Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - A Shadow Bright and Burning

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming release that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Author: Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Gah! This cover!  It's the first thing that pulled me toward this book.  The synposis kept me hook.  A Shadow Bright and Burning hits all my favorite things: Victorian London, Historical Fiction, and a character that can burst into flames.  I can't wait to get my hands on this in September!

What's everyone else looking Waiting on Pick?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Lies of Locke Lamora - Review

Published: February 1, 2007

Author: Scott Lynch
Series: Gentlemen Bastards #1

The Thorn of Camorr is said to be an unbeatable swordsman, a master thief, a ghost that walks through walls. Half the city believes him to be a legendary champion of the poor. The other half believe him to be a foolish myth. Nobody has it quite right. 
Slightly built, unlucky in love, and barely competent with a sword, Locke Lamora is, much to his annoyance, the fabled Thorn. He certainly didn't invite the rumors that swirl around his exploits, which are actually confidence games of the most intricate sort. And while Locke does indeed steal from the rich (who else, pray tell, would be worth stealing from?), the poor never see a penny of it. All of Locke's gains are strictly for himself and his tight-knit band of thieves, the Gentlemen Bastards.

I finally picked this guy up.  Which now that I've read it something I shouldn't have waited to do!  I absolutely loved this book.  In fact I had a hard time putting it down, and because of that my paperback version got a bit beat up from being shoved in my bag everywhere I went.  All week I've been raving about it to my co-workers that read.  In fact one of them has already stolen it away from me to read next.

Okay, so since there was very few things I didn't so much enjoy about The Lies of Locke Lamora, I will start there.  I will say I almost didn't make it through the first few chapters of the pages. The reason for that is the character called the Thiefmaker, he does exactly has his name suggests.  He turns kids into thieves.  For the get go I didn't like him.  He was pretentious, self-righteous, and I wanted someone to stab him.  He made it hard for me to read because I just hated him and didn't care really much about what he had to say. 

Thankfully his part was small, and Father Chains makes up for him.  I really did adore Father Chains and the all the background chapters that included him.  

Of course the other thing I didn't enjoy about the book is a spoiler, but I'm not real happy about the deaths that appeared in this book.  In fact I may have slammed by book shut and tossed it back in the house so I could sulk about it for a minute.  Only to retrieve it later so I could make sure said deaths were avenged.  But I didn't enjoy it!

Now, the good!

My favorite part of this book is that it's set up like one big heist.  I also enjoyed that Scott Lynch throws the reader straight into the start of it.  No background jumbling, but straight into the action of it all.  Lynch did a wonderful of job of piecing everything together.  A few times I didn't catch on until the next chapter with the reveal.  I also like that it wasn't just one heist set in The Lies of Locke Lamora.  There was sort of a game inside of the game.  Which sort of came together in the last few chapters and I was at least left needing to know how it would all go down.

Despite all the different threads happening at once Scott Lynch was a master of weaving them together, and never once did it feel like he dropped a single one to wrap up another one.  Everything sort of came to head at the end and Locke Lamora didn't disappoint.  I wasn't mad at the ending.  In fact it felt kind of right.  Thankfully deaths were avenged.  Brutally and without mercy.

The world of Camorr was amazing built as well.  I loved that it was sort of inspired by Venice with the waters ways, and the idea of Falselight.  Alchemy plays a role in these books a little, and not in a mad scientist sort of way.  Which I thought was cool.  I think my favorite part about the book was the contrarequilla and the Teeth Show.  In fact the whole scene around Idler's Day was pretty rad.  The architecture of the Five Towers because of an alien race that left the world to the humans was interesting.  It's also something I'm curious to see if it appears in the rest of the series.

I felt like the characters were also very well written.  Scott Lynch does Interlude chapters between scenes that allows readers a past glimpse into the characters lives. All of which are important later one.  Plus it's nice to see how each character became how they are, and why their bond is so strong and trusting.

