Monday, February 29, 2016

Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto - Review


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Rogue City is a lawless place with saloon brawls, gun fights, monsters, and magic around every corner, but it's home to the tough-as-nails Westie, adoptive daughter of the local inventor, Nigel. When Westie was a child, she lost her family and her arm to cannibals. Those memories haunt her every day, and the mechanical prosthetic arm Nigel built for her is an inhumanly strong constant reminder of her past. She is determined to find the cannibals that killed her family and make them pay for their crimes. Alistair, Nigel's young assistant and Westie's best friend, can sympathize since he has also lost his family to cannibals and the ability to speak due to his wounds, but can still talk with the assistance of a mask Nigel built for him. Westie stops her search when a family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel's latest machine. This machine, called Emma, can harvest and amplify magic drawn from gold which is absolutely vital to the town as the magical wards cast by the nearby Wintu tribe surrounding it begin to fail. There's only one problem: these investors look exactly like the cannibals who murdered Westie's family.

Michelle Modesto's debut Revenge and the Wild is a fast-paced, action-packed YA western steampunk that has a little bit of something for everyone. There's magic and fantasy creatures like vampires, werewolves, and elves, alongside sci-fi technology and inventions, and a bloody good revenge story with just a dash of romance on the side. The characters are pretty great - from Westie, Alistair, Costin (a vampire ally), and Nigel - and each has their own moment to shine with Alistair and Costin managing to steal their respective scenes.




Westie is a fascinating leading (unladylike - in the best of ways) lady. She reminds me of a combination of Mattie Ross from True Grit and Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride.


What with Westie's arm and Alistair's mask, I also can't help but think of Bucky from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I expect that their mechanicals are in a way inspired by that character, except with a steampunk-esqe twist.

Overall, I had quite a time reading Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto. It was so much fun to be immersed in the world of Rogue City. I'd like to learn more about the wider world and more about how all of the creatures fit into everything. If you'd like to dive into a bloody good YA western set in a world reminiscent of that of Gail Carriger's The Parasol Protectorate, you've come to the right place. I'm definitely interested in seeing more by Michelle Modesto.


I read this book from February 19 - 29, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Music Monday: TV Themes, Pt. 2


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

 Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up at the bottom of this post by sharing your post's url.

 Finally, have fun sharing and discovering new to you music!

The Wild Wild West (1965-1969) - This is easily one of my favorite classic tv shows!  It's part western, steampunk, sci-fi, action-y spy adventure series and you can't go wrong with James T. West and Artemus Gordon!  The opening title sequence really gets the tone of the show across.  Season 2 was actually the first season to be in color and the title sequence is slightly different than they were for the first season.  If you've only ever seen the movie with Will Smith and Kevin Kline, you're really missing out!  By the way, the tv show end credits were always good (the visuals were different for each episode).  It's one of the few closing credits I'll sit through just to hear the music!



Lost in Space (1965-1968) - I never really starting watching show until it started coming on after Svengoolie (which I like tweeting along with).  The opening theme song of this sci-fi show - particularly the revamped season three theme and opening title sequence - is easily the best part of the show.  And, you can't forget Dr. Zachary Smith!  His antics definitely make the show interesting - although, I'll never understand why they just didn't push him out of the airlock or something because he does cause a huge amount of trouble.  But, at least he seems to get a kick out of what he does!  The Robot's pretty entertaining, too.  By the way, did I mention the theme was composed by John Williams?




Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Cletus P. Reese Story...Murder Ridge by Jayne Call Imler - Review


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The Cletus P. Reese Story...Murder Ridge by Jayne Call Imler is based on the true story of Cletus P. Reese, a Coshocton County, Ohio serial killer from the 1950s. Today, his story is less well known compared to other Ohio born serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson. Unfortunately, his story has fallen into obscurity, although at the time his name reached the headlines across the state. In this short story, Imler, who did her research, gives her own fictionalized account of how the killings could have happened, plus she gives us a quick peek at the facts surrounding Cletus's case.

