Spring Into Books!

If you live in Utah there is a great event going on today from 2-6 in West Jordan at the Viridian Center. It’s all about books! There will be authors there doing signings and selling books. Classes for up and coming writers. Food trucks. Carnival games! It’s a family friendly and fun way to spend the afternoon! It even looks like the weather is going to cooperate with us for a change. So bring the kids and come on by!

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Book Review: You are Mine – Janeal Falor

You Are Mine (Mine, #1)You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

This is one of those books where my opinions are divided among themselves. The plot and setting feature some distinct cliches which ranged from interesting to eye rolling. I usually knew what was coming next several pages before it happened. However, I really enjoyed the characters and, in particular, the family relationship between the sisters and how that expanded to include the tarnished and the other women in the narrative.

The biggest thing that doesn’t make sense to me is given how valuable a highly blooded woman is why they continue to punish and threaten them with being tarnished. Some of this has to be just flat psychological manipulation because most of the men as described would be far too selfish to throw a magically blooded child away or risk hurting them beyond what can be easily fixed. If you kill a magically blooded daughter, whether you care about her or not, you’re out money and position and all kinds of things. So it’s just too much of a risk to casually break limbs and knock around your ‘possession’. I know this is being used to show how harsh the society is to women, but it doesn’t quite ring true.

This is a YA paranormal/fantasy, but I’d say upper YA to adult. There isn’t graphic content, but there is a lot of death, manipulation, physical and mental torture, etc. It’s dealing with very adult subjects which won’t appeal to everyone. And in the end things have changed for our heroine but not enough for me to be truly committed to find out what happens in the next books. Most of what she has she gained through Zade’s sacrifice not her own. So while I don’t regret the reading time, I’m not certain this is one I’ll be back to – But don’t quote me on that, stranger things have happened. 🙂

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Book Review: Power of the Matchmaker – Various

Power of the MatchmakerPower of the Matchmaker by Karey White

I was initially drawn to this novella for the cover, which is beautiful, but I was quickly drawn into the story.

Mae loves Chen, but the matchmaker has other ideas which sends Mae away from the home and family she loves to find another destiny. This is a short story which introduces the idea of the matchmaker and Mae’s backstory. There are a few places which are a little brutal as she deals with having no food and no family to go to, but it leads to a very satisfying place.

The very last bit is obviously the lead in to the other novels which focus on Mae and her future and doesn’t necessarily go with the story which has been told before, but I was willing to accept that because in my mind the main story had concluded anyway.

A very nice little before bed read, took me maybe an hour to read. No explicit content.

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Book Review: The Frog Prince – Jenni James

The Frog Prince (Faerie Tale Collection, #8)The Frog Prince by Jenni James

This was a cute retelling of The Frog Prince. It’s a short piece, only took me around two hours to read, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as the story fulfills all the promises it makes in that space. In this version of The Frog Prince author Jenni James takes the time to create a more satisfying reason for the Prince to be a frog and why he chose the princess he did to befriend. The princess is not as extreme in her reactions, she doesn’t fling the frog or break her promises on purpose, and the building romance is cute, including the families and the value of truly seeing someone for who they are.

I had some complaints about the language which is often stilted in the dialog and some of the themes are repeated to the point they start to grate, but over all a very cute little read appropriate for tweens and up.

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Book Review: No Ifs Ands or Bears About It

No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It (Grayslake, #1)No Ifs, Ands, or Bears About It by Celia Kyle

I picked this book up because I was researching Kindle Worlds and wanted to do some research.

There were some fun and interesting bits here, and great potential for a complex plot and interesting romance. The problem is that once all those interesting things are set up they’re kinda tossed into an erotic blender and put on puree. I liked that the heroine was a curvy girl and wasn’t afraid to step up and defend a child in need. The werebear set up was unique as it focused on more bearlike qualities versus the more typical wolves we see in shifter books. So here there wasn’t an expectation for the forever mates or such, though to make it appeal to readers that then meant having to add a bizarre ‘fated mates’ thing which wasn’t well explained to assure us that Ty wouldn’t wander off on Mia when the next plump werebear came into town and that they could have shifting cubs even though she’s not full blooded. I think this could have been covered without the ‘fated’ bit by saying that the human capacity for love and staying with one mate could be just as strong.

So all in all it was okay for a lazy read, though very very high on my steamy scale. I didn’t read reviews first and found myself skipping a lot trying to get back to the parts of the plot I was interested in. I did want to know that Parker, the were bear cub, ended up safe and sound even if the way that happened left me wanting more.

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