Monday, March 28, 2011

This is my title

Perfect Chemistry
by Simone Elkeles

So, I've wanted to read this one for a while but I admit...I was embarrassed to be seen walking around with that cover.  Especially since I try to portray bad-ass-ness in all that I do  ( HA jk)  This was my first time reading Elkeles and I really liked it.  I think I'm going soft  :-/  I liked the changing POV so we got to see both Brit and Alex move from hatred to like to lust and yadda yadda.  Yeah, it was definitely a good book.

Black Wings
by Christina Henry

This book....ummm, not my favorite.  MC suddenly attains kick ass power she didn't know she had?  Boring!  Love interest talks like a robot?  Lame.  Nope, won't be reading the second one.

Jellicoe Road
by Melina Marchetta

So, I heard lots of rave reviews about this book.  How beautiful and emotional it was.  How some cried at the end.  Me?  Not so much.  I mean, yes it was good, but it took about a hundred pages for me to get into and understand what was going on.  I kinda figured out everything halfway through after that.  It was just an ok read for me.  I might try reading Saving Francesca.

Slow Hands
by Leslie Kelly

Got this free for kindle.  It was alright at first.  Then I got bored.  I think I liked the ending?  I don't remember.

Bond With Me
by Anne Marsh

Another freebie from kindle.  It had goblins.  But hot sexy goblins.  I didn't really see the hot sexy thing, but maybe that was just me.
The whole point of the story continuing was so stupid for me. And inner dialogue of male protag consisted of a lot of "hell yeah"s.  Stupid.

Branded: Fall of Angels
by Keary Taylor

I love this cover!  It's creepy and awesome.  The villian...he wasn't much of a villain, he really didn't show up much, and I wanted to know more about him.  His motives and all that.  I liked the relationship development between Alex and Jessica.  Alex is so sweet...awwww.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Sparkle in Your Eye

                                         Time flies.  My sweet little dopey Onyx.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Baby Bird

                                      A baby bird my cat plucked out of it's nest.
                        As cute as my kitties are, they can really be jerks sometimes!

                                    I didn't know birds had teeth in their beaks....did you?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Stuff I Read

Here's some books I read that I have minimal things to say about.

by Lauren Oliver

Ok the girl can write, I haven't read her other book yet but I'll get around to it eventually.  I liked Delirium but I think it definitely could have been shorter.  MC got on my nerves a lot.  Is it sad that I don't remember any of the characters names?
I liked the ending, things finally picked up and yeah, I'll probably read the next book in the series.

by Lucy Christopher

I really enjoyed this one.  It was beautiful, I loved that what's her face never truly gave in, but I was kind of sad how it ended.  I got stockholm syndrome and I wasn't even kidnapped. Damn.  Read this one!!

The Finding
by Nicky Charles

This is the third book in her werewolf book series.  Nicky Charles is awesome because she gives her books out free.  And they are pretty good.  The Mating and The Keeping are the first two books.  As far as this book goes, it was my least favorite of the the three.  Cassie was so annoyingly resistant to being a werewolf that I wanted to slap her in the face.  GOD some people would love to be a werewolf!!  *points to self*  This book was just meh, I liked the Keeping the best.

Forsaken  AKA Demon Trapper's Daughter
by Jana Oliver

I liked it at first, but then halfway through I got annoyed with uhhh that girl who is the main character.  I liked the world Oliver made but there were so many things not explained.  Like whyyyyyyyy are there demons out in the first place?!  Was the world always like that?  And if what's her face was so badly in need of money, and gas prices were so high, then why oh why was she always driving a car around??  GAH!!  I will not be reading the next book in the series.

by Rachel Hawkins

I love Sophie.  But WTF cliffhanger ending?!  Loved this.  Read it.  It's hilarious.  But make sure you read Hex Hall first, cause, it's awesome as well.

The Replacement
by Brenna Yovanoff

UGH.  Just UGH.  Mackie should have been a girl, maybe then I could excuse him for his sissyness and fainting spells.  Tate pretty much did all the work for you anyways. And maybe I am just desensitized or something but I didn't find the descriptions creepy or weird or scary.   Did not like this book at all.

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
By Lish McBride

Um this one was just okay for me.  I dunno, I liked it but I didn't think it was that darkly funny.  I mean, I've seen the talking head thing before so it wasn't all that special for me.  Sam was a good character but yeah I just...I... it was okay.

Whale Watching

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Slave to Sensation

Slave to Sensation
By: Nalini Singh

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed.  To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of "rehabilitation"-the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was...
Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain.  After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women.  Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his pack-mate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society.  But he soon discovers that this ice cold Psy is very capable of passion-and that the animal in him is fascinated by her.  Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sacha must remain bound to their identities-or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

Oooh, I loved this book!  Normally I don't love paranormal romances.  I just kind of say "meh" and shrug my shoulders and move on to the next book.  I really liked the idea of a Psy race, one that shows no emotions and does things based on logic....cold, calculating logic.  It was so evil sounding!  Like Terminators. Creepy.

