Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Shiver

I have a super awesome friend who always lets me borrow books because we have the same taste in genres.  So when she said she had a book about werewolves I said yes please!  This books was a really quick read; I would have read it even faster if it wasn't for getting sick and not being able to focus on words. 

At a young age, Grace is pulled from her swing and dragged into the forest by a pack of wolves.  She catches the yellow eyes of one wolf in particular.  Surprise, surprise, he saves her from the other big bad wolves and she lives.  Fast forward from being about seven years old to now being a seventeen year old bookworm obsessed with the wolves she sees at the edge of the forest in her backyard.  The wolf with the yellow eyes still watches her.  It's summer and Sam, a boy with black hair and yellow eyes, sits at his job in a bookstore day-dreaming about her.  Yep you figured it out, Sam is the wolf with the yellow eyes.

After Jack, a local high school boy, is attacked and killed by wolves, Grace learns that a hunting party is going after the wolves in her forest.  She rushes home to sounds of gun blasts.  On her back porch she finds a naked Sam with a bullet wound in his neck.  Even though it is winter and the cold changes him into a wolf, he somehow turns back into a human.  It's up to Grace to save him from the bullet wound and keep his secret safe.  How much time does he have left before he turns back into a wolf?  Possibly for good this time?

Even though I am a heck of a lot older than her, I could definitely relate to Grace.  She loves books and has never felt like she belongs.  And Sam is such a lovable character.  Definitely a very interesting read and I can't wait to read the second book in the series.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Getting Sick Blows!

Last week I woke up with a really bad sore throat and ended up going home with a fever.  I was home for a day and a half and my thought was if I'm at home at least I can get some reading time in...WRONG!  My body had other plans.  It decided to be so exhausted that I couldn't even focus on words in the book.  So for almost a week I haven't been able to read.  Last night was the first night I was able to sit down and read more than one chapter.  I'm super close to finishing the book I am reading so review coming soon :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

A Clash of Kings

Well it took me a while to finish this second book in the series but completely understandable considering how long a book it is!  But oh so good!  This series has totally turned into a guilty pleasure!  As with the first book in the series (Game of Thrones), each chapter is from a character's point of view.  While reading the first book I really loved following Daenerys and Jon's chapters.  It was so easy for me to get lost in the words and before I knew it the chapter was over and I was on to a new character.  Don't get me wrong, I loved reading about the other characters but theirs was my favorite.  The same held true for A Clash of Kings.  However, this time my focus was on Arya and Tyrion.  The chapters with their endeavors were my favorite.

Robert's death and his "son" Joffrey taking the throne has stirred a lot of defiance in the realm.  Robert's youngest brother, Renly, believes he should be king, his other brother, Stannis, believes he should have the crown, and Robb Stark has been made king of the North.  So many people calling themselves king and no wonder a war breaks out!  I don't want to give too much away but all I can say is I really hate Theon Greyjoy!  I was hoping someone would kill him off but the ending left me confused on if this did happen or not.  So much happens in this book that I really don't feel I can sit here and summarize it all, if I tried I would be sitting her until late at night and this would be one super long blog entry!  I will say one thing that continues to frustrate me is that the Stark children are all so far away from each other and it seems like no matter what they do they can't get closer to being with their family.  Sansa is still stuck at King's Landing under the watchful eye of Queen Cersei, Arya is disguised as a boy and heading to the Wall, Jon travels beyond the Wall to discover what dangers await, Bran and Rickon remain at Winterfell, and Robb is fighting against Lannisters.  I hope future books bring them back together.  I know there are a lot in this series so I have some serious reading to do!

Monday, November 21, 2011

House of Night: Destined

This is the ninth book in the House of Night series.  I love the books and hate when a series ends, but I am at the point with this series where I am ready for it to end.  I feel like the story is being dragged out a little too much and to be honest it took me until half-way through this book before I finally got super interested and couldn't put it down.  Another issue is it has been so long since I read the last book that I forgot so much.  But it is still a series worth reading.

