CREATURE FEATURE (#1) – WEREWOLVES

So today begins our weekly Creature Feature for the month of October. And I decided to start out with werewolves since I haven’t really read that many werewolf books.

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So the first werewolf I would like to mention is Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter series.

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We first meet Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban when he becomes the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher and from there on I believe he became a favorite character of most. He is definitely a good guy werewolf who becomes like a father to Harry. He was caring and was constantly putting others before himself. He was absolutely my favorite werewolf to ever read about.

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I’m sure by now most of you have read the Harry Potter series by now but if you haven’t then I envy you. I would love to be able to read this series for the first time all over again.

Click here to find the first book on Goodreads

Secondly we have Lucas Ross from Shadow Falls. I mostly love Lucas just cause he is a bad ass with a snarky attitude. He is jealous and protective over Kylie, but not too much that it becomes annoying. He is the only thing that is saving this series for me right now.
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Click here to find the first book on Goodreads

Third we have Alcide Herveaux from the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Alcide is another good guy werewolf who shows up in the third book in the series Club Dead. He is an amazing friend to Sookie and is constantly helping her out.

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And let’s be honest, in the tv show he is played by Joe Manganiello who is quite nice on the eyes.
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Click here to find the first book on Goodreads

And last on my list I have Luke Garroway/Lucian Graymark from the Mortal Instruments series. He is Clary’s mom’s boyfriend and is always there when needed. He seems like a very sweet man and I can’t wait to learn more about him as the series goes on.
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Click here to find the first book on Goodreads
Now for the werewolf books that I have not read but am planning to in the future.

First up is the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer. This is a very popular young adult series and it has been on my TBR for a long time now. I’m not sure what is even taking me so long. Also would like to point out how beautiful these covers are.
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Click here to find the first book on Goodreads

Second is the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Allison gave me the first book Moon Called a couple years back and it has been sitting unread on my shelf for too long.
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Click here to find the first book on Goodreads

And last is the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. I also own the first two books in this series and they have been unread for a long time as well.
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Click here to find the first book on Goodreads

Well after writing this I’ve come to realize I never read about werewolves and maybe its time that I should start reading more.
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Do you guys have any other werewolf suggestions for me? If only Teen Wolf was a series, I would be so in love.

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Let me know what you think in the comments.

Mallory

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MALLORY’S SEPTEMBER WRAP UP + OCTOBER TBR

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I’m having a hard time believing it is my favorite time of year already. Where has this year gone? October is my absolute favorite, with the beautiful colors, the gorgeous weather, the yummy pumpkin treats and Halloween, what’s not to love?

September was probably my worst month of reading so far this year. I only ended up reading eight books when I usually try to get in the double digits. So here are the books I read in September.

1. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★
Not my favorite of the series but I am still loving every minute of these books. I will be very sad for the series to end. I am waiting to finish this series to do a full series review.

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ★★★★★
Absolutely adored this book. Do not be fooled by the plot, this one has some pretty heavy content in it. Full review to come this month.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ★★★★★
An absolute fabulous way to end out the series. I will forever love Stephanie Perkins and I hope she starts working on new books right away. Can’t get enough of her writing.

4. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ★★★★
My book clubs choice for the month. I was very intrigued with this one and was blown away by the ending. A great thriller thrown in between the contemporary I was reading.

5. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp ★★★★
Not what I was expecting at all but still enjoyable. We did a group discussion on this one and you can find our thoughts here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/book-discussion-the-spectacular-now-by-tim-tharp/

6. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter ★★★
One of my monthly reads with Maria. We are still making our way through this series and we will have a full review of this one to come.

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry ★★★★
Another one of my reads with Maria. We have already reviewed this one and you can find that right here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/book-review-the-giver-by-lois-lowry/

8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman ★★★
Definitely not what I was expecting. As a dragon lover I had a hard time learning to love these dragons. But I have a full review of this one coming up next week and will let you know more of my thoughts then.

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I’ve got a lot on my plate for October. We have received quite a few books for review, Maria and I have a ton of books to read together and I have lots of Halloween and horror posts planned for this month. So I’m going to try and not let myself get overwhelmed with all that. So here are the books I plan to read in October.

1. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. Currently reading this one and am halfway through.
2. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Reading with Maria.
3. The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Reading with Maria.
4. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter. Reading with Maria.
5. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. Reading with Maria, Marissa and Mackenzie.
6. Storm Siren by Mary Weber. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
7. The Swallow by Charis Cotter. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
8. When War Calls by Zy J. Rykoa. Making my way through this one and will be reviewing with Maria.
9. Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston. Received from Netgalley and will be reviewing with Maria.
10. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. My book clubs choice of the month.
11. Horns by Joe Hill. Was on my list last month but didn’t have time to get to it.

As you can see the two of us will have our hands full this month. But you can expect our blog to be very busy this month.

Hope you all have a great month of reading!

Mallory

FRIDAY READS (#5)

It’s that time of the week again! One more day of work for me and then hopefully I’ll get a nice relaxing reading weekend.

So I am currently reading Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter. This is the fourth book in the Shadow Falls series and is one of my monthly reads with Maria. We will have a full review of this one up probably in the month of October. It’s okay so far, I’m only 22% of the way through and I’m hoping the excitement picks up.

Click here to find it on Goodreads
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What are you reading this weekend? Let me know!

Mallory

BOOK REVIEW: TAKEN AT DUSK BY C.C. HUNTER

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Author: C.C. Hunter
Published: 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
380 pages
Third in the Shadow Falls series
Click here to find it on Goodreads

Maria’s thoughts:
Throughout this novel, Kylie continues to try to find out what she really is. People keep suggesting different paranormal creatures (werewolf, shapeshifter, healer…), but Kylie has been showing signs of not one, but many paranormal characteristics. Bits and pieces are being put together when Kylie meets with her birth father and other family members. The majority of the novel was based on this – and it isn’t until the very end of the book when we come across a major clue in finding out what Kylie truly is. The ending leaves readers with many unanswered questions.

The friendship between Kylie and her roommates never fails to amuse me. Della and Miranda are funny characters that add a lot of ‘fun’ to the story. I`ve also always loved Holiday. From the very beginning of this series, I’ve admired Holiday’s motherly character.

I must admit, Kylie annoys me at times. But that doesn’t stop me from being curious and excited to find out more about what she is. I really love reading about the ghosts. In fact, my favorite part of Taken at Dusk would have to be when Kylie visits the graveyard. The ghosts are so interesting to me, and the whole time I am thinking HELP THEM KYLIE.

When it comes to Kylie’s troubles regarding her parents, I can relate to that. I also enjoy reading about her relationship with her mom and her old friends from back home. It would be kind of stupid if she just dropped all of that the second she went to Shadow Falls – so I do appreciate the fact that it is still being talked about in book three.

Derek wasn’t in this book as much, and the whole ‘Lucas vs. Derek’ thing is starting to get old. I’m sorry. I LOVED the love triangle in the first book, but for some reason it just isn’t DOING IT for me anymore. Maybe if I felt more for the characters…

I honestly am not super attached to the characters in the Shadow Falls series. The books are good. Entertaining. Fun. Easy reads. But they aren’t AMAZING in my opinion. I also want to mention that this book got a lot more interesting towards the end.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Mallory’s thoughts:
Three books into the series and I am still not entirely hooked.

I had a few problems through this book, mostly with Kylie. I find her to be quite a baby and very dependent on the other characters. I love a good, strong female as a main character and she doesn’t fit it for me. It broke my heart and made me so angry that she kept ignoring Sarah, her best friend from back home, not a very good best friend in my eyes. And she was way too lenient with Derek throughout the book, because honestly NO girl forgives anyone that easily.

My favorite character is still hands down Miranda. She is so cute and absolutely hilarious, especially when she turned Burnett into a kangaroo. She always makes me laugh with her magic. I love Della too, and that phone call between Kylie and Sarah where she called Della a bitch was another scene that had me laughing out loud. Kylie is very lucky to have those girls as friends.

And now this love triangle. Is it ever going to end? Three books and she is still juggling the same guys? Hurry up and make your decision! *cough* team Lucas all the way… *cough*.

I find Hunter’s writing quite bland. I don’t find it exciting nor thought provoking. There were a few twists I didn’t see coming (one death in particular had me quite shocked) but I’m still waiting to be blown away. I’m very happy we finally found out what Kylie is because that was being dragged on just a little too much for my liking.

In the beginning of the book there is a disappearance of an older couple and then that problem is not addressed until a lot later on in the book. The book seems to jump around between topics instead of focusing on one main point, which makes it seem like there are holes in the plot.

This series feels very preteen with a few swears in there for the older audience. This book got more interesting towards the end, but book four better start off with a bang.

I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

MALLORY’S AUGUST WRAP UP + SEPTEMBER TBR

Well August didn’t go quite as I planned it. I was on vacation for the last week and got absolutely no reading done. But I still managed to read 15 books in total.

Books I read in August:
1. Taken At Dusk by C.C. Hunter ★★★★
This was one of my monthly reads with Maria and hopefully we will have a full review up soon.
2. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ★★★★
The fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series. Not quite as good as the third, but still a great read and continuation of the story.
3. The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer ★★★★★
One of my favourite reads of the month. I have done a full review and you can find it here: https://readsbymandm.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/book-review-the-wishing-spell-by-chris-colfer/
4. Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett ★★★★
Another great installation in the Discworld series, this time about witches instead of wizards. Really starting to adore Pratchett’s quirky and snarky writing style.
5. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris ★★★★
The third book in the Sookie Stackhouse series. I was totally craving this since I have been watching True Blood lately and they are a little bit of a guilty pleasure of mine.
6. Blood Red Road by Moira Young ★★★★
Closer to a 3.5 for this one. I enjoyed it but I’m not too sure when I will continue on with the series.
7. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I was so totally in the mood for this one, out of the blue I just HAD to pick it up and I am so glad that I did. I’m very happy to be back in this series and I never want it to end.
8. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight ★★★
A great story line, fast paced and super intriguing but a solid build up to a let down of an ending. So many things could have been done better with this one.
9. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis ★★★★
Love the Chronicles of Narnia series, this one was much better than The Horse and His Boy. Can’t wait to continue on with the series.
10. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson ★★★★
This was so so good, especially for a debut novel. It has your mind racing from chapter to chapter. It is very wonderfully written and I highly suggest picking this one up.
11. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa ★★★★
I went into this one not remembering a single thing from the first book but I quite enjoyed it none the less. I will not wait as long to pick up the third book so I can actually remember what is happening.
12. Atonement by Ian McEwan ★★★
This may be one of those times that I enjoyed the movie a little more than the book. I found some parts to be very dull and I really dragged through. Other parts were beautifully written though and I enjoyed it quite a bit.
13. Allies of the Night by Darren Shan ★★★★★
As always, loved this book. This is the 8th book in the series and I am completely in love. I am dreading the end. Will do a full review once I have finished the series.
14. Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★
I couldn’t resist picking this one up. I needed more Daemon in my life. Just as good as the rest.
15. The Lost World by Michael Crichton ★★★
This is the second book in the Jurassic Park series. I have a full review of this series coming soon.

Books I want to read in September:
1. Good Girl by Mary Kubica
2. Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
4. Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter
5. Horns by Joe Hill
6. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
7. The Giver by Lois Lowry
8. Carrie by Stephen King
9. The Soulstice by Simon Holt
10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
11. The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
12. When War Calls by Zy Rykoa
13. The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer
14. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
15. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
16. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
17. The Dinner by Herman Koch
18. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
19. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Let me know how reading in August was for you and what you plan to read in September!

Mallory

MARIA’S SHITIHAVETOOMANYBOOKS WRAP UP

The SHITIHAVETOOMANYBOOKS read-a-thon is officially over. I am happy with what I managed to read throughout my busy week. 3 books was actually my goal. Next time I participate in a read-a-thon I am hoping to read even more!

1. Taken at Dusk by C.C Hunter ★★★★

Finally finding out more about Kylie and what she really is. Enjoyable read, but I feel like it’s missing something. Like Mallory, I would probably rate this more of a 3.5. Looking forward to finishing the series. Review to come!

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling ★★★★★

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Now I know why everyone worships these books. Review on the Harry Potter series to come! I am going to miss Harry, Hermione and Ron!

3. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ★★★★

A cute contemperary that has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. It was a light read about falling in love with a movie star. What’s not to love?

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This read-a-thon was really fun. There’s no pressure, you just read as much as you can (or as much as you want) during the week to get through some of your TBR books! You should totally participate in the next one! It’s a great way to get some reading done.

Since the read-a-thon ended, I’ve been getting more reading time (of course that would happen…) and started two books.

Currently reading:

1. What I Thought Was True – Huntley Fitzpatrick

31% read and loving this summertime read so far! It’s way better than I expected!

2. Obsidian – Jennifer L. Armentrout

19% read, and loving it so much that I actually went out and bought the physical copy yesterday instead of continuing on my Kobo. The writing style is so witty and funny, it makes me not want to put the book down. Reading this with my friend Mackenzie. Review to come!