67/100 Ink Witch by Lindsey Fairleigh

This book seems to have it’s own mythos that spin off of the Egyptian pantheon. I believe that they allude to a series that came before this one, but it seems to be comprehensible on its own. If things like assassinations, off-spring of Egyptian Deities, and magic in general offend you, then this is probably not a good fit for you. If these things don’t bother you too much, and you enjoy mystery, betrayal, and a bit of magic thrown in, then this might be a series for you.
There is a bit of “loose morals” but if you choose to think of them as a different culture whose moral beliefs you should respect, then it isn’t too bad. It helps that they in no way consider themselves Human.
Really, this was a decent read. I got through it quickly, though I do not believe I will worry about getting any others in the series. For a dramatic, mythos heavy, book, this is one of the decent ones.

Happy Reading!

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34-37/100 Audio Books

Bear Meets Girl; The Mane Squeeze; Beast Behaving Badly; and Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston.

I really enjoy these books by Shelly Laurenston, which is why I keep re-reading them.  When listening to these books on audio it becomes more difficult to skip over the explicit sex and foul language.  If either of these things offend you then do not listen to these on audio.  They really are good books, these are going back to the beginning of the series, therefore going back to some of Laurenston’s early writing.  As she furthered her career Laurenston began to focus more on the characters than the sex.  These early books set up her mythos/world and are useful to read so you know where the other books are going.

 

31/100 The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston

Okay so the end of the world is nigh, only the fire wielding Crow with a love of starting trouble can help save the world.  What is a Raven to do, but help her (and fall in love).  If you think this is a recipe for disaster, well then join the line, so does almost everyone else.  If you’re looking for a good, funny, read with a little too much graphic sex, then this is a good read for you.  I will admit, I HATE how this Ended! Right up until then it was a wonderful, action packed adventure.  If you have problems with graphic language or content then this is probably not the book for you!

18/100 The Undoing by Shelly Laurenston

As always Laurenston celebrates her version of female comradery with endearments like ‘bitches’ and ‘heifer’.  If this form of feminism offends, or is something you take seriously then don’t bother reading her laugh out loud books. I listened to this book in audible format and really enjoyed it, after I skipped the graphic sex.

Are you introspective?  Do you not consider yourself anti-social but find small talk to be not only boring but annoying?  If you do than you can relate to Jace, the main character found in this book.  She is an amazingly oblivious intellectual that lives life in her own way and at her own pace.  The hardships that she has suffered through would make a grown man cry but Jace just keeps on dealing with the hardships of her second life.  Didn’t I mention that she was murdered and brought back to life by a Norse Goddess?  Silly me, these details sometimes get away from me.

If you want to read about an introspective loner that lives in a huge house full of women, serves as a warrior for a Norse deity, finds kinship in a house full of intellectuals under service of another Norse deity and will literally jump out of a moving car to get away from small-talk, then this is the book for you.  The fast moving plot keeps your attention while the quirky characters keep you laughing out loud.  I cannot wait for the third book in this series to be released!

17/100 The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

As always Laurenston celebrates her version of female comradery with endearments like ‘bitches’ and ‘heifer’.  If this form of feminism offends, or is something you take seriously then don’t bother reading her laugh out loud books. I listened to this book in audible format and really enjoyed it, after I skipped the graphic sex.

This is a fascinating world that Laurenston created based on Norse mythologies that are not completely focused on Thor and Loki or Odin and Frigga, but on other Norse Deities.  Thor and Odin are both mentioned as they both have their warriors but they are not the central focus.  Really, the dieties are just the vehicle on which the plot is based.  If you have read any of the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon then some of the plot elements are familiar.  I do enjoy the world’s that Laurenston creates.  The Pride Shifters Series was amazing and I can see where they might eventually intersect with these Crows.  I know that Hunting Season (The Gathering Book 1) is considered a different series but like the Magnus Pack and Pride series I believe they are two sides of the same series.

This is a fast paced series with characters that you will love, hate, and love to hate.  The main female character is both wonderful and flawed at the same time.  She is retired marine with a pit bull and an inability to kill wantonly.  Normally the last thing would be good, but Crows are sent into situations when killing is needed.  The main male character was born and raised to be a Raven, but this hasn’t stopped him from falling for a Crow.  Watch how a retired marine and her pit bull come to terms with their new life and bring some special joy to the Crows and Ravens; causing havoc and meeting people along the way.

23/100 Great Mythologies of the World (Great Courses)

This ‘Book’ took me over 20 hours to listen to.  It was supposed to be over 30 hours, but I have my speed set to 1.25X since the original 1X just drove me nuts.  This year crafting has taken over my brain and I have been learning as much as I can and doing as much as I can so reading has taken a backseat, for now.  I will get back into it pretty soon, there is a big spinning project coming up I hope to listen to some audio books during!

This is a fascinating series of lectures on mythologies and religions throughout the entire world.  There is not enough information that the listen can be considered an expert on any and all of these, but there is more than enough information for me to get a broad overview of these stories, cultures, and beliefs.  If you are listening to this, or thinking about listening to this and very religious of the Christian/Jewish faith it might do you well to remember that these lecturers are speaking strictly from an academic viewpoint.  There are portions that left me uneasy in some of the suppositions that the lectors made, but keeping in mind that Social Sciences such as these are hardly exact helped.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these lectures, though admittedly I do not feel secure enough to take a test on these cultures.  This was a very entertaining listen.