Author: Wattle

Book Review #17: Fright Court by Mindy Klasky

Posted 4th January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Reviews / 10 Comments

Oh my gosh, after more than a month I am posting a review. Whaaaat?! I feel very rusty though, sorry if this seems stuttery (it sure felt that way writing it).

Book Review #17: Fright Court by Mindy KlaskyFright Court by Mindy Klasky
Series: Fright Court #1
Published by Res Ipsa Press on March 22nd 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance
Format: E-Book
Source: Owned
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Sarah Anderson has found her dream job: Clerk of Court for the District of Columbia Night Court. Dream job, that is, until she’s attacked in the open courtroom by a vampire defendant. And until she’s forced to take self-defense lessons from her boss, the enigmatic vampire James Morton. And until she learns that she can’t share the truth about any of that with her best friend, Allison Ward – even over delectable cupcakes from the Cake Walk bakery.

Soon, Sarah is surrounded by vampires, griffins, and sprites – all members of a secret supernatural court. And when a deceptively easy-going reporter starts to ask questions, Sarah wonders just what answers she is supposed to give….

Fright Court is a reader-supported, serialized novel about lawyers, vampires, and cupcakes.

My new fave! Sign me up for this ride! I need to read more of the series ASAP – and then I discovered there’s only one more book, written 6 years after the first. Am I allowed to be worried?!

Fright Court is apparently set within another fictional world created by Klasky in the Jane Madison Series (which I’ve not read, but I’m going to!) You definitely don’t have to have read one to get the other.

In Fright Court, Sarah has landed a new job as a clerk for the night court. But what she doesn’t know is that as well as the regular court proceedings, there’s also supernatural trials. Vampires? Check. Fae? Definitely.

Sarah manages to get dragged into vampire politics (of course). There’s a reporter sniffing around who wants to do a story on the Night Court, which James agrees to, as it might give them leverage against those that think the court being open at night is a waste of time.

There is a twist (that I will not reveal, because spoilers) and I thought it added a great element to the story. I am so curious about where it goes next!

I really enjoyed Sarah, and her boss, James. What I assume are the beginnings of a love triangle develop – however, as much as a loathe those, I can work with this.

The writing and pacing were great. Sarah has human drama as much as supernatural, and I liked how her worlds clashed. As much as I enjoyed this, it did feel a little incomplete (or maybe I’m projecting, because I just wanted more!) It was a very amusing read – I caught myself laughing out loud more than once.

Definitely recommend if you’re a fan of light-hearted paranormal/fantasy reads.

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: 4.4

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2018 Bookish & Not So Bookish Resolutions

Posted 1st January 2018 by Wattle in Books, Whimsical Nature / 28 Comments

Part of me cannot believe that it’s already 2018, and part of me can. It’s so weird. 2017 seemed to fly on by. I hope 2018 is a great year for all of us!

I thought I’d split my resolutions into two categories, bookish and real life ones; since I actually have both this year!

MY BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS

1. Blog at least twice a week (knowing me, this may be ambitious).
2. Keep track of books read and money spent – I plan to bring back my monthly overview (which I only managed to do in January last year 😆 )
3. Read 50 books this year.
4. Change my website layout.
5. Read more diverse books.
6. Buy less, borrow more.
7. Read some of the dozens of comic books I own.
9. Do another purge (gain shelf space!)
10. Read one classic.

MY NON-BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS
1. Do yoga! I have a 21 day yoga habit challenge I want to complete and the Perfect Body Yoga Program (both are by Bad Yogi).
2. Keep going to Roller Derby. I seem to get to a certain point and then stop. I don’t necessarily want to graduate to the next level, but I would like to get some consistency and improvement going.
3. Pass my classes.
4. Keep my mental health. Last year wasn’t amazing, but I feel like I’m in a better place now and would like to stay that way.
5. De-clutter. This is a big ask. I have an entire wardrobe full of crap. But it needs to be done. Bit by bit, I can do this!
6. Do more crafts. I have heaps of wool, and plenty of cross stitch patterns floating around. It’s about time I did something with them.
7. Drink more water – water is SO BORING but really, that’s no excuse.
8. Cut back on sugar. I’ve gone from 2 to coffee to 1, surely I can at least halve that again.

