Monday, April 29, 2013

Mad Dog & Englishman: A Mad Dog & Englishman Mystery by J.M. Hayes


Mad Dog & Englishman: A Mad Dog & Englishman MysteryMad Dog & Englishman: A Mad Dog & Englishman Mystery by J.M. Hayes
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

*Warning my review may spoil you*

Nothing ever happens in Benteen County, Kansas. It's a small town where everyone knows each others business. So when the reverend turns up being murdered it's a little bit of a shock to sheriff English. A whirlwind things and information happens afterwords. From more deaths, a kidnapping, a history of sexual molestation coming out, hidden and mistaken identities, and more.

Mixed thoughts when it comes to this book. It was an okay read nothing spectacular, at least for me. Kind of just left me feeling kind of meh.







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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Close Liaisons (The Krinar Chronicles, #1) by Anna Zaires


Close Liaisons (The Krinar Chronicles, #1)Close Liaisons by Anna Zaires
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning spoilers below*

3.5 to 4 stars!

An interesting story about a race of aliens, the Krinar, who have come to Earth. They are compared to vampires but without the pointed fangs. They do drink blood, but doing so during sex, as they have something in their saliva that enhances the act as if the person bitten where on ecstasy when mixing into the bloodstream. The main diet of the Krinar is actually vegetation. They do not eat meat and in fact have band it from human consumption.

An organization known as the Resistance, would like to liberate the  Earth from the Krinar rule. Even though they have not come to take over and harm the human race, doing things that really are saving the planet from the destructive ways of humanity as well has trying to save the human race from themselves.

Mia,a collage student in NYC, is still a virgin who hasn't really been dating much. She just happens to get the attention of Korum, a Krinar, who is very very rich and ever so much the alpha male. The resistance would like to use her as a spy for them, gathering whatever information she can find.

I liked the story, I found the concept interesting. Somethings did bug me, Mia for one. She annoyed me some of the time, she was too wishy washy for me. Also some of the descriptions used were kind of, how to put it?
Lets just say somethings left me shaking my head.



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Friday, April 26, 2013

The Claiming Words by Tricia Drammeh

The Claiming WordsThe Claiming Words by Tricia Drammeh
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

*Warning slight spoilers*

First of all I would like to say thank you to Tricia Drammeh for this copy of The Claiming Words, given in exchange for an honest review.

There is potential for this book, people will like it, but sad to say I was not one of them. Don't get me wrong I didn't hate it, there are parts I didn't mind, I like Bryce, I like Alisa.

The Claiming Words is told from the point of view of two characters, Rachel and Alisa. When reading the two it felt like I was reading two different pieces of work. The Alisa chapters being enjoyable, with some amusing moments. But then when it came time for the Rachel ones there seemed to a switch. If felt different. I actually found myself wanting to flick faster through them to get them over with. Which I found rather funny as so much of the main story line revolves around her.

I don't know if it's because I found her character to be boring and lacking or how the book is executed. Perhaps if the story open up from her point of view first rather then Alisa, I would have leaned more on her side and been more interested in her.

I found that the relationships are too rushed, we have one scene between Jace and Rachel when Jace says something along the lines of them dating. I actually had to stop and scroll back over the last pages I had read previously read to see if I had in fact missed something.

Story wise it was interesting, Jace and his family are witches. They have recently moved to Oaktree, Georgia and are searching for an innocent (some who doesn't know that they have magic).

Rachel has started to be able to hear the thoughts of those around her, Jace discovers that she is the one they are looking for when they dance together at Homecoming.

Alisa just happened to be at the wrong place at the right time, walking home from school she sees Jace and another person fighting. Deciding to help out she hits the guy with her book bag. The guy she finds out later is a Hunter. From there on she finds all about a world she never even thought existed.

Bryce is Jace's older brother, he does not take to kindly of Alisa getting let in on everything and doesn't understand how his family could trust her, a human, someone who knows no magic with who they are and why they are there and all about their world.

What I did like about this book, I liked Bryce. I enjoyed his snarky comments. I like Alisa, it was really great to see her development and growth. The "big bad" was interesting.

Like I said above there is a lot of potential for this story. I thought for sure this was going to be one I would enjoy, but you can't like them all.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Alex by Adam J. Nicolai

AlexAlex by Adam J. Nicolai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning slight spoilers*

This was a emotionally hard book for me. I don't do well with books that involve children being hurt or dying. I still read them even if I know I'll have an ache in my heart.



Ian has lost his child, his wife has moved out, his work is suffering and now it seems he is on the verge of losing his mind.



Or is he??

His son was kidnapped and murdered, and while it seems like the world can pick up the pieces and try to move forward Ian can't, not yet.

Ian has a battle going on in his head, one side is telling him, he is crazy and that it is just his grief projecting Alex around. The little bits of conversations being ones that had taken place when he was alive.

Then there is that other side that arguing what if he really is there? What if Alex is coming back for a reason? And if so what for?

Wow what a book. Are we seeing the mental breakdown of a man? or Are we witnessing a soul who can't rest until the truth is set free?

Raw, heartbreaking, disturbing.

I am so grateful for the the few lighter moments that take place, the mention of Star Trek watching, the raiding (Still want to know his tank class and raid was). Something to make me laugh a little and relax.

Adam J. Nicolai is an author to watch for, with a debut self-published novel as gripping as this was I can see nothing but great things for his future.



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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Never Too Far (Too Far, #2) by Abbi Glines


Never Too Far (Too Far, #2)Never Too Far by Abbi Glines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read on April 23, 2013

Never Too Far picks up just shortly after Fallen Too Far has left off. And I am so glad I waited to read them closer together.

BUT NOW I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL LATE SUMMER FOR BOOK 3!!!

Like the last book this one was just as frustrating and just as fantastic. A little more serious, a little more grown up. More secrets, more lies.

So many times I thought "please don't be stupid, please don't fuck this up".


I want to say a few things about the side characters.
Bethy, has turned out to be a great friend for Blaire and I'm really happy  how things have turned out good for her. I hope to see more of her in future books.

In Fallen Too Far I liked Grant, I thought he was really sweet he was the nice guy to Rush's bad boy image. I liked him more then I liked Woods, this time around I found it the opposite. I still think Grant is great, I was just happy to see a certain side of Woods. It's nice lead up for Abbi Glines newsest book Twisted Perfection. Which I can't wait to read!!

Overall a great book and I liked the ending, I wanted more. But like I said above it's only until late summer. I really can't wait see what is in store for Blaire and Rush, it's going to be an interesting to see.


(Not the best review, I know. I just finished reading and want to get some thoughts out. I'll tweak it later on. Maybe, or maybe not we'll see how I feel in the morning.)


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Quite Contrary by Richard Roberts

Quite ContraryQuite Contrary by Richard Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning the following review contains spoilers, proceed with caution*

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.


Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was not sweet....
Mary Stuart, is twelve years old, she is quite contrary, she is not a very likable child, her attitude is horrid.

Quite Contrary starts out with Mary going to a Halloween party in an old abandoned house. It is there that the hostess shows her party goers a crawl space she had discovered. And it is Mary's venture into said crawl space that we get to journey into this bizarrely dark and twisted tale.

On her way through the crawl space she meets a rat, a rat who can speak. His name is Rat-in-boots even though he doesn't own any boots. At the end of the crawl space they end up in some kind of industrial part of town, Mary get's covered in some kind of liquid/goo and is need of water to clean up. Rat offering to help they go off into "The Woods" and Mary discovers clothing hanging on a line, a Red Riding costume. The moment she changes, out steps a wolf, the wolf.

He tells her of the two paths she could take, the happy sunshiny path with flowers that took her to "Grandmas" and her end. The other was a darker one, the one with the wolf at her side. The wolf then going off to let her decide which path to chose. Mary picks none and goes off the beaten path leading her farther into the woods and on to many adventures in different story worlds. There she meets fairies, a princess, lost children, a talking flower, a wooden talking doll who wants to be alive and many many more interesting and disturbing people. From fairy-tales to horror stories. Each step and turn brings a new a tale but no matter what, the wolf always finds her.

Rat had warned her,she could have had a happy ending, but she had to put on those Red Ridding Hood clothes. Her story has now started it has to be played out until the end. The wolf will find her.

"Will he follow me?"
"Yes" Rat in boots answered....
"It might be awhile, but the story has started. It has to find its end, and that means he will find you."


There were times that I actually thought about not finishing, and it had nothing to do with the story. Why then? Mary! She's a brat. a twelve year old brat with a mouth on her that sailor would be shocked at. But despite my dislike for Mary I still journeyed on, because I was hooked at this point, I wanted to know how this story, her tale of Red Riding hood ended.

The rat is right, there've been a thousand years of Red Riding Hoods, but not like you.

This book was like a dream, a very strange strange little dream. At the end I kind of thought that's what was going to happen. I thought I would read the lines: "And then Mary woke up with her little wooden doll and her stuffed rat next to her pillow. The End."

Pro: Quite Contrary is written well. The author has done a great job of making me visualize each place/story Mary wound up in.
Con: Besides Mary's attitude, the last chapter felt to recapish for me. I liked how the chapter started but I think rather then tell it all again, it should have been shortened, a fade to black until the present moment in time.

Overall:
A very dark dark tale, and underneath all the bizarre story jumping we have a tale about little girl who feels all alone and afraid, acting mean even to those she knew were being nice to her, knowing she shouldn't. The wolf representing all the things she is afraid of. As I read on I kept on thinking, "there is nothing redeeming about her, she is a such a brat." When I finished I didn't dislike her quite so much.

A very unique and twisted retelling of Red Riding Hood.
"You're telling the story differently, but it still fits. Instead of being a victim or an easy seduction, you're making the Wolf purse you. He has to preserver and chase after a prize he wants badly, but the end is the same. However you tell the story, it ends with giving into temptation, and death."

I will be looking out for more works by Richard Roberts.

*Copy provided by Curiosity Quills Press via NetGalley for honest review*

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3) by Jeaniene Frost


At Grave's End (Night Huntress, #3)At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another fantastic book in ever growing fantastic series.

Spike ;) I mean Bones is just as perfect as ever.


James Marsters is MY Bones.

I could gush about  Jeaniene Frosts Night Huntress books. They just get better and better. At Grave's End delivers as promised, it is intense, action packed. HOT! Humor filled, and heartbreaking.  It didn't disappoint. We get to meet some great and not so great figures of importance. (view spoiler)[Good ol' Drac himself, just don't call him that. ;) (hide spoiler)].

I DO have some issues with some characters, or rather character, Tate. I'm over his "feelings" for Cat, dude needs to realize she is happy with Bones and time to move on. Yeah I know it's not going to be easy watching someone you love happy and in love with some else, especially when that someone else is someone hate. But it is what it is and Tate needs to find a nice girl all for him.

Some great moments take place in this book, one involving Cat's mother comes to mind *snicker*. And yet again Miss Cat proves to be a "don't mess with me, I'll kick your ass" chick.

Overall: 5 Stars! I love Cat and Bones, I love this series. Go out and read these books if you haven't started them all ready. Go, now what are you waiting for??!!

Will I read the next book?
Silly girl with her silly question. Yes!!




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Friday, April 19, 2013

An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser

An Infamous MarriageAn Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Warning slightly spolierish*

A deathbed promise to his best friend, Jack finds himself with a wife. A wife that he really doesn't want. To him she is no beauty and rather plan actually. He has no desire to be tied down, and has no plans to change how he lives and acts.

Elizabeth doesn't want to be married to Jack, she wants to be mourning Giles, her late husband. Who made both her and Jack promise that they would be wed once he is gone. He wanted her to be looked after and Jack being his best friend was the only one he thought to be best one to do so. Sadly for Elizabeth there was no time for her to mourn his passing as Jack being a solider in the British army is bound for Canada.

After five years there is peace and Jack is coming home to Elizabeth a wife he has only known through letters, letters that has time passed by seemed to grow colder and more distant. What he sees when he arrives is not at all the image of the women he left with. Now he has found himself, desiring her and needing to figure out how to make her feel the same way for him. But can she get past the stories she's heard about his time in Canada?

I enjoyed An Infamous Marriage, there are plenty of amusing scenes between Jack and Elizabeth, some tender moments and times when I wanted to toss something at the both of them.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's Story by Brenda Ashford

A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's StoryA Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny's Story by Brenda Ashford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the very start of the Spoonful of Sugar, I found Brenda Ashford to be an inspirational lady, I could not wait to read on...

Heartwarming and Heartbreaking.
As the words and pages past me by, I could not help but feel that warm feeling inside, I think to be one of the many people Brenda has touch would surely be a blessing. Reading these words made my heart swell with such admiration and hope. If I am fortunate enough to make it that far in years, I could only hope to be as blessed as her.

