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One Side of a Firing Squad | Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Title: Romanov By: Nadine Brandes Genre: Historical Fantasy Pages: 352 Release Date: May 7th, 2019 Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Summary from Goodreads: From the author of Fawkes comes a magical take on the story of Anastasia Romanov.
The history books say I died.

They don’t know the half of it.

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them . . . and he’s hunted Romanov before.

Nastya’s only chances of survival are to either release the spell, and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya’s never dabbled in magic before, but it doesn’t frighten her as much as her growing attraction for Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her . . .

That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.
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Mortal and Magic | Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Title: The Winter of the Witch By: Katherine Arden Genre: Fantasy Pages: 336 Release Date: January 8th, 2019 Publisher: Del Rey
Summary from Goodreads: In the stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, following The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya returns to save Russia and the spirit realm, battling enemies both mortal and magic.
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Review: WHAT! This book was an epic journey into the realm of magic and midnight, a fantastic twist to what we already love. Our favorite heroin Vasya is on the run as a supposed witch, after she saved the people of Russia. She knows that the battle isn't over though, and must find a way to return to her brother's side to save the ones she loves. 
I really enjoyed this third book in the series. In true Katherine Arden fashion, we get a nice mix of Russian history and fantasy. We cry and rejoice as we follow Vasya through her trials and as she struggles to o what is right, even though it could cost h…

What I'm Reading This Week | #WeeklyMenu Week #276

Hello Monday, long time no see... Not... We are back. Another Monday and another week. I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing, filled with lots of family and friends. We had a great day. Lots of food, lots of Family. The boys did amazing, even for all their struggles. No major problems to report.

I read a lot of great books over the holiday. Make sure you stay tuned for the reviews and the November wrap up. There will be a lot of good stories to sink your teeth into, so don't go too far now, you hear?

Of course, I'm excited for this weeks book. I've actually already started it because I couldn't wait to read it. White Stag by Kara Barbieri. The main character lives with Goblins and has to learn their ways or die. It's actually very interesting. Check the full synopsis here at Goodreads

Ok, lets get to this weeks menu. I know you all want to eat and so do I.


Monday - Figgy Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
Tuesday - Cranberry Apple Pork Chops
Wednesday - Blackened Chicken Penne
Th…

Both Whales and Men | And The Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Title: And the Ocean was our Sky By: Patrick Ness Genre: Fantasy Pages: 160 Release Date: September 4th, 2018 Publisher: Walker Books
Summary from Goodreads: With harpoons strapped to their backs, the proud whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt, fighting in the ongoing war against the world of men. When they attack a ship bobbing on the surface of the Abyss, they expect to find easy prey. Instead, they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself...
As their relentless Captain leads the chase, they embark on a final, vengeful hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of both whales and men.
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Review: Can you find a more bizarre book? Reading this was like flipping Moby Dick on its head. A strange world where the whales are the main characters and they are in a battle with the men above. You would think that this wouldn't work, but it does. There is something so alluring about this book that I was excited to read another page and another page. …

And Betrayal | Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve

Title: Mortal Engines By: Philip Reeve Genre: Dystopian  Pages: 373 Release Date: September 1st, 2004 Publisher: Harper Collins US UK
Summary from Goodreads: "It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."
The great traction city London has been skulking in the hills to avoid the bigger, faster, hungrier cities loose in the Great Hunting Ground. But now, the sinister plans of Lord Mayor Mangus Crome can finally unfold.

