Friday, December 30, 2011

Chick Lit Challenge 2012

I'm a fan of chick lit, so I had to sign up to this challenge. It's hosted by Samantha @ Chick Lit Plus. Here are the rules:

  1. Challengers will read 12 chick lit books throughout 2012. You can obviously read more books of other genres, but you need at least 12 chick lit to count for this challenge.
  2. Two of the twelve books need to be from debut authors. The debuts should be released in 2012. I have a feature on my blog that will highlight new releases and debuts, so you can find suggestions there.
If you want to read the original post or to sign up, check out Samantha's post here

I haven't decided what books I'll read, but I'll list them here as I read them.

  1. Death On Heels - Ellen Byerrum 
  2. I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella
  3. Breaking The Rules - Cat Lavoie
  4. Brownie Fix - Ellen Cardona
  5. Alison Wonderland - Helen Smith

Book Review: Nobody's Hero by Kallypso Masters

Nobody's Hero (Rescue Me, #3)

Author: Kallypso Masters
Series: Rescue Me #3
My Rating: 5 cups
Blurb: (from Goodreads):

Retired Marine Master Sergeant Adam Montague has battled through four war zones, but now finds himself running from Karla Paxton, who has declared war on his heart. With a twenty-five year age difference, he feels he should be her guardian and protector, not her lover. But Karla's knack for turning up in his bed at inopportune times is killing his resolve to do the right thing. Karla isn't a little girl anymore—something his body reminds him of every chance it gets.

Karla Paxton fell in love with Adam when she was a sixteen-year-old runaway and he rescued her. Now, nine years later, she's determined to make Adam see her as a woman. But their age difference is only part of the problem. Adam has been a guardian and protector for lost and vulnerable souls most of his life, but a secret he has run from for more than three decades has kept him emotionally unable to admit he can love anyone. Will she be able to lower his guard long enough to break down the defenses around his heart and help him put to rest the ghosts from his past? In her all-out war to get Adam to surrender his heart, can the strong-willed Goth singer offer herself as his submissive—and at what cost to herself?

I finally gave in and read this book. I wanted to wait, to be closer to the publishing date of the next book in the series (Nobody's Perfect). It's only that the curiosity kept me from being a good girl. I'm glad it did though. If the first two books of this series were good, this was even better.

Adam Montague is an amazing man, one that every woman should have in her life, either as a boyfriend, husband, brother, friend. Heck, even another man would be lucky to have someone as Adam on his side. Adam might appear as a cold guy at first, but it's because he is a very suspicious man. He doesn't trust easily. I think he was afraid of trusting someone and caring about someone so much, only to have that someone taken from his life or to be rejected. But he's a very loyal friend, a caring guy with such an amazing heart. For someone so guarded about his feelings, the way he cares for the ones he calls friends and the way he protects them is simply amazing. I loved Adam. Like I said before, he had trouble facing his feelings and trusting, but Karla changed that. I think Karla is one of the very few people who challenges him. And she does that daily, since they first met when she was a scared, runaway teenager.

Karla is a sweetheart. I loved her character so much and I loved the fact that we see her grow up since the very first book. I don't think there's anyone more perfect than Karla for Master Adam. I really can't think of anyone better.

I also loved the fact that we get to meet Savi again *happy dance* If anyone needs a HEA, then Savi is the one. She's been through so much and she deserves a better life. I just can't wait to see how Damian will try to win her back and how he'll squirm, because let's face it. Savi will keep him on his toes :)

And we also find out more about Marc and Angelina and that's always a great pleasure of mine, keeping up with recent events from the characters who already found their HEA.

I can't wait for the next book in this amazing series.

My Rating:
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Follow Friday (7)

Welcome to Follow Friday hosted this week by Parajunkee and Alison!
The main idea behind FF is just to go see a bunch of new blogs you may never have seen before, and follow the ones you like (and they’ll follow you back!) It’s a total win/win, so take a peek around and follow me!

