March 26, 2017

Review: Fate of The Tearling #3

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Narrated by: Polly Lee 👍
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

WHAT A FUCKED UP MESS! I didn't like how it ended, sorry. For the most part, I thought the Fate of the Tearling was a great fantasy, but the ending ruined everything.

After ALL that world building and plotting, I felt cheated by a disorganized and chaotic ending. The characters such as Javel, Mace, Aisa, Fr. Tyler, Pen, Row Finn and his children, were utterly cast away and carelessly cut out of the story haphazardly. I was hoping to see Kelsea kick Row Finn's ass, to be honest, or that perhaps he would just turn to ash or disappear.

I couldn't even guess the period in which Kelsea found herself in after she donned Row Finn's crown. Was it even mentioned? I know there were horse buggies but the books in the library hint to our modern age from such authors as Margaret Atwood. And the last person we hear from is Carlin? Really?
"Kelsea, where have you been?" Back in time and future. Where else? :/
Poor Kelsea, She was only nineteen and the conversation with William Tear? in the time tunnel? Is a WTF moment. Oh, let's see...what's behind door number one...or two...or yes, as far back as we can remember *rolls eyes* Kelsea got to pick and choose where in time she would prefer to be in the heat of battle! Damnit! I was so disappointed. On top of it, Kelsea wanted to live in the time that almost bored me to death. Katie and Jonathan Tear were bound in the cellar of a church by Row. I guess we will never know what exactly happened, will we?

At least we find out who her father was. Kelsea also kills The Red Queen, Evelyn. There was magic from a bad witch Brenna and from the diabolical menace Row Finn.

About the author:

Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

The Sunday Post: I am currently reading The Fate of The Tearling

➤I'm also linking up with It's Monday What Are You Reading via Book Date

☺What I am currently reading

The Fate of The Tearling has been my current listen/read for the last few days. I am taking my time and am enjoying it immensely. It is the final book in the Tearling series, and things are wrapping up quite nicely. I can add this book to my Series Enders challenge as well. I plan to finish the book today. In fact, it turns out Kelsey is not what I expected her to be, by that I mean she doesn't seem to be swayed by her magic stones. I suppose she is much like Katie. UPDATE: Finished My Review

☺What I have read and reviewed

I haven't read much else in the month of March besides Blood Vow (link to my review)by J.R. Ward and A Court of Thorns and Roses(link to my review).  I do however look forward to reading what is next on the list.

�What I plan on reading 

A Court of Mist and Fury that I am in no hurry for since A Court of Wings and Ruin isn't released until sometime in May I think? The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Truthwitch are on my TBR list.

❢In other news

I binge watched The Originals. Klaus was by far my favorite character on the vampire diaries. He is a vampire/hybrid, first of his kind and the main focus of the show with his 1000-year-old siblings who call themselves The Mikaelson's otherwise known as the world's original vampires. I got caught up with the program, and I now have to wait each week for the next episodes, and I don't like waiting. I am sure you can relate.

With the spring weather arriving I have been suffering from dry skin, so I resorted to oil cleansing(not an affiliate link) for my face and body butter(not an affiliate link) for my elbows.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your blog posts this week. 

March 12, 2017

The Sunday Post: Finished Reading ACOTAR #1

I added two books to my shelf this past week. The book depository failed to ship me these books when I ordered them before Christmas. I've also been waiting to listen to the audiobook of ACOTAR but I realized I need not have waited for the book to arrive because Jennifer Ikeda's stellar performance of A Court of Thorns and Roses was easy enough to follow without the book.

➤A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
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My Review
Written by: Sarah J. Maas 
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda 👌👍 
Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins 
➤The Return A Titan Novel #1
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I finished 4 books in the TakeControl of your TBR challenge. I am pretty bummed that I have to wait two weeks before I can watch another episode of my favorite show on Netflix - The 100. Last night on TV, the season finale of The Vampire Diaries was on. Television just ruined the entire thing for me! Besides that we never got to see my favorite character, Klaus again. Only he sent a letter to Caroline 😭 and who cares about fucking Vicki Donovan? Let me know if you watched the Vampire Diaries. I will be watching for season eight without commercials on Netflix in the fall. 

