Friday, February 22, 2019

Fandom Friday (5) NCIS


Hey y’all, thanks so much for stopping by my FF!

Fandom Friday is a weekly meme that highlights, various fandoms. Typically those that I am definitely a part of, sometimes those that I am not a part of but do feel strongly should have a fandom surrounding them.

The month of February is going to be dedicated to television shows that I love.


Taken from the NBC website:

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high- stress situations. NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all.


Why I am a fan?


Gibbs- need I say more? If you think so than you haven’t watched an episode of this show. There is something about Gibbs figuring out the mystery, and getting the bad guy in the end that draws me in. Maybe it reminds me of a grown-up Scooby-Doo without the Scooby snacks although when Abby gets her Caf-Pow she is like Thelma on steroids. DeNizzo the player, Kate the serious one, McGee the MIT grad, Abby the eccentric scientist, Ducky and Palmer how could I not get sucked in? Then something horrible happens and Ziva David, the hottie with a great right hook, steps in? Some characters have stuck with us and some have departed yet all have left an impression.

The family like atmosphere, the director, the cases. Each week it was something new and yet the same thing again as well. There is a bad guy/woman, a crime is committed, Gibbs and his team is one the case. Ultimately, they get their criminal. Happy ending for all unless something bad happens cause well- something bad always happens at some time during the season to one of the members of our team. This show knows how to bring the feelings when they need to, and they know when to just get the bad guy too.



Polls and quizzes one could take:

This Is The Hardest NCIS Quiz You'll Ever Take


NCIS Personality Profiler


Which NCIS Character Are you?


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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review: Fated Mates (True Mates #1)





Author Alicia Montgomery
Format e-book 
Print Length 233 pages 
Publisher Eros Media 
Published August 19, 2016 



A secret Lycan world, hidden in plain sight. An outsider suddenly drawn in...She can't resist him, but he knows he can never have her... 

Private investigator Alynna Chase is drawn in to the world of werewolf shifter clans when she encounters charming and sexy Lycan, Alex Westbrooke. 

For centuries, werewolf shifters have moved among human society undetected, hiding in plain sight. The New York clan, hiding behind the powerful Fenrir Corporation, has ruled the East Coast for over two centuries, holding great power and position in both human and Lycan hierarchy. 

Alynna suddenly finds herself in the center of this secretive society world when her true heritage is revealed – a full-blooded Lycan, born of the fabled True Mate pairing between her human mother and powerful Alpha father. Drawn deeper into their world, she feels a magnetic pull towards Alex. 

As Alynna takes her place in Lycan high society, Alex knows he could never have her. He's a newcomer to New York and a member of the current Alpha’s security team, making her beyond his reach. But the attraction between them is too powerful, and he risks everything to have her. 

However, a threat to the clan and Alynna’s life draws them closer together, and Alex will do anything to protect her, even risk getting too close and defying Lycan hierarchy. 

With so many things at stake, will their affair end in disaster or have these two lonely souls found what they’ve been looking for? 

My Opinion 


Sometimes you find a hidden gem when you are in the library, bookstore or even clicking on an ad on Facebook. This is story was one such gem, so much so that I ended up binge reading the entire series in a week. Good thing the next book in the spin-off comes out in March. 

Alynna was raised by her mother and bachelor private investigator uncle. When her mom passes away her uncle teaches her how to be an private investigator so that she has something to fall back on. Hot on the tail of a client’s husband who is cheat she ends up in a club that caters to a different type of cliental. There she runs into Alex, a Lycan who recently transferred to a the New York clan. Their attraction is instantly and it accidently reveals that Alynna is a Lycan as well. In steps the alpha of the New York Clan, who turns out to be her half-brother. Her birth a blessing from her parents being True Mates. Now she must take her place as his heir which puts her at risk and out of place. 

Alynna is a “I can handle myself” kinda gal. For the most part, she can. There are times when Lycan politics gets in the way but for the most part she is a strong female lead that does not have to depend on someone to rescue her-from humans. As a newly discovered Lycan, she does need some help hence her brother gives her a security team. Emotionally, she struggles with several things and those struggles make the story more realistic. 

Alex, as being newly accepted into the New York clan knows that he has to be on his best behavior with the Alpha’s sister. Yet, their chemistry is hard to deny. He has more to lose than Alynna does from acting on the attraction yet. He is protective of her, even to her brother which does get the notice of clan members who are close to the Alpha. I do hate how he pulls away from her and at times I wanted to shake him hard. 

As a couple these two sizzle. Their moments alone together are hotter than hot. Their reasons for staying apart are all one sided and annoying. Good thing the Alynna agrees. 

Fated Mates is a fun, fast paced shifter book that will bring with it an increase in heart rate, sighing and then a tightening of your lips as you get annoyed with Alex being well Alex. Regardless, you should take the time to read it if you like a series that is complete, intertwined with each other but could be stand-alone if you wanted it to be. 

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars 


Favorite Quote “That he couldn’t trust her and deep down inside maybe he knew he wasn’t worthy of her?” 


Other People 

Grant- Alpha of New York Clan 
Nick- Beta of New York Clan 
Cady- Human Liaison for New York Clan

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (8) From Breath and Ruin




Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW! 

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 





In her YA debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five.

Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five to bring the two fractured kingdoms together.

Lyric has no idea that there's a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out that nothing is as it seems.

War is raging around her, and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted as she trains: a boy who isn't who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her.

For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can't get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more...no matter the cost to prophecy. 

Why am I waiting?

I love the thought of magic making a comeback in the publishing world.  I have missed stories of witches ad elementals.  This one looks interesting with the warriors added in.  Will she bring the two kingdoms together?  Or tear them apart?

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Teaser Tuesday (8) Wolf's Mate

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Teaser One

“I’m not a fan of men who hit women.” That dark voice slithered over her, almost emotionless except she thought she heard a soft thread of rage in the syllables.

Wolf's Mate page 27

Me neither. So you do what you have to do to those who hit her.

Teaser Two

“‘Knowledge is Power’ isn’t some motivational poster. It’s the truth. In my line of work, knowledge is life. I’ve known a lot of people who died because of ignorance. Not gonna have you be one of ’em.”

Wolf's Mate page 118

Can't argue with this. So great pep talk Declan.

Teaser Three

“You. Are. Mine. You run, I’ll chase you. You hide, I’ll find you. You even think about another man, I’ll kill him.”

Wolf's Mate page 271

Well then, that settles that.  I am guessing that Abby doesn't want to hid, run, or even think about another man right now.  Declan is well Declan.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Book Trailer Saturday (7) Circle of Shadows


Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sigh...






Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.


As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day



No Review today or Fandom Friday tomorrow!

Spending this time with the family.

Will be back at it on Saturday!

Happy Reading!






Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (7) Heart and Shadow: The Valkyrie Duology



Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW! 

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 





GAME OF THRONES MEETS BLADE RUNNER IN THIS YA FANTASY DUOLOGY INSPIRED BY NORSE MYTHOLOGY FROM NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR AMANDA HOCKING. 

Between the Blade and the Heart 

WHEN THE FATE OF THE WORLD IS AT STAKE, LOYALTIES WILL BE TESTED. As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk--to the world and her heart.

From the Earth to the Shadows 

SHE WILL SAVE THE WORLD OR DIE TRYING. While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin Krigarie finds herself with new allies--and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she's never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to rescue the people she cares about and save the world before it's too late? 

Why am I waiting?


This is a series that I have been wanting to read.  Valkyries, secrets and quest are sometimes all you need for a great escape.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Teaser Tuesday (7) Moonlight Scandal

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.


Teaser One

“I think you’re the most uptight person I know.”
 
“You know nothing about me.” 

