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Flash Back...

So I wandered into a Goodwill and glanced through their book area. They had a stack of comics there that totally blew my mind.

 

They were Gargoyles comics. Its been years since that show even crossed my mind.

I used to be a giant fan of the comic series and the animated cartoon and now considering how many shows and films and animations, cartoons etc have all been revamped, remade, turned into new series and films I have to admit I'm actually surprised by the fact that they haven't done anything on Gargoyles.

 

It actually has a lot of potential if they did something with it I would think.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires #12.5) by Chloe Neill

Phantom Kiss - Chloe Neill

 

 

 

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer.

 

So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that their being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster.

 

A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again...

 

 

 

I had a hard time deciding between 3-4 stars but I went with four because it was nice diving back into the CV world again. The one thing I really didn't particularly care for was the whole vampire racism issue (if you can call it that) went a little extreme in a weird way which felt a little forced and a little pointless since it didn't jibe with everything else that was going on which was also kind of felt like a random last minute tension builder?

Can't really put my finger on why it bothered me so much but it just didn't feel organic to Neill's typical writing style and voice so eh.

That being said there is a lot that Neill packed into this installment that I did enjoy and wished we'd gotten more of in the previous books but it was nice to get a deeper exploration this time around. Better late than never as they say.

Phantom Kiss was a good read and will be missed when the next and final book closes.

 

 

Chloe Neill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Spurred On (Stripped Down #3) by Sabrina York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the owner of the Double S Ranch, Cody Silver knows what women want—all except the one that got away.

 

So when his high school girlfriend Sidney Stevens comes back to town for her sister’s wedding, Cody will do whatever it takes to prove that he’s a changed man.
 
After their explosive breakup, it took a long time for Sidney’s broken heart to heal—and she’s not about to risk it again.

 

She’ll tangle with Cody and live out her simmering fantasies, but when the time comes she’s going to walk away satisfied.
 
But love has a way of ruining the best laid plans, and Cody and Sidney are about to learn that what you want isn’t always what you need...

 

 

 

I wasn't so sure I was going to be on board with forgiving Cody which I never really did at the end but I had to set aside my prejudice for what he did to Sidney in their past to get into their actual personality bonding which chemistry wise was great however still a major no no in my book and not okay which reduced my rating a star.

I loved the cast and the world York created which was fun, sexy and entertaining.

 

 

 

 

Sabrina York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Fakers on Kindle

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Cloak Games: Thief Trap on Kindle

Cloak Games: Thief Trap by Jonathan Moeller: When 21st century Earth is conquered by magic-wielding Elves, Nadia Moran becomes a thief to survive, stealing valuable things for the cruel Elven lord Morvilind. But the Elves have enemies, and unless Nadia is clever, those enemies will kill her alongside the Elves…

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Bruce the Moose and Friends on Kindle

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If Only I Wasn't Lonely on Kindle

If Only I Wasn’t Lonely by Sigal Adler: Beyond the tallest mountains, in a forest far away, there’s a haven safe from tigers, where gentle animals stay. They hide there from predators and live a life of ease, eating lots of vegetables and fruit that grows on trees.

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The God Complex on Kindle

The God Complex by Michael Suskind: In 2021, a worldwide competition of seven billion people — every man, woman, and child on earth — begins. In strange…often comic…sometimes frightening…ultimately lethal events, participants battle against each other. M would love to give up. Now in his 45th Q&A Event, he is ready to give the wrong answer to the random, obscure question and take a dive. But then Jonathan appears. A stranger, who’s really not a stranger at all, prevents M’s fatal exit from the competition.

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Dead Bodies Bite on Kindle

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West bEgg on Kindle

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The Wimbourne Twins on Kindle

The Wimbourne Twins by N.C. Paisley: When Shannon and Maya return to Wimbourne after years of living in the mortal realm, Shannon can’t wait to improve her magical abilities. Since Maya was born without any magic, she’s not so enthusiastic. The last thing both of them expect is to get lost in Kandar, an unfamiliar magical realm. Facing unknown dangers, will the differences that divide them keep them from finding their way home?

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The Sun God's Heir: Return on Kindle

The Sun God’s Heir: Return by Elliott Baker: The Sun God’s Heir is a swashbuckling series, set at the end of the seventeenth century in France, Spain, and northern Africa. Slavery is a common plague along the European coast and into this wild time, an ancient Egyptian General armed with dark arts has managed to return and re-embody, intent on recreating the reign of terror he began as Pharaoh. René Gilbert must remember his own lifetime at the feet of Akhenaten to have a chance to defeat Horemheb. A secret sect has waited in Morocco for three thousand years for his arrival.

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Breaking the Darkness: Taken on Kindle

Breaking the Darkness: Taken by Felicia Starr: You must betray your heart and walk amongst the darkness in order to find the truest light. Opening her eyes to an imposing prison of complete darkness, Kasha is accused of possessing powers and abilities she had no previous knowledge of. Could a handsome man who vows to help her get away prove to be the man of her dreams… or perhaps her worst nightmare?

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Awakening: The Deep Sleep on Kindle

Awakening: The Deep Sleep by Victoria Boyson: Beloved awakens in a field of sleepers where an angel commissions her to liberate the slumbering army. Destined to wage war against the darkness, the army must awaken to destroy the enemy’s grasp on their realm. The fate of the world on her shoulders, Beloved must rise above the deceptive snares of her adversaries to fulfill her destiny.

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City of Masks on Kindle

City of Masks by Ashley Capes: Want a good dose of cloak and dagger with your epic fantasy? Then check out Ashley Capes’ Bone Mask Trilogy! Waking in Anaskar Prison, covered in blood and accused of murder, nobody will listen to Notch’s claims of innocence until he meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco. Follow Notch and Sofia as they struggle to uncover secrets, punish usurpers and protect each other from the tides of darkness.

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The Fire Mages' Daughter on Kindle

The Fire Mages’ Daughter by Pauline M Ross: Seventeen-year-old Drina just wants to hide away with her books, but as the daughter of two powerful mages, she has a unique ability. When a living god stirs the dark magic of the Blood Clans, she may be the only one able to tame him.

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Life: Citizens of Logan Pond (Book 1) on Kindle

Life: Citizens of Logan Pond (Book 1) by Rebecca Belliston: Her home. Her parents. Her freedom. Gone. His dreams. His sister. Himself. Lost. Two people. One future. The economy crashed, the country is floundering, and Carrie Ashworth struggles to keep her siblings alive. She has two jobs in her newly-formed, newly-outlawed clan: grow crops to feed thirty-six people and maintain contact with Oliver Simmons, their local patrolman. Carrie’s life is almost content when Greg Pierce shows up. A man with the ambition to help them survive. A man determined to hate her.

