Sep 03 2015
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Book Review: Stray

Book Review: Stray

I’ve had my share of DNF reads this year, mostly because I want to keep my pace and get on to next book if I can’t keep going with the current. Not all DNF books from this year have meant something bad, some I have made note to go back at a later time when there’s more room in my schedule (or to put on to my reading list for 2016) and try again. But then there are the ones where I just know I’ll never want anything to do with again because there was something about them. I can’t even begin to push on or try, or take a break and try again. They made my head hurt. My …

Sep 01 2015
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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Characters We Didn’t Click With

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Characters We Didn’t Click With

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic: Characters That Didn’t Click With Us

One of the most overused phrases from conflict resolution discussions is “conflict of personalities”. This also bleeds into the bookish world: there are just some characters you are not going to like, period, and we wish they would get hit by a bus.

Okay, no seriously, there are some characters that we just don’t jive with. We never really form that connection. We might like some of their friends or their boy/girl-friend, but if we see them in the metaphorical hall, we’re gonna duck into that metaphorical bathroom to avoid making small talk with them.

This …

Aug 31 2015
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Book Review: The Accident Season

Book Review: The Accident Season

I was sent this ARC unsolicited for review. My opinions are my own and not influenced by the ARC I received.

The Accident Season started out really well. I loved the writing, though it got a bit purple at times, and there was a whole lot of creepy stuff going on. The premise is amazing: accident-prone family and the mystery surrounding why that happens every October.

But here’s the thing. I am not the type of person that likes to be taken for a ride, and this book felt very misleading and disingenuous to me. It was not honest about the story it was telling. This was not a fantasy book at all, though it comes off that way for 75% of …

Aug 29 2015
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Garden Gazette: August Wrap Up

Garden Gazette: August Wrap Up

 

The Garden Gazette is a feature here at Great Imaginations. Instead of doing weekly Stacking the Shelves posts, we’re going to be doing a monthly wrap-up on the last Saturday of every month. This will open up the weekends for more posts from us, and is also another way to bring the three of us together in one post – which is one of our favorite parts of co-blogging! The Garden Gazette will include our book hauls, past posts, challenge updates, and more.

Kara: We have a tropical storm coming! It’s my first since moving here! So if I’m not online for the first part of this week, it’s because I don’t have powerrr!

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Aug 28 2015
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Forgotten Fridays: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Forgotten Fridays: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Forgotten Fridays is a monthly feature here where the three of us get together to read an older book and discuss it. There are sometimes spoilers, but we always try our best to avoid them.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly Series: Calpurnia Tate #1 Published by Square Fish on January 4th 2011 Genres: middle grade, historical Pages: 340 Format: Paperback Buy on Amazon Goodreads

Calpurnia Virginia Tate is eleven years old in 1899 when she wonders why the yellow grasshoppers in her Texas backyard are so much bigger than the green ones.With a little help from her notoriously cantankerous grandfather, an avid naturalist, …

Aug 27 2015
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Book Review: Uprooted

Book Review: Uprooted

Once again, I picked up another novel when the tides of hype turned and actually sold the book, instead of chasing me away from it. I’ve been burned by so many books that had 5 to 4 star ratings filling the pages. Yes, I know it is okay to dislike a popular novel. But it still doesn’t mean I enjoy being the black sheep of the group.
But when the right things are said, and when the people you use as your book thermometer tell you that the water is perfect, you’re going to want to dive in. Uprooted is another book this year that I grabbed because there was so much love and outstanding praise for the book that it …