30 Days of Music: 13, 14, & 15

Day 13: A song you like from a genre you don’t.

Hmm, well I’m not a huge fan of country music. I don’t mind some of it…but most of the time it’s too…twangy? However, I do like Andy Grammer’s song Honey, I’m Good. Mostly because it’s a bit more pop like.

Day 14: Your favorite song from a musical (or opera.)

Gahhh, I don’t really watch musicals…or opera. But I do like Grease, so I’m going to go with You’re the One That I Want.

Day 15: A song you like to dance to (or makes you want to dance.)

This is a tough three for me. I don’t really dance either. I do the whole ‘stand there and sway’ type of thing. Although, I’m actually going to go with Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. Not usually my taste, but I had this song stuck in my head a couple of years ago when I went through a haunted house, so I was actually dancing the whole way through it so that I wasn’t scared. I’m somewhat of a chicken. Some of the actors actually started dancing with me. It was fantastic.

WWW Wednesdays #34 – March 23rd

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?

30259As of 10025305this precise moment, I am not reading anything. But, next up I plan on starting the fifth book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, For a Few Demons More as well as the second book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork PrinceI was thinking of reading the second book of the Monstrumologist series, however I’m not sure if my library carries it. It looks like it does on their website but when I go to check out the e-book online it says there are zero library copies. But two other people have it on hold! So maybe they’re going to get it? Not sure. So I’ll wait and see for awhile and if I have to I will buy it. Because I do want to continue the series.


What did I recently finish reading?

2365896This morning I finished up the fourth book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, A Fistful of Charms. This was another fun installment, but I did like the first three a bit better. Plus this one lacked one of my favorite characters, so that took a few points. Either way I’m still greatly enjoying this series and, as always, am interested in seeing where it leads.


What do I think I’ll read next?

For now I will be continuing The Hollows series and the Infernal Devices series. After that I’ll make my way back to finish the Mortal Instruments series as well as the Monstrumologist books.

 

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #34 – March 22nd

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 (I usually do a bit more than two)
  • 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!

So, this week will be another teaser from the fourth book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, A Fistful of Charms. I’ll probably be finishing this one up in the near future. After I do so I’ll be starting The Clockwork Prince.

My teaser:

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Panting, I flipped to my feet. Three men were unconscious, bleeding about their heads. A fourth looked sullen but beaten soundly. Jenks stood alone. The sun shone on his black tights and blond curls, and the semiautomatic in his hands gave his Peter Pan pose some threat.

– Chapter 16, page 320 (e-book)

Book Review – The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

So yeah, I haven’t done a book review since last fall. Shame on me, shame on me. I was planning on doing one for the Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn, but I sped through that series so it was hard to go back to the beginning once I was finished. I feel like it’s going to be the same for The Hollows series by Kim Harrison that I’m currently reading. Either way, I’m doing this one now so that’s all that matters!


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Goodreads synopsis:

These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.

A gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does man become the very thing he hunts?

This review will be centered on the first book in The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist. This one has been on my TBR list for awhile. I’m fairly sure I found it through my good friend Emily, because she highly recommends this book whenever it is brought to attention. So, although I’m not sure if you ever directly recommended it to me, thanks Emmy! xD On to the review!


My Rating:
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As you can tell from the above rating, I ended up enjoying this book. However, it was a bit slow-going in the beginning. But that tends to happen in many books when the author is trying to get you more familiar with the main characters. The writing style was a bit different than what I’m usually accustomed to, but it fit very well with the time period of the story. I thought at first it was a bit ‘mature sounding’, being in the POV of a twelve-year-old, but then I had to remind myself it was actually Will Henry telling the story as an adult. Either way, it quickly grew on me. Although, it makes me curious about the writing style of The Fifth Wave series. I have yet to read the series,  but since it’s written by the same author I may give it a go sometime in the future. It’s in a different time period and, obviously it’s a different plot, but I wonder what similarities the two series might have.

Despite it starting out a tad slow, as more characters are introduced the plot steadily picks up until it’s non-stop action. Speaking of characters, the two main characters in the story are Dr. Pellinore Warthrop and his assistant, twelve-year-old Will Henry.

Warthrop is a monstrumologist – he studies monsters, as did his father, his father’s father, and so on. He’s a genius but, like many who claim to be the same, he’s a bit on the odd side. He’s ambitious and can tend to be rather cold and uncaring to those around him. He see’s Will Henry as only his assistant and most of the time ignores the fact that he is just a child. However, by the end of the book the reader does catch a few glimpses of his softer side.

Will Henry was orphaned about a year before this story takes place. His father was Warthrop’s previous assistant, so that is the only reason he came to live with the doctor. He has been training as the doctor’s assistant since then. He’s rather intelligent, yet fairly timid. He tries his best to do everything Warthrop wants him to do – it makes him happy to be able to please the doctor –  but Warthrop isn’t the easiest person to get along with so sometimes it’s quite difficult.

