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text 2017-12-15 23:15
Square 10 World Peace Day Task
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston
The Unyielding - Shelly Laurenston
A Lady for Lord Randall (Brides of Waterloo) - Sarah Mallory
A Mistress for Major Bartlett - Annie Burrows
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
The Bull Rider's Homecoming (Blue Thorn Ranch) - Allie Pleiter
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter

5 Books I Appreciated this Year....and yeah I kinda cheated, lol:

 

1. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin

     Finally a book that features a military heroine! I really loved this story of Tom and Mellie falling for each other in both letters and in person. Can't wait to read the other two books in the series.

 

2. Call of Crows series by Shelly Laurenston

     Got to love female rage mixed with Norse mythology and lots of humor. This trilogy is a great read for paranormal romance fans who want actual strong female characters. I refuse to name my favorite, they are all good in their own way. A very cathartic way of dealing with real life news.

 

3. A Lady for Lord Randall by Sarah Mallory/A Mistress for Major Bartlett by Annie Burrows

      These were the first two books in the Waterloo Brides trilogy (the last book stank). I loved that Regency romance left the ballroom and went onto the battlefield - such a departure from the normal Regency romance.

 

4. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

     The artwork was stark and evoked such feelings as Satrapi told her life story, along with giving readers a history and cultural lesson on Iran. I would recommend reading both books to understand her fresh approach to the immigrant story.

 

5. Allie Pleiter

    Not a book, but an author of historical romance. This was the Summer of Allie Pleiter - from contemporary bull rider returning home, to 1906 San Francisco just months after the earthquake, to World War I knitters who get the Spanish flu and finally to an post-WWI orphange. There wasn't a moment of reading Pleiter's works that I did not enjoy.

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text 2017-10-31 08:00
October Reading Wrap Up
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston
London Calling - Sara Sheridan
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett,Marguerite Sauvage
March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Lewis Gaddis

 Dewey and setting more concrete goals in regards to Halloween Bingo helped me boost my reading back to my normal levels. The quality of my reading also improved from last month's crappy reads. My DNF trigger was pulled a lot this month and everything else about my reading improved greatly.

 

As Halloween Bingo ended yesterday, a big THANK YOU SO MUCH to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for putting on another great game. I am ready for whatever MbD and TA have in store for the next game. I will spend the rest of the year finishing up prompts from the Pop Sugar challenge.

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 149/150

Pop Sugar: 1; 43/52 prompts filled

Halloween Bingo: 9 squares read; 19/25 overall

Library Love: 2; 48/36 for the year

 

1. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Aliens square) - 5 stars

 

2. The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston (Dark Woods square) - 5 stars

 

3. London Calling (Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #2) by Sara Sheridan (Dark London square) - 4.5 stars

 

4. Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery #1) by Sofie Kelly (Magical Realism square) - 3 stars

 

5. Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2) by Sofie Kelly (Amateur Sleuth square) - 3 stars

 

6. Final Crisis by Grant Morrison et al (Monsters square) - 1.5 stars

 

7. DC Bombshells, Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett et al (Dead Will Walk square) - 5 stars

 

8. DC Bombshells, Volume 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennet et al (Supernatural square) - 5 stars

 

9. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel #2 by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli (Chilling Children square) - 3.5 stars

 

10. Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel #3 by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli (Vampires square) - 3.5 stars

 

11. March, Volume 3 by Rep John Lewis et al (Pop Sugar prompt - "month/day in title") - 5 stars

 

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review 2017-10-06 13:19
Review: The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston
The Undoing (Call Of Crows) - Shelly Laurenston

 

Another excellent installment in the Call of Crows series. This is Jacinda's (Jace for short; she is the berserker of the Crow clan) and Danski's romance (Ski for short, and the Keeper of the Word for his Protector clan). Going to say that the romance is more of a secondary plot and the battle to get rid of Gullveig in this universe is the main plotline. I think that was a good author choice; although I loved Jace and Ski's time together, their story was more subdued and had already started as a deep friendship going into new territory.

 

The political and diplomatic maneuvers throughout the book were a lot of fun to read about and seeing the clans work together made the violence in the book justified and part of a bigger plan, not just a means onto itself. The writing is still full of snarky humor and genuine friendships, and the return of Betty in the last 25% really gave the Crows just the kick in the butt needed to defeat Gullveig.

 

Can't wait to read book three.

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text 2017-09-30 22:59
September 2017 Wrap Up
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb
Brighton Belle - Sara Sheridan

The volunteer position I took on in June for my son's school PTO board is proving to be a full-time job and my reading suffered as a result. 10 books is the least amount of books I have read in any one month all year. A lot of what I did read was "meh" to "grit my teeth and bare it to get the square filled"; the four books attached to this post is the best of my reading this month.

 

I participated in the Fandom Box swap and Grimlock did an amazing job of finding just the right things to put into my box. Luckily, the receiver of the box I put together liked what I put in their box.

 

Here's to hoping that October has better reading in store for me.

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 138/150

Pop Sugar: 0

Library Love: 4

Halloween Bingo: 10/25 squares read

 

1. The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston (Free Space square)- 5 stars

 

2. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Library Love) (Diverse Voices square)- 2 stars

 

3. Brighton Belle (Mirabella Mystery #1) by Sara Sheridan (Murder Most Foul square) - 3.5 stars

 

4. Dying for the Past by TJ O'Connor (Library Love) (Ghost square) - 1 star

 

5. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Doidge (Cozy Mystery square) - 2.5 stars

 

6. Switching Hour (Magic and Mayhem #1) by Robyn Peterman (Werewolves square) - 2 stars

 

7. Dime Store Magic by Kelly Armstrong (Witches square) (Library Love) - 0 stars

 

8. Killer Party (Tourist Trap Mystery #9) by Lynn Cahoon (Terrifying Women square) - 3 stars

 

9. All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle (Haunted Houses square) - 1.5 stars

 

10. Secrets in Death (...In Death #45) by J.D. Robb (Locked Room Mystery square) (Library Love) - 3 stars

 

Currently 50% in The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston for the Dark Woods square. Up next is Welcome to Albaterra (Albaterra Mates #0.5) by Ashley L. Hunt for the Aliens square.

 

 

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review 2017-09-03 21:30
Review: The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston

I LOVED THIS BOOK. From beginning to end I could not put it down.

 

Kera Watson was killed defending a teen girl from her boyfriend/pimp and a loyal customer of the coffee shop she manages calls in a favor to a Nordic goddess to help Kera literally and figuratively get back on her feet. And that is how Kera ends up belonging to the Clan of Crows, loyal to her sister-Crows and Skuld the goodess. Kera was a wonderful heroine that is so hard to find in today's romance - the author really knew how to work Kera's military background into her personality.

 

That customer is Ludvig Rundstom, a strapping Swede who belongs to the Clan of Ravens, loyal to Odin, his sister Katja (a Valkeyrie) and his brother-Ravens. Vig is a beta most of the time; his Vikingness comes through mainly in his job and on the battlefield. Vig is a bad-ass teddy bear and is actually pretty comfortable with both of those personality traits. I like the fact that he didn't always agree with Odin and had no problem telling Odin to his face that he disagreed.

 

Because the Crows and Ravens are thinkers, when they go into battle, they don't do stupid shit that almost gets them killed....unlike the Giant Killers (clan that belongs to Thor, who in this situation is all brawn and little brains....and his clan is just like him). But they aren't Mary and Guy Stus; they have their good days and bad days and personality conflicts. I loved the women who made up the Clan of Crows - their friendships, their professional lives, their snarky attitudes. The Ravens are probably the only males who could handle such bad-ass women.

 

The story was action packed, although I had a little trouble in the beginning keeping the Norse mythology straight. It is rather violent for a romance genre book. The humor had me was great, sometimes from the snarky things Crows say and sometimes from the situation (like a Mara trying to scared Erin and ends up being terrified of Erin).

 

I have book two and three and can't wait to read them.

 

 

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