Dana "dew" Dana's Comments (member since Oct 25, 2010)

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Jun 15, 2012 09:06AM

29900 I liked Tybalt from the jump. I still do. He's one of my favorite characters in any book or series. I find myself hoping for more scenes with Tybalt.

This series is great. I had MANY questions after reading it (them, actually) --- and over the course of the other books (I'm still one behind), more and more answers are being revealed. I find the series to be smartly written.

** I wasn't crazy about the 2nd book in the series, but even so... I love the characters so much that I couldn't wait to read the next book after that. **
Jun 15, 2012 08:56AM

29900 Oh... I LOVE this series. I don't find Jane to be snarky either.

Also... I love the characters (plural) of Jane & Beast. I think that their situation/dynamic is really interesting.

(view spoiler)

I thought this was a really good first book in the series. I couldn't wait to read it after being introduced to Jane Yellowrock in the short story in some anthology... possibly Strange Brew.

I prefer to read stories that are more Urban Fantasy than romance... which also might be why I enjoy this series. Though I have greatly enjoyed various moments throughout the series with various characters & hoped for a bit of romance on an occasion or two.

I also like that the characters develop as the series goes on. (I didn't like Rick in the beginning... I find him to be an interesting character now and would read a story/ book just about him --- as an example.)
Also... I think first books in series, in which there is a fair amt. of world-building & mythology involved can be a bit difficult. I think Skinwalker fairs better than some others as far as first books go.

There are series out there that I absolutely ADORE but the first book in the series was a bit lackluster for me somehow, but I kept reading because other people raved about the series. I feel that this series also gets better and better. So, I would suggest people continue reading it if they liked the first book but perhaps didn't love it.

I would have missed out on gems by Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, and Jim Butcher if I had stopped at their first books.
29900 Gogo wrote: "...Though need to find a 4 and 6 word book but I have enough books on reserve at the library at the moment..."

Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend (just a suggestion for 6-word title, since you have What's a Ghoul to Do? on your list. ;)
29900 *** I'm in... but we'll see how it goes. I'm trying out a few bookclubs this month, so not as much time for purely recreational (whatever I feel like) reading.

1. Skinwalker--- Faith Hunter (reread)
Insurgent--- Veronica Roth

2. Great Expectations --- Charles Dickens (Gothic bookclub read)
Sacrificial Magic--- Stacia Kane

3. Rosemary and Rue--- Seanan McGuire (reread)
The Water Thief--- N.L. Soutter (bookclub read)

4. Sweet Blood of Mine--- John Corwin
Fifty Shades of Grey --- E.L. James (bookclub)

5. ?? TBA ?? suggestions???
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (maybe?)

6. Slaughterhouse Five or the Children's Crusade --- Kurt Vonnegut (bookclub - Not strictly UF/PR, but the main character does get unstuck in time... just sayin')
Jun 03, 2012 04:36PM

29900 Thanks for the help, Pat! (view spoiler)

testing out the new bookcover layout with my various bookclub reads scheduled for this month. I'm determined to get through all of them - w/ the possible exception of 50 Shades (long wait for this title and I'm not buying it).

Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1) by Seanan McGuire Skinwalker (Jane Yellowrock, #1) by Faith Hunter Great Expectations by Charles Dickens Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut The Water Thief by Nicholas Lamar Soutter Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) by E.L. James Sweet Blood of Mine (Overworld Chronicles #1) by John Corwin
May 31, 2012 09:34AM

29900 Christal wrote: "Done!
May 2012 Challenge ~ May Blood
Duration: May 1 - May 31, 2012
Level: Easy Completed 3/3

I don't have very many books TBR that fit this challenge so I'm going to go with EASY this ti..."

christal, can you tell me how you get the bookcovers to show vertically?
May 29, 2012 11:01PM

29900 I can't seem to edit my post on my phone..... but I'm done, too.

I had hoped to squeeze in one more blood themed books, but I have 2 other books that I'm deeply entrenched in now that I want to finish before picking up another book. smile.

6 blood-themed/ challenge books it is... medium level achieved.
look forward to see what challenge you have in store for us for june.
In Need of Help. (37 new)
May 23, 2012 09:29PM

29900 Michelle Sagara West has a series called Chronicles of Elantra. They are sort of a mixture of police procedural/detective/ fantasy --- lots of different races... each book has a single story, but there does exist a long story arc that is on-going.

This series isn't for everyone, but I really like it.
And it DOES NOT have any sex in it that I can remember. Not really even romance... a bit hinted at perhaps or foreshadowed, but so far... no sex or romance.
Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, #1) by Michelle Sagara West Cast In Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra, #2) by Michelle Sagara West Cast In Secret (Chronicles of Elantra, #3) by Michelle Sagara West Cast in Fury (Chronicles of Elantra, #4) by Michelle Sagara West Cast in Silence (Chronicles of Elantra, #5) by Michelle Sagara West Cast in Chaos (Chronicles of Elantra, #6) by Michelle Sagara West Cast in Moonlight (Chronicles of Elantra, #0.5) by Michelle Sagara West Cast in Ruin (Chronicles of Elantra, #7) by Michelle Sagara West
In Need of Help. (37 new)
May 23, 2012 09:21PM

29900 ♥☆♫★♡ Kathy♡bahd gihrl♥♡★ wrote: "Zafia wrote: "Cast in Shadow
That's the only one that comes to mind."

WHAT !!??? I just started reading this It is GAY SEX and has sex scenes in it Quiet a few!

This is the third paragraph:I had ..."

Michelle Sagara West's Chronicle's of Elantra series... first book Cast in Shadow --- you might be thinking of a different book; I am reading this series and I am POSITIVE that the first 4 books have absolutely NO SEX in them whatsoever. I'm on Cast in Silence... the 5th book now. So far... no sex.
In Need of Help. (37 new)
May 23, 2012 09:14PM

29900 YA --- Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series is AMAZING. Earlier books no sex. And later books not graphic. Not sure I'd recommend for a 10-year-old, but if she's read P.C. Cast's House of Night series (which does have sex in it; first book jumping right in w/ a somewhat graphic sex act when first gets to the school) then it should be fine.

Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy books --- are really good, too. Again... I'd say a bit older than a 10 yr. old, but once again... i found this series tamer than House of Night.

Here's my suggestions:
10, huh? Patrick Carman's Land of Elyon Books are good and age appropriate.

Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson & the Olympian series as well as the Kane series.

Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy; I haven't read her Gregor books, but heard they are good.

Kelly Armstrong's Darkest Powers Trilogy The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong is pretty good and has NO SEX in it.

Veronica Roth's Divergent series (haven't finished the second book yet to say if any inappropriate material in it.) Lauren Oliver's Delirium Series deals with love in a sort of dystopian way. Interesting premise despite the love triangle. I'd be okay with my 12 yr. old niece reading them.

Not a series... but I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman... Stardust and Neverwhere are both really good. Coraline & The Graveyard Book are age appropriate as well.

Shannon Delany's werewolf series ??? 13 to Life --- to be fair, I haven't finished the series, so I can't say if there is sex in the later books.

Hope that helps.
May 19, 2012 05:44PM

29900 Let me let you all in on a NOT so little secret:
(view spoiler). Thanks for letting us try out the spoiler function.

Now then... can someone explain to me how to get the book covers to attach horizontally to one another instead of stacking on top of one another vertically. I'd like to conserve space in my posts. Thanks.
Computers for Seniors for Dummies by Nancy C. Muir The Help by Kathryn Stockett
May 15, 2012 08:59AM

29900 Oh... I got sucked into another series and forgot to come back here. I did enjoy it, thank you.

Here's my take on the book. And I'm going to be as vague as possible as I don't want to spoil anything.

I *DID* enjoy the book. I finished it really quickly. (At one point I almost broke down and bought the kindle version so I could finish it faster --- I picked up the audio book, which was well done, btw.)

I look forward to reading the the next book when it comes out. I'd like to see more of Cainnan (sp?) --- the downside of audio books--- I never know how to spell the names of characters, etc.

As far as dystopian books go, I thought that this was a bit tame, which is weird to say as there are some rather gruesome things that occur in this book. In fact, if I think back on the book as a whole and run it through my memory as a mini movie of sorts, it reads much darker (& perhaps cooler in some ways). I'm not sure how to explain it.

I've never read anything by Julie Kagawa before. I thought the writing was pretty solid. I realize it's a YA genre book so I guess in that respect it could be argued that it was pretty on point with the intended audience as far as descriptions go. I guess my point that I am not making very well is that while I thought the book was quite good and the fact remains that I WILL seek out the next book in the series, there was still something lacking for me. I didn't completely connect with the characters and landscape as much as I would have liked.

I never got a good feel for the world the characters are living in. That was probably the biggest thing lacking for me. I like world-building. Sometimes stories can get slowed down by complex world-building and this one didn't. That's good, I suppose, but I think more description could have been added and not slowed down the pace of the story. I understood about the disease and where humans were on the food chain now so-to-speak. I get the idea of the unregistered/pets (actually, never really got that- I made the logical leap on that front)/ cities/ etc --- but I wanted to feel it on a viseral level, I guess.

If someone is running for his/her life, I want to feel scared for them. I want my heart rate to speed up. If someone is betrayed, I don't want to just go, "Oh, poor so & so"... I want to feel that sting of betrayal. Does that make sense?

I'm pretty much a wimp and cry fairly easily. There were moments in this book that were prime opportunities to have me feel outraged or cry or whatever. Maybe one time I ALMOST got there, but never quite bridged that emotional gap.

I guess I'm trying to say that while the premise & story were good --- I was hoping for technicolor or Hi-Def or something--- that would have pushed it over the edge for me.

Still as it is, I'd give it 4 stars out of 5.
May 12, 2012 07:35AM

29900 Just starting this book now. I haven't read anything by Julie Kagawa before, though I have stopped and paused on more than one of her books when browsing either at the library or bookstores, etc...

This cover is striking and definitely drew my attention (again, probably why I've paused on other books of hers as well) --- but I truly only picked this one up because it was not only a group read pick this month, but fell into the "Blood"- theme of the monthly challenge for May.

I didn't realize this was dystopian. (I often don't read blurbs about books before I pick them up.) Now I'm truly excited to read this one. I'm a fan of the dystopian genre... throw in some vampires and some zombies and we have a party.

Can't wait to start... which is why I'm going now. smile.
May 02, 2012 08:27AM

29900 NEW to ME Series --- Dedicated Level 10/10

**** Joining the Party/Challenge Late. I'm so excited! Finally an excuse/Push to get to my TBR Pile ****

1. Veronica Roth --- Divergent Series

Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth

2. Lauren Oliver --- Delirium Series
Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver

Read so far:Delirium, Hana, Pandemonium

3. Laini Taylor --- Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

4. Victoria Laurie --- Ghost Hunter Mysteries
What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1) by Victoria Laurie

5. Victoria Laurie --- Psychic Eye Mysteries
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (A Psychic Eye Mystery, #1) by Victoria Laurie

6. Molly Harper --- Naked Werewolf Series
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, #1) by Molly Harper

Read Entire Series: How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf and The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

7. Molly Harper --- Jane Jameson Series
Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1) by Molly Harper

8. Michelle Sagara West --- Chronicles of Elantra
Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra, #1) by Michelle Sagara West
Read so far: Cast in Shadow, Cast In Courtlight,Cast In Secret,
Cast in Fury, Cast in Moonlight

9. Delilah Dawson --- Bludman Series
Wicked As They Come (Blud, #1) by Delilah S. Dawson

10. Seanan McGuire --- Incryptid Series Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, #1) by Seanan McGuire

Holy Crap! I've already read 10 books from New to Me series this year and didn't even know it! So... I guess I'll give the next level a try!

NEW to ME Series --- OBSESSED Level 11/25

11. Kyra Davis --- Sophie Katz Murder Mysteries (not PR/UF)
Sex, Murder And A Double Latte (A Sophie Katz Murder Mystery #1) by Kyra Davis
Read so far: Sex, Murder And A Double Latte, Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights

12. Deborah Harkness --- All Soul's Trilogy
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness

13. Michael Buckley --- The Sisters Grimm Series
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1) by Michael Buckley
May 02, 2012 08:21AM

May 02, 2012 08:13AM


(11/26 --- Progress thus Far)

A. Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye Victoria Laurie
B. By a Thread Jennifer Estep
C. Cast in Shadow Michelle Sagara West
D. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Laini Taylor
F. Fair Game Patricia Briggs
I. Insurgent Veronica Roth
K. Kitty's Big Trouble Carrie Vaughn
N. Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs Molly Harper
P. A Perfect Blood Kim Harrison
R. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
T. Third Grave Dead Ahead Darynda Jones
W. Wicked as They Come Delilah Dawson
May 02, 2012 08:09AM


May 02, 2012 08:05AM

29900 I would like to try the following 4 challenges:

Authors A-Z & Titles A-Z
*(mostly PR/UF... smile.)

New to You Authors - Obsessed Level (25)
New to You Series - Dedicated Level (10)..finished that level; trying obsessed.
* (I'm SUPER excited for these 2 challenges!!!)
May 02, 2012 07:33AM

29900 I'm going to try for medium. I'm never good at planning out my reads --- something will pop up that catches my interest.

Here's What I've Read Thus Far:

1. Late Eclipses (October Daye, #4) by Seanan McGuire Late Eclipses --- by Seanan McGuire. (It's all about the blood & roses.) FINISHED! ***** Loved it! Only problem is that I want to read the next book instead of one of my other "blood-themed/titled" books.
5 stars

2. The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) by Julie Kagawa Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) --- by Julie Kagawa (plus this is a 2-for as it's a book club read right now.)
**** Will cont. this series. 4 stars

3. Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, #6) by Jim Butcher Blood Rites --- by Jim Butcher
Felt weird to skip a book and read the series out of order. I'll go back and read Death Masks soon. Really like this series. Started a bit slow for me, but keep getting better and better. I love Harry!
4 to 4.5 stars.

4 - 6. Warriors of Ankh Omnibus Edition by Samantha Young --- Blood Will Tell (3 stars); Blood Past (4 stars); Shades of Blood (stars TBA/ just started) by Samantha Young (Unfortunately, I didn't learn of the Omnibus edition, until after I purchased them all separately. Oh well.)

That's all I've got for now. Below are some possibilities that I may finish reading in the next 3 days, but highly unlikely. We'll see.
The Opposite of Life (Book 1) by Narrelle M. Harris Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, #1) by D.M. Cornish
Apr 01, 2012 01:32AM

29900 My first challenge. (How exciting!)

(With my work schedule, this might be difficult. Plus, I have a tendency to read whatever piques my interest at any given moment, so not sure how I'll do on the letter-challenge restraints.)


L - Lauren Oliver: Delirium, Hana,and....
I - Incriptid #1:Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
L - Lauren Oliver: Pandemonium
A - A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
C - Cast in Fury by Michelle Sagara
S - Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander

Read: I *DID* actually finish the challenge on time, just late checking in. smile.

Extra books finished: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Wicked as They Come (Blud, #1) by Delilah S. Dawson

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