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Top Ten Tuesday #15: How to Hook a Harpy

I almost skipped today’s TTT post. I know, blasphemy, but they are the only types of posts that I am doing lately… which kinda makes the blog look meh, and it also makes me feel like a cheater that only uses others’ ideas to talk about books. Which is stupid because 1) my TTT posts rock and 2) I have a list of ideas all jotted down and ready to fly. Some of them even were outlined on my brain BEFORE being noted down…which also means that I forgot around 80% of the outline, but I digress…

This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book, aka an impossible topic to skip by the Broke and the Bookish. Well done ladies, well done!

So… time to grab the popcorn and find out what makes me call books my precious before I even read them, or, as I like to put it, How to Hook a Harpy:

1. Steven Says ReadIt!

Because a deal is a deal, and I promised Steven I would read whatever he chose for me. And I’m totally planning to. Even if it doesn’t like it. Or it takes me a whole year (or a decade) to pick them up.

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2. Paper Fury’s Seal of Approval

I love all of Cait’s posts. Her pretty pictures, the way she writes, what she writes, her obsession with cake or other baked delicacies… I love baking, so I can relate, and I’m biased to all things chocolate so… But when she talks books, people listen (read(?) ), and her reviews usually have me checking online stores (and bank account). I don’t even check the book on goodreads… because she’s that good.

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3. Ilona Andrews

Read. Rea-read. Buy. Borrow. Trade internal organs for. Make an altar on bookshelves. Anything that duo writes has one (sometimes all) of the reactions.

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4. Drool worthy book

Yes, we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. And want another cliche? Size DOES matter. Sure, hardcovers have their qualities. Me? I love paperbacks. If they have the right feel. The right size. The right font. It makes me want to grab them and never let go. If they are unique.. I’m drawn to them and I’m lost. I have to have them. I have to read them. I have to love them… Want one example? UK’s paperback edition of Wintersong. It is perfect. And magic. (And I need to pass the 160 page mark soon). Another example is Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (also UK’s paperback edition).. the books look so perfect on my hands that I have to read them and have them… even when I like the movie adaptation better, but it is okay… I’ll survive.

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5. Shapeshifters, vampires and magic

What can I say, I’m a sucker for urban fantasy books. And if it has an unique take on any of the above, I’m doomed.

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6. Kick-ass/sass/foul mouth

Rose Hathaway, Kate Daniels, Mercy Thompson, Ty Grady… you get the drill.

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7. Angst

And I mean, rip your heart out and make you cry so much that your soul feels sore for days angst… You better give me a hint of an HEA though… I don’t like my characters to suffer for no reason… I like their pain to be worth it. Think Touch & Geaux (Cut & Run, #7) and you’ll know what I mean.

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8. Tease and Banter

I also like cheesy romances where main characters will tease each other, have hot banter, and moments so hilarious that make you laugh so hard that your cheeks hurt and you’ll need to wipe tears. Like with Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1).

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Anything on my list that strikes your fancy?
What’s your TTT?

 

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Top Ten Tuesday #14: Weird reinvents by authors

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Readand I basically am going to interpret it a bit too freely and discuss WEIRD REINVENTS BY AUTHORS

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1. Sparkling Vampires

Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Vampires that walk in the sun are… rare.. but not unheard of. Bran Stoker’s Dracula was said to be able to be out during light time, although weaker. Also, Louie from Interview with the Vampire fed from animals to avoid losing his humanity. Now, Stephanie Meyer decided that combining the two wasn’t enough. Nope, she made them go into the sun, feed from animal blood, and then took their fangs out (word emasculate comes to mind) plus the worse insult of all: made them sparkle like diamonds in the sun. Why? How? I just…. have no words. It makes no sense to me… however… It helped the book. Because those who weren’t caught in the twilight fandom were bash trashing it… and one of the reasons was the sparkling skin.

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2. Zombie Reversing

Warm Bodies by saac Marion

I’m going to be completely biased here. First, I don’t like zombies, they creep me out. Unless they’re the voodoo kind, controlled by a necromancer or witch. And second, I DNFed Warm Bodies.  But I couldn’t.. it didn’t make any sense. I had to let it go. Okay, so… eating brains works on the I Zombie TV show or in the White Trash novels as a holy cure. In the Revivalist series, she had to take some shots, otherwise she would start to rot and liquefy… but in Warm Bodies… it was so… weird… because it wasn’t eating brains.. it was THAT particular brain… and it was contagious? The part that makes me sad is that I was enjoying the book, with the strange zombie base, and the marriage, and the zombie kids and school…. but then we had dry humping zombie sex and a human girl hiding in plain zombieland and then a brain that refuses to let go, so the zombie that ate it has weird memories and starts looking… less dead…. It was just too much for me.

