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What I’m Reading……

I read a lot, but I don’t always have the opportunity to post my reviews here on my site. Sometimes I just get too busy and sometimes I  can’t formulate a  review if my life depended on it.  What I can do though is post my random thoughts on what I’m reading so I thought I would create this little space to let you know what that is.  Please feel free to post in the comments what you’re currently reading too – but please no spoilers without them being clearly marked.

May 4, 2014

Well clearly I suck at keeping this page updated. Once again I took The Savvy Reader’s 50 Book Pledge this year and am already on book 22, which I am pretty proud of. I’m obviously not going to recap all the books I’ve read so far but you can check out my shelf here to see what I’ve read so far this year. The book I’m currently reading is part of a series that I’ve been hooked on for years. In fact, it was the Black Dagger Brotherhood series of books by J.R. Ward that was one of the first series that re-ignited my love of reading and reading erotica. I’ve read every book in the series and I just can’t quit them, even though sometimes I don’t like them very much. There has been the odd book in the series that disappointed me, but as soon as I started reading the latest book titled The Shadows I was drawn right back in again! Damn I love these books! If you like books about sexy dangerous vampires and the women that love them I would highly suggest picking up the first book in the series; Dark Lover. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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I promise I will do my best from now on to keep this page updated at least weekly.

April 2, 2014

So it would seem that I haven’t done a very good job at updating this page:) Sorry about that, but please friend me on Goodreads if you want to stay up to date on what I’m reading, because I am always updating that.   Anyway let’s get to what I’ve been reading lately, because there’s a lot!

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I have been reading Elaine Lui’s gossip blog LaineyGossip for over 8 years now, so I was thrilled when I heard that she was writing a book. I was a bit surprised to hear that she was writing a book about her mother and not about celebrity gossip, but when the opportunity to grab a review copy came up I jumped on it.  Listen To The Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What’s a Daughter To Do? A Memoir (Sort Of) is Lainey’s ode to her Ma, the Chinese Squawking Chicken. I’m not finished the book but I am enjoying it so far, although I have yet to determine if Lui and her mother, the Chinese Squawking Chicken, have the most amazing mother/daughter relationship I’ve ever seen, or the most dysfunctional and co-dependant relationship I’ve ever seen. Either way, Lui is a talented writer and she paints a vivid story of the mother/daughter bond she shares with her Squawking Chicken.  If you’re not a Lainey fan, I’m not sure you’ll care though. 

 

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Popular: A Memoir Vintage Wisdom For A Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen was sent to me by the Publisher at the same time as Half Bad.  It’s only an excerpt – so just a chapter or two, but I already can’t wait to read more.  This book is a memoir written by 16 year old Maya Van Wagenen, a girl who describes herself at being on the bottle of the social ladder at school.  When Maya’s mom discovers the 1951 ‘Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide’ in a stack of books in her father’s office, she hands it off to Maya. Maya’s mom then has the genius idea that Maya should follow the advice in the book in her eighth grade year and document the results.   In a lesser writer’s hands this might not be as compelling as it is, but Maya is witty and engaging and self aware enough to make this a must read.  I’m looking forward to reading more and seeing how this whole experiment turned out.  Seeing as this has already been optioned to a movie, I’d say pretty well:)

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I’ve never read nor seen a Harry Potter book or movie ( I know, I know) so any comparisons will fall flat with me, what I do know is that I am so excited to read a book about Witchcraft!  I was sent Half Bad by Sally Green by the publisher to review, and a full review will be posted shortly, but for now here’s a brief glimpse at my thoughts. Nathan is a half blood – he’s half White Witch and half Black Witch.  Not only is half black witch but his father is the most notorious and murderous black witch there is.  But Nathan has never met his father and has been raised by his white witch side, but he’s still treated by The Council as if he’s all black witch. At 14 Nathan is taken from his home and given over to a guardian who keeps him in a cage, until one day’s he brought before the council again. Nathan knows that this means that he must escape or be used by the council and left for dead. I really liked this book – I liked Nathan a lot and I liked the supporting characters – even the ones who aren’t likeable. I like that even though this is book one of a trilogy (shocking) we got enough plot in this book to make us care to read the next one.  I love the mythical world that this book takes place in and I can’t wait to read what happens next.

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I’m a big Lauren Oliver fan ever since reading her ‘Delirium’ series, so when I heard that she had a new book out I immediately downloaded it.   I liked this book a lot, and I liked the fact that not only is it a smart and well written book – it’s a standalone book! Yes! Panic is a game played  by graduating seniors in the town of dead end town of Carp. Panic is like Fight Club – the first rule of Panic is that you don’t talk about Panic.  And while the challenges in the game are dangerous and a bit crazy, the payout makes it worth it, which is why Heather decides to join the game. Heather had no intentions of participating, only cheering on her best friend, but Heather wants desperately to get out of Carp and the money that could come from winning Panic would help her do that. Desperate times call for desperate measures.  I really liked this book and I find any comparisons to The Hunger Games completely unfounded.  Oliver does a great job of painting a town where the prospects for the young people are so bleak that they’d be willing to take their lives in their own hands for the sake of winning the cash to get out of it.   Oliver’s characters are so rich and real.  This reminds me a bit of a YA version of a Gillian Flynn novel –  great writing, great characters, great story.

16056408I am a big fan of the New Adult genre of books, mostly because I like a little sex in my books.  Honestly, I can whip through a Colleen Hoover book in 2 days because I love the genre so much, so when LaineyGossip posted a list of New Adult books to read, I took note.  The first book on her list of recommended titles that I read was Easy by Tammara Webber.  It’s a story of girl gets dumped and is heartbroken, girl meets boy when he rescues her from an attempted rape, slowly girl and boy grow closer together, but boy has a secret too.  This is one of those books that will hook you once you start reading and you won’t put it down until you’re done.  It’s a fast read but a good one and if you like NA books this is definitely a good one to read.

