Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves - 7.23.16

Stacking the Shelves
hosted by Tynga's Reviews (details)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!



Travels in a Thin Country:
A Journey Through Chile
by Sara Wheeler
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> August selection for SF Travel Book Club.

Sarong Party Girls
by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Booksmith, San Francisco, hosted a visit from author, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan. Her debut fiction novel is written in Singlish.

For Review:

Bad Girls Throughout History:
100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World
by Ann Shen
courtesy of Chronicle Books -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads -giveaway for this ends Aug 5

When It Rained at Hembry Castle
by Meredith Allard
courtesy of author -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

From BEA:


History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
-Mystery | Amazon | Goodreads

Heather House by Carmen Caine
-Romance | Amazon | Goodreads


How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics by Eugenia Cheung
-Non-fiction, Science, Cookbook | Amazon | Goodreads

Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
-Non-fiction, Environmental | Amazon | Goodreads

Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature by Shelley DeWees
-Non-fiction, Biographies | Amazon | Goodreads

Audiobook: from library

Chasing River
by K.A. Tucker
narrated by Elizabeth Louise and Steve West
-New Adult, Romance
Amazon | Goodreads


Sweet Progress Summer Box Swap (see it here)
#SPBoxSwap @Akaleistar @Mrs_AOK
SIGNUP for the Fall swap here or here

AND watched: in theatre

Seoul Searching (2015)
Director/Writer: Benson Lee
Starring: Justin Chon, Jessika Van, In-Pyo Cha
-Comedy, Drama, Romance | imdb | my rating: 5

During the 1980s, the Korean government created a special summer camp for "gyopo" or foreign born teenagers where they could spend their summer in Seoul to learn about their motherland. While the intentions of the program were honorable, the activities of the teens were not. The program was eventually cancelled after a few years because the government simply could not control the youth. Seoul Searching is a teen comedy and coming of age film, based on a true story about one of the summer camps that took place in 1986.

=====> LOVED it! Reminded me of John Hughes films of the 80s. In fact, the soundtrack for this incorporated a lot of my favorite 80s songs.

Star Trek Beyond (2016)
Director: Justin Lin
Writers: Simon Pegg and Doug Jung
Based on tv series by: Gene Roddenberry
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban
-Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 4

The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

=====> Lots of action and funny quips in between.

Currently flipping through: from my shelf

Art Book Now
by Yusuke Nakamura
-Art, Japan
Amazon | Goodreads

=====> Gearing up for the J-pop Summit event (details) this weekend! Yusuke was last year's guest artist.


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

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sweet Progress Summer Box Swap

Sweet Progress Summer Box Swap
(details) #SPBoxSwap
hosted by
@Akaleistar of Happy.Pretty.Sweet
@Mrs_AOK of Mrs. AOK, A Work In Progress

SIGNUP for the Fall swap here or here

SWAP partner: Ashley of Happy.Pretty.Sweet - Thanks mucho!

I am enjoying this summer box of goodies:

- Journal book
- Note card set and sharpie pen
- Balloons, bookmark bands, sparkly confetti
- Lip balm
- Soap (sea themed) - always a hit with me ;-)
- Pinwheel earrings (hand-made)
- Summer cup with lemonade mix and umbrella drink accessory

=====> The note set is a wonderful addition to my stationery as I am making efforts to write more snail mail.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo

Watchmaker's Heart
by Juli D. Revezzo

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @julidrevezzo

Just released: March 1, 2016
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Romance, Steampunk
Paperback: 220 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
The red-cheeked paymaster twiddled an unlit cigar in his hand, rose from his seat, and headed for the rear of the train.

For Miss Phoebe Lockswell, fashionable London tea parties and balls aren’t her style. Instead, she prefers to tinker tirelessly with a clockwork diffuser she’s built from scratch. If only she can get the invention to work on command, she might earn her way out of an arranged marriage to a repugnant member of the House of Commons.

London watchmaker Mortimer Kidd was brought up hard in the arms of an infamous London gang. Despite the respectability he strives for now, the gang leader is blackmailing him. When Mortimer sees Phoebe’s diffuser, he thinks he’s found a way to buy himself out of trouble. The brash Phoebe manages to steal his heart, however, before he can purloin her invention.

Will Mortimer’s unsavory past catch up to him before he convinces Phoebe of his devotion? Worse, once Phoebe learns the truth, will she ever trust him again?


My two-bits:

The main character, Phoebe, is an inventor with a creation made that fits right into a steampunk kind of world. However, Phoebe's actual gadget places this story into more of a romance setting. Based on its description, it would be amusing to see it in action.

