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The Nightmare before Christmas Tag

 

Making Christmas, making Christmas
Is so fine
It’s ours this time
And won’t the children be surprised
It’s ours this time

I found this tag on Motherbucker Blog (such a good name!)


 

Related image Sally – A book with a character who loves someone so much and actually gets them in the end

Well, a lot of romance books would fit this one. Since it’s Christmas I’m going to go with a Christmas book, An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne. This is a really sweet friends to lovers Christmas romance about a girl who is told by a psychic that she has already met the man she will be with forever so she assumes it’s one of her exes. Turns out it’s her best friend who’s madly in love with her!

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An Ex for ChristmasShe’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

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Image result for Jack Skellington gifJack – A book with a character who longs for more

I’m not entirely sure how to interpret this one. I’m taking it as someone who feels like there’s something missing from their life so I’m picking Touch the Dark by Karen Chance. This is the first book in Chance’s Cassie Palmer series which is about a clairvoyant young woman who becomes the supernatural world’s chief seer. I picked her for this one because she lost her family at a very young age and ended up alone and on the run from a vampire mob boss. She’s left feeling distanced from human connection and loving relationships and she strives to change this as an adult.

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Touch the Dark (Cassandra Palmer, #1)Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits-talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren’t usually dangerous; they just like to talk…a lot.

The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she’s forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.

The undead senators won’t help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire-and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay…

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Image result for zero nightmare before christmas gifZero – a book with a loyal sidekick

I could really say Cassie Palmer for this one too cause she has a very loyal ghost sidekick which is the perfect answer for this one but I’ll pick another book. Ok, I’m going with Storm Born by Richelle Mead. This is the first book in Mead’s Dark Swan series which is an urban fantasy series that centres on the fae. The main character, Eugenie Markham, is a powerful shaman working as a mercenary. Her sidekick isn’t exactly loyal but he obeys orders. She has enslaved a demon to do her bidding who swears he will decapitate her the second he’s set free but, hey, he does what he’s told. For now.

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Storm Born (Dark Swan #1)Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants…

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl’s got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy—one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie’s first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne’er-do-well, and the ones who don’t want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her…

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Image result for oogie boogie gifOogie Boogie – A book with a wicked villain

Ok, I was going to pick a demon or some other devilish bad guy for this but I’ve decided to go with Written in Red by Anne Bishop. This is the first book in Bishop’s The Other’s series which follows the mostly preternatural residents of the Lakeside Courtyard. In the world of this series, supernatural creatures are dominant over humans which the humans are not too happy about. This series really shows just how wicked and cruel people can be especially when they’re hungry for power.

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Written in Red (The Others, #1)As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. 

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.

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Image result for nightmare before christmas gifHalloween Town – A book with a weird or creepy theme

Oh, my god, I live by weird and creepy! It took me a while to pick something for this but I settled on The Lesser Dead by Christopher BuehlmanThis book is set in 1970’s New York and follows a group of vampires who live in abandoned subway systems under the city. It’s horror, not urban fantasy and has some of the creepiest vampires I’ve come across. They are vampire children that terrorize the vampires already in the tunnels.

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The Lesser DeadThe secret is, vampires are real and I am one.

The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry—

New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.

The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.

Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.

And neither are the rest of us.

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Related imageChristmas Town – a book that left you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside

This one has to be The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. It gave me all the warm fuzzies! It’s sweet and funny and has such a perfect happily ever after ending. If you’re ever feeling glum, pick it up!

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The Hating GameNemesis (n.)
1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome;
2) A person’s undoing;
3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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December Wrap Up

First of all, Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a nice Christmas and if you don’t celebrate it, I hope your December was good. Mine was really lovely. We spent Christmas day with the in-laws and Stephen’s day with my family. So much food was eaten!! New Years was much quieter. We stayed in by the fire and watched The Graham Norton New Years Special and then the New Years show on RTE which actually turned out to be pretty good. I now want a water jetpack or at least a spin on one.

December is always a busy month with very little reading time but I managed five books and knocked two books off my Winter TBR.


Master by Colette Gale ★★★☆☆

This is a dirty book. If you’re not into those then please move along 😉

Gale’s second instalment in her Seducing the Classics series is a naughty retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I haven’t read the original mostly because it’s huge and I just don’t want to so I can’t really compare the stories. I have seen the movie though. Master is told from the perspective of Mercedes Herrera, Cristo’s first love who betrays him by marrying one of the men that conspired against him. From reading a previous retelling by Gale I know she has no qualms about changing details to suit the story she’s telling but I don’t know what changes she made here (other than the copious amount of sex the characters have).

It’s a good book but I found it a bit slow and I mostly didn’t like Monte Cristo. But this is Erotica and the point of Erotica is sex and it delivers on that front.

Once Upon A Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt ★★★☆☆

A Christmas novella set in the world of Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series sees Adam Rutledge, Viscount d’Arque, (aka Scrooge) stranded at the home of Sarah St. John (aka the chick Scrooge wants to bang). Adam hates Christmas, Sarah hates rakes (which Adam is of course) but nothing can stop the passion and love and that ignites between these two underneath the mistletoe.

It was fine… I think a story with just a romance isn’t really enough for me. Hoyt’s full-length novels usually have a very interesting subplot to carry the romance but since this was so short there wasn’t really anything else going on.

