The Best of 2011

Posted on December 31, 2011 in Lists || 2 Comments
The Best of 2011

As 2011 comes to end, I figured I should dedicate a post to the books I read this year that really stood out to me. I’m not doing a countdown, since I don’t have that many great books so sift through (my reading stride didn’t hit until July). Here you’ll see the 11 5-star books and one 4-star book that I couldn’t get out of my head.I did have several more 5 star books from the year that should have made this list, but they’re all by the same author! You’ve probably already seen them in the post from yesterday.What were your favorite reads of 2011? The Host by Stephenie MeyerI know what you’re thinking, “Oh great, Twilight with aliens!” Actually, I had that same thought when I first heard […]

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Author of the Year

Posted on December 30, 2011 in Lists || 0 Comments
Author of the Year

There’s one author that stood out to me this year, and that was none other than Richelle Mead! I read 16 of her books this year and I plan to read more in 2012. I discovered her through a group read of Succubus Blues and instantly fell in love. I finished three of her series, and plan to start on the fourth, Bloodlines, in the new year after the second book is released. Georgina Kincaid The series that started it all! I don’t even know how to explain how amazing all of these books were. They made me laugh and cry. They were sexy and smart. They were emotional as heck! If you want to read a well written Urban Fantasy that doesn’t focus on vampires and shifters, this is […]

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Review: Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3) by J.R. Ward

Posted on December 29, 2011 in Book Reviews || 1 Comment
Review: Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3) by J.R. Ward

Zsadist is definitely the most interesting brother so far. His emotional scars are far worse than the ones on his face and back. We got bits of his history in the previous books, but none of that compares to what comes out in Lover Awakened. As his twin said, “He’s not broken. He’s ruined.” And it’s easy to see why after his horrible past as a sex/blood slave. What he went through for so long is awful so it’s understandable why he can’t get close to Bella even if it’s what they both want. Phury adds a bit of a complication since he also is attracted to her.There’s also the problem of Bella’s kidnapper. Even though she gets rescued early on, Mr. O isn’t going to let her go so […]

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Review: Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2) by J.R. Ward

Posted on December 28, 2011 in Book Reviews || 0 Comments
Review: Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2) by J.R. Ward

Back to the wonderful world of vampire warriors, outdated slang, and 90’s rappers! This time the story focuses on Rhage, which I was quite excited to learn more about after his shapeshifter scene in Dark Lover. It turns out that his ability is actually a curse. I felt terrible for what he has to go through both physically and emotionally. Despite his playboy facade, he’s hurting. Of course that’s where the woman comes in: Mary.Mary’s story is a bit of a sad one. She has leukemia, and after a remission, it’s back. She’s dealing with this when she meets Rhage, but it doesn’t completely dominate her plot. She wasn’t defined by her cancer, and we got to know many aspects of her personality. The end of her and Rhage’s story […]

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

Posted on December 25, 2011 in Book Reviews || 4 Comments
Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is 100% amazing from beginning to end! It was unlike anything I had ever read and was not what I was expecting.“Karou didn’t add that she didn’t need a Taser; she was more than capable of defending herself without electricity. She’d had an unusual education.““In fact, her hair did grow out of her head that color, pure as ultramarine straight from the paint tube, but that was a truth she told with a certain wry smile, as if she were being absurd.“How could I not be immediately drawn in and intrigued by Karou after those small descriptions. Right off the bat we get bits and pieces that show that Karou is not like other girls, or other humans. The supernatural world where she was raised […]

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In My Mailbox [5]

Posted on December 25, 2011 in Sunday Post || 13 Comments
In My Mailbox [5]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren to show off our newest books: purchases, borrows, ARCs, galleys, etc.Freebie Finds:I was sooo excited to see Jessica’s Guide for free! I was going to get it at the library, but now I have my own copy! Evie at Bookish wrote a raving review of The Pearl Savage and the price just sealed the deal! As for the other book, I had to get it just because the warning is awesome: Warning: A witch, tiger and wolf doing naughty things. A dead voodoo queen doing evil things. And zombies doing zombie things. Get your shovels ready. Galley Grabs:I didn’t think I’d get approved for this, but I did! I’m very very very excited to read this […]

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Review: Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Posted on December 24, 2011 in Book Reviews || 2 Comments
Review: Beyond the Highland Mist (Highlander, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Adrienne is kidnapped from present day (1997) Seattle, and is brought to 16th century Scotland to pose as Janet Comyn, the fiance of Sidhaech James Lyon Douglas aka The Hawk (LoL). The Hawk is a womanizer and doesn’t care to marry “Janet”, but as soon as he meets her (after the wedding) he’s suddenly jealous of the sexy blacksmith and wants her all to himself and will do anything in his power to make her love him. Meanwhile, Adrienne is way too accepting of her new persona in this change of location in time and geography; She seems to fit right into 16th century life as long as she gets her morning coffee. But she does miss her cat.There is really no explanation of Hawk’s change in character towards women, […]

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