August 11, 2017

Madonna's Brother Lives To Tell

Life with My Sister Madonna

Life with My Sister Madonna by Christopher Ciccone


My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love reading a good autobiography once in awhile, and Madonna has always intrigued me. I listened to her music growing up, and whenever I hear her early songs, it brings back feels and memories for me. For example: Like a Virgin, Holiday, Live to Tell. I must admit I do love her. Always have. I never knew her brother, so reading from his point of view is new and exciting I think.

It took awhile to finish this biography autobiography telling of Madonna from her brother's perspective. I felt sorry for him most of the time because I know how sisters can be. It mustn't have been that easy for Christopher Ciccone to be controlled by a control freak. I'm not sure if Madonna would be in a better position if it weren't for her brother. It sounds like Madonna very much used him and then abused him which lead to him writing this book as part of his therapy which Madonna paid for nonetheless.
I liked the family pictures and other photo references of Madonna's life and his.
I never knew Madonna had a brother who traveled and worked for her on tours nor had I known he was gay. I do remember how most of her dancers were gay yadda yada. Everyone knows, but her brother managed to keep aloof somehow at least he managed to stay unpopular which is sad in a way.


June 24, 2017

Review: The Madman's Daughter

You are now the main character in the last book that you read. Who are you?

I am The Madman's Daughter stuck on an Island with two male prospects

The Madman's Daughter (The Madman's Daughter, #1)

The Madman's Daughter(#1) by Megan Shepherd

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Audiobook narrated by Lucy Rayner

I'm sure you already know that The Madman's Daughter is based on H.G. Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau.
Juliet finds herself 'orphaned' and in desperate need of housing when she runs into Montgomery, a long-time childhood servant of her families, whom she hasn't seen in years. He takes Juliet on a long journey back to an Island far in the Pacific. It is here she meets her father again. She believed, like everyone, that he was dead but she soon finds out that the rumors about him being a madman are true. Her father is doing things to animals he keeps on the Island, turning them into human looking creatures and vice versa. He says he is their god. The animals have a set of commandments they must adhere to even. Only these creatures eventually turn on him. Ajax, in particular, has chosen to regress back to his original animal form.
There is a love interest between Juliet and Montgomery and secrets are revealed about a certain character called Edward Prince. Balthazar is one of Dr. Moreau's creatures who serves his purpose well.
I was glad Juliet was able to escape off that God forsook Island, however, not in the current fashion. Leaving her closest friends behind.
I won't be reading the other books in this trilogy because I am not interested.
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June 7, 2017

Gin Blanco Rocks the Park in Unraveled

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin, #15)

Unraveled (Elemental Assassin Series Book #15) by Jennifer Estep


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Mass Market Paperback, 373 pages
Published August 30th, 2016 by Pocket Books
Audiobook on Youtube
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ˆ
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"The more I tried to uncover the past, the more unraveled I felt myself, like a spiderweb that was slowly disintegrating one strand at a time into nothingness." 
Publisher's Summary 

After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows who—or what—she can count an unexpected. Only one thing is certain: danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, Book 15 in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!” What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy? As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter. So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns the lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences, and Circle assassins are lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected. Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight …


The events of Unraveled happen around Christmastime. It's strange to read about cold weather, Christmas trees, snow globes, fireplaces burning and hot chocolate in June. Ah well, any day is a good day for an adventure with Gin Blanco. IF~ just for the food!

Gin is staked outside Jonah McAllister's house in the cold because it's her only lead to uncovering who the Circle members are. When it comes to Hugh Tucker though, the vampire who tortured her and killed her mother and sister Annabella she isn't about to give up because only losers quit and as far as she's concerned Hugh is going to die.


Deirdre Shaw left Finn an inheritance. A cowboy-ish vacation hotel. Bullet Pointe themed park and hid some gems somewhere in and around the Hotel. Nobody knows where they are, so visitors and guests are welcome to go on a scavenger hunt.