This week’s question is:

The New Year is here -- and everyone wants to know your New Years Blogging Resolution! What are you going to try to revise, revamp and redo for 2012 on your blog?

*taps chin* I promised I wasn't going to think about resolutions, since I can't manage to complete them. I'm thinking it can't do any damage though to hope to do some new stuff :) So here's my list:

  1. Comment more. I need to do that. I don't comment near as much as I'd like, so I will to do that in the year that is about to begin. 
  2. Book Reviewing: Like I said in another post, I need to post my reviews fast, as soon as I finish reading the books, otherwise I forget important details.
  3. TBR pile: I need to go through that loooooooong list of books that are just waiting (im)patiently for me to pick them up and read them. So I promise this year I'll make that list smaller. It can never disappear, since that would mean I've stopped reading (which will never happen), but I can make it smaller, at least for a few days.
I've decided to keep it simple, so I'm stopping there. As it's normal, the more I think about it, more and more things I need to do next year for my blog keep popping up, but I'm stopping at only these 3 things. 

So those are my resolutions. What are yours? 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012

I really had fun this year trying to finish this reading challenge. The fact that I failed is unimportant :P But I did have fun, so I thought of giving it another try.

Book Chic City is hosting this reading challenge. Here are the guidelines:

  1. Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012
  2. Rules - Read 100 or more books in 2012
  3. All books can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
  4. Audiobooks do not count, but all other formats are accepted.
  5. You can join at anytime. All books read in 2012 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.

For more information and to sign up, visit Book Chick City's blog.

I will be posting the books below as I read them. Like I said, I'm not going to plan ahead anymore :)

  1. Power Play - Eliza Gayle
  2. Lothaire - Kresley Cole
  3. The Dragonslayer's Sword - Resa Nelson
  4. Midnight Playground - Eliza Gayle
  5. The Truth About Us - Dalene Flannigan
  6. Casual - Oksana Robski
  7. Lust On The Rocks - Dianne Venetta
  8. The Iron Maiden - Resa Nelson
  9. On Message - Joyce T. Strand
  10. Mistress Christmas - Lorelei James
  11. Ugly To Start With - John Michael Cummings
  12. Miss Firecracker - Lorelei James
  13. The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake - Mary Parker
  14. CurbChek - Zack Fortier
  15. Death On Heels - Ellen Byerrum
  16. An Untimely Love  - Tendai Huchu
  17. Behind Closed Doors - Sherri Hayes
  18. The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa
  19. The Binding - L. Filloon
  20. Socialpunk - Monica Leonelle
  21. Fighting the Devil - Jeannie Walker
  22. A Hint Of Frost - Hailey Edwards
  23. Lover Reborn - J.R. Ward
  24. Lowcountry Punch - Boo Walker
  25. Promises - Amber Garr
  26. Sweet Evil - Wendy Higgins
  27. Dancing Naked In Dixie - Lauren Clark
  28. The Car Thief - Theodore Weesner
  29. Dead End Deal - Allen Wyler
  30. Legacy of a Dreamer - Allie Jean
  31. Bitten - Kelley Armstrong
  32. Stolen - Kelley Armstrong
  33. Dime Store Magic - Kelley Armstrong
  34. Industrial Magic - Kelley Armstrong
  35. I've Got Your Number - Sophie Kinsella
  36. In Love With An Angel (original title: Innamorata Di Un Angelo) - Federica Bosco
  37. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
  38. Of Poseidon - Anna Banks
  39. Haunted - Kelley Armstrong
  40. The Stone of Darkness - Resa Nelson
  41. Evermine - Hailey Edwards
  42. Eversworn - Hailey Edwards
  43. Haunted - Kelley Armstrong
  44. Brownie Fix - Ellen Cardona
  45. Her Heart For The Asking - Lisa Mondello
  46. His Heart For The Trusting - Lisa Mondello
  47. The More I See - Lisa Mondello
  48. Breaking The Rules - Cat Lavoie
  49. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
  50. Frostbite - Richelle Mead
  51. Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead
  52. Blood Promise - Richelle Mead
  53. Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead
  54. Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead
  55. Bloodlines - Richelle Mead
  56. The Golden Lilly - Richelle Mead
  57. Differential Equations - Julian Iragorri & Lou Aronica
  58. Alison Wonderland - Helen Smith
  59. Slave - Sherri Hayes
  60. Need - Sherri Hayes
  61. Betrayal - Amber Garr
  62. Arise - Amber Garr
  63. The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
  64. The Iron King's Daughter - Julie Kagawa
  65. The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa
  66. Spider's Bite - Jennifer Estep
  67. Blade Song - J. C. Daniels
  68. Ice Queen - Joey W. Hill
  69. Mirror Of My Soul - Joey W. Hill
  70. Branded Sanctuary - Joey W. Hill
  71. Club Mephisto - Annabel Joseph
  72. Molly's Lips: Club Mephisto Retold - Annabel Joseph
  73. Burn For You - Annabel Joseph
  74. My Liege of Dark Haven - Cherise Sinclair
  75. Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning
  76. Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning
  77. Ecstasy Unveiled - Larissa Ione
  78. Sin Undone - Larissa Ione
  79. Eternal Rider - Larissa Ione
  80. Immortal Rider - Larissa Ione
  81. Lethal Rider - Larissa Ione
  82. Rogue Rider - Larissa Ione
  83. Ironskin - Tina Connolly
  84. Web of Lies - Jennifer Estep
  85. Venom - Jennifer Estep
  86. Tangled Threads - Jennifer Estep
  87. Spider's Revenge - Jennifer Estep

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Author Challenge 2012

This reading challenge is hosted by Literary Escapism.

New Author Challenge 2012

Here are the guidelines:

  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
  2. Since this is an author challenge, there is no restriction on choosing your novels. They can definitely be from other challenges. However, the authors must be new to you and, preferably from novels. Anthologies are a great way to try someone new, but only a third of your new authors can be from anthologies.
  3. I want this to be an easy challenge, so you can pick to do either 15, 25 or 50 new authors. It all depends on how fast you read and how adventurous you want to be.
  4. After reading your new author, write your review and then go back to Literary Escapism and add your link to Mr. Linky. Make sure you include your name and the author, but adding the title is completely up to you.
  5. Bloggers or Non-Bloggers alike are welcome. You don’t have to have a site to participate. You can link up via Facebook, GoodReads or even Amazon if you’d like.

For the full, original post, go to here

I'm really excited about this reading challenge. This year I've found some very good, new authors and I know there are a lot more new authors that I need to try. Because I'm feeling very adventurous, I'm going with 25 new authors. I haven't decided what books I want to try yet, but I'll post them as I finish reading them.

  1. Eliza Gayle - Power Play
  2. Resa Nelson - The Dragonslayer's Sword
  3. Dalene Flannigan - The Truth About Us
  4. Diane Venetta - Lust On The Rocks
  5. Joyce T. Strand - On Message
  6. John Michael Cummings - Ugly To Start With
  7. Mary Parker - The Awakening of Leeowyn Blake
  8. Zack Fortier - CurbChek
  9. Ellen Byerrum - Death On Heels
  10. Sherri Hayes -  Behind Closed Doors
  11. Tendai Huchu - An Untimely Love
  12. Julie Kagawa - The Immortal Rules
  13. L. Filloon - The Binding
  14. Monica Leonelle - Socialpunk
  15. Jeannie Walker - Fighting The Devil
  16. Boo Walker - Lowcountry Punch
  17. Amber Garr - Promises 
  18. Wendy Higgins - Sweet Evil 
  19. Lauren Clark - Dancing Naked In Dixie
  20. Theodore Weesner - The Car Thief
  21. Allen Wyler - Dead End Deal
  22. Allie Jean - Legacy of a Dreamer
  23. Kelley Armstrong - Bitten
  24. Marissa Meyer - Cinder
  25. Anna Banks - Of Poseidon

