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Books 2010

Dec. 30th, 2010 | 10:46 pm

1.) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead- 4.5--Loved the story. The characters were realistic and it was a great read. It's set in a world were there are two kinds of vampires good ones that are alive and bad ones that are essentially dead. Rose, the main character, is the protector of Lissa. She is also half-vampire. The story is about their bond and their return to Vampire Academy.

2.) Frost Bite by Richelle Mead- 4.5--After reading the first one, I had to have more of all the characters. Fast paced good read. Can't wait to read the third! I was happy to see the development of both Lissa and Rose's romantic relationships. Also, how some other characters were flushed out a bit more. Very enjoyable read.

3.) Kin by Holly Black- 4--I LOVE Holly Black. I felt this was a bit short and sometimes confusing at points but still a great story. I'm waiting until both of the last two are out to continue reading.

4.)Prom Nights from Hell- 2--I'm only giving this book any points due to one story by Lauren Myracle. It was a haunting story. Otherwise, I felt the others fell a bit flat.

5.)Evermore the Immortals by Alyson Noel- 2--This story dragged!!!! I CAN'T stand the main character. She grates on my nerves. I know a lot of people hated Twilight for the same reason, but trust me Bella has nothing on Ever. She whines WAY too much and is just annoying in general. I received this book at Christmas time and kept putting it down it was so boring. I had to force myself to finish it.

6.) Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan- 5--I LOVED this story. Read it in one day and was hooked. I cannot wait to read the second one.

7.) The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan- 4.5--Loved this book also. Could not wait to read it and bought it right away. I have the third and fourth ordered through amazon and they should be arriving soon:)

8.) The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan- 5--So far my favorite of the series. I love the children of Hades that were introduced. This entire series has been fast paced and interesting. It keeps you wanting more.

9.) The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan- 5--Another great book in the series. I loved how we got to know Nico a bit more. He is by far my favorite so far.

10.) Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan- 4.5--Still want more Percy Jackson. Very sad the series is over by it ended well. The entire series was well written and each book left me eager to read the next. Glad all the books were published when I started.

11.) Beastly by Alex Finn- 4.5--Great new take on the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. It is told from the Beast's perspective and gives you a different idea of how things went. It is also modernized. I like how the characters seemed so real. Looking forward to the movie though I think they miscast.

12.)Sunshine by Robin Mckinley- 3.5--Reading the summary and reviews I was really looking forward to reading this book. However I was a bit disappointed. It didn't flow and I wanted more of Constantine. The small sex scene was very oddly written. The ending leaves you wanting more and feels so open ended but I've read on numerous sites that Robin does not plan on writing a sequel.

13.) Live as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer- 4.5--Fast paced well written story. Leaves you wanting more. You never stop wondering what is going to happen next to this family and grow very attached to all of them. They are beautifully written and come alive between the pages.

14.) Gone by Michael Grant- 4.5--I couldn't put this down. Well written story. The characters are interesting but it gets a bit religious for my taste at some points. I still really desire to read the next one. It is sort of like a different take on "The Lord of the Flies". It's set in a world were all the adults have disappeared and the children now have to find there way in this brave new world in a town that is cut off from the rest of the world by a strange barrier. Some of the kids also begin to slowly discover that they have powers and the animals inside this barrier are evolving at an alarming rate. The story shows the struggle between the good kids from the town and the bad kids that came from the boarding school at the top of the hill. VERY good page turner.

15.) Incarceron by Catherine Fisher- 4.5--Great story. Good fairy tale. Beautifully crafted. You feel how trapped each character is in their own world. Claudia in a world of politics and court, Finn in the living prison known as Incarceron. All of the characters seem to come to life and you find yourself hoping that they all make it out of it and find a happy ending. A bit predictable at some points but still a page turning read that will leave you wanting to know more. Thankfully the sequel will be out in December unless you know someone in England were it has already been released.

16.) The Iron King by Julie Kagawa- 5--Awesome story. VERY unique. I loved all the characters, they seemed to come to life on the pages. It was great to see a different perspective on the fairy courts. I loved the depiction of Puck and Ash. Meghan is very likable and easy to sympathize with. The premise in itself was different and refreshing. It will leave you wanting more.

17.) Winter's Passage by Julie Kagawa- 4.5--A novella to tide us over until the release of Iron Daughter. If you have not read the Iron King yet, I highly recommend it.
Winter's Passage takes place between the Iron King and the Iron Daughter. It picks up were Iron King left off. Ash is taking Meghan to the Winter court and is trying to prepare her for the things to come. During this journey, Meghan insists on a short stop that does not go unnoticed by an ancient creature that is following them.
I love the series in general. This is a great way to tide fans over until the next one is out. It was too short and I still want more of all our favorite characters from the Iron Fey series.

18.) Iron Daughter (ARC) by Julie Kagawa- 5--Iron Daughter begins were Winter’s Passage left off. Meghan is now in the Winter Court. Though, she no longer possesses the power to even use the simplest glamour and Ash is giving her the cold shoulder. No one believes her about the Iron Fey even though Ash has backed up her story. Meghan witnesses the Scepter of the Seasons being stolen by the Iron Fey. The Summer Court and Meghan are instantly blamed and war is declared. Meghan knows she must steal the Scepter back from the Iron Fey in order to save the world she loves.
Meghan is joined by many of her allies from the first book, including Puck and Grimalkin and some new characters. I was relieved to see Puck back for I feared he wouldn’t return after the last one. The settings are stunningly described and the characters, both old and new, seem to come to life between the pages. Julie Kagawa is truly gifted at developing characters that feel intensely real. It is rare to find a book were not just the main characters are delved into but all. You find yourself truly caring about nearly every character in this story.
This book seemed to have more action then the last and the love triangle seems to deepen a bit. The story itself is full of many surprises. One’s that I did not suspect. The ending will leave you wanting more. This series has reaffirmed my belief that I should wait until all books have been released before starting a series. I want more Meghan, Puck, Grimalkin and Ash!
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Nov. 19th, 2010 | 07:38 am

ok so it's that time of year again...if you would like a holiday card please pm me your address:)

books 2009

Mar. 10th, 2010 | 05:59 pm

1.) The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks--4

2.) Son of the Shadows by Juilet Marillier--4.5-this is the second book in an amazing series.  I loved the first one also

3.) The Living Dead (short stories)--3 some stories are awesome others are meh

4.) The Host by Stephenie Meyer--5--I LOVED this book.  I found myself rereading sections over and over again..I kept staying up late to read...just a wonderful read.  

5.) Marked by PC Cast & Kristin Cast--3--though I'm still going to read the second one at some points I didn't really like the main character nor the way she talked.  It just seemed like a teenager had written it as fan fiction.

6.) The Vampire Diaries- The Awakening and The Struggle by L.J Smith--3--though I LOVED her other series I thought I would love this one.  But the main character is annoying and hard to sympathize with.

7.) Beauty by Robin McKinely--4--This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  Quite an enjoyable read

8.) Tithe by Holly Black--4--I read this in one day.  Very enjoyable.  Part of a trilogy and I picked up the third book the next day. 

9.) Ironside by Holly Black--4--The third book in the trilogy (I missed the second one and it's about a different set of characters that also appears in this one).  The books are fun and quick reads.  Both are for young adults. 

10. ) Club Dead by Charlaine Harris--4.5--ok so this was one of my favorites in the series so far..I read this one quicker then most...I love the whole series though

11.) Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris--4--another great read in the Southern Vampire series

12.) Dead as a Doornail by Charlaine Harris--4--loved this one also...though I'm not a fan of Quinn

13.) Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris--4--loved this one also...seeing a trend

13.) All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris--5--I don't know why but this one is my favorite in the series so far...I LOVED it and read it incredibly fast.

14.) Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris--4--Figured since I liked the Southern Vampire Series so much I would try one of her other series.  She did not disappoint.  Though I don't think I like Harper as much as I like Sookie...

15.)Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr-4.5 loved the story.  The characters were very likable.

16.)Many Bloody Returns-3 loved some didn't care for others. 

17.) From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris-5 I went through this so quickly and I was right perfect beach read!!

18.) Full Tilt by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes-3- I couldn't really get into this maybe I'm tired of reading??

19.)  Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr- 3--I loved her first story in the series but had a really hard time getting into this one.  It just seemed blah and full of angst.  I didn't really like Leslie either.

20.) Glass Houses by Rachel Caine- 4--Quick read. Claire can be a bit grating at times, but it is still very likable.  Claire is going to college in Morganville and is being bullied by the other children at the school. Therefore, she searches for a place to live off campus.  She then meets the other characters of our book Michael, Eve and Shane, who help her to discover some of the secrets of the town and to survive.

21.) The Dead Girls' Dance by Rachel Caine- 3.5--Glass Houses leaves on a cliff hanger.  I had to get the second one to see what happened.  It is a quick read and enjoyable.  Shane's father blows into town causing chaos in his wake and tons of trouble for our main characters.

22.) Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier- 4.5--This one was just as good as the previous two.  It was great to see how things played out with all the Sevenwaters heirs.  All the lose ends were tied up wonderfully.  Will have to read the next one soon though...







Rating--1-5 5 is the highest

Writer's Block: Crystal Ball

Aug. 1st, 2009 | 10:17 am

All of August stretches before us today—what is your prediction for this month's weirdest or most unexpected news story?
I have a feeling it's going to be an interesting month considering I have most of my weekends planned out already...which is weird. 
Nick's baptism and Macbeth today, next weekend the Allen Park Street Fair and then pet fest in Ann Arbor, the following weekend is the zoo and the weekend after I'm hoping to convince someone to go on a short road trip (anyone available on the 21st-23rd??  Chicago maybe??) so as of right now my weekends seem a bit crazy and I still have to use those CiCi's gift cards!


Writer's Block: Bite Me

Jul. 27th, 2009 | 07:45 am

From Dr. Polidori's Lord Ruthven to Stephenie Meyer's Edward Cullen, the annals of vampire lore are filled with attractive, charming bloodsuckers. Which one would you most want to be bitten by?
shouldn't the question be more along the lines of which vampire universe would you most like to belong to???  I mean every writer has a different take and view on what it's like to be a vampire.  I think I would go with L.J. Smith's universe.  Were the vamps can still be in daylight and don't turn sparkly or anything...

Writer's Block: Dream Vacations

Jul. 15th, 2009 | 04:38 pm

What vacations would you most like to take in the next five years?
greece, italy, ireland, and hawaii.

I would also like to visit my online friends...maybe a road trip??


Writer's Block: Firsts

Jul. 6th, 2009 | 10:51 pm

What was the subject title of your first-ever LJ entry?
Beginnings and it was on December 23,2007--didn't realize I've had a journal for that long...

Writer's Block: Week in Review

Jun. 22nd, 2009 | 09:25 am

What's the best thing that happened to you this past week?
I saw a nifty little toad in my garden and got to have cake at a grad party....

Writer's Block: Local Favorite

Jun. 19th, 2009 | 08:08 am

What's your favorite thing to show out-of-town guests when they come to visit?
As far as things to do around here there isn't much.  I tend to show off my cats if they are willing to come out of hiding to anyone who comes out.  And I guess Greenfield Village is nice.  The lakes are always nice too...but really life's sort of boring here.


Writer's Block: I Can Relate

Jun. 18th, 2009 | 07:52 am

What fictional character do you most identify with?

Now this is a fun one!!!  I'm going to go with Sookie Stackhouse from the books and Bella Swan from Twilight..mainly cause I trip over my own feet all the time and am a complete klutz.