Monday, December 2, 2013

No reading time for me!

All I have to say is why, oh why, is it taking me forever to read Allegiant!  The first two books in the series were such a quick read for me.  I had them on my nook and was walking around my house reading away on my phone.  I don't know if it is because I am tired so much lately that I do not feel like reading, or if it is the book itself.  I devoured Last Kiss Goodnight so I am beginning to think it is the book :/  Oh well, I will plug through it and finish whenever I do.  I have SO MANY books lined up that I need to read.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Last Kiss Goodnight

OMG I am so far behind on everything at the moment!  I finished this book over a week ago but then left for a conference and now getting ready for Thanksgiving...there is not enough hours in the day sometimes.  A conference you say, bet you got a lot of reading done you say?  NOPE!  By the end of each day I was so mentally exhausted all I could do was sit in front of my iPad with Netflix.  What did I start watching?  Well...um...I think this sums it up nicely:

HOW HAVE I NOT BEEN WATCHING THIS SHOW!!!!!!


Okay, enough ranting and raving about shows.  Now on to books!

As I have said before, I LOVE GENA SHOWALTER!  I have a lot of favorite authors but she definitely takes the number 1 position.  I have loved everything I read by her.  Last Kiss Goodnight was a great story.  She has a whole series on aliens living amongst us and there being alien hunters and huntresses.  This series focuses on the other angle, they are alien assassins.  Don't worry, they work on the side of good ;)  Showalter finds the most unique story lines and runs with it.  Like in this one, a circus owner is not making money with the typical circus animals so he decides to instead kidnap aliens and make them the main attraction.  Of course one of them ends up being our alien assassin hero ;)  And then she throws in the little twist of having the main female character be...oh no, SPOILERS!
Hehe, having just watched the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, I just could not resist!

All I have left to say is if you have not ready anything by Gena Showalter then you are totally missing out!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Books and a super awesome friend

So...I have a problem.  Whenever I go to my friend's house I just stand there and stare in awe at her library, like a kid in a candy store.  I have not been able to see this friend lately because she just had a super cute baby ;)  This weekend she was hosting a baby shower at her house.  Needless to say when I left, it was with an armful of books!  It's Trader Joe's bag all over again!  If my arms had not been full, I would have walked out of her hose rubbing my hands together and cackling like a Disney villain.  Now that means I need to step up my reading!

I told myself I would not start another book on my nook because I was reading two books already.  Um...yeah...that did not last.  The other day I rushed off to a hair appointment.  My stylist was running late and of course I had forgotten my book at home.  Never fear!  I had a phone and a nook app!  I downloaded the first book that showed up in my library and started reading.  Got all the way to chapter 3 before it was time to tackle my hair.  What book you ask?  ALLEGIANT!!!!  Book three in the Divergent series.  It's been so long since I read the first two books that I am having a hard time remembering what happened!

Anyways, I'm back to reading three books at once, I have a whole container of new books I'm borrowing, and I love my hair.  Here's the end result:

Me in middle school (I think, or freshmen year of high school).  This is the picture I showed my stylist for color matching.  Awe doesn't my baby brother look so young?!
  
Me before getting my hair done.  In person it has gotten pretty mousy and too many gray/white hairs!
Me after!
I'm loving it!  Perfect change for me!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dance of Flames

All I have to say is thank goodness for the nook app on my phone.  I recently switched from an iPhone to a Droid and nook was one of the first apps I downloaded.  It comes in handy for those days I go to lunch and it is too awkward to read a book and turn the pages, or when I am at the karate studio waiting for boot camp to start.  Plus it seems like I read faster on the nook.  Maybe because I cannot physically see how much more I need to read?  Oh, and let's not forget the nights where I cannot sleep and lay down with my phone to read.  My nose hates for me that...too many times dropping my phone on my face.  Then I tell me nose, "well it could have been worse.  That could have been my iPad." 

Okay enough about my shameless nook plug!  This book is third in the Allegra Fairweather series.  I had the first book in my Barnes and Noble wish list for a long time because the plot sounded interesting.  So when I saw it go on sale for majorly cheap, I bought and downloaded it right away.  Read it in a matter of hours.  A few days later and I started the second book.  Still good but since it was in Boston it was not as gripping as the first, which was set in Scotland.  This book is set in Spain, so that helps add to the intrigue of the book.  No, the writing style is not the best and little things bug me, but I love the story!  Allegra is a paranormal investigator and has her very own guardian angel.  Pretty cool stuff.  The books are cheap so why not try them out?

