Manga Review: Witchcraft Works Vol 1 by Ryu Mizunagi

May Contain Spoilers

What did I just read??  What a weird book.  The first chapter is just bizarre.  Takamiya is just an average guy.  His classmate, Kagari, is known at school as “Princess.”  She is smart, beautiful, graceful, and has her own fan club.  For some reason she keeps sitting by Takamiya.  They are always on class duty together.  She rides the same bus he does.  All of this gets him into hot water with Kagari’s fan club, whose members are fiercely jealous and protective of their idol.

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Review: What Was D-Day by Patricia Brennan Demuth & David Grayson Kenyon

May Contain Spoilers

With the current political atmosphere and the comparisons to Nazi Germany, I decided to read up on World War II.  I really wanted to find a YA book on Hitler, but when this book about D-Day popped up at the library, I decided to check it out and give it a spin.  I learned more from this kids book about WWII than I did in my high school history classes.

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Review: Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

May Contain Spoilers

Where has this book been all my life?  Seriously.  I have a paperback copy somewhere in the basement that I never read, which was purchased long, long ago.  Since I read almost exclusively in digital now, there was little chance that I would go digging through boxes of books for the paper copy.  But then! the library! added a digital! copy to their collection!!!  I checked it out on a whim, and had a very fun journey with Talia and Rolan.

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Review: The Sheikh’s Bought Wife by Sharon Kendrick

May Contain Spoilers

I did not get along with this book.  I thought the hero, Zayed, was a complete and utter douche.  He learns that in order to inherit land for his kingdom, he needs to marry.  He doesn’t want to marry because he’s too busy sleeping around, enjoying the pleasures of women to settle for just one.  So he figures that if he marries for six months, and then has the marriage annulled, he will have fulfilled his obligations and can get back to the business of sowing his wild oats.

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Review: Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh

May Contain Spoilers

The pressure is on to catch up with the series before Silver Silence is released in June.  I think I’m looking at a July read date with the way things are going.  Anyway, I was a little disappointed that the focus was almost entirely on Kaleb and Sahara, with the supporting cast of changelings and Psy only making brief appearances.  This is almost entirely a Psy book, and they aren’t my favorite race in this world. The Psy civil war does get wrapped up, though, and there is a lot of intense action to keep the pages turning.

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Review: Intercepting the Chef by Rachel Goodman

May Contain Spoilers

I’m not sure what attracted me to this title.  I am not  particularly attracted to stories with chefs, but I do like professional athletes.  So I thought what the heck, I’ll give it a try.  I wasn’t completely hooked at first, but as I got to know Gwen and Logan, I really started to enjoy this story.

Gwen has worked hard perfecting the menu at her famous chef boyfriend’s restaurant.  She wants him to enjoy every success, even while he’s busy with other pursuits to enhance his brand.  When the restaurant wins a prestigious award, Gwen doesn’t receive the thanks she anticipated.  Instead, her douchebag of a boyfriend fires her, throws her onto the street, and tries to tarnish her reputation as an up and coming chef.

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Tis’ Con Season – Tips for First Time Con Goers

Not so long ago, summer Con season got my heart racing with anticipation (then RL interfered with my attendance).  We made annual treks to San Diego ComiCon and Anime Expo.  Sprinkle in a few trips to the Chicago Comicon and a few smaller anime cons, and I can sadly say I’ve spent way more than my share at conventions.  Here’s some advice for first time con goers.

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