Month: April 2015

TTT: Top ten characters whose skills we envy

TTT: Top ten characters whose skills we envy

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 was a bit of a freebie, so we decided to pick characters whose skills we admire, envy and just plain covet. 1. Lisbeth Salander’s hacker skills From The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth Salander has many qualities I admire and envy. Namely, her insane hacker abilities. I know most of this comes from her photographic mind (also something I envy), but I really admire women who know the ins and outs of computers, coding, technology, and the interwebs. Rock on, Lisbeth! 2. Claire Beauchamp/Randall/Fraser’s medical prowess Hailing from Outlander, Claire seriously has it all: sass, smarts and street cred. I’ve always been fascinated by the medical field and if the desire to write wasn’t as strong as it… Read more »

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Review: Black Iris

Review: Black Iris

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind — Ghandi Sorry to get all high and mighty on you, but Black Iris and I were just not meant to be. No doubt, this story will probably resonate with many readers, the type of people who enjoy characters who are so absorbed that they can’t see beyond themselves. I like dark characters too, but the redemption of someone dark, even if its solely to that in-between gray area, is what turns me on as a reader. In Black Iris, no one goes through a redemptive arc, or an arc of any kind. It is the same self destructive behavior, on repeat. I’m no saint, and I don’t want to pretend I disliked the story because there was a lot of seedy behavior happening. I was a teenager, a college student. I’ve never had a curfew. So I am not casting… Read more »

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Anne’s five mini reviews: March 2015

Anne’s five mini reviews: March 2015

I decided to get back in the swing of things and started doing more book reviews. But sometimes short and simple works just as well as lengthy and laborious. I had some great reads in March, including a rec from all of you who voted for in my Readerly Advice post, as well as two DNFs that just didn’t thrill me. Kushiel’s Chosen (re-read) by Jacqueline Carey (Phedre’s Trilogy #2) It is a little crazy for me to think I’ve never reviewed my favorite series on the blog before. And even worse yet, I’m starting with book two à la mini review. My love for this series is strong. In this second installation, the little contentment that Phedre established is shattered, sending her on another wild goose chase. She commits some follies, looses the trust of her greatest ally, and meets some amazing characters along the way. There is a lot of greyness in… Read more »

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Review: The 100

Review: The 100

I first learned about The 100 via the CW. I saw a trailer a few months before the show aired and was really intrigued by the idea that mankind hasn’t stepped foot on Earth in over 300 years. The whole society was really well thought out. You break the law, you either get floated or if you’re kept in confinement until you turn 18 and wait for a retrial to determine your fate. Sound cruel? Maybe. But in outer space, life is extremely precious, let alone oxygen and resources. The first few episodes of the show really had me hooked, but as the season went on it felt like the show was trying to split into too many directions without any solid foundation. I had no idea it was based on a book and when I saw it available on NG, I was curious to see what the original source… Read more »

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Review: Never Marry a Viscount

Review: Never Marry a Viscount

I picked this up as an insta-read – just for something fluffy to read in between my “real” books. Randomly, I started reading it on the train, since it was one of the few books already downloaded. I was super skeptical to begin with, but I was hooked from the very first page. Honestly, I was not expecting to like it so much! Even though this was the last in the trilogy, besides missing a few minor details, it read like its own novel. And, to be honest, the description of the other Russell sisters made me glad I picked this one instead. They seemed vapid, selfish and just plain stupid. I was expecting a fun, light-hearted regency fiction novel. But, what I got was a blush-worthy historical fiction romance. I mean reading on the train can be difficult (especially when you’re swinging all over the place), but it’s a… Read more »

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Review: When We Were Animals

Review: When We Were Animals

What was this story? Despite one fantasy element this wasn’t a fantasy novel. But everything centers on this fantastical element, it drives the whole story. Lumen is shaped by this element — is she wild, or something entirely different? I don’t really want to give anything of When We Were Animals away, but I don’t know how to even really describe the experience. In my first sitting I flew through 61% of my copy — it was captivating, and intriguing. Everything was so strange, the concept of teens turning wild for a period of time over full moons, but it was accepted in this small town as a rite of passage. And it is not like they turn into werewolves, oh no. It is much more interesting and primal than that.  You won’t get a satisfying answer as to why this town, why this heightened wildness during the full moons,… Read more »

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My all-time favorite authors!

My all-time favorite authors!

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 all-time favorite authors. I actually don’t have ten. I’m picky? 1. Kurt Vonnegut  I’m a big fan of this man’s writing style, witticisms and personal politics. My favorite Vonnegut read is Bluebeard, though The Sirens of Titan is a close second. Last TTT, I included my favorite quote from Vonnegut, and my life moto, haha.   2. Jacqueline Carey Yep, probably could have predicted this one. I love the Kushiel’s Dart series. LOVE IT. This lady created my OTP. I’m determined to read Carey’s other, lesser-known books, but none are available at the library. I should probably just suck it up and buy them, right? 3. Juliete Marillier Author of the Sevenwaters series, all of which… Read more »

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Review: Rules of Seduction

Review: Rules of Seduction

When Dani moves to LA, she experiences a huge blow. The indie studio she moved to the city for has closed its doors without letting her know, and she becomes a jobless filmmaker in her first few hours in the city of angels. Luckily, her new roommate Brit is kind of awesome, and cheers her up and accepts her even though she can’t yet pay the rent. Her job situation turns around quickly though, as Dani runs into her old friend Elise, who gives her a proposition: seduce my boyfriend and I’ll get you a job. First off, Dani doesn’t seem the type to take up this offer, but she accepts anyways. She’s so desperate for a job, even at the cheesy teen show Vamp Camp, that she’s willing to do something ridiculous to get it. Because she honestly doesn’t think Elise’s boyfriend is going to fall for her schemes…. Read more »

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Readerly Advice: We’re going to BEA!

Readerly Advice: We’re going to BEA!

Once in a while I like to ask other friendly peoples for advice. And usually about books, hence Readerly Advice. This time its about something bookish, but not exactly books itself. :D I’m so excited to say that Ashley and I are going to BEA this year! Thanks to Ashley’s move to New York, it will just cost her the price of entrance, and that plus a plane ticket for me. This will also be my first trip to New York, and I am super excited to visit Ashley in her new place and get to geek out and do bookish things! We’re going to the Blogger Conference as well as the rest of the expo, and can’t wait to learn some interesting things from smart bloggers and then go gaga over books. This is a very short post. What I would really like to know is: are you going to BEA?… Read more »

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Our top ten inspiring book quotes

Our top ten inspiring book quotes

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 is week’s topic is book quotes that have inspired us. I’ll admit, I did do a bit of Googling for quotes from some of my favorite books. I’ve been trying to tweet interesting quotes as I come across them, but sometimes don’t want to break the reading momentum! Here are my quotes! There were so many good quotes from this novel, but this one in particular challenges and inspires me to help stop harassment of women. It’s not secret that I’m a feminist, but since moving to NYC, it’s been hard to intervene when I see another female in distress without incurring the same unwanted or even hostile attention towards myself. In any case, what a beautiful thought. I… Read more »

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