Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Little Queen by Meia Geddes

The Little Queen
by Meia Geddes

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Just released: Release date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Poetose Press
Genre: Fairy Tale, Coming of Age
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
On a little world, upon a little hill, a little tear fell down a little face.

When her mother and father pass away, the little queen must figure out how to be a little queen. And so she begins her adventures, journeying away from her palace and into the world to determine how she should go about going on. The little queen soon encounters numerous folks who teach her a thing or two: the book sniffer, the dream writer, and the architect of silence are just a few. Along the way, the little queen finds friendship, love, and meaning in being a leader in her world. THE LITTLE QUEEN is a magical exploration of self-discovery, vocation, community, and home.


My two-bits:

This sweet whimsical-like book is a story of a journey where nuggets of wisdom are found with each person met.


* review copy courtesy of author

Monday, August 21, 2017

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Since We Fell
by Dennis Lehane
narrated by Julia Whelan

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Just released: May 9, 2017
Publisher: Ecco
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Hardback: 432
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
On a Tuesday in May, in her thirty-fifth year, Rachel shot her husband dead. He stumbled backward with an odd look of confirmation on his face, as if some part of him had always known she’d do it.

Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

My two-bits:

Slow burning kind of story with a couple mysteries going on. Interesting twist in the last third of the book which was also action packed.


* Listened to audiobook version.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Lovely Books and Things - 8.19.17

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

Linking up with:
Stacking the Shelves (details)
Sunday Post (details)
Mailbox Monday (details)


Slow reading week. Instead, have been going the audio route with a couple starts and stops before finding a couple stories that grabbed me.

Still working on culling the bookshelves and creating donation and to-sell piles. I want to get to the point where there isn't an overflow from my shelves. It takes a good chunk of time so I have just been doing a little here and there and patting myself on the back when I manage to fill a bag ;-)

I am training myself to be more mindful and picky of book acquisitions.

Things to consider...

- Is it just cover love?
- Is it the hype surrounding it that appeals?
- Can I pass this on to share with another person, so that the book gets at least two readings?



Book Passage at the Ferry Building hosted an author event with Tom Perrotta to celebrate the release of his latest, Mrs. Fletcher. Part of the inspiration for the novel was to explore the empty nest syndrome parents experience while their kids are experiencing the college world.

Mrs. Fletcher
by Tom Perrotta
-Contemporary Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

THE exploratory vibe of this book catches my attention.

For Review:

Good Boy
(WAGs #1)
by Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
-New Adult, Romance, Sports
courtesy of Romance Read-of-the-Month Club -Thanks!
BarnesNoble | Amazon | Goodreads

FOR the romance pile.

OTHER things (kinda book-related):

Jane Austen in August
hosted by Faith Hope & Cherrytea
instagram: #austeninaugustrbr #jausteninaugust

ENJOYING Jane Austen related posts on instagram.

AND watched: in theatre (live)

Gloriana Musical Theatre

GOOD fun with snappy tunes.

AND watched: in theatre

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017)
Director: Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk
Starring: Al Gore
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 4

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth (2006) brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

THE current status of climate change with the political aspects. Although some measures have been taken to address climate change, we need to continue.

The Battleship Island (2017)
aka Goonhamdo
Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Starring: Jung-min Hwang, Su-an Kim, Joong-ki Song
-Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 4

During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island ("Hashima Island") to mine for coal, attempt to escape.

SOME Korean history with action scenes. I do not know much about Asian history, so this was interesting to learn.

Wind River (2017)
Director/Writer: Taylor Sheridan
Starring: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner
-Action, Crime, Mystery | imdb | my rating: 5

An FBI agent teams with a town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.

SET in snow, this mystery captures a bleak world. Some scenes included a droll sense of humor that manages to create some light moments in this sad tale.

AND watched: in theatre - part of the YBCA New Filipino Cinema 2017 festival (details).

Sunday Beauty Queen (2016)
Director: Baby Ruth Villarama
Starring: Rudelie Acosta, Cherrie Bretana
-Documentary | imdb | my rating: 5

Sunday Beauty Queen is a real-life Cinderella tale of a Filipina house helper who dreams to be a Beauty Queen in Hong Kong.

WE were treated to guest appearances from the director and producer for Q&A. While in Hong Kong in 2011, they happened upon pageant festivities on Chater Road which is what inspired the film.

THE plight of overseas domestic workers is touched upon in this tale. But a bit of escapism in the pageantry world provides some entertainment in a dreary life away from home.

Inside The War On Drugs With Photojournalist Raffy Lerma (2016)
slideshow presentation by Raffy Lerma
-Documentary | details | my rating: 5

For twelve years he worked as a staff photographer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, covering the daily news beat in metro Manila. He recently shifted into working independently to focus on documenting the government’s “war on drugs,” which he has covered since the beginning of the Duterte presidency. Lerma shot the photo that went viral and came to be known as “The Pieta,” and he was featured in the 2017 New York Times documentary When a President Says, “I’ll Kill You.”

THE killing continues with reported numbers of deaths over 8,000 since last year.


* comment and TELL me what you have acquired for your shelves recently


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough

Get It Together, Delilah!
by Erin Gough

Find out more about this book and author:

Just released: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre: LGBTQ, YA, Australia
Hardback: 336 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
As far as English teachers go, I could do worse than Mr. Hammer. He's a smart guy with a good haircut and an admirable passion for punctuation. He's taught me since the start of high school and I have only two misgivings: his views on the semicolon and the fact that he ruined my life.

Seventeen-year-old Delilah Green wouldn't have chosen to do her last year of school this way, but she figures it's working fine. While her dad goes on a trip to fix his broken heart after her mom left him for another man, Del manages the family cafe. Easy, she thinks. But what about homework? Or the nasty posse of mean girls making her life hell? Or her best friend who won't stop guilt-tripping her? Or her other best friend who might go to jail for love if Del doesn't do something? But really, who cares about any of that when all Del can think about is beautiful Rosa who dances every night across the street... Until one day Rosa comes in the cafe door. And if Rosa starts thinking about Del, too, then how in the name of caramel milkshakes will Del get the rest of it together?

My two-bits:

Set in Australia this YA story has a focus on a young woman trying to navigate life on her own. She puts her parents and other adults in the a backseat as she tackles high school pressures, work and a love life head on.

Many life lessons are learned along the way. However, friends provide support and care despite some ups and downs.


* WINNER: Ampersand Prize
Short listed: Gold Inky Awards 2016
Short listed: CBCA Book of the Year (Older Readers) 2016
Long listed: Indie Awards 2016
White Raven International Youth Library title 2016

* review copy courtesy of publisher

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy Release: The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

The Hawkweed Legacy
by Irena Brignull
-Fantasy, YA, Witches
Release date: August 15, 2017
Amazon | Goodreads

From screenwriter Irena Brignull, the stunning sequel to her critically acclaimed YA debut, The Hawkweed Prophecy ("Full of romance, heart and suspense...completely absorb[ing]." -Madeleine Roux) about a young witch forced to choose between love and magic.

Poppy is discovering a purpose for her powers in Africa, but she is haunted by a vision of her own death. Taken in by a boy and his great-grandmother, a healer, they vow to keep her safe-even if that ultimately means holding her captive. But Poppy never stops longing for Leo and, when she feels his magic begin to spark, she will do anything to be reunited with him.

Desperate to regain Poppy's trust and bring her home, Charlock embarks on a plan to reunite Leo with his mother. What Charlock doesn't foresee are the string of consequences that she sets into motion that leave Ember all alone and prey to manipulation, the clan open to attack from other witches, Sorrel vulnerable to Raven's ghost, Betony determined to protect her son from his father's fate, and which leave both Leo and Poppy in terrible danger.

Excerpt: Chapter 5

Young Charlock

Eighteen years ago...

Every year, the coming of spring was greeted by a celebration from the coven. On the last day of winter, the sisters wished for night to fall quickly for then the preparations would be over and the merriment could begin. As if mindful of its unpopularity, the sun hardly bothered to show itself through the clouds and day stitched to darkness almost seamlessly. Immediately, circle upon circle of candles were lit in readiness for the night’s festivities. For this eve was not for sleeping. The coven had taken to their beds that afternoon in order to remain awake the whole night through. Fires were burning and hogs roasting. Cider was being poured. Young witches were practising spells for their displays.

Now that they were seventeen, Charlock and her friend, Betony, were responsible for lighting the candles.

“We’re lucky there’s no breeze tonight,” murmured Charlock as she admired the tiny flames.

“Your sister has made certain of that, most likely,” joked Betony. “It is not just us she bosses but the weather too.” Charlock smiled, then looked around guiltily to see if Raven might be watching. “Don’t fear her so,” whispered Betony. “You are a Hawkweed too.”

Charlock shrugged. “Not the one that matters,” she said simply, without complaint.

It was true. She was the younger, softer sister, a witch with only moderate magic. Raven, on the other hand, was already the most powerful witch their clan had ever known. As if able to hear these silent thoughts, her sister turned her head and peered at Charlock from across the camp. Charlock waved her hand in nervous greeting but Raven only narrowed her eyes before returning her attention to her young daughter, Sorrel. Betony moved closer to Charlock in a show of solidarity. The pressure and warmth of her friend’s side against her own were comforting, as were Betony’s words.

(continue excerpt here)

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