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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading June 25th?


Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

So, I di pretty well last week considering it was my birthday over the weekend. I finished up A Clash of Kings, and then reading For Darkness Shows the Stars and My Life Next Door. I’m gonna buckle down this evening and write up reviews of both the new reads! Yay, productivity!

Anyway, here are the two I’m going to continue reading this week and one more I’ve added cause it releases tomorrow!

I’ve heard great things about Catching Jordan! I won this in a giveaway a few weeks back and it just arrived in the mail over the weekend. Can’t wait to get started!

So, I got super busy over the weekend and wasn’t able to get to Soulbound as I had expected. But, I’ll be starting (and finishing) it this week for sure!

I picked up Partials by Dan Wells a few months back and then it got lost in the shuffle somehow. BUT, I found it this weekend while cleaning and am really excited to start reading!

What are ya’ll reading this week? If you have anything you think I’d enjoy let me know so I can add it to my TBR list (the list that never ends…)!

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Posted by on 25 June, 2012 in WAYR

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading June 18th?


Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Okay, so work completely consumed me last week and I was only able to get one book read, one that wasn’t even on my list last week! How I completely forgot about The Golden Lily releasing on Tuesday, I don’t even KNOW! After all, it was my most anticipated book of the summer! Needless to say I cracked open that book as soon as I got it and read it entirely in a day.

Anyway, here are the two I’m going to continue reading this week and one more I’ve added cause it releases tomorrow!

I started A Clash of Kings last week, but I knew there was no way I’d be able to finish it. SO, this one will probably be hanging around for another week or so. It’s a re-read but I keep putting it down to read other things so it’s been slow going.

Okay, so For Darkness Shows the Stars was SUPPOSED to have arrived at my house on release day, which was last Tuesday. However, due to some snafu with Amazon I didn’t get it until Friday. And then I was slammed with work and Father’s day stuff all weekend so I didn’t get a chance to read it. I plan tos tart it on lunch today!

Soulbound is the first book in Heather Brewer’s new fantasy series Legacy of Trill. I have been sooo excited about this books since she first announced it and I can’t wait til tomorrow to start reading it!

What are ya’ll reading this week? If you have anything you think I’d enjoy let me know so I can add it to my TBR list (the list that never ends…)!

 
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Posted by on 18 June, 2012 in WAYR

 

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Book Review: Slayer Chronicles: First Kill by Heather Brewer

Title: Slayer Chronicles: First Kill

Author: Heather Brewer

Publication Date: September 20, 2011

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Rating: 3/5 stars

Summary (from Barnes & Noble): Joss McMillan’s perfect life crashes down the night he witnesses his sister’s murder — at the hands of a vampire. He then finds out his family’s secret heritage: They are part of the Slayer Society, a group whose mission is to rid the world of vampires. Joss is their new recruit. As Joss trains, bent on seeking revenge for his sister, he discovers powers that could make him the youngest, strongest Slayer in history. But there is a traitor in the Society, one whose identity would shake Joss to the core . . . if the traitor doesn’t kill him first.

With over a million copies already in print, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is still sinking its fangs into new readers every day. Now, bestselling author Heather Brewer brings us the other side of the story, from the perspective of Vlad’s former friend turned mortal enemy: vampire slayer Joss McMillan. This is the first in a series of five books that can be read alongside Vlad Tod or entirely on their own.

Review: 

Joss is a character that I have longed to know more about since reading the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and Heather Brewer is certainly granting my wish. And when I picked up the book I so wanted to love this book as much as I adored the Vlad Tod stories. I wanted to love Joss as much as I loved Vlad. And while neither of those things came true, I did enjoy the book a great deal and felt it was a nice distraction from my school work and work commitments.

From the beginning you understand Joss’ motivation, as anyone who witnessed their sister’s murder at the hands of a vampire would be itching to get revenge. It serves him well as he ventures off for the summer to train as a slayer under the watchful eye of his uncle. The training is tough on the pre-teen boy and you can feel his pain, anger and frustration radiate from the page.  However, while I felt that the training at times was too rough and too painful, it was clear that there was a point behind pushing Joss to his absolute limits and Heather Brewer does a fantastic job of going just far enough over the line without reaching a level that would make it unreadable.

One thing that disappointed me about this book, in stark difference to Vlad, was how weak and un-interesting I found the side characters. None of them jumped out at me or appeared half as interesting as Henry, Nelly or Otis. I felt that they were there merely to serve a single purpose, to train Joss, and that you were not supposed to get to know them as people. I hope that if we see any of these characters again that they will be more fleshed out and make me care about them more.

When the book wrapped to a close there were a few questions that were left unanswered, and while I suppose that is fitting of the first book of a series, I felt unfulfilled. I suppose I shall have to wait til the next installment arrives before I will be able to fulfill my curiosity!

 

 
 

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