“I know enough to know you need a hobby or a pastime. Maybe a different workout regimen to de-stress or you need to get laid. Something to loosen you up a bit.”

Moonlight Scandal Kindle Location 685

Gotta hand it to Rosie, she is a straight shooter.  I wonder if Devlin can handle the shots though.


Teaser Two

Before she even had a chance to process that, his mouth came down on hers in a brutal, raw kiss that took those scattered senses and blew them up. Her lips parted, and Devlin deepened that kiss, slipping his tongue over hers, stealing her breath and nearly all her common sense.

Moonlight Scandal Kindle Location 2563

Sometimes a gal needs to be kissed senseless- this is one of those times.  Devlin knows what he is doing.

Teaser Three

“I’ve been thinking about us.” 

“Us?” Rosie squeaked. “There isn’t an us.” 

“There is most definitely an us.”

Moonlight Scandal Kindle Location 4900

I am guess that Devlin and Rosie have a few things to talk about.  Specially since one of them is in denial.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Review: Serpent’s Kiss



Author Thea Harrison 
Format e-book 
Print Length 336 pages 
Publisher Berkley Sensation 
Published October, 4, 2011 

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, a Queen on the brink of sanity has no one to rely on except the Wyr warrior whose conviction is every bit as strong as his passion.

In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling—without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.

Recently, Carling's Power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee in fear. Despite the danger, Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help her find a cure for the serpent's kiss—the vampyric disease that's killing her.

With their desire for each other escalating just as quickly as Carling's instability spirals out of control, the sentinel and the Queen will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent's kiss. 



My Opinion 


Due to the events of Storm’s Heart, Rune now owes a debt to Carling, the vampire elder. So he takes a leave of absence from working as a sentinel for Drago and goes to her island. Here he finds that Carling has basically been banished to the island due to a vampire disease. She has been looking for a cure, but has given up. Rune decides that that is not an option. 

Carling was interesting in that she came as a complete surprise. Seen by the world as unbending, cold, manipulative and on the verge of being evil internally she is none of those things. Thousands of years old we get to see into her past quite a bit, she was a sorcerer before a vampire. Finding out what occurred in those years was pretty cool. Here is a strong, knowledgeable lady who can’t figure out her how to cure her disease. She is meticulous, a scientist, a researcher and she didn’t give up. It was awesome that she didn’t depend on anyone else to help her solve the problem for over three hundred years. 

Rune for the first two books, was the Beta to Dragos Alpha. He was the one to use comic relief, he was the Enforcer, funny and strong. Here he is just determined- it was as if the powerful Gryphon turned into a puppy dog. I really don’t get why he didn’t trust his friends if he had known them for centuries. I guess it was that his 

The world building is still on point. Here we get a lot of Egyptian mythology, mysteries, some time travel and of course Djinn. Yeah that is what made the book for me. When Khalil was introduced, I was hooked. Getting glimpses of him was why I continued because when I say that it was a bit slower, I mean snail pace at some points.The romance was steady, strong and mutual. The action and danger didn’t really happen for me until the end. By then I was more concerned with the people that were introduced than with the two main characters. The romance part was already settled, so there was nothing else to do but wait for the big baddie to show up. Then it was race to the Oracle, who I ended up wanting to more about like now not later. Plus, I was annoyed how Rune and Dragos ended up in the end. I mean they are suppose to be besties so what happen here? 

I liked this one, but it didn’t wow me like the previous. I didn’t care if I was interrupted by life while reading it. It was a good book, and sometimes that is all you need. 

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars


Favorite Quote Passion is a choice, and staying in love is a decision. 


Other People 

Khalil- Djinn 
Grace- Oracle 
Rasputin- Carling’s dog 
Rhoswen- Carling’s assistant 
Julian- Nightkind King

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Book Trailer Saturday (6) Crown of Feathers


Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sigh...





