Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Book 2 in the Parasol Protectorate series

Summary

I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed the first one in the series. In this one, random supernaturals (werewolves, ghosts, vampires) are suddenly disappearing OR they are losing their ability to change into their supernatural form. Our main character, Alexia (who is preternatural and has no soul), sets out on an adventure to figure out why this is happening and how she can stop it.

What I Liked

  • The first book had a lot of world building. This is a fantastic world, so I’m thankful for that, but it was great also to move on to a focus on characters and events. For a reminder, this takes place in Victorian Steampunk England.
  • I love that, in this universe, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts aren’t hidden. They’re a part of society and are regulated by the government. It’s super interesting to see how society develops with supernatural creatures. You get to see the politics inside the individual creatures’ structures (hives for vampires, packs for werewolves) but also how they interact with each other and humans as a whole.
  • Guest appearance by characters from the author’s “Finishing School” series. (And by “guest appearance”, I mean that this series was actually written first, even if I didn’t read them in that order.) We get to see what happens to some of the characters. (And oh. my. gosh. I can’t believe it took me so long to place them!)

My Favorite Lines/Pages

(Some of these I included because they give you a taste of the world.)

  • “‘And what exactly is it?’ added the vampire, pouring the tea. Lady Maccon took hers with milk and a little sugar. He took his with a dash of blood and a squeeze of lemon.”
  • “‘But honestly Alexia, I do not mean to be boorish, but do you realize that your underdrawers are exposed to the night air, not to mention the public view?’
    ‘Ivy, I am hanging on for dear life to the side of a floating dirigible, leagues up in the aether. Even you must admit there are some instances wherein protocol should be relaxed.'”
  • “‘…what am I to do? I am overcome with the injustice of it all.’
    Lady Maccon replied with a suggestion. ‘Seek the assistance of an ugly-hat-addiction specialist this very instant?'”
  • “The dirigible came to rest as lightly as a butterfly on an egg, if the butterfly were to stumble a bit and list heavily to one side and the egg to take on the peculiar characteristics of Scotland in the winter: more soggy and more gray than one would think possible.”

What I Didn’t Like

  • This isn’t really a negative, but more of a heads up: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE NEXT BOOK ON HAND!! Maybe it’s just me, but the book was cliffhanger enough for me to make me dive right into the next book!

In Conclusion

If you’re looking for an adult fantasy, give this series a try!

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)

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1 year ago: Book Review: Sixteen Kisses by Kelly Oram

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YouTube Video About Bananas

Read my post about My Banana Book Collection? But not sure if you want to make the leap and read an entire book about bananas? Here’s an awesome video by SciShow to help pique your interest. 🙂

❤ Annette

1 year ago: YouTube Video Related to “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed”

Book Review: Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Summary

This graphic novel follows Willhelmina (Will), a high school student who has to navigate part of her summer without electricity, thanks to the storm Whitney, which knocked out the power.

(“Storm”, in this case, actually means “storm”, like a thunderstorm or hurricane. When I first read the synopsis, I definitely thought Whitney was a person who “blew into” her life and messed it up. But no, Whitney is the name of a storm.)

What I Liked

  • “Poignant” is probably the best way to describe this graphic novel.
  • This reminded me of Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. I saw this especially in Will’s use of a hobby to deal with loss. (Will’s hobby is building lamps out of found objects, which is really cool! Especially since this is a graphic novel and you get to see her inventions.)

My Favorite Lines/Pages

(This book didn’t have page numbers, so I don’t have those for you.)

  • “‘Reality might suck right now, but I guarantee things will change.’
    ‘How do you know?’
    ‘Because things always do.'”
  • “‘You know. You fake it ’til you make it.’
    ‘So… Act the part until you become it?’
    ‘Yeah! If you always challenge yourself, you get used to being outside your comfort zone.’
    ‘Huh, that’s like being comfortable being uncomfortable.'”

What I Didn’t Like

  • Thanks to reading the synopsis beforehand, I was sort of expecting a girl named Whitney to show up. Turns out, Whitney is a storm, and Will is short for Willhelmina. I was just a tad confused for a bit. 😛

In Conclusion

If you are a fan of Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer, you’ll probably enjoy this book. It’s also great for anyone looking for a young adult graphic novel.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon (affiliate link)


1 year ago: Book Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Month in Review – July 2018

I didn’t get a lot of reading done this month, but I’m okay with that. I spent time playing flute in my community band, hanging out with friends, and relaxing. Here’s a summary of my bookish activity for this month. I will be linking up to bookdate.blogspot.com.

July MIR

Total Books Read: 1

Books Read

(The links below are affiliate links to Amazon.)

Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

Book Formats

Hardcover – 1

Book Genres

Picture – 1

New to Me Authors

Andrea Beaty
David Roberts (illustrator)

Top Book for July

(Easy choice, since I only read one. 😛 Regardless, this one got five stars.)

Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

 

I hope you had a great reading month or at the very least, a relaxing one!

 

❤ Annette

 

1 Year Ago: Month in Review – July 2017

New on the Stack July 2018

Happy August! Here are the books I picked up last month:

Next to each book I give a short explanation why I chose to pick up that particular book. (Clicking on the picture of each book will take you to the book’s Amazon page, through an affiliate link.)

Borrowed Physical Book from Library


Baseball History for Kids by Richard Panchyk

I was sitting at a baseball game (go Arizona Diamondbacks!) and was wondering how the game came to be. When you think of it, some of the rules are sort of weird. So while I was at the ballpark I ordered this and the four books below through my library’s app on my phone.

(In other news, that was the game where the Diamondbacks scored 20 [!] points, beating their old franchise record.)

Change Up by Larry Burke


The 34-Ton Bat by Steve Rushin


The Rules of Baseball by David Nemec


The Ultimate Baseball Book by Daniel Okrent and Harris Lewine


Candy Bomber by Michael Tunnell

I was looking for airplane related books for a future blog post, and this one caught my eye.


Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

This has been on my TBR for quite a while.


The Psycopath Test by Jon Ronson

I read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by him last year, and I’ve wanted to read this one since. (See link for Book Review: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson)


Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

I love this author so I’m super excited for this book!


Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing by Nancy Churnin

During last year’s holiday season, I estimate we performed Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” 47 times on handbells. (Not including practice/rehearsal). And before every single iteration, our director had a spiel about Irving Berlin. He’s a fascinating guy, but, since I’ve heard the same speil 47 times, I’m hoping to learn some new things about him.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

This has also been on my TBR for a while.


Something New by Lisa Papademitriou

This will help me finish a series!


Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

It’s by Tamora Pierce. Enough said.


Twilight, the Graphic Novel Volume 2 by Kim Young

I loved the illustrations in the first graphic novel (which I read years and years and years ago), and then discovered that my library carries the second volume.

Write on, Irving Berlin! by Leslie Kimmelman

See my Irving Berlin comment above.

What books did you pick up this month?

❤ Annette

July NOS

1 Year Ago: New on the Stack in July 2017

July Bookstagram Summary 2018

I tried to get back into bookstagramming this month, but sort of failed at it. :/ Maybe I’ll do better next month? Maybe? I participated in #WishfulWonder Bookstagram challenge (which you can find here) and the #BeatTheBacklist challenge (which you can find here).

Here are the photos I posted, as well as a couple of photos I took for the challenges, but forgot to post. (And if you want to follow me on Instagram, you can do so here.)

Hopefully next month I’ll do better! Did any of you participate in these challenges? Let me know in the comments!

❤ Annette

1 year ago: July Bookstagram Summary

1 Year Blogiversary: My Most Popular Posts

Earlier this month was my one year blogiversary! Hooray! 🎉 Thanks to all of my readers, followers, and commenters! I can’t wait to see where this blog goes in another year. 🙂

Here are my top five posts from the past year. If you haven’t read them yet, you might want to – others seem to enjoy them. 🙂

50 literary

reading slump

top 2017

dogwarts

lucky dog
(book review)

If you’ve made it this far down the post, I’d love it if you took a minute or two to take a survey about my blog! I want to know what you guys want to read! You can take the survey >>>>here.<<<< It’s only five questions long. 🙂

Thanks for being awesome!

❤ Annette

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Bookish Happenings in August 2018

Here are bookish happenings for the month of August! I’l share with you exciting bookish events such as new releases, movie releases related to books, holidays, conferences, and others. I can’t get everything, but hopefully you enjoy the information I have provided. 🙂

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience. 🙂

Movie Releases

(images from imdb.com)

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August 3 – Christopher Robin
August 3 – The Darkest Minds
August 15 – Crazy Rich Asians
August 17 – The Wife
August 17 – The Little Mermaid
August 24 – The Bookshop
August 31 – The Little Stranger