I would love to get to 50 new authors read this year, but I'm not making that a goal. If it happens, it happens, if not, then all is good. I'll still continue to list here the new authors I get to read.
  1. Federica Bosco - In Love With An Angel (original title: Innamorata di un angelo)
  2. Ellen Cardona - Brownie Fix
  3. Lisa Mondello - Her Heart For The Asking
  4. Cat Lavoie - Breaking The Rules
  5. Julian Iragorri & Lou Aronica - Differential Equations
  6. Richelle Mead - Vampire Academy
  7. Helen Smith - Alison Wonderland
  8. Jennifer Estep - Spider's Web
  9. J. C. Daniels - Blade's Song
  10. Michael Drakich - The Brotherhood of Piaxia
  11. Joey W. Hill - Ice Queen
  12. Annabel Joseph - Club Mephisto
  13. Karen Marie Moning - Darkfever
  14. Tina Connolly - Ironskin 

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

I've decided to enter a few reading challenges this year too. The ones from this year were...well, fails to be honest. I'm really hoping next year I'll be a better reader that I was this year. I actually know I will be :D So I searched and searched and found some very good new reading challenges.

The first one is hosted by Evie from Bookish and it's a great opportunity for me (and for all other readers out there) to make my TBR pile smaller.

Here are part of the rules:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2012 - Dec 31, 2012.
  2. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Only books released in 2011 and earlier! NO ARCs and 2012 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  3. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  4. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
The Levels are:

1-10 - A Firm Handshake
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss
31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

I'm going with A Friendly Hug, though I'm hoping to read more than that. If you want to read all the rules, here's the link to Evie's post

I haven't decided what books to read yet, but I'll post them as I read them.

  1. Mistress Christmas - Lorelei James
  2. Miss Firecracker - Lorelei James
  3. Bitten - Kelley Armstrong
  4. Stolen - Kelley Armstrong
  5. Dime Store Magic - Kelley Armstrong
  6. Industrial Magic - Kelley Armstrong
  7. Haunted - Kelley Armstrong
  8. Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
  9. Frostbite - Richelle Mead
  10. Shadow Kiss - Richelle Mead
  11. Blood Promise - Richelle Mead
  12. Spirit Bound - Richelle Mead
  13. Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead
  14. Bloodlines - Richelle Mead
  15. The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
  16. The Iron King's Daughter - Julie Kagawa
  17. The Iron Queen - Julie Kagawa
  18. Spider's Bite - Jennifer Estep
  19. Ice Queen - Joey W. Hill
  20. Mirror Of My Soul - Joey W. Hill
Yay!! I finished it. *happy dance* This is my second challenge finished of this year. And the very first time I finished two reading challenges. Two milestones into one. I'm grinning like an idiot, yes I am. Anyway, I will still be adding books to this list if they're part of my TBR pile, but I won't count these books towards a bigger, bolder goal. I'm happy to just keep it simple. 
  1. Branded Sanctuary - Joey W. Hill
  2. Club Mephisto - Annabel Joseph
  3. Web of Lies - Jennifer Estep
  4. Venom - Jennifer Estep 
  5. Tangled Threads - Jennifer Estep 
  6. Spider's Revenge - Jennifer Estep
  7. Darkfever - Karen Marie Moning 
  8. Bloodfever - Karen Marie Moning 
  9. Ecstasy Unveiled - Larissa Ione 
  10. Sin Undone - Larissa Ione 
  11. Eternal Rider - Larissa Ione 
  12. Immortal Rider - Larissa Ione 
  13. Lethal Rider - Larissa Ione 
  14. Molly's Lips: Club Mephisto Retold - Annabel Joseph 
  15. Burn For You - Annabel Joseph
  16. Broken - Kelley Armstrong
  17. No Humans Involved - Kelley Armstrong
  18. Personal Demon - Kelley Armstrong
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