I Need A Vote

Without looking the book descriptions up, which cover looks the coolest to you:

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Trying to figure out what I want to read next because the series I started is going to be on the DNF list unfortunately.

THANKS!

The Listicle Tag: Top 5 non-human characters in books

My first official book tag!! Hooray!

I was tagged by the brilliant orang-utanlibrarian to participate in this fun tag! If you have not visited her blog, you need to click immediately. She writes the most engaging, detailed book reviews I’ve come across and she’s super nice!

Rules:

  • Create your own listicle tag, using the prompt from the person who tagged you.
  • Tag the creator of the post (not-so-modern-girl!) so that she can read all your brilliant posts and see how the joy of listicles is being spread.-
  • Nominate as many people as you want!
  • Set those 5 people the subject/prompt of their listicle post!

This tag is gold for me because fantasy is my favorite genre. So to kick this right off my first book featuring non-human characters is:

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Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, in this book and the entire series is human. My favorite character is Curran who is the lion pictured behind Kate. There are nine books in this series and we still don’t know exactly what Curran is. He’s known as the Beast Lord and is basically alpha of all animal shifters in this world set in post apocalyptic Atlanta and his lion form is grey with like ancient rune symbols on his skin. There’s also vampires, witches, lichs and magical gods.

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This story is one of those switched at birth types of situations. This is about a girl who learns she has a different destiny after her mother tries to kill her because she thinks her daughter is a monster. Well she’s not a monster in the evil sense. She’s a troll!

Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga, #1)

Tiger’s curse is about a girl who takes a job at a circus for the summer and finds out the tiger she cares for is actually a cursed Indian prince. She plays a role in this 4 book series in helping to break this 300 year old curse.

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Hounded is the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles with a main who’s a 2000 year old Druid, last of his kind, who disguises himself as a human who runs a bookstore. He also has an ancient Irish wolfhound that talks! There are also goddesses, witches and other fantastical creatures in this series.

 

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This may or may not count but I’m including it anyway because I love this series! The main character is sitting in prison when she’s given a choice to die or be a poison food taster for the Commander. She develops magical powers as the book progresses which makes her not completely human yeah?

I tag:

There you have it! My top five non human book characters. The topic I choose would probably be top 5 objects that make the main character stronger in books.

What do you think of my choices? Do you have any favorite non-human favorite characters? Let me know in the comments below!

The Goodreads Book Tag

Today’s word, adrift, is synonymous with yesterday’s word unmoored. So, see yesterday’s post for today’s word. I’m going to do this Goodreads Book Tag, courtesy of James, which may or may not contain the daily word somehow.

WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS ‘READ’?
Seduction Game (I-Team, #7)A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)Technically it was two books because sometimes I have moments where I start a book and then another book comes out so I read that one and then come back and finish the one I was reading.

Seduction Game is ninth and final book of the I-Team series which is a contemporary romance involving investigative reporters. The author was an actual investigative reporter so most of her material in the stories regarding senators, US Marshals, land laws, CIA etc were legitimate because she knew people in these fields. I learned a lot even though it is fiction and the romance is quite hot!

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series. I won’t say too much about this one if you haven’t read the first book yet but its high fantasy with High Lords and elemental magic and different Courts that rival each other.

Stolen Legacy (Sky Full of Stars, #3)WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?
Stolen Legacy is the third book in the Sky Full of Stars series which is a spin off from Buroker’s Fallen Empire Series. These are science fiction, space opera type of stories; think Firefly. The spin off series takes place 10 years after the Fallen Empire series and involves Jelena Marchenko getting assigned her own ship from her mother to begin to take over the family freighter business and the shenanigans her crew encounters while doing their job. I guess I should say that I’m on the review team so I’m sort of required to read this book but I love this author so even if I didn’t receive ARCs I’d read her books.

WHAT Borrowed Souls (Soul Charmer #1)WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS TBR?
Chelsea Mueller is a new author. I believe she normally writes for the heroes and heartbreakers blog and then decided to write her own book. She’s been endorsed heavily by one of my favorite authors, Darynda Jones, so I figure I should probably check out her book at some point.

 

 

WHAT Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?
I’ve been on a science fiction kick lately so I plan to continue reading that genre for a while, assuming I don’t receive any ARCs in between. Shards of Honour is the first book of the Vorkosigan Saga and has been highly rated on Goodreads as well as from Lindsay Buroker and a few others. There was actually an article the other day about fantastic fictional mothers and apparently one in this series is a good one.

 

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Yes, I do. If you don’t use it you don’t get awesome recommendations that lead you in what I like to call a “Goodreads spiral” because once you start looking, you can’t stop. I’ve only recently began to leave detailed reviews because I guess my opinion matters to some people sometimes :P.

ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?
Yes, I am. My goal is to read 100 books by the end of this year and they cannot be rereads. This is my attempt to discover new authors.

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?
I have a forever long wishlist and not enough money.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO BUY NEXT?

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

The Bonds of Blood (The Final Formula Series, #4.6)

The Fifth Essence (The Final Formula Series, #5)

 

 

 

 

 

I just bought these four books last Thursday. The first two are the 8th and 9th books of the Kate Daniels series. I let M borrow the books to read and she’s plowing through them faster than I anticipated so I bought the two I was missing so she’ll have them when she gets there. The second two are books 4.6 and 5 of the Final Formula series. My mom bought me the other part of the series on my birthday earlier this  month and the paperback for The Fifth Essence didn’t hit until last week. Soon as they arrive both my series will be complete. I’ll probably buy books from other series that I’m still missing.

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE QUOTES? SHARE A FEW.

“Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he or she really is.”

“A no and a no and a nothing equals something”

“I’m not weird. I’m gifted” -Keychain

I don’t know who quoted the first two. They’ve been on my Facebook page since it’s inception.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?

Oh lord. I’m going to go based off the books I own because I have a ton of favorites:

Lindsay Buroker
Becca Andre
Phillip Pullman
Alexandre Dumas
Darynda Jones
Ilona Andrews
Nalini Singh
Judith McNaught
Sandra Brown
J.K. Rowling
Richelle Mead

Just to name a few…

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

I have on Goodreads but I never look at them. However I follow a lot of groups on Twitter, as well as my favorite authors if that counts. I like having direct communication.

 

This is me. Happily “adrift” in a sea of stories. 🙂

Temporary High

You know what’s temporary for me right in this moment??

My feelings!

Why, you ask?

Because in 260 pages this book is going to end and I am not prepared! I have no idea where the author is taking this because the first 353 pages have been several degrees of internal dramatics. The book came out the gates with the character being conniving; slowly plotting her revenge against those whom treated her and her family wrong. And then it went thrilling with battle and escape plans! Happiness followed from reunions only to turn into heartbreaking depression because it appears no one is the same as they were before. Sprinkle in some anger, some elation, and sadness in there and I have no idea what’s going on, what’s going to happen, who’s gonna die but screaming that certain people better not die, cursing the enemy, what the hell is going on?!

I want to stop. I want to slow down. Prolong it. Because the minute this book ends I’m going to shut down. Well, I probably won’t completely shut down right away. I’ll probably go yell at the author on Twitter to be honest… but then the waiting begins. The withdrawal begins. A year; maybe two until the next installment. Go through the cycle of finding that book that will give me that high all over again!

Am I addicted?

Hell yes I am. Show me the dealers. I will buy from them all.

Reading Vivaciously Through Another

When I’m not completely exhausted from life, I love to read. On average I read anywhere between 85 to 110 books a year. Lately I’ve been trying to up that number but, unfortunately, there’s only so much time in a day. Usually it only takes me about a day or two, three tops, to read a 300-400 page book. I felt really bad this last week because I received and advanced reader copy of a story and it took me 10 days to read it! 10. whole. days. It made me feel like crap because I was tasked with a mission essentially and I felt like I was dropping the ball. Because of that, and many other factors, I decided to rearrange my life a little to heap more of what want to do on my plate instead of what I didn’t want to do. (Goodbye long-term, online job)

