Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (153)

It's Monday...*sigh*

So it's been a crazy week for me.  I didn't get as many reviews up with all the festivities.  I've had lots going on here and not feeling all that great with a head cold or sinuses or something.  It's been building for over a week now.  But I'm still kicking and did a good bit of reading, which surprised me!  As it was a crazy weekend too.

As you know there is a big celebration going on here. :D 3 years of blogging, and still going. lol.  All the links to the giveaways and Top 5 lists are on the left side bar, but I'll add them below as well.

On to the bookish stuff...

Current Read:
Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

Finished Last Week:
The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare

Reviews To Come:
Blue-Blooded Vamp by Jaye Wells
Discount Miracles by Brand Gamblin
The Relic by Colleen Helme
The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare
Tethered by Meljean Brook
You Will Thank Me Later by Jonathan Carter
9 Crimes by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Book Reviews Posted:
Maiden Flight of the Avenger by Alex White

Movie Review Posted:
Sorry, no movie review went up last week.

Podcast Reviews Posted:
Fables of the Flying City Ep 24-27

Books and Covers Shared:
Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson - synopsis and cover!

Special Posts:
Top 5 Urban Fantasy
Top 5 Young Adult
Top 5 Fantasy
Top 5 Podcasts
Top 5 Novellas

Urban Fantasy
Young Adult
First 3 books of Demons of Oblivion series.

I did do a Flash Fiction Friday last week.  There is more to go to lead up to this flash, but I have to sit down and write it.  But this is what goes with the picture. :) Hope you enjoy.

My WANT List...Hmm, I've only added 3 books this past week.  You all hit me up the week before! lol.

Received Last Week:
This is an early Birthday gift from the wonderful and kind Melliane from Between Dreams and Reality.  Thank you dear!! I really look forward to starting this series. :)
Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
Goodreads Synopsis:
October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas... 

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening's dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer.

For Review:
Some how I missed adding this one to the list last week.  I haven't a clue how that happened.
The Ripple Effect by J.A. Saare
Goodreads Synopsis:
There is always a price to pay…

Rhiannon Murphy visited the future, witnessed hell on earth and made choices to change things for the greater good. Unfortunately there are consequences for her actions, the penalties for her interference possibly more than she can bear. Determined to sever her debt with a fallen angel, she pushes everything aside, focusing on locating Marigold Vesta’s resting place.

Until death comes knocking at her door.

When Disco’s maker arrives in New York, he resents Rhiannon on a level she can’t begin to comprehend. Yet Marius isn’t her most dangerous adversary, not by a long shot. Marius’s sire -- a half-demon -- is determined to see the necromancer who stunned the vampire world on her knees. If she won’t bend, he’ll do everything in his power to make her break. No price is too high, meaning no one is safe -- including Disco and Paine.

Dealt a blow from which she can never recover, Rhiannon turns to the only person who can help her: the fallen angel who is relying on Rhiannon to save her soul. Bartering with a creature from Heaven is probably just as dangerous as starting a war with a demon from Hell, but with nothing to lose it’s no longer about life or death.

It’s about getting even.

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
Goodreads Synopsis:
It’s been more than ten years, a dozen installments, and hundreds of thousands of copies since Kelley Armstrong introduced readers to the all-too-real denizens of the Otherworld: witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons, among others. And it’s all been leading to Thirteen, the final installment, the novel that brings all of these stories to a stunning conclusion.

A war is brewing—the first battle has been waged and Savannah Levine is left standing, albeit battered and bruised. She has rescued her half brother from supernatural medical testing, but he’s fighting to stay alive. The Supernatural Liberation Movement took him hostage, and they have a maniacal plan to expose the supernatural world to the unknowing.

Savannah has called upon her inner energy to summon spells with frightening strength, a strength she never knew she had, as she fights to keep her world from shattering. But it’s more than a matter of supernaturals against one another—both heaven and hell have entered the war; hellhounds, genetically modified werewolves, and all forces of good and evil have joined the fray.

Uniting Savannah with Adam, Paige, Lucas, Jaime, Hope, and other lost-but-notforgotten characters in one epic battle, Thirteen is a grand, crowd-pleasing closer for Armstrong’s legions of fans.

