Sunday, January 21, 2018

Wrote that Review Update #180, January 21st

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If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Lover at Last, Talon, Truly Devious, Covert Game, Everlife, 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 #183, January 21st

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 4:
Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward, Faithless by Karin Slaughter, The Highlander's Promise by Lynsay Sands, Mask Beneath Her Face by Rafael Chandler

Tour Books: 1. Check.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: 1. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: 1. Check.

New Books: 1. Check.

Another pretty short week, but yeah, this is what works, so I usually get something done, so yeah, this week is diverse, so I like it!

Week 3:
Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown, My Plain Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows, Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

vs.

Lover at Last by J.R. Ward, Talon by Julie Kagawa, Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, Covert Game by Christine Feehan, Everlife by Gena Showalter

So I mostly didn't read what I wanted to read, but I still read more than I planned! So yeah, happy with this! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Week 3 Review: Everlife

From Goodreads:
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes book three in the unique and exhilarating Everlife series. 

STAND TOGETHER OR FALL ALONE. 

THE FATE OF THE EVERLIFE HANGS IN THE BALANCE.

At seventeen years old, Tenley "Ten" Lockwood had to make the ultimate choice—where to live after she died. Loyalty to her selected realm has not wavered…until now. The numbers-obsessed Conduit is out of time. Sacrifices must be made, and a terrible price must be paid. But is she too late? 

As the Everlife descends into darkness, a single truth becomes clear: Troika and Myriad must unite at long last—or perish. In order to bring sworn enemies together, Ten must enter forbidden territory…and destroy the powerful Prince of Ravens. But there's only one way inside—bonding with Killian Flynn, a deadly rival Laborer who sets her blood aflame.

When nothing goes as planned and betrayal leads to the edge of utter defeat, Ten and Killian will have to rebuild trust from the ashes of their hearts. Victory seems impossible; the odds stacked against them. In the end, how far will they be willing to go for the sake of their realms and the Everlife? 

My Review:


Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Everlife #3
Read: January 19th, 2018
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and it's a End of Series 2018 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Publication: February 27th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 3 Review: Covert Game

From Goodreads:
Treason, torture and temptation haunt the GhostWalkers in their most dangerous adventure yet, as Christine Feehan's #1 New York Times bestselling series hits an explosive new high.

Rescuing an industrial spy from the hands of a criminal mastermind is a suicide mission for the GhostWalkers. And there's no one more up to the task than Gino Mazza. He's the perfect killing machine--a man driven by demons so dark and destructive that his blighted soul has given up trying to find solace. But his laser-sharp focus on his target has transformed into something nearing desire.

A treasonous senator dangled top secret GhostWalker data in front of a Chinese crime lord, and he bit. Zara Hightower, one of the world's leading experts on artificial intelligence, was sent in to psychically wipe the crime lord's computer network. She succeeded, but at a huge cost. Now she's the captive of a man who has descended into paranoid madness. Torture and death await her... 

But GhostWalkers never leave one of their own in enemy territory. And it's up to Gino to save Zara, or kill her if it turns out she's led them into a trap. Either way, heaven or hell won't stop him...

My Review:
It was so great to read this book! In the back of Judgement Road, which I also got from NetGalley (I'm so lucky and thankful!) there was the first chapter of this book, and I read it, was was just so hooked, and I wanted to know what was going to happen next, because Zara was in a really bad situation! And that I was approved right away, so that was fantastic, so of course I had to read it!

Zara thought herself a coward, because she didn't like pain, she wasn't a warrior woman, and Whitney really put her down, because he has a poor view of women, and didn't like others being anywhere near as smart as he was. But she wasn't, she didn't break, even when there was so much pain. And she was protective. She was just fantastic!

In case you've forgotten, like I did, Gino is a member of team 4, and he's a lot like Trap, or at least, in the romantic relationship he wanted. Zara wanted safety, and they were a great partnership together. And something that came up in this book because Bellisia was protective of Zara, is that every partnership is different. Different people want different things, and that's OK!

I have three complaints. The first is, multiple times, the ladies were referred as wives of GhostWalkers, instead of being GhostWalkers themselves. So yeah, that kinda sucked. The other, is that Gino just thought that they'd just have kids, no problem. But there's such a thing as infertility, and given that they've both been experimented on, could cause the odds of being infertile up or down, depending. There's been one or two couples who won't have kids, but the way that he thought/said it, with such confidence, when he doesn't know whether it'll be that easy, and when other couples in the world struggle...yeah. I didn't like it! The final one, is that if it happened, we didn't see the bad guy being told that Zara didn't break. The knowledge that she took the information and didn't break, telling the guy that hurt her that, would've been so perfect, and it didn't happen! Bah!

Yeah, this book was just fantastic, and I can't wait for the next one, maybe it'll be Shylah's book, friend of Zara and Bellisia, who it was hinted could be paired with a guy from a different team, which would be great, given that this is the 4th book, and in a row, of the 4th team!

Author: Christine Feehan
Series: Ghostwalker #14
Read: January 19th, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her books and her writing and this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Berkley
Expected Publication: March 20th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 3 Review: Truly Devious

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. "A place," he said, "where learning is a game."

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym "Truly, Devious." It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder. 

