Monday, January 31, 2011

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 104
Series : Women of the Otherworld
Format : Urban Fantasy Short Story
Reason for Reading : To continue the series

A novella following renegade angel Eve. She was a witch who dabbled in dark magic in life and in death works on behalf of the Fates. It slots into the Women of the Otherworld series anywhere after Haunted (book five) where Eve first takes centre stage. She doesn't exactly go about her new job in a conventional way (this is pretty much why she is so useful to the Fates) and this time she is out to stop a djinn and a demonic rebellion. Problem is that when she does break the rules, she is always reprimanded and she is sick of it. She has it mind that this will be her last mission for the Fates and then she is done and quitting.

Nothing is as simple as it first seems though (isn't that always the way), and soon she is fighting for her life, trying to stop a rebellion and amidst all this there is also the potential that there is a traitor in the angelic ranks. I'm still loving this series. Eve is a great character with a lot of depth and I really hope she makes an appearance in later novels. It will be interesting to see if Savanah (her daughter) gets her own tale at some point as well.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

iChallenge 2011



Argh ok just one more challenge then...! I love urban fantasy so this is ideal for me. Full details are here. Basically the aim is to read 10 witchy, fae, vamp and were books. The books can be print, ebooks or audio. Rereads are fine, but reviews must be rewritten. This one should be a lot of fun. This really is my last one for 2011 though. Honest!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 390
Series : #1 Darkest Powers
Format : Teenage Fiction, Urban Fantasy
Reason for Reading : 11 11 Challenge

Chloe Saunders is a relatively normal girl in high school. What makes her stand out form her friends is that she hasn't started her period yet despite being 15 and her mother died when she was still young. One day in school everything changes. She finally gets her period, but then she starts to see ghosts. She is taken to the hospital after lashing out at the teachers at school when she is chased by a ghost who died in a fire. The school won't let her back in until she has had treatment at Lyle House, a place for troubled teens.

When she gets there she is soon diagnosed with schizophrenia and told it can be managed by medication. There are five other teenagers there and it soon begins to unfold that they are all special in their own way. Chloe is still seeing ghosts and they seem to want her to find out more about the mystery of the house. Is it mere coincidence that the other teenagers are gifted too or is something more sinister at work here.

I loved this book, the first in the Darkest Powers trilogy. I have read most of her adult series Women of the Otherworld and didn't suspect until about half way through that the two series are connected which was a nice surprise. It begins as a ghost story and then turns into a supernatural drama. I can't read to read book two as there are some major plot points revealed at the end and it finishes on a cliff hanger.

Series :

1. The Summoning
2. The Awakening
3. The Reckoning

Sunday, January 09, 2011


Firstly the Manga Challenge is back again in 2011, for full details please go to the blog here. Nymeth and her boyfriend have very kindly made a new button for 2011 if you want to display it on your site.


I have signed up to one more challenge, one with Kailana at The Written Word. We have given each other a list of 4 books to read and have to read 3 minimum. I have put them in my sidebar along with my other challenge lists. It's getting a bit long now...

I have also been giving my book list from Nymeth for our reading challenge which are in the sidebar and should have my list from Mariel in a couple of weeks time when we meet up to exchange Christmas gifts (hopefully over a hot chocolate and cupcake).


Rating : 4.5/5
Number of Pages : 313
Series : #2 Wicked Lovely
Format : Teenage Fiction, Urban Faery Tale
Reason for Reading : 11 11 Challenge

The second book in the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr introduces a new set of characters into this urban faery tale. Leslie's life is falling apart around her. Her mother has left her living with her father who seems to care about nothing and her brother who has become a drug dealer and user. His moods are all over the place and he isn't above using his sister to pay for his next fix by “donating” her to his friends. She used to be able to tell her best friend Aisling everything, but lately she is changed and their bond is strained. Part of the different are the two guys Aisling is always with, Seth and Keenan. It has been made very clear that Keenan's uncle Niall is off limits to her, but no one will tell her why.

Leslie yearns for a tattoo. Something symbolic to cling to that will help her believe she can turn her life around. She longs to move away to college and has been saving up and working hard on her grades so she can escape. She finally chooses a tattoo, one with dark feathery wings and piercing eyes in the middle. Little does she know though that it will bring more than just a symbollic change as it is linked to a very powerful dark fey.

I am so in love with this series right now and couldn't get enough of this book. It could stand alone from the first one but I would recommend trying to read them in order. I loved the characters and I love dark tales with the fae in them. You are really drawn into the world of the dark fey who are misunderstood and neither as cruel or as kind as some believe. I really hope to see more of these characters, especially Niall in future books. Definitely one for anyone who likes Holly Black and her dark faery tales.

Series :

1. Wicked Lovely
2. Ink Exchange
3. Fragile Eternity
4. Radient Shadows
5. Darkest Mercy

Saturday, January 01, 2011

2011 Challenges

I decided this year to do a single challenge post for the reading challenges I want to participate in next year.

Manga Challenge 2011 - Read 6 mangas minimum throughout 2011
Challenge with Nymeth - Read 3 books chosen by Nymeth
Challenge with Mariel - Read 3 books chosen by Mariel
Fairy Tale Challenge - Happily Ever After (Level 4). Read/watch any combination of original tales, modern tales, or films, resulting in 12 total selections
11 in 11 Challenge - Read stepped books in 11 categories (1 in the first category, 2 in the second etc).
Read 120 books in 2011
Series 5 Challenge - Read a minimum of 3 books to get up to date with a series
Graphic Novel Challenge - Expert Level, read a minimum of 10 graphic novels in 2011
RIP VI - Hopefully announced in September
OUAT - Hopefully announced around April time

I hope to stick to this list unless something really fun comes along... I am a challenge addict afterall! I will be keeping an updated list in my right sidebar again as it's good to cross books off as I read them.

I managed to finish all of my reading challenges but didn't get around to wrapping most of them up doh.


Manga Challenge 2010



Challenge runs throughout 2010 and is to read 6 mangas and watch 3 episodes or anime films.

1. Death Note v5 - Tsugumi Ohba
2. Death Note v6 - Tsugumi Ohba
3. Death Note v7 - Tsugumi Ohba
4. The Tarot Cafe v5 - Sang-Sun Park
5. The Tarot Cafe v6 - Sang-Sun Park
6. The Tarot Cafe v7 - Sang-Sun Park

Alternatives :

7. The Tarot Cafe v4 - Sang-Sun Park
8. Death note v8 - Tsugumi Ohba

Anime Watched

1. Blood: The Last Vampire
2. Ponyo
3. My Neighbour Totoro
4. Howls Moving Castle
5. The Cat Returns
6. Soul Eater Episodes 1 - 9
7. Ah My Goddess Flights of Fancy

RIP V Challenge


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Read 4 horror/urban fantasy/mystery type books between 1/9/10 - 31/10/10. Review site here

1. The White Cat - Holly Black
2. Shakespeare's Counsellor - Charlaine Harris
3. Undead and Unfinished - MaryJanice Davidson
4. Brody's Ghost v1 - Mark Crilly

Once Upon a Time IV Challenge




Runs from 21/3/10 - 20/6/10. Quest the Second is to read 5 books covering fantasy, fairy tale, folklore and mythology. Review site here

1. Twilight Graphic Novel v1 - Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim
2. Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
3. I am Mordred - Nancy Springer
4. The Tarot Cafe v4 - Sang-Su Park
5. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief - Rick Riordan

Short Story Reading Challenge 2010



Runs throughout 2010. Read 5 - 10 short story collections.

1. Elementals - AS Byatt
2. The First Person and Other Stories - Ali Smith
3. Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
4. Dancing Girls - Margaret Atwood
5. The Eternal Kiss - Various

Series Challenge 4



Runs from 1/12/09 - 30/11/10. Finish the following series:

1. Making Money - Terry Pratchett (Discworld)
2. Unseen Academicals (Discworld)
3. Lucinda, Dangerously - Sunny (Lucinda)
4. Archenemy - Frank Beddor (Looking Glass Wars)
5. Shalador's Lady - Anne Bishop (Black Jewels)


Extended until the end of 2010.

1. Gifts by Ursula le Guin
2. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
3. The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar
4. Elementals by A.S. Byatt
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Challenge with Mariel

Extended until the end of 2010.

1. The Gift - Alison Croggon
2. Lamb - Christopher Moore
3. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
4. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
5. Cry of the Icemark - Stuart Hill

Graphic Novel Challenge 2010




Runs throughout 2010. Expert level, read 10+ graphic novels.

