Monday, April 30, 2012

0 May Giveaways Around the Blogging World



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4 Review: Earthseed by Pamela Sargent

Title: Earthseed (The Seed Trilogy)
Author: Pamela Sargent
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: February 28, 2012
paperback, 283 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7653-3215-8
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: From Publisher

Summary (From Good Reads):
To Zoheret and her shipmates, Ship has been mother, father, and loving teacher, preparing them for their biggest challenge: to survive on their own, on an uninhabited planet, without Ship’s protection. Now that day is almost upon them...but are they ready to leave Ship? Ship devises a test. And suddenly, instincts that have been latent for over a hundred years take over. Zoheret watches as friends become strangers—and enemies. Can Zoheret and her companions overcome the biggest obstacle to the survival of the human race—themselves?

My Thoughts:
Earthseed by Pamela Sergent was originally published in 1983. Somehow this book has escaped my attention until now. Earthseed is an interesting story about a spaceship named Ship, that has been programmed to find an inhabitable planet to populate with humans. These humans have never lived anywhere but on Ship.  Ship has raised them, taught them, and prepared them to start a new life on a new planet.
Zoheret is a strong willed girl. She doesn't just blindly go with the crowd. She questions Ship's judgment when it releases them into a part of the ship that resembles a wilderness. Zoheret and her shipmates must learn survival skills and how to live independently of Ship. Situations arise that turn shipmates against each other, but soon they have to learn to work together to overcome a barrier that threatens their survival.
This story blew me away. It's like Survivor meets Battlestar Galactica.  I started reading and didn't put this book down until I was finished. Even then I wanted more. Thankfully Earthseed is the first book in a trilogy so I'll get my wish. This book was exciting and full of adventure. It's definitely one of the best books I've read in some time. You're going to want to read it. It's also going to become a major motion picture. No details yet on when it's coming out or who will be in it. This story is great and I can definitely picture it on the big screen.
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Other books in the Seed Trilogy:
Earthseed
Farseed
Seed Seeker


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

2 Review: The Day the World Ends by Ethan Coen

Title: The Day the World Ends: Poems
Author Ethan Coen
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
paperback, 128 pages
ISBN: 030795630X (ISBN13: 9780307956309)
Genre: Poetry
Source: From Publisher

Summary (From GoodReads):
Ethan Coen's screenplays have surprised and delighted international audiences with their hilarious vision and bizarrely profound understanding of human nature. This eccentric genius is revealed again in The Day the World Ends, a remarkable range of poems that are as funny, ribald, provocative, raw, and often touching as the brilliant films that have made the Coen brothers cult legends.

My thoughts:
I was unsure about reviewing a collection of poems but then I found out it was by Ethan Coen and I was in. I am a big movie buff and I love the Coen brother’s movies especially. In The Day the World Ends I see much of the same wit, humor and emotion that is evident in the movies. Sometimes very rhythmic, lyrical and beautiful, other times crass, crude and full of colorful language, this collection covers a wide variety of subject matter. It took me a while to get over the crassness but once I did I found myself thoroughly enjoying them. If you are someone that is not easily offended, you will find plenty of beautiful gems in this collection as well as having a good time with the Coen style of wit.
My rating:
3.5



Saturday, April 28, 2012

0 Penguin reveals Fall 2012 Breathless Reads


Over the last week, Penguin has slowly revealed their Breathless Reads fall of 2012. Check out the titles below and let me know the book(s) you are looking forward to the most! (You can click on each image to enlarge it if you are having trouble viewing)



















You can follow Breathless Reads on Facebook to keep up with all the latest information. Also penguin has a  sampler out for each of the novels. You can find it on their facebook page or by clicking on this link. I really like the covers to these books, especially Falling Kingdoms and Venom. I can't wait to find out more about these books!



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2 Review: The Birth of Jaiden by Jennifer Malone Wright

Title: The Birth of Jaiden
Author: Jennifer Malone Wright
Publisher: Jennichad Books
Published: April 1, 2011
paperback, 280 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0-615-45791-8
Genre: Paranormal
Source: From Author

Summary (from Goodreads):
Long ago, a prophecy was foreseen. A child would be born, a child who held the power to destroy the world. Now, it is up to Alexander Lucas, a one-hundred-year-old vampire, to keep the baby girl safe from his arch enemy Malcolm. In order to save her, Alexander must raise the child as his own. Will he be able to resist his vampire tendencies to care for a human baby? With the help of the wisest of the supernatural, an organization called The Great Council, Alexander must face many battles to ensure the safety of this very special child.

My thoughts:
The Birth of Jaiden by Jennifer Malone Wright is a paranormal book that centers on a vampire named, Alexander. Alexander struggles with his existence. He doesn't want to die but he doesn't want to be a vampire either. He prays to God daily to help him. God answers him in the form of a baby. Jaiden is a newborn that Alexander finds one night. She is very special and the key to something big. Jaiden is placed in Alexander's care for protection against anything/anyone that would harm her including the ruthless vamp, Malcolm.
This story is full of all sorts of supernatural creatures. For example Alexander has a guardian angel who is more like a best friend and Jaiden's nanny is a powerful witch. Together they do their best to protect the baby. However when Malcolm gets wind of Jaiden's existence, he does everything in his power to take Jaiden away from Alexander. However when one of Alex's friends escapes from Malcom's clutches a whole sinister plot is unveiled leaving the council no choice but to use Jaiden as bait.
Alexander Lucas is an interesting character because of his devotion to God. He is very devout in his prayers. He also goes through a bit of depression in the beginning of this novel. He just can't understand why God allows him to exist. However Jaiden changes him. She not only makes him feel again but also brings people into his life that changes as well. Before you start thinking this book is just a sappy story about a vampire and  his baby, let me tell you it's not. There is also the kick butt, fighting evil part of this novel as well. Wright did a great job of balancing this story with sap and excitement. Overall it's a a good book. I definitely would like to see what happens next with Jaiden and Alexander.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

0 F.R.E.E. Book Alert!


The House of Women by Anne Brear is FREE for the kindle through Sunday.

Available in the UK

As the Victorian Age draws to a close, lonely and brokenhearted, Grace Woodruff fights for her sisters' rights to happiness while sacrificing any chance for her own.

The eldest of seven daughters, Grace is the core of strength around which the unhappy members of the Woodruff family revolve. As her disenchanted mother withdraws to her rooms, Grace must act as a buffer between her violent, ambitious father and the sisters who depend upon her.

Rejected by her first love and facing a spinster's future, she struggles to hold the broken family together through her father's infidelity, one sister's alcoholism, and another's out-of-wedlock pregnancy by an unsuitable match.

Caring for an illegitimate half-brother affords Grace an escape, though short-lived. Forced home by illness and burdened with dwindling finances, Grace faces fresh anguish –and murder– when her first love returns to wreck havoc in her life.

All is not lost, however. In the midst of tragedy, the fires of her heart are rekindled by another. Will the possibility of true love lead Grace to relinquish her responsibilities in the house of women and embrace her own right to happiness?

0 Review: Heiress Without Cause by Sara Ramsey

Title: Heiress Without A Cause (Muses of Mayfair #1)
Author: Sara Ramsey
Publisher: Spencerhill Associates Ltd.
Publication Date: January 13, 2012
ebook arc
ISBN-13: 9781937515225
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: NetGalley


Summary (from Goodreads)

One title to change his life…
One chance to break the rules…
One season to fall in love…

My thoughts:
Heiress Without A Cause by Sara Ramsey is a historical fiction book set around a group of woman who are bored with regency life. They are bored with the season. They are bored with society. However they each manage to have their own special talent. For Lady Madeleine Vaillant the season is especially dull since she is considered a spinster. However Madeline has a well kept secret. She's been acting on the stage. If the ton were to find out she would be ruined. Her life gets more complicated when the notorious rake, William “Ferguson” Avenel asks her to act as chaperon for his sisters. Madeline reluctantly accepts. 
Things get complicated and heated up when Ferguson discovers her secret life. He offers her his protection but at what cost. The more time Madeline and Ferguson spend together, the more they find themselves falling for each other. This complicates everything.
This is an enjoyable book from cover to cover. I love the characters and their willingness to live their lives on their own terms. Madeline and Ferguson have great chemistry together. He has a dark past that he tries to overcome and she has a rebellious heart yet they seem to suit each other perfectly. I was on the edge of my seat wondering if Madeline would be discovered. Overall this is a great novel that I would recommend. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! 
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

0 Review: While He Was Away by Karen Schreck

Title: While He Was Away
Author: Karen Schreck
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
ebook, 256 pages
ISBN: 140226402X (ISBN13: 9781402264023)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

All she wants is for him to stay. She's been doing pretty well, pretending he doesn't have to go. But one day, after one last night to remember, she wakes up and there's no denying it anymore. He's gone.
When Penna Weaver's boyfriend goes off to Iraq, she's left facing life without him. As summer sets in, Penna tries to distract herself with work and her art, but the not knowing is slowly driving her crazy. Especially when David stops writing.
She knows in her heart he will come home. But will he be the same boy she fell in love with?

My thoughts:
While He Was Away by Karen Schreck is an emotional journey of a young girl named, Penna,and her life after she bids her boyfriend, bound for Iraq, goodbye.  Penna and her mom have moved from place to place until they settled into her estranged parents house. It was love at first sight for Penna and David. They fell in love over art. David is Penna's world. However before David met Penna he signed up with the National Reserves. The story begins after he comes back from basic training. Penna tries so hard to be everything that David would need. However it's after David leaves where the story really begins.
Even though Penna is in high school her feelings for David are intense.It's as if they are connected.  After David leaves she falls into a sort of depression. Her mother anxious to get Penna out of the house gives her a job at their family restaurant. However the summer has more to offer Penna than just a job and missing her boyfriend. She finds an old picture of her grandmother who left Penna's mom when she was just a girl. Penna feels an instant connection to this woman she's never met.
This is a powerful story about coping with change. Penna and David are changed by their circumstances and experiences. The book is an emotional roller coaster. The author really gives you a sense of the emotions that Penna experiences throughout this novel. Schreck gives a good account at what it must be like to have a loved one in the military. She also focuses on the strength that friends and family can give. As well as the power of forgiveness and letting go. This is a highly enjoyable book that will bring tears to your eyes.
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0 Ami Blackwelder Guest Post: Travels to Thailand


Travels to Thailand


HI! MY name is Ami Blackwelder, and while many of you know me as the romantic suspense author of paranormal, scifi, dystopian, historical, and soon to be steampunk, and urban...I am also a world travel!

How did I get into this? I decided to teach and travel, two birds with one stone. Earn money in a country I wanted to visit. I began my travels in the orient in Korea, but this post is about Thailand...so after Korea I went to Thailand. I ended up staying for 6 1/2 years! I considered it my second home now and will return in a year or so! I hope!

Swadee Ca! That is ‘hello’ in Thai. Women say ca and men say cup. You say that after every sentence, it is polite.  Unless you don’t want to be polite!
Cap Cun Ca means ‘thank you very much!’

Bangkok is a city of noise, pollution, buses, motorbikes, taxis -all brushing past you on the road as you wander the sidewalks. Many markets on the streets filled with foods, house items, and sometimes illegal items like paperwork for visas, fake degrees and such.The people for the most part are very friendly and a joy to be around, but watch your wallet!

There is also a very cool sky train which is a main form of transit, because it is cheap and will take you from one side of the city to the other quickly.

If you’ve been to NY in America, Bangkok is a bit like that in feeling. Rushing, work-oriented people. You might try fried banana or even fried bugs on the streets! But I spent most of my time in Jomtien/Pattaya area.

In Jomtien the main form of transport is the baht bus and motorcycle. Tourists and Thais alike fill up the baht buses which follow a predetermined path around the city. For just a little change you can go around the city in no time.

This area is known for the gatoys which are men that dress like women. The city is famous for it. There is even a show people pay to see called the Alcazar where all the women are actually men. Some of them are very women like!
This is also a beach area were life is slowed down. Scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, and other water sports are prevalent. You can take a boat to small islands were you can take elephant rides, watch dancers who blow fire, and eat seafood all day long! They even offer massages on the beach. Can someone say heaven?

I even took a motorcycle ride along the hills and coast of the islands. How picturesque and exhilarating! You know you are alive then!


My friend and I came up with a top 10 reasons you know your in Thailand. 

1)   When you see elephants crossing the roads
2)   When baht busses are your main form of transportation
3)   When you eat fried bananas all day
4)   When you find yourself saying Swadee Ca and Cap Cun Ca in everyday conversation.
5)   When you find yourself lost in the city of monkeys
6)   When everyone is smiling even when they are mad
7)   When people are offended by your feet
8)   When everyone pays allegiance to one king
9)   When an extra-extra large won’t fit your American small frame
10)   When you could swear the girl on the street is actually a guy


Hope you enjoyed

Ami Blackwelder
http://amiblackwelder.blogspot.com
Where I blog about books, travels and have special guests regularly!

Ami Blackwelder has an new release SHE SPEAKS TO ANGELS out now on kindle and other readers can convert the DRM FREE book, and that my website is http://amiblackwelder.blogpsot.com

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

0 Summer of No Regrets Guest Post by Katherine Grace Bond


Why We Crave Fame

“Celebrity-in-Hiding.” When I first started writing THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, I didn’t want to admit how much that idea intrigued me. I’m a lot like my main character, Brigitta—all about finding the meaning of life, not fantasizing over whether the guy next door is a movie star. When I bought a National Enquirer, I explained to the grocery store clerk that it was for research— that I was writing a book (“Yes,” I told her modestly, “I am an author.”) I certainly didn’t normally read that sort of thing. Of course not. Well, okay, maybe the headlines. Occasionally.
But as I read through stacks of People and Star and Us (which is a lot like eating sugar cubes all day long), and more stacks of celebrity biographies, I started to wonder what the deal is about fame. Why does it fascinate us? Why do we love the idea of either being famous or being connected to somebody famous?
I think it’s because we’ve got some interesting ideas about “being known.” If I’m “known,” people know who I am, right? Lots of people. Those people will say I’m talented and beautiful and they’ll treat me with special respect. If I’m known, I get to wear amazing clothes and ride in limousines. People will do what I want just because I’m known. If I only eat the green M&M’s, someone will pick those out of the five-pound bag and put them into a crystal dish for me. If I’m known, I am important—more important than that boss who fired me, or the teacher who gave me a C and said “You ought to be ashamed of yourself,”  or the security guard who threw me out of a mall in Seattle for plugging my cellphone into a floor outlet (true story!)
But is that really what being known is? Getting special treatment and being better than somebody else? Who really knows me when I’m known like that? What I crave, what I really crave, is to have a few people who will look into my eyes and know me—know how I wrinkle my nose when I laugh, and what my favorite show is, and why I’m afraid of guns. It’s what we all want, I think—people who will listen to us when we’re scared, and scream with us on the roller coaster, and trust us with their hurts. We want to know we matter. We want to have a few people we don’t have to hide ourselves from.
So is Brigitta’s next-door-neighbor a secret superstar? We can talk about that later. I need to go to the grocery store and read some headlines.



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1 Review: Persuasion A Latter-Day Tale

Title: Persuasion: A Latter-Day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
Publisher: Cedar Fort Inc
Published: February 14, 2012
ebook. arc
ISBN-13: 978-1-59955-947-6
Genre: Religious,  Romance
Source: Netgalley

Summary (from Goodreads):
When Anne broke off her engagement seven years ago, she thought she'd never see Neil Wentworth again. But when Neil's brother buys the house she grew up in, it seems fate has other plans in store, and Anne is woefully unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions that accompanies Neil's return. Fans of Persuasion will love this fast-paced, modern retelling of Jane Austen's most romantic novel.

My thoughts:
Persuasion by Rebecca H. Jamison is a modern day retelling of one of my favorite novels, Persuasion by Jane Austen. I couldn't resist reading this book. The story is set in Northern Virginia and centers around the Elliot family. Anne Elliot is the definition of dependable. She goes above and beyond the call of duty. Her heart still belongs to her ex of seven years, Neil Wentworth. Neil is on the police force in Maryland. Anne and Neil's paths cross again when his brother, Jack , buys the home where Anne grew up.
The story mirrors that of Austen's except it has a few new elements. I do like that Jamison added some drama to the book. It was unexpected and refreshing. This is a "Latter-Day Tale" so most of the characters are Mormon. I was familiar with this concept before reading so I wasn't surprised by the religious tone. However there are parts of this novel that are a bit preachy. For example in one scene Anne is talking to her mother about her views on premarital sex.That scene read like a pamphlet for abstinence. The dialog felt forced and unnatural. There are also a lot of references about the Mormon lifestyle. I'm not Mormon but I could follow along fairly well although some things remained unclear.  However after searching on the internet for further explanations, I was able to visualize and understand what the author was talking about.
Neil and Anne's journey to be together is one of the classic love stories. Persuasion is about second chances, forgiveness, and letting go of the past. Jamison hit the mark with the characters. She stayed true to Austen's characters and vision. Overall I thought this book is a good read. I didn't love it like I wanted to but I was still entertained. Aside from the few problems I had with the book I enjoyed reading the rest of the story.
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1 Kevin McGill launches his novel into space


Here's an interesting way to launch your novel........literally:
On April 20th 2012 Kevin McGill launched his novel, The Merman and The Moon Forgotten, into space! Seriously. Watch the video below to view it.




Space Book Contest: Guess where it landed and win a Kindle Fire

Aero Studios is hosting a Space-Book contest We know where the balloon launched from, but how far away did it land? 20 miles? 40? 180? If you participate in the contest you could win a free copy of The Merman and The Moon Forgotten and a Kindle Fire. The contest link is here: http://nikolasandcoepisode2free.weebly.com/space-book-launch-contest.html

2 Lori Foster Guest Post: Using personal stories in writing a romance: do or don’t?


Using personal stories in writing a romance: do or don’t?

I use personal situations, feelings, things I’ve noticed or talked about. Anything that’s actually me? No. Not ever.
For instance, I was shopping once with my husband and he nudged me. I looked at where he nodded, and there was this young guy, maybe 20 or so, looking at a girl in a prom-type dress. I swear I saw his Adam’s apple bob. He had this look about him that was both hilarious and endearing. I’ve used that particular look many times in my books. It truly said it all – how much he liked her, and how much he wanted her. She did look fantastic, I have to say. But not that much more so than many other 20-something year old girls. LOL. He was fully infatuated, and it was fun to see.
My kids (3 grown sons) have cracked jokes that I’ve used in books. They’ve made male-inspired comments about things that epitomize the masculine mindset. They often give me a good starting point for male POV scenes.
Almost anyone who has read me knows I don’t like alcohol, and I do like coffee.  Those personal things show up often in my books. Anti-alcohol because we had many alcoholics in our family. Back 30+ years ago when hubby and I married, we made a very conscious decision to have all the family parties at our house, and to make them all alcohol-free. I didn’t want to raise my kids with the same problems I had. It’s worked great for us.
Just the other day, my sister sent me a text saying, “Nothing tastes better than that first drink of coffee.”  I wrote her back and said, “I’ve used that exact line in a book many times.” She replied, “If I wrote books, I’d use it too.”
So yes, insignificant things from my life pop up in the books. Things I know, feelings I’ve experienced, scenes I’ve witnessed... they’re there, but with a fictional slant to them.
As a 53 year old, long-married mom of 3, trust me, no one wants to read anything that’s actually about *me.* It’d bore readers to tears. LOL.

Check out more about Lori Foster and her novels at http://www.lorifoster.com

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Monday, April 23, 2012

0 Review: A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster

Title: A Perfect Storm
Author: Lori Foster
Publisher: HQN books
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
ARC paperback, 442 pages
ISBN-13:978-0-373-77656-6
Genre: Romance
Source: Book Tour

Summary (from Good Reads):

Spencer Lark already knows too many secrets about Arizona Storm, including the nightmare she survived and her resulting trust issues. But in order to expose a smuggling ring—and continue avenging his own tragic past—the bounty hunter reluctantly agrees to make Arizona a decoy. Yet nothing has equipped him for her hypnotic blend of fragility and bravery, or for the protective instincts she stirs in him.
Arizona wants to reclaim her life, which means acting as bait to lure the enemy into a trap. Sure it's dangerous, especially with a partner as distractingly appealing as Spencer. But as their plan—and their chemistry—shifts into high gear, Arizona may discover there's an even greater risk in surrendering her heart to a hero...

My thoughts:
A Perfect Storm by Lori Foster is the fourth book in The Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor series. I have not had the opportunity to read the first three books yet. However that wasn't a problem. I was able to keep up with the story line. If you're like me and haven't read the previous books, you can pick this one up and not feel lost in the story.
Spencer and Arizona are the couple this book focuses on. Spencer is still hurting from the tragic loss of his wife. Arizona has a heart-breaking past of her own. She doesn't trust anyone and rightly so. Arizona is brave and has good instincts. Spencer is used to being in control. He feels very overprotective of Arizona.  She partners up with Spencer to try to take down a smuggling ring.
Arizona has a great personality. Despite everything that's happened, she is a fighter. That is a strong appeal to her character. Spencer and Arizona have great chemistry together. They humorously banter back and forth quite a bit. The story line in A Perfect Storm is really exciting. It has a lot of action and suspense. Overall it's a good story. I would absolutely check out the other books in this series as well.
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Other books in this series:
When You Dare
Trace of Fever
Savor the Danger


Saturday, April 21, 2012

1 Review: Overbite by Meg Cabot

Title: Overbite (Insatiable #2)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: February 7, 2012
paperback, 290 pages
ISBN: 978-0-06-173511-0
Genre: paranormal
Source: from publisher

Summary:
Meena Harper has a special gift, but it's only now that anyone's ever appreciated it. The Palatine Guard — a powerful secret demon-hunting unit of the Vatican — has hired her to work at their new branch in Lower Manhattan. With Meena's ability to predict how everyone she meets will die, the Palatine finally has a chance against the undead.

My thoughts:
Overbite by Meg Cabot is the sequel to Insatiable that came out in 2010. Meena has left behind her old life to work for the Palatine. She's still desperately missing Lucian but she feels satisfied that she's helping save lives. When an old boyfriend comes calling Meena realizes that something is not quite right with him. Something or someone is after her. With the help of Lucian and Alaric, Meena tries to uncover who is behind it all.
Overbite is a good sequel. It picks up where the last book ended. Meg Cabot brought back all the characters that I love from Insatiable. The story line is full of mystery and intrigue. There are a lot of revelations that happen in this book that are jaw dropping. I love that Meg Cabot kept the humor from the last book while managing to amp up the drama. Although the story is well written and very good I was a little disappointed in the ending. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who has not read this book yet, but I will say I wish things turned out differently.
This is a book that I would recommend. It's has the right amount of humor mixed with supernatural elements. I think if you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you'll like this series. This is a great escape book to read while on vacation.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

0 F.R.E.E for Kindle

The Reluctant Marquess by Maggi Andersen is FREE download today and tomorrow ONLY! Check it out! 




Also available in the UK

Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.
A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice.
The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her.
While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isn’t thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton.
Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals, as they live by their own rules, which seem rather shocking. She’s not at all sure she likes her new husband either, except for his striking appearance and the dark desire in his eyes when he looks at her, which sends her pulses racing.
Lord Robert is a rake and does not deserve her love, but neither does she wish to live alone.
Might he be suffering from a sad past? Seeking to uncover it, Charity attempts to heal the wound to his heart, only to make things worse between them.
Will he ever love her?

3 Audio Book Review: Insatiable by Meg Cabot

Title: Insatiable
Author: Meg Cabot
Read by: Emily Bauer
Length: 16 hours and 28 minutes
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-06-173506-6
Source: Bought


Summary:
Sick of vampires? So is Meena Harper. 
But her boss is making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn’t believe in them. 
Not that Meena isn’t familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you’re going to die (not that you’re going to believe her; no one ever does).
But not even Meena’s precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets—then makes the mistake of falling in love with—Lucien Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side . . . a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire-hunters, would prefer to see him dead for.
The problem is, he already is dead. Maybe that’s why he’s the first guy Meena’s ever met that she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena’s always been able to see everyone else’s future, she’s never been able look into her own. 
And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. 
Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future . . . 
If she even has one.


My thoughts on the audio:
Emily Bauer has narrated a slew of audio books such as Enclave, Bright Young Things and The Borrower. She has quite a resume. However Insatiable is my first encounter with Emily. Listening to Emily is a joy. She has a very pleasant voice that pulls you into the story. I completely envisioned her as Meena. With every inflection in her voice, I could envision the way Meena's face looked in different situations. Listening to this book on audio really enhanced the story for me. I laughed out loud a few time also. 


My thoughts on the book:
Insatiable by Meg Cabot is paranormal story about Meena, a soap opera writer with the supernatural ability to tell when people are going to die. When ever she tries to warn someone of their impending doom, it usually backfires. She lives with her unemployed brother, Jon and is at war with her co-worker Shoshona. However if that's not enough she has fallen head over heals in love with Lucien, who happens to be the 'Prince of Darkness' himself. Meena has all sorts of problems. 
I really like the characters in this book. Meena has good intentions that usually don't turn out well. Her brother Jon is a little daft. Her neighbors Emil and Mary Lou are hilarious. Lucian would make any girl consider going over to the dark side. Alaric is intense. All these characters come together and interact very well. The dialog is very entertaining. 
The story line is good. It is predictable at times. Meena makes some naive choices that don't end well. However despite all that I did enjoy the story. Meg Cabot wrote an exciting, humorous book with a few steamy scenes. Overall it is a pleasurable read. If you've read this book before I recommend you listen to the audio. It's definitely worth it.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

0 Review: Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale

Title: Midnight in Austenland
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: January 31, 2012
ebook arc
ISBN: 978-1-60819-625-8
Genre: Chick-Lit
Source: Netgalley


Summary:
When Charlotte Kinder treats herself to a two-week vacation at Austenland, she happily leaves behind her ex-husband and his delightful new wife, her ever-grateful children, and all the rest of her real life in America. She dons a bonnet and stays at a country manor house that provides an immersive Austen experience, complete with gentleman actors who cater to the guests' Austen fantasies.


My Thoughts:
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale is the companion book to Austenland which debuted in 2007. If you've not read Austenland yet, don't worry about it. Midnight in Austenland could be considered a stand alone novel. If you're not familiar with these books at all, allow me to set the scene for you. Austenland is in an English resort of sorts. It's a place where Jane Austen fans can come and live out their Austenesque fantasies for a price. Everything from the clothes to the food is authentic. Actors are hired to portray characters of that time to give guests the full Austen experience. 
Charlotte Kinder is the heroine of Midnight in Austenland.  She is a mother of two children, who love her one minute and hate her the next, a successful business owner, and she's also divorced. After her children leave to spend the summer with their father and his new bride, Charlotte decides to take matters into her own hands and go on the trip of a lifetime. Getting into the spirit of Austenland is as easy as she thinks it will be. After all the actors are paid to like you. Witty conversation doesn't come as easy to her as some of the other guests. However when one of the guests suggest a game of intrigue things start to get more interesting. Charlotte has to decide what is real and what is not. 
Midnight in Austenland is a perfect book to read on a lazy weekend or holiday.  Shannon Hale's quirky characters, humor, an intriguing plot, dashing heroes, and corsets make a fantastic read. This book reflects the Gothic feel of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. Hale takes several aspects from Northanger Abbey that translate well. Catherine Morland the heroine of Northanger Abbey is naive and gullible while Charlotte, who is intelligent but she is also a gullible. She puts her trust in people very easily. However during this book, she learns to trust herself.  
Overall this is a good read. If you love Jane Austen or if you've ever wanted to get lost inside a book, this book is for you. 
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