WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for February 26th

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB over at “Should Be Reading.” Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Darkling by Yasmine Galenorn and A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.

What did you recently finish reading?

Working my way through the Otherworld series, I finished Changeling, which is only book two. This series will take me a while to finish, that’s for sure.

What do you plan to read next?

While I plan to continue with Galenorn’s Otherworld books (the next one is Dragon Wytch) and Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series (A Feast for Crows, I’m coming for you!), I will have to set both aside for a bit because I was given a book to review! So the next book I start will be Firstborn by Ryan Attard, the first book in his Legacy series. I’m really looking forward to it!

There are my answers for this week! Please leave your WWW posts in comments! I love to hear about what other people are reading – it’s how my TBR pile has grown exponentially since I started this blog. 😉

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday for February 25th

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Wow, I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in a really long time. Like, almost a month. Time to get back into the swing of things. This feature is hosted, as always, but the folks over at “The Broke and the Bookish.” This week’s topic:

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!!

I really lucked out this week, because now I can go back and pick one of the topics that I missed and do that one. So here we go. I will pick:

Top Ten (or Seven) Books That Will Make You Cry

I am a sucker for these. I will read books that I know are going to make me sad, just because the stories are that strong and compelling. Sure, I’ll be miserable for a while, but that’s fine. It’s good for us, right? Right?

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – I didn’t participate in this Top Ten when it actually happened, but I’m gonna guess that this book was on a lot of people’s lists that day. How can it not be? The problem is that I really want to see the movie, and I really want to re-read the book before I do. Better stock up on the Kleenex. And speaking of John Green . . .

2. Looking for Alaska by John Green – What can I say, John Green is good at making me cry. But while I knew that The Fault in Our Stars was going to make me weep like a baby (hello, it’s about teens with cancer), but the triggering event in Looking for Alaska is shocking and unexpected. And left me in a little puddle on the floor.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book made me feel so many things. I felt nostalgic for my lost childhood. I felt sad for the main character once it was revealed what he was going through. I felt elated when he rose above those things and had such wonderful friends to help him. This is such a magical book for me, without being actually about magic.

4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling – I will admit that several of the books made me a little teary-eyed, but nothing will compare to the feeling I felt when I finished this book for the first time. It wasn’t even because the ending was sad (although we did loose a lot of wonderful characters – Remus and Tonks, oh my heart!!!). It was because this wonderful journey was over and I knew I would never experience another new Harry Potter book again.

5. Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical RENT by Anthony Rapp – Written by someone who was with RENT from the very beginning, this is a story about friends and family and how to recover when those friends or family are gone. This is an amazing book, a must read for anyone who is a fan of the musical. Just be prepared.

6. Phantom by Susan Kay – This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. A retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, this book gives the Phantom a soul and a story and it is just beautiful. That man must have lead a tragic and terrifying life, and Kay is able to capture what he must have survived in order to be as brilliant as he was. The last sentences kill me every time though.

7. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – I discovered this book in college and loved it ever since. It took a while for me to figure out exactly what was going on with that group of children, but once I did, I was shocked, horrified, and then just sad. To them, it wasn’t a mystery – they had always known what their lives were for. It was sad, but beautiful.

There are my stories to make you cry! What topic did you pick for Top Ten Rewind? Let me know in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for February 25th

Teaser Tuesday

Welcome to Teaser Tuesday, hosted by the always lovely MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser for the week:

Bran could feel Summer’s fear in that bright instant. He closed his two eyes and opened a third, and his boy’s skin slipped off him like a cloak as he left the tower behind . . . and found himself out in the rain, his belly full of deer, cringing in the brush as the sky broke and boomed above him.

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Books I've Read

Book Review: Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn

You remember, back at the beginning of the year, I made the commitment that I would that every book series that I began in 2014. And I mean to keep that, I do. Really. Then my podcast co-host suggested that we read Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn for the show. I readily agreed, since I know that she has good taste. I checked it out on GoodReads and saw that it was the first book in a series.

