March 19, 2018

2018 AtoZ Challenge Theme Reveal- Catch The Fever

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My 2018 April A to Z Challenge involves names, places and things found in the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. Consisting of 10 books, HIGH VOLTAGE is #10. The Fever series isn't all butterflies and rainbows but ... overall it's a Dark Tale, with a taste of humour and an aperitif of sex. It is a Paranormal Romance and Urban fantasy.

Ten Books + in the Fever Series

(links to my Goodreads review)
  1. Darkfever 2006, 
  2. Bloodfever 2007, 
  3. Faefever 2008, 
  4. Dreamfever 2009, 
  5. Shadowfever 2010, 
  6. Iced 2012, 
  7. Burned 2015, 
  8. Feverborn 2016, 
  9. Feversong 2017, 
  10. High Voltage 2018

High Voltage is one that I recently read and enjoy. At the back of the book, the author included a glossary of names, places and things from the Fever Series, so that is what I am going to be referencing this challenge. 

My theme has always been about books because of the nature of my blog. In the past, I have done The Hunger Games and The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

I was a participant in 2012 and 2013 AtoZ Challenges.

About Karen Marie Moning

Karen Marie Moning is an American writer and a #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of 12 novels, including the RITA award-winning Highlander novels and the internationally bestselling urban fantasy Fever Series. Her books have been published in twenty-four languages, and her events draw fans from all over the world. She lives in south Florida where she is currently working on additional books in the Fever canon (the Fever World Series) as well as an original graphic novel featuring MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons.

March 18, 2018

Review: Snared by Jennifer Estep

Snared (Elemental Assassin)

Snared (Elemental Assassin #16) 

Author: Jennifer Estep
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Buy on Amazon

Publisher's Summary

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl. My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive. A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.

Gin takes Finn with her on a mission to spy on a member of Ashland secret society (the Circle) Damian Rivera, hoping to get information about the people who had killed her family.
Gin has certainly become obsessed in her quest to learn the truth about who killed her mother and sister and to make them pay for their crimes.
" In a way, I supposed that I was just like Porter, forever dwelling on the past, obsessed with it even, and still SNARED in all the consequences of so many people's dark deeds, including my own."
When one thing leads to another; like investigating a girl who has gone missing. I have to say Gin makes a fantastic Sherlock Holmes detective in this one. Bravo Gin!

March 15, 2018

Review: Blood Fury

Blood Fury

Blood Fury by J.R. Ward

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins

Publisher's Summary 

In this sexy paranormal romance novel set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, number-one New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward tells the story of two couples - both fighting to find love in the midst of the war with the Lessening Society. A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family's traditions. And he thought he'd found his perfect match - until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another. Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody - and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love. As the two grapple with Novo's past and Peyton's present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled - and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love...and cost Saxton everything?
I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood clan of vampires with their muscled bodies and their equivalent male egos. I love the mansion on top of a mountain in all its glory and the Doggen who take their duties and responsibilities of cleaning up after the brothers and their families seriously.

In the Legacy series, we often spend a good portion of time inside the training facility where we get a glimpse of our favourite brothers as Trainers to the second generation of fighters who are learning to fight. Seeing them again brings back so many memories of what they each went through to get to where they are now. Except for Ruhn, Bitty's Uncle works out a lot because there is nothing better to do.

Peyton and Novo have one thing in common; they hate their families. Peyton is still struggling over the loss of Paradise while Novo has her losses to deal with. Her ex is marrying her sister, and she grieves the loss of her unborn child. While on a mission Novo gets severely injured and it is partly her fault, but Peyton blames it on himself for interfering in Paradise's tactics. Paradise was trying to keep Novo safe.

Saxton doesn't like being single, and Ruhn doesn't want to feel useless and contemplates leaving Bitty and the mansion.

Ruhn is offered a job to protect Saxton while he is sent to investigate a property dispute on Mistress Miniahna's estate. Minnie's Shellan Rhysland died two years ago, and according to the humans, they see her as 'a squatter.' Anyway, the humans are trespassing and causing problems for her because they don't know she's a vampire and to keep her little secret she is supposed to pretend to sell her house every 20 years because the records show her as a single owner since 1821. Saxton needs to work on a paper trail. Anyway, Ruhn and Saxton develop an attraction for one another, and it is so funny! Together they make a great team.

It would seem J.R. Ward does not like to kill off her characters as readily as G.R.R. Martin does. Lol In Blood Fury it is a much happier outcome when the characters survive. :)

What couple did you favour the most? Ruhn & Saxton OR Peyton & Novo?

Ruhn and Saxton! <3!

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March 10, 2018

Review: High Voltage

High VoltageHigh Voltage by Karen Marie Moning

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Narrated by Jim Frangione and Amanda Leigh Cobb 👌👍

Publisher's Summary
Immortal Faerie and ancient feuds, secrets and sacrifices - a thrilling new chapter in the bestselling Fever series begins, featuring Dani, Ryodan, and other beloved characters, as they battle to save Dublin from the rising of a terrifying evil determined to enslave the human race.
There is no action without consequence. Dani O'Malley was nine years old when the delusional, sadistic Rowena transformed her into a ruthless killer. Years later, Dani is tough and hardened, yet achingly vulnerable and fiercely compassionate, living alone by her own exacting code. Despite the scars on her body, and driven by deeper ones carved into her soul, no one is more committed to protecting Dublin. By day she ensures the safety of those she rescues, by night she hunts evil, dispensing justice swiftly and without mercy, determined to give to those she cares for the peace she has never known. There is no power without price. When the Faerie Queen used the dangerously powerful Song of Making to heal the world from the damage done by the Hoar Frost King, catastrophic magic seeped deep into the earth, giving rise to horrifying, unforeseen consequences - and now deadly enemies plot in the darkness, preparing to enslave the human race and unleash an ancient reign of Hell on Earth. There is no future without sacrifice. With the lethal, immortal Ryodan at her side, armed with the epic Sword of Light, Dani once again battles to save the world, but her past comes back to haunt her with a vengeance, demanding an unspeakable price for the power she needs to save the human race. And no one - not even Ryodan, who would move the very stars for her - can save her this time.

3,141 years ago a shooting star fell from the sky and headed straight towards Ryodan who stood on the beach. He expected to die but it missed him by a few feet lol. When he drew near to it he found it was searing hot but turned it over and saw 3 words etched on it: I'M OKAY I'M
I didn't like NOT knowing what the heck it meant and it isn't until the very end that we understood what those obfuscated words were about. So Good!
The next chapter isn't any different. When Dani is in the cemetery she is bewildered when she sees a bunch of shadowy black things coming out of the ground.
I love a happily ever after and High Voltage is one of them. I love that Karen Marie Moning knows how to write an amazing paranormal romance story. The love between Ryodan and Dani and Barron's and Mac is so beautiful.
Oh and Shazam, the Hel-cat is a mystery also. I'd hated Shazam until I learnt who it really was then I LOVED IT ALL!
I also wish I had a T-shirt like Dancers that says: HOLY SHIFT, LOOK AT THE ASYMPTOTE ON THAT MOTHERFUNCTION!

Dani notices the veins in her arms are turning black and is deadly to the touch. She marvels about how she is a weapon but when one of her sister sidhe-seers is killed accidentally, she finds it hard to accept. That is just a taste of what is inside the pages of High Voltage. It was fun and I enjoyed reading and listening to this book because I missed the Dani I loved so much from Iced but not the Jada. I know Ryodan did as well. He calls her Stardust. How lovely it is to call her that!
I love the Hunters too!
We got enemies. Papa Roach aka Gustaine is back who hasn't changed. Balor the Soulstealer, don't know much about, and a new one. AOZ pronounced Ahhhhs. He is an Old Earth god who casts a spell on Dani by tricking her, the little rat.
Inspector Jayne is back. He used to be the head of the old Garda, Dublin's police force but now is a Fae. Christian makes an appearance as well. *sigh. I love him. Both were once human now turned Unseelie.
I should mention Kat the favourite of the sidhe-seers is back with her child Rae. Sean O'Bannion her husband is still lost. Oh! and Lor! I almost forgot :)

March 2, 2018

My Favorite..childhood movie

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it... The world can be a dark place and it’s time to share something positive. For more info and the upcoming subjects visit the My Favorite Meme. page

What is your favourite childhood movie? 

I never watched TV when I was little because the TV was unheard of and uncommon for the most part in Algiers. I played outside most of the time and managed quite well without TV actually, up until I was about 10 years old. Back in Canada, then I remember television shows and going to the movies. Star Wars with R2-D2 and C3PO, was all the rage back then. Check out the making of Star Wars Documentary, to get a picture of how it was in 1977.


Tommy with that deaf dumb and blind kid playing pinball lol, starring Ann Margaret.
Young Frankenstein, putting on the ritz.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
I really liked musicals when I was a kid. I still do once in awhile.

Why did the Star Wars movies come out in the sequence 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, 3?
Because in charge of sequence, Yoda was.

February 28, 2018

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme currently hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. Each week there are three questions that we answer. What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading? What do you plan on reading next?

I am currently reading 

Heart of the Wolf by Terry Spear. It's ok, so far. I mean paranormal fantasy is what I usually like but the writing is an amateur, and I am finding it troubling when the wolf in human form still growls. It is bothering me that Devlyn has no clue what Volan, the Alpha male of the pack of grays, did to Bella, forcing her to run from him and Devlyn. I mean really? It makes it awkward when the audience knows more than the character, Devlyn who is clueless. It's frustrating to the point I want to shout "HE RAPED BELLA!" She doesn't want to marry the rotten sonofabitch Volan but loves Devlyn. Except Devlyn has to compete and fight Volan just to win Bella. Grrr. I am not impressed with neither of them so far.

What I recently finished reading

Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I listened to the book on audio. It was hard to understand what was happening at the beginning with Meg Corbyn and the massive world that was built around Elementals and Sanguinati living in Thasia? It was interesting, and I liked it.

What I plan on reading next. 

It's a tough choice. Iron Gold just came in the mail yesterday, and I want to read it so much but March Take control of your TBR challenge starts tomorrow and I don't know what to do. Should I just read Iron Gold and then The Bear and the Nightingale, The Return, and Tower of Dawn? I mean technically, Iron Gold is now part of my TBR shelf. 

February 21, 2018

My favourite. . . Movie of 2017

My Favorite.. is a weekly meme hosted by Maureen’s Books. In this meme, we share every week something we love with each other. Because let’s face it... The world can be a dark place and it’s to share something positive.
2017 was the year for Netflix. I don't recall going to an actual movie theatre last year. How sad. The last film I saw in the theatre was Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them and it was terrific.

On Netflix, I watched Breaking Bad, The Vampire Diaries, The Walking Dead, 100 but I'd have to say The Vampire Diaries is my favourite because it is the longest running with 8 seasons. Season 8 was released in 2017.

The Walking Dead is still going, with the War against Negan, and I hope it never ends because I'm in love with it also.  The Walking Dead Season 8 Part 2 will be released on Sunday 25th February 2018! 4 days guys!
The spin-off of TVD, The Originals, is another exciting show that I love and love to binge watch. It is a close second with season 5 (Final) set to be released in April of 2018. 

The actual movies I watched that I can remember are Guardians of the Galaxy vol II, Season 7 of Game of Thrones, Star Wars The Last Jedi, Wonder Woman, but they weren't my favourite. Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, when you've seen it once, you've seen them all IMO. I mean Beauty and the Beast is a timeless story, and the Disney animation cannot be beaten.