Good morning to everyone in internet land! It is 7:50 AM here in El Paso, Texas (where I live) and way too frickin’ early to be typing anything. I haven’t had coffee yet. Unfortunately… or is that fortunately?… I haven’t decided yet – I have a lot of work to do today working on an art commission. I’ve had the commission for the past 3 days, and I’m supposed to be submitting a completed (or at least work in progress) sketch for review by the commissioner today. Problem is that I got so distracted by giveaways and reading for the last couple of days that I haven’t actually gotten anything done :D. Bad Cary.
On the upside, I know I can finish the sketch (or at least get really far with it) by the end of the day if I’ll just buckle down and work, so in order to make that happen, here I am, writing my blog far too early in the morning. That took me way longer to say than I’d planned.
So first off, I have another Giveaway to share with you, and you can find it here: Help Wanda Win A Kindle . A fellow GoodReads member recommended that I read Hollowmen (The Hollows #2) by Amanda Hocking early this morning and upon checking it out I discovered that there was a giveaway going on over at Books4Tomorrow. To make an incredibly long story short, all you gotta do is scroll down to the Rafflecopter form near the end of the blog post and do what it says. You can put in up to 13 entries and have a chance to win some free books with very little effort. So make sure to check it out! Who doesn’t love free books?
That aside, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Obviously, I said I’d be doing some book reviews here and there in this blog (probably more often than you’d like unless you’re totally obsessed with books like I am), and I wanted to take a little time today to explain how that’s going to work and what my personal preferences for reading are before I actually started reviewing. (Can you tell that I just finished reading a book last night and sort of want to get down to reviewing it already?) So let’s get started.
First off, I love to read. Since the beginning of this year (that would be 30 days) I’ve read 40 books already. This past Christmas, after two years of waiting, I finally received a brand spankin’ new Kindle Fire. As you may have guessed, my Kindle has become my new best friend. I think my family is a little appalled to discover that it seems to be permanently super-glued to my hand. I’m still waiting to find the perfect name to give it.
Yes, I name my technology. Don’t ask.
So, as I was saying, I’m probably going to spam you guys with a lot of book reviews over the course of the year, and that being true, I wanted to give you a heads up on the type of books you’re probably going to see pass through the pages of this blog.
The genre’s I tend to gravitate towards are as follows:
Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian, Horror, Thriller, Crime Mysteries, Historical Fiction, Memoirs, Contemporary Fiction… okay so maybe the list goes on and on. What you need to know the most is this: I am the biggest sucker for anything Romance related, so if you have a problem with Chick-Lit or Bodice-Rippers, you may want to saunter out the door soon.
I’ve probably been reading the romance genre (okay no probably about it) since I was 13 years old. My mother was a huge fan of Harlequin Romance books, so by the time I was 13 I was pretty curious to see what all the fuss was all about. Finally my mother thought I was old enough to read the adult-material, and gave me permission to read some of her Bodice-Rippers… and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m not ashamed of it.
That being said, here’s how this is going to work: every other day or so I’m going to post a review of a novel I’ve recently read (I read fast). I’ll post spoilers, but I promise I’ll warn you first. There will be a rating system that goes thus:
- 1 Star = “I loathe this book. I didn’t even finish reading it.”
- 2 Stars = “I’m disappointed with this book. I don’t really have anything good to say about it.”
- 3 Stars = “Worth a read, but it wasn’t anything spectacular. It had some good points, and some bad points.”
- 4 Stars = “This was a really good book and I recommend you read it. There were a few things that bothered me about it, but I’m glad I read it.”
- 5 Stars = “OMG THIS IS AWESOMESAUCE ON A STICK! Why haven’t you read it yet? D:”
You get the idea. I will try to be honest and objective in my reviews, but in the end they are my opinion, and I’ll probably say a few choice words if I thought something wasn’t done well. If you want the best honest opinions, only check out the 3 star articles. If you want to read some really great books, check out the 4 and 5 star articles. If you just want to be entertained, check out the 1 and 2 star articles. They’ll be full of rants.
Now, because I started this blog sort of late into January, you’ve already missed the past 39 books (I’ll review the 40th soon). I’ve written reviews on Amazon and Goodreads for all of these books, but I probably won’t go back and review them here because I’ve already read so many books this past month that I’ll likely forget half of what happened in the books. Instead, I’d like to share with you a list of everything I’ve read so far, and the star reviews I gave them. There were some really good books in the lot, and I wouldn’t want anyone to pass them up.
1 Stars (In parenthesis: How far I bothered reading.)
- All In Time by Ciana Stone (26%) // Amazon / Goodreads
- All Over You [Devoured 0.5] by Emily Snow (9%) // Amazon / Goodreads
- The Wild’s Call [Aspect of Crow 0.5] by Jeri Smith-Ready // Amazon / Goodreads
- Baptism by Fire [RuneQuest 1] by Keira Ramsay // Amazon / Goodreads
- Bewitching the Werewolf by Caroline Hanson // Amazon / Goodreads
- Samael’s Fire [Apocalypto 1] by L.K. Rigel // Amazon / Goodreads
- Fated [A Timeless Series Novella] by Lisa L. Wiedmeier // Amazon / Goodreads
- At The End [The Road to Extinction 1] by John Hennessy // Amazon / Goodreads
- Accidentally Married to… a Vampire? [Accidentally Yours 2] by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff // Amazon / Goodreads
- Stained [Stained 1] by Ella James // Amazon / Goodreads
- Awakened [Vampire Awakenings 1] by Brenda K. Davies // Amazon / Goodreads
- Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child // Amazon / Goodreads
- The Blood King [Dandanos, Colorado] by Calle J. Brooks // Amazon / Goodreads
- The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding // Amazon / Goodreads
- Avalon [Avalon 1] by Lana Davison // Amazon / Goodreads
- Sun God Seeks… Surrogate? [Accidentally Yours 3] by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff // Amazon / Goodreads
- Daughter of Joy [Brides of Culdee Creek 1] by Kathleen Morgan // Amazon / Goodreads
- Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly // Amazon / Goodreads
- The Ghost of Squire House by Joanne Pence // Amazon / Goodreads
- Forever Fifteen [Lucia Alberti] by Kimberly Steele // Amazon / Goodreads
- Maid For the Billionaire [Legacy Collection 1] by Ruth Cardello // Amazon / Goodreads
- Alpha Moon [Silver Moon 0.5] by Rebecca A. Rogers // Amazon / Goodreads
- Branded [Fall of Angels 1] by Keary Taylor // Amazon / Goodreads
- Before The Moon Rises [Ritter Werewolves 1] by Catherine Bybee // Amazon / Goodreads
- Broken [Reflections] by Dean Murray // Amazon / Goodreads
- Enchantment [Channie 1] by Charlotte Abel // Amazon / Goodreads
- Taken [Channie 2] by Charlotte Abel // Amazon / Goodreads
- My Familiar Stranger [Order of the Black Swan 1] by Victoria Danann // Amazon / Goodreads
- Accidentally in Love With… A God? [Accidentally Yours 1] by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff // Amazon / Goodreads
- Hired By The Cowboy [Windover Ranch 1] by Donna Alward // Amazon / Goodreads
- Prince of Wolves [The Grey Wolves 1] by Quinn Loftis // Amazon / Goodreads
- Blood Rites [The Grey Wolves 2] by Quinn Loftis // Amazon / Goodreads
- Just One Drop [The Grey Wolves 3] by Quinn Loftis // Amazon / Goodreads
- Out of the Dark [The Grey Wolves 4] by Quinn Loftis // Amazon / Goodreads
- Beyond the Veil [The Grey Wolves 5] by Quinn Loftis // Amazon / Goodreads
- Amethyst [Guardian 1] by Heather Bowhay // Amazon / Goodreads
- The Book of Deacon [Book of Deacon 1] by Joseph Lallo // Amazon / Goodreads
- Jenny Pox [The Paranormals 1] by J.L. Bryan // Amazon / Goodreads
- Identity [Eyes Wide Open 1] by Ted Dekker // Amazon / Goodreads
Keep in mind that a lot of these books are still 100% FREE for the Kindle on Amazon – be sure to take a look if you think you might be interested before prices change.
On a semi-related note… if there are any authors out there that would like to see me honestly review their book… send me a copy! I’ll be happy to do a free review. I’m on Amazon as Cary Morton (email@example.com) . Hint, hint.