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I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! Every year I think that this is the year I will have a great costume and every year I fail miserably! This year because of my school time commitment I blinked and Halloween was upon us so I didn’t even dress up. At least last year I dressed up as a blood-sucking attorney (for those of you who don’t know, I am currently attending law school so it really was a kind of funny costume). Next year will be the year that I actually have time and attention to devote to making that amazing costume! Actually, I know what I want to be but have been unable to find a costume so I think I am going to have to break down and make it. I want to be Princess Leia at the end of the final movie when she awards the medal to Han Solo and Luke, yes, I realize my geek is showing but I think it would be the coolest costume ever!

So what did everyone dress up as? Any great literary characters? Any not so great literary characters?

Lacey Garrett is in a bad place, not only did her ex-fiance dump her, he stole half her company and all her livelihood while he was at it. Now that she is barely eking out an existence, Lacey finds herself providing free technical support for other techies in the industry. Unleashed by C.J. Barry begins with Lacey answering a complex question via email to a ZMasters, little does she know that ZMasters is Zain Masters,a humanoid alien, stuck in a trap who desperately needs her help to escape.

Zain is a planetary cartographer, meaning he spends his time charting new planets by himself but when he gets caught in an unexpected trap on a distant planet his only solution is to transport Lacey to his ship to read the equations that are giving him so much trouble. It should be a quick transfer in and then out but when the computer systems fail Lacey is trapped on the planet with Zain and it is going to take all they have just to get out a live. As the danger escalates, Zain struggles to fight against hi growing attraction for Lacey but he must because he can only bring danger to her life.

Unleashed is the third book in the Unforgettable series by C.J. Barry and does not disappoint. Lacey’s character is charming and lovably flawed. After getting out of an emotionally abuse relationship with Bob, Lacey, after therapy, is struggling to get her life back together. One of my favorite moments in the book is when she names the carnivore creatures that are trying to eat her and Zain Bobzillas. Zain is dealing with his own emotional baggage after being in the military for so long and his partner being killed in action, I found myself just wanting to give him a hug and tell him everything was going to be allright. Despite the Unforgettable series taking place in space, Barry does a great job of including memorable creatures and I love that Lacey ends up getting transported with her cat, so not only is Zane dealing with Lacey on his small space ship, he also has to accept her cat. Unleashed is a great third installment in the series and was a quick, entertaining sci-fi read.

You can read an excerpt here.

Unforgettable Series:

Unearthed

Unraveled

Unleashed

Unmasked

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Title: Unleashed

Author: C.J. Barry

Format: eBook

AISN:  B005JSK2II

Publisher: Carina Press

Release Date: October 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon, eHarlequin

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

 

Lady Sybil and the Patrician have conspired against Sam Vimes, against his wishes Sam is forced to take a vacation to Lady Sybil’s country estate but wherever Sam Vimes goes crime is sure to be discovered. Snuff by Terry Pratchett continues the adventures of Commander Sam Vimes of the Ahnk-Morpork Night Watch. Sam Vimes initially thinks that crime doesn’t happen in the country or, if it does, no one is around to see it committed but as he struggles to adjust to the role of wealthy landowner he realizes that not everything is as it appears and someone is always watching.

I should preface this review with the fact that I am a huge Terry Pratchett fan. My husband has banned me from reading his books in bed because I giggle so much it shakes the bed. As a reviewer I am always excited to get advanced copies of books, I have to admit it is one of the perks of being a reviewer, that being said, when I received my copy of Snuff there was school girl squeeling, victory dancing and bragging to anyone who would listen that I had a copy in my greedy little hands. :-)

Okay, now on to the real review. Snuff is the eighth book the Nightwatch line and the 39th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. When a writer is as prolific as Terry Pratchett I always have the fear that the next book to come out will not hold up to the previous titles. There have been Discworld books I have not finished because I lost interest but the Nightwatch series has always brought me hours of entertainment. I flew through Snuff, Sam Vimes so outside of his element that the quiet of the country keeps him awake was entertaining and so outside of his element that the ground feels wrong because Sam Vimes knows where he is in the city by the feel of the street through his boots. The characters are witty, relate able and flawed. Pratchett’s ability to make me laugh while at the same time making me reevaluate my own actions and attitudes on things. I highly recommend Snuff!

You can listen to an excerpt here.

Nightwatch Series Reading Order:

Guards! Guards!

Men At Arms

Feet of Clay

Jingo

The Fifth Elephant

Night Watch

Thud!

Snuff

 

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Title: Snuff

Author: Terry Pratchett

Format:  Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 416

ISBN: 978-0062011848

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release Date: October 11, 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

Last night I set the book I am currently reading and I realized that the stack of books I am currently reading has reached unmanageable levels when I knocked it over and had to pick it up. Normally I have several books going at one time, at least one my Kindle and one or two print copies that I don’t feel like lugging around with me. (Because my ereader is so thin I find myself resenting having to lug around a print copy in my already overstuffed purse so I always carry by Kindle now.) This got me thinking, how many books should one person be reading at a time? I leave a book and move on to a new for a number reasons, I may have gotten bored but don’t quite want to give up on it yet or I may have review commitment that requires my immediate attention so I intend to return to the book or a shiny new book has come in that I absolutely have to read this instance or I may explode (My hubby will tell you that there are certain things I just have no self-control over and shiny new books to read is one of them). I counted and I currently have eight print copies and at least five Kindle books that I am reading.

So what do you readers think, at what point do you think it is too many books? What do you do to correct this unintentional problem? Or am I the only one who does this?

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