A Fun New Blog and a Free eBook!

I have a fun new blog to bring to your attention, the brand-new Smart Girls Love SciFi Blog. Charlie, the proprietress, is a member of my RWA chapter, so I actually know her in real life. (Or, I will at our next meeting, I’m sure.) Here’s her blog:

Smart Girls Love SciFi

What she has done so far is very fun and promising!

I’ve also been asked to give a shout-out for Daniel Rabuzzi‘s The Choir Boats, which is available as a free download for the month of July. There’s still time! It’s WOWIO’s Book of the Month. Here’s a tidbit from the promo:

“Reviewers describe it as “Gulliver’s Travels crossed with The Golden Compass and a dollop of Pride and Prejudice,”  and “a muscular, Napoleonic-era fantasy that, like Philip Pullman’s Dark Materials series, will appeal to both adult and young adult readers.”  The Choir Boats was selected by January Magazine as a Top Ten YA Novel for 2009.”

I’ve already downloaded it; now I need to zap it into my nook.

As-I-Read-It Review-ettes

I present you with a blast from the past — some as-I-read-it reviews of the various novels I’m sampling.

Bewitched and Betrayed by Lisa Shearin

Wow; that Sarad Nukpana just doesn’t stop–not even when he’s dead. He’s turned up badder and more diabolical than before, and Raine, of course, is his target. He just loves to torture Raine. And he wants to torture her as much as he can before he absorbs her soul, her powers, and most important, her link with the Saghred.

Ugh! That’s a problem!

Bewitched and Betrayed is the fourth novel in the Raine Beneres series, which includes Magic Lost, Trouble Found, Armed and Magical and The Trouble with Demons.

What I admire about this series is Ms. Shearin’s ability to keep it fresh. Just when I think I’m getting a bit tired of a certain plotline, Ms Shearin throws a twist in there that snares my interest anew.

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth Bunce

I really haven’t gotten any further with this novel because I started reading Lisa Shearin’s. It’s a bit slow going for me. More on this one later.

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

I’m done! Review in August, because that’s when it comes out.

Bloodgate Guardian by Joely Sue Burkhart

I read the first chapter and while it was exciting, it didn’t hook me as much as I wanted. It is all about this guardian who was awakened by this old man (an archaeologist) performing this ritual that he really shouldn’t have performed. With disasterous consequences. In the second chapter, cut to the old man’s daughter, who is breaking up with her boyfriend for stealing her archaeological research. Intellectual property theft–I can relate. But I really didn’t get totally hooked until the end of the second chapter, when it is revealed that the daughter doesn’t feel like her father ever really loved her–that he’s just using her for her research talents as well.

Ok, now I’m hooked. And then, Chapter three gets into where the daughter receives this secure video email from her father that shows him doing the ritual from Chapter One. So yeah, I’m still reading.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

What’s this doing here? I downloaded this onto my iPod touch back in December, and I’ve been reading it paragraph by paragraph ever since. It’s a fun novel, aimed squarely at the 12 to 14 set, but suitable for all ages. Who couldn’t love Anne? I did have a hard time with the ending, because I thought things were winding down, but then it just kept going on. Pacing seemed uneven. And once Anne went away to the Queen’s school, it became almost all Telling and not Showing. And the resolution with Gilbert could have been more satisfying. Still, this novel was just enchanting, and I can certainly see why it became a classic.

Now I want to watch a movie version, but they don’t seem to be readily available. I’ll probably try to see what Amazon has; I think my daughter would like it.

I’m not going to bother reviewing it, but I did enjoy it enough to download the next book to my touch (not my nook).

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I kinda miss doing these as-I-read-it reviews. I don’t know why I stopped; I did this all the time with Fantasy Debut. I think I started getting All Serious about reviewing, which if course is Not As Fun. So, when I decide upon one of the above (or something else, entirely!), I’ll continue to review As I Read it.