Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday Finds (May 29)

What great books did you hear about /discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS! :)

The books I heard of or discovered this past week and I really hope I'll read soon are..

1. Goodnight, Irene by Jan Burke

For thirty-five years the identity of the dismembered woman found under the Las Piernas pier has remained a mystery. What secret did she take to her grave? Southern
California reporter Irene Kelly has uncovered a maze of forensic records and confidential files that suggest a motive far more sinister than anyone imagined. The discovery has brought her close to Detective Frank Harriman, and closer still to exposing a killer who will resort to anything to keep his secrets buried — and Irene silenced forever.

2. Killing Fear by Allison Brennan

Fear Never Dies
Theodore Glenn is bright, charismatic, and loves to inflict pain . . . both on his victims before they die and on those who later find their mutilated corpses. At his trial seven years ago, Glenn vowed vengeance on his persecutors: Detective Will Hooper, the cop who nabbed him, and beautiful Robin McKenna, the stripper whose testimony put him behind bars.

When a catastrophic disaster sets convict Glenn free, he blazes a freshly-bloodied path across San Diego County. But the dea
th he craves most is Robin McKenna's.

Putting aside their past troubled relationship, Will rushes to protect Robin, now a savvy businesswoman o
perating her own upscale club. As the killings mount and Glenn proves a master manipulator, Robin and Will become snared in a twisted web of horror. But the shocking truth is even worse, for this macabre mystery has a twist: the evil they face is even more deadly than they fear.

3. Lucid by Katherine Yeboah (This book I got from Debra at
"It's called lucid dreaming. When you become aware that your dream is a dream, while you're actually dreaming it." Lucid dreaming. It sounded an intriguing enough prospect. A prospect worth giving a go. Why not? And, sure enough, Sloane's first journey into this heralded other-world does not disappoint. A dream unlike any she has ever experienced engulfs her. Swallows her whole. The thrill, however, comes quickly to an end, when Sloane finds herself gazing into her neighbor's apartment. And what she sees there, in a shadowed, secret room, will haunt her from that moment forward.

4. Essential Seduction by Nikki Soarde (This book I got from Debra at

David Metcalfe seduces women for a living. However, after several years as an undercover operative, using his dashing good looks to facilitate the quest for justice has lost its appeal. And when a retaliatory attack lands him in the hospital, he decides it's time to move on.

When friend and former colleague Detective Stevie Soltice
comes to him with a special request, it's hard to say no. Especially when the operation involves rescuing her daughter from The Way, a secretive cult isolated deep in the Appalachian Mountains. Stevie believes the only way in is through the founder's daughter Thea, a beautiful but lonely woman whom they hope will be vulnerable to David's unique talents.

When David meets Thea, she turns his life upside down. Her dedication and passion stir things inside him he's never experienced before and he finds himself falling in love for the
first time. But the deception complicates things. And eventually he must decide what's more important. His love for Thea or the welfare of an innocent young girl?

5. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Rardin

Rardin fuses spy girl with vampire slayer in this entertaining but derivative debut. Jasmine Jaz Parks, a martial artist turned vampire-hunting government agent, is assigned to protect top-notch operative Vayl, a 300-year-old vampire on the side of the good guys. As Vayl helps Jaz to hone her supernatural abilities and she tries to keep from falling for his Romanian charm, they track down a dirty senator in cahoots with Mohammed Khad Abn-Assan, a terrorist who's making plans for a Red Plague spread through vampire-to-human contact. Rardin delivers all the paranormal touches that fans of Hamilton, Harris and Whedon enjoy, and Jaz's jittery narration amuses, but the fang-filled plot, replete with action licks and paranormal theatrics, will have trouble standing out in this overcrowded field.

Hosted by Should Be Reading, so if you want to see more Friday Finds for this week check here :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Unread

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In the perfect follow-up to last week’s question, as suggested by C in DC:

Is there a book that you wish you could “unread”? One that you disliked so thoroughly you wish you could just forget that you ever read it?

I must have more than one book that I wish I never read, but the only one that come's to my mind right now is Love-Slave To The Sheikh by Miranda Lee . I really wish I didn't waste my time on this book because I just hate this kinky domination thing and it was tooooooooo much, I think it scarred me for life! Just kidding :)

So what is the book that you wish you could "unread" ? To check out what others have to say check here ..

The Literary Blogger Award

Diane @ The Book Resort and Blodeuedd @ Book girl of Mur-y-Castell have both awarded me with this touchy gorgeous award!
I thank them very much you have both made my day :)

The Literary Blogger Award acknowledges bloggers who energize & inspire reading by going the extra mile. These amazing bloggers make reading fun & enhance the delight of reading!

