I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Throwback Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week will be a different Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join and link up.

This week is: Throwback Freebie: 10 books I loved during the year I started my blog. Which was in 2010. So here are my favorites from that year.

*This list is no specific order*
*Click book title or series for Goodreads link

1.      Fugitive by Cheryl Brooks (Link) Cat Star Chronicle #5
A mysterious stranger in danger...
The last thing Drusilla expected to find on vacation was a gorgeous man hiding in the jungle. But what is he running from? And why does she feel so mesmerized that she'll stop at nothing to be near him?
Hypnotically attracted, he will risk his life to have her...
Zetithian warrior Manx, a member of a race hunted to near extinction because of their sexual powers, has done all he can to avoid extermination. But when an uncommon woman enters his jungle lair, the animal inside of him demands he risk it all to have her. Until he saw her, his loneliness threatened to consume him. Would she risk her life to join him...or would their intense pleasure in each other destroy them both?

2.     The Kindred by L.L Foster (Link) Servent #3
The info on this book gives away important stuff from the rest of the series. If you haven’t read it please do.
From Book One
Urban paranormal fantasy featuring Gabrielle Cody: Servant. Slayer. Seducer.
Gabrielle Cody has the ability to see the demons among us as they really are-and the responsibility to destroy them. She can't allow anyone to get in her way, even the magnetic Detective Luther Cross. Sensing a malevolent presence watching and stalking her, Gaby is drawn again and again to an abandoned hospital surrounded by an aura of sickness and suffering-and unimaginable evil.

3.      Dragonfly by Julia Golding (Link) Dragonfly & The Glass Swallow #1
Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal. And he's not too pleased, either. She is used to a life of discipline, ritual, and splendor. He is used to hunting and carousing. They hate each other on sight. But both of their countries are under threat from a fearsome warlord, and the only chance of peace is to form an alliance.
When Tashi and Ram are kidnapped, they fear there's no escape--from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing, and imprisonment? And will the people they meet on their adventure--including a circus strongman, a daring rebel leader, a sinister master of spies, and the best female fighter they have ever seen--help them or betray them to the enemy?

4.     Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn (Link) Kitty Norville #8
From Book One
Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station - and she also happens to be a werewolf. One night, sick of the usual lame song requests, she accidentally starts 'The Midnight Hour', a late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. Almost immediately she's deluged by calls from desperate vampires, werewolves and witches from all across the country, wanting to share their woes and ask her advice.
Kitty's new show is a raging success, but it's Kitty herself who could use some help, not least because her monthly change is a deep and dark secret to all but a very special few.
And when she finds one very sexy werewolf-hunter on her tail, not to mention a few homicidal undead, she realises she may just may have bitten off more than she can chew...

5.     Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands (Link) Argeneau #13
Legend has it that Armand Argeneau is a killer in the bedroom...
But with all three of his late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood race red hot.
Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She claims she's hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something more. But after three wives who've all had trouble remaining, well, undead, Armand is reluctant to open his heart again. Then strange accidents start to happen, each deadlier than the last, and Armand realizes he may not have much time to prove he's a lover, not a slayer.

6.     Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs (Link) Fins #1
Princess Lily of Thessalania is a mermaid with an unrequited crush on swim star Brody Bennett at Seaview High School. 

Her neighbor is obnoxious biker Quince Fletcher, whose accidental kiss bonds them as mates, unless her king father performs a separation ritual, within days. 

Her cousin Dosinia has her own plans, to advance herself in the royal dynasty.

7.      Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus (Link) Shadow Hills #1
After her sister Athena's tragic death, it's obvious that grief-stricken Persephone "Phe" Archer no longer belongs in Los Angeles. Hoping to make sense of her sister's sudden demise and the cryptic dreams following it, Phe abandons her bubbly LA life to attend an uptight East Coast preparatory school in Shadow Hills, MA -- a school which her sister mysteriously mentioned in her last diary entry before she died.
Once there, Phe quickly realizes that something is deeply amiss in her new town. Not only does Shadow Hills' history boast an unexplained epidemic that decimated hundreds of its citizens in the 1700s, but its modern townies also seem eerily psychic, with the bizarre ability to bend metal. Even Zach -- the gorgeous stranger Phe meets and immediately begins to lust after -- seems as if he is hiding something serious. Phe is determined to get to the bottom of it. The longer she stays there, the more she suspects that her sister's untimely death and her own destiny are intricately linked to those who reside in Shadow Hills.

8.     No Mercy by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Link) Dark-Hunterverse #19
Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.
Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.
The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it.

9.     Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles (Link) Leaving Paradise #2
Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.
Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She's determined to make a new life for herself.
But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie's accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them.

10.   Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (Link)   Nightshade #1
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known.
By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I Had A Hard Time Finishing

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week will be a different Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join and link up.

This week is: Ten Series I Had A Hard Time Finishing: What series did I stop reading or struggled to finish
For this week I went with series that just to me were blah. These were series that I was excited to read, where I read the first book and with some even more books but couldn’t really get into it.

1.      Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton (Link)
This was a weird one because I didn’t really like Anita and her parts were hard to get through but its told from her point of view. So you see why it was weird. Each book got better though not by much. I started to like Anita then the author ruined it. She slowly killed everything that was true to Anita and it took the series down. I haven’t read pass book 17 and the series is still on going so I guess someone likes it.

2.     Vampire Huntress by L.A. Banks (Link).
This was a series I have the first seven on my shelves still. It had a concept that wasn’t new yet was at the same time, if that makes sense. The first couple of books weren’t that good but they had promise. Each book got better until it didn’t. I got so fed up that I put it down and never picked it back up.

3.      Wicked by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguié (Link).
This series sounds good and I was looking forward to reading it but nope. Just nope.

4.     The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (Link).
When I read the series there were only four books, no spin off and there was only talk of a television show. I did not like the series at all even though I finished it. L.J. Smith seems to be hit or miss with me because I loved both her Night World books (where the hell is the last book) and her Secret Circle series, there are series that I just don’t like. And sadly this was one of them.
5.     Dark Visions by L.J. Smith (Link)
She has two entries on this list but what can I say. I read the series and disliked them so much I took the books back.

6.     Rosemary Beach by Abbi Glines (Link)
Abbie has a series that I really enjoy and the first books in her series I tend to really like but they never follow through with the feelings from the first book. I started to get bored and really annoyed with her characters, so much so that the book and rest of the series becomes a turn off.

7.      The Immortals by Alyson Noel (Link)
This series had promise. It was a fresh idea and it was told well, I just had a hard time caring enough to keep going.

8.     The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater (Link)
This wasn’t one for me at all. It was okay though.

9.     Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (Link)
From the first chapter of the first book I knew it wasn’t a series I was going to love but I at least thought I would enjoy it more.

10.   Ghetto Girls by Anthony Whyte (Link)   
I used to live for books in the urban fiction genre. It was actually a urban fiction book that made me loves books. So I’m not sure why this series rubbed me the wrong way.