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-- Rhi


12.30.2016

Weekend Reading [12/30-01/01] :: Let's talk about 2017...


I am so done with 2016 I have no words for it that accurately sum up this worst of the worst year. 


Part of me is so eager for the new year to start, while another part of me worries that it could be even worse. Please tell me I'm not alone there.

This terrible year did grace me with some wonderful reads though and for that I can't completely hate it. I am quite excited to see a lot of my auto-buy authors have multiple 2017 releases though. Here's hoping 2017 is going to be a year where picking a favorite read will be difficult because there are too many awesome ones.

In the wee hours this morning I finished up an ARC of Merrie Destefano's LOST GIRLS. Talk about a book that will make you lose track of time! After 7 months not working for the publisher I'm back to not knowing what's on the schedule for upcoming releases and if the hints I catch here and there are any indication, Entangled Teen is going to have a banner year. Just you watch. If you read YA make sure you get their newsletter so you don't miss any.

This week wound up being a bit weird and I didn't get as much reading in as I would have liked. I did get all the holiday stuff down and all but a few bits are put away though so I'm feeling quite pleased with myself. Tomorrow we're finally all free so we can at last get to the theater and see Rogue One. I have been dying to see it and so miserable trying to avoid spoilers. I've been silent on social media about it but I feel safe confessing here how saddened I was by Carrie Fisher's passing. Somehow I never managed to read any of her books! I plan to remedy that by picking them up on audio in the new year, that way I can hear her as I enjoy her work.

Tonight and probably all weekend, I'll be reading MARESI by Maria Turtschaninoff. I read an excerpt from it earlier this year and just had to get my paws on an ARC. There just aren't a lot of fantasy novels (YA or otherwise) that are this thick with female characters. So far I'm barely started so I can't say if it's any good yet, but expect a review this week. I'll also be reading the re-issue of FROM THE ASHES by Xen Sanders which I read—and LOVED—when it was a novella ages ago. It's now a novel that I hope will find lots of fans as it was the first gay romance I ever read and have a mighty soft spot for it.

12.23.2016

Weekend Reading [12/23-12/25] :: My wish for you...


Want to know what the best part about working at a school? (Okay, it's not the best part but a nice perk). Getting to have a Christmas break again just like a kid! Ours is a little short this year but even though my job is amazing and it makes me happy in a way no job ever has, even I need a bit of a recharge after the chaos that is December.

So far my break has only consisted of trying to get rid of a 3 day migraine and finishing up some holiday shopping, but from Monday on I have declared it read-a-thon time. Tomorrow is baking and cleaning day and a couple of final errands before the holiday. Sunday will likely be too crazy to find down time for relaxing and reading, though I might find time to binge a few episodes of a show. Then I am tackling my TBR with a vengeance!

I'm currently trying to finish An Ember in the Ashes on audio. But it's sooooo good! The narration is phenomenal and the story so enjoyable I hate for it to end even though I already have the sequel ready to go. The two narrators, Fiona Hardingham and Steve West are definitely going into my top 10 to listen to.

As is often the case this time of year, I'm so behind on ARC and review reading right now as well. Strangely, I was going through NetGalley and most of what I'm due to review is non-fiction I'll review over on The Rhialist but also a few graphic novels and children's books. Now that I'm a paraeducator I've been extra motivated to check out children's books above my daughter's reading level.

Is it lame that I'm grinning thinking that working with young minds hoping to help them become life-long book lovers is kind of awesome? I confess, it excites me so much when the kids I work with enthusiastically read to me or tell me about what book they are reading. Growing up I never read Goosebumps and I had a student telling me all about one he was working through. Listening to him make guesses about what would happen and then getting to hear his thoughts after he finished was so fun. Future reviewer perhaps? lol

Well, I suppose I should go make my to-do list for tomorrow and get some rest. If I am fortunate tomorrow the migraine will be long gone. Cross your fingers for me, I am so sick of the pain, nausea, and photosensitivity. (Even my expensive prescription medication for them didn't work this time!!!) If you will be celebrating a holiday this weekend and upcoming week, please know that I'm wishing you companionship, peace, laughter, and safety as you do so. It doesn't matter to me what you do or do not celebrate, you deserve respect, happiness, safety and good health, love, and all good things. I wish more of the world would think the same not just during this season, but every day.

All the best wishes from my heart and home to yours! --Rhi

12.18.2016

Review: Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

Young Adult, Fantasy, Folklore
Digital/Print (304 pages, RANDOM HOUSE)
A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive—like a poison kiss—and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.
Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It’s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya—a poison maiden—is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.
Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she’s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.
This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Author Site: website

Page-turner! (4 stars)


Confession time... I may have picked this book with a heavy influence coming from that strikingly beautiful snake on the cover. The story sounded like something I had read before but sometimes that's fine. After a lot of reads in recent months that left me disappointed POISON'S KISS was an unexpected gem.

What made this story really work for me was that it was engrossing. I'd burn away an hour and not realize I'd been reading so long because it was never slow and the characters were interesting. Shields masterfully unveils the secrets of her world in a way that makes it hard to put it down.

It's an odd complaint but the main reason I didn't love it was that it felt like it would be a stand alone, only to set up for a second book at the very end. There aren't enough great YA fantasy books that are stand alones so I found that felt rushed and didn't compel me to read the next entry.

