Random Rantings

Random posts and book reviews from a bookworm.

Insomnia Book Club's 2016 Reading Challenge!

It's that time of the year again for the yearly book challenge! All are welcome to participate. As the year goes along simply complete each task in Insomnia Book Club's 2016 Reading Challenge. Books for the challenge don't have to be read all at once, simply read them when you want to. All are welcome to join at any time during the year. Feel free to post and discuss the books you're reading for the challenge in the comments section of this post or here within the group on GoodReads.com.

Ready? Set. Read!

I.B.C On Instagram

Insomnia Book Club has joined the Instagram train! Various book related images, books of the month, and a current instagram book challenge that I.B.C is participating in can be seen there!

Follow along on instagram here. Use #ibcbooks when tagging for Insomnia Book Club.

Throne of Glass Series

As already mentioned before I read Throne of Glass for I.B.C's lengthy book challenge, but I ended up replacing some of my books for that challenge with the rest of the Throne of Glass series. Without a doubt it is now one of my favorite YA (young adult) series! Just finished Heir of Fire and now waiting for a copy of Queen of Shadows, the 4th book in the series, to come in the mail. Sarah J. Maas is such an amazing writer. I can't recommend her enough for either one of her series, Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and 

Secret Book Santa Mini Reviews Part 2

Finally finished the last two books for the Secret Book Santa challenge!

Fall's Secret Book Santa Picks:

  1. Base Instincts by Larissa Ione
  2. A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais
  3. Hot As Hades by Alisha Rai
  4. The Mating Seduction by Bonnie Vanak
  5. Brink of Passion by Sondrae Bennett 

For information on Secret Book Santa check out the blog post on it here.

Brink of Passion by Sondrae Bennett
He’ll do anything to protect his mate. The last thing Laurie expects when she bumps into Max at the shifter convention is finding her mate. Certainly not that her mate can shift into a leopard. Wolves and leopards mix about as well as water and oil. Or should she say, dogs and cats. Mating him means leaving her family, her town, and the only home she’s ever known. But the possibility of a happily ever after is worth the risk, right? Max couldn’t be happier with his brazen, feisty wolf, but returning home isn’t the welcoming affair he’d expected. In his absence, his brother has been attacked within the leap complex. Something must to be seriously wrong. Could someone be using his loved ones to get to him? When his worst fears prove true, his protective instinct goes into overdrive. Will keeping Laurie mean putting her in danger?

Brink of Passion was definitely a good book from the Alpine Woods Shifters series. It was really cool seeing a wolf mated to another species, especially one that's "taboo". Things with Laurie and Max, the heroine and hero, started off really fast but at the same time it was part of the story and made sense. I was kind of iffy on that part at first. It would of been nice to see more interacting between Max and Laurie in regards to the pack (the word for Max's group of species isn't coming to me at the moment) like towards the end of the book. Again, though, that was understandable considering what was going on, etc. There was a twist at the end with who the bad guy was and I definitely didn't see that coming! The different location/scenery in this book was kind of cool too. Laurie was awesome at adapting even though she wasn't wanting to be in that place at first really. Overall it was a really good book. The ending of it leads me to really wanting to read the next one in the series.

Fire Touched Cover Reveal!

Guess what Mercy Thompson Fans?!? The cover for Fire Touched has been revealed!! Check it out below.

Fire Touched, book 9 in the Mercy Thompson series, by Patricia Briggs is due out March 8th, 2016.

Secret Book Santa Mini Reviews Part 1

For this season's picks for Secret Book Santa I chose all short books because I'm currently reading the Throne of Glass series and it's definitely hard to put down. So far I've read all but two of the books for Secret Book Santa.

Fall's Secret Book Santa Picks:
  1. Base Instincts by Larissa Ione
  2. A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais
  3. Hot As Hades by Alisha Rai
  4. The Mating Seduction by Bonnie Vanak
  5. Brink of Passion by Sondrae Bennett

For information on Secret Book Santa check out the blog post on it here.

A Demon and His Witch by Eve Langlais
Burning alive is nothing compared to the heat of his touch. There are better ways to break up with a girl than having her roasted at the stake as a witch. Is it any wonder Ysabel has trust issues? She got her revenge, though, and it only cost her a slightly tarnished soul. Working for Lucifer isn't all bad, until her ex-boyfriend escapes the bowels of Hell and she's forced to team up with a womanizing demon to fetch the jerk back. As a minion in Lucifer's legion, Remy's seen a lot of things, but nothing can prepare him for the witch with the acerbic tongue - and voluptuous figure. The more she pushes him away, the more determined he becomes to seduce her. However, what's a poor demon to do when he accidentally falls in love and wants to keep her forever? Welcome to Hell where you're screwed if you do and damned if don't. And just so you know, Lucifer has a special spot reserved for you... 

For the first "mini" review, A Demon and His Witch, was a good read. At first the book read as though it was going to be mostly silly jokes but once things got started the more serious topics came up, etc. The hero and the heroine bantered a lot, which was throughout the entire book. The bantering was amusing but the hero's Mother might of topped it, "maybe". She was a mixture of jaw dropping crazy and amusement. Lucifer was fairly amusing in this book too. He had his own agenda, of course, was afraid of his wife and somehow did a good job of playing matchmaker.

Another Way to Share Books - Book Crossing

Hey there, Bookworms,

Sometimes we need to make space for books in our homes and sometimes we're just looking to get rid of books that we no longer want or didn't like. A good way of doing just that is through a website called Book Crossing. It isn't an old website at all but for those of you who don't know about it I thought I would share the website with you all.

Book Crossing isn't just a way of sharing books with others but also a way of seeing how far they travel as well. It's pretty simple to do. Whether you create a label or just make a note to stick inside the book that you "release into the wild (in other words, placing the book in a completely random place)" make sure the label or note has the book's special number on it. When someone finds it they can then go onto Book Crossing's website and mark that it was found. If and when they decide to get rid of the book they will do the same thing that you did. You can watch it travel around via the website. For all of the complete details check out Book Crossing's About Us page here and their FAQ here.

Insomnia Book Club E-book Loans

Here's a special treat for the bookworms (members, those following the blog, etc) of Insomnia Book Club! A list of e-books available to loan out has been put together. The loaning of the e-books will be available for this year only unless it becomes popular among all of you bookworms. You must have a kindle, use the kindle software for PC or have the kindle app in order to borrow the e-books since I use a kindle and can only lend to other kindle users. 

To borrow an e-book send an e-mail to IBClub@outlook.com with the e-book(s) that you would like to borrow and the e-mail address that you use for receiving kindle e-books. If someone else has already borrowed the e-book that you wish to borrow then you will be put on a waiting list until the e-book becomes available again.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back on this post from time to time as more e-books will be added to the list for loaning when possible. For those of you who can't bookmark this post you will be able to find this post easier by clicking (or tapping) on the "Announcements" link under the "Navigation" area on the panel to the right hand side of any page on Insomnia Book Club's blog.

E-books For Loan List:

Riding Red by Amos Cassidy (this e-book is no longer available to purchase through amazon.com but can still be loaned)
Agent S5: Jaydan by Joni Hahn
Wanted: Dead or Undead by Angela Scott
My Own Worst Nightmare by Heather McGhee
Master of the Deep by Cleo Peitsche and Oceans Untamed by Cleo Peitsche
Caged Wolf by S.M. Reine
Jo's Journey by S.E. Smith
M-Day by D.T. Dyllin
Running Wild by Kristen Middleton
Marked by Sarah Fine
Rise from Darkness by Ciara Knight
Tropical Heat by Cherry Adair
Cupid's Cupcake by Ivy Sinclair
Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson and Perfection by R.L. Mathewson
A Reclusive Heart by R.L. Mathewson
Immortal Ops Box Set Books 1-4 by Mandy M. Roth
Dollhouse by Anya Allyn
Never Too Late by Amara Royce
Unexpected Treasure by Melody Anne
The Ties That Bind by J.L.M. Visada (this e-book is no longer available to purchase through amazon.com but can still be loaned)
Spike by Jennifer Ryder

