Thursday, September 30, 2010
Hey all!!! Wanted to post this earlier but was without internet. So anyways, :).
We're discussing Jaye Well's Red-Headed Stepchild over at Melissa's Blog. This week we're discussing up to page 75. Please come join us. Even if you read the book already. Next week we'll be on my blog discussing up to page 154. Click here to head over to My world...in words and pages. :)
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Jane True hasn't had it easy in her town of Rockabill, Maine. People blame her for a boys death and to top that off, her mother. The mother who came to town strange and the mother who left her daughter.
If there is one place she can go and hide from the world. It's her cove. A place where can be one with the water. The water she finds she always needs to come back to.
One night while swimming though she discovers a body. Before she knows it. She meets a talking dog. Soon followed by Ryu, a vampire who comes to town to investigate and she is thrown in the world of the supernatural. Not only does she learn about other supernatural beings but she learns more about herself that will change her view on life forever.
Naturally things can't go smooth since murders are happening and she just might be next on the list.
Loved the humor in this one. I kept thinking certain people or supernatural beings would be the one responsible for the deaths but than I would be wrong.
I definitely can't wait to see where the next book goes.
I might have only read the first two books but you know I had to buy this one. I thought Jamie would be cuter though.
Title: The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel
Author: Diana Gabaldon
A luscious full-colour graphic novel — written by #1 New York Times bestseller Diana Gabaldon — that offers a completely new look at the original Outlander story!
The Exile retells the original Outlander novel from Jamie Fraser's point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into the Jamie-Claire relationship. Jamie's surreptitious arrival in Scotland at the beginning of the tale, his feelings about Claire, and much more — up to the point where Claire faces trial for witchcraft and must choose whether to return to her own century — are brought to life in brilliant four-colour art. A must-read — and a great holiday gift — for any Outlander fan!
Series: Remember Me
Author: Christopher Pike
Shari Cooper wakes up dead. The last thing she can remember is falling from a balcony during her friend's party. Her death has been ruled a suicide, but Shari knows she was murdered. All of her closest friends are now suspects. As she tries to find her killer from the other side, she discovers her friends may not have been so loyal to her after all. Now Shari is not just out for justice, she's out for revenge. . . .
Series: Anya Kalinczyk
Author: Laura Bickle
Unemployment, despair, anger—visible and invisible unrest feed the undercurrent of Detroit’s unease. A city increasingly invaded by phantoms now faces a malevolent force that further stokes fear and chaos throughout the city.
Anya Kalinczyk spends her days as an arson investigator with the Detroit Fire Department, and her nights pursuing malicious spirits with a team of eccentric ghost hunters. Anya—who is the rarest type of psychic medium, a Lantern—suspects a supernatural arsonist is setting blazes to summon a fiery ancient entity that will leave the city in cinders. By Devil’s Night, the spell will be complete, unless Anya—with the help of her salamander familiar and the paranormal investigating team—can stop it.
Anya’s accustomed to danger and believes herself inured to loneliness and loss. But this time she’s risking everything: her city, her soul, and a man who sees and accepts her for everything she is. Keeping all three safe will be the biggest challenge she’s ever faced.
A sizzling debut from a red-hot new author .
Title: Stuff to Die For
Author: Don Bruns
James and Skip aren't upwardly mobile, but they're about to get literally mobile when James spends a surprise inheritance on a white box truck. An investment in the future, he surmises, as these two are starting a business - solely devoted to hauling other people's stuff.
But the fledgling business takes a shocking turn when James and Skip unload the contents of their first moving job and find some unexpected cargo - a bloody human finger.
James and Skip must scramble to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators of the gruesome crime in this witty, gritty mystery about big dreams, big ideas - and big trouble.
Instead of chasing the American dream, James and Skip will be running for their lives.Title: Cold Sight
Series: Extra Sensory
Author: Leslie Parrish
After being made a scapegoat in a botched investigation that led to a child's death, Aidan McConnell became a recluse. Still, as a favor to an old friend, Aidan will help on the occasional XI case. But under his handsome, rugged facade, he keeps his emotions in check—for fear of being burned again.
