Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #164, July 28th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey 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 never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #163
Teaser Tuesday #171
WWW Wednesday #171
WOW #168
Will the Time Come #164
Third Sentence Thursday #154
Random Reads #139
First Lines Friday #159
The Reward Challenge Round 100 Part 3
Follow Friday #142

Week 30 Reviews:
Ecstasy in Darkness
Dark Taste of Rapture
The Witch of Duva
Shadow and Bone
The Tailor 
Siege and Storm
The Too-Clever Fox
Little Knife
Ruin and Rising

Matt Archer: Redemption: Review and Givaway
A Prescription for Delirium: Review

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OK, so I got 81 posts in 7 days, and yeah, wrote a lot of reviews, made a milestone, and yeah, busy week with that, but not reading! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Nothing but what I want to!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon Update 20 and Wrap Up

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I reviewed Rebel Heart. So yeah, I made my goal of 20 reviews! Yeah! Got it! With just minutes to spare, yeah!

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed Revelations, and I'll be reviewing Rebel Heart next. That done, now just 1 more, and I've made it, yeah!

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed The Impossibility of Tomorrow, and I'll be reviewing Revelations next. Just 2 more left!

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, and I'll be reviewing The Impossibility of Tomorrow next. Got it! 3 more left! 

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed Sea of Shadows, and I'll be reviewing The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door next. Just over halfway now, 4 left to write. And I have just over 40 minutes in which to do it...

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed Promise of Shadows, and I'll be reviewing Sea of Shadows next. Oh, 5 in 1 hour? I don't know if I can do it!

Reviews Written: OverbitePoisonProphecyLinkedLet the Sky FallTumble & FallIndelibleTime Between Us and Time After TimeViciousWhen We WakeUndone and UnbreakableThe Queen's ChoiceAltered, The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, Promise of Shadows.

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I reviewed The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts, and I'll be reviewing Promise of Shadows next. 6 left now!

Week 31: The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts.

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I reviewed Altered, and I'll be reviewing The Forest Lord and Lord of the Beasts next. 3 down, 7 to go! 

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I reviewed The Queen's Choice, and I'll be reviewing Altered next. Another one done, if I keep up at this pace, I just might make it!

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I reviewed Undone and Unbreakable, and I'll be reviewing The Queen's Choice next. Ok, I hope to get another 9 reviews more done today, but I only have 2 hours. Can I make it? We'll see!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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I reviewed When We Wake, and I'll be reviewing Undone and Unbreakable next. Now to, like, sleep!

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I reviewed Vicious, and I'll be reviewing When We Wake next. Just 1 more, then I can read till I have to go to sleep!

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I reviewed Time Between Us and Time After Time, and I'll be reviewing Vicious next. Another written, just 2 more, and then I have half my goal in half the time that I have, yeah!

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I reviewed Indelible, and I'll be reviewing Time Between Us and Time After Time next. 3rd done! And some of these are NetGalley books, so yeah, improving that average! 

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I reviewed Tumble & Fall, and I'll be reviewing Indelible next. 2nd one done, 2 to go!

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I reviewed Let the Sky Fall, and I'll be reviewing Tumble & Fall next. Another one done, now to do 3 more!

Reviews Written: OverbitePoisonProphecyLinked, Let the Sky Fall.

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I reviewed Linked, and I'll be reviewing Let the Sky Fall next. Another one done, and another whose sequel I want to read this week!

Reviews Written: OverbitePoisonProphecy, Linked.

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I reviewed Prophecy, and I'll be reviewing Linked next. Yeah, another one done. I hope to read it's sequel Warrior, soon, because I've been meaning to for a while!

Reviews Written: OverbitePoison, Prophecy.

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I reviewed Poison, and I'll be reviewing Prophecy next. Another one done! Now to finish reading book, and I'l review 2 more!

Reviews Written: Overbite, Poison.

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For my first review, I reviewed Overbite, and I'll be reviewing Poison next. 1st one done, and I hope to get at least 10 reviews today, so I have to do at least 1 review an hour to make that! I can do it!

Reviews Written: Overbite.

Week 30 Reviews: The Witch of Duva, Shadow and Bone, The Tailor, Siege and Storm, The Too-Clever Fox, Little Knife, Ruin and Rising

From Goodreads:
There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls...or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home.

From Goodreads:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. 

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. 

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

From Goodreads:
New scene from Shadow and Bone told from Genya's point of view.

From Goodreads:
Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

From Goodreads:
In Ravka, just because you avoid one trap, it doesn't mean you'll escape the next. 

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In this third Ravkan folk tale from Leigh Bardugo, a beautiful girl finds that what her father wants for her and what she wants for herself are two different things. 

From Goodreads:
The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

My first review of Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm
My Review:
This was one of the best trilogies that I've read. It was fulfilling, sad, but what it's supposed to be. And the end brings everything together, explains things, and there's no real lose end, but how did Morozova make the first 2 amplifiers, amplifiers. I mean, did he kill them, and bring them back, or what?

I noticed the covers actually have the 3 creatures that they were hunting. I had thought for a long while that it was just the 2nd, and 3rd book, but nope, the 1st has the stag horns, which I didn't recognize at first, and yeah, that's just awesome, and I wish I'd seen it before, it really links them more together! Because they are all beautiful covers!

Loved how The Too-Clever Fox folk tale was mentioned in Siege and Storm, and how The Witch of Duva was mentioned in Ruin and Rising (I think) so it's only Little Knife that didn't get a mention in the full length novels.

I loved all the lines in this book, they were just hilarious, and the bantering, and the grousing, the teasing, and yeah, dealing with hard situations, like with the boy that lost his arm, looking at the pool of blood that he left, and saying that he didn't have to clean up because he couldn't use a mop. Good choosing laughing instead of crying! And it came up with a few hook ups, including Tamar and Nadia!

Things came together in this book. Like how she explained Mal's tracking as finding a rabbit in a rock, and how they found each of the other amplifiers, that Mal himself is an amplifier. And we find out what Morozova was wanting to do with the amplifiers because it happens! And how Mal is connected to both the Darkling (whose true name we got) and Morozova!

This was just an amazing series, and I absolutely loved it, especially since I know her next series is based in Kerch, so excited for that!

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Geisha Trilogy #0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 2.6, 3
First Read: May 2nd, 2012, March 16th, 2013
Read: July 23rd, 23rd, 25th, 25th, 25th, 25th, 25th, 2014
Source: Online, Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books! And Ruin and Rising is a End of Series 2014 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Tor, Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Holt Children's/Macmillan, Tor Books,
Published: June 5th 2012, June 5th 2012, May 23rd 2014, June 4th 2013, June 4th 2013, June 24th 2014, June 17th 2014

The Witch of Duva:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Shadow and Bone:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

The Tailor:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Siege and Storm:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

The Too-Clever Fox:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Little Knife:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
/55 Stars

Ruin and Rising:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 30 Reviews: Ecstasy in Darkness, Dark Taste of Rapture

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter enthralls with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, powers beyond imagining, and a seductive vampire undone by his insatiable hunger for one woman. . . .

Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator or be the prey. No contest. Now, working for Alien Investigation and Removal, she’s been ordered to capture the biggest, baddest warrior of all—a vampire too beautiful to be real, with the abilityto manipulate time. Once the leader of the entire vampire army, McKell has been deemed savage and unstable, spurned even by his own kind.

To McKell, humans should be nothing more than sustenance. Yet the petite, golden-skinned Ava is a fascinating contradiction—vicious yet witty, strong yet vulnerable, lethal but fiercely loyal. Against his better judgment, McKell craves that loyalty, and much more. When the chase leads to seduction, McKell and Ava will race to discover the truth about his past. But the answers will come at a price, even for a woman who thought she had nothing left to lose. . . .

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter captivates with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, and a powerful AIR agent consumed by his desire for a woman he can never have. . . .

With one caress, he can give unforgettable pleasure . . . or unending pain. . . .

Hector Dean is shaved, tattooed, and totally ripped—and he has a deadly secret. He is a walking weapon, capable of killing with a single brush of his fingertips. Little wonder he’s determined to remain on his own. But Noelle Tremain is a temptation like no other. She is beautiful and rich, with a party girl smile that hides a shocking vulnerability, and from the beginning his sizzling attraction to her is undeniable. For the first time, his stone-cold resistance is tested. But to be with her, he risks destroying her.

When a wealthy businessman is murdered in New Chicago’s seediest district, the two are partnered, and there’s no escaping what they both want: each other. Yet neither Hector nor Noelle knows what to fear more—the killer case, or their own lethal desires. . . 

My first review of Ecstasy in Darkness, Dark Taste of Rapture
My Review:
I loved rereading these books! They were really amazing, with such wonderful characters, from Ava and Noelle, and then McKell, who say what they think of people, to Hector, who wants to protect people from himself, and yeah, I loved reading about them!

I loved how Ava and Noelle kiss each other to stun McKell, and then they do it again at Ava's wedding after walking down the aisle together, Noelle taking on the tradition role of the dad, since Ava doesn't have on, so yeah, that was just really great!

Loved what we learned about vampires, and that McKell's blood can turn others into vampires, from the previously Tremain dog Hellaina, to finally, Ava, after their wedding, and yeah, I wondering why, if mates can only drink from each other, how they actually are nurished, if the blood just keeps going back and forth between them.

I also loved how Hector got his gift under control, how he could use it everywhere on his body, and release heat only when he wanted to, so that he could touch her. Because that was something that was a problem from them, and now it's not!

Loved these books, and I really hope that Dallas get's a book soon!

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress #5
First Read: June 20th, 2012, June 25th, 2012
Read: July 22nd, 22nd, 2014
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're 2014 Dystopia Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books!
Publisher: Pocket Star
Published: October 26th 2010, August 23rd 2011

Ecstasy in Darkness:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Dark Taste of Rapture:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars