Book Reviews

Onyx & Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1) by Mindee Arnett

Onyx and IvoryTitle: Onyx & Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1)
Author: Mindee Arnett
Rating: ★★★★

I received this in the May 2018 FairyLoot box.

Traitor Kate

Kate Brighton, member of the Relay (aka Rime Postal Service), inherited her new name after her father took a go at assassinating the high king. Every day poses some troubles with nightdrakes on the prowl to devour any Relay members and their horses if they don’t make it behind castle walls on time. But Kate has a secret…she is a wilder: she can use magic to influence the minds of animals. However, if she is caught, the same beautiful magic could quickly lead to her death.

In moments like these, atop a horse and flying over the ground, she glimpsed her old life. She became Kate Brighton again. Daughter of Hale Brighton, master of horse to the high king. She was free. A girl with a future. Someone who mattered.

Things take a turn when Kate saves the life of Corwin Tormane (with the help of magic), the high king’s son and her former lover. Unbeknownst to the lie behind the secret weapon, Corwin invites Kate and her two closest friends to accompany him to Norgard in hopes that with their help (and the manufacturing of this new secret weapon), the people won’t have to live in fear of the drakes any longer.

The uror sign was a horse. One half of his body was inky black, the other white as ivory.

The sign of the uror was always equally half black and half white, and always would appear when it was time for an heir to be named king. Edwin and Corwin were tested for their “worthiness as heir”, bringing them to multiple decisions and tasks, many times making them re-hash not-so-pleasant moments of their lives.

What is Kate’s father’s secret? What led her father on his attempt to assassinate the king?What will Kate do with her secret power? Will she ever tell Corwin, and if she does, what will happen? Who will become the heir?

Was anyone else’s favorite Dal? He was funny, serious when needed, and always trying to brighten the mood. Then again, I tend to always like the supporting characters more than the protagonists.

The world is black and white and all the shades of gray in between

A war storm is brewing. Who will win? What devastation will come from this brawl? 

Besides for the opening scene (ugh! it almost made me cry…I used to ride horses) and infidelity (oh, how I hate thee), I really enjoyed this novel. Also, the cover is absolutely astonishing. 

MAY 2018 FAIRYLOOT

Book Reviews

Suicide Squad, Volume 4: Discipline and Punish

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 4: Discipline and Punish
Author: Ales Kot (Writer), Matt Kindt (Writer), Patrick Zircher (Artist), Rick Leonardi (Artist), Neil Googe (Artist), Sami Basri (Artist), Carmen Carnero (Artist)
Rating: ★★★★

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

We last find ourselves with the almost-destruction of our beloved Suicide Squad. But, one member was believed to not have survived… But fear not, Waller and her team have figured out a new serum that brings people back to life!

A new sheriff is in town, adding a more kills and fighting into the pre-existing, butt-kicking team. Not only him, but the addition of a new super-fast feminine Squader.

And maybe that’s some of the true measure of love – – the kindness we give to those who are too damaged to ever perceive it.

Not falling in love, but staying in it.

Regardless of what comes.

But someone not part of the Suicide Squad and, perhaps, closer to Waller, shows up and plays a big role in Volume 4…James Gordon Jr. This guy is creepier than the Joker himself. And to make things more interesting…he is in love with Waller (hah! Didn’t know anyone could love her).

A giant monster built from dead bodies and controlled by the “Mother” rears its ugly head in this volume, however, I have a feeling she will show up more in the next volume (hopefully?).

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What I really enjoyed was that the reader was able to delve deeper into the lives of Deadshot and Harley Quinn prior to the Suicide Squad, and also, later of the Squad disbanded and had their nano bombs removed from their necks. Harley Quinn was not portrayed as being as weak as she had been in previous volumes.

This was definitely the best comic of this event so far! It was an easy, fast read that flowed well and kept the reader engaged and wanting more the whole time. If you didn’t like the previous volumes and weren’t thinking of continuing with the event, please do! This one makes it so worth it!

