Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s topic is:¬†Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013

  • To read more of the books I already own instead of just “collecting” them. I have boxes and boxes and shelves of books that I’ve not read yet… But I still have itchy fingers and want to buy new books every second Thursday (pay day ūüėÄ ). Last week I was on holiday and my hotel was just across the road from a store that had fantastic books on sale. I came home with nine new books….¬†
  • To review each book I read.
  • To read more indie/self-published books
  • I aspire to read/listen to more audiobooks.
  • I want to learn more about HTML and blog design. The aim is to change things up a little regarding my blogs layout. I’m not computer savvy in the slightest and really should try to learn something more about that aspect of blogging
  • Be more social in the blogging community
  • Create posts in advance. I’m such a last-minute blogger. It’s 5pm late Tuesday afternoon (I’m darting between the kitchen and my desk making dinner) and I’m only just now getting around to my TTT post for the week. I want to be a little more on top of what I’m posting and be more organized regarding scheduling my posts.
  • Complete the challenges I’ve signed up for in 2013
  • Try to read books before seeing their movies. So many fantastic ones being released theatrically this year and I’m the kind of person who often forgets to read the book if I’ve already seen the film.
  • Go to some bookish events. Book signings, literature festivals. Before I was blogging I used to go to a lot more bookish related events than I did last year. I aim to change that this year.

I have to admit that right now that I’m rather excited about 2013 and the bookish challenges/goals I’ve set myself. Not sure I’ll feel the same way once December comes….

 

Not a YA Book Review: Nobody’s Damsel by Emily Mah Tippetts

Last year I had the pleasure of reading Someone Else’s Fairytale by Emily Mah Tippetts – a New Adult novel of a college student who meets and is courted by an incredibly handsome and successful movie star. I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to read and review the second book in the series, Nobody’s Damsel. This book continues on from the first one and the characters are a little older now and don’t quite fall under the category of New Adult but I thought it was a great book and want to share it with my readers.

Title: Nobody’s Damsel (Someone Else’s Fairytale #2)
Author: Emily Mah Tippets
Genre: contemporary, romance, chick lit
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: January 5th 2013
Pages: 288 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars

Sample chapter of Nobody’s Damsel can be found: here

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Chloe has finished her masters degree and taken a job as a forensic scientist back in her home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, only the press will not leave her alone. They follow her to crime scenes and report on her every move, eager to show that her marriage to Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt, is on the brink of collapse. Millions of fans who dream of their own celebrity romance with him want this more than anything. This scrutiny comes at a particularly bad time as Chloe’s first case is a crime against a child roughly the same age that Chloe was when she survived a homicide attempt.

Now that she sees the case from an adult’s perspective, she realizes it’s much harder than she ever dreamed. It’s even worse for Jason, who is two steps removed from the crime. He must watch and try to support his wife as she battles with past demons and tries to keep up with a nameless suspect who evades identification and capture. Never has Jason been more frustrated with his job, its frivolities, and its lack of connection to the real world. When he storms off the set of his latest movie, the press goes wild with conjecture. Perhaps he never was anything more than a pretty face after all.

Together, Chloe and Jason must find their way past all the popping flashbulbs and through the dark maze of the criminal investigation to discover whether they can balance their professional goals with the demands of a celebrity marriage. The odds are entirely against them.

My Review:

Chloe is now in her dream occupation – a forensic scientist working crime scenes for the police. But with her career comes stress and Chloe has enough of that having to run from snap happy photographers who capture her every move. Jason is busy with his own job and the drama that comes from being a Hollywood heart-throb.

When the case Chloe is working on brings up memories she’d rather forget and emotions threaten to get in the way of finding the one responsible for a child’s abduction and the added stress of Jason’s ex back in the picture, it seems there’s more to the fairytale than first meets the eye.

Whilst I loved the happy ending of¬†Someone Else’s Fairytale,¬†I could not have been happier for the somewhat troubled beginning of¬†Noone’s Damsel.¬†The course of true love never did run smooth and that can¬†definitely¬†be said for the characters of Chloe and Jason. Marriage doesn’t¬†necessity¬†mean happily ever after. The heroes and heroines of fairytales didn’t have stalking paparazzi and tabloids trying to cause drama in their relationships. A problem I have in some novels is that after all the pain and mess a couple goes though to get together, the author then lets them off the hook and everything’s clear sailing from then on. Not the case with this particular couple. They have issues, fights and trouble. I thought the realism that this added was fantastic and only made me like Chloe more than I did previously.

