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Monday, May 31, 2010

Made the Grade: Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 341 KB | Release Date: March 2010 | Publisher: HarperCollins

"Voices of Dragons" by Carrie Vaughn

My Book Summary : Have you ever wondered what it would be like if dragons lived among us? Well, for Kay that is her reality. However, in recent years humans and dragons have been isolated from each other and stayed out of each other's territories for the past sixty years because of the treaty that was signed. The only problem with that is now each side doesn't know a thing about the other, they just base what they know on fear and legion which make it so each side lives in fear of what the other might do.

For Kay, she has grown up right in the middle of it. As she lives in Silver River, Montana a town that is the closest to the border of the dragon territory in America. Also, with a father who's the sheriff of the town and a mother who works for border control, Kay knows this area really well, which doesn't hurt when she likes to seek adventure type of activities (i.e. free-climbing on the mountains the border is on).

The story starts off when Kay is partaking in one of these types of activities, she decides to free-climb in an area on the border that she knows her parents (or anyone working with them) won't be looking at. However, once she gets down and decides to wash her hands off in the river, then slips, and falls into that river taking her over the border into dragon territory .... and her life really gets adventurous!

After being in the water for a while unable to get herself out, something saves her .... a young dragon named Artegal. Artegal wants to know/learn more about humans and just really wants to talk to someone, and is happy when Kay agrees to come back to do so. Which is how they grow to become friends, but they keep it a secret since the treaty states that once one from the other side crosses the border an all out war can happen.

Nevertheless, after a couple of months the reality of their friendship comes into play when the military on the human-side starts testing the border and the dragons’ patience. Will they be able to stay friends when they are supposed to be enemies? Or maybe will their friendship show that both sides are able to live in peace once and for all?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Not as good as I had hoped. I mean it was cute, and a VERY touching story about friendship and love. And for a good portion of the book I cried like a baby. However, I just think it could have been better. It's like Romeo & Juliet only between friends ....

Book Teaser :
"We have stories," the dragon said. "Of people with swords. They hunt us down. Seek us out. Wicked deeds."
Kay wondered what stories the dragons told about human beings. Saint George--Silver River High's mascot was Saint George--must be like the devil to them.
"Foolish, maybe," he said. "But I want to see for myself. To understand. We used to talk to people. Maybe we should again." ~ within Chapter 3

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



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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Feasted On: Vampire Academy Series, Book 5

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 489 | Release Date: May 2010 | Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill Books

"Spirit Bound" [Vampire Academy Series, Book 5] by Richelle Mead

My Book Summary : This story leads off with Rose back at St. Vladimir's with Lissa and her friends getting ready for their last few days of school. With those last few days come the tests to see if she'll be able to become an official guardian. After she does go through the course, came the celebration of it all and then the reality that she is now on her own, officially.

Afterwards, Rose heads to the Royal Court, along with Lissa, Christian, and the rest of her guardian graduating class. However, once there Rose plans on going through with finding a way to save Dimitri (a way that will turn him back from being a Strigoi), but in doing so she needs to find her source which would be Victor Dashkov's half-brother Robert who supposedly had already turned a Strigoi back before. The problem is to do all of that she needs to get to Victor first who just happens to be in a maximum security prison for all of his crimes, among his crimes was trying to control and hurt Lissa, which happened in "Vampire Academy" (Book 1).

Once they return back to Court, Rose gets in trouble for braking them out and is set into a lot of busy work to keep her away from her friends as punishment. But when Lissa goes away to check out the college she plans to attend during her birthday, Dimitri catches up with her and uses her as bait to get to Rose.

Then all hell brakes loose .....

My Book Review : 4.5 out of 5 stars!! This book leaves you with more questions then answers, but it was a great lead up story to what will be the final book in this series "Last Sacrifice." It was heartfelt, funny, intriguing, suspicious, and all-around entertaining! The characters got more developed in this book, with major twists that you don't see coming. I hope that things will turn out well during the last book and answer all of my questions .... I can't wait to find out!

Book Teaser :
His eyes widened, focusing on something just behind Lissa. At that same moment, a hand grabbed Lissa's shoulder and whipped her around. This is it, a small voice inside her whispered. This is where I die.
Then, she understood Christian's astonishment.
She was facing Dimitri. ~ within Chapter 14

My Musings :
  • Adrian is so sweet, I hope things work out for him.
  • With that being said ... I still love Rose & Dimitri as a couple and I hope they are able to work out their "issues" and get back together.
  • I wonder how Abe is going to help Rose out of this mess she's in? Any suggestions?
  • Who do you think the Queen was talking about in her note that Ambrose gave Rose?
    • I think they might be talking about Jill. However, it could be someone new ...
  • Do you remember in the last book, "Blood Promise," how Avery put Rose into that space inside her head, where she was at a home and Dimitri was there and everything was okay, only it was a lie? Well have you ever thought that that could have been the actual future of events to come, instead of some dream that Avery put together. I mean I know it's a long shot, but since we don't really know everything that spirit users can do ... you just never know. So, that's one thing I'm hoping for at least.

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



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Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Idolizing In: Children of the Goddess Series, Book 3

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 245 KB | Release Date: May 2009 | Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd

"Twilight Guardian" [Children of the Goddess Series, Book 3] by R. G. Alexander

My Book Summary : Kit & Jesse have a unique relationship ..... they meet in each others dreams. They have been doing to ever since Jesse was a little girl. The only problem is that neither of them knows that the other is real, they have been thinking for a long time that the other is just a figment of their imaginations.

But when things start happening for Kit that might end up killing him, Jesse feels like she has to save him. So, on a whim she flies to the United Kingdom in search of Haven where she will prove if the world she has grown up dreaming of and her dream lover are real or not.

Once she finds it will just be the first step in saving Kit, as she emerges herself into this new life/world she battles with people to get them to believe her story, then finding Kit and dealing with the upcoming situation that he is thrust into. Will she be able to save him before it's too late? And in the end ultimately save herself?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars. I LOVED THIS BOOK! Really even though this is the 3rd book in this series, reading this description for this book was what got me interested in reading this series in the first place (even though I've only read the first book in the series other then this one, and skipped over the second one). *sigh* It met all of my expectations and then some!! The characters were GREAT! I loved how it developed the storylines from the previous books in the series! And Kit & Jesse were just adorable together! ♥

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1

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

Book Teaser :
It was her.
She looked frightened and tired, and more beautiful than anything he'd seen in his life. But why were her wrists tied in front of her like a prisoner? "Sarasvatti?"
"Kit." Her smile was tremulous, hopeful. He understood the feeling well. She was real? His angel was real? ~ within Chapter 3

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



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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Made the Grade: NASCAR Series, Book 2

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 208 KB | Release Date: August 2007 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

"Almost Famous" [NASCAR Series, Book 2] by Gina Wilkins

My Book Summary : Jake is taking a brake from his racing career, the media, and anything else that goes along with it ... and tries to recuperate from a boating accident in cabin Arkansas. The only problem is after living a life in the spotlight being alone now is getting kind of boring, so when he meets his cute next door neighbor, Stacy, he hopes that he might have someone to hang out with. But Stacy doesn't wants alone time herself as she is staying at her brother's cabin to get away from the recent media about an incident at a local courthouse that she was involved in, and she hates that people know about her now before they even are introduced to her. But then fate steps in when Stacy suddenly needs assistance in getting her foot trapped out of a whole in the woods, and Jake helps out. While they get to talking they both realize that neither of them really know who each other is, since Stacy's story was a little more of a state story instead of national and Jake finds that she doesn't pay attention to NASCAR racing, which both appeal to them so they both go out of their way to not really tell specifics about themselves to each other.

However, after a week of hanging out, they get closer becoming something more then just friends, then their secrets become revealed. Neither is upset with the other, but with one hating anything to do with the media and the other living a life in the spot light .... how can they make it work?

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. *sigh* This one was almost heading into 'Disappointmentville' but it had some good parts to keep that from happening. However, Stacy was borderline annoying when it came to making a decisions about their relationship. So you may not like this book as much as I did if you can't stand indecisive people. Jake was a great character though!

Book Teaser : CLICK HERE

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



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"Waiting On" Wednesday: Shadowfever


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


  • "Shadowfever" [Fever Series, Book 5] by Karen Marie Moning
    Publication Released Date: December 7, 2010

    Book Description:
      MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever.

      Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister's murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals that have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

      What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief, while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh--a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King that contains the power to create and destroy worlds.

      In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac, and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.

      Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman that haunts her dreams? More importantly, who is Mac and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

      From the luxury of the Lord Master's penthouse, to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover, to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac's journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and make a choice that will either save the world...or destroy it.

