Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Spring semester will be starting in a week or two. I'm not really that excited about that. I liked having this break from school. Just reading and working and not having to do much. But who doesn't like breaks?
Tonight won't be that crazy for me. My love will be with me, which is always a blessing. I'll be with my mom and neice and my sister will get off of work in enough time to watch the ball drop. Won't be partying really. I dont' necessarily feel the need to. I'm just anxious to get the 'show on the road' and start the new year. And I'm ready to dive into my pile of new books!! ^_^
I do hope everyone has a safe new year's eve though.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Synopsis [ from laurellkhamilton.org]
My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me The Executioner. What I call them isn't repeatable. Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I've seen their victims. I carry the scars...But now a serial killer is murdering vampires -- and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer...
Encounter with a Vampire!
I arrived at Guilty Pleasures a little after midnight. Jean-Claude was standing at the bottom of the steps. He was leaning against the wall, utterly still. If he was breathing, I couldn't see it. A lock of black hair trailed across the smooth paleness of his cheek.
"You smell of other people's blood, ma petite."
I smiled at him, sweetly. "It was no one you knew...."
I should have started this series ages ago! Shame on me. I absolutely loved the book. Anita is definitely a bad ass but she's got this soft side that I find so endearing. She's not a tough gung-ho chick that goes into things guns-a-blazing. She's just very....prepared (= And since the book is in first-person I got to read her hilarious thoughts that went through her mind. From how much she loves stuffed penguins to her worrisome thoughts of what her neighbors would think of her if they saw her hanging in her hallway with her gun drawn in the wee hours of the morning. I immediately liked her in the opening scenes of the book and she didn't let me down even a little. I liked her even more when the book came to an end.
Anita is an animator for a living. Raising the dead has gotta have it's perks, right? She's also a vampire slayer better known as the Executioner. Since she lives in a world where vampires are legal citizens, they are held accountable for their unruly actions just like humans. Instead of going to prison vampires are pretty much given a death sentence. Anita even works with the police by lending her "gifts" at crime scenes involving the supernatural.
We meet some interesting characters along the way...
Jean-Claude- the alluring vampire that seems more friend than foe,
Ronnie- Anita's female bud who is a tough chick in her own right,
Phillip- the lost stripper/vampire addict that I just couldn't help but like,
Aubrey- psycho vampire that just likes to hurt people and control them,
Winter- human bodybuilder/bodyguard extraordinaire
Valentine- a long time enemy of Anita's that bears holy water scars on his face [Score one for Anita! =D],
Nikolaos- the child-like evil master vampire who wants Anita to hunt down the vampire murderer in town,
Zachary- mysterious fellow animator,
and Edward- Anita's not so sane hit-man friend that she's worked with before.
There are also a number of smaller characters thrown into the mix as well. Ranging from Anita's money hungry boss to scary WereRats in the underground of the city's clubs. The character development in the main characters I thought was pretty well done. For the unfortunate few that didn't get quite enough time in the limelight, I have a feeling, will get their time to shine in following books.
Anita has to find out who is murdering the master vampires in the city pretty much against her will thanks to psycho Nikolaos. Speaking of Nik...whew, what a time bomb. You can almost immediately see how strong she is when we find out her age and the fact that so many people are afraid of her. However, her child-like appearance is unnerving at best.
I definitely recommend anyone who hasn't started this series to get to it! ASAP (= I'm looking forward to the Guilty Pleasures graphic novels as well. Both volumes will be arriving shortly at my door thanks to a BN gift card from my love and I'm very excited to see how they turned out. So I know I'm behind in this serious but I will definitely be continuing along.
By the way, I have heard that this series goes down the drain around book 7-ish. That's so sad to hear. I will continue the series until I find a reason not to. Who knows, I may very well enjoy the whole series Ms. Hamilton has written already. All I know is, book 2 here I come!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
So everything is back up and running and the holiday is sort of winding down. Not so much at work I'm afraid. Today seems to be 'National Bring All the Children You Know to the Aquarium Day'. Hah. Kids everywhere! And we've only been open for two hours. sigh. We were busy this past weekend as well.
