Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Confession: I'm a terrible blogger

Yup! I confess - I am a TERRIBLE blogger.

But that's okay. I do this mostly for me.
To the handful of followers I have - I greatly appreciate you, and am amazed you are still with me.


Let me give you a few updates, and then a few excuses.

Update #1: I have updated the reading list!
Now you get to see all the juicy and totally awesome books I've been reading - but no reviews yet.

Update #2: I passed 100 books read this year! 
Whoo-hoo!!!!! I think I am going to shoot for 125, but we will see. Christmas she is a'comin'

Excuse #1: Why haven't I updated anything - especially if I still find time to read?
Well... blah, blah, WORK, blah, blah SCHOOL, blah, blah, FAMILY. I am a busy girl. I wish I wasn't, unfortunately I cannot escape!! I tried to make blogging a priority, but just can't seem to keep it there. Reading however - will always be at the top of my list. I haven't forgotten, and will start again soon.

Update #3: I am NOT doing NaNoWriMo this year. :(
Given the time crunch, I felt I didn't have time to do NaNoWriMo this round. I knew I had no chance of finishing. However - I have continued to pick at my story from last year. AND I am constantly running through new ideas in my brain.

Request #1: I need some recommendations!
I thoroughly enjoyed Grave Mercy, Girl of Fire and Thorns, Graceling, and Throne of Glass. I need to know what to read next. I am not enjoying Matched as much as I'd hoped.

Update #4: Blog updates
I've posted here, updated the reading list, modified my TBR, and changed my Currently Reading graphic. Just thought you oughta know. ;)

See ya around!


Friday, August 10, 2012


I'm not gone!  and I haven't stopped reading!

Work is at it's peak right now and school is starting back up, so my reviews will be slim for the next month or so. However, I will continue to update The Reading List, and will do my best to post some reviews on my favorite finds.

I am trying to talk a friend into joining my blog, so that you have more than one reviewer giving you the goods. Wish me luck!

Happy Reading!!
Yay School!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Vivid Worlds

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by our friends and the awesome bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list for us to review and then compile our own.

This week's topic:  Top Ten Most Vivid Worlds/Settings in Books

1.  Neverwhere - Neil Giaman
     Set in the UK, but an underground world with doors...

2.  Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
     The burrow, Smegal's cave, the whole damn thing. Gorgeous!

3.  Harry Potter - JR Rowling
     No explanation needed. :)

4.  Black Jewels Trilogy - Anne Bishop
     3 realms of the world:  Kaeleer, Terreille & Hell.

5.  Game of Thrones - George RR. Martin
     Dark, gritty, too real - Westeros

6.  The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
     Join the circus... very magical

7.  Cinder - Marissa Meyer
     I just thought the futuristic setting was awesome, especially the moon race.

8.  Fever Series - Karen Marie Moning
     Dublin & Farie, very cool how the world changes.

9.  Outlander - Diana Gabeldon
     Beautiful and harrowing descriptions of 18th century Scotland.

10.  Ahh - one more? can't do it.....

What are your top ten?


Teaser Tuesday: Captive in the Dark

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

The rules of the meme:
1.  Grab your current read and open to a random page.
2.  Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. NO SPOILERS!


My Current Read:
Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts 

"'Act like a whore and you'll get treated like one Livvie.' That's all she had to say to me." I cried for a while after I repeated my mother's words.      

Pg 220 of 253

Monday, July 23, 2012

Gone Social!

I never went the Social Media route for my reviews and blogging, as I barely have time to write reviews, much less complete status updates and bounce around 4 different sites catching up. However, I came to realize the power of these sites and the necessity of putting myself out there.

I now have Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook!  And the past few days have been fun. I have no friends... but I still enjoy talking to myself. ;)

Take pity on me!  I know this is shameless, but what the hey. If you have the desire check me out on FB and Twitter - follow, me friend me, like me - whatever! I will do my best to provide updates and info frequently.

And if you are feeling really nice... click the stumble link below to help others happen across my blog.

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Ruth Cardello: Maid for the Billionaire

Maid for the Billionaire
Ruth Cardello
Published November 19, 2011 by CreateSpace
ISBN: 1466398167
220 Pages

Abigail Dartley is not really a maid, she just stepped in for her sister while she was sick, to prevent her from losing her job.  Lil (Abby’s sister) can be a little irresponsible, and since their parents’ death, Abby has played the role of mom – much to the sacrifice of her social life.

