Rane Aria

Just reading, drawing,crocheting and enjoying naps

Happy Summer Solstice

 

Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 416 pages.

House of Furies - Madeleine Roux

House of "Furies" First time I came across this I did a double take thinking what the heck is House of Furries?! hehe

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

A Million Junes - Emily Henry

just so beautiful....... 

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones

 As I read Wintersong I found myself falling more and more under it's magical spell. The setting and characters just got to me. S. Jae-Jones just pin point something few can: people. No one in this book is good or bad, wrong or right. Nothing in this book is black or white and like the characters everything is in shades of grey.

  The heroine especially can came across as selfish, narrow viewed, but on the other has a huge heart that gives and gives. Liesl was never given the chance to grow and spread her wings, always push aside by her beautiful sister and talented brother, her own worth put on the back shelf. The thing about Liesl is, she doesn't want to be there, and in her own ways fights to break free from the place she was put.


 Her fight and later love of the Goblin King is every changing. It's not the, be all, end all kind of love. It hurts, it heals. It can be messy and it can be crystal clear.

 

 The first part of the book is the trial of Liesel as she gets her sister back and the later part of the book is her discovering of who the Goblin King is. Both like a symphony changes, with the words poetic or harsh.

 

 The ending could have made this a standalone, but with this type of sad (heartbreaking!) ending I'm glad we will be able to see more of Lisel and the Goblin King's love story.

Baking Powder Wars by Linda Civitello

Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking (Heartland Foodways) - Linda Civitello

 

 I find history truly fascinating, from the changes we can read and see in people, culture, places. One thing that connects us more is none other then food. Food history is just as rich as it showcases the culture impact every day food such as Baking Powder had on us,that today we take for granted.


 Linda Covitello packs in so much history from the 19th century to today in how Baking Power changed the way we cook and in some cases changed the world.
Covitello just doesn't talk about baking power, but takes the reader along as you see how women, homemakers,bakers and later inventors used to cook before baking powder with old recipes, dairy entries and digging deep into our history from America to Britain and all over.


While I truly enjoyed the history, at times I felt that Covitello put a little to much info, making the reading at times a bit slower or something we had to slog through to get at the meat of the matter. This was a double edge sword though. One had to understand this to understand how it effect that. While this balancing act was troublesome, it didn't take away to much from the book overall.


  For those who love history to cooking, this is a fun book to dig into and learn how something as simple as baking powder changed the world around us.

Death and Night (The Star-Touched Queen 0.5) by Roshani Chokshi

Death and Night - Roshani Chokshi

 I don't know how Roshani Chokshi can wrap up such magic and wonder in her book, let alone a novella but she does it!

  Set before the Star Touched Queen you learn how Amar and Maya first truly meet and how they fall in love with one another. You learn about a few secrets and heartbreak along the way, but joy and understanding and real love between these two amazing characters set in an amazing world.

 

 June 9th is June's full moon called the Strawberry Moon from the riping strawberries also known as the Honey Moon and Rose Moon in Europe. June's Moon will be the lowest Full Moon of the year and takes on a Honey Color because of the weather.

  It will be a "mini-moon" because it will be the farthest full moon away from the Earth.

 

More Strawberry Moon Facts

 

Summer Recipe: Braided Peach Cobbler

 

 Trying out new Summer ideas and recipes, my newest try is my Peach Cobbler in a braided puff pastry

 

For BrokenTune

       

Recipe: 

     You will need:

                          1 Box of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets

                          1 Can of Peach Pie Filling (No High Fructose Corn Syrup) 

                          1 Egg

                          1 tsp & 1/2 Cup of Sugar

                          1 tsp of Cinnamon 

 

     First defrost the Puff Pastry Sheets. You can leave them out for about 40 mins in room temp,  They will feel and look a tad doughy (like when you open a can of biscuits look) but not sticky.

 

    Next place them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and cut into a braid <-great tutorial 

 

   Open the can of Pie Filling and place into a bowl and mix with the 1/2 cup of sugar and toss together. (You may have to cut the pie filling into half as there maybe a lot, and can use for topping on ice cream?)

 

   Place peaches in the middle of pastry and braid!

 

   Next crack open the egg and using only the white of the egg wash the top of the pastry.

   The using the remaining sugar and cinnamon mix together, sprinkle on top and place in oven for about 20-25 mins until golden brown on top and fluffy.

 

     

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

A Million Junes - Emily Henry ""What light through yonder window breaks?" "It's me," I yell back. "Wait, June? You're positively glowing. I thought that was the east and you were the sun." "Yeah,I'm ovulating. Common mistake.""

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows - Linsey Miller

 Mask of Shadows had alot going for it, peace trying to grow in a war torn land, A Queen trying to hold the ragged strings of peace with her band of assassins to keep the unsettling silence. Here is where Sal grows, their home wiped from the face of the earth, victim of dark cruel and uncontrollable magic. Sal finds their chance to work with the Queen as one of her assassins, a chance to get revenge for their family and home and get justice once and for all. As Sal plays the game and walks through the court, they learn more that makes this so called peace nothing more then a magical illusion.

 

 I was curious in how Miller would write a gender fluid character and perhaps one of if not the best part of the overall book was the way Sal was shown as being gender fluid and great understanding and beautiful storytelling weaving that it just flowed. Sal as a character was interesting as they slowly uncover clues but use their mind to figure out whose pulling the strings.

 If Miller followed, I think, this line of plot of just Sal it wouldn't have fallen into something that felt like it was done before. Sadly, this felt like the Hunger Games with all those in the tournament giving an all go to kill one another. Unlike the Hunger Games the rest of those in the tournament wore masks with numbers on their face being called by a number, you never get to "know" them at all. Even the "love" interest was ok but again nothing that really drew the character to the reader.

 

This had an amazing history but instead of discovering it in the book it was given as a summary toward the end in a timeline.

While in the end this ended up being an okay read with a big cliffhanger, this may turn out the be a better series in book two- we shall see.

 

 

 

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Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 648 pages.

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

 

YEAH! Look what I got in the mail today!

With You Always by Jody Hedlund

With You Always (Orphan Train) - Jody Hedlund

 

 With the death of their parents and struggling on the streets while trying to keep her family together, Elise Neumann is lucky to have stumbled upon a place that could offer shelter to her family and her a well needed job. With faith and a bit of luck Elisa finds herself in a building town and finding herself meeting someone again by chance.

 

 Thornton Quincy has lived in the tall shadows of his Father and twin, but with his father's health failing, a contest pits the brothers against one another to build a town and marry in six months time. Thornton's plans go awry when he meets Elisa again and starts seeing things from a different perspective and who truly sees him...

 

 Jody Hedlund works always show the strength in the human spirit. She never preaches to the reader, she shows the reader the bad and good in life she doesn't stray from the harshness of life, but shows the one can overcome the bad. Elisa and Thornton both show this, Elisa takes a chance to make a living for herself and her family but isn't scared of standing up against injustice and giving someone a push in the right direction and believe.

 

 Through Elisa's eyes, we see how poor immigrant women who came to the US in hope and didn't find nothing but heartache. Elisa may be soft spoken but has a spine of steel and is able to keep her family together the best she can and even help Thornton who she met in a trying time (in the middle of a riot no less) But even Elisa can't stop things, good or bad, from happening. She only has her inner faith and her strength to help her through and love.
 Thornton had to find himself, he was a better man but him seeing it took a bit longer. He to loved his family and turned a blind eye to even their worse faults. He finally stood as his own man and showed who he truly was with help from Elisa.
 

 Elisa and Thornton love grows slowly as they learn about one another and show and prove something not only to one another but to themselves. By the end you can see together they can face anything and everything with by each other's side.

 

 The only trouble I had with the book was the very rushed ending and while it left it open for the rest of Elisa's family, the ending just went by in a fast and felt a tad jarring.

Hedlund placed the reader in a time not talked about but truly made it vivid with amazing characters and place I look forward to more from this series.