Monday, February 28, 2011

#13 Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I am in a rut, so far, this year. I want to read yet I can't bring myself to pick up a book. I had tried another sleazy romance novel and gave up less than half way through it. I ended up with Nightshade the same way I do so many others....I judged a book by it's cover....when walking through the Young Reader's section at the library. Not to disappoint, though, it paid off! I enjoyed this book and even though I've been having trouble motivating myself to read this one only took me a few days to finish. The book follows Calla Tor a "Guardian" aka NOT a werewolf... and her pack. She is an 18 year old high school senior that is part of a super secret society that are to be the protectors of the humans in their community. Calla is an alpha female in her family and she has been pre-arranged to be the mate of the alpha male of a rival pack in the same area.
Calla, however, has defied all rules and conventions by not only saving the life of a human boy who stumbles into sacred territory but she also lets him see both her wolf and human form. Eventually she falls in love with him.
Calla is torn between the lifelong commitment to Ren, the other alpha, and Shay, the human who knows too much.
The big twist/secret of the book was fairly easy to figure out but I enjoyed the journey.
I'm eager for the sequal, Wolfsbane, to come out next June.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

oh geez...

So...I have 3 separate blogs that I run from the same page. I accidentally posted a photo of my 8 year old son on this blog. It does not belong on this blog. Since I do not know how to delete the entire entry and felt the empty post looked awkward I thought I should explain myself.
It is not uncommon for me to "goof". :)
On a side note...I decided to add a photo of one of the book cases I have. This is a usual look. Completely random and stuffed full. There are books stacked on top and in front of it. I love books. :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

#12 The Vigilante's Bride by Yvonne Harris

Confession time. I was in the mood for trash. Honest to goodness steamy, sexy, pathetic TRASH. This book tricked me. It had all the promise of your good old fashioned Harlequin Romance style "Fabio on the cover" book and it was NOT. It was a cowboys and indians and damsel in distress love story with absolutely nothing hot or heavy fact, when the hero does kiss the girl...he finds God. In a very direct way. Not the "arms of an angel" sense.
The writing was mediocre to good. The plot was generic and the sex was nonexistent. I'll rate it a good solid "Meh".

Saturday, February 12, 2011

#11 Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I really don't even know what to say about this book or how to describe it. It's fantasy/romance/whatever...
I've read several Sherrilyn Kenyon novels and I like them. She's creative and fun but fairly predictable and not necessarily anything special.
For this book....that's about all. Maybe if I wasn't so sleepy I'd write a better "review".

Monday, February 7, 2011

#10 Room by Emma Donoghue

What an exceptional book!
My sister suggested this one after she had finished it. It was my very first "E-book" story.
Room is through the perspective of a 5 year old boy (Jack) who was born in a captive situation. His mother was abducted when she was 19 and gave birth to him 2 years later so all he knows is "Room". This is an amazing story of love and companionship; Realities and discoveries and boundaries.
Imagine everything you've ever known to be within the boundaries of one single room. Now what would happen if you were shoved out of that space into the whole wide frantic "outside".
The book does a remarkable job of getting a point across and broadening your perceptions but through a very naive way. Jack is not only 5 years old but he's completely oblivious of the world. I love the creativity and honesty of this story. I want EVERYONE to read it.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

#9 The Radleys by Matt Haig

Month 2 book 1!!
I love to get recommendations from my favorite authors. The Radleys was on a list written by Stephen King as one of his top 10 favorites of 2010. It is a dark comedy...about vampires. I'm such a sucker for vampires.
The idea is that Peter and Helen are the parents of 17 year old Rowan and 15 year old Clara. What Rowan and Clara don't know is that they are in fact vampires. Peter and Helen made the decision 17 years ago to become "abstainers" and practice healthy human alternatives for their kids sake. The problem? The kids don't realize they should be sticking to a strict "abstainer" lifestyle so they are weak and ill. "Freaks" in their school.
Clara, in an attempt to be accepted by animals that are deathly terrified of her, has moved from a vegetarian lifestyle to vegan. She gets SICK. Then to follow up an already dire situation she is attacked by a boy at a late night party. When he puts his hand over her mouth to silence her screams she bites him....and loves what it does to her.
The rest of the book involves hiding the body she has so savagely attacked, an obsessed uncle, a secret police unit that hunts vampires and all kinds of crazy twisted family relationships. Not to mention the kids trying to come to terms with the very outrageous idea that they are VAMPIRES.
I loved this book. So much fun!!!