Thursday, August 17, 2017

We Have the Cover of Kate Daniels #10!!!!

Yes, we have the cover of Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews!

We Have the Cover of GhostWalkers #14!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Cover Game by Christine Feehan! And it's pretty great!

ARC August Update 8


So I read my next ARC, which was Bannerless. I'll be reading The Becoming of Noah Shaw next.

Reading Journey:

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 4:35 PM
Pages Read: 384

Royal Replicas by Michael Pierce
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 2:29 PM
Pages Read: 420

Blood Magic by T.G. Ayer
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 5:57 PM
Pages Read: 272

Demon Kin by T.G. Ayer
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 11:38 PM
Pages Read: 308

Hexed by Michelle Krys
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 11:34 PM
Pages Read: 384

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Started On: August 11th
Finished On: August 11th, 11:31 PM
Pages Read: 320

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid
Started On: August 16th
Finished On: August 16th, 9:05 PM
Pages Read: 384

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
Started On: August 17th
Finished On; August 17th, 6:31 PM
Pages Read: 272

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
Started On: August
Pages Read: 0 of 371

Goals: 20
Read: 8
Pages Read: 2753

Random Reads #299, August 17th

Random Reads is a monthly meme (that I'm going to do weekly) hosted by I'm Loving Books to read some books that have been on our TBR piles for a long time. Using Random.org, I got 4150 which turned out to be Endless by Kate Elliot! It's been on my TBR pile since December 12th, 2013, and I added it because I love her books! Happy reading! 

Third Sentence Thursday #314, August 17th

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Third Sentence Thursday is a weekly meme which likes to watch fireworks especially while eating a cookie!
1) Take the book you are currently reading and open it to a random page. Share the third full sentence on that page. (If there isn't a third one – like at the end of a chapter or a blank page – you can share the third sentence of the book or just choose another random page.) Feel free to share more than one sentence, if you feel the need to do so.
2) Review this sentence anyway you want (funny and silly reviews encouraged)
3) Post a link to your sentence at Words I Write Crazy (This Blog)
4) Visit one or two of the other blogs to check out their third sentences!

"But-there are people living there." -Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn, page 68.

Yeah, that doesn't sound good, it's the "but" that drags it down!

What are your guy's 3rd lines? Link up below!

Will the Time Come #324, August 17th

Every Thursday I am going to list a book which I really want to read/keep meaning to get to. These are mostly books which have been on my shelf for awhile now but don't have to be, maybe you got it two weeks ago and really want to read it! Thanks to Jodie from Books for Company for this meme!
Want to Join?
-Pick a book you have been meaning to read
-Do a post telling us about the book    
-Link the post up in the linky  
-Visit the other blogs

He’ll play dirty to get what he wants… 

Willow Cavanaugh would be happy if she never saw cocky football star Nick Hamilton again. Sure, their fling was the hottest she’d had, but he’s way too much of a playboy to settle down with one woman. Plus, she’s got her heart set on a piece of real estate for her catering business—and Nick owns that property. 

Nick may be at the top of his game, but all he wants is a second chance with Willow. When he offers to sell her his commercial space if she agrees to a series of dates with him, their chemistry is so scintillating that jumping back into bed seems like an inevitability. But Willow’s decided all’s fair in sex and blackmail. Little does she know, Nick’s playing to win…and she’s the prize.

Why the time hasn't come yet...
A multitude of previously used reasons-it's been awhile since I read the first book, I don't have a copy of this one, and I just haven't been seeing it around, so I don't know to want to read it! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ARC August Update 7


So I read my next ARC, which was The Empress. I'll be reading Bannerless next. Yeah, I didn't read any for a while, but now I got another! Yeah!

Reading Journey:

All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
Started On: August 3rd
Finished On: August 3rd, 4:35 PM
Pages Read: 384

Royal Replicas by Michael Pierce
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 2:29 PM
Pages Read: 420

Blood Magic by T.G. Ayer
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 5:57 PM
Pages Read: 272

Demon Kin by T.G. Ayer
Started On: August 4th
Finished On: August 4th, 11:38 PM
Pages Read: 308

Hexed by Michelle Krys
Started On: August 5th
Finished On: August 5th, 11:34 PM
Pages Read: 384

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs
Started On: August 11th
Finished On: August 11th, 11:31 PM
Pages Read: 320

The Empress by S.J. Kincaid
Started On: August 16th
Finished On: August 16th, 9:05 PM
Pages Read: 384

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn
Started On: August
Pages Read: 0 of 272

Goals: 20
Read: 7
Pages Read: 2482

We Have the Cover of The Original Heartbreakers #6!!!!

Yeah, we have the cover of Can't Get Enough by Gena Showalter! And it's so awesome!

Waiting on Wednesday #327, August 16th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson
Expected Publication: October 10th, 2017
From Goodreads:
The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy.

Leah Westfall’s journey has been one of ever-present peril, hidden magic, harsh realities, loss, life, determination, and love. She has searched for a place to belong and a place—and people—to call home, people who can accept a girl with magical powers that prove to be both blessing and curse.

Rae Carson has been lauded as one of YA’s best writers of fantasy, and fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, and Westworld will be riveted by the conclusion of this remarkable historical fantasy trilogy.

Leah is poised to have everything she ever dreamed of on the long, dangerous journey to California’s gold fields—wealth, love, the truest friends, and a home. Thanks to her magical ability to sense precious gold, Leah, her fiancĂ© Jefferson, and her friends have claimed rich land in California Territory. But their fortune makes them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Leah and her friends must fight back with all of their power and talents.

Leah’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter California’s history forever.

With a distinctive heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure.

Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
Expected Publication: October 10th, 2017
From Goodreads:
Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory. 

The Knowing by Sharon Cameron
Expected Publication: October 10th, 2017
From Goodreads:
Samara doesn't forget. And she isn't the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city's forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs -- and truths -- collide?

Oh, some really fantastic books coming out! They look and sound so great! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #331, August 16th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

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

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing now A Daily Rhythm for starting this meme!

I'm reading The Empress, and it's tearing my heart apart! Gah!
I read Rituals, and it was an amazing end to the series, and it was so great!
I'm going to be reading Bannerless, and I can't wait, it sounds really great!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #331, August 15th

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 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, page 106,

"They were soon caught up in the crowds now flooding out of the stadium and back to their campsites. Raucous singing was borne towards them on the night air they retraced their steps along the lantern-lit path, and leprechauns kept shooting over their heads, cackling and waving their lanterns."

That sounds like a lot of fun, though a bit tiring! Such a fantastic event! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #323, August 14th

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 #322
Teaser Tuesday #330
WWW Wednesday #330
WOW #327
Will the Time Come #321
Third Sentence Thursday #312
Random Reads #298
First Lines Friday #326
The Reward Challenge Update #308
Follow Friday #300
How Well I Stuck to It #152
Wrote that Review Update #157

Week 32 Reviews:
Blackwood
Hexed
Charmed
Hit List
Beauty
Kiss the Dead
Dancing
Shutdown
Affliction
Jason
Dead Ice
Wounded
Crimson Death
OK, so I got 17 posts in 7 days, so a pretty decent week! I wish I'd read more ARC's, but yeah, a good week, and some really fantastic books to read! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read Bad Girl Gone, A Deeper Darkness, Edge of Black, When Shadows Fall, What Lies Behind, Vicarious, Ferocious, How to Disappear, Rituals, Storm Gathering, and Wicked Like a Wildfire.

Dear Dr. Owens,

If you are reading this letter, I am dead and I would be most grateful if you could solve my murder…

Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens thought life was finally returning to normal after she suffered a terrible personal loss. Settling into her new job at Georgetown University, the illusion is shattered when she receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder. There's only one catch. Timothy Savage's death was so obviously the suicide of a demented individual that the case has been closed.

When Sam learns Savage left a will requesting she autopsy his body, she feels compelled to look into the case. Sam's own postmortem discovers clear signs that Savage was indeed murdered. And she finds DNA from a kidnapped child whose remains were recovered years earlier.

