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 Two Weeks:

Burning Embers Hannah FieldingMy Last Continent Midge RaymondStrain of Resistance Michelle Bryan

Currently Reading:

Dark Ages: 2020 (Dark Ages #1)Dark Ages 2020 J.D. Dutra by J.D. Dutra

Synopsis: No civilization has ever stood the test of time. When societies collapse… How do the unprepared survive?

After ancient Rome fell to the barbarian hordes and its light went out, 500 years of economic and cultural deterioration followed in Europe – The Dark Ages. In the 14th century, the most brutal pandemic to ravage mankind finally pulled this part of the world out of the darkness. The Black Death decimated over 60% of the population, creating an immediate surplus of goods and land, which catapulted Europe into a new age of the rebirth: The Renaissance.

The Black Death pandemic of the 14th century was no act of nature. The outbreak was unleashed on purpose, by an ancient and occult cabal which still operates at the present time, behind the secret societies of the rich and powerful.

In the year 2020, moved by the desire to launch humanity into a new era of enlightenment and scientific advancements, this same obscure society plans to release a virus which can wipe out up to 90% of the world’s population. Political maneuvering and the biggest false flag event in generations sets their plan in motion, and immediately the President of The United States is caught in a web of horror weaved by this powerful global elite.

In the midst of it all, a clandestine CIA agent is torn between honor, duty and family. A struggling entrepreneur obeys the State and yet pays the ultimate price. An influential philanthropist has a dark secret that can alter the course of history, one which might lead a trio of scam artists to get more than they ever expected.

As modern society crumbles and the final unleashing of a New World Order takes place, these 5 lives will collide in a violent struggle for control, power and ultimate survival.

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 Echoes of Love Hannah Fielding

Currently Reading:

Burning Embers Hannah FieldingBurning Embers by Hannah Fielding

Synopsis: After calling off her wedding, Coral Sinclair, a beautiful but naive young photographer, learns that she has also lost her father. Leaving the life she’s known in England, she sails to Kenya to take ownership of her inheritance – Mpingo, the plantation that was her childhood home. On the voyage, Coral meets a charismatic stranger and their mystifying attraction shakes her to the core. When she encounters him again days later near Mpingo, she is warned that the man is not to be trusted. Rafe de Monfort, owner of a nightclub and the neighbouring plantation, is not only a notorious womanizer but also entangled with Coral’s stepmother, which may have contributed to her father’s death – or so the rumours go.

Stacking The Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

For My Birthday:

Doctor Who The Secret Lives of Monsters Justin RichardsDoctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters by Justin Richards

A unique, in-depth look into the hidden lives and mysteries of the monsters from the hit BBC series Doctor Who—a fully illustrated color compendium that reveals proof of the existence of alien life out there and among us, packaged with removable artwork commissioned exclusively for the book.

For years, world governments and multinational organizations like the secretive UNIT have suppressed the truth. In this book, leading alientologist Justin Richards finally blows the lid off the biggest conspiracy to radically alter our world since The Scarlioni Incident.

Not only is there proof that alien life exists. The aliens are already here. Based on exclusive access to classified UNIT and Torchwood files—shocking information that has been suppressed for centuries—The Secret Lives of Monsters reveals the terrifying truth behind the rumors and legends.

Packed with iconic photographs, eyewitness accounts, diagrams and illustrations, and sixteen removable color prints, The Secret Lives of Monsters offers background details on a diverse range of alien species—including planetary and genetic origins, habits, social organization, and first human contact. If you want to know why the Sontaran’s probic vent is his weak point or what it is used for; how Daleks reproduce; or how to determine whether your best friend is a Zygon, the answers—as well as everything you need to know to survive future invasions—are here in The Secret Lives of Monsters.

Goodreads Win:

The Assistants Camille PerriThe Assistants by Camille Perri

A wry and astute debut about a young Manhattanite whose embezzlement scam turns her into an unlikely advocate for the leagues of overeducated and underpaid assistants across the city.

Tina Fontana is the hapless but brazen thirty-year-old executive assistant to Robert Barlow, the all-powerful and commanding CEO of Titan Corp., a multinational media conglomerate. She’s excellent at her job and beloved by her famous boss—but after six years of making his reservations for restaurants she’d never get into on her own and pouring his drinks from bottles that cost more than her rent, she’s bored, broke, and just a bit over it all.

When a technical error with Robert’s travel-and-expenses report presents Tina with the opportunity to pay off the entire balance of her student loan debt with what would essentially be pocket change for her boss, she struggles with the decision: She’s always played by the rules. But it’s such a relatively small amount of money for the Titan Corporation—and for her it would be a life-changer . . .

The Assistants speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, “How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?”

 

Stacking the Shelves

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Yesterday I  went to the city with my mom and my cousin and when we picked up my cousin, the very first thing she said to me was that she had a surprise for me. She surprised me with books. One of them is signed and the other one she knew was on my wish list. 🙂

Books I Didn’t Get Myself:

I Bought At Goodwill:

 

 

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I know my mom buys me a lot of books, but the last few weeks have been crazy. I don’t usually get books every single week so this isn’t a normal thing. I don’t think I will be getting anymore for awhile. Most of the books I got this week were from Goodwill. It’s one of my favorite places to go and we don’t get there that often. So thanks mom for buying me even more books. lol She’s the best.

From The Bookstore: 

Just Kids Patti Smith The Moonstone Wilkie CollinsAncillary Sword (Imperial Radch #2) Ann LeckieRat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery Kurtis J. Wiebe Roc Upchurch

From Goodwill: 

The Hollows Insider (The Hollows #9.5) Kim HarrisonThe Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) Philip PullmanThe Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) Philip PullmanThe Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) Philip PullmanThe Warded Man (The Demon Cycle #1) Peter V. BrettMagician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga #1) Raymond E. FeistMagician: Master (The Riftwar Saga #2) Raymond E. Feist

The Space Between Brenna YovanoffAscendant (Killer Unicorns #2) Diana PeterfreundLord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampires #5) Rachel CaineStation Eleven Emily St. John MandelRedshirts John ScalziConsider Phlebas (Culture #1) Iain M. BanksElizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne David StarkeyA Tale for the Time Being Ruth OzekiSwamplandia! Karen RussellMonkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety Daniel B. SmithWithout You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent Anthony Rapp

Waiting on Wednesday: Sword and Verse

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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: 

Sword and Verse Kathy MacMillanSword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Details: Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 19th 2016 by HarperTeen
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

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: 

PrismThe ReaderSharp ObjectsCreature Saul

Currently Reading: 

16071752Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing

Synopsis: A moving memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, and a tribute to the power of truth, humour, acceptance and familial love.

Alison Wearing led a largely carefree childhood until she learned, at the age of 12, that her family was a little more complex than she had realized. Sure her father had always been unusual compared to the other dads in the neighbourhood: he loved to bake croissants, wear silk pyjamas around the house, and skip down the street singing songs from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. But when he came out of the closet in the 1970s, when homosexuality was still a cardinal taboo, it was a shock to everyone in the quiet community of Peterborough, Ontario—especially to his wife and three children.

Alison’s father was a professor of political science and amateur choral conductor, her mother was an accomplished pianist and marathon runner, and together they had fed the family a steady diet of arts, adventures, mishaps, normal frustrations and inexhaustible laughter. Yet despite these agreeable circumstances, Joe’s internal life was haunted by conflicting desires. As he began to explore and understand the truth about himself, he became determined to find a way to live both as a gay man and also a devoted father, something almost unheard of at the time. Through extraordinary excerpts from his own letters and journals from the years of his coming out, we read of Joe’s private struggle to make sense and beauty of his life, to take inspiration from an evolving society and become part of the vanguard of the gay revolution in Canada.

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is also the story of “coming out” as the daughter of a gay father. Already wrestling with an adolescent’s search for identity when her father came out of the closet, Alison promptly “went in,” concealing his sexual orientation from her friends and spinning extravagant stories about all of the “great straight things” they did together. Over time, Alison came to see that life with her father was surprisingly interesting and entertaining, even oddly inspiring, and in fact, there was nothing to hide.

Balancing intimacy, history and downright hilarity, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is a captivating tale of family life: deliciously imperfect, riotously challenging, and full of life’s great lessons in love. Alison brings her story to life with a skillfully light touch in this warm, heartfelt and revelatory memoir.

Review: Masquerade by Hannah Fielding

26019431Masquerade (Andalucian Nights #2) by Hannah Fielding

Details: Paperback, 442 pages
Publication: August 6th 2015 by London Wall
Source: I got it for review from the author.
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: From the award-winning author of The Echoes of Love. Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun.

A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?

Review: Earlier this year I read and reviewed Indiscretion and I enjoyed it. So when the author asked me if I would like to review Masquerade, I jumped on it. I am so glad I did. This book was even better than the first one.

While reading Indiscretion I kept getting frustrated with the characters. Luckily that didn’t happen this time around. I really liked Luz. I even enjoyed it whenever Alexandra and Salvador popped up every once and awhile. The story was amazing too. I hated putting this book down. I just didn’t want to stop reading. However, I have been in a huge reading slump lately and I’m only just coming out of it. So it took me longer to get through this book then it normally would have. If it wasn’t for the reading slump, I would have read this in a couple of days.

I think the only reason I didn’t love it and give it five stars was the fact that I knew what was going to happen. I guessed everything early on. It obviously didn’t ruin it for me since I gave it four stars. I still really enjoyed it. I just wish I hadn’t figured it all out.

Overall it was a great read and I can’t wait to read more by Hannah Fielding. If you love romance and you haven’t checked out this trilogy, you should. These are some good books. 😉

Review: The Triumph of Death by Jason Henderson

12293964The Triumph of Death (Alex Van Helsing #3) by Jason Henderson

Details: Hardcover, 310 pages
Published: July 24th 2012 by HarperCollins Canada
Source: A Christmas present from my mom.
Buy it: Amazon.com
My Rating: 3 stars

Summary: Within months of discovering he’s next in a long line of vampire hunters, Alex Van Helsing has already defeated two powerful vampire leaders. Not bad for a fourteen-year-old.

But when a newly risen vampire queen threatens the fate of the world, Alex faces his deadliest challenge yet. Teaming up with a motorcycle-riding witch, Alex jets between Switzerland, the UK, and Spain in a frantic race to prevent the queen from unleashing a curse that will plunge the world into darkness.

With the clock ticking, Alex barely has time to breathe, let alone see his friends, and he’s beginning to wonder if being a vampire hunter is worth all its sacrifices. In this thrilling finale to the action-packed series described as “James Bond meets Dracula,” everything — Alex’s future and, ultimately, that of the world — hangs in the balance.

Review: This was a fun trilogy and I enjoyed all three books. However, I noticed as I read, that I liked each book less than the one that came before it. The first book, Vampire Rising, is my favorite and The Triumph of Death is my least favorite. It was still a great read, it was just missing something.

I think my biggest, and maybe only problem with this book is that we hardly see Alex’s friends. I really wish they would have been around more. I know Alex wants to keep them safe, but they know what’s going on and they’re smart. They could have helped him out. Maybe this is just me missing Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I just think that if the friends are that smart and know what’s going on, than they should have a bigger part in what’s happening.

Overall this is a good trilogy and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should. It’s not perfect, but I still enjoyed it. If you have read it, do you agree with me about his friends?

Review: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson

6990121Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing #1) by Jason Henderson

Details: Hardcover, 249 pages
Published: May 4th 2010 by Harper Teen
Source: I bought it.
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 4 stars

Summary: The Van Helsing name reborn

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he’s descended from the world’s most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn’t the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he’s a visiting professor.

When two of Alex’s friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it’s up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back–alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots–and lots–of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker’s plans and fulfilling his family destiny.

Review: This was a re-read for me. I first read it back in 2012 and I remember enjoying it. Since I recently got the third book, I thought it would be fun to read the first two books again before reading the last book in the trilogy.

The plot isn’t anything that new, but it’s still a lot of fun. The characters are great. They had me laughing out loud a couple of times. They aren’t as developed as I would like, but it’s the first book and it’s pretty short.

As someone who loves Frankenstein, vampires, and all things dark and creepy, I really enjoyed all the references to Shelley, Polidori, Byron and Villa Diodati. I’m not going to lie, that may be my favorite thing about this book.

If you want a fun, fast read, than you need to pick this book up. I may even read it again for a third time at some point.