Thursday, May 28, 2015

Books, Books & More Books Is Moving


There have been some issues using Blogger. Sadly, I am moving Books, Books & More Books to WordPress.
I will leave up the past book reviews on this site, but I will no longer be posting book reviews on here.
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GoodReads


Ok, if you have not come across GoodReads … you have several options. But the best one is to head there now.

I joined in 2010. This is a great site to keep on hand. It gives you a large variety of book information. Groups to discuss what you are reading, the authors you like, trivia, quizzes, quotes, reviews, GoodReads Blog, other bookaholics, book reviews, some eBook download options … and even giveaways.

Info about GoodReads:
“Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Our mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007.”
”See which books your friends are reading.
Track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read.
Check out your personalized book recommendations. Our recommendation engine analyzes 20 billion data points to give suggestions tailored to your literary tastes.
Find out if a book is a good fit for you from our community’s reviews.”

There is Listopia, where you can give your vote on your favorite books. Best Books Ever, Best Books of the 21st Century, Best Books of 2015, Favorite Summer Reads, 5 Star Worthy … and that just keeps going. Sometimes I just sit & look though the lists to see what’s out there or to even vote.

I have found this the best way to keep up with the book series I enjoy, the authors I enjoy … and I even enjoy trying the giveaways. When I am searching for the next in the in a series or the next book to read, I check out my GoodReads to see what the reviews are or for the next in line.
Yes, I give my reviews on my Books, Books & More Books Blog … but sometimes I copy them over to my GoodReads Review.


So, if you haven’t come across GoodReads in the past. Head there now & sign up. Keep a list of the books you want to read, those you have read & those you are currently reading … with options to add other lists. PLUS you can participate in the GoodReads Reading Challenge, where you choose the number of books you want to read for the year.

(Look me up … I enjoy meeting new bookaholics)

OverDrive ~ Online Library


I found this by chance. My favorite library had a business card:
 “ENJOY eBooks & audiobooks on your computer, phone, tablet or iPad”


So, I pulled it up on the computer & fell in love. I registered thought my library, but then later found I could also link it to my FB, and have a wider access to other libraries (that I am a member of).
Now, keeping that in mind, I wish that they could link the military libraries to the public libraries … but sadly they don’t. SO … keep that in mind.

To use other libraries, you will need your library information. (I am looking all over for one of my library cards now, one that I use when I am visiting my dad)
But wishing I kept my other library cards from the states I have lived in … LOL the life of the military family (now retired).

This online Library has Ebooks (Kindle & eBook format … but check for other options I have found a Nook app for it), Audiobooks, plus Videos.
You are given a “checkout limit” & “hold limit” (6 for civilian & 10 for military). You can have the option to save the titles for books you want to read under the “wish list.” You can, also, recommend titles for your library (“Your library can limit how many titles you're allowed to recommend in a given period of time, so if you've hit your limit, just wait a few days, then try again.”). Of course, they will have a list of titles they will recommend for you.
You can rate the books you have read too. From 1 start to 5 stars. For those of you who use GoodReads, you might find this helpful. But they don’t give you the option to do a review on the book, which you can through GoodReads.

They have a “Book Club Picks” … some of the books look interesting but I have not found my favorite type of books on there. (Oh well ..) But that is just the beginning of the lists they provide.
Through the OK Virtual Library, they have “Congressman Tom Cole’s Reading List” … yippy for him to have his own special list, but I am sure there are people who will be interested in it. (Yes, I looked at the list. He’s got JRR Tolkien on it)
Another of my libraries has “Hot off the ePress” containing 1547 options. (No, I only looked at a few, or my wish list would have been though the roof!)
”Lost in the Stacks” has 10647 options to choose from. As much as I don’t care for lists, this one has a wide option of materials. (Oh how I miss this library … but large cities just do that to you)

Get you butts over to OverDrive, set up your account. Find your libraries. Complete your profile, this helps them complete the “Recommended for You” list. (Hey you might find some decent options on it)


OH … it does have an app option. (sorry almost forgot)

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fast Freezer Meals: 46 Delicious and Quick Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes for Make-Ahead Meals That Will Save Your Time and Improve Your Health (Weight Loss Series Plan) ~ Annette Goodman


I love to cook, so when I come across a new cookbook I go through what it’s offering. Then I dive in to see if to try some of the recipes.
Now with this book, I haven’t done that yet … been a bit busy around her to even consider trying to cook a new recipe. (Blast town keeps FLOODING)

But Ms. Goodman has some yummy looking recipes in her freezer meals book. Personally, I love making meals in advance for those busy days … or in my case the “down days.” (Hey, I am human … not super-human Winking smile ) This makes it easy for my husband & sons to help out, even my sweet little granddaughter.

