Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I Want to Read It (22): A Shadow Bright and Burning



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, 1) by Jessica Cluess, September 20, 2016. Published by Random House BFYR. Source: Wishlist.
I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she's brought to London to train with Her Majesty's sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she's the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?
Why: So, this one sounds quite promising!! Right!! I'm really excited to see how the historical elements and magic will be mixed together in Jessica Cluess' A Shadow Bright and Burning. It just sounds like such a promising read that I cannot help but be excited to read it when it comes out.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The August Five

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 25, 2016

DNF YA Review: The August Five



The August Five by Jenna Helland, November 10, 2015. 320 pages. Published by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). Source: ARC received from publisher.
Tommy Shore is the son of the most important man on Aeren—a high-ranking politician who wants nothing more than to take away all of the rights of the lower-class cottagers. Tamsin Henry is the daughter of a revolutionary man who has hopes of overthrowing the corrupt politicians, also called the Zunft, the group that holds all the power in this world.

The two sides clash when Tommy rescues Tamsin during the August Rising, a cottager attack organized by a group of rebels known as the August Five. He starts to question the motives of the Zunft and realizes that it will take all of his resolve to stand up to his father and fight for the rights of those who have none.
First Sentence:
Tamsin Henry clutched a wooden matchbox that fit neatly into the palm of her hand.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Review: Characters of the Inquisition


Characters of the Inquisition by William Thomas Walsh, January 1, 2005 (originally published in 1969).  314 pages. Published by Tan Books. Source: Bought/Own.
Refutes the many lies about the Inquisition raised by the enemies of the Church. Shows why it was instituted, the purpose it served, its long-term effects, and why it preserved Catholic countries from the infamous witch-hunts besmirching Protestant history. All this is achieved by narrating the stories of six Grand Inquisitors. Exonerates the Church of all wrong-doing. Really dispels the lies about this institution.

First Sentence:
The very word "Inquisition," which one enjoyed the connotation, as well as the meaning,  of "inquiry," has become almost synonymous in the modern world with "bigotry," "intolerance," "cruelty." 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I Want to Read it (21): Curtsies and Conspiracies



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School, 2) by Gail Carriger, November 13, 2013. Published by Hatchette Little, Brown and Co. Source: Wishlist.
Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy--won't Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.
Why: Because after finally reading Etiquette and Espionage last month I want to know what else Sophronia will learn whilst at the finishing school. I really liked book one and am intrigued enough to feel confident on adding the next volume to my wishlist.

Seriously though, if Gail Carriger writes more young adult novels, and if we're lucky middle grade, I would be clamoring to read them. While I haven't read her adult books, I was quite satisfied with the first Finishing School book; which happened to be my first Gail Carriger read, too. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Etiquette and Espionage

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Etiquette & Espinage


Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School, 1) by Gail Carriger, October 8, 2013 (originally published February 5, 2013). 307 pages. Published by  Hachette Little, Brown and Company. Source: Own/TBR.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia Temminnick is a great trial to her poor mother--her atrocious curtsy is an embarrassment to the family name. So Mrs. Temminnick enrolls her daughter in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies certainly learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
First Sentence:
Sophronia intended to pull the dumbwaiter up from the kitchen to outside the front parlor on the ground floor, where Mrs. Barnaclegoose was taking tea. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I Want to Read It (20): Prisoner B-3087



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz, March 1, 2013. Published by Scholastic. Source: Wishlist.
Survive. At any cost.

10 concentration camps.

10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.

It's something no one could imagine surviving.

But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.

As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.

He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.

Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?

Based on an astonishing true story.
Why: Because I think it's important to not forgot what happened to so many innocent lives during WWII. Also, as I've enjoyed a lot of Alan Gratz books, I am interested to see how he will handle such a difficult area of history and because it's based on a true story, so...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Something Wicked

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 11, 2016

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Something Wicked


Something Wicked (A Horatio Wilkes Mystery, 1) by Alan Gratz, September 3, 2009 (originally published October 16, 2008). 288 pages. Published by Puffin Books. Source: Own.
Horatio Wilkes has come to the Scottish Highland Festival with his childhood friend Mac for games, girls, and gallivanting. But before the Celtic festivities can get under way, Mac?s grandfather and founder of the games, Duncan MacRae, is brutally murdered. All signs point to Duncan?s son, Malcolm, as the killer, but Horatio has his doubts. Between Mac, his controlling girlfriend Beth, and their parents, it seems like everyone has something to hide. Set against the vivid backdrop of the Tennessee mountains, Something Wicked is a thrilling adventure with all the sinister twists, turns, and tragedies of Shakespeare?s Macbeth.
First Sentence:
History is full of guys who did stupid things for women.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I Want to Read It (19): Stalking Jack the Ripper



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.


Stalking Jack the Ripper (untitled trilogy, book one) by Kerri Maniscalco, September 20, 2016. Published by Jimmy Patterson. Source: Wish List.
Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.
Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

Why: Okay, so the premise sounds really interesting because, you know, Jack the Ripper. I'm really curious to see how Kerri Maniscalco will work that angle into her book and how Audrey will handle the investigation. 

The only thing that worries me is the whole "presented by James Patterson" thing. I'll definitely be giving this book a chance, though I'm still on the fence because of Patterson. I know strange thing to be hung-up on but that's how it is.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Mary Jemison: Native American Captive

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 4, 2016

All About Middle Grade Review: Mary Jemison: Native American Captive



Mary Jemison: Native American Captive (Based on a True Story Series) by E.F. Abbott, February 16, 2016. 213 pages. Published by Feiwel & Friends. Source: publisher.
What happens when everything you know is suddenly ripped away? This is the fate of Mary Jemison, a fifteen-year-old frontier girl living in Pennsylvania in 1758. How does Mary find the will to carry on?

During the French and Indian War, Mary is captured by a band of French and Shawnee warriors and led deep into the woods. After her family is killed, Mary is traded to the Seneca and taken in by two sisters. Renamed Dehgewanus, she finds her place among the Seneca and embarks on a new way of life. But when given the choice, will Mary return to the world she once knew or remain with her adopted family?
First Sentence:
A storm was coming.
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