Honestly I loved the book!  I adore Locke and all of his flaws (and he has many).  I loved Jean for his heart and the Wicked Sisters.  Capa Raza was a brilliant villain, and the Bondmage was wonderful creation that I thought worked wonderfully against Locke.  The ending left me satisfied that everything had been tied up and taken care of, but left me excited to see what the Gentlemen Bastards were going to steal next.

I will warn that Lies of Locke Lamora isn't a book for kids.  The violence is brutal and gory, the language is strong, and the Sanza Twins for naughty!  

Buy, Borrow, or Skip: Definitely run out and buy this one! It's one I'll want to read again, because I'm sure there parts I missed the first time around!  

Bout of Books 17 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

I'm a day behind on getting this up.  This time around I didn't participate in any of the mini challenges.  Mostly because we've changed up some things at work, and my sleep schedule has been all flipped about.  However, I did manage to start and finish a book this week.  So a big thanks to Bout of Books for getting back on a reading schedule.  I've been swept in the last few days of summer I haven't read at all this month!

Bout of Books Stats:
  • 1 book read
  • 531 pages
  • read 3 out of the 5 days
Bout of Books will be back January 2nd and runs until January 8th! How was everyone else's Read-a-Thon? Read anything amazing?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Rosencrantz & Guildenstern

This is one of those times where I saw the movie before I read the book.  This is in fact one of my favorite movies, and it's based, of course, off of one of my favorite plays.  I'd never run across a copy of the play until a few years back when I stumbled across it at the library.  It was everything I loved about the movie.  After re-watching the movie with a friend who'd never seen it before.  I thought it would be make an excellent throwback post!

Original Publishing Date: January 21, 1994
Publisher: Grove Press
Author: Tom Stoppard
Series: Continuation of Hamlet

Hamlet told from the worm's-eye view of two minor characters, bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, reality and illusion mix, and where fate leads heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.

Anyone else have a favorite continuation, or re-telling, of classic play or book?  What about an old school book you've had on your mind lately?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - The Secrets of Wishtides

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming release that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: Sept. 13, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Author: Kate Saunders
Series: Laetitia Rodd Mystery #1

Mrs. Laetitia Rodd, aged fifty-two, is the widow of an archdeacon. Living in Hampstead with her confidante and landlady, Mrs. Benson, who once let rooms to John Keats, Laetitia makes her living as a highly discreet private investigator.

I'll be waiting on starting this series because I have a few other Mystery books ahead of The Secrets of Wishtide.  Plus I should probably finish one of the many series I've started before starting a new one.  Because the struggle is real when it comes to series I start and never finish.

What's everyone else looking waiting on this week?  Any good mystery books I should think of adding to my TBR?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Bout of Books 17

Bout of Books

Time Devoted to Reading
I will be reading all week when not at work.

Books to Read

Currently Reading:  The Lies of Locke Lamora
Books Read:


Number of pages I've read today: 0
By the time I had a chance to sit down and read after work I managed to fall asleep.

Number of pages I've read today: 100

Number of pages I've read today: 20
Only had about an hour today to read with the Grand Opening of our new store.

Number of pages I've read today: 100

Number of pages I've read today: 200

Number of pages I've read today: 111
Books finished: 1
I stayed up late to finish because I had to know how it was going to end!

Number of pages I've read today: 0
I had family in town!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Throwback Thursday - A Tale of Two Cities

This week I felt like going way back to a book my Aunt groans about every time I mention it being one of my favorites.  Mostly because she swears she doesn't know how I can enjoy reading anything written like books written during the Victorian era.  As usual it's just her being picky.  Personally it's my favorite era.  There's nothing like the Gothic stories from the Penny Dreadfuls.

Original Publishing Date: 1859
Publisher: London: Chapman & Hall
Author: Charles Dickens
Series: Stand Alone

After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.

What about everyone else?  A fan of the books from the Victorian era?  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - Murder at Sorrow's Crown

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming release that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Titan Books
Author: Steven Savile and Robert Greenberger
Series: Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

It is July 1881, and a frantic mother comes to 221B Baker Street, begging Sherlock Holmes to find her son. A naval officer posted to HMS Dido, he was part of the Naval Brigade that joined the Natal Field Force to fight the Boers. But he did not return with his men, and is being denounced as a deserter.

I've read a few of the books in this series already.  Some of really enjoyed and others have just been alright.  The authors and themes vary from book to book, but I'd love to put a bigger dent in this series.  I'm mostly waiting on this one because I have three other books in this series already sitting on my floor waiting to be picked up.  Murder at Sorrow's Crown will just have to wait until I get through those.

What's everyone else Waiting for this week?  Anyone have any favorite Sherlock retellings?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

No other Throwback Read will be as appropriately matched to this GIF the one I chose for today.  I honestly can't believe it didn't make the list sooner.  Douglas Adams is one of favorite human people out there!  From the books he wrote to the episodes of Doctor Who that will forever hold a special place in my heart.  I own the HUGE book that holds all of the Hitchhiker books inside.  I've read most of Dirk Gently Series.    Listened to all of his radio plays.  I'm a fan!  So it only makes sense that the very first book I read by Douglas Adams should grace my Throwback Reads meme.  Honestly it should have made the list sooner.

Original Release Date: October 12, 1979
Publisher: Pan Books
Author: Douglas Adams
Series: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
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What other old school sci-fi books does everyone love? Anything I should add to my TBR?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - The Scourge

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming release that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: August 30, 2016
Publisher: Scholistic Press
Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen

As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor's wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge -- and quarantine colony -- for the ill. The Scourge's victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn't know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She's been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. 

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I'm still hesitant when I pick up Dystopian books. It's a genre I'm just busting into the genre after firmly swearing it wasn't for me.  Thanks to Red Rising and Illuminae I have been slowly wading my way through the genre.  This sounds interesting I might add it to my Hold list at the library.

What's everyone else looking forward to this Wednesday?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Bout of Books 17

It's almost time for another read-a-thon!  This will be my second time participating in Bout of Books and I'm super excited for the week to kick off.   Since I don't usually plan my books ahead of time I'm not sure what I'll be picking up.  However, I do have a TBR stack that's getting out of control and small collection of library books to crack open.
Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Bout of Books really is a relaxed read-a-thon that sort of makes me find the time to read between everything going on in my life.  Which is something I need at the moment since my reading some how fell on the back burner these last couple of days.  If you want to know more you can check out their blog, and sign-up as there as well, at Bout of Books

Monday, August 8, 2016

Need some recommendations!

Okay, so for the last three years my best friend and I have played Book BINGO against one another.  It all started when I stumbled across a Pin, yes on Pintrest, about Random House Canada's Book BINGO.  I made the joke it for and the first to blackout gets a cupcake.  My best friend didn't hesitate to agree.  So now it's a thing we do.  Toward the end of December we sit down one night and talk about what squares we want to add, which to take away, or which to Keep. Then I use my mediocre graphic skills and fix our board.  

The rules are simple: for every BINGO each person wins a small prize (last year she cleaned out my car which is my least favorite chore) and the first to a blackout wins.

However the big prize is no longer a cupcake.  But only because I now work at a bakery that specializes in cupcakes.  So I'm around them all day, every day.  This year the winner picks a night out on the loser.  Basically dinner and a movie.

This year I'm calling in a little muscle.  I thought I'd give a shout out to the book community for a little help!  There are a few squares I can't seem to find any books that spark my interest.  So I was hoping some of you all could help me out and give me a little edge over my best friend.  Who by the way reads ten times faster than I do.  So I'm rarely head of her.

What I'll do is toss up my board so everyone can see where I'm at and a description of the square I need help with.  I read just about anything, except for Contemporary / Romance kind of books. Don't let my list limit you though.  If you have a book for any square I haven't marked off, I'll take it.  I never had enough books on my TBR!

Really I don't.

Currently Reading the 500+ Pages square
Story without a love triangle:
Book where the main character is a minority:
Book that was self published:
Book based in Russia (or a mythical land similar to):
Book based on a fairy tale:

I'm not picking if the book is Young Adult, Middle Grade, or Adult.  My reading habits are all based on what I'm in the mood for.  Mainstream books are welcome, as are any that are little off the beaten track.  Basically Goodreads and Google as sort of let me down with these squares in finding something that seems me, but maybe I just need to hear someone gush about something I was on the fence back.

So what does everyone have for me? 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday - The Blade Itself

Original Release Date: March 2007
Publisher: Gollancz
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Series: The First Law #1
Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and increasingly bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer extraordinaire, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers. Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain, shallow, selfish and self-obsessed, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men. And Logen Ninefingers, an infamous warrior with a bloody past, is about to wake up in a hole in the snow with plans to settle a blood feud with Bethod, the new King of the Northmen, once and for all - ideally by running away from it. But as he's discovering, old habits die really, really hard indeed...especially when Bayaz gets involved. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Glotka, Jezal and Logen a whole lot more difficult...

I find that either people really love this book, or they really don't enjoy it all for a wide variety of reasons.  Personally, The First Law series is one of my favorites I've every picked up.  Usually I'm slow to finish a series once I started it. Not because I don't like it, but because once I finish a book sometimes I need to pick another in a different genre.  Which then leads me to another book, and before I know it weeks, or months, have past between book one and two.  This was not one of those series.  I actually picked up one after the other, because every single books leaves you needing to know what's going on!  Luckily I stumbled across this series after all three books in the trilogy was posted. In the last few years three stand alone books have been added to the series and also a collection of short stories.  

So for the fans of Game of Thrones, The Dagger and Coin Series, or any other High Fantasy book I can't currently think of.  I recommend this book to you!  The language that's used his course, it is definitely an adult age book due to many different graphic scenes.  It's not a happy shiny book, but it's totally worth a read.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming release that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

Release Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Algonquin Press
Author: Kelly Barnhill
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. 

Early reviews have been really good about The Girl Who Drank the Moon.  Plus it sounds like really interesting.  Yeah, it's technically a Middle Grade book, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it.  Just from the synopsis it sounds beautiful.  So this has made my TBR and is one I'm eagerly waiting on. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Most Anticipated - August Edition

There was no doubt in my mind which book I was going to throw up this month.  This is probably one of most anticipated books of 2016.  I first heard about this book back in 2014 when I first stuck my toe in the book world waters.  The closest thing I had to a book blog was my Goodreads account and I just came out on top of the worst six months of my life.  While I was attending a book event for another author (Marie Brennan), I was introduced to Mary Robinette Kowal.  It was at that event that Kowal read from an upcoming book that she was currently working on, and I fell in love.  Now, two years later the time has finally come!   So in two weeks I'll get adding this one to my shelves.

Also while sending all the photos to my sister who won't be able to get her hands on it until September due to her summer job.

So what is Mary Robinette Kowal's newest book that I've been chopping at the bit to get my hands on?

Release Date: August 16
Author: Mary Robinette Kowal
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Tor Publishing 

Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.

Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.
Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…

Thanks to that book event I've gotten a small peek at Ghost Talkers already!  It seriously feels like it'll be right up my alley in what I generally pick up to read.  So I'm counting down the days until August 16.

What's everyone else looking forward to reading this month??

July Wrap Up!

Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 896
BINGO Book(s): 1 (ReRead)
Favorite Book: Age of Myth
Least Favorite Books: Frankenstein Underground
DNF's: 2, Arnifour Affair & License to Quill

Well, there is everyone! July was really good to me I feel.  I know I'm a slower reader so I'm really proud of reading 3 books this month with 2 graphic novels!  With summer official in full swing out here in the Pacific Northwest, I've had a lot on my schedule to do.  However I think I've got the swing of my new responsibilities at work and being able to find time to read and still do things.  I'm looking forward to August.  I've already cracked up a great books, The Lies of Locke Lamora.  Plus Bout of Books 17 is this month!  Who else is excited for that?! 

The goal for August?  Bust out a BINGO before my sister is back from her summer job in September!

So how was everyone else's month?  Read anything good?  Any recs for my BINGO squares?