Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review - The Queen of Ieflaria

The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin

4 out of 5 gnomes

This book was great and the world really draws you in.

Love how open the book is about sexuality and that Esofi is able to marry a man or a woman without problem. There's just the question of possible heirs but with the magic in this world there are solutions. It takes a great look at gender and that it can be fluid.

Esofi and Adale definitely don't seem like a great match at first. Over time though they really grow and so does their chemistry. No instalove here, this relationship takes some work.

My favorite part was the ending and all the twists and surprises it contained. A mix of fantasy and magic and gods equals a book full of awesomeness.

I'm really looking forward to the next book in this series.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review and My Favorite Quotes/Lines

Aliens Abroad by Gini Koch

5  out of 5 gnomes

Kitty in Spaaaaaaccccceeee!!!!

Feelings After Reading: OMG scared than very surprised by that ending, love for all the characters, those KIDS!!!

This series continues to be my happy place. It's just comforting and fun to see what these characters get up to. I also love space and shows like Star Trek, so this book was definitely for me and it boldly goes to many new places.

This book takes pretty much every character we've ever met along for a wild ride. Just when you think you know what's going on you're in for a surprise.

The ending too, wow, it seems to be taking the next book in a very intriguing direction.

Overall, if you haven't started this series yet, check it out ASAP.

My Favorite Quotes/Lines:

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“That’s right. These are my continuing missions. To be forced to explore strange, new worlds. To meet new civilizations, usually in the middle of some kind of battle. To accidently and sarcastically go where no one has willingly gone before.”

“Sorry about your groin.”

“It was nice that my work put me around great looking people all the time—it was one of the few perks that sort of balanced the Crap Is Always Getting Weird thing a bit.”

“Joy. Subterfuge on top of everything else. Truly, I cannot wait.”

“Yes, and not just your children. All the children. Well, all the talented ones.”

“No, I don’t. I know most things, but not everything. And there’s quite a lot going on. More than normal.”

“Uh, why are all of you, other than Serene, acting like you’re about to offer to marry that rabbit?” Jeff asked.”

“This is the best cat in the galaxy, right here.”

“It’s my gift, my talent. Presumably, at any rate. Beyond that, no clue.”

“He can be tough to get to like at first, but he’s really a great guy when you get to know him.”

“Um . . . Santa?”

“Yeah? I thought about it. Then I decided that I wasn’t going to let your kids grow up as orphans, even though I’d be raising them as my own. Call me a reluctant foster father.”

“He chuckled. “How many others embrace that which terrifies them, merely because they know it to be the proper thing to do?”

“Sarcasm is such a fun trait. I’m glad you enjoy it so.”

“I’m not surprised at all because, in the grand scheme of things, that totally and completely figures.”

“I’ve never even imagined anything like this,” Siler said softly.”

“THIS COULD BE YOUR craziest idea yet,” Reader said. “And I say that with the full knowledge of all your other crazy ideas.”

“Poop for the win, I guess.”

“And everything had a name. And what doesn’t have a name needs one. Names matter. The name is the thing and the name affects the thing.”

“And the good of the many outweigh the good of the few.”

“It’s a freaking awesome galaxy, isn’t it?” “It is. Which is why we’re doing this—so it continues to be so.”

 “Better slow than never, that was my motto.”

“That’s our job, in case you weren’t clear—to save people. It always has been. And, as far as I can tell, it always will be. So, we go, and we go now.”

 “That was me, taking feminism to the stars.”

“Baby, I hear you’ve been using your own special form of diplomacy.”

“That’s why we did it,” Jeff said, sarcasm knob at eleven and threatening to go to twelve. “For the accolades.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review/My Favorite Quotes and Lines - Every Day

Every Day by David Levithan


3 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

Feelings after reading: Surprised and a little bummed that the story was over.

This is another one of those books that I’ve known about forever but never got around to reading it, until I saw the preview for the movie based on this book. The preview looked pretty good so I knew I wanted to read this book ASAP.

It is intriguing seeing A’s point of view on this plethora of different lives. I kind of wish the book had started in the earlier years and then did a time jump to being 16 years old. The lives we do see really shape A into an interesting character.

Meeting Rhiannon changes everything for this character. It was almost a little too instalove but I just went with it and got drawn into the story.

The only real misstep/part I didn’t like was how harsh A was when they were in the body of someone that wore a 3XXXL. I myself am not exactly a small person but the way A describes the body is pretty darn insulting and makes the person sound horrible/like they have a hard time even existing. I mean A was two rather large football player dudes in the book, I imagine them close to 300 pounds too and rocking larger than a 3X shirt. After so much other diversity and openness in the book it was a little jarring that A was so upset by waking up fat.

The ending was a twist I wasn’t expecting. (I was expecting an ending kind of like the one in The Host by Stephanie Meyer.) So I really was surprised by how everything ended up and wish there had been just a little more of what exactly happens next.

My Favorite Quotes/Lines

“After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are.”

“We all contain mysteries, especially when seen from the inside.”

“We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”

“Happiness is so rarely a part of my vocabulary, because for me it’s so fleeting.”

“Once you experience enormity, it lingers everywhere you look, and wants to be every word you say.”

“Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.”

“In my experience, desire is desire, love is love. I have never fallen in love with a gender. I have fallen for individuals. I know this is hard for people to do, but I don’t understand why it’s so hard, when it’s so obvious.”

“If your beauty is unquestioned, so many other things can go unquestioned as well.”

“If smart people are parodying it, that’s a sure sign that some less smart people are believing it.”

“As if when someone close to us dies, we momentarily trade places with them, in the moment right before. And as we get over it, we’re really living their life in reverse, from death to life, from sickness to health.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

“But a few rounds had the same effect as a trip to Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island: anyone could turn into an ass.”

“Fuck. That. Shit.”

“She straightened, a distinct, uncomfortable pride burgeoning in her chest. She was no show-off, but when she did a good job, she wanted her A+, dammit. And if she literally and figuratively kicked ass at bartending, she wanted them to know it.”

“And so, at two that same night—or the next morning, depending—Bailey set off for Nero’s Griddle on Belmont for what Zane had promised would be “an indoctrination session, but with pancakes.”

“Chivalry is dumb,” she said. “But so’s being cold.”

“He was a grown-up, and Bailey was just a teenager who’d gotten old.”

“The mean streets of Ravenswood were hardly mean, but Bailey had never felt more wary of them.”

“She much preferred to reserve hugging for the people who really mattered, but in the last few years society had decided that brief embraces were the best way to greet everyone everywhere.”

“And if you’re gonna color outside the lines again, make sure you pick the lines that’re really fucking asking for it.”

“The grown-up who says they know what they’re doing is a grown-up who’s lying.”

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lively Libations aka My Review of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

Feelings after reading - pumped up and thirsty (gotta try some of the drinks that were mentioned. :) )

This book was one wild ride. I adore the whole magic system that’s in play here. Cocktails for magic and a surprising other drink that heals makes for a truly fun read.

All the drink recipes and history are great additions that make the book shine too.

Bailey and the other characters are well done and have great chemistry. My favorite characters (besides the awesome Bailey) have to be Vincent and Bucket. I like that these characters definitely aren’t perfect but find their way as they go along.

Also great is the surprising big bad and just how far they will go to get what they want.

Overall, fighting evil with booze leads to plenty of surprises/twists/and a surprising amount of heart.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Doorway to Awesomeness aka my review of Beneath the Sugar Sky

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

5/5 gnomes

Feelings After Reading - Thrilled/hopeful.

This series says so much in so few pages. The book and series covers a lot but never feels rushed. You will fall right into caring immensely for these characters and all their different worlds. It's even difficult to pick a favorite character. They're all wonderfully unique and awesome in their own ways.

In this story you get to return to some old characters and meet some rather intriguing new characters. The characters all have an electric chemistry and heart to them.

This series continues to be intriguing and one I feel like I could read/reread/cherish for a very long time. It'll make you imagine what kind of door/world would call to you.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review/My Favorite Quotes/Lines - A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 

5 out of 5 gnomes

Feelings After Reading - Wonder with a side of Whoa (I can’t wait to see this in movie form.)

I’ve known about A Wrinkle in Time but I never actually got around to reading it. Now that I have though, I’m sorry I waited so long. What lead me to finally picking up the book was seeing the trailer for the movie, it looks amazing so I knew I wanted to read the book ASAP.

I love how even though the book was first released in 1962, it’s still immensely readable today. The characters are strong and the fantasy of it all takes you along for the ride. Meg’s character feels very relatable and her conflict is immensely understandable. I think that’s what makes this book one that people still seek out and read even today.

