Friday, May 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

“I wanted you to stop.”

“I was encouraged by you breathlessly moaning my name.”

I spun on my foot. “I wasn’t moaning your name. I was shrieking in alarm.”

“That was the sexiest throaty shrieking I’ve ever heard.”

“You need to get out more.”

~~ Ilona Andrews, Burn for Me

Fangirl Fridays – Inside Out Series by Lisa Renee Jones

Have you ever read one of Lisa Renee Jones’s books? Her stories are a blend of drama, suspense, and dark erotica.

Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Benson #1) was my first experience with LRJ’s books. The heroine, Amy, was on the run, her life in mortal danger, and I was running with her, unable to figure out whom to trust, who was friend, and who was foe.

That series made me look for more from this author. Next, I picked up If I Were You, the first installment in the Inside Out series. After the jump, I’ll share my take on this story of dark desires and intrigues.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Damn it, Kayden, I want to talk about this!”
“I talk better naked, and so do you.”
“We don’t talk better naked.”
“We do a lot of things better naked.”
“I’m trying to protect you.”
“Protect me naked,” He says.
“This isn’t funny,” I object.
“I don’t remember Laughing.”
“We have to talk about this.”
“We will.”He enters the bedroom and kicks the door shut. “Eventually.”

Demand, Careless Whispers #2, Lisa Renee Jones

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Yes, I'm a hermit. Mostly I brood," Mad Rogan said. "Also, I'm very good at wallowing in self-pity. I spend my days steeped in melancholy, looking out the window. Occasionally a single tear quietly rolls down my cheek.” 

Burn for me by Ilona Andrews

What the Wenches Are Reading

Cleveland Public Library's Reading Garden

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Quote of the Day

If that’s the kind of girl it takes to beat me, well then I suppose I’m still right enough.

~ David D. Levine, Arabella of Mars

Congratulations to Arabella of Mars, winner of the 2016 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction-Fantasy!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Quote of the Day

The diggers-up-of-the-past don't think being called 'diggers-up-of-the-past' is a posh enough name, so they call themselves archaeologists.

Savage Stone Age by Terry Deary, Illustrated by Martin Brown

Friday, May 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

Fangirl Friday: Books into TV Shows

This is a great time for TV. There are so, so many good shows out and so many different platforms producing TV. It's a really beautiful thing for someone like me. I work over forty hours a week, nights and weekends, and I have a three year old. I don't have much time or energy for going out to the movies. But, with so many fantastic shows out right now, I don't have to. There are so many shows I could talk about, but given what kind of blog this is and the plethora of choices, for today's Fangirl Friday, I'm going to focus on TV shows that are based on books. There are/have been some absolutely SPECTACULAR translations just in 2017. They are spoiling us, really. So, sit back, relax, and follow me after the break to discuss some great TV shows of 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

I considered screaming and running past the sentry and back into the courtyard, but stood my ground out of nothing more than sheer stubbornness. I had sought him out, after all. I was a warrior. Warriors don't scream and run. 

Royal Street
Suzanne Johnson

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

“That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary. There wasn't even any rioting in the streets. People stayed home at night, watching television, looking for some direction. There wasn't even an enemy you could put your finger on.”

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

“You’ve one mark on your record,” Tamas said. “You once punched a na-baron in the face. Broke his jaw. Tell me about that.”
Olem grimaced. “Officially, sir, I was pushing him out of the way of a runaway carriage. Saved his life. Half my company saw it.”
“With your fist?”
“And unofficially?”
“The man was a git. He shot my dog because it startled his horse.”
“And if I ever have cause to shoot your dog?”
“I’ll punch you in the face.”
“Fair enough. You have the job.”

Monday, May 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Maybe you should make me a list of people I can kill and ways in which they’re allowed to die,” he said. 

“You are not funny.” 

“I’m very funny. Just ask Peaches.” 

― Ilona AndrewsBurn for Me

Friday, May 12, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Now that was a kiss,” Grandma Frida said from the doorway behind me. 

I jumped. “How long have you been there?”

“Long enough. That man means business.” 

All my words tried to come out at once. “I don’t . . . what . . . asshole! . . . screw himself for all I care!” 

“Aww, young love, so passionate,” Grandma said. “I’m going to buy you a subscription to Brides magazine. You should start shopping for dresses.” 

― Ilona AndrewsBurn for Me

Review: MaddAddam Trilogy

My last Fangirl Friday post was about the post-apocalyptic, dystopian books I’d been reading, and it ended with a prediction that I’d need a dedicated post to rave about the trilogy I’d just begun. Well, I was right!

Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy, which she prefers to call speculative fiction, presents a deeply disturbing, poignant, and mesmerizing view of a not-too-distant future that is all too easy to believe might happen.

This is a cautionary tale about the dangers of technology run amok. About rampant disregard for the environment and all forms of life. About corporate greed and scientific hubris. But also about profound grace, astonishing beauty, and the very essence of what it means to be human.

The story initially centers around two dissimilar young men who befriend each other while living in a corporate compound where their parents work. They head off to different colleges, then meet up again for an engrossing sequence of life-altering events. They team up with a mysterious young woman who is important to both of them in different ways. By the later books, there are a maze of intersecting stories and a large cast of characters that includes snake ladies of the evening, a commune of nature worshipers, predatory survivors of gladiator-style prison games, and a tribe of petite, genetically engineered humanoids whose genitals turn blue when they want to have sex.

Many colorful characters recount their tales, jumping around chronologically until you begin to fully understand what has happened to decimate the world they once knew. These are not straightforward narratives, they require concentration and analysis, but you’re richly rewarded with eloquent prose, riveting stories, and ingenious creations that might burrow into your dreams and never leave.

For more about this wondrous and quite possibly prophetic series, with minimal spoilers, join me after the jump.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Quote of the Day

“She preferred imaginary heroes to real ones,
because when tired of them,
the former could be shut up in the tin kitchen till called for,
and the latter were less manageable.”

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Quote of the Day

It wasn't just the physical pleasure or the intoxicating mental thing he'd done today. It was that terrifying, single-minded intensity he radiated when he focused. I just felt, with some sort of feminine intuition, that when he had sex, he committed to it completely. He would have sex the way other men made war. I wanted to be the only thing in the entire world he cared about, even if only for a few minutes. I wanted all of him, mind and body, to be mine. 

Burn For Me
~~Ilona Andrews 

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Quote of the Day

Sanity is a valuable possession; I hoard it the way people once hoarded money. I save it, so I will have enough, when the time comes.

― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale

Monday, May 8, 2017

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Image via Eclectic Homeschool
This wholesale diminishing of high intelligence as some figment of a past generation's imagination is among the most corrosive ideas to permeate education and psychology in quite some time. Try as we might to say that "everyone is gifted in some way," it is simply not true - political correctness be damned!

Dumbing Down America: The War on Our Nation's Brightest Young Minds (And What We Can do to Fight Back)  by James R. Delisle, Ph.D.

So Many Questions: Wild Things Edition

​I'm back again! This time with my questions on Wild Things. I have to admit, I didn't remember too much of this book. So, this reread was enlightening. Keep reading below to see what questions I had about Wild Things!

Friday, May 5, 2017

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Wench rant about Alex Craft Series (#1-4) by Kalayna Prince

There are 4 books in the series so far; Grave Witch, Grave Dance, Grave Memory and Grave Visions. Book 5 is coming out in July, Grave Ransom.

Alex can speak to ghosts and tries to help them out with their unfinished business or if they died as a result of a criminal activity. She often works with the cops. 

So far these books have been good. I just can't put my finger on what's bothering me. 

Follow me after the jump and pick my thoughts (beware of slight spoilers).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Quote of the Day

"But there is more, of course," Amit said. "More stories, good and bad. Because while I have seen Ethan at his worst, I have also seen Ethan at his best." He glanced at me. "And he is at his best when he is with you. That, I think, is the best kind of love. Love doesn't guarantee happiness or wealth or success. But if you're willing to commit to it, to work at it, it guarantees partnership. So that no matter the trials or tribulations, no matter the joy or loss, you are not alone." He raised his glass. "To Ethan and Merit."

Blade Bound
~~Chloe Neill

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Hey," said Shadow. "Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are."
The bird turned, head tipped, suspiciously, on one side, and it stared at him with bright eyes.
"Say 'Nevermore,'" said Shadow.
"Fuck you," said the raven.”

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

What the Wenches Are Reading

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Tool interrupted, ‘do you mock me, or your own ignorance? Not even the lichen of the tundra is at peace. All is struggle, all is war for dominance. Those who lose, vanish.”

Monday, May 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

He smiled at me. "You were born Caroline, and you made yourself Merit. I demand your love and your faithfulness." He smiled slyly. "Your identity is yours to keep."

That was it, exactly. The thing I hadn't been able to put into words. I shouldn't have doubted that he'd understand what it was to feel like you'd made your own identity.


"Others wanted us to play certain roles. To be certain people. But we made ourselves. So keep your name, Merit of Cadogan House. I have your heart."

Blade Bound
~~Chloe Neill 

Review: Revolt (Godsknife #1) by Timothy C. Ward

An apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss...

A fleet of enlarged praying mantises have invaded Des Moines, Iowa. Swarms of cicadas are turning survivors into winged soldiers. Orchestrating the war zone is a priestess of Order, who's pursuing godhood, and the nation of followers who’ll get her there.

Caroline's new friendship parts the veil between reality and myth, as a recruiter of Order needs her to hide him from capture. In their escape, the boss she’s loved like a father reveals his elevator into the Abyss.

In this new world, Caroline finds a usurped god and an angry ghost eager to make her their gateway back to power. What if the person her friends will need is heartbeats away from becoming the real threat?

Check after the jump for my review of Revolt.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Quote of the Day

 "First Hunger," he announced.
But the words meant nothing.

I looked down at his long fingers on my arm, and felt the warm rush of fire again. I curled my toes against it, reveled in the heat of it.
This meant something. The feeling, the need, the thirst. I looked up at Ethan, dragging my gaze past the triangle of skin that showed through the top, unfastened button of his shirt, then the column of his neck, the strong line of his jaw, and the sensuous curves of his lips.
I wanted blood, and I wanted it from him.
"Ethan," I whispered in a voice so husky I barely recognized it.
Ethan's lips parted, and I saw the flash of silver in his eyes. But it was gone in an instant, replaced by smoky green. I edged closer to his body, wet my lips, and then, without a single thought as to the consequences or what the act admitted, pressed them to his throat. He smelled so good - clean, soapy, everything male and masculine. He tasted so good - of power and man. The ends of his hair brushed my cheek as I kissed the long line of his neck.
"Ethan," I whispered again, his name an invitation.
A promise.
He went statue-still as I pressed a kiss to the skin just below his ear. I could hear blood singing in the veins that lay millimeters below the press of my teeth. Then he sighed, and the sound echoed through my head, an acknowledgment of shared passion, of mutual desire.


"Liege, you can't feed her the first time. She needs human or Novitiate blood. You've got too much power for a first feeding. She's strong enough as it is."
Ethan growled but didn't move. He stayed exactly where he was, beneath my lips, a silent submission. Pleased, I slid my hands around his waist.
"Get her off him, Lucas!"
I felt the cold touch again - a drop of chilled water against my heated skin. Irritating. Unwelcome. It was my conscience, I realized, begging me to wake up, to shoulder through the hunger. But superego warred with deep-seated instinct and latent attraction.
I'd won.
I growled and flicked the tip of my tongue against his ear, ignoring my own warnings. "Ethan."
"Luc, you'll have to - I haven't - " He groaned earthily - and God, what a sound, thick enough to touch - as I trailed a line of kisses down his neck. "I haven't fed in two days.
Merit, you have to stop." Given that he was leaning into my body when he said it, his words lacked conviction.

Chloe Neill's Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires #1)

Fangirl Friday: The Badass Chicks of the Harry Potter World

Like millions of fans all over the world, the Harry Potter series is one of my favorite of all time. I've read it several times, I own multiple copies of most of the books, I can hold hours-long conversations about the series and the characters that populate it, and I am endlessly awed by the rich world that J.K. Rowling built. While the four most central characters are three males and a female, this wider Wizarding World is overflowing with awe-inspiring women.

These are complex and complicated women who are not only strong but are also competent, caring, brilliant, vulnerable, funny, loyal, and fierce. They are the heart and soul of the Harry Potter world, which would not be as epic as it is without them.

Come with me through the jump and I'll tell you about the absolutely fantastic women who make the Harry Potter world the can't-miss series of a generation.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Quote of the Day

"Where would I find Luc?"
"Please what?"
Ethan rolled his eyes. "That was your cue to show some respect to your employer."
"And you're suggesting that's you?"
In response, he lifted a single brow higher.
"The thing is," I pointed out, "Since I've got the

responsibility of ensuring the safety of the House,
I've got some authority over you, too."
Ethan uncrossed his arms and put his hands on his hips. The posture was vaguely threatening, his tone only slightly less so. "Only if I was to act in a way that threatens the House. And I won't."
"But that's my determination to make, isn't it?"
He just stared at me. "Are you always this obstreperous?"
"I'm not obstreperous. Stubborn, arguably. And don't start in that I was causing trouble. I was only asking a question."
"You start causing trouble the minute you awaken. Case in point-you're late."
"And that brings us back full circle. Now where's Luc?" He lifted both brows, and I sighed. "God, you call me stubborn. Please, Sullivan, where's Luc?"