Waiting List:

Riding Red E-book Loan

Riding Red by Amos Cassidy has not been available for a very long time. Since I am unable to lend it out on BookLending.com because Amazon.com doesn't have the e-book on their website I am offering the e-book for loan to Insomnia Book Club's bookworms. If anyone is interested send an e-mail to IBClub@outlook.com with your interest in borrowing the e-book, Riding Red by Amos Cassidy, and your kindle e-mail address so that it can be sent to the correct person. If someone else already borrowed the e-book then you will be put on a waiting list for it.

For those of you who don't know what Riding Red is you check out the past book review on it here.

E-book Lending On the Kindle

For those of you who own a kindle but might not be able to "borrow" e-books from other people that you know who also use a kindle there is a website to help those of us out!

BookLending.com is fairly simple to use. It allows you to borrow and lend e-books with other registered users. The only drawback to it that I've found so far is that you have to own a kindle. I've never played around with the kindle reading app before but it's possible that you might be able to get by with just using that instead. On the different book pages on BookLending.com there are links next to the book covers for borrowing, lending and buying. For all of the complete details on borrowing and lending check out BookLending.com's FAQ page here.

September's Books of the Month

September's books of the month are Base Instincts by Larissa Ione and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Send in your confessions to IBClub@outlook.com and or join in the discussion on the GoodReads.com group here.

Note: If you would like your confessions to remain anonymous be sure to mention it when sending in confessions.

What books of the month do you plan on reading for September?

Book Review: Throne of Glass

As part of I.B.C's new side challenge, Lengthy Books Challenge, I opted for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas as my first book in the challenge. Throne of Glass is the first book from the Throne of Glass book series, which is a young adult series.

After reading Throne of Glass I now understand why this fantasy-romance series is raved about by so many people (of different ages). Maybe I loved it so much because I didn't go into reading it with high expectations or maybe not. If you're an adult who doesn't care much for young adult books it could be worth reading just for the humor in the bantering in the book alone. 

A bit of a warning, though.... there is definitely a love triangle in this book. As I've said before I HATE love triangles but it seems Sarah J. Maas has this talent for crafting love triangles that you just can't help but get into and can't wait to find out what happens next. Would I rather if there wasn't a love triangle? Yes, definitely, but there's also something about this triangle that just draws you in. Hopefully it doesn't last throughout the entire series but if it does then I'm going to do my best to put my trust into Sarah J. Maas's amazing writing skills.

Be taken away into a world full of magic, legends, myths, things that go bump in the night, battles involving medieval weaponry and of course let's not forget romance.

"You'll be sweating when I skin you alive and squish your eyeballs beneath my feet."

"What Book Am I?" Game

A new game has been posted in the "Games" thread on Insomnia Book Club's group page on GoodReads.com. To access the "What Book Am I?" click here.

Here's the run down on how the game works....

For "What Book Am I?" in this discussion/game thread members can post either a picture or type out a paragraph from a page of the book/e-book that they own. You can post on any day that you want whenever you want.


Person A: *posts pic of book page(s) or types out a paragraph*
Person B: "Is it Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon?"
Person C: "Is it Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling?"

Members can guess the answer as many times as they want. The person who guesses the correct answer will then post their "book picture" or "book paragraph".

New Side Challenge!

Starting today Insomnia Book Club has a new side challenge for all of those lovely and lengthy books. The decision to join is optional as always.

The Lengthy Books Challenge is simply a side challenge for fun to see how many "lengthy" books you can read in a set period of time. The challenge will last for a total of 6 months. You can read however many books you want, just read as many as you "comfortably" can. Be sure that you don't burn yourself out!

There is only one rule for this challenge. Each book that you read can't be any shorter than 300 pages. The sky is the limit for how long it is!

Discussion thread for Lengthy Books Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17310951-i-b-c-s-lengthy-books-challenge

Lengthy Books Challenge on GoodReads.com: https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/3636-lengthy-books-challenge

P.S. If you don't use GoodReads.com or don't wish to participate there feel free to participate by making your comments below.

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A long while back I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas but put it down halfway through and fell into other miscellaneous books for the most part during my way too long book rut. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book to Sarah J. Maas's new series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. At 416 pages it took me a little while to force myself into reading it since a lot of the books that I've been reading are much shorter. But.... I actually wish the book was longer, especially with the way it ended! It was such a great read and let's not forget impressive. That was my first book by Sarah J. Maas but do plan on reading her Throne of Glass series.

"We need hope, or else we cannot endure." 

For those of you who really dislike love triangles A LOT (like myself) there is a love triangle feel to A Court of Thorns and Roses later on in the book. Very, very, very rarely am I ever torn been two people in a love triangle in a book, however Sarah J. Maas did it! She completely tore my reader's soul apart with A Court of Thorns and Roses! There are so many characters in this book that I wish the best for in the end and hope that they don't die at some point. The world building is amazing. Based on the synopsis alone you wouldn't think the world would be built up so much to the extent that it was. It was complex, magical, and almost like a whole new universe. Something to note is that while this book may be a young adult novel it did not always read as one. It reminded me of The Beautiful Ashes by Jeanine Frost in that sense.

"I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into 

him, and let myself burn."

A Court of Thorns and Roses Synopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Another Random Health Insurance Rant

Yet another rant on personal troubles with Obamacare and the Healthcare Marketplace. So, United Healthcare through Obamacare usually gives issues with "receiving" a payment. Payments have been made through their website, on the phone, and through the bank but yet they still say that they didn't receive a payment almost every month even though there is proof that it was paid as well as a confirmation number. Sometimes if f you're one of the unlucky individuals you can end up paying double whatever your monthly premium is just so they don't cancel your insurance. The monthly premium is already the price of a very high car note. When making a complaint directly to the healthcare marketplace about this the only answer that is ever received from them is, "Oh, really?".

Three new (new for me) things were found out about the obamacare as well. I don't know how true they are. It's been said that if your insurance through obamacare gets canceled for any reason then you are no longer eligible to purchase insurance through the healthcare marketplace. On top of that there is supposedly a special tax placed on those who have insurance through the healthcare marketplace, which is paid when paying your end of the year taxes. The third thing is that health insurance rates were suppose to jump drastically in price, some as much as 60% of the current monthly premium payments, but it was pushed back to 2017 instead of 2016.

Yes, Obamacare was originally a great idea, one that I was very excited about (especially how people with pre-existing conditions could get coverage and wouldn't be penalized simply for having a health problem) until Obamacare officially started and it was absolutely nothing like we, the Americans, were told it would be. Unless you make little money good coverage and affordable health insurance has gone right out the window. The only thing that I like about the new health insurance laws, etc. is that people with pre-existing health problems can't be refused health insurance.

One last thing, they are always talking about how many more people are now covered due to Obamacare, etc. Yes, many are and those who are extremely lucky do receive it at affordable rates but they forget to mention that so many more are covered now mostly due to the fact that medicaid expanded in a lot of states and that the purchase of health insurance in mandatory. Some go without health insurance for now and pay the penalty at the end of the year for not having health insurance simply because it's more affordable to pay the penalty than to have insurance (at least if the penalty doesn't skyrocket higher than annual insurance rates).

Dystopian Romance Adult Books

Those who enjoy books from the dystopia genre range greatly in different ages. It's much easier to find young adult dystopian books, where the main characters' ages usually range from 15 - 18, than adult dystopian books. Because of that I compiled a short list of adult dystopian books. All of the books listed are novella length except for Nightfall by Ellen Conner. If there are any books that you feel are missing from this list feel free to comment below. Happy reading, Bookworms!

Nightfall by Ellen Conner (Dark Age Dawning series)
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Growing up with an unstable, often absent father who preached about the end of the world, Jenna never thought in her wildest nightmares that his predictions would come true. Or that he would have a plan in place to save her-one that includes the strong, stoic man who kidnaps and takes her to a remote cabin in the Pacific Northwest. 

The mysterious ex-Marine named Mason owes a life-debt to Jenna's father. Skilled and steadfast, he's ready for the prophesied Change, but Jenna proves tough to convince. Until the power grid collapses and mutant dogs attack-vicious things that reek of nature gone wrong. 

When five strangers appear, desperate to escape the bloodthirsty packs, Jenna defies her protector and rescues them. As technology fails and the old world falls away, Jenna changes too, forever altered by supernatural forces. To fight for their future, she and Mason must learn to trust their instinctive passion-a flame that will see them through the bitter winter, the endless nights, and the violence of a new Dark Age.

Born by Jenna McCormick (B Cubed series)

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Born: Natural born humans are precious few and dwell in darkness.
Bred: Genetically engineered slaves who are the protectors of the Born.
Borg: The cybernetically enhanced enclave that split from the Born humans.
These three factions are all that remains of the human race after the world stopped turning. Scavenging in the darkness for what little is left, the war between them rages on though few know why. It begins with a child’s prophesy and can only end when they unite. Or die.

From the moment he spies her silhouette cast by the bonfire, Cormack understands what it is to yearn for something he will never possess. Breds are made to provide for the natural born humans, dig their homes deep beneath the surface of the earth and to protect them from the ever-present cyborg threat. A Bred who reaches beyond his station will be recycled immediately, yet Cormack cannot get her visage out of his mind. Until he unearths a box, buried long before the earth stopped spinning.

Task Mistress Allora has no wish to brutalize the Bred worker she finds hoarding treasure, but as a servant of the colony that raised her from infancy, she is duty bound to report anything unusual to the Overlord, even if it costs the blue-eyed man his life. Yet something about the way Cormack watches her forces Allora to reevaluate her understanding of right and wrong. For this genetically engineered soldier is her only protection against the cyborgs who seek what they have discovered, a journal written by the prophetess Cassandra and a way to end the warring between the factions forever.

Book Review: Maybe This Time

Just finished Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie. It was a randomly purchased used paperback book from a long while ago. Maybe This Time is a standalone novel (3 cheers for that!) and falls into the contemporary genre with supernatural mixed in due to the ghosts in the story. Not only are there ghosts but there's a divorced couple, a new fiance, two very hard to handle orphans, and a variety of amusing and not so amusing characters. With all that said it was definitely a great read. I've read a few other books by Jennifer Crusie in the past and all of the ones that I read were enjoyable.

Take a ride with real life issues as well as ghostly supernatural issues with Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie.

"You were the most amazing thing that had ever happened to me. Nothing else like you in my world before or since."

Meet North. A workaholic who is financially wealthy with a loving, though dramatic and hard to deal with at times, family. He is glued to his work desk so when he becomes the guardian of two problematic orphans he unintentionally enlists the help of his ex-wife. A nonbeliever in ghosts who learns that the impossible can be possible in both the supernatural and real world.

"I'd talk to Satan to get cable."

Meet Andie. A woman full of life who has grown up over the years. After what she thought was a good marriage she is now engaged 10 years later to a man that adores her but disapproves of her taking the job on as caretaker to her ex-husband's orphans. A nonbeliever in the supernatural of ghosts or spirits she begins to see things for what they really are all while falling a little more every day for the troublesome children she agreed to care for temporarily.

August's Books of the Month

August's books of the month are The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward, Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews and Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn. Send in your confessions to IBClub@outlook.com and or join in the discussion on the GoodReads.com group here.

Note: If you would like your confessions to remain anonymous be sure to mention it when sending in confessions.

GoodReads.com Giveaway - Agent N6: Dylan

There is currently a giveaway on GoodReads.com for Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn. There are only 12 days left to enter so be sure to enter soon! Follow this link to enter.

Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn

Third generation Marine Dylan McCall has only one goal in mind: revenge. Armed with a new, scientific enhancement, he won’t rest until he destroys Cyrus Matheson’s plans.

Geneticist Teague Hamilton wants nothing more than a healthy baby of her own. Raised in a girls’ home, she knows Cyrus’s genetic engineering technology is her only chance at gaining the family she wants.

