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Anything But Books Tag

So these tag things are pretty popular with blogging/vlogging communities but this will only be my 2nd. I haven’t been tagged by anyone but I’m doing it anyway!! I read it (most recently) on the orangutan librarian. I have no idea who started it, sorry.

1. NAME A CARTOON THAT YOU LOVE

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ANYTHING DISNEY!!! Also Family Guy and sometimes the Simpsons but they’ve done every possible storyline so it’s gotten a bit meh now.

2. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG RIGHT NOW?

I’m really into the Weeknd at the moment. I’m not a big music fan (anymore) I just listen to whatever suits my mood at the time, usually a playlist on YouTube or Spotify so I hardly ever know who the artists are or the names of the songs.

3. WHAT COULD YOU DO FOR HOURS THAT ISN’T READING?

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Netflix!!! Gimme an interesting TV show and I’m gone.

4. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU LOVE TO DO THAT YOUR FOLLOWERS WOULD BE SURPRISED BY?

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I’m a big old introvert but I love going to parties.

5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE UNNECESSARILY SPECIFIC THING TO LEARN ABOUT?

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Pagan history and mythology of Ireland. It’s just so interesting. I’m fascinated with the Tuatha De Dannan.

6. WHAT IS SOMETHING UNUSUAL THAT YOU KNOW HOW TO DO?

Open a jar with a screwdriver… A great trick for anyone with weak arms like me.

7. NAME SOMETHING YOU MADE IN THE LAST YEAR AND SHOW US IF YOU CAN

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The most recent things I made are macrame dreamcatcher bookmarks. I’m only getting into the macrame thing, so far I’ve made those guys and a large dream catcher. It’s a pretty fun craft. I like making them while listening to an audiobook.

8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST RECENT PERSONAL PROJECT?

I started a writing journal last week. Writing is freakin’ hard!!! And I’m including blogging in that. It’s harder than people realise, I think. I need lots and lots of practice. I read Bird by Bird last week and she mentioned writing everything you know about school lunches and childhood memories so that’s where I’ve started. I pick a topic and write all my memories on it.

9. TELL US SOMETHING THAT YOU THINK ABOUT OFTEN?

Expenses. I hate bills. Let’s not get into it…

10. GIVE US SOMETHING THAT IS YOUR FAVORITE, BUT MAKE IT ODDLY SPECIFIC

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That’s a weird question… I don’t know how to be oddly specific about something… My favourite feeling in the whole world is when it gets to evening time and you no longer have to wear a bra. My god, it feels so good to take that damn thing off!!

11. SAY THE FIRST THING THAT POPS INTO YOUR HEAD

Lollipop.

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I know I’m meant to tag people but I’m not going to. Instead, I’m going to tell you to do the tag if you want to. Consider yourself tagged.

Also, I just found this blog Book Tag Index How handy is that??!!

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August Wrap Up

Another month is over and we’re that bit closer to Halloween (squee!!). I know I’m a weirdo but I’m really happy summer is pretty much done. I do not like warm weather, luckily that’s rarely a problem in Ireland.

This month I managed to read about 9 books. I felt like I read very little but 9 books is actually pretty good. Though, to be fair, two of them were fairly short.

Books Read

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage (MacKenzies & McBrides, #2)My Cousin RachelI Am LegendBird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And LifeDemon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10)Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark #11)Sex Object: A MemoirThe Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection: Six BBC Radio full-cast dramatisations

Highlights

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues by Diana Rowland ★★★★★

After listening to My Life as a White Trash Zombie from the library, I was in love. Angel is one of my absolute favourite main characters (even if she is a white trash zombie) and a very inventive swearer! The narrator for the series is amazing, she really brings the characters to life. I found myself doing extra housework just so I could keep listening.

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My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier ★★★★☆

This is only my second book by du Maurier and based on those two alone I would call her a favourite author. She really sucks you into the world of the book and has you on the edge of your seat to find out what will happen to these people.

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I Am Legend

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson ★★☆☆☆

I was pretty disappointed with this. I had seen the Will Smith movie and knew this was very different with more traditional vampires and horror themes so I wasn’t really comparing them. What put me off was Robert Neville’s character. He was fixated on the female vampires in a creepy way, only using them for his experiments and at one point had to tell himself he wasn’t the kind of man to rape one of them. I didn’t give a shit what happened to him after that. It’s a pity because I was really looking forward to reading it and really enjoyed reading the analysis of the book and the three movies that have been made. The idea for the story is great and the ending was really interesting but I did not like the execution.

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Demon from the Dark

Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole ★★★★★

What can I say? If you’ve ever read a post by me before you know I am in love with this author and especially this series. This is the 10th book in the series and follows the witch, Carrow, as she is sent to lure vampire-demon hybrid, Malkom, into a trap set by a group of Lore hating humans known as The Order. As always I love how Cole writes. There’s just enough action, suspense and romance. I never find myself rushing to read one of her books to “get to the good bits” or find out what happens. I enjoy every moment.

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Sex Object by Jessica Valenti ★★★★☆

Very interesting book that focuses mainly on the everyday sexual objectification of women especially in youth. It chronicles Valenti’s upbringing in New York, her college life in New Orleans and her later marriage and experience with childbirth. It’s something a lot of women will understand and some will find surprising. This is a memoir, Valenti never gets preachy about what she’s talking about nor does she attack men because of the behaviour she’s endured. She just tells you what has happened to her.

This is a memoir, Valenti never gets preachy about what she’s talking about nor does she attack men because of the behaviour she’s endured. She just tells you what has happened to her.

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Jane Austen BBC Dramas

Jane Austen BBC Radio Dramatisations ★★★★★

This was just wonderful. An absolute joy to listen to. If you’re a fan of Jane Austen it’s a must. This dramatisation features six of her novels performed by a full cast featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tenant. The books are Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. My favourite was Northanger Abbey.

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Well that’s it for August. I’m hoping to get to 10 books in September and I’m going pretty good so far. I have two books finished and I’m 60% through my third. It helps that the team challenge has started in my Goodreads group and that got me really excited to read.

Summer Cosy Reading Night

Cosy Reading Night is a seasonal readathon created by one of my absolute favourite BookTubers, Lauren And The Books. It was Summer Cosy Reading Night on Saturday 19/8/17

I read for several hours every night so it’s always cosy reading night in my house but I decided to take part in the fun for this one.


My Summer Cosy Reading Night

I set myself up on the couch in the sitting room with a glass of really nice red wine and a modest bowl of crisps.

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Himself was watching football or some other shite so I had to put on my headphones to block it out (not that I minded). I listened to a Guardians of the Galaxy playlist on Spotify for about an hour and then switched to YouTube because I could skip through songs there (Not giving you €10 a month just to skip songs Spotify!!) Also, the video for Guardians of the Galaxy Inferno is amazing and you must watch it for the happy feelings.

Since the readathon is 3 hours long I planned to read 3 books giving them each an hour. Didn’t work out that way though because I got bored very quickly reading one of them and kept singing along to the awesome music.

I read The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry for the first hour. This is literary fiction which I’m very picky with but this one really caught my attention. Set in 1890’s England, it follows Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome, a recent widow and the vicar of the Essex villages she moves to. They meet and become entangled in rumours that a local myth, the Essex Serpent, has begun roaming the marshes once more.

The Essex Serpent

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I’ve heard so many great things about this book that I really want to love it but so far it’s a bit meh. It’s very character-focused and beautifully written but I can’t really get a feel for it. The whole cast could get hit my a meteor now and I wouldn’t care. I’m still only beginning the book though, so I’m sure it will improve.

Next, I read The Darkest Lie (Lords of the Underworld #6) by Gena Showalter which is full of action and excitement. This series is about a group of ancient warriors cursed to house the demons that resided within Pandora’s Box. Each demon embodies a particular sin or torment such as Wrath, Death, Lies, and Nightmare. Each book in the series centres on a different member of the group but has a continuing storyline throughout. This one focuses on Gideon, cursed to hold the demon Lies and unable to speak a single truth without feeling horrible pain. He’s one of my favourite characters from the series, I’ve really been looking forward to his book!!

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My next book was Dark Witch by Nora Roberts. I was torn between reading that and Old Ways, Old Secrets by Jo Kerrigan and in the end picked up Dark Witch cause I’m almost half way through it.

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There’s something about books set in Ireland and/or with Irish characters but not written by an Irish person that really annoys me… They usually get things so close to accurate but miss the mark somehow. I thought Nora Roberts would be on point because she seems to really love Ireland and come here regularly…. Maybe it’s because they write everything from a foreign perspective which makes it seem foreign to me… Anyway, I didn’t last long with this. I got distracted by social media and a Bat Dad video compilation that I laughed my ass off to.


So that was my Summer Cosy Reading Night, I would absolutely love to hear how your night went if you took part too or if you read any of these books. I’d love to hear peoples opinions on The Essex Serpent and Dark Witch especially.

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!

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.

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