End of the Month Wrap-Up…

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Hello book nerds!

End of Month 2 of this blog.  I can’t believe how the time is flying by this year! Today we are going to share the books we have read, our thoughts, and just an overall of how this month has gone!

Kayla: This month has been a wild ride for me. I’m so thankful I have Neko to blog with because the first half of the month was pretty smooth, reading a ton, easy to post but the second half of the month has been a lot crazier with work and other projects and balancing it all has been a bit of an adventure.  I’m also extremely thankful for the copy feature in wordpress so posts we do regularly I can just use the format of an old post and update it.

As for the reading, read 4 of the 7 books I assigned to myself this month, and in the middle of the 5th with my buddy read.  Only 5 of the books I actually wanted to be sure to read and the others were just books I was considering so I’m right on target.

Overall the month of February I read 22 books! I’ll list them below with  links to reviews if they have happened, if they haven’t they will shortly.

Total Books Read: 22

Genres: Contemporary, Nonfiction, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Pages: Way too many!

  • Mercy Thompson Book 1-9 by Patricia Briggs.
  • The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  • The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelley
  • Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens
  • She is not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • My Commander (Bewtiched & Bewildered #1) by Alenea Alder
  • The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
  • Tough Times Never Last But Tough People Do by Robert H. Schuller
  • Green Rider (#1) by Kristen Britain
  • Start With Why by Simon Sinek
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Review.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Restoration by Randi Cooley Wilson
  • Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Neko:

So I read all but two of my proposed TBR but I blame Kayla for this because halfway or so through the month she got me into reading the Mercy Thompson Universe and I had to read the what, first seven books while still getting through my TBR. Oh well. I’ll just finish those two for next month along with all the books you won’t find on our blog ^_^

Library… I have nineteen books from the library that still need to be read, yes I have added a few times to that stack, but I did get through a handful of them! Now I just have a ton more to go! Yay goals!! Also once I am done with these books and March’s TBR I will be putting the all powerful Library on hold so I can get through the books I own physical copies of and my bloody kindle… I have over four hundred ebooks to read! Yikes!

Reviews! Now those I need to get seriously caught up on… I got a little too caught up in my alternate worlds and forgot to write about them… Ooops… I pledge to do a better job of balancing my time in March. Good thing pledges are not promises or this kitty would be in a world of trouble!!

Overall I am thrilled with how things went this month! And am glad that this is a team effort with Kayla; when life gets rough I have someone to fall back on!

Total Books Read: 24

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling, Y.A., Romance, Mystery, Fiction, Dystopian, Humor, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Comic, just about everything…

Pages: 6,939 ahahahahaha I need a life, or a job…

And here are all the titles that helped me escape the real world this month!

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman Review
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley Review
  • The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  • The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
  • Death’s Apprentice by K. W. Jeter
  • Stargate Atlantis: Exogenesis by Sonny Whitelaw Review
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber Review
  • The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman
  • Among Wolves by R. A. Hakok
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
  • Alice by Christina Henry
  • Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
  • Mercy Thompson Homecoming by Patricia Briggs
  • Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  • Iron Kissed by Patrica Briggs
  • Silver Borne by Patrica Briggs
  • Bone Crossed by Patrica Briggs
  • River Marked by Patrica Briggs
  • Frost Burned by Patrica Briggs
  • Night Broken by Patrica Briggs

 

We hope to see you all next month and can’t wait to share our new reads and adventures with you guys!

Book Review: Alpha Girl Series

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Title: Alpha Girl Series Becoming Alpha (Alpha Girl, #1)

Author: Aileen Erin

Genre: YA & Paranormal Romance

Version: Kindle

Overall Rating: 3/5

Book One Synopsis: Tessa McCaide has a unique talent for getting into trouble. Then again, it isn’t easy for a girl with visions to ignore what she sees. Luckily Tessa and her family are leaving California and moving halfway across the country, giving her the perfect opportunity to leave her reputation as “Freaky Tessa” behind.

But Tessa doesn’t realize that kissing the wrong guy in her new Texas town could land her in far more trouble than she ever imagined. Like being forced to attend St. Ailbe’s Academy, a secret boarding school for werewolves.

Even if the wrong guy did accidentally turn her into one of “them” and doom her to attending the weirdest high school ever, Tessa can’t help her growing attraction to the mysterious Dastien Laurent.

When vampires attack St. Alibe’s and her visions pinpoint an enemy in their midst, Tessa realizes that boy drama and her newfound canine tendencies might just be the least of her problems.

My Thoughts: This is a bit of a different review for me.  I’ve reviewed the first book (read here) and instead of reviewing each book after that I thought perhaps I’d review my overall experience with the series.  I don’t know if I’ll do things this way in the future or if I’ll switch to reviewing each one as I read them.  Let me know what you’d prefer, I think I’d enjoy either route. I suppose I could do both.

Onto the books!  So first of all I should say this is a series of 6 books but I actually only read 4 of the books (1-3 & 5).  Why?  Because those are the books that follow Tessa, before I picked up book 4 I did check out the reviews and a lot of people said it felt very much like a standalone and you didn’t really need it to understand what was going on.  I may go back at a future date to read them but I wish they had been removed from the series and just left as additional books in the world but standalones.  Book 4 should have either been Book # 1 for a new series that intertwines with Tessa’s story or mayyybe book 3.5.  Book 6 sounds like it’s a completely different story and the only connection is that its a character in the other books.  For sure this should have been a Book 1, this would also leave it open if she wanted to add more books to Merideth’s story.  Plus neither of these two girls have Alpha personalities, it’s supposed to be something unique about Tessa.

I did enjoy the series as a whole, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite series but it’s an easy read with a fun plot.  It kept me engaged throughout the books.  I loved the mix of characters and the mix of werewolves and witches.  I really love that Vampires are more zombie-like and not these beautiful creatures we’ve gotten used to as well.  This has a very linier plot from book to book (for those I read).  You need to read the prior one to understand what’s going on and couldn’t on a whim pick up book 2, 3 or 5 without being confused on what’s going on.

So have any of you guys read this series? What did you think?