Thursday, 28 March 2013

Poison/Magic/Fire Study (Book reviews 4, 5 & 6!)

I seem to have a growing pile of books ready to review on this here blog, (in each of the  past two years I’ve read 29 books, so far in 2013, I have read 11) So I thought I would get to it!

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I found this Trilogy in the book room of the charity shop I volunteer in. Oh I love that room. I’d love it more if it were bigger, had a squishy sofa and/or coffee machine, but hey can’t have everything…

This was my first go at reading  Maria V. Snyder, and to give you an idea of what I thought, I read the whole trilogy in a week.

I could not put them down.

I think they are YA but to be honest they would definitely be in the older teenage range as some of the scenes are pretty dark and disturbing.

Poison Study: About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace - and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust - and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonising death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

Magic Study: Completing her apprenticeship could prove deadly...With an execution order on her head, Yelena has no choice but to escape to Sitia, the land of her birth. With only a year to master her magic - or face death - Yelena must begin her apprenticeship and travels to the Four Towers of the Magician's Keep.But nothing in Sitia is familiar. Not the family to whom she is a stranger. Not the unsettling new facets of her magic. Nor the brother who resents her return. As she struggles to understand where she belongs and how to control her rare powers, a rogue magician emerges - and Yelena catches his eye.Suddenly she is embroiled in battle of good against evil. And once again it will be her magical abilities that will either save her life...or be her downfall.

Fire Study: In the sensational sequel to "Poison Study" and "Magic Study", Yelena's apprenticeship is over - now her real test has begun. When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart. As the Council debates Yelena's fate, she receives a disturbing message: a plot is rising against her homeland, led by a murderous sorcerer she has defeated before. Honour sets Yelena on a path that will test the limits of her skills, and the hope of reuniting with her beloved spurs her onward. Her journey is fraught with allies, enemies, lovers and would-be assassins, each of questionable loyalty. Yelena will have but one chance to prove herself - and save the land she holds dear.

These books were something that bit different, after so far reading a whole run of easy chic lit novels all cupcakes and roses, these were definitely that bit on the darker side of life.  Full of Magic, Mystery & Fantasy. I can imagine this being adapted for film as in The Hunger Games, as while I was reading I couldn’t help imagine how the scenes would play out on screen.

If you like a bit of fantasy & magic, read these!

SmileX

Friday, 22 March 2013

Regrettable

 

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“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were--Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. ”
― Beatrix Potter

I found these 3 plaques whilst treasure hunting and had to buy them, They are small, & I’m not sure what one is supposed to do with them. On the back there is a sticker that says they are ‘heat proof’, but I’m not sure it would be right to use them as coasters!..they reminded me of the small collection of Beatrix Potter figurines I had as a teenager.

Granny would buy me one for birthdays & Christmases, and if I remember correctly, I had one of those musical figures that turned around.

There aren’t many things about my life I find regrettable, but getting rid of my little figures is one.

SmileX

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Treasure

 

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It’s not real silver, just silver coloured metal of some kind. I have no idea actually, just that the mirror is really quite heavy.

A colleague at the charity shop saw it and thought of me, which made me smile, I couldn’t not bring it home then huh?

I would never use this kind of brush on my hair. In fact I never ever brush my hair except for when it is first washed and still wet. Which makes me sound like I walk around with my hair looking like Raggy Ann, which probably isn’t far from the truth.

I actually kind of love it.

SmileX

Saturday, 16 March 2013

The future of us…. (Book review no 3)

 

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It’s 1996 and less than half of all high school students have ever used the internet. Facebook will not be invented for another 8 years.

Josh and Emma have been neighbours their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long, at least they were up until last November, when everything changed. Things havebeen awkward ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mum makes him bring it over to Emma so she can install it on her new computer. When the two friends log on, they discover their profiles on Facebook.

Anfd they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

Everyone wonders what their destiny will be.

Josh and Emma are about to find out.

I loved the concept of this book. If, at 15 you could see your life as it will be when you are 30, would you try and change it? By changing one tiny thing about the future you could be changing your whole life, and that of those around you.

The conclusion I came to was a definite no. I would not want to change anything.  BUT you know when you have a rant on Facebook about something that is peeing you off? Well what if that is the future status you saw…what if that made you change some small thing, changing your future forever? 

The book itself wasn’t fantastic, it was just ok. You have to wonder how you might react to finding something like that on your computer. Emma does seem to just take it quite calmly that yes, this is her future self. I think I would probably question it more. Facebook is mind boggling enough but what if you were the only person to see it before it was invented. Confused? I sure as hell would be.

Instead Emma sets about getting rid of the husband she doesn't seem to like until she finds herself married to someone seemingly more suitable.

If only she knew then what I have discovered about Facebook statuses. They are not all as they seem. (A lot) of people use them as a tool to show their ‘friends’ their wonderful lives. They can definitely not be taken at face value.

An entertaining read, in a what if kind of way.

SmileX

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Free Money? Why thank you!

 

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My Dear Rev Jon.

I'm sooo excited that I'm going to get a refund as I appear to be one of the (un) lucky victims of a scam which involes 1,0000 dollars! You're going to put it in my bank account right now? All I have to do is ring you?  I expect you’ll need my bank details? Why I'll get to it right away! OOO what ever will I spend it on? Clothes, shoes, Tea cups!!

Funny how I didn’t even realise I’d had any money missing in the first place, but hey ho, I’m not going to argue!

And I cannot for the LIFE of me think why your email found it's way into my SPAM folder. Maybe because it couldn't find a folder labelled SCAM!!

SmileX

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Just because I’m not a Mother

Today is Mothering Sunday, the day when Mothers all around are showered with flowers and chocolates and taken out for tea, because apparently as a nation we need telling when to shower our Mothers with flowers and chocolates and take them out for tea.

It’s the day when Face Book statuses tell the world how much we love our mothers, even…I’ve noticed today..when some of said  mothers are not on face book.

My own mummy, as you know is away for the weekend, so today I have had a lovely lie in. Mr D brought me tea in bed where I read my Country Living magazine until gone 10.

After which I got up and did some housework whilst waiting for Mr D to bring croissants home for breakfast.

Since then, I have been reading, blogging & listening to my little radio.

Just because I chose not to be a mother, does not mean I’m any less deserving of a nice day, I am in fact, still an important part of the universe.

Just in case you were wondering.

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SmileX

Friday, 8 March 2013

On Mothers Day Weekend

 

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Mothers day on Sunday, I trust you have all been out and bought the card/flowers/chocs?

My own mummy has gone to France for the weekend with a load of men (including dad before you start the rumour mill..) to look at old graves and the like.

So she had her little pressie last night which I forgot to take a picture of finished but started off looking like this..

crochet grannie square

I turned it into a lap blanket. Had it been a Christmas pressie it could have been a bed spread, but no, a lap blanket it was meant to be.

Happy Mummy Day.

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SmileX

Sunday, 3 March 2013

People I want to punch in the face

Who would you put in your little black book….

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People who buy products on e bay & then don’t pay…for days. Even when they bid for them at the last minute so they are obviously sat at the computer when the auction ends.

Shop assistants who are too busy talking and or bitching to their work colleagues to look at me when I’m buying something. Hey you work in customer service. So how about some.

Road users who try to kill my husband when he goes out on his motorbike.

Dog owners that don’t ‘pick up’ after their precious pooches. Dog owners that let their dogs run amok at the park, esp dog owners that let their precious fluffy bark and snap at other dogs and then look at the other dog like it was their fault. Get control. 

People who park outside my house on a Sunday to visit the sea front because they are too tight to pay for a ticket and too ignorant to obey the access only signs. The same people who leave their crap on the pavement. By crap I mean anything from empty MacDonald's wrappers to dirty nappies. Yeah. Classy tourists we have here.

People that smoke at work & assume they are entitled to a ‘smoking break’ every half hour. Then complain how busy work is. Hey I like to read. You could say I’m an addict. Think I could sit out the back & read 3 pages of my book every half hour?

That person behind you in the checkout queue that pushes into you with their trolley because you haven't moved the 2 inches up the line that's become free..

People that come to my door to promote the Bible. I believe everyone should fill their houses with pretty tea cups and books. Want me to come and tell you about it at 10am on a day after you’ve worked a night shift?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think their could never be a book big enough….