Friday, May 28, 2010

It's Friday! Let's Hop!!!

It's Friday - time to hop!  This meme is hosted by!
Thanks for stopping by!  Can't wait to see you while you're hoppin' around!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Torn and Turned by Julie Kenner

Torn: Blood Lily Chronicles Book 2 by Julie Kenner
Amazon Product Description:

Lily is in trouble of the deepest kind. Having been tricked by the forces of evil, she killed what she thought were "demons" at will. Now, she knows better, and with a little help from half-angel, half-demon Deacon Camphire, she must try to take down the bad guys from within as a double agent.
My thoughts:  (WWW: Why did I choose it, What did I like about it, What I didn't like about it)
I chose Torn because I had just finished Tainted which ends as a cliffhanger and absolutely demands that you keep reading.
What I liked about it: I fell in love with the characters, despite their flaws.  By this book I was fully invested in them and couldn't wait to find out more.  Julie Kenner builds great characters who each battle demons from within and without during the story.  Each of the main players in the story have strong convictions, and they all appear to be fighting for the same conclusion, just not all for the same reasons. 
My favorite character: Deacon
I also love the plot.  It twists and turns, keeping you on your toes as to who is fighting for and who is fighting against the Light (one of my favorite things about the book is that so many times it seems that the characters are changing sides - or at least thinking about it). 
I like how each of the books is connected together.  The storyline is woven throughout the books and revisited when needed.  The intro to each book is great.
What I didn't like about it:  The ending!  Okay, it's not that the ending was bad, just a cliffhanger!!!  Every now and again I got tired of the "Everything for Rose" aspect of Lily, but I have sisters so I can understand.  There were times when a little more clarity would have been nice, but not necessary to the story.
It is an all-around good read.
I would readily recommend it to either gender - - grade 9 and up.

Turned: Blood Lily Chronicles Book 3 by Julie Kenner
Amazon Product Description:
When Lily Carlyle died in an act of vengeance, she came back as an assassin for the light. But when she discovered her masters' true darkness, she decided to choose the right side for once... Her own.
With her cover as a double agent inside the forces of evil blown, Lily has no choice but to go underground. She takes along a cadre of warriors: humans, angels, demons, and other trusted creatures. Their only hope is to stop the forces who are attempting to use the Ninth gate as a wedge that will unleash the fury of Hell.
My Thoughts:
Once again, I chose this book simply because I couldn't stand for the story to be over (and now I am sad to say as yet there is no book 4). 
What I liked about it:  My favorite thing about this book is that I get the answers to all the questions I have been sitting on for the last two books.  In this book Lily is forced to look inside herself and search for the kind of person she wants to be.  The stakes are huge - the world/armageddon - sacrifice herself, rule the demon hoards, or find the key and use it.  Each of the characters faces their own soul search and we the readers are brought along on their journey as the story continues.  My favorite character is still Deacon, has been since book one.  His connection with Lily, their struggle to believe in themselves and each other, and the paths they take make for an interesting twist in the story.  Without this piece I think the story would feel incomplete.  The connections between the characters and the ways that they grow and change are the keys to the storyline and the plot. 
I like that the storyline is kept intact in this book as well, the intro makes sure you know what's been going on and you are reminded throughout the story about how things are connected, and then they are wrapped up in this book.
My other favorite things: I cannot share without having this be a spoiler - so you'll have to read them for yourself!  I suggest you do. 
What I didn't like:  Once again - the only thing I didn't like about the book was the ending.  This one doesn't end on cliffhanger - demanding the next piece of the story, but it ends in such a way that there is room for more later.  I don't think there will be a book four - hopefully I am wrong.
An all-around good read.  I read this in one day, so it is a fast read. 

This book, like the two before it, is a  grab you,
keep you read that you just don't want to put down. 
I readily recommend all three of Julie Kenner's Blood Lily Chronicles!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading.   My teaser for today comes from page 60 of Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale.    
"I had stepped back through time.  At least that's what it seemed like."

Monday, May 24, 2010

Also in my Mailbox.....Morpheus Road: The Light!

