Friday, April 29, 2011

Book Blogger Hop 4/29-5/2

Book Blogger HopBasically, the Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books and occurs weekly. It's a weekend event, lasting from Friday till Monday.

It's just a neat way to have a list of other book blogs out there available in one place. If you're interested, click here.

There is also a weekly question. This week's question is:

"Summer is coming quickly - what 2011 summer release are you are most looking forward to?"

I've been looking forward to reading Just Like Heaven, the first book in the Smythe-Smith series by Julia Quinn. It's release date is May 31st. I loved all the Bridgertons' books, so I'm looking forward to hopefully reading about some of the same characters! Plus, I'm totally interested in reading about these poor girls and their total lack of musical ability. I think we can all agree their musicals are quite wretched to sit through, although quite amazing things always seem to occur in the audience! I guess if you have no idea what I'm talking about then you NEED to read the Bridgertons' books! There's like eight of them and then epilogues and all that jazz. Fabulous! Here's the blurb:

Honoria Smythe-Smith is:
A) a really bad violinist
B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child
C) NOT in love with her older brother's best friend
D) all of the above

Marcus Holroyd is:
A) the Earl of Chatteris
B) regrettably prone to sprained ankles
C) NOT in love with his best friend's younger sister
D) all of the above

Together they:
A) eat quite a bit of chocolate cake
B) survive a deadly fever AND the world's worst musical performance
C) fall quite desperately in love

It's Julia Quinn at her best, so you KNOW the answer is...
D) all of the above

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Deep Trouble

I received this book as an ARC from Barbour Publishing. It's being released May 1, 2011. 

Haha. I don't know what it was about this book, but it was kinda cheesy! LOL I think the point of it is to be kinda silly, so I guess that's okay. It was quirky for sure. Here's the blurb: 
Get ready for a Grand Canyon tour de force by award-winning author Mary Connealy. Gabe Lasley and Shannon Dysart are an unlikely pair. He’s an aimless wanderer who wants nothing other than to be left alone. She’s a fearless female determined to find a city of gold. When they are forced together the mayhem begins. As they set out to find the treasure, trouble is hot on their trail. Will the dream of gold color every decision Shannon makes? Will Gabe fail yet another helpless female in his life?
You've got Shannon who has gone out in search for a city of gold to show the world that her father wasn't crazy, although I think she might be.

You've got Gabe who is on his way to his brother's house, who I think might just be the dorkiest male lead ever.

You've got Lurene who is just freakin' crazy psycho.

You've got Tyra who is out to snag her a husband, which would be Gabe.

You've got Buck who is out to snag Shannon, his intended.

We get the pleasure of following ALL of them along as their stories intersect and they all come together one way or another.

The book overall was decent. Like I mentioned, it was quirky. There's a big to do over propriety in the book. I get it's like historical, so it goes along with the times. A female isn't supposed to be alone with a male, blah blah blah. But I could hardly get through the bits in the book about this. The parson and others got on my last nerve. That was the only truly annoying part for me.

None of the characters were all exceptionally likeable in my opinion. I don't know, this one just didn't hit the spot completely for me. BUT, I imagine that loads of people would like it. It's got some action, slight cheese ball romance, and interesting humor. I say, go for it! :)

One book closer to completing the following challenge:
100+ Reading Challenge

Mailbox Monday

This is a blog hop, hosted by a different blog every month, where you share what books you got the previous week.

This month, Passages to the Past is hosting!


This week I am posting books that I have received in the last two weeks.

First, I won two books from YAtopia! Which is totally freakin awesome. I got to pick which books I wanted and I chose Wintergirls and Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. I think everyone but me has read them, but I'm so psyched to have gotten them! The names are linked to their blurbs on Goodreads.


I received three other books in the mail!


