At the beginning of 2017, I started my reading challenge. I wanted to be more purposeful with my reading — and I have been.
Today’s post is the last 2017 Reading Challenge post. It will probably also be the last blog post from me for a while. Long time followers know that I blog in fits and starts. The only consistent thing about my blogging is its inconsistency. In July of 2015, I quit blogging — only to return in January of 2016 with a heartfelt confession post. But in between then and now, a lot has changed, both in my life and in the blogging world.
A few weeks ago, I toyed around (yet again) with the idea of monetizing this blog. I upgraded my plan with WordPress, bought a new domain name, installed WordAds, and looked into (yep, again) becoming an Amazon Associate. But it didn’t feel right. As much as I LOVE sharing bookish thoughts with all of you, I’m a novelist, not a book blogger. (I’m also a librarian — a job that has been surprisingly rewarding. Initially, I applied just so I could pay for the expenses of self-publishing Pocket Full of Tinder, but the position quickly became much more than a paycheck.)
For 2018, I wish each of you what I always have — HAPPY READING & WRITING!!
This month’s theme – Angels & Demons
(Descriptions from Goodreads)
Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series
Archangel’s Viper (Guild Hunter #10)
Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.
Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…
Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…
Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices Series
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)
Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.
Jeaniene Frost’s Broken Destiny Series
The Brightest Embers (Broken Destiny #3)
You can run from your destiny, but you can’t hide
Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she’s determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave—there’s probably no coming back from this one.
Adrian’s dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their scintillating bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they’ve endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they’ll face…
Jill Archer’s Noon Onyx Series
Pocket Full of Tinder (Noon Onyx #4)
Maegester-in-Training Noon Onyx feels like she’s done it all – mastered fiery magic, become an adept fighter, learned the law, killed countless demons, and survived having her heart-broken by both love and an arrow, but now she’ll face her greatest challenge yet…
Far to the north lies an outpost famous for its unrest – Rockthorn Gorge. The town’s patron has specifically requested Noon’s help. Her assignment? Help the neophyte demon lord build his fiefdom and keep what’s his. The problem? Lord Aristos – Noon’s new employer – is her erstwhile lover, Ari Carmine, the aforementioned heart breaker. And the number one thing he wants is her.
When Rockthorn Gorge’s viaduct is destroyed by Displodo, an enigmatic bomber, killing a dozen settlers and wounding scores more, Noon sets off early to aid in the search and rescue. Ari is listed among the missing and the suspects are legion. But Noon’s search is just the beginning. Her journey forces Noon to confront not only those she loves, but also enemies hell-bent on destroying them.
I’m currently working on Noon #5 — the penultimate book in the series. If all goes as planned, I’ll release it next year!