Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Chistmas.....

Saying Merry Christmas by sharing my Favorite Christmas book....

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Letter to Daddy

   As I sit here watching you sleep, I wonder if these are my last moments with you. I have told myself I can handle it, all I want is for you to be at peace. But, I am selfish and I am not ready to say goodbye. I have thought that knowing it was coming would make it easier, I would be prepared. I was wrong!

   These last few months have been hard. Watching you, seeing how every little thing is such hard work. Things I take for granted you have to struggle to do. I wish there was some way to take all this pain and frustration away from you. To make your lungs take a full breath. To give you more time to watch your grandchildren grow.
 I know our days are numbered and I hope I have made you see how happy I am to be your daughter. I know when you get to heaven it will not be a sad time for you. You will be greeted with open arms. You will walk again without stumbling, you will breathe again without gasping. You will hold your son and your brothers and your parents just like you have longed to do for so many years. And somewhere up there I am sure there is a riverbank just waiting for you to stop by and do a little fishing with the loved ones you have missed so much.

  These are the things that will give me peace.

I love you Daddy

Friday, December 9, 2011

   The microwave dinged and he realized Phury was
 still waiting for an answer.
   Z put the food on a tray and grabbed some silver-
ware so he could feed her properly.
   As he turned and headed out of the room, he
murmured, "She is more beautiful than I have words
for." He lifted his eyes to Phury's. "And last night I
was blessed beyond measure to serve her."
  For some reason the brother recoiled in shock and
reached out. "Zsadist, your--"
 "I have to bring my nalla her food. I'll see you
 "Wait! Zsadist! Your--"
Z shook his head and kept on going.

Chapter 34 Lover Awakened by JR Ward.

   *Nalla-(adj) A term of endearment meaning "beloved."

Monday, November 28, 2011

(Teaser) Dark Lover by JR Ward


            "Look, I'm going to take off. This was just--"
          Wrath was in front of her faster than she could blink. "I can't
      let you go."
          Fear licked her heart, but she put up a good front. "You
    can't make me stay."
          His hands lifted to her face. She jerked back but he
     wouldn't let go.
          The pad of his thumb stroked her cheek. Whenever he got
       too close, she became spellbound and it happened again. She
       felt her body swaying toward his.
           "I'm not lying to you," he said. "Your father sent me to you
      Because you're going to need my help. Trust me."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Teaser.....Dark Lover, p 111

  The human reached inside Wrath's jacket and stated pulling out weapons. Three throwing stars, a switch-blade, a handgun, a length of chain.
"Jesus Christ," the cop muttered as he dropped the steel links on the ground with the rest of the load. "You got some ID" Or wasn't there enough room in here for a wallet, considering you're carrying about thirty pounds of concealed weapons?"

Stay tuned, more to come....

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Taking a Breather.

I have decided that over the Holiday Season I will be doing a few re-reads I have been wanting to do. I am not going to obligate myself to read anything "new" although I may if the urge hits. I have several books on my TBR list that I really wanted to get done before 2011 comes to a close but, if it doesn't happen, NO STRESS! I am really glad I decided to start up this blog, I have had so much fun and wasted so much time where, normally, I could have been catching up on my Beauty Sleep.

So, what will I be doing these next few weeks if not posting reviews?? As I said I have several books I have been wanting to re-read so...

Starting this evening, I am going to be posting Teasers each day. I will pick a favorite line/lines from whichever book I may be reading and I will be posting them. These will be teasers NOT spoilers. Enjoy!

Happy Reading!! :-)

Friday, November 18, 2011

In Loving Memory

 This video was made By me For Me as a memoriel to my Brother.
George William Chandler, Sr
11/19/1972 - 8/8/2001

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Hunger Games (Movie Trailer)

For those of you who are as excited as me to see Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games come to life on the big screen!


MARCH 23, 2012

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Covet: A Fallen Angels Novel by JR Ward

4 Stars

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charge with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough- talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. But then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

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My Thoughts; First, I feel I must express how much I have fell in love with the way Ward puts her pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, whatever). She has very easily become one of my favorite authors. That being said here is the 411 on Covet.

