A-Z Book Survey

This book tag is pretty straight forward. There’s a list of questions connected to each letter of the alphabet. This tag was created by Perpetual Page-Turner  I found it on Book Tag Index.

  • Author you’ve read the most books from:

    According to Goodreads, my most read authors are Laurell K. Hamilton and Karen Chance.  I’ve read 28 individual books by Laurel K. Hamilton and I’ve reread Karen Chance enough for it to be the same number. I wouldn’t call Hamilton my favourite author, she’s my most read simply because she has more books to read. I really did love her earlier books though.

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #3)A Kiss of Shadows (Merry Gentry, #1)Obsidian Butterfly (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #9)A Lick of Frost (Merry Gentry, #6)Incubus Dreams (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #12)

  • Best Sequel Ever:

    Hmmm, I tend to read series with 5+ books out so nearly everything I read is a sequel… ok, I’m going to go with Changes by Jim Butcher which is the 12th book in The Dresden Files. It blew my mind and totally revived the series which by book 12 was getting a bit predictable. Total game changer.

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  • Currently Reading:

    Slightly ashamed to say I have 7 books on my currently reading shelf at the moment (I had 10 last week so I’m getting somewhere). I have two non-fiction books that I tend to pick up and read a bit of whenever the mood strikes, Women Who Run With the Wolves and Old Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland. I have two library books, an audio book, The Beachcomber and an e-book, The Essex Serpent. Then I have an e-book from Scribd, Dreams of a Dark Warrior and an audio book, The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. And finally, I’m reading a paperback of Dark Witch. I’m 20%-70% through each of these.

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman ArchetypeOld Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland: Myth * Landscape * TraditionThe BeachcomberThe Essex SerpentDreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11)The Many Sins of Lord Cameron (MacKenzies & McBrides, #3)Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)

  • Drink of Choice While Reading:

    Water. I’m pretty much always drinking water. I’ll have the occasional cup of tea in the evening and at the weekend I might have wine. I love having a glass of wine while reading.

  • E-reader or Physical Book?

    I read mainly ebooks simply because it’s way more convenient and I can have a whole series on my reader ready to go and bring them all with me. Also with the reader, I don’t need to have a light on in bed when reading and torment my husband. I do love physical books as well though. If there’s a book I really really love I tend to buy a physical copy of it as well.

  • Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

    I tend to go for the nerdy guy so in high school I probably would have gone for Simon from The Mortal Instruments.

  • Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

    Fool Moon (Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher. I read the first book and loved it but for some reason, I wasn’t feeling this one. Then someone suggested I give the audio book a go and I fell in freakin’ love!! I was still pretty new to audio books (I’d listened to 2 previously) and wasn’t sure how I felt about the medium but I said I’d give it a whirl (mostly because James Marsters was narrating). I listened to the audio of every book after that and loved them all.

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  • Hidden Gem Book:

    Hmmm, I guess this means a book that I loved but not many people have read… Ok, I’m going to go with Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell. It has only 217 ratings on Goodreads but you’ve probably heard of her if you’re Irish. This is an old favourite of mine, I read it first as a teenager and I’ve read 3 times now. I’ve been feeling another reread coming on for a while now…the only thing stopping me is trying to catch up on series and challenges.

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  • Important Moment in your Reading Life:

    When I was little my mother gave me a book called Rosie’s Gift by Ann Carroll. It was the first book that got me really excited about reading. It’s about a young girl with the ability to time travel to a house in the 1870’s. I can’t remember what happened in it now but I know I loved it and read it more than once. I actually think it’s still at home in the attic…

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  • Just Finished:

    Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10) by Kresley Cole. Loved it!! Out of the 16 books I’ve read by Cole, I have yet to dislike a single one. I just gobble up her books.

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  • Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

    I’m not really into YA though I’ve read a good few… Usually, if I see a book is YA I put it down straight away. The recurring themes in YA annoy me. I would definitely baulk at a scientific book, though. If there are maths, I’m running!

  • Longest Book You’ve Read:

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages. I have two books on my TBR now that are over 1000 pages, I keep putting them off… that’s freakin’ long!

  • Major book hangover because of:

    Probably my worst book hangover was after Reap the Wind by Karen Chance because I binged the whole series including Dorina’s books all in order and then it ended with a cliffhanger!!!! She tends to end her books with cliffhangers so I was expecting it but still! I had to wait over a year for the next book! Anyway, after I finished I couldn’t read anything for a whole day.

