A Review of the House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey

Good evening,

I recently finished reading the House of the Four Winds and it was quite the interesting book. I happened across it while browsing in a bookstore and was curious about the storyline. It was also co-written by James Mallory which I found interesting but wasn’t sure about picking it up at the time so instead decided to read up on it a bit. It seemed to be in the middle of a series but in fact its the first of its kind and was just published last year. Having heard great things about Mercedes Lackey, I was excited to read this book.

It’s a fascinating tale full of adventure, mystery, a touch of magic, true love and the power of friendship.

Princess Clarice is the eldest of eleven sisters and one brother whose birth has allowed her and her sisters to seek their own way in the world. Her parents are the Duke and Duchess of Swansgarde, which is a small principality in the mountains. They do all they can to help teach their girls from a young age the importance of being royalty, survival and being a commoner. From the age of twelve, each girl starts to figure out what she wants to do and both royals help them along the way. Clarice decides to become a swordswoman and go on adventures. With a special charm from her parents to always find her way home and a bit of money to help, she sets out on an adventure.
Clarice becomes Clarence Swann who is looking for adventure and seeing what the world has to offer. Finding herself bored after several months, she decides to pay passage onto a ship that seems reputable enough and is looking forward to some excitement. Little does she realize just how much excitement she’s about to have.

She makes friends in particular with Dominick, the cartographer and several other people including the Doctor. When the captain mistreats most of his crew to the point of causing mutiny, Clarice finds herself pulled into the mix, killing the Captain and sending most of his lackeys into a rowboat.

To make a long story short, Clarice has now become a member of the crew and after confiscating a mysterious necklace with a map from an untrustworthy man of the cloth, she’s about to be in way over her head. After some deliberation with some of the crew and Dominick who has become the captain, it’s decided to find out where the map may lead and hopefully get provisions before they run out.

The necklace leads the crew to a hidden island that’s run by pirates and known as the House of the Four Winds. Clarice can sense there’s something sinister about the area though she can’t quite put a name to things. She encounters the mysterious Shamal who is a sorceress with her own hidden agenda and appears to be in charge. She manages to magically ensnare Dominick’s heart and forces him to search with his crew for the Heart of Light. Those in the past who have searched for it have become lost, never to be seen again. Tension soon becomes quite thick among the crew and Clarice is desperate to figure out a way to break Shamal’s spell, realizing that she’s in love with Dominick and worries where this quest will take them to.

Eventually Clarice does figure out a way to put a stop to Shamal and it’s in the form of an unlikely ally. Dominick learns who Clarice really is though I won’t spoil his reaction nor what happens to Shamal because that would involve spoilers. I will say that it’s very fast paced towards the end of the book and several surprising things happen.

I very much enjoyed this book and loved the fact that the love wasn’t the center focus on this book. I do love reading romance books but it was refreshing to have the theme focus mainly on the mystery of the House of the Four Winds, along with adding in the traces of magic and the swashbuckling days.

Clarise is such a smart, creative and canny woman who can hold her own in a fight. Her parents were very smart to ensure their daughters be able to handle just about anything that may appear. There were some instances where Clarise could have chosen a different path and yet without that hardship, she may not have met Dominick who quickly becomes her closest friend. She was very underestimated even acting as a guy and many of those times helped save her life and those she cared for. If she was a real person, I’d like to think that we’d get along great.

Dominick was also a great character. He had a business stolen from him and vowed to get it back but soon realized that it would involve a lot of money he didn’t have and wasn’t as easy as it may have been years ago. He was very reluctant to become Captain after the first one was killed but he stepped up to the plate and did the best he could. Even under thrall with Shamal, he tried to put his crew’s needs above his own. There were times that he was too stubborn for his own good but he really seemed to have a big heart and very protective of those under his care.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. There were a lot of interesting concepts and it was a refreshing read about sailors turned pirate. A princess who can hold her own is always fun to read about particularly when it involves adventures. I love characters who are smart, strong willed and not afraid to get their hands dirty and Clarice certainly lived up to those qualities. I anxiously look forward to reading about the next daughter whenever it may be released.

In other bookish news, I have recently decided to concentrate more on my reviews and less going into too much detail about what I’m reading. I still plan to mention what books I’m reading as well as providing links but I seem to be giving most of the information about the books I’m reading away without putting it into a review depending on how fast I am reading a book.

