Thursday, July 1, 2010

16 More Books.

I lost track, I got super into lesbian fiction/crime, and have read through almost every author that Bold Strokes Books have published. I forgot to keep track of the book titles because I would buy them three at a time and be done with them in two days.
I'm now reading Skin Deep by Kenna White. Ill start keeping better track from now on.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Night Call and The Crown of Valencia

Night Call by Radclyff
8 out of 10
Medivac helicopter pilot Jett McNally's heart belongs to an Army officer she left behind in Afghanistan, and good-time anesthesiologist Tristan Holmes is no substitute, except possibly in bed. 
When Jett comes home from the war and destruction in the Middle East, everyone she knows thinks she should be happy. How can she explain she left a big part of her life behind, including her heart? Flying and the adrenaline-rush of a crisis are the only things that make her happy, and she volunteers to fly night call where all the action is. So maybe once in a while she takes a few chances. Hey, that's life, right? 

The Crown Of Valencia by Catherine Friend
10 out of 10 (except the ending was too brief)
Ex-lovers can really mess up your life. Kate Vincent's ex, Anna, certainly does. Not only does Anna interfere in Kate's love life, but she totally screws up the world by traveling back in time to 11th century Spain and changing one crucial event. As any sane person knows, you cannot alter an event in history without altering everything that follows--but Anna has an agenda, and a score to settle.
When Kate follows Anna back to the 11th century to clean up Anna's mess before she and those she loves cease to exist, she finds herself fighting not only Anna and her hired thugs, but also another woman--the woman Kate has never stopped loving. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

Shelter From the Storm

Shelter from the Storm by Peggy Herring
6 out of 10
Nora Fleming made a pact with her brother, Greg, agreeing to never place their parents in a nursing home as long as the siblings could still take care of them. Nora’s mother, Opal, has reached the point where she can no longer take care of herself and Nora agrees to leave her job as an ER nurse to stay with her mother. Her plan to just help keep up with the everyday needs of the farm is lost when she discovers the Fleming Farm as well as the family’s sprawling farm house is in bad need of repair.
Nora hires Darcy, her long lost love from high school, to help her repair a few windmills. Darcy was sent to live with an aunt and uncle in North Texas when their daring relationship had been discovered in their senior year. As Nora reconnects with her mother, her brother Greg and her niece, Holly, she begins to realize how much she loves living at the farm.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Hush, Hush and The Spanish Pearl

I'm going to start doing things a bit differently from now on. I have realized that almost every book I review, I start out by saying what a good book it was, how much I love it,and how I cant wait for the sequel. I cant change that, its an automatic response for me. See, I'm actually really bad at criticizing books, so even if they suck, I would try to sugar coat it so it doesn't seem so bad, because others may be interested in something I'm not and I don't want to turn other people off to certain books just because I don't like it. So from now on I'm going to post the title and author, a brief description, probably the one off the back cover, then a 1-10 rating system.   

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
9 out of 10
For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her...until Patch comes along. 
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment, but after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is far more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. 

The Spanish Pearl by Catherine Friend
10 out of 10
When Kate Vincent and her partner travel to Spain, Kate is accidentally transported back in time...way back in 1085. What does a woman like Kate do in a world of no antibiotics, no feminism, no Diet Coke? She denies it as long as possible, then sets her mind to getting home. Tricky with her now useless twenty-first century skills. Things don't go well. Kate is captured by a band of mercenary soldiers and becomes an unwitting pawn in the violent conflict between the Catholic kings and the Islamic Moors. In her struggle to stay alive and return to the future, Kate must flee exotic harems, filthy dungeons, and treacherous Moorish courts. But when a sword-brandishing woman with an astonishing secret sweeps into Kate's life, Kate is suddenly torn between two women, and between two centuries. 

Monday, May 10, 2010

Are Those Fangs Batman??