Not a resolution, but I’m also going to give Bullet Journaling a go. I think it will be useful for my classes and maybe even blogging!

And something else I’m considering is if my study would make a better library/yoga room. I’m debating getting rid of my desk and replacing it with (more) bookshelves. I don’t use the desk for studying (that’s what the dining table is for) – I just, you know…put stuff on it, and my desk chair is where my jackets live 😐 hmmmm.

We shall see what 2018 brings.

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Sunday Post #13

Posted 31st December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 26 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done one of these, that is my excuse for the amount of books that appear 😆 I’ve not been around much due to internet issues, I have mobile broadband for emergencies but it’s not cheap so I’m trying to keep my usage low 🙁 meh.

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

I don’t usually read so many books at once, but Origin is a giant hardcover and I don’t like lugging them around. A Caribbean Mystery I’ve actually been reading forever but decided to finally hopefully finish it, and The Dead Girls’ Dance is on my Kobo for easy travel (um…I kind of ignored all my other books in favour of reading the first one, but that’s beside the point).

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #12
Giveaway: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Top 5 Wednesday #2

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

I shall be posting my resolutions either tomorrow or Tuesday. Not sure about anything else at this point.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:
Most of these were holiday sales or freebies 🙂

Borrowed:

For Review:

None!

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Top 5 Wednesday #2

Posted 27th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 18 Comments

I will, one of these days, post an actual book review. But alas, Top 5 Wednesday it is!

This week the topic is: 2018 Wishlist

Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!

1. Platonic relationships
I feel like I’m in a minority with this one, but I really do prefer a good platonic friendship in my novels over romance. Whether it’s between people of the same or opposite sexes, or whatever a character identifies as; I don’t care. Healthy friendships are where it’s at!

2. Cozies with a twist
Cozy mysteries are some of my favourite novels to settle down with, have a cup of coffee and something sweet, and read for entertainment value alone. But they are all just SO predictable and follow the same formula; which isn’t always a bad thing, but sometimes I just want more. More mystery, more suspense, less ‘oh it’s this dude’, more surprises, less stupid decisions by the main character *cough*, more meaning.

3. Characters with flaws
Sometimes when I want a serious read, I want characters that are more like me (I know I am super unique and all but a girl can dream 😛 ) characters that are struggling (with something in particular, or mental health issues), that are existing, that push through and go great for a while and then fall back into old habits. Someone relatable that isn’t perfect all the time. Flaws, irrational fears and dislikes.

4. Textbooks that aren’t dry
Uni is starting up in a couple of months, and I’m planning to buy my textbooks a bit beforehand. But for once, I’d like a text that doesn’t send me to sleep. Is it too much to ask for? I usually have to read these things cover to cover (or if not that, a vast bulk of it) and I have such a hard time doing so because they’re just so bloody boring. And if there’s one thing I learned this year; it’s you can’t wing it!

5. Diversity
This is probably entirely my own fault, but I seem to read a lot of white books. Sure, there’s diverse background characters in some series, but it’s not really the same as having them at the centre of your attention, is it? I’m not sure if it’s just the genres I read, or what I’ve been into lately (urban fantasy, YA fantasy – oh yes, back on that bandwagon, cozies, etc), but…so white. Feel free to rec me things in the comments! I did have a list somewhere of diverse reads, but it’s mainly YA.

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Giveaway: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted 26th December 2017 by Wattle in Giveaway / 5 Comments

I received a book subscription just before Christmas, but it’s a book I already own! I couldn’t be bothered going through the process of returning and getting a new book so I thought I’d give it away instead!

To enter to win a copy of The Hating Game please enter below! Open internationally until 27/01/2018 (really 26/01/2018 if you’re outside of Australia).

Picture for proof:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Sunday Post #12

Posted 17th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 42 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This week has been a struggle. I went to a funeral yesterday (Saturday); it wasn’t for someone I knew personally, but the husband of a colleague. And it was rough. Fuck cancer, is all I have to say.

The one good thing that did happen (for me) was my favourite show came back. It’s the little things, and The Librarians really does take me to a happy place.

Aside from that, the weather cannot make up its mind and it’s giving me a headache. I wish it’d pick one setting and stick to it! We’re going from normal summer days to storms and rain and winter temperatures, it’s weird. I had a nap this afternoon (uh, Saturday, I wrote this in the evening oops) just to get away from my headache 🙁

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

YES! I finished the Case Histories audiobook!!! Finally!

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #11
The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

No idea at this stage, though I do need to post my COYER stuff. I’ll probably be pretty quiet, have a busy week ahead at work; and then there’s Christmas 😮

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

Borrowed:

For Review:

None!

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The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag – 2017

Posted 12th December 2017 by Wattle in Whimsical Nature / 15 Comments

Created by Trish @ Between My Lines, a Christmassy tag so we can have all the Christmassy book chat! Join in the fun here! #ChristmasBookBloggersTag

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SCENE IN A BOOK?
Harry Potter’s first Christmas at Hogwarts, when he wakes up and has presents! It always gives me the warm fuzzies, that one ♥

DO YOU HAVE ANY CHRISTMAS BOOK TRADITIONS?
No. Maybe I should start one though *ponders* read a Christmassy book on Christmas Day (or Eve?) We don’t really have many Christmas traditions (one of them is food related, coming up below!) Dad always watches the cricket on Boxing Day though *sigh* I’m so sick of cricket and it’s only December 🙁

DO YOU PREFER TO GET PRESENTS OF BOOK VOUCHERS OR BOOKS?
Vouchers. 100%. I don’t even know what’s on my shelves, if anyone buys me a book (that isn’t on my Amazon wishlist) I cringe inside – which is awful, yes. But I’ve received a number of duplicates despite everyone’s best intentions. Play it safe. Vouchers!

DO YOU GIVE BOOKS AS PRESENTS?
Only if someone wants something specific, or has given me a list as a guide. Or I know they don’t have it and they need it. This year my theme is actually colouring books haha I went for cheesy ones that I hope people will enjoy, it’s the thought that counts 😉

WHAT BOOKISH ITEM IS ON YOUR CHRISTMAS WISHLIST?
Since Amazon AU doesn’t have vouchers yet (WHY?!) I shall settle for Dymocks or Booktopia vouchers instead! But really I’m expecting nothing bookish at all (I’m too good at acquiring things all on my own!)

WHAT 3 BOOKS WOULD YOU LOVE SANTA TO HAVE IN HIS SACK FOR YOU?

FAKE CHRISTMAS TREE OR REAL CHRISTMAS TREE?
I’ve had a real Christmas tree exactly once, when I was a kid (around 4 years old I think). I remember the smell. And the mess. When I had my first winter Christmas in Boston there was a real tree involved (not *my* tree, so it doesn’t count). They still smell great, but we just don’t have the same resources here (tree collection afterwards, being one thing). Also, I dislike the idea of cutting down trees for Christmas. We had a plastic one (still have it, somewhere) but the cats try to eat it, so now we have a metal one. I call it the glorified hat stand:

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT CHRISTMAS?
All the food. I would say family, but it’s just me and my parents. So I’m going to say not having to go to work haha it’s the little things.

WHAT CHRISTMAS BOOK WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
It’s a kid’s book. I still have my copy somewhere, I loved all the pop ups!

WHAT DISH ON YOUR CHRISTMAS MENU ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO?
My mother’s ice cream. We rarely have it outside of Christmas (if we do, it’s a very special occasion…I think it’s happened once in the past 15 years!) It’s 6 layers, 2 each of strawberry, vanilla and coffee (with walnuts). All homemade, all delicious. She even does it all by hand (and won’t let me introduce her to my ice cream machine). I’m lazy, I couldn’t deal with the stirring at regular time intervals.

WHEN DO YOU OPEN YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS?
On Christmas morning. Used to be when I got up as a kid (early). Now it’s when one of my parents decides to drag me out of bed (I really enjoy sleep).

