Thursday, July 20, 2017

Random Reads #295, July 20th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got  which turned out to be ! It's been on my TBR pile since , and I added it because ! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #310, July 20th

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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!

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

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

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

Will the Time Come #320, July 20th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #323, July 19th

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

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

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

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

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

And that’s all before she ignites. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WWW Wednesday #327, July 19th

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 A Girl's Guide to Vampires, and it's a lot of fun!
 I read Narcissus in Chains, and yeah, it was another great book in the series, but there's a definite shift! Need to read more!
I'm going to be reading Sting, and yeah, can't wait, the first book was awesome!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #327, July 18th

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 Narcissus in Chains by Laurell K. Hamilton, page 140.

"He told Nathaniel to hold me, but the only way one person could do that was to hold my wrists while pressing against me with his lower body. It wasn't perfect control, but it kept me from hurting myself."

Yeah, that doesn't sound good, that they have to help to keep her from hurting herself. Ah, well! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, July 17, 2017

We Have the Title of Sigma Force #13!!!!

Yeah, we have the title (and synopsis) of the upcoming Sigma Force adventure by James Rollins!

We Have the Title of GhostWalkers #14!!!!

Yeah, we have the title of the next GhostWalker book by Christine Feehan!


It's Monday! What Are You Reading #319, July 17th

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 #318
Teaser Tuesday #326
WWW Wednesday #326
WOW #323
Will the Time Come #317
Third Sentence Thursday #308
Random Reads #294
First Lines Friday #322
The Reward Challenge Update #304
Follow Friday #296
How Well I Stuck to It #148
Wrote that Review Update #153

Week 28 Reviews:
Marked in Flesh
Etched in Bone
Deceptions
The Orange Cat and Other Cainsville Tales
Betrayals
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
My Life as a White Trash Zombie
A Knight Like No Other
My Summer Job
Right Where We Belong
OK, so I got 22 posts in 7 days, so a pretty good week, with lots going on, and some really great books! Can't wait for next week! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Blood Magic, Demon Kin, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire, The Vampire and the Virgin, Eat Prey Love, The Girl's Guide to Vampires, Into the NightOnce BittenTwice DeadStrike, Sworn to Quell.
In the DarkWorld the things that go bump in the night are most likely true. And the problem is they are probably not sticking to bumping around in the night. They are everywhere. Your work colleagues, your teachers, even your friends. They've been living that way for a long time. And you haven't noticed because they don't want you to.

You're much better off not asking any questions.

Mel Morgan is a Master Teleporter. She can move through the Veil into the otherworldly planes. A handy skill when looking for missing people. It's a lonely job, but with her gargoyle partner she's never minded lonely.

Until a certain super-hot Djinn walks into her life. He needs her help to find someone he loves. And Mel can never say no to someone in need. But the road to helping Saleem is fraught with secrets better left uncovered.

Can Mel and Saleem dodge demons and sorcerers long enough to save the ones they love?
When a business tycoon hires Mel Morgan to find his missing daughter, the SoulTracker is thrown headlong into twists and turns of unexpected deaths and unusual killers. But to find the girl in time to save her, she has to first understand the killer. Demonic or human killers? Mel can't decide which will be worse.

Things get a little complicated when she has to help find both a Panther Alpha's mother, and a reluctant Djinn Queen. Add to the mix an evil spirit plus her mentor Samuel sending her terrifying messages in the Ether. Save him, or else.

It's just all in a days work for a SoulTracker.
Olivia's packing list:

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

Robby's packing list:

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

Robby needs to cool off, too, since all he can think about is revenge on the Malcontent bloodsuckers who once held him captive—but then he meets Olivia, the beauty with wild curls and a tempting smile. When a deadly criminal from a case back home tracks her down, Robby will have to save her life—along with giving her a first time she'll never forget . . .
Wanted: Bride. Must love children. Mortals need not apply.

