Archive | December, 2007

Problem…

12 Dec

I’ve got a problem. My oldest told me this morning that she wants Santa to give her a pull string doll. I’ve been searching online and have only found extremely pricey ones. Any suggestions?

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Yummy!

7 Dec

I would kill for a piece of this right now. What are you craving?

Do you…

6 Dec

Do you ever feel stupid after you post a review of a book and then go to another site and read their take on the same story? I do. Sometimes I read an entirely different response than mine and other times I think, “Damn, that’s exactly how I felt.”

Today I was blog hopping and I read a few reviews that thoroughly analyzed the stories they were reviewing.  I found myself agreeing and second guessing my origional opinion of the stories, as they were ones that I’d also read. Then I began to wonder if I should do more with my reviews. Should I go into great detail with a literary theory? Should I read deeper into the story than I do and find meaning in everything? Or, do I just keep on the way I do?

I read for enjoyment and give my first impression of the book, not an analysis. Maybe I will occasionally throw one in to work my brain, I don’t know. What do you think? Leave a comment.

The Devil Inside by Jenna Black

5 Dec

Favorite Line: “The best thing I could do was get the fuck out of there and do some serious thinking.” (p. 70)

Morgan Kingsley hates demons, earns her living as an exorcist, and is an extremely sexual being. She lives in a time where humans host demons, allowing them to enter their bodies.

Demons can leave their hosts whole or brain dead.

Always dreading the idea of possession, she is horrified when she finds herself possessed.

Thus begins the introduction to a world she wants no part of. A world of bondage, betrayal, loss and possession by the King of demons.

He is gorgeous and fighting his brothers for the throne. Demons and humans alike want him dead and unfortunately for Morgan, that means open season on her.

I was slightly hesitant when I learned there were MM scenes. I’m not the biggest fan of MM or FF (I’ve said it before.) I was pleasantly surprised that the scenes didn’t really bother me. But if you don’t like books with bondage, tons of sex or MM, you might want to pass on this book. I would have been happier had the beginning sex scenes with Morgan and her boyfriend been left out. They didn’t add anything to the story for me.

The demonology is interesting. Demons are spirits unable to feel textures until they are in a human body, but they are more practical than humans. There are good demons and bad. Those in favor of using unwilling humans and those in favor of only using humans who want to be hosts.

There are so many places this series can go. The characters are enthralling, the plot gripping and the action, nonstop. It’s an  interesting idea that I look forward to following in book two when it is released. Don’t take my word for it. Reviews are posted here, here and here.

Saint City Sinners by Lilith Saitcrow

3 Dec

Favorite Lines: “Hope you got something worthwhile out of that bitch, that was an expensive favor I did her.” (p. 162)

Saint City Sinners is book four in the Dante Valentine series. In it Dante is called back to Saint City to help her necromance friend, Gabriele Spocarelli. Spocarelli’s in trouble and hiding some big secrets. Secrets that lead the way to death.

Dante is still the devil’s right hand with a duty to find the escaped demons and Japh is going to help her fulfill her commitment whether she wants to or not.

Despite Dante’s warnings, Japh searches for the demons as Dante hunts for revenge forcing the two to clash.

I really haven’t done this book justice in my description of it. If you read the series this is another can’t miss installation. If you haven’t read the previous books in the series, this isn’t the book for you. It is not a stand alone.

One thing that irritated me this time, is how Dante acts like Japh is abusive. He showed some backbone in book three by showing Dante that he wasn’t her whippin’ boy and now she’s all I won’t let you hurt me and he’s gonna hurt me. I don’t see Japh as abusive. Maybe it’s because of her background, I don’t know.

Out of all the books my favorite is book two. It’s an emotional rollarcoaster that had me bawling. I haven’t felt that connection to book three or four, but I’m holding out for it in book five which will be released in January 2008.

Read other reviews here and here.

Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian

2 Dec

Favorite Lines: ” “Lesson number one,” he murmured coldly. “Don’t count on me for anything. I will only let you down.” ” (p. 89)

Elise Chase lost her mate then five years and four months later she lost her teenage son to a deadly drug that turned him into a diseased and dangerous creature, forcing her brother-in-law to kill him. She vowed to have his death mean something. To fulfill her vow she left the safe Darkhaven community and began seeking vengeance upon the Master vampire’s minions who produced the drug that killed her son.

One night while on patrol she is outnumbered and a warrior of the Order comes to her rescue.

Tegan cannot believe it when he discovers that the woman he rescued is Elise. He hadn’t seen her since the night her son was killed and he took her home. Unable to believe that Elise is putting her life in danger, he follows her home. He soon realizes that she is not coping as well as she is pretending to be. Her psychic ability is not allowing her to fare well among the human population.

When she asks to aid the Order he flatly turns her down, until it becomes obvious that she won’t take no for an answer. What ensues is a fast, rocky ride on a trail of blood, lust and danger.

As usual Ms. Adrian has written an exciting and engrossing tale that begs the reader to turn pages faster. Elise was introduced in her last book, Kiss of Crimson, and I knew that she was going to be a great story in and of herself. She appeared soft, but tragedy forced her to become slightly hardened.

Tegan, the loner and cold vampire is the perfect match for Elise. He is completely different than her deceased husband, but is always introduced as a fitting mate to her. Their relationship  progresses over time and is full of pit stops. Misunderstandings occur all the time, but when they need each other neither is a slacker.

My favorite part of this book is knowing that the author is capable of ending a storyline and creating another one without the reader feeling like the effort is forced. I really hate it when authors have the same major threat occur indefinitely. It makes me feel like all the danger and drama is for naught. I didn’t get that here.

I’m hoping that the next book comes out early spring versus late spring. Don’t just listen to me Kimberly has a review posted and so does  Vampire Romance.