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Ezi Chinny (ezinwanyi) | 16425 comments Mod
Team 11 Members
♎ Nereta♎
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Ezi Chinny (ezinwanyi) | 16425 comments Mod

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Dice Roll (2 dice on Fridays US Central Time)
Post Your Spot
Discussion Thread

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Ezi Chinny (ezinwanyi) | 16425 comments Mod

Each number corresponds with the spot on the board.
For colors: The cover has to be at least 50%
For locations: As long as the book takes part at all in the given location
For Shelves: Any book on the given shelf
For Publication Years: I'll be using how GR has it's publication date listed.
For Authors Names: The first, middle, or last name of the author is ok.
For Cover Items: Must have the given item on the cover
For Titles: Only the first word of the title. A, An, And, and The do not count.
So if the letter is B: The Best Day would be ok. Dear Betty would not be ok.

**5 links where gotten from RRRC's Let's Partner Up! challenge which I am currently enjoying**

1. Title D
2. Cover: Black
3. Goodreads Choice Awards 2015
4. England
5. I Saw the Movie & Read the Book
6. Cover Item Vehicle
7. Author M
8. The Ultimate List of Fighter Romance
9. California
10. Cover Purple
11. 2001
12. Title L
13. Author J
14. Cover Item Weapon
15. Goodreads Choice Awards 2014
16. Texas
17. New Release in 2016
18. Cover: Gray/Silver
19. Geek/Nerd/Genuis Romance
20. Cover Item Food/Drink
21. Title W
22. Best Book Boyfriends
23. Author H
24. Tattoos
25. Released the month you rolled (year doesn't matter)
26. Science Fiction
27. Cover: Orange
28. Athletes or Sports. This link might help Athletes, Sport stars etc
29. Title T
30. Cover Item Water
31. Author L
32. Mental Illness
33. On Teammate's shelf
34. Cover: Red
35. Law Enforcement/Military
36. Audiobooks
37. Title B
38. Cover Item Building(s)
39. Amazon 2016 Bestsellers
40. Artist/Dancer/Musician
41. Enemies to lovers (must state how book qualifies i.e. listopia or precis)
42. Friendship
43. Road trip
44. Sequel in a series you've already started. Must have read a book in that series already.
45. Freebies
46. New to me Author
47. Humor
48. New York
49. Author I
50. Fairy Tale Retellings
51. Man Protagonist
52. Favorite Author
53. Title R
54. Cover Item: 2 or more People
55. Tagged DNF
56. Second chance love (must state how book qualifies i.e. listopia or precis)
57. Florida
58. White
59. Goodreads Choice Awards 2012
60. Title S
61. Cover Item An Animal
62. Author Z
63. Best Book Ever
64. Title E
65. College
66. Mexico
67. Beautiful covers
68. Cover: Green
69. Priority Reads
70. Cowboy (girl) take me Away (western)
71. Historical (fiction, nonfiction, romance etc)
72. Author S
73. suspense thriller
74. Multi-Colored (3 or More Colors)
75. 2009
76. Has at least one child
77. Title C
78. Cover Item No People
79. Author A
80. Standalones
81. Europe
82. Cover: Yellow/Gold
83. LGBT
84. I Don't Understand All That Fuss
85. Title M
86. Cover Item Moon
87. Author F
88. Amnesia/Memory loss (temporary, real, faked)
89. Reader's choice
90. Cover: Blue
91. 2013
92. Author E
93. Title G
94. Cover Item Weapon(s)
95. Detective
96. Non-caucasian author
97. Illinois
98. Cover: Purple
99. Character has a pet
100. Amazing
(view spoiler)

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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments Hi everyone. My name is Katrina. I am form Lithuania.

message 5: by NayNay (new)

NayNay Hello everyone.

I'm from Ontario, Canada....and this is my favourite challenge!

I am a stay home wife and I love to read. I read a book sometimes two a day from all genres, but my favourite is historical fiction. Looking forward to playing.

♎ Nereta♎  (littlecleo) | 65 comments Hi everyone, checking in. My name is Nereta. I am from Lithuania

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Annika | 323 comments Hi ladies!

I'm Annika from Sweden.
This is going to be so much fun! :)

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Annika | 323 comments Anyone volunteering for captaining our awesome group? :)

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments Hi! I'm Sarah and I'm from Ontario, California.

I'm really excited to play with all of you.

I read a lot of different books depending on my mood.

I don't really want to be Captain.

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Annika | 323 comments I'm also a moody reader, and often have several books that I switch between :)

I don't want to be captain either. I'm already one for another challenge and feel I don't have the time to captain for another.

I'm guessing we have to come up with a team name as well. Any suggestions?

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♎ Nereta♎  (littlecleo) | 65 comments I can be a captain if nobody wants :)

Team names:

Generous ladies
Speedy Bees
Racing Ladies

Any other ideas?

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NayNay I vote Nereta for Captain...I joined both SS & SSS and I am busy with my ailing 90 yr old father, so I think being captain for me will be too much.

Here are some more ideas

Hooked on Books
The Book Cover Girls
The Bookies
Spine Crackers

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments I like Spine Crackers!

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments I'm good with Nereta being Captain :)

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♎ Nereta♎  (littlecleo) | 65 comments I like spine crackers too :)

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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments I am okay with spine crackers

message 17: by NayNay (new)

NayNay Spine Crackers kind of explains it all....funny though I hate breaking a book spine!

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Annika | 323 comments I looks like it's unanimous with spine crackers :)

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments NayNay wrote: "Spine Crackers kind of explains it all....funny though I hate breaking a book spine!"

Me too!

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Annika | 323 comments Only a day left 'til the start! :)

message 21: by NayNay (new)

NayNay Annika wrote: "Only a day left 'til the start! :)"

Exciting....I also joined SSS and that round started today

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♎ Nereta♎  (littlecleo) | 65 comments Okay guys we rolled 11. So we can either read first book in the series or book from 11# spot list which is about book published in 2001. Please post your choice below

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NayNay Great start....I will be reading Custody by Nancy Thayer

Roll #1
Spot 11
Alternative Published 2001
Book Custody by Nancy Thayer
NO of Pages 386
Read 07/17/16
Rating 3 stars


This book is one of Nancy Thayer's earlier novels. I enjoyed reading it, although the main character seemed rather superficial at times. I found I was a little disappointed in the book, I think I was expecting it to be like her latest novels, I just love her beach reads. If I was to recommend Thayer I would suggest her later novels.

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments I'm going with Divine by Mistake by P.C. Cast it was originally published as Goddess By Mistake in 2001 (coincidentally on my birthday).

message 25: by Katherine (last edited Jul 17, 2016 06:59AM) (new)

Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments Week 1
Spot #11 ~ Alternative #11 ~ 2001

Night After Night (Seductive Nights, #1) by Lauren Blakely (Seductive Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely (250 p.)

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Annika | 323 comments Haven't decided on a book yet, but I'm probably going with 1st in series.

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments Changed my pick to Cursed by S.J. Harper

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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments Week 1
Spot #11 ~ Alternative #11 ~ 2001

Night After Night (Seductive Nights, #1) by Lauren Blakely (Seductive Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely (250 p.)

Finished: 2016/7/17
Rating: 4 stars
How it fits: 1st book in a Seductive Nights series
Clay Nichols is a successful lawyer, who doesn't like lies and likes feisty women.
Julia is a bartender, who wants a clever man, but because of her ex she has dangerous trouble after her.

I enjoyed this book and I will definitely will read more this authors work.

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments Cursed (Fallen Siren, #1) by S.J. Harper

Roll 1: 11 - 1st in a series
Book: Cursed by S.J. Harper
Pages: 288 pages
Read: 7.19.16
Rating: ★★★★

I read the prequel to this series (Captured) I think some time last year. It was very interesting and led to me wanting to read the first book in the series.

Agent Emma Monroe works for the FBI on missing persons cases. She's after redemption. Emma is actually a Siren who is being punished (as well as her 2 sisters) by Demeter for allowing Persephone to be taken to the underworld. They weren't doing their job of protecting her. Now Emma wants to find people who have been taken in the hopes that Demeter will lift her curse and allow Emma, a.k.a Ligea, to return to Olympus.

Emma knows the consequences of falling in love. Demeter has punished her before. So she goes to great lengths to only keep her relations with men purely physical. But Emma is thrown for a loop when her new partner is Zack Armstrong, a werewolf. Zack worked on a case with Emma in South Carolina (which is what the prequel is about). They had a small thing on her last night there. She's worried he came to San Diego a year later because of her.

Together they are investigating a missing artist, with no clues as to where she could possibly be or who could have taken her, they investigate any leads they can. What they uncover is even more sinister than they thought and involves more than just one missing woman.

Cursed was very good! It is difficult to find a UF that is really unique. The pace was well thought out with no real lulls. I really liked Emma and the mythology involved. I also really liked Zack. I'm definitely interested in what comes next for those two!

message 30: by ♎ Nereta♎ (last edited Jul 20, 2016 12:30PM) (new)

♎ Nereta♎  (littlecleo) | 65 comments Roll 1: 11 - 1st in series

Book: Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis
Date read: 07/18/16
Pages: 230
Rating: 4 stars

This book was great. It was about boy and girl who becomes mates. Fane is alpha werewolf from Romania. He came to Texas as exhange student. He never knew that this trip will be faithful because he finally finds his mate. Jacque is human from Texas. Her father left her and her mother. She has two best friends: Sally and Jen. Jacque is sarcastic and witty person. I loved her. Sometimes I even laughed out loud because of Jen remarks. But it was also hurtful. Another alpha thinks Jacque is his mate so he challenges Fane to death match. It was hard to read how scared Jacque and Fane were. I loved characters and storyline. Thank you author for great work. Story was both happy and sad. And for me it was interesting from begginning to the end

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Annika | 323 comments Completion post
Roll 1

Illuminate the Shadows (Shatterproof Bond, #1) by Isobel Starling
Illuminate the Shadows by Isobel Starling
Read: 18/7
Rating: 3,5 stars
How it fits: 1st in series

Illuminate the Shadows is the first book in the Shatterproof Bond series, but I still would recommend reading the prequel As You Wish before starting to read this one, to really get to know the characters better and their backstory. This book picks up where As You Wish left off.

Illuminate the Shadows was a highly entertaining read – not credible in the least mind you, but entertaining all the same, and definitely worth reading! I feel like this book was mostly foundation building and it sets a good premise for an entertaining series to come. And no – there are no cliffhangers in the end, just a solid HFN and a feeling that trouble isn’t too far away for the happy couple.

As for our main characters Declan and Sam; they are still a great couple, a bit quirky at times and they have a great chemistry. And for those of you with a weakness for the Scottish brogue – you’re going to love Declan! :)

So grab a copy of the book, hang on tight and enjoy a wild trip filled with espionage and intrigue.

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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments Shouldn't we roll today???

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Annika | 323 comments we should. We need Nereta to roll for us. I think everyone has read and posted their finished books.

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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments Annika wrote: "we should. We need Nereta to roll for us. I think everyone has read and posted their finished books."

I counted. There all in.

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♎ Nereta♎  (littlecleo) | 65 comments Roll 2# - 10. Spot 21

1) First in series (standalone)
2)Second in series


Title starts with W

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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments Week 2
Spot #21 ~ Alternative #21 ~ Title starts with W

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare (453 p.)

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NayNay Wreckage by Emily Bleeker

Roll #2
Spot 21
Alternative Title W
Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
NO of Pages 305
Read 07/23/16
Rating 3 stars

When I read the synopsis for this book it brought to mind one of my favourite books ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis Graves. So I was really looking forward to reading it.

I found it to be okay, at times it was a little slow, I found it could have been much better, that the story started with a bang but the author fizzled out at the end.

With me I am a mood reader, I may read a book and not be very fond of it. And for what ever reason I reread it 'and what was I thinking before this is a great book'....I know CRAZY. Maybe this one did not hit a home run with me because I was going in already comparing it and hoping it was has great as ON THE ISLAND.

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments I'm going with Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica Sims it is the 2nd book in the Midnight Liaisons series.

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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments Week 2
Spot #21 ~ Alternative #21 ~ Title starts with W

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare (453 p.)

Finished: 2016/7/22
Rating: 5 stars
How it fits: 2nd book in a City of Ashes series
I really enjoyed this book.
Clary‘s mother is in coma. Clary lives with Luke and she started sating Simon.
Jace is judged by his fathers moves. And Simon becomes a vampire.
I as soon as I can I will read the next book.

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter (Midnight Liaisons, #2) by Jessica Sims

Roll 2: 21 - 2nd in a series
Book: Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica Sims
Pages: 353 pages
Read: 7.24.16
Rating: ★★★★

It has been quite a long time since I've read the first book in this series. But I've been meaning to go back, and I know I really enjoyed the first one.

Sara Ward is a werewolf shifter with a traumatizing past. Her sister Bathsheba is the human mate to Beau Russell, the alpha were-cougar. In order to get Beau's cousin Savannah back from a wolf pack that has kidnapped her Sara has volunteered to go to the wolves. But in order to stave off unwanted attention she pretends to be mated/engaged to a were-bear named Ramsey Bjorn.

Sara is tired of being fearful of those around her, and of herself. Her second nature was thrust upon her with no one to guide her or help her in accepting her shifter side. The wolves claim they'll help her, but really they just need her as female werewolves are few and far between.

There were a lot of unique elements to this. Ramsey was a virgin before being with Sara, which is unusual in most romances. It was interesting and added something different to the story line. Sara's haunted past added another interesting aspect. I think Ramsey and Sara needed each other for different reasons. They may not have thought their mating would become something permanent, but they really do belong together.

This series (so far) has reminded me a lot of Shelley Laurenston's Pride series. There isn't quite as much humor, but the feel of the books are very similar (if that makes sense). I'm excited to see where the rest of this series goes.

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Annika | 323 comments Completion post

Match Point by Leigh Carman
Match Point
Rating; 3 stars
Read: 26/7
How it fits: #1 in series

Finn and Dex….where to begin. On side had we have Finn, the über-talented and mostly undefeated pro-volleyball player. He is deep in the closet and on the more surly and the anti-social side. On the other side there’s Dex, the über-friendly and outgoing center of attention that could charm an eskimo to buy ice. Bitter enemies since college and now forced to play on the same team. Now there’s a recipe for drama and fights to come.

I’m sad to say I never really believed in Dex and Finn as a couple. There was soo much back and forth, starts and stops that I’d recommend a neck brace to avoid whiplash. There was no end to the drama and animosity between them, and in the end the reasons behind it all were a bit anticlimactic to say the least.

I had one major issue with this books and it was the whole Tristan situation. (view spoiler)

That being said I did enjoy reading the book and might give the others a try.

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♎ Nereta♎  (littlecleo) | 65 comments Completion post

Roll 2#
Spot 21
Book One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Date read 07/24/16
Rating 5 stars
Task 2nd in series

This is second book of Night Huntress series. The first book was amazing. I loved it. Vampire Bones, half-vampire Catherine. He was bounty hunter and she was vampire slayer. They met unespected when Bones became her target. Firstly they hated each other but then they began to love each other.

