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 In July:

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 4 by Sui IshidaRat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery Kurtis J. Wiebe Roc UpchurchGod Emperor of Dune Frank HerbertThe Wind Edward WillettNew Girl Harper BlissThe Girl from the Blood Coven Brian MorelandDeath Note Black Edition, Vol. 1 (Death Note #1-2) Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi ObataDay of the Wolf Charles G. WestThe Magician's Nephew The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. LewisThe Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Chronicles of Narnia C.S. LewisThe Horse and His Boy (The Chronicles of Narnia) C.S. LewisHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. RowlingCrank Ellen HopkinsConfess Colleen HooverPutting Makeup on the Fat Boy Bil WrightThe Gunslinger Stephen KingHarry Potter and the Cursed Child J.K. Rowling John Tiffany Jack ThorneNineteen Eighty-Four George OrwellGrand Escape Strain of Resistance Michelle Bryan

Currently Reading:

The Alpha Drive Kristen MartinThe Alpha Drive (The Alpha Drive #1)
by Kristen Martin

Synopsis: It’s the year 2055 and an anarchist organization has taken control with the aim to create a world-class society. Half of humankind is unknowingly living in an alternate reality called Dormance . . . and there are no plans to wake them up.

Sixteen-year-old introvert Emery Parker is one such dormant. An academic scholar who avoids ruffling feathers at all costs, Emery finds herself being transferred to a boarding school on the outskirts of Arizona. Little does she know, a family secret has the power to change the course of the future. When she’s approached with an opportunity to free the dormants, she sees no other choice but to accept, even though failure could mean having her memory wiped clean.

But when tech-savvy Torin Porter reaches out to her from the other side, Emery begins to question everything she was told about Dormance. If her family’s secret falls into the wrong hands, the world as she knows it will be faced with irreversible consequences. Now Emery must play both sides to uncover the truth about her family’s past or risk leaving mankind to live in an unconscious reality.

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:

Dark Ages 2020 J.D. DutraThe Assistants Camille Perri

Currently Reading:

God Emperor of Dune Frank HerbertGod Emperor of Dune (Dune #4) by Frank Herbert

Synopsis: Centuries have passed on Dune, and the planet is green with life. Leto, the son of Dune’s savior, is still alive but far from human, and the fate of all humanity hangs on his awesome sacrifice…

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.

Hey guys! I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting much. My anxiety has been pretty bad the last few months. Last month it was horrible. I’m not sure, but I think I’m finally over the worst of it, but I can’t be 100% sure. I can be fine one minute and the next I’m freaking out because something triggered my anxiety. Needless to say I haven’t really been reading. I tried but most times I couldn’t sit still or I just wasn’t taking anything in. I did manage to read one book since my last update (April 18th). I want to start reading and blogging more. I’ve really missed it. However, I’m not going to make any promises. I don’t want to say I’m back when I don’t know what the next little while will be like. I will do my best. For a bit of good news, MY BIRTHDAY IS TOMORROW!

The Sleep Room Frank Tallis

Currently Reading:

The Echoes of Love Hannah FieldingThe Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding

Synopsis: Set against the breathtaking beauty of Italy, The Echoes of Love is a passionate, heart-breaking romance to ignite the senses and rekindle your belief in the power of love. Seduction, passion and secrets… Venetia Aston-Montagu has escaped to Venice to work in her godmother’s architectural practice, putting a lost love behind her. For the past ten years she has built a fortress around her heart, only to find the walls tumbling down one night of the carnival when she is rescued from masked assailants by an enigmatic stranger, Paolo Barone. Drawn to the powerfully seductive Paolo, despite warnings of his Don Juan reputation and rumours that he keeps a mistress, Venetia can’t help being caught up in the smouldering passion that ignites between them. When she finds herself assigned to a project at his magnificent home deep in the Tuscan countryside, Venetia not only faces a beautiful young rival but also a sinister count and dark forces in the shadows, determined to come between them. Can Venetia trust that love will triumph, even over her own demons? Or will Paolo’s carefully guarded, devastating secret tear them apart forever?

March Wrap-Up

Read In March

Reviewed In March

  1. Lottery Boy by Michael Byrne – Review
  2. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Review
  3. Spirit Level by Sarah N. Harvey – Review
  4. Little Girls by Ronald Malfi – Review
  5. Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel B. Smith – Review
  6. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat – Review
  7. Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) by Jeanne Kalogridis – Review

Read But Didn’t Review – My Thoughts:

Summer Heat Harper BlissSummer Heat by Harper Bliss – 3 Stars

Summary: When Cat is unceremoniously dumped by her girlfriend right before their holiday, she decides to join her parents on their annual trip to Tuscany. Prepared for two weeks of sun-drenched melancholy, she finds much more than nostalgia in the house where she used to spend her summers as a child.

My Thoughts: This was a super fast read (31 pages) and I enjoyed it. It was good and I will be reading more by this author in the future. Who knows, maybe I might even read more by her in April. Actually, I think that is exactly what I’m going to do.

Thrill Lucia JordanThrill by Lucia Jordan – 2 Stars

Summary: A powerful Contemporary Romance. Here is the first book in the ‘Thrill’ Series by Lucia Jordan, written in her signature style of high passion and emotion.

“Even beneath that tailored suit that bespoke wealth and privilege, Brandon Maxwell’s dark desires couldn’t be concealed.”

Hannah Wilson is having a bad day. Her cruel boss, Craig Allen, has just trashed the presentation that she’s been slaving over. This time she’s had enough. She’s going to tear up the presentation, march back inside, and quit. She’s sick of controlling, pushy men wreaking havoc in her life.

So when a mysterious stranger intervenes to ask if she’s OK, Hannah is in no mood to entertain his enquiry. She just wants to be left alone. But when she discovers that this mysterious stranger is none other than her next big client, and just looking at him sets her lust aflame, she starts to realize that she may be in over her head.

Brandon’s on a mission to protect Hanna – but will he find a way to give up her control and surrender to his power?

My Thoughts: This was another super fast read (again 31 pages), and I also enjoyed this one. I was even going to give it three stars, but in the end I couldn’t because of the cliffhanger. It just ended so abruptly and it wasn’t long enough for me to really care enough about the characters to continue on with the next one. So I just couldn’t give it anymore than two stars. It was okay.

Annie's Day Andy WeirAnnie’s Day by Andy Weir – 1 Star

Summary: I didn’t want to wake up at 6 am, especially on a Saturday. But the man I was cuddled up to was… a morning person.

My Thoughts: I absolutely love The Martian. It was one of the best books I read last year and I was dying to read more by Andy Weir. So one day I decided to give his short stories a shot and I started with this one. Man, I am so glad this is the one I started with because I didn’t like it at all. I found it completely predictable. I guessed the ending before I was even half way through the story. I probably would have enjoyed it if I wasn’t expecting the ending, but I guessed it, and it ruined the whole thing for me. Such a disappointment.

You can read it here.

The Egg Andy WeirThe Egg by Andy Weir – 4 Stars

Summary: A short story about the universe.

My Thoughts: I am so glad that I read Annie’s Day first, because I ended up going into this one with super low expectations. I’m not sure if that is why I enjoyed it so much, or if it was just that good. Part of me wonders what I would have thought of it, if I had read it first. I just found this one to be so much better. If you haven’t read any of his short stories before and you want to read one, please go with this one. It is so much better.

You can read it here.

Sense and Sensibility Jane AustenSense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – 4 Stars

Summary: Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. While Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm, her younger sister is emotional and wildly romantic. Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor’s reason nor Marianne’s passion can lead them to perfect happiness-as Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal and Elinor becomes attached to a man who’s already engaged.

My Thoughts: I finally picked this one up because of a read-a-long over at Reads With Friends. I love Jane Austen. I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have read by her. This is my fifth Austen and even though it wasn’t my favorite, I still really enjoyed it. I think the only thing that stopped me from loving it and giving it the full five stars, was the ending. There was just something about it that was a bit blah.

I’m not making any promises, but I am trying to write a full review for this one. I really want to get one up, but it’s not going so well.

Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) William GibsonNeuromancer (Sprawl #1) by William Gibson – 3 Stars

Summary: The Matrix is a world within the world, a global consensus- hallucination, the representation of every byte of data in cyberspace . . .

Case had been the sharpest data-thief in the business, until vengeful former employers crippled his nervous system. But now a new and very mysterious employer recruits him for a last-chance run. The target: an unthinkably powerful artificial intelligence orbiting Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. With a dead man riding shotgun and Molly, mirror-eyed street-samurai, to watch his back, Case embarks on an adventure that ups the ante on an entire genre of fiction.

Hotwired to the leading edges of art and technology, Neuromancer ranks with 1984 and Brave New World as one of the century’s most potent visions of the future.

My Thoughts: This is probably a four star book. However, I was reading it while I was sick and had to keep putting it down. I feel like I would have really enjoyed it if I was able to read it in a day or two. Since I was sick, I was only able to read a few pages a day. There were days I couldn’t even read at all because of headaches. This isn’t the type of book you read like that. You need to read big chunks at a time. I would pick up the book and have no idea what was going on and by the time I figured it out and started enjoying the story, I would have to put it down because I was getting a headache. I may need to re-read this one at some point when I’m not sick and I can actually focus on it. I liked it, but I don’t feel like I enjoyed it as much as I normally would have.

#UnderHypedReads Wrap Up

I know that I shouldn’t be disappointed in myself for not reading more, considering I usually completely fail read-a-thons. Still I wish I could have read at least one more book. Anyways, here is what I read:

I also started What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn but didn’t get too far. Maybe about 25 pages. So far it’s a bit meh, but I’m sure once I get about 50 or so pages in, it will be better. It just hasn’t grabbed me from the start. Hopefully I can finish that one up by tomorrow.

Did you participate in this read-a-thon? If you did, how much did you get read? What did you read? Are you happy with how you did? I hope you are, and that you had a lot of fun. 🙂

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: 

Destiny and Deception (13 to Life #4) Shannon DelanyRivals and Retribution (13 to Life #5) Shannon Delany


Currently Reading: 

Wild Hunt (Evie Scelan #2) Margaret RonaldWild Hunt (Evie Scelan #2) by Margaret Ronald

Synopsis: Genevieve Scelan thought she was done with magic.

She was wrong.

Sure, six weeks earlier Evie—bike messenger, supernatural tracker, and avid Red Sox fan—had been instrumental in bringing down the Fiana, the organization of magicians that had ruled Boston’s undercurrent for hundreds of years. But now they were gone, Boston could breathe easy again, the Sox had a chance at the pennant, and Evie was ready to relax.

Except it turns out that when you take down the guy on top, everyone assumes you’re going to fill his spot, and now Evie finds herself at the center of a whole lot of unwelcome magical attention. On top of that, a new client needs her to call up a family ghost and ask about a stolen inheritance; Evie’s friend Nate has a supernatural problem of his own; and a legendary pack of hounds has been terrorizing Boston’s undercurrent. And try as Evie might to deny the legacy that runs through her blood, when the Hunt is called, the Hound must run . . .