What’s nice about having book loving friends is during those times mentioned above, I have friends spamming me about the book I gave (forced) them to read. My co-author is currently telling me about the part she’s at in the current series I told her to read and I LOVE it! The express reason I buy books, besides to support the author, is so that I can share them with others and they can tell me all about it. I know I already read it but re-living it through another person’s perspective, especially my friends is such a fantastic feeling. To know that they are feeling the things that I felt at the time I read that part of the story makes my feelings feel a little bit more validated? You know how sometimes reactions are over exaggerated? I feel like mine are sometimes. It probably stems from the fact that I can be overly emotional at times but when my friends are feeling the same excitement, emotional, wtf feelings that I felt then I’m for sure certain it’s not just me.

Another great thing I like about sharing my books is it encourages me to go out and find more, new authors to read. Currently I’m thinking about exploring the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. I’ve been on a science fiction fantasy kick lately and I’ve heard a lot of great things. But I’m hesitant to jump in this series since A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas is coming in days and I’ve been anticipating the release of this book for over a year! My co-author is currently reading the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews. This is her first foray into urban, paranormal fantasy coming off her contemporary romance kick. My other friend has decided to start reading historical romances coming off her own science fiction series. It also strongly encourages me to do re-reads. So far I’ve made a list of all the books I plan to re-read once I fulfill my Goodreads challenge which involves reading 100 books this year not including re-reads. (I’m at 27 so far and we’re almost half way through the year! I’m so behind!)

I always know that whatever I read will most probably be a hit with them. Whenever they finish a series, they always ask me, “So what am I reading next?” I always have my recommendation list handy and ready to recommend something to them so that I can vivaciously read through them all over again.

Do you have any activities that you enjoy even more because of your friends? Do they provide encouragement or similar feelings? Feel free to share in the comments!

I’m not a writer, I’m a reader: Day 5

Today’s blog post is brought to you by a quote meme and written (typed? texted?) from my cellphone.

I browse social media regularly and I follow a lot of book loving sites. There’s one that posts memes on an daily (hourly) basis. So I came across this meme that says:

 

Read the books that make you happy even if they’re not classics or academic novels that won awards.

 

This got me thinking about my personal book reading preferences now in comparison to what I would read before. Romance novels used to be this taboo. It was that white elephant in the room that no one wanted to talk about. Whenever someone asked your book genre preferences it was always safe to say scif-fi or thrillers or fantasy. If you said romance people would instantly think of the Fabio covers and say you read those “trashy novels”.

Now it seems that you’re the weird one if you don’t read romance. It’s like the book reading world has suddenly embraced all things romance. Here I am thinking everybody is late to the party. I personally think that Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey can’t hold a candle to a whole host of romance novels by amazing authors. I hate how these are now the basis for a good romance story. Read a good Judith McNaught historical romance or a Sandra Brown thriller or hell a good Anne Rice paranormal to see how it should really be done.

I have my opinions, obviously, and I certainly never want to cause drama. I love that people are embracing little things like romance novels more and more and, like the quote says, aren’t ashamed to say hell yeah I love these books and you should too!

Forward

This post will probably be all over the place so fair warning.

I spend a lot of time driving. My job is 45 minutes away, one way. Five days a week. I spend a lot of that time just thinking. I think about past conversations I’ve had with people and wonder if I said the right things or if I could have said something different. I often press rewind in my head to review the past few day or two and analyze. For example, last night I had quite an interesting conversation with a friend of a friend. When you meet your friend’s friend, there is usually an automatic impression. Its human nature. We can’t help ourselves. I wondered what he thought of me as I sat there thinking about all of the things I’ve heard and placing it to the face. The content of the topics we discussed were baffling to say the least. Here you have two black people, (and I have to define race here), talking about their feeling regarding interracial relationships. I like to think I’m a general, open minded person. My views are simple. You love who you love. Race doesn’t matter. Why should it? If the person you love makes you happy, that’s all that matters. He asked me how I feel about gay marriage. Same answer. I don’t care what you do in the confines of your bedroom. I hope its sexy as hell because that would make both partners happiest. He tells me he doesn’t like the white race. I didn’t know what that meant so I asked. People with white skin, he says, mainly of European descent. How do you know someone is European descent, I asked. Because I can just tell, he says. Instead of getting angry, I ask, why do you feel the way you feel? He says because if “they” wanted to change the way they treat black people they would. So I asked him, what do you do to change the way people view you. And he felt that striving to become a history teacher and telling the “real” truth would bring about necessary change. I wished him the best.

There was a lot more commentary in there but that was the short of it. I understand to an extent why he feels the way he feels but most of me just thinks he lives a sad existence. Attraction to a race is one thing but to condemn the whole race for past transgressions that you were not even a part of is downright astonishing. Do I think history should be swept under the rug? No. Do I want history to repeat itself? Of course not. Change is necessary. It will always be necessary. That’s how we grow and get better. I believe our history shapes who we are today but I believe it does it unconsciously. When you decide who to befriend, you don’t ask yourself what your ancestors would do or how they would feel. You weigh how you feel and how that individual makes you feel. If they make you laugh, if they inspire you, if they tug at a piece of your heart in some way; things are the things that shape your future.

Besides going over interactions in my mind, I think a lot about my dream job. I used to think it was a veterinarian. I love animals. One of my favorite land creatures is the elephant and one of my favorite sea creatures is the sea turtle. After various jobs, some in vet clinics, I realized I don’t have the strength of heart to be a veterinarian. I’m an easier crier and dealing with death is just not for me. Shutting my emotions off is impossible. I also realized I hate school. I made it the first four years but I was not motivated enough to continue the other eight or so. From here I thought, well I’m pretty great with computers, I love staying updated in the tech world, maybe I can get an IT job. This comes from many years of pet retail and finally burning out. Technology is where the jobs are. I hear that a lot and maybe one day I’ll actually pursue that. Ultimately I’ve come to realize my dream job would be to read. I enjoy reading SO much. It gives me life. I can hardly step through my day without imagining how Astrid is going to solve her interesting dilemma. I read chapters whenever I get a free moment and binge read on the weekend. I’ve been told before that reading is not productive but I disagree. It’s way beyond productive! That piece of imagination is my expresso shot in the morning! It’s my midnight snack before I go to bed. It stimulates my dreams! I strive to emulate the characters in real life because that world is fantastic! I learn their histories and how they deal with their present. The stories I read are not always fantastic. I’ll admit, I’ve read some books and didn’t finish them because there just wasn’t a connection. Nine out of ten times though, I am living! And let me tell you, it feels GREAT to be alive!

To connect my two ruminations (in my mind anyway) I leave you with this. History is a part of us, yes, but you will never connect with anyone if you don’t leave it behind. When I say leave behind, I don’t mean forget it entirely. Remember it. Grow from it. Learn from it and make your life the better because of it. There are people who want to be in your life, real and imaginary that don’t care about your history. Open your arms, your eyes, and especially your ears. Free your mind or at least free up a portion of it for new thoughts and visions. You’ll love it, I promise.

Night Whispers

Over the past month and a half I’ve probably been in love with 4 different men. Here’s the best part…I’ve never met them.

If you’ve ever picked up a book you couldn’t put down you’ll understand where I’m coming from. If you’re looking for a book, or a series of books, that you won’t want to put down, I highly recommend trying Judith McNaught . If you like mystery entangled in romance dipped in rich character development this is your girl!

I just finished Night Whispers last night. I wanted to move to a different series this morning but couldn’t bring myself to leave my last relationship with Noah (and of course Sloan). The cool thing about this series is that no one book relies heavily upon another. You have bits and pieces of old relationships and characters that flutter in and out of view but none are really reliant on you reading her other books. …but I bet you’ll want to. 😉

Take this book to the beach, the waiting room, or to bed. …just make sure you grab a glass of wine and your robe because you’ll get sucked in.

