What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

 

Hello Friends! I realize it has been a really long time since I have been around. But…hopefully I am back. I got plans! So, I thought the best way to get back into the swing of things is to just jump in and get back to the same old routine. Starting with our Monday, what are you reading?!

Now, I have to be honest. I have not finished reading a book since September of 2017. My dad passed away at the start of September and I just have not been able to get my heart back in the game. I have listened to a few audio books, but that is it. So…I am trying to get back into reading. It’s still a little hard because I can’t seem to focus on what I am reading and my mind likes to wander more now while I am reading. It’s strange. It’s difficult too.

But let’s get to it. I am reading a few books at the moment!

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This is the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

The lightning thief

The Gender Game by Bella Forrest.

The Gender Game

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis. This book is so odd and amazing. I am actually slightly in love with it.

All Rights Reserved

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland. This is the third book in the White Trash Zombie series. I am listening to this on audible and the story is rather interesting. It reminds me of iZombie.

White Trash Zombie

That is all for now. My hopes are to get a few of these finished this week. At least one anyways, in time for a book review for this week.

Your turn, What are you reading?

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What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. Hopefully it’s not too horrible for you all. If it is, let’s talk about something we all love! Books!

This week I am starting a new audio book and I am so excited!!

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

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I loved the first book in this series so much, I just can’t wait to dive into the next book of the series. And the covers of this series are so beautiful!

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

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I was on a book buying ban for the month of June. I failed and bought this book. And I am now reading it because I have to know what happens next!

The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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I just finished the first book in this series and OMG! The review for the first book will be up on the blog tomorrow.

Sons of Beasts: Legend of Steeple Creek by Phillip Edwin

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Because I have so many books going at once, I have been reading this on my breaks at work, so it has taken me a little longer to read this. I really need to sit down and get it finished because in all reality, I should have had it finished last week. And sad thing is I had this past weekend off and I didn’t even touch the book. It’s not a bad book, don’t get me wrong. I just…I was super lazy and played games and watched TV. I need to get my priorities straight!

I also have a few books that I have not finished but I am not actively reading. It’s starting to bug me to be honest. I need to get them all out of the way before picking up another book. So for the next few weeks it will be about finishing what I have going. Maybe…Dorothy Must Die series has another book to go, so that maybe the only exception.

Anyways…

What are you reading?

Book Review: The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

The Eternity Cure

Rating

5 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Series: Blood of Eden
Genre: YA/Sci-Fi/Dystopian/Fantasy/Paranormal/Post Apocalyptic
Pages: 434
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Buy it : Amazon, B&N, Other

First Line: I smelled blood as soon as I walked into the room.

Synopsis: Alison has left behind the human boy she fell in love with, along with the humans she had helped keep safe. She was a monster, and she didn’t belong among the humans. There is also the issue that her sire is in trouble and she needs to find him, she owes him, she has to save him.

Her blood tie leads her in the direction of Kanin, her creator. Sarren, a crazy vampire out to kill Kanin, has him and is slowly killing him. Alison is determined to save him, even if Sarren is a lunatic and has already tried to kill her once.

Review: Warning: This review can and will more than likely have spoilers. Should you like to escape the threat of spoilers, please scroll down to the conclusion where you will find a short summary of my feelings for this novel and my plea for you to read this series. You have been warned.

This novel. This whole story. Alison and Kanin. Sarren…Zeke. Oh, lovely, kind, sweet Zeke. I am not going to lie though, as much as I love Zeke, I may love Kanin more. I love a sexy vampire reeking of power.

And then there is Jackal. The vampire who won’t stay down. Though, I must say, Alison is a little tough on the guy. He is her blood brother after all. I kind of learned to love Jackal in this novel, though, with vampires like Sarren, it’s easy to love the much less evil vampire.

Alison follows her blood tie, and then when it breaks apart and there are two blood ties pulling her, she follows the strongest. Can I just say…WHAT? She knows that Kanin is hurt and weak, yet she follows the strongest blood tie? Fine, whatever. She finds Jackal and even though she wants to kill him, she lets him come along. Alison is scared to face Sarren alone and I don’t blame her.

But, enough about the fact that Jackal is still alive. Let’s talk about the fact that in New Covington, the place where Alison is from, the place she lived and died, Zeke is there! He isn’t safe in Eden like Alison thought. Nope, he came looking for her and found himself in a lot of trouble. As always, he is trying to find a way to save all the people around him. So noble of him, but why couldn’t he have just stayed in Eden where he was safe?!  And then he dies.

