Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (139)

It's Monday...
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Current Read:
Dormitory of the Dead by Kelly Lougheed
Devil's Punch by Ann Aguirre

Finished Last Week:
Shaman Healer Heretic by M. Terry Green
Corrupts Absolutely an anthology
My Sanctuary by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Reviews to Come:
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch
Blooded by Amanda Carlson
Shaman Healer Heretic by M. Terry reen
Corrupts Absolutely - the anthology
My Sanctuary by Sarah-Jane Lehoux
A Mere Formality by Ilona Andrews
Gimme Shelter edited by J.R. Blackwell
Dead Drop: A Lawson Vampire Bonus Story by Jon F. Merz
Love, Death, and Loneliness by Douglas Brown

Book Reviews Posted:
Elysium by Emma St. John
Questing Beast by Ilona Andrews

Movie Review:
The Gearheart: Artifice Ep 21 & 22
The Gearheart: Artifice Ep 23 & 24
The Gearheart: Artifice Ep 25 & 26

Books & Covers Shared:
The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare

Special Posts:
Chat Schedule for Devil's Punch by Ann Aguirre
Freebies and Deals, & on Nook too (10)

I did do a Flash Fiction Friday.  Hope you enjoy if you read it.

My WANT List...and 11 books have been added to the WANT list.  I'll tell you, I need to get busy with the reading, so I can get through what I have here and what I want!

Received Last Week:
Winnings:
Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Goodreads Synopsis:
There is need. And then there is Fate...

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn't exactly awesome--especially when Alexandria's "other half" is everywhere she goes. Seth's in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom--so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do--and sacrifice--for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies--lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon... and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn't blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude... or killing her.

When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.


Purchased:
Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Goodreads Synopsis:
For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals—pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty. 

According to her mother, that’s a good thing. 

But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return—the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death… because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill.

The daimons have found her.


Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Goodreads Synopsis:
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews
Goodreads Synopsis:
Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .


For Review:
Tranquility's Blaze by Krista D. Ball
Goodreads Synopsis:
“What will I do? What I do best. I’ll find him and I’ll kill him. And then I’ll kill Garran’s murderer.”

Even if the killer is my sister. 

A half-breed and a female, Lady Bethany clawed her way to the ranks of the Elven Service’s top military elite. They only knew her as their champion against Magic, and not the daughter of a Goddess. She’d expected a long, rewarding life protecting those under her care. But that was before her twin sister returned from exile, addicted to brutal Magic and human sacrifice, twisted inside, and abusing ancient prophecies to overthrow their mother and destroy everything Bethany holds sacred.

The world will burn in flames and innocents will die, unless Bethany can stop it. Unless she can take the life of her own sister.


Demon Squad: Echoes of the Past by Time Marquita
Goodreads Synopsis:
Absence makes the heart grow fonder? Not when you're the Devil's nephew.

An unexpected message gives Frank the answer he's sought for years--Where did God and Lucifer go?--but the knowledge brings its own dilemma as inter-dimensional war looms, threatening to engulf the Earth.

Tasked with the planet's defense, Frank scrounges for a plan and finds a piece of his past better left behind. If the aliens don't kill him, what he learns just might.


A Surprising Gift:
Exhumed by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Goodreads Synopsis:
Zara Lain, narcissistic vampire and assassin, cleaned up after a crazy warlock tried to build a vampire army, made some cash when the North American covens were left in shambles, got away when framed for the murder of a Demon Hunter, and dealt with some idiots who tried to jumpstart Armageddon. None of that could prepare her, however, for the moment when her lover of the undead persuasion awakens...

Old enemies are back to put a cramp in her love life, ruin a good pair of heels, and just maybe end the world. An apocalypse is nigh...and it gets a lot worse than having nothing to wear to the occasion.


So this week, I have lots to get through in reading.  AND!!  I have a fun post to go up on Tuesday, that might include a book giveaway. ;)

How does your week look?

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

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update of all that is happening in your world. At present unable to visit as often as I would like this is a great way of making sure I'm not missing out.

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    1. Thank you Petty Witter. :) I like putting the big hitting items in one place, in case anyone missed them last week. :) So glad you like the idea too. Thank you!

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  2. I hope that the Covenant series is as good for you as it is for me. Last week for me was terrible and this week isn't going to be good either. Hopefully it won't last.

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    1. Melissa (Books&things) It has to be! You and Faery have both been loving up this series, so I have to give it a try. :) ANd I love the way it sounds. :) Thank you! I do hope this week will be better for you.

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  3. I heard Jennifer L. Armentrout is a great writer. I want to read some of her books soon.

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    1. Jennifer L. Bielman, thank you. Yes, I've been hearing wonderful things of Jennifer L. Armentrout as well. :) Hope you have a great week.

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  4. Magic Slays! Really, when you read that one, you should just take the whole day off of work and dive in.

    In other news, I enjoy your torture. Bwahaha.

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    1. Skyla, I think I'm going to make Magic Slays a weekend read, and do nothing else until done with it. lol. I can't wait to get to it on the schedule. I'm thinking next month! lol. And I know you love my torment. That is one sick friendship we have. ;D LOL!! Thank you!

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