Monthly Archives: July 2017

Providence of Fire – Book Review

Book Two of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne.

5 out of 5 ‘Kent-kissing stars!

The Malkeenian empire has been usurped. Murder attempts have been made on two of the three children of the slain Emperor, both have failed. Now all three follow separate paths in their quest for vengeance and to save their homeland, Annur.

Adare must win over a religious sect, even though she recently killed their favored priest and blamed him for her father’s murder. They are the only ones with an army large enough to take on her ex-lover and general of the Annurian army.

Valyn saves his brother Kaden from the massacre of his monastery in the mountains. Their paths converge for a short time but they must separate once again to complete different tasks to the save the empire. Valyn and his wing of Kettral warriors are pursued by corrupted comrades and become stranded in barbarian tribe territory.

Kaden seeks an ancient monk sect to help him take back his throne. These monks are not what the legends tell of and easily become enemies instead of allies. With only the help of two friends, Kaden must skip through magical portals across the empire in his quest to bring allies to his side before he will have the power to challenge the usurper.

It has been three years since I read the first book in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Emperor’s Blades), and I had no problem falling back into that world. I loved the second book every bit as much of the first. Why did it take me so long to pick up the sequel? I have series ADD and skip from one to the next before getting back and completing a series. I won’t make that mistake with the third book. It will be mine by Christmas at the latest.

Of the three main characters, I really only care for Valyn and Kaden. Adare seems to be a bit of a sheep currently and those are characters I always have a hard time sympathizing with. Nira, whom you will meet in this book, is probably my favorite character overall. I aspire to swear as much as she does when I’m old.

White Trash – Book Review

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

2 out of 5 stars

DNF at page 99.

Let me just say that this book is highly informational, that’s not the issue. It was just SO boring. I could not read it for any longer than 15 minute stints or I did not absorb any information because my brain wandered away.
I’ll elaborate a little more than I did on Goodreads. The main thing I found interesting/learned was that, much like Australia, America was founded by sending what the British considered their ‘waste people.’ Convicts, indentured servants and vagabonds.

Psychic Poop

It’s been a while since I’ve had a truly bizarre dream and this one made people laugh hysterically while simultaneously grossing them out. Since I have no shame, I’ll share it with you fair folks.

It began as any nice road trip dream begins, exploring new places with your loved ones (dead and alive) when suddenly I find myself driving by my lonesome and needing to stop at a gas station. Of course I pick the gas station with a psychic medium doing a ghost tour. The main attraction of the tour being in the bathroom. Because all important things happen in the bathroom, for the dead and the living.

I don’t remember the actual conversation but at some point I plop my happy butt down on the toilet, only intending to sit on it for a rest and a good listen. Suddenly my stomach gives a mighty angry rumble and I immediately poop myself. Now, I remember having pants on but some how no poop is in the pants. Obviously everyone runs out of the room. Instead of being horrified, I calmly inspect the results in the toilet and find…….it is filled to the brim with baked beans.

Dissect the meaning of that one dream enthusiasts!

InuYasha: AFFT, Vol. 1 – Comic Review

Inu-yasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale, Vol. 1

4 out of 5 stars

It’s been years since I binged watched the entire Inu-yasha anime, so I thought, why not give the manga a try? My next question is; if you read it from front to back like a normal book is it really a manga? I’ve not read many but the ones I have you read from back to front.

Either way, from what I can remember the show must stick to the books fairly well. Reading this just makes me want to watch the show all over again. But, I guess instead I could continue with the books. Even if the books insist on showing me 15 year old boobies.

Despite that, it’s a fun origin story. If you’ve never heard of it, but enjoy things involving demons, magical shards, sass, and heros, give this a try.

Majorly annoyed that Goodreads does not have this at all to add to my book challenge. >:I

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It’s Wet Here

Come off it perverts! I’m talking about the weather here. It’s raining and grey, and normally I would say perfect reading weather but I have to get some shit done this weekend. Our house warming party is two weeks away as of today and we still have a lot of unpacking to do. On top of that, I’m in a bit of a funk. My husband wants to throw on another bill that we can’t afford right now but I hate being THAT wife that says no to something that he’s passionate about. So I’m a bit ornery right now and have been thinking about things to try to put myself in a better mood and what is better than books?!

I’m slowly crawling my way through this one:

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It’s not any fault of the book’s, in fact it just hit optimal interesting, but between work and stuff to do around the new house, reading has been put on the back burner. Saying that just feels icky. I’m hoping to hit the library this week and pick up a comic book or two to pad my reading for a summer reading program at the library that results in getting free stuff for reading. I’m running behind because I forgot about it altogether. The program started in the beginning of June and I didn’t remember until half way through July.

I’ve been storing up a lot of reading for this autumn. I’m trying to save all paranormal/horror stuff for October and stocking up on books for Science Fiction month in November. I had a lot of fun reading and reviewing all that stuff last year and then promptly burned myself out on those genres for the majority of the year. I’m feeling the itch again finally and now just have to hold out a couple more months.

Hopefully this year Michigan cooperates and I’ll have a more successful Winter of Epic Fantasy.

In conclusion; once I get past this summer, there should only be awesome reading for the rest of 2017.

There. That helped my funk a little bit. What do you do to get out of a funk??

Game of Beer – Beer Review

As most of you are well aware, last night was the premiere of season 7 of Game of Thrones. That’s pretty much a holiday in this house and we celebrated with a GoT themed beer that we bought 6 months ago.

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Name: Valar Dohaeris

Brewing Company: Brewery Ommegang

Location of Company: Cooperstown, NY

Style: Belgian Triple Ale

ABV: 9%

IBU: N/A

Rating: 3 out of 5

Description: Aged 6 months for the premiere. Super strong Belgian. Can’t tell it’s a triple.

I’ve Been Nominated – Liebster Award Tag

I’ve been nominated by the super lovely Frankie Lovely (see what I did there?) for the Liebster Award. She’s an awesome book blogger so if you need another place for book suggestions, I highly recommend you check her out. ^.^

What is the Liebster Award?

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger.  They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

The Rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you. 
  3. Nominate 11 blogs.
  4. Notify those blogs of the nomination. 
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer. 

Continue reading I’ve Been Nominated – Liebster Award Tag

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

You think I would have learned my lesson and read all of the directions before dedicating myself to a specific recipe. But I didn’t. The night before making this for my husband’s birthday I realized that it required a GIANT muffin pan. I just have regular sized and of course the store I stopped by on the way home ON his birthday, didn’t have any giant ones either. So, I risked it and made it in a regular cake pan. It turned out well, perhaps a little thinner than most upside down cakes but the taste was spot on and the husband was pleased.

(Note: I did not taste it myself as I hate pineapple.)

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Recipe Here.

5 Year Blogiversary!

Technically it’s only been 1 year since I brought this blog back to life and you nice ladies and fellows have jumped on board somewhere along the way. Originally, I began this as a way to bitch about the things in life that pissed me off anonymously. I probably did about a dozen posts before completely forgetting about my little endeavor. Four years later I matured. As in, I don’t care to be anonymous about my bitching and expanded my blogging interests. So thanks for hanging out and chatting whether it be about books, beer, baking or adorable animals for the past year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the amazing blogs I’ve found along the way as well and the swell characters I’ve met and befriended. You’re all amazing and make the internet oh so interesting!

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