And now I am down to reading two books at once instead of three.  Well that is unless I decide to start reading one of my recent downloads.  Which includes Allegiant, the third and final book in the Divergent trilogy...hhhhhhhmmmmmmm, getting ideas here!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Three books at once...genious or crazy?

Yes, you read that right.  I am currently reading three books at once.  I realized I have a book for every occasion.  There is the one book always open in my nook app in case I am out and about and waiting in a line or eating and want to read.  Then there is the book with the steamy looking cover that I reserve for home reading only.  Nothing more embarrassing than reading one of those kind of books at work and someone asking what you are reading.  Then I have the young adult book that I have for reading on my lunch break.  I live too far from work to be able to go home on my lunch break and we do not have a lounge area so I eat lunch and read at my desk.  At least this book saves me from being embarrassed. 

Sadly though, I have been so busy the past week I have not read at all!  I get home from work or boot camp and my eyes are too tired to read.  Or I have so many shows recorded that I need to get caught up on.  And I have been very bad and not bringing my lunch to work.  So I have to go somewhere and get lunch and then do not end up having time to read. 

What's a girl to do?????!!!!!!

Oh, Pinterest, how your quotes on books totally understand me!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Where, oh where have I been?

I have to admit, lately I have not at all been motivated to post on the latest books I have read.  Part of me says who cares when no one is reading this anyways?  I've had so much going on lately and my depression has been through the roof.  Then I remember that I started this blog more for myself anyways.  It was a way for me to think about the books I read and put my thoughts into words.  As I have said in past posts, I am not going to give a synopsis of what the book is about.  You want that then go to Amazon and read the reviews.  I care more about getting my feelings about the book and the characters down.

With that being said, I have been doing a lot of reading.  In fact right now I am reading three books at the same time.  Crazy, I know.  Thank goodness I have still been taking pictures of books as I finish them and posting them on Facebook or else I would not even know what books I had read since my last blog post!  So, here is the lineup of books I have read since my last post:

Ghost Huntress by Marley Gibson
I was so super excited when I saw that Gibson was coming out with the final book in the Ghost Huntress story.  It was only offered in electronic form so my nook snatched that opportunity up!  I love closure so I was happy to be able to read the end of the story.

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Really?!  This books was not at all what I expected.  A quick and easy read but hardly any vampires and questions were not answered!  I feel that this was a series that just went on for way too long.


Inferno by Dan Brown
After reading The Lost Symbol, I was hesitant to pick up another Dan Brown book.  Not that it was a bad book, just very difficult to get through.  I told myself I cannot let one book ruin his other books that I loved.  So I decided to give Inferno a chance and I really liked it.  So glad to have Robert Langdon back and in action.

Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Third book in the Beautiful Creatures series.  This was one I borrowed from a friend so need her to read the rest in the series so she can pass them on to me ;)

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
 Another one I borrowed from a friend.  She hasn't passed on the rest in the series so will wait for that.  Yeah I could go out and buy the books myself so I can read them but I am a weirdo and once I start a series a certain way, I want to keep it that way.  If I start reading on my nook, the rest of the series has to be on my nook.  If I borrow from a friend, I want the rest of the books in the series from said friend.

Allegra Fairweather by Janni Nell
I stumbled by this on accident and so glad that I did.  It was a super fun read and this one happened in Scotland!!!!!!  And it had selkies!!!!!!!

Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
Awesome, awesome, awesome book!  Such an interesting and unique story.  Think Hunger Games meets The Giver.

South of Salem by Janni Nell
I really liked this second book in the Allegra Fairweather (isn't her name so much fun to say?!) series.  Still a super fun series but there were inconsistencies between the first and second book that bothered me.  Like in the first book she talks about her pregnant sister and how excited she is to be an aunt.  Then in the second book she is described as not getting along with her sister and not excited to be an aunt.  Come on people, book-a-holics like me are going to pick up on those things ;O

Beauty Awakened by Gena Showalter
I just cannot say enough about how wonderful and fabulous Gena Showalter is!  I love her books!  PLEASE read the Lords of the Underworld series!

Blood Secrets by Jeannie Holmes

This is the second book in the Alexandra Sabian series.  I liked the first book but thought this one was even better!  Totally made me afraid of porcelain dolls!  But, SUPER SAD NEWS!  Holmes' publisher is not letting her publish the third book in the series because this one did not do too hot.  So now I will never know what happens to Alexandra!  NNNNNNOOOOOOOO!

