Monday, October 25, 2010

Monday's Beginnings (61)

How are you faring in reading at the beginning of this week?  Are you starting a new book or finishing one up?

I kind of feel like I'm getting somewhere this week.  I finished up Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells last week for our final chat, HERE if you would like to join in.  And I finished up Double Cross by Carolyn Crane last night, for our chat HERE if you would like to join in.  I'm hoping to work on the reviews this week and weekend coming and have them posted.  I am currently working on reading In Dream's Begin by Skyler White.  I am hoping to be done with the book here in the next day or two, and be working on that review this coming weekend as well.  I am still working on The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, but I have a few books for review to get done as well.

I am hoping for big things this week.  We shall see where the week goes from here.  I'm hoping to try to get to more blogs for commenting too.  This is the last week of football for my son.  His team will be fighting for 1st place on Sunday.  I will have to let you all know next Monday how they did.

My WANT list... I have added 4 books to the list.  Oh, this list is unreal. :)  But I am loving it!

Books Received Last Week:

Many of you know I have been loving this trilogy, so I had to pick up the conclusion of the trilogy. 

Wynter Moorehawke has braved bandits and Loup-Garous to find her way to Alberon-the exiled, rebel prince. But now that she's there, she will learn firsthand that politics is a deadly mistress. With the king and his heir on the edge of war and alliances made with deadly enemies, the Kingdom is torn not just by civil war - but strife between the various factions as well. Wynter knows that no one has the answer to the problems that plague the Kingdom - and she knows that their differences will not just tear apart her friends - but the Kingdom as well.

This book I had to pick up after finishing the discussion chats on the first in the series.  I will be looking forward to when we get to this one.

Sabina Kane doesn't have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she's some kind of 'Chosen' who'll unite the dark races. Sabina doesn't care who chose her, she's not into destiny. But the mages aren't Sabina's only problem. In New York's Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she'd take a bite out of the Big Apple - but it looks like it wants to bite back.

This book I picked up as I read the first one a while ago and wanted to move on to the next one.

"They might be doomed, damned, and buggered for all eternity, but that didn't mean they couldn't sparkle like a diamond in the sun and grin like a skull in the moonlight on their way to oblivion."

Musket and cannon, bow and arrow, and magic and diplomacy vie for supremacy once again in this second epic fantasy adventure from acclaimed author Chris Evans. As the human-dominated Calahrian Empire struggles to maintain its hold on power in the face of armed rebellion from within, the Iron Elves' perilous quest to defeat the power-hungry elf witch, the Shadow Monarch, takes on greater urgency.

The Iron Elves, shunned by their own people for bearing the mark of the Shadow Monarch, and desperately wanting to forever erase this shame, became legendary for their prowess on the battlefield as the Calahrian Imperial Army's elite shock troops. But when their commanding officer, Konowa Swift Dragon, murdered the Viceroy of Elfkyna, he was exiled, and these brave elves were banished to a remote desert outpost, doomed and leaderless, their honor in tatters.

Recalled to duty to reform his regiment from the dregs of the Imperial Army, Konowa thwarted the plans of the Shadow Monarch at the Battle of Luuguth Jor -- ensuring that the fabled Red Star, a source of great natural energy, did not fall into Her hands. Now Konowa must cross storm-tossed seas to seek out the lost elves and the prophesied return of another Star somewhere in a desert wasteland roiling with mysterious power, infernos of swirling magic, and legends brought back to life in new and terrible ways. And the fate of every living creature will come to depend on a small band of ragged and desperate soldiers, whose very loyalty to the Empire they have sworn to serve is no longer certain. When death is but a temporary condition, a terrifying question arises: who is the true ally -- and fearsome enemy -- in a growing conflict that threatens all?

Free Swag from author:
I will be in the tour for the second book of this series in February.  But I have received some swag and bookmarks from the author.  So, if you would like a few please send me an email with your address and I will gladly send you a few in the mail. :)

So, how are you faring this week?  Does it look like a good reading week?

Here's to you having a great week in words and pages.


  1. I have been wanting to read Jaye Wells. I love her covers!

  2. The Celine Kiernan looks really interesting! Also, those look like some great bookmarks ;)

  3. Cari - I really enjoyed Jaye Wells first book. I'm working on the first books review this weekend. And looking forward to the second one. I think you might enjoy them. :)

    Lisa (Starmetal_oak) - Hi! Thanks for stopping by! I have really enjoyed Celine Kiernan's first two books of this trilogy. You know when you read a book and you just love it. Sometimes its hard to say why but you just fall into them. That is what happened with the first 2 books of this trilogy. :) Thanks!

    Melissa - Yes! That is a mermaid! :) Would you like a few? Send me your address and I'll send you out some. :)


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