Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

I was able to finish my book for My To Be Read list meme hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading.
This is the third and final book in the Darkness Rising series. This book was also my first finished read for COYER, since it was an ebook I borrowed from the library. It will also fit in with the Prequel and Sequel challenge and Series Enders Challenge.
The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)

Maya, Daniel, and Corey were able to escape the Cabals, the supernatural groups who want to use them for their powers, but they left behind their friends and their families believe they are dead. The three hope to find someone to help and the person who does is not who they thought would turn up. Maya gets to meet her brother Ash, who is distant, but wants to help. After Maya is captured by the Nasts and spends time with her father, he convinces her to try to make a deal. She needs help to deal with the regressions caused by her skin-walker abilities, but she does not want to be forced into working for the Cabals. Being captured, she has little room for bargaining, but if she can escape, find the others, and find the Project Genesis kids, they all may be able to make a deal they can live with, if they survive.

This was a great conclusion to the series and it was interesting to see the tie in to her other series, The Darkest Powers. There is a bit of a love triangle and I did like that she did not make either guy into a jerk, so that the decision would be easier for Maya. It is not an easy decision, but I think she chose right. I wish Armstrong had demonstrated the powers of the other supernaturals, like she did in the previous series, and I still don't quite understand the sireni, if they are only strong underwater swimmers or if they have other powers. I loved that Maya was a strong female lead, but not completely perfect. I also liked how Armstrong looked at different family types and the strength of family. Armstrong talked a bit about prejudice in the book and her discussion was interesting until she then was a bit prejudice to "rednecks." I wish she had not used a prejudice against another group to show that prejudice is bad. Other than that, I liked the social commentary she provided.

Favorite Character: Maya is still my favorite in this series and I loved how she matured throughout the book. She is fierce!

Favorite Quote: "Because sometimes fighting wasn't the strong choice or the smart choice. It was just the stubborn, proud choice." I like how the ending was not ideal for the groups, but that they kept their determination and used their intelligence to make a believable choice.

This was a quick read full of suspense, which is what I like about her books and I liked that she introduced new types of supernaturals. I hope she writes more about these groups later and I hope to pick up some of her adult books later. 4 cups of cocoa!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement

This was another book club pick and was a quick cozy mystery.
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter (A Dixie Hemingway Mystery #1)
St. Martin's

Dixie Hemingway does not expect murders and mayhem to be a part of her pet sitting service; she thought she left that behind when she left the sheriff's department. When one of her clients ends up murdered along with the client's lover, and Dixie is left with the cat. Dixie's curiosity leads her to search for the killer, which endangers her own life. Along with the murders, Dixie is also still coping with the loss of her husband and daughter and her loss of control during a law enforcement situation. Dixie must control her emotions and stay one step ahead of the killer or she may end up his/her next victim.

This was a quick read with several interesting secondary characters, including the victim's grandmother, Dixie's brother and his partner, and a talented young pianist. This is the first in a series and I would be interested in reading another of Dixie's cases. 3.5 cups of cocoa.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

This was another book club pick and it generated quite a bit of discussion.
Remarkable Creatures

Elizabeth Philpot is content to be a spinster as long as she can have certain freedoms, like collecting fossils. Mary Anning is a young girl with the ability to spot fossils even if they are buried in the sand and stone. The two soon began to hunt together and as Mary grows, she and Elizabeth become friends. The friendship is threatened at times by gentlemen, love, and collectors, but the respect they have for each other binds them together, especially in a time where women were not respected and treated as "spare parts."

The book follows the life of these two remarkable women, who were both real people and Chevalier uses many facts in her books. It is historical fiction, so the dialogue and relationships in the book are fictitious, but I liked how she showed the limits on women's lives during the 1800s. In the book group we talked about how women's lives are still limited and how women have to deal with similar problems even in today's more accepting world.

I loved her writing style and her use of the past. This was not a quick or exciting read, but she develops characters well and keeps you interested in their lives. 4.5 cups of cocoa!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

My To-Be Read List- The Votes are in!


This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading.
And the winner is...
The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)

The Rising by Kelley Armstrong! This was decided by a single vote!! I hope to get started on this one as soon as I finish two of this month's book club books. I can't wait to see which book won for the rest of you and thank you to everyone who voted!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Love for Books Readathon Progress

2nd annual LfBR

Well, I meant to keep up with daily progress, but this week has been busy! I have been reading on the 1st Harry Potter (reread), Blood of Olympus, and Best of Me. My page count as of today is Harry Potter 82 pages, Blood of Olympus  69 pages, Best of Me 8 pages. Hopefully I can get a little more read this weekend.

Friday update: I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 47 pages and read 48 pages in the Best of Me.

Saturday update: 10 pages in the Best of Me

Sunday update: 48 pages in the Best of Me, 112 pages in Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter

Overall I finished one book and read 424 pages. Thanks to Jessi for hosting!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

February To be Read List

This is hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading.
Michelle created this meme as a monthly meme and this is my first time participating. Each month you chose three books for people to vote on and then you read and review that book. Here is the link to February's signup. For more detailed instructions click on Michelle's blog name.

This month I am including series books, since I am bad about starting a series reading a few books and then waiting a long time if ever to read the last book in the series. This month I picked a few series books that have been on my TBR since last year.

Champion (Legend, #3)

I booktalk this series all the time and loved the first two books, but yet I haven't read this one. Legend is one of my all time favorites and still I can't bring myself to finish the series. This is a romantic dystopia with a strong female lead.

The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3)

Again I loved the first two books and the previous series that ties into this one, but I keep putting off finishing this one. This is a paranormal romance with evil organizations and another strong female lead.

Killer Frost (Mythos Academy, #6)
Kensington Books

Blew through the first five books in this series last year and then found out this is the last one in the series and froze. I have a serious problem with finishing series. I loved the mythology elements with this story.

So there are my three choices, help me with my reading problem. To provide intervention, vote for your favorite. Thanks! :) Thanks to Michelle for hosting!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Love for Books Readathon Signup

2nd annual LfBR

Love for Books Readathon is hosted by Jessi at Novel Heartbeat and you can sign up at this link.
I am going to try to finish a book during this readathon, since I have three book club books I need to read.

February's Book Club Books:
Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement

Other possible choices:
Dearest by Althea Kontis
Faerie Tale Collection #1 by Jenni James
Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Thanks to Jessi for hosting!

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Winter's Respite Read-a-thon Wrapup

I read about 7% in Jenni James' Faerie Tale Collection, about 80 pages in the first Harry Potter book ( a reread and not on my list), and 20 pages in Remarkable Creatures. Not the best I have ever done on Michelle's read-a-thons, but considering I worked a 50 hour week, not bad.
Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!