Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dead Witch Walking Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1)Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I have had this book on my shelf for actually a couple of years, and like every book lover, my reading list keeps growing and I just kept pushing it to the side (it's so hard to pick which one to start with). I was going away for the weekend and had just finished reading a book and grabbed this one as it was the closest to me on my shelf. I had heard many great reviews from members of my book club. At first I had a really hard time getting into the story, I think being that it is the first in The Hollows series there was background information that needed to be explained in order to set the premise of the series, this in any book although necessary is somewhat tedious for me sometimes to get through. After however, the first few chapters were read, my enjoyment kicked in and I was hooked. The story line was fast paced action that had me at times on the edge of my seat. Rachel Morgan is a witch (litterally) who is a runner (think bounty hunter) for the I.S. (sort of a supernatural FBI branch) who brings in the baddies. Lately she's been getting crappy assignments and wants to leave and start her own business because she knows she is a great runner and could make some money. Everything is fine, she resigns and her boss was more than happy to let her go, but then his best runner Ivy Tamwood (a vamp by the way) desides to leave as well and he is not so happy about that and decides to threaten Rachel and puts a price on her head. The hunter is now the hunted. Everything starts to fall apart and Rachel is trying to survive and hopefully buy the contract on her head by bringing in a big baddie that nobody wants to touch due to his influence on the community and all his wealth (that sucks in real life and sucks even more in The Hollows) Rachel and Ivy along with a Pixie named Jenks form their business and move into a leased out church (Irony!). I was at first a little annoyed with the dynamic of Rachel and Ivy's relationship. I'm so used to reading books about the love of vamps and humans or vamps and other supernatural creatures that I was a little put off by Rachel's fear of Ivy. To me it was odd that one supernatural creature would fear another supernatural creature. However, I tried to look at it with a fresh mind (this is why it took me almost a month to finish), I understood why there was fear and unease. Once I was able to understand this dynamic I was able to get into the story and appreciate the characters. Loved all the twists and turns and magical elments. There is a bit of supernatural love for everyone. On to the next one!



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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire #1)Moon Dance by J.R. Rain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


“I was folding laundry in the dark and watching Judge Judy rip this guy a new asshole when the doorbell rang.” (Page 1, chapter 1 first line) When I read this I was instantly pulled into this story and character Samantha Moon. I came across Moon Dance Vampire for Hire Book 1 as a freebie on Amazon and thought why not, sounds interesting enough. Usually not my normal choice of paranormal story, it sounded, to be honest a little cheesy, a former federal agent who is married, has children and drives a mini-van? I am happy to admit, that my first impression was incredibly wrong. The first person narrative really took you inside Samantha Moon’s character, from the things she thought to the things she did, she was pretty believable. A lot of times I was like heck yeah, this is exactly what I would say. I laughed, I cried, I hated her husband (don’t want to spoil it, but you will see what I mean) and felt empathy for her. I had not read anything before from the author, J.R. Rain and so my real surprise came when I discovered that the author is a male. I assumed from the beginning that the author had to be a female, how intuitive of emotions of the character and her life and the pain, the anger she feels from having her life changed so abruptly from being a normal soccer mother, sister and wife to the “abnormality” she becomes. How sexist of me, to assume this, I definitely will not let it happen again. When I finished the book, I was not eager to let Samantha go yet, I prayed there would be more. Yes!! To my delight there are 5 books so far in the series. I need to get reading!!



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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar ChildrenMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Jacob’s life starts out ordinary, parents who barely pay attention to him and a grandpa who spins fanciful tales for young Jacob to be enthralled with. As he grows older he no longer believes Grandpa’s tales of monsters and about the school of peculiar children. Then tragedy occurs and Jacob comes to the realization that maybe Grandpa was telling him the truth. And so Jacob’s new life, a life no longer ordinary, begins on an island in Wales were Grandpa lived during WWII. The first person narration takes a hold of you and you begin to uncover pieces of the story along with Jacob, you find out all the twists and turns at the same time he does, often times you are breathless with anticipation. I experienced sadness, anger, amusement, fear, confusion all at the same time as Jacob. The author also uses some amazing black and white photos that are strategically placed throughout the book which help in pulling you further into the story. Imagine the book as a picture book for adults. An entertaining read recommended highly. However, don’t expect a tidy ending with everything solved, unknown if Ransom Riggs plans on writing a follow up to this story, as the ending leaves many questions and speculations open. A very entertaining read!



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Regina ;[

Friday, August 26, 2011

Voodoo Dues (Lian and Figg #1)Voodoo Dues by Stephany Simmons

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What a surprise! I was hooked from the moment I read the first line and did not want the story to end. The style of switching between the main characters, Figg and Lian’s, points of view was refreshing. Zombies, voodoo, werewolves, necromancy and a splash of designer shoes makes the perfect crime fighting mystery with romance and just the right amount of humor. The hero’s are clearly opposites who attract, Figg a gun toting, fearless shoe loving woman with feminine curves and Lian a strong private man with a hint of brokenness made me fall in love with them instantly! Many more characters add to the books charm, but you’ll have to read it yourself! I highly recommend it and can’t wait for the next installment in Figg and Lian’s adventures.



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Monday, August 22, 2011

Can You Keep a Secret? Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep a Secret?Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This book was chosen by my book club to read and was a pleasant change to our normal Paranormal Romance reads. I was instantly taken in by the Emma Corrigan, the main character and her ordinary life. I instantly connected with her life, trying to get ahead, having a family where she felt like an outsider a "perfect" boyfriend who just didn't do it for her. Then comes the exciting plane ride where she is instantly upgraded to first class and sits next to the handsome stranger. Helloooo who wouldn't dream of THAT happening?!?! Spilling all of her most dearest, darkest secrets to this stranger only to have him turn out to be her, gasp, main boss. The courtship, the way she viewed things, it was so everyday and it made perfect sense to me. We all have similar secrets I'm sure, I know for a fact that I do, and it was refreshing for me, through Emma, to actually let them out. I was mortified when all of them were shared with the world and wanted to hide under a rock with her as well. This book made me feel so many emotions that I could not put it down. The only complaint I had was the way Emma easily forgave him for spreading all of her secrets to the world, at first she was really resisting and I was cheering her on, "yes! Sock it to him!! don't let him get off so easily, he humiliated you" but then it helped to open up the relationships with her family and her friends, after all they weren't heavy secrets (think duct-tape, black garbage bags and removal of evidence), so then I too softened my heart towards him. Highly recommended!



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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Demonica: Overkill (Snippets of Demonica Life)


"As a reader, do you ever wonder what happens after 'The End?" ~ Larissa Ione.

Fans of the Demonica Series will be excited to know that there are free snippets available now on the web site by this wonderful author. So check out and see what your favorite Sems have been up to!

Happy reading!
Gigi


http://larissaione.com/blog/books/demonica-overkill/



Thursday, July 28, 2011

Can You Keep A Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I enjoyed Can You Keep A Secret?. I loved Emma. You read this book and laugh at loud. You think things that happen to Emma never happen but in your mind you are going, "please at least not to me"! We all know Emma, her flatmates, her boyfriend, her co-workers. We have all had moments when we cringe at something we did or said. we hope some of those times remain secret. We know others want them known so they can laugh even though they also have those moments. Emma doesn't have earth shattering secrets. They are relatively harmless but embarrassing. The kind you and I most likely have. I think that is the charm of Emma. There were places in this book where I laughed out loud and places where I was held in suspense. It is a book about life, friendship, boyfriends and, of course, secrets.

CRISTINA



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