Candy Books Tag

I’ve graciously been demanded asked to do this Candy Books Tag by the most awesome blogger James. It’s a lot of fun and I welcome anyone else who would like to do this, participate as well! James found the tag at Eva’s blog @ BrilliantlyBookishSite but it seems the creator of the tag’s blog no longer exists at this time.

There weren’t any rules but it seems pretty straight forward so here we go!

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The interpretation here, I think, is that you are to choose a book that is deep, meaningful, and was highly praised in the book world but you read it and it just wasn’t as enjoyable as it was for everyone else. My choice here would have to be Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It seemed like a really good book. Plane crashes, boys are supposed to learn to survive and grow this sense of community while they come of age etc etc. Basically a darker version of Peter Pan and has fueled a lot of dystopian stories such as Hunger Games. It won a Nobel Prize and yet it just wasn’t it for me. Maybe because I’m not a huge dystopia fan? I don’t know.

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I’ve mentioned this in my last post and I’m mentioning it again. I think eveyone should read The Three Musketeers at least once in their life. You will never read another story that features a group of heroes who portray youth, truth, justice and general camaraderie like this book!black jelly beans

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You already know. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Just don’t even bother. I get the concept especially because its fan fiction based off Twilight but it’s terrible misconception about BDSM. There are plenty of other authors out there who write it much better!chocolate kisses

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Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews!!!!!!! Okay, so what a lot of people don’t know is Ilona Andrews is actually a pseudonym for a husband and wife team who write these books together. The reason I picked Magic Bleeds is because… I can’t even describe it! Just read this snippet:

“I worry about you.” He dipped his head and looked into my eyes. “I worry something stupid will happen and I won’t be there and you’ll be gone. I worry we won’t ever get a chance and it’s driving me out of my skull.” ……. “Do you miss me, Kate?”

Guys, I’m screaming inside just writing this post!

Gummy Spiders

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The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. So I don’t check under my bed but after the recent Ebola virus outbreak, it worries me. This is the fictionalized version where essentially a virus appears in Washington D.C. presumably from an African rainforest and it kills 90% of its victims in days. None of the conventional medicines work so there’s no cure and it becomes a race against time to try to find the source of the virus in order to develop a cure. The scariest thing is this is based off a true story and scientists still have no idea where Ebola virus legitimately comes from and how it’s spread.jumbo lollipop

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I hate to say this because I know there are some serious Outlander fans out there but Dragonfly in Amber dragged so hard. I’m not sure if it was because a lot of it was Claire in the future and I missed Jamie or the fact that there just wasn’t as much action in this installment as there was in the first book. The book is 735 pages long which is not the longest I’ve read but I did finish it eventually; it just took a while.Cotton Candy

3011930120Besides Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume stories, Falling Up and Where the Sidewalk Ends were my absolute favorites! Shel Silverstein always had the coolest, cutest poems and I enjoyed them immensely as a child.

 

 

Have you read any of my choices? If so, do you agree or disagree with them? Let me know in the comments below!

Rapid Fire Book Tag

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This the Rapid Fire Book Tag introduced to me by Mischenko over at ReadRantRock&Roll. I’ve just started following Mischenko who has a blog full of fun book reviews and author spotlights! So if you’re looking for something new to dive in, definitely check her blog. It was originally made by GirlReading over Youtube, so be sure to stop by and check her out HERE.


Q&A:

Question 1: E-Book or Physical Book? 

I was always physical books but when I was living paycheck to paycheck, physical books weren’t feasible so I got into ebooks and now I’m primarily ebooks and I’m not as poor as before so when it’s an author I really like I support them by buying both formats.

Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

Hardcover primarily but I have a ton of paperbacks and indie authors primarily publish in trade paperback so I guess I’m a mix.

Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Primarily online shopping because the books that I like aren’t usually found in stores or sold out. However, if we’re talking independent book shops, I’m all over in store book shopping. Buy 2 get 1 free you say??

Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

Both. A lot of authors start out planning to only write a trilogy and then it turns out that their fans love them and wish they would continue into a series. Either way its a win win cause you have more than one book to enjoy your favs.

Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Do anti-heroes count? It’s kind of a mix of the two. I like the guy/girl who seems to be the bad guy but actually has some semblance of a heart in there even if their personality is naturally aloof

Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

7126 The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. 

Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

Instead of just one book I’m going to say science fiction books written by women are completely underrated. A lot of people aren’t aware that women who write science fiction is like taboo in the book world. The genre is dominated by men and, sadly, a lot of these authors, in order to get their books out there, end up adding romance into their stories to get them out to the masses.

Question 8 : The last book you finished?

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Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

17159944Oh jeez, I scored a handful of books from the thrift store last Thursday. One of them was Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. It was perfect condition hardcover for 90 cents!

 

 

Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

I do a lot of tablet reading so bookmarks are not necessary but I’ve been known to use whatever is closest to me. Plates, hair ties, straws, kitty toys…

Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?

Definite yes. I make it my business to go to as many library sales as possible.

Question 12 : Top Three Favorite Genres?

Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction and the sub genres in between

Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?

Buy. I’m all about supporting authors and the only way to do that is by buying their books

Question 14 : Characters or Plot?

Plot. Can have the greatest characters in the world but if they don’t have a good plot I’m not interested. It’s all about that world building!

Question 15 : Long or Short Books?

Depends on what you consider short. Most books I read are 300 pages or more. But I do read novellas that are tied to a series and those are usually 70 pages or less.

Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?

When I like being tortured everyday (coughcimmeriancough), I like short chapters. But it doesn’t matter to me if the story has substance. The chapters will blend because I’ll be so absorbed and won’t care about anything else besides finishing the book.

Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

12961921457243A4534897 Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught (was just talking about historical romances with a coworker

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (that was almost my answer for books everyone should read)

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop (currently reading)

Question 18 : Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Both. I’m a bundle of emotions and I get really attached to my fictional characters! 

Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional. The real world is in chaos right now and I’d rather be in fictional world with an HEA ending.

Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?

No. I’m weird about the way characters sound in my head versus how other people narrate them. I can’t do it. I tried and got upset, lol.

Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Guilty. I blame Goodreads for that though! You get into a book spiral because of their recommendations reel and end up clicking all kinds of books that look interesting based off their cover to find out more!

Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to TV. Movies are one and dones. TV adapations can go on for many seasons! I also say this because I’ve never read Game of Thrones, and don’t plan to, but the TV adaptation is solid gold! (WINTER IS COMING IN LESS THAN A MONTH!)

Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Outlander. I read the first two books and lost interest but the TV show melts me into a puddle of warm fuzzies when I’m not crying my eyes out. They casted Claire and Jamie to perfection!

Question 24 : Series or Standalone?

I have to say both. I read a lot of series but a lot of the authors like Judith McNaught write series where each book could be a standalone so you don’t have to read the books in order to still enjoy them. But I love contemporary suspense stories (looking at you Sandra Brown) and those are crazy, fantastic standalones.


I wasn’t tagged but I would really love to see cwhiteweb, LizScanlon, Patty, theorangutanlibrarian, and Jo-Ann do this tag and any other bookworms out there like me who don’t post book related things all the time but have a serious addiction to reading 🙂

Anything But Books Tag

I was tagged in this tag by Patty at MoohnshinesCorner. She has an awesome blog full of book reviews and her life’s experiences. I’ve gotten to know her very well through our love of Darynda Jones. She’s a pretty awesome individual and you should definitely check out and follow her blog.

Note: The image used for the Feature Image is not my creation! It belongs to another blogger; The Girl Who Read Too Much book blog.

One: Name a cartoon that you love 

I would have to take it back in time to the Magic School Bus if we’re talking American cartoons but Cowboy Bebop if we’re talking Japanese cartoons. I always loved Magic School Bus. Ms. Frizzle was the best TV science teacher I’ve ever had! Cowboy Bebop is a jazzy, fun-featuring-a corgi anime! Also, Howl’s Moving Castle is a FANTASTIC anime movie. Watch it. You won’t regret it.

Two: What is your favorite song right now? 

What’s trending on my radar is Sia’s newest release. Has a great message and it’s Sia. I love her.

Three: What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?

Sleep. And if I’m not sleeping, I’m binge watching Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, etc

Four: What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love buying socks and receiving them as gifts. I couldn’t tell you how many pairs of socks I have and I like wearing them mix matched.

