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Nefertiti's Heart by A.W. Exley

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This is a great steampunk read! The book follows Cara Devon, who is back in London for the first time in seven years to tidy up her father's affairs following his death. To the outsider, her father has nothing but his house left to his name, but Cara knows that he spent his fortune collecting rare and precious artifacts and hiding them throughout London.

Viscount Nathaniel Trent offers his services to help Cara sell off her father's artifacts, but they soon discover that one of the artifacts is somehow involved with a series of murders that has been going on around London.

I listened to the audio book version of this story and, for the most part, I loved it. My only complaint is that when the narrator does her impression of a man's voice, she sounds like a pervy 80-something-year-old man. Not great when one of the main characters is supposed to be young and attractive!

5/5 Stars

You're Never Weird On The Internet (Almost)

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You're Never Weird... shares interesting background of Felicia Day. Before reading, I didn't really know anything about her and really only picked up her book (and started watching The Guild!) after a friend asked if I wanted to go to her book signing here in Seattle. I'm so glad I agreed to go because otherwise I probably wouldn't have read this hilarious and inspirational book about a weird homeschooled nerd from the south, who is also a genius because she double-majored in Violin (or in Music? Whatever) and math (ew) and still graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

I did like reading about how she grew up, but what I really liked is that she's just a normal person who worked really hard for what she wanted, even though she fought herself the whole way and wanted to give up, she didn't, and she accomplished her goals the old-fashioned way. With dedication. What I like even more is that she created a career for herself out of nowhere. She also has had to deal with a lot of crap from people (mostly about being a poser gamer) that would be extremely hard to get over while still doing what you have been all along. So we have a funny, smart, nerdy girl who is getting shit for being a pioneer for doing what she does. Makes sense.

I highly recommend this book! It is a great read.

5/5 Stars

The Wicked and the Divine Volumes 1 & 2

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I just finished reading volume 2... woah. Talk about an amazing story. Roughly: Every 90 years these gods come back to earth and once they are "reborn" as the gods they are, they have two years to live. They live their two godly years as pop stars, performing and motivating mortals. Volume 1 builds up the gods and shows how they interact with people and volume 2 shows the downside of their two years on earth; They're starting to notice their temporary mortality. We're not much closer to solving Luci's situation, but we do meet two new gods in volume 2 and when we do...wow. I exclaimed aloud!

5/5 Stars

Rasputin Volume 1

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Rasputin is about Grigori Efimovich Rasputin, a man who has the ability to heal people. When he does, he becomes just a little bit like that person, taking on little bits here and there, and gets really interesting when he heals animals...

What makes this comic so unique is that for much of the trade, it is lead by the art and has very few words. The artwork is absolutely fantastic; truly amazing and so unlike anything I have seen before.

Throughout these issues, we see different scenarios where it looks like Rasputin will die but he assures his audience that he has already seen when and how he is going to die and this isn't it. Until the last scene, where something happens and you don't know how he will come back from it. And that makes me super excited for volume 2.

5/5 Stars

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

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Wow. I just finished listening to Court of Fives and I don't have words to adequately convey how good this book is. It's one of those books where so much happens that I can't say too much or I will give something important away.

This book starts out with Jessamyn's (Jes) one burning desire being to run as an adversary in the Court of Fives. The Fives is a five-part obstacle course that is highly competitive and is watched for entertainment. Jes's immediate goals and situation change so much throughout the book that I can't mention the details, but this quote from her father is the running theme for the entire book:

"There will come a moment in your life where you find yourself confronted with two choices, and both are bad ones... When we come to that fork in our path down which no road is clean, all we can control is what dignity and honor we take our inevitable step."

We learn a lesson in what it means to make decisions for ourselves, without the input of others, and that the decision that seems to be fair to everyone may not be so in long run.

5/5 Stars