Saturday, December 26, 2015

Winter Cramathon Wrap-up and Holiday Booktubeathon TBR!

Unfortuantly, I was only able to read HALF of the books I had set out to read for the Cramathon... I only managed to read 2 days out of the 4 because I was helping with the remodeling work on my grandparents bathroom and I was doing a lot of the prep work for Christmas! 

SO for the Holiday BOOKTUBEATHON, I will be reading the books that I was not able to read during the Cramathon. I really want to get these 4 books read and luckily enough, they all meet the Booktubeathon challenges! 

Reading Challenges:
1) Read a book with white on the cover!
2) Read a follow up to something you enjoyed this year!
3) Read a gift!
4) Read three books!

The Booktubeathon is going to be Dec 27th (yikes, tomorrow!) - Dec 29th!

What I finished during CRAMATHON:

 The Golden Arrow and the Butterfly by Lissa Bryan 

Formerly published in the Romantic Interludes anthology. Now available for the first time as a stand-alone short story.

Eros is the god of love, but he has never experienced the emotion himself, despite his inexplicable fascination with a beautiful young mortal woman, Psyche. When one of his golden arrows strikes Psyche instead of its intended target, he whisks her away to Olympus, to save her from the fate of falling in love with the next man she sees. Psyche is terrified when she wakes blindfolded, in a strange realm, in the company of an oddly compelling man who claims to be a Greek god. What happens when the blindfold finally comes off?

Short, lovely, and MAGICAL! :)

Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives Manga by Ellen Schreiber

 Vol 1

The absolute last thing goth-girl Raven and her vampire boyfriend, Alexander, need is another hitch in their nighttime-only romance—but dark trouble hovers on the horizon when Raven and Alexander discover four freshly dug graves filled with empty coffins. When a crew of sketchy vampires takes up residence in Dullsville's lonely graveyard, Alexander finds this motley bunch led by his very own blood-sucking cousin, Claude Sterling. Shocking! Claude and his creepy crew can only spell out more problems for the pair, especially when Raven finds them in daylight in the very last place she could ever imagine. What could Claude and his invaders be doing—or searching for—in Dullsville?

I'm glad that this isn't a retelling of the book series and is instead a new story!
I really love the style of this manga... the illustrator brought Raven and Alexander to life perfectly! :) I would LOVE to see this as an anime!

 Vol 2

Who says dating a vampire is easy? Raven's nocturnal romance with her immortal love, Alexander, is definitely dicey, but even more so with Alexander's meddling half-vamp cousin in town. Claude and his sketchy gang are on the hunt for a stash of blood-filled vials that can turn them into pure vampires. With an old family feud casting a shadow on the search, they'll do anything to get their hands on the vials. Raven and Alexander must swiftly mastermind a plan to outwit them, but will the very lure of the vials create more risk for Raven than she could ever imagine? And deepen her own quandary about the possibility of becoming a vampire?

I would still REALLY like to watch this as an anime... I can SEE it in my head and it's AMAZING! :D

Vol 3

Raven's romance with her dreamy vampire boyfriend, Alexander, has been complicated once again by Alexander's menacing half-vamp cousin. Now that Claude and his fearless gang have been tricked out of the blood-filled vials that can turn them into full vampires, Claude will stop at nothing to find the real vials. Raven's family and friends could be in danger. When Claude teams up with Raven's longtime nemesis, Trevor, invitations soon go out for a vampire-themed masquerade party. Could Claude be scheming to turn all of the students at Dullsville High into vampires if he doesn't get what he wants? Raven and Alexander must try to stop Claude--but also ask themselves what really matters most in the end.

Nice wrap-up... but would like to see this continued! Did Alexander make the right choice? Did Claude play him the whole time? I need to know!!

What I will be reading during BOOKTUBEATHON:

 The Mortal One by Shannon Bell
Challenge: READ A GIFT. (I recieved this for free in return for a review, so I would still consider that a gift!)

Dylan goes on the vacation of a lifetime to find herself. She is confronted with a vampire, Nico, who catches her and her heart by surprise. Before she knows it, she is thrown into the immortal world in Florence, where she is in the midst of an exhilarating love affair and vampire politics at their worst. Another vampire wants to claim her and she must receive a mark in order to keep her safe. Meanwhile, she finds it hard to be the only mortal one.

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.

 The Fate of Ten by Pittacus Lore

The sixth book in the thrilling, action-packed, New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! For years the Garde have fought the Mogadorians in secret. Now all of that has changed. The invasion has begun. If the Garde can't find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

There is still hope. When the Elders sent the Garde to Earth, they had a plan—one which the Garde are finally starting to understand. In the climax of The Revenge of Seven, a group of the Garde traveled to an ancient pyramid in Mexico known to their people as the Sanctuary. There they awoke a power that had been hidden within our planet for generations. Now this power can save the world . . . or destroy it. It will all depend on who wields it.

 Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Challenge: This is extra, really. But I'm several chapters in and I would really like to complete it.

Evvy, a young stone mage in training, is accompanying her mentor, Rosethorn, and another dedicate from Winding Circle while they investigate mysterious happenings on the island of Starns. Her job is to listen and learn, but, being Evvy, she can't just keep quiet and do nothing. With the help of Luvo, the rock being she befriended at her home in Yanjing, Evvy discovers the source of the problem — a long-dormant volcano. Now she and her friends must save the islanders from impending disaster — if only Evvy can use her talents to avert the certain destruction that looms ahead.


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