Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (124) Vlog Style (10)

It's another Monday...

Lineage by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, to start this week as well.

Finished & Reviewed:
Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan

Movie Review:
The Tourist

Podcast Review:
Tales from the Archives 11 ~ From Paris, with Regret

Twitter #ReadingLineage teaser thread

I did a Flash Fiction Friday :) Hope you enjoy it!!

My WANT List...I've added 4 books to the list. Sorry.  I feel like I'm slacking on adding to the list.  But I have to say I've purchased books on my Nook this week that were not on that list, so that adds up quickly. ;)

Received Last Week:
I love this mug.  The characters are from The Moorehawke series by Celine Kiernan, a series I absolutely adored.  I had to get this when she made them available to purchase.  The saying in english, "Everything will be alright, darling."

Nook Purchases:
Goodreads Synopsis:
Vianne di Rocancheil is a lady waiting at the Court of Arquitaine, where she studies her books, watches for intrigue, and shepherds her foolhardy Princesse through the glittering whirl. Court is a sometimes-unpleasant waltz, especially for the unwary, but Vianne treads its measured steps well. 

Unfortunately, the dance has changed. Treachery is afoot in gilded and velvet halls. A sorcerous conspiracy is unleashed, with blood, death, and warfare close behind. Vianne must flee, carrying the Great Seal of Arquitaine with her. This is the one thing the conspirators need to rule, and they won’t rest until they have it. A life of dances, intrigues, and fashion has not prepared Vianne for this. Nor has it prepared her for Tristan d’Arcenne, Captain of the King’s Guard and player in the most dangerous games conspiracy can devise. Yet to save her country and avenge her Princesse, Vianne will become what she must and do whatever is required. 

A Queen can do no less.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Sexually assaulted when she was a teenager, Archer has grown into a woman marked by contradictions; she's one of the richest heiresses on the planet but she spends all of her free time roaming the back alleys of Vegas at night, photographing the city's forgotten -- the homeless, drug addicts, runaways, et al. The camera is a shield of sorts for Archer, who enjoys seeing the gaudy world around her in stark black-and-white. This dichotomy takes on new meaning when her egomaniacal dad informs her that he is not her biological father and promptly disinherits her. When her sister Olivia is brutally murdered shortly thereafter by a supernatural assassin, Joanna's world is turned upside down, and she is thrust into the middle of an ongoing spiritual war between Light and Shadow. Following in her wayward mother's footsteps, Joanna becomes the Archer, a crime-fighting member of a much-depleted troop whose mission it is to defeat their astrological opposites, the Shadow Zodiac. But Joanna is much more than she seems; and if she can survive long enough to unravel the mystery surrounding her lineage, she just might be able to shed some much needed Light into the growing darkness . 

Goodreads Synopsis:
"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door." 

Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

Free for the Nook:
Blodeuedd, I thought of you with this one! :) It's a novella starting the fantasy series.
Goodreads Synopsis:
When two young men go on a hunt that they know will be the last hunt of their youth, they decide they want it to be an unforgettable outing. When they cross a ridge leaving the protection of their kingdom behind, they find a cavern that looks like it needs to be explored. In the cavern they find exactly what they were looking for. In this stoney hole lives something they will never forget!

Blodeuedd, this one too. ;D I'm trying to make a collection, with high hopes for more fantasy reads this year.
Goodreads Synopsis:
The tale of Myranda Celeste, a young woman orphaned by a century long war, and her chance discovery of a fallen soldier's priceless cargo. The find will change her life, sending her on an adventure of soldiers and rebels, wizards and warriors, and beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step will bring her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.

This was won from Ceridwen's Book Lounge.  Thank you for the giveaway. :)  I really like the looks and sounds of this one
Goodreads Synopsis:
Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this?

Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped - and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie's whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.

This second novel by rising star Brenna Yovanoff is a story of identity, discovery, and a troubled love between two people struggling to find their place both in our world and theirs.

This one was won from Chasity at LovLivLife Reviews.  Thank you!! :)
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Hallows. Ancient artifacts imbued with a primal and deadly power. But are they protectors of this world, or the keys to its destruction? 
A gruesome murder in London reveals a sinister plot to uncover a two-thousand-year-old secret.
For decades, the Keepers guarded these Hallows, keeping them safe and hidden and apart from each other. But now the Keepers are being brutally murdered, their prizes stolen, the ancient objects bathed in their blood. Now, only a few remain.

With her dying breath, one of the Keepers convinces Sarah Miller, a practical stranger, to deliver her Hallow—a broken sword with devastating powers—to her American nephew, Owen.  
The duo quickly become suspects in a series of murders as they are chased by both the police and the sadistic Dark Man and his nubile mistress. 
As Sarah and Owen search for the surviving Keepers, they unravel the deadly secret the Keepers were charged to protect. The mystery leads Sarah and Owen on a cat-and-mouse chase through England and Wales, and history itself, as they discover that the sword may be the only thing standing between the world… and a horror beyond imagining.  

For Review:
Goodreads Synopsis:
Suffering from the addiction to the Sidhe Touch, London is obsessed with finding a source of magic that can ease her curse. Unfortunately, premium magic like the Touch comes with one a heck of a high price tag. Working off the debt she’s racked up to the dealer may well terminate her addiction once and for all, because nothing’s more dangerous than doing a Changeling’s dirty work.

Here's to wishing you all the best in pages and books this week.


  1. *claps hands* SO glad you liked the mug, Melissa. Thanks so much for the kind words re Moorehawke! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed it so much. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. Thirteen Hallows was a pretty good book. Definitely an interesting take on a relatively unknown legend. (Relatively unknown outside of the UK, anyway.)

  3. Hope you feel better soon.

    LOVE the mug. AND some great books! I am so jelly about the Space Between. I've wanted that one. I am coming over to steal it. ;D

    Oh and you tease. I need to spend more time on twitter!

  4. I'm so curious about the space between I can wait to read your opinon about it!

  5. I'll be interested to hear how you like Hollowland. I read part of Switched and the poor girl honestly can't write her way out of a paperbag (but then neither can SMeyer). Hopefully her later work improves.

    That Thirteen Hallows cover is gorgeous! And The Space Between looks really interesting.

  6. Celine - Thank you! :) And you are very very welcome! I'm so glad to have Christopher, and Wyn, here with me now. I really love it. :) Happy New Year to you as well!

    Blodeuedd - hee hee. Yes ma'am. ;D

    Bibliotropic - Oh, I've been hearing good things of Thirteen Hallows, so glad to hear ou liked it too. And now I'm really curious about the tale as well. Thank you!

    Melissa (Books&Things) - Thank you, and so glad you like the mug too. The stories are very awesome, if your curious. ;D Oh no! No stealing. All the books are in their new safe! :D And Yes, happily I am a tease. lol!!

    Melliane - I'm curious about The Space Between too. Glad to hear there are lots of thoughts on it if everyones curious too. :) Thank you!

    Skyla - Now I'm really curious to read Hollowland. I looked at Switched, but it doesn't catch my eye. Thankfully this one was only 99c. Glad you like the looks of Thirteen Hallows and the sounds of The Space Between. :) Thank you for stopping!

  7. What a great looking T-shirt you were wearing in your video. How stylish ;-p

  8. Michael Sullivan - ha. Glad you like the shirt. ;) I actually did this video on Sun, had loads going on Monday night, and I was relaxing in comfy clothes. lol. Worked out good then! :D Thank you for stopping by.


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