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WWW Wednesdays is a book blog meme started by Should Be Reading.

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• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

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I finShield of Winterished reading Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. 

 

 

 

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91wE0Kg0w1L._SL1500_I’m currently reading The Kraken King by Meljean Brook. This is an 8 part novel that was released throughout April and May this year.

 

 

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I’m planning on reading Hot Blooded by Amanda Carlson. This is the 2nd book in her Jessica McClain series.

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W… W… W… Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a book blog meme started by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Answers

The Immortal Crown

I finished reading The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead. You can find my review to this book by clicking here.

 

 

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Murder of Crows

I’m currently rereading Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop. This is the 2nd book of her Others series and was published in February this year. 

 

 

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Shield of WinterI’m planning on reading Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. This is the 13th book in her Psy-Changling series and features Vasic and a new heroine, Ivy Jane.  Shield of Winter will be released yesterday, June 03, 2014. It is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

On the radar: June 2014

June doesn’t appear to be a popular book month this year. There are a few books that I’m looking forward to with Nalini Singh’s Shield of Winter  topping my list.

Shield of Winter

Shield of Winter is the 13th book in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling Series. It features Vasic and a new heroine. It is scheduled to be published on June 03, 2014. You can pre-order it from Amazon.com.

Now is the perfect time to start reading books by new authors before their books come out later this year. I recommend starting with:

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Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

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Namesake by Isabelle Melançon and Megan Lavey-Heaton

Story: Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, a woman who discovers she can visit other worlds. She finds out that these are places she already knows – fantasy and fairy lands made famous through the spoken word, literature and cinema. Her power as a Namesake forces her to act as a protagonist in these familiar stories as she figures out how to get home.

You can read this web comic from the beginning at it’s website: namesakecomic.com

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The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

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5 Geeky Dog Costume Theme Ideas!

As a pet owner, I love sharing things that I enjoy with my dog. My love for all things geekery is the top of my list for . I’ve noticed lately that a lot of the local pet events are involving a pet costume contest and people really go all out for these events. Some of the things that I’ve noticed that are consistent with winners of these contests.

1. Easily identifiable costumes

Can the audience identify with the costume and character that you dressing you pet up as? Not to deter you from dressing your pet up as the 4th incarnation of Doctor Who but, you might get passed over because the judge is not familiar with the character. You are much better off going with something that is very popular in the mainstream culture.

2. Sloppy costumes don’t win

You may have spent a week working on the costume for your pet but, if it’s a hot mess you might get passed over because it’s a mess.

3. Pet and Owner combo costumes

Pet and owner costumes tends to be a key factor in winning. Make your costume complementary to your pets costume. Is your dog’s costume going to be a really cool cerberus? Then tie in a Harry Potter theme a dress up as a Hogwarts student.

4. Does your pet even like wearing costumes?

Some dogs and cats are cool with it and can completely ignore it. Other dogs/cats hate, hate, hate wearing something as small as a harness. If your pet doesn’t like it, DON’T DO IT! One tip though, there are ways of making your pet happy to wear something like a harness through positive reinforcement training. I recommend googling it and reading up a bit on it.  Don’t torture your pet with wearing a costume when they’re miserable.

So, here are so of my favorite pet/owner costume ideas:
Star Wars:
Petco is an official seller of Star Wars products for your pets. You can get costumes that range from Bobba Fett , Darth Vader and Yoda. For the really fluffy dogs, I think creating your own Ewok costume is the way to go. If you’re a gal or guy, then you can easily put together a home made Jedi costume or dress up as either the icon Leia or Han Solo.

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Buzzfeed has a gallery of dogs dressed up like Ewoks

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The Bantha Riding Costume is hilarious (this would not be an obvious reference to non Star Wars fans)Bantha Dog Costume

Super Hero:
There aren’t too many super hero/companion animal teams that I’ve been able to find. The most easily identifiable pair is Superman and Krypto.krypto

I think the easiest way to recreate Krypto’s costume would be to buy a dog shirt and attach a homemade cape to it.

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Harry Potter

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this, a cerberus costume for your dog wouldn’t be too terribly hard to make. You would need to find a stuffed animal that has a fairly close resemblance to your dog and make the costume using the heads/necks. If your dog already has a harness then you have something to secure the heads to. Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character and  voila!

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Star Trek

You can purchase a Spock costume off of Think Geek for your precious pooch. This would be a great opportunity for owner and dog to dress up together!