The investigation takes Sam into the shadows of a twenty-year-old mystery that must be solved to determine what really happened to Timothy Savage. Nothing about the case makes sense, but it is clear someone is unwilling to let anyone, especially Samantha Owens, discover the truth.
Critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author J. T. Ellison delivers another riveting novel featuring the incomparable Dr. Samantha Owens

Waking to sirens in the night is hardly unusual for Samantha Owens. No longer a medical examiner, she doesn't lose sleep over them, but a routine police investigation in her neighborhood has her curious. When her homicide detective friend, Darren Fletcher, invites her to look over the evidence, she jumps at the chance and immediately realizes the crime scene has been staged. What seems to be a clear case of murder/suicide—a crime of passion—is anything but. The discovery of toxic substances in hidden vials indicates that something much more sinister is at play…

As Fletch and Sam try to understand what and who they are dealing with, they are summoned to a meeting at the State Department. High-level officials are interested in what they know and seem to be keeping secrets of their own. It's up to Sam and Fletch to uncover what lies behind the deception as the threat of bioterrorism is exposed, and her boyfriend, Xander Whitfield, may be in the line of fire.

Unsure who to trust, Sam and Fletch find themselves up against very powerful people at every stage in the investigation. No one is who they appear to be and with every minute that passes, the danger escalates. It's Sam's most complex case yet and the terrifying reality is beyond anything she could have imagined.
Paula Stokes returns to the world of Vicarious in this sequel, a high-action psychological thriller with a protagonist out for vengeance.

When Winter Kim finds out that her sister is dead and that she has a brother she never knew about, only two things matter―finding what’s left of her family and killing the man who destroyed her life. Her mission leads her from St. Louis to Los Angeles back to South Korea, where she grew up.

Things get increasingly dangerous once Winter arrives in Seoul. Aided by her friends Jesse and Sebastian, Winter attempts to infiltrate an international corporation to get close to her target, a nefarious businessman named Kyung. But keeping her last remaining loved ones out of the line of fire proves difficult, and when all seems to be lost, Winter must face one last devastating decision: is revenge worth sacrificing everything for? Or can she find a spark of hope in the darkness that threatens to engulf her?
Vicky Decker has perfected the art of hiding in plain sight, quietly navigating the halls of her high school undetected except by her best (and only) friend, Jenna. But when Jenna moves away, Vicky's isolation becomes unbearable.

So she decides to invent a social life by Photoshopping herself into other people's pictures, posting them on Instagram under the screen name Vicurious. Instantly, she begins to get followers, so she adds herself to more photos from all over the world with all types of people. And as Vicurious's online followers multiply, Vicky realizes she can make a whole life for herself without ever leaving her bedroom. But the more followers she finds online, the clearer it becomes that there are a lot of people out there who feel like her— #alone and #ignored in real life.

To help them, and herself, Vicky must find the courage to face her fear of being "seen," because only then can she stop living vicariously and truly bring the magic of Vicurious to life.

In this beautiful and illuminating narrative, Sharon Huss Roat shines a light on our love of social media and how sometimes being the person you think you want to be isn't as great as being the person you truly are.
The fifth book and the exciting conclusion to bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's "impossible-to-put-down" Cainsville series, in which she mixes hard-hitting crime writing with phenomenal world-building to create a brand of fiction all her own.

Olivia Jones must make a choice. Caught between two rival supernatural forces, Liv was granted a brief period in which to make her decision. Now that time has run out. Whichever side she chooses, someone she loves will pay. Her lover, Ricky. Gabriel Walsh, the man she knows she cannot, must not love. Her parents, already trapped in prison.And now there is a new, terrifying power rising - one that doesn't distinguish between good and evil intentions. It feeds on chaos and destroys without mercy. Unless Liv acts fast, no one will survive. In this gripping thriller, international bestselling author Kelley Armstrong brings the Cainsville series to a powerful, richly rewarding climax.
Even before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Greyson Storm was a lone wolf navigating minefields. As a kid, he learned to take a hit and find safety. As an adult, he joined the military and quickly learned how to protect and defend. When the world ended, he created a mercenary camp with military precision, no entanglements, and a promise to avenge a fallen friend. As part of that vow, he kidnapped Maureen Shadow, but now that he has let her go, her blue eyes and intriguing mind keep haunting him…

As possibly the only Biotechnology Engineer still living, Maureen Shadow might be humanity’s one hope to survive the aftermath of Scorpius, making her frighteningly valuable to both allies and enemies. Even after sexual tension explodes with Greyson, she’s not sure which camp he belongs to—friend or foe? Worse yet, survival may mean thwarting his prime mission, putting her in even more peril. When danger and seduction collide, there is no safety in this new world.
Fans of Holly Black and Leigh Bardugo will be bewitched by Lana Popovic's debut YA fantasy novel about a bargain that binds the fates—and hearts—of twin sisters to a force larger than life.

All the women in Iris and Malina's family have the unique magical ability or "gleam" to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.

But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

My June and July, like Dobby

So I feel like I should write this post, and yeah, I've been meaning to do so for a while. I've fallen behind on both my reviews and my meme posts. So I wanted to say sorry, opps, and to give an explanation.

Looking back at these two months, I know that I was stressed. There was a lot going on, both planned, and not so planned. Like, I had my convocation ceremony in June. So I now have my diploma, which took me 5 years for a 2 year program. Oh, well, I finally finished!

But I also had my computer crap out on me, and I spent most of the day trying to fix it, including taking it apart, which was very interesting, to say the least, because this computer is 5 years old, and I break things very easily, and I have doggies getting their hair everywhere. So that was a fun, stressful time!

Another big thing that was planned, was the doggie's annual vet check up. Dobby had a suspicious lump right where he had cancer before, and the family was worried that this new one was cancer, again. The vet agreed that Dobby should have that lump removed (he, and Winky, have a ton of lumps that are just fat lumps.)

Dobby's had cancer before. I'm not sure how much I've said about it before here, so I'll do the whole story. He had a lump on his leg, we took him for his annual check up (we go to the vet once a year sometime in the summer) and since the lump had been growing, the vet decided to take a sample while they were under for their first teeth cleaning. The results meant that a surgery was scheduled, and it went fine, and he healed well. Fast forward and it seems like there's a new lump growing, so the vet opened him up again, and also removed a fat lump from a different leg. Turns out that what we thought was a suspicious lump had been a inner stitch. Which was good, but he'd still had surgery again, and had to go through the whole process, as well as having the scar be more defined. And that now, he had a new cancer lump in the same area, just a few years later...not fun!

So that was very stressful, I was at school when Dobby had his last surgery, but this time, I was at the vet for the appointment, and I dropped him off-he was so scared! And I was there to pick him up. He was so groggy and out of it, and so yeah, here are some pictures with blood, so be warned!

Some pictures with blood in them below the line!

Wrote that Review Update #157, August 13th

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 Blackwood, Hexed, Charmed, Hit List, Beauty, Kiss the Dead, Dancing, Shutdown, Affliction, Jason, Dead Ice, Wounded, Crimson Death, Two Nights, 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 #160, August 13th

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 33:
Bad Girl Gone by Temple Mathews, A Deeper Darkness by J.T. Ellison, Edge of Black by J.T. Ellison, When Shadows Fall by J.T. Ellison, What Lies Behind by J.T. Ellison, Vicarious by Paula Stokes, Ferocious by Paula Stokes, How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat, Rituals by Kelley Armstrong, Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti, Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

Tour Books: NA.

Review Books: NA.

NetGalley: 5. Check.

Edelweiss: 2. Check.

Meme Books: NA.

Rereads: 2. Check.

New Books: 1. Check.

Yeah, this looks like a fantastic week! Lots of really great books, and yeah, I want to read them so much!

Week 32:
Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton, Beauty by Laurell K. Hamilton, Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton, Dancing by Laurell K. Hamilton, Shutdown by Laurell K. Hamilton, Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton, Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton, Wounded by Laurell K. Hamilton, Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton, Blackwood by Michelle Krys, Hexed by Michelle Krys, Charmed by Michelle Krys, Blight by Alexandra Duncan, If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Mind Game by Iris Johansen, Secondborn by Amy Bartol, The Secret of Us by Jessi Kerby, These Things I've Done by Rebecca Phillips

vs.

Blackwood by Michelle Krys, Hexed by Michelle Krys, Charmed by Michelle Krys, Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton, Beauty by Laurell K. Hamilton, Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton, Dancing by Laurell K. Hamilton, Shutdown by Laurell K. Hamilton, Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton, Jason by Laurell K. Hamilton, Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton, Wounded by Laurell K. Hamilton, Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton, Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

So yeah, I read a lot of what I wanted to read, so yeah, I'm really happy with that! I wish I'd read more, but yeah, pretty fantastic! What about you guys? Happy reading! 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Week 32 Review: Two Nights

From Goodreads:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs steps beyond her classic Temperance Brennan series in a new standalone thriller featuring a smart, tough, talented heroine whose thirst for justice stems from her own dark past. 