When I realized there was a book based on this case, I was very interested in reading it. Last week my local newspaper released their newest edition of a local/ state history magazine, and the Cletus P. Reese case had a several pages long spread. I had never heard of him or the case before, but I was completely sucked in. The entire case is fascinating and I was surprised to hear that it happened so close to home - and that I had no idea about any of it. The magazine mentioned this book (plus that it's a fictionalized account) and I immediately went out and located a copy through an interlibrary loan service. Since it's so short I had no trouble reading it in one sitting, but unfortunately I was terribly disappointed by it.

Like I said, I knew it was a fictionalized account of the case, but it varied so widely from the actual case that the only similarity is the title. I can't even say that when it comes to the names of the characters - because they're entirely different and they seem to be as absurd as the author could come up with. I mean, Axal Wadsworth - really? And, then there are the place names on top of that - Wadsworth Manor of Red Rum Ridge - are you kidding me?

I couldn't help myself.

Sure, the press began calling his farm "Murder Ridge" as everything was coming to light, that wasn't his actual address - although, the author did leave the village of Warsaw, Ohio as his hometown.

All of this probably wouldn't have bothered me as much if the fictionalized account of the Reese case was well written. As it turns out, the story needs a major edit. There are many grammar errors and formatting issues throughout, the story suffers from too much telling and far too little showing, and the writing itself is quite awkward. Long story short, but while reading I didn't know whether to be angry about the whole thing or to laugh at the ridiculous turns of phrase.

After her fictionalized account, Imler includes the facts behind the real life Reese case. This section includes clippings from newspaper reports and statements from those who knew him. She obviously did her research when it comes to Reese's case.

She even spoke to the current owners of the farm - and incorporated
some of the old ghost stories surrounding it for the fictionalized version.

However, there are moments where she says she doesn't want to bring in certain figures related to the case and she simply leaves them out of the story. For example, she drops Cletus's sister Ethel from the facts all together and she doesn't even mention the sheriff. Both of these people had pretty important parts in Cletus's life and his case, so of course, I was dismayed to see that they didn't even get a mention.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book unless you're familiar with the actual case. That is the reason why I gave it two stars rather than one, since I knew where it was coming from. If you're interested in learning more about this case, you might want to check out the Forgotten Ohio article on the subject instead.


I read this book on February 26, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Department Nineteen (Department 19 #1) by Will Hill


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.




This week I'm spotlighting one of my upcoming reads, Department Nineteen (Department 19 #1) by Will Hill.  I picked this up a little while ago at a bargain outlet store for a couple of dollars.  It caught my eye right off the bat - I mean, Department 19 was founded by Van Helsing and other Dracula survivors to police the supernatural with the assistance of Frankenstein's Creature - sounds pretty good.  It reminds me of Shutter by Courtney Alameda, which I adored.  And, Emily @ Ink, Inc. is a big fan of this series.

Book Beginning:

Brenchley, Kent
November 3, 2007

Jamie Carpenter was watching TV in the living room when he heard the tires of his dad's car crunch across the gravel driveway much, much earlier than usual.  Jamie looked at the clock on the wall above the TV and frowned.  It was a quarter past six.  Julian Carpenter had never, to the best of Jamie's memory, arrived home from work before seven o'clock, and even that was only on special occasions like his mom's birthday or when Arsenal were playing in the Champions League.

56:

Jamie studied the crest as he did so.  A crown and portcullis sat above a wide circle, in which had been carved six flaming torches encircling a plain crucifix.  Beneath the circle three words of Latin words of Latin were etched into the wall.

LUX E TENEBRIS

Totally Should've Book Tag


I've been tagged to do the Totally Should've Book Tag by Books By Jay.  Her blog is great - everyone should go check out her site!  Anyway, this tag looks pretty fun, so let's get started!

1. Totally should've gotten a sequel


I need a sequel for Zero World by Jason M. Hough! That book is absolutely amazing and deserves book two.  There is so much more that I want to see explored in that unique world.  Of course, this book came out this past August, so I have hope that there could be more in the future.

2. Totally should've had a spin off series


I would love to see a Harry Potter spin off for the Marauders!