Book mentioned in this post:

The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey

Books I’m currently reading:

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

Well that concludes my bookworm news for the time being. Thank you so much for tuning into my ramblings and I hope that you will visit again soon. It’s amazing how easily time can slip past especially when it comes to reading books that draw you right in. Stay tuned for more bookish ramblings soon.

Slainte

~M

A Review of Celtic Moon By Jan DeLima

Good evening,

This book first caught my attention while browsing with the Celtic reference. After reading the blurb that it’s about wolves, it seemed like my kind of book. When I looked in the back of the glossary, I noticed some Celtic terms and could wait to read about wolves with Celtic ancestry.

Celtic Moon is a fascinating mix of myth, love, adventure, power and alphas living a time that the outside world has seemed to forget. Dylan and Sophie are two strong headed people who learn to let the past go and do what’s best for their child.

Dylan has been alive since at least the 10th Century and has had quite the interesting life to say the least. He was born in Wales to a powerful Guardian shape changer mother and a human father, the eldest of three who had to leave Wales for their protection. He had several of his fellow wolves follow him into the new world and settled into modern day Maine near the mountains. There he fiercely guards those under his charge, haunted by events in his past and worried about the future. For the last sixteen years, he’s sought for information on the whereabouts of his human mate Sophie and child who disappeared one day while pregnant with their only child after he revealed being a wolf. Then she contacts him out of the blue and he learns that he has a son named Jackson who could have the potential to shift. It is a rarity and no shifter has been born in three hundred years.

Sophie has been on the run from her estranged husband with their son and her Mother. She’s no longer the scared, defenseless, innocent woman who ran from Dylan’s world and planned to never return. She’s learned how to defend herself, as well as Dylan and a part of her is always ready to go on the run. In the last five years she’s been living in a cabin with her son and mother while making a living being a personal cook and housekeeper to a gentleman named Matthew who has his own secrets.

When she realizes her son may be more like his dad than she realized, she bites the bullet and contacts Dylan to get some answers. She learns that Jackson may be in danger if he isn’t among his kind and though Sophie would rather be anywhere’s else, she realizes that what’s best for her son may be going back to Dylan’s world. She tries to keep her mom from going with them but she refuses to stay behind and Matthew gives her a parting present.

Dylan’s world is still just as strange and scary at times as it was when she left but Sophie soon shows Dylan as well as those that treated her badly that she’s no longer afraid to stand her ground and not to be messed with especially when it comes to her son. She realizes that Dylan was trying to protect her and puts many in their places, gaining respect by showing that she won’t be pushed around. Sophie also realizes that she’s never stopped loving him and had been running from her feelings all these years. When she takes the plunge and gives into her passions, Sophie realizes that the place she’s avoided, may very well be where she was meant to call home.

Things are not all wjat they seem and There’s danger on the horizon and war is not far off. When Sophie is captured, it will take the strength of unlikely allies, Jackson, Dylan and his comrades to combat the evil forces trying to take down his clan.

Sophie is one of my favorite my favorite characters. She’s smart, funny, loves fiercely and quick on her feet. Sophie had the courage to get away from a situation she felt as toxic towards her and her child and didn’t look back. She learned how to handle herself, became an awesome loving Mom to Jackson as well as teaching him to be a strong easy going young man and refused to be intimidated. She showed Dylan and his clan that she’s stronger than she looks and gained a lot of respect.

Dylan is an interesting character and for sure an alpha male. He lives in an area where his word is law and tries to be just. I loved the fact that Dylan stands up for Sophie once he realizes the ill treatment she had and shows how much he loves Jackson from the moment he spots his son.

I very much enjoyed this book and am looking forward to see what next will happen with these Welsh wolves.

In other bookish news, the first book I am slowly getting further reading The Hobbit. Frodo and his friends have safely made it to Rivendell. Tolkien is very descriptive in his storytelling and I love how he talks of one of the most beautiful Elf strongholds that haven’t sailed into the West. It’s very interesting how Arwen’s beauty is compared to Luthien who is said to be the most beautiful Elf to walk Middle Earth. Frodo is finally meeting some of the Dwarves Bilbo spoke of during his trip to the Misty Mountains and everyone seems to be having a good time. I’m looking forward to finding out what next will happen.

