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Wordless Wednesday – Forest Green

Posted by on August 24, 2016 3:13 am in My work | 2 comments

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Bolton-Est, Quebec, August 2016

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Filling the Shelf – 222

Posted by on August 22, 2016 3:02 am in Book talk | 7 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello again!

So this is it, the summer holidays are officially over for us, even though there are still some sunny days ahead! The Man is going back to work, and so am I. I’ll be spending more time at the computer, and the plan is that I should be posting and commenting a bit more (not that I’ve ever been super regular at this, but I’ve been exceptionally lazy about the blog this summer!)

I wasn’t planning on getting new books this week, but I had some points/gift cards to exchange at the bookstore, and with my birthday coming up this week I figured I might as well go ahead and get my hands on some items from the wishlist! I think I’m probably reading The Fifth Season next; I’ve already sampled a huge chunk of it at the store and enjoyed it so much!

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Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace  – The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena – The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker – This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Review : Blameless by Gail Carriger

Posted by on August 20, 2016 3:03 am in 3.5 stars reads | 0 comments

blamelessBlameless by Gail Carriger
Pages : 355
Genre : Paranormal, Steampunk, Historical Fiction, etc.
Series : The Parasol Protectorate, Book 3
My Rating : 3.5/5

About the Book  :

Quitting her husband’s house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London’s vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires — and they’re armed with pesto. 

My Thoughts :

I was so excited going into Blameless after having such a wonderful time with Changeless. The previous story left us not exactly on a cliffhanger, but certainly with a lot of unresolved questions, and I was dying to find out what would happen next.

There’s a lot to like in this third book of the series, which also marks the middle of the story. I enjoyed seeing a tiny bit more of Alexia’s family’s dynamics, as well as meeting Ivy and Madame Lefoux again. I appreciate how Gail Carriger creates such varied, lively, complex and entertaining characters. They all stand out for different reasons, and despite all the craziness surrounding them, their personalities, even the craziest ones, don’t feel too far-fetched. They work within Alexia’s world and made me care for them all.

The story was also lots of fun, and most of all, I enjoyed knowing more about Alexia’s powers and the history of her kind. There’s a lot more to it than I had expected when starting with the series, which satisfies my constant curiosity. The traveling is a plus, and I love all the technology and steampunk aspects the author has been adding through the last 2 books (something I felt was really lacking in the first book).

But while I really enjoyed the book, two things tarnished my experience a little. The first is that I felt as though Blameless was very much a bridge between book 2 and 4, re-positioning the characters for the next step. The story felt a bit aimless at points, and the plot didn’t move as much as I would have liked. More importantly, I was very disappointed with how Alexia handled her husband in the end. It was too fast, too easy considering how bad things had been. Maybe I’ll get more of what I was hoping in the next book? Because despite my few disappointments in Blameless, I still very much enjoyed this adventure, and I look forward to completing the series.

Series :

  1. Soulless
  2. Changeless
  3. Blameless
  4. Heartless
  5. Timeless

Filling the Shelf – 221

Posted by on August 15, 2016 2:54 am in Book talk | 6 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Happy Monday all!

I’m just coming back from 5 days in the woods, where the Man and I rented a small cabin and spent our time relaxing, reading and eating s’mores. We had great weather and I managed to kick 5 books off my TBR shelf, in a perfect setting for reading. It’s the same place we visited last year and I absolutely adore it, it’s quiet and restful and everything smells good (except the latrine, ergh!)

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In the past two weeks I also added a few books to my shelves. In fact, I already read All the Missing Girls on vacation! I’ll be posting a review soon, but I can at least say I enjoyed it a lot. The audio for Movie Star has been fun so far too, it feels perfect for the summer.

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The Rocks by Peter Nichols  – The Blue by Lucy Clarke- Movie Star by Hilary Liftin (audio)

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The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood – All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda – The Trap by Melanie Raabe

What books did you recently add to your shelves?