Saturday, July 31, 2010

7 Thanks for the Award



Recently The Versitile Blogger Award has been passed to me by some pretty awesome blogs. I would like to say THANK YOU to all of them for even thinking of me.
They are:
Kelsey's Book Corner
Reading the Best of the Best
Bookend Crossing
Crazy Bookworm

If you get a chance, visit these blogs. They are great.

There are some things you have to do when you recieve this award:

1.Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award
2.Share 7 things about yourself
3.Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic.
4.Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.


7 things about myself

1. I can't start my day without coffee
2. Zombies and clowns freak me out.
3. I have two children 9 and 5 yrs old.
4. My list of books I want to read is over 3 typed pages long
5. I haven't read Harry Potter yet.
6. My book crushes are: Mr. Darcy, Eric Northman, Sam from Shiver, and Rhage
7. The first book I ever bought from a bookfair is The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

15 bloggers that I recently discovered:

1. Nymfaux
2. Smash Attack Reads
3. Obsessed!
4. A Book Adventure
5. Shut Up I'm Reading
6. A Girl Reads A Book
7. Coffee,Books and Laundry
8. A Good Addiction
9. Must Love Books
10. A Moment with Mystee
11. Good Choice Reading
12. Ashleys Library
13. From My Nightstand
14. Let Them Read Books
15. Escapism Through Books

Honestly I could have listed many more blogs. There are so many great bloggers out there!

2 Twilight of the Abyss by Casey Childers


Title: Twilight of the Abyss
Author: Casey Childers
Publisher: Create Space
Publication Date: April 5, 2010
ISBN-13: 978-1449998424

When Elizabeth and Darcy meet in Hertfordshire, insults are avoided and they fall in love together. However, when Darcy's family experiences a scandal, he is forced to choose between love and honour. A "Pride and Prejudice" variation, Twilight of the Abyss explores an alternative path for Jane Austen's beloved novel.*

I love to read sequels and ‘what if’ stories fans of Jane Austen write. I love to see how other people in vision her characters and see what direction they take them in. Casey Childers does this in her ‘what if’ story, Twilight of the Abyss. What if Darcy wasn’t such a prick in Hertfordshire? What if they fell in love? What if circumstances still kept them a part? These are the questions that are asked and answered in this story.
Overall I liked the story. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next. The story itself was interesting and entertaining. I like the direction she took it in. Casey also keeps Jane Austen’s characters personalities close to the original. Darcy is brooding. Charles is Charming. Mr. Bennett is Mr. Bennett. However there are a few exceptions. Lizzy is depressed for most of this book. This didn't feel out of place because she has disappointed hopes and dreams and longs for the love that she has lost. Lizzy tries to carry on the best she can. Jane is as sweet as ever but has a little more gumption than the original P & P. I liked that a lot. I imagine as close as Jane and Lizzy were, they would be very protective of each other. The only thing that gave me pause (this is a bit of a spoiler) is Mr. Collins does not marry Charlotte Lucas but Mary Bennett. If I can see anyone else with Mr. Collins it’s Mary. However it left me wondering ‘What’s going to happen with poor Charlotte?’
If you like sequels and what if stories like I do. I recommend this one. You won’t be disappointed.

*Summary and picture is from Goodreads
*ebook was provided by Casey Childers. This in no way influenced my review.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares


Title: My Name is Memory
Author: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: June 1, 2010
paperback 324 pages
ISBN: 9780-340-95349-5
recieved from: Crazy Book Tours

Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

Many of you are probably familiar with Ann Brashares for writing the Sister of the traveling pants series. This was the first book I read by her. My first thought was: What could be more romantic then two people reincarnated over and over to be with each other? I like this book because it wasn’t exactly as I expected. Daniel and Lucy’s (or Sophia) relationship is complicated in an unusual way. Daniel has a problem letting go of the past to connect with the present. Lucy does not remember Daniel or their past lives, but is still drawn to him. This epic story spans over hundreds of years. It goes back and forth between the present and the past. Some of the story is very heartbreaking. The struggle to be together is inspiring. I hope it translates to the big screen because rumor has it; they are making it a movie. One question that has been plaguing me is: Does anyone know if there will be a sequel to this book? I am anxious to know. If there is, I will definitely read it!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

1 The King's Daughter by Sandra Worth


Title: The King's Daughter
Author: Sandra Worth
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication date: 2008
paperback 401 pages
ISBN: 978-0-425-22144-0
Genre: Historical Fiction

Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth of York trusts that her beloved father’s dying wish has left England in the hands of a just and deserving ruler. But upon the rise of Richard of Gloucester, Elizabeth's family experiences one devastation after another: her late father is exposed as a bigamist, she and her siblings are branded bastards, and her brothers are taken into the new king’s custody, then reportedly killed.

But one fateful night leads Elizabeth to question her prejudices. Through the eyes of Richard's ailing queen she sees a man worthy of respect and undying adoration. His dedication to his people inspires a forbidden love and ultimately gives her the courage to accept her destiny, marry Henry Tudor, and become Queen. While her soul may secretly belong to another, her heart belongs to England.


I really enjoyed this book. I wanted to neglect everything just so I could read it. This is a wonderful story of Elizabeth of York. Sandra Worth uses very accurate details on the woman who put duty and love for her country above her own personal desires. Elizabeth is gentle, kind and generous. She lives a lonely existence surrounded by an overbearing mother-in-law and people hired by her husband, King Henry VII, to spy on her. King Henry executes practically everyone in her family because they are a threat to his throne. Elizabeth bares it like no other woman could. She tries to do good where she can, and be a gentle influence on her husband. King Henry was rude, suspicious and miserly. He wasn’t an easy man to care for. This was not a marriage of love but a marriage of political security. My heart went out to Elizabeth. I wanted so much more for her than she got. Sandra Worth made these historical characters come back to life. She is the author of 5 books set during the War of the Roses. This was the first book I read by her and I can’t wait to read more. I highly recommend this book. It's definitely a 'To Read'.

*I received this book courtesy of Sandra Worth for review. This is no way affected my review or did I receive any compensation.
*picture and book summary taken from Goodreads

Friday, July 23, 2010

1 The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause



Title: The Silver Kiss
Author: Annette Curtis Klause
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Published: 1990
Details: Paperback 198 pages
ISBN: 0-440-21346-0
Picture is from Goodreads
Summary is from back cover

“Zoë is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful but frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoë’s brooding thoughts about her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years ago. Does Simon dare ask Zoë to help free him from this lifeless chase and its intolerable solitude?”
I wasn’t actually looking for this book when I came across it. At the time, I was more familiar with Klause’s Blood and Chocolate. I decided to give it a chance when the summary got my attention. The story is told from both Simon and Zoë’s point of view. Zoë feels completely alone. Her mom has cancer and is in the hospital. Her dad is constantly by her mother’s side. Zoë is basically left on her own to deal with everything. On top of that, Zoë’s BFF is moving away, but it’s not like they talk about what’s really going on. Simon is a vampire who survives by being invisible and forgettable. Simon, who has been alone for a long time, just wants to be seen. In an odd sort of way Zoë and Simon are kindred spirits. This book really touches on the loneliness, hurt and anger we feel when something beyond our control takes hold of our lives. It also deals with issues like trying to mend broken relationships and not knowing where to start. The emotions that the characters feel are very realistic. This book also had a bit of mystery to it. There is a Serial Killer on the loose that has the town on edge. This is a good read. It only has 198 pages and took me about a day to read AND I have to mention that I didn’t expect the ending.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

5 Lost In Austen by Emma Campbell Webster


Title: Lost in Austen
Author: Emma Campbell Webster
Publisher: Riverside Trade
Publication Date: August 7, 2007
Paperback 240 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59448-258-8
Picture and Summary from Goodreads

Bringing together Jane Austen's most beloved characters and storylines-a clever, playful, interactive, and highly entertaining approach to the wildly popular novels in which you, the reader, decide the outcome.
Name: Elizabeth Bennet. Mission: To marry both prudently and for love. How? It's entirely up to the reader.

The journey begins in Pride and Prejudice but quickly takes off on a whimsical Austen adventure of the reader's own creation. A series of choices leads the reader into the plots and romances of Austen's other works. Choosing to walk home from Netherfield Hall means falling into Sense and Sensibility and the infatuating spell of Mr. Willoughby. Accepting an invitation to Bath leads to Northanger Abbey and the beguiling Henry Tilney. And just where will Emma's Mr. Knightley fit in to the quest for a worthy husband? It's all up to the reader.

A labyrinth of love and lies, scandals and scoundrels, misfortunes and marriages, Lost in Austen will delight and challenge any Austen lover.


This book is FUN. I read it in a day. It’s a create your own adventure, Austen style. You are Elizabeth Bennet and you’re out to find love. This book gives you the option of making your own decisions, some of which lead you into other Austen stories. There are also regency era questions to test your knowledge. You can keep score or not. I really enjoyed this book. If you are an Austen fan I would recommend this to you. If you know an Austen lover, this would be a great gift. You can read this book over and over with a different outcome every time.

Shall I let you know my fate?

