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Monday, May 30, 2011

A Little Fun!

     I am 23 years old and I have been a wrestling fan for about 19 of those years. I have seen some crazy stuff over the years, a lot of it was fun, some not so much. But I think I have officially found the dumbest and most ridiculous clip EVER! I warn you now, your brain will hurt for this. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: The Dead Girls' Dance (The Morganville Vampires #2) by Rachel Caine

Author: Rachel Caine
Series: The Morganville Vampires
Number in Series: 2
Format: Audiobook
Time: 9 hrs. and 2 mins.
Narrator: Cynthia Halloway
Release Date: April 03, 2007 (audiobook August 07, 2009)
Publisher: NAL Jam
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy









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Synopsis from Goodreads

Claire Danvers has her share of challenges---like being a genius in a school that favors beauty over brains, dealing with the homicidal girls in her dorm, and above all, finding out that her college town is overrun with vampires. On the up side, she has a great roommate (who tends to disappear at sunup) and a new boyfriend named Shane, whose vampire-hunting dad has called in backup: cycle punks who like the idea of killing just about anything.
Now a fraternity is throwing its annual Dead Girls' Dance and---surprise!---Claire and her equally outcast best friend, Eve, have been invited. When they find out why, all hell is going to break loose. Because this time both the living and the dead are coming out---and everybody's hungry for blood.





     After Glass Houses (book 1), I immediately sent in a request for The Dead Girls’ Dance from my library. I may have had a problem or two with the first one, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it. The Dead Girls’ Dance is a very good sequel. I actually liked this more than the first book. It picks up right where Glass Houses left off, so we are right into the action from the get-go. There was more mystery, more horror, and more action. 

     Like I said, The Dead Girls’ Dance picks up right where Glass Houses left off and it grew intense from there. We find that Shane was originally sent to back to Morganville to give his father intel on the vampires whereabouts. So Shane’s dad comes in to take out the first person he knows to be supernatural, Michael. Thing is Shane’s dad doesn’t know that Michael can’t die because he is already dead. Shane is out to help Michael and protect Claire and Eve because his dad and his dad’s entourage are more awful than they thought. But as the story goes, a vampire is killed and tortured and it is suspected that Shane was the culprit. Shane will be burned alive by the deceiving Oliver if Claire can’t find the one person that can prove his innocence, Shane’s own scary ass dad.

     We meet new vampires in this book and get to know more of the others already in town, specifically Amelie. It is clear she and Oliver are in a power struggle and Amelie is the one that is winning. For some reason, they both want Claire on their side. I don’t know why, but I am very curious as to why because it doesn’t make sense. Monica is still out for Claire’s blood which seems so ridiculous in face of everything else Claire is taking on. Monica sets up something for Claire and Eve at the Dead Girls’ Dance, a dance the frat boys set up, that was more for Halloween, but what the hell. I am still not sure I want Monica in the books. I like villains, but she is villain still bitching over something soooo stupid. What she sets up though is something I wouldn’t have thought any chick would do. We also see Michael take a drastic step to save Shane in this book that I never would have thought he would do or could be done. It will be interesting to see how things will be for him now.

     Now this book picks up where the last one left off. But something in this book didn’t make much sense. Eve and Michael are boyfriend and girlfriend. When did that happen? There was something between them, but with everything going on in the last book, I don’t know exactly when it had a chance to blossom. Also Shane and Claire grow closer together and I like that. I like that they all seem to be growing more in this book, it didn’t feel as immature as the last one. I like Claire a little more, she will do anything to save her friends. The lengths she goes through to save Shane were something.

     Overall, this was a great sequel. There was more suspense and violence in this book.  The Dead Girls’ Dance felt less juvenile which was a problem for me with book 1. The way this one ended, I can’t wait to see how Claire’s decision will affect them all. I recommend this to all looking for a good vampire story. It is obvious this series will become more in depth the further I go, so the library better have a copy of Midnight Alley (book 3) ready to go.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award!!!



I am so happy and honored to have been nominated for The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award.  I have been nominated this award from a great fellow book blogger and new author Jessica Subject. Big thanks to you Jessica. You are a great blogger and a great Twitter friend. Thank you for your great reviews and RTs LOL! Thanks for being awesome!

Seven Facts About Me:

1. I love video games even the ones that scare the mess out of me, especially those. But my brother sold the only Xbox in the house, so I am stuck with PC demos. But we still have the original Nintendo, unfortunately, Super Mario Brothers doesn't play as well as it use to and that is the game to play on there.

2. I am huge wrestling fanatic. I have been watching since I was a little girl. Hulk Hogan use to be my hero until he became a paparazzi whore.

3. I have the biggest crush on Nathan Fillion, Every time I think of my perfect man, he comes to mind. Hot, smart and super nerdy, the way I like it. Browncoat For Life!

4. I love music, but I can't listen to 90% of music on the radio. When on the computer, Adele and Florence + the Machine are my go-to gals. If they made a song together, my ears will have an orgasm.

5. I have only been an avid reader for about two years. My love actually started because I wanted to know what will happen on True Blood next. So I thought, "Why not read the books?" and my love grew from there. I use to read a lot in middle school, but they were books I use to sneak from my grandma that I knew were naughty. Yes, I know how messed up that sounds. But I am happy my tastes have grown.

6. I have never had a boyfriend before, not even my first kiss yet.

7. I want to write and have been thinking of my book. Problem is, I have been making notes, but haven't grown the ladyballs to type up the words yet. Every time I do, I go into major insecure mode and start from scratch. I am getting there, I feel it, but I am not there quite yet.



Now please make sure to check out the following 15 blogs I would like to nominate for The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Blog Award (there are plenty more I would like to add, but I won't go over)

1. Deanna Cox - http://paperbackdaydreamer.com/
2. Jen D. - http://notnowjensreading.blogspot.com/
3. Megan Marie - http://xenophobic-bibliophile.blogspot.com/
4. Ash - http://www.smashattackreads.com/
5. Robin K. - http://intensewhisper.blogspot.com/
6. Candace - http://www.candacesbookblog.com/
7. Robyn Sadler - http://robsad79.blogspot.com/
8. Kate Leger - http://yzhabellasbookshelf.blogspot.com/
9. Katie Salidas - http://www.katiesalidas.com/
10. Melissa - http://werevampsromance.blogspot.com/
11. Laura Hunsaker - http://laurahunsaker.wordpress.com/
12. Wendy Delsol - http://www.wendydelsol.com/
13. Rachel Firasek - http://www.rachelfirasek.com/
14. Tawania Etheridge - http://www.wickedreadingsbytawania.blogspot.com/
15. Penny - http://pennypimpin.blogspot.com/



And here are the rules for those who get the award:
  1. Thank and Link To the Person who Nominated You.
  2. Share Seven Random Facts About Yourself.
  3. Pass the Award on to 15 deserving blog buddies.
  4. Contact those buddies to let them know.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)


Synopsis from IMDB

Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) crosses paths with a woman from his past (Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love -- or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.




    Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides! Yes they made another Pirates movie. Now I went into this expecting the usual and after the last two that is not saying much. It is still a bit messy. So much action and not enough breathing room (perfect example, Transformers 2), but not as bad as the previous film. This was fun and you can tell they are at least trying to get back to the basics.
                               
     On Stranger Tides is about the Fountain of Youth. Someone is impersonating the beloved Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp, yummy!) and they are going around saying he has the map to the Fountain of Youth. Now the English want that map, but it was stolen from Sparrow. Problem is, the English are not the only ones after the Fountain. The Spanish have their own agenda but we know it is something to do with Ponce de Leon’s legacy. So Sparrow is out to find who is impersonating him, where his Pearl is and where the Fountain is before others get there first. He finds that a woman from his past named Angelica (Penelope Cruz) has a special relationship with the world’s scariest pirate, so he needs to work extra hard to make him happy while still trying to keep his head.

