Friday, December 28, 2012

Books vs. Movies

It's time to do a books vs. movies entry. I was at Barnes & Noble yesterday, hoping to spend some of a gift card that a good friend got me for the holiday, and I happened to come across a rack called "In the Theater." Needless to say, it was a rack of books that have recently been made into movies and are now showing in theaters.

So, since I have lately noticed that lots of books are getting made into movies, I want to know if any of you have seen any of the recent movies, or are planning to, and how they are? There are several I'd like to see for sure, and I've been known in the past to go see films that have been made into books. So, let's discuss:

1. Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
2. Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick
3. Warm Bodies- Issac Marion
4. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
5. The Host- Stephenie Meyer
6. The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkein
7. Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
8. On the Road- Jack Kerouac
9. City of Bones-Cassandra Clare
10. The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
11. Life of Pi- Yann Martel
12. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2- Stephenie Meyer

Also coming out soon should be the next installment in the Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire. So, any books you'd like to see made into movies? Any movies out there you thought were better than the books? What about TV shows? True Blood, The Walking Dead, and Bones, are all really big hits, and all were based off of books. I know for years there's been talk of doing a TV spin off of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Series.

Also recently made into film:

1. The Help- Katherine Stockett
2. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

Let me know of any I've forgotten, or any others you know of!

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, December 24, 2012

Seduced by a Pirate

Seduced by a Pirate (Fairy Tales, #4.5)Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novella is a companion novella to Eloisa James' The Ugly Duchess. It follows Sir Griffin Barry, the captain of the Flying Poppy, home to his wife whom he hasn't seen in seventeen years.

On his wedding night, Sir Griffin Barry, a young lad of only seventeen, found himself de-manned by his wife's extraordinary beauty. She was a few years older, and he just couldn't seem to... complete the deed. So, in his shame, he jumped out the window, went to a pub, and got rip roaring drunk. The next morning, he awoke to find himself pres-ganged onto a ship, and already at sea. His leap to piracy came shortly after that.

Phoebe, the wife he left behind, started a life of her own without her husband, and adopted three young children. She enjoys her babies, and living her solitary life in a country manor.

But when Griffin abruptly shows back up in her life, she's not sure she wants to be married to this gruff pirate that left her alone for so many years. But Griffin is more than pleased with his wife, and is ready to show her that he is no longer the inexperienced youth he once was. Will he be able to win his wife over before it's too late?

This was a great companion novella to The Ugly Duchess, and I'm glad that I got to read more about Sir Griffin Barry, since he was such an interesting character in the original novel. His wife was a bit less exciting for me, but, I still loved the overall story. All I can say though, is that at the end, I wanted more!

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Ugly Duchess

The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales, #4)The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another great Eloisa James gem. This is part of her fairy tale series, where she takes classic fairy tails, and retells them in Recency Romance. This one, as suggested by the title, was for the Ugly Duckling.

Theodora, or Theo to most everyone, and Daisy, to her closest companion James, recently debuted in the ton. She is not the most beautiful of girls, though neither her mother nor James seems to notice. She is doing what every young debutante in the ton is supposed to be: looking for a husband.

James Ryburn recently learned that his father not only overspent their entire fortune and estate, but also embezzled much of Theo's dowry. James' father's solution? James must marry Theo.

When Theo and James get married, the ton is scandalized. When they separate, they're even more so. Will James and Theo realize what they had before it's too late? And will the ton ever realize that Theo is so much more than The Ugly Duchess?

This book was not quite as great as the other two I've read in this series, and the reason I say that, is that the book is divided into two parts. Part one is leading up to the separation, and part two is after. I kept waiting in part one for the separation to happen so that we could really get into the romance.

Part two was amazing. I love a good woman scorned story, and I also love the man trying to win her back. This had both of those things. I just wished we had less of part one, and more of part two. In the end, this was a great read, and any Eloisa James fans need to pick this up. Anyone not an Eloisa James fan would still enjoy a great whimsical historical romance.

~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2)When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eloisa James has done it again in this retelling of the classic fairy tail of Beauty and the Beast. Piers is the Earl of Marchant, an angry, bitter man who has a leg injury and therefore uses a cane. He's also a doctor. He has three "under" doctors, and one friend, in this case his cousin, who also helps him. If you've ever watched a certain show on FOX, this is sounding familiar to you. Eloisa James totally based the character of Piers on Dr. Gregory House. I love it!

Linnet is the classic beauty, men want her, women hate her or want to be her, because she's so beautiful and perfect. But when she gets thrown over by the Prince, and she wears a gown to a ball that makes her look like she's expecting, her reputation is ruined, and no man will have her... until her Aunt shows up with an idea.

Since the Earl of Marchant is reputed to be incapable of fathering children, and lo and behold, here's a lady who is supposedly carrying a Prince's child, they make a match, using Piers' father, who is itching for an heir. But will Linnet and Piers be able to stand each other once they meet? They surely don't think so.

This was great. I love the show House, and when I started noticing the similarities between Piers and the fictional doctor, I kind of fell in love with him a little. I was not as big of a fan of Linnet at first, since she seemed somewhat vain, and silly. But as the book went on, I began to see that she wasn't as she originally seemed.

Just like in A Kiss at Midnight, this differs from the original fairy tail... a lot, but that fact doesn't detract from the story, it helps it, I think. Had it been a strait retelling, I think it would've been boring.

Overall, the humor in this book is charming, the sex is hot, and it's just a great book!

If you're a fan of Eloisa James, this is a must read. If you've never read her before, pick this up! It's a great historical romance with that touch of whimsy that just makes it a gem.

~♥~
Lady D

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Phoenix Feather

Phoenix FeatherPhoenix Feather by Angela Wallace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aidan Quinn is not your typical college student. She is a phoenix, who is living her life as a human. Every 100 years, she retreats to a remote location to die and be reborn, and she has lived almost 2000 years on this planet.

Aidan meets firefighter Trent McCain at work one day, and they seem to hit it off. Along with her friends, Chris and Phoebe, this life for Aidan seems pretty good... until a serial killer starts targeting red-headed victims.

Bryan, Trent's brother, is assigned to the case, and he hopes to solve it before the killer comes after the woman his brother is seeming to fall in love with.

This book was very interesting for me. The main character Aidan seemed very distant and aloof at the start of the book, and then seemed to become more human as she interacted more with Chris, Phoebe, and Trent.

The only reason I gave this book three stars instead of four is something that happens at the end of the book, and Trent's reaction to it. He was just so nonchalant that it was a bit unbelievable. Other than that, this was a great, quick read, and if you're looking for a feel-good book with a bit of suspense, this will be a good one for you!

*Review copy provided by the author

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, December 10, 2012

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy (The Dragon Kin, #6)How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Aiken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About time! I have been waiting for Izzy and Eibhear's book since Briec and Tailaith's, book, which was book two.

This, as all the rest, was a great story. I love having watched Iseabail grow up from being a princess into a warrior. Who she is now totally fits her. But I was surprised in the direction Ms. Aiken took Eibhear. He too is now a total warrior, and part of the Mi-Runach, which is the Dragon Queen's... as Izzy put it, berserker elite. Eibhear has become quite rough and tough, although who he was is still there... kind of.

Izzy and Eibhear are headed back to Garbhan Isle, after years of being at battle, and once they get there, they immediately set off for the Desert Lands to find help for Rhianwen, Izzy's younger sister, who is having trouble controlling her magicks.

While in the Desert Lands, Rhydderch Hael makes an appearance, and tasks Izzy with saving Vateria, a dragon Queen she had fought in the past.

The romance between Izzy and Eibhear has always been tumultuous, and this was no different. They bickered, and they fought it, and Izzy tormented him, but in the end, they couldn't resist each other. I loved watching them fall. But, will they fall for good? Neither one seems to want more than just a night... or two.

This is a great book, and fans of Izzy and Eibhear will rejoice at finally getting what they've been waiting for. My only complaint with this book is that like Ms. Aiken's other books, the majority of this book is faced on the romance between the two characters, and then at the very end, BOOM! Action, action, action. Still, I can't wait for the next book in the series, because I just can't get enough of these dragons!

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Bite Before Christmas

The Bite Before Christmas (Argeneau, #15.5; Night Huntress, #6.5)The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Home For the Holidays- Jeaniene Frost

To be honest, I bought this book just for the Night Huntress short story. I liked the short story, for sure, but at the same time, I have some minor critiques... mainly that there wasn't enough Cat/Bones time together in said story.

Cat and Bones have decided to have a good old fashioned Christmas at home, with their closest family and friends. But, when a long-lost member of Bones' blood family from when he was alive shows up, things start to get a little... strange.

Cat, Ian, and Denise are left to figure out what's going on, and how to fix the problems with the rest of the guests that had been invited to the party. But can they figure out what's going on before someone gets killed... permanently?

This was great for a novella/short story. It was actually a lot longer than I thought it would be, which was awesome, and it featured almost all of my favorite Night Huntress characters, with the exception of Don and Tate.

The only problem with this story is as always, at the end, I wanted more more more! If you're a Night Huntress fan, this is one you surely shouldn't miss!

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, November 30, 2012

UTC 2012 Challenge Update #12

As we move into the final month of the UTC Challenge, I find I'm almost done! I'm super excited, also super excited to start next year's! How are you all coming on your personal reading challenges for the year?

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Half-Blood- Jennifer L. Armentrout
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. The Accidental Demon Slayer- Angie Fox
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Kiss of a Demon King- Kresley Cole (reread)

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Grave Dance- Kalayna Price
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Shift- Rachel Vincent
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

Thursday, November 29, 2012

UTC 2013 Immortals Reading Challenge



Well, good readers, the time has come again for the UTC challenge. I'm almost done with my 2012 challenge, and they've posted the sign ups for the 2013 challenge. Yours truly is definitely taking the plunge and participating again, and I'm super excited to begin!

For those of you who don't know how this works, there are several categories, and you have to read 3-5 books for each category presented. Now, this past year, I've changed my books as I've needed, based on the availability of the books I originally chose, inability to finish, ect. We'll see if I have to do the same this year or not. Re-reads are acceptable, but that's no fun. ;) So, without further ado, here's my list!

Category 1: Vampires
1. Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)
2. Twice Tempted- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
4. Shadow's Claim- Kresley Cole
5. Vamped- Lucienne Diver

Category 2: Angels and Demons
1. Archangel's Kiss- Nalini Singh
2. Torment- Lauren Kate
3. Envy- J.R. Ward
4. The Devil Inside- Jenna Black (re-read)
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae and Magic
1. Shadow of Night- Deborah Harkness
2. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
3. Spell Bound- Kelley Armstrong
4. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
5. Summer Knight- Jim Butcher

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews
3. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy- G.A. Aiken
4. Alpha- Rachel Vincent
5.You Slay Me- Katie MacAlister(re-read)

Now, there's no fun if I'm doing this all by myself, so, go, sign up! Participate and read along with me! To sign up, just click the button at the top of this entry, and it will take you to the page with all the info! :)

~♥~
Lady D

UTC Gena Showalter Challenge 2013



Under the Covers Book Blog is a blog I follow daily. I love the ladies, and they give me some great reading ideas. Now, I've had Gena Showalter on my backlist for a while, so, the fact that there's a 2013 Gena Showalter challenge is perfect! I fully intend to participate, and you can too! Click on the button at the top of this entry, and it will get you back to the sign up page where you can sign up to participate as well!

As for me, well, my challenge category will be "Gena Who?" since I've never read one of her books! I know, shocking. I'm going to shoot for reading the Atlantis series, plus one separate series, the White Rabbit Chronicles series... and that's because I've wanted to start that for a while. :)

Atlantis Series
1. Heart of the Dragon
2. Jewel of Atlantis
3. The Nymph King
4. The Vampire's Bride

White Rabbit Chronicles
1. Alice in Zombieland
2. Through the Zombie Glass

So, go, be sure to sign up, and read along with me! :)

~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Faefever

Faefever (Fever, #3)Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Ok, so, the only reason I ended up finishing this, and the only reason that I will be reading the next book is because a co-worker keeps telling me the series gets better. That's right, you're about to read a negative review from me.

I started reading this series because I had previously read KMM's Highlander series and loved it. The first book was decent, the second book seemed like a filler, and this book? Well, I got through it. For me, this series just isn't going anywhere.

Mac is still in Dublin, still employed by Jericho Barrons at Barron's Books and Baubles, and she's still working with/against Inspector Jayne on the case of her sister's killer. In this book, we also have V'lane vying for her attention, and now we have the Lord Master also vying for her attention. Mac in this book also meets someone named Christian MacKelter, who is a Scottish druid who is working on fighting the Unseelie, like she is.

The whole premise of this book is that the wall between Faery and the human world is thinning almost to the point of breaking, and when it does, all hell will break loose, in the manner of every kind of unsavory fae possible. But not a whole lot happens in the book overall.

Mac fights with Barrons, fights with V'lane, and fights with Rowena, the head of the sidhe seers. But other than that, no ground is really gained.

Barrons, the supposed love-interest makes me want to punch him in the face. Mac is horribly girlie, and just too fru-fru for my tastes. I'm going to continue on with the next book because my co-worker says the series gets better. But at this point, I'm thinking if I don't like it yet, I'm not going to.

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Fate's Edge

Fate's Edge (The Edge, #3)Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book three in Ilona Andrews' Edge series. While each book can almost stand alone, you will miss a lot of character development if you don't read them in order.

In this book, we meet Audrey Callahan, and Edger with an interesting talent; her magic unlocks doors. And not just doors, any lock; safes, bars, Fort Knox, anything. She has distanced herself from her family due to a horrible instance that happened in her past, and now she wants nothing to do with them.

Audrey is just finally getting her life together, she has a legitimate job, her own house, Ling the Merciless, her pet raccoon that she loves, when her world crashes around her and her father shows up asking for her help on a job. The job is huge, and she knows it won't end well, but she trades her skills for her family's absence in her life.

After the heist takes place, we meet Kaldar Mar, whom we met in the last book. He is an operative of the Mirror, one of the Weird's secret op organizations. He is offered the job to find the item that Audrey stole, and in the process, give a little bit of pain to the Hand, the rival organization that wiped out two-thirds of the adult population of his family.

Kaldar and Audrey were really fun to read in this book. It was a lot of tension, and they bickered all the time, but where most author's leave me feeling annoyed at all the bickering, this was just fun. It was awesome "watching" them dance around each other, waiting for them to take the fall.