But let’s face it. He isn’t going to stay dead. The last bit of the novel you have Sarren talking to someone and while you may be thinking that it was Zeke’s dead body, you know better. Sarren isn’t that crazy and just killing the world with the Red lung virus isn’t going to be enough for him. He wants to make everyone suffer!

I do have one complaint. Why was Stick such a jerk?! Now that he is some vampires trained monkey he wants to act like Alison never saved his life. Hello! She died because of him! Ungrateful prick.

 Conclusion:
Sarren is one crazy vampire. He wants to destroy everything, but why? He has tortured Kanin, knowing that his children would come for him. And he doesn’t want to just stop with torturing Kanin and anyone tied to the master vampire. Sarren wants the whole world to suffer. What is this mans deal? Why is he so messed up? I sure hope we find out.

If you like vampire stories then you need to check out this series. I can’t help but to love it, even if people stop loving it after the first novel. I have loved every minute of it and can not wait to finish this series. The bond that Kanin has with Alison is fantastic. I love it. And the bickering between her and her blood brother makes me want to strangle both of them.

This was a great sequel and the cover is another simple, yet beautiful cover. Julie Kagawa is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.

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What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading

I’m back up to speed with things now. I had the whole weekend off…and I did so much reading. I finally finished a book for TRB so I can get another review there. And I was so into the book that I read for it that I had to go buy the second book of the series. I was so mad. I hate when books end in such frustrating ways. UGH!

Anyways, on to the post. What am I reading this week?

Well, I finally have a TBR jar and I drew from it after I finished The Darkest Part of the Woods by Holly Black. OMG! Fantastic book! It was the first book I drew from my TBR jar. The second book was An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

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So far this book has been pretty interesting. Rather fascinating really.

I am still reading Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe, but I plan on finishing it this week, if not today.

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I started reading Okay by Danielle Pearl. This is the second book in a series. The first I read for TRB and was so sick at the end from the emotional roller-coaster.

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I think I am going to DNF Shackleton’s Folly by Yunker Todd

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I just can not get into this book. I have tried again and again and I just…I can’t do it. I may give it one more shot this week, but that is it.

The last book, I am listening to the audio book. The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa. I am almost done with it. It takes me about a month to listen to one book because I listen while I am driving.

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I am just hoping for a happy ending in this book because I can’t take anyone else dying.

That is all I have for this week. And yes, I am actively reading all of these books. I can’t help it. Maybe I just get bored to easily or my TBR list is just so long I can’t wait to finish one to move to the next, so I just read as many as possible at once.

Tell me, what are you reading right now? What book did you finish last week?

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Business And Pleasure

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Reading has always been my favorite past time.  I read to learn new things, even if it’s completely made up.  I read to escape reality, which is often boring, uneventful, dull, and depressing.  I read for adventure and to see new worlds.  Most of the time, it’s not so much reading as it is watching the words come alive and dance before my eyes.  It’s probably the reason I have such a vivid imagination.  As a child I had very few friends and books were my place of peace.

Just recently I realized that books have become more than just a source of entertainment and escape.  They have also become the bricks in my road to the magical world of publishing.

I have always lost myself in books.  The world around me just melts away and I am thrown into a world where the impossible is what is expected.  I easily forget that I am lying in bed or sitting in a comfy chair.  I fly through magical clouds to lands of green grass and rainbow colored fish.  I swim through rivers on the outskirts of a kingdom ruled by an evil king.  I become the girl that saves the world.  I also become the writer, studying the styles of writing in each book.

It’s like I have two people in my brain that sit down at their desk when I start to read.  The first one’s job is to record what I am reading and play it back for me.  This brain is in charge with keeping my eyes hovering over the words and to turn those words into pictures.  The second one’s job is to watch for character development, punctuation, and to see how certain words are used.  This second person is the one with the hard job, because he has to take note of all the fun things that make a writers work awesome and file it so I can come back to it later.

For most of my life the first guy has always had total control when I read.  Which made the second guy’s job that much harder, but I felt safe there.  Now that I know about the second guy, I try to give him a little up-front time every now and then.  I pay more attention to sentence structure and detailed descriptions so that I can use that to make my own writing better.

Maybe it’s a side effect of having so much more time to write lately, or maybe I am just now feeling comfortable enough to allow the first person to take a break.  Either way, I feel like reading is even more important now.  Who better to learn from then your favorite authors.  No one can show you how to break into the market better than the ones who are already there.  I feel like I have already become a better writer just from paying more attention to what I read, and making sure I write something everyday.

Do any of you writers out there find yourselves paying attention to writing style while reading?  I’m sure I can’t be the only one.