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3. Lucrezia Borgia as Evil Queen

Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire

Nobody can accuse Gregory Maguire of lack of imagination. No sir. Think with me: Lucrezia Borgia as Snow White’s stepmom/guardian.. should I repeat? Yeah, probably not. Having it said once was too much already. BUT, if you think that is the weird thing we have on that book… think again. We have Snow White’s dad going into a holy graalish quest, the dwarfs are a mix between rocks/dogs/living beings that are hard to understand, and Snow White has to be taken away because Lucrezia’s brother was having a special interest for the child. Yes, child, she was TEN… I think. Maybe younger. And then she turns into sleeping beauty, because when she finds the dwarfs she falls into a sleep that makes them turn back into rock and mute life around them till she wakes up. I kid you not, this one gets the cup of Weird Reinvent.

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4. Zeus Talking Like a Teenager

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Well, the concept is interesting. It really is. The whole book is about the greek myths told by Percy Jackson. But the teen speech Is. Just. Overwhelming. First you may think is refreshing and new… after 100 pages you want to bash Percy’s head against a column till he starts talking like a normal person. Not to mention he messes with one of my favorite myths of all time. But again, I may be a little biased because the first Percy movie already had a go at it (And I will never forgive them… how dare they to make Hades look like a wimp and turn Persephone into a male eater?)

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5. Bi Curious Marines

Sidewinder Series by Abigail Roux

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love me some GFY novel, with lots of doubts and It can be rights, because angsty feelings and awesome banter and teaser. And I love my Cut&Run boys to pieces. But somehow, the spin-off doesn’t work as well as the original sounds. Maybe because we never saw the bi-curious side of Kelly… and so the easiness he goes into a catcher role without being a pitcher first… it sounds a bit… forced. I still buy them and devour them, of course… it’s Abi Roux.

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Of course, there are some crazy ideas that work. And they work perfectly. For example:

 

6. Is Not Killing If Life Doesn’t End

Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman

Neil Shusterman gives us a chilling and amazing story, that has as starting point the consequences of the second civil rights war. Abortion is a crime, and life is untouchable from the conception till the age of 13. Then, all bets are off and teenagers can be set to be unwound: the harvest of all organs and cells to be transplanted to those in need of donors… which technically means life never ens, hence no crime. The whole concept… the character’s mindset, the worlbuilding… as I said.. chilling and amazing. Not for everybody, though.

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7. Marilyn Monroe and Katrina

Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter

Vampires, Shapeshifters, Witches and more in this amazing Urban Fantasy series. Vampires come out of their coffin when Marilyn Monroe was staked on the oval room when caught trying to turn JFK. Witches are victims of prejudice since popular belief think that Katrina was either their fault, or the result of their failure. Those are just some samples of Faith Hunter popular series, and if you are an urban fantasy fan, make yourself a favor and pick it up. I know I have Steven to thank to make me read it, because those books are great!

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Any weird reinvents I should have here?
What’s your TTT?

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Top Ten Tuesday #13: Bookish Obsessions Through the Years

Everybody that hangs out near me on goodreads, blog (or even real life) knows that sometimes I get really addicted to a book (or series). Actually, to be honest, I obsess to dangerously  close to intervention levels. Worry not.. mostly I read everything related to or re-read them to exhaustion and then move on… to the next book obsession. Of course, while it lasts, I also tend to make people read them. feather

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Fandom Freebie“.

 

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I bought this book as a Christmas present to my sister. Eventually we bought all the others and suffered terribly waiting for the next book in line till it ended. Now we’re (and by we I mean I) moving on to the next phase: Cursed Child, Movie script adaptation and some awesome merchandise the series has and I *must* have. But, that first book was my go to comfort reading for years. I must have read it at least 20 times.. and that was BEFORE the first movie came out. It was my first book obsession and will be always on my heart.

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2. Breaking Dawn

I’m kinda ashamed to have this one here (which means we’re going to have a full post about it one of these days) but, truth to be told, I spent quite a while re-reading (or re-listening) to this one. So much that I discovered my audio version had a fluke so I manually changed the track numbers to have them play in the correct order. Curious part is that my reaction reading book #1 was not that good. Or book #2… by book #3 I just wanted to get over with it to know how the story ended… BUT Breaking Dawn… there’s something about that book that hooked me to a point I could recreate the scenes with the exact intonation of the book’s narrator (which made a hell of a job, if you asked me)

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3. Vampire Academy

I have a confession to make. I only read book #1 of the Bloodlines spinoff. Hence, my love for Rose is still going on. I simple adored her. She had everything a young and rebel warrior needed. Plus she was adept of the hit first, ask questions later, and who doesn’t love that philosophy? I read all books in a row – had a breakdown with the end of book #3, but I have a good excuse, no matter how much I liked Adrian I was Team Dimitri to the core – I read the series. I listened to it. I made people read it. I added it to the Feature Series Folder. I got the graphic novels. I even watched the movie and *glup* accepted what they did to my precious.

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4. Mercy Thompson

I saw the cover of Moon Called on my favorite bookstore and promptly took a picture, so I wouldn’t forget. Of course vampires were the masters of my reading at the time, so I needed some force to fight them for dominance. And dang, Mercy does fight. She is a force to be recon with. She is also the one that made me love werewolves, because till then, they were just monsters without a rational thinking, therefore, a must terminate on sight. From first book I got sucked in, and only stopped after there wasn’t a single mercyverse published word unread. A re-reading is also in order… maybe in the summer 🙂

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5. Kate Daniels

The reason I created the Feature Series Folder and my favorite series of all time. And it was a gradual love. After reading Magic Bites I boldly stated that I had found a contestant to Dresden. I was wrong. After Magic Burns I was pretty sure Dresden would never grab my heart as Kate did. And by Magic Strikes I couldn’t stop. If there is a published word on the Kateverse that I haven’t read.. is because it’s hidden or somehow hell has frozen over and I missed it. A few years ago, in a recommendation post my pair said that she was giving me something to fill the Kate shaped void I would have. She had a point… there will be a Kate shaped void in May 2018, and I have no clue if anything will have what it takes to fill it.

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6. Cut & Run

Last but not the least, we have the Cut & Run series. This obsession was the WORSE I EVER HAD. It took me more than a year to stop re-reading those books. I was seriously damaged. Had a bad day at work? Read some Ty&Zane. In a sore mood? Read Ty&Zane. Need to kill some time and want something that you can interrupt at anytime? Read some Ty&Zane. It was my go to comfort reading. Actually, it was my only reading. I got it so bad that I was really worried I would have a meltdown when final book was out. Turns out, I needed that final book to move on. It wrapped the story nicely, Ty&Zane had their HEA, and there are also the tiny Brick & Mortar snippets on the Sidewinders spin-off. So do I miss the boys? Yes, I do. Would I be happy with more? Of course, their interaction is awesome. Am I satisfied how it turned out? Totally. And I can always get back to them without being stuck into a loop. Which is a good thing, since Riptide has announced new covers and re-editions and that series has a hardcover spot reserved on my bookshelf. Which also means a Ty&Zane re-read in the future.

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Are you a re-reader?
What’s your TTT?

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FanGirling: Ilona Andrews

Yesterday I was watching some mindless TV with my sister – no reading mood, remember? – when out of the blue she says “Ask Ilona a question”. It was the goodreads marketing message due to a new release coming soon. I commented something about White Hot being released in May, and subject died.

Early today I finally checked on goodreads, and there it was the same message. Being that Kate Daniels is just my favorite series of all times and forever, makes sense. What also makes sense is that the question I have is “How on Earth will I survive in a world without a new Kate release?”. Because next Kate, will also be the last….Excuse me while I sit in a dark corner wailing in despair.

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Ahem… Good thing that everything Gordon and Ilona write is pure gold, and I have a couple of series to look for. Even if their Hidden Legacy series is supposed to be a trilogy only… which leaves me with only the Inkeeper Chronicles and maybe some Grey Wolf shorties… and… what is the world coming to?????

Anyway, that made me think I had no clue what was happening in Ilona’s world, since I have been away of all things online lately. But first thing first, time to turn computer on to pre-order white hot. After some hard and short internal debate of physical versus digital copy, the latest won. Not only due to the waiting period but also because I’m not that big of a fan of the Hidden Legacy covers. They kind of remind me a Harlequin romance cover. Okay, I get the why, specially being published by Avon, but they’re more than that. They’re so much more than romance. The plot, the worldbuilding and the characters are so rich, that discarding this books as romance is a CRIME. They’re so, so good.

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As a result, I ended up pre-ordering both White Hot and Wildfire, and buying Burn for Me and Origins: Alphas. No, I don’t need an intervention. One does not need an intervention when it relates to favorite author.

I also applied to a Blog Tour for White Hot. My first blog tour try, so chances are very slim, but I’m trying anyway. And it’s not even for the chance of getting a free ARC since I applied for dates after the release date to ensure I had a copy available.

After stalking Ilona’s website (and spend a while reading freebies and excerpts) here are the news:

  • There’s going to be a Hugh novella and it may be in serial format!!! *happy & deranged fan dance* . And here are some snippets.
  • Gordon is going to write some Rogan’s POV’s
  • White Hot has a Kirkus review
  • Kate #10 is going to be released in May 2018 – Bittersweet news, because it’s going to be worth the wait, but it also means a LOOOOOOONG wait.
  • Inkeeper Chronicles has a special edition signed and limited (and also a little expensive, hence not being ordered as we speak)

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And that’s all for now… time to curl on the nest and cope with the reading of White Hot Excerpt and having to wait two months to know the rest

 

The Harpie Wants To Know

Is there an author you’re totally obsessed with? Am I the only one?

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When you’re feeling overwhelmed is time to take a break… or start working on a new team challenge!

So, yesterday I almost stepped down as a NBRC mod. Truth to be told, with real life acting up pretty much since last June, and the madness that was our last team challenge, I was still recovering. Actually, I was ready to throw the towel and quit. I tried to do minimal tasks, and ended up feeling guilty for leaving all work to be done… which in turn made me want to try (and fail) to do books of the month discussions, newsletters, challenges, and overall group maintenance.

It also showed on the blog. No reading time + no posting mood = neglected Harpie’s Nest.

So… I was feeling guilty. And ready to go.  And some time yesterday, a variation of this conversation happened:

Me: I think it’s time for me to go

Mod1: Maybe just take a break?

Me: I’ve tried. And with bad results. We’re in need of another tower teams

A few hours later…

Mod2: I’ve entered in twilight zone because same two thoughts crossed my mind today.

Me: WE’RE DOING IT!!! CHIPMUNKS ARE BACK!

So… we spent my first two working hours brainstorming, talking about rules, and options, deadlines, duration, AND THEME… don’t forget the theme… is quite important for teams names and whatnots…

And yes, I do realize I revealed one of my weak spots… when noticing I’m about to give up, just throw a different challenge my way so I can set my focus in and I’m yours forever!!!!

So…

Have you heard about Tower Teams?
#ttv #iscoming #teamchallenge

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The Harpie’s Reading Madness March Plan

So… due to real life I manage to read…. ONE book in January and ONE book in February.

This.

Stops.

Now.

Well I managed to finish a book already this month – And I read almost 70% yesterday – so yey me! Maybe this last sentence will be more than wishful thinking.

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I’ll present to you…

The Harpie’s Reading Madness March Plan:

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Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson, #10) by Patricia Briggs Magic for Nothing (InCryptid, #6) by Seanan McGuire

UF Wednesdays
Mercy Blade (Jane Yellowrock, #3) by Faith Hunter Raven Cursed (Jane Yellowrock, #4) by Faith Hunter Death's Rival (Jane Yellowrock, #5) by Faith Hunter Blood Trade (Jane Yellowrock, #6) by Faith Hunter Black Arts (Jane Yellowrock, #7) by Faith Hunter Broken Soul (Jane Yellowrock, #8) by Faith Hunter

yes, I’m well aware that there’s more books in there than Wednesdays in March… remember the ONE book read in February? That’s the result.

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Caraval (Caraval, #1) by Stephanie Garber The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

And because there’s not such thing as too many books in the reading plan
Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1) by Neal Shusterman Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1) by Laini Taylor Final Girls by Mira Grant

I think I’m forgetting something… I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting something… oh well…

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The Harpie Wants To Know

So.. Anything on your March Reading Plan you want to share?

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I’ll read it tomorrow… next week…year? A list of 2016 unread titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But TOTALLY plan to)“.

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Last year was… complicated, to keep it short and simple. It was also the year that 1) I bought more physical books than usual and 2) the year I manage to read less since joining goodreads back in 2011.Thus, a lot of new releases were left behind. Some were eARCs and need to be read in a rush, some were even started. Some were added to the list because of those that were started. Not to mention the book ordering gone wrong which caused precious books to be lost and arrived long due their needed date.

New year, New reading goals. So here’s this week’s TTT, by release order (Click image to go to goodreads page)

  • Big Rock by Lauren Blakely
  • Spencer Cohen by N.R. Walker
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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  • Origins by Ilona Andrews
  • Stiletto by Daniel O’Malley
  • Wolfsong by TJ Klune

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  • This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Did you reach your 2016 book goals?
What’s your TTT?