Tuesday, 31 January 2012

January Flashback


After a pretty busy January, where I spent the first 2-3 weeks studying for the bar exam then the remaining couple of days catching up on all the pleasure reading I missed out on there was not much time left for sleeping :-)

Books read

1. The Last Slayer by Nadia Lee (Book #1 in the Heartstone series)
2. To Walk the Night by E.S. Moore (Book #1 in the Kat Redding series)
3. Supernaturally Kissed by Stacey Kennedy (Book #1 in the Frostbite series)
4. Blushing Violet by Ann Mayburn
5. Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter (Book #1 in the Royal House of Shadows)
6. Accused by Kate Kaynak (Book #4 in the Ganzfield series)
7. Seducing the Myth ed. by Lucy Felthouse
8. Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee (Book #1 From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series)
9. Impulse Control by Sara Brookes (Book #1 in the Sypricon Masters series)
10. Priestess of the Nile by Veronica Scott
11. Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox *
12. Sweet Enemy by Heather Snow * (Book #1 in the Veiled Seduction series)
13. One Perfect Night by Rachael Jones


Books reviewed

1. A Bit of Rough by Lucy Felthouse
2. Hired by Lily Harlem (Book #1 in the Hot Ice series)
3. The Last Slayer by Nadia Lee (Book #1 in the Heartstone trilogy)
4. Cross-Checked by Lily Harlem (Book #2 in the Hot Ice series)
5. Forever in Lingerie by Gina Gordon
6. Dangerous Charade by Elizabeth Means
7. Legacy by Kate Kaynak (Book #3 in the Ganzfield series)
8. Quarter Square by David Bridger (Book #1 in the Wild Times series)
9. The Bodyguards' Princess by Ann Mayburn
10. Banshee Charmer by Tiffany Allee (Book #1 in the From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series)


Books I liked the best this month

I had read so amny amazing books this month I can't narrow it down any more:


"The Last Slayer was a very unique, highly imaginative and rich story which I found spellbinding and riveting. The universe Nadia Lee has created is breathtaking. I was blown away with the lush colours, rich and layered traditions and complex hierarchy of supernatural species in the story. [...] The Last Slayer is a smashing debut to a thrilling new series!"



"Banshee Charmer is a gripping, exciting debut to a fantastic new series! The mystery plot was intriguing, the world-building complex and the love story sizzling. Perfect mix and great story, I loved Banshee Charmer and I'm impatiently looking forward to the sequel!"



I loved, loved, loved this book! It was witty, funny, sexy, well written and kept me engrossed in the story from beginning to end. A terrific debut for Ruthie Knox and I SO can't wait to read more stories written by her! My detailed review will be posted on February 3rd when Ruthie Knox will stop by for an interview.



Sweert Enemy is a truly amazing novel. The writing is exquisite, the characters well fleshed out, three-dimensional and interesting, the love story is fresh and beautiful. A stellar debut for Heather Snow, I'm already counting back the days until I can read her next novel!

My detailed review will be posted on Book Lovers Inc. on February 24th where I'll get to interview Heather Snow! :-)


Book I liked the least this month



Reading Challenges:

Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge: 13/170 books read, 157 to go
Romance and Me Reading Challenge: 1/12 books read, 11 to go
Historical Romance Reading Challenge: nbsp;2/10 books read, 8 to go
E-Book Reading Challenge: 11/150 books read, 139 to go
Men in Uniform Reading Challenge: 2/10 books read, 8 to go
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge: 0/10 book read, 10 to go
Speculative Romance Reading Challenge: 5/12 book read, 7 to go
Horror and Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge: 2/24 books read, 22 to go
Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge:3/12 books read, 9 to go
Why Buy the Cow Reading Challenge: 0/12 books read, 12 to go
Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge: 1/6 book read, 5 to go
Harlequin Silhouette Reading Challenge: 0/6 book read, 6 to go
Erotic Reading Challenge: 0/20 books read, 20 to go
1st in a Series Reading Challenge: 7/20 books read, 13 to go
2nd in a Series Reading Challenge: 0/20 books read, 20 to go
NetGalley Reading Challenge: 7/30 books read, 23 to go

I never can resist reading challenges (they were the ones responsible for giving me that final push to start my own a blog) and I just like to see in which categories the books I'm reading fit into.


If you like romance and you would like to challenge yourself and discover some romance sub-genre out of your comfort zone come and join the Romance and Me Reading Challenge I'm hosting with Book Lovers Inc. where we'll read 1 novel from a different romantic sub-genre every month. Monthly giveaways sweeten the pot as well ;-) You can read about the details and sign up HERE.

So this is what happened in the first month of 2012 here on the blog.

Ex Libris will celebrate its 2nd Blogoversary in February, so check back tomorrow for the month long celebrations and tons of surprises! :-D

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