Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Quote of the Day

“All it takes,” said Crake, “is the elimination of one generation. One generation of anything. Beetles, trees, microbes, scientists, speakers of French, whatever. Break the link in time between one generation and the next, and it’s game over forever.”

― Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

So Many Questions: House Rules Part One

Hello again, lovely Readers! I'm back again. This time with part one of my questions for House Rules. This is one of my favorite books in the series. I really had to pare down the notes and highlights I marked during my read. We would have had 10 or 12 parts to this one. Alas, none of us has time for that. So, two parts it is. Join me after the break for House Rules questions. Spoilers abound, continue at your own risk!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quote of the Day

"Who among the Fae likes you enough to do that favor?" I knew the answer to that. No one.

"The one I didn't kill when I demanded it. After I killed the other two."

I smiled faintly. One word: badass.

I want to be Jericho Barrons when I grow up.

~~Karen Marie Moning

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Quote of the Day

Those we love don’t go away, they sit beside us every day. 

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

What the Wenches Are Reading

Click through to see what we're reading this week. What are you reading, Saucy Reader? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Ah, Fist, it’s the curse of history that those who should read them, never do.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

Some things are sacred. Until you act like they're not. Then you lose them.
~~Karen Marie Moning

Series Review: Bloodsounder's Arc by Jeff Salyards

It's a trilogy! They seem to be a rare beast these days. I loved Bloodsounder's Arc and I have no idea why it took me 2 years to give the series a go. It languished on by To Be Read list until one of my Goodread groups read the first book as a monthly book club read last year. Jeff Salyards, who kindly interacts with readers on Goodreads, has truly made a stunning debut series and I'm looking forward to what Salyards has planned in the future. 

Back to the Bloodsounder's Arc Trilogy and I'll stop fangirling over Salyards work. My overall series review after the jump. Non spoiler.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

Luc had chosen to recuperate in his room. 

It was surprisingly sedate for a man with so many pop culture obsessions.  {snip}

I guess I expected a mock-up of a Wild West cathouse, I told Ethan as we walked to the bed, where Luc lay in tasteful pinstripe pajamas, I don't know who he is anymore. 

Ethan didn't quite manage to hold in a chuckle. He is a many-faceted jewel. 

"Have you come to praise me?" the jewel asked, eyes closed. "Not to bury  me?" 

Chloe Neill's Phantom Kiss.

Fangirl Friday: Santa Clarita Diet

A Diet You Can Actually Stick With.

I've been putting off tackling my daunting TBR list, and catching up on all my usual shows. So, of course, it makes sense that I'd start a brand new one. Because, why not? 

I was browsing Netflix and saw Drew Barrymore, figured I'd give the first episode a go, and that was it. I was hooked. 

Click through to read why you should definitely give Santa Clarita Diet a chance! (NO SPOILERS!)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

I’d pulled my unruly blond hair out of its usual ponytail for the occasion, loaded on some makeup to play up my teal eyes, and poured myself into a little black skirt, short enough to show off my legs while not offending Lafitte’s nineteenth-century sensibilities. It must have worked, because the pirate was giving me that head-to-toe appraisal guys do on instinct, like they’re assessing a juicy slab of beef and deciding whether they want it rare, medium, or well-done.

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans #1),
 Suzanne Johnson

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Remember that misuse of language can lead to miscommunication, and that miscommunication leads to everything that has ever happened in the whole of the world.”
― Joseph FinkWelcome to Night Vale: A Novel

What the Wenches Are Reading

Click through to see what we're reading this week! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

A truth should exist,

it should not be used

like this. If I love you

is that a fact or a weapon?

― Margaret Atwood, Power Politics

Monday, February 13, 2017

Quote of the Day

Imbeciles. Wretches. That's how we win. Don't turn over the fucking key to your kingdom then cry foul play when you get evicted. Once you let us confuse you with enough lies that you no longer know your truth, we own your reality. AND YOU GAVE IT TO US. 

~~Karen Marie Moning

Review: Mists of the Serengeti by Leylah Attar

Saucy Readers, I have a very first world problem going on. There are just too many great books released at one time, from some of my favorite authors. Which makes it tough to read and review everything, to enjoy each book's perfection before I have to move on to the next amazing thing, forgetting the details of the last amazing thing. Do you feel bad for me now, Saucy Reader, or just want to throw tomatoes at me?

I've known for over a year that the final installment in Mac's Fever arc would land Martin Luther King day weekend, which is mid-January. I've also been stalking Leylah Attar's social media feeds since the moment I finished Paper Swan and needed more from this amazing new author. When it was finally announced that her next book, Mists of the Serengeti, would release at the end of January, I knew from experience that I would still be completely wasted by the Fever world when Mists hit, and I was fearful that if I was lucky enough to land an Advance Copy it would be right in the time when I was still living vividly in the Fever world. I was right on all counts. Mists hit my eReader three days after I got home from New Orleans, while I was still reading Feversong. Woe is me.

