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REVIEW- Etiquette and Espionage by: Gail Carriger



It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. 

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.


Overall Reaction:

Wow! I’m SUPER surprised. Going into this book, I had low expectations. Now that I’ve finished the first book, my expectations have been completely raised!

If you are a fan of Victorian Era novels and don’t mind a hint of Steampunk, you’ll have a pleasant experience reading this and I would HIGHLY recommend it!

The characters were a bit cliche, while I do admit this, the author added little twists to each of the characters making them different enough for it not to be boring or the same thing which caused me to overlook their dullness and continue with the plot.

The plot was only okay. While I did favor this story, The plot wasn’t AMAZING. It didn’t suck, it just wasn’t the type of Espionage I was looking for. Instead of FULL BLOWN fight scenes, we got little attack and runs.

One thing I LOVED about this story was  the finishing school that our MC goes too. I loved learning about how to be a spy, and all of the lessons were SUPER interesting, it also made for a very immersive world that kept building on itself chapter by chapter.

The writing style was GRAND! It really helped that the book was told with a voice that sounded like it was EXACTLY In the Victorian Era which totally got me into the mindset making the story more immersive and entertaining.

Overall, I’m fairly excited to read the second installment in this series, Although I’m not DYING of anticipation. It’s clean! The story is GOOD! Plus, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND for readers wanting to start in genre of Steampunk but want to take things slowly at the beginning.

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars


NaNoWriMo Week 1

Hey guys,

Sorry about the wait, I was writing a novel. (nothing big at all) 🙂 Anyway I mustered up the strength to type out this post to let you know all about how week one of NaNoWriMo has been going for me!

To start off I’d say the short answer is that I’m doing very well. I’ve Written the exact amount of words EVERY SINGLE DAY, and at one point was even ahead by 3K. But, that head start caught up with me bringing back the plauge of author laziness and I became the average mundane writer that I am barely writing the exact number of words in the week. So in case you guys skipped that part let me re-iderate that I have hit the word count every day and are feeling pretty good about this whole writing thing! As of now, 2016, my story is at 14K! The word count goal for today is 15K so that means that after finishing this post, you can bet that you’ll find me writing.

This week I’ve learned so much about me as a writer that I can’t wait to show in some of my writing snippets that I’ll release sometime later this month. One of the highlights of the week was probrably when I had a scare in which my laptop turned off making me freak out in the middle of writing,  if it hadn’t been for google drive I would have lost 2K which would have probably caused me to stop writing this thing, cause who wants to redo something you just did? If you are doing NaNowrimo comment below your  so I can congratulate you! If you want to see all of my progress periodically you can be my buddy by going to the link at the end of this post.

Anyways I am on track for success and are SO excited to see the outcome of this novel! I’ll be posting weekly update posts so stay tuned to see that in the future, until then thanks for reading, and I will see you in another blog post coming to you next week!

See Ya!



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*Ever the Stars- starting second draft. Finished at 45K

*The Hunt- 15K

*Elsewhere- Starting second draft and re-plotting

Review: Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Knights of Crystallia

cooltext133089402245467When Alcatraz and Grandpa Smedry make a pilgrimage to the Free Kingdom city of Crystallia, the Smedry home base, Alcatraz is shocked to see that he is, in fact, a legend. When he was a baby he was stolen by the Evil Librarians, and his mother, a Librarian herself, was behind the whole scheme. Now, with his estranged father, who is acting indeed strange, Bastille, who has been stripped of her armor, and Grandpa Smedry, who is, as always, late to everything (that’s his Talent), Alcatraz tries to save a city under siege. From who? Why, the Librarians of course! (From Goodreads)


cooltext133089303484155 May I just say Brandon Sanderson is just a wizard with characters, making them so fun and interesting at the same time. My favorite character in this book is actually the Main Character, Alcatraz. I love his cunningness as well as reading what “he” wrote in his “books.” There just so fun and the characters are really one of the strong things in this  book that make it so good!


I enjoyed this book a ton. I think that after reading the first two books you sort of get used to all of the weirdness and just enjoy, not nitpicking at every little detail. The weird is becoming the normal and it’s getting amazing. I have to say with each book in the series the stakes are rising, and the books are getting better and better as we go! I love the setting and exploring the world, it’s just so interesting! The endings are always what make me look forward to this book. They always end up with uncertainty and that’s what I love about this. I totally did not see the end of this book coming! I feel like at every sentence I’m doing “!” But it’s so true, this series is so good and you should totally look into it if you have not already! THIS IS NOT LIKE NORMAL BRANDON SANDERSON’S WORK! These are way different and quirky and weird, but that’s what I love about this series!


I don’t have anything to say. This book wasn’t a five stars, but It got pretty high and up there. Overall I’m liking it a ton!

Thank you so Much Tor/Starscape for sending me a review copy, It means the world to me that you do this!

Want it? The book comes out April 19th!



Thank you for reading this post, my name is Jared and I will have another post up soon, so until then. Bye!




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REVIEW-Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians: The Scrivener’s Bones by: Brandon Sanderson


Alcatraz Smedry is back with a new mission!

The Evil Librarians are still up to their antics and it’s up to Alcatraz Smedry to put a stop to it! This second book will take Alcatraz and company on an exploration of the Library of Alexandria, which — despite Librarian rumors — was never destroyed. It is a mysterious place and everyone knows that it holds dark secrets. Can Alcatraz, with his talent for breaking things, break into this secret world? Or will the Evil Librarians once again prevail?



Well first off this is a second book in a series. If you have not read this series nor book one I highly suggest this series! This is my favorite series this year! Notice the this year part? Anyways I feel like book one (which if you have not read my review for you can go to it with the link at the end of this post) was more of a world building type book. Book two we’ve sort of come to accept the facts and magic and just learn to love these characters. Sanderson just does it so well making me feel emotionally attached to all of these characters, even the new one’s who were introduced in this book I would hate to see them get hurt. My favorite character through this book was Australia, she’s a new girl being introduced in this book and is just always so calm but was so (not to be mean) dumb. I mean her character was brilliant and made me laughed but her IQ points were a little down! (:


Man can we just take a minute and appreciate on the back of the dust jacket there is a map. Almost any Sanderson book I’ve ever read always get’s a map. Coincidence? I think not! Anyway I loved this band of characters. Instantly I was ready for more due to the climax of number one, Alcatraz vs the Evil Librarians.  I was not disappointed, this book made me smile and just laugh a little. So in short terms of describing this book it is…

Basically a bunch of new as well as old characters with the most ridiculous powers trying to use them in ways you won’t normally think up.

The action in this book was spot on as well as the pacing. I love the kid friendly aspect to it as well as it is open to anyone! I really liked the magic system (What Sanderson book have I not read that doesn’t have an enticing magic system) While his other works are more serious and amazing, this was more laid back and meant for a younger audience, I think any kid from 9+ should really read this series, I went in not expecting much and went out by loving it!


I can’t really think of anything. I was blown away by how much better this book was then the first one! I can already tell this will be on my list of favorites of 2016, it’s that good!

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

5 stars

Review for book one!
Well that’s it, both these books book one and two will be out February 16th, while you may have read them a while back they are being re-published with different covers and minor changes as Deluxe Hardcover Special Illustrated Edition.

NOTE: Thank you Tor for providing this review copy, It means the world that you sent this series to me!

Thank’s for reading this post, as always I will have another post up soon so until then read on! And if you’ve read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work please tell me in the comments below, well bye!





Fuzzy Mud By: Louis Sachar

# of pages: 192

Suggested Age: 9-13

Publisher: Random House

Source: NetGalley

Summary: Tamaya Dhilwaddi and Marshall Walsh have been walking home from school since forever. When one day Marshall leads Tamaya to a (Shortcut) There Chad (a bully in the school) finds them walking home together and grabs Marshall and trys to beat him up. Tamaya freaks out and all she can do is to grab a handful of this fuzzy mud and throw it at Chad’s face. Tamaya grabs Marshall and they run home. The next day they come to school and Chad doesn’t show up. And what’s even worse is that her hand she used to throw mud at  chad is hurting and blistering bad. The doctor thinks that it’s just an allergic reaction but Tamaya thinks otherwise. If her hand is hurting and Chad isn’t there something bad’s happened to Chad. And she is going to try to find him one way or another.

Characters: I enjoyed this read. My favorite character was Chad. Just learning about this characters life and feeling the sorrow and saddness of his life and why he is so sad was so juicy and good.

What I liked: Again I have been blown away by Louis Sachar. Kids will gobble this book up and enjoy every second of it! Just like I did. While the story is short I really liked this story and how you got to read the reports of how they judged the maker of this disaster. I really enjoyed the

What I didn’t like: This book was really short and was filled with silliness It’s the story of mutant bacteria breaking out on a town. He makes it sound more light-hearted than it really should be and made it feel like it came and was nothing and then passed. I really wanted to learn more about Tamaya’s emotional state and seeing how she reacted to the town being under quarantine.

THIS BOOK COMES OUT….  August 4th 2015

4/5 Stars



Write those reviews party! Bucket list

Hey guys as you may know Xander @ foreverbookish.com is hosting a write those reviews review-athon type thing so I decided I wanted to participate! Well without further ado Here’s the list!


1:fires of invention by: J. Scott Savage

2: Dreamwalker by:Rhya Bowen and C.M. Broyles

I know its short but I’m really busy this week!



YOU DEFINANTLY NEED TO CHECK THIS KID OUT!         foreverbookish.com   <—————————————-

So tell me in the comments what your going to read this week!