Book Releases

August 7

Catwoman: Soul Stealer by Sarah J. Maas (Book 3 in the D.C. Icons series) (preorder swag details here)
Dance of Thieves
by Mary Pearson (preorder swag details here)
Let Me List the Ways by Sarah White
#Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil (preorder swag details here)
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Temper by Nicky Drayden (preorder swag details here)

catwoman dance let me list murdertrending these rebel waves temper

August 8

The Sandman Universe by Neil Gaiman

sandman

August 14

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Illustrated Edition by Rick Riordan
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan (preorder swag details here)

percy jackson touch

August 17

The Charm of You by Jennifer Probst

charm

August 21

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin (preorder swag details here)

to be honest

August 28

City of Ghosts by Victora Schwab (preorder swag details here)
Mirage
 by Somaiya Daud (preorder swag details here)
Resistance by Jennier Nielsen
Ruin of Stars by Linsey MIller (Book 2 in the Mask of Shadows series) (preorder swag details here)
Seafire by Natalie Parker

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Events

August 3 – Toronto Urban Book Expo (Toronto, Canada)
August 3-4 – Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Festival (Denver, CO)
August 3-5 – National Book Club Conference (Atlanta, GA)
August 9 – Book Lover’s Day
August 10-11 – Once Upon a Book (Frankenmuth, MI)
August 17-19 – Writivism Festival (Kampala, Uganda)
August 18 – Apostrophe Day
August 18 – Bad Poetry Day
August 18 – Mississippi Book Festival (Jackson, MS)
August 19 – Hugo Awards Presented (San Jose, CA)
August 22-26 – Beijing International Book Fair (Beijing, China)
August 24-26 – Bubonicon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention (Albuquerque, NM)
August 25 – Seattle Urban Book Expo (Seattle, WA)
August 30 – Frankenstein Day
August 31-September 2 – Decatur Book Festival (Decatur, GA)

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! What bookish happenings are you most looking forward to?

❤ Annette

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Can’t-Wait Wednesday

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I got this idea from Wishful Endings who hosts a weekly link-up for books for which people are waiting. So here is a book that I can’t wait for!

Wildcard by Marie Lu

While I don’t think I loved Warcross as much as others did, I still enjoyed it enough that I have to find out what happens next! Wildcard is the next book in the series, and it’s expected to come out on September 18. I’m not reading much about the sequel so I don’t go in with weird expectations.

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What books are you looking forward to reading?

❤️ Annette

1 year ago: Can’t-Wait Wednesday

Top Ten Novellas/Short Stories

I don’t usually read a novella unless it’s a book between main stories of a novel. (i.e. It’s book 1.5 of the series). Regardless, novellas and short stories are the focus of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. So here are my top ten. 🙂

I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember all of these. They made it on my list by having a four or more star rating on Goodreads. So at the very least, I liked them when I read them! At the very least, this is a great way to find a new author, since I usually only pick up novellas/short stories by authors I already love. Clicking on the images will take you to Amazon via an affiliate link.

Linking up to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday.

Stand Alones


Sixteen Kisses by Kelly Oram

A cute high-school romance novella. You can read my full review of this one here.


Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

This is technically a children’s graphic novel, but its narrative definitely fits in the “short story” category.

 

Christmas


Married to Santa by Beverly Farr

I love Beverly Farr’s novels/novellas – they’re cute and clean. Plus, I love anything Christmas, so this one definitely meets the criteria.


The Shoebox by Francine Rivers

A super cute religious Christmas story.

 

 

In-Between Series


Reverence by Shelly Crane (Book 3.5 of Significance)

Story from the male romantic interest’s point of view. (Heads up that while I love this series, the author is not a very good writer, as far as grammar and such goes. You can read more about what I think of her writing on my review of another book of hers here.)


The Sound of Useless Wings by Cecil Castelluci (Book .5 of Tin Star)

This is a story about Heckleck, an intriguing alien who we meet in Tin Star.


Winter’s Passage (Book 1.5 of Iron Fey)

Basically what happens between book one and book two of the series. Not necessary, but nice to read. This is one of my favorite series of all time. (By the same author who wrote the Talon series.)


Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer (Book .5 of Elementals)

A precursor to the Elemental series.


Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery (Book 2.5 of Fools Gold)

A short romance novella that takes place in Fools Gold. Heads up that this one is very insta-lovey.


Joyfully His by Jamie Beck (Book 3.5 of Sterling Canyon)

I love this series, so it was fun to read a cute novella about one of the side characters we meet in the stories.

 

What are your favorite short stories/novellas? Let me know in the comments!

❤ Annette