1. Fables v10 : The Good Prince - Bill Willingham
2. Fables v11: War and Pieces - Bill Willingham
3. Buffy 8 v2 : No Future for You - Joss Whedon
4. Buffy 8 v3 - Joss Whedon
5. Buffy 8 v4 - Joss Whedon
6. Buffy 8 v5 - Joss Whedon
7. Buffy 8 v6 - Joss Whedon
8. Y the Last Man v2 - Brian K Vaughn
9. Y the Last Man v3 - Brian K Vaughn
10. Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits - Garth Enis
11. The Saga of Swamp Thing v1 - Alan Moore
12. Joker - Brian Azzarello

Arthurian Challenge II




Read 3 - 6 Arthurian based books between 01/4/09 - 31/3/10.

1. I am Morgan Le Fey - Nancy Springer
2. Isolde : Queen of the Western Isle - Rosalind Miles
3. Maiden of the White Hands - Rosalind Miles
4. The Lady of the Sea - Rosalind Miles

Sookie Stackhouse Reading Challenge




Read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books between 1/7/09 - 30/6/10.

1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. All Together Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone

LJ Smith Reading Challenge

Read The Vampire Diaries series between 1/9/09 - 31/8/10

1. The Awakening
2. The Struggle
3. The Fury
4. Dark Reunion



Runs throughout 2010. Read books in the following categories:

My Friend Says

1. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things - Ted Naifeh

Mind, Body, Spirit

1. Moon Lore - Gwydion O'Hara
2. Sunlore - Gwydion O'Hada

Tickle My Fancy

1. <The Scent of Her Breath - Melissa P
2. Divine Cruelty - Lee Ash
3. Enslaving Anna - Giselle Lorimer

We've Been Waiting So Long

1. Lady: My Life as a Bitch - Melvin Burgess
2. Silent Bob Speaks - Kevin Smith
3. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett
4. Deriks' Bane - MaryJanice Davidson

The Tube

1. Pied Piper - Debbie Viguie (Charmed)
2. Mystic Knoll - Dianna G Gallagher (Charmed)
3. Changeling Places - Micol Ostow (Charmed)
4. The Queen's Curse - Emma Harrison (Charmed)
5. Picture Perfect - Cameron Dokey (Charmed)

When I Wish Upon A Star

1. Ash - Malinda Lo
2. Peter Pan in Kensginton Gardens - JM Barrie
3. Beast - Donna Jo Napoli
4. Touch Magic - Jane Yolen
5. Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
6. Kind - Holly Black & Ted Naifeh


Eh, Aboot

1. The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood
2. The Riddle of the Wren - Charles de Lint
3. The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
4. Dancing Girls - Margaret Atwood
5. The Harp of the Grey Rose - Charles de Lint
6. Living with the Dead - Kelley Armstrong
7. Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong

1, 2, 3, 4, Can I Have A Little More

1. Death Masks - Jim Butcher
2. Dead Over Heels - Charlaine Harris
3. Shakespeare Wrote for Money - Nick Hornby
4. Hunting Ground - Patricia Briggs
5. Heart of the Mummy - Tommy Donbavand
6. The Prophecy - Lynne Ewing
7. The Becoming - Lynne Ewing
8. The Final Eclipse - Lynne Ewing

Too Young To Know Better

1. Exchange - Paul Magrs
2. Never Slow Dance with a Zombie - E. Van Lowe
3. Green Angel - Alice Hoffman
4. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
5. The Third Eye - Mahtab Narsimhan
6. White Crow - Marcus Sedgwick
7. The Tarot Reader's Daughter - Helen Dunwoodie
8. Ruined - Paula Morris
9. Cosmic - Frank Cottrell Boyce

Just Because

1. Psyche in a Dress - Francesca Lia Block
2. How to Make a Journal of Your Life - D. Price
3. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Phillip Pullman
4. Juliet Naked - Nick Hornby
5. Austenland - Shannon Hale
6. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
7. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Berry
8. The Other Hand - Chris Cleave
9. Selkie Island - Jorris Spencer
10. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard


Vampire Series Challenge




Read 6 books in series that have vampires as the main/key characters. Runs throughout 2010.

1. Undead and Unpopular - MaryJanice Davidson
2. Undead and Uneasy - MaryJanice Davidson
3. Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
4. The Second Short Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
5. Undead and Unworthy - MaryJanice Davidson
6. Undead and Unwelcome - MaryJanice Davidson

Cozy Mystery Challenge 2010




Aim to read 6 Cozy Mysteries between 1/4/10 - 30/9/10

1. A Fool and His Honey - Charlaine Harris
2. Last Scene Alive - Charlaine Harris
3. Poppy Done to Death - Charlaine Harris
4. Shakespeare's Champion - Charlaine Harris
5. Shakespeare's Christmas - Charlaine Harris
6. Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris

This year was about 50 books less than 2011. Overall I read 128 books 32,036 pages. Of the books I read the following are my favourites :


Overall Favourite - Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop. Was it the best written book? No, but it was the book I most looked forward to and had the most fun reading. I had the ebook preordered and it came out while I was in Australia and I downloaded it and read it straight away while travelling.

Favourite Graphic Novel - Joker by Brian Azzarello
Favourite Manga - Tarot Cafe v5 by Sang-Sun Park (an excellent series)
Favourite Fantasy - The White Cat by Holly Black, I can't wait to read book two of this new series
Favourite Fiction - Austenland by Shannon Hale (a good, fun, light read) and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
Favourite Urban Fantasy - Living with the Dead by Kelley Armstrong although it was a really tough call as I loved all the Charlaine Harris and Patricia Briggs books I read too
Favourite Teenage Fiction - White Crow by Marcus Sedgwick was amazing
Favourite Mystery - Shakespeare's Counsellor by Charlaine Harris (I highly recommend the whole Lily Bard series)
Favourite Fairy Tale - Green Angel by Alice Hoffman or Ash by Malinda Lo

Books read :

1. Shakespeare Wrote for Money - Nick Hornby
2. Isolde: Queen of the Western Isle - Rosaline Miles
3. Death Masks - Jim Butcher
4. Dead Over Heels - Charlaine Harris
5. The Awakening - LJ Smith
6. Pied Piper - Debbie Viguie (Charmed)
7. Maiden of the White Hands - Rosalind Miles
8. The Struggle - LJ Smith
9. The Lady of the Sea - Rosalind Miles
10. Dead Until Dark - Charlaine Harris
11. Exchange - Paul Magrs
12. Living Dead in Dallas - Charlaine Harris
13. Fables v10 : The Good Prince - Bill Willingham
14. Fables v11: War and Pieces - Bill Willingham
15. Hunting Ground - Patricia Briggs
16. Shalador's Lady - Anne Bishop
17. Archenemy - Frank Beddor
18. Club Dead - Charlaine Harris
19. Heart of the Mummy - Tommy Donbavand
20. A Friend in Need - MaryJanice Davidson (Short Story)
21. Undead and Unpopular - MaryJanice Davidson
22. Undead and Uneasy - MaryJanice Davidson
23. The Fury - LJ Smith
24. Dark Reunion - L J Smith
25. Psyche in a Dress - Francesca Lia Block
26. Undead and Unwed : A Honeymoon Story - MaryJanice Davidson (Short Story)
27. Twilight Graphic Novel v1 - Stephenie Meyer & Young Kim
28. Never Slow Dance with a Zombie - E. Van Lowe
29. Death Note v5 - Tsugumi Ohba
30. Green Angel - Alice Hoffman
31. Dead to the World - Charlaine Harris
32. Buffy 8 v2 : No Future for You - Joss Whedon
33. Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
34. Dead as a Doornail - Charlaine Harris
35. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
36. Buffy 8 v3 - Joss Whedon
37. Buffy 8 v4 - Joss Whedon
38. Buffy 8 v5 - Joss Whedon
39. Buffy 8 v6 - Joss Whedon
40. Death Note v6 - Tsugumi Ohba
41. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
42. Definitely Dead - Charlaine Harris
43. The Edible Woman - Margaret Atwood
44. A Fool and His Honey - Charlaine Harris
45. How to Make a Journal of Your Life - D. Price
46. The Prophecy - Lynne Ewing
47. All Together Dead - Charlaine Harris
48. I Am Mordred - Nancy Springer
49. From Dead to Worse - Charlaine Harris
50. Dead and Gone - Charlaine Harris
51. The Becoming - Lynne Ewing
52. The Final Eclipse - Lynne Ewing
53. Last Scene Alive - Charlaine Harris
54. Death Note v7 - Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
55. Looking for Alaska - John Green
56. Elementals - AS Byatt
57. The Tarot Cafe v4 - Sang-Sun Park
58. Ash - Malinda Lo
59. Poppy Done to Death - Charlaine Harris
60. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief - Rick Riordan
61. The Riddle of the Wren - Charles de Lint
62. Dead in the Family - Charlaine Harris
63. Moon Lore - Gwydion O'Hara
64. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
65. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ - Phillip Pullman
66. The Tarot Cafe v5 - Sang-Sun Park
67. Y the Last Man v2 - Brian K Vaughn
68. The Scent of Your Breath - Melissa P
69. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens - J M Barrie
70. Juliet Naked - Nick Hornby
71. The Cry of the Icemark - Stuart Hill
72. Shakespeare's Champion - Charlaine Harris
73. The Tarot Cafe v6 - Sang-Sun Park
74. Austenland - Shannon Hale
75. Making Money - Terry Pratchett
76. Y the Last Man v3 - Brian K Vaughn
77. Beast - Donna Jo Napoli
78. Lady: My Life as a Bitch - Mervin Burgess
79. The Third Eye - Mahtab Narsimhan
80. Mystic Knoll - Diana G Gallagher (Charmed)
81. The First Person and Other Stories - Ali Smith
82. Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits - Garth Enis
83. The Saga of Swamp Thing v1 - Alan Moore
84. Fragile Things - Neil Gaiman
85. The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
86. Joker - Brian Azzarello
87. The Gift - Alison Croggon
88. The Tarot Cafe v7 - Sang-Sun Park
89. Shakespeare's Christmas - Charlaine Harris
90. White Crow - Marcus Sedgwick
91. Silent Bob Speaks - Kevin Smith
92. Divine Cruelty - Lee Ash
93. Changeling Places - Micol Ostow (Charmed)
94. Death Note v8 - Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
95. The Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
96. Undead and Unworthy - MaryJanice Davidson
97. The Tarot Reader-s Daughter - Helen Dunwoodie
98. Touch Magic - Jane Yolen
99. Unseen Academicals - Terry Pratchett
100. Undead and Unwelcome - MaryJanice Davidson
101. Shakespeare's Trollop - Charlaine Harris
102. Lucinda, Dangerously - Sunny
103. Dancing Girls - Margaret Atwood
104. The White Cat - Holly Black
105. Shakespeare's Counsellor - Charlaine Harris
106. Undead and unfinished - Maryjanice Davidson
107. Ruined - Paula Morris
108. Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr
109. Brody's Ghost v1 - Mark Crilly
110. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents - Terry Pratechett
111. The Harp of the Grey Rose - Charles de LInt
112. The Queen's Curse - Emma Harrison (Charmed)
113. Living with the Dead - Kelley Armstrong
114. Buffy 8 v7 - Joss Whedon
115. Comic - Frank Cottrell Boyce
116. Lamb - Christopher Moore
117. Picture Perfect - Cameron Dokey (Charmed)
118. The Other Hand - Chris Cleave
119. Frostbitten - Kelley Armstrong
120. The Eternal Kiss - Various
121. Derek's Bane - MaryJanice Davidson
122. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things - Ted Naifeh
123. Kind - Holly Black
124. Selkie Island - Jorrie Spencer
125. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
126. Sunlore - Gwydion O'Hara
127. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
128. Enslaving Anna - Giselle Lorimer