So, going though the recipes I am finding some recipes that I know my family would love … if they came out ok. (Yes, even this kitchen-wiz has had meals that just needed to be trashed.)
But I am weary of trying “Gluten-Free” because I have had bad experiences with that. But with summer around the corner, I will be pulling out a lot of ingredients to make those frozen meals. (some of which I just might “can” as well.

So, if you want to have a few new recipes to add to your family favorites, you might want to give this a try. Because even though I am weary of trying some, some just look too good to pass up!!

Directly for the book, I think my family might really enjoy it:
Pizza Casserole

Servings: 3-4
Preparation time: 20-30 minutes
Cooking time: 4-5 hours
Ingredients:
1 box of gluten free spiral pasta, uncooked
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
1 lb. (~ 455 g) of lean ground turkey
1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
½ cup of water
2 cups of gluten free pasta or pizza sauce (preferably homemade)
1 cup of pepperoni or bacon
2 large cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
½ can of pitted olives

Method of preparation:
1) Prepare the meal by browning the turkey with the onion, bell pepper and garlic. Once browned, transfer to fridge to cool immediately.
2) Once cooled, transfer the turkey mixture to a sturdy zip lock bag and add the pasta or pizza sauce, olives and pepperoni to the turkey mixture and freeze.
3) Thaw the bag of turkey when ready to cook and tip the turkey mixture to a greased slow cooker. Add boiled pasta and the water to the beef mixture. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Cook covered on low for 4-5 hours.

Freezing instructions:
1) The cooked turkey mixture should be thoroughly cooled in the refrigerator before freezing.

Thawing instructions:
1) Place the bag in the refrigerator for 24 hours to thaw the turkey mixture.
Goodman, Annette (2014-07-27). Fast Freezer Meals: 46 Delicious and Quick Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes for Make-Ahead Meals That Will Save Your Time and Improve Your Health (Weight Loss Plan Series) (p.84 - 85).  . Kindle Edition.
(Yes, if I do make this you will be able to find it under my Pinterest Board Recipes We Have Tried & my opinion of it)

DIY: 365 Days of DIY: A Collection of DIY, DIY Household Hacks, DIY Cleaning and Organizing, DIY Projects, and More DIY Tips to Make Your Life Easier ~ White Lemon


(Pic linked directly to Amazon Page: Free for KindleUnlimited; $0.99 for Kindle users)

Everyone one loves to save, or they should. If they don’t … give them a Gibb’s Smack. Because they DESERVE IT.


In this book you will find ways to use different items you have at home or can find cheaply at a yard sale or thrift store, instead of purchasing high priced items from stores. Like making a cell holder, organization bathroom with old CD tower, interesting ideas uses for shower hooks or old door knobs.
From easy household tricks, cleaning recipes, organizing hacks, beauty hacks, health & fitness … and that list goes on. You will might find a few little DIY ideas in this book to help get you moving in the right direction. To use what you have, instead of blowing money on things you really don’t need.
This is not a book for the “crafters” or “DIY yourself” type people. This book give you easy to use ideas, ones you won’t have a problem attempting or finishing.

Here are a couple examples directly from the book:


”Your pantry is a constant mess. Fruit snacks are falling on the flour; Power bars are chucked to the back end. Where are the crazy straws? Where should you keep the seasoning packets? Gosh, life is hard. But not so with this awesome hack…. “




”Onesie set-in stains can really be a bummer: especially since those things are so cute! In order to alleviate this worry, simply mix together 1 tbsp. of baking soda, ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 tbsp. of dawn dish soap. Stir well, and pour the creation over the stain. Allow it to sit out for thirty minutes, and then rinse the onesie to remove the stain.”


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”Gyms are expensive. However, if you simply exercise outside and then pay yourself the same amount of money you would have spent at the gym that day, you can really save up for something nice! Buy yourself something: new exercise clothes, a healthy snack, or even a nice vacation with the money you’ve saved over six months!”

This is coming from a person who loves those newest ideas. But over the years I learned that if you can create it from what you have on hand, then you will have extra money for that vacation you want. Or maybe a “rainy day fund” … or how ever you want to stash that money away.
When you try some of these ideas, you will find yourself on a trip to see what else you can complete in the DIY ideas that are around!

Now the down side to this book, no pictures. Some people are the “see” it types. Where they want to see the complete project to make sure they are doing it right. BUT you can always hit Pinterest to find pics for most (if not all) of these DIY ideas. (Even I have a several boards for DIY ideas … by all means check me out: Tricia (McAllister) Houseman)


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Always a Vampire ~ Nancy Haddock

this is book 3 in a series. Make sure you read the others 1st, or you might feel a little lost.

