Friday, October 29, 2010

0 Solid by Shelly Workinger

Title: Solid
Author: Shelly Workinger
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: July 9, 2010
Paperback, 230 pages
ISBN: 1-453-62482-1

Eighteen years ago, a rogue Army doctor secretly experimented with a chromosomal drug on unknowing pregnant women. When he was killed not long after the children were born, any knowledge and evidence seemed to die with him - except for the living, breathing, human products of his work. Almost two decades later, the newly self-proclaimed "open-book" military unearths the truth about the experiment, bringing Clio Kaid and the other affected teens to a state-of-the-art, isolated campus where they soon discover that C9x did indeed alter their chromosomes, its mutations presenting as super-human abilities. The military kids, who come from across the nation and all walks of life, come into their own as lighter-than-air 'athletes'; 'indies' as solid as stone walls; teens who can make themselves invisible and others who can blind with their brilliance. While exploring her own special ability, forging new friendships and embarking on first love, Clio also stumbles onto information indicating that the military may not have been entirely forthcoming with them and that all may not be as it seems.

The summary reminded me a little of X-men when I first read it and it made me want to read this book. I'm glad I did because it was a good story. Solid is the first book in this new 'Solid' series. Shelly Workinger introduces us to a group of high school students who where given a drug in utero  to change their chromosomes and give them special abilities.  I liked how Shelly Workinger explained the technical stuff in this book. She made it interesting instead of sounding like a textbook. The story line is very entertaining with a cast of quirky, loveable and memorable characters. There is also comic relief as well as romance. I liked the chemistry and the interaction between the characters.  If I could change one thing about the story, I would have played up the suspense a little more and drawn out the story a little longer.  If you like the X-men or Heroes, I think you will like this book. As I mentioned before this is the first book in the Solid Series. I will definitely be checking out the next book. I am very interested to see what direction Shelly Workinger is going to take this series. 

To find out more information on Shelly Workinger and the Solid Series check out these sites:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

1 Lure by Deborah Kerbel

Title: Lure
Author: Deborah Kerbel
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication Date: Sept. 20, 2010
paperback, 198 pages
ISBN: 978-1-55488-754-5

Absolutely nothing is going right for Max Green. His parents have just uprooted their family from Vancouver to the bleak suburbs of Toronto, he has no friends, and everybody at his new high school is ignoring him. To make matters worse, he's in love with an older girl who's completely out of his league.
When Max discovers a local library rumored to be haunted by ghosts, he's immediately drawn to it. With the help of some cryptic messages, he begins to piece together the identity of the teenage ghost and the mysterious chain of events that have connected its spirit to the building for over a century. But just who was John, anyway? Why has he chosen to contact Max? And what does an old fishing lure have to do with solving the mystery?

I liked this book. It's told from two points of view, Max and John. Max lives in present time and John lived   during the 1800's. Both, John and Max have interesting stories to tell that seem to parallel each other. John is desperately trying to get Max's attention  to help solve the mystery of his death. Most of the story takes place by or in the Thornhill Village Library, a very eerie place with lots of history.  The story was very interesting and full of drama.  Another really cool thing is that Thornhill Village Library is a actual place and people have reported ghost sightings. The cover of the book is more creepy than the story itself. However it does fit the story. I would recommend this book to anyone 9 years old and up. This book offers suspense without losing any sleep.  If you would like to check out the Guest Post by Deborah Kerbel click here

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*photo and summary taken from Goodreads
*review copy was provided in exchange for review. This in no way influenced my review

