Monthly Archives: June 2012

Stacking the Shelves (3)

Stacking the Shelves (3)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


From the library:











Bought for my Kindle:



Pre-Ordered:

What did you get this past week? Please leave a comment and let me know.



Review: Trial By Fire

Title:          Trial By Fire (Raised by Wolves #2)
Author:     Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Egmont USA
Released:  June 14, 2011
Format:     Ebook, 368 pages
Genre:       YA paranormal

 

From Goodreads: 

There can only be one alpha.

Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack- or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before, collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hop.

 

But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were. With threats- old and new- looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone.
Trial by Fire picks up where Raised by Werewolves left off. Bryn is still the fiercely strong and independent character as she was in the first book. However, she faces some really difficult challenges being a new “human” alpha. She wants all “her” Weres to be independent as well. She won’t tell them what to do. She hated it under Callum and she won’t let that happen in the Cedar Ridge Pack. She is finding that the werewolf political atmosphere is not conducive to that kind of behavior. The Weres in her pack continually look to her for leadership and protection. She finds it hard to assume those roles. Ms. Barnes effectively portrays Bryn’s conflicts where you can empathize with her feelings.
However, Bryn has her inner circle that she can trust. Dev, Lake and Chase are right by her side. She relies on their loyalty and friendship when leading the Pack. However, when it is all said and done, she has to make her decisions alone. She learned from Callum how lonely it is to be alpha. What I find amazing about this character is that she has all this responsibility at a very young age. She still has to attend high school. But I guess that is what makes Bryn special. She is able to face each struggle with inner strength and courage. In the past, she has always been alone in her thoughts, but now she has her inner circle and the entire pack racing through her head.
There is more relationship development between Chase and Bryn. Chase is not consumed by the pack like Bryn is. As she grows in her alpha role, she starts to pull away from Chase. To him, the pack is Bryn and no one else. To Bryn, the pack is everyone under her protection. With their priorities in conflict, they struggle in the growth of their relationship.
Ms. Barnes has an interesting take on the werewolf world. In her world, Weres start to “change” at birth. Little babies change into little werewolf puppies. I think it makes the werewolf pack more of a family and something that has to be protected. Bryn would do anything to protect that family. Members of her pack/family include female Weres. She has more girls in her pack than any other. Other alphas want the girls to increase their numbers. In this society, werewolf numbers mean power. However, Bryn will not hand over any girl without a fight. This leads to an attack on her pack where Bryn rises as a true leader.
Besides the children and teens in Bryn’s pack, there are also a couple of adults who chose to accept her as alpha. Ali is human, Bryn’s adoptive mother and a member of the pack. She continually has struggles accepting the werewolf political structure. To her, the only thing that is important is to protect her children. She hates it that Bryn has so much responsibility on her shoulders. Ali wants to protect her (and her protect her she does!) but in the end she realizes that Bryn has to lead the pack. The other adult in the pack is Lake’s father, Mitch. His main priority is to protect Lake, one of the few female werewolves. The adults try to protect but have to take a step back to Bryn. This role reversal is very interesting in that Ali and Mitch, in the end, must accept Bryn as their leader and protector.
I have really enjoyed this series. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book, Taken By Storm, which was released on May 22, 2012.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Follow Friday

Q: Birthday Wishes — Blow out the candles and imagine what character could pop out of your cake…who is it and what book are they from??

Vlad! I’m reading Once Burned right now.

Review: Angel Unprepared

Angel Unprepared (The Watcher Series #2)
Tamela Buhrke
Released on March 13, 2012
Ebook

 

From Amazon:
Someone is killing fae and it’s up to the newly assigned and completely untrained Watcher Andi Andreas to find the killer. But when a vampire kidnaps Andi’s best friend Macy, a Voodoo priestess warns Andi that her friend’s very soul is in jeopardy. Frightened for her friend’s future, Andi prepares for pursuit.
Unfortunately, the leader of the Watchers, Andi’s Great-Aunt Eleni, commands the she forego her friend and forage for the murderer in the Fairy realm. With no choice but to follow orders, Andi is knighted by the Fairy Queen and bound to a magical sword. Forced to trust the queen’s prophetess, a sexy succubus who hankers for a taste of her, Andi soon finds herself bouncing between realms and through time, chasing a killer.
In Angel Unprepared, Tamela Buhrke picked the perfect title for this book due to the fact that Andi is completely unprepared for her new life as a Watcher. She keeps getting thrown into situations in which she is completely “unprepared” for. It is so much fun watching Andi experience on-the-job training. Ms. Buhrke does a great job mixing humor with suspense. You can really empathize with Andi’s frustration and sarcasm throughout the book. She realizes she is being kept in the dark and it drives her crazy. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Andi realizes she doesn’t know even how to do the simplest of spells which are taught to Watchers as children. She just wants to pull her hair out!
Relationships are further developed in this book. Andi’s relationship with her Great-Aunt Eleni is very complicated, but surprising. It is definitely going to be a love/hate relationship. Andi, also, has to come to terms with her friends. She has to handle her life as a Watcher without letting her friends about her new life. The dynamic between the three friends is hilarious. I love watching Joy going through her identity crisis. Once again you see the humor in this book. There is such good balance between the humor and the other darker aspects running through the book.
Andi’s love life is chaotic, with vampires, Watchers, Fae and succubus wanting her. Her connection to Esteban takes an interesting turn. It will take them to a place they never expected. I really like that Andi has turned her eye back to Frank. I will be interesting on how that relationship turns out. I will say the ending was great!
I have to say that I find the Fae and the succubus pretty creepy. I probably could have done without the whole succubus thing. Not my cup of tea. But I liked how it enhanced Esteban’s character.
I’m really enjoying this series. It’s fun, entertaining and suspenseful. I can’t wait for the third book.
Rating 4 out of 5 Stars

Throwback Thursday!






