Inky Edition of the Sunday Post #8

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about ourselves and what is coming up on your blog for the week.

What I read this past week:
The Black Key (The Lone City #3) by Amy Ewing (audio-book) ⭐⭐⭐ -  I really enjoyed book one and two in this series. I’m not sure what happened with The Black Key, it was on the slow side and I didn’t like that Violet and Ash were pretty much apart most of the book.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black ⭐⭐⭐ - Please help me understand why this book has some many five-star reviews. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but from all the hype and reviews I was expecting to be wowed. The beginning started out good and I felt so sad for Jude. Then not much happened… until the royal coronation, then everything happened, and I did enjoy all the scheming.

What I am currently reading:

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet


Catalia "Cat" Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods-and her homicidal mother-have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm-until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin's fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short and lived alone.

What I added to my shelves this week:

Full post can be found here: Stacking the Shelves #40

Atonement by Ian McEwan – Historical Fiction, Romance. Has been on my tbr list since the movie was released. I have been holding off watching the movie until I read the book. I just happened to glance at a display at B&N and there it sat, calling my name.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee – Historical Fiction that follows a Korean family for generations. This is an upcoming library book club read.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman -  Young Adult, Science Fiction. My goal was not to purchase books until I read the first book in the series. I fell off the wagon with this one… oops.

Last week on Inky Impressions:

Everyday Life:

It was a wonderful nine days spent with my parents. My fur babies Toby and Avery had a fun time running around the many acres. The weather was a bit chilly when I arrived but it gradually warmed. It was a beautiful 60 degrees yesterday, which was great for stacking a cord of wood that my parents had delivered. My muscles are a bit sore today, it’s been a while since I last stacked wood. I did wonderful with the wheelbarrow, it didn’t tip over once. I will be back home in Colorado later today and it’s always delightful to back in my own bed.    

Some Cuteness:

This week I’m sharing a photo of my parents’ feather baby, King Bird. He is an African Grey Parrot, that my mom nicknamed Sybil because of his multiple personalities; I nicknamed him Freddy after Freddy Mercury. 

He can speak many phrases and he mimics noises around the house (microwave beep, cell phone notifications, and such). Kind Bird has a large dog bark and a small dog bark, and I laugh every time I hear him barking. This week we had two dogs and a bird barking and then King Bird will say “come here” to Toby and Avery. I like listening to him in the early morning before his cage gets uncovered, he goes through all his phrases and sometimes he whispers.

Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful week.

Stacking the Shelves #40

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s 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 a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks. All book links I have listed will direct you to Goodreads.

My mom purchased a book from Barnes & Noble about a month ago and when she began reading it a few days ago she remembered that she had previously read that book. She called B&N to see if it would be possible to return it since it was past the two weeks return policy. They were so nice about it, the didn’t give her a refund, but they did let her exchange it for another book.

Of course, I had to support B&N with a few purchases and these are the books I added to my shelves this week:

Atonement by Ian McEwan –  Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee - Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So, begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) by Neal Shusterman - Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

Have you read any of these books? Have a wonderful day and thank you for visiting. - Jovita