Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Over 2 billion-6 billion served!

For Fun, you don't even need to read the review just look at the handy dandy pie chart!
Please note this pie chart does not include the Last topic as that would be in the 2-6 billion range covering up my chart in a mess!

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lover Unbound (Black Dagger Brotherhood #5) Part 2* or also know as Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9)

Lover Unleashed is about, the warrior Payne. She’s the twin sister of Vishous. It picks up right at the end of Book 8, Payne was paralyzed. In Lover Unleashed, it’s up to a human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello to save her from her imprisoned paralysis.

I love this series it’s my HEA series. It’s funny, sexy, and predictable. This book was about imprisonment, Payne being imprisoned by her mother, and her body; Vishous being imprisoned by his past; and Manny by his lonely life. I felt secluded at times reading this book. J.R Ward did a good job of making you feel imprisoned, as a reader, you are placed in one setting for most of the book. There is very limited contact with the other brothers.


I liked Payne. She’s a tough warrior, and I liked the chemistry between her and Manny. This book was supposed to be their story, but it was Vishous who stole the spot light. Manny is ok, his “surprise” isn’t really a surprise. At this point we’ve read the books so if you see the words: mine, musky cologne, my woman, you know where it’s going!

I like V’s story, I wasn’t happy how things went down with Jane. The book ended I let it go, I thought we were done with all of that poor me crap. Never heard anything was wrong with the happy couple in any of the other books, but then bam, looks like they aren’t so happy and V has regressed into his fun side. I liked showing the couple struggling, but I felt like it was out of character or a step way back in the wrong direction. I thought he worked through all Bloodletter stuff. Then Warden complicates things by bring Butch in the mix. I’m sorry, sure Jane is beyond understanding but Marissa side steps too?

We are introduced to our next friendemy Xcor and his gang of merry misfits. In short they want to kill lesser and rule. I’m up for a new story line!

The Cop caper, ugh why was it in the book? That’s all I got to say about that.

Blay. And. Qhuin. Maybe 30 pages devoted to these two. Don’t get your hopes up, nothing is resolved! You get to about 440 pages and realize this book is going to end with little resolution and not end on a solid foot. There are some loose ends that aren’t tied up. I did like Qhuin’s word Breast-iculated! I’m trying to work that into everyday use! I’m intrigued by his prediction.

The last topic, I fully discuss in my goodreads review.

*please note sarcasm!

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Sunday, March 20, 2011


I hate to say it but I am winning!
Does this mean I can hang out with Charlie Sheen now? Not that I want to, I mean he's great to watch from a distance but he's like a train wreck, you don't want to get to close to that mess!
So here’s how I won…. My parents in the 70’s got together, I was born, and yada yada yada, Living in Dar awarded me the Stylish blogger Award. Since I just called my best friend about a makeover, maybe I was to quick in my decision, and don’t need a makeover after all hmmmm?! I mean it says I’m Stylish so it must be true.
Part of my responsibilities of holding the title of Stylish blogger Award is to thank my giver. Tima, thank you! She lives in Dar hence the clever title of her blog Living in Dar. Go see her blog, she lives in Dar, you know Africa, where adventures happen in real life!
Another heavy responsibility of holding the title, Stylish blogger Award of March 20, 2011 10:17pm 23 sec., is to tell you 7 thing you wouldn’t already know about me. If you already know my 7 things, fake it!
1.       I wanted to be a nurse, but in high school realized I suck at math, and was kicked out of my chemistry class. Well kicked out is a strong phrase, the teacher and I agreed I wasn’t chemistry material!
2.       I don’t like fish. I’m 35, I’ve tried enough to finally say it and mean it, I don’t like fish.
3.       I admire true vegetarians! (vegetarians who eat fish are not vegetarians) I could never give up a great juicy steak!
4.       The night I met my husband, I told my mom I met the one I was gonna marry, and yes it was my husband.
5.       I broke the same ankle as my mom, at the same time. I was trying to come to her rescue!
6.       Right after Platoon won best picture, I met the respectable, clean, non prostitute seeking, non bi winning, Charlie Sheen and asked him what movies he was in. I was 12.
7.       I allow myself to purchase 5 bad songs a year. I call these my guilty pleasure playlists. These songs are usually top 40, engineered, and targeted at much younger audience then myself.
Finally as my title of Stylish Blogger comes to an end, I’m to share this award with 15 of my favorite blogs. 15!!!! That’s a big number I know 5 and they’ve won already!
Here’s my favorite blogs, go, visit, and follow. They are now winners of the Stylish blogger Award, and it's a lot like a chain letter isn't it?
The Jey of Cooking
My Kids.. My Life... In Pictures
hyperbole and a half
The daily snark

Book of the Week: March 20, 2011

The Pillars of the Earth (The Pillars of the Earth, #1)The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I started this mighty book in November of 2010 and finally finished it March 2011. I started out strong, really loving the foundation of this book (*groan* yes I used a building reference). But then Phillip entered the picture and I put the book down for 2 months. Then I started reading it and William entered the picture, so then I put the book down. I eventually got tired of seeing it on my currently reading list so I finished it.

First let stress that it is a well written book, I liked the style, I felt like I was really there and got a good picture of the setting and lifestyle.

What I didn’t like was the cast of characters. Everyone was out for something. They all were extremely clever and one step of the other.

Life was hard but in this book it was HARD!

I’m saving the worst for last, William. I get he was a villain, I have no problem with him being a villain, and doing his villainy things. My problem was that there was no counter balance to him, there wasn’t an opposite hero character that was just as good to his bad. The author really focused and was descriptive of his scenes but didn’t give us an equally tender moment. After the 3rd “active” scene of his, I started to wonder why the author was so focused on that, We got it, we know what William likes and what gets him going. But just in case you didn’t get it the first time, there are about 5 “active” scenes.

Everyone, (except for Jonathan who was a baby for most of this book) has very little redeemable qualities, I hated them all! Yeah I hated them all! I think the author might of realized that he needed to fix that because he makes an about face with some of his characters with about 200 pages left.

This book is highly rated, people loved this book, I just wasn’t one of them. I posed the question Is it still a good book if its well written but hate the cast? Some of my friends said yes, with the exception of one (who I kind of agree with). Here’s another way to look at it: I’m going to take you to a place, these guys have some wonderful stories, and they are convicted thieves, con-artists, rapists, and murderers. It’s at a prison would you still want to go? Now the book isn’t a prison, but it is a good story of thieves, con-artists, rapists, and murderers.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Book of the Week: February 27th 2011

How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, #1)How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Simple put: Funny, quick read. Bad vampires and good vampires don't like each other. "Damned" angst vampire falls in love.

Biggest problem with this book was all the religious stuff. Damning of souls, God has left me, God heals all. I like my vampire straight up, sexy, and godless!

My other problem was the crying heroine. Jeeze! She cried every other page.

The appeal of a vampire book, I think comes down to the ultimate tall dark handsome troubled man we romanticize about changing. It’s a conquest to change the ultimate bad boy into a loving ball of mush. We also picture ourselves as his ultimate choice, an undying love for all of eternity, healthy and with copious amounts of financial security. Right? That seems to be the theme with modern day vampire books out there for us readers.
I’m currently searching for the evil vampire in the modern times, You know the type of vampire that is scary and actual kills people. I have to say they are hard to find nowadays. I suppose Anne Rice writes a bad vampire you find yourself rooting for. Melissa Mars wrote a whole book based on two “lovable” bad guys, but they were faeries. Is there a lovable bad guy? I suppose I will add that to my reading challenge.
In the mean time, here’s a list of my top paranormal/ paranormal romances in no particular order.
1.       Lover Awakened and Dark Lover (or an J.R Ward book): Hello! Fits the criteria (Tall Dark Handsome Troubled). Interesting take on the vampire and battle over good and evil.
2.       Interview with a Vampire.
3.       Half Way to the Grave: finally a kick ass female heroine!
4.       Ink Exchange: Book 2 The incredible mature teenagers and the lovable bad boy faeries!
5.       Kiss of Midnight: Big twist, if you like the J.R. Ward you’ll like this.
6.       Dead to the World: The shower heard around the world!
7.       Guilty Pleasures: This stars Sookie, I mean Anita Blake.
8.       Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs: A funny undead librarian!
9.       Some Girls Bite: Book 1 of a series, takes place in Chicago, funny, lots of tension.
10.   Soulless
11.   Lord of the Fading Lands:  a Cinderella story in a fairy world.
12.   Divine by Mistake: a funny accidental goddess story!
13.   The lightening Thief: Teenage demigods.
14.   The Black Jewels Trilogy: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, Queen of the Darkness: Bad guys as good guys!
15.    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
16.   Twilight: The movie ruined this book for me. This book is hit or miss with readers. Miss for vampire fans, Vampires don’t sparkle! But the dialogue between the main characters was good.

Honorable Mention
1.       Hunger Like No Other: book 2 in a series, mediocre.
2.       Bloodsucking Fiends: FUNNY!
3.       A Girls Guide to Vampires
4.       Jacob: Demons and Faeries
5.       Outlander : One element is “paranormal-ish”
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