Title: The Water WitchAuthor: Juliet DarkPublisher: Ballantine BooksStatus: Available now*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.Description:(by goodreads.com)After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring… .The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.My Review: So lol this book. When I requested it from Netgalley I didn’t realize it was the second in the series but luckily it didn’t really matter the author gave you enough background to know what was going on without having read the first one. Also it seemed that if you had read the first one, the background details weren’t gone through in the play-by-play method that P.C. Cast uses that annoyed the hell out of me. (why did I waste all that time on that YA vampire series I do not know -__- )Anyway this book was entertaining I know I found it humorous when it wasn’t meant to be but it was cheesy bad but in a good way.  There were elements of danger, and the love scenes were … sorry funny but all and all I’m not sorry I read it. I might go back and read the first one we’ll see.Overall Rating: 4.5/7

Title: The Water Witch

Author: Juliet Dark

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Free thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for my Honest Review.

Description:

(by goodreads.com)After casting out a dark spirit, Callie McFay, a professor of gothic literature, has at last restored a semblance of calm to her rambling Victorian house. But in the nearby thicket of the Honeysuckle Forest, and in the currents of the rushing Undine River, more trouble is stirring… .
The enchanted town of Fairwick’s dazzling mix of mythical creatures has come under siege from the Grove: a sinister group of witches determined to banish the fey back to their ancestral land. With factions turning on one another, all are cruelly forced to take sides. Callie’s grandmother, a prominent Grove member, demands her granddaughter’s compliance, but half-witch/half-fey Callie can hardly betray her friends and colleagues at the college. 
To stave off disaster, Callie enlists Duncan Laird, an alluring seductive academic who cultivates her vast magical potential, but to what end? Deeply conflicted, Callie struggles to save her beloved Fairwick, dangerously pushing her extraordinary powers to the limit—risking all, even the needs of her own passionate heart.

My Review: 

So lol this book. When I requested it from Netgalley I didn’t realize it was the second in the series but luckily it didn’t really matter the author gave you enough background to know what was going on without having read the first one. Also it seemed that if you had read the first one, the background details weren’t gone through in the play-by-play method that P.C. Cast uses that annoyed the hell out of me. (why did I waste all that time on that YA vampire series I do not know -__- )

Anyway this book was entertaining I know I found it humorous when it wasn’t meant to be but it was cheesy bad but in a good way.  There were elements of danger, and the love scenes were … sorry funny but all and all I’m not sorry I read it. I might go back and read the first one we’ll see.

Overall Rating: 4.5/7

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Title: The Water WitchAuthor: Juliet DarkPublisher: Ballantine BooksStatus: Available

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Title: Smallest of EntrywaysAuthor: Cristen Hemingway JaynesPublisher: Humanitas Media PublishingStatus: Available now*full disclosure: Bought Description: (by goodreads.com) The Smallest of Entryways (2012) is a collection of nine short stories by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, the great-granddaughter of Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway. The stories in The Smallest of Entryways paint a picture of a child, at first helplessly affected and then, as she grows into an adult, shaped by the alcohol dependence of her mother. The stories were written over a twelve-year span; this is her first collection. It is published by chum literary press, the author’s own imprint, in association with Humanitas Media Publishing, which also will publish chum literary magazine starting in 2013.My Review:Dark Brilliant and Beautiful.“The Smallest of Entryways” is a collection of short stories that is mesmerizing. If you’re a fan of the short story then you’re in for a treat with these.The Author, Cristen Hemingway Jaynes took great care in her imagery, and word choice; every story came alive off the page. Although I found all the stories to be fantastic there were three that stood out above all others. “Laundromat,” “Vienna Sausages” but my all time favorite has to be “Wax.” That story is so beautiful, that I almost want to give it all away, (but you really need to read it for yourself.) “Wax” was so striking that I actually teared up at the ending with the Snowy imagery. Those three make it into my top 20 favorite stories of all time. I Highly recommend “The Smallest of Entryways” to everyone whether you’re a short story reader or not.Overall Rating: 6.5-7/7 

Title: Smallest of Entryways

Author: Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

Publisher: Humanitas Media Publishing

Status: Available now

*full disclosure: Bought 

Description: (by goodreads.com) The Smallest of Entryways (2012) is a collection of nine short stories by Cristen Hemingway Jaynes, the great-granddaughter of Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway. The stories in The Smallest of Entryways paint a picture of a child, at first helplessly affected and then, as she grows into an adult, shaped by the alcohol dependence of her mother. The stories were written over a twelve-year span; this is her first collection. It is published by chum literary press, the author’s own imprint, in association with Humanitas Media Publishing, which also will publish chum literary magazine starting in 2013.

My Review:

Dark Brilliant and Beautiful.

“The Smallest of Entryways” is a collection of short stories that is mesmerizing. If you’re a fan of the short story then you’re in for a treat with these.

The Author, Cristen Hemingway Jaynes took great care in her imagery, and word choice; every story came alive off the page. Although I found all the stories to be fantastic there were three that stood out above all others. “Laundromat,” “Vienna Sausages” but my all time favorite has to be “Wax.” That story is so beautiful, that I almost want to give it all away, (but you really need to read it for yourself.) “Wax” was so striking that I actually teared up at the ending with the Snowy imagery. Those three make it into my top 20 favorite stories of all time. I Highly recommend “The Smallest of Entryways” to everyone whether you’re a short story reader or not.

Overall Rating: 6.5-7/7 

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Title: Smallest of EntrywaysAuthor: Cristen Hemingway JaynesPublisher: Humanitas Media PublishingStatus: