Monday, September 26, 2016

2016 Challenges - 3rd Quarter Update

Pages of Starlight's Chunky-Book Challenge
(Adult 400+ YA 500+)
I plan to read 12 chunky books this year - or as many as I can find that sounds good, whichever comes first.

Title - Author Here
The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes
The Better Part of Valor by Tanya Huff
Entreat Me by Grace Draven
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor
The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron
The Heart of Valor by Tanya Huff
The Paladin Caper by Patrick Weekes

Total books read in January: 1
Total books read in February: 1
Total books read in March: 0
Total books read in April: 3
Total books read in May: 1
Total books read in June: 1
Total books read in July: 0
Total books read in August: 0
Total books read in September: 3

Pages of Starlight's Finish-the-Series Challenge
My goal is to finish 7 series this year.
I'm also including series I've caught up on if there's no indication when it'll be finished.

Series by Author Finished
Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding
Cold Steel and Secrets by Rosemary Jones
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Forgotten Ages by Lindsay Buroker
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Riyria Chronicles by Michael J. Sullivan
Swords & Salt by Lindsay Buroker
Feyland by Anthea Sharp
Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Artifactor by Honor Raconteur
Arisa by Natsumi Ando
Loki: Agent of Asgard by Al Ewing
The Snow Queen by K.M. Shea
The Lovegrove Legacy by Alyxandra Harvey
Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Rogues of the Republic by Patrick Weekes

Total series finished in January: 2
Total series finished in February: 3
Total series finished in March: 1
Total series finished in April: 2
Total series finished in May: 4
Total series finished in June: 2
Total series finished in July: 0
Total series finished in August: 1
Total series finished in September: 2

Pages of Starlight's TBR-Clean-Up Challenge
Finally read some of those books I've had on my TBR list for over a year.
Not my physical TBR.

Book - Author Here
Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding
Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Wearing the Cape: The Beginning by Marion G. Harmon
Beneath the Surface by Lindsay Buroker
Cold Steel and Secrets: Part 1 by Rosemary Jones
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Fortune Hunter by Diane Farr
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Poison Dance by Livia Blackburne
Starbridge by A.C. Crispin
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

Total books read in January: 8
Total books read in February: 2
Total books read in March: 1
Total books read in April: 1
Total books read in May: 1
Total books read in June: 0
Total books read in July: 0
Total books read in August: 1
Total books read in September: 0

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fandom Mashups - Sword in the Stone

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 discovered the Sword in the Stone! Who's going to help you free it?Sept 25th

Honestly, I immediately thought of the tv series Merlin. Then, because of Arthur showing up in season 5, I thought of Once Upon a Time. That would totally be the easy way out, though - and we know I don't like those.

Thor from Marvel (any of probably a dozen, but the one I know the best is from the movies)

With that 'if he be worthy' stuff on Mjolnir, I figure if there's anyone - besides the prophesied - king that would be able to simply pull the sword out, it'd be him.

Hessler from Rogues of the Republic (series) by Patrick Weekes

(Pretty sure he's the one in the pointy hat.)

Hessler is a self-titled Master Illusionist. Honestly, I can't think of any skill more important than this, because if I found the sword in the stone, I'd definitely want someone to keep the lookie lous and enemies off our backs. (Or, better yet, not even knowing that we found it.)

Belle from Beauty & the Beast

Honestly, without someone with a high level of intelligence, I think there's a high probability of this whole thing falling apart through some stupid reason. (Like I lost the map and can't find the way back after I assemble my team.) Besides which, with all those books of hers, she might be able to create a compound that'll melt the stone but leave the sword unharmed. And she's one of the few brains that I don't think would be adverse to a bit of adventure.

Erik Lehnsherr from X-Men

Okay, so I think he'd be useful to have around for this - maybe even could slide the sword right out, yeah? But... I totally don't see him just handing it over afterwards. So, the sword would be out but I might have just given Magneto even more power. (And say whatever you will, Ian McKellen will always be Magneto in my mind.)

And, when all else fails (because, seriously, with this crew, it will):

Vinny from Atlantis: The Lost Empire

We blow that stone up! Though, knowing me, I'd probably just start there. :)

Friday, September 23, 2016

September Book Haul

Ater last month being completely devoid of book buying - something that I'm kinda proud of - I went ahead and ordered a few of the books I've been wanting. (Not a lot, but if I don't be careful, I can see next month me going crazy buying books.)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
Cosmic Storm by Dom Testa

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats

A Tyranny of Petticoats by Assorted
Series: No
Genre: Historical
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From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sharing Art: Disney Steampunk

What seems like ages ago now, I came across some absolutely amazing art over at DeviantArt. It was a artist that took the Disney characters and turned them steampunk. You've got to understand, I love pretty much anything that's turned steampunk and some of this art is gorgeous.

