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Date Posted: 12/3/2015 9:46 AM ET
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We had an ice storm so no electricity for several days/ yeah Kindle fire.  I read a great ebook 'Modern Sorcery' a Jonathan Shade novel/ part paranormal part mystery by Gary Jonas.  I really enjoyed his world and the book would recommend, probably sitting in most readers as I think it was either 99c or free.  Great book better for me than Jim Butcher didn't like his  vampire world/ or how the MC was always beat up.  Liked it better than Benedict Jacka his are a little to suspense and bloody.  Rate this a 4 star great writing style.

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 12:42 PM ET
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2016 Challege is up. I'll work on icons a bit later.

2016 Paranormal Challenge Discussion

2016 Paranormal Challenge Lists

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 1:18 PM ET
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Perfect timing; I just finished the 2015 challenge!  My last challenge book was The Rest of Us Just Live Here.  We read it for book club.  It's technically paranormal, because there are paranormal elements, but they're not crucial to the story.  If you look at it like YA fiction instead of YA paranormal, it's a pretty good book.

Basically it's the story of all the non-main characters in all the YA books.  I compare it to if the students at Buffy's high school wrote a book about their experiences.  So the characters know there's something going on, but they're not the ones responsible for fixing it.  Very neat premise and a good book.

Off to go check out the 2016 challenge and create my board!

Date Posted: 12/5/2015 4:04 PM ET
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This week I managed to finish two books, so, good wek!

I read an anthology - 

  1. Naked City (anthology) - some of the stories were good, but, many were very artsy.  I don't like my fiction to be artsy, and I really don't like short stories that are artsy.  I like straight forward story telling, and many missed that mark in this one.

I also read 

  1. Priestess Dreaming [Otherworld] by Yasmine Galenorn - I really like her writting, and this book has a lot of strings that will come out in the next few books I think - lots of build up to what is yet to come.
Date Posted: 12/11/2015 2:47 PM ET
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Heads up that Blood Destiny (Blood Curse, Bk 1) by Tessa Dawn is just $0.99 on Kindle. I think Alice or another person had read/enjoyed this series so might be worth looking at.

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Date Posted: 12/11/2015 4:19 PM ET
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It is a very good series. Good twist on vampires

Date Posted: 12/11/2015 4:33 PM ET
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Cool. Thanks Alice! I thought I remembered you enjoying the series and talking about it before. So glad this first book is on sale. Looking forward to reading it.

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Date Posted: 12/12/2015 8:40 AM ET
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I finished Pirateship Down: Stories from the World of the Sentinels of New Orleans :: Suzanne Johnson

Great bunch of Shortstories in the world of Sentinals of New Orleans

Date Posted: 12/12/2015 12:55 PM ET
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Pirateship Down: Stories from the World of the Sentinels of New Orleans :: Suzanne Johnson

Didn't know about this one Alice and I just put it on my WL.  I don't read anthologies unless they tie-in to series I'm following and this looks right up my alley!

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Date Posted: 12/13/2015 2:12 PM ET
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I just finished The Stars Never Rise :: Rachel Vincent

I didn't think I would like it but it was good very imaginative.  Well put together. There is a sequal due out next year.

Date Posted: 12/15/2015 12:28 AM ET
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ARe has started their 12 days of free eBooks. Today is a reprint of a werewolf book.  Roane by Marie Harte.

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Date Posted: 12/15/2015 11:22 AM ET
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I am reading Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) :: Marissa Meyer.

It is the last book in the series. Very creative. It would make a great series of movies.

Alice

Date Posted: 12/20/2015 5:49 AM ET
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Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow is just $1.99 for Kindle.



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Date Posted: 12/20/2015 5:28 PM ET
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This week I finished Teeth (anthology) and Surrender the Dark by LA  Banks.  I really liked almost all of the stories in the anthology, which is rare!  And I love LA Banks' books in general.  There's a few irritating habbits she has, but, overal I like the stories she built.

Date Posted: 12/25/2015 4:51 AM ET
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Not sure how everyone feels about them, but I padded out my 2015 list by adding the short stories & novellas that have ISBNs through Goodreads and Amazon (just used Amazon links instead of PBS). They're not on PBS since there's generally no hardcopies, but feel free to add them to you lists if you'd like. I've found that a lot of them add to the series quite a bit (especially the Elemental Assassin ones).

Date Posted: 12/25/2015 12:25 PM ET
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>>>especially the Elemental Assassin ones

Oh yeah, those do add a lot to filling out the series!

Thea Harrison (Elder Races) and D. B. Reynolds (Vampires in America) also include great novellas to fill out their series.

Date Posted: 12/25/2015 3:51 PM ET
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If anyone's looking for a fun, quick holiday read, I just finished Caribou's Gift by Eve Langlais. It says it's Book 3.5 of the Kodiak Point series, but really could be read at any point. It's just $1.99 for Kindle.

It's not quite as skinamaxy as her other books, a few romps, but mostly a HEA involving a single mom & a Caribou shifter.

Date Posted: 12/26/2015 2:03 PM ET
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This week I finished the 2nd book in LA Banks' Angels series.  I really wonder had she not died untimely, if this series would have continued,  It felt very unfinished. 

  1. Conquer the Dark [Angels] by LA Banks
Date Posted: 12/27/2015 8:58 AM ET
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I think I am done with the challenge! 68 books. Last book is Night Shift.  It was fun keeping track and adding to the categories. See you in the 2016 challegne!

Date Posted: 1/2/2016 4:09 PM ET
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My final book of 2015 is Kitty Saves the World [Kitty Norville] by Carrie Vaughn.  A great book to end the series and the year!

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