Where in the first novel I was focused on the romantic relationship between Chloe and Jason, this book had me more interested in Chloe’s job as a forensic scientist. ¬†I found it¬†fascinating¬†the relationships between the police and the crime scene investigators. The romance is still there it’s just not the sole focus of the story.

The secondary characters are great in their roles – I was especially glad to see Kyra popping up again. They added to the plot and I liked to see how Chloe’s relationships with the Van der Volts and her sister has developed.

This novel was a pleasure to read. The writing was well researched. The plot was well though out but still had a few twists. I loved how realistic Tippetts had made the relationship of a Hollywood superstar with a lab geek – both the romance and the demands of their chosen careers. The tribute at the end of the book was heartfelt and beautiful. I can’t wait to read the next¬†instalment¬†of Chloe and Jason’s lives together.

Thanks to Emily Mah Tippets for the review copy.

Purchase the novel from:

Amazon US Kindle
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Amazon UK Kindle
Amazon UK Paperback
Amazon Canada
Amazon Germany
Amazon Italy
Amazon Spain

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Also by Emily Mah Tippetts:

¬†Someone Else’s Fairytale (Someone Else’s Fairytale #1)

Book Review: Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder

Title: Scent of Magic (Healer #2)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Genre: paranormal, fantasy, magic, adventure
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Publication Date: January 2013
Pages: 414 pages
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Hunted, Killed‚ÄĒSurvived?

As the last Healer in the Fifteen Realms, Avry of Kazan is in a unique position: in the minds of her friends and foes alike, she no longer exists. Despite her need to prevent the megalomanical King Tohon from winning control of the Realms, Avry is also determined to find her sister and repair their estrangement. And she must do it alone, as Kerrick, her partner and sole confident, returns to Alga to summon his country into battle.

Though she should be in hiding, Avry will do whatever she can to support Tohon‚Äôs opponents. Including infiltrating a holy army, evading magic sniffers, teaching forest skills to soldiers and figuring out how to stop Tohon‚Äôs most horrible creations yet; an army of the walking dead‚ÄĒhuman and animal alike and nearly impossible to defeat.

War is coming and Avry is alone. Unless she figures out how to do the impossible … again

My Review:

After reading Touch of Power (the first book in the Healer series) I couldn’t wait to get back to Avry, Kerrick and the rest of the characters from the Thirteen Realms.

Avry, back from the dead, is a healer on a mission – to stop Tohon from taking over the Realms and experimenting on the innocent with his army of the living dead. After deciding to separate from Kerrick (and letting him fight his own battles in the North), Avry joins Astrid’s army in disguise and gathers as much intelligence as she can under her new assumed identity. Hiding in plain sight and showing just how good a soldier she can be, Avry manages to get close to both her old friends (the Monkeys, Belen) but also her estranged sister, Noelle.

Meanwhile, Kerrick is back in his own kingdom trying to amass an army of his own to fight against King Tohon. But things don’t go according to plan and Kerrick finds himself trying to stay one step ahead of enemies he didn’t even know he had.

There’s a lot going on in this book and I enjoyed the layout – every Avry chapter was followed by a brief overview of what was going on in Kerrick’s part of the world.¬†Simultaneously¬†we, the readers, were able to follow both their stories with ease. The only problem with this was it meant the novel as whole missed the spark of banter between the two leads that I enjoyed so much from the first novel.

I loved getting to see a new side of Avry Рnot just a healer but a warrior in her own right and a fairly kick-arse one at that. The training of her group of soldiers was interesting and I liked to see the camaraderie between them.

In many ways this book is a transition novel – bridging the gap between the first novel and the final novel of the series. There’s a lot of ground work being laid and stuff that doesn’t seem to be all that relevant at the moment but is just leading up for the next book. I enjoyed reading it – there’s A LOT of surprises and action, drama, betrayal going on but it fell a little short of my expectations.

I would definitely recommend this book for fans of the first one and can’t wait for the third book to be released in a year’s time!

Purchase the novel from:

Amazon / Book Depository