On the Night Table [#9]: Firebird, Magic and The Grim Reaper.

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Hello.

You’re probably wondering where in the world have I been, huh? Perhaps you thought that I got caught counting cards while in Vegas? Β Or arrested for being drunken and disorderly? Ha. I’ll have you know, that we’re usually in bed by 9 pm Vegas time over there. We are old people! We don’t have the energy or the capability to drink our asses off into stupor.

Yes, I’ve been MIA lately, but the only excuse I can give you is that I’ve been having a slew of problems with WordPress that it’d become a deterrent to blog as often as I normally would. This week, I finally slapped myself silly and gave myself a good talking to. I mean, it shouldn’t stop me from writing, commenting and stuff, so yesterday, I just told myself that enough is enough.

Anyway, I thought I start with what’s been going on lately. This week, I have three books on my night table: The Firebird by Susan Kearsley, Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones and On the Edge by Ilonah Andrews. These three books are great so far!

The Firebird [Slains, #2] by Susan Kearsley. As you know, I’m a fan of historical fiction. The kind that may, or may not have romance in it, but one that has an actual historical significance. I used to be a huge reader of the Russian Czar dynasty, and from what I’ve read so far, The Firebird may have origins tying to that family. I’m really loving it so far. It also has a couple of characters with mind powers: Nicola Marter has psychometry abilities. She can see an object’s history simply by touching it. Rob McMorran can see and speak to ghosts, and he also has the power to communicate via telepathy. This book is engrossing so far!

Third Grave Dead Ahead [Charley Davidson, #3] by Darynda Jones. I am completely enamoured with this series! There’s never a time when Charley doesn’t make me break out in embarrassing giggles because of her candour. I just love how different this is! I love the romance between the Son of Satan and The Grim Reaper. I love all the secondary characters, and the dead people that accost Charley at the most inopportune time. If you haven’t started on this series, you’re missing a lot!

On the Edge by Ilonah Andrews. I’ve recently fallen in love with Ilona Andrews Burn for Me book. Since I didn’t have much luck with their Kate Daniels series, I decided to try another one of theirs. And oh my God! This one is spectacular as well. I never thought I’d enjoy this kind of fantasy, but I’m so so so vested in this world! I’m 45% in, and Declan just passed his first test – quite easily at that, I’m dying to read more about this world.

Last week’s reading pile:

I managed to polish off three books. I enjoyed them all!

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What’s on your pile this week?
  • Burn for Me was amazing, Joy!! I found The Edge was as well, and yes Declan was rather scrumptious. I think I remember loving the humor in that one. It was a strange and wonderful world. Charley Davidson awesome in audio version. Lorelei King is spot on with her delivery. I laughed so much.

  • Good to have you back! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you decided to give Charley Davidson’s series and Burn for Me a chance. I loved those books too. I also have On the Edge, but still haven’t find the time to read it. Hope to change that soon.

  • Yay for Darynda Jones! I so love her series! I have On the Edge but I haven’t read it yet I should. YOu’ll see Burn for Me is so awesome though! Happy reading!

  • I actually really enjoy the Kate Daniels series, but I haven’t read anything else of Ilona Andrews. I need to fix that! I look forward to your thoughts on these ones! Hope the blogging is back to normal soon!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I’m glad you’ve not been gallivanting about and getting in trouble in Vegas! πŸ™‚

    OOH, The Firebird has something to do with Russian history?? I’m sold! I can’t wait to see what you think of it, Joy!

  • Christy

    Woo dogy, them are some good books, Joy! lol, sorry. Anyway, isn’t Charley the best?? I haven’t read the On the Edge series, but I loved Burn for Me. Did you try more than the first book in the Kate Daniels series? Because, hoy boy, does it ever get good.

    I bet you spent all your Vegas time in the strip club. Don’t lie, dirty bird!

  • heard a lot about jones and need to pick it up

  • I loved the Firebird! I’ve been wanting to read her other books as well but haven’t had the time.

  • Kate was my fav, none of the other did as good πŸ˜‰

  • WordPress gives me heartburn so I totally feel your pain.

    ​I looooooooooooooooooooved Burn for Me. Like I’m dying for the second book!!! Ilona Andrews is wonderful and I recently discovered her through a friend/blogger last spring. I did enjoy Kate Daniels a lot. I mean, A LOT but I get the distinct feeling the Burn for Me series will bump that series completely! And I’m so glad you love On The Edge as well….love that series!!! YAY to discovering the wonderful that is Ilona Andrews!!! *throws confetti in the air*​

  • On the Edge is the book of hers I haven’t read yet! I’m bumping myself on the head because as a fan of Ilona Andrews, this is certainly a sacrilege!! And I’m sorry that WordPress has been giving you problems. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help! Amir knows about this WP stuff too so you can ask her as well! πŸ˜€

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • I love Charley, she is always good for a laugh and Reyes is always good for, well, just about anything. πŸ˜‰

    Glad you didn’t get caught counting cards in Vegas. πŸ˜›

  • Hope you had a great trip Joy! I love how the way you take the pics for your weekly haul – great eye!

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • I wouldn’t say no to a trip to the desert right now, especially given how yet another extreme cold warning has been issued. BRR!! I hope you had fun! Sorry to hear about your WP woes… self-hosting can be such a pain because you are 100% responsible for e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. πŸ™

    I love all things Darynda Jones & Ilona Andrews, so those are some great titles to have on your nightstand. I’m slowly making my way through Kresley Cole’s Immortal After Dark series too. It’s good!

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  • Aw, you should take blogging breaks sometimes. <3 no rush to post all the time, hih πŸ™‚ But glad you are doing okay. <3 And meek! I got this in my mailbox πŸ˜€ Finally, lol. Anyway. Those books looks awesome. <3 Hope you'll end up loving them all πŸ™‚ Happy reading Joy. <3

  • Yay so glad to see you back Joy, I still need to pick up the Charley Davidson series, I’d read another book by Jones before, not part of this series, which was an okay read for me, but I’ve heard this series is much better. And Burn For Me has been on popping up on my feed so much lately, I shall have to see if I can get a copy of that too!

  • I hope you had a great trip to Vegas. So jealous! I love Vegas and haven’t been for years…I hope the weather was great. I am interested to hear your thoughts on Firebird. I am reading my first Kearsley novel, The Winter Sea, and so far really enjoying it. Have a great week!

  • I love LOVED Burn for Me and can’t wait for the second book!!! I’m listening to On the Edge now, about 15 minutes in, I’m even more excited now that I know you loved it too. And yay, you’re reading through IAD! That’s one of my favorite PNRs ever. Keep me updated with WordPress! I really hope we figure put the reason for what’s been happening to your blog :-/

  • Welcome back! Looks like you had a very productive week of reading. πŸ™‚