Monday, January 22, 2018

A shepherd with a pie... | #WeeklyMenu Week #233

Happy Monday... Again! I can't believe we are back to here. Another week down, another week in front of us. The boys are staying healthy, for the most part. Little coughs and runny noses hear and there, but so far, no bed ridden sicknesses. Knock on wood. 

I got around to writing again. 1000 words on Thursday. I really need to buckle down and get that book finished, but life happens and my lunch breaks are used for other things lately. 

The cutthroat book club is insane. I'm up to 35 books this month alone. That's over an 8th of the way to my reading goal this year already. If I can hit 50 book this month, I'll be way ahead of the reading curve... I don't know why I'm doing this... but it's fun...

Here is your menu for the week. Lots of good stuff to eat. Enjoy!

- Meat Ball Sandwiches






Tuna Sandwiches

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Zombies and a Dinner Party | Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Title: Zombie Abby
By: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Genre: Historical Paranomral
Pages: 300
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled: Teen

Summary from Goodreads: 1920, England

And the three teenage Clarke sisters thought what they’d wear to dinner was their biggest problem…

Lady Kate, the entitled eldest.
Lady Grace, lost in the middle and wishing she were braver.
Lady Lizzy, so endlessly sunny, it’s easy to underestimate her.

Then there’s Will Harvey, the proud, to-die-for—and possibly die with!—stable boy; Daniel Murray, the resourceful second footman with a secret; Raymond Allen, the unfortunate-looking young duke; and Fanny Rogers, the unsinkable kitchen maid.

Upstairs! Downstairs! Toss in some farmers and villagers!

None of them ever expected to work together for any reason.

But none of them had ever seen anything like this.

Review: Downton Abbey meets Walking Dead. In this creative drama by Lauren Baratz-Logsted, we learn what it might have been like if there was a zombie outbreak in 1920. This thought in itself, is positively terrifying. 

The book starts out with the usual dinner parties and the hustle and bustle of the English countryside. There are all the characters you will need for a crazy zombie filled night. I found myself waiting for the excitement to happen. Waiting in anticipation, but I'm afraid it was a false hope. There really wasn't enough zombie interaction, and too much of the normal dinner party chit chat. If I'm going to read a paranormal, I want there to be out of the ordinary kind of things happening. 

The story was a little lackluster for me. Definitely a fun concept that could have been elaborated on more. If you enjoy a good historical fiction with a small amount of zombies, then you will absolutely love Zombie Abbey.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fate of Their World | Furyborn by Claire Legrand

Title: Furyborn
By: Claire Legrand
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 512
Release Date: May 22nd, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Summary from Goodreads: The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world--and of each other.

Review: I kind of got a Scorpio Races kind of vibe at the beginning with a horse race and all the excitement. There was a lot going on in this book with the two different timelines. One chapter you are following Eliana as she tries to save her mother, the next chapter you are in the world of Queen Rielle who is battling to save her people. Sometimes this kind of switching point of views can get really confusing and bog the story down for me.

This was a long read, that had many twist and turns in the story. I wish it was two different books told about the same story, but other than that (Which is personal preference) It was a good read.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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