Reading challenge – the last month

challenge-accepted

So little time left to finish this. I can do it! I hope I can do it…

Last update on my challenge was in this post.

The A-Z Title challenge

(ignore: “the”, “an” and “a” at the beginning of titles):

  • P: The Postman – I’m moving forward with this one… slowly
  • Q:
  • R: Red Sonja – TBR
  • V: Velvet – TBR
  • X: XXXholic – TBR
  • Y:

The A-Z Author challenge

(you can use names or surname for this):

  • R: J.R. Stewart – Nirvana ★★★☆☆
  • U:
  • X:
  • Y: Yoon Ha Lee & others – The Humanity of Monsters – ★★★☆☆
  • Z: Jim Zub – Wayward – TBR

take_the_challengeAs the year closes to an end I seem to be more and more lazy when it goes to reading. All the “must-read” books  were left behind, I’m more into a comfort reading mood right now. I just started reading “Cutlass” which is a fantasy pirate romance and it seems like fun :D.

I have 3 or 4 reviews that wait to be written even though I finished the books a while ago. The depressing weather doesn’t help… It’s barely 3 pm and the sky is so dark from the clouds that it feels as if I should be already getting out of work and it’s still two damn hours to go… Yes, you probably guessed I’m not in my best mood, but at least I had a good story to listen – a BBC adaptation of The Count of Monte Christo.

That reminds me, I haven’t linked you up any BBC dramas lately. I will need to fix that as there are few nice ones online now, mostly Agatha Christie‘s novel adaptations with Miss Marple and Poirot. Also season 2 of Baldi is back.

TV-Kitty-icon2How are your challenges?
Finished any of them yet?

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Dragon breath and unicorn blood

Good, fast-paced urban fantasy that you should check out right now. It has great characters, a little bit of humor and lots of adventure.

 Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rocford Acne, Asthma, and Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon by Rena Rocford

My rating: star-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-full-iconstar-empty-icon

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I received this copy from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.

Allyson is not your average teenager, even if she doesn’t know it all yet. She lives with her mother, who makes her move all over the country every few months. It seems Allyson had finally found a friend at school – Beth. Everything seems to be going just fine. And then the weird things happen…

It all starts at the mall, the girls are minding their own business, doing some shopping and suddenly three big guys surround them. To protect herself and her friend Allyson suddenly breaths fire.

If that wouldn’t make Allyson rethink her current life, the fact that Beth is half-troll accused of kidnapping an influential unicorn’s son and is facing her death, would be a total killer. Now both girls have to run to save Beth’s life and to find the missing unicorn boy.

Blue Dragon by BenWootten
Blue Dragon by BenWootten

OK, I just missed like half of what’s happening at the very beginning of the book. There’s too much I would have to write to explain you all, but there’s a better way to do it – you simply have to read the book.

Allison is an interesting character with all her flaws, complexes, strong and weak sides. And most of all – we can finally see a character with proper reactions to her suddenly discovered powers. Not one of those “oh I can use magic, let’s save the world now”. Allyson really freaks out when she finds out she’s part dragon and the author knows just how to show it. Her skills grow stronger with her throughout the story, she has to learn to control and free them to save herself and her friends.

I’d love to read a bit more about her aunt, she seemed like fun and smart person, but there wasn’t that many occasions to get to know her better.

This book is really nicely written. With all the things going on, you simply can’t stop reading. All the character, the setting, the abilities that each of the kin possess makes you curious to what might happen on the next page. It’s one of those books that you can’t put down in the evening, that makes you want for your bus to go slower, so you wouldn’t get to your destination just yet.

I had a really good time with this read and you should check out this book. I’ll be waiting for the next book about Allyson and her friends.

TV-Kitty-icon2Have you read any fun book about dragons lately? Are you ready to give this one a try?

Top 5 Wednesday – Books You’re Thankful For

imgresThere are many books that I liked, many I would consider my favorites (yes, I don’t have just one favorite it’s really hard to choose so don’t make me!), but there are few I’m really glad I read or was made to read.

Here are my Top 5 choices for this week’s theme:

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Harry potter books – for being the first book that kept me awake till I finished it… and started the second part :P. I would really like to have the edition below, but I bought the first book in this lovely illustrated edition and that’s even better!

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The Ultimate Book Tag

the-ultimate-book-tagI was tagged by Daniela from Books to get lost in. Thank you! I really appreciate this.

Go on, check her blog. Or you can do it after you read this.

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Unfortunately yes, and in buses too. One of the reasons I prefer trains, trams and even planes and boats, I can read as much as I want in these.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Elżbieta Cherezińska – She wrote those great historical novels about Poland’s troubled times. If I had books like these at school I might’ve had some better grades ;). Yes, this are books about history, but she makes this history alive and she adds those little fantastical twists. You’d have to read it to understand, I can’t explain it well.

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter, Twilight isn’t even a competition here ;). And the reasons:

  1. It has great characters that grow throughout the series, and I’m not only talking about their age.
  2. Those books are well written and yet have easy to understand language, so even if you’re not a native English speaker you can go on and read them. I do like Rowling’s writing style.
  3. Magic, dragons, flying cars, Snape, friendship and some humor.

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)? Continue reading “The Ultimate Book Tag”