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.


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!


  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:


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


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!


  • 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:


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.


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.


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.



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!


Last night I finished my 700-page monster. I mean this behemoth was.. I can’t even describe it without spoilers. It was good. I mean it was fantastic really. I was hooked from the beginning which I think came from the anticipation of reading an author’s work that I’ve been waiting for for a year and a half. I got lost in this book. Well, I have a habit of getting lost in any book I read. I have the ability to tune out the world. A person could be talking to me for 5 minutes and I don’t hear them. I’m so immersed in the story that I forget the real world exists. That can be a problem sometimes but I can’t help it. I’m aware but not completely. If I have a day off, and I’m good and into a book, the only time I’ll get up is to go to the bathroom. I won’t eat until it’s finished. I don’t even think I notice I’m hungry until I come up for air.

Anyway, have you ever finished a book and initially thought it was the greatest piece of fiction ever but then you sleep on it and then think about it some more and then that uncertainty hits. I had one of those this morning. I was ready to dub this the best book I read all year! But now I don’t think so. I have questions and I’ve noticed little things that didn’t make sense now that I think about it later. I also am a little peeved that the author claimed this to be the finale of a certain story line but it wasn’t that at all…. (can’t wait til you review this orangutanlibrarian, just saying!)

Please excuse my giant tangent.

What I really wanted to talk about was book sales again. Have you ever been to one? And I don’t mean one that occurs in a bookstore where the books are all set up nice and in alphabetical order by author and predetermined genres. No, I mean sales where the books are sorted by fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and everything else. There are books on tables. shelves and even in boxes on the floor. You have to dig through them all; literal swimming to check every title, every author, every description to see if it’s something that might interest you. The biggest sale I’ve gone to so far had 50,000 books.

I am not exaggerating!

And then the attendants speak sweet nothings into your ear by telling you that every paperback is 25 cents, hardback is 50 cents and DVDs and audio-books are a dollar.

Oh boy, I might faint.

Now you need a plan of action. It’s always best to go with a friend. Then you can tag team. One of us starts in the paperbacks and the other starts in the hardbacks and we will eventually meet at the DVDs. The books on the table are usually stacked in rows of two or three so you can expect to circle the same table for a good 15 or so minutes. Up one end, down the other only to go back up one end again to scan that middle row. This is the best kind of lost because you don’t know what you’re looking for but you’ll find it if you see it. Sometimes you’ll find one or two books in a series and then give yourself a harrowing quest of seeing if you can find the entire series. It’s so fun. And then when you’re done scanning the paperbacks and your friend is done scanning the hardbacks, you switch places because a second pair of eyes never hurts right? The sale I went to this week, I found these two gems:

For the record, I already own both of them. I’ve read both of them a few times. The right one in particular is one of my favorite books of all time. However my copies are battered and old and ugly. I found these after doing a second sweep of the paperbacks and almost had a heart attack I was so excited! A QUARTER! Whoever donated these babies, I love them. What’s that saying, “one man’s trash…” These are treasures!

So the takeaway here is if you want to get lost, go to a ginormous book sale and then go home and get even more lost in a book. Oh, also, endings suck especially when they’re poorly executed but we’re not going to go into that further today.


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!

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

Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

Found this through a Discover search on books!

What do you like about buying new books?

The real question is what not to like? New books, whether they be hardcover or paperback just give you that new book feeling. It’s like getting a new car. You stare at it for a while, look inside it, smell it, debate how long it will take you to finish it, those kinds of things. The other nice feeling I get is great joy because I am supporting an author that I love by buying their whole series. I’m very active on Twitter so I send pictures of new books or series to my authors, with giant “MAAAIL” captions and getting that response back that I’ve made them happy with my purchase is one of the best feelings in the world!

How often do you buy new books?

Honestly, I didn’t buy new books very often because I couldn’t afford it before but now I buy them whenever the need arises or a coupon appears because I am a member of at least two local bookstores and there’s no way I’m ignoring those 20% off coupons! Also, I used to have a Sony e-reader and a Nook Color so I would purchase eBooks through their respective online stores.

Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

Most definitely both. As I said before, I am a member of two local bookstores. When I go to them in person and they don’t have the books I check their online marketplace. I like a lot of indie authors though and its very rare to find their books in a bookstore unless you’re super lucky so for them it is always online — Amazon or eBay or Half Price Books marketplace. Another, general, place I frequent is libraries. I bought my first historical romance at my college library which was having a book sale fundraiser. It was A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught. I bought it for 50 cents! To this day it is one of my favorite books and besides leading me to read every book she’s ever written, it lead me down a path of discovery to other authors! Now I frequent library sales as often as I possibly can thanks to a handy website that lets me know when, where and times. You can find some real gems in a library; even gently used gems!

I have to say, the best online bookshop occurs in my mailbox everyday courtesy of Bookbub. If you like ebooks, Bookbub is the best tool in your arsenal to obtain discounted ebooks as well as great recommendations.

Do you have a favorite bookshop?

