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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Feasted On: Shifting Reality, Book 1

"My Shifter Showmance" [Shifting Reality, Book 1] by R. G. Alexander

My Book Summary : With the vampire craze that has hit the world Thomas Lyons (or Tomcat as his username states), who’s a cat shifter, feels that the world show be open to him coming out too. One day he starts a blog/website, that he calls Shifting Reality, where he rants about being a cat shifter in a human world – explaining all the positives and negatives of being who he is.

No one in Thomas’ life is off limits, which includes his two roommates: one is a vampire named Mac and the other is a half-demon named Saint. Soon the website it a hit, and branches out to include chat rooms and more. The thing that Thomas finds interesting is that the more truthful he is on the site the more people don’t believe it’s real. To prove to some of the fans the reality of the world they live in, he and his roommates put together a contest for nine human winners to stay a week in a haunted Scottish castle with them.

One of those winners is Margo, an office assistant living in LA and working for a boss that wants her to get the stars of Shifting Reality to sign a contract to make their blog series into a movie! However, Margo is not thrilled about the prospect of being on camera. The only reason she entered the contest is because she couldn’t get enough of Thomas and his postings. She never imagined she’d actually win! But now it’s either get these stars to sign this contract or loose her job. It’s a no brainer right? Wrong! Especially when the sexy star has only eyes for her it seems...

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars! For a novella it has a wonderful plot - action packed and great romance scenes! The characters are represented in a place where all species seem to get along, which is a great new take for a paranormal fantasy. R. G. Alexander wrote another great one!

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Wicked Sexy

For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by R. G., then please check out her website.

WWW Wednesdays [Mar. 31, 2010]

  • Today's WWW Wednesdays by MizB - click here

  • My Teasers:
    • What are you currently reading?
      Nothing right now ... I just finished a book this morning before work. So, after work I might go looking through the local library or a bookstore since the ones that I really want to read have yet to come out.

    • What did you recently finish reading?
      "My Shifter Showmance" [Shifting Reality, Book 1] by R. G. Alexander -- Like I said I finished it this morning ... check out my review here. 4 out of 5 stars!

    • What do you think you’ll read next?
      I really wish I new .... I know soon I'll be reading "The Unwritten Rule" by Elizabeth Scott and "The Awakening" [Darkest Powers, Book 3] by Kelley Armstrong but I won't get them till April 6th. =0/

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: Burned

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "Burned" [House of Night series, Book 7] by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
    Publication Released Date: April 27, 2010

    Book Description:
      Things have turned black at the House of Night. Zoey Redbird’s soul has shattered. With everything she’s ever stood for falling apart, and a broken heart making her want to stay in the Otherworld forever, Zoey’s fading fast. It’s seeming more and more doubtful that she will be able pull herself back together in time to rejoin her friends and set the world to rights. As the only living person who can reach her, Stark must find a way to get to her. But how? He will have to die to do so, the Vampire High Council stipulates. And then Zoey will give up for sure. There are only 7 days left...

      Enter BFF Stevie Rae. She wants to help Z but she has massive problems of her own. The rogue Red Fledglings are acting up, and this time not even Stevie Rae can protect them from the consequences. Her kinda boyfriend, Dallas, is sweet but too nosy for his own good. The truth is, Stevie Rae’s hiding a secret that might be the key to getting Zoey home but also threatens to explode her whole world.

      In the middle of the whole mess is Aphrodite: ex-Fledgling, trust-fund baby, total hag from Hell (and proud of it). She’s always been blessed (if you could call it that) with visions that can reveal the future, but now it seems Nyx has decided to speak through her with the goddess’s own voice, whether she wants it or not. Aphrodite’s loyalty can swing a lot of different ways, but right now Zoey’s fate hangs in the balance.

      Three girls... playing with fire... if they don’t watch out, everyone will get Burned.

    I am sooo excited for this book to come out!! I started this series after reading the Twilight series and I think I just might love this one more so then the other! I hope this will be a great sequel to "Tempted", since that one is my fave in the series so far!!

    Tuesday, March 30, 2010

    Teaser Tuesdays: My Shifter Showmance


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here


  • "My Shifter Showmance" [Shifting Reality, Book 1] by R. G. Alexander

    My Teasers:
    "She would have been jealous if she hadn't been sure that it was his hand she was engaged in a slap fight with beneath the table." ~ within Chapter 4
    "Thomas glared at the lounging Saint who hadn't looked up from his Blackberry since breakfast." ~ within Chapter 2

    Ooh baby I love your way, Wanna tell you I love your way, Wanna be with you night and day

    Pages: 278 | Release Date: Reissue edition - January 2010

    Jennifer Crusie has taken a Classic story and put a new twist onto it in "The Cinderella Deal"! -- Daisy has been working as an artist/storyteller for 4 years now and she feels like she has nothing to show for it. Now that her savings has dwindled, she's looking for something that will help her pay her bills ... without taking any loans from her friends.

    Linc has been trying to get this new position as a professor at college in Ohio. However, during his interview when asked if he was married he said, "No. But my fiancée and I are planning on getting married soon." Now the problem is he's in need of a fake fiancée (as he doesn't even have a girlfriend right now)! The first person that comes to mind that could help him out by lying to his potential employers, while not messing up their charade, is Daisy his downstairs apartment neighbor (who just happens to be his polar opposite).

    Daisy and Linc agree to, what they call, their 'Cinderella Deal' where she'll help him out on that following Friday till midnight and then they'll fly back to where they live and go back to their lives. In return, Linc will pay for Daisy's expenses and take care of her debts.

    The Deal seems to work ... and everything goes back to normal ... but when staff start questioning, "When's Daisy moving here?" and Linc can't seem to get his story straight ... Will they strike up another deal and go ahead and get married, just to please other people? When the whole charade is all said and done, will they be able to let each other go?

    3.5 out of 5 stars! Funny & Sweet! I couldn't put the book down!!

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any of Jenny's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song Baby, I Love Your Way by Peter Frampton **

    Monday, March 29, 2010

    So I’ll drive so fucking far away that I never cross your mind. And do whatever it takes in your heart to leave me behind.

    Pages: 328 | Release Date: October 2008

    "Angel's Pain" [Wings in the Night Series, Book 15] by Maggie Shayne -- Briar has never been able to trust men, all because since she was 11 yrs old any man that got close to her has used her and/or abused her. So, she's made a point not to care for anyone and she has a long hit-list of those who've hurt her that she plans on making them pay. However, ever since she joined Reaper and his misfit gang of vampires who are also hunting her old mentor, Gregor, know matter how hard she tries to deny it she's opening up more to those around her. Especially now that she's trying to save Crisa (the vampire she has a blood bond with) who seems to have people talking to her in her mind and they now seem to possibly be controlling her. Just will she be able to save Crisa in time, also before Gregor happens to hunt her down instead ....

    3 out of 5 stars. Good book -- however, since it was the last book in the series (so far) and this is the first book from the series that I've read it did become a little confusing but I was able to keep up with it for the most part. Definitely action packed!!

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any of Maggie's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song Hate Me by Blue October **

    Sunday, March 28, 2010

    This is what you get. This is who I am. Take me now or leave me, any way you can.

    Pages: 355 | Release Date: August 2009

    "Sleepless In Scotland" [MacLean Curse Series, Book 4] by Karen Hawkins -- Living in 1811 and being in London's High Society, have its consequences if you do not keep up decorum. This is what happens to Caitriona and Hugh when they try saving their siblings from themselves, however instead their plans backfire. Then they find themselves in compromising positions (at least for 1811), and since other people become aware of the situation they ended up in, the two are forced to marry each other.

    Even though both do not want to marry each other, Caitriona tries to make the best of it, while Hugh tries to keep her from being as involved in his life as much as he can – especially when that means anything to with his daughters. Now with only a few months together (per Hugh’s “order”), so Caitriona can rebuild her reputation then move back into her family’s home, she has put up with the family she married into, that seems to not want her there, while trying to make them realize she is exactly what they needed. Will she succeed before it’s too late?

    4 out of 5 stars. It's the first time I've read a book from this series and if this book is any estimation of the whole series then I would definitely recommend it to all of you! It was sweet, funny, and a great historical romance!!

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any of Karen's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song Imperfection by Saving Jane **

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone. I'll be waiting, all that's left to do is run.

