Sunday, June 17, 2018

Wrote that Review Update #201, June 17th

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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 Dragon Bound, Storm Bound, Serpent's Kiss, True Colors, Oracle's Moon, Natural Evil, Devil's Gate, Hunter's Season, Lord's Fall, The Wicked, Kinked, Dragos Takes a Holiday, Pia Saves the Day, Peanut Goes to School, This is Where It Ends, Moonlight Seduction, Bones Are Forever, Bones in Her Pocket, Bones of the Lost, so I have 4 of 4 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 #204, June 17th

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 25:
Swamp Bones by Kathy Reichs, Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs, Bones on Ice by Kathy Reichs, Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs, Night's Honor by Thea Harrison, Midnight's Kiss by Thea Harrison, Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison, Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison, Shadow's End by Thea Harrison, Liam Takes Manhattan by Thea Harrison, Dragos Meets Stinkypot by Thea Harrison, The Chosen by Thea Harrison, Planet Dragos by Thea Harrison, #MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 1. Check.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 13. Check.

Almost all of these books are from 2 series, but with this I'll catch up with what's been published in both series, so yeah, happy with that!

Week 24:
Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs, Bones in her Pocket by Kathy Reichs, Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs, Origins by Taran Matharu, A Fine Welcoming by Taran Matharu, The Novice by Taran Matharu, A Flicker in the Clarity by Amy McNamara, Serpent's Heart by Thea Harrison

vs.

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison, Storm Bound by Thea Harrison, Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison, True Colors by Thea Harrison, Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison, Natural Evil by Thea Harrison, Devil's Gate by Thea Harrison, Hunter's Season by Thea Harrison, Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison, The Wicked by Thea Harrison, Kinked by Thea Harrison, Dragos Takes a Holiday by Thea Harrison, Pia Saves the Day by Thea Harrison, Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison, This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L,. Armentrout, Bones Are Forever by Kathy Reichs, Bones in Her Pocket by Kathy Reichs, Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs

All in all, I read most of what I wanted to read, and I read plenty more than that! So yeah, really happy with that, it was a great week! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Week 24 Reviews: Bones Are Forever, Bones in Her Pocket, Bones of the Lost



From Goodreads:
A riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan—a story of infanticide, murder, and corruption, set in the high-stakes, high-danger world of diamond mining.

A woman calling herself Amy Roberts checks into a Montreal hospital complaining of uncontrolled bleeding. Doctors see evidence of a recent birth, but before they can act, Roberts disappears. Dispatched to the address she gave at the hospital, police discover bloody towels outside in a Dumpster. Fearing the worst, they call Temperance Brennan to investigate.

In a run-down apartment Tempe makes a ghastly discovery: the decomposing bodies of three infants. According to the landlord, a woman named Alma Rogers lives there. Then a man shows up looking for Alva Rodriguez. Are Amy Roberts, Alma Rogers, and Alva Rodriguez the same person? Did she kill her own babies? And where is she now?

Heading up the investigation is Tempe's old flame, Homicide Detective Andrew Ryan. His counterpart from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is Sergeant Ollie Hasty, who happens to have a little history with Tempe himself, which she regrets. This unlikely trio follows the woman's trail, first to Edmonton, and then to Yellowknife, a remote diamond-mining city deep in the Northwest Territories. What they find in Yellowknife is more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

From Goodreads:
Dr Temperance Brennan is in unfamiliar territory as she races to learn the truth from the bones - before it's too late. A new, exclusive straight-to-digital short story from Kathy Reichs, world leading forensic anthropologist and No.1 bestselling author of Deja Dead, Bones Are Forever and Bones of the Lost.

Dr. Tempe Brennan has seen it all. Human bones. Animal bones. Old bones. Young bones. Male bones. Female bones. What she hasn't seen is all of them mixed together in the same case.

Until now.

The foothills of North Carolina aren't the only unfamiliar territory Tempe faces as she races to learn the meaning of the Bones in Her Pocket.


Multi-million copy, international bestselling thriller writer Kathy Reichs is an expert in forensic science, giving her fiction an authenticity other crime writers would kill for.

From Goodreads:
#1 "New York Times "bestselling author Kathy Reichs returns with her sixteenth riveting novel featuring forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan, whose examination of a young girl killed in a hit and run in North Carolina triggers an investigation into international human trafficking.

When Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway, Temperance Brennan fears the worst. The girl's body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse police find the ID card of a prominent local businessman, John-Henry Story, who died in a horrific flea market fire months earlier. Was the girl an illegal immigrant turning tricks? Was she murdered?

The medical examiner has also asked Tempe to examine a bundle of Peruvian dog mummies confiscated by U.S. Customs. A Desert Storm veteran named Dominick Rockett stands accused of smuggling the objects into the country. Could there be some connection between the trafficking of antiquities-and the trafficking of humans?

