I have been reviewing for the past four months for NRR and the volume has really taken up most of my free time...
So, check out my reviews and that of others over there!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Friday, September 24, 2010
I plan to reread the Darkest Lie and then move onto Renegade...I so love Lora Leigh!
I have finished my three reviews for Nocturne Reads...check me out over there, as well as, many other fabulous people with reviews on many books releasing this month!
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
J.K Beck has a PNR series that was recommended from a friend on Goodreads.com. I saw it at the grocery store and thought I'd pick it up since we had some rain and a long football game coming up (last weekend). Well, let me start by saying I would not recommend this book nor would I read another book. I thought with Kresley Cole on the front cover saying it was great, it would be...but sadly no.
The main characters Sara and Luke (Lucius)are merely adequate. I don't like my alpha-males to be this soft. I also don't like my smart women to play dumb. Lay that on top of the "oh, you just discovered all the underworld filled with Vampires, shifters, ogres, trolls, on and on and on and you are asking if the law of blah, blah, blah is still valid?" Give me a break...
The sex scenes are mentioned as having taken place, but you have to wait until page 296 to get any kissing and action in the flesh. Trust me, it wasn't even worth the wait. The pieces did not fit together and I found my mind making grocery lists while I was reading.
Maybe it is just me, but didn't enjoy this type of procedural book. I will have to give it a 3/10 (the continuity was very good and no spelling/typos)
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Baking Cakes in Kigali:
Mom just finished this book lakeside and was telling me what a great book. In the hope of diversifying a bit...we shall review via dictation.
The setting is Rwanda just after the massacre. Our heroine and her husband are there from Kenya as he has a job with University in Kigali. She, bakes. And she bakes cakes. The story moves along as they come to order cakes. She meets people from other cultures, walks of life and different life stages. They all share the love of cake.
Without having to recount the horrors of the massacre and its effects on Rwanda, this book in a most gentle way presents the stories and reveals the impacts of these events on the people from both sides of the tragedy. Highly recommended read...8/10 (mom's scale).
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
My first Janel Evanovich book was High Five. My mom bought it at the grocery store in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada...needless to say, I read it. I didn't just read it, though. I devoured it whole. I laughed out loud so many times that my kids thought I was reading a joke book...Fast forward several years and my addiction to Stephanie has not wanned.
Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter, daughter, sometimes girlfriend of Joe Morelli, friend of Lula the former 'Ho, and would be lover of the hawtest man ever, Ranger...
This story started out quite slow and that is not usual for a Plum series book. I actually could have cared less if Vinnie was ever found. The best parts for me are always the banter with Lula and Grandma Mazur, and of course a book with Ranger AND LOTS OF RANGER IS BEST.
The dating situation with Morelli is currently in the "off" position, so I was very hopeful of each Ranger exchange. Also, I love to the count the black cars Stephanie goes through in each book. Only two..and the Mercedes is still going at the end of the book.
I read this one on the ferry to and from the mainland and I really enjoyed the second half of the book. The tempo picked up as did the silly factor, which is part of why I love Evanovich's books. The Metral and Hot Series are much the same. They are laugh out loud (LOL) fun and two women on the ferry asked me what I was reading and why I was laughing so hard.
A bonus for this book is Mooner. As many fans will recall, Moon Man saved Stephanie in the heart of Stark Street in a school bus a few books back. Ahhhh, that book had much Ranger too...Stay tuned for hopefully a Diesel book at Christmas and then Seventeen next summer.
Seventeen Again...Remembering Morelli and her first time on the bakery floor, perhaps. As for recommendation, a great series, but should be read in order for best results. Cheers
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Okay, I have been reading more here and there since I have a huge set of experiments at work to do and they have been taking up 10 to 12 hours of my day. Then the kids, the DH and housework...ugggg. I need a Demon...And boy does Malkom Slaine deliver!
Kresley Cole is the word-smith of the paranormal today. She has picked up the gauntlet set by the AG and then some. What I enjoyed most about this book DftD (Demon from the Dark for those not in the acronyms) was the fact that we know Malkom is tortured and abused by Vamps we do not have to hear every gory detail over and over. He does let us know how it affected him and Carrow has some insight and shares her feelings about his reactions and of course his "big confession" that he was a blood slave...these aren't spoilers per say...but onto the spoilers
The whole story revolves over a three week time frame which I believe will overlap with Regin and Lanthe's stories as well (time will tell). All are held captive by the viscious mortal hell bent on destroying immortals. The mortals believe that the accession is all about immortals killing mortals...Wellll, as the immortals put it, we don't even notice mortals so there you go, let us free...The interesting part for me was that Lothaire asked for Malkom's alliance...WHY? Then the evil LD came by and told Malkom to get his wife. WHY? Makes me think that more people than even these two have plans for our beloved Vemon...
As for the love story, I enjoyed Carrow and Malkom. The idea that one person could be his Demon mate and his heart beat (vampire bride) was interesting. Malkom wanted so badly for Carrow to be the "one". But as we know, witches aren't bound to mates like many other immortals. The Valk's run to their mate, the vamps have a beating heart for theirs, demons release their seed, on and on, but the witches decide. This was a scarry thought to Malkom. But what of Carrow....
Carrow was motivated by love and not just any love...it made her do and forsake people that she would never have done. The fact that her torque wouldn't fall off after LD walked past said that she was not evil and possessed no evil.
My favorite part was the end...I love a big fight, a cat fight and an immortal gathering. I love when favours are called in and they remind you of the past love stories that you enjoyed reading....I highly recommend. 4 1/2 out of 5 <3
Monday, August 23, 2010
I love this series. Jamie was of course the elusive character throughout and then when we got his book-well, I loved it. But Just a Hint Clint takes place before Jamie and is a great book on it's own or as part of the series. The plot is fast and enjoyable and it is fun to see Clint fall in love (and fall hard against his better judgement).
The story opens with your "standard" girl and boy set up by the family only they don't love each other. The boy in this case has fallen for someone else...someone who is linked with the mob. Unfortunately, he accidentally double crosses the mob leader and brother of his lover. Then, when his old flame goes missing, he assumes it has to do with the mob double cross. Instead of hiring a legitimate investigator, he hires Clint. The why of Clint's reputation is given later in the book, but our first meeting is hawt and he commands a room. What is a romance book without a little "BroMance"? Nothing, so enter Clint's buddies. The three go on a rescue mission, collect Julie Rose and bring her home. But, oh, wait, no...can you keep her a while until we find those who planned the kidnapping...so now onto the real story.
Julie Rose and Clint are a good match. She is smart, funny and a little edgy despite her very sheltered upbringing. Clint is the "bad boy" who is good at heart and falls hard for Julie Rose. In fact, I feel like he fell for her from her picture in the opening sequence of the book. One tough point for me was the continuous mentioning of her "plain features, non-descript appearance, flat hair... yada, yada". Well she couldn't have been that plain since she "stirred" Clint in less than 5 minutes. Love at first sight, yes, but love at first fondle??? Made me think that her photo held his interest, especially since he kept it with him throughout the book. Overall, a good read and even better with the series books. 8/10 Have a great read today!