Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about what we have yet to read. Generally they are books that have yet to be released, but don't have to be. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous at Breaking the Spine.

Release Date: November 21st, 2017
Author: Kim Newman
Genre: Graphic Novel
Pages: 133

It is 1895, Count Dracula is Prince Regent and undisputed ruler of the British Empire, his power is supreme and unchecked. The curse of vampirism has spread far and wide through all levels of society and through all ranks of the British government. Now, on the verge of Dracula's 10th Anniversary of rule, anti-Dracula forces in the guise of the Council of the Seven Days are gathering. The Council - a secret cabal of free radicals, made up of vampires and humans alike have sworn to overthrow the Crown Prince of Darkness at any cost. They plan to sabotage the Jubilee with a devastating bomb attack. Now vampire journalist Kate Reed must uncover the truth and unmask the true conspirators behind the sinister plot or risk plunging both human and vampire kind into ruin and disaster from which no side will recover... 

Why I'm Waiting: The Anno Dracula series is one of my favorites! I'm very excited to get my paws on entire volume of these comics!!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they chose a new meme and bloggers pick their Top Ten Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc that fit that theme. This week the theme is: Favorite Cookbooks. Which I'm super excited about! One of my other passions besides reading is cooking. So, I split my list in two parts: cookbooks I've read and used with ones I'm eager to add to my ever growing collection.

Cookbooks I've Read & Tested:
  1. Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book - So this book is a right of passage in our house. Once we move out of the house, this is one of the housewarming gifts we receive. When I moved across the country, it was what I got from my Mim. All of us have a different edition.
  2. The Kansas Cookbook - This is one I inherited from my Great Grandma when she downsized a few years ago. I grew up a lot of the recipes inside. 
  3. Ultimate Cake Mix Book - Mim and I share a love for dessert. I've made some pretty taste things out of this one!

  1. Pioneer Women Cooks - This one got lost between one move to another after we moved to the PWN.
  2. The Tillamook Cheese Cookbook - The first cookbook I bought after our move, the mac'n'cheese recipe is my favorite!
  3. EverDayCook - Definitly one of the jewels in my collection, more because it's signed. That however hasn't stopped me from using it
Cookbooks on my TBR:

  1. The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook - Mystery is one of my favorite genres to read, and I've been dying to get my hands on this book to some of the recipes from my favorites authors!
  2. The Geeky Chef Cookbook - As a Geek Girl myself I feel I need this in my collection to try foods from of favorite geeky things!
  3. The Red Rooster Cookbook - Marcus Samuelsson is one of my favorite Chef's! I'd love to add this to my collection!

  1. Hot Mess Kitchen - I'm always about cooking on a budget. While it's usually just me I need to feed, occasionally I host my friends and it'll be nice add some new recipes to those nights.



Series: Night Vale #2
Authors: Joseph Fink & Jeffery Cranor
Pages: 368

Nilanjana Sikdar is an outsider to the town of Night Vale. Working for Carlos, the town’s top scientist, she relies on fact and logic as her guiding principles. But all of that is put into question when Carlos gives her a special assignment investigating a mysterious rumbling in the desert wasteland outside of town. This investigation leads her to the Joyous Congregation of the Smiling God, and to Darryl, one of its most committed members. Caught between her beliefs in the ultimate power of science and her growing attraction to Darryl, she begins to suspect the Congregation is planning a ritual that could threaten the lives of everyone in town. Nilanjana and Darryl must search for common ground between their very different world views as they are faced with the Congregation’s darkest and most terrible secret.

I love the Night Vale Podcast! Many moons ago I was introduce to it thank to the Sherlock Seattle Convention, and I've never looked back. The older podcasts are now books if podcasts really aren't your thing. They are just as good as the books, though I did miss the sultry sound of Cecil's voice!  The first book in the series is, Welcome to Night Vale.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about what we have yet to read. Generally they are books that have yet to be released, but don't have to be. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous at Breaking the Spine

Release Date: November 14th, 2017
Author: Alex R. Kahler
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 400

When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind's downfall instead. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place.

But they are losing.

