3 Book Reviews in One Post? Awe Yisss.

Hey y’all!

So last night before “the night the lights went out in Georgia” *Julia from Designing Women’s voice* last night (well to me it is) I wrote three book reviews and I thought, Instead of doing them seperately, how about I just do all three in one post? So that’s what you’re going to get today, and I hope you enjoy them.


The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side (Miss Marple, #9)The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So this was my first Agatha Christie Miss Marple novel and let me say, this book was different than any other novel I’ve read. First off, it was funny at some parts, and secondly, it had me thinking, challenging me to figure out who did it-I was even thinking that the drug in Heather Babcock’s drink was weed once (and I actually ran with that before I realized that someone roofied her, and thus the silly notion of someone slipping some weed in a drink was crushed, though that would be honestly weird and funny for someone to do that) but for the intended victim, Marina Gregg, to go completely crazy and actually do all those things to those pour people (Giesuppe getting shot, Elia Zelinsky dying while taking medicine, sending those horrible notes to herself-like why) and also is completely paranoid about everything to the point that she had to go to an aslyum for treatment because of many things:

1.) She wanted a child of her very own, so she adopted some and tried with her husband (#2 I believe it was) until she finally had one of her own; but thanks to German measles she had developed earlier in the pregnancy, the child turned out to be mentally challenged.

2.) Marina Gregg is insane enough that once someone dies at her own housewarming (or house show), that before the murder actually happened, she had a look on her face when she stared at a painting of a mother being happy with her child, reminding her that she cannot have a child of her own, driving her to insanity and then her saddened death (took a bunch of sleeping pills, which I think she just killed herself because she couldn’t take it anymore)

And her husband…Jason Rudd, poor man…he watched over her, watched her go insane and wanted to take her out of the country to protect her, to keep her away from the one that’s tormenting her (which was herself, of course-well it looked like it to me). And I also found it weird that Heather actually spilled her drink all over herself, like she really wanted to do it and not by accident.

I actually enjoyed myself reading this book and I want to read more Agatha Christie novels real soon. Also, Marina Gregg reminded me of Niklaus Mikealson from The Originals with his paranoia, but all except his just went to the extreme while Marina’s was getting close to getting extreme.

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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad HabitsHow to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever since this book came out, I’ve always wanted to read it. Now that I’ve read it I actually enjoyed reading it. It was witty, made me laugh a couple times, got me thinking about some of the points in the book, and also keep some advice in mind. How to be Parisian Wherever You Are gives examples of how the Parisian lives, have parties, fall in love, their style and how they spend a day.

It also have little recipes that the Parisian has in her repertoire, like Lemon Chicken, crepes, and Ile Flottante (Floating Island) and they all sound delicious. The book also mentions style, like What You Won’t Find in Her Closet, Au Naturel, and A Mother With Flaws and other things Parisian that makes me want to actually go to Paris one of these days when I have the money to do so…or I’ll find a rich man to take me (har de har). But it does make a girl dream, doesn’t it?

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The Best of Thanksgiving (Williams-Sonoma): Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday MealThe Best of Thanksgiving (Williams-Sonoma): Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday Meal by Williams-Sonoma

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brace yourselves: Thanksgiving is coming….(a week from now, actually)

On Thursday, November 23, everyone will come to the dinner table surrounded by friends and family and eat a great dinner, either at the grandparents’ house or having a Friendsgiving, bringing the wine and the foods that you made at home, and not going shopping on Black Friday (even though I must admit the prices are really good on Black Friday, but I digress…) that starts on Thanksgiving, but thank god all stores will be closed when Thanksgiving arrives and then people can eat, be with their families, and have fun.

With The Best of Thanksgiving, Williams-Sonoma brings the forgotten (I say forgotten because it’s becoming a forgotten holiday…like WTF y’all) holiday back with great dishes, pictures of food that’ll make many foodie drool and make your stomach growl (mine did each time I looked at the recipes and the photos) and makes you want to make some (or all) of these dishes for Thanksgiving.

The cookbook is broken down into thirteen sections for you to read and devour over-from recipes for Boozy Ice Cream, Classic Roasted Turkey, Corn Bread Stuffing with Apple, Ham and Fennel, Mash Potatoes with Herb-Infused Cream and to top it all off, a Apple Crumb Pie. And with that turkey and stuffing you got your cranberry sause and your Turkey gravy complele with drinks (wine for grown folks, coke and kool-aid for the kids-mostly kool-aid) your Thanksgiving meal is complete. I even wrote down a couple recipes from this book and now I really wanna make them and try them one day, see if they’re really good (or just one day buy the actual book) and also recreate the table settings in the book, including the cover because I would be there with a bunch of my friends or people dead or alive that I would have Thanksgiving with…like Vox Machina (the whole cast) and Daenerys Targaryen…also Tessa, Will and Jem…oh and I can’t forget Magnus and Alec, and of course, Mr. Mayonnaise himself, Stephen Amell (because his twitter is hilarious and it makes me laugh so much) and some others (yep it’ll be a big table).

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Decisions, Decisions….

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Hey y’all!

So last night I stared at my personal blog (that is now gone) and I was also reading the blog Inthefrow and looking at blog layouts and it got me wondering: what if I want to make a blog and host it. But looking at hosting sites and looking at the price (like one was 148 something dollars) and it honestly scared me. Do I really want to do that? Pay a hosting site every month, every year, to have a blog where everyone comes, read my content, and maybe enjoy it?

I want to, though right now I don’t see it in my budget. Maybe next year when I go to a four year college (gonna tour Emory and Georgia State University) and I decided to right now turn this blog into a book and a lifestyle blog where I post things about books (mostly) and snippets about my life, like random photos and maybe some good shows I’ve been watching lately, things I’m lusting/got and things like that, because I missed doing that, even though I do that for books as well. And also I want to study English Lit/Mass Communications when I get into a four year college and get a job one day (or after I graduate).

 

Book Review: All in Good Taste by Kate Spade New York

All In Good TasteAll In Good Taste by kate spade new york

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All in Good Taste was a really fantastic book. I loved the photos and the quotes that pop at you. The ideas for the parties (and kid’s parties as well) were also very fun to read. I’m a twenty-something year old girl and I couldn’t help but love everything they covered in this book. I imagined the parties I would throw in my amazing apartment one day, having many friends over and throwing the parties that are in the book, along with actually making some of the recipes in the book. Even though you can’t call this a cookbook, it does give you some great ideas on what to serve at your next party and they ever sprinkled a little bit of cocktail recipes in the book as well.

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A Very Long Book Haul

Hey y’all!

So sorry that I haven’t posted anything in two months-school started and things started slipping my mind since I’m now a graduate of GMC and is now looking at four year colleges so I can be an English Major (right now, Georgia State University is looking mighty good right now, including Emory University….but I’m still looking and oddly, I’m thinking about actually going to school downtown….and also I’m looking at Clark Atlanta University) and I’ve accuired some books over the two months and I thought I’d share it with you guys.

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All in Good Taste by Kate Spade New York

So I LOVE Kate Spade New York (even though they’re bloody expensive and I have to drool at their purses and shirts) but All in Good Taste is honestly beautiful. I love the typography, the photos, even the drawings they have that just makes the book more special-they even have recipes that sound good, like cheese fondue (I can’t cook, so reading the recipes makes me want to learn how to cook and actually maybe one day have friends over to enjoy the food).

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How to be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Anne Berest, Audrey Duncan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mae

I’ve always wanted to read this book-this book has been on my TBR for a very long time when it came out and I’m finally reading it. It’s a really a good book (a bit of some spoilers for my book review coming soon) and it does have some advice and really good photogenic pictures.

