Godsgrave – Book Review

Book Two of the Nevernight Chronicle

5 out 5 stars

Mia has essentially graduated assassin school and moved onto being assigned targets. Despite being on the job constantly, she’s always working on her plan to exact revenge against those who killed her family. However, the Red Church may have different plans and do not care about Mia’s agenda. Nevertheless, she’s a clever girl and will figure out a way to enact her plans. (Plus, can you really tell an assassin, “No”?)

This is a fantastic edition to the Nevernight Chronicle, not only do we have one thing we love (by we I mean me, but you should too), assassins, let’s add gladiator battles in an arena. An arena where they can make giant courses come up out of the floor to make the fight more difficult at that. The story hops back and forth between the recent past and how she came to become a gladiator and the now, her training and developing relationships with other gladiators. Why must an assassin become a gladiator to get to her target? It’s all about precise timing and taking out two enemies at once. And does it really hurt an assassin to know even more ways to murder someone?

There is only one path to vengeance and it’s paved in blood and glory.

Mia’s just here for the blood.

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ALL THE PUMPKIN – PART 2

More pumpkin stuff! (I’ve actually been pretty lazy about trying things and I’ve definitely been lazy about baking things…)

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Pumpkin Spice Cheerios – Better than regular Cheerios but just a hint of pumpkin spice. Pretty good fall cereal. (Let’s face it though, BooBerry will always be #1.)

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Biggby’s Chumpkin Coffee – Oh dear pumpkin fiends, this is chai with pumpkin. Chumpkin. Doesn’t matter if it’s hot or cold, it’s goooooood.

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Thomas Pumpkin Spice English Muffins – Last year, I mentioned this company’s awesome pumpkin spice bagels (which is always worth a repeat) but their english muffins with pumpkin spice are awesome too.

Home Improvement: Undead Edition – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars overall

I’m not a short story person, so I’m pretty proud of myself for reading this. It was nice having a book to just leave at work to read on my lunches and I found a couple new authors to look into.

If I Had a Hammer by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse short story. Tara and JB are doing a little remodeling after their twins are born and release a negative spirit. Conveniently, their nanny is a psychic and helps to solve the mystery surrounding the spirit and how to get it to move on. 2.5/5 stars

Wizard Home Security by Victor Gischler
A wizard in a wizarding community has his house broken into and all his expensive spell materials stolen. This is the story of his funny failures at securing his place. (Example: a zombie bear sentry.) 3/5 stars
Continue reading Home Improvement: Undead Edition – Book Review

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I was gifted this recipe for my wedding but haven’t tried it until now. I wanted something easy and tasty to take to a craft beer fest that my uncle throws. (Plus, I needed to test it out anyway for book club at the end of the month. Most of the girls are vegan.)

Ingredients:

1 box Duncan Hines spice cake mix (To be vegan it must be Duncan Hines)

1 can 100% pumpkin puree

Directions:

Blend thoroughly. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes.

The results are tasty indeed. The batter is extremely thick and sticky and a bear to work with. (Hence why they’re pretty lumpy looking.) Very moist and flavorful result.

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The Witchfinder’s Sister – Book Review

3 out of 5 stars

A slow, smoldering fire that just kind of burns out.

Most accurate description I can think of.

It’s a very interesting premise but unfortunately, the author spends a very long time trying to get you to connect to the main character, Alice. However, I never really made that connection. I think Alice was just too timid for my taste, though I understand fully that women only had so many options in those days. Your life was tied to the men related to you and to not be homeless or in this case, drowned as a witch, you had to keep their favor. Alice does small rebellions but nothing to make much of a difference in the lives of the people suffering her brother’s wrath.

The drama was slow paced as well, I think in attempt to build anticipation, which it did. The repercussions for her brother were pretty mellow dramatic in the end. (Which is where my small fire comparison comes in.) The story leaves off with a clever little twist that I enjoyed.

Overall, a worthwhile read if you’re looking for some entertaining (only mildy so) historical fiction.

Autumn Rain, Goddamn Squirrels

I’ve kind of ghosted all social media this last week, sorry. Guess I just had the anti-social bug. I’ve got the day off of work, it’s lightly raining while feeling exactly like autumn, so I’m catching up on all the things on my patio with my animals. Cursing loudly every time a goddamn squirrel shows up and Ozzy does his best to bust out a screen and take down his arch nemesis.

This past weekend we attending Sweet Endings at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in honor of our 11 year dating anniversary. (I know a lot of people stop counting that anniversary after they get married but, we put in a lot of damn years before getting married. I’m not about to stop counting that!) It was crazy packed, hard to walk and had to stand in line FOREVER for food or beer/mead. They also decided to make some GoT inspired pubs, Throne of Swords (where they had a fake iron throne you could sit on) and The Three Eyed Raven. It’s not like they need to make more money, but damn did adding those in rake in even MORE money.

October has arrived since my last post. Even though I started early in my celebrations, it’s time to hit that celebrating even harder! We’ve been doing a lot of Pokemon Go in the cemetery behind our house so look forward to a post with super cool tombstones sometime in the near future.

I’m currently reading a witch inspired book, I think witches are going to be my Halloween inspiration this year. There are several tombstones in the cemetery that are said to belong to witches and really, they’re just the epitome of Halloween.

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When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. I win.

Curtsies & Conspiracies – Book Review

Finishing School Book Two

4 out of 5 stars

The Finishing School series is one that is perfect for burning through on a pleasant pre-autumn day on the back patio with your dogs. Who may or may not be trying to bust through the screen to ambush their arch nemesis….squirrels.

Classes continue and conspiracies also continue to arise. Sophronia and her friends are of course, smack in the middle of it all, per usual. There isn’t much of a purpose of laying out the plot line since it’s full of silly shenanigan fun. This isn’t a deep read but one in line with just thoroughly enjoying a romping good frollick.

Airships, gadgets, poison, mechanimals, ball gowns, vampires, werewolves, evil genius’, and spectacular inventions. Why couldn’t school have been like this for me?

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