Dylan can’t get enough of D.I.R.E.’s confident, sexy-as-hell geneticist, even though his gut tells him she’s hiding something. He won’t rest until he tames her and brings her deception to light.

When Cyrus draws Teague out of D.I.R.E.’s protective custody and takes her to the past, she uncovers lies that prove she’s never controlled her own destiny, while Dylan travels back in time to save her before it's too late.

Can Dylan rescue Teague in time, or will he lose the woman he loves forever?

Dragonbane Is Less Than 2 Weeks Away!

On August 4th Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon will be released! To tie over fans until its release date a link to the excerpt of Dragonbane was posted from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Twitter.com page. Click here for the excerpt. Be on the lookout on Friday, July 24th for the book trailer of Dragonbane.

Also, if you're a member of GoodReads.com be sure to check out the Kenyons Minions group on there. You can find it here. Dragonbane is August's book of the month for Kenyons Minions.

If you're excited for the release of Sherrilyn Kenyon's latest book, future books, or past books be sure to comment below!

Desserts and Books = Perfect Combo

If you have a sweet tooth or even just a little one then you might enjoy the website that GoodReads.com shared on their twitter.com page. Twenty Desserts Inspired by Your Favorite Books includes books such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Eat Pray Love and desserts such as s'mores, seed cake, honey cake and chocolate covered strawberries. While most of the desserts are desserts one of the foods listed is a waffle dish and another item is the infamous butterbeer from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.

Happy reading and eating, bookworms!

July's Books of the Month

Agent N6: Dylan Cover Reveal

The cover for Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn was recently revealed!

Agent N6: Dylan is the 6th book in The D.I.R.E Agency series. The scheduled release date is listed differently on various websites. You can expect it to be released some time between July 1st and July 31st. Let's hope for the 1st of July!

Agent N6: Dylan is one of Insomnia Book Club's books of the month for July but if it is not released until the end of July then a new book will be chosen in its place.

Agent N6: Dylan by Joni Hahn

Third generation Marine
Mongolian prison survivor


Third generation Marine Dylan McCall has only one goal in mind: revenge. Armed with a new, scientific enhancement, he won’t rest until he destroys Cyrus Matheson’s plans.

Geneticist Teague Hamilton wants nothing more than a healthy baby of her own. Raised in a girls’ home, she knows Cyrus’s genetic engineering technology is her only chance at gaining the family she wants.

Dylan can’t get enough of D.I.R.E.’s confident, sexy-as-hell geneticist, even though his gut tells him she’s hiding something. He won’t rest until he tames her and brings her deception to light.

When Cyrus draws Teague out of D.I.R.E.’s protective custody and takes her to the past, she uncovers lies that prove she’s never controlled her own destiny, while Dylan travels back in time to save her before it's too late.

Can Dylan rescue Teague in time, or will he lose the woman he loves forever?

Obamacare Failed

This isn't a book related topic but an important one nonetheless.

Obamacare wasn't anything at all like I thought it would be. My Mother has never in all her life had bad insurance until this year. Her monthly premium is triple (or more) the amount that it was before obamacare went into place and now her insurance covers less. At these prices you have to decide if you want a roof over your head and food on the table or health insurance (I opted out of it and am no longer insured due to the premium prices). On top of that she does automatic payment with them and they didn't take out for the most recent month. Instead of contacting her they sent letters out to all of her doctors stating that she didn't make her monthly payment. If that isn't an invasion of privacy then I don't know what is, not to mention a lie. To speak to someone regarding anything at all you have to play ping pong between the insurance company and the healthcare marketplace, which you have to sit on hold for an insanely long time. If you're lucky someone will answer within an hour and not actually hang up on you. It is also hard getting questions answered because hardly anyone has any answers to questions other than to the ones that you already know via their websites. It doesn't surprise me anymore that some people have committed suicide over this kind of thing. The new obamacare insurance destroys people/families financially and causes an obscene amount of stress unless you're one of the lucky few who are in the income bracket to receive insurance for very little or free. For those who are unable to receive affordable insurance (decent coverage as well) or free insurance then obamacare is a complete nightmare. I hope that someone fixes this horribly broken "insurance" system soon. Preferably before it causes many more people to go through the unnecessary  madness of the new "healthcare insurance".

