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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Life don't go quite like you planned it, We try so hard to understand it ...

"Please give my friend a job. Please." - Miss Sherridan Smith, best friend

"Playing With Fire" [part of the 'Tales of an Extraordinary Girl' series] by Gena Showalter takes on another version of someone who has the ability to control the elements ... in this case those would be fire, wind, water, and earth .... and the person would be Belle. However, Belle didn't get these powers on her own .... a scientist had actually slipped the formula into her drink, without her knowledge, and it changed her into getting them. Now she has these powers .... one hot man and a whole lot of killers after her to get their hands on her and the formula in the process. It doesn't help that the scientist took off without letting her know what was happening to her and now she needs to find him to possibly get an antidote. But will she be able to find the scientist before her killers find her??

3 out of 5 stars. Belle is a cute character ... fierce and kind. You definitely root for her. And I like this new take on these types of powers ... since the only other character I've read so far with them has been Zoey from the "House of Night series" by PC Cast & Kristen Cast ... however ... Gena put's her own twist to them as you soon find out that Belle's powers work mostly with her emotions .... and with that the possibilities are endless. *hahaa*

"If you're looking for trouble, Belle is the girl for you. P.S. - Hurt her and I'll kill you." - Mr. Rome Masters, aka "Cat Man"

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

** Title is from the song It Happens by Sugarland **



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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Three little birds, Pitch by my doorstep, Singin' sweet songs, Of melodies pure and true

"The Next Best Thing" by Kristan Higgins is sweet ... heartwarming ... and also a major tear-jerker! Lucy lost the love of her life, 5 and a half years ago, to a car accident. Still living with the great sense of loss .... she finally decides that she would still like to have a family of her own. But she wants someone who isn’t perfect, meaning: a nice man, not-to-handsome, would make a good father, and most importantly someone who won’t make her give her whole heart to him. As she’s already dealt with as much pain as she thinks she can deal with ... she doesn’t want to go through that loss again. This means she’s going to have to give up Ethan, her dead husband’s younger brother, who’s her friend-with-benefits. However, Ethan won’t be pushed aside so easily ...

3.5 out of 5 stars. I meant what I said ... it's heartwarming and a very sweet book about how love can heal the soul. Yet I didn't completely expect to be crying so much while reading it. =0P

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

** Title is from the song Everythings Gonna Be Alright by Bob Marley **



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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sometimes i'm an angel, And sometimes i'm cruel, And when it comes to love ... I'm just another fool

Susan Elizabeth Phillips shines with her new novel "What I Did for Love"!! Basically you have two ex-co-star enemies ... one drunken night in Vegas ... a bunch of Hollywood gossip .... and you get a relationship that turns out for the better if only each can get over there own pasts .... and their friends and colleagues around them don't make it worse. Find out what Bram & Gracie do for love!

4 out of 5 stars!! This is one of my now faves of Susan's ... especially since she put so many of her characters from previous books into it! So ... if you've read her "Glitter Baby" and/or "Natural Born Charmer" then you'll get to read about some familiar characters again. =0) However, even though I am a fan of epilogues as I have mentioned in the past, the epilogue that she has is a little too lovey dovey to be realistic ... but oh wells I guess. =0P


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** Title is from the song True Companion by Marc Cohn **



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Thursday, January 21, 2010

It's all about the way you do the things you do

For some reason when I meet someone for the first time, I feel compelled to tell them this. “Hi, my name is Sadie Price. Yeah, great to meet you, too! People hate me.”

Taking the phrase 'The grass is always greener on the other side' to a whole new level "Accidental It Girl" by Libby Street [aka Sarah Bushweller and Emily S. Morris] deals with celebrity status and paparazzi. Sadie is a celebrity photographer who thinks that if she doesn't chase after her "targets" (the celebs) then she's can't be "one of those" types ... and she likes what she does. While celebrity Ethan Wyatt hates that the photographers follow him constantly .... so much so that after he arrives in the New Jersey airport (because he is planning on moving to New York) and meets Sadie ... then encounters her a few more times .. he makes a plan to get her back with her own medicine. Now with rumors spread to the nation about this new mysterious girl .... will Sadie be able to stand the pressure? Or will Ethan's plans backfire?

3.5 out of 5 stars!! The book started out VERY slow .... if I didn't pay for it then I might have stopped there but thankfully after finishing a quarter of the book ... it picked up and became really funny!! The story is mixed in with it's own tabloid feel to it. Definitely cute.

For more information on this book and/or on any of this duo's other books then please check out their website.

** Title is from the song Hold The Line by Toto **



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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

If I’m asking you to hold me tight - then it’s gonna be all right

Witty & Hilarious .. "Playing James" by Sarah Mason is everything I could hope for and more!! Holly is a up-and-coming reporter, who just got her big break! James is a cop, who takes his line of work very seriously .... hates reporters ... and is about to get married in 6 weeks time .... and just got assigned Holly to play his shadow up until the day he says "I do." Tempers start flying ... situations get misread ... and when Holly's column becomes a big hit the readers start questioning if there's more between the reporter and the detective then they both are letting on??

5 out of 5 stars!! LOVED IT!! It's up beat! Fast paced! With plenty of twists thrown in just to make you second guess how you think the story will end! =0)

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** Title is from the song It's Gonna Be Love by Mandy Moore **



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Sunday, January 17, 2010

So let's find a way to bring back the days when our hearts were forever young

Everyone is searching for their own happily-ever-after whether they believe so or not .... "Casting Spells" by Barbara Bretton ... characters are just doing the same. However, Chloe is a half-human half-sorcerer who hasn't fallen into her powers at all ... but has a town who is in need of her guidance. As the town has been protected for over 300 years from outsiders prying eyes is finally falling into their own cracks and everyone is hoping she will make it all better. But when an outsider dies in their town .... a cop moves in to find out if it was an accident or a murder??? Will Chloe be able to get him out town without anything being noticeable?? Or will he find out more then he's supposed to?

4 out of 5 stars. The story was written in a diary kinda form from both Luke and Chloe's sides. It kept me rapt in what was going on and I couldn't put it down!

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** Title is from the song We Were In Love by Toby Keith **



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Saturday, January 16, 2010

You get some bad things and you get some good ones

Okay .... for the bad things ...

I just finished a highly predictable story called "Kiss and Kin" by Kinsey Holley. It's cute ... Not much more to say but that. =0P

Now for the GOOD!!!!!

Have you seen Every Little Step??



If you haven't checked out this movie yet then I HIGHLY recommend watching it. Especially if you like dance flicks! It's a documentary about the behind the scenes process of choosing the actors/actresses for the Broadway musical - A Chorus Line!! Two thumbs way up!!



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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Now I know I can't love anyone but you, You make me think that maybe I won't die alone

"Dead and Gone" by Charlaine Harris, everybody wants a piece of Sookie these days ... Some fae want her dead. Quinn and Bill want to be her lover/boyfriend again. The government want to find out how she knew where people were after the bombing happened, and once they know they'd like to use her for themselves. Eric wants her all to himself without asking her for permission first. And more ....

5 out of 5 stars. I really liked this book ..... it was more along the lines of letting the readers know about the details instead of the action itself ... but it brought all of the multiple stories that this series has into play and I really liked it! Sookie isn't completely her brave self in this one .... actually she's mostly out of it .... and because of that I can't wait to find out with will happen next.

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** Title is from the song Die Alone by Ingrid Michaelson **



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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I've found a reason for me, To change who I used to be, A reason to start over new ...

Betrayal of the ones we love are the hardest things to get past, in "Catch A Mate" by Gena Showalter all the characters deal with their own or others betrayals on almost a daily basis. Catch A Mate is a business where people who believe their significant other is cheating on them and want to find out if their accusations are accurate or not. All that person would have to do is hire Catch a Mate and an employee (called the bait) would find that significant other at a club (or some place they normally hang out) and try picking them up but at the end they don't follow it through, and they record it all so the spouse will know the truth. Jillian has worked at Catch A Mate for over 6 years and would love to take it over to make it even better then it already is. Marcus just happened to purchase the business from Jillian's boss. Both have major trust issues ... but will they learn that even though they want to stay enemies, they'll never find anyone else they could trust more then each other?

2 out of 5 stars. Don't let the rating fool you ... it was a really good book ... cute. I mean I loved all of the characters! Main and secondary stories were awesome! However ... the ending ruined it for me .... it felt like Gena tried to wrap everything up to fast. Yet I don't know how it could have been written any better either. Which is sad since I liked it right up until there was about a quarter left in the book. =0(

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

** Title is from the song The Reason by Hoobastank **



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