The Darkest Craving by Gena Showalter
The wonderful Showalter does it again!  Keep them coming!  I can't get enough!


Aaaaaaannnnnnndddddd that is finally the end of the list.  Now fingers crossed I can keep up with this. 



Monday, April 29, 2013

Unearthly

Aaaaaaannnnnnndddddd I'm back with a vengeance!  I have been a reading fool!  I think mainly because I have actually been bringing my lunch to work with me so that is one whole hour I can dedicate to reading while also trying to shove food in my mouth ;)  That and the book was so good it was hard not to want to read it!

This was yet another book from the Trader Joe bag of goodies I got from my friend.  Only a few more to go then I can go back to my never-ending stack of books at home.  I grabbed Unearthly because it was the shortest book left in the bag and had larger print than some of the other books.  I definitely did not feel like squinting!  So glad I grabbed it!  Although the synopsis has you second guessing.  The story is about a girl who is a quarter angel and she moves to Wyoming to fulfill her purpose.  You think this is going to be some religious fanatical book but it isn't!  Yes there are mentions of angels (hello!  The main character is after all part angel!) and a few God references but all in all it is about a young girl trying to find her place in the world while dealing with typical teenager angst.  You have the popular girl, the outcasts, the "goth", the bully, the jock...you get the hint.  She's a Cali girl in a small town world.  She took the midnight train going anywhere...oh wait, this isn't a Journey song!  More like she took the midnight car ride ;)  While still living in CA she begins to have visions of her purpose.  Her mom uproots them right then and there and moves them to Wyoming where her purpose will take place.  The story is basically all about her trying to find her place in this small Wyoming town and trying to unravel the mystery that is her purpose.

It was a very quick read and held my attention the whole time.  I was very glad when I got to the end and it is set up like it is part of the series.  Sign me up for the next book!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Idigo Spell

Where the heck have I been?!  I feel like I have popped out of my office at work and all I can say is, "What year is it?  What day is it?  What time is it?"  We are coming to the end of the semester and I feel like everything is in fast forward mode.  Needless to say that means no time to read for this girl.  Which is why it took over a month...yes a month!...to finish reading The Indigo Spell.  Not at all a reflection on Richelle Mead.  She is such a wonderful writer and the book was so good.  I just did not have time.  I wanted to, so badly!  There were nights I would open the book to start reading and next thing I knew my exhaustion would kick in and the book would fall to the floor and I would nod off.  Hopefully all of the changes soon and I can get back on the book bandwagon.  Things have already been looking up.  I've been a good girl and brought my lunch every day this week.  That means reading time!  So hopefully it isn't too long before I'm posting about a new book ;)

Now on to why you came to this page in the first place!  Can I just start by saying I have a crush on Adrian!  In the Vampire Academy series he was just the drunk rich playboy who had a crush on Rose.  In this series (Bloodlines) we get a closer look at him and realize that is not him at all.  It's hard not to fall for him.  Which Sydney spends a lot of time trying not to do in this book ;)  Oops!  Did I just let out a spoiler!
Oh...um...yeah...apparently it is impossible for me to get through anything without a Doctor Who reference!!!!!!

Back on track!  This book focuses a lot more on Sydney and Adrian than it did in the past books.  Yeah there is this whole thing about finding Marcus and how he was involved with the alchemists, but really all we care about is Sydney and Adrian!!!!!!  As much as I love Jill and Eddie and I started to like Angeline, it was nice to have the book revolve so much around my two favorite characters.  Together they make a great team and uncover lots of good gossip about the alchemists.  I cannot wait to see what Mead has happen in the next book.  And there better be a next book or I will be one unhappy camper!

Until the next book!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Neferet's Curse

This is the third and I believe final novella for the House of Night series.  I like these novellas because they are short and easy to read.  I do love the House of Night series but I am glad they are making the series come to an end.  It is one that keeps going on and on and on and is at the point where the story line is repeating and making me lose interest.

This novella is all about Neferet.  We all know she is a big, bad, ugly in the house of Night books and this is our chance to see why.  The story was disturbing on so many levels.  What happened to Neferet is terrible.  However, reading the story you learn she is going "dark" before that bad thing happens to her.  Yes I feel bad for her, no one should have gone through what she did.  But she could have changed the outcome.  She could have sided with Nyx and not Darkness.  That was her own choice.

This was a very quick read and interesting.  I look forward to reading the final books in the series.

