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#Netgalley #Book #Review #Genealogy for Beginners by Katherine Pennavaria

Review

Geneaology for Begginers

Genealogy for Beginners

by Katherine Pennavaria

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Genealogy for Beginners by Katherine Pennavaria from Netgalley  Rowman & Littlefield in order to read and give an honest review.

… a fantastic book for those who are just starting out to those, like myself who began the process but abandoned the search…

Genealogy for Beginners is just that an amazing guide for newbies like myself. It is an easy to understand, comprehensive and well-written guide to getting anyone started on their search or just back on track if they have gotten stuck.  

Author, Katherine Pennavaria walks us step by step on the search for our long lost family. We learn effective strategies on how to be a researcher from where to begin, how to manage and record our findings to interviewing existing family members. Pennavaria gives us sage advice on how to manage and organise family photos and documents and directs us to endless resources and how to find information in real life and online. 

A fantastic book for those who are just starting out to those, like myself who began the process but abandoned the search out of frustration. This will be a book that I will return to time and again on my genealogy journey. 

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This poor, cuddly boy “Dublin” is looking for his “furever” home! #Toronto #Ontario #Cat #AdoptDontShop #ScarboroughBluffsCatRelief

Dublin ~ Orange Tabby


Meet Dublin

Scarborough Bluffs Cat Relief is seeking the perfect home for Dublin, a sweet three and a half-year-old male, now vet checked, neutered and vaccinated.
The group has been helping a senior couple find homes for the many cats they have taken in over the years. Dublin is just one of many.
Sadly, while in foster care, he got into a fight with another male, which resulted in a very bad abscess. Under vet care, it is healing but will probably leave a scar. Hopefully, once his hair grows back, it will not be very noticeable.
Dublin is a very gentle, affectionate boy who loves people and has been raised in a multi-cat home. The fight was a result of these cats not having been neutered. Dublin has the adorable chops that male cats develop if not fixed for years. Like most ginger cats, he is very special and deserves a loving, forever home of his own.
If you or someone you know is interested in meeting him with adoption in mind, please contact Katherine at getset2001@gmail.com .

***Please note: GTA/Toronto adoptions preferred***

 

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#BookReview The Lost Future of Pepperharrow (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street #2) by Natasha Pulley #MagicRealism #Steampunk #HistoricalFiction #NetGalley

Review

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

(The Watchmaker of Filigree Street #2)

by Natasha Pulley

Release date: March 3rd, 2020

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of  The Lost Future of Pepperharrow (The Watchmaker of Filigree Street #2) by Natasha Pulley from NetGalley  Bloomsbury Publishing in order to read and give an honest review.

I am a huge fan of Natasha Pulley, she has such a unique and wonderful voice, her novels are always magical and mesmerizing. The Lost Future of Pepperharrow is the second instalment in her The Watchmaker of Filigree Street which as expected is incredibly well written, complex, completely unique and captivating. Although it definitely stands on its own I really do recommend reading the first book, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.

We start a while after the events in The Watchmaker of Filigree. Thaniel Steepleton, Keita Mori and Thaniel’s daughter, Six and their Katsu their mechanical quirky octopus begin their adventure in Victorian-era London living their lives when they are asked to travel to investigate a ghost-infested British Legation in Tokyo.  Pulley introduces us to steampunk Tokyo, Hokkaido and even the infamous Aokigahara forest. Thaniel suffering from tuberculosis in the thick London fog agrees to accept the posting as an interpreter, while Mori returns to his royal home to use his powers to investigate unfortunately having to also face a past that he has worked hard to put behind him.

Slowly the Legation begins to see an increase in ghostly activity which seems to be plaguing them. Stranger things begin to happen when Pepperharrow, a woman from Mori’s past is called upon to honour a debt, Mori starts to change and seems incredibly distant.   When Mori goes missing, Thaniel and Pepper independently go to extreme lengths to find him.

This book has everything, the author introduces us to some larger than life heroes and villains in this instalment as well as introducing us to an interesting scientific plotline. I would highly recommend this book, Natasha Pulley has given us an exquisite novel, filled with characters that come to life, rich, well-researched world-building and beautiful, flawless prose that should be savoured and enjoyed.

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#NetGalley #BookReview of The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold #UrbanFantasy #Noir

Review

 

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The Last Smile in Sunder City

by Luke Arnold

Release Date: February 25th 2020

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold from NetGalley and Orbit Books in order to read and give an honest review.

In his debut novel, author Luke Arnold does a masterful job with The Last Smile in Sunder City combining urban fantasy with the noir detective stories of old.