3. An author who should totally write more books


I'm going to have to agree with Jay and say that Becky Albertalli should write more books just based on the strength of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  I don't care what she writes I just need more of her work in my life.

4. A character who totally should've ended up with someone else


Spoilers, but Tessa Gray from Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices should have ended up with another character.

5. Totally should've ended differently


I felt duped after listening to all of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia.  I mean, I listened to the whole story just to make it to that ending.  It honestly turned me off of the rest of the series.

6. Totally should've had a movie franchise


The Monstumologist series by Rick Yancey

7. Totally should've had a TV show 


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

8. Totally should've had only one point of view


I have to agree with Jay again and go with Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

9. Totally should have a cover change



The Beetle by Richard Marsh - I read this gothic horror novel for a class once and it was excellent and the best kind of insane.  It was released in 1897, the same year as Dracula and was initially more popular at the time.  I would love to see a cover that actually kind of reflects what it's about, or at least gives me the idea that I'm about to be jumping into pulpy horror rather than a bland historical fiction novel.

10. Totally should've stopped at book one



The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

11. Totally should've kept the original covers 




The Curse Workers series by Holly Black - I'm still mad about the cover for Black Heart, and then they had to go and redesign the first two to match up with it...why?!?!


Tag! You're It!

Anna @ Enchanted by YA

Elena @ Elena Square Eyes

Emily @ Ink, Inc.

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Thomas @ Intro to Blurb

Tracy @ Cornerfolds

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cinderella's Ball


Welcome to Cinderella's Ball - part of the celebrations for Ashley G's @ [insert title here] third blog birthday!  Her blog birthday theme is fairy tales, so what better way to celebrate that with a ball.  Today is the last day of the link up, so I'd better hurry and get going.

1. What would you wear to a fairytale ball?

I'm not much of a dress person, but I wouldn't say no to a well cut suit.  Probably something along these lines, but with a hint of color and a top hat:


 2. What shoes? (I don't mean to be tedious, but this is Cinderella's Ball.)



I have a pair of boots that are exactly like this and they are by far the best shoes I have ever worn, so I would have to go with these boots!


3. What is the most necessary accessory? 


A. Shoes!
B. Your royal signet ring.
C. Wildflowers for your hair.
D. This beauty doesn't need accessories.
E. A red cape.
F. Your crown.

Make it dark blue, forest green, or black and I probably wouldn't take it off!



Something like these perhaps:





4. What is your favorite fairytale?

There are so many great ones, but I do like Cinderella (the Grimm version) and Rapunzel, as well as Mulan.

5. At the ball, you would

A. Eat cake.
B. Dance.
C. Talk to ALL THE PEOPLE!
D. Find a nice quiet corner from which to Sherlock people.
E. Spy out your rival's resources.
F. A combination of. . .

A and D, possibly a little E.

6. You see a dwarf with his beard wedged under a boulder. He's mistreated your help before, so you


A. Leave him. He deserves it.
B. Point and laugh.
C. Steal his gold.
D. Help the little folk out.
E. Trim his beard. It's obviously a nuisance.

7. Do you know anyone who reminds you of a particular fairytale?

Not personally, but a few times at work I've seen this guy who looks like a time traveler - like straight of the the 1880s in a sharp suit of clothes with a top hat and everything.  Not something you see every day at a hardware store, where you're much more likely see guys in coveralls and/ or sweatpants being held up by suspenders...I know that's not fairy tale like really, but that's as close as I can come up with off the top of my head.

8. If someone asked to marry you when they first met you, your reaction would be

A. Um, yes. Nobody's cuter than them.
B. Depends. Do they have a lot of money? Are they a serial killer with a lot of money?
C. RUN! They're clearly a lunatic.
D. Love at first sight means wed at first sight.
E. You can't say 'yes' to everyone who asks to marry you. They should get in line.
F. You fly solo.

9. Your true love will

A. Give you a library.
B. Fetch your shoes for you.
C. Be a shallow walnut head. They're easier to manipulate.
D. Find you immortalized in a glass casket. They're too late.
E. What is this strange concept called true love?
F. Oh, right. You fly solo.

