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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

I promised a follow-up review to This Mortal Coil for the sequel, This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada. I also promised to follow up on the technological themes posed by this series, and how in the very near future, we could easily see this work of fiction merge more into an account of fictional events based on non-fiction technology. Personally, I think this series to be slightly ahead of its time [in a good way], as to show readers what kind of scenarios could play out in our future. For readers who are not tech-savvy, this would probably be a 3-star read. For me, knowing about the underlying technology and just how realistic this book is, boosts that up to a 5-star read. Emily Suvada knocked it out of the park with this one, which was equally as good (if not better) than This Mortal Coil.

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Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn

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Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn

Every year, I try to get out of my comfort zone and read something a little spooky for Halloween. So, when I saw Resurrection Girls floating around my bookstagram feed I thought I’d give it a try. I’ll admit I didn’t know anything about it, but the cover has a skeletal hand, which to me screams “spooky season”. Guys, I was wrong. This book does have its moments that left me feeling uneasy, but overall it is just a depressing and confusing story.

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HSTS – The Missing Summary

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HSTS – The Missing Summary

HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) is a feature supported by all major browsers, and it’s a method for websites to declare that they should ONLY be accessed securely over HTTPS and never over an unencrypted HTTP connection. If a site has an HSTS policy, browsers will refuse all insecure connections to that site AND prevent users from accepting insecure SSL certificates. This, however, can come with certain risks to availability if not implemented correctly, as you will read later…

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Soulwalkers by Cassidy Thomas

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Soulwalkers by Cassidy Thomas

I really wanted to like this book, you guys! The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis promised everything I love from an urban fantasy/paranormal book. But, upon reading the story I was completely let down, which is a shame because there was so much potential. The whole idea that someone could walk another person’s soul and see their past, present, and future, with the touch of their hand is so intriguing. Add in the fact that Kia physically experiences what happens on those walks, and that there is a time limit on her life, really adds to the story and kept things exciting enough for me to continue reading when all I really wanted to do was the dreaded DNF due to the writing style, lack of setting, and unlikeable characters.

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HTTP/2 – The Missing Summary

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HTTP/2 – The Missing Summary

We know our browsers support it, and we know AWS, Akamai, and other big players support it within their infrastructure already…but do your applications and/or on-prem infrastructure have what it takes to leverage the awesomeness that is HTTP/2?

Think about it. We went from HTTP/0.9, to HTTP/1.0, to HTTP/1.1…to a full version upgrade of HTTP/2. That alone should tell you that there are some very interesting features lurking underneath the hood. This is the missing in-depth summary that you have been missing while being overloaded with too much information reading official specs and getting lost in sensory-overload-causing diagrams. Welcome to HTTP/2 – the missing summary.

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

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Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell

Book friends, I have been in such a mystery mood lately. I don’t know if it’s just me taking in the spooky season, or if it’s a new trend happening in YA. Books tend to come in waves, and Songs from the Deep was very reminiscent of The Wicked Deep and House of Salt and Sorrows — which if you follow me over on Bookstagram you may know what that means — yep, I really enjoyed this one!

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How Does DNS Resolution Exactly Work?

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How Does DNS Resolution Exactly Work?

This may sound stupid, but at a low level, it’s often something that remains unknown to many in the IT industry — even seasoned professionals.

At the highest level, DNS is the basic protocol that maps hostnames to IP addresses. But there’s a whole lot more going on behind the scenes…

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

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This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

There are not many books that really “get” me. I tend to get bored easily by fiction of any type, especially if it is not very realistic. Also, the virus trope got old in the early 2000s. That being said, this book really resonated with me in a strong way, and I officially got “got.”

This Mortal Coil is a book about DNA, the brain, hacking DNA, hacking the brain, and everything in between. Being a Certified Ethical Hacker and Information Security professional, this was right down my alley. It helped that the viruses in this book were both physical and virtual, which allowed me to ignore the played-out trope and focus on how realistic the scenarios in the book actually were, and could possibly foreshadow a very real potential future.

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

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Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Oh my gosh you guys! Shea Ernshaw has done it again!! Winterwood is a deliciously magical book that I am head over heels in love with. There was so much magic, suspense, and mystery woven together by the absolutely gorgeous writing. I will admit that it was a slow start, and for a while it felt like I was being hit over the head time and time again with the fact that Nora is a witch and nobody likes her for it. But, during those first few chapters we learn through entries in the family’s spell book all about the generations of Walker women, born with magical gifts and destined to be alone. There are also spells included that correlate to each of the Walker women that are just that little something extra that I adored. I may have to let my inner witch shine through and try out some of these spells for myself!

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

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Welcome to Belle, Book & Code.

Hello, world! Isn’t that what you’re supposed to say when you start a blog? Well, if you’re here because you follow me, Shannon, on Instagram — then hello, book friends — and welcome to our blog! My husband, Jamey, and I are so excited to start this new adventure with all of you. So, let’s get on with the introductions and what you can expect from us over here in our little corner of the internet.

I’m Shannon, a 33-year-old stay at home mom and professional reader. Yeah, that’s right, I work my butt off on the daily with no pay. But that’s ok, because my better half, Jamey is a 34-year-old Senior Application Security Engineer for a major financial institution here in the United States. He’s a Certified Ethical Hacker working the long hours protecting people’s livelihoods from the bad guys, all while making enough for us to live comfortably. Jamey and I have been together for the last 14 ½ years, and we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary this past Valentine’s Day. We share two beautiful children together, as well as two cats (and if you really want to get technical, we also have two fish that live under our roof).

Jamey has dreamed of us starting a joint blog about books and coding for as long as I can remember. I personally didn’t think anyone would care about what I had to say. For a while my life was full of dirty diapers and sleepless nights. Yeah, I could have shared my thoughts on books, but without an IV of caffeine the posts would have been those of a madwoman. Well, two months ago my life completely changed. Both of our children were about to start school full time, and I decided it was time for me to get my feet wet in the book blogging world. So, I started my bookstagram page, and y’all, I was (and still am) blown away by all the support I have received from the bookish community. Your kind words and encouragement have helped me to finally feel ready to dive into this whole blog idea, and Jamey couldn’t be more thrilled.

So friends, Jamey loves all things computer-related, and if I’m being perfectly honest, I care nothing for technology. He will be a vital part of our team making sure the blog runs smoothly, and he will also provide information to any of you that are interested in the magical world of coding, hacking, and computers. Jamey is also a reader when he can get a spare moment, so be on the lookout for his thoughts on the books he reads and if we happen to read the same book — lucky you — because you’ll get two reviews for the price of one click!

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