Saturday, August 22, 2009

Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid, Book 2) by Richelle Mead

Succubus on Top (Georgina Kincaid, Book 2) by Richelle Mead

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the first book until I picked up this second one!

Georgina is a succubus - she drains life energy from her sexual partners/victims. And she's in love with a human - which means she can't have sex with him without draining away some of his life. And if that's not enough, now she's dealing with someone dealing "otherworldly" drugs, problems at the bookstore, and on top of that, her friend Bastion (an incubus) comes to town and needs her help.

This book has lots of steaminess, action, and humor - more than enough to keep you reading late into the night!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Prettiest Girl in the World!

Finally got a picture that doesn't look posed, lol!
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The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

"How far would you go to save someone you love?"

As a teen novel, this book works on many levels. There's the usual teen angst (trying to fit in, self-discovery, dealing with parents, falling in love). But there's also deeper levels here - what it means to be a human, what is a soul, what is the mind.

Jenna Fox is a 17 year old girl who wakes from a year+ long coma and finds herself in a world that is foreign to her. As her memory slowly returns, and as she begins to uncover some secrets her parents are keeping, she finds that she has found more questions than answers.

Can Jenna accept that sometimes there aren't answers at all?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins' verse style of writing is growing on me! This is the 2nd book I've read (I listened to Crank on audio).

Burned is about a young Mormon girl who is questioning her beliefs and her place in the LDS community. She begins to experiment with alcohol and exploring her sexuality - which leads to her being sent to her aunt's house for the summer. There, she meets Ethan and falls in love and develops a strong, loving relationship with her aunt as well.

The novel deals with great sensitivity the issues of spousal abuse, alcoholism, and teen sexuality, not to mention the compelling way the Mormon view of women and their place in the church is described.



The Awakening (Darkest Powers, Book 2) by Kelley Armstrong

I enjoyed the first book in this series,
The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1), and thought this sequel was a good follow-up. As with the first, it leaves the ending open for another book in the series.

This book picks up with Chloe being held in the facility she was taken to after running away from Lyle House. Simon and Derek are still on the run, Chloe is trying to deal with her aunt's duplicity as well as her abilities as a necromancer.

I think this series is excellent for YA readers. It's got strong characters and a good storyline, and most teen readers will love it.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) by J.R. Ward

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3) by J.R. Ward


Another great book in this series! This book focuses on Zsadist and Bella, but also brings more lore into the story - we learn a bit about sympaths, trainees, etc.

I have to say, the writing and story is getting so much better, too. This book had me riveted, and there were several times I cried! I am just such a fan of this series. I have the next one on it's way to me, and I'm sure I'll be starting it soon :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blue Moon: The Immortals

Blue Moon: The Immortals

I hate to say, but I didn't like this book. The first one (Evermore: The Immortals by Alyson Noel) showed a lot of promise. It was a great concept (combining immortality and reincarnation), and introduced some solid teen issues for the characters to deal with.

This one, however, was just confusing and rushed. It could have been an excellent book - I enjoy Ms. Noel's writing style and I like the characters - but sadly this one falls short.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Whole New Look!

I have changed the look of my blog!!! I have been in love with this guy's artwork (www.vladstudio.com) for a long time, and finally decided to incorporate some of it into my blog.

Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2) by J.R. Ward

Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2) by J.R. Ward


I couldn't help it, I had to pick up the next book in this series! It was as good, if not better, than the first one. This book is about Rhage and Mary, but also continues the storyline of the Lessers and their plans to take down the Brotherhood.

The writing in this book (and the 1st one) is great, and the plot is terrific. I am fighting the urge to go straight to the next one! But I have other books to read and send out :-D

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1) by J.R. Ward

So.... what does it say that instead of reading the books I needed to read, I bought them new just so that I could read the next book in this series?!

Loved it!!!! Love Beth and Wrath. Love the concept. And I can't wait to read more about this world they live in.

This is one of the best vampire books written. It took a while to start this series, and I'm kicking myself about it - seriously!

Lots of romance, intrigue, and excitement. I give this one a 4 1/2!!! Can't wait to get really into the next one :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer

The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer


Set in Victorian England, this is the story of Susan Rose, the daughter of a wet nurse who finds herself taking on the same job.

On the surface, the book describes her journey from single parent to wet nurse, and her struggles along the way with her family, her work, her employers, etc.

But there's also another story being told. It's the story of women from all walks of life and their experiences with motherhood, pregnancy, PPD, etc. We meet women who want to nurse their babies but can't, women who don't want to nurse. Women who must help their husbands or take care of other children and are just too busy. We see women who are helpers to their husbands, who are lovers, and also those that are at the mercy of men who are cruel to them.

And throughout the book is the love Susan has for her child, and the lengths she will go for him. She will risk everything for this child.

I'm not a huge reader of historical fiction, but this one completely captivated me! I highly recommend it - for the story of the women, the historical significance, and the beautiful writing and plot.