Friday, April 29, 2011

No Blog Hops for me today

I will not be participating in the blog hops today. I know I've been a horrible blogger as of late, but I've been really busy and I'm getting really behind in my reading. I have to work tonight and then I have to get up early tomorrow and work as well, so any little amount of free time I have today I'm going to spend reading.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 4/26/11


"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 (2) two "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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"


My tease this week is from The Unfinished Song: Initiate by Tara Maya:

Page 4:
"Evasion her only option, Dindi darted past a couple of elder women haggling over an exchange of vegetables for pottery. Married women, with their salt-and-pepper hair coiled in stacked rings atop their heads, sat with their wares on blankets arranged all around the platform."

Friday, April 22, 2011

Follow Friday and 18 & Over Book Blogger Tag Along 4/22/11



This week's question:

"What is on your current playlist right now?"

Lately it's been the Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, John Vanderslice, the Shins, and MGMT.

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This week's question:

"What attracts you most to a book? Is it the cover, blurb or something else?"

I'm definitely drawn to a pretty cover, but I think the blurb has to draw me in before I'll commit to buying it.

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Happy Friday!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 4/19/11


"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 (2) two "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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"


My tease this week is from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins:

Page 40:
"Bam! It's like someone actually hits me in the chest. No one has, of course, but the pain is so real I take a step back. I squeeze my eyes shut and I don't see Prim-I see Rue, the twelve-year-old girl from District 11 who was my ally in the arena."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Review: The Accidental Adult by Colin Sokolowski

Title: The Accidental Adult: Essays and Advice for the Reluctantly Responsible and Marginally Mature
Source:
Won from giveaway (and signed by the author!)
Author: Colin Sokolowski
Genre: Humor
Synopsis from Goodreads
"Accidental Adult (n.): an individual whose age indicates maturity, but whose actions indicate otherwise.Those carefree days of post-college life went away in the blink of an eye. Now you spend your money on mortgage payments and Saturdays at dance recitals. The mixtapes you blasted out of your two-door coupe went the same way as the car, traded in--for a sliding-door minivan with a complimentary Wiggles CD.
If life's the ultimate road trip, it's time to stop listening to the GPS of responsible adulthood. Instead, follow the lead of reluctant grown-up Colin Sokolowski, who proves growing up doesn't necessarily mean selling out. With a little guidance, you can survive the inevitable trek to old age as an accidental adult and have some fun along the way.
Part how-to advice and part how-not-to narrative, The Accidental Adult leads you along an alternate path through adulthood. You'll learn there's a time and a place to act your age (ditch the Coors Light during dinner parties), but that you don't have to lose your sense of cool (it's okay to buy those $250 reunion tour tickets--as long as your car payment's in). With it, you'll realize that just because you're older doesn't mean you have to be lamer."
 My Thoughts


I haven't read anything humorous in a while and I was excited to have I won this. "Reluctantly responsible" and "marginally mature" definitely can be used to describe me. I personally liked it. The author gives reflections on when he's had to pretend to be a real adult and gives advice on what to do when you're in that situation as well. I particularly like the chapter on Civic Duty where he gives tips on how to get out of jury duty. This is a funny, light-hearted, quick read and I'm glad I read it!

My Rating
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This counts as book 14 (ahh! I'm so far behind!) for:




Friday, April 15, 2011

Mini Review: Life From Scratch by Melissa Ford

Title: Life From Scratch
Source:
Kindle Ebook (was a freebie)
Author: Melissa Ford
Genre: Chick-Lit
Synopsis from Goodreads
"Her life's a mess. And so is her kitchen.Divorced, heartbroken and living in a lonely New York apartment with a tiny kitchen, Rachel Goldman realizes she doesn't even know how to cook the simplest meal for herself. Can learning to fry an egg help her understand where her life went wrong?
She dives into the culinary basics.
Then she launches a blog to vent her misery about life, love and her goal of an unburnt casserole.To her amazement, the blog's a hit. She becomes a minor celebrity. Next, a sexy Spaniard enters her life.
Will her souffles stop falling? Will she finally forget about the husband she still loves? And how can she explain to her readers that she still hasn't learned how to cook up a happy life from scratch?"
 My Thoughts

Rachel Goldman is a thirty-something trying to figure out her life after divorce. She's learning how to cook, dating a new man, and trying out a new career: writing.