The second book I’m reading is the audio book of Archangel’s Shadows. Ash is slowly healing from nearly being killed and has been assigned to find out what is turning some of the cats and dogs into corpses so quickly. She reluctantly allows Janvier to be of help who also happened to save her from dying and helped nurse her back to health. Ash is certain that it’s the work of supernaturals but doesn’t have enough to go on just yet to make a decision. There is also mention of Raphael and his consort Elena who are trying to rebuild after a war and make changes to buildings to offer more protection against the enemy. There is a mention of legions that apparently are interested in helping to various plants grow and I’m curious to learn more about them, more about Ash and Janvier and in general this fascinating world that Nalini has created.

The third  book I am currently reading is The House of the Four Winds. It’s a captivating tale about a woman who is one of twelve princesses and at the age of eighteen decides to set out on an adventure with the blessing of her parents. Clarice becomes Clarence and one day boards a ship for new adventures, thinking it will be a lot of fun. What Clarice doesn’t realize is that she will be in over her head and to try to find a way out of the situation that she’s in along with her fellow shipmates. I can’t wait to see what happens next and I hope that Clarice can find a way to reveal who she really is.

Books Mentioned In This Post:

Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17347646-celtic-moon

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring

Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17409835-archangel-s-shadows

The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16059529-the-house-of-the-four-winds

So there you have it, another bookworm rambling post has come to an end. It’s amazing how fast time seems to fly when reading a book and just how many different books there are available to enjoy. Soon I will be finished with The House of the Four Winds and I shall post about it. Thank you so much for tuning in and I hope that you’ve enjoyed my ramblings. Please stay tuned as there will be more posts soon.

Slainte

~M

A Review of Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Good afternoon,

I have just recently finished Dragonbound which is the first in Thea’s Elder Races series. I’ve heard interesting tidbits for quite some time and finally was able to read the start of this fascinating series.

Pia is a young woman who has been prepared by her mother from the time she was a little girl to run should the need arise. She’s stashed away ID’s and money at various locations, taken a variety of self defense classes, glamoured herself to not show part of her heritage and tried not to get close to anyone just in case she has to run for it. Pia is actually half Wyr from her mother’s side and half human. When her mother died not long after Pia turned nineteen, she no longer had anyone to rely on. Then she walked into a bar in New York run by Quentin who is an Elf with powerful connections and she felt a sense of belonging. When her ex-boyfriend blackmails her into stealing from a Dragon, she has no idea what she’s getting into nor how much it will change her life. With the help of Quentin, she is able to escape to South Carolina, or so she thinks.

Dragos has been a dragon alive since the forming of the Earth and despite being a millionare, is still every inch the barbarian. He runs a tight ship in New York with trusted shapeshifting Gryphons and a harpy along with all sorts of Wyr kind that he’s allowed into his domain and offered protection. His demeanor often makes people wary though he’s smart, very handsome and for sure not someone you’d want to anger. When he learns that someone has stolen from his horde, he is beyond furious which later causes him to do damage control from roaring and damaging some buildings. To his surprise, he finds that woman has broken through his defenses and rather than kill her as he probably would have a man, he has a charm made that leads him to the shores of South Carolina.

From the moment they meet face to face, it’s equal parts amusing and compelling. Pia is very surprised when she learns that Dragos isn’t going to kill her but does think that she needs to pay for what she stole. She’s reluctant at first but upon realizing that she’s lucky to still be alive, decides to go along with it for the time being. That is until she calls for help from Elven friends who seem to know about Pia’s parentage and thought highly of her Mother. One of them proceeds to shoot Dragos with a dart gun that keeps him from temporarily shifting. This later causes issues when they are both captured and taken to the Other World by some very stinky Goblins where magic rules and most technology can’t survive.

With some quick thinking, they manage to escape though are nearly captured again when Dragos realizes he can’t shift quite yet. Pia manages to give his system a boost and she gets to see how magnificent he is in full dragon form which is about the size of a plane and has beautiful copper scales. He proceeds to do what dragons are known for which is eating and then flies Pia to safety back into the modern world.

She gets a glimpse into Dragos’ world which is quite the shock to her learning about some of the variety of Wyr’s in the world, the richness of the place he calls home and Drago’s in general. Part of her wants to run but another part of her wonders what it would be like to have a life with the man who she was once afraid of and now finds herself falling for.

She makes friends with some of the people working for Drago’s particularly Tricks who has secrets of her own, and Graydon the Gryphon who jokingly calls her cupcake. She also eventually finds herself having an alliance with the very Elves that revered her mother.

When Pia learns of something she thinks may be a trap from Dragos, she’s desperate to break free for a little bit and her two bodyguards reluctantly allow her though follow closely. After Pia learns the truth, she is able to calm down but is then kidnapped which sends Dragos on the warpath. Despite the circumstances Pia finds herself in, she’s determined to survive and hopes that Dragos will find a way to save her.

She manages to escape her captors for a while though gets injured when stepping into a rabbit hole. Telepathically she is able to communicate with Dragos though doesn’t know exactly where he is and worries that she may be captured again. He comes to the rescue just in time though nearly loses Pia when she’s hit with an arrow to the chest. She survives though with the help of modern medicine, magic and love. Now as to weather she decides to accept being Drago’s mate, that’s something I won’t spoil.

This was my first experience reading one of Thea’s books and I very much enjoyed it. There was a fascinating mix of laughter, adventure, passion, romance and magic. I loved the concept of bringing a variety of different mythical creatures together and having some of them able to coincide in the modern human world.

Pia is one of my favorite characters as she’s not afraid to speak her mind, can handle herself in a fight and is full of surprises. She can go toe to toe with Drago’s, thinks quickly on her feet and can get herself out of any locked space. I was really curious what kind of Wyr she is and was very surprised when it was revealed. Certainly wasn’t a creature that I had thought of but made sense once I put the clues together. I was laughing while reading about her getting drunk with Trick’s and how silly they were together. I also laughed at how she kicked some Gryphon butt in the gym and managed to turn it into a contest. Pia is small but she’s mighty and can more than hold her own.

I also enjoyed learning about Dragos who turns out to be an ancient Wyr and can generally shape shift at will. He can be very domineering but also has a soft side which is rare to see unless he’s in close quarters with Pia. I like the fact that he doesn’t look down on people in general and takes very good care of those that work for him and he’s fiercely protective. He surprised me in a variety of ways and I would love to be able to see what his true form looks like.

Overall, I was very impressed with this book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I’m hoping that Graydon will eventually get his own special mate and can’t wait to read what else Thea has up her sleeve for the Elder Races series.

In other bookish news, I haven’t had much chance to read further on the Fellowship. I am anxious to see how Frodo and his companions are doing. I will say that Strider is a very smart and resilient guy. He understands a lot about the world around him and has helped get Frodo out of several different difficult spots. Looking forward to seeing him grow as a person and eventually become a man of legend.

The second book, I haven’t been able to get very far either. I am curious as to how things will go between Ash and Janvier. If it wasn’t for him, she would have bled to death in their last fight against evil and he watched over her while she was healing. They both seem like such strong characters and I’m hoping that these two will eventually get together. It should be interesting for sure as to how things go.

The third book that I am currently reading has taken up most of my attention. It’s been hard to put down with the Celtic aspects and some of the history as to how these particular wolves came to be. There’s been several twists that I didn’t see coming and I have a feeling more are on the way. I am nearly finished with it actually and it seems to be at a very critical point. I can’t wait to see what next will happen.

Books Mentioned In This Post:

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9637479-dragon-bound

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring

Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17409835-archangel-s-shadows

Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17347646-celtic-moon

Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings for the time being. I couldn’t seem to talk about Dragon Bound as it really is quite the fascinating book. I have a neverending list of books to read and I will soon have another review posted and an idea of what next I plan to read. Thank you so much for tuning into my review and please feel free to drop by again.

Slainte

~M

A Review of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Good afternoon,

I first learned of this book while waiting for my first flight in Minneapolis to Tacoma, Washington. While looking around at the exciting things going on while having mixed feelings of nervousness and excitement at the prospect of flying, my boyfriend directed my attention to someone reading The Rosie Project. I’m always on the lookout for books to add to my collection so I looked it up on GoodReads to read the synopsis and thought it might be the kind of book I’d like. I’m so glad my boyfriend pointed it out to me because otherwise I may have missed out on such an interesting book.

Don Tillman is a thirty nine year old Australian Professor of Genetics who is brilliant, socially awkward and lives life on his own terms. His closest friends are Gene who is also a professor and his wife Claudia who are in an open marriage though Gene is the only one that’s chosen to sleep around. Don runs a tight schedule including meals, sleeping, exercising and teaching classes. He reminds me of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, minus most of the snarkiness.

After much thought and realizing how lonely he truly is, he decides to start the Wife Project which is a sixteen double sided page of questionnaires. He’s so certain he’ll find his perfect mate and eliminate any of the few but awkward dates from the past. Then there’s a monkey wrench thrown into his Wife Project in the form of Rosie Jarman.

She seems to be everything he doesn’t want in a wife. She smokes, drinks, swears, won’t eat meat and generally seems to be a whirlwind of emotions that turns Don’s world upside down in just the ways that are needed. Rosie is seeking to find out who her real Dad is, stressed about work and has a lot of issues she’s trying work through. When Gene recommends Rosie ask Don for help, Rose is surprised that Don agrees and in fact puts his Wife Project aside.

All Rosie really has to go on is stories her Mother mentioned before dying, a few friends that she’s known most of her life and a picture that Don is able to find. This project takes them from Australia to New York, California and then back home. Rosie helps Don to slowly open up, relax and realize that there’s more to life than his own little world he was determined to stay in. On this journey to locate her mystery Dad, these two start to realize that they aren’t quite so different and that maybe what they’ve been looking for has been near all along.

It didn’t take me long to realize that Don is a highly functioning Autistic who has never been formally diagnosed as such but shows certain characteristics. Being that he’s nearly forty, it’s understandable that his family and doctors may have been stumped to his condition due to not having a lot of understanding in that department. I loved how Graeme showed that just because someone has a certain personality type, doesn’t mean that they can’t show love nor be loved in return. Don is different than most people due to his Autism but he’s also amazingly smart and wants to have a partner to share his life with like other people. Rosie knows that he’s different but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying his company and eventually falling in love with him.

This book had moments where I was gasping from laughing so hard, particularly the part in the book where Don was attempting to dance with someone and was executing the moves according to the book he had read but it wasn’t matching up to his partners. After his partner walks off in a huff, Rosie steps in and they are able to find movement that works. That particular scene is where I realized that these two could make a great couple once they work through some issues.

There were moments when my heart went out to both of them and times that I wanted to realize how great they were for each other before it was too late. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and tried to sneak in more time than I usually do to find out what would next happen to this unlikely pair.

They say opposites attract and I’d say that Don and Rosie for sure fall under that category. I loved the ending of this book and I am eager to see what next these two will be up to in the sequel.

In other bookish news, I am still currently reading the Fellowship. I found myself curled up one morning, unable to stop reading when one of the Wraiths pierces Frodo because I wanted to know what would happen next. Much to my surprise, two hours had passed and I had to stop because work was calling my name. It was interesting how the person who helps save Frodo from the Wraiths is an elf but not who I thought it would be. I’m looking forward to what next happens on their journey and what kind of descriptions of Rivendell will be mentioned.

The second book I am listening to is Archangel’s Shadow. It’s a great book to listen to while I’m walking because it’s been mostly action packed from the beginning and inspires me to walk faster and hear the story play out. I’m not one to listen to a lot of audio books but they do come in handy especially on days when I can’t bring out my regular book to read due to the weather or am busy doing something and I still want to have something to listen to other than music.

The third book I am reading is called Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima. I’ve just started it and all I really know is that it involves Celtic Wolves living in Maine, a threat and a woman looking to speak to the father of her teenager son. I think I’m going to enjoy this book, particularly since there are Celtic aspects and wolves involved. Can’t go wrong with that combination in my book.

Books Mentioned In This Post

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16181775-the-rosie-project

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring?ac=1

Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17409835-archangel-s-shadows

Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17347646-celtic-moon

Well that concludes my bookish ramblings for today. Thank you so much for tuning in and I will be updating again soon with a book that I recently finished. I seem to be reading more books and getting behind on the reviews because it’s been hard to put down those books lately. Not to worry though as I am slowly catching up and will try not to overload myself in the future. Stay tuned for what next I may have up my sleeve.

Slainte

~M

A Review of The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Good evening,

Reading about Percy Jackson’s adventures is always a mixture of amusement and wondering what will happen next to him and those he cares for. This book didn’t disappoint and was action packed within a few pages. There was excitement from beginning to end that had my attention and was hard to put down.

