Friday, September 30, 2016

Brand New 52 - September Edition

Summer is over and the air is getting cooler and the leaves are beginning to change colour. It's one of my favorite times of the year. Not to mention that it's the perfect time to curl up somewhere and read on those rainy days.

Here's what I read this month:

by Patricia Briggs

287 Pages

Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson hit the #1 spot on the bestseller list with Iron Kissed... 
And she's planning a return trip.
Marsilia, the local vampire queen, has learned that Mercy crossed her by slaying a member of her clan. Now, she's out for blood. But since Mercy is protected from direct reprisal by the werewolf pack-and her relationship with its sexy Alpha-it's not Mercy's blood Marsilia is after...

These book are getting better, which I'm happy about. There is less and less misogynist crap from the werewolves, although it is still there, at least it's addressed. Mercy actually spends most of this book recovering from the last book and it's nice to see that her PTSD isn't just swept under the rug. 
It was nice to get away from the same old people and places and I'm glad they widened their net.

by Charlie N. Holmberg

224 Pages (7:24 Hours)

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic… forever.
Yet the spells Ceony learns under the strange yet kind Thane turn out to be more marvelous than she could have ever imagined — animating paper creatures, bringing stories to life via ghostly images, even reading fortunes. But as she discovers these wonders, Ceony also learns of the extraordinary dangers of forbidden magic.
An Excisioner — a practitioner of dark, flesh magic — invades the cottage and rips Thane’s heart from his chest. To save her teacher’s life, Ceony must face the evil magician and embark on an unbelievable adventure that will take her into the chambers of Thane’s still-beating heart—and reveal the very soul of the man.

This is one of those books that a character actually goes into someone else's heart and thus sees everything there is to know about said person. It wasn't a bad book, but I'm not overly fond of that trope. I feel there are better ways of getting to know a character and having her fall in love with him through this process got a little creepy. I loved the magic in this book. Paper magic holds a level of creativity that most magic doesn't have. I'm thinking about reading the rest of the series based solely on the fact that I found everything else quite interesting.

by T. Kingfisher

226 Pages (6:47 Hours)

Rhea is an ordinary miller’s daughter, engaged to be married under suspicious circumstances to a man not of her choosing. He has unknown powers and a manor house full of mysterious women.
Rhea has a hedgehog. It claims to be ordinary, but normal hedgehogs don’t act like that.
It’s probably not going to be enough.

This book is loosely based on the story of Blackbeard, which is a fairy tale I'm not overly familiar with. But as a short audio book, it was silly and fun and I found myself enjoying it even when it got weird (I'm looking at your Scarecrow Wife and Clock Wife)
Mostly this book made me want a hedgehog more than I already do (which is a lot!) and to have one as my familiar would be even better. I'm curious to read more of Kingfisher's work to see what she does with other fairy tales that I know better.

by Rowena Cory Daniells

396 Pages

Rolencia's ancestry enemy, Merofynia, has invaded and marches on King Rolen's castle. Powerless to help, thirteen yeard old Piro watches as her father, King Rolen, listens to poisoned whispers against Bryen. How could the King doubt his second son? Determined to prove his loyalty, Bryen races across the path of the advancing army to ask the Abbot to send the warriors monks in defence of the castle.

This book picked up at the exact moment the first one left off. I really love when they do that. It makes jumping into a new book so much easier.
This book was as good as the first and I'm beginning to think I might like it even more than her other series, which I loved.
Things continue to go to  Hell for this family as they are maneuvered farther and farther apart from each other, yet each story keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. I can't wait to read the next one.

Insurance Agent
by Larry Correia

2:04 Hours

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future?
Don't let this happen to you!
Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.
But now Tom faces his greatest challenge yet. Despite being assigned the wrong—and woefully inadequate—intern, Tom must still provide quality customer service to multiple alternate Earths, all while battling tentacle monsters, legions of the damned, an evil call center in Nebraska, and his archnemesis, Jeff Conundrum. Armed with his Combat Wombat and a sense of fair play, can Tom survive? And will Jimmy the Intern ever discover his inner insurance agent?
It's time to kick ass and adjust claims.
Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck) performs Larry Correia's madcap interdimensional tale of underwriting and space travel, where the only thing scarier than tentacle monsters is a high deductible.

For a short story about an insurance salesman, this one has it all. I listened to the whole book in one go. I just couldn't put it down. It was super absurd, but in a great way. There's even a comicbook convention in it!
I love that Adam Baldwin narrates this, since he is actually a character in it as well.
Very much worth listening to.

by A. Lee Martinez

295 Pages

Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.
Monster runs a pest control agency. He's overworked and has domestic troubles - like having the girlfriend from hell.
Judy works the night shift at the local Food Plus Mart. Not the most glamorous life, but Judy is happy. No one bothers her and if she has to spell things out for the night-manager every now and again, so be it.
But when Judy finds a Yeti in the freezer aisle eating all the Rocky Road, her life collides with Monster's in a rather alarming fashion. Because Monster doesn't catch raccoons; he catches the things that go bump in the night. Things like ogres, trolls, and dragons.
Oh, and his girlfriend from Hell? She actually is from Hell.

This was a very strange book, cute, but strange. The best part of this book were all the fantasy creatures that kept showing up and causing havoc. They were awesome. The more you read, the more crazy creatures show up. The characters themselves aren't all that interesting, other than the fact that Monster has a condition that turns his skin a different colour every time he goes to sleep and each colour corresponds with a different power, some useful, some not.
I guess you don't have to be all that interesting or likable to be thrown together by fate to save the World, but it sure helps.

by James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton

496 Pages

Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.
Endgame is real. Endgame is now. Endgame has begun.

Ever watch a train wreck movie and wonder why you can't seem to stop watching it even though it's pretty bad? Meet Endgame. It's like someone took all the popular YA tropes and threw them together into this book. 
The World is ending, only one highly skilled teenager out of twelve can save their bloodline to re-populate the Earth after the game has been won. Wait... doesn't that mean they will all be related? That's going to get weird with re-population....
And why do the aliens want this game to be played? Seems ridiculous to train humans for generations upon generations for this game that they may or may not get to participate in.
To make it worse/better? there are clues throughout the book so that you can play along.

Google Niantic is building a mobile location-based augmented reality videogame inextricably tied to the books and mythology, a major prize will be tied to a puzzle in each book, and Twentieth Century Fox has bought the movie rights.
Read the Books. Find the Clues. Solve the Puzzle. Who will Win?

I'm sure a few people might care and want to solve these puzzles, but I am not one of them. It's an interesting way to get people more involved, if you're in to that sort of thing.

592 Pages (23:08 Hours)

The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.
Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

I got this book on sale while looking for a new audio book series. It was recommended to me since I like Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. It was a good read, although had to follow sometimes on audio. It jumps around a lot and there is never enough of a pause to tell you it's a new paragraph, possibly months or years in the future, or in one case, the past. I really enjoyed it though and that just made me pay more attention to what was happening. I do love a good epic and if you do too, I recommend picking this up.

A Local Habitation (October Daye #2)
by Seanan McGuire

377 Pages

October "Toby" Daye is a changeling, the daughter of Amandine of the fae and a mortal man. Like her mother, she is gifted in blood magic, able to read what has happened to a person through a mere taste of blood. Toby is the only changeling who has earned knighthood, and she re-earns that position every day, undertaking assignments for her liege, Sylvester, the Duke of the Shadowed Hills.
Now Sylvester has asked her to go to the County of Tamed Lightning—otherwise known as Fremont, CA—to make sure that all is well with his niece, Countess January O'Leary, whom he has not been able to contact. It seems like a simple enough assignment—but when dealing with the realm of Faerie nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Toby soon discovers that someone has begun murdering people close to January, whose domain is a buffer between Sylvester's realm and a scheming rival duchy. If Toby can't find the killer soon, she may well become the next victim.

I love the combination of fey and high-tech in this book. It's the perfect combination of urban fantasy, especially when it takes placing in a tech company. Not only is the place interesting enough on it's own with it's eclectic employees, but it becomes a whodunit mystery with fey dying all around them.
I'm really enjoying this series and I can't wait to find and read the rest of them.

by Bram Stoker

406 Pages

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula with the purchase of a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterwards, a number of disturbing incidents unfold in England: an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck; and the inmate of a lunatic asylum raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘Master’. In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count Dracula and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing deeply into questions of human identity and sanity, and illuminating dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire.

This was my 3rd book from Serial Reader, and so far the longest one that I've read. I'm continuing to read book that have inspired famous monster movies. I actually quite enjoyed this book. It's the first time I've read a book written in letters and dairy entries that I have liked. It was extremely well done and actually had a purpose for being written in this form. Definitely worth checking out if you want to read a fun classic.

Books that I am currently reading

My Way to Hell (Hell #2)
by Dakota Cassidy
153 of 323 Pages

452 of 464

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
by Sarah J. Maas
210 of 416 Pages (8:30 of 16:07 Hours)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Brand New 52 - August Edition

art by Books and Cupcakes
Reading is my therapy. There is nothing I like better that crawling into a good book and getting away from the everyday life. I get really cranky when I don't read enough or if the book I'm reading sucks, I've even gotten better at putting down books that I can't get through or make make me surly. That was City of Bones for me these last few months until I decided that I'd had enough of it.

But here are the good books that made me happy this month:

by Rowena Cory Daniells

640 Pages

The Kingdom of Rolencia sleeps as rumours of new Affinity Seeps, places where the untamed power wells up. By royal decree all those afflicted with Affinity must serve the Abbey or face death. Sent to the Abbey, the King's youngest son, Fyn, trains to become a warrior monk. Elsewhere others are tainted with Affinity and must fight to survive. Political intrigue and magic combine in this explosive first book in an exciting new fantasy trilogy.

I really loved her other series and I've wanted to read to read this ever since. I was not disappointed. This series focuses on a Royal Family which seems to have it all and rules their Kingdom justly... that is, until everything starts to fall apart. As always, I love all her characters. She gives them all great depth and drive. I can't wait to read the next one.

by Mary Shelley

273 Pages

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.
Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? 

This was the second book I picked up in Serial Reader. It was quite unlike anything I had been led to believe about it. I was expecting a mad scientist and his hunch-backed assistant. But any adaptation that I've seen of this has not held true to the original. And I understand why. Frankenstein spends most of the book morosely regretting his decision to make life and wonders the wilds while the monster, having given up on humanity accepting him, asks him to make him a mate so that they can go off and never bother anyone ever again, but he refuses and instead kills everyone that Frankenstein loves. Seriously though, don't go on Netflix after reading this and try to watch any of the movies, they are terrible.

by Kate Morton

552 Pages

A tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book; a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, "Nell" sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell's death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go.

This book was my TBR for the month. As with all my TBR's, I never really expect to like them, but usually find that I quite enjoy them. Although I understand that this book has a mystery that has to be put together, and that it wouldn't be revealed until the end, the story felt a bit choppy. It jumps between 3 generations of women and while you are involved in the actual story, jumping to the later generations always felt like a bit of a let down. I can't really figure out any other way for it to work though. It was really good.

by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson 

909 Pages (41:55 Hours)

Since 1990, when Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time® burst on the world with its first book, The Eye of the World, readers have been anticipating the final scenes of this extraordinary saga, which has sold over forty million copies in over thirty languages.
When Robert Jordan died in 2007, all feared that these concluding scenes would never be written. But working from notes and partials left by Jordan, established fantasy writer Brandon Sanderson stepped in to complete the masterwork. With The Gathering Storm (Book 12) and Towers of Midnight (Book 13) behind him, both of which were # 1 New York Times hardcover bestsellers, Sanderson now re-creates the vision that Robert Jordan left behind.
Edited by Jordan's widow, who edited all of Jordan's books, A Memory of Light will delight, enthrall, and deeply satisfy all of Jordan's legions of readers.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass.
What was, what will be, and what is,
may yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

I've finally done it. I've read (or listened) to all of Wheel of Time from front to back! It was really nice not having to wait years in between books. It's also sad that it's over again. I know there were people who didn't like how the book ended, but I wasn't one of them. I LOVED IT! If you haven't read this series yet, I once again recommend  that you go out and buy it. You can thank me later.

288 Pages

It's not a game any more . . .
Every town on Discworld knows the stories about rats and pipers, and Maurice - a streetwise tomcat - leads a band of educated ratty friends (and a stupid kid) on a nice little earner. Piper plus rats equals lots and lots of money.
Until they run across someone playing a different tune.
Now he and his rats must learn a new concept: evil . . .

I wasn't swept away by the first Terry Pratchett book that I read, so I was leery about picking up another one. But Adam recommended it and since it was so short, I figured I'd give him another chance, and I was blown away! For a YA novel, it was filled with serious questions about what it means to be alive and intelligent. I often found myself pondering right along with the Educated Rodents. I didn't like Maurice much, but he seemed more of a secondary character to me anyway. I will definitely read more of these books in the future.

Dead Reign (Marla Mason #3)
by T.A. Pratt

336 Pages (9:47 Hours)

Death has come calling, and one woman
has what he wants most of all...
As chief sorcerer of Felport, Marla Mason thought she’d faced every kind of evil the magical world had to offer. But she’s never faced a killer like this. He’s dark, glib, handsome as the devil—and exactly who he says he is. Death—in the flesh. He’s arrived in Felport with a posse composed of a half-insane necromancer and the reanimated corpse of John Wilkes Booth, and he isn’t leaving until he gets what he came for. Only Marla is crazy enough to tell Death to go back to Hell.
With the Founders’ Ball just around the bend, drawing together the brightest, meanest, and most dangerous of Felport’s magical elite, the last thing Marla needs is all-out war with the King of the Underworld, but that’s exactly what she’s got. As the battle lines are drawn, she can count on her hedonistic, body-hopping partner Rondeau…but how many of her old allies will stand by her side when facing the ultimate adversary? To save her city, Marla will have to find a way to cheat Death…literally.

I love me some Marla.
Since WOT is done, I now need to find more audio books to listen to. I figured that The Marla Mason series was all in audio (and not totally in paper) that it was a good choice for what to listen to next. And I was right. This book is even better in audio than on paper, which is saying something because I looooved it on paper. There's something in the reading that just gives it that extra edge.
This is the perfect example of how to do a flashback book. When Marla travels to Hell, she must face her past and the people that she has sent there. Everyone is different, every emotion raw and real. nothing is handled like you think it would be. So good, so good....

Books that I am currently reading

My Way to Hell (Hell #2)
by Dakota Cassidy
122 of 323 Pages

Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #4)
by Patricia Briggs
205 of 287 Pages

by Bram Stoker
122 of 488 Pages

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1)
by Charlie N. Holmberg
135 of 224 Pages

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thursday Threads - D & D (Dungeons & Designs)

I love Living Dead! They are always coming out with new and fabulous stuff for geek girls. Instead of focusing on pop culture, this time they are delving into the depth of adventure and mayhem with these Gamer Class D&D based designs

Start by choosing your class


Archers are usually associated with the wisdom of nature. Archers tend to be wise, hardy, cunning, and perceptive in addition to being skilled woodsmen. Many are skilled in woodcraft, stealth, wilderness survival, beast-mastery, herbalism, tracking, and sometimes "nature magic" or have a resistance to magic.


Mages are considered to be spell casters who wield powerful spells, but are often physically weak as a trade-off. A Mage’s power is based on the arcane.


The Barbarian is a breed of Fighter focused more on damage than defence. Often characterized by wearing less armour, being less civilized, and being able to fly into a berserker rage that increases damage output or allow them to do more damage based on how hurt they are.


The Warrior is skilled in combat, and can make use of some of the most powerful heavy armour and weaponry in the game. As such, the warrior is a well-rounded physical combatant.


The medic is a healer. Most medics have powers to heal wounds, protect their allies and sometimes resurrect the dead, as well as summon, manipulate and banish undead.


Necromancer’s abilities revolve around manipulating the dead, death, the life force and souls for good, evil or neither. Necromancer’s can communicate with the deceased for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge.


Thieves usually work in small groups or guilds. Thieves have a stealth ability, allowing them to disappear from sight, often this is combined with attacking an unaware or flanked opponent to inflict high damage.

Now that you've picked a class, it's time to flush out your character. 
These amazing rainmakers actually allow you to customize the back to match your character!
You can pick the name and number you want on the back

Now all you have to do is wait for it to come in before calling your fellow geeks and being whisked away into another fun filled adventure

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tunage Tuesday - Sherlock Parody by The Hillywood Show

The Hillywood Show is at it again. This time, with the help of Patreon, they've made a new video based on BBC's Sherlock.

We all love this high functioning sociopath, but The Hillywood gang make him even better.
Just see for yourself

Sooo sooooo good!

I love them dancing on the stairs

And the fact that they once again brought back Osric Chau, as Moriarty no less, makes me super happy!

check out their tumblr page for all sorts of extras and behind the scenes stuff, you won't regret it

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday Threads - Geeky Swimwear

It's the middle of the summer and time is short for new swimwear, but sometimes you just need to own a new bathing suit for that upcoming beach party or day by the pool, or, you know, just to lounge around the house in when the air conditioner isn't working.
I mean, you could do that in a regular bathing suit, but wouldn't it be better if you could cosplay while you lounge?

Here are the best of the new swimwear collections that I could find

Strut your stuff as these DC Superheros and Villains


or relax as your favorite droid, bounty hunter or slave princess


Beam me up, Hottie!

loving that these have a high back strap for serious swimming

Chose your space adventure with these N7 and SW space battle bikinis!

So, where will you let your swimsuit cosplay take you?

Thanks to The Kessel Runway for always being a geeky fashion go-to