The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh which has a confusing release date. It says it was originally released in March. But the book I got was an ARC with release date being August 23, 2011. Does anyone know what's up with that? Anyway, I've heard great things about it. So, I'm really excited to read it. Here's the blurb:
The Victorian language of flowers was used to express emotions: honeysuckle for devotion, azaleas for passion, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it has been more useful in communicating feelings like grief, mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen, Victoria has nowhere to go, and sleeps in a public park, where she plants a small garden of her own. When her talent is discovered by a local florist, she discovers her gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But it takes meeting a mysterious vendor at the flower market for her to realise what's been missing in her own life, and as she starts to fall for him, she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, and decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness. "The Language of Flowers" is a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about the meaning of flowers, the meaning of family, and the meaning of love.
It sounds excellent!

The second book received was What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty which is another one of those that was released already but is being re-released this June. I thought it would be good, cause I always like books where the person has amnesia! I freakin' love Remember Me? By Sophie Kinsella...so I hope this is good too. Here's the blurb:


Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.
A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.

The third and final book was The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives by Lola Shoneyin which was published in 2010. I thought this would be interesting. It's a fascinating concept, culturally and otherwise. Here's the blurb:

When Baba Segi awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to do something drastic about his fourth wife's childlessness.

Meet Baba Segi . . .
A plump, vain, and prosperous middle-aged man of robust appetites, Baba Segi is the patriarch of a large household that includes a quartet of wives and seven children. But his desire to possess more just might be his undoing.
And his wives . . .
Iya Segi—the bride of Baba Segi's youth, a powerful, vindictive woman who will stop at nothing to protect her favored position as ruler of her husband's home.
Iya Tope—Baba Segi's second wife, a shy, timid woman whose decency and lust for life are overshadowed by fear.
Iya Femi—the third wife, a scheming woman with crimson lips and expensive tastes who is determined to attain all that she desires, no matter what the cost.
Bolanle—Babi Segi's fourth and youngest wife, an educated woman wise to life's misfortunes who inspires jealousy in her fellow wives . . . and who harbors a secret that will expose shocking truths about them all.

Here's a neat little video with the author talking about the book:

Friday, April 15, 2011

Indivisible

Wow. Whoa. This book was really cool. I'm not one to normally read thrillers or mysteries, but I'm trying to mix up my reading list with everything. I'm very pleased that I did.

First, I'm going to comment on this author's amazing writing. It's just beautiful. A book that could have been written so plainly and simply was instead written lyrically, almost as if a poem. It's hard to describe, but I really love books written like this. Props to the author and her word pictures. It is written in third person from four different people's point of view, which was awesome.

Indivisible is about lots of people, though the main characters are Tia and Jonah. They have a past between them that consists of bitterness and regret but are forever connected.

Tia is bitter and withdrawn and just living in a blur letting her regrets and guilt keep her down, but forever, unfortunately in love with Jonah. Jonah is always in a dark place with too many personal demons. He's a recovering alcoholic who feels the pull every day of his life. He loves Tia, but she won't have him. I fell in love a little with Jonah, he was a great character in this book.

That's just the romance, which is rockin. But this book is also a mystery thriller. Someone is mutilating animals, but in a surgical kind of way. There's a meth lab that needs finding as well. All this is good, and the plot is excellent. But what I really enjoyed in the book were the people and their interactions. The book is chock full of great characters. My favorite ended up being Miles by the end. I just loved him.

I was really surprised when about half way through the book I realized it was actually Christian Fiction. I love Christian fiction but have never read anything like this in that genre. You don't have to be a Christian or anything to enjoy this book immensely.

I am most definitely going to be checking out this author's other books. I am thankful to WaterBrook Press for gifting me this book for review. The book was released in 2010, so go grab a copy and read it already! :)

Book Trailer:



One book closer to completing this challenge:
100+ Reading Challenge

Book Blogger Hop 4/15-4/18

Book Blogger HopBasically, the Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books and occurs weekly. It's a weekend event, lasting from Friday till Monday.

It's just a neat way to have a list of other book blogs out there available in one place. If you're interested, click here.

There is also a weekly question. This week's question is:

"Pick a character from a book you are currently reading or have just finished and tell us about him/her."

I have been reading Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann. My fave character from this book so far (I am about half way through) is Police Chief Jonah Westfall. From snippets so far it is clear that he was abused badly by his father as a child, which leads in him to have all those feelings of worthlessness as an adult that come with that. Apparently also the fear that he is capable of the same. He is a recovering alcoholic and deals with those issues every single day of his life. But, it's obviously that he is a good guy, with a great heart, and compassion. He has been in love with Tia for like ever. But something happened between them, that has not been revealed yet, that has caused her to be bitter towards him and treat him badly. I feel for this guy. He's not perfect, and he knows it. He's trying to be better, but his personal demons are making it hard...as well as rejection.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bite Me (Demon Underground #1), Try Me (Demon Underground #2)

I was able to get all three copies of the Demon Underground series through Netgalley as a package deal, Bite Me, Try Me, and Fang Me. So, basically I'm reviewing the series thus far. I believe it is an on going series, but I have yet to read the third, so I don't know for sure if there is a finale. I highly doubt it.

Anywho, Bite Me is the first book in the series, which was written by Parker Blue. It's written in first person and in a way that makes it move quickly.

Val Shapiro is, like, one-eighth demon. She's a succubus, or lust, demon. Basically she sucks the life out of someone through their lust chakras or something. I have read other books about succubus demons, and they were focused on some serious sex. This book is not. Val is a virgin, and even when writing the lust scenes, Blue does a great job of making them decent and not trashy.

Because of Val being a demon, she has some super abilities. This allows her to kill vampires, and much to her annoyance, be known as The Slayer. Killing vampires has helped with the "hunger" of her demon side which she calls Lola. Lola needs feeding and satisfaction and Val gets just enough of that out of killing the vamps, although it's never enough.

It's Val's eighteenth Birthday when her mom and step-dad kick her out of the house and fire her from the family business, stating she is a bad influence on her younger half-sister, even though the sister is actually just a twit. Val, for the first time, is left to her own devices and forced to grow up over night. The mom will make you angry.

A hellhound (a dog that is also part demon, which can speak to her in her mind) finds her and they become best friends immediately. His name is Fang, which is humorous, because he's just so cute...but he's snarky and adds great comic relief!

Dan is a hot police detective who she ends up partnering with in a special crimes unit for the local police department which deals with the vampire threat. Vamps are not out, so it's a secret unit. Dan is a hottie, but can he handle Lola and all her lustiness?

Shade is a shadow demon, who has the face of an angel....when you can see it.

The vamps are organizing into two factions. One claims to be good and only using blood banks, the others are rogue and killing mostly tourists. People are dying, Val's sister is kidnapped, then her step-dad. All in all, things get crazy and all fingers are pointing to the vamps that claim to be good. Val and Dan are on a mission to find the real bad guys...and Val's family before it's too late...while fighting their mutual attraction. The whole time Val is fighting to keep Lola from jumping Dan's bones and sucking out his life.

The second book picks up a few days after Bite Me ends, so I'm continuing on. Don't read the next two paragraphs if you don't want to read about the second book, although I'm not saying anything you can't glean from the blurbs.

Shade comes into play more. Dan has issues with Lola and all things demon, so Shade might just be the guy to take her mind off of him.

Personal drama aside, Val is on a new mission to find out who is poisoning the blood at the blood banks which is causing the vamps to go Ca-razy, while also trying desperately to find out who stole the Encyclopedia Magicka! The last thing anyone needs is a war to brew between the demons and vamps,

Basically, that's both books in a nutshell...oh, also, Val found out there's a really good reason why she should never ever have sex. :)

Like I mentioned, the writing is fast paced, there is humor everywhere, great actions scenes, and decent romances. I say decent, because they could be better, but that did not deter me and I enjoyed them non the less. 

Eeks, I'm long winded, I know, but I really liked the books! I was actually really surprised. I would have read the third right away, but I couldn't because, well, I have way to many others to get to. Though, I will probably read it by the end of next week. I'll just add on to this post with that review, so check back.

Book Trailer:

Two books closer to completing these challenges:
Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011
Horror/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011
110+ Reading Challenge 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

Well, today I am in the middle of reading Bite Me (Demon Underground #1) by Parker Blue. Here's my two lines:


"What do you call it, when twenty or thirty vampires have a rumble and trash a public place?"
"Fangbangers just wan-na have fun?" I asked.



LOL, the book is actually pretty good so far. :) Here's the blurb:

         Young Adult Vampire Hunter
A Fictionwise Fantasy Bestseller

An edgy book for teens that spans the gap between YA and adult fiction. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Val Shapiro is just your ordinary, part-demon, teenaged vampire hunter with a Texas drawl. And a pet hellhound named Fang. Soon enough she finds herself deep in the underbelly of the city, discovering the secrets of the Demon Underground and fighting to save those she loves. Whether they love her back or not.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Jane Austen: A Life Revealed

Release Date: April 18, 2011
This book is written by Catherine Reef and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This is a review from an ARC copy that the publisher was kind enough to give.

Basically, I love Jane Austen, so I'm always happy to read a book about her life in particular. As it seems, there is so much to learn about her, but there is so much still left unknown.

This is not the first biography of Austen that I have read, but I enjoyed it all the same. Basically it's written as a story chronicling her life and those around her. Lines from letters are interspersed throughout and integrated in. The author also explained some of the differences of her time period. There are pictures throughout of people that are discussed in this book as well as shots from movies based on Austen's books.

Most of the book seems to be about the books themselves. Big sections are explanations and summaries of her main novels. Reef also explains how Austen was originally published and all that. The descriptions and walkthroughs of the books didn't seem to be necessary to me, as I've read all the books many times over. But for someone who has never read an Austen book, I guess it wouldn't be a problem.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I found some things fascinating, as I am such a big fan. :) But, with the majority of the book being overviews of Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, etc. I only needed to read like half of it.

Invincible Summer

Release Date: April 19, 2011
This book was given to me as an ARC from Simon Pulse Publishers and written by Hannah Moskowitz.

First, I'm going to give you the blurb:
Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....

Not your typical beach read.
Now I'm going to tell you that this whole blurb is totally inadequate and only the very last line really describes this book, in my opinion. Also, this is the worst cover ever for this book. It is completely misleading. After all, this is most definitely not your typically beach read, as the cover would suggest. In fact I wouldn't call it a beach read at all.

The blurb and cover are misleading in that they point this book to be about a love triangle between brother's Noah and Chase and their summer neighbor, Melinda. I mean, that is a big part of the story, but really, this book is about family.

The focus of this book was the relationship between the siblings, Noah, Chase, Claudia, Gideon, and Lucy. The family dynamics are written so well. It's written in first person from Chase's perspective. We follow along with him on four summers. Each summer brings a drastic change in his families life. He's growing up from fourteen to eighteen. Yes, he's dealing with lust and sex. And even though it's talked about a lot, to me it wasn't the focus. We are with him as he grows, as he learns, as he deals with the things we all deal with, as tragedy strikes and could potentially tear his whole world apart. It was all done very well.

I wasn't so sure about it in the first couple of chapters, it took me a bit to get into it. The writing is different and can be a little weird, but it really was well written. Because we are hearing the thoughts of Chase we read how he thinks....his stream of conscious. Once I got into the book, I was totally into it, I didn't put it down until I finished it. It was really good. 

This is a serious book, not a light read by any means. I cried, of course. Definitely would suggest it to others to read. Just don't expect a light summer romance or anything like that out of this novel.


One book closer to completing this challenge:
100+ Reading Challenge

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Releasing Soon!

I'm going to start writing up a Releasing Soon! post every week or so to point out books that I have reviewed an ARC of that are being released, well, SOON! :) They will be quick little posts with links to each review.

This week, two books are being released on April 11, 2011.

The Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Amish Romance)
A Marriage of Inconvenience by Susanna Fraser (Historical Romance)

Check out the books and happy reading!

Mailbox Monday

This is a blog hop, hosted by a different blog every month, where you share what books you got the previous week.

This month, Passages to the Past is hosting!

I got three books this week in the mail! Yay!

The first book is Spycatcher by Matthew Dunn, to be released August 9, 2011. I thought this book looked interesting because the author was actually a spy or something. So, I figured that most of the book, even though fiction, would hold true to his experiences. It's a thriller, which I don't generally read, but I have decided to try to venture out into this genre, as I have loads of friends that read them. I want to see if I'm missing out on a fabulous genre! :)

About the book:
Spycatcher is a fascinating game of arms and wits played out in a high-octane, action-packed story from a very unusual writer, a man who has really “walked the walk” as an MI6 field operative. His intimate knowledge of the counterterrorism world and his hands on experience lend Will Cochrane’s character and the action scenes a very striking and urgent credibility.
Reviews that I have come across so far for this book, well they aren't what I would normally look for in a book. But, I'll read it regardless, because I think it's going to be really good.  :)


The second book I received was, Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann, which was released last year. I thought this book looked interesting because of the tag line "an inseperable bond" and also because it mentions addiction. I want to see how that is written into the book.

The blurb:
An inseparable bond.
An insatiable force.

Battling his own personal demons, Police Chief Jonah Westfall knows the dark side of life and has committed himself to eradicating it. When a pair of raccoons are found mutilated in Redford, Colorado, Jonah investigates the gruesome act, knowing the strange event could escalate and destroy the tranquility of his small mountain town. With a rising drug threat and never-ending conflict with Tia Manning, a formidable childhood friend with whom he has more than a passing history, Jonah fights for answers—and his fragile sobriety.

But he can’t penetrate every wound or secret—especially one fueled by a love and guilt teetering on madness.

From best-selling author Kristen Heitzmann comes a spellbinding tale of severed connections and the consequences of life lived alone.
 Check out the creepy book trailer:

The third book I received was Zaftan Entrepreneurs by Hank Quense which was released at the beginning of this year. I have to say that I saw this cover and balked a little initially. LOL But when I read the blurb and I figured it might be good...and maybe funny. I don't get to read a lot of humor books. Plus, there seems to be a romance AND aliens. So, it should be awesome! LOL

Also, the author sent me a neat little e-book to read beforehand to better explain the "world" in which this story is set in, which I thought was super nice and helpful! I love reading imaginative stories, so I am definitely looking forward to this. :)

The following is the last bit of the blurb. It was way too long to post the whole thing here, but if you want to read the whole thing you can click here and it will take you to the book's Goodreads page. :)
Tired of reading scifi and fantasy stories that take themselves too seriously? Zaftan Entrepreneurs is a unique First Contact story; it is part adventure and part corporate and political satire spiced with comic relief. Here, you'll find nasty, snarly aliens, fantasy creatures, humans, romance, magic, and--just like the real world--incompetent politicians and feuding bureaucracies. What more could a fantasy/scifi reader ask for?


Here's the book trailer:


I also went on a trip this past weekend to a place called Pigeon Forge, TN. If you know where I'm talking about, then you know about the awesome shopping that can be done there! :) Anyway, I don't generally buy books, but they had a table of them, four for ten dollars, at a Christian book store. So, I got four. Each of the books has three to four shorter stories in them, which I like for when I want a quick, sweet read!
The Bouquet by Janet Lee Barton, Diann Hunt, Sandra Petit, and Gail Sattler
Love from Greece by Melanie Karis
Salt Lake Dreams by Paige Winship Dooly
Arkansas by Christine Lynxwiler

Thanks for checking out my Mailbox Monday post!! Can't wait to go around and see what everyone else got this week! :)



Bargain Book BonanzaLike, I mentioned, I don't usually buy books, I get them for free. ;) But when I do spend money on one...it's going to be because I got an awesome deal on it. I love me a good bargain.

Go on over to Baja Greenawalt's Cozy Book Nook (try saying that three times fast!) to see other great book bargains in the Bargain Book Bonanza!

Spread the word!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale

I received this book from Carina Press as an ARC through a galley grab. 

This book is to be released April 25, 2011. It was written by Christine Bell (also known as Chloe Cole, a name she pens erotic romance under).  I will definitely be looking into other Christine Bell books!

From the start, I was hooked. The dialogue itself was fast, clever, and witty. It was also a very quick read, I read it in a couple of hours. I believe it has just over twenty-five thousand words.

