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TBTB Secret Santa Haul

January 2, 2016
© DJ DeSmyter

This was my third time participating in the Broke and the Bookish’s Secret Santa exchange and it was just as exciting as the first time! I even managed to submit my application on time this year! Go me! My recipient ended up being someone I know, so that was a lot of fun! One of the books they requested was Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red, which is one of…

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Buzzlines: November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015

Buzzlines is a weekly round-up of articles, videos, and other tidbits you might have missed during the week.  “One Bouquet of Fleeting Beauty, Please” by Alisha Gorder (The New York Times) — I was introduced to the Times‘s “Modern Love” column a month or two ago, but only just began reading it regularly. This week’s piece is beautiful and heartbreaking, and tackles loss and love in such a simple,…

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Weekend Catch-Up: November 7-8, 2015

November 9, 2015

This past weekend I resolved to get back into blogging, so here I am with a recap. A small one, but hey, it’s a start! 🙂 First of all, I had the pleasure of participating in last month’s QUEER ROMANCE MONTH and my post, “The November Song”, was selected as the series closer. You should probably check out my post, but you really need to read all of them.…

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Weekend Catch-Up: February 27-29, 2015

March 1, 2015
2/27/15 Weekend Pile

I decided to take this weekend a little easier than normal. I usually run errands or explore the city with my camera in hand, but with the temperatures being a bit too harsh for my Canon, I’ve been staying in more. Here’s what I’ve been up to this weekend: CURRENTLY READING I started Claudia Gray’s Sorceress a few days ago and finished just past midnight on Friday. This…

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5th Anniversary Giveaway

February 18, 2015

On Friday, February 6, my blog turned five. Can you believe it’s been five years already? I sure can’t. I still remember stumbling across The Story Siren and thinking, “I want to do this!” So, I did, with the support of my friends and family, and now, five years later, I’m still here. And it sure has been a wild ride. So, to celebrate, I’m giving away a…

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Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

January 6, 2015
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente Tor Books Read/Finished: 12/31/2014—1/1/2015 Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless is a sprawling and visceral tale that expertly weaves Russian mythology and history together in a seamless manner. Valente’s writing is, quite simply, captivating and lush, and she evokes a perfectly grim and almost suffocating atmosphere. Marya Morevna’s transformation from a wild-eyed girl to the bride of Koschei the Deathless is fascinating to watch, if…

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Day 5: The First Monday and Other Thoughts About 2015

January 6, 2015
Happy New Year

We’re now five days into 2015 and here I am, back at work, finishing up a simple lunch—though, the Pringles to-go cup was a nice touch—and trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s not longer 2014. Seriously, where did the time go? Did last year even get a chance to happen, to learn to breathe and walk and live? Looking back, 2014 was rather eventful, even if it feels like…

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Review: THE NIGHT HAS CLAWS by Kat Kruger

April 21, 2014

***   The Night Has Claws is a bold and sleek sequel that packs a powerful punch. Kat Kruger’s writing has grown even stronger since the first book and she demonstrates impressive skill through lively settings, intense action, and intricate plot points. The werewolf politics further showcase Kruger’s thoughtful and complex world, which she successfully expands in this installment. This time around, both Connor and Madison narrate the…

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HUNTED: An Update

April 7, 2014

Dear Readers, If you have recently gone looking for a copy of Hunted to purchase, you may have come up empty handed. While the book is still listed on GoodReads, Amazon, and a few other sites, it is no longer available to buy, both in print and ebook. Pendrell Publishing and I have mutually parted ways, leaving Hunted‘s future in my hands. However, this is not the end. It…

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Review: DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

April 3, 2014

Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die is a deliciously grim and exciting story that breathes new life into the Wizard of Oz. The fact that it’s a Full Fathom Five property is unsettling and may deter some from reading it, but Paige demonstrates skill as a storyteller, one who can – and will – undoubtedly succeed on her own. Drawing on both the iconic Judy Garland film and L.…