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires#1)  Chloe Neill

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

“Stop. That was a mistake. It shouldn’t have happened."
"I could offer you more.”
"Power. Access. Rewards. You’d need be available only to me.”
"Are you asking me to be your mistress?”
"Oh, my God.”
"Is that a yes?” 

"No, Ethan, Jesus. Definitely not.” 
“You’re crude.”
"I’m crude?”
"You just offered to make me your whore.”
"To be the Consort of a Master vampire is an honor, Initiate, not an insult.”
"It’s an insult to me. I’m not going to be your—anyone’s—sexual outlet. When that . . . happens for me, when I meet him, I want partnership. Love. You don’t trust me enough for the former, and I’m not even sure you’re capable of the latter.” 

“Do you understand what I’m offering you?"
"Do you understand that it’s not 1815?"
"It’s not unusual for Masters to have Consorts."
"Yes, and your current Consort’s in my kitchen right now. If you need . . . relieving, talk to her."
"As much as it pains me to say it, Amber isn’t you."
"I don’t even know what that means. Should I—What? Be flattered that while you don’t like me, you’re willing to sacrifice just to get into my pants?”

Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Quote of the Day

Vampire politics: chess with more fangs.

~ Chloe Neill, Dark Debt

Blog Tour--Blade Bound by Chloe Neill

This is it, Saucy Readers. Today is the release of the final Chicagoland Vampire novel. It's a bittersweet day in Wenchland, because the book is awesome, the gang's conclusion perfect,'s the conclusion. There will be no more shenanigans, no more ops, no more Methan goodness. It's been a wild ride filled with ups and downs and, most importantly, some of our favorite characters in the Urban Fantasy Universe. We are going to miss this series a lot, but fortunately we still have Devils Isle from Chloe Neill as well as the Super Secret ChiVamps Spin-Off Series. So, we're ready to bid a fond adieu to our favorite sups as we turn to the next page.

But first! Enter our last Chicagoland Vampires Blog Tour giveaway.

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The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter the Blade Bound Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs April 17 through April 28 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
  • Engraved Cadogan House medal pendant
  • Signed 11×16 Merit poster
  • $50 Amazon gift card
  • $50 Garrett Popcorn Gift Card (Chicago’s hometown favorite!)
  • Tote bag containing Chicagoland Vampires and Devil’s Isle Swag

Links to the Book

That's it, Saucy Reader! Be sure to enter both giveaways, and come back and talk to us when you've finished the book. We can't wait to discuss and to hear what you think. Enjoy! 

And huge thanks and congratulations to Chloe Neill for the completion of her 13-book-series (!) and many years of wonderful storytelling entertainment. We're so glad we got to come along for the exciting, frustrating, beautiful, perfect ride. We can't wait to see what's next. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

"He accused me of being 'Dumbledore's man through and through.' "

"How very rude of him."

"I told him I was."

Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Behind Harry, Fawkes the phoenix let out a low, soft, musical cry. To Harry's intense embarrassment he suddenly realized that Dumbledore's bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knees. When Dumbledore spoke, however, his voice was quite steady.

"I am very touched, Harry."

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
~~J.K. Rowling

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

“The cow-shaped cookies have a beef flavoring, the turkey-shaped cookies have a poultry flavoring, and..."

Jane held up one of the cookies. "Human-flavored?"

Meg stifled a sigh. That would be the first thing on her feedback list: don't make people-shaped cookies. The Wolves were way too interested and all of them leaped to a logical, if disturbing, expectation about the taste.”

Monday, April 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

Voldemort himself created his worst enemy, just as tyrants everywhere do! Have you any idea how much tyrants fear the people they oppress? All of them realize that one day, amongst their many victims, there is sure the be one who rises against them and strikes back!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
~~J.K. Rowling

So Many Questions: High Stakes and Howling for You Edition

Hello Saucy Readers! We are edging ever closer to the release of the very last Chicagoland Vampires book, Blade Bound. I'm here today to continue my questions series. Today, I'll be focusing on the first two CLV world books, High Stakes from the anthology Kicking It, featuring Lindsey and Luc, and Howling for You, featuring Jeff and Fallon. These are shorties, so I combined them. Keep reading after the break to see what questions I had about these!