Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #337, September 26th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Today's teaser comes from

Monday, September 25, 2017

Emergency Review-a-Thon Update 40

OK, so I've written my next review, Brave New Girl, and I'm going to review Ten next!

Reviewed: A Deeper Darkness, Edge of Black, When Shadows Fall, What Lies Behind, These Things I've Done, This Is Where the World Ends, The Mystery of Hollow Places, Masked, The Here and Now, Just Kill Me, Spectacle, Songs About a Girl, Monstrous, Mind Games, Seeker, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, The Art of Feeling, Dark Legacy, The Glass Spare, The Good Daughter, Dark Rites and Wicked Deeds, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Into the Night, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Intensity, Among the Red Stars, Tower of Dawn, Secrets in Death, Godsgrave, Even the Darkest Stars, Apex, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, The Trouble With the Twelfth Grave, How to Disappear, The Becoming of Noah Shaw, Body Parts, If There's No Tomorrow, Ringer, Joined, Blood Magic and Demon Kin, The Problem With Forever, Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, At Grave's End, Destined for an Early Grave, Up From the Grave, Brave New Girl.

Week 34: A Deeper Darkness, Edge of Black, When Shadows Fall, What Lies Behind, These Things I've Done, The Mystery of Hollow Places, The Good Daughter, How to Disappear, The Becoming of Noah Shaw, Body Parts, If There's No Tomorrow, Ringer.

Week 35: The Art of Feeling, Dark Legacy, The Glass Spare, Dark Rites and Wicked Deeds, Into the Night, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Week 36: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Intensity, Among the Red Stars, Tower of Dawn, Secrets in Death, Godsgrave, Even the Darkest Stars, Apex, A Conspiracy in Belgravia, The Trouble With the Twelfth Grave.

Week 37: The Problem With ForeverHalfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, At Grave's End, Destined for an Early Grave, Up From the Grave, Brave New Girl.

Goal: 87
Reviews: 40

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #329, September 25th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Date where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

Weekly Memes:
It's Monday! What Are You Reading #328
Teaser Tuesday #336
WWW Wednesday #336
WOW #333
Will the Time Come #327
Third Sentence Thursday #318
Random Reads #304
First Lines Friday #332
The Reward Challenge Update #314
Follow Friday #306
How Well I Stuck to It #158
Wrote that Review Update #163

Week 38 Reviews:
Forever Princess
Royal Wedding
Magic Bites
Magic Burns
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds
Curran POV Collection
Magic Slays
Magic Tests
Retribution Clause
An Ill-Advised Rescue
Magic Rises
Magic Breaks
Magic Shifts
Magic Stars
Magic Binds
Origins

OK, so I got 15 posts in 7 days, not a lot, but I read a lot of books! So I'm happy with that! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Burn for Me, White Hot, Wildfire, Drink, Slay, Love, Freefall, The Hanging Girl, Jackaby, and This Mortal Coil.

When the 1% and the 99% clash, the fate of the human race hangs on the actions of two teens from very different backgrounds in this thrilling sci-fi adventure.

In the Upperworld, the privileged 1% are getting ready to abandon a devastated planet Earth. And Cam can't wait to leave. After sleeping through a 1,000-year journey, he and his friends will have a pristine new planet to colonize. And no more worries about the Lowerworld and is 99% of rejects.

Then Cam sees a banned video feed of protesters in the Lowerworld who also want a chance at a new life. And he sees a girl with golden eyes who seems to be gazing straight though the feed directly at him. A girl he has to find. Sofie.

When Cam finds Sofie, she opens his eyes to the unfairness of what's happening in their world, and Cam joins her cause for Lowerworld rights. He also falls hard for Sofie. But Sofie has her own battles to fight, and when it's time to board the spaceships, Cam is alone.

Waking up 1,000 years in the future, Cam discovers that he and his shipmates are far off-course, trapped on an unknown and hostile planet. Who has sabotaged their ship? And does it have anything to do with Sofie, and the choices—and the enemies—he made in the past?
Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town's missing golden girl. It's no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she'd get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she's involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it's too late.
"Miss Rook, I am not an occultist," Jackaby said. "I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world's a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain."

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby's assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it's an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it's a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter's debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.
In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father's message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that's not what makes her special. In Cat's world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That's no surprise, since Cat's father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat's instincts tell her it's just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat's help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wrote that Review Update #163, September 24th

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is writing all of the reviews of the week, and I motivated myself to write my review for Forever Princess and Royal Wedding, Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Curran POV Collection, Magic Slays, Magic Tests, Retribution Clause, An Ill-Advised Rescue, Magic Rises, Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts, Magic Stars, Magic Binds, Origins so I have 3 of 3 reviews written!

And as always, I want to review this week's reviews!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #166, September 24th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 37:
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews, White Hot by Ilona Andrews, Wildfire by Ilona Andrews, Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, Freefall by Joshua David Bellin, The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook, Jackaby by William Hitter, This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: NA.

Edelweiss: 3. Check.

Meme Books: #. Check.

Rereads: 4. Check.

New Books: 1. Check.

Yeah, this is a pretty decent week, pretty balanced between ARC's and regular books, and yeah, they're all books that I can't wait to read!

Week 38:
The Demon Crown by James Rollins, Forever Princess by Meg Cabot, Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews, Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews, Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews, Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews, Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews, Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews, Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

vs.

Forever Princess by Meg Cabot, Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews, Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews, Curran POV Collection, Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews, Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews, Magic Tests by Ilona Andrews, Retribution Clause by Ilona Andrews, An Ill-Advised Rescue by Ilona Andrews, Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews, Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews, Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews, Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews, Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews, Origins by Ilona Andrews

So I didn't read The De,mon Crown, but I read everything else, and more, so yeah, I'm really happy with that! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Week 38 Review: Origins

From Goodreads:
From Ilona Andrews—#1 New York Times bestselling author of Magic Shifts and the Kate Daniels novels—comes a stark, seductive tale of a world torn asunder by supernatural gifts and irresistible passions...

Karina Tucker is driving a van of children home from a field trip when an unplanned detour to a seemingly ordinary rest stop changes her life. There, she witnesses a world beyond humanity's sight, of frightful powers and chaos, where she is in death's grip... before an irresistibly dangerous male saves her—only to take her captive.

For she is a rare commodity in the shadowy realm she's entered.

Karina soon finds herself caught in a violent civil war where those with inhuman powers strive to destroy each other without mercy. And it becomes all too clear that she must make a choice: submit and become a pawn, or take hold of her own destiny and fight for survival against impossible odds.

My Review:


Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Alphas #0.5
Read: July 21st, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Love their writing and it sounded good!! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book!
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: April 19th 2016
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 38 Reviews: Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Curran POV Collection, Magic Slays, Magic Tests, Retribution Clause, An Ill-Advised Rescue, Magic Rises, Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts, Magic Stars, Magic Binds














From Goodreads:
When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way…

From Goodreads:
Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate's going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

From Goodreads:
When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it's a job for Kate Daniels… 

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that's saying a lot.

But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games—an invitation only, no holds barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament—she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community… 

From Goodreads:
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community. When she's called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar on the border between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers that there's a new player in town. One who's been around for thousands of years - and who rode to war at the side of Kate's father. This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Beast Lord, to handle. Because this time Kate will be taking on family. 

From Goodreads:
Collection of Curran POVs in chronological order.
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Not short story, novella, or standalone, but collection of scenes written by Gordon Andrews as a companion to our Kate Daniels series of books. These scenes illustrate the point of view of Curran, the Beast Lord of Atlanta and are provided in gratitude to our readers for all of their support.
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During Magic Bites, Curran sees Kate and Crest in Fernando's.
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During Magic Strikes, Curran and Kate spend a little time in a hot tub.
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This is the story Jim tells Curran about Kate's Daddy.
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This POV takes place between Magic Strikes and Magic Bleeds and explains why Curran missed the Naked Dinner with Kate.
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Infuriated by Kate's treatment at the hands of the Pack, the Beast Lord demands an explanation. When words fail, claws and fangs must do the talking.

