What Are You Reading?

What are you reading

Hello Friends. Happy Monday. I almost melted yesterday, but I made it. 🙂

So this week I realized that I have 6 books that I am reading. I went through a little reading slump and I just couldn’t find what I actually wanted to read. Nothing could keep my attention. Then a friend suggested a book and let me borrow a copy. Of course, I had to download the Nook app to read the book and this lead to another book!

Nook has this thing where you can read a free book every month. They release new chapters daily. This month is Dorthy Must Die by Danielle Paige.

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Now, this book has been sitting on my shelf for a little while. I think I bought it around the time it was first released. It has just been sitting there, waiting for me to pick it up. I started reading it on my phone with the Nook app, because I thought it would be nice to read it on my phone and take the whole month to read it. Needless to say, I was hooked from the beginning and had to get the book off myself because Nook was not released enough chapters a day. I have heard a few negative reviews about this book and that is why it sat on my shelf for so long. I should have known better than to listen to those people.

The book that my friend suggested was Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

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I am also hooked on this book and have been reading it on every break, in between commercial breaks, and even when my car broke down this week. (The car is fixed now.) I think I like it because it reminds me so much of the Sookie Stackhouse novels. Which is also a little sad because this book was released after the Sookie Stackhouse novels, so this may be an issue of an author borrowing an idea. The female character in the book is telepathic. The male is a vampire…sound familiar? But it’s okay because I can love both books.

I am still listing to Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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And LOVING every minute of it! I’m telling you, you throw in a little romance and I am so down to read that book! I am sick I tell you. I have no love life, so I devour books where there are complicated love stories. And this book has a complicated love story.

I have made it half way through The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

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I read the first half so fast and then I got bored with it. Not because the story got boring, it just wasn’t what I wanted to read at the time. So I am trying to read a little bit of it every day.

I have also read about half of Figment by Cameron Jace

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Again, I just got bored with everything I was reading and needed to change things up. But I am still slowly reading this book. I still love the story, though I get a little aggravated in the whole thing. I mean, is she really insane or is she really helping save people from Wonderland??!!

Lastly is The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.

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I am going to be honest here. I have not made it past the first few chapters. I haven’t given the book much of a chance and I need to put more effort into it. After I finish a few on this list I will give it more time. Right now it is just sitting with a few chapters read. Don’t worry, I will remember what has happened so far.

Tell me, what are you reading right now? Do you think I am crazy for having so many books going at once??

Book Review: Treasures, Demons, and other Black Magic

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Rating25 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: December 18th 2014
Series: The Dowser
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 350
Publisher: Old Man in the Crosswalk Productions

 

First Line: With One hand on the invisible knife at my hip and one hand twined through the wedding ring charms on my necklace, I stepped out from the golden magic of the portal onto the shores of Lock More.

Blurb from Goodreads: I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. Sure, I was stronger and faster than I’d ever been before, and I had a shiny new sword, but I was seriously chocolate deprived. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. And the new sword was a problem — to my mind, anyway. It represented all the expectations of a powerful father and a new otherworldly life. A life that wasn’t the one I’d worked so hard to build. It also represented the responsibility I had to bring my foster sister Sienna to … what? Justice? I didn’t know if that was even possible. What I did know was that Sienna wouldn’t stop, and that I couldn’t just leave everything up to fate and destiny … or maybe I was. Maybe I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. If you believed in that sort of thing.
I just hoped that before the chaos and mayhem renewed, I’d manage to get my hands on some chocolate. It didn’t even have to be single-origin Madagascar. I was utterly prepared to lower my standards.

 

Cover: Another cover that just…it’s so simple and intriguing. Seriously, these books would look good on any bookshelf.

Review

This book is another three months after the second book. The last book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, with Jade stuck in the Nexus, learning who her father was, and leaving her friends and family behind having no idea what had happened to them. During the three months she has been able to call home, but she hides in the Nexus to avoid a prediction a Seer showed her.

She has left the Nexus because she is on a mission. The last time she saw her sister, Sienna, she had gone full black witch, summoning demons and sacrificing whoever she needed to accomplish her feat.

As she comes out of the Nexus she finds that a young Dragon, Drake, has followed her and refuses to go back. She also finds her best friend, Kandy, and the vampire Kett. They gather to start tracking down Sienna and stop whatever it is she is trying to do. Which soon they find that she is trying to summon demons with more sacrificing.

Jade now knows that there is no saving her sister, she has been lost to the darkness. Jade feels it is her fault and her job to destroy the evil her sister has become.

There are many close calls and Jade finds herself being dragged deeper and deeper into a sadness that has consumed her soul.

Here is what I just don’t understand. How does Jade even begin to think that all of this is her fault? If anything, it’s her grandmothers fault from keeping Jade and Sienna away from the magic they could have and learn. Of course, I feel like Sienna would still turn out to be a black witch because she would still want the power that Jade has.

 

**WARNING: SPOILERS!**

The ending…let us talk about the ending.

 

I am still a little…emotional at the ending. Jade has defeated the black witch. She has done what she set out to do, with the help of many, many supporters, but she finds she cannot kill the person who she used to be so close to. Then Desmond takes it upon himself and takes care of it for her. And Jade gets mad at him!! In all honesty, killing Sienna was doing her a favor because the pain she was going to suffer for what she had done would had been a fate worse than death. And did Jade not ask Kett to do it for her if she couldn’t? Would she had been mad at the vampire if he had done it? Every person in the final battle had right to want the black witch dead, no matter if she still had her magic or not! So really, Jade should have been thanking Desmond for doing something she couldn’t bring herself to.

Then, when Jade pushed Desmond away…I about flipped!!

 

Okay, let me get something straight right now. I will NEVER stop being a supporter of Jade and Desmond! There was just so much chemistry and passion between those two.

**SPOILERS OVER**

 

Aside from the disappointment in some things with the ending, I am happy with this novel. It was fantastic and another book that kept me reading from beginning to end. I jumped right into the 4th book after this one. I just can’t stop myself!

Book Review: Minutes Before Sunset

Minutes Before Sunset

Rating24 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Shannon A. Thomson
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Series: The Timely Death Trilogy
Genre: YA/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 278
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Buy it : Amazon/B&N **At the time of posting both Kindle and Nook formats of this book were free.**

 

First Line: He hadn’t smiled since mom died.

Blurb from Goodreads: Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.

Minutes Before Sunset is the first book in The Timely Death Trilogy.

 

Review

The cover is gorgeous. I love the dark colors with a little pop of purple and it was one of the reasons I decided to read this book.

I spent the first half of this book, not bored, but not really into the story. I thought it was a good story, but it wasn’t something I thought I would put down after the first book and leave the series unfinished. Then, at the half way mark I became so entranced by the story that I couldn’t stop reading. I stayed up until 2 am to finish it…knowing I had to be at work at 6am that morning. It was that good.

As far as the story goes, it was unique and intriguing. It did keep me guessing and somewhat confused about what was going on, but in a way that you want a story to be confusing. I did know that Jessica was the mystery girl, but how could you not figure that out. I also think I know exactly who Darthon is, but I won’t ruin that for you. I could be wrong too, I guess.

I felt like Jessica and Eric both were very diverse characters and very well developed. They had their back stories, their problems, and teenage dramas. I also enjoyed that there were no instant love and that a love story developed over time, which is how a believable love story is going to happen.

I loved that the ending was an actual ending. At one point towards the end I was afraid it was going to be one of those books with a very abrupt ending that left me more mad than interested in picking up the next book. It had a very honed ending that was not only a good stopping point, but just enough information to make me rush to the next book.

The story was very well written and very well edited. I can see some plot holes, but there are two more books in the series so I am not so worried about that and have faith that the author will cover everything before ending this series.

Book Review: Dead Set

Dead Set by Richard Kadrey

Rating23 Nerd Girl Rating

Author: Richard Kadrey

Release Date: October 29th  2013

Genre: YA/Horror

Pages: 309

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Buy it : Amazon / B&N

Blurb from Goodreads: After her father’s funeral, Zoe and her mother moved to the Big City to start over. But life’s not so easy, the money is tight, and a new school brings trials. Fortunately, she has an escape: her dreams. A world of freedom and solace removed from the loneliness and anxieties of real life, Zoe’s dreamscape offers another, more precious, gift: It is the only place where she can spend time with her closest companion — her lost brother Valentine.

Yet something is very wrong. An unfamiliar — and uninvited — presence has entered her private realm to threaten Zoe and Valentine, a disturbing turn of events that is compounded by an impossible discovery. A chance encounter at a used record store where the grooves of the vinyl discs hold not music, but lost souls, has opened up a portal to the world of the restless dead. Now, the shop’s strange proprietor is offering Zoe the chance to commune with the father whose passing took a piece of her heart. The price? A lock of hair. Then a tooth. Then…

How far into this eerie world will Zoe go to discover what she truly needs? And once she does, will there be enough left of her to come back?

 Review

First Line: For three straight nights Zoe dreamed about the black dog.

The  cover is what caught my attention in the first place. It reminded me of Wizard of Oz as does the story itself. 

Zoe is your typical teenager. Her father has passed away and his death has forced Zoe and her mother to move out of a nice home and into a small apartment in a not so safe town. New school, new town, new life, and Zoe and her mom are not getting along.

