Friday, January 30, 2009
Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She’s come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs--like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend…or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night. While danger stalks the humans from Zoey’s old life, she begins to realize that the very powers that make her so unique might also threaten those she loves. Then, when she needs her new friends the most, death strikes the House of Night, and Zoey must find the courage to face a betrayal that could break her heart, her soul, and jeopardize the very fabric of her world.
The concept of betrayal comes in a couple of forms. First off, Zoey is boy crazy. She's got Erik, the hot older vampyre fledgling, Heath, her ex-boyfriend that she's got a major bloodlusting problem with, and Loren, the Vampyre Poet Laureate that temporarily teaches at the school. Now I do feel for Zoey and understand personally what it feels like to care about more than one person. But no matter how hard it is to choose between people she seriously needs to get a grip. Most of her boy problems come from the fact that she wants too much. I myself, would be in a pickle too. She obviously has history with Heath and even though he can be immature (all boys usually are, no offense), he can still be sweet. Erik is not only hot but he knows what Zoey is going through with the Change. Being with him wouldn't cause others to be uncomfortable since both are vampyre fledglings. Loren is well...sighs dreamily.... He's older (not by much) and a teacher for that matter, forbidden love indeed. I understand her confusion because of his constant flirting and the fact that he writes poems for her, so sweet! I love the scenes with Loren, they give me chills. (=
But the point is, Zoey needs to choose. It's not fair to any of the guys (even though I have a feeling Loren won't be an issue forever )= ) There is an Imprinting issue with Heath and the fact that she's pretty much cheating on Erik. I know Heath cares about Zoey, not just because they are connected by the Imprint but she shouldn't be drinking his blood no matter how tempting it is. And Erik has had an attraction to Zoey since he first saw her during the *bj* scene from book one.
Another betrayal issue: Neferet (gasp). How similar is Neferet to Zoey's real mother? The mother that betrayed her daughter for her husband? Seems Neferet isn't who she portrays herself to be. There are some major twists with her character that completely turns her relationship with Zoey upside down.
So, what were the bad points? There weren't many for me. I've read a lot of reviews saying that Zoey was complaining a lot. I didn't really feel that she was. I did however feel like she was prolonging her drama - especially about her boy problems. But the big problem I had with the book was her boy problems. Most of the book was about that. And while I sympathized for her (I really did), it was just a little too repetitive for me. I just wanted to grab her and say "Stop playing around and making things worse for yourself". While the story was good and I still really like Zoey as a character, the book just wasn't as captivating as Marked. But I'll definitely be sticking with the series.
Next In Series: Chosen
Monday, January 26, 2009
Synopsis: [from back cover]
Enter the dark, magical world of the house of night, a world very much like our own, except here vampyres have always existed. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird has just been Marked as a fledgling vampyre and joins the House of Night, a school where she will train to become and adult vampyre. That is, if she makes it through the Change - and not all of those who are Marked do. It sucks to begin a new life, especially away from her friends, and on top of that, Zoey is no average fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx. Zoey discovers she has amazing powers, but along with her powers come blood lust and an unfortunate ability to Imprint her human ex-boyfriend. To add to her stress, she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers: When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny - with a little help from her new vampyre friends.
I have to say I enjoyed the pace and writing style of this book. It was a nice change from other books I've been reading in it's simplified format. It definitely seemed that both Cast ladies weren't really all that worked up about writing a perfect-sounding book. It was simple in its delivery and it made it easy for me to get through so quickly.
I found myself easily liking and relating to Zoey. Even though I'm not a sixteen-year old Marked vampyre fledgling, she just seemed like a very real character to me; someone I would love to have around everyday. I thought she did very well for herself after being thrown into a whole new life where she knew no one. But that doesn't last for long. She quickly comes across new people/vampyres that make the book interesting. A myriad of characters that I quickly came to love, to hate, and to giggle about with Zoey and her repetitive mental sidecracks (which I adored). Zoey tends to explain herself every other page and it's too cute.
I absolutely love the idea of the tattoo markings and the emblems of the students and professors at the House of Night. Without going into too many details, I just really loved how creative the authors got when they came up with this world. **Sidenote: If you go to the here, you can take a look at all the fun goodies at the House of Night. If you haven't heard of these books, it's a nice place to start to see if you'd enjoy them. And if you have read them or thought about reading them, it's fun to see some of the ideas in the book illustrated.
I have yet to read anything by P.C. Cast and I'm not sure if Kristin has written any novels herself, so I don't know who to credit for the constant touches of modern pop culture into the book. It may be both of them. Either way, it was cute and a nice touch to this vampyre world. I also liked the fact that the characters in this book weren't too "young" for me. I don't normally like to read YA. In fact, I'm trying to get more into it. However, they sounded and acted like people I would like to be around. With their sometimes colorful language and hilarious cracks, it made me comfortable with the fact that I liked this book. The characters were defined well and made me want to keep getting to know them.
I'm not going to summarize the book, even though I want to (= I feel as if I started doing that I would just write out everything that happens and it would be pointless to read the story. But I will say that this was a fun and exciting start for a promising series.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Synopsis [from christinefeehan.com]
Today Lara is the leading expert in the field of ice cave study around the world and the healing microorganisms that thrive in them. She’s also in search of something else: the source of her nightmares—the cold dark corners of her childhood. Only one man has the will and the powers to help her: Nicolas De La Cruz, for whom centuries of hunting and killing have long since taken their toll. Dangerous and arrogant, he still longs to feel sensual love without the hunger for blood. Now, between Lara and Nicolas, a tenuous trust has emerged, and a passion neither has ever known before as a melody of dark promise begins.
But as each scales the treacherous land of the Carpathian in search of their past, they also harbor a secret that could save or destroy them. And as each may be desirous of a new beginning as lifemates, they are also haunted by the unknown dangers of a dark curse.
I have a lot of respect and admiration for Ms. Feehan. I owe my entire love for paranormal/fantasy/romance in general to her. I remember browsing through Barnes & Noble years ago and stumbling into the romance section. I never read romance before because I was just never into sex in books and I suppose the old school covers with the hero and heroine completely turned me off. I must have been mighty bored on that trip because I found myself walking down the romance aisle. I came across a number of books by her and decided to pull at least one out and see what they were about. Dark Guardian was the one I grabbed. There was a really hot guy on the front and a wolf on the back. What more could I ask for? Curiosity made me read the back cover and I said "What the hey, just give it a try." And the rest, my friends, is history.
So with that said, I'm particularly loyal to Ms. Feehan and her Dark Series especially. Even though they aren't my favorite. And sadly they have been a bit disappointing and repetitive over the years. Number 19 (including anthologies) in the Dark Series, Dark Curse, wasn't exactly holding high hopes for me in light of its predecessor, Dark Possession, being a complete let down. But of course I was going to read it.
Lara is first introduced in the ice caves of the Carpathian mountains. She is a very small child at the mercy of her great-grandfather, Xavier. Evil dark mage filled with jealousy and hatred toward the Carpathians, Xavier tortures Lara daily as he feeds off of her. Razvan, Lara's father, is also seen hurting his daughter and siding with Xavier. However, with the help of her two great-aunts, Branislava and Tatijana, Lara manages to escape the ice caves to an outside world that scares her just as much as her imprisonment.
I absolutely love the concept of lifemates. And I'm sure it's hard to come up with fresh new ideas on how to portray the same thing over and over again with different couples. So I won't fault the author for that. Nicolas De La Cruz is a lot like any Carpathian male; dominant, arrogant, possessive, etc. Extremely close to turning into a vampire when we first meet him and after seeing Lara he undoubtedly claims her. Like most of the males he does so without her consent and really without any care of the consequences.
Ms. Feehan is known for her long-winded sex scenes. And I must admit, they can get pretty heavy and pretty irresistible. However, I found myself skimming a lot of the sex scenes in this book because I really wanted to read the story that was building behind the two of them. But I'd be lieing if I said I didn't like some of the scenes.
One thing that bothered me a little was the excessive use of the Carpathian language. And even the appendices in the back of the book. I admire Ms. Feehan for doing the research and incorporating the beautiful language in the book. I totally skipped over it though. You can go to her website and hear samples of the language but I just didn't really feel the need to have so much of the language spoken in the book. But thank God, for translations (= She graciously included them almost every time. After a while, I did start to recognize words, so maybe I should thank her for the language lesson.
The book was good. It continues the story of the Carpathians and we may finally have a solution that could save the entire race. There were a lot of unexpected twists with the characters and the story itself which made it great to read. I especially liked the ending, and I honestly didn't want it to end. So even though I struggled through the middle of the book, I'm very glad I read it. Anyone who likes the Dark Series should read this just for the continuation of the story. Lara and Nicolas are very like able characters and they weren't really a disappointment.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I'm excited to start Marked by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. I did read the first chapter a little while ago and it looked promising. I wasn't smart enough to bring the book to work though and I'm stuck here until 9. Instead I'll be reading up on my Economics - yay =( What a waste of good reading time though. I'll also try to work on the review as well.
Maybe I'll see if my love will bring the book up to me later. He's so nice like that. *crosses fingers*
- Advance Reading Copy of EVE OF DARKNESS (1 Grand Prize winner)
- Marked series coffee mug(2 second place winners)
- Marked series poster with the entire first chapter on the back(5 third place winners)
- Tor Books key chain that lights up when squeezed(2 runner up winners)
Click here for the details! Contest ends February 28th.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Leah somehow tracks down Savannah's father and files for custody of Savannah. Making Paige's life a living hell, the story takes the reader on a roller-coaster style journey as Paige struggles to keep a hold of Savannah without becoming an outcast to the coven and her town. She reluctantly accepts the help of lawyer/sorcerer Lucas Cortez. But can Paige really trust him?
You know, at first I wasn't all that fond of Paige. I suppose its because I liked Elena a lot more in Stolen. However, as I read through Paige's story I sort of became enthralled by her. It might be because so much happened to her in such a short amount of time. I quickly sympathized for her. But she is extremely likeable once you get to know her. Savannah on the other hand is like any thirteen year old...rebellious, smart-ass, know-it-all but she has major potential (= I'm sure Paige was just like her when she was younger.
So as the story goes it was much more jam-packed in my opinion. I mean so many obstacles were thrown at Paige I'm amazed she didn't just give up. She's one tough cookie. The story also delves more into the supernatural world with 'Demonology 101' and with some light being shed on the long time battle between sorcerers and witches. Also the concept of the Cabals (a sort of magical Mafia) is introduced which to me was a bit difficult to grasp but that might just be because I'm a little on the slow side. Old and new characters are thrown into the mix as Kelley Armstrong continues to weave us a nicely written and believable world that anyone can enjoy. A definite read for anyone that loves this series.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
When a young witch tells Elena that a group of humans are kidnapping supernaturals, Elena ignores the warning. After all, everyone knows there's no such thing as witches. As for the thought of other 'supernaturals', well, she'd just rather not dwell on the possibility. Soon, however, she's confronted with the truth about her world, when she's kidnapped and thrown into a cell-block with witches, sorcerers,
half-demons and other werewolves. As Elena soon discovers, dealing with her fellow captives is the least of her worries. In this prison, the real monsters carry the keys.
The second installment of The Otherworld, Stolen takes readers further into Elena Michael's world, which encompasses more than she could ever imagine. Witches, shamans, half-demons, and vampires are things Elena never knew existed even if she is otherworldly herself. She has finally come to terms with being the only female werewolf and she has found her place as a journalist scouting the internet looking for misbehaving mutts that could put her race in jeopardy.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
completely transforming him that Allie would not have recognized him is
she'd seen him on the street. "Then you're the one."
