Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness


TV
So I decided to check out Arrow. Binged watched the first five episodes. Needless to say I am now hooked. I so did not need to add another show to my line up. This will probably be more of a dvd catch up show rather than watching when they originally air.

Art
Found a site called Earth Porm. It has some great ( and some maybe not great) photography lists. I love nature and seasonal shots. Below are some shots from their 25 Beautiful Autumn Photos (website).
Personal
My little guy was born 10 years ago today. While labor was not long, it was painful both during and after. Would not change a thing, except maybe when he is being mouthy :) Still sometimes wish they could stay little.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 10/13/2014

*Links go to Goodreads

A Moment of Passion by Jess Michaels (#2 Ladies Book of Pleasures)
Alex by Sawyer Bennett (#1 Cold Fury Hockey)
Alpha Divided by Aileen Erin (#3 Alpha Girl)
Armageddon by Christina Bauer (#3 Angelbound)
Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix (#4 Old Kingdom)
Dark Craving by Cheryl McIntyre (#2 Dark Calling)
Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt (#7 Maiden Lane)
Demon's Fury by Jocelynn Drake (#3.1 The Asylum Tales)
Depths of Lake by Keary Taylor (#3 McCain Saga)
Hero Complex by Margaux Froley (#2 Keaton School)
Jacob's Ladder by Bianca D'Arc (#3 String of Fate)
Olympus by Bryan Q. Miller (#5 Smallville: Season 11)
One In A Million by Jill Shalvis (#12 Lucky Harbor)
PathFinder by Angie Sage (#1 Todhunter Moon)
Primal by Sasha White (#1 Overwatch)
Prophecies, Libels & Dreams: Stories by Ysabeau S Wilce (#3.5 Flora Trilogy)
Redeemed by Kristin Cast, P C Cast (#12 House of Night)
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (#1 Snow Like Ashes)
Tempted by Midnight by Lara Adrian (#12.5 Midnight Breed #10 1001 Dark Nights)
The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander (#9 Emily Ashton)
The Golden Throne by Katia Fox (#3 Copper Sign)
The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich (#2 √Čireann)
Undivided by Neal Shusterman (#4 Unwind)
Wolf Slayer by Angela Addams (#2 Order of the Wolf)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Book Review ~ Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow

by R.C. Lewis
published by Hyperion
genre: YA, Fairy-tale retelling, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

**received e-arc from publisher and netGalley

Summary (Goodreads): Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that's assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid.

In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy's future-and her own-in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

My Thoughts: Yes, there are similarities between this and the first Lunar Chronicle books. It's very easy to get past considering they are both re-tellings of another story. Neither is an original. Also, while not graphic in detail this story does deal with some serious topics.
While I thought Essie was a great main character my favorite had to be her seven drones. We get to know two of them better than the rest but they all have unique personalities. It is clear that they mean as much to Essie as she does to them.
Instead of the normal fairy princess, we have Essie who lives on a mining planet and earns her way by cage fighting. She can definitely take care of herself and making sure everyone knows it. I do wish her abilities would have either been more fleshed out or something more stable. Not having any clue but being able to use them perfectly when the need arises didn't work for me.
Then there's Dane. He got better as the story progressed but the romance between him and Essie never really caught for me. I think the author put him in a bad spot from the beginning and it was harder for me to forget what he did to Essie than it was for Essie.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. The author did a good job building up unique planets that make up Essie's world. You get a chance to experience them all and see how different they are. The characters fit into the retelling aspect. The King and Queen fit the evil roles, I just wished we had gotten more time with them to flesh out their characters. Rather than just saying "hey evil" with very little show.
As expected with most fairy-tales there is an HEA for the Essie/Snow and Dane.

Rating: 4 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness


Art

Going to be mostly fan art of some kind today. Hope you enjoy!

This artist imagines some favorite animated animals as humans. The following was my favorite of the group.
Hakuna Matata
by  chacckco
Artist Nacho Diaz known as Naolito does some fun fan art that is available as t-shirts. (website)
Limbo Patronum
Super Starry Night
Deadly Game

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 10/06/2014

**Beginning of the month = another long list. Links go to Goodreads

A Crafty Christmas by Mollie Cox Bryan (#5 Cumberland Creek)
A Demon Summer by G M Malliet (#4 Max Tudor)
A Highland Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear (#15 Heart of the Wolf)
A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson (#3 Lone Star Brides)
A Midwinter's Tale by Sofie Kelly (#6 Magical Cats Mystery)
A Place Called Harmony Jodi Thomas (#8 Harmony)
A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley (#2 Logan Point)
Adventures in Flatfrost by Jordan Quinn (#5 Kingdom of Wrenly)
After Midnight by Elle Kennedy (#4.5 Killer Instincts)
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (#2 Imperial Radch)
Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James (#1 Southern Sisters Mystery)
Broken by Laura Wright (#2 The Cavanaugh Brothers)
Broken Promise by Jen Wylie (#3 The Broken Ones)
Broken Soul by Faith Hunter (#8 Jane Yellowrock)
Cinderella - Of Men and Mice by Bill Willingham (#4 Fairest)
Cowboy Boots for Christmas by Carolyn Brown (#1 Burnt Boot)
Dead For A Spell by Raymond Buckland (#2 Bram Stoker Mystery)
Deadline by John Sandford (#8 Virgil Flowers)
Death Of A Blue Blood by Donald Bain (#43Murder She Wrote )
Death of a Christmas Caterer by Lee Hollis (#5 Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails Mysteries)
Deceived by Irene Hannon (#3 Private Justice)
Desert Rage by Betty Webb (#8 Lena Jones Mystery)
Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young (#5 On Dublin Street)
Emergent by Rachel Cohn (#2 Beta)
Final Lap by Erin McCarthy (#9 Fast Track)
Ghost Phoenix by Corrina Lawson (#3 The Phoenix Institute)
Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart (#5 Bailey Ruth)
Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs (#12 Scrapbooking Mysteries)
Hawk by Steven Brust (#14 Vlad Taltos)
Her Secret Husband by Andrea Laurence (#4 Secrets of Eden)
Immortal by J. R. Ward (#6 Fallen Angels)
Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell (#3 Lost Stars)
Jake's Biggest Risk by Julianna Morris (#3 Those Hollister Boys)
Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks (#1 Slow Burn)
Lailah by Nikki Kelly (#1 The Styclar Saga)
Louisa by Ellie Macdonald (#4 Governess Club)
Loving You Always by Kennedy Ryan (#2 Bennett's)
Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove by Steve Hockensmith, Bob Pflugfelder (#4 Nick and Tesla)
Night Sky by Suzanne Brockmann, Melanie Brockmann (#1 Night Sky)
Off Kilter by Hannah Reed (#1 Scottish Highlands Mystery)
One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake (#2 Magic Potion Mysteries)
Over the Line by Emmy Curtis (#1 Alpha Ops)
Paris Match by Stuart Woods (#31 Stone Barrington)
Picked to Die by Sheila Connolly (#8 Orchard Mystery)
Pink & Green Is the New Black by Lisa Greenwald (#3 Pink and Green)
Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey (#3 Agent of Hel)
Promise Me This by Christina Lee (#4 Between Breaths)
Promise to Cherish by Elizabeth Byler Younts (#2 Promise of Sunrise)
Reaper's Stand by Joanna Wylde (#4 Reapers MC)
Reckoning by S. J. Harper (#2 Fallen Siren)
Ruining Mr. Perfect by Marie Harte (#3 McCauley Brothers)
Rules For A Proper Governess by Jennifer Ashley (#7 Highland Pleasures)
Saul's Game by Andrew Kaplan (#2 Homeland)
Season for Desire by Theresa Romain (#4 Holiday Pleasures)
Ship of the Dead by John L Campbell (#2 Omega Days)
Spectrum by Alan Jacobson (#6 Karen Vail)
Stirring Up Trouble by Kimberly Kincaid (#3 Pine Mountain)
Tempted by a Cowboy by Sarah M Anderson (#2 The Beaumont Heirs)
The Billionaire Cowboy by Mandy Baxter (#1 Billionaire's Club: Texas)
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (#5 Heroes of Olympus)
The Christmas Bouquet by Sherryl Woods (#11 Chesapeake Shores)
The Cowboy SEAL by Laura Marie Altom (#7 Operation Family)
The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky (#2 Edwardian Brides)
The Empire of Night by Robert Olen Butler (#3 Christopher Marlowe Cobb)
The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde (#3 The Chronicles of Kazam)
The Legend of Sleepy Harlow by Kylie Logan (#3 League of Literary Ladies)
The Old Deep and Dark by Ellen Hart (#22 Jane Lawless)
The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard (#1 Perfectionists)
The Shell Game by Janet Evanovich (#3.5 Kate O'Hare)
The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason (#02 Stoker & Holmes)
The Texan's Surprise Son by Cathy McDavid (#5 Texas Rodeo Barons)
The Young Elites by Marie Lu (#1 The Young Elites)
Tied by Emma Chase (#4 Tangled)
To Love A King by Shona Husk (#3 Annwyn)
Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn (#9 Fresh Baked Mysteries)
Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan (#3 Jane Ryland)
Unbinding by Eileen Wilks (#11 World of the Lupi)
Undead and Unwary by MaryJanice Davidson (#13 Undead)
Unraveled by Gennifer Albin (#3 Crewel World)
Weave Of Absence by Carol Ann Martin (#3 A Weaving Mystery)
What a Lady Needs for Christmas by Grace Burrowes (#4 MacGregor Trilogy)
Whisper the Dead by Alyxandra Harvey (#2 Lovegrove Legacy)
Wicked Ways by Lisa Jackson (#6 Oregon Coast - Wicked)
Zom-B Family by Darren Shan (#9 Zom-B)