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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Feasted On: His Eyes by Renee Carter

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 198 KB | Release Date: 2009 | Publisher: ??

"His Eyes" by Renee Carter

My Book Summary : Tristan has won numerous horse show-jumping competitions, competing and riding his horse is just about his favorite thing to do. However, he never expected to have an accident, while competing, that would completely change his view of the world and leave him blind. Since then he has been unsure of who he is and doesn't want to accept his new reality ... basically he has withdrawn himself from his friends (not that they really put much of an effort to see him), family (who will stop at nothing to get him out of this slump), and everything he use to enjoy.

Thinking of a way to get him to accept the new changes in his life, his mother hires a "babysitter" named Amy who is the same age as he is (a senior in high school just about to graduate).

Amy is from the complete opposite side of town from Tristan's rich-boy life, but she's not sure she would change anything. Well ... except trying earn enough money so she can go to her top college, that her parents won't be able to afford. So, getting this "babysitting" gig sounds great .... until she learns that Tristan is the same age as her .. but with the amount his mother plans to pay her she's definitely willing to give it a shot!

Tristan doesn't want Amy's help, but she tries to make it work between them. But just as things start getting better with them, Tristan's beautiful ex-girlfriend comes into the picture and throws a wrench into everything ....

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. Inspiring, sweet, romantic, and funny ... what more could you ask for in a book .. let alone a YA novel! The chemistry between Tristan and Amy (even if their lives where so different) just sparks off of the page! Also, I loved Tristan's family ... I wished I could hang out with them myself! =0)

Author Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
I raised my eyebrows. "Yeah? What's your favorite band?"
"Coldplay."
"What?" I cried. "Are you serious? I love them!"
Tristan laughed, "I didn't think you liked any bands from this decade."
"Seriously." I pulled the Camry into a parking spot. "Sting is classic." I switched off the engine. "We're here."
"And the surprise is...?"
I said enthusiastically, "We're at the stables to visit Aeris!"
"Oh." His face darkened. "What makes you think I want to ride?" ~ within Chapter 7
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Renee, then please check out her website.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Clockwork Prince

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  • "Clockwork Prince" [The Infernal Devices Series, Book 2] by Cassandra Clare
    Publication Released Date: December 6, 2011

    Author's Book Description:
      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, but 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.

    I love this author's two series' so far ... and the worlds they are set in! I can't wait to see where she'll take her characters and see who will be together at the end of the journey.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Clockwork Angel

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    Feasted On: Mating Heat Series, Book 2

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 352 KB | Release Date: May 2011 | Publisher: Ellora's Cave

    "His Purrfect Mate" [Mating Heat Series, Book 2] by Laurann Dohner

    My Book Summary : Shannon & Anton's lives are about to be turned upside-down...

    Anton is next-in-line to take over his pack once his father decides to step down. He has been groomed for the roll ever since he was young. He knows that there are rules to be upheld and he makes sure his pack follows through with them too. So, when he finds out that some of his pack mates have chased a woman up into a tree with plans on killing her .... he is royally pissed off. He gets them to back off and gets the woman to come down after he promises not to hurt her no matter what. And boy does he stick to that promise ....

    Shannon is a quarter-puma-shifter, who has been raised by her fully human mother, and can't shift. She's grown up hearing terrible things about shifters and that if she doesn't keep her bloodlines secret then she'll end up found out and killed. And this just proves her point until a wolf steps into her life and changes her point-of-view.

    Will things work out between them? Will they just go their separate ways? Or will they defy everyone around them, and their own instincts, to go in a direction that could be extraordinary?

    My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! This story was HOT, intriguing, and passionate! I loved the relationship between the main characters and the minor characters (Anton's family members - minus his mother) were great too.

    However -- I will say that there is a detailed almost rape in the book that you'll have to read about. It goes well with the plot but I think that some people might get uncomfortable reading it.

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "You're afraid of your mommy?" Shannon couldn't help it. She grinned, finding it funny that someone his size and age feared his mother would disapprove of something he did. "Will you get grounded for hanging out with me?" ~ within Chapter 5
    She began to hate the way she lost control around werewolves. It was embarrassing. She clung to a wet, naked guy in front of his mother as if she were a terrified child and Anton was a big teddy bear. A sexy, wet one. But I bet I look pathetic. ~ within Chapter 10
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by Laurann, then please check out her website.

    Sunday, June 26, 2011

    From Book to the Movies: One Day

    Over the past year I have seen "One Day" by David Nicholls, on bookshelves and listed on my 'recommend reads' area on amazon.com .... and now I'm just waiting for my chance at it from local library (once it's my time in the queue line). From the book description I can already see why a movie is coming out this year based on this book!!

