Saturday, February 26, 2011

Go Fetch!

Go Fetch!  (Magnus Pack #2)
By: Shelly Laurenston

        How much trouble can one small female be to a modern -day shapeshifting Viking? Well, it really depends on local gun laws.  Conall Vga-Feilan, direct descendent of Viking shifters, never thought he'd meet a female strong enough to be his mate.  He especially didn't think a short, viper-tongued human would ever fit the bill.  But Miki Kendrick isn't some average human.  With an IQ off the charts and a special skill withe weapons of all kinds, Miki brings the big blond pootch to his knees-and keeps him there.  Miki's way too smart to ever elieve in love and she knows a guy like Conall could only want one thing from her.  But with the Pack's enemies on her tail and a few days stuck alone with the one man who makes her absolutely wild, Miki is about to discover how persistent one Viking wolf can be.

I read the first book in this series back in December when it was free for Kindle for a bit.  Go Fetch tells Miki's story and OMG I just have to say that I LOVE Miki.  She is hilarious, fiesty, snarky, mean, and totally adorable.   I liked this second book much better than the first probably because Conall was a really great male love interest and he didn't constantly refer to Miki as a "sweet piece of ass."
 So I read this book on the plane and was constantly giggling, Miki just says some of the most funny things, and some of the situations she got into were just too funny.
The overall threat of the packs enemies isn't all that present, but it was there, and mostly just gave Miki a chance to show off that she doesn't need a man to take care of her when danger strikes.  She's not the one fainting, she's the one shooting and I loved that.

Go Fetch was a quick steamy read, that I really enjoyed, also, I am pretty sure you don't need to read the first book to read this second one. It stands quite well on it's own.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Night Pleasures

Night Pleasures
By: Sherrilyn Kenyon

 He is solitude. He is darkness.  He is the ruler of the night.  Yet Kyrian of Thrace has just woken up handcuffed to his worst nightmare: An accountant.  Worse, she's being hunted by one of the most lethal vampires out there.  And if Amanda Devereaux goes down, then he does too.  But it's not just their lives that are hanging in the balance.  Kyrian and Amanda are all that stands between humanity and oblivion.  Let's hope they win.

This was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book and I have to say that for me it was just meh.  I like the overall story but I felt that sometimes the plot got bogged down every time Amanda described Kyrian's rippling pectorals, or every time Kyrian thought about how beautiful Amanda was and how he wanted to touch her.  OKAY.  I got it the first fifty times you said it.  I understand,  you guys are both too hot to handle and you have some major lusting going on.  Get to groping and get it over with!

Ahem, like I said, I did enjoy the story a bit more than the romance. And I liked Kyrian's back story and his tale of woe and the inclusion of some Greek history and such.

*** SPOILERS!!***

I really liked how Amanda came into her own powers but I would have liked to know that she actually had powers a tad earlier in the book instead of just towards the end, magically....oh I have my own powers! I can help defeat the bad guy!  How incredibly convenient  for all!  Yippie!


So yeah, I did like it, but it wasn't total love for me.   The constant descriptions of how delicious bodies looked and thoughts of running hands through hair just got to be a little too much for me.  Maybe once I get my TBR pile down to a reasonable size I'll go back and read the second book in the series to see if I enjoy it.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Road Trip!

So in my last post I told you guys that I was going on a road trip with BFF for a book signing. Did I mention that it was for KIM HARRISON?????  I am a hugh HUGH fan of hers and The Hollows series is one of my absolute favorites.  I even buy the hardcovers when they come out, which I never do, so you can really tell that my love runs deep.  This was my first ever book signing so I was super pumped!

 We left late Monday afternoonish and arrived in Lansing Michigan at about 9pm something or other.  I didn't take any pictures of the drive because 1. It got dark pretty fast.  2. I am a good driver and must always concentrate on the road (and we most certainly did not have spontaneous dance parties to Justin Bieber).   3. When we got to Michigan they hadn't bothered to plow the left lane  and even though in my own mind I thought the roads weren't that bad, others did and were only driving 50mph. I had to use my ninja driving skills and pass them on the left lane just so I could go a decent speed.
So we traveled over 400 miles from Wisconsin to Michigan and only had to stop once to get more windshield fluid.  wooo go us!

So anywho, Tuesday finally came and we went to scope out the store that would be hosting the event.  It was a really cute store with lots of books (obviously) but they also had records, cds, DVD's and used books!  Which was awesome. It also had two nice little sitting areas and a little cafe.  Really really cute.  So we were there pretty early and needed something to do to fill the time until we had to come back for the signing so, dorks that we are, bought a Glass Stone painting kit, an origami kit, and a friendship bracelet kit and the rest of the afternoon was spent in best friend bliss.

Around 4pm we decided to drive back over to the store and get some food at the cafe and look around at the books more and get some good seats.

