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Real Life Organizing(…) by Cassandra Aarssen – Yes, I’m reading non-fiction

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stumbled with Cass’s YT channel by accident, and was totally hooked. Her funny and irreverent style and her positive attitude actually makes me to go home and *glup* clean.

So, buying and reading her books was a matter of time. I basically read it in two sittings. It stays true to her channel, and basically is a written manual of all the things and tips she posts there, with lots of templates and cute resources.

Is it extensive and detailed how-to-guide? No, it isn’t. And it totally makes sense. Clean, purging and tidying up is a very personal thing, and you need to find your own way. It gives you a direction to go, a overall guideline. How to make it work for you, it’s your decision. It has to be. Otherwise the process will not stick and fail.

It makes us start purging? It does. It makes us want to do it? Yes. Which is the purpose of the book, IMO.

It also helped me realize that sometimes, is our perspective on things that has to change for a more efficient and happy us.

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On the Harpie’s Nest #3: when following author’s blog makes you cry

You don’t need to be a bookworm to have a favorite author. You also don’t need to be a bookworm to follow said author’s blog or communications to the world. However, how you react to the news, well… let’s say bookworms are used to have their feelings shattered, and sometimes, following authors carry risk hazard.

I am quite picky about following them. Because I tend to jump into every text they send my way, and them become a pile of anxiety and frustration till the book is out and I’m holding it on my hands.

Ilona Andrews’s is a particularly tough subject to me. I battled with myself over the years, because their snippets are worth the authors’ weight in gold… they also are bittersweet sometimes because…hello…excerpts and my inability not to read them, even if release date is twenty years away!!!

Anyway, I lost that battle. So, I follow them. And get mail notifications from every post. And resigned myself to be brokenhearted a couple times a week. It comes with the “bookworm” title I guess.

So, this morning, I had an email waiting for me. They shared with us, with the world, that the first draft of Magic Triumphs is done. I was really happy for them. I could feel the sheer joy and relief on those words. I was all smiley and sending good vibes from this side of the Atlantic. I even did a mental happy dance. Also, my inner fan girl was all excited. Kate Daniels phase 1 is done. It’s going to be ready on time. The turning wheels of books publication process phase has begun, and can’t be stopped now!!!

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And then brain caught up…

Kate Daniels is done.

My all time favorite series is done.

It ends now.

It’s going to have the words “The End” at the end.

I’m going to read those words.

It’s time to say goodbye.

To get into a one last adventure with Kate and the Beast Lord.

To fight and bleed and laugh and shout at them.

It’s time to let them go.

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I might or might not be fighting tears as we speak…since…you know… I’m at work right now… and I share a table with another 4 co-workers…. male co-workers…. that don’t read….

*wipes tears*

I also want to kick Elsa’s butt, because no matter of how many times I hear that damn song, Let It Go is hard as hell.

I thought the world was ending when Cut&Run last installment was out. I was wrong. So wrong.

*hugs tightly to all Kate Books*

 

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Harpie’s Broken Promises: AKA books I wanted to read but failed miserable.

Between Steven’s recommendations, NBRC’s BOMs, BB&B’s Wednesday UF readings and my NetGalley addiction, the amount of titles piled up around me was giganormous. Add a job change in the middle of the year and two months of working overtime with no off days, and you have two things: A very exhausted Harpy and a LOT of broken promises.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “op Ten Books We Meant to Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To.

Steven Says Read It!

Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter – I kinda was ding great… but then life happened and I stopped at book #9. It sucks, and not in the way Jane is used to.

October Daye series by Seanan McGuire – Rosemary and Rue has been on my TBR since I joined goodreads! I finally caved in and read it. And loved it. And read the next, and the next… even had a cat fight with the Time Lord about Tybalt… that been said, Ashes of Honor is on my currently reading shelf since SEPTEMBER!!! I need to get back to it, I totally do. Eventually I will.

UF Wednesday

The Others series by Anne Bishop. I managed to read Murder of Crows, and that was about it. Since I got lucky enough to scored the spin-off ARC, this one has to be read like yesterday.

NBRC BOM

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. I am really sad about this one. I even started it. But it was during the month that shall not be named and was kind of impossible. I want the whole DC Icons series. And my rule is not to by the next one if the previous is still unread, sooooo.

NetGalley

 

Most Wanted New Release

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews – not only is from my favorite author, it’s also the last installment on the series, and I had read the teaser for the first chapter and made everybody around me miserable with the wait. So what did I do? I bought it. And let it stay. Untouched. Unread. Unloved. *hangs head in shame*

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The Harpie Wants To Know

Any broken promises? I can’t be the only one! Please tell me I’m not the only one!

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Release Date Review: Flame in the Dark by Faith Hunter

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Rating: ✪✪✪✪✪

Book Info:
388 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Ace Books
Available on mass market paperback and kindle

Series: Souldwood #3

Genres: Urban Fantasy

Source: I received a free ARC from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: 

Set in the same world as Faith Hunter’s New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock novels, the third, thrilling Soulwood novel stars Nell Ingram, who draws her powers from deep within the earth.

Nell Ingram has always known she was different. Since she was a child, she’s been able to feel and channel ancient powers from deep within the earth. When she met Jane Yellowrock, her entire life changed, and she was recruited into PsyLED—the Homeland Security division that polices paranormals. But now her newly formed unit is about to take on its toughest case yet.

A powerful senator barely survives an assassination attempt that leaves many others dead—and the house he was visiting burns to the ground. Invisible to security cameras, the assassin literally disappears, and Nell’s team is called in. As they track a killer they know is more—or less—than human, they unravel a web of dark intrigue and malevolent motives that tests them to their limits and beyond.

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Flame in the Dark must be my most highly anticipated book of 2017. Not only are the two previous books on my top 3 of 2016, I adore the main character. And the support crew. And the worldbuilding. And the unfinished business. Okay, I love everything about this series. It has the best from the Jane Yellowrock universe, without the focus on vampire politics (which I kinda hate and only tolerate because Jane and her crew are so good). So yeah, it sucked me right in.
I am loving Nell’s growth. Sure, there was a moment where I kinda screamed “what? No no no no, I don’t like it. Faith Hunter cannot do that to me and my precious characters”.  I get the why it was there. It was needed. I don’t have to like, have I? And Nell’s justification for her decision didn’t set well with me either. Good thing her actions proved what her heart really felt, otherwise I’s be terrible upset.
As usual, the mystery and the parts involved and context was very well put, intricate and with dept.
And the ending, although not being a cliffhanger – thank the writing gods – leaves you wanting for more. It would be a good ending for a trilogy. Knowing we are going to have more, makes it perfect. For now.
5 fiery stars. I said it before, and will say it again. PICK THE BOOKS AND START READING THEM. It will be worth it. Harpie’s Promise.
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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?