    Pages: 339 | Release Date: March 2010

    "Hourglass" [Evernight series, Book 3] by Claudia Gray -- Would you be able to run away from everything you’ve known and held dear for the one you love? In this novel Bianca and Lucas try to accomplish exactly that.

    At first they try to hide within the Black Cross organization, however when one of them is a born vampire trying to fit into a vampire hunting society can be harder then it seems.

    When they assume nothing could get worse, Bianca and Lucas are tossed into the middle of another battle between both sides, then the Black Cross captures one of their friend’s as a prisoner, and they know it’s time to try to make it on their own. Luckily, some friends from low places help them here-and-there to get by. Yet since Bianca had decided never to become a full vampire they are still wondering what will happen to her now, especially as changes to her are slowly happening, it looks like they wont have to wait long to find the answer...

    4 out of 5 stars! This is a great sequel to "Stargazer"! It had me laughing and crying when I least expected it. Bianca and Lucas are the epitome of Romeo and Juliet, and that made all the scenes that more enchanting to read. In addition, the novel has a great balance of the humor and serious sides of the storyline that make you want to keep reading. I just couldn't get enough and I can't wait until "Afterlife" comes out!!


    Have you read the first two books from this series? To read Jess' reviews on them click here. For more information on this book, series, and/or any of Claudia's other books, then please check out her website.

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

    Northeast North Carolina's Carolina Loop

    This is a video I created for the ECACVB a while ago but I never got around to posting it here. So, if you are a boater that's interested in the 'Great Loop' then I would recommend you checking this out:


    Video Description: On Saturday, April 18th 2009, the Carolina Loop was finally launched. Elizabeth City along with Camden County and Currituck County will hosted a Rose Buddy reception around 4:00 pm at the Mariners Wharf Park under the big tent at the downtown waterfront in Elizabeth City, NC.

    Video Credit: Jessica Faulkingham

    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    A bird may love a fish, but where will they make a home?

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 105 KB | Release Date: January 2009

    Can love transcend place and time? Author Bonnie Dee puts that question to the ultimate test in "Dream Across Time".

    Connor is a widow, living as a lawyer in the twenty-first century and for the past couple of weeks he has been having erotic dreams with-and-about a mystery woman. With each new day comes a new dream at night that becomes much more clear, and soon he realizes that this mystery woman is really a Native American woman, named Aiyana, living in the same location as him in New York, however she from 100 plus years in the past. As the dreams continue, this couple grows to love each other. The only problem is they now don’t want just to see each other in their dream world but want to live side-by-side for forever. Yet, which one will be willing to give up on their own lives so they can have a future together? Even if that future might be in the past ...

    3.5 out of 5 stars. It's a sweet story about what you would do to be with the one you love ... with a little erotic dialog mixed in. =0)

    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Bonnie, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is a quote from the book Dream Across Time by Bonnie Dee **

    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Great American Photo Contest - PLEASE VOTE

    Hello All:

    My mom just entered a photo of her dog, Misty Jem, in the Great American Photo Contest. The photo with the most votes this month wins $2,500. Please do me a big favor and vote for my mom's photo by clicking here:

    VOTE FOR MISTY JEM

    It only takes a minute. I really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

    Take care, Jess

    * The photo to the right is the one my mom submitted into the contest!

    "Waiting On" Wednesday: The Awakening

  • Today's "Waiting On" Wednesday by Jill - click here

  • "The Awakening" [Darkest Powers, Book 3] by Kelley Armstrong
    Publication Released Date: April 6, 2010

    Book Description:
      My name is Chloe Saunders. I'm fifteen, and I would love to be normal.

      But normal is one thing I'm not.

      For one thing, I'm having these feelings for a certain antisocial werewolf and his sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—but, between you and me, I'm leaning toward the werewolf.

      Not normal.

      My friends and I are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of us—permanently.

      Definitely not normal.

      And finally, I'm a genetically altered necro-mancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying.

      As far away from normal as it gets.

    I cannot wait!! The first two books were nothing like I expected but I couldn't put them down once I started in reading them!

