M.I.A.

Attention readers:  Hello!  I am still alive!  I have been traveling for vacation and for work, and my time has been very limited.  I’m still plugging away reading, but will need to give you some updates on my reviews ASAP.

 

Looking forward to diving into a few more good books!

XOXO,

Shan

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Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cara Carmack

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Author: Cara Carmack

ebook: 204 pages

Published: October 15, 2012

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

*****

Goodreads: Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

*****

I received Losing It from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Losing It was a light, FUN New Adult read.  This was one of the first books in the New Adult genre that I’ve read that didn’t include a disturbing, tragic, damaged past and/or behavior.  I can only take those gut wrenching books a few times a month (they can be QUITE emotional for me).  Anyway, Losing It was exactly how I wanted it to be, and for that Ms. Carmack… I thank you!  I breezed through Losing It, because it was one of those addicting reads, where we jumpred right into the story!  So guess what? Our main character, Bliss, is a virgin (for shame!… JK), and her BFF, Kelsey, wants Bliss to lose IT.  And when I say IT… I mean… doing the nasty/gettin’ it on/sexytimes… you know.  All of that!  That is how our story begins and it carries us through the whole book.

Bliss was a likable enough main character.  She had never met any guy that she was close enough and/or sexually attracted to enough to want to be intimate with them.  Being a Type A person, Bliss also wants to be the one in control… and giving herself to a guy would be a challenge to for her.  The other characters were good, too.  Garrick is the object of Bliss’ affection, and he sounds like the total package.  He has a British accent, he’s incredibly handsome, he owns a motorcycle (of course), and did I mention he has a British accent??  On top of Bliss’ awkwardness on trying to lose it with Garrick, he also ends up being her newest professor!  That’s some bad luck for an almost 1 Night Stand!  I like the love story between Bliss and Garrick.  There’s a bit of a love triangle, because one of Bliss’ best friends has feelings for her.  Fear not… Cade gets his story in Faking It, and it’s AWESOME!  Kelsey was a good enough character, too.  I’m looking forward to her story, too!

This book was a 3-4 star book for me.  I love how it didn’t take itself too seriously.  It was full of laughs, awkward scenes, and romance.  I would recommend this book to anyone!

 

 

Weekly Roundup: Week 8… 6/9/13

Hi everyone!  How were your weeks?  I turned the big 2-9 this past week, so that was fun 🙂  I have been focusing more on reading this week, too.  What did you all get this week?

 

NetGalley:

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One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) by K.A. Tucker

I was so excited about this one (but I’ve heard it isn’t as good at Ten Tiny Breaths…)

 

Purchased:

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If I Were You (Inside Out Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

$3.99 sale

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Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

$.99 sale!

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) by Jenny Han

$1.99 Kindle Daily Deal

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Changeling (Order of Darkness #1) by Philippa Gregory

$1.99 Kindle Daily Deal

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Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet # 1) by C.J. Roberts

$.99 sale!

 

W…W…W… and Waiting On Wednesday: Week 5

www_wednesdays4Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To participate in this feature, you just have answer these three simple questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading….

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Tangled by Emma Chase

This was blowing up all over social media and 1/3 of Crazy Book Geeks (GBGs) loaned it to me!  My loan is up this Friday, so I will be a reading machine 🙂

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Sacrifice (Legacy #3) by Cayla Kluver

I recently finished…

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Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack, Trail of Dead (Scarlet Bernard #2) by Melissa F. Olson and Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris

Busy week, right??? Reviews to come for some of those!!!

Next I’ll read…

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I’m hosting my first book club in San Francisco this week!  It’s a mix of colleagues in the insurance field and some friends.  So far, my friends have been telling me that they have loved the book…. and it has stellar reviews on Goodreads.  Can’t wait to read this over the weekend! XO

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The Shadow (The Darkness Trilogy #1) by A.G. Porter; The Bane (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor;.  Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair #3) by Raine Miller; The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy) by Laura Andersen; The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) by Jessica Sorensen; Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris.  

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we’re anxiously awaiting. 

Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu

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From Goodreads: The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!

He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion? 

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

I was expecting Champion to come out in 2014, so I was thrilled to hear that we will get to see the conclusion this Fall.  Do you know how HUGE the Fall will be for books!?  I can hardly wait!  Check out my review for Legend!  I will be reading Prodigy SOON!

What are you all waiting on?  Have a great rest of your week!

