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Dragons & Deception

Today, I’ve got so many exciting things to share in partnership with Xpresso Book Tours!

  • First, “Songs of Insurrection” by J.C. Kang sounds excellent!  (There’s an excerpt for you reading pleasure under the cut!)
  • Second, it’s only 99 cents until March 10th (along with a couple of other of Kang’s dragon books)!
  • Finally– there’s an Amazon gift card giveaway to go along with this announcement!  (a Rafflecopter giveaway)

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The Game Begins

All weekend, I’m partnering up with Xpresso Book Tours to bring you sneak peek excerpts, cover reveals, and giveaways!  It’s no secret I love to read anything I can get my hands on, so I’m always jumping on the opportunity to talk about books!

Today, I’m talking about Victoria Danann’s “The Game Begins.”  The synopsis of this book really pulled me in.  It’s sounding like a darker, more adult Percy Jackson.

If you want to read this book, you can enter to win one of 10 signed copies!   Enter here!

And if you want to get started reading it now, there’s an excerpt under the cut:

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What I Read in December

I think my new year’s resolution is going to be making sure I do one of these every month… I know I missed a few last year.  Well, this What I Read is going to be December, plus a 2016 Goodreads wrap-up and 2017 goals!

December first then.  I read 5 books last month!

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The Magician’s Land | I read the whole Magicians trilogy last year and I really, really liked it.  More of an adult Chronicles of Narnia than Harry Potter, which I’ve often heard it compared to.  The school stuff is largely over by this, the third and final book in the series.  This serves as a nice wrap up to the story as a whole.  Each book really stands alone but they come together to tell a complete tale.  I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes books about magic!

Walk on Earth A Stranger | As soon as I started reading this one, I knew it wasn’t what I had expected.  The main character, Leah, senses gold in the earth.  However, the story comes off less magical and more… Oregon Trail.  I swear, that’s all I could think about the whole time I read this book!  I followed this one by watching West World, which was completely in aesthetic, so I’m grateful for that.  I ended up liking it, but again, it just wasn’t what I expected.  I wanted more of a focus on the ability and less of a historical piece.

Frost Like Night | How did I read this whole series?  I wanted to like it, and the covers were so beautiful, but just eh.  The first book set up a world that I wanted to be interested in, the second book gave me Indiana Jones-type adventures and puzzles renewing my interest, but the third book just dragged.  The whole book was just waiting for this final battle; it just felt so drawn out.  I just wanted it to end.

The Blood of Olympus | I read the Percy Jackson  series like lightening (pun intended) and the Heroes of Olympus started out the same way.  House of Hades slowed me down a little, and this last one had been waiting and waiting for me to pick it up.  I wanted to knock the series out before the year is up.  While again, you’re sort of waiting for the final conflict, at least I’m very endeared to these characters and most really got an opportunity to shine– Piper, Leo, Nico, and Reyna in particular.  I loved the end and totally shed a tear or two.  Totally recommend these books for loves of mythology and adventure!

A Modern Witch | I had marked this as to-read long ago, but breaking open my new Kindle and seeing the price… it was time!  I really tried to save this one for the new year to get a jump start on my 2017 reading goal, but it was too quick of a read.  A sweet book for anyone who likes witchcraft.  There’s very little actual plot, but it’s nice to read.  Feel good stuff.

These five books bring my 2016 total to 58 books!  (Check out which on Goodreads!)  My original goal was 50, so I kind of killed it.  This year, I’ve set myself a goal of 60 books… and I’m off to a good start already!

Anyone else have a reading goal for 2017?

What I Read: November Edition

Last month was another great reading month, save for the time Pokémon Sun & Moon brought reading to a screeching halt.  I managed to read 5 books before the game came out, though!

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The Graces | I picked this book because the cover was gorgeous and the book jacket intrigued me.  I was a little disappointed with the writing style and the story felt… hmm, a bit younger than I expected?  It was kind of teen party heavy, but the heavy dose of witchcraft kept me in it and a slight twist and the end keeps me interested enough to read a sequel, which I believe there will be.

Rebel of the Sands | I somehow found a signed copy of this one in my local B&N.  This is an immersive story and the world only gets more and more interesting.  It starts a little Western mixed with Arabian, but once the magical history of the world comes into play, things get much more interesting!  This is the first of a trilogy and ends mid-rebellion, so I’m in it for the next one.

Aerie | The sequel to my beloved Magonia.  I actually saw this cover and picked the book up before I read Magonia– bringing this home was my catalyst to start Magonia, and as you can see, I read them very near to each other.  While not quite as amazing as the first, Aerie brought me back to Aza’s life and world.  It was emotional and beautiful, and brought an end to the tale in the sky.

The Magicians | My coworker was telling me about the TV series based on this book series and I remembered I’d had this in my to-read pile forever.  I devoured it.  It’s an interesting twist on a Narnia-type world.  The pacing was very, very strange but the end was extremely satisfying!   All-in-all I enjoyed the book and jumped into the sequel.

The Magician King | Here’s where the series got a little grittier, as promised.  More oriented in the world of Fillory and the world of The Magicians, I read this one even faster.  Learning about Julia was the most interesting thing in this book.  The end of this one was not as satisfying, and thus I jumped into the third and final book in the trilogy… which I’m still working on!

What did you read in November?

What I Read: October 2016

Okay, it’s pretty late in November to put this post up.  I’ve been busy with Pokémon Sun and Moon, duh.

The good news is, after a slow summer with books, October saw me picking up the pace again.  My trip to Tennessee with its immense flight delays helped me get two books under my belt and feel up on my reading game again.  Here’s what I read last month!

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A Game of Thrones | I can’t even tell you how long ago I started this book.  I picked it up again and finished in in a combination mass market paperback/audiobook format.  I’ve been struggling with whether audiobooks count toward my goal of 50 this year, but if Goodreads says they do, I guess they do.  Anyway, the book is dense but it’s always better to read the original than watch a TV adaption, just saying.

Mistborn | I also started this before my summer slump and got like, 100 pages into it.  I picked it up again and started loving it.  Once I got into it, it was really a quick read.  This is my first foray in Sanderson and I must say, I’m excited to read more!  I picked up a copy of the next in the Mistborn series already.

Firewalker | I read this in the airport and on the tarmac.  I was iffy about the first one in this series, Trial By Fire, but I found myself thinking about the story and wanting to read this one… this is why I usually take breaks in between series!  I’m iffy about this one too.  We’re much more oriented in the world this time around, but being a middle novel in a series, this feels a bit transitional to me.

Soulless | A friend recommended the Parasol Protectorate to me last year.  I found all 5 in a used genre bookstore in San Francisco’s Mission district and picked ’em up for $4 a piece.  I read this on the plane ride home from Nashville, and it went pretty quickly.  It’s probably not something I would’ve chosen for myself, but the main character is engaging enough and I’ll definitely finish out the series.  I’m glad I got them used, though.

Never Fade | The second book in the Darkest Minds series was definitely not as good as the first.  I do like Alexandra Bracken, though– her worlds are so full and her writing is great.  I got a little emotional at times reading this one, believe it or not.  The ending was unsatisfying, but only in a way that means you need to keep reading.

Magonia | Confession: I read this title as Magnolia and thought it was that until the world came up in the book.  The first maybe 30 pages of this one are slow.  We dive right into the main character, Aza’s, pattern of thinking/speaking.  I grew to absolutely love the way Aza was written, but it’s not maybe the most engaging part of the story.  Once you do get to Magonia itself, you can’t put this book down.  I cried a bunch of times.  I freaking loved this book and read the sequel soon after… more on that in What I Read inNovember’s post!

So, 6 down in October and with November almost over, I can’t wait to share what I got through this month.

For a preview, follow along on Goodreads!