Friday, March 29, 2013


T.G.I.F.WEEKLY! ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♫
This last weeks reading was about what I expected but this next week should be a better week to knock out some good reading.  So without further ado, I give you my 3 books I will work on this next week.
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Into the Night (Into the Night #1) 
 Fantastic employment opportunity.
No experience necessary.
Training provided to successful applicant.
Free food and board also provided.
If you are looking for a challenge in an exciting and active position, please phone...

It sounds like the perfect job, but for Logan any job will do, because he needs one desperately. Told he will be helping to display a unique collection, it isn’t until Logan gets the job that he finds out exactly what he has signed up for. The unique collection is actually a group of supernatural creatures. And to display them, he will have to fight them in an arena for the entertainment of the rich.

Logan thinks it must be a hoax, but when he reaches the estate where he is to work and live, he finds out all he was told is true. Werewolves, vampires and zombies exist, and one day he will have to fight them.

Penny seems to have it all. Not only is she the adopted daughter of Logan’s billionaire employer, but she also has the ability to read minds and see the future. Logan and Penny quickly form a friendship, but they have obstacles to overcome to make it work. Like the fact that Penny knows everything Logan’s thinking.

But Logan’s thoughts aren’t the only thing Penny knows.
Into the Night is a young adult paranormal fantasy novel, suitable for readers 16+. It is the first in a series. 
Why I want to read this:  This was an opportunity presented by a  reading group I belong to.  This looks like it will a a fun paranormal read, which I almost always enjoy.
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Then Came the Evening: A Novel 
Summary: A riveting, psychologically rich family drama set in the American West, from a writer who has been compared to Cormac McCarthy.

Bandy Dorner, home from Vietnam, awakes with his car mired in a canal, his cabin reduced to ashes, and his pregnant wife preparing to leave town with her lover. Within moments, a cop lies bleeding on the road.

Eighteen years later, Bandy is released from prison. His parents are gone, but on the derelict family ranch, Bandy faces a different reunion. Tracy, his now teenaged son, has come to claim the father he’s never known. Iona, Bandy’s ex-wife, has returned on the heels of her son. All three are damaged, hardened, haunted. But warily, desperately, they move in a slow dance around each other, trying to piece back together a family that never was; trying to discover if they belong together at all.

With unflinching honesty and restrained beauty, Brian Hart explores the possibilities and limitations of his characters as they struggle toward a shared future. Like a traditional Greek tragedy, suffused with the mud, ice, and rock of the raw I daho landscape, Then Came the Evening is tautly plotted and emotionally complex—a stunning debut. 

Why I want to read this: A good psychological drama is sometimes good for the soul.  A nice change of pace from the everyday reading norm.  This was a goodreads giveaway win as well that I am, sadly, behind on reading due to moving.
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And finally...
Origins (The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries, #1) 
Summary: A love triangle that will span eternity…

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. But seventeen-year-old Stefan Salvatore is fighting a battle all his own. Engaged to marry someone he does not love, Stefan falls for a mysterious girl named Katherine. With her gleaming curls and mischievous brown eyes, Katherine is beautiful and seduction…but she also harbors a dark secret: She’s a vampire.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.

(Note: This book is written by a ghostwriter)
Why I want to read this:  So far the Vampire Diaries has been lots of fun to read.  So now, it is time to read a prequel to it all....
Well that sums it up for this weekend.  As always, feel free to discuss any of these books with me, or suggest future weekly shows.   I wish everyone a week of joyful reads! 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Golem's Eye

The Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus, #2) 
The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Golem's Eye (2)

At only fourteen, Nathaniel is a rising star: a young magician who is quickly climbing the ranks of the government. There is seemingly nothing he cannot handle, until he is asked to deal with the growing Resistance movement, which is disrupting London life with its thefts and raids. It’s no easy task: the ringleader Kitty and her friends remain elusive, and Nathaniel’s job-and perhaps his life-are soon at risk. As the pressure mounts, he is distracted by a new series of terrifying attacks in the capital. But is it the Resistance again, or something more dangerous still? To uncover the perpetrators, Nathanial must take desperate measures: a journey to the enemy city of Prague and-worse-summoning once again the troublesome, enigmatic, and quick – witted djinni Bartimaeus.

A thrilling sequel to the best-selling Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye is a roller-coaster ride of magic, adventure, and political skullduggery, in which the fates of Nathaniel, Bartimaeus, and Kitty explosively collide.

Birthstone Challenge

Birthstone Challenge

Spell out your birthstone.  Find a book title that starts with the letter you need.  Does not need to be read in order.  

Feel free to join me or use this challenge yourself.  

I have 2 birthstone options so I will be using my favorite of the two.

No children/picture books or graphic novels allowed.  Books here are 150 pages minimum.

I started this challenge in 2/11/13.  No end date. I finish when I finish.  

All done in 2013 except for this evil X!!!

A-Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames
L-Losing It- By Cora Carmack
E-Eyes of Elisha by Brandilyn Collins
A-Awakening, The by Marley Gibson
N-Nameless by Joe Conlan
D-Deadly Desireby Keri Arthur
R-The Relucant Assassin by Eoin Colfer
I-Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
T-Too Good to be True by Francine Pascal
E-Exemeus, The by Folami & Abeni Morris

Monday, March 25, 2013

50 States Reading Challenge

50 States Reading Challenge

I am taking this challenge, like so many others, from a group I belong on Goodreads.  Many challenges I sign up for are from this group.

This challenge is to read books that take place in different states.  One state per book to cover all 50 states over 50 books.  Feel free to join me or use this challenge yourself.

