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Friday, July 21, 2017

Review: The Mummy by Anne Rice

Title: The Mummy
Author: Anne Rice
Series: Ramses the Damned #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Horror
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date:  March 16th, 2011 (First Published in 1989)
Edition: Kindle Edition, 418 pages
Source: Library
Purchase: Amazon US | Kobo | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | iBooks | BAM

Synopsis:
He was Ramses the Damned in ancient Egypt, but awoke in opulent Edwardian London as Dr. Ramsey, expert in Egyptology. He mixes with the aristocrats and samples their voluptuous lifestyle, but it is for his beloved, Cleopatra, that he longs, and will do anything to be with....

Review:

This is the first Anne Rice book I have read in a long, long time. Her writing is so unique and has this way about it that is hard to explain. It's something you have to experience, but her writing just draws you into what is happening, giving you a very "fly on the wall" perspective. You always feel like you are right there with everybody experiencing everything they are. 

I admit, that I haven't enjoyed all her books, Interview with a Vampire is my favorite hands down, but I've always had a hard time reading most of her other books in that series, and I haven't read any books from other series she's written (seriously, this woman has written so many books). I think what helped me get so engaged with this book is that it takes place outside her Vampire series.

I didn't catch on right away that this book takes place in 1914, Those early chapters didn't really give the feeling that it was taking place that far into the past. But once I figured that out, what was happening seemed all the more perilous to me. It kind of reminded me of the Mummy movie (the one with Brenden Fraiser, I haven't seen the one from the 50's) with some small differences here and there. Not a bad thing, I love that movie. And this was written before that movie came out.

Anne Rice has a way with intertwining Romance and horror so seamlessly. There is also an air of mystery and suspense in this book that makes it hard to put down. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginning: The Mummy (Ramses the Damned #1) by Anne Rice || Friday 50/50 Most/Least Favorite Character Name

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


Synopsis:
He was Ramses the Damned in ancient Egypt, but awoke in opulent Edwardian London as Dr. Ramsey, expert in Egyptology. He mixes with the aristocrats and samples their voluptuous lifestyle, but it is for his beloved, Cleopatra, that he longs, and will do anything to be with....




Book Beginning:
The camera flashes blinded him for a moment. If only he could get the photographers away.

My 56:
High noon. The dining room. Ramses sat back laughing.



50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.


Most:
Kestrel, from The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski series.

I like it because it holds some subtle symbolism for her character.

Least:
   I have to choose two for this, they are from the same book, but I hate them both equally

Pagan and Dank from Abbi Glines Existence Trilogy.

A massive fail in trying to give her characters unique names, and actually, there is an honorable mention for a third character in the series that also has a dumb name that I hate.
"Leif."
ఠ_ఠ Don't know what's going on with these names, everybody else in the series has a normal name.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Music Monday: Melanie Martinez

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up



I've been listening to her music since she tried out for The Voice about 5 years ago. The first video is kind of strange, but I still kind of love it, I couldn't find an official Music video for Gingerbread Man.
These are the first and last songs on her Deluxe Album "Cry Baby". The album kind of tells a story of the character's, Cry Baby, life from birth to around adult hood.










Friday, July 14, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell // Friday 50/50 - Favorite/Least Favorite Book Trope

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.


Synopsis:
     To end a civil war, Lansera's King Turyn relinquished a quarter of his kingdom to create Medua, exiling all who would honor greed over valor to this new realm on the other side of the mountains. The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations, but their ways of life are as compatible as oil and water.
     When Vesperi, a Meduan noblewoman, kills a Lanserim spy with a lick of her silver flame, she hopes the powerful display of magic will convince her father to name her as his heir. She doesn't know the act will draw the eye of the tyrannical Guj, Medua's leader, or that the spy was the brother of Serrafina Gavenstone, the fiancee of Turyn's grandson, Prince Janto. As Janto sets out for an annual competition on the mysterious island of Braven, Serra accepts an invitation to study with the religious Brotherhood, hoping for somewhere to grieve her brother's murder in peace. What she finds instead is a horror that threatens both countries, devouring all living things and leaving husks of skin in its wake.
     To defeat it, Janto and Serra must learn to work together with the only person who possesses the magic that can: the beautiful Vesperi, whom no one knows murdered Serra's brother. An ultimate rejection plunges Vesperi forward toward their shared destiny, with the powerful Guj on her heels and the menacing beating of unseen wings all about.


Book Beginning:
He was an enticing prospect, Vesperi had to admit.

My 56:
Footsteps trailed away from the hut, waking Serra.







50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

Favorite/Least Favorite Book Trope


Favorite:
Unlikely Hero

Example: Neville Longbottom

Least:
Insta-Love.

Example: about 70% of all romance stories

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tag: Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2017

Saw this over on Lauren @ Always Me. She tagged everybody that hasn't done this yet, I enjoy tags, so where we go.
This Tag was created by ReadLikeWildFire and Ely Jayne



1. Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017

2. Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2017


3. New Release You Haven't Read Yet But Want To
 So many. I've been in a really bad reading slump most of the year. 
There are literally too many to list. There are even some books from last year that I haven't read yet.

4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017

5. Biggest Disappointment
This one had potential to be good. It was just shy of mediocre. 

6. Biggest Surprise

7. Favorite New Author
I've only read one book by a couple of new authors this year, and it generally takes at least 2 books for me to call them a favorite. However, Katherine Arden is one to watch

8. Newest Fictional Crush
I've kind of outgrown that, and I also read mostly YA, and I'm 31... YA Characters range from about 14 to 18... and ew. Those are the ages of my little brothers.

9. Newest Favorite Character
I've grown a rekindled appreciation for Ron. This is cheating kind of... but it's  been so long since I've read these books and I had forgotten how different Book-Ron is from Movie-Ron.

10. Book That Made You Cry
   None this year. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, and I haven't read many books this year, and most of them have been not so good.

11. Book That Made You Happy
This book pulled me out of my near 2-month reading slump.

12. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation You've Seen So Far in 2017

13. Favorite Review You've Written So Far in 2017
I don't know. Most of my reviews have been semi-negative ones. Many disappointments this year.

14. Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far This Year
I didn't buy this one, I won it... but I haven't purchased any books this year.

15. What Books Do You NEED To Read By The End of The Year 
So many... Easier to just go here: Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Reads Freebie: Books I Want to Finish this Summer
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That's all. Book covers are linked to either my review or the Goodreads page if it's one I haven't read yet.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Music Monday: Sim Gretina Disney Remixes

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up


So, I found this guy over the weekend and I am really loving these two remixes in particular.