Published Date: July 25, 2017
Publishing Co.: Avon
Rating: 5 out 5 stars
Grandma is coming to town.
Grandma is coming to town.
And she’s a mean ol’ bitch.
When we last left Nevada, she was considering forming a House in order to protect her family. This jumps right into the drama as they have a family meeting and decide how to move forward. The family’s biological, homicidal grandmother has found them and she’s demanding they join her house. Grandma is the last of the Tremaine line and she’s determined to force them to join her to save her own house. If there’s one thing you don’t do, it’s demand that anyone in the Baylor family do anything.
So with middle fingers firmly flipped in Grandma’s direction, they file to form their own house. At least two people must pass the trials and be determined as Primes, then they’re theoretically safe for three years while they form their power base. It’s the best plan to this particular problem.
But as is the life of Nevada Baylor, that’s only one problem. To add to the heaping platter that is the troubles of her life, she has fallen for Mad Rogan and his ex-fiance has hired her to find her missing husband. Oh, then there’s always the secret society that is trying to overthrow the current political climate of the Prime world to usher in complete anarchy. Let’s add to that, trying to keep her sisters growing powers under wraps and how to best explain to her cousin his peculiar magic. Add a dash of interest from other Houses for Nevada’s hand in marriage and you have Rogan fit to be tied.
The drama llama came to town and crapped all over Nevada’s life and it made for a fantastic, gripping read. I was so into it, I finished it in one sitting.
I have to note that when I reviewed book two, I mentioned that this was going to be the last installment in this series. I’m thrilled to announce (if you haven’t seen it yet already) that that is no longer the case. I don’t know how many are now planned but I’ll take everything I can get.
Burn for Me review
White Hot – Book Review
Mr. Cupcakes & Machetes isn’t very good at holding out when it comes to giving presents. To be fair though, he had me pick out the books so it’s not like I didn’t already know what I was getting. I’ll consider myself lucky that I don’t have to wait to dig into one of these bad boys if I so choose. Bookoutlet.com was having a 30% off sale on Black Friday and I was drooling in front of the screen so he kindly said, “Buy all the books!”
Whew! It’s already December? How did that happen?? I hope everyone enjoyed NanoWrimo that participated! And if you didn’t get to the word count goal, you’re still a star because some progress in better than no progress and writing is hard! I dabbled myself a few years back and there’s always the hope that I’ll get inspired again.
Anywho, Science Fiction November! I think mine was pretty successful considering how busy I’ve been. I had hoped to convince Mr. Cupcakes & Machetes to watch some sci-fi TV shows together but that didn’t happen. We were fully involved in Netflix’s Mindhunter. (We’re always behind on the good things.) If you’re into True Crime, I highly recommend giving it a go.
Parasite (Parasitology #1) – Book Review
After the Crown (The Indranan War #2) – Book Review
Foundation (Foundation #1) – Book Review
Gotham City Sirens Vol.3 Strange Fruit – Comic Review
Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) – Book Review
Vox – Book Review
Did you participate in Sci-Fi month? If so, how did it go for you?
Published Date: August 21, 2018
Publishing Co.: Berkley
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Whenever there is a novel about the subjugation of women, it almost always immediately draws comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Once you actually read it however, the only commonality is the subjugation of women. Vox begins as an almost complete rip off of Atwood’s tale. Replace the same concepts with different names, slight variations here and there but add a wrist device that counts women’s words, subtract the handmaids andsplash on a massive helping of current society references and you have the major workings of Vox. If you’ve never read or watched The Handmaid’s Tale, you’ll probably be able to read it without much fuss.
I had a hard time finding much respect for the main character, Jean Mc-whatever, I’ve already forgotten. This is largely due to her cheating on her husband and this is probably a personal point of view preventing me from connecting. If you don’t love someone anymore, woman up and break it off. Cheating is weak. Now, you might be thinking, “But she has to depend on a man in this new society!” Sure, that’s true but she’s basically just runs from one man to another for protection anyway.
This was very closely going to be a one star read but the ending did drag me and keep me interested in how the story falls out. It was cleaned up fairly neatly but when I sit back and think about it, I wouldn’t really care whether the story had a good or bad ending for the characters. There are some important messages to society in this so it gets points for that but I was largely unimpressed.