The Rules:

1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

I pass this award to..

Rebecca @ Lost in Books
Bella is reading . . .
Erotic Horizon @ Erotic Horizon

Insert Book Title @ Insert Book Title Here
Teddy Rose @ So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
Lilly @ Reading Extravaganza
Jenny Girl @ Jenny loves to read
Jo-Jo @ Jo-Jo loves to read!!!
Retroredux @ Retroredux's Reviews
@ Reading, Writing & Ranting
TexasRed @ TexasRed Books
Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
Wisteria @ Bookworm's Dinner
Sandy @ You've GOTTA read this!
Sharon @ A Bookworm's Reviews
Pabast @ reading mama
Toni @ A Circle of Books
Teddyree @ The Eclectic Reader
Jess @ Barney's Book Blog
Beth @ Beth Fish Reads
Barbara @ Happily forever After
Dottie @ My Blog 2.0
Liyana @ LiyanaLand!
Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Chris @ book-a-rama
Shannon @ Confuzzled Books
Ruth @ Bookish Ruth
Kristi @ Passion For The Page
Vickie @ Vixen's Daily Reads
Marta @Marta's Meanderings
Ti @ Book Chatter and other stuff...
Randi @ Randi Romance Reader
mizb17 @ Should Be Reading
Amy @ My Friend Amy
Natasha @ Maw Books Blog
DS @ third-storey window
Leya @ Wandeca Reads
Heather @ Heather's Reading Romance
Carpoolqueen @ Just Your Average Carpoolqueen
Smash @ Great Books and Fresh Coffee
Lynne @ Lynne's Little Corner of the World
Cindy @ Cindy Reads Romance
Robin @ My Two Blessings
Katie @ My Life in Books
Readers Delight
Kara @ World According to Books
kolibri @ a young lady's book lounge
Marg @ ReadingAdventures
R. @ R. is for Reading
Ramya @ Ramya's Bookshelf..
Pink-Princess Book Reviews
CoversGirl @ Between The Covers
Jennifer @ Jennifer's Book Blog
Cecile @ All I Want and More
Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm

OK I know as always I exceeded the limit but hey I love all these blogs, so what is a girl to do? ;)

A Bunch Of Awards

Liyana @ LiyanaLand has awarded me with a bunch of awards :) that was so sweet of her to nominate me for them all :)
The list of nominees she added gave me a whole lot of new blogs to check out so I'm very grateful to Liyana .. thanks again!!

The awards she awarded me are ..

One Lovely Blog Award

Let's Be Friends Award

#1 Blogger Award

Flower Bear Tagging Award

You Don't Say! Award

Splash! Award

2009 Friendly Blogger Award

I will not name any nominees here since it would be a HUGE list so I encourage anyone who passes by and would like any or all the awards above to regard himself/herself awarded :)

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

What's on Your Nightstand? (May)

This is a monthly event held on the forth Tuesday of the Month by 5 Minutes for Books.
You can participate in What's on Your Nightstand? in several ways. Choose what's appealing to you:
  1. Take a picture or simply give a list of the stack of books that you are in the process of reading or planning to read (it might be on your nightstand, on a bookshelf, or like me, under your bed).
  2. Give short reviews of the book or books that you read that month.
  3. Tell about what you are reading and why. I love to read the backstory on books. Did someone give it to you? Are you trying out a new genre at the recommendation of a friend (or website)? Did you stumble across a new author in a used bookstore?
  4. Fill us in on your reading habits. When are you reading these books? Is one reserved for bedtime reading? Does one stay in your car to be read while you are waiting? Do you read just one book at a time?
This is the first time I participate in the event so here goes..

The books I read for the month of May are:

Out Of The Box (The Edge Series #1) by Kallysten
This I bought from Fictionwise at the spur of the moment and it's a short story so it didn't take much time to read. I then bought the whole series which are 10 ebooks until now, but I didn't get a chance to read any of them yet.. they are still waiting on my IPhone :)

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
I've read so many reviews about this book and since it was done into a movie I thought I would try it out.

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione
This was the second book in the Demonica series and since I LOVED the first book I had to check the second one.. I was NOT disappointed.. I LOVED it as much as the first one!

Her Heart His Soul by Kari Thomas
This ebook was sent to me by Debra at for review.

Heart Storm by Liane Gentry Skye
This story was part of an anthology sent to me also by Debra at for review.

From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris
The eighth book in my favorite series "Sookie Stackhouse" and one of my favorite in the series.

Books I'm reading right now:

The Prey by Allison Brennan

Books I plan to read in June: (but hey planning does not mean I'm going to do it all, but I will try ;) )

Noble Blood by Linda J. Parisi
Kensington’s Soul by Faith V. Smith
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
No Limits by Alison Kent
The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy
Accidentally Were by Anne Douglas

One Lovely Blog Award #2

Wendy @ We Read has awarded me with this cute award.. thank you Wendy for thinking of me :) It was so sweet of you!

This award is given to new blogs and blogging friends discovered. I thank you for discovering my blog and feeling it worthy of your recognition :)

Now time to pass it on ..

1. Diane @ The Book Resort
2. Blodeuedd @ Book girl of Mur-y-Castell
3. Caite @ a lovely shore breeze....
4. Ladybug @ Escape In A Book
5. Fyrefly @ Fyrefly’s Book Blog
6. Bluestocking @ The Bluestocking Guide
7. Karin @ Karin's Book Nook
9. nats
10. MelissaScuffed slippers and wormy books....
11. Karen @ Over the Backyard Fence
12. The Royal Reviews @ Royal Reviews
13. Virginie Barbeau @ Virginie Says…
16. Melody Lee @ Melody's Reading Corner
17. @ Dark Novels
18. Marie Burton @ The Burton Review
19. Oh.No.They.Didn't
20. The Dangerous Pages Review
21. Book Critiques
22. Heather @ A Girl on the Run
23. Is That My Ass?
24. Gail @ More Than A Song
25. The Three Opinionated Booksluts @ The Scarlet Corset
26. SuziQoregon @ Whimpulsive
27. The happily ever after . . .
28. Evy's Harlequins "N" More
29. Better Off Read
30. ĬЙĐʧŢЯŲĆŤĺβŁ€ @ Indestructible
31. Jules @ Jules' Book Reviews
32. Missy @ Missy's Book Nook
33. Caspette @ The Narrative Causality
34. Sandy @ One Literature Nut...

Teaser Tuesdays (May 26)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My Teasers:

Killing her wasn’t the beginning, and it certainly wouldn’t be the end. Many others deserved to die. But her death would be the most satisfying.

She stared at him, her face firm, a slight frown pulling down the corners of her lips. “I can’t live with another death on my conscience.”

Both from "The Prey" by Allison Brennan.

Monday, May 25, 2009

From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris

From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris

Year Published: 2008

My Raring: 5 stars

336 pages

This is the 8th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series.
After the devastation of the vampire summit and hurricane Katrina things were not stable in the supernatural world. Some were's were being picked out and murdered and the new packleader is the suspect.
The vampire queen of Louisiana is not doing very well and other vampires are trying to take advantage of the situation!
Sookie is in the middle of all this plus some family problems with Jason she has to deal with.
Plus Sookie's boyfriend Quinn has disappeared since after the bombing of the Giza Hotel!
She gets introduced to new family members ;)

I loved this book as I have loved the previous books and since it does not have any hanky panky scenes with Quinn I am very happy :) Sookie is sucked in the problems of the supernatural world and she keeps trying to help as much as she could..
Some bittersweet scenes with Bill, Eric is adorable as usual, Sam is his sweet self, Alcide the good buddy and Amelia the perfect roomie!

I don't want to give too much away but action is high in this book, and as usual I highly recommend this book.. well actually this whole series :D

Quotes I enjoyed from the book: WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!

From his chair, Bill caught my eye and silently put his hand over his heart. It was a romantic and totally unexpected gesture, and for a moment I softened toward him.

"When you were the one who came to my aid, I decided it was fate. I did what I had been told to do by my queen. In so doing, I fell into a trap I couldn’t escape. I still can’t.” The trap of LUUUUVVVV, I thought sarcastically. But he was too serious, too calm, to mock. I was simply defending my own heart with the weapon of bitchiness.

“I would give anything to lie with you again,” he said.

He gave me a huge tip, and I glanced down to see that in my hurry to get downstairs I’d skipped a button. I was showing a little extra cleavage. I was momentarily embarrassed, but it wasn’t a slutty button, just a “Hey, I’ve got boobs” button. So I let it be.

“Hey,” I said. “How come Eric fetched me for you? You’re fairy, after all. Vampires go nuts when they smell fairies.” In fact, most vampires lost their self-control when they were around fairies. Only a very disciplined vampire could behave when a fairy got within smelling distance.

Niall had been able to mask the fairy odor from Eric in the restaurant, but I saw from the flare of Eric’s nostrils that the intoxicating scent clung to me. Eric’s eyes closed in ecstasy, and he actually licked his lips. I felt like a T-bone just out of reach of a hungry dog. “Snap out of it,” I said. I wasn’t in the mood. With a huge effort, Eric reined himself in. “When you smell like that,” he said, “I just want to f*** you and bite you and rub myself all over you.”

