Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Anne Rice has proved herself queen of the vampires and mistress of witches with her many wonderful books. Her many fans, including myself, were heartbroken when she moved from the paranormal to write about Christianity's early days. With "The Wolf Gift", Anne Rice shows that she is back and just as great bringing a new look to the werewolf genre. The characters grab the reader from page one, the reasoning is plausible, and the back story is lush and intriguing. This book will delight not only Anne Rice's old fans but bring a whole new fan base.
I am always a fan of historical fiction, but had never read anything about these sisters or even really this time period. Sophie Perinot has done a wonderful job of bringing to life this tumultuous time, and making these characters dynamic and engaging. Fans of Philippa Gregory and Carolly Erickson will want to add this author to their collection. I can't wait to see who or when she covers next.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Strekfus Beltzenschmidt is a writer for a home and garden magazine in New York City. He is called back home to the South for a death he starts a series of stories for the magazine that will challenge all he thought he knew about himself and his family.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Savannah and Dirk are finally getting married, that is until an arsonist sets their reception hall on fire. Friends hire a wedding planner to help with details for the wedding, take 2, but that wedding is kiboshed when the planner is found dead. Savannah and Dirk must hurry to find the killer if they ever plan on walking down the aisle to a happily ever after.
I really love these books, they're funny, quirky and fast-paced. Watching Savannah cope with the after effects of being shot was heartwrenching, because she has become a character I really care for. If you haven't read any of these books I recommend starting at the beginning because the character development really adds to the enjoyment of the books.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Jessica Wakefield and Lila Fowler are headed to the Big Apple! They're psyched for a week of Broadway shows, superstretch limos, major shopping and New York guys. Jessica's fun begins the moment she steps on the plane-and finds she's sitting next to rock star Ryder Mitchell. There's an immediate spark between Jessica and Ryder-in fact, things are so hot, they promise to meet for an ultraromantic date at the top of the Empire State Building in three days. Flying first class has definite advantages. But things don't go as planned. The staff at their ritzy hotel mistakes Lila for Princess Charlotte, a visiting royal. Lila and Jessica don't mind the VIP treatment...until a gang of kidnappers also mistakes Lila for the princess-and holds the girls for ransom! It's New York City...and anything can happen.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
This book covers Margaret Powell's entry into domestic service in the early 1920s. As a kitchen maid she inhabited a world of back stairs, early risings and late nights, and servitude. One of the best things about this book was how utterly British it was in it's language. So many books are Americanized, but this one hadn't been. This book supposedly inspired "Upstairs, Downstairs" and "Downton Abbey" so fans will want to pick it up.
This is a collection of post-it notes that people have left on refrigerators, microwaves, doors and various places. It ranges from funny, ironic and kind of sad at times. If you want a light and fluffy read that is easy, pick this one up.
Jessica Wakefield and Jonathan Cain have shared the kiss of a lifetime. Jessica should be wildly happy, but Jonathan keeps pushing her away. What is he hiding behind his dark and dangerous eyes? Jessica's sure she'll discover all of Jonathan's secrets at the party in his mansion. Will it be the most wonderful night of her life-or the most tragic? Elizabeth Wakefield is being torn in two! Her summer fling, Joey Mason, has moved to California, and he wants her back. Elizabeth can't deny her attraction to Joey, but she's still in love with longtime boyfriend Todd Wilkins. How can she choose between them?
Friday, April 13, 2012
Jane Fairfax was known as Jane Austen, that was before she was turned into a vampire by Lord Byron years ago. Now she owns a little bookstore in New York, and is finally getting married to her fiance, Walter. But dealing with the wedding preparations are enough to drive even a vampire author crazy. So when Walter suggests that they get married on a tour of houses in Europe, Jane jumps at the chance. But a husband from her past, a holy grail of vampire lore, and a murder all conspire to keep Jane from getting her happily ever after.
"Jane Vows Vengeance" is the newest book in what is a fabulous series by Michael Thomas Ford, combining Jane Austen, vampires, and comedic intrigue in wonderfully written novels. One of the highlights of the book is Jane's total lack of mastery over her vampire skills, while Lord Byron proves just as captivating and charming as a vampire as he was as a poet. Fans of revamped classics and vampire novels will want to pick up this books, it's a read you'll sink your fangs into.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This looks at hoarders, the behavior behind it, and the people who help clean the houses. Having just moved with probably more books than I need (but not more than I want), I found this interesting and intriguing. I've decided though my problem isn't too much stuff, it's not enough house, lol. The book jumped around a little between the case studies, but was pretty good.
William Shakespeare has figured out a way for him and his lady love to be together. He gives her a potion that simulates death, and will whisk her away from her tomb, leaving her husband, and London believing that Katherine Dymond is dead. But when the vampire playwright shows up, the tomb is empty except for moldering skeletons. Little did they expect Katherine's husband to ship her body back to the New World, falling prey to a sea storm, leaving Katherine and her husband stranded on a magical island, inhabited by a sorcerer, a sprite, and zombies galore. Will must hurry to save his love, and possibly even the throne.
This was probably the funnest retelling of The Tempest that I've ever read. Nothing makes Shakespeare better except turning him into a vampire and adding zombies galore. Lori Handeland has created a well-written new entry into the revamped genre, breathing new life into the undead playwright and his "dark lady" muse. I look forward to reading the next novel in this fantastic new series.
We've all read stories about the fae throughout history but how do these magical creatures make their way through today's world of technology? This collection of short stories showcase a new twist on these supernatural creatures, penned by some of fantasy's best writers. "How Much Salt" shows a selkie seeking out a new home and family while protecting his seal skin. "The Slaughtered Lamb" has a crossdressing werewolf facing a past that had thrown him away. "Hooked" has a fairy utilizing man's obsession with Tinkerbell for her dark purposes, while "Fixed" may have you reconsidering the decision to spay or neuter your animals. These stories ranged from darkly funny to downright creepy, making this book a must read for fan's of fae literature.
Jessica Wakefield can't deny her love for handsome Christian Gorman, the leader of the dangerous Palisades High gang. Christian promises her he'll never fight again. But can he keep his vow when the battle with Sweet Valley turns deadly? Elizabeth Wakefield plans a secret meeting with Palisades High's Rosie Shaw, and together they scheme to end the gang warfare once and for all. Can Elizabeth really trust Rosie-or will her friendship lead to tragedy?
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Well, this time Hannah's mom is the one who stumbles over a dead body but Hannah quickly finds herself investigating. These books are a ton of fun and filled with great recipes. I always end up copying at least 2-3 of them. I look forward to making the Chocolate Avocado Cookies sometime soon.
Sebastian Becker is an investigator based out of Bethlehem Hospital, investigating the mental status of England's wealthy eccentrics. He arrives in a rural part to investigate Sir Owain Lancaster, an Amazon explorer who blames the loss of his family and entire party to jungle beasts, when two girls go missing and are found dead. Becker must decide if Lancaster is truly crazy and behind this dark event.
This was a very odd read, it just didn't grab me. The storylines felt convoluted, and the ending was wrapped up way too neatly. It was a pale imitation of The Alienist by Caleb Carr.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Boohoo, this was the final book in what has been one of my favorite new series. The Parasol Protectorate series introduced me to Regency Romance Paranormal Steampunk, and I will be very sad until I find another author that delights me as much.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
This is a fun series. This book has Hiccup stealing a book from the Viking library and fighting for his life against the Hairy Scary Librarian.
The description for this book, that caught my eye, went something along the lines of "Rory Hendrix has continually checked out the Girl Scout Handbook, reading every page and trying to follow all the guidelines, even though there isn't a single girl scout troop in her trailer park community." I started this book thinking it would be a funny read, never expecting it to be a deeply moving story, heart-wrenching at times, and one of the best books I've read so far this year.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
I love Regency romances and nonfiction books and this book combines both of these. It covers the American heiresses who married titled Englishmen in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It covers the the height (and depths) of American society which was centered in New York, and "The Buccaneers" who traveled to London to nab a husband and a title with their massive dowries. I had to get this book via inter-library loan, but I'm considering buying a copy for myself. A fascinating and informative read.
This was the final Chris Priestley book I had gotten via the inter-library loan system. This guy has a twisted mind, because he has written some fabulously dark and gothic stories for children. I think I'm going to buy these books for Samantha because she would love them.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
The rivalry between Sweet Valley High an Palisades High is spinning out of control. And when a group of guys from Palisades beats up SVH quarterback Ken Matthews, the Gladiators are determined to retaliate. Christian Gorman is the sexiest guy Jessica Wakefield has ever laid eyes on. Now that he's teaching her how to surf, they're not only catching waves, they're falling in love. Jessica feels terrible sneaking around behind her boyfriend Ken's back. But that's not the worst thing. There's something about Christian that Jessica doesn't know, and it could tear her world apart: Christian is the leader of Palisades High's most violent gang.