Reporter Lexie Nolan has a nose for news—and she believes a serial killer has been targeting teen girls around Savannah. But no one believes her. So she turns to the new paranormal detective agency and the sexy, mysterious Aidan for help. But just as the two begin forging a relationship, the case turns eerily personal for Lexie—and Aidan discovers that maybe he hasn't lost the ability to feel after all...
Title: Lord of the Changing Winds
Series: Griffin Mage
Author: Rachel Neumeier
Griffins lounged all around them, inscrutable as cats, brazen as summer. They turned their heads to look at Kes out of fierce, inhuman eyes. Their feathers, ruffled by the wind that came down the mountain, looked like they had been poured out of light; their lion haunches like they had been fashioned out of gold. A white griffin, close at hand, looked like it had been made of alabaster and white marble and then lit from within by white fire. Its eyes were the pitiless blue-white of the desert sky.
Little ever happens in the quiet villages of peaceful Feierabiand. The course of Kes' life seems set: she'll grow up to be an herb-woman and healer for the village of Minas Ford, never quite fitting in but always more or less accepted. And she's content with that path -- or she thinks she is. Until the day the griffins come down from the mountains, bringing with them the fiery wind of their desert and a desperate need for a healer. But what the griffins need is a healer who is not quite human . . . or a healer who can be made into something not quite human.
"The joy of fiction is the joy of the imagination. . . ."
The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: "And then what happened?" The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.
Stories is a groundbreaking anthology that reinvigorates, expands, and redefines the limits of imaginative fiction and affords some of the best writers in the world—from Peter Straub and Chuck Palahniuk to Roddy Doyle and Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O'Nan and Joyce Carol Oates to Walter Mosley and Jodi Picoult—the opportunity to work together, defend their craft, and realign misconceptions. Gaiman, a literary magician whose acclaimed work defies easy categorization and transcends all boundaries, and "master anthologist" (Booklist) Sarrantonio personally invited, read, and selected all the stories in this collection, and their standard for this "new literature of the imagination" is high. "We wanted to read stories that used a lightning-flash of magic as a way of showing us something we have already seen a thousand times as if we have never seen it at all."
Joe Hill boldly aligns theme and form in his disturbing tale of a man's descent into evil in "Devil on the Staircase." In "Catch and Release," Lawrence Block tells of a seasoned fisherman with a talent for catching a bite of another sort. Carolyn Parkhurst adds a dark twist to sibling rivalry in "Unwell." Joanne Harris weaves a tale of ancient gods in modern New York in "Wildfire in Manhattan." Vengeance is the heart of Richard Adams's "The Knife." Jeffery Deaver introduces a dedicated psychologist whose mission in life is to save people in "The Therapist." A chilling punishment befitting an unspeakable crime is at the dark heart of Neil Gaiman's novelette "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains."
As it transforms your view of the world, this brilliant and visionary volume—sure to become a classic—will ignite a new appreciation for the limitless realm of exceptional fiction.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
We have now entered Banned Book week. This year I decided to re-read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I loved this book when I was younger and thought why not read it again.
Why was it banned you ask? We have your witches and even your religious content. Two of the common reasons to be banned.
Are you reading a banned book this week? Which one?
Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Series: Murray Family
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Meg's father mysteriously disappears after experimenting with the fifth dimension of time travel. Determined to rescue him, Meg and her friends must outwit the forces of evil on a heart-stopping journey through space and time. A commemorative edition with an Introduction by the author. A Newbery Medal winner.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Melissa and I thought we would throw a second book into the mix here in September and discuss TWO books! Wild or what!?!
Okay, so the book... We did the first book as our first discussion book and enjoyed ourselves so much. Then the second one is coming out September 28th soooo since we really wanted to read this one as well, we decided to dive into this one as well.
What book is it you ask... Well, the one and only
Do you want to join us?
We will be doing these discussions on Mondays, that way both books will have their day in the sun. We don't have the page numbers and chapters yet. We know is we will be starting the chats on Monday October 4th.
As soon as we get the books and look them over, we will get the schedule posted.
