Sunday Sum~Up

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The 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!

While I was not able to post as much, I did manage to catch up on social media and some blog visits at the beginning of the week. The new anticonvulsant kept me on a clear liquid diet for several days and there has been some down time as I go through the process of increasing it. It has me a bit “foggy”. But the nonhusband flies out again today (am hopefully feeling better by the time this is posted) and I will be able to get a few reviews drawn up after all settles down. On the plus side, we managed a lovely dinner last night and all else is well!

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(New) Current Reads (1)

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Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1)
by Neal Shusterman

Synopsis:

Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

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The Tethered Mage
Melissa Caruso

Synopsis:

In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. 
Zaira has lived her life on the streets to avoid this fate, hiding her mage-mark and thieving to survive. But hers is a rare and dangerous magic, one that threatens the entire empire.

Lady Amalia Cornaro was never meant to be a Falconer. Heiress and scholar, she was born into a treacherous world of political machinations.

But fate has bound the heir and the mage. And as war looms on the horizon, a single spark could turn their city into a pyre.

(New)Other Happenings

  • I drew up a small post this week of my favorite Haunting Reads.
  • I want to share Trang’s review of 13 Minutes on Bookidote.com. I also have a review to post and felt she captured this book very well. It will be fun to compare thoughts.
  • I continue to work on my discussion post and am considering bringing more anime and manga to the blog after La La (the accidental blogger) at La La in the Library managed to sway me into reviving my old MAL account. Thoughts on this?

What I am watching this week:

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Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
When They Cry
(Anime)
on Hulu.com
Episodes: 26
Originally aired: Apr 5, 2006 to Sep 27, 2006

Based on a horror/mystery visual novel, this (like most anime) is not for younger audiences and packs a TV-MA rating. But I am 6 episodes in and enjoying it. I may pick up the manga series at some point.

Find out more here on MAL.

 

Netflix Original: Hotel Beau Séjour
International Crime Drama
Episodes: 10
IMBd Synopsis: A young woman wakes to discover her own murder on her hands. Struggling to get help and solve the case from five locals who are somehow involved with the night of her death, she uncovers so much more.

*This atmospheric mystery is brilliantly written and quickly climbing the ranks in my favorite shows of 2017. Heads-up there is some blood in the trailer for anyone who prefers to pass.

That is pretty much where the better parts of my week have been. I cannot lie that Hulu and Netflix are a sick girl’s best friend 😉 Have you watched either of these or would you? What are your current fall reads? I looking forward to seeing some month end recaps.

“The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.” 
― Patricia A. McKillip

As always, be well!

Cheers,

Danielle ❤

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The Infinite Now by Mindy Tarquini ~ Available 10/24/17

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The Infinite Now
By Mindy Tarquini
Publisher: Sparkpress
ISBN13: 9781943006342
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fiction
Pages: 280

Synopsis: In flu-ravaged 1918 Philadelphia, Fiora Vicente, the freshly orphaned and forward-thinking daughter of the local fortune teller, has goals. She has ambitions. But when faced with a future she hasn’t planned, she has second thoughts–and casts her community into a stagnant bubble of time.

Inside the bubble, life among Fiora’s superstitious neighbors continues, but nothing progresses, swamped by a steady stream of unspent seconds. As the pressure builds Fiora realizes she must find the courage to collapse the bubble–or risk trapping her dreams in an unbearable, unyielding, and infinite Now.(less)


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This book, this book... Every once in a while I pick up something completely original and truly unexpected. The Infinite Now was and is exactly that. A rare and beautifully welcomed surprise that held my interest and captivated me on all fronts.

In the heart of a small Italian immigrant community in Philadelphia the influenza is sweeping through at an unforgiving rate, leaving many orphans and deaths in its wake. Among them is young Fiora Vicente, the modern thinking, strong-willed daughter of a fortune-teller claimed by the illness. But when she finds uncertainty and fear within her future, her own trepidation places a protective bubble around the city,  guarding against time and what is to come.  But as time refuses to move forward, Fiora soon learns it is not without consequence. The lack of advancement is creating an insurmountable pressure that may have the most dire results. But can she face the unknown and will herself to accept the life that will come without this bubble?

Classifying The Infinite Now as historical fiction might actually be inaccurate. If I am completely honest, I am unsure as to what genre I would label this as. This dynamic story manages to cover a wide ranges of topics all tucked within a magical experience that offers a rich historical background and setting that is ripe with elements of fantasy. The result is something quite spectacular that will manage to appeal to wide range of readers.

Fiora Vincente is energetic, determined and stubborn. Viewed by many of the locals with a scrutinous eye, she has developed a bit of a shell and an attitude. I loved her for it. Her modern ideals play wonderfully with the dated setting, animating her and providing spirit that can only be appreciated. A sundry of supporting characters compliment the story and add incredible depth. I enjoyed each for a variety of reasons. Their growth felt rewarding and viable.

Tarquini establishes a world that seems almost tangible. Each detail is a testament the amount of time and care that has went into crafting this small community. Her approach to life and the influenza epidemic feel accurate and researched, yet she manages to successfully incorporate surreal moments into the fold, delivering something new and refreshing.

Swathed in layers of the unexpected, the seamless narration and multidimensional story delivers an endearing and powerful look at life and the choices we make.  The only downside might be found within the ending, but this will be left to each reader to interpret on a personal level. For myself, I feel I understand what that author was trying to convey, but it would be impossible to explore that further without revealing too much.

Fans of well-developed historical setting and magical realism alike are likely to find something of great worth within The Infinite Now.

*I would like to thank SparkPress and Booksparks for this copy. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

Untitled designEnjoyed with a hot cup of  Green Jasmine Oolong.

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