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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I'll I feel my life crumbling and falling away ... falling away with you

In "All Together Dead" by Charlaine Harris from her Sookie Stackhouse series .... The time has come for the long-planned vampire summit, where she has to attend as part of the Queen of Louisiana's group. Her job during her time there is to help the Queen know who is lying to her and who isn't .... as well as attend the Queen's trial about her husbands death. But soon Sookie finds that the hotel they're staying at isn't as secured as well as she hoped ..... who is she saving now? or how will she do it?

I wish I could write more but I would give quite a bit away by doing so. But I really liked this story ... 4 out of 5 stars.

For more information on the Sookie Stackhouse series or other of Charlaine Harris' books then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song Falling Away With You by Muse **

Now who'd have thought someone like you could love me ...

In "Sweet Dreams" (part of the Halle Pumas series) by Dana Marie Bell we start up where "The Wallflower" left off during the masquerade ball with Becky and Livia fighting. The main characters in this story are Becky and Simon (the Beta of their pride), who are best friends of Emma and Max (the Alpha of their pride). Simon claims Becky as his mate and when their relationship is starting to become great someone from their recent past sneaks in to push them apart ...

2.5 out of 5 stars. I liked the story mostly because I got to read more about the main characters, Max and Emma, again. But it was cute and sexy.

To find out more about this book and/or series, or any other of Dana's books then check out her website!

** Title is from the song Some Hearts by Carrie Underwood **

Monday, December 28, 2009

Taking the journey, Enjoying the ride, Be true to yourself, Let your heart be your guide.

Two star-crossed lovers get together in "Evernight" by Claudia Gray. In this Romeo & Juliet type tale we meet Bianca & Lucas. Both are living secret lives that they grew up in but never chose for themselves. They meet up at Evernight Academy, as new students. How can you get so close to someone, and still be able to live another life? When life comes in to wake them up from their "romance bubble" will they be able to fight for each other? Or will they turn away?

4 out of 5 stars! It's another vamp teenage read ... but it definitely kept me reading. And even though I expected some of the twists before hand ... that never got in the way. So ... for those like me you like that sort of thing ... READ IT! =0)

To find out more about this series or other books from Claudia by checking out her website.

** Title is from the song The Journey by Mpulz **

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Down in the boondocks ...

In "Definitely Dead" by Charlaine Harris from her Sookie Stackhouse series .... We find out that Sookie's cousin, Hadley, is dead dead. Meaning in one day Sookie found out that at some point Hadley had been turned into a vampire but she was now killed, and she had left all of her possessions to Sookie. Who also learns that Hadley had been on of the Queen of Louisiana's fave vampires. So Sookie goes down to New Orleans to clean out and box up Hadley's apt. When she gets there she finds that things are not always what they seem (as usual) ......

As of now what I think of some of the characters....
Bill - ASSHOLE!!!!!! You'll find out why in chapter 15.

Eric - Caring to Sookie (even when he doesn't want to be). A true friend. Loyal.

Quinn - Sookie's current boyfriend. Were-tiger. Muscleman. Sweet.

Amelia - A witch. Ditsy. Opinionated. A new friend.

Claudine - Sweet. Happy. Loving. Sookie's fairy-godmother.

Sophie-Anne - Queeny. A user.

Debbie's family - CRAZY!!!!!

Rasul - Queen's employee. Another new vamp friend.

This book I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

For more information on the Sookie Stackhouse series or other of Charlaine Harris' books then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song Boondocks by Little Big Town **

this love is difficult but it's real, don't be afraid we'll make it out of this mess

In the Buchanan Book # 4 ... called "Tempting" by Susan Mallery is Dani's story, the youngest of the Buchanan siblings. However, she recently was told by her grandmother (the woman who raised her) that she 'isn't really a Buchanan'. So, she sets off to find her birth father, who turns out to be the Senator of the State of Washington and is running for president. The only thing that Dani didn't count on when trying to find and meet her father was meeting his large family. A family that already has 8 children (all adopted), what's one more? But as the younger kids all instantly enjoy spending time with her, her father's wife gets jealous of Dani and her feelings hurt by the situation in the process. Then their is the tiny fact that the eldest adopted son for her fathers and Dani seem to be falling for each other. How will her life ever get back to normal and out of the press now, without hurting anyone???

3.5 out of 5 stars! I have yet to read the other Buchanan books ... they might be good yet I'm not sure if I'll get to them or not. *shrug* I definitely liked this book though. It keeps you on your toes ... with humor and heart.

"You're stealing my speech."
"You had a speech?"


To find out more about this book or other books by Susan, then check out her website.

** Title is from the song Love Story by Taylor Swift **

Friday, December 25, 2009

You got me runnin' baby, Wild at heart

The Supes come out to play in the next three installments, "Club Dead", "Dead to the World", and "Dead as a Doornail" which are by Charlaine Harris from her Sookie Stackhouse series.

In "Club Dead" (book 3), trouble comes for Sookie & Bill's relationship in the shape of Bill's ex-girlfriend, named Lorena. Also ... it doesn't help that Bill turns into a prick either. However, when Bill doesn't turn up when he's supposed to Eric asks Sookie to go undercover to save him. ...... 5 out of 5 stars ... great ending!!!! =0)

Some of the new characters we meet in this book:
Alcide - HOT! Werewolf. Co-Owner of Father/Son construction business = rich! Like's Sookie. However ... still in love with CRAZY ex-girlfriend!

Debbie - Alcide's CRAZY ex-girlfriend! Were-Lynx. HUGE Bitch! etc etc etc...


In "Dead to the World" (book 4), one night after work Sookie drives home to find Eric running down the side of the road in nothing but pants with no idea who he is. Sookie helps him out by letting him stay with her and informing her other friends about the witch who did this to him ... since the witch wants more then Eric for his body ...... This story is mostly about the budding relationship of Eric and Sookie, which is why I give it 5 out of 5 stars!!! I just love them together!!

And as I said in the beginning of this story about the Supes ... we meet more of them like the rest of Alcide's pack, and we start to learn about the people of Hotshot. Also, we meet Claudine who happens to be a fairy ... an actual one!

Things heat up for Sookie ... especially her house! In "Dead to the World" (book 5), with a shooter on the loose (who happens to like shooting and killing supes as much as possible), Sookie is scared as to which one of her friends (or her brother) will be next. But in all of the disarray of being on guard about the shooter .... someone is after Sookie. But who??

In this book Bill starts to either get Sookie back together with him ... or make her jealous .... and I just have to say I don't like it. He was an asshole and now ...... if they want to be friends fine. But I hope that's as much that happens between them. *crossing fingers* This one I gave 4 out of 5 stars.

For more information on the Sookie Stackhouse series or other of Charlaine Harris' books then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song Wild At Heart by Gloriana **

Thursday, December 24, 2009

I'll be reaching for the stars with you (honey) , Who cares if no one else believes

"The Pleasure Slave" by Gena Showalter is just what you would think by the title, except it comes with an other world twists to this paranormal romance. Julia is a shy antique dealer who comes across an old jewelry box that she seems drawn to at a flee market. After bringing it home and during the process of cleaning it she opens it to release Tristan. He is called the "Pleasure Slave" since to make any female who owns is box happy is his only talent. But when Julia treats him not as a slave but as an equal ..... passions ignite .... how will they be able to stay together???

I know I did explain it in the best way ... but you get the drift .... 3 out of 5 stars. If you've read other of Gena's books then you should know it's written like that of her "Lords of the Underworld" series, with two stories written around each other. I do like how she wrapped up everything though, good ending. =0)

To find out more about this book or other books by Gena, then check out her website.

** Title is from the song She's My Ride Home by Blue October **

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

You'd be like Heaven to touch. I wanna hold you so much.

Interested in a page-turner that won't take forever to read? Then you should check out "Serengeti Heat" [A Serengeti Shifter Novella] by Vivi Andrews .... Ava is the runt of her pride, and because of this she has excepted that she won't be mating with anyone else in her pride. Three months ago Landon joined her pride and became the new Alpha. Even though she is inevitably drawn to him, Ava tries to avoid him since she knows she could never be his mate. But once their paths get crossed will Landon be able to convince Ava that he doesn't want to let her go?

If you want a quick read [it only has 11 chapters] and some paranormal romance then I'd definitely recommend this book. 3 out of 5 stars.

