Required Reading: January

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Feature by Tina of I Like It Dog-Eared

I want to do this right, this feature I mean. I will make sure to include only 2-3 books in my monthly required reading. Why, you ask? Because, the OC in me will protest like crazy if i did not finish the promised books on time. 😀

Besides, I want to relax, and just read whatever the mood I am in. I am aiming for gut feel and pick the books I want to read. Agree?

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December Reading Report

5/5: World After, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (a reread)

4/5: Exit Kingdom, These Broken Stars, Into the Still Blue

Favorite Quote:

The Potters smiled and waved at Harry and stared hungrily back at them, his hands pressed flat against the glass as though he was hoping to fall right through it and reach them. He had a powerful kind of ache inside him, half joy, half terrible sadness.

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January Reads

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – It’s been years since I last read Gaiman, and it was The Graveyard Book. I only read one other Gaiman, American Gods, and it was a miss for me. So here’s to trying Gaiman again and finally mark me as a fan. 😉
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – Prologue greeted me with a violent streak. I was like, hmmm, maybe this won’t be a laborious read? Ha! This Man Booker Prize awardee piqued my interest late last year. This just might be my kind of suspenseful read that I’ve been waiting for. Hope it works! Buddy reading with sis Monique, chami Angus, and (what shall I call her…) old soul Veronica. 🙂 Let’s do this, buddies!

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Drop by Tina‘s page, and visit other Required Reading links on her comments section. 😉

Happy reading this first month of 2014. *grins*

Cheers!

Book Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

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Adult Paranormal > Fantasy

“Evil is a completely different creature, Mac. Evil is bad that believes it’s good.”

MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.

In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.

Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.

Book 1: Darkfever review      Book 2: Bloodfever review      Book 3: Faefever review

Book 4: Dreamfever review

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O.o Goodness, WTH did I read?!!!

So… this is the what they’ve been talking about. The explosive finale that will leave readers wanting, gasping, and aching for more. And I am so happy (and relieved!) that Shadowfever surpassed all my expectations for an urban fantasy novel. Fever series was worth it, from book 1!

(I think I just became Pri-ya for this series.)

For one month, I read all 5 books, and I was plagued with sleepless nights. Forget being a zombie at work, or neglecting my blog. I need to finish, no, devour a Fever book once I lay my hands on it. I simply need it! (Yes, this is me as a raving lunatic.)

Thank you, Karen Marie Moning for providing me the entertainment I wanted from Faery, and very bad boys. 😀 I take back all the negative things I said about other Fever books. Shadowfever erased all my frustrations, period. That being said, can I take home Jericho Barrons? *winks*

I’m not sure if you’ll get a proper review from me for Shadowfever. It left me breathless, to tell you frankly. It was 100% absolute entertainment, for a reader frantic for the truth about Mac, Barrons, V’lane, the Unseelie King, and that monster book.

All those doubts you have when you started Darkfever? And  all those freaking rants you are holding back at the end of Dreamfever, making you think that this will blow up pretty badly in the finale?

Believe me, Karen Marie Moning have the answers (amazing ones) in Shadowfever. So, so much more than a Fever fanatic can ever hoped for, and that’s what you’ll get.

Shadowfever is one f*cking outstanding finale. The reveal for each character is a mindf*ck. Don’t ask anymore, just read it. And feel the fever that is Mac and Barrons. Wohoo!

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SHADOWFEVER by Karen Marie Moning

Ebook, 510 pages

Published January 8th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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5/5 stars

Book Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

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General Fiction > Fantasy

Time is out of joint. The summer of peace and plenty, ten years long, is drawing to a close, and the harsh, chill winter approaches like an angry beast. Two great leaders—Lord Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon—who held sway over and age of enforced peace are dead…victims of royal treachery. Now, from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns, as pretenders to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms prepare to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

As a prophecy of doom cuts across the sky—a comet the color of blood and flame—six factions struggle for control of a divided land. Eddard’s son Robb has declared himself King in the North. In the south, Joffrey, the heir apparent, rules in name only, victim of the scheming courtiers who teem over King’s Landing. Robert’s two brothers each seek their own dominion, while a disfavored house turns once more to conquest. And a continent away, an exiled queen, the Mother of Dragons, risks everything to lead her precious brood across a hard hot desert to win back the crown that is rightfully hers.

A Clash of Kings transports us into a magnificent, forgotten land of revelry and revenge, wizardry and wartime. It is a tale in which maidens cavort with madmen, brother plots against brother, and the dead rise to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, the price of glory may be measured in blood. And the spoils of victory may just go to the  men and women possessed of the coldest steel…and the coldest hearts. For when rulers clash, all of the land feels the tremors.

Literary Awards: Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novel (2000), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1999), Ignotus for Novela extranjera (2004)

Book 1: A Game of Thrones review

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A Clash of Kings renewed my interest to George R.R. Martin and his ASoIaF series. This sequel is fantastic to the core, living up to it’s epic popularity among fantasy lovers like me. Let me air this out, though: Tyrion FTW!

900+ pages is no joke to plow through, but the war, politics and never-ending game of thrones were more than enough to push, push me to finish this chunkster. And what an awesome experience it was to finally get to the end!

Daenerys. The exiled queen is getting stronger in character. So much love for this Targaryen. 🙂
Theon Greyjoy. A joy to read from his POV at the start, but when he begins his betrayal, I want him to not die, but suffer from torture for a very, very long time.
Arya. I admire this willful child. I will watch out for her POVs in the upcoming books.
Catelyn. I’m beginning to fall in love with Cat’s chapters. Who wouldn’t? A mom like me will truly understand what Cat’s going through. Oh, the hurt and despair!
Tyrion. He is from House Lannister, but it was impossible to not applaud him for his cunning and bravery. Such big guns from a freaky dwarf, eh? 😉

The ending left me mad.. for more.

A Clash of Kings is one of the best fantasy sequels out there. It’s a definite must read for anyone who read A Game of Thrones and thought it was just so-so.

Vengeance. I want it from the next books.

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A CLASH FO KINGS by George R.R. Martin

Paperback, 913 pages

Published 2003 by Voyager
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5/5 stars

2013: 13 Things To Be Thankful For

Happy Birthday, Maria!

These are just the noticeable ones 🙂 Imagine the little blessings I received numerously, that are too many too mention, and I can readily say 2013 was a really good year for me. 😉

  1. JAN. I lost Illium the Kindle last December 2012, but I found courage to buy the same model (Kindle 3G) and color, naming it Illium II. *fist pump*
  2. Best Friend with Benefits (BFB) gifted me a new bookshelf to house my read books (yes, I have a separate shelf for my TBR pile, so shush!).
  3. FEB. I got to treat my family to a summer outing. Yay!
  4. MAR. We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in Tagaytay 🙂 Something laid-back, since we usually go out-of-town to celebrate.
  5. MAY. I was blessed enough to be sent to the United States for a week-long business trip. And I get to visit Barnes & Noble (it was so big…

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