Saturday, May 25, 2019

Week 21 Reviews: Death and the Girl Next Door, Death, Doom, and Detention, Death, and the Girl He Loves




From Goodreads:
Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace.  Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home.  For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.  Until the day the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it,  standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.  Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school.  Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.  What does Jared know about her parents?  Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei?  And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?  Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones's first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.

From Goodreads:
The normal part of Lorelei MacAlister’s life didn't just slip away quietly the day Jared Kovach came to town. Nope. The normal part of her life shattered. It exploded. It burst into a gazillion shards of fleeting light.

It went out with a bang.

Goodbye normal.

Hello dark and eerie.

While her best friend, Brooklyn, is focusing all of her energy on helping Lorelei hone her abilities, Lorelei is dealing with the reality that Satan's second in command has taken up residence inside her body. Oh, and the fact that she has a crush on the Angel of Death. But what a beautiful death it is. If those weren't bad enough, something sinister has come to town and it wants nothing more than to hear Lorelei's dying breath as it strangles it out of her. Thank goodness the gang has a supernatural champion. But what happens when the only being who can save them switches sides midstream? How can a group of misfits capture one of the most powerful beings ever created? And will they find out how to bring Jared back to them before it’s too late?

From Goodreads:
The fate of the world is not something a girl wants on her shoulders, and that is especially true for Lorelei McAlister, even though that is exactly where the world's fate has decided to take up residence. Lorelei has seen first hand the horrors that lie beneath our everyday world. And those horrors are getting her friends killed. Because of this, she agrees to leave the sanctity of her hometown and is sent to a different world entirely. A boarding school. But even here she is being watched. Someone knows what she is. What she carries inside her soul. And now, alone and vulnerable, she must face the fact that there are people who want her dead, and no matter where she goes, no matter how far she runs, the lives of her friends and family are in mortal peril. 

My first review of Death and the Girl Next DoorDeath, Doom, and DetentionDeath, and the Girl He Loves
My second review of Death and the Girl Next Door, Death, Doom, and Detention, Death, and the Girl He Loves
My Review:


Author: Darynda Jones
Series: Darklight #1, 2, 3
First Read: December 5th, 2012, March 11th, 2013, October 16th, 2013
Second Read: July 13th, 13th, 13th, 2014
Read: May 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 2019
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Books! And Death, and the Girl He Loves is a End of Series 2019 Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: October 2nd 2012, March 5th 2013, October 8th 2013

Death and the Girl Next Door:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Death, Doom, and Detention:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Death, and the Girl He Loves:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 21 Reviews: The Spring Before I Met You, The Summer Before I Met You, Unspoken, The Night After I Lost You, Untold, Unmade






From Goodreads:
Introduction by Holly Black:

I had the privilege of reading this story many months ago and swooning over it almost as much as I swooned over Unspoken, the first book of Sarah Rees Brennan's gorgeously crafted modern gothic trilogy. Sarah's writing is incredible in that she is able to write these witty, lush scenes that have you smiling along until suddenly, in a single sentence, she reaches out to break your heart.

This story introduces us to one of the main characters of Unspoken, Jared Lynburn. Seeing him as the broken, dangerous, closed-off teenager that he appears to be from the outside allows us to anticipate all of the insight we'll have into his character when we get inside his head--which we will, since he's the heroine's "imaginary friend."

I enjoy the contrast of Jared's loneliness in the rough streets of Hunters Point/Bayview in San Francisco and the small, strange English town Jared is headed toward, and the girl he is about to meet. But most of all, in this story, I enjoy Jared himself, a character who is a study in contrasts--pushed to such extremes of despair and fury that he's truly capable of anything and yet capable of vast kindness, gentleness and humor.

From Goodreads:
"Take care of your spirit, Kami," said Megumi. "And don’t burn the place down."

Kami grabbed both the suitcases and headed for the cabin she was sharing with Liz and Angela. Liz walked with her, and on their way Kami stopped.