I got run over..........by a carriage...........driven by Caroline Bingley. Oh well! Maybe next time I will end up with Mr. Darcy

32 It's Time For Follow my Book Blog Friday and Book Blogger Hop



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14 Follow Friday July 30, 2010



Happy Friday Everyone! I have a few things I want to tell you about. I have two contests going on right now. You can win Radiant Shadows + a signed bookmark by Melissa Marr by clicking here ends July 31, 2010 and I cleaned off my bookshelves see what's up for grabs here . I am also now on facebook. The button is on the right sidebar. All you have to do is click on it and like my page.

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

2 Shadow of the Vampire by Meagan Hatfield


Even vampires should never sleep with the enemy.

Vampire princess Alexia Feodorovna has been undead for 125 years, so it's been a
while since any man has made her pulse race. Until Declan Black. One look at his
bronzed body and a fire like no other consumes her. Then she discovers that he's
a dragon lord come to take revenge on the vamps who killed his parents. And
claim a crystal said to imbue its owner with incredible powers.

Alexia is ordered to torture and kill the dragon lord. Yet with each reckless
encounter, she finds herself consumed by his fiery passion. A passion Declan
battles, as well. Will he be able to resist the fire of lust she kindles within him and
keep revenge in his heart? Or will he risk everything to quench the burning desire
and claim the vampire as his own?

**may contain spoilers**

One thing that matters to me when reading a romance is the story line. If it doesn’t have a good story, then the romance goes out the window for me. I did not have to worry about this in Shadow of the Vampire. When I first read the summary I was intrigued. Dragons and Vampires, very hot. Declan Black finds himself king after his parents are murdered by the vampires. Alexia is a vampire princess, who is preparing to ascend to the throne. The Dragons and vamps have a long history of fueding. Both Vamps and Dragons are looking for the very powerful Crystal of Draco. Things start to heat up when Declan is captured by Alexia. The world that Meagan Hatfield creates is great. The story is full of tension, drama and great fights scenes that make you wince. The romance scenes are very hot and steamy. I liked most of the characters in this book. They were strong and vulnerable. The only character I didn’t like was the evil, truly bad, step dad. Meagan outdid herself when she made Lotharus. The ending left an opening for more books. I liked this book and can't wait to read more by Meagan. Check out Meagan Hatfield’s website for more details.

I received this book thanks to netgalley, Harlequin and Meagan Hatfield . This in no way influenced my review.
Summary is from Meagan Hatfield's site and picture if from Goodreads.

Friday, July 16, 2010

CONTEST ALERT




Win a free copy of Melissa Marr's Radiant Shadows and a signed Radiant Shadows bookmark here. All you have to do to enter: be a follower and leave a comment with your email (so I can contact you if you win). If you don't want to leave your email in the comments email me @loves2read54@yahoo.com. The winner will be randomly selected. So that is it. You have until
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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2 Fangland by John Marks


Picture from Goodreads

**may contain spoilers**

The first think that got my attention was the cover of Fangland. It’s very dark and mysterious and splattered with blood. My kind of book. When I received Fangland in the mail I began reading it at once. Evangeline Harker is a producer. She goes to Transylvania to interview Ion Torgu. Torgu is very mysterious man with all kinds of secrets. Is he a criminal? Is he a vampire? Is he something worse?
What I like about the book: The newsroom characters were quirky, from a civil war reenactor to someone thinking the network is always 'out to get them' . I found them very entertaining. The story was told from different perspectives. Some of the story was told through email and journal entries. I liked this because you got to see the mayhem that was happening back at the office. I liked the characters reactions because they were mostly believable. I liked the story line. It kept me interested and curious on what was going on. The ending was okay.
What I didn’t like about the book: There were a few moments when I wanted to smack Evangeline. She ignores her common sense and her gut feelings and gets into the car with Torgu, a criminal. I wanted to scream “Are you out of your mind? Didn’t your mother ever tell you not to get into a car with a known or suspected criminal? Stranger Danger, Evangeline”. However if she didn’t ignore her gut, it wouldn’t have been much of a story. So I’ll let that pass.

I recieved this book through Crazy Book Tours. My thanks to Jennifer at Crazy Book Tours for all your help.

0 Kestrel's Midnight Song by J.R.Parker


(Summary and picture from Goodreads)



The land of Gable--renowned for its birds, revered for its legends and secrets--is home to the grandest castle in the known world. Inside this castle, in a narrow cell atop the dungeon tower, the legendary Marauder known as James Kestrel awaits his hanging.

Amidst the anticipation and speculation surrounding his execution, rumors are spreading that the Marauders will come out of hiding for the first time in seven years to free Kestrel and unleash the secret he so carefully guards. But only a wandering giant and a slave girl masquerading as an innkeeper know the truth.

And everything will fall to the shoulders of a journeying shepherd boy . . . with no knowledge that his treacherous adventure will decide the pending fate of the world.



