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Sunday, February 28, 2010

sometimes I give myself the creeps, sometimes my mind plays tricks on me

Pages: 309 | Release Date: August 28, 2007

"Darkfever" [Fever Series, Book 1] by Karen Marie Moning -- MacKayla (Mac) likes her small town life in Georgia. The only thing missing from her days of either work or lying by the pool in her parents’ backyard is waiting for her older sister to return from her year abroad studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Yet, everything changes when Mac gets a call saying that her sister is dead, and after three weeks of waiting on the Dublin police to find some answers ... her family is told that her sister's case is being moved to the unsolved department. With that news, Mac decides to fly to Dublin to start the search herself. Once Mac arrives everything isn't what it seems in more ways then one. As she finds out that her sister hasn't been as open about what she's been up to as Mac believed, hot man that she sees in bars suddenly look like anything but human, and she's beginning to believe their might more to herself and her past then she knows. While Mac is getting deeper into her sister's secrets and the mystery of her death, she gets help from Jericho, a man who tells her little about himself and she isn't sure if she can fully trust, and is followed by V'lane, a Fae prince who makes sex an addiction for woman. Soon, Mac realizes that maybe the only way to find out who murdered her sister is to find the mysterious Sinsar Dubh, a powerful dark Fae book that her sister was in the process of searching for...

3 out of 5 stars. The story is written in a journal aspect, like Mac went through this journey and then is writing it all down afterwards so it'll be documented, you know this since there is a lot of foretelling in how the details are written. I'm not sure if I completely like that or not, since it's like you get into a scene and then the foretelling stops you from being completely there. Other then that, I think it's a great book. Action Packed! I can't wait to read the next in the series!

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 Basket Case by Green Day **

Friday, February 26, 2010

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

"A Heart Divided" by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld -- Is the Confederate battle flag a racist symbol—or a proud reminder of Southern heritage?

When Kate’s liberal-minded family moves from the suburbs of New York City to a small town near Nashville, Kate is convinced her life is over. Redford lives up to Kate’s low expectations. The Confederate battle flag waves proudly in the sky, the local diner serves grits and sweet tea, and country music rules the airwaves. Then she meets Jackson Redford III, scion of the town and embodiment of everything Dixie. And dang if brilliant, gorgeous Jack doesn’t make Kate decide that maybe her new hometown isn’t so bad after all. But a petition to replace the school’s Confederate flag symbol is stirring up trouble. Kate dives right in, not afraid to attack what she sees as offensive. Getting involved means making enemies, though, and soon, Kate and Jack—and their families—find themselves pitted against each other in a bitter controversy: not just about the flag, but about what it means to be an American.
[Taken from their website since it explained it a lot better then I could.]

4 out of 5 stars! When I started this book, I will admit I had Kate's (the main character) original point-of-view, being that when I looked at anyone who would fly, have stickers and/or have paintings of the confederate flag ... I was amazed someone would still have them up since when I see it I immediately think of racism. You see I grew up in southern Maine and even though I might not have known much about history (since I was never was able to pay attention in history classes growing up), but I did know the basics ... the big things ... and I have plenty of different types of friends from either my high school, college years, or just as I got older that I feel I treat everyone the same as I would everyone else. Therefore, after I was married and moved to North Carolina it was something to get used to, to see all of the different people who have representations of the flag on so many things around them (an example would be the picture to the left of this paragraph - taken in Hertford, NC). However, I still didn't completely get it. Now, even though I still think the same way that I did before reading this book, yet I feel I now have a better understanding as to why someone might still love the confederate flag, even if I don't agree with them.

It's a compelling story about believing your values. The way you read it at first, I didn't like it until I understood that it was kind of written to have a bird's eye view of everything to make the ending that much better. And it is!! I cried, laughed, and learned more then I expected to out of this book. I highly recommend it ... especially to those northerners, like me, who still don't get it, or at least I didn't before I read this book.

For more information on this book or any of Cherie & Jeff's other books, then please check out their website.

** Title is a quote from the book A Heart Divided by Cherie Bennett & Jeff Gottesfeld **

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rock me gently, Rock me slowly, Take it easy, Don't you know ...

"Juliet, Naked" by Nick Hornby is a sweet and funny novel about friendship, loneliness, love (in all forms), and coming to terms with ones past. It's about a woman named Annie who has spent the past 15 yrs being involved with Duncan, a man who is so in awe of a singer named Tucker Crowe that Duncan has collected anything he could get about Tucker and has created a website dedicated about him, and after 15 yrs Annie has had enough. So, when Duncan breaks up with her she doesn’t have too hard of feelings for him, and then there is also the email correspondence that has just started up between her and Tucker Crowe after he read a review that she wrote about his latest CD (titled: Juliet, Naked).

It’s also about a man named Tucker Crowe who used to be a singer/songwriter until one day in 1986 he gave it all up, since then he has been ‘in hiding’, per what his fans say, and is still dealing with his past.

The email correspondence between them starts a friendship, of sorts, that is also like their own version of counseling each other. When Tucker is summoned to England to see a child of his, whom he doesn’t know that well, Annie and Tucker plan to meet and then life hits them ...

4 out of 5 stars. I liked this book ... very funny ... however, I wish the ending was written better. =0/

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

** Title is from the song Rock Me Gently by Andy Kim **

2010 100+ Reading Challenge

Okay .... as you can see I am more into reading lately then showing my photos or creating videos .... so I thought why not lets sign up for a reading challenge! *hahaa* This is my second year of all out being addicted to reading (which my hubby is still not to happy about as it sometimes takes away our time together, Opps!), and I'm curious as to see how many I'll end up with by the end of 2010.

I got the challenge from J. Kaye’s Book Blog, to sign up and read more about the challenge please click here. Here are the rules of the challenge:
  1. The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
  2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Manga, Graphic Novels, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts. What doesn't count: Individual short stories or individual books in the Bible.
  3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
  4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count.
  5. Challenge begins January 1st thru December 31st 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.
Okay so ... I'm starting to write this down a little late ... but here is my list that I'm filling in as I go:

January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

May 2010

June 2010

July 2010

August 2010

September 2010

October 2010

November 2010

December 2010

* 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. =0)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Heart don't fail me now, Courage don't desert me, Don't turn back now that we're here

I have fell in love with a new book and series called: "The Iron King" by Julie Kagawa .... Meghan has always felt like she doesn't quite fit in with her surroundings, but with her best friend by her side she has made it through. Till the day of her sixteenth birthday strange things start happening around her and she has a feeling that someone is stalking her ... and everything that she has known beginnings to change ... Yet she never would have guessed the truth .... she is half-fey half-human and her father is a powerful faery king. Now everyone keeps saying she has these great powers and because of this she is caught in the middle of a war that is beginning to brew. And the main question is ... How far will she go to fight for ones she loves?

4.5 out of 5 stars! It's a fast paced, imaginatively written, and a page-turner from beginning to end! I cannot wait for the "The Iron Daughter" [Yet to be Released]!!! *sigh* The characters were AWESOME!! The story is a little mix of "Peter Pan" [the faery aspect], "Alice in Wonderland", and "Cinderella" ... love it I do!

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

** Title is from the song Journey To The Past by Liz Callaway **

Friday, February 19, 2010

You told me that you'd wait forever, Oh and when you held my hand, I knew that it was now or never

There wasn't enough shuffle in the "Kansas City Shuffle" by Talya Bosco ... since at the beginning of the book it says, "Kansas City Shuffle: When everyone thinks one thing is happening, when in reality something entirely different is going on." ... Well that's a crock! Since what you think happens in this book does happen ... plus its so washed out with what the author wanted of romance that it kills the scenes a bit. =0P I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars. Maybe some of her other books are better. =0/

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

** Title is from the song Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams **

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spring is here, The sky is blue ... Birds all sing as if they knew

Can two people who agreeably loath each other have a happy marriage .. to each other? "With This Ring, I Thee Dread" by Ruth Ann Nordin challenges that question. 'Ryan Jackson and Elizabeth Valentine can't stand each other. Unfortunately for them, their parents get along great and decide to play matchmaker in a very unusual way. In order to keep their jobs, they will have to get married and spend four months in a remote Alaskan cabin. They accept the terms but are determined that their parents' ruse will never work.