  • Number of Bookcases You Own:

    Just the one…well we have four but three of them have been moved to the kitchen cause we have very little storage in there. I tend to read ebooks more so don’t need much space for paperbacks. I also give away my paperbacks unless I fall in love with the book.

  • One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

    Ok, I already mentioned two books I’ve read multiple times, next would be the Harry Potter series. I’ve read the whole series (mostly) twice and the first few books maybe three times. The Deathly Hallows I have only read once because I was an emotional wreck after that book.

  • Preferred Place To Read:

    The couch or the bed. Weirdly I tend to fall asleep reading on the couch but get more awake reading in bed…

  • Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

    I took a peep at my liked quotes on Goodreads for this, I have over 300 quotes saved! Here’s one from the list that I think suits this question, “I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I do not know the answer” – Douglas Adams

  • Reading Regret:

    I can’t think of any regrets regarding reading… Well, I wish I’d gotten more active on Goodreads earlier. Being active in groups on that site really propelled my reading.

  • Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

    Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. I have three books to go and I’m done.

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3)Destined for an Early Grave (Night Huntress, #4)This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress, #5)

  • Three of your All-Time Favourite Books:

    I’m a series reader so I’m going to name series. Cassie Palmer by Karen Chance, Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole, The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

  • Unapologetic Fangirl For:

    Karen Chance and Kresley Cole.

  • Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

    The next book in the Cassie Palmer series whenever it will be (I hope not too long).

  • Worst Bookish Habit:

    Reading too many books at once.

  • X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

    The 27th book on my to-read shelf is Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Casey

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  • Your latest book purchase:

    The last book I bought was Old Ways, Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland by Jo Kerrigan.

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  • ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): 

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11) by Kresley Cole which I’m reading at the moment. Stayed by until 4am reading it.

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And that’s it for that tag. If you want to do it too, consider yourself tagged!

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Slayer Challenge

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession


In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons, and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer. 

Time to slay some beasties! This challenge is all about increasing your creatures “body count”.
First, pick the creatures/species/whatevs you want to read about. Second, choose how many books you want to read. You can choose how many you want to read for each one or just see how many you can slay.
Your chosen prey doesn’t have to be the focus of the book you read, just featured in the story somewhere e.g. There are zombies in The Iron Duke but they’re not the main beastie in the book.

Choose Your Prey (you can pick multiple or just one)
♱Hunter/Huntress
♱Vampires
♱Werewolf
♱Other Shapeshifter
♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
♱Psychics/Telepaths
♱Fae/Elves
♱Angels/Nephilim
♱Demons
♱Gods/Goddesses
♱Ghosts
♱Zombies
♱Aliens
♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)

Choose Your Body Count 
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Buffy: 50 Books
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Spike: 35 Books
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Willow: 15 Books
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Giles: 10 Books

Duration 
One year

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My books….

♱Hunter/Huntress
☠ The Darkest Passion 27/1/17

♱Vampires
☠ Carmilla 1/1/17
☠ Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
☠ Raphael 8/1/17
☠ Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17
☠ Refugee 22/1/17
☠ Jabril 16/2/17
☠ Into the Darkness 29/4/17

♱Werewolf
☠ Shiver 5/1/17
☠ Before Midnight 8/1/17
☠ Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files 18/1/17
☠ Kitty and the Midnight Hour 29/1/17
☠ Alpha and Omega 14/4/17

♱Other Shapeshifter
☠ A Questionable Client 15/2/17
☠ The Harlequin 21/2/17
☠ Prey 3/3/17
☠ Shift 24/4/17

♱Witches/Wizards/Other Magic User
☠ Small Favor 2/1/17
☠ The House at Cobb End 4/1/17
☠ Shitty Beer 6/1/17
☠ Turn Coat 10/1/17
☠ Spider’s Bite 11/1/17
☠ Web of Lies 6/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 22/2/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 3/3/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 9/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 12/4/17
☠ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

♱Psychics/Telepaths
☠ Slade House 25/4/17

♱Fae/Elves
☠ Changes 16/1/17
☠ Grizzly 31/1/17
☠ Cold Days31/1/17
☠ Darkfever 1/2/17
☠ Buying Trouble 4/4/17
☠ Thorn Queen 9/4/17
☠ Wintersong 6/4/17