No children/picture books or graphic novels allowed.  Books here are 150 pages minimum.

I started this challenge in 1/11/13.  No end date. I finish when I finish.
This one might take awhile for me as I am a fantasy/scifi/paranormal junkie and those dont take place and/or mention location very often.

Alabama (AL)
Alaska (AK) Glimpse of Darkness by Nicole Delacroix
Arizona (AZ)- Witches's Canyon by Jeffrey J Mariotte
Arkansas (AR)Heart of the Beast by Carla Cassidy
California (CA)  Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Colorado (CO) Colour Wielders by Dawna Raver
Connecticut (CT)
Delaware (DE)
Florida (FL)Bone Key by Keith Decandido
Georgia (GA) With Abandon by JL Langley
Hawaii (HI) Island Dreamer by Robin Jones Gunn
Idaho (ID) Then Came the Evening by Brian Hart
Illinois (IL) The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Indiana (IN)
Iowa (IA)
Kansas (KS)
Kentucky (KY)
Louisiana (LA) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Maine (ME)
Maryland (MD) Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus
Massachusetts (MA)Acceptable Riskby Robin Cook
Michigan (MI)
Minnesota (MN)
Mississippi (MS)
Missouri (MO)
Montana (MT)
Nebraska (NE) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Nevada (NV) King Solomon's Wives: Addicted by Holly McDowell
New Hampshire (NH)
New Jersey (NJ)
New Mexico (NM)
New York (NY)-Nevermore by Keith R.A. DeCandido
North Carolina (NC)
North Dakota (ND)
Ohio (OH) Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Oklahoma (OK)
Oregon (OR) Rooms by James L Rubart
Pennsylvania (PA) Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Rhode Island (RI)
South Carolina (SC) Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
South Dakota (SD)
Tennessee (TN)
Texas (TX)Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine
Utah (UT) Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Vermont (VT) Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter
Virginia (VA) Origins- Ghostwriter of LJ Smith
Washington (WA) Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
West Virginia (WV)
Wisconsin (WI)
Wyoming (WY) 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy, #1) 
The Bartimaeus Trilogy: The Amulet of Samarkand


Friday, March 22, 2013


T.G.I.F.WEEKLY! ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♫
So, from last weekend, I read 2/3 books.  I am currently reading the third. 
Again- this is a weekly blog post that will share 3 books I have on my to-read list.  My goal is to read, or at least start, one  or more of them between today and the following Friday.  Books may be fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels or anything else that might by fun or interesting to read.  Feel free to join me in any of them, discuss them, suggest future reads, etc.  

This next week is going to be a bit busy for me so I will be taking it a bit easy on my reading choices.

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 Uprising (The Vampire Federation, #1) 
Vampire Federation Uprising 

Summary: "A gruesome ritual murder has stained the Oxfordshire countryside. It's just the first incident in a chain of events awakening Detective Inspector Joel Solomon to his worst nightmare-and a dreadful omen of things to come. Because Joel has a secret: he believes in vampires."

Alex Bishop is an agent of the Vampire Intelligence Agency. She's tasked with enforcing the laws of the global Vampire Federation, and hunting rogue members of her race. A tough job made tougher when the Federation comes under attack by traditionalist vampires. They have a stake in old-school terror-and in an uprising as violent as it is widespread.

Now it's plunging Alex and Joel into a deadly war between the living and the unloving-and against a horrifying tradition given new life by the blood of the innocent.

Why I want to read this:  Actually, I already started this quite a while ago but misplaced it while movingSo now I need to re-read parts of it and get back on track!  So are it is an interesting concept that kind of reminds me of the movie Blade.  I am curious to see and learn more.

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Ravine Volume 1 Tp 
Ravine Vol 1

Summary: "In a fantastic world far from our own, an ancient magic spell almost split the world in two and left an endless ravine in the north. One man, Nebezial Asheri, driven by the deaths of his wife and daughters, will attempt to reclaim that magic and bring his loved ones back to life. The forces of an entire city, Paladia, will rise to oppose him, but his greatest foes will be a ragtag band of an outcast wizard, a dragonrider, and their allies."  

Why I want to read this: This looks like a fun graphic novel gifted to me by the published.  I am a fantasy nut so finding a graphic novel like this is great! 

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 Hot Gimmick (Vol. 12) 
Hot Gimmick 12

Summary: "In company-owned rabbit-hutch apartments live tenants who can't afford to live anywhere else, and the apartment complex in which high-school girl Hatsumi Narita lives is ruled over by the rumor mongering, self-righteous Mrs. Tachibana. Get on Tachibana's bad side, and life becomes hell. When Hatsumi has to buy a pregnancy test because her popular sister Akane is late, Mrs. Tachibana's son, Ryoki, who used to bully Hatsumi as a kid, promises not to tell the world about Hatsumi's secret.only if she becomes his slave. Suddenly Azusa, Hatsumi's protector in their youth, reappears to save her again He's moving back into the neighborhood Despite the budding romance between Hatsumi and Azusa, Ryoki has control over her through the secret that could ruin the lives of everyone in Hatsumi's family, and he hasn't forgotten who his slave is"  -series summary

Why I want to read this:  Actually, I need to read this volume, and vol 11.  They are the last 2 volumes of the series and it had been fun reading it.  I have gone through a love/hate with most of the characters at some point and now it is time to see their conclusion in this manga series.

Eyes of Elisha

Eyes of Elisha (Chelsea Adams Series, #1) 
Chelsea Adams: Eyes of Elisha (1)