July 25, 2010

What I've been doing...

I was a bit MIA here the last few weeks but I'm studying full-force for my exams and so time is really rare at the moment. I published a few reviews on Book Lovers Inc and I thought it would nice to share those with you now.


Naked by Megan Hart - 5* stars Read

Naked is a very sexy thought provoking novel. The writing is outstanding and the characters will draw you in from the start. Naked made me laugh, think and cry and I loved every second of it. When you want a book that will touch you deep inside and entertain you the whole time this is the book for you. I'm sure it will be at the top of my Best Reads in 2010 list. An absolute Keeper and I'm sure I will talk about this book for a long time to come. You can find my full review of Naked here.

Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane - 5 stars Read

Unholy Magic made me stay up late and get up early. It has everything a great urban fantasy book needs and so much more. Stacia Kane created a world that drew me in- deep, and then she made it even better. I knew before her Downside Series that she is an awesome writer but now she definitely is on my auto-buy list. If you haven't started this series: What are you waiting for? Her Chess Putnam novels are the best new series I read this year and I'm sure City of Ghosts won't let us down. Read my full review here.

Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding - 4 stars Read

Three Days to Dead is a Big Bang for a debut novel. Kelly Meding is an author you should keep your eyes open for. A gripping explosive ride through a fascinating urban fantasy world which will glue you on the edge of your seat. I know I won't miss the next book, As Lie the Dead and you shouldn't neither. Read my full review here.

As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding - 4 stars Read
I loved this book to pieces. The characters are wonderful and the story is full of revelations and has it's fair amount of action. A highly recommended read that will keep you on the edge of your seat and won't let you stop till you read the last page. You can read my full review.
That's what I did. It really looks much when I look at it now but I totally feel like a slacker. I can't wait for teh exams to be over. Only 2 weeks and 2 exams to go. That should be doable.  *positive thinking*

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July 15, 2010

Review: His at Night by Sherry Thomas

Description:
He is England's most foolish lordling. She is a very desperate young woman—and still not desperate enough to want him for a husband. But Fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans and Elissande finds herself married to a man whose vast idiocy makes her teeth hurt—from clenching them so hard!

But is Lord Vere really a hopeless cretin, or has Elissande accidentally married the one man who keeps his secrets as well as she does hers? And once Lord Vere gets over his shock of being shackled to a young lady who seems to be everything he doesn't want—if only he could stop desiring her madly—will he discover that she is the one who holds the key to his long-locked heart?

My Thoughts:
The first thing I should probably tell you is that I'm not a huge historical reader. I enjoy it from time to time but at heart I am a paranormal girl. That being said I really enjoyed this book. I had a few little ruffles with it but I think that most of those can be explained with me not reading enough novels in this genre.

What I liked:
1. The story flows wonderfully. You start reading and the next time you look up you've read 100+ pages without having noticed. Mrs. Thomas storytelling is addictive and never lost its appeal.

2. Her conversations are fun- they were time appropriate (in my non-expert eyes) but also amusing to no end. Especially Lord Vere's un-knowledge was hilarious. It must have been so much fun to write this part. He made stories up that were so crazy and stupid that they left me laughing on the bed.

3. I loved her side characters. The romance between Freddie and (name) was fascinating. I love these situations where both want each other but are too shy to do anything. I loved the way they interacted and that she wasn't afraid to tell him her opinion on everything. I like strong woman  with an mind and no hassle to stand up for what they want. Perhaps that is why I liked these 2 more than the main couple.

What I didn't like that much:
1. Lord Vere was contradicting. He blames Elissande for tricking him into he marriage and for "playing" most of her reaction to others but on the other hand he is even worse. He lies to everyone including his family. They all are worried about him and his "accidentally" caused stupidity. He was a bit too full of himself for my taste and everyone forgave him way too easily. He was cute from time to time but most of the time I just wanted to slap him silly. How dares he to judge Ellissande even after he knows what she went through. One second he was full of empathy and in the next he was picturing her as the worst lier of the world again. Also he's jumping in bed with her and then drops her like some piece of junk. I'm not appreciating that at all. And don't get me started on the first time they had sex. That was just so wrong. I know I'm ranting but that one really was a piece of work.

2. Perhaps I'm too modern but I don't think that woman of that time didn't know what an orgasm was. These woman had time alone with their body too and I can't believe that they didn't experimented with themselves. Okay I get that they probably weren't that informed about the male body and what to do with it but every woman should know her body at least a bit.

Okay ranting done. Beside this 2 points I really like this book. The story was compelling, the pace was perfect and the characters were mostly nice. It was a fast entertaining read I couldn't put down even if I was not so happy about some parts. I already plan to buy another of Mrs. Thomas books because she definitely knew how to entertain me.