That leads to a major gunfight at the OK corral for Gin. It doesn't just happen once. But her friends, Finn, Bria and Owen get captured, and she is on her own to fight the evil. She works best alone anyway. I enjoyed how she took on 14 giants at night in a themed park. Gin you rock girl! In an Elemental kinda way :)

June 4, 2017

Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A 2017 New Release Published on May 23rd, 2017
Hardcover, 699 fun pages!
Narrated by:  James Marsters πŸ‘πŸ‘ŒπŸ’Ÿ

Goodreads Synopsis
Would you trade your soul mate for your soul? 

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

"Warning" Major Spoilers


Oh-My-God! What just happened?!!~ Annabel disappeared!?!!! Annabel, aka Lady Midnight, might be the Queen of Air and Darkness too. On the one hand, she evaporates in a dark cloud of smoke right after Livvy dies. Annabel killed her. She went on a killing spree and killed Robert Lightwood as well and some of the guards. For that, I really don't blame her. It was the Clave and those in power that plotted her death a century ago, to begin with, right?
I think it was Emma who thought Livvy looked like Annabel. What if Livvy comes back as Annabel Lol. Annabel feels scorned as a criminal, maybe she will change herself to look like Livvy? Somehow? You know, like Tessa Gray could do? That is just my crazy theory.
Annabel is a shadow hunter who died, unjustly, a century ago, at the hands of the Clave. She was in love with Malcolm Fade, a warlock who practiced necromancy on Annabel. She ends up killing him. It's a long sad story.

I enjoyed being back in the London Institute, recalling a time when Tessa, Will, and Jem lived there. It kind of even felt the same apparently. Also, Jessamine is a ghost.

The end was exciting and heartwrenching. I know some people are very upset about Livy. Her brother Ty and Mark look like they could become Parabatai, now that Livy is gone. 

The final chapter 29-Ultima Thule is subjected to taking place in Idris. I hate politics, and most of it happens in Idris, where the Clave Consul and Inquisitor are. Magnus has Alicante well warded and safe from unsuspecting enemies, but he is sick. I thought it was because he was out of magic juice, depleted and needed recharging. I don't really know what is happening to him, but I imagine the black book will have the answers they seek. At least for Magnus' sake, and especially regarding Julien and Emma's HEA.
Ever since the Cold Peace sanctions against the Fair Folk, the Unseelie King sought to destroy the Shadowhunters. He isn't happy. He wants all Shadowhunters stripped of their powers and turn them into mundanes. Lol as if.

I loved The Lord of Shadows!! Love love loved it!


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May 19, 2017

Review: Wicked Abyss

Wicked Abyss (Immortals After Dark, #18)

Wicked Abyss(Immortals After Dark #18) by Kresley Cole

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hardcover, 384 pages
Narrated by Robert Petkoff πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘„✌

I'm amazed at another one of Kresley Cole's brilliant masterpieces! I love the characters, i.e., Uthyr, Sian, Calliope aka Lila, and the demon realm, Pandemonia, aka Wicked Abyss. At first glimpse it seemed dark, scary and void but no! It was beautiful and magical. I loved everything about Wicked Abyss! I envy Calliope's wardrobe/clothes closet. I would definitely fancy wearing just about anything worth conjuring in the way of dress. The only character I didn't like is the arrogant and lying son of a bitch Saetth. Calliope's cousin is the ruler/king of Sylvan and is a dick.

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Goodreads Synopsis: 

This fairy tale doesn’t end with a kiss… A spellbinding Immortals After Dark tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole!
The terrifying king of hell... As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster—just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.
Meets his match. Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for aeons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own promise: to bring down the wicked beast for good.
Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after? As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

May 18, 2017

A 2017 New Release ~ Shadow's Seduction


Shadow's Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) by Kresley Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Paperback, 248 pages

Shadow's Seduction is about two male creatures of the Lore: A Vampire of Dacia and the other, a Demon of Abbadon. Mirceo is the spoilt rich Vampire who desires Caspion the tracker. We know Caspion from Shadow's Claim. Inevitably they kiss and sparks ensue from that point.
Shadow's Seduction is shorter in length than any other book in the Immortals After Dark series. There isn't much to the story other than the sex but I was happy that Lothaire, Trehan and Bettina made an appearance.

