Night Veil

This review contains spoilers. 

Night Veil by Yasmine Galenorn

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  • Genre : Urban Fantasy – Paranormal Romance
  • Date Started :  July 2, 2015
  • Date Finished : July 8. 2015

Description: You can read the full description from the author’s website. This is the 2nd book in the Indigo Court series.

Night Veil leaves off where the first book ends. Grieve is still with the big bad, the indigo court and the vampires Cicely made a deal with constantly want her to do their bidding. Things at home are not that great, relationships mostly and things just keep getting worse. Kaylin starts off in the book in a coma and Cicely must wake him up by visiting the Bat People and deal with his demon, who decides now is the perfect time to come out and play. Cicely finds out who her father is, but that’s not really a surprise. I mean that was fairly obvious from the beginning. Cicely is betrayed, has her home blown up and forced to go on the run with a her rag tag group.

This is a tough one. Here is my dilemma with this series, I enjoy the concept of the book and story but I don’t like the execution. Night Veil was easy to read and it kept me hooked but I felt like this book could have been a novella. We do learn a lot of back story in this book and discover characters true sides. I still feel like most of this could have been added to the first book.

Some of the plot points felt forced, like Kaylin and his demon issue and pretty much every scene with the vampires. Every scene with the vampires makes me feel slimy and gross. Galenorn does a great job writing the vampires as freaky and ultra creepy. I’m still not convinced of the romance between Grieve and Cicely. I understand they have a bond and are destined to be together but it doesn’t feel real. Their emotions are not, they are not what I would expect from lovers destined to be together.

There were a few surprises, things I did not see coming, not at all. Leo snaps and in a burst of rage hits Cicely and all of a sudden he starts acting weird. This was so out of character, no build up to his switch in personality and now he has ulterior motive? All of the characters interactions with Lannan were odd. At first he is like he was in the first book and then he decides to help Cicely and her group. Lannan who apparently we can be sort of trusted now? One of the biggest shockers and out of left field was a ritual with Peyton’s mom to strip Cicely and Grieve’s bond in order to “protect” Peyton from her father. To do that sort of magic against the will of the person apparently is pretty horrible and the execution left me disliking Peyton’s mom. I think her betrayal was more of a shocker than anything else.

Like I mentioned before, this book is easy to read and has potential to be pretty good but execution is still lacking. We are reading this series for book club and at this point, I’m still entertained. I’m giving this book a 2.5 stars because it’s not bad, it’s entertaining but I probably won’t reread the series ever again.

Tangled Taurus Book Review Rating  2.5 Stars

What the [BLANK] happened this weekend?

This weekend was a successful weekend, well productive at least. I was SUPPOSED to post this yesterday but my NEPHEW WAS BORN! So excited to have another nephew! Okay now on to the post.

My voice came back and while I’m still coughing here and there, I sound 100% better. On Saturday I helped my friend paint her bedroom. We changed it from mocha to a pale grey. Then we moved in all her larger furniture, hung up wall decorations and shelves. and purged a lot of her makeup, clothes and items she totally forgot about. I had to tell her sorry when I left because I was really hard on her and while I’m coming to terms with purging things I NEVER use, she has not. I was rather harsh, but what are friends for right?? We also painted a few furniture pieces that she wanted to match to her new color scheme. I had planned on going to the gym Saturday but I was at her house from 9am to 8pm. I felt that while I did not get a real workout in, I did work pretty hard. Seriously. I’m short so I was in charge of painting the lower half of the wall which meant I was in a squat position most of the time. the back of my legs are sore. I miss being sore.

Sunday was sort of a lazy day but I worked out a schedule/timeline for finishing my friends scarf as well as a timeline for finishing my book for book club. I started working on clearing out my dining room and getting it ready for a battling chaos post. I have mass amounts of books that I need to purge as well but I feel like that’s going to be incredibly tough and I want to save it for last. If I do it now, it will just end up pushing back other minimalist projects that I can get done quicker. So overall a productive weekend.

I also planned out my week using my awesome Plum Paper Planner. Adore my Chris Evans Dashboard, haha.
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Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

My voice took a vacation without me!