Waiting for 2009 is driving me crazy. I have a bunch of books I'm excited to get started on but I can't until the new year comes. So since I finished Guilty Pleasures I had to find something to keep me preoccupied for the next couple of days. I picked Bush vs. The Beltway because it was just lying around. An ex of mine left it at my house and I was never really interested in reading it. I'm still not, hah, but it's better than nothing. I might not even finish it because once Jan 1st hits I'm ditching it for the good ones.
Lunch time is coming up. I'm trying to lose weight and since I drink so much starbucks I was going to cut it back to just getting it on the weekends. And I know today is Monday but I really think I'm gonna get a coffee today =( Not a venti though. I'll get a tall. Hah, I'm terrible.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I'm gonna start with the Minor level, but I hope to upgrade sometime throughout the year (=
Graphic Novels Challenge
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Volume 2
3. The Boys Volume 1: The Name of the Game by Garth Ennis
4. The Pro by Garth Ennis
5. We3 by Grant Morrison
6. The Filth by Grant Morrison
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Synopsis [from back cover]
I finally finished this book. And I gotta say I was really disappointed with the book. I remember picking up an Amanda Ashley novel when I first started to read paranormal romance. I liked the first couple of novels I read so much that I decided to go read some of them on her backlist. I like to read in order, even if it's not in a series. I've been disappointed with a lot of them of her older novels. And now I get to Sunlight Moonlight and I just wanted to put the book down repeatedly.
Sunlight really drove me crazy. Lainey's feelings towards Micah are so over the top crazy. She fell in love with someone she had practically just met. From the first few pages I wanted to close the book and throw it at Lainey herself. She just blew off all of the strange things happening around her and just acted so clueless. It wasn't innocent and cute, it was annoying and naive. When she spends the night at the abandoned house and a fire randomly starts, she just stays there claiming she feels completely safe. And then when the orange juice magically manifests itself the next morning she doesn't seem all that bothered by it. I instantly disliked her and I suppose that ruined the rest of the story. I just kept rolling my eyes at every scene pretty much. I was just very disappointed and I thought Amanda Ashley could have done a lot more with the story. I needed a lot more character development. I mean I really liked the concept of the plot and the fact that Micah was an alien. That was really interesting and I have yet to read many books about a stranded alien that falls in love with a earth-woman. But I mean come on, this was just ridiculous.
Moonlight was much better than the first part. But I still felt that this story was lacking. Navarre was given a lot more development than the characters in the first story with his background and how he spent most of his life locked up just to become a sacrifice. But his attraction to Katlaina made me roll my eyes too. It just seemed annoying to me that these couples were falling so hard and so quickly without knowing anything about the other person. It basically drove me bonkers. Adrianna's attraction wasn't much better. She repeatedly threw herself at Navarre. I do like that he at least didn't just throw his hands up and say "Oh, I'm so in love with you". But he ends up doing just that after putting up a small fight to keep her away. I just felt that the entire book was thrown together very quickly without a lot of effort or thought given to the development of the emotions or story.
I don't mean to sound so harsh. I really enjoy Amanda Ashley. It may just be that this book was a complete turn off for me. Maybe I've just read too many stories like this one that was done a little better.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Magic Bites :: Ilona Andrews
- Industrial Magic :: Kelley Armstrong
Strange Angels :: Lili St. Crow Host :: Stephenie Meyer Everything Sucks :: Hannah Friedman
- Lament :: Maggie Stiefvater
What's In A Name 2
- Profession: The Smoke Thief :: Shana Abe
- Time of Day: Veil of Midnight :: Lara Adrian
- Relative: Daughter of the Blood :: Anne Bishop
Body Part:The Lovely Bones :: Alice Sebold Building: HouseRules :: Heather Lewis Medical Condition: Burned:: Ellen Hopkins
I think I'm going to start going to the library and get my books there. I have this weird thing with owning my books and not sharing well with others (hah, I share it's just I like to collect and own my books) And sadly I don't have the money to spend on every book I read. Besides I know my mom secretely hates it when I bug her to buy books for me every few months, even though she says "Of course you can get more books." So I think I'm going to just invest in the ones that I really really like and purchase those and just read the rest. (= Since I'm getting a BN gift card for Christmas I won't be going to the library anytime soon but I wanted to join nonetheless. This list will be updated in the months to come...
Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Ah, so I have a Christmas party to go to tonight with the fam. Going to visit my mom's brother and assorted family members that we aren't even close to. Hah. It's sad really. I don't consider them family at all because of the way they have treated my mom her whole life. But she has repeatedly begged my sister and I not to say anything to them about their attitude on life. Or comment on how horribly hypocritical they are. Whatever. I suppose they'll get what they deserve sometime in the future. I'll just go and put on a smile and pretend everything is wonderful. It's what I do best.
Sunlight, Moonlight is driving me crazy. It's taking me much too long to get through it and I really would like to put it down. But I won't. I'll finish it. I'm just ready to review it and move on to another book. Sigh. I'll save my comments for the review, which will be up hopefully by Monday or Tuesday. Speaking of which I should go read it...
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This is definitely a great addition to the Shomi line of books. Raina Bowen, a strong, kick-ass, independent woman is on a mission to win a trucking race for some big prize money in order to help out her sister, Beth. I immediately fell in love with her when she fended off advances from one of the truckers at the stop she was at while waiting for our male lead, Wizard. Her "stay outta my space" attitude was just strong and great to read.
Then she meets the extremely hot and mysterious Wizard. A guy who was supposed to be giving her some passes she needed in order to finish the race. However, she ends up pulling him out of a fight with the big bad rival truckers, the Janson. But Wizard isn't as helpless as Raina thought. He ends up having enhanced abilities that make him all the more alluring to her. Poor Raina. Throughout the entire book she becomes sucked in and drawn to Wizard. She puts up a pretty good fight, trying to knock some sense into her head and remind herself that she needs no one, but he's too irrestible.
I liked Wizard a lot too. I found him oddly cute with his short and robotic-like conversations with Raina. And watching him develop into such strong feelings for Raina was really nice. I loved following him as he found his emotions after being programmed his whole life to be an assassin.
And yes, there is a very hateable (I'm not sure that's even a word) bad guy. Duncan Bane. Scum of the Earth kinda guy. Loved having him in the book. Because it just emphasized how great the other characters were.
It was fast-paced with tons of action throughout the entire book that I really loved. And there were so many great and likeable characters thrown in there. The one thing that bugged the hell out of me though was the author, and her fetish with the word frig. I swear Raina said that word so many times I wanted to scream. I understand some people don't like cursing in books or in general. I personally don't mind it at all, I actually curse a lot ^_^. However, if she didn't want her heroine cursing, that's fine by me, but it really annoyed the crap out of me reading 'Frig this, Frig that, Frigging Hell, Frig, Frig, Frig" pretty much on every other page.
Just say fuck for jeepers sake. Which I will point out, Wizard does say, once...ugh.
But who knew I'd enjoy a book about trucking so much. Very different but in a good way. Overall I liked the book, anyone into the Shomi series will enjoy it as well (=
Another rainy day here in Virginia Beach. Which is strange. The weather was unbelievably nice yesterday. Definitely not winter weather. I think it was around 74 degrees with lovely breezes. I love breezes. It was great. Now it's all gross and wet and just blah weather. The kind that makes you want to stay in bed all day and do nothing.
I woke up "late" this morning. And when I say "late" I really mean on time. I either get up at 7am for school or 7:30am for work and sometimes get a little confused. This has happened to me once already. I'll set my alarm for 7:30 and for some reason I'll wake up before it goes off and look at the clock. I immediately start freaking out because I think I'm late at 7:30. I had class at 8am and I have to be at work at 8:30am. So I sometimes mixed the two up. And yes, I only give myself half an hour to get ready. Because I like to sleep as much as possible. Anywho, last time I freaked out I got to work 45 mins early. This time I realized it as I was hopping around on one leg trying to get my pants on with my uniform shirt wrapped around my neck. Needless to say I felt pretty retarded.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Silver smoke winds around my torso, peeling away from my ribs and back, stealing the dark mist covering my hands and lower extremities…tattoos dissolving into demon flesh, coalescing into small dark bodies. My boys. The only friends I have in this world. Demons.
