Sunday, January 31, 2016

New Monthly Challenges

I just can't seem to get enough of these monthly challenges! I have decided to participate in two different challenges this month from two groups on Goodreads.com


PNR/UF Addicts & Newbies
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17998836-february-2016---back-to-the-basics
Back to Basics Challenge
Level: Read-a-holic

0/10 Completed

Read a book with:

1. Vampire: As long as it sucks blood, its a vampire
2. Werewolf: A shifter of the canine variety
3. Shifter: Any shapeshifter that does not turn wolfy.
4. Demon or Angel: There could even be both!
5. Witch/Warlock/Wizard: These magical folk might be casting spells, creating potions, causing mischief, etc.
6. God/Goddess: Any background is fair game, be it Greek, Norse, Egyptian, etc.
7. Ghost: Sentient beings, often see-through.
8. Magic: This is pretty open - it can be used for a specific character creating/using magic, or in some cases, simply magic being present.
9. Person involved in Paranormal Death: A character that Sees/Hears/Senses the Dead, Grim Reaper, Causes Death by Touch/Kiss.
10. All the Rest!: Here's the catch-all category. If you're reading a paranormal book that does not fall into one of the above categories, it will probably fall into this one.





Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17991945-february-2016-challenge
0/10 Completed
“ Goddess challenge” ~ February 2016 Challenge for the Month of Love.

1 ~ Aphrodite ~Read a book where a war or battle takes place, or a book where MC fight over a love interest.
2 ~ Ishtar ~ Read a book involving demons or a book where at least part of the story takes place in an underground realm.
3 ~ Inanna ~Read a book where a wedding takes place, or where someone is having a baby, or a book where one of the characters is a virgin.
4 ~ Ashtart or Astarte ~ Read a book about shifters.
5 ~ Venus ~ Read a book involving any woodland creatures, Fairies, Elves, Fae, Dryads, Satyrs, Gnomes, Nymphs, etc.
6 ~ Hathor ~ Read a book where a MC has powers similar to the sun, some sort of fire power or pyrokinetics, dragon shifter, fire demon, etc.
7 ~ Isis ~ Read a book where a MC is some kind of magic user, spellcaster, sorcerer, or mage.
8 ~ Freya ~ Read a book where a character has the power of divination or foretelling the future or a book where at least part of the story involves time traveling to another time or place.
9 ~ NĂ¼gua ~ Read a book where at least 1 character is of Asian descent, or a book where there’s some sort of Asian martial arts fighting, or a book where part of the story takes place in an Asian named place or city.
10 ~ Tlazolteotl ~ Read a book where at least 1 MC is a werewolf.



Sounds fun, right!? Well, if you have any great books that fit these guidelines, I'm always open to suggestions. Wish me luck!

Reading Challenges Updates & Progress

It's most definitely that time of the month!

...Reading challenges updates, that is...

In January, I participated in two monthly challenges through two different groups on Goodreads.

PNF/UF Addicts & Newbies
Fresh Start Challenge
January 2016 Monthly Challenge – Fresh Start
Duration: January 1st, 2016 – January 31st, 2016.

Level: Medium - Pick 4

*** CHALLENGE COMPLETED***

4/4 Read

1. New Author:
The Hunted (The Hunted #1) by Kristy Berridge
Read 1/3/2016

2. New Series :
Crux (Southern Arcana, Book #1) by Moira Rogers
Read 1/2/2016

3. Genre:
The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior Series,#1) by Beth Trissel
Read 1/16/2016

4. New Release
Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes
Read 1/10/2016

Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
Cover Color Challenge
January 2016 Monthly Challenge - Color Challenge
Duration: January 1st, 2016 – January 31st, 2016

*** CHALLENGE COMPLETED ***

10/10 Read

Read a book with a cover that has the color:
1) White - Read 1/1/2016
The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals, #1) by Michelle Madow

2) Blue- Read 1/6/2016
The Damned (The Hunted #2) by Kristy Berridge

3) Black - Read 1/1/2016
Girl Meets Underworld (Girl Meets Underworld, #1) by Jess Watkins