The book for me started kinda slow. It didn't completely suck me in from page one like The Brotherhood did but a couple chapters in and I was hooked. The setting is Caldwell, NY (which I am seriously considering a vacation to). There are also characters that we met in the BDB series and I loved getting more of their story. Marie-Terese is a exceptional human being that has been forced into a really terrible situation by life's circumstance. Vin is the typical, If-I-want-it-I-will-buy-it type of guy. He is trying so hard to escape his childhood he doesn't realize he isn't living. And Jim, bless his heart, he just wants to do right but in most cases he is clueless. He needs to learn so much. And luckily we have two "Happy Helpers" that come along to show him the ropes. I have a feeling we will become fast friends. ;) The WARDen has a way of writing characters. I fall head over heels for the "good guys", and completely despise the "bad guys" and my sixth sense usually helps me pick out the bad apple even when it isn't blatantly obvious. I can't wait to read the next two in this series. I think they are just going to get better with each passing book!

Happy Reading!! :)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Destined (A House of Night Novel) by PC Cast and Kristin Cast

3 Stars

Zoey is finally home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side, and preparing to face off against Neferet – which would be a whole lot easier if the High Counsel saw the ex-High Priestess for what she really is. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx's gift of a human form, Rephaim and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if he can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father's shadow…
But there are new forces at work at the House of Night. An influx of humans, including Lenobia’s handsome horse whisperer, threatens their precarious stability. And then there’s the mysterious Aurox, a jaw-droppingly gorgeous teen boy who is actually more – or possibly less – than human. Only Neferet knows he was created to be her greatest weapon. But Zoey can sense the part of his soul that remains human, the compassion that wars with his Dark calling. And there’s something strangely familiar about him…
Will Neferet’s true nature be revealed before she succeeds in silencing them all? And will Zoey be able to touch Aurox’s humanity in time to protect him – and everyone – from his own fate? Find out what’s destined in the next thrilling chapter of the House of Night series.

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My thoughts; I started this series a couple years ago, and for reasons I have yet to understand, I keep coming back again and again. There is nothing awe-inspiring about the story. The characters, while I love each one of them in my own little way, are kind of recycled. (Ok, maybe that only makes sense in my head) I feel like they are for the most part exactly the same as when we all met in book one, which was like a bazillion books ago. Despite all they have been through, I don't feel like they have grown/matured/changed. I do realize that although I have been reading this series for a couple of years, and even though there have been (I reiterate) a bazillion books, I don't think they have made it through more than a full school year. I really wish this series had been done in several larger books with a end evident anywhere in the future. I feel it is being strung out and I fear that one day a new one will come out and I will just not pick it up. It is not in my nature to leave a series like this, unfinished. It is a major character flaw..... I am working on it. =)

Ok, now for the upside. I really do love the story. I can't wait to see how it will all come to an end. I have cried, laughed, gotten completely and insanely mad! I end each book thinking why do I have to wait for another. And YES, I will read it as soon as it comes out. Because no matter how I feel about the length of the series, it has that little "something" that it takes to keep me involve in the lives of these characters. I can't wait to see how things go down with Neferet. Kalona is back and well let's just say he is back. Aurox's secret is yet to be revealed to everyone and the fall out from that could be catastrophic! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who would like a short read and doesn't mind having to wait out an end.
Happy Reading!! :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat.....

Wishing everyone a "Booky" Halloween

With a glimpse into my future.....

Happy Reading!! :-)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Matched by Ally Condie

3.5 Stars

November 30, 2010
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

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My thoughts; I read this book because I heard several people compare it to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Well I am going to have to disagree. The only thing I found similar was the "society rule" setting in which the book takes place. If you are looking for the action packed read of The Hunger Games, you will be disappointed with this book. However, if you are looking for a good read to get you through the next day or so, it is great. I will look forward to the rest of this trilogy, although, I am not going to be rushing to the stores on release day. Happy Reading!! :-)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gooble Gooble.....