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

3 Bleak House read a long (10)

This is my last post for the Bleak House read a long. That's right, I have finished the book. This last section was chapters 60-67. These chapters were a bit sad, but not like last weeks. Esther is ill at the beginning of ch. 60, after the tragic death of her mother. She soon recovers and is once again the dependable Dame Durden.  Mrs. Woodcourt comes to stay with them while she recovers. She is thrown into the company of Mr. Woodcourt (her crush) a lot.  Mr. Woodcourt proposes to Esther, but of course she declines because of her engagement with Mr. Jarndcye. I felt sorry for Esther here. She did the right thing, but I so badly wanted her to have her hearts desire. Mr. Woodcourt still is looking after Richard. Poor Richard. He is so tormented by this case that it is literally killing him. Ada is as sweet as ever toward Richard. She hopes that her pregnancy will induce Richard to forget about this suit and focus on their future. One of the biggest surprises of all was when Mr. Jarndyce released Esther from their engagement and gave the gift of a home for her and Mr. Woodcourt. He is the best character with the biggest heart in this book. Richard passes away and Mr. Jarndyce offers his home once more to Ada. The only thing I would have changed about the ending is that Mr. Skimpole would get run over by a carriage. That man was seriously annoying. I am so glad that I read this book and I'm so glad that I finished it. Charles Dickens is a wonderful story teller but he rambles a bit. I had fun reading everyone's posts about this book. Thank you to The Zen Leaf for hosting this read a long. It was fun.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2 Interview with Jennifer DeLucy

Yesterday, I reviewed her book Seers of Light. It's the first book in the Light Series. Her new book Whisper of Light comes out today! I am thrilled to have her on my blog today answering some questions. Jennifer DeLucy is not only extremely talented, she is also super nice and really funny. Here's a little background information on Jennifer DeLucy:

I was born in Northern Pennsylvania, where I developed an obsession with all things literary and musical thanks to the influence of an extremely creative family. Before moving to the Midwest to study English in 2002, I trained in vocal performance and had my first taste of literary work as an editor for a local social organization. Today, I work for the University of Missouri and as an author and Developmental Editor for Omnific Publishing.

1. Part of the book takes place in Scranton, PA. What made you choose Scranton as a back drop?

Scranton was my home town!  I lived there for the first twenty years of my life before I moved to the Midwest, and I wanted to write about something I knew. I know Northeast Pennsylvania, and it’s fun to give them a shout out in written form.  A lot of the references you see in the book are the cultural real deal (like coal mines, Old Forge Style pizza, little old Italian ladies who are hard core about their cooking, etc.)

2.  Who or what influenced you to become a writer?

I really don’t know, for certain, but I’ve been writing since I was a very little girl, and it was kind of always something I’ve loved to do, along with musical performance.  I’ve definitely been influenced by certain writers—Stephen King, for instance, and JK Rowling, who I worship and adore.

3. How many books will be in The Light Series?

For now, I know there will be three. That’s as far as I’ve planned, so I’ll likely take a break from the Sentient world after the third book is done. But, you never know if I’ll come back to it down the line.

4. Can you give us a hint about what happens in Whisper of Light?

Sure!  For one thing, it is the continuation of Christian Wright’s journey (from Seers of Light), but the story is not told from his perspective.  There is actually a hint planted in Seers that mentions the main protagonist for Whisper. Her name is Nicole Abbot, and you learn that she is a non-Sentient woman who has led a painful life, and everything gets flipped upside down when Christian Wright comes to stay with her parents’ Sentient group in Eureka, California (the redwood coast).

If your readers would enjoy some extra info, they can view the trailer below: 

Also, the book cover with summary is on my publisher’s website:

5. What’s next for you?

I’m working on book three in the series, and then I’ll likely break to write something a little different (though, I haven’t decided quite what yet.)  I’m also working on musical projects.  In fact, I’ve written both songs that you hear playing during the Seers of Light and Whisper of Light trailers.

6. Chocolate of Vanilla?


7. Christian or William?

Oooooh. NO FAIR! Hehe. Believe it or not, no one has ever asked me this before. Oh, wow.  This is agony.  I just don’t know.  They both attract me on some level, because I know what happens in Whisper of Light, so I understand Christian’s warmth, charm and humor more fully than those who have only read Seers.  But then again, I tend to be sucked in by mysterious, smirking, underdog guys, too, so, William definitely appeals to me strongly, as well. 

8. Craziest Dream?

Hmm. I have had so very many crazy dreams that I’m not sure if I can differentiate them.  One recurring dream I seem to have involves a house that has seemingly never ending places to discover, and it’s usually a house I grew up in, and know to be quite small compared to the mysterious number of rooms.  The rooms always increase in impressiveness, too, and since I love to explore, this is pretty exciting. 

9. Favorite Book?

Classic – Jane Eyre.  Current – All of the Harry Potter series.

10. Elvis or the Beatles?

The Beatles

If you want to find out more about Jennifer DeLucy and her books check out these sites:

Monday, October 25, 2010

2 Seers of Light by Jennifer DeLucy

Title: Seers of Light
Author: Jennifer DeLucy
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: February 16, 2010
paperback, 396 pages
ISBN: 978-1-936305-03-2

Lillian Hunt has never truly lived. Always sensing more to the world than is easily perceived, she fears that her instincts are stubborn flights of fancy, or worse, mental instability. But some things—disappearing strangers, tangible dreams, and visits from malevolent creatures—cannot be ignored. Before it's too late, Lillian is ripped from the only existence she’s ever known and thrust into a reality that she always suspected, but could scarcely believe. She must learn the truth about who she is, the powerful beings that wish to destroy her, and the two men who would die to protect her. 

I have to give the cover to this book some love! I really like it. It looks ominous and mysterious. I couldn't wait to dive into this book. I first discovered this book on Good reads and after reading the summary I put this book on my TBR list. When I received it in the mail I was thrilled! The first few chapters gave me chills. Jennifer has created a fantastic story. I didn't want to put the book down until I finished it. The story line focuses on Lillian Hunt. She has supernatural abilities that lie untapped until she is saved by Christian, who was sent by others who share the same powers as Lillian.  They want to help her understand and use her powers against their enemies, vampires. I loved Lillian's character. She is vulnerable yet spunky! There is also a love triangle between William, Christian and Lillian. One word : Hot. This story was good from beginning to end.  It's full of action, adventure, and things that go bump in the night. If this book is on your TBR list you need to move it to the top. If you haven't added it yet: DO IT.  This week the next book in the Light Series comes out: Whisper of Light.  I for one can't wait to read it. 

*I received this book from Omnific Publishing for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.
*Picture and Summary taken from Good Reads.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

7 Sunday Confessions Oct.24, 2010

Another weeks gone by and so it's time again for Sunday Confessions. This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 

I've Got Chills and They're Multiplying 

This weeks Sunday Confessions is on things that give me the Heebie Jeebies . Many of the things that give me goose bumps and chills are more prevalent during Halloween. It seems everywhere I go I cannot escape seeing them displayed as decorations. So without further ado, I will acquaint you with three things that creep me out.

1. Spiders. I hate them. I know they have their purpose here on earth but I wish they would fulfill that purpose far away from me!

2. Zombies. I really really don't like zombies. They are a big creep factor for me. I have seen a few zombie flicks that weren't so scary, but in general I stay away from zombie books or movies. This picture doesn't creep me out as much because the kitty is so darn cute.!

3. Clowns. Yes, Clowns. I don't know why they give me the heebie jebbies but they do. I have no rational explanation for this. Just know that I will never take my kids to the circus.

So that's it! That's what creeps me out. So what about you? What Gives you the hebbie jebbies?

*images taken from

2 In the Arms of Mr. Darcy by Sharon Lathan

Title: In the Arms of Mr. Darcy
Author: Sharon Lathan
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication Date: October 1, 2010
paperback, 369 pages
ISBN: 1402236999 (ISBN13: 9781402236990)

This lushly romantic and historically fascinating story is filled with lavish details of Regency customs and social events including Elizabeth's presentation to the Prince Regent, Georgiana's debut at the exclusive Almack's Assembly, and the Darcys' travels through the dramatic Peak District of Derbyshire. Romance finds nearly everyone as confirmed bachelor Richard Fitzwilliam sets his sights on the seemingly unattainable Lady Fotherby, Georgiana Darcy learns to flirt, the very serious Kitty Bennet develops her first crush, and Caroline Bingley meets her match. Through it all, Elizabeth and Darcy are kept busy helping friends and family navigate true love's inevitably rocky course.

Sharon Lathan has written several books that continue one of the most romantic and beloved stories of all time, Pride and Prejudice. The first book, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy, takes place shortly after the wedding.  Sharon takes us behind closed doors (wink, wink, nod, nod) to give us a more personal look into the Darcy's lives.
In the Arms of Mr. Darcy is the fourth book in Sharon Lathan's Darcy Saga. This book picks up right where the third book left off, Darcy and Elizabeth have their precious baby boy, Alexander. Sharon Lathan takes us on a journey through the lives of the characters we love so much. In this book we get to experience Elizabeth and Darcy's first baby and all the trials that come with it. She keeps the romance between Darcy and Elizabeth sizzling hot while dealing with many realistic situations that new parents often face. My absolute favorite part of this book is the side stories with Georgina, Kitty, and  Col. Fitzwilliam. I loved learning more about their characters and the direction that Sharon Lathan takes them in. I hope Sharon writes more about them in the future. I also love Dr. Darcy. He is one of my favorite characters in this series. I wish I had an uncle like him. He is a great addition to the cast of characters.  Sharon Lathan has done a great job with this series. I've read all four books and I have not been disappointed. Also in the back of my book was a preview to the upcoming novel, A Darcy Christmas, which looks very good. Keep a look out for it!

If you would like to find out more about Sharon Lathan and her books, check out her website @

*My thanks to Sourcebooks and Sharon Lathan who provided me with this book for review purposes. This in no way influenced my review.
*Picture and summary taken from Goodreads

Friday, October 22, 2010

26 Jennifer Laurens Interview and Giveaway

This is my first interview ever and I am so excited to have Jennifer Laurens here today. Not only is she an amazing writer she is also a wonderful person. If you haven't had the chance to read Heavenly, I strongly recommend that you do. However, Jennifer has given me a signed copy of Heavenly and some swag to give away to one lucky winner. This is a book that I highly recommend to everyone! You can find my review for heavenly if you scroll down a bit to the next post. 

I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.

They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.

My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.

1. Who are what influenced you to become an author? I’ve always enjoyed writing. I wrote as a teenager, always creating stories about huge families ( I’m an only child ) and mysteries ( loved Nancy Drew )

2. What inspired you to write about angels? Having a handicapped child forces you to ponder. A lot. I’ve always believed in life after death, and thought: what happens to the people who die too young, or without love, or are handicapped and never have the opportunities the rest of us have here on Earth? I imagined my beautiful daughter with autism  in the next life without the physical handicap of autism, meeting someone and finding the love she didn’t have here. That nutshell idea is part of what created the idea for Heavenly.

3. When you were writing Heavenly, did you envision it as a trilogy? No.Once Matthias’ father came into my head, I knew the story had more.

4. Are any of the characters or situations in Heavenly based on real events? Most of them are based on actual events that happened in our family. Zoe, Luke and Abria are based on three of my children.

5. What’s coming up next for you? I’ve got another YA  novel out in Feb 2011 – a coming-of-age story about a girl trying to break free of her overbearing father in OVERPROTECTED.

6. Chocolate of vanilla? Chocolate—always.

7. Elvis or the Beatles? Beatles.

8. Favorite book? Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts

9. Craziest dream? Something involving Justin Beiber—who I know nothing about!

10. Favorite movie? So many: The Holiday rates up there.

You can also find out more about Jennifer Laurens and her books at:

Now for the giveaway: As I mentioned Jennifer Laurens generously donated a signed copy of Heavenly plus some swag to give to one lucky winner.
The Rules:
1. Please visit my giveaway/contest rules page
2. Must be over 13 years old
3. You DO NOT have to be a follower, it's appreciated but not necessary
4. Leave a comment with your email address. If you are not comfortable leaving your email in the comments, please email me @ loves2read54(at)yahoo(dot)com, please put "Heavenly Giveaway" in the subject line.
5. One entry per person. Any duplicate entries will be deleted.
6. Contest ends Nov. 1, 2010
7. US addresses only

*picture taken from Jennifer Laurens Facebook page, Bio taken from

Thursday, October 21, 2010

6 Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens

Title: Heavenly
Author: Jennifer Laurens
Publisher: Grove Creek Publishing
Publication Date:  June 2009
paperback, 280 pages
ISBN: 978-1-933963-80-8

I met someone who changed everything. Matthias. My autistic sister's guardian angel. Honest. Inspiring. Funny. Hot. And immortal. That was the problem. What could I do? I did what any other girl would do-I fell in love with him. Zoë's sister darts in front of cars. Her brother's a pothead. Her parents are so overwhelmed; they don't see Zoë lost in her broken life. Zoë escapes the only way she knows how: partying. Matthias, a guardian sent from Heaven, watches over Zoë's autistic sister. After Zoë is convinced he's legit, angel and lost girl come together in a love that changes destiny. But Heaven on Earth can't last forever. 

This was a hard review for me to write because I absolutely loved this book. I want to tell you everything I love about this book but I don't want to spoil it for you. I want you to experience the awesomeness of this book yourself.  I really wasn't expecting, when I read this book, to be taken on an emotional roller coaster. Jennifer Laurens created a realistic story with realistic characters.  The story is told from Zoe's point of view. She is a teenager dealing with the pressures of life but also with the challenge of having an autistic sister.  Zoe is stressed out until she meets her sister's guardian angel, Matthias. Matthias has a way about him that calms not only Abria, but Zoe too. Matthias is a great character. He has a bit of mystery about him that keeps you wondering. 
The family in this book is dealing with many different issues. Jennifer Laurens does not gloss over the problems of drinking and drug abuse. She deals with them head on. I loved the way the family interacts with each other while dealing with these issues.  It's not "Leave it to Beaver" and there is no easy fix.  I will say that the ending took me by complete surprise.  I really hope everyone gets a chance to read this book. It is definitely worth reading. 
Please join me tomorrow for an interview with the lovely Jennifer Laurens.  It's my first interview and I am really excited. Plus Jennifer has given me a copy of Heavenly to give away to one lucky reader.

*picture and summary taken from Goodreads

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

1 Bleak House read a long (9)

I can't believe it's almost over! This weeks chapters are Ch. 54-59. Mr. Bucket informs Sir Dedlock about the situations between Lady Dedlock and Mr. Tulkinghorn. Mr. Bucket also arrests Hortense for the murderer of Mr. Tulkinghorn. This does not surprise me in the least. She has been a crazy character from the beginning.  Lady Dedlock realizes that her secret in no longer a secret. She leaves a note for Sir. Dedlock and leaves with nothing. I felt sorry for her. I know she did not wish to bring disgrace on the Dedlock family but surely Sir Dedlock would have taken pity on her. He loved her so. The only other reason I can think is that she was torn up over the years of harboring secrets that she couldn't think straight. Sir Dedlock enlists the aid of Mr. Bucket to find his Lady. Mr. Bucket asks for Esther help in uncovering her mother. They search the streets for two days and nights until they find Lady Dedlock dead. I think these chapters were the most depressing of the book. Poor Esther just finds out who her mother is and now Lady Dedlock is no more. I sincerely hope that the next set of chapters is a lot better. It has to end better.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

97 The Fifth Beatle Guest Post by Author Scott Nicholson + Kindle Giveaway

The Fifth Beatle
By Scott Nicholson

On the way to my international-bestselling writing career, I did a warm-up act as the most famous international rock star the world has never known.

Yep, I did the guitar thing.

I was a late bloomer, not picking up an instrument until my freshman year of college, when I hung around with a few people who played and suddenly realized that rock stars got chicks. Well, it wasn’t just rock stars, it was dudes with guitars. Any guitar would do. I signed up for a classical guitar class but dropped out after one session when the instructor gave me 20 pages of sheet music to memorize in a week, not realizing I couldn’t read music.

So I cashed in my financial-aid check and got an electric guitar, finding it much easier to get stoned, crank up the volume knob to “11,” and let distortion ripple throughout the universe. Plus you could put words to rock music.

My first band was “Bad Acid,” a dorm-room improv act that luckily never had a gig. I then dropped out of college and joined a “real” band, Direct Osmosis, playing bass and doing some vocals. Over the course of a few years, I learned rudimentary drums and keyboards, since I always had the band practices and gear at my house.

The Friars was the band that had the most success. I wrote a lot of songs, ranging from quirky, sardonic pop to quirky, sardonic rock. It’s the type of music I guess they call “college rock” now, and the thing that was the most fun about it--eclecticism--was also the thing standing in the way of building an audience. We played regional gigs for a few years but didn’t know how to take those next steps into getting recording contracts, groupies, eight nights of shows a week, and comparisons to the Beatles and REM.

I was never interested in learning cover songs, which probably didn’t help build a stable of bar gigs. Just making up songs is a lot more fun, though it’s often a tougher sale unless you dedicate every waking moment to pursuit of success.
In retrospect, it’s just as well, because I wouldn’t have liked that lifestyle as a long-term creative endeavor. I did like recording and probably wrote 500 songs, though I never made polished master recordings of everything. This was before the digital age was prominent and I usually just made sketches on four-track tape, though I have preserved a few mp3s of the songs, like my anti-Satanic song Circle of Flames. Electronic doodles.

I still pick around on guitar and write the odd acoustic tune here and there, but find my time and energy are best spent on writing. But I also still take a break from the keyboard once in a while and go downstairs and jam out something like “Heart Like Vaseline” or “River of Naked Need.”

As they say, don’t quit your day job.

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Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels, including the thrillers Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, Forever Never Ends, The Skull Ring, As I Die Lying, Burial to Follow ,and They Hunger. His revised novels for the U.K. Kindle are Creative Spirit, Troubled, and Solom. He’s also written four comic series, six screenplays, and more than 60 short stories. His story collections include Ashes, The First, Murdermouth: Zombie Bits, and Flowers.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

7 Sunday Confessions Oct. 19, 2010 The scariest movie I have ever watched

Hello everyone, it's time again for my weekly meme, Sunday Confessions.  I started this a few months ago as a way to share more about myself while learning more about you.  Sunday Confession is all in good fun. Sometimes it's about books, sometimes it's not. So please join in the conversation. Feel free to post this on your blog, just leave me a link in the comments so I can visit your blog as well.

Halloween is almost here. I can't believe it's only a few weeks away! It's seems like yesterday it was Oct. 1. Halloween puts me in the mood of thinking about all things scary. This weeks Sunday Confessions is about the scariest movie I have ever seen.  I must confess that I don't really like scary movies, but I have seen a few over the years. The scariest movie I have ever seen was The Shining. I watched this movie with my BFF when we were about 14 years old. It scared the *&^%$ out of us. I don't think we slept the entire night. Even now just thinking about the movie gives me goosebumps. Yikes. Jack Nicholson is  very convincing in this movies as a crazy psychopathic father/husband. I can't look at a picture of him without thinking of this movie. So if you're looking for a little piece and quiet and you see an add in a newspaper for a closed down hotel in the middle of nowhere for rent. DON'T GO. Seriously, Just stay home.

 What is the scariest movie you have watched?

Friday, October 15, 2010

1 Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Crescendo
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: October 19, 2010
ARC, 432 pages
ISBN: 9781416989431

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away, and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.
The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch, or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

First, let me say I love the cover for this book. Hush, Hush and Crescendo have amazing covers. I don't know who does them, but I love them. 
Anytime I read a sequel I always worry if the author can maintain the same spark they created in their first book.  I am happy to report to you that Becca Fitzpatrick managed to do just that. I read Hush, Hush a few weeks ago and loved it. I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to read Crescendo. I enjoyed this book just as much, if not more, than Hush, Hush.  Becca does a wonderful job with this sequel. She managed to keep the suspense, the romance, the mystery all going. I did not want to put this book down.  She kept me turning pages until I hit the last one and left me wanting more.  She kept the story line fresh and entertaining. I also love seeing the characters develop. I actually like Vee a whole lot more in this book. She is obnoxious, funny and a loyal friend. The only complaint I have about this book, is that Nora was a little too needy in the beginning.  However that didn't detract from the story.  Overall, if you liked Hush, Hush you will love this book. Now the countdown begins for Tempest.  I don't know about you but I can't wait! 

*Summary and picture taken from goodreads
**book received from Barnes and Noble for book discussion and review purposes. This in no way influenced my review.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

0 The 12th Kiss by Laura Hogg

Title: The 12th Kiss
Author: Laura Hogg
Publisher: Wings epress
Publication Date: 2007
ebook, 334 pages
ISBN-10: 1597058270
ISBN-13: 978-1597058278

  • An American heiress living in 19th century London can fight and uses her talent to go about in disguise as a superhero and make the streets safer. She meets and falls in love with a Viscount and they become close friends. They wander the City s most dangerous streets together, fighting crime. All the while, she has an enemy who wants her dead. The Viscount is in love with the American heiress, not knowing that she is the best friend he tells his deepest secrets to. He proposes marriage, and she turns him down because he would make her give up fighting if he discovered her true identity. They finally marry and for the sake of true love, he releases her. Their hearts are broken until they can find a way to reconcile their deeply different points of view. All ends well after a bumpy ride where true love was almost lost forever, under the weight of crushed dreams.
Who is in the mood for romance? If you are I suggest you check this book out. It's a regency romance, which I love. The characters are great. Relief or leafy is the main character. She is beautiful, smart, rich and a master of disguise.  The story takes place in London, Where she is visiting with Honora, not only her sister but her best friend and co-conspirator, trying to discover who stole her uncle's precious jewel. Leafy dresses up nightly as Raphael, a youthful boy, to go fight injustice in the city.  This reminded me a little of Robin Hood but with a kick-a** heroine  instead. Lord Cheltham befriends Raphael with the purpose of getting closer to Relief, not knowing they are one in the same. Relief struggles with her feelings for him. She knows if she marries Lord Cheltham, he will never allow her the freedoms she has come to enjoy. This was a really enjoyable read. I liked the characters a lot. I love the chemistry between Lord Cheltham and Relief. There are some pretty steamy scenes in this book. I also like how the characters evolve throughout the story. They both have to learn to compromise. This book is full of mystery, romance and action. Laura Hogg takes us on an exciting adventure that I think you will enjoy.  

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*Picture and Summary taken from Amazon
**I received an ebook from Laura Hogg for review purposes only

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

0 Bleak House read a long (7-8)

Last week I didn't do a post for the Bleak House read a long. I got behind a little in my reading. I am caught up now, I think. I know I'm not the only one. I think some of my fellow participants have given up reading Bleak House. However I will not. I'm so close to the end, I am determined to finish it. Bleak House isn't the easiest of books to read. There are a lot of characters to keep up with and Dickens goes on countless rants. I do like the story line and Dickens uses  unusual ways to get his point across. This weeks post is on chapters 39-53.
So much is going on in these chapters I hardly know where to begin. First let me state. I don't care for Mr. Vholes. He grates on my nerves. Mr. Vholes is advising poor Richard. Richard is obsessed with the Jarndyce. He is getting ill advise from Mr. Vholes and Mr. Skimpole. In these chapters Richard has been declining both financially and physically. He even refuses to listen to Esther, whom he respects. Esther's health is improving, but she is sad over her scarred face. In a weird way I was glad about this. Up until now, Esther seemed too perfect for me. I like characters to be a little flawed, it makes them more realistic. Esther is also stressing over the news that Lady Deadlock it her mom. She is scared that someone will uncover he secret and will ruin her mother. Lady Deadlock's health has been declining. I suppose it's from the weight she carries from all her regrets and secrets. I like her more than I originally did. I feel I understand her better. The rest of the world sees her as everything a Lady should be, while inside she suffers in silence.  However all her work to keep her secret is undone by Mr. Tulkinghorn. Mr. Tulkinghorn is a despicable man who got his come up-pence in these chapters. However, Dickens introduces us to a new mystery. Who killed Tulkinghorn? There are three suspects. Lady Deadlock, Hortence, and George. They all had probable cause. Two things that surprised me the most are. Mr. Jarndyce asking Esther to marry him. Especially since she look at him as a father figure. I was even more surprised when she accepted him. I did not see that coming. The second thing was Richard and Ada's secret marriage. That is not going to end well.  I was glad to see more of Mr. Woodcourt. I think Esther still has feelings for him. I'm not sure how he feels about her. He seems to be a good character. So I guess we will see.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

1 Mr. Darcy's Obsession by Abigail Reynolds

Title: Mr. Darcy's Obsession
Author: Abagail Reynolds
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date:  October 1, 2010
paperback, 352 pages
ISBN: 1402240929

In this Pride and Prejudice variation, Elizabeth is called away before Darcy proposes for the first time and Darcy decides to find a more suitable wife. But when Darcy encounters Elizabeth living in London after the death of her father, he can't fight his desire to see and speak with her again...and again and again. But now that her circumstances have made her even more unsuitable, will Darcy be able to let go of all his long held pride to marry a woman who, though she is beneath his station, is the only woman capable of winning his heart?

First thing, I love the cover for this book. It reminds me so much of Jennifer Ehle, who played Elizabeth Bennett in A&E's Pride and Prejudice. A movie that I LOVE.  I also love Abagail Reynolds. She is one of my favorite authors who write Austen inspired literature.  I have read several of her novels and loved each one. Abagail's novels tend to go towards the 'what if' factor.   She takes us down a different road with each book.  In Mr. Darcy's Obsession, Darcy never proposes to Elizabeth the first time.  Elizabeth and her family are thrown on rough times making her even more unsuitable for Darcy.  
One of the many things I liked about this book is the chemistry between Darcy and Elizabeth.  The witty banter between the two of them is clever yet funny.  She took what Austen had started and added a little more flirting making their encounters very sensual.  I looked forward to every encounter they had with each other. She also introduces us to some new characters while keeping many of the original characters. I was sorry that Mr. Bennett passed away in this book, because he is one of my favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice.  However the story couldn't have taken the twists and turns it did, if he lived.  Abagail created a wonderful storyline that kept me interested from beginning to end.  I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. Abagail also takes some unexpected turns in the story but that's what I love about her books. If you have yet to read a book by Abagail Reynolds, you are missing out on something good.  I highly recommend this book.

If you want to find out more about Abigail Reynolds check out these sites:!/abigailreynolds

*picture and summary taken from Goodreads
* My thanks to sourcebooks and Abagail Reynolds for providing me with a copy of this book for review purposes only. This in no way influenced my review.

Monday, October 11, 2010

4 Demon From The Dark by Kresley Cole

Title: Demon From the Dark
Author:  Kresley Cole
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
paperback, 430 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4391-2312-6

A dangerous demon she can't resist... 
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he's pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard. 
A maddening witch he aches to claim... 
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving. 
Trapped together in a savage prison... 
For them to survive, Malkom must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When he becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

I discovered Kresley Cole almost a year ago from a recommendation from Amazon.  I ordered the first two books, A Hunger Like No Other and No Rest For the Wicked. They sat on my bookshelf for a few weeks before I finally picked up the first book and read it.  I have to tell you I was blown away! I finished both books in one weekend. I then went back to Amazon and ordered  the rest of the series.   So when Demon From The Dark came out a few months ago, I was very excited.  It's the tenth book in the Immortals After Dark Series. What I love most about her books is they encompass everything paranormal.  Her characters range from witches to werewolves, vampires to fey, demons to sorcerers.  The characters that she writes are funny, sexy, smart, and dangerous. A lethal combination.  Demon From The Dark is another hit with me.  Kresley Cole has done it again. The story was faced paced, full of action and adventure and of course, lots of romance.  I liked Carrow a lot. She is strong and independent. She also has to make some tough choices in this book. Malkom is a warrior, strong and vulnerable. They are from two different  worlds, literally and have a language barrier that they must overcome. I was sucked in from beginning to end. If you like paranormal romance I suggest you check this book out.  

Want to find out more about Kresley Cole? Check out these sites:!/kresleycole

*picture and summary taken from Goodreads

Sunday, October 10, 2010

8 Sunday Confessions Oct.10, 2010 Do you love fall?

Hello everyone, it's time again for my weekly meme, Sunday Confessions.  I started this a few months ago as a way to share more about myself while learning more about you.  Sunday Confession is all in good fun. Sometimes it's about books, sometimes it's not. So please join in the conversation. Feel free to post this on your blog, just leave me a link in the comments so I can visit your blog as well.

Fall is here and I don't know about you, but the past few weeks I have been super busy. I feel like I'm always on the go. In addition to an already busy schedule: school starts, extra curricular activities for kids begin, birthday parties and social functions to go to, ect. ect. However despite all that, I love the fall. I love the cooler temperatures. I love snuggling under a blanket drinking a cup of coffee while reading a good book. I love the leaves changing colors and pumpkins.  Yes, pumpkins. I don't know why, but the little girl inside me always gets excited when I see pumpkins.

So my question(s) this week is: Do you love the fall? If yes, what do you love most about it? If no, what is your favorite season and why?


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