Book #70: Dime Store Magic

Kelley Armstrong, Dime Store Magic, (2004), 414p

If you remember, I devoured Bitten and Stolen like, well, I guess a werewolf would devour a small forest creature. Sex, violence, werewolves, other super natural beings, YES PLEASE.

I wasn’t too sure about continuing on with the Women of the Otherworld series, because the draw to me was Elena (well, mostly Clay, really…) and she isn’t the focus of this one. But I gave it a try.

Paige Winterborne is thrust into the role of coven leader AND thrust into the role of guardian to Savannah, a young witch with dark powers. When supernatural beings fight to control Savannah, Paige loses the support of her coven and puts herself in peril and danger.

Paige annoys me. There, I said it. She is whiny and childish and annoying. But I still managed to get through this book. I REALLY want to continue on with this series, but I’m not sure I can.

For now, I am going to just enjoy the cheesy Canadian tv remake of the series. They have made a ridiculous amount of changes to the series, but I think I like it better. And Paige is less annoying.


Book #62: Stolen

Kelley Armstrong, Stolen, (2002), 468p

As promised, I got hooked on this series. It was the perfect entertaining, mindless read that I needed after getting back from a three week vacation AND getting back into the work groove. I needed a vacation from my vacation – mostly because my house was a mess and I was tired from six plane trips, five airports, and trying to keep up with two adorable toddlers.

When word gets out that a group of humans are kidnapping supernatural beings, Elena and her pack try to get to the bottom of it. Who knew there were so many other non-human creatures? When Elena herself gets caught and thrown in a cell, she is surrounded by witches, sorcerers, half-demons and other werewolves.

This one didn’t grab me as much as the first one did. I loved the Elena-Clay sexy dynamic. This one didn’t have has much of it.I know the rest of the series is narrated by different characters. I don’t know how I’m going to feel about it. But I’ve downloaded the third book, Dime Store Magic, for my upcoming mini-vacation to Texas. This series is the perfect plane and airport read.

2015 Reading Challenge: Book with a one-word title

Book #61: Bitten

Kelley Armstrong, Bitten, (2001), 436p

Hello there new (to me) series about sexy supernatural beings! 

Seriously, I really should of started reading this FOREVER ago. It reminds me of the good ol’ days when I was devouring the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series. I seriously couldn’t get enough (until that series AND the television show started sucking hard…) 

Enter Elena – your typical beautiful, sucessful,mstrong lady. Well – typical if you consider being the only female werewolf an everyday occurrence. Elena fled her pack and started making a life for herself in Toronto. Until someone starts picking off the pack. Elena is forced to head back home to hunt down the culprits, which means seeing her super sexy were-ex, Clay. 

THIS SERIES IS SUPER HOT! Yes, it needs to be in all caps. It’s suspenseful and sexy and fast paced. Did I mention sexy?!? CLAY IS HOT AS HELL. 

Yes, I read the first book then devoured the first season of the television show. Yes, it is super cheesy and Canadian. Yes, they did an excellent casting job – especially on the hot dudes. 

I have read the second book already (review to follow shortly) and I plan on getting through the rest of this super long series. It’s good. You should read it. Then watch the tv show. Then we can giggle about boys together. 

2015 Reading Challenge: A book based on or turned into a television show

Book #52: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Maggie Stiefvater, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, (2014), 391p

Okay friends and lovers, click here and here if you haven’t read my blogs about the first two books of the Raven Cycle Series. Also, you will find plenty of praise for Stiefvater.

I really have been putting off reading this book, not because I didn’t like the series. In fact the opposite is true – I ADORE THIS SERIES! I know that the next book isn’t out until fall and I didn’t want to devour this in on sitting and be left starving for Stiefvater until then. But I did it anyway. Because I’m a glutton for punishment.

We pick up right where we left off: Blue’s mom is missing. The Raven boys and Blue head back to school. Glendower is still hidden. Adam is still magical. Ronan is still brooding and dreamy. Noah is still smudgy. Gansey is still determined and minty. And Blue is in deeper than ever before.

I have been team “Gansey-Blue hook-up party of two” since the beginning, but a new super cute team AKA “Adnan” (which reminds me of Serial Podcast, which leaves me longing for season two, sigh) is perking my interest. I love how strong Blue’s bonds are with all of the boys now. She’s not an outcast. She’s vital.

I’m really hoping that Stiefvater doesn’t follow through with her murderous Gansey plotline – which isn’t a spoiler because it’s been hammered out throughout the series. I adore him.

Now to wait. Til fall. And try not to get my hopes up about anything posted on Stiefvater’s Twitter between now and then.

2015 Reading Challenge: a book with magic

Book #42: Scarlet

Marissa Meyer, Scarlet, (2013), 452p

Seriously guys, this was the best vacation read ever. I read this entire book on the beach, by the pool, lounging in Mexico, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

Now that I’m done bragging about my joyous getaway, I guess I can discuss the book further. I mentioned in my post for Cinder that I was a little skeptical getting into this series. A cyborg Cinderella? Come on. But, it’s pretty freaking awesome.

Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother goes missing and she teams up with Wolf, a hunky street fighter, to find her. Meanwhile, Cinder escapes from prison with a fellow convict, in hopes of finding out more about her mysterious past. Everyone’s paths cross when Queen Levana launches an attack on earth.

Yes, this is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and yes, it was perfect. I loved that it was told from everyone’s perspective: Scarlet, Wolf, Cinder, Kai. This honestly made the story more enjoyable – I think I liked this one even more than Cinder because I absolutely adore Scarlet and Wolf. I’m not so patiently waiting for my hold on Cress to come in. This series is ridiculously entertaining.

2015 Reading Challenge: part two of my trilogy 🙂

Happy reading –

Book #38: Cinder

Melissa Meyer, Cinder, (2013), 390p

I finally finished my first book of 2015. Seriously, I think this is my biggest reading drought to date.

I found it really hard to pick my next book. I started two, then gave up. Dragged my feet and just watched Netflix instead. I have been feeling rather uninspired. I guess hammering out this many books in a row can do that to a person.

Then I remembered Cinder. I’ve been skeptical about this book – I mean a futuristic cyborg Cinderella?!? Come on… But it was highly recommended to me by quite a few people – especially by one of my friends from school who is essentially my reading twinsie.

And I loved it.

Somehow the cyborg Cinderella worked. The stepmother was a horrendous bitch. The friendly mice and birds were replaced with an android. Most importantly – the handsome price was still the handsome prince.

And then basically, the book just ends. Right in the middle of an epic part. Ms. Meyer, you are a tricky beast. OF COURSE, I will pick up Scarlet now.

2015 Reading Challenge: I could classify this as a few reads on the list but I’ve decided this is going to be my trilogy. Realistically, there are going to be 4 books in this series, but book 4 isn’t going to be released for quite a while so I feel like it counts.

Happy reading –
Laurie ☺️

Book #36: Cruel Beauty

Rosamund Hodge, Cruel Beauty, (2014), 346p 

I love Beauty and the Beast. If I was a Disney princess, I would be Belle.

1) Loving books. All of the books. I dream of a library the size of the Beast’s all day.
2) That adorable blue and white dress/apron combo. So practical and adorable.
3) Belle seems the most down to earth. Not whiny like the other princesses.
4) She’s best friends with a cup. Like how cute is that.

When I found out Cruel Beauty was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I HAD to check it out. I downloaded it onto my iPad and gave it a go.

Nyx Triskelion is destined to marry a monster and has trained her whole life to kill him. When she turns seventeen, the marriage is finalized and Nyx is forced to move to the castle to be the monster’s wife. When Nyx arrives, things are not quite as they seem. Is the monster really a monster?

This book was a fluffy book pretending to be dark. It was entertaining and a perfect read for travelling home for my pre-Christmas visit. Nyx didn’t annoy me like many other fluffy teen read female protagonists. It was a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but the heart was still there.

It’s not the greatest book I’ve read this year, but it did the trick.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