Lenni Reviews: “Elixir: A Changeling P.I. Novel” by Ruth Vincent

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**This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.**

Mabily Jones is an intern for a private eye after being tricked into human form by the Fairy Queen. Obadiah Savage sells bootleg Elixir to humans looking to get high. Thrown together when they are accused of a crime they didn’t commit, the pair must travel to the Fairy realm to clear their names.

This book was pretty fun. Mab is as capable as she can be as a human with no powers against fairies. The romance between her and Obadiah is predicable but the way the story plays out between Mabily and the Fairy Queen was creative and unexpected. Mabily is a relatableย character and while I enjoyed her, the while book seemed very light and simple. If you’re looking for fantasy with fairies that doesn’t get too dark, this is a good example of it. This felt more like a YA novel; teasing at the darkness but playing it safe. As I’m used to darker fantasy, it left me wanting but the story is fun and interesting; leaving me wanting to know what could happen next. 3.7 out of 5.

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I think at the pace I’m going, I should finish all the books I have on my kindle in… 60-ish years.

Well, shit…

Anyways, here’s the latest I’ve done:

If you take a peek at my Goodreads widget, you will see what I’m probably going to review next. Also, feel free to follow me there! I read a lot of crazy stuff.

Blessed Beltane and Yes! I LIIIIVVVVEE!

Holy crap, I have been so busy I really did just hunker down and work. In addition to regular library work, I’ve been pretty darn popular over at Otakus and Geeks. I have so many books to review, I can barely keep up! On top of those, I actually filled my kindle! I didn’t know you could a do that but yes, I have found to many free books that interest me, there’s so little space left, the kindle glitches out and can barely run sometimes.

This… Has done little to keep me from buying more though. XD

I’ve been making it a point to clear off the shorter stories and novellas to make room. It’s not easy with all the books to review but hey, it’s not like I don’t enjoy reading!

I have also posted another VERY short story on Amazon. In fact, it’s so short, I posted it for free at first, but Amazon won’t let me price it any lower than $0.99. It’s a quick little lesbian erotica I wrote that did not get accepted to an anthology. I figure I have it, its there, why waste it? But keep in mind, it’s smutty and very short. A cute little slice of life thing for grownups only. I am impressed with how much it’s sold but hey, when the words “erotica,” “lesbian,” and “free” are all in the same product description, people click pretty fast. Ah, the almighty power of porn. And I am not above taking advantage of that to pay the bills, people.

The story I’m working on now is a short fantasy story with slightly less smut and a heterosexual couple. This one I fiddled with too long and missed the deadline for the anthology I was writing it for. :p It’s a sweet story but longer so when I post it, it will be slightly more expensive. But I look forward to finishing it and expanding my finished works. Once all my short stories are finished, I will get back to the First Brood series. I promise. It is just really bothering me to have so many unfinished projects just sitting there when they could be finished so quickly.

I will try and update the blog more often. LootCrate and Birchbox updates will resume this month, I’ve been tapped for a possible geek girl themed podcast, I’ll be going to Book Expo, and I’m already applying for my professional pass to NYCC. And yes, I have still been keeping up with my workouts for the cosplay plans I have. They are epic. ๐Ÿ˜€ I am slowly building up a new shop for my needlework (hopefully will open this summer).

Things are really coming together! I can hardly believe the good fortune I’ve had so far but hey, I’ve worked my ass off for this shit! Look forward to seeing more! ๐Ÿ˜€



Does this count as a promotion?

As I hope you know by this point, I have been reviewing books and other sundry things I come across over at Otakus and Geeks for some time now; still being amazed at the fact anyone gives a crap about what I think. As it stands, I am apparently so freaking awesome, I have been made editor.

Now, I’m sure you’ll laugh because I did. I make some pretty awesome typos in my own posts here so it’s funny someone else would trust me to edit their work. But there it is! Woohoo!


August Writing Update

Ever get one of those chapters where you just can’t seem to figure out what to do? You’ve basically written yourself into a corner? That’s how I spent the first half of the month. It was driving me crazy!

But the last week and a half or so have been much better. Despite dealing with the back to school rush (why the heck do you wait till the last week of summer break to START mailing out class and supply information!!!???) I have been working at a steady clip. In fact, I’ve freaked out people because I’m cackling as I’m working… Probably not a good sign. Or is it a good sign? Well, my characters may not think so.

Anyway, this month’s work hasn’t been steady but it’s been good. I also have two more reviews under my belt and another on deck.

I’m pondering a speed reading course… Seriously.

So, I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! ๐Ÿ˜€ Take a breather, then get ready for Fall!


I suppose I should get used to this but I don’t think I ever will.

A while back, I posted a book review of The Stolen and the author found it! Now, this always makes me nervous because there are books I’ve reviewed that I’ve panned (see my Walking Dead novel reviews* for some golden examples of that), but overall, this is pretty awesome!

This also means more people have read my reviews than my own books. But I digress.

Mr. O’Connell has been kind enough to offer himself up to me for an interview and despite not knowing how to interview anyone about anything, I said yes.

Like I’ve said before and will likely say again, I’m still shocked people give a damn what I think enough to send me books, let alone read what I think of them… Then send me MORE! (I was pretty damn harsh on some of these books) Eventually I will stop geeking out and just accept my innate awesomeness.

Until someone asks to interview me. Then I’ll be over the moon and there’s no coming back.

*the three previous books are linked in that fourth review