Friday, January 31, 2014

Fantastical Friday

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And it has been yet another INSANE week here at the Fantastical home. Last Friday, my car died. On Sunday, despite the cruddy weather, we jumped my car and drove it out to the shop to get both the alternator and the battery replaced. We also noticed my husband's car had a tranny leak. It's really just not the best time for our cars to simultaneously have issues, but since they are inanimate objects, they don't care :)

Monday was ANOTHER snow day for the kids.

Wednesday should have been a day with everything cancelled based on the wind alone. Visibility was maybe a quarter of the mile...of course, this was the day we picked Nick's car up. I got this picture while riding to the shop while he drove.
Fantastical Friday: Talking about the weather and sharing my review for Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1) by Aimee Carter


Driving on the roads right now is all controlled sliding. It's really bad, but I guess the base doesn't have adequate funding for taking care of the roads because they are never salted and plowed at the very minimum amount :/

On Thursday, they had a two hour delay because of the foot of snow we got overnight. We're only supposed to get a couple inches over the weekend - which I hope holds up because it's warm out and that means lake effect snow (where we get massive amounts of snow dumped on us with no warning). Thanks, Lake Ontario.

What's your weather like?

Occasionally, I'm going to share some book reviews on Fantastical Friday because I love reading and I love to share good books with others. My main genre is Young Adult. I don't care that I'm 25 and love Young Adult books. They are truly amazing :) So first book review of Fantastical Friday, one of my favorite reads of 2013: Pawn by Aimee Carter
Fantastical Friday: Talking about the weather and sharing my review for Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion, #1) by Aimee Carter
I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: 
YOU CAN BE A VII IF YOU GIVE EVERYTHING.

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.

If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed, and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.


My Thoughts: 
Pawn really surprised me. It has such an interesting and unique premise and I am already dying for the sequel. It is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2013. I really appreciate Aimee Carter's progression through the story. There isn't a great deal of info dumping, but rather the plot unfolds and gives just enough information to understand what is going on. Pawn is full of adventure, action, deceit, drama, and pretty much everything in between. Kitty Doe is an incredible force to be reckoned with. She is everything a YA protagonist should be. She fights for what she believes in and is true to herself. There is an unbelievable amount of twists and turns that made this book hard for me to put down. In fact, I had reached 50% and said,"Let me finish this chapter and I'll go to sleep", just to realize that I read more than planned and was at 74% when I finally turned off my Kindle to go to sleep :) I highly recommend this book for fans of dystopia. A truly amazing read!

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