Posts Categorized: 2014

Review: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

Review: This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova

January 29, 2015 2014, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

This Case is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova Narrated by Therese Plummer Series: Linnet Ellery #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Tor Books, 2012 Audiobook, purchased 320 pages 9 hours, 22 minutes Grade: B Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: What happens when The Firm meets Anita Blake? You get the Halls of Power—our modern world, but twisted. Law, finance, the military, and politics are under the sway of long-lived vampires, werewolves, and the elven Alfar. Humans make the best of rule by “the Spooks,” and contend among themselves to affiliate with the powers-that-be, in order to avoid becoming their prey. Very loyal humans are rewarded with power over other women and… Read more »

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Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

January 17, 2015 2014, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 10

Red Rising by Pierce Brown Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds Series: Red Rising Trilogy #1 Genre: Science Fiction Published by Del Rey, 2014 E-book, purchased 416 pages 16 hours, 12 minutes Grade: A- Narrator grade: A Synopsis: The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope. Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people… Read more »

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Review: Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan

Review: Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan

January 16, 2015 2014, B+, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Tainted Blood by M. L. Brennan Series: Generation V #3 Genre: Urban Fantasy Published by Roc, 2014 E-book, purchased 318 pages Grade: B+ Synopsis: In the third Generation V novel, Fortitude Scott proves that working with family can be deadly… Former film student Fortitude Scott is finally gainfully employed. Unfortunately, said employment happens to be with a group of sociopathic vampires—his family. And as much as Fort is loath to get too deep into the family business, when his brother, Chivalry, is temporarily unable to run the territory, it’s up to Fort to keep things under control. So when the leader of a powerful faction of shifters turns up murdered, Fort… Read more »

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Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

January 15, 2015 2014, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

  The Falconer by Elizabeth May Series: The Falconer #1 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (historical) Published by Chronicle Books, 2014 E-book, purchased 378 pages Grade: B- Synopsis: Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844 Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother. Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother,… Read more »

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WoW: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

WoW: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

January 7, 2015 2014, Waiting on Wednesday 6

Breaking the Spine blog hosts Waiting on Wednesday–a time each week we can spotlight upcoming releases. Visit the blog to find out more information and to leave your link on her blog.   The book I’m excited about this week: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs Series: Alpha & Omega #4 Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads: For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way… Charles and Anna soon discover that… Read more »

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Reading Challenges–How’d I do in 2014?

Reading Challenges–How’d I do in 2014?

January 3, 2015 2014, Audiobook Challenge, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, TBR Pile 6

The 2014 challenges, goals and results: 1. Goodreads (read 100 books). Completed! Read 102 books. 2. New Authors (25 new-to-me authors). Completed! Read 34 new authors. 3. TBR (read a TBR book each month and review it on the third Wednesday) Completed except for January–I signed up for this challenge about the time the first review was supposed to be posted. 4. TBR Pile (read 21 to 30 tbr pile books) Completed! Read 28 TBR books. 5. A Year of Rereading (reread 10+ books) Incomplete. Only 4 rereads. I just don’t reread many books. 6. Audiobooks (listen to 5-10 audiobooks) Completed! Listened to 16 audiobooks. 7. Book Bingo (fill in a bingo… Read more »

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My reading year

My reading year

January 2, 2015 2014, books, Reading Summary, Year End Wrap-Up 8

Reading Summary & Comparisons My favorite books: 5 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars I achieved my Goodreads goal of 100 books–read 102 books. Summary Genres I read (these numbers don’t add up since there’s some overlap) Fantasy–65% Urban Fantasy–19% Science Fiction–12% Mysteries–17% Romantic Suspense–4 % Romances–17% Young Adult–12% Short Stories/Novellas–2% Book Format (overlap in these numbers, too) E-books–75% Audiobooks–16% Print Books–10% Library books–11% NetGalley–2% Number of pages read 33,278 pages Books Read by Year 2014 — 27.4% 2013 — 13.7% 2012 — 15.7% 2011 — 10.8% 2010 — 5.0% 2009 to 1928 — 27.4% Book Ratings (I use letter grades on my blog, but… Read more »

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Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

December 31, 2014 2014, A-, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas Series: The Elementary Trilogy #2 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Published by Balzer + Bray Library book 416 pages Grade: A- Synopsis: After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in. Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with… Read more »

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Review: Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie

Review: Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie

December 29, 2014 2014, A, book rating, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 4

Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie Series: Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James #9 Genre: Mystery (police procedural) Published by William Morrow & Company E-book, purchased 416 pages Grade: A Synopsis: A gripping story of family rivalry, romance and sinister deeds, set in the haunting Scottish Highlands. When Detective Inspector Gemma James is persuaded by her friend, Hazel, to take a trip to the Scottish Highlands, land of mists and fine whiskey, she jumps at the chance. But Gemma soon learns that Hazel has ulterior motives, and that her friend has concealed more than one dangerous secret. At their remote B&B, Hazel encounters her former lover, Donald Brodie, now the owner of… Read more »

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Sunday Post: Dec 28

Sunday Post: Dec 28

December 28, 2014 2014, Sunday Post 15

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it! The last Sunday Post of 2014–the year flew by Last Week Home & blog So much fun to be together this week . . . lots of laughing and… Read more »

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