Saturday, March 12, 2016

My TBR List - March 2016 Winner - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Welcome to my March 2016 edition of My To Be Read List, hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. This is a monthly meme where we offer up 3 choices from our TBR pile for our readers to pick from to help us make the super hard decision of "what do I read next?" a little easier and to whittle away at the ever growing TBR Mountain! 

My theme this month was "Faery", I thought that was an appropriate March idea!

If you think this sounds fun and would like to join (the more the merrier, because we love voting!) please head on over to Because Reading where Michelle lays out the rules for us!

My contenders this month were:


And the winner was:

From Goodreads:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Results:
The Iron King: 43.75%
Lament: 31.25%
The Faerie Path: 25%

Check back on 3/26 to see what I thought!  And please think about joining us, we love to vote!  And add to our wishlists! :D



Friday, March 11, 2016

Take Control of your TBR Pile - 24 hour Read-a-thon March 12th, 2016

Take Control TBR Pile Read-a-thon


As I have found myself in possession of some solo time on Saturday, I'm going to join this 24-hour Read-a-thon hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer!  This read-a-thon is stand-alone, but also part of a larger challenge, the Take Control of your TBR from March 1 - 31st.

Goals:

 Main:
Second:
Third:


Updates:

8:00 am: Up and reading!  Coffee, a waffle, and The Knife of Never Letting Go, start page 152.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

My TBR List - March 2016 - Faery



Welcome to my March 2016 edition of My To Be Read List, hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading. This is a monthly meme where we offer up 3 choices from our TBR pile for our readers to pick from to help us make the super hard decision of "what do I read next?" a little easier and to whittle away at the ever growing TBR Mountain! 

Theme: Faery, I thought that was an appropriate March idea! ;) Feel free to leave me a comment and tell me which you chose and why.

The poll will stay open through Friday 3/11 , and I'll update this post with the winning book on Saturday 3/12, then post a review on the 4th Saturday of the month, 3/26. (I may be a little late this month, unless I can get it read early!)

If you think this sounds fun and would like to join (the more the merrier, because we love voting!) please head on over to Because Reading where Michelle lays out the rules for us!

And the choices are...

From Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Deirdre Monaghan is a painfully shy but prodigiously gifted musician. She's about to find out she's also a cloverhand—one who can see faeries. Deirdre finds herself infatuated with a mysterious boy who enters her ordinary suburban life, seemingly out of thin air. Trouble is, the enigmatic and gorgeous Luke turns out to be a gallowglass—a soulless faerie assassin. An equally hunky—and equally dangerous—dark faerie soldier named Aodhan is also stalking Deirdre. Sworn enemies, Luke and Aodhan each have a deadly assignment from the Faerie Queen. Namely, kill Deirdre before her music captures the attention of the Fae and threatens the Queen's sovereignty. Caught in the crossfire with Deirdre is James, her wisecracking but loyal best friend. Deirdre had been wishing her life weren't so dull, but getting trapped in the middle of a centuries-old faerie war isn't exactly what she had in mind . . .

Lament is a dark faerie fantasy that features authentic Celtic faerie lore, plus cover art and interior illustrations by acclaimed faerie artist Julia Jeffrey.
From Goodreads:

Swept away into a court of magic and beauty, she discovers she is Tania, the lost princess of Faerie: the youngest daughter of Oberon and Titania. Since Tania's mysterious disappearance on the eve of her wedding five hundred years before, Faerie has been sunk in darkness and gloom. The courtly Lord Gabriel Drake, who Tania was once to marry, has found her and brought her back.

With Tania's return, Faerie comes alive again as a land of winged children, glittering balls, and fantastic delights. But Tania can't forget Anita's world, or the boy she loved there.

Torn between two loves and between two worlds, Tania slowly comes to discover why she disappeared so long ago. She possesses a singular magical ability and she must use it to stop a sinister plan that threatens the entire world of Faerie.
From Goodreads:

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.


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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Nefertiti's Heart (Artifact Hunters #1) by A. W. Exley

From Goodreads:

Cara Devon has always suffered curiosity and impetuousness, but tangling with a serial killer might cure that. Permanently.

1861. Cara has a simple mission in London – finalise her father’s estate and sell off his damned collection of priceless artifacts. Her plan goes awry when a killer stalks the nobility, searching for an ancient Egyptian relic rumoured to hold the key to immortality.

Nathaniel Trent, known as the villainous viscount, is relentless in his desire to lay his hands on both Cara and the priceless artifacts. His icy exterior and fiery touch stirs Cara’s demons, or could he lay them to rest?

Self-preservation fuels Cara’s search for the gem known as Nefertiti’s Heart. In a society where everyone wears a mask to hide their true intent, she needs to figure out who to trust, before she sacrifices her own heart and life.


I'm a sucker for anything remotely Egyptian or Archaeology themed, so the term artifact hunter in the series title of course perks my little ears up! It means exciting finds and adventure, (I know the reality is usually far different, but in novels it means exciting finds and adventure! Just go with me here...) which Nefertiti's Heart delivers, with the promise of a whole series of same! Yay!

Our heroine is a tough rogue of a young lady who is tired of getting knocked down by life and is determined to live on her own terms now, exacting a bit of a revenge for her bad treatment at the same time. We have a charming, maybe good heart-ed but definitely dangerous love interest for our Miss Devon, who might be our bad guy, or might not, we aren't sure. We have a highly sought after artifact steeped in mythological lore and promising immortal life! What more could we need?! More adventures of course!

This was a fun and colorful adventure with great characters that I really enjoyed. Lucky for me, a friend has recently gifted me with several more in the series, so I'm all ready to go!

Read for Winter 2015 #COYER

Loose Ends (Mary O'Reilly #1) - Terri Reid

From Goodreads:

Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it.

Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost’s word just doesn’t hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, doesn’t think she’s nuts.

Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected State Senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the Senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator’s wife.

Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, twenty-four years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further, she becomes the next target for the serial killers’ quest to tie up all his loose ends.


Loose Ends starts with a bang, and a few thumps, as Mary's character and lifestyle are established right off the bat!  Poor thing is a beacon for the dead with unresolved issues, so it's a good thing she's a tough gal because being constantly approached by those that have passed on, often not gracefully, is not for the weak of heart.

This was a good paranormal mystery, quick paced and interesting, with some humor and some eerieness, though we're firmly on the side of getting these poor souls some help, even ready to cheer when they are able to help themselves and get some well-deserved justice.  Bradley the new chief of police and Mary's friends Rosie and Stanley are likable characters, rounding out this great start to a series.

I'm looking forward to seeing what interesting investigations Mary is drawn into next and want to know what the resolution to Bradley's life mystery will be.  I'm sure Rosie and Stanley will be right there as Mary's accomplices as well!

Ready for Winter 2015 #COYER
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