As the case deepens, Tempe must also grapple with personal turmoil. Her daughter Katy, grieving the death of her boyfriend in Afghanistan, impulsively enlists in the Army. Meanwhile, Katy's father Pete is frustrated by Tempe's reluctance to finalize their divorce. As pressure mounts from all corners, Tempe soon finds herself at the center of a conspiracy that extends all the way from South America, to Afghanistan, and right to the center of Charlotte. 

My Review:


Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan #15, 15.5, 16
Read: June 15th, 15th, 15th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike, Own
Reason Why: Love this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books!
Publisher: Scribner, Cornerstone Digital, Pocket Star
Published: August 28th 2012, July 11th 2013, June 17th 2014

Bones Are Forever:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Bones in Her Pocket:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Bones of the Lost:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 24 Review: Moonlight Seduction

From Goodreads:
The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout's sizzling new novel . . .

Nicolette Bresson never thought she'd return to the de Vincents' bayou compound. It's where her parents work, where Nikki grew up . . . and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki's time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki's space as much as possible.

Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He'd wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he's known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman . . . one who's being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

My Review:


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: de Vincent #2
Read: June 14th, 2018
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Avon
Expected Publication: June 26th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 24 Review: This Is Where It Ends

From Goodreads:
10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

My Review:


Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Read: June 13th, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a SAC 2018 Book!
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Published: January 5th 2016
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 24 Reviews: Dragon Bound, Storm's Heart, Serpent's Kiss, True Colors, Oracle's Moon, Natural Evil, Devil's Gate, Hunter's Season, Lord's Fall, The Wicked, Kinked, Dragos Takes a Holiday, Pia Saves the Day, Peanut Goes to School











From Goodreads:
Half-human and half-Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful—and passionate—of the Elder Races.

As the most feared and respected of the Wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they've ignited in each other.

Pia knows she must repay Dragos for her trespass, but refuses to become his slave—although she cannot deny wanting him, body and soul. 

From Goodreads:
He's a Wyr warrior, a god of storms. She's the heir to the Dark Fae throne. But desire will bring both to their knees in this all-new Novel of the Elder Races.

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend to the throne.

Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the Wyr's best weapons. And he's sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them—a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.

From Goodreads:
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, a Queen on the brink of sanity has no one to rely on except the Wyr warrior whose conviction is every bit as strong as his passion.

In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling—without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.

Recently, Carling's Power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee in fear. Despite the danger, Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help her find a cure for the serpent's kiss—the vampyric disease that's killing her.

With their desire for each other escalating just as quickly as Carling's instability spirals out of control, the sentinel and the Queen will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent's kiss.

From Goodreads:
Meeting your soulmate? Great. Preventing your possible murder? Even better.

Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she's just found the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a wolf Wyr and current detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime—and, as Alice oh-so-inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate.


But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.

From Goodreads:
When Grace Andreas's sister, Petra, and her husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children--neither of which she is prepared for. Then Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn Prince of House Marid, decides to make himself a part of the household both as guardian and counterpoint to Grace's impudence towards the Elder Races. 

From Goodreads:
Attempted Murder. Passion. Betrayal. It s a dog-eat-dog world. 

Claudia Hunter is on a road trip through the Nevada desert when she sees the body of a dog on the side of the highway. Pulling over to investigate, she quickly determines that the enormous animal is clinging to life. While working to save him with the help of the local vet, Claudia realizes there s something about the creature that seems "more." Other. "Wyr." Which makes this case of animal cruelty attempted murder.

Too injured to shape shift, Luis Alvaraz is reluctant to tell Claudia what he knows about his attack, afraid it will only make her a target. But the sheriff is corrupt, and his attackers know Luis is alive and vulnerable. To make matters worse, a sandstorm is sweeping into town, and if they're going to survive the night, Luis will have to place all his trust in Claudia.


Warning: Take a gorgeous man temporarily stuck in the dog house, add a strong, take-no-prisoners woman, mix in encroaching enemies and a raging sandstorm and stir to combine. Enjoy with a freshly opened can of whoop-ass.

From Goodreads:
When it comes to love between a medusa and a Vampyre, it's every man, woman, and snake for themselves…

As a coroner, medusa Seremela Telemar has always felt more comfortable chatting over a dead body than over drinks. But when her wild niece, Vetta, runs off to Devil’s Gate, a lawless town that has sprung up overnight in a modern-day gold rush, she knows she has to extricate her before the rebellious girl gets into real trouble. Though she's confident in her head snakes' ability to defend her against attackers, Seremela is still a bit nervous about braving this modern-day Wild West by herself.

Vampyre Duncan Turner is not about to let his new co-worker go into that chaos alone. His Vampyric power and lawyer smarts make him the perfect ally, and the fact that he already had his eye on Seremela for more…personal reasons, doesn't hurt matters. Any romantic thoughts pull up short, however, when they arrive at Devil's Gate and learn Vetta is set to hang by morning.