4) Grey/Silver - Read 1/9/2016
The Aligned (The Hunted #3) by Kristy Berridge

5) Green - Read 1/10/2016
Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes

6) Yellow/gold - Read 1/16/2016
Allies & Assassins (Allies & Assassins #1) by Justin Somper

7) Red - Read 1/3/2016
The Hunted (The Hunted #1) by Kristy Berridge

8) Pink - Read 1/31/2016
Gifted Thief (Highland Magic #1) by Helen Harper

9) Purple - Read 1/16/2016
The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior Series,#1) by Beth Trissel

10) Orange - Read 1/2/2016
Crux (Southern Arcana, Book #1) by Moira Rogers

Covers:



2016 Yearly Reading Challenges

I am also participating in two differently challenges that run the entire year of 2016

2016 Yearly Reading Challenge

Start Date: January 1, 2016
End Date: December 31,2016
Read 100 books in 2016

12 of 100 books read
You can see my progress on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/3692461


2016 Numbers Challenge
Read books with a number in the title
Start Date: January 08, 2016
End Date: January 08, 2017

0 of 15 books read

So that wraps up January's monthly challenges and my progress so far with my yearly challenges! Stay tuned for February's challenges!

"Gifted Thief" - Helen Harper

Gifted Thief (Highland Magic, #1)Gifted Thief by Helen Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Title: Gifted Thief
Author: Helen Harper
Series: Highland Magic #1
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

My Review:

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Wowzers!!!!

Did I mention how fortunate I was to get a copy of this book!? Because, it wasn't just fortunate. It was as if the book gods looked down upon me and smiled. They said, our poor avid fantasy lover reader has not found a new series to fall head over heels in love with this year. We must remedy that. Here, have this book!

Okay, book gods and all aside, this was freaking fantastic. I mean seriously, it has the best recipe for a freaking amazeballs book. Its like the author made a check list of all things phenomenal and somehow managed to include every single thing on her list without even having to try! The book was absolutely along the lines of being epic with the author making it look effortless.

The characters are kick butt fantastic. I mean, come on! Who doesn't like a sassy strong female lead who has the worst jokes this side of the continent? Its just a big ball of awesome. A new twist on fae in a modern world has a needs no saving criminal with morals lead character with a midget sidekick genie with a knack for disastrous wishes and the ultimate hands-off-no-touchy-bad-boy-dreamcicle. Yeah, its that kind of awesome.

My only real disappointment is, that while I've been supremely lucky in receiving an arc copy of this book, who knows when the next book comes out!




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"Violca's Dragon" - Leilani Love

Violca's Dragon (The Dragon Ruby Series Book 1)Violca's Dragon by Leilani Love

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Title: Violca's Dragon
Author: Leilani Love
Series: The Dragon Ruby Series #1
Publication: November 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review:

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

I am delightedly torn over this book. I found myself fascinated with the characters and the plot through the entire book as well as wishing the author had left out the more 'erotic' scenes.

I personally thought that the romance, while not bad, definitely didn't need to be steered int he direction of erotic. In my opinion, it was almost an afterthought to add it in, in hopes of catching more attention from readers of the erotic variety. I would just as soon have the author leave that behind and focus more on the diamond in the rough story she has going.

The story... oh the story! Its not often I find myself completely fascinated and thoroughly immersed in a book in this genre anymore, but Ms. Love, certainly caught my attention. I loved the fact that I constantly wanted to know more. I felt like I needed to know more! It will be a lot of fun to see where this series goes and how the point of views will change throughout.

My honest to goodness favorite part of this book was the whole Kati and Scott imprint thing. I am just dying to know what will happen between them and see how this turns out! I foresee some seriously awesome installments in this series.






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Thursday, January 28, 2016

"Ariel" - Donna McDonald

Ariel (Nano Wolves #1)Ariel by Donna McDonald

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Title: Ariel
Author: Donna McDonald
Series: Nano Wolves, #1
Publication Date: February 2015
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
My Rating: 2 Stars

Overview:

Despite her sharp scientific mind and her degree in bio-molecular genetics, Dr. Ariel Jones hasn’t figured out how her life changed so much in a single day. Before she can blink and ask about what is going on, she’s being shot with a billion nanos and some very potent wolf blood.

