Friday, January 30, 2015

Alpha & Omega Read-a-long Discussion: Alpha & Omega/Cry Wolf

You guys!  Discussion day is upon us.  And I am friggin' excited.  I've never hosted a solo read-a-long which means I've never really had to come up with discussion questions by myself.  So I apologize in advance if they're kind of lacking.  I'm hoping you loved the prequel novella and book 1 enough that you'll overlook my feeble attempt at questions.  *grins*  If you're just tuning in and want to participate I'll have links to the intro post and sign up page below.  Now that that's out of the way let's do the damn thing.

Alpha & Omega Questions

1.  I've never been to Chicago but, Patricia Brigg's (PB from here on out) worldbuilding is nothing to sneeze at.  Have any of you visited the windy city?  Is her depiction up to snuff?

2.  If PB's worldbuilding is awesome, then her characters are on a whole other level.  What were your initial thoughts about Anna and Charles?

3.  Novellas are tough in that you have a limited number of pages to deliver a story interesting enough that'll make the reader want to pick up the actual series.  What are your thoughts on the story as a whole?

4.  What were some of your favorite and/or least favorite characters?

5.  What did you think about the whole Omega angle?

Cry Wolf Questions

1.  Cry Wolf picks up where Alpha & Omega left off.  What did you guys think about Anna's new surroundings?

2.  What did you guys think about PB's take on werewolves?
3.  Leah, Bran's mate, is a total bitch.  Every time she came on the scene I wanted to reach into the book and slap her senseless.  What other characters had you wanting to slap them and/or root for them?

4.  I, for one, am not a fan of a couple meeting and 30 seconds later figuring out they're the loves of each others lives.  How did you guys feel about the way Anna and Charles' relationship rolled out?

5.  That ending was like WHOOOAAA!  Thoughts?

If you're interested in learning more about the read-a-long or are interested in signing up CHECK OUT THIS POST.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: The Walking Dead, Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye

Title:  The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye
Author:  Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Illustrator)
Genre:  Graphic Novel
Publisher:  Image Comics
Publication Date:  October 29, 2013
Series Info:  Volume 1 in the Walking Dead series
Cover Artist:  Tony Moore
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  Uuummm...because it's The Walking Dead.  I was lucky enough to find a copy at my local library.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibility. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled: no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, the survivors are forced to finally start living. 
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This review ended up being harder to write than I initially thought.  I blame it on the fact that I watched the TV show before picking up the graphic novel.  Don't get me wrong, it was an excellent graphic novel.  The writing is great and the illustrations do the story justice.  But for some reason it feels like I'm reading cliff notes.

For those of you who have never read the graphic novel or seen the TV show (seriously, where have you been), here's the gist: dude wakes up from a coma, realizes the world has gone to hell in a hand basket, sets off to find his missing wife and kid and mayhem ensues.  For those of you who don't like the show because of the ick factor, the graphic novel might work out better for you.  It'll still make you squirm a bit but, nothing like the show would.

All in all I'm glad I checked it out from the library.  I throughly enjoyed it.

Favorite Scenes/Lines:

Series Info:
The latest comic book issue is #137.  That's a lot of issues to try to list so in an effort not to bore you to death please click HERE to obtain detailed info about the series.  For fans of the show, don't forget to tune in to the mid-season premiere on Sunday, February 8th at 9pm on AMC.  Woot!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tackling the TBR Jar: February Edition

A monthly feature (inspired by The Book Vixen's TBR Jar Project) to help me (and in turn maybe you) get the out of control TBR piles in check.

Hello party people.  Welcome to the February Edition of Tackling the TBR Jar.  As I was setting this post up it occurred to me that this feature could go really well or it could be downright disastrous.  Screw it.  I think either way it's going to be an interesting experience.  Anywhoozle, here are the contenders I ended up pulling out of the TBR jar:

Interesting side note, sticking your hand in a jar full of slips of cardstock paper can be quite dangerous.  *ahem*  Here's a little more detail about the titles:

Lead Me On (Book 3 in the Tumble Creek series) by Victoria Dahl
Raw, animal a big red flag to prim and proper office manager Jane Morgan. After a rough childhood with a mother who liked her men in prison-jumpsuit orange, Jane changed her name, her look and her taste for bad boys. So why is she lusting for William Chase with his tattoo-covered biceps and steel-toed boots? The man blows things up for a living!

She gives herself one explosive, fantasy-filled night with Chase. The next day it's back to plain Jane and safe men.

But when her beloved brother becomes a murder suspect, it's Chase who comes to her rescue. And Jane discovers that a man who's been around the block knows a thing or two about uncovering the truth....

Hourglass (Book 1 in the Hourglass series) by Myra McEntire
One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should've happened?

City of Ghosts (Book 3 in the Downside Ghosts series) by Stacia Kane

Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess's bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city's most notorious crime boss--and Chess's drug dealer--gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn't bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he's not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic--all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

I think that's a pretty decent draw.  Only problem is I haven't read book 1 in the Tumble Creek series or the Downside Ghosts series.  Yes, I know, I'm lame.  Too many books, too little time and all that jazz.  The way this ends up working is that those particular picks will revert back to the the first books in their respective series.  Those books are:

Talk Me Down (Book 1 in the Tumble Creek series) by Victoria Dahl
Molly Jennings has one naughty little secret: her job as a bestselling erotic fiction author. Until her inspiration runs dry—thanks to a creepy ex—and it's time to skip town and move back to tiny Tumble Creek, Colorado.

One look at former high school hunk chief of police Ben Lawson and Molly is back in business. The town gossip is buzzing at her door and, worse still, a stalker seems to be watching her every move. Thankfully, her very own lawman has taken to coming over, often. The only problem now is that Molly may have to let the cat out of the bag about her chosen profession, and straitlaced Ben will definitely not approve.…

Unholy Ghosts (Book 1 in the Downside Ghosts series) by Stacia Kane

The world is not the way it was. The dead have risen, and the living are under attack. The powerful Church of Real Truth, in charge since the government fell, has sworn to reimburse citizens being harassed by the deceased. Enter Chess Putnam, a fully tattooed witch and freewheeling ghost hunter. She's got a real talent for banishing the wicked dead. But Chess is keeping a dark secret: She owes a lot of money to a murderous drug lord named Bump, who wants immediate payback in the form of a dangerous job that involves black magic, human sacrifice, a nefarious demonic creature, and enough wicked energy to wipe out a city of souls. Toss in lust for a rival gang leader and a dangerous attraction to Bump's ruthless enforcer, and Chess begins to wonder if the rush is really worth it. Hell, yeah.

After a little deliberation I decided to go with Talk Me Down.  I then realized that I don't own a copy so I ended up going with my runner up, Unholy Ghosts.  You guys know I love UF and I hear the book is kick ass.  Where I'm from that's called a win win.  I'll check in at the end of February to share my thoughts.  Until then....happy reading!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Alpha & Omega Read-a-long Check In

Hi read-a-longers! *waves*  Hope you had a lovely weekend.  Just checking in to see how y'all were doing.  I finished up Cry Wolf over the weekend and I'm literally busting at the seams with wanting to talk to you guys about it.  *deep breaths*  Just 3 more days.  Just...3...more...days.  ;-)

If you have no idea what's going on go check out this post.

If you know what's going down and want to sign up, click on the 'Add Your Link' button.

Music Mondays ft. @JoeyBADASS

Music Mondays is a bi-weekly feature where I'll post my favorite songs, videos, albums and/or artists of the week (or maybe even of all-time).

Good morning party people.  Another Monday is upon us.  *sigh*  I know, I know.  Monday's are rough but, that's why I decided to host this feature on Mondays.  Music just makes everything better, no?  I digress.  If you're a fan of 90's hip hop then I have a treat for you.  Today's artist is Joey Bada$$ and I discovered him while lounging around the house.  I know, random.  Here's how it went down.  The BF was YouTubing it up and told me that I had to stop reading (the nerve of him) and watch this video.  I'm glad I obliged.  I ended up liking Joey before I ever heard his music.  Then I heard his music and instantly became a fan.  So without further ado, here's one of my favorite songs off his new album:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question of the Day 1.25.15

A weekly post that gives me a chance to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won't.  Because, lets face it, there's more to us than what we read.

Right now, at this moment, I'm anxiously awaiting the return of How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead and Bitten.  It's not odd that 2 out of the 3 shows I'm loving involve supernatural creatures, right?  *wink*

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cinema Saturdays

A weekly feature where I'll post my favorite movie quotes, upcoming movie trailers, the occasional movie review or subject you to fangirling over some of my most treasured movies in the hopes that it'll get you guys to watch them.

Because Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

A weekly feature that showcases my favorite stuff of the week.  Might include books but, will more likely be a total free for all of things I'm currently loving.

Newest Addition to the 'Wish I Was Here' List:
Yosemite National Park.

Funny Ha Ha of the Week:
One of the reasons I love Look Human

Favorite Read of the Week:
Cry Wolf (book 1 in the Alpha & Omega series) by Patricia Briggs

Favorite Words of the Week:

Best Man Candy of the Week:
David James Gandy
All. Day. Every. Day.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This Shattered World Giveaway Winner

Hello lovelies.  The time has come to announce the winner of my This Shattered World giveaway.  Drum roll please....