To learn about Sherry Thomas and her books please visit her website here.


You can read other reviews @goodreads and buy the book @BookDepository

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July 6, 2010

Review: The Missing by Shiloh Walker

Description:
LOVE LOST

As a teenager, Taige Branch was able to do things with her psychic gift that others couldn't understand - except for Cullen Morgan, the boy who stole her heart. He did his best to accept her abilities, until his mother was brutally murdered - and he couldn't forgive Taige for not preventing her death.

PASSION FOUND

Now a widowed father, Cullen Morgan has never forgotten Taige. but what brings her back into his life is another tragic event. His beloved little girl has been kidnapped, and Taige is his only hope of finding her.

A LOVE THAT NEVER DIED

Working together against the clock, Cullen and Taige can't help but wonder whether - if the find his daughter in time - it isn't too late for the overpowering love that still burns between them...

I received this book as a review copy from the author.

Review:
One thing I learned for sure: Shiloh Walker knows how to throw an emotional punch right into your heart. The Missing will grab your heart from the start and not let go until you read the last page. I think it is an unique talent Mrs. Walker has there. Her books are always full of heartbreak, thrill and they have their share of sexy times, too.

In The Missing we meet Taige in her teenage years. She already suffered a lot and still does most of the time. Not only does she hear and see monstrous things happening but she also has to survive the attention of her extremely religious uncle who believes she is the spawn of Satan. Her life isn't as it should be for a teenage girl. Not much makes her life good. She can escape into the haven of Rose's and Dante's love from time to time but she has to go back to her uncle from hell, too. My heart bled for Taige and as the story went on that only intensified.

We also meet Cullen (anyone else has to think of Twilight every time...). He is a nice boy with rich parents but he still stands with his both feet on the ground. He had a crush on Taige since the first time he saw her and she just won't leave his thought alone. He is positively smitten and searches for a way to get in touch. When he finally earns her attention it is on a rather life threatening situation and since that moment these 2 are glued together. I loved the way their relationship developed. It was so sweet and lovely- I really hoped for a HEA for them. But if you read the Blurb you know that it didn't went this way. When Cullen's mom is murdered every thing changes. He says some really really mean things and behaves like a total jerk. I would have loved to slap him silly for that. No matter what happens you should NEVER do something like this. When someone opens up to you that much you should never use that information to hurt that person. Every thing he said was like a death blow to Taige and I would have never looked at him again after that. But she does (Taige is definitely way nicer than me).

The next part of the book takes place 12 years after that last big fight. Cullen has a daughter and Taige works for the FBI and the police as a psychic bloodhound. Taige can't really cope with this job. It drains her emotionally and every new case kills a bit of herself. She is empty inside and tries to escape her visions and dreams through alcohol. Taige doesn't blame Cullen for that but I totally do.
When Cullen's daughter is kidnapped they decide to work together to get her back and bring justice to the monster who did that to her.

As you can see this book is full of action. Everything happens real fast and sometimes it was just a bit too much for me. Not the amount of the action but I thought it was a bit too much what happened to our couple through the whole book. How can someone survive this? I honestly don't know. I like the pace of the story though. I read the last half of the book in one session- I was tired like hell but I couldn't put it down. The suspense is good but I already knew how the bad guy was in the middle of the book. But I was still under the ban of Shiloh's writing.

I really liked how these 2 rediscovered their love for each other. It was obvious really quick that they are meant for reach other but I can't blame Taige to be a bit cautious after their history together. It was nice to see a couple that really cared for each other and that not everything was focused on the sexual attraction and sex.
They gave each other so much comfort and honest love- just wonderful.

There was another thing I noticed. I recently read No Longer Mine also by Shiloh Walker and The Missing really reminded me of that story. I'm not sure if it's just Mrs. Walker's writing style or the story but both books have a bit of the same feel.

The Missing is a good romantic suspense (with paranormal elements) about love, devotion, trust and faith. If you like your books emotional this is definitely the right book for you.
 
To learn more about Shiloh Walker and her books please visit her website here.


You can read more reviews @Goodreads and buy the book @BookDepository

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July 5, 2010

Cover Fight and Giveaway over @BookLoversInc

Today I'm discussing Richelle Mead's book-covers with pattepoilue over at Book Lovers Inc.

We picked a few covers for Succubus Blues and Vampire Academy and tried to decide which one we like best.

Join the fight...ahem...discussing and you will be entered  to win your choice of a paperback copy of one of Richelle's books. So come on over and tell us what you think.

We also have some wonderful guest authors and giveaways. Just take a look at our sidebar. Special tip: Read Dakota Cassidy's guestpost here. She is hilarious.

Hope you all have a great day!

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July 3, 2010

Strange Reading Observations

So I read Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding this week and I noticed something strange in the way I read an English book. I never really noticed before but I think I always did this but I just never noticed it.

I sat on the balcony with BF. We both had a book in our hands and I stumbled on an abbreviation I just couldn't remember the meaning of. So I thought ask BF perhaps he knows (imagine this dialog in German please):

Me: "Schatz, what does "IOU"(pronounced in German that is: [i:][ɔ][ʊ] mean?"

BF: "Huh?...*silence*...Could it be you mean I Owe You?"

That was a serious *headpalm* moment for me. But I noticed that I usually pronounce all new-to-me abbreviations in German while reading an English book. And even stranger I don't do that with the ones I already know. O_o That is really weird I know but it made me think about the whole reading in a different language thing. Why am I pronouncing abbreviations in German and words I just don't know in English?

I also noticed that I don't translate numbers in my head while reading when they are bigger than lets say 100. I would never take the time to read 186,678,89.76 in English when in German it is so much faster. Same goes for the time. Okay there I have to distinguish but lets say I see 8:36 in a text I will always pronounce it German but when there is 8 AM I would do it in English.

Any other international readers who do that too or am I the only crazy girl out there?

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July 2, 2010

My June Reads

Okay as you can see i have a serious reading slump. I can't even say what happened. Not that all the books were bad but I kind of have to force myself to read at the moment. Bummer. I loved some of these books but still they didn't save me from this. I don't even want to think about next month and my exams. O_o
But I will stop to complain now and here is my short June Read list:

1. Edge of Moonlight (Lucani Lovers, #3) by Stephanie Julian 
This book was wonderful. A thrilling plot with a spicy romance. Kaine and John are my favorite couple in this series now but I'm open to change my mind when the next book comes out. Highly recommended read. (You can read my full review here
 


2. Magic on the Storm (Allie Beckstrom, #4) by Devon Monk 
This one started exactly the way I wanted it. I loved to see Alli and Zay interact but it kind of got all UF on me. I know this series is urban fantasy but man I didn't like the end at all. In the middle I wasn't really gripped by the action and the plot. Perhaps it is cuz of my reading slump.  Still want book 5 really bad though.
 
3. Shades of Midnight (Midnight Breed, #7) by Lara Adrian 
I had this book at home since January but never found the time to start it. When I got the news of meeting Lara I knew I had to read the book before so I finally started it. I enjoyed the book. I really like the hero and the heroine but something was missing. Perhaps I compared it too much to Rio's book. I still really like this series and I can't wait for the next one.
 


4. Exit Light by Megan Hart
I so adore this book. It again broke my heart but I loved every second of it. A wonderful book about dreams, reality and how to see the difference, if there is one in this world. I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. (You can read my whole rave here)
 

5. Reason Enough by Megan Hart 
To buy this book was a huge fiasco. I bought it at booksamillion (don't ask me why- probably cuz there were like 3 stores listed on Megan Harts blog and I just clicked on one). BIG mistake. It took them over 48 hours to get the book to me. In that time I already bought it a second time somewhere else. Huge FAIL. 

But the book was worth the hassel. It's a sequel to Dirty and I enjoyed to see Dan and Elle again. It was wonderful to see them together and how life treated them. Wonderful. And you know how much I usually love novellas. *LOVES* 

 


6. White Wedding by Megan Hart 4
I bought this one ages ago and discovered it while I wanted a Megan Hart fix and didn't get Reason enough. I enjoyed Josie's and Jack's story. Sweet, hot and entertaining. The overall plot was a bit predictable but enjoyed the book nonetheless.
 
7. Damned and Desired by Kathy Kulig (DNF)
I really tried to like this book but I just couldn't read more than the first half. It had too much smex and not enough story for me. I felt lost between all the characters and the world in general was kind of weird, too. Perhaps I will try again later cuz I read in another review that second half is really good but this month I just couldn't take any more.

So that's what I read. What did you read in June? Any books I should check out to get my reading mojo back?

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July 1, 2010

And the winners are...

What a day I had. Stress I tell you. I had to finish a project for today and I did that till 1 AM this morning. I read a bit than to cool down and had to get up again at 5:30 AM this morning. I gave the Professor my project and got the last one back (I passed *yay*). I also had an awful test today. That one went so wrong. I hope the Prof is nice and I will pass it nonetheless. But luckily is over and I finally found a minute to make someone, or better said 2 someones happy.

The lucky Winner of a signed copy of Gezeichnete des Schicksals by Lara Adrian is....

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Ina

And our international winner of a bunch of Midnight Breed swag is....

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Patti

Congrats ladies. I will Email you now to get your mailing addy.

Hope everyone else is as happy as me that it is nearly Friday.

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