Sunday Sum-Up

sunday-sum-up-2%2f19%2f17The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

This is a busy weekend so short and sweet. My mother is moving back across the country and there is work to be done. As far as blog goals.. I might be succeeding at 2. I think I am on the right track to actually posting Pairing Teas & Reads bi-monthly and including short story reviews each Sunday. I am already throwing in the towel on my previous list. I am not a planner. It is that simple. I am too flighty. So expect the pairings and short stories. As far as real life and responsibilities.. well we did discover a fabulous new cafe thanks to some dear friends 😉

Mini Review

By Hugh Howey
Publisher: Broad Reach Publishing
Pages: 15
Genre: Science Fiction/Short Story

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else?


—where servants are assembled for the wealthy, healthcare bots for the infirmed, and mail-order sex bots that go mostly to Russia. A lust for violence, in some roundabout way, funds other lusts.”

This is a very fast read, clocking in at 15 pages. We are presented with a group of programmers who have suddenly discovered that their prize robot Max who has been designed to fight no longer wishes to cooperate. Designed to learn as he fights, the one thing Max should not be capable of is defiance. Suddenly Sam, Peter, and Greenie are faced with a difficult decision that may change everything.

Glitch is delivered through the eyes of Sam and manages to provide an impressive amount of character depth in a very small amount of time. It piques the mind and takes a strong look at the possibilities of a future world with AI. Well worth the 10 minutes of invested time for anyone who has ever thought, what if..


the-fourth-paladinThe Fourth Paladin
⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Alice in the Country of Hearts
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐



The Roanoke Girls
By Amy Engel


Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother’s suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother’s mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane s first Roanoke summer and her return, The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart.


Game of Shadows
by Erika Lewis

Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.

Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he’s ever seen. He’s assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.

Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.

Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.


GoodReads Monday

Pairing Teas & Reads

I hope to take a moment to hop around and say hello and maybe squeeze in some reading at some point. Today will be a rest day before the work week after all of the moving. I will attempt to finish The Roanoke Girls and maybe flip through a few new graphic novels. What are your current reads? Discovering any new favorites?

I intend to rest and enjoy Sunday !!!!!

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-Terry Pratchett



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59 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Ummm so those pastries look AMAZING! 👌🏼 Gosh I Luv cafes! A bookworms 3rd home away from home (bookstore is 2nd) 😉 I wish your mom safe & happy travels as she moves back💕 I’m curious to hear your thoughts on The Roanoke Girls, I hadn’t realized that via Penguin Reads the days are counted before the eGalley expires smh so I’m trying to finish The Bone Witch today/tomorrow so that I can dive into that one. Enjoy your chill Sunday ☺️💕

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    1. I haven’t tried Penguin’s First to Read yet. I signed up over a year ago, but then never did anything with it. I am not sure I understand how it works? You should fill me in so I know whether I want to use it haha.

      I think this was a contest win? it just showed up outside.. creepy huh. I should have a review up this week 🙂

      Oh The Bone Witch. I hope it sits better with you. It was a beautiful concept. It became to overly detailed for me though. I felt she spent too much time describing clothing, etc. Maybe it was my mood at the time. There were periods I loved her writing though. I just snagged The Girl From The Well to give her another chance. Looking forward to your review ❤

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      1. Penguins First To Read is Penguins answer to arcs I guess. They are extremely selective with their arcs, I have yet to be approved for a single one. Through this program though you’d gather points. You go on their web site and read excerpts in order to rack up points. You don’t actually have to read them though, lol just scroll all the way to the bottom & it counts. It also goes by your social media presence as well if you connect it to Twitter & Facebook. I only connected mine to Twitter. The points are reflected only after you log out & log back in a bit later though so don’t get discouraged if u don’t see them right away. There are 2 options for obtaining arcs. The 1st is through I believe bi-weekly offers they do of about 6-8 books at a time which u can bid on. This method does not require you use any of your points & the date for when the winners are announced is provided so u just have to check back. The 2nd option is to trade in 600 pts for your arc of choosing. I just traded in for the very 1st time to get Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis. Just have to check back every so often so that you know when the entry period begins & ends. The earlier you log in the day of a new entry period, the better your chances of snagging a copy. Its almost a definite if u are trading in points & log in the morning of 😉

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      2. So far I am LOVING The Bone Witch in terms of the writing. I love the lush details & it is very reminiscent of Memoirs of a Geisha which is still to this day a fave of mine. I do think that Plot was sacrificed but I also think this would have done better as an adult Fantasy. I’m hoping the 2nd installment provides action.. I’m about 55% in so far. Do you plan on continuing on with this series?

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        1. I am not sure whether I would continue. I really enjoyed the concept so maybe I will to see if the second concentrates more on the actual plot as opposed to setting the stage (which is what the first felt like). I do agree it would have done better targeting an adult audience. I am glad you are enjoying it ❤


    1. My mother is actually moving away from me, but she will be with my sister now which is good ❤ They need time. She has grandchildren there that she needs to see. I cannot do as much with her as I was once able with all that I have going on.

      The cafe was definitely a win. We will return.

      Thank you Inge ❤ I hope you have had a fantastic weekend!


      1. Ah okay not so good news for you but it is for your mother and sister then.. that’s what families are for ;-). I’ve actually been sick since Friday (sore throat, my ear is shut, my head hurts, a little cough) and I still haven’t decided to go to work feeling like this tomorrow or go to the doctor. I kind of dislike doctors ;-). I haven’t even read a lot so that’s telling!

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  2. Oh my god! That food actually looks divine ❤ The middle photo is making my hungry just looking at it! I discovered an awesome new cafe this week, too. Unfortunately, it's about 100 miles away from me 😛

    That's great that your mother is moving closer to you! I hope her move goes as smoothly as possible 🙂

    'Game of Shadows' sounds good. Think it's gonna find itself on my TBR list on Goodreads in the next minute or two 😉

    I hope you have a great week and that it isn't too stressful!

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    1. The cafe was a certain win! I enjoyed seeing your photos from the trip this week ❤

      I should have been more clear about my mother, my apologies. She has been here with me and is now moving back near my sister. But it will be good. They need time ❤

      We will see about Game of Shadows. I have hardly gotten into it. Still trying to wrap up The Roanoke Girls 😉

      I hope you have enjoyed your weekend as well dear friend ❤

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      1. Thank you ❤ It was a very picturesque place. I would like to go for a bit longer next time, explore a little more and get some photos of the other sights 😀

        Ah I understand 🙂 Does your sister live far? I hope the move went smoothly nonetheless!

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          1. I can imagine it did 😦 The UK is so small that we can just jump on a train and go and see people, but I know it’s very different in the States. The 21st century is an incredible time to live in, though (even if it doesn’t feel like it sometimes). No matter how far away our loved ones are, we can still see them daily thanks to things such as Facetime, Skype, Facebook and what not. I know it’s not quite the same, but I hope it will ease the transition somewhat. Sending you lots of love and positive vibes ❤

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    1. No time for mangas! Then you need a break for sure. I enjoy how easily I can squeeze them in. And I am a sucker for all things Alice 😉 The crepes were so worth it! Even if I had to move furniture on a full stomach after haha. I hope you have had a great weekend!


  3. That cafe fare looks scrumptious – positively craving inducing! Also, think I need to go ahead and add The Roanoke Girls to my TBR, the more I see of it, the more eager I am to get my hands on a copy.

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  4. Wow all I do is plan! I blame it on the bipolar, it makes me stupid obsessed with lists and being organised! That doesn’t mean I always follow through! I’m finally reading Norse Mythology, I had to go to the bookshop four times to get it, would have been cheaper, quicker and easier to buy from Amazon but I got it in my head I wanted to buy it in the store! 😂

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  5. this pastries look delicious!!! so happy you found a new cafe, those are like finding a gem lol. hope everything is going well with your mom and her move! look forward to your future reviews since you excel at them so well. i loved that quote by Terry Prachett, i have never heard it before but it rings true haha ❤

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    1. Haha! The quote certainly does. Thank you Gretchen ❤ The move is progressing good so far. Tuesday we take her to the airport.

      Review will be today or tomorrow of Roanoke Girls depending on how I am feeling after work ❤ I hope you work is starting off nice and proper!

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  6. Busybusybusy seems to be the theme of 2017 this far. I am same as you with planning the blogging stuff- so many ideas, I have, so little execution! 😀 You seem to be hanging in there quite well with the features which is brilliant… I’m thinking of doing a few of the posts around books I’ve read in the past and haven’t reviewe yet.. alas… that may fall on it’s hole as my memory is quite bad 😀

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    1. I think that would ne an excellent idea! I have so many favorites reads that were never reviewed on the blog. Unfortunately, with my memory the way it is of late, I would struggle to write anything detailed about past reads. I would love to see some of the older titled you have read 😊

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  7. That café seems to serve some of the most beautiful nomnomonom ever! Always nice to have some of that good stuff here and then. 😛 Glitch reminds me of I, Robot (the movie). Really curious to see what the books are like now, but I’m glad the book deals with the whole idea of AI quite well! Hope you had a wonderful week-end and that the coming week (now) is looking bright for you! 😉

    – Lashaan


  8. 15 pages for Glitch! That is definitely short. They did pretty good with that one-liner blurb. Although it’s just one sentence, it pulls you in… makes you wonder what’s gonna happen! How are you liking The Roanoke Girls so far? I’ve been seeing that one around lately…


  9. Those crepes look so good! Someone needs to create something that will let me transport food off of the internet because I need those in my life. 😍😍
    Also, Glitch sounds really interesting. I may have to read it myself at some point. I hope you’re having a good week, Danielle!! 💕

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  10. Those crepes!!! I adore crepes, personally. The best place to get them near me is *super* inconvenient to get to, sadly. So I don’t get them often. How do you feel about Nutella? I love Nutella and berries in my crepes… or banana if I’m feeling really crazy.

    Pft, you should only work on goals that make you happy. Don’t fret about all that; no one is judging you for changing your mind. 🙂 I still LOVE this short story review idea. It’s brilliant. How do you select your short stories? Where do you get them from?

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    1. As far as crepes, most places here are also inconvenient. Driving downtown in Portland is not fun, and I am not supposed to use public transportation alone. So you know I was super excited that this place is nearby! And the one with bananas had Nutella 😉 We are fans in this house haha. The nonhusband loves it on his waffles.

      I have 3 ways I select short stories.
      1). I search for a favorite author and choose one from their selection.
      2). I google short stories sci fi/fantasy and randomly choose.
      3). I browse through the Kindle collection.

      So it is usually a random process ❤


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