Friday, August 8, 2014

Monsterthon Days 3 and 4 Updates (Wednesday and Thursday, August 6-7)

Read-a-thon Updates
What a book! On days 3 and 4 I finished Fourmile by Watt Key.  I read 34 pages on day 3 and 132 pages on day 4.

Although there was some cussing at the beginning of the story, I absolutely loved this story.  At several points while reading this book, I told myself I was going to stop at the next chapter but I just could not stop reading it.  It made me laugh.  It made me cry.  It made me want to grab all the books by Watt Key and devour them all.

Review-a-thon Updates 

Again, I have not written a single review.  I plan on writing some very soon though!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Book Blast: The Reckoning


The Reckoning
The Reckoning

Only One Can Survive The Reckoning

Erin Radkey has always known the day would come when she would have to personally confront the Triad leader of the power-hungry Emporium. But she never thought it would be with a snake in her head that feeds on her energy. Or that she’d be in the company of an uncertain ally who might turn on her at any moment.

The stakes are high as new intel uncovers a startling Emporium plot that will catapult the entire world into war. Erin is determined to save not only the mortals but also her friends—even if it means sacrificing herself and her newfound love for Ritter Langton.

Ritter is just as determined to save Erin and prevent what would usher in the most bloody century the world has ever known, but even he might not recognize the person she becomes.

Every day the enemy grows stronger. There will be no second chance.


I started firing. My third man fell and Mari’s second before the group turned in our direction. Two men at the back dropped from Ritter and Stella’s fire, followed by two more. Nine down. They opened fire. The rat-a-tat-tat of their automatic weapons sliced through the stillness of the night. We had to hurry. Mari crouched behind the car, while I went over the top, using Ritter’s speed. He was already there. I landed on one rotund Hunter while bringing my trangue gun down on another. I rolled as I fell. Another turned his gun in my direction, but I was already diving away, the bullets spraying the short grass. Twisting, I came around, my foot out, kicking the gun from his hand. He slammed his fist at me, but I deflected it with my left arm and jabbed my right hand into his gut. He grunted and leaned forward into my next punch. I looked around as he fell, but I already sensed everyone was down.

“Get them into their van,” Stella said. “It won’t be long before someone comes to investigate those shots.” She grabbed a Hunter and started tugging him across the ground.

I sent my thoughts out wider, finding two more life forces slinking in our direction. They were dimmer than the average life forces, which meant they were shielded. Before I could warn the others, Desoto’s two patrolman emerged from the trees only twenty feet away. I caught a glimpse of automatic rifles before a spotlight blinded me.

“Stop,” said a voice I recognized as belonging to the Unbounded who’d found Walker asleep in the security room. “Put down those weapons.”

Unbounded. Both of them, I told the others. Mari, stay behind the car until I tell you.

Ritter, Stella, and I dropped our tranques and raised our hands as the Unbounded moved closer. I could see a red dot on Ritter’s forehead, and as there wasn’t one on Stella’s, I figured another must be on mine. Though the bullets wouldn’t kill us, we’d be out of commission long enough to lose the information we’d obtained unless Stella had already uploaded it to our servers. Worse, we’d be back in Emporium hands.

I’d rather die a true death.

Praise for The Reckoning:

I just loved the whole Saga! Well-written, completely addictive, keeps you on the edge, wanting to know what comes next! I really think the author should consider a movie or a TV series for the whole four books! For not being a SF fan, I just can say that this was AWESOME!

The fourth instalment in the Unbounded series definitely lives up to the action packed books preceding it. I love the strength of Erin's character, and the novel made for compelling reading.

The Unbounded world is a fascinating place to visit! I would recommend this series to anyone, women, men, young adults. Not overly complicated yet the author weaves an amazing tail. I can hardly wait to see what is next for the Unbounded!

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teylaAuthor Teyla Rachel Branton

Teyla Rachel Branton grew up avidly reading science fiction and fantasy and watching Star Trek reruns with her large family. They lived on a little farm where she loved to visit the solitary cow and collect (and juggle) the eggs, usually making it back to the house with most of them intact. On that same farm she once owned thirty-three gerbils and eighteen cats, not a good mix, as it turns out. Teyla always had her nose in a book and daydreamed about someday creating her own worlds. She is now married, mostly grown up, and has seven kids, including a two-year-old, so life at her house can be very interesting (and loud), but writing keeps her sane. She thrives on the energy and daily amusement offered by her children, the semi-ordered chaos giving her a constant source of writing material. Grabbing any snatch of free time from her hectic life, Teyla writes novels, often with a child on her lap. She warns her children that if they don’t behave, they just might find themselves in her next book! She’s been known to wear pajamas all day when working on a deadline, and is often distracted enough to burn dinner. (Okay, pretty much 90% of the time.) A sign on her office door reads: DANGER. WRITER AT WORK. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. She loves writing fiction and traveling, and she hopes to write and travel a lot more. She also loves shooting guns, martial arts, and belly dancing. She has worked in the publishing business for over twenty years.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Monsterthon Day 2 Update (Tuesday, August 5)

Read-a-thon Updates
Today has not been as good of a reading day as yesterday, but I am pretty proud of my progress.  I have read a total of 247 pages today.