    Saturday, March 20, 2010

    My love is alive, Way down in my heart, Although we are miles apart, If you ever need a helping hand, I'll be there on the double, As fast as I can

    Pages: 217 | Release Date: January 2005

    "Perfect Strangers" by Jahnna N. Malcolm [aka Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner] -- Getting picked on in high school is never easy but having a humiliating event happen to you in front of the entire high school student body can be a catastrophe for any freshman. Madison had such an event happen to her during her freshman year Homecoming celebrations, and has been holding a grudge against Jeremy (the boy who put the catastrophe in motion) ever since.

    Now almost three years later at the end of their junior years to major events are happening. One event being the school is starting a “pen pal” program. The program is set up so the students have been randomly matched with someone in their own grade so they might be able to share their inner most thoughts without reveling their identities to the other person. In a way the program make is so if anyone is having issues with something they’ll have someone who they can vent to who won’t be able to gossip about it to anyone else. With the program Madison is definitely reveling who she would truly like to be to her “pen pal”, more so then she has even told her friends, and is finding that they have more in common then she would have thought.

    The second event is the election for Class Presidency is starting up, which is something that Madison has been wanting to win since her freshman year. The only problem is her enemy, Jeremy, is one of the people she is running up against. She hasn’t spoken to him or been around him since that time at the Homecoming Game and she doesn’t want to, but now there is no way to avoid it.

    As the election heats up and Madison’s “pen pal” letters start heating up too. Will her “pen pal” finally be reveled? Will she win the class presidency? Dive into "Perfect Strangers" to find out all the juicy details!

    4.5 out of 5 stars! It is a sweet YA book. For the short length of the book the characters are really well written and come together nicely! The book reminds me of Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series, since you have the same type of main characters (the straight-laced girl and the slightly eccentric handsome guy) only with a shorter more straight-to-the-point plot.

    ** Title is from the song Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye **

    Friday, March 19, 2010

    I run my life, Or is it running me, Run from my past, I run too fast, Or too slow it seems...

    The Immortals Series by Alyson Noel

    Pages: 320 | Release Date: February 2009

    "evermore" [Immortals Series, Book 1] by Alyson Noel -- Ever has recently lost her parents, younger sister, and dog to a terrible car accident which she survived. Yet now she has the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her, except those of Damen the cute new boy in school, who seems to have some interesting abilities of his own, among them he's able to create tulips out of thin air. But as Damen gets closer to Ever someone from Damen's past would like nothing better then to rip them apart for good.


    3 out of 5 stars. I read this because it was a Amazon.com recommendation for the other books I was reading at the time. And I liked it ... even though I think it could have been better.

    Pages: 304 | Release Date: July 2009

    "blue moon" [Immortals Series, Book 2] by Alyson Noel -- Ever is now learning everything she can in becoming an immortal like Damen. However, as her powers start getting stronger, his own powers are weakening and he starts distancing himself from her. Now the only way she can save him is by going to Summerland and seeing if there is anything to help him. But once she gets there will she choose to still be help save Damen or will she try to rewrite her past and try saving her family instead?


    2.5 out of 5 stars. It was an okay squeal ... but I really hated the ending!!

    Pages: 368 | Release Date: November 2009

    "shadowland" [Immortals Series, Book 3] by Alyson Noel -- This description is taken from Alyson's website since I couldn't even finish the book: Ever and Damen have traveled through countless past lives—and fought off the world's darkest enemies—so they could be together forever. But just as their long-awaited destiny is finally within reach, a powerful curse falls upon Damen...one that could destroy everything. Now a single touch of their hands or a soft brush of their lips could mean sudden death—plunging Damen into a bleak afterlife in the Shadowland, an eternal abyss for lost souls. Desperate to break the curse and save Damen, Ever immerses herself in magick—and gets help from an unexpected source...Jude Knight.

    Although she and Jude have only just met, he feels startlingly familiar. Despite her fierce loyalty to Damen, Ever is drawn to Jude, a green-eyed golden boy with magical talents and a mysterious past. She's always believed Damen to be her soul mate and one true love—and she still believes it to be true. But as Damen pulls away to save them from the darkness inhabiting his soul, Ever's connection with Jude grows stronger—and tests her love for Damen like never before...



