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Organizing my Bookcase
Yes, I am waiting until like the last day to possible write this blog but HEY at least I remembered about it! 🙂 So sadly, I have no pictures to show you because my bookcase is back home in Maryland and I am currently living in Vermont until the end of August. The few books that I do have with me which aren’t that many (like 5) are smooshed into my small closet. No way am I going to take a picture of that. LOL So on to my organization skills which I have NONE of!
When I was in middle school I collected The Royal Diaries and My Dear America books. So whenever I got a new one I would sort them by the year that they had written about. So for the Royal Diaries, Cleopatra was wayyy before anyone else and the Mayflower Dear America book was like the first one. So I usually grouped them by series and then if they had years to them that’s normally what I would do.
BUT NOW, I have removed those two series from my bookcase because I have no room and now they are laying in a box in my closet back home. I have grouped other series of books like Phillipa Gregorys books and Harry Potter and the Eragon series on my first two shelves. The rest are miscellaneous and are crammed in there. So besides keeping the series together I have no organization whatsoever. Maybe when I get home I’ll think about organizing it. Just maybe.
Title: Poison Study
Author: Maria V. Synder
Series: Study #1
Published: October 1, 2005 but has had many reissues/different covers
Source: Purchased (eBook)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison…
About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She’ll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly’s Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison. As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can’t control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren’t so clear…
I stumbled upon this book while reading The Broke and Bookish past blog about their top ten heroines. This was her number one heroine and she sounded like a great story to read so that is what I did. I picked up the book from Amazon because it was cheaper than at Barnes and Noble..again I purchased it as an eBook (sorry but I just can’t get myself to buy a $12 hardcover book when I could get the eBook for $4!). And OMG!! I couldn’t put the book down! I just had to finish it and that’s what I did for the rest of the day. Only took me about 5 hours…it is a pretty long book which I was super excited about. I like longer books sometimes because you are not limited in space and as long as the story flows really well you can add so much more. That is exactly what Synder did. She added so much to the characters and to the backstory that I felt transported to Ixia. Not once did I ever feel like it was too long or when will this book ever end that is something magical!
The story follows Yelena who has been rotting in the dungeons for about a year now. The day has finally come where she is to be executed for killing her foster brother. Then she meets Valek the Commander’s assassin and asks her if she wants to become the food taster for the Commander (who took over Ixia a while back and killed all the royal family and major influential people) instead of dying. She agrees and her journey begins! She learns all about poisons while also trying to stay alive for her foster brothers father is out to finish her! Not only that but there is a plot underfoot in the castle. The Commander is acting weird and there is a magician out to kill her (magicians are not welcomed in Ixia). As her story moves along, you learn more about her past and why she killed her foster brother and its a DARK story! Yelena grows from a cowered girl who didn’t understand anything to a confident woman who rushed into bad situations but always made the best of it. I think that is her greatest strong-point is that she cares for everyone else and will rush into dangerous situations to save that one person. She is witty and sarcastic which I also love and there is a little romance but doesn’t take away from the story/plot. It enhances it for sure!
I have finished reading the second in the series, Magic Study and have moved on to Fire Study. The Magic Study review will be up shortly. So you can obviously tell that I am in LOVE with the series. I have also started on Synders other series, Touch of Power which the review will be up shortly also and I have started on the second book of that series, Scent of Magic.
P.S. There are multiple covers out there but I felt like this one was the best. It didn’t show a face which I like just because I want to picture what she looks like in my head rather than have something else imprint that on to me. The red robe(dress) plays a part in the story and I feel like all the other covers didn’t portray as much as this one did.
QUESTION FOR MY READERS!: Do you have a book that has multiple covers and have a favorite one that really speaks to you or somehow portrays the story/plot better than the others?
Title: Keeper of the Forest
Author: D.K. Holmbery
Series: The Lost Garden #1
Source: Purchased (eBook)
Publisher: ASH Publishing
Published: September 22, 2014
Eris Taeresin, third daughter to the king, is tired of being different. She’s wasted months searching the massive palace garden for a flower that will let her join her sisters in lessons to learn the secret language of flowers. Each day the Mistress of Flowers finds some reason to refuse, all while her sisters found theirs easily, a fact they love to throw in her face.
When she finally finds a strange flower that satisfies the stern Mistress of Flowers, Eris is told she needs to learn more about the flower before she can join the lessons, leaving her spending more days searching the garden. At least now she has Terran, a handsome young gardener, for company.
Then, while her father’s men fight a war in the north and with her oldest sister planning her wedding with the Saffra prince, Eris discovers the Mistress of Flowers might be more than she realized. After overhearing her father’s magi advisor, she begins to suspect the Mistress of Flowers is a flower mage who intends to use the garden in a plot against the kingdom. Eris soon learns the threat against the kingdom is deeper than she suspected and now she might be the only one able to save it from destruction, if only she can learn to use her own magic in time.
This book was a good quick read but fell flat. It was soooo boring in the beginning and middle. Eris is sent repeatably back to the garden to find the perfect flower to hand to the Mistress of Flowers so that she can start her training in the secret ways of the flower. She finally finds one but is told to learn more about it. Sadly, there are no books on it so Eris mops about some more and walks in the garden. All of her sisters resent her for not finding the correct flower and joining in their studies with them. They are like downright mean and makes no sense that they are besides them being viewed as mean and evil? There is also some war going on that we never really find out much about, and some inner fight between the wizard adviser and the Mistress of Flowers. Eris thinks the Mistress of Flowers is a spy and tries to learn more but she fails at taking any kind of control. The one good thing about the book was that the fight and her finding her true magic at the end was great and really well done. The descriptions used to describe the flowers and the “garden” building throughout was beautiful and made me want to plant a garden with all of those flowers. But sadly, I don’t think that I will continue with the series.