Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Winter's Respite Read-A-Thon Wrap Up

This Read-a-Thon has done me wonders! I've been so proud of myself. I finally finished A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller. And I managed to read three/four more books on top of that. Two of those books were ones that had wanted to get to, (Married by Mistake and How Miss Rutherford Got her Groove Back) and then I ended up rereading A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede which is composed of two books (Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward).


How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back by Sophie Barnes

Emily Rutherford has been in love with Adrian since they were children. And, believed that they had an understanding that they would be married. Little did she know that he would turn around and propose to her childhood best friend Kate. But maybe things aren't as bad as Emily thinks they are. At least not if Francis Riley, her former friend has anything to say about it.

I was a little disappointed with this book. Don't get me wrong, this book was just so cute. However, I kind of felt the relationship between Emily and Francis was rather rushed. I expected them to attend more parties and what not, maybe to see the beginning of a possible courtship between Emily and someone else. It just seemed very straightforward. We knew where it was going, I just didn't expect to be so fast. It was a quick read, I finished it in about a day. I guess I really don't have much to say about it. I'd give it a 3/5.

This is a book from my own personal library.

A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller

A Blight of Mages is the prequel to Karen Millers Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series. This is the story of Barl a young Mage who knows she is born to do great things, but because she is from an unranked family she isn't given a chance. She's restless, she can't stay in one place long enough, she just looking for something that will fulfill what she is capable of doing. Her brother Remmie, thinks she has a future doing what she is currently doing and that is making clocks, of course that's not good enough for Barl. On the other side of things, there is Morgan, a young Council member, who is a ranked Mage and is currently working on his magework trying to work something that will help protect Dorana, from something he knows is coming, but he can't tell what.

The two finally meet when Barl tries to convince the College at Elvado admittance, but is of course denied. With Barl by his side Morgan feels that he can do anything. She sees things differently and she's powerful, and Barl, finally gets the education she's always wanted. How they get to the ending, in which Barl and some of the others flee to Lur leaving Morgan behind isn't what we are led to believe in the original two books. There are actually a few things that are different. Of course they make a point of not exactly telling the complete truth to the people of Lur which would make sense that hundred of years later they would think things happened differently.

I have to say that I liked this book much better than I liked The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage. I felt that it started off better than the first one, I definitely got into it a lot more quickly. I had thought I wrote reviews for those books (I see that I didn't). However, I'm pretty sure I probably would have just complained about how the only character I had liked was Gar. I liked the majority of the characters here. And, I thought they were relatable, whose never felt like they could do better than what they were being forced to do? Whether it was at work or at school. Maybe not at the degree Barl, but those many of the characters called her arrogant, I don't think I saw that as much as they did.

There were a few problems I did have, the book was kind of long. I did expect for Barl and Morgan to meet sooner and for their problems to happen sooner. I kind of felt their journey to Lur and the outcome, Barl saving the rest of the Dorana people and the land of Lur, all of that felt rush. Of course I did expect some sort of big civil war to go on as they traveled so that might have been the reason why. They didn't exactly explain how Morgan became Morg. I don't know if I overlooked it (I don't think I did). I kind of now suspected it was Venette's doing, hoping it made him sound less human.

I gave A Blight of Mages 4/5.

A Blight of Mages is a book from my own personal library.

Married by Mistake by Abby Gaines

Casey Greene had a plan, she's not going to be a pushover any more! She's going to get her fiance to finally marry her. On a new reality show called Kiss the Bride. Unfortunately for Casey she hadn't actually expected that Joe would actually walk off and leave her by herself on live television. Luckily for Casey, Adam Carmichael who she had bumped into before the show has taken pity on her and has stepped in. However, what he planned to be a fake wedding has turned out to be completely legal! However, maybe things aren't as bad as they look. Until an annulment can go through, maybe they can use this marriage to their advantage? Casey needs time away from her family, and just learn not to be the dependable one. Adam... Adam needed a wife to keep his father's company, as by his father's will. And as long as he has one, he has time to find a way around that.