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

My Review:


Author: Maureen Johnson
Series: Truly Devious #1
Read: January 18th, 2018
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: Sounded good, and I've enjoyed her other books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: January 16th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 3 Review: Talon

From Goodreads:
Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons. 

My Review:


Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #1
Read: January 17th, 2018
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: October 28th 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 3 Review: Lover at Last

From Goodreads:
Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another.... 

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it's about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It's hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he's learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions... but as the battle over the race's throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together... finally become one.

My Review:


Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #11
Read: January 17th, 2018
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her books and her series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Published: March 26th 2013
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars




Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Reviews


Book Blogger Hop #15, January 19th

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:  When reading a mass paperback book, many people fold the cover back, as if they were reading a magazine. Doing this will eventually create creases in the spine. How do you feel about this common bookish habit? (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

Argh! I hate it! I try and be careful with my mass paperback books, but I do sometimes fail and end up with creases. It sucks, but yeah, deliberately doing it, that's just the worst! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

The Reward Challenge Update #331, January 19th

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 Lover at Last which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Talon which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book, Truly Devious which counts 3 times as a Edelweiss Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Covert Game which counts 4 times as a NetGalley Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book, Everlife which counts 5 times as a Edelweiss Book, End of Series 2018 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book.

So I have 17 counts which translates to $8.50 this week! I'll use it to buy a book!

First Lines Friday #349, January 19th

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!

We Have the Cover of The Conqueror's Saga #3!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Bright We Burn by Kiersten White!

We Have the Cover of Menagerie #3!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Fury by Rachel Vincent!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Random Reads #321, January 18th

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 2510 which turned out to be Unmarked by Kami Garcia! It's been on my TBR pile since November 21st, 2011, and I added it because I enjoy her writing and lvoed the first book! Happy reading!

Third Sentence Thursday #336, January 18th

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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!

"It looked like a gold chain." -Indelible by Karin Slaughter, page 286.

Ok, that has totally no context. Ok. All done.

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

Will the Time Come #346, January 18th

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

When the Devil needs a rogue demon killed, who does he call? 

The Player: Necromance-for-hire Dante Valentine is choosy about her jobs. Hot tempered and with nerves of steel, she can raise the dead like nobody's business. But one rainy Monday morning, everything goes straight to hell. 

The Score: The Devil hires Dante to eliminate a rogue demon: Vardimal Santino. In return, he will let her live. It's an offer she can't refuse. 

The Catch: How do you kill something that can't die?

Why the time hasn't come yet...
Probably because I don't have a copy, so I don't have a copy nagging me to read it! As always, I hope that I do read it soon! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #349, January 17th

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

The Dark Calling by Kresley Cole
Expected Publication: February 13th, 2018
From Goodreads:
New intrigues, adventure, and stunning revelations fill the penultimate installment of #1 New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole’s electrifying Arcana Chronicles.

In a world teetering on the edge . . .
When Evie receives life-changing—and possibly game-changing—news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn’t she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying?

With enemies at every turn . . .
Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie begins to doubt her own sanity. Answers might be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them—or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack’s possible survival?

Darkness beckons. 
A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect all the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies for survival. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the dark calling before hell reigns on earth?

Oh, I'm so excited for this book! The wait has been evil, but yeah, I just really want to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #353, January 17th

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

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

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

I'm reading Talon, and yeah, really enjoying it! 
I read Judgement Road, and it was a great start to this next series! 
I'm going to be reading Lover at Last, and yeah, can't wait, this series is really great!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Teaser Tuesday #353, January 16th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from Talon by Julie Kagawa, page 148.

"I looked at Garret. He grinned, looking eager and boyish as he grabbed his board and turned toward the waves."

Yeah, that sounds like a pretty fantastic time! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, January 15, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #345, January 15th

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

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #344
Teaser Tuesday #352
WWW Wednesday #352
WOW #349
Will the Time Come #343
Third Sentence Thursday #334
Random Reads #320
First Lines Friday #348
The Reward Challenge Update #330
Book Blogger Hop #14
How Well I Stuck to It #174
Wrote that Review Update #179

Week 2 Reviews:
Final Fall
Aliens Abroad
Unearthed
A Perfect Obsession
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
Extraordinary Means
This Is Our Story
Judgement Road

Tours:
Death Island: Review

OK, so I got 21 posts in 7 days, which is pretty good, a umber of good books, and the meme posts, of course. So I'm happy with this week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Cold Hard Truth, My Plain Jane, and Truly Devious.

Emmie O’Brien is a former good girl now on the fringe. She spent a crazy year involved with Nick, her mom’s drug dealer; after her arrest she was lucky to go back to her old life. But she’s haunted by the choices she made—first, to be with Nick, and then later, to testify against him.

Max Shepherd is a senior varsity hockey player with serious anger issues. His grief over the death of his girlfriend causes him to see injustice wherever he looks. When they meet in community service, Max is drawn to Emmie’s calm energy, but Emmie knows better than to get too close to anyone.

When friends of Nick show up seeking revenge, Emmie is forced to come to terms with her past, while Max has to control his protective instincts. They must trust one another, especially when Emmie’s situation takes a dangerous turn.
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.
New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.