Sunday, November 19, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #337, November 20th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #336
Teaser Tuesday #344
WWW Wednesday #344
WOW #341
Will the Time Come #335
Third Sentence Thursday #326
Random Reads #312
First Lines Friday #340
The Reward Challenge Update #322
Follow Friday #314
How Well I Stuck to It #166
Wrote that Review Update #171

Week 46 Reviews:
Rituals
Born of Illusion
Born of Corruption
Born of Deception
Moonlight Sins
More of Me

Tours:
The Divinity of Anila: Review

Random:
We Have the Cover of The Dark Artifices #3!!!!
We Have the Cover of Brave New Girl #2!!!!
Amanda Arista Author Page
Deborah Blake Author Page
Julie Ann Walker Author Page
We Have the Title of A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5!!!!!
Ashley Poston Author Page
Rhoda Belleza Author Page

OK, so I got 25 posts in 7 days,  so a pretty decent week, got a lot done! I'm happy with it! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Blade of Darkness, Spartan Heart, and Third Strike.

Return to the "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews) world of New York Times bestselling author Dianne Duvall's Immortal Guardians.

Dana Pembroke has been able to glimpse the future of those she touches for as long as she can remember. But she never saw Aidan coming. When the tall, dark Celt with the charming grin yet world-weary eyes walks through her door, the future she sees for him is one full of violence, danger, deception... and passion. Because amidst the terrifying battles that unfold in her visions, she also sees herself in Aidan's arms and in his bed. Dana knows she should keep her distance, but the tender moments and laughter they share entice her even as she finds herself thrust into a world of vampires, immortals, and other preternatural beings.

Immortal Guardian Aidan O'Byrne has been hunting and slaying psychotic vampires for nearly three thousand years, so visions of bloody battles don't trouble him. The battles Dana foresees, however, show Aidan's brethren turning against him, so he can't help but feel alarmed. While he spends as much time as he can with Dana, struggling to decipher her dire predictions, Aidan finds himself utterly smitten. Hope rises that he has finally found a woman who can banish the darkness and loneliness that plague him. But when vampires begin targeting Dana and a powerful enemy spawns chaos, will fate grant them time to find happiness together?
New school year, same old problems...

At Mythos Academy, everyone knows exactly who I am: Rory Forseti, Spartan girl and the daughter of Reapers.

Even though I fought alongside my cousin Gwen Frost to save the mythological world from Loki and his evil Reapers of Chaos, I'm still the most hated girl at the academy because of all the horrible things my parents did. I had hoped that this school year would be different, but the other kids just won't let me forget about my parents.

But something strange is going on at the Colorado academy. First, I run into a Viking guy who dislikes me more than most. Then I notice some odd artifacts in the Library of Antiquities. And worst of all, I start hearing rumors about a new group of Reapers who can summon mythological monsters.

I might be the most hated girl at Mythos Academy, but I'm also the only one who can save it...
Three Strikes is the new novel in a thriller series where a criminal psychologist uses her own dark past to help law enforcement catch dangerous killers.

Thanksgiving is approaching, and Audrey Harte has a lot to be thankful for -- her mother has recovered from surgery, her relationship with Jake is solid, her father is relatively sober, and her career is evolving in an exciting direction. So when an 18-year-old girl turns up on her mother's doorstep, claiming to be the daughter Maggie Jones gave up for adoption, Audrey is amazed.

As Audrey helps the girl discover where she came from, people in the little town of Edgeport think she should leave the past alone, and they let her know through threatening messages and phone calls. Soon, Audrey realizes that it doesn't matter how well you think you know someone -- you don't know what they're capable of until their secrets are threatened...

Wrote that Review Update #171, November 19th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for The Divinity of Anila, Rituals, Born of Illusion, Born of Corruption, Born of Deception, Moonlight Sins, More of Me, so I have 5 of 5 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #174, November 19th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 47:
Blade of Darkness by Dianne Duvall, Spartan Heart by Jennifer Estep, Third Strike by Kate Kessler

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: 1. Check.

NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 2. Check.

It's a short week, but there's a lot of books that I want to read, that I've already made posts for, and I want to be free to read them. But I also really want to read these 3 books which I haven't created posts for, which is why they're getting this. Yeah. I'm weird like that!

Week 46:
Dangerous by Shannon Hale, The Divinity of Anila by Cloud S. Riser, Ghost Ship by James Rollins, The Demon Crown by James Rollins, Good and Gone by Megan Frazer Blakemore, Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout, More of Me by Kathryn Evans, Rituals by Kelley Armstrong, The Siren by Kiera Cass

vs.

Rituals by Kelley Armstrong, The Divinity of Anila by Cloud S. Riser, Born of Illusion by Teri Brown, orn of Corruption by Teri Brown, Born of Deception by Teri Brown, Moonlight Sins by Jennifer L. Armentrout, More of Me by Kathryn Evans

I didn't read quite as much as I wanted to, but I read a good deal of what I wanted to, so yeah, pretty happy with that! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Week 46 Review: More of Me

From Goodreads:
Teva goes to school, studies for her exams, and spends time with her friends. To the rest of the world, she's a normal teenager. But when she goes home, she's anything but normal. Due to a genetic abnormality, Teva unwillingly clones herself every year. And lately, home has become a battleground. When boys are at stake, friends are lost, and lives are snatched away, Teva has a fight on her hands—a fight with herself. As her birthday rolls around, Teva is all too aware that time is running out. She knows that the next clone will soon seize everything she holds dear. Desperate to hang on to her life, Teva decides to find out more about her past . . . and uncovers lies that could either destroy her or set her free.

My Review:


Author: Kathryn Evans
Read: November 17th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a DAC Book and a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: June 13th 2017
5/5 Hearts
4.5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 46 Review: Moonlight Sins

From Goodreads:
Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia's starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he's Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian's grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it's Lucian's turn. Julia's compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent "suicide" of Lucian's father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . 

My Review:


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: de Vincent #1
Read: November 16th, 2017
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her books, and this book sounded really good! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Avon
Expected Publication: January 30th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 46 Reviews: Born of Illusion, Born of Corruption, Born of Deception



From Goodreads:
Anna Van Housen has a secret. 

A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums, and mentalists in 1920's New York. As the illegitimate daughter of Harry Houdini—or so Marguerite claims—sleight of hand illusions have never been a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her own gifts secret from her opportunistic mother. Because while Marguerite's own powers may be a sham, Anna possesses a true ability to sense people's feelings and foretell the future.

But as Anna's powers intensify, she begins to experience frightening visions of her mother in peril, which leads her to explore the powers she's tried so long to hide. And when a mysterious young man named Cole moves into the flat downstairs, introducing Anna to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, she is forced to confront her past and rethink everything she's ever known. Is her mother truly in danger, or are Anna's visions merely illusion? And could the great Houdini really be her father, or is it just another of Marguerite's tricks?

From Teri Brown comes a world bursting with magic, with romance, and the temptations of Jazz Age New York—and the story of a girl about to become the mistress of her own destiny.

From Goodreads:
Returning to the atmospheric and mysterious Jazz Age world of Born of Illusion, Teri Brown's Born of Corruption is a 64-page companion digital novella about what happens when New York City's most notorious socialites, mobsters, and bootleggers get together for a larger-than-life scavenger hunt . . . and someone gets killed.

Cynthia Gaylord, a vivacious blonde flapper and the niece of one of the most infamous mob bosses in New York City, loves scavenger hunts, and the one she's putting together for her best friend Anna's going-away party is going to be the swankiest one ever. But then, Anna Van Housen is no ordinary friend. She is reputed to be Harry Houdini's illegitimate daughter and a magician of the first order—and she possesses psychic powers.


