Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I Want to Read It (54): The Gauntlet



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi, March 28, 2017. Published by Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Source: Wishlist. 
A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Why

Um, yeah, this sounds like one exciting read! I am 100% on board for giving The Gauntlet a chance because it sounds thrilling. That and I'm intrigued enough to want to know more about the game the characters get sucked into; that and whether or not they'll all make it out alive.

Have you read The Gauntlet, if so, what did you think of it? 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Curtsies and Conspiracies

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Curtsies and Conspiracies



Curtsies and Conspiracies (Finishing School, 2) by Gail Carriger, November 5, 2013. 310 pages. Published by Hachette Little, Brown & Co. Source: Borrowed from Library.
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.

First Sentence
Miss Temminnick.



My Thoughts

Months after finally reading Etiquette and Espionage I remembered to find the second volume at the library. Weeks after finishing it, I finally remembered to review it.... 

  • I cannot tell you guys how much I enjoyed this one! Between dying of laughter because Sophronia is hilarious and the bantering, which was on point, I found myself thoroughly amused and entertained. Add in further interactions between her, Soap and Felix, and you have a mess of trouble. Ah! It was just so fun to watch things unfold; especially since this book saw relationships taking new, and somewhat dangerous, twists. You'll get a taste of the witty dialogue if you check out tomorrow's Teaser Tuesday post.
  • It was nice to see Dimity have a slightly larger roll in book two. Even if that roll came with an unfortunate occurrence... Yes, I found myself really enjoying the way the characters balanced each other out. Plus, it was a nice change of pace to see Sophronia make decisions that would effect more than her curiosity. It really gave her some time to grow as a character; though she still has a long way to go into maturity (such a rash minded girl but that's what makes her so interesting, too).   
  • Again, I really love the world Gail Carriger created. Also that in Curtsies and Conspiracies that you learn more about Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality and the teachers. The world and characters all blend in so seamlessly that it feels so natural, even when the characters start talking about things that are out of the ordinary. Thus far, I have found myself really enjoying my foray into the world and politics of this series.
  • Which leads me to the writing. Gail Carriger is nailing the witty banter!! The Finishing School series is turning into one of my favorite reads this year! Simply because I am getting immense satisfaction from the story, writing and characters. I'm actually excited to delve into the rest of the series...and maybe even finishing it in the next couple weeks.
Final Verdict: Curtsies and Conspiracies- Every bit as entertaining as the first installment...just with more witty barbs!!

Curtsies and Conspiracies earns


A copy of this book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Want to Read It (53):



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.




Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed, September 1, 1993 (originally published 1946). Published by Ignatius Press. Source: Wishlist.
Vatican II issued an urgent call for the laity to take a more active role in the life of the Church. What should the life of the Christian believer be like? How are average lay Christians called to help save the world? How does theology fit into the picture?
One of Frank Sheed's most popular books, this ideal volume for the layman shows the practical aspects of theology in the life of a Christian believer. Logic, clarity, and simplicity permeate this eminently readable book. Drawing from his fifty years of street-corner preaching, as well as his long career as an author, lecturer and publisher, Sheed understands and communicates better than anyone the importance of theology and its relationship to living sanely in today's world. A brilliant synthesis of the Catholic view of life.

Why

I've been eye-balling this book from my mom's collection for months now! I keep contemplating reading it but have yet to find the time to fit it in. Right now, I'm really enjoying one of Frank Sheed's other books, A Map of Life, and am looking forward to delving further into his writing. Theology and Sanity sounds like a fascinating book; I'm really interested to see how he synthesizes theology and living in today's world (even though this was written way back in 1946)...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: St. Maria Goretti: In Garments All Red

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
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