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  1. I've been flipping around looking for a new book and/or series to try out and after browsing some Best Of lists I've started the first book in the Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter called The Darkest Night. I'm a few chapters in and it had potential, I guess. Each book features one of these tormented immortals, with the whole gang factoring into the overall story. We'll see. The other book is like this weird mix of Outlander and 50 Shades of Grey. It's called The Highlander's Witch by a first time author named Jennifer France. Also not terrible a few chapters in but who knows.
  2. Started War Storm which is the final book in the Red Queen series but after 4 or 5 chapters I bailed. I searched out some spoiler reviews to find out how all the characters wound up and yeah, I'm good. Waiting on a second hold for A Reaper at the Gates because I couldn't get to it the first time. I blew through the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. I was listening to Hex Hall during my drive this week and it ended just before I got home Friday night. I had the place to myself this weekend so I borrowed the second book Demonglass and read it in one sitting overnight and finished things up with Spellbound yesterday. I liked a lot of it though it seemed to borrow heavily from Harry Potter and Buffy. They were fine quick reads but I enjoyed her Rebel Belle series more.
  3. Just finished up the last book in the trilogy. I was skeptical of the book covers - ball gowns and the book titles weren't grabbing me. But, they were a popular series so I gave in and I'm glad I did. The first book was the weakest, but not terrible. It simply sets the stage and the stakes. I love Kestrel and Arin and their heart and souls and fallibility. And in the second and third books Roshar...I adore Roshar. Even with the thread of romance throughout the series, the story is rough and brutal for our main POVs. Marie Rutkoski's writing is lyrical and beautiful, even during the dark and terrible parts. I recommend.
  4. We went to a new vegan restaurant in our neighborhood last night and it was incredibly satisfying.
  5. I finished up the Rebel Belle series the other day (Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem, Lady Renegades). The second and third books were not as great as the first but still enjoyable. I recommend the audiobooks. I'm now into book 2 of The Winner's Curse series (The Winner's Crime). Also audiobook.
  6. I finished book 5 earlier today and I have to admit I liked it. Each book became more enjoyable so I'm glad I stuck with it. And I am a confirmed member of The Jericho Z. Barrons Appreciation Society. I might pick up the other books at some point but for now I'm going to move through some of my TBR.
  7. I got caught up the Fever UF series so I never finished The Hazelwood before my loan ended. I will continue it when my hold comes up again. Currently I'm listening to Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. I've been following her on Twitter for a while because she's awesome and her #SexyHistory lessons are great. Rebel Belle has been on my TBR for a bit also and I only put 2 and 2 together after I looked into her upcoming book Royals. All this to say that I LOVE this book. Part of it is the narrator and how she captures Southern Belle Alabama inflections but most of it is the writing. It's so charming! Paladins and mages and oracles and a private high school in a small Alabama town. Definite recommend. I also have the first available loan for Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, which has been one of the most anticipated YA releases for this year. That's my weekend solved.
  8. I'm now into the third book for reasons I can't explain. I'm not loving this series or the characters aside from maybe Jericho Barrons. But the mystery of who he is along with the overall evil baddie plot seems to be enough to keep me into it.
  9. @lady narcissa The two main characters *really* annoyed me and the currently side-character V'lane and his super powers had me rolling my eyes so much. BUT the final introduction of the bad guy towards the end coupled with some Googling about Jericho has me interested enough to carry on to book two. I don't know how much more pink nail polish I can take though. I can totally see Maas loving this and liberally borrowing from it. Rowan especially.
  10. I'm trying to get out of a YA fantasy reading rut this year. I branched out to Tessa Dare/Courtney Milan which were fun reads in historical romance. Now I'm taking a stab at this UF/PR stuff. I'm about 2/3 through Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. It's a multi-book series and I'm on the fence about continuing pastb this first book. I think I would have enjoyed it more when it first came out 12 years ago. Anyways, it's good to try new things.
  11. I read The Cruel Prince last night, and I loved it. I quite literally start to finished it over the span of 12 hours because I wanted to know how it ended. Also it's a popular new release from the library and I ended up sitting on this for a bit and wanted to get it to the next person. Anyways, faeries are awful. Looking forward to the next installment. Also patiently waiting on The Hazel Wood to become available.
  12. And don't forget the desserts! Pear and apple crumble Chocolate tart Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout ice cream
  13. I finished Warcross. It was an OK intro to however long this series will be. Much preferred the Young Elites but this story has potential. One Dark Throne was better than Three Dark Crowns. It still feels like superficial storytelling but I'm curious enough to see how it all ends. I hope to read a few more books between now and the new year. Started on Flame in the Mist.
  14. No official word on David Cassidy yet. Mel Tillis did die today. RIP.
  15. I didn't realize that was Slim Charles the first time I saw him at the diner. http://ew.com/tv/the-deuce-hbo-cast This show so far is well-written and well-acted. Maggie G is superb. Twice the James Franco is off-putting but I'm good with Vincent. Frankie, on the other hand.. But as a woman, fiction or no, this show is rough to watch in spots.
  16. The Language Of Thorns has four? of the Grisha novellas and a few new stories and the book is seriously gorgeous. As is the Target version which I may also pick up. Aaaaand today Leigh Bardugo announced King of Scars, about Nikolai Lantsov! http://ew.com/books/2017/09/26/leigh-bardugo-king-of-scars-nikolai-lantsov/
  17. I made it three chapters in and I've put it aside. I'll get back to it before the last book comes out. What I'm currently reading : Warcross by Marie Lu What I'm waiting on: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake - followup to Three Dark Crowns; All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater; The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, which is a rare physical book purchase because it looks so pretty! What is piling up on my TBR from earlier posts: Hunted, Now I Rise, Flame in the Mist, This Savage Song/Our Dark Duet Is anyone reading/read Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo?
  18. I finished Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom this long weekend. Enjoyed them immensely. I would look forward to a movie version. And now I've cleared the deck for Tower of Dawn coming out tonight. Happy Chaol Day, @lady narcissa!
  19. Not all of us watching have read the book, you know?
  20. Well, I managed to score a free e-book from BookShout for I can't recall why, so I downloaded Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima. I had started the book a little after it first came out but it didn't grab me and I moved on to other things. However, it seems well-regarded and her Seven Realms books are popular and this is spin-off of sorts that takes place after that series so...we'll see. Last Tuesday A Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh was released and I'm looking forward to cracking it open. What's everybody reading YA-wise?
  21. Do I need to spoiler this? Anyways, re Djinn and Salim and the next morning:
  22. Suffice it to say the third book was...disappointing. And we will hope good things for the Chaol book but I think she's got too much on the go now and the ToG will end just as voluminous, repetitive and rushed. And lacking satisfaction. Or it'll be great and the land will be a mix of various combinations of faw/witch/shapeshifter/human offspring the end. Anyways. I'm am buying what this Barnes and Noble Teen blog is selling. And I have in fact bought some of these author's books - Renee Ahdieh, VE Schwab, Laini Taylor and of course Leigh Bardugo. https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/8-speculative-fiction-authors-whose-books-are-a-lesson-in-worldbuilding/
  23. Ian Fucking McShane. Love him. Not having read the book, and still not really knowing what's going on besides very high-level plot, I thought this episode was great. I marveled at the casting choices and enjoyed them all. Cloris Leachman at 91 even. So great.
  24. I saw! I'm way ready. I'll read it next week then go back and read the full trilogy together.
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