Thursday, October 26, 2017

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Heroine Worship

“That satisfying sensation of my fist connecting with some demon asshole’s face.”

“But what if another portal never opens up? What if no one needs a superhero anymore? What if that’s the only thing I’m good at, the thing I’ve trained my whole life to be—all twenty-seven years of it—and suddenly I’m just . . . useless?”

“My gaze was kind of an asshole.”

“A wisp of feeling sparked in my chest, something bright and sure and just a little bit manic.”

“The Clark Kentiest version of myself.”

“Hell, don’t just fix it. Kick its ass.”

“Aveda Jupiter could multitask like a motherfucker.”

“Well, you know what? Aveda Jupiter was no fucking gnat.”

“I’d been cropped out again, and the photo was better for it.”

“When Annie Chang comes out, she doesn’t half-ass it. That’s one thing she has in common with Aveda.”

“I dumped my dildos by the door and climbed into the window display, approaching the dress trepidatiously.”

“Oh, Annie Chang,” I said to my reflection. “What the hell is wrong with you?”

“Clark Kent is what allows him to be the best Superman possible!”

Like one big nerve ending who wants to be naked with you constantly.”

“As you may have noticed, I’m not great about letting things go.”

“But what I think of you shouldn’t matter as much as what you think of you.”

“And I don’t have to have every single thing figured out right now. I can still be happy.”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Review - Heroine Worship

Heroine Worship by Sarah Kuhn

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

This is one of my favorite series out there. I love the characters and world building. Plus these books have such cool covers too.

It’s awesome to once again read about these butt kicking Asian American superheroines. Love seeing Aveda/Annie's point of view for this book. Her and Evie continue to grow as superheroes and friends.  Their relationship is dysfunctional at times but they're striving to improve it.

It really gets to the heart of who Aveda Jupiter/Annie is and lets you see her more down to earth side. After reading this you realize just why her and Evie are such close friends. I think it works so well because their relationship is definitely not perfect but they’re trying.

The relationships are really well done and I adore where the romantic relationships went. It was unexpected yet works so well. There were a lot of great surprises and twists in this book. Especially loved the happy ever afters for possibly two couples.

I can’t wait to read the next book that’s going to be all about Evie’s sister Bea, I just know it’s going to have some great drama. Plus I’m looking forwarding to seeing how this great story ends.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Review - One Con Glory

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn
4 out of 5 gnomes

I have a weird relationship with this book, I've known about it since it was first released and recognize the very distinctive cover. Yet I didn't read it until yesterday when I was reviewing another book by this author and saw that she'd written this book too. So you never know when you might find your way back to a book you've been meaning to read.

This story was short yet awesome. If you're looking for a quick read that'll also make you smile, then this book is definitely for you. There is a lot of cursing but it's really almost part of the charm of the story and characters/makes them feel realistic.

Some of the references are a bit outdated (like guitar hero but I too remember when that was the game everybody played) but it makes it fun if you remember them too.

Julie’s quest to get a Glory action figure because she is forever losing ones she’s had before is quite the journey. It leads her to an unexpected relationship that just might work out. Plus by the end I kind of want the TV show/comic Periodic 7 the action figure was based on, to be real.

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 :)



“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.”




“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.”



“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.”




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.”


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.”


“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.”


“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

* bought a copy but also received an ARC via NetGalley

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.