On the Night Table [11]: Leaving on a Jet Plane



How was your weekend? I had a busy one. As I mentioned last week, I’m about thee days away from a two-week holiday. Well, I don’t think I’ve mentioned where we’re going. My 8-year-old and I are off to the Philippines. It’s been seven years since our last visit so this is a long time coming.

I wish I could bring my husband and daughter with us, but he can’t get time off work; and my daughter is finishing Grade 8. She can’t afford to miss two weeks of school, to be honest.

It’s a bit of a long arduous flight; three hours to Vancouver, then 14 hours to Manila. Frankly, I’m looking forward to reading. But because I don’t know what kind of internet connection we would have when we get there, I’m not sure how often I could go and visit you guys. Just know that I’m going to try my best.

On this trip, I planned on finishing Charley Davidson. I’m two books away. I just noticed that I have the wrong photo up there. Derp. Sorry about that. It’s supposed to be book 6 and 7, since I’m already reading book 5. Doh. It’s been a crazy busy weekend, to be honest.

I also have Vision in Silver, an instalment that I’ve been looking forward to reading since I read Murder of Crows. The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn is a book that’s been well received by my favourite Aussie and Asian bloggers. So of course, I want to read it. The Last Time We Say Goodbye is Cynthia Hand’s debut in contemporary fiction. I’m excited to read this one even though it’s bound to break me.

I downloaded World After on Audible last week because it was on sale. I now own a paperback, a Kindle copy  and an audiobook of this novel. Sheesh.



When My Heart Was Wicked was a daunting read. And that’s saying a lot since it’s only 192 pages. Fifth Grave Past the Light was fantastic (I mean, surely you should expect this by now). The Glass Arrow was meh. Feed was…gah. It was awesome, and awful. And I hate it so much I want to read the rest of the books in the trilogy.

I hope I can find internet access where ever we may be. If not, I’ll talk to you all soon.

Happy reading!

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Friday Finds [#5]: Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones


I guess you can say I’ve been mad – MAD, I tell you,  about this series. For weeks now, these are all I’ve been reading. I just finished numero quatro, and it’s to die for! Pun intended.  If you’re an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal reader and you haven’t read these yet, then take a couple of seconds and investigate for yourself. Though if you’re a reader of these genres, chances are, you’re yawning at my seemingly lame attempt at enticing you to come to the dark side.

Charley was born The Grim Reaper. She doesn’t come dressed in black with a cape and a scythe, however.  And she certainly is not your harbinger of death. Charley is more like the gateway to the after life. Those who’ve died and who hasn’t quite realized they’re supposed to leave finds Charley so they can cross. I supposed you can say, she’s the human equivalent of River Styx. Because of her nature, demons are after her. Why? Well, she’s the gateway to Earth. Through her, they’ll be able to come here NOT bringing peace and salutations.

There is also a minor complication. Just a tiny, eensie one. The leader of the demons – let’s call him, Satan – has a son. This son decided to go against his father’s will by protecting Charley. When Charley was born, Son of Satan became Charley’s self-appointed guardian demon angel. Years go by, and Charley has become increasingly aware of this presence. Son of Satan also starts to fall in love with the grim reaper. Fun, huh?

Charley is your banner character for kick-ass, smart-mouthed, hilariously sarcastic heroine. I swear, I’ve laughed out loud so many times while reading these books. One of these days, I’d like to name my boobs as well. And do you know where you can find the nectar of the gods? Go south. Yep. I don’t know how Ms. Jones does it. She keeps her fresh and fun with every instalment. You’ll never read the same joke twice. I can also guarantee you that you’ll never be bored with these books.

It started with an Audible email. And now, I can’t get enough. I searched hi and lo to find these hardbacks, and with every book I read, it’s becoming apparent how serendipitous that email had been. So thank you, marketing strategists of Audible.com!

I am obsessed. Completely. Utterly. Hopelessly.

Have you read these books yet?



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On the Night Table [10]: Zombies, Charley, Spells, and a Dystopian Nightmare.


I must admit that this week’s reading choices is a bit all over the place, but hey, that’s just the kind of reader I am. I just don’t see any enjoyment in reading the same books in the same genre week in and week out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. What can I say? I like testing the waters from time to time. 🙂

So this week, I have an audiobook copy of Feed by Mira Grant – a series that’s been shoved down my throat by trusted sources. I don’t know why I’ve been obstinately set against starting this series. I’m a couple of chapters in, and I’m liking the flow of dialogues between siblings so far; as well, the frantic pace normally found with these types of books.

As you know, I’ve recently discovered the comedic schtick of one, Charley Davidson. I’m working on the fourth book of this series aptly titled, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet. Sometimes, I find myself writing down all the zings Charley comes up with. She’s brilliantly sarcastic. Spastically funny, and so wrong sometimes. I want to hang out with Ms. Darynda Jones. Seriously. I think we’ll have a great time. 🙂

Admittedly, I don’t know much about When My Heart was Wicked by Tricia Stirling. I fell in love with the cover, and the synopsis was a little vague. I’m looking to be surprised.

I read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood three years ago. It was all kinds of messed up, and I enjoyed it. The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons is apparently a hybrid of that book and Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill! I have my doubts, obviously.

These are the books on my night table this week.

What’s in your pile?
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On the Night Table [#9]: Firebird, Magic and The Grim Reaper.



You’re probably wondering where in the world have I been, huh? Perhaps you thought that I got caught counting cards while in Vegas?  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?
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Temptation: Audible First of Series Sale

audible Audible knows the right marketing ploy to get me to buy their wares. They also know when to hit me up so it’s almost a sure thing that I will download their books. I mean, any time they send me an email announcing a sale of some sort, it’s guaranteed that I will spend some time scrolling through the titles.

Last week, they had a bunch on sale for first books in a series. So of course, I was excited! I’ve always wanted to try reading these, but I can never squeeze it in my reading rotation. So I thought, what better way to do that than listen in? And at $4.95 a piece, I thought it was a steal.

Feed [Newsflesh Trilogy, #1] by Mira Grant

I’m pretty sure I’ve been told by many that they’ll revoke my booknerd privileges if I don’t read this right away. I also own the trilogy in paperback, but they remain untouched in my shelves.

The Mayfair Moon [The Darkwoods Trilogy, #1] by J.A. Redmerski

It’s been a while since I read a werewolf book in YA, and I’m sort of familiar with the author’s work. That’s pretty much the only legitimate reason why I downloaded this.

The Poison Princess [The Arcana Chronicles, #1] by Kresley Cole

I’m almost positive this book will drive me crazy. I heard this features an annoying love triangle. Honestly, the reason why I bought this is because I already own the hardback copy. It would be nice to finally get it off my TBR.

All Lined Up [Rusk University, #1] by Cora Carmack

I honestly don’t know why I downloaded this. But there’d been so many positive feedbacks about this series that I wanted to see what the bid deal is all about. Also, I love football. Unfortunately, this book bored me to tears. I read it and gave it a paltry 2 stars.

First Grave on the Right [Charley Davidson, #1] by Darynda Jones

This I like. I read it already, and I must say, it’s quite addictive. Soon after reading this first book, I ended up scouring Amazon for the hardback copies. Yesterday, I received book #4.

A Hunger Like No Other [Immortals After Dark, #2] by Kresley Cole

I just realized this book is the second in the series. Something tells me I need to make a big stink over at Audible. Harrrrumpph. I’m currently listening to this, and it’s a bit of an oddity for me. I’m intrigued, though. And because I’ve never read the first book, I’m also lost.

I’m on to you, Audible! You’re trying to get me to read the first book in the series and see if I can like them enough to read the rest. Case and point, Charley Davidson. Sigh. There are 7 books so far to this series, and like I’ve mentioned up above, I bought all 7 in hardbacks soon after I read the first. Well played, Audible. Well played.
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