So 2010 is over and I somehow just managed to finish all my challenges woo! I finished the final one on 29th December and am looking forward to starting some more challenges in 2011. I will stick to around the same number as this year as I only just finished everything I think.


Kind - Holly Black

Read for 10 10 10 Challenge. The final in the graphic novel fae trilogy illustrated by the wonderful Ted Naifeh. The story wraps up nicely with the main character finding resolution that is best for everyone except perhaps herself. ****

Selkie Island - Jorrie Spencer

Read for 10 10 10 Challenge. A saucy tale of a selkie and her human lover who returns after some time away to be confronter with the truth of the woman he loves. ****

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Dead - Tom Stoppard

Read for 10 10 10 Challenge. A play set within Hamlet following Rosencrantz and Guildenstern who are mere bit parts in the famous tale. It's full of nonsense and intrigue, I would really like to see this on the stage and have it come alive properly. ***1/2

Sunlore - Gwydion O'Hara

Read for 10 10 10 Challenge. Companion novel to Moonlore filled with myths and folktales about the sun and the gods and goddesses associated with it. ***

The Secret History - Donna Tartt

Read for Challenge with Mariel. The story begins letting you know the protagonist has been involved in a murder. It then backtracks and fills in the story with who, why and where. I enjoyed it but felt it was too long and didn't make the most of the suspense built at the end. Average overall. **1/2

Enslaving Anna - Giselle Lorimer

Read for 10 10 10 Challenge. Sexy tale about a young woman who starts a new job and is secretly taken by her boss to become a willing sex slave. Very explicit and many similarities with The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice. This hit the mark more than Divine Cruetly by the same publishers. ****