While cleaning the big vacant brownstone, the owner, Dominic Corisi - billionaire businessman, comes home. He is angry over the death of his father, and needs something to take his mind off the emotions running through him. Abby seems like a good distraction. However business beckons, and an important deal requires flying to China. It takes more persuading than he was prepared for, but he really wants to take Abby with him. She agrees knowing he’s not looking for anything more than sex, but she senses she can help him, and wants to live a little herself.

This was a random pick.  Book 3 is in the lists and all of the books had such good ratings, so I decided to try it out. It really was a quality romance novel. It never felt juvenile or whimsical, had a plot, and the motivation for the characters was well built. The steam was good, the romance & humor were there too. I liked the main characters – the good girl cutting lose, the overbearing man being challenged. Plus, billionaire!

Once again, the only thing that bothered me was the ending. The story built, grew, climaxed, dove, and was interesting the whole way – but the last section of the book just happened way to fast, and worked out way to well. Felt a little scooby-do-ish.  I don’t want to ruin it, but practically everything was wrapped up in a pretty bow when it didn’t have to be, especially since this was the first part of a three-parter. It rushed to resolution.

Abby and Dom make up, step out of the house, and magically there are two helicopters landing on the lawn delivering all the people and answers they want.  Seemed WAY too convenient. 

I would recommend it to romance aficionados. It was pretty good. 3.5 Stars.

Friday, July 20, 2012

AL Jackson: Pulled

A. L. Jackson
Published: April 5, 2012 by Sapphire Star
ISBN: 1938404009
350 Pages

Melanie and Daniel met in high-school and, from that moment, they knew they were all there would ever be for each other. Two halves of the same soul. The tragic loss of their daughter separated them at a young age, but they never stopped craving or loving each other.  They stayed apart, thinking it was what the other wanted. Nine years pass, and through fate or kismet, they are brought back together – but circumstances are not favorable for a reunion. She’s in a loveless marriage, and he is going through his own troubles with another woman, and has poured himself into a meaningless existence at work. They can only hope that love conquers all and will help them, not only get out of their present situations, but get over the tragic past that separated them - so they can finally be together.

To get into this book you have to be able to accept that the following is real:

               1) True love
               2) Fate/Destiny/Kismet
               3) Soul mates
               4) Intangible connection between people, allowing them to sense each other/share feelings.

Sounds romantic, right?  This book is filled with angst, forgiveness, acceptance, stupidity, emotion… Ahhh!!! The list goes on. This is one of the most emotional books I’ve read in a while. The strangest (and yes, romantic – if you like that) part was this connection between Melanie and Daniel. You know how there are stories of twins that can just sense each other?  They can feel when the other is happy or sad, and communicate without words?  Or loved ones who can tell across great distances when the other has died or been hurt? Well, the connection between our lovers is much stronger, almost verging on paranormal.

I liked that the characters were developed – real fears, real insecurities, and real hardship. The way the story was laid out was really cool. We are in the present, following the current timeline as events unfold, but are given tidbits to build the past through the characters’ memories. By the mid-point of the book, we finally have the whole picture and are able to plunge deeper into the story.

The swapping from Melanie’s to Daniel’s point of view was great for the advancement of the story, but was occasionally sloppy. A couple of times I had to go back a page to figure out whose thoughts I was reading.  Also, some of their angst, reasons for separating, and assumptions were a little weak – verging on non-believable. But then, I can’t put myself into the headspace to understand the emotions Melanie was feeling after losing her daughter.

The conflict in the story was great, and it had some truth and sadness to it about abuse people inflict on themselves and each other. It enforces the importance of communication and forgiveness. It was also not all bubbles and clouds, “we broke up and now we’re back together.” It was real life pushing them apart. Experiences, misfortune, family…

I enjoyed the intenseness of their romance. Sappy love yes, but physical love was just as important -that rough need to touch, taste, own, brand. This book had it all. The only thing it lacked was a logical beginning to their relationship. It was love at first sight, devotion at first meeting, and forever ever after. Once you get past that it was pretty awesome.

3.5 Stars. I really liked it, and will recommend it to those interested in the genre.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rita Herron: Marry Me, Maddie

Marry Me, Maddie
Rita Herron
Published August 1, 2001 by Love Spell
ISBN: 0505524333
363 Pages

A down home Southern romance between a fiery redhead and a reformed bad boy; both pursuing their careers, neither looking for what they found.

Chase, Lance and Reid are blood brothers who made a pact to remain bachelors forever. Chase, the only not literal brother, takes this very seriously as he considers Lance and Reid his only family. Maddie, their sister, he remembers at the knobby-kneed girl with pigtails that used to follow them around everywhere.  Boy, has she grown up.

After a public break-up with longtime boyfriend Jeff, Maddie is back on the market, and looking for some fun. Can Chase keep his hands off her when all he wants to do is the opposite? 

Ick. I won’t give it a terrible rating, since it’s not bad for what it is, but I don’t think I will pursue many others by this author. The plot lines don’t twist, there is no depth or mystery, and the characters seem to fall into silly situations. So if you are looking for a quick, flirty, summer read – this book is for you.

I didn’t like the split attention between two possible couples, and the depth could have easily been there with a little more attention (the mystery of Maddie’s parents, the sabotage, and Chase’s history). The author just needed to dig a little deeper and quit repeating the same thing over and over…

It started out strong, but quickly got weak and stayed there. The sex wasn’t even that riveting (or believable). I had to force myself to finish the book.

2.5 – Caution: Read only if you are into cheesy harlequin romance.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Marry Me, Maddie

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

The rules of the meme:
  1. Grab your current read and open to a random page.
  2. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. NO SPOILERS!


My Current Read:
Marry Me, Maddie by Rita Herron

"Maddie rolled her eyes and studied the other furnsihings, expecting to see a blow-up doll pop from the ceiling any minute with sexy music and strobe lights accompaning it, but footsteps sounded on the staircase."

"Maddie crossed her legs again, anger brewing, her bladder aching."


Top Ten Tuesday: If you liked Fifty Shades....

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by our friends and the awesome bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten list for us to review and then compile our own. 
This week's topic:  Books For People Who Like 'X' Book
Since it has been such a huge hit, and I have found myself spiraling down the 'what to read next' rabbit hole. I choose Fifty Shades of Grey (overdone, I know).

Top Ten Books For People Who Like Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James. 

1. Twilight: Stephanie Myers
It's gotta be said. This was the inspiration for Fifty Shades!

2. Bared To You: A Crossfire Novel: Sylvia Day 
This is an exact likeness with a twist. Day stamped out this replica to give her readers a fix of something popular.

3. Slammed: Colleen Hoover
A must read for all YA, contemporary Romance fans. Nowhere near as dark as Fifty, but just as addicting, and possibly even more powerful.


4. Gaberiel's Inferno: Sylvia Day
Hmmm.. more forbidden love, intense relationships, and sacrifice. This is a keeper that forces you to pay attention! (or you'll catch pneumonia and die).


     5. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: Anne Rice
     Sex slaves, erotica, submission - with a plot!


6. Seven Day Loan: Tiffany Reisz
Short, sexy, and sweet. A much closer truth to the Dom/Sub lifestyle.


7. Beautiful Disaster: Jamie McGuire
It's not about BDSM or even really erotica, but it is about a twisted-up man changing for a woman - and needing her more than anything else in the world.


8. Easy: Tammara Webber
Guy with a tortured past, romance, suspense.  I think most readers will enjoy it.


9. A Kiss of Shadows: Laurell K. Hamilton
Okay, I admit this is a far cry. This book really isn't anything like Fifty, but for some reason when I finished Fifty Shades, I wanted to re-read the Merry Gentry series. It builds as the series progresses, but Merry and her men are always up for steamy sex, court intrigue, and even love. And yes - there are plenty of tortured pasts and dark turns to keep you interested. (If you like this one - go for the Anita Blake series. Way more along the lines of risque sex, but you have to get several books in before you reach it).


10. Shadowfever: Karen Marie Moning
Again, not a rubber stamp of Fifty Shades, but if you liked that book, I would recommend this one to you. It's an action fantasy with a love story woven in. Shadowfever is the last in the series, but has the most of what you are looking for. If you have the time - start at  the beginning of the Fever series.

What are your top recommendations for people who enjoyed Fifty Shades?