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Goodreads Synopsis: 

In this scorching Immortals After Dark/Dacian novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings together a wicked vampire prince used to getting everything he desires and a demon warrior who always felt like an outcast. 
A NIGHT OF DEBAUCHERY . . . 
Prince Mirceo Daciano and his new friend, Caspion the Tracker, comb the streets of Dacia, drunkenly seeking out pleasures of the flesh. In what should have been a typical night, they coax a bevy of nymphs to bed. To impress their females, the demon and the vampire kiss on a dare. 
CHANGES THEM FOREVER . . . 
Once they finally break away from their soul-searing kiss, they find themselves alone--and shaken. Had they imagined their explosive chemistry? Obstacles--ranging from a death sentence to exile in a war-torn dimension--threaten to destroy their lives . . . and the vulnerable promise in that one kiss. 
HOW LONG CAN THEY RESIST THE FIRE THAT BLAZES BETWEEN THEM? 
Even if Mirceo accepts Caspion as his fated mate, the seductive vampire still must convince the stubborn demon that their bond is forever. And any royal Dacian union must receive the blessing of King Lothaire, an unpredictable and savage killer. . . .

March 26, 2017

Review: Fate of The Tearling #3

The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Narrated by: Polly Lee πŸ‘
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

WHAT A FUCKED UP MESS! I didn't like how it ended, sorry. For the most part, I thought the Fate of the Tearling was a great fantasy, but the ending ruined everything.

After ALL that world building and plotting, I felt cheated by a disorganized and chaotic ending. The characters such as Javel, Mace, Aisa, Fr. Tyler, Pen, Row Finn and his children, were utterly cast away and carelessly cut out of the story haphazardly. I was hoping to see Kelsea kick Row Finn's ass, to be honest, or that perhaps he would just turn to ash or disappear.

I couldn't even guess the period in which Kelsea found herself in after she donned Row Finn's crown. Was it even mentioned? I know there were horse buggies but the books in the library hint to our modern age from such authors as Margaret Atwood. And the last person we hear from is Carlin? Really?
"Kelsea, where have you been?" Back in time and future. Where else? :/
Poor Kelsea, She was only nineteen and the conversation with William Tear? in the time tunnel? Is a WTF moment. Oh, let's see...what's behind door number one...or two...or yes, as far back as we can remember *rolls eyes* Kelsea got to pick and choose where in time she would prefer to be in the heat of battle! Damnit! I was so disappointed. On top of it, Kelsea wanted to live in the time that almost bored me to death. Katie and Jonathan Tear were bound in the cellar of a church by Row. I guess we will never know what exactly happened, will we?

At least we find out who her father was. Kelsea also kills The Red Queen, Evelyn. There was magic from a bad witch Brenna and from the diabolical menace Row Finn.

About the author:

Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.

The Sunday Post: I am currently reading The Fate of The Tearling



➤I'm also linking up with It's Monday What Are You Reading via Book Date


☺What I am currently reading


The Fate of The Tearling has been my current listen/read for the last few days. I am taking my time and am enjoying it immensely. It is the final book in the Tearling series, and things are wrapping up quite nicely. I can add this book to my Series Enders challenge as well. I plan to finish the book today. In fact, it turns out Kelsey is not what I expected her to be, by that I mean she doesn't seem to be swayed by her magic stones. I suppose she is much like Katie. UPDATE: Finished My Review

☺What I have read and reviewed

I haven't read much else in the month of March besides Blood Vow (link to my review)by J.R. Ward and A Court of Thorns and Roses(link to my review).  I do however look forward to reading what is next on the list.

�What I plan on reading 

A Court of Mist and Fury that I am in no hurry for since A Court of Wings and Ruin isn't released until sometime in May I think? The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Truthwitch are on my TBR list.

❢In other news


I binge watched The Originals. Klaus was by far my favorite character on the vampire diaries. He is a vampire/hybrid, first of his kind and the main focus of the show with his 1000-year-old siblings who call themselves The Mikaelson's otherwise known as the world's original vampires. I got caught up with the program, and I now have to wait each week for the next episodes, and I don't like waiting. I am sure you can relate.

