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August Random Reads (33): Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Random Reads

Hey everyone! Thanks for coming back to participate in Random Reads this month!

First off, I’m so sorry I’m late with this post! In my defense though, several weeks ago my husband and I found out some great news — I’M PREGNANT!  So…I’ve been a bit distracted lately. :) I’m just over 13 weeks and due February 9th. So, my regular reading has kind of been lacking mainly because I’m distracted by looking up baby/pregnancy things and such. I haven’t had too many crazy symptoms, mostly pretty mild and I’m hungry all he time. But that’s my excuse for this month. lol

As for my reading, I still haven’t finished Romeo & Juliet, but I’m still going to try to this month. :-\ I also didn’t even open Bet Me, but I’ve decided with that one that I’m just going to delete it from my list altogether. Who am I fooling? I don’t like Chicklit, so I’m not going to even bother. lol


In short, Random Reads is a meme where we pick a random book from our shelf to read within the month. Feel free to do more than one per month, but since a lot of people have a lot of books to read each month, only one is “required” for the meme. I’m on Goodreads so I’m using a combination of the sorting feature and Random.org to pick the book I’m going to read.

Want to join in on Random Reads?

It’s easy…

  1. If you’re on Goodreads enable sorting to your to-read shelf (you should see numbers next to each book now).
  2. Go to Random.org and type in the Min as 1 and the Max as how many ever books are on your to-read shelf. Or you can enter a smaller number as the Max in order to always pick books that have been on your TBR shelf for longer.
  3. Scroll down to the book matching the number Random.org picks.
  4. Link up to your Random Reads post (below). If you choose more than one book per month, be sure to put a number by your name in the list so it doesn’t look like a duplicate.
  5. Read and be merry. :)

If you’re not on Goodreads just pick a random book from your list in whatever way you want to do it. You can use the method I used above or even just close your eyes and point randomly at a book on your bookshelf if you want (spin the bottle style). lol


Now onto this month’s Random Read! This month Random.org chose…

August 2014 Random Reads - Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

#28 on my to-read (own) list, Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, and it’s been on my to-read list since June 21, 2010.

I’m still liking keeping my max to 100 in order to pick older books. I’ll probably keep doing that.

Another classic I have yet to read yet. A lot of my earlier books are the classics that Goodreads recommends. This is one I guess my husband really loved when he read it (and he is not a big reader), so hopefully I will too!

Random Reads Buttons

Here is the meme button you can use and it’s copy/paste code:

Random Reads

Or you can use the longer “banner” version I used in this post instead:

Random Reads

Link to Your Random Reads Meme

 

Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Title: Moon Called
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercedes Thompson, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Ace (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: January 31st, 2006
Edition: eBook
Rating:

Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

My Review:

I’ve had Moon Called on my to-read list for a good five years, and for some reason I’ve never gotten around to reading it until now. Part of it, I think, is because I was (from the cover and description), expecting Mercy to be one of those bitchy, better-than-thou kind of heroines. Being that she’s a mechanic and just the look of the cover, that’s kind of what I expected. While yes, she is a strong heroine, she’s definitely not bitchy and I was glad to see that.

I’m also glad I got past my initial qualms because this was a great book set in a dynamic paranormal world that is only partially out of he closet to humans. Most of the paranormals are still hidden, but pretty much on the verge of coming out so the series should be interesting as that progresses.

The story kept me on my toes and the touch of mystery I didn’t even come close to figuring out. But my favorite thing was definitely the blossoming dynamic between Mercy, Adam, and Samuel. I’m not huge on love triangles, but I can already tell this one’s going to be an exception to that rule. I’m already probably a little too entertained by the Adam-Samuel shows of power between each other. It’s just plain fun. :)

So yeah, this one has everything I could ask for in a good urban fantasy: great writing that keeps me in the story, an interesting and dynamic world, and characters that come to life. I’ll definitely be continuing on with this series.

4 Hearts
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Review: Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine

Title: Dead Girls' Dance
Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires, #2
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: NAL (Imprint of Penguin)
Date Published: August 3rd, 2007
Edition: eBook
Rating:

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges—like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.

Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls’ Dance and—surprise!—Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out—and everybody’s hungry for blood.

My Review:

Dead Girls’ Dance picks up right after Glass Houses, quite literally. With the cliffhanger Glass Houses leaves us with, it’s only right that we get to see what happens! But thankfully Dead Girls’ Dance doesn’t leave us hanging quite as much (a little, but not as dramatically lol).

I enjoyed the second book in this series almost as much as the first one, only because the first one had some discovering what this world was all about and that’s always half the fun with a first-in-series. But Rachel Caine doesn’t disappoint and keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of the book. I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally be sucked into a young adult series again. So many of them seem like carbon copies that I was getting a bit bored with the genre (with the exception of new releases from my already-favorite series’), but this one renews my faith in young adult books a bit (even if it is an older-ish series).

Without giving too much away this book follows the aftermath of some choices made by the gang in the first book and leads them into even murkier waters before it’s through. It’s a fun ride with lots of twists and turns.

The only thing I don’t entirely like is the romance between Shane and Claire. Not necessarily because she’s sixteen, I mean he’s only eighteen so it doesn’t seem that bad. But mostly because I don’t really feel any chemistry between them so it feels like a forced romance (by the author) to me. To me, the books would be just as fun even without their little “romantic” side story, but that’s just me.

Aside from that, I’m finding the world pretty interesting — a town run by vampires practically set apart from the rest of the world lends to some unexpected rules and standards. The characters are pretty good. I don’t love Claire, the main character, but she’s gotten better since the beginning of the first book. I do really like Michael and Eve the most, and Shane seems to be a good guy. Mostly I find the vampires in this world fascinating with all their politics.

So this is definitely a series I’ll be continuing. From the Goodreads ratings, it looks like they only get better, so I’m definitely on board with that. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves the paranormal. It’s considered young adult, but has more of an adult urban fantasy feel to it to me, not quite adult, but the same kind of vibe. Fun series overall though.

4 Hearts
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