     I really liked this compared to the last two. The second one wasn’t too bad; the third one was just all over the place. In the fourth installment, they kept it to what people want to see it for. Captain Jack. He was the one who brought most of the laughs in the movie. I mean the first 20 minutes are nothing but Jack and the crazy situations he gets into and the mysterious ways he gets out of them.  I am not sure what to make of Penelope Cruz’s character, Angelica, though. Cruz doesn’t do a lot of summer blockbuster films, actually she doesn’t do any. But she is a wonderful actress. They brought her in as Jack’s potential love interest, which I am not sure they truly needed.  Cruz was almost able to keep up with Depp’s quirkiness, but let’s face it, many can’t.
    
     Thing is, if Sparrow wasn’t the manipulative man he was, Angelica would have gotten them all killed due to the love of her father, Blackbeard. Blackbeard (Ian McShane) was the most interesting character in this movie, but he wasn’t used as much as he should have been. McShane knows scary and him being Blackbeard was a great choice because he scared the piss out of me. But the movie doesn’t go into his story like I feel they should have. In all the pirate movies, we get a feel of the villains, why they are the way they are. Why they are out doing what they are doing. We don’t know Blackbeard’s story. Why and how did he gain the powers that he did. They said he had his head chopped off but he didn’t die, he can control his ship with a flick of his hand, but why? Which brings up a question, why does Blackbeard need the Fountain of Youth in the first place? I guess just being power hungry, but again, we aren’t given much explanation. If you are going to have McShane play a villain, you need to give him more.  I was disappointed that they didn’t.

    Another thing I wasn’t a fan of was the romance between the mermaid and the clergyman. I liked the take on the mermaids, they were a mixture of sirens and vampires. The mermaid (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) and the clergyman (Sam Claflin) had a little love story, but it just used up time. I knew why they needed the mermaid; they needed a mermaid’s tear to make the water from the Fountain of Youth work. Thing is, after all is said and done, I am not sure why Blackbeard kept the clergyman alive. I mean he didn’t do anything but bitch at Blackbeard about how soulless he was and they didn’t even try hard enough to get the actual tear from the mermaid. So what was the point? We got rid of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley and replaced them with two more beautiful people just to have another so-so love story. I just don’t see why they tried.

    Another thing I thought odd was the Spanish. I mean if they were trying to defend the Fountain of Youth, but they knew people were out to get it, why not stop the people. Also how did they know where the Fountain was when no one seemed to know and they didn’t have the map either. Again, they weren’t used well in this movie and they should have since it is part of legacy. I also thought Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) was sort of random given what was going on. I mean we find out why he is there and what happened with him, but we didn’t even get a flashback. Again, underused.

     Overall, this wasn’t as bad as part three. The movie still loses focus at times and has side plots that just aren’t needed. If it had more focus and scaled down on time, it wouldn’t feel stretched thin. The characters are the ones that drive the movie and they had some talented actors, but they weren’t well developed. That is probably the biggest disappointment for me. Clean up the plot, get rid of the romance and focus on the characters. The action is there, of course, but that shouldn’t be the thing to drive the movie. Don’t watch this in 3D, because it was only taken advantage of maybe twice in the film. Quick question: what was up with Judi Dench? That was a very interesting cameo. Can’t say I blame her for looking for a reason to be felt up on by Depp, but that was just strange. You are Judi Dench! Nonetheless, at least check this out in theaters because like I said, a definite improvement from At World's End.



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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Movie Review: Bridesmaids (2011)


Synopsis from IMDB

Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie's life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian's maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she'll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you'll go for someone you love.




    Now everyone knows that chick flicks aren’t my thing. As a matter of fact, they make me hurl. But this isn’t a chick flick; it is female driven, yes. But all-out Sex in the City type bullshit, look somewhere else. This is a group of very, very funny women doing an amazing raunchy comedy both adult men and women will love. Honestly, one of the best comedies I have seen in a long, long time.

     Bridesmaids is a movie about a woman named Annie (Kristen Wiig) who just found out her best friend is getting married. Annie is happy for her friend and even happier she is maid of honor. But Annie is not too happy with her life because her “boyfriend”, she lost her business due to the recession and her job is less than stellar.  But starting the wedding process Annie realizes her life is more screwed up than she thought when her best friend’s new friend is really stealing her thunder, but it leads her to meet a very cute and sweet cop.

    I didn’t know what to expect of this movie. I knew it was going to be funny because this movie is full of Saturday Night Live starlets. But I had no idea this film was going to be that funny. It got to the point where I felt I was going to pass out from laughing so hard. One of my favorite scenes ever was actually the scene where they were trying on the bridesmaids’ dresses. They just came from a restaurant that seems to have given them food poisoning and they were all terribly sick. The reaction was just too incredible and when our bride-to-be Lillian (Maya Rudolph) tried to find a bathroom, I nearly lost it. I know this might sound immature, but you have to see it for yourself. Tears were coming out of my eyes and my stomach hurt by how funny that scene alone was.

     This movie was full of great female comedians. It is a movie that shows that women are just as funny and nasty as men. But still manages to be sweet at the same time. One of the biggest surprises in this movie was Ted played by the amazing Jon Hamm. He was a jerk, actually the biggest jerk in the world. Seeing Hamm play one the douchiest men alive was a comedy all in itself. Annie allows herself to be treated like shit by him time and time again. My only disappointment in this movie was that he didn’t get what was coming to him.

     Out of all the great comedians in this movie though, the one person who stole the show was Megan (Melissa McCarthy). Megan was not only the ultimate tomboy, she was butch to the max. The things she does and say in this movie are so unexpected. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got her own movie because quite frankly, she deserves it. McCarthy is so cute and adorable and seeing the way they made her look like in this movie was a shocker. But seriously, she really should get her own movie.

     I don’t know what more I can say to make you see this movie because my words just aren’t enough even though I could talk about this movie all day. This movie truly is more than I would have imagined. Like I said this is really one of the best comedies I have seen and given how picky I am, that is saying plenty. Bridesmaids is sweet, charming, and raunchy. It is not a movie about love per se, it is a movie about change. When you hit rock bottom and it seems as though everyone you care about (and maybe not care so much about) are moving on and moving ahead. A movie about when you are in life’s slump and don’t feel like fighting anymore. That is what this movie was about. It was something we all could relate to and it is why I urge everyone to watch this movie. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.


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Top 5 Sunday - Favorite Book Quotes


Rules:
  1. Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
  2. Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
  3. Fell free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
  4. After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post.
  5. If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)


I love this weeks' theme. I am always looking for a good quote and I think I have some good ones. So here goes nothing. I am doing these by books, not necessarily five separate quotes.

*in no particular order*




 "Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that bothering me before I had my first cup of coffee is hazardous to your health" 
&
"Never trust people who smile constantly. They're either selling something or not very bright"







"Everyone is happier if they have someone to look down on, as well as someone to look up to, especially if they resent both. This is not only the Beta Male strategy for survival, but the basis for capitalism, democracy, and most religions."









"Ask me if I sparkle and I’ll kill you where you stand."
&
"I know I'm delicious. Nummy.....nummy." 








"One day you will kiss a man you can't breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence."
&
"I couldn‘t tell the difference between the two of you anymore!" he roared.
I smashed my fist into his face. Lies roll off us. It‘s the truths we work hardest to silence.
“Then you weren‘t looking hard enough! I‘m the one with boobs!"
“I know you‘re the one with boobs! They‘re in my fucking face every fucking time I turn around!"




"Not only will you sleep with me, but you will say 'please.'"
I stared at him, shocked.
The smile widened. "You will say 'please' before and 'thank you' after."
Nervous laughter bubbled up. "You've gone insane. All that peroxide in your hair finally did your brain in, Goldilocks."
 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Movie Review: Priest (2011)


Synopsis from IMDB

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.




     I saw Priest a couple of days ago and was really excited to see it. Great graphic novel, great actors and plenty of action. But with all of that, I am sad to report, this film fell flat.
               
     Priest is set in the future. A future where the Church runs all. Humans were almost run into extinction due to the human-vampire war. So to keep the rest of humanity safe, dystopian-like cities were built for the rest of humanity. Vampires and vampire wannabees have their own reserve that was given to them by the Church and the human cities are run by the church and kept safe by priests. These priests are warriors for the church and all of them have powers. But things take a turn when our main priest, just called Priest, gets news from her boyfriend/sheriff (not my favorite actor at all) that his niece was kidnapped. Worse yet, his niece was kidnapped by a group of vampires which the Church doesn’t believe is real. So Priest breaks his vows to the Church to rescue his niece and finds that who is behind it all was someone he thought was long dead.

      I don’t want to spoil the movie. But I will say this; there is not much to spoil. This was definitely a big disappointment for me. I was really looking forward to this movie and seeing the way it was executed just hurt because it had lots of potential. Now this wasn’t the most horrible movie ever, but man it could have been close. It had some good points. The best part of this movie was actually the beginning. They use this amazing animation to tell the story of what happened during and after the war. If the entire movie looked like that animation scene than this would have been light years better. The action was cool even though the slo-mo used was pointless at times. There’s a point in the movie where the slo-mo is used for when Priest holds his hands in a prayer before he actually gets into the fight. Or when he breaks his rosary beads, it is slowed down kept track of. I thought he was going to do something cool with them, but no, we just watch them bounce on the floor. Ummmm, okay. Also this was not the right movie for 3D. It didn’t add a thing to the movie. It was too dark and I love dark films, so that is saying something. It was so dark, the ”blood” in the movie looked like oil.

     There were some things in this movie that didn’t add up. Like with Priest’s niece, she shows up home and was obviously with someone. Thing is, I don’t understand how she got home and why her family were the only people who lived where they did. When we see Priest travel to her house, he took forever and a day. Yet her family didn’t seem to have a vehicle of any kind, so how did she get home and not see catch some glimpse of the things chasing her. I mean, the vampires show up just a few minutes after she arrives home, how didn’t she see them when there is nowhere they could have hidden?

     I actually enjoyed the villain in the movie, but I don’t think he was given enough. The final fight between him and Priest should have been better, it was lacking. To be honest, most of the fights in the movie were lacking. As much as I adore Paul Bettany, this movie didn’t do him justice. I actually liked Maggie Q the most in this movie. The woman was born to be in an action flick, but again, she wasn’t given much to work with. There was just no substance in this movie, just a bunch of looking around and waiting for something to pop out so you can fight it.

     Overall, this movie was ok. The trailer looks better than the movie and that is not much either. Again, it had so much potential. I love what they were aiming for, but they didn’t aim high enough. Not even close. Have you ever seen Constantine? That is what I got from this. Yeah, that much bullshit.



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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Review: Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) by Charlaine Harris

Author: Charlaine Harris
Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries/Sookie Stackhouse
Number in Series: 11
Format: Kindle
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: May 03, 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance












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Synopsis from Goodreads

"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack. But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his 'child' Pam well - and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new Queen on the board . . . "




     I finished this last week and I am only now getting around to reviewing this. Now I know you all know about the disappointment with Dead in the Family, mine included. But I can say Dead Reckoning was a little better than the last book. That doesn’t go without saying, this wasn’t a favorite. In fact, like I have heard some say and I think it is true, this felt like a filler. Problems were addressed, others rose and some of those weren’t addressed (part of my problem with this book). Nonetheless, this wasn’t bad. It is definitely a step from the last book; library worthy.