 

Bookish Features

June 2018 FairyLoot Box

FairyLoot

JUNE 2018
REBELS & BALLGOWNS

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Exclusive “Corvere” Candle
Geeky Clean

 

 

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Exclusive “Shatter Me” Magnetic Bookmarks
Taratjah Art

 

 

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Exclusive “Looking Awesome” Iron-On Patch
Ink and Wonder

 

 

 

 

 

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Masquerade Mask Necklace
Team FairyLoot

 

 

 

 

 

Probably the gift I was most excited about…

Exclusive Reading Journal
FictionTea Designs & Stella’s Bookish Art

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Exclusive “Destiny” Cushion Cover
Miss Phi

 

 

 

Grace & Fury
Tracy Banghart
FairyLoot Exclusive book, Author Letter, Signed Bookplate, and Postcard

 

Bonus items:

  • Sea Witch Sampler Poster

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I am absolutely in love with the reading journal. It makes my day every day 🙂 This was a great box!

Where my buddy at?! #MyBuddy010930

 

If you would like to get in on this great experience, use code IDOBELIEVEINFAIRIES for 5% off a 3 or 6 month subscription.

Food

Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

20180513_121053Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Sticks
Vendor: Me
Calories: ~130 each

Time: 30 min

 

 

Ingredients

  • 12 string cheese sticks
  • 1 pkg. pepperonis
  • Wonton wrappers

 

  1. Preheat oven or deep fryer to 375°F.
  2. Pour water in the smallest bowl you can find.
  3. On a cutting board, layout one wonton wrapper.
  4. Place string cheese and desired pepperoni slices (this can be substituted with other pizza toppings).
  5. Wet fingertips with water and wet corners of wonton wrapper.
  6. Fold bottom corner to cover most of the inside ingredients.
  7. Fold the two sides of the wonton wrapper inwards.
  8. Roll final corner town and around to create a eggroll shape.
  9. If using a deep fryer, cook for 30-60 seconds on each side. If using an oven, cook until browned on the outside, about 15-20 minutes.
Book Reviews

Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth, #21) by M.C. Beaton

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Title: Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth, #21)
Author: M.C. Beaton
Rating: ★★★

This was my July 2018 Mystery Book Discussion group read at my local library.

John Heppel is a new guy in town, a published writer and newly-inducted screenwriter for a television series. He is the Gilderoy Lockhart of Lochdubh, Scotland: makeup-ready anytime production crews could be near and never one to pass by a chance to toot his own horn. After providing writing classes to the locals (who all somehow wish to be writers), he is mysteriously found dead…a supposed suicide. 

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Hamish MacBeth is the local constable, redhead, and typical young male afraid of losing his bachelorship (not sure if that is a word?). 

MacBeth is one of those guys who goes with his gut even though it might get him into some trouble. And that is exactly what he does… convinced one of his beloved townsfolk isn’t the murderer, he sets his eyes on those of the production cast. But everyone seems to be lying…at least a little! After being provided with a “fake” screenplay, he is convinced that someone from the television crew is behind the murder, and possibly the murder of another woman. 

When Hamish’s ex-girlfriend and reporter shows up, things are bound to get more complicated. And of course, all of the ladies in town think it is time Hamish finds a wife. However, after a near death and the resolution of the murder, MacBeth misses his opportunity to tell Elspeth (his ex-girlfriend) how he really feels and instead, is left with the comfort of his new cat and dog (which he seems to care about more than anything). 

One big thing that bothered me was Hamish is so poor, but he’s cooking lamb chops for dinner. What?! Also, the ending was unnecessary. The cat brought no relevance to the story whatsoever. 

JULY 2018 MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION

Book Reviews

The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (Bryant and May #6) by Christopher Fowler

Victoria VanishesTitle: The Victoria Vanishes: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery (Bryant and May #6)
Author: Christopher Fowler
Rating: ★★★★

Arthur Bryant And John May (similar to Holmes and Watson) are senior detectives at the Peculiar Crimes Unit (PCU), on their way to retirement. We find our two detectives on a new case: four woman (similarly aged) have been killed publicly in pubs.