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

Caitlyn Whelan is mortal. Worse, her father is the head of a CIA agency bent on hunting the undead. Still, Caitlyn knows that Carlos is the man for her, shape shifter or not. So she jumps at the chance when her sister offers her a job to work with him, determined to show Carlos their attraction is more than just animal magnetism. But danger lurks in the night, and their unleashed, untamed passion might just get them both killed...
All Joy Randall wants is a little old-fashioned romance, but when she participates in a "Goddess evoking" ceremony with her friend, Roxy, Joy finds out her future true love is a man with the potential to put her immortal soul in danger. At first the ever-practical Joy is ready to dismiss her vision as a product of too much gin and too many vampire romances, but while traveling through the Czech Republic with Roxy, Joy begins to have some second thoughts about her mystery lover because she is suddenly plagued by visions of a lethally handsome stranger. Then, when she and Roxy attend a local GothFaire, Joy meets Raphael Griffin St. John, head of security, and she becomes even more bewildered because the dark and dangerous Raphael seems too close to her dreams for comfort.
Two FBI agents are caught in a merciless vigilante's crosshairs in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden’s electric Killer Instinct series

Lives will be ravaged as two FBI agents confront a mastermind serial murderer in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's new Killer Instinct novel

Sheltered in the shadows of the Smoky Mountains is the suspect who's summoned FBI agent Macey Night's fears to the surface. Every day that the "Profiler," a vigilante serial killer, escapes justice is another day she's reminded of what it is to be a ruthless predator's prey. Capturing him is a craving deeper than anything she's felt in a long time. But Agent Bowen Murphy, equal parts sexy and volatile, seems hell-bent on changing that. Working together—needing, living, and breathing each other—they're entwined to distraction.

Bowen's used to operating on impulse: act, don't feel. Now Macey and the controlled terror behind her beautiful eyes has him rethinking everything, including his rule to never get close to a colleague. He's willing to fight for a future with Macey, but the consequences of love could be deadly.
Kita Nekai, on the run and the smallest of her shifter clan-a calico cat among lions and tigers-is being hunted. She was expected to accept her role as her father's successor whether or not her cat was up to the task of leading the clan. She disagreed. Now she's less than a step ahead of the hunters, bone-tired, cold, and living hand-to-mouth in the city of Haven. And that's the high point of her day. She's also drugged, "accidently" turned into a vampire, and sentenced to death for recklessly creating a rogue shifter who tortures its human prey. She's got seventy-two hours to find the rogue, evade a city full of hunters, prove she's not responsible for the rogue, and keep the vampire council from killing her. All while sorting out an apprentice mage, a married ex-boyfriend shifter-hunter, and the vampire who made her.
Newly undead shifter-turned-vampire Kita Nekai is coming to grips with the reality that her cat has not awakened since her change.

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

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

It's a bad time to be a kitten who can't slip her skin.
50% boobs. 50% sarcasm. 100% new breed of hunter.

After a bumpy start as the only female demon hunter in the top secret Brotherhood of David, Nava Katz heads to Prague for her first undercover mission: unmasking a demon movie star. She’d be all kinds of thrilled if it weren’t for the fact that her fellow hunter-with-benefits, Rohan Mitra, has reclaimed his rock star status and assigned Nava the role of groupie.

Rejecting her “be a good girl and follow orders” directive, Nava unleashes an alter ego guaranteed to hook their celebrity target and drive Rohan crazy. No downside–until she finds herself up against Rohan’s past, the Brotherhood’s antiquated thinking, and her own identity issues, turning her personal life into the bomb that could blow up the entire operation.

Sparkly and deadly; it’s a plan.
Ciardis Weathervane witnessed the collapse of her empire's system of governance. Because everything pivoted on the rule of one man. Now she must forge a new path. Through the madness. Through the chaos.

Still with the imperial palace in ruins, and the coalition between the nobles and the rebellion falling apart, there is no more time. No time to rule. No time to justify.

The god was here for retribution, and her triad would be forced to rise to the occasion or fall under its own bluster.

With an emperor dead, a prince heir uncrowned, and a people lost in the wilderness of death and destruction every which way they turn, Ciardis faces her most challenging assignment yet. Picking up the pieces. Mending the coalition. Winning the hearts and minds of Sebastian's people. The people she could now call her own.

