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review 2018-04-05 20:11
Now I Rise / Kiersten White
Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White

She has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself.

After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada Dracul is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won…and souls will be lost.

 

4 dark, twisted, stabby stars for Now I Rise.

I think it was a genius choice to feminize the Dracula historical character! I love Lada Dracul and her hard, violent little heart! It gives an interesting torque to the facts and makes a fascinating tale even more engaging.

This is the second installment in a trilogy, and I’ve really enjoyed them both. The first book (And I Darken) is the April book for my real-life book club and I’ve chosen to read the second book rather than re-read the first. I’m so glad that I’ve continued on!

For those of you who are really interested in the time period and have the fortitude to withstand a lot of torture and impalings, I would also recommend Vlad: The Last Confession by C.C. Humphreys. It is an exceptional rendition of the historical Dracula story.

Both versions highly recommended.

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text 2018-04-01 17:01
Monthly Run Down - March 2018

 



Books I Read:

 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  - 5 Stars - Amazing re-read

 

Make It Easy, Cupcake: Fabulously Fun Creations in 4 Simple Steps  - 3 Stars - Interesting projects and ideas

 

Eighth Grave After Dark - 5 Stars -  Another amazing re-read. (re-reads are apparently my thing in 2018)

 

First Time Cake Decorating: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide - 4 Stars - A great overview of the basics, very clear instructions.

 

Seventh Grave and No Body - 5 Stars - Re-read. Charley being Charley is always great.  

 

When Dimple Met Rishi - 4 Stars - Really fun, quite cute. A good coming of age tale.

 

Sweet Ruin - 4 Stars - So good! This series never gets old.

 

Rescue My Heart - 3 Stars - I have no memories from this book. That can’t be good.

 

Trophy Husband - 2.5 Stars - I only liked this book when the main characters were together. I also detested how much time McKenna (h) spent thinking about her a**hole ex.

 

Ice Planet Barbarians  - 3 Stars - It took a very long time for me to get on board with this one. Once I got there it wasn't terrible.

 

DNF:

 

If Someone Says “You Complete Me” Run! - Not really a DNF, I put it aside to finish challenges and reviews.



Currently Reading:

 

Ice Planet Barbarians - Ruby Dixon - I’ve put this book down with the intention to DNF twice yet I keep picking it back up. Maybe because it’s a group read maybe because I’m curious, I’m not sure.



Year to Date Totals:

 

January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

 

2018: 28 books

 

Rescue My Heart When Dimple Met Rishi Trophy Husband (Caught Up in Love, #3) Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark, #16) Seventh Grave and No Body First Time Cake Decorating: The Absolute Beginner's Guide - Learn by Doing * Step-by-Step Basics + Projects Make It Easy, Cupcake: Fabulously Fun Creations in 4 Simple Steps Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson, #8) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Ice Planet Barbarians (Ice Planet Barba…

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text 2018-04-01 15:00
March Books

 I read 33 books this month with an average score of 3.8 stars. I had one reread with P.S. I Like You - Kasie West. This was also the month that I finally finished reading the Fairy Tail manga series after years of reading it.

 

19 of my books were YA. 7 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were contemporary, romance, mystery, and fantasy.

 

My favorite book was The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid. My least favorite was Kian and Jc: Don't Try This at Home! - Kian Lawley,Jc Caylen.

 

 

5 Stars

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo - Taylor Jenkins Reid P.S. I Like You - Kasie West  A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America - T. Christian Miller,Ken Armstrong  

 

4.5 Stars

Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan 

 

4 Stars

UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner  Dear Mr. Knightley - Katherine Reay  Under the Lights (Field Party) - Abbi Glines  Midnighter Vol. 2: Hard - Steve Orlando,ACO  Busted - Gina Ciocca  Bingo Love OGN - Tee Franklin, Jenn St Onge  When I Was the Greatest - Jason Reynolds,Michael Frost  That Wolf-Boy is Mine! 1 - Yoko Nogiri  The Wedding Date - Jasmine Guillory  The Ends of the World - Maggie Hall  The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang  Crooked House - AGATHA CHRISTIE  A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole  The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton  People Like Us - Dana Mele  

 

3.5 Stars

You Will Be Mine - Natasha Preston The Dazzling Heights - Katharine McGee  Fairy Tail, Vol. 01 - Hiro Mashima,William Flanagan  The Fine Art of Pretending - Rachel Harris  Buried Heart - Kate Elliott  Map of Fates - Maggie Hall  The Backstagers, Vol. 2: The Show Must Go On - James Tynion IV,Rian Sygh  After the Game (Field Party) - Abbi Glines  

 

3 Stars

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate,Stephen Gilpin Riders - Veronica Rossi  Seeker - Veronica Rossi Adultolescence - Gabbie Hanna Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles - Garth Nix,Brenna Yovanoff,Veronica Roth,Julie Murphy,Renee Ahdieh,Lamar Giles,Natalie C. Parker,Justina Ireland,Katie Cotugno,Tessa Gratton,Alaya Dawn Johnson,Brandy Colbert,Rae Carson,Sabaa Tahir,E.K. Johnston  

 

2 Stars

Kian and Jc: Don't Try This at Home! - Kian Lawley,Jc Caylen 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 6
  • Female: 26
  • Male/Female Mix: 1

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 18
  • Audio: 15
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text 2018-04-01 07:22
Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (My Wrap-up Post)

Books Read:

As Death Draws Near (A Lady Darby Mystery) - Anna Lee Huber Daughter of the Siren Queen - Tricia Levenseller Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1 - Ngaio Marsh Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller An English Murder - Cyril Hare The Gender End - Bella Forrest Zero Limit - Jeremy Brown   Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco A Brush with Shadows - Anna Lee Huber The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman Artists in Crime - Ngaio Marsh Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen Craven Manor - Darcy Coates The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman The Burning Page - Genevieve CogmanThe Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney,Christopher Evan Welch Death in a White Tie - Benedict Cumberbatch,Ngaio Marsh  

 

 

Round 1- 5 pts
As Death Draws Near: (Author starts w/ A in Arsenic) Crime Scene- Arsenical Toothpaste 

Round 2- 5 pts
Daughter of the Siren Queen: (Book w/ animal in story) COD- Mauled by a Demon Hound

Round 3- 5 pts
Gunslinger Girl: (Main character carries a gun) Victim- The Gunslinger

Round 4- 20 pts
A Man Lay Dead: (Main character is a doctor) Victim- Dr. John Watson

Round 5- 25 pts
Daughter of the Pirate King: (Author Last Name begins w/ L) Suspect- Harper Lee


>>Collect Victim- Ariadne OliverAn English Murder by Cyril Hare (Book set in U.K.)


>>Collect Victim- Lydia BennettThe Gender End by Bella Forrest (Annoying character-King of Patrus)

Round 6- 20 pts
Zero Limit: (Read a book set in the future) Crime Scene- The Hob, District 12 

Round 7- 15 pts
Hunting Prince Dracula: (Read a YA book) Cause of Death- Killing Curse


>>Collect COD-Run Over By A CarriageA Brush with Shadows by Anna Lee Huber (Author Last Name Begins with H in Horse)

Round 8- 15 pts 

The Invisible Library:  (Author's first name begins with G In Meg) Victim- Meg Murry


>>Collect CS- The Dark TowerArtists in Crime by Ngaio Marsh (Series >8 books)

Round 9- 10 pts
>>Collect CS- WattsWake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (Character is a POC)

Round 10- 10 pts
>>Collect Suspect- Stephen KingCraven Manor by Darcy Coates (Read a Horror Book)

Round 11- 20 pts 
>>Collect COD- Stabbed w/ a Sword The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (Silver on Cover)


>>Collect CS- Green Dragon PubThe Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman (3 Word Title)

Round 12- 20 pts 
>>Collect Victim- Atticus Finch The Lost Page by Genevieve Cogman (Author Last Name Begins with C in Finch)


>>Collect COD- Bow & ArrowLure of the Dead by Joseph Delaney (Teenage Hero)

Round 13- 10 pts 
>>Collect COD- Dark Alley Beat Down Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh (Book written b/t 1925-1975)

Overview:
Victim 1: Atticus Finch ✔ 10
COD: Bow and Arrow ✔ 10
CS: Watts, LA ✔ 10 

Victim 2: Ariadne Oliver ✔ 10
COD: Run Over By A Carriage ✔ 10
CS: The Dark Tower ✔ 10

Victim 3: Lydia Bennet ✔ 10
COD: Dark Alley Beat Down ✔ 10
CS: Green Dragon Pub ✔ 10

Victim 4: John Watson ✔ 20
COD: Stabbed by a Sword ✔ 10
CS: The Hob, District 12 ✔ 20

Murderer: Stephen King ✔ 10
Incorrect Guesses: Six ✔ 30


Total Points: 180 

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text 2018-04-01 03:07
Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 11, 12 & 13-Finale)
The Masked City - Genevieve Cogman
The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman
The Lost Plot - Genevieve Cogman
The Last Apprentice: Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #10) - Joseph Delaney,Christopher Evan Welch
Death in a White Tie - Benedict Cumberbatch,Ngaio Marsh

Round 11
>>Collected COD- Stabbed w/ a Sword- Read The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman

(Silver on Cover)


>>Collected CS- Green Dragon Pub- Read The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

(Three Word Title)

 


Round 12
>>Collected Victim- Atticus Finch- Read The Lost Page by Genevieve Cogman

(Author Last Name Begins with C in Finch)


>>Collected COD- Bow & Arrow- Read Lure of the Dead by Joseph Delaney

(Teenage Hero)

 



Round 13
>>Collected COD- Dark Alley Beat Down- Read Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh

(Book written between 1925-1975)

 

 

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