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The Blackout on Kindle

The Blackout by Stephanie Erickson: The world is thrust into darkness, but no one knows why. Without technology, Gary and Molly are separated across the country unable to communicate with each other.

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Irrationally His: The Collection on Kindle

Irrationally His: The Collection by Jessa Jacobs: Chelsea couldn’t stand Travis ten years ago when her mother married his dad and moved to his ranch in Montana. . . And Travis felt the exact same way. It’s surprising what spending some time apart will do, however. Nothing but trouble can come from them acting on their desires. The question is, just how much trouble are they willing to accept?

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Vittoria on Kindle

Vittoria by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat: A sweeping historical drama about the unforgettable Vittoria and her Jewish family in face of WWII. The story of the Italian Jewish community during the Holocaust, the drama of loss and despair, survival, and human triumph.

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The Blood Series (Books 1-3) on Kindle

The Blood Series (Books 1-3) by Tamara Rose Blodgett: As Julia fights to survive among vampires and werewolves who wish to possess her, she plunges into a dangerous world of intrigue and romance.

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Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair on Kindle

Scottish Werebear: An Unexpected Affair by Lorelei Moone: When romance novelist, Clarice Adler, hides herself away in a secluded holiday cottage to finish a book, the last thing she needs is another relationship. Imagine her surprise when she falls head over heels for the man who runs the place. Derek McMillan knows Clarice is his mate, but he’s a bear shifter and she’s human and the two simply don’t mix. They are literally worlds apart; can they find a way to come together?

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Awakened on Kindle

Awakened by Brenda K. Davies: The first book in the USA Today best selling series. Traumatized by her past, and struggling to move on from it, Sera has spent the past three years of college hiding herself from the world and content to stay that way. A chance encounter with Liam shatters her sheltered world, leaving her stunned and shaken by the strange feelings and emotions he arises in her, feelings she never thought she would experience and that frighten her in their intensity.

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Sex and Sorcery (Book 1) on Kindle

Sex and Sorcery (Book 1) by Sarah Hyde: Morgan Wright feels drawn to the secret all-boys university hidden in the woods. The school is rumored to train sorcerers who are crazy good in bed. Though that’s intriguing, the existence of magic is more appealing… until she meets Edric, a delicious smelling guard and her priorities change. Too bad about that one little celibacy clause…

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Breaking Up With Barrett on Kindle

Breaking Up With Barrett by Katy Regnery: When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett English’s image over business dinners, he approaches the gardener’s daughter, Emily Edwards, for the “job” of fiancee. And while love wasn’t necessarily on Barrett’s radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?

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Resisting the Bad Boy on Kindle

Resisting the Bad Boy by Gabi Moore: Living the wild life, bad girl Nyx was all about running wild. That is until one fateful night when a car accident killed both her parents and left her in the care of her controlling aunt. She’s accepted at Blackworth’s, an exclusive theatre college in London where she’ll learn to do set design for the country’s best stage productions. But the only condition? She’ll have to behave. When hot, unpredictable Adam Morgan enters the scene, Nyx is more than a little tempted, and realizes that being good is going to be harder than she first thought.

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Operation: Date Escape on Kindle

Operation: Date Escape by Lindsey Brookes: Kelsie Collins’ past has taught her there is no such thing as a perfect man, but those beliefs are tested when hunky firefighter Cole Maxwell comes to her rescue, not once but twice, and then sets out to prove he’s the perfect man for her!

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Making the Rules on Kindle

Making the Rules by Ali Parker: After having his hand slapped and career almost ruined several years back for falling for a student, Dr. Kendal Tarrington is done with love. The last place he expected to find her was at the hospital. Dana Young is a double major, business and nursing, and is at the top of her class on both accounts. When a handsome, young professor catches her eye, things begin to shift… for the better. Too bad she’s not at all aware of his rules.

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Rise on Kindle

Rise by Karina Bliss: The redemption story of a rock star going straight(er) through the love of a good(ish) woman.

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Game Change: A Nina Bannister Mystery on Kindle

Game Change: A Nina Bannister Mystery by T’Gracie Reese & Joe Reese: It is only with grave misgivings that Nina Bannister comes out of retirement to fill in as replacement principal of Bay St. Lucy High School. After all, a great deal has changed in the world of education, and such things as standardized tests have taken on a great deal more importance than she remembered. She could never have expected, however, the bizarre turn of events that makes her head women’s basketball coach and lead sleuth in the search for a murderer!

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The Death Dealing Game on Kindle

The Death Dealing Game by Nathan Gottlieb: Meet Emily Lynch, a hot-tempered, ex-Iraqi vet currently on suspension from the NYPD for hitting the booze too hard while on the job. She’s six-feet tall, rangy and strong, and has the looks of a runway model. As such, she’s the polar opposite of elite private investigator, Frank Boff. But they team up to investigate a double murder

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The House of Closed Doors on Kindle

The House of Closed Doors by Jane Steen: Illinois, 1870. To escape marrying her child’s father, Nell Lillington gives birth at a Poor Farm. When the bodies of another unwed mother and baby are found, Nell asks questions. To protect her child, she must leave the farm, but home isn’t safe.

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The Wave at Hanging Rock on Kindle

The Wave at Hanging Rock by Gregg Dunnett: A tale of three boys growing up on the wild Atlantic coast. In a parallel story, a young woman searches for her missing husband. And everyone has something to hide. At the end, the two stories come crashing together with a twist you won’t see coming.

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A Perilous Question on Kindle

A Perilous Question by Barry Finlay: While on vacation in Tanzania, a teenage girl asks Marcie Kane a perilous question that sends her on an unexpected adventure – saving this girl, and others, from an international human trafficking ring. Her attempts quickly spiral out of control.

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Sacrifice on Kindle

Sacrifice by Andrew Boylan: Blurring fact and fiction, Sacrifice drags readers into a waking nightmare where the evils of the past collide with the secrets of the present. Struggling filmmaker Benny Hernandez stumbles upon a brutalized body in the mountains. As he photographs the victim, he notices something hauntingly familiar about the wounds.

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The Mark Taylor Series (Books 1-2) on Kindle

The Mark Taylor Series (Books 1-2) by M.P. McDonald: Mark Taylor felt drawn to the camera he found in a dusty Afghanistan bazaar. After buying it, he discovers it produces photographs of future tragedies—tragedies he can prevent, but at what cost?

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One O'Clock Hustle: An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery on Kindle

One O’Clock Hustle: An Inspector Rebecca Mayfield Mystery by Joanne Pence: Accused of murder…and only one cop believes him. From a USA Today bestselling author who “provides laughter, love, & cold chills,” Inspector Rebecca Mayfield’s murder investigation takes a bizarre turn when a man on the run asks her to prove his innocence.

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If The Shoe Fits on Kindle

If The Shoe Fits by Laurie LeClair: What happens when a modern day Cinderella’s dreams don’t involve getting married? Romance? Love? Charlotte (Charlie) King doesn’t have time for either one. All she wants is her late father’s dream to come true by making his beloved King’s Department Store thrive again. However, her stepmother has another scheme.

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The Oasis of Filth on Kindle

The Oasis of Filth by Keith Soares: A realistic, gritty post-apocalyptic tale! Two known diseases combine in an unforeseen way, turning people into raging monsters. One man finds hope in the enthusiasm and drive of a young researcher, and together they stumble onto something that just might save the world… if anyone would listen to them.

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Visions on Kindle

Visions by Kimberly Readnour: Heather Reiner knows moving to a new town will not transform her into an ordinary teenager. But when Heather meets Barry Chandler, she learns secrets besides her own exist. As each mystical encounter unfolds, will Barry be like everyone else and run away? She wants his help, but getting Barry involved means exposing her “gifts” and potentially putting both their lives in danger.

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Misty Hill Reckoning on Kindle

Misty Hill Reckoning by R.B. Tetro: Laura Sanders and her family have lived in the peaceful, misty shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains for generations. When that peace is threatened by a corrupt sheriff, and the ruthless drug dealers he’s protecting, they’ll have to stand together with their friends and some unlikely allies if they hope to survive.

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The Toy Breaker on Kindle

The Toy Breaker by Roy Chester: A serial killer thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Someone is kidnapping children and leaving a broken doll on their pillows. Criminal profiler Hannah Nightingale must stop the killer.

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Psychic Visions (Books 1-3) on Kindle

Psychic Visions (Books 1-3) by Dale Mayer: A paranormal romantic suspense/thriller series, this is the first three books of the best selling Psychic Vision series bundled together into one volume.

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After the Evil: A Jake Roberts Thriller (Book 1) on Kindle

After the Evil: A Jake Roberts Thriller (Book 1) by Cary Allen Stone: Dr. Thaddeus Abrams is found murdered, the work of a prolific serial killer. FBI profiler Mika Scott arrives to lead the investigation at the Atlanta PD, where she was once Detective Jake Roberts’ ex-partner and lover. Jake’s in a steamy love affair with flight attendant Lori Powers. Tensions run high when Jake discovers who the killer is. Will they get there in time to stop another murder?

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Sam's Song on Kindle

Sam’s Song by Hannah Howe: Sam’s Song is a psychological mystery with a touch of humor and romance. Book one in the Sam Smith Mystery Series, Sam’s Song reached #1 on the Amazon.com private detective chart in July 2016. Currently, the series runs to ten books and has achieved a devoted following in America, Britain, and Europe.

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Everly on Kindle

Everly by Kay P. Dawson: Everly answers an ad as a mail order bride in order to fulfill the terms of her father’s will. Ben needs someone to help him raise the children left in his care. Will they be able to win against insecurity and a vindictive woman determined to keep them apart?

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Dead Man on Kindle

Dead Man by Domino Finn: Cisco Suarez wakes up in a dumpster without his memory only to find himself being chased through the streets of Miami by a voodoo gang. This suspense thriller is fast-paced with a hard supernatural edge. Can Cisco put back the pieces of his life and sort out friend from foe before he becomes a dead man?

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Stray by Elissa Sussman
Stray tells the story of Aislynn, a princess who misbehaves and must give up her royal trappings and enter a life of service as a fairy godmother.

Will Aislynn remain true to her vows and her royal family, and turn away from everything she longs for? Or will she stray from The Path and discover her own way?

 
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Chapter 1

Aislynn’s hands were bleeding. Her dress was stained with dirt and muck, her hair unraveling with each heaving breath. The scent of dampness, of mud and sweat, filled her nose. She was alone in the cold, dark garden, with a ruined dress and bloodied palms.

Through the nighttime came the muffled sounds of the spring ball, of laughter and dancing and people falling in love. Aislynn felt so very far away and wished that this was just another nightmare. That this was something she could be awakened from.

All of it was her fault. She should have tried harder, should have controlled the curse, should have remained on the Path. But there was no use wishing to change what could not be changed.

Soon they would come looking for her. With a trembling hand, Aislynn brushed the dust from her gown, careful not to bloody the material, and tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear. Glancing at the destroyed rosebushes strewn across the dirt, Aislynn went though the gate, up the stairs, and back to the ball.


That morning she had woken tangled in sheets and nightmares. The linens were easily discarded, but the dreams lingered like smoke. In them she was always alone. Alone in an unknown forest, with sharp branches and a round, waxen moon above her.

But last night had been different.

Last night there had been footsteps. They had echoed in the dark, and Aislynn had searched the shadows, turning round and round until a pair of yellow eyes appeared in front of her, as if they had been there all along. Above her, the clouds had shifted, and the moonlight revealed the creature. A long snout and wet, wide mouth. A wolf.

No matter how many times Aislynn prayed for a chaste heart, no matter how often she vowed to keep her desires pure, every evening her wild wishes followed her to bed, sprawling across her pillow and tangling in her hair. Jealous, prideful wishes. And as she slept, they wrapped themselves around her and twisted into nightmares.

Aislynn knew she was to blame. No good girl had such dreams, of darkness and moonlight and now of wolves. Of animals so fierce that they lived off brambles sharp enough to cut their pink tongues. The dream was a warning, a reminder that a maiden’s heart was capable of growing both roses and thorns. That if she was not careful, if she was not diligent, her step along the Path would falter.

Aislynn stood and faced the wall. Crossing her wrists over her chest, she could feel the warmth of her heavy gold locket against her palm. She dropped to her knees and, in a sleep-sore murmur, recited the words inscribed on the pendant.

“I will accept the Path I am taking. I will not stray. I will not yearn for what I cannot have. I will heed the words of my advisers and guard my loving heart against cursed magic. Ever after.”

As Aislynn’s heartbeat settled back into a slow, steady rhythm, she heard the soft patter of footsteps and the rustle of uniforms in the hallway. Her bedroom door opened, letting in Tahlia, tea, and the beginning of the day.

Aislynn would not mention last night’s dream. She forced a smile and sat back on her bed, smoothing her nightgown tightly around her stockinged feet and legs. Just another secret to keep.

“Good morning,” said Tahlia as she set the tray down on the vanity and pulled back the curtains, inviting bright spring sunlight into the bedroom. From behind, the fairy godmother barely looked like a person, more like a soft triangle in her wimple and loose robes. As was traditional, her uniform hid all but her hands and face. She returned Aislynn’s smile, only hers was easy and sweet, the corners of her green eyes crinkling.

“What would my lady like to wear today?” Tahlia asked, dropping sugar cubes into the tea with two soft plinks before opening the massive wardrobe to reveal the dozens of blue dresses inside. Without waiting for a response, the fairy godmother retrieved two gowns. The one she passed to Aislynn was a cotton periwinkle dress that had been worn dozens of times. Pretty and simple.

The other dress Tahlia hung carefully next to the mirror. It was exquisite. Made of a rich satin, the vibrant sapphire color was slightly muted by a layer of organza across the massive skirt. Blue lace and delicate beading decorated the long sleeves and high collar that were customary for a young lady from the Northern Kingdom.

But it wasn’t the sleeves or the neckline that had Aislynn’s attention. It was the rose. Now that she was sixteen, it would be embroidered on each of her gowns: a rose in perfect bloom over her heart.

Disappointed that she had to wait until the evening to wear the beautiful gown, Aislynn stepped into the cotton day dress. Tahlia tended to the endless line of buttons down its back, and Aislynn did her best not to flinch each time her fairy godmother’s fingers brushed against bare skin. No matter the warmth of the room, or the heat of the season, Tahlia’s hands, like all fairy godmothers’, were frigid.

The morning bell rang just as the last button was fastened. Slipping into her shoes, Aislynn followed Tahlia out of the bedroom and down the stairs to breakfast.


Four years at Nerine Academy, but to Aislynn it had never felt anything like a home. Until a girl was settled into her married life, everything else was only temporary. It was best not to get attached, and the academy made it easy. Everything was stone, hard and bleak. Though Northerners were fond of embellishments, the only decorations the headmistress tolerated were the enormous tapestries. The one outside the dining hall portrayed a young woman with her head arched back, her mouth open in a silent scream. Between the hands crossed over her heart was a tangle of briars tearing through her chest, bloodying her fingers. She had black hair like Aislynn’s.

The familiar sounds of gossip and laughter floated into the corridor as Aislynn made her way into the dining hall. At the sight of the lone figure seated at the farthest corner table, she walked a little faster.

Maris didn’t look up when Aislynn approached, her attention focused on the blond curl she was twisting between her fingers. Her other hand was tracing the embroidered rose on her yellow dress.

“Morning,” Aislynn said as she took the seat opposite her friend.

“Morning” was the sullen response.

There was a burst of laughter from across the room where the other, more favored girls were seated. Maris cast an envious look in their direction.

Guilt filled Aislynn’s chest. Someone should have told Maris, when she had arrived at Nerine last season, that offering friendship and kindness to someone like Aislynn meant sacrificing her own social standing within the academy.

Selfishly, Aislynn was glad for Maris’s misstep. At least now they had each other. She cast a covert look behind her, where half a dozen girls were seated separately, their heads down, trying not to draw any attention to themselves.

The room grew silent as the headmistress entered the dining hall, followed by a line of equally stern-faced teachers. Their robes were nearly identical to the ones fairy godmothers wore, except for the embroidery over their hearts.

Aislynn crossed her wrists over her chest as Madame Odette led them all in the morning prayer. “May our hearts be modest and our steps unwavering. Ever after.”

Both Aislynn and Maris were silent as breakfast was set in front of them, a bowl of porridge for each, accompanied by a dish of brown sugar and a platter of fruit. Adding large scoops of sugar, Aislynn stirred her food until it was nearly the same shade as her skin.

“You’re going to eat that?” Maris asked as Aislynn took her first bite. The porridge was too hot and burned her throat as she swallowed. “You know it’s a bad idea to eat on the day of a ball,” Maris said.

“Of course.” Aislynn quickly pushed her food away. “Thank you.”

“Someone ought to remind Sariah.” Maris was looking over Aislynn’s shoulder with a smirk. Aislynn glanced back. The girl in question had already finished her breakfast and was now eating from the platter of fruit. “I still can’t believe she’ll be Contained before me. Maybe if my father was a lord . . .” Maris pressed her spoon hard against the table. “You’ll probably be Contained within the season.”

“Do you think so?” Aislynn said, surprised. To become engaged, let alone marry, soon after being Introduced was quite unusual.

“Of course.” Maris laughed, the noise empty and forced. “Truth and honesty, Aislynn, whomever you marry will get to be king. It doesn’t matter what you look like.”

Aislynn’s father was one of the handful of kings in the North. Like all kingdoms, the North had one first-class monarch, who ruled over the entirety of his country. Under him were the second-class kings, who oversaw several provinces, each in turn run by third-class dukes. And below those were the fourth-class royals, like Maris’s family, who managed their own lands and servants. Once her father died, Aislynn’s husband would take on the responsibilities of king and manage Nepeta and its surrounding provinces.

Aislynn knew that Maris was right, that it was her status that would be tempting to suitors, but she couldn’t help wishing there were other reasons she could be Contained so quickly. A dangerous heat began to flicker in her chest, and Aislynn took a deep breath, willing away her vain and wicked thoughts.

“At least no one can tell I’m from the West,” Maris said, pushing blond strands back from her pale face. Indeed, of the two of them, it would be easy to mistake Maris for being northern born, where her coloring was more common. “The last thing I’d want is to look too . . . exotic.” She eyed Aislynn’s dark hair, but there was a hint of jealousy in her gaze.

“I’m sure you’ll be Contained soon.”

Her friend glared at her. “Of course I will,” Maris said. “Have I told you about the shoes I’ll be wearing this evening?” There was nothing Maris liked to talk about more than her small feet and delicate shoes, so even though Aislynn had already heard about them, she shook her head and let the other girl launch into a detailed description.

“Well, they have tiny stitching across the heels, and each toe is embroidered with a single perfect yellow rose, so when anyone bows to greet me, they will see the rose and be reminded that I am in bloom.” Maris had previously mentioned that her gloves would also be embroidered with yellow roses, so the added embellishment to her shoes seemed like a rather desperate indication of her status.

But Aislynn said nothing. She supposed that being so close to turning seventeen without a proposal of marriage would make someone very desperate indeed.


On any other day, the time between breakfast and lunch would be occupied by lessons in needlepoint and calligraphy, both of which had been canceled due to the evening’s events. As Aislynn was an artless student of both, she was grateful for the respite. Since the ball was to be hosted at Nerine Academy, time that would usually be spent traveling could now be used for reflection and contemplation.

Aislynn had hoped to spend this time with Maris talking more about their dresses for the evening, but the other girl claimed sleepiness and retreated upstairs to nap. So Aislynn went to the library, which was blessedly empty. From the window seat, she could see the enormous hedges that wrapped around the ballroom, its balcony, and the small gardens below.

The layout of Nerine Academy was not unlike a person lying down with her arms spread out and her feet together. With the kitchen at the head, the classrooms and the second floor dormitories occupied what would be the body and legs, while the dining hall was one arm and the ballroom the other.The library was in one of the feet.

Aislynn’s stomach growled. She was disappointed that Maris had gone to her room. For several weeks now, she had been searching for the courage to suggest to her that they become each other’s lady-in-waiting. It was a title reserved for only the most loyal and loving of friends, someone who would be completely truthful and honest. Young maidens were encouraged to find such a companion so they would refrain from annoying their husbands with the silly topics of conversation that women preferred. Occasionally there were rumors of friendships that had developed further than was appropriate, but advisers were quick to extinguish any such entanglements.

Aislynn would ask Maris tonight after the ball. Or before that, when they were getting ready. Maybe during lunch. Yes, during lunch, she decided as she watched the sun climb in the sky.


Their table was empty when she entered the dining hall hours later, so Aislynn took her usual seat and waited. It wasn’t long before the room filled with girls and giggling as her classmates made their way to their places.

“Eating alone, Ashy-linn?”

Shoulders tensing, Aislynn stared straight ahead, refusing to meet the amethyst eyes she knew were watching her. Violaine had not bothered her for weeks, harassing other students instead, but it had been foolish to imagine that such luck would last.

“Is your lady-in-waiting keeping you waiting?” Violaine moved closer, her cotton day dress brushing against Aislynn’s back. She sighed loudly. “I just heard her crying in her room. Probably about having to eat with you again.” There was a ripple of laughter, but Aislynn clenched her jaw and said nothing. “Truth and honesty, you know Maris only tolerates you because your status is higher than hers,”Violaine sneered. “It’s not as if she actually likes you.”

Aislynn knew the other girl wanted to make her cry. She had done it before. When she first arrived at the academy, Violaine’s favorite activity had been stepping on the hem of Aislynn’s gown whenever they walked past the headmistress or other teachers. She never got caught. Instead, it was Aislynn who was always punished, since a proper lady never stumbles.

One time, though, Aislynn had turned just as Violaine was lowering her foot. Aislynn’s toes got caught under Violaine’s sharp heel, and as pain shot through her, she grabbed Violaine’s shoulders. With a gasp, the other girl shoved her to the floor, but not before Aislynn felt magic surge through her palms, faster than she could control.

“What happened?” the teacher who had rushed to the scene demanded.

With a smug look on her face, Violaine had opened her mouth to answer, but instead of words, a tiny frog slipped from her lips. It hit the floor next to Aislynn before quickly hopping away. Violaine’s shriek had shattered the silence.

Aislynn had been confined to her room for over a week. By the time she was allowed back in the dining hall, the story had been respun, and the tiny frog had become a nearly endless stream of toads and snakes and Aislynn had become someone to fear. For good reason, she supposed.

When a proper young lady had an occurrence, she might change the color of her hair ribbon or slam a door that she wasn’t touching. When Aislynn had an occurrence, she made girls spit toads or worse. She could still picture her first time, when she had lit a pile of books on fire.

“I suppose it’s not your fault,” Violaine said now. “Wasn’t your father a Westerner? Wasn’t he one of hers?”

Aislynn didn’t want to hear any more. Uncurling her fingers, she lifted her hand from her lap and raised her eyes to meet Violaine’s.

“Ribbit,” Aislynn murmured.

Violaine jerked back, her skin so fair that it seemed translucent. Her companions shrieked and scattered.

A throat cleared. Glancing up, Aislynn realized that the entire room had gone still. All eyes were on Madame Odette, who was watching the events with a displeased tilt of her head. The headmistress beckoned, and Aislynn walked to the front of the room on shaky legs. As she passedViolaine and the other girls, they cowered away from her. Aislynn allowed herself the tiniest sliver of satisfaction.

But as she curtsied in front of the teachers, that satisfaction was quickly replaced by shame, and she did her best not to flinch when Madame Odette rose from her seat.

Her words were as withering as her gaze. “I think it would be best for you to take your lunch in your room.”

“But I didn’t . . . ,” Aislynn blurted out, regretting the words instantly. Talking back to a teacher was nearly unheard of, but contradicting the headmistress was unthinkable. The entire dining hall seemed to gasp.

“‘Journeys,’ chapter fourteen, verse twenty-four.” Madame Odette’s words were loud enough for everyone to hear. “Now remove yourself from my presence, or your punishment will be even more severe.”

Aislynn could hear the other girls snickering as she curtsied again. The distance from the teachers’ table to the door felt longer than her sixteen years. As soon as she was out of sight, even though it was against the rules, Aislynn raced all the way up the stairs as if she could outrun her humiliation and impudence. Slamming the door of her bedroom behind her, she struggled to calm her uneven breathing and rat-tat-tat pulse.

Sitting on the dresser was her copy of The Path. She didn’t need to look up the passage the headmistress had recommended. She knew it by heart.

“‘The flowers farthest from the Path have the sharpest barbs,’” she murmured to herself. Curling her fingers around the book, Aislynn willed the words to calm her. They didn’t. Instead she felt her chest tighten with anger and frustration. Sucking in a breath, she drew back her arm.

“Thorns!” she swore. With a tremendous heave, she sent the sacred text flying.

As it hit the wall and tumbled down, the reality of what she had done, the wickedness of her actions, jolted Aislynn out of her self-pity. She rushed to the fallen book and scooped it from the floor. Some of the pages were bent. As she smoothed them down, Aislynn reminded herself that she was the one to blame. She wouldn’t be treated this way if she didn’t deserve it.

Her entire room served as a reminder of that. The headmistress had forbidden Tahlia to perform any permanent fixes, but her fairy godmother had done her best to hide the worst of it. From where she sat on the floor, Aislynn could see under her bed, where the cream carpet was stained with uneven splotches of color, as though someone had spilled purple and yellow ink all over it. The wallpaper, once blue, was now streaked with green and covered in scorch marks.

Aislynn hated her room.

There was a soft knock at the door, and Tahlia entered with a tray of cheese and fruit. “I thought you might want some lunch,” she said.

Avoiding Tahlia’s gaze, Aislynn pressed The Path against her chest. “Thank you.”

“I’ll start your bath,” the fairy godmother said, piling a robe and dressing gown into her arms before disappearing into the bathing room. In a few moments the bathwater would be heated just right, and it would remain at the perfect temperature until Aislynn was ready to get out.

Her stomach grumbling, Aislynn sat down at the vanity and reached for one of the strawberries Tahlia had brought her. Most of the girls regarded their meals in the same way they regarded their fairy godmothers: as a displeasing necessity. That was Aislynn’s problem. One of her many problems. She was overly fond of both.

It would be easier if Tahlia were more like the others— distant and detached—like the fairy godmother Aislynn had been given when she first arrived at Nerine.

Returning the strawberry to the tray, Aislynn opened The Path and turned the thin pages carefully until she found the chapter on fairy godmothers: “Servants of Purity.”

“Embrace her heart, but do not hold her close.
Though she is pruned of all desires but devotion,
her thorns can still draw blood.”

Gently resting her fingers on her chest, Aislynn imagined a copper kettle there, between her ribs. When she was lucky, when her thoughts were pure and good, the kettle remained cool and still. But there were times when wickedness would overcome her, and she would begin to simmer, her terrible desires churning and boiling until her kettle heart cracked, magic spilling from her like scalding water.

Aislynn felt Tahlia’s hand on her shoulder. This time she welcomed the cold—it pulled her away from her unpleasant thoughts. Once submerged in her bath, Aislynn rested her head against the smooth porcelain and slid down beneath the bubbles. Filling her ears with the soft, round sound of water, Aislynn calmed her mind with fantasies of the night ahead.

She tried to imagine the suitors Adviser Hull would present to her father. It was commonly said that men married up for power, down for beauty. Aislynn’s husband would be the future king of Nepeta, and a man could forgive a lot to be king. Or so Aislynn’s teachers had told her.

With the fragrant water embracing her, Aislynn imagined herself a beau who was handsome and tall, who gazed down on her with such love and affection that the entire room would stare. She imagined his cheek warm against hers.

It would have been nice to stay in the bath all day, floating among her fantasies, but there was too much to be done. Aislynn wrapped herself in her long dressing gown and stepped into her bedroom. Tahlia had cleared the untouched tray of food. She had also set out clean undergarments and stockings, which Aislynn quickly put on. It had been a long time since her fairy godmother had seen Aislynn’s legs, and like the walls of her room, they were something that could not be fixed.

Spread out across the bed was the blue satin gown Adviser Hull had chosen for her. Everything followed his design, from her hairstyle to the length of her sleeves and the height of her heels. Next to the dress was the original sketch, in Adviser Hull’s formal, linear style, which portrayed Aislynn with a tiny waist and hips in equal balance to her shoulders.

The corset would help, but she shuddered as she glanced at the stiff boning and silken ties draped over a chair. Next to the corset was a full underskirt so sturdy that it could stand on its own. Smoothing her hand over the dress’s slippery soft fabric, Aislynn pictured a suitor taking her waist and imagined how his fingers would feel through the layers of satin and linen.

Tahlia returned. It was time to prepare. The corset was first. Taking her last deep breath of the evening, Aislynn allowed her fairy godmother to begin lacing up the stiff contraption. With each tug, she reminded herself that a smaller waist might garner more dance requests.

Those who were kind would say that, in looks, Aislynn was the perfect combination of her parents. While she didn’t have her mother’s Northern complexion, they shared the same long fingers and eggcup chin, a chin that seemed far too small for Aislynn’s face. Her wavy hair and large brown eyes were an inheritance from her Western father, along with skin the color of toasted bread. But while his was lovely and smooth, her cheeks turned a splotchy red when she blushed. So while she appreciated these gifts, she couldn’t help wishing that she could also have been given her mother’s thinly shaped nose and her father’s easy smile. Or Maris’s delicate feet and Violaine’s arresting eyes.

Before arriving at the academy, Aislynn had not given much thought to her looks. But students were expected to help one another recognize their flaws, both to maintain their humility and to encourage self-improvement. Aislynn’s fellow classmates had been quick to point out the areas in which she was lacking.

Watching herself in the mirror as Tahlia made the final adjustments to her unruly hair, Aislynn tried to clear her mind of jealous, covetous thoughts, the same desires that undoubtedly conjured last night’s dreams. She didn’t need to be beautiful to get married. Maris was right. It was her royal rank that would secure her future, not her looks. And it was wrong to want what she did not need.

 

Dirty Money (Roughneck Billionaires #1) by Jessica Clare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boone Price and his brothers know oil; at least, the dirty, backbreaking side of working an oil rig. But when their scrubby, worthless hunting land turns out to be sitting on top of one of the biggest oil wells in North America, they go from the rig to the boardroom and end up billionaires practically overnight.

Now with enough money to do whatever he wants, Boone is developing a taste for fine things. And the finest thing he's ever seen is Ivy Smithfield, local realtor. Boone's determined to buy her affection and show the world that he's more than just a dirty fool with a bit of money. Ivy's classy and beautiful - she'll make the perfect trophy wife. The fact that she's sexy and funny is just a bonus.

There's one tiny problem - Ivy's as dirt poor as Boone is. Her carefully crafted veneer of luxury? All an act to promote her business. What's Boone going to do when he finds out the woman he's falling for is, well, in his league?

 

 

 

I don't really understand this portrayal of "tough guys" as assholes to the women they're attracted to or how its supposed to be alluring but personally its rather off putting to me personally as a woman. The whole chauvinistic I'm he man you're woman do my bidding - watch me swagger thing does nothing for me right now. Its too much too heavy and doesn't give any romance vibe between Ivy and Boone. 

He's so into himself that its hard to see that he can even see Ivy at all beyond his own reflection. Its off putting. Neither of the few intimacy scenes make up for it.

While the story itself is decent I just didn't care for them as a couple. Too opposites to make an attract.

 

 

Jessica Clare

 

 

 

 

 

 
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As most of you know Krissys Bookshelf Reviews has a lot of adult books in its review inventory but that isn't the only kind of books that I read and I love to share the books I love. 

 

So I've decided to feature some of those other reads.

Even though there wont be full reviews written for the children/kids books that I'll feature I will be posting a rating status for them.

 

That's where the hungry caterpillar comes in.

 

I'm sure most of you who know who he is if you've read Eric Carle's books. Which happen to be one of my favorite hence I've used him as my inspiration for ratings.


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How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back (White Trash Zombie #4) by Diana Rowland

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back - Diana Rowland

 

 

 

It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party.

It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends—and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction..

 

 

 

 

I think I mostly loved everything besides the easy out at the end. It seemed just a little too simple to threaten to release the *you know what* to the public and have the exit door that was so direly needed at that minute.

It was quite a bit of build up for something that felt so eh once it was said and done.

Still not sure how I feel about the Andy thing either but time will tell I suppose.

What I did like was the fact that Angel was pulled out of her current comfort zone and really sort of I don't want to say blossomed but she rather came into her own quite well.

You can feel the change that she's mate from the person she started out as (even though there's still quite a bit of it left) to the one she is now.

I especially loved the "Godmother" scene which was wicked great.

There's some not so clear issues when it comes to intimacy and personal relationships but things are definitely changing on more than one level for Angel.

I really enjoyed this installment to the WTZ series I hope it continues for a long time to come beyond the next installment and beyond. There is so much to this world that's only just beginning to be explored and I hope we get to see more of it.

 

 

Diana Rowland

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Kids Corner: Busy Busy Town by Richard Scarry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Lowly Worm, Huckle Cat, and other beloved characters for a day in Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town. Visit the school, the farm, the post office, and many more fun and exciting places in this classic book that teaches little ones all about what goes on in their very own communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Tips

 
 
 
Cheap dust prevention covers - Freezer bags are a good cheap way to protect important books from the "elements and exposure" if you cant afford pricey covers.
 
Spills - Paper towel dry every 30 pages with fresh slats of paper towels to absorb moisture from pages tucking them near the "gutter" of the book keeping weight on the exterior to prevent "waving" of pages in order to keep them flat. Repeat process for at least 48 hours changing the paper towels in a new place every hour or so to ensure that any moisture the paper towels have absorbed don't reabsorb into the book again.
 
Yellowing - Keep books away from sun or bright direct light / don't mix magazines and news papers with books, the chemicals from both can "contaminate" books and cause staining of the pages, the covers etc just as leaving a book in direct sunlight can cause "bleaching". So be aware of leaving books in direct light. Avoid exposing books to UV and ultravoilet light / florescent /black lights - they also bleach color from book covers.
 
Dusting up keep: use mini  vacuum (with soft brush) / feather duster / computer air spray/ microfiber cloth to gently clean books. Do this regularly. Dust is a books worst enemy.
 
"Laminate" book covers
Here are some ideas for those who can't afford the expensive stuff or the machinery for professional book covers.
Options :
last resort -  Packing tape "jerry rigged cover" - I would not recommend as this would no doubt damage a book in the long run but I have seen it done.
 
best cheap option - Clear contact adhesive rolls- you can buy them at the store from $5-10 a roll in the home improvement section.
 
Opening a book: Stop spine "snapping". Ever open your book too far and hear it "crack?" that's the snap I'm referring to. 
Instead gently open the book from the exterior covers. Gently stretch to prevent snapping or breaking of interior seam/ spine of the book by laying it flat opening one cover flap then the other slowly allowing the pages to "yawn" so that it gently stretches and allows the binding to open without breaking its hold. - Never force a book open. Forcing a book open damages hard back and paper back alike. 
 
Gapping the spine - Do not use bulky book marks. Leaving bulky bookmarks in your book will cause "gaps" that will stretch and warp the book ultimately damaging it. The slimmer the bookmark the better. Thick bookmarks will cause stretching and uneven bending of the spine and make it fall apart faster. Do not lay books face down and open faced it will cause damage to the books spine. Do not "dog ear" pages of the book to save your place, folding the corners of your pages will eventually create tear away pieces.
 
Price / author/ autograph/ discount stickers
Options:
When removing stickers do not use heavy pressure / do not press hard / gently dab at the area instead.
last resort - Rubbing alcohol (may spread ink and stain covers)
nail polish remover - (may absorb through paper and damage cover warp cover art)
hair dryer - (heat carefully to prevent possible heat damage / warping and or fire risk)
tape - stick and peel (beware that may also damage cover art if not done carefully)
best option - Goo Gone (don't soak! tap gently into sticker until peels off )
suggestions: use a ear swap or cotton ball. Tap gently until it has time to absorb into sticker then gently peel away then lightly wipe away excess tack gum or residue from cover.
 
Cover Peeling: craft adhesive spray / Mod Podge (dries sticky or "tacky" if done outer cover done inside properly will prevent bubbling and warping and will re-stick cover layer)
Hard back glue dry off or separation - glue guns are best option but don't over do the glue, lay a line and clip the backing to keep it in place and let sit until glue seals. 

Shelving - Stack books in standing position with all like sizes to prevent spinal and body warpage.
 
Molding - Prevention of mold is important - too much exposure to moisture can cause molding and staining of the book and its pages. Books need to be kept in cool dry and dark areas for long lasting shelf life. Owning a Dehumidifier may help maintain personal library rooms filled with books in homes with excessive humidity. However, keep in mind that too much dryness and or heat can cause paper and leather to dry out and crack or split and crumble.
 
Foul Scent - Books are highly porous! obviously. They're paper - they will absorb pet smells, allergens, cigarette smoke, body oils and various scents they are exposed to so its better to keep them out of areas that may cause them to absorb these things. However if you are someone who buys used from yard sales, estate sales, used retail and it picks up a funky smell you can try sealing the books with a deodorizer / air freshener for a few days to help alleviate this issue but its not guaranteed it will work 100%.
Last resort stink treatment - (This treatment is not for special valuable or antique books / I wouldn't risk them trying this) However  you can also attempt to remove mildew/ musty  or other smells by trying to use baking soda and placing the book in a plastic bag sealing it and storing it in a cold freezer. It may take up to a few days to a week for the smell depending on how bad its been absorbed to be removed. Again not guaranteed. Make sure to use paper towels or cloths on either side of the book while in the freezer to absorb any moisture then use denatured alcohol to lightly wipe down front and back of the book after the removal from the freezer. Make sure bag is sealed completely before placing into the freezer to prevent moisture exposure - keep in mind this treatment doesn't always work 100% or with all books so please try other alternatives before attempting the freezer solution. 
 
Storage - Keep your books in an air tight acid free container.
 
Packing - Stand books up spine to spine then pack extra space with non acid paper or filler to prevent slippage and or extra damage. Always pack books with similar size and weighted books. Heaver books can be carried easier in smaller boxes, lighter smaller books in bigger boxes. 
 
 
I want my books to last forever: 
Books wont keep forever. Books naturally age and break down due to the fact they are made of natural degradable materials. You can store them in dark cool exposure free boxes to prolong the life of books but eventually it will give way to age but if taken care of well your books can last quite a while. 
 
 
 
Creepy Crawlies: 
Keep in mind to prevent exposure to bugs - books are great food and nesting grounds to plenty of bugs that can become quite an issue so be aware not to allow bugs to damage your books.
 
Antique:
For older books handle with acid free or cloth gloves / paper fingers to prevent oils from absorbing into the books - rest aged book on soft pillow or surface. 
 