The heavens have come to earth. It remains to be seen if the earth will fall before its might.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #153, July 16th

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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 Marked in Flesh and Etched in Bone, Deceptions, The Orange Cat and Other Cainsville Tales, Betrayals, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, My Life as a White Trash Zombie, A Knight Like No Other, My Summer Job, Right Where We Belong, so I have 7 of 7 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 #156, July 16th

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

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: 3.

NetGalley: 3.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 2.

So a nice week, almost a bit of everything going on, so yeah, can't wait to read it!

Week 28:
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong, The Orange Cat and Other Cainsville Tales by Kelley Armstrong, Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong, Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop, Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks, Flight by Alyssa Ivy Rose, Focus by Alyssa Ivy Rose, Found by Alyssa Ivy Rose, First & Forever by Alyssa Ivy Rose, Obsidian Butterfly by Laurell K. Hamilton

vs.

Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop, Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop, Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong, The Orange Cat and Other Cainsville Tales by Kelley Armstrong, Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling, My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, A Knight Like No Other by Jocelyn Kelley, My Summer Job by Margaret Cioffi, Right Where We Belong by Brenda Novak

So a pretty decent comparison, I read about the same amount of books, but not the ones I wanted to read. Ah, well! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Week 28 Review: Right Where We Belong

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak returns to Silver Springs with a moving story about rebuilding your life when you've got nothing left to lose 

Savanna Gray needs a do-over. Her -perfect- life unraveled when, to her absolute shock, her husband was arrested for attacking three women. With her divorce settled, she takes her two children home to Silver Springs to seek refuge between the walls of the farmhouse where she was born. It needs a little TLC, but she's eager to take control of something.

Gavin Turner understands the struggle of starting over. Abandoned at a gas station when he was five, it wasn't until he landed at New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that he finally found some peace. He steps up when Savanna needs help fixing things--even when those things go beyond the farmhouse.

Despite an escalating attraction to Gavin, Savanna resolves to keep her distance. She trusted her ex, who had a similarly tragic background, and is unwilling to repeat her past mistakes. But it's hard to resist a man whose heart is as capable as his hands. (less)

My Review:


Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Silver Springs #4
Read: July 14th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Mira Books
Published: October 31st 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 28 Review: My Summer Job

From Goodreads:
Siobhan Murphy is an average teenager: smart, hardworking, ambitious… and a bit of smart aleck. She has a terrific family and great friends. She also has out of control curly red hair, freckles on top of her freckles and a less than model like body. Siobhan has decided that this is her year to land the perfect summer job—a job that pays a ton of money, is a lot of fun, and will give her valuable experience to add to her resume. 

After a chance encounter with the very stylish Natasha Romanoff, Siobhan is offered a job as her assistant. What she doesn’t realize, until she actually starts work, is that the very stylish Natasha runs an escort service.

Her job is pretty uncomplicated: type letters, book appointments, walk Natasha’s massive pair of Great Danes… the usual. But then Natasha and Lucius—her former husband and current business associate – ask Siobhan to befriend a couple of the escorts whom they suspect of indulging in a little hanky-panky on the side. Strictly against agency rules, BTW. Always game for an adventure Siobhan puts on her Sherlock Holmes hat and befriends the girls, but what Siobhan—along with her bestie and fellow sleuth, Marcy—discover is that there’s an awful lot more than just hanky-panky going on. 

My Review:


Author: Margaret Cioffi
Series: Siobhan Murphy Mystery #1
Read: July 13th, 2017
Source: YA Bound Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: City Lights Press
Published: May 3rd 2017
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 28 Review: A Knight Like No Other

From Goodreads:
For one lady of St. Jude's Abbey, honor is seductive.
In twelfth-century England, St. Jude's Abbey is no ordinary sanctuary of prayer and ritual. Established by Eleanor of Aquitaine, it trains young women in the knightly arts, as well as martial arts from the East. In times of trouble, these formidable women are called upon to protect the royal family and England. Avisa de Vere is one such woman...

Even behind the abbey walls, Avisa has heard of the conflict between the king and the Archbishop of Canterbury. And the queen has commanded her to keep her majesty's cherished godson, Christian Lovell, from entering the fray.

When Christian "rescues" a damsel in distress on his way to Canterbury, he has no idea the fair-haired beauty was sent to protect him. He has never before known a woman who carries her own broadsword. And when Avisa asks him to help rescue her sister, he has no choice but to follow her.

Avisa soon learns Christian is a knight of great honor and courage — and finds herself weak at his touch. Desire is a battle she was not taught to fight — and the wisest course may be surrender...

My Review:


Author: Jocelyn Kelley
Series: Ladies of St. Jude's Abbey #1
Read: July 13th, 2017
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Sounded really great, and it's a Historical Fiction 2017 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Signet Eclipse
Published: March 1st 2005
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars 

Week 28 Review: My Life as a White Trash Zombie

From Goodreads:
Angel Crawford is a loser.

Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.

That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue—and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.

Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey—just when she's hungriest!

Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.

Literally. 

My Review:


Author: Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #1
Read: July
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: I've enjoyed her books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Daw Books
Published: July 1st 2011
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 28 Reviews: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


From Goodreads:
Harry Potter's life is miserable. His parents are dead and he's stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he's a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.

Though Harry's first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it's his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.

Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

From Goodreads:
Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls' bathroom. But then the real trouble begins -- someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects...Harry Potter himself!

My Review:


Author: J.K. Rowling
Series: Harry Potter #1, 2
First Read: 2005
Read: July 11th, 12th, 2017
Source: Own
Reason Why: Love this series so much, and I'm watching the movies, so rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Published: June 26th 1997, July 2nd 1998

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars










Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 28 Reviews: Deceptions, The Orange Cat and Other Cainsville Tales, Betrayals



From Goodreads:
Olivia's life has exploded. She's discovered she's not only adopted, but her real parents are convicted serial killers. Fleeing the media frenzy, she took refuge in the oddly secluded town of Cainsville. She has since solved the town's mysteries and finds herself not only the target of its secretive elders, but also her stalker ex-fiancé.

Visions continue to haunt her: particularly a little blond girl in a green sundress who insists she has an important message for Olivia, one that may help her balance the light and darkness within herself. Death stalks Olivia and the two men most important to her, as she desperately searches to understand whether ancient scripts are dictating their triangle. Will darkness prevail or does Olivia have the power to prevent a tragic fate?

From Goodreads:
Betrayals Preorder Pack. Free with any preorder of Betrayals.

Exclusive ebook collection of Cainsville stories for those who preordered, bought on the release week (Aug 9-15), or reserved Betrayals from the library before August 15 2016. Strictly the only way to get this mini-collection—the author's acknowledgement to readers who've jumped on board Cainsville.

Contents include:
- The Orange Cat: Gabriel story based on Poe's The Black Cat, originally in Nevermore
- Bad Publicity: a new Patrick story
- Lady of the Lake: a new Liv & Ricky novella (set right after Deceptions)

From Goodreads:
When Olivia's life exploded--after she found out she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers--she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she discovered the truth about her parents' crimes in an investigation that also revealed the darker forces at work in the place that had offered her a haven. As if that wasn't enough, she also found out that she, Gabriel and her biker boyfriend Ricky were not caught in an ordinary sort of love triangle, but were hereditary actors in an ancient drama in which the elders of Cainsville and the mysterious Huntsmen who opposed them had a huge stake.

Now someone is killing street kids in the city, and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel's help to clear Ricky's name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their uneasy equilibrium and is pushing them toward a hard choice: either they fulfill their destinies by trusting each other and staying true to their real bonds, or they succumb to the extraordinary forces trying to win an eternal war by tearing them apart.

My first review of Deceptions, BetrayalsMy Review:


Author: Kelley Armstrong
Series: Cainsville #3, 3.5, 4
First Read: August 19th, 2015, August 9th, 2016
Read: July 10th, 10th, 10th, 2017
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Kelley Armstrong
Published: August 19th 2015, July 12th 2016, August 9th 2016

Deceptions:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Orange Cat and Other Cainsville Tales:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Betrayals:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars