Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Bonanza

I had just finished A Perfect Blood and was trying to decide what to read when the library notified that I had a book in.  It was not just one book, but a book bonanza!  One book for my husband, a Lance Armstrong book; one for my daughter, the latest Vampire Dairies; one for my son, something for Boy Scouts and Earth Day, Kid Heroes of the Environment; and four for me.  Seven books all for free--I love the Library!

A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

Urban Fantasy
Book 10 in The Hollows series

Okay, so I tried to put the book down yesterday and failed.  I finished it this morning.  All in all, it wasn't my favorite Hollows book.  There was a lot more action than I'd like.  I like Rachel dealing with her living vampire, Ivy and her Demon, mentor, Al, but there was almost none of that.  The relationship with Trent seems weird and Rachel just keeps messing up.  At some point, I'd like Rachel to come in to her own, garner respect, and figure out her relationships.  Although, I guess if that were to happen, the series would be over.  I love the Hollows world and am sad I finished the book, but I had a great day yesterday reading it.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Real World Awaits

OMG! All I want to do is sit and read A Perfect Blood.  However, spring break is quickly slipping away from me and I do have things I want to get done.  My kids and I love just relaxing around the house, but they need to get out (and they won't do it unless I'm there to push them).  So life is calling, I must put my fantasy world and computer worlds away and try to get on with my day.  Just one more chapter. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Store

Today for Spring Break, I took my kids to the book store.  We all LOVE browsing through the books.  I hope people keep buying from actual stores.  Don't get me wrong, I love the convenience of on-line book stores, but nothing can beat just being able to pick-up a title and look through it.  You can sit and read, have a cup of coffee, you don't get that from an on-line seller.  I also like to go to get ideas of titles I'd like to read, but don't want to buy.  I order them from the library later. 

I picked up the latest book in the Hollows series, A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison.  I am already on page 46. 

My daughter got the third book in the Hex Hall series, Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins.  This is her favorite series.

My son talked me into a Lego set (I hate that they have toys at book stores) and got the newest Scardey Squirrel book, Scardey Squirrel at Night by Melanie Watt.  The Scardey Squirrel books are funny and so cute!  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Break, Day 2

Started off the day by missing a doctor appointment.  I have been having problems with that over the last six months.  Took Midwestern daughter to the orthodontist then treated the kids to lunch at the local pancake house.  After that we spend the afternoon watching Ghostbusters and building a new palatial rabbit cage for Rabbit 2 (of 3). 

I read Midwestern son, You're on Your Way, Teddy Roosevelt by Judith St George.  It is really cute, educational, and has a great lesson.  What else could you ask for in a picture book?

Destiny Kills by Keri Arthur

Book One in the Myth and Magic Series 

I've read all the Riley Jenson Guardian books.  She has several more series, although I think at least one of her others has not been released in the U.S. yet.  (Ms. Arthur is from Australia.) 

So far there are just two books in the Myth and Magic Series and her web site does not mention anymore to be released soon.  I really enjoyed this book.  The main characters are sea and fire (or air) dragons.  It's kind of a mix of Maximum Ride, a Miyazaki movie, and a romance.  It was interesting, I enjoyed the plot and the characters.  Very entertaining.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Break!

It is spring break.  We aren't going on vacation, but I am planning to try to do something fun each day.  Today is movie day! 

Wicked Deeds on A Winter's Night by Kresley Cole

The 3rd book in the Immortals After Dark Series

This is a pretty good series.  I'm not going to obsessively read it like I do the really good series, but it was an enjoyable read, interesting plot and romance.  In this series, there are a lot of different supernatural factions that are on the verge of war.  Previously, groups that weren't that friendly to each other are finding their members falling in love, like in this book a witch and a Lykae (werewolf). 

I do have to say I am really, really sick of the stupid titles and covers.  Why to the  publishers do that?  I find myself embarrassed to show the book in public.  I guess I will have to embrace the fact that I mostly read trash novels and stop being embarrassed or try reading actual literature. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Undead and Uneasy by Mary Janice Davidson

Book 6 in the Betsy Taylor Vampire Queen Series

In this book the series comes to a conclusion of sorts.  Betsy is left alone with no support and has to deal with things on her own.  This is good because I'm getting a little sick of Betsy being such a dumb ass and so selfish.  It was funny for a few books, but is growing old.  The series was stalling for the last few books, but this one rivaled the first few.  I like the series, but wish for more substance. 

Vampire Spring

It is that time of year when lots of new books are released.  New releases from Kim Harrison, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Charlene Harris are coming soon and I am so excited.  There has not been much very exciting to read lately.  Also, Season 4 of True Blood will be released on DVD soon.  It will be an all Vampire Spring and I can hardly wait.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Harlequin Nocturne

Harlequin now has a Paranormal Romance called Harlequin Nocturne.  I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I have sunk so low into my Paranormal fantasy world that I would rather read a Harlequin romance than read actual literature, but I have to have my Paranormal fix.  Two books a month are published.  So far I've been able to find them at Wal-Mart, but not Target or Jewel.

January's offering were:

Claim the Night by Rachel Lee
A vampire romance where vampires "claim" their mates forever and where pesky demons are always trying to interfere.

Wolf Whisperer by Karen Whiddon
Shape-shifters are on the run from a evil shifters and fall in love along the way.

February's offering are:

Claimed by a Vampire by Rachel Lee  This is the 2nd book in the Claimed series
Demon's are still after human woman who smell better to the vampires than any drug (sound familiar?).  They beat the demon, fall in love, and the vampire claims his woman to him forever.

A Warrior's Desire, The ESRI  by Pamela Palmer
An entire other world where fruit trees appear if you pray/wish for them.  A human former Navy SEAL and former slave from this world team up to save Earth from enslavement and along the way fall in love.