I finished the 8th volume of the Death Note series.  I read around 177 pages of it today; I read a few more pages yesterday than I ended up reporting for yesterday.

I then started Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey, but I decided to DNF the book because it was not what I expected it would be.  The main character was annoying and it just was not the type of book that I felt like reading today.  I read 8 pages of this book.

I began reading Fourmile by Watt Key.  Although it had some mild cussing in the beginning of the book, this book shows some real promise to being an amazing read.  I read the first 62 pages of Fourmile and hope to finish it in the morning.

Review-a-thon Updates 

Again, I have not written a single review...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monsterthon Day 1 Updates (Monday, August 4)

General Updates
The monsterthon is going great so far!  I am surprised at the progress that I have made.  I stopped at a thrift store and Goodwill today and picked up a few new books, so this is sort of a haul post also.

First, I am going to show you the books that I picked up today (all for under $1.91 each).

I picked up a middle-grade novel and an Adult graphic novel.  The Lemon Crime by Jaqueline Davies is a middle-grade novel that is the second book in the series.  I did not notice that it was the second in a series until I had finished reading it, but it was great as a standalone.  This book is about two fourth graders who are brother and sister and who are seeking revenge against someone who stole the money that was made from selling lemonade all summer.  In order to assign guilt to the person that they think stole the money, they hold their own trial using the people in their fourth grade classroom.

Orcs: Forged for War is an adult graphic novel.  I picked up this book because I am looking forward to reading it for the upcoming readathon that I am hosting.

 Next up are the adult novels that I bought today.  The first is saving max by Antoinette van Heugten.  The main character in this story is a female lawyer who has a son that has been diagnosed with a psychological disorder.  She does not believe that her son has this disorder until her son is found unconcious and bloody next to a bludgeoned body.  She then seeks to prove his innocence.

The Dress Lodger is a historical fiction novel set in England during the cholera epidemic of 1831.  The main character seeks to protect her baby boy.  There is a lot more that is said in the description on the back of the book, but you should check it out on Goodreads.  It seriously sounds amazing!

The History of Love is contemporary novel about an author and a girl who is named after a character in his book.  They are half a world away, but the namesake seeks to connect with the author.

Honestly, I bought The Sanctuary just because it was written by Ted Dekker.  I have loved all his books that I have read.  I do know this is one of his Christian fiction thriller novels, but I do not know much more about it. 

Read-a-thon Updates

Wow!  I cannot believe the progress that I have made already.  I finished two books and read 446 pages!

I started out the day by continuing the Death Note series.  I read the 7th volume which is 211 pages.  I really enjoyed this volume of the series.  Volume 6 was slower paced and was not as entertaining than the rest of the series, but I sure am glad that it picked up in the 7th volume.  I cannot tell you much about this volume because it would spoil the series, but trust me it was fantastic.

I then picked up The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies which had a total of 151 pages.  This book was fabulous and was just what I was expecting out of a middle-grade book.  I decided to go ahead and read this book during the read-a-thon because the Death Note series is dark and deep.  I wanted a nice lighthearted and quick read.  I am also trying to pace myself in finishing the last of the Death Note series.  A full review of this book will be on my blog very soon!

I also started, but have not finished, the eighth volume of Death Note.  It is good so far!  I read 84 pages of this volume today.

Review-a-thon Updates 

I was so excited about reading today that I have not written a single review.  Oh well, there is always tomorrow!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monsterthon (#PickYourThon) Readathon/Reviewathon Goals and General Updates

It is time for another read-a-thon and review-a-thon!  In this post, I will be discussing my TBR for this week and also my goals.

First, I want to show you my TBR pile.  This pile is mostly books that I have checked out from the library and want to finish before I go back to college in a few weeks.  Also, I am trying to have a realistic TBR pile.  I am hoping that I will finish these books and maybe read a few more too.  Without further ado, here it is:

  • Death Note, Volumes 7-12
  • Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey
  • Four Mile by Watt Key

Since I am also doing the Monster review-a-thon this week.  I would also like to write reviews for the following books and/or series.  This week I would like to write reviews for:
  • 12 Titanic Lessons for Christians
  • Death Note Graphic Novel Series Review
  • The Lost Boy (graphic novel)
  • Cross Game (Vol. 1-3)
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Graphic Novels Based on Ted Dekker books
  • Buzz Kill (if I finish the book)
  • Four Mile (if I finish the book)
I also have a few goals for myself this week.  Here they are:
  • Read only one book or graphic novel at a time (I have a problem with starting a bunch of books and never finishing them)
  • Review books immediately after finishing them
  • Finish all the reviews and books in my TBR