Ani's Book Abyss

Ani's Book Abyss

I like to read. A lot.

Reading progress update: I've read 4%.
The Suffragette Scandal - Courtney Milan

I love Free already!

 

"Suffragette," she said, "is pronounced with an exclamation point at the end.  Like this: 'Huzzah!  Suffragettes!'"

 

"I don't pronounce anything with exclamation points."

 

"No?  Then there's no time like the present to start.  Repeat after me: 'Let's hear three cheers for the women's vote!'"

 

"Cheering is entirely beyond my capabilities."

 

[...]

 

"Well, Monsieur le Realist.  Call on me if you ever find yourself in need of an exclamation point.  I have an entire box of them."

Booklikes-opoly | Free Friday Read #1! and Happy News!
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You would think a book as short and fast-paced as Don't Ever Stop wouldn't take long to read... but when Real Life clashes with Reading Life, things tend to get side-lined.  As I'd stated in a previous post, my little brother's wedding has come and gone, and the few days surrounding this event seemed like nothing but hectic activity.  There were relatives from out of town to entertain, there were a lot of last minute preparations for the wedding day, then there was the full-day event of the wedding day itself.

Truth be told, weddings are definitely very happy, wonderful, yet exhausting occasions.  Everyone's been pretty tired, and since I had to head right back to work the next night after the wedding, I think my body got quite worn out.  Days later, my feet are still sore; and needless to say, I got very little reading done.

 

Congratulations to the happy couple!

 

In this picture, they are feeding each other seafood soup.  I can vouch that it was delicious!


Anyway, after hijacking my own Booklikes-opoly update post for a bit of rambling news, onto the actual Booklikes-opoly update post!


First of all, I still haven't finished Don't Ever Stop by Leslie A. Kelly, the book from my most recent Roll #18.  It's not that it's a bad book or anything, on the contrary, it's starting to get interesting.  But there have been so much going on (see above), that reading has been the last thing on my mind.

But now with relatives all gone back home, and life getting back to its normal scheduling, I think I can finally settle back into my usual routine.


Secondly...

The rules have been tweaked, which means a lot of things, all of which you can find at the above linky that I will keep on all of my BLopoly update posts now.  Just like that (see above--all the way above to beginning of the post).  Or you could just click here since the first half of my post is a bit long.

Anyway, aside from doubling cash rewards, a location multiplier, and the opportunity to spend cash for extra rolls, Moonlight has also given us Free Book Friday:

Fourth is free book Friday. Regardless of the square you are on, you get a free choice on the next seven Fridays to read anything.


And basically, how this works is as follows:

Free Friday books are independent of the square, and are a way to earn a few extra dollars.  They do not count towards the location multiplier!

They do not have to be finished on Friday, they just have to be started on Friday.  They can be finished on any day of the week.  However, you can only have one Free Friday book going at a given time, so if the player hasn't finished the preceding Friday's free book, they don't get to start a new one.


So... just another way of making some extra reward money!  Yay!

I was going to wait until the next Friday to start my Free Book, seeing as how I've got two books going right now, and having some trouble concentrating on reading with all the real life activities going on.  But I figured, you know, it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and start a new book today to get the ball rolling.

Worst case scenario is that I don't finish it by next Friday and have to skip next Friday's free book.

So after some thought about what I wanted to read, I decided to get started on the last book in the Brothers Sinister series, which will successfully fulfill my Read a Series in a Month Challenge for June.

 


What better book to start my Free Friday read than a book with an MC named Free!  Well, Frederica Marshall, who goes by the nickname "Free," but who's splitting hairs?

And to be totally honest, with this book, I'm almost certain I will finish it before next Friday... unfortunately, that means I don't know how badly that will interfere with me trying to finish up my current Blopoly book, Don't Ever Stop.

We'll just play by ear.

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan is 322 pages.  And according to the new Game Shake Up rules, since all money awards have been doubled, this book will be worth $6.00!  If I finish this book before my regular BLopoly book, that will bring my Bank Balance to $82.00!


Current Bank:   $76.00

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/booklikes-opoly-free-friday-read-1-and.html
Review
4 Stars
Thoughts: The Countess Conspiracy
The Countess Conspiracy  - Courtney Milan

The Countess Conspiracy
by Courtney Milan

Book 3 of Brothers Sinister

 

 

Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one.  When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories.  He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised—and he laughs through it all.

Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way.  But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his.  They’re hers.

So when Sebastian threatens to dissolve their years-long conspiracy, she’ll do anything to save their partnership... even if it means opening her vulnerable heart to the rake who could destroy it for good.



I have to honestly admit that even though this third book was very enjoyable, there were a few things that kept it a little lower on my personal book ranking scale compared to the previous two books.  Frankly, Sebastian and Violet were great together, and I loved how well they molded to each other.  And while both of their individual conflicts were meaningfully parallel, the events and set up felt deliberately created to make this couple a "No one understands me better than you" type of romance.  I'm not sure how to feel about it outside of a little 'meh,' truth be told.

If I had to pinpoint one disappointment, it would be that Violet and Sebastian seemed like a much more amusing, interesting couple as side characters in the first book.  But the ending of the second book gave me a bad feeling about them, so I wasn't really as looking forward to this couple as I would have been.

Then I started into The Countess Conspiracy and ended up with conflicted feelings.  Once again, Violet and Sebastian are a great couple.  But I can't help but feel like the rest of the characters were purposefully placed in a bad light just to showcase how special these two were, to each other, to all of their friends, to the world in general...  I mean, this book made me a little upset that I had gotten irritated with Robert for a short scene wherein he acts like a complete, inconsiderate, and insensitive jerk--this makes me sad because I love Robert!

Of course, compared to all the jerk-holes featured in this book--Violet's sister, Lily; Sebastian's brother, Benedict; Miss High Pitched woman with her uninformed judgments--Robert's and Oliver's little moment of being insensitive jerk-holes were quickly forgotten, in light of, they quickly repented and were very apologetic.  It still didn't make me happy though.

As individuals, Violet and Sebastian were good people with very unique, promising characteristics, with lots of potential for growth.  They weren't what I'd been expecting, to be honest.  And as intimate friends, they were wonderful together.  I loved how they fought and made up, read each other's minds at will, and understood each other without having to ask.

Once again, this was definitely a "made for each other" type of romance... and while those things are sweet, they were also a bit too deliberate in the telling.

And so, romance-wise, I'd have to say that while Sebastian played the dream, ideal man to perfection, Violet's own behaviors and actions were a little frustrating.  These two made better intimate, soul-mate-like friends than lovers.  Even knowing all the reasons behind the way Violet responds to other people, I still found the way she treats Sebastian a bit hard to agree with, especially after he'd always been nothing but sweet to her, never asking anything in return for just being able to be around her.

Anyway, The Countess Conspiracy is not necessarily my favorite of the Brothers Sinister series, even though it was enjoyable and easy to breeze through.  Meanwhile, there were still a lot of things that happen that I'm happy with, despite those few quibbles I mentioned.

So, conflicting feelings, yes.  But overall, enjoyable and no regrets about continuing this series.  If anything, the short moments that Oliver's youngest sister, Free, was present made me look forward to the last book even more!


