Sunday, December 13, 2015

Winter #Cramathon 2015: Lisa's TBR!

December is a month full of WONDERFUL things... 

There are TWO major readathons this month I feel I should mention... 
Booktubeathon and Cramathon! 
I don't have much information for Booktubeathon yet, other than the fact that it's taking place after Christmas, but Whitney from WhittyNovels on Youtube has released all the information we need to know about this month's Cramathon! :) 

Firstly, The Cramathon will take start on December 19th and end on December 22nd! 
That's four days to commit ourselves to books and the adventures they hold within! :D 

Secondly, there are 7 challenges which participants can (but don't have to) follow during The Cramathon

  1. Read an Audiobook or an Ebook that you've had for a long time and haven't read. 
  2. Read a bindup. If you don't know what this is, a bindup is a book that has 2 or more books in one binding. 
  3. Read the last (or last published) book from a series. 
  4. Read a book UNDER 200 pages. 
  5. Finish a book you DNF... Did not finish. Read a book you put down and for whatever reason, never made your way back to. 
  6. Read an entire Graphic Novel series! 
  7. And finally, Read a total of 5 books! 

Make sure to follow the Cramathon's Twitter account! The hosts (Whitney and Danni) will be hosting twitter reading sprints, extra challenges, and perhaps a giveaway or two!

Also, go subscribe to Whitney and Danni on Youtube!


After nearly a week of deliberation, I've finally managed to get my TBR for The Cramathon together!
Miraculously, I've actually managed to meet all the challenges! :D 

For the first challenge, I will be reading an ebook I received from an author to be read and reviewed here on the blog. I'm already about halfway through it and look forward to finishing it up!

The Mortal One by Shannon Bell

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.

For the second challenge... I'm afraid I might be cheating just. a. tad. Or maybe I'm just pushing the guidelines a bit. Unless collected works of short stories count, I actually only have one bindup of full books... the complete collection of The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I would choose this one, were it not for the fact that the book is over SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES LONG!!

So that's out of the question. Instead, I've picked...

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. 

Considering these shorts WERE actually published separately, I think I'm only stretching the rules a tiny bit to fit this! :) 

For the third challenge, I chose the most recent book in a series I've been woking on for a few months now...

 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. 

For the fourth challenge, I've picked a short book written by a dear friend of mine. 

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?

I won a very limited printed copy of this in a giveaway Lissa hosted and I've been aching to give it a read! Perfect opportunity! :D 

For the fifth challenge, I chose a book that I've started reading a few times now but have put down because I've been distracted by other books. Not because I'm uninterested in the book, I've read and loved every book by this author and I'm beyond certain I will love this one as well, especially considering it is part of a multiseries I ADORE...

 Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce

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.

For the sixth challenge, I chose a manga adaption of a series I've really enjoyed over the last several years...

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?

 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? 

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.


Well, those are my picks for The Cramathon next weekend!

If you plan to participate, comment below with your TBR! I'd love to see what everyone is reading! :D 

OH, also, if you would like to follow my progress in the reading sprints, I will likely be using my personal twitter rather than the blog twitter. 
So follow me @serenshadow on twitter! :D 

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