Monday, December 27, 2010

Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast Review

Description off of Goodreads:


Zoey Redbird is the youngest High Priestess in House of Night history and is the only person – vamp or fledgling – that can stop the evil Neferet from raising all kinds of immortal trouble. And she might just have a chance if she wasn’t so busy being dead.


Well, dead is too strong a word. Stevie Rae knows she can bring her BFF back from her unscheduled va-cay in the Otherworld. But it’s going to take a lot more than hoping to bring Zoey back. Stevie Rae will have to give up a few secrets of her own




My Review:

While Zoey is busy being a babbling idiot the challenge lies with James Stark and Aphrodite to pick up their friends pieces. Aphrodite refuses to allow Neferet to win in this situation. Both Kalonia and Zoey's souls are in the otherworld. Zoey being stuck with Heath not wanting him to move on. Stark goes on an impossible mission. I can only assume why they didn't give up on her, lies with the fact she never gave up on Stark, Stevie Rae, and Aphrodite even though others turned their back. I can only imagine they feel obligated to fix their high priestess. When I looked at it that way alot of what they did made logical sense. I rate this book a 5 cup book.

Tempted by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast Review

Description off of Goodreads:

Zoey needs a break after some serious excitement. Sadly, the House of Night school for vampyres doesn't feature breaks on its curriculum - even for a High Priestess in training and her gang. Plus juggling three guys is no stress reliever, especially when one is a sexy Warrior so into protecting Zoey that he's sensing her emotions. Wider stresses lurk too, and the dark force in Tulsa's tunnels is spreading. Could Stevie Rae be responsible for more than a group of misfit fledglings? And Aphrodite's visions warn Zoey to stay away from the immortal Kalona and his dark allure - but they also show that only Zoey can stop him. She's not exactly keen to meet up, but if Zoey doesn't go to Kalona he'll exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. She just has to find the courage to do what's necessary, or everything that's important to her will be destroyed.

My Review:

Zoey's nightmares about Kalonia are getting more and more intense, add to the mix dark secrets Stevie Rae is hiding from everyone. James Stark being a newly made vampyre, and then swearing an oath of Warrior hood to Zoey. As Aphrodite's Warrior/Boyfriend did the same thing. The kids run to Italy to stop Kaolina and Neferet with an unfortunate accident happening, causing Zoey to face her biggest battle yet. A 5 cup book.

Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast Review


Description via Goodreads:

What if the hottest guy in the world was hiding a nameless evil, and all he wanted was you?
At the start of this heart-pounding new installment of the bestselling House of Night series, Zoey’s friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren’t Neferet’s secrets any longer. But an unexpected danger has emerged. Neferet guards her powerful new consort, Kalona, and no one at the House of Night seems to understand the threat he poses. Kalona looks gorgeous, and he has the House of Night under his spell. A past life holds the key to breaking his rapidly spreading influence, but what if this past life shows Zoey secrets she doesn’t want to hear and truths she can’t face?

On the run and holed up in Tulsa’s Prohibition-era tunnels, Zoey and her gang must discover a way to deal with something that might bring them all down. Meanwhile, Zoey has a few other little problems. The red fledglings have cleaned up well – they’ve even managed to make the dark, creepy tunnels feel more like home – but are they really as friendly as they seem? On the boyfriend front, Zoey has a chance to make things right with super-hot ex-, Erik, but she can’t stop thinking about Stark, the archer who died in her arms after one unforgettable night, and she is driven to try to save him from Neferet’s sinister influence at all costs. Will anyone believe the power evil has to hide among us?

My Review: 
Great book as we close in on figuring a way to battle Kalonia.  With the Dark Daughters and Sons running through the tunnels to escape House of Night or more importantly Kalonia and Neferet.  Zoey manages to use Stark against both Kalonia and Neferet and cause the two to flee the House of Night.  A 5 cup book big time 

Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast Review

Description off Goodreads:
Life sucks when your friends are pissed at you. Just ask Zoey Redbird – she’s become an expert on suckiness. In one week she has gone from having three boyfriends to having none, and from having a close group of friends who trusted and supported her, to being an outcast. Speaking of friends, the only two Zoey has left are undead and unMarked. And Neferet has declared war on humans, which Zoey knows in her heart is wrong. But will anyone listen to her?  Zoey's adventures at vampyre finishing school take a wild and dangerous turn as loyalties are tested, shocking true intentions come to light, and an ancient evil is awakened in PC and Kristin Cast's spellbinding fourth House of Night novel. 