I'll get my own library, thanks!

10. Name three big events in your life, or something that took you three tries to get.


Getting into to college, grad school, and finding a job in my field - all my top choice.

11. Name something that you have seven of.

Well, right in front of me I have seven pens and pencils on my desk.

12. Who is your nemesis?

A. A step-mother
B. A giant
C. A wicked witch
D. A dwarf who's name is either unknown or impossible to enunciate without a glossary
E.  The Big Bad Wolf (Not just any wolf, The BBW)
F. That insufferable youngest step-daughter of yours

13. When you meet your nemesis, you dress

A. As formidable they.
B. Innocent and sweet.
C. Like a warrior. Let's weapon up!
D. Rags; it's all you've got.
E. Like a huntsman.
F. With the intimidating superiority of an evil queen.

14. Who are your allies?

A. Seven dwarves
B. Your fairy godmother
C. Jack the Giant-Killer
D. ALL the forest animals
E. Not to be obvious, but dragons are the way to go
F. Your prince charming. . . or knight(s) in shining armor, your preference

When I say knights, I'm thinking of these guys:


15. Do you have an retelling recs for us to either watch or read?

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Strings by David Estes

Once Upon a Time 

Grimm

16. What is your favorite song from a Disney princess movie?


I don't know if I can choose just one, but some of my favorites are "Belle", "Under the Sea", "A Whole New World", "Prince Ali", "One Jump Ahead", "Friend Like Me", "I'll Make a Man Out of You", and "Steady as the Beating Drum".  Some of my other favorite non-princess Disney songs include "I Just Can't Wait to be King", "Topsy Turvy", "Go the Distance", and "Zero to Hero".

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer - Review


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Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for both her kindness, and her stunning yet imperfect beauty which is said to be more breathtaking than that of her stepmother's, Queen Levana. Levana fears her stepdaughter will take control of her throne, her people, and her power and she is willing to do whatever it takes to preserve her reign over the hearts and minds of her people. Winter despises her stepmother and has been attempting to undermine her in her own way, and now she has some new allies - Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress. Together, perhaps they will be able to end Levana's despotic rule once and for all.

Winter is a fantastic conclusion to the brilliant Lunar Chronicles. I have loved following this series every step of the way. I was worried about the finale, but I shouldn't have been because this is a good solid ending to one of my favorite series. I read the novel over the course of just over three weeks - not just because of the sheer size of the novel, but because I wanted to savor every last moment I could with these characters.

In regards to the characters, Winter is a compelling addition to the main cast. She's very sweet with a hearty dose of crazy, and thankfully she is able to hold her own alongside our already established core. Without giving too much away overall, Cinder and Kai steal the ending, Scarlet and Wolf endure the most, Cress and Thorne are still my favorites (everything that comes out of his mouth is golden), and Iko is still awesome. The characters all have a long road ahead of them at the beginning of this novel, and the character development is above average. Everyone has their own time to shine.

As usual, Marissa Meyer incorporates the fairy tale elements to Winter's story. Obviously, we have Levana as the evil stepmother/ evil queen, Jacin as the huntsman, the apple, the glass coffin, and the seven dwarfs All of the key elements that you would expect to be associated with a Snow White retelling have been given a unique sci-fi makeover. We also get a better look at Luna itself and Levana's court, which reminded me of the Capitol from The Hunger Games. In the end, my only real issue is the length of the novel. Although, I loved every second of it, it could have been trimmed back a bit in places without hurting the main storylines.

Overall, Winter is everything that I could have asked for to wrap up one of my favorite series and there is so much to love about it. I still need to get my hands on Stars Above (and the upcoming graphic novels), but I will truly miss these characters when it's all said and done. I'm beyond excited for Marissa Meyer's take on Wonderland in Heartless and also superheroes and supervillains in an as yet unnamed new series.



