Saturday, April 6, 2013

Assorted Snack Size Reviews

I've kind of been shopping for entertainment stuff a lot lately... (Probably should cut back on that!) But I've found some really fun items, and this evening I have a couple of "snack size" reviews for you!

"Season"-ed Snack Size Review

My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison

Rating: Spring/Summer

This one sounded fun - and was it ever! The layout of the story is really clever. I love that the reader is given a glimpse in the beginning that offers understanding to characters one might otherwise love to hate; the more somber situations and warnings add just the right touch of seriousness to an otherwise hilarious story. And the mix of fairy tales (Cinderella and Snow White), time travel to the Middle Ages, and some great twists and humor - not to mention the sassy, slacker fairy godmother, the leprechaun, the cyclops, etc. - all add up to a really entertaining read!

Un-"season"-ed Snack Size Review

Red by Taylor Swift

The Red album contains some fun songs ("22"), some kind of intense songs ("I Knew You Were Trouble"), some sassy songs ("We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"), and some sweet songs ("Begin Again"). The songs are pretty much all about finding love, trying to find love, or losing love. The messages aren't always the best - the most understanding or the wisest - but Swift does capture the feelings of a 20-something girl trying to navigate love and life. I've found this to be a fun album to sing along with and dance to when I'm in the mood for being a little loud. ;)

Note: "Seasoned" or "unseasoned" is in reference to my book rating system. Thanks to Juju of Tales of Whimsy for the inspiration regarding mini reviews!


Tales of Whimsy said...

Is JR great? I love her books. Clean and fun!

Amber Holcomb said...


Yes! I really enjoyed this one. :) I also read A Longtime (and at one point Illegal) Crush, which was cute! Have you read any of her other books? Masquerade sounds interesting...

Thanks for stopping by! :)


Rissi said...

Aw! Happy you wound up enjoying that book, Amber! It sounds cute in a quirky kind of way. Those books are sometimes the best. :)

And, yay for 'Red.' It is a fun album and probably Taylor's best. Enjoy 'State of Grace,' 'Holy Ground' (both are unique), 'Starlight' (for it's pretty romanticism, and of course, all you mention. :)

Fun reviews!

Amber Holcomb said...


Me, too! It sounded cute and fun to me, as well, and I was happy to discover that it really was! Gotta love quirky sometimes. :)

I only have one of Taylor Swift's other albums ("Taylor Swift"), but I've heard some of her other songs, and I imagine this might just be the best collection. :) Those are great songs you list, too! I do like how unique/different some of her latest songs are. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Bluerose said...

I'm with you on the entertainment thing! Mine is pretty much kindle books, though. It's just too hard to pass them up when those prices drop. ;)

I never knew My Fair Godmother had time travel and all. Now I want to read it even more. I won the next one awhile back, but I've been holding off on reading it until I read this one first. I'm glad you liked it!

Amber Holcomb said...


So true about Kindle books! I've been bad about that, too... *blushing* I am glad about that sale for The Sweetest Spell, though, as I've been so curious about that one! :)

As for My Fair Godmother, I thought it was awesome to discover how strong the time travel element was! Too fun! :) I'll be eager to hear what you think of both when you get around to them! I saw that the second one has Robin Hood and Rumpelstiltskin in it. :)


Kara said...

I'm with you and Bluerose. I totally buy those entertainment stories when they go on sale for Kindle. And Amazon does so many sales! My pocketbook isn't sure whether to say thanks or NO! ;)

I liked My Fair Godmother too. Janette Rallison certainly knows her cute factor!

(Love the title of this post! "snack-sized"

Amber Holcomb said...


Amazon *does* have a lot of sales - which is cool, but also bad in a tempting sort of way, as you said! ;)

Agreed about Janette! A little cuteness can be a very nice change of pace sometimes. :) And this story was great!

Thanks for the comment and the compliment! Juju of "Tales of Whimsy" inspired me with her mini reviews - I thought it would be nice to have that option to share some brief thoughts on things I don't *have* to review, without getting all deep (and consequently, stressed) about it. ;)