Friday, April 28, 2017

First Lines Friday #311, April 28th

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!

Follow Friday #285, April 28th

Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Follow Friday is hosted by 2 hosts, Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs! For more rules and how to participate, visit one of the hosts. Now for this week's question:

The Post Prompt:


GFC

email

bloglovin

Any or all. I'm not too picky, there's options!

The Reward Challenge Update #293, April 28th

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

which counts twice/# times as a ,

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Random Reads #283, April 27th

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 3410 which turned out to be Rogue by Julie Kagawa! It's been on my TBR pile since March 16th, 2013, and I added it because I love her books! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #298, April 27th

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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!

"We spend the rest of the ride over to her family's back pasture singing along to the radio and laughing as Quinn goes out of her way to hit every muddy patch that she can find in the dirt road." -Lost Rider by Harper Sloan, page 23.

Sounds messy, but fun, especially since they're in a vehicle!

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

Will the Time Come #308, April 27th

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 the limitless imagination of Julie Kagawa comes the next thrilling novel in The Talon Saga.

The legions will be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragonslayer can stand against the coming horde. 

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all--dragons do not suffer human emotions--let alone with a human, and a former dragonslayer at that. With ex-soldier of St. George Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she's capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against St. George and her own twin brother, Dante--the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known. Talon is poised to conquer the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who will not yield.

Why the time hasn't come yet...
Well, it just came out, and yeah, I really, really want to read this book! Though I haven't read the first 3 books! Hopefully I'll be able to read them soon!

Laurell K. Hamilton Author Page

The Story: I saw the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series around on Goodreads, and it looked really great! So I can't wait to read her books!

Website

Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Merry Gentry.

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Strange Candy and her site, my review, Guilty Pleasures and her site, my review, The Laughing Corpse and her site, my review, Circus of the Damned and her site, my review, The Lunatic Cafe and her site, my review, Bloody Bones and her site, my review, The Killing Dance and her site, my review, Burnt Offerings and her site, my review, Blue Moon and her site, my review, The Girl Who Was Infatuated With Death and her site, (Part of *Bite*), Obsidian Butterfly and her site, my review, Narcissus in Chains and her site, my review, Cerulean Sins and her site, my review, Incubus Dreams and her site, my review, Beyond the Ardeur and her site, (Part of *Craving*), Micah and her site, my review, Danse Macabre and her site, my review, The Harlequin and her site, my review, Blood Noir and her site, my review, Skin Trade and her site, my review, Flirt and her site, my review, Bullet and her site, my review, Hit List and her site, my review, Beauty and her site, my review, Kiss the Dead and her site, my review, Dancing and her site, my review, Shutdown and her site, my review, Affliction and her site, my review, Jason and her site, my review, Dead Ice and her site, my review, Wounded and her site, my review, Crimson Death and her site, my review.

The Girl Who Was Infatuated With Death is a short story in Bite, set in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter world, here's my review.

Beyond the Ardeur is a short story in Craving, set in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter world, here's my review.

Merry Gentry: A Kiss of Shadows and her site, my review, A Caress of Twilight and her site, my review, Seduced by Moonlight and her site, my review, A Stroke of Midnight and her site, my review, Mistral's Kiss and her site, my review, A Lick of Frost and her site, my review, Swallowing Darkness and her site, my review, Divine Misdemeanors and her site, my review, A Shiver of Light and her site, my review.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

We Have the Title of Dorina Basarab #4!!!!

Yes, we have the title of the 4th book in the Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance!

Waiting on Wednesday #311, April 26th

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

Three Strikes by Kate Kessler
Expected Publication: June 20th, 2017
From Goodreads:
Three Strikes is the new novel in a thriller series where a criminal psychologist uses her own dark past to help law enforcement catch dangerous killers.

Thanksgiving is approaching, and Audrey Harte has a lot to be thankful for -- her mother has recovered from surgery, her relationship with Jake is solid, her father is relatively sober, and her career is evolving in an exciting direction. So when an 18-year-old girl turns up on her mother's doorstep, claiming to be the daughter Maggie Jones gave up for adoption, Audrey is amazed. 

As Audrey helps the girl discover where she came from, people in the little town of Edgeport think she should leave the past alone, and they let her know through threatening messages and phone calls. Soon, Audrey realizes that it doesn't matter how well you think you know someone -- you don't know what they're capable of until their secrets are threatened...

Oh, wow, I can't wait to read this book! So excited, this series has been fantastic, and I need more!

