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Bookish Brina

 Just a girl with an obsession...

 Not specific to one genre, I'll read YA, Romance, Mystery, Fantasy, etc.  I also love Twilight fanfic!

For You, Anything - parismylove


I tried, but I just can't. The writing style is good, but I can't get over 'I love you' declarations within 24 hours of meeting and constantly afterwards. It feels rushed and way too sappy for me.




Now on to some angst!



A way too early confession of love bums me out. In theory it should be romantic, but it really just makes me think the author is so excited to get to the lovin that they skip the important build.  It doesn't give your reader time to fall in love as the relationship progresses.  I want to know why they love each other, and no, one cannot possibly know that someone has every single thing in common, is a sincere and caring person, or is going to be the best ever in bed after two conversations.  Why do authors keep doing this?? 



even though I just met you 15 minutes ago.

Autographed Books!


I am so excited, I received the three autographed books I ordered from Helena Hunting! They are proudly displayed on the new bookshelf I bought today.  She has been my favorite author since I started reading Clipped Wings and Inked Armor on fanfiction.net.




I have several books that I read over and over.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The Weight of Water by Karen White, and the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer have been my most read.  


What books are your home?

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Savagery by Emma MacKenzie

Savagery - Emma MacKenzie

Some may not know this, but Emma MacKenzie is actually a pen name used by the fabulous Karina Halle.  I was ridiculously excited when I found out she had released this book.  As one of my favorite authors, I can’t get enough.  I am grateful (and amazed) that she writes as fast as she does.  And the subject of this one… Seriously, how hot are Vikings?  Eric Northman will always have a place in my heart, so the idea of another Viking Erik was intriguing. 


Savagery was not at all what I expected.  I did not apparently read the entire summary on Amazon, so I ended up coming across a major WTF that left me shocked.  Horrified, even.  As quoted "It IS sexy (M/M/F ménage) and emotional but if you need a rainbows and kittens HEA on your love story, this is NOT the book for you!"  READ THIS.  READ IT AGAIN.  I myself like the rainbows and kittens.  They give me fuzzies that feel so nice in the tum. 


I also had a difficult time connecting with the main character, Cherine, as much as I have with Karina’s other female leads.  As I have said many times, third person narrative is not my favorite.  It always leaves me feeling a little removed.  Cherine’s acceptance and enjoyment of some of the ways she was treated by Rolf bothered me.  I couldn’t relate at all.


Savagery is not a bad book.  It is well written, and the sex is for the most part pretty hot.  There is a sexual brutality that is seldom found in the types of books I read.   There is a lot of gore and battles, but a book about Vikings is bound to have some violence, so that part has to be expected and didn’t bother me.


All in all, Savagery is a decent book.  I did enjoy most of it, just not the HEA.  I’m all about the angst, but I like my HEA with a side of happy feelings.  There were also some questions that weren’t quite answered for me, and I hate loose endings.  I am curious to see if she writes another book under this alter ego. 

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I have been seriously MIA.  Real life can be a bitch sometimes! 



After a couple of family emergencies, I hope to get back to my bookish ways.  Reading withdrawals are a serious thing, and I am anxious to get back to my lovely escape. 


My ‘To Read’ list has grown considerably, to the point that it is a little overwhelming.  I am bummed that I won’t be reaching my yearly goal of 100 books read, but I am ready to tackle it again in 2015.  Happy Reading!!

Add More to Your Reading Lists

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Don't pick up random books. Plan you reading ahead with the reading lists which are great for sharing book series, book recommendations and presenting a reading guide for other book lovers. 


Your reading list guide can present an endless number of books. You can choose the book order to suggest where to start or show the titles according to your preferences.



When you find a reading list that works for you, you can not only Sign in but also Like it and add all listed books to your Shelf page. The books will be added to a thematic shelf named after the List and will include the reading status if selected.



This will help you to stay up to date with your reading plan and keep you on reading.


You can easily reach your lists on the Reading Lists page which presents now your lists, lists that you've liked, and the BookLikes community's reading guides.



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This Place is Death by Denise Grover Swank

This Place is Death - Denise Grover Swank

This Place Is Death is a novella that gives us the background of the curse that The Curse Keepers series is based on.  Although not necessary for the series, it is a good addition.  Now we understand what exactly happened to the Roanoke Colony, and why Ellie’s family has been stuck passing down the curse through the generations.  It is sad, and I hope that she can help her Dare ancestors.  

At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey- Cover Reveal!

This is my first cover reveal, and I am excited because it is a book from one of my favorite series, Gaming the System by Brenna Aubrey! 



At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey


Release Date: October 27, 2014


It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family--and if so, with whom? She can't dodge the tough questions--not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.

You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…

Adam Drake knows that he's made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia's facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia's life or the man she can love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first...even if it means he's out of the picture entirely.

Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?

This novel is the third and final book in Adam and Mia's trilogy, but they will be featured in future Gaming the System novels


Connect with Brenna Aubrey- 

Brenna's Links:
Twitter: @BrennaAubrey


Enter Brenna's giveaway on Goodreads here: 



I recently read and reviewed the first two books in this series, and have been anxiously awaiting the release of At Any Moment, because the last ended with such a cliffie.  If you haven’t yet tried this series, you really need to.  If convincing is needed, check out my reviews for At Any Price and At Any Turn.  I just love Adam Drake, and he looks extra hot on this cover! 

Penryn & the End of Days Series Sale!

Angelfall  - Susan Ee World After  - Susan Ee

Two amazing books are on sale right now through Amazon for $1.99 each. This series is so good, and the last one, End of Days, will be released May 12, 2015.


Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1)

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


World After (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 2)

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what's left of the modern world. When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans, where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?



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