Thursday, March 26, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [59]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! She is picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All she asks is to link back to her blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here.

What would your patronus be?




It's so hard to think of this one so I decided to just go with my instincts. My spirit animal is a butterfly which I didn't see as a patronus. I'm drawn to the wings and beautiful colors. My favorite animal is a penguin. Besides their smell, I love everything about them. So it would have to be one of those two.

What would your patronus be?






Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead


Published:  February 10, 2015 Razorbill
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Hardback
Source: purchased

WARNING: While I try not to spoiler alert anyone about the events in this book.  However, this being a last book in the series there may be a few spoilers for previous books.
Goodreads Summary

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.


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“Sydney,” Adrian interrupted, cupping my face in his hands. “Never, ever think like that. I don’t regret anything we’ve faced. Being with you is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, the one perfect decision I’ve made in a lifetime of fumbling and poor judgment. I’d go through it all again to be by your side. Never doubt that. Never doubt how I feel about you.”


Sydney and Adrian are trying to figure out life as a married couple.  Between the alchemist making threats of the alchemist toward Sydney if she ever leaves the protection of the Moroi court, and the taboo nature of their marriage among the Moroi, it hasn't been an easy road.    After receiving a mysterious package, Sydney has to decide whether she wants to risk her life by leaving court or play it safe. Adrian is torn with trying to help others with his spirit and potentially cause harm to himself.  With others lives on the line Adrian and Sydney have to determine if they want to risk their freedom, marriage and possibly lives to save others.

"Maybe it's not Canada," I conceded. "But it's exactly how I always imagined Canada would look. Except I thought there'd be more hockey."

All Good Things Must Come to an End


When Bloodlines was first announced I had mixed emotions.   I was excited to get to know Sydney, but also wasn't sure how such a straight-laced, by-the-book girl would carry a series.  Coming off of the original series where Rose was such a (pardon my French) bad ass, I was slightly skeptical.  I was pleasantly surprised, Sydney carried it very well and turned into a bad ass of her own right.

This was a very good conclusion to a wonderful series.   Something I loved the most is the fact Rose and Dimitri had a bigger role in this book.  This is fitting to me because it draws a bigger conclusion to the whole Vampire Academy world.  Since Bloodlines is a spin off, it is nice that it concluded with some of the characters that made me fall in love with the series.   This book had a lot of emotion and a lot of surprises and twists in it.   I love Sydney and Adrian's against-all-odds relationship and attitude.   They are the perfect mix together.  Despite all their struggles in figuring out the road they are going to take, they are fiercely loyal to those they love.  They don't hesitate to risk everything to go against everyone's order to go help Jill and a few other people in need.  This is why I love both main characters.   They are just good amazing people (even if one is a vampire LOL). The book and the storyline left me feeling satisfied and sad at the same time because I still want more.

"Maybe he only had one outfit, but it was mostly clean, and I was putting his diapers on correctly now"

Nobody's Perfect


I really did enjoy the book, but there were a few things that did bother me.   Like most books in the Bloodlines series, the first few chapters kind of catch you up on what's been going on since the last book.  Well, there was something that stood out to me that didn't really sit to well with me.   We knew that Jill disappeared from the last book.  However, they kind of just casually mentioned during the catch up phase of the book.   And they did have people kind of looking for her, there wasn't just an all out, all hands on deck search for her.  The WHOLE purpose of this series was to protect Jill.  The Moroi have money and all kinds of connections.   Yes once the story gets rolling they do go look for her, however, how that whole scenario was treated was uncharacteristic of the rest of the series.  It seemed odd to me.  That brings me to my second complaint.  She brings in a secondary story line that has a lot of promise.  (In efforts not to spoiler alert I can't give many details).  Something that could change the whole Moroi/dhampir world.   However, since this is the last book I will never know if anything will become of it.

"When it came to the strong willed women in my life, I found it easiest to nod and agree with whatever they dictated was best"

Conclusions on The Conclusion of Bloodlines


I loved this whole series and The Ruby Circle did not let me down.   It really was a great ending to a wonderful journey.  I do selfishly hope we get another spinoff series to explore some topics that were opened up in this book.   While in the beginning there was a little bit of hesitation because I am so used to the characters going so hard for everything and everyone, so I was not sure why there was not an all out everyone and every resource search,  it quickly turned back into the series I know and love.  I surely will miss all the characters in this series!   Maybe we will get to see them in some capacity again. (hint hint Richelle Mead)

“I told you before, we’re the center,” she said. “And the center will hold.”


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Cover Scramble [112]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.









Thursday, March 19, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [58]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! She is picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All she asks is to link back to her blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here.

What would your amortentia smell like?




Ah amortentia, the most powerful love potion in existence. What's scary is that there's no actual love happening here, it's just an intense obsession that would really freak me out.

What would it smell like to me? My that's a personal question!! It definitely wouldn't smell like Hermione's with freshly mown grass, parchment and spearmint. I love the smell of certain men's cologne, so I'm assuming I would get a whiff of my favorite. Butterscotch would probably be in there somewhere. I'm also addicted to the "Romance" scents from Scentsy with Twilight being my favorite. I burn it at my house all the time so I would choose that one as well.

What would your amortentia smell like?






Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ARC Review: Blondes, Books, and Bourbon: A White Dragon Black Anthology by R.M. Ridley


Published: March 13th 2015 by Xchyler Publishing
Genre: Supernatural, Magic
Format: ebook
Source: provided for honest review
Goodreads Summary

In this collection of short stories, Jonathan Alvey continues to battle the unraveling world of the White Dragon Black.

Interview: A rare sit-down with paranormal private investigator Jonathan Alvey.

The Play’s the Thing: When a blonde woman shows up in Alvey’s office, seeking protection, he uncovers more than a murder attempt.

The Cost of Custody: Alvey helps estranged parents rescue their daughter from a terrible fate.

Sins of the Father: A pawn shop owner risks it all by asking Alvey to recover property that is more than meets the eye.

Legerdelivre: There’s nowhere Richard Tomlin can hide when it comes to the controlling powers of a dusty grimoire, but can Alvey truly help him?

What a Nightmare: Little old ladies do deceive, and secretaries come dear, in Jonathan Alvey’s office.

Do As I Say, Not As I Did: Alvey must air a CEO’s dirty laundry before a company ghost destroys too much.

The Ties That Bind: Can Alvey control a poltergeist and maintain his promise to not fall victim to the Dragon Black?

Bindings and Spines: A first chapter sneak peek of the second White Dragon Black novel.


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"Uh-huh." She nodded her head, dabbed her eyes. "Or maybe..." Her eyes flicked away. "Or maybe it was cursed."

"Cursed." Cursed milk was a new one for Jonathan. He'd run into cursed books, remains, rooms, and even once a silk tie, but milk -- not so far. "Go on."


The Good


Ok so I want to start out by saying I have a strong dislike for short stories in general. But I really enjoyed the time I spent with each one of these. Alvey is an awesome main protagonist that is easy to get along with and root for. Well, unless your his secretary, but hey it's more the weird shit then Alvey that drives them off. I never felt lost reading these stories, and I was never just wanting to get onto the next one either. I can honestly say I like each and every one of them. Even if you haven't read Tomorrow Wendell you'll have no problem keeping up or getting to know Alvey.

The Bad


I have no complaints. I'm really looking forward to more Alvey stories.

The Romance


There is one story in which Mary is involved. If you read Tomorrow Wendell, you'll know she is the closest thing he has to a romantic relationship. His magic use, being their biggest obstacle. She hates the toll it takes on him but he refuses to stop helping people.

Conclusion


If you like magic and the supernatural in your stories, then Blondes, Books, and Bourbon: A White Dragon Black Anthology is for you. If you've never really tried out a detective story, then this is the one I would recommend finding out with. Great writing, amazing characters and fun yet creepy new monsters you don't normally run into.





Excerpts

"Say, Ralph, you still got that Hog's Leg behind the counter?" Jonathan said, wiping his hand on his pant leg.
The big man stopped and looked at Jonathan with resigned patience. "You know I do."
"Think maybe Frank will be all right closing up without it?"
Can't you just come out and say, "Hey Ralph, I need you to bring the gun?' I mean, really how hard is that?"
"Well, I don't want to put you in an awkward place, plus I like giving you the opportunity to offer to help. Makes me feel less like I'm coercing you. That way, if you get hurt, I can say, you know, that you volunteered."


"Gail trusted me enough to send you to me, right?"
"yeah."
That's because I have certain skills. Right now, I believe -- hell, I know -- you need those skills. Now sit tight for your daughter's sake."


The zombie, as he expected, was both chauffeur and butler. It was easier to have one well-bespelled servant capable of doing all but incapable of telling anything, than to a mixed staff. The cook would most likely be a living human and under a standard curse contract, nearly guaranteeing that the employee would never speak of what happened in the household.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Cover Scramble [111]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.








Thursday, March 12, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [57]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts.The aim of this meme is to share with fellow bloggers a character, spell, chapter, object or quote from the books/ films/ J. K. Rowling herself or anything Potter related! She is picking a topic within HP for us to focus on each week and then if anyone wants to take part feel free! All she asks is to link back to her blog :). There is now a full list of the topics to come here.

Best Hogwarts Teacher




While I feel that I would love Hagrid as a friend, I'm not really sure I'd appreciate his teaching methods. Lupin would be another close choice, but he's only there for a year.

I decided to go with McGonagall. We all know she's a no-nonsense and strict teacher, but those are exactly the kind that I loved the most through school. She would provide a sense of security for me which is important. Having been there every year, familiar, and also someone that I knew I could count on would be ideal. I love that we get to see her loosen up every now and then too like with the whole Quidditch thing with Harry. Her turning into a cat during the first lesson would also win points with me. I think it's great how much she cares about her students, and I absolutely ADORED her standing up to Umbridge every chance she got and having the spine and talent to back it up.

Which teacher do you choose?