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The Shadowhunter Season II was released, and I had to watch it immediately on Netflix. How many of you have seen it? You may have seen all the Tweets about it. I watched Emma’s discussion about what she liked and didn’t like about it, she talks fast, but I tend to agree with her. “It did not make sense to me!” I don’t remember Clary ever shapeshift into someone else by using a rune. I mean she is the queen of runes, she can do some pretty crazy things with them, but at this point, I don’t think she knew the extent of her powers yet. I should read the City of Ashes again. The movie, I find, is quite cheezy and if you are not familiar with the Shadowhunters from the books, then I think by watching the TV show alone, it will not give you a good background to know what is happening. It’s a shame really because Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters deserves just as accurate a depiction as Harry Potter.

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The movie is supposedly loosely based on the City of Ashes and doesn’t stay faithful to the book at all and I don’t have time to compare the film with the books except the thing that stood out the most to me is inside the Institute. I pictured it as a dark dusty old building with lots of character with a cat named Church. NOT a modern dystopia with a ton of guards and people everywhere. That was weird.

What did you guys think about the show?
I like the characters enough, but honestly, I don’t believe they are as good as Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower or Lena Headey. In fact, I find the TV Show actually annoying.

And this guy? Victor Aldertree? What a dickhead

And that Bitch Maria?

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I bought the Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy because of the show I think. It is written from Simon’s POV. Simon doesn’t remember when he was a vampire or before that, because when he was in hell (for lack of a better word) in City of Heavenly Fire, Simon bartered with a demon to take his memories in which case he doesn’t remember his close shadow hunter friends either. The only way to get his memories back is to drink from the Mortal Cup apparently, so Simon enrolls in the Shadowhunter Academy and goes to Idris to train as a shadow hunter. He meets all kinds of characters. The short stories are easy enough but there are a lot of them, and I have yet to finish the book. Anyway, that’s all for this week guys! Stay tuned for Episode Two Season Two airing tomorrow either on Freeform or Netflix for those of us who live in Canada.

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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What I added to my bookshelf last week. A lot of fantastical books!

The Witch's Daughter
I am currently listening to The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston and I wish I had the book in my hands because I can’t follow the story very well
The Return of the Witch (The Witch's Daughter, #2)The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)
I plan on reading The Invasion of the Tearling and The Return of the Witch and re-read A Game of Thrones.
The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)
I finished The Queen of the Tearling and rated it 4 out of 5 stars

 

I also added some free kindle books acquired through GenreCrave and InstaFreebie. There isn’t much else to report other than I ordered some more bookshelves to accommodate my expanding book collection.

I’d Rather Be A Witch by Erin Hayes

Nobody’s Hero by Bec McMaster

Sword Witch C.S. Wilde

Xodus by K.J. McPike

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow White’s Revenge by Casey Lane
Libra- Silver Blood Collection by D.N. Leo

Happy New Year and have a great week everybody!

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I am participating in The First Book of the Year hosted by Sheila at Book Journey

♥Heartless♥ by Marissa Meyer

Published by Macmillan Audio on 11-08-16
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Audio
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
Source: Unabridged Audiobook
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¶ Long before she was the Queen of Hearts, Catherine Pinkerton was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. From New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer, comes a vision of Wonderland like none you’ve seen before, telling the untold story of the girl who would be the notorious Queen of Hearts.

Books and Coffee’s book of the month for January 2017.

¶ I like the English book cover more than the American one. I read the first chapter a few weeks ago, about this girl, Catherine, who made the best and most beautiful lemony tarts in all the kingdom. BTW, I have never read Alice in Wonderland but I have been waiting patiently to read Heartless for the first book of the year.

Favorite Quotes

Quote from a solemn Raven (pg. 441):
‘Once I was a lonely Rook upon a distant shore, and I would murder for my queen so we might win a war. Now my eyes see the heart that once we did search for, and I fear this heart shall be mended, nevermore.’
Cath’s response (pg.441)
‘Your fears are correct. Such a heart can’t be mended. I hope I won’t be tasked with keeping such a useless artifact for much longer.’

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HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heartless is Books and Coffee’s book of the month for January 2017.

