Tales from Frewyn – The Opera by Michelle Franklin

When due homage is paid to the heroes of Frewyn, what could possibly go wrong?
The Frewyn Players at the Royal Theatre in Diras are looking for new material to perform when a famous director from Marridon arrives to impart a Marridon theatrical pastime that is certain to make them famous. An opera will be their new performance, one that glorifies Frewyn’s greatest heroes, but what begins as homage ends as mockery, and the play that would make them the greatest exhibition in Frewyn might instead make them the Den Asaan’s most merited enemy.

Whether you are new to Michelle Franklin’s Frewyn tales or not, The Opera is a quick, fun read that you shouldn’t miss. I will admit that when I started reading The Commander and the Den Assan Rautu I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. It didn’t take me long to get swept away in the unique language and world that she has created for her lovable characters. The Opera gives you a glimpse into the life of these characters back in Frewyn. Michelle had me laughing out loud at some of the character’s comments and reactions. Rautu’s heated reactions and the Commander’s calming wit (not to mention her strategic use of chocolate) made this story well worth the read. If you’re looking for something light and witty that will give you a small glimpse into the world of the Commander and Rautu, The Opera is as good a place as any to start.

Work Meets Play… This is Just too Cool!

Without a doubt, this has been the most exciting week I’ve had in a long time. It all started with me just playing around with a logo for the Clockwork Angel Read-a-Thon. Who knew it would lead to designing a new logo for Mundie Mom’s Fan Site. It seems like I have been sitting on this news forever. For my family and friends, it probably seems even longer. I tend to get a little vocal and ramble a bit when I get excited and they’ve gotten really good at tuning me out, but this week, I haven’t made it easy. Katie and Sophie (Mundie Moms) made the official announcement today so now I get to share in the excitement. The cool part is that they are just as excited as I am. So, stop by their site and check out their new look. While you’re there check all the other cool fan stuff that they have going on. They are busy ladies and do a great job promoting YA and children’s books.

By creativedeeds

Changeless by Gail Carriger

Alexia Tarabotti, the Lady Woolsey, awakens in the wee hours of the mid-afternoon to find her husband, who should be decently asleep like any normal werewolf, yelling at the top of his lungs. Then he disappears – leaving her to deal with a regiment of supernatural soldiers encamped on her doorstep, a plethora of exorcised ghosts, and an angry Queen Victoria.

But Alexia is armed with her trusty parasol, the latest fashions, and an arsenal of biting civility. Even when her investigations take her to Scotland, the backwater of ugly waistcoats, she is prepared: upending werewolf pack dynamics as only the soulless can.

She might even find time to track down her wayward husband, if she feels like it.

Honestly, I read this book knowing that people complained about the story line. The ending was also in question, but since I already had Blameless I wasn’t too worried. As I was reading the book, I kept thinking to myself “why would anyone complain about this book?” As far as I could tell, Alexia was still her comical, witty self. Lord Maccon was still his charming, grumbly wolfish self. The supporting characters were just as flamboyant and flighty as ever. What was not to love? Then it hit me – wham!

This reader, however, is not complaining. Sure, there were a few strange and disturbing turn of events, but that just makes me want to read Blameless more and soon! Very sneaky of Ms. Carriger if I do say so myself.

I can’t remember a book or series of books that has made me laugh out loud more than The Parasol Protectorate has. Alexia’s inner dialogue is almost as comical as her rants and tirades toward her associates and loved ones. With Alexia, no one is immune, including her loving husband. Ivy’s obliviousness, Alexia’s family’s brashness along with all the other personalities thrown in make this book just fun. There is no other description that comes close to explaining it. I will admit that the ending crushed me, just a little, but I have no doubt that things will turn around for the characters in question. Just in case though, I’m starting Blameless as soon as possible. I was planning on saving it for Bout-of-Books, but I decided I just can’t wait. If you read Soulless and liked it, start Changeless with an open mind, just make sure that you have Blameless close by. You can thank me later. 🙂

Bout-of-Books Read-A-Thon (10/24-10/30)

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Due to popular demand, we are going to have another Bout of Books read-a-thon.  Amanda at On A Book Bender took the feedback that she received after the first Bout of Books read-a-thon, and has made some changes to see if they work better. You can get all the details here.
One of the biggest differences you will notice with this Bout-of-Books is the introduction of co-hosts. Your co-hosts (with blog and Twitter links) and the tentative challenge schedule are as follows:

If you’re paying really close attention, you’ll notice Amanda, in her infinite wisdom (or a momentary bout of insanity – the jury is still out on that issue) has appointed me as co-host for the first day. In another stroke of genius (or – insert ‘jury’ statement previously mentioned) and because it’s no fun working alone, Amanda has partnered me with the insanely competitive, professional reading demon, better known as soulswallo (or even Kelly), from Reading the Paranormal. In her excitement over yet another reading competition, soulswallo has officially dubbed herself the Bout-of-Books Particihost (which is a combination between participant and host – never mind, it was a ‘had-to-be-there moment’) for the day. 🙂 We don’t even need to mention the entertainment value that is bound to ensue from Amanda’s decision to leave us in charge of the first day of Bout-of-Books. The really great part however is that we are each offering our own challenge.  Oh, and did I mention there will be prizes? Really good prizes? Mine include a complete ebook trilogy and a new ebook release and soulswallo has 3 signed books up for grabs. That means that together we have 7 books to give away. Pretty awesome, huh? As the date of the read-a-thon gets closer, soulswallo and I will give you more details on our challenges. Just remember the most important rule, you have to be a participant in order to take part in any of the Bout-of-Books challenges.

Ready to sign up?  Fill out the form found here.  Your form submission will appear on the Master List.  The master list can be used to easily find participants on Twitter or blogs. Post a LINK to your Twitter, blog, Goodreads, Facebook. @YourTwitterHandle is NOT a link.  Amanda has herself and the co-hosts highlighted blue on the list.  If you have any questions, please email Amanda using the email button on her sidebar.

And don’t forget to spread the word!

By creativedeeds