I also loved the fact that Jack and George, from book one, were really brought into play in this book. Although the Edge series only has four books, Ms. Andrews left it open that if she chooses in the future, she could do a spin-off series on Jack and George.

This series is a little heavier on the romance than Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, but I like it still. This book does leave you wanting more, and it's a good thing that there's another book in the series. I can't wait to read the next book, and if you haven't picked up this series yet, do so! You won't be sorry.

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Angel's Blood

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1)Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have never read Nalini Singh before this, but man, I can't wait to continue!

Meet Elena Deveraux, Guild Hunter... that is to say, she hunts vampires as part of a large organization that hunts them called the guild. Elena gets a request to do a hunt for Raphael, the archangel of New York. Elena is scared witless, because archangels aren't exactly known for their kindness.

The hunt isn't for a vampire however, but an archangel who has all but turned into a vampire. Elena's fear is replaced by determination as she strives to find the archangel before he turns New York into a bloodbath... but how does one kill an archangel?

This story was great! The chemistry between Elena and Raphael jumped right off the page, and at points, I was all but screaming at them to just stop fighting it, and go for it! And that is why this book doesn't get five stars. For the majority of the book, really up until the last 50 pages, you have no idea what's going to happen with Elena or Raphael. They fight all the time, and neither really shows their feelings about the other until the very end.

Raphael is a great character. He is broody, and secretive, and everything a classic romance hero needs to be. But he's also a bit... twisted. He doesn't feel things the way humans do, so, he's got a bit of a callousness that you wouldn't expect in a typical hero.

The fact that this book series not only has vampires but also angels is awesome. I totally love the concept, and the series, and I can't wait to get started on book two.

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Smoke Thief

The Smoke Thief (Drakon, #1)The Smoke Thief by Shana Abé
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book due to the fact that it was recommended to me after reading the Dragonkin series by G.A. Aiken. And I have to say, I was NOT disappointed.

This series combines two of my favorite things... historical romance... and dragons. Yes, that's right, I said dragons!

Clarissa Rue Hawthorne is a half-blooded drakon who doesn't fit in in the elite world that the drakon live. So, when she finds out that she has the power to Turn, she fakes her own death in order to run from what she knows is a future with a man who will never love her. Now living in London, Clarissa uses her powers to steal from the ton, London's elite society.

But when Christoff, the drakon Alpha, and the rest of the drakon hear of this mysterious "Smoke Thief," they know instantly that it's one of their own, and they decide to set a trap to catch him... or her. What Christoff didn't expect to find is a female drakon who stirs the beast within him.

Will Clarissa, known as Rue, be able to talk her way out of the future she ran from in the past?

This book was excellent. Intrigue, romance, fire, passion, and excitement. Everything I want in a book. The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five is the fact that Rue and Christoff "Kit", have a tendency to fight what they're feeling, or at least Rue does, and that tends to get a little old.

I love Rue's character, she's strong, she's smart, and she's funny. She matches perfectly with the character of Kit, who is also strong, and very much an alpha-male type of character. The side-characters of Zane and Nick help to make the story stronger, even though we see so little of them.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series, and am glad it's sitting on my bookshelf right now!

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grave Peril

Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3)Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Harry faces off something new in this book that he's never seen. Something in the Nevernever is getting stirred up, and ghosts are feeling the effects. Whatever this thing is, it's also getting to Harry and his friends. Harry is going to have to figure out not only what this thing is, but how to stop it before it kills someone that he loves and cares about.

There's some really awesome things that happen in this book that I didn't see in the previous two, and that's more world building. We get to see more of Harry, and more of the people that he works with, and around. We meet someone in this book that I don't think we've met before, and his name is Michael. Michael works for god, and is kind of a Knight Templar. We see a lot of him in this book, as he and Harry work closely together on this case.

Karrin Murphy, aka Murph, is kind of left out of this book, but that's not really a bad thing. Since she was put in the background, we get to see some more of the other characters that we've never really met before.

Harry really has to make some tough choices in this book, and it's great to see more of who he is as a character, and what really makes him up. The tragedy he faces at the end was almost unbearable, and I'm hoping it all turns out for the best.

This really is a great book, and so far a great series. I can't wait to move forward with it!

~♥~
Lady D

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ill Wind

Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1)Ill Wind by Rachel Caine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the most imaginative and unique series that I think I've ever read.

Meet Joanne Baldwin. She's a Weather Warden... that is to say she can control the weather. But when something goes horribly wrong in her life, she finds her self on the run from other Wardens, and on her own... until she meets David, a super-hot hitch hiker who seems to want to help her out.

Joanne is fighting something within that is threatening to kill her, and since time is not on her side, she is literally racing cross-country to hopefully find help. Can she make it in time? And who is David, really?

This book is amazing start to finish. It is a fast-paced read, since as I mentioned, Joanne is literally racing against the clock to get help. We're introduced to an old "legend" in this book as well, the Djinn, known more commonly as "genies." I love Rachel Caine's take on the classic paranormal breed, and this is honestly the first I think I've ever seen them mentioned in paranormal/urban fantasy.

The chemistry between David and Joanne is intense, and they all but burn up the pages. The fact that they didn't really fight their chemistry was a nice change from the other books I've read lately where the two main characters seem to fight what they're feeling for at least half the story.

The one thing about this book that might turn some people off is the "flashbacks." There's a lot of jumping back in time to explain current events, and while I'm used to that from some of the other books that I've read, some readers may find it a bit distracting. I personally think it adds to the overall ambiance of the book.

This is a fantastic start to the series, and I cannot WAIT to read book 2, and find out what's in store next for Joanne Baldwin.

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~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

UTC Update #11

Two months to finish out the challenge. I don't have that many books left to read, so, I'm hoping that I can finish it! :)

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Half-Blood- Jennifer L. Armentrout
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. The Accidental Demon Slayer- Angie Fox
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Kiss of a Demon King- Kresley Cole (reread)

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Shift- Rachel Vincent
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Accidental Demon Slayer

The Accidental Demon Slayer (Demon Slayer, #1)The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is one word for this book. Fun. Sheer, glorious fun.

Meet Lizzie Brown. Uptight, until she meets her real family that is. She is from a long line of demon slayers, and on her 30th birthday, her long-lost grandmother has come to inform her of this fact. Now Lizzie is working with her grandma and a coven of witches called the Red Skulls to help fight a demon named Vald.

Lizzie is scared, uptight, clumsy, and yet brave at the same time. It's really fun watching her learn who she is, and really come into herself. And watching her interact with a super sexy griffin doesn't hurt either.

My favorite character in this whole book though is Pirate. Pirate is Lizzie's Jack Russel Terrier who just happens to talk. He's super funny, sweet, and hyper, and makes me want to know where I can get my own talking dog.

This book is fun, action-packed, and man is that griffin HOT! The interaction between him and Lizzie will leave you melting.

This is a great book, a super fast and super fun read! I have the second book on my bookshelf, and I'll be diving in headfirst soon!

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~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DNF List Cont'd

So, I recently came across another book that I need to add to my Did Not Finish, or DNF list. I tried to read this book across several months, but, honestly, I just couldn't finish it. So, here's the updated list.

