Half Priced Books

Yesterday I spoke a bit about spring cleaning and one of those cleanings involved going through my books and sorting out ones I either know I never read or I found something out about an author (coughtheyareracistcough) that made me want to give away all their books that I own. This ended up with me having 2 bags full of books. If you’re new to my blog, I’m not a book blogger but I am an avid reader. I probably have about 400 physical books in my house because I constantly go to library sales when I can or I visit Half Price Books, the latter of which I want to talk to you about today cause this store isn’t everywhere.

The closest one to me is about a 40 minute drive North. I remember when I first realized that there was one in the vicinity of NorthEast Ohio and got super excited to go. Believe me when I say it’s pretty amazing. The concept of the place is every book and even DVD, manga, game, journal, etc that you buy is half the price of what the publisher printed on the book jacket. For hardcovers, that logic sometimes applies and sometimes it’s an even better deal because a hardcover can be $30 and Half Price will sell it for like $9.99. Suffice to say, it’s quite easy to get stuck in this store for hours at a time. They also have a counter set up where they will buy your books from you. The less often they see books come across the desk, the more money you’ll get. For example, I took The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown up there and it got pennies because they see this book all the time so it’s not really worth a lot. But if you bring in a popular book, for example, a book by Ilona Andrews, it’s worth more because I personally have never seen an Ilona Andrews in Half Price Books. She’s just a hot author and the books just don’t stay on the shelves long enough once they’re brought in.

Anyway, here are a couple pictures I took to give you an idea of what this awesome book store looks like inside:

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Pretty awesome right? Great way to feed an addiction at half the cost 😉 . And majority of the books are in great condition!


Do you have a favorite book store by you that you go to that has awesome deals such as this one? How do you feel about book buying addictions? Not necessarily a bad one to have eh? Let me know in the comments below!

Weekend Shenanigans

So this is what I woke up to this morning:

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Can’t deny that it’s not gorgeous even though I’m so over snow it’s not even funny. That’s okay though cause tomorrow is supposed to be 65 degrees and thunderstorm-y which is marginally better. Weather ups and down woes.

Friday I got off a little bit early so that was kind of neat. I went straight home and actually picked up a book! I’ve mentioned the slump I’ve been in for a while and well there’s nothing like a paranormal romance to bring me back. I randomly decided to read this author I never heard of before cause she has some pretty fantastic reviews on most of her series and I was feeling a really good paranormal. I would actually dub this one as having hints of urban fantasy and it’s super great cause there’s a lot of cursing in the book and it makes me feel like I’m not as bad with my cursing as the characters in these books. The little things I find to make me smile eh? 😉 Plus! It aligns with my #UltimateReadingChallenge cause April’s book is one with a one word title and by the time I finish it tonight or tomorrow, it’ll fit in those parameters.

My husband and I finished season 2 of Jessica Jones which wasn’t as mind blowing as Season 1 but still pretty good nevertheless. I just love Jessica Jones’ snarky character attitude. She’s kind of like the girl version of Deadpool.. sort of. We started watching The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes and let me tell you, you have to watch this show! We’ve only watched the pilot so far but absolutely amazed. For example, one woman made her home out of abandoned 747 plane wings. I kid you not. It was the coolest thing I’d ever seen, not to mention the other houses in the set. Seriously, watch this show.

Sunday was Easter. My husband and I don’t celebrate though that might change when this kid gets here just cause kids. We spent the day just hanging out on the couch with the cats which is always so nice cause we don’t get to do it as often as we like. Then in the afternoon I met Patty for lunch. If you don’t know Patty, you should. She runs the blog Moohnshine’s Corner and it’s all about books. She hosts a lot of tours and blitzs and she’s just a lot of fun. Whenever she comes to visit family in my neck of the woods, we make a point to get a bite and talk. We could literally talk for hours if we didn’t have responsibilities. I always try to take her to a place she won’t find it in SC because who goes and visits a person and goes to the chain restaurants we always eat at right?? So she was introduced to the place my husband and I went to on our second date. It was great. She gave me a lot of pregnancy tips too cause I need them all. Here’s a picture of us:

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and feel free to share your shenanigans in the comments below!