So far they aren't bad.  They aren't great, but fine light reading when one needs a fix.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Dream-Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Paranormal Romance

This book is the first book in the Dream-Hunter series, which is in the same world as her other series, Dark-Hunter. 

I was never really clear exactly what a Dream-Hunter actually did, nor was I clear what a Skotos is.  Although the hero, Arikos was one.  He for some reason visits dreams, has god powers, but is unable to feel emotions.  He convinces Hades to allow him to become human so he can meet a women who he has been visiting in her dreams for years.    Problems ensue, gods and others want to kill them, they fall in love, etc., etc. 

It took me 2/3 of the book before I was at all interested in what was going on.  I probably would have abandoned the thing except for two reasons.  One I really like the Dark-Hunter series and two I didn't have anything better to read.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Read Alouds

I finished reading Spider-man, Goblin Moon by Kurt Busiek and Nathan Archer, all 293 pages, last night.  I had been reading about 8 pages a night for weeks now.  My 7 year old son, loved every minute of it.  It was so cute how excited he was for his nightly reading of Spiderman.  He is now sad we finished the book.  I, however, am looking forward to starting on of the 2012 Monarch books, The Buddy Files, The case of the Lost Boy.  I am also reading How Dinosaurs Took Fight, The Fossils, The Science, What We Think We Know, and the Mysteries Yet Unsolved.  He brought that one home from his school library, all excited for me to read it. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I heard my daughter (age 14) play her flute in church tonight.  She sounded so pretty!  I am so proud of her.  This is her 4th year playing flute and she still loves playing. 

I'm tired and don't much feel like reading, gasp, I know!  I have had this strange feeling for the last several days and I can't figure out why.  Am I tired?  Do I just not have the right book?  Have I been spoiled by Kim Harrison and Laurell K. Hamilton?  I hope I get it figured out soon.  In the mean time, I have been reading a lot more to my son. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Boy Scouts

I spend some of my free time today forcing my son to do his Boy Scout requirements.  Why do kids always really love their activities until they have to do the homework?  Human nature I guess.  Anyway, I don't believe in half doing stuff.  If he wants to be a Boy Scout, he will finish all the requirements, or he won't be a scout next year.  The good thing is it forces him away from the computer and his Legos for a short time  (He is really, really obsessed.)  and it does teach him new skills.

Saturday, March 10, 2012


I have been reading this week, of course, but I haven't had much time.  I will post a new review as soon as I finish a book.  In the mean time, I have been reading to Midwestern son (7) every night from a chapter book he just happened to see in the middle of a library shelf in the adult section.  It is a Spiderman, adult chapter book.  It is not what I would have picked out, but he loves it.  I think it is a bit over his head, but he seems to be following the plot and enjoying listening to it every night.  I am looking forward to getting back to more kid-type books. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Friday was Dr. Seuss's Birthday.  Most elementary schools now have week long celebrations of his books with daily readings and activities.  It's a great way to break up the long winter and a great way to celebrate an author who was so influential in children's books.  I didn't get a chance to read as many of my favorite Dr. Seuss books to my son last week as I wanted to, but I intend to keep trying. 

My all time favorite:  Horton hatches the Egg!

Witch & Wizard, The Fire by Janes Patterson and Jill Dembowski

This is the third book in the Witch & Wizard series.  These books are young adult, supernatural thrillers. 

This book is pretty dark.  There is lots of horror, killing of children, mistreatment of animals, etc.  The adults are either absent, evil, or ineffective, leaving the kids to try to take back the world.  The book is full of simple symbolism with lots of children's book staple problems.  I liked the first book in the series and like each subsequent book a little less.

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

I liked Karen Marie Moning's Fever series so well, I thought I'd try her first series.  This is the first book in the Highland series.  Mostly romance books with a supernatural twist it is set in Scotland with hot, hunky heros who wear kilts and not much else.

In this book, the modern day heroine was mistreated by her former boyfriend and has sworn off all men, especially beautiful ones.  The hero lives in ancient Scotland and has somehow offended the fey by being too hot and studly with the women.  Modern day women is inserted into ancient Scotland and plot twists ensue.  I've read better romance and better supernatural stories, but all in all an entertaining read.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

Book #20 in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series

Well, sadly, I've finally read all the currently published books in the Anita Blake Series.  I am so sad; I enjoyed them so much.  Now, I will have to wait and wait to get more Anita fixes.

In this book, Anita is out of state on U.S. Marshall business.  She is working with long time friend and fellow vampire executioner Edward to solve the case.  There are no pack, no vampire, no pard, none of the things I REALLY love about the Series.  There is lots of blood, gore, grisly murder, and several fight scenes.  Her friendship with Edward grows and that is really interesting, but I missed all the rest of her guys.  Why wasn't she at least traveling with some companions to help her feed the ardeur?  It does get a little tiresome reading about how there is always a Marshal who hates Anita for no real reason.  That being said, an Anita Blake book I didn't like as well as the others still TOTALLY ROCKS! 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sick Day

First, I have to tell all my nonexistent, loyal readers that I am no longer a stay at home mom :(  Hubby seemed jealous of my stay at home status and forced me to get a job.  (Okay, so I agreed it was time, also).  As much as I loved staying at home, I love my new job.  I am a teacher's aid at an elementary school.   I love being around the kids everyday!  My reading has suffered a bit, but I still manage.  I have had to carefully select the books I want to read, since my time is so limited now. 

Anyway, I started in October and today is the first sick day I have had to use.  The flu is ravaging my school and I was not immune.  I plan to do nothing but read and sleep.   Luckily, new good books came in to the Library yesterday.  Since I was already feeling sick, I made my daughter run in and get them (what good are kids, if they can't do your running for you) and now I am set to read and recover.