Thursday, April 23, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Youtube user jojodrummer96 did a Doctor Who tribute in dominoes. This is one of the better ones I've seen.

Came across this site Artfire (website). It reminds me of Esty and has some interesting things on it.
Thai elephant mug
by madamepomm
Art by Michael Dooney (DeviantArt) Loved his 1887 gallery folder.
by Michael Dooney
Lady Mechanika
by Michael Dooney (DeviantArt)

Buzzfeed had an article "15 Useful Diagrams for Book Lovers" (website). There were a few I liked and others not so much.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 4/20/2015

A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin (#5 Tang Dynasty)
Aflame by Penelope Douglas (#4 Fall Away)
All's Fair in Love and Scandal by Caroline Linden (#2.5 Scandals)
Angles of Attack by Marko Kloos (#3 Frontlines)
Avenging by Holly Kelly (#3 Rising)
Beauty and the Rake by Erica Monroe (#3 The Rookery Rogues)
Chasing Danger by Katie Reus (#2.5 Deadly Ops)
City Love by Susane Colasanti (#1 City Love Trilogy)
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman (#2 Prisoner of Night & Fog)
Dead Girl Walking by Christopher Brookmyre (#6 Jack Parlabane)
From Best Friend to Bride by Jules Bennett (#3 St. Johns of Stonerock)
Ghost Image by Ellen Crosby (#2 Sophie Medina)
Just Three Words by Melissa Brayden (#2 SoHo Loft Romance)
Memory Man by David Baldacci (#1 Amos Decker)
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens (#3 Wells and Wong Mystery)
My Stallion Heart by Deborah Fletcher Mello (#7 Stallion Brothers)
Need Me by Tessa Bailey (#2 Broke and Beautiful)
Office Elvis by Gary Gusick (#2 Darla Cavannah)
Pirate's Alley by Suzanne Johnson (#4 Sentinels of New Orleans)
Poisonwell by Jeff Wheeler (#3 Whispers from Mirrowen)
The Trials by Stacey Kade (#3 Project Paper Doll)
Sealed in Sin by Juliette Cross (#2 Vessel Trilogy)
Stolen Magic by Gail Carson Levine (#2 Tale of Two Castles)
Stormbound by Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (#2 Starfire)
The Architect of Aeons by John C. Wright (#4 Count to a Trillion)
The Bone Tree by Greg Iles (#5 Penn Cage)
The Decaying Empire by Laura Thalassa (#2 The Vanishing Girl)
The Devilish Mr. Danvers by Vivienne Lorret (#2 Rakes of Fallow Hall)
The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler (#2 Forbidden Library)
The Remedy by Suzanne Young (#0.5 Program)
The Unmapped Sea by Maryrose Wood (#5 Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place)
The Whitechapel Fiend by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson (#3 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy)
There You Stand by Christina Lee (#5 Between Breaths)
Valorous by Marie Force (#2 Quantum Trilogy)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Book Review ~ Timeless

Timeless (Parasol Protectorate #5)

by Gail Carriger
published by Orbit
genre: Adult, Stempunk, Supernatural, Shifters

Summary (Goodreads): Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly.

Until, that is, she receives a summons that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
TIMELESS is the final book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

My Thoughts: I've been putting this off. I haven't really been happy with the final book in series that I've enjoyed overall. I wanted to read Carriger's new book Prudence but realized a few pages in that I really didn't know enough about the daughter since I never finished this series.
This book start a couple years after book 4. The Maccon's are comfortably living in Lord Akeldama's closet, the pack is living next door, and the vampire hive has moved to the country. The quiet doesn't last. With a summons from the oldest supernatural, a murder of the Scotland beta, and secrets coming to light things go downhill fast.
I didn't hate this book but I also didn't love it as much as the previous books. The trip to Egypt was all over the place. A lot happens but I felt lost and still had questions when it ended. There were lots of mummies, deaths, near deaths, kidnappings and attacks that were eye rolling, strangers in balloons and of course the Tunstell's acting troupe.
I did like having Madame Lefoux around even if I never understood what she was around for. Also I liked how the author addressed the issue of Lord Maccon being immortal and his wife decidedly not. My favorite scenes were between Biffy and Professor Lyall. They had a nice relationship even if it only took place in this book. I would definitely read more about those two or just about Biffy growing more into his current/future role in the London pack.
Now I will be moving on to the new series featuring the Maccon's daughter Prudence. Who we found out in this book does not like her name.

Rating: 4

Friday, April 17, 2015

Mini Thoughts ~ Waistcoats & Weaponry

Waistcoats & Weaponry (Finishing School #3)

by Gail Carriger
published by Little, Brown Books
Genre: YA, Steampunk, Supernatural, Shifters

Summary (Goodreads): Sophronia continues second year finishing school in style -- with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown. She, best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and charming Lord Felix Mersey stow away on train to return classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspects what or who would be aboard the suspiciously empty train.

Mini Thoughts: This was not my favorite of this series. Sophronia annoyed me in this book. Lots of flopping back and forth between Lord Mersey and Soap. Also, seemed very selfish for a lot of it.
I also didn't like the main plot of this book. The whole train ride and the picklemen I found boring.
There were two things that saved this for me. The writing was great as usual and the secondary story of Sidheag and the Scotland pack. This gave more background and got characters into place for when  Parasol Protectorate starts up.

Rating: 4

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 04/13/2015

Accidentally Evil by Lara Chapman (#2 Xyzs of Being Wicked)
Aunt Dimity and the Summer King by Nancy Atherton (#20 Aunt Dimity)
Bad Babysitter by Matthew Holm, Jennifer L Holm (#19 Babymouse)
Bloodkin by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (#2 Maeveara Trilogy)
Breaking Ties by Vaughn R. Demont (#4 Broken Mirrors)
Crushed by Lauren Layne (#2 Redemption)
Dante of the Maury River by Gigi Amateau (#3 Horses of the Maury River)
Dare to Hold by Carly Phillips (#6 Dare to Love)
Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier (#1 Silver Trilogy)
Flame of the Phoenix by N J Walters (#6 Hades' Carnival)
Forged by Erin Bowman (#3 Taken)
His Perfect Wolf by Elle Boon (#2 Mystic Wolves)
Ropes and Revenge by Jessie Evans (#6 Lonesome Point Texas)
Second Guard by J D Vaughn (#1 Second Guard)
Sing a Worried Song by William Deverell (#6 Arthur Beauchamp)
Slated for Death by Elizabeth J Duncan (#6 Penny Brannigan Mystery)
The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble (#1 Sunset Cove)
The Masque of a Murderer by Susanna Calkins (#3 Lucy Campion Mysteries)
The Pet and the Pendulum by Gordon McAlpine (#3 The Misadventures of Edgar & Allan Poe)
The Pretty App by Katie Sise (#2 App)
The Wondrous and the Wicked by Page Morgan (#3 Dispossessed)
The World Forgot by Martin Leicht, Isla Neal (#3 Ever-Expanding Universe)
Their Virgin Mistress by Shayla Black, Lexi Blake (#7 Masters of Menage)
Wild With You by Sara Jane Stone (#4 Independence Falls)
Wilderness Rising by A L Shields (#2 Church Builder)
Window Wall by Melanie Rawn (#4 Glass Thorns)
With Vics You Get Eggroll by Diane Vallere (#3 Mad for Mod Mysteries)