What I’m Reading…

So, I am doing that Goodreads reading challenge again this year, and I decided that I would do 150 books. But lo and behold, I’ve been slammed with so many other projects and just crazy overtime at work, but I’ve managed to read “68 of 150 (45%)” thus far. Am I ever going to manage more time to read and complete my goal? *dun dun dunnn* Going to damn well try. Anyhow, I do love to have multiple books to read at a time due to my annoyingly inescapable ADHD. My imagination and I love to have a different world to hop in from time to time, and being a quick reader, I am not hindered by the sudden change of atmosphere(genre,plot,characters etc.), just makes my nerdvana a happier place to be! Soooo, this week, I have a reread by the one and only JR Ward:

And let me tell you… I read this before the Black Dagger Brotherhood, so when I read the Fallen Angel series the first time, I kept having those moments like, “I feel like I missed something…”everytime she introduced a character real quick, places, etc. It all makes sense now! I just about busted out laughing when Marie was walking out of the bible group, and the Neurotic Anonymous members were coming in after her, and we were introduced to a tall, strong man with wild and long multi-colored hair. I shouted, “OHURY!” There’s BDB Characters crawling ALL OVER THIS BOOK! Rehv at the club, Trez, all of them. It finally makes sense to me! Thank goodness for re-reads! And might I add, this story is just as magical the 2nd time as it was the first. I love love love love….you get it… Jim.

And as for my second book I am using as another get-a-way, is:
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I know I am behind reading this series, and trust me, after reading the first one, I regret it big time! It was just that I am such a huge fan of vampire novels, and it seemed like everyone started jumping on the YA Vampire Bandwagon after Twilight, and the mythical race was slowly being ruined for me after every book I gave a chance to. Well, I am catching up fast now! My only issue about this book and the first, is the highschool drama, but I know what I am getting myself into by reading YA, but I also trust it will all tie into the big plot eventually. Till then, I absolutely love Dimitri, and our main heroine Rose. She’s feisty, strong, and willed. And Richelle Mead’s vampires are absolutely original and refreshing.

I also found a freebie on Amazon which I am enjoying thus far:

I am just now beginning it, but so far I love it! It’s narrated in first person, and we have a picture of her painted as a big, badass b*tch/witch in prison and no one has an idea how powerful she actually is.

Well, there’s my rambling for today, I am anxious to dive back into one of my few picks and live in a fantastical world for the day!

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The Booknatics GoodReads.com Group May Books of the Month

Hello everyone! I am very excited about this months group read, mainly because this is our first group activity since starting the Booknatic blogging! We had our members vote on a poll filled with different books from a variety of genres, and the two that won May’s featured books are:

May 2013 book of the Month

May 2013 book of the Month


Cinder by Marissa Meyer:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

May Book of the Month

May Book of the Month


Fallen by Lauren Kate:
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story

I have already read the Fallen series, which was captivating in it’s YA genre, but have not yet read Cinder. If you have read either of these, or plan to, why don’t ya join us on goodreads and join in the bookly fun? =D
Link to our Goodreads group: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/89180
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Proof of Heaven- Eben Alexander

Being an overly-ambitious person, I’m undeniably attracted to a vast diversity of genres, with biographies, documentaries and etc., being no exception. Living through another person’s story, further educating oneself with the author’s knowledge, is a thrilling exercise to expand your own. Stories such as this remind you why it is so exhilarating to pick up a book and call yourself a bookworm.

Living through someone else’s imagination, or in this case, personal experiences, really kick that brain of yours into gear, leaving yourself asking questions you wouldn’t have asked before, leading you to do research, and in my case… checking WebMD making sure some of my vital signs aren’t abnormal after my new paranoia of Escherichia Coli, thanks to this book…Not that I didn’t already knew the consequences of E.Coli, but now that I’ve learned there are more ways than one to contract the disease, makes my slight case of mysophobia just a tad more on the uneasy side. There were also several times I’d take a sip of coffee mindlessly, and then all of a sudden stumble upon words like “pus” and quickly reconsider swallowing, rendering myself not too thirsty after all…
Alexander keeps the reader’s attention with vivid descriptions while informing us non-medical doctorates, the different mechanics of the body’s natural labors during a variety of medical issues, consequently, educating the average reader on bodily functions we would have never fathomed otherwise.

But then we get to the more sentimental area of this story, the afterlife. I can’t even begin to express how I felt going through his descriptions of this so very real feeling place. It’s quite obvious, hearing his tone and blatant, yet raw emotions of going through this place. And at the risk of sounding corny, I couldn’t help but smile and feel at peace, as if I were there, too, giving me a brighter hope for the future of resting. I want to believe with all my heart that what he went through, is the real deal.

In his best possible way he could express, he colored us a picture so bright, so beautiful, and if you aren’t a believer, will leave you with a new curiosity of the Heavens up. Coming from an experienced neurosurgeon, who tells you there is no possible way that the human brain in his condition could create this ethereal world for itself, because scientifically, in this coma of his, the brain was completely shut down being eaten away by the bacteria- really tends to break through to you. I am actually so astonished by this book, and even though it may not look like it according to this blog review, I am speechless, finding it hard to render words to explain how I felt about this book. All I can really say is that, if you are skeptical about the afterlife (Heaven, God, etc…) This book will shed a new light for you, and maybe you will find yourself bettering your everyday life now that you have something so beautiful to look forward to. The beginning of your real life.

The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

2261214Alright, I am going to be honest. While this is one of my favorite genres to read, I found myself having difficulty to keep focused on the story and put the book down more than a few times. There were many times where the chapters dragged on a little more than it should have, so my mind would go off in la-la land and I’d wonder what I need at the grocery store… 

 I do adore the characters, I really do. But what I find disturbing is that, SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER——-yeah ok, the crush between Clary and Jace was adorable, until you find out they are actually brother and sister! What makes that worse? Is that even after all that drama, she was still fighting feelings for him! Whhhhhhy oh whhhhyyy? Seriously, I hope we later find out they are in fact, NOT related. Why get us attached to a relationship and then kill the mojo like that?
“I AM…Your brother…”

Yeah, I haven’t read the second book yet, I will, once the vile settles in my stomach.   That is my only complaint about this book. The story line itself is great. But, there is much potential for an epic adventure. I cannot wait to finish reading the series and pray that there will not be another awkward encounter. 

To put it simply, Clary finds out that her mother has been keeping a very big secret her whole life to keep Clary safe. After a series of events, from meeting Shadowhunters (Nephilim’s. Human-angel hybrids, who hunt and kill to protect the humans from demons that flood in from other dimensions) at a club only she could see, to her mom disappearing that very same night, she is taken in by the Shadowhunter’s in a hidden Church in Manhattan and is introduced to a whole new world, a world that her and her mother may have come from, and later discovers who she really is, a Shadowhunter. ( I don’t want to make too many spoilers, so I will leave it that)

At first, though, it was a struggle for Clary to be able to accept that the imaginary world of demons, vampires and fairy’s she always thought to be silly was actually so very real and … she actually plays a very big role in it all when she finds out what exactly her mother was being held captive for. The Mortal Cup. A cup that can breed Shadowhunter’s by drinking the blood of an Angel or a powerful Shadowhunter, but can also turn Shadowhunter’s evil by drinking from it. Someone out there wants to build an army of rebellious Shadowhunter’s. Without making any spoilers, Clary and her new friends set off to race in the search for the cup and to rescue her mother from the man searching for the Cup. The end of this book is a whole new type of end-of-story-twist. Craziness after craziness is discovered at the end. I finished the book with whiplash and a wild case of reading-hangover. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA Paranormal. The characters do have a lot of depth to them, and Clary honestly does have a great style of writing. I just hope the pace picks up a lil more in the series.

Christa Kinde- The Blue Door

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This was a well written, fantastic Biblical adventurous tale of a girl who encounters a very special situation. Unlike many paranormal books of Angels out right now, this is very unique as far as the Angels being portrayed goes. This focuses more on the actuality of God’s Heaven sent creatures who do good for the world. This was very refreshing.

This is a wonderful tale for all ages of the religious belief of God.
Prissie is a young girl in a small town brought up in a religious family. Taken aback when her innocent older crush reveals who he is, Prissie struggles to find the truth about what is really happening in this town of hers. He’ an Angel sent from Heaven.

This is about a girl discovering who she is, and learns just how much the Bible is true and affects the world, and how much goodness can be done by just believing in yourself. I recommend this to all parents who have been searching for a good read that would motivate, inspire and set a good example for their children.