WWW Wednesday #315, April 26th

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 Bitter Night, and I'm really enjoying it, it's different and awesome!
I read White Hot, and it was absolutely amazing! I loved every word, and now I'm desperate for Wildfire!
I'm going to be reading Private Demon and I can't wait, it's been so long since I first read it!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge May 2017 Sign Up

clean sweep 2017

  • Link-up
  • Add button to your blog (optional)
  • ARC’s must be read between May 1st, 2017 and May 31st, 2017
  • Challenge starts and ends at midnight in your local time zone
  • All ARCS/finished copies that were provided by publisher/author are eligible. They can be in any format (eBook, physical, audio)
  • Post start-up post with goals. Be sure to link back to hosts.
  • Tweet using hashtag #cleansweeparc
  • You do not have to post a review on the blog during the month of May. Just give a link to Goodreads showing read May 1 to 31st with a two sentence review. Please friend us on Goodreads so that we can see your shelves: Kimba and Kristin
  • Twitter Party Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 pm (EST) #CleanSweepARC
  • Post Results -can be combined with start-up post
  • The Participant Giveaway will include entries for books read (2 book entry a day allowed on giveaway), posting about the challenge, start up/results post (can be combined), having a button on your sidebar, participation in the Twitter party.
  • Grand Prize- One winner will receive a new release of their choice (can be audible credit, novel or eBook) valued at up to 20.00 US dollars. Open internationally.
  • The rafflecopter for Participant Giveaway will post on May 1st and will close on June 2, 2017.
Yeah, I'm signing up for this again! And yeah, I will also be participating in Bout of Books as I just signed up, But I have a lot of ARC's to read, and I want to get through them! And yeah, again my goal is 25 books! 

Bout of Books 19.0 Sign Up

Bout of Books
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Ok, again, it's been a long time since I signed up-the last sign up I found was in 2014! But yeah, signing up again!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #315, April 25th

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 Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis, page 36.

"She didn't look like much. But then neither did black-widow spiders."

Well that's a scary, and apt, comparison! I want to know more! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, April 24, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #307, April 24th

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 #306
Teaser Tuesday #314
WWW Wednesday #314
WOW #311
Will the Time Come #305
Third Sentence Thursday #296
Random Reads #282
First Lines Friday #301
The Reward Challenge Update #292
Follow Friday #284
How Well I Stuck to It #136
Wrote that Review Update #141

Week 16 Reviews:
Archangel's Legion
Archangel's Heart
The Broken Ones
A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Mist and Fury
Wings and Embers

OK, so I got 21 posts in 7 days, so a short week, but pretty intense! A Court of Wings and Ruin has been devouring my thoughts! Just over a week till we can all read it and the evil wait can be over! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read whatever I want!

We Have the Cover of Charley Davidson #12!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover (and the title!) of The Trouble With the Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones! And it's awesome!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #141, April 23rd

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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 Fragile Chaos, Archangel's Legion and Archangel's Heart, The Broken Ones, A Court of Thorns and Rose, A Court of Mist and Fury, Wings and Embers, so I have 4 of 4 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #135, April 23rd

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 18:
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, Matchmaker Abduction by Donna McDonald

Tour Books: 1. Check.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: NA.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: NA.

New Books: 1. Check.

So just a review tour book and a new book, but then I'm free to read whatever I want to! 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Week 16 Reviews: A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, Wings and Embers



From Goodreads:
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

From Goodreads:
Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court--but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms--and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Synopsis:
For Cassian, the brash, handsome Illyrian general of Rhysand's armies, dealing with the opposite sex has always been easy-and enjoyable. But when he's dispatched to the human realm to send a message for his High Lord, Cassian finds himself pitted against Feyre's sharp-tongued, steel-willed older sister Nesta. Honestly, Cassian has been aching for another round against the beautiful Nesta since their first tense meeting, though he certainly hasn't admitted that to anyone-even himself.

And Cassian certainly hasn't admitted that he may have finally met someone not so easily seduced by his quick grin and unfaltering arrogance. 

Look at what happened at that second, private meeting-and why the High Lord's general refused to divulge any of the details of it when he later returned to the Night Court.  

My first review of A Court of Thorns and RosesA Court of Mist and Fury
My Review:
I needed to reread these books! I'd forgotten so much, from how Lucien lost his eye, that they wore masks, and so much more! And so this refresher was really great, because A Court of Wings and Ruin is coming out soon, and I'm desperate for it, it's consuming a lot of my waking thoughts!

I kinda read these two out of order. I was about halfway through ACOTAR and I couldn't help myself, I started reading ACOMAF, and finished it before finishing ACOTAR. Because I'm weird like that. Of course, then I had to read bits and pieces of ACOMAF after finishing ACOTAR, because yeah, so. Freaking. Good!

Tamlin, oh Tamlin. I got really angry at him reading these books! Knowing what he was doing, what he was going to do, oh! Having more details and seeing it from another perspective, like he could've gotten Feyre out that day before the last trial but instead was kissing her, yeah. And while he might have PTSD, he denied it, and that doesn't excuse that he was pretty abusive to her, not in that he'd hit her, but he has a temper, and when she said he was drowning her and he exploded everything-if she hadn't had her powers, hadn't been able to create that shield, he would've hurt her.

When he put his need to protect her over her well being, basically, putting himself before her, in my eyes, given what that did to her, that was further abuse. And this is just my opinion, having never been abused. And that was unacceptable. So yeah, I was really angry at him! Rhys is so much better for Feyre!