The development of Sasha and Lucas' relationship was enjoyable to read about. I liked when Lucas took Sasha to his Pack's house and introduced her to some of his pack members and two children and how she responded to getting her shoe chewed on.   It was cute.   It was fun to read about Sasha's struggle to keep her emotions from showing, especially around Lucas.

As far as plot, I pretty much guessed who the Psy killer was right away but it still made for some interesting reading.  I'll definitely be reading the next in the series!

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Winter Rose

 The Winter Rose
By: Jennifer Donnelly

When India Selwyn Jones a young woman from a noble family, graduates from the London School of Medicine for Women in 1900, her professors advise her to set up her practice in London's esteemed Harley Street.  Driven and idealistic, India chooses to work in the city's East End instead, serving the desperately poor.  In these grim streets, india meets and saves the life of London's most notorious gangster, Sid Malone. A hard, wounded man, Malone is the opposite of India's aristocratic fiance, Freddie Lytton, a risings star in the House of Commons.  hough Malone represents all she despises, India finds herself unwillingly drawn ever closer to him, intrigued by his hidden, mysterious past.  ANd before long, even as they fight hard against their feelings, India and SId fall in love.  Theirs is an unpredictable, passionate, and bittersweet affair, and it causes destruction they could never have imagined.

    How does she do it? No seriously.  Jennifer Donnelly never fails to impress me with her mastery of storytelling.  I mean wow, just wow.  I think the thing I love most about her is that she doesn't stick with any one genre and she always has a strong female protag.  Not some whiney, crazy, self centered, annoying, help me male I need you to save me girl.

Winter Rose is one of her earlier books, and is also the sequal to The Tea Rose, which I did not read.  You also don't need to read The Tea Rose to understand this story, which I liked.  Ok yeah The Winter Rose was long too, and towards the middle it started to drag a bit for me.  One thing I will say is that I wish a character had gotten more of what he deserved.  Man this guy was such a little shit!  lol!

India was awesome and Sid was amazing, and I loved this whole story.  Of course I realize that I haven't really said much about the book but here is all you need to know in five words or less:

         Read anything by Jennifer Donnelly. 

 I promise you will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Pirate Ruse

The Pirate Ruse
By: Marcia Lynn McClure

An instant before the sea swallowed her, Cristabel Albay gasped her last breath.  She was certain it would truly be her last breath... Yet, mere moments later, her head broke the surface of the sea and she exhaled the breath she had been holding-the one that had not been her last-gasping for another.
"Do you swim, woman?" the pirate Navarrone growled.
"Y-yes," Cristabel stammered.  her thoughts were muddled-for panic was her only ally.  Yet, she was cognizant enough to know that her life was still in danger-not from pirates perhaps-but from the sea.
"Then swim!" the pirate growled.  "If you want to live to see another sunrise, then swim for The Merry Wench."
She glanced up to the Chichester where pirates and British sailors yet battled.  The Screaming Witch was already sailing, and Cristabel would rather have died then be the victim of the atrocities that would have met her aboard it.
Yet, to abandon one pirate ship for another  It was madness! Still, she could not fathom drowning-for drowning terrified her more than any other fate of death.  Her only hope in surviving was to do as the pirate ordered.  She had heard tales of The Blue Blade Navarrone-tales of mercy.  Perhaps he would take pity on her.  Thus with no other venue to follow, Cristabel began to swim-to swim for The Merry Wench and whatever fate awaited her there.

I guess when I started reading this book I didn't expect it to be so cheesy.  Cristabel would just annoy the crap out of me sometimes!
I enjoyed the first half of the book with Navarrone and Cristabel getting to know each other.  I loved their banter and the entire scene when Cristabel was drunk on whiskey.  It was hilarious!  But right around the middle of the book, for me, the pace just seemed to slow down.  It was especially torturous when the ship finally docked and the plot went NOWHERE.  I mean, there is this whole mystery as to why Cristabel was abducted and put onto a pirate ship in the first place, and Navarrone questions her about it initially when he brings her to his own ship, but she's got no idea either so it just kind of ends up as a stalemate.  Then for more than half the book McClure just develops the relationship between Cristabel and Navarrone.  Not that I'm complaining about that, I mean, I loved that part.  Loved them conversing, and learning to trust each other, and discovering their feelings for each other.  It just happened SO SLOWLY.  It was like I was reading through molasses. They just sat around and thought about their feelings for one another, but never acted on them.  Then finally we get some good kiss scenes.  Honestly I was hoping for the kiss scenes to lead into some hot monkey lovin' but alas it was not to be.

So, I liked it well enough, I just wish the plot moved a long a little faster and smoother.  If you're looking for some good squeaky clean pirate lovin' romance, this is the book for you!