Monday, September 20, 2010
This book is definitely one of those where you think you know it and guess what, you don't. Not too much more to say about it without giving stuff away. Either way, if you're looking for a romantic suspense novel, this one might be the one for you.
So, without further ado The Next Read is...
Red Headed Step Child by Jaye Wells
Good Reads Synopsis:
In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But, her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she's on. She's never brought her work home with her---until now.
This time, it's personal.
I know there are many people out there who has read this book. It would be great to have you all join us in the discussions. We do break it into sections to chat about what we read and what we think might happen in the pages to come.
If you have not read the book yet and would like to read an excerpt, here is Chapter 1 available online for you to sample. CLICK HERE.
Now for our schedule:
September 30th - Stop 1 ~ pg 75 (Chapters 1-8)
October 7th - Stop 2 ~ pg 154 (Chapters 9-16)
October 14th - Stop 3 ~ pg 248 (Chapters 17-24)
October 21st - Stop 4 ~ end of book ~ pg 325.
Like normal, Melissa and I will come up with a few questions to get us started. You can throw any questions in the mix as well in the comments. And as an added bonus Jaye Wells did a discussion on her site and has discussion questions for us to post in the chats as well. So, we should have lots to talk about with this book.
Come Join Us!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Series: Corine Solomon
Author: Ann Aguirre
As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and know its history. It's too bad she can't seem to forget her own. With her ex-boyfriend Chance in tow-lending his own supernatural brand of luck-Corine journeys back home to Kilmer, Georgia, in order to discover the truth behind her mother's death and the origins of "gift".
But while trying to uncover the secrets in her past, Corine and Chance find that something is rotten in the state of Georgia. Inside Kilmer's borders there are signs of a dark curse affecting the town and all its residents-and it can only be satisfied with death...
Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: He is a vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents: blood born. He is also an agent of the Council—the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them.
When a cryptic summons leads him to the scene of the brutal killing of a powerful Council member, Luca begins the hunt for an assassin among his own people. But instead of a lone killer he discovers a sinister conspiracy of rogue vampires bent on subjugating the mortal world.
All that stands in their way are the conduits, humans able to channel spirit warriors into the physical world to protect mankind. Chloe Fallon is a conduit—and a target of the vampire assassin who’s killing them. When Luca saves her life, an irresistible bond of trust—along with more passionate feelings—is forged between them. As more victims fall, Chloe and Luca have only each other to depend on to save the world from the reign of monsters—and salvage their own future together.
Title: Jane Slayre
Author: Sherri Browning Erwin, Charlotte Brontë
In the bestselling tradition of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, this clever and funny literary mash-up rewrites Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre so that Jane is a vampire slayer and Rochester's wife is a werewolf.
Raised by vampyre relatives, Jane grows to resent the lifestyle's effect on her upbringing. No sunlight, nighttime hours, and a diet of bloody red meat is no way for a mortal girl to live. Things change for Jane when the ghost of her uncle visits her, imparts her parents' slayer history, and charges her with the responsibility of striking out to find others of her kind and learn the slayer ways. After trying her luck at a school full of zombies, Jane finds a position as a governess, where she meets and falls in love with Mr. Rochester. But evil strikes in the form of Mr. Rochester's first wife, a violent werewolf he keeps locked in the attic. Jane departs to study the slayer tradition with her cousins, but finds herself yearning to reunite with Mr. Rochester. She returns to find that Mr. Rochester has been bitten by the werewolf, and only she can release him from his curse.
Thirty-five years have passed since the death of the Master. But now a new evil walks among the living. . . .
When nineteen-year-old John Shaw returns from the trenches of World War I, he is haunted by nightmares—not only of the battlefield, but of the strange, cruel and impossible feats of his regiment’s commander, Quincey Harker. Harker’s ferocity knows no limits, and his strength is superhuman.
At first John blames his bloody nightmares on trench fever. But when Harker appears in England and begins wooing John’s sister, John must confront the truth—and stop Harker from continuing Dracula’s bloodline.Title: This Charming Man
Author: Marian Keyes
Paddy de Courcy is Ireland's debonair politician, the "John F. Kennedy Jr. of Dublin." His charm and charisma have taken hold of the country and the tabloids, not to mention our four heroines: Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia. But though Paddy's winning smile is fooling Irish minds, the broken hearts he's left in his past offer a far more truthful look into his character.
Narrated in turn by each woman, This Charming Man explores how their love for this one man has shaped their lives. But in true Marian Keyes fashion, this is more than a story of four love affairs. It's a testament to the strength women find in themselves through work, friendship, and family, no matter what demons may be haunting their lives. Depression, self-doubt, domestic abuse—each of these women has seen tough times in life, and it's through Keyes's wonderful storytelling ability that these subjects are approached with the appropriate tone and candor. Her deft touch provides a gripping story and, ultimately, a redemptive ending.
A sadistic killer is stalking the streets, carving his hatred into the bodies of beautiful, young women.
The murders are stirring up bad memories for Detective Lucas Huson, as he struggles to remain focused - juggling the horrors of today with horrors from the past.
When Chelsea Summerville's best friend goes missing, she's unwillingly dragged into the race to stop the killer.
As Lucas and Chelsea find happiness together, Chelsea becomes the hunted rather than the hunter.
Can Lucas shake off his demons and save the woman he loves, or will everything he holds dear be spoilt?
Title: Tyger Tyger
Series: Goblin Wars
Author: Kersten Hamilton
Teagan Wylltson's best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures--goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty--are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn't worried. Her life isn't in danger. In fact, it's perfect. She's on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She's focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.
Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn's a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he's crazy or he's been haunting Abby's dreams, because he's talking about goblins, too . . . and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby's right.
The goblins are coming.
We're introduced to Corine Solomon. A woman who has been hiding from her past for the past few years. Not only does she have a past but a power. With the touch of her hand she can see things. She can learn a person's history by touching an object. She is a handler.
Well just when she thought she had a good job, a place to live. Her ex, Chance comes back into her life. He asks for her help on finding his mother. She agrees and the two set off to find her. Along the way she meets Jesse, a detective. Not only a detective but an empath.
Jesse says he can be her mentor but can she trust him? Can she even trust Chance? Along the way she has to deal with magic, ghosts, and zombies.
Her and Chance get help from Jesse helping and a few friends. Even someone she least expected. Will they find Chance's mom before it's too late? Or worse, before they get themselves killed?
Which guy team am I on? Honestly not sure yet. There were times I was thinking, oooh that's the man for her and than I would change my mind. At this point, I'm happy with whoever she chooses. Maybe I'll know by the end of the next book.
I can't wait to see where the next book goes. There is definitely a journey ahead for Corine and I can't wait to find out what happens.
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Title: The Last Stormlord
Author: Glenda Larke
Shale is the lowest of the low-an outcast from a poor village in the heart of the desert. In the desert water is life, and currency, and Shale has none. But he has a secret. It's the one thing that keeps him alive and may save all the cities of the Quartern in the days to come. If it doesn't get him killed first...
Terelle is a slave fleeing a life as a courtesan. She finds shelter in the home of an elderly painter but as she learns the strange and powerful secrets of his art she fears she may have traded a life of servitude for something far more perilous...
The Stormlord is dying in his tower and there is no one, by accident or design, to take his place. He brings the rain from the distant seas to his people. Without a Stormlord, the cities of the Quartern will wither and die.
Their civilization is at the brink of disaster. If Shale and Terelle can find a way to save themselves, they may just save them all. Water is life and the wells are running dry...
Turns out she's wrong. Someone knows all about her, someone who's targeting young Amazon girls, and no way is Mel going to let Harmony become tangled in this deadly web. With her mother love in overdrive, Ms. Melanippe Saka is quite a force...even when she's facing a barrage of distractions -- including a persistent detective whose interest in Mel goes beyond professional, a sexy tattoo artist with secrets of his own, and a seriously angry Amazon queen who views Mel as a prime suspect. To find answers, Mel will have to do the one thing she swore she'd never do: embrace her powers and admit that you can take the girl out of the tribe...but you can't take the tribe out of the girl.
Friday, September 17, 2010
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.
The crop already had been left too long. The linen cloths had dried out, the roots were brittle and the leaves had lost most of their moisture.
