Teaser Tuesdays #8 – June 30th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • 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!

I am still on the fourth book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I should be finishing it up tonight, though!

Here is my teaser:

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“Oh come on,” he said impatiently, “we need partners, we’re going to look really stupid if we haven’t got any, everyone else has…”
“I can’t come with you,” said Hermione, now blushing, “because I’m already going with someone.”
“No, you’re not!” said Ron. “You just said that to get rid of Neville!”
“Oh did I?” said Hermione, and her eyes flashed dangerously. “Just because it’s taken you three years to notice, Ron, doesn’t mean no one else has spotted I’m a girl!”

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx– Chapter 22, page 400


A little longer than it should be, according to the rules, but it was such a great scene it was hard picking which parts to include. Teenagers and their hormones. This was the first book to really focus on what ‘romance’ there is in this series. Kind of…. Anyway, until next week!

Happy reading! :)

WWW Wednesdays #7 – June 24th

WWW Wednesdays

Only about two hours left of Wednesday…but it’s still Wednesday! So yeah. Busy day, but as I just went on about how I’ve been proud of myself for keeping up with this meme I wanted to make sure I posted. WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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I’m still plugging away at re-reading the fourth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling. I’m about halfway through it. I totally forgot about the whole S.P.E.W. thing that Hermione comes up with in this book. That part didn’t even make it into the movies…did it? I haven’t watched the fourth one in awhile so I can’t remember. But I don’t think it did…. Anyway, this is still a fantastic series and, once again, no regrets about re-reading it!

 


What did I recently finish reading?

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I finished up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban a few days ago and have decided I really want to own a hippogriff. I shall call him Buckbeak Number Two and he shall be mine. Unless it’s a female…Buckbeaka? Either way, I’ll train him (or her) to attack all of my pointy-faced, white-blonde headed nemeses. Because, you know, I have tons of them. (Sorry if I’m rambling and making no sense…I’m tired.)

 

 


What do I think I’ll read next?

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Anything Could Happen by Will Walton. I still need to continue the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent, as well as finish up the Harry Potter series, but I placed this book on hold at my library back when it was still on-order and it’s finally come in so I need to go pick it up. And then read it. If that wasn’t clear. But yeah.

 

Teaser Tuesdays #7 – June 23rd

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • 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!

I’m still currently re-reading the Harry Potter series! I am on the fourth book at the moment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.

Here is my teaser:

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“Death Eaters?” said Harry. “What are Death Eaters?”

“It’s what You-Know-Who’s supporters called themselves,” said Bill. “I think we saw what’s left of them tonight – the ones who managed to keep themselves out of Azkaban, anyway.”

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx– Chapter 9, page 142

Book Review – Nikki & Michael series by Keri Arthur

So it’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review. But that’s mainly because I usually do the entire series in one review. True, I finished up this series a little while ago but I’ve been lazy…as usual. But I’ve done it! I’m very proud of myself. I’m also proud because I’ve actually been keeping up with the two book memes I do every week. Anyway, rambling…here’s my review!


   

This review is on the Nikki and Michael series by Keri Arthur. The four books include:


My Rating:
4/5 stars
four-stars

This is the third short series I’ve read by Keri Arthur. I’ve mentioned a few times that I really enjoy her writing style. It’s simple yet there’s plenty of description. It’s also very ‘to-the-point’ and doesn’t have many slower parts. Each and every book in the series was action-packed. The POV switched between Nikki and Michael and I believe Arthur pulled that off very well, since I know sometimes it gets a bit confusing if the writer doesn’t do it right. I feel like that also made the reader want to keep reading because Arthur liked to leave a cliff hanger at the end of the chapter with one character, then the next chapter would be in the other character’s POV so the reader would have to wait until the chapter after to find out what happens, since Nikki and Michael weren’t always together in the story. That might frustrate some people, but I personally enjoyed it.

 Nikki and Michael were both excellent main characters. Nikki was stubborn and could be a bit rash, but always knew when she needed to step up her game. Michael was quick-witted, mysterious, and also quite hard-headed. The banter between the two was fun to read, however, I do wish there was a bit more humorous parts in this series. The few supporting characters definitely contributed to the story as well. As for the romance, in the first book it was on the back-burner of the overall plot but the reader knew it was bound to happen eventually. I don’t care for ‘insta-love’, so I was glad it took Nikki and Michael awhile to admit their feelings. Both characters develop rather nicely throughout the series and the reader also gets hints of their, fairly dark, pasts.

I’d have to say I enjoyed the first book the most. Mostly because I liked the main antagonist of this book better than the other three. Don’t get me wrong, the other books were great reads as well, but I have a weak spot for the bad guys and the first book just happened to have to best one out of the four, in my opinion. As for the ending of the series, it didn’t really feel like an ending. Except for the short epilogue in the last book, it felt like just another installment. I actually wouldn’t have minded if there were at least two or three more. But there were no major cliff hangers or anything so I was still fairly satisfied. I will definitely be reading more of Arthur’s series.

Happy reading! :)

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

My dear Emily has tagged me to participate in another book tag and, as usual, it’s taken me awhile to complete it. But I have done so! Finally…so yeah. Here we go~

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
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I’m going to pick Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. I’ve used this book in a few other tags but that’s because I haven’t not liked many books that I’ve read. I don’t know exactly how popular this one is, but I feel like it’s fairly well-known. I didn’t mind the overall plot, but I didn’t like any of the characters. And I simply can’t like a book if I don’t like any of the characters in it.

2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
6257500Ummm, I’ll say Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding. I wouldn’t say this one is really popular or hated but I couldn’t really think of anything else so, like Emily, I chose it because it had a lower rating than a lot of other stuff I’ve liked (3.59). I thought this was a great series. It had an action-packed plot and I enjoyed all of the characters. I don’t believe it’s completed yet, so I’m keeping my eye out for the sixth book.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.
This one is hard. Usually pairings grow on me. Let’s see…(possible spoiler?) I’m going to choose Faythe and Marc from Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series. I’ve only read the first two books, so I don’t even know if they stay together. But for now that will have to do. I liked Jace better as a romantic interest. Marc is too…’alpha male’ and bossy. Whenever I get around to finishing that series, I’ll see who she ends up with.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I would say straight up romance. Most books have a touch of romance, but I don’t read many purely romantic books. My mom reads them so we have them around the house, but I don’t read them often. Very occasionally, if I’m in the mood, I’ll pick one up but I mostly need me some action-packed, humorous books to hold my interest.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
Bella from Twilight. She’s just dumb. No offense to people who enjoy her as a character, but I personally can’t stand her. Edward I can kind of tolerate…but Bella…just no.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
I actually can’t think of one. There are a few series that I didn’t care for, but I’ve read other stuff by the author which I enjoyed. So none for now. This might change in the future though.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)
I would actually just love to see more books from the villains POV. I’m sure there are a decent chunk out there (let me know in the comments if you know of any!), but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. The bad guys have feelings too! Even if most of them are horribly twisted and disturbed…but wouldn’t it still be interesting to read? I think so. Oh, which makes me think of another trope. Bad guys turning good. I mean, it’s usually better for the story and blah blah blah, but I prefer them to remain bad. It’s more fun that way.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Divergent series.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
7260188Huh, this is a tough one. I’m going to copy part of Emily’s answer and say Mockingjay. I thought the movie was really good and I’m excited about seeing Part 2.

 

 


Done. I tag anyone who would like to participate!

Happy reading! :)

WWW Wednesdays #6 – June 17th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

5As I mentioned in my TT post yesterday, I am currently re-reading the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I finished up the second one last night and am now reading the third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I’m super glad I decided to re-read this series. I almost forgot about all of the gloriously witty and humorous dialogue in these books. Everyone and their mom should read this series if they haven’t already.

 


What did I recently finish reading?

15881As I stated above, I just finished the second book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, last night. Once again, I applaud myself on the decision to re-red this amazing series.

 

 

 


What do I think I’ll read next?

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)I said in my last WWW that I would continue the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. I do plan on continuing this series, but it might wait until I’m done re-reading Harry Potter. I’ve been reading multiple books at a time for awhile but I’m really into the HP books at the moment so I’ll probably just stick to those for the time being.

Teaser Tuesdays #6 – June 16th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • 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!

I’m currently re-reading the Harry Potter series! I finished up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone the other day and am now reading the second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Here is my teaser for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:

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As the teachers bent over Justin and Nearly Headless Nick, examining them, Peeves broke out into song:

“Oh, Potter, you rotter, oh, what have you done,
You’re killing off students, you think it’s good fun -“

“That’s enough, Peeves!” barked Professor McGonagall, and Peeves zoomed away backward, with his tongue out at Harry.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx– Chapter 11, page 203