Before Anna leaves for a European tour with her vaudeville company, Cynthia throws open the doors of her Gramercy Park mansion for a giant bash, but when one of the guests turns up dead, Cynthia and Anna must join forces to discover the truth. Who is the mysterious dead man? And which of Cynthia's guests could have killed him? Cynthia's relatives in the mob? Or someone related to the Society for Psychical Research, a shadowy group with a dangerous history? Cynthia and Anna have to find out who done it before the coppers are called in . . . something both Cynthia and Anna are eager to avoid.

From Goodreads:
Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group's members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

My Review:


Author: Teri Brown
Series: Born of Illusion #1, 1.5, 2
First Read: September 4th, 2013
Read: November 15th, 15th, 15th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike, BoughtEdelweiss
Reason Why: Enjoyed the first book so rereading, and they're Historical Fiction 2017 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books! And Born of Deception is a End of Series 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Epic Reads Impuse, Balzer + Bray
Published: June 11th 2013, May 6th 2014, June 10th 2014

Born of Illusion:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Born of Corruption:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Born of Deception:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 46 Review: Rituals

From Goodreads:
The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's "impossible-to-put-down" Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard-hitting crime writing with phenomenal world-building to create a brand of fiction all her own.

Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents, already trapped in prison.

And now there is a new, terrifying power rising - one that doesn't distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive. In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.

My first review of Rituals
My Review:


Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Cainesville #5
First Read: August 15th, 2017
Read: November 13th, 2017
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a End of Series 2017 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Random House Canada
Published: August 15th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Reviews


Follow Friday #314, November 17th

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week's question:

The Post Prompt: Just over a month left of these posts! I'm going ot miss them! What about you guys? Happy reading!


GFC

email

bloglovin

Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!

The Reward Challenge Update #322, November 17th

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Rituals which counts 3 times as a End of Series 2017 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book, The Divinity of Anila which counts 3 times as a Review Book and a Review Book, Born of Illusion which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2017 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book, Born of Corruption which counts 3 times as a Historical Fiction 2017 Book and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book, Born of Deception which counts 6 times as a Edelweiss Book, End of Series 2017 Book, Historical Fiction 2017 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW book, Moonlight Sins which counts 4 times as a Edelweiss Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book, More of Me which counts 4 times as a DAC Book, NetGalley Book and a SAC 2017 Book,

which counts twice/# times as a ,

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So I have  counts which translates to $ this week! I'll use it to buy

First Lines Friday #340, November 17th

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

"I have grown in strength inside her. Filled her cell with mine until we must split apart. IT's not my choice-it's how it's always been for us. Thought we've done this many times before, I know she is afraid, because I share her heart. Her memories are mine, hazy sometimes, but mine. I feel what she feels. I wave walked where she has walked, been in her every step. I have kissed where she has kissed." -More of Me by Kathryn Evans

Yeah, that doesn't sound quite very nice! But very interesting! I need to know more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Random Reads #312, November 16th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 5108 which turned out to be by All Fall Down by Ally Carter! It's been on my TBR pile since January 28th, 2014, and I added it because I really enjoy her books! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #327, November 16th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"I spent literally hours on the Internet trying to understand what was wrong with us." -More of Me by Kathryn Evans, page 8.

Yeah, it's not nice thinking there's something wrong with you, I'd know, with my various doctors visits!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #337, November 16th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves - and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.  

Why the time hasn't come yet...
Well, I haven't read the 2nd book yet. And it's been a while since i read the 1st book. Hopefully I'll read them all soon! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Rhoda Belleza Author Page

The Story: I saw Empress of a Thousand Skies around on Goodreads, and I thought it sounded really good, and yeah, I want to read it, and it's sequel!

Website

Series: Empress of a Thousand Skies.

Empress of a Thousand Skies: Empress of a Thousand Skies and her site, my review, Blood of a Thousand Stars and her site.