XOXO, Shannon

Trail of Dead (Scarlett Bernard #2) by Scarlett Bernard

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Author: Melissa F. Olson

Published: June 4, 2013

Paperback, 295 pages

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

*****

Summary from Goodreads: As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett’s secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city’s unearthly underworld.

Now two dead witches are found a few days before Christmas, and Scarlett is once again strong-armed into assisting the investigation. She soon finds a connection between the murders and her own former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire and who harbors her own sinister agenda. Now Scarlett must revisit her painful past to find Olivia—unless the blood-drenched present claims her life first.

*****

I received a copy of Trail of Dead from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  And if I’m being honest, this was probably the most excited that I’ve been to receive an ARC to read and review!!!

I enjoyed Trail of Dead even better than I did Dead Spots.  All of our favorite characters (vampires… witches…werewolves… etc.) come back for the second installment in the Scarlett Bernard series.

My favorite part, hands down, of Trail of Dead is that we get to learn more about our main character, Miss Scarlett Bernard.  Yes, Scarlett can kick butt and get a job done, but she’s a sad, lost girl who needs a true friend to be there for her.  My character review of Scarlett in Dead Spots didn’t pick up on the things that seem obvious to me now (I will have to reread Dead Spots before book 3!)  Dashiell (my fav), Kirsten, and Will, the supernatural leaders of the Los Angeles area, all respect their favorite null/cleaner, and all of them show concern for her well being.  What stood out to me more was not Scarlett’s sense of humor or casual/cool style, but how confused and damaged she is.  Without giving any spoilers…. Scarlett thinks that her existence and null abilities are the culprit for lots of bloodshed.  She blames herself for several deaths, including her parents, and doesn’t know that her roommate Molly or “boyfriend” Eli care about her or if they care about what being around her does for their supernatural selves.   She’s lonely, and she doesn’t know if she belongs in the supernatural world or the human world.  A hardened exterior and some snarky jokes try to mask the hurt that she is harboring underneath her cool disposition.  Her new found skill confuses the heck out of her, and I’m excited to continue to see what else she’ll learn about it.

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The love triangle is still there, but I think it seems obvious who Scarlett would like to be with.  Mr. Cop (Jesse) has strong feelings for Scarlett, but he can’t get over what she does for her profession.  Cleaning up supernatural crime scenes goes against what he believes in as a detective and as a person, so it puts him in an awkward position.  His refusal to accept Scarlett for what she does adds to her self punishment.  Eli wants to be with Scarlett… he wants to hold her and be with her always.  But Scarlett still isn’t sure if he truly wants to be with her.   This doubt that Scarlett carries puts stress on their relationship.

Trail of Dead isn’t one of those sexy-times paranormal romance novels – in fact, there isn’t much romantic “action” at all.  It’s an Urban Fantasy series that puts more emphasis on world building, intricate plots, and complex characters. With Scarlett being so vulnerable and the way that the plot unfolded, there simply wasn’t enough time to fit in extra hookups!

Trail of Dead is told mostly from Scarlett’s point of view, but every few chapters, we hear from Jesse Cruz’s point of view as well.  It was a good way to find out clues as to what the villains were planning, since Scarlett and Jesse aren’t together the whole time (and to see what Jesse thinks about the supernatural world and Scarlett…)  We also got to see how Jesse’s love life had been after we left off in Dead Spots.  It was interesting, but I wasn’t thrilled to hear about him with a yoga bunny after things didn’t work out with Scar-bear!  I wish that we could see what Eli thinks from time to time, too!  In The Mortal Instruments series, we get to hear from all three parts of the love triangle 🙂  I preferred hearing the story told from Scarlett’s point of view, mostly because I feel like she has more relevance to the whole background story.  I liked the plot in Trail of Dead as much as I liked Dead Spots.  They both have the same creeptastic, bloody crime scene that begs the question… what the heck happened!?  And then they dive right into what could have caused such a thing to happen… and why?  Trail of Dead builds on the major cliffhanger that we were left with in Dead Spots, but there are many more mysteries to uncover as the story moves along.  Sometimes, I found myself a little confused on all of the names of the special witch artifacts, but I think I kept up!