Series: Languedoc Trilogy
Author: Kate Mosse
"July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice Tanner, a volunteer at an archaeological dig, stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery - two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag. Too late Alice realizes that she has set in motion a terrifying sequence of events and that her destiny is inextricably tied up with the fate of those called heretics eight hundred years before." July 1209. On the eve of a brutal crusade sent by the pope to stamp out heresy, a crusade that will rip apart southern France, seventeen-year-old Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father as he leaves to fight the crusaders. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. As crusading armies led by Church potentates and nobles of northern France gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take great sacrifice to keep safe the secret of the labyrinth, a secret that has been guarded for thousands of years.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Do you trust Jesse now? Do you think he still has something up his sleeve?
Could Corine's mom and dad incidents be connected some how?
Who will Corine pick? Jesse or Chance? Who do you want her to pick?
We come to Oklahoma and meet Leeann, the prettiest girl in Dalton. She goes to see Mr. Willets about a school funding. By the end of the evening, she sees George Willets. Next thing you know she and George are married and moving into an old family house. Not just any old house but one that has seen murder. Robina Willets killed her children and husband before she killed herself.
Next thing Leeann knows. She is hearing voices and seeing ghosts. Is it Robina? What might she want? Well Leeann might just have to find out.
In this book you get some paranormal but also some mystery. Just when you think you have it figured it out. You don't. Definitely check it out if you're a paranormal and mystery fan.
The southern dialogue was very interesting. I could actually hear someone speaking in a southern accent.
Have you read it? What are your thoughts?
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This book does have a lot of steamy sex so if you're not into that, you might not like it. I have to say this was my first sci-fi where there was a lot of sex. I was expecting some but not like this. Not a bad thing of course, but for sci-fi. It was definitely different.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Series: Jane True
Author: Nicole Peeler
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.
Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.
It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie's lamp.
If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.
Divorced mother of one, Charlie Madigan, lives in a world where the beings of heaven and hell exist among us, and they aren't the things of Sunday school lessons and Hallmark figurines. In the years since the Revelation, they've become our co-workers, neighbors, and fellow citizens.
Charlie works for ITF (Integration Task Force). It's her job to see that the continued integration of our new "friends" goes smoothly and everyone obeys the law, but when a new off-world drug is released in Underground Atlanta, her daughter is targeted, and her ex-husband makes a fateful bargain to win her back, there's nothing in heaven or earth (or hell for that matter) that Charlie won't do to set things right.
Title: How to Be Single
Author: Liz Tuccillo
It's the most annoying question and they just can't help asking you. You'll be asked it at family gatherings, weddings, and on first dates. And you'll ask yourself far too often. It's the question that has no good answer. It's the question that when people stop asking it, makes you feel even worse: Why are you single?
On a brisk October morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single thirty-eight-yearold book publicist, is on her way to work when she gets a hysterical phone call from her friend Georgia. Reeling from her husband's announcement that he is leaving her for a samba teacher, Georgia convinces a reluctant Julie to organize a fun girls' night out with all their single friends to remind her why it is so much fun not to be tied down.
But the night, which starts with steaks and martinis and ends with a trip to the hospital, becomes a wake-up call for Julie. Because none of her friends seems to be having much fun right now: Alice, a former legal aid attorney, has recently quit her job to start dating for a living; Serena is so busy becoming a fully realized person that she can't find time to look for a mate; and Ruby, a curvy and compassionate woman, has been mourning the death of her cat for months.
So, fed up with the dysfunction and disappointments of being single in Manhattan, Julie quits her job and sets off to find out how women around the world are dealing with this dreaded phenomenon. From Paris to Rio to Sydney, Bali, Beijing, Mumbai, and Reykjavík, Julie falls in love, gets her heart broken, sees the world, and learns more than she ever dreamed possible. Back in New York, her friends are grappling with their own issues -- bad blind dates, loveless engagements, custody battles, and single motherhood. Through their journeys, all these women fight to redefine their vision of love, happiness, and a fulfilled life.
Written in Liz Tuccillo's pitch-perfect, hilarious, and relatable voice, How to Be Single is the ultimate novel for the adventurer in us all.