     In Dead Reckoning, Sookie is being stalked by someone who really wants her dead. While at work, someone tries to set Merlotte’s on fire by throwing firebombs. It is already bad enough that Merlotte’s is declining since there is a new club in town that is bringing around entertainment good enough for Jerry Springer. Sookie and Sam are at a loss as to who or what would want them dead and Sookie has the sinking feeling that it has nothing to do with Sam. After getting set on fire, Sookie goes to her house with Eric and Pam there. Sookie finds out that Pam is not doing well. Her girlfriend is dying of cancer and she wants to turn her. But the regent of Louisiana, Victor, will not allow Pam to do so. In fact, Victor is making sure he is making Eric’s life a living hell. But soon they know they must take out Victor soon before he causes more damage. Some of that damage actually ties in with Sookie’s very heritage.

     I wish I could say that was the focus of the story, but it wasn’t. In part, yes, but this book felt like it was written specifically for Sookie to make room for someone else in her life. We don’t get a lot of Eric and that upsets me a little bit. We actually got more Sam and even Bill. Don’t get me started on that (and no I will not rant on the rain scene even though I really, really want to). I like them both, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t like how Harris is waiting until now to work a big gap between Eric and Sookie. Nonetheless, Sookie pissed me off in this book when it came to Eric. For instance, in the beginning when the bar is almost set on fire and Sookie actually gets set on fire (well her hair, but close enough), Eric comes to the rescue. Due to the blood bond, he can sense when she is in danger or any other emotion. Now when he does arrive, Sookie is actually angry at him because she thinks he is overreacting. Are you kidding me? You were set on fire! If not for Sam, it would have been a lot worse for you. I don’t get it. Sookie bitched and moaned in the last book about how Eric wasn’t there to save her from her crazy ass cousins who tortured her. Eric told her he was covered in silver due to the “great” Victor and if not for his warning before he was taken, she would have died. Now he was able to get to her in time and she is pissed? This is probably my biggest issue with this book. Sookie couldn’t make up her mind about a damn thing. A lot of this book was Sookie acting the same way over things that have been discussed and established. She bitches and moans about violence and when she is in danger (almost killed a couple of time), she still bitches. I am sorry, but I am pretty much out of patience when it comes to Sookie. It just seems she is grabbing every excuse to leave Eric, but she still doesn’t know what she wants.

     Now like I said another part of the story was about Sookie’s heritage and her grandmother. I was more intrigued with this story, but it was incomplete. Sookie finds out from clearing out her attic, that her grandmother left her a note and a gift. A very powerful gift. Given what it can do, Sookie is confused about what to do about it and if her family members are worth trusting. I wish Harris focused a little more on this. But it is clear, this will play a big part in the next book to come (at least I hope it does). I like Dermot and Claude, but I didn’t like that we weren’t given more concerning them and their story. We find out something is going wrong with the fairies and I know there is more, but we weren’t really given that. It was thrown in there and I was really anticipating that part of the story over everything with Victor. And then, poof, nothing. No real hints about what’s to come except that the gift might play a big part in it all. This disappointed me the most.

     The best parts of this book were the action scenes. We have two villains in this book. One is Victor and another is someone I didn’t expect to see until later (and I won’t spoil, but it was expected). I got a feel of Victor. I know that he is a very calculating and manipulative bastard. The other villain though, we only see once or twice in the book and I have no feel of them except they are crazy as hell. I couldn’t understand how no one seemed to get a hold of this person (then again, can’t stop the crazy). But I liked the fight scene when they finally got the chance to take down Victor. It was bloody and actually suspenseful (always a fan of swords). The fight with our other villain was good, but I have a feeling with the way they were “disposed of”, there might be some repercussions. Although neither scene lasted as long as I would have liked, they were good.
               
