Paint the Town Read

I read books. Sometimes I review them. I like a lot of YA, and am particularly fond of SciFi and Fantasy.

Shadow and Bone

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn't a bad book, but... I read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom before I started this series. The world building and the characters in the Six of Crows series was phenomenal. I adored the books. I expected the same here. I didn't hate the book, but it was easy for me to put down in the middle of it to pick up something better. I only finished it when I didn't have anything more interesting on hand.


Unhinged - A.G. Howard 2.5 *... This one took a bit to get through. The first one had great world building and really made me "see" Wonderland and everything else. This one? Not so much.
I did not expect to like this book. It's different from my usual YA faire. It was awesome! It has the required unrequited love (because it's YA), but it's not at all in your face or the focus of the story. The story pulls you in and keeps you wanting more. I just put down this one and I'm already looking to see if the second is available at the library.
Well... that was... interesting. I liked it. I'm glad I read it. But... it's A LOT of narration. I wanted to love it. It tickled my brain enough to make me push forward, but it never made me laugh out loud... or even giggle. I feel like it would be a great audio book, and I'd probably watch it if it were a show/movie. It's just a lot to read in a relatively short book.

Morning Star

Morning Star - Pierce Brown This slaggin' series has made my eyes sweat more than any other in a long (I'm talking not since Harry Potter long) time. It's so.... You connect with the characters. All of them. You feel for the bad guys, even. Everyone has their struggle. They all have something that you can connect to. Even the Jackal.


Ensnared - A.G. Howard Oh my god, the struggle.... It took everything I had to push through the series. I'm weird in that I need to know how it ends, even if the story isn't fantastic. I finished the first one and doomed myself to read the next two. They do not get better. The visuals in this one were better than the second (because more Wonderland), but that's about it. Really... This whole series makes me mad because life is too short to waste on bad books.

365 Tarot Activities

365 Tarot Activities - Deanna L. Anderson I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a great resource for anyone that wants to learn Tarot. Everything from how to choose your deck to how to store it and use it is covered early on. People with more experience can skip ahead to learn new spreads. There is even a section to show you how to write your own spreads. I really enjoyed this book. It had been a while since I broke out my cards, but I was inspired to dust them off and get back in to practice.

Rent Fifty (Bloodrose: Short Stories, #1)

Rent Fifty (Bloodrose: Short Stories, #1) - Cassidy Raindance So that's where it all started! I love this bit of back story. I did get a bit teary, but a little bit of "how awful" is good for a story; as long as it's not just there for shock value or filler. This particular bit of "how awful" tugs the heart, but is absolutely necessary for us to understand the pain both Sophea and Aldrich must have felt.

The story is really well written. I really appreciate a little insight into the beginning of it all.


Bloodrose - Cassidy Raindance I really love this book. You really feel for Prussia, and really love to hate Lydia (and Robert), lol. I like Sebastian, too. The characters, and their story, really pull you in. I felt like I was really there, and can't wait to visit them all again!

Heroine (Dreaming of Dragons, #3)

Heroine (Dreaming of Dragons, #3) - Cassidy Raindance I really love this series. Cassidy Raindance is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.

The Program

The Program - Suzanne Young Really pretty good book. Some emotional parts, some suspense... I look forward to future books in the series.

The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin Really enjoyed this book! The Gethenian tales interspersed through the book were really interesting. Le Guin did an awesome job, as always.

Trapped with a Curse: A Short Story

Trapped with a Curse: A Short Story - Cassidy Raindance I really enjoyed this story. It was nice to see a "classic" vampire in the story. No sparkles, no brooding; just your regular, run of the mill blood sucking fiend who happened to be kinda hunky.

Starchild (Dreaming of Dragons, #1)

Starchild (Dreaming of Dragons, #1) - Cassidy Raindance I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read the next one and see what exactly is going on, lol.