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Fairy Tales Revamped

I am a sucker for fairy tales. Give me a novel approach/revamping of fairy tales and you’ve got a captive audience!  The Thief of Cahraman by Lucy Tempest is a well done re-imagining of the Aladdin tale.  The book only contains the first 1/3 of the story, but luckily for me (and you), the rest […]

Lady Hotspur

Lady Hotspur by Tessa Graton is a superb read. The author creates a familiar but unique world and then unleashes an epic story within. I really enjoyed this novel. I found it fun, refreshing, and immersive, which is really all I can ask for.  I was really excited that the entire storyline happened in a […]

Beginner Crafting

I just got early access to “First Time Embroidery and Cross-Stitch” by Linda Wyszynski.  As the title suggests, the book provides an introduction into information that you’d need in order to get started with freehand embroidery, crewel embroidery, and cross stitch. The book is adequate. I understand that the author has undertaken a daunting task, […]

A Bright Jewel of a Story

I just finished “A Jewel Bright Sea”, by Claire O’Dell. It is coming out in the beginning of September.  An undercover slave, Anna Zhdanov, has to find a stolen artifact quickly and in return will earn her freedom.  However, nothing is as it seems, not even the artifact, and her adventure causes her to land […]

Toxic

I recently read “Toxic” by Lydia Kang and found it fascinating. The book is mostly told in the first person from the main character’s perspective with occasional parts from the male lead. It starts out a little odd, but as the story progresses, the narrative becomes important and sometime necessary, since the main character spends […]

C2C Demystified

Fiber art has really exploded in the last 10 years. With this comes a great influx of creativity and people expanding the boundaries of what is possible. Being a prolific and expert knitter/crocheter, I’ve been really impressed with the expansion going on. One particular feature that has been really fun to see is the Corner-2-Corner […]

New Take on Magic

I really enjoyed this story. It would fall into a YA category for me, as the main characters are rather young. This is reflected in a lot of the dialogue and decisions. The overall story is fun and has exciting twists and turns. I would have given this 5 stars if the storyline was a […]