Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Devils & Thieves

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush


“Magic was the currency of our world, and Alex was rich. I… was not.”

“It was freaking painful to love something that didn’t want you in return.”

“Fine. I’m sorry. Like I said, it’s been a shitty night. Not the best time for me to be making serious decisions about anything.”

“And I’d punch the pope if he looked at you funny. You know that.”

“No shit?” he whispered. “No shit,” I said ruefully.”

““We’ve all got problems, Jemmie. We’ve all got sore spots and flaws and shit from our past and mistakes we’re still dealing with. You want me to tell you you’re perfect? I can’t. But I can tell you this: You’re brave enough to push through this. You’re strong enough not to let it hold you back. And that’s what actually matters.”

“Medici blood met Carmichael blood. Venemon and locant.”

“If a person can be judged on the basis of who their father is, then I need to get the hell away from you.”

“If it’s me who’s supposed to go down, I’m going to drag him into hell with me.”

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Review - Devils & Thieves

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

5/5 gnomes

Holy carp, please tell me it doesn't end like that. I really truly hope there's another book. This author really kindled my love for these characters and the world that they live in.

Jemmie and Crowe are an electric pair who have chemistry to spare. This book will give you feelings aplenty. I really liked that they were in no way in insta-love but really have issues to work out. All the relationships in the book are a bit troubled/complicated.

The kindled magic system in this world is fascinating. I don’t know about you but I just couldn’t resist a book about a magical motorcycle club. There are a bunch of different magical families with some inheriting much stronger magic than others. All the different kinds of magic are intriguing though especially the venemon ability. These abilities could all be trouble causing too, that’s why these clubs and family’s try to keep order.

Personality and a plethora of problems lead to a passionate book that’s full of promise. I tell you, that ending, I haven’t glared that hard at my kindle as when it said this book was 97-99 % completed. Ahh so intense, leaves you wanting to know more ASAP.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sentence Sneak Peek - Devils & Thieves

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

The first sentence from each chapter of Devils & Thieves, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)


“I HATED THE MALL.”

“ALEX AND I SPENT THE BETTER PART OF THE AFTERNOON at the Medici Cottage.”

“AS I HURRIED DOWN THE SCHOOLHOUSE’S FRONT STEPS, the double doors burst open behind me.”

“I FINALLY BREATHED A SIGH OF RELIEF ONCE I HEARD Crowe’s car start up and tear off down the street.”

“I WOKE TO THE SOUND OF MY MOTHER CURSING AT THE coffee machine in the kitchen.”

“ALEX FINALLY TEXTED ME AFTER MY TENSE CHICKEN FAJITA lunch with Dad, which had ended with him kissing me on the forehead and promising he’d catch up with me later before taking off in his shiny car.”

“I LOST ALEX FOR A FEW HOURS AFTER SHE’D LEFT ME WITH Darek.”

“WHAT—” I BEGAN, LOOKING OVER HIS SHOULDER TO THE open air outside.”

“WHEN I GOT HOME, I IMMEDIATELY TRIED CALLING DAREK, but he didn’t answer.”

“AS CROWE AND I CUT ACROSS THE SCHOOLHOUSE PARKING lot, clouds rolled in, blocking out the early light of day.”

“CROWE DROVE MY CAR WHILE I GAVE DIRECTIONS WITH my eyes closed, still focusing on the magic, on the weak, unsteady tug at the line I’d cast.”

“MY SENSE OF SMELL RETURNED FIRST, BRINGING ME THE scent of venemon magic, of Crowe, smoke and honey.”

“MY STOMACH DROPPED AS AMBER SKEINS OF MAGIC unfurled around Crowe—he was preparing to defend himself in the only way he knew, and it would make things worse.”

“I JERKED AWAKE WITH A START TO THE SOUND OF MY MOM coming in the front door, keys jangling.”

“NO!”

“I APPROACHED THE BARRIER WALL, SHIMMERING SAPPHIRE under the starlight.”

“WE REACHED THE MASSIVE CLEARING OF THE LOGGING mill a few minutes to midnight.”

“HARDY AND I USED TO PLAY HERE ALL THE TIME WHEN we were kids,” Crowe said as he led me around the junkyard, headed for the riverbank.”

“I COULD HEAR THE ROARING OF A RIVER.”

“YOU FIX HER, GODDAMN IT, OR I SWEAR TO GOD—

“CROWE TIGHTENED HIS ARM AROUND MY WAIST, HOLDING me upright.”

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fantastic Flash

The Flash: Hocus Pocus by Barry Lyga

My Favorite Quotes/Lines:

“He would fix everything and paper over the hole in his heart.”

“And in the morning, things seemed different and not so bleak, as things in the morning so often do.”

“Overcaffeinated ADHD meets superspeedster. The two great tastes that taste great together.”

“But another part of him—a much bigger part, the part that was a dad and a cop—knew that anything was possible, that even the fastest man alive could be caught off guard. Barry wasn’t Joe’s biological son, but he had a claim on Joe’s heart just the same.”

“But she’d taken that moment. And to someone as fast as Kid Flash, that moment had lasted forever.”