From the time Percy was about twelve years old, he’s been preparing for a Prophesy that involves one of the Demigods having to make a choice on their sixteenth birthday that will either save or destroy the world. Percy is so sure that it’s him and with his birthday less than a week away, he’s nervous as to what choice he may have to make, how to defeat Kronos, his conflicted feelings between to girls and learning enough to get a driver’s license.

When Blackjack lands on the roof of his stepdad’s Prius while he is on a drive with Miss Dare, he knows that his time for trying to be a regular teenager has come to an end. Everyone at Camp Half Blood is preparing for war hitting New York City how to stop Kronos, Typhon, and the rest of the Titans from taking over Mount Olympus.

Percy soon learns the full Prophesy meant for him which leaves a lot of questions and fears that may result in him dying. He doesn’t let that fear stop him though and realizes that he’ll need the help of his friends in order to attempt to stop Kronos before the world becomes ruled once again by the Titans.

With the Gods away fighting the Titans, it’s up to Percy, his friends, family and powers to attempt to keep the Titans from taking over New York City. Things are not what they seem, dreams are more than just in the mind and soon Percy will come to find out that Prophesies have a double meaning. And just when things start to make sense for this son of Poseidon, Percy will come to realize that the weapons he needed to help fight the Titans were right in front of him all the time.

This was one of my favorite books in the series despite knowing that this is the last one. I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit particularly from Percy’s point of view. He may be a Demigod but he’s also a teenage boy who’s trying to help save the world while also coming to terms with a world he’s only known about since the age of twelve and powers that are slowly growing. It was interesting to see him conflicted about his feelings though eventually he realizes that the girl he is most interested in wasn’t who he initially expected to be with.

I loved reading about Poseidon’s world and getting a glimpse into the God of the Ocean’s world that Percy hadn’t had many chances to see. Hopefully he’ll get to see more of his Dad’s world some day in a future series of books and when things aren’t quite so hectic.

What surprised me the most was learning about the reasons behind the Oracle being in the state she currently is, Luke’s mother and the new Oracle that seemed ordinary at first. I didn’t see it coming until near the end and was relieved that nothing bad happened in the process.

Overall, I very much enjoyed this story and I couldn’t help reading this story quickly though I wanted to take my time. There’s another Prophesy that is spoken towards the end of that book that has me wondering what will happen next and can’t wait to see what Percy will be up to in future series. Riordan really has quite the way with words that has drawn me in from the first book.

In other bookworm news, I haven’t gotten very far in reading. The first book I am reading is still the Fellowship which is full of fascinating adventures and I felt bad for the Hobbits having to go through such miserable weather on their journey. Strider doesn’t want to risk the chance for being followed particularly after the incident in Bree which is a very smart thing to keep in mind. Things are slowly starting to improve in the weather department and I know most are eagerly looking forward to finally reading Rivendell.

The second book I am currently reading is the audio book of Archangel’s Shadows. From the moment I started listening, things have been very interesting and one of the characters comes close to dying. I’m really curious as to what next will happen and the love story that seems to be developing.

Books Mentioned In This Post:

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4502507-the-last-olympian?from_search=true&search_version=service

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring?ac=1

Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17409835-archangel-s-shadows

Well that wraps up my bookish news for the time being. Thank you all for being so patient as I slowly update my reviews. I’m looking forward to the cooler Fall weather where I can curl up with my books, a comfortable blanket and a steaming cup of hot tea with lemon and honey. It is a my favorite time of year and I am ready to say farewell to the heat. So please tune in as I will be posting another book review, what I’m reading and other bookish ramblings.

Slainte

~M

A Review of Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

Good evening,

This book captured my attention from the beginning. Beka is back with her cat Pounce, her two idols Tunstall & Goodwin & is on another adventure.
Beka is now a first year Dog in the Provost’s Guard and it’s keeping her busy as she tries to find the right partner while dealing with daily life in the Lower City. When things don’t work out with her latest partner, she finds herself teaming up with Tunstall and Goodwin. When the price of bread is raised and a fight breaks out, she’s able to rescue some innocent bystanders and Tunstall who has his legs broken when he’s stopped on by the unlikely help of two men by the name Hanse and Dale who are from Port Caynn and able to get them to safety.