To find out more about this book or other books by Vivi, then check out her website.

** Title is from the song Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli **

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pretty woman, look my way...Pretty woman, say you'll stay with me

In "Slow Hands" by Leslie Kelly .... Thanks to a mix-up at a bachelor auction, paramedic Jake Wallace has been mistaken for a high-end male gigolo! He can’t understand why he “sold” for so much, or why a woman like super-rich, super-sexy Madeleine Turner would have to buy a date in the first place. But one thing’s for sure...he wants her. And he’s ready to play any role she wants to keep her in his life long enough to melt the “ice queen’s” cold heart. [Taken from Leslie's website since it explained it a lot better then I could.]

It was a cute story that even with all of the misunderstandings that happen between the couple ... you still route for them. 3 out of 5 stars.

To find out more about this book or other books by Leslie, then check out her website.

** Title is from the song Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison **

Sunday, December 20, 2009

I put a spell on you, because you're mine

"Destined for an Early Grave" (part of the Night Huntress series) by Jeaniene Frost was a page-turner from start to finish! I could barely put it down! Much better then the previous book in the series. As things start looking up for Cat and Bones while on vacation .. sailing around on their boat .... Cat begins to have nightmares about a mysterious blond vampire from her past. Soon they find that this vampire is claiming to be Cat's actual husband and wants her back with him. Cat doesn't want to go and Bones isn't going to let her leave without a fight. Now she has to find out what she's willing to give up for her to get what she wants.

I loved this book ... I think it was my fave thus far in the series!! So many new twists .... nothing will ever be the same anymore for Cat. *shakes head* 4 out of 5 stars.

To find out more about this book, the series, or other books by Ms. Frost -- then check out her website.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Let's give 'em somethin' to talk about babe, A little mystery to figure out.

How can an actuary and a constant risk taker ever make it work? Well you can find out if you read: "Speed Dating" by Nancy Warren! It's about Kendall, a winner of the Actuary of the Year award, is in Charlotte, NC to accept this award and an hour before the event her fiancé informs her that he's leaving her for his pregnant mistress, who is also their work colleague. Startled, pissed, and desperately needing to find out where her dress for the event is, Kendall finds herself locked out of her hotel room in nothing but silk lingerie. When her bosses start walking down the hall she goes into another hotel room that has it's door open so she wont be seen, and ends up in Dylan's room. Dylan is a Nascar driver, who is waiting for is hired actress date to show up so he can attend his ex-wife's wedding. He assumes Kendall is that women and because of what has just happened to her in the past hour or so she agrees to go with him. ........ After the wedding he finds out she's not really an actress and they attend her acceptance part of her awards ceremony. Kendall makes a speech that leaves her co-workers feeling she might be a bigger risk then they're willing to take, telling her she should take some time off. ...... Which is how Kendall finds herself as Dylan's good luck charm for his races during the next 3 months .... but when things start becoming more for her will he hang on or crash and burn?

It was definitely a cute read! 3 out of 5 stars! I would have given it 4 but the ending just left it hanging. =0P Which is why I am a big fan of epilogues, so everything can wrap up in the end. But this one didn't have that. =0(

Oh wells .....

To find out more about this book or any others by Nancy, then check out her website.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Come on home, So come on home, But don't forget to leave

A reckless-creative-entrepreneur and a ditsy-opinionated-free-spirit join forces to make "Stupid and Contagious" by Caprice Crane a must read!! It's about Heaven and Brady. Heaven has just lost her PR job (because of her bosses mistake), and is now a waitress in a trendy restaurant in New York. Even though to say it was her calling would be laughable. Brady just moved into the apt next to Heaven's. He's in music producer in an agency that's struggling to remain, which he and his friend created, until they find a group to get them their 'next big break'. Brady also likes to come up with new inventions/ideas but rarely tries to create them. His latest creation is Cinnamilk (Cinnamon-flavored milk) .... now he just needs to find a buyer. Can these two make it as friends, let alone neighbors?

I hope I described it right .... it's early and I'm still waking up .... anyway ....

I HIGHLY recommend everyone to read this book. Funny, entertaining, and a page-turner are the easiest words to describe it. =0) 4 out of 5 stars!!!