Five: What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

I like learning about dog and cat breeds. I worked a lot of animal related jobs and it was and still is fun to learn about new breeds especially with so many mixed breeds out there.

Six: What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I know how to bend the tips of my pointer fingers. Not sure how the skill came about but there you have it, haha.

Seven: Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can.

I made pho for the first time by myself yesterday. My best friend showed me how to make it when she was here and I’m very proud. Pho is a thai noodle soup that has a nice, long process. Took 2 and a half hours for the completed product. And yes, they require tupperware bowls cause I don’t have regular bowls big enough for the portion sizes we eat. 😀

Eight: What is your most recent personal project?

I don’t really have one. I want to tackle refinishing my cabinets one day but I need an extended weekend and more motivation to stop reading a book for more than an hour to make that happen.

Nine: Tell us something that you think about often?

Food. I love eating, like all the time. Every time I leave work, I call my husband and ask him what’s for dinner. It might be breakfast for dinner tonight because I really want to attempt making Millionaire’s bacon.

Ten: Give us something that is your favorite.

This is such a vague question. I have a lot of favorites. My favorite color is purple. My favorite dog breed is pit bull. My favorite food is usually of the noodle variety with the addition of sushi and Chinese/Thai food in general. My favorite month is May because my birthday is during that month and april showers bring may flowers. I can go on forever.

Eleven: Say the first thing that pops into your head.

My work day is almost over. What’s for dinner? hahaha

 

Tag! You’re it! Thanks for reading. Feel free to participate in this tag if you’d like.

So you want to be an author

Good morning! Well at least here on the east coast of the US.

In my previous post, I discussed part of my weekend at RAGT (Reader Author Get Together). I will get to part two of my weekend but I wanted to talk about the things I learned from an author I spontaneously met who let me pick her brain for two hours while we were waiting in line to see J.R. Ward. It started out as normal conversation because I had no idea she was an established author. When she told me, I was like woah! and thinking of all you lovely writers out there, I proceeded to ask her a million and one questions about how she got to where she is now. I want to share her journey with you all in the hopes that if you ever decide to write a book or already have a book and want to know what she considered was the best approach to putting yourself out there.


Step One: Write. 

She, like many, didn’t think she could write a book at first. Her friends encouraged her a lot because they thought she had some stellar ideas. One day she decided to sit down and start writing. The key is to keep writing no matter what. Some days you may not feel like writing but push through and do it anyway.

Step Two: Beta readers and assistants.

Once you have a written product, you want to get some feedback. You want to start to build a relationship with people who will be your first book point of contact. Those people will read your stories, judge them, point out any errors they find, critique your ideas and just be the brutally honest people that you are going to need. They also help you to find the events that you need to put yourself on the map. They are usually are your closest friends (who will work for free because they love you and want you to succeed).The more help you have, the more time you can spend on writing.

Step Three: Networking, networking and more networking.

Book conventions, expos, cons, workshops; the list goes on. She went to a few expos and ingratiated herself with authors that are already established. She constantly shared her story ideas while learning the book trends. Romance is HOT right now. Urban Fantasy is super HOT right now. Author Lora Leigh saw something in her and took her under her wing which, alone, changed the course of her career. She gave her tips, told her tricks and introduced her to other authors and editors.

Step Four: Find a proofreader and an editor.

Finding an editor is the first thing you need to do before you find an agent or a publisher. Why? Because your work needs to be spotless. She said enough grammatical errors in your work won’t even get a decent look. And then it goes back to networking. These editors know what they’re doing. It’s highly likely they have ties to agents and publishers and can open the door for you.

Step Five: Independent publishing vs. Traditional publishing

Once you’ve built your literary team, it’s time to decide how you want to proceed. There is nothing wrong with independent publishing. In fact, a lot of authors are migrating towards it because they can set their own rules. Traditional publishing is great but it can take time to be offered a contract. In the meantime, you could be indie publishing. Amazon is the number one hot spot to make that happen. You can start to gain royalties for the product you already have which allows you more time to focus on improving your writing skills or another book while playing the waiting game with traditional publishers. This author put it this way, “If a publisher knocked on my door and offered me a $200,000 contract, I wouldn’t say no but until then I’m living my dream job.”

Step Six: Do not stress over your first bad review. It won’t be your last.

In this age of the internet, it’s hard to tell who’s a true reviewer and who’s a troll. You can read them and stress yourself out or you can be like this author who leaves it to her beta readers and assistant to read them for her and give her quality feedback.


I’m not an expert and I’m sure everyone has their own ways of doing things. However whatever route you decide to take, I hope I’ve shared some useful information I received from this wonderful lady. It’s a long, slow process but in the end it can offer great rewards and if you have enough confidence in yourself and your work, you can, one day, live the dream.

Edit: Patty made me realized I never actually said the author’s name. Her name is Melanie Jayne. She writes contemporary romance with characters age 35 and up. Quite a niche area. She also plans to write urban fantasy under a pen name next. Check out her site here.

My Weekend: Part 1

Let me start by saying I missed you all! I had post ideas in my head but no time to post them. Since I can’t remember them now I’ll tell you about my weekend instead.

Friday night after work, I went to Books A Million to purchase bookish tote bags for the event Saturday. The event was called Reader Author Get Together. It was sponsored my author Lori Fostors and was featuring a ton of my favorite authors, mainly Darynda Jones.

Nobody comes to Ohio. I mean we get a couple famous musicians here and there but never authors. So I made it a point to go. I asked my husband to go with me because 2 of my friends who are also fans couldn’t go.

Cincinnati, technically Kentucky, is 4 hours away. I prepaid for a rental car because I did not want 500 miles on my car. Saturday morning comes and I make breakfast for us and I’m bouncing around because I’m excited to hit the road. We get to Avis to pick up our car, which was supposed to be a subcompact, only to find out they didn’t have any. So the lady says, “hey! free upgrade!” And I’m like cool! Except it wasn’t cool. Subcompact is like a Ford sedan. My upgrade choices were a minivan or a giant Dodge pickup truck… Not happening. It would cost more to fill up those up with gas than the rental itself!

I admit, I was a little frustrated because I don’t see how I was able to make the reservation in the first place if they didn’t have any cars. So the woman offered to transfer my reservation to the Akron-Canton airport. I was agreeable to this since we were headed south anyway except she couldn’t. I had to call an 800number and get it transferred that way. You know what? No big deal; as long as I get my good mileage economy car, nothing was going to ruin my mood.

We get to the airport, get the car, and we’re on our way. It was an hour behind schedule but we still had plenty of time. Leaving at around 10ish, we arrived around 1:40ish, starving. The event is hosted in a hotel so we go across the street to Rally’s also known as Checkers in other parts of the nation.

We order our food and then we go to step away and this big man behinds us orders food. While we’re waiting, this woman comes in and asks the Rally’s worker if he had seen a big man with a gun.

Woah. WHAT?!? (More on that story in Part 2)

I look over and it turns out it’s author J.R. Ward, in the flesh, at Rally’s. I’m not much of a fan of hers. I read a couple of her Black Dagger Brotherhood books and they just did not have enough substance and too repetitive for me. So no, I didn’t fan-girl. I just thought it was cool. My first celebrity sighting!

The booksignings started at 3 so after eating we went in the hotel. It was packed!!! Authors and readers everywhere! Each author had their own table and volunteers were pointing you in the right direction. I got to meet Darynda Jones!!! She’s so cool. I had like 20 books for her to sign (my ten and then requests from friends who couldn’t go).

The funniest thing to happen was she opened one of my books and it was already signed to someone else! She looked up at me and goes, “this is already signed. Where did you get this?” I was like seriously?? Sometimes I buy the books after reading the ebooks and never look in them or I flip past the title page to get to chapter one. So I told her I bought it from half price books. She was like, “DMarcus sold my book!” And burst out laughing. I seriously love this woman. I told her to cross his name out and put mine! His loss is my gain! She just laughed some more and told me that now I have a cool story to tell!

After that she gave me a hug and my husband took a picture of us.

Part 2 coming soon!

Shelf Situations

Okay, I admit. I have a problem hobby.

When we lived in our little one bedroom apartment, it was always a struggle trying to figure out how to stack all the books I acquire from sales and the internet on this shelf. It started out as one shelf then turned into two. The bookcase has four shelves total and I allowed my husband to use one for his video games and the very bottom one was for my Disney movies.

This is one thing I’m very particular about. They have to be shelved by author, and on top of that, in order by series. When shelved vertical, series order is always left to right not right to left. When stacked horizontally, series order is always top to bottom not bottom top. If I have doubles or stand-alones, they’re stacked by book size. The series I like the most have to be stacked in front and visible when I stack horizontal.

(If you were curious, those are not overdue library books. I bought them from library sales. Also, the little red and blue book sticking out is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.)

Thankfully we were finally able to save enough to buy a house and said house came with built in wall shelves in one of the bedrooms as well as the stair situation below:

Before you ask, yes, I’ve read every book in both pictures except Haunted, An Ember in the Ashes, Persona, and Storm Siren and my collection has doubled since.

Are you particular about the way your books are shelved? Are you like me and there’s no such thing as running out of space for books? Let me know in the comments below! 😀

This Is My Truth Now Tag

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The Challenge Questions

You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.

Can I not tell my friends that same day or at all? I’m sorry but I would ditch my friends. They would understand and if this is all going down in the same restaurant I’m sure a friend will have a bathroom moment and see me and try to act casual about me not freaking out because I’m dinnering with my favorite author!

You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

This is such a naughty question! Or maybe I’m making it naughty. If it was Curran from the Kate Daniels series, I wouldn’t think twice. (No shame! He’s a hot ancient lion ok!)

If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

Hmm. I have to think on that one. Harry Potter isn’t my favorite series but I think it would be quite interesting if Harry was Harrieta and to see if the growth and development of the character would still be the same from a female perspective.

What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

Why do you always ask these questions?! They aren’t fair! I admire all of my followers who I follow back because they have different content that I find inspiring in a variety of different ways. Some of my favorites release story snippets everyday, or inspiring quotes or beautiful poetry or 365 word challenges 😛

If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

In A Court of Wings and Ruin, I would have made Feyre a lot less weak and predictable than she was portrayed when it came to saving everyone from the Cauldron. I can’t go into too much detail because there are people who still want to read this book spoiler free!

If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

I would pair Curran from Kate Daniels series with Lagertha from Vikings. I feel like that’s more of a time period he would fit best in and would be able to handle her no nonsense badassery! I would also pair Alisa Marchenko from Star Nomad with Captain “Mal” Reynolds from Firefly. I think they would make a fantastic space traveling adventure pair!

It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

There are so many fantastical worlds I want to live in that it would be a crime not to go with option two! Right now I want to be Meg Corbyn in the world of The Others.

If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.

I can’t just steal a pet?? Honestly I would for a very specific friend who I know would love to have her “rescued” pet gone. I would steal Sprig from Stacey Marie Brown’s Collector series because he’s a cute little pseudo monkey and he’ll wax poetic to me about his love affair with honey on mango chips and pass out at random moments.

If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

I would change my best friend into Cookie from the Charley Davidson series and then I would change myself into Charley because they are #friendshipgoals

Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

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My mother preordered Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire for me so when I came back from camp in the year 2000 (I was 11 if you must know) it was waiting for me. What I’m currently reading needs no explanation because you will have already read my Written in Amazing post 🙂

Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

It would be Terrelle from the Stormlord Trilogy by Glenda Larke in the first book because she is a runaway slave with water painting powers that are a huge commodity but could also get her killed.

Which of the 365 Daily Challenge posts most describes you? To see them all, you can go here.

 My favorite are the A to Z challenges because I did a few and they were fun!


The Rules

  1. Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  2. Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
  3. Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  4. Include a link to my original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is:  ThisIsMyTruthNow
  5. Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  6. Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
  7. Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
  8. If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

So thank you to James for nominating me on your new tag. I don’t think you need an introduction on my site because you’re an awesome regular and if my followers aren’t your followers by now then they’re missing out!