Happy Monday! 🙂

 

A-Z Bookish Survey Tag

Happy Wednesday and last day of Nel’s tag-a-thon. I wasn’t tagged in this specifically but I thought it looked fun and told fellow blogger, Reading in the Wings, I’d do it. I’m not exactly sure who created it but if you check Reading in the Wings’ blog you might be able to trace it back to that person.

Author you’ve read the most books from:

I’m a heavy series reader so that equals a lot of books from the jump but if I had to pick on the spot, and Shakespeare didn’t count, I’d say Ilona Andrews cause I’ve read almost every series they’ve created or Judith McNaught cause I’ve read every book she’s ever written which is about 16 books.

Best Sequel Ever:

Man, I have a couple I guess because a lot of the sequels ended up being trilogies but here are some of my favorites:

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Heart of Steel features badass pirate Yasmeen who is great at killing zombies and I can never get enough of this book.

Court Duel features badass swordsman Meliara and I haven’t read this duology in a long time but I still love it.

Rise is the sequel to the prequel duology with the first book being Rift and features badass sword wielding, magic using, gladiator of sorts and sits prominently on my physical favorites shelf.

(I have a thing for badass woman characters. Can you tell? 😉 )

Currently Reading:

Nothing. I know. THE HORROR! I’ve been a slump due to my life as well as my addiction to all things Marvel Cinematic Universe at the moment. Hopefully my reading game comes back on one of these days.

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Usually water cause I’m boring, haha. I’m not a soda drinker and I’ll do fruit juice on occasion.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Both. I was strictly physical book until I worked 2 jobs regularly and couldn’t haul my books around with me so I got my first e-reader back in college. It was a Sony something or other they don’t even make anymore, before Kindle and apps in general were a thing and I loved it. I now tote around an Android tablet with all the cool kids apps and lots of ebooks on it. However, I still collect physical books of ones that I read and loved and need to own cause I loan my books out to friends often.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

HAHA! I didn’t date in high school. In fact, I didn’t have my first boyfriend until I was 18 so this question is kind of tough. I think I’d choose Valek from the Poison Study series or maybe Dimitri from the Vampire Academy series. They are pretty dreamy to my high school self.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

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I don’t usually do dark romance but my goodness was this worth every minute it took me to read it through and then some. It was hot and intense and beautiful and I’d read it again in a hot second.

Hidden Gem Book:

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I’d have to go with The Final Formula series. Not many people seem to know who Becca Andre is but I love her writing cause it’s not often you see someone write about alchemy and necromancy.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Hmm. Maybe when I discovered how fun reading truly is. There used to be a program back when I was younger called Book It! and you would track the books you read, take the form to Pizza Hut and get a free personal pan pizza for every challenge you completed and then like once a month you’d get a pizza and a prize out of their bin. At the time Harry Potter was super huge so I’ve gotten a lot of Harry Potter collectibles just from reading and only encouraged me to read more and more.

Just Finished:

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Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Audiobooks, non-fiction, religious fiction and lately not a lot of YA

Longest Book You’ve Read:

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1276 pages and 964 pages each respectively.

Major book hangover because of:

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Right now, it’s because of freaking The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones. I’m dying for the next book because this installment was insane.

Number of Bookcases You Own:

Not enough, hahahahaha! I have 3 I use right now but looking to buy two more cause I have a problem. Here’s a snippet of some of the “favorites”:

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Many of them but I’d have to say Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh is probably ingrained into my brain at this point.

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Preferred Place To Read:

That’s the beautiful of digital copies is I can read anywhere. Most of the time it’s on the couch, in the bed or at work when I’m supposed to be working.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

I fight for the Union because America is supposed to be a land where people can be free from tyranny, where families aren’t ripped apart to make a profit, where men aren’t whipped for speaking their mind and women aren’t abused worse than brood mares.

― Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union

Reading Regret:

Probably reading The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward. Ugh! This trilogy is so hyped but that book was a waste of life.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series):

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. I wasn’t terribly impressed with the first book but I keep being told it gets better so I should continue.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

These questions are killing me. I can’t answer this question because I have to many favorites and some will get jealous of the others if I only name three!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones and Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews because both are the final installments to my beloved Charley Davidson and Kate Daniels series.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Letting a book keep me awake way past my bedtime cause I can’t stop reading it even when my eyes are bleeding. I don’t get enough sleep as it is so this just makes it worse.

