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Haunted Week: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Haunted Week: Ghosts of Books Half-Read

Haunted Week is hosted by This Girl Reads, all credit for these daily ideas goes to them. ^.^

Today’s post concerns the following: Ever had the feeling that someone was watching you? It just might be the spirit of a book you haven’t put to rest. Today feature five books you began but never finished.

This one is particularly tough for me because it is VERY rare that I do not finish a book but I will do my best to find five if possible.

1. The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – This is because it was my first DNF for this blog. Not a fan of this book and I don’t plan on revisiting it later.

2. Nephilim Genesis of Evil by Renee Pawlish – I won this book sometime last year and only read part of it while I was on an airplane but never completed it once I got back home. I did enjoy the part of it I did read and someday I will finish it.

3. What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell – Ugh. This one KILLS me that I never finished it. I LOVE Gladwell’s work, I even own all four of his books, and I just never got around to it, this WILL be fixed soonish.

4. Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good by Jonathan Balcombe – Another one that definitely “haunts” me. I got this book and even had it signed when I was in my first year of college. He was talking about his book among other things at the University of Minnesota and signing books there so I got it, I will definitely finish this one at some point as well.

5. Black Water: Pendragon Series Book #5 – This is where I left off in the Pendragon series when I was a kid. I don’t think I could find the next book in the library at the time so I stopped reading this one about 2/3 through. I’ve since bought almost the entire series and will revisit all of them (probably in a marathon) once the collection is complete.

So there you have it! I’m somewhat surprised I was actually able to find five but it looks like I pulled it off! I definitely need to get to What the Dog Saw first, that one is going to bother me until I’ve read it. I hope you enjoyed this post, the first of Haunted Week and if you did leave me a comment, it can be about my picks, if you are participating your picks, or if not whatever you’d like! Thanks for stopping by. ^.^


Waiting On Wednesday #4

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

Fade to Black by Francis Knight

Set For Release On: February 7th, 2013 

Summary from Goodreads: Mahala: a city built in the dark depths of a valley. A city built up in layers, not across – where streets are built upon streets, buildings balance precariously upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from its lofty perch at the sunlit summit & where the forsaken lurk in the shadowy depths of the Pit.

Rojan is a bounty hunter trying to make his way in the city. Everyone knows he’s a womaniser, a shirker of all responsibility, but they don’t know he’s also a pain-mage: able to draw magic from his own & other people’s pain. He’s not keen on using it (not least because it’s outlawed), but when his niece is abducted and taken to the dark depths of the Pit, he may just be forced to unleash his power . . .

I am already really excited to see how the world building works out with the way they described the city. Can you even imagine living in a place like that? There are of course a bunch of metaphors that you can see right off with that structuralization type and it will be interesting to see how Knight conveys them.

Does Fade to Black sound interesting to you? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave your link and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday post, hopefully you’ll come “hopping” back soon! ^.^


22 on 22 Read-a-thon Update Post

22 on 22 Read-a-thon

This will be my update post throughout the Read-a-thon so check back here throughout the week to see how I’m doing!

If you read my Sunday Post then you know how crazy this week will be but I will be trying to get a good amount of reading in as there are a ton of books I have that I’d love to read! I won’t set a specific goal though I plan to read a minimum of 10 books and based on their page numbers (of the first ten I plan to read) that only averages out to 452 pages/day, easy! Oh and if you want to interact on twitter use the hashtag #22readathon!

*Took time off on Monday night from 5:45 PM – 10:00 PM CST to have some family time

Here are the first ten I have in mind:

As usual I will be doing the following updates for this read-a-thon:

Book I am currently reading: Wheels by Lorijo Metz

Books I have completed: Burn For Burn by Jenny Han, Owlet by Emma Michaels

Pages Read: 441

Time spent reading: 5 hrs 35 minutes

Mini Challenges Completed: Reading Habits

Snacks Eaten: Chips & Salsa, Orange Juice (1 cup), Mixed Berry Nutri Grain Bar (1), Dr. Pepper (3 cans), Pretzels

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Reading Habits

Challenge: Answering general questions about your reading habits.

1. What book did you start reading for this read-a-thon? A: Burn For Burn though I was ~40 pages in

2. What is one of your favorite books to re-read? A: The Lord of the Rings books of course!

3. Do you have a strategy for read-a-thons to maximize your time? A: Not really, I just try to read as much as I can and update hourly if at all possible so I have a general idea of where I’m at.

4. Do you snack while reading? A: As you can see from the list of snacks above I certainly do! I am very careful not to allow any of those snacks to leave residue on the books I read though.


Random Read-A-Thon

Random Read-A-Thon

Random Read-A-Thon is hosted by the awesome people over at My Shelf Confessions, if you would like to sign up for this impromptu read-a-thon (that I somehow JUST found out about 😦 ) you can do so here http://www.myshelfconfessions.com/posts/random-read-a-thon-come-read-with-us/, I highly encourage you to do so!

As this is informal and random, and due to my just finding out about it I have no clue how often I will update, hopefully a few times. It started Friday and will end at 12 AM on Tuesday the 23rd. Without further ado, let the read-a-thoning commence! ^.^

*From Noon – 1 PM CST I took a lunch break, pizza is good stuff people 🙂

**From 6 PM – 8:30 PM CST I took a break to be with my family

Book I am currently reading: Owlet by Emma Michaels

Books I have completed: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, Burn For Burn by Jenny Han

Pages read: 835

Time spent reading: 10 hours 53 minutes

Mini Challenges Completed: Your Fate in Fiction, Randomly Fill in the Sentence

Snacks Eaten: Mixed Berry Nutri Grain Bars (3), Cherry Coke (2 cans), Dr. Pepper (3 cans), Supreme Pizza, Orange Juice (1 cup), Chips & Salsa

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Your Fate in Fiction

Challenge: If your life were to suddenly (very randomly) turn into a plot from any book you’ve either read or want to read in the future, which plot would you hope it turned out to be and why?

