#TBRTakedown 4.0 TBR


June 20th – 26th @TBRTAKEDOWN

I haven’t been reading much lately and it’s driving me crazy.This is one of my favorite read-a-thons and I participate every single time. Hopefully this will get me reading again. I don’t expect to complete all the challenges. Honestly, if I can get two books read, I will be happy. Here are the books I picked out…

Challenges/TBR:

  1. TBR over a year [longest] – The Final Descent by Rick Yancey
  2. Sequel – God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
  3. First book in a series – Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator)
  4. Out of comfort zone [whatever that means for you] – Day of the Wolf by Charles G. West – Currently Reading
  5. Most Recent Book Haul – The Tudor Throne by Brandy Purdy

Stacking the Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

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:

 

 

Review: Children of the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis

Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) Jeanne KalogridisChildren of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) by Jeanne Kalogridis

Publication Date: September 1st 1995
Details: Hardcover, 301 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press
ISBN: 9780385314121
Source: Either I bought it or my mom did. 🙂

Jeanne Kalogridis:
Website | Goodreads

Buy Children of the Vampire:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary

It is Amsterdam, 1871, twenty-five years before the start of Stoker’s novel, and twenty-five years following Arkady Tsepesh’s flight from his family’s ancestral castle with his wife and young son, Stefan, after learning that he and his family are bound by an ancient covenant to serve their ancestor, Prince Vlad Tsepesh, who is also known as Dracula. For Vlad is a vampire, and the fated firstborn sons in every generation must bring him the victims he needs to survive. Arkady had tried to break the covenant and failed. He is now a vampire, separated from his beloved wife and son, with one all-consuming desire – to destroy Vlad before he draws Stefan into eternal service through the blood ritual. But Arkady has come too late to Amsterdam. Vlad kidnaps Stefan, and spirits him away to the castle in Transylvania to undergo the blood ritual. Arkady enlists the help of Stefan’s stepbrother, Abraham Van Helsing, in his thrilling battle against Vlad, as he seeks to free his family and put an end to the age-old blood covenant – even if it means he must destroy his own son.

Review

I’m not sure what exactly I can say about this book that I didn’t say about the first one. I came out of this one feeling basically the same way. I thought it was well written. I was pulled right in from the first page and I didn’t want to put it down.

I will say that, just like with the first book, there was a character that annoyed me. It was a different character and he wasn’t as bad as Arkady, but I still wanted to smack him at times. I also found this one to be predictable. I guessed everything, so I wasn’t surprised by anything. That was a bit disappointing and why I dropped my original four star rating down to three.

Other than those couple of problems, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. So far this is an amazing vampire trilogy and I’m so glad that I’m reading it. I can’t wait to read the third and final book, Lord of the Vampires, but at the same time, I don’t want it to end. Maybe I will wait a bit before picking it up. I’m just not sure how long I can wait. I want more.

3 out of 5 stars

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:
Website | Goodreads

Buy Covenant With the Vampire:
Amazon | Book Depository

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

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.

Yet another slow week. I am still having trouble concentrating. Hopefully I can read more this week.

Read Last Week: 

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

Currently Reading:

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

Synopsis: Charmingly murderous anti-hero Joe Goldberg continues his twisted quest for the perfect love in this thrilling follow-up to the “deeply dark yet mesmerizing” You. When Joe follows the woman he wants to marry to the West Coast, he never imagines that his obsession will lead him to such tragedy.

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: 

A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) Katie LaneYou Caroline KepnesVampires

Currently Reading:

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

Synopsis: 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.

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