My Review:

This was a great adventure with the House of Night.  As her relationsip slowly gets better between her and her friends, she is witnessed to another fledgling dying.  James Stark, who is new to the House of Night in Tulsa, meets a cruel demise.  Slowly after talking to Zoey Redbird, Zoey was able to warn him of being reborn as a red fledgling.  Neferet becomes more and more evil teaming up with Kalonia who's goal is an obsession with Zoey.  Zoey also teams up with a local nun to beat Kalonia.  Definitely a good read I rate this four cups. 





It's Monday what are you reading? #11

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Last Week:
Untamed by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast (to be reviewed soon)
Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (to be reviewed soon)
Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (to be reviewed soon)
Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (to be reviewed soon)
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (to be reviewed soon)
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (to be reviewed soon)

Currently Reading:
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Up next to read:
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Shadowland by Alyson Noel
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Top 10 Sleuths We Love (Adult)

Murder, mayhem, and suspense these are the characters we love to read about with their mishap and detective work!

Hannah Swensen--The Cookie Murders Series
Alex Cross--James Patterson's Great Detective
Reagan Reilly--Carol Higgins Clark's great P.I. 
James "Qwil" Macintosh--The Great Cat Lover and columnist
Spenser--Robert Park's Beloved P.I
Kay Scarpetta--Patricia Cornwell's great doctor of the morgue
Stephanie Plum--another great crime fighter
Abby Cooper Psychic Eye--Mystery Series
Jesse Stone--another great cop in Robert Parker's Books  
Alvirah Meehan--Mary Higgins Clark's Beloved Lottery Winner turned sleuth

Top 10 Females We Love (YA)

Top Ten Female Characters who rock. As with any good guy comes a good girl character whether she makes the right choices well that is up to the author but they still rock.

Riley--Radiance Series
Grace--Wolves of Mercy Falls Series
Katniss Everdeen--Hunger Games Trilogy
Ever--The Immortals
Clary Gray--The Mortal Instruments
Tessa Gray--The Infernal Devices
Zoey Redbird--House of Night Series
Sookie Stackhouse--Sookie Stackhouse Book Series
Meghan Chase--The Iron Fey Series
Luce Price-- Fallen Series


Top Ten Male Characters We Love (YA)


We all love a good book, and what doesn't go with a good book without a great male character to love.  So I've compiled a list of Top 10 Guys we love:

Daniel Grigori--Fallen Series
Damen--The Immortals
Knight Ash--Iron Fey Series
James Stark--House of Night Series
Eric Nottingham--Sookie Stackhouse Series
Dylan --Talent Chronicles
Sam--Wolves of Mercy Falls Series
Peeta Mellark--The Hunger Games
Dimitri Belikov--Vampire Academy Series
Jace Wayland--The Mortal Instruments

Monday, December 20, 2010

Train of Consequences by Tom Jarvis Review

Back of the Book Description: 

It is early 1991, and Shelton Cole has just turned thirteen.  Barely surviving the aftermath of a car accident that has killed not only his brother but also his parents marriage, Shelton is thrilled when he becomes instant chums with Richie Kemp, a transplant from New York who has moved to New Hampshire with his mother to escape the stigma of his father's imprisonment.  But after Richie's mother marries a man who revels in abusing Richie, the two troubled teenagers decide to embark on a journey that will change their lives forever. 

My Review:

This book was sent to me via the author for a honest and fair review.  And all I can say is wow, what a great ride to go on.  While the bad experience the boys face and right in your face, the journey they take was great to say the least.  They were there when the other needed someone to help make things better.  When Richie can't take it anymore he flees with Shelton with him.  They go through some pretty intense situations, the writing used in this story was great.  Telling the story of two boys coming to grip with life.  Shelton takes us on a great journey through what happened to them.  Definitely a book I could read again and again.  I can't wait to see what the author will write next.  Definitely a 5 cup book.  

It's Monday what are you reading? #10

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Last Week I read:

Currently Reading:
Train of Consequences by Tom Jarvis
Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, Leslie Meier
Untamed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Up Next:
oh my so many books who knows what's up next I will leave this empty as usually I pick books but then I change my mind so...best to leave empty!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bouncing Around The Blogs #7

Bounce Around The Blogs

Bouncing Around The Blogs is something I am creating for another Blog Hop. While most of them are really huge I'm hoping to make this one hop to just as much so feel free to check it out and sign in with the mister linky.
The rules are simple and fun for all:

1. Sign up with linky.
2. Check out other blogs.
3. Friending others is not a requirement it is to your discretion of course, which ever blogs you happen across take them time to comment that you stopped through.
4. Share the blog love with your blog so others can come across it and share.





Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke Review


Description off of Goodreads:

Including nine scrumptious recipes, Joanne Fluke's latest Hannah Swensen mystery is a real treat for cozy mystery fans. Every Friday is Pie Day at The Cookie Jar coffee shop and bakery. One such Friday, lemon meringue pie is the featured dish. Hannah, an expert baker and dedicated amateur sleuth, is saddened when one of her luscious pies is left practically untouched. And when her mother -- rooting about f

or antiques for her own shop -- finds a body in the basement of the house Hannah's boyfriend is knocking down to make room for their dream house, Hannah is devastated to discover that her mostly uneaten meringue was part of the murder victim's last meal. Given the location of the corpse, everyone in town seems to feel that Hannah has a vested interest in the case. Even her sexy ex-boyfriend, a local cop, thinks it's better for Hannah to look into things than to continue allowing her mother to stir things up in his investigation. Struggling against the temptation to cheat on her new diet, Hannah takes the case as a welcome distraction and soon discovers that counterfeit cash and a clandestine affair are just two of the dangerous ingredients she's got to contend with.
My Review:
This was a fun book filled with mystery, summer fun and interesting characters. Norman decides to b

uild the house that he and Hannah designed together for a contest. Everyone assumes he's popped the question to Hannah, unfortunately that is not the case. Mike comes rushing in to confirm the engagement to which there is none still. And when the previous owner of the property Norman bought is killed, all building designs get put on hold. Hannah is reluctant to investigate after having gone up again Mike and Bill before and swearing she wouldn't which lasts about 1 day if that. She finds herself deep in mystery, while also being on a diet after trying on a pair of pants that don't fit. I really enjoy this series, and find myself liking Norman more and m

ore. I rate this a four cup book, I felt the marriage question was looming too much.

The Twinning Murders by Shelley Frome Review



Description via Goodreads
The Twinning Murders is a modern day classic mystery centering on the ventures of Emily Ryder, a thirty-something rambler and tour guide. The story opens just before she embarks on this year's Twinning ritual exchange. It's between her historic New England home and its sister village deep in Dartmoor, a wild upland area in the west of the county of Devon, England. Emily becomes personally involved in a suspicious death.. A few days later, at the Twinning itself, her main client meets the same fate. As Emily's world continues to unravel, and though she has little help, she finds herself compelled to piece together the games being played on both sides of the Atlantic.
My Review:

This book was sent to me via the publisher for a honest and fair review via Pump Up Your Books! This book starts out in Connecticut with the main character Emily getting ready for her trip to England for the Twinning Exchange. Early on you meet Christopher Cooper who succumbs to a miserable death off of a ladder. Emily is very upset about this as Christopher was a close friend of hers. To make things worse Harriet Curtis one of the people going to England has been acting very bizarre. She left for England prior to the others leaving. And has been standoffish to her half-sister Pru and Silas her brother. Add to the mix someone running around named Doc talking about the GDC taking over in Connecticut and what will happen if the GDC takes over. Business that would be lost. Emily's good friend Will tried to find out what killed Christopher Cooper, he stumbles upon questionable circumstances following Christopher Coopers death. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, while parts of it get confusing go back and forth between England and CT, but over all a good story. At this point I got up to page 149 out of a total of 224. I will be looking for more books by this author.
A 4 cup book definitely!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sugar Cookie Murder Review by Joanne Fluke



Sugar Cookie Murder Description: Via Goodreads

The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas until murder is added to the mix...

When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook.
While Hannah is baking the day s goodies at The Cookie Jar, the evening s plans begin to jell. Start with the best Lake Eden culinary creations, add two of Hannah s sometime boyfriends, a pinch of her ready-to-pop pregnant sister, and a dash of her mother and new significant other, an actual British lord, and what do you get? A recipe for disaster, but the juiciest ingredient is yet to come...
The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah s mother s antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the chest of the new and now late Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice.
With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it s up to Hannah to dig out all the clues and make sure that this white Christmas doesn t bring a

ny more deadly tidings
My Review:

I am a big fan of Hannah Swensen and this story is nothing less then perfect. This is the first time a murder is committed and solved all without leaving the location. Mix into the bag three Swensen daughters and one very pregnant one. This had everything you could hope for. Mystery, humor, jealousy, romance etc. The only part I didn't like was when Mike would become short with Hannah as she was trying to assist with his murder investigation. While she is doing most of the work leaving the questioning to Mike he seems like he's doesn't appreciate her work. Which I know isn't true, the opposite is with Norman, he gladly loves to help H

annah with whichever mystery is needing assistance with. Definitely a great read! A four cup book.

Monday, December 13, 2010

I Am Number 4



I Am Number Four follows the life of an Alien from the planet Lorien. He is one of 6 sent form that planet to escape an invading alien species. It is book one in a series of Six to be published.

John Smith/Number 4 is your typical American teenager. He's in hiding in Ohio, and posing as a typical teen, with most of the same trials that teens go through, however, he's special, as an alien, he has abilities that, while not present at the beginning of the story, grow as it progresses. Most of his time is spent trying to both hide his true nature, and also evading the alien species that followed him and his 5 counterparts to Earth to destroy them, and Earth along with them. He' almost gives up but then, he falls in love with one of his classmates, Sarah, and he decides that he now has something worth both living for and fighting for.

I have to say, it was not the most mentally challenging book I've ever read, and it took an eternity to get going. I can only assume that since it was the first book in the series, that a lot of the plot of this one was spent setting up the backstory of John/4, and his counterparts, a lot of which could have been much better woven into the story.

I would recommend this book to read, only if you really are desperate, and have NOTHING else to read.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Let Them Read Books Giveaway: Check it out


My True Love Gave to Me...
... Eleven Pipers Piping...
and I'm giving away...
A captivating story of a mother's love stretched to breaking and a knight determined to rebuild his life with the royal mistress, The Time of Singing is Elizabeth Chadwick at her best. Based on a true story never before told and impeccably researched, this is a testament to the power of sacrifice and the strength of love.

When Roger Bigod, heir to the powerful earldom of Norfolk, arrives at court to settle an inheritance, he meets Ida de Tosney, young mistress to King Henry II. In Roger, Ida sees a chance for lasting love, but their decision to marry carries an agonizing price. It's a breathtaking novel of making choices, not giving up, and coping with the terrible shifting whims of the king.
For the King's FavorThe Time of Singing is the original title published in the UK. It was recently published in the U.S. retitled as For the King's Favor.

Have you discovered Elizabeth Chadwick? She's one of my favorite authors. She's also a cool lady, regularly interacting with her fans on her blog, on facebook, and on Goodreads. And she seems to write books twice as fast as other authors of her caliber so you never have to wait long for your next fix!
So here's the deal: To celebrate the spirit of the season and my first blogoversary, I'm hosting twelve days of giveaways! Everyday from December 1st through the 12th I'm featuring a different giveaway. Then on the 13th I'll select a name at random from all of the entries received for the grand prize: a Kobo e-reader!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Bouncing Around The Blogs #6

Bounce Around The Blogs

Bouncing Around The Blogs is something I am creating for another Blog Hop.  While most of them are really huge I'm hoping to make this one hop to just as much so feel free to check it out and sign in with the mister linky.
The rules are simple and fun for all:

1. Sign up with linky.
 2. Check out other blogs.
 3. Friending others is not a requirement it is to your discretion of course, which ever blogs you happen across take them time to comment that you stopped through.
4. Share the blog love with your blog so others can come across it and share. 



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Benard: The Diary of a 46 year old Bellboy


Description via Goodreads:

Bernard Covington, suicidal and not the most-handsome man in the world would be happy to leave the world behind altogether. That is until he meets Dr. Jack Larson. The physician takes his wounded heart and soul and patches them back together, but is he Mr. Perfect?

Bernard and Jack develop a romance, but soon the tide begins to shift as Jack’s past is revealed and it becomes a game-changer for the couple to deal with.
Will Bernard and Jack have a happy ending or will he succumb to his desire to end it all or will dealing with Jack's phantoms keep him going? Only Bernard's diary knows what secrets lurk in his soul..

My Review:
I enjoyed this story, quick off I think many can relate to Bernard some stuck just going through life, not admitting what he really wants for fear of rejection, which seems to be Benard's hardest part that he's always being rejected. And as with any book mix in a attractive male doctor and Benard sees that maybe someone could love him. Among it is a lot of fear and terror with Bernard. How someone could love him. I really enjoyed this story and loved how in the end they got
their happily ever after. Definitely I would recommend to someone who likes m/m stories. I rate this 5 cups cause I really enjoyed it and could see reading it again.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Newly Gotten E-books

Here are some new books I've gotten:

The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark.  Brief Description: 

"Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery. In Deck the Halls, they rescued Regan's kidnapped father. This time they get in the middle of a case onvilving a beautiful eighty-foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree. The folks who picked the tree don't have a clue that attached to one of its branches is a flask chock-full of priceless diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, had hidden there over twelve years ago." "An excited Packy breaks his parole and heads to Stowe, Vermont, to reclaim his loot. Once there, he is horrified to discover that his special tree will be heading to New York City the next morning. With a bumbling crew consisting of Jo-Jo, Benny, and an unsuccessful poet, Milo, he knows he has to act fast." What Packy does not know is that Alvirah and Regan are on a weekend trip to stowe with Alvirah's husband, Willy; Regan's fiance, Jack; Regan's parents, Luke and Nora; and Alvirah's friend Opal, a lottery winner who lost all her winnings in Packy's scam. On Monday morning when they're suppose to head home, they learn that the tree is missing, Packy Noonan may be in the vicinity, and Opal has disappeared.

Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark Brief Description: 

Alvirah Meehan, lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, and private investigator Regan Reilly are guests, along with their spouses, on the "Santa Cruise." The cruise is a gift from Commodore Randolph Weed to a select group that "has made the world a better place." His largesse is prompted by the desire to create a buzz about his new cruise ship, theRoyal Mermaid, as she sets out on her maiden voyage.
Alvirah, Regan, and her new husband, Jack — head of the NYPD Major Case Squad — are joined as guests on the cruise by a mystery fan convention celebrating a "ghost of honor," as well as ten men who donated time playing Santa Claus, now hoping for a restful post-season. That tranquility vanishes when two Santa suits disappear from a locked room, a storm develops, and an attempt is made on a passenger's life. As theRoyal Mermaid sails through troubled waters, Alvirah, Regan, and Jack uncover clues that lead them to dangerous criminals not on the original guest list....

Candy Cane Murder by Joanne Fluke, Leslie Meier, Laura Levine Brief Description: 


'Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit . . . 

"Candy Cane Murder" by Joanne Fluke


Bakery owner Hannah Swensen feels a little stuffed in her elf costume-but it's too late to count calories. Lake Eden's annual Christmas gala is upon her and eager children are waiting. Wayne Bergstrom, owner of Bergstrom's Department Store, happily ho-ho-hos his way through the festivities in his Santa suit. But when a trail of candy canes leads to his corpse in a snow bank, Hannah must find Kris Kringle's killer.



"The Dangers of Candy Canes" by Laura Levine



When a wealthy suburbanite takes a lethal tumble off his roof while installing a giant candy cane, the roofing contractor being held responsible for murder asks freelance writer Jaine Austen to investigate. But solving this untimely holiday death means delving into the cutthroat Christmas decorating wars among scheming neighbors with dirty secrets in their stocking. It takes a fruitcake hiding a weapon and a stunning confrontation to expose the mastermind of this holiday murder.



"Candy Canes of Christmas Past" by Leslie Meier



Twenty-some years ago, Lucy Stone arrived in Tinker Cove, Maine, and discovered her knack for solving mysteries when she met Miss Tilly, the town librarian, whose mother took a fatal fall down the basement stairs one Christmas Eve. The "accident" left a cloud of suspicion on Miss Tilly's father and a slew of other suspects. The only clue was a glass candy cane found smashed to bits bythe victim's body. Now Lucy must learn the mystery of the glass candy cane as she unlocks the doors of Christmas past, exposing secrets, scandal, and a killer who got away with murder.



Whether a gift for yourself or that special someone on your list, there's no better way to spend the holidays than with these tantalizing mysteries of murder . . . 

Sugar Cookie Murder by: Joanne Fluke Brief Description: 

The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas until murder is added to the mix...

When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook.

While Hannah is baking the day s goodies at The Cookie Jar, the evening s plans begin to jell. Start with the best Lake Eden culinary creations, add two of Hannah s sometime boyfriends, a pinch of her ready-to-pop pregnant sister, and a dash of her mother and new significant other, an actual British lord, and what do you get? A recipe for disaster, but the juiciest ingredient is yet to come...


The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannahs mothers antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the cottage of the new and now late Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice. 
With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it s up to Hannah to dig out all the clues and make sure that this white Christmas doesn't bring any more deadly tidings

Includes over twenty-five original recipes for you to try!

 About the Author

Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in sunny Southern California. She is currently working on her next Hannah Swensen mystery and readers are welcome to contact her at the following e-mail address: Gr8Clues@aol.com, or by visiting her Web site, murdershebaked.com

I also won via A Life Bound by Books blog contest a electronic copy of

Powerless: The Synthesis.  Brief Description:

Mira Ipswich couldn't have ever known the startling difference that separates her from the rest of humanity. But when she discovers a strange anomaly in the midst of her seclusion, her parents are forced to reveal she exists in a world where everyone is imbued with a wondrous natural gift. Everyone except herself that is. Accompany Mira as her attempts to fit in among peers and understand her inconceivable condition embroil her with the dangerous forces threatening her homeland. Protected by nothing more than her imagination and ingenuity, you'll never find a superhero more like you.

The first book in the Powerless series is the tale of Mira’s turbulent and perilous entry into the world around her. And once she’s a part of it, nothing will ever be the same again.

The story is already raking in the awards. It's won the Webb Weaver 2010 Writer's Competition, the judges proclaiming they were "entranced by the writer's ability to bring together this unlikely group of kids," and that the book could "be a hit in the YA book world." The story is a roller coaster ride, filled with diverse characters, lots to discover in an ever-expanding world, and a story full of hopes and aspirations. If you like stories with plenty of dramatic twists and spirited intensity, it'll have you falling in love with a brand new series and begging for more!

Thank you to A life bound by books and Jason Letts for a great contest.



All Descriptions are property of Goodreads all photos are property of google search.

Monday, December 6, 2010

It's Monday What are you reading? #9

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Last Week I read:

Deck the Halls by: Mary Higgins Clark & Carol Higgins Clark

Currently Reading:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (a little slow going for me)
Perfect Score by Susan Roebuck
To Teach an Ancient God by Sapphire Phelan
Trevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried
Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke

Up Next to Read:
Not sure yet but I'm sure I will find something.

Come see me next week to see if I was able to read more than this past week!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Maranatha by: C. Wood

This was sent to me via the author through Goodreads:

Genre: Thriller/mystery/horror 

Synopsis 

What is ‘Maranatha’? 

An ancient Aramaic term meaning ‘The Lord is Coming’... 

The theft of the Holy Spear of Destiny, the artefact said to have pierced the side of Jesus... 

A grisly, ritualistic murder... 

A challenge to the very origins of Christianity... 

Vienna. 



Three diverse investigators are called upon to assist the Austrian police inspector in charge of the case, Wilhelm Petersen; Vanessa Descartes, a young female metallurgist with a troubled past – Tomas de Carranza, a flamboyant, Professor of Biblical studies and best-selling author of alternative works on the life of Jesus; and Emanuel Khalamanga, a devoutly Christian, bookish expert on medieval esoterica. 

The spear found at the scene is not the true Spear of Destiny. It bears an inscription from a Gnostic text denying the Crucifixion, a blatant contradiction. Revelations, twists and strange threats force the investigation to gather pace, increasing tension between the protagonists as gradually, the threads of a dreadful conspiracy are unraveled, a plot which is shrouded in faith, mysticism, and the bloody stains of over 2,000 years of history.

I got this book sent to me via email from the author for an honest and fair review.

One Insular Tahiti by: Thea Atkinson

I just got this book via the author on Goodreads 
Here's the book description:

 Luke MacIsaac is dead but not restfully dead. What he needs is to find a way out of the watery afterlife that swamps him with half remembered horrors of a past so vivid he could be reliving it. 

He can't let this happen. 
This is when he notices Astrid, a newborn fighting for her life. She isn’t supposed to survive her birth, but it occurs to Luke that if he wills her to be his mother, he can escape the anguish of his supposed insular Tahiti. Now all he has to do is wait. 
But is the cost of his deliverance too great for Astrid? And what is the connection between her and Luke's own past that has him battling memories of a younger brother--memories that lead him to regret his choice, even if it is too late. 
One Insular Tahiti is a dark literary fiction tale of one’s souls search for redemption.

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Gift Preview by James Patterson


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Newly Gotten Books for Review

I thought I would share some new books I have gotten for review through Goodreads.

Trevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried Description: Fame and fortune have destroyed many a rock star, but not Trevor Wolff. ShapeShifter band dynamics will never be the same even before Trevor's two girlfriends, a world tour, and a bunch of secrets complicate life. Trevor may have to make common cause with his worst enemy -- his best friend's girl.


Perfect Score by Susan Roebuck Description: Feckless, exasperating Alex Finch is a rich, handsome and talented singer/songwriter who longs for two things: a career as a professional rock singer, and to have his love for Sam Barrowdale reciprocated. But drifter Sam's two aims are simply to earn enough money to pay his sister's medical bills and to hide from the world his reading/writing and speech disability. At this time the word "dyslexia" is generally unknown so to most people he's just a "retard". From the severe knocks life's dealt him, Sam's developed a tough outer coating and he has no time for a spoilt, selfish guitar player. 


Despite his defects, Alex's love for Sam never wavers and when Sam unexpectedly disappears, Alex begins a somewhat bungling quest to find him, only to discover that Sam has a fearful enemy: Alex's powerful and influential yet sociopathic uncle. 

As Alex spirals downwards towards alcoholism, many questions need answering. Just why did Alex's evil uncle adopt him at age eleven yet deny him any affection? And what's the mystery behind Alex's father's death? 

Both seem to face unbeatable odds. Are they doomed to follow separate paths forever?

To Teach An Ancient God by Sapphire Phelan Description: Free eread: Hades had waited a thousand years for Jenna Krinard, or Persephone as she had once been known to him. The problem is, Jenna is a modern woman and she'll have to teach an old god new tricks in love. What she doesn't know is how much she'll learn about love herself.

Personally I can't wait to read these I started Perfect Score and so far so good it's a great read.  These are came to via ebook format.  Thank you to the great writers who've shared with my their books for an honest and fair review.