Archive | July 2013

Guest Review: Game of Souls (The Quintessence Cycle #1) by Terry C. Simpson

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Your soul is your magic. The nobility will stop at nothing to steal it.

Keedar Giorin still remembers the night soldiers killed his mother. The Night of Blades. He was three, but the memories are written in his mind in blood, flames, scales, and his mother’s mad cackles.

Assigned by his father to save two young noblemen or risk a repeat of the massacre on his home in the Smear, Kasandar’s most lawless district, Keedar dives headlong into the mission. He uses his most secret skill, a magic that could bring the King’s Blades hunting him, a magic that could be a death sentence if reported to the wrong ears.

But even that risk is part of his father’s calculated plan. A plot to determine who was behind his mother’s death, while securing a new ally for their guild, and seeing their people rise from squalor and oppression to strive for the identity and power they have all but forgotten.

Plans, however, do not always follow the path drawn out. What will Keedar do when a count takes interest in his magic? Where will he run to when the hunt begins? Can a young man now growing into his power find a way to defeat the most ruthless of assassins?

As he watches the accursed Day of Accolades take away more children from the Smear, Keedar promises that one day he’ll stop the nobles’ exploitation of the under classes. On the same day, he encounters Winslow, a noble risking the Smear to win a chance to train with the King’s Blades. Together they become caught in a dangerous game of power, the Game of Souls.

The world the author has created in Game of Souls is fairly well sketched out. In the continent in which the story takes place there are several racial groups or kingdoms that are either at war or uneasily at peace. Our story is set mainly in the city of Kasandar in the kingdom, Kasinia. A map is thoughtfully included for the times when place names and races become a little confusing.
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Things I need to buy…

Have you ever heard of Esty? If not, you should go there now. I’ll warn you, it’s an expensive time sink…but it’s fabulous.

So today I was trolling Esty and I saw this adorable pendent and I wanted to share. Then I also realized I didn’t share the link for the button so I decided to show both.

First, the pendent:
believe in 398_2

I still believe in 398.2 fairy tale necklace charm (Listing 313G)

398.2 is the fairy tale section for the Dewey Decimal System — an adorable and unusual pendant for fairy tale lovers, librarians and book geeks everywhere

So cute!

Now, the button.
prone to crushes on boys in books

This listing is for one 1.25″ button. It says:

prone to crushes on boys in books.

Adorable, right?

Books I’ve DNF’d and Why (Part 1)

I’ve been having a bad time getting the reading mojo going this year. I do think it has something to do with being sick for so long.

But anyway, as I’ve searched and searched for a good book to read…I’ve run across a slew of books that I just couldn’t get into.

Now, I have a specific policy regarding DNFs: If I stop reading because of the book’s action/lack of action/trope/characterization, then I review it, one star it, and move on. If I stop reading a book because MEH! I’m feeling cranky! then I place it on my “Fussy Book Crankies, DNF” shelf with no rating. This reminds me to get back around to it one day.

But right now I’ve run into more than a handful of books that I just couldn’t get more than a chapter or a few paragraphs into. THIS is the list we are going to discuss today.
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Space Junque (Apocalypto, #1) by L.K. Rigel

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(also known as Samael’s Fire)

The DOGs want to destroy the world. The gods want to make a new one. The trick is to survive both.

At the end of the 21st century, civilization is at the brink of collapse. When hydroponics agronomist Char Meadowlark is warned of an impending attack by the eco-terrorist group Defenders of Gaia, she flees to the airport hoping to get off planet. The DOGs strike in the midst of Char’s escape, and pilot Jake Ardri offers her only hope of survival. He takes her to the orbiting Imperial Space Station, the seat of world government.

When the conflict goes global and the planet threatens to implode, ancient gods return to take control of humanity and impose a new world order. Char and Jake are caught up in a divine plan to save the world – but first they have to get through the apocalypse alive.

I read this book while on vacation.

I’m not really sure what to say about this book. I initially bought this trilogy (yes, I bought all of them sight unseen again) for three reasons:

1. To support the author when publisher HarperCollins copied the beautiful cover of her newly released book Spiderwork.
See Here: What’s a Little Cover Art Copying Between Friends?
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My morning workout – uugggh!

I just had the worst morning workout in…weeks! I’m feeling tired and slightly groggy…and I’m already on my second cup of coffee.

It all started with my husband (don’t they all???!).

My normal routine goes like this:

-Get up
-Drag my tired carcass into workout clothes
-Walk the dog
-Feed the dog
-Morning workout
-short stretch and foam rolling
-Shower, dress and leave for work

My husband and I have different morning schedules so he’s normally doing his own thing in the morning. Meaning that all of that happens without me talking to him except a few words here and there. My mornings are mostly silent (comments to the dog don’t count) and I don’t even listen to music when I workout.

But today hubby has the day off of work. And he decided to workout with me. Uggh.

I feel that people have…different sense of urgency when they have somewhere to go/something to do. They move faster, more cognizant of time. But all that gets taken away if the person knows they have nothing to do/nowhere to go.
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So, I workout and stuff…

One of my constant fights with myself is exercise. I don’t want to do it. Ever.

Then I look at my family health history and realize I HAVE to do it.

So I start working out and then I hurt myself. All the time. This is just what I do.

2012 I pulled an upper hamstring in August(?) and it was so bad I couldn’t workout for almost a year.

2013 I started again. Sometime around Feb/Mar/April. Not really sure cause I was super sick at the time and prone to making bad decisions.

Man, I jumped into it! I was doing some serious cross training! All up in that bitch! Running, and using a barbell and using dumbbells and kettlbelling my ass off.

And then…

O_o

My hamstring (the old one) started twinging. And then I suddenly I had Runner’s Knee and here I am…icing myself down. Again.

This time, I promised myself I’d be smarter. I’m seeing a physical therapist. I’m strengthening my hammies. I’m stretching and foam rolling (which hurts!!) and icing and even soaking myself in hot tubs of water.

What this will mean? Gaaah! Probably an exponential increase in ice pack purchases… 😦

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

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Her first thought: “Who are you?”

It’s the morning after her cousin’s bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Even worse, she’s in a stranger’s penthouse having woken up with something else as well – a funny, arrogant, sexy…husband!

Up until now, finding even a boyfriend had seemed impossible – been there, got the broken heart, sworn off men for good. Then a few martinis with Carter…no, Connor Reed and she’s gone from first meet to marriage in one night!

Megan wants a lawyer. But Connor’s shocking bombshell?

“I don’t want a divorce.”

 

 

This should have been a 4-5 star read but there were a few draggy moments that pulled the rating down.

For the most part…this is a rather cute story about finding the love of your life when you aren’t looking for it. The H/h meet in Vegas and wake up married…but that’s just the beginning.

Both characters have major hangups left over from childhood that has made forming permanent romantic relationships difficult (if not impossible). Watching them learn to trust and enjoy each other was a delight.
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