Tell me what you are Thankful for...

That New Book Smell!!

I love my iPad, I really do! I can take my whole bookshelf with me if I want.....

Just a few ;-)

But there is absolutely, positively NOTHING like that new book smell. 
And if I really love a book, only a hardcover copy will do!

Here are a few I just got in the mail, can't  wait for the hardcover edition of the rest on the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series to be released. Until then, my eBooks will have to do!!

Building my collection!! Still waiting on Shift to arrive YAY :-)
Happy Reading!! :-)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Crave: A Fallen Angels Novel by JR Ward

3.5 Stars

Seven deadly sins. Seven souls that must be saved. One more no-holds- barred battle between a fallen angel with a hardened heart and a demon with everything to lose.

Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble-and that's before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.

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My Thoughts; I am going to give this one a strong 3.5. It started out really great but for reasons I have yet to figure out for some reason mid-book I just couldn't stay interested. I tried and tried but my heart just couldn't stay with it. I loved Isaac, I loved Jim, Ad and Eddie. Grier was a little too head strong  in my opinion. All in all the book is worth the read. I look forward to Envy.

Happy Reading!! :-)

Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead

4 Stars

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer Las Vegas.The City of Sin is a dream gig for a succubus, but Georgina's allies are suspicious. Why are the powers-that-be so eager to get her away from Seattle - and from Seth? Georgina is one of Hell's most valuable assets, but if there's any way out of the succubus business she plans to take it - no matter how much roadkill she leaves behind. She just hopes the casualties won’t include the one man she’s risking everything for...

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My Thoughts; I started this series for one reason and one reason only , Richelle Mead wrote it!! And lets just face facts, the woman created Dimitri Belikov so in my eyes.... she is a God!! ;)

Okay, so if I am being honest, I really like this series but it is not one that I needed electro-shock therapy just to get through the wait. However, if you are looking for a good read definitely give these a try.

Georgina's story comes to a close in this chapter of the series. I was very happy with the way things wrapped up. As always, Mead is an awesome writer. The character's are great whether you love them or love to hate them. The only downside I could find is that I had it figured out. I knew after reading the previous book how it would all turn out. I like to be in the dark. My favorite part of any book is when I get hit with a "Wow, I didn't see that one coming!". But, I am glad I gave this series a shot, it was a great read. As always, Happy Reading!! :-)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Yay!! I waited most of the day for this

Happy TOHRSday!!!

Tohr's draft is finally done! He came in at a WHOPPING 754 manuscript pages, a total of 176,937 words AND he's going to expand as I go through him the next two times soooooo we could be looking at a Rehv length (Avenged is the longest book in the series so far.) So... man, I'm wrung out- time to go for a run to work out the kinks!

Expected Release Date March 27, 2012........

If I may just add this to the number of books who are giving me anxiety disorders of numerous proportions!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

3.5 Stars

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past...bridged two irreconcilable worlds...faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty, and trust...and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in each other, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.

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My thoughts;  After reading the first two in the series "Hush, Hush" and "Crescendo" I was hooked and all there was left was waiting out the next release, well here we go.....

I started reading thinking we were left with such a cliffhanger that this has got to pick back up with the same WOW I was left hanging onto at the end of Crescendo. Yeah, not so much. I do love this series and I definitely recommend it, but, I don't have that "gotta have it" feeling. I love Patch, he is the quintessential bad boy who does all the wrong things for all the right reasons. Nora is the typical rebellious teenage girl that is a magnet for Murphy's Law. I find my self saying, "Really, Nora? Did you really see this going off without a hitch?". All in all the book is really a great read I am very curious to see how this story comes to a close. But until then I am on to the next. Happy Reading :)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Twisted by Gena Showalter

5 Stars

His vampire girlfriend might have brought him back to life, but he's never felt more out of control. There's a darkness within him, something taking over…changing him. Worse, because he was meant to die, death now stalks him at every turn. Any day could be his last.
Once upon a time, the three souls trapped inside his head could have helped him. He could have protected himself. But as the darkness grows stronger, the souls grow weaker—just like his girlfriend. The more vampire Aden becomes, the more human Victoria becomes, until everything they know and love is threatened.
Life couldn't get any worse. Could it?