Your latest book purchase:

I bought a kid’s workbook for my friend’s 3 year old for her birthday party from Books A Million. I haven’t bought a book for myself lately cause I haven’t been reading sadly.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

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Besides the ones above, I’d have to say Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop.


If this looks like a good looking fun tag you’d be interested in participating in, consider yourself tagged.

See you tomorrow for Endangered Thursdays!

Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

I haven’t done a tag in a reaaaaalllly long time. So I’ve decided for the first half of this week I’m going to do nothing but tags because if I don’t I’ll get into a huge spoilery, informative discussion about the Marvel Universe and I don’t know if you all are ready for that (I’ve been preparing for Infinity War by rewatching them all; 31 hours worth of movies in case you were wondering).

My buddy and favorite monkey, TheOrangutanLibrarian, tagged me in this wonderful tag ages ago and it’s about time I did it. So without further ado, lets get to the questions! Oh, and thanks to Lisa @A Book Calls who is the creator of this tag but orangutan made the graphic below.

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NO. 1: THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER READ (OR WAS READ TO YOU)

I actually texted my mother to ask her and she doesn’t remember. I am 28 after all. That was a long time ago to her. So I had to do a little searching and I distinctly remember having these titles in my house so I believe these were some of my first books.

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NO. 2: THE FIRST BOOK YOU EVER BOUGHT WITH YOUR OWN MONEY

Since I never had an allowance and the library was my best friend, I don’t recall buying any books for a very long time. One memory stands out though. I believe I gave my mother some gift money and asked her to preorder the book so I could have it the day it came out. This book was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix because I was gifted the first 4 books for my 12th birthday and read right through them. She ordered the book for me and then sent me off to camp. I promise you, it was the longest camp session ever cause I knew the book was sitting at home waiting for me to read it.

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NO. 3: A BOOK YOU STAYED UP ALL NIGHT READING

Oh geez, there are plenty of those especially in my adult days when I really can’t but can afford to lose sleep all at the same time. Let’s go with my first foray into romance when I picked up A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught for 50 cents at my college library sale. That was when I transitioned into more adult books cause this one had me riveted.

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NO. 4: WHAT BOOK OR SERIES WILL YOU NEVER FORGET?

Again, so many! A book that’s stamped into my skull is The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book but it never gets old for me. I even have 2 copies of the book cause I love it that much. As for series, I’m going to go with The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker because it was one of my first steampunk reads and introduced me to the world of indie authoring.

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NO. 5: A BOOK YOU FREQUENTLY THINK ABOUT

Lately it’s been An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. This was my first time diving into African American fiction and man, it was just so good. I told everyone and their mom about this book. I thought it would be a tough read cause it touches a lot on slavery because its set in the Civil War but it turned out to be super fantastic for me.

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NO. 6: A SCENE THAT HAS HAUNTED YOU FOR YEARS AFTER READING IT

Honestly, I can’t say a scene has really haunted me for years. There have been some shocking deaths and things I didn’t expected that may have stayed on my mind for a while but nothing to crazy so I don’t have an answer for this one.

NO. 7: AN UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER

Hands down, Charley Davidson. My God. The jokes. That’s all I can say. I actually met Darynda Jones in person too and it always amazes me how an author is in real life versus the people they create on paper.

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NO. 8: A BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR OPINION ABOUT SOMETHING

The one and only autobiography I ever remember reading and not finishing was The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The thickness of the book alone was very overwhelming plus I was a teenager so it was a little too much for me. There is a chapter or two that stand out, even to this day and they involve his view on the creation and evolution of the human species. I won’t state exactly what he wrote here but he made some logical points that made me look at the world a little bit differently even in my teenage years.

