My Trip to Los Angeles!

All of these wonderful pictures are courtesy of the quaint Little Tokyo area in Los Angeles that houses the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and many shops and eateries!

Rolled ice cream is a fascinating process to watch and delicious to eat!  Holy Roly in Koreatown is where this yummy dessert can be found!

My quick trip to Los Angeles was adventurous, eye-opening and gratifying!  Thank you, LA!

Prudence by Gail Carriger

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I received Prudence by Gail Carriger through a goodreads giveaway. Set in Victorian times and full of appropriate banter for the era, this story about Prudence is a steampunk adventure of exploration and humor. Prudence’s parentage causes some confusion at first, but then it’s explained that she’s a werewolf with a vampire mother and an adoptive vampire father and a werewolf birth father; I think I’ve got that right. Prudence (Rue) receives a dirigible and a mission to fly to India to procure tea, so she can be gainfully employed, become more independent and stay out of trouble due to boredom. Prudence takes a talented crew along for the job and gets more than any of them bargained for. A fun supernatural steampunk adventure, 4 stars!

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Don’t Miss the Excerpt Reveal from True Storm by L.E. Sterling, which releases on May 1, 2018!

His hands still on my face. “I’m sorry,” I manage to say, trying to control a nervous need to giggle like a hyena. “Are we fighting? Maybe I didn’t notice because it’s all we ever seem to do.”

A wicked grin lights his features. “That’s not all we seem to do,” he whispers, seconds before he replaces his thumb with his lips.

It’s a soft kiss at first, tentative. Like someone asking your name. But it lights me up, sending fire shooting through my body, heat curling through my belly. I must sigh because Jared pulls back for just a moment, a question in his eyes and hunger written all over him. Then he claims my lips again, holding my face in his hands as the earth spins away from me.

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About True Storm:

Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself under pressure to choose her future: does it lie with her handsome new friend, Alastair; her guardian, the enigmatic True Born leader Nolan Storm; or the man who makes her heart trip, her savage True Born bodyguard Jared Price?

But while Lucy ponders her path, fate has other plans. Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But is the DNA of her will stronger than the forces opposing her? And can she turn the tide against the oncoming storm?

As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True Storm (True Born Trilogy, #3) by L.E. Sterling today!

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Harry Potter Covers from around the World: Japan

A World of Books

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These are simplistic yet very pretty. Not sure what the big stone head is in the second book or why Hagrid is so small in the last one. But I can see why these are appealing. I would be happy to have these on my shelf. I like the fifth one especially, if you have read it, it’s a great symbol but if not it doesn’t give anything away.

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The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente

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Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing for the opportunity to read and review The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. The story got its start because of the creative imagination of the Bronte siblings. Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne travel to and begin the adventure they share in Glass Town. The prose is whimsical and sweet and made me think of Roald Dahl in parts. This book is an adventure that I wish the Bronte children could have actually been a part of. The charming illustrations, sprinkled sparingly throughout the book, bring Glass Town to life. 4 stars for a book that is reminiscent of and starts an interest in the history of the Bronte family.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.

Quackery by Lydia Kang

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Thanks to NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company for the opportunity to read and review Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang. The book has sections for elements, plants and soil, tools, animals and mysterious powers. The first section begins with the medicinal use of mercury. Interesting and intriguing in its awfulness, especially the part about using it for babies who are teething; whoa! Then I learned about the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty who was desperate for immortality and was given mercury medicines by his alchemists because they thought that was the answer. He died at forty-nine and his mausoleum rivals Egyptian pharaohs and is said to be flowing with rivers of mercury! Tidbits of mercury use include historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon and Edgar Allan Poe. Reading about Opium use was eye-opening and jaw-dropping, especially the part about giving it to quiet crying babies and children! The No More Pain with Cocaine part all the way to cannibalism and corpse medicine kept me morbidly fascinated. 5 stars for a must-read of a sketchy piece of history!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary consideration.

Happy 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter!

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Love this beautiful, new paperback edition!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling is just as magical and wonderful on the eighth reading as it is on the first! Oh, to be in the Wizarding World created by J.K. Rowling again! Such a wonderful place to be. I still am riveted each time I read this series and I laughed once again when Uncle Vernon sang “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” as he jumped at small noises, when he was overwhelmed with the letters Harry kept receiving. J.K. Rowling has a tremendous sense of humor and she adds depth to her characters so that we can’t help but fall in love with them. Happy 20th Anniversary to Harry Potter!