Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Series: Standalone
Genre: Fantasy
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The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.

Entirely unschooled in the art of court politics, he has no friends, no advisors, and the sure knowledge that whoever assassinated his father and brothers could make an attempt on his life at any moment.

Surrounded by sycophants eager to curry favor with the na├»ve new emperor, and overwhelmed by the burdens of his new life, he can trust nobody. Amid the swirl of plots to depose him, offers of arranged marriages, and the specter of the unknown conspirators who lurk in the shadows, he must quickly adjust to life as the Goblin Emperor. All the while, he is alone, and trying to find even a single friend... and hoping for the possibility of romance, yet also vigilant against the unseen enemies that threaten him, lest he lose his throne – or his life.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fairytale Heroines Aged as Their Movies (Art!)

Okay, I found this adorable art and just simply had to share.

The basis for the idea, the creator - who you can find here - said, came from each of the Disney ladies aged in relation to their movies. Like, if the movie came out seventy-five years ago, that's how old the heroine was drawn. I just thought it was so neat and wanted to share!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Top Ten of My Favorite Book Character Names

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Confession time: Names from books hardly ever last in my mind. Sure, if there's one that particularly unpronounceable, I'll remember it. But, the truth is, most of the time, names are just names. I don't think I've ever though 'I love that name' when I first meet a character.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Inspired Costume Ideas (Mostly For Girls/Women & Mostly Easy)

I always promise myself I'm going to do something spectacular for Halloween - which happens to be my favorite holiday - but I never have. So, while this might not be 'spectacular' I've got the first post of a three part series today. Parts two and three will be coming out the next two Mondays.

So, what better place to start than with costumes? I've always loved the idea of dressing up and being someone else for a day, and where could I find more inspiration for costumes than in a book?

Scarlet Benoit - Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet would be a pretty easy costume to throw together. I mean, if you've got red hair, you've got the hard stuff covered. (If not, you'll need hair dye or a wig!)

A simple red hoodie and a pair of jeans comprises the bulk of the costume. And a comfortable pair of Converse complete it.

You could add a few accessories, but remember to keep it simple. Scarlet is a farm girl and wouldn't be the sort to get too caught up in looks anyway.

Lilac LaRoux - These Broken Stars by Spooner & Kaufman

If you want a more traditionally feminine look for Halloween - and either already have a nice green dress or need one anyway - I can't imagine doing better than this. (If you're creative, you could even sew your own!)

I'd finish off the look with some glittery makeup, perhaps artistically smeared to look a few days old, and hair, if long, tied back into a messy ponytail.

The combined look of a fancy dress with obvious found military boots and jacket would be quite a contradiction. And make a great conversation starter with you being able to explain the book the outfit came from. (Or just smile mysteriously as I'm sure Lilac would do!)

Amelia Peabody Emerson from The Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
I, of course, knew 'Peabody' would have to be here because, ever since my first foray into these books, I've love her style of dressing. And it's one of the few book outfits I'd actually give a go sometime.
Finish off the ensemble with a pair of trousers tucked into the boots, a sturdy parasol and a belt with dozens of historical things (flint, flask, pistol) hanging from it and you are all ready to be the preeminent lady archeologist of the 19th century.

Now I'm not going to actually pretend these next costumed were inspired by any certain book - but they were inspired by the steampunk genre as a whole. Really, if you want more ideas, you can start out by Googling either steampunk clothes or steampunk costumes. Some come as premade costumes, others can be put together with a couple of focal pieces.

I hope something here has sparked ideas - because it sure has mine. Now I just need to see what I can toss together last minute for a steampunk costume...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fandom Mashups - Revenge

So, in my quest to find different, fun things to do for my blog, I found Fandom Mashups at Lunar Rainbows. The brain behind this says 'The idea here is that every week, I propose a unique fictional scenario and then build a personal dream team of 5 fictional characters from 5 different fandoms to help tackle each scenario!'

