Jun 21 2015
Review: The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

thesapphirerose-dePublisher: Del Rey Fantasy
Published: November 23, 1992
Copyright: 1991
Pages: 502
Form: Paperback
Series: Elenium (3)
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The Secret of the Stone

Finally the knight Sparhawk had come to possess Bhelliom, legendary jewel of magic that alone could save Queen Ehlana from the deadly poison that had felled her father.  Sparhawk and Sephrenia, ageless instructor in Styric magics, made haste to free Ehlana from the crystalline cocoon that had preserved her life while they desperately sought a cure.

But Bhelliom carried dangers of its own.  Once the stone came into his hands, Sparhawk found himself stalked by a dark, luring menace.  Whether the foul Zemoch God Azash was behind this threat, or some other enemy, even Sephrenia could not say–only that the sapphire rose held powers too dangerous for any mortal to bear.

Restoring Queen Ehlana would be only the beginning of Sparhawk’s mission.  With the aid of four stalwart knights, one from each Militant Order, he must thwart Ehlana’s poisoner, the Primate Annias, in his plot to assume the throne of the Church.  For as Archprelate, Annias would serve his secret master, Azash, and deliver up to the dread God the one thing Azash thirsted for–Bhelliom itself!

My Thoughts

With Bhelliom secure with Sparhawk, he and his companions must race back to Elenia to save Queen Ehlana.  Each book in this series got better and better.  With Bhelliom well in hand, they save Princess Ehlana and turn to the business of stopping Martel and his thugs, preventing Annias from ascending to the Archprelate and destroying Azash.

This adventure with Sparhawk and his companions was action packed and absorbing.  The characters were intriguing and entertaining once again stole the show.  The clever ways they found to thwart Annias and everyone in cahoots with him gave me life.  And the final showdown with Azash was super intense and quite thrilling.

Overall a very entertaining conclusion to the Elenium series.  Saprhawk and his companions did not disappoint.


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Jun 17 2015
Finished and Not So Finished Bottle Cap Charms
Written By: Jade | | Tags:

So I know I shared pics of some of these bottle cap charms, but I haven’t shared pics of the finished products.  I made them into to keychain charms, and I think they turned out pretty nice.  There are a few that are still just bottle caps, but they will be embellished eventually as well.  When they are complete I will share pictures of them as well.

 

Game of Thrones Bottle Cap Keychain Charms

Game of Thrones Bottle Cap Keychain Charms

With the two on the right I added charms and keychains to complete them.  The other three have not been embellished but will be one day.  I’ll share the final result when I do.

Sweets Series Keychain Charms

Sweets Series Keychain Charms

This is the Sweets series and I really love how they turned out.  I have one more needing completion, I’ll get to it eventually.

These are the Supernatural themed Keychains.

These are the Supernatural themed Keychains.

Supernatural Keychains

Supernatural Keychains

Here is a close up so you can see what they actually say, since it’s hard to tell in the other picture.

Winchester Brothers

Winchester Brothers

Close up of the Winchester Bros themes keychains.  I love the Winchester, Men of Letters one.

Unfinished Charms Close Up

Unfinished Charms Close Up

And this is just a close up of the ones I have yet to embellish.  I LOVE Jenson Ackles and thought this was a good pic to try this with.  And I love that quote from Castiel.

 

So those are all the completed ones so far.  Hopefully I’ll have more stuff including mini books to share with you all soon.  Hope you all are doing great and as always……Happy Reading!


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Jun 15 2015
Review: The Ruby Knight by David Eddings
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

therubyknight-dePublisher: Del Rey Fantasy
Published: December 1, 1991
Copyright: 1990
Pages: 372
Form: Paperback
Series: Elenium (2)
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The Magic Bhelliom

Ehlana, Queen of Elenia, had been poisoned.  A deep enchantment sustained her life, but only while the Pandion Knights aiding it still lived–and already they were dying, one each month.

Then Sparhawk, Knight and the Queen’s Champion learned that the cure for the poison was the Bhelliom, the great jewel lost when Sarak of Thalesia died in battle, five hundred years before.

Sparhawk and his companions set forth to find King Sarak’s grave by raising ghosts of those who had perished in that ancient battle.  The Seeker, an insectile monster spawned of the evil of God Azash, hounded their every step.  Still Sparhawk pressed on, driven by desperate need.  The had to find Bhelliom before his queen could perish.  They must not fail!

My Thoughts

The Ruby Knight picks up right where The Diamond Throne leaves off.  Sparhawk and his companions continue their search for a cure for Princess Ehlana.  Finding that Bhelliom is the only thing powerful enough to accomplish this, they set off in search of it.

This book is pretty much more of the same, but the personalities of Sparhawk and his companions are given more shine and depth.  They are all so much more developed and, if you can believe it, even more likable than in the previous book.  The standouts for me are little enchanting Flute, mischievous and street smart thief, Talen, and of course the ever clever brute and Pandion Knight, Sparhawk.

With the political race for the new Archprelate heating up, Sparhawk and friends must navigate their way through ghosts, seekers, and the devious plans and schemes of God Azash and his minions to discover Bhelliom’s resting place.  Rescuing it from it’s previous owner proves to be more difficult than they expected, but Sparhawk and friends do not have quitting spirits.

Overall I had fun reading this and followed up by reading the last and final book in the Elenium series.


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Jun 08 2015
Review: Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

bloodrose-acPublisher: Speak
Published: January 3, 2012
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 408
Form: Paperback
Series: Nightshade Series (3)
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There’s no backing down.

It’s time to fight for freedom, or surrender to destiny.

Failure is not an option.  The pack

s alliance is crucial to their victory.

But in the end, the future of their world lies in her hands.

My Thoughts

I want to start out by saying I had no idea there was so much hate fr Shay and so much love for Ren when it comes to this series.  While I can barely remember Nightshade, my review seems to indicate I was not a fan of Ren while I found Calla to be her best self when she was with Shay.  While I still stand by that sentiment, getting to know Ren presented a different side that we didn’t get to see in previous books.

Call goes back to the Vale for Ren to introduce him to his sister and make him privy to the truth of the existence.  She then proceeds to have some very teenagery angst over whether she wants to be with Ren or Shay.  She gets really physical and leads them both on when it’s been clear since Nightshade who she truly wants to be with.  I kind of found this despicable, and Calla and her antics concerning the two really became someone I didn’t like.

Despite that, the book was full of action, danger, and adventure.  I really felt for all of their losses and was proud of their triumphs.  While I wasn’t totally thrilled with the ending, I found it satisfactory.

I feel like the epilogue should have been from the Pack’s point of view.  Getting it from Sabine’s POV made it seem a bit disconnected.  Overall a decent ending.  Though now I’ve read there are to be more books in this series.  Just WHY?


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Jun 01 2015
Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

wolfsbane-acPublisher: Speak
Published: July 26, 2011
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 390
Form: Paperback
Series: Nightshade Series
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CAPTURED BY THE ENEMY SHE MUST DECIDE:

Friend or Foe, truth or denial, freedom or destiny.

But time is running out, and lives are on the line….

Does she have what it takes to save her pack, and herself?

My Thoughts

It’s been so long since I’ve read Nightshade and I can’t remember much of the events that has led up to Calla’s circumstances.  Nevertheless I soldiered on.

In the midst of the searchers lair, Calla begins to learn that her sworn enemies are not enemies at all, and that all she knew to be true about her life and identity is a farce.  Agreeing to an uneasy alliance, Calla is determined to rescue her pack and do all she can to help Shay, the Scion, defeat Bosque Mar once and for all.

I love and admire Calla’s loyalty and dedication to her pack.  And I can appreciate her trying to reconcile this loyalty with her love for Shay, but her wishy washiness got on my nerves.  I was heartbroken for her brother Ansel.  What they did to him was cruel, but I enjoyed getting to revisit with him and getting to know all the new characters introduced.  The searchers all seem to be good people with the best of intentions.

As Calla wrests with her past, she tries to determine what and who she wants for her future.  While I think she made her decision long ago, it seems she has yet to realize it.

Overall this was a pretty good follow up.  Lots of great action and nail biting moments.  Now on to book three!

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