Now she can suddenly turn into a giant white wolf with the blood-lust of a starving animal.

My Review:

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

If I had to describe this book in one word, it would have to be 'bored'.

While the idea behind the main characters' transformation into a wolf was intriguing and not something I have seen done before, I just found myself entirely bored with the whole book. It just didn't have that extra 'bite' that I was hoping for. Instead, it came across as very monologue-ish and entirely distant.

Too bad, because it was a fine idea.




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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Reading Challenges Update

Another week has flown by and I just can't believe it's the middle of January already! As promised, I have updated my monthly challenges for January 2016. I am participating in two challenges this month and I have completed one of them. Take a look below to see what I've been up to!

Monthly Challenges - January 2016

Fresh Start Challenge
Duration: January 1st, 2016 – January 31st, 2016.

Challenge Rules & Progress https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17928206-january-2016---fresh-start

Read:
1) New Author
2) New Series
3) New Genre
4) New Release


Difficulty Levels:
Easy (2 books) – Read any 2 options
Medium (4 books) – Read all 4 options
Hard (6 books) – Read all 4 options, and then choose 2 options to repeat with different titles
Read-a-holic (8 books) – Read all of the options with 2 titles each


My Progress

****CHALLENGE COMPLETED***

4/4 Read

1. New Author: Read 1/3/2016
The Hunted (The Hunted #1) by Kristy Berridge


2. New Series : Read 1/2/2016
Crux (Southern Arcana, Book #1) by Moira Rogers

3. Genre : Read 1/16/2016
The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior Series,#1) by Beth Trissel

4. New Release : Read 1/10/2016
Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes


The Cover Color Challenge
Duration: January 1st, 2016 – January 31st, 2016

Challenge Rules & Progress: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17895961-january-challenge-2016

Read a book with a cover in the following colors:
1) White
2) Blue
3) Black
4) Grey/silver
5) Green
6) Yellow/gold
7) Red
8) Pink
9) Purple
10) Orange


My Progress

9/10 Read

1) White - Read 1/1/2016
The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals, #1) by Michelle Madow

2) Blue- Read 1/6/2016
The Damned (The Hunted #2) by Kristy Berridge

3) Black - Read 1/1/2016
Girl Meets Underworld (Girl Meets Underworld, #1) by Jess Watkins


4) Grey/Silver - Read 1/9/2016
The Aligned (The Hunted #3) by Kristy Berridge

5) Green - Read 1/10/2016
Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4) by Morgan Rhodes

6) Yellow/gold - Read 1/16/2016
Allies & Assassins (Allies & Assassins #1) by Justin Somper

7) Red - Read 1/3/2016
The Hunted (The Hunted #1) by Kristy Berridge

8) Pink

9) Purple - Read 1/16/2016
The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior Series,#1) by Beth Trissel

10) Orange - Read 1/2/2016
Crux (Southern Arcana, Book #1) by Moira Rogers




"Allies & Assassians" - Jujstin Somper

Allies & Assassins (Allies & Assassins, #1)Allies & Assassins by Justin Somper

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Title: Allies & Assassins
Author: Justin Somper
Series: Allies & Assassins #1
Publication Date: May 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

My Rating: 4 Stars

Overview:
Prince Anders, the ruler of Archenfield, has been murdered, leaving his younger brother, Jared, to ascend the throne. Sixteen-year-old Jared feels unprepared to rule the kingdom and its powerful and dangerous court, yet he knows he can rely on the twelve officers of the court to advise him. He also knows he can just as easily be at their mercy-especially when it appears that one of them may be responsible for his brother's death. Unable to trust anyone, Jared takes it upon himself to hunt down his brother's killer-but the killer may be hunting him, as well.

My Review:
What is wrong with me?!?

I've had this book checked out of the library for-ev-vor... I mean, I was on a perpetual 'renew' cycle every two weeks for nine weeks straight with my local library until I realized that it was due without any more renewals left. Thank you so very much local library gods for having a borrow time length. If not, I might never have actually gotten to delve into this wonderful and amazing story!