    1 out of 5 stars. OK I'll admit it ... I tried to read this book but I just couldn't get past the first two chapters. =0P So I gave up ... especially after I've read other reviews saying stuff like Amazon.com's A. Jackson who said, "Again, like at the end of the second book, I felt this book went nowhere. Ever and Damen's relationship has not progressed one bit since the end of the first book." So ... as I said I gave up, it just couldn't keep my interest and if they aren't going to move forward in the plot then I think it's a waste of a book.

    I think I might be finished with this series unless the next book is drastically better. *shrug* Have you read this series? If so, what did you think of it?

    For more information on this book, series and/or any of Alyson's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song I Run To You by Lady Antebellum **

    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    The world's flying by our window outside, But hey baby that's okay, This feels so right, it can't be wrong so far as I can see

    Pages: 377 | Release Date: January 2008

    "Accidentally Yours" by Susan Mallery

    It's a novel about the lengths mothers will go to too be able to save their children at all costs.

    Kerri is the widowed mother of Cody (nine yrs old and has Gilliar's Disease), and she has lived her life for him and plans to do anything to save him. Even if that means stalking Nathan King and getting him to put fifteen million dollars towards a cure for this disease. The only problem is that she's been having a hard time getting an audience with Mr. King and when she finally does he acts like he could care less. However, Nathan's problem is more then him not caring about her, it's that his own son has already died from the same disease Cody has and after his son died he promised to not care about anyone or anything other then himself. So how in the world did Kerri suddenly get under Nathan's skin? Furthermore, how will Kerri keep her miracles coming when things suddenly stop going her way?

    3.5 out of 5 stars! It's a funny, touching, sweet, and romantic book that I couldn't put down! Definitely one of my favorites by Susan!

    For more information on this book or any of Susan's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song Stay Here Forever by Jewel **

    Avalon High—The Movie!

    OMG .... I just saw this in Meg Cabot's latest news letter:

    Avalon High—The Movie!

    A Disney Channel Original. Scheduled for a late fall 2010 premiere!

    Ellie, after transferring to Avalon High, is shocked to discover that her new classmates are reincarnations of King Arthur and his Court. Her school is a contemporary Camelot, and it’s up to her to solve the mystery before the notorious traitor Mordred wins again!

    If your not familiar with Meg's novel that this movie is based on called "Avalon High" then I definitely recommend reading it! 5 out of 5 stars!! You gotta love creative new twists on classic stories!

    I can't wait to see this movie!

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    Check your local bookstores since you may or may not be able to get Elizabeth Scott's new book right now.

    I say this because ..... I have pre-ordered Elizabeth Scott's latest book called "The Unwritten Rule" last week (since Elizabeth along with everyone else said it would be released on March 16th) ... so I went into my local bookstore today to pick it up (along with another book that just came out) and they told me that the release date isn't until April 6th or at least they aren't able to sell it to me until then. =0/ So, if you have yet to pick up your copy then I recommend you calling your local bookstore to see when they'll be getting it in.

    I mean, at least I'm getting the book at some point so I'm not upset about the situation at all but it kinda stinks all the same. =0P

    Anyway ... if you have it already ... you lucky dog you. *hehee*

    Jess is in an Elizabeth City Ad

    Hey all ... you might not care but I thought it was neat ... I'm in an Elizabeth City Area CVB Ad that's located in the Outer Banks Visitor Guide. If you click the photo/ad to the right, then you'll see me ... I'm the girl in the post card photo who's looking at the photography at the art gallery. =0)

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    You're gone from here, Soon you will disappear, Fading into beautiful light

    Pages: 374 | Release Date: November 2003

    "Dark Melody" [Dark series, Book 12] by Christine Feehan -- Corinne has been fighting to live for her whole life, because of things like her heart shutting down on her to dealing with a drunk for a parent. For those reasons and more, she has learned to not take her life for granted and to make the most of every situation and each passing day. Now she that she is pregnant finds herself a fighting for her own life more now then ever before along with the life of her unborn child.

    Dayan is the lead guitarist of the Dark Troubadours, and happens to be a Carpathian (a vampire hunter, who has enormous strength and the ability to shape-shift and more) looking for his ‘lifemate’ (his other half who will save him from loosing his soul).

    Throughout the novel Corinne and Dayan, fight to stay together at all costs. He needs to merge both of them together by turning her into one of his kind to be able to save himself. She might not make it to the end of her pregnancy as her heart rapidly deteriorates. While all this is happening, they both have enemies after them from a society that hunts anything paranormal. They are hunting Dayan because of who he is and Corinne (now a widow) because previous husband talked unknowingly to the wrong people about their abilities.

