Posted in Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update October 28, 2013


Mailbox Monday

I got three books. One my friend sent me; the other three I bought.
1. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby
2. Star Trek the Fall A Ceremony of Losses by David Mack
3. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
4. Life As We Know It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

What Are You Reading on Mondays?
I finished Ghost Gone Wild, Allegiant, Star Trek A Ceremony of Losses, and Juliet, Naked. I’m starting Life As We Know It. I haven’t had a reading week like that in quite some time! What’s even more amazing is that I got all this reading done while refinishing my mom’s baker’s rack.

How was your reading week?

Posted in Historical, Liked It, Mystery



“I think I will just go and check on the horse,” I said quickly, pulling my boots back on. Poor Sophia–this was one of the hardest parts about her disguise, and one most likely to betray her I thought–that she could not piss like a man.

Author: S. J. Parris

Genre: Historical Mystery

Rating: LI


A gripping historical thriller set in sixteenth-century England and centered on the highly secretive cult of Saint Thomas Becket, the twelfth-century archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral.

London, summer of 1584: Radical philosopher, ex-monk, and spy Giordano Bruno suspects he is being followed by an old enemy. He is shocked to discover that his pursuer is in fact Sophia Underhill, a young woman with whom he was once in love. When Bruno learns that Sophia has been accused of murdering her husband, a prominent magistrate in Canterbury, he agrees to do anything he can to help clear her name.

In the city that was once England’s greatest center of pilgrimage, Bruno begins to uncover unsuspected secrets that point to the dead man being part of a larger and more dangerous plot in the making. He must turn his detective’s eye on history—on Saint Thomas Becket, the twelfth-century archbishop murdered in Canterbury Cathedral, and on the legend surrounding the disappearance of his body—in order to solve the crime.

As Bruno’s feelings for Sophia grow more intense, so does his fear that another murder is about to take place—perhaps his own. But more than Bruno’s life is at stake in this vividly rendered, impeccably researched, and addictively page-turning whodunit—the stability of the kingdom hangs in the balance as Bruno hunts down a brutal murderer in the shadows of England’s most ancient cathedral.

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: When will men learn that the most dangerous women are beautiful? I don’t get it! I digress. This is third book in this series. I have had this book for a while, but I forgot about it. I was cleaning up the library and found it on my shelf.

The murders in this book were positively diabolical! I’ve always been aware of the fact that people would manipulate religion in order to get power, but these men took it farther than I thought possible. I mean trying to conjure miracles? Kind of crazy. I didn’t see the motive right away for the various murders and disappearances. Actually I wouldn’t have figured it out unless Bruno revealed it. Then there was the murder of Sophia’s husband. I totally overlooked a pretty obvious suspect. You know if it weren’t for that darned glove; the murderous plot would have been perfect. Once more of the victim’s background came out, it seemed more justice than anything that he was killed.

Oh Bruno! Men always go after the once thing they can’t have and shouldn’t want. I’m not sure I’ll ever figure that one out. Eventually there needs to be. Show down between he and Sophia.

This one was a slow read; not tht this is a bad thing. You just have to read it carefully.

Posted in Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update October 21, 2013


Welcome!!! In case any of you were wondering, here’s a small tutorial on my birthday cake.

Mailbox Monday

1. Star Wars Empire and Rebellion Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells.
2. Longbourn by Jo Baker
3. Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart

What Are You Reading on Monday?

I read Longbourn, Sacrilege, and re-read AirKeep. I’m in the middle of reading Razor’s Edge and Ghost Gone Wild.

Posted in Rated Q, Urban fantasy

All Is Fair


Author: Emma Newman

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating: Q


William Iris struggles to keep the throne of Londinium whilst hated by his own court and beset by outsiders, while Cathy discovers the legacy of her former governess. But those who dare to speak out about Society are always silenced. Sometimes for good.

While trying to avoid further torments from the mercurial fae, Sam finds himself getting tangled in the affairs of the Elemental Court. But an unexpected offer from the powerful and enigmatic Lord Iron turns out to be far more than Sam bargained for.

Max and the gargoyle are getting closer to uncovering who is behind the murder of the Bath Chapter and the corruption in London and Max finds the gargoyle’s controversial ideas harder to ignore. Can he stay true to his sworn duty without being destroyed by his own master, whose insanity threatens to unravel them all?

Bluestocking’s Learned Opinion: After I finished Any Other Name, I wondered how the author was going to be able to finish this series in one more book. There was a lot of plot to wrap up. She did it. It was definitely not quite what I was expecting, which is why I gave it the Q rating. The ending of this series was very anti-climatic. Some parts of the ending were completely out of no where. (Like the whole, who is killing all the chapters subplot).There was no clues in the prior books. It was a little bit disjointed. The book ended with a new beginning for all of the major storylines. I feel that perhaps the author made the ending this way so that in future she could return to this world. There was still plenty of adventure left that just wasn’t touched.

This was my least favorite book in the entire series. I really felt let down by how the author handled the ending. It was lacking in umph. To read or not to read? I would read it, but just don’t expect some breathless conclusion.

Posted in Monday Morning Update

Monday Morning Update October 6 2013


If you are reading this on Sunday Night, then you should know that October 6th is my birthday.
Mailbox Monday

I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I have gotten a slew of books.

1. Changeless
2. Blameless
3. Heartless
4. Timeless
5. All Is Fair
6. Star Trek the Fall Revelation and Dust
7. Star Trek the Fall The Crimson Shadow

What Are You Reading on Mondays?

I have read all of the books listed above. I also re-read Divergent and Insurgent. I have started reading Tigerheart, but I’ve put it down. I’m re-reading Airkeep.

Just to make all of you jealous, I thought I’d post a picture of my birthday cake.