Gates of Thread and Stone

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Gates of Thread and Stone (Gates of Thread and Stone #1) by Lori M. Lee

Kai has grown up in the Labyrinth, a poor section of town. She was found at age eight, unconscious on the docks, saved by eighteen-year-old Reeve who decided to adopt her and raise her as his sister.

Life is hard in this section of the city; low pay, bad food, not the greatest surroundings, kidnappings by a shadow figure “the Black Rider”, etc. But as long as they have their family, Kai is happy.

Kai, while not sure who she is, also has something that sets her apart from others, she can control time (at least for a little bit). Not sure why or what that means, she tries not to use it and bring attention to herself, but instead live a normal life.

One day when Reeve goes missing, Kai sets off to find him and save him; not caring what obstacles and challenges she has to face.One day Reeve doesn’t return home from work, and Kai wonders what could have kept him. When he doesn’t come back the next day, she becomes worried.

She questions her friend Avan, a shopkeeper, but he hasn’t heard anything. When Reeve’s boss reveals he sold him to the Black Rider, Kai decides the only thing she can do is go after him and save him.

Avan joins her as they take a path never explored before, through the void, forbidden forest, and having to cross gargoyles.

When they manage to reach the other side, they discover that the Black Rider is an immortal, one of many, called Irra or Famine. He is not stealing people, but freeing them from being help captive by who Kai thought was a benevolent ruler of her country. Reeve is not here as Irra did not take him, but Kal Nihu or Conquest, Irra’s younger brother (and also an immortal).

Irra agrees to help them in return for Reeve’s information as an insider of the Nihu’s court. He trains Kai and Avan as the only way the two can get back in the city, would be to participate as cadets in the games, fighting to win a spot as a sentinel, one of Kahl Nihu’s elite team.

As Kai trains for battle, she discovers there is more to her than just having an ability. There is more to her than she had ever dreamed of and soon it will be revealed and she will have to make a choice.

Will Kai be able to save her brother and their family? Or has she taken on a problem much bigger than she can handle?

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Thoughts After Reading:

I loved this book. I thought it was amazingly well done and not only captured your interest, but kept you turning page after page to discover what the conclusion of the tale is.

This was fantastic, the character of Kai and the love she has for her family is so well-written and easy to connect to.

And they were amazing in this book!

The story has a little bit of everything: elements of classic fairy tales (the snow queen); overthrowing a dictator, great action/fighting scenes; magic and science fiction; a love triangle (hopefully Mason is chosen) and more-something for everyone. It was well paced and well developed. I strongly recommend it and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

For more fantasy-mystery novels, go to Emilie and the Sky World

For more Science Fiction-mysteries, go to The Andromeda Strain

For more kidnapping, go to Capital Bride

Hole in One

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Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!!!

I know I usually post on Fridays, but I thought I would change today to be a part of the holiday mood. Now I know that you were probably expecting something on a side dish for Thanksgiving or what to do with the leftovers, but no. I decided to do something much different, something that you can eat the morning of before you start cooking up a storm. Or something you can eat tomorrow, before you go out shopping.

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This recipe comes from Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swenson Mystery #5)

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Thoughts Prior to Cooking:

So when I first saw this recipe I immediately wanted to make it. You see this same dish is made in one of my favorite movies, V for Vendetta. V for Vendetta is a dystopian future film. In the film the rebel, vigalante, V saves a young girl, Evie, from being raped by policeman. The next day she goes to work at the television studio, in which at the same time V comes, making the stations play his message. When they try to take him, Evie assists him, as she doesn’t want the man who saved her hurt. When Evie is knocked out, V takes her with him, and the next morning prepares “A Hole in One” (they call it a different name), for her. The way Evie enjoys it, always made me want to try it.

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Ingredients:

  • Non-stick Cooking Spray or Butter
  • One Slice of Bread (Any Kind)
  • One Egg
  • Butter
  • Biscuit Cutter or juice glass
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Italian Seasoning (optional)

Directions:

  1. Spray a frying pan with non-stick cooking spray or put in a pat of butter.
  2. Butter one side of a slice of bread. Put it butter-side-down in the frying pan. Butter the top side.
  3. With a biscuit cutter or the rim of a juice glass, stamp a hole in the center of the bread slice.
  4. Put the cut circle next to the bread slice in the pan.
  5. Put the pan on medium heat and wait until the bread begins to fry. Then crack an egg and drop it in the hole. Add salt, pepper, and the italian seasoning.
  6. When the egg has cooked on the bottom, flip the whole thing. Also flip the cutout piece of bread.
  7. Fry until egg is cooked the way you like it.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought this was really good and pretty easy to make. I’m not really a fried egg person, but I loved this as it is the perfect blend. The only thing that I would warn you about, is flipping the bread and egg over can be hard. I only did it once perfectly.

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For more Hannah Swensen recipes, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more breakfast recipes, go to Pumpkin French Toast

For more holiday recipes, go to With the 4th of July Comes Apple Pie

For more recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake