Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Review: The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

The Vespertine (The Vespertine, #1)The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ms. Mitchell has conjured up an unbreakable spell in this treat. The book spans the year of 1889 taking place mostly in Baltimore, a pieces in Maine. A teenage girl, Amelia van der Broek is sent away by her brother to find a suitable match and to become a lady. She is sent to the Stewarts who have a spirited daughter Zora the same age. Meeting the social network of friends as an outsider, Amelia is immediate drawn to Nathaniel Witherspoon, who is enigmatic.

As the scenes vividly glow off the pages, the sunsets draw Amelia into visions and predictions that are too accurate. Playing Maines Mystic is one thing, playing for real is another.

I can't say enough about how well witten this book is, how great of a storyline, how fresh. I have found myself looking into the golden setting sun and predicting another enjoyable reread of this book.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Review: Tempestuous by: Lesley Livingston

Tempestuous (Wondrous Strange, #3)Tempestuous by Lesley Livingston

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The end of Ms. Livingston's trilogy brings mystery, possible betrayal, Faerie Court War all into the mix. The book picks up with Kelley learning all the secrets pertaining to Sonny and his true heritage and her need to protect him, the Court, and those that would use that knowledge for good or bad - so by wiping memories, giving back protective spells, and convincing him she doesn't love him.. because faeries can't lie (but she can). The Janus Guard has been corrupted and is now killing for killing sake, Herne and his Tavern are attacked which the Greenman is stolen, all while Auberon is slowly whithering away from the inside dying.

This book took a while to enjoy as much as Ms. Livingston's others. I had to push myself to get through almost 200 pages to really get to enjoy what I have come to enjoy from her as an author. The book is worth the read to finish the series out, and has beautiful touches within it - but there is that feeling as you read that the book was rushed and her heart wasn't as exposed on paper as it was in the previous novels.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Great Contest With A Great Message

I wanted to let people know about a great contest available at Cheryl Rainfield's website for her book Scars.

This book is about cutting and is somewhat autobiographical. Too many people are turning to harming themselves as a way to release the pain and trouble that is happening in their lives.


On a personal note I have to say this is something that has affected my family and myself. This website has great tips and the book promises to be a great read.

Reason Not to Hurt Yourself link: http://cherylrainfield.com/blog/index.php/2011/05/06/reasons-not-to-hurt-yourself/
It is a beautiful list - an affirmation for those that have a voice that need to be heard Let's Get The Message Out There

Monday, May 23, 2011

A Little Brightness

I received a wonderful gift in the mail today. gave me a little brightness and I have to give a little shout out ---
To Jade Lee a great author at www.jadeleeauthor.com I look forward to reading and reviewing Wicked Surrender I also have to shout out to www.freshficton.com and the amazing authors that are blogging, fresh picked, and a part of that community. Please check it out.
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Review: Little Red and The Wolf by Alison Paige

Little Red and the WolfLittle Red and the Wolf by Alison Paige

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An erotic take on Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf in this novel by Ms. Paige.

Granny has a cottage in the woods that is at risk between two men that visit her - one very dangerous Mr. Gray Lobo, another pretending to be her dead father, at the center Maizie "Red" Hood. The property sits next to the animal santuary owned by Mr. Lobo, which her parents were killed and his wife in the form as a wolf. As the story unfolds there is no mistake how it turns out - a crazy outplay on the "family pack" but a fast, easy read that holds your attention.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Review: Darklight by: Lesley Livingston

Darklight (Wondrous Strange, #2)Darklight by Lesley Livingston

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ms. Livingston did it again. In her follow up to Wondrous Strange she takes us further into the magical adventure of Kelly, Sonny, the Janus Guard, Auberon, Maab, Titiana, Ogres, Leprechans, and more. The development of Fennrys and the mystery between the battle of the Four Courts causing even stranger alliances makes the promise of the third book too tempting too wait to read.

Kelly is caught up again within the battle of the Courts, the Wild Hunt is being battled by Sonny within the Faerie realm, the Gates are fracturing, a leprechan is chasing after Kelly's necklace, Sonny has a little something more to him that must be kept from others as well as him to protect him, Auberon calls upon Kelly --- most of this book takes place within the Fae Realm making the reader devour page after page.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Review: Falling Under by: Gwen Hayes

Falling Under (Falling Under, #1)Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

There is something here within the story of Theia and a strange, mystery that has fallen from the sky Haden. Theia, a teenage girl, overly protected by a barely there father, in the out clique at school with greatly written supporting character friends - one night awakes to see a body falling burnt from the sky. An overwhelming attraction along with dreams that aren't complete a pull to a new boy in school.

The struggle for the characters within "Under" and Here is interesting, but didn't keep up to the expectations that I had for this book. Some descriptions went on allowing the picture to hold, and then it was as if Ms. Hayes gave up paragraphs or her own style or voice to someone else to continue on with the story. The unique setting of the Underworld and realms does bring the orginality of Ms. Hayes' writing forth.

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