Loved how Phoebe's spunky spirit made this story a light and fun romance read. Also, loved Phoebe's strong and independent personality. Despite her time period, it was good to know that she would not conform to the etiquette of the times. Her curiosity was a driving force in this story.

Phoebe's love interest, Mortimer, was just as endearing although his past remains somewhat of a mystery until the end.


* review copy courtesy of author

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday - 7.20.16

Waiting on Wednesday
sponsored by Jill at Breaking the Spine (details)


I'm waiting for...

The Perilous Journey Of The Much Too Spontaneous Girl
by Leigh Statham
-Steampunk, YA
Release date: October 11, 2016
Amazon | Goodreads

Lady Marguerite Vadnay and her trusty automaton, Outil, have settled into life in New France rather well. Marguerite is top of the class at flight school and her future as an aerpilot is nearly secure. She has everything she wants— except a commission on the pirate hunting dirigible The Renegade. Using every card in her aristocratic arsenal, Marguerite wiggles her way onto the finest warship France has to offer. But as usual, Marguerite’s plans endanger the lives of those she holds dear— only this time no one else is going to save them. As Marguerite and Outil set off on a rescue mission they may not return from, she finally realizes it’s time to reorder her cogs.

This steampunk adventure is littered with facts from The Golden Age of Piracy and follows (not too closely) some of the lives and adventures of the brave men and women who sailed the seas as privateers, pirates and soldiers.

=====> I like the steampunk and pirate mashup going on here. And, I want to read book one in this series as well...

Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl
by Leigh Statham
-Steampunk, YA
Amazon | Goodreads

Monday, July 18, 2016

Below by Jason Chabot

by Jason Chabot

Find out more about this book and author:
Twitter @JChabotAuthor

Release date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Broken Sky Chronicles
Genre: SciFi, YA
Paperback: 308 pages
Rating: 4

Broken Sky Chronicles series:

No one but the dead dare venture Below . . .

The first volume in this thrilling trilogy opens on the barren plains of Below, where Hokk and his fox sidekick, Nym, live in exile amid the remnants of our modern age.

Overhead, on the floating islands of Above, Elia is trapped in a life of endless toil and drudgery as a laundress for the Mirrored Palace. To Elia, the islands’ edges are borders that no one dares cross until the ancient ritual that delivers the dead to Below. But a series of natural disasters rumbling through Above sends Elia’s world crashing into Hokk’s―and she falls Below.

Their journey together will propel them across endless plains and through shattered cities in a centuries-old battle for the very earth and sky around them...

My two-bits:

Good start to this trilogy. There is an introduction to the world of Above and Below to capture the curiosity. At the end it had me wondering about the origin story of the worlds and why things are starting to change.

The story is told through two main characters that were equally interesting.

As mentioned above, I felt this book to be just a start of things to come.

Side note: I would have liked a bit more to the story.

About the author:
I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, but grew up in the rural outskirts of a city called Chilliwack – a Stó:lō First Nations word meaning “quieter water up the river” – where our home was built beside a gurgling creek and surrounded by forests. With no neighbors in sight and only one channel on TV, I had plenty of time to invest in my imagination.

Looking back, the seed for The Broken Sky Chronicles was first planted as a teenager when I worked at a tree nursery that supplied saplings to reforestation programs. I didn’t think a summer job could get any worse – the burning sunshine, the dirt, my aching back, the relentless little flies, always biting. I used to gaze up to the mountain peaks poking above a halo of clouds and wish I could somehow, miraculously, be transported to their alpine meadows, to relax for hours while watching everyone else slave away, far below, in the afternoon heat. “Above” always seemed like the ideal place to be, although I now suspect the bugs would have been larger and definitely more ravenous.

Many other elements of The Broken Sky Chronicles were inspired by places and moments in my life. Growing up on the West Coast, I have always been captivated by nature, whether by our storms, our oceans, or our sunsets. In Vancouver, we are always warned that the Juan de Fuca fault line is long overdue for a horrendous earthquake – so be prepared! And during an amazing trip to Egypt, I was surprised many times to see plastic trash everywhere, half-buried in the sand dunes or floating high in the air, caught in the currents where clouds should be drifting instead.

I chose to write a fantasy adventure novel for young adults because I was intrigued by all these natural elements and how they might affect the lives of two teenagers when their physical worlds collide. While Elia has been enslaved by class and drudgery, Hokk lives in almost complete isolation, and I have enjoyed exploring how each character discovers unexpected strength to survive epic challenges, yet at the same time questioning their perception of reality.

But of course, I suppose Hokk and Elia could have had it worse. They could have worked in a tree nursery!


* review copy courtesy of publisher
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