I got this a couple months back as an Amazon kindle freebie. I was pleasantly surprised to find I liked it. Rachel was a bit neurotic at times, but otherwise I felt I can relate to her coming of age at 35 story. I hear there's going to be a sequel so I'm excited about that! I'll definitely be reading it.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a light, quick, Chick-lit kind of read.

My Rating
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This counts as book 13 for:


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Follow Friday and 18 & Over Book Blogger Tag Along 4/14/11



This week's question:

"Do you have anyone that you can discuss books with IRL? Tell us about him/her."

Ugh, no, I don't! I think that's why book blogging appealed to me. I can find, connect, and relate to other book lovers through blogging whereas I can't in real life. (But it can be intimidating, too. Most book lovers, I'm sure, are a lot better at grammar than I am!)

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This week's question:

"Do you have a favorite hero, so far, this year? If-so who? "

Ok so I'm gonna cheat and go with TWO heroes, and they would be Mac and Barrons from the Fever series. I love them both!

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That's it. Short and (may be not so) sweet, as usual. If you're a new follower let me know so I can follow back! Have a great weekend. :)

In My Mailbox 4/14/11

Let me just start out by bragging that I've reached 100 followers! I know I'm horrible at blogging sometimes (I completely blank at what I want to write at times lol) but thank you all so much for reading!


Now to IMM:

I'm still on my book buying ban (until Dead Reckoning comes out next month, yay!) so I only got 2 books this week, which is ok since I've only been reading about 1 a week, eek! Here's what I got:


Many thanks to the author and A Cozy Reader's Corner Reviews! I'm looking forward to reading this one.


Many thanks to Miss Remmer's Review!


That's it for today!

18 & Over Giveaway Hop Announcement


I had a lot of fun hosting my last giveaway so I thought it would be fun to take part in a giveaway hop. The 18 & Over Book Giveaway Hop is being hosted by Bitten By Paranormal Romance and Awesome Sauce Book Club and each of the blogs participating will be giving away adult (or erotic) books about couples. I have not decided what I will be giving away but I'll let everyone know when I have decided. So check back here on June 2nd to enter the giveaway and hop on over to other blogs participating!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Teaser Tuesday 4/12/11


"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 (2) two "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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"


My tease this week is from Hunger Aroused by Dee Carney:

Page 56:
"He led them past the sparse kitchen table, through a hallway unadorned with pictures or decorations and into a living room where the lack of colors at once embarrassed him. He wished now he'd put more effort into interior design, or at least making it more comfortable for visitors. Except he didn't have visitors, so it didn't really matter."

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Review: The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason


Title: The Vampire Voss

Source: Netgalley
Series: #1 of the Regency Draculia series
Author: Colleen Gleason
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance (Adults Only)
Synopsis from Goodreads
"Regency London – a dizzying whirl of balls and young ladies pursued by charming men.

But the Woodmore sisters are hunted by a more sinister breed: Lucifer's own.

Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member the Dracule – a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen marked with a talisman that reveals their bartered souls – the mercenary Voss has remained carefully neutral ... until Angelica.

Angelica Woodmore possess the Sight, an ability invaluable to both sides of a looming war among the Dracule. Her very scent envelops Voss in a scarlet fog of hunger – for her body and her blood. But he is utterly unprepared for the new desire that overcomes him – to protect her.

Now Voss must battle his very nature to be with Angelica ... but this vampire never backs down from a fight.
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 My Thoughts


This is the first book I've read by Colleen Gleason. I'm rather torn on whether or not I liked this book.

I did like the writing, most of the characters, and the setting. Colleen Gleason paid attention to detail and I appreciate that. I like Angelica, but I don't like Voss, not even a little bit. He was cocky, selfish, annoying.. and what I don't get is, if he was so attracted to Angelica  why he was still having sex with other women! I can't see why Angelica was attracted to him at all.

But... I still enjoyed it and I can't really explain why lol (I'm horrible at blogging!) but I liked it in the end and will be reading the sequels in the trilogy.

My Rating
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This counts as book 12 for:





and 2 for:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blog Hops Friday 4/8/11



This week's question:

"Do you judge a book by it's cover?"

Of course I do! I can definitely be enticed by a pretty cover. But an ugly cover... just kidding..

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This week's question:

"You make your own question this week."

I've been feeling super lazy (I know, I'm always lazy) so instead of coming up with an question for myself I'm just going to ask you all one. What paranormal series should I read next?

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Hope you all have a good weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

In My Mailbox 4/6/11

In My Mailbox is the weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren where you can showcase books you received. :)

I didn't purchase anything this week, I did receive a few things:

Received for review:


Won:

Won these from Gone With Words. Thanks, Jess!

Other:
For Free from All Romance EBooks

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Review: Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title:Shadowfever
Source: I bought a copy
Series: #5 (and final) in the Fever series
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance (Adults Only)
Synopsis from Goodreads
"MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.
What follows is a shocking chain of events with devastating consequences, and now Mac struggles to cope with grief while continuing her mission to acquire and control the Sinsar Dubh—a book of dark, forbidden magic scribed by the mythical Unseelie King, containing the power to create and destroy worlds.
In an epic battle between humans and Fae, the hunter becomes the hunted when the Sinsar Dubh turns on Mac and begins mowing a deadly path through those she loves.
Who can she turn to? Who can she trust? Who is the woman haunting her dreams? More important, who is Mac herself and what is the destiny she glimpses in the black and crimson designs of an ancient tarot card?

From the luxury of the Lord Master’s penthouse to the sordid depths of an Unseelie nightclub, from the erotic bed of her lover to the terrifying bed of the Unseelie King, Mac’s journey will force her to face the truth of her exile, and to make a choice that will either save the world . . . or destroy it.
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 My Thoughts

*Cries* I'm so sad this series is over! I'll say it again, do yourself a favor and read this series in order.

Shadowfever is the conclusion to MacKayla Lane's story, but I'm definitely wanting more. Don't get me wrong, KMM wraps up the series quite well, I'm just sad I don't have anymore Mac and Barrons to look forward to. Every question is answered in Shadowfever, what Barrons is, who is Alina's killer, will the Sinsar Dubh be contained, ect. I think one of my favorite aspects of the whole series is MacKayla's transformation from small town girl to strong, assertive woman. I'm going to miss her!

My one complaint is, even though I didn't want the series to end, (and don't hate me for this!) I think Shadowfever was maybe 50 to 100 pages too long. For that reason I'm taking off half a star.

My Rating
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This counts as book 11 towards:


Teaser Tuesday 4/5/11


"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 (2) two "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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"


My tease this week is from The Accidental Adult by Colin Sokolowski:

Page 71:
"We all deserve that beautiful day in the neighborhood-a beautiful day for a neighbor- especially if you're an accidental adult. But you don't have to hop on Mister Rogers' trolley to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to find it."

Monday, April 4, 2011

New Shiver Giveaway Winner

Unfortunately the first winner of my Shiver giveaway never responded so another winner has been chosen! This time it's:

Again, the winner has 48 hours to respond to my email. Thanks!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Shiver Giveaway Winner!

We have a winner! Thanks for everyone who is following and entered the contest. The winner is...

Maddie M. from Off In Another World

 The winner has been contacted and has 48 hours to respond. Thanks again, everyone!

Blog Hops Friday 4/1/11



This week's question:

"What is the book that you really don't want to admit to loving??"

Hmm.. I really can't think of an answer to this one! I guess I really don't care what other people think. :)

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This week's question:


"Where is your favorite place to read?"

Definitely in the tub, with a glass of wine!


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