     One thing I must mention, did anyone notice the amount of grammar issues in this book? Or when something was already established, it was repeated again as though the character lost their memory? For example, when our other villain makes themselves known, they confess to all the crime right then and there. Then a few chapters later, Sookie goes on about how she is sure this person is behind everything. Huh? They confessed, you are not sure, you know. Or when someone asked Sookie if Jason is single, Sookie says “Yeah”, but we know that isn’t true because Sookie already talked about Jason’s new girlfriend Michele in the beginning of the book. She said Michele “might make something permanent with him”.  There are quite of few incidents in this book like this. Where one thing is said and then said again as though the character was unaware of it in the first place, but they weren’t. My point is, as was an issue with the last book, this felt rushed. It felt like this book wasn’t looked over properly before publishing.

     Overall, there are two more books to go in this series and I can’t say I am not a wee bit happy about it. When I started this series, I was so in love with it. But now it feels sort of stretched out. There have always been little issues throughout the series and Harris herself knows about them. She mentioned them on her site. But now, those little things are sort of getting in the way. The magic that was there in the beginning is slowly going away because I honestly feel Harris isn’t giving us 100%. I know she can write, she comes up with great stories, which is why I am now confused with where this series is and where it will be headed. As I said before, this is better than the last book. I will pull through and finish the last two books to come. I can only pray that things fit into place properly when it is all said and done.



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Review: The Darkest Passion (Lords of the Underworld #5) by Gena Showalter

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lords of the Underworld
Number in Series: 5
Format: Paperback
Pages: 438
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance













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Synopsis from Goodreads

For weeks, the immortal warrior Aeron has sensed an invisible female presence. An angel--demon-assassin--has been sent to kill him. Or has she? Olivia claims she fell from the heavens, giving up immortality because she couldn't bear to harm him. But trusting--and falling for--Olivia will endanger them all. So how has this "mortal" with the huge blue eyes already unleashed Aeron's darkest passion?

Now, with an enemy hot on his trail and his faithful demon companion determined to remove Olivia from his life, Aeron is trapped between duty and consuming desire. Worse still, a new executioner has been sent to do the job Olivia wouldn't....



     Yet another book by Gena Showalter that has kept me up all night. Man, she gets me every time. This was a great addition to an already incredible series. One of the paranormal romance series that seems to get better and better.

      The Darkest Passion is about Aeron, the Keeper of Wrath. He wasn’t a favorite for me when starting this series. But I think that has a lot to do with the fact that he scares the shit out of people. All the demons have a certain likeness about them, a certain charm. Not Aeron. He is covered head to toe in tattoos and he is just mean. He cares for his friends that much is obvious, but anyone outside of them can pretty much go screw themselves. That is our Aeron. So when the female entity that has been stalking Aeron for weeks finally makes herself known, he is quite surprised as to why she is so fond of him. He knows how people see him, so he is quite suspicious. 

       Olivia is utterly infatuated with Aeron. She is an angel and a warrior. She was sent to kill Aeron, but instead of killing him, she watches over him. After not killing him, the Council that put her on the mission in the first place, shunned her from Heaven and sent her to Hell. Her wings were taken from her (well ripped off her really) and she was tortured while in Hell. She fought her way out to find Aeron to be with him and so that he can help her.

       I really enjoyed this book. Though I must admit, Olivia confused me in the beginning because she didn’t seem to know what she really wanted. She didn’t know whether she loved Aeron or not. Seriously? You are banished from Heaven, sent to Hell, tortured in unimaginable ways, and crawl straight out of Hell just to be with someone you just like?! If that is not love, I don’t know what is. But the more the book went on, I took a liking to her. Some of my favorites scenes were actually between Olivia and some of the people in the house. I loved the friendship that blossomed between her and Gideon. Aeron may have wanted to rip Gideon apart, but it was a nice scene seeing them get along so well.

      I also love the interaction between her and Kaia. Kaia giving Olivia a slut makeover cracked me up. Also because of Kaia, Olivia did grow a pair, but I am not sure I liked it. She acted more like teenager rebelling sometimes. But I guess when you are an angel; you don’t have a chance to rebel. It was her coming-of-age story if you will. I love that even while she is growing, she doesn’t lose herself. She just becomes more aggressive and that is the sort of person Aeron needs. I can’t see him with the Olivia we got at the beginning of the book. Someone super innocent and timid, but with someone who is sweet but has some lady balls. That is what she earned in this book as it progressed and I am happy about that.

      What I loved about this was all the different storylines we got. We get a little insight from Strider and mega-whore, William. We also follow Legion and find out that she is actually head-over-heels for Aeron. It was weird thinking her an adult, not a woman. The lengths she goes through for Aeron were insane. I won’t spoil it, but it was nice seeing her in a different light even though she was a little batshit crazy. I felt bad for her though and I can’t wait to see what will come of her and the situation she got herself into. We also get some of Gideon’s story (his book is up next) and I can’t wait for that. Gideon is one of my favorites out this ridiculously fantastic group of Lords. I hear his book is one of the best in the series and given the little surprise we got in this book concerning his past life, I am more than impatient for his book, The Darkest Lie.

      I loved the fight scenes in the book.  They were great and fast-paced. The angel, Lysander (who has his own short book, The Darkest Angel), hates Aeron. He is Olivia’s mentor and doesn’t understand why she wants to be with Aeron and he feels that Aeron will soil her with his “demonic” ways. The fight that takes place between them near the end of the book was so cool. After some sacrifice was made, we get quite the surprise. I loved the surprise. I won’t spoil it, but I was squealing near the end of the book, but it was short lived. I wasn’t 100% for the way things ended. I wish there was more because it was talked about since book one. I hope Showalter gives us more to this because I felt a little robbed where it was concerned. So let’s say it was bittersweet.

      Overall, this was a great book. I did have a problem or two, but that doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of it all. Aeron is more likable than I expected. I am happy he got rid of his nearly unbreakable shell. He is still reserved, but hey, what can you do. So happy I stumbled on this series because seriously, I could never put it down. If you haven’t started the Lords of the Underworld, you really, really need to.



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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Top 5 Sunday - Favorite 1st Books in a Series!



Rules:
  1. Write a post listing your TOP 5 choices within the theme I chose (or was chosen on a poll) for the week.
  2. Mention this Blog on the post and link back to it.
  3. Fell free to use the Feature's image (there is a smaller size version of it bellow)
  4. After you've finished your post, add you link (of the post, not your blog's main page) to the Mr.Linky at the end of that week's post. 
  5. If you don’t have a blog to post, just leave your list in the comments =)
 

Well I have a long list for this, but choosing only five is hard. But I think I have a good list. Here we go (in no particular order)

J.R. Ward - Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

I never thought Paranormal Romance would be my thing, but this book changed all that. The spectacular world of vampires that Ward created is the reason this is one of my favorite series in the world. Dark Lover alone was impossible for me to put down and that couldn’t be more true with the rest.




Nalini Singh – Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter #1)

An amazing Urban Fantasy series and book 1 was just incredible. Not only is it insanely original, but it is so well written. Not to mention has one of the sexiest male characters you will come across.




Laurell K. Hamilton – Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1)

I know people have various opinions about how the series is now, but there is no disputing, old Anita Blake kicked a lot of ass.  Blood, gore and Anita’s cut throat personality is why book 1 is on this list. That and it maybe Horror/Urban Fantasy, but the ending to this book sort of had me in tears. I will never get over that. Nonetheless, this is how I want my vampires and how I want my vampire executioner.




Keri Arthur – Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian #1)

This book was full of action, of all kinds. So much mystery, you don’t know who to trust and who not to trust. We get some pretty big surprises in this book and it really sets the tone for the rest of series. I may have wanted to slap Riley later down in this series because she is a tad bit selfish. But she is still a great character. This is a great and very sexy series worth reading.



 

Larissa Ione – Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1)

This book Is simply, a must read. Ione’s take on the world of demons is probably one of the most amazing things you will experience. The book is extremely sexy, full of crazy amazing characters that you will fall for instantly. When I finished this book, I immediately wanted to read it over again. To great to pass up.