From Goodreads:
In this fifth entry in Ilona Andrews's New York Times bestselling Kate Daniels series, Kate finds herself in the midst of a deadly war between magic and technology. Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she's still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate's mate. So when Atlanta's premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price.

From Goodreads:
Teenage Julie is sent to a school for exceptional children by her guardian, Kate Daniels.

The events of Magic Tests take place after Magic Slays. The story is told from Julie's point of view.

From Goodreads:
Saiman's cousin, Adam—a frost giant and also an insurance adjuster—and his enigmatic partner, Siroun, set out on an impossible mission to enforce a client’s Retribution Clause; that is, to kill the person who killed her. But is their target even guilty? Magic and mayhem and a little personal chemistry will reveal the truth! 

An Ill Advised Rescue is the Kate Daniels short story, set a few weeks before the events of Magic Rises.

The story begins when Kate receives a phone call from the Guild informing that Saiman has been kidnapped...


Atlanta is a city plagued by magical problems. Kate Daniels will fight to solve them—no matter the cost.

Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack's shapeshifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta.

Kate can't bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shapeshifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute—and they'll pay him in medicine. With the young people's survival and the Pack's future at stake, Kate and Curran know they must accept the offer—but they have little doubt that they're heading straight into a trap…

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there's trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate's connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland's long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she'll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear… 

From Goodreads:
In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they're thrilled to escape all the infighting, Kate and Curran know that separating from the Pack completely is a process that will take time. 

But when they learn that their friend Eduardo has gone missing, Kate and Curran shift their focus to investigate his disappearance. Eduardo was a fellow member of the Mercenary Guild, so Kate knows the best place to start looking is his most recent jobs. As Kate and Curran dig further into the merc's business, they discover that the Guild has gone to hell and that Eduardo's assignments are connected in the most sinister way…

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece. 


From Goodreads:
From award-winning author, Ilona Andrews, an original novella, set in the New York Times #1 bestselling Kate Daniels World and featuring fan-favorites, Derek, and Curran and Kate's very independent ward, Julie. 

Scarred, solitary Derek Gaunt has separated from his Pack, and is truly a lone wolf. With no family he answers to no one; but is fiercely loyal to a chosen few. So, when several of those close to him are murdered, he'll stop at nothing to hunt their killer through the magic-drenched streets of Atlanta. 

Never one to be left on the sidelines, equally determined—some might say stubborn—Julie Lennart-Olsen soon joins in his pursuit; and what began as revenge turns into a race to save the city. Their search pits them against powers they never imagined and magic so old, it predates history. It may cost Derek his life, but there are things for which even he would risk everything.

From Goodreads:
Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she's faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate's father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

My first review of Magic Bites, Magic Burns, Magic Strikes, Magic Bleeds, Curran POV Collection, Magic Slays, Magic Tests, An Ill-Advised Rescue, Magic Rises, Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts, Magic Stars, Magic Binds
My Review:


Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5.3, 5.6, 5.8, 6, 7, 8, 8.5, 9, Curran POV Collection #1-9, Grey Wolf #1
First Read: April 30th, 30th, May 1st, 2015, May 2nd, 2015, September 13th, 2015, May 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 2015, August 6th, 2015, March 4th, 2016, August 27th, 2016
Read: September 17th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 19th, 19th, 20th, 20th, 20th, 20th, 20th, 20th, 21st, 21st, 2017
Source: Own, Free
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're 2017 Dystopia Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Ace, Ilona Andrews, Inc, NYLA
Published: April 1st 2007, April 2008, March 31st 2009, May 25th 2010, December 23rd 2013, April 25th 2011, September 4th 2012, June 5th 2012, January 2nd 2013, July 30th 2013, July 29th 2014, August 4th 2015, December 8th 2015, September 20th 2016

Magic Bites:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Burns:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Strikes:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Bleeds:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Curran POV Collection:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Slays:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Tests:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars










Retribution Clause:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









An Ill-Advised Rescue:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Rises:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Breaks:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Shifts:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Stars:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Magic Binds:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars