29/100 Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno

Okay, when I say I read this, I do admit I did not read every word of every glossary and index found in the back. There were several really neat knitting patterns in this book. I enjoyed reading the tips, the graphics were wonderful, I have a much better grasp of how to spin fine after reading this book. I also have a much better understanding of what I am looking for in a knitting yarn and why yarn is spun in a particular manner. I think that if you are a dedicated knitter hoping to get into spinning this is certainly a book for you. If you are a spinner that wants to spin knitting yarn then read this book and watch the video ‘Spinning for Lace’ they both have great tips.
If you are a spinner that spins for fun and knitting is a very far back burner hobby, then this is not the book for you.
All in all an interesting read!

28/100 Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken

This was a pretty good book, well book and a half really. The initial story, the beginning of the series, is a fascinating introduction to a very interesting world. There was a little too much graphic sex once that got started but the characters were funny and easy to relate to. If you are looking for a very ‘girl power’; ‘girls unite’ mentality like in her Crow books then you will be a bit disappointed. However if you are looking for strong female characters that know what they want and work hard to get it, then this is a decent book.

My favorite part was when the main character thought that the knight and dragon were separate entities. She had to make a hard decision, Aiken didn’t skip over that decision but included that aspect of the story.
I found this to be an enjoyable read, not wonderful or compelling me to get the next book in the series but enjoyable. I plan on reading the next book in the series to see if the writing develops to the level I am used to from this author under their other pseudonym.
It is my opinion that the ‘prequel’ half story adds to the background, but really is more graphic sex than much else.

27/100 Weaving the Rainbow by George Ella Lyon, Stephanie Anderson (Illustrator)

This is a really neat children’s book that introduces the processes of raising sheep, shearing, spinning, dyeing, warping a loom, and weaving. Since it is only about 30 pages long, all of which have very few words (and beautiful pictures) this is a lot of information to get across to the readers. I believe that this was done very well, the entirety of the processes done by the farmer were done in the most environmentally friendly manner; dyeing with natural plant-stuffs, shearing gently, etc. If you are looking for a way to introduce children, or even adults, to the world of textiles this is a beautiful way to do so.

26/100 Loup Garou by Mandy M. Roth

This was barely more than a waste of time.  The premise was interesting, the characters had some potential and if time had been spent developing them this might have been an interesting book.  I can overlook some graphic sex, but when the majority of your plot line is jumping from one bout to another I get bored.  There were some interesting parts about being part-fey part-vampire; as well as childhood secrets.  There was just enough potential for me to keep reading, but I certainly cannot recommend this book unless you like a lot of sex.

25/100 Hex on the Beach by Gina LaManna

This was a very interesting read.  It began quite serious with a tinge of humor.  From there things just went sideways.  A successful executive on her way to a promotion winds up meeting family she never knew she had and is told that she is something that shouldn’t exist.  From there things get interesting.  There is some world development, but not as much as you would expect from a series so off the wall.  It is interesting how the author manages to balance character development and world building so that you sort of feel like there wasn’t enough of either.  I am interested enough to explore the next book in this series, and honest enough to admit I love that she breaks all of the rules on accident.  This was described as Stephanie Plum meets Harry Potter, this first book did not eventuate that level of humor but I can see the faintest beginnings.  Note: If you don’t want to read the second book don’t read the Epilogue.

24/100 Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb

This was a heart-wrenching book.  If mentions of rape, spousal abuse, or murder make you feel ill then this is not the book for you.  More than anything this book shows how Eve Dallas has grown as a person throughout the series.  She manages her issues, without denying them any, and still manages to be the cop she needs to be for her victims.  Both the Dead Body (who was a jerk of the highest class) and the survivor of the attack.  If I go much further then I’m going to start spoiling the ending.  If you are looking for a book that is in turns heart breaking and laugh out loud funny then this is the book for you.  There are a couple of semi graphic, consensual, sex scenes that I skipped over.  Honestly, I’ve listened to it three times and I have started the fourth.  After this time I’m going to have to listen to something else or really fall behind on my reading!

23/100 Prince of the Moon by Megan Derr

This is a heart wrenching book, I found myself crying for the prince at one point.  In this book taking out the crimes of the mother on the son is taken to the extreme.  While the prince is allowed to grow up and there is no physical abuse visited upon him the effects of neglect and emotional abuse are certainly present.  Then one day a man comes, a witch, that the prince had written to so that he could break the curse his mother laid upon the land.  From there love blooms, well you’ll have to read the rest to find out how it turns out.

There were a couple of scenes of graphic sex, but most of the plot was heart rending and sweet.  If you like a good Gay Romance with a fragile prince and the dashing witch come to rescue him *except that’s not why he really came* then this is a good book for you.