When Last Books Ruin Series | The 'Eh' Files (5)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Paper Bindings | The Eh Files

For all those books rated from DNF to, but not including, three stars, I present to you The 'Eh' Files. At the end of each month I'll be listing all those books that make this category. Since I am aware that some books that are not my cup of tea, but may be something other readers enjoy, I'll include a couple of sentences explaining my rating choice.

So here is the latest batch:

* The Edge of Always by J.A. Redmerski - 2/5 stars *small spoiler*
* Angel Fever by L.A. Weatherly - 2/5 stars


Fostering Death | Review

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Title: Fostering Death (Jesse #2)
Author: KM Rockwood
Release Date: August 2nd, 2012
Stars: 4
"Jesse Damon has spent most of the last twenty years in prison on a murder conviction. Now paroled, he’s trying to beat the odds and stay out of prison with a pair of overactive cops watching him for mistakes. He’s got a one-room apartment, a job working the overnight shift at a factory, and some-times girlfriend Kelly. If he can just stay out of trouble, he may even be able to join the union.

But when he pays his last respects to Mrs. Coleman, his foster mother, he finds out that her death is being investigated as a homicide. And he’s the prime suspect.

Jesse’s life is getting complicated fast, what with a group of religious fanatics in saffron robes opening a tabernacle in the abandoned pizza parlor over his apartment, problems at work, and Kelly’s custody battle with her ex. It’s a lot to deal with while he tries to find out who really killed Mrs. Coleman and get the cops off his back"

Waiting on an heir... (50)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Heir of Fire (#3)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014


"Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?"

Side Effects May Vary (review)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Release Date: March 18th, 2014
Stars: 2

"What if you'd been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice's scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she's said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she caused irreparable damage to the people around her—and to the one person who matters most?"

Skim Reading | To Do Or Not To Do

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Paper Bindings | Skim Reading | To Do Or Not To Do

So, as most of you already know, I read a lot. Since January 1st, Goodreads says I have read 110 books. Now most of those, are actually books as opposed to novellas. Each one is at least 250 pages, with a couple coming in at the 600+ range. But mostly, the books I've read averaged 300-400 pages.

Now, personally, I've got a high bar when it comes to closing a book for good. Basically, you have to hit one of my triggers, or completely, COMPLETELY fail to maintain my interest. I read a lot of books that I didn't like just because I HAD to know what/why. A character, a plot thread, even just the question 'why?' kept me going.

Waiting on an end... (49)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Sister's Fate (#3)
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Genre: YA - Magic
Release Date: August 14, 2014


"A fever ravages New London, but with the Brotherhood sending suspected witches straight to the gallows, the Sisters are powerless against the disease. They can’t help without revealing their powers—as Cate learns when a potent display of magic turns her into the most wanted witch in all of New England.

To make matters worse, Cate has been erased from the memory of her beloved Finn. While she’s torn between protecting him from further attacks and encouraging him to fall for her all over again, she’s certain she can never forgive Maura’s betrayal. And now that Tess’s visions have taken a deadly turn, the prophecy that one Cahill sister will murder another looms ever closer to its fulfillment."

Waiting on some color magic... (48)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: The Broken Eye (#3)
Author: Brent Weeks
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: August 26, 2014


"As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find its lost Prism, the only man who may be able to stop catastrophe. But Gavin Guile is enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse, Gavin no longer has the one thing that defined him -- the ability to draft.

Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will have to face a master of shadows alone as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power. With Teia and Karris, Kip will have to use all his wits to survive a secret war between noble houses, religious factions, rebels, and an ascendant order of hidden assassins, The Broken Eye."

Better off Friends (review)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Title: Better Off Friends
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Stars: 4

"For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?
From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?"

Fighting For Infinity (review)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Title: Fighting For Infinity (Kindrily #3)
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Release Date: April 30th, 2014
Stars: 4

"Every moment, every lifetime, every decision—including her choice to erase—has led Maryah to this.

Two outcomes are possible: an infinite happy-ever-after with her kindrily or the final severing of her relationship with Nathan.

Closer to the enemy than ever before, Maryah unravels the diabolical plan that Dedrick has been manipulating into place for centuries. Revelations, secrets, and lies surface faster than Maryah can process. She doesn’t know who to trust, what to believe, or how to save her loved ones from the desolate future Dedrick is so close to executing.

Guided by an enigmatic raven-haired prisoner, Maryah fights body and soul to save Nathan, her kindrily, and countless others. But is her love strong enough to alter a prophecy written in the stars?"

Waiting on scales... (47)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Weekly book Meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Title: Talon (#1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Release Date: October 28th, 2014


"Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons."

Steeled for Murder | Review

Monday, May 5, 2014

Title: Steeled for Murder (Jesse #1)
Author: KM Rockwood
Release Date: April 1st, 2012
Stars: 4

"On parole for a murder conviction, Jesse is the first suspect when Mitch, a forklift driver at work, is killed. Will Jesse be able to figure out what happened, or be sent back to prison?
After nearly twenty years in prison on a murder conviction, Jesse Damon has been released, a home detention monitor strapped to his ankle. Determined to make it and mindful of his parole restrictions, he struggles with life outside prison. He finds a basement apartment, a job on the overnight shift at a steel fabrication plant and a few people who treat him like anybody else. Especially Kelly, a woman who works in the shipping department. He seems to be making it. Until Mitch, forklift driver on the shift, is found murdered in the warehouse. Investigating detective doesn’t want to look any further than Jesse to close the case He’s not fussy about the methods he uses to gather evidence. If Jesse isn’t going down for this, he will have to be the one to figure out who killed Mitch and why."

Dragonhorse and Seeker of Forgotten Knowledge (review)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Title: Dragonhorse and Seeker of Forgotten Knowledge (#1)
Author: Denice Garrou
Release Date: March 12, 2013
Stars: 3.5

"To avoid being hung as a witch, young Shion sets herself on a harrowing journey only to be further engulfed into the hidden realm of forbidden magic.

Unbeknownst to her, for centuries, she is has been one of thirteen others like her with the daunting task of helping to bring balance back to Mother Earth, a time when man walked harmoniously with the Fae and dragon.
With the world now in the dark ages ruled by the Church, Shion, with the help of handsome Ryven Blackmour, must find and take refuge with the Gypsy, to be taught the Gypsy Shuvani way, in hopes of remembering who she truly is.
There, she will meet and save her greatest teacher; a dying horse named Nero. Through him she will be swept into a whirlwind of tests. Assisted by her new found coven of young witches, her heart and determination will be challenged, bringing her and them to the very brink of death and back in order to seek the forgotten knowledge, kept by the horse and the dragon; the dark secret of dragonhorse."