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Review/Friday 56/Book Beginnings: Shadowplay by Laura Lam

The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda’s Voice. Here’s the rules:

*Grab a book, any book. Don’t grab your FAVOURITE book, but whatever is closest.

*Turn to page 56.

*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.

*Post it.


Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you’re reading.


Shadowplay (2nd book in Pantomime series)

By: Laura Lam

Published:  January 2nd, 2014

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Language: English



The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.

He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus—the runaway daughter of a noble family. And Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he’s perfecting…

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Friday 56, Meme, Review


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Review: A Cast of Stones (Book 1 in The Staff & The Sword series)

15781726A Cast of Stones (Book 1 in The Staff & The Sword series)

By: Patrick W. Carr

Published: February 1st, 2013

Company: Bethany House Publishers

Language: English



Today I am going to be taking a look at Patrick Carr’s novel A Cast of Stones, the first book in his The Staff & The Sword series. While the events and the story did not surprise me (not to say that I did not thoroughly enjoy this book), what did surprise me was something behind the book itself that I was not aware of until I sat down to write this review and took a glance over at the reviews on Goodreads. Something that, had I known beforehand, may have coloured my judgement, and kept me from reading this book to begin with. I would like to remind everyone that my opinions are of my own, I do not mean to offend people by them, and apologize if my opinions do cause offense as it is not my intention to offend.


An Epic Medieval Saga Fantasy Readers Will Love

In the backwater village of Callowford, Errol Stone’s search for a drink is interrupted by a church messenger who arrives with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Desperate for coin, Errol volunteers to deliver them but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty is near an end and a new king must be selected. As tension and danger mount, Errol must leave behind his drunkenness and grief, learn to fight, and come to know his God in order to survive a journey to discover his destiny

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Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Review


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Christmas Book Haul 2013

Christmas Book Haul 2013

I thought I would post what book items I got as Christmas gifts from loved ones this year and share it all with you.

–          Sailor Moon Box Set v2 by Naoko Takeuchi

–          Wandering Son v4 by Shimura Takako

–          Hollow Earth by John Barrowman and Carole Barrowman

–          Gift Card (already spent!)

  • Shadowplay by Laura Lam (pre-order)
  • Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
  • Uglies Bookset (Uglies; Pretties; Specials; Extras) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Honourable Mention

–          Much Ado About Nothing (2013) DVD

I do not expect to get my order until mid January since I have pre-ordered Shadowplay and that will be released January 7, but we will see if they decide to break-up my order. They have shipped Glow, Uglies, and Adaptation already and will send Shadowplay when it comes out. It is nice when the companies break up your order like that when only one is a preorder.

Let me know what books you guys got as gifts from loved ones or what you will be spending your book gift cards on. I will see you all in 2014!!

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Review: UnEarthed by Rebecca Bloomer


By: Rebecca Bloomer

Publisher: Odyssey Books

Published: July 2nd 2012

Language: English



Surprise!! You are getting yet another review from me this week! A second book review. Think of it as an early Christmas present for my first Christmas doing this blog.

This cover & description caught my attention while I was looking through Netgallery and I was lucky enough to be given the chance to review the book. Also I feel that I should note that the author, Rebecca Bloomer, is Australian! Not that being Australian I believe affects the story but I am trying to look at as many authors from different countries as possible. Gotta explore what is outside of your doorstep sometimes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Review


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Review: Pantomime

15797050Pantomime (First book in Pantomime series)

By: Laura Lam

Published:  February 5th, 2013

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Language: English



This book is one of the most talked about novels that came out in 2013: both as a young adult novel and as part of the LGBT genre. And for good reason! This novel deals with a question that many teens and adults deal with: Do I like men or women? Who am I attracted to the most? Which one do I prefer kissing the most? It is a question that our main character deals with throughout the book and does not have answers for at the end. But that is not the only question our main character has.

Despite what the description on the book would have you believe: Iphigenia “Gene” Laurus and Micah Grey are not star crossed lovers. They are not even siblings or cousins. They are one in the same person. Gene is her past life while Micah is his current life. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Review


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Canvember 2013: A Road So Far

Master Post

Margaret Atwood Quote


Assured Destruction

Canada TV Shows 1 2

Corpse with the Golden Nose

Q & A


Grey Cup

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Posted by on November 30, 2013 in Canvember


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Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: Canvember 2013

In honour of Alice Munro winning the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Canadian to do so and the 13th women to receive such an honour, I will be taking part in Canvember!

Canvember is a theme of my own creation where for the month of November, I will be reviewing nothing but books written by Canadian authors!! I want to celebrate the works of Canadian authors, especially those that write fantasy, science fiction, and young adult.

I have a couple of books planned already for the month.

MetalMagic by Derek Donais
Assured Destruction by Michael F. Stewart
Above by Leah Bobet
The Silvered by Tanya Huff
If you have any suggestions for me, put them in the comments below. Feel free too if you want to join in on Canvember 2013! The only requirements are that it has to be fiction and the book has to be written by a Canadian author. Easy as pie.
I’d love it if people wanted to join in my special little insanity project 😀

Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


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