Thursday, June 30, 2011

Series Week - #3

Tempest Rising (Jane True)

Let's talk about: Nicole Peeler and the Jane True Series.

I'm a fan.  Yep, totally a fan of Anyan, the sexy beast who's lick can cure anything.

 Lord Have Mercy.

Seriously though, I really enjoyed this series.  I keep saying, show me a NEW take on the paranormal, where not all vamps are tall, dark and sexual dynamos.  Show me a short dude, who I don't even like...ahem...Ryu...ahem, and an old lady who can kick some ass.  

The MINUTE I finished Tempest Rising, I RAN out to buy Tracking the Tempest and Tempest's Legacy. 
The story just keeps getting better and better.  Introducing new characters, fighting new battles and learning all about the heroine makes this a series that you become involved in.

Please believe, you will be seeing a WOW dedicated to Eye of the Tempest, the fourth installment that I can't WAAAAIIIIITTTT to get my hands on. 

Rock on, Nicole Peeler.  I may just love you a little bit. 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Hopping is HOPTASTIC

Book Blogger Hop

This Meme is hosted by Jennifer from Crazy for Books on Fridays. 


Your blog should have content related to books, including, but not limited to book reviews.

1. Post about the Hop on your blog (feel free to grab the logo at the top of the post!)

Spread the word about the book party! The more the merrier!

In your blog post, answer the following question (new question each week!).

This week’s question comes from Elena who blogs at Books and Reviews! Thanks for submitting a question for our Hoppers, Elena! Be sure to visit her blog and tell her thank you!

“When did you realize reading was your passion and a truly important part of your life?”

Funny you should ask, Elena!  I was just talking about this with my sister-in-law at dinner tonight.

When I was a little girl, every year, my Mother and I would decorate the Christmas Tree together.  On the first night, after we finished, we'd turn off all the lights in the house except for the tree.  We'd lay on the floor, under the branches with our feet poking out and read The Night Before Christmas outloud, every night, until Christmas Eve. 

I think right there, that first memory of those cold winter nights, spent reading under the Christmas Tree, is when I realized I had a passion for reading and that it was also a truly important part of my life.

Series Week - #2

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood)

Let's talk about: Charlene Harris and the Sookie Stackhouse Series

Okay, this book is already pretty over-exposed with the hit TV show True Blood on HBO, but what the hell.

Now I'm not going to lie.  I was a HUGE fan of this series and waited PATIENTLY for it to make it's debut on Sunday nights.  I loved this series sooo much, that I actually re-read Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead as a Doornail, Definitely Dead and All Together Dead about five times.

I was hooked.  This series was paranormal crack.  But did anyone else notice, around the time True Blood finally appeared, Ms. Harris' books started to lack?

Still being a fan, I signed up to get the next copies at the library and continued on with the story hoping and praying it would turn around.  Gotta say, I wasn't very impressed with From Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone and Dead in the Family.

Last night, I finished Dead Reckoning and had to smile.  Although I don't think that this book really compares to her earlier works, I've got to say, Ms. Harris churned out a believable, yet not epic, story.  There was some suspense, some sexual tension and even some vampire sex.  :-)  What more can a girl ask for?  Well, maybe some serious plot evolution?

All in all, I feel that Dead Reckoning played out like an hour long episode of True Blood.  It left you wanting more and kind of pissed that you are going to have to wait AGAIN for it!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Series Week - #1

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica, Book 1)

Let's talk about:  Larissa Ione and the Demonica Series

Starting with Pleasure Unbound and following with great stories such as Desire Unchained, Passion Unleashed, Ecstasy Unveiled, and concluding (but not ending) with Sin Undone, Ms. Ione kept me up late for MANY nights in a row, desperate to finish a story just to move onto the next!  They kept getting better and better! 

While I don't think you NEED to read each one in order, I really recommend it just for the fact that you can follow each characters progression as they overlap in each story.  You also don't want any spoilers!!

Hot men, hot stories and a fantastically imagined alter-universe where demons not only exist but are treated at Underworld General Hospital for things like childbirth to near death experiences.  Just fantastic weaving of each character's personality along with just the right amount of action to let me feel a little less dirty for reading these in bed next to my husband while he's sleeping.  :-)

Huge fangirl, that's me.

The SERIES experiment!

I really want to dig in my nails and commit myself to this seems like it's easy to forget about and that things always seem to get in the way of my next post, so I'm trying this little experiment.

I have probably read THOUSANDS of books in my lifetime, and with a touch of OCD, I usually have to keep going with a series until it gets so horrendous, I have to stop for my sanity (ahem, Laurell K Hamilton).

So here goes my latest genius idea.  I'm going to take time, once a week, to review a series I'm still stuck on.  I'd love to hear some feedback, and maybe find something new to tickle my fancy.