I’ve been under the weather lately. Last Thursday I woke up with a horrible sore throat, one where my entire head felt like I’d been beat up. I was feeling slightly better on Friday and went to the Bite of Seattle with some friends. I’m not an adventurous eater but I had some smoked salmon that was pretty delicious. The whole reason we even went to the bite was to partake in their free movie. The free movie this year was Ghostbusters, which was amazing because I LOVE that movie. I used to watch both Ghostbuster movies on repeat during finals week while I studied. Oh memories!

Saturday I woke up to discover that while my sore throat had gone away, I was not able to talk. The no voice lasted until Monday. I ended up going into work but left 30 mins later when I had coverage. I’m a receptionist so having no voice has been hell this week. Attempting to answer phones on Monday gave me a painful throat for the next day, so I stayed home. Since Tuesday my voice has slowly gotten better but Wednesday and Thursday I left work at noon so I could rest it.

I tried almost everything I could think of. I drank mass amounts of water, Lemon tea with honey, cough drops, cough drops in warm water (cough drop tea), gargled warm salt water, and even tried a teaspoon of Cider Vinegar. While I am fine and feel great, my voice just doesn’t want to come back. I have that sexy husky voice thing going on. Lol.

During this last week I’ve been able to finish reading a few books, so be on the look out for about 3 or 4 book reviews. I also was able to finish season 2 of Bitten. I still have not read the series yet but I love the TV show. This weekend I’m helping a friend paint her room, but other then that it’s another rest weekend! I also have a few ideas for blog posts to think about as well! Wish me luck with my voice!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Sins and Needles

This review contains spoilers. 

Sins & Needles by Karina Halle

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  • Genre : Contemporary Romance
  • Date Started :  July 10, 2015
  • Date Finished : July 15, 2015

Description: You can read the full description from GoodReads. This is the 1st book in The Artists Trilogy.

This book is about a woman with many names…Okay she is a Con artist hence the many names. In this book she decides to move back to her home town, stop grifting and conning. Ellie wants to start fresh. She thinks everyone she used to know has probably moved away because why would anyone want to stay in a small town? Her Uncle tells her she can’t live with him and she runs into her ex Highschool best friend in a coffee shop her first day back. Starting fresh has not been as easy as she thought and when she hears that Camden, her ex best friend is rich, the con artist in her can’t resist the temptation. Things heat up between the two and we learn that Camden has always loved Ellie, even after she broke his heart back in highschool. Everything turns to shit though when Ellie breaks into Camden’s home and tries to steal his money, because he is well off, it’s ok, right?

In a twist, Camden knew this was coming. He had hoped it would not but knew he couldn’t trust Ellie and set her up to take the bait. In his mind, he wanted to move past the hurt she caused when they were in highschool and hoped that they could, if she would have not attempted to steal from him. Camden gets really angry, holds Ellie hostage and threatens her. He’s willing to let her go though if she agrees to help him. See Camden is in trouble and wants his own fresh start and thinks Ellie can get that for him. They spend a few days planning his new life and making a plan and then Ellie’s past catches up with her.

Ellie panics and convinces Camden they need to leave NOW. So they run and take the money that Camden has. This money isn’t really Camden’s though, it’s his ex-wife’s families money that he has been laundering for them. Now Ellie and Camden are going to casinos to launder money the way Ellie knows how, gambling, so they can escape both their pasts and start fresh. Ellie’s past catches up to them and eventually uses her Uncle to track her down. Camden suspects this to be a trap but Ellie just can’t leave without helping out her Uncle. Sure enough, her uncle sets her up but Camden and Ellie escape, but not for long. Javier, who is Ellie’s past lover and one major reason she has been running all this time, decides to team up with Camden’s ex’s family. Camden’s ex wife and child are then held and threatened until Ellie agrees to go with Javier.

I don’t want to say this was a bad book because it was not. It reads well and while I enjoyed the overall story, I didn’t care much for the characters. The story was going great for me until Ellie attempted to con Camden. The story went down hill from there for me. Part of that has to do with them being flawed characters who make horrible decision and sort of do bad things. I understand characters who are not perfect, who have issues and are effected by them but I’m over the sad and pointless pity parties some characters throw themselves. I was not a fan of Ellie character at all, everything, all of what she was bugged me. As for Camden, I don’t want to say I loved him or disliked him but the abrupt change in his personality multiple times though out the story threw me. I liked to see a character with so many sides and while some of the emotions were natural and flowed, some felt like they came out of left field. I got nice and sweet, confident, playful, then flashes of rage that frightened me, then docile, then more flashes of rage, back to sweet and playful, then suspicion.

I finished the book 5 days after I started it because once they, Ellie and Camden went on the run, I lost interest in the story. This is the first book in the Artist Trilogy and I’m not sure if I want to continue or not. I might push on sometime in the future but right now, I’m done with this series. I might try another series of the author though, just not this one. Overall I’m giving this book a 2.5 stars because I did enjoy the book in the beginning but I will not be reading it again.

Tangled Taurus Book Review Rating 2.5 Stars

Nephew’s Baby Blanket

I started working on a Hooded baby blanket I found on Ravelry for my soon to be born nephew a few months ago. I tried looking for something nice and soft in the colors my sister has picked out, red and black. Do you know how tough it is trying to find regular colors for baby items, everything is pastel! I didn’t like anything I was finding at JoAnns but because I needed a lot of yarn, I decided to cave in and get the pastel stuff. It’s a baby blanket, who cares! I ended up going with Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in the white, green and blue colors. 10.5oz at my local store was 9.99 and I bought 4 at 50% off….SCORE! My sister is a huge Sounders fan and Seahawks fan so it worked out. I also picked this yarn because it’s machine wash and dry-able. For a busy mom I feel like that is super important. My sister won’t be hand washing anything.

I finally finished the blanket on Wednesday. Here is a picture of it pre-blocked.

When I started working the hood, I realized that I crocheted the blanket incorrectly. DOH! I ended up crocheting the DCs into the big loop (incorrect DC) instead of the proper way (correct DC). I figured this out when the hood would not lay flat and kept bunching. It looks fine and I like the way it turned out but I didn’t do it the way the instructions say.

I finished the hood, attachment and rim on Thursday and need to block it. I hate blocking. Maybe I’m doing it incorrectly but it always seems fairly pointless. Depending on the material, but most of the time I gently wet the fabric and lay it down on a few towels. I put in my pins and block it. I let it sit until dry. The piece usually goes back to the shape it was before I blocked it, except the looser parts are now slightly exaggerated. This is pre-blocked but it will probably look the same after.

Here is the Hooded baby blanket pattern I used and you can add me on Ravelry!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Riding the high

This last weekend was amazing and I’m still hyped up over it. My beloved Sounders won on Friday, after a losing streak. With Dempsey out on suspension/gold cup duty, Evans out for injury/gold cup duty, Papa out for gold cup duty and a large group of our starters injured, this win was just what we needed. Even though Tyrone Mears probably did it for the Queen, since he is English, it’s still a great way to start off July 4th weekend! Not much to say about the 4th of July except it was nice. A great time to hang with family and enjoy each other’s company. Then on Sunday, the US Women’s team defeated Japan to take home the World Cup! Seriously, if you did not watch that game then you missed out on some fantastic soccer. I’m still too emotional from that win to talk calmly about it but wow, still riding that high.

Then today, I see that my Plum Paper Planner should arrive today and I can’t wait to get home and open it up! I’m still waiting on all my planner stickers and coil clips but still excited to start using it and getting organized. I’m not sure why it took me so long to discover etsy and now that I have, I think I’m in trouble!

As for this week, I’m putting a hold on my purging. Book club is this Friday and I have read 0 of the books. Don’t worry though, well like you would waste your worry, I have a plan. I have 3 book to read and I’ve broken it down below. I just need to stick to the timeline and not skip any! Ugh I brought this on myself! Why did I wait so long again???

Night Veil – 294 pages left – read 100 pages a day – 40 pgs at lunch or at work & 60 pgs at 5pm – 6pm M-T-W

Grave Peril – 378 pages – read 80 pages a day – 80 pgs at 7pm – 8:30pm M-T-W – 40 pgs at lunch or at work TH-F & 80 pgs at 7pm – 8:30pm TH

Burned – 273 pages left – Read 91 pgs at 8:30pm – 10pm M-T-W-TH

After I get all my books read then I can get back to purging and start working on my crochet blanket for my nephew that should be here aaaaaannnny day now.

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus