The Coffee Book Tag | By a Non-Coffee Drinker

Howdy all!  The title is pretty much giving away what this blog post is about, but I’ll be attempting the Coffee Book Tag.  Thanks emmathereader for tagging me!

I may not drink coffee, but I love doing tags.

BLACK COFFEE – a series that’s tough to get into, but has hardcore fans.

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Starting off with a relatively tough pick for me.  I tend to skip series that I’m not at least 85% sure I’m going to love.  I picked the DoSaB trilogy because, while I loved the first book, I didn’t finish the trilogy for about a year and a half after reading the book in 2014.  Since I didn’t continue on right away (and I could have), I’ll say that it was a little tough for me to stay into.  However, so many readers love this trilogy from book one, that I’d definitely consider it having a hardcore fan base.

PEPPERMINT MOCHA a book that gets more popular over the festive period.

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I unfortunately didn’t originally read this book during Christmas, but I wish I did.  It would have added another element to the story that I would have absolutely loved.  I’m definitely planning on reading it again this holiday season, and I’m looking forward to it.

HOT CHOCOLATE – your favorite children’s book.

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This was the book that sparked my love for reading, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.  Fun Fact:  I didn’t know this was a part of a series when I first read it (around 6 or 7).

DOUBLE SHOT OF ESPRESSO – a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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Pretty much any Joe Ledger book keeps me on the edge of my seat.  They’re so action packed and honestly nail biting suspenseful, it’s hard to get any downtime between adrenaline rushes.

STARBUCKS – a book you see everywhere.

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Filching Emma’s pick.  This series is everywhere.  Literally.

(I loved it).

HIPSTER COFFEE SHOP – give a book by an indie author a shout out.

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OK, so I haven’t read this yet, but I own 3-4 of Nenia’s books and am planning to get to them this year.  Nenia seems really down to earth though, so even if I haven’t read them, I have a lot of respect for her.

DECAF – a book you expected more from.

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I had heard so many good things about this book that I went into it expecting to love it just as much.  I didn’t love it.  At all.

THE PERFECT BLEND a book that was bitter and sweet and ultimately satisfying.

The Night Circus

The Night Circus is the type of book that I absolutely crave.  It has a perfect blend of everything I enjoy in books.  Magic, mystery, tension, whimsical elements.  Oh, it was just flawless.

GREEN TEA – a book which is quietly beautiful.

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OK, plenty of people have talked about this book and really enjoyed it.  The story itself though is so beautiful and it has that serene feel to it, like it’ll trap you in its pages forever.

CHAI TEA – a book that makes you dream of faraway places.

The Absolute Sandman, Volume One

This series is about Morpheus aka Dream, one of the Endless.  The one that rules our dreams.  He could literally take me to any faraway place.  Real.  Imagined.  One not even thought up yet.

EARL GREY – your favorite classic.

Fahrenheit 451

The book that I’m currently re-reading.  Fahrenheit 451 is terrifyingly brilliant, and a book that I’ll always love and read and gain new insight after having read it again.


You’re it!

 

 

Book Review | Predator One | Joe Ledger is My Favorite BAMF

Predator One (Joe Ledger, #7)

The BLURB!

On opening day of the new baseball season a small model-kit airplane flies down from the stands and buzzes the mound, where a decorated veteran pilot is about to throw out the first ball. The toy plane is the exact replica of the one flown by the war hero. Everyone laughs, thinking it’s a prank or a publicity stunt. Until it explodes, killing dozens.

Seconds later a swarm of killer drones descend upon the picnicked crowd, each one carrying a powerful bomb. All across the country artificial intelligence drive systems in cars, commuter trains and even fighter planes go out of control. The death toll soars as the machines we depend upon every day are turned into engines of destruction.

Joe Ledger and the Department of Military Sciences go on the hunt for whoever is controlling these machines, but the every step of the way they are met with traps and shocks that strike to the very heart of the DMS. No one is safe. Nowhere is safe. Enemies old and new rise as America burns.

The Review!

Holy freaking hell.

Jonathan Maberry has done it again.

He’s once again kept me at the edge of my seat, while reading a frightening realistic scenario that will forever change my views on certain up-and-coming technology.  I loved every second of this novel.  It scared the hell out of me, but I still loved every second of this.

Joe, the Echo Team, the DMS, and Mr. Church never seemed to catch a break this time around.  The bad guys were too good, and they knew Mr. Church and the DMS too well.  They knew what made them tick, and the bad guys knew exactly how to hurt them.

