Hey 2017, get it together!

I got a phone call from the bro a few months ago.

“Oh my God, Cristina.”
“What?? What happened?”
“I just had the worst class I’ve ever had in all my years of subbing/teaching.”

And it was the worst class.  It was fifth grade and they were off the wall.  You know when you’re warned from the secretary that morning that it’s not going to be good.  We’re not talking just some snarky behavioral issues (but there was plenty of that as well).  We’re talking throwing things, cursing at the teacher, gluing and cutting things you shouldn’t be gluing and cutting like, I dunno, your HANDS.

He then told me he had a student teacher with him that was, sorry to say, completely useless.  All that teacher would say when a student did something abhorrent was “Get it together!”

Cause that’s really going to work when you have kids standing on tables and running out of the classroom.

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Book Tuesday: The Beauty of Darkness


Title: The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles #3)
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Pages: 679

**Spoilers for The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal in description**

Lia has survived Venda—but so has a great evil bent on the destruction of Morrighan. And only Lia can stop it.

With war on the horizon, Lia has no choice but to assume her role as First Daughter, as soldier—as leader. While she struggles to reach Morrighan and warn them, she finds herself at cross-purposes with Rafe and suspicious of Kaden, who has hunted her down.

In this conclusion to the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, traitors must be rooted out, sacrifices must be made, and impossible odds must be overcome as the future of every kingdom hangs in the balance.

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Book Tuesday: Traveler

 

Title: Traveler
Author: L.E. DeLano
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Pages: 352

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Wintersong

Title: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
Pages:
448

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

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A Much Needed Update

I know this post is way past long overdue.  Is there a specific term for this? Overdue in the sense of way past modern time as we know it? I mean, my last post was October 7, 2016!! So embarrassing.

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Crooked Kingdom Launch Party!

I was lucky enough to get tickets to the Crooked Kingdom’s launch party with Leight Bardugo and Jesse the Reader at The Strand.  It was a crazy night filled with lines, friends, and cookies.

I arrive relatively early to get on line because I KNEW it was going to be crazy town.  I meet up with my friend Jenn and later with Christina and Emma.

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Book Tuesday: Empire of Storms

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Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Pages: 693

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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Book Tuesday: Nevernight

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Title: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1)
Author: Jay Kristoff
Genre: Fantasy, YA (but more like NA/Adult)
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Publication Date: August 9, 2016
Pages: 448
Buy: Amazon

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

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Remember Me?

I’m that girl who runs this blog.  I know. You thought I fell of the face of the planet.  I can tell you that I’m still hanging on.  August was just one CRAZY month and I barely had time to breathe let alone catch up on any blogging.

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I promise that September I will try and do better.  No really! I’m going to give you a brief overview of what these past few weeks have been like.

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A Very Patriotic 4th of July

I know this post is rather late, I’ve been a little busy doing a show and all…Ok, I’ll be honest.  Part of the time I was doing a show and the other I was trying not to drown in my own sweat during a horrendous heat wave–with NO AC.  The thought of turning on my computer to blog was just torturous.  I laid in bed trying not to move, convinced that would make me sweat less.  Not true.  Now that it’s somewhat bearable I thought I’d catch up on some fun adventures the cast and I have been on for our days off! First being Fort Ticonderoga on the 4th of July!

I mean can you get more patriotic then visiting Fort Ticonderoga on the 4th of July?  Possibly–if you’re in Phili or Williamsburg or something, but hey, this also had reenactors so I’m totally putting it on the same level.  We took two cars and Sarah and Missy had decided to stop at a cute country store on the way there.

“We’re ten minutes away!”
50 minutest later we find Joe waiting like this when they finally arrive:

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