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Lauren Conrad: Celebrate by Lauren Conrad

Ahhh Lauren, LC, the girl I watched when Laguna Beach was on, then you went to The Hills and from the Hills you’ve written two book series, and now you’re writing self-help/ideas books, like Beauty and now Celebrate. I’m going to read you when I get done with Kate Spade or the Parisians, because you have great style and I love the way you write and explain things. Also I am going to buy the rest of your books one day.

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Williams-Sonoma: The Best of Thanksgiving: Recipes and Inspiration for a Festive Holiday Meal by Williams-Sonoma

Guys…THANKSGIVING IS COMING. Even though the stores are skipping pass this wonderful holiday (why stores WHY), this book talks about the elegance of Thanksgiving (well to me it is) and it has a bunch of recipes (like the rest of the books) and I can’t wait to read you as well.

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Perfectly Matched: a novel in the Blue Willow Series by Maggie Brendan

I’ve read this first book of the Blue Willow Brides series and just loved it, loved it so much that I wanted to read more of them. And then I found this one at the library and I just HAD to get it. Its the last book anyway but I don’t care-I WANT TO READ IT.

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The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side: A Miss Marple Mystery by Agatha Christie

Soooo….true story….I’ve never read an Agatha Christie novel. I’ve listened to the audiobook of the Murder on the Orient Express (and I will see that movie, dammit) and that was it. Then I picked this one up and I was interested in it…though I’m still confused how the girl died by drinking something. that wasn’t meant for her. No spoilers please I’m still reading this and figuring it out.

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Servant of the Bones by Anne Rice

My second Anne Rice novel that I haven’t read yet, but it might be next year when I read it, along with the other books that are on my long TBR list. Servant of the Bones sounds like a really good book, especially when it deals with an angel.

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The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith

Even though the show spawned eight seasons, I refuse to watch it, even though right now I’m currently watching the spinoff the Originals on Netflix. I like the book version better, mainly because I can imagine things in the book instead of picturing the show version of the book…even though I have a Stefan bag (#noshame-that was back when the show came on and it was really good).

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Never owned a copy of the book until now. That is all.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I’ve seen the movie but I never ever read the book before-until now. I’m glad I grabbed this version of Jane Eyre and I will read this one along with Wuthering Heights soon..really soon.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

I’ve read this book once-just once-and I DNFed it. Now I’m going to read it again, mostly because this book got be back writing in diaries again, even though they’re online and everyone can read them. I have seen the movie and it was really funny, and I’ve always wanted to read the books too.

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Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Ahh, Louis…such whining, Louis….are you tired of listening to this? I’ve been listening to that for 400 (I think) years now…
 
Oh hello nostalgia, my old friends Louis, Lestat and Claudia. I’ve missed you since I’ve seen the movie when I was young, and now I have you in book form so I can read you over and over again, as long as I wish. You would be a Halloween book, but any year and any day to me I’ll get to read you and enjoy you, and join you in your adventures.
So those are all the books I’ve brought (and currently reading and I think I wrote that Lestat quote wrong) that is on my TBR list and that I’m going to read really soon once I get done with the first three books (Kate Spade, Parisian and Agatha Christie) and also I’m going to posting up a bunch of book reviews soon for The Assassin’s Blade and Exlie while doing some transferring to schools and also doing college tours of the schools so yay and also go to my personal blog (rebellereine) where I’m going to post things about my life and thoughts and more things about D&D!!!

Fantasy Book Haul

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Hey y’all!

So I didn’t have a D&D game last week (or this week) so I went to Barnes and Nobles to get me some books because I was in a book slump and I was in a fantasy mood, so I went and got these amazing books that I know that I’m going to love.

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The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas

I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah J. Maas ever since I’ve read Throne of Glass (if you haven’t seen my review, click here  and here to read them!) and I’ve always wanted to read more of her books, so I picked this one up-and I’m currently reading this book right now and I LOVE IT already.

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Crown of Midnight: A Throne of Glass Novel by Sarah J. Maas

Just like the Assassin’s Blade, once I get done reading that one I’m going to get started reading this one (okay, maybe after my third re-read of Throne of Glass?) because I can’t WAIT to read more about Celeana and her friends’ adventures.

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The Legend of Drizzt Book II: Exile by R.A. Salvatore

IT TOOK ME SO LONG, BUT I FINALLY GOT SOME R.A. SALVATORE NOVELS. AWE YISS.

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And even though this is the second novel of the Legend of Drizzt series, I’m already planning on getting all of the books so I can read them all.

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The Legend of Drizzt Book III: Sojourn by R.A. Salvatore

MORE DRIZZT!!!! I got the third book, and all I need now is the first book and the rest of the series and then I’m good, because I love reading all of Drizzt’s adventures (if you wanna read the reviews, click here and here to read them!!) and I will be getting more of these series too!

Book Review: The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

The Fall of the House of Cabal (Johannes Cabal, #5)The Fall of the House of Cabal by Jonathan L. Howard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book…this book, this book, this book. The last novel of the Johannes Cabal novel…

It was FANTASTIC. I loved every bit of it and I really want Jonathan Howard to write more from this series because I’m starving for more and I just wanna read more about Cabal and Horst and Leonie and Zarenyia-everyone. And splitting it up to five parts…OMG I LOVED EACH AND EVERY PART. Espically the Great Detective part, when Horst became human for a moment and ate bacon while they were investigating the death of Maximilian Maleficarius, which was saddening and also a bit funny because of Horst eating the bacon…but I have to say, the star of the book has to be Madame Zarenyia, my sister from another mister.

Even her quotes were funny and spot on:

“You’re telling me,’ muttered Zarenyia, drifting at the edge of consciousness. ‘Johannes has one, you know. Terribly clever with it. He got me my sweater. Lots of fish. So many fish.’ Her voice faded into sub-vocalized semi-words.”

“Hello darlings!“ said Zarenyia as she breezed back into Satan’s throne room, a shambling, scuttling sound in her wake assuring her that Ratuth Slabuth was following. ‘Forms signed, bona fides authenticated. You will be delighted to hear that I am now declared a legal visitor to the scenic heart of Hell. Hooray for me!”

“Scrawny creatures, aren’t they? Still, a soul’s a soul.’ She sighed. ‘I am making myself ever so available, and I’m getting for my troubles is a lot of frightened looks and scuttling. Haven’t they ever seen a gorgeous woman before?”

“Do you suppose this is part of the trap, too?’ Zarenyia weighed up the possibilities. “I must say, as traps go it’s a little bit lazy, isn’t it? Tiny it short in the bait department. Why would we want to go in there?’ She squinted, her inhuman senses apparently able to make something out of the pervading shadow. ‘Oh, it’s all right, after all. It’s not trying to get us to go in. It’s letting something out. Much better.”

And the ending, when Horst because of dhampir (yay!!!) and I FINALLY found out that woman in the coffin’s name (Berenice, what a lovely name) and I really do reconmend this series a whole lot!!

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Book Review: Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas

Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street Runners, #1)Someone to Watch Over Me by Lisa Kleypas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I haven’t read a romance novel in a long time, and I wanted something different to read while I’m reading the other books I’m currently reading at the moment, and Someone to Watch Over Me came at the right time and I loved every single moment of it. I honestly cheered for Grant and Vivien/Victoria, because he stupidly thought she was Vivien the courtesan, which turned out to be her twin sister-trust me, I was shocked myself when I read that part-and then reading how they slowly but surely fall in love…

But the mystery behind Vivien/Victoria was…well, how can I put it….the mystery behind who wanted Vivien dead was a really stupid one. I mean, to hire a Bow Street Runner to do it? Really? Like…I thought the Lord Lane would hire someone from the street to do it…but to actually get a Bow Street Runner to do it? I was actually appalled by it, because it seemed to me that he didn’t want to kill Vivien himself after what she did to his son and grandson, so he hired someone else to do it-and it was someone Grant knew….

At the end I loved the book and would really recommend it to anyone.

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