You've got Dorothy "Stormy" Gale, a time pirate. She travels back in time to steal from the rich to give to the poor. Her brother, Bacon, goes along with her on her travels. But, that isn't what this story is about.

Her brother Bacon lost one of their time travel devices in a game over poker, when they time traveled back to the 1800's, to the Loony Duke of Leister. So, from the start Stormy and Bacon go back in time, whereupon she dresses up like a Madame Baptiste, her fortune teller persona, in order to trick the Loony Duke into giving her back the "TTM".

About halfway through the book there was what I considered a pretty big twist, which had me thinking how totally cool it was!

I can't really say anything more in fear of giving anything away. Suffice to say, the Duke is a hotty, Loony or not...which puts a hitch in Stormy's plans.

Even if you don't like science fiction, and this might be considered a little steampunkish with the time travel and all, I think you'll still like the book. It's a romance after all, and a good one at that. The author did a solid job in the short span of the book. I was really surprised, but very happy to have read it! 

I also wanted to add that I just really liked the name of the book. Not just for it's clever rhyming, lol, but it's so darn catchy!

You can read the first chapter by clicking here!


One book closer to completing this challenge:
100+ Reading Challenge 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where you post a book that you can't wait to release!

Susane Colasanti is a great YA author, so I am always looking forward to her next book. So Much Closer is being released May 3, 2011.





Here's the Goodread's blurb:

When Brooke's crush, Scott, moves from their suburban town to New York City, she decides to follow him there. Living with her formerly estranged dad and adapting to a new school are challenging, and things go from bad to worse when Brooke learns that Scott already has a girlfriend. But as she builds her new life, Brooke begins to discover a side of herself she never knew existed. And as she finds out, in the city that never sleeps, love can appear around any corner...
The whole concept reminds me a little bit of Felicity (the TV Show)...which, I of course, loved!!

A Marriage of Inconvenience

This book, written by, Susanna Fraser, will be released April 11, 2011....which is only about a week away from the time I'm writing this.

I received an ARC galley grab from Carina Press through NetGalley. Totally appreciated!

I always enjoy a good historical romance. Here's the blurb:

Left orphaned and penniless as a young child, Lucy Jones learned to curb her temper, her passions, and even her sense of humor to placate the wealthy relatives who took her in. She became the perfect poor relation--meek, quiet, and self-effacing. She clings to her self-control because she can control nothing else.

James Wright-Gordon also lost his parents at a young age. But he became a wealthy viscount at fifteen and stepped into full control of his fortune and his birthright as a parliamentary power broker at twenty-one. At twenty-four, he is serenely confident in his ability to control everything in the world that matters to him.

At a house party in the summer of 1809, James quickly discerns Lucy’s carefully hidden spirit and wit and does his best to draw them out. After being caught in a compromising situation, they are obliged to marry. But can two people whose need for control has always been absolute learn to put love first?

Basically, in this book you have Lucy who is cousin to Sebastian, and James, who is older brother to Anna. All four are intertwined in one way or another. I will say, Lucy's been in love with Sebastian forever, Sebastian is calculating, James has no desire to get married (poor guy just had his heart broken), and Anna is full of life and ready to find the man that makes her feel something. We end up with a questionable engagement, an engagement due to being found in a very compromising situation, an infatuation turned to whirlwind romance and later engaged....hm, I'm trying to think if there are any more engagements in this book. Obviously three is more than enough for two couples. :)

We get to read all their points of view at different intervals, which is fabulous. However, Lucy and James are the main characters, and we read from them the most.

The book was set mostly within a two week time frame when all parties were in the neighborhood for a wedding.

Overall I really liked this book. I read the book in one long day. I had to stop to bake with my kids, cook them their meals, give them their baths, answer the millions of questions, spend time with my husband, you know, just terrible things like that. LOL, The whole time I was thinking back to the book and how I wanted to just be able to sit and read it! Which is always a sign of a good read!

On a Sidenote, which I know some people find very important....there is fabulous "coupling" to be found in this book. :)

On book closer to completing the following challenge:
100+ Reading Challenge 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Alrighty, this is my first Teaser Tuesday! So, I'm fixin to start reading The Twisted Tale of Stormy Gale by Christine Bell.

Here's the first line:

"All right. But as a fortune-teller, I think you have the advantage," he teased. "And truly, I've no need of your possessions."

I'll count that as one because the first sentence was only two words, so here's the second sentence from the same page:

"What he wan't a little risque for the time period, but he was nicknamed the Loony Duke, for God's sake."

Haha...sounds all very fascinating!

Here's the blurb of the book, if you're interested:

I'm a time pirate-born in 1810, now a 21st-century woman. I travel through time trying to right wrongs without disrupting the fragile balance between what is and what can never be.

That's why it's vital that I go to 1836 and find the man who conned my brother out of his Time Travel Mechanism as quickly as possible. If the technology falls into the wrong hands, it could change the world as we know it. The notorious Duke of Leister definitely qualifies as the wrong hands. An amateur scientist of the slightly mad variety, he's bound to figure out how to use the TTM sooner rather than later.

I knew this wouldn't be easy. But I wasn't counting on him being as sexy as hell. Or winding up chained to his bed...

Hunger Games Cast!

Hmmm...so on the left you have Liam Hemsworth who is going to play Gale. On, the right you have Josh Hutcherson who is going to play Peeta.

Honestly, when I saw the pictures last night, I thought it the other way around for some reason. I suppose that's because I saw an interview not too long ago about Hemsworth being up for Peeta. So, that's weird. Ah, but looking at them now, I can see it either way.

And of course I can say that neither of em look like who I had in mind, although I have no idea who would. So, all in all I'm looking forward to just seeing this movie.

I have never seen Winter's Bone, so the only reason I had ever even seen Jennifer Lawrence was on the cover of said movie on Netflix. I do think this girl has the look (with a little hair dye), because she is pretty but can look rough and tough, and her prettiness will still shine through. :)

But that's all about how everyone "looks" in their parts....but to be honest, I have no idea how they act! I saw Hemsworth in The Last Song....and that was good. But still....Gale is a totally different type. So, I'm looking forward to seeing these people act.

What's everyone else thinking about these casting decisions? It's such a long time away, and I need to talk about it every once in a while. :)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mailbox Monday

Well, I'm excited to participate for the first time with Mailbox Monday! It's a blog hop with someone new hosting each month. This month (April), Passages to the Past is hosting!

So, what did I get in my mailbox this week? I'm pleased to say that I received two books in my mailbox and one from the UPS guy. The joy that fills my insides when I get a package of any kind, especially a book, wow...I just love it! Not to mention the giddiness of hearing the roar of the UPS truck in my driveway....what could it be? what did I get? Very pleased when it turned out to be a book. :)


This book is by Joy Dekok and was released back in 2003.

I was interested in reading this book because the whole premise just fascinated me. Here's the blurb from the back of the book:

Jonica and Stacie meet in a doctor's office at a critical turning point in each of their lives. Jonica is ending unsuccessful infertility treatments and accepting the death of her dream of having children. Stacie has come to schedule the termination of her pregnancy so she can further her dream of a career in law. 
Tentatively the two young women reach out to each other. Can they forge an uncommon friendship that will forever transform their future? 

I don't know. Just from the blurb I see this going in so many directions, and I am looking forward to finding out how this story plays out.

I will not be able to read it any time soon though. Since it's an older book, I am not on a time restriction for the review, so it's going to have to wait a bit. :)


This book was written by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and was released in February, 2011.

I just realized while glancing back over the blurb for this book, that there are similarities to the first book (up above), Rain Dance. Kind of funny. Here's the main points from the blurb on the back of the book (it was a long blurb and I had to shorten it!):

Somer's life is everything she imagined it would be.....she never thought she would not be able to have children....
.....in India a poor mother makes the heartbreaking decision to save her newborn daughter's life by giving her away.
Asha, adopted out of a Mumbai orphanage, is the child that bind the destinies of these two women.

So, yeah. Sounds like it's going to be heart wrenching, but good. We'll see! 


This book is written by Jon Ronson and will be released on May 12, 2011.

I'm excited to read this book, even though it's not my normal read. This is the same author who wrote, The Men who Stare at Goats. Admittedly, I did not read that book, but I did see the movie. LOL. I just have a feeling this book is going to be a trip. Here's the blurb:

The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath.
Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

Those are the books I got in the mailbox last week. They are not necessarily my normal reads, but I chose each of them because I though I would enjoy them regardless.

I don't generally buy books, because there are so many to be had in galley grabs and such. Hopefully, I'll be getting more of those lovely thick yellow envelopes in the mail next week! :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

On My Wishlist

On My Wishlist is hosted by Book Chick City. For more info click here.

I have so many books that I want to read, it's not even funny. The problem is finding the time! I know everyone understands the dilemma.

I'm going to post three books here that I want to read that have yet to be released. I can only cross my fingers and hope that I can somehow snag ARCs, as I am very impatient. :)

The first book is Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare. The release date is September 2011, that is an awful long time to have to wait! One of my favorite all time trilogies is The Mortal Instruments, so I expect nothing less from this series by Clare.

The following is the Goodreads blurb:

The Infernal Devices is a series of prequels to The Mortal Instruments series, set in 19’th century London. The story concerns 16-year-old orphan Tessa Gray, whose quiet life is thrown into turmoil when her older brother Nathaniel suddenly vanishes, leaving her alone. Her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London’s dangerous supernatural underworld, where warlocks throw masked balls for half-demon Downworlders. When Tessa discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must come to trust her natural enemies, the demon-killing Shadowhunters, if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother. Torn between the beautiful Will, a Shadowhunter who isn’t what he seems, and the devoted Jem, whose own deadly secret is slowly destroying him, Tessa must draw on all her strength to save her brother and keep herself alive in this deadly new world.

I enjoyed the first book in the series, which if you haven't heard of it, you can check out here.



The second book that I'm dying to get my hands on is What Happened to Goodbye by Sara Dessen. The release date for this book is May 10, 2011. I do love me some Sara Dessen books. Not all of them are seriously awesome, but here's to hoping this new one is up to par with The Truth About Forever and This Lullaby. :)



The following is the Goodreads blurb:
Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?


I'm not sure the description is real promising, but it's worth a shot!



Now, the third book that I am looking forward to is Chain Reaction the third book in the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. The release date is May 24, 2011. Now, I just loved Perfect Chemistry, which was the first book. The second, Rule's of Attraction, was pretty good as well. I'm looking forward to finding out the third Fuentes' brother's story! I have a feeling that whatever Elkeles puts out is not going to dissapoint.

This one I am especially interested in because it has the opposite story line. The previous two had the bad boys with good girls, this one has the good boy with the bad girl. Sounds cool. 

 The following is the Goodreads blurb:

Now admit it....this cover is HOT!
Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn't live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he's never known, and just when he thinks he's got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?
Continuing all the steamy romance of the first two books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Simone Elkeles gives fans one more satisfying taste of the irresistible Fuentes boys.

Another good point to her books is that you get both the male and female perspective, which is always a plus.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Book Blogger Hop 4/1-4/4

Book Blogger HopWell, this is the first time I've decided to do this. But basically, the Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy for Books and occurs weekly. It's a weekend event, lasting from Friday till Monday.

It's just a neat way to have a list of other book blogs out there available in one place. If you're interested, click here.

There is also a weekly question. This week's question is:

Since today is April Fool's Day in the USA, what is the best prank you have ever played on someone OR that someone has played on you?

Well....I apparently am totally lame. I am not the kind of person to do pranks. Not because I don't think they would be funny, but more so because I would worry that the other person would get upset, or I'm too chicken to actually go through with it. 

As far as someone pulling a prank on me? I am a bit gullible, or so I've been told. So, I am sure that people my whole life have been pulling fast ones over on me, but a big massive prank? Nothing I can think of. Most likely something has occured and I just pushed it into the back of my mind to gather dust and never think about again.