize situations forced them be in each other’s company, but it wasn’t believable to me. Also the whole imprint concept was a bit rushed and not thoroughly explained. I don’t know if it’s… Read more »

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Jan 16

The Shape of Archetypal Stories

Do formulas exist in the stories we read? Kurt Vonnegut believed so and he suggests these formulas help an author build a story and help an audience identify with a story or helps them analyze it. Maya Eilam created this interesting infographic regarding Vonnegut’s theories about archetypal stories. In this short lecture, Vonnegut explains his theory. As a reader or author do you agree with his assessment?

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Jan 14
Cover Reveal: Amy Maurer Jones’ Vampire Valentine

Cover Reveal: Amy Maurer Jones’ Vampire Valentine

Amy Maurer Jones, author of Wildflower and The Soul Quest Trilogy, is planning to release something new on or near Valentine’s Day! After reading the synopsis, I can’t wait because it does sound like a fun read. * * * Synopsis How is it that vampires, werewolves and witches always manage to become glamorized in Hollywood? They are forever portrayed as the overwhelmingly gorgeous, record-breaking athletic types with off-the-chart SAT scores! This is such a load of crap. Let’s be honest with ourselves for a minute. It’s never easy being different, even under normal circumstances. Now, factor in the reality that your DNA is something far from human and imagine yourself wandering the halls of an ordinary mortal high school. You still think this would be cool, right? Well, you… Read more »

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Jan 13
Book Review: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Book Review: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

Gone Girl has been sitting in my to be read pile for awhile now and even though I’m late to the party, I have finally arrived. I’ve never read Gillian Flynn before and even though I’ve seen her books around, nothing really prompted me to read anything of hers before. I kept seeing people rave about her latest and I finally decided to see for myself. I can’t believe I waited this long. What I can say about Gone Girl without spoiling it? Nick Dunne isn’t going to win the husband of the year award and when his wife, Amy, goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary, questions soon arise about his true character. Nick himself is hiding a few secrets and he maintains his innocence regarding his… Read more »

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Jan 12

Bookish Dress Up & My Book Crack

Our first mini challenge is hosted by Nyx Book Reviews: Bookish Dress Up. The challenge is: I would love to know which character you would dress differently, and how! If I had to pick any character to dress up, I’d say Susan from Chelsea Cain’s Archie Sheridan / Gretchen Lowell series. Susan is often described as wearing nothing but jeans, t-shirts (such has her beloved The Pixies shirt), and combat boots. Susan in part dresses the way she does because she has a hippie mother. I’d like to see her wear more dresses and take pride in her looks, but not as a way to impress Archie. Susan also sports a different hair color in a each book, but I think if it were up to me, I’d have Susan… Read more »

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Jan 10
Book Spine Poem

Book Spine Poem

Escape Through the Pages is hosting this mini challenge for Bout of Books and here is my entry! It makes no sense, but this was fun. Shadow of Night A Keeper of Words Effortless, Thoughtless A Point of No Retreat The Siren Calls Sweetheart Kill You Twice It’s The Last Duel A Death in the Small Hours

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Jan 09

Favorite Victorian Era Novels

These are a few of my favorite Victorian era novels. All the novels listed were published during the period from 1837-1901. It’s not a complete list, but these I love to reread. What are your favorites? Title:Vanity Fair Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Year: 1847 A Novel without a Hero is a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1847–48, satirizing society in early 19th-century Britain. The book’s title comes from John Bunyan’s allegorical story The Pilgrim’s Progress, first published in 1678 and still widely read at the time of Thackeray’s novel. Vanity fair refers to a stop along the pilgrim’s progress: a never-ending fair held in a town called Vanity, which is meant to represent man’s sinful attachment to worldly things. Title: Anna Karenina Author: Leo Tolstoy Year: 1877… Read more »

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Jan 05
Life According to Literature: 2012

Life According to Literature: 2012

I came across this via Fourth Street Review and she in turn got it from Catherine Pope – Victorian Geek. Using only books you have read this year (2012), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. Describe yourself: The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Lauren Willig) How do you feel: Heartsick (Chelsea Cain) Describe where you currently live: Enchantment (Charlotte Abel) If you could go anywhere, where would you go: On the Island (Tracey Garvis-Graves) Your favourite form of transportation: Shadow of Night (Deborah Harkness) Your best friend is: Sweetheart (Chelsea Cain) You and your friends are: Bending the Rules (Susan Andersen) What’s the weather like: North & South (Elizabeth Gaskell) You fear: A Death in the Small Hours (Charles Finch) What is the best advice… Read more »

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Jan 04
Channel Surfing: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Channel Surfing: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I’ve been wanting to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower for quite sometime and even though I live in a fairly large metro city, we aren’t that large or important; hence any film that has a limited release means we won’t get it. So a friend of mine was lucky enough to get ahold of a DVD screener of it and I watched it last night. I loved it! I haven’t had the chance to read the book, but have heard great things about it. I’ve added it to my to be read list. I don’t like to reveal parts of myself online, well I do, but only to really close online friends and there was something about Perks that just hit home. I suppose in many ways, I… Read more »

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