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Disney – Bolt

If you have a white dog and don’t mind purchasing some pet friendly fur dye or hitting up your local Petsmart Pet Expressions boutique, you can get the Bolt’s iconic black bolt temporarily stenciled on your dog.  *I have never gotten anything like this done on my dog so, I have no idea what the downsides are to a service like this. When in doubt, research it!Bolt-690x431

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W… W… W… Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a book blog meme started by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Answers

burning dawn

I finished reading Burning Dawn by Gena Showalter. This is the 3rd book in her Angels of the Dark series. For those of you not familiar with this series, it is a spin off from her Lords of the Underworld series.

 

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The Immortal CrownI’m currently reading The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead. This is the 2nd book to the Age of X series. The first book, Gameboard of the Gods, was reviewed on the website on Monday. The Immortal Crown is scheduled to be released May 26th, 2014. You can pre-order this book on Amazon.com.

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Shield of WinterI’m planning on reading Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh. This is the 13th book in her Psy-Changling series and features Vasic and a new heroine, Ivy Jane.  Shield of Winter will be released on June 03, 2014. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

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Sailor Moon is back!

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Sailor Moon is coming back, uncut and complete!! Viz and it’s streaming service, Neon Alley, have teamed up with Hulu to show all 200 episodes with subtitles. There are plans for them to also sub the show with a completely new team of voice actors and actresses. These will also be released on to blu-ray for the first time ever!! So far, the first 4 episodes are available to watch FREE!

Click here to access the Neon Alley Sailor Moon episodes.

For those of you that are Sailor Moon fans, which Sailor Scout is your favorite?

Mine was always Sailor Venus! She is such a positive and strong character! Plus she had her own couple of Sailor V manga that went into her story and background.

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Love this cover! Cress – Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #3)

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Book Description: Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair – or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Release Date: February 4, 2014

Written in Red

Written in Red – Anne Bishop

Written in Red

Written in Red is Anne Bishop’s first entry into the Urban Fantasy book genre that has taken the literary world by storm. Anne Bishop is most generally known for The Black Jewels series. It is a gritty and fairly graphic fantasy series that really pushes the limits on gender roles and sexuality. When I say sexuality, I’m not speaking of erotica… this series features men and women that have been very deeply scared due to years of sexual abuse. It’s a fantastically written series and I highly recommend it as well. Anyways, back to the review for the newest book!

Meg Corbyn is a young woman that’s on the run and stumbles upon a town full of Others. Others are animals that can shift into humans, vampires and other sordid paranormal creatures. The Others town lays alongside of a human village but, Meg finds a hiring ad when she first enters the town. She applies for the job and meets Simon Wolfgard, the manager of the local bookstore. Most of the last names in this town designate what type of animal or creature that they are. Simon offers her the job and Meg is provided with food and shelter in a local apartment. The rest of the story follows the mystery of what Meg is running from and how her past career is both a help and hazard to this town of Others.

First, like many Anne Bishop stories, Meg is a really well written character. She doesn’t make mistakes and then wait for someone to fix them. She is decisive and proactive about how she will live her life. Meg comes to this town to make a life for herself…not wait for someone to fix it for her. In my opinion, Anne Bishop does a fantastic job of writing women. They’re flawed individuals that are working toward their own happy ending.

I also loved how she wrote the characterization of Simon Wolfgard and the other Others. Simon is basically a wolf in human skin. When he is angry at someone…they don’t get a scolding…they lose a limb. This isn’t a Urban Fantasy/Romance book with Simon declaring Meg as his one true love. No, Simon’s mission in this book is to figure out what Meg is and what it means to the safety of his village.

“People who entered the Courtyard without an invitation were just plain crazy! Wolves were big and scary and so fluffy, how could anyone resist hugging one just to feel all that fur?
“Ignore the fluffy,” she muttered. “Remember the part about big and scary.” 
― Written in Red

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an Urban Fantasy book that breaks new ground in regards to shifters and other creatures that bump in the night then, this book is for you! Anne Bishop is one of those names that should be well known by anyone reading Fantasy genre books. I’m glad that she’s giving us a taste of her Urban Fantasy world.

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Book Description: As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

Title: Written in Red (The Others #1)

Author: Anne Bishop

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Acquired: Purchased

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W… W… W… Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a book blog meme started by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Answers

Origin - Jennifer ArmentroutI finished reading “Origin” by Jennifer Armentrout. I couldn’t put this book down because of the engrossing fast paced plot. This is a insta-buy for any Daemon/Katy fans!

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Sweet Evil

I’m currently reading “The Sweet Evil” by Wendy Higgins. This is the first book in The Sweet Trilogy. I’m only into the first 1/4 of the book and it’s very intriguing so far. This is a paranormal YA genre novel that deals with demons and angels.

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StyxxI’m planning on reading “Styxx” by Sherrilyn Kenyon. This will be her 23rd Dark Hunter book! I’m really looking forward to reading this book since it’s the other half of Acheron’s story.

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