Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Review: The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Gray is a promising student at Merlin College, studying the ancient art of magick, when one night changes his fate. When a midnight errands ends up with one of his classmates dead and Gray shouldering the blame, Gray is sent to spend the Long Vacation at the home of Professor Callender. There is no love lost between the two but Callender’s home is the safest place for Gray while he tries to find out what really happened that night and clear his name. The upside to his mandatory stay is that the Professor has a smart, inquisitive daughter who is intrigued by Gray. Sophie Callender and Gray become fast friends, though they must hide it. Sophie’s father has some antiquated ideas about women studying magick, so she must hide her association with Gray. However, as the two become closer they discover a sinister plot that they must stop. Along the way they discover secrets about their own pasts that make their mission even more dangerous.

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Manicure Monday (99): Blood Rights

Manicure Monday (99): Blood Rights

Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a feature that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each week I’ll showcase one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure. Hi, guys. Thanks for joining me today in another manicure adventure. This week’s cover inspiration is Blood Rights by Kristen Painter, a book which has been on my TBR pile for a few years now. Not sure why I wanted so long to read this but I am really liking it so far. I only have about 50 pages left to go, which I will finish tonight. There were several elements from the book and cover that I wanted to incorporate into this manicure. The first was the gold sigma tattoos that Chrysabelle has all over her body. I chose a transculent nude shade that I thought would mimic Chrysabelle’s pale skin tone. I used 2 coats of OPI… Read more »

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The Really Long Comic-Con Recap Post

The Really Long Comic-Con Recap Post

Hi, everyone. It’s a little crazy to me that Comic-Con is over already. I feel like I anticipate it for most of the year and it’s so strange that it’s over. This is going to be a long recap post. Sorry, but it was a very busy 4 days. This year’s con was pretty relaxed (relatively speaking). There weren’t any signings I had to do or panels I would be heartbroken if I didn’t get in. I had a loose schedule and really just played everything by ear. I only made it into Hall H once this year. I am so not into sleeping outside and camping just to get into a panel. I like sleep way too much. I am going to start with some of the panels I saw and will go in chronological order since that’s the easiest for me to remember. :) Wednesday I love it when I am able to get… Read more »

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The Back-list TBR Read-a-Thon

The Back-list TBR Read-a-Thon

  I was supposed to post about this read-a-thon earlier than this, but time just got away from me. As you can tell by the title though, The Back-List TBR Read-a-Thon is a reading challenge to, you guessed it, get some of those really old books off your bookshelf. Like any book lover I have a very large list of unread books that I am always meaning to get to. This is great but, as time goes on and new books come out, those books that I found so exciting get relegated to the bottom of the pile. When my friend Crystal over at Books Unbound suggested a read-a-thon to focus on some of those older books, I did not hesitate to say yes. The rules of this are pretty simple. Just read as many of your older books as possible in the next week. I am pretty realistic about my… Read more »

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Manicure Monday (98): The Midnight Queen

Manicure Monday (98): The Midnight Queen

Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a feature that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each week I’ll showcase one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure. Happy Monday, everyone. We had a strangely rainy and hot weekend here in SoCal. I was glad for the rain since we’ve been suffering a severe drought, but the hot, muggy weather was definitely unpleasant. Luckily this just meant that I had an excuse to stay indoors with a book this weekend. I am still recovering from Comic-Con exhaustion so a weekend in was a welcome treat. This weekend, I delved into the magical world of The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter. This is a book with magic, friendship, and intrigue. I knew that this cover would make a great manicure and I had a lot of fun with this week’s look.   First, I started off with 2 coats of… Read more »

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What Does the Bookworm Say? What’s in a Name

What Does the Bookworm Say? What’s in a Name

Hi and welcome to What Does the Bookworm Say?, a feature where I discuss bookish topics with my friends at The Reader’s Antidote, Books Unbound and The Windy Pages. Each week, we will discuss a new bookish topic. This week’s topic is: tell us what some of your favorite character names are and why. As someone with a slightly unusual name, I find that I take particular notice of names in books. I like quirky and unusual names but I don’t like it when they get too strange or it’s a common name with just a weird spelling (though all bets are off when reading fantasy).  Nicknames can be cool but it really depends. One of the nicknames that I really don’t like is Jazz, short for Jasper. Jasper is a great name and I don’t understand why people keep shortening it to Jazz. Though I did just have a friend give her kid Jazz as a… Read more »

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Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Review: Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

Lizzie Borden and her sister are living as outcasts in Fall River, Massachusetts after the brutal murders of their father and step-mother. Though Lizzie is the main suspect, she goes free after a lengthy trial. Rumor and suspicion follow her but Lizzie has bigger things to worry about. Namely, a sinister illness that is slowly staking its claim on the inhabitants of Fall River, turning them into hideous creatures intent on spreading their infection and madness.

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Manicure Monday (97): Bam! Pow! Comic-Con Edition

Manicure Monday (97): Bam! Pow! Comic-Con Edition

Hi and welcome to Manicure Monday, a feature that combines my love of reading and nail polish. Each week I’ll showcase one of my current reads along with a matching book manicure. Hello! I am back from vacation. It’s been a while though it feels like everything went by really quickly. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this manicure already. I don’t have a book manicure today, but am instead going to show you the nails that I did for Comic-Con weekend. Originally I wasn’t going to do anything super special to my nails for Comic-Con (crazy, I know). I was busy right up until I left and simply didn’t have a lot of brain power to come up with something cool that I could execute in a short amount of time. However, after painting my nails with a really cool polish, they looked a bit drab…. Read more »

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Off To Comic-Con

Off To Comic-Con

Hi, everyone. You may have noticed the lack of posts lately. It’s been a busy summer so far and this year, Comic-Con is a couple of weeks early, putting it right up against the 4th of July holiday. Comic-Con is always an event that I look forward to even though I’m usually exhausted by the end of it. This year’s con is (I think) going to be pretty low key in comparison to other years. While there are some panels I definitely want to see, I am not overly scheduled and there’s nothing I really need to buy. I will be back next week with regular posting. You can follow me on Instagram (http://instagram.com/fishgirl182) if you want to see what I’m up to.

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Stacked (146)

Stacked (146)

Hello and welcome to Stacked, a weekly (usually) post where I discuss what books I’ve recently bought, borrowed or received. It’s been quite a while since my last Stacked post. Don’t worry, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been buying books, just that I haven’t had much time to post them. I haven’t been in much of a reading mood lately and have instead been re-reading the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. In the last week I’ve read the first four books of the series. I feel like my reading mojo might be coming back a little and may switch to a new book later this week. Sometimes you just have to read what your heart tells you to. I am really behind in review books but I will be doing an informal challenge between some blogging friends in July to see who can read and review the most review books,… Read more »

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