Friday, October 21, 2016

Weekend Read - The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily

I really loved the first book about these two and can’t wait to read more. Here’s hoping it lives up to the awesomeness of the first book.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review - If the Magic Fits

If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid, Illustrations by Lissy Marlin  

* Received via NetGalley for review

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

* My Favorite Quote: “My dear, one must look for something good in others or one will never see it.”

This book is just bursting with magical fun. The castle and the characters just really bring a great spark to the story.

Darling is a great character to follow, she really has a lot of attitude and curiosity. Following her curiosity leads to all the intrigue and mystery of the story.

The whole magical dresses angle is entertaining. I really wanted to know all about the magic. There are hints but you never get the whole story. I do love that each dress seems to have a unique personality too.

The big bad of the story is easy to figure out but there were some good twists to everything too. Even though the mystery this time is easy to figure out there are plenty more to discover like all the magic and the dresses.

Overall an excellent adventure with just enough surprises to keep you guessing.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

“Every book I read and movie I watch seems to give out the same message: high school is the worst experience you can ever have.”

“The great thing about my size is that I can clear a path.”

“So I ask you, What can high school do to me that hasn’t already been done?”

“We can’t fight another person’s battles, no matter how much we want to.”

“Sometimes they’re shitty because they’re afraid. Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them. So it’s like self-defensive shittiness.” Which I know plenty about. “Who’s being shitty to you?”

“You don’t get to be the villain and the hero.”

“It’s exhausting, constantly having to search for the people you love.”

“Are you sure?” I try to sound like I don’t really give a shit, but here’s the thing— I do give a shit. I give five million shits, which is why I feel like I’m going to be sick all over these Legos.”

“Real okay or fake okay?” “Somewhere in between.”

“I think what an amazing world this would be if we all danced everywhere we went.”

“I am universal.”

“But why should what I weigh affect other people? I mean, unless I’m sitting on them, who cares?”

“Different life. Different world. Different rules. We don’t ever leave that old world behind. We just create a new one.”

Monday, October 17, 2016

Review - Holding Up the Universe

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

4 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

This book was full of drama but with some great humor too.

Jack and Libby have plenty of problems sure and there are a lot of interesting choices made by both of them. My brain pretty much consisted of a running commentary telling them to just talk to each other. Plus tell someone about your problems....

The dual point of view really helped the book and made it so I didn't want to stop reading. Their groups of friends and the background characters helped the story shine too.

I really liked that the parents were in the picture because most of the time you got to see all the support from them.

The ending was great and gives you hope for the future of these characters.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mini Review - The Gossip

The Gossip by Jenny Holiday

* Read via NetGalley for review

3 out of 5 gnomes

This was interesting, especially having it take place over years. That helped show very well how people change.

I liked this book better than the previous one. Dawn and Arturo make for a really unexpected couple.

It was awkward at first but they really do have some great chemistry.

So if you can get over some of the over the top at times eighties references then this book is a quick read.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - The Leopard King

The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre

“Still alive.” She emerged in a cloud of steam to tease him.”
“Like he’d forced warmth back into her chilled body, she was reviving him, one provocation at a time.”

“World of hurt, I know. I’m familiar with your rhetoric.” “My what?” “Bombast. Grandiloquence. Orotundity.”

“Things are replaceable. You are not.”

I don’t care, it doesn’t matter. I’ll bite with my stupid human teeth—

“Have you always been this hilarious?”

“And love doesn’t survive untended.”

“Just accept that I’m always working for your welfare, and there will be no need for troublesome independent thought.”

“Told you. I know people and I pay attention.”

“I miss war,” Beren said with a sad droop to his weathered features. “Sure, a bunch of us died, but at least there was an end to it, unlike all this talking.”

“Sometimes the world made no damn sense at all.”

“When someone is determined to do an awful thing, the timing doesn’t matter, only their intent to do wrong.”

“Seeing that first thing would’ve been creamy shit frosting on a turd cake of a day.”

“That shouldn’t feel like an epiphany, yet somehow it did. Pru had a way of cutting through the bullshit, a unique ability to drag him back from the brink and shove his ass down the road he needed to travel.”

“Please don’t tell me you run on hugs,” she said, stifling a laugh.”

“It was so easy to get lost in grand gestures and the big picture, but nothing would ever be more important than the pride’s smallest members.”

“Love can’t be put in a pail and measured by volume.”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review - The Leopard King

The Leopard King by Ann Aguirre

5 out of 5 gnomes

Awesome world and characters. Great start to the series. It feels like there’s an epic scope to this fantasy world. It’s the kind of story that makes you want to know everything about the world that it’s set in.

There’s kind of a complicated love square in this story instead of a triangle. It’s all extremely complicated but makes for an intense read.

I like how complex Pru and Dom’s relationship is. Their chemistry is great even when you’re not sure they even like each other. When things get steamy though, they get very steamy. They both have a lot to work through and get over but when they do, wow.

All the different Animari are exciting to read about. From bears, felines, wolves, and more there are a lot of interesting combos going around. I for one can't wait to learn more about the bear religious order.

There are plenty of surprises in this story and a myriad of intriguing characters to fall in love with. Overall, a story well worth reading with characters and a setting that really pops.

This story left me eagerly looking forward to whatever this series brings next.