April 2016 Releases

Hello Friends! I promise, I am getting back on my game with my blog. I have been trying to move it to a .com but I am running into some problems along the way. It’s rather frustrating.

But this may be a few days late, but not too late that the books have been released yet, so let’s jump into this. April Book Releases!

April 5th

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
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This has been compared to The Selection and sadly, I actually enjoyed that series. I haven’t been a big fan of Richelle Mead. I tried to read her Vampire Academy series, but I got so bored with it. But I just recently read Soundless and I really enjoyed it, so I am looking forward to reading another book by Richelle Mead.

The Beast by J.R. Ward
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This is the latest book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood novels. I am actually a little behind, but I am glad to see the series is still running. I might be able to catch up one day…

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
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To be honest…this is on my list just because I thought the cover was so amazing. Also, the author has really high reviews on her other series.

April 26th

Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun
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Again, the cover got my attention. The plot seems interesting as well. Sadly, I don’t know much about the author and her other works, but I will give it a go.

Soldier by Julie Kagawa
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Seriously, I have read every one of Julie Kagawa’s books, except the last book in the Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series. I need to get that book…But I am so excited for the next book in the Talon Saga. They have not been my favorite books, but I am rather enjoying the story and I can’t wait to see where it goes.

The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
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Moment of truth, I haven’t read The Wrath and the Dawn yet. Eek! It’s on my bedside table to be read next, and now that the second book is coming out I am more determined to get to it. I have heard so many wonderful things about the first book and I didn’t want to have to wait a year to read the next, so I just didn’t read the first one yet. I know, sad logic.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
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That cover! Also, it’s a stand alone and you don’t come by those often. That means the story wil be wrapped up with in the 352 pages of this book.

You know, I have noticed a trend in my release post…they are all YA books. For the most part anyways. I really do love YA but I seriously need to branch out to something other than YA. So if you know of any genres (within the fantasy world) let me know. I Love Stephen King and J.R. Ward and Gena Showalter, I just need to get more into that world so I can find out what good books are coming out on that side of the spectrum too!

What books are you looking forward to this month?

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Book Review: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Talon by Julie Kagwa

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4 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: October 28th 2014

Series: Talon

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Pages: 449

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Buy it : Amazon

First Line: “Ember, when did your parents die, and what was the cause of the death?”

Synopsis:Ember is a dragon, disguised as a human. Her task for the summer is to blend in with the humans, gain their trust, and prove to Talon that she is ready for whatever job she will be best at…for the rest of her life. Her biggest fear is that they will separate her and her twin Dante. And she hates that Talon chooses everything she does.

Garrett is a St. George soldier, trained to hunt and kill dragons. His task for the summer is to blend in with the normal humans and sniff out the dragon that is trying to pass as human. He doesn’t know the first thing about being a normal teenager and when he meets Ember he questions everything about the order and the truth about dragons.

Review: This book was pretty good. Had I actually read it instead of listening to the audio version, I would have loved it! The person reading Ember’s parts was so bland and boring. I didn’t like it.

But the story was really great. I loved the idea of dragons hiding among humans, learning everything about them, gaining their trust. I love that Ember was a strong enough character that she questioned everything she had ever been taught and saw the flaw of Talon.

Warning: Spoiler ahead. Move on to conclusion to skip spoilers. You will have to forgive me for the spoilers, but I just have to let my thoughts be heard. Last chance to move on before I let the spoilers fly free! Okay, Let’s talk about a few things that irritated me the most. Dante…he spends this entire book telling Ember that they will not be separated. He grows further and further from her. He becomes the dragon Talon wants him to be, even when Ember is trying so hard to make him see the truth. Then, when Ember is assigned her life long task, he doesn’t even bother to tell her what she is being signed up for. She has to go to someone else to find out. THEN!! He turns her in to Talon when she tries to go Rogue and take him with her. She just wants her brother to stay by her side and he turns his back on her. Way to go Dante…what a great brother you are! And then there is Garret. Oh Garret…he falls in love with Ember and still loves her after finding out she was the dragon he was sent to kill! It was so great.

Conclusion: This book is about thinking for yourself and not taking things at face value. It is about growing up in a world where everything is decided for you and questioning it to the point where you find the truth. It’s also about dragons that can take human form! Who doesn’t love a good dragon book? I think Julie Kagawa has done it again. She has opened my eyes to a whole new world and I love ever second of it! Don’t let the negative reviews keep you from giving this book a try!

What Are You Reading?

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Hello Nerds. What are you reading this week?

I was really hoping to have one of these books finished this past week…but I have been going to bed so tired that I haven’t read much. The rest of the day has been filled with work or trying to catch up on some shows. I really need to buckle down with this reading!

I am still reading Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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Rogue by Julie Kagawa

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Though, to be honest, this one is almost over. I know for a fact that I will finish this book this week.

Sortilege by C.M. Cox

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I am almost done with this one too.

And I picked up an extra one this week. The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld.

