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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Cook Books I Want

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.



I was too tired last night and forgot to do it then. Covers linked to Amazon Page.









Thursday, October 12, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: The Blazing Bridge (The Blood Guard #3) by Carter Roy || Friday 50/50 Best/Worst Job from a Book

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.



Review for Book One | Book  Two 

Synopsis:
     Ronan Truelove’s best friend, scrappy smart aleck Greta Sustermann, has no idea that she is one of the thirty-six Pure souls crucial to the safety of the world. But Ronan’s evil father has figured it out—and he’s leading the Bend Sinister straight to Greta. If they capture her, she’ll suffer a fate far worse than mere death. But to get to Greta, they’re going to have to go through Ronan first.
     Standing with Ronan are plucky hacker Sammy; witty, unkillable Jack Dawkins; and a sharp-tongued woman named Diz, who drives a dangerously souped-up taxi. One breathless close call after another leads to an ugly showdown: Ronan alone against his father, with the fate of Greta, his friends, and the entire world hanging in the balance. Will Ronan be able to rise up and prove once and for all that he has what it takes to join the Blood Guard?




Book Beginning:
Prologue
Again and again this summer, I found myself climbing up the side of a burning building.

56%: 
Dawkins disappeared through the open doorway. I wasn't sure whether to follow or not. All I had was my ugly yellow vase.




*****

50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

Best:
Baker. I already love baking, doing that full time would be fun. Breads, cakes, pies; it would be great.

Worst:
Executioner. Not really digging the idea of doing that. 


Monday, October 9, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Say "Fall" To Me

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I'm not a seasonal reader. I don't really like books that are "meant" to be read during any particular season. But there are books that have covers or just that I am just inspired to read during certain times of the year. (Harry Potter makes me think of Christmas for example). These are, mostly, books with covers that make me think of Fall. Some I haven't read yet.



Music Monday: Positive Thinking Songs

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

These songs, to me, are about positive thinking.





Friday, October 6, 2017

Review: Season of Wind by Aimee Hyndman

Title: Season of Wind
Author: Aimee Hyndman
Series: The Clockwork God Chronicles, #2
Genre: Fantasy/Steampunk/
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Edition: ebook, 201 pages
Source: NetGalley
Purchase/Pre-Order: Amazon US


Book One Review
Synopsis:
     After her stint saving humanity with the God of Mischief, Janet Redstone now has a host of other problems on her mind, namely saving her friend Sylvia while avoiding the fast approaching godly war. Now traveling the desert realm of Kabila with her two surviving teammates, she just wants to kill as many wendigos as possible to get Sylvia's soul back.
     But then strange things start happening. Janet begins healing faster than normal. She dreams of Itazura imprisoned in a dark room, even though he's a god and that's impossible. Oh, and when she touches locks, they just open. That's a mildly concerning development.
     Turns out Itazura really is in danger. Captive of the Elder Gods, he's sent the majority of his powers to Janet for safe keeping. Said powers exhaust her every time she uses them and make her a target for all sorts of new enemies if she doesn't get rid of them soon. Now she must team up with a god she loves, a god she hates and a god she fears to save him, and avoid getting smote by the Elder Gods in the process.

Review:

So, the first book came out almost two whole years ago. And since then I had forgotten some of the minor details of what happened. It took a bit while reading this to recall what had happened. But the book does a good job of recapping, without info-dumping. 

This is a really interesting and unique series. I development of the Gods and the society is very well done. It's developed in a way that makes it feel real. 

I also really like all the characters. There is a fair amount of characters, but none of them feel unnecessary or similar to any other character. They are all unique from each other.

The Gods, while based in a different religion than other books that feature them, are clearly based on existing Gods in mythology. In way of their powers and what they stand for. Which is fine, every old religion has a god for War, Merriment, Love, Mischief, etc.

I would have liked to have more of a payoff with Janet saving her friend Sylvia, the trajectory of the plot still had a really satisfying payoff in a different way. I can't wait to read the next book.

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Halayda (Star-Fae Trilogy, #1) by Sarah Delena White || Friday 50/50: Best/Worst Book Read in September

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


Synopsis:
A mortal alchemist. A faerie king. A bond that transcends death.
     Betrayed by a trusted mentor, Sylvie Imanthiya hides on the fringes of society, caring for half-fae orphans and trading her alchemical creations on the black market. She lives for the one night each season when she can see her dearest friend—a man whose destiny is far above hers.
     King Taylan Ashkalabek knows better than to exchange halayda vows with a mortal. Even their friendship is a risk; love is an impossible dream. Then a brutal alchemical attack poisons his realm, unearthing a dark power within him—and leaving Sylvie with the ancient mark of Faerie’s savior.
     Manifesting unpredictable abilities and aided by allies with their own secrets, Sylvie and Taylan journey into the wilds of Faerie to heal the damage and confront Casimir, an invincible star-fae determined to claim the realm as his own. But only their enemy knows Sylvie’s true capabilities—and Taylan’s weaknesses—and how to use them in his vicious schemes.
     Her fate is life. His fate is death. With Faerie in the balance, Sylvie and Taylan must stand together before reality as they know it is destroyed.



Book Beginning:
Alchemy and velvet didn't mix.

My 56:
Sylvie stood paralyzed, half in horror and half in elation, as the gravity of her own words sank in. What had she been thinking? She just sealed Taylan's doom, and her own.






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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

(Book cover linked to my review)

Best

Worst