‘Tis the season for cranberries! An exciting time, because I freaking love cranberries. I made this bread for a post-Thanksgiving get together and forgot it in the fridge. D:
So there was some for home AND some to share with my coworkers and this recipe has received glowing reviews.
Published Date: June 2, 2011
Publishing Co.: Orbit
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Holy space battles, Batman!
If there is one thing this book wasn’t, it was boring. I felt like there was hardly a moment when something important wasn’t happening. Something was either getting blown up or about to get blown up and barely escaping. Not to mention the introduction of a bioweapon to change the entire game.
James Holden worked a small ice hauler until the day the crew he was on found an abandoned ship in the far reaches of the Belt. They learn the hard way that sometimes, you shouldn’t play with lost things that aren’t yours. It could just start an interplanetary war and when you’re the one that accidentally starts it, you feel obligated to help stop it.
Holden and crew race from situation to situation in attempts to set things right and save all of humanity. Helped along by a down-on-his-luck detective and a rebel organization, they just might be able to pull it off, if only they’re fast enough and smart enough. And since there is more than one book in the series, I’ll leave you to your own conclusions.
Or that might be a red herring.
You won’t know until you read the book.
This book was fantastic. I enjoyed all of the characters while also not being particularly drawn to anyone specific. I loved the non stop action. Somehow, I didn’t quite fall head over heels in love with it but I foresee future books changing that. I have the feeling that this series is going to go to the top of my favorite Science Fiction list.
Published Date: August 23, 2011
Published By: DC Comics
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A better volume than the last. We have aliens who try to best Ivy, Batman’s identity almost stolen from Selina, and Harley making a dangerous and deadly plan.
For the first time in this series, I very much look forward to the next edition.
Well isn’t that a hard list to whittle down?! I’m jumping on the thankful for books bandwagon because really, can you thank books enough? I think not.
I have accepted the fact that the only way I’m going to know how this story ends is via the tv show. I still have to thank GRRM though for getting me into epic fantasy. This one series has lead me to so many wonderful books that it would be supremely rude to ignore it just because I’m bitter that the next book still isn’t out.
This isn’t the first Chuck Palahniuk book I read, but it is my favorite. The wonderful world of Palahniuk can’t be described, it can only be experienced.
The first book in the series is not my favorite BUT this series is my absolute favorite Urban Fantasy world. This was also my introduction to the Ilona Andrews world and that is not something this girl regrets.
From the start to finish, this is an excellent trilogy. It was also my introduction to Brandon Sanderson and he’s now on my Must Read Everything By This Author list.
I am thankful for this book for it’s ability to be both wonderful fantasy and light, fluffy fun. The fact that it hardcore reminds me of World of Warcraft helps too.
Well that’s my list book fiends! What books are you most thankful for??
Published Date: 1951
Publishing Co.: Del Ray
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
When this began with the talk of mathematics and using it to predict the future, it almost lost me. Math has never been my subject, but luckily that part was short lived. There never came a point where I was absolutely hooked into the story but this is at the very minimum, one of the classics that I understand all the reasons why it is considered a classic. It still won’t be hopping on my favorite sci-fi list but it is one I would encourage other sci-fi fans to give a try. I like character driven stories and this is almost completely plot-driven and riddled with political intrigue.
The basis is that the Empire is going to fall in three hundred years and the scientists are attempting to save all possible knowledge on an unpopulated planet. The plan is to store the knowledge so that it is not forever lost and it can be redistributed to the galaxy. At least on the surface that’s the plan, in all actuality there is much more than just saving knowledge. There are mathematical projections and psychohistory theories about the challenges predicted to come and hidden messages to help the remaining humans of the empire along.
The story jumps from crisis to crisis in the first hundred years after the fall. Each crisis features a different character and details how they solve the problem presented to them.
I’m glad that I read it but I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series.
I did however end up with a copy of this from 1986 and had the gleeful pleasure of finding an old library card in the back from 1989.
It’s about time for the holiday parties to begin! Here’s an easy homemade cookie recipe that you can bring to impress all your relatives and friends. (Makes a large batch.)