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February Adventures: School, Work and Secret Sisters


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

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
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?

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


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!

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