When magic disappears from Sunder city it leaves behind its magical creatures, powerless and living life like an average human. When a former vampire, now beloved old and frail teacher goes missing our protagonist Fetch Phillips is hired to find out what happened to him.  Some say he turned to dust or ran away some say his dedication to his students wouldn’t let him just leave.  Fetch a self-destructive, alcoholic living in his detective agency office, spending his days trying to assuage himself of his guilt-ridden past put himself in peril trying to get to the bottom of it. When a student goes missing too, he feels even more pressure to solve the case.  Sunder City feels like a bit of a character in itself, a typical noir city fraught with seedy back street bars, brothels and greasy spoons with disgusting food but excellent coffee.

I wasn’t sure about this book when I started but I have to say I was carried away, the characters, the pacing, the writer’s voice, his twisty plot turns, completely engaged me. With an intriguing mystery and interesting backstory, this is a fantastic book I highly recommend! I will definitely look forward to Mr Arnold’s future books.

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Say Hello to Cafe! An incredibly cuddly boy looking for his “furever” home! #Toronto #Ontario #Cat #AdoptDontShop #ScarboroughBluffsCatRelief

 

Meet Cafe

Cafe Feb 21 2020


Cafe is a handsome, affectionate lap cat looking for his forever home.
He is a one-year-old male, vet checked, neutered and vaccinated.
Cafe came to us through a phone call from a lady who had been feeding him on the street. He had been coming around for a few months but the lady was moving and wanted to see him settled in a home of his own. After being trapped and taken to the vet, he was pretty scared. In a short period of time, he felt comfortable enough to let his wonderful personality shine through.
Cafe loves to play with his other foster buddies and is extremely affectionate with people. He seeks out attention and is quite happy to stay on your lap, being petted and loved up.
For further information on Cafe or to meet him, please contact Katherine at getset2001@gmail.com.

***Please note: GTA/Toronto adoptions preferred***

 

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#Book #Review of #VoodooShanghai by Kristi Charish via @PenguinRandomCA #UrbanFantasy

 

Review

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Voodoo Shanghai

The Kincaid Strange Series, Book Three

by Kristi Charish

Release date: February 18th, 2020

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Lipstick Voodoo (The Kincaid Strange Series, Book Three) by Kristi Charish from Penguin Random House Canada in order to read and give an honest review.

… fast-paced mysteries with an urban fantasy/paranormal twist but with plenty of intelligence, wit and dark humour, making this series quirky, fun and extremely entertaining…

I am a huge fan of Kristi Charish so I was thrilled to get to review the third and final (?) offering from her Kincaid Strange Series. I really have fun with this series, the books are definitely fast-paced mysteries with an urban fantasy/paranormal twist but with plenty of intelligence, wit, and dark humour, making this series, quirky fun and extremely entertaining.   

Our protagonist, Paranormal Practitioner, Kincaid Strange, is on the case again picking up where Lipstick Voodoo leaves off with Kincaid now working as Gideon, a powerful sorcerer’s spirit’s, new apprentice. Although no longer working for the Seattle PD, Kincaid is getting her life back together and she is finding a moderate amount of success.  When her ex Aaron, asks for her help on an investigation in Portland, a case involving the ghost of who they believe to be Martin Dane, the White Picket Fence Serial Killer her newfound success in on the line. Something doesn’t sit right with Kincaid, she knows she is not being told everything and it’s making her a bit wary of taking the case but a young girl is involved.  When she receives a warning from the other side, her curiosity and sense of justice prevail and she pursues it even if it means her walking into a trap.  When she arrives in Portland she runs into more trouble than she expected, a magic bog, missing ghosts, zombies and witches just to name a few.

I love Charish’s female protagonist in both this series, Kincaid Strange and her Owl books
She writes strong, smart and sassy but also flawed female characters which make them easy to find empathy for and appreciate.  Although not a fan of zombies, in particular, Charish writes them in a fun way that enhances the quirkiness of her books.

All in all, a fabulous fun read but with one doozy of a cliff hanger at the very end which I really hope indicates we won’t be seeing the last of Kincaid Strange!  If you are looking for a fun, intelligent and quirky urban fantasy, this book is for you.

 

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Meet Coco, an affectionate boy looking for his “furever” home! #Toronto #Ontario #AdoptDontShop #caturday

 

Meet Coco

Coco Feb 8 2020

**UPDATE: Great News! This handsome boy has finally found his “furever” home with an amazing family, and we couldn’t be happier!  

 

Coco is an absolute delight. This 1 1/2-year-old boy is playful, affectionate and knows how to get your attention by stepping on your foot, just to remind you he’s waiting. He has been vet checked, neutered and vaccinated. Coco was surrendered with his sister as the owners were unable to care for them. He’s comfortable around other cats, having been fostered in a multi-cat home. If you’re looking for a complete love bug, you’ve found him.

To meet this boy, visit him at Ren’s Pet Depot, 8 Lebovic Ave in Scarborough.

Or contact Katherine at scarboroughbluffscatrelief@gmail.com for more information. Application forms are available at Ren’s.