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Next I picked up Into The Deep by Samantha Young.  Charley met Jake when she was 16 and they had an instant connection and developed that kind of relationship that you always wish you had when you were 16.  But then something happened and Jake shut Charley out completely, crushing her.  Four years later Charley has moved on and is doing a 1 year term at a college in Edinburgh, Scotland when she runs into Jake – and his new girlfriend.  Charley is confused and hurt and all those old feelings are starting to resurface. But Jake wants to make amends and be friends.  Well, we all know how that’s going to turn out, don’t we:)  This was another good read and another couple that you can get lost in for as long as it takes you to finish the book.

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I was sent a copy of Sea of Shadows by Random House Canada for review. It’s on news stands April 8 and I will be publishing a more thorough review soon, but in the meantime I’ll give you a bit of what I thought:).  Sea of Shadows is again the first book in a trilogy and I felt that in this book we were being set up for a big bang in book 2.  It tells the story of two sisters who are the Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood.  In their roles of Keeper and Seeker they are responsible for finding and calming the spirits of the Forest of the Dead, but of course this year things go very wrong.  Along with a handsome and charismatic criminal and a mysterious and sometimes rude guard, the sisters have to embark on a journey to alert the Emperor as to what has happened, while trying to keep themselves alive.  This was a good read – a little slow through the middle but picked up enough towards the end that I’m looking forward to reading the second book.

8427679So I have this thing where I read two books at the same time. I always have one hardcover book for nighttime reading (usually a book for review sent to me by a publisher) and one on my Kobo that I use when I go to the gym.  Yes I can read while running on a treadmill and yes it makes the time go by way faster.   After reading, and loving, Gone Girl, I decided to download Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and I am so glad I did!  Libby Day was 7 years old when her mother and sisters were butchered by their brother in a satanic ritual. Libby’s testimony helped convict her brother, even though it wasn’t the most reliable and even though Libby ran from the house and hid while the murders happened.  Now, twenty years later, Libby is running out of money and decides to take a local ‘Kill Club’ (think book club but the members are obsessed with murder cases instead of books) up on their offer of Libby making an appearance.  That appearance leads to Libby hearing a lot of conspiracy theories about the night her family was killed, and has her questioning her brother’s guilt.  This book had me glued to my Kobo and even made me stay on the treadmill longer!  The characters that Flynn creates are so rich and compelling I couldn’t put this book down.  If you like a good, suspenseful read, this is definitely a book you should pick up.

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Once again this was a book I featured in my ’14 Books to Read Before You See The Movie’ segment.  I had no interest in reading Wild.  I don’t like memoirs and I don’t like non-fiction, but for some reason after the publisher sent this to me I felt compelled to pick it up and I am so glad I did.  Wild will honestly be one of my most favourite books of 2014.  I wrote a full review here.  This book grabbed me from the beginning. The true story of author Cheryl Strayed, Wild is about a woman who found herself lost in her life and in need of some serious direction.  Her mother died, she divorced her husband, she got involved in some serious self destructive relationships and one day she happened upon a guide book to The Pacific Crest Trail.  She then decided to embark on an 1100 mile hike solo.  Cheryl isn’t the most likeable person all the time, and she doesn’t try to hide her flaws. But for anyone who has ever felt that they needed a moment of clarity in their life or wished that they could do something crazy like hike 1100 miles solo – this is the book for you.

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I read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater next.  Actually, it’s probably a bit misleading to say that because I kind of read this book concurrently with all the others, it just took me a bit longer to finish it.  The Dream Thieves is the second book in Stiefvater’s ‘The Raven Boys’ trilogy (why can I not pick books that aren’t part of a trilogy?). I bought these books because someone in a FB book club that I belong to suggested them and I really enjoyed Stiefvater’s ‘Shiver’ trilogy.  I liked this book much better than the first book, but I still didn’t love it.  I liked the story and the characters, I just found the writing a bit confusing at times.  I’m not sure I can be bothered at this point to pick up the third book when it’s released.

 

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I recently did a television segment on books that you needed to read before you see the movie,  and If I Stay by Gayle Forman was one of the books that Penguin Canada sent me to include.  The movie stars Chloe Grace Moretz as the lead character Mia. Mia is a 16 year old girl who lives with a pretty good life.  A musical prodigy, she plays the cello with dreams of doing it professionally.  She has great parents and a great younger brother, and she even has a really cool boyfriend who plays in a band. Life is good, until one day she’s in a car accident and her entire world changes.  If I Stay follows Mia as she has an out of body experience while in the hospital, and she must decide whether she wants to stay and endure the heartbreak, or let it all go.  I liked this book, but it’s a typical YA book so it would be a great read for a tween or teen in your house.  It is also the first book of a series but it does still give you closure.

 

15839976In my last update I had just started reading Red Rising by Pierce Brown. You can read my full review here  but to summarize it, I loved this book!  It’s book one of a trilogy, but unlike some other book 1’s I’ve read lately, there’s a full story in Red Rising  that will keep you entertained throughout the book.  I have noticed lately that many books that are trying to capture that ‘trilogy magic’ leave me a bit empty after reading the first book – like they’re waiting to deliver the real meat in the 2nd book.  That isn’t the case in Red Rising.  I loved the main character, I loved the story and I can’t wait to see what happens next! If you like YA Dystopian futuristic style books, you will love this.

January 24, 2014

OK so we’re almost done January and I’m already behind on my 50 Book Pledge!  Did you take the 50 Book Pledge yet?  It’s hosted by Harper Collins and I love having a reading goal for the year. You can sign up here if you want to take your own book pledge. I’m not sponsored by them to post this I just really like having a website where I can track my books other than Goodreads, which I also use.

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So far this month I’ve read ‘Born At Midnight’ which I talked about below, followed by the first book in The Vampire Academy series. I was really very excited to start reading The Vampire Academy series mostly because of the movie that’s coming out in early February, but I didn’t love the book as much as I thought I would.  It is very much the first book in a series though because it takes a lot of time describing the different types of Vampires and Vampire protectors and Vampire families etc, which is necessary when creating a 6 book series.  Unfortunately, while I’m normally a big fan of YA books, I found this one to be a  little too YA for my tastes, so once I finished the first book I didn’t immediately pick up the second.  Still, it was an entertaining read for anyone who is a fan of the YA Vampire genre.

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After I finished The Vampire Academy I started reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  I KNOW!  I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet either.  Needless to say, that took me a bit longer to read than usual, I think because January was just a busy month for me and finding time to read was harder than usual, because I just finished it last night.  For the record, I had no interest in reading Gone Girl until I saw the Entertainment Weekly cover with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike on the cover to promote the upcoming movie adaptation.

I liked this book a lot.  I found there to be so many twists and turns that I didn’t foresee and I found myself constantly changing which character I was rooting for!  Then there was the ending that so  many of you hated!  I won’t spoil anything here, but I didn’t hate the ending.  I’m not sure there was any other choice for the ending given how the story played out.  That said, Gillian Flynn has written a different ending for the movie version so I will be very surprised to see how it will wrap up on the big screen.  I also downloaded Dark Places and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and am looking forward to reading those soon. I’ve heard good things.

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Tonight I will start Red Rising by Pierce Brown which was sent to me by Random House Canada.  On the cover it says ‘First there was Ender, then Katniss, now there’s Darrow’, so basically I am super excited to read this book. It comes out in Canada next week so hopefully I can wrap it up this weekend and let you know what I think.

As always, I’m want to hear what you’re reading too – so let me know in the comments or on Facebook or twitter.

January 3, 2014

Ok – I admit – I kinda sucked at keeping this page updated in 2013, so my New Year’s Resolution is to ensure that I keep this updated in 2014.  I took a 50 book pledge in 2013 and ended up only reading 49 books ( I KNOW!) with my 49th being Flowers in the Attic which I finished on New Year’s Eve.  Do you remember those books? If you were a child of the ’80’s like I was, then you no doubt managed to get your hands on a rogue edition of the very dark and sexually charged series about a group of siblings forced to live in an attic in their grandparents house after the death of their father. V.C. Andrews was like a God to me when I was younger – I would devour any of her books.  At least up until her death in 1986 – after that a ghost writer took over and the books were never quite the same.

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Lifetime TV sent me a copy of Flowers in the Attic in advance of the January 18th premiere of their Made for TV Movie based on the books.  Lets just say that it was almost as good as I remember it being.  I’m going to write a separate post about the book so I won’t write too much here, but I am very much looking forward to seeing the TV Movie just to see how they can make all the elements of the book work.  Let’s face it – you don’t read too many books these days with an incestuous brother/sister relationship, a terrifyingly evil grandmother and a mother who decides she’d rather *spoiler alert* poison her own children than give up her inheritance.  That is totally the stuff of the ’80’s!  If it’s been years since you read the book it’s definitely worth the re-read now.

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So after coming up short with my 50 Book Pledge for 2013 I decided to start off 2014 the right way and I already have  my first book read.  I asked my husband to buy me the Vampire Academy books for Christmas, but since the 6th book wasn’t released until December 30th he had to order them for me and I won’t receive them until next week.  Fortunately the girl at the book store recommended a book called Born at Midnight to tide me over while I waited for them.  Born at Midnight is very much a YA book, and while I like YA Books I tend to like mine more on the YA/New Adult wavelength.  Born at Midnight tells the story of 16 year old Kylie who is sent to a camp for what she assumes is troubled youth after she’s discovered at a party where there is alcohol and drugs.  Kylie’s grandmother has just died, her parents just split up and she keeps seeing some weird stalker dude – so her shrink recommends to her mom this summer camp. What Kylie doesn’t know is that her psychiatrist is really half fairy and that the camp is for supernatural teens who have to come to grips with their ‘gifts’.  Basically the camp is filled with vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters and ghost whisperers – which is what Kylie appears to be. Unfortunately Kylie doesn’t believe she’s supernatural at all and spends a good part of the book trying to convince herself that she probably just has a brain tumour.

I enjoyed the book but it was very basic.  The plot was thin, Kylie’s character is eyeroll inducing at  best because she’s just so boring and annoying at times, but the supporting characters gave the thin plot and the annoying heroine a little more depth and made the book a bit more enjoyable. There of course is the typical love triangle as well – or maybe love quadrangle.  Kylie is dumped by her boyfriend Trey because she won’t put out, and while she thinks he’s a jerk she still misses him. That is until she meets the super hot half Fae boy Derek who reminds her a lot of Trey. But then there’s the dark and mysterious werewolf Lucas who takes Kylie’s breath away.  Who will she choose?!   I don’t really care, I just really wanted her to stop being so boring.

While this wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read and it’s very much a YA pg13 novel, it did keep me reading which meant that I must have enjoyed it.  I give Born at Midnight a solid 3 out of 5 stars.  While I enjoyed it I won’t be rushing out to buy the next book in the series. I’ll wait for my Vampire Academy series to come.

 

September 21, 2013

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Clearly I have a thing for YA books that are being adapted into movies.  The Maze Runner is the latest book I picked up because I saw that it was being made into a movie set to release in February 2014.  The book is about a teenage boy named Thomas who wakes up one morning in the middle of The Glade (a farm sort of area) surrounded by a group of boys.  Thomas’s memories have been wiped so he had no idea why he’s in the Glade nor do any of the other boys who are there either.  The Glade is surrounded by a Maze that that Thomas and the rest of the boys will have to solve in order to save themselves and hopefully get their memories back.   But of course it’s not that easy. Thomas and the rest of the Gladers discover that they’re basically being experimented on by the government but they don’t know why.  If you’re a fan of YA books like The Hunger Games or Divergent you’ll probably enjoy The Maze Runner.  I’m currently reading book 3 and while book 2 fell into the typical ‘book 2’ trap of being a bit lacklustre and a lot of filler I’m looking forward to seeing how the story wraps up.

15784909OK so this one hurts me a bit to write.  I love Colleen Hoover books and I loved the ‘Slammed’ series, with Slammed and Point of Retreat.  This Girl is the 3rd book in the series but it’s not really a new book, it’s just basically the first two books told from Will’s point of view.  Honestly I’ve had enough of this tactic.  I get that people love the characters and that they want to know more, but there gets to a point where we’ve read the story enough and just reading it from another character’s pov is just boring.  I downloaded ‘This Girl’ when I was on a road trip and it managed to get me through the last leg but I can honestly say that I was more annoyed by Will and Layken at the end of the book than anything.  I think I would have been better off just having read Slammed and Point of Return and maybe waiting for a new book about this couple. Unfortunately now if a new book came out I don’t think I’d even be interested in reading.   That being said I absolutely love Colleen Hoover and her book Hopeless had me captivated and I can’t wait to get the sequel ‘Saving Hope’.

 

 

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I decided to download Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card after discussing the trailer for the upcoming movie on a segment of HuffPost Live Moviefone edition.  The book was first published back in the ’80’s and is now being made into a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford.  The book and the movie hasn’t been without it’s controversy since the author, Orson Scott Card, is a huge homophobe but if you can ignore that fact the book really is a fabulous read.  Ender’s Game takes place in a futuristic society where children are recruited to the military to fight an interplanetary enemy called Buggers.  Ender Wiggin is the third child in his family – something basically unheard of in this futuristic society.  But since his brother and sister weren’t deemed successful enough candidates for military recruitment his family was allowed to have a third child.  Ender shows huge promise for the military who train him to fight the buggers, often pushing him to his breaking point.  The book is a fascinating study in morality and does what all good books do – it creates characters that you love, characters that you hate, characters that you struggle to understand and it puts them all in impossible situations.  But the best is that it has a plot twist that you have a hard time seeing coming.  I really hope that the movie does the book justice because it really is a great read.  I gave Ender’s Game 5 out of 5 stars.

 

17883962I was sent Perfect by Rachel Joyce by the publisher and read it quite quickly.  Here’s how it’s described on Goodreads;

In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures.

Then Byron’s mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right?

The description is a bit misleading because the book really is more about Byron and his relationship with his mother and sister than it is about him and James and the 2 seconds.  I was about 2/3 of the way through this book and thought that it was losing me until there was a plot twist that brought me right back in again.  This is a pretty endearing book about how one mistake can change everyone’s lives forever.  It delves into how the pressure to be perfect really does affect an entire family.  I would give Perfect a solid 3.5 stars out of 5.

August 13, 2013

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While I really liked Bared to You, and my interview with Sylvia Day continues to be my most popular post on the site, the subsequent sequels just aren’t doing it for me.  I read Entwined With You and I just found it more of the same.  The relationship between Gideon and Eva

I was sent Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan from Random House because it was part of my ‘Hot Summer Reads’ giveaway package and I had heard a lot of great things about it.  Crazy Rich Asians is a hilarious read that tells the story of three crazy rich Asian families and what happens when one family member, Nick,  brings his girlfriend Rachel (described by the author as an ABC – American Born Chinese) home to Singapore for a good friend’s wedding. Rachel has no clue that Nick comes from an uber wealthy family and has no clue that his family assumes that she’s nothing but a gold digger.  Rachel has to endure the scrutiny of  Nick’s family and friends as well as becoming the main topic of the local gossips. Crazy Rich Asians is funny and witty and opens the readers eyes to a world of excess that most of us have only heard of but never experienced.  I’ve heard that this has already been optioned into a movie so that should be fun to watch.

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I decided to pick up The Fault in our Stars by John Green after seeing some people talk about it on a Facebook book lovers group that I belong to.  I like YA books and I knew that this was being made into a movie (casting has already been done of the main characters) so I thought it was a perfect time to pick it up. Holy hell I loved this book!  Basically this book is about two teenage cancer patients who meet at a teen cancer support group.  The dialogue is very Dawson’s Creek-esque (if you’re old enough to have watched DC you’ll know what I mean – if not think overly witty and sarcastic).   The two main characters are Hazel, a 16 year old girl with a form of lung cancer, and Augustus, a 17 year old boy who is currently in remission. Augustus helps Hazel to look at life a little differently.  This book had me doing the ugly cry at 2am and I cannot wait for the movie, although I’m not really down with the casting of Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace.  If you like YA books this is a definitely must read.

July 31, 2013

Wow, it’s been a while since I updated this! Although I’m sure that I have updated it and now I’m thinking that my website it randomly deleting my posts.  Huh.  I guess that means that I have a lot to update so I should get to it.

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Random House sent me The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.  While this isn’t the sort of book I normally read, after reading the glowing reviews of both the book and the author on Goodreads I was excited to start.   Well, I started this book on June 4th and I’m still trying to get through it.  Lahiri is a gifted writer and her words aren’t the problem – it’s just the story.  It’s bleak and lacking in passion.  I vowed not to give up on this book – the story of two brothers who are separated by tragedgy – and I won’t.  I do love reading about a different culture and Lahiri makes you feel like you’re in Calcutta when you’re reading.  I just wish there was more happening.  I’ll keep you posted when I finally finish.

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I was sent Ten Tiny Breaths by Simon and Schuster to review – you can read my full review here.   It was a pretty good book – a little repetitive at times.  Nothing particularly challenging but a solid read for a New Adult romance book. It’s going to be a series but not sure I would rush out to read more about these characters – but I did enjoy it.  It did have a bit of a twist I didn’t see coming.

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After reading Rush I picked up the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver.  Harper Collins sent me Delirium for one of my television segments, and I decided to pick it up one day when I didn’t have any books in the queue to review.  Delirium is another one of those dystopian future YA books, with the premise being that Love is outlawed and that every person, when they reach the age of 16 (I think it’s 16) has to undergo a procedure to ‘cure’ them.  The main character, Lena, can’t wait to be cured, because of course the government has brainwashed everyone into thinking that love, or the disease ‘Deliria’ as they call it, is what will destroy the world of order that they all live in.  Unfortunately for Lena she meets someone that just might change her opinion just before she’s scheduled to have her procedure.

As far as dystopian YA books go, this was a pretty decent series.  I read all three books – Delirium, Pandemonium and Requiem back to back – with both book 1 and book 2 ending off with a pretty decent cliffhanger that made me immediately download the next book.  Actually Kobo sent me a Kobo Aura to try and had Pandemonium loaded on it when I received it, but I downloaded Requiem immediately after finishing because my jaw was on the floor and I needed to know what happened next. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending of the series, but it made me think that there might be room for another book.  I like how Oliver writes and I like that even though Lena is the main character we don’t always like her or her choices.  The series had been optioned into a television show starring Emma Roberts (who I thought was terrible casting) but it didn’t get picked up.  I’d give the whole series a solid 4 out of 5.

April 21, 2013

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Let it be known that I like a good sex book.  So when I picked up Rush I was kind of excited to read something different from the ’50 Shades’ and ‘Bared to You’s’ that I’ve been reading.  The book started out ok, and I love me a strong willed type A style leading man, but this book just made me roll my eyes and also made me a bit uncomfortable.  I found nothing remotely attractive about the leading man Gabe, and his relationship with Mia was confusing at best. I won’t be ‘rushing’ out to read the next 2 books in this series.

April 14, 2013 

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Since I loved The Mortal Instruments series so much I decided I would delve into the prequel series by the same author, The Infernal Devices series.  The first book is Clockwork Angel and tells the story of 16 year old Tessa Gray, a young woman who travels across the ocean to find her brother.  Of course things aren’t what they seem and Tessa is swept up into a world of Shadowhunters, clockwork machines and downworlders.  If you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments you will recognize that many of the Shadowhunters in this book are ancestors of those in that series, and it isn’t hard to see that they have many of the same qualities.  I haven’t found The Infernal Devices story to be as compelling as The Mortal Instruments, and now that I’ve finished the first 2 books I am not in any rush to pick up the 3rd, although I will read it when I have the time.  These are still fun to read but it seems like Clare might be recycling the same story and characters and it gets a little old.

April 21, 2013

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OK so I am a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward and I waited for this book for over a year.  I mean, I pre-ordered this book signed by the author herself and waited with baited breath for it to arrive.  I think this might have been the most anticipated book in the BDB series simply because it tells the story of Blay and Qhuinn and if you’re a fan we’ve been waiting for this story to be told basically since we were introduced to the characters.  As with most BDB novels there are often peripheral stories that are told at the same time as the story surrounding the central characters, mostly to set up the next book in the series, but in this book it seemed that the peripheral characters took all the attention away from the main characters.  It was no secret that *spoiler alert*

 

These two characters would end up together.  Ward basically told us so on her Facebook page before the book was even released, and she reiterated it in her dedication in the book, but that doesn’t mean that the faithful readers weren’t deserving of more.  We’ve followed and loved these characters for so long it just felt like we deserved more story for them.   I don’t know about  you but I felt seriously let down by this book and I won’t be rushing out for the next one.  This makes me sad.

 

 

April 13, 2013

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Last night I stayed up until 2 am finishing The Light Between Oceans.  This book started a bit slow for me, but I devoured the entire last half in one sitting (hence the 2am bedtime).  It made me do the ugly cry with tears streaming down my face at the end.  This book was written beautifully and told a story that was so complex and heart wrenching that by the end you had no opinions on how you wanted it to turn out, you just had to watch the story naturally unfold.  Earlier this week I downloaded Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.  I previously had read her book series Slammed and Point of Return and I needed something on my Kobo to read at the gym so I started Hopeless.  I loved this book.  I couldn’t put it down and finished it in 2 sittings.  I love a book that grabs me from the beginning and doesn’t let me go and this book did that.  If you like YA with a strong adult component you will love this book.  Reviews of both will be coming this week.

April 3, 2013

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Whoa, I haven’t updated this in a long time!  Sorry about that. OK so quick post today.  After reading The Firebird, which I absolutely loved, I started reading The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.  Honestly I know I gush about this series a lot, but I fell in love with it!  There are 5 books so far with the 6th due out in 2014 and a movie based on the first book – City of Bones – due in August.  I devoured these books.  If you like YA paranormal style books this series is definitely  a must read.  After reading the series I then read a book called Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin that was sent to me by Simon and Schuster.  It’s about a teenager named Max Walker who  has a big secret – he’s intersex (a hermaphrodite).  Max’s secret has never really bothered him until something so traumatic happens that it throws Max’s entire life into turmoil.  This was also a really great book and I recommend it.   After that I read a new YA book called ‘Dualed’ by Elsie Chapman which is kind of reminscent of The Hunger Games.  It’s a dystopian YA book where twins are required to fight each other to the death in an odd ‘survival of the fittest’ sort of situation.  It was a good, quick, easy read too.  I am now reading Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and I’ve just started it but have heard great things.  So, that’s what I’m reading right now.  As usual please feel free to send any reco’s or comments to me in the comment section.

February 19, 2012

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OK, so I finished The Firebird and I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t get enough and I  highly suggest picking it up in April when it  becomes available.  It’s really that good. I will be posting a full review of it soon.  While I was reading The Firebird I had also started The Mortal Instruments series, with City of Bones being the first book. Well, I’m now on the 4th book and I am completely freaking obsessed with this series. It’s so good!!!  I honestly can’t put these books down.  It’s true, that while I might be 40 in real people years I still feel like I’m in high school most of the time, and maybe that’s why I’m always so drawn to these books, but I absolutely cannot put it down. It’s about a young girl named Clary who discovers that her life isn’t what she thought it was, and she isn’t who she thought she was.  Clary is thrust into a world filled with demons, vampires, werewolves, faeries, warlocks and Shadowhunters.  Of course there’s an unbelievably cute boy and of course there’s a whole ‘end of the world’ sort of scenario that happens, but I guarantee you if you tend to like the same kind of books as I do, you will love this series!  There’s also a movie based on the first book that’s due out the end of August, so make sure you read it before then!

I also finished reading S.E.C.R.E.T – I know a lot of you loved it, but I didn’t. I found it formulaic and not nearly ‘erotic’ enough. Honestly – if you can’t even write dirty words I don’t know how you can call it erotica.  I had a conversation with my friend about it after and said that if you write a book that’s supposed to be erotica and there’s not one ‘c*ck’ in the entire book, it’s not that erotic.    That’s not to say that I didn’t like it because I did, I just think that the author missed the boat on really exploring the genre.

 

January 29, 2013

Well clearly I suck at updating this page!  OK, so I  finished Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and I want to tell you I loved it because it was such an interesting premise and all the reviews I’ve read so far are so wonderful, but I didn’t love it.  I liked it, and there was one moment where I found it unputdown-able – but by the end I just wanted it done.  Life After Life is one of those books that sometimes makes me feel like I’m just not smart enough to read it.  It took place during the 2nd World War in London and because it focuses on the main character living her life over and over until she could get it right, it jumped around a lot.  I had a hard time following it in some instances because of that. But I also found it to be a bit bleak.  I did like it and I’m happy I read it, but it wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be.

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Simon and Schuster Canada recently sent me Susanna Kearsley’s new book The Firebird that will be available in April, and so far I am loving it!  This book has captivated me from the beginning.   It’s about a young museum curator named Nicola who meets a woman who is looking to have an old family heirloom, a carving of a Firebird, appraised.  With no way of telling the history of the carving the woman is sent home disappointed.  But, Nicola really wants to help the woman so she decides to use her psychic powers that she otherwise has tried to suppress, to help.  Nicola then enlists the help of former flame and fellow psychic Rob to help her discover the origin of the Firebird.   Nicola and Rob basically travel back in time (not literally – they’re just able to see the past) so we not only are treated to Rob and Nicola’s story but we also get to follow the story of Anna, the young girl who eventually becomes the owner of The Firebird. So far I haven’t been able to put this book down.  I take it to the gym so I can read it while I’m sweating on the stairmaster and I think I have to credit it with actually getting me to the gym!

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I’m also reading The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones right now.  The Firebird is my daytime read and City of Bones is my nighttime read!  Again, pretty sure the YA fantasy/paranormal/dystopian era genre is my fave thing to read so I’m quite enjoying it.  As I’ve posted before the movie version of this book will be coming out in August so I was eager to read the book before the movie came out.  So far I’m liking the book – it’s a typical YA book but right up my alley.

December 28, 2012

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I’m giving up! I hate doing this, I really do, but I have been reading Safe Haven for over a month now and I just can’t seem to care enough to pick it up at night.  There are books that I love so much that I will stay awake until 3 in the morning reading because I can’t bring myself to put them down, but this one is just so predictable I can’t be bothered. So I’m putting it down and moving on.  Random House Canada just recently sent me 2 books that I can’t wait to read so I am shelving the boring Nicholas Sparks love story and picking up some erotica!  One of the books that Random House sent me is called S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline and claims to be a smartly written erotic novel.  I just started last night and so far so good, so I will keep you posted.  The second book I have is called Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and it sounds amazing! I can’t wait to start it and I will definitely keep you posted once I do!  So for now I have to say good bye to Safe Haven ( I promise I’ll try to pick it up again).  Do you ever abandon books? I hate to do it but this time I have to!  

November 23, 2012

I started reading Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks after I finished Point of Retreat.  It’s ok so far, but since I’ve already seen the trailer for the movie starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough I can’t get their faces out of my mind when I read the book, and sadly they aren’t really what I would picture. Well, at least she isn’t. Josh Duhamel can star in my head anytime he wants to. I’ve only read one other Nicholas Sparks book and that was The Lucky One, and it was ok for me but nothing fantastic.  Basically I’m reading this until I can figure out what I really want to read next, so if you have any fabulous suggestions please let me know!

November 20, 2012

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Last night I finished Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover.  Point of Retreat is the sequel to Slammed, which if you read this page often you will know that I absolutely loved.  I think it’s fair to say that I loved Point of Retreat just as much.  This story begins a few months after Slammed leaves off and tells the story from Will’s point of view, where Slammed was told from Lake’s point of view.  I won’t lie, I found this a bit confusing in the beginning as my natural tendency was to assume that it was Lake who was narrating, but I got over that pretty quickly.  I loved this book up until the end where I kind of felt cheated. Without giving anything away I will say that it ended in a way I didn’t really love, but I’m sure most readers will.  I think there could have been a satisfying ending with room for another book that will continue to tell the story of these characters without having the book end the way it did.  I just felt that it was all too soon.  I did love the book and the characters and hope that Colleen Hoover writes more.

November 4, 2012

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Yay for quiet weekends!  By that I mean that I was able to finish Wild Girls this morning and I have to admit, I was oddly surprised by how much I liked this book. I would describe it as a Young Adult paranormal-ish style book, which, if you know me, is right up my alley.  What I like the  most about it though was the author’s ability to really craft her character development.  Thinking back to the last book that was a young adult paranormal-ish book that I just finished – Swoon – I found I knew – and cared – so much more about the main character in Wild Girls than I ever did about the main character in Swoon.  I’ll be posting my full review this week but I did enjoy the book a lot.

I’ve read a lot of YA books lately, and I really love YA books, but I’m kinda happy that my next book is a departure from that.  I’m not gonna lie, I do enjoy some erotica now and then! Penguin Canada just sent me Reflected in You by Sylvia Day, which is the sequel to Bared to You. I really enjoyed Bared to You so I’m looking forward to reading, but I did read another of Day’s books this summer and I was really disappointed and I can’t quite get that out of my head.  I have a feeling it won’t take me long to get through Reflected so hopefully I’ll have 2 book reviews up for you this week.

November 2, 21012

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Simon and Schuster Canada sent me this book, Wild Girls – a debut novel by Mary Stewart Atwell last week and I have been a bad reviewer.  I have been really tired this week so I haven’t been able to read as much as I have wanted because I can’t keep my eyes open at night, but from the little I have read so far I really like the book.  I will give you the Goodreads synopsis again;

Kate Riordan fears two things as she grows up in the small Appalachian town of Swan River: that she’ll be a frustrated townie forever or that she’ll turn into one of the mysterious and terrifying wild girls, killers who start fires and menace the community. Struggling to better her chances of escaping, Kate attends the posh Swan River Academy and finds herself divided between her hometown—and its dark history—and the realm of privilege and achievement at the Academy. Explosive friendships with Mason, a boy from the wrong side of town, and Willow, a wealthy and popular queen bee from school, are slowly pulling her apart. Kate must decide who she is and where she belongs before she wakes up with cinders at her fingertips.

This book does sound right up my alley and hopefully this weekend I will be able to put a good dent in it and let you know more my thoughts. I’ll try to update over the weekend to let you know what I think because Wild Girls just came out in print.  I still have Reflected in You and Point of Retreat sitting on my bedside table waiting for me to read so I have a feeling I will have my head in a book most of the weekend!

November 2, 2012

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One day I was perusing the shelves at the bookstore and came found myself at the under $15 table.  Swoon by Nina Malkin caught my eye and decided to pick it up because it was only $5.99 and I needed a book to read.  Swoon is described by Goodreads as;

Sin is coming… Prepare to Swoon.Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut…until Dice’s perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree, and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She’s intensely drawn to him—but not at all crazy about the havoc he’s wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent—and irresistible—adversary, before the whole town succumbs to Sin’s will. Only trouble is, she’s in love with him.

What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?

This book sounded like something I would love but I didn’t love it.  I liked this book – but I didn’t love.  I liked the beginning and I liked the middle but I was terribly disappointed with the end.  The characters seemed a bit underdeveloped as did the plot.  I gave Swoon 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads because I did find that I wanted to keep reading the book, I just wish that the characters and the plot were a little more developed, and I wish that the ending was more thought out.

October 18, 2012

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OK so after I finished Rapture I was in need of a new book to read and didn’t know where to look.   Fortunately I was walking through my local grocery store which is now basically like a department store and decided to check out their book section. I saw the book SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover and thought it rang a bell.  I checked my twitter account ‘favourites’ tab and saw that Simon and Schuster Canada had recommended that book to me a few months ago when we were talking about how much I liked Beautiful Disaster, so I picked it up.  And no offense to e-readers (I don’t have one) but when I can pick up a hard copy of a book I will. Every time.  Last night I was up until 1am reading and I had to force myself to put it down. The book is about an 18 year old girl named Layken who moves to a new city after the death of her father.  She meets neighbour Will and discovers his love of Slam poetry. The two immediately hit it off and Will makes moving to a new city bearable for Layken. The two share an intense first date before they discover a shocking revelation that forces them apart.   So far I am loving the story and the characters and I can’t wait to see how they book will end.  Hoping to finish it tonight so will have a review coming for you shortly!

 

October 18, 2012

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OK so I’ve just realized that I missed a book, so I will do a quick recap of the book I just finished and then go on to the book I’m currently reading.  I finished reading Rapture by J.R. Ward.  If you know me in real life you will know that Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books are one of my all time fave series, and her Fallen Angels series is pretty good too ( not as good as BDB but not bad).  Rapture is the 4th novel in the Fallen Angels series and I geeked out so much over it I pre-ordered myself a signed copy:)  Which for the record came beautifully wrapped with a sticker of authentication that it was inspected by one of the book’s main characters, which shows how much Ward values her readers.  It’s the little things really.  Anyway I loved Rapture and I love how Ward is able to intertwine the characters from the BDB series and the FA series.  Pay attention and you’ll read some quick references to Lassiter and the Band of Bastards.  If you’re a Ward fan you will love Rapture – if you’re not – why not?

