Posts Categorized: COYER Winter

COYER Wrap-up

COYER Wrap-up

March 7, 2015 2015, COYER Winter, Reading Challenges 2

I participated in the Winter COYER and though I didn’t accomplish my goals I still had fun and am glad I joined this challenge. Here were my goals for COYER: Read & review at least 20 books – that would be two books a week! — I read and reviewed 17 books Visit and comment on at least 5 reviews from the linky a week — Not accomplished Participate in at least 2 of the read-a-thons — Not accomplished Participate in at least one twitter party — Not accomplished Participate in the Facebook group — Not accomplished Do at least 1 mini-challenge — Not accomplished I plan to post a… Read more »

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Review: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Review: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

March 6, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie Narrated by John Keating Series: Shattered Sea #1 Genre: YA Historical Fantasy Published by Recorded Books, 2014 (Del Rey, 2014) Audiobook, purchased 336 pages 9 hours, 17 minutes Grade: B Narrator Grade: B Synopsis: “I swore an oath to be avenged on the killers of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath” Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea itself. And he must do it all with only one good hand. The deceived will become the deceiver. Born a… Read more »

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Review: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

Review: Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell

March 5, 2015 2015, B, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Hot Lead, Cold Iron by Ari Marmell Series: Mick Oberon #1 Genre: Urban Fantasy (Historical) Published by Titan Books, 2014 E-book, purchased 400 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Chicago, 1932. Mick Oberon may look like just another private detective, but beneath the fedora and the overcoat, he’s got pointy ears and he’s packing a wand. Oberon’s used to solving supernatural crimes, but the latest one’s extra weird. A mobster’s daughter was kidnapped sixteen years ago, replaced with a changeling, and Mick’s been hired to find the real child. The trail’s gone cold, but what there is leads Sideways, to the world of the Fae, where the Seelie Court rules. And Mick’s not… Read more »

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Review: A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

Review: A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch

March 5, 2015 2015, B, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews, TBR Pile 2

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch Series: Charles Lenox Mysteries #1 Genre: Historical Mysteries (Victorian England) Published by Minotaur Books, 2007 E-book, purchased 324 pages Grade: B Synopsis: Charles Lenox, Victorian gentleman and armchair explorer, likes nothing more than to relax in his private study with a cup of tea, a roaring fire and a good book. But when his lifelong friend Lady Jane asks for his help, Lenox cannot resist the chance to unravel a mystery. Prudence Smith, one of Jane’s former servants, is dead of an apparent suicide. But Lenox suspects something far more sinister: murder, by a rare and deadly poison. The grand house where the girl… Read more »

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Review: The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

Review: The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey

March 4, 2015 2015, book rating, C+, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 6

The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey Series: Bloodbound #1 Genre: Fantasy Romance Published by Ace, 2014 E-book, purchased 368 pages Grade: C+ Synopsis: Of all those in the King of Alden’s retinue, the bloodbinders are the most prized. The magic they wield can forge invaluable weapons, ones that make soldiers like Lady Alix Black unerringly lethal. However, the bloodbinders’ powers can do so much more—and so much worse… A cunning and impetuous scout, Alix only wishes to serve quietly on the edges of the action. But when the king is betrayed by his own brother and left to die at the hands of attacking Oridian forces, she winds up single-handedly saving her… Read more »

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Reading Challenge Update–Jan & Feb

Reading Challenge Update–Jan & Feb

March 1, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, TBR Pile 0

I have a page for each of my challenges. On those pages I update my challenges as I read a book or review it.   ……………………….. Audiobooks (challenge– 20-30 audiobooks) –I’ve listened to 5 books Cloak & Dagger (challenge–20 books) –I’ve read 4 mysteries Goodreads (challenge–110 books) –I’ve read 19 books so far (17% complete–2 books ahead of schedule) Library (challenge–12-16 books) –I’ve read 1 book from the library New Authors (challenge–25 new authors) –I’ve read 6 new authors TBR (challenge–read & review one TBR book on the third Wednesday each month) –I’ve reviewed one book on each of the third Wednesdays of January and February TBR Pile (challenge–31-40 books)… Read more »

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Review: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

Review: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

February 28, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov Narrated by Scott Brick Series: Robot #0.1 Genre: Science Fiction Published by Random House Audio, 2004 (originally published 1950) Audiobook, purchased 225 pages 8 hours, 20 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B+ Synopsis: The three laws of Robotics: 1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; 3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. With these three simple… Read more »

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Review: Classic Love Poems by Shakespeare, Browning, Poe, et al.

Review: Classic Love Poems by Shakespeare, Browning, Poe, et al.

February 27, 2015 2015, A, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, Reading Challenges, reviews 0

Classic Love Poems by (see below) Narrated by Richard Armitage Series: None Genre: Poetry Published by Audible Studios, 2015 Audiobook, free 22 Minutes Grade: A Narrator Grade: A Synopsis: For anyone who’s in love – or hopes to be – what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world’s greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 15 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine’s Day – or any day. Included in this collection are: • “How do I love thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning • “Sonnet 116” by William Shakespeare • “Annabel… Read more »

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Review: A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

Review: A Test of Wills by Charles Todd

February 26, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, B+, book rating, Cloak & Dagger Mystery Reading Challenge, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 3

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd Narrated by Samuel Giles Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge #1 Genre: Historical Mystery (Great Britain, 1919) Published by Recorded Books, 2012 (originally published 1996) Audiobook, purchased 305 pages 10 hours, 28 minutes Grade: B+ Narrator Grade: B Synopsis: Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult… Read more »

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Review: Servants’ Hall by Margaret Powell

Review: Servants’ Hall by Margaret Powell

February 23, 2015 2015, Audiobook Challenge, Audiobooks, B, book rating, COYER Winter, Goodreads, New Author Challenge, Reading Challenges, reviews 2

Servants’ Hall: A Real Life Upstairs, Downstairs Romance by Margaret Powell Narrated by Susan Lyons Series: None Genre: Memoir Published by Audible Studios, 2013 (originally published 1979) Audiobook, purchased 192 pages 7 hours, 3 minutes Grade: B Narrator grade: B Synopsis: Margaret Powell’s Below Stairs, a servant’s firsthand account of life in the great houses of England, became a sensation among readers reveling in the luxury and subtle class warfare of Masterpiece Theatre’s hit television series Downton Abbey. In Servants’ Hall, another true slice of life from a time when armies of servants lived below stairs simply to support the lives of those above, Powell tells the true story of Rose,… Read more »

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