Sunday, July 23, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #154, July 23rd

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My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Once Bitten and Twice Dead, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire, The Vampire and the Virgin, Eat Prey Love, Obsidian Butterfly and Narcissus in Chains, Night Lost and Evermore, The Girl's Guide to Vampires, 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 #157, July 23rd

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 30:
Blood Magic by T.J. Ayer, Demon Kin by T.J. Ayer, Cerulean Sins by Laurell K. Hamilton, Incubus Dreams by Laurell K. Hamilton, Hello Again by Brenda Novak, Vampire Mine by Kerrelyn Sparks, Sexiest Vampire Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks, Wanted: Undead or Alive by Kerrelyn Sparks, Wild About You by Kerrelyn Sparks, Strike by Deborah Wilde, Sworn to Quell by Terah Edun, Two Nights by Kathy Riechs

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: 4. Check.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 7. Check.

So a pretty awesome week! A few repetitions that I didn't read last week, but hopefully I'll be reading them this week!

Week 29:
Blood Magic by T.J. Ayer, Demon Kin by T.J. Ayer, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks, The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks, Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks, The Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister, Into the Night by Cynthia Eden, Once Bitten by Kalayna Price, Twice Dead by Kalayna Price, Strike by Deborah Wilde, Sworn to Quell by Terah Edun

vs.

Once Bitten by Kalayna Price, Twice Dead by Kalayna Price, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks, The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks, Eat Prey Love by Kerrelyn Sparks, Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton, Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton, Night Lost by Lynn Viehl, Evermore by Lynn Viehl, The Girl's Guide to Vampires by Katie MacAlister

So I read about the same number of books that I wasn't planning on reading as I didn't read. So yeah, I'm happy with that! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Week 29 Review: A Girl's Guide to Vampires

From Goodreads:
All Joy Randall wants is a little old-fashioned romance, but when she participates in a "Goddess evoking" ceremony with her friend, Roxy, Joy finds out her future true love is a man with the potential to put her immortal soul in danger. At first the ever-practical Joy is ready to dismiss her vision as a product of too much gin and too many vampire romances, but while traveling through the Czech Republic with Roxy, Joy begins to have some second thoughts about her mystery lover because she is suddenly plagued by visions of a lethally handsome stranger. Then, when she and Roxy attend a local GothFaire, Joy meets Raphael Griffin St. John, head of security, and she becomes even more bewildered because the dark and dangerous Raphael seems too close to her dreams for comfort. 

My Review:


Author: Katie MacAllister
Series: Dark Ones #1
Read: July 20th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why:
Publisher: Love Spell
Published: October 28th 2003
5/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Night Lost, Evermore


From Goodreads:
Abandoned by his fellow Darkyn, Gabriel Seran is in continual torment as a prisoner of the religious zealots known as the Brethren. His only hope for rescue lies in Nicola Jefferson, a thief seeking a holy relic-and connected to Gabriel in more ways than she can possibly imagine...

From Goodreads:
The NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling Darkyn series continues...

Jayr is proud to be the only female ever permitted to serve as seneschal to a Darkyn lord. But in her centuries of service to Master Byrne, she has fallen in love with him. Now, Byrne plans to step down and hand over the Jardin to another Kyn lord-a move that threatens not only Jayr's position, but her very life...

My Review:


Author: Lynn Viehl
Series: Darklyn #4, 5
First Read: April 2011
Read: July 20th, 20th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Rereading! Really enjoying this series and her writing again! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Published: May 1st 2007, January 2nd 2008

Night Lost:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Evermore:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains


From Goodreads:
Anita revisits an old acquaintance, Edward (a.k.a. Death) the monster hunter, a coldhearted and seemingly soulless killer whose ruthlessness makes Anita look like a pussycat. Edward calls in a favor Anita owes from some time back by asking her to travel to Santa Fe to help him investigate a monster unlike any he's encountered before. Anita readily accepts because although Edward scares her enough that she doesn't want to turn her back on him, she's also intrigued by the man to the point that she can't wait to get a closer look at his life. And his hedging and lack of details regarding the murders pique her interest as well. 

Though Anita thinks she is prepared and there is no way Edward can shock her, he proves her dead wrong right at the start. On the heels of this revelation, Anita is shaken even more when she finally learns the details of the murders Edward is involved with. The crime scenes are sites of unbelievable carnage, with bodies that have been violently torn apart limb by limb, their entrails ripped away. But even more horrifying than the dead are those who have been left alive, each of them skinned from head to toe, their tongues ripped away so all they can do is scream. 

Edward has brought in a couple of other questionable assistants, two men who challenge Anita in ways she is ill prepared to handle. Throw some misogynistic cops, a bevy of strange and powerful creatures, and plenty of sexual tension into the mix, and Anita finds herself facing some of her biggest challenges ever. Before all is said and done, she will be forced to face some painful truths about herself and confront one of the most evil and powerful monsters in existence.

Obsidian Butterfly is a scintillating journey to a world where the inhabitants are all fascinating, death isn't always final (and far from the worst thing that can happen to you), and unimaginable horrors are terrifyingly real. 

From Goodreads:
Hamilton's vampire-hunting Anita Blake faces a plethora of foes in her tenth outing. 

Just returned to St. Louis after six months away, Anita is still no closer to choosing between her lovers—Jean-Claude, a vampire, and Richard, a werewolf. But she has to rely on both for help after two of the wereleopards that she has been watching are abducted at a seedy club called Narcissus in Chains. 

Anita and her boyfriends rescue the wereleopards from the sinister people holding them, but Anita is wounded in the fight and put at risk of becoming a wereleopard herself. Richard angrily captures the wereleopard he believes is responsible and threatens to execute him.

Anita must now rescue that wereleopard from Richard and the werewolves he leads, even as she mourns the apparent end of her relationship with him. Then she realizes that those who kidnapped the first two wereleopards are targeting other lycanthropes. Maybe she will be next. 

My Review:


Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #9, 10
Read: July 17th, 18th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Enjoying this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Jove Books
Published: January 1st 2000, October 1st 2001

Obsidian Butterfly:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Narcissus in Chains:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Forbidden Nights With a Vampire, The Vampire and the Virgin, Eat Prey Love



From Goodreads:
Vanda Barkowski is in trouble.

As the owner of a hot nightclub, she's more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it. But after three former employees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class. Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponsor. Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her . . .

If Vanda knew who-or what-Phil really is, she'd reconsider her attraction to him, for his true nature is wilder than anything she'd ever imagined. He has tackled the beast within and now is the perfect person to help Vanda with her rage . . . if only he can keep his cool when she makes him so undeniably hot. But with rogue vamps on the loose, will they ever have their forbidden nights?

From Goodreads:
Olivia's packing list:

1. Sunscreen
2. Bathing suit
3. Flip-flops
FBI psychologist Olivia Sotiris was looking for a cool ocean breeze, sand between her toes, and a break from her crazy, chaotic, and sometimes all-too-dangerous life. But when she escaped to the small Greek island of Patmos, all she got were meddling grandmothers trying to marry her off. Can't they see that none of the men around interests her—except Robby MacKay?

Robby's packing list:

1. Synthetic blood
2. More synthetic blood
3. Jogging clothes
(even vamps have to stay in shape!)


Robby needs to cool off, too, since all he can think about is revenge on the Malcontent bloodsuckers who once held him captive—but then he meets Olivia, the beauty with wild curls and a tempting smile. When a deadly criminal from a case back home tracks her down, Robby will have to save her life—along with giving her a first time she'll never forget . . .

From Goodreads:
Wanted: Bride. Must love children. Mortals need not apply.

Carlos Panterra is looking for a mate, a woman who will love and care for the young orphans he's recently taken under his wing (or paw, as the case may be). When the shape shifter spies the beautiful Caitlyn, it's like sunshine amidst the darkness. At last, he's found the perfect woman, except...

Caitlyn Whelan is mortal. Worse, her father is the head of a CIA agency bent on hunting the undead. Still, Caitlyn knows that Carlos is the man for her, shape shifter or not. So she jumps at the chance when her sister offers her a job to work with him, determined to show Carlos their attraction is more than just animal magnetism. But danger lurks in the night, and their unleashed, untamed passion might just get them both killed...

My Review:


Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: Love at Stake #7, 8, 9
Read: July 16th, 16th, 16th, 2017
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Loving this series and her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Avon
Published: April 28th 2009, March 9th 2010, September 28th 2010

Forbidden Nights With a Vampire:

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Vampire and the Virgin:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Eat Prey Love:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 29 Reviews: Once Bitten, Twice Dead


From Goodreads:
Kita Nekai, on the run and the smallest of her shifter clan-a calico cat among lions and tigers-is being hunted. She was expected to accept her role as her father's successor whether or not her cat was up to the task of leading the clan. She disagreed. Now she's less than a step ahead of the hunters, bone-tired, cold, and living hand-to-mouth in the city of Haven. And that's the high point of her day. She's also drugged, "accidently" turned into a vampire, and sentenced to death for recklessly creating a rogue shifter who tortures its human prey. She's got seventy-two hours to find the rogue, evade a city full of hunters, prove she's not responsible for the rogue, and keep the vampire council from killing her. All while sorting out an apprentice mage, a married ex-boyfriend shifter-hunter, and the vampire who made her.

From Goodreads:
Newly undead shifter-turned-vampire Kita Nekai is coming to grips with the reality that her cat has not awakened since her change. 

What she needs is a little time to adjust to her new liquid diet and the increasingly complex attraction to her sire, Nathanial. What she gets is a headless harlequin. With the body count rising, Kita is dragged into a dangerous game of vampire politics. Her involvement draws the attention of an ancient vampire known as the Collector who has a penchant for acquiring the unusual - like a pureblood shifter-turned vampire.

Kita still has unfinished business of her own and finds herself deeper in magical debt.

It's a bad time to be a kitten who can't slip her skin.

My Review:


Author: Kalayna Price
Series: Haven #1, 2
Read: July 15th, 16th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Really enjoy her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc
Published: January 9th 2009, February 2nd 2010
/5 Hearts
/5 Books
/5 Stars

Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Reviews


Follow Friday #297, July 21st

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:


GFC

email

bloglovin

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

The Reward Challenge Update #305, July 21st

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 Once Bitten
Twice Dead
Forbidden Nights With a Vampire
The Vampire and the Virgin
Eat Prey Love
Obsidian Butterfly
Narcissus in Chains
Night Lost
Evermore
The Girl's Guide to Vampires
Blood Magic
Demon Kin

which counts twice/# times as a ,

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

First Lines Friday #323, July 21st

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 drove to the outskirts of town, wondering again why I bothered with these visits. I could hear Drake's voice. 'Why do you waste your time? The man probably doesn't even know you're there.'      Drake Darvon was my best friend and my sparring partner. He was also a gargoyle. Real live blue-blooded in-the-flesh gargoyle. Drake didn't realize I went because I needed to. Because something deep inside me drew me to Samuel." -Blood Magic by T.G. Ayer

Ok, very interesting opening! I want to know what's going on, and more about this world! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Random Reads #295, July 20th

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  which turned out to be ! It's been on my TBR pile since , and I added it because ! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #310, July 20th

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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.
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"A few years back she'd scanned and transferred her map onto the system, and now marked of the places she'd been with a software program designed for bikers who enjoyed riding off the beaten path." -Night Lost by Lynn Viehl, page 76.

Ok, sounds good! I have nothing else to say!

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Will the Time Come #320, July 20th

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

From Goodreads:
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Why the time hasn't come yet...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #323, July 19th

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

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows
Expected Publication: September 12th, 2017
From Goodreads:
“A fully realized fantasy world complete with dragons, treachery, and flawed characters discovering their courage. I couldn’t put it down!” —C. J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow Queen

From the New York Times bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane comes a smoldering new fantasy trilogy perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Kristin Cashore about a girl condemned for defending dragons and the inner fire that may be her only chance of escape.

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles.

Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses. 

And that’s all before she ignites. 


Warcross by Marie Lu
Expected Publication: September 12th, 2017
From Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Blood Guard by Megan Erickson
Expected Publication: September 12th, 2017
From Goodreads:
Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

Odd & True by Cat Winters
Expected Publication: September 12th, 2017
From Goodreads:
Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all. 

Yeah, the books coming out on the 12th, well, not as many as the 5th, but I can't wait to read these books, they look really fantastic! What about you guys? Happy reading!