Archives for September 2014

Book Tuesday: The Bone Season

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Title: The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)
Author: Samantha Shannon
Genre: Fantasy, Dystopian, New Adult, Paranormal
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Pages: 452
Buy: Amazon

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.

But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.

Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.

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It’s on Playbill; Therefore, It’s Official

So like the title of this post says, if it’s on Playbill, then it’s official. It’s sort of like claiming your relationship status on Facebook.

Everybody knows you’re really not in a relationship until it’s on Facebook.

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NY Renaissance Faire

Every year the bro and I try and hit up the NY Renaissance Faire.  It’s an excuse to drink Mead, get Henna, and have cheesecake–on a stick.

We entered the faire with the other conglomerates of dressed up folk (although this year, the bro and I did not partake in the dressing up) shouting at you to “Be merry!” and “Good day fair lady!”.  Honestly, it makes you feel very important.

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Book Tuesday: The Art of Racing in the Rain

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Title: The Art of Racing in the Rain
Author: Garth Stein
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: May 13, 2008
Pages: 321
Buy: Amazon

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through.

A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.

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Heir of Fire Launch Party aka Fangirling to the Extreme

I’m not sure when authors reached the level where girls were fangirling over meeting them, but I think it’s an amazing and wonderful thing.  Maybe it started with JK Rowling? Who knows.  All I know is I was totally fangirling at the Heir of Fire launch party at Books of Wonder in NYC.

Sarah J. Maas was joined by her two besties, the amazing Susan Dennard and Alexandra Bracken.

The room was packed; Jess and I squeezed our way toward the back.  We were surrounded by a bunch of teenage girls, but some older ones as well, waiting to hear the panel.  It was a fun, informal, girls get-together (ok, a few boys were thrown into the mix as well), where Sarah, Susan, and Alexandra discussed Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Tamora Pierce, Outlander, and some embarrassing early writing samples from High School.

I think everybody in that room wanted to be friends with them by the end of the night–that’s how down to earth and fun the three of them are.

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Book Tuesday: Release Day – Heir of Fire

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Title: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Pages: 565
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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

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London Veggie Pasta

This pasta really has nothing to do with London except that I always used to make it when I was living there.  It was cheap, healthy, and delicious.  PLUS it was easy to scale down for one person!

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