Thursday, July 30, 2015

What's Next #1

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So I know what is on my to-be-reviewed pile, but as I start the blog back up I'm trying to not overwhelm myself with new books to review and leave time to read some of the books I have accumulated over time.  Yes it's a large stack, both print books and my ebook-library.  So I'm narrowing it down to three choices this week, all by author Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn. Can you believe I have not read these books?  Help me choose which one to start by casting your vote in the comments.

Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout (A Wicked Saga #1) 
I bought this when it came out in December of last year but haven't read it yet.

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #1)
I've had this forever, heard wonderful things about the series, but never can make the time to start!

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

Stay With Me by J. Lynn (Wait for You #3)
So I have actually started this series and love it.  I bought this one when it came out and even have Fall With Me bought and ready to go when I finish this one.

At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

So what should I start?  Which series do you love best?  Would love to hear your opinions! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

What Are You Reading Monday #17

Come post weekly and see what others are reading too just so you can add to your tbr - I always do! For more information go to Book Journey and join in!

Books Completed This Month so far (links go to my review):
  • Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner (audiobook, library)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (audiobook, library)
  • Knitters on Yarn: Writers on Knitting by Ann Hood (library)
  • The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory (audiobook, audible)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory (ebook, Scribd)
  • The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory (ebook, Scribd)
  • Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (audiobook, library)
  • In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware (ebook, netgalley)
Reading Now: 
  • Forever Odd by Dean Koontz (audiobook, library)
  • The Wrong Man by Kate White (ebook, netgalley)
  • Not sure yet :)
Summary -
Finally in the last few weeks I really feel like my reading mojo has come back.  I have enjoyed the series by Philippa Gregory and plan to continue with it.  I have been intrigued and sucked into several books I received from Netgalley.  And dare I think it, but I might actually start reviewing again. I've been visiting blogs again and enjoying that reading and look forward to being back in the blogging world after a long hiatus.

Summer is going quickly.  My kids have one last vacation with my parents for the summer next week and then my oldest starts soccer practice at the high school.  But I"m going to enjoy all the lazy boating days that I can until deer season starts and the weather cools!

So how was your week?  What were your temps like where you were?  Are your kids starting sports for the new school year yet? Any great books to share from the past week or ones you are looking forward to?