The bookshops I most frequent are Half Price Books and Books-a-Million. On occasion I’ll hit up Barnes & Noble if I’m in the area. Local bookstores are awesome as well such as Loganberry Books and The Bookshop on main. I don’t really have a favorite. If I’m craving books and I have a full, empty day, I’ll plan a route and shop all of them. My best friend and I have an excel sheet that we keep on hand so when I go out and shop for books, not only am I looking for books for me, I’m looking for books for her as well.

I solemnly swear I don’t have a problem….

Do you pre-order books?

Again, I didn’t use to because of funds or I would bribe someone else to do it for me. When I was younger, I would beg my mom to pre-order the Harry Potter books because I had to have them the day of release. She always did even if the books arrived on a day I wasn’t home and would text me and let me know my book was there. I would get SO excited! Now I pre-order books if I know the author is going to sign them or I absolutely cannot wait to read the book because I’ve already waited a year plus to continue from that GIANT cliffhanger in the previous installment.

Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I didn’t even know that was a thing. My husband doesn’t care how many books I buy. He often jokes and says we can’t possibly fit anymore books but I always find a way which most of the time just means buying another bookshelf. That would be like me telling him he can only buy one video game a month. It’s just not going to happen!

Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

I really don’t even know what that means. I guess if I don’t have a monthly book buying limit, I don’t have a book buying ban. My Goodreads list is constantly growing. I always scour my TBR list for a new read and then end up picking something not even on the list. You can’t imagine how hard is NOT to click the recommended books! The covers are so pretty and when you hover over it and see that snippet and star rating how can you not click it?! And then the next one from there and the next one….

How big is your wishlist?

As I said earlier, my friend and I keep and excel sheet of books we wish to have that the other can see when we each go book shopping in our respective states. Currently I have 36 books on my list and she has quite a few more. Its constantly being updated with additions and subtractions.

Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own?

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City in Embers by Stacey Marie Brown is the first book in the Collectors series. I wish to own all four books in this series. I used a Google Play credit to buy the first book and it was a nonstop read from beginning to end.

End Game by Lindsay Buroker is a space opera, sci-fi type of series. It is the final book in the Fallen Empire series. I have the previous 7 installments on trade paperback and I’m just waiting for this last one to be printed. I read the whole series in ebook format first then decided I needed it in print form as well. If you’re interested in this series the first book is called Star Nomad.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is a series full of just magic! Initially I had no interest in reading anything by this author because her Throne of Glass series just did not do it for me. A friend promised me that this series was different and assured me that I would love it. She turned out to be right and this series, so far, is fantastic. A Court of Wings and Ruin comes out May 2nd!

Since the blog is fairly new, I don’t have anyone to tag but feel free to like or comment with your bookaholics tag for all to see! 🙂

Good Read or not Good Read: Frustrations of a Book Nerd

We all know the platform Goodreads. (At least I hope you do! Shame if you don’t!)

I have been stuck in a bit of a book rut. Usually when one book finishes, I have another book lined up. My latest read was Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones. If you haven’t read the Charley Davidson series, I HIGHLY recommend that you do. I promise you’ll laugh, cry, sweat, curse and everything in between. Anyway, after coming down from my Darynda Jones high, I look to Goodreads for recommendations. We have our lists. Kind of like a Netflix queue of sorts. Shows your read books, currently-reading books and to-read books. Based off any books in your lists, you can gain recommendations based off the Goodreads algorithm that determines what you would like or dislike. Sometimes the recommendations are spot on. Sometimes they aren’t. The problem is when you have certain expectations. For example, I usually don’t look at a book if its rated 4 stars or less. My rule doesn’t apply to pilot books in a series. Why? I have no idea. Usually when you don’t like the pilot of a show you’re highly unlikely to continue watching right? For books it’s a little different especially when it comes to a series. You have to establish a feel for the writing style, get a good understanding of the world building and see how plot lines are handled. In that sense, you are giving the pilot of chance.

When exploring new authors, sometimes its good to look at the reviews and other times you probably shouldn’t. I personally skim through the reviews. Goodreads is great in that you can look at reviews without spoilers. If an individual leaves a review, they have to specify if there are spoilers in the review or not. Actually, if I’m not mistaken, I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of bot that will remove reviews if there are spoilers. I skim the star ratings to see what people say or if it was added to the DNF (did not finish) pile. The problem is how to decipher actual, GOOD, reviews from bandwagon reviews. If you want to know what I mean by “bandwagon” reviews, just look up Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve explored many books this way but so far I’ve experienced one and dones. All of these were pilot books to 8+ book series’ and they weren’t bad, they just weren’t good…. I think my expectations are set too high because I’m constantly comparing new stories and writing styles to stories written by authors I love. How do you turn that instinct off? It’s not necessarily a bad thing (you like what you like) but it narrows your reading genre down significantly; makes you close-minded of sorts. That’s no fun.

As you can see from my picture, I have found something to read for now. I confess it’s just a pilot book for a different series from an author I already love but cross your fingers my next book will be something new! I have a 100 book 2017 Goodreads challenge and I intend to reach this goal!