With the spring weather arriving I have been suffering from dry skin, so I resorted to oil cleansing(not an affiliate link) for my face and body butter(not an affiliate link) for my elbows.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your blog posts this week. 

March 12, 2017

The Sunday Post: Finished Reading ACOTAR #1

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I added two books to my shelf this past week. The book depository failed to ship me these books when I ordered them before Christmas. I've also been waiting to listen to the audiobook of ACOTAR but I realized I need not have waited for the book to arrive because Jennifer Ikeda's stellar performance of A Court of Thorns and Roses was easy enough to follow without the book.

➤A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
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Written by: Sarah J. Maas 
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ 
Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins 
➤The Return A Titan Novel #1
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I finished 4 books in the TakeControl of your TBR challenge. I am pretty bummed that I have to wait two weeks before I can watch another episode of my favorite show on Netflix - The 100. Last night on TV, the season finale of The Vampire Diaries was on. Television just ruined the entire thing for me! Besides that we never got to see my favorite character, Klaus again. Only he sent a letter to Caroline 😭 and who cares about fucking Vicki Donovan? Let me know if you watched the Vampire Diaries. I will be watching for season eight without commercials on Netflix in the fall. 

I went shopping at Torrid and bought a new dress that I liked and was comfortable to wear for spring and I got my hair done. I sometimes watch beauty gurus on youtube to see what new beauty products are in and Jen from Jenn Luvs Reviews mentioned a favorite liquid lipstick from Makeup Monsters which I then had to order to try out. 


Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Audiobook 
narrated by Jennifer IkedaπŸ‘πŸ‘Œ
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When Feyre goes hunting in the woods one day, to provide meat for her family, she spots a wolf and a deer and decides to kill the wolf and sell his pelt on the market. She may have regretted killing the wolf, but it wasn't a mistake to be certain. 〘The wolf was a fairy, who had been sent by Tamlin himself as a sacrificial lamb. Feyre was meant to kill the fairy wolf.〙 
Tamlin gets all up in her face for killing the shapeshifting fae and feeds her a mouthful of lies before he takes her back to the Spring Court. There he entices her to fall in love with him. They become intimately closer as Amarantha (the blight) is threatening the faerie realms and taking their magic powers. Tamlin isn't as strong as he used to be and he is cursed to wear a mask until the curse is lifted, which can only happen if a human kills a fae and falls in love with one. Feyre only needed to speak those magic words "I love you," and the curse would be lifted. But Tamlin is running out of time.

I thought Feyre would be happy with Tamlin in the land of faery. I mean she could come and go as she pleases and her bedroom is bigger than her cottage! Not to mention servants who looked after her. Tam and Lucien treat her pretty well, but she was petty and selfish. All she wanted was to go home to her sisters and father, but the memory of the day she was taken was wiped from their minds, and all they knew was that she was with a distant Aunt and safe.

"It took me a couple of hours to stop painting little portraits of Tamlin and Lucien with pigs' features. But as I finished the last one - Two faerie pigs wallowing in their own filth, I would call it - I smiled into the clear, bright light of my private painting room. The Tamlin I knew had returned. And it made me ...happy." page 200
When Feyre was abused by Rhysand, a High Lord of the Night Court, Tamlin was afraid, if Amarantha were to find out about her, Feyre would be killed. So, he sends her back to her village. It was then Feyre should've told Tamlin she loved him. Stupid girl. She could have lifted the curse! She should have listened to the Suriel too. Oh well.

"some people would hurt you, Feyre. Hurt you because of what you are to me. I thought I would be able to handle them, to shield you from it, but after today... I can't. So you need to go home, far from here. You'll be safe there."-page 243-244
Her family was well cared for by Tamlin. They went from rags to riches in no time. Feyre's sister wasn't compelled and knew something was wrong. Feyre admitted to the real truth, but she also was anxious about Tamlin. All she wanted to do was to go back to Tamlin and his estate. Only Alis told her that Tamlin, Lucien and everyone else was taken under the mountain. Alis also was able to tell the real story about everyone and what a story it was indeed!
What the hell made Feyre, a mere human, think she could save Tamlin and the whole of Prythia? She couldn't even read!!?
To take Tamlin back, Amarantha gave Feyre three trials to perform and a riddle to solve. Really? The things she did for love.

There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.

At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,

But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.

By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,

But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.

For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,

When I kill, I do it slow...

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March 9, 2017

Assassin Study #1.5

Assassin Study (Study, #1.5)

Assassin Study by Maria V. Snyder


Kindle Edition, 29 pages
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Assassin Study was short but I enjoyed it.
When Valek is made aware of an assassination attempt on Yelena, he makes plans on meeting the assassin and ending the threat. Valek encounters someone by the name of Ziva who saves Valek's life in return that he promises to help her get her daughter back.

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March 8, 2017

Review: Blood Vow

Blood Vow

Blood Vow by J.R. Ward


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Borrowed Hardback from the Library
Purchased audiobook on Audible

I thought Blood Vow was nothing short of amazing. I had the warm fuzzies cozying up with the Brotherhood and their Shellans around a big Christmas Tree with presents underneath it, and Lassiter stuck in the chimney LoL. What a hoot that angel is!

Blood Vow speaks of blood relations and the bonds of love. When Rhage and Mary file to adopt a little orphan girl named Bitty, by law, they need to make sure any claim from her blood relatives won't stand in their way. In the two months, it takes them to find Bitty's Uncle Rhun, Rhage and Mary fall in love with the girl and are only heartbroken and saddened when the time comes to let her go. Only, fate would have none of that.

When Axe is introduced to Elise, their animal attractions are not to be denied. I was waiting for the word 'Mine' to happen, but their bonding, unfortunately, doesn't occur in the usual way.
"This was the marking she had heard about. This was the owning of the female by the male, the staking of the claim. And sure enough, he held her in place at the throat with his teeth as he marked her from the inside out by coming into her sex. "
-pg. 355
What I found perfect and hilarious is when Axe takes the job of being Elise's bodyguard! Oh, snap! Suffice it to say their attraction is a big fat distraction for Axe.
"Personally, I think my attraction works for us, I mean, you. It increases my protective nature and will make me more lethal. ...So, yeah, anyone tries to so much as brush the ends of your hair with their elbow, and I will kill them four times over before I light their corpse on fire."
"Well, isn't that something to put on a Valentine's Day card."
- pg 123
Every time he was near Elise he got a hard on. It seemed like the old trope of 'needing protection from him' would come into play but lucky for me it wasn't that bad because of how Elise handled things. She was a psych student after all. He majored in being fucked up and made some wrong choices in life, but his painful past makes him want to be good for someone like Elise. He also saves a life of a Brother which merits some respect.

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March 6, 2017

It's Monday! What Are you Reading?

Weekly meme hosted @Bookdates

I finished two books for the March #TakeControlTBR challenge. 

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep and
Mortal Heart by Robin Lafever.
Bitter Bite (Elemental Assassin, #14)Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin, #3)
Mortal Heart has been on my TBR for over a year, and I include it in the 2017 Series Ender Challenge as well. It was a great ending to the His Fair Assassin Trilogy.

Day 21 (The 100, #2)

I am currently reading Day 21 of The 100 by Kass Morgan

New in paperback-the sequel to New York Times bestseller The 100. Now a TV show on The CW!
I binged watched the hundred on Netflix, and I am addicted. I love the show! Since season 4 is airing segments each week, I have only the books to read in between episodes.


Here is my condensed summary of the TV version for The 100 Season 1.

Ninety-seven years after the destruction of planet Earth, the council of the Sky Crew sends 100 delinquent teens to Earth to test the survivability of the world. They discover Earth is survivable, but they rebel against the Arks elders. Some of them find the strength they never knew they had making heroes and warriors of themselves to save their people. 
John Murphy is banished by his friends and tortured by his enemies and is hated by everyone, but he comes back again and again. I love Clarke, but killing Finn, the one who loved her was not ok. It took me awhile to warm up to Bellamy as his decisions weren't the best for everyone only himself. Octavia falls in love with Lincoln, her kidnapper and grounder, and kind of goes off by herself and learns to fight and kill. I thought after all Octavia did for Lincoln, sacrificing himself was an ungrateful and terrible mistake when he gets shot in the head. This show has great characters with its twists and turns making it incredible. ex. King Roen of the Ice nation and Lexa Kom tricru. It was exciting to watch, and I miss them all so much. It hurts how badly I miss them. In the events that unfold, the Ark is running out of oxygen, and the rest of the sky crew make it to Earth but are unwelcome by all ground inhabitants. ex: mountain men, Tree people aka grounders, Reapers, and Ice Nation. The mountain men cannot go outside without a mask and uniform because the air is contaminated and poisonous to them. The Skaicru are subjected to many threats and people.

