Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Trilogy by S.M. Boyce

lichgatesWhat a great and fun story!  I was very intrigued by the initial write-up I saw on this book and it met my expectations.  I’ll admit I was hoping for a bit more to happen between Kara and Braeden – but it looks like we might be heading in that direction in the next couple of books in the series – so I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Lichgates are portals between the different sects of Ourea, a magical kingdom that Kara happens to fall in – literally.  Turns out that she now belongs to this world and is The Vagabond, a character with the great responsibility of bringing peace and reuniting the different parts of the Ourea world.  It’s a fun world to read through and I really enjoyed the description of the worlds and enjoyed how different yet similar all the people were.

One aspect of the story that I really enjoyed and appreciated was the development of the Kara character.  Starting from a scared, unsure College student and developing into  someone who is much more sure of herself and is willing to take the risks despite the danger to herself.  Living through the tragedies in her life and being thrown into an unknown and dangerous world may have played a role here – but it could have been just as easy to develop this character as a female who depends on a male protagonist – and I love how that just hasn’t happened!

Ages: 12 and up

Favourite quote(s):

” ‘…Do you know what its clover symbol means?’
… The Vagabond told me once that it represents the four primary roads you can take in life: happiness, hatred, success, and failure…’:  (p. 57)

” ‘ The world goes on, boy, despite how desperately we may want it to stop for just a moment so we can catch our breath.’      (p. 155)

Boyce, S.M. (2011) Lichgates: Book One of the Grimoire Trilogy.  Galley downloaded from

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2013 YA Contemporary Challenge


One more for tonight 🙂  The YA Contemporary Challenge…  THis is another “genre” that I really do enjoy and think it will be fun to add my name to this challenge!

For more information on the Challenge please visit the host blog, Katie’s Book Blog

My goal is to reach 10+ books.  I will add them here as I read them along with a link to its review.  I don’t have any books to add to my list at the moment – but I will.

Looking forward to meeting fellow challenge bloggers 🙂  Happy Reading all!

  1. Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
  2. The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab

2013 Ebook Challenge


My second Reading Challenge for 2013.

For more information on this particular Challenge checkout the hosting blog, Workday Reads.

My personal goal will be to reach the DVD level and read 25 ebooks this coming year.  Stay tuned as I provide reviews to the ebooks I read 🙂

Happy Reading!

Ebooks I’m reading or have read:

  1. Lichgates by S.M. Boyce
  2. Entangled by Nikki Jefford
  3. Celtic Run by Sean Vogel
  4. Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
  5. The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab
  6. Every Never After by Lesley Livingston
  7. The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé
  8. Sneak by Evan Angler

2013 NetGalley Reading Challenge

2013 NG Button

Ah my first Reading Challenge of 2013 🙂

Checkout the Challenge details at Red House Books

My goal is to reach the Green Star  11-20 NetGalley books in 2013.  So far I have 6 downloaded and started reading my first.

Looking forward to meeting fellow NG bloggers 🙂

Galleys I’m reading or have read:

  1. Lichgates by S.M. Boyce
  2. Entangled by Nikki Jefford
  3. Celtic Run by Sean Vogel
  4. Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
  5. The Girl In The Wall by Daphne Benedis-Grab
  6. Every Never After by Lesley Livingston
  7. The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé
  8. Sneak by Evan Angler

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

tricks_Ellen_HopkinsOh how I really enjoy Ellen Hopkins’ writing!  The way her verse is shaped (literally), how there are meanings beyond the verse – kind of like a poem within a poem, how she links one character to another by carrying the theme over…  Oh I could go on!  Every time I read one of her books there’s a new facet to it that I seek out.  OK I was NEVER an english fan – but have any of these books been used in a high school english class?  There is a lot to learn in these.  Oh I know…  I’m sure parents would have issues with the topics at hand – but you know as a parent myself, I learn a lot through these stories!

Tricks follows the lives of 5 teenagers looking for love – when it comes down to it.  Unfortunately they all find it in the wrong places – oh so sorry that is SO cliché but true in this case.  Their stories are sad and exciting at the same time.  Somehow, in the end – there’s a link between them all – just love how the author was able to pull that together.

As with the other Ellen Hopkins’ books I have read – I would highly recommend this book – although I would not want to see it read by the younger teens – 12-14 but… having said that and remembering the inspiration for writing this novel in the first place – “Did you know that the average age of female prostitution in the United States is twelve years old?” maybe the younger teens who are mature enough should be reading this book.  I don’t know it’s a hard one to call.  Looking back at my girls – I want them to be aware of the traps but I don’t think they were mature enough at 12-14 to read something like this.  I guess in the end it always comes down to the individual reader….

Highly recommended
Ages: 16 and up

Favourite quote(s):

This is a tough one – since I REALLY enjoyed it all!  My favourite parts are the initial poems by each of the characters and the side poem within each.  I will not transcribe the entire one here – but will simply copy the last one – which I believe summarizes the book very nicely!






all.”  (p. 625)

Hopkins, Ellen. (2009). Tricks.  Margaret K. McElderry Books: Toronto.

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Oh YES!  Just updated my profile after asking to have my password reset since I had changed email addresses last year and forgot to change it on my NetGalley account before the switchover 😦  But I’m back in there.  Was able to download 4 right off the bat and have another 9 on request.  Could be interesting to see if I’m successful or not since I’ve been away from the blogging world for a bit.  But my fingers are crossed.  And I’m SO looking forward to starting these titles.

So for today I was able to download these galleys:

Surrender_Paille Entangled Celtic_Run lichgates




Happy Reading everyone!!