Book Review: Scala – Angelbound, Book 2

November 13, 2014 | Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy | By

NOTE: I have not yet written a review for the first book in this series, though I plan to. I wanted to go ahead and post this one since I had it ready.

Scala (Angelbound, #2)Scala by Christina Bauer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got the first “Angelbound” book as part of Ink Monsters “Angels & Alphas: An Angelbound and Becoming Alpha Bundle” package. Being something of a werewolf fan, I was mostly interested in the Alpha part of the book, but decided to go ahead and read for the Angels part as well since it was there. I’m glad that I did – it’s a quirky story set in one of the most warped visions of Purgatory I’ve come across that has a lot of humor to it, a spunky as Hell quasi-demon as its heroine, family secrets, romance and – of course – a great destiny to be filled.

This second book picks up shortly after the first one leaves off, and we see our heroine – Myla – adjusting to her new life. Unfortunately, an old nemesis has come back try and take “back” some things she claims Myla “stole” from her. The reader knows from the start that it’s the nemesis trying to do the stealing, but for the people living in Purgatory, it’s not so clear. Myla must gather her friends and family in order to hold on to what is rightfully hers. The middle section of the book – where some of the dramatic tension should be mounting – is pretty slow, but the first part of the book is great as is the ending. And I absolutely love Myla’s relationship with her beloved Lincoln. They are a believable couple in the kind of heightened world that the author has provided and are really cute and how they interact. This isn’t terribly long book – nor is the first one – so if you’re looking for something kind of light and fun and don’t mind a bit of a slog through a few chapters in the middle, I would definitely recommend it.

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Book Review: Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

September 22, 2014 | Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Steampunk | By

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m fairly new to the steampunk genre, and “Etiquette and Espionage” is providing me a warm welcome. The clash between manners and spycraft provides copious opportunities for good-natured humour, and the steampunk elements support the characters and the story without dominating them as I’d found happening in a couple other steampunk books I tried.

There is a “Harry Potter-ish” feel to the story, being as it is about young people in a highly specialized school running into adventures they try to resolve without the staff catching on, but the characters themselves are fresh and engaging, and the villains are written with enough dastardliness to make you want to see them get their comeuppance, without being so over the top you want to roll your eyes every time they open their mouths.

I’m definitely signing up for the next term at *this* finishing school!

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Turn Your Kid into a Rush Nerd in 5 Easy Steps

October 5, 2013 | Posted in Stuff | By

Not only is this piece a great introduction to Rush – both for kids of nerdy parents and for nerdy adults (parents or not) who have yet to discover Rush for themselves – it also includes a clip of Alex Lifeson’s acceptance speech from their recent (and obscenely belated) induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. If you have not seen his speech yet, you must. If you are at all familiar with the band’s history, you will find it has it positively hilarious!

Turn Your Kid into a Rush Nerd in 5 Easy Steps (via www.nerdywithchildren.com)

Progressive rock has always been the domain of the nerd. Since it was first established in the ‘70s by rock musicians looking to inject their songs with a higher level of musicianship and lyricism a bit more challenging than “I love you, baby,”…

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