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Review: Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger

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Poison or Protect
Poison or Protect
by Gail Carriger
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Synopsis
Lady Preshea Villentia, the Mourning Star, has four dead husbands and a nasty reputation. Fortunately, she looks fabulous in black.

What society doesn’t know is that all her husbands were marked for death by Preshea’s employer. And Preshea has one final assignment.

It was supposed to be easy, a house party with minimal bloodshed. Preshea hadn’t anticipated Captain Gavin Ruthven – massive, Scottish, quietly irresistible, and… working for the enemy.

In a battle of wits, Preshea may risk her own heart – a terrifying prospect, as she never knew she had one.

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger presents a charming love story set in her popular steampunk Parasolverse. May contain plaid, appearances from favorite characters, and the strategic application of leather gloves.

The Delightfully Deadly novellas stand alone and may be read in any order.

Delicate Sensibilities?

Contains men pleasing women, and ladies who know what they want and ask for it, sometimes in detail.

Read-along
Midway through 2018, I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This led me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is.

What I thought
Let me start by saying that this is an Adult book and definitely dives into sexy times.

Now with that disclaimer out of the way, I loved this novella. Gail took a character that was in the finishing school series that I didn’t really care about and made me like her. Preshea was a fixture in the finishing school series; however, I always found her annoying and I am sure that I would not have picked up this book had it not been for this read-along.  I am so happy that I did!  I really hope we get more Delightfully Deadly novellas in the future.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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Parasolverse Read-Along – November 2018

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the fourth month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for November is Manners & Mutiny Book 4 of the Finishing School Series.  If you are still interested in joining along please do so!

Manners & Mutiny
Start Date: November 1, 2018
Post Review: November 29, 2018
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Manners & Mutiny
If one must flirt…flirt with danger.

Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.

Who can she trust? Royal werewolf dewan? Stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is underway. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.

 

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Review: Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

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Waistcoats & Weaponry
Waistcoats & Weaponry

by Gail Carriger
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Synopsis
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

What I thought
This was a re-read for me, the first time I consumed this book was as an audiobook from my local library. Anyone out there looking for audio books and can’t afford a subscription I would check out the apps Overdrive and Libby and connect up with your local Library.  Anyway at some point this year I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This leads me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is. Now on to why you are really reading this post.

Waistcoats & Weaponry is the third book in the Finishing School Series. This world is a blend of paranormal, steampunk, and some romance. I love this world so much! It’s like someone sat down and took everything that I love and put it all together. Sophronia has now been at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School for Girls of Quality for six months and it is now time for a review.

I am not going to say anything about the plot because I do not want to spoil anything from the previous books.  I really love the world that these books live in.  No matter how I am feeling these books always make me smile and laugh. They are so wonderful that way.

“Oh, Pill, I really would like to help, but we seem to be in the middle of some kind of whose-top-hat-is-the-biggest contest.”

As this world blossoms so does these characters. They grow so wonderfully. With each book I find myself liking each one more for different reasons.  She grows each character in their own direction and yet they all work as a whole.  I am not sure that makes much sense.  I have tried to explain that a few different ways over the last few days and I just can’t seem to get the words out. This friend group is true friendship goals.

Sophronia learns how to use most amazing intelligencer accessory a bladed fan.  Sorry, I had to mention it, and it’s on the cover so not really a spoiler.

I so want one!!!

I found this image by going to Gail’s page by going to merch.  You can find this here.

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As I have probably said already I really recommend these books I just love them and they always make me feel better when I’m reading them.

My Rating: /5

5 Stars

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Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

Monthly Wrapup

What can I say September was not the greatest month personally.  So much is going on and I finally crashed and broke down.  Honestly, we all knew it was going to eventually going to happen there was six months of stuff that I let just keep piling up and you can only push so much stuff down before it all comes bubbling to the surface. I had a month’s worth of post prepared and I feel that is the only reason I made it through last month. I am hoping to get time to build back up my reserve and get things scheduled before the day they are due once again. On a positive note, I think I am getting better but these first two weeks are going to be crazy. Lots of Doctor appointments for the three of us a Wedding and Homecoming. Oh, and I am looking for a job if anyone knows of one 🙂

Now let’s get into the books that I read during the month of September!