“The two of them simply weren’t attracted to just any attractive, eligible man; they were attracted rarely, but when it happened, it was evidently a life-altering experience.” – Night Whispers, Judith McNaught

Book rant

I just finished a book series that took me longer than usual to read. It was by an author I’ve read before and absolutely loved the first series. My usual reading genres are paranormal romance, sci-fi and contemporary romance/thrillers; sometimes a little bit of historical romance thrown in every once in a while. There are many sub-genres off the main ones such as urban fantasy, steampunk and space operas. Then you have Adult, YA (young adult), NA (new adult) and so on.

The general basis of any book to determine the genre is characters and the world. If your book is set in the 1600’s  and has a Downton Abbey feel, you’re looking at a historical romance. But if it its set in the 1600’s and has boulders than can transport you back in time then you’re looking at a historical paranormal romance. Adult genres are usually based off the character’s age. Early 20’s and up is considered adult. 15-18 is young adult. Anything lower than age 15 is not usually a genre I explore; at least for now anyway.

The series I just finished was considered YA and NA. The character started the story at age 18 but ended up being about 23 or 24 by the end of the series. I’m not an expert but blending the lines between a young adult and a “new” adult can come easily to some authors and not so much for others. It’s that stage between leaving school and going off on your own whether it be college or some other route depending on the world you’re in. The story I read consisted of a young girl, a senior in high school, going through a transition from being a regular human to trying to find her place in the world with her friends. She ends up finding out she’s not completely human and that sets up the rest of the books in the series.

When you read a pilot or even watch a pilot you jump end expecting it to start out slow. You know the author (or director) is trying to build your imagination by creating a world and the characters in your mind. They want you to get to know the people and the places. They want you to grow attached to some and hate others. It’s necessary to keep your interest. They want to take you on this amazing, exhilarating, heart pounding, addicting ride. They usually succeed. You dive in deep, get comfortable and ready yourself to ride it out. You get so attached that you can hardly think of anything else except what is going to happen next. You expect the cliffhangers, crave them even because of the feelings they’ll leave you with.

And then you get to the last book in the series. The finale. The world was built. You have guesses, expectations, hopes. This is how I was feeling with the last book in my series. Halfway through I got excited, shocked, and sad. My guesses, expectations and hopes changed. I’m in the last 100 pages. This is it. The war is finally happening! THIS IS IT! And then — fade to black. What the hell? If you aren’t familiar with fade to black it’s essentially when you get the moment you’ve been finally waiting for but instead of getting the moment in detail you get a “5 years later” epilogue that looks back on your moment in a paragraph or two. I’m screaming inside. I feel like I wasted so many sleepless nights. I got past the YA/NA blend, the lame phrases and the questionable missing moments. I had my plot. It grabbed me and I held on! What do I get for that? A rushed ending. Why???

This pretty much ends my rant. I’m going to try a new series by an author I’ve never read before recommended by one of my favorite authors directly on Twitter. Crossing my fingers.

Eleventh Grave

If you are what you read…then what exactly am I? A romantic walk on the beach at sunset? A shattered glass of wine and a screaming wife? A paralyzed author entrigued by the owner of a publishing house? …the grim reaper? (The last one may be my personal fav.)

One of my latest reads has of course (like most of them) come from my bestie and partner in crime. You’ll all get to know her well if you choose to follow us in any capacity, and I encourage you to, because she’s great…and super helpful!

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by the talented Darynda Jones has definitely made my last week great! This is a book series of 11 books so far (soon to be 12) and is nothing short of romantic, thrilling, and mysterious. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, and I’ve had major anxiety at times during this ride with Charley and Reyes. The two main characters come from two different worlds (literally) and have converged on earth to do some really wild and crazy stuff.

If you’re someone who likes authors who actually responds to their fans you’re in luck! The book I’m holding in my hands is an actual signed first edition copy. You can chat with Darynda, have webinars with her, and ask her any of the super important questions you have about her work! (She’ll even Tweet you back!)

If you’re looking for a fun, easy, romantic read this is a great series for you! You’ll get sucked in and really bond with the characters through all of their ups and downs! On behalf of both of us at RT, we highly recommend it!

Happy reading! 🙂