3.31.2011

Book Review: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.


I was hooked from page one of this book. I'm not big into romance novel, in fact, this is the first one I have read. I didn't even know it was considered paranormal romance until I went to get the second book in this series and found a huge paranormal romance section in my favorite bookstore. This book is like Twilight for adult, minus the werewolves and add some vampire slayers. The flow of the book is good. It goes back and forth between narators but it moves along at such a good pace that your aren't antsy to get back to the other story. Everything fits together well. The characters are well developed, although I did find myself wanting to know what makes Wrath the only purebred vampire left, maybe she answered that and I missed it. You are able to really see the transformation that Wrath undergoes from the beginning of the book to the end. By the end I was sighing and thinking about someone loving me the way he loves....oops can't say. Anyways, loved the book. I ran out and got book 2 and 3 minutes after I finished 1.

3.30.2011

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Betrayal by Mayandree Michel (April 1, 2011)
At seventeen, Cordelia is an ordinary teen with an extraordinary and frightening secret. A secret that induces vivid dreams which she not only experiences true love, but crippling fear while barely escaping with her life each night.
After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and what she is – a descendant of the Greek gods. At that moment everything she knows of her world is a lie, and she must leave the present and go into the past to assume the role she was put on this earth for – safeguarding her ancient empire amidst evil forces that toil hastily to destroy it.
In a race against time, Cordelia must decide if she is truly a part of this dangerous world, or risk defying the gods, and ultimately lose the boy who has put a claim on her heart.
Beautiful cover also!


A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (April 22, 2011)
It all begins with a lost manuscript, a reluctant witch, and 1,500-year-old vampire. Dr. Diana Bishop has a really good reason for refusing to do magic: she is a direct descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem Witch Trials, and her parents cautioned her be discreet about her talents before they were murdered, presumably for having "too much power." So it is purely by accident that Diana unlocks an enchanted long-lost manuscript (a book that all manner of supernatural creatures believe to hold the story of all origins and the secret of immortality) at the Bodleian Library at Oxford, and finds herself in a race to prevent an interspecies war.

3.29.2011

Teaser Tuesday (3)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page, and BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!

"The ritualistic way of assuaging offense was a logical punishment. When a rythe was tendered and accepted, the offender allowed the object of his insult free use of a weapon against him without putting up a defense." Page 248

3.28.2011

In My Mailbox (3)


What's in my mailbox? Romance!


This weekend I finished Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. (Review coming tomorrow). Two minutes after I finished absorping the last morsel, I was out the door and on my way to McKay's to get the next book in the series. (If you don't know by now, it is my very favorite bookstore). I purchased Lover Eternal which is the second book in the The Black Dagger Brotherhood and Lover Awakened which is the third book of the series. Then I went outside to the free bin which had recently been stocked full of romance novels. Now I haven't been a big romance reader, in fact I didn't know that the BDB series was considered paranormal romance until yesterday but I always thought of a romance read as a lite fun read so I couldn't pass up the six romance novels in the free bin.
I got:
Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas. A Wellesley grad and daughter of a Houston energy baron, Haven Travis is an unlikely romantic heroine until her brief but ardent encounter with a man who turns out to be Hardy Cates, the East Texas roughneck from Sugar Daddy who worked his way up from poverty and then outmaneuvered the Travis clan in a business deal. Haven's engaged to Nick Tanner—a man her dad thinks is unfit for her—and though she and Hardy have a charged interaction, she elopes with Nick, and her father cuts her off. Nick turns out to be a bad guy, and a beaten and bruised Haven returns to Houston, where Hardy's still at odds with her family. Their passion proves as fervent as ever, but demons from Haven's recent past—as well as strife with her family and troubles at work and in bed—stand in the way. Kleypas isn't a literary stylist, but she delivers a page-turning, formula-breaking romance that takes on social issues and escalates passion to new heights.

Nothing But Trouble by Rachel Gibson. The Seattle Chinooks have won the Stanley Cup, but it’s a bitter win for superstar player Mark Bressler. Injured in a car crash months earlier, he woke up immobilized in the hospital and unable to play hockey ever again. Cranky and gloomy, he is not a very good patient, pushing away every assistant the team sends him within hours of arrival. When they send him Chelsea Ross, he is not as successful. Chelsea, a former B-movie actress, is working as a personal assistant between roles in horror films and commercials. Though she is irritated with Mark, she is determined to stick it out, if only for the massive bonus the team will give her if she makes it through three months. Neither the scream queen nor the hockey player expects to get along, let alone be attracted to each other. The newest in Gibson’s series about the Seattle Chinooks is a classic opposites-attract romance with action hot enough to melt ice.

Trouble with Valentine's Day by Rachel Gibson. "There [is] nothing like one whole day devoted to lovers to make a single girl feel like a loser," muses Kate Hamilton, the heroine of Gibson's frothy new romance set in Gospel, Idaho. When Kate's advances are rebuffed by the sexy man sitting next to her in a bar on Valentine's Day, she feels the sting of rejection—which is soon compounded by humiliation when she learns that the stranger is Rob Sutter, owner of the sporting goods store located next to her grandfather's grocery. Both Rob and Kate have skidded to a halt in Gospel—Kate after her work as a PI unwittingly armed a man with information to track down and kill his family, and Rob after his pro hockey career was derailed by a gun-toting psychopath.

The Watson Brothers by Lori Foster. In "My House, My Rules", sweetly sexy and extremely determined Ariel drives tough, rugged cop Sam Watson over the edge. When Ariel's headstrong ways nearly wreck one of Sam's sting operations - ruining her dress in the process - he offers her a ride to his place to clean up. But Ariel seems to have her own agenda, and Sam decides it's time to show the lady that if she wants to play games of seduction, he'll be calling the shots..."Bringing Up Baby": Gil Watson's wild night on a business trip two years ago resulted in a daughter he never knew he had. Now that the girl's mother is gone, he wants to do right by his little girl, even if it means a marriage of convenience with the woman who's been raising her. Anabel Truman is totally wrong for him. But the sensations she rouses in Gil feel totally right. "Good With His Hands": As best friends, Pete Watson and Cassidy McClannahan have a 'no sex' relationship. 'No sex' equals continuing friendship. 'Ohmygodyes' sex equals big problems. It may be a rigid rule, but it works - until Pete decides he wants to push the line and transform himself into the perfect guy he thinks Cassidy wants.

The Playboy by Carly Phillips. Rick, a loving but broken-hearted divorcee determined to resist both mom's marriage plots and those of his admirers-roughly every single woman in town. To do so, Rick employs a counterplot involving equally commitment-shy Kendall Sutton, whom the playboy policeman rescues from a car mishap as she's fleeing her own wedding. But will the independent twosome, feigning coupledom to remove themselves from the matchmaking game, foil themselves by genuinely falling for each other? Of course.

The Heartbreaker by Carly Phillips. Of all the bars in Washington, D.C., Sloane Carlisle happens to walk into the hole-in-the-wall where Chase Chandler is nursing a Miller draft. Avowed singleton Chase needs a cold one after overdosing on the marital bliss of his younger brother, Roman, and Roman's pregnant wife, Charlotte. (Roman and the third Chandler brother, Rick, starred in Phillips's paperback bestsellers The Bachelor and The Playboy.) Sloane has come in search of scotch straight up to recover from shocking news: she's not the biological daughter of Sen. Michael Carlisle, whose dead first wife, Sloane's mother, grew up in Yorkshire Falls, N.Y., where Chase is publisher of the local paper. Furthermore, Sloane has learned, two Carlisle staffers may be plotting to kill her real father. Chase knows none of this-only that here is "a vision in a dress so pink, so short, so bare, it ought to be illegal." And Sloane has no idea that Chase has come to Washington hoping for a scoop on Senator Carlisle. Nevertheless, one smoldering glance is enough to seal the couple's fate.

They seem like some fun summer reads. Nothing too heavy.
What's in your mailbox?

3.25.2011

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop

Follow my Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View 
Question: Inspired by the inane twitter trend of #100factsaboutme, give us five book related silly facts about you.
  1. I will never buy a e-reader. The idea of staring at a screen to enjoy a book is not my cup of tea. Aside from reading the first chapter of a book online to decide if I want to purchase a book, I will stick with paper and ink. 
  2. I can only read one book at a time. If I find another book interesting, I will stop reading the one I'm reading and come back to it later.
  3. If I'm not hooked by the first paragraph, I usually don't read the book. Unless I have to.
  4. I'm a book hoarder. I love buying books and putting them on my shelf. I can't pass up a book that is like $1 or $0.25. I'll buy it and figure if I don't read it someone will.
  5. I like silence when I read. No TV, no music. I usually wait until everyone has gone to sleep and stay up late reading in bed.
I can't wait to read everyone elses facts.

(Ugh, I can't remove that damn highlighting I put on there by accident! )

If you could physically put yourself into a book or series, which one would it be and why?
I have to go back to my childhood on this one. I always wanted to be a part of the Babysitter's Club.
 I loved The Babysitter's Club series. I think I read every single book. It was the first series that I read and I wanted so much to be their friend, hang out in there neighborhood. They had the best adventures! Of course, it doesn't have the same appeal now that I am an adult but I just remember wanting to be a part of their club so bad when I was a kid.

3.24.2011

3.23.2011

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Blake Duchamp...

He's all that Winter Adams can think of. Ever since their fateful meeting at Pilgrim's Lament. Ever since he looked at her with those emerald eyes. Ever since he saved her life.

But Blake isn't all that he seems. There is a strangeness about him, something dark and otherworldly. Something dangerous. In his attic is a secret he would kill to defend, but Winter seems to have a special ability to make him forget his duty. And he is her only protection against the gathering darkness.

The only problem is, to protect Winter, Blake must risk exposing her to an even greater danger. Himself.




Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and
Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks
for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

I absolutely love these two covers also!

In My Mailbox (2)

I'm running late this week with everything. However, I have been on a roll with my writing so I don't feel as bad : )

 
I have 5 books this week and I didn't spend any money! YAY! I love when that happens. Three I got from RAK, Immortal: Love Stories with a Bite is anthology of stories about teenagers aka vampires striving to maintain a sense of self and find lasting love. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt is about two teens, who recently broke up, going on a road trip together and Glass Houses by Rachel Caine is the first book of the Morganville Vampires series. I won Sixty-Nine by Pynk on Goodreads.com. It is an adult book about three friends getting ready to turn 40. Should make for a steamy adults only review. Lastly, I got Imitation of Life by Fannie Hurst from the free books bin at McKay's. I've seen the movie. I cried. I wonder if the book will make me cry as well.  
I really need a new digital camera. That pic is horrible!

3.21.2011

Music: Paramore

Lately, I've been doing more writing than reading. And when I write, I need music. This song has been on virtual repeat as I've been working on my YA novel. The premise of it inspired the love story part of the book.



Maybe I know, somewhere
Deep in my soul
That love never lasts
And we've got to find other ways
To make it alone
Keep a straight face

And I've always lived like this
Keeping a comfortable, distance
And up until now I had sworn to myself that I'm
Content with loneliness

You, are, the only exception
And I'm on my way to believing

3.18.2011

Follow Friday & Book Blogger Hop

Follow My Book Blog Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View. Today's question:

How did you come up with the name of your blog?
For the longest I wanted to start a book blog but I couldn't come up with a name. I couldn't come up with nothing creative, which doesn't say much for my skills as a writer. Ahem. I knew that I wanted to blog about all aspects of my life, including but not limited to books. So one day I was searching through tons of pictures and blogs looking for inspiration for my blog design and my husband said, 'wow you are obsessed with this whole blog thing' and the rest is history.

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Crazy for Books.

Do you read only one book at a time, or do you have several going at once?
I tried reading more than one book at a time and I couldn't do it. Either I got so into one book that the other got ignored or I started mixing and confusing characters in books. Only time I really tried was when I was taking English classes and had to read a novel for class but wanted to read something personally. It never worked out right.

Did you follow or hop?

 


3.17.2011

Today's Obsession

Green! For St. Patrick's Day.












Must go get a green beer today!

(all photos from Weheartit.com)

3.16.2011

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

I can't wait to read:

The Survivors by Amanda Havard (March 31, 2011)

In 1692, when witch trials gripped the community of Salem, Massachusetts, twenty-six children were accused as witches, exiled, and left for dead. Fourteen of them survived. The Survivors is the first installment of the tantalizing tales of the fourteen ill-fated Survivors and their descendants, who have been content in hiding for over three centuries. Isolated on a Montana mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the family's sacred hiding place. But no matter how far Sadie runs, something always pulls her back. On a muggy summer night in Tennessee, she witnesses a shocking scene that will change her life forever. It is the first in a sequence of events that will drag her from the human world she's sought to belong to for over a century and send her back to her Puritanical family and into an uncertain future filled with cunning witches, mysterious nosferatu shape-shifters, dangerous eretica and vieczy vampires, millennia-old mythology, and the search for her own mortality. After all... HOW DO YOU KILL A SURVIVOR? The Survivors will steal your heart and invade your mind. (Amazon.com)
 

You Are My Only by Beth Kephart (May 30, 2011)
Emmy Rane is married at nineteen , a mother by twenty. Trapped in a life with a husband she no longer loves, Baby is her only joy. Then one sunny day in September, Emmy takes a few fateful steps away from her baby and returns to find her missing. All that is left behind is a yellow sock. Fourteen years later, Sophie, a homeschooled, reclusive teenage girl is forced to move frequently and abruptly from place to place, perpetually running from what her mother calls the “No Good.” One afternoon, Sophie breaks the rules, ventures out, and meets Joey and his two aunts. It is this loving family that opens Sophie's eyes, giving her the courage to look into her past. What she discovers changes her world forever. (Amazon.com)

Music: Kings of Leon


Single book of matches,
gonna burn what's standing in the way,
Roaring down the mountain,
now they're calling on the fire brigade
 
Bury all the pictures,
 and tell the kids that I'm okay,
If I'm forgotten, they'll remember me for today

 I won't ever be your cornerstone

3.15.2011

Teaser Tuesday (2)

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here are the rules: Grab your current read. Open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page, and BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!

"You can't let it control you. That's where the horror stories of vampires came from - that's why so many of us have inspired bad B movies and the nightmares of humans." (Amber Smoke by Kristen Cast)
I'm still reading Beautiful Creatures. It just got a little long so I took a break. Plus I just got Immortal in the mail yesterday from Jennifer at Extreme Reader Book Reviews as a RAK. Thanks Jennifer!

Melissa from iswimforoceans adds a twist to her Teaser Tuesday and posts two sentences from her work in progress. I think that is a great idea so I decided to do it too. Let me know what you think.

"I lifted my face to the sky closing my eyes letting the thin sliver of sun shining through the tree caress my face. I felt peace. I felt the divine and I thought of my mother, the person I’d never met."

3.14.2011

By its Cover

I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover but there are some really beautiful book covers out there.

Beautiful dress and the castle in the background. I have no clue what this book is about but I love the cover!

This cover actually makes me want to read the book. Its like she is hiding, but from who or what?


Dark cover. Love it!


The white dress, the dirty ground, rose petals and the points on the letters. Love Love Love.


Use of different shades of blue. Pretty.


Again, this cover makes me want to read the book.

And I don't know who designs the covers for Lauren Kate but she has some of the prettiest book covers I have ever seen.




Beautiful!
I heard the books weren't that good, which I really don't take anyone elses word for whether or not a book is good because what's good for you, might be bad for me, but just judging on the covers, these books are awesome. (I think I used entirely too many commas in that one sentence).

What are some of your favorite book covers?
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