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Short and Sweet Review: Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison


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by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Synopsis: 

Rachel Morgan lives in a world where a bioengineered virus wiped out most of the world’s human population – exposing the existence of supernatural communities that had long lived alongside humanity. It’s her job as a white witch working for Inderland Security to protect the humans from things that go bump in the night.

For the last five years Rachel has been tracking down lawbreaking Inderlanders in modern-day Cincinnati, but now she wants to leave and start her own agency. Her only problem: no one quits the I.S.

Marked for death, Rachel will have to fend off fairy assassins and homicidal werewolves armed to the teeth with deadly curses.

Unless she can appease her former employers by exposing the city’s most prominent citizen as a drug lord, she might just be a dead witch walking.

How am I reading this?
Kindle

My friends reviews?
4 and 5 stars.

When am I reading this?

October 2nd

Harpie’s Thoughts:

I first read this one before I joined goodreads. I remembered it having potential, Rachel being annoying and a tad obsessed with Trent, Jenks being amazing, not trusting Nick, and something about tomatoes. And nothing else.

So, when it won the BOM poll, first I grumped about it, then I grumped a bit more, and then I realized that if I ever was to read the series, I would need a re-read and RL issues apart, now was a good time to start. A few one-clicks later, I was a proud owner of a kindle copy.

Anyway, I ended up upping it a star from my first reading.

Does that mean I like Rachel more?

HELL NO.

I still think she’s annoying, her reactions to Ivy are over the top, her obsession with nailing Trent is too much, all the breaking and entering that is done on this book is waaaaaay too easy, and she almost touches the special snowflake status. Almost.

So why the better ranking?

Because I moved past my irritation with some characters and looked at the book. The plot, worldbuilding and writing style are *really good*. And then we have the characters. They as complex and full of flavors as a delicious sachertorte. They have solid backgrounds (mostly hidden). They have layers. They have so much potential and things to learn and for us to discover that make us want more.

It’s a solid first book. Sure, the first 30 -40% makes us wish we could slap Rachel, tag her and put a I’m too dumb to see the big picture hat on her head. Is not an easy book/story to get into. But the trip it promises on the lung run, may be worthy.

Plus Jenks!!! I could read the whole series just for him

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Better Late Than Never Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs


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by Patricia Briggs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Genre: Urban-Fantasy

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

Once upon a time I was killing some time in one of my usual bookstores and came across this appealing cover of a book called “O Apelo da Lua” (the Portuguese edition of Moon Called). You know the saying never judge a book by its cover? Well, I am no ashamed to confess it was the cover that make me notice it. Then I read the blurb. And snapped a picture for later. Fast forward a few years later, and Mercy Thompson continues to be one of my favorite series. And installments like this one remind me of the why.

It was… a Mercy Thompson book like we hadn’t know in a long time. Remember the old Mercy? The one that couldn’t rely on Adam and the pack to keep her out of trouble? The resourceful Mercy, the little coyote that everybody underestimates and ultimately pays the price? Well, that Mercy is here. Full-force and better than never, because now, she has a lot more to lose, a lot more to fight for. And the growth she experienced as the series progresses allows for a Mercy Thompson the old world is not ready for.

Did I mention we also have Adam? And let me tell you, I had my doubts about Adam. Not that he’s not a great alpha, or a great mate. But I always thought we never saw Adam’s true potential blooming. Maybe because we usually see him from Mercy’s eyes. Well, we now have the chance to see Adam in all his glory and it takes the spotlight and grabs the attention like hot Brad Pitt surrounded by a sea of zombies.

I was a bit wary at the change between POVs… specially when I realized we would be on two different timelines. Well, thank you Patty for proving me that you know what is best for you books, because it made the experience so much better.

In a nutshell, Mercy is here to stay, and that series is as fresh and dynamic now as it was at the beginning. If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and grab Moon Called as soon as you can.

Oh, and check here for a handy timeline for the mercyverse aka novels, shorties and spin-off reading order – includes graphic novels.

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“I’m a mechanic; I fix things that are broken. I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote. I have powerful friends. But when it comes right down to it, my real superpower is chaos.” -Mercy”
― Patricia BriggsSilence Fallen

“My love,” he said, his voice intent, “you are welcome to all that I am, all that I have. I would destroy the planet for you. I was even diplomatic for you, which was a bigger sacrifice. A little power drain is nothing.”
― Patricia BriggsSilence Fallen

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Harpie’s Daunting Reading Plan till 2018

My TBR pile is the size of mount Everest.

Between the unread physical books on the shelf, Kindle freebies, books on my TBR shelf on goodreads, ongoing series, new releases I didn’t know I wanted to read till I was researching for this post, ARCs I have requested that are number #11 in a series I only read the first 2 or 3 installments (yes, plural), ARCs requested and unread, and goodreads discussion groups read ahead, the LIST NEVER ENDS. And you know what? I wouldn’t want it other way.

Well… maybe being a little more organized with my ARCs archiving dates… Sure, winning the lottery would be nice too, but although it would give me more free time to read, it would also allow for me to have a castle full of books, which means I could add all the books to my TBR… and unless I could have a time-turner to create reading pockets, I would turn into a poor rich girl, crying ugly tears because I have all the books in the world and no way of reading them all. *slaps shelf*

We can’t have that.

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 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

Which would be more accurately translated as the Harpie’s Daunting Reading Plan till 2018. Specially because some of the ARCs do not correspond to the book in the series Im currently at, meaning there’s a bit of reading required to get there.

Hi, my name is Sonia and I have a NetGalley addiction. It has been 3 days since my last request.

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NBRC October BOMs

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UF Wednesdays

 

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New Releases

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NetGalley

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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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On the Harpie’s Nest #2: Guilty Pleasures

It’s confession time here on the Harpy’s Nest, and the hot topic of today is… Guilty pleasures!

And no, I don’t mean chocolate. As much pleasurable as chocolate is, I don’t feel any guilt when having it. Specially the luscious-melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate. It’s indulgence at its best. Sinful. Almost erotic due to the moans and expression of delight it causes. But never EVER guilt inducing.

I’m talking about those books I actually feel guilty of how much I enjoy reading them. Either due to mentality reasons… like admitting you actually like porn when society dictates you should think it’s gross… or because it’s embarrassing… like farting in the yoga class… or because it doesn’t meet standards, like gorging on fast food till your are so full you’ll throw up if you move, and you know that is not good food, but you love it anyway.

And since we’re talking about pleasures, it’s LIST TIME. I do love me some lists. And I feel no shame or guilt admitting it.

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1) The Twilight series

I don’t know what guilts me the most. The way I trash-talk the books, calling it (with a snobbish tone) “that sample of sublime literary work”, that I disliked the first one so much, me thinking books #2 and #3 are oh-so-boring or the fact that I got so completely obsessed by book #4 that I re-read it/listening to it so many times I actually know each line, each pause, each breathing and each freaking intonation and emphasis. I still get back to the series once in a while. And just when I though it couldn’t be worse? We have the movies. That not only I set myself to watch EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. it shows on TV, I also want to buy them… desperately… *ashamed*

Me and my sister have this little addiction to identify two recurrent things during the whole Twilight movie. If we turn it into a drinking game, we’d be throwing up before the vampire baseball game. You don’t believe me? Fine. Follow instructions bellow choosing one of the options (or both if you’re feeling really hard-core):

  • Prepare the vodka or tequila or a beverage of choice and shot glasses.
  • Get Twilight the movie.
  • Hit play.
  • Drink a shot every time Edward shows a stalking behavior or stalkish reference
    or
  • Drink a shot every time Edward looks constipated/nauseous.
Which curiously enough is every time he smells Bella, is near her or talking about her feelings for her. Because nothing says I love you like having to plug your nose to avoid taking a whiff at you.
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2) The Fifty Shades series

What, you weren’t expecting it? Seriously? It started as a Twilight fan-fic, so OF COURSE it had to be part of this list. Although this particular one, is hard to swallow. Because there’s a LOT of things I have to say about it:

  • It sells a completely dysfunctional and abusive relationship as romance. ROMANCE. Now, as much as I love books with alpha-male over the top with hard to define boundaries, Christian is an ass. The excuses used for his behavior don’t stick, and instead of a powerful dominant personality I end up looking at him like a petulant teenager that throws a tantrum every time things don’t go his way. And I refuse to call something romance when one of the participants is actually scared of the other. Because she CRINGES every time his mood changes. That is not healthy.
  • The writing is poor. Sure, I don’t expect some erotic novel to be worthy of a Nobel – I actually stopped reading one, because the style was too Oxford English to me – but, I do expect editing, correct spelling, and grammar rules to be applied.
  • The Subconscious and Inner Goddess. Oh my gosh. It started as funny, but quickly enough turned silly and annoying and… PLEASE STOP SOMEONE KILL ME NOW. Good thing their appearance diminish from book to book, because otherwise we needed to change the title to the Wanna Be Dominant Man-Child and the Multiple Personalities Chick.
  • The unreality of the…. of everything, actually. From how much money he makes an hour, to her reactions, the secondary characters, not to mention the so called BDSM lifestyle.
  • The Twilight/Fifty Shades analogies. Okay, it was originally fan-fic. But that was the first book, right? Right? Heck, there was even a Grey book like the intended and never published Midnight Sun. Let me guess… it was already written and they waited till the twilight 10th anniversary to publish it… isn’t it a bit too much?

That being said. I listened to the 3 in a row.

And I … enjoyed it.

Actually, I liked the “story” so much that I promptly proceed to read them in ebook format, to make sure I hadn’t lost anything due to the audio. Which make me think about what was I reading. By the time I reached the honeymoon, I was ready to set them on fire. And I still…read.. Grey when it came out… WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?

I also watched the movie. Twice.

What? Naked Jamie Dornan… enough reason. Which reminds me I need to watch the second one.

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3)Mushy Romance and Angsty books

In real life, mushy romance makes me want to puke. In books? I ate it by spoonfuls. Seriously, things like managing to get invited to a family thing because you know it will be a hard time to your love-interest and you want to be there for support? Or the little cute nicknames and little gestures?

IT BRINGS JOY TO MY HEART.

And I love…love… love ANGSTY books. The ones that make you cry ugly tears mixed with snot while they rip your steel bleeding heart out of your chest and leave you a pitiful mess on the floor gasping for air and sometimes feel actual pain because of all the emotional meltdown.

I know, awful. How can I do that to myself.? And more important,why?

But at the same time, IT’S FREAKING AWESOME AND I. JUST. LOVE IT.

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4)Uber possessive alpha males

You know the type, the dominant I know what is best for you and the you’re mine and I’m going to tie you to the bed for you to stay put and nobody gets to look at you type. And if they’re alpha werewolves/shapeshifters that go ape crazy with the need to claim? SHEER PERFECTION
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5)M/M Smutty Romance

I did start this post by mentioning porn, right? I used to feel embarrassed by admitting I enjoyed M/M Romances. Better yet, that I liked to read some very hot, steamy & graphic novels about two (and sometimes three) hot guys going at each other. Now? I still don’t announce it to the Universe, but, I post reviews, and even mark the books on goodreads. I still feel a little uncomfortable, but I also think people should read what they enjoy reading. And if you add 3 + 4 + 5 in the same book, you’ll get a very Happy Harpy and that’s always a good thing.

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Do you have embarrassing readings?
Any guilty pleasure you want to share?

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Magic For Nothing: A long time overdue review


Magic for Nothing
by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

I have some explaining to do. Because how can I read a book and than wait SIX months to review it? Good question. Well… I wanted it to be PERFECT. I wanted it to be AMAZING. I wanted for it to be WORTHY of the excellent masterpiece I read and borrowing a line from one of my guilty readings, I needed new and better words to describe it.

Well, sadly, I didn’t learn them. But, my awe for the book hasn’t changed during all this time. And revisiting the blurb, only makes the wait for the next installment so much harder.

Anyway, if you’re an Incryptid fan – and if you’re not, what are you waiting for? – you know that every once in a while, we change main characters and POVs. We also get to first see the future main characters from their siblings eyes. Which causes for building an image about said characters that gets all shattered and revamped when we finally met them.

So, here we have little Antimony, which we kinda look as a spoiled brat, that stays home brooding and has her revenge putting spikes on her pit traps to make them look cooler. Which means I was all giddy with excitement to know another side of Antimony. So, imagine my surprise when she turns out to be… exactly as her siblings saw her! What? Seanan what are you doing to me? That can’t be… and the mission? What type of parents send her younger daughter to the other side of the Atlantic to act as a spy? Really? Whinny and bratty Antimony? And what kind of secret organization is SO FREAKING EASY TO FIND AND ENTER?! Those were the concepts we learn from the synopsis and that the author actually feds to us when we start the book…. And then the story continues and…

Okay, so six months passed, so this is what I recall:

1) The Covenant is SCARY as HELL
2) We should not EVER doubt Seanan McGuire. NEVER.
3) Antimony is my favorite character/Sibling.
4) Aisling Mice are da best, and I would want a colony of my own, but sadly my cats disagree with me
5) This series is freaking amazing and the previous five were just a sample of the awesomeness we had in store…
6) This book destroyed me. Al this time and I can still remember every twist, every expression, every painful thing that was said, and written that happened… My heart breaks all over again, my outrageous voice sounds and my need for the next one is as strong as it was when I first read it.

Is it March yet?

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Short & Sweet: Illegal Contact (The Barons, #1) by Santino Hassell

Illegal Contact (The Barons, #1)Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*

What to do when you are recommended a book, have great expectations for it and have the luck of getting approved for a NetGalley ARC? Well, let me tell you what not to do. You. Must. Not. Procrastinate it.

Ahem. That being said. I had a LOT of expectations for this book. And was also scared to read it. Why? Two main reasons:
1)The person who recommended gave it 5 stars, and was pretty excited about it, specially because it was written by a gay male.
2)A romance book written by a MALE author? – Yes, I admit, I have some pre-made ideas about this. Here’s the drill. I absolute adore MM romance. And, true to the Romance Guidelines, it usually follows the formula: meeting-fighting attraction-banter & teasing-go down and dirty-fight/break up – HEA.

So yeah. I procrastinated. A LOT. And then picked it up. And skies opened up and angels sung because IT FOLLOWED THE FORMULA AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!!!!!!

Gavin and Noah were perfect examples of stereotypes… on the outside and inside. You know, the hot, big ill tempered bad boy with a golden heart and the nerdy Clark Kent with a filthy mouth and inner fire. I loved them. to pieces. I loved their interaction even more. I loved how they changed each other.

The support characters were well written. And also fit flawlessly into the expected roles.

And the “crisis/breaking” part? It was so good that I actually burned dinner because I was crying so hard I didn’t realized the food was getting a shade a bit too dark.

Overall, it is your Tried & True romance book. That keeps up to any expectation you have, and is exactly what you are bargaining for when searching for it.

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NBRC event: The Great Library Cross Promotion


Ask Rachel Caine a Question (Link to Thread) — we’re keeping it open till the end of the week.

Ash & Quill Buddy Read (Link to Thread)

Read & Review Corner
Read the Book and post a small review on the thread:
Ink and Bone
Paper and Fire
Ash and Quill

Review doesn’t have to be too detailed, a small one counts as long as it’s more than “great book”. Since we’re cross promoting the author, if you also review the books on goodreads, It would be awesome.


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Coins: 
Rainbow Gem Coins
Ask Rachel Caine a Question
Tourmaline Coin – 1 Tourmaline Coin

Ash & Quill Buddy Read
Same as BOMs. DQ spots are already taken, but you can still win participation points.

Read and Review:
Citrine Coin 1 citrine coin –> Ink and Bone
Citrine Coin 2 citrine coins –> Paper and Fire
Citrine Coin 3 citrine coins –> Ash and Quill

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Ask Rachel Caine a Question
30 points for participation (ONE question per team)

Ash & Quill Buddy Read
Same as BOMs. DQ spots are already taken, but you can still win participation points.

Read and Review:
Ink and Bone –> 10 points
Paper and Fire –> 20 points
Ash and Quill –> 30 points.