PLUS -- throughout the whole book you get these awesome quotes from movies!! Here are a few of them:

"She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart ... she gave me a pen." - Lloyd, Say Anything

"Try not to suck any dick on the way to the parking lot." - Dante, Clerks

"No, no, you've always had that wrong about me. I really am this shallow." - Will, About a Boy

"My God ... I haven't fucked like that since grade school." - Marla, Fight Club

"It's really human of you to listen to all my bullshit." - Samantha Baker, Sixteen Candles

To find out more about this book or Caprice's other books check out her website.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

They say that things just cannot grow beneath the winter snow

"Snowbound" by Janice Kay Johnson was such a disappointment. I picked it up from Amazon.com since they had it free if you had an iPod or a Kindle and it was on the top of the list for supposedly being so good. But ehhh. =0P

It's about a teacher who is driving back (in a snowstorm) from an out-of-town event with a group of her students (8 teens). They decided to take the quickest route back ... not knowing that that highway closes in the winter. Thankfully the route they took has a lodge on it. The owner of this lodge is a gentleman who just got discharged from the military, and is dealing with his own set of problems. During the teacher (and her group's) 3 night stay at the lodge waiting for the storm to let-up, the teacher and the owner build a connection ..... and they see if they can make it work afterwords.

I mean the setting was good and so was the plot/point of the story. But if I wanted to read about war scenes then I would have picked up a nonfiction or history type of book, not a romance. And even though the story was a short one, for how she dragged it out making so everyone was so indecisive .... I was just happy to see it end.

2 out of 5 stars.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hold out your hand cos friends will be friends right till the end

"Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green & David Levithan is about friendship, love, and teenage life/problems. It's main characters are both named Will Grayson from different parts of Illinois. One is straight and one is gay ... but they are both cynics, very big ones at that. Then one night they both find themselves at a porn shop called Frenchy's and their lives take a new path ....

I loved the book because it didn't try to be anything it wasn't. It spoke the truth of the situation the characters created, and I find that awesome!! The story is so unlike anything I've read in a while that it was a really good change of pace. I definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to laugh a bit and read a musical coming to life (kinda). =0) 3 out of 5 stars!!

Here's an excerpt:
i do not say 'good-bye.' i believe that's one of the bullshittiest words ever invented. it's not like you're given the choice to say 'bad-bye' or 'awful-bye' or 'couldn't-care-less-about-you-bye.' every time you leave, it's supposed to be a good one. well, i don't believe that. i believe against that.


It comes out April 2010!! Don't forget to pick it up then ... or PRE-ORDER it!!

It find out more about this book or to order it click here. To find out more about the authors and their other stories then check out John's website and/or David's website.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holidays on the Harbor ...

Elizabeth City's Downtown Business & Professionals Assn. is doing activities all this week for the holiday season and they're calling it Holidays on the Harbor. Part of that they are doing something called Find The GINGER BREAD MEN, where certain downtown businesses have a gingerbread man somewhere in their store and throughout the week locals and visitors can go around, try to find these gingerbread men, once they find them get their forms stamped ... then turn their forms in at Page After Page Bookstore ... then tomorrow (December 12th) at the Holidays on the Harbor event in Mariners Wharf park (click herefor more info) they'll announce the winners for this along with other activities they're planning on having there. Anyway ... those same businesses (well most not all) are participating in a business holiday decorating contest (about 14 businesses). And I was asked to be one of the judges. So, today after work I went around and judged which storefront I liked the best. And I have taken photos of my top 3 ... plus some others ... but here are my top three:

#1 - My Winner - Selig's Jewelers


#2 - Firefly


#3 - Page After Page Bookstore

The official winners will be announced tomorrow ... but I just wanted to share! =0) I hope everyone's holiday shopping is going good. I have barely even started mine. =0/ I guess I should start this weekend. *hahaa*

GINGERBREAD HOUSE TIME!!!

Are you good at creating gingerbread houses?? Truthfully I don't remember if I am or not since it has been sucha long time since I have created one ... but if you are into that type of thing and your in or around Elizabeth City, NC then don't forget to sign up for the Gingerbread House contest!! To get more info about it click here or call Page After Page Bookstore at 252-335-7243. Definitely if you're interested then call TODAY since their announcing the winners tomorrow at the Holiday on the Harbor event.