I tag everybody. If you love book tags as much as I do, this will be a fun one to do! Plus I’m lazy and 12 bloggers is a lot when you have to pick and choose between 100+ people 😛

Written in Amazing

You ever read a book or series by an author and chucked it into the DNF pile after one or two books? I’ve done that a few times. I won’t be specific on that list but Anne Bishop was one of those authors. I read (tried to) the first book in her Ephemera series and it was just no. I didn’t finish the book and I have this habit of swearing off the author after that. In hindsight, I probably should have known from the reviews but I try not to read book reviews too deeply before a first read because spoilers. The writing style just wasn’t what I expected or my cup of tea. This was a couple of years ago. I thought about picking up her Black Jewels series for a while but never did.

“If you must blink, do it now”- Kubo (because this is going to be a long)

Why did I wait so long to read The Others series?! I asked for a vote last week on a bunch of book covers with no descriptions. The overall consensus picked Written In Red.

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It can’t be the same author who wrote that awful series I DNF! And yet, IT IS! And this book was glorious! Here is my long winded, sort of review.

The story opens up giving us a history of the world. The world is called Namid. There are 8 continents and even the lakes and oceans are named. Namid created the world and gave birth to all the creatures on the planet including humans. Humans were given a piece of Namid to be able to reproduce and live on in harmony on her fertile lands. Humans were doing great until they pushed into the wild places where the terra indigene (earth natives). The terra indigene didn’t like the humans taking over their lands so they ate them. Settlers came in from other lands to try and take over and the terra indigene would eat them too. Slowly human civilizations started to disappear and the “Others” took over the continent. The last batch of settlers came to the continent and instead of taking over, they offered the Others clothing, blankets, shiny things and taught them human ways. The Others decided to allow these humans to stay because they controlled the elements the humans needed to survive; water, air, fire, land. Now there are laws in place between the terra indigene and the humans and consequences if these laws are violated.

WHAT THE! When a book opens up like that, what do you do? You keep reading of course!

Skip to present day. You have the Wolfgard, Owlgard, Hawkgard, Beargard, Crowgard and Sanguantis. In simpler terms, wolves, owls, hawks, grizzlies, crows and vampires. They all live in a town called Lakeside that entertains humans from time to time. For example, Howling Good Reads is the resident book store, Meats-n-Greens is the grocery store and A Little Bite is the cafe. I should mention here that these are all terra indigene and they consider humans, monkeys they want to eat. Also, there are signs posted all over stating H.L.D.N.A. (Human Law Does Not Apply). This means if you steal something, its a high probability your hand will be eaten and depending on which offense you’re on, you could lose your life.

So the terra indigene have these humans come into their abode so that they learn human mannerisms and skills so that when they turn into humans, they know how to channel a true human and less of their animal nature.

Enter Meg Corbyn. She’s enters Howling Good Reads (bookstore) one night frozen looking for a job because the Others have been wanting a Human Liaison. She doesn’t smell right to the Others because most humans smell like prey but she doesn’t and she seems desperate so they offer her the job even though she has no experience.

The course of the book from here is Meg learning how to do her job well. However, the humans realize that she doesn’t act like a regular human. She has emotions but she doesn’t show them the right way or doesn’t have a full understanding of how the world works. She made friends with some of the more notorious creatures to the shock of the residents and they find her to be very intriguing. Then a wanted poster appears with her picture on it and you find out that Meg is a cassandra sangue or a blood prophet. A blood prophet is a human that’s specifically raised in a special facility where they have limited interaction with what’s going outside in the real world because their only purpose is to have their skin cut so their benefactors can know what’s going to happen in the future. The deeper the cut, the more clear the vision. The problem is over time, the blood prophets become so addicted that they crave the cut and without proper supervision, they can cut themselves to the point of death.

The Others find this out and Meg is ready to run again but now they won’t allow her to now because she’s ingratiated herself into the Others culture so well that they consider her one of them now. Most of the humans are referred to their names with “the” or “our” in front. So Meg is “the Meg” or “our Meg”. FYI, this book is 500 pages long. I’ve just touched on the tip of the iceberg! The plot gets insanely good and there’s desperation, surprises, betrayal, loss and found. Yes, I said found. The dynamics since Meg was integrated into the community open a whole set of gamechangers throughout this book and I found myself learning so many things even though its all fiction.

Before I go off and spoil it possibly more than I already have, you MUST give this book a chance. I’d rate it 10 stars if it was possible. This is not the same author, and yet it is! I don’t know where she was earlier but I love who came out for this story and yes, I’ve already dived into the second book. I never want it to end!!

(P.S. I am not a professional book reviewer so sorry if this sucked but I hope you enjoyed reading it anyway :D)

Urban Fantasy Top Reads – Age 14 to 25

My awesome friend James has asked me to collaborate with him on his Top Reads per Genre in an age group. Today I chose the urban fantasy genre. I hope you enjoy my spin on another one of his cool tags!

Rules

  1. Pick a genre. You can get very detailed and go into sub-genres, e.g. cozy, classic, etc. I’m starting general and may work my way down into the details.
  2. Pick an age range, roughly covering 12 years. You can add more or start with less, but I figured twelve ages seemed like a good one to start with.
  3. Pick a book for each age that you’d recommend to get someone situated with the genre.
  4. You can’t repeat an author within that age range.
  5. Explain why that author, book and age.
  6. Either show a book cover or provide a link to the book on Goodreads, or if you’ve read it and have a review, link your review.
  7. Start a discussion with everyone, e.g. is it the right age, is something missing…
  8. Tag others if you’d like, but I open it to everyone.

Urban Fantasy is a sub-genre of Fantasy that usually has supernatural elements in a contemporary setting. The worlds in which the stories take place are entirely fiction and can sometimes take place in a historical, modern or futuristic world. The age group outlined below goes from YA (young adult) to NA (new adult) to adult.

Age 14 Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Welcome to the world of magic! This is no ordinary book you’re reading. Once you read the characters in your story out loud, they literally come to life!

Age 15 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Magic takes a bit of a darker turn. You’re able to understand that things are not always sunshine and rainbows and it’s serious enough that people can die.

Age 16 Switched by Amanda Hocking

Sometimes you learn that it’s okay to be different even if it means you weren’t born human. We all have a destiny in this world; some place where we truly belong.

Age 17 Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Sometimes life is rough and it comes down to prison or being a poison taster. Nobody wants to die and in order to get to the bottom of nefarious plots, you have to step out of your comfort zone and learn new skills.

Age 18 Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Now it’s time to get a job. How about being a bodyguard for a vampire princess? You sleep at odd hours and deal with odd demons while struggling to find your own happiness in this world. Just ask Rose.

Age 19 – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Speaking of princesses, how would you like to be one? You get to live a lavish lifestyle and fall in love with a man who saved your family from starvation and homelessness. Did I mention you’re a princess in a faerie kingdom and your real use is trying to break an ancient curse which involves trials you may or may not be ready for and could possibly end in death?

Age 20 Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Being a princess not your thing? Let’s get a real world job. How about a mechanic? You can get some great tips from Mercedes Thompson, coyote shifting mechanic. No ties to any pack and has a interesting group of friends from vampires to wolves to faeries.

Age 21 Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

If that isn’t appealing enough, how about being a mercenary? You’re the one civilians call when the police and Paranormal Division of the government don’t want to handle your call in a way that you would be satisfied with. Banshee in your tree disturbing the neighbors but it’s actually your crazy grandma and you swear she’s gentle when she’s human? Call Kate Daniels for that.

Age 22 Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk

Now magic can be crippling. Just ask Allie Beckstrom. Magic always comes at a cost. In her case, its crippling migraines and memory loss but in order to follow magic signatures to their source, especially when murder is involved, it sometimes magic is the only way.

Age 23 First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

All this death is depressing right? Not if you’re Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper extraordinaire! She moonlights as an investigator but she also helps people cross over to the other side, whether its Heaven or Hell, when they die. Because she can communicate with the dead, she is also able to solve unexplained cold cases.

Age 24 Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh

Can’t talk about Death without talking about Angels. You can join a mercenary guild and be hired to hunt down and bring in a rogue archangels who’ve been killing young women in the city. By the way, archangels are gorgeous so there’s a high possibility of falling in love with one!

Age 25 Radiance by Grace Draven

Ah, love. You’re at that age when marriage is on the table. How about an arranged marriage between two different people in the name of peace? A prince who’s only a spare heir to a noblewoman of no worth or value. Love is blind; it can come in all shapes, sizes, colors and creatures. It is beautiful and now you’re ready to head into your thirties armed with all types of magical, fantastical experience.

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!