    Movie Release Date :: August 19th 2011

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    To find out more about this movie then click here!!

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    Made the Grade: House of Night Series, Book 8

    Format: Hardcover | Pages: 290 | Release Date: January 2011 | Publisher: St. Martin's Press

    "Awakened" [House of Night Series, Book 8] by P. C. Cast & Kristin Cast

    My Book Summary : This book in the series was a mix of multiple stories that all have a common link to each other, told by 9 different points-of-view.

    Zoey is dealing with: Her loss of Heath. Her love and new relationship with Stark. Her feelings about being "whole" again, and where she wants to go and do from here.

    Stark is dealing with: Not being completely himself after coming back from the Otherworld. Enjoying his new relationship with Zoey. Learning what being a Guardian is all about.

    Neferet is dealing with: Being a bitch as usual. Nyx messes up some of her plans, but Darkness has other plans to help her out.

    Rephaim is dealing with: He's dealing with his feelings for Stevie Rae, while dealing with how he can/could possibly stay loyal to Kalona (his father).

    Stevie Rae is dealing with: Her love for Rephaim and how she's been keeping him a secret from her friends. Everything that involves being the High Priestess of the Tulsa House of Night while Zoey is gone.

    Kalona is dealing with: Neferet's "control" over him and how he could get out of it.

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars. Basically I went from excited at the beginning to disappointed for the middle and end (even though there were a few good parts in the middle). I really wanted to read this novel when I finished "Burned," but then I got pregnant and not interested in this series for a while, well now that I have read it and just finished reading it I can say I was very disappointed. =0( I mean I liked the relationship that has formed between Zoey and Stark, yet I do NOT like Stark's new development. I really didn't like that a character I really liked dies. I DID like what happens between Stevie Rae and Rephaim.

    However, with all I DIDN'T like about this book (part in the series) I know for a fact that I'll be reading the next book in this series, "Destined." Especially with the odd turn of events at the very end, basically throwing one of my fave characters and giving "them" a whole new reality. =0( All I can say is .... I'm scared to know what will happen next.

    And I hope that this will wrap up soon since if it gets stretched for too much longer the series will just go even more down hill.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 6 | Book 7

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Divine By Blood | Elphame’s Choice

    Author Book Trailer :

    Book Teaser(s) :
    "Oh, and maybe one of the me's could take a long bubble bath and listen to my Kenny Chesney while I read the end of A Night to Remember."
    "A Night to Remember? You mean that Titanic story I read last year in Lit class?"
    "Yeah. We'd just started it when I died and un-died, so I never got to finish it."
    "Here. I'll help ya out. THE SHIP SINKS. THEY DIE. The end. Now can we please move on to somethin' more important?" ~ within Chapter 16
    For more information on this book, series and/or any other books by P. C. & Kristin, then please check out these websites: www.pccast.net & www.houseofnightseries.com.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    2011 100+ Reading Challenge

    Okay ... here is my 2011 reading list .... will I pass 100 books read like I did in 2010?? To see what I did read last year go to: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge

    Alright ... here are the books for this year ...

    ± means that I reread this book within this same year

    January 2011
      1. "Trinity" [de La Vega Cats Series, Book 1] by Lauren Dane ±
      2. "Revelation" [de La Vega Cats Series, Book 2] by Lauren Dane ±
      3. "DARK LOVER" [Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Book 1] by J. R. Ward
      4. "Moon Called" [Mercy Thompson Series, Book 1] by Patricia Briggs
      5. "Having the Frenchman's Baby" [The Brides of Bella Lucia Series, Book 1] by Rebecca Winters
      6. "Full-Time Father" by Susan Mallery
      7. "Impetuous" by Lori Foster
      8. "Kiss of Midnight" [The Midnight Breed Series, Book 1] by Lara Adrian
      9. "A Hunger Like No Other" [Immortals After Dark Series, Book 1] by Kresley Cole
      10. "Call Me Irresistible" by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
      11. "LOVER ETERNAL" [Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, Book 2] by J. R. Ward
      12. "Walk on the Wild Side" [The Others Series, Book 5] by Christine Warren
      13. "Strange Bedpersons" by Jennifer Crusie
      14. "Some Girls Bite" [Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 1] by Chloe Neill
      15. "Demon from the Dark" [Immortals After Dark Series, Book 8] by Kresley Cole

    February 2011
      16. "The Iron Queen" [The Iron Fey Series, Book 3] by Julie Kagawa
      17. "Noble Blood" [The Gray Court Series, Book 2] by Dana Marie Bell
      18. "Slave to Sensation" [Psy-Changelings Series, Book 1] by Nalini Singh
      19. "Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor" by Lisa Kleypas
      20. "A Table for Three" [New York Series, Book 1] by Lainey Reese ±
      21. "Friday Night Bites" [Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 2] by Chloe Neill
      22. "Twice Bitten" [Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 3] by Chloe Neill
      23. "Blood Bound" [Mercy Thompson Series, Book 2] by Patricia Briggs
      24. "Moon Dance" [Vampire for Hire Series, Book 1] by J. R. Rain
      25. "Come Fly With Me" [Forrester Square Series, Book 10] by Jill Shalvis
      26. "Tyger, Tyger Burning Bryght" [Orion Series, Book 1] by Cathryn Cade
      27. "The Perfect Play" [Play-by-Play Series, Book 1] by Jaci Burton
      28. "On the Edge" [The Edge Series, Book 1] by Ilona Andrews
      29. "Invincible" [Benedict Brothers Series, Book 1] by Joan Johnston
      30. "Shadowfever" [Fever Series, Book 5] by Karen Marie Moning
      31. "Shadow Fall" [Shadow Series, Book 2] by Erin Kellison
      32. "Dad By Choice" [Maitland Maternity Series, Book 1] by Marie Ferrarella

    March 2011
      33. "Iron Kissed" [Mercy Thompson Series, Book 3] by Patricia Briggs
      34. "Bone Crossed" [Mercy Thompson Series, Book 4] by Patricia Briggs
      35. "Silver Borne" [Mercy Thompson Series, Book 5] by Patricia Briggs
      36. "A Midsummer Day's Dream" by Linda Lael Miller
      37. "Slow Heat" by Jill Shalvis
      38. "Baby Bombshell" by Lisa Ruff
      39. "Finding Perfect" [Fools Gold Series, Book 3] by Susan Mallery
      40. "Master of Smoke" [The Mageverse Series, Book 10] by Angela Knight
      41. "All Over You" by Sarah Mayberry
      42. "Married By Morning" [Hathaway Series, Book 4] by Lisa Kleypas
      43. "Peak Performance" [NASCAR Series, Book 1] by Helen Brenna
      44. "Racing Outside the Line" [Love Stories at 190 mph Series, Book 1] by Kimberly Montague
      45. "River Marked" [Mercy Thompson Series, Book 6] by Patricia Briggs
      46. "Love in the Afternoon" [Hathaway Series, Book 5] by Lisa Kleypas

    April 2011
      47. "How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire" [Love at Stake Series, Book 1] by Kerrelyn Sparks
      48. "The Undead Next Door" [Love at Stake Series, Book 4] by Kerrelyn Sparks
      49. "My One and Only" by Kristan Higgins
      50. "Arctic Winds" [Alpine Woods Shifters Series, Book 1] by Sondrae Bennett
      51. "Vampires' Consort" [Magical Menages Series, Book 2] by Bonnie Dee
      52. "Stormchild" [Pacific Passion Series, Book 1] by Vivian Arend
      53. "Stormy Seduction" [Pacific Passion Series, Book 2] by Vivian Arend
      54. "Running With The Pack" [Cannon Pack Series, Book 3] by Beverly Rae
      55. "Yours, Mine and Howls" [Werewolves in Love Series, Book 2] by Kinsey W. Holley
      56. "Bear Necessities" [Halle Shifters Series, Book 1] by Dana Marie Bell
      57. "To Taste The Wine" by Fern Michaels
      58. "City of Fallen Angels" [Mortal Instruments Series, Book 4] by Cassandra Clare

    May 2011
      59. "Fireside" [Lakeshore Chronicles Series, Book 5] by Susan Wiggs
      60. "Having Tanner Bravo's Baby" by Christine Rimmer
      61. "Total Control" [NASCAR Series, Book 5] by Pamela Britton
      62. "The Millionaire Boss's Baby" by Maggie Cox
      63. "Just Breathe" by Susan Wiggs
      64. "Anchor" [a Northern Shifters novel] by Jorrie Spencer
      65. "The Mane Squeeze" [Pride Series, Book 4] by Shelly Laurenston
      66. "Dark Symphony" [Dark series, Book 9] by Christine Feehan
      67. "The Grand Finale" by Janet Evanovich
      68. "Silent Storm" [Pacific Passion Series, Book 3] by Vivian Arend
      69. "Dragon Bound" [The Elder Races Series, Book 1] by Thea Harrison
      70. "Ascension" [Guardians of Ascension Series, Book 1] by Caris Roane
      71. "Between the Lines" by Tammara Webber

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    * If you would like to know what I think about the books I didn't share my ratings or reviews with you about then leave a comment about which one you want info on and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    What was I thinking?: Dark Swan Series, Book 1

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 361 | Release Date: August 2008 | Publisher: Zebra Books

    "Storm Born" [Dark Swan Series, Book 1] by Richelle Mead

    What was I thinking? : Well, I really loved Richelle's Vampire Academy Series so I thought I'd try one of her other series and what a disappointment that was. Blah ....

    My Book Summary : Eugenie is a powerful shaman, who's goal is to protect her "world" (and the human race) anyway she can from gentry (the fey) and things from the "other world" who happen to attack, haunt, or just bother humans. The good thing about it is she's a mercenary so she gets to choose which cases to take and gets paid for it. However, after years of being a mercenary, her name finally becomes known by the gentry and her life completely changes. When one of her latest clients needs her to rescue his teenage sister from a gentry, Eugenie learns about a disturbing prophecy that involves her first-born who will threaten the world as she knows it. So, now she has gentry coming at her from all sides ---- to be her unborn babies daddy or to kill her --- a teenage girl to save and she needs to work out who she can learn to trust when her world is turned up-side-down.

    My Book Review : 1 out of 5 stars. From what I saw after I tried to read this book is a lot of people had bad reviews about the series too ... maybe not this book in particular but definitely a few books down the line. I liked the book up until the halfway point and then the plot went a way I just didn't like and I got bored with it. *shakes head* Too bad. Basically I never finished the book ... I just couldn't force my way to do so.

    My Previous Review(s) for this Author : Spirit Bound

    Book Teaser(s) :
    Dorian's eyes flicked back to me. "Did you have any idea what a creature of nightmare you are around here? Mothers tell their children Odile Dark Swan will come for them if they're bad."
    "Hey, I don't seek them out. I only come for them if they come for me first."
    "Interesting," he said, arching an eyebrow. "But if that's how you like it, so be it. I always admire women who know what in the bedroom."
    "Hey, that's not what I---" I hadn't realized the extent to which our slang had permeated the gentry world. Theirs was a reflection of my own; things seeped through. ~ within Chapter 8
    For more information on this book and/or any other books by Richelle, then please check out her website.

    Idolizing In: Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 4

    Format: Paperback | Pages: 350 | Release Date: May 2011 | Publisher: New American Library

    "Hard Bitten" [Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 4] by Chloe Neill

    My Book Summary : Merit has been a vampire for a couple of months now. During that time shes been made Sentinel of the Cadogan House, had to fight in quite a few battles, had to fight her burning attraction for Ethan (the vampire who turn her into a vampire), and more.

    However, now Ethan and Merit have Chicago's Mayor breathing down their necks about some vampire raves that have gotten tougher and public .... saying that if they don't fix them (or find the culprit) quickly then drastic measures will be taken against them. Along with that, outside the Cadogan House they are dealing with protesters screaming "No more vampires!", someone new who wants to clean up Chicago (meaning kicking them out), and having to deal with a vampire checking up on the Chicago vamp houses.

    To deal with everything Merit will have to ask friends/alliances (old and new) to help ... even if that means getting into the dark underground world of Chicago's supernatural community ....

    My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!!! ::::WARNING----THIS BOOK HAD ME IN TEARS BY THE END OF IT:::: I loved Merit as always! Her relationship with Ethan takes some major turns ... some I loved and some I royally hated especially since I really want them to end up together in the end. And WOW .... the ending has a twist I NEVER expected! I am soooo curious now about what Merit's "future vision" she had in "Twice Bitten" [Chicagoland Vampires, Book 3] means. Since what I thought was going to happen doesn't look like it'll happen anymore. =0(

    Book Teaser(s) :
    His expression---half sorrowful resignation, half pride---mirrored my own emotions. "I didn't train you, invest in you, so that you could give yourself over to the GP as some kind of Windy City sacrifice."
    His voice was soft, earnest, but there was emotion in his eyes. Real emotion.
    "I don't intend to be a sacrifice. And I don't intend to let you be one, either."
    He looked away. "They have an eye on the House. They'll know what we're doing."
    Here comes the kicker, I thought, bracing myself. "Not if you're not involved." ~ within Chapter 10 - titled 'Like A Boss'
    For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Chloe, then please check out her website.

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