Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Sailor Bean Adventures with Letters

Sailor Bean Adventures with Letters Sailor Bean Adventures with Letters by Kathleen Hegedus
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Melissa's Musings:

Now, I don't normally read a whole lot of kids books. Or enter giveaways for them. I passed that reading range long ago.

 But, I've started to pick them up mainly because I have several nieces and nephews, who range in age from a few months old to teenagers. So, I like to read books in their ranges to see how kids writing has changed, and to pass them on to the young munchkins in my life if they'll be useful or fun for them.

This is a simple, fun book that teaches young kids the alphabet. Each of the letters has something to do with sailing, although this had to get very creative for the more difficult letters like Q, X, Y and Z. I think this book would be ideal for a child who loves the ocean, water or beach. All of the drawings are hand drawn and realistic rather than pristine, which gives this a nice touch. I'll definitely share this book with my young nieces and nephews.

*I won a copy of this book via Goodreads Giveaways*

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Review: Born Wicked

Born Wicked Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Melissa's Musings:

My husband bought this for me as a Christmas gift and it's my first read of the new year. I have to admit, it started out a bit slow. I wasn't really interested in Cate, Maura and Tess. As the story goes on it gets to be more interesting.

The setting is an alternate history of sorts. It reminds me a lot of the setting of the Handmaid's tale, with the religious undertones, the Brotherhood, who control the actions (and minds) of the women in the town. Plus there's the counterpart of the Sisterhood. Secret is, they're all witches and they're working against the Brotherhood.

Cate has a lot on her shoulders, given that before her mother died, she made a promise to keep her sisters safe and to keep them together. Little did she know there was a great deal of danger and sacrifice on her part required to do that. It turns out, Cate and her sisters are part of a prophecy of tells of three sister witches who are meant to bring about a second coming for the witches of the world.

There are many secrets, between many different characters in this story. It highlights perfectly just how imperfect we all are.

I think of all the characters Tess, the youngest sister, and Finn, are my favorites. Tess for her sweet, innocent nature, and Finn for his bookishness and love of learning. The romance between he and Cate is sweet, and had me rooting for them.

The one thing missing is the true nature of their skills with magic. Cate spends a lote of time controlling her sister's use of it, and understandably so, but this left me wanting. When it comes to stories that involve magic, I really like for that to be explored fully, and it wasn't here. I have a feeling and hope that will pickup in book 2.

I'm intrigued to see what happens next and am very glad to have book 2 waiting for me to start. Since this story picked up the pace towards the end, I'm really hopeful that the next installment in the series will keep the momentum going.

Has anyone else read this? Or has anyone started any new series they want to share that are worth checking out?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Random Happenings of the Week #2

Hey everyone!

How's your week been? After having short work weeks due to the holidays the last two weeks, this one sure has felt long.

Not a whole lot of random things happened to me this week, but I'll share a few.

One not so pleasant one is the fact that I am sick....AGAIN!

This is my third cold in 4 months. I had one in September that I knocked out pretty quickly with a ton of sleep and lots of tea. One that was more resilient in November, and this cold is just kind of middling. I am so tired of being sick! Hopefully this cold is done with soon.

The other random thing that happened this week has to do with transit. No fun transit adventures. But rather with my card. Our transit is zoned off, and you pay specific amounts based on the zones you travel, via bus skytrain, or seabus. If you don't use Skytrain often, you can buy single tickets, but they're more expensive. And they expire after 90 minutes. You can buy a day pass for 10 dollars, It's cheaper to have a compass card that you keep stored value on, or have a monthly pass with the number of zones you usually travel, for unlimited trips within the number of zones you buy.

I have my own Compass Card, and I buy a monthly 2 zone pass since I live on the outer edge of one zone, and my job is in another zone. If I go into the third zone (rare on a weekday) I just pay for the additional zone with extra funds I keep on the card.

The nice thing about transit here is that after 6:30 pm on weekdays, weekends and holidays, all travel is considered one zone. So I can go as far as I like on my 2 zone pass without having to pay extra. Plus, you can share cards if you like. Since my husband works from home, he doesn't really need a monthly pass, he just keeps funds on his card and uses it when he needs to, or when we go out together. When he's going out by himself, I usually lend him my card, which saves him money.

And that's just what I did Thursday night, when he went out to get me some tea, and get us something for dinner.

Cue panic on Friday morning, when I'm getting ready for work and realize that my transit card isn't on my bedside table where I put it when I came home yesterday. After a bit of frantic searching surrounding areas, I finally remembered that I lent it to him.Normally I remember that he has it, and immediately ask for it back when he gets home, to avoid situations like this one.

 Given that I get up at 5 to be at work for 7, my husband was asleep at this point. So, I tried searching for his wallet, to see if I could get it, but couldn't find it.

A few months ago, my husband lost his card while we were out running errands one day. If you lose your card, you can buy a single exit ticket, to get beyond the gates and then report your card lost and have it replaced. Or you can buy another card from the machine. Well, against my urging at the time, he just bought another card and loaded money on it. So we actually have 3, mine, the lost one he did have replaced, and this backup card.

Thank goodness we keep the backup card in a specific spot. So, I got to use that Friday morning rather than spending extra money on single tickets to and from work.

Another random happening was a phone call at about 4:30 yesterday. It was from a BC number that I didn't recognize, but I decided to answer it.

Me: "Hello?"
Caller: Helloooo....
Caller: "Are you still driving?"
Me: "I'm sorry, I think you have the wrong number."
Caller: "Oh I'm sorry"

She sounded like  grandma to me. It makes me wonder who she was checking on and how the conversation might have continued.

And those are my random happenings of the week. Does anyone have anything they want to share?