Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a very happy start to the new year!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mini: The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld, #1)
Author: Gena Showalter
ISBN-13: 978- 0373772469
Publication Date: May, 2008
Publisher: HQN
Book Length:  379 pages
Acquired by Me:  Borrowed


Description Courtesy of Goodreads:


His powers - Inhuman...

His passion - Beyond immortal...
 

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments... and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love...
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive -- and unimaginably powerful..



My Thoughts:

My sister talked me into this read. I don’t usually pick up paranormal romances, but she’s a huge fan of Showalter’s and convinced me to give it a try. Okay, so I did like it. Quite a bit on the spicy side, but definitely keeps your interest rolling along. I got sidetracked and haven’t had a chance to pick up the rest of the series, but I plan on working my way through them at some point.

If you like supernatural….this is a good pick for you!




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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mini Review - What Would Jane Austen? Do by Laurie Brown

Bare Chest Alert!
What Would Jane Austen Do?
Author: Laurie Brown
ISBN-13: 98-1402218316
Publication Date: May, 2009
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Book Length:  333 pages
Acquired by Me:  Online Purchase


Description Courtesy of Goodreads:


Surely Jane Austen would know how to handle such a rake...

From the author of Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake, a new time travel romance featuring a modern day career woman swept back in time to Regency England, where she thwarts a Napoleonic spy, chats with Jane Austen, and falls in love with a notorious rake.

Eleanor is a costume designer in England for the Jane Austen festival, where her room at the inn is haunted. In the middle of the night she encounters two ghost sisters whose brother was killed in a duel over 200 years ago. They persuade her to travel back in time with them to prevent the duel. Eleanor is swept into a country house party, presided over by the charming Lord Shermont, where she encounters and befriends Jane Austen. But there's much more to Lord Shermont than the ghosts knew, and as Eleanor dances and flirts with him, she begins to lose her heart”



My Thoughts:

I am sadly overdue in sharing my thoughts on this little story. In an effort to catch up on my reading log, I am sacrificing lengthy reviews and getting straight to point on the books that I’ve read over the past…while…it’s been a while.

I truly enjoyed this story, the transition in time travel was a bit awkward, but easily forgivable. Once back in time, the story picks up smoothly and carries along well. The central characters were all engaging – lovely really. A good weekend read when you need an Austen fix. I was happy to add this book to my virtual bookshelf!




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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Happy Spring Break!

I'm headed out of town again. One guess where I am going.... Any tips for this traveler? I've never been before, so am looking for advice. Happy Travels!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Contemp Review: Every Girl Does It by Rachel Van Dyken



Every Girl Does It
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
A SIN: B0052FZVS4
Publication Date: May, 2011
Publisher: Astraea Press
Book Length:  191 pages
Acquired by Me:  Online Purchase
 

Description Courtesy of Goodreads:


Amanda turned down Preston's prom invitation in front of her entire high school, but that was eight years ago.

Somehow, her past mistakes always have a way of catching up with her, and making her pay. Amanda's sarcastic wit mixed with Preston's insufferable ego make sparks fly in more than one way.

Preston, against his better judgment can't fight the desire to get under Amanda's skin and mercilessly tease her, but when that teasing becomes flirting, and flirting becomes something dangerously more, neither of them are prepared for the adventure that follows.

 

My Thoughts:


The new year entered on the heels of a fulfilling year of reading for 2012. I knew that I would have a lot of books to pour through if I wanted to keep up with last year’s pace.  Fortunately, that isn’t a tall order when you find new authors to fall in love with.


My favorite type of writer has to be one that writes both historical romance AND young/new adult – enter Rachel Van Dyken. I first found her historical novel The Devil Duke Takes a Bride. LOVED IT!  So, when I found out that she writes YA too, well that was just frickin marvelous!


It was a fortunate coincidence that I picked up one of her contemporary romances  for my first read of 2013. I love Van Dyken’s sense of humor – something that shines through like a beacon in her writing. Amanda and Preston are thrown together in an incredible situation, chock full of misunderstandings, assumptions, and a little subterfuge on the side. Still funny, if some of the plot is a little impractical. I had to bite hide to accept some of the plot points. How many times did I think to myself, what are the odds?  Answer: A LOT. 


But, sweeping that aside, I still found them endearing. Especially, Preston. He was such a good guy, I confess to waiting for the other shoe to drop on him – too good to be true? But, he was all that he promised, keeping me smiling right up til the end.


Definitely a cute story, fairly clean cut, and worthwhile as a weekend read, when you just want to kick back and relax.

 

 

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Mini Review: Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare


Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
ISBN-13: 98-1416975861
Publication Date: August, 2010
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Book Length:  479 pages
Acquired by Me:  Store Purchase
 

Description Courtesy of Goodreads:


Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.”

 

 

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
ISBN-13: 98-1416975885
Publication Date: December, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Book Length:  502 pages
Acquired by Me:  Store Purchase
 

Description Courtesy of Goodreads:
 

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.”

 


My Thoughts:



I don’t think I could ever get enough of reading Cassandra Clare. Her dialogue, plots, characters….all of it keeps my rapt attention. I sit and stew while waiting for each book to be published! Oh, the angst!!  I first became a committed fan of the Mortal Instruments series a few years ago. Now, I am caught up in its companion series, The Infernal Devices. The Infernal Devices series predates (Victorian London) the Mortal Instruments (Modern New York), but, thanks to immortal souls, figures some of the same characters in the story – ahem, Magnus, anyone?   
 

It’s always a highlight to read a new Clare book and the love triangle between Tessa, Will and Jem is no less enthralling than Clary and Jace’s chemistry. I found myself rooting for both boys in this series – Tessa really cannot go wrong with her choice, although most would argue that Will is a reckless candidate.  The summaries are sufficient enough to explain each book’s plot, so I won’t drag those details out.  But I will close by saying that if you haven’t already read these books – and you like a little paranormal with your YA, then you cannot go wrong with the Infernal Devices series. Next up this year is the March release of Clockwork Princess – plus the August release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie!!  And absolute MUST date on my calendar!

 
 

 

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Monday, December 31, 2012

End of Year Stats



While I haven't been the most diligent of bloggers this year, I am pleased with the amount of reading I got done for 2012. Finally....over 100 books read! This is the first year that I was able to pass the hundred book mark since I start blogging three years ago. To be fair, a few of those were novellas, but a few books were mega-long --- so I think it evens out in the end.   :-)  


Here are a few small facts about my reading:


Total Number of Books Read: 101
Total Number of Pages Read: 35,404



First Book Read in 2012:  Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Last Book Read in 2012:  The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Author Most Read:  Tessa Dare (Five Books)
Favorite Historical Romance: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake & A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean,
Favorite Young Adult:  Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry & The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater











New Authors to my FAVORITES list:  Tessa Dare, Aimee Carter, Sarah MacLean, Julie Ann Long, Rachel Van Dyken. Eloisa James, Olivia Parker, Kady Cross, Veronica Roth.

Well, that wraps up 2012....sort of....  I am still backlogged on reviews from 2012 and - gasp - 2011....so you'll see some catch up work done soon!  Looking forward to 2013 and all the great books headed our way!  It is also the year to get back to reading a little Austen, Miss Jane Austen that is....I was horrible about not picking up any of her books in 2012.  MUST remedy that!!!!


Have a great year everyone!!!




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