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My Thoughts; When my baby sister brought me the book "Intertwined" I was all, "Ok, I don't know if this sounds like something I want to read", but she highly recommended it and she has pretty good judgement when it comes to my book taste so I jumped right in. LOVED it, then "Unraveled" came out... loved it MORE. Cut to me eagerly awaiting "Twisted". Yay!! It is finally here.....

First I would like to point out that everything above was written prior to reading the book. Now here is my thoughts...... AAAAAHHHH!!!! Oh my cheez whiz!!! It was up, it was down, it may have even been sideways at some point but all I can say is, once again Showalter did not disappoint. I have one major complaint and it is a doozey. THE CLIFFHANGER! It has me on the verge of a complete and total meltdown. I knew it was coming, I had known before I opened the book because it is the Showalter way. But..... OK breathe, Selena.

Aden, while not my favorite character was great in this book. I feel so deeply for him on an emotional level. However, if it weren't for the souls, I almost feel as if he is without a personality of his own. The souls, love them. Victoria, the jury is still out, her most redeeming quality is the unconditional love she has for Aden. Mary Ann, I relate to more than anyone, she is always looking out for everyone while never thinking about herself. And then there is Riley *sigh* I find myself longing for evey chapter to be about him. There has not been a more perfect combo of errogant, sarcastic, bad boy, kind hearted, hard loving guy since Jace Wayland-Herondale-Lightwood. ;) This entire series is awesome. Happy Reading!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

J.K. Rowling Announces Pottermore

Because I am the Queen of my Dorkdom I felt like sharing the thing I am patiently waiting for......

After reading some of the FAQs it looks like I may be waiting longer than expected. But, hey, it's Potter so I will gladly wait as long as necessary:-)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Confessions of a Book Junkie......

My name is Selena and I am a series junkie.

Yes, there are times when I read a book and once I get to the end, I feel as though I am cursed to never find a stand-alone book.
Here is what I love---- When I find that perfect book.... the one where as I get closer to the end I just want to rewind and pause so that it never has to end. That is why I can't get enough!!!

Here is what I hate---- When I get to the end and read those words, "Look for the next, blah blah blah." And the thought passes through my mind, This really was not all that great, but, I wonder what is going to happen? Those are the times when I really hate to find out a book is going to be a series. I always feel like I am leaving something unfinished, so then I pick up the next book that I really didn't want to read, and waste a day or two :)

Here is what I really hate---- When I start a book knowing there are more, reading it, LOVING it, then totally obsessing over it until I have devoured the whole series and I am left thinking, I wish I had dragged that out! Why didn't I just slow down? Now what will I do?

Ok so maybe I should listed the last one as "What I really LOVE"

Sometimes coming late to the book series party is the best thing ever!! As you can see from the bombardment of Blackdagger Brotherhood reviews. I put my little BDB parade on hold to read "Bloodlines by Richelle Mead" when I finished I vowed to finish BDB before picking up another book. It is not fair for the story or the author for me to feel like I am forcing myself to finish so I can get back to the Brothers. So if you are reading this and have no intrest in the BDB series, I would like to apologize because there are 6 more coming ;)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

                                                  3.5/ 5 stars                                                
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and every one's out for blood.
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  My Thoughts; After anticipating the book for so long, I had built it up so high in my head that once I started I had to set it down for a little bit to get my mind in order. I absolutely LOVE everything about the Vampire Academy series. That being said I went into this thinking, okay, I am going to get to spend copious amounts of time with these people I having been missing dearly since the final book of VA. Well I was wrong... however...Adrian is a big factor in the book and that raised my spirits. I am just having a hard time adjusting to Sydney's POV. During the story she starts to feel as if she is becoming friends with the Moroi, but, she is still afraid. (I can't relate to this). I did enjoy the story, I gave it a 3.5 based on the difficulty I had transitioning from one series to the next. I will add this... Richelle Mead guaranteed I will pick up the next book simply by typing  the very last sentence. I will not spoil it... go read for yourself ;)
The first book in Richelle Mead's brand-new teen fiction series - set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Shade/Shift by Jeri Smith Ready

  I wanted to give you my thoughts on Shade and Shift and could not think how I could do that without one review running over to the other so this one will be a two-fer!

5/5 Stars

Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart. Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last.
Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone.
Well, sort of.
Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.
It doesn't help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.
As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart…and clues to the secret of the Shift.

5/5 Stars
Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.
Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.
As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart

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My Thoughts: I was browsing through some of my favorite book blogs one day several months ago and came across reviews for Shift the much anticipated sequel to Shade by Jeri Smith Ready. Ok it is probably important that I add that the closest book store to where I live (down here in Nowhere, Usa) is like 50 miles away. The first thing that popped in my head was, "Grrr, why must I always be the last to know about a series?" The second was to take a moment to silently thank my husband for the ipad he bought me for my birthday. Third, go to the ibook store, find Shade, hide my inner squeal because they had the book I was looking for, click download and wait the obligatory 30 seconds while it travels from out there in the book universe down to me. yeah... that is also fourth, fifth and so on.
Anyway, I turn to page one and BAM automatic hook! No there was not several chapters as you get to know the main character and the plot. Ready had me from the first page. After the first couple of chapters I finally realized I had been holding my breath so I exhaled. That is the exact moment that I spoke silently to myself.... "This book is the best thing to happen to me all year!". Over-dramatic you say? Well I would have to agree because I can now say that Shade was not the best thing to happen to me all year. That moment actually came the next day when I once again went through the afore mentioned process and purchaed Shift! Which I might add was then promptly followed by the worst moment of 2011. Not twenty-four hours after I read page one of Shift, I flipped the last page and was greeted by the following; LOOK FOR SHINE DUE OUT....2012. 2012? Really? How can I wait a year? What will I do in the meantime? I'll tell you what I have done. I have become a complete stalker. I have found Jeri Smith Ready, not only on Facebook but I also found her blog which I now follow. I find myself stopping by regularly to see if there are any little tidbits of information. I am just shy of hiding in the bushes outside of her residence. I don't know where she lives so you can see how this might pose a problem ;)
Okay, I think I have made my feelings clear on this trilogy so I will wrap up by saying this. Yes, these are YA but they are mature YA. If you don't read YA because you think they are too, well, "young", give these books a chance you will not be disappointed. And just to throw this out there, in the highly unlikely event that Jeri Smith Ready were to ever stumble upon this review. I am so open to an ARC. I would probably drop dead from a heart attack but, Hey, at least I would go happy!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This is the Conundrum.....

Okay, so, I have been both anxious and nervous to read Bloodlines. When I saw that there was going to be a spin-off I was like, "YES!! Wait....spin-off? As in different characters??" I was terrified thinking how this has potential to be either an awesome idea or an epic failure.
So today is finally here and I have my copy, as it lay beside me just waiting to be read, I can't seem to make myself turn that first page......

Why-why must I get so emotionally involved with these fictional characters??
Stay tuned for my thoughts


Thursday, August 11, 2011

OMG it is down to the last hours!!! Go Zach

 At this moment I am a little bit torn, but the truth is no matter the love I have for Jace and the whole MI series, the thing is (she sighs deeply) I am head over heels, butt crazy in love with Zachary Moore. "Who is Zachary Moore?", you may ask. Well let me just tell you or better yet. Stop what you are doing and cancel all plans you may have for the next two - three days. Drive to the nearest book store and buy "Shade" and "Shift" by Jeri Smith-Ready. I know you will not have time to finish reading before voting is closed but why should you feel as though you have missed out. In the meantime go vote fo Zach because, I promise, you will be sad that you missed it!!! Go Zach

Oh yeah!! Look for "Shine" due out 2012 

The YA Sisterhood: The Grande Finale: Jace vs Zachary (Match #24): "We have reached the final match in the 1st Annual Summer Crushin' Tournament! What started out as a silly, fun thing to try between my siste..."

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely Book 2) by Melissa Marr

3/5 stars

Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.
Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.
The tattoo does bring changes--not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

  My Thoughts: Several months ago I read Wicked lovely (book 1) by Melissa Marr. While it was a good book, I was left with that feeling where you are not really sure what to do next. I thought to myself, "Did I really enjoy this enough to invest the time to read the whole series?"
  Well, I was sitting in my living room the other day, thinking...."Okay, something is missing!" And then it occurred to me that I didn't have anything new to read. So, I went into the ibook store and purchased Ink Exchange. I didn't want to get to involve with something new simply because August is the month of several of my most highly anticipated book releases. So, obviously I am planning my reading schedule very carefully.

 Sorry, I am rambling! Where was I... Oh yeah...

  I was pleasantly surprised by Ink Exchange. I went into it totally expecting it to pick up right where Wicked Lovely left off. But, no! What I got was a brand new story. Yes, the characters were the same, with a few additions, but the POV changed. I LOVED this about the book. Niall was just Yummy. Irial, dangerously tempting. Keenan, urrgh... I know he means well but still. And Aislinn, well she is a little too "everything is better with ice cream" type for me. The story kept me interested for the most part and all though I did not devour the book like I have done with others, I think that next time I am at a point where everything on my reading list has been checked off I will definitely check out "Fragile Eternity (book 3)".

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Book-to-Movie Dramarama and the Power of Positive Thinking

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So I thought I would tell you a little about myself...

  My name is Selena. I am an oilfield wife (husband works on offshore rig) and a mother of two boys. I love my life but sometimes I just need an escape from reality. Some would say "Calgon, take me away!", not me I say "Hello break from reality!" by cracking open a really good book. That being said, I should probably mention that when I read, "reality" is definitely something I want to forget. I am a complete and total fantasy nut. I read mostly YA but suggest me a good paranormal book/series and I am all over it.

  I believe in letting people see me for who I really am so I'm going to tell you my biggest, not so secret, secret. Okay, here goes! Do you want to see me go from (what I believe) a well rounded, relatively sane adult, into a complete and total fan girl/borderline psychotic? Well, here is how you can accomplish that task just by saying a few simple words..... "What do you think about the Harry Potter Series?" That is right, I am one of "those people". So if you ever ask me what is the number one book I recommend that is your answer. =)

 Okay, so if you are still reading after my confession you are either;
 1. Someone who shares my overwhelming obsession with books
2. Really bored!!

So, which one is it? If you answered 1, YAY!!

Check back from time to time to see what I am reading, it just might be one you want to gossip about.
please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me what you are reading. Or just to say, Hi!

Friday, July 29, 2011

I had this crazy idea to start a blog.

  Yeah, I know what your thinking...Um Why?? OK yeah, I get it, but anyone who knows me knows how much I love books. It isn't a school girl crush kinda love. It is a love at first sight, get married on your second date kinda love!! It is that kind of love where you talk and talk and talk about it until someone somewhere is plotting your murder if you say one more word about it. Yes! I can get just a wee bit obsessive. Yes! I will go on and on until your ears bleed. No! You will not get me to shut up. So I figure why not write down what I am thinking, right?
  I have read a million book review blogs and I think to myself, "These women are amazing at writing, there is no way I could possibly be that witty or interesting." But then I thought, "Geez Selena, how would you know if you don't at least give it a shot!"
  So here I am, writing my first blog. I hope someone will read and think to themselves, "OMG, this girl might actually have something interesting to say." I have read several new books this year and fell in love with quite a few. I have suggested those books to others who also read some of them. As this blog goes on I hope to write something that will inspire a stranger to read a new book. That would be, "Super Awesome!!" she says in her nerdy teenager voice.

P.S. I ask anyone who reads to PLEASE keep in mind I am still learning the basics of this site. I am going to be adding more as I go along. I hope to make a really cool blog spot that everyone who drops by will enjoy =)