Picking up where the last book left off, Zoey and Stark have returned from the Otherworld, Nyx has forgiven Rephaim and turned him into a real boy (no not at all a Pinocchio-sounding theme ;)), Dragon is still pissed at Rephaim for killing his wife, Neferet is still putting on a show, and they must all go back to school and act like nothing has happened.  Within the first few minutes of going back to school, the group quickly finds out about Neferet's new "toy" Aurox.  A creature created to protect Neferet and do her bidding.  Neferet claims he is a gift from Nyx, but Zoey and her nerd-herd know otherwise. 

Throughout the book, Stevie Rae and Rephaim struggle with Rephaim's need to be close to his father.  Damien is still trying to get over the death of Jack.  And Zoey is trying to find out who or what killed her mother. 

One part of this story I really liked were the parts written from Lenobia's point of view.  I know the authors are working on novelas and one will be on Lenobia so I am looking forward to that. 

Again, I really like this series but I feel as if it is going nowhere.  It's the same thing every book, never any closure.  I feel like the ending of this book should have happened three books ago.  Hopefully this means they will finally start getting somewhere and bring the series to a close.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Twilight's Dawn

This group of stories was seriously a GREAT way to end a series I have truly enjoyed.  I am going to break up this review by story but please note it will have SPOILERS!

Winsol Gifts
Throughout the whole series you hear about the characters celebrating Winsol.  You infer that it is equivalent to Christmas but it is celebrated over 13 days.  This story finally gave us a look at what happens during Winsol.  There are parties to attend with the district and territory Queens and finally time alone with your family.  This story was so much fun to read because in it Daemon learns the hard way what happens when he turns his back on the gifts and tree long enough for his nephew Daemonar to sneak in and start ripping into presents.  I was laughing so hard while reading, especially when Saetan was explaining to his son about using illusion spells so the young children leave the presents alone.  Just like Christmas with my nephews!

Shades of Honor
Lucivar Yaslana is the ruler of Ebon Rih.  An Eyrien who is seen as a half-breed by other Eyriens.  His second-in-command, Falonar, is starting to get tired of serving someone he sees as being below him.  Falonar tries to turn the Eyriens against Lucivar and tries to take over as ruler of Ebon Rih.  But Falonar underestimates Lucivar's skills and the love his family has for him.

Family
Lady Sylvia, Queen of Halaway and former lover to Saetan SaDiablo, accepts an invitation to another territory so her oldest son can spend some time with a new friend.  The minute she arrives she feels an uneasiness about the place.  Her fear quickly escalates when she is attacked by a demon-dead who wears a darker jewel than she does.  Her only hope is to try and get her sons to run and to make the transition to demon-dead so she can tell Saetan what is going on.  The man, known as No Face, has been preying on small children and Lady Sylvia was an obstacle in her way as he tries to take her children.  With her help as demon-dead, and her sons memory of the No Face man, they are able to lure him with a trap.  He will not survive to attack another innocent child.

The High Lord's Daughter
I spent most of the time reading this with a tissue and tears in my eyes.  I knew from reading the synopsis that this particular story would result in the death of two very beloved characters, Jaenelle and Saetan.  The story begins with Daemon passed out from a drinking binge because he has just finished a year of mourning his wife, Jaenelle.  Many years have passed and Jaenelle was in her nineties when she passed.  Fast forward seventeen years and Saetan has begun to slip away and become a whisper in the darkness.  After he passes, Daemon finds himself attracted to Surreal, an honorary cousin he has known since she was twelve.  To make a long story short, they decide to marry and have a baby.  A little girl so like Jaenelle that their hearts begin to heal.  It was a great end to the story and I loved it!

Now off I go to a conference.  Here's to hoping I get plenty of reading time in.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Shalador's Lady

Woohoo!  Now that I have finished Shalador's Lady I only have one more book in the Dark Jewels series!  Shalador's Lady is the sequel to The Shadow Queen.  Please see my blog on that book for more information about the characters.

