Friday, September 16, 2011

What I got this week

This was a really good week for me! I got some excellent books that I'm very excited to read and review.

These books are a mix of pleasure, reviewing in general, and reviewing for Romance Reviews Today. I think I'm going to start posting links to my Romance Reviews Today reviews, along with a short commentary on my thoughts, so you guys can see what I've been reading and loved! Or didn't love, as the case may be...

 : "The Six Crowns : Fair Wind to Widdershins" by Allan Jones and Gary Chalk. Juvenile. October release.
 : "The Secret Zoo : Riddles and Danger" by Bryan Chick. Juvenile. October release.

 : "Darkness Rising" by Keri Arthur. Urban Fantasy. October release.
 : "Drink Deep" by Chloe Neill. Urban Fantasy. November release. - I'm holding off on reading this until closer to its due date. And it's *killing* me! I HAVE to know what happens. Fans of this series will know what I'm talking about. Eeeeek!

 : "Envy" by J.R. Ward. Urban Fantasy. - I still didn't read the second in this series, but I had a giftcard that was burning a hole in my pocket...
 : "The Bride and the Beast" by Teresa Medeiros. Historical Romance. - I originally picked this up as something to read during lunch when I forgot to bring a book (shocker).. and ended up loving it.
 : "Soul Thief" by Jana Oliver. Young Adult Fantasy.
 : "The Fallen 3 : End of Days" by Thomas Sniegoski. Young Adult. THANK YOU THANK YOU Mr. Sniegoski for continuing this series!!! I have been a huge fan of The Fallen series since I was a teen. I love your Remy Chandler series too.. but Aaron's journey has a special place in my heart. I cannot wait to dive into this. Also.. I totally re-bought the Fallen books (in their new omnibus form!) so they would match this one!

Ahem. Sorry for Fangirl-ing out there. I'm just.. well, I'm just so darned excited.

What I just finished reading:
"Blood Ties" by Mari Mancusi - another quick, fun, action packed book in the Blood Coven series.
"Temptation of a Highland Scoundrel" by Sue-Ellen Welfonder - good, cute historical romance with the teensiest hint of paranormal.
"Queen of Kings" by Maria Dahvana Headley - Still... working on this one. Hit a snag a third of the way through. It was for the Positively Paranormal Book Club that I and a few coworkers run for our library patrons.

That's it for me this week. I can't wait to see what everyone else got!
Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda ~!~

Monday, September 12, 2011

Guess who's back, finally!

I know, it's been ages! But I promised I would be back, and here I am. =) A lot of stuff happened at home, hence my need for a hiatus, but I'll be back pretty regularly now.

Reasons why I left for a while:
My Grandfather had to have his gallbladder removed.
My Dad had surgery.
I got promoted to full time (yay!).
I just.. needed a break, I guess.

I think it got to the point where all the reading and reviewing felt more like a job than a joy. I love books, I love discovering new authors, books, and series... I thought it was better to stop for a bit, relax, and then come back with a fresh new outlook. Well I have it!

Again, for all the authors that sent me their books, I *WILL* review them, just give me some more time to get back into the swing of things. I'm currently working through some books I need to read for work - like "Queen of Kings" by Maria Dahvana Headly for the next Positively Paranormal book club! - and my RRT books, but I'm hoping to come up with a proper reading schedule, so I can do everything at once. Plus.. you know, throw in some pleasure reading books at some point!

Some exciting news (at least for me!)... My new job means I get to process all the best seller books that come into my branch of the library. I can't help but drool over these books, that I get to handle and process.. all before their release date! I'm just a big nerd, huh?

Well, that's it for my update! I'm so glad to be back amongst my booky friends. I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Happy Reading!
~!~ Amanda ~!~