During this investigation, the PCU is facing closing by headquarters due to the detectives straying from the beaten paths. Jack Renfield, former nemesis, has been promoted as their senior and is a strict law-abider, forcing the detectives to try to be on their best behavior.

After a shocking twist, the murderer is apprehended. The detectives are getting older, and with that, their health is deteriorating, which has caused some issues along the way. 

But seeing as you’re here too, tell me, how long would it take a man to build a Victorian pub from scratch and then dismantle it again? Could he do it in a single night?

One night while Bryant is walking home, he notices a middle-aged woman entering the Victoria Cross pub. Later, he finds out that the same lady was murdered. However, later going back to the scene of the crime, Victoria Cross no longer exists. Is it his memory issues or is there something more?

I thought this was a great read for those who are choosing to read the novel as a standalone. Never having read a Bryant and May novel in the past, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on much. It was easy to distinguish and get a feel for who the characters really were, which is definitely something I look for in a novel.

Who is behind all of the murders and what was the motive? What is the connection between the women?

MAY 2018 MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSION

Bookish Features

Song Book Tag

I saw this on RiverMoose-Reads and thought it would be a fun one!


MY JAM:

A SONG YOU MUST LISTEN TO EVERY TIME IT COMES ON, NO MATTER HOW OLD OR HOW MANY TIMES YOU’VE LISTENED TO IT

Honor by Atreyu – This is my favorite song of all time. For those of you who don’t know, I am a big rocker. I actually have a tattoo of some lyrics from this song on my ribs:

We’ll wear our scars
Like Medals of hope

A BOOK YOU’LL NEVER GET SICK OF

Pride and Prejudice


THROWBACK:

A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF THE CRINGIEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE

Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen – This reminds me of college. Used this as a pickup line on a dare to someone who happened to be a Green Bay Packers player. Also, there was a charity event going on and they played this literally a whole weekend, so I will always hate this song.

 A BOOK THAT ALSO REMINDS YOU OF THIS TIME (OR JUST SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T LIKE AS MUCH IF YOU PICKED IT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME NOW)

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Middle school…


REPLAY:

A RECENT SONG YOU HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW

The Void by Parkway Drive

A RECENT FAVORITE BOOK

Onyx and Ivory


GETS ME:

THIS SONG IS ME

The Fighter by Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

THIS BOOK IS ME IN BOOK FORM

Victoria Vanishes This was a Mystery Book Discussion topic at my local library last month. And one thing that kept on being mentioned was that, at times, this novel was difficult to tell what was happening to who because the author made it scatter-brained and all over the place. I thought it was easy to understand! ha! But for those of you who know me, that is exactly how my brain works…a bunch of random thoughts not in any order 🙂

 

 


WUT:

WEIRD BUT I LIKE IT?

RX (Medicate) by Theory of a Deadman – I am not into drugs nor have never done them, and this is not my usual tune, but for whatever reason, I find it super catchy.

 A UNIQUE BOOK THAT STUCK OUT TO YOU FOR WHATEVER REASON

Our House


LET’S GO:

BEST PUMP UP SONG (FOR WORKOUTS OR JUST LIFE) –

Notorious by Adelitas Way – So I met the lead singer way back in the day before they were popular and appeared on the Bachelor.

A BOOK THAT INSPIRED YOU

La La Lovely


CHILL:

FAVORITE CHILL, RELAXING SONG

Good Times by All Time Low – So I NEVER liked this band growing up, but I really enjoy this song. It makes me happy.

A BOOK YOU’D CURL UP WITH AND READ ON A RAINY DAY

Harry Potter


ADDICTING:

GUILTY PLEASURE SONG – ONE THAT’S CATCHY AND ADDICTING BUT NOT A WHOLE LOT OF SUBSTANCE

Live for the Drop by Capital Kings – Another…not my typical genre, but it makes me want to dance.

GUILTY PLEASURE READ

The Selection