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: 

Wild Hunt (Evie Scelan #2) Margaret RonaldSoul Hunt (Evie Scelan #3) Margaret Ronald

Currently Reading:

Monkey Mind: A Memoir of AnxietyMonkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety Daniel B. Smith by Daniel B. Smith

Synopsis: Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity….I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.

Stacking the Shelves: Late Christmas Edition

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I was really sick last week and with Christmas… Well things were just a little crazy and I didn’t get around to posting my Stacking the Shelves. So here are most of the books I got. I also got For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway but I already own it.

Goodreads Win: 

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

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.

From Erika:

Woodard_5.inddThe Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard

The untold story of a heroic band of Caribbean pirates whose defiance of imperial rule inspired revolt in colonial outposts across the world

In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates—former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves—this “Flying Gang” established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires, and for a brief, glorious period the Republic was a success.

For Christmas (from my dad & Santa):

Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11) Jennifer EstepToo Close To Home Linwood BarclayThe Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) Rick RiordanTokyo Ghoul Vol. 3 by Sui IshidaTokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui Ishida

For Christmas (from my mom & Santa):

The Sleep Room Frank TallisThe Wasp Factory Iain BanksStorm (The SYLO Chronicles #2) D.J. MacHaleThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) Paige McKenzieBlood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1) Kim LiggettCan You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse Max BrallierThe Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4) Rick YanceyRise Again (Rise Again #1) Ben TrippRed Moon Benjamin PercyGhost Trackers (Ghost Trackers #1) Jason Hawes Grant WilsonDracula the Un-Dead Dacre Stoker Ian HoltFlashback Dan SimmonsThe Abominable Dan SimmonsEverville (Book of the Art #2) Clive BarkerThe Science of Vampires Katherine RamslandEden (Eden #1) Tony MonchinskiBird Box Josh MalermanThe Boy Who Drew Monsters Keith DonohueThe House of Small Shadows Adam NevillThe Lords of Salem Rob ZombieDoctor Sleep (The Shining #2) Stephen KingThe Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns #2) Django Wexler

Stacking The Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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

Review: Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan

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Queen of Shadows (Shadow World #1) by Dianne Sylvan

Publication Date: August 31st 2010
Details: Paperback, 389 pages
Publisher: Ace
ISBN: 9780441019250
Source: Library

Dianne Sylvan: 
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Buy Queen of Shadows:
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Summary: Shortly after she picked up a guitar, Miranda Grey conquered the Austin music scene with a newfound ability to psychically manipulate her audience’s emotions. But as her powers outgrow her control, her mind is increasingly invaded by haunting secrets and overwhelming sadness. Unable to look anyone in the eye, Miranda is fast approaching the edge of insanity – with no one to catch her fall…

When he outlawed killing humans, David Solomon ignited a civil war among Austin’s vampires. As Prime of the South, his sympathy for mortals angered the old guard who refuse to control their violent urges. David has his hands full with the growing insurgency, but he takes in a broken-down woman, a musician in need of supernatural guidance. Little does he know that Miranda Grey has the power to change his world as well.

Review

I’m not even sure how long I’ve had this book on my wish list. When I found it at the library I just snatched it up and couldn’t wait to get home and read it.

Unfortunately, it took me days to get through the first chapter. The whole first part of the book was hard for me to get through. I just wanted to punch the main character, Miranda. However, I pushed through and the second half of the book was a bit better. There were times I was actually enjoying the read.

Overall, this book is only getting two stars because I thought it was okay. The second half almost bumped it up to three stars. I will continue with this series because I actually liked the last few chapters, but I’m not in any hurry for the next book. Hopefully when I get around to reading it, I enjoy it more.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Queen of Shadows and do another review. I probably will re-read it at some point since it’s been so long and I do want to eventually read book two. I will need to re-read it since I can’t even remember what happened in this book. It’s like I didn’t even read it. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

2 out of 5 stars

 

Wishlist Wednesday: Bad Blood (Crimson Moon #1)

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Details: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: April 1st 2008 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world is unaware of the existence of the paranormal—and that the government would like to keep it that way.

As a highly trained Special Ops soldier, Sasha and her team are an elite group of individuals who are survivors of werewolf attacks, now trained to be loyal to only to each other and their government. But when she returns from a solo mission, she finds that her team has mysteriously gone missing. Shocking government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and a host of stunning revelations about who—and what—she really is are only just the beginning…

Review: Spiral Hunt by Margaret Ronald

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Spiral Hunt (Evie Scelan #1) by Margaret Ronald

Publication Date: January 27th 2009
Details: Paperback, 307 pages
Publisher: Harper Voyager
ISBN: 9780061662416
Source: My mom bought it for me.

Margaret Ronald: 
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Buy Spiral Hunt:
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Summary: Some people have the Sight. Genevieve Scelan has the Scent.
They call her “Hound,” and with her unique supernatural sense Evie can track nearly anything—lost keys, vanished family heirlooms . . . even missing people. And though she knows to stay out of the magical undercurrent that runs beneath Boston’s historic streets, a midnight phone call from a long-vanished lover will destroy the careful boundaries she has drawn. Now, to pay a years-old debt, Evie must venture into the shadowy world that lies between myth and reality, where she will find betrayal, conspiracies, and revelations that will shatter all she believes about herself and the city she claims as home.

When the Hunt is on, the Hound must run . . .

Review

I honestly don’t have a lot to say about this book. It was just an okay read. I had no idea what was happening in the beginning and I don’t know if that was my fault or the authors. Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood and was having trouble understanding or maybe the author didn’t explain things well enough. I also had trouble keeping track of the characters. There aren’t even that many but I didn’t care about any of them so I had to stop reading every once and awhile and try to remember who they were talking about.

Other than those problems, I enjoyed the book enough to read it in a day. Although, I don’t know if that would have happened if I wasn’t reading this during a read-a-thon. If it wasn’t for the read-a-thon it probably would have taken me a few days to get through it. It wasn’t that great. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it either. I will be picking up the next book, Wild Hunt, soon. Hopefully it’s better.

2 out of 5 stars

 

Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Details: Hardcover, 479 pages
Published: August 31st 2010 by Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Source: I bought it
Buy it: The Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…

Review: I don’t think I’ve read anything by Cassandra Clare that I haven’t loved. The Mortal Instruments is one of my favorite series. So I was super excited when this book came out. I was even more excited when I started hearing these books were even better than TMI. That is probably why I only gave this one four stars. I think my expectations were just too high.

I really liked Clockwork Angel. I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like. It didn’t give me the same feelings as TMI, but maybe after I read the other two books, that will change. That is the only reason I didn’t give it five stars. I just didn’t get the omg I love this book, I need to run around freaking out and acting like a complete moron feeling that I got from TMI.

I will admit that I came close to that feeling when I started thinking about how this book was like TMI meets Doctor Who. There was just something about it that made me feel like I was watching an episode of Doctor Who. I loved that.

I bought all three book as soon as they came out, so I can’t wait to start Clockwork Prince. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to read these books. I think I was worried I would hate them because I love TMI so much. That was just silly. Is it possible to hate something Cassandra Clare writes?

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Clockwork Angel and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future. PLEASE DON’T SPOIL CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE OR THE BANE CHRONICLES FOR ME! I haven’t read them yet. Bought them both the day they came out, but I just can’t bring myself to read them. I will need to get on that soon.