This book was phenomenal. It was rich with court intrigue, murder, and mayhem. I loved the absolute mystery throughout the entire story and how the author wove together all the different ideas and theories. I thought it was actually pretty darn awesome how the book took place over the span of about a week. It made everything seem so much... "more". The emotions ran higher, the feelings were so fresh and raw and it gave a boost to the suspense of figuring out what was going on. It was a positively masterful idea on the authors part to have the story play out this way. I will definitely be continuing on in these series!



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Saturday, January 16, 2016

"The Hunter's Moon" - Beth Trissel

The Hunter's Moon (The Secret Warrior Series,#1)The Hunter's Moon by Beth Trissel

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Title: The Hunter's Moon
Author: Beth Trissel
Series: The Secret Warrior Series #1
Publication Date: December 2015
Genre: Young Adult/Romance

My Rating: 2 Stars

Overview:

Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she's hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.

Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.

And that's just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets...

My Review:

I was very kindly given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.


This book was just not for me. While it has a very interesting idea, in fact, an idea I've never come across before in the plethora of shape shifting young adult books, the tone of the writing just absolutely killed it for me.

Basically, in a nut shell, the story and ideas of the story were well thought out and very intriguing but the absolute juvenile writing made me want to gouge my eyes out. Dramatic, I know, but I'm trying to make a point.

I can't even suggest this book to a much younger crowd though because some of the content is not something I would want my middle school aged child to read (if I had a middle school aged child that is). Its a shame really, because this one sure had the potential to be phenomenal.



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Sunday, January 10, 2016

"Frozen Tides" - Morgan Rhodes

Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms, #4)Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Title: Frozen Tides
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Falling Kingdoms #4
Publication Date: December 2015
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars

Overview:
Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

My Review:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

It can't already be over. I definitely did not wait for months and months for this beautiful gem to land in my hands for it to be over so quickly. I need more. I refuse to believe that I read this entire book in one sitting. It just possibly cannot, cannot be over.

This was everything I was waiting for and so much more. I absolutely cannot describe how epic of an author that Rhodes is. She continues to build this magnificent world where all the players have so much to lose and everything to gain. Its beyond amazing. Its breathtaking.

And the characters! Oh my goodness! I just love them all. I honestly have conversations with them, in which they talk back to me (of course).

Thank you and praise to the sweet book gods that Cleo and Magnus finally get their crap together!! I know I've been waiting for it to happen and I was able to breathe a sigh of relief when they finally managed to shut up long enough to stop arguing. (I say that like it was a problem, but in fact, I love the way their relationship plays out)

Jonas, my awful rebel. You need to figure your stuff out, my boy. I mean, my heart breaks for you when you realize too late who you love; but good grief man! Screw that head of yours on straight and kick some butt! Be that rebel burning with a cause and shine.

I'm still just not a fan of Lucia. I just can't wrap my head around miss all powerful sorceress who in all actuality is thew most spoiled, naive creature I think I've come across in this series. I'm sure she'll play a very important role or maybe, we can kill her off too before she makes anymore ridiculously bad decisions involving entities far more destructive and powerful than her.

Honestly though, who am I kidding? I sincerely love all of these characters and what they add to this absolutely epic story. I know only two things that I can write as definite concluding facts:

FACT 1 - That was an entirely mesmerizing installment in one of the best fantasy series ever written

FACT 2 - I need the next book now!



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Reading Challenges

Its that time of year!!!

Each year, I participate in not only yearly, but monthly reading challenges as well, through my Goodreads account and groups. I'm excited to share these with you as we head into an awesome New Year of books!

2016 Year Challenges


Read 100 books in 2016

Start Date: January 1, 2016
End Date: December 31,2016

6 of 100 books read



Read 15 books that have numbers in the title in 2016
Discussion:
Start Date: January 08, 2016
End Date: January 08, 2017

0 of 15 books read


Monthly Challenges - January 2016

Fresh Start Challenge
Duration: January 1st, 2016 – January 31st, 2016.

Challenge Rules & Progress https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17928206-january-2016---fresh-start

Read:
1) New Author
2) New Series
3) New Genre
4) New Release


Difficulty Levels:
Easy (2 books) – Read any 2 options
Medium (4 books) – Read all 4 options
Hard (6 books) – Read all 4 options, and then choose 2 options to repeat with different titles
Read-a-holic (8 books) – Read all of the options with 2 titles each


My Progress

2/4 Read

1. New Author: Read 1/3/2016
The Hunted (The Hunted #1) by Kristy Berridge


2. New Series : Read 1/2/2016
Crux (Southern Arcana, Book #1) by Moira Rogers

3. Genre

4. New Release


The Cover Color Challenge
Duration: January 1st, 2016 – January 31st, 2016

Challenge Rules & Progress: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17895961-january-challenge-2016

Read a book with a cover in the following colors:
1) White
2) Blue
3) Black
4) Grey/silver
5) Green
6) Yellow/gold
7) Red
8) Pink
9) Purple
10) Orange


My Progress

6/10 Read

1) White - Read 1/1/2016
The Prophecy of Shadows (Elementals, #1) by Michelle Madow

2) Blue- Read 1/6/2016
The Damned (The Hunted #2) by Kristy Berridge

3) Black - Read 1/1/2016
Girl Meets Underworld (Girl Meets Underworld, #1) by Jess Watkins


4) Grey/Silver - Read 1/9/2016
The Aligned (The Hunted #3) by Kristy Berridge

5) Green

6) Yellow/gold

7) Red - Read 1/3/2016
The Hunted (The Hunted #1) by Kristy Berridge

8) Pink

9) Purple

10) Orange - Read 1/2/2016
Crux (Southern Arcana, Book #1) by Moira Rogers






So there you have it! I will be updating my monthly challenges weekly while my yearly challenges I will update monthly!

Happy Reading!!

"The Aligned" - Kristy Berridge

The Aligned: Volume 3 (The Hunted)The Aligned: Volume 3 by Kristy Berridge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: The Aligned
Author: Kristy Berridge
Series: The Hunted #3
Publication Date: February 2015
Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Summary:
Trouble is Elena Manory’s middle name and constant companion. Her adopted brother Lucas is missing and her body is going through further bizarre and surprising changes.
Killing has become second nature and distancing herself from the men in her life as a hobby.
But more trouble is on its way: The institute of Magical Intervention wants to harvest Elena’s blood for nefarious intent; the werewolves plan to dominate, feed and breed with her; and, to add insult to injury, a psychopathic vampire hell bent on revenge is relentlessly hunting her. Kidnapped and kept under constant duress, Elena’s salvation once again rests in the cold hands of the enigmatic William Granville. Blood is on the menu and her earlier fears of turning hairy at full moon are well founded. It’s time for Elena to sharpen her claws and kick some serious ass.

My Review:

This is still awesome series, but.... my God, can we please get to the freaking climax already? i need to know what is really going on and this continuous build- up with no release is starting to slowly kill me!

I love the writing though. The author does a phenomenal job capturing the exact tenor of emotions and the complexities of each individual character. Its just that I need... more?? Trust me, I'm just as confused as you are right now.

I just want to the story to keep moving forward and while yes, we definitely get some questions answered in this installment, I just feel like we are at a stand-still. In my personal experience, this is what normally happens in a trilogy and I call it the "the 2nd book filler syndrome". This is where I am at with this series.

Although, I am most definitely excited for the next installment, I just need it to be more than this one was.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"The Damned" - Kristy Berridge

The Damned (The Hunted #2)The Damned by Kristy Berridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: The Damned
Author: Kristy Berridge
Series: The Hunted #2
Publication Date: 2012
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
My Rating: **** 4.5 Stars ****
My Review:

Another smashing hit in one of my new favorite series! I absolutely friggin' love these characters and the story that this author puts together.

I'm serious, these are my favorite characters of 2016. Wait.... I think I've just created a new goodreads bookshelf. Yup, I totally did. I mean it though, when I wasn't reading this book, all I was doing was thinking about Elena, Sebastian, Lucas, William... you get the idea.

This author is extremely original and she definitely keeps surprising me! Every time I think I might have something figured out, bam! I'm wrong. Being wrong has never felt so good. I keep getting these little hints of the upcoming darkness and I've gotta tell you, I'm totally hooked. Things are definitely about to take a turn for the worse and I know its going to be a fantastic third book.



