The Ghost of Buxton Manor by Jonathan L. Ferrara

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathan L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016
Date Finished: December 29, 2016
Genres: YA, Paranormal Romance, LGBT, Fantasy

Pages: 400
Publication Date: October 12, 2016
Media: Kindle

“Michael, don’t forget our Neverland.”

For nearly a century, the ghost of 17 year-old Rupert Buxton has been trapped in his childhood home. He spends his days reading, roaming, and trying desperately to recall his former life. Hope is restored when a boy his own age moves into the manor—a boy he quickly becomes fascinated by. This peculiar, modern boy is the first person that Rupert has been able to reveal himself to, and just might be the key to help him discover his mysterious past.

The Ghost of Buxton Manor is a young adult, LGBT paranormal fiction centered around historical figures Rupert Buxton and Michael Davies—the inspiration behind the real Peter Pan.


This novel is an utter delight.  It’s based on real historical figures, Rupert Buxton and Michael Davies, the latter whom inspired J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Rupert Buxton has haunted the mansion that was once his family estate for nigh on a hundred years.  He neither knows the cause of his death nor why he’s forced to linger in limbo as the shade of a 17 year old youth.

Three events throw Rupert’s afterlife topsy-turvy.  The appearance of Dr. Wyman, his spectral therapist; a strange ghostly trio of Bloody Mary, the Weeping Bride, and the Headless Horseboy; and finally the arrival of Caroline, George, and most importantly Aaron to his long deserted home. Rupert feels an immediate connection to Aaron, and despite Dr. Wyman’s warnings to stay away, he’s unable to resist.

Initially, Rupert is merely a spectating spector to Aaron and family’s modern life, but eventually the two boys discover a way to bridge the divide.  Rupert is precious and charming.  His speech affectations are indicative of an earlier time as evinced by many of his turns of phrase such as calling Aaron’s laptop a “futuristic typewriter.”

I was able to figure out a major plot point, but that in no way stole any of the joy from this tale.  One of the things I loved was how Aaron’s parents knew he was gay, and it was a non-issue.  There are plenty and more narratives, fictional and non, about parents who don’t accept their LGBTQ children.  It’s been done over and over again, and showing parents/guardians treating it as normal, helps to show that it is.  The unaccepting parents paradigm wasn’t the adversary in this story, rather it was the mystery of Rupert’s past and how the two boys could possibly be together.

I only have one critique, and it has to do with how a particular character’s inflection was written out.  She had a French accent, and the author chose to show that phonetically.  It was a bit distracting, but didn’t take away from the overall quality of the story.  I only recently read the editing tip advising against this, making it one situation where you can tell and maybe minimally show with a particular phrase thrown in here or there.

Rupert has a sad, sweet whimsy about him, which balances perfectly with Aaron’s almost stubborn determination.  Aaron’s parent’s aren’t just nondescript automatons either, but stand on their own as original characters, and Mr. Ferrara does an excellent job on touching on the mysteries of the ghost world that not even Rupert is privy to.  There’s also the sweet reference of the author using the name “Aaron” for Rupert’s soul mate as that’s the name of his husband.  They have a blog Husband and Husband together in addition to a YouTube channel.

Considering I cried at the end of this book, I have no choice but to give it…

5 stars.

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The State of the Writer: 1/5/17

<–The State of the Writer: 12/31/16          The State of the Writer: 1/12/17–>

A weekly post updated every Saturday discussing my current writing projects and where I stand with them.  This will include any and all work(s) in progress (WIP) be they creative writing, essays/analyses, or reviews of any type.

Project: Story
Title:
The Broken Rose
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Fanfiction (FFVII) Novel
Current Word Count:
Prior Word Count: 277,196
Word Difference: -76
Status: Editing
Progress: Fourth edit of Chapter 7

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The fourth edit of Chapter 7 is pretty much a breeze.  I appear to have corrected all of the issues the first three times around.  Above is a picture of another of the flowers Sephiroth picked for Aeris, because I like irony, and it’s also a way for him to help her return to herself.  He choose seven in total, because I also like meta.

With luck, I’ll be posting Chapter 7 by this weekend, and as you can see the State of the Writer post is now on Thursdays to allow me more time on weekends to work on essays and the like.  We’ll see how this goes.  Everything is really just a big experiment.