This was easily my favorite book of the series so far.  While I wish there was more Joe and the good guys, I love that I was able to see into the dark, disturbing minds of the big bad bastards for a lot of this.  Some of the big bads were new to the game, but the biggest bad bastard was someone the readers have met before, and when I realized who it was (pretty earlier on, it’s not like it was a secret), there was profanity.  It was a major WTF moment for me.

Every time I review these books, I feel like I have to end with recommending the series.  It’s an action-packed, techno-thriller series that I think a lot of people would love.  Try it out, because the books just seem to be getting better and better!

The Rating!

(5 Stars for a group of Bad Ass Mother F*****s)

#T5W | Book Series You’d Want to See as TV Shows

Top 5 Wednesday

Created/Hosted by Lainey

I personally like TV more than movies, and I’d love to see most book series I’ve read turned into shows.  It would be awesome to see what TV could do with the specific stories, and if the series is finished, I’d love to see how the writers of the show could take the series further.

1.  Joe Ledger Series by Jonathan Maberry

This is one of my all time favorite book series, and I think it would work incredibly well as a TV show.  There are currently 7 novels in the series, and a bunch of short stories that Maberry has written for this universe.  Hell, Joe shows up in a couple of his other series’ universes too.

The TV show would be a more action packed Fringe-esque type show with a male protagonist and, scarier more realistic scientific thriller scenarios.  It would be pure freaking win.

2.  The Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman

It’s been optioned, but as far as I can tell, the project fell through.  It would be a fantastically epic TV show if done right.  There’s just so much to the worlds that Neil Gaiman created or borrowed, and the Endless and all the other characters are spectacularly developed.

I’d watch the shit out of the show if it existed.

3.  Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Another comic, but I think it’s so easy for me to visualize them as movies or TV shows.  The world that BKV has created is so large, and there’s so much potential for side stories that haven’t been seen or currently even exist in the comic series.

And of course, seeing the current stroyline would be an absolute must.

4.  Everworld series by KA Applegate

I loved these books in junior high/high school, and when the Animorphs series came to TV, I had hoped this series would as well. There’s only 12 books, but with how the story ends, well their story really doesn’t end, and it could easily keep going for several seasons on TV after the show went through the books.

5.  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Amazing freaking book, with such a developed whimsical world that I think would work extremely well as a TV miniseries.  I don’t think it would work as an ongoing show.  It could, but it would have to be done in a very particular way, or it would just end up getting tiresome.

The Night Circus  Entertain the End (Everworld, #12)  Saga Deluxe Edition, Volume 1  The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1  Patient Zero (Joe Ledger, #1)

BEDA 7 | Tuesday Talks | Favorite Authors

I watch these awesome discussions on YouTube on occasion, but I’ve never thought to participate since I’m honestly preferring this platform over vlogging.  However, I loved this topic discussion, and I thought it would be a quick, fun blog to post, especially for BEDA.

My favorite author currently is Jonathan Maberry.  I love his fast-paced writing style and the fact that his characters are flawed and real, even when the situations are crazy and far-fetched.  My favorite series by him is the Joe Ledger series, followed very closely by the Pine Deep trilogy.  The newest Ledger is actually out today, and I cannot wait to read it!

Predator One (Joe Ledger, #7)

OTHER AUTHORS I LOVE:

The wonderful Mr. Neil Gaiman.  I’m very new to his writing, having only discovered him after he married my favorite musician, but I’m absolutely falling in love with his work.  I still have a lot of reading to go, but so far, my favorite book by him has been Stardust.  I thought it was a wonderful fairytale story for adults, and I’m beginning to understand what people mean when they say that you know when you’re reading a Gaiman.  His writing is so distinct, and I feel like he writes so well in whatever genre, and the stories are always worth the time to read.

RA Salvatore – the first epic fantasy I had ever read was created by him – the Legend of Drizzt.  I haven’t read all of the books, but when I discovered Salvatore back in high school, not only did I devour every book I could find about Drizzt, but he was the reason I started reading fantasy in the first place.

I really could go on.  Because I love a lot of authors and, because, I love a lot of books, but this needs to have an ending.  I feel like this is a good list.  I have an author whose work I’ve consistently loved, an author whose work is a relatively new love of mine, and an old favorite.  It’s perfect!

(Honorable mention:  Mr. Jhonen Vasquez: I also discovered his work in high school, while shopping in Hot Topic.  Not only was JTHM my first venturing into comics, but the fact that Invader Zim is coming back in comic form makes me one happy hooman!)