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Book Roundup: Romance, Magic and Superhero Babies

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Good news: I passed the New Jersey bar exam! Whoo! Bad news: bar prep 2.0 is in full swing for the Pennsylvania February exam. Pity the fool? I am that fool. :)

Before I return to the Batcave of Studying, here's a quick roundup of my recent reads. Skipping over the books that were just okay, because life's short.


Wildfire -- I finished the Hidden Legacy trilogy and liked all three! I'm a little sad to see Nevada's story end, but it looks like we're getting more novels in this world focused on her sisters. Which I shall read.

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One Year Older, One Year Thankful

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I had a birthday this month. It's been a year of big life changes. I took my first solo vacation abroad. I graduated law school. I took the New Jersey bar exam (still waiting on the results). I moved into a new apartment and am living completely alone (no dog, no nothing) for the first time.

And some things never change. I read a bunch of books (60 from birthday to birthday). I attempted crafts, some attempts more successful than others. (I'm still knitting this second scarf.) I'm still a spendthrift/cheapskate. I'm still a nerd.

I usually use this space to tell people when I find good books, but today I'd like to reflect on all the people who have helped me make it through this year and say thank you.

I want to thank God. I couldn't have made it without him. I want to thank my family. My parents were behind me 100% through law school and beyond, and it would have a been a whole different story without them. I want to thank the law school friends who helped me understand things that didn't click, commiserated over exams and bar prep, and just sat and talked like we were still normal people with lives outside of school. We weren't, but it was nice of you to pretend with me.

I want to thank all the wonderful people I've met through the #OTSPsecretsister program and especially my sister pen pals. You'll never know just how far a little cheer went. I want to thank the blogger friends who talked books and life and everything in between. I want to thank the friends who encouraged me to try their favorite TV shows and laughed graciously when I critiqued said shows with Disney gifs. I want to thank everyone who prayed for me, made me laugh, and pushed me to work harder, and to relax. Thank you for every little, seemingly insignificant gesture of kindness. It wasn't insignificant.

This birthday, I celebrate that I'm still standing after all the change. I hope to hold onto the good and let go of the bad. But this birthday, more than anything, I'm grateful for all the amazing, good-hearted people in my life. You guys are incredible, and you deserve celebration. Thank you.

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The 100 Reactions, Eps 8-13: The Disney Edition

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And we're back with more reactions to The 100! Shannon at It Starts at Midnight is a HUGE fan of The 100. (See her episode recaps and other The 100 posts here.) She talked me into giving it a try once Bar season was over, and I'm super surprised she's still excited to hear my thoughts given how badly I've ripped the show's plotting and logic so far. ;)

I exercised some restraint  on length this time, so here go reactions to the rest of Season 1!

In case it wasn't obvious, there could be spoilers below for The 100, Season 1, Episodes 8-13. Again, last chance.

SPOILERS AHEAD. 

Now, on to the fun!

Reactions, Episodes 8-13: The Disney Edition

S1/E8: Glad Bellamy had a come to Jesus moment. Sad he still lacks brains.


Finn, your misdealings cost you your influence with Clarke. Be ashamed.


Clarke, stop saying "no choice" or "did the best I could." Stop making excuses. Start making better choices. Octavia, you're a brat. Also, y'all should probably start testing food before getting the whole camp high.


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The 100 Reactions, Eps 6-7: Idiocracy, The Sequel

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And we're back with more reactions to The 100! Shannon at It Starts at Midnight is a HUGE fan of The 100. (See her episode recaps and other The 100 posts here.) She talked me into giving it a try once Bar season was over, and she will likely regret asking to hear my thoughts before this is over. ^^;

I was going to wait to post until I had another 5 episodes, but clearly my thoughts (and accompanying gifs) run rampant when not constrained by Twitter's character limit. I will try to be more concise next time.

In case it wasn't obvious, there could be spoilers below for The 100, Season 1, Episodes 6-7. Again, last chance.

