Friday, February 26, 2016

Goodbyes are still hard

It doesn't seem that long ago that I wrote a post like this, and I can't tell you how much I hate writing another one.  Goodbyes are never easy.

But today I'm saying goodbye to my Grandpa.  Sidney Ellis was a man that loved his family and his Savior above all things.  He had a heart for the open road and a giant piece of chocolate cake.  He loved the Florida sunshine and riding around in a golf cart with the love of his life of over 60 years.  Grandpa was a businessman, a golfer, a referee, a cross-stitcher, and an intense euchre player.

He loved his kids, and he loved his grandkids.  When we were little and would get together for holiday dinners, he would wait to fill his plate, preferring to sit at the kids table cleaning up after our picky appetites.

He was man of unbelievable faith who instilled a passion for understanding the history and importance of the gospel in me.  And I miss him.  I miss the way he would smile when I walked in the door and he would call out my name.  And I'm going to miss his hugs, because for a girl who isn't a hugger, a warm embrace from my grandpa always made me feel a little better.

Goodbyes are hard, but knowing he is no longer in pain makes it easier.  Knowing that he is exactly where is heart always led him makes it easier.  And knowing that I will one day see him again makes me thankful for his life fully lived and the love he gave me.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Unhooked

UnhookedAuthor: Lisa Maxwell
Info: Simon Pulse, copyright 2016, 342 pages

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home - all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them.  Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself.  The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who's coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself is called Neverland, yet it's nothing like the stories.  Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers.  As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she's been hiding from all along.  But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

~Goodreads Description

You had me at Neverland.  And you sold me with a Peter Pan that is a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad guy.  Ever since my binge viewing of the web series "The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy," I've been a little obsessed with the magical world of faeries, and mermaids, and pirates.  I never particularly liked the story as a child, but for some reason it resonates with me now.  It even found its way into my NaNo in 2015.

But Lisa Maxwell just kills it.  Kind of literally, and also just because she rocks!  Not quite sure why it's called Unhooked and not a huge fan of the cover, but it is a MUST read if you're fan of retellings.

Gwen's mother is crazy.  So crazy in fact that they're constantly on the move, running from the monsters that her mother claims are always on their heels.  Carted off to London, best friend in tow for a visit, Gwen and Olivia are quickly kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to an unbelievable land where nothing is quite as it seems.  Gwen is rescued from the cruel seas by The Captain, sailing his ship around the waters of Neverland, trying to keep his young crew alive, but when the boy named Peter Pan tempts her away, believing her to be far more than the normal girl she craves to be, Gwen realizes that sometimes trusting yourself is the hardest obstacle of all.

As a vision, a story, a retelling, this was absolutely amazing.  Maxwell turns the story on its head in so many ways, expounding on the overly confident elements of Pan's personality and adding an emotionally damaged, yet fierce, Captain who is willing to go the distance to save those he cares about.  It's still a story about power, and imagination, and fighting the inevitability of growing up, but it's also a story of loss, and fear, and the trappings of that power.  And there are really mean faeries, and terrifying mermaids, and the Captain is dreamy.  Totally dreamy.

I wish some of the secondary characters who were fairly important to the story had been flushed out a bit more, including Gwen's backstory, but the pacing was excellent and kept me enthralled.  And this started out as a NaNoWriMo book, which totally gives me hope :)

I'll be recommending this A LOT in my library.  So you should probably go ahead a read it before I shove it into your arms!







Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Conjurer's Riddle

The Conjurer's Riddle (The Inventor's Secret, #2)Author: Andrea Cremer
Info: Philomela Books, copyright 2015, 352 pages

Charlotte may have left the Floating City, but she's not out of danger yet.  On the run from the British Empire's clutches, she leads her group of exiles west and south, plunging into a wild world of shady merchants and curly river men on the way to New Orleans.

But the more Charlotte learns about the revolution she has championed, the more questions she has.  As she and her friends get to know the hidden tunnels that run below New Orleans, home to criminals, assassins, and pirates, and head deep into the mystical bayou surrounding the city, Charlotte must make a decision.

Do the revolution's goals justify their means, or are some things too sacred to sacrifice?

~Goodreads Description

Well, I picked up a few things I totally missed in The Conjurer's Riddle prequel, The Inventor's Secret.  I suppose that means that I zone out on occasion when listening to audiobooks.

