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text 2017-08-31 11:49
August wrap-up!
Russian Hill - Ty Hutchinson
The Rules of Magic - Alice Hoffman
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
Contemporary Cables: Classic Aran Reimagined in Current Styles - Jody Long
The Green Mile - Stephen King
Original Magic: The Rituals and Initiations of the Persian Magi - Flowers, Stephen E., Ph.D.

6 books read, plus a sampler that I'm not really counting. Three of these Netgalley, but that dance card is clear in anticipation of Halloween Bingo reads.

 

Two surprisingly enjoyable reads from genres I don't often peruse were Russian Hill (Crime drama) and Shiver (YA Romance). Then of course The Green Mile was brilliant!

 

I've collected a couple dozen new samples but not reading them yet. I have Halloween books to read!

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review 2017-08-21 15:09
Shiver
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

by Maggie Stiefvater

 

This is a YA story but very well written so I didn't feel like I was reading children's literature, as is often my problem with YA.

 

Grace has a fascination with the wolves around her rural home, but when she is dragged off her swing and attacked by the pack, she makes a connection with one of them that saves her life. From then on, her wolf comes to visit her every winter, though he also watches her in summer, but in human form.

 

This was a sweet romance story with a paranormal twist. It is written in alternating points of view so we see both Grace and Sam's thoughts about the developing bond between them and the effects when a local boy is bitten and becomes one of the shapeshifter pack.

 

Despite the high school age concerns which is something I don't usually care to read about, I enjoyed this one al the way through, though I thought the ending was a little too abrupt and left the last events unexplained. Some loose ends are expected though as it's a series.

 

YA Romance readers who like a little paranormal should enjoy this one.

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review 2017-08-13 05:17
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater

Genre: Paranormal Romance / Fantasy


Year Published: 2009

 

Number of Pages: 392 pages

 



Date Read: 11/14/2010

 



Publisher:  Scholastic Press

 


Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1

 

Oh man! I really wanted to give this book six stars instead of five stars because this book is just so brilliantly written and full of romance that make any romance fan go head over heels with this book! But I guess I will settle with a five star rating for now… “Shiver” is the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Mercy Falls series and this book has enough action and love making scenes that will have you all breathless with anticipation!

Grace had spent her time watching the various wolves that come out of the woods, after she was bitten by a wolf a few years ago. However, when one of the students at her school go missing, the townspeople suspected that the wolves have something to do with it and they all tried to go out and kill the wolves. But, Grace will not let that happen since she cares so much for the wolves and after she manages to stop the hunting of the wolves, she meets an injured wolf and she realizes that the injured wolf was a teenage boy named Sam and once Grace discovers Sam’s secret, she tries to do everything in her power to help Sam stay human while sorting out her feelings for Sam!

Wow and double wow! Maggie Stiefvater has created a true masterpiece that is all about true werewolf love! When I read this book, it constantly reminds me of Stephenie Meyer’s famous “Twilight” series, except that we see hot werewolf guys in this book instead of hot vampires, which I found to be extremely enjoyable to read about. There were many aspects that I loved about this book and one of the aspects that I really loved about this book was how each chapter of the book was set up to detail the situation from two different point of views, who were Grace and Sam, which means that each chapter will either have Sam or Grace narrating the story from their point of view, which I thought made this book extremely interesting and creative to look at. Another aspect that I loved about this book was the characters, especially Sam and Grace. I loved the fact that Grace is shown to be an independent and enthusiastic teenage girl who was willing to put her life on the line in order to save Sam, the love of her life and although there were times where I knew more about Sam’s side of the story rather than Grace’s side of the story, I still really enjoyed Grace’s spirit throughout this book. Sam on the other hand, may come off as being too somber for his own good, but that is own to the fact that he really wants to be human instead of a werewolf and he is possibly the sweetest and hottest werewolf character to ever grace upon the world of paranormal romance. What I really loved the most about this book was that over ninety percent of this book was spent in Sam and Grace’s romance with each other as there are a bunch of sweet kisses and sensual hugging (though not in a R-rated way) that made this book somewhat cute yet sensual at the same time!

For anyone who does not like language, there is a good deal of language in this book, although the language is not really strong here, but I think the language in this book would be better suitable for young adults.

All in all, “Shiver” is a truly awesome book for werewolf loves everywhere and also is a great book for paranormal romance fans who love action and hot werewolf love!

Review is also on: Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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text 2017-07-28 12:13
What to read next...
Paradise Lost - John Leonard,John Milton
Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
Unnatural Creatures - Neil Gaiman,Maria Dahvana Headley
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
The Green Mile - Stephen King
Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction - Joseph Conrad,A. Michael Matin
The Flight of the Griffin - C.M. Gray
Uprooted - Naomi Novik

Once again, I've got to my last Netgalley book, until more approvals come through. Only this one is one of those silly protected PDFs that I have to read on desktop, so it only gets 10-20 pages at a sitting before my eyes go squiffy. That's ok, it's an academic work anyway and not the sort of thing you stay up all night to read.

 

I plan to push myself to finish Don Quixote at last, but apart from that and a short story collection I ought to finish up, I'm free to just choose books from my A-list and enjoy!

 

I've gone through the 4 pages of books in that collection and the above are the front runners to start next. Too many to do all at once.

 

So, which should I read? I'll probably start 2 of them over the next couple of days.

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review 2017-02-06 21:58
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe - My Thoughts
The Hum and the Shiver (Tufa #1) - Alex Bledsoe

Novels of the Tufa - Book 1

 

This book was a guts buy for me when it was on sale a few weeks ago.  I picked it and books 2 and 3 up at the same time just because the blurbs sounded good!  And different.

We're basically talking musical fae folk in the Appalachian mountains.

The Tuatha Dé Dannan of Irish-Celtic mythology disappeared way back when, according to folklore, and in these tales, they have disappeared to Appalachian America.  Tennesee.  Cloud Country.  And are now called the Tufa.  :)  I love it!  This is a take I've not read before and it instantly caught my attention.

So, when The Hum and the Shiver turned out to be a really enjoyable read, I was right pleased!

It tells the tale of one of the First Daughters of one of the two Tufa clans (basically the seelie and unseelie folk) returning home a war hero after a horrific attack and imprisonment overseas.  Will she claim her birthright and heal herself in mind and body or will she turn her back on the responsibilities it entails.  And what about some of the other characters - what choices will they make?  Accept what they are and embrace it, or not.

Now, I'm not certain if the characters we meet in this book continue their stories in the others, but I think maybe, even if they aren't the main characters of the subsequent books.  Doesn't matter.  I love the premise, I really enjoy Bledsoe's voice and his writing is gorgeous and easy to read, so yep, I will be reading them!   Oh, and if you're a fan of Charles de Lint, you will definitely like these, IMO.

I do wonder though... what happened to Fred Blasco???????

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