Bright and Shiny Shiny

Bright and Shiny Shiny

I'm always off to the next bright and shiny book and there is always a new bright and shiny book!

4 Stars
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between - Jennifer E. Smith

This was very sweet and not my usual thing but I loved it!



The epilogue was the icing on the cupcake :)

3 Stars
The Weight of Feathers
The Weight of Feathers: A Novel - Anna-Marie McLemore

I received an advanced copy of this from the publisher and I was so excited. Then I set it aside and promptly forgot all about it. Last week I figured it was about time I read this before the year ended. It had a great premise and the tag was guaranteed to draw me in--Night Circus meets Romeo & Juliet. Sadly, as much as wanted to love this I didn't.



There is a great rivalry between the two families in this story but honestly it seems to be built on the shakiest of foundations and our two main characters have no first hand knowledge of exactly what transpired to make the two families hate one another, only rumors and conjecture. The fact that everyone is pissed at everyone else and know one will just come out and say why is super annoying! Also the fact that each family has one person that everyone obeys or else is so clique.



The feathers 


the Corbeaus grow seem to serve no purpose--they don't use them in their act, they're not explained in any way in the story, they're just there.


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Same for the mermaid birthmarks.


The big reveal at the end just seemed a little too obvious  


and quite frankly I was pretty pissed Alain let Dax torture Cluck for all those years. Cluck may not have said anything but the scars and bruises and broken fingers were there. Nicole also treated him horribly and without love.


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Not that I didn't enjoy reading it--it was well written and I want to read her next book. This one just wasn't the one for me.

A Good Rake is Hard to Find
A Good Rake is Hard to Find - Manda Collins

So I managed 40 pages before it had to go back to the library-- but the bigger question is will I try to check it out again?

My guess is if it crosses my path I will but I don't think I will go out of my way to seek it out. While I enjoy her writing the whole reason for throwing the H&H together is a bit contrived and I have a feeling the reason for the previous break-up is going to be annoying in the end.

Supermutant Magic Academy
SuperMutant Magic Academy - Jillian Tamaki

Life's too short for things I'm not enjoying so I bailed after 26 pages & returned it to the library.

3.5 Stars
Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile (Hercule Poirot, #17) - Agatha Christie






I don't know how I've gotten to this point in my reading and have never read AC (considering I went through a few year years of reading almost exclusively mysteries) But this will be my first because it is the one of the few my library had and the dust jacket claims Dame Agatha considered it to be one of her very best mysteries.


So.....I wanted to love it and I only liked it. I figured I'd read this and want to immediately immerse myself in all things Agatha. Maybe it's just me or maybe it's just this volume. Maybe I should have started with a volume of short stories. I want to love Agatha so if any of my friends out there have a favorite they would like to recommend I really want to give her another go round!


5 Stars
One Word from Sophia
One Word from Sophia - Jim Averbeck, Yasmeen Ismail
  I loved this book!

Sophia was great--she had such wonderful movement and expressions.

All she wants is a giraffe for her birthday and she uses all her best arguments and tailors each argument to each individual person in her family.

I also loved that there were some nice long words in the story (with helpful definitions in the back of the book!)

Does she ever get her giraffe? You have to read and find out!!
2.5 Stars
Midnight Angel
Midnight Angel - Lisa Kleypas

I love Lisa Kleypas but this one was a total miss for me.

I returned book 2 Prince of Dreams (Stokehurst, #2) by Lisa Kleypas of the series even though I'm usually OCD about finishing a whole series. I just couldn't do it!


4 Stars
Earthling - Helge Dascher, Aisha Franz

They have this listed as Alien (this title has been translated from German into English) but the English title is Earthling.


This is a very bittersweet look at the lives of three women, a mother and her two daughters, who are all sad and hide that sadness from each other. The story takes place over a few days as the two daughters wait for their father to return home to begin a vacation without the mother.


The art is done in a smudgy pencil sort of style which works well because you can feel the disconnect the characters feel towards each other and the world in general. 

Typing Challenged

I've made exactly two posts in the last bit of forever and they both had major errors in the title lines.  You'd thing I could actually type out the titles of the books I've just finished but apparently not.  I guess I should be thankful for spellcheck. ;) 

5 Stars
The Game of Love and Death
The Game of Love and Death - Martha Brockenbrough

One of the best YA I've read this year!!   Highly recommended!

5 Stars
Shadow of the Moon
Shadow of the Moon - M.M. Kaye
  A sweeping epic story using the backdrop of the rebellion of the Sepoys (or Indian soldiers) in India against the rule of the East India Company.

I spent more time with this book than any other so far this year. It was a big ol' thing that required it's own bag to transport it to and fro from work so I could read it on the bus and at lunch. Good thing it was so engrossing or it would have been easy to hate this book. I really can't improve on what people have already said so if you enjoy historical fiction and don't mind spending a few (more or less, your results may vary) days longer than usual on a book I can guarantee a rip snorting time.

I spent many a day at my bus stop fuming aloud about some injustice (and there was always some injustice) happening to my favorite character of the moment, forgetting that the whole world could hear me.

Do Alex and Winter get their happy ever after?? Read and find out.
Reading progress update: I've read 478 out of 533 pages.
Flowers from the Storm - Laura Kinsale
Bookish Anarchy

Pearls Before Swinr

Reblogged from Bright and Shiny Shiny
Bookish Anarchy

Pearls Before Swinr

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4.5 Stars
Walk on Earth a Stranger
Walk on Earth a Stranger - Rae Carson


Loved it-though the degree of heartbreak was fairly high

with the main characters parents being murdered at the start of the story

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which I guess is to be expected from "Covered Wagon Fiction" God--that makes it sound so typical which it most definitely was not.

In Lee Westfall, Rae Carson has written a strong female who has more than one secret to keep as she heads to the California goldfields. I don't want to say more because I don't want to give anything away. All I can say is if you loved her debut series I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Don't know how I'm going to wait until the next volume!!

Walk on Earth a Stranger - Rae Carson

I was a huge fan of her previous series Girl of Fire & Thorns so I'm pretty excited for this one.  So far I'm really enjoying it!

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