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Book #22: A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder by Julie Anne Linsey

Name: A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder
Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Romance
More Information:  Author Website | Amazon | Goodreads

My Rating: 

Mia Connors is a woman of many talents. As the IT manager of Horseshoe Falls, an upper-class, eco-friendly community, it’s her job to make sure the entire computer system runs smoothly. In her free time, she religiously plays an online RPG called REIGN, cosplays for a variety of events, and spends time with her overbearing family. As she struggles day-to-day with her extreme social anxiety, she bonds with people via her obsession with designer heels and coffee.

When the residents of Horseshoe Falls begin receiving bogus emails about coupons and appointment dates, Mia finds herself in quite the conundrum. She’s confident her system is airtight and no one could’ve possibly hacked into it, but she can’t find the source of the emails.

She returns to her office late one night because the security system was tripped and is shocked to find one of her best friends dead at her desk, his face and head bludgeoned. The new head of security, Jake Archer, immediately fingers her as the killer. As she’s attacked from all angles, Mia must hurry to clear her name before she loses more than just her job.


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Posted in Book Review, Manga Review, Reading

Manga that I Recommend (#3)

Previous Editions: 5 Manga that I Recommend | 5 More Manga I Recommend

*Remember to read Right to Left*


#11.) Dengeki Daisy

Genre: Romance, School Life, Mystery, Drama

Author: Motomi Kyousuke

Chapters: 80

Summary: Teru lost her older brother, her only living relative, to cancer while in middle school. Before he died, he gave her a cell phone she could use to contact his “replacement”, an entity called Daisy. Teru knows nothing about this person, besides the fact that their reassurance and comfort was the only reason she got up in the morning. Daisy is closer to her than she realizes and may not be the angel she believes him to be.

My Rating: An absolutely beautiful story. It gets a bit slow and tedious at parts, but they can be skipped over with little impact. Teru is a protagonist any reader will love and sympathize with.

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Book #21: Kittens Can Kill by Clea Simon

Name: Kittens Can Kill
Author: Clea Simon
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Available at and/or More Information: Author Website | Amazon | Goodreads
My Rating: 

Pru Malone has returned to her hometown after trying to live in the big city, which didn’t prove to be the healthiest situation. She’s established herself as an animal behaviorist, dog walker, adoption specialist, nuisance animal remover, and veterinarian assistant. While people consider her to have an incredible bond with animals, it’s actually much deeper than that. She can telepathically communicate with them.

Her latest job is assisting a local lawyer with making a home for his new addition, an adorable white kitten. What she doesn’t expect is finding her client sprawled out on the floor of his mansion or the chaotic relationship between his three daughters. The eldest accuses his death on the kitten, the middle is the black sheep of the family, and the youngest is trying to force her way into Pru’s life as an unwanted assistant. If the poor kitten has any hopes of a future, Pru will have to mediate and somehow convince them to draw a truce.

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Posted in Book Discussions, Book Review

Book Discussion: The Paper Magician

Ceony Twill is a recent graduate of the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined. Hopeful and excited, her dreams are destroyed when her teacher tells her the magical world is lacking Paper Magicians and that she must become one. Magicians can only bond with one form of magic and Ceony is less than thrilled at the prospect of folding paper for the rest of her life.

Her new teacher, Magician Emery Thane, is a hermit living at the very edge of society. At first, Ceony sees him as just another eccentric freak, but she quickly learns that even hermits have dark secrets. Within weeks of meeting, Ceony must save her teacher’s heart, figuratively and literally, by harnessing the very magic she despises.

Is Paper Magic really just airplanes and origami? Ceony will have to look past her grievances if she wants to stay alive, especially in the face of forbidden magic called Excision, or the practice of controlling human flesh and blood.

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Book #20: The Puffin of Death by Betty Webb

Name: The Puffin of Death
Author: Betty Webb
Pages: 298
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Available at and/or More Information: Betty Webb | Amazon | Goodreads
My Rating: 

Theodora “Teddy” Esmeralda Iona Bentley is a zookeeper with the Gunn Zoo in California. During a routine workday, her boss informs her that she will be flown to Iceland in order to pick up an orphaned baby polar bear, two injured puffins, and two Icelandic foxes.

Sounds easy, right? Explore a beautiful country with a wealth of animals while waiting for Iceland officials to finish up the paperwork needed to ship animals overseas.

Nope.

While horseback riding along the coast, Teddy and her guide, Bryndis, stumble upon a dead man in the middle of a field of nesting puffins. She recognizes him as a fellow American who caused several disturbances in town (most likely while drunk off his butt) and soon learns he’s visiting Iceland with his suspicious birdwatching group.

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My Review of “OnlineBookClub”: A Website that Pays for Book Reviews

First of all, Online Book Club is a website of “Online Message Boards for Readers, Book Lovers, and Writers”, plus free and paid book reviews. When I first discovered it, I was less than impressed with the boring layout, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. So far, I’ve made $15. Having a bit of pocket money is the only attractive point, however, because the mandatory requirements are just ridiculous.

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Posted in Blog Tag, Book Tag, K-Pop/K-Drama

The Playlist Shuffle Tag!

I’ll admit that I cheated a bit on this tag. The rules say not to skip, but this post would be pretty bland if all the songs were the same genre, wouldn’t it? Anyway, kudos to Lauren @ ReadingEveryNight for inspiring me to do my own version. Let’s get started!

*Song Titles are Linked to Youtube Videos!*

The Rules:

  • List the first 10 songs that come on shuffle
  • Write your favorite lyric (or verse) from each song
  • Tag others

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Book #19: Under Cold Stone by Vicki Delany

Name: Under Cold Stone

Author: Vicki Delany

Pages: 364

Genre: Suspense

Available at and/or More Information:

Author Website / Goodreads / Amazon

My Rating: 

Lucky Smith is vacationing in Banff, Alberta, with her boyfriend, Paul Keller, when they happen to run into Paul’s estranged son, Matt. Shortly after their tense reunion, Matt frantically calls his father late in the evening to say he came home from work to find his roommate dead on the floor of obvious homicide. Being a Chief Constable in Trafalgar, Paul leaps into action and contacts the local police. When they arrive at the apartment, Matt is nowhere to be seen. At first concerned for his safety, suspicion quickly turns to Matt as the suspect.

While Paul is searching for his son, Lucky is stuck at the hotel, worried sick for everyone involved. She calls her daughter, Moonlight (Molly) Smith, and asks her to drive eight hours to Banff in order to help Paul. As a police officer herself, Molly feels somewhat awkward about her mother’s new relationship, especially since Paul happens to her boss, but she immediately answers her mother’s plea for help.


This book had a lot of potential, with themes of ecoterrorism, fraud schemes, murder, and fragmented families…but it left me feeling a bit lost. All of the above topics were happening at once, each involving a different set of characters, and were eventually found to be interconnected. Instead of an international conspiracy or criminal enterprise, everything revolved around a plot of land in the Canadian wilderness that was a prime location for holiday cottages. Realistically, who would go to so much trouble (drugs, murder, fraud, blackmail) just to acquire some real estate?

The ending was terribly anticlimactic, too. A few of the smaller ringleaders were arrested and then the protagonists just shrugged it all off and said the rich will ultimately get away with everything. What kind of closure is that? I didn’t read over three-hundred pages just for the author to throw the book out a window and call it finished.

There’s also no point in calling this a “Molly Smith” novel. All Molly does is encourage some entitled kids to actually take control of their lives and tell the truth. Matt Keller and his girlfriend solved the crime, they just needed Molly and Paul Keller to push it through the legal system.

Overall, it was an okay read – just don’t expect anything worth writing home about. If you want to pass the time with a nice suspense novel, then I recommend this book. It was written very well, I was just disappointed with the plot itself.

Posted in Book Haul, Reading

September 2016 Book Haul

September is drawing to a close, even though I swear it just started a few days ago. It’s been a busy month, filled with books and new little projects. I joined the Online Book Club in hopes of one day being paid for reviewing books, but I’ll be keeping that and ‘Fun Facts for Writing’ separate for now. Once I get the hang of it, I might post the review on both websites. For now, though, I’ll just share some of my book haul from September 2016! Enjoy!


Serafina and the Black Cloak

Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and they will ensnare your soul.” Sarafina has never had a reason to disobey her pa and venture beyond the grounds of Biltmore Estate. There’s plenty to explore in her grand home, although she must take care to never be seen. None of the rich folk upstairs know that Sarafina exists.

But when children at the estate start disappearing, only Serafina knows who the culprit is: a terrifying man in a black cloak who stalks Biltmore’s corridors at night. Following her own harrowing escape, Serafina risks everything by joining forces with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of Biltmore’s owners. Braeden and Serafina mst uncover the Man in the Black Cloak’s true identity…before all of the children vanish one by one.


The Magician’s Daughter

24-year-old magician Valentine Hill is just finishing up a show outside San Francisco’s Golden Pirate Casino when a man in the crowd steals her donation hat. Meanwhile, another audience member approaches Valentine with information about her con-artist mother, Elizabeth Hill (aka Beth Hull), whom she hasn’t seen in nine years.

After calling it a night and returning to her apartment, Valentine finds that it’s been ransacked and her life savings stolen, apparently by a spurned suitor. The second chapter is equally crammed with unlikely events: Valentine locates her mother’s apartment, gets beat up, evades a scam by someone posing as an FBI agent, and more.


Old Sins, Long Memories

 It’s the perfect new beginning for Dr. Lizzie Browne. Treating rural patients at a small English clinic is what she badly needs after a stressful city practice and a failed marriage. So at first she thinks it’s an unhappy coincidence when local teen Darren turns up murdered–and she recognizes him as a recovering addict she helped back in London… Then Darren’s troubled ex-friend is burned to death in Lizzie’s greenhouse–and relentless Detective Chief Inspector Maguire starts investigating her. Certain the answer lies elsewhere, Lizzie starts digging into her patients’ less-than-tranquil pasts. Soon she discovers a trail of corruption, rage and shattering guilt that leads her to a long-buried crime and a shocking injustice. And she has nowhere to hide from an obsessed killer determined to punish and guilty–and innocent–alike.


The Cassandra

An eerie recurring vision of a missing girl. A wealthy family of psychics living in fear. For newbie private investigators Stella Jones and Chev Fortuna, this case is a far cry from nailing cheating boyfriends for naive clients. Especially since they believe in the practical, not the paranormal. But when they start digging into young Christine Johnson’s long-ago disappearance, they uncover mysterious clues, more vanished teens and sinister unexplained events that have haunted their small Western Maryland town for years…

Now they race to piece together deceptive memories and strange warnings. And it doesn’t take ESP to tell them that someone has just gotten on their trail. Stella and Chev will need cunning, skill, and plenty of luck to trap an insidious killer – and pray that bad fortune doesn’t make them the ultimate victims.


Under Cold Stone

BC Constable Molly Smith is looking forward to a quiet Thanksgiving with her fiance. Until a call from her mother sends things into a tailspin. Lucky Smith is vacationing in Banff, Alberta, at a grand hotel guilt to resembled a Scottish castle. But the medieval past bleeds into the present when a brutal homicide rocks the historic town. And the prime suspect has vanished.

Matthew Keller, the estranged son of Trafalgar Chief Constable Paul Keller – Lucky’s current boyfriend and Molly’s boss – was last seen at his apartment, where the dead body was found. Now he’s a fugitive. Distrusted by the local police, Molly follows her instincts and bare-bones clues, uncovering a startling connection to a controversial case that sends her deep into the Canadian wilderness…where a stone-cold killer scopes out the next victim’s final resting place.


Look forward to the full reviews in the coming month! Thank you for reading!