An American Abroad

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I definitely judged this book by its beautiful cover.

I definitely judged this book by its beautiful cover.

Kay Bratt’s Red Skies is a difficult book to review; while I enjoyed the story, I felt that was constantly running up against Bratt’s writing style. My first thought was that Bratt had forgone a necessary step in the editing process, but this novel does have a copy editor credited. Maybe I harbour some hidden resentment towards Bratt for misidentifying Anne of Green Gables American?  In any case, this is a literary fiction piece that comes close, but doesn’t quite hit its mark. Continue reading

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Myth Tracking With Loki

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Yes, those are dinosaurs.  Yes, they do feature in the novel.

Yes, those are dinosaurs. Yes, they do feature in the novel.

This week I decided to go with something more akin to my usual reading preferences and picked up C. Gockel’s Wolves, the first novel in a series entitled I Bring the Fire.  The novel follows the Norse God of Mischief as he attempts to be reunited with his sons, Valli and Nari.  As the first book in a five part series, Wolves does an excellent job of setting up both the characters’ back story (which unsurprisingly draws on a series of different myths) and the general feel of the different realms. Continue reading

In Which Anne Discovers She may be a Harsher Reviewer Than She Assumed…

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The undead wear Prada.

The undead wear Prada.

It was my intention to start things off with a nice, light hearted self-pub book with a nice, light hearted review.  To this end, I selected something that was highly rated on Amazon and Goodreads: Fashionably Dead, a supernatural romance with several sequels, all of which were supposedly original and witty.  Now, perhaps my mistake was choosing a book outside of my go-to genres.  I’ve read supernatural romance in the past, but it’s hardly my genre of choice.  Regardless, I’d been reading a lot of fantasy, sci-fi, and classics lately and thought a little romance might be an amusing segue. Continue reading