SPOILERS AHEAD. 

Now, on to the fun!

Reactions, Episodes 6-7: Idiocracy, The Sequel


S1/E6: Eh, I was hoping for a bit more information on the Grounders. Which we could have gotten if we didn't immediately try to kill people. Bellamy, can you not be the most useless kid on the planet? Didn't your guard training teach you to know your enemy? Knowledge is power? Like, seriously Bellamy. You're basically this guy:


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The 100 Reactions, Eps 1-5: The Skeptic Skewers

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Shannon at It Starts at Midnight is a HUGE fan of the TV show The 100. (See her episode recaps and other The 100 posts here.) She talked me into giving it a try once Bar season was over, and here we are.


The basic premise per IMDB:
Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.
I started writing my reactions to each episode on Twitter (mostly for Shannon's entertainment), but the thread felt disjointed, and that character limit was...limiting. So, blog post!

In case it wasn't obvious, there could be spoilers below for The 100, Season 1, Episodes 1-5. Again, last chance.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

Now, on to the fun!

Reactions, Episodes 1-5: The Skeptic Skewers

S1/E1: Bellamy's a selfish idiot, knew the goggles kid was a red shirt, wish Octavia had died first.

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August Recap: New Apartment and New Job

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It's been another long month. I've basically been working all month, except for moving days, and I didn't get a ton of reading done.

The move itself was a little . . . never ending, haha? I was kind of half-moved in but still working near the old place for a couple weeks. Long story short: I don't recommend piecemeal moving.

Strange though it is, this is actually my first time living completely alone (no family, roomies, dog) for an extended stretch of time. It's definitely an adjustment, but I'm getting there. And the dog/parents are close enough for weekend trips when I need my dog fix. Which works well since they need a dog sitter later this month. ;)

It probably says something that the first show I pulled up to watch upon moving was "North & South," where the southern country girl struggles to adapt to the more crowded, urban north, lol.

(actual picture of me trying to find the turn Google Maps says to take)
But we've moved past that initial "what have I done?" stage, and now I'm mainly watching silly, brainless stuff.

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July Recap: Books and the Bar

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It's August and, as promised, I'm back! Ish.

Quick recap: I took the New Jersey bar exam at the end of July. It was killer. I am now ignoring its existence until I get my test results in October-November. :)

Surprisingly, I actually got a bit of fiction reading done during bar prep. Some of them were "reality TV" reads I just needed to get a mindless break, but I read a few of the unread books on my shelf, some OTSP secret sister gifts, and some others that were mostly decent.


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I'll be back . . . in August

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I just realized I haven't posted anything since May. (I also realized there were a few comments I never replied to because I didn't get the usual email notifications. I'm sorry guys! Blogger has failed me.)

So, I'm checking in to say I'm still alive and . . .

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How to Read the Unread Books You Own

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Once upon a time, I got almost all my reading material from the library and saved my chore and holiday money to buy a few books I LOVED and would reread again and again. Ah, happy childhood. Then the internet struck, and I realized my library didn't have a lot of books I wanted to read. I was still a cheapskate, but I had jobs, and I knew how to find books cheaply, so...I became something of a collector. *cough dragon-like book hoarder cough*

Which brings us to today:


Basically, I have a ton of unread books on my shelves. This isn't all of them. They were just the easiest to group and take a picture of. It's kind of depressing. I feel really wasteful and unproductive seeing all these books I bought sitting around. They're not totally untouched; my mom routinely raids my collection and has probably read most of these, but the guilt remains.

So, I want to fix this. I'm moving in a few months and, while I'll be able to keep some books in free storage for a while, that's not permanent. In preparation for the inevitable book purge, it's time to find out what's actually worth keeping, and the only way to do that is to read them.