Below I collected a few of my favorites, but to check out more, visit their gallery here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Top Ten Books I Want to Hear as Full Cast Audio Books

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

I wanted to do a music list. I love music and it's such an important part of my life - but I love music so much that it's impossible for me to do a ten list of anything. Unless I'd do a top ten list of favorite Sara Bareilles songs. (Which I actually thought about.) Then I was hit with this idea.

I've only heard a couple of full cast audio books - and at least one of them was a play - but they were so much fun.

Monday, September 19, 2016

(Late) Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

Hey, everyone! I've been looking forward to doing this since early May. All I did was adapt the questions from last year for this year. (And, I know I'm a little late with this, but I was on my hiatus recently but didn't want to miss posting this!)

1. Best Book You've Read So Far in 2016

The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Truthfully, there have been so many books this year that I've loved, but this one... Well, it's just so perfect and pretty much exactly what I want from my fantasy stories.

2. Best Sequel You've Read so Far in 2016

The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding
So very, very many sequels have been awesome this year. But, right now, I think this one might be my favorite. It's an awesome wrap-up to the series and, honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better end.

3. New Release You Haven't Read Yet but Want To

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine I'd love to say I've heard great things about this book, but I really haven't heard anything. It seems crazy to me that with all the early hype that I heard surrounding this book, once it got released, everyone seemed to lose interest. Or something.

4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of the Year

Imprudence by Gail Carriger
Totally cheating with this one considering that it already released, but I've hardly bought any books recently and this is the one I'm most excited to finally buy. I think I'll just let my adoration of the author speak for itself. (But this time Rue's going to Egypt!)

5. Biggest Disappointment

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I wasn't expecting this book to be great - what with the up and down between each book - but I still thought I might like it. Instead, it was without a doubt my least favorite of the whole series and one of only two books that I rated one star so far this year. (Because, honestly, I think I hate this book.)

6. Biggest Surprise

Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
I figured I'd like this book. I mean, it's a sci-fi fairytale retelling, so yeah. But I didn't think I'd love everything about it, the world, both 'Snow' and her love interest Dane and the fact that the seven dwarves get representation! Honestly, I have to say, I like this book soo much more than the Lunar Chronicles that it isn't even funny.

7. Favorite New Author (Debut To You)

Grace Draven
Books read: Radiance and Entreat Me
I've really not found many new authors this year. Or, if I have, I've only read one book of theirs - and I've learnt the hard way not to favorite an author after only one book - or the book flat out sucks. But Grace Draven books are so amazing. They are the perfect example of why I love fantasy romance books so much and there's only one other author that writes in this genre that I like more.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

Farrin Greydim
From The Snow Queen duology by K.M. Shea (Book I & Book II)
I seldom develop book crushes. Even less often when said book crush is part of the official couple. But this guy is just so perfect. He's honorable and noble and is working for the wrong person for all the right reasons. He's sweet and an awesome fighter. He's even got a facial scar - because, let me tell you, I am so sick of 'amazingly gorgeous' love interests. (I also have a bit of a crush on Rakel, the leading lady in this duology and Farrin's love interest.)

9. Newest Favorite Character

Nicolette Lampton
From Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
This is going to be one of those books that I talk to death. (To death, I tell you.) And I love Nick. She's such a compelling character because she's not brave and courageous, but she settles on what she wants and she works for it. Also, her happily ever after wasn't dependent on a guy!
10. Book That Made You Cry

Earth Flight by Janet Edwards
I'm kind of weird. I know this. I tend to not cry during sad moments in stories. Someone dying, chances are that will not make my cry. But there was this scene in this book... It was so heartwarming and uplifting and just beautiful - and, admittedly, dealt with my favorite guy in the series - and I was already a bit of an emotional wreck from the awesomeness that came before that I just couldn't help it.

11. Book That Made You Happy

The Scofflaw Magician by Honor Raconteur
I might be cheating a bit here because this series always makes me laugh, but this book was so much fun. Don't start here though. Start with the first book in the series: The Child Prince.
12. Favorite Book To Film Adaptation

Unsurprisingly, I've not seen/read any pairs this year. I keep thinking I'm going to, but so few of the books they adapt even interest me at all.
13. Favorite Review You've Written This Year

This weeks A Tyranny of Petticoats. I really like how this review turned out because it's an anthology so I got to review each story individually and it was a lot of fun to write, anyway.
14. Most Beautiful Book You've Bought This Year So Far

Fire Falling by Elise Kova
This thumbnail totally doesn't do this amazing cover justice. I love the art style and the colors are so, so lovely.
15. What Book(s) Do You Need To Read by The End of The Year

LOL, too many to list. And I'm not going to list any here because my and TBR lists have not been on speaking terms much this year. In fact, if I did list a few books here, it wouldn't surprise me if I didn't get any of them read.