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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.

 

Currently reading

My Soul to Save
Rachel Vincent
An American Werewolf In Hoboken (Wolf Mates Book 1)
Dakota Cassidy
Progress: 56 %
Cinderella Complex
Rebekah L. Purdy
Progress: 1 %

 

 

 

Favorite Book Quotes


"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold

 

Reading progress: 14%.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

And now my ereader just quadrupled time left to read the book.  ???


Just Downloaded

My Soul to Save  - Rachel Vincent

I had Mr. R give me another random book off my library wishlist because think I'll be stuck waiting a lot tomorrow.

 

This second in the Soul Screamers series was picked.  


Reading progress: 7%.

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

So far, red-hoodies Scarlet's grandmother has gone missing, mysterious and starving stranger Wolf has shown up asking for work, and a brief glimpse of imprisoned but resourceful Cinder from the first book.

 

According to the ereader, I'll have this one finished in an hour.


"You May Also Like"

I can really tell on the wishlists I cannot sort (like my public library's) where the "You May Also Like" sent me down the rabbit hole.

 

As evidenced by a huge clump of same genre or similar books in a row.

 

I am weak.  I'm trying to reorganize some shelves and wishlists.  But, that means I'm looking at books, and that seductive beckoning selection of also enjoyed, may also like, also bought ... 


Challenge: #Random-Available

I have such a huge wishlist at the library (and tend to jump right over those books to the next in series for book just enjoyed or a new "shiny" seen on booklikes feed).

 

I'm making myself a "Random-Available" challenge for the remainder of 2017:

 

  • At least twice a month (maybe weekly), I'm going over to library ebook wishlist and filtering just by currently available.  
  • Over to http://random.org to generate a number from 1 to however many pages that wishlist was.  That's my page number of the wishlist.
  • Then generate a number between 1-20 (because that's how many books on each page of my library's wishlist).  That's the book I'll borrow -- with permission to pick another book on the same page if not in the mood for it.
  • No deadlines, no prizes (other than hopefully finding good books), no obligations to review,  do not have to finish the book, and not competing with anyone.  Just getting around to books I've been meaning to read.

 

A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate

A Second Bite at the Apple - Dana Bate  is first one my new challenge/game selected for me.


Review of "Closer to the Chest" (Herald Spy, #3) Mercedes Lackey

Closer to the Chest - Mercedes Lackey

Start to finish, this one stayed true to protagonist Mags and the Valdemar universe.

 

A solid storyline -- unlike parts of previous books that had a kajillion raised and dropped plot points, deluge of new characters taking away from our main ones, main characters acting out of character, ...

 

Another page-turner read for me.  The villainy that reared up in this one hardly as world-ending dire -- new sect encouraging misogyny and one misigynistic criminal -- and not that believable for Valdemar lost it a bit for me (I'm on the fence if "well done, hear, hear, pass the ammunition" or cheap plot point given the makeup of author's fanbase — possibly even response to objections by fans on how out-of-characteristically some women were treated/used in last volumes).

 

Not sure if this completes Mag's books or not.


"It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read."

—Lemony Snicket


Review of "Under Witch Moon" (Moon Shadow #1) by Maria E. Schneider

Under Witch Moon - Maria E. Schneider

This was surprisingly good.  A page turner of a mystery with paranormal elements.  If I was a bigger mystery fan, I'd likely rate it higher.  

 

I liked the heroine, the world building stayed logical even with paranormal elements and her being a witch.  Not the devil worshipping, coven-controlled-hierarchy, or *poof*-gee-unexplained-powers-chicklit type of thing that irritates me in some books.  A well-written element of the book that added to the story.  No insta-lust/luv or fated mate stuff (a whiff of potential romance towards the end).

 

I'm likely to read next in series when in the mood.  I do want to know what happens next with the characters (and am even looking forward to the romance if it happens because guy wasn't a douchebag).  A tiny personal irritation -- that I also had with Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books that doesn't seem to bother most fans of that series -- is her knowingly putting one character in danger even though thinking it was wrong to do so (and spending part of the same book protecting same character).

 

I would not have guessed this a self-published book had I not already known before reading/buying it.

 

Ratings scale used in absence of a booklikes suggested rating scale:

★★★★★ = All Time Favorite 
★★★★½ = Extraordinary Book. Really Loved It.
★★★★☆ = Loved It.
★★★½☆ = Really Liked.
★★★☆☆ = Liked.
★★½☆☆ = Liked parts; parts only okay. Would read more by author.
★★☆☆☆ = Average.   Okay. 
★½☆☆☆ = Disliked or meh? but kept me reading in hopes would get better.
★☆☆☆☆ = Loathed It. Possibly DNF and a torturous read.
½☆☆☆☆ = So vile was a DNF or should have been. Cannot imagine anyone liking.  (Might also be just an "uploaded" word spew or collection that should not be dignified by calling itself a "published book." If author is going batshit crazy in the blogosphere over reviews -- I now know why they are getting bad reviews.  Or maybe author should take remedial classes for language written in until basic concepts like using sentences sink in. Is author even old enough to sign a publishing contract or do they need a legal guardian to sign for them?)


