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review 2017-01-25 11:50
Cruel Temptation (The Covenant Series #2) by Betty Shreffler
Cruel Temptation (The Covenant Series Book 2) - Betty Shreffler
Cruel Temptation is the second book in The Vampire Covenant series, and continues Kayci's story as she takes over leadership of the Covenant. She has big plans for them, including a new Trinary Covenant, in which Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches, are all pledged to each other. In view of this, she sets up a meeting which initially goes well. However, although the Werewolf representatives agree in principle, it actually isn't their call as their Alpha is too unwell to travel. He asks to meet Kayci in person, to which she agrees. Adrian is wary of this, and only calms down when one of the other Covenant members, Dr Allis, agrees to go with her. Things take a twist when she goes there, and a close friend of Kayci's is murdered. Suddenly, there is a lot of action going on. There is also the possibility of something going on with Cass-Kayci-Adrian, which I'm not too sure how I feel about, as I loathe 'triangles'.
 
With plenty of action, layer upon layer of meaning and mystery, this book practically reads itself. The pages turn as you are engrossed by the story, by what will happen next, and to whom. There is betrayal and there is love. I'll leave it to you to read and find out! With no editing or grammatical errors, this is a fast paced story that will delight and intrigue, leading nicely to book three with plenty of questions still unanswered. Recommended by me.
 
* Verified Purchase - November 2016 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: sites.google.com/site/archaeolibrarian/merissa-reviews/thevampirecovenantseries23bybettyschreffler
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review 2016-11-04 12:52
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Embrace The Dawning (The Covenant Series #1) by Betty Shreffler
Embrace The Dawning (The Covenant Series) (Volume 1) - Betty Shreffler
Embrace the Dawning is the first book in The Covenant Series. We meet Kayci, a twenty-seven-year-old personal trainer, who has hidden the fact that she is faster, stronger, and heals quicker than 'normal' people, her whole life. Her life takes a turn for the crazy when she is attacked one evening as she runs through the woods. Luckily for her, she is saved by someone else. This event opens the door to a world she never knew existed, a world far more dangerous than she realised.
 
This is a very well written book, with wonderful characters who leap off the page. Kayci is a strong woman who deals very well with what is thrown at her. She knows what she wants, and is prepared to work for it, realising that not everything is easy. With action, danger, romance, and betrayal, this book is a page turner! 
 
With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, this was a story I thoroughly enjoyed, and am looking forward to continuing with this series.
 
* Verified Purchase - September 2016 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/11/review-by-merissa-embrace-dawning.html
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review 2016-02-26 15:44
ARC Review – The Covenant, by M LeAnne Phoenix
The Covenant (The Covenant Series Book 1) - M. LeAnne Phoenix

The story runs, skips, and ducks, and my heart is in my throat most of the time, never thinking the boys will make it out in one piece. But they duck like pros, so there is HEA at the end. **phew**

 

I have no idea what the author wants to do with these boys going forwards, as this is book 1 in a series. There is, however, a good feeling of completion at the end, so it is certainly a stand-alone book.

 

All the biblical stuff just swooshed past me, as I am not much of a christian at all, but it was a fun backdrop to the telling of this specific covenant between a David and a Jonathan. It is set in Texas in the early 90s, and that can’t have been an easy time and place in which to be gay. When we get angry about things today, it does us good to look back, just a few years, and see how far we have come, after all.

 

There were a lot of teenage sexy times in this book. I never really understood how old the boys were, but I surmise underage, even if not by much, which might rub some people the wrong way. It was never explicit, nor exploitative, but quite insistent. Mostly, it was teenage hormones boiling in their blood. That’s good, if you like that kind of thing. For me personally, it got to be a tad too much, but then again, I’m currently off the sexy.

 

There were a lot of people in the story, and among the very memorable secondary characters, I loved the little boys best—Elijah and Cody were hilarious. They waltzed straight into my heart.

 

All in all, this is a really cute book, with a good story that made me happy.