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Planning the perfect wedding, getting a GED, taking classes for inter design, working as a tour guide & hunting down an evil man ... and Cesca acts it like it's just a normal day. Well, for the most part she does.
Vampires are being killed off by this oily, tar-looking form (the Void). How & why will really (kinda) give you a startle. But that is always a good thing, predicting how a story will end pretty much spoils it. North American vampires are spreading out, not longer nesting. But many have been infected by the Void. This causes some of them to really go underground, to prevent the spread & save others. The Void makes them extremely violent, attacking anything or anyone.
This Void can also attack other supernaturals, sucking their lives & making them violent. The only person it does not hurt, is Cesca because she managed to make herself immune to it (that's covered in the 2nd book). This makes her the perfect weapon to fight the Void & it's creator.
But 1st, she must forgive Triton for his past actions. Triton must get forgiveness for what he feels are his failures where Cesca is concerned. Cosmil, the wizard & friend, must also re-earn Cesca's trust. Saber has only one request, one that scares Cesca & it's the one thing she isn't sure if she can do.
Oh, let's not forget planning the perfect Victorian Wedding for her best friend, Maggie. During all of this, Cesca is 19 days out from being the Made of Honor for Maggie's dream wedding. One that she has been helping Maggie plan. An event that she is determined to see happen, no matter what. Protecting the bride & groom plus the wedding party, sometimes she pushes that a bit too hard. But everyone accepts this, & does what they can to help.
The ending is one of the best I have read. Yes, it leaves it open for another book ... But it, also, has it's own unique quality of Ms. Haddock's (author’s site) writing. You have to read the entire story to understand why the ending fits this tale perfectly.
Now, a few minor spoilers ... Triton meets another dolphin shifter (his mate? Who knows). Lynn is introduced, but that tale is still waiting to be seen (hint, hint ... please write that story). Cosmil has Lia come to assist in tracking down the killer, but this is another story I would love to read about. A little bit about Pandora was given, wizard's and there blasted spells ;) Plus there is a prediction about the Vampire Princess, one I sincerely hope is written about ... soon.
Demanding, yes. Sorry, but Ms. Haddock (GoodReads link) has create a slightly unique world. One that I have enjoyed reading. I sincerely hope she keeps writing about the Vampire Princess, Saber, Triton, Cosmil, Lynn, Lia, Pandora, Gorman ... because she has created some great characters.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Some Girls Bite ~ Chloe Neill

What I look for in a book … Well, it’s pretty simple. Paranormal, helps. Amazing characters, a huge plus. But the main thing is when an author can pull you in with the the 1st chapter, as in you are hooked & want to keep reading til you reach the end. If they have that talent, you will find the rest of the book to be simply one of the best reads you come across. Now that being said, on with my review Smile

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I don’t like to give out parts of the book. But this is one of my favorite in this book:
”Luc raised his gaze to mine. “I assume you looked though the Web site last night and can take us through the C-41 subsets?”
I swallowed down the keen sense of panic. It was like living a nightmare – the one where you were unprepared for an exam & you showed up to the test completely naked? Here I was, nicely dressed, but still about to be humiliated in front of the the squad of Cadogan guards. I might as well have skipped the wardrobe upgrade.
I open my mouth to spit out some kind of response – an apology, a couple of lame sentences about the importance of House security in the days of dueling alliances (& Ethan said I never listened!) – when Luc was hit, square in the face, with a flying piece of jerky.”

I about died reading this in the middle of a vampire guard meeting! Yep, it was a meeting of the Cadogan Guards. (Thankfully my inhaler was close by.)

Now that being put out there. This book had pretty much all of what I love to read. Smart-arses, paranormal/supernatural, characters of all types (good, bad & the WTF “where did you come from”), little mystery, some murder (well not my favorite but it adds to the “why”), some minor sexual “scenes” (not graphic or hard core) … oh I can go on, but I will save you from my long lists Winking smile

I loved reading about how a Merit when from graduate student to vampire. How she felt about the change, how her family reacted, and how she came to accept what happened to her. It was not an easy task for her to come to terms with, but the manner in which she handled it was pretty good. Not always complete mature, but in that situation, you really didn’t expect it to “I am an adult, I can handle this like an adult” type of response. She handled it in a way that was many probably would have handle it.

Ms. Neill (authors site) created a world where Vampire’s have pretty much come out of the closet in Chicago. Where they have chosen stop hiding from humans, and try to work into society.
But even they have their laws, which must be abided. A lesson that Merit much learn. By reading the “Canon of the North American Houses, Desk Reference,” Merit is able to get the general idea of other supernatural, and the laws of the Vampires. Even though she does screw up a few times, here & there … but who doesn’t?

Merit isn’t going through this alone. She has her friends & her grandfather (who is more than expected). Mallory is discovered to be a sorceress. Catch is one as well, but he is also her combat trainer. Jeff, who is love sick over all females, is a great friend. Luc, he’s the head of the guards. Ethan is the Master of the Cadogan House plus a bit of a “tight ass.” Lindsey, guard but good friend. Amber is one of those you really won’t trust turning your back on type of individuals. Malik is 2nd in command over the house.

If you like series or paranormal/supernatural, this is a definite book to read. I can’t wait to get started on book two.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Demon’s Fury, Demon’s Vow, Inner Demon ~ Jocelynn Drake

secrets & more secrets. some are told, but others held on tightly.

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two psychoes killing. Gage (linked to GoodReads) is working on both cases, plus trying to find a way to keep Trixie with him. His friends there to help, in what ever ways they can. But how can you track a killer, much less two, if magic isn't helping? one's blood or "aura" will attack you, while the other uses spells to cause attacks on those using magic.
damned if you do, damned if you don't.

I loved the stories. But as it went on, you knew the ending would not be what you expected.
One psycho killing the young, for Death Magic. Why, is more terrifying. To what extent will this psycho sink to?
One psycho killing pregnant women & there unborn children. What pushed her over the edge is pretty bad. But the tat & potion, just helped it along.
Gage is left trying to figure out how to stop them and keep the life he has. Only problem is that he's doing it all wrong. His hope is gone, his live is threatened, and his future looks bleak. Guess when you are having so many problems, you don't always think reasonably.
Ms. Drake (linked to authors site) has create a world that you want to keep reading about. Not only from Gage's view point, but from any others she may write about. It has it's ups & downs, but what world doesn't?

Blood by Moonlight ~ Jocelynn Drake, Terri Garey, Caris Roane



Enjoyed the stories. I always find it so interesting then they group together short stories into on book. The how & why always cross my mind. But in the end, I am just content to simply enjoy.

Gage standing up to the Winter Court. As if Gage doesn’t have enough in his live to deal with, he’s asked by the Alpha for help. (Yes, the same one he turned into a Chihuahua for two weeks)
It is time for the Winter Court’s Wild Hunt, during the full moon. In steps a request, and Gage being who he is … well, we all know that he just has to do something.

The two witches who must stand together to fight off evil. One witch is highly pissed that her home was sold, and the current owner REFUSES to sell it back to her. But he’s got a few secrets up his sleeve, ones that will slightly shock her. Also, there is a ghost with her own agenda.

Reading about how a bond can be created between Vamp & human (hot & steamy). Some use it for “true love” while others simply use it to bound humans simply for blood. This specific human has completely driven this Master Vamp complete crazy. From there is becomes interesting, as well as hot & steamy. (this one has few sex scenes in it)







Plus the excerpts from the 2 other books, gives provides you with other tales to read. Or at least when I checked out the Kindle Version from the OverDrive library. (Yes, people that link is so worth having!!!)

The Asylum Interviews: Bronx ~ Jocelynn Drake

Short & sweet. Just the basic about how Gage & Bronx go to know each other. Alcohol, tat, potion & lots of effort to put a stop to a incubus problem.

What happens when a human & an incubus try to keep an exclusive relationship? Having a night out with your friend, who you drug, and then decide to get a tat that will “increase” your lovers touch. Hoping it will stop you from starving to death.

And that is where it all goes wrong. Potions can be tricky things, but more so when you put them on any supernatural.

I loved this book. I though it was amazing how Gage & Bronx actually met. But you could tell they were gonna be great friends.

Angel’s Ink ~ Jocelynn Drake

Love when the story draws you in. That lets you know you have found a great read. I love the entire tale, from start to finish. Warlocks/Witches, elves, trolls, vamps, shifters & normal humans wrapped up in a world recovering from the 'Great War.'
But like in any world, you are bound to find the arses that screw everything up. You always need some decent individuals to balance it out. Ms. Drake has created some great characters, negative & positive, to keep you reading & wanting to know more about them.

Gage is a “student-in-training” warlock, who left the Ivory Towers. He refused to be a murder like many of the Warlocks & Witches. The deal with the Council is that he can only use Defensive Magic. (Not an easy thing when he can feel the magic pretty much calling him.)
In walks a lady, who is dying of cancer & was referred to Asylum Ink. Well, she was specifically told to get Gage to do the tat she wanted. Simple tat, Angel Wings covering her entire back. Setting up an appointment for later, she leaves. Gage wants to help her out, so he looks at the supplies he has in his basement. He choose a Lily & Angel Feather … not really a smart thing to do, since NO ONE knows exactly what the feather will do.

Gage completes the tat with the potion. His next unlikely visitor is a Grim Reaper. One who is a little annoyed that he cannot collect the soul, because Gage made the woman immortal. No one on this world is immortal, all can die.

To fix this mess, he hunts down his mentor, the one who taught him all about tat’s & potions. He is attacked by his old Warlock teacher, after discovering his mentors shop has been closed for ages. Barely surviving, he transports himself back to Asylum Ink. From there he uses some magic, the type he’s not suppose to use, to locate his old mentor.

From that point, things go down hill. With a few positives. Gage is forced to correct the tat or loose his own soul. His old Warlock teacher is out for ending Gage’s life, and using anything or anyone he can to complete this “task.” Trixie & Bronx are doing what they can to help Gage, but it’s not all too easy. Especially when you are a warlock in hiding.

Well, thinks that’s all I am gonna provide for this review. I don’t like giving much of the story, I feel it destroys the read.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Murder of Crows ~ Anne Bishop

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Two drugs are causing problems with both humans & Others. One makes you hyped up & insane, thinking your own the world & can take down anything. One that makes you so mellow. Both can cause you to over dose, because of the need for this drug.
Meg is having visions about the effects of them plus visions of children being taking.

Meg is, also, having issues where her relationship with Simon. She is learning to be a normal adult. Without the understand of her feelings, or other feelings from others. The relationship “issues” with Simon & her had me laughing. Neither of them seem to understand the feelings they have for one another. While others see it all too clearly.

Simon is searching for where this drug comes from. He is searching for the Controller, who still wants Meg back. Simon is, also, working to find a way to keep peace between the Others & humans. But he is determined to make sure the humans do not “overstep” the agreement they have with the Others.

Ms. Bishop (GoodReads link) did an amazing job in part two. I cannot wait to read book 3 in this series. She created a world groups of individuals have to learn to live together. Through the ups & downs, from the dislike to like.
Start with Written in Red. Move on to Murder of Crows. Next on the list is Vision in Silver (which I cannot wait to get my hand on!!!).

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Darkness Falls (Darkness Falls #1) ~ Jessica Sorensen

Follow Kayla as she learns there is more to her life than simply being a Bellator. There is a bit to tell, but to do so would give far too many "spoilers" ... so will have to say, this book is worth the read.
Know there are Highers, who seem to be complete dicks. Vamps, who are just out for blood. Then the rest of the Colony ... and those are separated into several groups. Bellators being one group ... and you will just have to read to find out more :)

 

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) ~ Rachel Hawkins

I have learned to dislike jumping into a series without reading the 1st book. But on this one, Demonglass gave enough info so I didn't have to go back to read the 1st one. Although I want to read the beginning, it was nice to get some of the additional info.
This book is worth the read, but I would suggest you read Hex Hall first ... otherwise when you jump back to read it, you will prob lose some of the interest ... LOL or something like that.
Now I have to hunt down Hex Hall (I hope the library has it). But off to read SpellBound, since I have it on hand :)

 

Cold Touch (Extrasensory Agents #2) ~ Leslie Parrish

this was an enjoyable mystery and romance. Mix in physic abilities with a straight nose detective, makes it a good read. The woman was kidnapped as a teen, and then murdered, but survived do to help of the young kid the kidnapper had ... but from there you will find several murders, kidnappings that after the ransom who were murdered by a twisted individual.
Set in Georgia, Ms. Leslie Parrish gives you details of what it is like to be the southern individual, as well as a great view on the area & weather. LOL after all Georgia can be rather hot & humid in Aug.

 

Afterlife (the Resurrection Chronicles #1) ~ Merrie Destafano

Resurrection Chronicles ... coming back after you have died, into a new body. Having to tackle all the lives you have lead to become a part of society. This one takes a professional Babysitter to the recently deceased and a Newbie name Anjelique into a mystery that pulls them together, as well as shows that sometimes family members can tear a family apart. Especially, when you see how they work at convincing their family they are decent individuals.

Lets just say you put in twisted individuals, resurrection, murder ... it makes a good mystery. But keep in mind there is a slight romance involved, hey it gives you a bit of everything!

 

Daemon’s Mark (Nocturne City #5) ~ Caitlin Kittredge

Honestly I really enjoy this series. But I skipped a book, which I really need to read. This is on of those that it's best to read in order. You can skip around, Ms. Kittredge is great at giving back up info from other books, but this is just one of those series that is better to read in order.
Would love to see a LT werewolf in charge of a police force. She battles control of keeping her wolf in check, but sometimes the wolf just has to have her say. In this book, there is a bit of trying to keep the wolf in check. Along with interesting twists.
After all, what happens when you have a woman who is of a witch descant who got a werewolf bite.

Black Magic Sanction (The Hallows #8) ~ Kim Harrison

Rachel Morgan is at it again, running into a situation that could kill her or those she loves.
Currently, Rachel is Al’s student. (for those who have NOT read the past books, Al is a demon. The cure Rachel received from Trent’s father, made it possible for her to use demon magic. Any other info, you will just have to read the books) The “Coven” happens to be the group after Rachel this time. They have shunned her because of the “black magic” she has done, plus they were told that she can do demon magic.
Brook and Victoria, let’s just say that “good witches” aren’t really all they claim to be. One will abuse her power to become more powerful, and the other will abuse it to “catch” Rachel. These two “ladies” are members of the Coven.
Rachel has Peirce babysitting her because of a major mess up during her training with Al. Newt (another demon) has demanded it, or for Al to release Rachel as his student so Newt can teach her. (Newt is one crazy demon.)
But in the end, it’s all on Rachel, Ivy & Jenks to survive the issue of the Coven going after Rachel. They plan to sterilize Rachel to end her bloodline, or much worse. Wickedly evil people who claim to be so “good.”
The one question is “Who provided the info to the Coven?” Trent, Nick, Lee … or does Al have his greedy little hands in this?

Sorry but if I do keep writing about this book, I will give up more than I think should be shared. You will just have to READ this great book to find out what all is going on, and who caused it.
Also, sorry if I didn’t stay on track for my review … But I did give you several reason to read the book :)

 

Waking the Witch (Women of the Otherworld #11) ~ Kelley Armstrong

I love this series. And let me tell you Savannah Levine, makes this one spark with magic, PI investigate footwork, understanding to the child of a murdered woman, plus she doesn't take the BS from the idiot bullies in the story.
It ends with a start to the next novel about Savannah. I am hoping that this one provides more info about her, as all Ms. Armstrong's books do.

 

Annie’s Child ~ Elda Minger

I truly enjoyed this book. It's nice to read a story where morals are used. Yes, it's like a fairytale. A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, finds her prince charming. But in this case, it's how these two main characters grow. How they become the couple the should be.
When you read how the story ends, you will understand. Because, even in this time frame, sometimes we just need to read more about "doing the right thing."

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Gifts in Jars: Recipes for Easy, Delicious, Inexpensive DIY Gifts in Jars ~ Margaret Lowe

I enjoyed all the ideas. Some I tried, others I might try in the future. Ms. Lowe, also, provided ideas for decorating the jars.
The part I like the most, is these are easy enough my 4 yr old granddaughter can help with. She loves making things for people, but so many items are above her age level. These are simple enough, with help from an adult (or teen), she was able to help.

Written in Red (The Others #1) ~ Anne Bishop

Meg Corbyn, a cassandra sangue (blood prophet), is on the run for her very life. She finds a place that will accept her with the Others (shape-shifters). Getting hired as the Human Liaison, who accepts all incoming mail. Meg is taught how humans live, by her new friends.

Meeting friends from all walks of life. Meg becomes part of the Lakeside Courtyard. She is befriended by many Others & the Elementals. When it comes out who Meg is & why she is running, it becomes a battle between some of the humans & the Others.

There is a lot to add, but doing so could destroy the read. Ms. Bishop created an amazing world where humans are the feared ones (for a change), where humans actually see them place “on the totem pole.”

I enjoyed this book so much, that I had our library order the 1st & 2nd books of the series! (Something I have rarely done.) Embarrassed smile Yes, I am reading book 2 now, Murder of Crows!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Hellsbane ~ Paige Cuccaro

Bring on the Fallen, Angels & the warriors "enlisted" to keep a world ending war from occurring. What brings on war, well it's not religion here ... women, of course. Comes down to whether or not Angels can stay faithful or are loving sex. Yep, sex is all those little Fallen seem to be about. ;)
Emma finds out that her mother was pretty much "over come" by an Angel (Fallen) creating her. She becomes enlisted by helping an old classmate when he's in battle. Makes you have second thoughts about helping other's, doesn't it?
I cannot wait to read more about Emma & other of Ms Cuccaro's books.

Wild-born (Psionic Pentalogy #1) ~ Adrian Howell

Takes something humans would actually do to individuals with unique abilities & makes an interesting story from it. This is not a “cliffhanger” like you find in most series, it does leave you expecting more of a story.

Addy & Cat are attacked in their own home. Their parents murdered. Separated when they are fleeing the house. Addy is picked up by an older Psioic, who uses his powers to control Addy. But Addy eventually gets away, he is then found by another … one who only wants to help.
Addy becomes like an older brother to Alia. Her story is pretty bad, but has amazing powers.

I cannot wait to see what happens with Addy & Alia in future books. Plus learning about Cat, will she be recovered or lost for good?

Dead to the World (iZombie #1) ~ Chris Roberson, Mike Allred

Normally I am not a fan of graphic novels. Push comes to shove, I will read them if nothing else is on hand. I compare them to comics, which I loved as a child but I have long since moved on. Although this one just might change that … maybe.
I picked this graphic novel up from our library simply because I really do enjoy the IZombie show. So, I was EXPECTING the graphic novel to follow the same path … BOY was I wrong. Liv is a coroner in the show, getting her brains. In the book, Gwen is a gravedigger, who returns at night to dig up “fresh” bodies when she needs her “brain fix.” From there it is complete different …

I enjoyed reading a book that I did not compare to a show. Gwen’s friends are a Were-Terrier & a Ghost from the 60’s. Add in Vamps, a strange Mummy, & two men that belong to a group that is out to kill all “non-human’s.” The Were-Terrier has the feelings for Gwen, but so does one of the Hunters. (Which complete freaks Gwen out & sends her running.)
But like the show, she is hunting down a killer. Guess eating a persons brain will have you hunting down what killed them … natural or otherwise.

I guess I will have to wait for judgment until after I have read a couple more Winking smile

Monday, April 27, 2015

Demon Street Blues (Wicked Good Witches #1)

Creating a small area in a world where all paranormal creatures exist, came out to be an interesting place. The main characters are all strongly written. They have doubts that are ones most people deal with. They aren't perfect individuals, and in this story they aren't meant to be.
Impressive. Ms. Silver did an amazing job & I hope the rest of the series is written this well.

Hexed (Kate Daniels, #4.5; Otherworld, #9.5; Stormwalker, #2/5; Anna Strong Chronicles, #6/5)

A book with 4 amazing stories. Each one pulls you in. About Otherworld individuals, Witches, vampires, and shapeshifters.
Ilona Andrews, Yasmine Galenorn, Allyson James & Jeanne Stein simply pull you into the story. Proving detail that you can simply picture in your head. Plus they give you alittle detail about the 4 women they have written about before.
Dali Harimau a shapeshifting tirgress a woman with an attitude that would knock the socks of most men ... if she were more than a character in a book. Ilona Andrews wrote a story that makes me want to find the series Dali was involved in, to read about the other characters.
Iris Kusi is the house sprite from the Otherworlds series Yasimine Galenorn writes. Iris has shown a bit of spirit in those series, and now you get to learn where she came from. As well as her past, and the future she is to lead.
Stormwalker Janet Bagey is a strong woman who has to deal with being able to feel & bring storms to where she is. But she as a power from her mother that can be combined with her storm magic ... but it can also cause the vortexes to open and release evil goddess & gods. Allyson James provides you with tense moments that keep you on edge.
Anna Strong, bounty hunter turned vampire, this is where she has to prove her actions in a sarced place where rules have to be followed, were not that of an individual using the area to prevent further evil actions by a demented individual. Anna has to prove this or die with on of the witches siblings. Jeanne Stein proves you with info that has you wanting to read the series (which I have read some (:  )

Once Beauty Twice Beast ~ Cameron Jace

I did enjoy this, but was a bit disappointed that it was pretty vague in so many ways. But then they are "prequels" not the full story. I can only hope they that do expand more in the actual Grimm Diaries!

Iced ~ Karen Marie Moning

Well it’s not narrated by Mac or Barron, this one is all Dani. From being to end, you follow Dani around while she figures out who is freezing Dublin. Add that she is avoiding Mac, because she did lead Mac’s sister to her death. Oh there is more … Christian is turning into an Unseelie Prince, and has some type of attraction to Dani. Ryodan hires Dani, plus he seems to see the type of woman she will become. Then there is Dancer, her friend, who is the brains behind many of her current accessories.
Dani has so much on her plate for a 14 yr. old, but she is out there just trying to solved each problem before it becomes far worse than it could be.
I was impressed by this book. I loved the 1st of the Fever Series. But to write this from the view point of a cocky 14 yr. old, Ms. Moning took a huge chance that worked out rather well.
I cannot wait to read Burned to see if she can keep the humor, and suspense in this series going. With Dani’s curiosity, we might get a bit more knowledge on exactly what Barron, Ryodan, Lori & the rest of the group truly are.

Silver Borne ~ Patricia Briggs

What can I say Ms. Briggs can definitely keep you turning page after page to find out exactly what Mercy got herself into this time. Of course not all of this is exactly Mercy's fault but trouble does seem to follow her like you would never believe!!!
Bad date with Adam, let's Mercy know that someone was using pack magic to interfere with her mind. Then Samuel's wolf is in charge because he tried to kill himself. And, of course, there is a problem with the Fae, which sadly Mercy isn't really involved in directly but it lands right in her lap.
All I can say is Ms. Briggs keeps you wrapped up in all three issues, knowing Mercy will do her damnest to resolved all of them.

Blood Apples (Grimm Diaries Prequel #6) ~ Cameron Jace

This one is narrated by Prince Charming.
This is the same prince that was bitten by Snow White as a child. One who keeps coming back for her, time after time. This time to find that Snow White is trapped in Rapunzel’s tower, with Rapunzel. In this story, it appears that Rapunzel is a witch, but trapped in the tower by Dame Gothel. (Who takes the children that the Devil banishes back to earth.)
Now Prince Charming has to rescue Snow White from the tower. He beings looking for Jack, who finds him, to rescue the love of his life.

In this tale he will meet Gretel, Marmalade, Rapunzel (sorta), and the Goddess Pomona. You will discover why the prince loves Snow White so much, as well as why apples are red. After all, red is a forbidden color in the Sorrow Kingdom.
This story will also give you some ideas as to who the Lost Seven are. Enjoy the read … I have to go find the rest of the Grimm Diaries Prequels Smile (Although Mr. Jace mentioned 7, there seem to be a few more than that.)

Mary Mary Quite Contrary (Grimm Diaries Prequel #5) ~ Cameron Jace

This one is narrated by the Devil himself.
The Devil asks the children in his hell to provide him with something entertaining, because he has since found that humans are “boring.” Peter Pan, yep he’s in hell as a student of Lucifer, simply doesn’t get it. And the Devil keeps thinking that he should just banish him because Pan wants to stay young and never grow up. Pippi Longstocking gave the Devil a mirror, one that was not like current ones they had, this one was made of glass.
Having fun with this mirror, the Devil took it to look upon Heaven to see what the mirror would show. Let me back track a little, this mirror showed the ugliness of what ever was shown into it’s glass, no matter how beautiful it was.
So, during the fight to see what the mirror showed of Heaven, it shattered. Dropping pieces of it’s glass into the eyes and hearts of humans. Turning those people into evil individuals, part of this freighting the Devil but part wanting him to find the creator of the mirror.

Using the assistance of Rumpelstiltskin, the Devil tries to track where the mirror came from. But there is not luck, while Rumpelstiltskin is great at finding evil little kids, he is not so great at finding the creator of the mirror.
The Devil begins watching Elizabeth Bathory, who pieces of the mirror in her eyes & her heart, making her an evil little child who grew to be an evil lady.
But during all of this, Elizabeth was impregnated by a peasant. Providing the Devil with a way to take Mary, the daughter of Elizabeth. This gave the Devil two individuals to watch. Believing that Elizabeth passed on some of the shards of that glass to Mary, but also that Elizabeth seem to “overcome” the evil trapped inside her.
Watching Mary grow up in a horrid life, the Devil stop watching Elizabeth. When Mary fled from her home and into the forest at 16, unable to locate her, the Devil when back to watching Elizabeth.
Elizabeth was into torturing the peasants, especially the females. Later she would begin bathing in their blood. To include the blood of her daughter, Mary.
On the night that this occurs, the Devil learns that those with the glass splinters are now immortal. Mary comes back attacking her mother, and becomes Bloody Mary.
Well, if I keep going, you will know the entire story. So to find out what the Devil did or what Mary did, you will just have to sit back and enjoy this story. I am off to read Blood Apples!

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (Grimm Diaries Prequel #4) ~ Cameron Jace

This prequel is narrated by Little Red Riding Hood.
This story being telling you of a little girl who is terrified of the wolves that scare her each night. One night on the advice of a stranger, she take a bottle of her mother’s wine, drinking it, spilling the red wine on the sheet covering her from the wolves sight. Once she has had enough, or is actually drunk enough, she kneels on her bed with the now-red sheet covering her. This scares the wolves, but she does not know why. Only that she discovers the wolves are afraid of her.
Later, she is to take over her mother’s job, but she does not know exactly what the job is. Going into the forest, via a carriage, it’s attacked by wolves. The driver and one of the horses have been eaten by the wolves. Trying to follow a map, Little Red Riding Hood finds a boy in the forest, who teaches her a new language, “Anguish.” But the boys is not exactly who he appears to be.
Little Red Riding Hood also meets Hansel & Gretel, and informs them that they will be great individuals when they grow up. She also promises to meet them later so they can all learn “Anguish” later in the market place.

In this prequel, Little Red Riding Hood discovers who she truly is, as well as other interesting details. This prequel gives you a bit more info than the prior 3.