    Will they make it? Read to find out …

    4 out of 5 stars! This is the first book I've read from this series and I am a little addicted already to how the author shaped the tale. I hope the others are just as good. I loved Dayan & Corinne as a couple! They were soo cute! Great plot! I liked how the writing flowed from one persons thoughts to the next like you were watching a movie - very clever!

    For more information on this book, series and/or any of Christine's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song Everybody's Changing by Lily Allen **

    Sunday, March 14, 2010

    'Cause everytime we touch, I get this feeling. And everytime we kiss I swear I could fly.

    Pages: 379 | Release Date: June 2009

    "Bending the Rules" [Sisterhood Diaries series] by Susan Andersen -- Jase is a 'don't bend or brake the rules' kind of detective. He has to be with his family history of living in and out of the slammer, so he knows what it takes to stay on that straight and narrow path. And one of those is staying away from Poppy. Jase believes her to be a rich girl who really doesn't do a lot with her life. But in reality Poppy grew up in a hippie commune and does more for underprivileged teenagers then she does for herself. When a group of teens tag the buildings of the businesses that Poppy works for, she asks that instead of sending the teens to juve have them fix up the buildings by painting them again and creating a mural in a group that she'll monitor. Now that it's been approved and Detective Jase is told to keep tabs on the group too, how long will they be able to stay apart for?


    1.5 out of 5 stars! Good plot! I liked some of the characters. However .... I was so bored with it I couldn't finish the book ... I ended it on page 224. The novel had to many subplots that it makes it overly slow. Then when I put the book down for the night or whatever it could take a full day or so just for me to get back to it again ... and that was only because I was forcing myself to try to finish it.

    You might have better luck and actually like the book ... but it definitely was not the book for me.

    For more information on this book or any of Susan's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song Everytime We Touch by Cascada **

    Friday, March 12, 2010

    It must have been cold there in my shadow, to never have sunlight on your face. You were content to let me shine, that's your way.

    Pages: 500 | Release Date: June 2009

    "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult -- It is about the Fitzgerald family and how they deal and have dealt with one of their children living with and hoping to beat cancer. The thing is though when they first realize what is wrong with their young daughter, instead of waiting for a donor to come along for her they decide on having another child whom would be a perfect genetic match for her, and in doing so they have Anna. Anna is now thirteen and has gone through countless surgeries and procedures in attempt to help save her sister, but the time has come where she says she's had enough. So, she sells her locket, talks to a lawyer, and sues her parents for the rights to her own body. The only question now is how much more can this family take and will this act of freedom/survival (or whatever you want to call it) tare this family apart?

    5 out of 5 stars! Written from the point-of-view of everyone involved with this case made me love the book even more. For anyone who would like to read a story about the love family's can share. It was touching ... moving ... made me cry like a baby ... and I would definitely read it again!

    For more information on this book or any of Jodi's other books, then please check out her website.

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    Also ... check out the movie based on this novel:

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    Likenesses Between the Movie & Book:
    • They both made me cry like a baby at the end of them!
    • Both portrayed the touching relationships between the characters.
    Differences Between the Movie & Book:
    • They have different endings from each other.
      • Truthfully I like both the movie and the book and their endings ... and it could be because I read the book in July of 2009 and I just watched the movie ... but I liked the book's ending better.
    • The courtroom scene is different in the movie compared to the book.
      • Again I liked the book's scene better
    That's just me though ... you might like the movie's version better. *shrug* Either way .. comment and let me know what you thought of either or both of them.

    ** Title is from the song Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler **

    Thursday, March 11, 2010

    Twilight Series : Eclipse Movie Trailer

    Are you a Twilight fan like me?? Well check out the first and newest movie trailer for the Twilight series -- Eclipse:

    Eeekkk!! I cannot wait!!!!! =0)

    Just a little change, Small to say the least, Both a little scared, Neither one prepared ...

    Pages: 386 | Release Date: August 18, 2009

    "Dreamfever" [Fever Series, Book 4] by Karen Marie Moning -- Mac starts finally getting answers to some of the questions that have been haunting her.She learns a bit about whom her birth mother was, the illusive Lord Master divulges to her about his relationship with her sister, and she starts growing into her sidhe-seer senses.