♱Angels/Nephilim
☠ Skin Game 12/2/17

♱Demons
☠ Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
☠ Kiss of a Demon King 5/4/17

♱Ghosts
☠ Ghost Story 20/1/17
☠ Embrace the Night 22/2/17
☠ Macbeth 23/3/17
☠ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

♱Zombies
☠ Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? 10/2/17
☠ Ten Little Zombies: A Love Story 1/4/17

♱Other – (dragons, reapers, banshee, unicorns, selkie, mermaids, etc.)
☠ Depravity 15/1/17
☠ Deceit 16/1/17
☠ Devastation 17/1/17
☠ Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
☠ First Grave on the Right 28/2/17

Books
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Small Favour (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6) by Kresley Cole The House at Cobb End (Cassandra Palmer, #5.1) by Karen Chance Shiver (I Lupi di Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene FrostDepravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) by M.J. Haag Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)  by Jim Butcher Devastation (Beastly Tales, #3) by M.J. Haag Side Jobs Stories From the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) by Jim Butcher Refugee (The Captive, #3) by Erica Stevens Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas, #0.5) by Meljean Brook The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville, #1) by Carrie Vaughn Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim ButcherGrizzly (The Realms, #1) by Bonnie Bliss Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Spinnentanz (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher A Questionable Client (Kate Daniels, #0.5) by Ilona Andrews Jabril (Vampires in America, #2) by D.B. Reynolds The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15) by Laurell K. Hamilton Embrace the Night (Cassie Palmer, #3) by Karen Chance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda JonesHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent Macbeth  by William Shakespeare Ten Little Zombies A Love Story by Andy Rash Buying Trouble (Dorina Basarab, #1.1) by Karen Chance Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7) by Kresley Cole Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) by S. Jae-Jones Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2) by Richelle Mead Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling Alpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5) by Patricia Briggs Shift (Shifters, #5) by Rachel VincentSlade House by David Mitchell Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1) by K.F. Breene Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling

July Wrap Up

Books Read

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5)MicroThe CorinthianRoyal Passion (Royal, #2)Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2)Written in Red (The Others, #1)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)The 100 (The 100, #1)Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)Murder of Crows (The Others, #2)Making It Up As I Go AlongVision in Silver (The Others, #3)Marked in Flesh (The Others, #4)Venom (Elemental Assassin, #3)The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell, #1)

Highlights

The Corinthian

The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer ★★★★☆

My second Heyer book I enjoyed almost as much as the first and far more than my third (I think my third was The Convenient Marriage which I DNF’d because the MC drove me crazy). The Corinthian follows Penelope and Sir Richard fleeing London in an attempt to escape unwanted marriages Getting tangled up in a robbery, a murder, and star-crossed lovers on the way.

It was a very enjoyable, light -hearted story.

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Written in Red

Written in Red by Anne Bishop ★★★★★

Oh, my god, this was amazing!! I read the first book for a reading challenge and quickly gobbled up the rest of the books in the series. I ordered the next two before I had finished this one and the two after those before finishing the second book!

Written in Red is the first book in Bishop’s The Others series. Set in an alternate America called Thasia, where humans and paranormal beings, known as the Terra Indigene, exist side by side (mostly…). The Others rule the realm but some humans aren’t too happy about that and cause all kinds of trouble with dire consequences. We mainly follow Meg Corbyn and Simon Wolfgard along with the other residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. Meg is a blood prophet on the run from those who imprisoned her and kept her as property for the sale of prophecies. She finds her way to the Lakeside Courtyard where Simon hires her as their Human Liason. The Others are intrigued by Meg and decide to protect her but by doing so they take on a lot more than they could ever have realised.

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Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

Another fantastic book from Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Pleasure of a Dark Prince is the 9th book in the series but backtracks to the second book giving us a story that was hinted at in A Hunger Like No Other. What I love about Cole’s writing is how she writes tension and keeps you wanting to read more and more. Every single time I start one of her books it is impossible for me to stop!!

Pleasure of a Dark Prince follows Lykae Garreth MacRieve (hello book boyfriend!!) and Valkyrie Lucia the Huntress on the search for an ancient weapon in the hopes of ultimately destroying a god.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou ★★★★☆

My first book by Angelou and it won’t be my last. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings chronicles Angelou’s youth from the time she and her brother were sent to live with their grandmother and uncle in Southern USA. It encapsulates some beautiful, frightening, liberating and loving moments of life.

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Well that’s it for July. It was a very good reading month. I enjoyed almost everything I read, even the ones I didn’t mention in my highlights.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of these books.

reading challenge update

July’s Reading Challenge

This challenge was hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession


July Monthly Challenge

Duration:
July 1 – July 31

How It Works…
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. Pick which level you want to do and that’s how many items you will need to check off..

Levels:
Transitional – 2 books
Fledgling – 4 books
Vampire – 6 books
Master – 8 books
Vampire King or Queen – 10 books

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1. July begins with J. Read a book with a word in the title, series, or author’s name that begins with J.

2. Choose one….
🍺 July’s birthstone is Ruby, which symbolizes contentment. Read a book with HEA – Happily Ever After.
🍺 Birth flowers are the Larkspur or the Water Lilly. Read a book with flowers on the cover.
🍺 Zodiac sign is Cancer. A Water sign. Read a book with water/river/ocean/water fall on the cover.
🍺 International Tiger Day on July 29th. Read a book with a tiger on the cover. (Lots of shifter books out there)
🍺 National Sleepy Head Day (Finland). Read a book with bears or bear shifters.

3. July 1st is Canada Day. Read a book with Red or White, Red and White cover. Note the Red needs to be at least 50%

4. July 4th Independence Day USA – Read a book set in the USA. (Easy peasy)

5. Navy Day in Ukraine. Read a book where the the MC is in the Army, Navy, FBI, or any armed force.

6. Feast of the Most Precious Blood. Read a book with blood on the cover.

7. World Chocolate Day. Read a book with chocolate on the cover or a book with Brown Cover.

8. Nikolai Tesla Day. Read a book with fast cars/or bikes or even a magical transportation, Or any of them on the cover.

9. Elderly Men Day (Kiribati). Read a book with someone who is ancient….vampires/werewolves/Immortals!!

10. Malala Day. Read a book with a strong, kick-ass heroine.

BONUS: Read any book with Heroes (army/navy/warriors) to honour so many Independence Day in July. If you can’t find a book in any of the tasks, use this book to replace it.


My responses…

1. July begins with J. Read a book with a word in the title, series, or author’s name that begins with J. Jennifer Ashley Shifter Made 1/7/17

2. Choose one….
🍺 July’s birthstone is Ruby, which symbolizes contentment. Read a book with HEA – Happily Ever After.
 The Corinthian 2/7/17

3. July 1st is Canada Day. Read a book with Red or White, Red and White cover. Note the Red needs to be at least 50% Micro 1/7/17

4. July 4th Independence Day USA – Read a book set in the USA. (Easy peasy) Rachel’s Holiday 4/7/17

5. Navy Day in Ukraine. Read a book where the the MC is in the Army, Navy, FBI, or any armed force. Written in Red 5/7/17

6. Feast of the Most Precious Blood. Read a book with blood on the cover.

7. World Chocolate Day. Read a book with chocolate on the cover or a book with Brown Cover. Royal Passion 3/7/17

8. Nikolai Tesla Day. Read a book with fast cars/or bikes or even a magical transportation, Or any of them on the cover. The 100 10/7/17

9. Elderly Men Day (Kiribati). Read a book with someone who is ancient….vampires/werewolves/Immortals!! Pleasure of a Dark Prince 5/7/17

10. Malala Day. Read a book with a strong, kick-ass heroine. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 11/7/17

BONUS: Read any book with Heroes (army/navy/warriors) to honour so many Independence Day in July. If you can’t find a book in any of the tasks, use this book to replace it. Murder of Crows 12/7/17

Shifter Made (Shifters Unbound, #0.5) by Jennifer Ashley Micro by Michael Crichton The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer Royal Passion (Royal, #2) by Jennifer Blake Rachel's Holiday (Walsh Family, #2) by Marian Keyes Written in Red (The Others, #1) by Anne Bishop Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9) by Kresley Cole The 100 (The 100, #1) by Kass Morgan Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling Murder of Crows (The Others, #2) by Anne Bishop

My Super Late June Wrap Up

Better late than never right?….

Books Read

Shadowland (Cassandra Palmer, #4.2) Updating Pritkin (Cassandra Palmer, #5.5) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) Milk and Honey Sputnik Sweetheart First Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1) Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8) Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7) Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Faro's Daughter My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)

Highlights

Ride the Storm

Ride the Storm by Karen Chance ★★★★★

The 8th book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series sees several long running story lines come to a head (at last!). I had been waiting with bated breath for some of these and was not disappointed with the outcome.

The series follows Cassie Palmer, a clairvoyant time-traveling disaster magnet (love her!!), on her adventures ( or misadventures…) as the supernatural community’s new leading clairvoyant, The Pythia. Cassie isn’t your usual urban fantasy leading lady, she’s much more of an “every-woman” than a “warrior-woman” thrust into strenuous situations she isn’t prepared for. And, heck, we’ve all been there!! Cassie handles it all though and comes back swinging.

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur ★★★★☆

I gave this 4 stars but 3.5 would be more accurate. A lot of the poems really resonated with me but I disliked the formatting and it occasionally seemed more like whining from a young woman’s diary than observations on life.

A lot of poetry seems to be written in this format now, all lower case and just a few sentences… it doesn’t seem like poetry to me but who the heck am I to judge!

Some parts I loved some I found frustrating but I guess the point of poetry is to make you feel something which it certainly did.

The Force of Wind

The Force of the Wind by Elizabeth Hunter ★★★★★

The 3rd book in Hunter’s Elemental Mysteries series is a slow burner for the most part and then explodes into a rousing inferno. Three anticipated story lines come to a head with varying outcomes.

The Elemental Mysteries follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo as they unravel the secrets behind Beatrice’s missing father, Giovanni’s long lost library, his iniquitous son and how these things may be connected.

Oh and Gio is a vampire with fire elemental abilities.

First Drop of Crimson

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost ★★★★★

Now I know everyone seems to LOVE Cat and Bones from Frost’s Nighthuntress series but I gotta say I preferred this spin-off novel way more. I don’t know what it is about those two but I just don’t like them all that much… Cat and Bones are not the main characters in this book but I would recommend following the authors suggested reading order. There are some definite spoilers for Nighthuntress if you’re reading it.

This one follows two friends of Cat and Bones as they battle a shape-shifting demon. Much more paranormal romance focused than the other series as well. A very fun read, I gobbled it up.

Sputnik Sweetheart

Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami ★★★★★

This one really surprised me. I had never read anything by Murakami and only listened to this because it was part of Scribd selects last month. I didn’t really know what to expect from the author or the story (I was flying totally blind) but it grabbed me and sucked me in like a whirlpool. The story follows a disquieting love triangle (not the annoying YA kind) between K, Sumire and Miu. The relationships the three characters have really highlight human emotion, the need for connection, friendship and desire.

Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward ★★★★★

Took me ages to get into this book and damn near got whiplash from all the POV’s. Freaking loved it in the end though. This is the 7th book in Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The romance plot for this one centres on Rehvenge but the book follows most of the main characters. The story is very exciting and the lessers are finally starting to look like a serious threat and interesting enemy.

Faro's Daughter

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer ★★★★★

Despite Heyer being considered the mother of Historical Romance by many, I had never heard of her. I had spotted the audio book on Scribd selects a few times but never gave it much of a glance until last month. I couldn’t sleep and this was free and short, I figured ‘what the hey?!’. I ended up loving the story. It reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Hoyt’s or Kresley Cole’s historical romances with a sassy strong willed heroine and a roguish hero engaging in an intriguing têteà-tête. 

My Life as a White Trash Zombie

My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

First of all, how cool is that cover?! About as cool as this freaking book!! Such a fun story that may seem familiar if you’ve watched iZombie but only as far as both protagonists are blond females who happen to be zombies and work in the morgue. Another similarity is that the zombies seem to remain intelligent and fresh as long as they continue to eat brains. But White Trash Zombie was so much fun!! I listened to the audio book of this and the narrator was amazing, I highly recommend the audio.

The story follows Angel Crawford after she wakes up in the ER after an apparent overdose with no idea what’s going on, a new job and delivery of mystery milkshakes. Her “life” takes some mad turns and then a serial killer shows up to keep things interesting. Brilliant story, I ordered the next book before I even finished this one.


So that’s it for June. I didn’t read too much last month (I’ve already read more this month) but it was a good month. I really enjoyed almost all of the books I read.

Now I’m off to do dishes, make dinner and listen to my audiobook. Laters!

Ride the Storm – Karen Chance

Ride the StormTitle: Ride the Storm
 
Author: Karen Chance
 
Genre: Urban Fantasy
 
Series: Cassie Palmer #8
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.34/5
 
 
Synopsis: Ever since getting appointed the chief seer of the supernatural world, Cassie Palmer has been playing catch up. Catch up on the training she missed being raised by a psychotic vampire instead of at the pythian court. Catch up on the dangerous world of supernatural politics. Catch up on the powerful, and sometimes seductive, forces trying to mold her to their will. It’s been a trial by fire that has left her burned.

But now she realizes all that was just the warm up.

Ancient forces that once terrorized the world want to return, and Cassie is the only one who can stop them.

 
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What I thought about the book:
Wow!! I said finally so many times reading this book!!!
Amazing, it was everything I wanted and so much more and of course now I’m dying for the next one.

My only complaint is that the action scenes sometimes slow down the story and I ended up skimming them a bit after a while. Chance writes great action scenes but I’ve noticed with the last 2/3 books they’re getting more frequent and it kinda stalls the story. Cassie does often make important discoveries during them but there’s more than one way to do that.

***Some Spoilers Ahead***
Some great things about this book:
  • Cassie finally starts taking charge of situations
  • We get so many questions answered
  • Pritkin!!! So much amazing Pritkin stuff
  • We find out what Mircea is really about
  • A certain someone finally makes an appearance

There’s a lot of really interesting character development in this one, especially with Rosier and Roger. Fatherly love seems to be a bit of a theme here with three Dads influencing Cassie in major ways.

And Mircea! I always really liked Mircea (but loved Pritkin) but after this, I’m not sure how I feel. Especially after the last few sentences of the conclusion.

Book Depository Link

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My Rating:
 5 paws
Ride the Storm
I got this as an ARC from NetGalley.

Vampire Academy Reading Challenge

This Challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession

 

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Duration
6 months

Levels
Bachelors Degree – 12 books 2 tasks per module
Masters Degree – 24 books 4 tasks per module
Doctoral Degree – 36 books 6 tasks per module

Modules
♱ Immortality & Resurrection
♱ Celestial Transitions
♱ Fangology
♱ Strigoi Studies
♱ Undead Politics
♱ Interspecies Relations
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Being a member of the Undead, living eternally
Read a book where…
1. a character is a vampire
2. a character is immortal
3. a character dies
4. a character resurrected
5. there are zombies or ghosts
6. a character is over 500 years old

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No more sun, life in the moonlight
Read a book…
1. that takes place during summer
2. with werewolves
3. that has a blue cover (blue moon)
4. with a circular object on the cover
5. from the sci-fi genre
6. with vampires that can go out in the sun (even if it’s for a small amount of time)

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Taking care of your fangs, biting for blood
Read a book…
1. with teeth on cover
2. where a character is a dentist or doctor
3. where a character drinks blood
4. that has a white cover
5. with a British character
6. that is a ‘guilty pleasure’

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Vampires through the ages
Read a book…
1. from the Historical genre
2. a book that you find scary or something scary happens
3. with vampires that cannot go into the sun
4. with several species of vampire
5. with vampires that have special abilities
6. set in eastern Europe

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Vampire laws, sect communications
Read a book…
1. where some of the characters live in a sect/pack/group
2. with a governing body/lord/queen
3. there is a war/fight between groups
4. a character goes rogue
5. a character breaks the law
6. a leader is attacked

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Interacting with other creatures i.e. werewolves, witches, demons, etc.
Read a book…
1. with werewolves or shifters
2. with angels or demons
3. with humans that have abilities i.e. psychic
4. with witches
5. with fae/elves (includes goblins, brownies, dryads, etc.)
6. with any other supernatural creature e.g. mermaids, dragons, unicorns, banshee, etc.)


