Posted in Uncategorized

Monday Morning Update April 1, 2013

Welcome to the Monday Morning Update!!! I hope everyone had a great Easter. I did some cooking and baking.

Mailbox Monday

I got two books at the store.

1. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Overview
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know….

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

Overview
Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013.

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go—especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil—and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings—and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I’m still reading The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. I hope to finish it and book 2 this week.

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Posted in Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday March 26, 2013

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is from Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth.

She may be right. Everyone says Jane’s father was a high-born gentleman. Well, there’s a fancy-lookin’ gent gone in Master’s Office.

Page 36.

Posted in Monday Morning Update, Uncategorized

Monday Morning Update March 25, 2013

Welcome to Monday Morning Update. This has been a rough week and a rougher weekend. My grandmother underwent an emergency surgery on Saturday to repair an aortic aneurysm. So I spent Saturday on the road. Friday night I did get to start decorating some sugar cookies, but I didn’t get to finish them because I was at the hospital. I tried brushed embroidery. I need more practice, but I really like the way it came out.

Mailbox Monday

I got two books. My library count is officially 1101.

Call the Midwife: Shadow of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth

Overview
The sequel to Jennifer Worth’s New York Times bestselling memoir and the basis for the PBS series Call the Midwife

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood’s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

Orphaned brother and sister Peggy and Frank lived in the workhouse until Frank got free and returned to rescue his sister. Bubbly Jane’s spirit was broken by the cruelty of the workhouse master until she found kindness and romance years later at Nonnatus House. Mr. Collett, a Boer War veteran, lost his family in the two world wars and died in the workhouse.

Though these are stories of unimaginable hardship, what shines through each is the resilience of the human spirit and the strength, courage, and humor of people determined to build a future for themselves against the odds. This is an enduring work of literary nonfiction, at once a warmhearted coming-of-age story and a startling look at people’s lives in the poorest section of postwar London.

Princess Onyx by Clarissa Burton

Colorism within the Black community has been a serious emotional and
psychological battle since American slavery. Recently, a documentary was released addressing
the critical issue of colorism among Black women. However, it’s vital to address colorism
among Black girls at an early age. Author Clarissa Burton addresses this exact issue in her
children’s book series—Princess Onyx™.

The Princess Onyx™ children’s book series is about a young girl names Jaydah who shares her
painful experiences at the elementary school with her grandmother, Tata. To help Jaydah cope
with the confusion and painful experiences, Tata tells Jaydah stories about a beautiful, Black
princess named Onyx who experiences similar situations and deals with them in a positive
manner with the support of her mother and father. Princess Onyx lives in the Kingdom of Jet
with her parents, King Stygian and Queen Sable.

The Princess Onyx™ children’s book series is an essential read for all children, especially little
Black girls and their families. This book series addresses such topics as colorism, Black hair
textures, Black female features, etiquette, and being friends with non-Blacks without apology.

What Are You Reading on Monday?
I finished Star Trek the Original Series The Devil’s Bargain and Star Wars: the Last Jedi. I’m currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Posted in Dystopia, Rated D

Sever

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Author: Lauren Destefano

Genre: Dystopia

Rating: D- Didn’t hate it; but didn’t like it either.

Synopsis:

Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: I was really disappointed in the ending of this book. Rhine started this series as such a fighter. And she grew into being more of a fighter. Then she finally finds her brother and goes back to being a wus. She fell right back into her old family role. She didn’t fight the system, she became a willing participant in feeding society’s obsession with finding a cure.

The reader does find out what a “Chemical Garden” is. It was pretty anti-climatic. Rhine’s paretns bred she and her brother because they were on a path to a cure. Liden’s father used their research plus Rhine’s DNA to essentially engineer a virus that would lead to a cure.

Honestly, the character that I ended up being most impressed with was Cecily. Her character was more of a mewing child. She was annoying in the extreme, but she had the guts to do what Rhine didn’t do- kill the father-in-law. Of the three sister wives, she changed the most.

I would recommend reading the book just so you have an ending to the tale, but don’t be expecting an ending like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner series.

Posted in Loved It, paranormal, Speculative, steampunk

Etiquette & Espionage

Etiquette & Espionage
Etiquette & Espionage

Teaser:

Until that moment, the bonnet had been rather smart– red with black velvet ribbons and crimson ostrich feathers. The addition of trifle, it must be admitted, made it less smart.

Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: Speculative, steampunk, paranormal

Rated: L

Synopsis:

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.
Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail’s legions of fans have come to adore.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: This book was fantastic. I’ve seen a number of people reviewing the Parasol Protectorate series, but I had yet to pick up a book by Ms. Garriger. I was quite a page turner. Even though I had never read any of the books in the other series, I didn’t have any trouble following the “world” in which the book was written. I am curious whether any of the characters in this series appeared in the prior series. I have to say that I would love to go to a school that was on a hot air balloon! Because I read this book, I’ve now decided to name any dog I get, Bumpersnoot. I liked the main character of the book Sophronia. She was very spunky. I thought it was pretty funny that by the end of the book, Sophronia was becoming more a “lady” despite her abhorrence of turning into her older sister Petunia. I hope that the rest of the books in the series centers around a different character.

