My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am not really sure whether I really like this book or if its just a pleasant read. At least it is not really bad and I did start reading the second one in the series, so it must have some good things.
But lets talk about the bad things first:
I like history and can be fascinated by certain people from the past. But if I want to read about them, I grab a history book or go to Wikipedia. So in this book the name dropping and history lessons where a bit over the top.
Also not good: in the middle of some breathtaking action scene. I get an explanation on things which make me think: STFU! you’re throat is being ripped open, you have a knife close to your heart: tell me what happens. I don’t need an explanation on how your ward works or what it is or whatever, you can tell me all about that when you are safe.
Finally: the sex with Mircea. I’m having serious issues with Cassie being his since she was eleven years young. And she was sitting on his lap and braiding his hair? Eew! I also hope the series does not go any further with the free sex for all. That’s why I stopped reading Anita Blake: It was getting boring, reading the vast amount of sex scenes with a various amount of guys.
But, there was good too:
Cassie not being a necromancer, vampyre slayer or demon hunter. No, she is just a seer who grew up at a vampyre court and tries to stay alive. That’s refreshing. The action was – between the explanations and history lessons – really good and entertaining.
I want to know where the story leads. What is the story with Pritkin? What is going to happen between Cassie & Mircea? And more questions come to mind. I will see what Claimed by Shadow brings. So far so good, but yet another “famous” person from history has appeared.
- 2 cups All-purpose flour / 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda / 1 teaspoon Baking powder or just 2 cups of Self-rising flour
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 cups Granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup Vegetable oil
- 2 large Eggs
- 1 teaspoon Rum extract
- 1 cup (8 oz) Sour cream
- 1/4 cup Raisins (soak in water first)
- 2 big or 3 small Bananas (cut in half lengthwise and then sliced)
Place oven rack in lower-middle position of oven and heat to 190 C / 375 F.
In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together until mixture is pale yellow. While whisking, slowly pour in oil; add rum extract, raisins and sour cream, and mix well. Fold in remaining flour mixture until just incorporated. Finally mix in the banana parts. Do not over mix. (Batter should be mixed just until it comes together. It’s OK for some small sprays of flour to be visible in the raw dough.)
Spray a twelve-cup muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray or coat lightly with butter (or use paper liners). Distribute muffin dough equally among cups. and press down lightly. Place in oven and increase temperature to 200 C / 400 F. Bake until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. Remove from oven and turn out, upside down on tea towel to cool completely. Serve immediately or store in airtight container for 2 to 3 days.
(adapted from our favorite blueberry muffin recipe over here)
A few years back I was obsessed with Dolls Houses. I owned a few, made a lot of things, most of it is still on my other website. But then the yarn came into my life, knitting, cross stitching, needle binding, card weaving. I tried spinning as well but gave up on that. So the dolls houses went on a hold. I got rid of a lot but I kept one big house and some smaller projects. I knew that some day, that miniature bug would come back and bite me again. And so it did. Last weekend I got out my sanding machine and started sanding my Mandragora Mansion. A victorian villa, much like the old painted ladies you see in the USA. So here it is, in the middle of the livingroom my “painted lady” to be:
Like every self respecting cat Charlie and Emma were there to
help inspect the house inside and out. In the six months they live with me, it never came out of the corner it was in, except when that noisy machine (the vacuum cleaner) went around the room
Emma is checking the upstairs while Charlie looks downstairs. Sunday I took out the gesso and although I am not an Elvis-fan (on the contrary) I kept hummin “In the gesso” like his song “In the getto…” The whole house has a basis coat of gesso and I put it on another spot in my livingroom. Charlie and Emma finished their inspection and seem to approve. When I took this picture dan_e said: look they are just like 2 lions pulling the hearse.
I moved the mansion next to the couch for better view and access. I’m still not sure about the colour but I think it will be the same as I have on my wall: lavender. On the picture you see Charlie on the left, Emma on the right. Nine months they are now and still as adorable as when they arrived. And look how they’ve grown:
This is my Books & fiber blog and it stays that way. I’m going to revitalise my Dolls house website so I can post more pictures and less words. But for now I wanted to share last weekends adventures. I will keep you posted about the dolls house updates.