I plan to read either The Fate of the Tearling next or Truthwitch sorry I forgot I have Blood Vow by J.R.Ward to read first :p

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #3)Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2)

Review: Bitter Bite

Bitter Bite

Bitter Bite by Jennifer Estep

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Bitter Bite has an ice magic flare to it and lots of expensive bling if you care about that sort of thing.

The story starts and ends in a cemetery. Gin Blanco has her suspicions about Finn's mother being alive. And she was right. Gin discovers Deirdre Shaw's coffin is empty. When two dwarves interfere with Gin's business, they end up dead. So Gin buries them in the empty grave she just dug up. Good riddance.

Anyhow, Bitter Bite was a hoot, even though the real action doesn't start until page 283. Gin teams up with her sister Bria to stop a bank heist. The bad guys, Deirdre and Santos, are holding Finn hostage to get inside the First Trusts bank vault. The very bank in which Finn works! Deirdre leads Finn to believe she cares for him against Gin's better judgment- but Deirdre is only using Finn as her tool, the same way she used Fletcher.
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March 5, 2017

Poison Study

Poison Study (Study, #1)

Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Poison Study is about an orphan girl named Yelena, who is sentenced to die in a prison cell for killing Reyad. He had raped and tortured her for years, but nobody would believe her. Instead, she is offered to be the new taste tester to the Commander Ambrose. During her line of duty, Yelena learns to control her demons and discovers she has special magic skills and falls in love. She also finds out the Commander isn't who he says he is. (view spoiler)

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March 2, 2017

His Fair Assassin Series Ender- Mortal Heart

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me close to a month, but I finally finished Mortal Heart. The events leading Annith on her long journey to Guerande did not disappoint me. She learns many secrets about the Abbess and herself and falls in love with Mortain aka Balthazar aka Death himself. (view spoiler)I love a good HEA, and this one was excellent. It ties in well with the others making Mortal Heart a good conclusion to the trilogy.

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Goodreads Description:


Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has...

January 28, 2017

What's New On My Shelf

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On My Kindle

I ordered The Study Series Bundle by Maria V. Snyder for my Kindle. Included in the bundle is Poison Study, Assassin Study, Magic Study and Fire Study.

The Study Series Bundle (Study #1-3)

by Maria V. Snyder
Kindle Edition, 1027 pages
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From condemned prisoner to food taster for the Commander of Ixia, from apprentice to a charismatic assassin to warrior with ever-evolving magical powers, Yelena is a remarkable heroine like none you've ever experienced. Follow her incredible journey through Maria V. Snyder's breathtaking fantasy series, which New York Times bestselling author Mercedes Lackey calls "engaging and entirely original...fascinating in its rich detail."

From The Book Depository


Poison Study is a 2005 fantasy novel written by Maria V. Snyder and the first book in the Study series. It tells the story of a twenty-year-old girl named Yelena, who after spending just less than a year in a dungeon awaiting execution is given a chance to live on the condition that she will become the Commander's Food Taster.

From the Library


Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) My review
Dead of Winter (The Arcana Chronicles #3) currently reading

January 27, 2017

Borrowed from the Library: Endless Knight

Series: Arcana Chronicles #2
Hardback 320 pages
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Narrated by: Emma GalvinπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository | Audible
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Shocking secrets.
Evie has fully come into her powers as the Tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. She now knows that the teens who've been reincarnated as the Tarot are in the throes of an epic battle. It's kill or be killed, and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.
Unexpected allies.
With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.
Gut-wrenching treachery.
When Evie meets Death, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she's drawn to the dangerous Endless Knight as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a history—one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget... In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.

My Review

"My relationship with Jackson had felt fated. Whatever I had with Aric felt . . . endless."

I would rather have liked to see Evie kill Aric and move on from that Immortal turmoil when she had the chance. How are Aric and Evie made for each other? Death and Life don't mix, I mean those cards are just wrong aren't they? I don't know what we're supposed to gather from that relationship. Neither the Empress nor Death had learned anything from their past mistakes it seems. Death made it easy for her by giving her the opportunity to kill him. But she didn't. O well. Infuriating as I am over that whole ordeal, her powers were weak, and she should've been the one to kill the Evil card, Ogen.
Other than that, I enjoyed the different scenery, giving us a respite in Death's Castle from the apocalyptic landscape.
I thought the idea that she didn't want to play the game was just an excuse for cowardliness. But maybe she just wants everything to be butterflies and rainbows where people learned to love each other instead of killing each other. She doesn't appear to be as brave as she would like to be, yet talks a lot, and probably wants to see Jack just to ream him out about lying to her . blah blah blah. If Jack is the silent card, then it would make sense for the Empress and Emperor to be together. Non? That would be an HEA, but I don't expect that to happen.

“I never stopped liking you. Even when you were warding me away with the power of Catholicism.”
"Can’t help the way I was raised—anything supernatural is supposed to be either a miracle or satanic."
I rolled my eyes. “And you’re still trying to figure out which I am?”
"Non. I’m trying to find out if I’m still Catholic.” He grinned that heart-stopping grin." 
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About Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers series, and five award-winning historical romances. A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings. Her IAD books have been translated into twenty-three foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad. Cole lives in Florida with her family. 

January 24, 2017

Review: Four: A Divergent Collection

Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth

Aaron Stanford - NarratorπŸ‘
Duration: 06:33:12
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I feel like I've struck gold!  I was able to get the audiobook collection at my library. I'd won a signed by the author hardback of Four (A Divergent Collection) by Veronica Roth awhile ago and it's been sitting on my shelf. Because I'm lazy I can now read along while I listen to it.


Book Description 

Fans of the Divergent trilogy by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias's point of view. This collection also makes a great pick for fans of the blockbuster movies who want to delve deeper into the character played by Theo James. Readers first encountered Tobias as "Four" in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character's backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias's life. The first three pieces in this volume—"The Transfer," "The Initiate," and "The Son"—follow Tobias's transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first...

The Transfer
I listened to this on audio from the library
Tobias Eaton didn't want to be in Abnegation because of his father. His mother left him, and for all he knew, she was dead. The night before the choosing ceremony, he was whipped and beaten again, for having lied to his father, lies that were exaggerated by his father, Marcus. What a terrible thing to have to suffer! Tobias knew one thing: He had to get away from his father. The only faction he felt sure he could be, was Dauntless.

The Initiate
I borrowed the audiobook from the library. Tobias was immediately taken in by Dauntless. He passed all their rigorous tests and played a game of Dare. Surprising even himself that he would excel at becoming the top initiate. He made few friends but Amar, who was closer to him than anyone else, suddenly and mysteriously is found dead and blames Eric and Jeanine for Amar's death. In the fear simulation, it revealed that Tobias only had four concerns, so Amar nicknamed him Four.

The Son
Dauntless leader Max wants Four to become the new leader. Somebody is entering his apartment and leaving messages. He wants to know who. He learns it was his mother, Evelyn Eaton. She is alive and is a member of the Factionless. She fills Tobias with crazy notions and a certain paranoia that Jeanine and Eric have plans to attack Erudite but mainly that she asks her Son to join her in being Factionless. He refuses.
Four learns not to trust anyone and thinks if he becomes a new leader in Dauntless he will be just an easy pawn for Jeanine Matthews and Max to manipulate. So, he decides to become an initiation instructor and work in the computer control room.

The Traitor
Two years later, Tris Prior arrives. She is one of the new initiates. It is the beginning of when the shit hits the fan. He is a traitor to everybody, and the only other person he trusts is Tris whom he falls in love with. He keeps her secret too.