Now when I read romance novels I never expect to think "well can that really happen?" Because that kills the fun out of things and honestly I don't know Tennessee (or wherever they were) laws or wherever they were. So that aside. This was a cute quick read. I read it in two sitting. I would have read it in one, but I had to go to work. How dare those people think I had better things to do than leave my kindle? The characters were likable. I could relate to Casey who was used to being pushed around by her family (by everyone else to, but I'm just talking about her family her). I'm not usually big on Contemporary Romance, but if they're all cute like this, I could get to like this. I gave this book a 3/5.

This is a book from my own personal library.

The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

Description (from GoodReads): "Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?"

Well it's been a long time since I've read this book. I actually wrote the review but I didn't save it, it was on notepad and then my computer turned off on me. :( Anyway. I really liked this book. This was my first selkie read, which I think is why the book still stands out so much to me after so long. I didn't know what to expect, I didn't even know what selkies were I had to look them up. I loved mermaids growing up, they were my favorite sea mythical creatures, but after I had finished readings this, I'm not so sure any more.

This book took me about two days to finish. I had started it than I put it down and picked it up again. Once I got into it, that was it, I didn't put it down. The story moved at a good pace and I just wanted to know what came next. I loved Kait, who was strong. I feel like in YA, when a strong girl falls in love sometimes she isn't as strong, I didn't feel that way with Kait. And, if I remember correctly, she had felt that she wasn't as strong, afterward, but I don't think that was the case. I also really liked Tipper, and her story was a sad one. I can't remember what I thought her story was going to be, but what it was caught me a little off guard. I wasn't especially fond of Eamon, but I was able to move past that without much of a problem. I would give this book a 4/5.

I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Winter's Respite Read-A-Thon

Oh no! I mean to have this post up sooner! I had it all set to go and everything I just haven't been feeling too well. Goals as they stood Monday:

January's been a slow month for me, so I'm hoping to finish/read a few books for this read-a-thon. The one book I'm really hoping to finish is A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller, I've been on this book since the beginning of the month. I just haven't been able to finish it (it's my doing not that the books is bad or anything). 


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Quick Fix Challenge Review Link-Up

A little late than what I planned, but here it is! If you're participating in my 2013 Quick Fix Challenge and would like to share your reviews for books for this challenge feel free to link them here! Be sure to leave the title of the book.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 Wrap-Up

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

I was a little hesitant to do start writing this post yesterday. Considering I didn't do any reading yesterday (I never do any reading on Sunday, it's my long day at work), and the casual gamer in me on Saturday spent most of the day either playing my DS or going store to store looking for Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, because I don't support GameStop.

When I looked at things as the week went by I thought I did a bad job. However, in the long run I don't think I did. Though Monday I didn't read much, in the wee hours of Tuesday I did manage to finish reading Stepping on Roses, that manga is nine volumes long. So on top of finishing those nine volumes I got a little more than 200 pages shy of finishing A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller. So I didn't do too bad.

As to my other goals... well.... I participate in any of the challenges. They looked fun, just things I myself couldn't do. And the twitter chats. I wanted to do the twitter chats! I would have been able to participate in the first one if it hadn't been for my internet being a butt head! If it hadn't gone down I would have done it. The second time had been my laziness. I believe I had spent all of Wednesday reading? It was a good day for me! I was also pretty bad with keeping up with updates, usually I'm pretty good with that. But whatever (I'm in a whatever kind of mood right now).

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 Update 2 & 3

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

I didn't put up an update yesterday, I got too busy doing... nothing. Anyway. Reading as been good over the past two days. I've read about 150 pages of A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller. Am I anywhere to finishing it? No of course not that book is huge why did I start the year off reading that one and then think I could read four books during this read-a-thon? I don't even know. I missed the two twitter sessions the first because my internet had gone down and last nights because I was reading and not just doing nothing. Hopefully, I'll do a good job today. I plan on spending most of my day in bed, reading, until I have to get ready for work later today. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bout of Books 6.0 Update 1

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Okay... well now, I didn't read as much as I wanted to yesterday, as it was my day off so I had planned to read a ton. (I ended up spending the day out.) However, I did start and finish the Stepping on Roses manga.  I started The Baby-Sitters Club series. Other than that... not much reading was done yesterday. Let's hope today would be better for me.

