It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

Lottery Boy Michael Byrne

Currently Reading:

The Serpent King Jeff ZentnerThe Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Synopsis: Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

Review: Covenant With the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis

Covenant with the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) Jeanne KalogridisCovenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne Kalogridis

Publication Date: September 1st 1994
Details: Hardcover, 324 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385313131
Source: Either I bought it or my mom did. 🙂

Jeanne Kalogridis:
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Buy Covenant With the Vampire:
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Summary

A sensual, terrifying, incredibly accomplished first novel, this fascinating prequel to the classic and most popular horror novel of all time, Dracula, focuses on Dracula’s great-nephew, who inherits the job of managing his great-uncle’s estate…and his appetite. Written in diary form as Dracula is, this compulsively readable book has revelations that will shock and delight readers of the original. More erotic than Anne Rice, Kalogridis is a major new voice in vampire fiction. The first chilling tale in an exciting new trilogy is a rich and terrifying historical novel set fifty years before the opening of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. At the castle of Prince Vlad Tsepesh, also known as Dracula, Vald’s great-nephew Arkady is honored to care for his beloved though strange great-uncle…until he beings to realize what is expected of him in his new role. It seems that either he provides his great-uncle with unsuspecting victims to satisfy his needs, or Vlad will kill those Arkady loves. He is trapped into becoming party to murder and sadistic torture. And it is in his blood. When Arkady learns that his newborn son is being groomed one day to follow in his footsteps, he knows that he must fight Dracula, even if it means death.

Review

I have wanted to read this book since I found out about it back in 2007. So needless to say I was beyond excited when I walked into Goodwill last year and found the whole trilogy just sitting there on the shelf waiting for me. I am so happy that I own all three because Covenant with the Vampire was great and I can’t wait to pick up the second book.

It took me an entire week to read this book because I’ve been having trouble recently with concentrating. I have had a lot on my mind and it’s been making most things, especially reading, very difficult. However, I have no doubt that if I wasn’t having this problem, I would have read this in a day.

The only problem I had with this book was the fact that Arkady drove me insane. There were so many times I wanted to reach into the book and shake him. I might have even said to my dad once or twice that I wanted to smack Arkady because he’s an idiot. Of course I just got a weird look.

Other than that, it was an amazing book and I hope to get to the next one very soon. If you like vampires, you should check this one out.

4 out of 5 stars

Review: A Billionaire Between the Sheets by Katie Lane

A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) Katie LaneA Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Overnight Billionaires #1) by Katie Lane

Publication Date: November 24th 2015
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 9781455533138
Source: Won a copy from Goodreads. 🙂

Katie Lane:
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Buy A Billionaire Between the Sheets:
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Summary

Overnight billionaires, the Beaumont brothers are thrust into life in the fast lane with exotic cars, private jets . . . and sex and success on their minds.

A commanding presence in the boardroom and the bedroom, Deacon Beaumont has come to save the failing company French Kiss. He was born to be boss in this glamorous new world of lacy lingerie and stunning supermodels. But one bold and beautiful woman dares to question his authority.

Olivia Harrington has dedicated her life to the company’s success. Just because Deacon is sexy as hell doesn’t mean he’ll make a better CEO. With a limitless supply of push-up bras and garter belts, Olivia turns her considerable feminine charms on Deacon to discover what makes him tick . . . and reveals instead the billion reasons why she wants him to stay.

Review

I had a hard time rating this book. Sometimes I would be really enjoying it and other times I was slightly annoyed. I don’t know, maybe I’m just being picky, but there were times when I really didn’t like Deacon. Olivia’s neighbors, and Grayson were the only characters I can actually say I liked. Everyone else I either didn’t like or didn’t care about at all.

The reason I liked the book and gave it three stars was the fact that it was funny. There were a few times this book had me laughing out loud.

Even though I didn’t absolutely love this one, I would still love to read the next book, A Billionaire After Dark.

3 out of 5 stars

Waiting on Wednesday: Nightstruck

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

Nightstruck Jenna BlackNightstruck by Jenna Black

Details: Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Tor Teen
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: The start of a spooky yet romantic dark paranormal horror series from Glimmerglass author Jenna Black

The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.

Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents’ divorce. Her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents’ ambitious expectations of her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend’s boyfriend. That all changes the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.

Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds. As dark magic trickles into Philadelphia, strange creatures roam the streets and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises each morning. The moment the sun sets, most citizens shut themselves in their houses and stay there no matter what they hear.

The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off her responsibilities and join them.

Review: Grimm House by Karen McQuestion

Grimm House Karen McQuestionGrimm House by Karen McQuestion

Publication Date: November 12th 2015
Details: Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Nightsky Press
ISBN: 9780986416477
Source: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 🙂

Karen McQuestion:
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Buy Grimm House:
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Summary

When Hadley’s parents leave on a cruise and then are reported lost at sea, her perfect world is turned upside down.

In a flash she is whisked away to a new life of drudgery at Grimm House where she waits on not one but two persnickety old aunts. As she grudgingly fulfills their commands of cooking, cleaning, and even after-dinner-dancing, she comes to suspect the aunts are really witches who are scheming to take the thing she loves best.

With only her wits and the help of some unlikely new friends, Hadley makes a plan to escape Grimm House and find her way home before it’s too late.

For ages 7 – 11, or those who are young at heart.

Review

Grimm House was a good read. It wasn’t amazing but I liked it. I gave it three stars because I’m sure I would have really enjoyed this book when I was a kid. I wish I had it when I was seven and was obsessed with Goosebumps, but was wanting creepy books that were a bit bigger. This one would have been perfect.

If you have a kid or know a kid that likes reading books that are a bit dark, I would recommend this one. It’s not scary, but it is a bit creepy. That is the best word to describe this book. Whenever I think about the aunts and their house the first word I think of is creepy.

Overall, probably a two star read for me, but getting three because I’m sure I would have liked it a lot when I was a kid.

3 out of 5 stars

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark HaddonGrimm House Karen McQuestion

Currently Reading:

Lottery Boy Michael ByrneLottery Boy by Michael Byrne

Synopsis: In a gripping thriller with a hint of Oliver Twist, a street kid and his dog are chasing an unlikely fortune — and dodging the thugs who would steal it.

Twelve-year-old Bully has lost his mum and his old life. Living rough on the streets of London with his dog, Jack, he can’t imagine a future. But one day he finds, tucked inside his most cherished possession—the last birthday card his mother ever gave him—a lottery ticket he bought her. And it’s a winner. Abig winner. Suddenly there’s hope, if only he can get to his prize on time! But just as Bully’s prospects open up, peril closes in. Now ruthless gangsters are in hot pursuit, and everyone wants a piece of him. Whom can he trust to help him retrieve what’s his? And even if Bully does claim all that money, will he really be winning what he needs most? Michael Byrne’s thrill-packed debut delivers the emotionally charged story of a boy whose luck has changed for the better, if only he can survive long enough to claim it.

Stacking The Shelves: I’m A Winner Edition

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Goodreads Win: 

The Serpent King Jeff ZentnerThe Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

LibraryThing Win:

Spirit Level Sarah N. HarveySpirit Level by Sarah N. Harvey

Harriet is a donor-conceived, an only child. She has never considered her family unusual.

But things change when her longtime boyfriend chooses New York over their relationship, and her best friend leaves her for Paris. Level-headed Harry can’t keep it together.

Maybe it’s time to do something other than cry into her pillow and wallow in smoothies. Maybe it’s time to think about the bigger picture. Maybe it’s time to find some half-siblings and redefine her idea of family.

Review: Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes

Hidden Bodies (You #2) Caroline KepnesHidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes

Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Details: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN: 9781476785622
Source: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 🙂

Caroline Kepnes:
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Buy Hidden Bodies:
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Summary

In the compulsively readable follow-up to her widely acclaimed debut novel, You, Caroline Kepnes weaves a tale that Booklist calls “the love child of Holden Caulfield and Patrick Bateman.”

Hidden Bodies marks the return of a voice that Stephen King described as original and hypnotic, and through the divisive and charmingly sociopathic character of Joe Goldberg, Kepnes satirizes and dissects our culture, blending suspense with scathing wit.

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: truelove. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…

Review

I want more. Can I please have more Joe? Please? This book was so good. When I first started reading it, I thought it was even better than You and that I would give five stars. After awhile I realized that I was just excited to have more. This time I knew Joe from the beginning. So even though I technically enjoyed the first book a bit more, I couldn’t give this one less than four stars. The two books together are five stars. I love them. I love Joe.

Everything about this book was amazing. 439 pages just wasn’t enough. I wanted more. I still want more. I need more.

If you haven’t read You yet, do it. If you have read it and you liked it, you wont be disappointed in this one. Unless you are looking for something new. If you just want more of the first book, you will be happy with Hidden Bodies. But seriously, can I have more?

4 out of 5 stars

Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

You Caroline KepnesYou (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes

Publication Date: September 30th 2014
Details: Hardcover, 422 pages
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN: 9781476785592
Source: Either I bought it or my mom did. 🙂

Caroline Kepnes:
Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Buy You:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Review

I was incredibly excited but also nervous about this book. I’ve been wanting to read it for a very long time because it sounded like something I would really like and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about it. Everyone seems to love this book. I was so worried that the hype would kill it for me. I am so happy to say that it didn’t. I wasn’t disappointed at all.

I knew going in that I might like Joe a bit. However, I wasn’t prepared for what actually happened. I kind of love Joe. He was the only character in the book that I actually liked. I couldn’t stand anyone else. There were so many times I just wanted to hop into the book and give him the biggest hug.

Overall I really enjoyed You (wow that sounds so weird), and I can’t wait to pick up the next book, Hidden Bodies. I really hope it’s just as good.

4 out of 5 stars