#teasertuesday – A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Hello, and welcome once again to Teaser Tuesday. I’m glad to be back to my blog hops this week!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too

Last night I started A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, and I was so taken with the first two sentences of the book that they are what I am sharing with you today.

darkshadecoversmallKell wore a very peculiar coat.

It had neither one side, which would be conventional, or two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.

Here is the GoodReads page, if what you read here intrigues you and you want to find out more.

Check out A Daily Rhythm for more TT posts!

I’ll see you all tomorrow!

~ Emily

#mirthmusicmon – #CheckItOut – #mondayblogs

I’m back! The essay is finally handed in, I’ve auditioned for my favourite musical (though I don’t know if I got in yet; with 140 auditionees and a cast of only 40, there’s more chance of not, but I remain hopeful) and had some family stuff to deal with (from afar, since I am five hours away and have to keep up via texts and Facebook), but hopefully this is the start of being back nice and proper.

For MMM today, I have an adorable video that I found. I am a frequent patron of my local public library, and I also work in a library… though it’s a non-lending library, and I also work in the archives section rather than the general collection, but still. This video made me very happy.

:D :D :D

You can find more Mirth and Music Monday posts here. Please feel free to join in!

~ Emily

Book Review: The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean

Title: The Viper and the Urchin (Bloodless Chronicles #1)
Author: Celine Jeanjean
Genre: YA/steampunk
Date Read: 08/08/2015 – 16/08/2015
Rating: ★★★★★


vipercoverOh my goodness, this book was so much fun! To the point that I was making stupid noises during the last 10% or so. There are entertaining characters, an interesting setting and intriguing political machinations happening all around.

Rory is somewhere around the age of eighteen, and making ends meet picking pockets and the like with her partner in crime, Jake. She’s saving up to travel with a master swordsman and achieve her dream being just like the Scarred Woman, a swordswoman whose work she witnessed ten years prior. This all goes wrong thanks to a betrayal from Jake, and Rory is on her own.

The Viper, aka Longinus, is a master assassin with the invention of numerous deadly poisons to his name, but he has a secret: he has a debilitating fear of blood. When Rory witnesses an assassination gone wrong and learns of his secret, she blackmails him into teaching her to swordfight. But as they begin training, the victims of a copycat assassin start appearing, and Longinus and Rory are both in mortal danger.

Rory is a great character; she’s streetwise, but not ridiculously capable, like some street urchin characters tend to be. She also talks like street urchin, instead of sounding exactly like every other character in the book. Someone needs to give Longinus a hug, except be careful how you do it, because there will be hell to pay if you ruin his clothes. He’s a bit ridiculous, but it made him more endearing.

The world of Damsport is rich in both geography and history, and yet it didn’t overpower the story. The reason I have never been able to read a lot of Steampunk is because it tends to get very caught up in “look at all these cool gadgets and this world I’m creating!” and the story and characters suffer from it. The Viper and the Urchin did not suffer from this problem.

The ending resolves enough to feel satisfying, but there is definitely set-up for subsequent books. I for one can’t wait to see Longinus spend more time around Lady Martha; it’s going to be hilarious. My problem now is that the book was only released a month ago, so I’m going to have to wait (not so) patiently for the next one.


Not quite accurate for this, but the sentiment still applies

Brief Hiatus

Hello everyone

I’m just posting this to let you know I’m going to go on a brief blog hiatus until the end of August. Writing blog posts is kind of time consuming, and I really need to spend that time on the 3000 word essay I have due on August 31, but am yet to really start. I’ll see you again in September!

~ Emily

Teaser Tuesday – August 18

Hello, and welcome once again to Teaser Tuesday.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too

This week I’m sharing from The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean. Which… I probably will have finished by the time this is actually posted, but I’m scheduling this on Sunday, and I’m still at 80%. You should all read it. It’s one of my favourite books this year.

vipercoversmall“You got any better ideas?”

“No, and that’s what worries me.”

It took me a few attempts to pick out a sufficiently non-spoileriffic two sentences, but I think this is snappy yet suitably vague.

You can visit A Daily Rhythm for more Teaser Tuesdays!

~ Emily

#mirthmusicmon – Sing out loud, sing out strong – #mondayblogs

Question: what do you do on the drive home from an Elvis tribute show on a Saturday night?

Answer: you sing Sesame Street songs. Obviously.

Since I only did an Elvis post recently, I thought I’d share a couple of fun Sesame Street songs and sketches. Also, forgive this post’s brevity; I have left it until 10:30pm to get around to writing it.

#ROW80 Checkin- August 16

This week was a vast improvement from the last, I am happy to say. I’m pantsing my way through a contemporary romance set at a university, whipping through what I’m reading. Here’s a break down of my goals.

  • Write one page in notebook every day

The only day I didn’t write was Thursday. It felt much better than the week before, when I barely wrote at all.

  • Type up the week’s writing on Sunday evenings.

I am going to do that immediately after finishing this post.

  • Read for half an hour every day. Keep on track for 52 books in the year.

Yes. Definitely. I finished Dust Girl and The Viper and the Urchin and am continuing Balanced on the Blade’s Edge. Persuasion is on hold because my iPod isn’t working. I also started Crewel, but I didn’t realise it was dystopian fiction, and so it wasn’t what I was expecting (I thought it was fantasy). I like for everyone to subjugated equally when I read dystopian fiction; things like the women having to be married by 18 and having to be styled and made beautiful don’t really appeal to me as much. I’m going to give it to page 100 and then decide whether to keep going.

  • Write one book review per week, and queue them up so I don’t miss another post

I wrote and scheduled a review of Dust Girl. Also tweaked my review of Dorothy Must Die and can now hand it in for a uni assignment. So that review will now go up at a later date when the assignment has been marked. I was going to do a critical analysis of three reviews of Go Set A Watchman for this exercise, but then I realised I could do a review of anything, and suddenly the exercise became a whole lot easier.

  • Ride bike to work/walk from work into the city after work at least three days a week.

I rode Monday and intended to also ride Saturday. I was just about out the door when I remembered I was seeing a show last night and wouldn’t be able to finish work at five, ride/bus home, freshen up and get to the venue in time for dinner. So I had to drive.

  • Devise fortnightly meal plans in the couple of nights before pay day.

We took stock of what we had in the cupboard and managed to stock ourselves up for four different recipes for under $50. I wish more grocery bills were like that! I also made apple pies. Delicious.

That’s all from me! See you all soon!

~ Emily