Vlog 1: Introduction & a Cocktail

The vlog does have a brief cameo from Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles…as their faces are on my shirt and their eyes peak over the table fairly frequently…which is amusing.

Queen’s English: Avoiding life

Queen’s English: Avoiding life

I hope you will read and feel less alone in your journey. 

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Book Review: What The Spell? by Brittany Geragotelis

 Brooklyn is an almost-sixteen-year-old girl with normal teenage wants;  to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute 13589580guy.  Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age–so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.

On her milestone birthday, Brookly’s parents finally unbind her powers, and she discovers her true gift:  the ability to cast love spells.  Pretty soon, Brooklyn has worked her magic to gain access to the elite crowd, and if she jump-starts her relationship with gorgeous Asher using a matchmaking spell, it’s harmless, right?

But Brooklyn’s li isn’t as enchanted as it seems.  As the clique escalates its initiation tests, she’s forced to use magic to complete the tasks.  And if anyone finds out who she really is and what she can do, her life is over, just like her ancestors in Salem.  If she can’t use magic, what does Brooklyn have left–now that she has everything to lose?

 

The title and the cover art made me very weary of this book.  It gave off a childish vibe to me.  In saying this, I still immediately ordered the next two books in the series when I was done.  I grew up watching Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and this story reminded me of the classic tween show.

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Our main character, Brooklyn has always felt invisible at school and has never really had any friends.  On the upside, she just turned 16 and is granted magical powers by her witch parents.  Obviously the first thing she does with her new found powers is give herself a head-to-toe makeover.  Brooklyn begins getting recognized by her peers and not just by anyone, but the most popular group at school…The Elite.  In order to get approval, Brooklyn must prove  that she is willing to do anything to get in their group.  The reader gets to watch Brooklyn morph from a nice, quiet girl to a sly, back stabbing witch.  Literally.

This book is great for young girls because it illustrates how important it is to stick to your morals and be yourself.  I couldn’t stop reading because I was intrigued to see just how far Brooklyn would go to impress the popular high school clique.  Is she really willing to put her magical powers in jeopardy so she can sit at a certain table in the cafeteria? It’s OK to be different.  It’s OK to be weird.  Brooklyn is a witch.  She can’t get much more different than that.  There are times when our social status and fitting in with others  seems like the ultimate priority in life.  What The Spell helps young adults realize that these are not priorities and that the grass is not always greener on the other side.  Brooklyn, unfortunately, has to learn this classic lesson all on her own.

I haven’t even  begun to touch on all the drama involved with the characters.  There are friendships (both gained and lost),  lovers quarrels, family issues, and not to mention the fact that our main character is a witch.  It’s a lot to keep up with but never in an overwhelming manner.

Loved the book, even though the ending left me totally clueless as to what is going to happen next.  Thank goodness this is a series because I need more.

3.5bards

 

Book Review: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
            
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

I couldn’t wait to read this book based on the synopsis and I really was not disappointed at all.

Historical fiction is a serious obsession of mine, and anytime a young adult book comes out that is set in an interesting historical time period and one that deals with the social aspects of life during that time is going to capture my eye and most likely find a fan in me.

As much as I adored this book for the concept of a woman trying to find a place in the world of art, which was clearly a men’s world, the most important story line in this was really not highlighted in the synopsis.  As an American, we always study the suffragete movement as it happened here, and we really never get into the details of the movement as it happened in England.

In fact, the only notion I have of the suffragette movement in England is from Mary Poppins.

 

Anyway, I loved that Waller really focused the novel on the importance of female empowerment and how terrible it was for our predecessors to become independent and learn to rely on themselves instead of their fathers, brothers, or husbands.  Plus, it just made it even more perfect that the love story (which was by no means a main focal point in the story) fit into this trope perfectly.  Speaking of the love story, I really enjoyed how great it was, but I loved that it wasn’t the main focus of the story.  A lot of times with period novels, there will be a significant focus on finding “the one” and their perfect husband to create their perfect life, and it is somewhat annoying.

All in all, I adored this book and I recommend it for anyone who is looking for a great historical read and an amazing look into the suffragete movement in England.

5 Bards.

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