Best Quotes/Lines:

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

“Just be glad you’re a kitten and not a monster like me.”

“There’s nothing the matter with his mind. He just does things in his own way and in his own time.”

“You’re much too straightforward to be able to pretend to be what you aren’t,” Mrs. Murry said.”

“I don’t understand it any more than you do, but one thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to understand things for them to be.”

“I do face facts,” Meg said. “They’re lots easier to face than people, I can tell you.”

“I think it will be better if people go on thinking I’m not very bright. They won’t hate me quite so much.”

“Un asno viejo sabe más que un potro. A. Perez. An old ass knows more than a young colt.”

“Anndd wee mussttn’tt looose ourr sensses of hummorr,” Mrs Which said. “Thee onnlly wway ttoo ccope withh ssometthingg ddeadly sseriouss iss ttoo ttry ttoo trreatt itt a llittlle lligghtly.”

“Therre willl nno llonggerr bee sso manyy pplleasanntt thinggss too llookk att iff rressponssible ppeoplle ddo nnott ddoo ssomethingg abboutt thee unnppleassanntt oness.”

“Like and equal are not the same thing at all!”

“That is not our way. But we know that just because we want something does not mean that we will get what we want, and we still do not know what to do.”

“For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things which are not seen are eternal.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review and My Favorite Quotes - Prince in Disguise

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

5 out of 5 gnomes

Feeling after Reading = Giddy with a side of happy :)

This was a perfect holiday read and well a pretty great read for any time of the year.

Scotland + Winter time + a reality show + a wedding to prepare for = a heck of an interesting ride.

The writing and chemistry of all the characters is what really drew me in and kept me reading. The familial dynamics felt true and the romantic chemistry was really on point.

From the title alone you can guesstimate more than a little bit about where the book is going. But while reading even if you can guess what’s going to happen you don’t care and are having too much fun reading and taking it all in to mind.  

Quotes to Show You What You Can’t Miss:
* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“You don’t marry someone you just met. Did they not have Frozen in Scotland?”

“I was not the type of person who did well left alone with her thoughts.”

“I was happy I had finally warmed up but disturbed that I was so easy to kidnap.”

“It’s heartwarming when it involves singing crabs. Say what you will about Walt Disney, that man knew how to jazz up a real bummer of a story.”

“Hands of a baby angel is creepier. Why is the angel a baby? Why is it touching me? Am I dead? If the giant squid is touching me, I’d assume it was by accident. Like, I swam into its space.”

“We were getting good at having our own conversations outside of everyone else’s.”

“Ah, “unusual,” the even less polite cousin of the bitchy “interesting.”

“I considered it. But I also considered the possibility that you’re full of crap.”

“He raised an eyebrow. Ugh. The jealousy continued. I wished I had better control of my eyebrow muscles. Was that the kind of thing you could train for? At, like, a face gym?”

“Yes, he does, you twitchy li’l owl. It’s so obvious that even you must notice it, Miss Never-Had-a-Boyfriend.”

“Maybe you really could get high on life.”

“Damn that Princess Bride-ing mofo!”

“He wasn’t,” I hastened to explain as I scrambled over Jamie and out of the sleigh. “I mean, it was a consensual ravishing.”

“Jane Austen would have peed all over this date.” “That is a truly horrifying mental image.”

“It was at that moment I reached the horrifying conclusion that my dad had absolutely no idea who I was.”

“In America you can use anything as a verb!” I retorted shrilly, scrambling to my feet. “You can verb whatever you want! Thank the goddamn Smurfs for that!”

“Don’t judge a book by its pink cover,” I said smugly. “Now pony up.”

“So tall! A real, proper-sized girl. And those cheekbones! She’s like a Roman statue!”

“His Royal Highness Prince Gillecroids Edmund Alexander James,” he said heavily.”

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mini Reviews to Start off the new year

This is such a sweet book. The drawings are simple but they along with the words portray some very important messages. A quick read that is well worth checking out. This is an unassuming seeming book that will most definitely stick with you.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

One of those books where you know what to expect for the most part but is still a great read. I loved the multiple aspects you get to read from because it provides a better view of the story. I was sad that a certain animal trope happened. Overall though it’s one of those feel good stories that is almost too sweet but does have some great characters and a good message.