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Xmas book gift ideas for a geek girl


Here are some nice book gift ideas for a girl who is into fantasy, science-fiction or just creepy things in general.  Obviously, the best way to think of a gift idea of your own is to know what the geek girl you are buying for likes.  Alternatively,  here are some general ideas.

1. The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien.  The second movie in the series comes out in December, so a tie in book would also be an interesting idea such as ‘Chronicles: Art and Design (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)’

2. The Walking Dead.  This show is pretty big at the moment, which is based on a series of graphic novels so it would be the perfect gift this Christmas.  You get her the shows box set, or the first volume in the graphic novel series or, the game.

3. If your geek girl is more into paranormal romance and urban fantasy, then chances are she likes True Blood the TV show.  Obviously, you could get the DVD, but alternatively, you could get the omnibus version of the first three books.  Or another option would be to get the Harper Connelly Omnibus another series by the author of True Blood, Charlaine Harris.

4. On the same note there are lots of other urban fantasy series out there.  A personal favourite of mine is the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, which begins with Bitten.

5. Comic books/ graphic novels are huge now.  There are the Avengers series of films, plus the new Man of Steel which comes out in early December on DVD.   There are lots of comic books available, such as ‘Avengers – Volume One: Avengers World’    

6. In terms of less mainstream comics, the Sandman Library by Neil Gaiman is amazing and is beautifully illustrated by a host of different artists.  It begins with’ Preludes and Nocturnes’ 


Book Review: Bitten (Women of the Otherworld 1) by Kelley Armstrong


Goodreads Synopsis:

Elena Michaels seems like the typically strong and sexy modern woman, She lives with her architect boyfriend, writes for a popular newspaper, and works out at the gym. She’s also a werewolf.
Elena has done all she can to assimilate to the human world, but the man whose bite changed her existence forever, and his legacy, continue to haunt her. Thrown into a desperate war for survival that tests her allegiance to a secret clan of werewolves, Elena must recon with who, and what, she is in this passionate, page-turning novel.

I bought ‘Bitten’ on the spur-of-the-moment for my kindle (hence the Goodreads synopsis).  I liked the overall idea behind the book and just wanted to give it a shoot. I actually found out about this series from a book-tuber who reviewed ‘Dime Store Magic’ the fourth book in the series, and I wanted to read that one, but I wanted to read the series in order.

‘Bitten’ came a pleasant surprise to me.  The plot was really good and it felt like the world in the story had been fully thought out and realised and the reader was only getting a glimpse of it.  Elena has been a werewolf for ten years by the time the book starts.   This isn’t a book where the character is finding out about their powers and meeting everyone for the first time – because it has already happened. Which I thought was cool.  It made it different from a lot of books that I have read.  At times it was confusing though, especially at first when Elena would have flash-backs in the middle of meetings, but overall I think it made the plot and the book more interesting.

I found the book to be more gory then I expected but it added to the overall conflict and the sense of danger in the novel.  I also liked Elena’s personal conflict – she didn’t know which life she really wanted.  I liked how certain elements of her conflict ( spoiler cough Clay versus Phillip cough) were dealt with.  Armstrong didn’t rely on the ‘bad boyfriend’ tactic and I appreciated that.  I’m not going to spoil it any further.  I promise 🙂  It also makes some interesting comments on human nature and my favourite quote was when Elena thought this:

This guy had broken into the apartment of a total stranger, tied the man up and shot him because he – quote – wanted to know what it felt like.  The show’s writers had peppered the piece with words like ‘savage’, ‘wild’, and ‘animalistic’.  What bullshit.  Show me the animal that kills for the thrill of watching something die.  Why does the stereotype of the animalistic killer persist? Because humans like it.  It neatly explains things for them, moving humans to the top of the evolutionary ladder and putting killers down among mythological man-beast monsters like werewolves.  The truth is, if a werewolf behaved like this psychopath it wouldn’t be because he was part animal, but because he was still too human.  Only humans kill for sport.

I loved how the book pointed that out, and I also know that this is how (for the most part) animal rights supporters see it too.  Also the quote is a great example of how Elena speaks and thinks throughout the book.  Can I just mention that she was a really great heroine to read – very refreshing and un-waif-like.   The humour in the book was very well-balanced too and made it fun to read.

The ending was good.  It opened it up for the next book, while wrapping up enough loose ends.  I think Elena made the right decision and the ‘final showdown’ was both scary (at the time) and funny (after it happened).  Again I am trying not to spoil. It was a good little twist though.  Overall I would recommend the book – it is refreshing and riveting to read.

30 Day Book Challenge: Day Twenty Nine – Currently Reading



This is a pretty straight-forward question, so here’s my straight-forward answer.    I’m reading ‘Bitten’ by Kelley Armstrong, the first book in the Women of the Otherworld series.  It is a good book and I hope to do of a review on it soon.  It follows the story of a pack of civilised werewolves that come under attack by a group of serial killer rouges or ‘mutts’ and how they deal with it.  It is told through it eyes of the only female werewolf in the world, Elena which is interesting, because most of the time in novels like these the main werewolf is a man.

So as you can tell, I’m enjoying the book 🙂