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Monday Morning Update August 26, 2013

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I cannot believe that this is the last week of August!!! I don’t think that I’ve ever experienced a summer that has gone by so quickly.

Mailbox Monday
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.

But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.

Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen

As thirty-fifth in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It’s forks on the left, knives on the right—not in His Majesty’s back…

Here I am thinking the education I received at my posh Swiss finishing school would never come in handy. And while it hasn’t landed me a job, or a husband, it has convinced Her Majesty the Queen and the Dowager Duchess to enlist my help. I have been entrusted with grooming Jack Altringham—the Duke’s newly discovered heir fresh from the Outback of Australia—for high society.

The upside is I am to live in luxury at one of England’s most gorgeous stately homes. But upon arrival at Kingsdowne Place, my dearest Darcy has been sent to fetch Jack, leaving me stuck in a manor full of miscreants…none of whom are too pleased with the discovery of my new ward.

And no sooner has the lad been retrieved than the Duke announces he wants to choose his own heir. With the house in a hubbub over the news, Jack’s hunting knife somehow finds its way into the Duke’s back. Eyes fall, backs turn, and fingers point to the young heir. As if the rascal wasn’t enough of a handful, now he’s suspected of murder. Jack may be wild, but I’d bet the crown jewels it wasn’t he who killed the Duke…

What Are You Reading on Mondays?

I read A Darkness Strange and Lovely, I’m ready Star Trek TOS From History’s Shadow. I read The White Princess and Heirs and Graces a few weeks back. I’ve been re-reading The Mortal Instruments Series.

Posted in Loved It, paranormal, Young Adult

Something Strange and Deadly

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Teaser:

“Like Jie, I didn’t—couldn’t—avoid stepping on the corpses. My ankles and heels rolled and sank as we progressed forward.”

Author: Susan Dennard

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult

Rating: L

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Eleanor Fitt’s brother is missing. And when she discovers that the Dead are rising in Philadelphia and wreaking havoc throughout the city, she knows that her brother is involved.

So Eleanor enlists the help of the Spirit-Hunters. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. Their skills can save her brother. But as Eleanor spends time with the Spirit-Hunters, and their handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. Now not only is her reputation at risk, but her very life may hang in the balance.

For some odd reason, I had the hardest time grasping the concept that this book took place in the US. I don’t know why! Maybe I was subconsciously thinking about, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This is definitely a zombie story. It is different from other zombie stories in that the thing causing the zombie-ism is necromancy rather than some disease.

I liked the author’s concept of magic. There are different forms of magic for example necromancy versus voodoo. People seem to be born with innate ability for different branches. Like many fantasy books though, necromancy is always very bad!

This book, in addition to being paranormal, is also part mystery. From the beginning of the book it becomes clear that the dead rising have to do some thing with Eleanor’s missing brother, but it is not clear what. It’s also unknown why the necromancer is awakening the dead. The author had a few red herrings thrown in there. There were a couple of characters that I suspected. I think I figured out who the necromancer was 3/4 of the way through the book.

I did like Eleanor’s character. She had a lot to deal with like poverty and disgrace of her sather’s past actions. Surprisingly, she was kind hearted and gracious despite all of it. The mother I could not like! As far as I am concerned she was trying to pimp her daughter out in a societally acceptable manner. I think I kept thinking this was set in England because of the whole impoverished lady having tho marry the wealthy gentleman.

Oh there was this one funny reference in the book to the Grecian bend. In case you were wondering, back in the 1820’s this stance became popular in the US. It was considered fashionable. A woman was supposed to have her butt poked out and her chest out and tilted downward. It was supposed to be enticing to men. As you can imagine, this stance worked well with the bustle, Well I tried the pose based solely on the description; I didn’t cheat and google a picture. Let me tell you what! My dog was watching me, and even she was giving me funny looks! It was so ridiculous! Not to mention provocative! I can’t believe people back in the day encouraged women,unmarried, to present themselves that way!

There is a second book called A Darkness Strange and Lovely. That review will be up next!

Posted in Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update August 19, 2013

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Rumors of my demise have been exaggerated!

Man, I’ve been gone for a while. Work and life have been killing me! On to the memes.

Mailbox Monday
I’ve gotten quite a few books since I last participated, but I only have time for a short post today. So here is what I got last week.

1. Something Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
2. A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard
3. Star Trek TOS: From History’s Shadow by Dayton Ward

What Are You Reading on Monday
I re-read City of Bones and City of Ashes; I read Something Strange and Lovely. I’m currently reading A Darkness Strange and Lovely.

Posted in Advanced Review, Blog Hop, Loved It, paranormal, Uncategorized

Chasing Memories

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Author: Tia Silverthorne Bach

Genre: Paranormal

Rating: Rated LI

Synopsis:

There isn’t another way; not now. The others are coming. I can’t let them have you…

Seventeen-year-old Reagan has a problem: She can’t remember what happened the night her brother was taken.

Now, the dreams haunting her from the incident are becoming more intense by the day. All the while, the lines between what’s real and what’s a product of her paranormal-obsessed mind are becoming blurred.

Is she losing her mind or has she just stepped into a world she thought only existed in books?

Caught in a web of worried parents, competing boys, Wiccan relatives, protective amulets, and psychiatrist babble, Reagan must determine the truth before it’s too late.

This book was too short. Just when things started picking up, it ended. I hate that about series! At first I wasn’t sure if Reagan was losing her mind. Things happened so fast the night her brother was taken. I really didn’t see how her memory of that night was longer than originally portrayed.

Anyway, it was clear that Reagan had stumbled into some sort of battle between werewolves. I can’t wait to see how that turns out. Also there is the whole Wiccan aspect of the story. It wasn’t clear that Reagan’s grandmother was aware of whether werewolves exist. I thought that was unusual. In most paranormal books everybody knows about all the other creatures.

Can I just tell you how much I dislike Reagan’s mother! I understand the desire to protect your children; however, having your child committed is going way beyond. I don’t understand people who go through such lengths to deny the truth. And the one love interest made me become quite violent. I was ready to shake Reagan. I don’t understand attraction to those type of guys.

Anyway, the series promises to have a lot of conflict- good vs evil werewolves, daughter vs mother vs grandmother, psychotic boyfriends….
I did like the surprise at the end of the book. I always think its great when the people you think are gone aren’t really gone.

This was a great first book in a series, and I’m quite eager to see how the rest of the series goes.

As you can see from the picture above, I’m part of a blog tour. Here is the rest of the info.

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Web Site:
http://depressioncookies.com/

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Author Blog:
http://depressioncookies.blogspot.com/

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Book Review Blog:
http://etjrmbach.blogspot.com/

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/tia.bach.author

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Tia_Bach_Author

Tia Silverthorne Bach’s Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/TiaBach

Chasing Memories Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17909317-chasing-memories

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http://chasingmemoriesblogtour.blogspot.com/

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