Allie blinked at him. "The one what?"
"The one who loves more." He movd clsoer to the desk, and the handcuffs tapped against the
metal edge as he inadvertently made gestures. "You know it's never
fifty-fifty in a marriage. It's always seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty. Someone falls in love first. Someone puts someone else up on a pedestal. Someone works very hard to keep things rolling smoothly; someone else sails along for the ride."...
New York Times Best-Selling author Laurell K. Hamilton offers readers a brand new experience in the world of Anita Blake! Fusing mythology, werewolves and vampires with a story loaded with mystery, action and romance, the Anita Blake novels take place in a world where vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of nightmare have been declared legal citizens of the United States. Anita Blake is an "animator" - a profession that involves raising the dead for a living. Anita Blake is also known as a fearsome hunter of criminal vampires, and she moonlights by investigating cases that are far too much for "conventional" police. But as Anita gains the attention of the vampire masters in her hometown of St. Louis, she also risks revealing an intriguing secret about herself - the source of her unusual strength and power. As a special treat, Anita Blake fans will also discover an original side story featuring Anita and Dolph, written specially for the hardcover edition by Laurell K. Hamilton. Collects Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #1-6
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Vol. 2
The hit adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series continues! What price will Anita pay in order to save her friend's life and solve the Vampire Murders? Will she actually kiss Phillip? How far will Edward go in order to find out where the daytime resting place of the Master Vampires truly is? Where is Jean-Claude? And most important, who is behind the Vampire Murders? What's next for Anita Blake, you ask? The answers to all of those questions are here! Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures #7-12
Guilty Pleasures illustrated in these two graphic novels was fun and exciting. Seeing the characters I came to know and love (or hate) was so great that I was giddy with excitement while reading both. I quickly devoured the illustrations and pages since I already knew what had happened in the story.
For those who have never read Guilty Pleasures Anita Blake is an animator for a living. She's hired to raise the dead back to life for Animators Inc. She's also a vampire hunter, better known as the Executioner. Vol. 1 starts off with the Anita meeting with Willie, a now-vampire who she knew before his change. Willie is trying to hire Anita to find out who is killing off the master vampires in the city.
While Anita refuses to help she is quickly dragged into the vampire night life as she is forced to accept the job by the oldest vampire she has ever met, Nikolaos.
The two graphic novels follow Anita as she goes about tracking the murderer down while trying to basically stay alive and sane at the same time. The reader will meet some crazy characters that will definitely make you want more.
I really enjoyed seeing the book adapted into graphic novels. I loved the way Anita was depicted. She was just as I imagined. I recommend any Anita Blake fan to read these and anyone who hasn't to take a peek as well. Be sure to read the novel though, it goes into so much more depth.
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
- A chunkster is 450 pages or more of adult literature (fiction or nonfiction).
- If you read large type books your book will need to be 525 pages or more.
- No audio books in the chunkster.
- You can start any time after signing up but the deadline to finish is November 15th.
- Short stories and Essay collections do not count.
- Books can crossover with other challenges.
I thought the options on this challenge had the cutest names (= And I just love making lists so I joined this challenge. I know I'll do the first two I'm just not so sure about the others. Hopefully I will though.
My List: Do These Books Make My Butt Look Big?
The Host :: Stephenie Meyer (624 pages)
Stolen :: Kelley Armstrong (468 pages)
The Black Dagger Brotherhood: An Insider's Guide :: J.R. Ward (496 pages)
Eragon/Eldest :: Christopher Paolini (1216 pages)
Sunday, January 04, 2009
What movie you ask?
What's all the hubub?
Well it was just so adorably great. I mean I laughed too many times to count. and I smiled a whole bunch. I'm not a huge fan of Keri Russell. But her loveable southern accent, her funny comments on life and her genius invention of pies made her just irresistible. The movie is about Jenna, a waitress at Joe's Pie Diner, who has a crazy jealous, controlling, real jerk of a husband. Now I came into the movie maybe 10 mins into it so I missed the very beginning. But basically she gets pregnant and has to figure out a way to get away from Earl (Jeremy Sisto), her crappy husband. She hides money away in hopes she can save enough money to run away. She even plans on entering and winning a pie baking contest with her amazing pies. I'm not a big pie fan, I know, I know, I'm weird (= But this movie made me wish I liked pie. Her inventive skills are crazy good. She comes up with such creative names like, "I Don't Want Earl's Baby Pie", "I Hate My Husband Pie", "Earl Murders Me Because I'm Having An Affair Pie", and many more.
With her two only friends Dawn (Adrienne Shelly) and Becky(Cheryl Hines), fellow waitresses, and Old Joe (Andy Griffith), the owner of the diner, Jenna ends up finding a new confindence about her life after writing a number of letters to her unborn baby. The lives of Dawn and Becky are just as unsatisfying as Jenna's and you get a taste of what they are going through in the movie as well. The two of them were wonderful sidekicks and extremely funny. And Old Joe with his rude, cranky, and cynical comments kept Jenna on her toes.
I don't want to give the whole movie away but she ends up having a very passionate affair with her quirky and oh-so-charming OB/GYN, Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion). And I just gotta say he was just as loveable as Jenna. He made me laugh so hard. You really have to go watch it to see what happens to poor Jenna.
I just loved the movie and I have never heard of it before watching it. If anyone has seen it let me know what you thought of it. If you haven't, I hope you go rent it at least. (=
Watch the trailer and a clip!
- Runs from January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2009.
- No restriction on choosing novels. However, the authors must be new to you.
- State how many new authors you would like to try.
Since I have so many books I plan to read this year I'll set the bar at 20 new authors. It may be more but I hope not to be less.
Frederic Guarino :: French Bred Doug Kane and Christy Wood :: Ariel's Journey Julia Quinn :: The Duke and I P.C. Cast :: Marked Christopher Paolini :: Eragon Heather Lewis :: House Rules Tess Callahan :: April & Oliver Richard Aaron :: Gauntlet Carolyn Turgeon :: Godmother : The Secret Cinderella Story James Patterson :: 1st to Die Ellen Greene :: Remember the Sweet Things L.J. Smith :: The Awakening Mitch Albom :: The Five People You Meet in Heaven DCS :: Synarchy Book One: The Awakening Donna VanLiere :: Finding Grace Ellen Hopkins :: Burned Ha Jin :: Waiting Close Encounters :: Katherine Allred Naomi Bellis :: Step Into Darkness Sarah Ockler :: Twenty Boy Summer
Info for this challenge
Friday, January 02, 2009
- Read books in series/trilogies/related by author.
- The Challenge will begin January 1st and last until December 31st 2009.
- Post your list on your blog and link it back to this post.
- Rate and review each title on your blog.
- There will be prizes!
- To wrap up the challenge next winter, comment to this post linking your wrap-up post by December 31!
So I think I can squeeze at least one series in this year. I'll list a couple I plan on doing, which might change as the year progresses.
House of Night by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast
Marked Betrayed Chosen Untamed Hunted
Crimson Moon by L.A. Banks
Bad Blood Bite the Bullet
- Undead on Arrival
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
The Awakening The Struggle The Fury Dark Reunion
- The Return: Nightfall
Tairen Soul by C.L. Wilson
- Lord of the Fading Lands
- Lady of Light and Shadows
- King of Sword and Sky
- Queen of Song and Souls
Gardella Vampire Chronicles by Colleen Gleason
- The Rest Falls Away
- Rises the Night
- The Bleeding Dusk
- When Twilight Burns
- As Shadows Fade
Wild Wulfs of London by Ronda Thompson
- The Dark One
- The Cursed One
- The Untamed One
Masters of Time by Brenda Joyce
- Dark Seduction
- Dark Rival
- Dark Embrace
- Dark Victory