And it all goes according to plan...until Ryan decides he wants to stay in the marriage. Then all bets are off.' [Taken from Ruth's website since it explained it a lot better then I could.]

2.5 out of 5 stars. It's funny I thought that the previous book that I read was a little to rushed but this one was just a little too slow paced. =0P I like Ryan and Elizabeth as characters ... but as the story builds and levels off in the middle ... it kinda just doesn't go anywhere for a couple of chapters and gets boring .... then it rushes in the end. So, that just ruined the book for me. =0/

Maybe you like it better though .. you never know. *shrug* For more information on this book or any of Ruth's other books, then please check out her website.

** Title is from the song Chapel of Love by Dixie Cups **

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

So come on baby, get in ... Get in, just get in ... Look at the trouble we're in

"Crossroads" [Southern Arcana, Book 2] by Moira Rogers is about two people still learning about themselves and what they want from their lives. Derek has only been a Shapeshifter (Wolf) for two years and is still learning how to control his instincts along with the supernatural world around him. However, the one thing he still hasn't been able to control is the way he feels about Nicole, those feelings have just seem to intensify throughout the two years since he's changed. Nicole has grown up as a Shapeshifter (Wolf) but for years she has been trying to escape her life as the high ranking Alpha's daughter by owning/running her bar in New Orleans. She has a thing for Derek, and plans on changing their current relationship and heating things up a bit.

The only problem is on the night that they both decide to start something, trouble comes for Nicole's family, as her sister shows up asking for help. Now while trying to get to know each other, and helping her sister, Nicole will have to dive back into the politics of her father's life that she has tried so hard to stay out of.

3 out of 5 stars. Good read ... lots of action ... I liked the characters. But still kind of too rushed. =0/

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

** Title is from the song Animals by Nickelback **

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Your arms are my castle, your heart is my sky.

"Colters' Woman" by Maya Banks is about what you'll do for the one who completes you. Holly is running from her life that is suddenly falling apart .... and right into the arms of the Colter Brothers. However, after one glance the brothers know they don't want to let go ..... will Holly feel the same? And if so .. will she allow them to help her make it through the troubles that are after her?

4 out of 5 stars. I like how the Maya made this book into something more then just a quick romp type of book .... you get to see the caring and compassion that each of the brothers and Holly feel for each other.

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

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

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cyber Stalking -- Romantic Gesture or Scary Predator?

"Cyber Cinderella" by Christina Hopkinson, was a HUGE disappointment!!! I could only make it through the first 20 pages or so before I got bored and had to force myself to finish ..... and THEN it turned out to be a crappy ending! WOW! I mean the title just didn't work out for me since when you think "Cinderella" you think the one who's behind it will be the "prince" but ...... *shakes head* 1 out of 5 stars!

All I know was that I didn't like it ... which is upsetting. =0( If you read it I hope you like it better.

And if you've read it before ... what did you think of it???

Friday, February 12, 2010

It's hangin' on when your heart has had enough, It's giving more when you feel like giving up ...

In "NOT anything" by Carmen Rodrigues, Susie feels all alone and that if something happened to her no one would even know it happened. She's an A student ... has goals to become a great songwriter ... loves her best (and only) friend ... but ever since her mother died, a few years ago, she has been lonely. She goes through her days waiting for her father to notice her, so much so that she has been taking care of herself and doesn't feel like a she's in a family unless she hangs out at her best friend's place. However, her friend has been MIA lately since she now has a boyfriend .... and the loneliness gets worse. Then her writing teacher asks her to tutor Danny Diaz (a popular high school Junior) and suddenly her life starts to change .... and she's forced to face the past that she has been trying to hard to keep at an arms length.

4 out of 5 stars! Susie is a strong character ... sweet ... and funny .... I could relate to her, which made me like it even more. Not that I had to go through any parental deaths growing up but she feels like a school outcast in a way and has made her life revolving around only her close friends/family and she's shy enough that she just doesn't know how to change ... until this guy enters her life and without knowing how it happens the things or people she thought were definite in her world start having new meanings. It’s a great coming of age story .... where you get to see how Susie tries to deal with her hand in life. It's just very touching and witty.

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

** Title is from the song In My Daughter's Eyes by Martina Mcbride **

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

When you find yourself, In some far off place, And it causes you to rethink some things ...

Did you know that Atlantis was real?? At least in "The Nymph King" [part of the Atlantis series] by Gena Showalter it is. In this book you'll find out more about Atlantis and Nymphs (of course) ... as well as Dragons and Vampires ... but it's really about Valerian (the actual Nymph King) and Shaye. Valerian is used to women falling at his feet ... or usually falling into his bed as soon as he wishes it ... so when he takes his warriors up to the surface to bring back some human woman to service them he doesn't think he'll have any problems. However, Shaye has some other ideas. She's attending her mother's 6th attempt at marriage and she in the middle of an argument with her mother (after the ceremony) when then hunky men come walking out of the water and straight for them. Her mother falls under their spell and tries to rush to them ... while Shaye tries to run in the other direction back to the wedding reception and dragging her mother with her. The men follow her and once they get into the reception room they gather up all of the single females (including Shaye) and start bringing them back to Atlantis (under Shaye's protests). Once in Atlantis, Valerian feels so drawn to Shaye he feels like would kill his friends before they could be able to touch her, and for Shaye - she just wishes to go back to her home ... but if she can't escape then she would rather be with Valerian then any of his men. The only problem is before he went to the surface he promised his men he wouldn't choose any of the woman ... so when one of them do choose her ... she make a point to let that man know she doesn't want to go with him .... and Valerian plans on keeping her even if that means to fight his cousin to the death. Also, outside forces don't like that the Nymph's have gone to the surface either and will do anything to punish Valerian and his people ... even if it means complete annihilation of the nymphs.

3 out of 5 stars. I liked the relationship between Valerian and Shaye. However, Gena threw in so many other background characters (with another love triangle) that I didn't get to read as much of them as I would have liked to. But I did like the setting she created out of Atlantis ... definitely I wish I could see it myself.

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 Find Yourself by Brad Paisley **

NEW book coming out in March!!

"The Unwritten Rule" by Elizabeth Scott will be available in your favorite local bookstore on March 16, 2010!!! I hope that this one will be just as good or even better then her other books ... my faves of hers (so far) are: "Something, Maybe", "Stealing Heaven", and "Bloom". Here is the book's description:
'Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like you best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...'

I cannot wait to read it!! =0D Remember -- MARCH 16TH!!

To read more about this book or other books from Elizabeth, then check out her website. To find out about her contest, click here.

Monday, February 8, 2010

I'm gonna find someone, someday who might actually treat me well. This is a big world, That was a small town ...

"Enthusiasm" by Polly Shulman hooks you in and makes you wish you could be there with the girls! Julia has been best friends with Ashleigh for over 10 yrs ... and during those years she has been through many "crazes" of Ash's with her (like her candy making time period or her others). Well ... now her friend is onto a new "craze" ... the good news is that it's one that Julie enjoys as well (i.e. Jane Austen) ... however .. Ash doesn't just like things (or her crazes) she puts 100% into them. So, now she's acting like she's from the 19th-century (from the way she talks .. to her how she acts .. to what she wears) and is in search of her Mr. Darcy and Julie's Mr. Bingley!! And the only place to find such a gentleman would be at the all-boys school located on the outside of their town ... and going to that schools annual dance! In doing so comes a great deal of events ... like learning how to dance some of the older dances, Julie meeting her 'Mysterious Stranger', a PLAY!, a love triangle or two ... and a whole lot more!!

3 out of 5 stars! The way it's written .. it was like reading Julie's diary. Very clever! To be 16 again .... I think I just might like it if I had Julie's life. *hahaa* I definitely recommend reading it if your into chic lit!

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

** Title is from the song White Horse by Taylor Swift **

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Who knows, That here we are, And you’re a super star on your own

In "Prada & Prejudice" by Mandy Hubbard, Callie's year hasn't been going well .... so when she convinces her mother into letting her go on a school trip to England she thinks this is her chance to make a change in her life .... possibly become popular ... maybe make some friends .... but definitely stop being the shy girl in the crowd. However, when most of the other girls on the trip don't help her fit in .... she makes a plan to follow them to a club she overheard them talking about visiting that night and just happen to show up. So, a shopping trip is in order!! And what would make those girls notice her as someone with style? Why Prada shoes of course!! But as soon as she's buys them, puts them on, and walks out the door .... she realizes she should have tried them on .... they are a little too big and she really doesn't know how to walk in them. =0/ Then before she knows how to get her balance she falls down .. knocking her head on the concrete. After the pain subsides .... she opens her eyes to find out she is now in 1815 England!! Thankfully she finds a house/mansion not to far from where she woke up .... thinking someone could help her ... but even though the owners let her in .... they now believe she's their American friend Rebecca who was planning on staying with them for awhile. And until she can find a way back home ...... she falls into high society .... and the secrets of everyone around her ..... will she make it home (back to the 21st century) .... or will she even want to leave by the time that comes???

3.5 out of 5 stars. Parts of the story dragged on a bit .... however ... I LOVED how the author wrapped it all up ... so in a way it might possibly be believable! =0)

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

** Title is from the song Graceful Dancing by Blue October **

Friday, February 5, 2010

Looking for something new ..... check these out!

Eeeeekkkk!!!!!! "Burned" by PC Cast & Kristen Cast is coming out in APRIL!!!!!! And they just released the cover and the description!!! YAY!! From the description I hope that Stark wont have to die for good ... but I know if it happens it'll be for a good reason (I hope). *sigh* I also hope that it's just as good if not better then "Tempted" was. *crossing fingers* So go check it out - HERE!!

Also here is a listing of a few other books that I've read recently that if you want to go for a quick read then you might want one of these:
  • "In Plain Sight" [A Cougar Falls story.] by Marie Harte -- 3 out of 5 stars

  • "Tidal Wave" [Forces of Nature, Book 1] by Vivian Arend -- 3 out of 5 stars

  • "Penalty Box" [Blades Series] by Deirdre Martin -- 4 out of 5 stars

  • "Wicked Sexy" [Wicked³, Book 1] by R. G. Alexander -- 4 out of 5 stars

  • "Tequila Truth" by Mari Carr -- 5 out of 5 stars

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

"Oh. My. Gods." by Tera Lynn Childs is about Phoebe .... a girl who is at the top of her game ... literally. As she just won the final race at her track camp and now she's in for a shock of a lifetime ..... her mother who arrives back early from her family reunion trip in Greece brings a new man back with her .... to top that off her mother's playing to marry him during the following weekend, planning on moving Phoebe and her from LA to Serfopoula (in the Greece islands) within the next month and having to leave her lifelong best friends behind ......... then Phoebe finds out once she arrives at her new home that all of the locals are really descendants of Gods (like Athena, Zeus, Poseidon, etc.)!! Now the because she's normal a majority of the school doesn't like her ..... She needs to maintain a B average and stay on the cross-country team to get keep her full scholarship to USC ..... but how will she be able to keep up when it looks like everyone is out to get her?

4 out of 5 stars. cute -- Cute -- CUTE!! Even though it was a teen romp it kept me on my toes!! If your looking for something funny with a girl power feel then I do recommend this!

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

** Title is a quote from the book Animal Farm by George Orwell **

Cupid please hear my cry, And let your arrow fly, Straight to my lover's heart for me

Have you ever tempted fate?? Well .. Robyn and Ken tempt it quite a bit in "Fate and Ms. Fortune" by Saralee Rosenberg. Both Robyn and Ken are down on their luck. But how would have thunk it that things would suddenly change on the night that Robyn attends her cousin's son's bar mitzvah ... the same night that her parents announce their separation and her mother moves in with her! As right after her stand-up act on stage a couple asks her to call their relative who is in desperate need of being cheered up. However ... after a couple of days passing and still not following through on the call, Robyn finally plans to meet up with Ken .... and when she does she starts to realize that she's known him from afar for quite sometime .... the only question is once fate knocks on their door will they answer?

  • Man: Why do you wear a bra? You've got nothing to put in it.
    Woman: You wear pants, don't you?

  • True happiness would not come from praying for what which had eluded us, but being thankful for that which was already in our midst.

  • 2.5 out of 5 stars. What can I say I was hoping for more .... I like Robyn on the aspect that YES she is a really strong character in her beliefs and what she'll do for others. However .... sometimes the storyline dragged a bit. =0P Too bad.

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

    ** Title is from the song Cupid by Amy Winehouse **
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