While reading this book all I could think about was how pissed off I was at Theran!  I wanted to jump through the book and slap him silly!  At the end of The Shadow Queen, Cassidy (the Rose jeweled Queen chosen to rule Dena Nehele for a year) found the treasure of the Grayhaven bloodline.  That in itself should have shown Theran that she was the queen meant to rule his home.  But no, the idiot wouldn't open his mind and pay attention to everything that was happening.  One day, Cassidy receives a visitor, from her hometown in Dharo.  Turns out this visitor is Kermilla, the annoying, young, attractive queen who Cassidy lost her previous court to (can you tell I also wanted to jump through the book and drop kick her character?).  Kermilla is visiting because she believes Cassidy owes her money.  Kermilla has a habit of spending too much money and has stacks of bills from merchant shops.  Cassidy refuses and tells Kermilla to leave.  All fine and dandy until idiot Theran walks in and sees Kermilla, or rather I should say can't see past her face to see she is the type of queen they fought to get away from.  He instantly thinks that Kermilla is the queen they should have gotten a year ago, not Cassidy.  Theran goes against Cassidy and asks Kermilla to stay as his guest.  At first Kermilla stays to upset Cassidy, but then she stays in hopes she can squeeze money out of Theran.  A distraught Cassidy figures it is pointless to try and stay as queen because Kermilla will steal her court again.  She decides to pack her things and go back to her parent's house.  Luckily for the reader, she is stopped by Ranon, a Warlord Prince and a member of her first circle.  He is able to convince her to go to Eyota, a Shalador Reserve he was raised on.  Cassidy agrees and before she knows it the entire first circle is in Eyota, proving they are there to serve.  I don't want to give away too many secrets of the story so I will say that the rest of the book revolves around Cassidy and her court setting up Queen's Residence in Eyota and Theran trying to pass Kermilla off as the queen of Dena Nehele.  Will he succeed?  Or will all of Dena Nehele fall?  You'll just have to read the book to find out more ;)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Shadow Queen

Told you I was going to keep reading Anne Bishop until I was caught up with the series ;)  I really like this book.  It was a quick read and I love the introduction of the new characters.  The fourth book in the series, The Invisible Ring, introduces the reader to Jared and Lia.  The new characters in the Shadow Queen are descendants of Jared and Lia.  Theran is the grandson of Jared and Lia and at a young age he was sent to live in the mountains as a rogue Warlord Prince in order to escape the evil strong-hold Dorothea SaDiablo had over his village of Dena Nehele.  Now that Dorothea and her evil stink have been washed out of the area, Theran realizes the importance and urgency of getting a Queen to rule the area.  His grandfather, Jared, told him if he ever needed anything to turn to Daemon Sadi.  Theran decides to do this and with the help of Jaenelle, Daemon brings forth a Queen for Theran to take back to Dena Nehele.  His immediate disappointment in the choice is apparent.  A Rose jeweled Queen means she is not that powerful, along with red hair and freckles, she is described as plain.  It is these same reasons that caused Cassidy's last court to dis-ban her and choose a younger more attractive queen.  But since she is friends with Jaenelle, she agrees to try and Dena Nehele's queen.  She must overcome many obstacles, including Theran's obvious disapproval.  How can she rule without the support of her people?  Cassidy also befriends Gray, Theran's cousin who at a young age was tortured and is so damaged his mind is that of a fifteen year old boy.  At times, however, he has the mind of a man thirsty for the touch of a woman, for the touch of Cassidy.  I look forward to the next book in the series, which is supposed to look more in depth at Cassidy's rule and what she must deal with.  Stay tuned for more!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tangled Webs

There are a lot of books in Anne Bishop's Black Jewels novels and I am sucked in and want to get all caught up to date so I can move on to another series...that means three more books!  Unlike Dreams Made Flesh, Tangled Webs is not made up of short novellas.  So it will make it a little easier for me to describe what the book is about.  I loved this story and there were so many moments I would find myself laughing out loud at this book, which was embarrassing considering some of the places I was reading it (like in my office on my lunch break or sitting at the mall waiting for a friend). 

In this story there are landen and Blood.  The Blood have all the power of the jewels while landen are just plan ol' human.  Jaenelle discovers that the landen think the Blood live in filth.  So she decides to create a Spooky House that will have illusions and spells that show all the ideas landen think of how Blood live.  Just so happens she decided to open this during Halloween time (they never come out and say it but it is implied in the book).  Throughout the book we also learn about an author, Jarvis Jenkell, who has recently discovered he is Blood and not landen.  Knowing this, he starts writing books about Blood.  He sees them as serious mystery books, while the Blood see them as entertaining because they do not adequately portray the Blood.  Hurt, he decides to lash out at the SaDiablo family, one of the most powerful Blood families.  One night, members of the SaDiablo family receive an invitation to view Jaenelle's Spooky House.  Surreal and Warlord Prince Rainer follow the invitation and show up at the house.  Lucivar reads the invitation but forgets about it when being distracted by his son.  Daemon reads the invitation and finds out very quickly from his wife Jaenelle that the invitation was not sent by her and it is not her spooky house.  Surreal and Rainer find out very quickly it is a trap.  They are stuck in this house with seven landen children.  They fight to keep themselves and the children alive, however, each use of Craft closes an exit.  So do they fight through the beasts of the house and chance finding an exit, or use Craft and spend eternity in the house?

This was a great, suspenseful story.  When following Surreal and Rainer you can't help but wonder what is around the corner and what they will run into.  At the same time you follow along with Daemon and Jaenelle as they try to help save Surreal and Rainer.  I look forward to the next three books and am determined to finish them before I move on to another series.  Although I might go back to my read nook on my lunch break and a different book while at home ;)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Dreams Made Flesh

The one super awesome thing about having jury duty is you literally can sit and read all day.  By the end of the day I was happy I didn't get called in for a panel and even though my eyes were strained from reading so much, I finished my book.  I started reading Dreams Made Flesh last week on my nook and during the lunch hour.  I really like the world Anne Bishop has created but have no clue how I am going to tell you about it!  Let me begin by saying that Anne started with the Black Jewels Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of the Darkness.  It seems like after the "trilogy", Anne decided to keep writing.  Dreams Made Flesh would technically be book five.  What I liked about this book is it contains four short stories, stories that happen before, during, or after the original trilogy books.  It helped to fill in some of the gaps between the original trilogy. 

There are way too many characters and places to truly explain what is going on.  Everyone in this world is born with a birthright jewel.  These jewels allow people to do a certain extent of magic.  The lightest colored jewels have the least amount of power while the darkest jewels have the most power.  When they come of age, they make an offering to the Darkness, much like a prayer/meditation time.  After making this offering, they walk away with a different colored jewel.  Throughout their lives, they can pull power from this offered jewel as well as their birthright jewel.  The extent of their capabilities is way to intricate to try and write about.  When I first started reading Daughter of the Blood I was so confused and almost stopped reading the book.  But I kept with it and grew to love the series and the characters.  My next read will be book six in this series, Tangled Webs.

Ghost Huntress 5: The Discovery

Yeah so you know how I said every once in a while I have a guilty pleasure book from the young adult section?  This is another, the Ghost Huntress series by Marley Gibson.  What first drew me to this series was my love of ghost hunting TV shows like Ghost Hunters on SyFy and Ghost Adventures on the Travel channel.  It made me want to read it even more when I saw on the back of a book that Marley had joined Grant and Jason from Ghost Hunters on one of their hunts.  Since she has that back ground, I feel she can bring the experiences and terminology to her books.

The Discovery is the fifth book in the Ghost Huntress story.  Kendall Moorehead is forced to move with her family from New York to a small town in Georgia.  The minute they get there certain things start happening to Kendal, weird things.  After some time, and help from Loreen, Kendall realizes she is a psychic medium.  Her life in the big city sheltered her from her gift.  Moving to Georgia unleashed her psychic abilities.  Throughout the course of the series, you follow Kendall as she tries to understand her abilities and gathers her own ghost hunting group.  Along the way Kendall also discovers some secrets from her past.

This particular book focuses on a doll who, as it has been said, was made by a practitioner of voodoo to protect the children of a family she was nanny for.  Xander the doll is anything but a protector.  Something has gone horribly wrong and the doll has now been associated with bad things happening to people.  Kendall and her group spend the book trying to get permission to enter one of the oldest houses in the town in order to learn the secret about Xander the doll.  Kendall also unravels more answers about her past.  What I love about this book is it is a very quick read.  Although I do sometimes have trouble with the text.  Kendall is a 16 year old and as a 30 year old I find some of the slang difficult to follow.  Kendall uses words like "ridonkulous" and "chillax" to the point where I find myself laughing at the language in the book.  I guess I'm just a bit too old school because I prefer awesome and cool :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vanish: A Firelight Novel

So I have a bit of a guilty pleasure...young adult novels!  Every once in a while they sneak up on me and I fall in love with the book.  For example, the Twilight series, House of Night series, and Vampire Academy series.  All great books.  Well now I have another series I can add to that bunch, the Firelight series.  Since this is a young adult book, it is a quick read, I finished it after two and a half days (really only two days because I was only able to read at night).  Vanish is the second story in the Firelight series. 

A little about the first book, Firelight:  Jacinda is a young, rebel draki, the only fire breather in her pride.  Descendants from dragons, draki can manifest and demanifest from human to draki at will.  Jacinda's father was captured by hunters, leaving only her mom and her twin sister, Tamra, as her family.  After the loss of her father, her mother makes the choice to never again manifest into her draki.  Tamra is an outcast, never having manifested as a draki even though she has come of age.  One night Jacinda finds herself being forced into a car to leave the pride.  Her mother can take no more and wants to take her daughters away from the harsh elders.  Firelight is the story of Jacinda having to leave the pride and make it in the human world.  The danger of accidentally manifesting in front of humans is always an issue.  Even more so when she discovers hunters attending the same high school she does.  Will she find happiness and be able to live a normal life?  Or will her draki surface and reveal the truth?

Vanish begins where Firelight left off.  Prince Cassian from the pride has found Jacinda and her family and is taking them back to the pride.  Upon her return she is seen as an outcast, no longer awed for being the only fire breather.  To make matters worse, Tamra has finally manifested into one of the rarest draki, a shader.  Tamra is taken away from her sister and mother to live with Nidia, the only other shader.  Jacinda and her mom are basically on house arrest and watched closely.  Something keeps holding Jacinda back though, connecting her to her time in the human world, Will, the boy she fell in love with, the hunter who's family attacked her.  Does she stay and try to be draki?  Possibly end up bonded to Cassian?  Or does she leave in hopes of finding Will? 

Can't wait for the next book in the series!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Wolfsbane

Wolfsbane is the sequel to Masques.  I absolutely loved and enjoyed reading Masques so I was super excited to read Wolfsbane.  Both of these books were a quick read and very enjoyable.

Wolsbane takes place months after the ending of Masques.  The big, bad ugly is now bye-bye and Aralorn thinks she will be able to live her life in peace.  That is until she gets word that her father, the Lyon of Lambshold has been found dead.  It has been about ten years since Aralorn has been home.  Even though she was loved by her family, as a bastard and daughter of a shapeshifter, she never truly felt at home.  Which is part of the reason she left and went to Sianim.  Upon coming home, she is joined by Wolf, her companion and lover.  After spending time with her father's body, she quickly learns the Lyon is not dead but ensorcelled.  Her stepmother calls forth the current ae'Magi to see if he can help unweave the spell on her husband.  Not only does the journey help bring Aralorn closer with her family, she is also reunited with her mother's brother, a shapeshifter who agrees to help Wolf learn to control his green magic.

The story was very enjoyable, however not as good as Masques.  I will still be keeping my eye out though to see if another book is written in this series.  I also think I will look into some of Patricia Briggs' other work.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dark Passion

Well the nice thing about a five and a half hour flight to Boston from Los Angeles equals a lot of reading time.  I took along my nook and decided to read Dark Passion by Sara Reinke.  This is the third (and I think final) book in the Bretheren series.  Please see my post on Dark Hunger for information about the second book and a little of the background about the first book.

I'm not sure what to say about this book without giving away too much information.  The story still focuses on Brandon, his twin sister, Tessa, his lover, Lina, and friend, Rene.  They are still in Lake Tahoe and kind of stuck there when Rene gets injured.  However, this book takes a bit of a twist and we now are able to see things from the Grandfather's point of view.  Augustus Noble is the leader of the Bretheren (the one with the most male heirs) and also the man who broke Brandon's hands because he didn't want him using sign language.  We get a better picture of why he had to do this and also the story behind his first wife's death.  We also discover where Rene's family (the Morin's) came from.

I really enjoyed this book, although, I think the second was my favorite in the series.  The only problem I have is I feel the book was a bit rushed at the end.  It is 299 pages and I feel like there could have been an extra fifty or so to fill in some of those gaps that you just have to assume happened.  All in all, good books, great story lines, awesome vampires.  I'm glad I found it.  Now on to the next!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Boston

Well I leave tomorrow morning for my conference in Boston.  I am excited because I have never been before but I hate flying!  It's a long flight so I am hoping to get a lot of reading done.  My nook is all charged and packed full of books.  I will give you a sneak peak because I started reading one of them last night.  It is the third book in the Bretheren series (see my post on Dark Hunger for the second book in the series).

Lord of the Vampires

Gena Showalter is one of my ultimate favorite paranormal romance authors. So you can imagine my excitement to read on her Facebook page that she was writing another book that would be part of a multiple author series.  Her book, Lord of the Vampires, is the first book in the series.  Every month after this book came out, a new book in the series written by a different author will be released.  The book was less than 300 pages, a quick read (when you have time, unlike I did!).

In the kingdom of Elden, a king and queen sat on the throne with their four children.  One day an eveil Blood Sorcerer attacked the castle and killed the king and queen.  Before he could succeed, the queen (a witch) used her power to send her children far away, while the king infused them with the need for revenge, the desire to kill the evil sorcerer.  This story is about the oldest child, Nicolai, a vampire with great power.  He is sent away to a slave market where he catches the eyes of the princesses of Delfina.  They knew who he was so upon buying him they wiped his memory clean.  He knew his name and had an urge to kill the sorcerer, but nothing else.  In the human realm we meet Jane Parker, a scientist who one day finds a book on her doorstep, a book written by Nicolai.  Upon reading the book, she is transported to Delfina.  It is then up to her to help Nicolai escape and regain his memory.  Will she be able to survive the dangers this realm hold for her, or the dangers of her own heart?  (okay how super cheasy does that sound?  Belongs on the back of this book!  Haha!)

I really liked this book, but mainly because I like Gena Showalter's writing style.  The next book in the series comes out in October and is written by Jill Monroe.  I have never read her books so I am a little leery to read it and the other books, but I probably will.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Masques

After finishing my last book, I had the daunting task of picking out a new book to read.  Always an exciting endeavor but at the same time stressful because I don't know what to pick!  Usually I go by the book with the largest font or the least amount of pages.  This time, however, I just grabbed the first book I saw, which happened to be Masques by Patricia Briggs.  I bought this book because one day I was in Target and picked up a book called Wolfsbane.  I started reading the back of the book and was really interested but found out it was a sequel.  So of course before I could read it I needed to read the first book.  This book was great!  Usually my genre of choice is Paranormal Romance, but every once in a while I branch out into the world of fantasy.

I guess now I should stop babbling and tell you about this book.  In a world full of human and green magic users, there is an Archmage who rules them all.  The current 'ae Mage is cruel and manipulative.  He weaves nasty spells to make everyone think they love him.  Few can see through his guise.  One happens to be our heorine, Aralorn, a green magic shapeshifter.  She is also a mercenary spy and one touch cookie.  At the beginning of the story, Aralorn comes across a wolf dying in the woods.  Her compassion as a green magic (Earth magic) user helps her heal the wolf.  After years of being together, the wolf finally reveals himself as a powerful mage who has chosen the wolf form to hide from his enemies.  Together they team up to try and bring down the evil 'ae Mage.  This book was a very fast read and I loved every minute of it.  Now I need to add the next book to my ever-growing wish list.  I leave for Boston in two and a half weeks so I will definitely need plenty of reading material!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Glasses

So after weeks of sitting on a computer and reading so much, I was developing really bad headaches.  I figured it was time to finally go to the optometrist.  Good thing I did, turns out I need glasses.  My first thought was, "oh man I'm getting old!"  A co-worker even said, "welcome to the over 30 club."  I got the call yesterday that my glasses were ready so I hopped in my car and went to pick them up.  Talk about weird!  I have never worn glasses before so it is a strange feeling.  But oh man was I excited when I picked up my book last night to read (a pretty awesome story about magic that I can't wait to finish and tell you about) and realized I could easily see the font!  No more squinting and moving the book closer and closer to my face.  I may be in the over 30 club but at least now I can finally see and can get some major reading done!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dark Hunger

I loved, loved, LOVED this book!  Before I go on and on about how great it was to read, I guess I should give you a little bit of background about the book.  This is the second book in the Bretheren series.  I really liked the first book, Dark Thirst, but it was so much back story and developing characters that it took a little bit more time to get through.  The first book introduces the reader to a group of vampires called the Bretheren.  They live on a secluded farm in Kentucky hiding behind the guise of horse breeding and a whiskey distillery.  The Elders are large and in charge and the family with the most male heirs are the big kahunas.  They are also the only ones who can leave the farm.  Augustus Noble is the Elder in charge and he is one mean cookie.  The first book revolves around Brandon Noble, Augustus' grandson.  As a young boy the Noble house-hold was robbed and Brandon was attacked.  He barely survived but the attack left him deaf and mute.  Brandon's father hired an outsider to come teach Brandon, a person who was also deaf and mute.  As Brandon got older he began to see how terrible his grandfather and the Elders were.  After having his hands broken because he tried to learn sign language and trying to go to a college for people like him, he decided to leave the farm.  He went to the only place he could think of, his old teacher's place.  To make a long story short, the book ends with Brandon and Lina (his teacher's sister) and Tessa (Brandon's twin sister) and Rene (Lina's former police partner who is also Bretheren) on the run and taking two separate cars to head to Lake Tahoe.

Dark Hunger (book 2) begins where Dark Thirst left off.  This time the book focuses on Rene and Tessa.  Rene thought he was the only vampire until he met Brandon.  Rene never knew his father until days before he killed himself.  As a police officer, Rene was shot in the knee-cap and the doctors amputated his leg, not knowing his Bretheren blood would have healed the wound.  Tessa escaped from the farm to find her twin and warn him the Elders were coming from him.  She was also escaping from her own personal hell.  Right after her bloodletting (ceremony where the Bretheren feed for the first time) she was married to Martin Davenant.  Martin was cruel and would beat Tessa.  At the time of the story she is also a few months pregnant.  The story is their journey to Lake Tahoe where they will meet up with Brandon and Lina.  They hit a lot of road bumps along the way but they soon become close and realize they would do anything to keep one another safe.  I absolutely loved this book until the end when they reach Lake Tahoe.  I'm not going to give away any more details.  It looks like there is a third book in the series so I will definitely be getting it and reading it.   

Monday, August 29, 2011

Game of Thrones Take 2

I can't believe I am finally saying this, but...I FINALLY FINISHED GAME OF THRONES!  I'm making it sound like it took me forever to read.  Not really.  Yes it did take me longer than other books but this book was double the amount of pages compared to other books I have read recently.  As I said in my previous posts, the reason I decided to finally read the series was because I saw the HBO show and fell in love with it.  I am SO glad I decided to read the books.  I found with the TV show there were so many characters that I would constantly forget their names.  When trying to talk to my friend about the previous night's episode, I found myself describing what the characters looked like, said, or how they acted, all because I could not remember their names.  Reading the books gave me that opportunity to get more of an in-depth look into all of the characters and now I remember their names.

I feel like I am behind in the times and the majority of the people in the world have already read this series but I am still going to give my two cents.  In the story, the Seven Kingdoms is being ruled by Robert Baratheon.  His recent Hand of the King was found dead (or murdered you say?) and he decided to travel north to Winterfell (a place where the motto is "Winter is coming") to convince Lord Eddard Stark to become his new Hand.  Eddard (Ned) reluctantly agrees to become Hand and make the journey to King's Landing with some of his children.  That's just the beginning, don't want to give away too much information ;)  The story is full of twists and turns and characters you love, hate, and love to hate.  My favorite just so happens to be the imp, Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage, who I think does a FANTASTIC job).

I am definitely excited to move on to the next books in the series.  This time, however, I think I will get them on my nook instead of carrying around a heavy book everywhere I go.  Although I am a creature of habit and if I buy the first series of a book in paperback then I continue to buy it in paperback, but if I buy it on my nook it is a whole different story.  I am about ready to fly to Boston though so my nook would be an excellent companion, along with A Clash of Kings.  I guess only time will tell because I have already moved on to my next read.  What is it you ask?  You'll just have to wait and find out ;)


Monday, August 22, 2011

So close to finishing!

As you know I have been reading Game of Thrones.  An excellent book and I am having a great time reading it.  But it is a LONG book.  Having seen the HBO series first then deciding to read the book, I find I might have done myself a disservice.  I find myself stopping at a particular chapter and putting my book down until later in the day or until the next night because since I saw the TV show I know what is about to happen in the book and it is usually a sad part that I don't want to read.  But I am still pushing myself through and reading it and loving it.  Maybe by the end of the week I will finally be done and can finally write my review of the book.  That is one very BIG maybe though!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Distractions

Yes I do love to read but sometimes there are distractions that can keep even the most avid reader away from their book.  As was the case with me this weekend.  Sometimes it's another book that catches my eye, sometimes a TV show, most times a movie, or...crayons!  Yes I am an adult and yes I still love to color.  I went shopping this weekend with my family and headed over to the school supply area to think about getting something for my nephew.  Didn't think I would end up walking out with new crayons, markers, and over-sized Tinker Bell coloring pages.  I don't mind still being a kid at heart :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Game of Thrones

Last night I started reading George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones.  I absolutely loved the HBO series and decided, after talking to a friend who is reading the books, that I really wanted to start reading the series before the next season premieres on HBO.  So far I am loving it and cannot wait to finish it and let you know what I think.  Hopefully the 800+ page book doesn't take me too long to finish!

Mona Lisa Eclipsing

I decided my first post should be about a book I finished last night.  This is the most recent book in the Monere series (paranormal romance).  The Monere are a race of people who, millions of years ago, lived on the moon.  When the moon became uninhabitable, the left and came to earth.  In a sense they are like vampires.  The sun poisons them so they only come out at night.  They are stronger and faster than humans and have the ability to shape-shift.  Each Monere Queen is given the title of Mona and can Bask (pull down the moon's energy to disperse to their people).  Mona Lisa is a mixed blood queen (a quarter human) who rules in Louisiana.   This series has followed her on her path to learn her heritage and what it means to be a queen.

Sunny is a great author and I love this series.  Even though this particular book was very good, I was a bit disappointed.  The back cover explains that Mona Lisa suffers a terrible accident and loses her memory.  When she awakes from her accident, she finds herself in the hands of a Monere rogue, who just so happens to be a mean ol' drug dealer in Mexico.  So you think the whole book will be about her trying to regain her memory and get away from this dangerous drug dealer...NOPE!  What the back cover indicated the whole story would be about actually only took place in the first quarter of the book.  The last three-quarters of the book was about Mona Lisa being a representative to show the human race who they are.  In a sense coming out like the vampires of True Blood.  As I said it was still a great story and I loved it, but I wish the story itself would have reflected the summary of it.  Not sure if there will be more books in this series.  The ending of this book set it up either way.