And then I saw that this series currently has fifteen books in it. That’s . . . a lot. Luckily, the first book drew me in and made me excited. Otherwise, I’d be in trouble.

Witchling

In Witchling, we meet the D’Artigo sisters: Camille, Delilah and Menolly. The three are half-fairy, half-human, now living Earthside. This first book is told from Camille’s point of view. She is a witch, but due to her half-breeding, her spells don’t always go right. Her sisters have similar issues. Delilah ended up being a were, but instead of a fearsome beast, she turns into a tabby cat. She also doesn’t have the best control over her transformations. Menolly has a whole other issue – she has been turned into a vampire.

At the start of the book, supernatural creatures are now out of the “broom closet,” so to speak. Most full blooded humans (also called FBH) are fascinated by the fae, but there are of course some who are less than pleased. The D’Artigo sisters work for the Otherworld Intelligence Agency, charged with keeping relations between humans and supernaturals smooth. Unfortunately, someone out there is murdering supernaturals. Jocko, a “small” giant, is found dead, the rope used to strangle him seething with demon energy. Camille and her sisters are pulled into the mystery of trying to find out where these demons came from and what they are doing Earthside.

Demons are not the only thing to worry about. There’s also trouble brewing at home, which threatens to throw Otherworld into a devastating civil war and cutting off the Earthside fae from their homes. In addition to all that, Camille has personal problems of her own, namely men. There’s Chase, a FBH operative for the OIA who is doing everything he can to win Camille’s affections (it’s not working). There’s Trillian, a dark Svartan and the bad boy that Camille can not resist. There’s Morio, a Japanese kitsune sent to help them. And then, the most complicated of them all – Smoky. He’s not exactly human or fae. He’s a dragon, who can when necessary take human form (and no, Smoky is not his real name, but he won’t give them that).

If you’re looking for serious literature, this is not for you, but this book was a good time. The mythology and paranormal stuff was interesting, the characters are fun, and the story has a lot of twists and turns that keep you guessing. I really like these three sisters. They have a strong bond with one another and you can’t help but root for them, even though they are somewhat inept at what they do. And yes, even though this series has a ton of books, I plan to finish it. I’ve already finished book two, Changeling, and I am half way through book three, Darkling. Reviews of those will come along soon.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for February 19th

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

Currently reading Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn. Also reading A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finally finished A Clash of Kings! That took a while! Also finished Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Between the vastness of the George R.R. Martin books and the sheer number of Otherworld books, I’ll probably be working on those for a good long while. Which means that the next thing I will be reading is A Feast for Crows and Darkling. I’m going to try to keep reading them together to try and bust them out.

There are my WWW answers! Please leave yours in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for February 18th

Teaser Tuesday

Sorry for my absence from the blog world, folks. Between the weather and personal stuff going on, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. I’m back to do a Teaser Tuesday for you though, hosted as always by the lovely MizB at “Should Be Reading.” Here’s how to play:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here’s a description of a very intriguing character.

He had a five o’clock shadow that wouldn’t quit. The beard gave him a rugged look, and I couldn’t pull my gaze away. I wasn’t sure exactly how I felt about the man, but I had to admit that he was gorgeous in a lumberjack sort of way.

Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn

I’m enjoying the heck out of these books. They’re fun and fast paced, with interesting characters and lots of supernatural drama. I will hopefully have a review of Witchling, the first book in the series, up some time this week.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for February 11th

Teaser Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! Here is a quick Teaser Tuesday, hosted by the lovely MizB over at “Should Be Reading.” Here are the rules if you’d like to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is to celebrate the fact that I FINALLY FINISHED A CLASH OF KINGS!!!

“Every man must die, Jon Snow. But first he must live.”

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Yep, moving right along with the George R.R. Martin books. This one is over 1000 pages long, so y’all know I’ll be reading it for a while too. Luckily they’re really good.

Please leave your teasers in comments!