Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Ramblings #6

So what a crazy week. This week I decided it was time to move from my EXPENSIVE apartment to a cheaper more affordable place. Which then means I have to downsize which has been a good decision since I have been doing the Kondo Marie method of what brings me joy. Sadly too many things for my new "smaller" space so I will have to downsize even further. The worse part of all of this is I don't know if I have the place until later this week and I ABSOLUTELY hate the waiting game. Once I find out however, it will move so fast I won't know what to do with myself >_< which is also scary cause I also hate the packing and moving game. Because of this I have also come to realize that I am a planner which is also a little terrifying when you think of it because when you are in the waiting stage there is no planning that you can do other then down sizing or doing the well I guess I could pack this but... game

Otherwise this week has been nothing more then that. I haven't read or done anything as I have been looking at rental houses and going through boxes. I did manage to pick up a punching bag to start working out but as I may or may not move I am not going to unpack it from the box for fear that it will just have to be packed again and that thing is heavy. So alas even that has been put on hold. There is a massive pause button on my life right now and sadly that is just uncomfortable :/

Anything new with you guys? How do you handle the hold and pause situations of life?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review ~ Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis & Random Things

Title: Game of Shadows
Author: Erika Lewis
Copyright: 2017
Type: young adult/fantasy
Pages: 400
Series: Possibly

Reason for Reading: I was offered an ARC by Jean at BookNerd and I read the blurb and thought "Uh yes please!"

Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.

Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he's ever seen. He's assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.

Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.

Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for

This book actually surprised me. There is a lot of action and a lot of catching up to do in the world. I loved every second of it though. We the read start off just as confused as the main character Ethan. He has no idea of his new world and so has to "filled in" on all the history, culture, customs and everything else related to what needs to be done. While at times there was a lot of telling not showing there was just so much happening that he had to be told this and that or we would have been even more lost. There are a lot of cultures/creatures/people and groups to keep track of add to it they are all based on an Irish folklore or mythology of some sort so the names themselves after a while felt like they were bleeding into each other. I did enjoy watching Ethan come into his own and I liked watching him figure out if this was going to be his new home how he was going to fight for it. The great thing for me is I hadn't read the cover or summary so I was just as surprised as Ethan about his title.
It did feel at times that book ran a little longer then it needed to but at other times I wasn't aware how long the book actually was. It will for sure be a series and I would be okay with that. I am a little worried that we are heading into a love triangle and I am trying hard to ignore it and wait to see what happens. There were a few moments throughout this book I had to remind myself that Ethan was only 14 and that is why he was making such stupid immature mistakes then at other times he made such mature decisions I couldn't help but wonder what cause the flip until I remember once again he is 14 they do that sometimes. Overall it was good book and I am excited to see where this series. Is going to go.

Grade: 3 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend: I think it was a great first novel of a series and would recommend for anyone who likes young adult action fantasy series.

Give up or keep: Keep

Now for some fun:
Random Things from author Erika Lewis

10 Random Things:
Most Random spontaneous thing you've ever done.
Spontaneous things can lead to the best days of your life, and the worst. Reader beware.
1.      I applied for an internship to CNN in my senior year of college, knowing full well that they’d never give it to a math major. But they DID!
2.     Then a couple years later, after three days visiting California, I quit my job and moved to L.A.
3.     I got lost my first day living in London on purpose. I highly recommend this.
4.     Drove around Ireland without a map or compass. I recommend this too!
5.     Hopped in a car (with people I knew!) on an impromptu trip to Jazz Fest in New Orleans, where I met Harry Connick Jr. and followed the Neville Brothers to watch them play in three different locations. Jazz Fest gets a big thumbs up!
6.     Took the polar bear challenge in below freezing temperatures wearing only my birthday suit. Don’t recommend that.
7.      When my daughter Riley was 6, and we were at “American Idol,” she wanted to meet Jennifer Lopez. We snuck backstage, but J. Lo. was surrounded by bodyguards. I told Riley that they’d see me, the adult, coming, and send us both away. But if she wanted to try and get in there, I had her back. The brave girl took a deep breath and walked right through the guards. J.Lo nicely brought her back to me J I’m still not sure if that was bad parenting.
8.     I cliff jumped in Jamaica after Olivia Munn. I wasn’t going to do it. She jumped first and told me it caused some serious booty pain. I should’ve heeded her warning.
9.     My aunt and uncle took me on a crazy cool trip to Vail to ski. After three days of gorgeous skiing, it snowed. A lot. The idea of freezing my booty off in blizzard conditions led to drastic measures. I convinced them that staying in and watching the every episode of the PBS series of “Anne of Green Gables” would be way more fun than freezing on the mountain. After viewing, the agreed!
10.  I kissed my husband first. I have a bit of Lily Niles in me.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday Musings

So life has been odd around here and I didn't get a chance to do Sunday Ramblings so I thought I would throw in a Monday Musing as I just finished a book and need some process time and have nothing else to post until the blog tour happening on Wednesday.

last week was crazy busy. I went out of town for a work training to return to me conducting training at work and catching up on projects and then poof magically I had a day off on Friday so what did I do? I wasted it in bed, with TV and do basically nothing. So that by Saturday I was running like crazy to clean and organizing somethings (I'm still doing the does it bring you joy book) progress is still undecided. I made a lot of phone calls on Friday so I feel like I at least accomplished a lot in that direction and yet it feels like nothing got done. The thing about phone calls is, if no one calls you back you really don't resolve anything do you?

I think worked on other projects around here and mom came over for dinner only to discover our neighbors dog escaped again (don't ask we live in an apartment that is locked) it was injured and the neighbor didn't answer the door. So I kept the little bugger which in fact made my 98 lbs bugger go ape crap so Ma had to take my baby home. Needless to say by 7am after a night of continuous whimpering and whiny I called animal control since we have a no kill shelter. Hopefully the guy will take better care of her or she will find a better home.

It did remind me tho of this little angel and when she did the same thing over and over and over. So glad we are pass that stage and she is a mature adult... at times. Needless to say we are a one dog house apparently.

I did finish 2 books this last week YEAH ME!!! So I will be reviewing them at some point.

Otherwise that is all that is new with me. What's new in your world? Anything I should know or be aware of?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Review ~ Play Dead by Anne Frasier

Title: Play Dead
Author: Anne Frasier
Copyright: 2014
Type: mystery
Pages: 366
Series: yes (Elise Sandburg)
1. Play Dead
2. Stay Dead

Reason for Reading: I had some unlimited space on my kindle and thought it was interesting anything with voodoo and mystery has my attention. Also I love zombies and thought why not.

No one is more familiar with Savannah's dark side than homicide detective and native resident Elise Sandburg. She's been haunted for years by her own mysterious past: she was abandoned as a baby in one of the city's ancient cemeteries, and it's rumored that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous Savannah root doctor. The local Gullah culture of voodoo and magic is one that few outsiders can understand, least of all Elise's new partner. Now someone is terrorizing the city, creating real-life zombies by poisoning victims into a conscious paralysis that mimics death. As the chilling case unfolds, Elise is drawn back into the haunted past she's tried so hard to leave behind.

It was a typical first book of a series. I enjoyed that the "main" character is female however they did hint that her male partner is going to have a major role. They did play up that the 2 of them will have a romance soon so it reminded me of Castle only instead of him being a writer he's a cop/ex-FBI. His background was way more dramatic then her's and almost needs his own book but was handled well for the most part. I'm surprised he still has a job, but he is a guy and all that. She is tough as nails and reminds me of every female cop you see on TV the only difference is her background apparently she is the daughter of a powerful witchdoctor so that will come out to play in the series I am hoping and her eyes are "unique" we kept getting told over and over and over.
The mystery itself was zombies and the powder that makes them while at first it was interesting and held my attention by the end I was like come on already I got it and it dragged too long. That being said had it shortened by about 3 chapters it would have been perfect. The writing was good, the background and setting was good I felt like I was there for the most part. I enjoyed the mystery until the end and I did figure it out so it wasn't too hard or from left field I just was almost bored by the end. I am still going to give the 2nd book a try because I have invested myself in the characters enough to want to see what is going to happen with them.

Grade: 3 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend: It was an interesting mystery but not knock your socks off. Nothing too violent or grisly and if you like voodoo and Georgia atmosphere it's up your alley.
Keep or Give: Gave back b/c it was a kindle unlimited read. I probably wouldn't keep the series. It was interesting but not a OMG have to keep re-reading series. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wordless Wednesday #4

January and February Review ekk

It's been a few but what's happened in January...

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Heiress of Linn Hagh by Karen Charlton
The Girls from Cornona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe
Prayer: Does It Make a Difference by Philip Yancey
Play Dead by Anne Frasier
The Trouble with Magic by Madelyn Alt

Kindle Unlimited:
The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsey Jayne Ashford (currently Reading)
The Einstien Prophecy by Robert Masello
A Quiet Life in the Country by T E Kinsley (currently Reading)

Be Like a Bird by Monika Schroder

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs (re-read)
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing by Marie Kondo
I Hate You - Don't Leave Me by Jerold Kreisman

Kindle Unlimited:
Hope's Peak by Tony Healey

Modern Family Season 2
Modern Family Season 3

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Album Review ~ Casey Abrams

Title: Casey Abrams
Artist: Casey Abrams

Released: 2012

1. Simple Life
2. Ghost
3. Get Out
4. Great Bright Morning
5. Blame It On Me
6. Wore Out My Soul
7. Stuck in London
8. Midnight Girl
9. A Boy Can Dream
10. Dry Spell
11. Hit the Road Jack

Bought from: Amazon
Price: $9.49

Thoughts on Album:
This album reminds me of summer. It makes me want to get a picnic together to sit out in the sun and listen to these jams. This artist has a simple lyrics with easy rhythm and bongos so that right there makes me want a cold drink and sun. He was a contestant on American Idol and this was the result of his first debut album. As a first time album it isn't bad. It's a happy uplifting remake of a favorite  song of mine, Hit the Road Jack which he did fine with. He tends to lean very acoustic on this album. Lots of guitar, hand clapping, and simple piano in the background. Even his "slow songs" or songs you would think would be sad and slow still tend to go towards the positive upbeat measures. Nothing to really make you want to relax and chill just listening to him. He reminds me of almost wanting to be a mix of island music, but unable to really pull it off. His lyrics just don't quite get you there.

Favorite Track(s)
1. Simple Life
2.Hit the Road Jack

Grade: C

Would I recommend: I recommend it for those moments that you are looking for upbeat music that makes you happy and want to do things outdoors or just listen to simple music that feels good. It's not an album that I want to listen to all the time. That being said I don't regret listening to it.

Buy on Amazon