I am a demon hunter. I am a demon. I am Hunter Kiss.
By day, her tattoos are her armor. By night, they unwind from her body to take on forms of their own. Demons of the flesh, turned into flesh. This is the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has ever known. The only way to live—and the very way she’ll die. For one day, her demons will abandon her for her daughter to assure their own survival—leaving Maxine helpless against her enemies
But such is the way of Earth’s last protector—the only one standing between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils. It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one moment—and one man—changes everything…
If you read the prequel to the series in the anthology Wild Thing you get a pretty good introduction to the series. Maxine Kiss is a complicated woman. And I think the writing style and story itself mimicks her perfectly. It's fast paced and can be choppy at times but once you become accustomed to the writing you get sucked into the story.
It was a slow start at the beginning for me. Like I said, you have to warm up to the writing style. But the story itself was intriguing. Maxine is someone I definitely liked. A demon hunter, the last of her kind, clearly given a purpose and meaning in life and yet many questions remained unanswered. Throughout the book there are new twists, that involves new characters, at every turn. I did feel there wasn't much background information and that I jumped right in the middle of Maxine's story. But that didn't necessarily put me off. Maxine was struggling as well. So it was as if I was riding along with her watching together as her life unfolded.
The boys...How I love them. Especially Dek and Mal. Little demons passed down through generation after generation of hunters. They have a big appetite and a cute sense of humor, but they are fiercely loyal to Maxine. And Grant, Maxine's ex-priest boyfriend. How great is he? He obviously cares a lot for Maxine and for once she has someone she can be herself around. No need to hide her tattooed body or the boys themselves. Grant in fact has his own special powers that indeed help Maxine fight demons.
There are a number of characters thrown at Maxine that the reader becomes quite familar with. I personally found myself a little frustrated. For some, I didn't like at first and then they went off and helped Maxine, for reasons not quite clear, and my feelings changed. Some I quickly wanted to dislike but couldn't. Especially Tracker and Oturu. I get excited just thinking of all the different possible stories related to them. And the Meddling Man, who might in fact be Maxine's grandfather. Her one link to a family she no longer has. Don't get me wrong, there are bad guys. But they too, seem complicated in their intentions. I felt bad for Maxine as well. It seemed everyone she met was somehow intertwined with each other and she seemed to be the last one to find out. How frustrating that must have felt, I can only imagine.
One thing I must point out: there wasn't much romance in the book. Which wasn't a complete let down for me. Sometimes I tire of the romantic scenes. While I was looking for them somewhere in the story, I wasn't upset when I didn't find any. It seemed there was no room in the plot to add romantic scenes. Well, okay, I take that back. There were one or two parts where Ms. Liu could have helped Maxine out a little. But mainly the story was so exhausting for Maxine, I can see where she didn't find the time.
Another thing that sort of threw me off was the back cover. Seems to me there should have been a strong male lead character that affected Maxine in a big, big way. Maxine is already involved with someone and it's hard to pinpoint who the man was in the book that changed her life.
Even though, to me, this wasn't Ms. Liu's best work, I found myself not wanting the story to end. I was left with more questions than I had at the beginning of the book and that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm anxiously waiting for the second addition to the series. While the writing style and plot may be a little tedious and different than what most of Ms. Liu's readers would expect, I very much enjoyed the book. I recommend you at least give it a shot and see how you feel about it.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Planes, Trains, and Plantains - the author is my new hero.
On another note, I will be joining some more book challenges in hopes of completing at least one for the upcoming year.
- 1st in Series Challenge 2009
- 2nds Challenge, 2009
Basically read 12 books that are the first or second book in a series between Jan 1 09 - Dec 31 09, respectively. I got so excited I made lists for them already. Hopefully I will be able to stick to them and complete them.
1st in Series Challenge 2009
P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast :: Marked
L.A. Banks :: Bad Blood
Savannah Russe :: Dark Nights, Dark Dreams
James Patterson :: 1st to Die
Lili St. Crow :: Strange Angels
Julia Quinn :: The Duke and I
Christopher Paolini :: Eragon
L.J. Smith :: The Awakening
Ariel's Journey :: Doug Kane and Christy Wood
Wake :: Lisa McMann
Wings :: Aprilynne Pike
Katherine Allred :: Close Encounters
2nds Challenge, 2009
Kelley Armstrong :: Stolen
P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast :: Betrayed
L.A. Banks :: Bite the Bullet
Susan Hubbard :: The Year of Disappearances
5. Janet Evanovich :: Two for the Dough
L.J. Smith :: The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle
Christopher Paolini :: Eldest
8. Philip Pullman :: The Subtle Knife
9. C.L. Wilson :: Lady of Light and Shadows
10. Colleen Gleason :: Rises the Night
11. James Patterson :: 2nd Chance
Laurell K. Hamilton :: The Laughing Corpse
Dragging myself out of bed today was a struggle. Not that I did anything draining yesterday. Just sleepy. Another exciting day at work will no doubt stimulate me. Hah, sarcasm much?
Procrastination has seem to become my beloved companion these days. We share a love-hate relationship. The end of the semester at school was dealt a pretty hard blow by my evil friend. However, finding out that I was exempt from two of my finals makes me smile. Seems my friend hasn't dragged me down yet. 2 points for me!
I was driving to the AQ* this morning on a very well-used busy road here in town that just happens to be under major construction. Apparently the city wants to fit more cars on an already busy road. Try to make it easier around traffic time. Yeah, not happening when you add to the equation. And all the orange construction cones and conjested area makes driving on it tons of fun. Probably get to do it for a year or two more, lovely. Anywho, the point is there's a lot of machinery on both sides of the road. Different sized excavators and cranes. And as I look at them I always think of them as living creatures. Sleeping giants that could come alive at any moment. Silly, I know. Maybe too much transformers when I was a kid, I don't know. But it made me smile as I passed them.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
But who cares?!?
I'm going for it:
- 1) Because I like to catalog the books I read
- 2) Why the hell not?
- 3) It'll be nice to have a goal for a change
- Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Vol. 1 :: Laurell K. Hamilton (January 09)
- Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures Vol. 2 :: Laurell K. Hamilton (January 09)
- Mercy :: Jodi Picoult (January 09)
- Stolen :: Kelley Armstrong (January 09)
- Dime Store Magic :: Kelley Armstrong (January 09)
- Dark Curse :: Christine Feehan (January 09)
- Marked :: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (January 09)
- Betrayed :: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (February 09)
- The Year of Disappearances :: Susan Hubbard (February 09)
- The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide :: J.R. Ward (February 09)
- One Silent Night :: Sherrilyn Kenyon (February 7th)
- Dark Nights, Dark Dreams :: Savannah Russe (February 11th)
- The Host :: Stephenie Meyer (February 19th)
- Bad Blood :: L.A. Banks (February 24th)
- Bite the Bullet :: L.A. Banks (February 28th)
- Chosen :: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (March 2nd)
- Untamed :: P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (March 5th)
- Eragon :: Christopher Paolini (March 13th)
- Eldest :: Christopher Paolini (March 22nd)
- Close Encounters :: Katherine Allred (March 28th)
- Ariel's Journey :: Doug Kane and Christy Wood (April 2nd)
- French Bred :: Frederic Guarino (April 2nd)
- Finding Grace :: Donna VanLiere (April 4th)
- House Rules :: Heather Lewis (April 9th)
- Girl, Interrupted :: Susanna Kaysen (April 12th)
- The Duke and I :: Julia Quinn (April 16th)
- One for the Money :: Janet Evanovich (April 21st)
- 1st to Die :: James Patterson (April 23rd)
- Hunted :: P.C. & Kristin Cast (April 27th)
- Step Into Darkness :: Naomi Bellis (May 2nd)
- Waiting :: Ha Jin (May 4th)
- I Am Legend :: Richard Matheson (May 12th)
- Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening :: DCS (May 12th)
- Burned :: Ellen Hopkins (May 14th)
- 20 Boy Summer :: Sarah Ockler (May 17th)
- Remember the Sweet Things :: Ellen Greene (May 20th)
- The Laughing Corpse :: Laurell K. Hamilton (May 28th)
- Gauntlet :: Richard Aaron (June 5th)
- April & Oliver :: Tess Callahan (June 9th)
- Strange Angels :: Lili St. Crow (June 12th)
- Circus of the Damned :: Laurell K. Hamilton (June 18th)
- The Chris Farley Show :: Tom Farley & Tanner Colby (June 22nd)
- A Worthy Legacy :: Tomi Akinyanmi (June 23rd)
- The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening :: L.J. Smith (June 27th)
- The Vampire Diaries: The Struggle :: L.J. Smith (June 30th)
- The Vampire Diaries: The Fury :: L.J. Smith (July 4th)
- The Vampire Diaries: Dark Reunion :: L.J. Smith (July 6th)
- Running With Scissors :: Augusten Burroughs (July 12th)
- Wake :: Lisa McMann (July 14th)
- Undone :: Karin Slaughter (July 27th)
- Eye of the Whale :: Douglas Carlton Abrams (July 30th)
- Benny & Shrimp :: Katarina Mazetti (August 3rd)
- The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker :: Leanna Renee Heiber (August 8th)
- Water Witch :: Deborah LeBlanc (August 11th)
- Wings :: Aprilynne Pike (August 13th)
- Falling into the Sun :: Charrie Hazard (August 18th)
- Wait Until Twilight :: Sang Pak (August 22nd)
- Along for the Ride :: Sarah Dessen (August 28th)
- Once Upon a Nightmare :: Lee Moylan (August 31st)
- Dancing With Ana :: Nicole Barker (September 2nd)
- The Lovely Bones :: Alice Sebold (September 8th)
- Royal Blood :: Rona Sharon (September 22nd)
- The Sari Shop Widow :: Shobhan Bantwal (September 26th)
- Everything Sucks :: Hannah Friedman (September 29th)
- The Tear Collector :: Patrick Jones (October 2nd)
- The Blue Pen :: Lisa Rusczyk (October 5th)
- Testimony :: Anita Shreve (October 9th)
- Magic Bites :: Ilona Andrews (October 11th)
- Legacy :: Cayla Kluver (October 19th)
- The Bargain :: Mary Jo Putney (October 22nd)
- Cleopatra's Daughter :: Michelle Moran (October 26th)
- Hush, Hush :: Becca Fitzpatrick (October 28th)
- Kissing Games of the World :: Sandi Khan Shelton (November 2nd)
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time :: Mark Haddon (November 4th)
- Playing House :: Fredrica Wagman (November 6th)
- The Recipe Club :: Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel (November 9th)
- The Sugarless Plum :: Zippora Karz (November 30th)
- The Better Part of Darkness :: Kelly Gay (December 12th)
- Rising Shadow :: Jacquelyn Wheeler (December 20th)
- The Christmas Secret :: Donna VanLiere (December 22nd)
- The Shimmer :: David Morrell (December 25th)
You know, I used to be able to think clearly and rationally, but something happened, and to put it bluntly...I became an idiot. I'm afraid that t.v. and the internet has made my brain entirely too lazy and my creative side has completely run away. It's hard for me to think for myself at times. Sad, huh?
I'd like to be a better person. Maybe fake-blogging will help. I say fake because I would never consider myself a true blogger. How I envy those who actually blog and blog well. The concept is simple really. Write about your thoughts or about things in your life that you are interested it. Well then, why am I freaking out about it? Hmm, I don't know.
I suppose this "blog" is more for myself. To keep track of...everything, I guess.
If anyone does read this, and you feel the urge to comment, please do so. They will be welcome.