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NO. 9: SHARE ANOTHER RANDOM BOOKISH MEMORY 

I have so many! Most of them involve forcing my friends to read books that I think are really good. I currently do that now with my old manager from my previous job and she told me I should be paid to recommend books cause I haven’t disappointed her yet which is very humbling. The earliest memory I can remember of me sharing books was sort of an “illegal” operation. My mom was always very awesome in that she didn’t care what I was reading because I was reading and that was great. My friend however, was not allowed to read Harry Potter books because her parents were strict Christians and Harry Potter was essentially the devil. She really wanted to read them though so whenever I would go over her house, I would sneak a book in the series to her and she would read late at night with her flashlight under her pillow and then message me every step of the way cause she thoroughly enjoyed the story. She had to hide the books whenever she left her room cause her parents would come in and clean. Lets just say we got real creative in our hiding skills. I continued to be a bad influence for many years after that and her parents eventually decided Harry Potter wasn’t so bad after all.


I’m bad at doing tags so there’s no way I’m tagging anyone either. If you enjoyed this tag and want to do it, please feel free to go for it and link back to me so I can see your answers! 🙂

Happy Monday everyone!

Generalization vs. Type

Over the weekend I got to talking with a group of my Twitter buddies. The discussion started out being about the Kindle Paperwhite and just evolved into something else. We’re all huge fans of the romance genre so we got to talking about the types of romances we like versus ones we don’t really care for. It was a pretty healthy conversation and it got me thinking real good about how I have generalizations and how I have types and I thought I’d share that today.

So when I think of a generalization, I think of a broad statement about something I may like or dislike. For example, I like berries. Now this is a simple example but let’s just say I like the overall category of everything berry.

When I think of type, I think of it as a subset of a generalization. Keeping with the berry example, I love blueberries and strawberries but I’m not a huge fan of raspberries and blackberries for example. Now I’ve broken it down to the types of berries that I prefer over the ones I don’t.

I like to think of different media forms the same way. For example, I prefer epubs over all other book formats. I don’t necessarily dislike the other formats, I’m just so used to using epub since the beginning of ebook time that that is my personal preference. However, I will make an exception and take advantage of a different book format if I can’t find it in epub and probably still enjoy the book just as much.

Going back to the romance discussion, we were talking about the different subsets of romance that we like versus ones we don’t normally gravitate towards. Most of the time I gravitate towards urban fantasy romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. Some of the other girls broke it down even further talking about how they liked alpha romances, dark romance and MM (male/male) romance. There were a bit of agrees and some disagrees, which is natural cause we all have different tastes.

However, I pointed out how you never really know what your type is until you try it. I correlated this to how there are so many authors on this planet and they all write differently so just because you think you won’t like a type a book, you can’t know until you read it. For example, I explored dark romance this year, a couple books actually, and didn’t think I would like them but surprisingly ended up loving one author’s style and only thinking the other author’s style was decent. If we’re talking Goodreads rating scale, one was a 5/5 for me and the other was 3/5. But again, that’s one book out of the bunch. Just because you think you love an author’s voice, doesn’t mean you’ll like every book they ever write either because authors themselves like to explore with their writing.

A lot of this stems from an author asking me to read their ARC, which happened to be a psychological thriller to review. I accepted. Over the course of a few weeks, the author seemed to get impatient cause I hadn’t left a review yet and kept sending me links to all the positive reviews on Amazon in order to show me how great the book is. What ticked me off however, was when the author said, “It’s okay if you don’t leave a review. The book may not be your type.”

I had to let her know, for the record, that I don’t have a type. Do I have general book preferences, yes, but I’m willing to try anything. I don’t care if it’s a book, food, movie or activity. Ever hear that phrase, “Don’t knock it til you try it?”, I stand firm by that statement. I understand authors don’t want negative reviews and will try to justify why they got one anyway they can by making it seem like it was the reader and not the book but I think that’s a wrong way to go about things. You’ll only lose a potential fan that way.

Do you have book generalizations and types? Have you ever had an encounter like the one I had above? Let me know your thoughts below!