The Prey

The Prey is the second book in the Hunt series by Andrew Fukuda.  This book was really good but I felt it lacked some of the danger and suspense, hold you by the edge of your seat action that was in the first book.  The first book really set the mood and gave such a vivid picture of the vampires in the story.  They are definitely the vampires to be afraid of, not the gorgeous ones we see so much today (Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Angle, Spike, the list goes on).  I found myself not reading this at night because the vampires would gross me out.  Yes I am a full grown woman and this is a young adult book, don't judge!  At the end of the Hunt (SPOILERS) the Scooby gang (as I have dubbed them) got away from the vampires and are looking for the land of milk and honey the Scientist told them about.  The Prey picks up right where the Hunt ends.  And at first we do get a glimpse of vampires, but they are gone too soon and the rest of the story is all about Gene and the gang trying to find out where they are and what really happened to his father.  Very little vampires leads to a slower plot.  The book was still really good and I finished it in no time.  I just felt this one was a little predictable.  Luckily, Gene stayed his suspicious self and was constantly asking "why".  Which was great for us readers because we wanted to also know the why of something.  I was really pleased with how Fukuda ended the story.  Gene discovers what the Origin is and we are left there.  I look forward to reading the third book in the series (not sure if he is planning on this being a trilogy or not). 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Beautiful Darkness


Why have I not been posting as often?  Reading as often?  Well my friends, I have developed a bit of an obsession that has consumed all my time lately.  If it is not sitting at home watching all the DVDs then it is spending hours on Pinterest in the Geek category looking for pictures and videos of it.  Yep, that's right, I have become a Whovian!


Sadly though, I am all caught up and have no more episodes to watch :(  Boo for me but I bet my books are glad because that means I finally have time for them!  I was finally able to finish Beautiful Darkness, the sequel to Beautiful Creatures.  Started it forever ago, but as I have already said, the Doctor became numero uno for a while ;)

I liked this book a lot but felt it lacked some of the fascination that was present in the first book.  I think that's why it was so easy to set aside and become obsessed with the Doctor.  I found it wasn't holding my interest as much as the first book.  It could be that this book was so predictable!  Almost everything that should have been an OMG moment I had already figured out chapters sooner.  It is still a really good series and I will definitely continue to read it, I just hope the third book is better than the second.

I guess I should stop there and actually give you some more details about the story.  Obviously I can't tell you too much, SPOILERS!  Okay I just cracked myself up at that but unless you are a Whovian then I just look like a crazy person.  Bad Mindy!  No more Doctor Who references!  Back to the story.  In this book Lena has started to distance herself from Ethan.  He is just too much of a painful reminder of what happened in book one.  Even though the story is from Ethan's point of view, we spent so much of book one reading dialogue between him and Lena that it felt she was very much part of the story.  Since they are apart most of the second book, it is difficult to even remember Lena.  This book is so much more about Ethan and his role in the caster world.  Which is awesome, but we have no flippin clue what is going on with Lena.  I guess it makes sense though.  Ethan feels the same way so why shouldn't we be lost as well?  The thing I did really like about this book is you get even more into how bad-ass Amma is!  Definitely one you want on your side.  I do wish the book had more Marian.  She became one of my favorite characters in the first book and I missed her in this one.  At the end of the book, and the way it ended, I almost told myself, "Well that could have happened at the end of the first book so why didn't they just do it then?"  I guess we will see if it all picks up in book three.  Unfortunately I have some other books I really want to get to now, so book three will have to wait.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alice in Zombieland

Have you ever had that one author that you loved and you had to get every book they wrote?  Gena Showalter is one of this authors.  So of course when I saw Alice in Zombieland at Target I just had to pick it up.  Perfect too because it got me through a scary-ass plane ride!  I hate flying and usually take my nook with me.  Problem with that, you have to turn it off before the plane takes off and can't turn it back on until the plane reaches a certain altitude.  I was at LAX and already had to change planes thanks to a mechanical error and was delayed thanks to the lightning hitting the runway.  The minute I got on the new plane I buried my nose in this book and did not look up until we landed.  Focusing on it made me not think about how much I hate flying or about the turbulence we went through.