I went shopping at Torrid and bought a new dress that I liked and was comfortable to wear for spring and I got my hair done. I sometimes watch beauty gurus on youtube to see what new beauty products are in and Jen from Jenn Luvs Reviews mentioned a favorite liquid lipstick from Makeup Monsters which I then had to order to try out. 

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
narrated by Jennifer Ikeda👍👌
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When Feyre goes hunting in the woods one day, to provide meat for her family, she spots a wolf and a deer and decides to kill the wolf and sell his pelt on the market. She may have regretted killing the wolf, but it wasn't a mistake to be certain. 〘The wolf was a fairy, who had been sent by Tamlin himself as a sacrificial lamb. Feyre was meant to kill the fairy wolf.〙 
Tamlin gets all up in her face for killing the shapeshifting fae and feeds her a mouthful of lies before he takes her back to the Spring Court. There he entices her to fall in love with him. They become intimately closer as Amarantha (the blight) is threatening the faerie realms and taking their magic powers. Tamlin isn't as strong as he used to be and he is cursed to wear a mask until the curse is lifted, which can only happen if a human kills a fae and falls in love with one. Feyre only needed to speak those magic words "I love you," and the curse would be lifted. But Tamlin is running out of time.

I thought Feyre would be happy with Tamlin in the land of faery. I mean she could come and go as she pleases and her bedroom is bigger than her cottage! Not to mention servants who looked after her. Tam and Lucien treat her pretty well, but she was petty and selfish. All she wanted was to go home to her sisters and father, but the memory of the day she was taken was wiped from their minds, and all they knew was that she was with a distant Aunt and safe.

"It took me a couple of hours to stop painting little portraits of Tamlin and Lucien with pigs' features. But as I finished the last one - Two faerie pigs wallowing in their own filth, I would call it - I smiled into the clear, bright light of my private painting room. The Tamlin I knew had returned. And it made me ...happy." page 200
When Feyre was abused by Rhysand, a High Lord of the Night Court, Tamlin was afraid, if Amarantha were to find out about her, Feyre would be killed. So, he sends her back to her village. It was then Feyre should've told Tamlin she loved him. Stupid girl. She could have lifted the curse! She should have listened to the Suriel too. Oh well.

"some people would hurt you, Feyre. Hurt you because of what you are to me. I thought I would be able to handle them, to shield you from it, but after today... I can't. So you need to go home, far from here. You'll be safe there."-page 243-244
Her family was well cared for by Tamlin. They went from rags to riches in no time. Feyre's sister wasn't compelled and knew something was wrong. Feyre admitted to the real truth, but she also was anxious about Tamlin. All she wanted to do was to go back to Tamlin and his estate. Only Alis told her that Tamlin, Lucien and everyone else was taken under the mountain. Alis also was able to tell the real story about everyone and what a story it was indeed!
What the hell made Feyre, a mere human, think she could save Tamlin and the whole of Prythia? She couldn't even read!!?
To take Tamlin back, Amarantha gave Feyre three trials to perform and a riddle to solve. Really? The things she did for love.

There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.

At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,

But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.

By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,

But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.

For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,

When I kill, I do it slow...

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March 9, 2017

Assassin Study #1.5

Assassin Study (Study, #1.5)

Assassin Study by Maria V. Snyder

Kindle Edition, 29 pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Assassin Study was short but I enjoyed it.
When Valek is made aware of an assassination attempt on Yelena, he makes plans on meeting the assassin and ending the threat. Valek encounters someone by the name of Ziva who saves Valek's life in return that he promises to help her get her daughter back.

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March 8, 2017

Review: Blood Vow

Blood Vow

Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Borrowed Hardback from the Library
Purchased audiobook on Audible

I thought Blood Vow was nothing short of amazing. I had the warm fuzzies cozying up with the Brotherhood and their Shellans around a big Christmas Tree with presents underneath it, and Lassiter stuck in the chimney LoL. What a hoot that angel is!

Blood Vow speaks of blood relations and the bonds of love. When Rhage and Mary file to adopt a little orphan girl named Bitty, by law, they need to make sure any claim from her blood relatives won't stand in their way. In the two months, it takes them to find Bitty's Uncle Rhun, Rhage and Mary fall in love with the girl and are only heartbroken and saddened when the time comes to let her go. Only, fate would have none of that.

When Axe is introduced to Elise, their animal attractions are not to be denied. I was waiting for the word 'Mine' to happen, but their bonding, unfortunately, doesn't occur in the usual way.
"This was the marking she had heard about. This was the owning of the female by the male, the staking of the claim. And sure enough, he held her in place at the throat with his teeth as he marked her from the inside out by coming into her sex. "
-pg. 355
What I found perfect and hilarious is when Axe takes the job of being Elise's bodyguard! Oh, snap! Suffice it to say their attraction is a big fat distraction for Axe.
"Personally, I think my attraction works for us, I mean, you. It increases my protective nature and will make me more lethal. ...So, yeah, anyone tries to so much as brush the ends of your hair with their elbow, and I will kill them four times over before I light their corpse on fire."
"Well, isn't that something to put on a Valentine's Day card."
- pg 123
Every time he was near Elise he got a hard on. It seemed like the old trope of 'needing protection from him' would come into play but lucky for me it wasn't that bad because of how Elise handled things. She was a psych student after all. He majored in being fucked up and made some wrong choices in life, but his painful past makes him want to be good for someone like Elise. He also saves a life of a Brother which merits some respect.

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March 6, 2017

It's Monday! What Are you Reading?

Weekly meme hosted @Bookdates

I finished two books for the March #TakeControlTBR challenge. 

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep and
Mortal Heart by Robin Lafever.
Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin, #14)Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)
Mortal Heart has been on my TBR for over a year, and I include it in the 2017 Series Ender Challenge as well. It was a great ending to the His Fair Assassin Trilogy.

Day 21 (The 100, #2)

I am currently reading Day 21 of The 100 by Kass Morgan

New in paperback-the sequel to New York Times bestseller The 100. Now a TV show on The CW!
I binged watched the hundred on Netflix, and I am addicted. I love the show! Since season 4 is airing segments each week, I have only the books to read in between episodes.

Here is my condensed summary of the TV version for The 100 Season 1.

Ninety-seven years after the destruction of planet Earth, the council of the Sky Crew sends 100 delinquent teens to Earth to test the survivability of the world. They discover Earth is survivable, but they rebel against the Arks elders. Some of them find the strength they never knew they had making heroes and warriors of themselves to save their people. 
John Murphy is banished by his friends and tortured by his enemies and is hated by everyone, but he comes back again and again. I love Clarke, but killing Finn, the one who loved her was not ok. It took me awhile to warm up to Bellamy as his decisions weren't the best for everyone only himself. Octavia falls in love with Lincoln, her kidnapper and grounder, and kind of goes off by herself and learns to fight and kill. I thought after all Octavia did for Lincoln, sacrificing himself was an ungrateful and terrible mistake when he gets shot in the head. This show has great characters with its twists and turns making it incredible. ex. King Roen of the Ice nation and Lexa Kom tricru. It was exciting to watch, and I miss them all so much. It hurts how badly I miss them. In the events that unfold, the Ark is running out of oxygen, and the rest of the sky crew make it to Earth but are unwelcome by all ground inhabitants. ex: mountain men, Tree people aka grounders, Reapers, and Ice Nation. The mountain men cannot go outside without a mask and uniform because the air is contaminated and poisonous to them. The Skaicru are subjected to many threats and people.