I read this novel from January 29 - February 22, 2016 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Genre


Happy Tuesday everyone!  This week's topic for Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is Books I Enjoyed Recently That Weren't My Typical Genre.  My review will be linked to the title.  Here we go, from most recently read:


Unstoppable by Bill Nye


Ross Poldark by Winston Graham


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


Geek Girl by Holly Smale


An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo


Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison


Sister Mischief by Laura Goode


Night Song by Tricia Goyer


Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel


Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid


So, what do you think of my list this week?  Have you read any of these, and if so have you also enjoyed them?  What books have you enjoyed that weren't your typical genre?  Comments are appreciated - I try to respond to everyone!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Music Monday: Fall Out Boy Collaborations


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

 Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up at the bottom of this post by sharing your post's url.

 Finally, have fun sharing and discovering new to you music!

Fall Out Boy has been one of my favorite groups since high school and I've always enjoyed listening to their new music.  Instead of sharing some of my favorite songs by the band today, I thought I'd spotlight some of my favorite musical collaborations featuring the group.

"Irresistable" by Fall Out Boy, featuring Demi Lovato (2015) - This is actually the remixed version of the song, but I think I actually prefer it to the original version.  Demi Lovato and Patick Stumps voices sound great together - I never would have expected that to be the case.  The video is pretty cool - it actually recreates the video for N'SYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" with the band as dolls, plus has cameos by Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone!



"What a Catch, Donnie" by Fall Out Boy, featuring Elvis Costello, Gabe Saporta, Travis McCoy, Brendon Urie, Doug Neumann, Alex DeLeon, and William Beckett (2008) - This song is worth listening to hear the guest vocalists.  I love hearing their interpretations of earlier Fall Out Boy songs!  The video is also pretty nostalgic as it features props from some of their other music videos.  And, of course, you get to see the featured guest vocalists (unfortunately, they don't preform in video) and other acts often associated with Fall Out Boy.  Brendon Urie looks so young - and so does Spencer Smith for that matter!  This song really makes me wish Brendon Urie would record a full length version of "Dance, Dance"...




Saturday, February 20, 2016

Starting Sparks: February Edition


Starting Sparks is a monthly writing link up hosted by Emily @ Ink, Inc. and Ashley G. @ [insert title here].  Each month they give us a prompt and then we respond however we like with a short story, a scene, a poem - whatever.  The point is to get those creative juices flowing!


This month's prompt is to rewrite a fairy tale with your characters.  Since I don't have a WIP handy with my own characters to work with, I'm going to do my own thing for this one.  I thought about using already known characters from a tv show, but then I decided to forgo that route.  Instead I decided to use my own fractured take on "The Frog Prince".  I actually wrote this ages ago for a children's lit class during our fairy tales/ fractured fairy tales unit - every one in class had to come up with their own version of "The Frog Prince" and as you can imagine no two were alike.  Here's mine:


Britney was playing with her new videogame.  It let her pretend she had a real dog.  Her parents wouldn’t let her have a real dog because they thought she wasn’t ready to take care of one all by herself.  Instead they gave her a videogame so she could practice everything to make herself ready for a real dog.  Britney had to show her parents that she could take care of a real dog.

She played her hand-held game all the time getting perfect scores in everything, but her parents still wouldn’t get her a dog.  They told her that taking care of a virtual dog was easier than a real dog, but Britney was still determined to show them that she deserved a dog so she kept playing – longer and harder than before.

Late the next afternoon, Britney sat down at the edge of the pond in her backyard.  She was still playing her game so she didn’t see the green frog looking at her from across the pond.

Britney was at her favorite spot in the game where she could teach her virtual-dog to do tricks.  In her excitement, she lost her grip on the game and dropped it.  She tried to catch it but it fell down into the deep pond!

“Oh, no! My game!” she cried.  She didn’t know if it would ever work again if she fished it out of the water.  If it didn’t, she was afraid she would never get a dog.  She looked down through the water, but she couldn’t see the game.

Just when Britney though she would never see her game again (or a real dog in the near future), she heard a voice say, “I could swim down and find your game, Britney.  There’s still a chance it might work.”

Britney was startled.  She didn’t know anyone else was outside.  She looked around but she only saw a small frog sitting beside her.  The frog looked her right in the eye and said, “but if I get it back for you, you have to promise to be my friend, okay?”

Britney almost forgot all about her game and future dog.  “Whoa! A talking frog?!” Normally, she would’ve said a frog was gross, but no other frog had ever talked to her before.  Then she remembered her game and without thinking it through promised the frog that she would be his B.F.F. if he could get it back to her.

The frog disappeared into the pond and a few seconds later he surfaced with her game.  Eagerly, she grabbed it and tried to turn it back on.  She was very upset when the game wouldn’t work no matter what she did.  All of her perfect scores were gone!  How could she prove to her parents that she could take care of a real dog if she couldn’t even take care of a toy?  Britney ran all the way back to her room crying and completely forgot about the talking frog.

At breakfast the next morning, Britney sat down to eat with her parents.  They noticed she wasn’t playing her game, but before they could ask her why, a green frog jumped up on the table right in front of their daughter.

“Britney,” the frog cried.  “You ran away so fast! I thought we were going to be best friends forever.”

Britney’s parents were even more surprised than she was.  Before the frog could say more, Britney did her best to explain what had happened at the pond.  She even told them what happened to her game.  She expected to be punished for ruining it, but her parents only seemed concerned that she had forgotten her promise to the frog.  They told her that she could have a dog if she could take care of this frog.

Britney was thrilled that her parents were giving her another chance!  Although she didn’t really like frogs, she decided she would try to befriend him, but she found it difficult to accept him as a friend.

“Why not?” asked the frog.

“Because you aren’t a dog – and it’s weird going on walks and brushing a frog.”

“I may not look like a dog but I can be just as loyal and friendly,” he replied.

Britney gave the frog another chance and realized that he was more loyal and friendly than she first expected.

He was right, she thought.  She really began to enjoy their activities and she saw him as a friend. She also noticed he was acting more dog-like as time passed, or at least as she imagined one would act.

Later, Britney was scratching behind his ears while watching TV when she realized she was scratching long silky fur instead of slimy frog skin.  She jumped back in surprise – the frog had turned into a golden retriever!

The now-dog said, “Thank you, Britney!  I knew you could change me back!”  Britney didn’t know what to say so the ex-frog continued, “I don’t know how but I was turned into a frog because I ran away from my family.  They didn’t treat me as princely as I thought they should’ve so I left to find a better family; everyone loves a golden retriever, but not everyone can love a frog.  I had to find a loving family if I wanted to change back, and thanks to you I have!”

Britney couldn’t believe her luck!  As she hugged him, she knew she definitely had enough proof now.  Both of them ran to tell her parents the news.  They were more than thrilled but they suggested that Britney call his old family first (their telephone number was on his collar).

Britney called his old family and told them the story.  His old family told her that they loved him very much, but they were glad he’d found a loving family.  They gave Britney permission to take care of him, with her parents’ permission of course.  Britney thanked them again and again.  Dog could stay!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.




This week I'm spotlighting my upcoming read, Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto, a February 2016 debut.  I've heard quite a few interesting things about it since it's release, plus I've had my eye on it for several months.  It sounds like it will be a cool YA Steampunk Western.  In fact, the blurb on the back of the dust jacket by author Gretchen McNeil likens it to "Lovecraft meets Firefly" - and that sounds like a good combination to me.  I'm giving away my hardcover copy of this book as a part of Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight's February New Release Giveaway Hop.  If you interested in winning this new book, you can enter my giveaway here (US Only).

Book Beginning: 

Westie had left the valley at dawn to head home. The sun had risen soon after and followed her throughout the day.  By four, it just felt spiteful  Though her skin was burned and blistered, she preferred the sun over darkness during her travels.  The road between the valley and Rogue City was a long, perilous one with dense woods on either side.

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Olive looked at her mother, who was staring curiously at Westie.  The little girl frowned and strangled her doll.  It was handmade, similar to the dolls Westie's mother used to make her, and had a pink dress with a crisscross pattern all over it.  The girl twisted its head until it popped off.