This series is amazing. I recommend to read it for person who loves paranormormal, sweet romance, action.

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Annika | 323 comments I second that. It's one of my absolute favoutite series! :)

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♎ Nereta♎  (littlecleo) | 65 comments Roll 3#

You rolled 2 dice:

6 1

Timestamp: 2016-07-29 06:55:12 UTC

Our new spot is 28


1)Read book 2nd in series
2)Read book 8th in series


28. Athletes or Sports. This link might help Athletes, Sport stars etc

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Katherine (katkattrinn) | 760 comments Week 3
Spot #28 ~ Alternative #28 ~ Athletes or Sports

Beautiful Redemption (The Maddox Brothers, #2) by Jamie McGuire (The Maddox Brothers #2) by Jamie McGuire (260 p.)

message 47: by NayNay (last edited Jul 30, 2016 08:07AM) (new)

NayNay will read The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick

Week Three
Roll: 7
Spot: 28
Type: #2 Ravenstow Trilogy
Book: The Running Vixen by Elizabeth Chadwick
Read: 07/30/16
No of Pages: 374
Rate- 4 stars


It's 1126. Heulwen, daughter of Welsh Marcher baron Guyon FitzMiles, has grown up with her father's ward, Adam de Lacey. There has always been a spark between them, but when Heulwen marries elsewhere, to Ralf le Chevalier, a devastated Adam absents himself on various diplomatic missions for King Henry I. When Ralf is killed in a skirmish, Heulwen's father considers a new marriage for her with his neighbour's son, Warrin de Mortimer. Adam, recently returned to England, has good reason to loathe Warrin and is determined not to lose Heulwen a second time. But Heulwen is torn between her duty to her father and the pull of her heart. Adam is no longer the awkward boy she remembers, but a man who stirs every fibre of her being - which places them both in great danger, because Warrin de Mortimer is not a man to be crossed and the future of a country is at stake.

A medieval masterpiece with such beautiful historical detail and compelling narrative. Elizabeth Chadwick is a masterful writer in the historical fiction genre. Certainly knows how to bring the past to life, combined with an intensely gripping plot that keeps you glued to the pages.
Character-driven this is a book full of strong, memorable characters that pull you into the story and their lives, immensely moving.

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments I'm going with Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton it is number 2 in the Hudson Valley series.

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Sarah Dizon (sarahd828) | 715 comments Cream of the Crop (Hudson Valley, #2) by Alice Clayton

Roll 3: 28 - 2nd in a series
Book: Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton
Pages: 320 pages
Read: 7.31.16
Rating: ★★★★

Cream of the Crop is the second book in Alice Clayton's Hudson Valley series.

Natalie is a city girl through and through. She loves New York and more importantly she loves her job. She's a marketing executive at MCG. And she is excellent at her job. One of her best friends, Roxie, lives in Hudson Valley, and when a marketing opportunity pops up for the small town Natalie jumps at it for a chance to spend time with her friend.

Oscar, the dairy farmer, might have something to do with the reason Natalie was so eager. She sees him every Saturday at the farmer's market in the city and while she's usually confident, something about Oscar makes her nervous and unable to speak.

I enjoyed that Natalie wasn't the typical heroine in this romance story. She's a little larger than the typical female portrait, but she knows how to rock her body with confidence. It made her more comparable and easier to identify with (at least for me). She knows she isn't perfect. Natalie has a troubled past involving a man named Thomas, that keeps her from fully embracing whatever may happen between her and Oscar. She's not willing to give up herself for someone else.

In comparison to the first book, it wasn't as exciting, but that does not detract from the obvious chemistry between Oscar and Natalie. The story seemed to end a little too quickly, maybe a little more could have been added. It was resolved tidily, but a little too swiftly to be believable.

I'm very interested to see where the series goes from here. Clara sounds like a spit-fire, and her possible beau sounds like a challenge.

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Ezi Chinny (ezinwanyi) | 16425 comments Mod
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