Thursday, November 20, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

There were not many movies that came out this year that my son/family wanted to see. The list for next year just keeps getting longer. Stills were released this week for a new Peanuts movie. My son loves reading the comic strips and watching the cartoons. 

I've been reading various comics/graphic novels. Found the Girl Genius series at my local library. I've read the first book and enjoyed the story and graphics. Then I found the whole series has been archived and available to read online. I haven't read more yet but looking forward to it. website,

So has anyone heard of this site? It's called Indie Arcs. It's like NetGalley but for Indie authors. I created an account but haven't really had the time to look around. It looks more interactive than netGalley. There are book groups, forums, etc. that you can join and connect with other readers and authors. (Website)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 11/17/2014

A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson (#4 Weird Girls)
A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson (#8 Dandy Gilver)
Bound by Ink by Marcella Burnard (#2 Nightmare Ink)
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day (#4 Crossfire)
Captured by Lorhainne Eckhart (#3 Saved)
Ella and Micha: Infinitely and Always by Jessica Sorensen (#5 The Secret)
Hart Attack by Cristin Harber (#5 Titan)
Heritage of Cyador by L E Modesitt Jr (#18 Recluce)
I Belong to You by Lisa Renee Jones (#5 Inside Out)
Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull (#2 Five Kingdoms)
Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz (#2 Heart of Dread)
The Escape by David Baldacci (#3 John Puller)
The Job by Janet Evanovich (#3 Kate O'Hare)
The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum (#10 Inspector Sejer)
The Shiro Project by David Khara (#2 Consortium Thriller)
The Void by J. D. Horn (#3 Witching Savannah)
Undefeated by Melissa Cutler (#2 Destiny Falls / Bomb Squad)
Unwrapped by Maisey Yates (#3.5 Silver Creek)
What The Greek Wants Most by Maya Blake (#3 Untameable Greeks Trilogy)
Wild by Sophie Jordan (#3 Ivy Chronicles)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review ~ Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty 

by Rosamund Hodge
published by Balzer+Bray
genre: YA, Fantasy, Retellings, Mythology,

Summary (Goodreads): Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

My Thoughts: I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. There were parts that were interesting and others that were confusing. It was like the author had so many ideas for a book and felt they needed to get them all into their first book. There is the retelling of "Beauty and The Beast" mixed with a type of mythology. I'm not sure it always worked.
Nyx may have been my biggest issue at times. Unfortunately, with a retelling you have a picture of characters already in your head and Nyx does not come close. While I understood her reasons, I found her to be too bitter and it was constant. She couldn't seem to do anything without going back to how much she wasn't loved and how much she hates her family. It made it hard to believe that she would be so dedicated to save them all.
Ignifex's story was probably the most interesting. I liked learning all his secrets as well as those of the castle. There was a mini love triangle but to me it was obvious what was going to happen between Ignifex and Shadow. Even before the reveal I liked Ignifex more anyways.
Overall, it was a good story it just had a few too many components. The switch towards the end with Nyx's sister didn't make a lot of sense other than to add more drama to Nyx's story. It might go back to the bitterness and hatred. It lessened her character by making her unable to make any decisions on her own. She would think one thing then do the opposite because of her family.
I enjoyed this book enough that I would definitely give this author another try.

Rating: 3.5

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

I came across this paper artist Wolfram (Paperwolf) and his Esty shop. I find this type of art sometimes more interesting because I know I would not have the patience for some of these pieces.

Book to Movie
Insurgent Teaser Trailer: Movie release 03/20/2015

FabArtDIY put together a list of Nail Art designs for the holidays. I like to paint my nails but cannot see myself taking the time to do some of these. Still, there are a couple (like the one below) that just really grabed my attention.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 11/10/2014

Very small list this week. All links go to Goodreads

A Darker Past by  Jus Accardo (#2 The Darker Agency)
Autumn Falls by Bella Thorne (#1 Autumn Falls)
Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston (#14 Pendergast)
Conquer Me by Geneva Lee (#2 Royals Saga)
Covering Kendall by Julie Brannagh (#4 Love and Football)
Denied by Jodi Ellen Malpas (#2 One Night Trilogy)
Fear City by F Paul Wilson (#3 Early Years Trilogy)
Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell (#22 The Scarpetta Series)
Her Warriors by Bianca D'Arc (#4 String of Fate)
His Wicked Seduction by Lauren Smith (#2 The League of Rogues)
Hunting in Bruges by E.J. Stevens (#1 Hunters' Guild)
More to Give by Terri Osburn (#4 Anchor Island)
Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin' Cornbread by Mary Jane Hathaway (#3 Jane Austen Takes The South)
Revolution by Jenna Black (#3 Replica Trilogy)
Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan (#2 Minnesota Christmas)
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel (#1 The Book of Ivy)
The Color of the Season by Julianne MacLean (#7 Color of Heaven)
The Curse of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker (#3 The Buttons)
The Flame by Christopher Rice (#11 1001 Dark Nights)
The Witch Must Burn by Danielle Paige (#1.5 Dorothy Must Die)