At the end of The Inventor's Secret, Charlotte has left the Floating City (which is New York City!) and is heading back to the catacombs where the rest of her friends (children sent out of the city by their revolutionary parents) when there's a terrible explosion.  The British Empire has found the hideout, and the children are on the run.  And yes, legit children, which seems really odd to me.  Who sends there children away to be raised by other children?  There are no adults in the catacombs and some of these kids are tiny!  The band follow emergency protocols and make there way to New Orleans where everyone is forced to cover their faces with masks while in public (there was a long explanation as to why, but I didn't quite get all of that).

Charlotte is still having boy trouble.  Grave is still mysteriously the "Inventor's Secret", and apparently the revolutionaries are a little crazy.  And that, right there, is what makes this interesting.  It would be so easy to see the British Empire as evil and the revolutionaries as noble, but Cremer shows that in war, it's now black and white.  That sometimes the end goal does not always justify the means.  War is ugly, and scared people can be terrifying.

Charlotte grew up a bit (just a bit) on her travels to the bayou, but in matters of the heart, she has a long way to go.  But now there's a beautiful pirate in the mix who has caught the eye of our killer spy and all around warrior woman, Linnet.

Still more alternate history than Steampunk which is a bit of a bummer, but I'll be eagerly awaiting book three!

(And Blameless by Gail Carriger just arrived...so excited!)




Friday, February 19, 2016

The Inventor's Secret

Author: Andrea Cremer
Info: Philomel, copyright 2014, 336 pages

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain's industrial empire.  Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other.  When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp, he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire's Machineworks.

~Goodreads Description

The wait for the next in the Parasol Protectorate to arrive has left me with an audiobook sized hole in my day, so I decided to to keep with the steampunk theme and picked up Andrea Cremer's The Inventor's Secret.  I've picked it up while browsing the shelves at my library at least a half dozen times, but as luck would have it, I was able to get my hands on the digital audiobook.

And then I proceeded to listen to the 7+ hour audiobook in one day.  I'm starting to think I have a problem.

The Inventor's Secret is set in an alternative U.S. history with a steampunk flair.  The rebels live underground while the British Empire exists in a floating city filled with pomp and circumstance.  Charlotte and her brother Ashley lead the band of revolutionaries who have stumbled upon a British ship.  Their hope is to make their way to the floating city and find some important allies to take down the empire.

And finally...at the end of the book...we get the "inventor's secret," and it was not as dramatic as I was anticipating.  Perhaps the "secret" will gain more momentum in the sequel.

Overall, a decent read.  It's mostly a love story, but there is a bit of intrigue thrown in, and I think they mentioned dirigibles once.  I had a little trouble imagining this world, but I'll admit there were times I was distracted while listening.

Charlotte has some growing up to do.  She wants to believe that she is an adult, ready to take on the empire.  And she does have some mad fighting skills.  But she's still a girl in many ways, a girl who might have benefited from having her parents around a bit more.

Maybe this weekend I'll tackle the next in the series.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Changeless

Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)Author: Gail Carriger
Info: Orbit, copyright 2010, 374 pages

Alexia Maccon, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs.  Then he disappears; leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility.  So even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.  She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

~Goodreads Description

Things just got interesting for Alexia Maccon.  Something strange is happening in London.  Paranormals keep losing their paranormal abilities.  Werewolves can't change to wolf form and the vampires are fang free.  Not to mention the fact that ghosts are being exorcised all over the city.  But no worries.  Alexia is on the case, much to her husband's chagrin.

The newly married couple is adorable - Lord Maccon is enamored by his new bride and Alexia is just as feisty as ever.  But the really cool part of the story is the arrival of some of my favorites from Carrier's Finishing School series set about 25 years before the story's events.  Now all I need to do is piece it all together :)  I think a flow chart might have to be created.

This story is just pure fun.  There's a bit of romance, a bit of adventure, and a fun mystery in each book.  And there's a really stubborn, fierce leading lady with quite the handsome right hand man.  I'd read it if I were you.

What I'm really enjoying is reading it with my pal at Book Plots & Polka dots.  We made our way through Finishing School at about the same speed, and now we're listening to these and chatting at school.  A fun book series is always made better with a reading buddy.  (And she totally got shout outs two day sin a row :)




Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Top 10 Songs I Wish Were Books

Top Ten Songs I Wish Were Books
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

This here blog is mostly about books.  I throw in random musing to keep things exciting from time to time, but basically I started this here thing to keep track of what I'm reading.  If you've been here before, you also know that I have an affinity for movies, but what I rarely talk about (besides a confession of my heartfelt appreciation for 90s country music) is my LOVE for music.  Thanks to my favorite traveling buddy and "siamese twin attached at the hip" I've enjoyed probably close to two hundred live shows.  Some big.  Most small.  All including a great story or two.  And there is always...ALWAYS...music playing in my house.