I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Fandom Friday (6) Battlestar Galactica


Hey y’all, thanks so much for stopping by my FF!

Fandom Friday is a weekly meme that highlights, various fandoms.  Typically those that I am definitely a part of, sometimes those that I am not a part of but do feel strongly should have a fandom surrounding them.

Taken from SYFY:
Considered by many to be one of the best television series ever made, Battlestar Galactica picks up just as Cylons- intelligent robots designed by humankind- commit mass genocide against humanity.  Only Battlestar Galactica, the last of the Colonial Fleet, survives the attack.  Driven by prophetic visions and political necessity, the Galactica travels through uncharted space in hopes of finding the mythical, lost 13th colony- Earth.

Why I am a fan?

I had never heard of the first Battlestar Galactica when I started watching the new one.  With a dark start, I couldn’t help but follow a show that hit on many modern day issues while in space.  I loved that the main character was a female- which was rare in 2004 as well as a strong female cast.  Most sci-fi shows are male dominate, while the male cast of Battlestar Galactica were definitely Alpha males, they did not seem to mind allowing their female shipmates a chance to shine.  I don’t think they really had a choice as Starbuck, Grace and Six all were strong female leads.  Due to the several different storylines for this ensemble cast, I couldn’t help but get caught up in what was going on with each character every week.

Polls and quizzes one could take:


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Review: Spartan Promise



Author Jennifer Estep 
Format e-book 
Print Length 293 pages 
Publisher self 
Published Jan. 15, 2019 






Hunting for the bad guys has never been so dangerous . . . 

My name is Rory Forseti, and I attend the Colorado branch of Mythos Academy, a school of warrior kids, powerful artifacts, and mythological monsters.

I’m a student, a fierce Spartan warrior, and a member of Team Midgard, a group of kids and adults tasked with stopping the evil Reapers of Chaos. There is one Reaper I’m determined to hunt down above all others: Covington, the man who murdered my parents.

So when the Midgard gets a tip that Covington is going to try to steal a dangerous artifact, I’m ready to fight. But the situation is far more complicated than it seems, and the Reapers aren’t my only enemies.

I’ll have to use all my Spartan strength and skills to survive this. And even then, it might be my blood that gets spilled . . . 

My Opinion 


Spartan Heart is the second book in this spin-off series. Rory is still the champion of the Goddess Sigyn, although due to her parents past she wonders for how long. Rory is officially on Team Midgard. Their ultimate task is to stop Covington, the former librarian at this academy who is the leader for Reapers of Chaos. Apparently, his is looking for some artifacts that have been infused with god/goddess power. Team Midgard is going to try to stop him, before he gains too much power. 

After the events of book one, Rory has a support team. She even has friends, those that will stick with her. Zoe is now her best friend and their relationship is one of support and love. Rory really needs that type of friendship after all she has been through. Babs, her ever-loving talking sword, is the best comic relief ever. Rory has always been confident in her fight skills, she is a Spartan after all. Relationships on the other hand have taken a beaten thanks to what her parents put her through. So she is content for admiring Ian from afar for now- hence the romance is a slow burn for sure. They are also in what is essentially a high school, so slow burn is perfect. Ian is equally as awkward with Rory, having been betrayed by one who he admires. Regardless of that each scene that has both of them in it is adorable. 

A fast paced action filled adventure that will entertain you from start to finish. Some questions will be answered. Some answers will lead to more questions. Regardless being back in the Mythos world is comforting and amazing. The world building that began in the first series continues to be enriched with the spin-off. I cannot wait to see what Rory and Team Midgard face next. 

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars 


Favorite Quote “You always need to keep fighting, even when it seems all hope is lost.” 


Other People 

Zoe- Rory’s bestie, Valkyrie 
Kylie- mean girl 
Gretchen- Kylie’s bestie 
Professor Dalaja- favorite teacher 
Mateo- Roman 
Drake- Covington’s right hand man