Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rating : 3.0/5
Number of Pages : 294
Series : #4 Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon
Format : Urban Fantasy Novel
Reason for Reading : To continue with the series, 12 in 12 Challenge


I went straight into the fourth book after reading Darkling and this time the story is narrated by Camille. She's a witch dedicated to The Moon, but as she's half human her spells have a tendency to backfire. Her story is a little complicated as she is a little free with the men. Her main partner is Trillian who is absent on a dangerous mission for the majority of the book. Along with Trillian she has a triad with Morio, a fox demon. Her third lover is Smokey who shifts into a dragon with whom she has a pact. In this instalment he finally claims his first night with her and she gets to "ride a dragon"!

The main plot centres around Camille receiving a visit from a unicorn and the legendary black unicorn horn to help in the fight against Shadowing (the main over arcing villain) and a powerful Earthside demon named Karvanak who is after a newly surfaced spirit seal. Also in the background you have Morgaine trying to resurrect the Faerie Courts and become Queen herself. If it sounds complicated, it is. This was one thing I disliked about the novel, there was too much plot and not really enough time to sort through it all.

Camille is my least favourite of the three sisters. I don't really get where she is coming from which I think is part of the problem. She is half strong and powerful, owning her sexuality. On the other hand she seems quite happy to let her men control her and tie her down. Every now and then she will throw a hissy fit and one will be there there little Witch, don't get your knickers in a twist. On the plus side the book had a unicorn in it (he could have been in it more though, again too much plot and not enough time to spend with the characters besides Camille) so I'm sold!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 290
Series : #3 Otherworld/Sisters of the Moon
Format : Urban Fantasy Novel
Reason for Reading : To continue with the series, 12 in 12 Challenge


The third novel about three sisters who are half-fae and half-human. Camille is a witch with malfunctioning magic, Delilah shifts into a tabby kitty (and now sometimes a black panther) and Menolly was turned into a vampire. The series is written (so far at least) with a different sister narrating the story. This time it's Menolly so there is a vampire focus throughout and her vicious sire Dredge looks to be back ready to inflict more torture, pain and death to those she loves.

See this isn't your Twilight kind of tale. When Menolly was turned she was caught spying on Dredge and his cronies for the powers that be in Otherworld. Instead of just killing her, he subjected her to life scarring mutilation all over her body excluding just her face, hands and feet. He then raped her repeatedly and as she was on the brink of death he made her drink his blood. Returning to her unlife full of violence and blood lust, Dredge then sent her home to feast on her family. Luckily she had enough wits about her to hide and begin the slow process of regaining her shattered mind.

Of the three sisters, so far I have warmed to Menolly the most. She's quite cold and shuns physical relationships (partly due to her new vampire nature and partly because of her horrific past), but I still wanted to get to know her. She didn't get much air time in the previous two books either. As part of her challenge in destroying Dredge she has to relive her turning so she can understand and heal what was done long ago which was pretty harrowing.

One thing I wasn't sure about is that she has two sexual experiences in the short space of this novel after giving up sex for many years. It seemed a bit much but then I suppose she is supposed to be healing from all old injuries caused that night, but still it didn't sit quite right. The first one made complete sense in the context of the story, but not really the second one which seemed more just to titillate readers and it didn't feel right for the character to me. Overall though an enjoyable read and I can't wait to get back to Menolly's story again in the series.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Personal Note

Morning blogging world. I thought I would share a personal note with you all today. After a lot of deliberation I signed up for a distance learning degree course and my course materials all arrived today. I'm really excited and keen to get stuck in. It will mean less reading as it will take up 8-10 hours each week for the foreseeable future, but I aim to still complete the challenges I am signed up for. You may notice a change in the type of books I read and review outside of challenges but I hope that's ok.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 376
Series : #1 Halting State
Format : Science Fiction Crime Novel
Reason for Reading : Recommendation from my husband


In a nutshell it's a science fiction crime drama about a robbery in a virtual MMO world. Unexpectedly a bunch of Orcs storm the main bank in the game and make off with €26 million worth of items which is supposed to be impossible. Sorting out the mess is Scottish Police Sergeant Sue Smith, Forensic Accountant Elaine and Programmer and Gaming Expert Jack. It's their job to find out what happened, track down the items and generally save the day.

It's set about 10 years in the future from now. Technology is similar to what we have now but just taken to the next level. People use their phones to order taxis, get around and many other useful tasks. They also wear glasses that enhance their vision and connect them to the technology grid. You can totally see a lot of the ideas coming true in a few more years. Anyway, back to the plot. It seems there is much to the robbery than the item theft. Could it be a cover up of a much larger conspiracy? How far does said conspiracy reach?

It took me a little while to get into the novel as it's told completely in second person e.g. you enter the room and in front of you is a white desk with a computer monitor on it type stuff etc. It reads like either a choose-your-own-adventure or an episode of Knightmare (anyone else remember this awesome tv show?). Once I did though I actually enjoyed it much more than I was expecting. The characters (especially Elaine and Jack) were really well developed and I cared about what happened to them. The plot was quite complex but to be fair it wasn't solving the crime that kept me hooked. It was more getting caught up in the world and the techno speak. A lot of it went over my head, but some of the references to geek culture were awesome! It made me feel more intelligent just reading it.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

It was a good year for reading challenges. I completed all of them yay! The only one I formally wrapped up was the RIP V Challenge here

Manga Challenge 2011




Challenge runs throughout 2011 and is to read 6 mangas.

1. Bizenghast v7 M Alice LeGrow
2. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales v1 - Melissa Marr
3. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales v2 - Melissa Marr
4. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales v3 - Melissa Marr
5. Legends of the Dark Crystal - Barbara Randall Kesel
6. Death Note v9 - Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Fairy Tale Challenge




Runs throughout 2011. Read/watch any combination of original tales, modern tales, or films, resulting in 12 total selections.

1. The Happy Prince and Other Stories - Oscar Wilde
2. Foiled - Jane Yolen
3. Alice - SyFy Mini Series
4. Tangled - Disney Film (Rapunzel)
5. Fern Gully - Film
6. The Last Unicorn - Peter S Beagle
7. The Last Unicorn - Film
8. Fairest of All - Serena Valentino
9. My Neighbour Totoro - Film
10. Red Riding Hood - Film
11. Beastly - Film
12. Arriety - Film



Runs from 1/1/10 - 31/12/11. Finish the following series:

1. Shadow Dragon - James A Owen
2. The Dragon's Apprentice - James A Owen
3. Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
4. River Marked - Patricia Briggs
5. Twilight's Dawn - Anne Bishop



Read 3 books in 2011 suggested by Nymeth.

1. Passion - Jude Morgan
2. Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton
3. To say nothing of the dog - Connie Willis

Challenge with Mariel

Read 3 books in 2011 suggested by Mariel.

1. The Book of Flying - Keith Miller
2. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Forde
3. The Vinter's Luck - Elizabeth Knox



Read 3 out of 4 books suggested by Kailana in 2011.

1. Black Hole - Charles Burns
2. Fingersmith - Sarah Waters (alternatie I'm aiming to read in 2012)
3. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
4. The Forest and Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan

Graphic Novel Challenge 2011




Runs throughout 2011. Expert level, read 10+ graphic novels.

1. Doctor Horrible and Other Horrible Stories - Zach Whedon
2. The Guild v1 - Felicia Day & Jim Rugg
3. House of Mystery - Bill Wilingham
4. Nemi IV - Lisa Myhre
5. Hatter v3 - Frenk Beddor
6. The Book of Biff - Chris Hallbeck
7. Fables v13 : The Great Fables Crossover - Bill Wilingham
8. Fables v14 : Witches - Bill Wilingham
9. Fables v15 : Rose Red - Bill WIllingham
10. Buffy 8 v8 : Last Gleaming - Joss Whedon

iChallenge 2011




Challenge runs throughout 2011. Read 10 witchy, were, vamp and fae books.

1. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
2. A Touch of Dead - Charlaine Harris
3. Frost Bite - Richelle Mean
4. Marked - PC & Kristen Cast
5. Betrayed - PC & Kristen Cast
6. Shadow Kiss - PC & Kristen Cast
7. Chosen - PC & Kristen Cast
8. Untamed - PC & Kristen Cast
9. Hunted - PC & Kristen Cast
10. Tempted - PC & Kristen Cast



Runs throughout 2011. Read books in the following categories:

Non Fiction

1. Shakespeare - Bill Bryson

Mind Body Spirit

1. The Spirit of Hare - Karen Cater
2. The Ogham Sketchbook - Karen Cater

My Friend Says

1. Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics - Ted Naifeh
2. Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom - Ted Naifeh
3. Courtney Crumrin's Monstrous Holiday - Ted Naifeh

Eh Aboot

1. The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong
2. Angelic - Kelley Armstrong
3. The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong
4. The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong

We've Been Waiting so Long

1. Xxxholic v1 - Clamp
2. Xxxholic v2 - Clamp
3. Xxxholic v3 - Clamp
4. Xxxholic v4 - Clamp
5. Xxxholic v5 - Clamp

The Tube

1. Demon Dopplegangers - Greg Elliot (Charmed)
2. Hurricane Hex - Diana G Gallagher (Charmed)
3. As Puck Would Have It - Paul Ruditis (Charmed)
4. Sweet Talkin' Demon - Laura J Burnes (Charmed)
5. House of Shards - Micol Ostow (Charmed)
6. Phoebe Who? - Emma Harrison (Charmed)