Thaddeus Valentine, London's Head Historian and adored famous archaeologist, and his lovely daughter, Katherine, are down in The Gut when the young assassin with the black scarf strikes toward his heart, saved by the quick intervention of Tom, a lowly third-class apprentice. Racing after the fleeing girl, Tom suddenly glimpses her hideous face: scarred from forehead to jaw, nose a smashed stump, a single eye glaring back at him. "Look at what your Valentine di…

What I'm Reading This Week | #WeeklyMenu Week #275

It's.... Monday! And its Thanksgiving week. The kids are off school all week for conferences and break so I got my shopping done early so I don't have to leave the house wit those little turkeys today. Some times its just easier to stay home.
I've been reading some really awesome books this last week that I'm excited to share with you, but for this weeks read, I got my hands on a copy of The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden that I know we are all dying to read. I can't wait to blast through this one. This is going to be EPIC! Review to come.     This weeks menu is going to be a little different because of Thanksgiving, but I'm sure you all already have your meals planned out for that day. We are BBQing the Turkey for the big family gathering and I'm making a few sides for my husbands smaller family get together. Its going to be a great day of eating and good company. Enjoy giving thanks with those around you! 


Monday - Sausage Orzotto
Tuesday - Beef Ragu …

Outlaw King | Movie Review

Title: Outlaw King Genre: Historical Release Date: November 9th, 2018 Rating: 7.1/10 IMDB Cast: Chris PineStephen DillaneRebecca Robin
Summary from IMDB: A true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.
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Review: I had high expectations with this movie since there was so much hype around it. Outlaw king is based on the true story of Robert the Bruce, the man who came after William Wallace and attempted to liberate Scotland from the tyranny of the English. He sacrificed his, home, his land and his family, in a heroic game to claim the Scottish throne.  
You know a good movie when it makes you feel something. Joy or pain, hate or love, this movie made you feel it all. Toward the end of the movie, I began to put myself in the shoes of The Bruce and start to think, what have you done? This choice that you made has killed…

Even if it Costs Her Everything | The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine

Title: The Blood Spell By: C.J. Redwine Genre: Fairytale Retelling Pages: 400 Release Date: February 12th, 2019 Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Summary from Goodreads: Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.
Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating tension among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adve…

What I'm Reading This Week | #WeeklyMenu Week #274

Why does it have to be Monday again? The kids don't have school today and I still have to do my grocery shopping and all the house work. Today sucks for me. I'm going to make this short, because the boys are already going crazy.
This weeks book is going to be Mortal Engine. I saw a movie trailer and as I usually do, I look to see if there is a book that the movie is based off of. This movie is coming out in December, so I thought I would get a head start. This week's menu is going to be amazing. Enjoy! 

Monday - Chicken Cheddar Fajitas
Tuesday - Cherry Balsamic Pork Chops
Wednesday - Pulled Chicken Rice Bowl
Thursday - Honey Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Friday - Beef Chili Dinner
Saturday - Sausage Orzotto
Sunday - Leftovers Night

Dinner and a Book | Chicken Salad and Drums of Autumn

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you know that I am a huge fan of food and cooking. My husband and I cook most meals together and I plan my weekly menus and share them here on my blog. My husband and I have also been known to share a good read. The last book we read in tandem was Read Player One. That was such an epic read, we both loved it. It was a race to see who could finish it first, lol. If you haven't read it yet, please do. You will not be disappointing.

With the release of Outlander season 4, I've been dying to pick up another book in the series and dive right in. Along with this large chunky read, a great meal is all you need. But since the book is so heavy, you might need a light meal to balance it out. My friends over at Jen Reviews has shared a wonderful Citrus Chicken Salad that I am dying to make. It seems like the perfect meal to sit in the light of the window and read Drums of Autumn. I mean, check out that photo. Delicious!!!!
The salad works well w…

7 Books Every Child Should Read

My youngest son is finally at the age where he really loves to be read to. We've been doing a lot of it the last few weeks. I think its because his kindergarten teacher reads to him every day, and he has found the joy of hearing a good story and going on an adventure.

A lot of the books I've been reading him are books from my childhood, but there have been a few books that are new to me, but still so good. Check out these seven books that you need to read to your child.




I think my favorite was the giving tree, but Green pants was my son's favorite. Do you remember these books? What was your favorite?