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Nov 17, 2014

Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry

Book 3 The Finishing School Series

By Gail Carriger

Steampunk, Spywork, and a Spunky Heroine.

My Summary:

Sophronia and friends deal with one of their number's sudden departure, an engagement party, a covert train and the potential political upheaval of a pack.

My Review:

It's fun to be this far into the series because it allows for less explaining and more fun. However, the fun of the plot wound up leaving me a little frustrated.

Sadly, there was only mention of Lord Akeldama. He's such a colorful character that I want more of him, but I suppose there was a chance for him to steal the proverbial show. It was nice to get more of Captain Niall and the Dewan.

I'm a little disappointed at the ending. There was a conclusion, yes, but.... it wasn't satisfying and I'm going to be sitting over here impatiently waiting a year for the next book.

Nov 6, 2014

Review: The Iron Trial

The Iron Trial

By Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Book 1 The Magesterium


My Summary:

Callum Hunt has the opportunity to craft his magic at a school kids would kill to get into. He just has to pass a few tests. Unlike those other kids, Call wants to fail. His dad has told him the risks, but when he’s chosen to apprentice, Call’s life is turned upside down, and he doesn’t know who to trust.

My Review:

Firstly, I’ve seen a lot of reviews comparing this to Harry Potter. I myself felt a similarity as I read it. And regardless of Cassandra Clare’s past Potter fan fiction, I don’t think that is a bad thing. The book is about a boy who goes to a “school” that will help him control his magical powers… you’ll never get away from an HP connection.

Now that that’s over

Callum is an odd character. I still don’t know if I like him, but the story, the supporting cast, and the world built around him allowed me to enjoy the book. Perhaps he’ll grow on me if I continue with the series.

There were points when the passage of time didn’t make sense and the explanation of “why” was missing. But with those few exceptions, the book moved along at a fast clip.

Call’s relationship with his father is possibly the one thing I’d like to have seen expanded on even more. I know that it was there in the background all the while, but somehow… I wanted more.

The twist at the end is interesting and will probably be the reason I read the next book.




Nov 4, 2014

Review: Infinityglass


By Myra McEntire

Book 3 Hourglass Trilogy

My Summary:

Rips are getting stronger, the infinityglass is their only hope to set time back to rights. The Hourglass sends Dune to New Orleans. He knows more about the infinityglass than any other living person… but their newest discovery tells them the infinityglass is a person and that could cause more problems than violent shifting of time.

My Review:

Sadness is the end of a series that was so fantastic you want to live in the world the author created.

Dune was an interesting character, one I wasn’t expecting to have a perspective – so little was his part in the first two books. His personal struggle was intriguing and his struggles with Hallie were delicious. Hallie on the other hand was a little weird. I liked her because Dune did and that carried me through the beginning portions where I wasn’t sold on her yet. I appreciated her desires and struggles.

Myra’s writing style has a way of sweeping you into the narrative and dragging you through every odd detail. I looked up several times while reading and just enjoyed the prose I’d read.

I was a little sad that the other characters did not play as much of a roll in this book. Having gotten to know Emerson, Michael, Kaleb and Lilly in the first two books, it would have been nice to spend more time with them in this one.

Overall, the book is a satisfying end to a wonderful trilogy.

Nov 3, 2014

October's Wrap-up

A month of merriment, candy, and costumed children. And now it's over and we all turn our thoughts to the count down to Turkey - or we start tapping out words because it's NaNoWriMo!

Anyway, let's talk about last month....

Words Written: 34,647

31,717 of those were new words, the other 2,930 were in revision additions. And most of the words went into one or another of the upcoming Flynn books.

Drafts Finished: 0


Books Revised: 2

Going through the second to last changes on one book and the second on another.

Print Books Acquired: 8

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson - 
I grabbed this at a steal and after Jason Hough's recommendation, I couldn't pass it up. I've read the first two pages and it looks like it will be intense and interesting. Excited to get a chance to sit down with it.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon -
I will not lie: I bought this because of the tv series. I haven't watched the series, so I guess, I bought it because of the gif/picture sets on pinterest and tumblr. And I love the idea that Gabaldon was inspired to write it after watching Doctor Who!

Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Verant - 
I've talked to Samantha here and there on the internet for the past several years and was so excited when she sold her memoirs. I am really excited to read the in-detail version of a story I know vaguely from past conversations.

Chorus by Emma Trevayne - 
After giving away my ARC of this a little while ago, I kept looking at Coda on the shelf and thinking about it's missing sister. And this month, I finally got around to snagging a copy so that I can read it again whenever I fancy.

Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson -
I don't generally love the hardbacks that Costco's publishing house puts out, but this one is kind of pretty and it was a classic I didn't yet own, so I grabbed it.

Extra Ordinary Comics Vol 1-3 by Li Chen - 
DH and I supported the latest kickstarted and this was one of our pledge rewards. And I'm so happy we did it. The books are gorgeous!

Books Read: 12

Shadow and Bone by Liegh Bardugo (Blog Review)
This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James (GR Review)
Dane by Liliana Hart (GR Review)
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (Review on Thursday)
How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare (GR Review)
Infinityglass by Myra McEntire (Review on Tuesday)
Extraordinary Comics Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3 by Li Chen (GR Reviews Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3)
We Can Remember it for you Wholesale by Phillip K. Dick (Blog Review)
Arizona Rangers by M. David DeSoucy (GR Review)
Hot Pursuit by Lynn Raye Harris (GR Review)