February TBR Challenge Round Up! Updated!

**Updated because several people did complete that weren’t listed and sent their links. I’ve pointed them out after the jump.

Sadly, today is the last day of February so the challenge is over. We had a pretty impressive number of people who said they wanted to participate this month. 39 isn’t too shabby 🙂 I predict it will be lower for March’s challenge because the category is slightly more limiting and because there were quite a few (8) who didn’t complete this month. Some of them repeat offenders from January *gives stern look*. ONE BOOK people. All you have to read is one book. Sheesh! If you completed and I don’t have you down, let me know and I’ll update the post.

Tomorrow is March 1st and the March challenge will open then! Look for that post tomorrow.

You can find a list of the participants and links to their reviews after the jump.

FEB TBR CHALLENGE
New-To-You Author

31 of 39 participants completed

Suisan

Cindy

AG

Emma

Amanda”

Erin the Innocent

Wendy

Jay

Lori

Sandy

Bree

Sam Winston

ReneeW

JenniferB

CindyS

Leya

Rosario

Megan

Samantha O

Keishon

Sherry

Tara Marie

May

Nicole

Alyssa

Mad

AngieW

**Ashley (completed but no review)

**Alison Kent

**Maili

**Leslie

**E.D’Trix

**Jaci Burton

**ErinW

**Sybil

**NTE

These people sent in their links after this was originally posted:

Kristie(J)

**Danielle (comments of this post)

Meljean

Erin the Innocent completes the February TBR Challenge

Erin completed two books for February’s Challenge of a new to you author, The Last Mermaid by Shana Abe and Extreme Exposure by Pamela Clare. Reviews are after the jump.

Title: The Last Mermaid

Author: Shana Abe

Year published: June 2004

Why did you get this book? I can’t remember

Do you like the cover? Love it! That’s what drew me to the book I imagine. I don’t normally read historical romances even if they are paranormal *s*

Did you enjoy the book? Loved it! I’ve already ordered a couple more of her books from amazon! The Smoke Thief (still in hard cover) is on hold for me at the library 🙂

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes and Definitely! She was extremely skilled in creating characters and a world that drew me in. The Last Mermaid is actually 3 stories all connected by a legend and an island. The first 2 stories are set in the past (531 AD and 1721) which normally would keep me from picking up the book but I’m glad it didn’t stop me this time. The last one is set in 2004. Shana Abe created a fantastic story in The Last Mermaid. I can’t wait to read her other books! I’m sure they’ll be amazing if this book is indicative of her skills as a story teller. (does that make sense? *g* I shouldn’t try to use big sounding words LOL)

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Definitely keeping this one!
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Title: Extreme Exposure

Author: Pamela Clare

Year published: 2005

Why did you get this book? I heard about it on someones blog.

Do you like the cover? Yes

Did you enjoy the book? Yes

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes she was and I probably will.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Passing it on. While I enjoyed the book I can’t see me re-reading it a lot so I’ll pass it on to someone else to enjoy. Any takers?

Announcing the Grand Re-Opening…

Of Brianna’s Picture blog. After a large guilt trip from my father this weekend, who said (and he’s right) that they don’t get to see many pictures of Brianna, ever, I spent part of my weekend getting Brianna’s picture blog back into shape. I put up pictures from major events back to the beginning of October and I’ve promised to keep it updated several times a week. So if you’re interested in pictures of the most beautiful toddler ever *smirk* you can see them at http://briannamary.blogspot.com

Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow

Do you think, if I offer to bear Lilith Saintcrow’s children, she’ll give me the next book and put me out of my misery? I don’t do patient well and given that Working for the Devil just released, I think my wait for the next book is going to be long and painful. *sniff*

If I was a computer hacker, I’d totally be working on access to her computer right now because it seems that she’s got at least 4 of the Dante Valentine books written and is working on a fifth. Bloody hell! And we’re just now getting book one? That’s just not acceptable to me 😉

I haven’t read any of Lilith’s backlist but it appears they’re available for purchase on Amazon. And I will be picking up a couple to try. Also, it seems she collaborated on a comic book, Serafim, with an illustrator and it was just released…oh. Today! Ha, release was set for today.

In doing some research for this post and my own interest, I discovered that Working for the Devil has a soundtrack called Necromantic Overtures created by Bill Efting. It’s available at Cafe Press for purchase and you can listen to some tracks. You know, it occurs to me that Bill probably gets an early peek at Lilith’s books. Maybe if I offer to have his children…

But I digress. I’m sure it doesn’t take a rocket scientist at this point to figure out that I liked the book. “Review” is after the jump.

I enjoy a solid fantasy series with appealing, yet flawed, characters and an uncertain future. Lilith Saintcrow took a world that she’d clearly spent time building (I think some of her earlier books are set in the same world) and made it come alive for readers. The characters are fully drawn and rich, compelling the reader to move further into the book and discover what happens next. The story is fast-paced, entertaining and not at all predictable. The plot is well executed and tight (I stumbled on one small thing I questioned but I can’t even recall what it was now.) This book gripped my imagination and wouldn’t let go until I finished–but even now I want to know what comes next dammit!

Here’s where I think her true talent is really apparant: at the beginning of the book, there are some inevitable questions of comparison between Dante Valentine and Anita Blake because of the Necromancer (raising the dead for questioning by relatives and authorities) aspect (it seems that all new fantasy writers using first person, female have to put up with a comparison to Laurell K. Hamilton, unfortunately) . Any comparisons are very quickly shoved aside and forgotten because Lilith Saintcrow built a world that is all her own, in a voice that tells the story of Dante Valentine in a way that demands you turn the next page.

I’m not the type of reader who writes a detailed analysis in my review of a book (I need to save something in reserve for editing) but I do want to mention how well Lilith Saintcrow painted the characters in this book. I felt as if I was on an emotional journey with them. But here’s why this is especially striking: this book is written in first person, from the heroine’s pov. But the reader still feels they understand the turmoil and pain of the secondary characters as well. And it takes a talented writer to do that in first person, to help the reader really feel connected to the secondary characters. At the end of this book, I felt the ache of the characters and I blame the author for that 😉 She did a superb job of making me care what happened to them and I won’t provide any spoilers but man, do I have a bone to pick with her…

If you’re a fan of dark fantasy, I highly recommend you buy Working for the Devil by Lilith Saintcrow. It was shipping from Amazon early last week so it’s available now. And once you’ve read it, wander over to her blog and let her know how much you liked it. And while you’re there, you might just casually let her know that I really do bear beautiful children…

Worth Sharing

Major props to H-gal for sharing this link on our parenting board. I think it’s worth sharing and passing on to the women and girls in your life who hold the people they see in magazines up as their ideals. It shows that pictures really can lie!

http://www.fluideffect.com/

click on Portfolio and then Before/After

Click on any thumbnail to see the after shot and above the thumbnails you’ll see where to click to see the before shot.

Then come back here and tell me which picture amazed or scared you the most!

Suddenly, I don’t feel so bad about what I see in the mirror.

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