Thursday, February 26, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

It's been a week around here. Freezing temps that froze our underground pipes. Nothing we can do until we get some days around/above freezing. Then CO detector started going off in the middle of the night. Had to have the fire dept come out. Readings were coming from the furnace, made for a very cold night until someone could come out in the morning. Luckily, it was just a clogged up chimney. Needless to say I'm exhausted and ready for winter to be over.

Now on to the good stuff. Really enjoyed Ed Sheeran doing a cover of Christina Aguilera's song Dirrty.

Not really sure how I'm feeling about Allegiant right now. Can understand why people didn't like it and I haven't got to the bad part. That said I do plan on watching the remaining movies at some point.

TeeFury's Shoe section has some great shoes. Not that I can afford right now but still love them. The two below are my favorites so far.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 02/23/2015

A Sinful Deception by Isabella Bradford (#2 Breconridge Brothers)
After Ever Happy by Anna Todd (#4 After)
Allegiance by D. J. Molles (#5 The Remaining)
Armageddon Rules by J C Nelson (#2 Grimm Agency)
At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan (#1 Montana Men)
Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent (#3 Bound and Determined)
Broken Honor by Tonya Burrows (#3 Hornet)
Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank (#1 The Immortal Brothers)
Demon Child by Kylie Chan (#2 Celestial Battle)
Devils And Dust by J D Rhoades (#4 Jack Keller)
Dorothy Parker Drank Here by Ellen Meister (#2 Dorothy Parker)
Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke (#18 Hannah Swensen Mysteries)
Dove Arising by Karen Bao (#1 Dove Chronicles)
Empire Rising by Rick Campbell (#2 Trident Deception)
First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan (#1 Puffin Island)
Fury of Obsession by Coreene Callahan (#5 Dragonfury)
Grave Matters by Lauren M Roy (#2 Night Owls)
Homecoming by Kass Morgan (#3 The Hundred)
Hush Hush by Laura Lippman (#12 Tess Monaghan)
I Loved a Rogue by Katharine Ashe (#3 Prince Catchers)
I Survived the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 by Lauren Tarshis (#11 I Survived)
Kalahari by Jessica Khoury (#3 Origin)
Kings and Emperors by Dewey Lambdin (#21 Alan Lewrie)
Lamentation by C J Sansom (#6 Shardlake)
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A Nielsen (#1 Praetor War)
Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (#5 Clifton Chronicles)
Mission Titanic by Jude Watson (#1 39 Clues: Doublecross)
Murder with Fried Chicken and Waffles by A L Herbert (#1 Mahalia Watkins Soul Food Mystery)
My Healer by Alanea Alder (#3 Bewitched And Bewildered)
Okay by Danielle Pearl (#2 Something More)
One Kiss More by Mandy Baxter (#2 U.S. Marshals)
Playing With Fire by Deborah Fletcher Mello (#1 Sultry Southern Nights)
Quake by Patrick Carman (#3 Pulse)
Running Blind by Cindy Gerard (#3 One-Eyed Jacks)
Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott (#2 Fire & Flood)
Secret of the Water Dragon by Tracey West (#3 Dragon Masters)
Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder (#1 in Soulfinders)
Slow Burn by K. Bromberg (#5 Driven Trilogy)
Soulbound by Kristen Callihan (#6 Darkest London)
Stiff Penalty by Annelise Ryan (#6 Mattie Winston)
Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci (#2 Tin Star)
Teaser by Burt Weissbourd (#2 Corey Logan)
Tempt the Night by Dixie Lee Brown (#5 Trust No One)
The Burning Gates by Parker Bilal (#4 Makana Mystery)
The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (#3 Princess Academy)
The Girls of Mischief Bay by Susan Mallery (#1 Mischief Bay)
The Griffin's Riddle by Suzanne Selfors (#5 Imaginary Veterinary)
The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands (#21 Argeneau Vampires)
The Rookie Blue Jay by David A Kelly (#10 Ballpark Mysteries)
The Secret Cipher by Whitaker Ringwald (#2 Secret Box)
The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (#1 Sin Eater's Daughter)
The Tempting of Thomas Carrick by Stephanie Laurens (#22 The Cynster Series)
The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes (#3 Alice Quentin)
One Wish by Robyn Carr (#7 Thunder Point)
Twelve Hours by Leo J. Maloney (#4 Dan Morgan)
Unchanged by Jessica Brody (#3 Unremembered)
Uncharted Redemption by Keely Brooke Keith (#2 Uncharted)
Unleashed by Sophie Jordan (#2 Uninvited)
Welcome to the Jungle by Matt London (#2 The 8th Continent)
When Irish Eyes Are Haunting by Heather Graham (#14 1001 Dark Nights)
Wrongful Death by L J Sellers (#10 Detective Wade Jackson Mystery)

