Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Happy Hump Day! A Quick Peek At How I'm Reading So Far

Hey it's Wednesday already!  Yippee!

Well, at least Wednesday is starting off okay.  It's not snowing....yet.  They keep giving the Winter-Storm-Alert-Of-Doom and saying that we'll be seeing snow coming down starting at 9 am.  Oh come on people!  It's just going to be a few inches!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Book Review: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1), by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Date Published: July 2006
Publisher: Tor books
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 541 pages/24 hours and 45 minutes

Goodreads | Audible

Synopsis: In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with color once more?
In Brandon Sanderson's intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage — Allomancy, a magic of the metals

My Rating:
.....For being loads of fun!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

It's February Already! My Ambitious Reading Plans This Month

Happy February everyone!

Things are looking up this month!  Our contractor is ready to start our kitchen remodel on Monday (Thank GOD!), I was able to pay off my holiday credit card debt, and I've been exercising every day for two straight weeks!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Book Review: A Murder In Time (Kendra Donovan #1), by Julie McElwain

Genre: historical mystery thriller
Date Published: A[ril 2016
Publisher: Pegasus Books
# Of Pages: 492 pages

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Synopsis: Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place - Aldrich Castle - but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there's some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

My Rating:
.....For being a good debut mystery novel, with a time-traveling twist and a lot of spunk!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Book Review: The Emperor's Soul (Elantris Series), by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy
Date Published: October 2012
Publisher: Tachyon Productions
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 175 pages/3 hours 55 minutes

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Synopsis: Also available in Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection.

A heretic thief is the empire’s only hope in this fascinating tale that inhabits the same world as the popular novel, Elantris.

Shai is a Forger, a foreigner who can flawlessly copy and re-create any item by rewriting its history with skillful magic. Condemned to death after trying to steal the emperor’s scepter, she is given one opportunity to save herself. Though her skill as a Forger is considered an abomination by her captors, Shai will attempt to create a new soul for the emperor, who is almost dead.

Probing deeply into his life, she discovers Emperor Ashravan’s truest nature—and the opportunity to exploit it. Her only possible ally is one who is truly loyal to the emperor, but councilor Gaotona must overcome his prejudices to understand that Shai’s forgery is as much artistry as it is deception.

Brimming with magic and political intrigue, this deftly woven fantasy delves into the essence of a living spirit.

My Rating:
.....For being an excellent novella!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Review: Elantris (Elantris #1), by Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy
Date Published: May 2005
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 492 pages/28 hours 45 minutes

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Synopsis: Elantris: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling. The Shaod became a curse.
Arelon's new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping—based on their correspondence—to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.
But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspects the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.
Elantris is fleet and fun, full of surprises and characters to care about. A welcome breath of fresh air, it is a rare epic fantasy that doesn't recycle the classics and is a complete and thoroughly satisfying story in a single volume. It's also the wonderful debut of a welcome new star in the constellation of fantasy.

My Rating:
.....For being a great debut novel.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Book Review: Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier

Genre: Classic Romantic Suspense
Date Published: August 1938
Publisher: Doubleday
# Of Pages/Listening Time: 449 pages/14 hours 48 minutes

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Synopsis: Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again....

The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives - resenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling tale that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

My Rating:
 ★★ 1/2
.....For belatedly grabbing my interest.