Emma still isn’t finished with Neos in Surrender by Lee Nichols. After the horrible battle they fought in New York, Emma and Bennet can finally return home to the museum and try to reevaluate their strategy for defeating Neos. Bennet’s parents return home, kick him out for his drug use, and agree to be Emma, Natalie, and Lukas’ guardians because Simon (their previous guardian) has become the new leader of the Knell. Emma continues her training with the Rake and trying to survive school, but things get beyond weird when students start being controlled by wraiths. With Neos behind these possessions, Emma has to worry about all of her class mates and whether or not she can dispel the wraiths quickly enough. With the help of her team, Bennet, Harry, Sara, Coby, and her other ghost friends, Emma must face Neos in one final battle. Will Neos be able to defeat them or will Emma and Bennet be able to decide who will sacrifice their powers to the other in order to dispel Neos for good?
Surrender was a wonderful conclusion to the Haunting Emma series! I couldn’t put it down (not that I wanted to) and was completely engrossed in the story. As the plot thickened, it became much more difficult to guess what would happen next. The ending to the novel was definitely a surprise, but I knew it couldn’t have been any better! I loved watching as Emma finally determined exactly who she was and what values were important to her. I also enjoyed watching as the friendships and relationships in the story were strengthened because of the adversity they were facing together. Overall it was a fabulous book and a wonderful series!
Alexander Napoleon Outland, known as Nap to his friend, is captain of the space ship 69 and has a crew of misfit individuals he is responsible for. Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch, Nap is just trying to keep his ship running and his crew fed, he doesn’t look too closely to see if a job is strictly legal and he has no problems doing a little smuggling on the side but when things go wrong on a legitimate job, Nap finds himself in a tough spot. Caught between two different warring factions on a planet with his ship grounded, Nap has to figure out who to trust, who to avoid and how they heck is going to get the smell of poo off his shoes.
Alexander Outland reminded me in some ways of the television series Firefly only with more humor involved (I am a huge Firefly fan so this was a total win in my book). Nap is a smuggler/space pirate, always skirting the edges of the law, as if that wasn’t difficult enough, Nap has to deal with all the women he has loved and left making things more difficult. Written in first person, we get an entertaining insight into Nap’s mind and how his humor works but are forced to figure out what is going on at the same time Nap it trying to work through it. With an entertaining mix of clever dialogue and potty humor, that had me actually giggling out loud, Alexander Outland is an entertaining read from the beginning. The only thing keeping this from a 5 star review is that some of the jumps in logic that Nap made were a bit too convenient, the connection of seemingly random events or information into one big connected conspiracy was a bit too much even for me but that aside, I really enjoyed this book and will be rereading it in the future.
Just thought I would share a quick article I found about a ring that belonged to Jane Austen is going for auction. I think it is great to see a personal item she had worn but it does make me wonder why a treasured item that has been passed down in the family for over 200 years is suddenly up for auction.
If you are like me (or maybe I am the only one like this) your bookshelves are overflowing with fabulous (and not so fabulous reads) but every shelf is a treasure trove of hours of delight just waiting to explored or re-explored. I am constantly trying to figure out how to get more bookshelves in my house and my husband won’t let me onto his (his theory is if he lets me place one book on his shelf he will turn around I will have taken over all the shelves, he is probably right but I still think he should share…). But sometimes because of the the number of shelves I own, the number of new requests I get and the ease of my Kindle I don’t actually dig through the shelves to remind myself of everything I own. But then I moved…
I was really good while we were boxing up not to look too closely at what I was placing into the boxes, mostly because I was in a hurry to get everything boxed up so we could move but I was also exercising self-control because a quick packing job could have easily ended with me sitting on the floor, surrounded by stacks of books, reading instead of putting the books into their boxes. But then I moved…
Now I am slowly getting my house put together, after renting for ten years we are in our first purchased home so instead of trying to “just find a place to shove stuff” I am actually trying to get rid of stuff we don’t use, all those items I have moved around thinking “someday I might want this for my house” and they don’t really work, so the unpacking has been going slower than I usually like it to go. But the slowest going has to be the unpacking of the books. I just want to reread them all, I could spend hours perusing old friends, making huge stacks of books I absolutely must reread in the near future.
Does anyone else feel like this with their collection? Are there other re-readers out there for the same possessive glee every time they come across old favorites that are in their collections?