With that being said, talk about an awesome story!  My zombie love hasn't really expanded past the movie Zombieland and I don't watch The Walking Dead, so I was worried a zombie book would keep me up at night (I sometimes have zombie dreams for no reason at all).  Thank goodness this book was a lot of plot and background and not so much zombies.  Since it follows the storyline of Alice in Wonderland, I kept waiting for her to fall down a hole and end up in a world overrun by zombies.  I kept waiting for Zombieland meets The White Rabbit.  It didn't happen this way but I liked the way it did play out.  For example, Alice meets a girl names Kat.  Hello!  Cheshire Cat alert!  Little things like that would happen and I would try to figure out the connection.  Sadly, at the beginning of the story, Alice does not believe in the monsters her father always warns her about (zombies).  In fact, she doesn't even find out until half way through the book that they are zombies.  Fine by me, because that means not very many descriptions of rotting flesh until that point.  A certain tragedy leaves Alice all alone and she must go through life trying to figure out if the monsters she saw are real or is she as crazy as her dad?  Eventually she finds others like her and we get the zombie 101 story.  It is really interesting how everything pans out and eventually I stopped trying to compare it to a Wonderland
 story line and enjoyed it for what it was.  Definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

It seems like lately Hollywood is running out of ideas for movies and turning to books for inspiration.  For a book nerd like me, that is awesome.  But only if they add every single little detail from the book into the movie, which never happens.

Alas, that won't happen and I will probably leave the theater either happy with the way they tried to portray the book or upset that they left out all the good parts.

With that being said, I saw a preview for Beautiful Creatures, one of the books in my Trader Joe's bag from my friend, and knew I had to hurry up and ready it before the movie comes out next month.

When I started reading I was surprised to find that the whole book is from Ethan's point of view.  Watching the previews for the movie, it looked like everything would be from Lena's point of view.  Remember, not witches and warlocks, they are Casters ;)  I liked that distinction.  We hear so much about witches that it was nice to have a new word to go by.  Casters actually makes more sense to me.  They "cast" a spell.  And I like how each Caster has a special kind of power.  Lena is said to be a Natural.  This means she can manipulate the elements.  As evidenced by the storms that happen every time she gets upset/mad and the electricity Ethan feels when he and Lena touch.  All Casters are "claimed" on their 16th birthday and either turn Light or Dark.  A curse on Lena's family does not allow the Casters to choose which path they will take.  Lena is faced with the impending doom that hangs over her 16th birthday.  She feels she will turn dark.  Then there is Ethan.  The mortal boy who falls for her.  What I like about Ethan is he is the stereotypical popular high school boy.  But something inside of him has always made him feel like he didn't fit.  He realizes he isn't like everyone else at school and I think that is what draws him to Lena.  She is different, she represents life outside of Gatlin.  He teaches the reader that you don't have to be like everyone else.  You can stand out in a crowd, it is okay.  Plus he likes to read :)  Major star points in my book!

This was a really good young adult book and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.  I will start the second one today as a just in case.  I've noticed with some series turned movies that the other books in the series can sometimes make it into the first movie.  Happened with Game of Thrones.  So I want to read the second book in this series in case the movie touches on that. 



Friday, January 4, 2013

Iced

I while ago I was browsing through books on Amazon and me, being the Irish obsessed girl I am, found a series that was based in Ireland.  I was ecstatic and instantly bought the series based off of that.  I'm weird and do things like that or pick up a book because it has an awesome cover (do the same with video games).  In those rare moments when you go out on a limb like that you can find a true gem.  And her name is Karen Marie Moning.  I instantly fell in love with the series and had to move on to her Highlander series.  She is a great writer and I loved every moment of every book I read.  So you can imagine how upset I was to learn the Fever series was over.  No more Mac, Barrons, Dani? :(  But then she did something...she continued the series from Dani's point of view!  The day Iced came out I ran to Target and picked it up.  It did not disappoint!

Iced picks up right where the Fever series ended.  The walls between worlds have fallen and the Fae are creeping their way into Dublin (well really all over the world but the book happens in Dublin).  Dani is there with her super powers and sword that can kill the fae.  However, there's a new monster in town that is icing everything and killing it.

Sorry, you know me, I'm not here to give you a play by play summary of what the book is about.  You want that go over to Amazon or Good Reads and read the reviews.  What I want to talk about is Dani.  In the fever series you saw everything from Mac's point of view.  And she always say Dani as a young teen who had a lot to learn about the world.  Everyone just saw her as some kid.  Now Iced gives us a different perspective.  We get to see that she is young (almost 14 as she keeps reminding everyone) but that she is wise beyond her years.  She was abandoned at a young age and had to grow up too quickly.  Yes she may be a young teen with raging hormones that confuse the heck out of her, but put her in a sticky situation and she can out think anyone.  That's why I liked her.