Hunter of the Dead by Katee Robert
Goodreads Synopsis:
Eighteen-year-old Eden Rosenberg knows how to kill and she’s damn good at it. Until recently, her life was pretty easy – get a call from her team’s mysterious employer, jet off to a new location, kill some zombies.

But the most recent call is different from the others. Instead of being an isolated incident in the middle of nowhere, it’s an entire village at risk. By the time the team shows up, the village is empty, leaving only a handful of infected wandering the streets. Or so it seems until they’re ambushed by far too many zombies for their five-person team to deal with.

On the run and trapped within the valley, Eden is separated from her team when she tries to save a little girl from the inevitable fate of the bitten. To make matters worse, she’s forced to rely on Alejandro, the one man she swore never to trust again, to watch her back. She hasn’t seen him since he walked away from the team – from her – a year ago and she’s not even sure what he’s doing in the valley in the first place

As Eden races to reunite with her team, she’ll have to deal with a homicidal priest who’s more than what he seems and a group of survivors she’s pretty sure are too stupid to live. But things are more complicated than she realized and soon Eden’s forced to confront the truth about the infection; it isn’t an accident and those responsible will do anything to ensure no one gets out of the valley alive.

Podcast Downloads:
Fables of the Flying City by Jared Axelrod - Episodes 31 - 33 which brings me to the end of book 1, then I also downloaded the beginnings of book 2 Episodes 34 - 38.

So that was my week.  Crazy in a nutshell.  Hope your week went well.

How does the new week look for you?  I'm hoping to get some reading in and back on schedule.

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


Beth D. said...

I think by the time I get around to that Kelly Armstrong series it will be done, which is kind of good. No waiting for anything to come out! Have a great week!

Beth ^_^

miki said...

i can't wait for your review of the Janus affair ^^

Ryan said...

I want to read Thirteen, but I need to get caught up on the series first.

Have a great week!

Blodeuedd said...

Yay you go Rosemary and Rue!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I've been wanting to start Rosemary and Rue ever since I saw the cover of One Salt Sea. Yea, I'm a cover whore like that... ;D

Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you're not feeling well - I hope you get better soon!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Beth D. The last book in Kelley Armstrongs series is this one, and you are free to run through them all now. :) I've still got to get caught up with the first 10 Thank you for stopping.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Miki, I enjoyed getting back with Eliza and Wellington very much. They do make me smile. :) I'm hoping to have the review up next week I think. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Ryan, Hey! Hope you are well. I started Kelley Armstrongs series on book 11. So I have lots of catching up to do, but loving the series thus far. :) And thank you! You have a great week as well.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I was so excited to see which book Melliane sent me, although of the two she was thinking on I don't think she could have gone wrong. lol. Can't wait to start it. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (Books&Things) - Thats okay, I'm bad for picking up an awesome cover as well. ;D Have a great week.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you StephanieD. I went to the doctors today and have started on some antibiotics, so hopefully I'll be right as rain soon. :) Hope you have a wonderful week.

Melliane said...

I hope you'll be all right. Now I'm anxious you don't like the book lol. Really can't wait! You know I still have to buy the JA Saare books, really!!! I'm sure one day I'll succeed. Happy reading darling!

Simcha said...

Hm, Hunter of the Dead actually likes it might be good. I'll have to go check out some reviews of it.

sorry to hear that you haven't been feeling well. I also woke up this morning feeling all achy and blah. Would love to be able to stay in bed all day but it's summer vacation so I'll be chasing my kids around the house instead (particularly my 4 yr old who is always getting into something)
Other than that, hope you're having a great week!

Cherry said...

I'll look forward to your review of Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong 'coz I'm still not sure whether to buy it or borrow it...

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melliane, Oh don't sweat it. :D I'm sure I'll love it. The series has been on my radar for quite some time but can't seem to get to it. Now I have a great reason to read it. :) Thank you!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Simcha, for a YA read Hunter of the Dead caught my eye and attention too. I'm hoping to read it by the end of August...we shall see. And thank you, I'm starting to feel better now. I do hope you feel better too. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Cherry - I'm hoping to finish Thirteen this weekend. And have the review up some time in the next week or two. :) Thank you!