I am going to be offline for awhile due to a bionic upgrade (aka knee replacement), but should be back in a month or so. Please send good vibes and happy thoughts my way! more details

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Becoming the Bionic Woman (or why I'll be offline for awhile)

Going to be offline for awhile due to a bionic upgrade, aka knee replacement surgery. Not sure how long recovery will take, but I know I'm going to be extremely disappointed if I'm not able to leap tall buildings or make a cool gee-gee-gee sound when I run!

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So many tests! I've learned that no matter where I go, people keep wanting to take my blood. Think I might have gotten on a Vampire Blood Donor list by mistake!

A very nice lady came by Sunday afternoon to set me up with my very own torture device! After I get home from the hospital, I have to strap my leg into this thing for a minimum of six hours a day. Luckily, I can split those six hours however I like, so I'm thinking three sessions of two hours each. 

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Looking forward to all the books I'll be able to read during those sessions! I just have to lie there while the machine bends my leg for me. My kind of exercise! Read-a-thon, here I come!

So anyway, just wanted to explain why I'm going to be offline for a month or so. I'll try to schedule a couple of posts, but don't be alarmed if you come visit and the blog has gone radio silent.

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Please send good vibes and happy thoughts my way! Light a candle. Sacrifice a chicken. Say a prayer. Whatever it takes! See you on the other side!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mini Bloggiesta Wrap Up

Mini Bloggiesta Wrap Up - Alexia's Books and Such

Well, another Bloggiesta has come and gone. This round was a major fail for me, as I got almost nothing done. :(

Saturday we hung out with my husband's godson, who brought his family down for the weekend. I bonded with his six year old over books, which was cool! Sunday I got a call that my medical liaison was in the area and could set me up today, so she came over to show me how everything worked. Having surgery this week and I get a fancy-schmancy machine to help bend my new knee. Then of course I had to play with everything and sort of forgot about my list of goals. *sigh*

Bloggiesta Goals:

  • Crosspost reviews on Amazon
  • Crosspost reviews on Goodreads
  • Update TBR Page
  • Update Reviews Page
  • Comment on at least 12 Bloggiesta participants blogs
  • Do at least one mini-challenge
Oh well, there's always next time....

Saturday, July 19, 2014

My Book Haul 7/19/14

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.


My friend Tammy over at Bo's Book Nook sent me a boxful of awesome! She picked up a few books for me at BEA this year since I wasn't able to attend, but I wasn't expecting so many. Thank you Tammy! It's good to have good friends! 

Tammy's awesome gift! - Alexia's Books and Such
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz
Rooms by Lauren Oliver

The awesomeness continues! - Alexia's Books and Such
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Jackaby by William Ritter
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis 

But wait, there's more! - Alexia's Books and Such
Not only did Tammy send me a boxful of lovely books, but she also included a very cool tote bag, an Ally Condie sampler, and some great swag! The magnet is already front and center on my fridge, proclaiming to all that Authors Are My Rock Stars! Thank you so very, very much!!!

Oddest mail of the week:

what the heck? - Alexia's Books and Such
This has got to be, hands down, the oddest thing I've ever received in the mail. It's basically an office supply catalog, addressed to me with my name and blog name. While fascinating to browse, sad to say that I do not need 500 mailing envelopes, gigantic rolls of plastic wrap, or 1,000 sheets of packing paper. I can only assume that they got my name and address from a publisher, as that's the only mail I receive with my blog name. Why they would think that a book blogger would need bulk office supplies is beyond me. Very odd....

What did you receive this week?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Book Review: Poison Promise

Book Review:  Poison Promise by Jennifer EstepPoison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Expected publication: July 22nd 2014 by Pocket Books

eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight… (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Despite her fervent wish to be left alone, people keep trying to kill Gin. Just because she's the assassin who finally took down Mab Monroe, that doesn't mean it's open season on her. Too bad no one told the bad guys.

This time Gin sort of brought the trouble on herself, by stepping in when she saw one of her waitresses being harassed in a parking lot. Little did she know that she would soon be in neck deep with a nasty vampire drug lord!

Bria, Gin's sister, is obsessed with taking down the drug lord. This makes a difficult situation even more complicated for Gin. It's not easy for an assassin to have an honest cop for a sister, and this case shows signs of straining their relationship.

The nasty vampire is pushing a really nasty drug, so you just know that Gin will get involved sooner or later. I still like that Gin is human despite her elemental powers, and she gets hurt during fights. I don't like that she takes unnecessary risks and have to wonder if she's maybe losing her edge? Can assassins ever retire?

Gin mentions at one point that she's tired of all the blood, the bodies, the sneak attacks, and having to be constantly vigilant. I got the impression that maybe the author is getting a little tired of Gin too. Can't put my finger on it, but this one didn't seem to have the energy of the previous books. It's still an interesting story and I don't think I'll ever get tired of reading about Gin and her friends, but there was something missing this time around.

I'm curious to see if anyone else got this impression or if I'm just reading between lines that aren't there. I really love Gin and watching her relationships with her family and friends grow, so I really hope I'm mistaken about the author losing interest!

Have you read the Elemental Assassin books? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of Gin and company!

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