Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Is the current book I am working on at work. Can I saw work any more in a sentence? Anywho this is my light lunch read and although it's Loretta Chase I find myself wondering when anything is going to happen? I have met the hero I have seen the heroine. I know where the 3 book series is going to go. I mean its about the last 3 brothers in the Hargrove (did I spell that right?) family. This is the 3rd brother out of 5. The older 2 are already married.

Daddy has decided that this one is costing him too much money in clothing bills, hat bills, gloves ect... so he has decided that his son will either marry a rich woman in 6 months, or he will sell of his younger brother's property. That is very harsh considering his only weakness is A) falling in love hard and fast with the wrong females, b) clothes and c) his brothers. So of course instead of marrying for money he decides to go into business and earn his keep. His first job to convince a small town of building a canel to help improve buisness and travel.

Problem: Well yeah the wealthiest land owner doesn't handle his own affairs his daughter Marbel does. (Horrible name FYI but her name none the less) The thing our hero doesn't want to like Marbel. She dresses horribly, she is pretty and well we all know his previous taste in women have been wrong. But now he is actually going to have to convince her that his thoughts on the canel are good.

So that's where I'm at with the story. Its a slow go but hopefully *fingers crossed* it will pick up soon.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


TITLE: Pleasure Unbound
AUTHOR: Larrisa Ione
COPYRIGHT: 2008
TYPE: paranormal romance
PAGES; 389
SERIES: yes (this is the first of 3 so far)

REASON FOR READING: Everyone, and I mean everyone, has talked about how good this book is and I had to see for myself.

SUMMARY: {From goodreads}
In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life... She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life. Two lovers will dare to risk all.Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul...

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Finally I was able to sit down and enjoy this book. And yes it is as good as everyone before me said it was. And yes I regret that I waited so long to read it.
The plot moved along at a good pace. I didn’t feel there was any one spot that I was yanked out of the story. I did enjoy the little twist and turns and I like how it ended. Left me begging/panting for more LOL!

Things I enjoyed:
Without giving too much away I have to say I enjoyed the overall plot and that in itself is something wonderful. Because this is a plot that she going to use through the next two books so getting me hooked on it was a sure thing I would buy the others.
I have to say I am usually a hero driven girl but this time I actually enjoyed the tough as nails heroine. I really felt she was believable the things she did, the situation she handled and the reactions she gave for each situation fit her character and I liked it. This is very rare for me seeing how I don’t usually like the heroine at all.
I enjoyed the brothers. They weren’t perfect by any means but they weren’t so unbelievably bad that I couldn’t sympathize with them. I really can’t wait to read their stories.

Things I didn’t care for:
You know strangely enough nothing is sticking out in my mind that I didn’t care for. Usually I don’t like the whole doctor story b/c I work in a hospital and they usually get it wrong or they amp up the drama. But this time I was sucked in from the beginning and hung on through out the whole thing.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping

SCORE: 10 out of 10

Anything Else: Um yeah I’ve already bought the other two in this series via pre-order it was that good. Can’t wait!

Monday, February 23, 2009



Marked by Passion by Kate Perry

Back Blurb from book!
Rules for the (very) reluctant guardian of the scroll !) Don’t lose the above artifice you’ve inherited from your ancestors – no matter how much it starts messing up your life. 2) Do Learn how to control its powers (And yes, that means putting up with uber-complicated guardian lessons from your father’s meddling ghost.) 3. Don’t trust anyone. Especially Rhys, the mysterious bad boy who’s always one step ahead of you… and as irresistible as sin. 4. Do anything to keep the scroll from landing in the wrong hands. Even if that brings on a a heartbreaking betrayal, an evil you never saw coming, and a choice you may not live to regret.

MY THOUGHTS
This book was okay for a first in a series. I did enjoy the scroll aspect and the guardian being seeped in Chinese history. It was a little predictable and I could tell what the heartbreaking betrayal was going to be half way through the book. However, if you don’t mind first person POV and a tough gal as the main heroine this is the book for you!

Things I Liked
~ I like Rhys even though he appeared to be perfect he was very mysterious and actually kept my attention throughout the book.
~ I enjoyed the ghost aspect. Usually I don’t care for them but this was done well. A father that wants to make sure this possession and responsibility was taken care of even after death.

Things I Didn’t Like
~ The main heroine. She was too pig headed and proud. She wouldn’t learn anything about the scroll. I get that something bad happened the first time she had it and her father blamed her but seriously get over it. You know it has A LOT of power but yet you don’t want to learn anything about it?
~ It was told in first person POV just not something I enjoy reading.

Rating B

Additional Info
~ Published 2009

~ Price $6.99

~Favorite Author Book this is the first book I’ve read by this author

~ Author Website http://www.kateperry.com/

Friday, February 20, 2009

I have switched books. I just wasn't able to get into Biting Nixie right now. I think it was because of the way the main character talked. Half the time I had to stop and re-read it to think about it and then go back to the story and right now that just was too distracting so I have decided to wait.




In the mean time Reading Romance books sent me Marked by Passion by Kate Perry so I am attempting to read it at work. Which FYI not a good idea. Even though the cover is tame compared to some of the book covers out there I still get slightly embarressed to be reading it out in pubic when a half naked man is on the cover showing his tit. And then everyone wants to know what its about and I have no idea so that's just akward.

Other than that not much been working way, way, way too much and have to work this weekend as well but after that I should have a few weekends to myself. LOL God willing anyway!

Thursday, February 19, 2009




TITLE: Seduce me at Sunrise
AUTHOR: Lisa Kleypas
COPYRIGHT: 2008
TYPE: historical romance
PAGES; 360
SERIES: yes
1. Mine Until Midnight

REASON FOR READING: Love the Wallflower series which led me to the Hathaway series

SUMMARY: {From goodreads}
He has tried hard to forget her.
Kev Merripen has longed for the beautiful, well-bred Winnifred Hathaway ever since her family rescued him from the brink of death when he was just a boy. But this handsome Gypsy is a man of mysterious origins--and he fears that the darkness of his past could crush delicate, luminous Win. So Kev refuses to submit to temptation...and before long Win is torn from him by a devastating twist of fate.
Can she remember the man he once was?
Then, Win returns to England...only to find that Kev has hardened into a man who will deny love at all costs. Meantime, an attractive, seductive suitor has set his sights on Win. It's now or never for Kev to make his move. But first, he must confront a dangerous secret about his destiny--or risk losing the only woman he has lived for...


THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Yeah finally I was able to read this book. And yep I did it in one day at work like I have with her others in this series and the one before. Lisa just has that way of writing that sucks you in and doesn't let you go. I enjoyed reading about Amelia and Cam and how thier marriage had progressed I loved the twist and turns in this book as well.

Things I enjoyed:
Without giving too much away I enjoyed the twist that I could see coming half way through but was thrilled about it afterwards. I loved learning more about Cam and Kev and their history with the tats and of course their gypies background. I really enjoyed watching Kev suffering as he struggled with giving up his love b/c he thinks she deserves better than what he can give her. I really felt the love he had for her and that he would do anything, including giving her up, if that is what she wanted.

Things I didn’t care for:I didn't care for the doctor I thought his storyline was silly and not needed. Even though he did play a part at the end I still think they could've done without it.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Nope I’ve read her before many a times

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping

SCORE: 9 out of 10

Anything Else: Even though you don't need to read the others in this series I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

TITLE: Grave Surprise
AUTHOR: Charlaine Harris
COPYRIGHT: 2006
TYPE: paranormal/fantasy?
PAGES; 295
SERIES: yes
1. Grave Sight


REASON FOR READING: Read the first was curious to see where she would take the series.

SUMMARY: {From goodreads}
A college class gets more than it bargained for when Harper gives a demonstration of her uncanny talent. Instead of just finding one body in an old grave, she finds two: the original occupant and a recently deceased girl whom Harper had tried, and failed, to find two years previously. To dispel suspicions about her own innocence, Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver undertake their own hunt to find the killer-only to find yet another body in the same grave.

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
This book was good. I like the way Ms. Harris can write a mystery that leaves me guessing who did it until the very end. I really like that about her and her writing. Not to mention that she can really suck you into the story line no matter if it revolves around Lilly or Sookie and now Harper.
Things I enjoyed:
Again I really enjoyed the mystery aspect. I also like the gift that Harper has being able to find dead bodies and can see how they died. This is an interesting twist in the paranormal world and I have yet to find another that can do it. So it has the unique aspect adding to it. I like Harper’s relationship with her brother and I like learning more about her gifts.

Things I didn’t care for:
The relationship with the step brother is starting to go down a romance turn and even though they are step sibling and even though they were teenagers when their parents met and married it still disturbs me greatly LOL.. no idea why.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Nope I’ve read her before many a times

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping b/c its hard back and cost a lot

SCORE: 6 out of 10 *b/c although it was good it wasn’t anything I would’ve missed out on if I hadn’t read it.*

Anything Else: You should probably read the first one just to get an idea of Harper’s background.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


TITLE: Ecstasy: A Shadow Dwellers Novel
AUTHOR: Jacquelyn Frank
COPYRIGHT: 2009
TYPE: paranormal romance
PAGES; 352
SERIES: yes but this is book 1 in the series

REASON FOR READING: To be totally honest the cover is what made me buy it. That and I loved Jacob. Different series by the same author

SUMMARY: {From Goodreads }
Among the Shadow dwellers, Trace holds power that some as willing to kill for. Without a stranger's aid, one rival would surely have succeeded, but Trace's brush with death is less surprising to him than his reaction to the beautiful, fragile human who heals him. By rights, Trace should hardly even register Ashla's existence within the realms of Shadow scape, but instead he is drawn to everything about her - her innocence, her courage, and her lush, sensual heat.After a terrifying car crash, Ashla Townsend wakes up to find that the bustling New York she knew is now eerie and desolate. Just when she's convinced she's alone, Ashla is confronted by a dark warrior who draws her deeper into a world she never knew existed. The bond between Ashla and Trace is a mystery to both, but searching for answers will mean confronting long-hidden secrets, and uncovering a threat that could destroy everything Trace holds precious.

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Well I can’t determine if it was my mood or the book that made this not enjoyable for me at all. I think Ms. Frank did an excellent job of world building and I really enjoyed it. As well as the plot line it had some moments that were entertaining. But all in all I didn’t enjoy this book.

Things I enjoyed:
Like I said above I really enjoyed the world building. Ms. Frank is known for her fantastic worlds that are thought out and follow certain rules. Those rules carry over to every book and never change. However, the world building wasn’t enough for me with this book.
I did enjoy Magnus and I would love to see his book. And I love that she took the India culture and made it work with this series. I also enjoyed that their culture allowed for twin rulers a woman and a male. That was something interesting.

Things I didn’t care for:
The main characters. I seriously couldn’t connect with any of them. I didn’t care for Trace and I didn’t like his heroine. To be honest I can’t remember anything about her except she can heal and is pale. They always, always, always had sex. The few times they talked it ended with sex. They at least went 2 whole days without sex and that’s just b/c she was injured but then that third day watch out cause it was on. And it never stopped. I just didn’t buy that they had to do IT all the time. Mostly through this book I found that I just didn’t enjoy the interaction between the characters it fell flat to me.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Nope I’ve read her before and enjoyed her other series.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? passing

SCORE: 5 out of 10 (some parts worked others didn’t)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Well I finished it! It was hard work, it kind of picked up towards the end but not enough to make me want to rush out and grab the next in the series. I'll do a full a review later this week! Going to try and read a paperback here one of the 2 mentioned and another ebook. I need to figure out which one I want to read... I'm thinking of reading Biting Nixie by Mary Hughes.

Has anyone else read this one? Any thoughts on it?

Sunday, February 15, 2009


TITLE: A Certain Slant of Light
AUTHOR: Laura Whitcomb
COPYRIGHT: 2005
TYPE: YA paranormal
PAGES; 282
SERIES: I don't believe so
REASON FOR READING: The blurb sounded interesting.

SUMMARY: {From Goodreads}
In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen, terrified but intrigued, is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Okay this book was definitely different and in a good way. Helen is an interesting character/ghost. She doesn’t haunt the people she follows she just hangs around them b/c she’s scared if she lets go she will go back to the place where she died (although she doesn’t know that’s what it is instead she thinks its hell.) Then you throw in that no one has ever been able to see her until one day in English class a young boy looks directly at her. What was very interesting to me is how Ms. Whitcomb pulled this off. Its hard to image wanting to read about ghost who don’t scare people but who are just trying to survive the only way they know how. Add to it now I’m scared I might have one as well.

Things I enjoyed:
I enjoyed Helene and how difficult she found letting go of things. A lot of us have this problem but as a ghost it was magnified through her constant fear of letting go of her host. I also found James interesting and how he took the time to help Helene with her fears. I love that he was patient and understanding and really, really tried to help her work through all her frustrations. Together they learned that they had to let go in order to finish living. The whole twist on the two bodies they took over was wonderful. This was truly an enjoyable read.

Things I didn’t care for:
I thought the whole host issue was a difficult problem and hard to understand. The concept is the body can release the spirit but still function so that no one notices the difference. Other than the host acting strange, like memory loss, acting like a puppet ect… Then the light (which was Helene and James) or darkness (which I can only assume is demons or bad ghost) can take over the host and use their bodies which James and Helene did. While interesting it still was confusing. Then add to it that James and Helene wanted the original host to have their own spirits back so that added to the confusion.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? I think I read her writing book but nothing fiction. It was very good so yes I will read her next one The Fetch

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Passing simply b/c I have read it and I will remember the twist if I re-read

SCORE: 7 out of 10

Anything Else: Although I found this in the YA section it does have sex and it doesn’t appear to be YA. The reasoning it was there the main characters are in their late 20s but they choose host that are teenagers. OH and yes this is a romance story!

Additional Info:
~ Price: $8.99
~ Favorite Author Book(s): this is the only one I’ve read by her
~ Author Website: http://www.laurawhitcomb.com/
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Humm


So I am reading Ecstasy: the Shadowdwellers by Jacquelyn Frank a new series she has started that branched off after the Demon series she had. And even though I only read one of that series I thought the cover looked amazing so I spurged and bought in ebook as one of my first purchases. And I am starting to regret it.

I'm only on page 145 but I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to walk away. In fact according to Goodreads I've been trying to read this book since January 29 and though that doesn't seem like that long ago it really is for me. If you consider that while I was at the hospital for 3 days I managed to start and finish 2 books. 2 books I wasn't even thinking about reading until that time. And yet 3 weeks later I'm only on page 145. I still don't care for the heroine even though I have tried DAMN hard to give her the benefit of the doubt. I hate the healing scene in which she dry humps him until he is well. I really could care less for the hero and the fact that they haven't even explained to the heroine why she is the only person in the shadowdwelling like place.


The world building is wonderful and I think if I could just get pass the hiccups I would do okay but I can't get pass them so here's my promise to me. If I can't get past page 200 without skimming then I am giving up on it. I never give up on books ever but every once in a while due to my mood or whatever funk I'm in I just can't do it any longer. This might be one of those times. Wish me luck

TITLE: Willow Bend
AUTHOR: Ally Blue
COPYRIGHT: 2002
TYPE: M/M romance
PAGES; 216 ebook
SERIES: no

REASON FOR READING: Ally was kind enough to give a free copy away on Wave’s site and I managed to snatch it up.



SUMMARY: {From Goodreads}
Can two men from different worlds cut the ties binding them to heartaches past and present, and make a life together? For Paul Gordon, the little town of Willow Bend, South Carolina is the perfect place to start over. A place where he can move on after his lover's death, alone and anonymous. Cory Saunders is just trying to survive. Between working two jobs and caring for his ailing mother, it's all he can do to keep his head above water. When Paul and Cory meet, their mutual attraction is undeniable. When the intense physical attraction starts to blossom into something deeper, neither wants to admit to what's happening. Cory doesn't have time for a relationship, and Paul isn't sure he's ready for one. But sometimes, what you thought you couldn't have turns out to be exactly what you need.

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
This book is what I classify as a fluff read. Its something that is quick and easy, leaves you satisfied. Like I said it was a quick read nothing complicated in it. The only parts that were off involved death and seeing how I’m not a guy but a girl I know I would have reacted differently to the situation.

Things I enjoyed:
I enjoyed Cory and Paul they are both believable characters. I felt Paul’s pain at losing a loved one and I felt Cory’s pain of being an only child and the guilt that comes with that when your parent is sick. I understood why Cory did what he did and why he worked as hard as he did to take care of his mom. I also understood why Paul felt the need to get away after what happened to him back home. The romance was quick and hot. A little quicker than I would have liked but then again it fit the characters.

Things I didn’t care for:
Although the relationship was felt solid at times at other times I felt like it was rushed. Then again I am a very logical person and have never told anyone I love them within a span of a month. Also it felt like Cory was a little young for the relationship they were trying to build. And I thought moving in together after only 6 months was really rushing things. Than again like I said this was a fluff read and although I wouldn’t in real life do these things I can’t say it didn’t work for these two. I think it only felt this way b/c I know in real life it wouldn’t work but I found with the writing that it did? IDK make of that what you will.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Yes she was new and yes I plan to read more of her writing

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping

SCORE: 7 out of 10
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Thursday, February 12, 2009


TITLE: Queen of the Darkness
AUTHOR: Anne Bishop
COPYRIGHT: 2000
TYPE: Fantasy
PAGES; 448
SERIES: yes
Review of Book 1
Review of Book 2

REASON FOR READING: Read the first 2 had to know how it ends

SUMMARY: {From http://www.sfsite.com/04b/qd79.htm }
The series is set in a world of interlinked Realms ruled by the Blood, a race of witches and warlocks whose power is channelled through magical Jewels (the darker the Jewel, the greater the power). Over time, much of the Blood has become corrupt, and the delicate mesh of tradition and loyalty meant to maintain stability among these powerful and often violent people has become fatally distorted. Into this period of decline is born a Blood female, Jaenelle. Jaenelle is not simply a witch, but Witch: the embodiment of all the Realms' dreams of power, the Queen of the Darkness who will lead the Blood back to the purity of the old ways.
But there are those who fear the coming of Witch, and Jaenelle has many enemies, at whose hands she has suffered rape and worse, in an attempt to rob her of her birthright. Despite these terrible trials, she has survived to come fully into her power. She now rules as Queen of Ebon Askavi, protector of the Shadow Realm of Khaleer, protected in turn by her loyal Court of human and non-human Blood and by her loving adopted family, to whose devotion she owes both her life and her sanity. Her world can't be complete, though, until she's joined by her promised Consort: Daemon, the great love of her life, who for eight years has been lost to madness in the mistaken belief that it was he who raped her.
Now Daemon, understanding the truth at last, has broken free of the insanity that claimed him. He and Jaenelle are reunited, and slowly, hesitantly, their love is fulfilled. But one of Jaenelle's enemies still hunts her: Dorothea, a powerful and sadistic Queen determined to rule all the Realms. Reluctantly, Jaenelle realizes she must fight -- not just against Dorothea, but against the corruption that has infected so much of the Blood, and threatens the stability of all the Realms. There is only one way to do it: she must unleash the full power of Witch. She knows that in the storm that follows, all the Blood in the world will die -- unless she makes a much greater sacrifice.


THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Wow just wow. This book was fantastic I actually learned something from a fantasy book. The most important thing I think a lot of us forget. It takes time to heal. And wow oh wow does this book take that to far extreme. This is a powerful ending to a fantastic trilogy and I am so happy that I finally got to it. I really, really enjoyed this series. And I’ll be the first to admit when I read this book I started crying. It was so upsetting towards the end and yet I felt uplifted. This is going to be a very hard review for me to write.

Things I enjoyed:
Where to begin I enjoyed pretty much everything about this book. I enjoyed watching all the characters struggle to come into their own. I enjoyed watching the growth of the characters and I have to admit I was shocked at what each character had to go through in order to achieve their growth. There were parts in here that made me cringe and parts that made me cry. There were only a few parts in this book that made me snigger or laugh but there were enough to break up the darkness of the book. You have to keep in mind this is a dark series and it has a lot of things going on that are hard to read. This book is about action and how every action has a consequence. Sometimes the action has to be taken no matter what the consequence is going to be and this book proves that. It went above and beyond my expectations for an ending. While there were some romantic elements it didn’t feel as if the book suffered to make the readers happy in fact it kept its darkness all the way through the end.

Things I didn’t care for:
The only thing I didn’t care for where certain parts that were skipped over. Like L getting a wife and a child where was that story and how did it happen? And I would have loved to see more of D and J hooking up. I did find out that Ms. Bishop put out other book that supposedly has these stories in it so you know I will be checking that out.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Nope I’ve read her before

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping

SCORE: 10 out of 10

Anything Else: You can’t read this one without reading the others.

Well...

Mom is doing better. They found a block in her heart at 99% but were able to put a stint in. She is at home and resting. Although a little ticked that her diet is going to change. LOL! Mine as well so maybe this is what we both needed for a good kick in the pants on getting healthy.


While at the hospital I managed to finish 2 books. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris. This is the 2nd book in the Harper Connely mystery. It had been awhile since I read the first one but this takes place a few months after. Was pretty good. I enjoy Harper and her step-brother although I think she might be heading for them to have a relationship and even though they aren't blood and moved in together when they were 16 I still find that mildly gross... A more detailed review to follow either today or later this week


The 2nd book was A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. This was a little different from what I normally read. It involved ghost and I have to say was very interesting for a YA book. This is one I would recommend for those who enjoy YA (and yes there was sex) and those who enjoy a book about ghost, no not hauntings but about how a ghost would live their life (after death life I mean) very good. Again review to either follow today or this week.
Other than that not much going on. I need to write 4 reviews and finish reading the Ecstasy its okay not something I am rushing to finish right now. That could be due to the amount of world building that I have to learn while reading. And right now I'm just not up to it. But hopefully I can finish by this weekend.
How about you what are you guys reading?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Hey Guys

I'm going to be off for a while. My mom is having some health issues that really need my attention. I hope to be back with my witty if some what stupid comments as I read by Wednesday but if not I plan to post a review on the last book of the Black Jewels this week and sometime I have to post a review on Willow Bend.

Either way hopefully at least one review will get posted this week.

Right now I am reading A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb
Blurb:
In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 150 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen - terrified, but intrigued - is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to e together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.

interesting and yet different. I'll let you know what I think as I dive in.

Friday, February 6, 2009

TITLE: Heir to the Shadow
AUTHOR: Anne Bishop
COPYRIGHT: 1999
TYPE: Fantasy
PAGES; 496
SERIES: Yes this is the 2nd in the trilogy
My review: Book 1
REASON FOR READING: Loved the first one couldn’t pass on the 2nd

SUMMARY: {From Goodreads}
In Heir to the Shadows, Jaenelle's vampiric, adoptive father, Saetan, and her foster-family of demons shelter her. To restore her memory and emotional balance, they move to Kaeleer, where Jaenelle befriends the kindred--animals with magical and communicative powers--and gathers a circle of young Queens. She also heals Lucivar, Daemon's half-brother, who offers a brother's love and a warrior's fealty. As she recovers strength and memory, Jaenelle resolves to restore Daemon and cleanse Terreille.
Bishop subverts readers' expectations; the "darkest" powers reside in virtuous characters, demons and vampires are kindly, and Jaenelle's adolescence is more comically normal than horrific. Her vibrant characters and descriptions will keep readers hooked, anxiously awaiting what promises to be a riveting conclusion.
THOUGHTS/OPINION:
This book was just as dark as the first and had a little more story line that was easier to follow. We know that Daemon has gone mad and thinks that he’s the one that rapped Jaenelle. We learn that this isn’t true. Everyone is treating Jaenelle with kid gloves b/c of the rape and she knows something happened but can’t remember which equals that she can’t remember Daemon either so he goes on lost in the Twisted Kingdom (madness) for a couple of years.
Also it takes Jaenelle about 2 years to come back herself from the Twisted Kingdom during which she fixes the part of her that is broken. Also in this book we learn that Lucivar is alive and eventually comes to serve the woman he has always thought of as Queen.
We also learn that a lot of Jaenelle’s friends that she made as a child are very powerful witches and warlords which will come in handy at the end. Without giving too much away for a second book I thought this was just as good as the first if not better. It answer a lot of questions. Gives a better look at our characters and shows us where the story is heading. Everything a good 2nd book should do.
Things I enjoyed:
I really enjoy watching Jaenelle come into her own. She was violated as a child and survived and Ms. Bishop showed it wasn’t easy, it isn’t easy and she is still trying to cope with what was done. She still gets angry enough to destroy, she still hurts, she still has nightmares but most importantly she isn’t giving up on herself or her powers. Jaenelle is becoming the woman we all want her to be in this book and I think that it shows a nice balance between her pain and her love for those around her.
I also love how Ms. Bishop made sure to give Jaenelle a nice group of friends and support system that a lot of people don’t normally receive. Because of this Jaenelle is able to move on and learn how to cope with all the horrible things that are happening around her.
Another thing I enjoy is the fact that Ms. Bishop has made Jaenelle this unlimited power but hasn’t made her power hungry and the reason she isn’t is b/c of all the horrors she witnessed as a child. This is good. Usually this would be unbelievable b/c as they say absolute power corrupts absolutely but this time I can believe it didn’t.
Things I didn’t care for:
There are very few things I didn’t care for in this book. One of those is the world building that I have grown to love. Ms. Bishop has made such a complex world that its hard to keep up with all the different creatures and people. In this book alone we are introduced to the court that Jaenelle will pick and that’s 12 people/creatures with names and different cultures. Then add to it you are being introduced to more and more and more its just hard to focus on the story and the rich world all at once.Would I recommend this book? Yes I would highly recommend the first and of course if you read that then you will discover this is a must read as well.
Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? Not new will read again see review at top
Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping
SCORE: Another 9 out of 10
Anything else? Before reading this book you really have to read the first.

Finished book 2

So I finished Heir of Shadows last night need to post a review about it. I liked it! It still kept my attention but doing a review might be hard seeing how its the second in a series and I don't want to give too much information up. But I need to post it this week so that I can post my thoughts on the series as a whole.

So look for Heir of Shadow review later today. I will try to post Queen of the Darkness review by Monday. Won't be on the internet too much over the weekend but maybe that means I can get more work done on my writing and reading piles.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

TITLE: Daughter of the Blood
AUTHOR: Anne Bishop
COPYRIGHT: 1998
TYPE: Fantasy
PAGES: 416
SERIES: Yes the first in a trilogy
REASON FOR READING: Everyone rants or raves about this book and I thought *shrug* why not join in.

SUMMARY: [from Goodreads ]
Anne Bishop's debut novel, Daughter of the Blood, is like black coffee--strong, dark, and hard on delicate stomachs. Within the Blood (a race of magic-users), women rule and men serve, but tradition has been corrupted so that women enslave men, who seek to destroy their oppressors. Female children are violated before they can reach maturity; men are tortured and forced to satisfy witches' sexual appetites.

Bishop's child heroine, Jaenelle, is destined to rule the Blood, if she can reach adulthood. Her power is hidden; her family believes her mad. Saetan, High Lord of Hell and most powerful of the Blood males, becomes Jaenelle's surrogate father and teacher. He cannot protect her outside Hell, where he rules. She refuses to leave Terreille, risking herself to protect or heal other victims of violence. Can Daemon, Saetan's estranged son, keep her safe from the machinations of the evil High Priestess? Or will he lose his battle to control his destructive urges and endanger her?

THOUGHTS/OPINION:
Okay at first this book confused the hell out of me literally. I couldn't figure out what was going on. Why this was so important and how the hell one 7 year old could mean so much to so many people. After a while I finally caught on to this complex world the Ms. Bishop has created. Warning: this is not a book to read in spurts you need to have time to sit down and fully enjoy her imagination and story line.
Warning 2: this is not a story to read before bed your dreams will be very dark.Warning 3: LOTS and LOTS of violence in this story that will either turn you off or if you stick with it help you understand this violent world and why things are the way they are.

Things I enjoyed:
there were quite a few things I enjoyed about this book that others didn't. I have heard people complain that Janelle was this Mary Sue heroine that grated on their nerves. While I personally found her refreshing. Living in the time period she did surrounded and violated the way she was she still managed to keep some innocence around her. In her world she managed to keep the happiness and good that they need in a future queen. Had she given in to the darker urges this book would have been done and over with in a couple hundred pages.

As it is she is going to grow into a powerful woman if she can survive.I also enjoyed the men that surrounded her and made her appear to be the Mary Sue type. They loved her, they are and were willing to lay down their lives for her and they understood why her innoncence was so important. They appreciated seeing a being that wasn't corrupt, a person that would fight with honor not fight to gain strength or greed. Because of this she made the King of Hell bow before her.

His sons who have been dealt a fate worse than death fell in love with her goodness and vowed to do whatever it took to keep her alive.

I also enjoyed the fact that Ms. Bishop didn't hold back. She showed us a world so ugly, so repulsive that it almost made me feel dirty to be reading about it and unable to stop it. She made me feel anger and hurt but at the same time I felt that all would be righted if only we could get the proper Queen to power. I felt as if I was one of her subject just wanting her to get to the proper place to help clean up this world.

That's how powerful of a writer Ms. Bishop is.

Things I didn’t care for:
the thing I didn't care for was the same thing I respected in the book. The violence and the way the little girls were treated. I'm sure you can figure out what that is so I won't go into details. It was very hard to get past these parts, it was hard to continue to read without getting angry but I managed. And because I managed and worked through the hard emotions I discovered that the book was richer for it. Could I have done without the violence? yes however, it was needed to show a richer world.

Would I recommend this book? Yes I would highly recommend the first and I will let you know about the rest.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? I have read this author before but that previous works didn't move me the way this book has.

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping

SCORE: 9 out of 10

Anything else? Remember my warnings!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


My take day 2 LOL!


I am currently on page 128 and I have to admit I've been sucked into this fantasy world that Ms. Bishop has created. Yes the questions still remain and yes I am still midly confused. But the pieces are at least coming together. So far I have discovered that the King of hell Saetan is the father of Daemon and Lucivar (yes that is really how she spells the names.) Anywho both L and D have the ring of obedience which yes is around his private area. This is a way the women can control them and why in Gods name would they treat them like Shit even with this control. B/c D has already proven that he can kill them and doesn't care at all.


Anywho their Queen who is now 12 Jannelle I believe is her name has all the sudden stopped appearing. And some how a whore name Surreal is involed the only contection I see is she screwed Janelle's uncle who has put her in a mental institute and Surreals mother is a demon dead who has warned Saetan about the evil queen finding out about his precious Jannelle.


D has just killed the bitch who was trying to control him and made a muck of it while his mother is trying to figure out where to send him while at the same time trying not to want to screw him (THAT IS JUST GROSS FYI) then you thrown in that L is now missing and Jannelle is not making any appearances and is bringing other unstable kids into hell (which I'm not certain that is the best place for them) However, she has made the comment she won't leave her sister which makes me wonder what role her sister plays.


What else, what else... oh and there is a crazy lady who runs around and tells D what will happen in the future that drives me insane b/c nothing she says makes sense. And I finally realized she is the crazy woman in the front of the book at the Prologue who foretold this story or something.


Anywho the long end of it is: the book is good but not something a person should read in short burst which is all I can read while at work. It is most defiantely something you should sit down and read in a long setting.

Monday, February 2, 2009


So they raved and ranted and I started it. I'm only on page 57 but so far it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Nor is it as good as I thought it might be. However, Ms. Bishop's writing has me hooked and I'm dying to figure out just what in the hell is going on.

I think I know and then WHAM something happens and I gets all kinds of confused. Like is there only one girl/woman through this whole book? And 3 men/creatures fighting for her? What in the hell is up with the spelling of their names did she go all JR Ward on us or did JR Ward yank this idea from her? Gawd people just spell names the way they sound just once. I'm begging ya.
Other than that if I can figure out what is going on I will try to explain it. So far we have one bad ass witch who is killing those stronger than her off, making the men submit, and basically running a muck. We have one guy whose a slave litterally with chains, another who is a sex slave, and yet another who is the king of hell? (Let me know if I have this wrong K?)
Add to that a young girl around 7 has appeared to all but the sex one. But he knows she is around b/c a crazy witch told him so. The thing is that she has an abundence of power but yet can't control any of it. And she has 13 Black Jewels which from what I take it the jewels find you on your birthright ceremony?
I am seriously hoping a lot of this is cleared up the further I go with this book. So if you guys can help clear it up or just reassure me that these questions are answered I would appreciate it.

The Englor Affair by J L Langley

BOOK DESCRIPTION: From Goodreads:
In hiding who he was, Payton found himself-and the man he would grow to love.
After his brother is kidnapped, Prince Payton Townsend masquerades as an Admiral-s assistant in order to track the culprits through the tangled mysteries of the planet Englor. He finds way more than he bargained for in the form of Marine Colonel Simon Hollister.
Simon is no ordinary soldier. He-s heir to Englor and his life is mapped out for him: throne, bride, and eventually an heir. He never expected a dalliance with Payton to blossom into love, or that the organization that taught him to lead would threaten that love-and their lives.
Danger and intrigue abound as they learn more about their shared enemy, and about each other. What they learn could help them rise above to an enduring love-or pull them apart.

MY THOUGHTS
Things I Liked:
Pay and Si’s relationship. It started off with Si wanting to protect Pay and not realizing that he was fully capable of it himself. But when Si realizes this it was almost too late. I love the playful banter they have back and forth and how Si fell in love with Pay. It was cute to see him agree to a marriage but in secret to be happy about it. I love that Pay held his own with Si and didn’t stop doing what he does best playing with computers and taking charge in that area.
I also enjoyed the ending even though it had the dreaded Miscommunication they were still able to realize their love for each other and work through it. Unlike a lot of romance books that solely focus on drawing it out as long as possible this wrapped it up quickly and even had them both saying they were sorry instead of one party taking sole responsibility.

WARNING SPOILER!

I love that Payton feeling that he was wronged and unloved left without a major scene. He proved his point, he left a note and did what he thought was best. That is rare in real life and even rarer was Si going after him. So sweet and touching.

SPOILER OVER!!!

I enjoyed finding more out about both planets and how their societies worked. I really enjoyed learning what the differences were and I am dying for another!

Things I Didn’t Like:
Can I just say the jock strap scene and the whole sex scene in general with that particular device I could have lived without ever reading. No it wasn’t hot to me and no it wasn’t a turn on and yet I felt like it was a train wreck I couldn’t stop reading. LOL call me old fashion but if a guy did that to me I would gag from disgust LOL

Rating
8 out of 10

Additional Info
Make sure to read My Fair Captain first I really think this helps with the understanding of this book and the relationships already established. Not to mention this book pretty much takes off where the last one ended.

~ Published: 2008

~ Price: $5.50 in ebook
http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/the-englor-affair

~Favorite Author Book
My Fair Captain (Nate is just perfect)

~ Author Website
http://www.jllangley.com/jllangley/Home.html

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