Meet Sunday Night, a woman with physical and psychological scars, and a killer instinct. . . . 
Sunnie has spent years running from her past, burying secrets and building a life in which she needs no one and feels nothing. 

But a girl has gone missing, lost in the chaos of a bomb explosion, and the family needs Sunnie's help. 

Is the girl dead? Did someone take her? If she is out there, why doesn't she want to be found? 

It's time for Sunnie to face her own demons because they just might lead her to the truth about what really happened all those years ago.

My Review:
Reading this book was just great! I mean, I'm trying to gear up for rereading, and reading the Temperance Brennan series, but this book, as of right now is a stand alone book, and I received an ARC of it, so much easier to read than 18+ books in a series!

Sunnie is a character very much shaped by her past. She had a pretty terrible childhood which is slowly revealed, she was arrested and had the choice of going to prison, or signing up for serving with the armed forces and had some problems there. She was a cop, but was forcibly retired with a shooting incident that almost cost her her eye. Yeah. So she's a bit hard, dark and paranoid. She's earned it!

I really enjoyed the countdown of days every couple of chapters. It wasn't clear who was narrating them, because it could've been the girl that Sunnie was looking for, but we weren't sure. I had a suspicion, and I turned out to be right!

The mystery in this book! Investigating the bombing, finding clues, and having leads given to her, and following the trail closer and closer to her targets. It was an incredible read, and seeing things come together, that was just so awesome!

I enjoyed reading this book a ton, and if it's a stand alone, or a start of a series, is fine with me, it was just that great!

Author: Kathy Reichs
Read: August 11th, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review
Reason Why: Love her books! And it's a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Published: July 11th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 32 Reviews: Hit List, Beauty, Kiss the Dead, Dancing, Shutdown, Affliction, Jason, Dead Ice, Wounded, Crimson Death










From Goodreads:
A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

From Goodreads:
"You'd think I'd get used to seeing such a beautiful man and knowing he was mine, but it never grew old, as if his beauty and the fact that he was mine, and I was his, would forever surprise me." 

With a vampire like Jean Claude around, it's far too easy for Anita Blake to doubt her own appearance--and the hold it has on those who love her. But one hot tub and two incredibly sexy men--Jean Claude and Asher--will make her feel like the most lusted-after woman alive...or undead. Not bad for a mere human... 

From Goodreads:
When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she's faced with something she's never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people - kids, grandparents, soccer moms - all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there's one martyr, there will be more...


But even vampires have monsters that they're afraid of. And Anita is one of them...

From Goodreads:
For most people, summer barbecues are nothing to be afraid of. But Anita isn't exactly plain vanilla—and neither is her love life. So it takes a special kind of courage to attend a barbecue thrown by her friend Sergeant Zerbrowski. Walking into a backyard full of cops and their families with wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel both looking gorgeous on her arm won’t be easy, even with almost-four-year-old Matthew Vespucci to break the ice…

Anita is determined to have a good time with her family, just like everyone else. But it doesn't take long for tensions to rise among the adults and kids. And Anita will learn that gossip and innuendo can be just as dangerous as anything the undead can throw at her…

From Goodreads:
This story is for all my readers who have been impacted by the current political SNAFU – and for anyone else who might need to enjoy a free story in these difficult times.


"Shutdown", will be available free for the duration of the government shutdown. Once the government is back in business then the short story will no longer be available on line, at least not until my publisher and I figure out what we might want to do with it. But for right now, while we're all wondering how it got to this point, here's a brand new Anita Blake short story, featuring our favorite bad boy werewolf, yep, I mean Richard Zeeman. Hey, I've been telling you, he's been working his therapy: read on to see the results that hard work and being brave enough to own your whole self can get you.

From Goodreads:
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake.

Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that's all changed.

Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease."

Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren't the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…

Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn't know. 

From Goodreads:
"Enjoying pain with your pleasure is something you either get, or you don't. If you get it, then you don't really need it explained, because you know how good it feels, and if you don't get it then no amount of talking is going to convince you it makes sense."

But sometimes you have to explain the unexplainable, especially if the love of your life needs to understand, or she'll leave you. Jason Schuyler is one of Anita Blake's best friends and favorite werewolves, with benefits. J.J. is his lady love, an old flame from childhood who dances at one of the top ballet companies in New York. She's accomplished, beautiful, and she's crazy about him, too. Neither of them wants to be monogamous, so what could go wrong?

J.J. is enthusiastically bisexual, with an emphasis on the female side of things. She plans to keep sleeping with women, because Jason can't meet that need, just like she can't meet Jason's need for rough sex and bondage. J.J. doesn't understand why Jason isn’t content to go elsewhere for a need she can’t fulfil, so Jason asks Anita to help him explain.


Anita is having her own relationship growing pains with her only female lover ever, Jade. Jason suggests that J.J. might be able to help Anita with her girl problem, while she helps him with his kinky explanations. With some encouragement from a few other lovers in Anita's life she reluctantly agrees, and J. J. makes plans to fly into town for an experience that none of them will ever forget.

From Goodreads:
Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She's a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude's fiancée.

It's wreaking havoc with her reputation as a hard ass—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she's still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having one hell of a zombie issue.

Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn't bother her. But the women being victimized aren't just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind.

It's the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita's own soul may not survive unscathed . . .


Be proud of Life's battle scars, it means you were stronger than whatever hurt you, and you didn't die—and Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and U.S. Marshal will be the first to show you hers in this sweet and sexy story of celebration and connection from #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton.

Anita attends the wedding of her close friend but finds that even on the happiest of days there are wounds that need healing. She and the wereleopards Micah and Nathaniel are asked to talk to the bride's thirteen-year-old brother, Tomas, who is struggling to recover from a recent gunshot wound. Depressed and demoralized, Tomas isn't doing his physical therapy and could spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair…

How can Anita, Micah, and Nathaniel convince Tomas that he can heal when he's given up? They tell him about their own scars and how they took back their own lives after they were wounded. And Anita will realize how lucky they are to have not only survived their pasts, but to now be able to make their own formal commitment to each other— and the vampire in her life…

In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder...

Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn't usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he's being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats. 

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind's few strict taboos. 

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from...a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.

Ireland. 

My Review:
Yeah, I catched up to what's been currently published of this series! And boy, did a lot happen! Like killing Mommy Dearest, and taking over the Harlequin, facing off against some pretty bad zombies, and having zombies as victims...yeah, lots going on!

These books, the relationships are a lot more secure, and they've worked through a lot of issues. Sure, there's people like Asher, who was a big problem for most of these books, like a wave of up and down. He made some really poor decisions, like making Kane his hyena to call!

Anita's powers grow in these books. Of course they do. In Affliction, she gains a hyena beast to add to her menagerie. And then between Dead Ice and Crimson Death, she deliberately gains a rat beast, with intentions to have Rafael as her animal to call. And that's just one side of her powers that grew!

There was also growing up in these books, facing issues (besides facing off bad guys.) Like that Anita views the events in Vegas as rape, of the books (incorrectly, again) stating that it was Mommie Dearest, instead of Father of Tigers, who caused the massive orgy. And how that affected her feelings for Sin. Yeah. She also deals with having a female lover, and how what she thought was the issue, wasn't. She grew by deciding to get married, and have a commitment ceremony because she can't legally marry all that she wants to. And by the end of Crimson Death, she was open to discussing having a baby. Lots going on!

These were some really great stories with a lot going on, and I can't wait to read more!

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #20, 20.5, 21, 21.5, 21.75, 22, 23, 24, 24.5, 25
Read: August 7th, 7th, 8th, 8th, 8th, 9th, 9th, 10th, 10th, 10th, 2017
Source: Ebook.bike
Reason Why: Loving this series and her writing, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Books!
Publisher: Berkley Books, Penguin Group (USA), Penguin, Berkley
Published: June 1st 2011, May 8th 2012, June 5th 2012, September 1st 2013, October 8th 2013, July 2nd 2013, December 2nd 2014,  June 9th 2015, December 6th 2016, October 11th 2016

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Beauty:
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Kiss the Dead:
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Dancing:
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Shutdown:
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Affliction:

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Jason:
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Dead Ice:
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Wounded:
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Crimson Death:
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