Monday, January 7, 2013

It's Monday (Night)! What Are You Reading? (12)

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. I've decided that I'll do this meme, every two/three weeks (or you know, something like that). 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Showcase Sunday (16)

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books Biscuits and Tea.

I haven't done a Showcase Sunday in months (like since September or something).... I can't say I've been exactly good. I did one last splurge for 2012 (though it was actually done in on the 2nd of January it was supposed to be done the earlier, but I got snowed in). However, other than my massive splurge most of the books I received during R.A.K, giveaways, book exchanges, so it makes me feel a little better. I'm not even going to mention free ebooks (or ones I bought). Those ebooks will be next Sunday.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Goals

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. -From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

It's goal setting time for the Bout of Books Read-a-Thon! I work less days than I did a few months ago which could mean more reading during the read-a-thon. Just in case however, I hope to read at least two hours a day. I haven't done much reading lately, so I hope this will help me organize my time a little better. I also hope to finish a few books, the past two Bout of Books Read-a-Thons I've participated in I've managed to finish three books, I hope to finish four. And I know I always say this, but I really hope to participate in the twitter chats. I no longer work Mondays and Wednesdays, so maybe I'll get around to actually participating in the chats. Last, I hope to visit a others blogs. I don't think I did much of that the last time, I think I should be more social this time around.

I would make a list of the books I'm hoping to get to, but I'll be honest I'm still not sure what I want to read yet. I haven't touched a book in days I really need to stop being lazy....

The Baby-Sitters Club Reading Challenge

This is The Baby-Sitters Club Reading Challenge hosted by Beauty and the Armageddon. I've never actually read The Baby-Sitters Club, though I had always wanted to when I was younger. I received the spin-off series "Little Sister" in the mail for a number of years when I was younger, however. Every few months I would get a package with a few books. I'm not really sure what happened to those books, though. 

Anyway, earlier today, I finally (FINALLY) went to the used books store and began buying them. I now own the first four! I also found and bought two of the "Little Sister" books, the 5th and the 10th, there were many others. However, they were later ones in the series and I knew I would loose track of which ones I had the next time I went back. I plan on continuing to buy them throughout the year. And, Luckily enough for me, they'll be relatively cheap at the used bookstore (like a dollar a piece). My goal is simply to read as many of them as I can in 2013.

2012 Challenge Wrap Ups

Okay... well out of 35 challenges for 2012 I managed to complete 12. I actually did a really bad job with keep track of the number of books I read in 2012 and with the challenges. I'm hoping to do a better job with keeping track of the books I read this year. Considering the number of challenges I joined (which I actually don't know the actual number and I don't really want to know to be honest).

Alright so the challenges I completed:

  1. 1st in a Series
  2. Bucket List Reading Challenge
  3. Chunksters Challenge
  4. Fairy Tales Retold
  5. Mount TBR Reading Challenge
  6. Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks
  7. Read Your Own Books
  8. Rereading Challenge
  9. Speculative Fiction Challenge
  10. Tea & Books Reading Challenge
  11. Those Books I Should Have Read
  12. YA Reading Challenge

Oh and there are 23 other challenges I joined in 2012 what about them? I have no idea what you are talking about....

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Feminist Reads Challenge

Happy New Year! And I'm still signing up for challenges. Okay, I'm not gonna lie, I've lost track of the number of Reading Challenges I've entered for this year. I know I was at 33 a few challenges ago... or a ton of challenges ago, lets be honest, I don't WANT to know how many I've entered. It's not my fault they keep finding me!

Now this is the 2013 Feminist Reads Challenge hosted by The Hiding Spot. This is a challenge about reading books with strong female characters. I'll be going with the second level Medium: 5-10 books

A few possibilities:

Chunkster Challenge 2013

And, those challenges keep coming in. This is the Chunkster Challenge 2013 hosted by Wendy. Now this is a challenge in 2012 I managed to complete and even pass (I really need to get around to making my wrap-up posts, maybe when I get back from work). This year I decided to join with the second level: The Plump Primer - this option is for the slightly heavier reader who wants to commit to SIX Chunksters over the next twelve months.

Read in 2013:
  1. A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller