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  1. Strange the Dreamer was quite good. I adore Lazlo Strange and want nothing but good things for him. And the story was interesting - I didn't feel like I was reading a re-tread of a story told a million times. Looking forward to the second book in the duology. And now I'm back to Six of Crows.
  2. Just started Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. And I used my Open Table rewards (who knew that was a thing? ) to buy Hunted by Meagan Spooner for my Kindle.
  3. It's not SFF but it is YA and it's very very good: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Definitely merited all it's pre-publication buzz. http://nymag.com/thecut/2017/03/angie-thomas-the-hate-u-give-interview-ya-novel.html
  4. Spanokopita is delicious. For reasons I can't explain, I bought a spiralizer. So we had spiralized zucchini with pesto to accompany the rest of the meal this evening. Pretty good.
  5. True enough. But, it is YAish. http://www.npr.org/2015/02/25/387252679/darker-shade-paints-a-fantasy-world-rich-in-depth-and-color
  6. @Xray the Enforcer I really love V.E. Schwab's Darker Shade of Magic series. The third/final book is out next week. It revoles around four parallel worlds, each wirh their own version of London. And there's magic and pirates.
  7. In the latest SJM newsletter she talks about how she asked the artist (Charlie Bowater) to use the dress for the cover and she agreed though fees etc, no idea.
  8. The third book in the series, King's Cage, was released today and I was blessed? with the first e-loan from the library. Come on Maven! *L* I follow the author Victoria Aveyard on Twitter and I like her politics. I also don't hate the story but I do hope she continues to grow as a writer and finds a wayt to make the main character Mare far less annoying.
  9. So I ditched Carve the Mark completely after reading poor review after poor review. I'm at the beginning of Six of Crows and I can tell I'm going to like it, but I put it aside for a non-fiction long loan that finally came through (I Contain Multitudes). My holds list includes the newly-released Caraval by Stephanie Garber and Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst while I wait for my other anticipated releases to drop. Speaking of, cover at for A Court of Wings and Ruin has been released and Chaol's still untitled novella has become a full book/installment in ToG.
  10. Started reading Six of Crows last night. I also snagged the first library loan of Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, which has mixed reviews at best and I'm not sure how interested I am in it. I found Divergent meh and the stopped 2 chapters into Allegiant.
  11. Kindle deal of the day at amazon.com (USA) The Call https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B3DBIUI?ref=pe_2267260_223104660_w_1_6898&tag=x_gr_e_d_xp_altdesctest6_b_us-20
  12. Yes. It covers the 'maleness' of Lada and how that is looked upon by everyone in her life/encounters either through discomfort and/or fear and/or disgust along with admiration and respect, and conversely the effects of her brother's 'femaleness' or beauty, and how he's able to charm and put people at ease, without much of any further consideration or suspicion for the most part. I think the followup will explore your later points about martial law and politics for both siblings.
  13. It's ruthless but it's not soul crushing, at least not to me. One of my favourite parts is the gender attribute swapping between Lada and her brother Radu. He's the soft, elegant, beautiful one and she the fierce, warrior (and not pretty). This review sums it up rather well. And I couldn't wait to read it! Young Elites started off kinda meh, but as Adelina's character started to take shape I was hooked. I really adore that series. And yeah, Every Heart a Doorway just snuck up on me. I didn't know what I was getting into but it was delightful and just really got into me. I had similar feelings about Heartless, but for different reasons though the doorway to world theme was present in both.
  14. Yay! A place for me! I started The Dark Days Club but it didn't grab me and a bunch of other books called me so I never went back to it. I suppose I'll add it back to my TBR. I also read The Raven King and a few of us discussed the conclusion of the series. I didn't find it satisfying in the end. So this is what I read last year, and my only five star rating went to And I Darken with The Midnight Star pulling up a close second. In both cases the main characters are anti-heroines through and through and I loved that. The Young Elites was a very good series in my mind, and Adelina was such a great protagonist. I'm also very excited to read the followup to And I Darken, Now I Rise. Lada is fierce and fearless and well, mean and ruthless. Fantastic. The Wrath and the Dawn books are a retelling of Bluebeard/Arabian Nights, and while retellings or reimaginings are everywhere, Renee Ahdieh really made it her own, again with a strong lead female. Three Dark Crowns 75% ho-hum but I kept with it and I'm interested in the follow-up given the discoveries made in the end about at least one (but really two) sisters. Heartless was my introduction to Marissa Meyer and I almost stopped reading in the early goings because I just didn't think I could take another retell, and yet, it ended up being more than that. Ember in the Ashes is also enjoyable and for some unknown reason I'm keeping on with the Red Queen story. I'm hoping the villain wins in the end. The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) Renee Ahdieh The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2) Renee Ahdieh An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) Sabaa Tahir A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2) Sabaa Tahir The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4) Maggie Stiefvater And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1) Kiersten White Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1) Seanan McGuire The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) Marie Lu Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2) Victoria Aveyard Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1) Kendare Blake Heartless Marissa Meyer Are the Sarah J Maas series (Throne of Glass or Court of..) considered YA? They seem a little more adult than young? Along the lines of Rosamund Hodge perhaps? At any rate, her writing has gotten better with each book and I'm looking forward to the conclusion to both series. Books I'm looking forward to reading this year: Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor (I enjoyed her Daughter of Smoke and Bone series) Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh Hunted Meagan Spooner
  15. Here's some slow cooking tips: https://www.hamiltonbeach.com/slow-cookers-101-how-a-slow-cooker-works.html As for what fits into it, you may need to consider smaller portions of meat is all. Probably a 3lb piece of pork, or a smaller 3-4lb chicken. So you might trade lots of leftovers/freezer options for convenience. While there's no worry about a fire hazard, any more than any other appliance plugged in all day with power to it, you might want to start out cooking something overnight to get a feel for how the whole thing works. The internet has plenty of recipes for a crock pot your size. I went with a larger one once upon a time, and it was often a struggle to fill it (pre MC) with enough stuff because I was cooking for just myself.
  16. We have this and it's 'sequel' Plenty More. The recipes have a Mediterranean bent, but deliciousness abounds. There's a cauliflower recipe I can't wait to try. And yes, vegetarian. His other books have a nice mix of vegetables and meats and legumes. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CRY2O6/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
  17. I agree with maarsen, it's totally a shortbread cookie base. Found this article, which might be a starting point. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/dining/bs-fo-recipe-finder-silbers-cookies-20160301-story.html If you don't have or want to mess with a cookie press, roll the dough into a 2" log and slice it into less than half an inch thick.About a quarter. I'm just eyeballing it here. If you want it exact, then you will need the cookie press.
  18. Daniel Craig was 38 when Casino Royale came out. Is that really considered young? For anybody in movies?
  19. I'm about 30% in and I suspect I know said spoiler. So far, the writing is better. Also, I don't think love triangle is accurate. I think she is with T because of how she was/what she needed at that point and this book is about her growing into who she is now and what she needs in a relationship, so R. I *hope* that doesn't lead to a back and forth. But who knows. So far, I'm liking it more than the first one.
  20. These particular fictional teen characters can die, fictionally, yeah. As I would wish if they were this way as fictional adults.
  21. Yeah, cut throat pirating seems to have happened rather quickly. I'm ok with all three teenagers to just die already.
  22. Why would he? No more Mance, no Val, no baby, no blood of king (unless yes, he takes Shireen and Maester Aemon) There's been no mention of things that would cause Jon to round them all up to send them away. But I guess it could happen.
  23. To all you who thinkgJorah is the Jon Connington/Greyscale etc...explain how/why? PM me. I won't be able to keep up in this thread.
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