If you enjoyed Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake or The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi I think you'll love this one.

12.17.2016

Review: White Christmas by Rebecca York

White Christmas by Rebecca York

Notes: Review copy received via NetGalley.
Paranormal, Romance, Holiday, Novella
Digital/Print (84 pages, LIGHT STREET PRESS)
The snow is coming down so fast, Amelia Parsons doesn't see the speeding car until it's too late. One moment she’s crossing an ice-rutted street in St. Stephens, Maryland. In the next, she's flying into the air, and the world goes black. She wakes, confused, in what appears to be Santa’s workshop during the holiday rush. If that’s not strange enough, a hunky FBI agent named Daniel is there, demanding to know why she’s involved in a plot to ruin Christmas. Can she convince him she's not the villain and then work with him to find the real saboteur?Author Site: website

If you dig FBI heroes... (3 stars)

A few of my earliest forays into the paranormal romance shelves had me reading and really enjoying a few of Rebecca York's Moon series novellas from anthologies. I'm not always a big fan of novellas or anthologies but she always stood out as one to pick up. So I, in the mood for a short holiday story, snapped this up.

A quick and interestingly plotted seasonal story this is one for those who like their investigator heroes a bit broody. The romance did feel a tiny but rushed but if you just need something creative around the holidays that'll bring out your Christmas spirit you might like this one.

12.16.2016

Weekend Reading [12/16-12/18] :: Cold. So very cold.



Greetings from central Montana where the current temp is somewhere in the balmy region of -6° F. We haven't seen much warmer in two weeks now. I am so sick of being frozen. Fortunately, the holidays are almost here which will be a nice break from the chaos of trying to keep a bunch of younglings from going bananas because they haven't been able to play outside for weeks.

I've had no break times at work where reading was an option so I haven't gotten much reading in this week. I'm working on Poison's Kiss though, and it's the kind of book you can forget yourself in so the small chunks has been good instead of bad. What have you been reading lately? I picked up a holiday shifter romance book yesterday that I might take a break for just to do something mindlessly fun to enjoy with wine and a hot bath. If you have any PNR with Christmas theme recommendations I would love them! 

This coming week will probably be really quiet here on the blog but I love your comments and appreciate your shares and tweets so much. If I don't manage to find time for a weekend reading post next Friday, please have a happy and safe holiday of your choosing. All the best! ♥ -- Rhi


12.12.2016

Wrap Up: 2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge

Please visit HOT LISTENS and THE BOOK NYMPHO for more information about the challenge but some of the important details are:
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2016 than you did in 2015.
  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at any time.
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

My goal for 2016 was Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30 level.



Well... if you've been following the blog at all you know why I didn't quite hit my goal. Eff 2016, I am so over this horrifyingly bad year. But to my surprise, this year I listened to more books total than I have in the few years I've been participating in the challenge. I was thinking I'd skip 2017 but now I might just have to give it another go to try and hit my 20. lol

15 out of 20 isn't too bad for a year where I lost so much and struggled with my mental health so badly. My favorites were Simple Jess, the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, and The Crown. I have a lot of audio titles on Audible to tackle in 2017 and my library card has come in handy a lot. I'm looking for some phenomenal YA narration so if you have some faves please leave a comment!


12.07.2016

Cover Reveal: THE DARKEST PROMISE by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter is proud to share the cover for the 13th novel in her bestselling Lords of the Underworld series, THE DARKEST PROMISE! #LOTU

Blog Tour: DRAKON'S PROMISE by N.J. Walters [Excerpt + Giveaway]

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Drakon’s Promise

by N.J. Walters Blood of the Drakon #1

Genres: Adult, Entangled: Otherworld, Paranormal Romance

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Darius Varkas is a drakon. 

He's neither human nor dragon. 

He's both. 

He's also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon's blood can cure any illness and prolong a human's life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it. 

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she's quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.

Excerpt:


“What are you doing?” She winced at the husky sound of her voice.

“Showing you I’m not crazy,” he reminded her.

“Ah, yeah.” She momentarily lost her train of thought when he tossed his shirt aside and then bent to remove his shoes. “Not sure that’s working.” The man was stripping in front of her and she couldn’t take her eyes off him.

12.02.2016

SALE: Shatterproof by Cole McCade writing as Xen Sanders [+ Giveaway!]




Title: Shatterproof
Author: Xen Sanders (Cole McCade writing as)
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 5, 2016



Blurb

Saint’s afraid to die. Grey can’t stand to live.

Grey Jean-Marcelin wants to die. He thought painting his passion—vivid portrayals of Haitian life and vodou faith—would be enough to anchor him to this world. But it isn’t. And when the mysterious man known only as Saint saves Grey from a suicide attempt, it’s more curse than blessing—until Grey discovers that Saint isn’t just an EMT. He’s a banished fae, and can only survive by draining the lives of those he loves.

All Saint needed was a simple bargain: one life willingly given for another. But as Saint’s feelings for Grey grow deeper, centuries of guilt leave him desperate to save a man who doesn’t want salvation, even if Grey’s life means Saint’s death.

When Grey’s depression consumes him, only he can decide if living is worth the struggle. Yet his choice may come too late to save his life . . . or Saint’s soul. And whatever choice he makes, it may shatter them both.




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