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Mini Reviews: Baker Street, Wonderland, and a Teapot

The Baker Street Four #1. Insight Comics (May 2017) NetGalley
The Baker Street Four are a group of spies that watch the streets of London for the infamous Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Billy, Charlie, Tom, and their cat get into saving lives and stopping villains in this story. They set out to save a girl after she's been kidnapped and find the truth when a Russian immigrant is framed for a crime Jack the Ripper would appreciate.

The art design is absolutely beautiful! I couldn't applaud Etien's artistry more. The illustrations were colorful, detailed, and had a unique style that fit perfectly with the story. The story though... did not fair well for me. The way the ARC was given to me the words were separate from the actual images. It made the story difficult to follow but even without the complication I think it would have been hard to follow nonetheless. I don't know if it's just me but the accents threw me off as well. I've read books where characters have acce…

2017 Audiobook Challenge Mid-Year Update

This is my update post on how my Audiobook Challenge is going. I am going for Weekend Warrior (I'm Getting the Hang of This) 5 - 10 books. So far I have four books listened to so that means I only one more to go! I only started to listen to books this past May and none of them are on my list of books I wanted to listen to. Go figure.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

To Be Reviewed

Private - Perfected

Have you listened to any good books lately?

Library Loot #3: Comics and Steampunk

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I haven't done one of these in a long time, but I recently decided to get a bunch load of books from the library. These books are mainly for challenges on Goodreads and the yearly challenges I've signed up for.

I watched Over the Garden Wall a while back now. The world was fun, interesting, and a little bit dark. I can't wait to get back to that story.
I decided to read Perfect Ruin for a team challenge I'm participating in. I started reading it and so far it's very different from the books I've read lately. The writing is really well done.
The Star Thief and Vermilion are both steampunk reads. I am failing at my steampunk reading challenge so I thought I would pick up a couple of steampunk books. The Star Thief was picked because of it's beautiful cover and the same …

Anne with an E: Netflix Review

Anne of Green Gables was a book I avoided reading for years on end. I feel like I've always had this mass market paperback in my closet. I finally got rid of the book or so I think because I can't find it now....

And then.... I watched the YouTube series. It wasn't perfect but I ended up loving the story. More than anything I fell in love with Gilbert.

Fast forward this past year; I read Anne of Green Gables. It has a lot of differences from what I can remember from the TV series to the book. It does continue to have Anne as a talker and a dreamer as well as Gilbert continually being amazing.

If you don't know Anne might be strange when you first meet her. She's a dreamer, a reader, a talker, and very, VERY dramatic. She feels a lot more just like your average reader or someone who has dealt with the heartache in her past.

Anne's parents died when she was a baby so she was sent to a foster care home for girls. The girls there ended up bullying her. She's s…

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Standalone. Tantor Audio. (July 2015) Library
In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancĂ©…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never dis…

Stitched Vol. 1: The First Day of the Rest of Her Life

Stitched #1. Charmz (May 2017) NetGalley
Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage. 

Crimson is a resourceful patchwork girl and determined to find them. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Wisteria, who has a tendency to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters in order to learn where she came from and who her real "mother" is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends and unexpected crushes?

Crimson Volania Mulch has just awoken to a new life where someone has been calling her name. With no clue who she is or where her mother is,…

2017 Summer Bucket List

I've been thinking a lot about this Summer and what I wanted to do. Before long I started looking up Summer Bucket Lists which I've done in previous years. I've never made one but thought this was the year to do it. Some of my summer bucket list might not make sense but it's what I want to do.
I don't know people who have ever done Summer Bucket Lists personally so it does sound like a weird thing to want to do. But I want to have a Summer where I proactively do fun things for myself and others. The most exciting Summers for me were swimming in the pool constantly as a kid, going to Disney, or that trip to Georgia I can't believe my parents agreed to. I have no money for a trip but I'm excited to see what the Summer has in store for me. 

What do you want to do this summer?

Mini Reviews: Misfit City, Redwall, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Misfit City #1. BOOM! Box (May 2017) Library
Misfit City has this old school movie vibe just like the one the town is famous for. In this first issue we are introduced to the heroines, the villains, and the adventure they are all about to embark upon. There is a lot of diverse personalities and characters with different interests. I liked the cast of characters. They are unlikely friends and heroes. Wilder looks to be the natural leader. She an eco-warrior - an activist - which I think is pretty awesome to see in a character. Dot is our reader. She can be seen reading anywhere including while on the job shucking oysters. Karma is the sweet, good-natured, "hippie" girl. She's vegan so I instantly liked her as well as being the sweetest. Macy is the edgy friend who is lead singer in her band. Macy is the one who begins the adventure even if she wants no part of it. I thought this was a great start. The characters are all awesome. The town's history is cool. And the ad…