Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"Waiting On" Wednesday - The Hidden Oracle

"Waiting On"  Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm waiting on...

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

* Book will be released May 3, 2016
Check out the description from Goodreads:

"How do you punish an immortal? 

By making him human. 

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour. 

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood."

I adore Riordan’s take on Greek mythology. I’m really looking forward to this book especially since it should be a very different point of view then we’re used to with these books. Can't wait to be in this world again.

Monday, April 25, 2016

My Life as a Fictional Librarian: The Interview

My Life as a Fictional Librarian
All was pretty normal until things started to get a little bit fictional. I know sounds like a tagline for a bad romantic comedy or action movie, but believe me this is no normal library.

I had of course heard of special libraries but this was a special squared kind of library.

The Interview: When I walked in the room, there was a large table with five rather unique souls sitting around it. The first was a man in a full suit of armor, the second was a woman who seemed to be actually glowing a bit, the third was a very short man with a tremendously full beard, the fourth was a lady who seemed to be covered in a variety of flowers, and last but not least was a large man who I swear seemed to be made out of stone.

For a second I thought maybe I’d eaten a bad sandwich or something but then the stone guy stood up and introduced himself as the Director of the Library, Gregory Goyle. I am apparently very good at keeping a poker face or I went into a kind of trance because I started answering all their questions without batting an eye.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Rambling about Reading

Are you listless, tired, about to throw that book right out the window? Maybe it’s time for you to SWITCH THAT GENRE. If you’re stuck in a reading rut, I’ve found that it can be best to switch it up to something brand new. I’ve found that is much more entertaining and less brain deadening to read a little bit of everything.

Don’t go getting stuck on age or genre either. Sometimes there is nothing more entertaining than reading a great Children’s book that is chock full of jokes or puns like Fart Squad by Seamus Pilger (I dare you not to smile or at least laugh out loud when reading about fart based super powers.) This recommendation is courtesy of me, a thirty year old library assistant who loves to read. :) No matter your age sometimes it’s just fantastic to laugh.

I read everything from comic books, Children’s Books, YA, Paranormal Romance, etc… If a book has a great premise, then I am more likely to want to read it ASAP no matter whether it’s fiction/nonfiction.

Don’t stick with the same old same old. If you do, then you might never find characters that will continue to speak to you no matter what age they were originally meant for. I know I’m thankful that I read a bit of everything when I discover characters like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Sabriel, and many more.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Crafting Time

Here are some of my latest projects. The water guns are originally from the Dollar Tree and the eggs are from Target’s Easter clearance. I usually prime them and then I paint Metallic Lustre on them all.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rachel Reviews - A Chance Beginning by Christopher Patterson

A Chance Beginning by Christopher Patterson

* This book was free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
* 3.5 out of 5 gnomes

Erik, his older brother Befel, and their cousin, Bryon, are leaving farm life behind on a quest to find fame and fortune. Along the way they learn, the hard way, that not everyone can be trusted and not everyone is kind.

This book has a lot of familiar fantasy elements. You have dwarves, giants, magic, treasure and war. The story, itself, is fairly typical as well, young men seeking their fortune for different reasons. What makes this book different, for me, is Erik and the message of cooperation over division. I’m used to wars between the races in fantasy novels so to read about dwarves trying to better human-dwarven relations and groups of gypsies trying to change the negative stereotypes associated with their kind. The spirit of cooperation is strong in this book.

Then, there is Erik, the honest man, also continuously called the na├»ve boy. His good, honest nature was a welcome contrast to Bryon’s self-centered, judgmental pessimism. I seriously wanted to smack Bryon several times in this book. Fortunately, Erik’s nature kept me from getting overly frustrated while reading. He is the kind of character that you want things to go well for. He inspires good feelings in other characters and gets them to do the right things. As the Messenger of the East says, “Your honesty, young Erik, is a little refreshing I think.”

There were some scenes centered on other characters that I’m not sure why they were put in the book. Possibly for world building, probably to give exposition for the rest of the series. You get a glimpse at the powers behind the war in Golgolthul that was initially the draw for the main characters seeking their fortunes. In this one book, though, I felt the extra scenes were distracting from the main story. I preferred hearing the stories of the Ion Gypsies. Though I do appreciate the scene at the end with the character who put the boys in harm’s way to begin with.

Overall, this is a pretty typical high fantasy adventure, albeit more of an optimistic tale than most I’ve read. There is still blood and death, but the overall theme of changing minds about stereotypes and the rarity of a truly open minded human are pleasant to read.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

WALK THE EDGE Preorder Sweepstakes GRAND PRIZE aka I won, I won, I can't believe I won

I’m going to have a character named after me in the third book of the Thunder Road series!!! :) :) :)

I'm thrilled because I really love this series and McGarry's other books too.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Walk the Edge

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

* Received from NetGalley for Review

“THERE ARE LIES in life we accept.”

“I’d like to somehow find the courage to be on the outside who I am on the inside.”

“Dad says the worst indigestion to have is from a girl.”

“Army boys do buy drinks and they are glorious dancers.”

“Are you smiling?” Chevy asks. “Shit, you’re smiling again. That’s the second time in days. Gotta admit, that scares the hell out of me.”

“The world has such a double standard and girls are on the bottom of this filth-ridden pond.”

“On the inside, I’m smiling like an idiot. I may also be smiling like an idiot of the outside.”

“I’m sorry about what everyone has said about you, and I’m sorry everyone’s words made it worse.”

“The boy everyone sees but nobody knows is with the girl who everybody knows but nobody sees.”

“People take their insecurities out on the thing or person that makes them feel threatened.”

“Sweetheart, you’re all black sheep.”

“The innocence of her statement is like a hug and an ache at the same time.”

“It’s a million things in one brief moment and it’s something I don’t understand and never want to live without.”

“Warmth settles into my heart—saving people is what Razor does.”

“Once something’s in our brain, it doesn’t stop.”

“Don’t let your fears create walls or define you.”

“I never knew that being fearless could be so terrifying.”

“Killing yourself doesn’t solve your problems. It just hands them to somebody else.”