Just starting ..

Scarlet - Marissa Meyer

Just came thru via library waitlist.  The first book in series really knocked my socks off it was so surprisingly good.  I waited to follow it up because doesn't sound like each book follows exact same protagonists.


Road trip flashbacks thanks to this commercial and Char's booklikes-opoly post about Main Street Station square.

 

A behind the scenes look at the commercial is at https://youtu.be/Ndd_Xli36V4 


What's on your Library Wishlist?

Oathblood - Mercedes Lackey Twenties Girl - Sophie Kinsella Bitten by the Vampire - Bonnie Vanak Bound by Night (Bound #1) - Amanda Ashley Shadowfever  - Karen Marie Moning The Red Pyramid  - Rick Riordan King Raven: 3-In-1 of Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck - Stephen R. Lawhead Unleashed - Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguié King of Darkness  - Elisabeth Staab Angel Burn (Angel Trilogy, #1) - L.A. Weatherly

I need to update booklikes shelves for the ebooks I've wishlisted at my public library (uses overdrive) before it grows completely out of control.

 

I'll be spacing out some posts for my wishlist from oldest to newest in the process.

 

Some are available now but not fitting my mood (or needing more research because not sure if read).

 

(Last books on page 17 of  my wishlist)


48 Books in Series Release Today

Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare Space Taxi: Aliens on Earth - Wendy Mass, Michael Brawer Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) - Melissa de la Cruz Just One Touch: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) - Maya Banks Perish the Day: A Thriller (The Storm Murders Trilogy) - John Farrow The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen - Victoria Alexander Wen (VLG) (Volume 6) - Laurann Dohner, Kelli Collins, Dar Albert Trackers 2: The Hunted (Trackers series, Book 2) - Nicholas Sansbury Smith Cavanaugh Standoff (Cavanaugh Justice) - Marie Ferrarella Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

I highlighted a few; see https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for full list.

Source: http://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar

Reading progress: 67%.

Blood of Tyrants  - Naomi Novik

Hah!  Still seemingly not missing anything by skipping Part I of this book.  In fact, they've all been referring to the last book of this series as if it just happened and ignoring the whole shipwrecked-in-Japan-with-amnesia subplot.

 

They are gearing up to leave China to return to Britain and the war. Laurence *groan oh of all the over-used truly bad plot points* has

recovered his memory after a battle where he received a head injury

(show spoiler)

 


Reading progress: 46%.

Blood of Tyrants  - Naomi Novik

China.  More dragons and Temeraire with imperial dragons.  Another assassination attempt.

 

And Laurence still has amnesia although reunited with Temeraire and his crew.  

 

I am so not regretting skipping Part I where other reviewers confirm amnesiatic Laurence was shipwrecked in Japan, clueless about everything (although now apparently fluent in Chinese) and angst-ing every page.  An angst-y Japanese teenage noble apparently helped and is now part of Temeraire's crew -- which seemingly has me completely caught up on Part I.


May's Kindle Firsts

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King Dead Certain: A Novel - Adam Mitzner The First Word - Isley Robson The Lioness of Morocco - Julia Drosten, Christiane Galvani North Haven - Sarah Moriarty The Great Passage - Shion Miura, Juliet Winters Carpenter

The program is still devolved/restricted to just Amazon published titles apparently.  But, a review of one of last month's selections by Obisidan Blue reminded me I hadn't looked at May's offerings.

 

(Kindle Firsts is for Prime members and let's them get one of the selections free one month ahead of their release date.  Current month's selections will be at https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst )

 

Because it's labeled "Fantasy," I chose to get this first in series:

 

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) - Emily R. King   The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King 

Source: http://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst

Reading progress: 29%.

Blood of Tyrants  - Naomi Novik

AaaarrrggghhhHHH ... I'm skipping ahead to the second of three parts of this book after checking some other reviewers and having zero interest in amnesia-stricken Laurence on his own in Japan (never come up in series before).  

 

If I feel like I missed more than filler, I may come back to it.  (No offense to Japan and more no doubt fascinating languages and customs to discover but I want to get on with the story of Temeraire's homeland in China, Laurence's homeland in England and the Napoleonic War without more travelogue/filler to more continents and countries).

 

The other seven books in the series have been leading up to more of China, England and an eventual resolution of Napoleon -- presumably what will be parts two and three of this book.

 

Rollicking good last book ended with the delegation en route to China and I'm stubbornly going to start there because that's what I want to read next.  Overall a great series but I don't need to slog through another mini-culture as if fan fiction of some more in depth treatment overlaid with modern western sensibilities (and I doubt Novik will do any more in depth look at Japan than we just had with Africa, Australia, the Incas, or Brazil).