Monday, October 1, 2012

Monday's Beginnings (162)

It's Monday. *grumble, grumble*

There was so much I wanted to get done, and didn't get to.  Time flies by so fast!  I might have over expected myself this weekend with the list.  I've been terrible at commenting on my blog this last week or so.  Sorry, works been busy and I've been running with the kid at night.  Crazy time with school in, and we all thought it'd be easier. Ha!  But I've been trying to keep up on visiting you, so that's a plus.

I've decided that I'm tired of being inactive as well.  I'm going to start doing the Wii Fit again.  If even only two days a week.  I'll feel better.  But don't tell the doctor.  I decided to not do the treadmill, even though I love it and can listen to podcasts.  I think the treadmill will be to straining for my ankle yet.  But I have to do something.

But, on to the bookish stuff from last week now...

Current Read:
Endgame by Ann Aguirre (will start today for chat on Thursday)

Finished Last Week:
Harmonics: Rise of the Magician by Collin Earl & Chris Snelgrove
House of Grey Vol. 1 by Collin Earl

Reviews to Come:
Stitch by Samantha Durante
Badlands by Seleste deLaney
Soul Trade by Caitlin Kittredge
Protector of the Light by S.A. Archer & S. Ravenheart
Harmonics: Rise of the magician by Collin Earl & Chris Snelgrove
House of Grey Vol. 1 by Collin Earl

Book Reviews Posted:
Shadows before the Sun by Kelly Gay
Shades of War by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Podcast Reviews Posted:
Avalon Revisited by O.M. Grey ~ Chapters 8 - 10

Movie Review Posted:
Clash of the Titans

Books and Covers Shared:
Have you Heard?  A new book in a loved fantasy world.

Special Posts:
UF Book Chat, Stop 1 on Endgame
Freebies and Deals, on Nook too (26)

GIVEAWAY, just posted early this morning. 3 pdf copies of the set: THIEF and SHADES OF WAR by Sarah-Jane Lehoux. Ends 10/08/12 at 12:01 am EST.

I did not do a Flash Fiction Friday.  The week really got away from me with running.

My WANT List...Hmmm, I've only added 7 books.  But once again I've added books to the TBR pile that were never on the Want list.

Received Last Week:
This is another purchase for the kid to read for school and his AR points.  Can I tell ya how much I love this cover?
Department Nineteen by Will Hill
Goodreads Synopsis:
Jamie Carpenter's life will never be the same. His father is dead, his mother is missing, and he was just rescued by an enormous man named Frankenstein. Jamie is brought to Department 19, where he is pulled into a secret organization responsible for policing the supernatural, founded more than a century ago by Abraham Van Helsing and the other survivors of Dracula. Aided by Frankenstein's monster, a beautiful vampire girl with her own agenda, and the members of the agency, Jamie must attempt to save his mother from a terrifyingly powerful vampire.

Department 19 takes us through history, across Europe, and beyond - from the cobbled streets of Victorian London to prohibition-era New York, from the icy wastes of Arctic Russia to the treacherous mountains of Transylvania. Part modern thriller, part classic horror, it's packed with mystery, mayhem, and a level of suspense that makes a Darren Shan novel look like a romantic comedy.

I have to thank Bastard Books for suggesting these next two books of a new series to me.  They sound interesting, and I'll have to get to them soon.
Zero Sight by B. Justin Shier
Goodreads Synopsis:
Meet Dieter Resnick. Dieter is the sole child of an abusive single father, a perennial schoolyard brawler, and Ted Binion High's number one academic prospect. Dieter is terrified of staying poor. He has few friends and is absolutely obsessed with earning a college scholarship. He's also a latent mage--one of the few humans left that can bend the manaflows to their will.

Too bad no one told him. Now a boy is dead.

Meet Rei Acerba Bathory. Rei is a second year student at Elliot College, the premiere magical training academy in North America. She's also on an all-liquid diet. Rei acquired her odd speech and mannerisms living among her centuries-old kin--strange vampiric creatures that have carved out the Midwest as their playground. She can kill a man without blinking, but has a serious weakness for puppies. Thanks to a childhood spent living cloistered from the public, Rei knows little of modern society. She'd do well to make some friends, but her fellow trainees despise her. Rei is the first of her kind to be admitted, and many hope to make her the last.

Dieter was raised in the grimy outskirts of Las Vegas. Rei was homeschooled in a Chicago mansion. Both are on their way to Elliot College. Both believe the other is a creature of idle fantasy. In ten hours, they're going to be at the center of a war fought by shadow actors. In eleven hours, they're going to become a weft-pair, bound together by the most sacred spell in the magic canon. And in twelve hours? Well, in twelve hours, they've got to get to class...

Zero Sum by B. Justin Shier
Goodreads Synopsis:
My name is Dieter Resnick. I was planning to turn eighteen in May, but I don't think I'm gonna make it. I've just been drafted into a war. And this war isn't usual. It's kinda sorta fought with spells.

Six months ago today, I was my high school's valedictorian. Now I'm Elliot College's newest combat-certified mage, and one of the few to survive a Talmax raid. I've got a weft-partner named Rei Acerba, whose hobbies include flaying the skin off her foes and perusing the sunscreen aisle. I've got a tutor named Jules Nelson, who spends her evenings talking to trees. And I've got a friend named Jay Dante, who tends to vanish when I need him most.

We're all part of a team called Lambda, and we've been ordered into the middle of a battle between North America's magical factions. The warriors of Talmax are surging up from the South. The Department of Mana Affair's once omnipotent DEA agents have been left cowering behind their wards. Our job is to reveal the enemy's secret weapon--before they take ownership of the entire West Coast.

Free Finds on Nook:
Death's Hand by SM Reine
Goodreads Synopsis:
Policing relations between Heaven, Hell, and Earth is messy and violent, but Elise Kavanagh and James Faulkner excelled at it-- until coming across a job so brutal that even they couldn't stand to see one more dead body.

Now they've been pretending to be normal for five years, leaving their horrific history a dark secret. Elise works in an office. James owns a business. None of their friends realize they used to be one of the world's best killing teams.

After years of hiding, something stirs. Bodies are vanishing. Demons scurry in the shadows of the night. A child has been possessed.

Some enemies aren't willing to let the secrets of the past stay dead...

Dark Union by SM Reine
Goodreads Synopsis:
Every fifty years, the most powerful ethereal and infernal beings convene on Earth to resolve conflicts with mediation by kopides--humans born to police relations between Heaven and Hell. They're meeting in Elise Kavanagh's territory this year, and she used to be the greatest kopis in the world. But she's not invited.

An old friend, Lucas McIntyre, asks her to attend the summit in his place. But when she arrives, she discovers that a human faction called The Union has taken charge of the summit, and they're not playing nice. Worse yet, someone has killed a prominent Union member, and now they're demanding blood.

Elise has to bring justice to the summit in DARK UNION, a 33,000-word (120 page) urban fantasy novella featuring a decrepit ghost town, angry men with guns, and even angrier angels.

The Darkest Gate by SM Reine
Goodreads Synopsis:
When Elise Kavanagh retired from demon hunting, she swore it would be permanent. But an attack from a powerful necromancer forced her back into the business, and now she's trying to balance her normal boyfriend and normal job with everything supernatural.

Mr. Black is a demon hunter gone rogue. He's enslaving angels and stealing ethereal artifacts in pursuit of forbidden immortality. An old grudge drives him to make his final stand in Elise's territory. Destroying her life and killing her friends isn't the goal, but it's a definite perk.

A demonic overlord offers to join against Mr. Black and protect Elise's loved ones. All she needs to do is ally with the demons she's sworn to kill, at the cost of her morals--and maybe her immortal soul. But once she crosses that line, there's no turning back.

Nothing is sacred when Heaven and Hell collide on Earth...

Full-Blooded Fantasy, by 8 authors
Goodreads Synopsis:
Full-Blooded Fantasy is a one-of-a-kind collection featuring selections from eight of the best fantasy novels published today. Experience the remarkable storytelling of acclaimed fantasy writers such as Nancy Farmer, author of the award-winning The House of the Scorpion; Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, creators of the international phenomenon The Spiderwick Chronicles; and D. J. MacHale, author of the New York Times bestselling series Pendragon.

The Trivia Lovers Guide to the World by Gary Fuller
Goodreads Synopsis:
It seems no synopsis on Goodreads, but it kind of explains itself as the title.

For Review:
Kiss of Death by Seleste deLaney
Goodreads Synopsis:
Too many years of killer vamps have triggered the curse of the Blood Kissed. They’ve awakened the bloodline that can alter their world, because her blood has the power to control them all—even make them destroy each other.

Jocelyn thought her troubles with vampires were over when she drove a stake through her boyfriend Max’s heart two years ago. Even though she’s engaged to Chad, she’s never really forgotten him. Now Max is back, and Chad is taking her into the heart of the vamp community—and they’re the ones trying to keep her alive. The ones who love her and each seek to claim her for their own. Because once the elders know who she is, they’re all going to want her…or want her dead.

How did last week go for you?  Does the new week look to be good too?

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


  1. Wow! Looks like some great books! Hope your ankle feels better soon.

    1. Thank you Melissa (Books&Things) Most of them were free finds, so I had to pick them up. :) And thank you, ankle is feeling better but still swelling like crazy, but I'm tired of being down. I have to do something. :)

  2. Zero Sight looks like a horror book but SM Reine's books looks kick-ass! Happy reading! :)

    1. Thank you Cherry. I like the sounds of both of these series, now to find time to read them both. lol. Hope you have a great week.


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