    However, when she learns more about the prophesy (which seems everyone but her knows the details about), she finds that she’s scared to grow more into her sidhe-seer senses as some say she might end up dooming the world instead of saving it.

    In addition, during a time when Barrons is saving Mac they get closer, the only problem is he’s still not giving up his secrets (especially the details of whom or what he is) and that could break their partnership for good.

    4.5 out of 5 stars!! Karen just kept pulling out all the stops in this novel, making it highly action packed! I will say that I was sad at the very end and I hope that everything gets fixed at the beginning of the next book. *crossing fingers* I cannot wait for "Shadowfever" (the final fifth novel) to come out in December 2010!

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any of Karen's other books, then please check out her website ... or check out Sidhe-seers, Inc.™

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    Jessica's Musings:
    • Who or what is Jericho Barrons?
      • If your curious as I am/was about who Barrons is then READ THIS BOOK!! However, it doesn't go right out and say "Yes this is Barrons" I have a good feeling of what he is now!!
    • About Mac:
      • I still think she's part fae!
      • Possibly she is the reincarnated version of the Unseelie King's concubine?

    ** Title is from the song Beauty and the Beast by Angela Lansbury **

    Monday, March 8, 2010

    Love of two is one, Here but now they're gone, Came the last night of sadness

    Pages: 327 | Release Date: September 16, 2008

    "Faefever" [Fever Series, Book 3] by Karen Marie Moning -- In this third novel, the Sinsar Dubh (a million-year-old book that has the power to control what happens in both the Fae and human worlds) is getting closer to Mac, the only problem is in doing so she's finding that this might be more then just a book. Now she's trying to create a bigger playing field for herself by trying not to put all of her eggs in one basket. She's doing this by looking for other ways to find the book and to find information on the things/people she doesn't know much about, which sadly is just about everything...

    Again ... 5 out of 5 stars!! Plenty of twists and turns to keep your attention! For the ending, all I can really say is: WOW! I just can’t believe it went there, and I can’t wait to see what will happen to Mac next!

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any of Karen's other books, then please check out her website ... or check out Sidhe-seers, Inc.™

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    Jessica's Musings:
    • About Mac:
      • I have been wondering if she might be part Fae [sometimes I think from the Seelie Court].
      • Maybe that old women is related to her somehow? Or possibly the old women killed her birth mother?
      • Is Mac's birth mother the women from her dreams? I think it's a possibility.
    • Who or what is Jericho Barrons?
      1. He's that boy that Mac found the notes written from/about.
      2. He's a vampire. [I have many reasons for this ... but to sum it up I'll say he behaves like one.]
      3. He's the Unseelie King.
      4. He's BOTH my first and third predictions.


    ** Title is from the song (Don't Fear) The Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult **

    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Books I want to read -- Coming out March 2010

    These books are coming out soon by some authors I love reading from!! I can't say I'll be able to read them soon (since money's kinda tight right now) but I cannot wait to be able to purchase and read them! Check them out:

    "Hourglass" [Evernight series, Book 3] by Claudia Gray -- Available on March 9th

    • Find out more about the other books in the Evernight series: Book 1 & Book 2


    "The Unwritten Rule" by Elizabeth Scott -- Available on March 16th

    • Read some reviews that I've written about other of Elizabeth's books here

    No stop signs, speed limit, Nobodys gonna slow me down ... Hey momma, look at me, I'm on my way to the promised land

    Pages: 304 | Release Date: October 16, 2007

    "Bloodfever" [Fever Series, Book 2] by Karen Marie Moning -- In this second novel, Mac is still racking up the number of people who are out to get her or who would love to blame her for any kind of wrongdoing. After recovering from her first fight with Mallacé, Mac has to deal with a vengeful woman, a seductive Fae prince, two curious cops, a merciless brother-of-a-mobster, a distraught father, and more all while still looking for the Sinsar Dubh (a million-year-old book that has the power to control what happens in both the Fae and human worlds). However, Mac isn’t as sweet as she originally was and has learned more about herself to stand up to those who’re out against her, along with possibly seeing whom she can trust. The only problem is everyone keeps changing out of the roles she wants to appointed them and it may be hard to keep up with whom is on what side of the good-versus-bad line, especially when everything isn’t always black and white.

    5 out of 5 stars!! Sooo much better then the first book! Mac has developed into a great character! Plus ... my biggest issue with the first novel was all of the foreshadowing that made pauses throughout it, which is completely solved in this second novel. I mean there is foreshadowing still but the story keeps flowing around it, which I tremendously enjoyed! =0)

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any of Karen's other books, then please check out her website ... or check out Sidhe-seers, Inc.™

    ** Title is from the song Highway To Hell by AC/DC **

    Wednesday, March 3, 2010

    Listen, red light, yellow light, green light, go, Crazy little woman in a one man show

    Pages: 247 | Release Date: May 15, 2007

    "Graffiti Girl" by Kelly Parra ~~ Angel is an artist or at least that is her big dream in life. But when the results of a school competition turn out that she's not on the winning committee, she gets mad and feels hurt .... not thinking her style is good enough. Then Migel -- leader of a graffiti crew called Reyes Del Norte -- shows her his world of art, turf wars, and crew life. She just can't leave behind who she used to be though, and now she's torn between two worlds and two guys. With both worlds and guys being so different she'll have to decide what path will be the one for her ... and just possibly find herself in the process.

    2.5 out of 5 stars. It's a teen romp that has bold characters but falls a little flat during the plot (at least for me). So slow-paced that I had to force myself to finish the book. Good ending but it could have been better.


    For more information on this book or any of Kelly's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard **

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Go and tell your white knight that he's handsome in hindsight, But I don't want the next best thing

    Pages: 368 | Release Date: Reissue edition - April 30, 2009

    "The Reluctant Heiress" [also known as Magic Flutes] by Eva Ibbotson -- Being an heiress in 1920s Austria, you are expected to live a certain way. For Tessa, Pfaffenstein Castle's young heiress, that means not being a junior wardrobe mistress at the International Opera Company in Vienna. However, money is tight for Tessa and her aunts, so when they decide to put their castle up for sale that is exactly what she becomes, while trying to maintain her anonymity and loving every minute of it.

    Guy is a self-made businessman, in hopes of buying a countryside castle to win the heart of a woman he has been in love with since he was a teenager. Once in Austria, he commissions Tessa’s company to stage a production at Pfaffenstein (the castle he’s planning on purchasing) as part of a lavish ball that he’ll host, while being unaware that the current mistress of Pfaffenstein works for the company.

    During the rehearsals, Tessa and Guy meet and share their love for music and art – the attraction between them is undeniable. However, Guy stays faithful to his snobby fiancée and Tessa deals with marriage proposals from a local prince. By the time the ball arrives, the truth will come out … and the question is will their relationship as friends be able to with stand the truth and if so will it turn into something more?

    4 out of 5 stars! A sweet fairytale for young and old.

    For more information on this book and/or any of Eva's other books, then please check out her Amazon.com Page.

    ** Title is from the song Fairytale by Sara Bareilles **

    Good morning starshine, The earth says hello, You twinkle above us, We twinkle below

    Pages: 421 | Release Date: January 4, 2005

    "My Sunshine" [Coulter Family series, Book 6] by Catherine Anderson -- Five years ago, Laura was in a swimming accident where she hit her head on a rock and it changed her life completely. Now, she has come to terms with her disability (aphasia) but would still love to get some type of a normal life back. She interviews for a kennel keeper position at a local veterinarian clinic, and gets the job, now she just has to be sure to keep her eyes on the animals and not her hot new boss Isaiah. Even though Isaiah wants to remain a bachelor, he can't help but liking Laura a little bit more each time he sees her. The only problem is someone at the clinic is out to get Laura, to get her fired or worse. Will they find out who is sabotaging Laura? Will Isaiah be able to prove to Laura that she's the only one who can brighten up his days?

    3 out of 5 stars. Well written, even if I haven't read the rest of the series I still understood the plot perfectly. What Laura and Isaiah have is a sweet romance, which is a good change-of-pace to read.

    For more information on this book, series, and/or any of Catherine's other books, then please check out her website.

    ** Title is from the song Good Morning Starshine by Hair **
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