The Thing About Audiobooks

I’ve been participating in a book reading challenge on Twitter for the past 20 days. Each day is a different category of books read in 2017 that we share with others participating in this challenge. One of the days was Best Audiobook listened to in 2017 and then the following day was best Narrator. Myself and another Twitter friend ended up getting into a conversation about how we wouldn’t have choices for those days because we didn’t listen to audiobooks in all of 2017. I’m actually a step further because I don’t listen to audiobooks at all. A few of my Twitter friends found that to be a little shocking because  nowadays everyone loves audiobooks. It got me thinking about the reason why I just can’t bring myself to listen to them and I wanted to share those reasons today to see if there are other oddballs like me in the world.

The number one reason I don’t listen to audiobooks is because when I read a book, I imagine how the characters look based on the author’s description as well as how their voices sound. When you listen to an audiobook, at least for me, I no longer hear the voice I imagined. It’s a forced voice that’s now stuck in my head because that was how it was portrayed on the audiobook. Most audiobooks are narrated by one person reading the whole book. This is something else I cannot get behind. Just one, monotone voice with a few inflections of emotion here and there just sounds so boring! Listening to a book is totally different from listening to music or even a movie. Even with a movie you have a bunch of different voices and action and all kinds of good stuff. Music has a bunch of different tones and chords along with the singers. With a book, it’s just not the same.

Another reason I can’t do audiobooks is because I feel like I’ll get bored and just fall asleep. When you have a book in your hand and you’re turning the pages, it’s just something more exciting about that than sitting there twiddling your thumbs while you listen to your book. I realize most people multitask while they’re listening to audiobooks, like driving in the car or doing house chores but a book for me is supposed to have my complete attention and if I multitask while listening to a book, it’s highly probable I’ll tune the book out in favor of the task at hand. I’m usually pretty great at multitasking, in fact I listen to music while I write all my blog posts but if it was a book, again, just not the same vibe or motivation to listen closely.

I think ultimately if I were to take the plunge into the audiobook world, it would be a biography of a celebrity I admire. Mostly because they are usually the ones narrating their own book. For example, the actress Tiffany Haddish has a book called “The Last Black Unicorn” and I’m actually quite interested in listening to the audiobook instead of actually reading the paper book because I’ve seen her in plenty of interviews and feel I could listen to her talk about her life, in the words of her book, and it would actually grab my attention. Is it unusual that I can listen to an author of a book talk in their own words but I can’t listen to another person read an author’s book which is also in the author’s own words? Curious.

So what do you think about audiobooks? Are you an oddball like me and can’t bring yourself to listen to your favorite genre in audio format? Let me know in the comments below!

Why I Love Fantasy Books

I was having my usual conversation with my good friend Noriko and I was telling her how my reading black hole slump has been demolished by my current read. I’ve read 70% of the book in two days and it’s really hard to stop. It’s so crazy because I had no interest in reading for weeks for one reason or another but my husband grew concerned that I wasn’t reading and I finally decided it was time to climb out of the hole.

Man, I am not disappointed not in the least! My current read is called A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet and this was her debut novel last year. The amount of magic and mythology and everything else she has dumped in this book is literally giving me the best dreams ever, haha. Anyway, so I was gushing to Noriko (my muse) about it and describing the general premise of the story when I thought it would make a good post to tell you all why I love reading fantasy books more than any other genre especially when it’s sprinkled with a little romance (which is my second favorite genre). So here we go:

  • Uniqueness: Fantasy novels are completely unique in that you are conjuring a world in your head that literally doesn’t exist anywhere in this world. Sure it might have a little bit of resemblances to certain cities perhaps or particular landscapes but it’s largely a world the author has created in their head and passed onto you. Not only that, the people, creatures, spirits, gods that live in the world are just as unique as the world itself.
  • Character names and their powers: We all wish we could have a certain power whether its a light one or dark one. Maybe we want to be a God, witch, mermaid, etc. We get to do that in a book. Not only have you transported yourself into the unique, fantastical world, you’ve also transported yourself into the characters. The writing makes you feel everything they’re feeling while your imagination is running wild. You’re flying on a dragon’s back or running through the forest on the back of a minotaur. I mean the possibilities become so endless. You feel as invincible as your character.
  • Conflict: This sort of piggybacks off of the uniqueness but the conflict that occurs in the story is something you never really could imagine. For example, in my current read, the main character was tortured for many years as a young child and when she finally escaped she stayed in hiding until a warlord found her. She lives by a very specific lifestyle that keeps her alive because her particular powers are very much wanted by many in the realm. She’s literally almost invincible but she struggles to figure out how to really live when she’s so used to people using and abusing her. Like, I know that sounds like something you could read in any book but you have to remember there are beings thrown into the mix that are conjured in this world that amplifies this conflict tenfold.
  • Research: I know every author who writes a novel does research. They want their books to be as accurate as possible. I just feel like when it comes to fantasy there’s deeper research involved to make sure it’s right. When stories involve Greek Gods such as Zeus and Poseidon or mythical creatures such as Cerberus, you need to know what you’re talking about. The feeling of Googling the mythical name to see if what the author wrote in the story is true or a spin on the regular myth is such a good feeling because not only did the author teach me something new I may not have known before but it also encourages me to continue learning long after I’ve finished the book.

So those are the four main reasons I wanted to share with you all. I could go on forever but as this post is already almost 700 words, I don’t want to lose your interest especially if you’ve made it this far. Do you read fantasy books? Do you like the genre or have a favorite genre of your own you want to share with me why you love so much? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Challenge Update

Since I’ve just finished the second half of the #BookCouplesChallenge on Twitter, I wanted today’s post to be about the books that I shared from Day 11 to day 20 (today).

Here is the meme again so you can see each days category:

Here are my picks:

Day 11: Forbidden – Sascha and Lucas in Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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Day 12: Friends to Lovers – Summer and Joe in Seeing Red by Jill Shalvis

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Day 13: Geeks – Hierax and Indigo in Hierax by Ruby Lionsdrake (also fits day 16 for interracial cause Indigo is black and Hierax is white)

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Day 14: High School Sweethearts – Lissa and Christian in Frostbite by Richelle Mead

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Day 15: Historical – Gillian and Brodick in Ransom by Julie Garwood

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Day 16: Interracial –  Summer and Takashi in Ice Blue by Anne Stuart (plus, Hierax above)

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Day 17: LGBT – I didn’t know one so I borrowed one of my Twitter’s friend’s answers for mine – Pike and Zack in Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Day 18: Long Distance – Jaime and Claire in Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

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Day 19: New Chance – Meredith and Matt in Paradise by Judith McNaught

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Lastly, the one I’m posting today:

Day 20: One With Disability – Maris and Parker in Envy by Sandra Brown

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That’s it for the second third of this challenge. I’m really proud of myself for sticking it out this long cause I usually suck at challenges. 10 more days to go! Happy Monday everyone!

 

Book Review

There are a lot of things going on in my life at this very moment and if I talk about them out loud it might give me homicidal tendencies so here’s a book review. My book reviewing skills are completely rusty and I don’t have specific directions about how to do it the most informative way but I hope you enjoy these!

Over the weekend, I went on a huge binge reading spree and was able to finish 2 books as well as read a third one. To the left are two of the books that happened this weekend. I started Archangel’s Heart over two weeks ago but life got in the way but I was able to finally finish it. Archangel’s Heart and Archangel’s Viper are book 9 and book 10 of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. Here is the review I wrote on Goodreads for Archangel’s Heart:

Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter, #9)

I just want to start by saying, NOBODY writes love, like this woman. Oh my goodness, this book cemented that for me.

Archangel’s Heart begins with the Cadre being summoned by the Luminata to come and discuss some important matters. The Luminata reside in Lumia which is a small town in Morocco where angels go to seek luminescence. The path of luminescence is different for every angel be it through education, art, etc. It’s decided that of the Seven, Raphael and Aodhan will go and Elena is consort so she has no choice in the matter. You do not ignore an invitation from the Luminata. In the midst of this, there are still questions about Zhou Lijaun’s status as Archangel of China after the events in the last book (You’ll have to read it to find out what those events were).

Once in Lumia, things are definitely not as they seem. The Luminata seem a bit off. They are all wearing hoods covering their faces, they don’t seem to care about basic angel etiquette and Elena and Raphael as well as the Ancient angels Caliene and Alexander feel as if there are always eyes on them even in their private rooms. Then there’s also the fact that everyone looks at Elena and seems to see ghosts of the past. This essentially leads to Elena, Raphael and Aodhan digging a little deeper into the happenings of Lumia. They investigate the town and learn quite a few things which builds up to astounding revelations close to the end of the book.

I can’t really go into more detail without spoiling it but I want to say that Nalini Singh can write no wrong in my eyes. Every time Elena and Raphael said “I love you” to one another, I got the warm fuzzies inside. My emotional meter was all over the place in this one from sadness to anger, to happiness and disgust. I was feeling it all and I loved it. The plot buildup was truly artful. The conversations between characters and scene transitions were flawless. After closing this book I literally turned around and picked up Angels’ Blood (the first book in this series) to relive the beginning of Raphael and Elena all over again. Their character development keeps me glued to this series and then some. Just when I think they can’t get any more beautiful, Nalini takes me to an even higher level!

If you’ve been keeping up with the series this long, then I can assure you, you will not be disappointed when you read this book. Definitely my second favoriteof the 9 books!

Now, you know when you read a series for a while, you always hope it will continually get better right? I figured Archangel’s Viper would be pretty good but I lost hours of sleep last night as well as woke up almost late for work this morning because I couldn’t put the book down until the very end! Here is my review for Viper that I’m actually going to write here first and then paste to Goodreads:

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Before I get into the nitty gritty, I guess I should start by giving you a general synopsis of the story. Archangel’s Viper takes place during the period of time as Archangel’s Heart. While Elena and Raphael are away in Morocco dealing with Luminata, Dimitri is in charge and delegating duties to everyone because it’s a bit of high alert situation when an archangel is away from his territory and someone as ruthless as Zhou Lijuan is AWOL. Everyone needs to be prepared for anything. Holly is tasked with picking up Venom from the airport because he’s been away from the Tower for two years on some secret mission. When she picks him up, they encounter some goons who are following them trying to ambush Holly because there’s a bounty on her head. From that point on, Holly and Venom explore the slums of New York in order to figure out who and why anyone would take a bounty out on her.

The story has come back full circle since Angel’s Blood. Holly was one of the girls who was brutalized and tortured by bloodborn, rogue archangel Uram. Nobody believed she would survive what she had to endure but she changed her name to Sorrow for a while and members of the Tower, most especially Dimitri were able to get her to see a fraction of her old self. She’s not human but she’s also not vampire nor angel. Holly struggles with that a bit because she feels like a burden to the occupants of the tower. Venom is in a similar situation. Most people keep their distance from him because of his eyes. He’s not human or vampire or angel either. They are both of their own breed; similar in some ways but different in others. Venom begins to help Holly to stop treating herself as weak while Holly sees behind Venom’s sunglasses, as well as his facade that he puts up for everyone else’s benefit.

Nalini Singh truly has a way with words that always speaks to me in this amazing world she’s built. Holly has a lot to deal with where her own self emotions are concerned. She also has to contend with a possible mind and body invasion by this other force that’s making her do things she normally doesn’t do or thinking of nefarious things that would normally disgust her but don’t. It’s a bit of a constant struggle of Holly fighting herself throughout the book and Venom doing all that he can to make sure she fights for herself more than hating herself. The book complete and utterly flows in the character development department. I can literally put myself in any one character’s shoes and understand where they’re coming from. We got a lot more information about the nature and rules of 100 year contracts when a mortal is Made and what is expected but also what is unacceptable. That really added another element to the overall world that going forward, will make stories even more interesting.

I can go on and on and on but I literally can’t wait for the next book. Maybe an Illium story?? (Pleeeeease!?)

Can you tell I’m hooked? That is just two books out of 10! I adore this woman’s writing style. The best way to describe it is by saying it’s just so real. There’s a lot of cursing in her stories but honestly it fits. Most of the characters are either normal mortals who deal with some crazy shit due to their jobs on a regular basis or the they’re immortals who have lived so long that they either don’t have much care for mortals or they are just completely nonchalant about the happenings of the world. When you lived hundreds of years or more, I imagine it can get quite dull until a person or event one day smacks you out of your black and white stupor and you start living in color again. The series just continually hits my feels and I’m such an emotional person that I can’t deny this special brand of torture to myself.