When I Wish Upon a Star

1. Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr
2. Fragile Eternity - Melissa Marr
3. Radient Shadows - Melissa Marr
4. Darkest Mercy - Melissa Marr
5. Godmother - Carolyn Turgeon
6. Shoulder-a-coffin v1 - Satako Kiyuduki
7. Shoulder-a-coffin v2 - Satako Kiyuduki

Fantastical Realms

1. Poison Study - Maria V Snyder
2. Magic Study - Maria V Snyder
3. Fire Study - Maria V Snyder
4. The Dark Mirror - Juliet Marillier
5. The Safe Keepers Secret - Sharon Shinn
6. Storm Glass - Maria V Snyder
7. The Truth-Tellers Tale - Shannon Shinn
8. The Dream-Makers Magic - Shannon Shinn

Just Beause

1. Blackbird House - Alice Hoffman
2. Four Years, Five Seasons - Peter S Beagle
3. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
4. The Beach - Alex Garland
5. One Day - David Nicholls
6. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
7. Yellow Blue Tibia - Alex Roberts
8. When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
9. The Luck Factor - Richard Wiseman

Too Young to Know Better

1. Green Witch - Alice Hoffman
2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
3. Incantation - Alice Hoffman
4. Ember Fury - Cathy Brett
5. Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan
6. Scarlett Dedd - Cathy Brett
7. Burned - PC & Kristen Cast
8. Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead
9. The Dead-Tossed Waves - Carrie Ryan
10. The Dark and Hollow Places - Carrie Ryan

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

1. So Mote it Be - Isobel Bird
2. Merry Meet - Isobel Bird
3. Second Sight - Isobel Bird
4. What the cards said - Isobel Bird
5. In the Dreaming - Isobel Bird
6. Ring of Light - Isobel Bird
7. Blue Moon - Isobel Bird
8. The FIve Paths - Isobel Bird
9. Through the Veil - Isobel Bird
10. Making the Saint - Isobel Bird
11. The House of Winter - Isobel Bird

Monday, January 02, 2012

As you can see it was a great reading year, but not many have links to reviews. I have so many favourite books from 2011 and one that I really didn't like at all.

Favourite Overall Book in 2011 :
Favourite Series : A toss up between Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Favourite Graphic Novel : Fables v14 Witches - Bill Willingham
Favourite YA Book : Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan
Worst Book in 2011 : The Luck Factor - Richard Wiseman

1. Ink Exchange - Melissa Marr
2. The Summoning - Kelley Armstrong
3. Angelic - Kelley Armstrong
4. Blackbird House - Alice Hoffman
5. Green Witch - Alice Hoffman
6. Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics - Ted Naifeh
7. Doctor Horrible and Other Horrible Stories - Zach Whedon
8. Bizenghast v7 - M Alice LeGrow
9. So Mote it Be - Isobel Bird
10. Poison Study - Maria V Snyder
11. Four Years Five Seasons - Peter S Beagle
12. The Happy Prince and Other Stories - Oscar Wilde
13. Fragile Eternity - Melissa Marr
14. The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong
15. Demon Dopplegangers - Charmed
16. The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong
17. Foiled - Jane Yolen
18. The Book of Flying - Keith Miller
19. Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
20. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
21. Merry Meet - Isobel Bird
22. Shakespeare - Bill Bryson
23. Hurricane Hex - Charmed
24. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan
25. Radient Shadows - Melissa Marr
26. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales v1 - Melissa Marr
27. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales v2 - Melissa Marr
28. The Guild v1 - Felicia Day & Jim Rugg
29. The Dark Mirror - Juliet Marillier
30. Wicked Lovely Desert Tales v3 - Melissa Marr
31. Graceling - Kristen Cashore
32. The Beach - Alex Garland
33. Incantation - Alice Hoffman
34. The Last Unicorn - Peter S Beagle
35. Magic Study - Maria V Snyder
36. Fire Study - Maria V Snyder
37. A Touch of Dead - Charlaine Harris
38. Second Sight - Isobel Bird
39. Twilight's Dawn - Anne Bishop
40. House of Mystery v1 - Bill Willingham
41. Ember Fury - Cathy Brett
42. Nemi IV - Lise Myhre
43. Xxxholic v1 - Clamp
44. Xxxholic v2 - Clamp
45. Frost Bite - Richelle Mead
46. One Day - David Nicholl
47. Hatter M v3 - Frenk Beddor
48. Baba Yaga Laid an Egg - Dubravka Ugresic
49. Fairest of All - Serena Valentino
50. As Puck would have it - Paul Ruditis (Charmed)
51. Return to Labyrinth v4 - Jake T Forbes & Chris Lie
52. Legends of the Dark Crystal v2 - Barbara Randall Kesel
53. The Young Merlin Trilogy - JaneYolen
54. The Book of Biff v1 - Chris Hallbeck
55. Marked - PC & Kristen Cast
56. Immortal Beloved - Cate Tiernan
57. Betrayed - PC & Kristen Cast
58. What the Cards Said - Isobel Bird
59. The Safe Keepers Secret - Sharon Shinn
60. Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs
61. Howl's Moving Castle - Dianna Wynne Jones
62. Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead
63. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami
64. Fables v12 : The Dark Ages - Bill Willingham
65. Fables v13 : The Great Fables Crossover - Bill Willingham
66. Fables v14 : Witches - Bill Willingham
67. Chosen - PC & Kristen Cast
68. Darkest Mercy - Melissa Marr
69. Untamed - PC & Kristen Cast
70. In the Dreaming - Isobel Bird
71. River Marked - Patricia Briggs
72. Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom - Tef Naifeh
73. Courtney Crumrin's Monstrous Holiday - Ted Naifeh
74. Storm Glass - Maria V Snyder
75. Scarlett Dedd - Cathy Brett
76. The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
77. Fables v15 : Rose Red - Bill Willingham
78. Ring of Light - Isobel Bir
79. Hunted - PC & Kristen Cast
80. To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
81. Death Note v9 - Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
82. Blue Moon - Isobel Bird
83. Buffy 8 v8 : Last Gleaming - Joss Whedon
84. Tempted - PC & Kristen Cast
85. The Shadow Dragons - James A Owen
86. Xxxholic v3 - Clamp
87. Xxxholic v4 - Clamp
88. Xxxholic v5 - Clamp
89. Burned - PC & Kristen Cast
90. Yellow Blue Tibia - Adam Roberts
91. The Truth Tellers Tale - Shannon Shinn
92. Awakened - PC & Kristen Cast
93. The Five Paths - Isobel Bird
94. The Dream Maker's Magic - Shannon Shinn
95. When God was a Rabbit - Sarah Winman
96. The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan
97. Godmother - Carolyn Turgeon
98. The Dragon's Apprentice - James A Owen
99. Blood Promise - Richelle Mead
100. The Luck Factor - Richard Wiseman
101. Enthralled - Various
102. Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead
103. The Dead-Tossed Waves - Carrie Ryan
104. Graveminder - Melissa Marr
105. Tooth and Claw - Jo Walton
106. I Luv Halloween Ultimate Edition - Benjamin Roman & Keith Giffen
107. Sweet Talkin' Demon - Laura J Burnes
108. The Dark and Hollow Places - Carrie Ryan
109. The Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead
110. The Witches - Roald Dahl
111. House of Shards - Micol Ostow
112. Shoulder-a-coffin v1 - Satoko Kiyuduki
113. Shoulder-a-coffin v2 - Satoko Kiyuduki
114. Phoebe Who? - Emma Harrison
115. Dark and Stormy Knights - Various
116. Spirit of the Hare - Karen Cater
117. Through the Veil - Isobel Bird
118. Red Glove - Holly Black
119. Making the Saint - Isobel Bird
120. The Vinter's Luck - Elizabeth Knox
121. Ogham Sketchbook - Karen Cater
122. The House of Winter - Isobel Bird
123. Black Hole - Charles Burns
124. The Sugar Queen - Sarah Addison Allen
125. Passion - Jude Morgan

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year everyone! I decided that this year I would have a drastic template change and move away from the black background I have had since I started at blogger a few years ago and give a white background a go. The last two years I have been pretty crappy at blogging and one of my resolutions is to blog about every book I read in 2012 as well as to make a concentrated effort to keep up with my reader feeds. Yes I know I said the exact same thing last year, but this year I really mean it...


I will wrap up last year in my next post and start back again at the beginning for 2012. I will be updating more of the blog soon and changing how I do things. I hope to put my challenge books on a separate tab as well as my yearly reading and keep the front page much cleaner. I will also be keeping this just to books and films as I have another blog for randomness. Despite being a rubbish year for blogging, 2011 was a great year for reading. I read over 120 books and had my best year of reading yet despite all the other stuff going on in my life. This year though may see a massive decrease as I am contemplating doing some studying and if I decide to go ahead with it, it will take up a large amount of my free time as I work full time.

I hope everyone had a great 2011 and I look forward to reading all your blogs in 2012!