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Dec 11, 2014 09:24PM

55345 Roll 4 Spot 22

The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Finished 12/11/14
3 stars

I feel like I'm slowly working my way into enjoying the Anita Blake novels. They have a uniquely dark tone that I feel for me, is becoming and acquired taste. Anita is a fantastic heroine, both strong and unwavering, but smart enough to have a healthy fear for the monsters she hunts and the zombies she raises.

There were a couple of moments in this book where I wasn't sure I could read on, but also couldn't bear to tear myself away. Such a heartbreaking sort of horror. I'm definitely becoming accustomed to it and feel I'll continue on with this series.

I recommend this to urban fantasy fans, but definitely not for those who are squeamish. Hamilton definitely holds nothing back.
Dec 11, 2014 09:16PM

55345 Sorry guys! I meant to post I would be reading The Laughing Corpse (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #2) by Laurell K. Hamilton for book two in a series this week. I just didn't have access to my PC for most of the week.

I'm writing my review now :)
Dec 05, 2014 12:35AM

55345 Space 11

The Way We Fall (Fallen World, #1) by Megan Crewe

Finished 12/04/14
3 stars

An interesting twist on the usual apocalyptic virus outbreak. A terrifying disease that leaves its victims raving mad and viciously violent just before taking their lives has gripped the island Kaelyn has grown up on. The government's reaction? Quarantine! This of course only leads to wide spread panic and rebellion from the residents intent on escaping certain infection and death.

While I enjoyed the twist, the main character was a bit difficult to identify with. I don't do well with heroines who cry and whine and "oh poor me" their way to the final chapter and while Kaelyn definitely grew and took charge to a point, I still couldn't quite get behind her. I love YA fiction and lots of it is done right, however sometimes, the immaturity factor of certain characters just zaps the joy right out of the adventure. This was definitely one of those cases. Still, props to the author for thinking out of the box and delivering some truly disturbing and different end-of days fiction.
Dec 05, 2014 12:25AM

55345 Space 17

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7) by Patricia Briggs

Finished 12/03/14
4 stars

Is it just me or does Mercy Thompson never get old? I continue to be impressed with this series and its characters. Normally at this point in a series I'm bored and wishing for a satisfying end, but once again, it is exciting and entertaining to be in Mercy's world once more.

Adam and the Pack have been kidnapped by a mysterious group whose identity and motives aren't quite clear, and Mercy is left to play super sleuth and super step-mom. I really love that Briggs has continued to expand on Mercy's relationship with Coyote and integrate it into the Pack dynamic so that she remains a unique and intriguing heroine.

I'd recommend this series to any urban fantasy lover who hasn't picked it up yet. Can't wait to dive into book 8!
Nov 22, 2014 02:39PM

55345 Let's see here...

I'm definitely going to read Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7) by Patricia Briggs for spot 17 since it is #7 in a series. I adore Mercy Thompson!

As for spot 11, I'm not sure yet.
Nov 20, 2014 08:14PM

55345 Roll 1 Spot 6

Book 6 in a series

Iced (Fever, #6) by Karen Marie Moning

Rating: ★★★★★
Finished: 11/20/14

It's been quite awhile since I've been in Karen Marie Moning's Fever world, yet it still feels like home. Seeing it through Dani's eyes this time around manages to make it feel fresh and nostalgic simultaneously.

As always, Moning packs a punch with her staggeringly diverse characters, vicious Fae, and epic plot twists. She's not afraid to delve into the tough stuff and I think that's why I enjoy her writing so much.

Fantastic follow-up to a fantastic series. I look forward to seeing our Dani grow and mature in future books.
Nov 17, 2014 05:59PM

55345 I"m about 1/3 of the way through. Plan on getting some serious reading tonight, but I most likely won't have my review up until Thursday evening.
Nov 14, 2014 08:24AM

55345 I will be going with book 6 in a series:

Iced (Fever, #6) by Karen Marie Moning
Nov 11, 2014 05:40PM

55345 It's good with me!
Nov 10, 2014 09:36PM

55345 Hey everyone! Really looking forward to this challenge with you ladies. 6 book girls is a adorable I agree :-)
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Nov 07, 2014 08:44PM

55345 I had a ton of fun last round! I'm totally in!
Oct 24, 2014 10:06PM

55345 I will be reading River Marked (Mercy Thompson, #6) by Patricia Briggs
Oct 22, 2014 09:05PM

55345 Week 8: Space 60
Stand Alone

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Read: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Finished: 10/22/14
Rating ★★★★

I honestly didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. A fantastic reviewer friend of mine absolutely despised this book. Out tastes in fiction usually mesh really well so I was sure this wouldn't be my cup of tea either. However, I had purchased the paperback and felt bad letting it sit on my shelf unread.

This Is Not A Test surprised me, bringing such a myriad of painful choices and psychological and emotional consequences to the characters. While the zombies aren't the spotlight of the story, they make an eerie backdrop for the wayward teens and their conflicting opinions. Each moment is tense, and when the big plot punches are finally thrown, they truly resonate.

While stand alone novels are wonderful, I'm sad I won't get to see where the surviving characters go from here.
Oct 18, 2014 12:18PM

55345 I will be reading This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers for the standalone alternate.
Oct 16, 2014 08:54PM

55345 Week 7 : Space 56
Alternate 'A' Author
Dollhouse (The Dollhouse Books, #1) by Anya Allyn

Read: Dollhouse by Anya Allyn
Series Dark Carousel #1
Finished: 10/16/14
Rating ★★★

This series has SO MUCH potential! If the author can manage to reign in the absolute mayhem created by her disarray of monsters, myth, and mystery. The story and characters are just going way too many directions at once. The plot is intriguing, but disjointed and in desperate need of some more experienced writing to tie it all together.

As this is the author's first novel, it is understandable it isn't quite where it should be. The structure and style come across very amateurish and the plethora of seemingly random plot points steals away the creepiness I picked this book up for. I believe Anya Allyn really has something here, it just isn't executed well enough.


I'm very much hoping her writing only improves with each book because I do intend to continue. My curiosity has been piqued.
Oct 16, 2014 05:01PM

55345 Almost done!! I've got 20 more pages and i should be home by 9:00pm PST to post my review.
Oct 13, 2014 10:46AM

55345 I'm reading Dollhouse (The Dollhouse Books, #1) by Anya Allyn by Anya Allyn for the alternative.
Oct 10, 2014 12:19AM

55345 I have a really tough decision to make...

I took a hiatus from reading the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead because of certain elements in the plot that really offended my personal morals. I know, I know... I kinda have to expect moral gray areas in a series about a succubus, but honestly the selfishness of the character really irked me. While the series kinda put me off with the last book I read, I hate leaving a series unfinished. This week's roll gives me the opportunity to pick up where I left off. With book 5

Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, #5) by Richelle Mead

Any advice? I'd like to finish the series, but I'm not sure if it will just end up being a negative experience for me. Has anyone on our team finished all the books in this series?
Oct 09, 2014 10:30PM

55345 Week 6: Space 48
Parasite (Parasitology, #1) by Mira Grant

Read: Parasite by Mira Grant
Series Parasiteology #1
Finished: 10/9/14
Rating: ★★★

Ever since I finished the Newsflesh Trilogy, I have been dying to get my hands on more Mira Grant. She blew me away with her debut series, mixing classic zombie horror with her unique academic background, the blogging craze, and some insane plot twists to create a refreshing, addicting addition to the zombie genre.

Now Grant brings us parasites at their most horrific, but doesn't quite deviate from her Zed roots. The main threat of the story still comes across very zombie-like, with the addition of the possibility for selective attacking and intelligence. Not entirely disappointing, however I was hoping for something other and new from Grant.

I can't help but feel like a good chunk of the story and characters mirror the Newsflesh books. Sal comes off a milder, more excitable Georgia Mason. Her narrative voice feeling all too familiar... minus George's kickass factor. I also found Tansy, bore a striking resemblance to The Fox, a quirky and adorably psychotic character who makes a short appearance in Mira's previous series.

On top of the recycled characters, my last bit of complaint extends to predictability. Where Newsflesh completely threw me for a loop, Parasite uses excessive foreshadowing and not so subtle hint dropping. I knew what was coming... And what's the fun in that?

For the handful of negatives this book had for me, I still enjoyed it very much. As always, Grant's writing is verbose, intelligent, and full of delightful scientific tid-bits. Although her hints were predictable this time around, she still delivers them well and with enough variation that they still resonate with horrific deliciousness.

I'm hoping for a little more umph! from the next book, Symbiont.
Oct 09, 2014 02:41PM

55345 Closing tonight at work ladies so my review will be up later this evening but I will have it up in time!!
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