Month: October 2016

That Shelf Life (4) ~ October 2016 Edition

Posted October 30, 2016
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That Shelf Life (4) ~ October 2016 Edition

October 2016 Edition “That Shelf Life” is a weekly meme by Leona @ Literary Treasure Chest. It’s all about book hauls and un-hauls; what books join my shelves whether they’re for review or my reading pleasure, and what books I am relieving of their duty of taking up space on my shelves both virtual and physical. For abbreviation definitions please go here. Book Surprises aka Books for Review Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster (AB) Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster (AB) Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster (AB) My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster (AB) Of Silk and Steam by Bec McMaster (AB) The Curious Case of the Clockwork Menace by Bec McMaster (AB) Hit the Spot by J. Daniels (TB) Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter (MMP) Veiled by Karina Halle (AB) Resulted From My One-Click Finger(s) Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashley (AmK) From the Pole to the […]

The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston

Posted October 29, 2016
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The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston

The Mane Attraction was another story that I disliked somewhat when I first read it, but this time around ended up really loving it. Sissy was a character that took some time to grow on me. I borderline disliked her because of how she bullied Jessie Ann when they were younger, but in reading The Mane Attraction, Shelly Laurenston really did an amazing job of showing us that there’s more to Sissy’s character than being that former bully and now Alpha female of the New York Smith Pack. Mitch’s character started off in this Pride series as a mystery, so it was the only logical explanation for him to get his own story so that we could find out why he was always in a situation that his brother, Brendon, felt he needed to get him out of. Mitch might’ve not had the military training or had as tough of an upbringing as […]

The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston

Posted October 28, 2016
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The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston

I don’t know why when the first time I read The Beast in Him I didn’t like it as much as I wanted to. Maybe it was, again, because I read this series out of order that The Beast in Him was a downer the first time around. This time, though, I was so anxious for every scene that involved Smitty and Jessie Ann that I was somewhat angry that I couldn’t breeze through this story as much as I wanted to. Smitty (wolf shifter and Mace’s best friend), who at his introduction in The Mane Event was someone I knew that I wanted to know more about. While Mace was in-your-face and hard to stomach charming, Smitty somewhat snuck up on you with his charm, leaving you wondering if this feature was attractive or not. Of course, you loose the battle and admit that he’s an alpha male you can’t help but […]

The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted October 27, 2016
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The Martian by Andy Weir

When The Martian was recommended to me some weeks ago I didn’t know if I would be able to keep my promise to read it, science fiction isn’t really my thing, though there have been some stories that have been the exception. I never have all in out read a science fiction story that was purely about space and the astronauts who travel through it. I have to say, The Martian just opened up an uncharted world for me and the discovery has been something that I am sure I will not forget. In listening to the sample for The Martian on Audible I knew that if I didn’t love the story that I would love the its narration. R.C. Bray did a phenomenal job with the narration of The Martian, he exceeded all expectations and he really brought this story to life in a way that I don’t think […]

Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Posted October 26, 2016
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Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Hero in the Highlands was somewhat of a unique and well-rounded story, and in other parts it was not. Sadly, it took me closer to the end of Hero in the Highlands to start to even like one of the main characters (Fiona), but thankfully the conflict and supporting characters held my interest. Immediatley, when we’re first introduced to Gabriel Forrestor I knew that I would like him. His thought process and the way he carried himself really made me sit up and pay attention. You just knew that there was be a purpose behind everything he did or said. I wish I could say the same about Fiona’s character, but from the moment we first meet her the high hopes I had towards her were really premature. We weren’t a good ways into learning about her character that you learn that she’s not adverse to practicing underhanded ways to appease her pride. […]

I’m On YouTube Y’all!!!

Posted October 25, 2016
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I’m On YouTube Y’all!!!

For a while I’ve been playing with the idea of extending my opinions and thoughts about books, movies, tv shows, and whatever else I share here at Literary Treasure Chest to my channel at YouTube. There have been some times when writing a review or composing a book discussion post where I’ve wanted to say more, or to express more that I’ve found hard to do via a blog post, which is why I played with the thought of branching out. It was after much research (y’all know I’m all about my research) that I’ve decided to take the plunge. I figured I’d start off small and so I uploaded a video I had already edited and posted on my Facebook page… My Kristen Ashley Unboxing Pt. 1 Once I got that challenge out of the way I received the signed book set from Julie Ann Walker via a giveaway over at […]

White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley

Posted October 25, 2016
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White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley

It’s a bummer, but I was really expecting White Tiger to fulfill the expectations I had for it. I think it was the stoic attitude of Kendrick and the almost unorganized way that everything was taking place that contributed to White Tiger having crashed and burned for me. When reading about White Tiger I really got excited because it alluded to holding the two key elements that without fail always suckers me into reading said story: Has children with/without a single father raising them, and/or A woman who comes along and either adopts the children in a sense and loves them unconditionally, or marries or mates with the father. While White Tiger held all of these components, they just didn’t mesh well with the story. The story itself actually did the opposite of making me want to stay glued to my kindle and instead had me flirting with the intentions of getting the story of White […]

Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley

Posted October 24, 2016
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Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley

I knew if I just kept working my way through this series that I would find a story that would leave me speechless, and Tiger Magic was that story. I have always had a weakness for tiger shifters. I don’t know if it’s because of the rarity that these type of shifters are featured or because of the tiger’s nature, but you can always put me down for a tiger shifter story any day of the week! When I had read the synopsis for Tiger Magic a while back, I knew that I had to read it, but sadly my library didn’t have it available yet. In the flow of life and obligations I sort of forgot about it. It was when I saw that Tiger Magic was finally available that I didn’t even need to have a look at the other books in this series, I knew that this […]

The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Posted October 23, 2016
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The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston

Christmas Pride When I first read this story I didn’t too much care for Mace, I was actually more interested in his best friend Smitty if I’m going to be totally honest. This go around, though, it was the way he fought for Dez (heroine) that made an impact on me and made me appreciate his character more than I did before. The main thing I’ve always loved about Shelly Laurenston’s stories was her unique brand of comedy. Laurenston does an excellent job of making every story she writes funny, but what sets her apart from any other author I’ve read before is that she matches her humor to fit her characters. For example, the humor that was displayed in Eggie and Darla’s story in Howl For It was completely different and somewhat colored with a different brush stroke than what went on between Mace and Dez in Christmas Pride. The characters for each story […]

Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter w/ GIVEAWAY!

Posted October 22, 2016
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Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter w/ GIVEAWAY!

When I closed the last page on Curse on the Land I didn’t know what I truly felt about its story, I think I might’ve still be in shock. Nell’s character is completely unique from any other heroine I’ve read about before, she’s on a whole other level. I’m so grateful that she’s nothing like Jane Yellowrock (heroine from interconnected series), if there would’ve been any similarities between the two I think that I wouldn’t have been able to like Nell’s character and this series as much as I do. To be honest, there’s nothing I dislike more than reading a branched off series that holds the same characteristics as the original. My main wish for Curse on the Land was that we would learn more about what Nell actually is, a name given that would explain her abilities. Instead we were shown more areas of her powers, and while I wished for something different you won’t hear […]