Monday Musings: Knee Bummer and NaNoWriMo Progress

I have been having a bit of trouble with my knee lately. It started a few weeks ago, but we were having a full week of rain at the time, so I wrote it off to arthritis acheys. Then, the weather turned cold and I thought: Yeah, well that's what happens when the joints get … Continue reading Monday Musings: Knee Bummer and NaNoWriMo Progress

Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo is Upon Us

Oh, yes, the annual frenzy of National Novel Writing Month has begun. Yes, I am participating this year, but not for writing a novel. I am using this month to keep me focused on developing an idea I had for a YA fantasy. There will be writing done. There has already been some. But I … Continue reading Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo is Upon Us

Friday Review: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire (Audiobook)

Narrated by Cynthia Hopkins Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire My rating: 3 of 5 stars There are doorways in our world. No, not the ones that lead to other rooms; the ones that lead to other worlds. Children, mostly girls, sometimes find these doorways and, if they choose to pass through, are led … Continue reading Friday Review: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire (Audiobook)

Friday Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Winter by Marissa Meyer My rating: 4 of 5 stars The conclusion to Meyer's re-telling of classic fairy tales in a futuristic setting is loosely based on Snow White. Princess Winter is loved and admired by all the Lunar people. She is beautiful despite the scars on her face, perhaps even more beautiful than her … Continue reading Friday Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Friday Review: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Audiobook)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor My rating: 4 of 5 stars   Read by Robin Miles Binti is a Himba girl, born and raised in the African desert where her people's talents with mathematics and harmonizing make them the premier makers of astrolabes (sort of like a combination cell phone, computer, and more). Binti is gifted … Continue reading Friday Review: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Audiobook)

Friday Review: The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer (Audiobook)

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read by Raul Esparza In this sequel to The House of the Scorpion, Matt Alacran finds himself back in Opium after his ordeal in Aztlan. El Patron is dead, and so are most of the people he surrounded himself with, including the … Continue reading Friday Review: The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer (Audiobook)

Friday Review: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Audiobook)

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer My rating: 4 of 5 stars Narrated by Raul Esparza Matteo Alacran is a clone. He was grown from a strip of skin taken from El Patron, the drug lord known as the king of Opium, a land made up of parts of the southwestern US and … Continue reading Friday Review: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Audiobook)

Friday Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Audiobook)

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard My rating: 3 of 5 stars Narrated by Amanda Dolan Mare Barrow is a Red. A commoner, with red blood and no super abilities. She and her family are destined to serve the Silvers, the elite, with silver blood and supernatural abilities. Mare's kind are servants to the upper class, … Continue reading Friday Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Audiobook)

Friday Review: Dust: Before and After by S.E. Smith (Audiobook)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars Narrated by Paul Heitsch The Earth is devastated by a comet strike, and survivors are few. One is Dust, a sixteen-year-old boy, who finds himself alone in a ruined land. He starts out to find out if there are other survivors and he meets several- some human, some not, … Continue reading Friday Review: Dust: Before and After by S.E. Smith (Audiobook)

Friday Review: Under the Empyrean Sky (Heartland Trilogy #1) by Chuck Wendig

Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig My rating: 4 of 5 stars Cael lives in the Heartland, the vast stretch of country that once was home to many farms, family owned and growing everything that could be farmed. Now, it is all owned by the Empyrean, and the only crop that is grown is … Continue reading Friday Review: Under the Empyrean Sky (Heartland Trilogy #1) by Chuck Wendig