It’s not long after the Riot that Beka finds herself coming across Achoo the scent hound who is being mistreated by a handler. When she stands up to defend the poor dog, she finds herself being the new owner. With the help of a friend, she soon bonds with Achoo and learns ways to communicate with hand signals as well as voice commands.

After rumors and whispers from her feathered friends as well as her friend Tansy, she learns that someone is dispensing false coin throughout Corus and the Lord Provost needs two trusted people to find out what’s going on. Evidence seems to be pointing that the colemonger started from Port Caynn. As Tunstall is laid up for quite some time to heal his legs, the Provost sends Goodwin, Becca, Becca’s scent hound Achoo & Slapper to Port Caynn on a secret mission to find out who the colemonger is before false silver coins get out of hand and panic sets in as prices are raised for food. She makes friends with people while there, including coming across the two gentlemen who helped them in the riot that injured Tunstall. Being in Port Caynn certainly opens Beka’s eyes and she can’t help some of her Dog tendencies particularly when she seems crime going on. Goodwin is able to help keep Beka out of trouble for the most part though trouble seems to find her no matter what she does.  She also makes some enemies, including the Rogue Pearl who is more interested in filling her own pockets than helping her people, some of the Guards who are easily bought and some of Pearl’s entourage.
Beka finds herself drawn to Dale though does her best to resist at first and wonders if he may be in league with the colemonger. Dale is not who he seems though and Beka is fascinated by Dale the more time she spends around him.
Something sinister is going on in Port Caynn and Becca is determined to get to the bottom of things, even if that means having to go through the sewers and not even the distraction of Dale will keep her on task for very long, tempting as he is to her.
She learns some hard lessons in her determination to find the colemonger, including nearly dying a couple of times, is nearly locked away though some allies come to her rescue & she finds that it will take more than herself & Achoo to nab the colemonger.
This book was full of adventure, laughter, mystery and fun. It was wonderful to step back into the world of Corus with Beka who is smart and can hold her own in a fight. Trying to be a gal that dresses up and flirts was a new concept for her though she handled it well and is quick on her feet. I really loved the bond that Achoo and Beka formed while in Port Caynn and how she realized the strong connection to a dog that she was reluctant to take care of in the beginning. Beka is really growing into quite the young woman and I think that the older she becomes, the more comfortable she is in her own skin.
I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book as things ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and there were some surprises that I hadn’t expected though I won’t give anything away because then that would be spoilers. I certainly wasn’t expecting the book to end where it did and just as I turned the page to see if there was another chapter, I was right at the index. In many ways, this book was more fascinating than Terrier and is full of many twists.
In other bookish news, I’ve been busy with trying to read several books at once. It’s amazing how easy it is to get caught up in different stories while trying to juggle my job and take some time out to write here. The first book that I am currently still reading is the Fellowship. Lately this book has helped me to drift off to sleep during the nights when it’s too hot or I’m feeling restless and I have to be up early for work. Whenever I pick up this book, I can unwind and let Tolkien’s amazing words take me away.
The second book I am reading is actually an audio book called Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh. I was lucky to receive it from winning a contest and had planned to wait until I could read the other books in the series but I couldn’t resist. This book is number seven in the series and very fascinating so far. It’s nice to listen while on a walk especially when the weather doesn’t allow for me to read a paper book. After having a taste of the story line, I think I’ll enjoy starting from the beginning.
I just finished the third book I was reading which is called The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It was an interesting and at times surprisingly amusing book. This is my first time reading a book by Graeme and I was quite impressed. I will be writing a review on it shortly so won’t say much about it other than how enjoyable it was.
Books Mentioned In This Post:
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring?ac=1
So that wraps up my bookish news for the time being. I will have two more reviews up shortly now that I’ve had a moment to sit down and type them out which is the perfect thing to do on a stormy rainy night such as this. Thank you so much for tuning in and I shall update soon.
Slainte
~M

A Review of Terrier

Good evening,

A little over a year ago, I started reading Terrier by Tamora Pierce which is the first in her Beka Cooper series. I wasn’t able to get far before my limit of renewing the boom was up at the library and became distracted with other series. A couple of weeks ago, I restarted the book and wondered why I hadn’t tried to get the book again from the library or better yet, buy it as the story line was very engaging and I was snatching as many moments as possible to read this book.
Beka’s world takes place in the mythical town of Corus which is in the mythical world of Tortall. From the time she was a little girl, her mother knew that she was special though she worried that her eldest may be touched in the head. A woman who is known as Granny Fern reassures her that it’s not the case, that Beka has a bit of magic particularly in the form of talking to ghosts who ride on the backs of pigeons and understanding things most kids her age weren’t aware of.

