TTT: Characters I’d like to canoodle

TTT: Characters I’d like to canoodle

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is a freebie. Dangerous things happen when you give me control. I’m working through a list of topics I made last year, and today I’m choosing the characters I wouldn’t mind taking a run at.* *hypothetically because they aren’t real and I’m not crazy, but you can’t tell me you don’t have this list in your head at any given moment  Copious canoodling ahead I’ve also noted whether the character is a dick or not, which seems important to calculate.      1. Joscelin Verreuil from Kushiel’s Dart | Not a Dick Oh, sweet deadly cinnamon roll. Phedre and Joscelin are the T-est OTP, I love him so. Phedre puts him through some real torture in the course… Read more »

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Owl Crate Unboxed: January Magic

Owl Crate Unboxed: January Magic

I’m a bit obsessed with subscription boxes. The surprise! The loot! The thrill of getting mail! Here’s a look into my latest box: Owl Crate. The Book Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go. What is this? How have I not heard of this book before? I’m so intrigued… Read more »

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TTT: Books added recently to my TBR

TTT: Books added recently to my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the ten most recent books I have added to my TBR! I may have accidentally scheduled a different post to go up earlier today, so oops. It was a long break off from the blog, okay?       1. Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley A story about the Brontës and their ability to travel into the worlds they create. It seems as Gothic as Jane Eyre, plus actual magic not just the insistence that Jane is fae. :) 2. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski These silly kids better make up and kiss if they know what’s good for them… 3. A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean I can’t resist a good punny play… Read more »

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Owl Crate Unboxed: December’s Get Inspired

Owl Crate Unboxed: December’s Get Inspired

I’m a bit obsessed with subscription boxes. The surprise! The loot! The thrill of getting mail! Here’s a look into my latest box: Owl Crate. I was a little delinquent in my posting during December, so I’ll be posting the January unboxing next week! The Book   Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott Have you ever looked at a famous portrait and wondered the backstory of its model? In Da Vinci’s Tiger, L.M. Elliott fleshes out the story behind Ginevra de’ Benci and the famous portrait of her by Leonardo Da Vinci. I’ve just finished the book, and found it to be quite enjoyable, providing a look into fifteenth-century Florence and all its intrigue and poetry. Elliott’s Ginevra is smart, virtuous, well-learned and ultimately, a feminist. She chafes at the roles society has given her, and must deal with the duality of her nature: proper married woman and fierce tiger. This is not… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap-Up: NaNoing through November

Monthly Wrap-Up: NaNoing through November

  November is over and so is NaNo! While I enjoy the mad-dash writing, it does mean I don’t have a great deal of time to do much else. :/ That being said, there’s not much to wrap up in terms of November, though I am really happy to share this: I finished the 50K on November 30 at 50,666 words, which is pretty awesome considering my story includes blood magic. :D The story is about halfway done, so there’s more work for me to do. But also less pressure to get it done so I should be blogging and reading more in December. As for Ashley, she had a valiant run but didn’t technically win, though I think anyone participating is a winner! She wants to finish her draft by the end of the year, which I want to do as well. Oh and I also began watching The 100… Read more »

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Owl Crate Unboxed: November’s Myths and Legends (Plus Soundless Giveaway!)

Owl Crate Unboxed: November’s Myths and Legends (Plus Soundless Giveaway!)

I’m a bit obsessed with subscription boxes. The surprise! The loot! The thrill of getting mail! Here’s a look into my latest box: Owl Crate. The Book   Soundless by Richelle Mead This was a little deflating as I already have a copy of this book from BEA. BUT, that is the risk you run with subscription boxes. This final edition is still very beautiful though! And because I have an ARC already, I will be giving this copy away, replete with the bookmark and temporary tattoos it came with. My review for Soundless isn’t up yet, but it was an enjoyable, if simplistic story. Enter for a chance to win below.  The Other Goodies Snow White Tea by adagio teas An apple tea blend to help Snow White ward off the wicked Queen’s poisonous spell and awake with the gentle kiss from her handsome Prince. This was a very… Read more »

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What to do with Landline: How to classify genre benders

What to do with Landline: How to classify genre benders

It’s Sci-Fi Month, courtesy of Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow! If you want to get involved, you can check out the details here. Today I wanted to discuss a recent book I read that blurs the line between contemporary and sci-fi: Landline by Rainbow Rowell. To me, Rainbow Rowell is a fantastic writer. She really excels at dialogue and building very interesting characters. I recently saw Rowell on a panel during NerdCon, and she talked a little bit about how a lot of herself is in her stories, which may be why they feel so realistic. That, and the majority (Carry On now excluded) are contemporary works of fiction. Landline toes the line though: its major conceit is a landline phone that allows the main character to speak with her husband from the past. Admittedly, Landline isn’t my favorite story of Rowell’s. It might be my least, though I… Read more »

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Sci-Fi Month Review: The Body Electric

Sci-Fi Month Review: The Body Electric

It’s Sci-Fi Month, courtesy of Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow! If you want to get involved, you can check out the details here. Today I’m reviewing The Body Electric. I was attracted to The Body Electric because altered memories is one of my favorite tropes. One of my longest running (and favorite) WIPs is about a future society with ever increasing mind control and a protagonist with hidden memories. This book was sort of homework for me in a way, because I really wanted to see how the lost memories were handled. It was also my first Beth Revis story, though I know she is pretty well known in the YA world for her Across the Universe series. There was so much to enjoy in The Body Electric. Right off the bat, we are introduced to a unique setting: a rebuilt Malta. I loved that the book didn’t take… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2015

  I’m a little late in posting this recap, and whoa my goodness, I can’t seem to finish a book for the life of me! As you will see below, October was a slow reading month, punctuated by the fact that one of the three books I read was a re-read. To be honest, I was spending a whole lot of time reading fantastic fanfic that I completely blew off my pile of shiny books. Whoops! I went to a fun event called NerdCon: Stories, which was held for the first-time ever and in Minneapolis! I was so pumped to not have to travel far to see authors talk about books. I also volunteered at the event and got my ticket reimbursed, so that was well worth it. I got to see Jacqueline Carey, Rainbow Rowell, Patrick Rothfuss, Maggie Stiefvater, Stephanie Perkins, and many other authors. I didn’t end up… Read more »

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