I finally finished Feversong and got my head clear enough to start Mists of the Serengeti on its release day, some two weeks after it landed on my reader and I am still so bummed that I couldn't read it free and clear of the other amazing book, because they both deserved my undivided attention and adoration. Mists of the Serengeti was a stunning epic romance written in some of the most beautiful prose I've ever read. It was an absolutely perfect romance book. Come with me through the jump and I'll tell you all about why every lover of romance novels needs to pick this one up, yesterday. Spoiler free, of course.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Quote of the Day

Fangirl Friday: Stardew Valley!

Okay, so it's ridiculous. But honestly, it's amazing!

Right now, I need escapism more than I need almost anything else. This is how I've come to sink unfathomable numbers of hours into playing this daffy little game. See, it's like Farmville, right? From Facebook? But it's everything Farmville should have been and *wasn't.* No advertising, no requests for equipment, no spamming everyone you've ever known for help with your broccoli. None of that.

Here's the gig. When you were a little kid, your grandfather had a farm. In the opening sequence, Grandfather dies. He passes along a mysterious envelope for when you are all grown up and are feeling the crushing weight of the day-in, day-out working life. When you're in that space, you open the envelope and inside... is the deed to the farm!

Off you go!  You meet all the villagers, go on little quests, go exploring, farming, foraging, mining, fishing, and you build buildings and turn milk into cheese. You have relationship meters with all the characters, and even have the opportunity - *if you want it* to choose a spouse and start a life!

Yes, it's sprite graphics. Yes, my eight-year-old also loves it. but seriously. In a world going more and more insane by the day, the simplicity and focus, the small town community... it's exactly what the doctor (Harvey?) ordered.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Quote of the Day

Taleenoi olngisoilechasgur. 
We are all connected.
How many times do we pass people on the street, whose lives are intertwined with ours in ways that remain forever unknown? How many ways are we tied to a stranger by fragile, invisible threads that bind us all together?

Mists of the Serengeti
~~Leylah Attar

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Quote of the Day

I can either be a victim-- or a winner. Fuck victimhood. I don't wear it well; it clashes with my wardrobe.
I'm ready.
Only one of us is getting out alive.
It's going to be me.

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

What the Wenches Are Reading

Angela:  I’m having a real change of pace this week and reading a contemporary mystery. Iron Lake (Cork O’Connor #1) by William Kent Krueger. I can’t remember the last time I read a mystery that was set in present day. I’m actually enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. A lot of suspense and it’s keeping me on my toes guessing what is going to happen next.

Anne: I’m just getting started on Silence Fallen, the upcoming Mercy Thompson book. Keep an eye out for a review closer to the release date. In the audiobook world, I’m still listening to American Gods. Not sure what I’m going to listen to after this. I’ve had a lot of recommendations recently.

Barb: I finished Mists of the Serengeti, which was absolutely stunning. If you like sweeping epic romances, go get this book. I have no idea what I'm reading next, this one left me stunned. Look for a five-star review ASAP. 

Donna: This week I've been reading George Orwell's 1984 and John Lewis's Walking With the Wind.

Kathi: I'm trying something completely different that was suggested by a friend to take my mind off things: Under a Graveyard Sky (Black Tide Rising #1). A family initiates a preplanned escape protocol (which includes a big sailboat!) when it receives a doomsday message from someone in a position to know that there's a potential life-as-we-know-it-might-be-ending event in the works. Which is a zombie virus. We'll see how it goes!

Zee: I am determined to read Phantom Kiss today. I miss Merit and Ethan. I also started Dakota Gray's Hardcore last night. Duke... sigh.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Land, domination, pre-emptive attacks - all just excuses, mundane justifications that do nothing but disguise the simple distinction. They are not us. We are not them.”

Monday, February 6, 2017

Quote of the Day

Sometimes we need to be jarred out of our own reality. We base so much of ourselves on other people's perceptions of us. We live for the compliments, the approval, the applause. But what we really need is a grand, spine-chilling encounter with ourselves to believe we're freaking magical. And that's the best kind of believing, because no one can unsay it or take it away from you.

Mists of the Serengeti
~~Leylah Attar 

So Many Questions: Biting Cold Part Two

​Hello, Saucy Readers! I'm back with Part two of my Biting Cold questions. You can find Part One here. Let's dive right in to the questions! I think it goes without saying, but spoilers abound after the break!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Quote of the Day

There was a moment back there in the White Mansion. You didn't move. I wouldn't have minded if you had. 