When she is just eight years old, Beka finds out that her mom’s current man beat her up, proceeds to follow him and with the help of the Provost, is able to turn the man in for various cries. The Provost is impressed by her determination, finds out that Beka and her siblings may soon be out of a home due to their mother dying of lung rot and takes them into his home. Beka grows up learning about the Provost’s Guards through the Provost who has become like a father to her and is determined to one way be a part of doing such a noble job.

At age sixteen, she is a young trainee called a Puppy who is training to become a full fledged Dog in the Provost’s Guard in the Lower City which a mixture of trying to catch anyone not obeying the law and seeing to riots when they come about. Beka writes about her adventures in the form of journal that is sometimes descriptive and other times rather short. Much to her surprise, she is lucky to train with Clary Goodwin & Mattes Tunstall who haven’t had a trainee before and are reluctant to take her on but soon warm to the idea.

Beka has a unique ability to speak to the dust spinners who often pick up snatches of conversation, has a black cat named Pounce who can talk telepathically when he chooses to seeming almost human at times and ghosts who ride on the backs of pigeons with a twinge of magic that she inherited from her Dad according to her Granny Fern and soon shows that she’s determined to do well to become a fully fledged Dog.

Beka learns the sad news that her close friend Tansy’s four year old son Rolond is found murdered whose Great Grandfather has made many enemies though going after one’s family is rule that most enemies are reluctant to mess with. She feels that if she had been around more, she would have hopefully been able to stop the death of Rolond. Beka soon learns that many children have been snatched by someone known as the Shadow Snake who only gives the children back when the parents hand over a certain valuable item.

She quickly finds being a Puppy is far from easy, there’s friends to be made in the most unlikely places, the Rogue of the city is not doing his job and that sometimes the very people that you think are innocent lead a different life behind closed doors.

When Tansy’s husband is taken, Beka finds herself in a race against time to get to the bottom of the Shadow Snake and save her best friend’s husband before time runs out. It will take the help of some unlikely friends and determination to help Beka not only find the killer who turns out to not be the person who I thought was the Shadow Snake.

I love the fact that Beka is a strong person in spite of her stage fright, tries to do what’s right, is very smart, fiercely protective of those she cares for and knows her way around weapons. I am very curious who Beka’s father is though there isn’t a mention of him other than inheriting the gift of magic.

Pounce is one of my favorite characters who seems to know things more than the average cat and often shows up when Beka needs him the most. He’s so amusing at times and just like a cat, chooses to do as he pleases for the most part. He’s a fierce protector and generally isn’t far from Beka, choosing who to speak to in cat speak or in human.

I can’t wait to see what next happens in Beka’s world, how she handles becoming a dog and who will eventually be her love interest. I know she will have one as in the beginning, it hints about Beka being George Cooper’s ancestor. Only time will tell and I’m sure Tamora will make it quite interesting.

In other bookish news, I have been trying to read more of the Fellowship. When I can’t sleep, it helps me to relax and lulls me to sleep. I’ve gotten to the point where the Hobbits have passed Bree and are on the road with Aragorn. They have quite the long journey to reach Rivendell, are worried what may have happened to Gandalf and have been miserable most of the last five days. So much to find out on their adventures and I am excited to read about them!

I have recently finished The Last Olympian which is the last book in the Percy Jackson series. There was a lot going on and I couldn’t seem to read it fast enough. I won’t say much about it here but I will say it was a fun read and full of some interesting surprises. I’ll be writing a review shortly about it.

Books Mentioned In This Post:

Terrier by Tamora Pierce- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13829.Terrier?from_search=true&search_version=service

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34.The_Fellowship_of_the_Ring?ac=1

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4502507-the-last-olympian?from_search=true&search_version=service

So that wraps up my bookish ramblings for this post. Sorry it took me a bit, had planned to post earlier but I was distracted with reading. I will have two other posts coming shortly so be sure to stay tuned!

Slainte

~M