So this week's Top Ten Tuesday is way fun to think about even though I'm not quite sure how to interpret it.  Lyrics taken literally and formed into a plot?  Or the general feels that the song gives me and I wish a book would give me those same feels?

I'm just going to to do whatever - basically so I can list some of my favorite songs and artists :)

Happy listening and reading!  What's on your list?

(Sidenote:  I promise they won't ALL be 90s country hits)

(Second Sidenote:  My reading buddy over at Book Plots & Polka Dots just posted a fun blog on her favorite musicals.  You should totally check it out.  And I'll totally be stealing her idea sometime soon.  I mention this because some of my favorite songs are a part of stories already which is both awesome and kind of a bummer when it comes to this post.  Not to worry.  There are tons of songs on my iPod.)

(Third Sidetone:  I like love songs.  Just be prepared.)

"Right from the start I knew
You'd set  a fire in me
And I'd rather be sad with you
Than anywhere away from you."

Reminds me of Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - which I loved.  So basically more adorable romances set in foreign countries.

2) I Know Where Love Lives by Hal Ketchum
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hybd9pmJkSI
"You keep all that your fortune brings
All your fancy words, all your precious things
No matter what all your money buys
It's in the arms of love
That true treasure lies."

Another love story.  Maybe about a small town with a big love story?  Hey!  Maybe this year's NaNoWriMo? :)

3)  More Heart, Less Attack by NEEDTOBREATHE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KEPEI5hzOs
"Ever growing, steadfast
And if need be, the one that's in the gap
Be the never turning back
Twice the heart any could have"

Every time I hear this song, I think of hard lessons learned and long roads with important journeys

4) The Highwayman by Loreena McKennitt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvKBPr71dhA
"He whistled a tune to the window
And who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter
Bess, the landlord's daughter."

Such a sad song, but epic story that could be an epic book.

5) Waking Life by Schuyler Fisk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqVLPODnDA
"Cause I'm not lose, just looking for the prince
I'm taking it, one step at a time and I'm getting by
By the way,
It's you on my mind
It's you on my mind."

Another pretty sad song that could make for one beautiful story.

6) Carry Me Home by The Sweeplings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BnRyb1puIA
"Carry me home when the light in my eyes does fade
Carry me home when the dad comes to take me away
Lay down my towns knowing I'll be in a better place
Release my soul, carry me home."

This one is all about the feeling, the tone.  It's dark and bit mysterious.

7) Neon Dreams by Tyrone Wells
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGprRlxZmNA
"You always wonder if you move to a new town
If you could maybe start again?
You always wanted to tear the city walls around you down
But you don't know where to begin."

Love this artist.  SO MUCH.  Could make for a cute, light, fun read.

8) Get to You by Matt Wertz
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsSCkjcO-y0
"Another open road, another midnight highway
For this wayward soul, mmm, but if I had it my way
I'd close these miles, I wouldn't be this far
From everything I know, from where you are."

Roadtrip?  Yes.  Road trip.

9) Our Love by Judah & the Lion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pB-gfu3TQp0
"Oh, I've been walking
Down this road
And on my own
And on my own
And I've been searching
To find my way
To find the path
That you've been traveling on."

Another love song :)  But it's about the journey to find love, not the finding love itself.  And it's sweet.  And hopeful.

10)  Returning Half by Jared & the Mill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOF13Lae1k8
"But we sang all night long, and our spirits grew so strong
And we knew that there's no way we're going back
We gave all we had, to a night that we attacked
We left nothing for the trips returning half
We go on."

A story about living in the moment.  Being present.  Trusting yourself and feeling alive.





Monday, February 15, 2016

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Author: Douglas Adams
Info: Del Rey, copyright 1980, 250 pages

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space powered by pure improbabilityband desperately in search of a place to eat.

Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a longtime friend and expert contributor to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMillan, a fellow Earth refugee who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, the moody android who suffers nothing and no one very gladly.

Their destination? The ultimate hot spot for an evening of apocalyptic entertainment and fine dining, where the food (literally) speaks for itself.

Will they make it? The answer: hard to say. But bear in mind that the Hitchhiker's Guide deleted the term "Future Perfect" from its pages, since it was discovered not to be!