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONG?
This has actually been my ringtone for about a decade now haha *ahem*

But if you want traditional:

ARE YOU DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS?
Yes, but I’m not going to get it. Because summer 🙁

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Sunday Post #11

Posted 10th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 46 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I was so distracted this week, but not by anything in particular (except for Friday night, because Psych: The Movie and The Grand Tour had to be watched 😆 ) My Kobo arrived on Monday, I like it, but the screen resolution isn’t the best (not a shock I suppose, since I got the cheapest one). The screen does feel more responsive than my Kindle Paperwhite; but I imagine that’s due to age. This week I also got new glasses (which brought a major headache for a couple of days, I forgot how awful new prescriptions are).

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

Still listening to the audio…except not really, because I’ve not actually put it on to listen to for a few weeks now. Since I only listen to it at work, it’s a bit of an issue (I don’t have that much to go until it’s done!)

And I borrowed my first library book, Ink and Bone (I’ve already grabbed the second one as I should finish it today) 🙂

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #10
Top 5 Wednesday #1

I’m so bad at blogging lately, I keep hoping the bug to write reviews will bite me 🙁

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

I have intentions to do The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag next week 🙂

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:
Some books I ordered arrived. I also grabbed a couple of advent calendar deals and one pre-order was released!

Borrowed:

For Review:

None!

I hope you all had a wonderful week 🙂 I am now going to finish returning comments from last week, finally!

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Top 5 Wednesday #1

Posted 6th December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 23 Comments

I try not to do a lot of memes (with the exception of The Sunday Post, which is just a nice wrap up of the week). But I thought I’d give Top 5 Wednesday a go. Sometimes I don’t have enough for Top Ten Tuesday (and don’t always like the topics); so I’ll probably do one here and there of whichever take my fancy.

This week the topic is: Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About

1. Bad photoshop covers.
I’m not going to call anything out in particular. But just because someone has just learned to blend layers in photoshop doesn’t mean they should do this ALL THE TIME. Nor should they be ‘blending’ images that don’t match at all. HQ person with a LQ something next to them/behind them? Stop.

2. Use of too many fonts.
This doesn’t seem to happen a lot, but if you’re using more than two fonts you need to have your formatting licence taken away (I’d argue keeping it at ONE font, but I can understand why some like to have different fonts for chapter titles). Also don’t use Comic Sans. Ever. Or Papyrus.

3. Instalove.
Unless Cupid and his arrows are involved. No. (Spells and potions are an exception, I suppose).

4. Covers that don’t match the content.
We’ve all seen it. A cover with a gorgeous person on the front, who you’d just assume is meant to look like the main character. Only to discover the tan brunette with brown eyes on the outside doesn’t look anything like the blonde, pale, blue eyed MC inside.

5. Different sized books in a series.
When a series first starts and the books are those large, beautiful paperbacks that are 21cm tall or whatever it is. And when it ends they’ve lost a few centimetres. YES. I have taken a ruler and measured books before ordering sequels online. YES I will go searching for a larger cover if there’s multiple versions available (but only one available in an actual store that doesn’t match, WHY?!) I’m sometimes not fussed if covers don’t match (depends on how much I love the series) but damned if you’ll mess up my shelf space!

Not that I currently have any space. But, details.

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Sunday Post #10

Posted 3rd December 2017 by Wattle in Blog Hops & Memes / 51 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

It’s Saturday night as I write this, and I am super tired so sorry for any typos. I’m not having the best week health wise; the highlight was when one of my specialists called me on Friday night, to tell me I could quadruple the dose of one of my medications 😆 Hopefully with the increase I’ll be feeling well again (or at least not feeling sick).

I have a Kobo e-reader arriving on Monday so I can borrow books from my local library (which I’ve re-joined). I hope I don’t hate it, Australian libraries do not (or cannot) support Kindles with Overdrive (unlike the USA) and I refuse to read on my phone *sigh*

CURRENTLY READING
(All book covers in this post will take you to their respective Goodreads pages).

It’s taking me an embarrassingly long time to get through this audiobook (and it’s really short!) And I’ve not felt up to reading anything else 🙁

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG

Sunday Post #9
Movie Review: Thor: Ragnarok
Challenge sign up: COYER Winter Switch

NEXT WEEK ON THE BLOG

With any luck, actual book reviews! And perhaps another movie review. We shall see.

NEW ON MY SHELVES

Bought:

A freebie at the time of purchase 🙂

For Review:

None!

I hope you all had a wonderful week!

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