A good song for Feyre and Tamlin's relationship in ACOMAF would have to be Neglected Katharine McPhee. The first 6 lines, which can be found here, well, yeah, the walls of the Summer Court Estate would talk about how she reacted when Tamlin trapped her in.

Wings and Embers was so amazing! I actually didn't know it existed until recently! But it was fantastic to get both Cassian and Nesta's POV, since I'm 98% positive that they're mates. Such a great scene to read! I need more!

The pre order incentive for ACOWAR is a poster of the map. And I'm really hoping that it'll include the main continent, because it's been mentioned, at least one named character has been there (we don't actually know Feyre's dad's name, do we?) and yeah, rereading these two books has me really interested in said continent!

So some of the things that I'm looking forward to in A Court of Wings and Ruin, is watching Feyre take down the Spring Court. And Tamlin. And Ianthe. The 3 mortal-presumably turned Fae-Queens. The King of Hybern, whose name we haven't gotten yet. That's going to be really satisfying!

Though I also want to see when Feyre reveals that she's a spy, that she's the High Lady of the Night Court, to Tamlin. Because that's going to be awesome! Oh, and seeing the main continent! And of course, having Feyre and Rhys reunited, and hopefully, having a happy ending!

Yeah, these books were so freaking great, and I need ACOWAR!

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Roses and Thorns #1, 2, 2.5
First Read: May 12th, 2015, May 3rd, 2016
Read: April 20th, 20th, 21st, 2017
Source: Own, Online
Reason Why: Rereading! And this series is so fantastic! And they're 2017 Retelling Reading Challenge Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Published: May 5th 2015, May 3rd 2016, May 3rd 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









A Court of Mist and Fury:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Wings and Embers:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 16 Review: The Broken Ones

From Goodreads:
Below Forsaken Mountain, a plot is being hatched to overthrow the tyrant king of Trollus, and Marc is the right-hand man of its leader. His involvement is information more than one troll would kill to possess, which is why he must keep it a secret from everyone, even the girl he loves.

After accidentally ruining her sister's chance to become queen, Pénélope is given one last opportunity by her father, the Duke d'Angoulême, to make herself useful: she must find proof that the boy she's in love with is conspiring against the crown. If she fails, her life will be forfeit.

Marc and Pénélope must navigate the complex politics of Trollus, where powers on all sides are intent on using them as pawns, forcing them to risk everything for a chance at a life together.

Except being together may turn out to be the greatest risk of all.

My Review:
I absolutely loved reading this book! It was so amazing to be in the world before Cecile, to see these friends together when Pénélope was still alive, when she and Marc were falling in love. That love changed the group's dynamics, and I loved reading about it!

Honestly, it was hard to read this book. If you've read the main trilogy, you know that Pénélope died before Stolen Songbird. And that these two were headed right down that path. So it was hard, but it was also fantastic!

Since we're only getting this one book with this couple, I'm really glad that we had both of their POV's. I mean, we knew what was going to happen, but not the details. And seeing it from both of their sides just made it all the more heart-touching!

The ending of this book was so heart wrenching! Of all the futures that were available to them, this was one of the worst. But not the worst, their love wasn't used against the other. Though Marc would've preferred that to losing her, well, they won't come to hate each other, which would be the absolute worst!

Yeah, this book was an amazing addition to the series, and I can't wait to see what Danielle L. Jensen writes next!

Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Malediction Trilogy #0.6
Read: April 18th, 2017
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her books and writing, and this series, so much! And yeah, it's a Historical Fiction 2017 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Angry Robot
Expected Publication: June 6th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 16 Reviews: Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Heart


From Goodreads:
Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling "alpha author of paranormal romance" (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels. 

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

My First Review of Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Heart
My Review:
Yeah, I'm glad that I continued on my reread of the Elena/Raphael stories of this series! I might have only just read Archangel's Heart 7 months ago, but my memory is horrible, so I had forgotten so much about it! So it was great to have reread both of them!

Legion really shows off the Archangel's Cascade-given abilities. There was the Falling, the vampire disease, and well, the title gives it away, but the Legion. But given that it came out almost 3 1/2 years ago, well, yeah, spoilers are acceptable!

I'd forgotten that Archagnel's Heart took place about 2 years after Archangel's Enigma. (Which I read a few chapters of, because of Illium and what was happening to him!) And how it's because it's to decide about Lijuan's disappearance! And yeah, it was just so great to read it again!

Knowing that the guy was evil, I looked for all the clues that were proof of what he was if you looked, and yeah, I did! So it made his downfall all the more satisfying! And that she had her new-found family together but then the threat of Lijuan sleeping, made for a fantastic ending!

Loved these books, and I can't wait for Archangel's Viper and Viper and Sorrow/Holly's book!

Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #6, 9
First Read: March 28th, 2016, October 6th, 2016
Read: April 15th, 15th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love her books and this series, and I had to reread! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Jove, Berkley
Published: October 29th 2013, November 1st 2016

Archangel's Legion:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









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