Why does Catherine dream of a lemon tree and a rose bush growing up into her bedroom window and wrapping around her four-poster bed? She makes lemon tarts and rose macarons out of them. I thought her treats might be magical, but nothing happens to anyone when eating them until.. her pumpkin spice cake made from Peter Peter Pumpkin Eaters patch. At this point, I am only assuming it was the pumpkin cake that changed the Turtle into a Mock Turtle with bovine legs and hoofs. Nasty. However, In the Kingdom of Hearts lived all sorts of unusual animals. I.e., herons and badgers, kiwi birds, otters, and hedgehogs.

The King of Hearts chose Lady Pinkerton for a wife because he loves her baking. Catherine wasn’t going to be pushed into an unwanted marriage just to please her parents, but I thought she could have still had everything she wanted even if she married the King. I mean she should have listened to her parents because what does a young girl know about love anyway? She meets a court joker called Jest at a ball and falls in love with him, and he is a very mysterious character as is the Mad Hatter. Honestly, I believed that these two characters conspired to make sure Catherine married the King in which case Catherines reluctance to marry the King was a bit overstated, and I couldn’t see her love for Jest working out either. On the other hand, it wouldn’t have been difficult to get what she wanted as Queen. I mean really? She could have opened up a bakery and loved Jest and been Queen at the same time and make her parents proud of her but meh.

Once Jest’s mission was revealed to Cath, how he was going to betray her, things went awry from there. I didn’t care for the three sisters and their prophecies which became more like Alice through the looking glass or in this case Catherine, Jest, Raven and Hatta in Wonderland.

Cath aka Lady Pinkerton was once a fool and coward but now with fury and vengeance has become Heartless. Literally.

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My neighbor gave me a Turkey a few days ago. I wasn’t planning on doing any cooking because it is a lot of work, so instead of wasting a good Turkey I decided to cook it for Christmas even though I am spending it alone this year.

My boyfriend of 10 years passed away two weeks ago, and I am content to be by myself with memories of him, that is all. I’m not in a very festive mood and probably wouldn’t enjoy myself if I was away from the nest anyway. Christmas will never be the same without him. He was my rock and shining star, and I miss him terribly.

I brined and stuffed my turkey and put a cheesecloth soaked in butter and wine on top before putting it into the oven, just like Martha Stewart. This may be the 3rd time I ever roasted my own turkey for Christmas. I did exactly as the video instructed and it turned out superbly magnificent!

Right. On to the Turkey. I stuffed it according to Martha Stewart’s recipe as well. But doesn’t it look nice? I mean cmon. I know it will be juicy because that is what the brining is for.

I stuck the bird in a solution of water, salt, sugar, star anise, cinnamon sticks, rosemary, thyme and whatever else I could think of that would be good and left it for 24 hours in the fridge.

This morning I prepared the stuffing and the turkey for roasting. I should have taken pictures as I went along but I forgot. The cheesecloth looks exactly like what you see in the video link. It came out of the oven around 2:30 pm so I will let the turkey rest for the same amount of time while I make the gravy.

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I only wish Phil were here to share it with. I still can’t believe he’s gone.

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Phil“I was a cold and heartless person, but the moment I saw you and I touched you, that changed. Now the light and the love inside me for you will never end, and you’ve made me the man I am. I thank you, my love, you’ve proven to me there is the world worth living in .”-Phil McIntyre

“Your love is a beautiful gift that is kept in a special place in my heart.”

It was Thursday morning at 1:30 AM when the ambulance brought Phil and me to Emergency Foothills. I stood beside him like I was going to cry because he was dying, I stuck out my tongue a couple of times to his face, and he said “Don’t” then I asked, “Why?” He said, “Because we are supposed to act like adults.”
It was December 8th.

In Emerg, you were then poked and prodded like a pin cushion, but you braved the needles knowing how much you disliked them.

The doctors were very helpful, and I will never forget that one doctor for being so kind. I made sure they all treated you nice and gentle in fact. They stuck a catheter in you which made you yell, and a saline drip that made you sleep in short increments because you were so restless and kept waking up and taking the finger clamp off. You wanted to get up. But you were delirious and hallucinating, and you said you had to go for lunch. ♥ But your legs were so swollen from edema you couldn’t walk! I stayed with you until around seven o’clock or maybe it was eight that morning. I intended to come back that night after I had gotten sleep and cleaned up your blankets and tidied up the place. My back was hurting and I just couldn’t. I am so sorry for not staying with you.
Earlier, when the ambulance came to our house, you could barely breathe, and one of the paramedics was very mean and impatient. I warned him if he was going to have that attitude he couldn’t come in Lol, What could I do. The stretcher wouldn’t fit in the front hallway to the living room because the damn computer was in the way. So they lifted you up with a blanket, and you kept apologizing for saying ‘Fuck.’ You didn’t have to apologize, but you did because you are a good man like that. You were so sweet to everyone you met. I will never forget those moments we had together. The two weeks before being admitted to the hospital, you could barely sleep, with the coughing and the legs and God knew what else. Every chance you got to sleep it started the coughing, but you kept on smoking. You chewed Fishermen’s Friends, a cough drop like they were candy. I cannot imagine the pain that came with cancer. Except you liked pain and were afraid of nothing. The swelling in your legs made it impossible for you to walk and it hurt to see you in pain so much. I will cherish the times we had together always.
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“Jackie is one beautiful woman, and I can’t picture being without her. She doesn’t understand exactly what she does to make me the man I am and neither do I, but I am happy that she is in my life and I will never change it for nothing. If anybody has any doubts, just listen to the hair of the dog by Nazareth.”- Phil McIntyre

Remembering washing your feet and trying to help you sit on the couch.

I’d like to believe I alleviated the pain in your legs somewhat. Brushing your hair was a joy, and you liked it. It took your mind off things. I wanted to rub you all over with oil, but you didn’t let anyone touch you much because it hurt, not even me, sadly. I couldn’t afford your medication, but I went to get what you needed for the blood clot anyway. It wasn’t cheap, but the swelling in your left leg came down a bit, so the pills did help and made you feel a tiny bit better. You expressed some concern in the event you ever bled to death. I was concerned about your eliminations, getting you to use a Depend (diaper) or some pot to sit on. Evidently, the swelling started up again. You didn’t even last 21 days, but you shouldn’t have stopped taking your pills twice a day or be overly concerned about how expensive they were! You only took one a day for risk of running out of them. I gave you a lot of grief over having to pay for the medication, and I’m sorry for that. Sorry for being mean. I would’ve liked to see you walk to the bathroom but you couldn’t. You didn’t eat much, but I kept feeding you. I didn’t like to see you that way; suffer I mean, just like I didn’t like seeing you drink and drunk. You couldn’t breathe after smoking nearly the whole carton of cigarettes I bought. You waited for Lyla that Tuesday to come over and visit but she never did. Of course, she didn’t need to pay you back if you were dying would she?! And I had the most beautiful time with you that day too and on Wednesday. You’d suffered a lot over the course of weeks up to your death. You’d quit drinking approximately two months ago. You worked up until you couldn’t walk anymore.

On November 3rd, the Calgary Housing Inspector was coming, and we cleaned the house. You washed the bathroom floor and took the hair out of the first hallway carpet by hand. You started breathing hard, and I probably should have insisted you take it easier but with our recent computer debacle we had to get a new operating system that caused us a certain amount of frustration hey. You thought I was mad at you but no. It was the computer, and we both hated that it caused us to argue and fight so much by cursing and swearing “the computer doesn’t fucking work!” but I made you chuckle. I would have cleaned the house myself, honestly. I don’t know where you went when the inspector came. I think you might’ve gone into work that day but you came home early, and I was always glad to see you back during the day. The inspector told us we needed to fill out those forms, including you in the rent, subsequently increasing it and a lot of bullshit we’ve been through before.

The swelling in your legs never got any better, and you had Lyla take you to the Rockyview about two weeks before you passed away.

You discharged yourself against everyone’s wish including mine. I am sorry and regret being mean about not wanting to let you die in our place. I guess I was afraid of living in the same place you died. But I regret not allowing you to now. I knew you were dying and I’m glad you told me. Liver and Lung cancer got the best of you and depression I think. You didn’t want to live anymore is what you said. I was upset and mad when you told me you were going to Winnipeg. I wanted you to stay in the hospital, but you came back home to me 🙂

“Mr. Romantic’s back! I had heard this song before I met Jackie, but it meant nothing until after I met Jackie. I love the lady more than I love my own life and she deserves every bit of my love.”- Phil McIntyre about the song Amazed by Lonestar

I love you too. I needed to hear you say you loved me every day but in the end, I was your best friend, and I could not ask for more. I didn’t allow you to drink as much when you drank with Linda or Carson Otter because I hate alcohol/beer and what it does to people. Last year when my mother died, you were experiencing weakness in the legs. I don’t know what that was about, but you had to crawl to the washroom. Symptoms caused from liver disease? Edema was starting already a year ago. You laughed, played, worked hard. Who knew there was anything wrong with you? Nobody else knew. For reasons I don’t understand you kept it to yourself and dealt with it silently. When I die, I want to do the same thing. Unassisted medically. There was nothing the doctors could do about it. You could have stopped drinking the time you slipped and fell on the ice or after drinking heavily in Bowness. You drank hard and worked hard and played hard. But thank you for calling me that night from Carson Otter’s place. You paid for a taxi, so I could come and see you. You were very drunk, and I was so happy to see you again. I stayed with you until you sobered and then we went home together. I think it was after Linda died we started to watch Game of Thrones. You couldn’t stop drinking, and we fought because of it. You kept working at Trail even though it wasn’t great. You quit there and went to the other depot. It was the stress of a new job and things just got worse. Your working buddy /Uber driver had to drive you back and forth to work every day and more and more days off which meant more time to spend with me. I don’t know why you thought you had to keep working. You were living free, and you weren’t expected to pay for anything, but we both knew we didn’t have long before Calgary Housing booted you out and that was unfair and killing me. I didn’t care. They’d have to kick me out or kill me before I let you go to some other ungodly place again. Honestly Phil. I would have gone wherever you went, but you didn’t want that. You couldn’t leave me either thankfully. I am not happy with the choices you made and never will be ok again. I wanted to take care of you, Phil! Yes, you didn’t have to be embarrassed about getting help with going to the bathroom. I was jealous of everyone even the moon. I wanted you to want me to be the one to help you, but you got angry with me, and I don’t blame you. I blame myself. I am sorry.

When I came back on Friday morning, I learned they transferred you to a special treatment unit on the other side of the hospital. When I found you, I was so shocked to see your mother and Shelley at the foot of your bed! How did they get here from Winnipeg so quick?! You had the hospital call them for you. It is what you wanted. At least your mother and sister were with you. It was a bit of an unwelcome for me, I admit. Your mom took things out on me and I just couldn’t. She was angry at me for not picking up the phone, so I walked away 😦 Things changed so fast but the instant I saw them, I knew this was not going the way I had hoped. I broke down in front of a nurse because I figured they were going to stop me from seeing you and I cried the whole visit. They spent all 3 1/2 days with you. I was crying a lot for myself. They had all the right to be there, and she envied the time I had with you. I am sure your visits with them were pleasant. Mine were strenuous. You used to tell me “You can’t let things bother you.” I’m sorry Phil, but things bother me OKAY?! I haven’t exactly been shown any better because I’ve been hurt too many times. I get mad, and it’s embarrassing, and I hate being that way, but whatever W/ E. Abuse bothers me, and I let things get to me. I have had enough crap from everyone. Nobody had what I need except you. You gave me strength and was my rock hard solid. I miss you so much. I miss you terribly, and the only person to offer any condolences to me was my cousin out of all individuals, on Facebook. I deactivated your account. All condolences were to Shelley. I had to say goodbye and let you go, and you did. Saying goodbye is always hard to do, and I felt pressured. One of the last things you said to me was “there is no fun in this world.”

You were the only friend I had. We had each other. If only we could have had each other longer because a decade is not enough for me. I need at least five decades. I need you like nobody else does. You are all I ever could hope or ask for indeed. There is no one else that will ever take your place. No. I want to remember you, sweetheart. I am grieving. It has been over 12 hours since you died and I have to go to bed now. I am writing. Your support was friendly. I am grateful to you for coming into my life. I am happy to have known you. You are a great guy. Alcohol is depressing when all is said and done.
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“Jackie, thank you so much for everything you do for me . I will always love you and I will always be there for you no matter what. I ♥ YOU MY ANGEL!”-Philip McIntyre

I love you, babe.

Night babe.

You died on December 11th @ 7:47 AM.

To see you in the ever after is but a breath away

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Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy, #1) byI thought Blood Kiss was Ok. It was not as good as the Black Dagger Brotherhood IMO considering it is in the same universe. Butch didn’t quite sound himself and I never cared for Marissa and those were the only other couple from the BDB who had a role in Blood Kiss. Vishous and Doc Jane, Mary and Rhage were also present. Abalone the aristocrat in the Glymera is the King’s right-hand man and his daughter, Paradise is the leading character. She isn’t impressed with being a woman of the Aristocracy, meaning she isn’t your typical stereotype to be treated the way woman are treated. Her passion is for fighting and she enrolls in the BDB training program, along with 60 others. She was the last one standing and therefore named the Primus. Excellent for her and her dad should be proud, except he wouldn’t have seriously allowed her to join the training program save for Paradise telling him a lie like she wasn’t planning on fighting the wars against the Lessers.

Another storyline was that of Butch and Marissa. Safeplace was for domestic violence and abuse cases mostly all women. Marissa witnessed an injured female badly beaten and in trauma but she couldn’t get help from the brothers who were all in a meeting so she phones her brother Havers. Their relationship hadn’t been a good one so she kinda had to force herself to ask him for a favor. If he would look after the injured female. I didn’t care about the injured female but I suppose the story ended on a good note in some ways but meh.

The true proverbial hero of Blood Kiss is Craeg. For the sole reason of rescuing a damsel in distress the daughter of the Glymera, Paradise. We see their romance and downright lusty eroticism between these two, that much was to be expected. Yay. They are both tough characters and I find no qualms about them. They make a good addition to the BDB. I mean with Paradise, even though she is an aristocrat, I warmed up to her more than I did to Xhex.

Peyton, I seem to recall from the BDB but I would have to go back and read The Beast or Lover At Last to remember him. He was Paradises’ best friend. I’m sure we will hear more about Axe and Novo, who were two others who made it through the BDB’s training program. It was a really tough course and out of 60 participants, only 7 made it.[spoiler]Btw, Anslam was the bad guy[/spoiler]

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I love Eggnog! When I pour myself a cup,  it’s an immediate pleasure. The rich, thick, creamy substance made with cloves and nutmeg puts me in a trance until the last drop, and I close my eyes in ecstasy. I am not vegan but this replacement raw healthy version is something to consider.

Holiday Nog

Ingredients:
1 cup almonds, soaked for 3 hours
¼ cup cashews, soaked for 3 hours
2½ cups filtered water
3 frozen bananas, cut into chunks
8 dates, soaked and pits removed
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
? teaspoon Himalayan salt


Directions:

1. Blend the nuts and water, and strain out nut pulp using a nut milk bag.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to the nut milk and blend until creamy smooth.

Sprinkle a dash of nutmeg on top, and enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

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“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ~Peg Bracken

My favorite thing about the holidays is….. all the high-quality chocolate that comes with it, the presents, seeing all the Christmas lights and yes even the snow making it white. Nothing says Christmas like snow- even snowmen in winter.

I like Starbucks yummy peppermint mochas. I just had one today. I like sending and receiving Christmas cards, putting up decorations and just about everything about it. I almost forgot the music and the movies. Well, some of it anyway …I’m tired of the old movies like a miracle on 34th street and the many versions of A Christmas Carol, although they are still a classic favorite.

How many times can you watch C.S Lewis’ the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe? That show was on TV the other night, and I absolutely love Narnia winter scenes.

Last but not least,……..the Advent of BABY JESUS! Mary and Joseph too and well I can’t forget the Magi as well as the Star of Bethlehem and the Angels.

The least favorite? People__drunken, debase, unkind, greedy, stingy, unloving, mean, grumpy people

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