~Goodreads Description

About a year ago, I picked up The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for a third round - this time choosing to enjoy the audiobook because of the extremely talented narrator, Stephen Fry.  And of course I loved it.  What I find peculiar is the fact that I've never continued on in the story, so I thought that I would do something about that this year.

Much to my pleasure, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is narrated by Martin Freeman...and it was awesome.  Mostly.  I had a little trouble following.  I think it's going to take a second read.  But I really did enjoy.

From what I gather (I feel like many a summary starts this way...) we  start off right where The Hitchhiker's Guide ends.  Our motley crew have just left Margrathea, and The Heart of Gold is under attack by a Vogon ship.  Unfortunately the Improbability Drive is out of commission because Arthur begged the computer to make him a legit cup of tea.  Zaphod summons a ghostly relative who saves them, and Zaphod and Marvin find themselves at the office of the Hitchhiker's Guide in search of Zarniwoop (this dude who wants to discover who rules the universe).  The crew bounces between the end of the universe and the beginning of Earth, Arthur and Ford unfortunately ending up on an "Ark" looking for a place to colonize with the most unfortunate of crews, and Zaphod and Trillian want nothing to do with the ruler of all.

I love British humor, especially the sarcastic, witty, off-beat humor of Douglas Adams.  And I love fun alien stories.  And outer space.  And Martin Freeman.  Have I mentioned that yet?  He's an excellent audiobook reader.  And Watson.

I'll definitely be exploring the rest of the series the year whether I fully understand what is going on or not :)


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Top 10 Swoony Quotes

Top Ten Swoony Quotes
(Feature hosted in The Broke and the Bookish)

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means a romantically themed Top Ten Tuesday!  It's no secret that I'm a fan of sweet romantic stories.  I'm the girl who went to see the new Nicholas Sparks movie on opening weekend.  They're cheesy.  They're often ridiculous.  But they give you feels, and there's nothing wrong with that.  The fantastic crew at The Broke and the Bookish provided some list options, and I went with a quotes one, because certain lines stay with you long after you finish a book.  Here are a few of my swoon-worthy favorites.

What's on your list?

Happy reading!


1) "Sometimes I can't see myself when I'm with you.  I can only just see you." 
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

2) "No matter where I went, I always knew my way back to you.  You are my compass star." 
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Persuasion
3) "You pierce my soul.  I am half agony, half hope.  Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever.  I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago." 
Persuasion by Jane Austen

4) "I'm saying I'm in love with you!  I've been in love with you this whole bleeding year!" 
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

5) "He kissed her slowly.  Everything went slowly so he could follow her temper, and search into her eyes.  When they joined, her scent was brave and strong and certain.  
Perry took it into himself, breathing her breath, feeling what she felt.  He'd never known anything as right." 
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

The Iron Queen (The Iron Fey, #3)
6) "Should even the world stand against her, my blade will be at her side.  And should it fail to protect her, let my own existence be forfeit.  This I swear, on my honor, my True Name, and my life.  From this day on...'his voice went even softer, but I still heard it as though he whispered it into my ear. 'I am yours.'"
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa

7) "I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world."
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

8) "I wish you could be kissed, Jane,' he said. 'Because I would beg just one off you.  Under all this.' He flailed an arm toward the stars."
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.

9) "Look at me.  I choose you over everyone."
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

10) "I would have written you, myself, if I could put down in words everything I want to say to you.  A sea of ink would not be enough."
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Monday, February 8, 2016

Soulless

Author: Gail Carriger, Narrator: Emily Grey
Info: Orbit, copyright 2009, 373 pages

Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations.

First, she has no soul.  Second, she's a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead.  Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.


Where to go from there?  From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire - and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.


With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible.  Can she figure out what is actually happening to London's high society?Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing?  Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?


~Goodreads Description


Gail Carriger is such a cool lady. She has amazing since of style. She's a steampunk aficionado. And she gave Mike the Garden Gnome a sweet kiss on the cheek. Oh! And she totally followed me on Twitter. Made my year :) 

I've read her Parasol Protectorate series before, but I wanted to revisit it having just finished the tetralogy and before moving into The Custard Protocol. Soulless is set twenty years after Sophronia attends Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

Alexia Tarabotti is considered a spinster at the ripe old age of twenty-six. She is tall, shapely, and of Italian heritage - which her mother believes is all working against her in the quest to find a husband. The truth is that Alexia is is intelligent, stubborn, and in search for adventure. She isn't willing to sit idly by when strange things are afoot. And being the only preternatural in Great Britain, her born "talents" put her in a serious advantage. Alexia doesn't have a soul, and when she comes into contact with supernatural (vampire, werewolf, etc), she neutralizes their abilities. 

Emily Grey does a fantastic job narrating the first int his fun series.While I enjoyed Moira Quirk immensely and was a little disappointed to find out that she didn't narrate the earlier titles, I quickly came to appreciate Grey's special touch. 

Carriger does an excellent job of creating strong female characters who avoid becoming the damsel in distress.  Sure the Earl Maccon steps in and saves Alexia in the end, but it's not before she has saved him a half a dozen times to start with. The female characters are smart, driven, and unafraid to make unpopular decisions when it comes to protecting Queen and country.

And then there's the steampunk elements.  I wish I had the nerve to get really into steampunk.  I love the costumes, gadgets, and jewelry that fans adorn themselves in for conventions.  While the corset reveals a little too much cleavage for my liking, the costumes are pretty spectacular.

There's Queen Victoria, of course, and automatons, and wicked parasols that hide weapons that make any refined lady a formidable foe.  There's just something about the refinement and danger that makes me happy.  And the stories are just fun.

So if you like the paranormal...if you like strong female characters and bit of adventure...then make some time for Gail Carrier's Soulless.  I think you'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Royal We

Author: Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Info: Grand Central Publishing, copyright 2015, 454 pages

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales.  Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune.  Yet it's Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain's future king.  And when ex can't resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie.  But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage; hysterical tabloids, Nick's sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family who private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows.  The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he's fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she's sacrificed for love - her career, her home, her family, maybe eve herself - will have been for nothing.

~Goodreads Description

I hate how much I loved this book.  I knew exactly what it was going to be - it was going to be a "Kate meets Will", "humble girl meets dashing prince", kind of story.  And I loved it.  Especially on audiobook.  Christine Lakin readthis 454 page book filled with a variety of accents.  The 17 hour audiobook only took me 2.5 days.  Grant it, I did speed it up a wee bit, but still, I powered through this hunk of a story.

That last line sounds a little weird now that I've read it aloud, but I'm going to just go with it.

This is where I would normally include a summary, but the Goodreads description sums it up pretty well.  American girl goes to school in England.  Girl meets heir to the throne.  Girl and heir to the throne fall in love.  Chaos ensues.

There was nothing new about this story, and it was extremely predictable.  But the characters were charming, and I came to care about them anyway.  Especially the small group of friends that remain so close in Bex and Nick's lives since their days at Oxford.  It made me think of the friendships in Bridget Jone's Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral.  I kind of love stories with a close knit group of British people :)  Bex struggles with losing herself to the whirlwind that is royalty, and Nick worries about not having something he so desperately wants, a normal life.  But what I believed, despite the flaws, was that these two people genuinely loved each other.  And that was enough.

Now you should read it so we can chat.  Or you could always join us in Indianapolis this month for our Forever Young Adult book club!  Thanks to the FYA ladies for picking out this title!  I like to believe I would have gotten to it on my own, but my reading habits have been rather sporadic of late.

And if you're looking for a lovey dovey choice this February, I highly recommend The Royal We.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love
(Feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish)

Had some options on this one.  I could take a look at the past with historical settings I love or would love to see, or I could take a look at the future for societies I love or would love to read about in books. 

I chose the former, anti goes without saying that I would love to actually see the settings in some of my favorite historical fiction titles.  Someone really needs to invent time travel.  Have your read Timeline by Michael Crichton?  For a history nerd, that was the ultimate.  Going back.  Living the life.  Trying to survive.  And the story almost gave me a heart attack.

What's on your list?  Do you love past or future societies?


Flygirl
1) WWII (1940s) American Homefront - Flygirl by Sherrie Smith

2) WWII (1940s) The Front - Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
3) New York (1920s) Roaring Twenties - The Diviners by Libby Bray

Black Duck
4) Rhode Island (1920s) Prohibition - Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle 

5) England (14th Century) Medieval Times - Crispin by Avi

6) High Seas (18th Century) Colonization - Pirates! by Celia Rees 

7) French Quarter (1950s) New Orleans - Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

8) Manifest (1930s) Kansas - Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Juliet
9) Oh Romeo (14th Century) Italy - Juliet by Anna Fortier

10) Wild West (19th Century) Arizona - Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
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