    I fell in love with this series after randomly picking up "Dreamfever" at the library. I cannot WAIT until this for this conclusion novel to the series!! I hope that Jericho & Mac will get together and STAY together! And I really hope that Jericho is okay ....

    My Previous Reviews for this Series: Book 1 | Book 2 | Book 3 | Book 4



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    Tuesday, May 25, 2010

    Teaser Tuesdays: Almost Famous


  • Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here



  • "Almost Famous" [NASCAR Series, Book 2] by Gina Wilkins

    My Teaser:
    All she needed was to have some reporter show up on the front porch of her hideout, hoping for a filler feature story for a slow news day.
    It wasn't as if there was anything left to write about her, she thought grumpily, but that had never stopped the local newshounds before. ~ within Chapter 1



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    Made the Grade: A Bride for All Seasons Series, Book 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 528 KB | Release Date: February 2009 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

    "The Bride's Baby" [A Bride for All Seasons Series, Book 1] by Liz Fielding

    My Book Summary : Sylvie has planned so many weddings that she is now the most sought after Bridal Planner, however when one of her friends decides on ditching their groom three days before their wedding for one of her employees her whole world changes.

    Tom has just been left/dumped by his run away bride and now wants to confront the person who he would like to lay the blame on, Sylvie, especially since it was her employee. While hassling her at a meeting to go over the invoices that he needs to pay for the wedding, even though it never happened, sparks fly in more ways then one! Once the dusts settles they find they can't deny what is between them any longer, and they find themselves together in his bed.

    Afterwords, Tom leaves the country as he planned but can't get her out of his mind, while Sylvie finds out she's pregnant and plans for what will happen next, and it is all uphill for them miscommunications galore! Will the truth ever come out before it's too late?

    My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars. Predictable but cute story! The good thing about it was that with all of the miscommunications between them it was written in a way that didn't make me feel like either character was annoying or make me not like one character because of how they could have acted.

    Book Teaser :
    "Tell me what he's seeing that's making him melt," Geena persisted.
    His gaze dropped to the unmistakable bulge where his baby was growing beneath her heart and, shattering the illusion, said, "Sackcloth and ashes would do it." Then, turning abruptly away, "Mark, have you got everything you need in here?" ~ within Chapter 4

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



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    Monday, May 24, 2010

    2010 NC Potato Festival's National Potato Peeling Contest

    The 2010 North Carolina Potato Festival was on May 15th in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Here's what happened at the National Potato Peeling Contest:

    Part 1 -- Team Competition

    If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it on vimeo or click here to watch it on youtube.

    Part 2 -- Individual Competition & Awards Given to the Winners

    If you can't see/watch the above video then click here to watch it on vimeo or click here to watch it on youtube.

    To find out more about this event go to: www.NCPotatoFestival.com

    Created By: Jessica Faulkingham

    Video Footage & Photography By: Jessica Faulkingham & Judith Maynard



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    Sunday, May 23, 2010

    Made the Grade: Aspect of Crow Series, Novella 1

    Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: 124 KB | Release Date: 2006 | Publisher: Harlequin Books

    "The Wild’s Call" [Aspect of Crow Series, Novella 1] by Jeri Smith-Ready

    My Book Summary : It's past 'the end of the world as we know it,' and for best friends Elysia and Darien that means fighting for their lives. Baltimore [and everywhere else in the world] is in ruins, money is non-existent so bartering is the only way to get by, that or stealing.

    However, past "mistakes" have lead them to drift apart for a while ..... Darien finds Elysia and tells her it's time to leave Baltimore and follow their Spirit animals. Yet, Elysia has trouble putting all her eggs into one wishing basket, she refuses to believe anything good could come from what Darien is asking. But once her life goes from worse to terrible, she goes along with him to find out the meaning is with these Spirit animals, and possibly see if they still have feelings for each other ....

    My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars. Very cute! Good characters. This is a prequel story to the full Aspect of Crow series, and I'm definitely curious as to how the community they build will work out.

    Book Teaser :
    "It's not safe."
    She whipped out the knife out of her back pocket and waved it over her head. The jagged blade was still stained with Leo's blood. "I can take care of myself, remember?"
    "If you stay, you're an idiot."
    "And if I go with you, I'm a nutbag. I'll wait for a third option." ~ within Chapter 4

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



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