I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book. --Groucho Marx

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (9)

Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger of GReads so if you think idea was coo like I did head over and link up! It’s a way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! 

This week my Tune is The Lazy Song by Bruno Mars. I love the video, it was really cute and after watching the video a few times I started to like the song.







Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read open to a random page share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. No spoilers (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



“Wait, Kelsey. You haven’t returned my phone calls. So I assume your answering machine is not working. It’s going to be hard to fit you in, but I believe I have next Wednesday available.”

He picked up his pencil and his planner and was already scribbling my name down. How could he ignore the very large man behind me?

“Look Artie I’m seeing someone else now.”



Pg 120 Tiger’s Quest (Tiger Saga Book 2) by Colleen Houck. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Waterfall Review

Waterfall
Lisa T. Bergren
River of Time Book One
Young Adult
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook
ISBN: 978-1-43476-433-1
Overall Rating: 5/5


Gabi is an American girl who spends her summers in Italy with her family and she’s always bored out of her mind. Instead of seeing the sites or meeting cute Italian boys the Betarrini sister spend their time on the site of archaeological digs, with their parents. That is until while exploring an ancient tomb the sisters place their hands in a set of handprints they find in the tombs and that’s when things get crazy. They find themselves in the Fourteenth Century, separated, confused, lost, in the middle of a war and no idea how to get home.

Usually I tend to stay away from books about time-travel but I received this book for review so I told myself I would read the whole thing through. I was hooked from chapter one, and I couldn’t put it down. I read fast I can finish a book in a few hours if I really like it and this was one of those books. I loved everything about it. Gabi was a fun and awesome character to read about, she was smart, strong, fearless, gentle, sweet, brave, and not without weakness. Even when she was scared and had no idea what to do she still pushed on and faced those fears head-on.

This book was great, it had a strong female lead, handsome men, swords fights, a love triangle (though sometimes I hate those), mystery, and bit of unexplained magic. The guys in this book were awesome Prince Marcello, his cousin, sir Luca (a knight), and even Marcello’s sick older brother Prince Fortino. What I loved most about Waterfall was the fact that I believed what I was reading. The words made you believe what you were reading was real. I loved that the character were believable, they felt happiness, felt sadness, felt pain, they were scared and unsure, at times they were hurt, and they didn’t always win the fight. The character were really human and I believe that’s something really important in a story. The adventure in this book was amazing and had me holding my breath the whole time, waiting to see how Gabi and Lia were ever going to get home.

One thing I absolutely hated about this book was the fact that it ended. When I turned the page and realized it was over I sat there and looked at the book for a moment. Thinking maybe if I stared at it long enough more pages would appear but as you can guess that didn’t happen. The only thing that made up for the fact that book was over so was that I know there will be a second book. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book, I NEED to know what happens next.

I recommend this book to anyone no matter what kind of books they read. This is one you don’t want to miss.

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book enable my review. All opinions presented here are my own.}

     To learn more about Lisa T. Bergren and her books please visit her website

In My Mailbox (9)

In My Mailbox is something was that started over at The Story Siren and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places. Such as books you gotten in the mail, brought from a store, borrowed from the library, received to write a review, as they can be in eBook form. Here's a link to see how it all started. I didn't buy any books this week but I still got a few.
                                                
                                              Brought:
Tiger’s Quest (Tiger Saga #2) by Colleen Houck 
                                            How To Flirt With A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper



 













Received from Library:
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins










Desires of the Dead (Body Finder Book Two) by Kimberly Derting
The Magnolia League by Katie Crouch









                Siren by Tricia Rayburn




                                                                     eBooks:
                         Serengeti Sunrise (Serengeti Shifters Book Four) by Vivi Andrews

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: Kitty's Big Trouble

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




KITTY’S BIG TROUBLE BY CARRIE VAUGHN
  
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Urban Fantasy Romance
Published by Tor Books
June 28, 2011

 From Carrie’s site:

Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever.  Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat. Have any famous names in our own history might have actually been supernatural?  She's got suspicions about William Tecumseh Sherman.  Then an interview with the right vampire puts her on the trail of Wyatt Earp, vampire hunter.
But her investigations lead her to a clue about enigmatic vampire Roman and the mysterious Long Game played by vampires through the millennia.  That, plus a call for help from a powerful vampire ally in San Francisco, suddenly puts Kitty and her friends on the supernatural chessboard, pieces in dangerously active play.  And Kitty Norville is never content to be a pawn. . . .