“I am woman, hear me roar,” I said.

“Bring it on, fur-ass!” she shrieked, beckoning with both hands to a Were who was slinking up on her from behind.

“Know this: I will die for her. If you harm her, I’ll kill you.” Bill turned his dark eyes on Eric. “Can you say the same?”

Bill knelt by my feet, his white face turned up to me. “I hope someday you’ll turn to me,” he said. “I’ll never force myself or my company on you.”

“Sitting here on your bed, smelling your scent,” he said in a voice so low I had to strain to hear it. “Sookie… I remember everything.”
“I want to be first. I know that’s selfish, and maybe unattainable, and maybe shallow. But I just want to come first with someone. If that’s wrong of me, so be it. I’ll be wrong. But that’s the way I feel.”

“I wonder if she even waited till they were in the ground before she activated the Aggravate Sookie to Death plan,” I said.

“I lay in front of your fire and talked to you about your life,” he said. Okay, way out of left field. “Uh. Yeah. We did that.” “I remember our shower together.” “We did that, too.” “We did so many things.” “Ah… yeah. Okay.” “In fact, if I didn’t have so much to do here in Shreveport, I would be tempted to visit you all by myself to remind you how much you enjoyed those things.” “If memory serves,” I said sharply, “you kind of enjoyed them, too.” “Oh, yes.”

“I’ll take your eye ahead of time, just in case you want mine.”

“I was not her first. And I always knew it was the vampire in me that attracted her, not the person who was a vampire.”

“I’m only telling you the truth. There has been only one you.”

If this was retaliation for the damn cheeseburger, I’d say she’d gotten a steak-size vengeance.

This was definitely an Oh, shit! moment. (An OSM, as I called them to myself.)

I’d straightened up and I was staring again. But when I glanced at Eric, I saw he was still bowing. Ah-oh. Well, I wasn’t one of his subjects and I wasn’t going to do that again. It had gone against my Americanness to do it once.

When he let go of me, I did an awkward sort of dip in the king’s direction (American! Not used to bowing!) and hopped into my car before either vampire could change his mind about my departure.

These are my reviews for the books I read from this series in order:
1. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
2. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
3. Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
4. Dead To The World By Charlaine Harris
5. Dead As A Doornail by Charlaine Harris
6. Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
7. All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris

Other reviews:
Ashley @ Ashley's Bookshelves

Heart Storm by Liane Gentry Skye

Heart Storm by Liane Gentry Skye

Year Published: 2009

3 Stars

82 pages

This was a short story from an anthology called Secret Volume 27 given to me for review by Debra from

I'm reviewing this because I might not finish the book, but if I do I might add the stories to this post!

Lieutenant Byron Burke lost his family to a merciless killer that slaughtered them one night when he was not home three years ago. He caught sight of the killer but couldn't catch him.. The killer with black eyes, soulless like a shark's!
When one day he goes surfing and gets caught in a storm Serenia rescues him. Serenia is a mermaid on a mission but when she saw Byron in trouble she had to make a detour to save his life.
When he wakes and finds a beauty checking him out he thinks he is in a dream!
Then trouble finds them and it's a fight for their lives as well as their love.

I liked the story although I'm not into mermaids.. all I know of mermaid land is The Little Mermaid and Splash :)

Quotes I enjoyed from this book :

Relief sluiced over him, the muscles in his shoulders unknotting. Perhaps he would not need to engage the land-walker after all.

The hormones that rendered a mermaid’s body supple enough to enjoy painless birthing also gentled the way for her to shift comfortably between her two forms unless she became landlocked by her breeding moon. Mermen, on the other hand, enjoyed no such advantages.

“Rennie,” he began, dragging a hand through his mussed hair. “I came out here a lost man, chasing the past.
Swallowing audibly, he turned away and rattled out a sigh. When his gaze captured hers again, she saw that his eyes shone with wetness. “Instead of the past, I found my future,” he rasped, catching a stray tendril of hair between his fingers and tucking it behind her ear. “you have saved me in ways I didn’t know I needed to be saved.”

“Forgive me,” he said, pressing his lips to the crown of her head. “you don’t have to say it. Not now. Not ever. you’re free…”

“I understand now. And I swear to you, when you open your eyes, the sun will be shining and you will be free to love anyone your heart desires.”

Those eyes, so black. Soulless. Like a shark’s.

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event hosted by J. Kaye's Book Blog to list the books completed last week, the books currently being reading, and the books to be finish this week.

Just now tuning in? Click here for more details.

What I read the past week:
From Dead To Worse by Charlaine Harris

Reading Now
The Prey by Allison Brennan

To Be Read this week (I'm not sure I'll stick to these choices, and I know i will not read them all but I might choose only 1)
* Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak book #4) by Darren Shan
* Shakespeare's Champion (Lily Bard #2) by Charlaine Harris
* The Accidental Werewolf by Dakota Cassidy
* Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
* Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Musing Mondays (May 25)

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about gift certificates…

Do you give gift certificates to book stores as presents? If so, do you give for actual stores or online stores? Do you like to receive them yourself?

I have never given gift certificates yet.. I would love to give them out because I would prefer my friends to get the books they prefer instead of giving them something they don't like or that they already have!
I would give an Amazon GC, never tried actual stores but it's tempting :)

Of course I love to recieve them myself, who doesn't?? I received a GC for Amazon from Play Book Tag a group on .. that was so cool I was ecstatic, and went and got me a few books!!

I'm considering having a giveaway but since it's really hard to send books from my country because our post is not that reliable I've considered giving away GC's .. but I'm still in phase one :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - A Second First Time?

What book would you love to be able to read again for the first time?

(Interestingly, I thought that I had thought this one up myself, but when I started scrolling through the Suggestions, found that Rebecca had suggested almost exactly this question a couple months ago. So, we both get credit!)

Well I can't just list just one.. I have so many favorite books that I wish I just discovered and would love to read them for the very first time!!

If only one could erase a certain part of reading memory to erase what I know of these books and read them and be amazed and surprised again and again :) That would be perfect!!

They are in no particular order.. So I will have to say..

1. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

2. Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer

3. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris

4. The Demonica series by Larissa Ione

5. No Evil series by Allison Brennan

6. The Dark Ones series by Katie Macalister

7. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

8. P.S I Love You by Cecilia Ahern

9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

OK these are the ones I could remember right now.. could be more though :)

To read what others have to say check it out here ..

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday Finds (May 15)

What great books did you hear about / discover this week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds for this week!!

The Fixer by Jon F. Merz

Meet Lawson: vampire by birth, Fixer by trade. His mission: preserve the secret existence of vampires by any means necessary. There's just one problem - his oldest enemy Cosgrove is back, killing humans and threatening to unleash an ancient unholy evil.

There Goes the Bride by Lori Wilde

Legend claims this antique Irish wedding veil can grant your heart's deepest desire. But be careful what you wish for!

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves.

Vampire Universe by Jonathan Maberry
They Can’t Wait To Meet You..!

They invade your nightmares and haunt your sleepless waking hours. They are the Nosferatu, the werewolves, the demons, and the living dead that wait in the dark.

A Hint of Wicked by Jennifer Haymore


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Gluttony

Mariel suggested this week’s question

Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

Yes, my eyes are so bigger than my book belly!!

I buy books that attract my attention in hope that one day I will read them.. I try to stock books because maybe one day bookstores will be extinct.. (Just Kidding) well I'm trying to convince myself that way!!

And if there is an offer like buy 2 books get the third free.. oooh I'm so into that.. I can't contain myself..

Lately I'm trying to avoid going to the bookstore.. so the bookstore came to me.. EBOOKS!!! Now I buy them online from the confort of my home and upload them to my reader..

My reader has over 200 books that are waiting to be read!! What do you think of this GLUTTONY!!

So what do you do?!

To see others thought about this question.. check here !!

Her Heart His Soul by Kari Thomas

Her Heart His Soul by Kari Thomas

Year Published: 2009

My Rating: 4 stars

452 pages (on Sony Reader)

I got this book through Debra @ Review Your Book, if you are interested in reviewing books you could contact her :) She is such a sweet lady!!

Sara Winters is an antique book collector, searching for a rare book that may or may not exist. While looking for it in France she encounters visions of her father being brutally murdered back home! But it was too late to rescue him.. the problem is the company he is working for PFI insists it was a car accident and he has the bruises to prove it.

Determined to look for answers and uncover her father's murderer, she goes looking for his acquaintances.. but before getting a chance to talk to them.. they seem to die naturally!!

Drake Domitaine is a half-angel half-demon warrior, also looking for the book because within it is his salvation.. with it he would be able to turn back to his angel warrior self and redeem his soul..

I don't want to give more about the story so as not to spoil the twists and turns, but it was a great read.. I loved Sara, she is such a character, determined to save all the people she cares about no matter what the outcome.. and Drake.. the magnificent Drake .. he is so demonly handsome in an angelic way :)

The book kept me turning pages as fast as time would allow me, because I just NEEDED to know what will happen next.. filled with action and romantic moments!

Quotes I liked from the book..

The remaining scenes of her vision came flooding back into her mind before she could stop the rush of the too vivid images; the splattering of blood onto the white walls and spotless floors, the horrified shrieks of terror, the encompassing black void sweeping into the room to swallow all sights and sounds.

No matter what I have to do, I’m going to find the truth.

“Ah, Venetrix, you are a contradiction I didn’t expect.”

When he suddenly raised his brows and then grinned sexily at her, Sara nearly choked on her embarrassment. “I said wow aloud, didn’t I?”“Yeah.”

That sexy, teasing smile that could make her heart flip-flop returned to his mouth. “I am forty three hundred years old.” He grinned boyishly and she bit back a soft sigh. “My kind age gracefully.”

Don’t ever doubt that both sides of my nature are dangerous, Somsemoh,” he murmured silkily. “One side can kill you, the other can destroy your soul.”

He knew he would remember her expression for the rest of his eternity. The shock and horror on her face and in her eyes would haunt him forever. It ripped away a little piece of his soul he couldn’t afford to lose.

He had given her his protection. The least she could do was to give him her respect.

"The supernatural world isn’t as secretive as it once was. Every government in the world knows of the existence of demons and all other beings out there. Haven’t you noticed the increased interest in the paranormal, in books, movies, in discussions? It’s eventually becoming an accepted fact.”

He finally spoke. “Sara, you have to look at me some time or another.”She sighed without turning around to face him. “I’m afraid to see the anger on your face.”

“I care, Somsemoh. I care to the very depths of my soul."

“That really was Lance, wasn’t it? The very same I-would-rather-eat-you-than-look-at-you Lance?”

Saturday, May 9, 2009

"I Suck at Challenges" Challenge Update #3

For April this is my challenge update .. It has been a really bad reading month :(

Books read in April..

Challenges Completed:

Other Challenges Updated:
Just reviewing all books read this year!

50 Book Challenge 2009
33/50 (6 added)

Pages Read Challenge
7354/10000 (1590 pages added)

3/3 (2 added) DONE
2/? (1 added)
1/10 (1 added)

Finishing anyone of these series would mean I finish the challenge.

999 Challenge
41/72 (6 added)

2nds Challenge 2009
3/12 (1 added)

3/3 (2 added) DONE
1/? (1 added)
1/10 (1 added)

Finishing anyone of these series would mean I finish the challenge.

100 Shots of Short
26/100 (2 added)

5/15 (3 added)

The Love Bites Reading Challenge

Naming Conventions Challenge
9/10 (1 added)

9 Books for 2009
7/9 (2 added)

All in all, not bad but I could have done better.. I'll try better in May :)

Weekly Geeks - Mark It Down

For this week's edition of Weekly Geeks, I'd like to focus on one of the most useful tools for a bibliophile: Bookmarks.

Do you use bookmarks or just grab whatever is handy to mark your page? Do you collect lots of different bookmarks or do you have a favorite one that you use exclusively? If you're not someone who uses bookmarks on a regular basis, have you ever used anything odd to mark your place?If you make your own bookmarks or have a bookmark collection, please feel free to share some pictures with the rest of us.

Create your own post and come back to sign Mr. Linky. Please enter the direct URL to your post, not the main URL of your blog. Don't forget to visit other Weekly Geeks and see what sort of bookmarking habits they have!

When I read the question for this weeks Weekly Geeks I felt it oddly familiar and remembered that I answered something related to bookmarks on my blog before.. so I searched the archives and found that true it was a question I answered before.. Therefore I will not repeat my answers here but will direct you to that previous post ;)

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#1 Blogger Award

My gracious friend Yvonne has awarded me with this wonderful and adorable award.. thank you Yvonne .. you are always kind to me :)

I do admit that I love so many blogs and regard them as #1 so it's hard to pick and choose.. so this time I'm passing it on to newly discovered to me blogs ..

1. mjmbecky @ One Literature Nut...

2. Liyana @ LiyanaLand!

3. J.G. @ Hotch Pot Cafe

4. addicted reader @

5. emmyreader @ Don't Lose My Place

6. Elle Scott @ Writing Advice for the Absolute Newbie

7. Michele @ A Reader's Respite

Friday, May 8, 2009

Your Blog Is Enchanted Award

Lilly @ Reading Extravaganza and Jenny Girl @ Jenny loves to read has awarded me with this wonderful award, it was so sweet of them to think of me.. thank you Lilly and Jenny Girl :)

The only requirement for this award is that you shared it with whomever you like, sharing the love is always a good thing. The blog has to show only one characteristic, caring. So, start sharing this enchanted award with five other bloggers. Let your bloggers know they have received this enchanted award. (Remember, fairies are fickle wee things, don't incur their displeasure by ignoring their gift.)

And since I got this award twice I get to give it out twice.. so I've chosen the 10 blogs ..

2. Gail @ More Than A Song

3. Vampires, Witches, Weres and All That @ Candace's Book Blog

4. Katie @ My Life in Books

5. Erika Lynn @ Kiss My Book

8. Ruth King @ Bookish Ruth

9. karinlibrarian @ Karin’s Book Nook

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

Desire Unchained by Larissa Ione

Year Published: 2009

My Rating: 5 stars

416 pages

This is the second book in the Demonica series.

This time it's the story of the second brother the paramedic Shade. When he wakes up chained in a dark dungeoen with his human ex-girlfriend Runa he thinks he is dreaming.. Since she discovered his betrayal almost a year ago and ran away from the scene broken hearted and hurt she encountered a life altering situation which almost kills her. Now almost a year later she comes back to seek revenge only to be caught by a nightmare in disguise.

Now she is mad as hell with him and the situation that she is in because of him, plus this emprisonment!!

When they are forced to life-bond by their crazy captor that is seeking revenge on the most highest level. They are faced with a bond that seals their fates and emotions they can't seem to help avoid, Shade is forced to endure a curse that will fade him away! But will Runa help him or avenge her shattered heart.

This was such a book that was hard to put down.. Shade is so adorable in that hunky hot kind of way..

It was so action filled that it was amazing.. twists and turns when you least expect it.. I loved it.. Every time I think ok it's everything is fine now something turns up that makes me sitting on the edge of my seat!! I would highly recommend this book to any paranormal/romance reader .. it is so passionate that it leaves you smiling..

I'll be picking up the third book soon to see what happens with the third brother Wraith :) God they are so hot!! I just can't wait :)

Quotes I liked from the book..

“There’s so much evil in him, Paleshadow,” she’d told Shade once, using the nickname he’d never hear again.

Wraith snorted. “Cowards. Seriously. Who brings a gun to a knife fight? That’s cheating.”

God, this felt good. He slid Wraith a glance. “This isn’t like, vampire gay, is it?”Wraith snorted and shot him the finger.

You hated me so much that you wanted to bring down me and the hospital.” The tone of his voice became gentler. “Not that I blame you.”

He might be a demon, but he was also a paramedic, and the desire to save lives was almost as strong as his drive to have sex.With Runa. His mate.Fuck.
“What? I didn’t cuss.” Way to sound guilty, idiot.

For the love of all that’s unholy, stop it. Stop being so fucking nice. You should hate me.”

You can’t truly hate someone you’ve loved. You can only hurt.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me thrice… I end up dead.

“I will bear this pain for you,” he swore. “If one of us has to bleed, it will be me. It’ll always be me.” There was nothing he wouldn’t do for her, he knew that now.

The angel wheeled away, and when Runa made to give chase, Shade grabbed her by the scruff. “Down, girl. They’re almost impossible to kill. Let him go.”

Wraith jerked Kynan closer, taking long, powerful pulls as though trying to ingest as much nourishment as possible before his meal was taken away.

Wraith sat forward in his chair, propping his forearms on his spread knees. “’Sup, buddy.”Buddy? Kynan blinked again. He wasn’t at UG. He was in the Twilight Zone.

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The Heartfelt Award

I've been awarded yet again by the generous Diane @ The Book Resort and Alaine @ Queen of Happy Endings by the most heart touching award there is.. The Heartfelt Award.. It was so sweet of them to think of me :)

This is what the award means..

Do you reach for a cup of cocoa or tea when you’re relaxing, seeking comfort, sharing a plate of cookies with family & friends?

You know that feeling you get when you drink a yummy cup of cocoa, tea ~ or a hot toddy?

That is what the Heartfelt award is all about feeling warm inside : ].
I wanted to create something to express that toasty feeling.

The Rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.

So since I got this twice I get to give it twice ;) therefore I'll name 18 blogs ..

1. Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews

2. Lilly @ Reading Extravaganza

3. Julie @ Outlandish Dreaming

4. Teddyree @ The Eclectic Reader

5. wendy @ We Read

6. Duchess Berry @ 3 minutes Writer

7. Randi @ Randi Romance Reader

8. Wandeca @ Wandeca Reads

9. Imzadi @ Imzadi Dragonfly's Look on Things

10. Wendy @ Musings of a Bookish Kitty

11. Kristi @ Passion For The Page

12. Cindy @ Cindy Reads Romance

13. Smash @ Great Books and Fresh Coffee

14. Jenny Girl @ Jenny loves to read

15. Sharon @ Hustle Hag

16. Donna @ Bites

17. Amy @ Romance Book Wyrm

18. Lisamay @ Look At that Book

Sunday, May 3, 2009

I Was Tagged !!