Response: I would want it to turn into the plot from the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale. Bobby (the main character) does have to go through a lot of emotional and physical pain at different points in the series but he gets to travel across time and various dimensions/other worlds which is awesome. It may not be a “perfect” life to live but it would be incredible and Bobby learns a lot about himself along the way. ^.^

Randomly Fill in the Sentence

Challenge: Keeping things random and simple, we just want you to finish the following  sentence from Speak  with a random sentence on a random page from your current read!

“I can’t decide if she had pissed off her hairdresser or is morphing into _____________”
Response: I can’t decide if she had pissed off her hairdresser or is morphing into her dark reflection.

Dewey’s 24hr Read-A-Thon

Dewey’s Read-A-Thon

Here is my list of things that I will keep track of, although I will also post mini-challenge updates below as well as they go on:

Currently Reading: It is time for my reward for completing the read-a-thon so I am reading Burn For Burn by Jenny Han!

Books Finished: Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer, The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman, Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn, The Sun Never Rises in the Big City by Jeremy C. Shipp.

Pages Read: 655

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 12 hours 15 minutes

Snacks Eaten: Yogurt (2), Coke (2 cans), 2/3 small supreme pizza, Dr. Pepper (3 cans), Oreos (1), NutriGrain Mixed Berry Bar (1)

Challenges Participated In: Oldies but Goodies, Turn to Page, Book Blogger Bingo, Read-A-Thon-A-Crostic, Day Break, Book Puzzle, Literacy Mini-Challenge, Challenge Your Brain While Reading, Six Word Celebration, Book Sentences, Show It Off, Opposite Title Puzzle, Book to Movie, End of Event Meme

If you would like to join just click on the button above for all the updates on the read-a-thon, have fun!

*I had to go out of the house to stock up on snacks and to get some pizza to munch on while I dive into the books but I swear by the end of this I WILL have read 3-4. 🙂 – 5:18 PM CST (Hour 11)

** I thought people might like to see my snacks so here they are! – 11:21 PM CST (Hour 17)

Mid-Event Survey – 7:00 PM CST, Hour 13

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired?

I’m doing fantastic in terms of stamina even though I have been up since 2:30 AM CST! ^.^

2) What have you finished reading?

Sadly only Dark Light of Day which I only needed to finish 100 pages of during Dewey but I’m close with Reanimation and I’m focusing more on the books and less on the challenges even if they are really fun! No distractions!

3) What is your favorite read so far?

I loved Dark Light of Day! It’s a fantastic read, you really must get it if you haven’t already, there is a link above. 🙂

4) What about your favorite snacks?

Ooo well I have them listed above, I haven’t really dug into them too much, the pizza was delicious though!

5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love!

Well I found the ones which hosted the challenges but they are too numerous to mention so if you are interested please click the button above to go visit the main host! I’ve also interacted with a couple through this post which has been fun. ^.^

Introductory Questions

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

A: Minnesota, USA

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Burn For Burn by Jenny Han

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Pizza if I can get my hands on it!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I’m 20 years old and a recovering Lord of the Rings fanatic, though I don’t think I’m very successful in my recovery. :p I love reading any genre of books and the more the better which is why I am thrilled to join in (even late) to this read-a-thon! Oh and I am a tad crazy when it comes to memes as I tend to comment on EVERY post made so…ya. Off to bookland!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I have not participated in this read-a-thon though I did participate in a different one a bit ago called Fraterfest! I’m excited to interact with the other bloggers and to dive into some great bookish goodness!

The “Oldies but Goodies” Mini-Challenge

Q: What classic book should ALL high school aged children read and why?

A: I am with the majority of people in this challenge and have chosen To Kill a Mockingbird. It is a very touching story that still gets to me each time I read it but it is also very educational in nature. The high school aged children seem to be reading less and less in general so let’s put one of the best classics in their hands and hope it can inspire them!

Turn To Page Mini-Challenge

Challenge: Turn to page 32 of the book you are currently reading and find the most entertaining phrase to complete the following sentence: “If only you knew ____, you’d run screaming into the night!”

A: If only you knew the world outside looked like Armageddon, you would run screaming into the night!

I know it isn’t the best in the world obviously but that page was not particularly helpful, I did my best I swear! Back to reading! ^.^

Book Blogger Bingo Mini-Challenge

Challenge: Find a blogger for each letter of B-I-N-G-O that corresponds with the categories.

Categories: B – A blogger you have never come across before, I – A blogger whose name has the word book in it, N – A blogger who lives in Europe, G – A male blogger, O – A blogger whose read-a-thon pile has more than 5 books in it

Result: I actually challenged myself a little further, I tried (and almost succeeded) to have either the blogger’s name or blog start or include the corresponding letter.

I will post the blog’s later on. 🙂

Read-A-Thon-A-Crostic

Challenge: Take the title of your current book or a book you’ve already finished today and create an Acrostic.

Result: I am currently reading a book with an exceptionally long title but I took it in stride.

The Reanimation of Edward Schuett

Thrilling Hilarious Ego

Revolting Enigmatic Apocalyptic Nefarious Intelligent Male Atrophy Terrifying Ill Ogle Nature

Ornery Feral

Entwined Disastrous Waning Alarming Rectified Dangerous

Sacrifice Cannibalism Hunger Undead Egregious Terrific Torture

I hope you enjoyed reading it! ^.^

Day Break

Challenge: Go outside for a bit and separate yourself from technology, books and the indoors in general than come back and comment on it telling what you did.

Result: I went outside and danced in the rain! I even jumped in a puddle! (I know, I’m a dork, or as I prefer it a kid at heart ^.^)

Book Puzzle

Challenge: Create a set of pictures to use as a puzzle representing the title of one of the books you are reading.

Can you figure out what the name of the book is? Leave me a comment with your guess and at the end I will see who got it! ^.^

Literacy Mini-Challenge

Challenge: Create a post celebrating the reading child.

Result: There were a plethora of ways in which to participate in this challenge but I am choosing to discuss some of what my relationship with reading was like when I was younger.

I was a very lucky kid when it came to reading and books in general. My mom is a high school teacher and my grandmother was a librarian so my love of books began almost immediately when my mom and grandmother would read to me before I learned how to myself. A little after I turned four years old I started reading by myself, small books at first, but chapter books followed soon after. Reading to me still reminds me of that time with my family, even if we weren’t reading the same thing it was a closeness that we shared and still do at times. I also remember feeling that because I could read I was growing up, I was capable of doing the same things as the people I looked up to the most and that made me feel special. I’ve never lost that love for reading, books fascinate me in a way that nothing else can and I am forever thankful to my family for sharing that gift with me.

Challenge Your Brain While Reading

Challenge: Choose a book that would be challenging for you to read, something not in your usual array of genres. Then choose any favorite words you may have, especially ones you don’t use often, and any that you come across while reading that you weren’t familiar with.

Response:

Book That Would Be Difficult: A Dead Red Oleander by RP Dahlke – This is a book in the highlander genre which is not something I am used to reading, I won it in a giveaway a couple weeks ago but haven’t gotten around to it.

Favorite Words: Nefarious – Adjective – Meaning: Wicked or criminal

                                   Enigmatic – Adjective – Meaning: Difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious

                                   Atrophy – Noun – Meaning: A wasting away or progressive decline

Six Word Celebration

Challenge: Create a six word celebration of Dewey’s Read-A-Thon!

Result: A brilliant flash of spontaneous wonderment!

Book Sentences

Challenge: Using three or more print books, use only their titles to create a sentence, you can’t add any words.

Result: I loved this challenge and I found a great set of three, here they are!

The Dragons of Krynn Scorched The Snow Garden

How awesome is that?!

Show It Off

Challenge: Show off a book or books from your library that you are extremely proud of.

Result: Here are a few books that are my personal favorites for different reasons –

Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson is special to me because it is the first Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) I ever received. The Trading Game was huge for me as it kindled my passion for sports cards and sports in general which has stuck with me over the years and has caused me to amass a sports card collection around 5,000+. The Firm & Cell are written by my two favorite authors whom I have loved for over a decade, they made books come to life for me. Finally, and most importantly, The Lord of the Rings trilogy which gave me the identity I have had for over ten years. That’s right, I have been called some variation of “Frodo” for over a decade to the point that using my real name is awkward in comparison. I have so many books that mean the world to me but these are definitely at the top of the heap. 🙂

Opposite Title Puzzle

Challenge: Take one of the books you are reading for the read-a-thon and change all the words to be the exact opposite.

Result: I read Dark Light of Day during this read-a-thon so mine went as follows:

Bright Shadows of Night = Dark Light of Day

What’s yours? ^.^

Book to Movie Mini-Challenge

Challenge: Choose one of the books you have read during the read-a-thon and cast the movie. Interesting director? Actor for bit part?

Result: I am casting The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman –

Woody Harrelson as Edward Schuett

Michelle Rodriguez as Liddie Gates

Milla Jovovich as Rae Neuman

Woody Harrelson has plenty of experience in zombie movies as it is, I’m sure he could play one that was turning (mostly) back into a human and he has that goofy quality about him while still being able to lash out at people, great combo though he is a bit old for the role. Michelle Rodriguez is just bad-ass and she is beautiful and just about the right age to play Liddie Gates, Woody’s main love interest. Finally, the third main character is Rae Neuman, the no-nonsense bruiser that takes care of business but does so with a little flair and always with her gun at her side, I’m pretty sure Milla Jovovich would crush that role. ^.^

End of Event Meme

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Hours 21 and 22, I had been up since 2 AM CST the previous day.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? I loved The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, it comes out this month so I’d recommend that!
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? As fun as all of the challenges are, doing them every hour (when many take a minimum of 15min to complete) takes away a large chunk of reading time. Otherwise great!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hosts were amazing!
  5. How many books did you read? 2 1/3 regular books and a short story
  6. What were the names of the books you read? You can see them above but they were: Dark Light of Day, The Reanimation of Edward Schuett, Here Lies Death & the short story The Sun Never Dies in the Big City.
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? Dark Light of Day though I only needed to finish the last 100 pages during Dewey
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Here Lies Death but not because it was bad by any means, I think I was just really tired, it did drag
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? I was not but they are amazing! My suggestion would be to use TweetChat if you aren’t already so you can follow along with the people using the hashtag, you won’t miss anyone who could use a boost. 🙂
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I will definitely be participating in this and other read-a-thons again! I absolutely love diving into my TBR pile and getting to interact with other wonderful readers!

That’s it guys, that’s all she wrote, or in this case read! If you are a follower of this blog just a quick reminder to check my Sunday Post if you haven’t already to see what is coming up and that I’ll be posting my review of Dark Light of Day this afternoon/night. If you are new to my blog, which I know many of you are, welcome! Don’t hesitate to subscribe via your preferred method and comment as much as you desire, I read them all and really do appreciate it! ^.^ Enjoy your Sunday!


Feature and Follow #1

Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow is hosted by the amazing people over at Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and is basically a way for blogs to gain new followers and to find some cool new ones to follow as well. If you do get followed please be courteous and follow them back via their preferred method.  If you would be so kind as to follow me, and I of course will follow back, you can do so via email, Linky or Networked Blogs, I do not have a preference and thank any of you who do follow. Also let me know how you follow me too! 🙂

This week’s question is: “What book do you think would make a great Halloween movie? Please explain in graphic detail of goriness…

For me this was a no-brainer! I would go with the Attic Clowns volumes written by Jeremy C. Shipp! They are an amazing mix of creepy, gorey and humor filled with a variety of odd but oddly intriguing types of clowns. I love each volume and would recommend reading them too! You can check out my mini review of the first two if you would like here to get a gist of what I am talking about. As always thanks for reading, I really do appreciate it and leave a comment either about what you think of the Attic Clowns books or your own FF post, I read every one! ^.^ Enjoy your Friday and your weekend! 🙂


Waiting On Wednesday #2

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.

For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:

Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Set For Release On: Late October/November 2012 

Summary From Sarah-Jane Lehoux’s Website:

Starting over isn’t easy, especially when the world isn’t ready for you to change. Sevy, thief turned assassin turned mercenary, isn’t having any fun adjusting to a normal, law-abiding life. Luckily for her, an old partner in crime arrives with an irresistible proposition: a getaway to a tropical island, an adventure of a lifetime, and an amazing friendship ready to blossom into an even more amazing romance.

Things are looking up for Sevy. That is, until a pack of maniacal fairies with a taste for human flesh arrive on the scene.

Now she must unravel a web of magical intrigue hidden behind the outwardly idyllic atmosphere of the islands of Belakarta. Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Trapped under the spell of a handsome and mysterious stranger, Sevy must fight fairies and tricksters to regain her freedom.

Or spend an eternity as a sorcerer’s plaything.

If you’ve been following my blog you’d know I’m a huge fan of the Sevy series and this one coming out soon has me really excited to see what will happen in the next adventure! Knowing Sarah-Jane it’s highly likely Sevy will be put through the ringer again, but I’m sure she’ll encounter some pretty amazing things along her way! You can check out my review for Thief here or for Shades of War here if you want to find out more about the previous two books. I would recommend buying and reading them both before Masquerade comes out, if you’d like to purchase them you can do so here.

Thank you so much for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment about what you think of Masquerade or your own Waiting On Wednesday post, I do read every one! You can also follow me if you’d like or check out my other posts, I do appreciate it. ^.^


Sunday Post #2

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

I post my books that I receive in my Saturday Stacking The Shelves post so for my part I focus on the recap/preview parts of Sunday Post.

Last Week

Conner by Miranda Stork – “Play-By-Play” Review (3/5)

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon – Main Post

Full-Throttle Space Tales #6 – Space Battles – Review (5/5)

Waiting On Wednesday – Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux – Review (5/5)

Fraterfest Read-A-Thon Schedule – Challenges & Reading List

Attic Clowns: Volumes 1 & 2 by Jeremy C. Shipp – Mini Review (5/5)

This Week (Planned but Subject to Change)

Monday – Fraterfest Recap & thoughts

Tuesday – The Red Serpent Trilogy Review

Wednesday – Waiting On Wednesday

Thursday – Dark Light of Day Review

Friday – The Reanimation of Edward Schuett Review

Saturday – Stacking The Shelves

As you can see it will be another highly active week from me. ^.^ I may also do my first ever Feature & Follow Friday next week but I have yet to decide on that, will depend on how I’m doing with my reviews and everything else going on prior. I’m really excited to read Dark Light of Day as I was able to read the first three chapters in an Ace/Roc sampler I won before it came out and it seems fantastic! You can likely expect a gushing review on that one unless something weird changes. =)

That’s all from me for this post, I hope the schedule for next week looks interesting and fun-filled enough for you to want to stop on by again! Follow me if you like via any of the usual methods, oh and comment! I read all the comments and if you have a Sunday Post feel free to link me up so I can check it out! As always thanks for reading, enjoy your Sunday! 🙂


Stacking The Shelves #4

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

This week I again have a plethora of books to share! Most of these are the eBook variety, but I’m pretty excited to read them all (if I ever find the time).

The Freebies (eBooks)

Attic Clowns: Volume One by Jeremy C. Shipp

Attic Clowns: Volume Four by Jeremy C. Shipp

Always Remember to Tip Your Ninja by Jeremy C. Shipp

Aberrations: Horror Stories by Jeremy C. Shipp

The Sun Never Rises in the Big City by Jeremy C. Shipp

Here Be Monsters – An Anthology of Monster Tales by Multiple Authors

H10N1 by M. R. Cornelius

Zombified by Lyra McKen

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Whispers In Autumn by Trisha Leigh

SteamDrunks: 101 Steampunk Cocktails and Mixed Drinks by Chris-Rachael Oseland

Innocent Little Crimes by C.S. Lakin

Her Sweetest Downfall by Rebecca Hamilton

Forbidden Mind by Kimberly Kinrade

Fearless by Tawdra T. Randle

Dying To Forget (The Station) by Trisha Marie Dawson

Cadman’s Gambit (Shader) by D.P. Prior

Bought (print)

Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer

Won in Giveaway (eBooks)

Laiden’s Daughter (The Clan MacDougall Series) by Suzan Tisdale

Janus by John Park

The Selkie Spell (Seal Island Trilogy Book 1) by Sophie Moss

Pretty When She Dies: A Vampire Novel by Rhiannon Frater

Pretty When She Kills (Pretty When She Dies #2) by Rhiannon Frater

The Last Degree by Dina Rae

Won in Giveaways (print)

The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain

In Exchange For Review (eBooks)

The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman

Yet again it has been a very good week for my book haul. ^.^ A big part of the freebie section was obviously Jeremy C. Shipp’s books so a big shout out and thank you go out to him for putting them for free the last week. Even though I did technically buy Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer it was done so with a 10$ Amazon gift card so it was basically free which is always awesome and it arrived yesterday just in time to add it to this post!

Now to break down all of the giveaway wins, oh boy. Laiden’s Daughter was from the Highlander Giveaway Hop and though that isn’t my usual genre by any means I thought it would be a good opportunity to expand my book tastes so I’ll give it a shot soonish. I won Janus courtesy of Suzanne Johnson over at Preternatura, she does a crazy number of giveaways each week and I finally won one from there, I can’t wait to dive into it! The Selkie Spell was from The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl blog and I’m looking forward to trying that one out too. Both books by Rhiannon Frater were won thanks to a giveaway by Book Loving Mom and I’ll be reading those in the next few days thanks to being part of Fraterfest, those had scary good timing. o.o The Last Degree was won from a giveaway on Full Moon Bites Book Blog, I’ll be expanding my reading horizons with this one too. Finally, The Red Serpent Trilogy was won from one of my favorite blogs, Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and I’ll be doing a review of that one either this week or the next.

I also got an ARC eBook of The Reanimation of Edward Schuett thanks to Derek J. Goodman in exchange for an honest review which I’ll be doing this coming week sometime. That was possible thanks to twitter, if you follow enough awesome bookish people stuff like that will just fall in your lap! ^.^

As you can see I’ve got a ton of books to read from this week, and a few of those which I’ll be reviewing. The horror ones I either have or will be reading almost all of during the next few days while I participate in Fraterfest so that will be pretty fun combing through that part of my TBR pile. That’s all from me for now, look for my Sunday Post tomorrow with next week’s schedule and a recap of what I did this week, and if you would like to please check out my other posts including my last review and the challenges I am participating in this weekend for Fraterfest! You can also follow me via the usual methods if you like what you see so you don’t miss any cool posts. As always thanks for reading and let me know what you got in the comments, I read every one! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


Review: Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

I was fortunate enough to be given a PDF copy of Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux in exchange for an honest review. So without further ado, my thoughts on Shades of War!

Shades of War brings us back into Sevy’s world of dark elves, pixies and one very odd monkey. Sevy accepts a seemingly easy mission of going to the Northern Jungles and bringing back a soldier home to his parents. However, because nothing is ever easy for Sevy she finds herself in the middle of a war between humans and the dark elves that reside in the Northern Jungles. Old memories are stirred when she comes across someone she had long since forgot and when she gets to know this soldier she’s supposed to persuade. When she discovers an old friend being held prisoner her plans change and she must rescue them from captivity, and escape herself. Can Sevy save her friends and herself while still completing her mission? Will she be able to help stop this oncoming battle between dark elves and humans and can she figure out who the mysterious murderer of 16 humans is before it is to late?

As some of you may know I previously reviewed the first book in this series, Thief, and gave it a glowing five star (or five smiling frodo) review. I am happy to report that Shades of War was just as excellent as its predecessor! Before I continue I want to share a couple tweets I sent out earlier today pertaining to this review:

So as you can see I have a hard time getting my emotions for these books into words that fully display what I was feeling as I read, but I’ll do my best. I loved this book, it was effortless reading it, the writing was excellent yet again and the characters were just as gripping as they had been in Thief. Sevy was still a fiery and cocky character but we got to see more of her softer side in Shades of War which was refreshing as it gave more of a well-rounded feel to her. We also got our first look into the minds of a couple other major characters from the previous book which I won’t go into detail describing so as to not spoil it for potential readers. Suffice it to say the other characters had new-found depth and the story was all the more rich because of it.

The plot was just as gripping in Shades of War as it had been in Thief despite some more tender scenes and I never felt like I could put the book down! Without going into any spoilers the author puts Sevy through the ringer in this one, if you thought it was rough for her in Thief you’ll be amazed at what she has to go through in Shades of War. The suffering isn’t limited to her though as everyone in Sevy’s world seems to be plagued by one unfortunate event after another, though it is not carried out in a way as to be depressing. You’ll find battles, love scenes and did I mention an odd monkey? I love that monkey.

There is no lack of humor despite the atrocities committed around the characters throughout their journey which keeps the reader engaged, and trust me you’ll do a real life “lol” more than once. ^.^ Oh and the twists, she’ll get you with a few of those let me tell you! I couldn’t get enough of Shades of War and I wish it didn’t have to come to an end. I can’t wait until Masquerade, the third book in the series, comes out which I believe is scheduled for late October or early November. You’ll likely see it on an addition of Waiting On Wednesday in the coming weeks. If you want to buy it just click on the picture of the cover above. 🙂

Complaints: Go a bit easier on Sevy in Masquerade for the love of all that is good Sarah-Jane! :p

Recommendation: To any lover of great writing I would recommend buying this TODAY! Get both of them, do it, go, go, go!

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Review: Full-Throttle Space Tales #6 – Space Battles

Review: Space Battles

I was sent a print copy of Space Battles, #6 in the Full-Throttle Space Tales series, in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Flying Pen Press and David Rozansky.

Space Battles is a collection of 17 different short stories centered on, you guessed it, space battles. They each have their own unique way of displaying a battle and include anything from one-on-one gun fights, to dogfights between single ships, to even full scale assaults on battle cruisers. Space Battles has a good mix of female and male characters, and generally speaking the women kick even more tail than their male counterparts, a refreshing thing to see especially in this genre. In Space Battles you will find mixtures of humor, a wide variety of sub-genres such as Space Opera and Military Science Fiction, as well as all the action you can handle and more. You will find sentient spacecrafts and Amish space truckers, that’s right I said Amish which are shown in a way you could never imagine! There is a little something in Space Battles for everyone.

This was really fun for me because it was the first book I’ve ever received from a publisher in exchange for review so needless to say when it arrived I was excited to delve into it! The book was even better than advertised! The character depth was excellent despite the fact that the average length was about 15 pages or so, quite an achievement when you consider that they have to pack these short stories with as much action as you can handle as well. You have some stories that will make you laugh such as The Thirteens by Gene Mederos where a particular incident involving slippers had me in a fit of giggles. Others will make you appreciate those in the military as admirals valiantly fight to save their ship, and their way of life such as in Like So Much Refuse by Simon C. Larter. Some examine the will to live and the will to die such as in Never Look Back by Grace Bridges. I was hardly able to set the book down as each new story sent adrenaline into my system.

If you enjoy anything in the realm of science fiction this is a book I highly recommend you go out and get. The writing is excellent and if battles themselves are your thing, regardless of genre, than this book will suit your fancy just fine as well. Honestly if you just want some quick reads that are done very well Space Battles is a good choice. The characters do not suffer for the short length of the stories, even in Bait and Switch by Jaleta Clegg which is a mere eight pages! Obviously if you have read this far you can tell I thoroughly enjoyed Space Battles. I really don’t have any complaints which is rare if you’ve read a couple of my last reviews. 🙂 Thank you for reading and go check out Space Battles!

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Sunday Post

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Since I already post the books I’ve received in the last week in my Stacking The Shelves post I will use the Sunday Post as a way to give you readers a heads up as to what is coming this week and a recap of what has been posted in the previous one.

Last Week

Mirrors of Anguish by R.P. Kraul – Review (2/5)

Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux – Review (5/5)

Sparkles and Lightning 1000 Followers Giveaway

Stacking The Shelves – Book Haul

This Week (Planned but subject to change)

Conner by Miranda Stork  – Review

Space Battles courtesy of Flying Pen Press – Review

Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux – Review

Attic Clowns: Volume Two by Jeremy C. Shipp – Review

Stacking The Shelves – Book Haul

I may be participating in a couple more memes this week (think Waiting on Wednesday and the like) if I have the time but I can’t promise anything as I still need to read quite a bit in order to do this week’s reviews. 🙂 Oh and if you don’t follow me on twitter (@1FantasyFanatic if you’d like to change that :p) the review for Conner will be a bit different than my usual ones. I won’t give too much away but look for that either tonight or early tomorrow. Thank you so much for stopping by, if you like what you saw feel free to subscribe via email, networked blogs or linky followers! If you leave links to your Sunday Posts (whether in this meme or not) I do stop by every one! Have a great Sunday and happy reading!


Stacking The Shelves #3

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

For Stacking The Shelves this week I have a ton of different books to mention, mostly the eBook variety, but in a bunch of different genres!

The Freebies (eBooks)

A Maid of Kirin by Simon Halliday

Blood Singers by Tamara Rose Blodgett

Conner by Miranda Stork

Don’t Let Me Go by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Emanare by Taryn Browning

Flame Moon by K.J. Jackson

Kindred by Erica Stevens

Paradox – Progeny of Innocence by Patti Roberts

Prom Night In Purgatory by Amy Harmon

Rae of Hope by W.J. May

The Fall of the Misanthrope  by Louise Wise

The Toadhouse Trilogy: Book One by Jess Lourey

Wheels by Lorijo Metz

Window by Simon Halliday

Bought (eBook)

Brightest Kind of Darkness by P.T. Michelle

Won In Giveaways (eBooks)

Fatal Distraction by Diane Capri

CIA Fall Guy by Phyllis Zimbler Miller

A Dead Red Oleander by R.P. Dahlke

Demons by Heather Frost

In Exchange For Review (eBooks)

Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

In Exchange For Review (Print)

Space Battles by Flying Pen Press Publishing, Edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

As you can see it has been a crazy week for my little blog and book collection! I speak with Sarah-Jane Lehoux fairly regularly on twitter and when I tweeted out that I would do an honest review of a book in exchange for a free copy she generously offered not one but TWO of her amazing books, Thief and Shades of War. If you’ve read my other posts you’d know I already reviewed Thief and thought it was wonderful and Shades of War will, I’m sure, be just as fantastic. I received Space Battles through the same tweeting process from the kind folks at Flying Pen Press who gave me a whole list that I could choose from in exchange for an honest review and this is the first one I chose! I’m currently working on one of the freebies I listed above, Conner by Miranda Stork, but after that I’ll be working on my review of Space Battles.

I participate in a ridiculous amount of giveaways and thanks to some good fortune on my part I won a few this week! I already received 3/4 of the eBooks I won from Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews blog which was participating in the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway Hop. Those were Fatal Distraction, CIA Fall Guy and A Red Dead Oleander which I’ll read and possibly review though I haven’t decided that yet. I also won Demons by Heather Frost thanks to a giveaway by Book Haven Extraordinaire which I may or may not review as well.

If you want to check out any of the books the links are available above. You can also check out the fabulous blogs where I was lucky enough to win books to see their other posts and any current giveaways they have going on. Make sure to check out the other blogs participating in Stacking The Shelves at Tynga’s Reviews and, if you’d like, join in on the fun! Feel free to comment about what you think of any of these books or link to your own STS post, I do read them all. 🙂 Happy Saturday!


Sparkles and Lightning 1000 Followers Giveaway

Sparkles and Lightning 1000 Followers Giveaway!

So last week I found the blog Sparkles and Lightning  via a retweet of a contest they were having. One of the entries was following via GFC and when I did I happened to notice something pretty cool, I was the 1,000th follower! I quickly found the blogger, Annabelle, and informed her of her awesome milestone to which I believe squeals of excitement ensued. Anyway, she is now holding an amazing giveaway celebrating this achievement where TEN people will win the opportunity to choose not one, but TWO books each from The Book Depository! You can (and should) enter here http://sparkles-and-lightning.blogspot.com/2012/09/1000-followers-giveaway.html. Enjoy the giveaway and make sure to read her awesome posts and subscribe to her blog!


Review: Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

I was fortunate enough to be given a PDF copy of Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux in exchange for a review. So without further ado, my thoughts on Thief!

Thief follows Sevy, a young homeless girl trying to survive by, you guessed it, stealing. Sevy lives in Eloria, a stinking pit of a city inhabited by homeless kids such as herself, prostitutes and gangs. Sevy encounters one of the gang leaders, a young man named Jarro, and after some protesting on his part she is allowed to join his group. Sevy quickly falls in love with Jarro, but just when it seems that he might feel the same way he is mysteriously murdered. Furious, Sevy will stop at nothing to find out who murdered him and make them pay, but when she finds that his murderer is her only hope at possibly having her beloved Jarro back will she be able to go through with her plan, or will she risk everything including her best friend for a chance at happiness that she’s never known?

Thief has everything you can possibly want in a fantasy book, from elves and dark elves, to pixies and goddesses your hunger for the supernatural and divine will be more than satiated. Thief is also high on action, with the story rarely slowing down you will be hard-pressed to stop reading even for a minute as you wait for the next breathtaking scene to follow. For those of you who like some romance thrown in with your fantasy fear not, Thief is centered on the growing love between Sevy and Jarro that is intricate and truly beautiful. There is also plenty of violence if that’s more your cup of tea, so as you can see there is something in Thief for everyone!

I loved Thief! It’s been a while since I have been able to breeze through a book so quickly while simultaneously wanting to linger on the best parts as the story grips me and forces me into Sevy’s world. I was easily able to identify with the characters, especially that of Sevy, and I could feel her pain and her loss when Jarro was murdered, so much so that I was actually angry at the author for doing that to her! You know that you’ve really melded with the story when you are compelled to go berate the author because of an act within the book, and I was certainly so compelled multiple times while reading Thief, not because I wasn’t enjoying the book, but because the pain Sevy and the other characters in Thief felt was so very real to me. The characters were beautifully detailed and their emotions wonderfully displayed by the exquisite writing throughout the book.

Another thing that was done very well in Thief was the clean transitions between the points of view of the characters. There were obvious divides and it never felt like I was losing perspective as I entered into another character’s consciousness. As each character’s emotions were made more clear by seeing things from their point of view it enriched the story and enhanced it, strengthening the connection between the reader and this world.

Though the direction the plot went had me screaming in frustration along with Sevy, and feeling her deep sadness as well, it was very well done. I thoroughly enjoyed Thief and am very excited to dive into Shades of War. The ending of Thief was unexpected and I was just as shocked as the characters within as to how it unfolded. This for me is a must read, I recommend it to fantasy lovers in particular, but also to any reader who enjoys a wonderful story.

Complaints: Why did Jarro have to die darn you Sarah-Jane! I’m kidding, if anything I only wished it was longer so I could have enjoyed even more of Sevy’s world. 🙂

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Review: Mirrors of Anguish by R.P. Kraul

Mirrors of Anguish by R.P. Kraul

I got an eBook copy of Mirrors of Anguish by R.P. Kraul for free from Amazon. I saw some solid action on twitter mentioning it so I figured I would give it a try even though it isn’t in my usual range of genres.

Mirrors of Anguish, furthermore known as MoA for the purposes of this review, centers around the town of Belcorte, Pennsylvania where a series of killings has taken place over the course of many years with the killer still on the loose. Jill Duport, the main character of MoA, inherits her grandfather’s infamous house there after the passing of her mother. Apparently a murder had taken place in the house, supposedly committed by her grandfather, on a teenage girl. Though the former chief of police Reed Hobson had not only come across the supposed killer, but had even killed him, there is no record of the event ever taking place. The killer, a madman known as the Indianhead Reservoir Killer, waits in the shadows until he can exact his revenge for a crime committed against him long ago.

If you couldn’t tell from the description this book is rather…odd. To be honest I am having a hard time putting my reaction into words, but I’ll give it a go. Mirrors of Anguish starts out strong with Jill losing her mother and us being acquainted with her father as he tries to convince her to move into the house her grandfather left her in Belcorte. We then learn a bit about Reed the former police chief of Belcorte who seems to be fixated on the series of killings going on in the area despite having retired. We also get our first glimpse of Eddie Jarvings, the county commissioner who wants Jill to pack up her bags and go back to where she came from not wanting any more questions about the killings coming his way.

Unfortunately, it is early on that the first strike on this book occurs. Here is an excerpt from MoA: “Eddie rocked in his chair as he chewed his nails. He spit out a fingernail before he responded. Eddie, an educated man from an acclaimed family, possessed the insufferable habit of chewing his nails.” You find out on the previous page that Eddie is the son of the wealthiest and most influential man in Campton County, Nikolaus Jarvings, so the “acclaimed family” part is a bit redundant. Furthermore, we can tell from the first two sentences that he has the habit of chewing on his nails, you don’t need to add that he “possessed the insufferable habit of chewing his nails” because you aren’t adding anything we don’t already know. Moving on.

Strike two has multiple examples within and I won’t bore you with them all but suffice it to say Jill apparently can’t make up her mind about anything. Throughout MoA she says or thinks one thing and then does the exact opposite almost immediately. At one point in the book she is furious at her dad for telling her some unwelcome information, I won’t say what exactly to avoid spoilers, and then the next day she is immediately forgiving him and proclaiming that he’s the best dad in the world. Jill as the main character frustrated me a great deal with her constant flip-flopping, I imagine this was done most of the time to move the story along, but it made everything she was supposedly feeling seem disingenuous.

Strike three happens about midway in the book and takes us back to strike one where the author told us something we already knew as if we couldn’t have picked up on it without the repetition. In this case it was the following excerpt: “Quentin managed a grin. The educated voice, words pronounced carefully, contrasted with his bad teeth—an ironic combination. Ironic that a fellow could be educated to this extent and still have crooked teeth. Maybe he pretended to be educated.” So here we have us being initially told something was ironic rather than allowing the reader to infer it for themselves. To further exacerbate the situation we are told EXACTLY how this was ironic. What is perhaps, if it is possible, more annoying still is that this combination isn’t ironic at all as plenty of educated people have crooked teeth. However, strikes one through three are not why I will be giving MoA the rating that follows as much as the final strike.

Strike four encompasses the length of the book from the point the horror begins until the very end. The point of view is shifted from Jill’s to multiple other characters which includes Reed as well as the killer. Without going into details that could spoil the book I will say there are some sections of this part of the book where you get flashbacks into the killer’s life. Now plenty of books change from one character’s point of view to another, but in this case it is not done smoothly or in a way where you can ease yourself into the new frame of mind. The jumps between characters are sporadic and often, especially with the flashbacks, very difficult to wrap your head around to discern what exactly is going on. By the time you get near the end of the book your mind is tired and mostly confused about what has transpired, and the ending is just as hard to interpret as we only get a glimpse of what Jill’s life might be like without much detail.

I wanted to get into Mirrors of Anguish, and I really tried to, but because of the various issues I had with the book I felt disconnected from the characters. Jill’s constant flip-flopping made it so I didn’t care for the most part what happened to her, I felt that I was just reading a description of horrifying events rather than being pulled into the story and feeling what the characters felt. If all you are looking for is a bit of horror and some gruesome violence then I suppose MoA might fit for you. I wanted to like this but it felt short for me.

Recommendation: Borrow it from a friend if you are going to read it otherwise I would pass.

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Stacking The Shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

For stacking the shelves this week I sadly can not report any physical books to “stack” as the one I am waiting on (Blackhearted Betrayal by Kasey MacKenzie) hasn’t shown up yet. However, I did add to my eBook “stack” this week!

The Freebies

‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy by Leslie Langtry

‘Scuse Me While I Kill This Guy is about single mother Gin Bombay who happens to be an assassin from a long family line of killers. She is invited to a family reunion which is where all the craziness happens and everything goes downhill at a rapid rate. Gin’s five-year-old daughter must undergo a blood initiation to join and be bonded into the family legacy, Gin herself has been hired to eliminate a spy in the family which might be her brother, and one of her marks also just happens to be a client of her new boyfriend. Needless to say this book is action packed to the extreme!

Become (Desolation #1) by Ali Cross

Become (Desolation #1) centers on sixteen-year-old Desolation Black who enjoys Hell where she is isolated and cold but is forced to go to Earth instead. There she has to face all of the evils that are going on that she can’t stand and the good which completely freaks her out. She finds what she least expects to in this alien world, a friend, one that gives her a reason to change from the demon she is inside into something that may no longer resemble her father, Lucifer. I am thrilled to have found this for free and will be reading it shortly, most likely with a review to follow.

The Choice (Walk the Right Road) by Lorhainne Eckhart

The Choice (Walk The Right Road) is a fascinating book about Marcie who has a strong connection to the spiritual. She feels that she has a connection such as this with her boyfriend Dan but he distances himself right from the get go. After separating Marcie is waiting at an airport for her luggage when she is mugged, during which she forgets who she is. Luckily for Marcie a DEA agent named Sam witnessed the whole event and decides to care for her until she regains her memory. As they spend time together they develop feelings for each other, but when Marcie regains her memories will it tear them apart? The Choice seems like a nice easy read and I look forward to reading it if I can ever make it through my very large eBook TBR pile!

Giveaway Prize

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye by Shari Brady

Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye is about a family who lost a loved one because of addiction. The story is told from sixteen-year-old Carmella’s point of view as she tries to overcome the loss of her older sister and move on with her life. The book is filled with emotion, really delving into what it is like to lose someone so close to you and all of the turmoil you deal with as you try, not to forget, but to accept the person you’ve lost is gone and to attempt to move on with your existence. I’ve heard many great things about this book and so I was thrilled when I found out that I won an eBook copy of Wish I Could Have Said Goodbye. I will definitely be doing a review of this one as well.

That is all for this week, thanks for stopping by and enjoy all of the other fabulous blogs as we join each other in Stacking The Shelves!


Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

I was lucky enough to win Amanda Carlson’s Full Blooded in a giveaway a few weeks ago and though I know it took me a bit longer than I had planned I’m thrilled to be able to give a review of it!

I know this will seem like I just love every book I read (since my last review was 5/5) but I LOVED Full Blooded! This book was completely in my wheelhouse as it incorporated plenty of action, different types of supernatural characters and even some romance thrown in. There were twists and turns all throughout and the ending, man did I love that ending! If I don’t catch myself I’ll just start into an endless rant of gushing and exclamation points. Alright moving on.

Full Blooded centers around Jessica McClain who has grown up in a family of werewolves where she was considered at best a miracle and at worst the end of the world as the pack knows it. There weren’t supposed to be females born from a werewolf/human partnership, and there hadn’t been until Jessica. She has lived the last seven years away from the pack trying to live a normal life having never changed into a werewolf herself. Her world changes completely when she experiences unbelievable pain and does what members of her family’s pack thought impossible, she changes into the first female werewolf.

I’ll stop there to avoid spoilers but suffice it to say Jessica’s transformation opens up a proverbial Pandora’s box of insanity and excitement and with it a look into a world filled with all sorts of supernatural wonderment. I love Amanda Carlson’s version of werewolves, there is something familiar for those who have read books such as The Twilight Saga, but with her own unique twists to keep it from becoming a stale rendition of what has been done in the genre before.

I will say that there is some…intense romantic scenes in Full Blooded that I fully enjoyed, but the combination of those with the violent ones throughout the book definitely keep this work out of the YA section.

I know that Full Blooded was just released ten days ago but I am already salivating over the release of the next title, Hot Blooded so that I can join Jessica McClain and her somewhat excessively hormonal wolf alter ego in their next adventure! Thanks go to The Bookaholic Cat for doing the giveaway where I won my ARC of Full Blooded and to Amanda Carlson for writing such a masterpiece!

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Review: The Ups and Downs of Being Dead by M. R. Cornelius

The Ups and Downs of Being Dead by M. R. Cornelius

I am going to have to keep this short and sweet because I want to finish reading Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson tonight and get that review completed though it might have to wait until tomorrow. Anyway enough of my rambling!

Before I delve into my review I just want to mention that I am fascinated by what happens when you die, the afterlife (if there is one) and things of the sort so this book really appealed to me from the start. I will say I had to keep a bit more than I would like in generalities because if I said much more it would give too much away and I want everyone that reads this to enjoy the book for themselves! With that said let’s get right into it.

I really liked this book. I was fully invested in it from start to finish wondering what was going to happen to the protagonist and what experiences he would have. I also was constantly thinking of what I would love to do if I was in this situation and how I would react. Fostering that connection between myself and the characters is huge for me in truly enjoying any book and this one allowed me to do that with ease even though I didn’t really share a similar mindset with the main character. I also really enjoyed the romance in the book, with them being dead I wasn’t sure how that would work out but it did wonderfully. The character development overall was superb, especially the main character’s transformation. Oh and the ENDING! Fabulous.

As far as any complaints I might have for this book it is pretty limited, there were a few missed words in it early on which is expected for an e-book, but overall it was very sound and the couple errors did not hinder the experience whatsoever.

A solid read, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fresh take on the afterlife and of course to know what it is like being dead. Enjoy!

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Stacking The Shelves

First off Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve received lately, generally within the past week and is a weekly meme begun by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews! I’ve been fortunate enough lately to have won a few books; an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson @amandaccarlson, an Ace/Roc Sampler which includes 2-3 chapters of 6 different books including Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer @archer_jill and Blackhearted Betrayal by Kasey MacKenzie @kaseymackenzie. So far I have received the first two and when I got my ARC of Full Blooded I got a surprise inside! Three Bookaholic Cat @BookaholicCat bookmarks! They have ribbon and beads people! Ribbon AND Beads! So ya I’m excited. 🙂

I fully recommend getting all of the books I mentioned and I will be reviewing Full Blooded as soon as I finish reading it…which is after I finish The Ups and Downs of Being Dead by Marsha Cornelius @marshacornelius…but I’m not busy or anything. Weeeee!