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Dragonfly in Amber
Diana Gabaldon
The Ghost Brigades
John Scalzi
Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood
Patricia Green, Carolyn Hemming
Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!
Kris Carr, Dean Ornish, Rory Freedman
Quick and Easy Vegan Celebrations: Festive Menus and 130 Great-Tasting Recipes that Give Every Vegan Reason to Celebrate All Year
Alicia C. Simpson
The Lady Most Likely...: A Novel in Three Parts
Eloisa James, Connie Brockway, Julia Quinn
When Beauty Tamed the Beast
James Griffin, Eloisa James
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3)
Maggie Stiefvater
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Deb Perelman
The Red Plague Affair
Lilith Saintcrow
River Marked - Patricia Briggs It took me longer to finish this book than any of the previous in the series. Normally I would take this as an indication of not enjoying it as much, but that wasn't the case here. Mercy and Adam finally had their HEA and I didn't want anything to get in the way. On to book 7.
Moon Called - Patricia Briggs I'm unsure about my feelings on this book. Going in I knew that the next book I read would be judged more harshly simply because it was not part of the Fever series. I did enjoy this, Mercy is badass, but not in the completely unapproachable way and she's not invincible. There was just something missing that kept me from feeling an emotional connection to any of the characters. I'll start book 2 tomorrow, here's hoping I'm just in a Fever funk.
Shadowfever - Karen Marie Moning *Sigh* What more is there to say other than I loved this series. I can't wait to reread it in a not too distant future.
Bloodfever  - Karen Marie Moning No time for a real review, I must start book 3.
Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning I enjoyed this book a hell of a lot. More praise to follow.
Dark Reunion - L.J. Smith What to say about this book...? I'm not sure how it gave me all of these feels, but it did. I missed Elena for the majority of the book and was unsure how it would all work out, but I'm glad it did. I wish the pacing were a bit slower and the story more in depth. I just can't seem to get enough of these characters.
The Struggle  - L.J. Smith More enjoyable than The Awakening, but still missing a little something. Very addictive, quick read. Her diary entries are so reminiscent of my own at that age, it's a bit disconcerting to be reading.
The Awakening  - L.J. Smith I'm torn about how I feel about this book. As a fan of the tv series I thought that I would finally settle in and read the books over the summer break. Unfortunately for me I failed to remember that books and tv shows even when based on the same content are vastly different. In short, it's enough to keep me reading to see the differences between the two, but I'm not truly enjoying it so far.
No Quest For The Wicked - Shanna Swendson 3.5 Stars. I have enjoyed each of these books in the Enchanted, Inc. series greatly, but somehow No Quest For The Wicked comes up a bit short of the others. It didn't hold my attention as the other books did and I'm not sure why. At times the story seemed a bit disjointed and rushed while others it moved too slowly. That said, I can't wait to find out what happens to Katie and Owen in the next book!
Beginning Pearls - Stephan Pastis Review to come.
Come and Get it - Keira Cole This was a sexy little novella. The character development was really good, which is not the case for all short stories, and I enjoyed the interactions between Dixie Rose and the mostly male cast of characters. I don't normally enjoy short stories very much because the pacing always feels off, but Cole did an admirable job of keeping the story moving forward without feeling rushed. Country themed story lines and cowboys are always at the top of my enjoyment list for a romance and both were liberally applied with great success. The interactions between Dixie Rose and Quin that made this a worthwhile and satisfying read for me. I hope to read more about the Bonifay family in the future.
Passion Potion - Mary Beth Daniels After failing several college classes Jet leaves school for home and finds that there is more to herself than she knew. She finds that she is a Nix, an enchantress without any powers, but surrounded by a world full of magic. Her mother's recent death has left not only a hole in her life, but a job unfinished. To save her family home Jet must finish the potion her mother had been commissioned to create before time runs out.I really enjoyed the ideas in this story and what the world that Daniels created could have been. It was a fast paced, interesting world, but the writing failed to convey to me anything more than surface level details. It felt as if the ideas weren't as fleshed out as they could have been. The characters felt pretty one dimensional at times as well. Their motives for doing anything, other than magically induced actions, seemed hazy and unclear. I kept wanting and hoping for more details because Daniels drew me into the story and Jet's world. The idea of finding your Match and creating a marriage was an intriguing idea, but fell flat. The whole magical world was never truly explained with anything more than a vague reference. Sure, I've read enough fantasy novels to fill in the blanks for myself, but I kept wanting her to explain why this world was different and what laws and properties governed the use of magic. The afterward mentioned forthcoming stories and I look forward to reading them. Hopefully there will be more detail and world building to polish these great ideas. This review also available at Owl & Alder Book Reviews.*I received this book through Netgalley.com for review purposes.*
Scent of Magic  - Maria V. Snyder Avry of Kazan is once again going into hiding, both her enemies and her friends believe her to be dead. In her quest to keep the Fifteen Kingdoms free she will take every advantage she can get, even if it means embarking on a dangerous journey alone and being separated from the man she loves. I was disappointed that Avry and Kerrick had to separate so quickly to accomplish their goals, after the end of Touch of Power I had anticipated a bit more time to see them together as a couple. My disappointment was quickly dispelled by Maria V. Snyder’s addition of alternating viewpoints between the two main characters. It kept the plot line following Kerrick fresh and present in my mind instead of the vague wondering we might have been left with if we had continued to only follow Avry.Avry has really grown from where we first meet her in Touch of Power. She is more confident and her surety caused me to believe for the first time that this journey could work out positively for her. No longer does she heal without care for herself, but truly weighs the consequences. This was a relief to me as her inability to value her own life was very frustrating.As with the first novel, the characters that surround Avry are colorful and unique. Snyder has a talent for making her characters true individuals and I find myself caring for them more as a result. The witty interactions and the evolving relationships are a pleasure to read and be a part of. The minor characters almost steal the show from the main characters at times, which is an impressive feat.There were several surprises that really made the book a winner for me, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone else. I’m hoping that the cliffhanger Snyder left us with will be able to resolved similarly because eek otherwise! This second book was an extremely enjoyable read and I am waiting with bated breath for Taste of Darkness to be released.This review also available at Owl & Alder Book Reviews.*I received this book through Netgalley.com for review purposes.*
Questions of Travel: A Novel - Michelle de Kretser While the writing is lovely, I could not stay interested enough in the story to finish it. I had the same problem with The Rose Grower by the same author and didn't realize it until today.
Amity & Sorrow - Peggy Riley The premise of Amity & Sorrow held a lot of appeal to me, but ultimately failed to capture my interest. I ended up slogging through to the end, just to be able to form an educated opinion about the novel. There was something about these characters that could not evoke any emotion from me. I anticipated that with such uncomfortable subject matter I would feel something, anything for their struggles and dilemmas, this didn’t happen. I kept finding myself wishing there was a greater glimpse into the individuals which was not portrayed through the third person narrative. The pacing of the story felt simultaneously hurried and sluggish with either too much exposition or not enough. All of this said, I would be interested in reading the next work by Peggy Riley. There were many places within the story that showed flashes of writing that could be captivating.*I received this book through Netgalley.com for review purposes.
Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket [Abridged] - Justin Richards, David  Tennant This was definitely not my favorite in the Doctor Who: New Series Adventures. Perhaps it was the fact that it was abridged that caused the characters to feel one dimensional, but it made for a fairly boring listen. The climax was also lacking in excitement and the resolution seemed a bit trite.