 

***

 

I was given a review copy of this book from the publisher, Cool Dudes Publishing. A positive review wasn’t promised in return.

Source: annalund2011.booklikes.com/post/1349607/arc-review-the-covenant-by-m-leanne-phoenix
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text 2015-05-16 17:56
Books I Want As A TV Show | T5W
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
The Lightning Thief - Rick Riordan
Half-Blood - Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Fellowship of the Ring - J.R.R. Tolkien
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead

well this is embarrassing

 

This is actually last week's t5w but I was super busy and just didn't have the time to do this for some reason?? Excuses, excuses. 


It's also like 80+ something degrees right now and I have no ac. I literally have three fans blasting on me right now that are making my eyes dry and blurry (which can't be a good thing) and they're doing nothing.NOTHING. 


Gosh, I really don't like the summer. It literally went from winter to summer where I live...


Okay anyway moving on.

 

If you didn't know T5W was created bygingerreadslainey and every Wednesday there's a topic in which we choose our top 5 to it. If you want to join, check out the discussion page!

 

Let's be real here—I want just about every single book/series that I read to become a t.v show just to see what the scenery is "supposed" to look like because I'm not very creative and have a hard time imaging a lot of things, but then tv shows are known to change things and suck just as much as the movie...


I would only want these books into tv shows IF THEY STICK TO THE ACTUAL PLOT OF THE BOOK AND NOT CHANGE ANYTHING

 

1) Harry Potter by JK Rowling
Making a tv show out of this series would be a bit difficult because of the time span, BUT the movies weren't even that good compared to the books and so much stuff could be added to the show that the movies didn't include. I just want more. (Fun fact everyone, last year I went to Florida like i do every year and we actually went before diagon alley opened and that was the whole reason i actually wanted to be there and not see family but they did a soft opening thingy when we went to universal and i cried when i saw it. yep. i was one of those people.)


2) Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan
Because the movies suck and a tv show could do this series visually justice. I love the series and i think a tv show out of this would be awesome. They could keep the same actors and what not. they just need to stick to the actual plot and not change everything like they did with the movies.


3) The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout


This would make the perfect cw show...but I don't watch cw shows (or tv really haha) but this would be perfect. There's the main character who is a girl...who kicks ass..and has two guys that are kind of in love with her. The whole series centers around Alex and a majority of it is her relationships with Aiden and Seth. It just screams the CW. but I also really love this series and would kill for a tv show of this (btw can I play Alex if that ever happens I mean we're both short and have the same name!). I also would like to see who would get cast as Adien and Seth.


4) Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
I want more of the movies and I loved them so much so why not just as amazing tv show? (I've never actually read the books—okay that's a lie. I did read half of the first one and got really annoyed by all the elvish that wasn't translated. If anyone knows how I can actually learn all the elvish used or if there's translations of the elvish somewhere please let me know!!)


5) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Again, another great series with a crappy movie. This is another series that would be a great CW tv show and I think that if they were to stick with the actual point of the series and not jump around like the damn movie did) i think it would make a successful tv show.

 

 

I think this list could go on and on (because can you imagine a Throne of Glass tv series?? because i can). Typically when I hear that books are being turned into movies/t.v shows, half of me is kind of excited but then the other half is like "How are they going to screw up this up?" That was actually my first thought when I heard about the Shadowhunter's tv show. (Still mad I never auditioned for Clary because I found out AFTER.)

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text 2015-01-07 18:48
Favorite reads of 2014!
I know i'm late. Sigh. But that's okay because I'm posting it now anyway. I only read 53 books this year which might not seem like a lot to some people, but to that's 20 more books than I read last year as well as the previous one. My goal was fifty and I accomplished thank the laaawd. 
 
Weirdly enough, I had a hard time choosing more than five books. I read a lot of good books and only a handful of great (probably less than a handful actually. let's be real) ones, but I don't know. When I went through my list, I just couldn't choose. Some books though blew me out of the water and made my favorite all time books list.
 