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Congratulations Katie!  I'll be reaching out to you shortly.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Alpha & Omega Read-a-long is FINALLY here!

YOU GUYS!  IT'S HERE!!  IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!  *Ahem*  Sorry.  I can't help it.  I'm excited.  The start of the read-a-long is upon and us and I'm ready to dive in and revisit Anna and Charles.  If you're just tuning in, here are the deets:

Read-a-long Guidelines
 Read-a-long starts on January 19th.  We'll have two weeks to read each book.  A discussion post will go up according to the schedule listed below (probably on Mondays).
 Anyone can participant.  The rule of thumb is usually the more the merrier.
 You can join the read-a-long at any time but, please remember to sign up using the linky below.  There may or may not be surprises planned along the way and you'll need to be signed up to enter.  *grins*
 Should a Twitter chat ensue (and I totally hope it does) use #AOReadalong so other read-a-long-ers can find you/join the chat.
 If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me.
 The most important thing is to have fun!  Enjoy Charles and Anna's journey.  Don't stress out!  If you can keep up, great.  If you can't, not a big deal.

Reading Order
Book 0.5:  Alpha & Omega
Book 1:  Cry Wolf
Book 2:  Hunting Ground
Book 3:  Fair Game
Book 4:  Dead Heat

Discussion Schedule
January 30th:  Alpha & Omega and Cry Wolf Discussion Post
February 13th:  Hunting Ground Discussion Post
February 27th:  Fair Game Discussion Post
March 13th:  Dead Heat Discussion Post

There's plenty of time to sign up. Look forward to reading and chatting with you!

Have fun guys! I'll check in with you next Monday to see how you're doing. Want to talk before then? Hit me up on the Twitter at @NotNotImReading.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Question of the Day 1.18.15

A weekly post that gives me a chance to get to know you guys better and vice versa.  Sometimes the questions will deal with books or reading but, most of the time they won't.  Because, lets face it, there's more to us than what we read.

In no particular order...

Deuce and Fade
Clary and Jace
Hazel and Augustus
Tris and Four
Avery and Cameron
Sydney and Kyler
Jacqueline and Lucas/Landon
Cami and Trenton
Kate and Curran
Anna and Charles
MacKayla and Barrons

Shall I go on?  See some names you aren't familiar with?  Drop me a comment so I can point you in the right direction.  ;-)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cinema Saturdays

A weekly feature where I'll post my favorite movie quotes, upcoming movie trailers, the occasional movie review or subject you to fangirling over some of my most treasured movies in the hopes that it'll get you guys to watch them.

I love Bradley Cooper.  He's an amazing actor and that he's easy on the eyes is just an added bonus.  This movie looks like it's going to be crazy intense.

Friday, January 16, 2015

It's time for a little Bloggiesta

No, really.  It's time for the 2015 Mini Winter Bloggiesta.  And I, for one, am excited to get some stuff done around here.  Never heard of Bloggiesta?  Here's the gist:

In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome mascot Pedro (Plan. Edit. Develop. Review. Organize) is ready to break out the nachos, enchiladas, drinks, mariachi music and whack a pinata or two! It’s nothing short of an awesome fiesta!
-via Bloggiesta

Sound like something you might want to partake in?  Head on over to the sign up page and get crack-a-lackin'.  Let's get this party started shall we?

♥ Update link lists and archive lists
Update Goodreads reviews Added all reviews to GoodReads
♥ Clean up labels/tags
♥ Change or fix one thing on your sidebar
Edit a page or two (about me, contact, policy, etc) Updated Review page
Comment on other Bloggiesta participant blogs  Dropped in and said hi
Participate in at least one Twitter chat  Participated in Sunday's chat
♥  Update old reviews

And there you have it.  A bit over ambitious?  Perhaps.  But it's stuff I have to get done regardless so, yeah.  Very interested to see how this plays out.

Friday Favorites

A weekly feature that showcases my favorite stuff of the week.  Might include books but, will more likely be a total free for all of things I'm currently loving.

Newest Addition to the 'Wish I Was Here' List:
Makena Beach.  Maui, Hawaii.

Funny Ha Ha of the Week:

Favorite Read of the Week:
Specifically the Alpha & Omega novella by Patricia Briggs.

New Music Discovery of the Week:
Jess over at Gone with the Words featured this band on her Thursday Tracks post.
Go follow her.  She's good people and her blog is awesome.

Newest Addition to the 'I Need One of These STAT' List:
You guys!  You have to go check out The Undress website to fully understand how effing cool this dress is.  Doooo it!  Discovered this awesome invention via The Book Vixen's In My Pocket post.  You need to follow her too.  Because she, too, is good people and her blog is also awesome.

Best Man Candy of the Week:
Greyston Holt.
Because Bitten (TV show based on Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series) is coming back for Season 2.
And because he's smoking hot.
You're welcome.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Horde by Ann Aguirre (@MsAnnAguirre)

Title:  Horde
Author:  Ann Aguirre
Genre:  Young Adult
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date:  October 29, 2013
Series Info:  Book 3 in the Razorland trilogy
Cover Artist:  Unknown
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  Horde was one of my book choices for Bout of Books 12.  I'm also trying to finish a bunch of the series I have sitting on my shelves.  Oddly enough it's usually the last book that needs finishing.  What?  I have closure issues.  Don't judge me.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

A HORDE OF FREAKS HAS DESTROYED SALVATION, and it's up to Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan to lead the refugees to safety.  Deuce decides the only way to fight an army is to raise one.  At first, everyone laughs at the idea of a girl leading humanity's forces against the Freaks but, after proving herself in combat, she firmly establishes her qualifications for the role.

Along the way, she works on healing Fade.  He's suffering from a severe case of PTSD in an era when diagnosis is impossible.  Further complicating recovery, and their burgeoning romance, is his reluctance to being touched, a consequence of the horrors visited upon on him by Freak hands.  Deuce refuses to give up on him, however, and their resulting tender moments are all the more moving for being hard won.

When Deuce learns the reason the Freaks are getting smarter, she realizes time is running out for her kind.  Can she overcome or render a permanent truce with the enemy?  Who will ultimately survive?
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Let me start by saying that it's always been a challenge for me to finish a book series that I love.  It stems from my anxiety of not wanting a much loved story to end.  And yes, I know I can always re-read the story and revisit my favorite worlds and characters again but, it's never the same as reading it for the first time.  So I end up dragging my feet until the need to know what happens overwhelms my anxiety.  I know.  I'm weird.  I never promised I wasn't.  ;-)  But enough about me and my quirks.  Let's get this review going.

Deuce's journey up to this point has been downright terrifying and this leg of her journey is no different.  If anything, it makes everything she's gone through up to this point seem like a cake walk.  And that's saying a hell of a lot.  She has to battle the Freaks to essentially save humankind and she has to somehow put Fade back together after his ordeal during the last book.  It's no easy feat but, she digs her heels in and goes about doing what she does best.  Taking care of business like a boss.  As usual, I'm not going to go into detail about the story.  Just know that you need to expect a dark and perilous journey with lots of battles that involve a lot of bloodshed and one particular moment that will leave you like this:

I won't be right for a few days but, I'll soldier through.  What choice do we have, right?  On the flip side of all that doom and gloom, you'll get to see Deuce grow and become an amazing woman and leader.  You'll see Fade deal with his issues as he stands loyally by Deuce's side.  And you'll get the added bonus of watching old and new side characters grow into their own.  If you haven't picked up this series yet and you love post-apocalyptic tales do yourself a favor and scoop this series up.  Ann Aguirre delivers an incredible story, with excellent world building and amazing characters.  You can't go wrong with that combination.

Favorite Scenes/Lines:
"You can live without me," I said.
"I don't want to."
I feared a love like this - that made us incomplete without each other.  It was beautiful but treacherous, like snow that looked white and pure and lovely from the safety of your window, but when you stepped out to touch the softness, the cold first stole your breath, and then your will to move, until you could just lay down in it and let the numbness take you.  Yet I didn't want to be without him either, so I didn't chide him back, even if Fade had believed he was broken beyond fixing.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This Shattered World Tour w/ @MeaganSpooner & @AmieKaufman

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'Ello lovelies.  I had the opportunity to attend Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner's This Shattered World book tour on Friday at Books & Books.  As an added bonus, I also got to spend some time with Ana from Owl Always Be Reading and Ursula from Grownup Fangirl.  I'm happy to report that good times were had and two fabulous authors were met.

Instead of rambling like I normally do, I thought it'd be fun to recap the event through my live tweets and event pics.  Figured I'd try something new so if you like it, awesome!  If it doesn't do it for you, feel free to let me know in the comments.  Enjoy!

If they're coming to your town or to a town near you, you should definitely head out to meet them.  Check out their websites (links are above) for a list of tour cities and dates.  If you stuck around until the end of this post, thank you.  Here's a surprise for your effort:

One (1) winner will receive:

One (1) signed hardcover copy of This Shattered World
♥ One (1) This Shattered World totebag
♥ One (1) This Shattered World promo poster
♥ Giveaway open to US followers only
♥ Giveaway prize courtesy of yours truly
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