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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

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Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon

It’s no secret that I am not a fan of YA contemporaries. It’s not the genres fault, it’s just that I’m not in the age range these books are targeted towards. So, when I first saw that this book was being released, I wasn’t dying to get my hands on a copy, but it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and being someone who loves a good retelling, I thought why not give it a chance. I’m so glad I did!

I have read so many Beauty and the Beast retellings, and Of Curses & Kisses by Sandhya Menon one was so refreshing to me. It may be because this one is not set in a fantasy world, but at an elite boarding school. Also, I think the introduction of Indian culture and superstition surrounding the curse may have played a big part in my enjoyment of this book. Plus, the characters were such a treat. They had their moments, when all I wanted to do was knock some sense in them, but they ended up growing and changing for the better.

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How to Host a Hidden Service .onion Site on the Dark Web

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How to Host a Hidden Service .onion Site on the Dark Web

Warning: the recommendations made here are in reference to hosting your own personal content, not to become a web hosting provider on the dark web. You are responsible for the content that you host (maybe depending on region — I’m not a lawyer), but you don’t want to find yourself anywhere in the distribution pipeline related to the nefarious goods and services of others.

This guide is tuned toward hosting on Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Ubuntu 18.04. The same things can be achieved using RPM-based distros by substituting the packaging commands and tweaking the instructions as necessary.

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Guys, I had the hardest time making a connection with Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth. I had to read pages and paragraphs over and over. I thought maybe I was just burnt out, but nope, I was able to read other things at the same time with ease.  This one was just rough for me.

I think a lot of my aloofness for this book comes from the fact that I had a hard time understanding the magic system, and so I was really relying on the characters and their development to get me through the book. Problem with that is I did not care for the main character or her chosen love interest.

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The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

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The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

All I wanted this past week was to read a light and fluffy romance with a splash of drama, and that’s exactly what I got from The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne. Score!! So, before diving into this book, I had heard that it was kind of like The Bachelorette, but set in space. There was even a nod to the show in the book, but that is not how I would describe this book at all. Yes, there is competition for affection, but it’s not what you’re thinking. This is less like the popular television show and more like a competition between sisters and family for the affection of someone who should be off limits.

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

Just to be clear from the start — John Dee and the Empire of Angels is not a book for everyone. It provides an excellent and remarkably granular history of John Dee and Edward Kelly, and for that reason alone I would recommend it. However, this book (unlike any other historical record of John Dee), goes balls deep into Dee’s angelic scrying sessions with Kelly, and then goes even further to relate how those scrying sessions went on to influence the realms of science, as well as the Western Esoteric Tradition in its entirety. If you are interested in occult studies, it is extremely interesting to follow the thread of Dr. John Dee and see how his impact inspired countless esoteric teachings and philosophies of the modern era.

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Chosen by Kiersten White

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Chosen by Kiersten White

Hello, book friends! It has been a while since I’ve popped over on the blog to share some of my thoughts on books. Reason behind that is during the month of December my family was sick with the flu and pneumonia for pretty much the entire month, and that just killed my whole wanting to read or do much of anything mood. I was stuck in a slump, but I have since recovered thanks to the New Year lighting a fire under me. I decided to put aside the book I was slowly making my way through for something that I knew was going to be fun. I mean when it’s a New Year you want to set the tone with something fresh and exciting, so it was goodbye germs and hello wooden stakes!

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Ages of Entanglement by R.L. Jackson

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Ages of Entanglement by R.L. Jackson

This was an ARC that was offered to Shannon, which she offered to me to read since it seemed to appeal more to my general interests than to hers. I can honestly say that this book is one of a kind, and unlike any other book that I have read. It will be very hard to describe this book to give a sense of its true essence, therefore I do urge the reader to read it for themselves if any of this piques your interest. That being said, I will do my best to offer my thoughts on this work.

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical about starting The Folk of the Air series. Shannon had made a really big deal about it and was adamant that I read it. I know she loves faeries, and I love magic, and we both really enjoyed Holly Black’s previous book, The Darkest Part of the Forest, so I decided to give it a go.

I was not disappointed. This book was full of very detailed descriptions of magic and how things worked, which is something that I appreciate in a magical book — how they don’t just say something magic happened and then don’t describe how it happened. This book gives all of the hows in epic detail, which I really loved. This is one of those books that has the ability to really transport the reader to an altogether different place from mortal reality, and you really get sucked in.

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

I am going to be upfront with all of you and say that I was not a huge fan of The Hazel Wood and gave it 3 stars. Also, not going to lie, but I do not even remember what happened in the second half of that book. But, when this happens with books, I like to give the second book in the series a chance — because you never know — and the next book could be amazing. This was not the case with The Night Country.

Usually, when I forget parts of previous books, the details will come back to me while I read the next story. With this one, I still feel lost. I feel like The Hazel Wood went off in a dark and confusing direction toward the end, and that’s why I couldn’t, or just didn’t, want to remember it. The Night Country had some of those same vibes.

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How to SSH to a Jailbroken iOS Device over USB

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How to SSH to a Jailbroken iOS Device over USB

I recently had to set up testing against our Akamai Staging environment which uses a different IP address than production. This required me to get a new MacBookPro that would support the latest version of MacOS, as well as the latest version of Xcode, just so that I could have sudo access to change add an entry in /etc/hosts in order to build the application from source and run it in the iOS simulator (since the Simulator doesn’t come packaged with the iOS AppStore). Then I had to carry around another computer in my backpack simply because I refuse to separate from Arch Linux and i3-gaps (which can perfectly emulate the Android version without issues), but I digress…

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