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Saturday, November 11, 2017

October 2017 reads


A quieter month in October for reading as it was very busy on the personal front.

A total of 5 works with none (!) of them being audio. As for series reading, there were 3 titles.



Urban fantasy/paranormal romance/fantasy

  • Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2) by Patricia Briggs | 4.5 stars - what a rough world Mercy finds herself a part of.
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse, Volume 3: Executioner (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse #3 graphic novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jessica Ruffner (text) and Ron Lim (Illustrations) | 4.5 stars - gruesome 
  • Freaks of Greenfield High (Freaks #1) by Maree Anderson | YA | 5 stars - well written & enjoyable read.




Contemporary Romance / Erotic romance

  • Mistletoe Not Required by Anne Oliver | 4.5 stars - emotional heart strings pulled as heroine talks of breast cancer.
  • A Real Online Fantasy (Hot Down Under) by Cate Ellink | short story | 4.25 stars - one HAWWT read.


~~Happy Reading~~

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Series reading: Authors beginning with K

It's been a while since I posted about my series reading. I have been trying to read more and finish some off especially ones I had started a while ago. Life though has had other plans.


Kathy Reichs

Temperance Brennan
Genre: Crime

Using her own experience as a real life forensic anthropologist, Kathy Reichs has a series with main character Temperance Brennan. Tempe is not like her character in the TV series, Bones. For one thing, she's older, she's a divorced mother, and she is better with people. She also splits her time between Quebec and North Carolina, though the last book was set in South America.

Up to: #6 - Bare Bones

2016: #5 (audio)




Kaz Delaney


Dead
Genre: YA with paranormal element

This isn't listed as a series, nor given a series name. Set amongst the Gold Coast teenager elite.  Book 1 has teenager Willow is being haunted by a ghost of a classmate. JoJo wants Willow to find out who murdered her. It was full of fun quips, teenage angst and romance, and mystery.  Book 2 will feature Macey, Willow's best friend.

Up to: #2 - Almost Dead

2017: #1




Kelly Meding


Dreg City
Genre: Urban fantasy

A 6-part dark urban fantasy series featuring a resurrected bounty hunter, her hot former boss, and a host of supernatural beings. A great premise where a bounty hunter wakes up in the morgue in another body and doesn't know how she got there. We follow her as she uncovers what happened to her.

Up to: #2 - As Lie the Dead (audio) - Currently Reading

2016/7: 0
2013: #1 audio



~Happy Reading!~


Keri Arthur


Dark Angels
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy with romantic elements

Urban fantasy, spinoff from the Riley Jenson, Guardian series. Risa Jones is all grown up -  born from a lab-enhanced clone werewolf mother  and an Aedh father, she can not only talk to the souls of the dying and the dead, but she can see the reapers and walk the gray fields that divide this world from the next. There's much mayhem in the action packed books.  A great continuation of the Riley Jensen world (who does make brief appearances). Be prepared for American spelling even though it's set in Australia.


Up to: #3 - Darkness Devours

2016: #2

Other Keri series I have on my TBR pile that I haven't started yet are:

Souls of Fire
Genre: Urban fantasy

Featuring heroine Emberly Pearson—a phoenix capable of taking on human form, and cursed with the ability to foresee death…

Up to: #1 - Fireborn




Outcast
Genre: Futuristic fantasy

"When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....

As a déchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers almost eradicated by the war—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraith-like being—an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth.

Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe..."

Up to: #1 - City of Light



Lizzie Grace
Genre: Urban fantasy

In a world where magic and science sit side by side, and powerful witches are considered necessary aides for all governments, Lizzie Grace is something of an outlier. Though born into one the most powerful blue blood witch families, she wants nothing to do with either her past or her magic.

But when she and Belle, her human familiar and best friend, open a small cafe in the Faelan werewolf reservation, she quickly finds herself enmeshed in the hunt for a vampire intent on wreaking bloody havoc.

It’s a hunt that soon becomes personal, and one that is going to take all her skills to survive–that’s if the werewolves, who hate all things witch, don’t get her first.

Up to: #1 - Blood Kissed




Kerrelyn Sparks


Love at Stake
Genre: Paranormal romance

A series where there Roman Draganesti and his allies are fighting on two fronts. As vampires who do not kill for their food, they are fighting against other vampires who don't care for human life. They are also up against humans who think them demons and need to be killed. So far the books have been humourous, romantic and full of action.


Up to: #4 - The Undead Next Door

2017: #3 (audio)



Kerry Greenwood

Phryne Fisher Mysteries
Genre: Cosy Mystery (historical)

"The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher is a 1920s London socialite living in Melbourne, Australia (author's country). She is highly fashionable and generous, knows poverty from humble origins; war deaths elevated her father to British aristocracy." She finds herself in mysteries and helps the police to solve them.


Up to: #2: Flying Too High

2016/7: 0
2013: #1 audio



Kylie Griffin

The Light-Blade Novels
Genre: Fantasy Romance

"There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born... "

A series about an uneasy alliances between the demon half-breeds (Na’Chi)  and humans. The demons, the Na'Reish hunts the Na'Chi and enslaves humans for blood slaves. But could things change for the better?

Up to: #3: Allegiance Sworn

2017: #2



Kylie Scott

Flesh
Genre: Dystopian erotic romance 

The world has gone to hell. A plague has left zombies who grave the flesh of the living. In book 1 Alli, Daniel and Finn cross paths and band together to survive. The intense state of survival brings lust and love to the forefront as they travel to find a safe haven.


Up to: #2: Skin

2016/7: 0
2015: #1



Other Kylie series I have on my TBR pile that I haven't started yet are:

Stage Dive
Genre: Erotic romance

Rock 'n' roll romances.
Book 1: "Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure as hell never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is for certain, being married to rock and roll’s favourite son is sure to be a wild ride"


Up to: #1: Lick


Dive Bar
Genre: Erotic romance

"The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?"

Up to: #1: Dirty





Monday, October 9, 2017

September 2017 reads


Here's a list of what I read in September. 
A total of 15 works with 6 of them being audio. As for series reading, there were 9 titles.



Historical Romance

  • The Elusive Bride (Black Cobra Quartet #2) by Stephanie Laurens (audio read by Simon Peeble) | 4 stars
  • Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove #5/Castles Ever After #4) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Carmen Rose) | 5 stars - just love these series. Are such fun!


Urban fantasy/ paranormal romance/ fantasy

  • A Dance with Dragons, Part 2 (A Song of Ice & Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin | 5 stars - finally I have 'caught up' to where the books have ended for the series, though I want to read the offshoot series about the Knight.
  • At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3) by Jeaniene Frost (audio read by Tavia Gilbert) | 5 stars
  • Before I Wake (Soul Screamers #6) by Rachel Vincent | YA | 5 stars - amazing. 
  • Merlin edited by Martin H. Greenburg | anthology | 4 stars



Sci-Fi Romance/ Futuristic

  • The Recruit (The Morcai Battalion #2) by Susan Kyle (aka Diana Palmer) | 4 stars
  • Lifer (Lifer #1) by Beck Nicholas | YA futuristic | 5 stars - amazing!! - I wrote about it on the ARRA blog.

Contemporary Romance

  • Christmas Wishes by Rhian Cahill | novella | 4.5 stars - lovely friends to lover story.


Children's

  • The Opal Deception Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl Graphic Novels #4) by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, artist: Giovanni Rigano | 5 stars - great artwork.
  • The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson & the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan (audio read by Jesse Bernstein) | children's | 5 stars


Other

  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (audio read by Juliet Stevenson) | 3.75 stars
  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson | non-fiction | 4 stars - fascinating. 
  • Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye (audio read by the author) | non-fiction | 5 stars - fascinating!
  • Liz Fielding's Little Book of Writing Romance by Liz Fielding | non-fiction | 5 stars

~Happy Reading!!


Friday, September 15, 2017

August 2017 reads

Here's a list of what I read in August. A total of 14 works with 7 of them being audio. As for series reading, there were 9 titles.


Historical Romance/Time Slip
  • Lady Fortescue Steps Out (Poor Relation #1) by M.C. Beaton w/a Marion Chesney (audio read by Davina Porter) | 4 stars - a few chuckles with this one
  • Secrets in Time by Alison Stuart | 5 stars 


Urban fantasy/paranormal romance/fantasy
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels #3) by Ilona Andrews (audio read by  Renée Raudman) | 5 stars - this series gets better with each book.
  • Happily Never After (Night Huntress #1.5) by Jeanine Frost | novella | 4 stars
  • The Snow Queen (Five Hundred Kingdoms #4) by Mercedes Lackey | 3.5 stars
  • Be Still My Vampire Heart (Love at Stake #3) by Kerrelyn Sparks (audio read by Donna Rawlins) | 4.5 stars


Contemporary Romance

  • Full Bloom (Full #5) by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes (audio read by Lorelei King) | 4 stars - hilarious. Love the quirky characters.
  • A Christmas Refuge by Rebecca Winters | novella | 4 stars


Children's
  • Louie the Spy by Kerri Lane (illustrator: Murray Dewhurst) | 5 stars
  • Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl #4) by Eoin Colfer (audio read by Nathaniel Parker) | 4 stars



Crime/Mystery/Romantic Suspense
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (audio read by David Timson - audio versions of stories spread throughout The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Naxos audio and has stories of both The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes mixed up. I listened to them in order of publication) | 4 stars
  • Shattered Sky (Border Watch #2) by Helene Young | 4.5 stars



Other
  • Die Snow White! Die, Damn You!: A Very Grimm Tale by Yuri Rasovsky (full cast dramatisation) | 4 stars 
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (audio read by the author) | non-fiction | 5 stars - having the author read this gave it an extra dimension that you wouldn't have gotten as much from the print/e-book.

~Happy Reading~

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I'm still here and still reading!


Thanks to a dip in the health again, I haven't been online for a few months. The exception to the rule has been to pop into into Facebook on a rare occasion, and mark my reading on Goodreads from my devices, but I haven't really been able to sit at the desktop for more than five minutes. And I mostly blog from the desktop.


This past week or so, I've managed a couple of sessions so I thought I'd do a quick post about my reading. I have kept at it - you'll see half have been audio. For those who like numbers, I read 43 stories, 24 of which were audio.

Here are my reads from April to July...


YA (romantic elements)
  • Dead Actually by Kaz Delaney | 5 stars 
  • Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth (audio read by Emma Galvin) | 4.5 stars 
  • The Vittra Attacks (Trylle #2.5) by Amanda Hocking (short story) | 4 stars
  • Ascend (Trylle #3) includes short story Ever After (#3.5) by Amanda Hocking | YA | 4.5 stars

Historical Romance
  • Any Duchess Will Do (Spindle Cove #4) by Tess Dare (audio read by Eva Kaminsky) | 5 stars 
  • Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Carmen Rose) | 5 stars
  • The Autumn Bride (The Chance Sisters #1) by Anne Gracie | 5 stars - wow, just wow!
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (audio play by BBC Drama) | 4 stars
  • The Devil Who Tamed Her (Reid Family #2) by Johanna Lindsey (audio read by Laural Merlington) | 4 stars
  • Say Yes to the Marquess (Castles Ever After #2) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Carmen Rose) | 5 stars
  • A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartert #2) by Julia Quinn | 5 stars
  • Starling (South Landers #1) by Virginia Taylor | 4.5 stars - loved a story set in my home town
  • When A Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After #3) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Carmen Rose) | 5 stars
  • Lord Dashwood Missed Out (Spindle Cove #4.5) by Tessa Dare (audio read by Eva Kaminsky) | novella | 5 stars
  • Second Sight (Arcane Society #1) by Amanda Quick | 4 stars
  • The Sum of All Kisses (Smythe-Smith Quartet #3) by Julia Quinn (audio read by Rosalyn Landor) | 5 stars

Urban fantasy/paranormal romance/fantasy
  • The Taken (Celestial Blues #1) by Vicki Petersson (audio read by Kevin Fabian) | 4.25 stars
  • Rubies and Black Velvet (Four Sided Pentacle #1.5) by Denise Rossetti | novella | 5 stars 
  • Twilight Phantasies (Wings in the Night #1) by Maggie Shayne | 3.5 stars
  • Magic Burns (Kate Daniels #2) by Ilona Andrews (audio read by Renée Raudman) | 5 stars
  • Shattered Dance (White Magic #3) by Caitlin Brennan | 4.5 stars
  • Swallowing Darkness (Meredith Gentry #7) by Laurell K. Hamilton (audio read by Claudia Black) | 4.25 stars
  • The Summons (Shadowlands #0.5) by Shona Husk | Short story | 4 stars
  • Alliance Forged (Light Blade #2) by Kylie Griffin | 5 stars 
  • A Very Vampy Christmas (Love at Stake #2.5) by Kerrelyn Sparks | short story | 3.75 stars
  • Power Unbound (Dream of Asarlai #2) by Nicole Murphy | 4.5 stars
  • Deep Secret (Magids #1) by Diana Wynne Jones (audio read by Christopher Webster and Harriet Carmichael) | 4 stars

Children's
  • Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Collins (audio read by Paul Boehmer) childrens | 5 stars
  • Ever by Gail Carson Levine (children's) | 3.5 stars
  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles #2) by Suzanne Collins (audio read by Paul Boehmer) | 5 stars 
  • The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman | children's | 4 stars 
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Oz #1) by L. Frank Baum (audio read by Tara Sands) | children's | 3.5 stars 
  • Princess in the Spotlight (The Princess Diaries #2) by Meg Cabot (audio read by Anne Hathaway) | MG | 4 stars