To learn more about Carrie Vaughn or her books please visit her website 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (8)

Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger of GReads so if you think idea was coo like I did head over and link up! It’s a way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! 

I went back to the country. The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read open to a random page share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. No spoilers (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Look,” she explained, “among the Smiths, there are just some things you don’t do to your own kin. You don’t  a wolf’s ‘shine, his vehicle, his She-wolf, unless she ain’t marked proper and she wants to go, or his money. I figured that that’s what he was trying to get to so I . . .  punched him a few times and kicked him in the face and, uh. . .” she cleared her throat. “I shoved him down the garbage chute. Your Mrs. M. showed me where it was.”

“Just tell me one thing Dee-Ann” –Ric’s hand gripped his desk –“were you . . . naked?”


pg 172 of Big Bad Beast (Pride book 7) by Shelly Laurenston

Monday, May 23, 2011

Love Story Review

Love Story
Jennifer Echols
Young Adult
Publisher: MTV Books
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1439178324
July 19 2011
Overall Rating 4.5 Stars


Erin Blackwell is from Kentucky and her family owns and runs a famous horserace farm, though she loves horses and the farm that’s not want Erin wants to do with her life. Erin wants to write books, romance books to be specific, so Erin is going to college in New York City, creative writing will be her major. Her grandmother on the other hand would like Erin to go to college and get her business degree so she can run the farm. So when the two bump heads on the subject grandma decides that Erin should live her dreams just not with the family money. Grandma takes away Erin’s inheritance and her money for college, and then gives it to Hunter Allen.

Hunter is the stable boy, he lives on the farm and though the both he and Erin are the same age they aren’t friends. Erin’s stayed away and given him space throughout their whole lives because both their families share the same family tragedy. So while Erin is working trying to for pay school and food, her grandmother has given Hunter everything that should be Erin’s and is now sending Hunter to Erin’s school. Erin writes a short story in her creative writing class letting her pen write the fantasy her mind has been playing for a while now. A fantasy about a rich girl and poor stable boy, who just happens to look like Hunter. Little does Erin know that Hunter has now switched to her writing class.

This book was good in so many ways. I love Jennifer Echols by the way, so when I got the chance to read this I had such high hopes, and Love Story didn’t let me down. I loved everything about this book, it was serious, heartbreaking, beautiful, charming, funny, and so many other things. It was much more than just some teenage romance. Jennifer Echols has a way of making the characters real and giving them problems that make the reader relate.

Erin and Hunter are in each other lives more than they have ever been before and that’s where lines get crossed and feelings become unclear. But of course things can’t always skip to the happy ending, where would be the fun in that. Jennifer Echols makes this web of lies, and problems that the two have to overcome and work out before anything can really happen between them. I love that things weren’t as black and white we were made to think. There are secrets that we could have never guessed. One of the main things I love about Ms. Echols books is the realism, the conflicts and solutions are ones that could be seen in everyday life, and Love Story is just as real as any other. The ending was one of the realists ending to a story I have ever read, Ms. Echols leaves things to the unknown proving that you never truly know how life would turn out. This book was amazing in so many ways and I would recommend it anyone.

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book enable my review. All opinions presented here are my own.}

To learn more about Jennifer Echols or her books please visit her website. 

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox is something was that started over at The Story Siren and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places. Such as books you gotten in the mail, brought from a store, borrowed from the library, received to write a review, as they can be in eBook form. Here's a link to see how it all started. I didn't buy any books this week but I still got a few.

                                                           Received for Review:

                        Betrayed (Guardians Legacy Book Two) by Ednah Walter



Received from Library:
Abandon by Meg Cabot
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting





Received from Shelf Awareness:
The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler



eBooks Received:
Self’s Blossom by David Russell
The Resurrection by Henry Parker










eBooks Received from NetGalley
Rush of Pleasure (Primal Instincts Book Eight) by Rhyannon Byrd
Playing Dirty (Sisterhood Diaries Book Three) by Susan Andersen

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: Bloodlust

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



BOODLUST: NIGHTSHADE BOOK TWO BY MICHELLE ROWEN
  
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Urban Fantasy Romance
Published by Berkley
July 5, 2011

 From Michelle’s site:

ONE TASTE IS ALL IT TAKES
For those who feast on blood, Jillian Conrad is a fatal attraction. After being injected with a serum that made her blood both irresistible and deadly to vampires, she was used as a pawn to assassinate the vampire king. Now, the vampires want her eliminated.
Hunted and unable to return to her old life, Jillian desperately seeks to prevent the poison in her veins from killing her. And she must find a way to help her dhampyr protector, Declan, whose exposure to the serum has split his personality into one part uncontrolled desire, and one part stone cold killer.
But an even greater danger is rising. The Amarantos – a secret society of vampires – is seeking the infant daughter of the slain king to complete their quest for true immortality. And if they succeed, no one, living or undead, will escape the darkness.



To learn more about Michelle Rowen or her books please visit her website 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (7)

Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger of GReads so if you think idea was coo like I did head over and link up! It’s a way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! 

This week my song is an old one, but one that I can’t stop listening to.  ‘You’re My Number One’ by S Club 7. One of my favorite songs by the group. 



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read open to a random page share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. No spoilers (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I started two books in the past 24 hours but right now I’m not reading anything, I took a break so I’ll give you a little teaser from both books.





“Mr. Fluffy!”
Brand opened one eye “Adara, I cannot allow you to refer to any part of my anatomy as ‘fluffy’. It is not manly.”
“Not you silly, the cat! I forgot all about him. He’s probably scared and lonely and hungry in Never Never Land or whatever it is you put him.”
       Pg 163 Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

His Wife For One Night Review

His Wife for One Night
Molly O’Keefe’
Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0373716883
Overall Rating: 3.5/5 


Jake McKibbon and Mia Alatore have been best friends their whole lives and for the past few years they’ve been legally husband and wife but Jake knows it’s only to fix her problem. It was simple they get married Mia stays on the Ranch like she’s always wanted and Jake will take his studies and inventions around the world. They knew this was not a real marriage and that was fine for them until one night changed everything.

Jake’s going away again but first his needs Mia accompany him to a fancy dinner party with the rest of his colleagues. The two of them share a beautiful night together and good sex or what would have been a beautiful night if Mia didn’t ruin it by asking for a divorce. Before everything changed in Jake’s life a divorce would have been fine but now Jake realizes he wants the thing that’s been in front of him the whole time. And now there is no way in hell Jake’s giving up his wife without a fight.

I enjoyed this book. I was expecting some fluffy romance where the only problem with the couple was the husband didn’t realized he was in love with his wife. And while that was a factor in this book it wasn’t the only problem. This book was anything but fluffy, it was really deep in ways that I didn’t think possible for a SuperRomance book, it was really emotional and took you on wild ride of feelings and regret. So much happens in this book and I don’t want to give away anything or too much.

I’ll admit that at first I was like good for Mia, divorce him and move on but once I read more and realized a few things about Jake, I was hoping they could work thing out and finally start their lives together. Jake doesn’t know what to do with love so he doesn’t involve himself emotionally in things because as a child he’s learned that emotions only make things worse and you get hurt. I was glad that Jake stopped and took a look at his life and tried to work on himself and his relationship with Mia. Also as I learned more about Jake and I got madder at Mia because she knew all about the things Jake has been through so I thought she would be a little understanding, and try to help him.

All in all it was a good book and one that shouldn’t be missed. So go out and read it. I know I will be going out and picking another book by Ms. O’Keefe.

{Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book enable my review. All opinions presented here are my own.}

          To learn more about Molly O’Keefe and her books please visit her website.

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In My Mailbox (7)

In My Mailbox is something was that started over at The Story Siren and I think it’s pretty awesome. It’s a way to showcase the books that you gotten through different places. Such as books you gotten in the mail, brought from a store, borrowed from the library, received to write a review, as they can be in eBook form. Here's a link to see how it all started. I didn't buy any books this week but I still got a few.





Received for Review:
Chosen by Blood (Para-Ops Book One) by Virna DePaul
Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George




Got From Library:
Die For Me by Amy Plum


eBooks for Review:
Dark Passion Rising (Dark Breed) by Shannan Albright
Yearning (Green Hills Werewolves) by Amy Lane
Dragon Food by Emily Carrington
Bite Me by Tracey Fisher


Sunday, May 15, 2011

A-Z Reading Challenge




A-Z Reading Challenge is hosted by Steph from The Thought of A Book Junky. Please check her blog post if you want to participate also. The rule of this challenge is Read 26 books and one for each letter of the alphabet.  






A- Accidentally A Bride by Mary Malcolm. Almost Final Curtain by Tate Hallaway.
B- Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston. Born at midnight by C.C. Hunter
C- Chosen By Blood by Virna DePaul
D- Die For me by Amy Plum.
E- Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik.
F- Falling Under by Gwen Hayes. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
G- Ghost Huntress: The Discovery by Marley Gibson
H- His Wife For One Night by Molly O’Keefe.
I- Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead.
J
K
L- Love Story by Jennifer Echols. Last Minion Standing by Eve Langlais.
M- Marked by Emma Hillman.
N- Nightshade by Michelle Rowen.
O- Once in A Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber.
P- Primal Heat by Crystal Jordan.
Q- Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade.
R- Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.
S- Save The Date by Jenny B. Jones
T- Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren 
U- Undeniably Yours by Shannon Stacey.
V- Virgin by Cheryl Brooks
W- Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach.
X
Y- Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey.
Z

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tate Hallaway Giveaway Winner

So first I would like to thank everyone who entered this giveaway and I would also like to thank Tate Hallaway for doing a an interview with me.   Now I'll get to the point, the Winner is . . .
                                                         Aleetha



Congrats. Aleetha has been contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond.



Waiting On Wednesday: Tiger's Quest

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


TIGER’S QUEST: TIGER SAGA BOOK TWO BY COLLEEN HOUCK


Publisher: Splinter
Young Adult, Hardcover: 496 pages
June 7, 2011

 From Goodreads:

Kelsey Hayes is no ordinary college freshman. In fact, the eighteen-year-old girl has just returned from India, where she risked her life—and her heart—to rescue a handsome Indian prince from a terrible curse. Back home in Oregon, Kelsey is determined to move on, despite the lingering feelings she has for the man she left behind. She meets Li, a completely average guy who offers the promise of an ordinary, curse-free life. But just when Kelsey is ready to move on, Ren reenters her life, on a quest to reclaim her heart.

Danger threatens their newly rekindled love and to save him, Kelsey must journey with someone else—a man who wants her for himself. The saga begun in Tiger’s Curse continues in Tiger’s Quest, as Kelsey finds herself in an epic battle between good and evil. From the shores of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of India, the mountains of Nepal and Tibet, and the mystical realm of Shangri-la, this suspenseful tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption is not to be missed.


To learn more about Colleen Houck or her books please visit her website 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tune In/Teaser Tuesday (6)


Tune in Tuesday is hosted by Ginger@GReads so if you think idea was coo like I did head over and link up! It’s a way to bounce from blog to blog and discover what others are listening to! 

This week my song is one of my favorites, one that I came across randomly when I was on a cruise. They played this video no-stop and I found myself singing alone.  Warrick Ave by Duffy. Love this song. 





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read open to a random page share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. No spoilers (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I started two books in the past 24 hours but right now I’m not reading anything, I took a break so I’ll give you a little teaser from both books.


“Listen, Boy Toy, you might want to watch where you put those hands before you lose them. Then how will you satisfy the ladies?”


“The same way I always do, with both hands tied behind my back.”
Pg 193 Chosen By Blood (Para-Ops Book One) by Virna DePaul.









It still wasn't fitting together, “But you . . . she kissed you.”
“You obviously haven’t ever noticed her in a crowd, she’s a serial kisser. I think her parents are French.”
Pg 317 Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter