WWW Wednesdays #16 – September 30th

 

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?

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65111I am currently reading Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn, the fourth book in the Kitty Norville series. This is a pretty good series so far. There’s quite a few more books in it, so it’ll be interesting to see where it goes. I may do a review on the first couple of books instead of waiting until I complete the series. Not sure though. I’m also reading The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket, the eleventh book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. Slowly but surely.

What did I recently finish reading?

14463I recently finished up the third book in the Kitty Norville series, Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn. As I mentioned before, a pretty good series so far. The first book was okay, the second was better, this one – the third- was decent, but the one I’m reading now (shown above) is definitely heating up. Once again, I’m interested to see where this story goes.

 


What do I think I’ll read next?

Next up I’ll be continuing my read of the Kitty Norville books with the fifth in the series, Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand by Carrie Vaughn.

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Book Review – Dog Days series by John Levitt

Alrighty then. Once again, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a book review. That’s mainly because I took the time to re-read the Harry Potter series. Plus, I usually do my reviews on series as a whole, so I always wait until I’ve read the entire series before reviewing it. Either way, I decided I better get this review done before I procrastinate too much and forget what happened in the series…^^;


This review will be focused on the Dog Days series written by John Levitt.

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This series contains four books:


Here is a Goodreads synopsis of the first book in the series:

Mason used to be an enforcer, ensuring that suspect magic practitioners stayed in line. But now he scrapes out a living playing guitar. Good thing he has Louie, his magical…well, let’s call him a dog. But there are some kinds of evil that even Louie can’t sniff out. And when Mason is attacked by a supernatural assailant, he’ll have to fall back on the one skill he’s mastered in music and magic – improvisation.


My Rating:
4/5 stars
four-stars

The setting is focused in San Francisco, California. Mason, the main character, lives in a world very much like our own, but where magic is well…real. However, they prefer the word ‘talent’. Practitioners, those who can control talent, are on the down low, as well as anything else that falls under the supernatural category. And they like it that way. Too much attention from non-practitioners usually leads to trouble.

Mason, a sardonic young man who has a cliche-like problem with authority, used to be an enforcer – or rather a practitioner who kept other practitioners in line – but wasn’t too fond of taking orders, so he quit. As the synopsis stated, he now lives a quiet life playing the guitar with Lou, his dog…who isn’t really a dog. Lou is an Ifrit. Ifrits are magical beings that occasionally appear to a practitioner and become their companion. They’re very mysterious creatures; no one knows what they are exactly, or where they come from. But ever practitioner who has one is lucky they do.

After an attempt on his life, Mason goes looking for help from a few of his old friends, which include: Eli, a genius and former linebacker, with little talent of his own, Sherwood, Mason’s old girlfriend but who is now just a friend, and Mason’s old boss Victor, an extremely gifted practitioner, who wouldn’t really count as a friend…let’s just say they tolerate each other. Barely.

And the story goes from there. Each book has its own unique plot, but steadily leads to something larger in the end. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending, but I rarely am so I’m slightly biased on that part. But the overall series was a great read. Levitt’s writing style was smooth, his characters well thought out, and the world-building left me wishing it was real instead of fiction.

So, if you’re looking for a short urban fantasy series give this one a try and tell me what you think! I certainly enjoyed it.

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #16 – September 29th

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 currently reading the eleventh book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series,  The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket.

My teaser:

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“Aye!” Captain Widdershins said. “We mustn’t hesitate! We must act! We must hurry! We must move! We must search! We must investigate! We must hunt! We must pursue! We must stop occasionally for a brief snack! We must find that sugar bowl before Count Olaf does! Aye!”

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx– Chapter 2, page 34

Blogger Recognition Reward…With Something Extra

Blogger Recognition AwardI was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Emily @ Embulee liest and Jess @ Life: Books, The Arts. and Nature. Two different people! I feel so loved… xD

The rules for this award are as follows:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you’ve nominated in the post.
  • Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you’ve nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing! (It happens LOL).

How My Blog Was Born:

There’s really not much of a story here, unfortunately. My good friend Emily, one of the lovely people who nominated me for this award, began her own blog and I happened to find out about it soon after. I enjoy Emmy’s ramblings and told her so. She proceeded to pester me about creating my own blog but I wasn’t sure. As many of the people who follow me know, I’m a major procrastinator, so I didn’t think keeping up a blog was my kind of thing (honestly, I’m a bit surprised I’ve stuck with it as long as I have). But reading has always been a passion of mine and I thought what the heck, why not? I wouldn’t mind reading about people, besides Emily, ramble on about books. And I’m fairly good at rambling myself. So, after a good deal of peer pressure from Emmy, I began my blog. I don’t post as often as I would like, but I greatly enjoy reading the posts of others. I hope to be a part of the blogging community for a good while longer.

My Advice:

Honestly, I’m not all that great at giving advice. Or, at least I don’t think I am. I would much rather prefer simply listening to people than giving them feedback. But I’ll give it a whirl. My advice it to just be yourself. Don’t worry about the number of likes or followers you have. Do your own thing. As long as you’re happy with it, who cares what other people think? Sure, blogging is as much about interacting with others as it is posting your thoughts on certain subjects, but if you’re not posting what you want to post then what’s the point? Plus, everyone I’ve interacted with on here is so incredibly nice, so if you’re afraid of what others will have to say about your thoughts…don’t be. I feel like this is what a lot of people are saying, but it’s freakin’ great advice. So listen to it.

Nominations:

Guess what? I don’t have any. My laziness is kicking in, plus I feel like a lot of people have already been nominated for this award, so I’m not picking anyone specific. If you’re reading this right now and haven’t been nominated, I nominate you. If you want a chance to tell your story and give your own bit of advice, then do it! I hereby give you permission to do so! Go my pretties, go! *maniacal laughter in the background* Eh hem…but yeah. That about wraps it up for this award.

Happy reading, all! :)


Also, this doesn’t have to do with the award at all, but I just found this through a friend on Facebook…I thought I would share it with you all. Some of you will get it…some of you won’t. But it’s fantastic.

WWW Wednesdays #15 – September 16th

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?

As of right at this moment? Nothing.

 


What did I recently finish reading?

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8288915I literally just finished  Play Dead by John Levitt, the fourth and final book in the Dog Days series, about ten minutes ago. It was quite a fun series to read, but the ending was…ehh. I’m not sure if I liked it or not. But I usually don’t like endings, so I might be a bit biased. Either way, I don’t regret picking this series up and hopefully I can scrounge up a review for it in the near future. But because I love to procrastinate, maybe not as soon as I would like. Also, I finished up  The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket, the tenth book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, yesterday morning. That one took awhile to read for some reason. I think I just got caught up in the other series. With me, that’s sometimes the downfall of reading multiple books at once. I tend to enjoy one better than the other, even if it’s only slightly, so I focus more on reading one over the other…^^;


What do I think I’ll read next?

6511114461I will now start reading The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket, the eleventh book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events series. But because I’m reading this book on my NOOK, I’m also going to start Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn, the first book in the Kitty Norville series. It’s been on my reading list for awhile, like so many other books, but it was recently completed – and for those who don’t know, I’m trying to focus on completed series at the moment – so I thought I would try it out. I may even do a review for this first book, instead of waiting until I finish the series. We’ll see.

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #15 – September 15th

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 finished up Unleashed by John Levitt, the third book in the Dog Days series, last week. Now I’m on the fourth and final book in the series, Play Dead.

My teaser:

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“What’s our story again?” Sherwood asked.
“You’re having relationship trouble. You want to know if your current boyfriend is really the one.”
“And you’re the boyfriend?” She looked at me critically.
“No, that might be a hard sell. How could you possibly be having doubts about someone like me? I’m the skeptical brother, watching out for poor, credulous you.”
“And Lou?”
“Lou’s a dog.” He threw me a dirty look. “He doesn’t need a cover story.”

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx– Chapter 4, page 45


Once again, a little longer than it’s supposed to be, but context, people. Context.

Happy reading! :)

Burrito Bowl Book Tag

A huge thanks to Erika @ Erika In Bookventureland for tagging me! As usual, I apologize that it has taken me this long to complete it…since I was tagged almost a month ago. I like to take my time…? (*excuse for being lazy*) Now I really want to go eat a burrito bowl. Although, I actually prefer it with the tortilla as the bowl. A bowl you can eat! What’s not to like about that?! xD


Rice: The Foundation – “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)”

I’m sure there are a bunch of others that have a similar answer, but I can’t recall there being just one book that got me into reading. I read a bunch of stuff when I was younger so I would never be able to really narrow it down to just one. There’s always Harry Potter, of course, but I enjoyed reading before I even read that series. So I wouldn’t really say that counts. And there wasn’t even a specific book that got me into book blogging either. It was simply my passion for reading in general. And a little peer pressure from a good friend, of course.

Beans: The Filler – “A book with a whole lot of nothing happening”

311512I’m having a hard time coming up with a book for this section. But I do remember when I read Eldest by Christopher Paolini, the second book in the The Inheritance Cycle series, about halfway through I just stopped reading it for awhile. And I mean, like, weeks. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read it, but I just remember that about halfway through the book there was nothing going on. Absolutely nothing. I think that’s when Eragon was training in the forest…? Or something like that. But yeah. It was awful. I do plan on rereading it, however, since I only ever read the first two in the series, but I’m probably going to end up struggling through that part all over again when I do.

Protein: The Building Block “A book quote to live by”

I’m going to have to go with a quote by the amazingly witty Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments series. The first time I heard this one I just thought it was the greatest thing.

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and then throw it in the face of the person who gave you the lemons until they give you the oranges you originally asked for.”

I really don’t know why I like it so much, but I do. I suppose it has to do with making a ‘cliche quote’ more original. Plus, it’s funny.

Fajitas: The Crunch of Texture – “A book with immaculate world-building”

19725697Hmm, that’s a tough one since everyone has their own opinion of what ‘immaculate world-building’ would be. As for me…I’m really trying to not pick Harry Potter for this one. It’s hard. But I really do like the world-building in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. Yes, it’s about talking cats, but they’re intelligent cats who have gathered together and formed Clans out in the wild.  Their whole ‘way-of-life’ is simple, yet very clever and unique. If I were a cat I would totally want to live in that world.

Salsa: The Dance of Flavor – “A book that kept you on your toes”

7723542I would say A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. Another book in the POV of an animal. This book follows the actions and thoughts of dog who, after passing, is reborn as a completely different dog, but with the memories of his past life. This happens multiple times throughout the book. He’s not sure what it all means, he simply wants to find his purpose in life. It’s a great read and you just want to keep reading until the end to find out what this one dog goes through during each life. It’s fascinating. And, just a heads up, if you’re emotional when it comes to books, you will mostly likely cry. I did. Quite a bit… *no shame*

Corn: The Explosion of Sweetness“A memorable scene involving friendship/romance”

119322I don’t have the greatest memory, so sometimes remembering a specific scene is a bit difficult for me. Be that as it may, I’m going to choose pretty much the entirety of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. I mean, the whole book is about Lyra venturing out to find her best friend Roger. If that ain’t friendship than I don’t know what is. Plus, throw in Lyra’s bond with her daemon, Pan, and her growing fondness with the bear, Iorek, and it fits with the theme perfectly.

Cheese: The Bond of Calcium“Two characters from different books you wish could be friends”

I’m going to have to pick Alex Sawyer from the Escape From Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith and Grubbs Grady from The Demonata series by Darren Shan. They both go through such horrific events in their own books, I think they would really be able to relate to one another. I could see their meeting turn into a contest of who has seen more messed up stuff than the other… xD

Sour Cream: The Tangy Topper – “The quirkiest character you’ve ever read (protagonist or supporting)”

91479Once again, I want to stray away from Harry Potter, because I feel a lot of people will end up choosing Luna for this section. She did immediately come to mind, but I’m deciding on Waldo Butters from The Dresden Files. He’s a cowardly medical examiner who adores polka music and created a suit with instruments attached to become his own one-man band. Although not the bravest soul, he helps out the main character a bunch through the series and isn’t afraid to be, well…himself.

Guacamole: The Cost of Creaminess – “A book you paid too much for (based on utility experience)”

Erika mentioned text books, so I feel like I agree with her. They are waaaay too much money for how little you use them. I mean, it depends on the class and all…but still. However, if we’re not counting those awful things…I’m not quite sure. I don’t buy books new very often. I buy second-hand books or use the library. But sometimes I can’t find a book I need at a used book store or the library doesn’t have it, so I’m forced to buy it at B&N or online. Sometimes it’s worth it, sometimes not. There are only a few I will go out of my way to actually buy new. I am cheap and like to save money *insert thumbs up here*.

Lettuce: The Handful of Crispness – “A refreshing concept/theme in a book”

6315602For this one I’ll choose My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent. I’ve only read the first book in the series so far, I plan on going back to it in the near future, but I thought it was a neat idea because the books focus on banshee’s.  I’ve never come across a book solely about banshee’s. If you read a lot of fantasy/supernatural based books they do crop up from time to time, but never has the protagonist been one. At least not in anything I’ve read before. Like I mentioned, I’ve only read the first book so far and it was okay. The plot was really interesting, but I wish I liked the main character better. I’m hoping she’ll grow on me in the next five books.

Chips: Le Pièce de Résistance – “A must-read recommendation if you like [this book/genre—you decide!]”

764354People who have read my blog for awhile are probably sick of me talking about this series, but I’m going to say it anyway! Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first book in the Dresden Files series. Fantasy is my favorite book genre, so if you are into that particular genre as well I definitely recommend this series. It’s about a smart-ass wizard in Chicago solving crimes, basically. What more can you ask for?

Tabasco: The Kick to the Face – “Your favorite fight/action sequence”

This is also a tough one. I’m going to go out on a limb a bit and say the fight in Heaven’s arena between Gon and Hisoka from the anime Hunter x Hunter. Yeah yeah, it’s an anime, but it’s based off the manga so there! Still counts. Or at least I say it does.


I’ll go ahead and tag Emily because she always tags me in stuff. I think this might be the first time I’ve tagged her in a book tag… xD She always beats me to it! And I tag anyone else who is interested in participating, as usual! :)