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: “When you step out of your USUAL genre what do you like to read? Best books in that genre?”
This one doesn’t really apply to me because I read all sorts of books. I read anything from Grisham to King, Tolkien to Malcolm Gladwell and everything in between. I’ll read any genre if the book is written well, though I obviously run into things that aren’t. To give you some idea here are the last five books I have read and their genre:
Stitch by Samantha Durante – Dystopian Sci-fi with Paranormal Romance
Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn – Sci-fi/Fantasy with a lot of violence/gore
The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman – Horror with lots of zombies
Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer – Fantasy with angels, demons and magic
The Broker by John Grisham – Thriller/Mystery (this was a re-read)
What about you? What genres are outside your normal comfort zone and do you have any favorites? Make sure to follow and comment too, I read them all and would love to hear what you have to say! Thanks for stopping by. ^.^
Review: Dark Light of Day
I won a 10$ Amazon giftcard in a giveaway and used it to buy Dark Light of Day which I had been desperate to read after reading the first three chapters in an Ace/Roc Sampler that I had won previously.
Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer is about a world where the apocalypse has already occurred and the demons actually won. Despite this change in power the way of life has barely been altered. In fact, it has been so long since Armageddon that the truth about much that happened in that war has been lost or forgotten. Enter Nouiomo Onyx, or Noon as she is better known, who has waning magic, something that no female was ever supposed to have. Some would shun her, or possibly much worse, if they knew of her unique power so she is forced to hide it until she is accepted and forced to enroll in St. Lucifer’s, a demon law school. There she must declare her special powers or risk death. Will she hide her powers and risk everything, and could there be a way for Noon to reverse them?
I was so excited to dive into Dark Light of Day after being teased with the sampler of the first three chapters so when the book arrived it took all my restraint not to immerse myself in it immediately! I loved that the author chose to have the demons win the war as it was a perspective I had never seen before, at least not where the world was intact and mostly unchanged afterward. I was easily able to connect with Noon and her plight as she dealt with being an oddity at best, an abomination at worst. As those of you who read my blog know, if the character development is excellent I can forgive anything, and though there wasn’t much to forgive with Dark Light of Day the characters were superb for the most part and allowed me to dive into this new reality.
There was one thing that kept Dark Light of Day from reaching its full potential, at least as I see it, and that was the lead male character Ari. I’m not a fan of the controlling, do-as-I-say type of male characters, especially when they are supposed to be appealing. It is that “appeal” he supposedly had that made the situation worse, he was practically irresistible and that included when he was putting on his dominant male act which I despised. Let me clarify, I don’t have an issue with a strong male character whatsoever, but when it comes to them ordering people around, forbidding them to do certain things and on top of that it supposedly is a sexy thing for the female character? That’s where I have a problem. Ari exhibited signs of uncontrolled jealousy, stalker-like tendencies and all before he really even knew Noon. Not cool.
Outside of Ari and his domineering I did enjoy the book. The plot had plenty of well executed twists and turns and even when it slowed down to cover some of the details in the classes at St. Lucifer’s I never felt like I needed the pace to quicken. The scenery on the campus and the atmosphere that the author created was vivid and breathtaking, which I don’t find is easily done. Having been on a beautiful college campus myself I could envision the different places that were depicted and never felt as if they were contrived. Oh, and without giving too much away, the battle scenes, oh how I loved them! They were exquisitely done. ^.^
I really enjoyed reading Dark Light of Day, and if it weren’t for Ari’s chauvinistic tendencies I easily would have given this an enthusiastic five smiling frodo rating. With that nagging annoyance throughout the book, however, I will give it a very satisfied four. =) I hope you enjoyed reading my review, make sure to comment and let me know what you think about chauvinistic characters, or if you have read it what you thought about Dark Light of Day! Thanks for reading!
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.
Fraterfest: My Thoughts & Results – Recap of what happened during the amazing Fraterfest!
The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain – Review (DNF)
Waiting On Wednesday #2 – Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux
Feature and Follow #1 – Jeremy C. Shipp’s Attic Clowns books
Stacking The Shelves #5 – This week’s haul including an impressive amount of print books!
Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon – A Read-A-Thon held in honor of Dewey, still ongoing!
This Week (Planned but Subject to Change)
Today – Review of Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer
Monday – Review of The Reanimation of Edward Schuett by Derek J. Goodman
Tuesday – Random Post about Reminiscing and Books
Wednesday – Waiting On Wednesday #3
Thursday – Review of Here Lies Death by Harlan Vaughn
Friday – Feature and Follow #2
Saturday – Stacking The Shelves #6
If you have followed me long enough to have read my Sunday Post from last week you would know I had planned to post both the review of Dark Light of Day and The Reanimation of Edward Schuett last week. I am so sorry, I’m a bad blogger I know, try to forgive me! 😦 If I had slept enough lately I could explain exactly why I was unable to post them on-time but alas. I believe it was a combination of adding Feature and Follow to my growing list of memes I participate in (now at 4!), the discovery of Dewey’s Read-A-Thon and my attempt at visiting all of the WoW & FF posts to interact with other bloggers that just had me crazy busy and exhausted. I will bounce back this week though I swear!
As you can see it is another packed week here as I will be participating in my usual array of memes and I’ll also post three reviews including Dark Light of Day which will be posted sometime this afternoon/night. Participating in this Read-A-Thon has allowed me to finish all three of the books I’ll be posting reviews of which has been insanely helpful and MAYBE will even let me get ahead a bit so I’m not staying up for 48 hours and then crashing for ten repeatedly. ^.^
My blog does have “Randomness” in the title and I have thus far included very little of that spontaneity which will change with Tuesday’s post! I won’t give too much away but suffice it to say it will include a CRAZY large amount of books, so big that I chose not to even include them in my Stacking The Shelves posts, they needed their own day! So be excited for that! You can see I am excited for it too, look at all of those exclamation points. 😀
That’s all from me for this post. As I am typing this I am still participating in the Read-A-Thon so I will be mostly reading for another 8.5 hours including Burn For Burn which is my treat to myself for reading my books I got in exchange for reviews. ^.^ I hope this week’s schedule peaks your interest and if you would like to subscribe in any way that would be amazing! Oh, don’t forget to comment! I love each and every one of them, they seriously make my day! Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂
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!
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)
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. ^.^
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. 🙂
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
Entwined Disastrous Waning Alarming Rectified Dangerous
Sacrifice Cannibalism Hunger Undead Egregious Terrific Torture
I hope you enjoyed reading it! ^.^
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 ^.^)
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! ^.^
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.
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!
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 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
- Which hour was most daunting for you? Hours 21 and 22, I had been up since 2 AM CST the previous day.
- 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!
- 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!
- What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The hosts were amazing!
- How many books did you read? 2 1/3 regular books and a short story
- 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.
- Which book did you enjoy most? Dark Light of Day though I only needed to finish the last 100 pages during Dewey
- 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
- 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. 🙂
- 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!