Quote: “Is there anything you can’t do, master?” she whispered, pulling herself even closer, wanting the sound of that steady, strong heart to vibrate though her skin.  Doubly blessed for low voice through black leather surrounded her, too, with its thrum.

“I can’t change the past,” Sephiroth murmured so sad as his pulse churned the darkness.  She lifted her eyes to find him through silver and her adoration was nearly too much.  He could not accept it, this absolute trust, this gratitude, joy, and much more.  *Yes, I did ‘save’ her I suppose in a way, but that cannot repay my dark deeds.*  “Aeris…” he murmured to keep his voice whole.  “How can you look at me like that?”


Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016
Date Completed: December 29, 2017
Genres: YA, Paranormal Romance, LGBT, Fantasy

This book was utterly delightful, and I really wish I could shoehorn in some time to write the review, because they’re so important to authors.  I started the preliminaries and saved the draft, but I keep pushing back the actual work.  Initially, it was going to be Monday then tonight, but now I have it wedged into Saturday.  Well since I no longer have this post (SOTW) to do, I may be able to bang it out and work on my next essay.


What are you currently working on?  Is it a creative writing project, essay, review, or something else?  Have you just started something new or are you wrapping up a long term project?

<–The State of the Writer: 12/31/16          The State of the Writer: 1/12/17–>

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The State of the Reader: 12/28/16

<–The State of the Reader: 12/21/16          The State of the Reader: 1/4/17–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 3

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 48%

Missing children and usurper kings.  This could be ASOIAF.  Rather I think Martin just borrowed from popular mythology, seeing as his motifs are quite common there.

I’m almost 50% done with this.  There’s no chance I’m finishing it before the end of the year.  I have much better luck with the other two.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 81%

I love this story so much.  I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas this year, which makes it loads easier to read, since my phone still has a busted screen.  I got through almost two chapters today at lunch, and the plot is heating up.  I have some very strong suspicions who the “big bad” of the novel is going to be, but I”ll hold off on mentioning anything so I don’t spoil it for future readers.  Even if my guess is correct, it won’t ruin the story for me.

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 53%

I’m letting my interest in what’s going on with the world contend with my dislike of Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship.  Each chapter brings us closer and closer to what’s going on with the blight and who this nefarious “her” is.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

I’m worried about my friend.  I sent her a message yesterday, but still haven’t heard back.  She could just be busy, but I tend to be a paranoid worry wart.  I’m hoping I either hear back or see a story update.

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 4

Title: Seconds
Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Date Added: December 23, 2016

I really need to up my game with the comics on my TBR list, because this one as reviewed by Ignited Moth sounds phenomenal.  Magic mushrooms and a written wish could give you another chance.  I’m dying to know how this proceeds, because nothing ever pans out the way you expect in stories like this.

Title: The Killing Moon
Series Title: Dreamblood
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Date Added: December 23, 2016

I’m trying so hard not to add new books to my list, but Cupcakes and Machetes reviewing these amazing books isn’t making it easier.  I have Jemisin’s Thousand Kingdoms series on my list, and I really need to get on that.  This book in question just sounds amazing: harvesting the power from dreams and keeping the peace.

Title: The House of Mirth
Author: Edith Wharton
Date Added: December 24, 2014

I almost added this to my to-be-reread list since I technically read this years ago for a high school (maybe college) class.  I sort of remember it, but I more remember I enjoyed the writing style.  I don’t think I ever finished it, though I do know how it ends.

Title: The Age of Innocence
Author: Edith Wharton
Date Added: December 24, 2016

I figured since I’m adding Edith Wharton books I might as well add this other one I’m interested in.  Wasn’t Age of Innocence also a movie?  Am I recalling that correctly?  Either way, it’s now on my TBR list, and I’m going to eventually read it.


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 537
Change from Last Week: +4


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0

Even though the number says 0, I bought a shit ton of books this week with my Christmas Amazon GC money, but I’m going to wait until they’re in my possession to add them, so you’ll see them in drips and drops.  I also have a Barnes and Noble gift card.  I’m debating if I’m going to order online or go to the physical store.  I really want that Hyrule Historia, but I don’t know if the B&N in Wayne has it in stock.


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 12/21/16          The State of the Reader: 1/4/17–>

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The State of the Reader: 12/21/16

<–The State of the Reader: 12/14/16          The State of the Reader: 12/28/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 3

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 45%

I didn’t make any percentage progress, but I did read a chapter or so.  Since this book is so long, getting through only a few pages doesn’t net me much quantifiable progress, but rest assured, this is not a book I’m going to be putting down.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 70%

It’s getting very interesting in Buxton Manor and its environs.  To say anymore would be to give a major part of the story away, and I want people to read this to not only enjoy a good tale, but to give the author support!

I also realized I’m a dumbass and never put a link to the author’s blog.  I’ve remedied that under his name above.  It goes to a post about pre-ordering a physical copy (which it’s too late to do now, since the book is out.  I have it on Kindle), but there are other links below for it.  You know what, I’ll just link to the first sample chapter.  That seems to make the most sense, and I’ll retain the link for as long as I’m reading it.  Hopefully Jonathon won’t mind!

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 42%

So I now have an ever bigger gripe than Feyre and Tamlin’s insta-romance.  Suddenly, the story turned a bit rapey.  No rape happened, but there were some “I was looking for you” shenanigans, which is okay, but then it turned into what could be considered an (non-sexual) assault and then afterwards a “it’s your own fault for not staying in your room.”  Um, what the fuck?  Then later, an apology with flowers.  Um, yeah, that’s par for the course to an abusive relationship.  Thorns/Roses is obviously better written than Twilight or Fifty Shades of Gray, but I’m not going to let that excuse things like this.  I’m still planning on finishing it, and I’m hoping something happens that’ll redeem the story and that particular character a little, because right now I’m really not impressed with the latter, even though I’m enjoying the former.

I will say the Beauty and the Beast vibe is obviously stronger, and I can certainly see shades of the Scottish ballad about Tam Lin, as the titular character in that was changed into a beast (among other things), while his true love Janet forced herself to hold onto him for the time of 21 heartbeats.  I’m curious how Maas might weave this poetry in.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

Still no update on this.  I may shoot the author a message on tumblr (if it isn’t down as I’ve heard), not just to inquire about the story, but also to see how she’s doing.

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 3

Title: A Lion Among Men
Series Title: The Wicked Years
Author: Gregory Maguire
Date Added: December 17, 2016

This was one of my husband’s White Elephant presents.  I don’t think he was overly interested in it, but I have Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister already on my TBR list, and this is the third book in the series.  I’ve always been a fan of retellings and have heard good things about Mr. Maguire’s.  I’m hoping I do enjoy Wicked as I was sort of ruined from liking the musical by overzealous friends/fans.

This volume follows the exploits of the Cowardly Lion and what’s really drawing me to it is how the animals of Oz are treated like second class citizens in the kingdom.  I’m really curious to see the interplay of that.

Ah okay, in looking up Confessions, that’s apparently a standalone, and the book in question is in a different series entirely though they’re both by the same author.

Title: Maresi
Series Title: The Red Abbey Chronicles
Author: Maria Turtschaninoff
Date Added: December 18, 2016

Don’t let the “red abbey” part fool you, this is not a tale of Redwall.  It’s a novel of a more realistic haven where women and girls can escape and heal from abuse and oppression.   The titular character, a 13 year old novice, arrived there in the winter, and now lives happily protected by the Mother and exploring the vast library.  She takes another girl, Jai, under her wing, and learns it will take more than books to fix the ills of society.

I’m trying to curb the amount of books I add to my TBR list, which is why the numbers have been lowered, but when I saw Kim review this, I knew I had to make an exception.  I’m going to (eventually) do another sample download to try to remove as many novels as possible if they don’t strike my fancy, but this may very well not happen until after the holidays.

Title: Nemesis
Author: Brendan Reichs
Date Added: December 20, 2016

Again I’m really trying to curb the number of books I add to my TBR list, but meteors and serial murders are just too much for me to pass up.  Is Min dreaming of a past life or a future death, and how does Noah fit in with his nightmares of murder?  Is he Min’s murderer?  And then we have the Anvil, a giant meteor/asteroid that could wipe out life on earth.  All you need do to pique my curiosity is entice my VII sense.


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 533
Change from Last Week: +3


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 12/14/16          The State of the Reader: 12/28/16–>

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The State of the Reader: 12/14/16

<–The State of the Reader: 12/7/16          The State of the Reader: 12/21/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 3

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 45%

I’m still on the Third Branch, and I just keep climbing the tree.  The poetry in this compendium is magnetic.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 62%

I’m starting to really not like a particular character whom I don’t want to mention so as to not spoil anything, but I’ll say I don’t think he has Rupert’s best interests at heart.  The eponymous ghost is such an endearing character.  His adorable descriptions of modern objects is so charming, for example how he calls Aaron’s laptop a “futuristic typewriter.”

One thing I’m enjoying about this novel is the mystery.  How the hell are Rupert and Aaron ever going to be together when the former is dead?  I have no doubt Mr. Ferrara will have an amazing solution/conclusion, and even if I’m write about that fore mentioned character, it won’t take anything away from the narrative.

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 42%

I made some serious progress on this book this week.  As mentioned before the ends of the chapters lend themselves to dive into the next.  Additionally, the novel has a serious Beauty and the Beast vibe to it.

Feyre is becoming less annoying, but I have to bring up a particular critique usually unique to romance stories.  Since the blurb already mentioned it, this isn’t a spoiler.  We the readers are made to know that Feyre and Tamlin are going to fall in love, lust, or what have you. The issue I have is how quickly it occurs.  Now, I’ve written enemies to lovers stories…in fact, that’s pretty much all I write (wow really??), and one of my worries is just that: the change is too abrupt, but the one thing I try to do in order to forestall that is establish attraction even amongst loathing early on (this was far more important in my original novel The Serpent’s Tale, but not so much in Northern Lights since the enemies thing was already mitigated by time and circumstance, though I still established early attraction)  This sets the standard and also adds a layer of potential self-loathing/self-criticism for each character in finding their enemy or adversary attractive.  However, when the turn comes, it flows a bit better, because we know there was attraction between the two sides that can be explored once the source of the hatred is either mitigated or extinguished.

My issue with Thorns/Roses is that it happened far too fast with nothing to really lead up to it.  It’s an abrupt change in Chapter 18.  It’s certainly not a deal breaker in terms of me finishing the novel, but it was highly noticeable.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

Hoping the author updates again soon.  I’m dying to see how she handles the finale of the game and how Celes and Setzer’s relationship is going to work out in the aftermath especially since the last chapter I read had them finding Locke #lovetriangle

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 2

Title: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
Author: Theodora Goss
Date Added: December 11, 2016

One of my old high school friends marked this as TBR, which brought it into my sphere of notice, but Ms. Goss is already an author I follow on Goodreads and here.  This is a tale of “monsters'” revenge, women created through terrifying experimentation.  If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know full well that characters created by cruel and obviously unconsenting experimentation is a morbid fascination of mine, and questioning who the true monster is is a favorite pastime.  I’m incredibly interested in this story.

A brief note that may lead me to annoyance.  This book is currently rated at 1 star with no review as to why, and I worry the rater might be a troll.  Even if I don’t finish a book, I don’t give it a rating lower than 3 stars without explanation, because bestowing such poor measure on a novel without reason is detrimental to authors, and as a wannabe one, I’d never subject a potential contemporary to such treatment.  I feel this way about all artists.  I haven’t read a novel by Ms. Goss yet, but I have read her blog, and I find little there to warrant such a meager assessment.

Title: Rest in Piece
Author: B. W. Ginsburg
Date Added: December 12, 2016

This is a debut novel by fellow blogger G.W. Ginsburg that was brought to my attention by the well read Kim of By Hook or by Book.  Ms. Ginsburg (whom I will be following as soon as I finish writing this up) has a blog with the same title as the book here and an informative and creative blog here.  You should know by know I highly favor supporting up and coming authors, so I recommend checking out her blogs as I have done.

The blurb for this story reminds me of The Lake House; even though I’ve never that movie, I’m still aware of that facet of plot.  The two characters are connected even though they’re decades apart, and Louise holds the key to saving a nine year  girl who disappeared two decades earlier.  It sounds like there might be time and space shenanigans going on, and I’m interested and intrigued.


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 530
Change from Last Week: +2


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 12/7/16          The State of the Reader: 12/21/16–>

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The State of the Reader: 12/7/16

<–The State of the Reader: 11/30/16          The State of the Reader: 12/14/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 3
Change from Last Week: -1

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 44%

There’s a forlorness about this compendium that haunts many myths, but that just makes me love them more.  I still have no hope of finishing this before the end of the year, and I only have three books left to fulfill my Goodreads goal.  Judging from the fact it took me nearly half a year to get to less than 50%, I severely doubt I’ll read more than that in the next three weeks.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015
Date Finished: December 4, 2016

Media: Hardback
Progress: Completed

I have reached Asshai and beyond.  My time in The World of Ice and Fire is done…for now.  I’m not going to write a formal review of this since it doesn’t really lend itself to that.  I’ll say it’s a wonderful resource to any ASOIAF fans who wish to know a more about Planetos, and it’s compiled as though a maester wrote it.

I currently have no reference books in my possession that I want to read.  There are a number on my list that I don’t own such as the Hyrule Historia, the Sepher Yetzirah, or Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth that I’d love to get my hands on, but I doubt that will happen before Christmas.  I do own The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen Hawking, but I don’t have any desire to read that right now.  Not that I don’t care about quantum physics.  In fact I just saw an ASOIAF video (oddly enough) that was talking about that very thing today, but it’s not something I’m in the mood to read about.  I do have more ASOIAF reference books, but I don’t want to dive into another one back to back.  I think I’m going to just add another reading day to A Court of Thorns and Roses and maybe see if I can get that finished before the end of the year.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 55%

I realized that there was a Peter Pan/Neverland connection to this story fairly quickly, but it was brought to my attention recently how deep this connection goes.  Rupert Buxton is a real person.  I knew about Michael Davies, but I had no idea that there was more than a kernel of truth to this tale.  Once I’m finished, I think I’ll hunt this information out.

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 27%

This book grows more compelling as each chapter goes along.  Maas knows how to keep it intriguing and is adept at ending many chapters on a cliffhanger so you need to continue to the next.  That’s how I managed to read three the other day.

As I stated above, since I finished TWOIAF and don’t have another reference book readily available, I’m going to read this on the days I planned to read World, and hopefully next year I’ll have some Amazon gift cards to pick up more references.  Until then, this is interesting enough to hold my attention, and Feyre is becoming a bit less annoying if still impetuous.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

I’m not sure whether I’m naming the sections here correctly.  I wanted the “In Progress Fanfictions Read” to be stories that were ongoing that I was up to date on.  I guess I’ll keep it like it is.  I managed to read runicmagitek’s latest chapter this week.  If you’re a fan of FFVI, I recommend.  She’s converted me to another ship 🙂

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 4

Title: Wake of Vultures
Series Title: The Shadow
Author: Lila Bowen
Date Added: November 30, 2016

She got me again.  Cupcakes and Machetes gave this a glowing, kick ass review and I was snared.  It seems like a hodgepodge of ideas thrown together gloriously with not a trite trope to be found.  I need to do another round of sample downloading to either rave or rue what’s on my TBR list.

Title: Dreadnought
Series Title: Nemesis
Author: April Daniels
Date Added: December 4, 2016

Not only does the premise of this sound amazing (main character inherits the power of the world’s now deceased superhero in what sounds like a better version of The Santa Clause), but the MC is a trans girl.  From what I’m reading of the reviews, the author appears to have done a good job with this even if the story might have some hiccups.  I’ll be on the lookout to see any of the trans bloggers I follow have something to say about this since the lived experience is going to give the best review.

Title: Doon
Series Title: Doon
Author: Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
Date Added: December 4, 2016

This sounds like an amazing real life fairy tale set in Scotland where the main character attempts to find a reprieve from the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes.  Even in the land of poets and warriors, Veronica finds adventure to augment what’s been haunting her her entire life.  I want to know how all of these seams fit together.

