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text 2019-06-16 17:51
Coming back a bit at a time (seems world did not end...yet)

Back in 2016 I turned out the lights here and walked out when BookLikes basically went unstable and no one was really sure if they were coming or going. I went on to other places, mainly my main book reviews and personal blog, The Itinerant Librarian.


On the one hand, I did miss the place, plus the Tumblr debacle meant one less place online (for those who may have missed it, here is a link). On the other, seems this place has managed to keep some stability (though I am skeptical as this is the second attempt at this post since it failed to post the first one just now), so I am going to make a go at it again here. We'll see how it goes.


As always, if you want to find me, you can also visit me in these other places:


As I mentioned, my main book reviews and personal blog is The Itinerant Librarian.


My Twitter is @bloodravenlib (yes, this has changed from @gypsylib, long story).


My commonplace blog at Alchemical Thoughts. This is mainly odds and ends and some cartomancy content (another thing that has happened since 2016 is I've taken up study of cartomancy, mainly Tarot and oracle cards. Some of that will likely appear here too in BookLikes here and there).


My "Tumblr refugee" blog at Alchemical Annex. This is where I exported my Tumblr before I took it down. Also odds and ends, mainly short things.


My newest experiment. This is one of the Tumblr alternatives recently available. I am still figuring it out. One of the features I like is their ability to rate posts by levels from family-friendly to explicit, which allows a degree of isolation (better effort to keep kiddies and busybodies out or at least out of certain areas). I did rate my blog on the X side (though I rarely post anything explicit if ever) just to try things out. So when you see blog without blogging in, it will show any content lower than X, of which I have plenty and prompt you to log in to see the rest. It is an interesting idea and effort to keep a bit of better control and allow better free expression. Want to check it out? My blog is Alchemical Annex on nT over at NewTumbl.


So anyhow that is some of what I've been up to since last I was here. I hope to get back to reviewing books here, keeping track of what I read, crossposting a bit from Itinerant Librarian, and slowly getting back into the book community here. If you followed me before, and you are still here, hope you will come along. If I am new to you, check things out, feel free to comment even if to say hello.


I've also updated my list of the books I am currently reading. You can find that on the right sidebar. Finally, in a bit of housecleaning, I slightly changed the title of the blog here (because. . . reasons). For me, I am likely going to find a few broken links in other places where I linked here; I'll just fix as I find them. For you, I hope the effect is minimal.


Paz y amor.


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review 2018-01-03 05:15
Musings of a Gossip Queen: A Chick-Lit Comedy - Victoria Bright

Blake starts a new job after thinking life is over as she knows it.  I sometimes think it is this anger that has her pushing through to pay her bills as she begins her new adventure.  She meets a girl at the office who is so jealous of her, it is kind of pathetic.


Silas is hot and gives her something to look at.  Man candy if you will.  It just does not seem to help the sheen that is all over this new job.  It is not a good gloss, and it is taking its toll on Blake.  What should she do?


I found this book to be funny at times.  I know that many will think it is too funny and just die of laughter.  I stopped laughing about two chapters in, since I found this character kind of pathetic.  I had a hard time pushing myself to finish the story.  Word to the wise - this book has language meant only for adult ears.  I personally think the humor would have come across better without the extra vulgarity, but maybe that is just me.  I give this one a 2/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2016-10-20 23:46
Some was good, some was ok and some was a let down
Dark Musings - 11 Stories of the Uncanny - Kevin Rees

11 short stories of gothic horror, dystopian science fiction, a visit to an old story some may recognise and a killer clown.

What did I think of it:
3.4 stars,
Ok so I picked it up because of the cover, for some reason the clown reminds me of the one in It by Stephen King, while some of the stories was creepy there was some that just did make the cut, But I'll be keeping this one to re read the ones I did like:
here are the stories with the rating I giving them:
The Bog Man : 4.5 ( was just a 4 but I went back and re read it and its a 4,5 ; this one remind me of the old black and white Mummy movies , the one from 1932 which has Boris Karloff as Imhotep)

Hoot- A Campfire Tale 5 stars ( not ever going camping after I read this one )

The Green Door- 3 stars

Street Hunt - 1 star

The Five O'clock Shadow- 3 star

Number 11 -3 stars

Qui Venit , Manet - 3 stars

Skintoy 2 -1 star

Mr,Jiggles ( this one is creepy ) -5 stars

The Table- 2 stars

The Sucking Pit:-3 stars


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text 2016-05-06 21:01
Holiday Weekend Reading
Bad Money by Phillips, Kevin (2009) Paperback - Kevin Phillips
AIDS in America - Susan Hunter,Alan Cumming

Looks like BL is running S-L-O-W this evening.


My weekend reading is aimed at getting two non-fiction books done before Bout of Books 15 kicks off Monday morning. BoB will focus on the fiction books off my TBR pile.


Bad Money by Kevin Phillips is a great read with easy to understand language describing the inner workings of the financial world prior to, during, and after the 2008 Global Recession. However, even with the easy language the book is still dense. I can't read this book non-stop, so I took a break to read Badass by Shannen Doherty. I will get back to Phillips' book tomorrow night.


AIDS in America by Susan Hunter I started tonight while my hubby watched The Revenant. (I still can't believe DiCaprio won his beloved Oscar for this movie.) So far, the book is great (probably around four stars as of right now) but the forward by Donald Trump made me roll my eyes so hard.


For my US friends - Happy Mother's Day to those with moms, those that are close to children (Godmoms, favorite aunties), and those who are moms. I'm taking my beautiful brats to Paradise Wildlife Park to celebrate and making my hubby take all the pictures so I can actually be in the pictures with my kids for once. We have had beautiful weather here for the past week and it is supposed to hold through the weekend, so we won't have to deal with wellies or umbrellas in our pictures.


Happy Reading.

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review 2016-03-09 12:23
Good Story and Characters
Mortal Musings - Aria Glazki

Alexandria/Allie has been a muse for hundreds of years. Brett has writers block and has a deadline to meet and not on idea in his mind. Brett’s muse must have left him hanging if there really were such a thing. which Brett didn’t believe or why wasn’t he more successful ? Allie got angry at Brett for his way of thinking for in all the hundreds of years she had helped creative people not one human has ever been thankful. She lashes out at her ungrateful charge and forces him to write a poem which is against the rules . She then realized she is no longer faerie but human. Allie was stunned , sure she had fought the system some but she had never in her wildest dream planed on leaving it . Brett thought Allie had broke into his house  once he realized she was even there. He was tempted to call the cops but didn’t as for some reason he had a strong urge to protect Allie.

I really loved this story. It was a little slow going at first but after I got into the story I didn’t want to put it down. Just a very sweet and enjoyable read. I really liked how Brett and Allie were attracted to each other but Brett went slow as they built a relationship as Allie was so innocent about everything. The characters were also really good I like the ins and outs Allie and Brett went through also. I recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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