I plan to read either The Fate of the Tearling next or Truthwitch sorry I forgot I have Blood Vow by J.R.Ward to read first :p

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)

Review: Bitter Bite

Bitter Bite

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Bitter Bite has an ice magic flare to it and lots of expensive bling if you care about that sort of thing.

The story starts and ends in a cemetery. Gin Blanco has her suspicions about Finn's mother being alive. And she was right. Gin discovers Deirdre Shaw's coffin is empty. When two dwarves interfere with Gin's business, they end up dead. So Gin buries them in the empty grave she just dug up. Good riddance.

Anyhow, Bitter Bite was a hoot, even though the real action doesn't start until page 283. Gin teams up with her sister Bria to stop a bank heist. The bad guys, Deirdre and Santos, are holding Finn hostage to get inside the First Trusts bank vault. The very bank in which Finn works! Deirdre leads Finn to believe she cares for him against Gin's better judgment- but Deirdre is only using Finn as her tool, the same way she used Fletcher.
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March 5, 2017

Poison Study

Poison Study (Study, #1)

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Poison Study is about an orphan girl named Yelena, who is sentenced to die in a prison cell for killing Reyad. He had raped and tortured her for years, but nobody would believe her. Instead, she is offered to be the new taste tester to the Commander Ambrose. During her line of duty, Yelena learns to control her demons and discovers she has special magic skills and falls in love. She also finds out the Commander isn't who he says he is. (view spoiler)

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March 2, 2017

His Fair Assassin Series Ender- Mortal Heart

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me close to a month, but I finally finished Mortal Heart. The events leading Annith on her long journey to Guerande did not disappoint me. She learns many secrets about the Abbess and herself and falls in love with Mortain aka Balthazar aka Death himself. (view spoiler)I love a good HEA, and this one was excellent. It ties in well with the others making Mortal Heart a good conclusion to the trilogy.

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Goodreads Description:

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...

January 28, 2017

What's New On My Shelf

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On My Kindle

I ordered The Study Series Bundle by Maria V. Snyder for my Kindle. Included in the bundle is Poison Study, Assassin Study, Magic Study and Fire Study.

The Study Series Bundle (Study #1-3)

by Maria V. Snyder
Kindle Edition, 1027 pages
Goodreads | Amazon |

From condemned prisoner to food taster for the Commander of Ixia, from apprentice to a charismatic assassin to warrior with ever-evolving magical powers, Yelena is a remarkable heroine like none you've ever experienced. Follow her incredible journey through Maria V. Snyder's breathtaking fantasy series, which New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey calls "engaging and entirely original...fascinating in its rich detail."

From The Book Depository

Poison Study is a 2005 fantasy novel written by Maria V. Snyder and the first book in the Study series. It tells the story of a twenty-year-old girl named Yelena, who after spending just less than a year in a dungeon awaiting execution is given a chance to live on the condition that she will become the Commander's Food Taster.

From the Library

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) My review
Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3) currently reading

January 27, 2017

Borrowed from the Library: Endless Knight

Series: Arcana Chronicles #2
Hardback 320 pages
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Narrated by: Emma Galvin👌👍
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Audible
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Shocking secrets.
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.
Unexpected allies.
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.
Gut-wrenching treachery.
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she's drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history—one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget... In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.

My Review

"My relationship with Jackson had felt fated. Whatever I had with Aric felt . . . endless."

I would rather have liked to see Evie kill Aric and move on from that Immortal turmoil when she had the chance. How are Aric and Evie made for each other? Death and Life don't mix, I mean those cards are just wrong aren't they? I don't know what we're supposed to gather from that relationship. Neither the Empress nor Death had learned anything from their past mistakes it seems. Death made it easy for her by giving her the opportunity to kill him. But she didn't. O well. Infuriating as I am over that whole ordeal, her powers were weak, and she should've been the one to kill the Evil card, Ogen.
Other than that, I enjoyed the different scenery, giving us a respite in Death's Castle from the apocalyptic landscape.
I thought the idea that she didn't want to play the game was just an excuse for cowardliness. But maybe she just wants everything to be butterflies and rainbows where people learned to love each other instead of killing each other. She doesn't appear to be as brave as she would like to be, yet talks a lot, and probably wants to see Jack just to ream him out about lying to her . blah blah blah. If Jack is the silent card, then it would make sense for the Empress and Emperor to be together. Non? That would be an HEA, but I don't expect that to happen.

“I never stopped liking you. Even when you were warding me away with the power of Catholicism.”
"Can’t help the way I was raised—anything supernatural is supposed to be either a miracle or satanic."
I rolled my eyes. “And you’re still trying to figure out which I am?”
"Non. I’m trying to find out if I’m still Catholic.” He grinned that heart-stopping grin." 
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About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances. A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Her IAD books have been translated into twenty-three foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad. Cole lives in Florida with her family. 

January 24, 2017

Review: Four: A Divergent Collection

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Aaron Stanford - Narrator👍
Duration: 06:33:12
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel like I've struck gold!  I was able to get the audiobook collection at my library. I'd won a signed by the author hardback of Four (A Divergent Collection) by Veronica Roth awhile ago and it's been sitting on my shelf. Because I'm lazy I can now read along while I listen to it.

Book Description 

Fans of the Divergent trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view. This collection also makes a great pick for fans of the blockbuster movies who want to delve deeper into the character played by Theo James. Readers first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias's life. The first three pieces in this volume—"The Transfer," "The Initiate," and "The Son"—follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first...

The Transfer
I listened to this on audio from the library
Tobias Eaton didn't want to be in Abnegation because of his father. His mother left him, and for all he knew, she was dead. The night before the choosing ceremony, he was whipped and beaten again, for having lied to his father, lies that were exaggerated by his father, Marcus. What a terrible thing to have to suffer! Tobias knew one thing: He had to get away from his father. The only faction he felt sure he could be, was Dauntless.

The Initiate
I borrowed the audiobook from the library. Tobias was immediately taken in by Dauntless. He passed all their rigorous tests and played a game of Dare. Surprising even himself that he would excel at becoming the top initiate. He made few friends but Amar, who was closer to him than anyone else, suddenly and mysteriously is found dead and blames Eric and Jeanine for Amar's death. In the fear simulation, it revealed that Tobias only had four concerns, so Amar nicknamed him Four.

The Son
Dauntless leader Max wants Four to become the new leader. Somebody is entering his apartment and leaving messages. He wants to know who. He learns it was his mother, Evelyn Eaton. She is alive and is a member of the Factionless. She fills Tobias with crazy notions and a certain paranoia that Jeanine and Eric have plans to attack Erudite but mainly that she asks her Son to join her in being Factionless. He refuses.
Four learns not to trust anyone and thinks if he becomes a new leader in Dauntless he will be just an easy pawn for Jeanine Matthews and Max to manipulate. So, he decides to become an initiation instructor and work in the computer control room.

The Traitor
Two years later, Tris Prior arrives. She is one of the new initiates. It is the beginning of when the shit hits the fan. He is a traitor to everybody, and the only other person he trusts is Tris whom he falls in love with. He keeps her secret too.

January 23, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

A weekly meme hosted @Book Date


Fever song (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning. 

I need to read it again because it is a long story and I want to get an in-depth feel of it. I think I might buy the book since I can't get the chapter descriptions clear enough on my kindle. They show up very tiny and are too beautiful to miss.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning returns with the epic conclusion to her pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn. As Mac, Barrons, Ryodan, and Jada struggle to restore control, enemies become allies, right and wrong cease to exist, and the lines between life and death, lust and love, disappear completely. Black holes loom menacingly over Dublin, threatening to destroy the Earth. Yet the greatest danger is the one MacKayla Lane has unleashed from within: the Sinsar Dubh—a sentient book of unthinkable evil—has possessed her body and will stop at nothing in its insatiable quest for power. The fate of Man and Fae rests on destroying the book and recovering the long-lost Song of Making, the sole magic that can repair the fragile fabric of the Earth. But to achieve these aims, sidhe-seers, the Nine, Seelie, and Unseelie must form unlikely alliances and make heart-wrenching choices. For Barrons and Jada, this means finding the Seelie Queen who alone can wield the mysterious song, negotiating with a lethal Unseelie prince hell-bent on ruling the Fae courts, and figuring out how to destroy the Sinsar Dubh while keeping Mac alive. This time, there’s no gain without sacrifice, no pursuit without risk, no victory without irrevocable loss. In the battle for Mac’s soul, every decision exacts a tremendous price.

I also read Meridian Six by Jaye Wells. 

I love her writing. Her Sabina Kane novels are a favorite of mine.
Meridian Six remembers the days before the Troika enslaved humans. She also remembers her mother, a freedom fighter murdered in the final battle between humans and vampires. But it is her mother's final words that have haunted her: Red means life. In the years since her mother's death, she has been used as both a propaganda tool and a blood slave by the Troika. She's withstood their indignities because the alternative meant bleeding out in a blood camp. But their abuses finally go too far, and she decides to run towards freedom and her mother's red light. On the other side, she finds the Sisters of Crimson. They help her just as her mother promised, but they also hand her to the human rebels. The vampires used her famous name to keep human slaves biddable, but now the humans want to use it inspire a revolution. When the world is at war, freedom is a luxury paid for with blood. 

I got Twisted Desire by Sharon Kay free from NetGalley

From New York Times bestselling author Cristin Harber and Award-winning author Sharon Kay comes an exciting collaboration… Rhys MacLeod is a warrior first and a hacker second. Preserving the balance of power among supernatural beings is his prime directive, as well as keeping it far from human eyes. The discovery of a man killed by magical force on a Chicago street lands him on an op he didn't expect. He's good, but solving this crime requires a call to the best of the best. Parker Black of Titan Group never met a network he couldn't infiltrate. Along with Titan team member Locke Oliver and Megan, a scientist who witnessed the murder, they uncover a maze of encrypted files and unethical DNA manipulation. Rhys is duty bound to keep all supernatural details hidden from his human friends, so identifying the killer becomes more complicated when clues indicate the perp isn't human. And when the murderer shows up at their location, every second counts before its true nature is revealed.


Endless Knight.(The Arcana Chronicles #2)

I do not like this book guys. I think I will read it later because I find apocalyptic survival very dark. Since I read Poison Princess recently, I need to take a break until I'm ready and in the mood.
Shocking secrets. Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance. Unexpected allies. With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals. Gut-wrenching treachery. When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she's drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history—one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget... In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.


Shadow Study (Book One in the Soulfinders series) by Maria V.Snyder

Once, only her own life hung in the balance… When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek. Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive. A CHRONICLES OF IXIA NOVEL

January 22, 2017

Library Love; Where I go to pick up books


The Nicholls Family Library is located in Westbrook CTrain Station. It is behind the glass windows on the main floor platform of the only underground station in Calgary. Very convenient as I only live a couple blocks away. The library recently relocated here about 5 months ago. It is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday from 12 noon- 5 pm. Today I will be going to pick up two books that I have placed a hold on. Yay! I can't wait to start reading them. The Westbrook Mall is right across the parking lot. You can see on the right-hand side part of it which would be WalMart.
Library Love Challenge
Library Love Challenge 29 members
This group will be to talk about, share, and discuss the books we snagged/read during the Library Love Challenge. The event is ran by Angel's Guilty Pleasures and Bea's Book Nook.

Books we've read

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2017 Series Enders Reading Challenge

This reading challenge is hosted by Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love

I can only hope to achieve  Level 1 1-5 series enders.

The series I will most likely read are 
  1. Six of Crows duology 
  2. The Arcana Chronicles 
  3. The Soulfinders series
  4. The Queen of The Tearling

January 21, 2017

What's New On My Shelf (Jan 21)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves each week. Hosted @ Tynga’s Reviews

What's New This Week? 

Two from the Library

I read them straight away after borrowing them from the library and can't say I enjoyed them. In fact, Midnight Sun was awful. Blood On Snow was better.
  1. Blood On Snow by Jo Nesbo - My Review
  2. Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo - My Review

ABOUT Jo Nesbø

Jo Nesbo played football for Norway’s premier league team Molde, but his dream of playing professionally was dashed when he tore ligaments in his knee at the age of eighteen. After three years military service he attended business school and formed the band Di derre ('Them There'). Their second album topped the charts in Norway, but he continued working as a financial analyst, crunching numbers during the day and gigging at night.When commissioned by a publisher to write a memoir about life on the road with his band, he instead came up with the plot for his first Harry Hole crime novel, The Bat. He is regarded as one of the world’s leading crime writers, and his novels are published in over 50 languages.

Two from The Book Depository

I just got Susan Dennard's books in the mail today{Thursday}, so I haven't started them yet
  1. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  2. Windwitch by Susan Dennard

ABOUT Susan Dennard

I’ve come a long way from small-town Georgia, where I suffered from mosquitoes, humidity, and a desperate desire to live in a castle. There were also crazy vegetarian parents involved. Needless to say, I read a lot in those days and often composed sad stories for my sister’s amusement. Eventually, I went off to university, got a Masters in marine biology and statistics, and thought I would devote my life to saving the world from overfishing…Until I met a handsome Frenchman, that is. A year later, when it came to pursuing my Ph.D. or joining aforementioned Frenchie in Europe, I chose the latter (duh). With no oceans nearby, I turned my attention to writing for publication. Three years later, my debut novel, Something Strange and Deadly was published by HarperCollins, which some people called a “masterpiece” (those people were my parents), and you can look for my upcoming book, Truthwitch, hitting stores on 1/5/16 from Tor. These days, I spend most of my time writing more novels or teaching aspiring authors. I also enjoy long walks on the beach—no joke! Tidal pools are always fun to marine biologists. I also enjoy long walks with my dogs (an Irish setter named Asimov and a terrier mutt named Princess Leia), karate, gaming, and—of course—reading. Science fiction, fantasy, literary—all genres are consumed with enthusiasm.

One super highly anticipated book from an incredibly talented writer

Same book different format 

About Karen Marie Moning

Karen Marie Moning was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1964, the daughter of Anthony R. and Janet L. Moning. The family moved to a self-sustaining farm in Indiana when she was six years old, where she spent her youth raising cows, horses, tobacco, corn and other crops with her sisters and brother. An alum of the Immaculate Conception Academy, at seventeen she attended Purdue University where she completed a BA in Society & Law, with minors in Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Theatre, while working full time as a bartender and computer consultant. She intended to go to law school but after an internship with a firm of Criminal Attorneys, decided against it. For the next decade, she worked in insurance, where she wrote intercompany arbitrations and directed commercial litigation. At the age of thirty, she decided it was time to get serious and do what she’d always wanted to do: write fiction novels. Beyond the Highland Mist was published in 1999 and nominated for two RITA awards. She then published six more books in her award-winning HIGHLANDER series and received the RITA Award in 2001 for The Highlander’s Touch. In 2004, she began writing the #1 New York Times bestselling FEVER series. The books have been optioned twice for possible franchise development by Twentieth Century Fox and DreamWorks Studios, but the rights are currently held by Moning who has expressed a desire to one day see it as a television series. Her novels have been published in over thirty countries. She divides her time between Ohio and Florida and is working on two future projects for Random House Publishing.“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges