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September 23, 2016

Motivate Me with Joel Osteen and Gary Chapman #selfhelp #christian


It's been a while since I've done this. Call it a palate cleanser/expander, an effort to improve oneself, etc. I indulge in these once in a whole in an effort to better myself. Also, I turned a year older this week so maybe that's it. :P



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September 21, 2016

Liked It: The Rivals of Versailles by Sally Christie

Series: The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy
Format: eGalley
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical | General Fiction

And you thought sisters were a thing to fear. In this compelling follow-up to Sally Christie's clever and absorbing debut, we meet none other than the Marquise de Pompadour, one of the greatest beauties of her generation and the first bourgeois mistress ever to grace the hallowed halls of Versailles.

I write this before her blood is even cold. She is dead, suddenly, from a high fever. The King is inconsolable, but the way is now clear.

The way is now clear.

The year is 1745. Marie-Anne, the youngest of the infamous Nesle sisters and King Louis XV's most beloved mistress, is gone, making room for the next Royal Favorite.

Enter Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, a stunningly beautiful girl from the middle classes. Fifteen years prior, a fortune teller had mapped out young Jeanne's destiny: she would become the lover of a king and the most powerful woman in the land. Eventually connections, luck, and a little scheming pave her way to Versailles and into the King's arms.

All too soon, conniving politicians and hopeful beauties seek to replace the bourgeois interloper with a more suitable mistress. As Jeanne, now the Marquise de Pompadour, takes on her many rivals - including a lustful lady-in-waiting; a precocious fourteen-year-old prostitute, and even a cousin of the notorious Nesle sisters - she helps the king give himself over to a life of luxury and depravity. Around them, war rages, discontent grows, and France inches ever closer to the Revolution.

Enigmatic beauty, social climber, actress, trendsetter, patron of the arts, spendthrift, whoremonger, friend, lover, foe. History books may say many things about the famous Marquise de Pompadour, but one thing is clear: for almost twenty years, she ruled France and the King's heart.

Told in Christie's witty and modern style, this second book in the Mistresses of Versailles trilogy will delight and entrance fans as it once again brings to life the world of eighteenth century Versailles in all its pride, pestilence and glory.




ICYMI, Sally Christie's The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy is a dramatization or fictional depiction of some of France's King Louis XV many mistresses (57 in total?). It's a mixed bag of infamous characters and lesser known paramours from the Nesle sisters, a few commoners, and in this installment, the high profile Madame Pompadour, who during her time was considered one of the most influential females in Europe alongside Russia's Catherine The Great. 

September 18, 2016

Steampunk Sundays: Blameless by Gail Carriger

Series: Parasol Protectorate 3
Format: Paperback
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Publisher: Orbit
Source: Purchased 
Genre: Steampunk | Paranormal Fantasy

Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.

BLAMELESS is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.



Since a lot of you have either read or are familiar with Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate, I'll make this quick. I won't get too much into the great writing, witty narrative, silly yet still sensible conflicts, unforgettable characters, and whimsical and atmospheric feel of the series overall. It's no wonder the spin-offs, Finishing School and The Custard Protocol, has a solid, if not bigger, following than its parent series. GCarriger is one of those exemplary writers who dominates the genre. 

September 17, 2016

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [217] + A Brief Movie Review


BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever.