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Happy Easter

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And here's a little GIF story version to celebrate!

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Mid-Week Update

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I'm halfway through spring break. I got my work desk mostly in order, I shipped out some textbooks (here's hoping Amazon takes them), I've made progress on my brief...and there's still a bucketload of stuff to go. D:

On the bright side, I was able to fit in a little reading! I started an eARC of The Lost Compass by Joel Ross. It's the sequel to The Fog Diver, a middle grade adventure from last year that I really liked. Here's hoping this one lives up to its predecessor!

I also did my first Street Law class this week! It's a pro bono program where you get matched with a school or center (based on availability) and give a weekly lesson to kids or adults about the law. It's completely new to me, but I think it's going to be a great learning experience--definitely for me and hopefully for them, too.

In other news, make-up and I are not getting along. I've never been a big make-up person. Aside from a few isolated events in middle school, zip. But I figure, law school, professional look, networking events...so I picked up some mascara, lip gloss and blush. Didn't even think about it before I put it on, but I had a bad reaction to the blush. Turns out my face is pretty sensitive, even more so now on this one spot. So it looks like I'm going to be a mascara and and lipgloss only (or lipgloss only) girl. :P At least until I'm feeling brave enough to try Almay or some other hypoallergenic stuff.

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5 Steps to a Productive Spring Break

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As all university students know, there is no "break" in spring break. It's more of a non-stop, mad dash to catch up on homework and projects. (I'm also trying to clear the mountains sitting on my desk at work.)

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But honestly, as soon as class ends, homework is the last thing you want to do. So here are 5 steps to avoid spending the whole week on the couch watching Netflix:

1. Complete a task - any task.
Especially on the first day or two when school sounds abhorrent, tackle those little jobs you don't have time for during the semester. (For me, this was cleaning up the giant pile of junk on the kitchen table, trading in old textbooks, hanging up winter coats and shelving the piles of books on the living room floor.)

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Heartstrikers Series by Rachel Aaron (3 stars)

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I'm really liking this series! It's urban fantasy with just the right touch of silly, strange and irreverent.

Julius is a nice dragon. That's not a good thing in a family where ambition, backstabbing and manipulation are prerequisites for success and social standing. (If you've seen "Stardust," he's basically Tristan, but growing up surrounded by his murdering uncles/grandpa.) Marci, Julius' partner in crime, is not a mage to be messed with; but her thirst for knowledge (and staying in the black) never overwhelms her compassionate, friendly nature. Julius' family is awesome. They're all so different and crazy and draconic, and they're so much fun!

Also, there is a dragon seer named Bob with a pet pigeon. If that doesn't get you to read the first book, nothing will.


Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
Series: Heartstrikers #1
Genres: YA/Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published on July 13, 2014
Published by Rachel Aaron
Final Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis:
As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don’t cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

Now, sealed in human form and banished to the DFZ--a vertical metropolis built on the ruins of Old Detroit--Julius has one month to prove that he can be a ruthless dragon or kiss his true shape goodbye forever. But in a city of modern mages and vengeful spirits where dragons are considered monsters to be exterminated, he’s going to need some serious help to survive this test.

He only hopes humans are more trustworthy than dragons...

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