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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

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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.

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


 

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May Wrap-Up

It’s monthly wrap-up time again folks!! Hope you all had a good reading month. I had a pretty good one, got about 10 books in and enjoyed them all.

Unmasqued Unmasqued by Collete Gale ★★★★☆

(FYI this is a durrrty book) Retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. So much better than I was expecting, this one is for everyone who wanted the phantom to get the girl.

Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) Master of Seduction by Kinley MacGregor ★★★☆☆

I wanted so much more from this book. I expected it to be a cheesy and silly as the cover but it was a bit….boring.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams ★★★★☆

So witty and mental and fun to read! I didn’t enjoy it as much as Hitchhikers Guide but it was still great.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling ★★★★★

My favourite one!!! A lot of people dislike this one because of teenage angst but I think it’s well founded. Love it!

Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) Hard Bitten by Chloe Neill ★★★★★

Awesome urban fantasy series. Merit kicks ass!!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs ★★★☆☆

Interesting but not really for me.

Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) Drink Deep by Chloe Neill ★★★★★

That UF series again. This one is my favourite so far. Merit really comes into her own here and the world gets so much bigger.

The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith ★★★★☆

Steampunk vampire apocalypse, you say? Hell yes!! Very heavy with the world building at the beginning but awesome story.

Zombie's Bite (Dorina Basarab, #0.1) Zombie’s Bite by Karen Chance ★★★★☆

Prequel novella to Chance’s Dorina Basarab series, available for free from her site. It’s set before the series but I wouldn’t recommend reading it before Midnight’s Daughter.

Bossypants Bossypants by Tina Fey ★★★☆☆

I thought this would be a lot funnier. It was very interesting though.

The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ★★★★★

Harrowing. Everyone should read this.

Curse the Dawn (Cassandra Palmer, #4) Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance ★★★★★

There are only two book worlds I would like to live in and they are Harry Potter (obv) and this series. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!


Had one DNF this month and that was…..

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1) Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

100 pages in and zzzzz boring. I’ll check out the show when it comes out.

May’s Reading Challenge

This challenge was hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession and written by the wonderful Dee.

Duration: May 1st to May 31st

How It Works
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. So 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 book

1. May Day, the first of May is celebrated around the world. It has a number of meanings. In many other countries it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer. It is celebrated with many spring flowers, many of them blooming right in your own backyard. To communist and socialist countries, it is a celebration for the workers. 
Read a book that takes place in spring or with a flower/s on the cover.

2. On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This single battle was the roots of Cinco de Mayo. 

Today, this holiday is celebrated by Mexicans, and especially the Hispanic community in the U.S. It is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent. 
Read a book with a celebration or a book set in Mexico.

3. International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. You could consider it a "Big" backlash against becoming little (err thin) people. This day is intended for us to appreciate the body we have. It encourages us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes....... and that's okay.
Read a book with more than one paranormal species or a book with a (skinny) chick on the cover.

4. It's time to get out your sandals and flip flops. For today is No Socks Day. Go ahead..... free your toes of the confines of socks and stockings. Give those toes of yours a breath of fresh air. The creators of this day also profess that No Socks Day will reduce your laundry load, and therefore, is healthy for the environment.
Read a book with a vampire that does not sleep in a coffin or with a hot guy on the cover.

5. Clean Up Your Room Day is a day parents eagerly await........... and kids dread!

If you've got kids, it is very possible that their rooms are a vast wasteland, completely filled with "good stuff". "Messy" is too kind of an adjective to describe the conditions. Its impossible to walk through the room. Every dresser and shelf (and under the bed), is packed with everything imaginable. Dust has been piling up as long as your child has been around. Comfy, cozy, and quite livable to the child, its an everyday source of frustration for the "folks".
Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for a couple months.

6. Twilight Zone Day is mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. We can think of many other adjectives, but I think you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day.
Read a book that you think is a little scary or a book with a dark cover.

7. No Dirty Dishes Day is a reprieve from the daily pile of dishes to wash and dry. Day after day, we do the daily chore of washing and drying dishes, then put them away in various cabinets and drawers. We perform this task after each and every meal, and often after snacks. Even putting them in and out of the dishwasher and running it, can be a chore.

You deserve a break from this routine. And, today is that day. The objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. It is not intended to pile them up until tomorrow.
I would like to say....don't buy a book today, but we all know, I would fail. Read a book in which someone has to do a task or a book with a white cover.

8. This is a great day! It's World Goth Day.

As it should be, everyone who is into the Goth sub-culture, now has a day to celebrate who they are. Go out and embrace your inner and your outer Goth today.
Read a book with a vampire or a Steampunk book.

9. It's National Tap Dance Day. Today is a great day to dance the night away.... and the daytime, too!

This day was created in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on May 25, 1878.
I think I'll wear my tap shoes today! Read a book that you think is fun or a book with a fun cover.

10. Today is Pack Rat Day. C'mon, admit it... .. you're a Pack Rat like the rest of us. If you are a Pack Rat, you're in good company. You might as well come out of hiding behind those piles of valuable "stuff", and celebrate this fun day.

Its really easy to let things pile up. After all, each item you acquire along the road of life may have value or serve some meaningful purpose. 'Ya just never know. Making the decision to discard something of even remotely questionable value, is difficult, if not impossible to do. We understand you perfectly. Why? Because most of us are pack rats.
Read a book with a pack or a book with an animal on the cover.

May Monthly 2017 photo IMG_0299_zpshku1x58e.png

How pretty is the heart for this challenge???? Love it!


Here are my selections, books and read dates.

01. Read a book that takes place in spring or with a flower/s on the cover. Bossypants 26/5/17

02. Read a book with a celebration. Unmasqued 1/5/17

03. Read a book with more than one paranormal species or a book with a (skinny) chick on the cover. Drink Deep 17/5/17

04. Read a book with a vampire that does not sleep in a coffin. Hard Bitten 11/5/17

05. Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for a couple months. Master of Seduction 4/5/17

06. Read a book with a dark cover. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 15/5/17

07. Read a book in which someone has to do a task or a book with a white cover. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

08. Read a book with a vampire or a Steampunk book. The Greyfriar 22/5/17

09. Read a book that you think is fun. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

10. Read a book with a pack or a book with an animal on the cover. The Handmaid’s Tale 26/5/17 I’m counting the bird as an animal

Unmasqued by Colette Gale Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) by Kinley MacGregor 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 Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) by Chloe Neill Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) by Clay Griffith The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Bossypants by Tina Fey