What I’m Currently Reading

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Rock Chick Rescue by Kristen Ashley

From Amazon:

Jet McAlister has a secret. Eddie Chavez has the hots for Jet (not to mention Eddie’s just plain hot). Jet has too many problems to realize that Eddie’s interested. Eddie loses patience when Jet ends her waitressing shift at a strip club with a knife at her throat. Since Eddie’s a cop, he figures he can help. Since Jet’s used to solving everyone’s problems she doesn’t want Eddie’s help.

Throw in a Dolly Parton look-alike, a gruff but lovable strip club owner, Jet’s ne’er do well father, his ne’er do well friend, Bear, Bear’s long-suffering, chain-smoking wife Lavonne and the crew from Rock Chick and you’ve got Rock Chick Rescue.

Rock Chick Rescue takes you on a wild ride with Jet, Eddie and the gang as they wrestle bad guys in a bagel shop, hit Denver’s backstreet poker tables (with big hair), and help the strippers at Smithie’s take down a would-be murderer.

Through this, Jet’s got to learn that even when life made you give up your dreams, you can still end up with the (hot) guy. Eddie’s got to rescue Jet from a bad man (so he can do better things with her) and teach her that some dreams can come true.

I’m really loving this book so far. I loved the first book, Rock Chick, and this book is even better than the first. I love how all the characters from the first book cross over throughout the rest of the series. I’m really looking forward to following Jet’s journey and seeing where it goes.

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Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain

From Amazon:

Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell–the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed–is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life.

To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree. It’s the work of a killer bold and clever enough to torture his victim for hours on a sunny summer morning in a big public park and yet leave no trace.

And then Archie gets a message he can’t ignore–Gretchen claims to have inside knowledge about this grisly murder. Archie finally agrees to visit Gretchen, because he can’t risk losing his only lead in the case. At least, that’s what he tells himself . . . but the ties between Archie and Gretchen have always been stronger, deeper, and more complex than he’s willing to admit, even to himself. What game is she playing this time? And even more frightening, what long-hidden secrets from Gretchen’s past have been dredged up that someone would kill to protect?

This is the 5th book in the Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell series and so far, it’s started off good. These books are truly the best thrillers I’ve read, especially since the villain is a female serial killer. I’m excited to see what happens between Archie and Gretchen next.

Comic Book Haul

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Charmed: Season 9, Volume One

From Amazon:

Charmed Season 9 picks up where the TV show left off! With the source of all evil defeated, The Charmed Ones, three witches destined to be the most powerful force for good our world has ever known, have embraced a new life. One of new family, friends, and a future without the constant battle between good and evil… or so they think.

I was extremely excited when I found out that Charmed, like Buffy, had been continued on through comics. I had found season 10 at Books-A-Million but being who I am, I had to start from the beginning. So after a lengthy search, I finally found season 9 on Amazon and ordered it over the weekend. I’m way too excited to see where the Halliwell sisters story goes in comic form.

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No Future For You (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Volume 2)

From Amazon:

When a rogue debutant Slayer begins to use her power for evil, Giles is forced to recruit the rebellious Faith, who isn’t exactly known for her good deeds. Giles offers Faith a clean slate if she can stop this snooty Slayer from wreaking total havoc that is, if Buffy doesn’t beat her to it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was, and always will be, my number one favorite show of all time. So I was way too happy when I discovered that it had been brought back to life through comics. Especially when those comics are done by Joss Whedon, the man behind the birth of Buffy. I still have yet to finish volume one, but that will be done soon so I can continue on throughout the series. I always knew when Buffy ended that there was still a lot of story left to be told and I’m extremely happy that it’s continuing on in comics.

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Wolves at the Gate (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8, Volume 3)

From Amazon:

Vampires that, at will, can transform into wolves, panthers, insects, or fog invade the Slayer base of operations in northern Scotland, and not only walk away unscathed, but in possession of Buffy’s scythe, the symbol of Slayer power worldwide. Buffy and the Slayer legion travel to Tokyo in order to learn more about their dangerous new foes, as Xander journeys to Transylvania to solicit the only person they’ve ever known to possess such power: Dracula.

I am really excited to get to this volume because Dracula was one of my favorite characters/villains on Buffy. It was hilarious how everyone’s world was turned upside down when he came to Sunnydale, especially when Xander became his minion. So to see him come back is something I’m really excited to see.

What I’m currently watching: Pretty Little Liars

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So after seeing repeated posts on Facebook about this show and hearing some of my pen pals talk about how great it is, I’ve decided to take the plunge and check out Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. I’m only on the very first episode, but it seems to be a very intriguing show so far. Something that keeps me guessing and that’s the kind of things I like to watch. It also doesn’t hurt that Holly Marie Combs, whom I love from Charmedplays in it. I’m looking forward to seeing where this show goes and if it keeps my attention. I don’t usually watch “teen” related shows, since I find the majority of them to be stupid but so far, I’m liking the idea of this show. I know it’s based off a series of books, which I have yet to read, but I guess I’ll have to sit back and see what I think of it.

TBR: Comics

So I recently got into the world of comics a few months ago after having a few recommended to me by my awesome pen pals from IGGPPC. I’ve discovered quite a few amazing comics that I have thoroughly enjoyed so in this post, I’m going to talk about a few of the ones that I’m really looking forward to reading.

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Chew, volume 2: International Flavor 

From GoodReads:

Tony Chu, the cibopathic federal agent with the ability to get psychic impressions from the things he eats, is on a bizarre new case. A newly discovered fruit takes Agent Chu to a remote island full of secrets, Presenting the second storyline of IGN.com’s pick for Best Indie Series of 2009 and MTV Splash Page.com’s pick for Best New Series of 2009. Find out what the fuss is about in this latest a twisted and darkly funny comic about cops, crooks, cooks, cannibals and clairvoyants.strangeness-and a shadowy killer with a particularly sinister appetite.

I absolutely loved volume one of Chew. This comic was recommended to me by a pen pal and it was the first comic that I ever read. I won’t lie, it’s pretty gross at times considering the main character, who is a cop, often eats body parts of dead victims because he can get visions of their murders and so on. However, that makes this comic amazing. It’s full of humor and action. I’m really excited to read volume two and see what sort of trouble Tony Chu gets himself into this time.


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Lumberjanes vol. 1

From Amazon:

Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons…what’s not to love?!

Friendship to the max! Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake

Lumberjanes was on one of the pull lists on IGGPPC a few months back and as soon as I read about it, I knew I had to read it. Anything compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer has to be worth checking out.


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Princeless vol. 1: Save Yourself

From Amazon:

Chosen to be honored as an Amelia Bloomer Project title, through the ALA. – Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th-birthday, her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! – Come join the Eisner-nominated team of Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin for a tale of swashbuckling in the face of sexism. Princeless is the action/adventure for the girl who’s tired of waiting to be rescued and ready to save herself!

This comic was recommended to me on GoodReads. I love stories and comics with strong female characters and this one really appeals to me. I don’t like damsel in distress type stories so I’m really excited to see where this series goes!


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Batgirl vol. 1: Batgirl of Burnside

From GoodReads:

Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles!

As a comic newbie, I must admit that I have yet to read any actual superhero comics. I heard about this new Batgirl comic on the forums of IGGPPC and one of my pen pals, who has recommended some great comics to me, said it was great so I knew I had to give it a try. I’m excited to check this one out and see where it goes.


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Gotham Academy vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy

From GoodReads:

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

I am extremely looking forward to this comic. Hopefully having no background into superhero comics won’t hinder my reading of this one. It sounds intriguing and exciting and I’m very much looking forward to this series.

What I’m Reading: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones

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From Amazon:

Welcome to the world of grim reaper extraordinaire, Charley Davidson. Try as she might, there’s no avoiding her destiny.

Sometimes being the grim reaper really is, well, grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple of months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above . . . or at least get dressed. It becomes clear something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane. But the more they refute the woman’s story, the more Charley believes it.
In the meantime, the sexy, sultry son of Satan, Reyes Farrow, is out of prison and out of Charley’s life, as per her wishes and several perfectly timed death threats. But his absence has put a serious crimp in her sex life. While there are other things to consider, like the fact that the city of Albuquerque has been taken hostage by an arsonist, Charley is having a difficult time staying away. Especially when it looks like Reyes may be involved.
Just when life was returning to normal, Charley is thrust back into the world of crime, punishment, and the devil in blue jeans in Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, the hilarious fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling series from Darynda Jones.

I absolutely love this series. Each book is better than the last. Full of humor, adventure, romance and monsters, the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones is simply amazing. I get so excited every time I pick up one of these books. I cannot wait to see where Charley ends up next, considering she always seems to get herself into some sort of trouble. Not to mention, Reyes Farrow is extremely hot to be the son of Satan.

Currently Reading: Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

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From Amazon:

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

Beautiful Secret is book 4 in the Beautiful series by Christina Lauren. This book follows Niall Stella, the brother of Max Stella from Beautiful Stranger, and Ruby Miller. I absolutely love every book in the Beautiful & Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren. I read the first 3 books plus the 3 novellas of the Beautiful series within a week. These books have the right amount of humor, drama, romance, and naughty times. I’m totally loving the banter that goes on between Niall and Ruby. It’s also nice to see a guy that isn’t a total man-whore.

Niall is recently divorced, and has only been with one woman his whole life. Ruby has silently been in love with Niall for the last 6 months, since she started working at his firm in London. When they’re sent on a business trip together to New York, Niall finally starts to really notice Ruby and things start to get interesting. Niall persists on taking things slow, not fully knowing what to do with a woman like Ruby. He’s not used to being wanted since his ex-wife never really wanted anything to do with him. Ruby makes it her mission to prove to Niall that he’s worth wanting and that she wants to pursue a relationship with him.

I can’t wait to see where Niall and Ruby’s relationship goes in this story. If it’s anything like the other books in this series, it’s sure to be a roller coaster ride full of fun, romance, and drama.

My Favorite TV related books

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From Books-A-Million:

HEAT WAVE is a tie-in to the ABC primetime show, CASTLE, that premiered in March 2009. The main character of the show, Richard Castle, is a bestselling mystery writer. HEAT WAVE is his next book: Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City’s top homicide squads. She’s hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York’s Finest. Pulitzer Prize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren’t her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them.

After I discovered the show, Castle, I was instantly hooked on it. Then I discovered that the books they talk about on the show actually existed. So of course, I HAD to read them. They are surprisingly really good. They have the right mix of humor, drama, romance and mystery that I crave, just like the show does. These books are something I look forward to every September and I cannot wait for the newest one, Driving Heat, this fall.


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From Books-A-Million:

He slips into homes at night and walks silently into bedrooms where women lie sleeping, about to awaken to a living nightmare. The precision of his methods suggests that he is a deranged man of medicine, prompting the Boston newspapers to dub him “The Surgeon.” Led by Detectives Thomas Moore and Jane Rizzoli, the cops must consult the victim of a nearly identical crime: Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and filled an attacker before he could complete his assault. Now this new killer is re-creating, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell’s ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. And neither Moore nor Rizzoli can protect Cordell from a ruthless hunter who somehow understands–and savors–the secret fears of every woman he kills.

I’ve discussed this book already here on this blog, but I had to mention it again in this post. I watched the first 4 seasons of Rizzoli & Isles before I started reading the books. The Surgeon is book one in the Rizzoli & Isles book series that was written before the show began. It was a little shocking at first when I read this book, especially after already watching the show, because there are so many differences in the characters. I’ve only read the first two books in the series but they’re great and I’m looking forward to getting around to book 3.


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From GoodReads:

No vacation. No benefits. And the only retirement is an early death.
With the closing of the Hellmouth and the awakening of hundreds of potential slayers, Buffy Summers thought she had overturned the Slayer’s self-sacrifice and earned herself a much-deserved break. But the thrill of victory is short-lived. The Forces of Darkness are not ones to graciously accept defeat, and the collective rage unites disparate and powerful parties more eager than ever to reclaim dominance.
Willow’s magickal distribution of the slayer essence left girls across the world discovering their latent power. Giles races to reorganize the now much-needed Watchers Council, and the Scoobies relocate to Europe. And there in Rome, Buffy is drawn to the Immortal — a charismatic, if inscrutable, figure. But then comes word that a number of the fresh slayers are being coerced to join an army of slayers — governed by the mysterious “Queen of the Slayers,” an awesome evil determined to claim the intoxicating slayer essence for herself.
Xander is sent to Africa to learn more about the origin of the slayer essence. Instead, he returns to report that, alarmingly, there’s not enough good in the world to counteract the overabundance of evil, and that the deciding apocalypse is drawing much too near. Alliances are formed and loyalties betrayed as it comes down to slayer versus slayer, leading to an ultimate battle of champions — from Buffy’s past and present. And then an unimaginable gift arrives…

Queen of the Slayers takes place after the end of the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It shows what happens to the characters once they closed the Hellmouth, which completely destroyed their hometown of Sunnydale, CA. I loved this book so much because it also touches a bit on the end of Angel, which you had no clue really what the fate of the characters was. I read this book when I was a teenager and now that I’m older, I would love to read it again if I can find it. Buffy is one of those shows that will stick with you forever. It has continued on into 10 seasons now through comic books. There’s also a surprising twist toward the end of this book that I never saw coming.

To Be Read

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From GoodReads:

“If science is right, then I am crazy. And crazy is dangerous.”

Tess Eckhart has always felt things nobody else can feel. Then the Ouija board incident happens at a high school party. Her complete freakout sends her family across the country—next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Worried that Tess suffers from the same illness that tormented her grandmother, her parents insist she see a psychiatrist.

But Tess is more concerned about fitting in at her new school, and hiding the fact that she’s seeing a therapist at the Edward Brooks Facility. She’s used to whispers and stares, but when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she’s unused to a stare that intense. Then the headaches start, and the seemingly prophetic dreams that haunt her at night. As Tess tries to hide them, she becomes increasingly convinced that Luka knows something—that he might somehow be responsible.

But what if she’s wrong? What if Luka Williams is the only thing separating her from a madness too terrifying to fathom?

I came across this book as a suggested post on either Twitter or Facebook, I honestly can’t remember at the moment. It was said to be the next Hunger Games so that instantly intrigued me. I haven’t read much Young Adult since The Hunger Games but this definitely sounds like something that could pull me back into the genre. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s a 4.91 rating on GoodReads with almost 5 full stars. 


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From GoodReads:

Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the daring erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E, by A.R. Torre.

1. Don’t leave the apartment.
2. Never let anyone in.
3. Don’t kill anyone.

The rules were simple and I broke them.
Now I must face the consequences.
Everyone else must face me.

I’m extremely excited for Do Not Disturb by A.R. Torre. I ran out to Books-A-Million the day this book came out and grabbed it up, although I’ve yet to make my way to it due to my insane to be read pile. This is the sequel to The Girl in 6E which I completely and totally loved. It is unlike ANYTHING I have EVER read in my life and that made me love it even more. 

The Girl in 6E was a darkly disturbing and twisted roller coaster ride that hooked me from page one. I’m looking forward to Do Not Disturb because I have a feeling that it’s going to be even wilder and more intense than the first book.

What I’m Currently Reading: Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

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From Books-A-Million:

“Fans of TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” should be in heaven” (“People”) stepping into the world of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan, star of Kathy Reichs’s electrifyingly authentic bestsellers.
Her life is devoted to justice — for those she never even knew.
In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern — and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her — her best friend and her own daughter — in mortal danger….

I’m only a couple pages into this book but I like it so far from what I’ve read. I recently became addicted to the show so therefore, I have to read the books that gave it life. I’m really excited to see where this book takes me and how different it is from the show.

What I’m Reading: Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

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Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack! Paperback- April 8, 2014

Rat Queens was recommended to me by a fellow pen pal. I’m really into Image comics so I had to have this one. I’m a couple chapters into it so far and I’m loving it. It’s downright hilarious! The characters are so funny and the story line is great as well. Fans of any sort of fantasy type stuff will most likely love this comic series. I can’t wait to finish and get volume two!