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text 2019-08-02 17:03
Pre-Party Prompts - Day 2 Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, or Other?
Maleficent - Disney Press
The Unleashing - Shelly Laurenston
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
Kiss of Midnight - Lara Adrian
Kiss of Crimson - Lara Adrian
Midnight Awakening - Lara Adrian
Hot and Badgered (The Honey Badgers) - Shelly Laurenston
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
Parasite - Mira Grant


I'm going to start with other - WITCHES! I love them in every flavor - the old wise crone, the maiden that just discovered she is a witch, the kitchen witch that adds a little magic in each thing she bakes, the forest nymph/guardian (#TeamMaleficent), the storm witch, the water witch - even Disney's Pixies was fun for me to watch for the kids over and over again.


The other that I loved is Vikings with magical powers - aka the Call of Crows series by Shelly Laurenston.


I have an issue with stories about vampires - basically consent and the lack thereof. There is only one series I enjoyed that involved vampires and the premise of the world building pretty much flipped the script on vampire lore. I may do a re-reading of one of the books in the series Midnight Breeds by Lara Adrian for the bingo. I like my vampire stories that take place only at night because it adds atmosphere and no sparkling vamps.


Werewolves and Other Shifters - these are more my speed than vamps. And I really like the fact that other animal shifters are being added to the subgenre. I have Shelly Laurenston's Hot and Badgered waiting to be read for bingo - honey badger shifter, OH HELL YES. If interested in other shifters, Eve Langlais has different series that goes wild with animal shifters.


I may get into zombies a bit more since a lot of BL'ers dig the White Trash Zombie books. There is a movie adaption of the book Warm Bodies that is a fun twist on the zombie lore, along with seasonal favorite movie Shaun of the Dead. I read the first book in Mira Grant's Parasitology trilogy and that had a future/sci-fi element to the zombie storyline.





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text 2019-08-01 10:01
July 2019 Wrap-Up
The Awakening Aten - Aiden K. Morrissey
Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames - Lara Maiklem
My Time Among the Whites - Jennine Capo Crucet
An Act of Faith - Oliver Sacks
Mustard Seed - Laila Ibrahim
Yellow Crocus - Laila Ibrahim
Tokyo Mindscapes - Misaki Matsui
The Cold - Rich Hawkins

Wow, a new month already? Where does the time go!


8 books finished this month. 3 non-fiction.


Stand-outs are definitely Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim, and The Cold by Rich Hawkins. Anyone else notice there are a gazillion authors named Hawkins?


I don't expect to finish many books in August. Halloween Bingo is coming, so the plan is to finish the ones I have in progress and avoid requesting anything non-Horror from Netgalley. I have two Netgalley books in hand at present. One of them is a Horror short story collection so I'm saving that one.


I'll fill in any more available reading time with slogging through my backlog of samples. Hopefully I can clear them! Then there's the general slush folder of free books, some of which I got just after my first Kindle so who knows if there's anything worth reading hiding in there.


If this year is like last year, we'll get a list of categories sometime in August and I can amuse myself choosing books to fit them. :D

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review 2019-08-01 09:28
The Awakening Aten
The Awakening Aten - Aiden K. Morrissey

by Aidan K. Morrissey


I usually don't read character lists at the beginning of a novel because in a totally fiction novel, they're meaningless until they actually do something and I regard it as lazy writing. This one was an exception because the vast majority of the characters are really people from history, even the cat!


By the time I got to Part One I already could see that the author had done his research, and that's a big part of what makes a historical fiction novel enjoyable to me. I especially love books set in Ancient Egypt and though I found this one a little slow moving, I enjoyed having that era brought to life for me from a different perspective than I've read before.


Part of me wants to give this an extra star for the historical research, but the dialogue is stiff and the story just doesn't flow well. Still, it's worth persevering.

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review 2019-06-16 20:23
Audiobook/Ebook Review: The Awakening (The Outsider Series, #3) by Lorhainne Eckhart (Author), Melissa Moran (Narrator)
The Awakening (The Outsider #3) - Lorhainne Eckhart,Melissa Moran



I feel like I know this story by heart. The Awakening haunts you like a melody. Laura and Andy are caught up in a whirlwind of heartache, deceit and power. There are moments when your mind wants to step away, but your heart won't let you. Moran digs deep and delivers every emotion with a purity that touches the soul. Reading Eckhart is often times like forgetting to tell your heart to breath. It's an automatic reflex.

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review 2019-06-09 18:37
Moon Awakening
Moon Awakening - Lucy Monroe

Scottish werewolves in kilts! Eh, maybe I would have liked this better had I read this when it was first published (2007). I was a different reader then and my tolerance for bullshit was better(?) or worse(?) then now. This has kidnapping (check), forced marriage (check), lavender eyes (check), and alpha males (check). I surprised Cait and Emily didn't have have to ask permission to go take a shit. Oh wait, they probably did. I despise men like this in real life and on the page.
But, this did fulfill some challenge requirements so I stuck with it.
Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo: the Kilts square

For Booklikes-opoply: rolled a 6: #4 Read a book published in May, June, July or a article of clothing/accessory on cover (take your pick- kilt, sword, belt, boots, etc).

$3 and passed Go for $5= $44 bank 

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