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Mikail's attempt at 75 books in 2017

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Apr 22, 4:19am Top

Hey everyone,

I'm Mikail from Minneapolis, MN! I manage a coffee shop and work overnight security on top of attending college. Luckily this semester is my last semester (Jan-May)! So I will have more time to read! I also have a fiancee and two step children (5+7) so my hands are often quite full and life is always on the go!

This is my 7th time trying this challenge. Last year I only made it to 42 but I'm working on it! I like to read paranormal, sci fi, horror and realistic fiction books. Lara Adrian, Jodi Picoult, and Stephen King are my top three authors. I always am up for recommendations on books in any genre though!

I post all of my FULL book reviews at:
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Alright so here it goes!

Books I've Finished

1. When Passion Lies - J.K. Beck (Shadow Keepers Book 4)
2. Winter People - Jennifer McMahon

3. When Darkness Hungers - J.K. Beck (Shadow Keepers Book 5)
4. Midnight Unbound - Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed Book 14.5)
5. When Temptation Burns - J.K. Beck (Shadow Keepers Book 6)

6. Feversong - Karen Marie Moning (Fever Series Book 9)

Dec 31, 2016, 1:21am Top

Good to see you back for 2017, Mikhail.

Dec 31, 2016, 2:07am Top

Dropping a star. Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2016, 8:37am Top

Dec 31, 2016, 9:02am Top

I am part of the group.
I love being part of the group.
I love the friendships bestowed upon my by dint of my membership of this wonderful fellowship.
I love that race and creed and gender and age and sexuality and nationality make absolutely no difference to our being a valued member of the group.

Thank you for also being part of the group.

Dec 31, 2016, 12:16pm Top

Welcome back!

Dec 31, 2016, 1:32pm Top

Happy reading in 2017, Mikhail!

Dec 31, 2016, 8:38pm Top

Happy New Year! (dropping a star)

Jan 1, 6:26pm Top

Hi, Mikail! Welcome to the group!

Feb 3, 4:55am Top

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome back!
2017 started out rough for me, between busy work and school, I got the flu and was unable to sit up and eat for about 5 days which resulted in no books finished in January! But hey February is off to a great start.

I just finished the first book of the year. J.K. Beck's When Passion Lies this is book 4 of her Shadow Keeper series which is a paranormal series which focuses on a government agency in which protects humans from the shadow world. Most of her books contain vampires, werewolves, fae, and witches. This one was between a vampire and a vampire/werewolf hybrid. It was fast paced and entertaining I would definitely recommend her series to anyone who is interested!

Feb 24, 5:17am Top

I honestly can't even begin to say how odd this book was. Finished Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. This book I thought was more mystery when I read the cover but it turns out to be a mix of Dean Koontz and Stephen King...two authors I like but the style together is quite odd. The story goes between three different families between 1900 and present and they all live in the same farm house yet all have people in their families mysteriously die and others in the town turn up dead as well. The main characters of the present day family back track the history before them to find out who/what is killing their family. The book also covers diary pages from one of the characters who had previously died where she explains how to raise the dead and keep them alive. The whole concept of this book was quite interesting however it can be confusing at times with all the different families.

Edited: Mar 4, 5:35am Top

Finally finished book 5 of J.K beck's Shadow Keeper's series: When Darkness Hungers. There's only one more book left to go! Her series has been an interesting series about a supernatural law enforcement agency that works within the human FBI system. Each of her books features a different pairing of species. This book was a vampire and a vampire hunter that got paired together but in previous ones she has had witches, werewolves, and succubi. She does a good job at setting up a plot and an interesting story line but I find that a lot of the books have the same end result. They always get locked up somewhere and have to fight their way out. Slight flaw when all the plots are the same, it makes it easy to predict what happens next. But I will finish out the series and read book 6 next.

Lara Adrian is launching her new novella 14.5 Midnight Unbound on the 14th and I intend to read that one when it comes out so that one might get done first. (So new it doesn't even have a touch stone yet!)

Mar 17, 1:32am Top

Finished Novella 14.5 of Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series. Of all of the paranormal series I have read I would honestly say Lara's is my favorite. She has written a world of a militant vampire group that has turned into a family of fighters to reach a common goal. Her full length 15th book to the series doesn't come out until June but I am very excited for it. I was introduced to this series back in 2011 when it had the first 9 books out and I fell in love with it ever since. Lara is really great at character development and strengthening a moving plot. She often writes between different points of view of characters and allows you to see her story from different sides. If you haven't read her series yet I would highly recommend it! The nice thing about the Novella's is that you can read it from any point, it doesn't have to be in order, the full length books I would read in order however.

Mar 17, 1:35am Top

Finished book 6 of J.K Beck's Shadow Keeper series. This series has been a good one, I don't feel like she left it at a straight close, there's room for a 7th book but judging by her website it doesn't look like she's continuing on the series. When Temptation Burns was the last book to her series so far and it is about a Para Demon cop who meets a human reporter who is covering a case about a serial rapist who was sentenced to capitol punishment but ends up escaping his transport vehicle. It is an interesting series and each book has a different story even though the characters are re-occuring. It is a quick and interesting read and overall a great series. I do wish she would continue it.

Mar 20, 8:33pm Top

Obviously you love this paranormal series! What other fantasy series do you like?

Edited: Apr 22, 4:30am Top

Ronincats - I just finished the Fever series from Karen Marie Moning. The last book came out this year and I finally finished it. It's about the Fae within the human world and it is an amazing series. I hate that it's over with. Karen Marie Moning is a really strong author and creates a really good fantasy world. Her books can get lengthy however.
I also have started getting into Gena Showalter's books but she is a little bit out there for me. I'm currently reading the second book of her trilogy Everlife about a humans decision which side of death to go to after her soul dies. It's really strange but It's interesting if you're into fantasy.

Apr 22, 4:27am Top

It is with heavy heart that I announce that I finished Karen Marie Moning's 9th and last book to her Fever series...FeverSong and I will forever miss this series. I wish she would continue it but she has said multiple times that it was time to lay the series to rest. This final book came out in January of 2017 and is about 500 pages long, it is one of the largest in the series and it is full of twists and turns. Moning is a very good author and really good at conveying emotions.

This series was about the Fae taking over the human world on Earth and how multiple species had to interact to over take and stop the war that was spreading and killing Earth at its core. It has a lot of ups and downs and is quite frustrating at times character wise but it is well worth the read.

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