  • You've been framed and sent to a notoriously harsh prison for a crime you didn't commit. You manage to escape! Who's going to help you plot your revenge on those who framed you? Oct 16th

"The rich and powerful take what they want. We steal it back for you. We provide leverage."

Nathan Ford from Leverage

I have to admit, this was a total no brainer on my part. See, it's kinda Nate's job to help people that've been taken advantage of by 'the rich and powerful' so, yeah, while I might not always like the guy, I'd totally want him on my side. (And, really, the rest of his team could have filled this out perfectly, but I was good.)

Londo Mollari from Babylon 5

Londo is...well, Londo. If you've seen B5, you get it, if not, I can't explain it. Let's just say that I want him on my side for his political savvy and, in truth, his access to all sorts of interesting poisons.

Darien Fawkes from The Invisible Man

So, even before he got the Quicksilver gland, Darien was a thief. I'm definitely thinking that if I need someone to sneak in, I could probably make a better choice - because, seriously, nothing he does ever turns out quite how it's supposed to. But, really, there's no way I wouldn't want him on my team. (Besides, Bobby, the Keeper and The Official never really let him go anywhere without them, so... Bonus?)
Regina Mills from Once Upon a Time

Probably pre-she became a good guy, but the fact is, she lied to everyone for 28 years (like, the ultimate long-con) and created a scenario that 80% the villains since have been trying (and failing, spectacularly,) to duplicate. And, besides, as my life falls apart, I need to be entertained - and I think her and Darien snarking at each other would be perfect.
Claudia Donovan from Warehouse 13

In this day and age of technology, I'd definitely need a hacker and...well, I'm not sure there's any I adore more than Claud. She's great and brilliant and she would help enliven this team. (And, omg, can you imagine her and Regina if they'd get along? Seriously, I think I can die happy now.)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pokemon Go Book Tag

So, several of my friends have been doing this tag - which was created by Read At Midnight - and it looked like way too much fun to pass up on. (Though, I admit with some embarrassment, I've yet to play it. It looks like soo much fun though.)
Riddle of the Wayward Books by Brad Strickland & Thomas E. Fuller
It's a mystery tie in to the Wishbone tv series where one of the three main teens (Joe, David and Sam) are reading a classic mystery book and it has similarities to the mystery that crops up in Oakdale.

I already loved books and reading thanks to the show, but this was the first time a book really clicked with me like that.
I don't really do 'iconic classics' well. It seems that, for me, the more loved and critically acclaimed a book is, the less I like it as a general rule. I've even tried some of the well loved classics and I...really didn't enjoy them. At all. But, for me, I'm going to go with a book that was actually the first sci-fi book I was ever introduced to. (And I'll even leave the cover so you know just what kind of sci-fi I started with.)

The Legion of Space by Jack Williamson
I was actually introduced to this book through a Wishbone book (noticing a pattern here?) and it was the only one that I was more interested in the 'classics' section of the story than the other one. I knew I'd have to get ahold of the book and read it eventually and when I finally did, it turned out to be really, really fun. And lately I've been wanting to reread it.
You know, I was running a list of all the super popular books through my mind - and then I read the tag creator's response and I totally agree. Adult coloring books. I am so sick of seeing them everywhere, I've tried to do them but, honestly, I don't see how anyone can - unless their eyesight is 20 x better than mine (which, truthfully, isn't impossible) - because some of the pictures are so tiny I get eyestrain, they are so repetitious they're not fun, and they have totally taken over the already small book department in Wal-Mart.

Poison by Bridget Zinn
This book has so much in common with three-quarters of the other YA fantasy books that have come out in the last 5 - 10 years - that started with Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder. But I love this book - even more than all the other ones it's similar to, because it's not trying to be something it's not. It's a nice little tale about friendship and the cutest pig you've ever read about and it doesn't have a love triangle or an asshole love interest.

The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin
So, I was always interested in this book - after all, the series is called Chronicles of the Necromancer so, yes, please - but it wasn't until I read a one star review for it that I decided this book sounded right up my alley. However, as much as I think I'll like it, it's over 600 pages's going to take a lot of guts for me to get started on that. (I can't even think of any books that long that I actually liked.)