He opened his arms. 

Truculence dissipated like a bubble bursting. When I bounded over the couch, sped across the bookstore, and flung myself into them, he caught me up and swung me around and I threw my head back, laughing just like a heroine in one of those romantic movies. 

 Karen Marie Moning's Feversong.

YOLO: You Only Live Once

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.” - Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

It seems like every other day, there is another celebrity death flooding the news feeds. 2016 hit me particularly hard, because we lost so many iconic performers. The deaths of musical superstars such as David Bowie, Prince and George Michael left me reeling – their music is the soundtrack of my youth. Alan Rickman, who so successfully brought JK Rowling's character of Severus Snape to life on the big screen, was one of the first well-known people to die in 2016 after a short battle with cancer. Harper Lee, the author of one of the most-loved novels of the twentieth century To Kill a Mockingbird, also left us. Coincidentally, I had just finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time shortly before her death, and its wisdom and beauty has stayed with me throughout the year. We lost many other famous people in 2016, but losing Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia of my beloved Star Wars, is the final page of a crappy year.

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” - Benjamin Franklin

Many people have commented on social media about so many people dying this past year. What about that? Statistics show that every day there are approximately 360,000 births and 151,600 deaths worldwide www.ecology.com (ecology.com). Maybe 2016 was noteworthy because more famous people died, and we found out the sad news almost immediately. Before I had the internet, I sometimes didn't know someone had passed away until the In Memoriam phase of the awards shows.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein

Life is a miracle. The odds of any of us being born in this particular time, place and circumstance are 1:400,000,000,000 (I am no math whiz, but that's what Google told me.) Just imagine there was one life preserver thrown somewhere in some ocean, with exactly one turtle in all of these oceans, swimming underwater somewhere. The probability that you came about is the same as that turtle sticking its head out of the water – into the middle of that life preserver. On one try.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” - Oscar Wilde

With all the real-life deaths we are faced with, why do we choose to read about death in literature? I admit to relishing a good murder mystery – the Cormoran Strike novels by JK Rowling  Robert Galbraith are a particular favorite of mine. In some novels the deaths are very upsetting because we've come to care for the characters. 

Speaking of JK Rowling, her Harry Potter series is littered with many painful deaths. Harry's parents, Lily and James, sacrificed themselves for the life of their infant son. Throughout the series, the deaths become more and more difficult to bear because of the attachment we (and Harry) have to them: Sirius Black, Albus Dumbledore, Hedwig, Alastor Moody, Dobby, Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, and Severus Snape. I read every death scene with a huge lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.

“You will die, one day. As will I. Our time will come, and we will go. - The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North

A novel that had a big impact on me in 2016 was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to the beginning, as a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. He chooses to study and to learn everything he can. That's an interesting concept. Not only does Harry relive his life over and over again, but all of the other characters do as well. They just don't remember. Every time Harry dies, he is reborn and the system is reset. His mother still dies in childbirth, but everyone else he knows is exactly the same as they were before.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Anne Frank

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is one of the world's most read books. The diary, which she started writing at the age of 13, was found by her father, the only surviving member of her family, after World War II ended. Her inspirational words have lived on, long after her death in a Nazi concentration camp.  One thing I do know is that we can live on in the memories of our loved ones, and by the impact we have made on others. Actors and musicians have had their greatest moments recorded and are just a click away. Authors have had their words immortalized for future generations.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Quote of the Day

And even knowing that I had to do it-that I would have died if I hadn’t-didn’t make it any easier for me to deal with. I missed her. I hated her. I loved her. I hated myself. I missed her. Moms, even bad ones-and she’d been a good one once-are sacred. They’re the taproot from which we grow.

FEVERSONG, Karen Marie Moning

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

“I'm no poet. I'm a soldier. So, I'll just tell you the way it is, as clumsy as it sounds. When I first saw you, it was like being thrown from a shuttle before it touched the ground. I fell and when I landed, I felt it in every cell of my body. You disturbed me. You took away my inner peace. You left me drifting. I wanted you right there. Then as I learned more of you, I wanted you even more. You want me too. I've seen it in your eyes. You taught me the meaning of loneliness, because when I don't see you, I feel alone. You may reject me, you may deny yourself, and if you choose to not accept me, I will abide by your decision. But know that there will never be another one like you for me and one like me for you. We both waited years so we could meet.” 
One Fell Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles #3) by Ilona Andrews

What the Wenches Are Reading

There is still a lot of Karen Marie Moning on our list this week! Most of us have finished and loved Feversong, but it always takes a while to move on from the Fever world. Click through to see what else we're reading this week!