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March Adventures: Weddings, Work & the PokeRap

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It was another busy month. I did my taxes, went to a couple of lecture events, put in volunteer hours, grabbed ramen with an old high school friend, worked, and then ran down to Florida for my little sister's wedding. I drove down with my folks, was actually in Florida for 1.5 days, and then flew back home.

Yeah, my little sister is officially married. It was a sunrise beach wedding. There were a lot of seagulls. :)

Then I got home, wrote a paper, went back to work and school, binged most of "Cranford" during a snow day, and applied to take the Bar Exam. Duh duh DUH!!

I got a little bit of fun reading done in between all this. One of them was from this month's OTSP Secret Sister package, which rocked a March Monsters theme! The mix CD has the PokeRap. Need I say more?

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February Adventures: School, Work and Secret Sisters

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February was rough. Adventure #1 was an intensive advanced evidence class that took place over the course of two weekends. The class wasn't bad, but it was Friday through Sunday, combined with pro bono mediation training and tax prep volunteering. And a couple of the clerks at work were out for the February bar exam, so I've been pulling extra hours there too. All told, I was driving up to school or work basically every day this month. I'm ready to have my four-day weekends back. :)

Surprisingly, I still got a little reading done!

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Heart of Iron: liked the core, but connection failure

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I saw Heart of Iron pitched as Anastasia meets Firefly. Combine that with an entertaining experience with Poston's last book, Geekerella, and I was in. I didn't love this book, but it has a lot of elements I know other readers will enjoy.

This eARC was provided through Edelweiss for review. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Series:  #1?
Genres: YA, Sci-fi
Published on February 27, 2018
Published by Balzer + Bray
Final Rating: 2 stars
Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

Review:
I like the overall concept. Space pirates, missing royalty, evil lurking in the shadows. There's a lot of good stuff there, and the plot was generally interesting.

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January Adventures: Scotland, Knitting and Books

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The biggest January Adventure was easily my week in Scotland! Technically 5 days, but who's counting? I posted a few of my best photos over on Instagram. Here's a sample:

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I got two days in Edinburgh, during which I stayed at a hostel, explored, saw a musical, ate tasty food, and climbed up to Arthur's Seat (which was amazing and FREEZING). The other three days went to a tour through the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. It was beautiful and amazing, and I'd love to go back!

In other news . . .

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A romance I read because I needed more Scotland

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I got back from a whirlwind 5 days in Scotland last week, and I wish I could go back already. (Curse you school!) So, to slake my need for more Scotland (without missing class), I picked up this.

This e-book was provided by the author for review.
Lake of Destiny by Martina Boone
Series: Celtic Legends #1
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Published on April 25, 2017
Published by Mayfair Publishing
Final Rating: 2 stars
Synopsis:
A magical Highland romance about men in kilts, destiny, family, healing, and the sometimes twisted path to love by the award-winning author of Compulsion.

Helping her aunt organize a Beltane Festival in a picturesque Highland village seems like the perfect escape from Anna’s second broken engagement and the meltdown that wrecked her legal career. But to succeed, she’ll need to wrangle kilt-wearing villagers, dangerous sheep, a disaster of a dog, and the reclusive laird who refuses to open his property to the public for the ancient tradition of “Sighting.”

For centuries, Loch Fàil in Balwhither has been known to locals as a "thin" place, one where the veil between worlds peels back on Beltane morning to show the face of a person's one true love. The tradition could draw tourists by the busload, but that’s exactly what Connal MacGregor fears will reveal the two secrets he's been desperately keeping hidden.

While Anna struggles to mediate between the needs of the village and Connal’s need to protect his identity and his child, Anna finds herself falling in love with all of them: Connal and his daughter, the magical glen, the villagers. But day by day, opening herself to love exposes deep scars from Anna’s childhood, and confronting those wounds could finally set her free--or endanger her every chance of happiness.
Review:
Lake of Destiny will appeal to contemporary readers looking for a light read centered around a sweet romance. I definitely got Highland vibes (and sheep), and there are some great humorous moments toward the beginning.

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