As with any and all books, my opinion will probably be different than yours. However, if you decide you would like to venture into the world of paranormal, urban fantasy romance, you can’t go wrong starting with Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed my two for one special. 😉

Edit: I should mention my ratings. Duh. I rated the first one 5 stars and the second one 4 stars.

Emperor’s New Clothes Tag

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My favorite monkey has tagged me in her new debut, awesomesauce tag! It’s pretty self explanatory so here we go:

“Your Majesty, this is a magic suit” – An Overhyped Book That Promised to be *Something More*  

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The entire Twilight Series. I only read it because it was hyped up so much. I enjoyed the first book but that was the beginning and end of Twilight for me. And I won’t even get started on the movies. I still don’t know why I watched them; probably the hypeness.

“Somebody send for the Queen” – A Love Interest That Wasn’t Called For

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In the Tiger’s Quest books, having Kelsey get into a love triangle with both brothers wasn’t necessary. In a series so rich in culture and plot, it was ruined by her wishy washiness about them.

“The doublet is a lovely shade of green” – A Book That Seduced You with Its Cover (that you ended up disliking)

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Eternal by Kristi Cook. It was the 3rd book in the trilogy and I enjoyed the first two well enough and I loved all the cover art with their vibrant colors and minimalism but that third book was awful! It was one of those build you up only to completely let you down. Oh, my best friend and I were so disappointed!

“Summon the court to convene” – A Book Where You Were Swayed by Public Opinion

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On the Edge by Ilona Andrews. I read it because all Andrews fans love everything they write, including me but this book just did not do it for me. I made it through the first book rating it 3 stars but I did not continue with it nor do I plan to despite the ratings.

“Look at the the King! Look at the King, the King, the King!” – A Stark Raving Mad Book That Just Boggles the Mind

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Gonna have to go with The Hot Zone by Richard Preston. Can you believe I read this book in high school?? If you weren’t afraid of diseases before, you will by the end of this book. The craziest part for me is that it was based on a true story. I can’t even say “man that author thought up some crazy shit” cause it was partially real….

“It’s altogether the very least the King has ever worn” – A Tropey Get Up You’ve Seen Before That Probably Needs Redressing (aka a trope you’re bored with seeing)

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The rich guy or girl who is spoiled and whiny and has the “woe is me” outlook on the world but then ends up getting the girl/guy next door and salvaging the mess some older relative left behind before they died (or were murdered) aka The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward. Been there, done that, didn’t work for me this round.

“Summon the court physician! Call an intermission!” – A Book That Needs Medical Attention AKA A REWRITE

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Haha, I’d have to go with Fifty Shades of Grey here. I know we see this book pop up on ugly lists a lot but the series at least needs grammatical resuscitation before complete plastic surgery.

“It’s altogether the very least the King has ever worn” – There’s No Hiding For This One: A Book That Is Just Nakedly Bad

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I had to consult Goodreads on this one so I avoid saying Fifty Shades again and I’d have to say Forbidden Blood by Kristen Painter. I don’t remember why it was bad but I rated it a one star and didn’t read the rest of the series.

Bonus: “His majesty is wide open to ridicule and scorn”- Something (anything) That Astounds You With Its Popularity

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I’m probably going to get some crazy flack for this but I’m going to have to say The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve never read the books mostly because the story idea just never appealed to me but I’ve seen 2 of the movies with my husband and we just weren’t impressed. It could have been bad acting but we can overlook that when there’s a good story (I mean just watch John Wick, haha). I’m just not seeing what everyone else is seeing but I also attribute to not being super into the dystopian genre in general as well. Maybe that’ll change one day? Who knows.


Thanks for tagging me orangutan! I quite enjoyed this tag and I hope you as well as everyone else enjoys my answers! I may have given you books you may want to read (READ THE HOT ZONE *cough*) or I may have just given you a ton of books you’ll want to avoid.

In any case, I tag:

Mischenko, Lana, Patty, Susan, Des, Hsimone, Brizzlelass, Dani