Crime/Mystery
  • Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet (Agatha Raisin #2) by M.C. Beaton (audio read by Diana Bishop) | 4 stars 
  • Shakespeare's Christmas (Lily Bard Mystery #3) (audio read by Julia Gibson) | 4.25 stars
  • Willy and Alvirah: Collection of #1 Bestselling Short Stories by Mary Higgins Clark (audio read by Carole Higgins Clark) | 4 stars (3 short stories taken from The Lottery Winner collection, plus bonus two short stories not related to Willy and Alvirah)
  • Cat Under Fire (Joe Grey #2) by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (audio read by Susan Boyce) | 3.75 stars
  • Huntress Moon (Huntress/FBI Thrillers #1) by Alexandra Sokoloff | 5 stars- very compelling 
  • Princess Elizabeth's Spy (Maggie Hope Mysteries #2) by Susan Elia MacNeal (audio read by Susan Duerden) | 4.25 stars

Graphic Novels
  • Mercy Thompson: Moon Called volume 1 by Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence (graphic novel) | 5 stars
  • Mercy Thompson: Moon Called volume 2 by Patricia Briggs and David Lawrence (graphic novel) | 5 stars
  • Soulless Volume 3 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga #3) by Gail Carrier, REM et al. | graphic novel | 5 stars
  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse, Volume 2: Necromancer (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse #2 graphic novel) by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jessica Ruffner (text) and Ron Lim (Illustrations) 
  • Mercy Thomspon: Homecoming graphic novel (Mercy Thompson #0.5) by Patricia Briggs | 4 stars
SciFi/Steampunk
  • The Memory of Earth (Homecoming Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card (audio read by Stefan Rudnicki) | 3.5 stars
  • Wild Cards (Wild Cards #1) edited by George R.R. Martin (mosaic novel) | 4.5 stars - really interesting
  • Circus Escape (Circus #1) by Lilliana Rose | novella | 4 stars

Other
  • The Inimitable Jeeves (Jeeves #2) by P.G. Wodehouse (audio read by Frederick Davidson) | 4 stars

Happy Reading!
~ E :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reading in February and March

Here it is at last - the reading update for February and March.

I haven't tackled the TBR pile as much as I'd liked but continued listening to audio books. 15 out of the 20 books belonged to a series - yes I did start some new ones because of availability but I do want to dwindle down my series to something more manageable *grin*.


  1. Warlock Holmes: A Study in Brimstone  (Warlock Holmes #1) by G.S. Denning | 4.5 stars
  2. Dragon Blood (Hurog #2) by Patricia Briggs (audio read by Joe Manganiello) | 5 stars
  3. The Bad Guys: Apocalypse Now (Bad Guys #4) by Aaron Blabey (childrens) | 5 stars
  4. Stone Castles by Trish Morey | 5 stars
  5. Beauty and the Beast (Spindle Cove #3.5) by Tessa Dare (novella) | 5 stars
  6. The BFG by Roald Dahl (audio read by David Walliams) | 5 stars
  7. Magic Study (The Chronicles of Ixia #2 - Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder | 4.5 stars
  8. Don't Look Back (Lake & March #2) by Amanda Quick (audio read by Josephine Bailey) | 5 stars 
  9. Red Hot Lover (Winged & Dangerous #3) by Mel Teshco (novella) | 5 stars
  10. The Untamed Bride (Black Cobra Quartet #1) by Stephanie Laurens (audio read by Simon Peeble) | 4.5 stars
  11. Late for the Wedding (Lake and March #3) by Amanda Quick (audio read by Josephine Bailey) | 5 stars
  12. Hit (Makedde Vanderwall #4) by Tara Moss (audio read by Tara Moss) | 4.25 stars
  13. Secrets of Sloane House  (Chicago World's Fair Mystery #1) by Shelley Gray (audio read by Tavia Gilbert) | 4 stars
  14. A Stolen Season by Tamara Gill | 4.5 stars
  15. One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2) by Jeaniene Frost (audio read by Tavia Gilbert) | 5 stars
  16. Devil's Bride (Cynster #1) by Stephanie Laurens | 4 stars
  17. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo graphic novel (Millenium #1 graphic novels) by Denise Mina  | 4 stars
  18. Homer's Odyssey by  Seymour Chwast (graphic novel) | 4 stars
  19. The Singing Bones: inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales by Shaun Tan (scultpures to passages from fairy tales) | 5 stars
  20. The Seventh Son (The Tales of Alvin Maker #1) by Orscon Scott Card (audio read by various readers) | 4 stars

Happy Reading!