Rachel Vincent’s Alpha

I’ve got some exciting news, as part of Rachel’s Blog Tour for Alpha, she will be visiting this blog! That’s right, come back here on Sept 15th to read an exclusive interview with the author of Alpha!

And if you haven’t read her werecat series, I highly recommend you start.
Here is the trailer for Alpha, which will be out on Oct 1st.

Books day 30: Kushiel & Harry Potter

30 day Book Meme
Day 30 – What book are you reading right now?
I am, as always, reading to books at this time. I am listening to an unabridged audio book and then also reading a second, hardcopy book.
My current audio book is Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey. This book took a long time to get into; I’m a little over half way done with it. I am enjoying it, but I also find it a little flowery for my liking. I’m not sure if I’ll read the second one yet. I think I may have to wait to see how this one ends.

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve never read the Harry Potter books. For my birthday, my friend Mel gave me book one, so currently I’m reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone By J. K. Rowling . Harry has made it safely to Hogwarts, met his friends, and is about to sneak out of the dorms to fight with that Draco kid. So far, I like it, but I don’t love it. I am currently planning to borrow book two from someone. I own book one and book three for some weird reason, but none of the other ones. I feel like I need to collect them all to have for the boys at some point.
And that’s it. Thirty days of books. Hope you enjoyed it! Anyone have any questions? Book recommendations? Any ideas of a meme they want me to do next?

Books day 29: The Dark Tower

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Day 29 – Saddest character death

I don’t like character death. I prefer not to read books with a lot of character death in them. I much prefer happy endings to sad ones. Despite this, I can think of a lot of books where the death of a character has made me cry. For the sake of this, I’m going to use one of the deaths in a series I was surprised to enjoy. Be warned, the rest of this post contains spoilers for The Dark Tower by Stephen King.

The Dark Tower books are outside of my normal reading. I don’t like horror. Stephen King is able to make my sick to my stomach and highly uncomfortable with his detailed descriptions of unpleasant things. I really loved these books though.

SPOILERS BELOW

Books day 28: The Dark is Rising

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Day 28 – First favorite book or series obsession

The first series I remember being obsessed with was The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper.
I totally loved this series as a child. I’m hoping Landon and Ollie will like it too.

I always enjoy reading about how things start, so it was enjoyable to me to read about Will coming into his power. The follow on books were excellent as well, and I loved how Will was portrayed, with his young/oldness all in one boy.

Also, I had a mad crush on the character when I was reading the books in elementary school I think it was the first fictional character I remember having a crush on.

At my elementary school they had this contest, where whoever read the most books in the year, the top five or so, would get the library copy of one book of their choice “dedicated to them.” It was just a piece of paper glued to the front inside cover of the book, saying that Firstname Lastname had read XX books in the year XXXX and that this book was their favorite. After much debate, I chose The Grey King. It was so hard to pick my favorite of the series.

I used to be able to recite the poems at the front of the book from memory, “When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back.”

We’re going to pretend no one ever attempted to make this into a movie. That was some terrible movie. I couldn’t even make it to the end.

Books day 27: Werecats

30 day Book Meme
Day 27 – If a book contains ______, you will always read it

There was a time , about six years ago, when the answer was pretty much anything supernatural. I used to bemoan my limited choices of supernatural romance. I’d pick up anything by anyone! And then suddenly the market exploded, and there is so much crap out there. Now I bemoan that anyone can toss a vampire into a crappy book and suddenly it gets published. There are a LOT of great authors out there, but now there is also more crap to wade through to find the good ones!
So, given this flood, I’m going to say Werecats. I can only think of four series that have some form or another of werecats. Please tell me if I’m missing any!
First off, we have the most awesome were cats ever, in the Shifters By Rachel Vincent. Her werecats are truly awesome. They live in prides and can shift into large cats, the size of panthers. They have a very interesting society, and are both born into being one via genetics, or it can be transmitted via bite as well.
In the Matrix of Destiny Series By Dara Joy , there are werecats who actually aliens. They turn into house cats. The series itself is very humorous. I highly recommend these books for any geek who also likes romance novels.
In The Breeds by Lora Leigh , the main characters aren’t really were cats. They are people who are genetically augmented with cat DNA. They have certain features like cats, but cannot shift form.
And of course, the Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton are full of werecats.

Books day 26: A Game of Thrones

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Day 26 – OMG WTF?

When reading A Game of Thrones I pretty much had a major WTF moment when I read about the relationship of Cersei and Jamie Lannister.
I was pretty disgusted by the reveal of this relationship to the reader. And then what Jamie did to the poor boy after he found out? Terrible. Do Not Like.

Yeah, so while I’m excited for the HBO show, I’m not a huge fan of this series. I’ve only read book one. I found it a little disgusting and totally depressing.

Yet I think I’m going to have to reread it in the near future. Thanks again HBO!

Books day 25: TBR pile

30 day Book Meme
Day 25 – Any five books from your “to be read” stack

My TBR stack is larger at the moment than I want it to be. With the two blogging jobs, working full time, and being a wife and mom, along with my workout goals, I’m just not finding the time to read. It makes me sad, because curling up with a book is one of my favorite things to do. My goal every year is to read 52 books. That’s one book a week, and it’s not usually too much of a challenge. This year I’m up to 35 books, which means I’m going to be close on my goal this year. It’s not a lack of good books, just a lack of time. That said, here are five books I can barely wait to find the time to read.

Alpha By Rachel Vincent comes out soon. It’s the final book in the Werecat series. I’m totally stoked to read the end of this. I think it’s wonderful that the series is going to have an ending. I don’t like it when they drag on forever, and this series has had me on the edge of my seat! I can’t wait to see what Faythe decides. If you haven’t read these books, I highly recommend them.

Mocking Jay By Suzanne Collins is due out in a few short weeks. I loved book one, and I just finished book two last week. Book three is due out next week, but only in hardback. I’ve got a Borders gift card, and I suspect this is how that card will be spent!

10 Things I Love About You By Julia Quinn I really enjoy Julia Quinn’s books. They are like candy to me. They are funny and entertaining, they always have a happy ending. I usually find myself giggling while I read them. This one has been out for a while, but I still haven’t picked it up yet!

Kitty Goes to War By Carrie Vaughn I have no idea why I haven’t read this yet. I’m going to order it when I order Mocking Jay. I love this series. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve really enjoyed watching Kitty come into her own, and this book should be amazing!

Packing for Mars By Mary Roach I’ve loved all of Mary Roach’s other work, in their quirky, non fiction, science. I think this one is sure to entertain!

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