Why I'm Waiting: There's something about books with that are about what would happen if magic was unleashed on Modern Society. It's both Dystopian and Fantasy, both a genres I love. So I'm all in for, Runebinder!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by the Broke and the Bookish.  Each week they chose a new meme and bloggers pick their Top Ten Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc that fit that theme. This week the theme is: Book in my TBR with Fall in the title.

  1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  2. London Falling by Paul Cornell
  3. The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

  1. The Fall  by Annelie Wendeberg
  2. The Rise and Fall of an American Hero by Douglas Perry
  3. The Fall by Bethany Griffin

  1. Fallout by Gwenda Bond
  2. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

  1. When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

Monday, October 9, 2017

Berserker - Review

Author: Emmy Laybourne
Genre: Fantasy 
Series: Berserker #1
Format: ARC - Paperback
Pages: 288
Release Date: October 10, 2017

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill?

I was really lucky to receive an Advance Reader's Copy from Fierce Reads for my honest review of the book. So a huge thank you to them for that!

While there was a lot about Berserker that called to my from the synopsis, I wasn't sure how I was going to like it. I haven't had the best like with books best in the "Old West" the last couple of years, but I wanted to to like it so much. But, I wasn't going to let that put me off, there was so much more that sounded up my alley: Norse mythology, badass female characters, adorable cowboy and his dog.

I'm glad I gave it a chance.

Emmy Laybourne's writing style pulled me in write from the start. I loved the introduction to Hanne and Knut. Even more, I adore when writers just throw the reader into the heart of the story. However it never felt like I was playing catch up to learn about the character's past. Through their interchanging point of views (Hanne and Owen) you learn about their past as the story slides along. Little bits of flashbacks here and there.

Right from the start we're shown the exactly what both our main characters are capable of, seen their hearts and their problems. For me it was a nice way to quickly start to bond with characters. Though, I have to say I was much more a fan of Owen through most of the book. A lot of times Hanne grated on my nerves. I just wanted to shake her because the answer to her problem was right in front of her, but she refused to listen. 


That being said, I loved that Emmy Laybourne could pull that kind of emotion out of me as I read. She created some amazing, and well rounded, characters that fall in love and hate with every fiber of your being. Characters that you just can't wait to see die, and other's you can't help but root for.

Her plot moved wonderfully as well, and showed the vast amount of research that went into the story. Not just with the Norse mythology, but into the "wild west" of Montana. She paints a beautifully, and terrifying, picture of life back in the late 1800's. 

I could not put this book down, and had a hard time finding places to stop so I could sleep. Every turn was something else to uncover and what is going to happen next. Even when I realized what was set up to happen, I couldn't stop. I needed to know how it was all going to go down. 

Absolutely devoured this book, and I hope there is another to come!

Buy, borrow, or skip: BUY IT! Berserker hits shelves October 10 (yup tomorrow!) and I suggest running, not walking, to get a copy! Do it!!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

HAPPY RELEASE DAY - William Shakespeare's the Force Doth Awaken

Experience The Force Awakens as a Shakespeare play, complete with Elizabethan verse, Shakespearian monologues, and theatrical stage directions! As the noble Resistance clashes with the vile First Order, Rey, Finn, Poe Damaron, Kylo Ren, and BB-8 are pulled into a galaxy-wide drama--in iambic pentameter! Star Wars fans and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will enjoy the authentic meter, reimagined movie scenes and dialogue, and hidden Easter eggs throughout. Chewbacca speaks! Leader Snoke gives a soliloquy! And the romance of Han Solo and Leia Organa takes a tragic turn that Shakespeare would approve of. All with woodcut-style illustrations that place Star Wars characters into an Elizabethan galaxy. The story may take place in a galaxy far, far away, but you'll be convinced it was written by the Bard.

I didn't even know about this series until my Mim sent me a copy for my birthday a few years ago. Since then I've fallen in love with this series, and Ian Doescher's writing. I've been waiting for him announce his version of the Force Awakens, and surprise I woke up to the fact it was released today! I highly recommend this series for Star Wars fans and Shakespeare fans!