Monthly Archives: September 2014

#20 Read 20 New Books: The Warrior Heir

The Warrior Heir

IMG_0568.JPG
The Warrior Heir is the first book in the trilogy, The Heir Chronicles, a young adult fiction novel about a young boy who discovers his destiny as a warrior. One day when sixteen year old Jack Swift forgets to take the medication he’s been taking his entire life, he is filled with the sudden power to send his rival and bully, Garrett Lobeck, flying into the net at soccer tryouts. Soon his small-town Ohio life is turned upside down as he is thrown into a secret world where a powerful wizard ruling class dominates, enslaves, and hunts to near-extinction sorcerers, enchanters, soothsayers and most of all, warriors.

From the back of the book:

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high-schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great—until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: He is Weirlind; part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At the head of this magical society sit the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game—a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre magical heritage isn’t enough, Jack finds out that he’s not just another member of Weirlind—he’s one of the last of the warriors—at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.

I am a sucker for teen fiction so I give this book 4 stars. It kept me engaged with its twists and turns and ruthless politics, and I found myself rooting for the main character’s independence. By the end I was already excited to read the next book. Coming soon, look for my review of:

The Wizard Heir

#17 Watch 17 new films: 13 Sins

13 Sins

The movie 13 Sins doesn’t have a single recognizable actor, 3 starts on Netflix, and a strange summary, but it sure is a movie that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat!

IMG_0547.JPG
I give this movie 4 stars

Elliot is a down-on-his-luck salesman and soon-to-be husband with a baby on the way. His bills are piling up and his elderly (racist) father is getting evicted with nowhere else to live except with him and his black fiancée. To top it all off he loses his crappy job and the health insurance that covers his disabled brother’s care in the first 5 minutes of the movie.

Then he receives a phone call from a mysterious stranger who tells him he’s been selected for a one-of-a-kind game show and promises him $1000 to swat a fly. After he complies and finds $1000 deposited into his bank account he’s very intrigued and confused. The next challenge, eating the fly, comes with $3622. As the money increases, the challenges only get worse. The only catch is that if you quit or fail, you lose all the money you’ve earned and you’re left with your own legal defense. Finish all 13 challenges and all your troubles go away, they say. So he keeps going. But when will he reach a point where he can go no further?

Find out for yourself! You’ll find the movie on Netflix instant! What are you waiting for already? Go find out what happens to soft-spoken Elliot in his adventures with “the game”.

#10 Accomplish 10 things you didn’t think you could do: Minneapolis Bike Tour!

#10 Minneapolis Bike Tour Long Route

Last weekend Remy and I biked 32 miles in the Minneapolis Bike Tour!

IMG_0530.JPG
We woke up at the ass-crack of dawn last Saturday to get to the starting like by 8:00 am. Upon pulling into Boom Island on our bikes we were immediately swallowed up by the masses of people completing registration and getting started. There was simultaneously complete chaos and complete organization, with people shouting things here and directing people there, everyone doing their own thing and the same thing.

We found our registration table and got our official “Minneapolis Bike tour” tags and t-shirts. After that it was off to the starting line (which was aaaalllllll the way across the river, so I’m calling our ride 32.5! 😉 heehee).
IMG_0528.JPG
With the wind in our hair we took off at a moderate pace, excited to be doing this for the first time! And everything went smooth for the first 2 miles. That’s when it happened. Our first major hill. We powered up the massive monstrosity out of the river- valley on our single speed (no gears) bikes without walking, but there was no celebration because we were too exhausted. Remy has been preparing for months with his daily biking to work, but I hadn’t done much to prepare. Now that choice was really catching up with me! I didn’t see how I was going to make it another 30 miles after that!

IMG_0532.JPG
I dragged myself to a rest another half mile after that, and I had to lie down. I even snapped at Remy for not waiting for me even though he was right there. But after a few minutes and a few hearty gulps of water (and Remy sneaking off to pee) I was thankfully ready to go again! I apologized to Remy and recommitted to our route. I could do this.

We made it to the first official rest stop in another mile and a half and stopped briefly for some air for Remy’s tire, and some orange slices. Took a quick walk down the dock and snapped a photo and we were off again!

IMG_0521.JPG
After that first setback it was smoother sailing the rest of the way. I found my groove and was able to just keep biking! There were a few more hills but none as tragic as the first. We even skipped one of the later rest stops later and just kept biking! One of the volunteers we met along the route told us that there were over 3200 bikers riding that day between the 16, 25, and 32 mile routes! That’s incredible to me!

IMG_0524.JPG
Remy was looking mighty fine on his fancy Surly single speed bike!
IMG_0526.JPG
For the first time ever in an athletic situation, Remy actually challenged me! I’ve gotten used to being the coach and source of encouragement in our relationship, so it was good to be the one who got pushed for once! Even though I’m sure Remy would have liked to go a little faster, we both had a wonderful time and he stuck to my pace. And we still finished in just about 3 hours!

It was such a wonderful thing to do together I think we’ll do it every year! Next year we were thinking of inviting friends and family to participate with us!