“Dude’s obsessed with having people get their worship on. He needs a reality TV show or something.” “Or he could run for president,” Caitlin said. “Don’t even joke about that.”

“But what sets you apart from other people, Barry, is that when you get evidence to the contrary, you don’t just charge ahead with your original thought. You actually change your mind. And that’s a rare thing in this world.”

“Oh well. Life with superpowers means getting dirty sometimes.”


Review:

5 out of 5 gnomes

Wow, I really loved this book. After reading if you're anything like me you'll be wishing that the author Barry Lyga wrote for The Flash TV show. I adore the show too but his version of flashpoint not happening makes for some strong reading.

The author really seems to understand what makes these characters shine. Hocus Pocus is a great villain too. The tone, dialogue, etc… all felt legit to the series and characters.

The ending is To Be Continued, so here's hoping the next book is published ASAP. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis


Fascinating? He’s going to starve!” I flicked my ears in horror. “I told you humans had pebbles for brains!”

“I would walk my way down this mountain, I would find myself a livelihood, whatever that might mean … and I would eat as much chocolate as I wanted, forever!”

“I’d grown up in a cavern. I liked holes in the wall.”

“I just wished that all the horses I passed didn’t look so delicious.”

Oops. Maybe I was showing a few too many teeth in my smile. I relaxed my face muscles and saw his shoulders sag in response.”

“Or are you ready to throw out that batch of your life that went sour, mix yourself up a new one, and work to your last breath to make it the best you possibly can?”

“Human society was so complicated. Why couldn’t I just roar at people to make them do what was necessary?”

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review - The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

5 out of 5 gnomes

Oh, this book really made me fall in love with it. Fantasy + Dragons + a plethora of chocolate = a book you should read ASAP. The voice, the setting, it was just a lot of fun to read. The illustrations before each chapter draw you into the story too. This is one of those books that just makes you smile while you read it. Plus you’ll most likely develop a large craving for chocolate.

This fantastic fantasy’s main character is Aventurine, a dragon, who’s tired of being told what to do and always staying in the cave. She sneaks out one day and is transformed into a human thanks to some magical hot chocolate. This is of course a big surprise to her and she has quite the learning curve when it comes to being a human.

This one taste of chocolate starts her journey and leads her on a quest to find and learn everything she can about chocolate and the world she now has to live in.

The conflict mostly is from a dragon not understanding the human world. She’s a bit more bold than most people are used to. Her view on things though is usually pretty enlightening.

The characters are all really well done from her dragon family to her group of friends that become like a new family. There are plenty of misunderstandings to get through but this is just one heck of an entertaining read.

If you’re like me you’ll look forward to reading whatever Burgis writes next.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sentence Sneak Peek - The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

The first sentence from each chapter of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)


“I can’t say I ever wondered what it felt like to be human.”

“Hunting wasn’t nearly as easy as I’d expected.”

“The first thing I realized when my eyes opened was that I was in the wrong place.”

“Without my flame, I couldn’t even start a fire.”

“By the time we’d been traveling for over an hour, my head was nodding to one side and my backside was aching on the cart’s wooden bench.”

“Chocolate houses were nothing like I’d expected.”

“I’d had no idea that human beings cared so much about money.”

“My stomach growled ferociously as I strode through the narrow, crowded streets of outer Drachenburg.”

“Ha!”

“By the time I’d been Marina’s apprentice for a week, my puny human arms were stronger than I’d imagined possible.”

“The gray sky was full of clouds, and mud sucked wetly at my feet as I walked along the riverbank, but the market where Silke’s brother worked was still teeming with customers.”

“By the time I finally returned to the Chocolate Heart, the gray skies were shifting into a dark, murky charcoal, the air had turned thick and cold, and the chocolate house was closed for the day.”

What?

“I had watched Marina make hot chocolates time and time again.”

“Less than ten minutes after I had made my first hot chocolate, the once-busy, bustling Chocolate Heart was empty.”

“At least being an unpaid maid was easy.”

“Silke grabbed my arm before I could move.”

“When I walked back into the Chocolate Heart after three days away, bright sunlight shone through the glass windows, lighting up the red and gold of the painted walls until they glowed like the heart of a flame.”

“I barely caught my cup as it slipped through my hands, and my chest pierced with longing so bright that it hurt.”

“I scowled at the lines of stiff-backed men in uniform.”

“That was it.”

“High at the top of the clock tower, a chill wind whipped through my hair and against my face, blowing over the waist-high stone walls and through the thin sleeves of my brown dress, and leaving goose bumps prickling all over my skin.”

“If Marina was surprised by her new customers, she didn’t show it.”

“This is so unfair,” Jasper told me six weeks later.”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review - The Mermaid Catches Her Mate: A Nocturne Falls Universe story

The Mermaid Catches Her Mate: A Nocturne Falls Universe story by Jax Cassidy

3 out of 5 gnomes


I know these are all short/shorter stories but I think this one needed more room to tell more about the characters and their future. When things were really getting good, that’s where the story ended. With how the book ended I really really wanted to know how they would work out and what exactly their respective families would think.


Ace and Luna do have some great chemistry. You’ll just kind of wish you knew more about their backgrounds. There are the normal misunderstanding of a romance book thrown together with plenty of supernatural goodness.  

The bad guy could have felt more threatening but saying that though their solution (even though it was telegraphed pretty far ahead of time) was great.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Review - Moxie

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

4 out of 5 gnomes

I could not stop reading this book, it’s the fastest I’ve finished a book in quite a while. The whole situation grabs you and draws you right into the story. It reads a bit small town soap opera-ish at times but this also makes you really want to know what happens next ASAP.

Vivian discovers that maybe being dutiful and not causing waves is not the road she should be taking through life. This book shows what feminism and standing up for yourself can do. It really shows how to find power in who you are. High school drama aplenty plus a big dose of female empowerment leads to a really fun and interesting story.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Review - The Hush

Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner


4 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

This book is the kind of fantasy that just draws you right in. It’s a fantasy mixed with a mystery and a heist as Chester tries to figure out what happened to his father. In this world music and magic are melded together. There’s regular music and then there’s Music which can pretty much control the entire world.

You have to be licensed to connect to Music and if you’re caught the Songshapers are not known to be forgiving aka you get sentenced to death. Plus being licensed and going to school isn’t really offered to you if you’re not rich.

Chester is untrained but finds himself breaking into Music while he’s supposed to only be playing music more often than not. This leads him to some very big trouble and to meeting a very interesting group of people.

This group shows him how different the world really is and shows him a lot of new tricks. The whole heist aspect of the story is great and the Music really adds to the danger.

The story is full of surprises and great relationships/friendships, plus it has a couple of major twists that I definitely didn’t see ahead of time.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Go Go Read These Comics

These comics take a fresh look at the Power Rangers by concentrating more on their regular lives and how this new power changes them all. It starts right at the beginning when the y first become rangers. I'm loving the story so far and the artwork is also pretty outstanding.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review - Miles Morales

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds

* Read via NetGalley for Review


4 out of 5 gnomes

It was nice to read more about Miles Morales as Spider-Man. I know a little bit about him from the comics but it was great to get a whole book about him. There’s just the tiniest hint of an origin story but it works really well, you’re pretty much just thrown into his world.

This Spider-Man really reads like a teenager not an adult trying to act like a teenager so you’re not jarred out of the story but drawn into it. Also shows that Spider-Man problems can be just as crazy as regular high school problems.

This is more a Miles story than a Spider-Man story until almost the very end. I wish there had been more Spider-Manning because he is a really awesome Spider-Man. Saying that though you do read/hear about some of what he's done as Spider-Man and all the drama and trauma that he’s already been through. I’m hoping there are future books about Miles by this author.

The villain is definitely new to me aka one I hadn’t heard of before. This villain is also a sinister surprisingly old evil too. Plus it just seems believable from a real world and comic book point of view that a villain who believes this could form and cause chaos very easily.

His family life is well done. There is plenty of drama but also a lot of love between him and his parents. I have to mention his friend Ganke too, he is really entertaining and brings out a fun side of Miles.

I wish there had been more of a resolution with the ending. It was good but there are some loose threads that I’m very curious about.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review - Night Shift

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

2 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

What and Why, these are the two words you might find yourself thinking while reading this last book in the series.

This book felt very rushed to get to a kind of a meh conclusion. I mean everything was slow paced before but this just felt like the author wanted just to be done with the series.

I like multiple points of view books a lot usually. This though felt like Harris couldn’t pick which character she wanted to be the protagonist. You flit from person to person but don’t really find out a lot about anybody.

They introduce something extremely interesting about Manfred’s family but then don’t really go into it a lot.  

The whole end game kind of felt like an afterthought and a no duh kind of moment on who would be participating. Their solution doesn’t really feel like much of a solution… Plus nobody really got a satisfying conclusion.

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P.S. The TV show has me hooked and I recommend it a lot more than I do these books. The show is definitely cheesy but in an awesome way. The pacing is much less slow and things are happening crazy fast. The characters are also a lot easier to connect to on the screen then via the books.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quick Review - By Your Side

By Your Side by Kasie West

3 out of 5 gnomes

I work in a library so the whole being trapped in a library aspect made me want to read this book. Lets just say that I know people have been very close to being locked in the library here before...but the place is always double checked by security too. It's a cool concept but I'm not sure how feasible it would be so you have to suspend your disbelief and just kind of go with it.

Dax and Autumn have some great chemistry. He's the loner/bad boy that nobody gets she's the photography person who has a lot of friends. The book is without a doubt predictable as heck. There are some definite eye rolling moments but then I just kept on reading. Let's just say Autumn has some rather oblivious friends. Saying all that though, I just couldn't stop reading. It's like one of those bad TV shows that you just can't stop watching.

Overall a quick yet not very surprising read that still manages to make you care about these characters.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Colorado Vacation




 Moose and baby Moose :)


Fun with the panorama setting on the phone:








 The Stanley Hotel on Overlook Lane aka the hotel that inspired Stephen King to write The Shining