***

Booklikes-opoly


Roll #17:
Book is set during Victoria's reign.

Page Count: 318
Cash Award: +$3.00

Updated Bank Balance:  $76.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/thoughts-countess-conspiracy.html
COYER Summer 2017 | Summer Reading List! and some news!
COYER is a reading challenge hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading, Berls @ Fantasy is more fun, and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!
COYER stands for "Clean out your e-reads."  And typically the goal is to read from all the freebies or low priced books you've collected in the past on your e-readers.

But for this summer duration of June 17th to September 8th, our hosts are throwing out the normal rules!

Click on this link to sign up or read about COYER Summer 2017.
See Also:  My COYER Summer 2017 Summary Page

 


There are two ways to play COYER this summer!

  1. COYER - READ ALL THE BOOKS!  That’s right…this means we can read whatever!  Any price, any format as long as it is acquired legally.  From the start of the challenge to the end just read/review as much as possible.  Super Simple. 
  2. Summer Reading List…. The idea is to create a "Summer Reading List" with 30 books that you plan on reading this summer, from the TBR pile of books you already own.  This is to give us a direction and a list of books to choose from.
    • We are not obligated to read ALL the books on the list by the end of the challenge.
    • The list cannot be changed after COYER starts on June 17.
    • Each time we finish reading five books, we can add five more books to the list.
    • This part of the challenge has a read-a-thon that goes with it--three read-a-thons.


Once again, for more information on the rules, prize drawings, as well as the scheduled read-a-thons, or to sign up to participate, click on the above link.

As a glutton for punishment, even though I want to keep with The Year of the Laid Back Reading Plans, I couldn't help but be drawn into a challenge wherein you make a reading list and try to stick with that reading list.  Even as a mood reader, I tend to like giving myself a sense of focus, and a list of books is just what I need!

Also, it helps that we don't really HAVE to finish all the books on the list...  Had this been two years ago, I probably would make myself finish all the books on any list I make.  But this year, I'm just going to try to have fun!


See Also:  Ani's COYER Summer Reading List Summary Page

 

 

Ani's COYER Summer Reading List

 

See Also: COYER Summer Reading List @ GR

  1. Going Rogue by Robin Benway
  2. Secret Agent Secretary by Melissa Cutler
  3. Hot on the Hunt by Melissa Cutler
  4. Behind the Scenes by Natalie J. Damschroder
  5. Secrets by Cynthia Eden
  6. Suspicions by Cynthia Eden
  7. The Manhattan Encounter by Addison Fox
  8. Hot Mess by Lynn Raye Harris
  9. Hot Package by Lynn Raye Harris
  10. SEAL's Honor by Elle James
  11. On the Loose by Tara Janzen
  12. Cutting Loose by Tara Janzen
  13. The Mysterious Twin by Leona Karr
  14. Cold Memory by Leslie A. Kelly
  15. Pushing the Lines by Kimberly Kincaid
  16. Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid
  17. Midnight Exposure by Melinda Leigh
  18. Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
  19. The First Victim by J.B. Lynn
  20. Thicker Than Water by Maggie Shayne
  21. The Littlest Cowboy by Maggie Shayne
  22. The Law of Attraction by N.M. Silber
  23. Her Fierce Warrior by Paige Tyler
  24. Heat Wave anthology - Stephanie Bond, Heidi Betts, Leslie Kelly
  25. That's Amore anthology - Janelle Denison, Tori Carrington, Leslie Kelly
  26. Bare Essentials duo-story anthology - Jill Shalvis, Leslie Kelly
  27. Night Driving by Lori Wilde
  28. Smooth Sailing by Lori Wilde
  29. Crash Landing by Lori Wilde
  30. Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates


I will be tracking all of my progress at a separate page, which can be found here, or right above my Reading List.  It will include, also, a spot for where I will add on extra five books for every five books I read.  And also, I've embedded a spinny wheel to help me decide what to read if I were to ever need a random pick!

 

 

And now some other news!

 

I haven't posted in almost a whole week, I think, and that's mainly because things have been super hectic at home.  My brother's wedding was just this past Saturday, so we spent a lot of time just prepping and hanging out as a family.  Since being social was a must, reading ended up being a bit minimal, so I haven't finished a book in a whole week even though I've started two.

Following the wedding, we ended up spending more time with relatives from out of town, so, once again, reading was a bit minimal.

I'm also trying to readjust to going back to work after taking some time off for the wedding, but the adjustment period is being kind of cruel.  Basically, I'm having trouble adjusting my sleep schedule from "normal people day" to "third shift working nights."  I've been going to work exhausted for the past few nights and then coming home and crashing.

Anyway...

If I get a chance, I may post a separate update about my brother's wedding, maybe with photos!

On top of that, I need to officially publish my review for The Countess Conspiracy, which was supposed to have gone up about five days ago, right before the wedding day, but with all the busy, I totally forgot to finish it.

Meanwhile, I'm going to try to finish reading Don't Ever Stop as soon as I can so that I can get back into the Booklikes-opoly game.  I'm so totally itching to roll again!  lol

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/coyer-summer-2017-summer-reading-list.html
Booklikes-opoly | Roll #18!
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Roll #17 brought me to a BL Square, where I ended up with the BL Task to spin the Wheel Decide, which lead me to eventually choosing a game space from Paradise Pier to land on.  Yeah, it was a bit of a complex roll, #17 was.

Long story short, from the Paradise Pier lands, I couldn't decide which game space to pick, so I again did a random select and got Paradise Pier 28.  From here, I went with Courtney Milan's The Countess Conspiracy, which is set in Victorian times, to count for the square.  This bagged me 318 pages = $3.00, which brings my Bank Balance to $76.00.

 



The book was as enjoyable and delightful as the previous two books in the Brothers Sinister series... though I can't help but think it was missing something.  Violet and Sebastian were great as friends, but romance-wise, the build-up and development to their love story was a bit frustrating.  A review will be forthcoming, of course.


And now Roll #18:

 

 


Moving forward from Paradise Pier 28, I went 7 spaces and landed on Mystery Square 35.

 


It's a rather quiet early morning/night on the board, and Magnetic Monkey, amidst trying to keep Teddy Bear from sliding off the board, is also having Peek-a-boo Penni over as company.  Good times!


Meanwhile, I'm actually kind of happy to land on this space (I've been here before), not only because there are so many possibilities with all the crime thrillers I read, but also because there is one particular book I'd been wanting to pick up so I could finish off the duology:

 


Don't Ever Stop by Leslie A. Kelly is the second and final (maybe?) book in the Veronica Sloan series.  Our MC, Veronica, is a police detective.  The book is set at 281 pages (Kindle), worth $3.00.  This will bring my Bank to $79.00 upon completion, and will also allow me to knock one series off my TBR!  Well... at least until Leslie Kelly decides to add another book to the series...

 

 

Current Bank:   $76.00

  • Roll #17 (6/6):  The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan / 318 pages = $3.00

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/booklikes-opoly-roll-18.html
Review
4.5 Stars
Rambling Thoughts: The Heiress Effect
The Heiress Effect  - Courtney Milan

The Heiress Effect

by Courtney Milan

Book #2 of Brothers Sinister

 

 

Miss Jane Fairfield can’t do anything right.  When she’s in company, she always says the wrong thing—and rather too much of it.  No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion.  Even her immense dowry can’t save her from being an object of derision.

And that’s precisely what she wants.  She’ll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe.

Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right.  He’s the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances—and he intends to give voice and power to the common people.  If he makes one false step, he’ll never get the chance to accomplish anything.  He doesn’t need to come to the rescue of the wrong woman.  He certainly doesn’t need to fall in love with her.  But there’s something about the lovely, courageous Jane that he can’t resist…even though it could mean the ruin of them both.



This series is so addictive.  I started reading The Heiress Effect because I needed an e-book to keep me occupied until I could get back to the paperback I was reading.  But before I knew it, I was picking up my e-reader every chance I had, and just breezing through this book, page after page, chapter after chapter.  By the time I finally put it down, on account of I needed to sleep if I didn't want to be a cranky co-worker, I was already about 69% complete.

The second book to Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series was equally as enjoyable and readily likable as the first.  There were, perhaps a few things about it that made me cringe, which was why I found that The Duchess War is still my favorite so far, but all-in-all, I pretty much loved, almost everything about The Heiress Effect.

If the first book showcased how much I loved the hero, Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, I believe that this second book showcased one of the most readily loved and awesome heroines in an historical romance I've read.  Jane Fairfield, who can't do anything right, was superbly created as a character you love to love; in fact, I would love to be as open and "in your face" as Jane is, and not give another two-cent care about what anyone thinks.  I love that she's so aware of herself, and I also love that she's not just pretending to fall on the unfortunate side of society's expectations; she truly doesn't know how to behave properly as a lady, and simply chose to multiply her effects by ten so that no one in polite society would even have a clue as to how to respond to her, or further humiliate her, since she's doing the job so nicely herself.

In contrast, while I like Oliver Marshall, I can't say that I loved him all that much.  He's a good man, caring about his family, with a conflicting guilty conscience that makes for great character development and self-revelation.  I found it interesting that, while he's been fighting against the set standards of the aristocrats since he was young, he ended up slipping right into their games in his adulthood.  That even though he's still mentally fighting them and proclaiming how he would use their own games against them so that he could gain power and win, he's still playing their games and compromising his own beliefs.

Oliver came as a point of frustration for me on several occasions throughout the book, probably because, while I sort of understood his excuses and reasons... well, frankly, I didn't really understand them.  If that makes any sense.  For such an intelligent man, he was rather slow on the uptake sometimes.

Meanwhile, there were some other characters that, while I didn't have any major problems with them, I did find some actions frustrating, and found myself wishing we would just get back to Jane and progressing her story line.  Jane's sister, Emily's tangent was cute, but rather dull; however, the relationship between the sisters and their uncle, really DID put into perspective the hardships young girls went through when faced with a guardian like Titus Fairfield, what with all the quack medical experts he paraded into his home to "cure" Emily of her condition.

Truthfully, I would have liked to get more into the girls' family back story about their father and mother, and how they came to be situated with such a holier-than-thou, stubborn, set-in-his-ways, and irritatingly dangerous uncle like Titus Fairfield.  Such a "I'm your guardian and you'll do what I say because I know better than young girls, even against the presentation of logic."  His racist imaginings and snap judgments at the end of the book were also unbecoming, and I would have liked to see him get his comeuppance, though I know it's probably not a necessary thread to explore.

In contrast to Jane's sister, I actually found myself quite in like of Oliver's youngest sister, Free.  She's fiery and independent and intelligent, and I can't wait to get to her story in Book #4 of the series!

Finally, I'd say that a lot of the frustrations I had found in this book were quashed rather easily.  Aside from our heroine, Jane, I also found the ending parts about Oliver's aunt Frederica a rather touching instance--we will recall the Marshall sibling's Aunt Freddy, as Serena's elder sister from the prequel novella, The Governess Affair, whom, suffering from a tragedy, has been unable to leave the confines of her home for almost the entirety of her adult life, all the way into old age.


Anyway...  I could spout things I love about this book all I want.  I could say a lot of things and even points of frustration.  But ultimately, The Heiress Effect was simply an enjoyable book, and one of the few favorites I have read this year in 2017.

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/rambling-thoughts-heiress-effect.html
Booklikes-opoly | Roll #17!
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After an exciting Memorial Day Weekend with extra rolls and all, I finally finished reading all of my books!  It took a little longer than I'd been expecting--all the books I chose were easy books to read, and enjoyable in their own ways.  But then I started reading The Heiress Effect--NOT a BLopoly book! Gasp!!--for whatever reason and got sucked into it, so Once a Thief got set aside; so I made myself finish it before starting a new book, because I wanted to roll again.  =P

So events were as follows:

Memorial Weekend Extra Rolls:

 

  • Roll #14:  Rolled a 7 and landed on Tomorrowland 33.
    • Read Obsidian Prey for 351 pages = $3.00, increasing bank to $64.00.
    • Obsidian Prey is tagged as 'science fiction' on GR, and the setting is in space.
    • Click on book title above to see my review
  • Roll #15:  Rolled a five and landed on Frontierland 1.
    • Read The Rome Affair for 284 pages = $3.00, increasing bank to $70.00.
    • I finished this book a day after my Roll #16.1 book, Rumor Has It.
    • Title of book begins with a letter found in the word 'Frontier.'
    • There will be a review forthcoming that I think I'm just going to bundle together with the last book in the series.  As far as my thoughts on this book, though, I unfortunately didn't enjoy it as much as I'd been hoping--things could have been better.
 
Regular Game Play Rolls:
 

 

  • Roll #16.1:  Rolled a Double 5 = 10, and landed on Main Street 10.
    • Read Rumor Has It for 281 pages = $3.00, increasing bank to $67.00.
    • I finished this book a day before my Roll #15 book, The Rome Affair.
    • Book's setting is in a small town in the U.S.A.
    • Click book titled to see review.
  • Roll #16.2:  Rolled a 5 and landed on Luxury Tax.
    • Read Once a Thief for 326 pages = $3.00, increasing bank to $73.00.
    • There is a character who is a millionaire/billionaire.
    • There will be a review forthcoming that I want to bundle into a duology series review with the second book, Always a Thief.  Truth be told, this book wasn't that great and I wish it hadn't dragged as much; but since there are so many loose ends, I know I'm going to end up reading the second book--especially since I badly want to post a review titled 'Once a Thief, Always a Thief.'  Priorities, you know...


Since the last game space I had landed on was Luxury Tax, I will move forward from there.


And now Roll #17:

 

 


Rolling a 6, I landed on BL Square (20), which requires me to roll another die in order to pick one of twelve BL Square Tasks.

 


Hmm... well, I'm not sure what Monkey's doing...  But I DO know, after uploading this photo, that I've left the right-hand side of the board a little empty, maybe erasing the previous roll stats a little too early... and forgetting to write in my roll date, which is 6/6.  Let's pretend I did.

Anyway...  Moving along...