October 8th, 2012

 

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So this morning I finished reading Providence by Jamie McGuire. While I was on the flight to Jamaica for my birthday trip I realized that I had only brought one book with me that I finished within the first half hour.  My sister loaned me her Kobo (this was my first time using an e-reader too) and I flipped through trying to find a book I wanted to read. Since I really liked Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster I thought I would give Providence a try.  I didn’t realize that the book was a paranormal romance so when I realized that there were archangels and demons involved I was a little confused, but McGuire has a way of creating characters that while I may not completely like them I can’t stop reading about them.  I’ve been home from Jamaica for a week and had forgotten about the fact that I had to give my sister back her Kobo before I finished the book, so last night I downloaded the Kobo app and the book so I could finish it, which I did this morning. Reading it on my phone. This is a big deal for me since I really like to read physical books.

All in all Providence was a good read that I had a hard time putting down, and I was happy when it was over to learn that it’s part of a trilogy.  The second installment, Requiem was released last year and the third and final book, Eden, was released in May.  Needless to say I will be picking up Requiem as soon as I finish reading JR Ward’s Rapture (which I pre-ordered signed by the author because I’m such a JR Ward fan girl).

I will be posting my review of Mindy Kaling’s biography ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?’  later today too.

 

September 4th, 2012

 

OK so I finished Seven Years to Sin last week and it wasn’t very good. I hate to say that because books are so subjective and what I like might not be what you like but I found it to be very boring and poorly written.  The characters were very one dimensional and the story felt rushed.  I didn’t even enjoy the erotica parts of this book.  It also claims to be the book that inspired Bared to You.  I’m not saying that’s not true, I’m just saying I saw absolutely zero common ground between the two books and that maybe that was just a cover for the fact that Bared to You was eerily similar to Fifty Shades of Grey.  That’s just my two cents.  I’m glad I picked it up for $10 at Costco.  Let me know if you’ve read it and if you liked it or not.

August 28th, 2012

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I finally finished Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness, which was book 2 in the All Souls Trilogy.  I read A Discovery of Witches earlier this summer, and now unfortunately I have to wait for the third book to be released.  I thought the first book was good, but the second book was simply amazing.  Without giving too much away Harkness has a knack for creating characters that are so complex yet at the core the story is very simply about two people fighting for the right to be together.  I was completely and totally enthralled with Diana and Matthew’s characters that I was so sad when the book ended.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.  The only negative to the book was that I did find that there were a lot of characters in Shadow of Night that were hard to keep track of, but only once did I have to backtrack to refamiliarize myself with a key component of the book.   If you’re looking for a great story and like reading about witches and vampires and daemons, but not the Twilight-y kind, you will love these books.

Since I finished Shadow of Night I started reading Seven Years to Sin by Sylvia Day last night.  I’m 4 chapters in and not really taken with it yet, but hoping that it’s leading somewhere good.  You know I’ll keep you posted!

August 21, 2012

OK so yesterday I finished off the 3rd Fallen Angel book – Envy by J.R. Ward because she’s my guilty pleasure and whenever I don’t know what to read next I know I’ll love what she has to offer.   So I finished that during the day yesterday leaving me needing something new to start last night. I decided to pick of ‘Shadow of Night’ by Deborah Harkness, which is the sequel to ‘A Discovery of Witches’ which I absolutely loved! Unfortunately, like ‘Discover’, ‘Shadow’ isn’t one of those books I can read when I’m tired, because Harkness uses really big words a lot of the time so if I read it when I’m tired I don’t grasp what I’m reading. Last night I was tired so I only read 1 chapter but it was definitely the right choice to pick this book up because I love the main characters so much.  I can’t wait to see where this book takes them.  ‘A Discovery of Witches’ is definitely a great book to read, and if you’re trying and having a hard time stick with it. It took me almost half way in to really get into the story – so make sure you stick it out. I promise you won’t be disapppointed.

August 17, 2012

So I finished The Age of Miracles last night.  I like it. A lot. It’s been a while since I read a book that wasn’t about relationship angst or erotica.   It was beautifully written and really made me think.  I think I would have like more of a conclusion or explanation, but I respect the author’s right to weave the story how they choose.  I’m thinking tonight I’ll start on ‘Shadow of Night’  the sequel to ‘A Discovery of Witches’ or ‘Above All Things’.  I’ll keep you posted.

August 14, 2012

Two nights ago I picked up The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker not having any clue what it was about but it was sent to me by Random House Canada so I thought I would give it a try.  I was immediately hooked.  I’m only about 4 chapters in but it’s slightly reminiscent of Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’ and I can’t wait to be able to pick the book up again tonight.  Will keep you posted on my thoughts.

In the past few weeks with summer vacation in full swing my reading time has been a bit limited, but I did finish A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.  I loved this book!  It took me a bit to get into it and sometimes it was a bit hard to grasp but I absolutely loved the story and can’t wait to start reading the sequel Shadow of Night.  Definitely a must read for me.

I also finished up the last book available in J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series ‘Lover Reborn’.  I love these books so much, but this one was just ok for me.  I liked it but sometimes I felt like it wasn’t the story I wanted to hear.  I am anxiously awaiting the next book, due out in March of 2013 with baited breath though.  I can’t wait to read Blay and Qhuinn’s story!

 

 

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