Ashley Poston Author Page

The Story: I saw Heart of Iron on Edelweiss, and it sounded really fantastic, and yeah, I can't wait to read it, and her other books!

Website

Series: Radio Hearts.

Radio Hearts: The Sound of Us and her site, my review, We Own the Night and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Geekerella and her site, my review, Heart of Iron and her site, my review.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

We Have the Title of A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5!!!!!

Yeah, we have the title of the next book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, and it's awesome! Plus a synopsis!

The Divinity of Anila: Review

From Goodreads:
--My name is Anila. Up until a few days ago, I thought I was just like every other teenage girl. Seriously, life was awesome. I was popular, had great grades, and was on my way to getting a scholarship to one of the top universities in the state. Then my boyfriend decided to go crazy on me, and I end up in a car with some other guy who claims magic is real. Crazy, is what I say. Pretty sure he's out of his mind. I--

--Hold on a minute, Nila is not giving me a fair chance. The name is Bailey, and I'm not crazy. I'm a Muse. And so is she. That's why her boyfriend got uber possessive on her. Muses inspire the best in others, and without control over their magic, a Muse can be pretty addictive to hang around.

Which is why I'm here, to teach Nila how to control that magic so she doesn't cause any more problems with the every day humans. See--

--I hate how he says every day humans like I'm not one of them. Oh, and get this, I apparently can't touch him, even just a tiny bit, because we might create magical sparks...or something?--

--Look at all the things she doesn't know about being a Muse. The sparks help us find our soul mate. Do I need to explain why I don't need her touching me right now? We just met. Besides, it's common courtesy. Keep your hands to yourself. 

My Review:
I enjoyed reading this book so much! The synopsis really hooked me, with the back and forth of who was narrating. It gave a great insight into Anila and Bailey's relationship! Prickly, and this is when they first meet. And really enjoyable to read!

The world of the Muses, and other magic users, was really interesting! I have a bare minimum of knowledge about the Greek Muses, and they serve the same purpose, and Muses can't have kids with humans, implying that they aren't human, themselves, yeah. Very interesting!

Being dumped into this world without previously knowing about it, that was hard. But given what triggered that dumping, better than it not happening, given her stalker boyfriend! Plus, there were other things going on, like there's a reason why this book is called The Divinity of Anila, because the whole Divine thing, she's special! And people want to take advantage of that. Which sucks!

The way things ended, well, let's just say that I'm not sure if this is a stand alone or not. There are big choices to make in the future, sure, but things are mostly wrapped up. On the other hand, those big choices could be another book or more. But for now, I'll stay with saying it's a stand alone until I know otherwise!

This book was really enjoyable, and a really great read!

Author: Cloud S. Riser
Read: November 14th, 2017
Source: Silver Daggers Tours review copy
Reason Why: Sounded good! And it's a SAC 2017 Book!
Published: January 27th 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars
Giveaway:

Bio:
Cloud S. Riser is a Minnesota native. She has lived in Minnesota her whole life. She will probably remain there for her whole life too. The mother of The Squid, Skyscraper, and two cats, her life is definitely never dull. An adventure she braves with her husband. In order to stay sane, she creates massive amounts of fiction which she has decided to share with the rest of the world for the simple reason of: she is a storyteller.

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Waiting on Wednesday #340, November 15th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!


The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross
Expected Publication: February 6th, 2018
From Goodreads:
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes
Expected Publication: February 6th, 2018
From Goodreads:
As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

Oh, these books sounds really good! I have an ARC of The Queen's Rising, so I'll be reading it soon-ish, but yeah, really excited for these books! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #344, November 15th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you'll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm reading Born of Illusion, and yeah, it's really awesome! 
I read The Divinity of Anila, and yeah, it was different and interesting, and I really enjoyed it!
I'm going to be reading Born of Corruption, and I can't wait, because the first book is really great!

What about you guys? Happy reading!