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Year One by Nora Roberts - Book Review

A stunning new novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling author - an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives... It began on New Year’s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most. As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the autho

Music Monday - Damh the Bard

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me . The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

Queen's Quality Volume 1 - Review

The adventures of mind Sweepers continue in this supernatural romance!  Fumi Nishioka lives with Kyutaro Horikita and his family of Sweepers, people who specialize in cleaning the minds of those overcome by negative energy and harmful spirits. Fumi has always displayed mysterious abilities, but will those powers be used for evil when she begins to truly awake as a Queen? Fumi has never shown much romantic interest in Kyutaro, the quiet but formidable Sweeper who may be the only one who can keep Fumi's power under control. But when Kyutaro tells her that he'll never leave his side, she unexpectedly starts to fall for him! Manga Breakdown Quote:  “Anyone whose first thought is to rely on someone else . . . isn't capable of moving forward.” I have been reading so many manga this month. I am in one of my manga moods. So there will be lots of manga reviews to come. So buckle in and let's jump into this manga. This series is a continuation of the manga QQ Sweeper. I really do

My Favorite Werewolves

I'm a paranormal girl. I love vampires and werewolves and ghosts and all that kind of stuff. So I've already done my top vampires so I thought I would keep this theme going.  Jacob (Twilight) Yeah I know you're probably rolling your eyes but I can't it but love him. He was one of the first werewolves that I liked. Even though I totally am Team Edward.  Vivian (Blood and Chocolate) She was actually one of the first strong female werewolves that I ever read about. She's awesome. Calla (Nightshade) I know that this may come as a shock to some but I actually like her character. Lucian (Underworld) He's just a freaking badass but he has a good heart. Lupin (Harry Potter) I mean... come on? How could he NOT be on this list? Elena (Bitten) She's sexy and smart. Strong and kickass and yet still perfectly soft. She's like perfect. Clay (Bitten) All I have to say is... *Swoon*

50/50 Friday - Favorite Book Set in Winter/Summer

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from  Blue Eye Books . What is 50/50 Friday?  Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. Topic for the Week Favorite Book Set in Winter/Summer Winter This was actually harder then I thought. I have so many favorite books that take place during winter. Here is my pick! Summer This was harder... most YA books take place during the school year and that's not summer. So this one took a little digging for me but I did find one!  Topic for Next Week Best/Worst Book Read in January

Library Wars Volume 1

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces! Iku Kasahara has dreamed of joining the Library Defense Force ever since one of its soldiers stepped in to protect her favorite book from being confiscated in a bookstore when she was younger. But now that she's finally a recruit, she's finding her dream job to be a bit of a nightmare. Especially since her hard-hearted drill instructor seems to have it in for her! Review  Love this! The storyline feels so relevant to today. The government censoring books for 'problematic' things. It's kinda like a nightmare of what could come if certain people got their way. If this ever were to happen Id be the first to sign up for the Library Forces. Now, let's actually talk about the manga shall we? Iku has dreamed of jo

Labels

So I had someone ask to pick a label when it came to my lifestyle or how I dress or something. I always just use Alternative because that broad label fits me better than any little one. I'm not punk, scene, or even goth. Though I would lean more towards goth than any other and while I really like goth music and it is my favorite type of music. I also really love alternative rock or music like Icon for Hire and  Evanescence. So there isn't really one solid label that fits other than Alternative as I grab from all of those things.  Then there is another label I claim: Pagan. I guess I could go more for Wiccan but part of my practice varies from Wiccan so I couldn't say that is 100% correct though it would be close. I could keep going, people have come up with some many labels these days.... I could say that I'm a cisgender, bi sexual, pagan, alternative, bookworm, writer, blogger, baker, ex retail worker, mother, Native American, Irish, Independent... so on and so on.  Wh

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything About

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl 10) At First Blush ( Review ) 9) The Winner's Kiss ( Review ) 8) The Falconer ( Review ) 7) Did I Mention I Miss You? 6) Falling Kingdom ( Review ) 5) Birthright ( Review ) 4) Hello, I Love You ( Review ) 3) Truthers ( Review ) 2) Second Nature  ( Review ) 1) Soul-Mate

Manga Monday - Mini Bleach Reviews (Volumes 2-4)

Since I have a bunch of little reviews today, I thought I would stick them all into one instead of three. It just made more sense to me this way. So let's dive into these manga reviews!  Quote: " I decided no one has the right to take a life. I exist! I should have the right to live and die freely! Like humans, or even bugs. Even a mod should have that right. So I refuse to take a life. I won't kill." This volume is even better then the first. We get to meet Chad and Mr Hat and Clogs. We get more info on Hollows and we get to know Rukia more. We also see poor Karin getting sick over this poor suffering soul of a little boy. We also learn that Ichigo doesn't like killing. He saves the Mod soul even after the damage it caused in his body. This volume was very action packed.... this whole series is going to action packed so that's a given. Overall, this manga series is going to be one heck of a fun ride. Quote:  “If I were rain,  that join sky and earth that othe

Music Monday - GARNiDELiA

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me . The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this past week.  I've talked a lot about K-Pop here but not enough about J-Pop. J-Pop was actually my first dip into the Asian music market. I loved the happy sounds of their pop music and they have some great dark bands as well. I found J-Pop the way most non Japanese people do I assume.... anime!  After I found it, there was no turning back. Here is two of my favorite songs by GARNiDELiA.

3 Mini YA NetGalley Reviews!

We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed. Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart. Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for. Review  Another NetGalley review that I am so behind on. I am still trying to play catch up and get these babies done. So let's just jump into this, shall we? Freddie and Rain are wonderfully written characters. I love them so much. They are well flushed out and even have a few flaws that make them seem that much more like real people.

50/50 Friday - Book With Most Complex/Straightforward Plot Structure

This meme is hosted by myself and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books. What is 50/50 Friday?  Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. Topic for the Week Book With Most Complex/Straightforward Plot Structure This one will be fun and really easy for me to answer. I got a lot of books with easy to understand plots.... like any contemporary books I've read. Easy and straightforward. But I will just list a Middle Grade book series that I loved as a kid and even now. A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak) In the tradition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers b

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner - Review

Cunningham's classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick, but about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Scott Cunningham's own Book of Shadows and updated appendices of periodicals and occult suppliers.  My Thoughts This book was the second book I ever read about Wicca. It helped me so freaking much. It made everything idiot proof. Which I personally needed when I first started coming from the background I did. It's written in a way that is easy to understand, easy to follow, and the author just feels like he's sitting there talking to the reader. It's a personal kind of feeling and I loved that so much. There is a lot

Manga Monday - Bleach Volume 1

Hot-tempered 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki, the hero of the popular fantasy-adventure Bleach , has the unsettling ability to see spirits who are unable to rest in peace. His sixth sense leads him to Rukia, a Soul Reaper who destroys Hollows (soul-devouring monsters) and ensures the deceased find repose with the Soul Society. When she's injured in battle, Rukia transfers her sword and much of her power to Ichigo, whose spiritual energy makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper. But the orange-haired teenager isn't sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas. Manga Breakdown  Ichigo is just a normal 15 year old guy... except he can see ghosts. Though everything changes when a Soul Reaper named Rukia comes floating into his room and a Hollow attacks his family. Little does he know this one encounter will change his life forever. Once Rukia gives Ichigo her powers, he's forced to do her job and go after the Hollows. He's not sure he wants to that, but once a