Another character that pops in about halfway through the book is Jack Kearns. He’s a fellow monstrumologist. He is described as boyishly handsome and he usually always has a smirk playing across his lips. Most of the time he acts as if everything is a joke. Although him and the doctor are in the same line of work, Kearns’ morals aren’t quite the same as Warthrop’s.  Where Warthrop would rather save a life, Kearns wouldn’t hesitate to sacrifice someone for his work. I really enjoyed his character.

There were a few other supporting characters that moved the story along and they all had their own important roles to play in the story.

Although this book is labeled as a YA novel, I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone that is squeamish. It has quite a few detailed scenes that can only be described as gory. Take in mind that it is labeled as horror as well. But if you don’t mind that, then give this series a try! It was a bit different from what I usually read, but with the unique collection of characters and a plot that takes its time at the beginning but picks up towards the middle and finishes strong at the end, it was overall an enjoyable read for me. I’m looking forward to reading the next three in the series!

Happy reading! :)

WWW Wednesdays #33 – March 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?

2365896I am currently reading the fourth book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, A Fistful of Charms. I mentioned last week that I’m really liking this series, and I still am. It’s full of action, sarcasm, and supernatural-ness, as well as an amazing cast of colorful characters. If you’re looking for something to read in the urban fantasy department, then definitely check out this series.


What did I recently finish reading?

7171771The other day I finally finished the first book in The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist. For those of you who have read my last few WWW posts, you’ve probably noticed that this book has been in the above section for awhile now. For those you who haven’t, let me just say that the reason for that is because I was a bum and forgot to re-check out the book before it was due, so it vanished to someone else’s ‘checked-out’ list (I was reading the e-book version). I am hoping to work on a review for it after finishing up this post. And possibly eating lunch…xD So if you would like to know my final thoughts on this novel then stay tuned!


What do I think I’ll read next?

10025305Up next I will be reading the second book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork PrinceI’ll most likely be starting it sometime next week.

 

 

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #33 – March 15th

Teaser Tuesdays

I really need to catch up on tags…and should do a review or two as well. Forgive me for my laziness. 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!

Alrighty then people, as it occasionally happens, I’m not reading anything at this precise moment. I finally finished up The Monstrumologist last night – I’m hoping to get a review done on that one in the near future – and so I will be starting a new book tonight. I’m deciding between the second book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince, and  the fourth book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, A Fistful of Charms. I’m really enjoying both series at the moment so it’s making my decision difficult. Even though I’ll most likely start one tonight and the other tomorrow…so for now, I’ll just do a quick teaser from A Fistful of Charms.

My teaser:

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The solid thud of David’s car door shutting echoed off the stone face of the eight-story building we had parked beside. Leaning against the gray sports car, I shaded my eyes and squinted up at its aged architecturally beautiful columns and fluted sills. The uppermost floor was golden in the setting sun, but here at street level we were in a chill shadow. Cincinnati had a handful of such landmark buildings, most abandoned, as this one appeared to be.

– Chapter 1, page 8 (e-book)

WWW Wednesdays #32 – March 9th

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?

7171771Finally, I am once again plugging away at the first book in The Monstrumologist series by Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist. It was returned to the library just the other day and, since I’m reading the e-book version, I had it automatically checked out when it was available. Now I just have to finish reading it before it’s due so that the same thing won’t happen again.  I don’t think I’ll have a problem doing that. At work tonight I’m hoping to get a good chunk of this read and hopefully I’ll be able to finish it sometime next week.


What did I recently finish reading?

Okay, since I forgot to do this post last Wednesday, I have quite a few books for this My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)spot. The first would be the second book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent, My Soul to SaveI wrapped that one up almost two weeks ago. I then decided to take another break from the Soul Screamers series and began reading the first book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, Dead Witch Walking. It was great. It is sl3026430262owly becoming another one of my favorite adult urban fantasy series. Not quite as good as The Dresden Files, so far, but it’s still really good. That being said, I’ve also completed the second and third books in said series, The Good, the Bad, and the Undead and Every Which Way But Dead. I’m puttin10644236g a slight pause on readin30263g the fourth, because I know if I start it it’ll take me even long to finish reading The Monstrumologist. So once I’ve finished that book up, I’ll get back to The Hollows series. And last, but not least, I reread the first book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel. I really enjoyed this one. I like Tessa quite a bit better than Clary. And of course Will and Jem are favorites as well. I’m not sure if I like Will or Jace more…it’s hard when they’re so similar in personality. I suppose it doesn’t really matter. Maybe I’ll have a better opinion once I finish the series up.


What do I think I’ll read next?

100253052365896Up next I will be reading the second book in The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince, and once I wrap up The Monstrumologist I’ll be reading the fourth book in Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series, A Fistful of Charms. 

 

Happy reading! :)