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  • Errant on Aug. 02, 2011
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    A short story set in the same universe as the killer unicorns in Rampant and Ascendant, Errant is just as awesome as Rampant. I like unicorns; when they’re bad. Luckily, Diana Peterfreund’s unicorns are just the kind of unicorns that I love to read about. Errant starts off a little confusing as you’re not too sure whats happening, who it’s happening to and why it’s happening but as you read on things become quite a lot clearer and it’s quite an interesting story. I love Diana’s writing, I’ve read Rampant and a short story in the Zombies Vs Unicorns anthology and her writing was just as superb as in Errant. The words flow and the descriptions are pretty vivid so you can imagine what these unicorns look like immediately. Another really good thing about Errant is that while it is set in the same universe as Rampant and Ascendant you don't really have to have read them to enjoy the story. You'll be missing a bit of the back story but it works quite well as a little introduction to the universe of the killer unicorns. I liked both main female characters, they were both really different and I really liked that. The ending was quite surprising as I did not expect it but it was still really good. Errant is a very short story so it doesn’t take too long to read. I really enjoyed it and if you’re a fan of Diana’s Killer Unicorn series then you’ll definitely love this one as it runs along the same veins. Definitely check it out if you haven’t already.
  • One Night With The Fae on Aug. 11, 2011

    One Night with the Fae is a short story told from multiple perspectives about a girl who gets lured into the land of the fae and in particular one of their parties and how she must escape before something sinister happens. I enjoyed reading One Night with the Fae. It was a short, sharp story and while there wasn’t much character development you didn’t really need it to enjoy the story. I’m all for reading about fae creatures and One Night with the Fae was a really fun and interesting look into their world. It’s definitely something that a lover of fae creatures would enjoy. I thought the story line was really interesting and the fact that it changed perspectives all the time added extra insight into what was going on and it was just a really unique way to show the events of the story unravelling. I’m usually a bit apprehensive about reading books in multiple perspectives because they can often get confusing but this one did it very very well. That being said, One Night With the Fae was extremely well written and I will definitely be reading more from Claire Farrell.
  • No Way Out - And Other Scary Short Stories on Aug. 11, 2011

    No Way Out features three stories. The first one was quite different. I wouldn't go so far as to say it was spooky but it was interesting. I kind of expected it to go a certain way but then it did the opposite of what I thought it would, so that was an enjoyable surprise. The ending had me a little confused for a while too. I had to sit and think about it for a few minutes. The second story I couldn't really get into. Mostly because there was a lot about baseball cards in it and I don't really know anything about baseball cards so it distracted me from the point of the story right until the end when I realised that the focus wasn't on that part of the story. Other than that, it was quite a clever story. I think the third and final story was my favourite. It was quite interesting in that, this one was actually quite creepy. I tend to get spooked easily by things that are creepy and this last story had me feeling a little nervous. Overall, I quite enjoyed the book. It was a nice quick read and I look forward to finding more stories from this author.
  • Hide-n-Go-Coffin and Other Short Stories on Aug. 12, 2011

    Hide-n-Go Coffin contains three stories with a slight twist at the end. I really enjoyed reading them actually. I loved all three stories. They were really spooky for starters, it probably didn’t help that I was reading them alone on a Friday night at about 10 pm. I always get creeped out pretty easily. Each story starts off quite nicely and it’s really fun reading through them and then when you get to the end it has this little surprise twist and it makes each story even more exciting than it already was. This is the second novella of short stories I have read by MJA Ware and I can definitely say that I’m really loving them. Each story is really unique and really fun.
  • Doodling on Sep. 08, 2011
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    Doodling is a light, fast-paced novella that while seemed to have a humorous element to it, was actually quite deep at its core. Neville falls off the earth because it is going too fast. From there, he encounters a few little worlds on asteroids created by others who have also fallen off the earth due to it going too fast. I got a few laughs out of some of the goings on. Of course, all the events point to the idea that sometimes when things get a bit hectic and a bit crazy, it’s a good idea to take time out and focus on something little that makes you happy. Overall, I would say that Doodling is a really neat little story and I really enjoyed reading it. I liked that it seemed to be a light, funny read but at the heart of its core was a message. It’s definitely worth a read. Not to mention, I also really love the cover. The simplicity of it and the pretty colours just make me absolutely love it.
  • The First Dragoneer on Sep. 23, 2011
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    The First Dragoneer was a really interesting novella that hooked me into the story straight away. I’m always a fan of fantasy and this one was definitely interesting. Of the two main characters I believe that Bren was my favourite. There was one part in the novella that I got a huge surprised and was really hoping that things would turn around for the best. Overall, I really enjoyed The First Dragoneer and definitely piqued my interest enough that at some point I shall be reading the series.
  • Bedtime Stories for Cats on Dec. 12, 2011
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    Bedtime Stories for Cats is a cute little book about cats and is basically written from cat’s perspectives so you are getting a glimpse into the mind of a cat. I thought it was quite well done as well as I really felt like I was reading the sort of things that a cat would be thinking. I enjoyed all the stories in the book. They were short and sweet but still really fun to read. I liked that this book was nice and short and I could read a story between doing little bits and pieces. There were a couple of times where I let out a little laugh. The stories were definitely enjoyable. As someone who owns a black cat I was particularly fond of the story that mentions black cats as being luck magnets and they only release the luck through their affection for others. I thought that Bedtime Stories for Cats was a really neat little book that any young cat lover would enjoy. As someone who has cats I thought this book was a fun and pleasant little read.
  • A Lonely Ghost Girl on Jan. 16, 2012

    A really good short story. Will definitely be on the lookout for more books by the author.
  • Nikki and the Vampire on Jan. 16, 2012

    So good! It's so short but so good. The ending took me completely by surprise.
  • Neon on Feb. 11, 2012

    Fun little read. Just as awesome as the other short stories by Yaritza that I've read. This one had the little twist ending that I have come to love as well.