Sorry to have to say this guys but due to some timing issues I won't be able to do Book Review Thursdays on a regular basis. I will be sure to spotlight really great authors and books i read. There will still be other posts but I have to discontinue our Thursday activity due to lack of time to write a solid review and lack of time to actually read enough books to review. Presently i've been reading a book but I've had such little free time that I've been reading this book for three weeks! No book not even a bad book takes me three weeks to read. So sadly it is time to end this section of blogging and move on to the next.
It's new book series time. This week we start with HP Mallory's Dulcie O'Neil series. The first book is called To kill A Mockingbird. Let me start by saying i LOVE the names of the books, the cute play on old books was funny and got me interested in the books even more so.
The books follow Dulcie O'neil the fairy regulator in the town Splendor, California. One murdered warlock, leads to two, and finally three and the only connection is illegal potions. Dulcie can't figure out who's doing this but with the help of the devastatingly handsome Knightley Vander, the only Loki she has ever encountered. She's ready to take this case head on.
The series was very fun and i had to laugh out loud at some of the things written. Mallory is one very funny woman. Not only could i picture all the characters but i could not put the books down. I ended up reading the first four books in the series in about 4 days. I literally did nothing but read whenever i was given the chance.
This gets 5 out of 5 stars
Stay Tuned Next week a Tale of Two Goblins.
It's that time again we are winding down on another series. This is the final book in the Fifty series and it was probably the best, but that's really not that hard of a feat. This one joins our couple on their honeymoon, where SURPRISE, there are a multitude of sex scenes. They eventually return to Seattle to run across a similar plot line to Breaking dawn. Accidents and pregnancy and fighting for your loves. It concludes with a look at five years later when they are settled and have already had their first child and are expecting their 2nd. Just like in breaking dawn, Christian is a bit more docile in this book, yes he has some fits and arguments ensue but he just didn't seem like that overpowering man like he had in the first two books.
The redeeming quality about this book however had nothing to do with the story at all it was the last two chapters.
The first one was actually told by a 7 yr. old Christian when he was first adopted and i'm not going to lie it actually made me really like Christian. The following chapter was the first chapter of Fifty Shades of Grey told by Christian and yes it was still not pultizer prize winning stuff. I think i laughed more than i should have. If the books were originally told from his perspective i think these books would have been a lot more entertaining.
(Recently read an article saying E.L James is considering writing the books in Christian's perspective, a la Stephanie Meyer and the midnight sun.)
Overall i give this book a 4 and the series gets a 3. Check back next week for another Book Review Thursday.
This a continuation from the last book by mara purnhagen and so will the next three books. This was a novella and isn't necessarily part of the series but it was a good read. We start off with Charlotte, still crushing on Noah and in the midst of one of the worst storms in South Carolina has ever seen leaving coffins swimming down streets. Once the storm is over the Silvers are there to volunteer putting the coffins in their rightful place only problem is they don't know who's who and a strange man has been found on various occasions in the cemetery.
The story was good and it generally kept my interest i liked how we learned more about Charlotte's crush on Noah that we didn't hear much about in the 1st book. Over all i give it a four for being less supernatural than i had anticipated.
I just finished Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen. It was a YA book focusing on Charlotte Silver, daughter to the famous paranormal investigators Silvers. Charlotte just left from visiting her sister in Charleston, and some pretty unexplainable occurances on one of her parents' segments. Charlotte moves with her parents to their new home and starts at school where she befriends the hurting cheerleader, Avery, meets the outcast Jared and crushes on her AV partner, Noah.
Eventually Charlotte finds out that the ghosts from Charleston are not in charleston but in her room waiting for her to help her find their daughter but that her new best friend and the elusive Jared have a secret that keeps them at a distance and is slowly eating away at them.
In usual YA fashion the book is slightly predictable but the approach to another ghost book was unique. Although Charlotte does not seem like the strongest character she makes up for it by being their whenever someone needed her. It was a nice book and i look forward to reading the rest of the books and novellas that are a part of the series.
I give this a four!!
This week's book is by Lisa Jackson. If you haven't read a book by her before prepare yourself for a great mystery with a hint of love mixed in. This book was no disappointment. It starts with Detective Reed receiving some mysterious mail with a riddle, later that day he ends up in his hometown staring at the dead body of his ex girlfriend stuffed into a coffin with a longtime dead body.
Back in Savannah, reporter Nikki Gillette is hot on the trail of this new killer even naming him the Grave Robber. She tracks the story from 1 body to 2 to 3. As the numbers creep up in this murderer's deadly rampage, reed and nikki start receiving more and more messages from the killer. Leading to Nikki's capture, of course she's rescued by her would be crush/ boyfriend reed. How do all the murders end up tied together? You just have to read and find out.
It's a great book and a must read-- 5 stars :-)
The Wedding Dance is the 2nd book in the 4 weddings and a fiasco series by Lucy Kevin. Lucy Kevin has written some great books if you've never checked them out. The romantic in me always loves a solid romance and she delivers. This one is no exception. Phoebe the Rose Chalet's florist just met the dreamy brother of her coworker, Patrick. After one dance, Patrick has already disrupted her normal and simple life. Phoebe doesn't believe in love or romance. It just never lasts. So when Patrick speaks of romance and shows the optimistic views he has. Phoebe is heading the other way. Patrick is determined like all great male characters are and he knows him and Phoebe can make something lasting if she just stopped running away. With a lot of flower messages, a dysfunctional mother, and always understanding Patrick. I was happy to have them finally get together.
Looking forward to the next two books... the next with the Chalet's DJ Tyce and i'm expecting the 4th one to probably be around Rose and RJ. (Just a guess;-)
Overall it was a 4 and def worth a read for you hopeless romantics out there.
This is the final book in the Hollywood Scandals series, Hollywood Confessions. It takes us back to the new girl, yet not so new girl, Allie Quick (remember her from book 4 in the high heels mysteries). Allie wants to get her break she doesn't want to work for the Informer any longer she wants to be serious and work at the LA Times but the blond and big boobs combo is working against her or maybe it's the too tiny clothes and inordinate amounts of pink. Either way shes still at the informer waiting for her big break and when the chance steal a case from Tina comes along who is she to shy away from the story. Allie ends up interviewing multiple reality stars, getting into cahoots with a Little Love bachelor and even starting to resolve her rivalry with Tina. The biggest thing Allie has to get over though is that little crush she never quite recovered from especially when the only girl she has ever truly been jealous of walks through the door. (major spoiler ***it's Maddie!!***)
In all Allie realizes that its not the paper that makes the reporter but the reporting they report. Allie sticks to her guns at the Informer with her new/old boytoy because she got the guy!
I was so happy to finally get (***spoiler again Felix Dunn***) love because hey he deserved to be happy in the other books so it was a long time coming. Maybe it was the pink apartment or the cat or the bug but Allie was so not likable. The book still entertaining but not a 5. I'll give it a 4.
The whole series gets a 5 naturally it was entertaining like everything else Halliday writes.
Another book review and i have to say its time for the 2nd book in the Gemma Halliday series. Hollywood Secrets. This one follows the Informer's photographer Cameron Dakota and her mistakenly intermingling herself into Trace Brody's, Hollywood's it boy, problems that come in the shape of 2 burly guys with guns. With a little help from Allie, Tina, an entertaining cameo from Mrs. Rosenblatt, and a visit to the infamous Victoria Club. This story goes so well like the other books. Cam gets her photo, solves the case, solves a coldcase too with a little help from her informer friends and of course Trace but most importantly Cam gets her man in a predictable but still rooting for Cam in the end way.
This gets a five because it really was a lot more intricate than i could explain but is full of laughs and awkward tension that you love to read about.
i'm back again for another edition of Book Review thursday. This week? Bewitched by Jayde Scott. If you haven't read my past blogs i have reviews of the first three ancient legends books that come before this book.
Back to Bewitched. This one is told by Amber again. The vampire slash necromancer. The story dragged a little having Amber attend Cass's 18th birthday and become possessed with insatiable blood hunger, which she shouldn't have. After returning to Scotland with Aiden, her mate, she has a vision of Angel, her mortal friend she met when she was kidnapped by the Shadows. Simultaneously Aiden is called back to the Lore Court to help Layla maintain her rule.
After some questioning teleporting by Aiden, Amber starts to get suspicious about his whereabouts. Uncharacteristic thoughts about trusting Aiden enter her mind and even more uncharacteristic romantic thoughts about Devon the shadow Amber decided to confide in about everything she learned about Angel's disappearance and her odd bloodlust. All these issues surrounding Layla seem to mesh with Angel's appearance and worst yet a prophecy is being fulfilled and the war between the lore court, shadows, and vampires is about to begin.
I greatly enjoyed Jayde Scott's other books in this series. This was as usual funny and witty. Amber is entertaining but there wasn't much to this plot. It was mostly Amber asking a million questions, her seeing some other paranormals (ghosts, werewolves) and a lot of running from scary things. They way it ended however leaves me expecting a lot from the next book. When looking back at the previous books. I know i won't be disappointed.
Overall this book gets a 3 but i know it will get better.