Throwback Thursday Review: Guardian’s Grace by Jacqueline Rhoades

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Greetings everyone!  Not sure how much longer this meme is going to be able to go one.  I’m running out of decent length reviews to share.  Will need to think of some other meme to post each week. Open to suggestions! Weekends Bookish Confessions?  Favorite Quote Friday?

This week I thought I would share a review of the first book I read by Ms. Rhoades.  I must confess this book lead to not only finding a talented author whose books I enjoy it also lead to a new friend!  I volunteered to review this book through a group on Goodreads for an honest review.  I wrote this review back when I was just starting out with reviews over on Goodreads, hence it being so short…  Reading this old reviews has been interesting.  I’ve changed and opened up in sharing what I think.  I’ve always been a wordy person, sharing way more than necessary,  but I was so nervous in the beginning.  Afraid people were going to call me out for not knowing what the hell I was doing.

 

Guardian's Grace (Guardians of the Race, #1)

 

Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book 1 in the Guardians of the Race series

Read from September 18-20, 2012

Book Synopsis:

Grace Masters always wanted a family she could call her own. Of course, in her imagination it didn’t include a pair of rambunctious and affectionate twins who can turn into killers within the blink of an eye or an aging vampire who has trouble controlling his thirst. She never expected to find a friend and mentor in a three hundred year old witch who looks like Sophia Loren. And she certainly never dreamed – okay, she dreamed but never thought it would come true – of a tall, handsome hero who would sweep her off her feet. Yet here she is, in an old Victorian home, living and loving under the cover of night.

Who knew that the source of her lifelong torment was really her gift as a Daughter of Man or that this gift could be controlled and used for something good? Who knew there was another race called the Paenitentia who live side by side with humans? Who knew that demons were real?

Grace certainly didn’t until one fateful night when her world falls apart and comes together again in a place where she finally feels she belongs. Sometimes a person just knows when something is right and destined to be. Sometimes convincing someone else of that fact is a little more difficult. Canaan ad Simeon is that someone else.

Canaan is Liege Lord to a House of Guardians whose job is to protect the Race from a demon threat many no longer believe in. Already breaking away from the outdated traditions that are depleting their numbers and threatened by a hierarchy resistant to change, the last thing Canaan needs is to fall for this innocently sexy Daughter of Man. 

But fall he does, with a mixture of comedy, drama and sexy fun that will touch your heart.

My Review (wow it’s short):

Received a free copy of this book for an honest review. Honestly it is the best written and with the most well-developed characters in a book I have received for review. I love this new world that Ms. Rhoades has created. There was a bit of everything in this book; steamy hot romance, humor, drama, and plenty of action. I totally fell for Grace and Canaan as well as the rest of the crew who inhabit the house. I couldn’t wait to see what happens next, so I bought the next two in the series before I finished this one. They are a steal for the price listed on Barnes and Nobel for a book this well written and with a great plot. There were a couple of spots in the beginning where you would jump from one character’s head to another’s and it took you a minute to figure it out, but that isn’t such a big deal and gets better as the story develops. To me most new series and authors take a bit to get used to is all. Loved the book, thank you for the opportunity to read and review. To others I suggest give it a try, especially if you like J.R. Ward, Kenyon, Alexandra Ivy, Lara Adrian or Laura Wright

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Throwback Thursday Review: The Princess Bride

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Greetings everyone!  Welcome to my weekly blog meme where I share a pre-blog review with you all.  This week I picked The princess Bride, no particular reason and I’m sorry it is such a short review.  This book is one of those rare occasions where the book and the movie are just as good in my opinion, although in my review I still feel the book is better. What do you think?

The Princess Bride

 

Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on cover to visit book’s page there.

Read from January 12 to 16, 2013

I borrowed this book through my library using Inter-Library Loan.

Book Synopsis:

What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything

My (short) Review:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the book within a book concept and that the real author was someone else. It was really witty and I loved the part with the missing scene and the pages you could send away for. Being the movie and the book were written by the same person they are pretty close to each other. I saw the movie first and while reading this I could so hear the actor’s voices when I read the dialog. Of course the book is still better, but it most always is. This is a delightful book that I recommend to most anyone, by far this has been my favorite classic, or modern classic, that I have read yet.

 


 

One last thing….

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Today is my handsome hubby’s birthday.  Just wanted to embarrass him in one more location, cause my posts on Facebook just aren’t enough…  I will have news to share about him soon, quite exciting,  but for today all I’m sending his way is my love and wishes for a wonderful day.  He is the love of my life and I’m one lucky girl to get to share this life with him!

Throwback Thursday Review: The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo

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Welcome to another addition to my weekly blog meme, Throwback Thursday Review, where I pick one of my pre-blog reviews to share with you all.  Since it worked so well last week, this week I visited random.org to generated a new number to use in selecting a book for you all.  Came up with 123 which counting back from my most recent reviews landed on The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks.  Her books are such fun reads, a great mix of humor and action.  They are definitely fluff though and make great vacation reads.

The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo (Love at Stake, #14)

Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit the book’s page there.

This is book 14 in the Love at Stake series

Read from September 9-10, 2013

Book Synopsis:

Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he’s ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo.

Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There’s even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal’s gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored?

My Review:

Love this author! Once I pick up her books I can’t put them down and usually manage to read them in a day. Her series is the perfect mix of romance, action and humor. Enjoyed seeing so many of the characters I loved from previous novels show up in this one, and was happy to see they made so much progress against the bad guys in this book. This was Dougal’s book and Ms. Sparks picked a great female lead for him in Leah. We also had a return of Angels in this book and personally I would love to see more of them in future additions, maybe even giving a few of them their own books. The stories in this series build upon each other. I started at the beginning, but if you wanted to pick up one just to read I don’t think you would end up too lost. However it is so much more enjoyable to start at the beginning with ‘How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire’ and not miss a minute of this fun world Ms. Sparks has created. Hope there are many more books to come in this series.

Throwback Thursday Review: Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

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Welcome to my weekly blog meme where I share one of my old pre-blog reviews that I posted over at Goodreads.  Are we friend at Goodreads?  No. Feel free to check out my profile and friend me if you like.  This week I decided to go back to find my first posted review.  I believe it was for the book shown below.  With the massive reviews I seem to be writing lately I thought it might be interesting to see how my reviews started off.  I can tell it is still me, but they are much shorter.  I must confess in the beginning I was pretty nervous about sharing my opinions about the books I read.  I didn’t want to offend any other readers or authors, so it is surprising my first review was a negative one. I also wasn’t sure how to go about it, so I just shared my opinion, much like today only shorter.  Apparently I got over myself and have no problems sharing what I think with anyone who will listen now, even those who don’t, as I have been know to follow my poor husband around the house talking about a book he could care less about.   So here we are the short little feedback about book #12 in the Sookie Stackhouse series,  I could tell already I wasn’t going to like how the series ended. Perhaps I should have stopped here…

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)

Click on cover to visit book’s Goodreads page.

Read from May 07 to 09, 2012

My rating 2 stars

Book Synopsis and cover art from Goodreads:

Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on that there are things she’d rather not know. An now that she’s an adult, she also realizes that some things she knows about, she’d rather not see–like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one.

There’s a thing or two she’d like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet–Felipe de Castro, the vampire king of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town. It’s the worst possible time for a human body to show up in Eric’s front yard–especially the body of the woman whose blood he just drank.

Now it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s set out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

I loved this series and (like many) am saddened by the way this series is ending. It just feels like Harris doesn’t care anymore and she is destroying characters and relationships that I loved in her haste to end a series she has grown tired of. I missed Eric the most in this book, he was there (barely), but Sookie spent most of the time pushing him away. There was a lot of stuff about her day to day life and background characters that I didn’t care about anymore, but I guess that is what happens when you are wrapping up a series, you get bring everyone out of the woodwork to tell how they are going to ride off into the sunset. I know Harris has said Sookie will not end up with Eric, but I guess a little part of me hoped she would change her mind. I will read the next and finial one, but again it just makes me sad and I so miss the story lines, characters and relationships I fell in love with…

Throwback Thursday Review: MWF Seeking BFF

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Oy!  Is it Thursday again?!  The month is just flying by, yet our getaway weekend in Chicago still feels like it is never going to get here…  So this week I thought I would pick another one of my dabbles into NF and share my review of MWF Seeking BFF byRachel Bertsche.  Thought this would be an interesting read as I have few female companions and could possible relate to the author and her journey.


MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search For A New Best FriendClick on cover to visit book’s Goodreads page.

I borrowed this book from my library.

Read from February 09 to 19, 2013

Book Synopsis from Goodreads along with cover art:

When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, she realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan: Meeting people everywhere from improv class to friend rental websites, she’ll go on fifty-two friend-dates, one per week for a year, in hopes of meeting her new Best Friend Forever.

My venture into NF reading for the month. Not bad, but not great the author annoyed me some. She made some great observations and it was nice to see she had done some research and hadn’t just relied on her experiences for the book. I was also happy to see that she grew as a person over the year and I think the experiment was definitely good for her and the readers as well. It helps us see that we are not alone in our feelings of isolation and that there are others out there wanting connections, but we are all afraid to put ourselves out there. We all feel like we are the only ones and from time to time we need to hear that we are not. I wanted to read this book because I find myself in a stage of life where I have no close friends. I should put myself out there and try, but unlike the author I think I might be alright with being alone for awhile. I too have grown and while I want a close female friendship I know that I am no longer going to compromise who I am or let myself get caught up in a friendship where I am not respected. If that means I go to the movies by myself, shopping by myself and over share on Facebook to vent or make observations on life then so be it. I did learn some things from this book thou, I do need to be more approachable and willing to not be caught up in my own little world so much. I need to be willing to say yes more and maybe look into social groups or classes where I get to meet people. I live in a rural community and it takes a bit more effort and driving to get out there than a big city. On the other hand thou, people in the small town tend to know each other better and maybe I need to just join in the community more. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for ideas and tips on how to make friends.

 

Have you read the book?  What did you think?  Do you think it is easier or harder to make new friends as an adult?  As an adult with or without kids?

 

Flashback Friday (Throwback Thursday one day late…): Styxx

Alright I missed Throwback Thursday, and didn’t post one last week either, so  I didn’t want to skip this week as well.  So lets call this one Flashback Friday the always late cousin of Throwback Thursday…  This week I’m not reaching very far back in my reviews and have decided to share what I had to say about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Styxx.   I have shared with you all, several times, how much I love this author and this book was amazing.  Reader’s of the series know that the character Acheron is a major player in this world and had a heart wrenching traumatic past, much of it at Styxx’s hand.  Styxx is Acheron’s brother and this is his story.  As Kenyon shows/tells us many a time things in her world are not always as they seem and there is no clear definition of a good or bad guy.  Only characters reacting to the circumstances they are dealt.   I think I loved Styxx’s story more than Ash’s, but to get the full scope of the story you really should read both.

 

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22)Click on the cover to visit book’s Goodread page.

#22 in the Dark Hunter Series

Read from December 16 to 22, 2013

First read: Wish I could give it 7 stars (one more than I wish I could give Acheron)

Review for part one:
Oh how I could have ever doubted Ms. Kenyon. She has more than redeemed Styxx in my eyes. Through this book running along much of the same timeline and events of Ash’s book she does an excellent job of teaching us that events in life are subject to the eye of the beholder and none of us should judge another for there is no way for us to know what they may or may not have been through. While Ash’s life and what was done to him was horrendous, Styxx’s existence was just as harrowing, bleak, isolated and awful. In some ways I think Styxx had a more painful path to follow. 

My opinion of their father did not change, nor did it for their uncle. Both of them I would like to see skinned alive for the atrocities that they put those two boys through. My opinion of their sister changed, I kinda think Ryssa is a bit of a spoiled brat and a major bitch for the way she treated Styxx. I have fallen for Styxx’s Bethany, and wish she had not suffered at Apollymi’s hand. I also enjoyed the general who trained Styxx and eventually became a surugate father for him. What happen to him brought tears to my eyes. 

Off to finish the last 200 and some pages. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out. 

Part Two review:
I could not stop reading, so at 2:30 a.m. this morning I finish Styxx… I cried quite a bit, laughed a little and felt so happy to see some major assholes get what was due to them. I LOVED this book. I love Styxx even more than Ash, who was a bit of an ass through much of this book and I so wanted to smack him upside the head and tell him to straighten up… I don’t want to give too much away, because I think I might be the first of my friends to read this, oh how I wish I had someone to talk with who had read it, hubby just doesn’t care to hear anymore about it… Styxx is such a strong man and had so much crap dumped on him, that he didn’t deserve, and was neglected throughout an extremely long existence that he didn’t ask for. I respect him and my heart more than bleeds for his pain. Styxx more than any other character deserves this happily ever after and vengeance against his aggressors. This was a beautiful and very fitting story, thank you Ms. Kenyon for sharing it with us. Of course now I am done with my reread of the Dark Hunters and I am feeling a little sad that I won’t be in their world anymore, well until the next book. Having lived in their universe for 3 months they are my friends and I will miss them when they are not around. Oh I know I can reread the books, and I will again someday, but you can only read a book for the first time once and it always leaves me a little melancholy after it is over. It makes me jealous of those who have yet to read it. I hope you enjoy Styxx’s story as much as I did.

 

Throwback Thursday Review: Inferno – 5 Stars

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Hello everybody welcome to another Throwback Thursday,  this week I decided to pick Dan Brown’s Inferno that I read last year to share with you.  Dan Brown is one of the authors I read that falls just outside of my normal reading tastes.  See I read more than just paranormal romance.  I can read other popular fiction too.  I started with The Da Vinci Code and was sucked into the fun complex rides that a Dan Brown books tend to be.  I enjoy the mystery, action and how he weaves these stories with history and secret societies.  They make you think and he always sets them in beautifully described locations.  The Inferno is probably my favorite book of his by far.

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

 

Click on the book to visit its Goodreads page.

Book 4 in the Robert Langdon series

Read from June 16 to 21, 2013

Alright, I confess this book gets 5 stars partially due to the fact that it ends in my favorite city in the entire world with a stop at a building that brings me to tears every time I visit it. (Not revealing names incase you haven’t read it) Oh how I wish I could view this building as Langdon did in this book, sans tourists. What an amazing visit that would be. 

Inferno was an amazing ride that kept me guessing to the very end. I so did not see the twists and turns this story took. Yes some of it was pretty predictable and it followed a similar format that Brown seems to love for his stories, but still it was one hell of a ride! I hope they do turn this book into a movie simply for the fact that it would be such fun to see the areas in these cities that tourists don’t normally get to visit. I enjoyed this book more than any of his other titles. I appreciated the sensitive topic that was the catalyst for the action in the story, overpopulation. I hope that maybe people will start to consider the ramification of what it is doing to our planet and potentially our species. I must confess also that I am sympathetic to the bad guys in this book and think the actions they took might not have been so awful.

Heavy topic aside it is a work of fiction and it was a thrilling ride that grabbed me from the very beginning.

Throwback Thursday Review: Anatolian Days and Nights

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Welcome to another addition to my blog meme, Throwback Thursday Review.  This is where I take a book that I reviewed on Goodreads before my blog and share it with you.  Today I decided to pick another non-fiction title that I read last year; Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses and Saints by Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner.  (Alright authors, can we please keep titles to 5 words or less…thank you)  I read this book as a part of my attempt to branch out into other types of books while staying firmly within my comfort zone.  I picked this one because I LOVE Turkey.  I have been to the country 7 maybe 8 times and still dream of owning a home in a small Mediterranean community along the Southern coast.  Someplace where we could grow jasmine and pomegranates in our yard and take a dolmuş to the beach on the weekends.  I am a little bias of course,  my husband is a Turk from Bulgaria and we have family that live in Turkey.  However, Istanbul was voted #1 Traveler’s Choice destination for 2014 over on Trip Advisor, so I’m not the only one with a soft spot for the country.  If you ever get the opportunity to go to Turkey, take it,  it is an amazing country and I am always so disappointed that I don’t see many American’s, outside of Istanbul, when we visit.

Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints

Book’s synopsis over on Goodreads

Read from March 04 to 10, 2013

This book was an enjoyable read for me, and probably meant more to me than to someone who has never been to Turkey. You can tell these ladies loved Turkey and they did a good job of showing the good along with the bad of Turkish Culture. Turkey and Turks are not perfect, but the country is what it is, a clash of old and new, east and west, and is a wonderful place to fall in love with…if you can accept its good along with its bad. You also need to remember that the Turkish Republic is itself a young country, still under 100 years. In those 100 years the world, society, and technology has changed a lot and in my opinion Turkey has handled it all remarkably well. It truly is a shining example of what a country from this part of the world that, while secular in governing, is an Islamic country. They should be proud of what they have accomplished as they continue to grow and figure out how the past and future have a place within its boarders. This book made me long for Turkey as I have now discovered places that I now want to visit and see for myself. The authors have reaffirmed, thou, my decision that I never want to experience a Turkish bath.