Friday, October 22, 2010

Tempest Rising (Jane True No.1) by Nicole Peeler - A Book Review

Title: Tempest Rising (Jane True No.1)
Author: Nicole Peeler
Pages: 344
Published: October 27, 2009
Read: October 18, 2010
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Synopsis: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. (from goodreads.com)


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So to let you all know one of the things I have been up to I'm going to finally post some reviews. This past week I have been reading the Jane True series by Nicole Peeler. And might I say....Wow! Okay, if you've read the books that word has significance, if not it still says it all. I absolutely loved the first book in the series.

The characters are so lovable and crazy and Jane, our main lady and narrator, is such an amazing and flawed character that I loved her. At the beginning of the book she has serious issues, but in reality who doesn't? Well, okay, maybe she may be the cause of a dead boyfriend and the town treats her like a pariah, but still who can be blamed for life's mysteries?

I just loved her so much because she learns so much throughout the book. I love how she takes everything in stride and doesn't wimp out and say, no, no I don't want this. She accepts life and tries to make it through.

Okay, now all that being said, I'd like to review the characters... because....well.....it's fun for me. *evil grin*

So first off there is Ryu (pronounced Roo) who is a vampire of sorts. I really did like him, but I didn't feel for him as the love interest in the book. Although, I think that is what Peeler is going for. To me, Ryu is this flashy, ritzy kinda guy and although he seems really sweet, he also seems a bit shallow at times and just not quite good enough for Jane. But, yet again, I think Peeler is making me feel that way on purpose. You know...making me like him but not love him.
He approached the counter and, up close, his face didn't break with his body's precedent. He had high cheekbones that tapered down to a narrow and shapely chin. His mouth was small but full-lipped, which gave him an extremely sensual expression, as if he were just about to pucker up to kiss his way down your belly--

Whoa, Jane, I thought, trying to get a handle on my suddenly raging hormones. My dirty drawer might be well stocked, but it seemed I missed the real thing even more than I realized.
Then we have Nell and Trill. Now, I love these ladies. Nell is a gnome and Trill is a kelpie. I think I like Trill because she is just cool and innocently sweet. I like Nell cause she is tiny and packs a punch...like a grandma on steroids. *smiles* Not crazy mind you, just powerful.
Nell, damn her, was still beaming away like the figure on a syrup bottle. "You're taking this very well, Jane," she said, and I only just managed to keep from giving her the finger. ..
(Trill)She leered--no smiled at me again--and trotted over to the little old lady's stool. Where, with no modesty whatsoever, she plopped down Indian-style, airing her bits for the world to see.

She has seaweed pubes, observed my brain, unhelpfully, as I blinked and looked around at my little cove.
There is also Iris the succubus who you would have to read about to fully understand her awesomeness.
Iris looked me in the eyes, and I took another little involuntary step forward. This woman is dangerous, my brain observed while my irrepressible libido merrily calculated the mechanics involved in catapulting myself into a lesbian affair.
Now it's time for my most favorite character, after Jane, *drum roll* Anyan. Now, you know you have a super awesome author when she can take a character who isn't even in the book that much and make you love him and help you feel where he can take the story. That is what Peeler does with Anyan the Barghest. Now, I won't tell you exactly what a Barghest is, but I will tell you that it is a paranormal creature and doggie DNA is also involved. I just find him refreshingly awesome and loved his character! Plus, I wouldn't mind biting his derriere (that scene was awesome).
I sat down on the ground, after putting my coat underneath me to protect my good black trousers. The big dog lay down in front of me and rolled over, exposing his belly to me in a move of mock subservience. And I apparently spoke doggie, because it worked. I felt my anger dissipate and I started scratching. Anyan sighed happily and shut his gray eyes.
So, as my final words I would like to say that this book was amazing and I think that Jane will be even more remarkable in book 2 (review post to come). Because with crack filled pools, a sex fiend djinn with the sweetest pantaloons ever, some excellent dresses and a succubus I'd probably make out with, you will be reeling for more Jane True!

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

From the Bottom of my Heart...

I'm so sorry all my readers for my lack of posting this past week and a half. I haven't told you yet, but I'll be leaving out of the country next week for Albania and preparing to go has been nuts. We will be gone visiting the family there for 3 weeks so trying to get everything in order has been somewhat like insanity.

So, I hope you will forgive me for my delay in posting. I will have internet access while I'm gone, so I plan to blog and post while I'm away.

All that being said, I hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me *remorseful face*.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Daughter of the Flames by Zoë Marriott - Book Review

Title: Daughter of the Flames
Author: Zoë Marriott
Pages: 268
Published: February 10th, 2008
Read: October 12, 2010
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Synopsis:What if your deadliest enemy were the only one who could save you?

Inside an ancient temple in the mountains, fifteen-year-old Zira trains in the martial arts to become a warrior priestess who can defend the faith of the Ruan people. Bearing a scar on her face from the fire that killed her parents, the orphaned Zira is taught to distrust the occupying Sedornes. Terror strikes when the forces of the tyrannical Sedorne king destroy the only home she knows. To survive, Zira must unravel the secrets of her identity, decide her people’s fate — and accept her growing feelings for a man who should be her enemy.(from goodreads.com)

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I actually decided to read this book because I have an affection for the author's blog over at The Zoë Trope, she cracks me up and highly intrigues me to the point of possible stalking (uhh...not really, put down the handcuffs people). I'm happy to say that I am very glad that I did read this book because it was really good. Not only was it well written with an original story line, I also found the main character to be quite interesting and lovable.

Zahira - the main character - is strong and can kick anyone's a$$ and I find that totally awesome in a story. I'm not a huge fan of weak females or females who are strong and don't want to be tough. Come on ladies, kick some butt and be proud of it. ....uhhhh....kay, sorry about the temporary spurt of woman's lib, I've been repressed by Hubby for way too long. *evil grin*

Anyhoo, Zahira is tough and I like that about her. She also doesn't cave to stupid decisions when people try to play her. I absolutely adore that about her. I CANNOT stand when people do stupid things in a book just because they are such sweet and good souls. Um, that may sound bad, but I guess for an example when say our main character decides to leave because it is just better for everyone. Oh, get off your ass and realize the world is crappy and leaving doesn't solve anything. I could go on for awhile, but it would be incoherent rambling - I don't think I'll submit you all to that.

However, I will get back on topic and say that the main male lead - Sorin - in the book seemed to me to be strong and adorable. He is this 24 year old hard muscled man which always works for me as I love a relationship with a cute guy and a healthy age difference *wink, wink*. But, hey I also love a man who doesn't mind a strong, smart woman which Sorin didn't. It's inevitable you know, we do exist...strong, smart women that is. *hehehe*

I think I'm noticing that I have woman's rights issues........ *jots note to seek help...finds chocolate ice cream...help found*

I think that what really made this story work for me was the good writing. All you crazy book bloggers out there know what I mean. So, I'll leave it at that.

I would like to add that even though I know from reading her blog that Zoë isn't really into writing anything that takes place in this day and age, but I think she would totally rock at it because she could use the full force of her humor. I always laugh so hard at her blog that I have become an avid follower.

Okay, okay so no one is asking for my opinion, but she is funny and I love funny. Especially in books.

Wow, this post has turned into crazy rambling even with me trying to avoid it...sorry everyone.

Since I can't avoid it though, I'm going to get to my point and finish this review. I really liked this book and thought that the characters were interesting and well written. I thought the overall writing was good and I'm glad I picked this book up from the library. I think that fire as a living breathing "feeling' entity was definitely original and it was a breath of fresh air reading about it. Plus, I'm always down for girl fights! So, excellent work Zoë and I will be picking up your other book off the shelf of my closet to read this week.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Beautiful Darkness Released TODAY

Can we say woo hoo?! I've been waiting for this freaking book for a year...hope it lives up to all my hopes and dreams. What do ya bet it doesn't and I have to inevitably chuck it across the room?

Anyhoo, thought I'd get out all my joy and giggles in a post and let you all know I bought it on Amazon and should hopefully receive it in the mail today *cue squees*

Can't wait! I'll let you all know if it's any good. Hopefully Hubby doesn't try to confiscate it. I'd better get the mail before he does. *runs to mailbox which happens to be outside and around the corner*






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Monday, October 11, 2010

Weather Warden (series) by Rachel Caine - A Series Review



































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Weather Warden Series
Author: Rachel Caine
Read: October 1st-October 10th
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Series Summary: This particular series follows a period of about 2-3 years of the life of Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin. With the fight against the elements and the fight for her life against Mother Earth. Throw in some magical powers and magical djinn and we have ourselves an excellent sci/fi fantasy novel. (for full synopsis of each book, click cover and it will take you to the Goodreads page for each book)
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Oh my, I don't even know where to start. This series was just....so...amazing. It wound me around its little magical finger and had me holding on for dear life. There were so many twists and turns that I just couldn't put it down for the life of me.

Our main character, Joanne...Jo... is like this tough girl who has an affection for fast cars and sexy men. Well, what woman doesn't have an affection for sexy men? It seems as though Jo just attracts them though. That really isn't the point of the series, but can't help me for always noticing things of the sort.

I don't think I can really hit the points of the story that I would like to without giving anything away. I think that really what I loved about the series was how Rachel Cain just seems to be able to drag me into her stories and hold me there with no inclination to leave. The Weather Warden series was no exception. Her characters were so wonderfully developed and flawed that I couldn't bring myself to feel anything other than affection for them.

Jo is such a strong defining character with enough pizazz and arrogance to kill a nation. I loved everything about her. I loved her ability to get the job done that needed to be done. I loved how she looked at life and had hope, but was still inherently human. I could feel her emotions flowing off the pages as I read.
People talk about nature as a mother, but to me she's always been Medea, ready and willing to slaughter her children.(Ill Wind)
Then, there is David. Oh David. I don't think I could ever describe him to anyone's satisfaction. He is the male lead and oh my, the sexiest thing alive. I just imagine this like rusty tanned man almost glowing with auburn hair and golden eyes that could kill or ravish, either works for me. I also think that swooning in his general vicinity is probably inevitable. And he is djinn which of course is kind of like a genie....but not.

Yes, I know, very descriptive. *grins maliciously*

Still, David.... I would have no problem resorting to exhibitionism for that man (anyone who has read this series knows what I mean by that *wink wink*) Grrrr! Sex on a stick I tell yah!

But, other than those there are so many other characters to love...

Lewis for being dreamy and humble and a lovable bastard
..."If you try anything---" Lewis began.

"Yeah, yeah, you'll kill me," I finished in a tired mumble. "Save your breath." What if Imara didn't appear to David? I hadn't even considered that maybe he wouldn't be able to see her, or that she might not want to see him. It had seemed like my only shot, and now that I thought about it, it was thinner than a Hollywood starlet on diuretics. "I am so kicking your ass later, Lewis."

He smiled. Cynically. "Always possible," he said. "Shut up before I seal your mouth."

He could do it, too. I shut up and concentrated on breathing, and wondering where the hell my Djinn cavalry had ridden off to...
Cherise for her humanity and perkiness in the face of death
...He looked at Cherise, glanced over to me. "And--you can--?

"Cater," she said brightly. "Gotta feed all these people. Bottle water, coffee, sodas, ice--I'm hell on wheels with logistics. Um, as long as somebody has a credit card to use. Any volunteers? I'm looking for something with a platinum limit..."

"Cherise," I said, and reached out to take her hand. "You really don't need to be here. You should go home. I mean it. Everything's okay."

She studied me for a long few seconds. "I never knew you were so good a liar," she said. "Everything's not okay. Keven told me. I saw a lot of it for myself anyway. Things are all screwed up, and you people are the ones who can set them right. I want to help."

"You're not--look, this isn't about you. It's just that you don't have the kind of skills that this needs to--"

"Give me a credit card and phone line, I'll show you some skills. Step off my thing." She stared me right down, turned to Lewis, and gave him the same treatment. "Wow, you guys just don't get it, do you? This isn't your planet. It's our planet. And you may be all kick-ass powerful superheroes, but that doesn't mean you don't need our help. Well, my help, anyway. Because I am the goddess of getting food delivered, and don't you forget it."
Kevin for living through his life and being a total and complete a$$hole
..."You yanked my leash?" he said to Lewis, who was sitting next to the fire with a cup of coffee. Lewis lifted his mug in my direction. "Great. Not her again."

I ignored his hostility. Seemed the best way to deal with him, all the way around. "Kitchen," I said. "Let's do the inquisition over some lunch."...
Jonathon for being totally homicidal and lovable all at the same time
...His face smoothed out, became as rigid and emotionless as a leather mask. Those eyes, God, those eyes. Fury and power and anguish, all together.

"I didn't bring you here," he said. "You think you're Miss Special Destiny of the year?"

"No," I shot back, furious. "And I don't damn well want to be, any more than you wanted to be--whatever the hell you are. But sometimes there isn't a choice. Right?

"Careful. You might accidentally make some sense. Ruin your reputation."

"You are infuriating!"

"Yep," he agreed. "It's been said."...
Rahael for her sweet neon suits and eyes to match
...I felt a slight bump of power on the aetheric level--it took concentration to detect it--and knew that someone had arrived. Someone of the Djinn variety. Could be a good thing; could be a bad thing... Either way, it would be unpredictable.

I turned, a determined smile on my face, and was relieved to see the Djinn Rahel lounging in the cracked doorway, arms folded, surveying the damage with amused, lambently glittering eyes. She was a tall creature, elegant as a heron, but her nature always put me in mind of a hunting hawk--predatory, alert, always on the verge of striking.

Today she wore a bright lavender pantsuit in what looked like (and probably was) the softest of peach skin. It was tailored within an inch of its life, clinging to her long legs and her sculpted torso. Purple was a relaxed color for her, as it was for me. In a less conciliatory mood, she'd have been wearing neon yellow...
Venna for her awesome choice of a blue dress and white pinafore (that scene in the last book when Lewis says ...a pill to make her grow.... thought I was going to laugh myself silly)
..."So, are you going to do it?"

Venna's voice. I turned. She was standing just a couple of feet away, perfectly turned out in a sky blue dress, white pinafore apron, white ankle socks, black patent leather shoes. Straight blond hair, held back with a blue band. Huge cornflower eyes. Looking absolutely the same as she had back in Las Vegas, when she'd left me.

"Are you going to do it?" she asked me again. "You know he only wants it done for the money. I didn't think you approved of that."

"Now you show up?"

"Well, I was busy," she replied. She came and sat down next to me, neat and tidy, hands folded in her lap. The sea air blew her fine blond hair back over her shoulders, and her black shoes dangled several inches off the sand...
Trust me, this is a series that should be read by anyone who loves a good urban fantasy, because with fast cars, excellent shopping, the sexiest man alive, demon marks and watching people control fire, Earth and the weather, you'll be hooked from the first moment you open book one.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Book Blogger Hop (October 1-3)

This week has been totally crazy, but way better than last week. I'm so excited for today because Friday's kick a$$!
We all know why that is...it's because it's book blog hoppin' time! So everyone get your fingers ready and join in the fun.
Book Blogger Hop
This week's questions is:
"How do you spread the word about your blog?
(e.g. Social Networking sites, Book Blog Directories, comments on other blogs...)"


I think the biggest way I spread the word is through commenting on other blogs and on Goodreads. Although, I also am apart of the ning Book Blogs and I am on the YA Book Blog Directory. If anyone has any other excellent ideas, let me know because I'm always trying to think of new and better ways to get the word out there.


What books have bitten you??

I would most definitely have to say that I had to buy and read Speak. Because I do NOT like someone to tell me I can't read a book. It was pretty awesome. So, thanks Scroggins for bringing it to my attention.

Also, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. Now, that book was bleeping amazing! I'm totally in love!
Uhhhh, could I get Lend on a platter possibly?

I'd just like to leave you all with this week's favorite song.

The Truth - Kris Allen featuring Pat Monahan


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