My Challenge

Doctoral Degree – 36 books Jan – Jun 2017

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Being a member of the Undead, living eternally
Read a book where…
1. a character is a vampire Carmilla 1/1/17
2. a character is immortal Dark Desires After Dusk 2/1/17
3. a character dies Claimed By Shadow 6/1/17
4. a character resurrected The Darkest Passion 27/1/17
5. there are zombies or ghosts Ghost Story 20/1/17
6. a character is over 500 years old Changes 16/1/17

Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark #6) by Kresley Cole Claimed By Shadow (Cassie Palmer, #2) by Karen Chance The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter Ghost Story (The Dresden Files, #13) by Jim Butcher Changes (The Dresden Files, #12) by Jim Butcher

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No more sun, life in the moonlight
Read a book…
1. that takes place during summer Darkfever 1/2/17
2. with werewolves Shiver 5/1/17
3. that has a blue cover (blue moon) Before Midnight 8/1/17
4. with a circular object on the cover Here There Be Monsters 23/1/17
5. from the sci-fi genre Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets 3/3/17 wouldn’t have considered this sci fi but over 1000 people tagged it science fiction so I’m going with it
6. with vampires that can go out in the sun (even if it’s for a small amount of time) Spider’s Bite 11/1/17 (hide spoiler)]
Section completed 3/3/17
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) by Maggie Stiefvater Before Midnight (Blood Prince, #1) by Jennifer Blackstream Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1) by Jennifer Estep Here There Be Monsters (Iron Seas, #0.5) by Meljean Brook Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling

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Taking care of your fangs, biting for blood
Read a book…
1. with teeth on cover Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? 10/2/17
2. where a character is a dentist or doctor Angel in Scarlet 10/2/17
3. where a character drinks blood Halfway to the Grave 13/1/17
4. that has a white cover The Harlequin 21/2/17
5. with a British character The House at Cobb End
6. that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ Depravity 15/1/17

The House at Cobb End (Cassandra Palmer, #5.1) by Karen Chance Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost Depravity (Beastly Tales, #1) by M.J. Haag Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #15) by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Vampires through the ages
Read a book…
[1. from the Historical genre The Leopard Prince 18/1/17
2. a book that you find scary or something scary happens Cold Days 31/1/17
3. with vampires that cannot go into the sun Jabril 16/2/17
4. with several species of vampire Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files
5. with vampires that have special abilities Raphael 8/1/17
6. set in eastern Europe Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 12/4/17

Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) by D.B. Reynolds The Leopard Prince (Princes Trilogy, #2) by Elizabeth Hoyt Side Jobs Stories from the Dresden Files (The Dresden Files, #12.5) by Jim Butcher Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14) by Jim Butcher Jabril (Vampires in America, #2) by D.B. Reynolds Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling

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Vampire laws, sect communications
Read a book…
1. where some of the characters live in a sect/pack/group Devastation 17/1/17
2. with a governing body/lord/queen Small Favor 2/1/17
3. there is a war/fight between groups Refugee 22/1/17
4. a character goes rogue Shitty Beer 6/1/17
5. a character breaks the law Turn Coat 10/1/17
6. a leader is attacked The Professional 20/1/17

Devastation (Beastly Tales #3) by M.J. Haag Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10) by Jim Butcher Refugee (The Captive, #3) by Erica Stevens Shitty Beer by Karen Chance Turn Coat (The Dresden Files, #11) by Jim Butcher The Professional (The Game Maker, #1) by Kresley Cole

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Interacting with other creatures i.e. werewolves, witches, demons, etc.
Read a book…
1. with werewolves or shifters Kitty and the Midnight Hour 29/1/17
2. with angels or demons Skin Game 12/2/17
3. with humans that have abilities Web of Lies 6/2/17
4. with witches Embrace the Night 22/2/17
5. with fae/elves (includes goblins, brownies, dryads, etc.) Grizzly 31/1/17
6. with any other supernatural creature e.g. mermaids, dragons, unicorns, banshee, etc.) Deceit 16/1/17

Deceit (Beastly Tales, #2) by M.J. Haag Kitty and the Midnight Hour (Kitty Norville #1) by Carrie Vaughn Grizzly (The Realms, #1) by Bonnie Bliss Web of Lies (Elemental Assassin, #2) by Jennifer Estep Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15) by Jim Butcher Embrace the Night (Cassandra Palmer, #3) by Karen Chance