I loved this book for its simplicity of the beginning. There is a tragic beginning, but it is down played by the fact that there is also a new town and the teenager, Zoe, is just mad at the world. She finds a place that calls to her, a place that she thinks will help her find some piece and it is in a off the wall music store that sells records. But there is a catch, because some of these records hold the souls of the dead and one of them happens to be Zoe’s father.

This leads Zoe into an adventure and the discovery of a world beyond the living.

I started reading this book thinking that the story was going to go one way, and getting mad that I had already figured out part of it. Then the story took a completely different route and threw me off. It was fantastic and fresh.

Zoe was such a fabulous character. I even found myself loving her “dream” brother, Valentine. He was such a unique and loving character and always had Zoe’s best interest in mind. There were a few times that I thought he may actually be a spy or someone who would turn on her, but that was just because so many stories seem to take that route now days.

The world beyond the living was so twisted and creepy and it gave my horror loving mind something to chew on.

The only reason I gave this book a 3 star review is because I did become bored with the story a little bit and at times found it hard to continue reading, yet I loved so much about this. I am actually a little confused about my feelings for the story. It was different and I couldn’t figure out exactly what was going to happen, which is rare in YA novels. Also, there was no instant love/romance going on. This is simply a girl trying to figure out life after the death of her father and trying to do the right thing.

It really does give me a feel of Wizard of Oz. But I don’t want to go into too much detail as to how it is similar in case I ruin the story for someone.

Despite my rating, I would recommend this to friends because it was such a different story and it did keep my interest.

 As a little P.S. Here…if you love all the nerdy things of the world, you love the fact that Wil Wheaton even read and reviewed this book. Not the reason I bought or read the book, but it made me giggle in delight.

 

Book Review: Waylaid

Waylaid by Kim Harrison

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Kim Harrison
Release Date: April 4th 2016
Series: The Hollows
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 87
Publisher: Pocket Star
Buy it : Amazon

This is a short story, so the review is a little short as well. 🙂

Review

This is a short story of The Hollows series and The Peri Reed Chronicles meet. Peri’s boyfriend tries to prove a point and accidently summons a demon by the name of Rachel Morgan.

I love the Hollows series and while there is only one book of the Peri Reed Chronicles, I think I am going to love it as well. But, being the Hollows fan that I am, I will gladly read anything that brings back Rachel and any of her friends. In this short story it is Rachel, Jenks, and just a tad touch of Al.

You have to have read at least one of the Hollows books (but really all of them) and the first Peri Reed novel to kind of know what is going on, but for the fans this was so fantastic.

The only problem I had was that it was just too short. Just when I had Rachel in my grasp again, she just slips away.

I felt like the story stayed true to both worlds and it was completely believable that these two worlds could come together. To be honest, I would love to know more about the differences between the two and why one world is so different from the next.

The cover is gorgeous and so perfect for the story. I just wish it was longer and we had more time with Rachel. I miss the Hollows so much.

**Spoiler**

As we come to the end, Peri ends up having to draft to save the day, which results in her forgetting everything that happened. Or rather, someone forces her to forget. I was a little sad that Peri would completely forget about the red head demon that we all love.

 

Book Review: Trinkets, Treasures,and Other Bloody Magic

Trinkets and Tresures

Rating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge

Release Date: December 27th 2013

Series: The Dowser

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/Fiction

Pages: 300

Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions

Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: Fully aware that the vampire was watching me from somewhere deeper in the woods, I placed my second to last piece of single-origin Madagascar chocolate on my tongue and lovingly sucked on it.

Blurb from Goodreads: Three months ago, I lost my foster sister, Sienna, to the darkness. As in blood magic and chaos and general mayhem. No one saw it until it was too late, but I should have. Now, I have a wounded heart and soul that I can’t even reveal to anyone around me, because I’m supposed to hate Sienna with the fiery passion of the justified. And I do. I just wish I didn’t feel so lost without her, so unsure of the path I thought I had carved for myself, and so outclassed by the powerful Adepts constantly by my side these days. I’m not even sure if they’re with me for my own protection or because my shiny new powers are rare and valuable. Assuming I ever figure out who or what I am, and how my magic actually works.
Even chocolate can’t save the day every time … just most of the time. At least I’ve got that going for me.

 

Cover: I love the covers of all of these books. Especially the cupcake.

Review: This book takes place three months after the first book ended. Jade is coming to terms with her newly discovered powers, struggling to figure out what her other half is and trying to deal with what her sister had done and getting used to no longer having Sienna around.

Of course, there are some upsides to what she went through a few months back. She know has a little group of supernatural beings at her back. Kandy the werewolf, Kett the Vampire, and Desmond, Kandy’s pack alpha. Also, her mother seems to be sticking around unlike the times before. And let’s not forget that she still has her bakery where she continues to bake delicious cupcakes.

In the first book I felt the connection between Jade and McGrowly…I mean Desmond. I was hoping to touch on it in this book and OMG did we see a lot. The chemistry between those two is so amazing and I was so distraught when the book ended and there was no closure between the two. So of course, it was the first thing I hope to see in the third book.

The friendship that develops between Kandy and Jade in this book gives me serious friendship goals, and please forgive me for using the term friendship goals.

From the skinwalkers at the beginning to the showdown between the big bad black witch and her sorcerer…this book was amazing and I couldn’t stop reading it. I would go to work thinking about the book and having a hard time getting through the day because I couldn’t read.

Just…the spark between Desmond and Jade…I love it so much and I want more of them!

We also meet Rusty’s little sister, Mory, in this book. She is an angry teenager who wants revenge for her brother and just to see him one more time. She is a Necromancer so she has the ability to see the spirits of the dead and she shows up demanding that Jade take her to the place where Rusty died. I feel like this is the beginning of trouble for Jade. This is where it all starts.

 

My favorite parts of this novel may have been the moments with Jade and Desmond…but also seeing Jade come into her powers and really start to learn how to use them. And in the end she finally finds some answers she has been looking for and it leaves you with your jaw hanging open.

 

The ending had me scrambling for the next book because I just couldn’t leave it like that. I hate a cliff hanger, but I also love them. There is a true ending to this novel, which I appreciate more than you can imagine. I have been burned by too many books with horrible endings, but this one had a good ending and a wonderful cliffhanger to make you beg for more.

 

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

Book Review: Cupcakes,Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic

Trinkets...by Meghan Ciana Doidge

Rating

4 Nerd Girl Rating

4/5

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: June 21st, 2013
Series: The Dowser (Book 1)
Genre: Fantasy/Mystery/Urban Fantasy
Pages: 232
Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line: The vampire stood at the door to my bakery.

Blurb from Goodreads: If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it.

That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

 

Review

To be honest, the blurb doesn’t do this book justice. I bought this book because of my love for Felicia Day and her book club on Goodreads called Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. Funny, I started reading the book the day of their live chat about the book.

I actually thought this was going to be some dirty romance novel. I guess my idea of what the book club was about was a little off. Forgive me.

I loved this book though. I knew there would be werewolves in it because of the blurb. But then there is a vampire! Seriously, you throw in a vampire and I am sold. I just love vampires.

On to the book…

This book was fun to read. Jade is such a lovely character. She loves to bake (me too!) and owns a cupcake shop. This is like my dream…so it was super easy for me to slip into this book and really get sucked in.

There isn’t much that I can say without giving away spoilers, but I will say, I am so annoyed that we still don’t know what Jade is. She is half witch and half what? I need to know!

Overall, I read this in just a few days because it was just so great. The story was fast paced, and didn’t linger on useless details. There was just a little hint of a romance…that didn’t go over well…and lots of mystery. Was the twist ending obvious?? Yeah, it kind of was, but I still appreciated the twist.

As soon as I finished this book I bought the next book. I haven’t read it yet, but I am excited to get into it.

I enjoyed this book, even with all the bad reviews, I still enjoyed the book. It did put me in the mind of the True Blood series, but there were cupcakes and I am okay with this. Reading is what you do for fun. I had fun reading this book and would probably read it again one day.

The cover though…the cover could use a little more creativity, but you can’t go wrong with cupcakes…

What are You Reading?

What are you reading

Happy Monday friends! Yeah, I know, it’s never that great of a day, but the great thing about it is that we have new books to read!

This week I am reading:

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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I will hopefully finish this book this week. It is my plan anyways. I am only 100 pages away. I know, I am reading super slow, but I was reading a book for my author interview and had to put this one on the back burner for a little bit while I finished that one.

I am also reading Trinkets, Treasures, and other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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This is the second book in the Dowser series that I read last month. I have not been able to stop thinking about it. Is that strange?

I am listening to:

The Game of Lives by James Dashner

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This is the third and final book in the Mortality Doctrine series. I am loving this whole series and hope that James Dashner wraps it up nicely. And actually, I am hoping this is the last in the series. It was only published last year, so Dashner could suprise us all with another book in the series. I will let you know if it sounds final once I reach the end of it.

Week Goal

Once I finish Glass Sword I plan on starting Firstlife by Gena Showalter. Seriously, I am dying to read this book. I have been looking for a book that will keep me up at night reading. The kind of book that grips my soul and won’t let go. Gena Showalter’s The White Rabbit Chronicles did that to me, so I have high hopes for this one as well.

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I also hope to get to Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek this week. If I read Trinkets, Treasures, and other Bloody Magic as fast as I did the first in the series, I am sure to make it to Cogling as well this week.

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What are you reading this week?