Sorry, I need my sleep. No, really, I can't remember the last time I read instead of sleeping when I was supposed to. I wonder if that's a sign of getting old...
Do I have one... I'm not really the sort to ship a lot of people and, it seems like I have more OTP - or OT3+ - from tv or movies than books. Also, lately I've just been really off most of the romance things. Like, blerg. I think though, I'm going to go with Lilac and Tarver from These Broken Stars because lately they've gotten in my head and not gotten out.
I honestly don't think I read 'fast-paced' books usually. Sure, I read books with a lot of action in them - like the one I've currently reading where all the characters are in the midst of a firefight - but I don't read 'thrillers'. So, instead, I'm just going to mention the last book I read in a day - as of making this tag out, of course.

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I had just started another book, but this one screamed at me one Saturday morning and I've learnt - usually the hard way - that if I want to read a specific book, that's the only one that'll work. And it did work because I honestly never expected to like the book as much as I did.

And, now that I think about it, it's kind of fast paced, too, in that there is always something happening. And it didn't drag out like I suspected it would.

Never say never. But, really, I can hit the breaks so fast in a series that I used to love if they do something I can't get over. Just look at how many series I started with 4-5 stars and ended with 1-2 stars. But, I think I'm going to say the Earth Girl series by Janet Edwards because, because it's just lovely and wonderful and there needs to be more. More!

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
I thought I might like this book - but I wound up loving it. It hit all the right notes for me and I would totally recommend this book to anyone that likes/wants a great, inventive retelling. (And the characters are great!)

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Everyone has read this book by now and nearly everyone loves it. I still want to, but, man, the hype isn't helping me want to read it. It sounds awesome, and I've bee warned that it's very heavy on the romance, so at least I'll be prepared for that when I decide I want to read it.

Any of the various leather bound copies of Sherlock Holmes. Or, really, pretty much any leather bound book. (I'd love to have some of those.)

Timekeeper by Tara Sim
I usually try to keep my excitement for debuts down to a reasonable level - otherwise, pain and frustration are sure to come - but this book has caught my attention and I'm very interested to start hearing reviews when it gets closer to the November release.

I don't really subscribe to the 'auto-buy' theory. Sure, there's several authors that I like enough that I'll probably read whatever they write, but there is no author that I'd buy without knowing what the book is about. However, Gail Carriger, Michael J. Sullivan, Lindsay Buroker and Rhiannon Thomas are all authors that I love and will immediately add their upcoming books - synopsis unseen - to my TBR list.
The Aztlanian by Brandon Sanderson
So, I read the first book in this series when it first came out back in 2013. (Against my better judgment and all that, because Sanderson had never worked for me before. But that book was great.) Then I found out that the sequel - which it really didn't need except for the painful hook in the last couple of sentences of the first book - wasn't supposed to release for another two years. Unpleasant, but not impossible. Then the release date got pushed back to 2016 and, currently, the information from Sanderson's assistant is that it 'will likely not be out until 2017'. Okay, honestly, by the time it releases, I won't care anymore.

If you're interested, consider yourself tagged!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

(Series Review) Flash Gold Chronicles by Lindsay Buroker

First in series FREE on Amazon!

Honestly, I think I'd read anything this author would write, and probably love it. However, this series of novella's hit all the notes for me.

Flash Gold by Lindsay Buroker
Series: Flash Gold Chronicles
Genre: Steampunk
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Eighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered "dogless sled" in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father's alchemical masterpiece. 

With her modified rifle and a pocketful of home-made smoke bombs, Kali wouldn't normally hide from a confrontation, but taking on a whole airship single-handedly is a daunting task. Unfortunately, the other racers won't assist her--they're too busy scheming ways to sabotage her unorthodox sled.

When a sword-slinging stranger shows up, wanting to hire on as her protector, she's sure he has ulterior motives, but he's the only one interested in helping her. The question is...why? (synopsis from first in series)

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