***Please note: GTA/Toronto adoptions preferred***

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#NetGalley #Book #Review Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara #CrimeFiction #missingchildren

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line

by Deepa Anappara

Release date: February 4th, 2020

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I received a complimentary ARC copy of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara from Penguin Random House Canada and Netgalley in order to read and give an honest review.

“…atmospheric, intriguing story, with unique and sympathetic characters makes this such an incredibly engrossing read…”

Debut author and seasoned journalist, Deepa Anappara creates an atmospheric, heartbreaking and vivid portrayal of life in a basti when children go missing from an Indian slum. Bringing to light social issues, misogyny, religious conflict, police corruption, poverty, elitism and even a touch of folklore this book is more than meets the eye.

Obsessed with true-crime television, 9-year-old Jai dreams about becoming a detective.  When a classmate goes missing Jai and his friends Pari and Faiz decide to investigate when the local police are indifferent. “The Djinn Patrol” decides to look into the case but when more children are taken the case becomes much more than they bargained for and hits closer to home than they expected. 

Personally, this book is one that will stick with me for a long time.  The author brings to life vivid details in each and every scene, immersing the reader in the culture. Knowing that although fiction, much of the book is based on facts, is chilling.  The author also shares the tragic statistic that approximately 180 children go missing in India every day and that many never make the newspapers or are ever thoroughly investigated.

Flawlessly written,  atmospheric, intriguing story, with unique and sympathetic characters makes this such an incredibly engrossing read that I would highly recommend!

 

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Two amazing kittens looking for their “furever” home! #Toronto #Ontario #AdoptDontShop

 

Meet Joey & Riley

Joey & Riley Banner

UPDATE: Although no longer at Ren’s these amazing boys are still up for adoption. For more information contact Katherine at scarboroughbluffscatrelief@gmail.com.


Joey and Riley are 5-month-old brothers looking for their “furever” home. They have been vet checked, fully de-wormed and up to date on their vaccines.

Sadly, these boys were abandoned with their mother and littermates by their previous owner and are looking for a secure, loving home to call their own. Both really love to interact with humans and are extremely affectionate and playful.

We would love to see them find a home together but can be adopted singly, as long as they have another furry friend to play with and keep them company. The adoption fee is $150 each and all funds go back to help other cats and kittens in need.

To meet the boys, visit them at Ren’s Pet Depot, 8 Lebovic Ave in Scarborough.

 

Contact Katherine at scarboroughbluffscatrelief@gmail.com for more information. Application forms are available at Ren’s.

***Please note: GTA/Toronto adoptions preferred***

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Handsome bonded kittens looking for their “furever” home! #Toronto #AdoptDontShop

Meet Dax & –1 (Minus One)

Up for Adoption Dax & -1

 

**UPDATE: Great News! Finally, Dax and -1 have found a home together! We are so happy for them. A wonderful person saw their photos and immediately went to meet them. It was love at first sight. At last, these boys get to enjoy their freedom once again, with a devoted human who will spoil them forever.


These two amazing four-month-old boys are looking for their forever home. Two amazing kittens these boys although not siblings, have formed a close bond and have been known to comfort each other when the other is stressed. Both although shy at first, are super affectionate once they connect with you.

Introducing Dax (black with silver; long-haired)

Found outside in October he was tiny, alone and soaking wet; starving he was too weak to stand.

Dax is pure joy, although timid with anyone new. Once you connect with him, he just shines. He gets along with other cats really well but has a special place in his heart for –1. He loves to play, is bright and very engaged!

Quirk: after playtime, he loves to crawl into your lap, exhausted, and fall deeply asleep. Also LOVES people food!

Introducing –1 (Minus One) (Gray; short-haired)

Named by the snowplow operator who found him one night all alone in a parking lot in –1-degree weather.

“Minus One” is a bit timid, sweet and gentle. With patience and love, he blossoms into an affectionate and playful little boy.

Quirk: a relentless snuggle-monster with fantastically soft fur.

Both of these boys are loving and sweet boys looking for a caring forever home where they will feel safe and loved.

These two boys were brought to the Scarborough Bluffs Cat Relief and can be viewed at the Pet Valu Store at Victoria Park & Eglinton Avenue.

Fee for pair is $300, both have been vet checked and vaccinated.

***Please note: GTA/Toronto adoptions preferred***

For more information please contact Katherine at getset2001@gmail.com

Our story:

Sherlock

Recently after losing our twenty-year-old cat last fall, we adopted our newest family member, Sherlock from the Scarborough Bluffs Cat Relief. It was love at first sight and we are smitten with our boy, he fits with our family perfectly. Although four years old he’s incredibly intelligent, cuddly and super playful! Katherine from Scarborough Bluffs Cat Relief is so incredibly caring and committed to rescuing and adopting cats out to their perfect “furever” homes!