"My Sobo was exaggerating," she said earnestly. "There have been very few fires."

From Goodreads:
Kami Glass loves someone she's never met . . . a boy she's talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn't silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn't suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the-Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?

From Goodreads:
A Lynburn Legacy present for you, my petal darlings.

Set the night after the end of Unspoken, before all the action of Untold. You have to keep moving in a Gothic mystery. But sometimes you can take a night to be sad.

From Goodreads:
It's time to choose sides.... 

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren't the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she's now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan's Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

From Goodreads:
A modern, magical twist on the Gothic romance and girl detective genres, the Lynburn Legacy books will appeal to fans of both Beautiful Creatures and the Mortal Instruments series.

Powerful love comes with a price. Who will be the sacrifice?

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

As coauthor with Cassandra Clare of the bestselling Bane Chronicles, Sarah Rees Brennan has mastered the art of the page-turner. This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.

My first review of The Spring Before I Met You, The Summer Before I Met You, Unspoken, The Night After I Lost You, Untold, Unmade
My second review of Unspoken

My Review:


Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #0.24, 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 3
First Read: October 31st, 2012, November 4th, 4th, 5th, 2014, April 16th, 16th, 2015
Second Read: November 5th, 2014
Read: May 18th, 18th, 20th, 20th, 21st, 21st, 2019
Source: Free, Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books! And The Night After I Lost You is a LLFL Book!
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Published: September 11th 2012, September 5th 2012, September 11th 2012, September 25th 2013, September 24th 2013, September 23rd, 2014

The Spring Before I Met You:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Summer Before I Met You:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Unspoken:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Night After I Lost You:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Untold:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Unmade:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 21 Review: Leonie Hendricks: Demon P.I.

From Goodreads:
It takes a demon to catch a demon.

Got a dispute with another demon and killing them just won't solve it? Leonie Hendricks gets results, no matter what the cost.

Even if her life-long internal battle with her non-human side is seriously taking its toll.

A new case throws Leonie back into the arms of the man who broke her heart. While she'd rather stab him and get on with her life, her professional principles demand that she hunt down her client's fiendish assailant before innocent humans get caught in the crossfire.

But when things take a sinister turn, Leonie finds herself in a deadly fight not just for her heart, but for her very soul.

The stabbing, however, is still on the table. A girl's got to have a Plan B.

***Please note: While this can be read as a standalone adventure, this story is best read AFTER the Nava Katz series as it builds on events in those books.

My Review:


Author: Deborah Wilde
Series: Nadia Katz #6.5
Read: May 18th, 2019
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: I really enjoy this series and her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2019 Book!
Publisher: Te Da Media
Published: April 1st 2019
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, May 24, 2019

The Reward Challenge Update #401, May 24th

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

which counts twice/times as a ,

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

Book Blogger Hop #85, May 24th

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Question of the week is: Do you continue with a book even though you aren't liking it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

Depends on the level of dislike, and how far I'm into the book. Sometimes, if I take some time away from a book, then I can finish it. I've only DNF'ed one book with this. What about you guys? Happy reading!

First Lines Friday #419, May 24th

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!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

We Have the Cover of October Daye #13!!!!

Yeah., we have the cover of The Unkindest Tide by Seanan McGuire! And it's so great!

Random Reads #392, May 23rd

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 2265 which turned out to be At the King's Command by Susan Wiggs! It's been on my TBR pile since January 19th, 2012, and I added it because I enjoy her writing! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #406, May 23rd

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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!

"Thankfully, Tabitha Sind didn't live right next door." -Death, Doom, and Detention by Darynda Jones, page 1.

Yes, thank goodness!

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

Will the Time Come #416, May 23rd

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

Fourteen-year-old Kentucky girl Ricki Jo Winstead, who would prefer to be called Ericka, thank you very much, is eager to shed her farmer's daughter roots and become part of the popular crowd at her small town high school. She trades her Bible for Seventeen magazine, buys new "sophisticated" clothes and somehow manages to secure a tenuous spot at the cool kids table. She's on top of the world, even though her best friend and the boy next door Luke says he misses "plain old Ricki Jo."

Caught between being a country girl and wannabe country club girl, Ricki Jo begins to forget who she truly is: someone who doesn't care what people think and who wouldn't let a good-looking guy walk all over her. It takes a serious incident out on Luke's farm for Ricki Jo to realize that being a true friend is more important than being popular. 

Why the time hasn't come yet...
As always, probably because I don't see it around. But I hope I read it soon, it sounds like a lot of fun! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We Have the Cover of Honey Badger Chronicles #3!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover (and title) of Badgered to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston!

We Have the Cover of Arc of the Scythe #3!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of The Toll by Neal Shusterman, and yeah, it's pretty spectacular!

Waiting on Wednesday #419, May 22nd

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

Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston
Expected Publication: July 23rd, 2019
From Goodreads:
The highly anticipated sequel to Heart of Iron, Soul of Stars is a thrilling sci-fi adventure packed with romance, shocking twists, and witty banter, perfect for fans of Six of Crows and Cinder.

Once Ana was an orphaned space outlaw. Then she was the Empress of the Iron Kingdom. Now, thought dead by most of the galaxy after she escaped from the dark AI program called the HIVE, Ana is desperate for a way to save Di from the HIVE’s evil clutches and take back her kingdom.

Ana’s only option is to find Starbright, the one person who hacked into the HIVE and lived to tell the tale. But when Ana’s desperation costs the crew of the Dossier a terrible price, Ana and her friends are sent spiraling through the most perilous reaches of the Iron Kingdom to stop the true arbiter of evil in her world: an ancient world-ending deity called the Great Dark.

Their journey will take their sharp-witted pilot, Jax, to the home he never wanted to return to and the dangerous fate he left behind. And when Robb finds out who Jax really is, he must contend with his own feelings for the boy he barely knows, and question whether he truly belongs with this group of outcasts.

When facing the worst odds, can Ana and her crew of misfits find a way to stop the Great Dark once and for all? 

The King by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Expected Publication: July 23rd, 2019
From Goodreads:
From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next installment in her Wicked series.

As Caden and Brighton's attraction grows despite the odds stacked against a happily ever after, they must work together to stop an Ancient fae from releasing the Queen, who wants nothing more than to see Caden become the evil Prince once feared by fae and mortals alike.
The Seekers by Heather Graham
Expected Publication: July 23rd, 2019
From Goodreads:
THE TRUTH IS SCARIER THAN FICTION

Keri Wolf has joined the crew of The Seekers, a show that searches for paranormal phenomena, as they explore a supposedly haunted old inn on the road between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. The place is famous for its warm welcome—and infamous for being the site of an ax murder rampage in the 1920s. They’ve barely begun when a very real dead body is discovered in the basement. As a nonfiction author, Keri is supposed to be the rational one, but she can’t explain a terrifying apparition that seems to be both a threat and a warning.

Former detective Joe Dunhill knows what she’s going through—the strange gift of being able to see and talk to the dead is a struggle he shares. A new member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, he’s on the team investigating the disturbing death. The town is steeped in old-fashioned superstition, and the deeper Joe and Keri plunge into the dark secrets of the inn, the closer they get to a devastating truth. Will a bloody history be repeated? Or can the spirits of the past reach out to stop a killer?

Yeah, some really great books, authors and series! I can't wait for them to come out and to read them! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #423, May 22nd

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 currently reading Death and the Girl Next Door, really enjoying reading about Lorelei, Jared and the gang!
I read Unmade, and it was a spectacular ending to the series, I enjoyed it so much!
I'm going to be reading Death, Doom and Detention, and I can't wait because I love this series and her writing!

What about you guys? Happy reading!