I don't think I have ever gone that long without reading a book. I kinda fell out of it, got wrapped up in school and work, and didn't have any ME time. An email came one morning though, and that email changed my life...It was from Barnes and Nobles. It was asking me to check out they're new releases for E-reader. (Even though I don't own one, nor do I want to, they still send me coupons for it) It was telling me that I am now able to order the newest Sookie Stackhouse novel for e-reader. WHAT?@#%!$ I didn't know it was even out yet!! My next move was to call Barnes and Nobles and have them hold a copy. When I got there, the lady said, "I cant believe you waited this long, we have had it for four days now." to which I reply, "I CAN'T BELIEVE I WAITED THIS LONG EITHER!! I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS OUT!!" **Read all caps as me talking in a super high pitched voice, slightly maniacally, with my eyes bugged out**
I tried to pace myself, I had two days worth of double shifts to make it through and I didn't want to finish the book on my first shift. I made it through three shifts and finished it. It was so great. That characters have developed more, relationships have blossomed, lives are being created, and taken away, on accident and on purpose. I don't know what else I can say without telling too much to those who haven't read it. I recommend to go pick up the entire series and read it, and if you have read all of them except this one, and didn't know a new one was out...WHY ARE YOU STILL SITTING HERE READING THIS?!? GO GET IT!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Oh boy, here's a big one. (9)

It has been a while. I am proud to say that I have finished 9 more books since my last post!! Im not going to post thumbnails of each cover, you can google that later, im just going to do it in list form.

I finished the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Series. Definite 10 out of 10.
-All Together Dead
-From Dead To Worse
-Dead and Gone

The Lily Bard "Shakespear" Series
-Shakespeare's Landlord
-Shakespeare's Champion
-Shakespeare's Christmas
-Shakespeare's Trollop
-Shakespeare's Counselor
I likes the Lily Bard series ok, it didn't grip me like the Sookie series, and the books weren't as long, but I would give the series a 7 out of 10.

The Aurora Teagarden Series
-Real Murders

I just finished Real Murders today and the murders are super creative, but the personal story line isn't very intriguing. The end of Real Murders left it open to two different romances in Aurora's life and in the beginning of the second book, A Bone To Pick, it erases any hope for the two guys is Aurora's life that you really liked. What's up with that Charlaine?!? I guess ill keep reading the series because now I feel bad for the lowly librarian, and I want to see her happy, and because I haven't found anything better to read. Then again I haven't been looking that hard. :)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

4 More Books...

I haven't been able to post lately as I finish the books, so heres a quick rundown of the books I have finished since the last post. I'm still not doing a review because it will spoil things for you!!

Man im so addicted! I'm about to be at the end though, if you have any good recommendations let me know!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Living Dead In Dallas (SSSVM)

I finished this book about an hour ago and already have started on the next one. I cant really review it because it will give too much away. I probably wont say much on each of the rest, I just need to post about them somewhat so I can keep track and reach my goal of 100 books in 2010. Read this series!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dead Until Dark (SSSVM)

This is the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mysteries (SSSVM).
It was amazing. I read it in just over 14 hours. Factor in 6 hours of sleep b*tches!
It was a great read and I cant wait to read the next one. I cant tell you much, or it will give it away. I love the way that vampires and humans are allowed to interact and that when a vampire bites, you don't automatically turn into a vamp. AND THEY DON'T FREAKING SPARKLE!! (no offense to the Twi-hards out there, it was a great movie/book, but I wasn't a fan of the sparkling.) The bottled blood is a great idea, but it kinda grosses me out. I definitely recommend this book. Thanks Sara for guiding me to this series!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Second Helpings

Holy Cow! That book is finally over! Why is it authors write books that are SO FREAKING BORING in the beginning and middle and towards then end, it exceed every expectation you could have of it. WHY DID THE END GET SO GOOD!!! Damn. Now im going to go get the third one. I could kick myself. At this rate im never going to get through 100 books in a year. My OCD wont let me put this series down now that im halfway through. I think that the story drags, the characters are crazy and the layout of the book is diary style (not a big fan of), but damn the end of this one made me want to read the next one. Im not going to tell you what its about but im not going to recommend it unless you like diary style writing from a girl in high school perspective whos best friend moves away and the fact that she never thinks shes going to lose her virginity.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I just finished Sloppy Firsts. Now let me start by saying that this book was nothing like I expected. I had read the back in the bookstore and it said things like, "When her best friend moves away from Pineville, sixteen year old Jessica Darling is devastated.", and " How is she supposed to deal with the boy- and shopping- crazy girls at school, her dads obsession with her track meets, and her mother salivating over her big sisters lavish wedding?" I was expecting a nice censored peek into the life of a sixteen year old high school girl dealing with drama and crushes. 
What I wasn’t expecting was the "C" word thrown around with a few "GD's" in the mix. A whole bunch more sex than I thought I would have found in a teenagers book. Then I remember I didn’t find this in the teen section. I found it in the fiction section. That explains a lot. 
So it’s about a girl named Jessica Darling and her best friend Hope just moved very far away. Jessica is addicted to running track and her dad is herself appointed coach. Its seems to be all he cares about. Her mother doesn’t seem to accept who she is and doesn’t really try to find out, her sister is just a total bitch, but Jessica points that out a few times in the book for you. 
It’s a great weekend read with an ending exciting enough to make you want to go get the next one. Apparently there are five out. I am interested in how the story unfolds in the next one, but I’m not chomping at the bit, clubbing old ladies, running to my nearest bookstore to get it. I figure I’ll grab it next time I’m there, but I’m not going to make a special trip. I would recommend you read this as long as you don’t have any other books you would rather read. 
Now don’t get me wrong, I liked it, and maybe the second book will make me a diehard fan, but I would rate this book 6 out of 10. A bit harsh since I would pretty much read anything, but it has all the fixings to make you realize and notice this is the first try at the character.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


May I just say...SHIVER WAS AN AMAZING BOOK!! I couldn't put it down. I am a few days late of writing my review, but I finished it in under two days. It was a great story line and the writing style was phenomenal how it bounces between two characters but never loses or confuses you. 
Its about a girl who has been watching the wolves in her back yard for her entire life, every winter they are there at the tree line watching back. She is so mesmerized by the one with the golden eyes. She calls him "her wolf". Summer seems to drag on for her because she doesn't see them when the temperature rises. 
I have heard mixed reviews, some saying it was great, some saying its a one sided version of the Twilight series with a better ending. I can see both sides. I am wanting to research when it was written and maybe what imspired it. The next book in the series comes out in June 2010 and I cant wait to read it. Im going to read an excerpt now!! 

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones is about a girl who was raped and murdered and goes to her heaven, where if she can imagine it, it will happen. It can be whatever she wants. It turns out that this heaven is only for people who aren’t done with what’s going on on Earth. She can’t move on to heaven until she feels all her questions are answered and her curiosities resolved. She is the only one who knows who killed her and she tries to help her family figure it out. 
It is a beautifully written book and in the back is an excerpt from Alice Sebold's next book. As soon as they are in stock at Barnes and Nobles I will be there to get it!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Lucky One

I am in love with this book. It was such an amazing book! I was a bit skeptical at first because I had never read any of his books, just seen his movies and I wasn’t that big of a fan of them. Within the first two chapters I couldn’t put it down. I actually finished it yesterday morning but this is the first time I’ve been able to sign on. 
The book takes place in a small town called Hampton, and the story is centered around a man named Logan Thibault. He was away in the military and he found a picture in the sand in the desert, after posting it up on the bulletin board for a month he took it back and gave himself the job of finding the woman in the picture. 
He held onto the picture the rest of the time in the military and a lot of people seemed to think it was his good luck charm. Once he returned to the states he set off on a journey to find this woman, all he knew about her was that her first initial was E and she lived in the Carolinas. 
After not knowingly running into "E"'s ex husband who turns out to be sheriff of the county he is in, he starts showing her picture around bars and pool halls to try to find her. Unfortunately it being such a small town, one of them men he showed her picture too happened to be best friends with the sheriff, who immediately went to Thibault and told him to get out of town. After a new job, some dog training and shag dancing lessons, the sheriff starts to realize getting Thibault out of town won’t be an easy task. 
This is a great weekend read, I say weekend because if you start it during the week you won’t be able to put it down, therefore missing work and school and getting fired. Nobody wants that. So in conclusion I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Well...that kinda sucked.

So as you all know I bought "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" the other day. I got about two chapters in and I really dont know whats going on. The whole zombies part confuses the heck out of you. Ive only ever seen P & P the movie.
Never read the original.
So in a state of confusion I drug myself back to Barnes and Nobles yesterday and got the original P&P. Im hoping that if I can read the original then the zombie one it will be more understandable.
On my way out I saw a new book by Nicholas Sparks called The Lucky One.
I started reading it in the store and am already very interested. So I will be reading this one first.
Hopefully nothing better comes along after The Lucky One, if so, Pride and Prejudice will be pushed back again.   :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Starting a new book...with a twist.

So last night I was walking around Barnes and Nobles and I knew that I would be finished with all of J. A. Jance's books by this morning, so I start looking for a new book that might captivate my interest as well as Jance did. I walked all through fiction, all through suspense, all through mystery and found nothing that grabbed me. As I almost admitted defeat my best friend directed me to the "Classics" table.

I'm not big into classics, I feel as if I don't quite understand them. I think its the way they speak. Dont get me wrong, its beautiful the way theyre words flow together, but sometimes the words they use confuse the heck out of me.

So back to my book hunt.

Were standing at the table and there are all the Jane Austen books, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility etc. As I was reading the titles to see if they interested me I realized that they are a little different than the original classics. I ended up choosing Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Graham-Smith.

Its a quirky twist to the originals. I'm really excited to start it and I hope I can get into it better than the original!! Wish me luck, ill let you know how it goes soon!

Day if the Dead

     This is the third installation of the Brandon Walker/Diana Ladd series. The past two books have made me think that the series was about Diana rather than Brandon, but after doing a search for the cover I found out its a mixed main character book. I had gotten bored in the last book by the Indian stories and the drawn out plot line and almost gave up on it. When I started this one though it was instantly better than the last. This one was about an old colleague of Brandon’s wanted him to join a retired sheriffs group to reinvestigate cold cases that the departments didn’t have time for or the financial backing to do so. They reopened a case that leads them through years of lies and affairs and ultimately ends poorly. Many of the characters you have grown accustomed to take on their own roles in this book, whether it is a new mother, a new doctor or an almost widowed wife. The Indian stories seemed to be toned down a bit in this book. The stories coincided with the main story a lot better than the previous book and everything seemed to flow a lot better.
     That was the last book in the 72 books J. A. Jance has written. I’m slightly sad that I have to move on to new stories and new authors. She will always be one of my favorites and you better believe I will be first in line as soon as her next book comes out.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kiss Of The Bees- J.A. Jance

It is January 5th. I have just finished Kiss of the Bees and am a little disheartened. The first book had kept my attention very well, I was really excited for the second one. It was a 20 year jump forward and I think thats what threw off the characters. It didn't really get into in depth detail why people don't get along, or moved away, or even came into the picture. The end of the book was by far the best part. It sped up, was action packet, and actually seemed to make sense. 
At the beginning of each chapter is a short story from the Tohono O'odham, and those old Indian stories in a way relate to whats going on in present time with the characters in the book. While J.A Jance is one of my favorite writers, I have to admit this isn't one of my favorite series's she has done. I have started it though and only have one more book to go so I have to finish it. Day of the Dead review will be available soon!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Hello 2010!

This is my first post and I just want to give you a run down on what this blog is going to be about. I read books, ALOT of books. I go through a 400 page book in about a day in a half. Once I find an author and character I like I follow them till the series is either finished, or they haven come out with a new one yet. I have a few favorite authors. My favorite genre would be suspense and crime/mystery. Both fictional. I want to keep this blog because I read so much I have a tendency to forget which book was about what and it doesn't really sink in. It kind of just blurs together like a movie when in actuality its about 18 books. So this is just to organize my thoughts into something that I can look back on and maybe get feedback on recommendations and such. Enjoy!