My dear Bella @ Bella Foxx's Life has tagged me with this fun tag..

These are the rules..
1. Mention the person who nominated you.
2. List six unimportant things that make you happy.
3. Tag six blogs, state the rules & notify them with a teeny comment on their blog.

Some of the unimportant things that make me happy are..

1. Finishing a really good book!
2. Writing a satisfying book review.. satisfying to me that is :)
3. Finding I got more followers and more comments.. I love comments :)
4. Shedding a few pounds from my weight ;)
5. Waking up early and getting more things done.
6. Lately, checking my twitter :)

The 6 blogs I tag are..

Erotic Horizon @ Erotic Horizon
Duchess Berry @ 3 minutes Writer

Ok I know I exceeded the limit.. but don't I always :)

The Lemonade Award #2

I was kindly awarded this cute award by the generous Blodeuedd @ Book girl of Mur-y-Castell .. thank you you have been so sweet to me :)

This is what I should do..

1) Put the Lemonade Award logo on your blog or post.
2) Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.
3) Link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5) Share the love and link to the person from whom you received your award.

So I nominate the following for this award..

The Book Resort @ The Book Resort

MELODY OF A MOM @ The Melody Of A Mom

Desert-Veil @ Confessions Of A Student Muslimah

Toni @ A Circle of Books

Wisteria @ Bookworm's Dinner

Pabast @ reading mama

Jess @ Barney's Book Blog

Beth F @ Beth Fish Reads

His Sweetheart @ His Sweetheart

Lindsay @ Bytes Of Memory

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

Year Published: 1995

My Rating: 3 stars

224 pages

Distance: New York, New York = 6383.1 miles/ 10272.5 kilometers

First of all this is an Oprah book for those who don't know! I didn't realize it when I started it, but while I was already in the middle of the book.

The story is set in Germany post WWII. It starts with Michael Berg a 15 year old boy getting sick while on his way home, a lady sees him, cleans him up and takes him home. When he is better his mom tells him to go thank the lady so he does.. Only to see her in an unappropraite position. When Hanna sees him, he runs away, only to visit her again a couple of days later. He helps her bring up coal to her apartment and gets dirty in the process so she offers him a bath.. Then they kind of fall for each other and begin an affair for a while. He started reading to her before their ritual bath and roll in the hay!

Then one day she disappears with absolutly no trace!

Eight years later, he is attending a trial since he is studying law and one of the defendants is no other than Hanna!

He attended every single day of the trial.. trying to understand what has happened.. and happening in his life.. and during this time he discovers a secret she has been trying to hide from him and the whole world even if hiding it would give her a harder prison sentence.

When she is sentenced, he starts to read to her as he used to but through tapes he sends to her..

If I write more than that I will spoil the story so I'll stop here..

It took me awhile to write this review because of my mixed opinions about it, I liked the first part of it but the trial was boring, with too much details that didn't seem to add to the story.. The "Kid's" emotions were quite explainable, since she was his first love and the affair kind of "scarred" him for any other relationships because he was always comparing the other women with her.. but I didn't understand why he did not reveal her secret to help her or even talk her into revealing it herself!

The end was ok but I wanted a better ending! I can't say I hated the book, I liked it but that was it.. not a favorite nor a recommendation to anyone.. but I want to see the movie to compare ..

It's right there with Beloved and Atonement for me..! Well maybe a teeny bit better :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Out Of The Box (The Edge Series #1) by Kallysten

Year Published: 2006

My Rating: 4 stars

38 pages


Genre: Romance/ Dark Fantasy

Virginia went to the club looking for a vampire, and a vampire she found!
As soon as Anando set foot in the club, Virginia couldn't tear her gaze from him.. he captivated her.. then he started dancing with girls all around him.. but he had eyes only for Virginia..
She went home with him and he introduced her to a white chest full of surprises :)

I can't say more because it's such a short story and I will give it out if I do.. it was a nice short read and I enjoyed it.. but it is mainly erotica so if you are not interested in this genre I'd advise you to skip it.. and since the cover of the book is so explicit I will not post it!

I bought this title from Fictionwise for $0.48 and it is the 1st in a series of 10 short stories right now..
I went and bought them to read as soon as possible :)

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