Sunday, November 30, 2014

52 Review - November Edition

Hey! Guess what? I finished my challenge!!  Woo Hoo!!

Oh yeah! 5 books ahead of schedule! Which is probably a good thing since I didn't manage to get much reading done this month. I've been home ill for most of the month and I wasn't in the head space for reading. I did manage to get a few books read though.

The Courtship of Princess Leia
by Dave Wolverton

374 Pages

Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Rebel Alliance and a new home planet for the refugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leia considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of 63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. Han Solo has always dreamed of marrying Leia himself, and now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Soon he, Isolder, Luke Skywalker and Artoo will be at the center of an adventure leading to an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained "witches," and a showdown with an invincible foe.

This was my TBR book for the month. Well, not originally. I was going to read Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter when I realized that it was book 2 of a series. I tried to locate the first book, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. So I decided that I was going to read this one instead. It's been on my shelf for years, so it fits the criteria nicely. 
As far as Star Wars books go, this one was pretty good. I really enjoyed that the two cultures that are introduced in the book are both female centric. That being said, I didn't like how the men in the book boo-hoo'd over it the entire time or that in the end the women needed to be rescued by the men. I was really hoping that Princess Leia would be one of the main voices in the story, but she was mostly just a side character and often just treated as the prize, which was really too bad.
What the plot really boils down to is Luke's journey to be one with the force and Han trying to be charming and failing miserably.

by Bailey Cates

324 Pages

As a new witch—not to mention owner of Savannah’s most enchanting bakery—Katie Lightfoot is still getting used to casting spells, brewing potions, and mastering her magical powers. But that doesn’t mean she can’t find time to enjoy a picnic with firefighter Declan McCarthy…until she stumbles upon a corpse. 

The dead man’s tattoo reveals he was a member of a secret society—and it turns out he's missing an object that was very important to the group. When Katie learns the killer was after more than the man's life, she and her Aunt Lucy leave the baked goods on the rack to cool and set off in hot pursuit of a killer.

This book just reiterates that I really need baking magic... and that I need to open a bakery... and make magical scones....
I'm really in love with this series. Not only is it written well, it has great characters and the murders aren't as silly or coincidental as other baking mysteries I've read. It's not formulaic at all, which is really refreshing. Katie doesn't go looking for trouble in this book, it's forced on her and her coven and they are just trying to right the wrongs before things get out of hand.
I'm still not sold on the whole love triangle angle, but I'm glad that she's doing her best to stay out of it as much as she can.

by Jill Archer

330 Pages

Lucifer and his army triumphed at Armageddon, leaving humans and demons living in uncertain peace based on sacrifice and strict laws. It is up to those with mixed demon and human blood, the Host, to prevent society from falling into anarchy.

Noon Onyx is the first female Host in memory to wield the destructive waning magic that is used to maintain order among the demons. Her unique abilities, paired with a lack of control and reluctance to kill, have branded her as an outsider from her peers. Only her powerful lover, Ari Carmine, and a roguish and mysterious Angel, Rafe Sinclair, support her unconventional ways.

When Noon is shipped off to a remote outpost to investigate several unusual disappearances, a task which will most likely involve trying and killing the patron demon of that area, it seems Luck is not on her side. But when the outpost settlers claim that an ancient and evil foe has stepped out of legend to commit the crimes, Noon realizes that she could be facing something much worse than she ever imagined…

I still really like this series, although the second book was not as good as the first. I enjoyed that Noon seems to be gaining more control over herself and her powers. Even though she still has a long way to go, she doesn't want anyone else to fight her battles for her. But even in her wanting to fight it alone, she and her companions start building strong bonds of friendship as they learn to work together.
This book took quite a few turns that I wasn't expecting, which was surprising, since there was a lot of foreshadowing in the book of things that did come to pass. I like when a writer can throw me for a loop like that. I'm looking forward to reading the next one and to see what some of the unforeseen consequences of this book might bring about 

While I only finished 3 books, I have been making more progress on some of my TBR books, which I am still plugging away at and hope to finish by the new year. Only 2 more to go!

Books that I am currently reading

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories
by H.P. Lovecraft
Page 16 of 360

by George R.R. Martin
Page 593 of 1128
(finally beginning to make progress in this)

Autumn Bones (Agent of Hel #2)
by Jacqueline Carey
Page 99 of 413

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Cute Geeky Birdies

The internet is filled with cute puppies and kitties dressed as adorable things, but your rarely see cute geeky birds. Well, my friends, that is about to change.

I have a soft spot for birds. Growing up I didn't have any traditional pets like a dog or cat, I had a budgie. His name was Shammy and he was awesome. We let him fly around all the time and he lived to the ripe old age of 12. 
He didn't make R2 D2 sounds like this little fellow, but he was still super awesome

Next up we have the DuckTales opening done with actual ducks!

Here's the side by side version with the original if you're interested

Now weren't those cute?

Thanks to Nerd Approved, who I also blame for getting that ear-worm stuck in my head.... ducktales..woo oo

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sexy Geek Shoes! Hooray!

A few years ago it seemed like there was no where that you could find geeky shoes, at least for women. Thank goodness for the out-pour of support of geeky ladies on the internet and, of course, for Etsy!
Geek shoes are now in abundance and they are as sexy as ever! Check out these two awesome stores that I've recently come across and their commitment to geeky, sexy and sparkly!

Heels or flats, these Wonder Woman shoes are amazing and can be completely customized in colour

I feel like I'd need a sexy black cat suit to go with these Cat Woman shoes

Love the purple and green combo. I always expect to find it tacky, but I love it

Star Wars Shoes!!! YAY!!!

I'm more of a TNG fan when it comes to Star Trek, but I love the black, blue and gold combo sooo much!

These Disney shoes are fit for a Princess

I am totally in love with these Lord of the Rings shoes; the elvish script, the white tree of Gondon on the heels, JRR's Signature on the bottom! Gorgeous! 

Mermaid shoes with pearls! Perfect!

These shoes are much sparklier than the others, but in a good way! All the motifs are done really precisely, which is very impressive

Barbie Shoes!!! I love Barbie Shoes!

The Jolly Roger and Steampunk shoes are totally amazing!
I mean, look at the tiny rivets on the steampunk shoes!

The flames and zebra aren't geeky at all, but I love them all the same!

Thanks you so much for making geeky shoes! The only problem is, picking out which ones I want the most!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bad Ass Geek Girl Clothes For Your Christmas List

I have a computer again!!!! YAY!!

Sorry for the long stint without posting much, but it's very hard when your computer is in pieces.
Now that I have internets and can actually catch up on all the tings I've been missing, I figured I'd start off with some awesome geek girl clothes that you might want to immediately put on you Christmas list.

Check out these amazing finds!

I want this Captain America dress so bad! It's sooo cool!

Hooray! More Sailor Moon dresses!!

These sweater dresses are super cute! I wish they actually were knit.

Good guys, bad guys, you don't have to choose with this awesome cardigan! I would live in this sweater!

I love these long sleeved costume tees! I can't decide who I want to be more; Dark Phoenix, Captain Marvel or Miss Marvel! Such good choices!

Seams Nostalgic

I want all of these skirts! ALL OF THEM!

Oh Black Milk, you just keep getting geekier and geekier and I LOVE IT!

Chain-mail dress! Yes Please!

I love this new Star Wars line!

How cute are these dresses?

I winder if these HP & MP leggings actually help restore you? Worth finding out, I think.

So, what do you think? Are these awesome finds worth putting on your Christmas List?

Thanks to Fashionably Geek for all the awesome tips