 
Shelving books- Do not lean books when you place them on a shelf. Leaning will cause warping. Books laid paper side down will cause "sinking", do not over pack shelves allow air flow for circulation which is crucial for books, for large heavy books lay on side so that its flat without putting strain on book, do not remove book on a shelf by using a spine to pull it from the shelf using a books spine to remove from a shelf causes stress on the spine. 
 
Long Term:
A long term shelving with low care and exposure risk idea is to cover your shelves with plastic sheets or bed sheets to prevent dust and other risks to damage your books. 
A great idea for those willing to invest the extra cash are buying "closed" shelves with glass doors or wood doors. Shelves with doors saves the books in the long run its less upkeep and saves on the time you will spend on dusting, save on exposure to dust, environmental changes etc.
Also doing a book rotation to alleviate pressure that is placed on any books at the end of your shelving line is a good idea if your shelves have been too tightly packed. Again not a good idea to do in the first place. There should always be some "wiggle" room. Books too tightly packed on a shelf can cause them to "rot" from the inside if they aren't allowed to "breathe". 
Your heaviest books should go near the lowest shelves so that their weight doesn't cause warping of your shelf slats the lightest books should go at the top.
 

Ideas for magazines:  
Seal magazines in plastic covers or bags. A handy idea to shelve magazines if you do not have a proper magazine sorter with slat supports for comics is to invest in either a file organizer or a stand up desk top magazine file so that you can slide them in and out without allowing the comic to "rest" or be smashed or damaged etc when shelving. Also this allows for good labeling and organizing for proper cataloguing.
 
For leather bound covered books:  Don't use leather or suede sprays oils or treatments, they can actually cause damage to the book material. 
 
Bathroom:
Do not store or read books in bathrooms. As much as anyone I love to soak in a bubble bath and read however its a water risk, a moisture / humidity risk, and a danger in case of dropping your book into the tub.  Never ever read while you are on the toilet.. fecal matter can disperse from flushing for up to fifteen to twenty feet and handling books without washing your hands can "transfer" ickness. Plus its insanitary and gross. 
 
Food and Drinks: 
Be careful when eating or drinking while reading as food and drinks can find their way onto your book if you aren't careful. 
 
 
Writing:  
Don't color or write in your books especially in limited/ first editions or collector items etc, it can reduce the worth of the book. Also personalizing books using markers pens can damage the book. If you plan on donating the book try to refrain from personalizing books as well unless you are using a cover flat that can be removed. Not everyone appreciates the journey their books have made into their hands. 
 
Grimy
Keep your books clean. Very light damp cloths with a touch of antibacterial soap can help clean excess dirt /grime etc from a book cover. Keep in mind not to expose antique collectable leather or cloth bound books to moisture - even to clean them. 
 
Shelving arrangements
Book shelves should be arranged near interior walls so that they aren't exposed to temperature or environmental changes. Bookshelves should be kept away from windows so they aren't exposed to weather risks or sunlight. Shelves should be arranged away from potential flood sources. 
 
 
 
 
Floor Plans:
Great shelf alternatives for anyone who doesn't have much floor space are wall shelves or media shelves. Wall shelves are off the floor and out of the way, media shelves are more slender and don't take up as much room because they're meant to store cds and dvds but they work great for books as well. 
 
More tips coming soon!


Communty support always at hand

Reblogged from SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews :

We always knew that BookLikes community is special. It's not different now. BookLikes blogger Murder by Death has created a support group to help newbies and regular BookLikes blogger take the best advantage of BookLikes. The group is called How to BookLikes and it's very open waiting to be explored. We would also like to draw your attention to several other discussion rooms that may come in handy when hanging on BookLikes.

 

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How to BookLikes Group by Murder by Death

Intro: This is a group created to help BookLikers get the most out of BookLikes. Tips on adding books and editing books, using your shelves efficiently and customising your blogs will be gathered here for easy reference. Threads will be available to ask questions and get answers from the wider community...

 

Several more groups to join:

 

Book club: Bookish Box Swaps by Jessica (HDB)

The home of the bookish box swap! Send a box filled with book related goodies, and receive one in return!

 

Find New Booklikes Blogs To Follow

Find new people to follow, let new people to find you. This group is dedicated to finding new people to interact on Booklikes. Let's keep the discussion sections in minim, clean and readable. Ideas, suggestions should be directed to Think Thank- discussion. This is a group for everyone and anyone. This is a result of good community and great teamwork. Let's connect.

Booklikes Bookish Bingo Club by Moonlight Blizzard

A place for Booklikes Bingo updates and other outreach to the wider booklikes community!

 

BookLikes Librarians Official Group

A place where BookLikes Librarians can work together, talk, discuss, share ideas how to improve BookLikes and the BookLikes book catalog. Welcome BookLikes Librarians! :-)

If you wish join BookLikes Librarians team, request a membership.

 

This group is created to gather BookLikes community together and provide its members with the support. If you wish to let the BL team know that something is not working right, please use the Bug reports thread.
Recently we've also added a directory with all BookLikes blog posts which present the insights into BookLikes features and some tutorials.
 
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Movie Night: Criminal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a last-ditch effort to stop a diabolical plot, a dead CIA operative's memories, secrets, and skills are implanted into a death-row inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative's mission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                    

 

                 

Criminal is basically Self-Less with a different story line. Not at all impressed, didn't care for Costner or his character portrayal, didn't care for Reynolds doing the same thing over again. Too repetitive and too similar. Way too long and drawn out.

 

 

 

 

Movie Night: Legend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                    

 

                 

One of Tom Hardy's best roles. Honestly I think that Hardy is pure genius. He starts as clay and will mold himself for every role until he's the epitome of perfection.

I mostly loved this movie simply for his acting and portrayal of both the Kray brothers.

I do wish that viewers had gotten more backstory on their life the things they did etc which we get a glimpse of but I really thought this was a fantastic movie.

The love story although a little eh gave the film a little softness which would have been a full action flick had they gone with the violence angle but it softened the sharp edges.

Tom Hardy is what this movie is - Legend. I love it.

 

 

 

 

 

Krissy's bookshelf: read

Reaper's Stand
Archangel's Shadows
To Love a King
Touch a Dark Wolf
Gray Bishop
The Viscount's Christmas Temptation
The Second Chance Hero
Loving Him Off the Field
Only Enchanting
Final Lap
Hunt the Jackal
Linger
Before You Break
Priestess Dreaming
Scandal And The Duchess
Hunters
Rival
Sci-Fi Nights: Alpha Bad Boys & Wild Girls of Futuristic Romance
Frayed
Love Bites


Krissy's favorite books ยป

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