It was obvious that Olson put a lot of research into her writing, and that really helped with the world building come together.  Her tidbits on the areas of LA (the traffic down to the weather and how people dress), supernatural artifacts and history (OK, I did not google to see if there is any history behind this, but it was believable enough to me!), and Jesse’s job as a detective (we got to hear more about the day to day paper pushing aspect of the job, and not just yellow tape and crime scenes).  It’s impressive.  I can tell that Olson loves what she is doing, and I thought she had Scarlett, Jesse, and Olivia’s and most of the rest of the gang’s characters down very well.  After finishing Trail of Dead, I think Scarlett is a bit like an onion (Shrek shout out!), because she is complex, one of a kind, and a bit of a lost soul.  There’s so much to her that she internalizes, and we keep finding more and more about her.  I can’t wait to see what Olson has in store for Scarlett, (and Jesse and Eli and everyone else, too!)  Can’t wait for book 3!!!

I will be featuring an exclusive interview with Melissa in the near future, so stay tuned!

Thank you again to Melissa and to 47th North for allowing me to read and review!

Weekly Roundup: Week 7 6/2/13

Hi everyone!  Hope that you had a great weekend!

 

Wanted to make a few announcements.

1) Danielle from What Danielle Did Next, and I are going to be hosting a Slammed readalong for the first three books in the Slammed book series.  Details to come SOON!

 

2) I finished the ARC Challenge!  I finished 6 books in May, which is much less than my usual 10-12 books.  I have been waking up at 5:45am a few days a week for an early boot camp and my boyfriend has had weekends off this past month.  Both have left me with less time for reading… but I do try to squeeze some in each night!  I still have to write up a review for two of them… hope to get caught up this week 🙂

 

3) Let’s get on with this roundup!

Edelweiss:

 

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Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles

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Projection by Risa Green

 

NetGalley:

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Complete Me (Stark Trilogy #3) by J. Kenner

 

Purchased:

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A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) by Kresley Cole

 

It was a quiet week for me!  Anyway, what did you all get!?

W…W…W… Wednesdays and Waiting On Wednesday: Week 4

www_wednesdays4Hosted by Should Be Reading.

To participate in this feature, you just have answer these three simple questions:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading….

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Trail of the Dead (Scarlet Bernard #2) by Melissa F. Olson

I’m loving Trail of the Dead (Scarlet Bernard #2)!!!  Dead Spots is a fresh, new Urban Fantasy/Paranormal series that follows our badass heroine around the supernatural world of LA.  Scarlet was born into the supernatural world, because she is a null.  That means that she can turn these supernatural vampires, werewolves, and witches humans temporarily by counteracting their spells and magic.  With Scarlet’s gift, she scrubs supernatural crime scenes clean.  On top of learning about Scarlet’s interesting talents, there’s a great love triangle between an LAPD cop who got mixed up in her world and a werewolf bartender.  A whole other mess of things happen, and I really want you to pick up and read this series!!!  You must read Dead Spots first!

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Sacrifice (Legacy #3) by Cayla Kluver and Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack

I recently finished…

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Spirit (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer and Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack

Loved Spirit (are you sick of me talking about the Elemental series??  I guess I have to wait till 2014 for the next one… WAHHH!) I enjoyed Losing It, too!  Review is to come, but it’s a New Adult novel that doesn’t take itself too seriously – thank you Cora Carmack!

Two five star review in one week?  Craziness!  Check out my reviews to hear how much I loved Breathless and Unhinged!

Next I’ll read…

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Unraveling (Unraveling #1) by Elizabeth Norris 

Gotta get through my library book to avoid huge fines!!! 🙂

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The Shadow (The Darkness Trilogy #1) by A.G. Porter; The Bane (The Eden Trilogy #1) by Keary Taylor;.  Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair #3) by Raine Miller; The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy) by Laura Andersen; Tangled by Emma Chase; The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) by Jessica Sorensen.  

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we’re anxiously awaiting. 

Hmmm…. waiting on so many books, but thought I’d give a shout out to one of another one of my favorite series, The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4)!

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In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

O.M.G. I am DYING TO GET THE FIERY HEART!  It honestly HURTS MY HEART TO WAIT!  I’m sorry… my 28 self is throwing a bit of a temper tantrum, but I just adore the Bloodlines series.  Richelle Mead is amazing, and I definitely plan on reading her other book series while I twiddle my thumbs… waitin’ on The Fiery Heart.  If you haven’t read Vampire Academy and Bloodlines… get with the program! It has Young Adult/Paranormal/Romance/Action… you’re going to love them.  You can thank me later.

Everyone, have a happy and safe weekend!  Let’s hear what you’re reading/waiting on!