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-- Rhi


Did you miss moi?

I'm home. Did you miss me? :P

The trip was... hmmm... not sure there's only one word that fits. Long. That works. lol

I did find some time for reading but overall it was very busy and I am utterly spent energy wise. Due for some serious R&R but no time for that. I'll be playing sporadic catch-up here all week so don't mind me while I doze between chores and unpacking and yard work and stuff.

I have a few exciting books to pick up and read this week so look for some fun mentions on Friday. Until then, just had to say hello, I survived. hehe! How have y'all been? -- Rhi


Weekend Reading [05/18-05/20] :: Over the mountains and far away...

I'm off on my lengthy adventure (or I will be at the time this auto-posts). I won't even expound on the horrid face just the thought is giving me. I am not the world's best traveler.

Perhaps that's just another reason to love books. I can go lots of places without having to pack or plan or deal with car rides. Yep. Book adventures are far more fun in that regard.

I wasn't planning to take any actual books with me but slogging through The Taken is forcing me to bring it. I was seriously counting on finishing it before I left. It feels like the more I read the longer it gets. It's not a 2 star so much as it's very... up and down. I can't think of a better way to describe it. Choppy might work. Either way I really am sick of it being in my Goodreads 'Currently Reading' list and the sidebar. lol

But let's talk about something fun shall we? My BBB (best-blogging-buddy) Crystal of Reading Between the Wines is hosting one heck of a sexy event while I'm gone...



Weekend Reading [05/11-05/13] :: Bored Books & Mommy Day

I'm having a rotten week. They happen. More than they should darnit. But I'm trying to crawl out of a funk on top of it so that hasn't helped. It's a reading funk. One of those ones where a book I've been looking forward to from an author I previously enjoyed is proving to be spectacularly crappy. Not the plot or the characters but the writing. WTF is a careless blue sky? Some of the flowery analogies and stuff are shockingly sloppy. I want to punch the author's editor in the face for letting some of these reach the ARC. I tried mixing it up with some vampire folklore 'non-fiction' reading but it's even MORE boring.


*more facepalm*

Not finding my reading enjoyable makes writing for the blog tough. What do you say about a book that's not holding your interest? I find I read much slower and in shorter sittings when I'm not being thoroughly engaged by a book.

This coming week I'll be hard at work getting ready for our big trip. I'd originally hoped to have planned and scheduled posts for a few of those days away but it's not likely to happen. I just haven't had enough excitement about reading things lately. The good news is that some time away often helps mellow out a funk and brings me back with some fresh thoughts to work with.

My review pile is looking a bit less ugly but I'll only be taking my ereading stuff on my trip to save space in our already overfilled, yet still not packed, car. Does anyone else have a big trip coming up now that the weather is becoming travel friendly? I wish I could say the hubs and I were taking a nice vacation, just the two of us but there just never seems to be enough money and time to fulfill familial obligations and do something for ourselves. Sometimes I read all the romantic places characters go and such and get seriously jealous. lol I suppose when your boyfriend can 'flash' from place to place or is so old he's made his millions ten times over going on a little romantic getaway is no big thang. :P

This weekend will probably be way too busy with trip preparations and planned company on Sunday. I kind of forgot all about it being Mother's Day. It's just never a big deal to me. As long as they all remember who's boss every day we're good. I like to think I'm very much a Molly Weasley—my favorite character from the series aside from Severus Snape—kind of mom without the large brood. Do you have a favorite fictional mom or one whom you think embodies your mothering style? I suppose not all of my readers are fellow moms but to those who are I hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day. What I wouldn't give for sleeping in, breakfast in bed, and a huge bouquet of pink peonies... I think that'd be a great way to celebrate. Instead I'll be cooking breakfast and counting the hours til the hubs gets off work so we can visit his mother.

If I get some time to read I'm still slogging through the ones noted in the sidebar. Maybe if I'm feeling honery enough I'll work a little on a Carina Press title I was looking forward to but haven't had much time for. Have a fab weekend and let me know what you're reading, you know how much I look forward to you sharing!!! -- Rhi


Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) by Julie Kagawa
Young Adult, Futuristic, Vampires
Hardcover $18.99 (484 pages, HARLEQUIN TEEN)
Ebook $14.99

Audiobook $24.95
In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die…or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.

Author Site: juliekagawa.com


Get on Kagawa's Dark Side (5 stars)

Allison Sekemoto is a Fringe dweller, one of a handful of Unregistered humans in a vampire city. To be Registered means willingly becoming cattle and it's better to live near starvation than to be food for the monsters. Scavenging for food by daylight is dangerous enough but when Allie and her crew find themselves stranded at dusk the one thing worse than the vampires will force her to face her mortality.

Becoming the one thing she hates most Allie must learn how to survive, to live by the immortal rules. As much as she is loathe to look at the race she was once a part of as food to go without blood for too long means madness. Is it really better to take it willingly than have the Hunger force her hand? Sent out into the vast unknown beyond the vampire city she finds herself hiding amongst a motley band of humans, trying to pass as one of their kind. But hiding what she has become is difficult and dangerous, especially when it comes to Zeke, the boy who might be able to see her as more than a bloodsucker.

I have to admit, being an Iron Fey series fan, that I wasn't sure Kagawa could pull off the dark premise of THE IMMORTAL RULES. The Iron Fey books are certainly dark in their own way but peppered with wit and humor. In contrast there is a constant sense of tension, a palpable danger through the entire narrative of THE IMMORTAL RULES. Strangely enough, I didn't miss the humor. Each almost-caught scene left me anxious for more, making it a very hard book to put down at night. The world Kagawa has created is fascinating and one I've often thought up, wishing someone would be bold enough to try it. If you read and enjoyed Andrew Fukuda's THE HUNT you will love THE IMMORTAL RULES and vice versa.

While I wouldn't quite call it a romance, the building relationship between Zeke and Allie adds a little warmth to the latter half of the novel. The secondary characters add additional depth to Allie's adventure, providing both a source of comfort and torment for her. In a way she was almost learning how to be more human than she was before becoming one of the monsters.

There's definitely a lot of ground left to be covered as the novel ends, readers who hate cliff-hangers may want to pick this one up and leave it sitting until closer to the next book's release. So many questions left unanswered but in what I felt was a good way. I very much look forward to the next one! If you love dystopian worlds—though this really isn't quite one—or just the concept of humans becoming cattle to the vampires THE IMMORTAL RULES is sure to be enjoyable. If you're looking for a romance with lots of breathy moments, longing looks and such this isn't that kind of story. No Iron Fey style love triangles here either. Just a really great, futuristic tale for the vampire lover.

Other Reviews:
A Cupcake and a Latte
Tynga's Reviews
Bewitched Bookworms
Goodreads -- several well spoken negative reviews point out flaws you may find bothersome!

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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