Month: June 2015

Book Reviews

I’ve been reading so many books lately and not having any time to write updates on all of them, so I’m going to give a quick rundown of everything I’ve finished in the last month or so, which hopefully catches us up!

Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding: 5 Stars – Comical and witty about a couple headed towards a weigh loss goal. British and humorous, endearing and sometimes humiliating and sad. Pick it up!

heartlessBlameless and Heartless by Gail Carriger : 5 stars and 4 stars, respectively -Books 3 & 4 in the Parasol Protectorate series about Alexia Tarrabotti and her many misadventures. Steampunk, werewolves, vampires, and other mysteries.

Captive by Brighton Walsh: 4 stars – A little creepy, a little erotic. Girl gets kidnapped, she and the guy fall in love. Romantic in a weird sort of way. Almost like Kenyon but less supernatural and a little darker in some respects.

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood: 4 stars – Can’t remember if I mentioned the Cahill Chronicles before but I’m a little obsessed with this Victorian era witchy series. 3 sisters entwined by fate, magic, and love. Definitely read.

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate: 4 stars – Wasn’t sure I would like this book, but it turned out not eve & adamtoo shabby. Very girl meets boy in a science lab sort of way. Ending was predictable but the middle was a fast-paced, interesting read.

Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs: 4 stars – Definitely scarier and weirder the more I get into the Alpha & Omega series, and this addition was no exception. More werewolves and fae written in Briggs’ unique style. Romance and terror rolled into one…although not with the same people.

A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix: 3 stars – Prince Khemri finds out that life isn’t exactly what he thought it was and is killed three times before he figures out some much needed answers. Science fiction set in space, little slow at first, lots to adjust to for names and places and rules, but solid.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: 4 stars – Realistic teen fiction about a nerdy Asian guy and an awkward redheaded girl who have a meet cute on the bus and have a quiet blossoming relationship interrupted by secrets, family and social lives. Speaks to the heart, sad but incredibly honest.

Witches!: The Absolutely Trufamily romanove Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer: 4 stars – Well done portrait of life in Salem during the witch trials for the accused and accusers plus the judges and other townfolk. Very much enjoyed, complete with some illustrations.

The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming: 4 stars – Life and downfall of the last Romanovs in Russia including the meeting of the tzar and his wife plus the tales of all the children, including family secrets, diabolical plots, and lots of history.

Black Heart by Holly Black: 4 stars – Last book in the Curse Workers trilogy, nice, neat ending, more or less. Magic, mayhem, and the public opinion all collide in the final chapters.

I know it’s not up to my usual standards with my own rating system and all but I would say that the only one worth skipping might be the Nix book. Personally, it’s not my style. I liked Eve & Adam as well as Eleanor & Park, but I don’t think they will make the shelf of favorites. The rest of the series are pretty worth while although curse workers was definitely towards the book of the list of those here. Fat Chance was hysterical and the Cahill Chronicles as well as the Parasol Protectorate are worth reading. The history books were great if you’re into that sort of thing and I would never not recommend Briggs.

Happy Reading!


End of May Update!

Wow, how long has it been since I’ve written? Nearly 3 weeks! My bad.

But, in my defense as always, I have been very, very busy. I have hands in a lot of pies at the moment and I confess this blog hasn’t been as much of a priority as it should have been. I really need to start writing these when I’m in the car or on a plane or something.

Lots to update you on, so let’s get started 🙂

1) Successfully completed my first year of grad school! Woot woot!

2) Finished it with a perfect 4.0 last semester and with a cumulative GPA of 3.96

3) Had two weeks “off” where I did nothing but work but have since started my summer course

4) Visited Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Monticello last weekend, I enjoyed seeing all of them

5) I continue to have more books than time

6) I am newly addicted to Downton Abbey (nearly done S3!)

7) Finally have the chance to watch Season 4 of Once Upon a Time and am loving it as always (I Ship Robin/Regina)

8) My summer class is already kicking my butt, however it’s on YA Literature so I think I can manage once I wrap my head around how much reading I will be doing over the next six weeks!

9) Tonight, I am attending the 8th grade graduation of my cousin, so proud of him

10) Planning for three weddings is still a royal pain in my ass

11) Oh, and if I didn’t mention it before, my little sister just graduated from college and my baby sister just moved out to Oklahoma for grad school

12) I only have three more days of work and approximately two weeks until I move home to Maine (yes, it’s official)

Hopefully this week when things settle down, I will back-post my Top Ten Tuesdays and Book Reviews for your reading pleasure, but here is a quick look at what I’m reading now:

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Interesting Facts about Poets’ Corner

Interesting Literature

Fun facts about Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey – and the writers buried there

Although Geoffrey Chaucer was the first to be buried in Poets’ Corner, his interment in that part of the Abbey only took place in 1556, over a century and a half after his death. He had originally been buried elsewhere in Westminster Abbey, following his death in 1400. And he earned his original place in the Abbey not for his poetry but for his other work: he was Clerk of Works of the Palace of Westminster. This was probably the reason for his burial in the Abbey in the first place. ‘Poets’ Corner’ would only come into being many years after Chaucer’s death.

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For Reluctant Readers: Harry Potter

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Although we at The Book Wars have writtena fair bit aboutHarry Potter (albeit often indirectly,focusing ona small aspectof the seriesor the worldor the controversy), we have’t yet spoken about the influence it had upon us as readers.

Maybe that’s because we were already voracious readers by the time Harry Potter came along. I inhabited Redwall for years before Jo Rowling’s manuscript was first rejected by a publishing house. I’m pretty sure the other Book Warriors can say the same about other fictional worlds of their choice. (Enid Blyton’s boarding schools, am I right, Nafiza?)

But for children who didn’t feast on books, Harry Potter was a game-changer, especially for children of my approximate age, who grew up the same age as Harry Potter was every year. The revelation of Harry’s year of birth in the final book of the series did…

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