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Review: The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2

I’ll be honest: I don’t really know how to review an art book. Much to my artist husband’s sorrow, my appreciation of art is usually limited to such devastatingly acute thoughts as, “Wow. Pretty.” I’m still training myself to read comic books. If I don’t stop to think about it, my eyes go right to…

Review: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

This is the first book in the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger, released February 5th, 2013. The Blurb It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor…

Review: The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination Edited by John Joseph Adams

Everyone knows that superheroes are boring. Villains are more interesting: more complex in their madness, more brilliant in their darkness. When the villains are also genius scientists… Well, then you have something remarkable. The authors writing for this collection go in all sorts of different directions. Some of their villains are well intentioned, others are narcissistic,…

Review: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

This book is the first in a series from debut author Jay Kristoff called The Lotus War. It will be released on September 18, 2012 from St. Martin’s Press in hard cover and digital. Buy it here. The Blurb A DYING LAND  The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once…

Review: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

This is the debut novel from Daniel O’Malley, published on January 11, 2012 from Little, Brown. The Blurb The body you are wearing used to be mine. So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she…

Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka

Fated is the debut novel from Benedict Jacka. It’s been praised by no less than the likes of Jim Butcher — with good reason, I say. It released on February 28th, 2012 by Ace Books (a division of Penguin USA).   The Blurb Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a…

Guest Review: Department 19 by Will Hill [From ~ap~]

A Note from Kiara: Since today is my birthday, I’m taking a day off! The following review was written by my dear friend, ~ap~, who writes about reading over at Writing About Reading.  She’s the best, and you should go read  her. Especially since she’s currently giving away a signed, hardcover of Ghost Story by Jim…

[Winner] Magic Most Foul Giveaway for DARKER STILL

Okay. We’re finally ready to announce a winner! And our winner is…. DAWN! Who said, “Sounds like an interesting read. Will have to check out her work.“ Well, now you can, Dawn! Please email me at: kiara at Waiting for Fairies dot com with your mailing address so that I can get it to the…

Top 10 Books I Read in 2011

Since everyone else was busy doing end-of-year posts, I figured I’d throw my 10 cents out there as well. Here are my top 10 from 2011. These are books that I read in 2011, not necessarily that were published in 2011.  1. Number one, of course, has to be Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story. Because the 13th book…

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