Monday, February 23, 2015

Book Review ~ Shadow Study

Shadow Study (Soulfinders #1)

by Maria V Snyder
published by Mira
expected release: February 24, 2015
genre: Adult, Fantasy, 

**Received via NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for honest review

Summary (Goodreads): Once, only her own life hung in the balance.
Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she'd survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek's job - and his life - are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret - or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is - while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.
Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous,

My Thoughts: First, the cover. While I don't hate this cover, it doesn't go with this series. It feels way too much like YA Fantasy when the main characters are clearly adult and have been since the first Study series books came out.
The Study series is a favorite go to for re-reading. I was thrilled when I heard that there was a new trilogy coming with characters from the original series.
Shadow Study starts around six years after the previous series. I loved getting the POVs of Valek and Janco as well as Yelena. To be honest, Valek's chapters were my favorite. We get to find out not only how he really joined the Commander but also how he was trained to be an assassin. All of the flashbacks played well with what was currently happening both in the castle and along the borders of Sitia and Ixia.
I'm not sure where the author is going with the Commander's story but I see nothing good coming from it. Between the new people in the castle, illegal products, and people coming back from the dead it all spells trouble for Valek and Yelena. It will be interesting to see where loyalties fall once more of the story comes out.
Overall, this was another great addition to this series. The author was able to find a way to bring back loved characters and mix them with new blood to keep the world fresh. There was also enough revealed to make the story satisfying but enough questions left to make you want more. Now for the wait until book two comes out.

Rating: 5

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Crimson Peak Trailer, starring Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain

I've shared about this movie before but I really am looking forward to it...

Finishing up with some more fan art. Artist Jeffrey Thomas (Jeftoon01 on DeviantArt) has some interesting twisted princesses and fairies. Merida and Vanellope might be my favorites but I had trouble choosing and could have added many more.
Twisted Princess: Merida
Jeffrey Thomas (DeviantArt)
Twisted Princess: Alice
by Jeffrey Thomas (deviantArt)
Twisted Fairies: Tinker Bell
by Jeffrey Thomas (DeviantArt)
Twisted Princess: Vanellope
by Jeffrey Thomas (DeviantArt)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 02/16/2015

A Restored Man by Jaime Reese (#3 The Men of Halfway House)
Basic Incubus by Nicole Peeler (#3 Trueniverse)
Bear Attraction by Jennifer Ashley (#6.5 Shifters Unbound)
Bitten by a Hellcat by Felicity Heaton (#6 Eternal Mates)
Black Wolf's Revenge by Tera Shanley (#2 Silver Wolf Clan)
Cinderella and the Ghost by Marina Myles (#4 The Cursed Princes)
Craving Talon by Zoey Derrick (#2 69 Bottles)
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (#13 Mary Russell Mysteries)
Gabe by Minx Malone (#3 Blue Collar Billionaires)
Garrett by Sawyer Bennett (#2 Cold Fury Hockey)
Grizzly Love by Eve Langlais (#5 Kodiak Point)
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie (#2 Shattered Sea)
K-9 by Rohan Gavin (#2 Knightley and Son)
Last Days of the Condor by James Grady (#3 Condor)
Lucky Break by Chloe Neill (#10.5 Chicagoland Vampires)
Make Me Yours by Rhyannon Byrd (#3 Dangerous Tides)
Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black (#2 Wars of the Realm)
Ristèard's Unwilling Empress by S E Smith (#4 Lords of Kassis)
Rocky Retreat by Vivian Arend (#7.5 Six Pack Ranch)
Rogue Cowboy by Kasey Millstead (#5 Down Under Cowboy Series)
Secrets by Cynthia Eden (#2 Battling McGuire Boys)
Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles (#2 Stupid in Love)
Tattered Loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan (#1 Talon Pack)
Tears of Crimson by Michelle Hughes (#1 the New Orleans Vampire Bar)
The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare (#1 Billionaires and Bridesmaids)
Lies That Bind by Maggie Barbieri (#2 Maeve Conlon)
The Master by Kresley Cole (#2 The Game Maker)
The Only Game by Mike Lupica (#1 Home Team)
The Return by Jennifer L Armentrout (#1 Titan (Covenant Spin-off))
The Taming of Xander Sterne by Carole Mortimer (#2 Twin Tycoons)
The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan (#1 The Virtues & Vices of the Old West)
The Wide World's End by James Enge (#3 Tournament of Shadows)
Unexpected Fate by Harper Sloan (#1 Hope Town Series)
Unseen by Amber Lynn Natusch (#2 Unborn)
Vostok by Steve Alten (#2 Loch)
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy by Sarah Rees Brennan (#1 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy)
Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert (#2 Texas Gold)
You Only Live Twice by Lexi Blake (#8 Masters and Mercenaries)