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text 2016-01-04 05:32
January TBR
Carry On - Rainbow Rowell
The Iron Warrior (The Iron Fey) - Julie Kagawa
Gathering Darkness - Morgan Rhodes,Michelle Rowen
Days of Blood & Starlight - Laini Taylor
The Earl and The Fairy, Vol. 03 - Mizue Tani,Ayuko

This will be a pretty basic post my TBR (to be read) for Janurary! Hopefully with my plan to read one novel a week I can get this done! 

 

1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

  • I'm really excited to read this book! I'm already on page 200 something! It's so amazing and I love Baz and Simon already! If you don't know what it is it's the main character from Rowell's other novel Fangirl fanfiction. But it's so much more then that. You can read it as a stand alone as well. It's a kickass fantasy read with gay love! What more could you want? 

 

2. The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa

  • I cannot believe that this book is out and that I haven't read it yet. After reading it's precessor, the Iron Traitor, way back in summer of 2013 I needed the next book. At that time there was no news on the book. No title, no blurb, no release date. And then, magically early in 2014. Everything appeared on goodreads. I have been waiting long and hard for this book and maybe it's taken me so long to finish because I don't want to say goodbye to the lovely characters of the Iron Fey. 

 

3. Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

  • This series holds a special place in my heart. I believe that I was one of the first fans of this series, buying the book way back when the very first one was just released. Then no one knew of the series and there was no fanbase. Now, everyone is reading these books and they deserve the love. Morgan Rhodes writes an amazing fantasy series! With the fourth book already out I decided it was time to pick this beautiful copy off my shelf and read it. 

 

4. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor 

  • I read the first book of this series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, a few months back and I didn't immediately go to this one because I had new releases coming out (namely Magnus Chase and Carry On). I cannot wait to get to this novel. The last book left me wanting to read this so badly. Laini Taylor is an amazing writer of high fantasy and if you haven't picked up this series yet I suggest that you do. 

 

5. The Earl and the Fairy Vol. 03 by Ayuko and Mizue Tani

  • I started reading this manga series in the summer of 2014 when Barnes and Noble was having a buy 2 get one free manga sale. The first book was one I picked up. I loved the first one so much so I knew I had to buy the second one. And then, as I loved that one as well I bought the third. It's only a four book series so I'm pacing myself a bit. I don't want to miss it too much.

 

So that's pretty much my TBR. It doesn't seem like that much but a couple of the books are really long. Wish me luck on completing this TBR!  

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text 2015-01-31 15:51
January 2015 Reads Wrap Up

I originally had ten books I wanted to read, review, and archive/delete/donate off my TBR. I hit that mark plus got extra reading in, so this month turned out better than expected.

 

5 stars - none

 

4.5 - 4 stars

Scoop by Kit Frazier (Cozy Mystery; first in series)

Concealed in Death by JD Robb

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George (MG/YA Fantasy)

 

3.5 - 3 stars

A Cat Caper (A Delilah Duffy Short Story) by Jessica Sherry

Midnight Kiss: Three Romantic New Year's Eve Stories (Anthology) by Rusty Fischer

Dead Copy by Kit Frazier (Cozy Mystery)

The Taking of Snow White by Christian M. Darcy (Erotica/Fantasy)

His Mistletoe Bride by Vanessa Kelly (Historical Romance)

 

2.5 - 2 stars

Brave New Century (Anthology; Christian Historical Romance)

The Last Rose of Summer by Kate Lord Brown (Contemporary Romance)

 

1.5 - 1 star

Jilted in January by Clarice Wynter (Contemporary Romance)

 

.5 - 0 star

A Cup of Cozy (Anthology; Christian cozy mystery with Christmas settings)

Her Passion by Elyssa Nyte (Contemporary Romance)

The One that Got Away by Kat Halstead (Contemporary Romance

 

DNFs - none this month

 

Hate Reads/Be Ye Warned!