June BotM Review: Hades

So, the 1st of the month was only yesterday but when I started reading one of June's book of the month, Hades by Larissa Ione, I just couldn't put it down. Hades is the most recently released novella for the Demonica series by Larissa Ione. The novella tells the story of Hades and Cataclysm, both being previous characters from the books. You also get to see Azagoth, Lilliana and Reaver again too!

The downside to the book length is that while Azagoth's book was 200 pages Hades is only 100 pages but if you really enjoy shorter length books then you shouldn't be disappointed in the length of it. Some may argue whether you can read Hades as a stand alone or not but in my opinion you can jump right in without reading the rest of the series as long as you don't mind doing so.

Fall back down into Sheoul-gra as Hades by Larissa Ione gives us a closer look at the demon world (Sheoul-gra) again.

He was starving for female contact. Maybe this little bit would be enough. And maybe he was lying to himself.

 Meet Hades. The Underworld Jailor with a blue mohawk. Evil is his domain, right? He is bound in a way that would leave any sane person frustrated. He does his job and he does his job well. No one has tempted him in on such an emotional scale. That is until a fiery mane that's angelic with just a dash of something else enters the Underworld by accident.

"You're evil, but there's good in you, as well."

Meet Cataclysm. She was once a full haloed angel but now she is neither a haloed angel nor a fallen angel. She is unfallen, trying to earn her way back into heaven while refusing to become a fallen angel. The cause for her to become an unfallen? Something that wasn't entirely her fault, though some may feel differently on that. Now she is trapped in the demon world.

Due to an innocent accident Cataclysm becomes trapped in the demon world and Hades tries to get her out only to find out that he, the Underworld Jailor, is trapped too. Time is not on there side for this. Cataclysm has to get out of the demon world before time runs out and the most fearsome demons destroy them all, including Hades. In the middle of all of this Hades has to keep away from Cataclysm or face Azagoth's wrath.

June's Books of the Month

June's books of the month are Hades by Larissa Ione and Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge. Send in your confessions to IBClub@outlook.com and or join in the discussion on the GoodReads.com group.

The two polls are up to vote on which books of the month you plan on reading if any. The web poll can be visited here and the GoodReads.com poll for I.B.C can be found here.

Note: If you would like your confessions to remain anonymous be sure to mention it when sending in confessions.


Welcome Our New Member!

Most of you stick to using I.B.C's (Insomnia Book Club) group on GoodReads.com and or following along with the blog. We do have a new member though, BookAddict1211, and she joined I.B.C through the forum. If any of you feel up to it be sure to give BookAddict1211 a warm welcome on the forum here! ^.^

Kenyons Minions' Secret Book Santa Signups Open

The spring edition of Secret Book Santa by the group Kenyons Minions on GoodReads.com is open for signups!

For those of you who haven't seen past posts on Secret Book Santa, Secret Book Santa is a fun reading challenge that happens 4 times a year. Once each season and the challenge runs all the way through the season until it's time for the next round. You don't have to join in every time, only when you want to. Want more info? Check out the details here. If you choose to signup be sure to do that on this topic of Kenyons Minions here. Hope to see you there! ^.^

Eighth Grave After Dark and Seveneves

On May 19th two upcoming books will be released. Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones and Seveneves by Neal Stephenson.

Eighth Grave After Dark is the 8th book in the Charley Davidson series. Mrs. Jones series is very popular amongst paranormal romance and urban fantasy genre fans. If you're interested in reading the series and or purchasing books to the series here's a tip. If you prefer physical copies of books Barnes and Noble has books from this series from time to time in their bargain bin. That's how I randomly ended up with two books from the series at different times, though still have to read the series.

Seveneves is a new stand alone. It is listed online as being in the sci-fi and dystopia genres. Make sure you're prepared to read a George R.R. Martin length book because Seveneves is 880 pages long according to Amazon.com. Don't let the amount of pages sway you away from reading the book though. While it is a huge book it does sound like it would be a good one.

Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8)
With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
What would happen if the world were ending?

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .

Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in this breathtaking saga.

R.L. Mathewson On Double Dare

It seems a bit of disappointment settled over the fans of the Neighbor From Hell series by R.L. Mathewson due to her most recent Neighbor From Hell book, Double Dare. Due to that Mrs. Mathewson has brought the concept of the book as well as her feelings on it to attention in one of her blog posts. The blog post can be viewed here.

Happy Mother's Day, Bookworms!

To all of the Mothers and soon to be Mothers, Happy Mother's Day! May you all have a wonderful and safe day with your kid(s)!

The Sweetest Burn Snippet

Jeaniene Frost has posted a snippet of her book The Sweetest Burn, the second book in the Broken Destiny series, on her blog. ::waits for the squeals from the Frost fandom::

Here's a glimpse into that snippet on her blog....

I rolled over and stuffed the pillow in a new position under my head. Useless. The bed was comfy, the RV was quiet, and yet I’d lain here, wide awake, for hours.


My gaze flew to the door, but it was still closed. I hadn’t imagined hearing Adrian say my name, though, so I strained my ears and waited.

“Ivy, come outside.” Adrian’s voice was low but clear, and I realized that he was speaking to me through the exterior wall of the RV. “I need to show you something.”

I got up, mostly because I couldn’t stand to toss and turn anymore. I doubted something was wrong or Adrian wouldn’t be whispering. Plus, we’d parked at the edge of an old cemetery. Demons couldn’t cross onto hallowed ground, so we were safe from them. Hallowed ground wasn’t a deterrent to minions, but there’d need to be a lot of them to pose a threat with Adrian, Brutus and Costa here, not to mention me.

The thought cheered me. I wasn’t the same helpless girl I’d been when this whole thing started. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Well, I’d had lots of things try to kill me, so by extension, I had to be stronger by leaps and bounds.

Continue reading here on Jeaniene Frost's blog for the entire snippet from The Sweetest Burn.

2015 Reading Challenge: The Ruby Circle

Finally got in another book for Insomnia Book Club's 2015 Reading Challenge! For "A book published this year" I read The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. I've been in a bit of a reading rut where everything is just "blah" to me, even books that I've been dying to read. It wasn't until I watched The Ruby Circle book trailers again that it hit me. Suddenly the reading rut went away and I absorbed the last book, unfortunately on it being the last one, in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. In my opinion it was better than Silver Shadows so for those of you who are holding back from reading The Ruby Circle because of how Silver Shadows went then you might want to try giving The Ruby Circle a chance. If George R.R. Martin were to ever read this book there is one section in it that might make him proud of Richelle Mead as an author. I really hope that Richelle Mead writes another spinoff to Vampire Academy / Bloodlines in the future!

My book picks: 

A book published this year - The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
A book that's at least 500 pages long - Allegiant by Veronica Roth
A book with only one word in the title - Azagoth by Larissa Ione
The first book ever written by your favorite author - Tall, Dark & Lonely by R.L. Mathewson
A book that was made into a movie - Jaws by Peter Benchley
Re-read one of your favorite books - undertow by Cherry Adair A book that almost everyone but you have read - Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
A book that is set in your state or city (or country for those outside of the U.S.A) - This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
A book that you own and still have yet to read - Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
A book with a color in the title - Blue Skies by Catherine Anderson
A book that came out the year that you were born - Gentle Warrior by Julie Garwood A book that you chose just because of a nice cover - Synthetic Dreams by Kim Knox

Books read so far: 4 out of 12

May's Books of the Month

May's books of the month are A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines. Send in your confessions to IBClub@outlook.com and or join in the discussion on the GoodReads.com group.

The two polls are up to vote on which books of the month you plan on reading if any. The web poll can be visited here and the GoodReads.com poll for I.B.C can be found here.

Note: If you would like your confessions to remain anonymous be sure to mention it when sending in confessions.