This review may contain **spoilers**

This book follows the journey of Micah, a shepherd, who would do anything to protect his sheep even risk his own life. He is part of a plan that he knows nothing about. A plan to help free Kestrel. On his journey he meets Bart, an unusual traveling companion who wears a mysterious symbol that is also branded on Micah's sheep. Micah also meets Robbyn and Drift. Robbyn is a girl trying to hide the fact that she is a slave. Drift is a giant and sworn protector of Robbyn. They are all traveling to the same destination for different reasons. On their journey they run into all sorts of fierce creatures including the Marauders. The Marauders fight, steal, cheat, murder and lie. One Marauder, Issac Ganthorn, is starting to feel guilty about his past. He has nightmares about the crimes he has committed. This story is full of monsters, greed, friendship, forgiveness, love, redemption and self sacrifice. It also has good battle scenes. I think this book is good for anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.
My thanks to J.R. Parker and Goodreads for previewing this book.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

7 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


Schoolastic Press
374 pg.
checked out from the local library

summary taken from goodreads:
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with every one out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


I wasn't sure when I picked the book up that I would like it, but I was WRONG. I love it. I was hooked by the second chapter. Suzanne Collins created a futuristic world that is hard and gritty, but not without heart. A lot of heart. The heart lies with the characters. Katniss's devotion to Prim and Peeta's devotion to Katniss is so touching and heartwarming. The other characters Suzanne Collins created were very memorable too, Rue especially. A few times tears came to my eyes. The Hunger Games is like survivor to the extreme. It made me angry that people were forced to watch and bets were placed on the tributes. The Capitol treated the twelve districts like they were not even people. I could not help but make comparison between the world we live in today and the futuristic world of Panem. It kept me up thinking about it. Is the US the Capitol? I know there are many "districts" all over the world that don't have a voice. Some parts of this book was not easy to read but ultimately it's a compelling story of love, survival, and friendship. I loved it from beginning to end. I have been recommending this book to everyone. My husband even asked if I was going to buy it so he could read it (that's a big deal).

Saturday, July 3, 2010

0 A Sizzlin' Summer Book Giveaway

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Contest begins July 1 - August 21, 2010

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Friday, July 2, 2010

25 Book Blogger Hop: July 2-5, 2010


Book Blogger Hop: July 2-5, 2010


This is my first blog hop! Let me tell you a little bit about myself: First and most obvious is I love to read. I am a active card carrying member of the local library. I am always on the lookout for good books. My TBR grows daily. I decided to start blog in between chasing kids a few months ago and I LOVE it. Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and follow. If you have any suggestions on how to make my blog better, please let me know.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

4 Glimmerglass by Jenna Black


Dana Hathaway doesn’t know it yet, but she’s in big trouble. When her alcoholic mom shows up at her voice recital drunk, Dana decides she’s had it with being her mother’s keeper, so she packs her bags and heads to stay with her mysterious father in Avalon: the only place on Earth where the regular, everyday world and the magical world of Faerie intersect. But from the moment Dana sets foot in Avalon, everything goes wrong, for it turns out she isn't just an ordinary teenage girl—she's a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between both worlds, and who can bring magic into the human world and technology into Faerie.

Soon, she finds herself tangled up in a cutthroat game of Fae politics. Someone's trying to kill her, and everyone wants something from her, even her newfound friends and family. Suddenly, life with her alcoholic mom doesn't sound half bad, and Dana would do anything to escape Avalon and get back home. Too bad both her friends and her enemies alike are determined not to let her go . --taken from goodreads
I first ran across this book in a recommendation from Amazon. The book description drew me in. I bought the book, but it sat on my shelf for a couple of weeks. When I finally did pick it up to read, I was not sorry. It took me just a few days to finish.

What I liked most about this book:
In this book Dana is forced to face crises after crises. First taking care of her alcoholic mother than being thrown into a world that she knows very little about. I liked the way the author portrayed Dana. Dana freaks out every now and then, which to me is realistic. No matter how mature you are some things just throw you off balance and Dana is no exception. She finds out she is a faeriewalker and more powerfull than she even realizes. Dana's emotions through out the book are quite believable, from meeting her father for the first time to having her first kiss. Speaking of kisses, there are also a couple of love interest. There is Ethan, "the I know I shouldn't want you but I do" guy. Let's face it we all love this guy and Keane, the "I can't believe my dad is trying to set us up" guy. They both are intriguing characters. I can't wait to see who she goes for. There is not much I didn't like in this book. I found the story line exciting and full of adventure.

I love a good faerie story and this is definitely a good faerie story. I can't wait until Shadowspell, the next novel in the Faeriewalker series.
If you like books of Faeries, I would recommend this book to you.
 

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