Spotlight Saturday: The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr

The Dastardly Miss Lizzie (Electric Empire, #3)

Paperback, 464 pages
Expected publication: April 18th 2017 by Harper Voyager
While I haven’t yet finished reading book one, I’m really excited that book 3 is coming out soon!!  The beginning of this series is just so intriguing, and I love how the author portrays the two distinct personalities.  Also, the covers are beautiful!

Summary:

Dr. Eliza Jekyll must turn to her dark side, Miss Lizzie Hyde, to stop a madman targeting London’s most important scientists and sorcerers terrorizing the city with dark magic in this third Electric Empire novel—a dazzlingly original steampunk fantasy set in the gritty world of alternate Victorian London, with echoes of H G. Wells classic, The Time Machine

Being two people in one body isn’t easy. Metropolitan Police crime scene physician Eliza Jekyll is trying to maintain a semblance of control, even as her rebellious second self, Lizzie, grows increasingly wild—threatening the respectable Eliza’s reputation and her marriage to Remy Lafayette, the Royal Society investigator and occasional lycanthrope. With England on the brink of war, Remy’s away in sorcery-riddled Paris on a secretive mission that grows ever more sinister. Has he been an enemy agent all along? Or is coping with Eliza’s secret divided self finally driving her mad?

Eliza needs her mind clear and sharp if she’s to catch an evil genius who is killing eminent scientists. The chase uncovers a murky world of forbidden books, secret laboratories, and a cabal of fanatical inventors whose work could change the world—or destroy it—and who may hold answers to Eliza’s past.

As sorcery-wielding terrorists attack London, Eliza discovers her own enemies are closing in, driving her to desperate measures—enlisting the aid of the wily, resourceful, mercurial Lizzie—to thwart the killer. But Lizzie’s got her own life now, and true to her nature, will resort to the devious and diabolical to keep it. Even if it means throwing Eliza to the wolves, and letting the world burn. . .

The Ultimate Book Tag

I found this floating around the blog sphere, so I’m not sure who originated it, but it looked like fun! So thank you to whoever started this book tag 🙂

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1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

So, I’ve noticed that for long rides on straighter roads like the interstate, I’m just fine.  In town, I do get car sick.

2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

Kristen Britain is an author I love to read because her plots and characters transcend the pages to intertwine and battle for space in your brain long after you put the book down.

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3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

Definitely the Harry Potter series.  A) All of the characters are given the chance to grow and explore themselves, even minor ones.  B) No normalization of stalking behavior.  C) Hermione is one of the strongest, independent ladies of fantasy and you can’t make me believe otherwise!

4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

Do craft bags count?  Because I usually keep at least one book in there with my current art projects.

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5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

Heck, yes!  Don’t you?

6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

The artist and fangirl inside me says, “ABSOLUTELY,” to any kind of included art.  Or art that floats around the internet.

7. WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?

I actually enjoyed Twilight the first time I read it before the hype, but when I tried to reread to compare to the movie, I discovered that the writing was subpar to what I enjoy reading again and again.

8. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

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Since my picture book collection doesn’t reside on any shelves currently, I’m going to guess that the books in the Unicorns of Balinor series are the thinnest (individually, of course).

9. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

According to Goodreads, the thickest book on my shelf is the Night Angel trilogy omnibus, but the single thickest book is The Way of Kings.

10. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

 I’m pretty sure I was indoctrinated in the womb…

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

As I loathe classics, this one is unanswerable.

12. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

Spelling and Math

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15. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Accept graciously, then gift it to someone else or donate to the library

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

Unique

17. ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Definitively a book nerd.

18. VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?

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Umm, do I have to chose?  Because I love both for approximately the same reasons.

19. SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?

Shapeshifters are far more interesting to me.

20. AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

I’d rather the romance be on the side. Thanks!

 

 

Throwback Thursday: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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415 pages
Published January 5th 2016 by Tor Teen
Finished reading the lovely Truthwitch yesterday, and I’m sad it took me so long to get around to reading it.  Especially since I met the author twice (once at BookCon 2016 and on her recent Windwitch tour) before getting past chapter two.
I’m very glad that I took advantage of those opportunities though because I really liked this book and these characters.  It’s hard to describe the actual story because the book focused a lot on world building and characterization.  Normally, this would be a detriment to the plot, but I think we were given enough story that it worked.  This is definitely not your basic action plot.  There’s a lot of thought given to relationships, emotions, and internal reasoning.
I’ve already gotten several people hooked on the idea of reading this book, and I’m glad book two is out already.  Even if I do have to wait until I get some other books read for reviews 🙂
PS I was inspired by the descriptions of the taro cards mentioned and have started working on designing some fan art.  Can’t wait to share it with you!

Summary:

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery,” a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

#BeatTheBacklist January Wrap-Up

As January comes to a close, I’ve reevaluated my sign-up post and made some decisions regarding the titles there and my current reading interests, which like to change on me all the time.  To that end, here are the titles I’ve removed, added, and started reading.  There is also a section for titles that I finished reading but haven’t reviewed.  It is likely that I’ll share similar posts periodically as things come up and get moved around.

 

Removed:

Fish Out of Water (Fred the Mermaid, #3)Devil's Bargain (Red Letter Days, #1)

Added:

Mirror Sight (Green Rider, #5)Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

Currently Reading:

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)Air Awakens (Air Awakens, #1)

Recently Finished:

Mirror Sight (Green Rider, #5)Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)

Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Covers from Favorite Authors

We all know the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  And, we all know that we do the exact opposite all the time.  And part of this is because we are visual creatures, but another aspect is targeted marketing because, to be honest, covers are made to sell.  There’s been a lot of talk lately about covers, but today I want to focus on my favorite covers from some favorite authors.  Some of them are older publications, some foreign editions, and some are just the original cover I remember reading!

Magic Study (Study, #2)

I found the original covers from Luna Books to be much more visually appealing than any of the newer ones.  There was so much to look at and it gave more emphasis to the fantasy aspect.

Cinder (Cronache Lunari, #1)

I can’t remember which language this is, but I love the swirliness and intrigue portrayed.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

While not my favorite cover as it doesn’t do the story justice, I admit I picked this book up because of the cover.  And was so glad I did as Laini is now one of my top favorite authors.

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I love almost all of the covers for the Green Rider series.  The artwork is amazing and fits that story so well.  And the foreign editions hold up nicely.

In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)

After finding Tamora Pierce, I started collecting all the Tortall books and this is one of the covers I found at my favorite second hand bookstore.

Acorna's Rebels (Acorna, #6)

Acorna was one of earliest favorite series and this was my favorite book of the series and also my favorite cover.

The Black Swan (Fairy Tales, #2)

I LOVE this cover!  And it’s my favorite book by Lackey!

Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga, #4)

This cover features everything I loved about the Firekeeper Saga: wolves, big cats, and talking to animals.

The Fire Opal (Lost Continent, #4)

I love all the covers that were painted by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law,  but this one in particular was very appealing.

Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)

This is probably my favorite of the Mercy Thompson covers, but they’re all pretty amazing.

That’s all for this week, next week the planned theme focuses on art in graphic novels and picture books.  To see all the chosen themes, check out the site that originated the meme.  I hope you’ll share your lists as well.

 

Covers with Cats

Well, I was looking for something fun to blog about today, and I found Book Huntress’ Book’s Fashion Days for the week and thought it looked like fun.  You can find the original post here!

 

Cats on Covers, Covers with Cats

I am a cat lover and couldn’t imagine life without my fur baby, Mystical 🙂  So when I saw this meme, I knew I had to contribute!  Here’s just a few covers from my personal library that have various types of house cats on them.

The Witches of Echo Park (The Witches of Echo Park, #1)Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery, #1)Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery, #1)The Catswold PortalAcorna's Rebels (Acorna, #6)Kitty & DinoNo One Noticed the Cat

 

And here’s some more that feature big cats!

Silvern (Gilded #2)Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakening, #1)Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga, #4)The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles, #1)Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall, #1)

That was fun!  Thanks Book Huntress for putting this together.

Waiting on Wednesday: RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

RoseBlood

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2017 by Amulet Books
Even though I still haven’t read Splintered, I’m excited that A.G. Howard has decided to tackle another retelling.  This time, though, it’s The Phantom of the Opera.  Having read the original work when I was younger (boy, was it dark and kind of gruesome) and enjoying the film version, I was excited to hear that someone was writing a retelling.
It’s not in the usual vein of stories chosen for re-writes, and that’s awesome because I can only read so many Cinderella and Snow White stories before I say enough.  2017 appears to have a nice change in the retellings trend with RoseBlood and Wintersong (think Labyrinth) as two of the ones I’m most excited for!

Summary:

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

Waiting on Wednesday: Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Windwitch (The Witchlands #2)

Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 2017 by Tor Teen
Although I received an arc for this title, I haven’t read Truthwitch yet!!  As soon as I finish Strange the DreamerTruthwitch is next; however, I’m not sure that all of that will happen before Windwitch is released.  So, I thought I’d remind you that the release is coming in a few short weeks.  And don’t forget the pre-order bounty as Dennard is calling it on her website 🙂  Follow the link above!

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Cover Characteristic: Clothes Only

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

This sounded like fun, so I thought I’d join in on today’s topic.  Looks like the blogger is going on maternity leave soon though, so I might not get another chance for a little while.

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