 


I rolled a 12 for the BL Task:  "Let the wheel decide - spin the wheel to pick your next "land" and choose any property in the land for your next book!"

 


Here's a confession:  I've embedded the BL Wheel Decide into my own blog for easy access.  And every time I happen upon my BL-opoly Summary Page to update my progress, I'll scroll to the bottom of the page and spin the wheel... just to see and hear it spin.  I've done this on several occasions because it makes me smile; so imagine how ecstatic I got when I realized I actually got to spin it for real!

Is that strange?

Anyway, as seen above, we've spun the wheel and ended up on Paradise Pier, which is actually really great luck because I've got a whole long list of possible books for all three game squares.  The hard part was actually trying to decide which property to choose and which book I really felt like reading at the moment... and those choices probably amounted to about ten different possible books.

 


So... I let my nifty Dice Roller App decide, by changing the die to a D3, then assigning the numbers 1, 2, and 3 to each square in order, and letting it roll.  I'm not picturing it here, because it's inconsequential since I was actually quite relieved it gave me a '1', for Paradise Pier 28--if I had ended up rolling a '2' for Paradise Pier 30, it would have been another headache of choosing a book because I've got about 30+ possibilities.

I've landed on Paradise Pier 28 before, and found my first 5-Star Read of 2017, thus leading me to decide to choose the Brothers Sinister series for another challenge that started this month in June.

Long story short:

 

 


I will be reading the third Brothers Sinister book, The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan, a book that is set during Victoria's reign, opening up in 1867.  Truthfully, for some reason, I'm not looking forward to this book as much as I'd been the previous book, The Heiress Effect (which, as stated above, I successfully devoured in less than 24 hours, thus side-tracking my progress on Once a Thief for a couple days).

But I made a commitment to finish reading Brothers Sinister for the Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge, and so why not make it count for two different challenges?

The Countess Conspiracy is 318 pages, for a reward of $3.00, which will bring my Bank to $76.00, upon completion.

 


Let's not forget to move Teddy Bear to the proper game square!


Current Bank:   $73.00

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/booklikes-opoly-roll-17.html
Review
4 Stars
Quick Thoughts: Rumor Has It
Rumor Has It: An Animal Magnetism Novel, Book 4 - Tantor Audio, Jill Shalvis, Karen White

Rumor Has It

by Jill Shalvis

Book 4 of Animal Magnetism

 

 

He'll help unleash the new woman in her...

Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn’t exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho.  He's only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he’s in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he'd expect.

Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she's always called home.  Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she’s desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine.  Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life.

To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister's friend, but now he's finding her to be so much more.  As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting...



Well, Rumor Has It was definitely a lot more enjoyable than the preceding book in this series, Rescue My Heart, had been.  And then I determined that, it really wasn't just the book itself, but the heroine of Rescue My Heart, Holly Reid, was just plain annoying; case in point, I had an immense problem with her meddling, bossy attitude in this book, even if the story played it off as her being over protective of her best friend.

But this book wasn't about Holly, thank goodness, but her super nerdy (and super cool) best friend, Kate Evans.  Kate teaches elementary school, and has the uncanny bad habit of spouting science facts when she gets really nervous.  So when her long time crush, Griffin Reid comes back into town, she finds herself spouting all sorts of different science facts, whether they are nerdy facts, cool facts, or even some naughty, more lascivious facts.

Kate is like a woman after my own heart, with her no-nonsense personality, and her penchant for seeing good in all people, without letting anyone walk all over her.  But she's also got this strange need to take care of everyone in her orbit, which doesn't exclude Griffin when she learns about the injuries he'd gotten while fighting war overseas.

I definitely love the development of the relationship between Kate and Griffin, even though Griffin could really use a reality check (as could everyone else in the book) about their perception of Kate.  It seems that because Kate is such a sweet, lovable person, everyone and their mothers seemed to think she couldn't handle a one night stand with a man she'd always had a thing for, and I actually DID kind of find it amusing when Griffin clambered over himself to make sure Kate was okay and NOT pining over him after they have sex.  I loved that Kate kind of just put him in his place, with her, "Well, all I wanted was to have a bit of fun.  And that's what we did."

The book progressed very smoothly from one anecdote to another, with an underlying conflict in the background that sort of got a little too emotional for my liking by the time the ending rolled around.  I thought it was a nice touch, except I didn't care for how soap opera it kind of got at the end there with Griffin.

Once again, Thing One and Thing Two are absolutely the coolest names for the two dogs owned by Griffin's father.  I would totally get myself a pair of dogs and name them 'Thing One' and 'Thing Two' if I could handle raising two dogs together.  As it is, our one little puppy drives the family batty enough.

Kate's younger brother Tommy was all kinds of adorable, and I loved how he took after his elder sister so closely--spouting random science facts, trying to take care of or rescue other people, just being a plain weird kid.  And I love how Tommy doesn't seem to really care what the other kids think about him or say about him; he kind of just lets the insults roll off his shoulder, and will sometimes throw something back at the other kids, a phrase or a science fact so strange that no one really knows how to respond.

I wish we could have seen more of some of the previous characters in this series, but we were mainly stuck with Holly and Adam.  And while Adam's presence was a bit more mellow, Holly's frustrating, meddling, annoying personality didn't seem to dim much until a little over halfway through the book.  Even NOT being the main character, Holly managed to make me groan in frustration.

I was actually kind of ecstatic when she and Adam disappeared for part of the book on their honeymoon.

Anyway, Rumor Has It was a pretty enjoyable, sometimes insightful contemporary romance.  Most especially, I loved Kate.  Even though she spends more time taking care of other people instead of herself, never say that she didn't know how to stand up for herself, and keep others from walking all over her.  Griffin was a nice bonus, and the romance was fun, but truth be told, as an individual, Kate was the greatest thing about this book!


***

Booklikes-opoly


Roll #16: (See Also: Roll #16 Activities)
This book is set in a small town.

Page Count:  281
Cash Award:  +$3.00

Updated Bank Balance:  $67.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/quick-thoughts-rumor-has-it.html
Monthly Reading Wrap Up -- May 2017

May reading for me seemed to have picked up immensely!  Whether it's the fact that I had some time off from work, or the ongoing Booklikes-opoly game, or maybe just that I'm not trying to juggle several books all at once, I don't know--I've been moving from one book to another without once hemming and hawing over which book I wanted to continue reading.  Maybe my selection of books has just been pretty decent for the month of May--I certainly had my fair share of enjoyment, and didn't truly find too many books disappointing.

I even netted myself my very first 5-Star Read for the year of 2017!  That has to count for something, right?  I mean, I've had a few 4.5-Star Reads...

 

 

May Reads

 


Also Read:  An X-Ops Christmas by Paige Tyler - short story // no official cover

 

 

Books Dropped/Put On Hold

 

None this month!  Yay!

 

Currently Reading

 

 

 

May Reading Stats

 

Total works read: 15

  • 12 print/e-book novels
  • 2 novellas
  • 1 short story


Average rating: 3.50 Stars

  • Highest Rated:  The Duchess War by Courtney Milan // 5.0 Stars
  • Lowest Rated:  Two Guys Detective Agency by Stephanie Bond // 2.0 Stars


Series I started reading:

  • Rarity Cove by Leslie Tentler
  • Two Guys Detective Agency by Stephanie Bond

 

Series I completed:

  • Aftershock by Jill Sorenson

 

Series I have made progress on:

  • Brothers Sinister by Courtney Milan
  • Arcane Society by Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick
  • The House of Steele by Addison Fox
  • Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis
  • Harmony by Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz

 


Favorite reads:  There's no question about my favorite read for the month of May.  The Duchess War was just magnificent.  I loved the characters, I loved the humor, I loved the romance!  In fact, as I already stated, it's my very first 5.0-Star read in 2017!

I would also say that I also enjoyed several other books for the month of May.  Julie James is always a delight, and next to Love Irresistibly, The Thing About Love is probably my next favorite from this author.  Then there's always Jayne Ann Krentz (Running Hot, The Perfect Poison, Obsidian Prey), and Jill Shalvis (Forever and a Day).  In fact, aside from certain characters, I find I'm very much loving the fourth Animal Magnetism book, Rumor Has It, that I'm currently still listening to.

Lots of great books read in May!

Disappointing reads:  A few disappointing reads in May as well.  Two Guys Detective Agency was rather a big disappointment considering how much I'd been looking forward to it--was expecting more after enjoying the Voodoo in Mojo duo last year.  Backwoods and Before the Storm were also somewhat disappointing, despite their mediocre ratings--considering how much I've enjoyed both authors' works in the past.

 

 

Reviews & Notable Posts

 

Reviews Written

 

Memes

  • Did not Meme this month!

 

Other Posts

 

 

Coming Up In June

 

Tentative TBR

 

Other Stuff

With Booklikes-opoly playing in the background, I haven't given much thought to an actual reading list.  Even if I tried to "schedule" some books to read, all of that could change depending on what game square I end up landing on with my next roll.  So I'm just letting the game decide for me what books to read, and if it doesn't, then I let myself decide depending on my mood.  So far, it's been pretty nice.

I even gave up all thoughts of pre-choosing which Reading Assignment book I'd read for June, and will probably do as much for July.  Because, as already mentioned, depending on which BLopoly square I land on, I'd rather go through my Reading Assignment list and see if anything fits.  Sometimes a book takes me more than two days to read, which means that, according to the game rules, by the time I'm done, it's time to roll again and choose another book.

Of course, according to my most recent BLopoly roll, I'm going to able to read one of my Reading Assignment books when June rolls around.  Having extra rolls in observance of Memorial Day Weekend, as well as rolling a double, if I time it right, I can read Once a Thief (currently reading) to fulfill both my Reading Assignment necessity for June, as well as one of the BLopoly game squares.

For June, however, I DO have a tentative reading list because of the Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge.  I chose to read Brothers Sinister for this challenge--I enjoyed the first book so much (first 5-Star Read!!), that I needed to find an excuse to finish the rest of the series.  And there it is!  We'll get to see how well I juggle this with BLopoly.

And in the meantime, COYER Summer Reading List is coming up this month as well, and I am very much considering joining.

 

 

2017 Wrap-Ups 

 

Past Monthly Reading Wrap Ups
See Also: 2015 Reading Wrap-Up posts (scroll to bottom of page)

(updated as year progresses by month)
January | February | March | April | May | June
July | August | September | October | November | December

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/monthly-reading-wrap-up-may-2017.html
Packaged Thoughts June 2017: All the Books I Will Not Review Individually

There will always be those books that I absolutely would love to express an opinion on, but for one reason or another, it never actually happens.  In which case, I introduce my new feature, the "Packaged Thoughts" bundle reviews, wherein I will talk about a few random books I wanted to talk about, but just didn't really know what to say in an actual review.  (Although chances are, I'll ramble enough material for a full blown review anyway once I get to typing.  So bear with me.)

There will be two of these posts each year, one posted on June 1 to celebrate my birthday, and one posted on December 25 to celebrate Christmas.  My gift to myself and the reading community!

Thank you all for reading!

 

The Search
by Nora Roberts
Rating:  3.5 Stars

Truth be told, I really, really enjoyed this book a lot.  It had a lot of elements I absolutely enjoyed: the Search and Rescue aspect, the huddle of doggies in every chapter and every page, the slow burn of a sweet little relationship between our couple, the non-standard type of character that our heroine, Fiona, was presented as...

There were so many reasons to love this book.

Simply put, I feel that the only reason I gave The Search a rather mediocre rating is probably because of the disconnect I felt with the main story line.  There was an almost distinct division between the contemporary portions of the book and the suspense portions of the book, and rather than melding together smoothly, the contemporary portions sometimes made you forget that there's a killer lurking in the background.

Also, there were times that Simon came off as kind of a jerk, but then he'd turn around and be a nice guy, so I wasn't sure what to make of him.

I read this book for Romance Bingo 2017, using it for the Free Space (Love).

 


 

Tempted Into Danger (ICE: Black Ops Defenders, #1)
by Melissa Cutler
Rating:  4.0 Stars 

Tempted Into Danger was fast-paced and pretty exciting!  I especially liked the first half involving a brief survivalist side plot as Vanessa and Diego trudge through the jungles of Panama to escape danger.  The rest of the book's criminal conspiracy plot ended up feeling a bit tedious, but was a quick read through nonetheless.  I also loved that Vanessa was the nerdy, brainy type with a love for formulas and computers and stuff.

I listened to the audio book version of Tempted into Danger, narrated by Holly Fielding--while it wasn't terrible, it also wasn't my best experience with an audio book narrator, so I will probably just read the print versions for the rest of the trilogy.

I read this for Romance Bingo 2017 for the Interracial Couple square.  Diego is stated to be Puerto Rican; Vanessa is American.

 


 

Schoolgirl
by DAZAI Osamu
Rating:  3.0 Stars

The last time I read a human drama genre type story, I didn't know how to review it.  And the truth is, the reason I don't read these types of books is because I don't know how to review them.  As someone who's life experiences have always been pretty boring, I can't say that I can relate to a lot of the things that writers share, depicted in their literary works that make them so memorable.  And I'm probably the last person in the world who is eligible to realize how insightful one's artistic creations are--which is why I simply read what I like, or read what I find interesting.

Truth be told, the writing in Schoolgirl is beautifully done, with a touch of whimsy.  I read some of the other reviews, and some have stated that Schoolgirl is actually a depiction of Dazai-sensei's own thoughts and feelings, his doubts, his sadness, his own stream of conscience, that described his mindset while growing up.

Schoolgirl is surprising to me, to be honest.  Having read another work by Dazai-sensei, No Longer Human, I actually wasn't sure how to feel about it aside from bored and confused.  But Schoolgirl is hard for me to determine as some parts of it are inspirational, while some are a little hard to keep your attention on.  The content is actually a lot more mature than I had expected of a young girl, except that it is written in an almost juvenile voice, with the dramatics of a teenager.

I'm not even sure how old this Schoolgirl is supposed to be.

 

Booklikes-opoly


I read this book for Booklikes-opoly this 2017 Summer.

Roll #4:  (See Also:  Fourth Roll Activities)
This book takes place in Japan.

Page Count: 50
Cash Award: +$1.00

Bank Increased to $27.00 with this read.

 

 


 

The Paris Assignment (The House of Steele, #1)
by Addison Fox
Rating:  3.0 Stars


As enjoyable as The Paris Assignment was, this book is simply a romance novel with a suspense plot included, where a beautiful man and a beautiful woman, with some unique characteristics of the author's choosing (geeky computer skills in this one), are thrown together under circumstances, then fall in lust almost immediately, quickly followed up by deeper feelings. Meanwhile, stuff happens in the background.

It's a great, short, fluff piece to devour; and because Addison Fox presents it as such an enjoyable, well-written read, I don't find too much to complain about it.  There were the obligatory romance inclusions: insta-lust, the "you're the only one for me" speech, intimacy at the most inconvenient moments, the obligatory "greatest night of my life" sex scene and morning-after, obligatory angst... and then some.  Maybe some rapid-fire scenes that didn't really make much sense occurs.

Overall a great read.

 

Booklikes-opoly


I read The Paris Assignment for Boolikes-opoly this 2017 Summer.

Roll #2: (See Also: Second Roll Book: Decision Made)
This book involves overseas travel from New York to Paris.

Page Count:  284
Cash Award:  +$3.00

Bank was increased to $26.00 with this read.

 

 


 

The London Deception (House of Steele, #2)
by Addison Fox
Rating:  4.0 Stars


The London Deception was not too different from my experience reading The Paris Assignment, but I'll admit that I did enjoy it immensely more.  I'm thinking it might have to do more with the characters--I found Finn and Rowan a lot more enjoyable, and their chemistry a lot more palpable than I had found from Campbell and Abby.

Secondly, I have a thing for archaeology, and all the talk about Egypt and going on a dig, and amazing, scholarly historical findings perked my interest more than just another romantic suspense plot hidden in a romance.  I also liked the way the relationship between Rowan and Finn was handled, even if there were a lot of things that came as a frustration to me at certain points.  Nonetheless, from their first meeting as misguided youths, to their subsequent reunion, and then how their relationship grew deeper with each new secret revealed, I thought it was all a nice touch.

A great read, even if I don't really have much else to say about it.

 

Booklikes-opoly


I read The London Deception for Booklikes-opoly this 2017 Summer.

Roll #11:
This book was published in 2013.

Page Count:  282
Cash Award:  +$3.00

Bank was increased to $56.00 with this read.

 

 


 

by Nora Roberts
Rating:  3.5 Stars


I suppose every author has hits and misses.  I'm not entirely sure what this one was.  On one hand, it was written very well, with all the charm and attractiveness of a southern gentleman.  On the other hand, the book was slow going, like a lazy, hot, summer afternoon... except not as peaceful.

A lot goes on in Carnal Innocence, and if not for the fact that everyone in the book kept talking about the serial murder, you might have forgotten that there was an investigation going on at all.  There were also so many domestic situations, and so many random, banal, day-to-day anecdotes that were exactly like all of this book's small town people's way of having a conversation--by always taking the scenic route before getting to the point.

Truth be told, I found it hard to determine how I really felt about this book, because I like my crime thrillers suspenseful, straight-forward, and exciting.  By all rights, something this slow, and so full of side tangents, and detailing everything from family history to yesterday's gossip wouldn't have held very well for me as a crime thriller.

But somehow, I actually DID find myself enjoying it.  Even if I didn't really care for the characters all that much, though I WILL admit that Caroline is likable, as the sensible and strong type of heroine, though in a subtle way.  Tucker's old-fashioned manly behaviors tended to get on my last nerves, especially when he got overly pushy about butting into Caroline's life.

Truth be told, I always cringe whenever the main male character says things to the effect of, "It's not if we'll end up in bed together, it's when."  Or, "You know we'll end up having sex.  Count on it."  Such arrogance!  And even after the heroine states, on several occasions that it'll never happen, she has no intentions of sleeping with said arrogant prick.  And, honestly, in this day and age, in the real world, also could be considered sexual harassment...

And then the romance felt so lukewarm, though, I wasn't even sure it was really there.

At least there was Useless, the little adorable puppy that Caroline managed to get attached to.  Puppies DO make lots of things better!

 

Booklikes-opoly


I read this book for Booklikes-opoly this 2017 Summer.

Roll #13:
The authors name fits criteria; initials found in the name 'Tarzan.'

Page Count:  402
Cash Award:  +$5.00

Bank was increased to $61.00 with this read.

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/06/packaged-thoughts-june-2017-all-books-i.html
Review
3.5 Stars
Brief Thoughts: Obsidian Prey
Obsidian Prey - Jayne Castle

Obsidian Prey

by Jayne Castle

Book 6 of Harmony

 

 

Amber tuner and independent prospector Lyra Dore lost her heart—and her discovery of a rare amethyst ruin—to cutthroat businessman Cruz Sweetwater.  At least she had her artistically talented dust-bunny to comfort her…

But the ruin’s mysterious power has put everyone involved with the project in danger.  And only by trusting their psychic instincts will Cruz and Lyra survive— and surrender to the desire that binds them.



As has been with all of Jayne Castle (Jayne Ann Krentz)'s Harmony books, I immensely enjoyed Obsidian Prey.  The writing style is smooth and easy to read, the story line is straight forward, the progression is fast-paced, and the characters are fun.

I love me some dust bunnies!  They are my mascot and I really, really want to create a stuffed dust bunny of my own!  Although, while I DID love our resident dust bunny in this book, I can't say that Vincent really stood out from the other dust bunnies from previous books.  HOWEVER, I do love that each of our bunnies has their own unique style and personality; the entire world of Harmony is like a playground to them.

I enjoyed the entire "Dust bunny as mysterious, new, and celebrated artist" thing going in this book.  I thought it was adorable.

Our human characters, however, were less relatable.  Lyra was standard--feisty, stubborn, etc....  I DID like the whole "Dore luck" thing, because it reflects life so well.  Cruz was standard--broody, alpha, stubborn, demanding... etc....  But there really wasn't much about him that I did like, even if the whole "Sweetwaters take their romance very seriously" thing was kind of intriguing, if also kind of tacky.  Because Cruz was kind of a jackass in the beginning, and even as the story progressed, he didn't really stop being a jackass, he just managed to add some charm into his jackass personality.

I liked the other young Sweetwater male we get to meet, Jeff, a whole lot more; he who wants to quit the family business and be part of real law enforcement so he can help fight for the little people--the people who can't afford major security companies like Amber Inc., run by the Sweetwaters, geared towards the wealthy.

I like every time we uncover continued connections between Arcane Society and Harmony.  I like the new developments of different paranormal talents.

The suspense part of the book--mysterious hallucinations, a murder in the background, stolen artifacts, hired thugs--were a little lacking, I felt.  The romance was also a bit lukewarm, compared to previous romances in this series.

And, really that's all I can come up with.  It's not a memorable book, truth be told, though it was an enjoyable one while it lasted.


***

 

Booklikes-opoly


Roll #14: (See Also: Memorial Weekend Extra Roll Activities)
This book it tagged 'science fiction' on GR.

Page Count:  351
Cash Award:  +$3.00

Updated Bank Balance:  $64.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/brief-thoughts-obsidian-prey.html
Review
4 Stars
Brief Thoughts: The Perfect Poison
The Perfect Poison - Amanda Quick

The Perfect Poison

by Amanda Quick

Book 6 of Arcane Society

 

 

Plagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiancé, Lucinda Bromley manages to live on the fringes of polite society, tending her beloved plants—and occasionally consulting on a murder investigation.  For the notorious botanist possesses a unique talent: she can detect almost any type of poison, especially ones that have their origins in the botanical kingdom.

But the death of a lord has shaken Lucinda to her core.  At the murder scene, she picks up traces of a poison containing a very rare species of fern.  So rare, in fact, that only one specimen exists in all of England—and it was stolen from her conservatory just last month.  To keep her name out of the investigation and to find the murderer, Lucinda hires a fellow Arcane Society member.  Caleb Jones runs a psychical investigation agency.  A descendant of the founder of the Society, he is very good at protecting its secrets—and frighteningly good getting at the truth.  Immediately, Lucinda senses both a raw power and undeniable intensity in the imposing man.

But as a nearly overwhelming desire blooms between Caleb and Lucinda, they are drawn into the dark heart of a deadly conspiracy that can be traced to the early days of the Arcane Society—and to a legacy of madness that could plunge Caleb into the depths of his own tortured soul…



The Perfect Poison is probably the first historical in Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane Society that I actually, really, really liked.  For whatever reason, I'm not entirely certain, since it doesn't stray far from the story lines of the previous two historical installments in this series.  Could be that, while I didn't really have any problem with the previous two books' characters, I didn't really care for them all that much either--I think it was the romances that didn't do it for me, even though I did like the characters as individuals.  This made them kind of 'meh' books.

But in this installment, the characters were great and I DID find that I really liked both.  Caleb Jones was not the typical, broody, alpha lord type, and he had a few moments that might have endeared him to me.  Lucinda was the typical strong, and independent, and eccentric heroine, but I also loved how readily she just stands up to Caleb in spite of his intimidating glowering all the time.

And also, the romance actually developed a little bit more ideally--it was definitely not a typical Amanda Quick formula, I'll give it that.

Meanwhile, the story line felt more substantial, rather than just being another add-on to the ongoing background conflict between the Arcane Society and that mysterious, secret cabal of rogue psychics.

As per usual, the book was addictive and easy to read; the side characters were also great.  And aside from some typical romance cliches here and there, I really didn't have a whole lot of objections pertaining to this book.

I DO like how we continue to see certain parallels between the contemporary books in this series, as well as connections to JAK's futuristic Harmony series.  It just gets me all excited!


***

 

Booklikes-opoly


In celebration of Memorial Day Weekend, the Booklikes-opoly Prison Library is accepting donations of up to 100 pages.

I read and donated 100 pages from this book to the Prison Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/brief-thoughts-perfect-poison.html
Review
4 Stars
Finished: The Perfect Poison!
The Perfect Poison - Amanda Quick

I really did enjoy this book, and it's probably the first historical in Jayne Ann Krentz's Arcane Society that I actually, really liked.  For whatever reason, I'm not certain.  The characters were great, and the romance wasn't entirely formulaic Amanda Quick.

 

I will post a more thought-out review later.

 

But first, as it is still Memorial Day Weekend, I wanted to take the pages in this book and donate them to the BL-opoly Prison Library.

 

My understanding of the way this is working, is that we can donate between 1 & 100 pages to the library, which I took to mean ONLY up to 100 pages.  If that isn't correct please let me know.  Depending on how this is done, I will either be donating 100 pages only, or donating 364 pages to the library.

BLopoly | Long Weekend Extra Rolls and Roll #16 Updates!


Okay, decisions have been made!  And the first update I'm setting in this post is for the part about the BLopoly Jail Library accepting donations all weekend:

The jail library is accepting donations all weekend, in honor of Memorial Day! Anyone playing can donate any number of pages between 1 & 100 between midnight Friday & midnight Monday. Double pages if you read a short story that has something to do with any modern war (WWI or later) (so, up to 200 pages).


So, because I want to be able to read Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle for my Tomorrowland 33 task, I need to read The Perfect Poison first.  I know they're not in the same series, and I could skip straight to Obsidian Prey first... but that's not how my mind works.  The two series will intersect soon, and I had already made up my mind to read all the books in both Arcane Society series and Harmony series in publication date order.  Together.

Yeah... if you can make sense of my madness... good luck.

So, according to that passage for Memorial Day's jail library donation rule, I can only donate up to 100 pages.  Obviously, The Perfect Poison is 300+ pages; however, since I'm reading it anyway, I figured I might as well make it count for something!

 


Moving along to the official books for these rolls!


Memorial Day Weekend Extra Rolls

Roll #14:  Landed on Tomorrowland 33 | Read a book set in space or tagged science fiction on GR, or a book that includes robots or cyborgs.

I'm really not a science fiction person, though I've read my fair share of sci-fi before.  Still, it's not my first choice when it comes to books.  That being said, while I was going through each game task one night and making lists based on all the books on my TBR and personal shelves... well, turns out the Tommorowland rides are the ones where my list is so piddling that I've been wary of landing an ANY of these squares.

I have exactly two books listed at present that would fit this square.  And as I stated above, I will be reading Obsidian Prey by Jayne Castle.  This book is tagged science fiction, and the setting of the ongoing series, Harmony takes place in the future in space.

Obsidian Prey is 351 pages = $3.00.

 



Roll #15:  Landed on Frontierland 1 | Read a book with a title that starts with any letter in 'Frontier,' or a book tagged "Western" on GR.

I'm not sure if I've ever read a Western before.  You'd think that with all the Harlequin romances I've read, a Western genre wouldn't be hard to find, what with all the cowboy romances out there.  But again, it really isn't my thing, much like Science Fiction really isn't my thing.

So I will be using the first half of the game task criteria and choosing a book with a title that starts with any letter in 'Frontier.'  And my pre-prepared list of possible books includes The Rome Affair, not counting the article 'the,' the book starts with an 'R.'  This is perfect since I'm trying to finish this series anyway, and it's a book on my Kindle shelves that needs to be read.

The Rome Affair is 283 pages = $3.00.

 



Regular Game Play Roll

Roll #16.1:  Landed on Main Street 10 | Read a book that takes place in a small town in the U.S.A.

Oh, so many possibilities for this one!  In fact, almost every Jill Shalvis book I either own or am planning on reading is set in a small town.  After some deliberation, I decided to forgo another Lucky Harbor book in favor of the fourth Animal Magnetism installation, Rumor Has It.  Mainly because Rumor Has It is going to be in audio book format, so I don't feel so overwhelmed with books, books, and more books to get read.

Especially since I set a new challenge to participate in starting June.

Rumor Has It is an approximate 9 hour audio book with a paperback equivalent of 281 pages, or a Kindle e-book equivalent of 306 pages, either way, it will be worth $3.00 upon completion.

 



Roll #16.2:  Landed on Luxury Tax Square | Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!

I'm going to see if I can't squeeze in Kay Hooper's Once a Thief into this square.  The summary notes one of the characters as having a "family fortune" that took his family "centuries" to "acquire their treasures," of which he is now being asked to risk in a public exhibition to to bait a world class thief. I'm going to go on a limb here and suppose that this guy's collection isn't pop bottle caps, though I think people DO pay pretty good money for collections like that.  I think I can assume, after centuries, this character could be a millionaire, if not a billionaire?

The second book in this series mentions that the guy's collection is priceless.

So... I'm going to go ahead and read Once a Thief for this game square.  I suppose, if it turns out it doesn't really fit, I'll just call it a miss and move on without collecting my cash award.  I need to read Once a Thief and Always a Thief for my Reading Assignment Challenge anyway.

Once a Thief is 326 pages, paperback = $3.00.

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/blopoly-long-weekend-extra-rolls-and.html
Booklikes-opoly | Roll #16!
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Roll #13 landed me on Adventureland 27, where I read a book by an author whose initials can be found in the name 'Tarzan.'  Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts is clocked at 402 pages according to my Kindle book (even though anywhere else I look, it says 512 pages); either way, it is worth a $5.00 cash reward.  Along with the doubled rewards bonus I get from my Roll #12 when I landed on a BL Square, I earn an extra $5.00, which goes to Portable Magic now that I'm finished with the book.

This brings my Bank Balance to $61.00!

 

 


So Carnal Innocence took a lot longer to finish than I had expected.  And to be honest, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book, because while it was extremely slow-going, pretty much perfectly mirroring that slow, lazy, southern lifestyle that our MC, Tucker radiates, it was also kind of fun.  The humor was apt, and that strange conversational, round about way of talking that every character presented was also interesting.

Unfortunately, it sure didn't feel like there was a serial killer in the background.

Fortunately, less than 50% into the book, we are introduced to Useless, a little puppy who is super adorable and could give the human MCs a run!  Oh, and the book DID manage to pick up a little bit, even if the progress still felt a big dragged out.


And now moving onto my Roll #16:

While this book was read for Roll #13, per Moonlight Reader, every player gets to roll two additional times in celebration of Memorial Day and the long weekend.  Here are the deets to my additional rolls that I already took.  These rolls brought me around to finally land on Frontierland 1, so I will move forward from here for my next game play roll.  Since my last regular roll was on 5/22, I'm quite overdue for another roll, and if the same game play rules are in play as they were from Dewey's Read-a-Thon extra rolls, I still get my regular roll on top of the extra rolls for Memorial Day extra rolls.

Roll #16.1: (because apparently Doubles are a thing in this game)

 


I ended up rolling a Double 5 = 10, which took me from Frontierland 1 to Main Street 10.

 


Looks like Monkey's friends have all taken off.  Not much of a party, man...  But I suppose to continue the celebration, Monkey has resorted to doing tricks.  Oh, and looks like Keychain Puppy is still hanging around, though!  Hello!!  **waves**

Meanwhile, Roll #16.2:

 


Because of the doubles roll, I rolled again and got a 5, taking me from Main Street 10 to Luxury Tax, which states:  "Read a book where someone gets married, with jewelry on the cover, or where any character is a millionaire/billionaire!"

 


Peek-a-boo!  Silly Penni Penguin!


Well... This weekend sure has become quite exciting!  I'm loving all these interesting new twists and extra freebie rolls for the game!

I sort of have an idea of what I will be reading for each space, including for the extra rolls from my earlier post.  I will finalize my book selections and then create an update post later today.

Happy reading everyone, and hope you guys are having a great weekend!

Current Bank:   $61.00

  • Roll #12 (5/20):  BL Task - Double rewards on next read & share w/ a friend / No book read.
  • Roll #13 (5/22):  Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts / 402 pages = $5.00
  • Roll #16.1 (5/27):  TBA
  • Roll #16.2 (5/27):  TBA

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/booklikes-opoly-roll-16.html
Booklikes-opoly | Memorial Day Extra Rolls! (Rolls #14 & #15)
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Technically it's not really a long weekend for me since hospitals don't ever rest.  So while I DO have the weekend off--as it is my usual weekend off, every other weekend--I don't also get Memorial Day, though I DO get Memorial Day time-and-a-half pay, which makes up for it!  =D

Anyway, in honor of the long Memorial Day weekend, Moonlight Reader has decreed additional Freebie Rolls!  Much like the Dewey's Freebie rolls, we can add these to our existing game play.  And, of course, I'd have to finish all my books before moving onto the next roll after.

I'm still reading Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts from my previous roll, and will try to finish it before starting into my extra roll books.  I will update with the next roll at that time, which will hopefully be sometime today.  Since these are additional rolls, I'm assuming we can still roll our regularly scheduled roll as well?

I was trying to finish Carnal Innocence before jumping into my extra rolls, so I could just post everything at once, but the book is still kind of slow going, and I'm just too excited about the extra rolls to wait.  But I'm getting close, so the next post for my regularly schedule roll should also be going up soon.


Meanwhile, here are my Memorial Day Extra Rolls:

And yes, I'm still super excited and obsessed with my phone's dice roller app.  I may just continue its use for the rest of the game.  I like being able to shake my dice, though my brothers may not approve of me waving my phone around like a madwoman every time I roll.

First Memorial Day Extra Roll, Roll #14:

 


So I rolled a 7 for my first Memorial Day Weekend Extra.  This takes me from Adventureland 27 to Tomorrowland 33.  This is, indeed one of the hardest spaces for me, mainly because I'm not much for science fiction, but I DO have maybe two books I could read for this space.

 


Excited Monkey is excited!  Freebies are always exciting, and Magnetic Monkey knows it!  And I still haven't gotten him a nice treat for helping me liven up my ghetto board.  HOWEVER, I did re-print a new, larger scaled board for us.  Unfortunately, it looks like my color's fading.  =(

Oh well.  Moving along...

Second Memorial Day Extra Roll, Roll #15:

 


The next Memorial Day Extra Roll netted me a 5 which takes me to Frontierland 1.

 


Oh hey!  It's become a party.  Looks like Magnetic Monkey decided to celebrate Memorial Day weekend as well by inviting friends!  =D  We're missing some food, though...  And who is he waving at?

 


Ah.  Fuzzy Penguin, come to join the party.  And look at that, Peek-a-Boo Penni Penguin is at the bottom of the screen doing what she does best.  Peek-a-boo!

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

Anyway, as this post is becoming somewhat crowded, I will be updating with a combined update for what books I will be reading, for both my extra rolls and my next regular game play roll of which I should be partaking in within the next few hours.

Weekends off are great!  Stay tuned for more news!

Current Bank:   $56.00

  • Roll #12 (5/20):  BL Task - Double rewards on next read & share w/ a friend / No book read.
  • Roll #13 (5/22):  Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts / 402 pages = $5.00 pending
  • Roll #14 (5/27):  TBA
  • Roll #15 (5/27):  TBA
  • Roll #16 (5/27):  TBA

 

 

Source: http://anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2017/05/booklikes-opoly-memorial-day-extra.html