Anyway without further ado, here's the list. I'm also adding a few series that I've read and counting them as one book because I can. The list is in no particular order except alphabetically :).
 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
 
First off, this book was absolutely beautiful. The writing was beautiful, the story line was beautiful, the growth of the characters was beautiful, and the ending was fracking amazing. I cried to it that's how good it was. I'm actually not a fan of books like this though (perks being an example and god did I hate that book despite the excitement I had building up before reading it) and I tend to stay from books in the contemporary (realistic fiction?) genre. But I saw that it had a slight LGBT theme and I just had to. I didn't care that it wasn't something I usually read, I just had to.
 
And damn it I'm so glad that I did. 
 
Briefly explaining what it is about. It takes place mid-80's, about two Mexican teenagers essentially finding themselves. It's told in Aristotle's P.O.V from the day he meets Dante and the growth in friendship that happens after that. To me, there was so specific plot. The message this book gives was so powerful that to  me that was the plot. 
 
God. It was was just soooooo beautiful. I tell everyone that read/wants to read Perks that they should read this one instead. 
 
The Assassin's Curse & The Pirates Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
    
What's better than a magic wielding assassin that is sent to kill a bad ass female Pirate? At the given moment, I have no answer. 
 
Ananna-the pirate-is to be wed off to another pirate clan but she does not want to and runs away.The clan she is supposed to marrying into sends Naji-the assassin-after her, but due to some unfortunate events, they are cursed and bound together. Naji is cursed to protect Ananna and the only way to break the curse is to accomplish three impossible tasks. 
 
I was sold on these books the minute I heard pirates. This duology was so intriguing (especially since I started it when I was on my 'historical' fiction reading binge) and all the characters were so sassy and awesome. The romance in these books deserves an A+. The growth of their relationship was so well written, despite that the fact that it wasn't an in your face romance. The romance happens in book two which I thought was different in a good way. The adventure aspect of the book overshadows the romance with I really enjoyed. 
 
However, I'm almost positive that the publishing company to these books has closed down, so if you're interested in these books, get them now before they're all gone!
 
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Cinder will still forever be my favorite, but I enjoyed Cress 10000x more than Scarlet. (Even though I could have done with the only main character being Cinder and Kai....) 
Anyway, most of you already know that this is the third installment to the Lunar Chronicles and this book focuses mainly (though the other Cinder and Scarlet still have their moments) on Cress, the retelling of Rapunzel if she was a Lunar stuck on a space pod. (Unfortunately I can't remember the exact name of where Cress lived.)
 
I love the world these books are set in and how Marissa Meyer describes everything was just so good.(I think I need to find more words than just good and enjoyable.) The characters in this one great, especially Captain Thorne. I was glad there was more of him in this book. Cress was also such a cute character. She fangirled over Captain Thorne. I mean... I would too. 
 
I especially loved it when Cinder and Kai finally met up again. Sigh. Does anyone else listen to kpop and imagine Prince Kai as Kai from EXO because I do. 
 
These books are just so much fun and compelling that it really is a must read.
 
The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. 
Well really only the first four books and the two novellas as I'm currently reading the last one. This series has officially sold me on the author and I must read all her books. Seriously. I will be doing another post on this series once I'm finished but in short, this is one of my favorite series of all times. 
 
It's based around Greek gods who have mated with mortals creating demigods and their (demigods) pure blood children called the Hematoi and the Half Bloods, children of the Hematoi and mortals. The story is told from the half blood Alex's P.O.V and the things she has to deal after her mom was killed by an evil Hematoi or Daimon as their referred to in the book. 
 
Alex was one bad ass character and Seth and Aiden were awesome love interests and like I said, I'll be making another post soon so I don't have to ramble about this series right now. 
 
The Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black
 (Though I have the original covers of the first two...I prefer these more)
This was the first series I've read by her as well as my first more mature male p.o.v. I found this series to be really interesting and I loved the way Holly Black writes. 
 
First off, the main character's name is Cassel Sharpe and he lives in a world where curse working is illegal. Curse working in a way is a form of magic that some people can do like, one of his brother's can erase memories and his mom can manipulate emotions, his grandfather can kill people etc. However, there is always a blowback when someone curse works. His mother went crazy, his brother is losing his memories and has to write everything down, and his grandfather is losing his fingers. 
 
Everyone in his family can do some type of curse work, except him. He feels like the outcast of the family because he can't do anything special and he's not into conning people like his family is. He has a messed up life because his mom's a famous con artist and his brothers aren't the greatest and there's also the fact that he is under the impression that he killed his best friend. He becomes haunted with memories of her and that night.
 
The first book actually starts off with him sleep walking onto his school's roof after being lured by a white cat. I was sold on the series with that first chapter.
 
I really enjoyed reading about the art of how to con people and Cassel's p.o.v as well. The plot to this story was very different and flew through them. 
 
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
This was my second Rainbow Rowell book and it just made me want to read more. I already loved her writing from reading Fangirl but hoooooommmg it made me love it even more. This book again was so beautifully written I literally couldn't put this book down. I did a harry potter to this and read it under my blanket at night with a flashlight, that's how much I loved it. Eleanor and Park's relationship was just beautiful and I cried so much when they finally got together to when shit hit the fan and at the end. I wasn't the hugest fan of the ending but in a way, I also loved it. It was the perfect way to end it.
 
This book also showcases character growth with Park, the male protagonist. At the beginning of the book, Eleanor was the laughing stock of the school. She was new, looked different, and came from a poor family. Park was the typical teen, with popular friends and a good home life. On Eleanor's first day of school, the only seat available was next to Park and at first he didn't want to let her sit next to him because not only was everyone already laughing at her, he thought she looked like a mess. He obviously did anyway and it becomes a routine every morning for her to sit next to him and then eventually they start talking and he gets to know her and just ugh. The feels. He starts to realize what he did was wrong and how messed up his friends are and how appreciative he is of his family and what not. Ugh. More feels. 
 
This book was so sad and so good that everyone needs to read it. 
 
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. 
Yet another book by her. What a surprise. Not really. I need to read her other books. I have yet to get them but hopefully this month I will. 
 
The story is about twin sisters Cath and Wren who are off to college. The two were very close growing up yet when they get to college, Wren wants to go separate ways and do her own thing, leaving Cath to basically fend for herself. She did everything with her sister and not having her right next to her sets her a little off. 
 
Cath was so relatable because like a majority of people she is a fangirl (heh) and writes Simon Snow-which is based off of Harry Potter-fanfiction which plays a huge role in her life and I absolutely loved the little snippets of the book with the actual fanfiction of Simon and Baz. She also has to deal with a new and strange environment and I know what she felt like when she at a new school and having to make friends. There's this scene where her roommate asks her if she knew where the cafeteria was and Catch says no, which actually happened to me. In 11th grade, I never stepped foot into my new school's cafeteria. 
 
Levi was also an awesome and funny love interest. I would get so excited when he showed up.
 
This book made me feel all warm and fuzzy. It was adorable and a must read for all fangirls like myself.
 
Ink & Rain by Amanda Sun
  
 
Once I found out that these books were set in Japan-I was sold. It's no secret I really enjoy anything that has to do with Japan (I'll save that story for another day) and once I read the plot I just knew I had to read them. And my god did I enjoy these books, though not many people actually did. I guess some people thought they were too typical YA or JDrama-ish. 
 
This story follows Katie, an American, who had to move to Japan and live with her aunt after her mom passes away. There she has to deal with being a foreigner, learning a new language, and a new way of living with new customs and different food. There she meets a Tomo, a typical J-Drama bad boy, as he's breaking up with his girlfriend. But while that's happening, she sees something strange. She sees his artwork move. Things progress from their when his abilities start to go out of whack and the two try to find answers. 
 
I loved Tomo's and Katie's relationship too and how that progressed. One of my favorite literary couples right there. There was the immediate attraction to one another (not instalove) but the Tomo's abilities were reacting to Katie in a bad way so they had to stay away from each other. I'm a sucker for forbidden romance, sue me.
 
The way Amanda Sun wrote about Japan shows just how much she loves the country as well and the words she used to describe everything was authentic. It wasn't like someone just threw words in there and tried to write about something they didn't know about.
 
Also the art was an A+. There were pages showing Tomo's art and I really liked that.
 
These books made me want to visit Japan and learn the language even more. 
 
Legend by Marie Lu
This is the only dystopian book that I like. Really. It was the first book I read of that particular genre that didn't have a boring plot. 
 
We've got June, The Republic's Prodigy, and Day, The Republic's most wanted criminal. June's brother is murdered and Day is blamed and in order to capture him, June goes under cover and finds Day and shit hits the fan afterwards. 
 
For one, the characters were great. I love characters like June-if that wasn't obvious-where she is a very strong female lead. Smart, knows how to defend herself, doesn't take any crap.
 
And on top of that, the actual plot to the story was amazing. There's a plague that goes around the city and how that was interwoven into the plot and what's really going on with the Republic and the warring Colonies was so good that I finished this book in two days. 
 
The only thing that I wasn't a fan of was the romance, but it was such a minuscule thing that was forgiven because the actual plot was so amazing.
 
Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I'm pretty sure everyone and their mom has heard about this graphic novel. But can I say I read this without the persuasion of booktube. Booktube always makes me read stuff that I do not like. Why I insist on listening to them, I will never know.
 
This was my first graphic novel I've read that wasn't manga and holy crap! It was sooooo good. It's about Alana and Marco who come from warring planets-except that Marco comes from a moon. Alana is a soldier and Marco gets captured with Alana having to watch over him. Within the span of (what i believe) is 24 hours, the two run away together. 
 
The story actually starts with Alana giving birth to their daughter and the story is actually told in her-the daughter's-p.o.v
 
I absolutely love the universe, the characters, the art style, the story line. Everything. To me there is literally nothing wrong with this series. Some people might think it's a bit graphic...which it is. Only for 18+ eyes only. Regardless, it's so good and if you're going to read a graphic novel, start with these. 
 
Shadow Falls series by C.C Hunter
I've never actually heard anyone talk about this series before and when I picked up the first one day I didn't have very high hopes. 
 
I was mistaken. 
 
The writing of these books was meh and the romance got a bit annoying, but I was still thoroughly into these books that I read all of them in the same month. The actual plot and how it developed was really good.
 
It's starts off with Kylie, and her arguing parents. They're getting a divorce and Kylie takes it hard so for some reason Kylie's mom sends her to a summer camp for troubled teen. Only it's not for troubled teens but the supernaturally gifted. Kylie sees something strange on the bus but she just thinks she's bugging out. When she actually learns about the supernatural world, she freaks out but she gets used to it and learns to live with it. Through out the first two books, she's still learning how to deal with the new world and I enjoyed that. It made it seem "real" that it took time to adjust. The story got better with each book. A darker theme comes into play and they were really enjoyable. 
 
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
This is another one of those beautifully written books that will just leave you in awe and wanting more. This was another book that gave me the feels. How the romance in the book was written and the relationship between Kestrel and Arin was so beautifully written and I loved the progression of it. The romance was one of those that when it happened, it was like a slap in the face. It wasn't something that happened quick, it crept up on me and when they finally kissed man. I got the feels hard. Best way for me to describe it. 
 
Besides that, Kestrel was a great protagonist as well. She wasn't physically strong, but she was a great strategist and bad ass in her own way. There's a particular scene in the book where Kestrel is involved in a duel and she wins it by her keen observations. 
 
Let me not forget to mention the plot. It was interesting because Kestrel's country had taken over Arin's and all of his people become slaves. That's how Kestrel meets Arin by purchasing him on a whim. I won't go into more detail because of spoilers but let's just say it was all a set up and the turn of events was very good. 
 
That damn ending though. I put the book and sat there like "Marie Rutkoski...why". What a damn cliffhanger that was.
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