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. http://jonesbo.com/

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. http://susandennard.com

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

January 20, 2017

Review: Blood On Snow

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Blood on Snow #1 by Jo Nesbø

Borrowed from the library 
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Description

From the internationally acclaimed author of the Harry Hole novels—a fast, tight, darkly lyrical stand-alone novel that has at its center the perfectly sympathetic antihero: an Oslo contract killer who draws us into an unexpected meditation on death and love. This is the story of Olav: an extremely talented “fixer” for one of Oslo’s most powerful crime bosses. But Olav is also an unusually complicated fixer. He has a capacity for love that is as far-reaching as is his gift for murder. He is our straightforward, calm-in-the-face-of-crisis narrator with a storyteller’s hypnotic knack for fantasy. He has an “innate talent for subordination” but running through his veins is a “virus” born of the power over life and death. And while his latest job puts him at the pinnacle of his trade, it may be mutating into his greatest mistake.

My thoughts: 

Blood On Snow is a fast paced book that keeps you reading until the end. Never a dull moment.
If you were dyslexic, you would get two different stories for the price of one. That's an inside joke, and you need to read this story. The narrator Olav likes to read stories such as Les Miserable, but he writes slower than growing stalactites. I loved Olav! Even though he is a 'fixer' which means he kills people for money, I think he wanted to change his life and get away from Daniel Hoffman, his boss. His feelings for Maria Myriel was a huge surprise as well. I guess I was only seeing Corina and him. I think Blood On Snow is an amazing story and I like Jo Nesbo's writing style >.<

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Review: Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun (Blood On Snow #2) by Jo Nesbø

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ulf and Lea were both losers. It took a heck of a lot of running and hiding for Ulf to get free from his life of crime. He pretty much fails at everything. Only he gets away with a ton of money. He fails at taking his life. By the time I'd read the entire book, I hated Ulf and Lea. Lea spent TEN fucking years with a man who beat her! Knut was the only sane person in this story. He was Lea's son. But still, witnessing your mother get pummeled inches away from death can't be that healthy. I also don't think her father was any better for forcing her to marry a monster. This was a crime novel, and an epic fails for me.

I did not like the narrator Kim Gordon either. I listened to the free unabridged production on youtube
I picked Midnight Sun up from the library

Knut squinted at me. 'Does losing make you better, Ulf?'
I nodded slowly. I saw that Lea was paying attention too. 'You get better ' I squashed a midge that had landed on my arm - 'at losing.'
'Better at losing? Is there any point in being good at that?'
'Life is mostly about trying things you can't do,' I said. 'You end up losing more often than you win. Even Futabayama kept on losing before he started to win. And it's important to be good at something you're going to do more often, isn't it?'
'I suppose so.' He thought about it. 'But what does being good at losing mean?'
I met Leas gaze over the boy's shoulder. 'Daring to lose again,' I said.
- Page 125

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January 18, 2017

Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What happened to Kelsea's red crown? Or maybe it belongs to the Red Queen? That is one question left unanswered in The Invasion of The Tearling. Last we heard, Tyler the priest had it in his bag. I hope he doesn't die before he gets it to Queen Kelsea. I like his character. The Queen of the Tearling is accosted to clean up her Kingdom from the underground trades and slavery. Mace is charged with the task.

The Invasion of the Tearling begins with some background on a character named Hall who later becomes the General in Kelsea's army. Hall's brother gets captured and taken to Mortmesne in the Lottery aka Slave trade, but Hall fails to rescue him.

Ewan, the jailor, is a simple-minded "idiot" but very sweet and guards the prison cells in the Tearling. He does a great job and gets promoted to a Queen's Guard.

Queen Kelsea is a very fair and just Queen but is underestimated because of her age and because nobody knows the power she holds with her sapphire necklaces except for two mysterious beings: Felch and Rowland Finn and perhaps William Tear, but we don't get an in-depth character view of them.

In the Invasion of the Tearling Kelsea begins seeing visions and is taken back in time three centuries ago to America before William Tear and Lily, cross over to New London, where Kelsea now lives. I didn't mind the background story of Lily and her husband Gregg Mayhew, although I hate men like Gregg. What a prick! Lily is a victim of spouse abuse, and it gets pretty violent guys. I wanted Lily to leave or at least have a plan of escaping that monster. UGH! I don't know why women make excuses for people who do that. Fortunately, she was saved by Jonathan, her bodyguard, from a violent domestic situation but ends up badly hurt regardless. Lily's story is an excellent portrayal of domestic abuse, and that is all that I got from that other than I don't give a fuck about the details of this modern day world. William Tear sounds like an interesting character, though, which we will probably find out more about in conclusion to the series.

My thoughts about why Kelsea and Lily's life are crossed probably is because Kelsea had a temper and rape was a weapon of war in the Mort, and perhaps Kelsea needed to learn from the past to change her present and future if she wanted to reign as Queen, let alone control her powers. Lily was born in 2058 and the government was operating under martial law. In fact, I think it was the norm then. I hope that isn't something we have to look forward too. Gosh.

"The Emergency Powers Act! A lesson in creative naming! Honest legislation would have simply called itself martial law and been done with it. Remember this, too, Kelsea: the day you declare martial law is the day you've lost the game of government. You may as well simply take off your crown and sneak away into the night"
-pg.57 Carlin

"If we could be better people," she would say, "if we could care about each other as much as we do about ourselves, think about it, Lily! Think what the world would be!"
- pg.175 Maddy to her sister Lily

Looking back, I wish it wasn't such a clusterfuck of secrets and a relative who's who game, because, in the end, I don't even know who Evelyn Raleigh was to Kelsea :/
I'm sorry. (view spoiler)

The Queen of Mort is dangerous for Kelsea because she wants Kelsea's sapphire necklaces besides wanting to kill her but so does the Holy Father, her uncle, and Arlen Thorne.

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January 17, 2017

Waiting On | Wednesday

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Release Date: March 20th, 2017

Release Date: February 14th, 2017

Coming Spring 2017!

February 2nd, 2017

January 16, 2017

UPDATE on my current read: Poison Princess

The Arcana Chronicles 1: Poison Princess 

She could save the world—or destroy it. 

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life—until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, killing everyone she loves, Evie realizes her hallucinations were visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone. 

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally trust Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him? 

Who can Evie trust? 

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophecy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side . . . In Poison Princess, New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces a dark and intriguing world, full of unspeakable danger and irresistible romance. 

I do not like Poison Princess so far guys. I'm at 60% on my Kindle and listening to the audio. I don't like thinking the characters on Tarot Cards are real. Elma Galvin and Keith Nobbs are both excellent narrators, though. I don't like reading about apocalyptic survival. It is brutal. I also dislike classrooms, school hallways, and high school drama. The story is also a little nucking futs regarding Evie's visions or whatever the hell they are. The only thing that is making me continue is Jack Deveaux. So ya. Do I dare hope it gets better?
UPDATE: I finished and gave it three stars in the end. I liked it when Evangeline finally accepts her powers. It made it all the more glorious when she earns her first badge by making her first kill. To think she has to kill 21 more players. If it is as exhausting as this was? I don't know if I can continue. I just hope it doesn't take a whole book just to kill off one player. Couillon! I look forward to reading Endless Knight, and I might have to buy all the books!
Evangeline Greene is the Poison Princess aka Empress. Her powers are to lure people to come and touch her only there is a price to pay. She has claws like needles that are poisonous and vines that can wrap around you strangling and snapping you in half. It's cool but so are the other Arcana. Selene is an Archer, Matthew can see things before they happen, Finn is the magician, and Jack hasn't been established as a player in this book, only that he is Evie's heartthrob. The romance between these two is a giant roller coaster ride, not to mention his Ducati is very sexy.
The moments I liked best were when Jack had found Evie a safe place from Baggers/zombies, unexpecting to find clean clothes, food, electricity, beer in an ice box and a swimming pool with salt water in it just waiting for them. The mansion belonged to Selene. She wasn't a threat to them, just to Evie maybe because of her looks.

January 15, 2017

The Sunday Post- Library Listens

Caffeinated Book Reviewer

This Week In Reviews

Currently Listening to Poison Princess from The Calgary Public Library

I have not read The Arcana Chronicles series until now because I never liked YA, but I loved The Immortals After Dark series. Since The Dark Calling is a new installment in the Arcana Chronicles and is set to be published this year, I don't want to miss out.
I also purchased Poison Princess on Kindle for only $5.99, because I can't follow a story just by listening to it otherwise, I get too distracted. By reading along it helps me to not get lost in the details but I am excited to dive into it.

Poison Princess, Book 1 by Kresley Cole

22 Arcana cards. 22 young assassins. May the best hand live. Introducing The Arcana Chronicles from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole. She could save the world--or destroy it. Sixteen-year-old Evangeline "Evie" Greene leads a charmed life until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future--and they're still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux. But she can't do either alone. With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can't totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him? ...

I plan on listening to The Invasion of the Tearling from the Overdrive Library next...

The Invasion of the Tearling, Book 2 by Erika Johansen

In this riveting sequel to the national bestseller The Queen of the Tearling, the evil kingdom of Mortmesne invades the Tearling, with dire consequences for Kelsea and her realm. With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling —and that of Kelsea's own soul—may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.

What I got in the mail from The Book Depository

I am a little disappointed with the order of these two books arriving first. Really? It does me no good if I don't have the first installments that I ordered now does it?! 
My bookshelf arrived, but I need help putting it together. I am so impatient, and I want it done NOW! 

What else is new in your book world?