I pulled an A!ko and took a picture of my "gourmet" grilled cheese....

After eating we decided to go get some seats and eagerly await 7pm which let me tell you, is no easy task!!

Finally it was time!  I was trying to be a good human being and not blind poor Kim Harrison with my extremely bright camera flash, so I kept trying to take pictures of her without a flash, and yeah, lets just say those pictures turned out like crap.  So she came out, read a small part from the book, answered some questions and then got down to the singing.  She got a pretty huge crowd for it being a Tuesday!

That picture is without a flash, one of the ONLY good ones I got. Actually, it's not even that good. See how grainy it is?

I only took this picture because the girl with the pink purse SKIPPED!  Booo!

Finally it was my turn.  I went up and fan girled all over her. It was sort of embarrassing.  This is me telling her about how I got to read the book early and that Al is my favorite character and asking her if she could sign a specific page in the book that had to do with Al.  Do you see that look of "WTF" on her face?  HAHA!

She handled my fangirling with grace and finesse, obligingly signed both the specific page I asked for and the front page and now I can die happy. 

This  one is the specific page I asked for.  I was too lazy to rotate it so...ya know....just turn your head sideways  :)

YAY!  My trip was sooo much fun!  But really I hope she comes a bit closer to WI next time because my butt was really sore from all the driving!  But in the end it was all worth it.

I wonder if Jim Butcher is going to have a book signing......hmmmm 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Crab Hands

I'm back!  But only for a night and one quick post.  BFF and I are going on a road trip on tomorrrow!  Our plan is to make it up to Michigan (weather permitting)  to go to Kim Harrison's book signing for Pale Demon!  Squeeee!!  I am beyond excited  *grins*

When I get back I'll have lots of books to talk about I swear!  I know I've kind of been skimping on the book reviews lately.  I think it might be the weather. Ya know, dreary, cloudy, cold, discusting...that type of thing. Not that my awesome vacation to Hawaii didn't help, it's just that after leaving paradise I returned home to rain/snow storm.  I think I'm being punished for escaping winter for a week!

Ah well!  So be it!  T'was totally worth it!

Thursday, February 10, 2011


                              Enjoy your cold and snow.  Muahahahhahah!  

*Straylights will return to her irregular blogging schedule...soonish?

More Chatter with Anne Michaud!

Two book lovers chat about reading...

SL: What do you think of the whole e-book craze? Are you a real book purist or are you okay with either format?

AM: I’m so NOT into that craze! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for recycling and protecting the environment. But there’s something about the object itself, a BOOK, a pretty cover, the feel of the paper. I love to hold onto it, I like its weight and the action of turning the pages. The fact that I just need this one thing to be happy! I know those ‘machines’ can store thousands of books, but I think it loses the magic of reading. And I don’t believe the print industry will converse entirely to ebooks – I hope not, it’d be so sad to lose the Art of Books.

Which makes me wonder: what was your first book that made you fall in love with reading? For me, it was Christiane F. the non-fiction about a young German girl who falls headfirst into drugs and prostitution at the age of 13. I know, I’m a badass! But if you haven’t read it, you should – it’s very dark, but I still love how it shows a way of life so far from mine, choices I would never have taken, and this downward spiral that will never be my own. I travelled through that story, I lived something new and different – and THAT is the power of reading, even if it feels icky afterwards J

SL:  I love flipping the pages of books too, but honestly I am really getting into the e-book thing!  And there are so many great websites, like, that let you download books people have written who don’t have publishers.  It’s so great to read things from lesser known authors and then discover that their books are just as fantastic.  I think it is very interesting the way things have been happening and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future with e-books!

Christiane F. sounds pretty interesting!  I have always liked books about downward spirals, and yeah, I also like living vicariously through books!

Hmmm I honestly don’t remember what book made me get into reading, I just always loved to read.  But the book that made me passionate about reading paranormal reads was Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.  After I read those books I had to get my hands on anything and everything that had vampires, monsters, werewolves, witches, whatever.  I was obsessed!  The rest as they say, is history.  I am now completely devoted to paranormal and urban fantasy reads.  Although I do try to read other genres to spice up my reading life, I always go back to my vampires  J

Do you have a genre that you favor over others?

AM: I do. Anything dystopian low sci-fi speculative fiction with a dark twist. Oh, and 14&up YA. I do love my vamps, but real, mean ones – nothing about those weak vegetarian types that try to stay human. No, no, no – give me those beasts that rip people to shreds!! And since you mentioned it, I do love a good dose of Vampire Eric, but the True Blood version, not the one on the books. I didn’t make it after the fourth instalment, I’m afraid (too chick-lit for me). Something like The Strain, Let the right one in, I am legend – all those books with a true menace, not the pretence of one.

You say you love living through your books (don’t we all!?), but was there one that made you change the way you see the world? One story that affected you so much that you’ve never been the same since?? For me, it was The Stranger by Albert Camus and L’Écume des jours (I have no idea what is the title in English) by Boris Vian. Both novels are very different – one is philosophical and the other digs into absurdism – but they have this quality of getting under your skin and pulling at your soul.

SL:  Ooohh I loved I Am Legend!  Richard Matheson really knows how to do creepy!  I did not appreciate Hollywood ruining the book by making it into a movie and then CHANGING so much about it  *shakes fist at Hollywood*

I keep trying to think of a book that changed me but I honestly can’t think of one.  If one came close it was definitely Ellen Hopkins’ Crank or Jennifer Donnelly’s’ A Northern Light.  Crank, because I loved that Hopkins could write a whole story in poem format and that you could read the paragraphs at least two different ways and it still told a story.  It was pure genius.  And the message touched a special part of my heart, not because I ever wanted to try hard drugs and this book kept me away from them, but because it hit close to home in terms of dealing with similar issues with a family member of mine.
I loved A Northern Light because Mattie really comes into her own and learns that she doesn’t have live the life she got stuck with.  It took so much courage for her to go against what everyone told/expected of her and I really admired that.

I think I need to start reading some more serious books haha J  I’ve got some really good ones to read like The Bell Jar by Slvia Plath, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson and The Giver by Lois Lowery but it really needs a cover make over!  I’ve been avoiding reading The Giver for SO long because of the creepy old guy on the front.

Do you have any books you avoid because of the cover, or any books you picked up just for the pretty cover?

AM: Wintergirls! The Giver! Such wonderful books – the author actually did the cover himself for The Giver - I know, the old man really doesn’t represent the book, which is always a problem for me. I mean, publishing books is an expensive business, so when I see a really ugly cover, it just doesn’t cut it for me. I refuse to read books with cheap covers. I am that shallow. And I won’t mention any names because THAT would be too cruel and I have the funny feeling in most cases, the author has very little input on what the cover will look like in the end.

I’m HIGHLY susceptible to buy a book just because the cover is pretty. Honestly, I don’t know if it’s because I have impeccable taste or I’m just plain lucky, but I’ve rarely been disappointed by my picks. Except a few YA fantasy ones with really gorgeous covers but boring stories, but I’ve learned my lesson: READ REVIEWS BEFORE PURCHASING!

                                     **Anne Michaud blogs at Livy Parker's Journal**

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Book Breakup

I found this fun thing over at Pure Imagination and thought it was a perfect opportunity for me to break up with the Iron Fey series.

Why we are breaking up:
Everyone and their mother that I have seen review this series absolutely love it.  So I tried, I really really tried, but I just could not get into them.  I think it had a little to do with the contrived love story.  Meghan and Ash hardly talk, and she is in love with him.  Then the part where Puck is tried to be squeezed in as another love interest just did it in for me.  I'm sick of the love triangles and the love at first sight nonsense. I want to see the relationship grow.  I want to see trust being established.  I want conversations where they are friends, and then the conversations where they become something more.  I love character/relationship development and I WANT TO SEE IT IN THE BOOKS.  I don't like this instant gratification of " Ohhh he's cute!  I Love You, I'll Die For You" nonsense.  It's just irritating.
 The other reason for the break up is I am pretty sure that I just don't like books about Fae.  I don't like all the rules and laws.  I do however like how cruel they are, so that's one point for the fae   :) haha.

Anyways the third book Iron Queen just recently came out and, the series is going to continue with Iron Knight, Ash's story.

Like I said, pretty much every other reviewer really enjoy this series, I seem to be the only odd man out  :(

People who liked them:

Novels on the Run

Amaterasu Reads

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It's cold

Not much to say today.  Here's some pictures from after the snow storm.  Enjoy!  The cat at the end is Betty White  =D

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Iron King?

Happy February!  Wow January went flying by...what the heck was I doing for that whole month?  Huh, I don't even remember.
Well to start February off right we are getting a blizzard!!!  Horra....wait no, that SUCKS!   Isn't February the start of spring?  and melting? and thawing?  no? DAMN!  Yesterday, husband and I went out to get lots of food so that we would not starve.  Let's hope that the power doesn't go out in the 55 MPH winds, because we have a lot of frozen foods.  Although I suppose we could just throw everything out in the snow :)  What  I really needed though was batteries!  So incase the power did go out I could get a flashlight and keep reading.  Priorities ya know?

So right now I am reading The Iron King by Julie Kagawa.  I've heard so many good things about this series but honestly I'm about 200 pages in and I don't get the obsession.  Meghan is kind of boring. The story for me is just kind of....blah.  Does it get more interesting?  Is there really going to be a love triangle between a sixteen year old girl and two really really old fae?  (ew)  Is there a cliffhanger ending?  Is that the reason why it's so good because of the anticipation of what happens in the next book?  I guess I should just finish it eh?  What do you guys think of this series?