Books to the Sky

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.” ― Arnold Lobel

Never After


What’s a girl to do when the groom chosen for her is far from Prince Charming? Or maybe she just doesn’t want a groom at all? Released in 2009, this enjoyable collection of modern fairy tales looks at what happens when the bride says “I don’t.”

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone


I first saw Daughter of Smoke and Bone on the blog sleeps with notebooks. The description was intriguing but the wait list at the library was significant. I’m glad that I was patient because I tremendously enjoyed reading this book.  Read the rest of this entry »


The Girl in the Box Series



One of the nice things about being from a family of avid readers is the recommendations. My tastes coincide with my mother’s frequently, so when she said I had to read this series, I got it immediately. I’ve blasted through the first three and I’m definitely getting the rest of the series very soon.

Sienna Nealon is not a typical teenager. Educated, intelligent, proficient in a number of martial arts, and trapped in her home for twelve years.

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Home Improvement – Undead Edition

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This fourth collaboration from talented duo Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner has a nice balance of humor and darkness. I particularly like the Green Lantern reference in In Brightest Day by Toni L.P. Kelner and the macabre humor of Woolsley’s Kitchen Nightmare by E. E. Knight. Both Squatters’ Rights by Rochelle Krich and The Mansion of Imperatives by James Grady gave me chills. And I’m always happy when I get to visit the world of Sookie Stackhouse. I enjoyed all of the stories and I love the theme.

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Death’s Excellent Vacation

Deaths Excellent Vacation

This is the third anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. They have again brought together a varied collection of stories from accomplished authors, this time with a theme of supernaturals out of their usual environment. The Perils of Effrijim is really funny,  The Boys Go Fishing is poignant, and The Demon in the Dunes is singularly well done. A very enjoyable collection.

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Many Bloody Returns

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Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, this anthology brings together the dichotomous ideas of the undead and birthdays. They’ve brought together a lot of talented authors resulting in a very enjoyable read. The editors had fun putting together this book and it shows.

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Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-hunting Soccer Mom


Kate Connor has a lot on her plate. Teenage daughter, toddler son, lawyer husband seeking election, high demon Goramesh attempting to raise an army of the undead, and a dinner party to throw together in the next 2 hours. Author Julie Kenner has brought us a smart, funny story about a retired demon hunter being thrown back into the fray. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sookie Stackhouse, Books 1 – 3

Sookie Stackhouse

The Southern Vampire Mysteries series began when the first book published in 2001, changed for an HBO adaptation (True Blood) in 2008, and the last of the thirteen novels was released in May 2013. In addition, Charlaine Harris has written several short stories and novellas in this series and a final follow-up novel (After Dead) came out in late 2013. After reading one of those short stories I realized that I had read only one or two books in this series, and they were from the middle. There are a few advantages to being this much of a late comer to a series, mainly the fact that they are all available with no waiting for the next one to come out. So I have gone from not much of a clue about the series to absolutely in love with it in the space of a week. I’m really glad that I finally started this series. Having just finished the seventh book with the next two checked out and waiting this seems like a good place to pause and review.

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The expectations of a book can influence your enjoyment. If I had seen the small print at the top of the cover (one of the problems with ebooks over print books) labeling it as dark seduction, I would have known what to expect. Much of this collection feels more like romance novels, having sex as the main point with a little story wrapped around it. Which I might have enjoyed if I had expected it. I am not against sex in books at all, I just want it to feel like a part of the story (eg: the Argeneau vampire series). I also have a feeling that I’d enjoy this anthology more if I were familiar with the series these stories are tied to. As it is, I really only liked one of the stories.
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Immortal: Love Stories with Bite

Immortal Love Stories With Bite

Eight shorts delving into different kinds of love. Some that are definitely not what you expect, and they’re all worth the read. Read the rest of this entry »

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