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Sunday, January 3, 2016

"The Hunted" - Kristy Berridge

The Hunted (The Hunted #1)The Hunted by Kristy Berridge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: The Hunted
Author: Kristy Berridge
Series: The Hunted #1
Publication Date: April 2011
Genre: Paranormal/Fantasy
My Rating: ***** 5 Stars *****
My Review:

Fantastic. Fan-FREAKING-tastic. So unbelievably awesome. Thank you book gods for smiling down upon me at the begining of 2016 and seeing fit to bestow upon me a series worth biting into.

Its everything that the paranormal fantasy genre has been built on but so much more. You can not imagine how many times I was squealing and jumping up and down because my nerdy need for a good paranormal book was fulfilled. More than fulfilled. My cup run'eth over.

!!!!

I'm beyond giddy, if you can't tell. I'm serious. If I have to read one more wanna be paranormal Twilight copycat- I'm going to burn down the publishing company who published it. So imagine my absolute joy at finding a book with a complete and absolutely different kind of story.

Yes, we have werewolves and we have vampires and we have magic wielders... *ahem* Protectors. Not only that, but we have a kick butt, sassy, can take care of herself- don't need no saving here heroine. She is beyond bad-ass. She is like... the anti-Bella of paranormal books everywhere. Thank you Jesus!

(P.s. - I actually loved the Twilight series. The aftermath of unoriginal books trying to copy the epic that was Twilight? Yeah, not so much)

Bottom line, this book is A-mazing. Capital 'A' here! I highly recommend this book to anyone, everywhere.



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Saturday, January 2, 2016

"Crux" - Moira Rogers

Crux (Southern Arcana, Book #1)Crux by Moira Rogers
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Title: Crux
Author: Moira Rogers
Series: Southern Arcana #1
Publication Date: 2008
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Rating: ** 2 Stars**

My Review:

Oh.Mer.Gawd.

Thank the book freaking gods that that book is finally over. I swear, I was so bored. Oh, I was so so bored.

There was absolutely nothing about this book that kept my interest and to tell you the truth, if I hadn't already chosen to use it for a reading challenge I am doing.

I just can't even. I'm so over it.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

"Girl Meets Underworld" - Jess Watkins

Girl Meets Underworld (Girl Meets Underworld, #1)Girl Meets Underworld by Jess Watkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Girl Meets Underworld
Author: Jess Watkins
Series: Girl Meets Underworld #1
Publication Date: October 2013
Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult
My Rating: 3 Stars

My Review:

For once, just once, I want the werewolf to get the girl. I mean come on. Werewolves are awesome. And they don't drink blood (ewwww!). Would it freaking kill an author to let the werewolf get the girl?

This book was a quick, mostly entertaining read. I definitely got sucked into right away due to how the author opened this story up. It made the characters feel just a little more raw and real.

I'm not going to lie, its the typical vampire, werewolf, kind of reminds me of Twilight novel. Except... hello, British style! Which made it a little different but sometimes just weird with how things came across.

Anyways, I still think its a solid read if you are in the mood for a book like this.

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"Prophecy of Shadows" - Michelle Madow

Elementals: The Prophecy of ShadowsElementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Title: The Prophecy of Shadows
Author: Michelle Madow
Series: Elementals #1
Publication Date: Expected January 26, 2016
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
My Rating: 1 Star
My Review:

*** I was very kindly given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review***

So....

.... If you read this book's synopsis, it says its perfect for fans of the 'Secret Circle' and Percy Jackson series....

Let me clarify that for you. It IS the freaking 'Secret Circle'. Percy Jackson? Nope. Not even close. If you really liked the 'Secret Circle' and want to basically read a clone, then this book is for you.

If perhaps, you are like me and wanted something similar but new and exciting... then this is definitely not the book for you. Or even if you you've never read the 'Secret Circle' then you might like it. Although, it is very over the top typical bad boy meets girl with extraordinary powers blah blah blah blah blah.

I guess I really want someone to enjoy this book because I personally loved the Secret Circle.


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