Monday, June 13, 2011

Monday's Beginnings (94)

Well, it's Monday.... it's Monday so it is.

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

Well, it feels like the weekend went so fast.  But it was such a fun weekend.  Got to go out with great friends who are wonderful company.  And got all sorts of stuff done over the weekend, around the house it is. Yeah, a fun weekend, but not much on the reading front again.

Currently Reading:
Working on the second third of Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre for our discussion on Thursday.
Start Shadow's Lure by Jon Sprunk.
Start City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clair, over the weekend coming.

To come this week:
Review of:
   Sword of Fire and Sea by Erin Hoffman
   Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Last Week:
Books I Finished:
Sword of Fire and Sea by Erin Hoffman
Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

Reviews Posted this Past Week:  (click title to jump over to read review)
Thief by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Podcasts Reviewed:
Tales from the Archives - Three by Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris
Tales from the Archives - Four by Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris

Guest Post by the fun author Tee Morris, on making of the book trailer for A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Phoenix Rising.

I did write a Flash Fiction Friday again too.  I hope you enjoy it if you jump over to it. :) But, you can click here to go see it.  And if you'd like say hi while there too.

My WANT list...well, I don't know what I'm doing.  I only added 3 books.  I'm crazy I think.  Suffering from a mind melding dysfunction.  I should have many more books on here.

Books Received:
From a Friend:
I have to thank a wonderful person I've meet and chatted about books for some time now on Twitter and Goodreads.  She is a great person, and she sent me her copy of this book as she was done with it and don't keep the books.  She is converting all over to ebooks.  Thank you 365andme!
Goodreads Synopsis:
Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

Yes, I was on a book buying Hiatus.  And then it catches up to me and I go over board.  I even have more books coming in the mail I so desperately had to have.  But I'm now back on the buying hiatus as I'm broke!
Goodreads Synopsis:
Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is.

Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued.

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her.

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

My brother and I where talking of this series not so long ago, but I have heard wonderful things of it from everyone as well.  So got it on the shelf now to one day read...
Goodreads Synopsis:
Harry Dresden--Wizard
Lost items found. Paranormal investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, Parties, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things--and most of them don't play too well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a--well, whatever.

There's just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name. And that's when things start to get... interesting.

Magic. It can get a guy killed.

This book...Well, I've been reading the series with a great group on Twitter and Goodreads and this is just the next logical step.  And there was only 1 at the bookstore!  So I had to pick it up as when I'm ready for it they just might not have it. ;)
Goodreads Synopsis:
My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

I think I have a big week in pages planned here.  Hoping to get through them as I would like and not have to much going on in the way of running this week.

How are you looking so far this week?  Does it look like a good reading week for you?

Here's to wishing you all the best in words and pages.


Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Wow, your reading week looks about as busy as mine!

Looks like you're really enjoying Julie Kagawa's series. I have not got any of the books yet, but I will eventually.

Have a great reading week!

Lisa @ Read.Breathe.Relax. said...

Yay for fun yet productive weekends!! :) I'm excited about reading (hopefully soon) the Iron Queen! talk about a serious cliffhanger in the Iron Daughter!

I'm looking forward to your review of it!!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh nice week!

I think you and your son will enjoy Beyonders. I did! I also need to get into the Dresden books. I have this one on my tbr too! :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Michelle @TheTrueBookAddict - Hi! :) I'm hoping to get loads of reading done, but we shall see what happens with the week. I have been enjoying the Kagawa series. It's a nice refreshing read. Hope you have a great week too!

Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax - Hi! :) Oh, I'm thinking we are going to start Iron Queen July 1st. We read it in parts casually then chat about them on Goodreads, then go on with the next section. You are welcome to join with us if you would like. The book usually runs us about two weeks as we read other books at the time too. :) Let me know and I can let you in the group on Goodreads. :)

Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh, I was telling my son about Beyonders and I even told my friend how has a 12 yr old who loves to read and she is always looking for more books for him. :) Can't wait! Dresden has been on my list for so long, but now I have it and will have to find time to get to it...some day... ;)

Anonymous said...

I just started Game of Thrones and I'm really hoping I'll finish it by the end of the week --- because it's due back at the library. I hope my reading week progresses as planned and I hope yours does too. And that you find some book money somewhere, under a sofa cushion or in stuffed in a pocket :)

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

You have some great books on your radar! I'm hoping this is a good reading week for me, too, but we'll see! :)

Ryan said...

I like the Dresden books though I haven't read one in a while. Have a great week.

Anonymous said...

The Dresden Files are so much fun. I love Harry and his dry sense of humour and hope you will too. Can't wait to hear what you think of Storm Front.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

StephanieD - Oh I do hope you like Game of Thrones. I do hope you have a great week as well. :) And thank you for wishing me the book money fairy. ;) I will have to look under the sofa and in the dryer now. lol. Thank you!

Melissa (I swim for oceans) - Thank you. And thank you for stopping by! Have a great week!

Ryan G - Hey! Oh, first. I have not sent your book out yet. I ran out of money this week, but as soon as I have a few extra dollars I'll send it to you. :) And I'm glad to hear you liked the Dresden books. I'm looking forward to getting into them one of these days here.

Jenn - Hi! Thank you for stopping by. I've heard great things about the Dresden Files and really do look forward to getting into them. I think I'm going to let my brother know I have this book as well as he wants to read them too. Hope you have a great week!