1. Two for the Dough- Janet Evanovich
2. Dead Zone- Stephen King
3. Insomnia- Stephen King
4. Witch- Marie Brennan
5. Memoirs of Cleopatra- Margaret George
6. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
7. Go Ask Alice- Anonymous
8. Diary of Anne Frank- Anne Frank
9. Band of Brothers- Stephen E. Ambrose
10. Dragon Wytch- Yasmine Galenorn
11. Forbidden Magic- Cheyenne McCray
12. The Scot, The Witch, and the Wardrobe- Annette Blair
13. A Girl's Guide to Vampires- Katie MacAlister
14. Granuaile: Ireland's Pirate Queen- Anne Chambers
15. Boudicca: Warrior Queen- Alan Gold
16. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe- Fannie Flagg
17. The Freedom Writers Diary- Erin Gruwell
18. Valley of Silence- Nora Roberts
19. One Bite with a Stranger- Christine Warren
20. In Her Shoes- Jennifer Weiner
21. Deja Dead- Kathy Reichs

Half-Blood

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While this book wasn't nearly as action-packed as the short story that preceded it, I still really liked this book.

Half-Blood picks up immediately where Daimon leaves off. Alex gets picked up by the Covenant, and it is decided that she is going to train there over the summer with her former crush, Aiden, in order for her to try and catch up to where she needs to be. If she doesn't progress quickly enough, however, she'll be sentenced to a fate worse than death for her: servitude to the Pures.

But everything is not as it seems in Alex's life. Something is going to come to light that will change her life forever. Will Alex be able to cope with everything going on with her past as well as what her future holds? And will she be able to deal with training with Aiden day in and day out knowing that she has the hots for him?

This was a great beginning to the series. We get to see a bit more into the world that the author is building, and we get to see more into the character of Alex, as well as meeting some new people. The "plot-twists" were horribly predictable for me, and I guessed every single one way before it happened. But, the overall story still stood.

Seeing Alex and Aiden interact is great. I can't wait to see where Ms. Armentrout takes them. This is a great series so far, and I can't wait to see what happens next!

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~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends

So, we all have our favorite book series, and from those series, we have our favorite characters. I really love a good heroine that I can relate to, and want to be like, but I also love a good leading male that makes me want him. So, I thought it would be fun to compile a Book Boyfriends list so that we can dish on who we all love. And guys, not to leave you out, I want to hear about your book girlfriends! Here's my list of book boyfriends.

1. Curran: Kate Daniels Series- Ilona Andrews
2. Bones: Night Huntress Series- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lothaire: Immortals After Dark- Kresley Cole
4. Conrad Wroth: Immortals After Dark- Kresley Cole
5. Adam: Mercy Thompson Series- Patricia Briggs
6. Charles: Alpha and Omega- Patricia Briggs
7. Jamie Fraser: Outlander Series- Diana Gabaldon
8. Zsadist: Black Dagger Brotherhood- J.R. Ward
9. Vishous: Black Dagger Brotherhood- J.R. Ward
10. Viper: Guardians of Eternity- Alexandra Ivy
11. Fearghus: Dragonkin Series- G.A. Aiken
12. Nathaniel Bonner: Wilderness Series- Sara Donati
13. Cpt. Frederick Wentworth: Persuasion- Jane Austen
14. Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester: Jane Eyre- Charlotte Brontë
15. Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy: Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

So, yes, I do realize that this looks like I have a harem of book boyfriends, but, it's weird. Unless I'm reading that series, I don't really think about each one... So, depending on the book I'm reading depends on who's my bf of the day. :P So how about you? Who do you lust after from your favorite books?

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Clean Sweep

So, I'm pretty sure that I've said this on this blog before, but I'm a HUGE Ilona Andrews fan. I've tried time and again to shamelessly promote them, but I know what some of you are thinking; "What if I buy their book and don't like their style?" or "What if they're not for me?" Well guess what? Now you can try them out without having to buy their books (Although I still think you should go buy them all!!!)

Ilona Andrews is publishing a new "Serial Novel" called Clean Sweep on their blog. What is a serial novel you ask? Well, it's a novel, but it's published in parts. For example, they're publishing one to two parts of chapters a week. Now yes, that does mean that you'll have to wait for it as it comes out, but trust me, it's totally worth it! Plus, it's free! So, you literally have nothing to lose!

So, what're you waiting for? Click on the words "Clean Sweep" above, or click on them just below:

Clean Sweep

You can thank me later. :D

~♥~
Lady D

Daimon

Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the prequel to the Covenant series. I picked it up after reading a review of book one in the series, and I wasn't disappointed.

While this is technically a YA series, it doesn't really read that way so far. Yes the character is seventeen, but she is very much older and wiser than her years. This short story was filled with lots of action, and a good introduction into the world that Ms. Armentrout is building.

In this story we meet Alexandria, a seventeen year old girl who is anything but normal. Her mother is descended from gods, and they're both on the run from the world they hail from. They're doing their best to fit in when they're found by their enemies and everything goes wrong.

Now Alexandria must find her way back to the world her mom took her away from before it's too late. Will she be accepted once she gets there?

I hated how this ended on a cliffhanger, but I see why she did it, and I can't wait to get my hands on the first book to see where it picks up, and what happens next!

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~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Shift

Shift (Shifters, #5)Shift by Rachel Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had some trouble with this book, personally, even though it's an amazing book.

In this book, Faythe and the Pride are forced to face off against an ancient enemy race, the Thunderbirds. They are put in a position where they face life and death, and the heart wrenching grief of their losses hits you right in the chest.

SPOILER FROM THE LAST BOOK
The problem I had with this book actually started with something that happened in the last book, and that's where Faythe ends up sleeping with Jace right after her brother's death. Marc is missing, her brother just died, and she and Jace both get a little drunk, and fall into a passion that neither knew was there.

The problem I have with this is that I'm not a fan of cheating in books or movies with characters that I love. I also am not a fan of poly-amorous relationships in my books or movies, and I tend to stay away from them. So when I saw that in the last book, I was a little taken aback, because I was so in love with Faythe as a character, and that kind of made me hate her a little.

But in this book, it's really hard to see her live with this choice, and the fact that she hasn't told Marc about it, because with all that's going on, and all that's happened, there hasn't been a right time. She's horribly worried about what's going to happen with Marc and Jace, and herself, and she doesn't know how she's going to pick.
END OF SPOILER

The dynamic of this book is just great. There's so much emotion in it, from the losses the pride suffers, to the race against time to save one of their members. This book is an emotional roller coaster, and if you have not read this series, do yourself a favor and go pick it up! This book is definitely awesome, and will not let you down.

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~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, October 6, 2012

UTC Update #10



Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Shift- Rachel Vincent
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Life As A White Trash Zombie

My Life As a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)My Life As a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book started really strong for me, kind of trailed off in the middle, and then really picked up at the end again. It left me wanting more, and I can't wait to pick up the next book in the series.

Meet Angel, a real "white-trash" low-life; addicted to drugs and alcohol, no job, a high school drop out, a real winner. But when she wakes up in the hospital after an overdose, she finds someone has given her a second chance at life. A mysterious person wrote her a letter which got her a job at a morgue.

Angel can't waste this chance, because if she does, this mysterious person will tell her Parole Officer about drugs and such, and she'll end up in jail. What Angel comes to learn is that she's been turned into a zombie, and she needs her job for her survival.

I really fell in love with the character of Angel. She was down on her luck, and at first when she got the second chance, she almost didn't want to believe it was really true. But then she starts to backslide into her old ways a little, and that's where the book gets a little slow for me.

It was really tough watching Angel fight with herself about the issues of her past life and her present life. It's also at this time in the book where Angel kind of hits a brick wall, and just stops. She works on deciding how she's going to continue.

The other side of this book is the killer. Angel discovers that there is a serial killer on the loose, and she tries to figure out who it is. Now, I'm going to be totally honest, and say that I knew something was up with the person who turns out to be the killer, but I didn't know what. So it was half a surprise for me.

As for Marcus, the detective that Angel has a bit of a crush on, I kind of figured out his back story shortly after the beginning of the book. I can't say more than that without giving anything away, but if you read this, you'll see what I mean.

This book was a truly refreshing idea in a world of vampires and werewolves, and I really can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

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~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Bound by Darkness

Bound By Darkness (Guardians of Eternity, #8)Bound By Darkness by Alexandra Ivy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the 11th book in the Guardians of Eternity series. This is Jaelyn and Ariyal's story. Jaelyn is a vampire assassin known as a Hunter. Hunter's are revered and feared by the rest of their race. They live solitary lives, and with little luxury.

Ariyal is the prince of the Sylvermyst, who pledged to serve the demon Morgana le Fey, instead of being banished behind the veil with their master the Dark Lord. They suffered terribly in her hands, and with her death, the Sylvermyst are divided.

With the plot of the children that is continued from the last full-length book, we find ourselves once again racing against time along with the main characters, as those who plot to resurrect the Dark Lord move forth with their plans.

Jaelyn is put on assignment from the Commission, a powerful group of oracles that no demon race messes with. And what is her assignment? Being close to Ariyal.

I had a few problems with this story overall, mainly watching Jaelyn and Ariyal fight against their attraction for each other. It seemed to drag on a bit. But once they stopped fighting it, it was wonderfully hot.

Other than that, jumping between Tearloch and Ariyal/Jaelyn was a bit wearying. I just wanted to stay with the two main characters, and Ms. Ivy kept taking us back to Tearloch. Other than that, the book was great. Passion, action, and a wonderful little gargoyle named Levet, whom any Alexandra Ivy reader will tell you they've fallen in love with.

If you're a Guardians of Eternity fan, don't miss this book, and if you've never read the Guardians of Eternity, it's a great series that will keep you majorly entertained.

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~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

UTC Update #9

Sorry it's a bit later than usual... just moved to a new state, so, that put me a bit off my game...

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

Untouchable

Deep Kiss of Winter (Includes: Immortals After Dark, #8; Alien Huntress, #4.5)Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Untouchable
Daniela the Ice Maiden is part Icere, and part Valkyrie. Since she is part ice fae, she cannot touch another (unless they're an ice fae as well), without excruciating pain. Murdoch Wroth is an Estonian Warlord who was once a massive rake. After saving Daniela from assassins, Murdoch learns that Danii is his Bride. But since they can never touch, will their frustration be enough to drive them apart?

Untouchable is a story of utter frustration and sexual desire. It actually takes place a lot earlier than the last few IAD books, and once again with a Wroth brother. It's a novella in the book Deep Kiss of Winter. Even though it's a novella, it's still 300 pages, and well worth the read.

The sexual tension between Danii and Murdoch all but lights the pages on fire, and the sex scenes between the two are scorching. Kresley Cole has, as always, delivered a steamy, passionate couple who make your hearts melt from their pasts, and their possible futures. If you're an IAD fan, be sure to pick this one up, and if you've never read any of the books in the series, be sure to do so, since you're missing out!

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~♥~
Lady D

Kiss of A Demon King

Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #7)Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Meet Sabine, sorceress, and the Queen of Illusions. She's evil, and the sister to Omort the Deathless, a sorcerer who took over the rage demon kingdom of Rothkalina.

Meet Rydstrom, rage demon, and the rightful King to Rothkalina. Also, he's Sabine's fated mate.

Sabine is working with her half brother Omort on some prophecy where she bears Rydstrom's heir, and opens the Well of Souls, a well in the throne room of Tornin, Rothkalina's castle. Rydstrom is captured, and held prisoner by Sabine, where she wants a vow to make her his Queen, them married, and then she would be able to bear his heir.

But the problem is, as fate often intends, even when couples seem so different from each other, they're often perfect. Sabine and Rydstrom start falling for each other. However, since they've both laid deceptions, will they be able to overcome the lies and fall in love?

Kresley Cole has done it again in this stunner of a book. Kiss of a Demon King will make you weak in the knees with wanting, and desperate for a happy ending.

Rydstrom is a wonderfully good demon and king, and Sabine is so different, so, not necessarily evil, but definitely not good and pure as Rydstrom would like. They have lots of fights, and lots of antipathy towards the other, and their banter is great at times.

It's hard seeing them fight what they both desire, but the end is totally worth it. This is a great book from start to finish, and definitely worth the read.

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~♥~
Lady D

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Moonlight and Shadow

Moonlight and ShadowMoonlight and Shadow by Isolde Martyn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story follows one Heloise Ballaster, a silver haired young woman with a touch of precognition. She gets forced into a marriage with the very wonderful Sir Miles Rushden, and they mutually decide to work on getting the marriage annulled so that they can go their separate ways... not to mention that Sir Miles is previously betrothed. But before they can manage it, Heloise is kicked from her father's home, and decides to follow Miles to get him to accept her... or at least protect her until they get their annulment.

The historical accuracy in this book is pretty well straight on. I know that the author takes some liberties, but all the liberties that she took were based in fact.

It was really fun "Seeing" Miles deal with what he feels for Heloise, and what he thinks he should feel for her. The same goes for Heloise. Their banter is witty, and wonderful, and sparks off each other.

The one thing I didn't like was how cruel Miles could be sometimes. It honestly just seemed out of character for him, and the fact that Heloise accepted it, and him for it seemed to be just... not quite right.

Otherwise, this is a great historical romance read. Don't let the cover fool you, it's rich in history instead of fluff.

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~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Kiss At Midnight

A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this after one of the authors I follow gave it a rave review. I am so glad I did! I had never read Ms. James' work before, but now I'm going to dive in head first to the rest of her works.

This book is a retelling/reinvention of the Cinderella fairy tail. Cinderella's name in this book is Kate, and Kate has to pretend to be her step-sister since her stepsister has found herself in a compromising situation with her betrothed, and the only way she can marry him is if he gets permission from his cousin, the prince.

Well, needless to say, since Kate has been working as a servant in her own home for several years, she is discovered, and she and the prince manage to fall in love.

This book is charming, witty, and the sex scenes will make you weak in the knees. Ms. James makes her scenes so intimate, and so romantic, it just makes you want to sigh. The book is also really funny. All of her characters have their own wit, and reading Kate and Gabriel's (the prince) bantering was one of my favorite parts.

This book is a definite must-read. I finished it in just a few hours, and I will definitely be reading it again!

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~♥~
Lady D

Sought

Sought (Brides of the Kindred, #3)Sought by Evangeline Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Kindred series, and it is about Kat O'Connor, and her Twin Kindred, Lock and Deep.

All Twin Kindred are born as twins, as the name suggests, but not just twins, as there is a dark twin, and a light twin. These don't mean evil and good, but rather describe the twins as a whole. For example, Deep, the dark twin is dark of hair and eyes, and he does have a darker personality overall, but I for one, fell in love with him. Lock, the light twin, is pale, in looks, and has a charming and uplifting personality.

Kat, in the last book, attempted to be the focus for Lock and Deep's finder/seeker relationship. It worked wonderfully, but left them with a partial kindred bond. This book is her dealing with this partial bond, and learning to deal with Lock and Deep as well.

This book is not my favorite of the series to be honest, but that's only because I don't like M/F/M relationships. I'm definitely a monogamous person, and I prefer reading about monogamous relationships. I have nothing against them, however, as evidenced by my rating of this book.

The sex scenes were wonderfully hot, and delicious, and the whole book, the learning to love and trust not only your partner(s), but yourself made it a book that I really connected with and enjoyed. The next book is on my wishlist, and I can't wait to dive into it!

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~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Gunmetal Magic

Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels, #5.5)Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is another great example why Ilona Andrews is a wonderful author. This is Andrea Nash, beastkin extraordinaire and Kate Daniels' best friend's book.

Andrea is called upon by Jim to help on a case dealing with her ex-boyfriend's business, and in the process, deal with her own demons, as well as the issues with ex. Andrea runs across some interesting snakes, and a Russian volhv that has the hots for her.

Andrea struggles against who she is, and it's really fun watching her discover herself, and realize that she likes her true self. It's also fun to see the romance that is in there, and the sub-romance plot that makes its way into the story.

This book will not leave you disappointed. It takes place in the Kate Daniels world, but it stars Andrea, not Kate. Ilona Andrews once again plays on her readers' emotions, and we are all pulling for Andrea to succeed.

While you don't see a lot of Kate and Curran, they do make the occasional appearance, and this is Andrea's story anyways. This book could've turned out really awful, as some "spin-offs" have a tendency to do, but never fear, Ilona and Gordon once again pulled off a magnificent read. Oh, and when you pick up this book, either on Kindle/Nook, or in paperback, be sure to flip to the back and read Magic Gifts first, as it takes place before Gunmetal Magic.

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~♥~
Lady D

UTC Update #8


Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Magic Slays

Well, this is the most recent book in the Kate Daniels series to come out. I had read it before (the day it came out, actually), but I recently re-read it, and thought I'd make a post about it. As I've said before, I love Ilona Andrews, so, my review may be a tad biased, but, it is what it is. :D

Kate is facing something that could potentially kill most if not all of the citizens of Atlanta. She needs her best friend's help, as well as that of her main squeeze, and his 1500+ shapeshifters that he has control over. Will Kate be able to stop the evil before it kills them all?

This book is great, just like the others. In this one, Kate and Curran are mated, Julie is in the picture a lot more, since she's now living at the Keep, and we get to have Andrea as her usual charming self. Grendel also makes appearances, which is great, because, frankly, I love that shaved poodle.

I would not recommend starting this book if you haven't read the others. You could, but you'd miss a lot of character development, and some of the plots are reoccuring themes throughout.

All in all, this is a great book, with action, gritty paranormal surroundings, and romance. Ilona Andrews continues to be one of my favorite authors, and I will buy/read anything they put out. If you haven't read any of their books, pick them up, and give them a try! :)

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone

Ok, so, I think that most people out there by this time have read Harry Potter. I'm on my um, I'm not sure what time re-reading it, but regardless, I thought I'd write reviews on it. So, here goes:

Harry Potter was orphaned as a child in a horrible accident, and left for his aunt and uncle, who treat him horribly. He finds out he's a wizard, and goes off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While there, he learns of a plot to steal something called the Sorcerer's Stone, and he and his friends, Ron and Hermione, set out to stop the thief.

All in all, even though Harry Potter was written for young adults/children, everyone who reads it seems to enjoy it. I'm no different. I love the idea of a world of witches and wizards just beyond our sight. All the new things that Ms. Rowling brings with their world, such as chocolate frogs, wizard's chess, pictures that move, are ingenious.

I think that while most people have read the book, everyone has seen the movie. I know that I thought it was so cool getting to see the book come to life on the big screen. Getting to see some of these magic things realized in front of my eyes was wonderful. I love the fact that with J.K. Rowling as an adviser on the set, that they were able to do a lot more with the movie, and add more small artistic details that got left out of the book.

Harry Potter is a series that everyone should read at least once, since everyone could use a little magic in their lives. ^.~

♥~
Lady D

UTC Update #7

Well, I only managed one book on the list this month, although I'm halfway through a second. The good news is that Gunmetal Magic comes out this month, so, there's another book that I'll get to cross off my list. I've kind of been re-reading again, as well as throwing random historical fiction in there as well. Go figure. Right now, I'm on book 3 of the Harry Potter series for the 3rd, 4th, 5th... um, yeah, I have no idea how many times. Oh well. Hey, maybe I'll review those! :)


Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Reckoning

Reckoning (Night Huntress, #0.5)Reckoning by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm honestly surprised, being how much I love Jeaniene Frost, that I'm not giving this book higher marks. I love Bones, and I love seeing him do his thing, but for me, this book just missed the mark. Honestly, I think it's because he was with a woman other than Cat.

Bones, an undead hitman, is called to New Orleans to take care of a pair of ghouls who like to torture and eat innocent humans. Once in New Orleans, he also manages to pick up a hitman who is after him.

Jeaniene Frost's characters are always great, and in this, Bones is no exception. We also meet Jelani, servant/devotee to Marie Laveau, voodoo queen of New Orleans, and a ghoul herself. The world that Ms. Frost spins is also delightful.

As I said, I think the reason this book fell short for me was the fact that in it, Bones is with another woman, and I just don't like him being away from Cat. I had the same feelings during part of another of her novels where Bones and Cat aren't together.

All in all, if you're a fan of Jeaniene Frost and her Night Huntress series, you need to give this a read. It sets up the beginning for Halfway to the Grave quite nicely.

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~♥~
Lady D

Friday, June 29, 2012

Magic Dreams

Magic DreamsMagic Dreams by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this novella very quickly, even for a novella. I love Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, and therefore, anything related to it, I tend to devour.

Magic Dreams centers around Dali and Jim, a white tiger shifter, and a panther shifter. Jim is also Curran's chief of security type person, and the alpha of the cat clan.

In this novella, we see Dali openly lusting (in her mind) after Jim (this story is told from her perspective), and being torn up over the fact that he doesn't lust after her as well. All that gets put on hold however, when Jim runs into some type of magic, and comes out badly.

Dali immediately works to save him, enlisting the help of her mother and family to do it.

This novella was great. Everything that Ilona Andrews writes has this sharp wit to it that you can't help but laugh at. This novella was no different. Especially when it came to Dali's mom, and the barbs that Dali and Jim trade.

Even though Dali has her issues, she's a tough kick-ass female character, and I respect her for that. She knows what she wants, but she doesn't want to push boundaries at the same time.

Jim is, well, Jim. He's tough as nails, hard to hurt as a brick wall, and he'll leave you cut just from a look. If you start here without reading any previous Kate Daniels novels (don't do it, you're totally missing out!!!), you'll get a good sense of the characters, but it's even better if you know their back stories.

All in all, this is a great quick read, and I can't wait for the full-length novel that they promised us! :)

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~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Once Burned

Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, considering I finished this book in less than 24 hours after I started it, that should say something... but, if it doesn't, let me just speak plainly... IT. IS. AWESOME.

I am a Jeaniene Frost fan, and have been ever since I picked up the first book in her Night Huntress series. This book does not center around Cat or Bones, but rather Vlad, and a woman he meets named Leila. I loved Vlad from the moment he made an appearance in the NH series, and he did not disappoint here. Being able to see more into him, and who he is made me fall in love with him even more.

Leila is a new comer, a woman who suffered a horrible accident as a teen that left her scarred both physically and emotionally. But beyond her scars, she is also left with some new abilities. She essentially turned into a human taser, and she can see peoples' past, present, and sometimes future when she touches them with her right hand.

The sparks between Leila and Vlad almost burn the pages in your hands. Their chemistry is amazing. Vlad and Leila set out to find the man behind threats on Vlad, and while they're hunting, things most definitely heat up.

This book is book one in a new series, which will remain centered around Vlad and Leila. The way Ms. Frost ends this book leaves me wanting more, and I cannot wait till Spring of 2013, when their next book comes out! Be sure to pick this book up, because it is a MUST READ!

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Lady D

Monday, June 25, 2012

Into the Wilderness

Into the Wilderness (Wilderness, #1)Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this book when it was recommended to me by my taste preferences in Diana Gabaldon's work. I purchased the book, and then I let it sit on my shelf for a good while. Well, after reading it, I wish I would have picked it up a whole lot sooner!

This book is absolutely amazing. It is a wonderful retelling of part of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, mixed with the author's amazing wit, and writing talent. She incorporates a brief glimpse as well of some of Diana Gabaldon's characters from her Outlander series. Lovers of Diana Gabaldon should NOT pass this series up!

Into the Wilderness is book one in the Wilderness series. In it, we meet Elizabeth Middleton, a recent immigrant to America's frontier from England. She and her brother have come to make a home here with their father, and neither of them are overly pleased by it.

I loved the character of Elizabeth. She is 29, and claims herself a spinster teacher. She is strong-willed, sharp tongued, and with a fiery wit. Watching her fall in love with Nathaniel Bonner was an amazing transformation.

Nathaniel Bonner is a play on JFC's Hawkeye, but at the same time not. It's hard to explain without reading the book, but let's just say that Nathaniel makes the perfect other half to Elizabeth. Where she is prim and proper, he is wild, and free, and everything that deep down, Elizabeth wants to be.

The story is not just them falling in love, but them fighting against the prejudice of the local townsfolk towards the Mohawk that is Nathaniel's family, and fighting also against a local to keep land that Elizabeth was given by her father. The story is action packed, romance filled, and historically written. It is everything that is right in a book.

This is a very long story, the paperback copy I had was 876 pages, but it was definitely a book that I had a hard time setting down. I have book two on order, and book three already on my shelf, and I can't wait to dive in!

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Lady D

Monday, June 11, 2012

An Echo in the Bone

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7)An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I finished this book late last night, after getting to a point where I couldn't put it down. As with all Ms. Gabaldon's books, this one is very long, but very very good.

This book picks up right where the last one left off; Bree and Roger and the kids went back to their own time, Claire and Jamie are dealing with the repercussions of the big house burning down, and Murdina Bug's death, and Ian is just dealing with all the trouble's that he's been faced with. We get to see quite a bit more of William in this book, as well as Lord John, but that's ok, because their stories are intertwined with Jamie and Claire's.

The Revolutionary War sets into full swing in this book, and Ms. Gabaldon does a very good job with her historical facts, and people.

The only big problem that I had with this book is how much time (which to say isn't very much at all) is spent with Roger and Bree. I mean, I know they're major players now, but to me, the story has always been very much about Jamie and Claire, and those are the two characters I'm mostly invested in.

This book, as mentioned, is very long. With the exception of the first two-three books, I've been getting to a point, almost exactly halfway through the book, where I have to set it down for a week or so. I always end up coming back to it, but I think just due to the length, I have to take a break.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that this book dragged on in any way, nor am I saying it was boring. In fact, quite the contrary! This book is very much action-packed, and has quite a lot of intrigue, especially the last 20% or so. Good luck putting it down then!

At the end of this book, the readers are very much set up for Ms. Gabaldon's next book, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, which, according to her website, she is currently still writing, but expects to finish by the end of 2012.

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Lady D

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

UTC Update #6

Well, since most of the books left on my list aren't out yet, I actually don't think I read any of the books on this list in the last month. Huh, go figure. ;) I'm kind of excited, because Once Burned comes out this month! Gunmetal Magic comes out next month, too, so, I'm going to find myself very busy reading for a while. :)

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, June 3, 2012

An Apology

Hey guys,

Sorry that this blog has been a bit stagnant as of late, but, I recently got a new job, and haven't had too much time to read, to be honest. I'm still finding time to read at least 30 mins a day, so, the posts will keep coming, but, I haven't finished any books lately. So, there's that. I hope everything is going well with you all!

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Lady D

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Reckoning

So, there's a new book series I just heard about, called "The Taker" series by Alma Katsu. I was reading a review of the newest book, The Reckoning, which comes out June 19th (go pick it up!!! Nao!!!! ;)), in which it was compared to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. I'm officially intrigued, and I think I'm going to have to go pick this series up. Anything that blends history with fantasy is right up my alley. And since anyone who follows this blog would possibly tend to read the same things, this is why I'm posting about this great new author I've discovered. :)

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Lady D

Sunday, May 13, 2012

DNF List

Have you ever had a book that you started that you just couldn't finish? Either the plot was too slow, or you just didn't like the author's style of writing, or something? Well, I think that we all have that, and so I'm going to start a reoccuring DNF list on here, or my "Did Not Finish" list. It's going to be books that I've started that... yeah, just didn't do it for me. If you've read these, and think they're awesome, tell me! Get me to change my mind! And something funny that I'm noticing about this list, is that when it comes to certain authors, i.e. Yasmine Galenorn, and Stephen E. Ambrose, other books of theirs I love! But these I just couldn't do.

1. Two for the Dough- Janet Evanovich
2. Dead Zone- Stephen King
3. Insomnia- Stephen King
4. Witch- Marie Brennan
5. Memoirs of Cleopatra- Margaret George
6. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
7. Go Ask Alice- Anonymous
8. Diary of Anne Frank- Anne Frank
9. Band of Brothers- Stephen E. Ambrose
10. Dragon Wytch- Yasmine Galenorn
11. Forbidden Magic- Cheyenne McCray
12. The Scot, The Witch, and the Wardrobe- Annette Blair
13. A Girl's Guide to Vampires- Katie MacAlister
14. Granuaile: Ireland's Pirate Queen- Anne Chambers
15. Boudicca: Warrior Queen- Alan Gold
16. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe- Fannie Flagg
17. The Freedom Writers Diary- Erin Gruwell
18. Valley of Silence- Nora Roberts
19. One Bite with a Stranger- Christine Warren

So, that's all that I can think of for now, but if I think of more, I'll make a new post, and title them "DNF List Cont'd." I'd like to hear from you guys as well! What books make your DNF list?

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Lady D

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Fool Moon

Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2)Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book two in the Harry Dresden series. Harry is still working with Lt. Karrin Murphy over the fact that he had hidden some facts from her on the last case that they worked together on. He was also still dating Susan, the reporter for the Arcane tabloid. All of a sudden, some murders start up, and Murphy needs his help.

What Harry and Murphy discover is that the murders seem to be werewolf murders. But what kind of werewolves? The next victim is one that Harry knew, and Murphy thinks that he's hiding something, so, she arrests him. With the help of a woman he thought to be a suspect, Harry escapes, and hopes to find out who's murdering people before things can get worse. Will Harry find the murderer before too many more people die?

This book was great. I liked it a lot more than the first book, and I will definitely keep reading this series. I love the character of Harry Dresden. He's smart, witty, and less than charming, which is perfect for the type of "hero" I like to read about. His sidekick Bob, the spirit in the skull is also great, although we didn't get to see much of him in this book.

I'd like to see where Mr. Butcher is taking things with this series, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series!

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Lady D

Friday, May 4, 2012

UTC Challenege Update #5

Only read a couple of books towards the challenge this month. Still think I'm going strong. :) I guess we'll see what this new month has in store for me!

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

Mark of the Demon

Mark of the Demon (Kara Gillian, #1)Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up on a whim after reading the synopsis, and I'm glad I did. Ms. Rowland does a magnificent job of combining a crime novel with an urban fantasy.

Kara Gillian is a detective with the Beaulac PD. She's also a demon summoner. After years of working financial crimes, she finally got the break she needed, and was assigned to homicide. But so far, there have been no homicides for her to work on.

So, she picked up the case files for an old cold case, and began studying those. The case involved the arcane, which, as a demon summoner, was kind of her specialty.

As soon as she starts working on this case, sure enough, murders start happening, and they appear to be related to the cold case! The Symbol Man, as he's called, because of the symbol he carves into his victims' flesh, appears to be back, and Kara is assigned to the case.

Also, Kara decides to do a demon summoning to help her figure out part of her case, but she pulls through the wrong demon! Rhyzkahl is a Demon Lord who is very yummy to look at, and very nice in bed. But he wants something from Kara, and she doesn't know what.

Will Kara be able to crack her first case? Will she figure out what Rhyzkhal wants? And will she ever go on a date with the yummy FBI agent that is assigned to the task force working on the Symbol Man case?

Ms. Rowland blended this book wonderfully. There is crime, there is urban fantasy, there is some wonderfully hot sex, and overall, it makes for a great read! I didn't figure out who the killer was thanks to the way Ms. Rowland was able to keep it concealed, and I kept fighting my feelings about Agent Kristoff (yummy FBI agent), and Rhyzkahl, the yummy Demon Lord.

All in all, this is a great book that definitely deserves a read! I can't wait for book two! :)

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Lady D

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bloodfever

Bloodfever (Fever, #2)Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, so, I was reading this book, and I just kind of got bored. The overall storyline of the series is great, but this book kind of seemed like a filler to me. In this book, Mac is continuing her search for the Sinsar Dubh, with Barrons' help, but the book just kind of seems all over the place to me. It doesn't really have a solid plot line, which kind of turned me off of the book. I did end up finishing it, and towards the end, I really started to get into it.

In this book we learn a little more about several of the characters that had been presented in the last book, including Jericho Barrons. We also learn a bit more about Rowena, and get to meet a new character named Dani. We see whether or not Malluce is really dead, and the Lord Master makes another appearance, so does V'lane. So, it's continuing the story, but it's just kind of filling the gap.

Now, as I mentioned there are some tasty tidbits that happen at the end, and I'm not going to give any of it away, so, you'll just have to read it. I'm definitely going to continue the series as certain things that happened at the end have my interest piqued. I guess we'll just have to see where Ms. Moning is going to take us.

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Lady D

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dragon Actually

Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin, #1)Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dragon Actually is the story of Annwyl the Bloody, and Fearghus the Destroyer. Annwyl is my type of heroine. She's a kick-butt, take no-nonsense battle lord, who is fighting to kill her brother, Lorcan, the ruler of Garbhan Isle.

But when Annwyl meets Fearghus, she thinks she's about to die, from an attack of some of Lorcan's men. Fearghus, who normally wants nothing of humans but a late night snack surprises even himself by saving Annwyl. Annwyl awakes in Fearghus' cave, and learns to care for her dragon.

But the dragon has a trick up his sleeve. He has decided to help Annwyl learn to fight so that she can take on her brother without dying. So he shifts into his human form to teach her how to fight. But, before he can explain to Annwyl that he and the dragon are one in the same, she decides she wants to know nothing about the knight who helps train her.

Will Fearghus be able to explain to Annwyl who he is, and win her heart for good? Will Annwyl be able to defeat her brother and go on to rule Dark Plains?

G.A. Aiken is a gem! The banter between her main characters is absolutely wonderful! Annwyl has a sharp tongue, and a mean wit, and Fearghus matches her stroke for stroke. The sex scenes are wonderfully hot, and yet, sweet as well. This series is one of the few that I have a tendency to re-read over and over and over.

This book also contains a short story called "Flames and Chains," which is the story of Queen Rhiannon and Bercelak the Great. Queen Rhiannon is the mother of Fearghus, and all the main dragon royals in this series.

This story starts with Rhiannon being given to Bercelak, a Cadwaldr male whom Rhiannon thinks is far beneath her notice. But her mother, a great dragon mage has trapped Rhiannon in her human form. Rhiannon's mother is hoping that Bercelak, who has a reputation for being a horrible brute, will kill her daughter, and rid her of the nuisance.

On the contrary, however, as Bercelak is trying to win Rhiannon's love, and show her that she's strong enough to defeat her mother, and take the throne. Will he succeed?

This short story was very good, and very well written for only being a short story. Honestly though, I don't care overmuch for the main characters. After reading it the first time, I tend to skip reading it over and over as I do the first part of the book.

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Lady D

Sunday, April 8, 2012

UTC Challenge Update #4

Sorry that I'm a bit late on the update for this month guys, I kind of forgot about it. *grins sheepishly* Anyways, without further ado, here it is!

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

~♥~
Lady D

The Dragon Who Loved Me

The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin, #5)The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Rhona and Vigholf's book. Rhona is a Cadwaldr female dragon, which means she fights, she is far from lady-like, and she doesn't let anyone stand in her way. Vigholf is a lightning dragon from the North, which means when he sees a female, he thinks she should be as far from danger as possible, since female dragons are so scarce in the North.

Rhona and Vigholf get sent on a mission to find Annwyl, the missing Mad Queen of Garbhan Isle. Annwyl has apparently gone off into the heart of the enemies her country is fighting, in hopes of finding a rebel King to help them defeat the evil dragons of the Provinces and end the five years' war they've been in the middle of.

This book was better than the last book, which I had a hard time getting through, but it still wasn't the caliber of the first three books. G.A. Aiken writes steamy scenes, but her books aren't only about sex. They're gritty semi-period pieces with blood, swords, and dragon-shifters. This book does not disappoint in that aspect.

I had a hard time relating to these characters mainly because Rhona was a bit out of our "normal" circle of characters. While we had heard of Vigholf before, he was also not a main character, and therefore, I had little interest in him. But, this book does also continue along with the other characters from the previous books, which is what kept me going.

The next book however, is the long awaited Izzy/Eibhar book, and I'm chomping at the bit for that one! Since I'm rereading the series, stay tuned for reviews of the other books! :)

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Lady D