Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (134) Vlog Style (19)

So, it's Monday.  And I'm just blah about it.  I rather have weekends all week.  Well, then they wouldn't be weekends then, I guess.

Finished Last Week:
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Spiders from Memory by Frances Pauli

Current Read:
Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep

Reviews to Come:
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
Spiders from Memory by Frances Pauli

Reviews Posted Last Week:
The Graveyard Gymnasium by Kelly Lougheed
Whiskey Sour by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Movie Review:

Podcast Review:

Books & Covers Shared:
Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
Wrayth by Philippa Ballantine

Special Posts:
Novella Read-a-thon ~ for me to get through some I have here.
Chat on Magic Strikes, we have finished the book so all is fair game.

I did do a Flash Fiction Friday last week.  I was a day late in posting, but it's up.  I continued on with Cheyenne and Liam.  I think that one is part 5... sorry.

My WANT List...I've added seven books.  But again, there are 2 books I got last week that were not on the want list.  I am starting to see a pattern here...and it's all the Nook's fault! LOL!  I even added 1 book to the Curious about list as well.

Received Last Week:
Purchased (for Nook):
Goodreads Synopsis:
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the "Inderlanders" reveal themselves, changing everything. 

Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate. 

Free on Nook (and Amazon):
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland by Ryan Hackney & Amy Hackney Blackwell
More than 20 million Americans claim some sort of Irish heritage. But how much do you really know about this amazing country? Forget about shamrocks, leprechauns, and all that blarney--this book is a concise and authoritative guide that dispels the myths and tells the true stories of the Irish. Highlights include: 
Who St. Patrick really was 
The story behind "Sunday Bloody Sunday" 
Scandals in the Irish church 
Coming to America and the real gangs of New York 
The spooky truth behind changelings, leprechauns, and fairies 
Complete with an Irish language primer and pronunciation guide, this book is an informative pot of gold for everyone who loves the Irish! 

Goodreads Synopsis:
The Winds of Khalakovo by radley P. Beaulieu
Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo's eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade. Now, Khalakovo is to play host to the Nine Dukes, a meeting which will weigh heavily upon Khalakovo's future. When an elemental spirit attacks an incoming windship, murdering the Grand Duke and his retinue, Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter of Khalakovo, is tasked with finding the child prodigy believed to be behind the summoning. However, Nikandr discovers that the boy is an autistic savant who may hold the key to lifting the blight that has been sweeping the islands. Can the Dukes, thirsty for revenge, be held at bay? Can Khalakovo be saved? The elusive answer drifts upon the Winds of Khalakovo... 

For Review:
Synopsis from Author Site:
Hunter and Fox by Philippa Ballantine
In a world that is in constant shifting, where mountains can change to plains, and then to lakes, Talyn is the Hunter for the Caisah, and a wreck of a once-proud person. She has lost her people, the Vaerli, and her soul working for the man who destroyed her people. All unknowing, she carries within her a Kindred, a chaos creature from the center of the earth that wants to help bring the Vaerli back to power. However, she has lost the ability to communicate with it.
She must also deal with the machinations of Kelanim, the mistress of the Caisah, who out of fear will do anything to bring Talyn down.
Little does the Hunter know that salvation is looking for her, and it wears the face of gentleness and strength. Finn is a teller of tales who carries his own dreadful secret. He sets out to find answers to his path but ends up in the city of Perilous and Fair where he meets Talyn. He knows the danger and is yet drawn to her. Their fates will be bound together.
Meanwhile, the Hunter’s lost brother Byre is searching for his own solution to the terrible curse placed on the Vaerli. He sets forth on a treacherous journey of his own, which will intersect in the most unlikely place with that of Talyn and Finn.
The ramifications of this encounter will be felt by all the people in Conhaero, from the lost Vaerli to the Caisah on his throne.

Goodreads Synopsis:
Defender of Magic by S.A. Archer & S. Ravynheart
Raiders have attacked Danu’s temple, slaughtering its defenders. The artifacts that are the last hope for the survival of the fey are in danger. With Changelings out to kill him, and goblins determined to abduct him, Lugh’s on a quest to find a stronghold for those treasures. Perhaps he should have thought twice before seeking a safe haven in the territory of shape-changing, fire-breathing dragon. 

The Gearheart: Artifice ~ Episodes 16-20
So, I'm hoping for a great week in books this week.  I want to finish Spider's Bite, and this weekend do a Novella read-a-thon.  So hoping for a lot of words and pages.

How does the week look for you?

Wishing you all the best in words and pages.


Mirjam said...

I love Jennifer Estep, so I hope you'll enjoy Spider's Bite! I'm planning on finishing Would-Be Witch by Kimberley Frost and I'm hoping to read Blackveil by Kristen Britain. Enjoy your reading!

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Thanks for a great catch up, I look forward to your reviews.

Melliane said...

oh you haven't ever read a kim harrison book? I love this one, I really need to read the 6th. I hope you'll loke it.

Gina said...

Busy week! Oh, the Ireland book...grabbed that one too for a St. Patrick Day read. Interesting thus far. Happy reading! ^_^

Kristi The Book Faery said...

I got the Ireland book, too :o]

You will love Kim Harrison's series! It's one of my favs! Once you get started you won't be able to stop!

Loved your VLOG! I actually did one but I look to sickly, LOL, I couldn't put it up. Another couple of weeks!

I'm checking out your Novella weekend :o]


Ryan said...

I just wanted to say hi and hope you have a great week.

Blodeuedd said...

*sobs* I really wanted The Winds of Khalakovo :(

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

YaY! Spider's Bite! I think that one gets better. WAIT until you meet Owen! YUM!

*cheers* to your Irish heritage! :)

Anonymous said...

I’ve heard such raves about Jennifer Estep’s series – I wonder if your review will agree with them?

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Mirjam! I've really heard great things about Jennifer Estep's books. :) I'm getting through it rather quickly. :) Hope you enjoy your picks for the week. Have a great one!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hi! :) Thank you! Hope you have a great week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hi Melliane, *hangs head in shame* no I've not read Kim Harrison's books yet. I at least bought it though. :) I now just need the time to read it. :) Thank you! Hope you have a great week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

:) Oh GMR, so glad to see you got the Ireland book too. And Glad to here it's interesting! :) I look forward to reading it. Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hi Kristi The Book Faery!

Oh, I really am hearing amazing things about Kim Harrison's series. SO glad to hear you loved it too!

And thank you, glad you enjoy the vlog. :) It would be so neat to see you do one. :) I look forward to it. And don't worry about it!

Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hey Ryan! I hope you are doing well. And all is going well. :) Have a great week!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I'm sorry. I really am! And the author is having a huge giveaway on his blog too. But I don't know, it might only be US & Canada too. In case you wanted to look...

I'm sorry!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Ok, Melissa (Books&Things) - I've got about 150pgs left on this one. :) I'm liking it. :) And I'll have to make time to catch up with the series.

Thank you!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Hi StephanieD! We'll see. :) Thank you for stopping by!

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Looking forward to your thoughts on Spider Bite and I love the Hollows!

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

I can't wait to see what you thought of Magic Strikes and Spiders Bite

Bex said...

Hehe, I just got the Kim Harrison one myself! So thanks for showing it to me ;) Wiie. And I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Spider's Bite!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

:) Thank you Kimba! And I'm curious about the Hollows, so many people have loved it. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh I enjoyed Magic Strikes. I'm really getting into this series now. :) And hoping to get Spiders Bite review up next week. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Great! So glad you picked up Kim Harrison, Rebecca! :D I do hope you enjoy it, and I'm hoping to get Spider's Bite review up next week. :) Thank you!