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review 2016-05-06 09:00
In Graves Below (Magic New Mexico / Kindle Worlds) Carol Van Natta
Magic, New Mexico: In Graves Below (Kindle Worlds) - Carol Van Natta

Idrián Odair is a disabled veteran and the last dreamwalk warrior of his tribe and in order to protect his ancestral lands, he needs to find his partner before time runs out in this exciting paranormal romance.


Riya Sanobal hides her heritage and magical talent for doors in favor of her dance career but dreams of a sexy, Native American warrior is causing quite the distraction and readers can’t help but become enthralled by these strong compelling characters as they try to learn to trust each other before Denver becomes an all-you-can-eat buffet for a ravenous demon horde. There is lots of sizzling chemistry and romance but the relationship is not only under a bit of pressure, both Riya and Idrián have some emotional issues that stem from past relationships to overcome which the readers can certainly relate to and there is never a dull moment to be found as time becomes the enemy and demons target Riya for her abilities which sets a spectacular magical battle in motion. This plot is well written, fast paced and flows smoothly with suspense, excitement and romance that draws readers in and refuses to let go.


This is one fascinating world with some very interesting and unique creatures and elements that adds to the spice and appeal of the story and I found my visit to Magic, New Mexico to be quite an exhilarating experience, so I will definitely have to visit Magic again.




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text 2015-09-27 12:27
Having trouble keeping up my interest in this series...
New Avengers Volume 3: Other Worlds (Marvel Now) - Marvel Comics

I may or may not come back later.   But right now, the character I want to read about isn't utilized enough for my tastes, and the story isn't grabbing me, either.   

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quote 2015-07-11 15:05
The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain.
Brave New Worlds - Kurt Vonnegut,Neil Gaiman,Sarah Langan,Shirley Jackson,Harlan Ellison,Ray Bradbury,Kate Wilhelm,Joseph Paul Haines,Joe Mastroianni,Matt Williamson,S.L. Gilbow,Genevieve Valentine,Ross E. Lockhart,Jeremiah Tolbert,Vylar Kaftan,John Joseph Adams,Heather Lin

Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas"

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text 2014-07-16 16:21
Revew: Between the Layers by SaraJean Panek
Between the Layers is a cute fantasy read that is like a bit of Iron Fey series mixed with Alice in Wonderland. The story begins with Sera getting into a car accident and waking up in another land. The people there are confused by her arrival and some of her are convinced she is the lost Princess who will save them. 
In the beginning the 15 year old Sera comes off as very dramatic. She just wants to return home, really close minded to what the people are telling her about the land she is in. The fact that most of them don't believe her also makes her frustrated and overwhelmed. She does begin to make friends, animal friends as well. 
The story is a fantastical read with imaginative world building and strange creatures, both beautiful and deadly. There were parts of the story that made me laugh (The Toddlers) and made me cringe (The Honey Pot) really pulling me into the story and this other world of strangeness and danger. 
It takes a lot of coincidences and convincing that just maybe Sera is the Princess, even if she's not could they still get her help to fight?  I would recommend this book as a cute, clean read that is fun and at several times had me gasp aloud as it was unexpected and exciting. 

My favorite character was Reeky and there are a lot of different characters to fall in love with. Possibly a introduction to a love interest? Sera is put into dangerous situations more than once and she shows a lot of strength by the end of the story. I am looking forward to see what happens next!

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review 2014-05-06 20:41
Almost Perfect Read: Star Trek Cross Stitch Book
Star Trek Cross-Stitch: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting - John Lohman

It was cute, well designed (using quotes and photographs from the show to highlight the designs themselves), and very informative.   It goes over why to start from the middle, which is pretty much always the suggestions, where exactly to start from, and what colors to start with and the other colors to move onto next.  It describes the materials you need, explains what they are, and tells you exactly what color thread you'll need to use, how long to cut the thread, and how many strands to use. 


It tells you how to get cross stitch on a onsie, which may not seem to work at first.   (I was wondering, and know I know!)


I don't know why this is a four star instead of a five star.   Or I do.   It just wasn't that great of a read for me.   There was something missing that could have elevated it into a five star read: since the writing and instructions were fantastic, I don't think it was technical.   It was also quite funny, and spoke to the Star Trek fans, the niche market for this book.   I guess I didn't have that much of an emotional attachment to this book, but it wasn't really meant for that.   It didn't have the buildup, the character development, that usually cause emotional attachment for me in fiction, or didn't say anything about humanity like so much non-fiction does. 


It was, however, an enjoyable and quick read.   It was quite good at what it was trying to do - which was telling you how to cross stitch some damn fine nerdery.   I was most impressed by the Picard and Kirk portraits, which were detailed and, quite frankly, intense.   Can't say I'd buy this (it was a library read), nor that I'd take it out again, but it was fun for the short time it lasted.   


Highly suggested if you want to cross stitch something nerdy and fun for a friend or family member, especially if they're into all things Trek.  (They have Deep Space Nine, TNG and TOS covered in this book.)



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