Ms. America and the Offing on Oahu by Diana Dempsey (Cozy Mystery; first in series)

 

Continuing to Read

Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma

 

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text 2015-01-29 22:00
Wont Complete January TBR
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives - Lola Shoneyin
Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers

For the last two days I've been attempting to catch up in my Moleskine Book Journal. I'm about 30 books behind. I was going to not even bother and start fresh with 2015 but those books I read last year need/deserve to be reviewed in my journal. I've definitely learned a lesson regarding procrastination. Sad that I wont finished the last 2 books planned for the month.  :~((

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review 2015-01-27 18:21
Concealed in Death - J.D. Robb

Summary:

Leading the demolition of a long-empty New York building that once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband uncovers two skeletons wrapped in plastic. And by the time Eve’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

The victims are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.

Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.

 

Review:

After the disappointing Thankless in Death, I took a break from the series. I was burnt out on serial killers and there was not much police work going on in that book. With Concealed, all I can say is "Welcome Back JD....I missed you!"

 

What set apart this serial killer-ish murderer from the last is that the motivation for the killings was much deeper and I liked the cold-case file aspect of the story. There was not over the top chase scenes or final police operation/sting that usually ends an ...In Death book. It was a very quiet and sad ending, but one that fit this case; for me it was satisfying, but I can see how Eve Dallas and other readers may have wanted more from the villain.

 

I like seeing more of Mavis in this book - her part in the story has given her character more weight and she has come a far distance from the flighty BFF of Eve's in those early books. I also like that the cast of characters for the mystery parts of the book stayed in the single digits; sometimes these stories get carried away with the amount of potential villains.

 

Overall, I didn't want to put this book down. It was a quieter book than the last few, but the quiet suited the story rather than muted it. 4 stars.

 

Random Observation:

Happy 20th Anniversary to the ...In Death series and JD Robb/Nora Roberts!

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review 2015-01-15 14:17
The Taking of Snow White: Forever Taken: Book One - Christian M. Darcy

Summary:

She was lost in the woods - alone, afraid. For the first time in her life, she had to depend on herself. On her wits. On her wiles. On her body, her mind, and her heart.

Where was her Prince? Where was the handsome man who would save her from this terror? Where was her brave hero, to rescue her from the lustful huntsman, from the wicked Queen, from the rebels and the dangers and the forest which reached out to consume her? And where was she going to go to get her shoes repaired after all this running?

 

Review:

So after reading this blurb, I thought the book was going to be a YA adventure about Snow White finding her agency, her way back to the castle, and kicking the Evil Queen's ass. Instead, I open the book, saw the page count (81 pages), and realized I picked up a book that was definitely not YA.

 

So what is this book? Basically, an erotic re-telling of Snow White minus the dwarves. The seven little dudes are replaced with a small group of the kingdom's resistance fighters. They want to over throw the monarchy and set up a democratic government...except that women are to stay in the kitchen/home and tend to the men, children and home. They believe a stupid bunch of lies Snow White gives them and believe she is "Violet", a stable maid. Snow White finds out that her nickname amongst the fighters is "Snow White the Stupid" - this I must agree with (I would also be in agreement if they had nicknamed her "Snow White the Witless" or just "Snow Witless"). Also, the Evil Queen is Snow White's step-mother.

 

The book tried to hard to be snarky towards both traditional values and progressive values; the "humor" comes off as passive-aggressive towards all women. Everyone in the monarchy is an idiot and shallow - and big boobed. So much boobies, all standing pert and ready for action. The author of this book (a man who is a professor of History somewhere in Montana) must be a breast man. The erotic scenes include m/f (Snow White loses her virgin card), voyeurism,  f/f, and masturbation; because everyone, including Snow White, overtly consents, I had no problem with pages of erotica. It does end on a cliffhanger...in more ways than one.

 

Please Note: Erotica is not my forte, so my rating is based on technical writing (only one error I saw) and all the sex was consensual. Looking at ratings on GR and B&N, the average rating for this book is 3 stars, so that is what I am giving it. I can't seem to find the book on B&N now, nor on Smashwords, so the author now may be exclusive to Amazon or took the book off the market completely. 3 stars.

 

Well, that will teach me to download free books indiscriminately!

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