I had to add one more post about what books I got in my mailbox - because....okay you guessed it from the post title ----- Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale arrived today while I was at work!  I am so thrilled!  The only downer is that I have so many books already demanding to be read that I will not be able to start this one until June.  I have three Galley books to read and review, two Early Reviewers books waiting for reading and reviewing, and my 500 page challenge book (The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan) to finish - this one before June 1.  I also won a copy of Addiction that I have promised the author, Sandra Marshall, I would read and review. 

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Monday's Mailbox!

What are you reading is hosted at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and Mailbox Monday is hosted at The Printed Page.

In my mailbox this weekend:  Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Thanks so much to Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast - I won this book on her blog contest and it came on Saturday!!!

I also got to meet Robin Hobb!  Which of course means MORE BOOKS!  I went to Uncle Hugo's Bookstore in the Twin Cities with my friend Kathy on Saturday and we had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Robin Hobb!  I am a new fan and so only had three of her books in my library before the I have 8!  I also found an author who I have not read so I thought I would try them out as well. 
Karen Miller is her name - leave me a comment if you have read any of her stuff, I would love to know what you all think. 
Sorry the above pic is so small, but there were so many books to list: 
I will list them below from left to right!
Robin Hobb:  Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven (The Rain Wilds Chronicles), Forest Mage, Shaman's Crossing, Renegade's Mage (The Soldier Son Trilogy), and Assassin's Apprentice, Royal Assassin, Assassin's Quest (The Farseer Trilogy).
Karen Miller:  The Innocent Mage: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Book 1 and The Awakened Mage: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Book 2.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Big Shout Out -- Thanks!

Just wanted to send out a big thanks for mentioning my blog!
Jamie at Three Cheers for Literacy!  Go check out her blog!
Cinnamon at A Journey of Books! Go check out her blog too!

Friday, May 21, 2010

It's Friday - - Let's hop!

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-For-Books!
Come on and hop!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tainted: Blood Lily Chronicles Book 1 by Julie Kenner

Tainted  by Julie Kenner  --  --Product Description from Amazon:

Lily Carlyle has lied, cheated, and stolen her way through life.
But in death, she'll really get to be bad...
When her little sister is brutalized, a vengeful Lily determines to exact her own justice. She succeeds at the cost of her own life, but as she lies dying, she is given a second chance. Lily can earn her way into Paradise by becoming an assassin for the forces of good.  It's the job Lily believes she can really get into-but she doesn't realize that she may not be able to get out.

First - before I tell you my thoughts about the story: 
I have to admit that I have started choosing my reads a bit differently than in the past - challenges, it's suddenly all about the challenges.  I have commited to so many challenges, thinking that it wouldn't be that hard because I truly love to read - but find I haven't enough time to read everything, so I now choose by challenges.  So on that note, I am currently working my way through the Read Your Name Challenge which you can find here and read Tainted because it was one of the T's for my challenge.  WOW am I glad that I needed a T! 

So - - The story begins with this line, "Can I just say that dying sucks?" 
     I was already hooked on the first page.  This story is filled with action, demons, the fight against good and evil, the ordeal of deciding who and what is good and/or evil, and one girl's struggle to save the world.  I love strong and independent women battling for the good of mankind, so this story is right up my alley.  I have always been a take-charge kind of person and I found it easy to connect with Lily/Alice.  Deacon being the incredible man that the author portrays him to be would make any woman with a pulse short of breath. 
     All-in-all this was a great story!  No spoiler, but it's a cliffhanger!  I read it on the Kindle and went to Amazon and ordered all three of these books in paperback before I started this review.  (Luckily, all three are on the Kindle too - so I am planning to veer off the challenge path to finish this series right away, thank goodness for the Kindle or I would be in the car instead of on my computer because I have to know what happens next!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This is Magic Bleeds (Kate Daniels Book 4) by Ilona Andrews!
Publication date:  May 25, 2010

Amazon Product Description

Kate Daniels cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to deal with-especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

And now there's a new player in town-a foe that may be too much for even Kate and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, to handle. Because this time, Kate will be taking on family.

Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Heartless (Book 1: Tales of Goldstone Wood) by Anne Elisabeth Stengl - publication date July 1, 2010 - I received an ARC of this amazing story from Librarything Early Reviewers.

Amazon says:
Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. She dreams of a handsome and charming prince, but when the first suitor arrives, she finds him stodgy and boring. Prince Aethelbald from the mysterious land of Farthestshore has traveled far to prove his love--and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir.

Una, smitten instead with a more dashing prince, refuses Aethelbald's offer--and ignores his warnings. Soon the Dragon King himself is in Parumvir, and Una, in giving her heart away unwisely, finds herself in grave danger. Only those courageous enough to risk everything have a hope of fighting off this advancing evil.

My thoughts:
I had high hopes when I picked up this book - from the cover alone it demanded to be read. I must say I was not disappointed!

This was a great read. The characters are well developed, the plot was intriguing. The reality of the idea of being heartless was one I haven't seen and the author wields it well.

This is a story of loyalty, fealty, faith, corruption, honor, love, family, and mystery. A story of young people becoming who they want to be and the choices they have to make to get there.

The characters come from all walks and worlds. The author mingles worlds and dimensions without leaving the reader lost.

The story is filled with action; so even though it is essentially a love story, it is not JUST a love story. We have battles of all kinds - physical and emotional.

The relationships in this story are extraordinary. You are drawn into each of them as they unfold between all of the characters throughout the story. You watch as Felix goes from being a young and foolish boy to a man (who has not gotten older, but had to make adult decisions). You are witness to Una and the fate that befalls her and those around her because of the choices that she makes.

As in all stories - there is a villain. The shape changing bad guy here makes you dislike him from the start (which is what we all want to do). There are also elusive game players in the story that we aren't outright introduced to that appear to have the fate, or at least some of the fate, of the characters held at the mercy of the roll of the dice.

I fell in love with the characters and can't wait for the rest of the series.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sample post - block quotes!

Under Construction.
This was a sample post I was using to work on my block quote appearance - but I like the little construction worker guy, so I thought I would leave the post up so he could get some love!

Teaser Tuesday!

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

Grab your current read - Open to a random page -
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Instead he was watching Zane's body. And when I turned in that direction, I knew why. Beneath the rent in the material of Zane's shirt, his skin was knitting back together, as if I were watching an autopsy in reverse."                   
***from Tainted by Julie Kenner

I'm a winner!

This is awesome!  I can't believe that I am a winner again!  So many amazing books - so little time.  Thanks to Bella at Obsessed for having a contest - and especially for the books she is sending me because I won!!

These are the books she is sending me:
(1) Storm Born
(2) Tantalize
(3) The Darkest Whisper
(4) The Historian
(5) Darkfever
(6) Bloodfever
(7) Faefever

*****can't wait to get them!

Literary Road Trip!

I have signed up to represent Minnesota (mostly Southeastern Minnesota) in the The Literary Road Trip which is featured at Jenn's Bookshelves.  If you know of any authors that I should be sure to read and review or blog about please let me know! 

The Literary Road Trip is a project in which bloggers are volunteering to showcase local authors. This showcase can be anything you want to make of it – book reviews, author interviews, giveaways – as long as you’re working with an author local to you.
How it works:
1.Stake your claim! Post a comment (if you haven’t already) and let her know what State, territory, region, etc. you’d like to showcase on your blog.

2.Post content on your blog

3.Add a link to your posts to Mr. Linky at the bottom of her post page.

4.Each month, she'll add new links submitted to a Road Map post that navigates readers through who has posted and what.

My idea for my Minnesota author showcase is this: Each month feature a different author profile. Then each week spotlight books by that author. Let's see how this all plays out!

Monday, May 17, 2010

It's Monday!!! In my mailbox - - what am I reading?

Marcia at The Printed Page hosts Mailbox Monday!
The in my mailbox part of today is crazy for me this week!  I just got somewhere around 100 books.  Granted 60 of these were amazing garage sale finds - some of which will be finding themselves in the hands of the reading club students, some will go to the elementary school media center, and of course some will be staying with me and my family.  Then we had the bookfair at our school, and I run the bookfair - so I had to support it and buy many books - and it was a buy one/get one fair!  So....I am not listing them all here because the post would be terribly long - if you would like to see which books I got please check out my library at

Sheila at One Person's Journey Through Books hosts the What are you reading Monday.
So - - now that you all know I have a book buying problem...what am I actually reading?
Currently I am reading a few books because I couldn't make a choice this weekend. 
I am still reading:
 Changeless by Gail Carriger
and Falling, fly by Skler White
Tainted by Julie Kenner
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

I just finished reading: 
Run, Wolf: Nightfall Wolf Clans Book 1 
 Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Next I am reading:
Addiction by Sandra Marshall

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Blogs and Books!

Good gravy!  I have just realized that I am spending more time than I planned just reading other people's blogs!  I love all the revews and book ideas, as well as the contests and information!  But, I find that I am not having as much reading time as before!  Anyone else running into this?  Let me know!  I am hoping to catch up all my reading challenges this weekend - I have finished a number of books and not added them to my posts.  I also will post as many reviews as I can for the books I have finished!  Heartless is the last book I finished! 

Library Lounge Lizard Blogiversary Contest!

Darcy at the Library Lounge Lizard is having a huge contest for her blogiversary!  Check it out here!

Friday, May 14, 2010


Just a quick shout out to Cinnamon at A Journey of Books for listing my blog on her fun bloggers list!  Try to get over there and check her spot out on the hop!
Another shout out to Sara at Along for the Ride for adding my blog to her wonderful blogs list! Try to get over there and check out her spot too!

One more thank you to add! Wow - you all are great! 

This last shout out is for Book Quoter at A Thousand Books with Quotes! Thanks for mentioning me on your blog!

About Happy Books Contest!

Happy about books is having a contest for 6 books!
Giveaway! Open to everyone!

After running her blog for nearly two years it's finally time for her first contest.

She will give away some of her favourite books via

She has mixed up some of her fav contemporary romances with some of her fav paranormal romances.

The 3 prizes you can choose from are

1. Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione & Angels Fall by Nora Roberts
2. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs & Strike Zone by Kate Angell
3. Tall, Dark & Dead by Tate Hallaway & Flat-out sexy by Erin McCarthy

Five Question Friday!

This is a fun meme from Mama M on My Little Life!

Rules for Five Question Friday: Copy and paste the following questions to your blog post, answer them, then come on back to link up! Grab the Linky Blog Hop code, if that's your kinda thing...and I'd be your best friend if you'd link back to me, Mama M.!

1. Take your night, girls night out, or night out alone?

Night out alone for certain!

2. Can you touch your nose with your tongue?


3. What is your favorite flower and why?

Daisys are my favorite flower because they aren't pretentious.

4. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?

Laugh lots, move slower, be careful not sorry.

5. If you won the lottery, what is the very first thing you would do?
First I would share  - then I would go on vacation!

Oh my gosh!!! It's Friday and I almost didn't realize! Let's HOP!

Happy Friday - Happy Reading - - Happy Weekend!  Can't wait to see you all on the hop!
It's Friday! Time for another Book Blogger HOP!!

This is for ALL BOOK BLOGGERS (NEW AND OLD) and READERS! Let's make some new friends and have fun! It's FRIDAY!!!


In the spirit of the Friday Follow, Jen thought it would be cool to do a Book Blogger Hop to give us all book bloggers and readers a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! So, she created this weekly BOOK PARTY where book bloggers and readers can connect to find new blogs to read, make new friends, support each other, and generally just share our love of books! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed! So, grab the logo, post about the Hop on your blog, and start PARTYING!!

The Hop lasts Friday-Monday every week, so if you don't have time to Hop today, come back later and join the fun! This is a weekly event!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Reading Habits!

Kathy at Inside of a Dog got this from Simcha at SFF Chat Blog who came across this fun meme at Floor to Ceiling Books (who got it from The World in the Satin Bag) about books and reading habits and I thought I would give it a shot myself.

(I loved this picture so much - I had to put it on with this meme!  I found it when I was looking at Floor to Ceiling Books.)

Here I go...everything you ever wanted to know about my reading habits...

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack:  I do snack when I read - not religiously or anything, but I do like to nibble while I read!

What is your favorite drink while reading? I wish I was able to say Sobe Adrenaline Rush - - - but of course I cannot, because they stopped making it: and thus crushed me, but I am attempting to carry on by substituting Red Bull - - is SOOOOO NOT the same, but I drink it anyway.

Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?  I am a notorious for writing in books - as long as they are my own.  I always have a book in my bag but not a notebook, so I write random information in books: notes about other book recommendations, lists of things I just remembered, whatever I need to remember. 

How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?  I am a constant bookmarker.  I will use just about anything handy to mark my place.  I am a bartender on weekends and regularly mark my page with sip sticks (those short skinny straws) - but more often than not if you look at my current read you will find my place marked with a dollar bill.  I would never dog-ear the page!!! A friend of mine likes to drop random dog-ear comments just to see if it always makes me crazy - - and it does!  Shame - take better care of the book the author spent so much time writing and you are spending so much time reading!  I have left a book laying flat ope, but it is the exception rather than the rule for me. 

Fiction, nonfiction, or both?  I will read non-fiction, if I have to.  Or...if my sister gives me the book.  Otherwise - - I am a fiction reader through and through.  I am a single mom with 2 jobs, 2 children, 1 boyfriend (who also has a child), 4 dogs, 5 cats, 1 rabbit, and 1 horse - - - -  I get enough reality.   

Are you a person who tends to read to the end of a chapter, or can you stop anywhere?  I try to get to the end of a chapter before I quit reading, but I read while I work (bartending) so I have learned to stop mid-sentence when I have to, but do then end up re-reading and stopping at the end of the page as soon as I get a chance.
Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you?  I am not a book thrower - I do leave them in piles around my home, but only until I get them read or put into a different stack.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away?  Not unless I can't figure it out by context clues or at least get the gist from the scene.
What are you currently reading?
and Falling, Fly by Sklyer White
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

What is the last book you bought?
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Are you the type of person that reads one book at a time, or can you read more than one?  I usually have more than one book going at the same time, I start them on different days, but I seem to finish the one I like the best first.

Do you have a favorite time/place to read?  Anywhere and everywhere - any time I have a minute.  I steal a lot of my reading time from the night; I don't seem to need as much sleep as others do.  I spend a fair amount of time reading in the bar (on break, before, or after my shifts) and am amazed that so many people find it strange.  I can read in a packed bar with a band playing, but I can't read while I listen to my ipod with my earbuds in - doesn't make much sense does it.

Do you prefer series books or stand alones?  I read both, but truly love series because I never seem to want the story to end.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over?  I think that child should read Stand Tall Mary Lou Melon, every early reader should read Igraine the Brave, every middle schooler should read Lloyd Alexander, and every high schooler should read Chris Crutcher (Staying Fat for Sarah Brynes). 

How do you organize your books?(by genre, title, author’s last name, etc?  I keep most of my books in alphabetical order, by author last name.  I have a bookcase in my living room that simply holds the newest in the collection; these are not alphabetized, but they are sorted by series and author.  The majority of my books are currently in boxes (currently meaning the last 2 years or so).  These boxes are alphabetized: a box, b box, and so on.  One day I will be finished with the room in my house that is to be my library and they will all come out of the boxes and be shelved alphabetically by author last name.  (hopefully this day will occur in my lifetime!)

If you participate in this meme too, please comment and maybe link here so I can see what you have to say.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read - Open to a random page -
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants
can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"Lady Macon sighed, rolled toward the hollering, and cracked one eyelid.  Her husband's large naked back filled her field of vision.  To see any more, she'd have to lever herself upright.  Since that would probably expose her to more cold air, she declined to lever. "
***from page 2 - Changeless by Gail Carriger

Friday, May 7, 2010

Ridiculously Awesome Contest!

Taschima at The Bloody Bookaholic is having an amazing and awesome contest!  Be sure to stop over there and check it out!  Many, many books up for grabs!

Cleverly Inked Birthday - Super Mega Contest!!!

Liz at Cleverly Inked is having a MEGA MEGA contest!  You have to go check it out!  55 authors/57 books/more swag than you can shake a stick at! 

Let her know I sent you if you find out about it here!

500 - page Challenge!

Paula at Tome's Devotee is having a 500-page challenge!  This is what she says:

"Now for the challenge. I hope to have a lot more followers eventually
so that these challenges will become fun, but for now I will be reading
a book with more than 500 pgs in May. Dragonfly in Amber is book
2 in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Book 1 touched me so
very much, that I am looking foward to the next. I didn't get to it in
April, I know I won't be able to get through it by the 30th, so I
am making it my May Challenge. If you stumble onto this and would
like to join just link back to this post so others can join too, pick a
book that's 500 pgs or more and tell me what you're reading.
Feel free to copy the image to post on your blog if you'd like as well ; )"

I have not chosen my book yet - but I will be blogging about it here when I do!

Quickie Thanks - Check out She Is Too Fond of Books!

I wanted to take a quick second out of the Friday hop and say thanks to:
Whitney at She Is Too Fond of Books and
Kavyen at Reading Between the Pages
for mentioning my blog on their Hop posts!  So...take a moment and go check out their blogs, they are great!

Super great contest going on! (Green with envy about the Romantic Times Convention)

Aine at Aine's Realm is having a most incredible contest!  First I have to say that (like it says in the title of this post) I am absolutely green with envy!  She is attending the Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention in Ohio and will have the opportunity to meet many, many authors!  So, Aine - enjoy!
Okay - back to the contest: she is giving away 7 signed books, and they're great ones!  You can click on the link to get there but I wanted you to get the list right away!  Wicked Lovely, The Summoning, My Soul to Take, Valiant, Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace, City of Bones, and The Vampire Academy.

It's Friday! Let's Hop!!!

Happy Friday!  Can't wait to start hopping! 
(Sorry there is no pic today - I am at someone else's computer and the right mouse button is disabled.)
Check it all out at Crazy for Books!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday!

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am eagerly awaiting:

Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris


Should be Reading has started W...W...W... Wednesdays!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions!…

What are you currently reading?

I have started Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl - as you know if you have been following my blog for a while - I planned to start this days ago - and made it to page 4 before I switched and was reading from the Kindle.  So, now that I have finished Exposure, I am going back to Heartless!

What have you just finished reading?
Exposure by Brandilyn Collins
Amazon product description:  I picked it solely because it started with an "E" and I am participating in the "Read Your Name" Challenge, so I needed an E. 
I am ever so glad that I did!!!
Someone is watching Kaycee Raye. But who will believe her? In Kaycee's newspaper column she's known for writing of her paranoia and fears. Is the new danger real---or is she going crazy? In this story of terror, twists, and desperate faith, the startling questions pile high. But Kaycee's descent to answers proves even more frightening.

Review format: Why did I pick it up/What did I like about it/What did I not like about it.

I read this one on the Kindle.

I loved the twist and intrigue.  I wasn't sure at first if I liked the characters, but they were drawing emotion from me regardless of my opinion of them.   My favorite part of this story? The fact that I was totally surprised by the twists!  I am very rarely completely shocked when a story twists, but this one was totally unexpected.  Great read!

The only thing I didn't like about the story was that I found myself wanting to shake the mom.  Serioiusly?  What was she thinking sometimes!  I can't tell you the story, without telling you the story - - so you will HAVE to read this!!!

What do you plan to read next?
Heaven help me - I am planning to read a "real" book and an "e-book" - we will see how it plays out for me.  I have yet to finish and Falling, fly and I must read Changeless before I have to re-read Soulless to remember all the details.  If I am to get any of my challenges done I have to start taking turns I guess.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mission Accomplished!

I know I told you all I was on a mission to win a copy of Morpheus Road: The Light by D.J. MacHale - - -  - -  and thanks to Karen at Bookin with Bingo I have done it! 

So now as I camp outside next to my mailbox (I live in the country - this isn't my best idea) - I want to send out thanks again to:

Karen at Bookin With Bingo for Morpheus Road: The Light
Mama Bookworm at the Fiction Enthusiast for Spirit Bound
Wendy at the Minding Spot for Alex Cross's Trial
Sandy at Sandra Marshall blog for her book Addiction
Caitlin at the Hidden Haven for the Swag!

WOW - Am I lucky!

I must be under a luck star! I have won again!  Blogmania was awesome!

I won two prizes during the Blogmania event:
1 - an ebook  Addiction by Sandra Marshall from her blog:
2 - SWAG from Caitlin at The Hidden Haven

Thanks so much!!!

Teaser Tuesday!

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

Grab your current read - Open to a random page -

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page


(make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants
can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
(on the Kindle - - location 3148-56)        
 "Terror and rage sped through Lorraine.  She didn't want to die here."

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's Monday! - - What are you reading?

What am I reading?  Well this last week has been crazy and I am behind.  I am still trying to get back to Changeless.  I started it last week and ended up reading Exposure by Brandilyn Collins on the kindle instead.  I am loving that one!  It's a creeper!  I plan to post a review for this book on Wednesday.