Friday, August 30, 2019

📚REVIEW📚 Awakened

Awakened (The Guardhian Series Book 1) by [Fenner, Krys]Awakened by Krys Fenner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quick YA fantasy!

First off, I think all cats are magical, not just catalynx like Byglesworth! I think he was my favorite character of all, especially in how he interacted with those around him.

Naimh, the main character is 13 years old, & way in over her head. He father had been keeping a secret from her until she started showing signs of her magical talents. I felt so bad for this poor kid, having to deal with issues no child should with almost no information at her disposal.

I have to admit, I was angry with her father through most of the book. He kept so much from her, he thinks for her safety, but I think she should have been preparing for her roll in life before hand.

My only qualm with the book was the dialect. I think I would have appreciated it more, had I been reading it allowed, instead of in my head, so I could wrap my mouth around the cadence and accent. On the page, it was hard to get into the flow. There was a handy translation guide at the beginning, however!

I’m excited to dive into book 2, & into the meat of the story!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

📚REVIEW📚 V Games

V Games (The Vampire Games Book 1) by [Peckham, Caroline]V Games by Caroline Peckham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was a-mazing! Survival of the fittest. Hunger Games with vampires (and without the stupid love triangle).

V Games in an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride. It was so hard to put down and get stuff done (like sleep and cook supper).

The story is told in dual perspective, with the majority of chapters going to the heroine, Selena. A girl sent to prison and then disappearing (without anyone to care, besides her mother) to be used as a contestant in the V games.

Varick provides the opposite perspective, a vampire that has belonged to the Helsing family for a century or more. In the beginning, he is pure vampire, full of bloodlust & uncaring. His character has probably the best arc of the story as he finds threads of his former humanity.

The romance is light, though I expect there will be more in future books!

This book is totally different than any other vampire story I’ve read before. The story itself feels fresh and gripping. While this is a YA novel, I expect adults and teens to both enjoy it. I bet it would be a great conversation starter!

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Evangeline & Gretchen's Slouchy Hat


Hey, pack family! If you bought a paperback copy of Pack of Freaks, then you got this pattern in the back of the book. I thought I'd share my test knit with you!

When I began editing, I knew I wanted to include a link to a comparable pattern to the one Gretchen uses in the book. I looked through some patterns and couldn't find any that I liked, so I wrote my own. Most of the ones I read through were knitted in the rounds and I wanted something more beginner-friendly so I took some measurements and gave it a go.

To start, I didn't follow my own instructions. I didn't choose a soft yarn. I just grabbed a color I liked out of my pile. It did soften a bit in the wash, and I'm hoping it will soften with wear and washing, to get just the right amount of slouch.

I'll let you take a gander at the pattern before I talk (type? write?) your ear off (eyes out? No, that sounds way grosser!):



I took some pictures of the progress:
The beginning! It felt strange to use straight needles again, I've been using an interchangeable set for every project. The smaller needles are used to create a snugger brim. If you'd prefer a looser fit, go ahead and use the larger size from the beginning

After making it to the end length (you can make it longer or shorter if you wish!), I seemed the two outside edges together, folding it together so you're working on the inside. I use a plastic tapestry needle. I think you could tighten the seam to emphasize the slouch.

I stitched the opposite end from the brim together, so that the mid-seam ended up down the middle of the back.

I loosely whipstitched the top corners together to keep it from looking too square. If you like the square look, you can skip this. (You can turn it right side out to check) This would also be a good time to hide all your ends. There are many different ways to do this. I simply threaded the yarn through the purl bumps and called it good, since no one is going to see the inside.

This is what it looks like right-side-out!

Because of the stiffness of my yarn, it took some manipulating to get it to sit and slouch properly (I really should listen to myself!)

My kiddos have absconded with it several times, and it looks stinking cute on them! I think I'll be working up some more, in smaller sizes for Christmas! I made the smallest size for myself. If you have any questions about this pattern or the book, feel free to email me: jenniferzamboniauthor@gmail.com or contact me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenniferzamboniauthor I love to talk shop!






Sunday, August 25, 2019

📚REVIEW📚 Moss and Clay

Moss and Clay (Mab's Doll Book 2) by [Jonesy, Rebekah]Moss and Clay by Rebekah Jonesy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me start off by saying I love mythology in all its forms, be it ancient, folklore, or urban legends, it all fascinates me!

Moss and Clay dives right into it, mixing Mab, the fairy queen, with modern-day America and urban legends.

The story is well researched and beautifully written. I love the balance between Gillian’s newness and the memories she acquired from Mab, her father, and the Troll King.

The police officer seems like he has an interesting lineage (7th son of a 7th son!) we only find out what Gillian does, so I hope he shows up again so we can learn more!

Lastly, Pitch. I love this take on a kelpie. I’d love to see more kelpies in literature. Also, one of his forms is teased, but not revealed. I’m leaning towards loch ness monster, though we’re denied a description as Pitch himself wants to keep it secret (hence while I think Nessy) I can’t wait for book 2! Now that we’ve seen a siren, I want to see what creature Gillian goes after next!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

📚REVIEW📚 Lycan's Blood Queen

Lycan's Blood Queen (Randolph Duology Book 1) by [Edward, Catherine]Lycan's Blood Queen by Catherine Edward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lycan’s Blood Queen is a fast paced fun read. This PNR has it all: action, romance, mystery, drama!

I enjoyed following main character, Mia, as she slowly uncovers her true nature. She is both strong and compassionate, two qualities that need to go together more often in female leads (it seems they are most often one or the other).

The romance had a slow build up through the first half, then blossomed through the second. It was nice seeing the couple being what the other needed.

The over all feel of the story is very much like the Underworld movie series, but with better character development.

I can’t wait to read the sequel!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

📚REVIEW📚 A Bite of Havac

A Bite of Havoc by Miranda Brock
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was absolutely un-put down-able!

Seriously!

It’s hard to believe that Casamir could be redeemed after the events of Cirque Du Shadow: Book One, but Ms. Brock pulled it off with grace and style.

Fiona was a fun new addition to the cast! She is bold, talented, friendly, & strong. I suspect that Whisper, her fox, is more of a familiar than a pet, especially with his judgement of Casamir!

I love it when a villain becomes sympathetic, with a solid reason behind their madness. As for the villain in Bite, they were a total surprise. Love it!

We also get a peek behind the madness that is Iris/Irwin, I cannot wait to dig into that one!

I know that Mia’s story comes next, but I’m also hoping for a romance for Drum. The big softy needs his own happily ever after!

Ms. Brock’s writing & style grows with each book and I’m loving reading through that journey. Someone needs to snag the rights for Cirque Du Shadow, because the story is so vivid on the page, I can only imagine it on the screen! (Do iiiiiiiiit!)

I can’t wait for book 3!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

📚REVIEW📚 Something Blue

Something Blue: A Dystopian Romance by [Nicolle, Kristy]Something Blue by Kristy Nicolle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love a good Dystopian novel & I love a good romance. This book has both! The world the author created is fascinating. Arranged marriages based on a scientific formula was bound to have a dirty underbelly. It was all handled brilliantly!

As for the romance (I’d probably put this book into the New Adult category, rather than YA), while the couple had their frustrating moments, they had a purpose. I loved how their romance and Valentine’s character arc meshed so well together.

I also loved how real the story felt, despite the science fictiony feel of it!

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