In order to save Vetta and themselves, Seremela and Duncan are going to have to fight fire with force and magic with fangs. And pray they make it out of Devil’s Gate alive.

From Goodreads:
Duty. Devotion. Desire. When fate brings two isolated people together, love is in the cards.

As a palace guard and assassin for the Dark Fae, Xanthe always wore a mask, hiding her emotions to do her duty. But when her identity is compromised, she trades undercover work for guarding Queen Niniane—a position that often brings her in contact with Chancellor Aubrey Riordan.

Aubrey's trust is shattered. A year ago his wife tried to assassinate their new queen in his name, a betrayal of everything he believes in. And now an attack on his life is proof the dark conspiracy is not yet over. Although injured and weak, Aubrey can't help but be drawn to this shy assassin and loyal protector. Xanthe is everything Naida wasn't, and the passion she stirs in him is something he thought had long passed him by.


Warning: Take a man recovering from an assassination attempt, the assassin sworn to protect him, add in a magical Tarot card deck and an isolated cabin, and watch the sparks fly! 

From Goodreads:
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…

Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she's mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs' frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.


In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia's negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear… 

From Goodreads:
The adventure of a lifetime might just end in turmoil, but when it includes meeting your future mate, who gives a hoot? 

For a librarian with a focus on rare magic books, Olivia's new job is a dream come true. She has been hired as part of a team to help manage the safe transportation of the collection of books owned by the Vampyre sorceress Carling Severan. The fact that the library is located on a mysterious island in an Other land only heightens the adventure. 

Head of security for the expedition, Sebastian Hale is tired of his rootless life of adventure and finds himself attracted to the calm, beautiful librarian. But he is living a personal nightmare. He has been hit with a curse that is slowly taking away his sight, and he doesn't know if he will survive the results. 

But the powerful feelings growing between them, along with Sebastian's inner turmoil, take a backseat when they learn there is a traitor lurking among their expedition team. With Elder Races politics and a priceless library on the line, they'll have to rely on each other to survive the experience. 


Warning: When a librarian who likes to nest meets an owl Wyr who has always lived for adventure, their romance won't just be fly-by-night… 

From Goodreads:
As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she's ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy's incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.


To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin's mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

From Goodreads:
The Bermuda Triangle. Pirates. The Peanut. What could possibly go wrong?

Dragos Cuelebre needs a vacation. So does Pia, his mate. When the First Family of the Wyr head to Bermuda for some much needed R&R, it's no ordinary undertaking - and no ordinary weekend in the sun. Between hunting for ancient treasure buried beneath the waves and keeping track of their son, Liam—a.k.a. Peanut, whose Wyr abilities are manifesting far ahead of schedule—it’s a miracle that Pia and Dragos can get any time together.

They're determined to make the most of each moment, no matter who tries to get in their way.


And did we mention pirates?

From Goodreads:
In the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet—each other…

Pia and Dragos's magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn't enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York.

Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety. It's a breath of fresh air—literally—but their idyllic situation is shattered when Dragos is injured in a freak accident.

Stripped of his memory and bereft of Pia's taming influence, there's nothing holding back Dragos's darkest side. And in order to restore her family and save her mate, Pia must confront the most powerful menace in Elder Races history.


It's going to take more than a penny to fix this…

From Goodreads:
Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon.

Dragos's son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart.

A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more Power than almost anyone else. In an effort to give him a taste of normality, no matter how fleeting, his parents Pia and Dragos enroll him in first grade.

They hope school will help teach Liam how to relate to others, a vital skill that will help him control his growing Power. But school has a surprising number of pitfalls, and relating to others can be a tricky business.

When a classmate is threatened, Liam must quickly learn self-control, how to rein in his instincts, and govern his temper, because there's no doubt about it—he is fast becoming one of the most dangerous creatures in all of the Elder Races.

My Review:


Author: Thea Harrison
Series: Elder Races #1, 2, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7
Read: June 9th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 11th, 11th, 12th, 12th, 12th, 12th, 13th, 13th, 13th, 13th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books!
Publisher: Berkley Books, Samhain Publishing, Ltd., Berkley, Penguin Group (USA),  Teddy Harrison LLC
Published: May 1st 2011, August 1st 2011, October 1st 2011, December 13th 2011, March 1st 2012, March 20th 2012, June 5th 2012, September 18th 2012, November 6th 2012, July 2nd 2013, November 5th 2013, November 28th 2013, June 23rd 2014, July 1st 2014

Dragon Bound:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Storm's Heart:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Serpent's Kiss:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









True Colors:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Oracle's Moon:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Natural Evil:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Devil's Gate:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Hunter's Season:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Lord's Fall:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Wicked:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Kinked:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Dragos Takes a Holiday:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Pia Saves the Day:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Peanut Goes to School:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars