Monday, April 29, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions - Special Edition!

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that allows book bloggers to discuss issues unique to what we encounter in the blogging world. Hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Pam at Midnyte Reader,  a new question is posted the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month to answer, comment on, and discuss. 

This week's question:

Special edition! We have an extra Monday this month and thought we’d address some hot topics in the book blogosphere. Pick one – or answer them all! It’s up to you. If a new crisis hits by then (& it probably will lol) feel free to address that as well.

Amazon buys Goodreads (read the announcement). Do you think this is a good thing for readers – or is Amazon the devil? Will this move effect you? Will you be leaving Goodreads?

I don't think that Amazon is the devil, but I do have concerns about whether or not they'll leave things be or ruin a good thing. I don't blame Goodreads for cashing in, as I know I'd sell out in a minute if someone offered me a boatload of money! I'm not going to close my Goodreads account, but I really hope that Amazon leaves it alone. Going to take a wait and see attitude for now.

The death of Google Reader As Google continues to phase out it’s less popular products, bloggers were scrambling to find a new reader platform to follow their favorite blogs. What have you switched to for a reader?

Just when I finally have my Reader set up the way I like, Google decides to do away with it! Sheesh! I haven't found a replacement yet, but most people seem to have migrated to Bloglovin'. I think I'm in denial, as I haven't even begun looking yet....

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My Book Haul (18)

My Book Haul (18)

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.

For Review

I've been trying to be good, but I have a weakness for anything with Julie's name on it and couldn't resist requesting it from Amazon Vine! Plus, I'm a sucker for anthologies and this looks like a good one!

by Julie Kagawa, Ann Aguirre, Karen Duvall

Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa:  Before The Immortal Rules, there was the Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. 

Thistle & Thorne by Ann Aguirre:  After a catastrophic spill turns the country into a vast chemical wasteland, those who could afford it retreated to fortresses, self-contained communities run by powerful corporations. But for Mari Thistle, life on the outside-in the Red Zone-is a constant struggle. 

Sun Storm by Karen Duvall:  Sarah Daggot has been chasing storms since she was a child. But after the biggest solar flares in history nearly destroy the planet, she becomes a Kinetic, endowed by her exposure to extreme radiation with the power to sense coming storms-in the cosmos and beyond. And she's not the only one. 

What did you receive this week?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: The Eternity Cure

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning - New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

The Eternity Cure is a great follow up to the first book in the Blood of Eden series, The Immortal Rules (check out my review)!

We catch up with Ally, the MC, as she's searching for her sire (Kanin, the vampire who turned her). He was captured by the insane, evil vampire Sarren and Ally is determined to rescue him. Because of their "family" connection, Ally can see the torture Kanin is suffering in her dreams. It's almost like a psychic connection due to their blood bond.  

Ally runs into a few old friends as she's tracking Kanin, some more welcome than others. I really liked that Ally has become stronger and can take care of herself now, although she does need help to get out of a few tight spots. I like my heroines to be able to take care of themselves, but not turn into a superhero. Does that make sense? 

Lots of adventure in this one, with some surprising plot twists! Sarren is crazy bad, but Ally can hold her own (with a little help from her friends). Really loving the new Ally!

Julie Kagawa is one of my favorite authors, and I'm starting to like this series as much as her Iron Fey series! She's a really talented writer with a great imagination, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next! I would recommend reading the series in order, as it explains everyone's relationship and why they may act the way they do. 

eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley

Thursday, April 11, 2013

March 2013 Wrap-up

March 2013 Wrap-up

March was meh. 

I only read three books during the entire month of March. *blech*

Thought I had found my mojo at the beginning of the month, but it didn't stick around very long. Assumed that I was in a reading rut, but turns out it was a review rut. Found myself not wanting to pick up a new book because then I would have to review it, and I'm so far behind on my reviews that it's not even funny.

But I have a plan! (yeah, yeah, yeah. Terri plans, gods laugh. Moving on...)

Someone recommended that I force myself to read in order to get out of my reading rut. So decided I'm going to force myself to write reviews in order to get out of my review rut. Even if they're short reviews, at least it will get the writing juices flowing again, right? And lord knows I can't shut up once I get started, so it's the getting started part that I'm having trouble with.... *sigh*

Now, for some strange reason, I can't get the intro to Steppenwolf's Born To Be Wild out of my head. You know the line - Get your motor running....

Fingers crossed!