I finished 7 books during the month of September. I am happy with this even though it is a much smaller amount than the past 2 months. With everything else going on I am honestly surprised I was able to accomplish that.

 

Sabriel by Garth Nix
4 Stars
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The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
4 Stars
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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
5 Stars
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Eldest by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
4.5 Stars
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Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
5 Stars
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
5 Stars
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Parasolverse Read-Along – October 2018

Good Day, All!

We are heading into the third month of the Parasolverse Read-Along.  The book for October is Waistcoats & Weaponry Book 3 of the Finishing School Series.  If you are still interested in joining along please do so!

Waistcoats & Weaponry
Start Date: October 1, 2018
Post Review: October 25, 2018
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Waistcoats & Weaponry
Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style—with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Such a fashionable choice of weapon comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland.

No one suspected what—or who—they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

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Review: Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

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Curtsies & Conspiracies
Curtsies & Conspiracies
by Gail Carriger
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Synopsis
Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won’t Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this bestselling sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

What I thought
This was a re-read for me, the first time I consumed this book was as an audiobook from my local library. Anyone out there looking for audio books and can’t afford a subscription I would check out the apps Overdrive and Libby and connect up with your local Library.  Anyway at some point this year I decided that I wanted to read the books from Gail Carriger’s Parasolverse in chronological order. This leads me to start the journey of the Parasolverse Read-Along in August 2018. If you would like more information about the read-along please visit my post about it here. At the beginning of each month, I will have a brief read-along post go up letting you know what the book for that month is. Now on to why you are really reading this post.

Curtsies and Conspiracies is the second book in the Finishing School Series. This world is a blend of paranormal, steampunk, and some romance. I love this world so much! It’s like someone sat down and took everything that I love and put it all together. Sophronia has now been at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing School for Girls of Quality for sit months and it is now time for a review.

Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

In this installment, the Season is upon us and the dirigible is leaving the moors and heading to London. Why is a covert school going to announce its self in London? Something is afoot.

Just thought I would share the below quote:)

One woman’s Petunia is another one’s poison.

I loved watching these characters grow and learn real lessons. They deal with real emotions and lean that there are real consequences for their actions. As a parent of a teenager, I love to see this in media, too many times characters do not have to deal with the consequences of their actions and that does not do justice to younger readers. When your child gets to a certain age there is only so much that they listen too because they think they know better. It is just a result of them being that age not a child and not yet an adult. (yes I know have the Brittney Spears song going through my head).

One thing that I really like about these books is that each book wraps up nicely and there is not a huge cliffhanger. You can feel satisfied with the ending yes you are left wanting more but not to the point of wanting to scream NOOOOOO when you get to that last page. Gail make you feel so invested in these characters that you feel like you need to see what happens next. No matter which character you are rooting for they all have an arc and you see them grow in some way. It takes a truly talented person to not just improve your main characters but tries to improve all of your side characters at the same time so that no one is just singled out.

The budding romance in this story I love. From the outside, they do not belong however everyone sees it and I love how some of the other characters encourage it for the happiness of those involved. I am also for a sucker when one of the characters is quite blind to it.

My Rating: /55 Stars

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? September 24, 2018

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Good Morning!

It’s the start of another week.  It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind.

Sorry for the lack of posts and interaction last week. Long story short all of the stress from the past 6 months finally came to a head and I broke down.  This was something that we all knew was coming due to everything going on and it finally happened.  As of today I am feeling much better and I hope to be able to move forward and be in a better place.  I have considered putting up a post and just being like this is what is going on in my life and all I am balancing however I don’t want to come across like I am looking for pity. That is actually the last thing that I am looking for.

So lets gets to what you are actually here to read.  The books!

Last Weeks Books
Eldest
Eldest 
by Christopher Paolini
4 Stars
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Darkness falls…despair abounds…evil reigns…Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider. Ages 12+.

Darkness falls…despair abounds…evil reigns…

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle–one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life…

I really liked this book.  I know there is a lot of hate for this series because the writing may not be the absolute greatest but hey I really like the story. 

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Curtsies & Conspiracies

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
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Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

Sophronia’s first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won’t Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers’ quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship’s boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot–one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this bestselling sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail’s distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.


The strange case of the Alchemists daughter

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
by Theodora Goss
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Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

I am really loving this book but had to put it aside to read Curtsies and Conspiracies.

What are your reading plans this week? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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