In two days I leave for California. The family and I are going to
visit my parents. And while I’m looking forward to seeing them again, I’m
almost looking forward to the warmer weather more. Almost. Honest!
I hope to get some extra reading in (and won’t that make for
a long blog!). I’m certainly starting to get caught up in my reading goals now. Here’s
what I read during the week:
Feb 26: “Ignite Me” by Tahereh Mafi, young adult dystopian,
the third and final book of the Shatter Me series. Blurb from book: Nothing will ever
be the same. The fate of Omega Point is unknown. Everyone Juliette has ever
cared about could be dead. The war could be over before it ever really began.
Juliette is the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. She knows that
if she’s going to survive, The Reestablishment cannot. But to take down The Reestablishment
and the man who very nearly killed her, Juliette will need the help of the one
person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to
bring down their enemy, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she
new--about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam--was wrong. I
suppose it’s a fitting end to the series. I definitely enjoyed the ride. I gave
it 4 stars on Goodreads.
Mar 2: “The Promised One” by C.D. Hersh, a paranormal
romantic suspense. I won this book in a giveaway from the authors. Blurb from
book: In the
wrong hands, the Turning Stone ring is a powerful weapon for evil. So, when
homicide detective Alexi Jordan discovers her secret society mentor has been
murdered and his magic ring stolen, she is forced to use her shape-shifting
powers to catch the killer. By doing so, she risks the two most important
things in her life--her badge and the man she loves. RhysTemple
always knew his fiery cop partner and would-be-girlfriend, Alexi Jordan, had a
few secrets. He considers that part of her charm. But when she changes into a
man, he doesn’t find that as charming. He’ll keep her secret to keep her safe,
but he’s not certain he can keep up a relationship--professional or personal.
Danny Shaw needs cash for the elaborate wedding his fiancée has planned, so he
goes on a mugging spree. But when he kills a member of the secret society of
Turning Stones, and steals a magic ring that gives him the power to shape
shift, Shaw gets more than he bargained for. You’d think with the
title this book would be religious, and if I hadn’t met the authors (a husband
& wife team) and heard them talk about the story, I would have probably
never taken another look at it. Sorry--titles can repel this reader and I’m not
one to read religious books. But the story intrigued me. Unfortunately (for me)
all sex is behind closed doors. Boo hoo! The story in this book ended, but
other events are left open, since this is apparently the first of a series. I
liked the story well enough, but I had a lot of nit-picky issues that other
people might not even notice (or care), which was enough for me to knock off a
star. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.
Mar 3: “After Dead” by Charlaine Harris. Blurb from book: Dead Ever After marked
the end of the Sookie Stackhouse series--novels that garnered millions of fans
and spawned the hit HBO television show True Blood. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what
happened next. With characters arranged alphabetically--from the Ancient
Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli--bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans
into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll
learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin
Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens. This coda
provides the answers to your lingering questions--including details of Sookie’s
own happily-ever-after… I kind of expected more from this pricy
hardcover. Heck, I couldn’t remember most of the characters listed. Oh well…I’m
counting it toward a book read! I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads.
I’m looking forward to my vacation, but dreading it, too.
Why? Because I hate to fly. Not the actual flying portion (I love being up
high), but the hassle-of-the-airlines portion. That’s why I usually drive. Unfortunately,
driving would just take too much time. What about you? Do you prefer to drive
My aunt and her husband have this blog, Pro Writers Blog, where they give out some good tips on writing. On Friday they had a fun “What if?” writing exercise about beginnings (and
hooking readers) that I decided to give it a go. Who knew I could hook myself? This
little beginning I wrote now has Maggie clamoring to be heard.
The “What if?” scenario was this: It is a
café, it is 11:00 p.m., a young woman sits, empty dishes in front of her. Here’s
what I came up with (and it took me about 15 minutes):
blinked her eyes open and grabbed onto the table in front of her as the room
came into focus.
hell? She was supposed to be in bed, not having a meal at the café down the
street. Yet the dirty dishes in front of her indicated as such and she wasn’t
wearing her pajamas. Instead she had on a sweater and jeans. Oh shit. That
wasn’t a good sign. She placed a hand over her racing heart.
approached and laid the check on the table. “Ma’am, we’re closing up. You have
grabbed his arm. “What day is it?”
widened and he shrugged free. “Friday. The eleventh.”
eleventh?” No, that couldn’t be. She’d just lost two days. Two freakin’ days!
Shit. What had she done this time?
So, do you think I have the beginnings of another book? You
can be honest!
I binged-watched all 5 Twilight movies yesterday. This was
my reward for finishing the first draft of Blind Temptation and the first day I
was able to do it! Have to say, it was kind of cool watching them back-to-back
like that. Now I’d like to re-read the books, but I probably won’t. I mean, I’ve
already read them 4 times. Time is limited now (since I write) and I
have more books to read that I’ll probably never get to!
I do like binge-watching, though. Sometimes we get a show so
backed up on the DVR that we just wait until the end of the season and then
watch them all at once. No cliff-hangers for us (well, except for the season
finale--which I hate when they do that).
Then there are the TV series we own. We’ve put in a DVD of
The Big Bang Theory and just hit play. The episodes play until it reaches the
last one on the disk. Kind of neat. One of these days I’ll have to do that with
The Cosby Show (I have the whole series). Ah, but that’ll have to be for
another reward, I suppose!
So, what would you like to binge-watch?
Happy Friday! Hope your weekend weather isn’t going to be a
mess like ours will be. I'm beginning to think winter will NEVER end!
Hey! I’m getting caught up in my reading! Here’s what I read
during the week:
Feb 20: “Kiss the Dead” by Laurell K. Hamilton. This is the
21st book in the Anita Blake series, an urban fantasy. Blurb from book: When a
fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita
Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never
seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people--kids, grandparents,
soccer moms--all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master.
And where there’s one martyr, there will be more… But even vampires have
monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them… I
love this series. I enjoy the world. But… This book was a bit on the thin side
(story-wise), and it appears to be bulked up (word count-wise) by repeating
descriptions and events. Descriptions that bordered on excessive (especially when it came to her lovers). Events that weren’t really needed for this story and
would have been known by the readers of the series. Even so, I still love the
series and will continue to read on. I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.
Feb 21: “Ghost Lover” by Liza O’Connor, a paranormal
romance. Blurb from book: Completely broke and with a criminal record to boot, Senna
Smith is one day from eviction from her apartment when Brendon, her promiscuous
roommate from London, suggests she go to England, marry him and manage his
fortune. With few other options, she agrees to an open marriage. But she’ll
never, ever, have sex with him, knowing if she falls in love with him, he’ll
break her heart. As trustee of Brendon’s family fortune, there is no way
Brendon’s older brother, Garrison Durran is going to let him marry a
self-professed American gold-digger. As Senna tries to embrace castle life and
English society for Brendon’s sake, Gar discovers Senna is the perfect woman
for him--beautiful and intelligent, kind and caring. Now, if she wasn’t already
engaged to his brother…The ancestral ghost of DurranCastle
has to intervene if the Durran brothers have any chance of an heir. He can’t
leave them to fix matters on their own. They are useless buggers when it comes
to love. As counselor to Gar, matchmaker for Brendon and lover to Senna, a ghost’s
work is never done. I enjoyed the story, but it took awhile before
the ghost came into play. In fact, the beginning of the book seemed to resemble
the movie “Sabrina.” So if you liked that movie, you’ll probably enjoy this
book. I certainly breezed through it. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.
Feb 24: “Unite Me” by Tahereh Mafi, young adult dystopian
shorts, 1.5 & 2.5 of the Shatter Me series. Blurb from book: Juliette will not
stand alone in a battle that will decide the fate of her world… In Destroy Me, Warner,
the ruthless leader of Sector 45, refuses to let her go. In Fracture Me, Adam, Juliette’s first love, will do
anything to get her back. This book included two shorts, as well as
Juliette’s journal. The shorts were POVs from two other characters of the
series. Not sure they were really needed as the events overlapped those of the
first two books. This is why I’m not a fan of first person. If these POVs were
really necessary, then why wasn’t the book written in third with these
character views included? Plus, the “action” scenes (moving of body parts,
mainly) were kind of clunky (I pulled my leg/I moved my head, kind of wordage).
I thought I’d need to read these before the final of the series, but they
didn’t offer anything I didn’t already know/suspect. I gave it 3 stars on
One good thing about walking on a treadmill--I read more! I’d
still rather it was warmer so I could walk outside, though. What are you
looking forward to doing once the weather warms up?