Welcome to Throwback Thursday, a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books!

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.



My Throwback Thursday:


Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1)
By Patricia Briggs
Released 2006


From Goodreads:


Mercy Thompson’s life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself–she’s a shape-shifter.


Why do I like it?


 Because Mercy Thompson is one of my favorite urban fantasy series. It has it all  with werewolves, vampires, witches and fae. Mercy is a great character, strong and independent. If you like a little romance with your UF, it has that too. 

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s what I’m waiting on with abated breath!


From Kelley Armstrong:

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.
Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.
Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, for a grand series finale.
Note: all hardcover editions are “collector editions,” which will include features such as author notes on the series and the post-13 Elena story “From Russia, with Love.”

Release Date:  July 2012

This is the last in the Otherworld Series. I’m so excited to see how it will end. A little sad too.

Liebster Award

Liebster Award: I feel overwhelmed

I was nominated by some very sweet bloggers, Ginger-read Reviews and Corrie the Book Crazed Girl. I feel very overwhelmed and giddy!

What is the Liebster Award??

Well, this award is for bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Awardees get to share 11 facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions written by the person who tagged them, choose 11 more questions, and tag 11 more bloggers to answer those 11 questions.

 

11 facts about me:

1.  I’ve been married for 8 wonderful years.

2.  I have two beautiful girls (7 and 4 years old)


3.  I have a dog (Layla) and two cats (Ella and Harry)


4.  I’m a HUGE Oklahoma Sooners fan


5.  For my day job, I’m an environmental attorney. I try to keep Oklahoma air clean.


6.  Love historical fiction, urban fantasy and some paranormal romance (as long as it’s not too sappy)


7.  All-time favorite author is Jane Austen.


8.  My favorite UF series is the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong.


9.  My favorite PNR series is the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness


10. My favorite historical figure is Eleanor of Aquitaine


11. My favorite candy is gummy bears.

11 questions for me:

1.  What “paranormal” being would be choose to be and why?

I would choose to be a werewolf. One of my first UF series that I read was about werewolves. I really love the freedom and power they represent.

2.  When did you start blogging?

I started in May 2012, just last month.

3.  How do you choose whether or not to read a book?

Goodreads is a great source for recommendations and review. Title is really important. I won’t read anything that has a crappy title.

4.  Name your favorite bookish couple. And why?

Elena and Clayton from Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series. I just love their dynamic.

5.  How did you come up with your blog name?


Kinx is my father’s childhood nickname for me. He still calls me that.

6.  Why did you start blogging?

Of course, I love to read and I read a lot. I wanted to do something that was just for me and my husband suggested I start a book blog.

7.  How many books are in your to-read pile?

I would say about 35.

8.  Do you usually read mainstream or indie authors?


In the past, I only read mainstream authors but since I have started bloggers, I have been introduced to some really great indie authors.

9.  Name a book that you could have done without reading? Any why?

I have to say the Twilight Series. Not very good writing and silly story.

10.  If you could teleport yourself into any fictional world, where would you go?

Harry Potter’s world. I would love to attend Hogwarts.

11.  If you could be any Character from a book, who would you be and why?

Elena Michaels (Otherworld) or Diana Bishop (All Souls) because they are such strong and independent characters.

My 11 questions to answer:

1.  What is your favorite UF series?

2.  Who are your favorite male and female literary characters?


3.  Why did you start blogging?


4.  How did you come up with your blog name?


5.  How long have you been blogging?


6.  What book can you read infinite times because you just love it?


7.  What “paranormal” being would you choose to be and why?


8.  How many books are in your to-read pile?


9.  Do you prefer ebooks or paper books?


10. If you could be any character from a book, who would you be?


11. Name a book that you could have done without reading?

Here are my tags:

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• 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!

What I’m Currently Reading:



Chapter 1:
Personally, I’d rather be a man magnet, or even a refrigerator magnet, but some things in life are out of our hands. Like now, for example, waking from a nightmare to the squeezing embrace of stony, cold arms.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)




Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! Hosted by Book Journey

What Am I Reading This Week?

I just finished reading Tamela Buhrke’s first book in the Watcher Series, Angel Unraveled and now I’m getting ready to dive into Angel Unprepared. This is a really fun series. I highly recommend it.

Coming out Tuesday is Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost. I have been waiting for this release seems like forever. Vlad is one of my favorite characters in the Night Huntress series. I’m really excited that he is getting his own series. 

Please leave a comment and let me know what you’re reading this week! 

Stacking the Shelves (2)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Here are my kindle purchases for the week:



 Angel Unraveled by Tamela Buhrke. Already read. Loved it!

The Hunter and the Hunted by Kelley Armstrong. Collection of three stories from the Otherworld Series. It’s great to read before 13 comes out in July.

 Angel Unprepared by Tamela Buhrke. This the second book in the Watcher Series. This is next on my TBR list.

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost will be released on Tuesday. Can’t wait!


















Please leave a comment and let me know what you have added to your shelves!

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Lydia Bennet's Story: A Sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Cold Blooded
Bristol House
My Notorious Life: A Novel
Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind
Long Live the King
To Be Queen: A Novel of the Early Life of Eleanor of Aquitaine
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Bad News for a Ghost
The Next Pendragon
Caroline Bingley
My Beloved World
Royal Mistress
My Dear Sophy
The Wild Girl
To Marry an English Lord: Or How Anglomania Really Got Started
Hades: Lord of the Dead
The Man Who Loved Jane Austen


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