Posted in Meme, Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update March 11, 2013

Mailbox Mondays:

I got 1 book

Star Trek: Devil’s Bargain by Tony Daniel

Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are sent to evacuate the Omega sector frontier colony Vesbius—a pioneer settlement that is on the brink of an extinction-level event threatening not only all of the colonists, but biological products that are vital to Starfleet. However, rescue efforts are being thwarted by the colonists themselves, who refuse to abandon Vesbius, claiming that their lives depend upon staying, while giving no reason why. It is after these irrational decisions that First Officer Spock makes a radical suggestion: Perhaps an unexpected ally could aid the colony and help complete the mission. . . .

What Are You Reading on Mondays?

I’m currently reading Star Wars: the Last Jedi. My reading has taken second place to my knitting. I’m making a baby blanket for my co-worker. You can see a picture of what I’ve done.

Posted in Liked It, Sci-Fi Friday, Star Trek, Uncategorized

Star Trek TOS: Allegiance in Exile

20130225-221717.jpgAuthor: David R. George III

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Rating: LI

Synopsis:

A beautiful green world, rich in fertile soil and temperate climate . . . a textbook Class-M planet that should be teeming with life. Scans show no life-signs, but there are refined metals, including those associated with a space-faring race . . . and a lone city. But where are all of the inhabitants? Captain James T. Kirk leads a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise, hoping to get some answers.

The away team discovers a city in ruins, covered by dust, utterly bereft of life. Tricorder readings indicate that this is no ancient metropolis—it has been deserted only for a year. And just beyond the citadel lies what appears to be an ancient spaceport . . . a graveyard of ships that have clearly been sabotaged.

With these ruins too far from either the Klingon or the Romulan Empires, the Enterprise crew can only wonder: Who could have done this? And could this unnamed threat now pose an imminent danger to the Federation?

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion:

Hmm. I had no idea that the Federation’s relationship with the Bajorans went back to the days of James Kirk. From the other books, it was clear that Bajor had attained long distance space exploration far early than humans. The Ascendants also featured in this book. They place a much larger role in the Deep Space Nine series. I’m interested to see how this beginning relationship with both species will play a larger part in the upcoming books. Recently in the Star Trek series, nothing in any of the stand alones is mentioned by accident. It always plays are larger role.

Posted in Meme, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday March 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesday
Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is from Farworld Air Keep by J. Scott Savage

Like the woman’s laughter, the sound came from something else. The scream of a dragon, the clang of metal on rock, the roar of a rushing river. Somehow they allblended to form words he could understand.

page 184.

Posted in Fantasy, Loved It

Renegade Magic

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Author: Stephanie Burgis

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: L

Synopsis:

Is Kat’s untrained magic strong enough to prove she has what it takes to be a true Guardian? Find out in this second book of Stephanie Burgis’s Regency-era fantasy trilogy.

Nowhere in England is safe from the mischief and magic of Kat Stephenson.

With her eldest sister finally married, it seems things are settling down for Kat. But when a scandalous accusation threatens her second sister Angeline’s prospects, Stepmama swiftly whisks the family away to Bath in an attempt to outrun the gossip and engage Angeline to a respectable suitor. Meanwhile, Kat’s utter lack of ladylike propriety has prompted the powerful Lord Ravenscroft to expel her from the Order of Guardians before her training has even begun!

Anger and exile aside, Kat knows something is not quite right about Lord Ravenscroft. And when her foolish brother Charles unwittingly invokes the furious force of Sulis Minerva at the King’s and Queen’s Baths, endangering vulnerable cousin Lucy and himself in the process, it’s up to Kat to rescue her family, find Angeline a proper husband, and prove she has the true dignity of a Guardian.

Posted in Monday Morning Update, Uncategorized

Monday Morning Update March 4, 2012

Mailbox Monday

This week I got two books.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carringer

It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.

Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail’s legions of fans have come to adore.

Star Wars the Last Jedi by Michael Reaves and Maya Kaathryn Bohnoff

Overview
KNIGHT OF RECKONING

The Emperor’s ruthless Order 66 has all but exterminated the Jedi. The few remaining who still wield the Force for good have been driven into exile or hiding. But not Jax Pavan, who’s been steadily striking blows against the Empire—as a lone guerrilla fighter and a valued partner of Whiplash, a secret Coruscant-based resistance group. Now he’s taking on his most critical mission: transporting a valued Whiplash leader, targeted for assassination, from Coruscant to safety on a distant world. It’s a risky move under any circumstances, but Jax and his trusted crew aboard the Far Ranger, including the irrepressible droid I-Five, are prepared to pit their combat skills and their vessel’s firepower against all Imperial threats—except the one Jax fears most. Reports have raced across the galaxy that the dark lord of the Sith has fallen in a duel to the death with a Rebel freedom fighter. But Jax discovers the chilling truth when he reaches out with the Force . . . only to touch the dark, unmistakable, and malignantly alive presence that is Darth Vader. And Jax knows that Vader will stop at nothing until the last Jedi has fallen.

What Are You Reading on Monday

I finished Eitquette and Espionage. I also re-read Farworld Water Keep and Farworld Land Keep. I’m getting ready to start Star Wars the Last Jedi