Monday, November 29, 2010

Tracking the Tempest (Jane True No.2) by Nicole Peeler - A Book Review

Title: Tracking the Tempest (Jane True No.2)
Author
: Nicole Peeler
Pages
: 320
Published
: July 1st, 2010 by Orbit
Read
: October 20th, 2010
Synopsis: Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and Ryu - Jane's bloodsucking boyfriend - can't let a major holiday go by without getting all gratuitous. An overwhelming dose of boyfriend interference and a last-minute ticket to Boston later, and Jane's life is thrown off course.

Ryu's well-intentioned plans create mayhem, and Jane winds up embroiled in an investigation involving a spree of gruesome killings. All the evidence points towards another Halfling, much to Jane's surprise...

So I actually read this book back in October, and I was going to post it just after I posted the 1st book's review (which you can read HERE), but alas my plans went awry.


So, here I am a couple months later finally getting it up and posted.


I don't know how many of you have read this series, but it freaking rocks!!! Nicole Peeler, what a brilliant author. And man, there were times I'd be reading and seriously I would just crack up from this book. I thought it was even better than the first, and that is saying something.


Our dear Jane True really brings it in this second book, Tempest Rising. In the first book, she had spent so much of her life feeling like she was just wasn't worth much, that it was nice to see her turn the bend and get on her feet. I always love a heroin who doesn't take crap from anyone, including men. And let me just say that ultimatums are for the vampires! I would say dogs, since that is the normal saying, but I LOVE me some barghest so vampires it is!


I know, I know, I'm confusing to all. Let me try to explain.


This book starts off with our dearest Jane and her boyfriend/sex toy Ryu...the vampire...need I say more. Well, as you all know from reading my review of book one (again, HERE) that I've never been the hugest fan of Ryu. I mean, he just seems so....ummm...self involved (selfish?). I've never been really into that persona, or the persona of "things" making a person look cool. You know, like the sexy Porsche or the granite counter tops or the unused blender...huh?


I've always loved a man who makes himself cool...or rather H.O.T.!! LOL, yeah, I'm a nerd. Still, that is what my boy Anyan, the freaking smexy, sex on a stick, lickable barghest has going for him. He's a whiz in the kitchen and can bring it when he needs to. Now, I won't tell you where I think the whole story is going, cause what would the fun be in that? Nonetheless, I will say:


I LOVE Jane


I don't so much like Ryu


I LOVE Anyan


I definitely LOVE Iris (the succubus *big grin*)


Now, all that being said. This book has amazing twists and turns that will have you holding onto the sofa with a kung fu grip. The writing is wonderful and funny and will make you never want to put the glorious book down. I mean, come one, with crazy bipolar men on fire, motorcycle riding dogs, adorable brownies, homicidal ifrits and a don't-you-think-you-can-talk-to-me-like-that ending, you will never want to part with this book. I simply cannot wait for the third in the series Tempest's Legacy!

Rating: 5/5 PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Quotes:

"...But I don't want you to be afraid to take risks. If it's worth it...If the person in his eyes is the person you want to be, the person you know you could be...then don't be scared..."

"Can I have this?" Iris asked in her honeydew voice, holding up one of the novels I'd brought her so that Amy could see the cover.
"Sorry, hot man is all out at the moment. We have some corpulent taxi driver and a slice of crazy cat-lady left, but we ran out of hot man hours ago."


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

What's going on with me....

What's Your Status? Hosted by Z at Butterfly Feet Walking on Books
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Finished This Week:

Nothing although I have been reading. I think my problem is the book I'm reading doesn't have me addicted so I keep putting it down. I may just change books. But just last week I finished Y by Bonnie Rozanski. (See review HERE)









Currently Reading:
Infinity (Nick Chronicles No.1) by Sherilyn Kenyon - I don't know why, but I'm not that into it. It started off good, but then I got a bit confused part of the way through. I really am not stupid, but I'm like 70% finished and the author temporarily switched characters and it was weird. I think it's because it's on my e-reader and the way it loaded was funky. Oh well...











Next On My TBR (To Be Read) Pile:
The Star Crossed Series by Bonnie Hearn Hill - Aries Rising, Taurus Eyes & Gemini Night. I'm actually really excited for this series. Hopefully it's good. I like the covers.

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What I Would Like To Buy/Get Next:
This one is super tough because I want so many. However, when it comes down to it I think I would like to buy:

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Y by Bonnie Rozanski - A Book Review (Duet)

Title: Y
Author
: Bonnie Rozanski
Pages
: 231 (e-book)
Published
: August 29th, 2010
Read
: November 21st, 2010
Synopsis: The year is 2011, the place, New York City. A mysterious microbe has begun to infect women of child-bearing age. Though the medical establishment writes it off as a simple flu, and the epidemic appears to be dying out, a young New York obstetrician confronts a conundrum. In the past year, the ratio of boys to girls born in her practice has declined precipitously. Dr. Deborah Kruger suspects the truth: that infected women are no longer able to give birth to male children. With the help of her husband Larry, a computer analyst, Deborah tracks the epicenter to New York City, from which the infection is already bursting forth. And, as years pass, despite hundreds of laboratories at work on it, the microbe continues to overrun borders and envelop the Earth. With Science unable to stop it, and the contagion rippling worldwide in an AIDS-like pandemic, how will society cope in an increasingly female world?(from Goodreads.com)
So this particular review will be a duet between me and the lovely Black Disaster Fairy. You can check out her blog HERE. As you can see from the summary above, this is a science fiction novel of epic proportion. Because seriously, what could be more epic than the major loss of the male species. Yes, yes, I may complain about Hubby, but it would be terribly sad if they died out.I mean, so much less to stare at *wink wink*

Luckily we do have authors who have a special knack for creating the most drool worthy fictional boyfriends for those of us who do not have a Hubby! LOL! However, it would be sad to lose the whole male species but I do quite nicely without them. This book was amazing. It was like a science book on crack for me. I do love science and my wheels were turning around every problem that presented itself in the book. But I must say that the science aspect is broken down nicely so if you don't know anything about chromosomes or microbes then no worries!!

When I started this book, I really had no idea what to expect. I mean, yeah, I knew the background of the story, but I had never read anything by Bonnie Rozanski. And after the prologue, I was even more nervous. But, turns out that the first chapter starts off magnificently and the rest of the book lives up to it. The whole book was a lovely display of science in action and not only did it hold my attention, I kept thinking about it whenever I wasn't reading it. I mean, there was crazy ideas stuck in my head of cloning and the death of the male species and all sorts of other things, I even dreamed about it. (yeah, I may have issues).

My love Jen hits some very good points. I had no clue what this book was about. But I'm like that with most every book because if you know me I do not read the synopsis of a story before I decide to read. *gasps* Yeah I know, I do end up with some stinky ones.

The prologue was horrible. It made me want to turn off the e-book and knit! If it was a book I would of threw it a few times before starting chapter one. Even after finishing the book and rereading the prologue I still hated it (the prologue that is)!!

Take out the prologue the story was beautiful. It unfolded in the most wonderful way and the characters had this way of making the twists wrap and intertwine into beautiful circles. Sometimes you knew where the author was going and well, sometimes she shocked the Fairy right out of me.

Which brings us to our character portion of this review! This book follows several different families throughout the ordeal. My 2 favorite characters were Deborah and Larry who happen to also be husband and wife. Deborah is an OBGYN (for all those who don't know what that means, it's a woman's doctor) and Larry is a database analyst. Deborah was smart and strong and didn't give up on her ideas and Larry was like the ultimate genius who was also an awesome husband...even if he might have been stuck at his computer for days...*big grin* A little later on, we also have their son, Stephen.

Deborah was great, although that is my mothers name so no matter how she wrote her I pictured my mother through the whole book. Which surprisingly didn't turn me off but made me like her even more, especially with the idea that my mom knows anything about science. Yeah, right! Larry was great but he was too ideal of a man. Oh my!! I loved Sam... he was interesting and well he shocked the Fairy tremendously later on in the book. It was great to get that jolt of excitement. However, I cannot lie when I say he got what was coming to him or not.Then there was Bill, what an a$$!! He is a man that will make you barf all over John the other a$$ of the book.



Agreed!!! Bill was so overly sexist, I wanted to murder him. John, the cheating slug, deserved to be kicked in the lower extremities. For me, there was also Victoria, John's spouse (*clears throat* X-Spouse) who was self-absorbed and vindictive, and in the end Willa. Although, Willa was a very complex character to me. I mean, I felt beyond bad for her and what she had to go through during her teen years (I think there was gagging involved on my part), but what happens at the end of the book had me up in arms. I'm not going to tell you, so if you want to know you'll read the book. *mwah ha ha ha*

Well, look at that you also do not approve of Bill and John! The Fairy is so not shocked about that. But what would be a book without characters we love and hate?? They work so well together making the story work in that crazy wonderful way.

I know exactly what you mean. What would a good book be without an exciting cast of the good, the bad and the ugly, a thrilling scientific plot of genes, cloning and the Y chromosome, a take over by woman everywhere in addition to crazy actresses, bombings and nature at it's best, you won't be disappointed with this book. So, all those who are looking for something that makes you think, pick up Bonnie Rozanski's "Y".

I loved this book so much! (minus that darn prologue). If you want to read about a world going to the female population and what happens to the people in it, the process of scientific research, & personal development then this book has it all. Really a Scientific Fiction novel smashed into a dystopian book makes the Fairy really happy.

Quotes:
She looked around her at the pulsing, coursing flow of people, and thought, it's like one giant bloodstream, all of us feeding the same organism, New York City. - pg 5

Anyway, figure out how many females the average male can reproduce with, - let's say 40 times... "40?" Steven repeated incredulously. - pg 214



Recommended for those who like: Adult Science Fiction, Gene Therapy, Genetics, Cloning, Futuristic Societies
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We received this ebook free of charge from the author, Bonnie Rozanski, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected our review or opinion of this book.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

It's Mad I tell you....Seriously Mad!!! *insert evil laugh here*

Alrighty my dears...I'm posting today to let you all know about a seriously wicked giveaway the Mad Scientists is having over at her blog Mad Steampunkery. Due to the delightful month of Steampunkery and some seriously fun reviews I was able to participate on with her, she is giving away a copy of Soulless and Changeless by our dearest Gail Carriger.

Steampunkery & Book Reviews

So, head on over to the wickedly lovely Mad Scientists blog and read the fun reviews I did with her and participate in her giveaway! (you get extra points just for following me *big grin*)


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I'm Back! *Woo Hoo!!*

Alright, so I'm finally back in the country. Yeah! Not that I have anything against any other country, it's just good to be home for so many reasons (most of which my family and friends know the answers to *shhhh*).

So, here is my picture montage of my trip. And know, that I suck at taking pictures. That wasn't always the case, but it is as of late. But nonetheless, here I am:

This was the view off of the balcony of our condo. And yes, before you ask, I have real estate in a foreign country, but not in this one. That on the very top of the hill is the castle of Gjirokaster. I think. It's been a couple years since I've actually visited it, but it is the only castle in the city so....
Here I am (yes whole face and all) at what Hubby calls the riviera. It was this city on the coast by the Union Sea which I have forgotten the name of. We stopped and had fresh fish. And when I say fresh, I mean F.R.E.S.H.! Like we ordered 2 fish and I watched some guy jump in a boat and catch them, bring them into the kitchen and 15 min later there they sat in front of me. *big grin* It was pretty cool. (Also, please forgive the photo cause I took it myself. Hubby refused)

This is the same view minus me. That is the Union Sea and that roof below belongs to the restaurant we ate at. They had some super bomb feta cheese. But then again, most restaurants there do.

This is also the Union Sea, but from the road. I really like this pic. It's book worthy, I can see the story in my head (and one day I'll actually finish it.)


Also the Union Sea from the road.


And here are my girls a little bit after my 2 year old (in the pink on the left) threw up all over herself and the car. I actually fashioned my neck scarf into a dress and added her jacket. Then used wet wipes to clean everything. It totally sucked, but I felt bad for her. Motion sickness is horrible. But now I know that she takes after me in that department.

On the way home from Albania, we missed our flight in Munich and ended up spending the night. It was interesting because the Germans had to issue Hubby a 2 day visa so he could leave the airport and then Lufthansa put us up in the Sheraton and paid for our food. Then we left the next day for the states and on the last flight, my 2 year old cried for like half the flight. It sucked! But, I'm home and ready for the holidays. Woo Hoo, *does happy dance*.

That is the end of my pictures as I didn't take that many more. Yeah, I suck, but I didn't do much more than that. Although, I did bring home some pretty delicious chocolate home with me. Mmmmmm, yummy! So now you know why I had so much time for book reviews.

So, there is my trip in a nutshell (minus the dishes and mop bucket which yes I was usually using).


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Bucketlist Challenge *Mwah ha ha*

Hello all my dearest readers! I'm writing to let you all know about the latest challenge I am participating in hosted by the Mad Scientist herself! It's the Bucket list Challenge over at Mad Steampunkery.

Steampunkery & Book Reviews

It's going to be an adventerous ride with all that must be crossed off and all there is to be won! Monthly giveaways and all sorts of reading to be had. I simply can't wait!! So, everyone head on over to the Mad Scientists laboratory at Mad Steampunkery and sign up for the awesome challenge!!!

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Beastly by Alex Finn - A Book Review


Title: Beastly

Author: Alex Finn

Pages: 304

Published: October 1st, 2007

Read: October 24, 2010

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Summary: I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

(from Goodreads.com)

I’m always a fan of fairytale retellings. I think it’s because I know most of them so well so It’s fun for me to see what the author does with it, how they put their twist into it. I once read a book where an author turned the fairy tales into a darker side, it was completely intriguing.


Beastly, the retelling of Beauty and the Beast, also does an excellent job of pushing all the right buttons. Originally I’d heard of it from my friend Stray over on our group blog For the Love of Reading and ever since I’d been excited to get it into my hands.


This particular retelling takes place in New York and can we just say our main character Kyle is a total and complete jack a$! Well, I guess that would explain why he is the perfect beast character huh?! Still, I wanted to punch him half the time for his stupidity.


I do think that the author added so many amazing characters, like Will his teacher and Magda the housekeeper. I think Will cracked me up the most because he didn’t care how rich the boy was, he wasn’t going to take his crap.


Lindy, the female lead, was an adorable pick and well developed. Plus, I think I have affection for those who aren’t fake in what they think and how they act. Lindy was a prime example of the perfect beauty, flaming red hair and all.


Overall, I thought the author did an excellent job of casting her characters and developing their personalities. Her plot content was fun and I fully enjoyed her turn of events. I think some of my favorite parts of the book were the online chat group sessions. LMAO, the “Unexpected Changes chat group”, like it happens all the time. People are getting turned into something they aren’t supposed to be by witches everywhere. Ha, awesome! So if any of you are looking for a story with a seriously cool mirror, a shoddy father who should be kicked in the lower extremities, a beautiful creative green thumb and a brilliant retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast, you must pick up this book.


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Quotes:

Mr. Anderson: Welcome to the first meeting of the Unexpected Changes chat group.

Mr. Anderson: Anyone here? Or should I say, anyone going to admit being here?

BeastNYC joined chat

Mr. Anderson: Hello, BeastNYC

Mr. Anderson: Hello? I see you there, Beast NYC. Want to introduce yourself?

BeastNYC: Don’t want to talk 1st…anyone else here?

Mr. Anderson: Yes, we seem to have a lot of lurkers who joined the chat before you.

Beast NYC: Let them talk 1st then.

Mr. Anderson: Anyone else want to give a shout-out to BeastNYC?

SilentMaid: Hello, BeastNYC. Should we call you Beast?

Beast NYC: Whatever. Doesn’t matter.

Mr. Anderson: Thanks for speaking up Silent – pardon the pun. What sort of creature are you?

SilentMaid: A mermaid. Just a little one.

Mr. Anderson: You were transformed into a mermaid?

SilentMaid: Actually, I’m currently a mermaid, but I’m “considering” a transformation. I thought this group might help me make my decision.

Mr. Anderson: That’s what we’re going to talk about tonight – the experience of transformation, how you became what you are.

Froggie: wer u trnsfrmd, Andy?

Mr. Anderson: Well, no. But I’ve set this up to help you all.

BeastNYC: You’re a girl, SilentMaid? I mean, a female, er, fish, a mer”maid”

Froggie: Hw cn u hlp us wen u dnt know wat is like

SilentMaid: Beast, yes I am. I’m thinking of becoming a human girl.

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