Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax…

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 in 2012 | 4 comments

Yes, dear children, it is that time. After three wonderful years with you, I am indeed putting an end to this blog. It has been a remarkable adventure and I am eternally grateful for our many visits and conversations together. I’ve had a really good time, and I hope you have to.

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The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 in 2012 | 3 comments

“I am both less than you and more, ” he said. “An alchemist, an amalgamation of two opposite realms. I’m the fabric of the stars.”

Shana Abé writes beautiful romances and her dragons have been the awe inspiring stuff of dreams. I fell in love with her hauntingly romantic Drakon series and was excited to hear that she was going to dabble in the paranormal world of YA and bring her dragons to a younger audience. However, where her traditional fantasy romances showcase the vivid, rich world of her dragons, her usually beautiful prose was buried beneath so many YA cliches that it may as well not have been about the Drakon at all.

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Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in 2012 | 9 comments

“I don’t think he meant to kiss me,” I said finally.
“What? Did he slip and fall on your mouth? Those things are known to happen.”

Tell me if this has happened to you:  Say you read YA, and you’re loving some paranormal romance (the fact that it’s beat to death be damned) and you’ve exhausted the four, maybe five original YA paranormal romance novels out there but you’re still hooked on that otherworldly feelin’. You’re not ready to go back to real life! So you settle for one (or several ) of the overly mass-produced, black covered tomes that swarmed the Teen section of the bookstore, like a plague of angst-ridden, emo locusts, in the wake of the cataclysmic literary (*scoff*) event that was Twilight. The all look exactly the same and every one of them is a variation of the one before. So you get a bit fed up and that jaded portion of your brain that was sick of this shit, and your shit, long before you yourself realized it, says “Hey, I could write a YA book.” You’ve said it. I know you. And you’ve joked with your book buddies about how you would create the perfect YA paranormal romance by including all the cliches you’ve been nearly beaten to death with in your recent reading. You’ve got a good eye for this sort of thing, and you could have made it work. Slap a hot cover on it and you would’ve had a best seller.

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Bitching, Books and Baking (7)

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 in 2012 | 3 comments

The Bitching: Well hi there. Long time no see. Things have been quiet around these parts this past month. Despite the massive amount of guilt I feel when neglecting my blog, I’ve managed to let an entire month go by without an update and it finally got the better of me today. So here I am.

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Yackers Book Club

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 in 2012 | 2 comments


“Saving the world (and defenseless tortured bunnies) from shitty books.”
So you’ve seen a post here and you’ve seen a post on more than a few theres, but you haven’t seen THIS HERE! My super secret book club of awesomeness awesome has its very own blog. We’ve been hiding out in our Facebook clubhouse where we’ve enjoyed 11 wonderful months of book yacking goodness but now we’ve decided to make things a bit more public. We read a book a month, with an occasional random book discussion thrown in and the rest of the time we devote to talking about Richard Armitage.

Feel free to stop by and take a gander at our book talks- in some of them we actually sound quite smart…and the rest of the time, IT’S LIKE WE ARE CHEWING WITH OUR MOUTHS OPEN.

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The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Posted on Jul 30, 2012 in 2012 | 1 comment

Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Date: July 24th 2012
Pages: 400
Genre: Romance- Erotica
Source: Netgalley

From Goodreads: Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.

Warning: This review contains angst and words.

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