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I read this book a few years ago, but never finished the series. It was also my latest TBR jar draw. When I went to put it on my “Currently Reading” list on Goodreads I was shocked to find out who Scott Westerfeld was! I didn’t even know I had read any of his books before. If you had asked me to name 10 authors just a few years ago I totally would not have been able to name even 5. Now I know names and I am creating a whole new list of favorites.

And a side note…

Blurry image…sorry about that. I got all of these books at the Dollar Tree. Yay! I haven’t even looked them up yet. lol

So, what are you reading?

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What Are You Reading

What Are You Reading2Hello Nerds!!

I skipped this last week because of the whole birthday thing, but we are back to our regularly scheduled everything this week.

I am actually only reading three books this week! Shocker!

First is Small Favors by Jim Butcher

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This time I am focusing on this book. I have let it slide into the background way too often.

Rogue by Julie Kagawa

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I only have about 2 more hours left in this book. It will be the last Julie Kagawa novel I have to pick from for my monthly audio book. I don’t know what I will listen to next. Suggestions would be appreciated.

Sortilege by C.M Cox

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This one took a back seat to Red Queen. I kept getting details confused between the two novels because they both had something going on with a kingdom, and Red Queen was too good to put down. Now I have to finish this for a book review.

That is all I am reading this week. I am shocked myself about that. I have a few books that I am dying to read now, but I am going back to the TBR jar to see what will come after Small Favors. It’s only fair that I get back to the TBR jar. I need to sit aside some more time to read though.

What are you reading?

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Book Reveiw: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song

Rating5 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 15th 2014
Series: Blood of Eden
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Dystopian
Pages: 393
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy it :

First Line: The outpost gate creaked in the wind, swinging back on its hinges.

**One of the most boring first lines ever! But it’s the last of a series so maybe I just need the other books to convince me to read this book?

Synopsis: Allie has saved her sire, Kanin, and is now on a search to find the vampire that killed the human boy she loved. To drown out the pain of his loss she has become much more like her blood brother, Jackal, than Kanin likes. They are on their way to Eden, the only place that humans were safe from vampires. At least it was until Sarren found out about it.

Allie, Kanin, and Jackal are on a quest to find Sarren and to stop him from spreading a disease that will kill humans and vampires alike. Allie is going to get revenge for Zeke’s death, Jackal is looking for a cure to make his own vampire army, and Kanin is just looking to fix what he has broken.

Review: I thought I was in love with this series before I read this book. But now…this book was so amazing. Poor Allie is suffering the way a human would, but in her attempt to hide her sorrow she has become like Jackal, trying her best to not care about humans. I have read a few reviews saying that Allie is weak and whiny in this book, but in all honesty…she just lost someone she loved! Her heart has been broken and the only thing she can focus on is revenge.

WARNING! SPOILIERS because I just have to get it out! Skip to the conclusion to avoid spoilers.

I had a feeling that Zeke wasn’t dead. Of course the end of the second book hinted at it. When Allie found Zeke and he tried to kill her, I was crushed. And then she broke him out of whatever trance he was in. I was annoyed with how often he would talk about what a monster he was…yet he has spent most of the time before he was turned telling Allie that she wasn’t a monster. It just made me so mad that he could be okay with Allie being a vampire but he couldn’t face the same fate as her, even though it meant he would be with her forever. It just made no sense!

And let’s talk about that ending! My poor little heart can’t take any more death and there Kanin goes, sacrificing himself to save the world. And then…Allie is all of a sudden a master? What?? Though, I loved the ending I was sad to see such an important character disappear.

Conclusion: I love the characters of this novel. I hated Jackal at first, but I quickly learned to love him and root for him even when it looked like he might be turning his back on Allie and Kanin. If I was to become a vampire I would love for Kanin to be my sire, because this dude was amazing.

This whole series was so worth the three months I spent on it. I listen to one audio book a month and for three months straight this was what I listened to anytime I was driving. It was an amazing series and I would recommend it to everyone that loves a good vampire story. There is action, a little romance, twist and turns, and tears. A great series and it had a wonderful ending that I can live with.

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Have you read the Blood of Eden series? What did you think about it? Let me know!

Toodles

What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

Hello Nerds, it’s that time again.

This week has been a little hectic. I haven’t been able to read as much and so…this is almost a copy of last week.

I finally finished Solarversia by Toby Downton and I will have a review for you tomorrow. Hopefully I will have the author interview soon as well.

This week I will be focusing on Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I have heard so many amazing things about this book and I can’t wait to get into it. I have read the first chapter, but I may have to go back and re-read it.

I will start two books this week. One is super short, only 26 pages.

Dyad by C.M. Cox

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The other is the companion to Dyad and it’s Sortilege

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I will have to admit, if I were to judge the books by the cover…I would not be reading these books. I honestly hate the covers. The blurb on Goodreads made them sound interesting, so I am giving it a shot. Let’s hope I don’t regret it.

I am also still reading Rogue by Julie Kagaw.

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Or rather, listening to it. It’s actually a little frustrating listening to a book. I want to power through it and see what happens next, but I have to patiently wait until the narrator gets to it. I could speed up the reading, but it sounds weird and I don’t like it.

So, tell me, what are you reading this week?

Toodles

What Are You Reading

What Are You Reading

Hello Nerds! Happy Monday! I know, there is nothing happy about Monday. It’s the start of the work week. It’s truck day for me. And no matter what is going on, Monday’s just tend to suck.

But that’s okay, we have books!

Last week I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I loved it! I could not put that book down. So, it won’t be on the list this week. What is on the list?? Fine, fine, let’s get to it.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I couldn’t wait. I kind of pulled the title out of my TBR jar with A Court of Thorns and Roses last week. I just had to get to it!

Solarversia by Toby Downton

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I’m not going to lie, I had trouble getting into this book. But now that I am in it, it’s getting better. It will be available at the end of this month! I will have my review and author interview before then.

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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I have been getting so trapped in other books that poor Harry Dresden keeps being put on the back burner. And I am so sorry, Mr. Dresden. Please forgive me! I want to finish this book and Solarversia by the end of this week. I think I can do it…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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I have been meaning to read the original story for years. I am finally doing it. Though, the book I have has other stories in it, but I am just reading the first for now. I may come back later to read the rest.

Lastly, the audio book I just started is….

Rogue by Julie Kagawa

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I want the hard back copies of this series! The covers are so amazing. I am only a few minutes into the novel and just like the first, I am questioning if I should be listening to it or not. The voices for this novel are just not that great. But once I finish this one I will have listened to every book by Julie Kagawa.

What are you reading?

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What are you Reading?

What Are You Reading

I have finally cut down on my books that I am currently reading. Thank goodness. This week I am down to 4, but one is an audio book.

Solarversia by Toby Downton

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Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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As much as I love the Dresden files this book keeps taking a back seat to all the other books and I need to stop doing that.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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I have been so excited about this book. I couldn’t hold back any longer. I actually searched through my TBR jar just to find this one. So many people have said wonderful things about it. I had to read it now. Also, OMG the cover is amazing!

And lastly, the audio book I have been listening to all month

Talon by Julie Kagawa

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That is all I have on my plate this week and I am hoping to get them all out of the way this week. It may not happen, but I will try!

What are you reading?

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What are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

Hello Nerds!

Finally moving along with my reading. But I have so much to read. I haven’t been giving enough time for reading, I need to fix this! And more stuff coming in weekly. Not just the books I buy, it seems my name is getting out there and self-published and small press authors are seeking me out for reviews. I’m so excited!

Moving on to my list this week.

I’m reading a new one called Solarversia by Toby Downton. It’s not actually out for the public, but the author contacted me on twitter after I made a comment about Ready Player One. 🙂

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So far the concept is very intriguing and I can’t wait to read more.

Last night I read Delilah Dusticle by A.J. York

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Very cute book. You can catch my review over at TRB when it is published there. But I enjoyed the story! And now I am reading the second novel called Delilah Dusticle’s Transylvanian Adventure.

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I am still reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I have only been reading this on my breaks at work. But it has gotten so good that I may have to sit down on my next day off and finish it.

Of course I am still working on Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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And Talon by Julie Kagawa

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Tell me, what are you reading this week?

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What are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

To be honest, I am reading the same things I was reading last week. Blarg. It has been a slow week for me. Basically because I have been working most days and I picked up writing again. I was starting to feel a little down, so I had to start writing again. Now I will write for an hour a night before making it to bed. Which, of course, cuts into my night time reading.

I think I try and do too much, but I am getting myself on a better schedule. I am working on making reading and writing my main priority in my life. I just wish I got paid for either. In a perfect world I would be paid for both, but this isn’t a perfect world, and what I love to do doesn’t pay. Ugh, life.

Let’s jump into this.

The Watch Tower by Darke Conteur.

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I only have a few minutes left of this book. I tried to finish it last night, but I was so tired that I started falling asleep while trying to read it. I will probably finish this today.

Talon by Julie Kagawa

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I honestly don’t know how I feel about this book. Maybe it would be better if I was reading it instead of listening to it. This may be one of those series that I start and never finish. But I still have a ways to go in this novel, so we will see how things pan out. I think the narrator for Ember just has a very boring voice and it annoys me.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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I am so loving this book. I have been reading it at work on my breaks. So…30 minutes or less at a time. I will focus on it more when I finish up a few other books.

Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe

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I think I am finding it a little hard to really get into this novel. It’s okay, but it’s not really my thing. I will finish it and I will give you all an interview with the author, but it’s jut not my cup of tea.

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

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There isn’t much to say about this one. I love Jim Butcher and Harry Dresden. This is another one that is slow going for me because I have so many books I am reading at once.

My plan this week is to get these books finished and off the table so I can move on. I think I might cut down on how many books I am reading at a time and start focusing more on my reading speed, so that I can get through these books faster, before I fall behind on my goal this year.

I found this website that I am going to try and see if it helps with my reading speed. It’s a site called Spreeder. It’s supposed to help you learn to speed read without losing comprehension. I could use a boost in my reading speeds.

So, what are you reading this week? And do you have any tips to help speed up my reading?

Toodles