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare ★★★☆☆

The fourth book in Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series brings us back to New York to deal with the repercussions of what happened in the previous book, City of Glass. It’s impossible to talk about this book without spoilers so all I’ll say is that someone has been killing Shadowhunters and making it seem like Downworlders are to blame. Oh the deviousness!!

It was ok… took a long time to get going but it ended well. To be honest I don’t know if I’ll bother with the next one…

Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole ★★★★☆

My highest rating for December. Bit of a meh month thank Zod for Kresley Cole, eh?! The eleventh book in Cole’s Immortals After Dark series and the first book in her kind of spin-off series The Dacians. The reclusive vampire race known as the Dacians were introduced in Lothaire but we get a better understanding of them here. Trehan Daciano is hunting down a fugitive in Bettina’s kingdom during a bloody contest for her hand and the crown of her realm. Upon meeting her he discovers she’s his Bride and enters the contest.

It’s classic Kresley Cole if you like any of her other books you should like this.

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne ★★★☆☆

Kelly is told by a psychic that she has already met the love of her life and they will be together by Christmas. This sparks a hunt through her list of ex’s to find this man not realising he’s been standing next to her all along.

If you like contemporary romance, especially ones set during Christmas, then you will probably like this. I’m not a big fan of contemporary romance but it was enjoyable enough. It’s very light-hearted and easy to read.


And that’s it for December and 2017. I’m hoping to read 6 books in January, so far I have one done and I’m halfway through my second. To reach my goal for the year I need to read about 2 books a week so I’m a bit behind already… oh well 😉

Happy reading everybody!

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The End of the Year Book Tag

I wasn’t tagged by anyone for this (as far I know…) but I came across it on A Redhead’s Rambling.

Merry Christmas and Happy new year book blog

First of all, I want to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that your new years will be wonderful as well.

On to the questions…


Are there any books you’ve started this year that you need to finish?

Sadly there are several books I need to finish from this year. Some I’m not pushed about but others I really do want to finish. Women Who Run With the Wolves I started reading in March (yes March!). The way this book is written is ideal for picking up and putting down, reading a little bit whenever you feel like. The next book I need to finish is Old Ways Old Secrets: Pagan Ireland which can be read in a similar way. Both are very interesting books and I am really enjoying them I just don’t feel any urgency to finish them.

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Do you have an autumnal/winter book to transition into the end of the year?

I have a few books picked out to transition into the new year and spring. My Cosy Winter Reading list has all of them. I think I’m most excited to read Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.

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Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

The books I’m waiting for are due for release in 2018. I read my 2017 releases which were admittedly few since I tend to read series and I’m behind on most of them. I’m waiting for The Dresden Files #16 and The Others #6. Two fantastic urban fantasy series, I highly recommend both of them.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

Before the end of December, I really want to read the two Christmas books I picked out on my Cosy Winter Reading List and Bridget Jones’s Diary. I’m not sure I’ll manage to read Bridget Jones before the end of the year but definitely the Christmas ones.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favourite book of the year?

No, I don’t so…. Mostly because the year is just over and I only have time for the short Christmas books I have picked out. I’m not really expecting to be blown away by either of those but I’m sure they will be enjoyable.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

My only plan for 2018 is to read 100 books. So far this year I’ve read 150 (check out my Goodreads Challenge here) which is amazing but I want to set a smaller goal for next year. I want to spend a bit more time on other things not just reading.


As always if you want to do this tag too then go ahead 🙂

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The Christmas Song Book Tag

Hello people, I have been under the weather the past few days so today’s post is a bit rushed. No harm, book tags are just a bit of fun anyway 🙂 I have no idea where I found this tag or who wrote it originally, sorry person…


“You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Lothaire from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Kind of a cheat answer cause he’s not exactly a baddie but he certainly is villainous. He makes up for it all in his own book but throughout the series, he gets up to quite a bit of mischief.

“All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you Image result for harry potter AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN ILLUSTRATEDmost hope to see under your Christmas tree?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban illustrated edition. Got the first two so need the next one. I would love the illustrated editions of A History of Magic and Fantastic Beasts as well.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Cassie Palmer from Karen Chance’s Cassie Palmer series. That girl has been put through the ringer and is finally fighting back.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?
b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

A) I honestly can not think of an answer for this one. Pretty much every villain would go here. B) I love reading about protagonists that are flawed so can’t really think of anyone for this either…

“Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.

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Falling for a Dancer by Deirdre Purcell. Elizabeth has such a tough time but she soldiers on through it all only fucking up a few times. One of my absolute favourite books. There was a TV mini-series of it in the late nineties starring Colin Farrell that’s worth checking out. You’ll probably be able to find it on YouTube.

“Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

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Ha! Most of them. I’m going to go with my favourite series, Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance. It’s set mostly in Las Vegas in the US.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday-themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

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This year is the first time I’m actually making an attempt to read a holiday book. I read a short story set during Christmas last year for a challenge but wasn’t really impressed with it. I’m really excited to read my Winter Reading List which has two Christmas books on it.

“Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

I would so love to spend Christmas in the Burrow with the Weasleys. It looks like the cosiest place on earth.

“Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire to warm yourself up in the cold?

I am Legend by Richard Matheson. Hated it.

“Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A transcription of her TED talk concerning feminism in the modern world.


As always, if you want to do this then consider yourself tagged 🙂 Happy Christmas! (or whatever you celebrate…happy Thursday if you celebrate nothing..)

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