Title: Mind Games
Series Title: Lock & Mori
Author: Heather W. Petty
Date Added: December 4, 2016

I almost forgot to add this, but my Total Book count below saved me from THAT embarrassment.  It wasn’t adding up.  So this was another recommendation from Kim, and even though it’s the second book in the series, I’m going to give a whirl before the first.  I’m sure you all know by now I have a special spot for former enemies becoming lovers, and if you didn’t know that, well now you do.   I also enjoy Sherlock Homes adaptations especially where character’s identities stir the pot a little bit.  In this one Moriarity or Mori is a dashing, young, female detective partnered with Holmes.  Sounds like a rousing tale.


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 528
Change from Last Week: +4


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 11/30/16          The State of the Reader: 12/14/16–>

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The State of the Reader: 11/30/16

<–The State of the Reader: 11/23/16          The State of the Reader: 12/7/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 4

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 42%

Not much to say about this except for it’s continually engaging.  I still don’t think I”ll finish it before the end of the year, and I’m just hoping I get through three more other books to make my 20.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 90%

This I’ll almost certainly finish before the end of the year.  I’m in the home stretch with the “septon” wrapping up odds and ends.  I’m hoping I get to the part about Asshai soon.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 51%

I love this story so hard.  It’s not only charming, but necessary.  This isn’t a spoiler, so I don’t feel bad saying it.  Aaron, Rupert’s love interest, is a confirmed gay teen whose parents accept him for who he is.  This is so freaking huge and important, I can’t even explain.  There are plenty of stories and plenty of real life examples where this isn’t the case.  Fiction is often a reflection of the future, so it’s nice to see this, and it’s even better to know that gay, bi, queer and/or questioning teens have something like this to read.

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 18%

This book just gets more intriguing as the chapters go along.  I’ve managed to limit myself to one a session, but Maas certainly keeps the suspense ramped up.  The one critique I have has to do with Feyre’s attitude.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but some of her aspects are kind of illogical.  There was a scene where she was nearly fainting from hunger, but refused to eat.  Now while I understand the tales about eating in the land of faery, what other choice does she have?  It’s either take the chance and eat or certainly die of starvation, and while I can understand the initial trepidation, there really isn’t any other option.  This is probably just a minor gripe though.  I really can’t wait to find out more about what’s going on.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

The author just posted a new chapter of this this week, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  It’s funny.  I was thinking about shooting her a message on tumblr, but before I could, I received the email notification.

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 1

Title: The Martian
Series Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Date Added: November 27, 2016

I’ve been seeing this book floating around for a few months now, dipping in and out of friends’ TBR lists and of course fluttering across the silver screen.  It was the “asshole” comment that got me…yes, you never grow too old for that sort of humor, and Cupcakes and Machetes decided to, er, showcase that on her review.

“My asshole is doing as much to keep me alive as my brain.”

Look…I’m not going to pretend like I don’t want to know more, regardless how gross.  There’s real science in this book.  Real science.  And real assholes.


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 524
Change from Last Week: +1


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 11/23/16          The State of the Reader: 12/7/16–>

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The State of the Reader: 11/23/16

<–The State of the Reader: 11/16/16          The State of the Reader: 11/30/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 4

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 39%

I’m actually further along in this book than Goodreads would like to believe.  The count is higher on the edition there, a little over 900 pages, but my copy only has 718.  I noticed something was off when I saw I was nearly halfway through, but the percentage only had me around a third.

I have one chapter left in the second “branch,” and since there are four of them, it makes sense I should be nearly halfway done.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 87%

I’m rounding the final corner with this book and should hopefully finish next week.  I really want to read the section on Asshai by the Shadow.  There’s some dark truth to be garnered from there and where we see a great deal of GRRM’s Lovecraftian leanings.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 48%

I reached an integral part in this novel.  We’ll say the term “necromancer” was looked up.  Now I know what that means, but I suppose 17 year old boys would be a bit clueless, although I think I was familiar with the term around that age…

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 8%

I’m hooked already, and need to thank Katherine McIntyre for recommending it.  The writing is lush and prosaic with a bite behind.  I’m also thankful to Ms. Maas for seamlessly tell the reading how to pronounce the main character’s name: Feyre.  I was saying/thinking “FAY-er” in my head, but it’s said “FAY-ruh,” which makes sense given the story’s subject matter.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

You have to love when a writer finally resolves the UST (unresolved sexual tension for the non-TV Tropes literate), though I felt bad that it took me so long to read the next installation after she’d updated it about a week ago.

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 6

Title: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Date Added: November 16, 2016

Two embarrassing confessions: not only have I never read this, but I didn’t realize it was written by the illustrious RLS of Treasure Island fame, but I’ve also never finished Treasure Island so there’s that.  I attempted it on numerous occasions, but it didn’t hold my interest.  I did enjoy the BBC’s Jekyll though (which you should all check out; it’s magnificent), so I figured I might be able to mange this one.  Besides, I need to read this as a precursor to the book below.

Title: The Jekyll Revelation
Author: Robert Masello
Date Added: November 16, 2016

Reviewed here by Kim of By Hook or By Book, this is the reason I (finally) now need to read the original classic above.  I am a fan of dual identity stories and unity of opposite motifs.

Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Series Title: Wayfarers
Author: Becky Chambers
Date Added: November 16, 2016

This was one of the books I passed numerous times in my Goodreads newsfeeds, but as it was on a top five dystopian novels list by Cupcakes and Machetes described as a character driven space opera, I did a full stop and added it.  I’m becoming more  of a sci-fi girl by the second, and it’s really all thanks for FFVII for being sci-fi/fantasy fusion.  Haha, and I remember the time when I had no interest in that game for that very reason.  Memories.

Title: Hyperion
Series Title: Hyperion Cantos
Author: Dan Simmons
Date Added: November 17, 2016

Added this after a conversation with the creator of Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings on my last Question of the Week post about favorite dystopias.  It’s purported to be heartbreaking but uplifting, which is my preferred method to dine.

Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon – The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Author: Steven L. Kent
Date Added: November 18, 2016

I’ve passed this book in bookstores quite a few times, picked it, thumbed through it, but never made the purchase.  Then I ♥ Old Games did a quick post on it, and I figured I might as well add it to my TBR list under “References.”  I’ll get to it eventually.

Title: The Secret Life of Souls
Authors: Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee
Date Added: November 18, 2016

I usually wait until I’ve read a sample before adding a book to my “Really Want to Read” sublist, but I may make an exception with this one.  Reviewed by Kim of By Hook or By Book with a glowing five stars, the novel offers the unorthodox point of view in Caity, a dog who knows the truth about her haunting family.  I want to keep this one on my radar among the ever growing sea of additional novels.


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 523
Change from Last Week: +4


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 11/16/16          The State of the Reader: 11/30/16–>

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The State of the Reader: 11/16/16

<–The State of the Reader: 11/9/16          The State of the Reader: 11/23/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 4

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 27%

Holy shit did we just have a major “all is lost moment” in this book.  I read a bit of the dialogue aloud, because it was that poignant.  I’m not sure what book is on my to-read list tonight, but I really hope it’s this one.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 85%

I’ve finished the section on the Free Cities and am about to start the section on the lands beyond e.g. the Summer Isles, Yi Ti, Sothoryos, etc.  I’m almost finished this, and soon I’ll have to pick a new reference to read.

Title: Magonia
Series Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Date Added: January 31, 2016
Date Started: October 1, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 50%

I’m exactly halfway through this book and I’m really losing steam. Ever since Aza woke in the world of Magonia, I’ve found more things to critique. I really don’t like any of the Magonians *spoiler* including her birth mother *end spoiler* and I want her to go back to her world and Jason (since all of this is in the blurb, I don’t feel like I’m giving anything away). It’s like the author made these characters extremely unlikable, and that’s a poor choice for the “torn between two worlds” paradigm.  If Aza is supposed to feel connected to this world so that there’s some conflict when/if she gets the chance to return to her own, Ms. Headley needs to start portraying that better.  This seems more like it’s an “escape at all costs,” and I don’t think that’s what she was going for.

I’m debating whether to continue with this or not, but I want to see if the author can turn it around, and I am 50% through.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 41%

This book keeps becoming more interesting as details about Rupert’s life are slowly revealed.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0

I was supposed to read the next chapter of Darkness and Starlight, but I keep having to push it back.  I think it’s on the schedule for tonight, and I may have to push it back again.  This week and the last have been really hard for me to keep up with anything 😦


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 2

Title: Timekeeper
Series Title: Timekeeper
Author: Tara Sim
Date Added: November 11, 2016

This tale of an alternative Victorian world controlled by clock towers was brought my attention by the irrepressible Writing Hufflepuff.  I’m a bit of a closet fan of time travel, loops, and theory, which isn’t too much of a shock if you delve into the stories I love.  They all have an eerie time factor involved with them.  This YA has that along with a lovely same sex romance done right (according to the WH), so I’m excited to add it to my TBR pile.

Title: The Moonborn
Author: D.F. Lovett
Date Added: November 15, 2016

This was one of those weird situations where I heard about one thing from two different sources in a short amount of time.  I received a Twitter DM from the author D.F. Lovett the other day asking if I wanted to read/review his book.  Due to me not having any time and currently embroiled in four other books, I had to politely decline, but since I know how hard it is to be a writer and readers are our lifeblood, I did ask him what the book’s title was so I could add it to my TBR list.  Upon hearing the title, a memory sparked in my head, because I knew I’d heard the name recently, and after some rumination, I recalled that Pat Sponaugle had reviewed it here on his blog.

It’s heralded as “Moby Dick on the moon.”  Now I’ve never read Melville’s door stopper, and I’ve never really had any interest in doing so, but that being said, the blurb for Mr. Lovett’s book is enticing, and who knows?  After I read this, I may investigate the Cliff’s Notes for Moby Dick. 

Update 11/17/16: Because I’m terrible at source information, I didn’t realize I already follow D.F. Lovett’s blog What Would Bale Do?  So here’s the link to it so you can read more about his new book , follow, and support!


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 519
Change from Last Week: +2


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

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The State of the Reader: 11/9/16

<–The State of the Reader: 11/2/16          The State of the Reader: 11/16/16–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Books Currently Reading: 4

Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016

Medium: Paperback
Progress: 26%

Another percentage of progress made on this extensive work.

Title: The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Date Added: January 7, 2015
Date Started: February 8, 2015

Media: Hardback
Progress: 82%

It doesn’t look like I made much progress from last week where I was still at 82%.  Oh well.  I’ll try to catch up a bit before next Wednesday.

Title: Magonia
Series Title: Magonia
Author: Maria Dahvana Headley
Date Added: January 31, 2016
Date Started: October 1, 2016

Media: Paperback
Progress: 46%

The next chapter up switched back to Jason who I’m right now way more interested in.  Aza’s chapters have now becoming annoying for other reasons.

Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016

Media: Kindle
Progress: 38%

This charming story pulls me deeper and deeper in at every read.  It has such a delightful, whimsical air even amongst ever revealing tragedy.  I’m pretty sure I know why Rupert is the “ghost” of Buxton Manor 😦


Fanfictions Finished: 0

In Progress Fanfictions Read: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0

Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 3

Title: A Princess of Mars
Series Title: Barsoom
Author: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Date Added: November 3, 2016

This is the book the ill fated John Carter movie was based on.  A few friends have sung the praises of the book as they bemoaned the movie, which was apparently neither marketed nor presented well.  A machete wielding cupcake dealer nudged me in the direction of this classic once and for all, and I’m willing to take the leap.

Title: IQ
Author: Joe Ide
Date Added: November 4, 2016

I have watched my shares of Sherlock Homes remakes so when I saw that this was another, I nearly passed it by.  I have Sir Arthur’s original series on my TBR list in classics, though I am of course familiar with the stories.  The lovely review by Kim prompted the add, and I became super excited when I saw the Sherlockian character is a Black guy.  I’m (very obviously) a champion of diversity and flipping the script.  I love when things are genderbent and/or racebent.  Representation is so important, and I was happy to see this wasn’t just a run of the mill modern retelling.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I do have quite a few Sherlock type stories on my list featuring women.

Title: Station Eleven
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Date Added: November 8, 2016

How fitting on the day of a historic election I’m adding a book about a different type of apocalypse.  I was going to start drinking heavily as soon as I got home, but I have things to both update and post; plus the results won’t start coming in until 8:00 at the earliest.  I’ll probably start drinking around 7:30 as I hope (and pray…yeah this agnostic has been brought to that level) for the best.


Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 517
Change from Last Week: +3


Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0


Books Purchased This Week: 0


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

<–The State of the Reader: 11/2/16          The State of the Reader: 11/16/16–>

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