Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.
Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?
It’s been a while since I read Night Broken (the book prior to this) so I felt a little lost when I started Fire Touched. After I recalled some of the previous events Fire Touched flowed a bit smoother for me. Patricia Briggs has a way of writing that really grabs my attention and I love Mercy. The story line on this one was quite good in my opinion. I love the growth that I’m seeing within the pack and character developments. I can’t wait for the next one!
Solarversia by Toby Downton
Solarversia is the story of an epic year-long game played by 100 million people inside a virtual world modelled on the real world Solar System. Given three lives, three vehicles, and told to master The Science of Solarversia to stand a chance of winning, players compete for the £10m grand prize, and the chance to help design the next game, starting in 2024.
Nova Negrahnu and her friends Burner and Sushi cannot wait to start playing. But when an international terrorist organisation sets its sights on the game and it’s creator, Nova finds her life turned upside down, as the line between simulation and reality blurs. Can she navigate between playing the game, coping with all the issues an eighteen-year-old girl faces and avoid the very real and present danger mounting outside Solaversia?
Mr. Downton contacted me after I tweeted my love for the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline to ask if I would want an advanced copy of his book to read. He said something to the effect that it was like Ready Player One in a way so I might enjoy it as well. Solarversia has similar elements as Ready Player One in the fact that the focal point of the books take place in a cyber world type universe and a reality like ours. Where using VR type headsets gets you into that world. There are also games that each book is trying to win for a prize in that world, and people who are trying to win for their own gain.
The first 20% of this book was a tough read for me. It just felt very slow and I found myself getting bored. After the 20% mark it seemed to pick up the pace a bit which was nice. There were a few points where I found it hard to put the book down because I wanted to know what happened to that character. I found myself feeling bad for one of the “bad guys”.
The idea for Solarversia and some of the elements it contained, such as the pets, the Solarversia world, Nova’s tattoo, the volleying between reality and the virtual world, and Soul Surfer ( a program where you could talk to your deceased loved ones), were amazing. I think that it could have been an awesome book with the story line, but it just fell flat.
It’s hard for me to say why without ruining the novel, but I think part of it was because the names of the items, characters, places, and nearly everything in the Solarversia. I get wanting to be unique but I couldn’t pronounce half of the names, and reading others just felt like gibberish. For example the emperor of the Solarversia world is named “Emperor Commissaire de Spielen Von Unglai D’Acheera Nakk-oo Mandlebrot”. Due to the names I often felt lost when a character would pop up that was supposed to be important in game because I couldn’t recall very much about them.
The ending of the book was clearly written in an open ended format with no closure, giving you the feeling that Mr. Downton was/is working on a sequel.
Sailor Moon Drops was finally localized for Europe and North America in April. When it first came out in Japan it was said that it wouldn’t localize for the Americas, so I made a japanese itunes account and downloaded it. Typically I don’t get into Bejeweled type games, but I think this one is just so dang cute – probably because it’s Sailor Moon. I don’t quite understand the scoring, but it’s a fun way to kill a little time and relax.
Orphan Black has finally returned for Season 4! So far this season has been nothing short of amazing, and I think the FEELS are going to kill me. I loved that from the first episode we got to see more in to Elizabeth Child’s life. We’re introduced to two more clones from both Castor and Leda, which is AWESOME! I’m so curious as to where this season is going to take us. This series is just… guys, WATCH IT if you haven’t already.
April 05, 2016
Me: “Did you just use a knife and a pizza cutter to get that out if the oven?”
Jeremy: “what else am I supposed to use?”
Me: ” A plate, or the pizza pan that’s in there…”
April 06, 2016 – Three years ago…
Also April 06 – I had to drop off some letters at the post office before going home. It’s dark out. Vincent asks to go and I told him no he had to stay in the car. It would only take me a second. He says in a half cry “But I want to protect you!” *heart broke* such a sweet boy.
April 24, 2016 – Apparently my kids believe that I do not need sleep to function. They were up eight times in the course of six hours. I also wasn’t aware that I signed up for MMA Fighting. I got a powerful headbutt to the jaw from a 16 month old.
April 26, 2016 – I realized I wasn’t quite over the flood.
April 29, 2016 – Vincent’s class went to the local flower shop and they got to put together Mother’s Day flower arrangements. I posted a picture above of the one he game it. It melts my heart.