The picture to the right is some of the houses that have been submitted already. I think? And below is this HUGE Gingerbread House I saw inside the Arts of the Albemarle!!! Check it out:

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I’ve been waiting all my life, And now I found ya

Looking for a great romance story that isn't 500 pages long? Well ... "The Wallflower" (part of the Halle Pumas series) by Dana Marie Bell would be one for you to look into. It's a cute story, but a quick read (over 200 pages but under 300 pages) that I couldn't out down! It's about Max & Emma who have known each other since they were teens but after moving in different directions (by going to college and just growing up), they find themselves living in their hometown again. Emma has always been in love with Max growing up, but thinks that since he has never dated someone like her she doesn't stand a chance with him. However, Max is instantly drawn to Emma as soon as he hears her speak ... and now the two can't get enough of each other. The only problem is Max's ex just can't take NO for an answer .. know matter what.

3 out of 5 stars, this story I just couldn't put down!

Right now you can read it FREE on your Kindle or iPod through Amazon.com, click here to download it!

To find out more about this book and/or series, or any other of Dana's books then check out her website!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

That chance worth taking ... History in the making ...

Needing another vamp fix ... well we're back to Bones his "Kitten" in "At Graves End" (part of the Night Huntress series) by Jeaniene Frost. It was good and definitely started off as such. Especially with the revenge/come back of Max (Cat's father). Yet Max is only the beginning ....

Again ... good book ... yet the first 2 books were better. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. It started out really well .. but towards the end it kind of felt like a filler book. *shrug* I dunno ... hopefully the next book will get better. *crossing fingers*

To find out more about this book, the series, or other books by Ms. Frost -- then check out her website.

Monday, December 7, 2009

My best friend to me was more like a brother ...

A story that warms the heart and can still be ... funny ... about friendship ... about love and first loves ... about family ... and more. "My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park" by Steven Kluger is a really great book. I usually love books that are written completely out of letters / IMs / Emails / notes .... etc. and this one is no exception.

It's a book about three friends who are in 11th Grade writing an essay about their most excellent year as their college essays, and the year they talk about is their freshman year of high school where all their lives get turned upside down. Anthony/TC/Tick is a jock who gets along with everyone. Augie is an extrovert to the extreme and would do anything for Tick his "brother". Alejandra/Alé is independent and opinionated but finds out what true friendship can be like. I think everyone would enjoy this story, here is a small excerpt to show you just how great it is:

Even though I should have listened to Augie when he told me that Alejandra needed special handling, I didn't. Instead on the first day of school I stuck a note into her social studies book.

DEAR ALLIE: I'M CONSIDERING A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU. AND BY THE WAY, FORGET THAT MRS. FITZPATRICK CALLS ME ANTHONY. YOU CAN CALL ME T.C. - T.C.

After phys ed there was a vanilla envelope on my desk with purple writing on it that looked like it came from the principal's office--and I usually don't get called in there until at least November.

Dear Anthony,

I appreciate your recent interest, but I'm not accepting applications at this time. Your letter will be kept in our files and someone will get back to you if there is an opening.

Thanks for thinking of me.

Respectfully, Alejandra Perez

P.S. It's not "Allie." It's "Alé."

Soo cute! =0) It gives you the usual teenage drama ... along with other things not every kid has to deal with. Definitely I give this book 4 out of 5 stars!! To find out more about this book then click here or if you want to find out more about Steven Kluger and/or his other books then check out his website.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

... come feel this magic i've been feeling since i met you ...

I'm not sure if this happens to every girl ... but the lucky ones (like me) get to grow up with guys who aren't related to her and yet are like family. That's how it is for Belly in "The Summer I Turned Pretty" by Jenny Han.

This 15 yr old lives her life for the summers she spends at a beach house with her mom, brother, and her mothers best friend with her sons. Growing up she has always been the youngest in the pack and the only girl. Over the years she has tried to be included and the summer that she turns sweet 16 things finally change, especially when everyone realizes that she has grown up and isn't a little girl anymore.

When you always grown up thinking you were the ugly duckling ... and now your not ... how can you get everyone else to see it too?

Belly is a great character ... brave in her own way ... loving to those around her ... and never gives up.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars. To find out more about this book or other books by Jenny Han check out her website.

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