Each opening chapter we are given a little nursery rhyme or lullaby, and I can only imagine the number of times she has spoken those words to a sleepy or upset child. Then at the end of them she has included a section titled "The Nannys Wisdom", they are filled with wonderful advice and information, and sometimes one of her family recipes. :)

Brenda Ashford has opened up to us and shared so many wonderful memories. Memories that must have brought new smiles as well as fresh tears to her face. The things she has seen and lived through.

In her early years of a being a Nanny the world was at war, WWII was shaking the the earth to it's core. So not only were her charges the children of private households but many of her early ones were those poor children who had to be taken from there homes and families. Then there where those little ones who have been treated wrong.

"Love Never Faileth"
-Norland motto

I wonder what become of those ones, the ones who were abandoned and ignored? I wonder about the all the lives that this lady touched, what happened to them?

It has been such a joy and pleasure to view this wonderful lady's life. It has truly been an eye opening experience for myself, as I have taken many breaks to reflect over the words I have read and how they affect my own life and how I want them too. Brenda Ashford hasn't just written about her life and experiences but she has given us, the reader a chance to relive them our selves. We get to share in her childhood, her days learning to be a Norland nanny, WWII and life after war and changes that came with it for both herself and the world. For I truly felt all she felt, she took me back to another time and place and made me feel as if I was watching her life as her life happened. As I have said, she is an inspiration. And yes she really is Britain's oldest and longest-serving nanny.

Thank you Brenda Asford for sharing with us your life, your stories, for thoughts, your fears, your emotions, thank you for sharing yourself to the children in your care, to us the reader and the world. It has been an honor to have gotten the opportunity to read your story.

"I think you are a super nana" (Penny,one of the little girls Brenda cared for.) I would have to agree.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1) by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1)Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


*Warning slight spoilers*

Blaire is a 19 year old girl who has seen some real pain and loss. But she is strong and will not crumble, she will not let herself even if on the inside the ache is there.


  She is all she has.


After her mothers death, she has to sell her home in order to cover the medical bills that three years of treatment built up. The only family she has is her father, the father she hasn't seen or heard from since he walked out on her and her mother five years ago. Even when her momma was dying there was no word.

With nothing but her old truck, 20 bucks to her name and a gun for protection she has no other choice then to turn to him. When she finally arrives what she gets isn't what she expected.

Rush is a cocky sob with a sweet side, who has issues like all the bad boys in these new adult books. And I can not seem to get enough of them, I've always been attracted to that head tilt, grin, arched eyebrow, smoldering piercing glare.

He does NOT want to be attracted to her, even if he wants to touch her soo bad, but he can't, he shouldn't. There are way too many reason why he shouldn't. There are secrets that he can not share.

Blaire thinks it's because she doesn't belong to that world, to them she's just poor white trash. She doesn't want her attraction either, So why does it hurt so much?

What a great book, I was not expecting that.

That ending, my brain, my heart. I'm just glad I will be reading the next book very very soon, because that ending with out that next book = head pop.

4.5 Stars.





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Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty, #1) by Tracie Peterson

A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty, #1)A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A lady of High Regard takes place in 1852 Philadelphia, it deals with areas that a lady of higher standing shouldn't be sticking her nose into. Because after all it isn't proper for women to get involved in such matters of oppression and poverty. She is to be home having tea parties with her friends and gossiping about the latest fashions from Paris.

Mai lives a comfortable life, and hadn't realized that in her own town just a few blocks from her home down on the docks, people are living in poverty, barely getting by. Women are left alone to raise a handful of children while the husband has either passed on or are away working on the boats. They can not afford to pay the rent collector, feed their children and pay off their husbands debt. So they are forced to pay in other ways, the men force themselves and make them pay with their bodies or take away a child to sell in labor to pay it off.

Through her work with Godey's Lady's Book magazine, she finds about the seaman's wives and is determined to help them. She dresses below her station to find out more about what happens down on the docks, she wants to so desperately help these women and way she can, but in doing so is she is putting herself in many dangers.

"I'm sure with your help, poverty would not dare remain in Philadelphia"

Garrett, upon finding out what Mai has been up to wants to her to stop going down there and putting herself at risk, not because he doesn't care about what happens, but because he cares way to much about Mai to see her come into any danger.

They have been best friends and neighbors all their lives, everyone else can see that they love each other more then a brotherly/sisterly way. Will they ever see it and will they get the chance to express their feelings before it is too late?

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Friday, April 12, 2013

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A Tale of Red Riding: Rise Of The Werewolf Huntress by Neo Edmund

A Tale of Red Riding: Rise Of The Werewolf HuntressA Tale of Red Riding: Rise Of The Werewolf Huntress by Neo Edmund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Owoooooooo!
Who's that I see walkin' in these woods?
Why, it's Little Red Riding Hood.
Hey there Little Red Riding Hood,
You sure are looking good.
You're everything a big bad wolf could want.
Listen to me.


When I first settled down to read this book, Little Red Riding Hood by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, popped into my head.

When you read the title and blurb you get an image in your head of what you think the tale is going to be about, now take that idea and remove it from your head. Expect the unexpected. What I thought this was going to be and what I read where two different things, and well that's not a bad thing.

This could have went two ways, a flop because you have to be careful when working with something that is based on the fairytale or anything that's already in the public mind. Or it can be fantastic and different. It was the latter.

We have Red (aged 14 soon to be 15), an orphan who knows nothing about herself, where she came from, she doesn't even know what her last name is. One day she gets a letter from her Grandmother who she didn't know existed telling Red to come to her house in the Wayward Woods. On the way she runs into another, a boy "Wolf Boy" as she decides to call him, who helps her find her way to her grandmothers and warns her not to stray off the path. Red eventually meets up with her friends from childhood, rather toddler years, Ash and Dote (who is adorable by the way, I would hug her and pet her on the head if I could).

I do need to say this, there were a few things that bugged me slightly. The way Dote, Ash and Red act regarding the things they did together as toddlers seem to a bit of a stretch for me. The memories should get a little toned down, made more hazy because how many people can remember events from when they are three?

Over all I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reuniting with family and friends, new friendships, potential love interests, adorable characters.
There were many funny moments, with some amusing dialog.

"Why, Wolfgang, what amazing stealth you have," Red said.
"The better to sneak up on you with, Little Red."


And we can't forget protecting the town of Wayward from the evil sorcerer Ragnarok!

This was an interesting twist on the story Little Red Riding Hood and I have to say when reading, and visualizing this little world, it was like an anime was playing in my head. I'm looking forward to spending time with these characters again, can't wait to read the next in the series. As well as checking out other projects Mr. Edmund is involved with.

**I would like to thank Neo Edmund for gifting me a copy of his novel in exchange for an honest review.**




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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cat Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins, Gosia Mosz (Illustrations)

Cat Comes TooCat Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins
My rating: 4 of 5 Cupcakes

Cat Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins is an adorable little book for smaller children and toddlers.

Toddlers will enjoy the story of the little cat as they follow up into the attic and discover all that there is to see and explore.

Along with the brightly illustrated pictures the wording is simple and repetitive which is great for little ones starting off reading on their own.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A View to Die For by Richard Houston

A View to Die ForA View to Die For by Richard Houston
My rating: 2 of 5 cupcakes

This book was not for me, I love a good mystery. But I did not love this book.

Jake's sister, Meg has been accused of murdering her husband Mike, who just happens to be husband number 4. The media have been calling her the Black Widow.

On his way to bail her out, he winds up waking up in hospital after he, himself has gotten into an accident. The police believe that both Jake and Meg are involved in the death of Mike. So in order to clear their names, Jake has to do some detective work.

I really am not a fan of giving negative reviews but this space here is for me to say what I think. You may not agree, but all my reviews are MY thoughts, are MY opinions.

I caught myself dozing off at one point, while sitting in my computer chair reading this. For me I found this book to be well boring, it was only as I neared the end that things seemed to pick up and hold my interest. Which is funny because the start had my attention but it just flat-lined. I also found it to be rather odd, and all over the place.

I have to wonder what is with all the McDonald mentions? Like one could play a drinking game and get incredibly wasted before you even hit the halfway point. Yes I get it Jake loves eating there, cheap menu. But do you have to feed Fred it all the time, does he ever get any puppy food? Another thing, I have never read a book before that mentions going to the bathroom, as much as this book does. Be it Jake, or stopping for Fred to do his business or anyone else.

Yet again I will say, these are my thoughts. This story has a lot of potential to be interesting, but for me it just never cut it. I never enjoyed it, but you might. Not my cup of tea. There was a little twist I hadn't seen coming. But over all, I give it 2.5 stars.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

The Testing Guide and The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau



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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


So I go and pick up this book, I'm pumped. So very excited to be getting back to Sookie and Eric ( wipes drool off my chin). So picture if you will, I have the bottle of red open. I am all cozy and set to read. I stop and go "hmmm". Shake it off as the normal okay we are at the start of the book lets recap for those who might not remember.

So I take some more sips and continue on. Stopping yet again, I go "hmm, um, yeah". We are hitting somewhere past the 100 mark and I'm getting a little worried, did I pay for a book that is just recap, recap, recap, filler words to take up space, recap?? I"m starting to think I did.

Then FINALLY we start to get somewhere, it only took the better part of the book to do so, but at this point I'm happy and looking forward to the action. And next thing I knew it was over and I was left lying here feeling used and very unsatisfied.

I don't want to say this, I REALLY don't. I like this series sooo much. But man this book gets a thumbs down. I'm sorry but it just didn't do it for me, I was so very disappointed.

I can't help but wonder what went wrong? How can the first 10 be so good and this one be such a dud? I understand that yeah, this is book 11. It's a long series and it is a tv show now. Things are bound to get stale.

I can only hope that this was just a pothole in the series and that the remaining books will bring me back to that happy place I have with these books. And if that is the case, I will be more forgiving with this particular book and if not and this is how things will be from now on, I will move on and remember the good times.




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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Surrender the Heart (Surrender to Destiny, #1) by M.L. Tyndall

Surrender the Heart (Surrender to Destiny, #1)Surrender the Heart by M.L. Tyndall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marianne needs to marry in order to receive her inheritance. Money that is so desperately needed for her mother and little sister. After the death of her father they were left with nothing, but an outsider could never tell. They hide it well. Being a little plump and a little plain Marianne doesn't really have a line of young men lining up to court her, so it all comes down to an arranged marriage between the families. She does not want to marry Noah Brenin.

Noah isn't overly trilled about the prospect of marriage to Miss. Marianne Denton, something made obvious to her and everyone else when he walks out of their engagement party to set sail for South Hampton. Hoping that this trip will grant him more money then Miss. Denton's inheritance could provide therefore making marriage to her unnecessary.

Deciding to give him a piece of her mind and get him to come back to the party she follows him down to his ship, but things don't really go as planed when she comes to realize that they have set sail.

Surrender the Heart is a historical fiction set on the high seas we have little mix of adventure and romance. I enjoyed the book but I was a little disappointed at the end because I wanted to know more.

This was my first book by author M.L. Tyndall, looking forward to reading more of her works.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Never Too Late by Amara Royce

Never Too LateNever Too Late by Amara Royce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

**I would like to thank Kensington Books for providing me with an arc of Never Too Late, via NetGalley**

Lord Devin has been given the job of investigating Honoria Duchamp and the controversial pamphlets she's been printing. Honoria is a widow and the owner of Evans Books, she has also has gotten the attention of those who would like to see these printings come to and end.

Upon being given the assignment, Honoria Duchamp was not at all what Lord Devin expected. She is not at all the bookish matron he envisioned, but a smart and beautiful woman. Now there is more then just her pamphlets he would like to investigate.

I found myself rather taken with both Honoria and Lord Devin. Honoria is a smart older heroine, independent and a lover of books. Lord Devin, slightly cocky used to getting what he wants.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Never Too Late although I do however have some issues. Things get mentioned but nothing comes of it, there is one scene that comes to mind, (Spoiler)

But over all a great book, and I am looking forward to reading more things from Amara Royce.

**Never Too Late is expected to be published May 2, 2013**



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Monday, April 1, 2013

Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Mystery, #1) by Karen MacInerney

Murder on the Rocks (Gray Whale Inn Mystery, #1)Murder on the Rocks by Karen MacInerney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven't really read that many cozy mysteries, and I found Murder on the Rocks to be rather enjoyable. Set in a small town in Maine, Cranberry Island.

Natalie Barnes is one of the newer residents of Cranberry Island is the owner and innkeeper of the Gray Whale Inn, a bed and breakfast. Even thought she's made friends with many of the the folk who live on the island, there are some who are quick to snub and judge when a murder takes place. So on top of running her inn, baking her many goodies for the townsfolk she has a mystery to solve.

This was a delightful little story and I found it cute that the author had the recipes for the baked goods that Natalie prepares at the end of the book.

Looking forward to my next stay at the Gray Whale Inn. :)

3.5 to 4 stars

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