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Dance Upon the Air

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Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dance Upon the Air is the story of Nell Channing. She comes to Three Sisters Island after a troubled past, and there she hopes she can maybe set down roots. But if she's found, she knows that the man whom she left behind would kill her.

Three Sisters Island was made of magick, and has a curse upon it that must be broken when the three are once again on island. Nell, as she will find out, is one of those three.

On Three Sisters she does find peace. Peace in friendship, peace in finding herself, and peace in magick. As she's finding herself, she meets Zachariah Todd, the local sheriff. He stirs passions she no longer knew she had, but with him being a member of the law, if he found out about her past, he wouldn't want her.

Can Nell give herself over to those feelings that Zach has stirred? And can she face who she really is, and help to break the hundreds of years old curse?

Nora Roberts does it once again in this stir…

The Last Boyfriend

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The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some of Ms. Roberts' series have what I call "bridge" books, and unfortunately, to me, that's what this book was.

Avery MacTavish is the owner of Vesta pizzeria in Boonsboro, MD. Since their families were so close, she's always palled around with the Montgomery boys, and while she at one time had a crush on Owen, who played along and even "proposed" to her with a gumball machine ring when she was like 6, and as they've gotten older, they've realized that maybe there's something more there.

Tensions are high on both sides as the inn is about to open, and they're looking deeper into what they're feeling for each other. Lizzy, the inn's resident ghost makes an appearance again, and is giving a helping hand in her thoughts on the romance. Will Avery and Owen be able to figure out what they really feel for each other, or will their childhood romance be nothing more than a fond…

DNF List Update

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
22. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
23. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia
24. Dawn on a Distant Shore- Sara Donati
25. Dark Witch- Nora Roberts
26. The Next Always- Nora Roberts
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The Next Always

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The Next Always by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Clare Brewster moved back to Boonsboro after a middle Eastern sniper shattered her world. She was pregnant with her third son, and needed the comfort of home. Once there, she made a new home for herself, and really made herself by opening Turn the Page bookstore.

Beckett Montgomery and his family own a contracting company, and right now, they're working on renovating the Inn Boonsboro, an Inn they hope to turn into a great boutique B&B/Inn on the square in Boonsboro. But the inn seems to already have a tenant, in the form of "Lizzy," a ghost who smells of honeysuckle.

When Clare and Beckett start realizing that maybe what they've always thought of as an innocent crush might go very deep. But when someone else also starts noticing the attraction, he can't help but think of Clare as his.

Will Beckett and Clare realize what they really are to each other? And will the other man be able to leave them alone? P…

The Beautiful Ashes

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The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost


So, I am a huge Jeaniene Frost fan, as you all have probably noticed. But, honestly, I could not get into this book. The characters and the subject matter was sooo different from her Night Huntress series that it was like reading a completely different author.

The subject of the book is something to do with angels, and demons, and bible related stuff mixed with paranormal romance. Since I am not a religious person, the biblical references not only flew over my head, but were kind of boring. The paranormal stuff was pretty cool, but the book reminded me of reading a twisted version of a Supernatural episode.

I was unable to finish this book, and I will not continue this series. I will however still try to read anything Ms. Frost puts out, because she is a good author.

~♥~
Lady D

Twilight

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, so, everyone who's anyone has heard of Twilight at this point, and for the most part, we've all formed our own opinions of it, be they really bad, or really good. I fall in the in between category. I first read these books back in 2009, but I realized I'd never done a review on any of them, so, I decided to re-read them to do a review.

If you base your sole opinion of the Twilight Saga on the movies, then yes, your opinion is bound to be bad, because, I'm sorry, but the movies are not very good. But as for the books, I think you should give them a second look.

Now, I'm not saying they're amazing, and honestly, the writing style is a bit juvenile, but hey, it's a YA romance, so, it fits. But honestly, the books aren't that bad.

Twilight is the story of Bella Swan, who moves to Forks, WA to live with her dad when her mom marries a minor league baseball player. She kind of becomes the instant star in a…

Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles Book One

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Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles - Book One by David Bruns


This book was provided by the author for an honest review.

I tried so hard to like this book. It was right up my alley, had everything in it that I normally like: sci-fi, fantasy, a strange world compared to the one we're in. An interesting storyline... until I realized all of a sudden that I didn't know what the storyline was.

This book I got halfway through before I realized that I had no idea what the storyline really was. In these type of books, there are three scenarios as to how the book is going to be: Too much world-building too quick, too little world-building throughout, or just an amazing book. This book unfortunately takes you and drops you in the middle of a world and doesn't build it up at all.

The writing is awesome. The characters have depth, and are interesting, but there is no world-building. So you feel like you're lost in the middle of a city that you know nothing about, and have no ma…

Dark Skye

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Dark Skye by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been waiting for Lanthe and Thronos' story since we first heard about them in Sabine and Rydstrom's. I have to say, it was WELL worth the wait.

Melanthe of the Deie Sorcerei Family, or Lanthe, is the Queen of Persuasion... when she can get her powers to manifest that is. She also has the ability to cast portals, but again, her powers are a little "off" sometimes. And who can blame her? She's all but spent her life draining her power of persuasion to make her sister heal from the life-threatening injuries their mortal enemies the Vrekners have dealt her.

But what few know is that Lanthe is the fated mate of Thronos Talos, one of the Vrekner Princes. They were once in love as children, but when Thronos betrayed Lanthe's trust, or so she thinks, she used her powers to make him jump from a tall cliff... and not use his wings. Now with the help of The Order's power-nullifying collar, Thronos has Lanthe…

Magic Breaks

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Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best book of the series to date, and honestly, probably the best book I'll read all year.

Kate Daniels has finally settled into her life as Consort to Curran, her lover, and the Beast Lord of Atlanta. They are the ruling Alpha couple of The Pack, which is the ruling body of shapeshifters for Atlanta. But Kate holds a secret about her family, and if it were to ever come out, everyone and everything that she knows and loves will pay the price of it.

When Hugh D'Ambray shows up just as Curran heads out of town with several of the big members of the pack, Kate knows something is up. Hugh is her father's pet warlord, and someone she and Curran thought that they had killed several months before. When Hugh tries to start a war between the People, the ruling vampire faction in Atlanta, and the Pack, and threatens to expose Kate's secret, she realizes that she'll do anything to protect those she loves, even i…

Voyager

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having found out that Jamie did indeed survive the battle of Culloden, Claire decides to head back to Scotland to find the only man she's ever truly loved. When she gets to Scotland, she fears that he's started a new life without her, and that maybe he won't want her... but what she finds is quite the opposite. While his life has moved on, it has definitely not moved on without her.

Jamie and Claire spend the first part of this book relearning each other, and the second part of the book on a grand voyage. For when Ian, Jamie's nephew, is kidnapped by pirates, it's discovered that they're bound for the West Indies (Caribbean Islands). Will Jamie's stomach be able to handle the sea voyage ahead of them? And will they be able to recover young Ian before it's too late?

Diana Gabaldon once again hits home with a great continuation of the Outlander series. My heart soared at Jamie and Claire's reunion, and…

Dragonfly in Amber

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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After saving Jamie from the clutches of Black Jack Randall, Claire is faced with a tough battle... while she may have saved him bodily from harm, there is now the issue of that body healing the damage, as well as the mental scars that Claire cannot see.

She and Jamie head to France, where they find themselves embroiled in the political schemes of Charles Stuart, and Claire reveals to Jamie what is to come, and the battle that all Scots will face at Culloden... and they decide to try and change history, and stop Charles from trying to retake his throne from the English.

Claire and Jamie relentlessly pursue this mission, and as they go along, they learn a lot about each other, and themselves that they had not known before. While they will have their own demons to face, they have each other, and will hopefully come out stronger for having faced them together.

But the question remains, will Claire and Jamie be able to save their…

Outlander

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In 1945, Claire Randall and her husband Frank take a second honeymoon to the highlands of Scotland in order to get reacquainted after several long years apart due to WWII. However, shortly after the start of their journey, Claire "falls through" some cairn stones, and finds herself in 1743 Scotland... right around the time the Bonny Prince Charlie was making his name infamous.

She is abducted by a group of Scots almost immediately, and taken to a castle far from the stones she came through. She, being a nurse, finds a way to ingratiate herself in that she is able to help heal a young man, Jamie MacTavish (Fraser). Claire finds herself in a world of turmoil trying to blend with the time while making her way back to the stones.

SPOILER ALERT!

In a twist of fate, Claire is wedded to James Fraser, and finds her new husband a bit of a bear as she tries to get away from him, while still trying to help him.

But will Claire be able …

Wanderlust

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Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wanderlust is the second book in the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre. After the Corp is exposed for the horrible things they did on Matins IV, and then tried to blame Sirantha for, Ms. Jax is asked to become a New Terran ambassador to Ithiss-Tor, the world where Vel the bounty hunter hails from. Vel agrees to go along as the person who will help make things go more smoothly.

But when Jax and March realize that something is seriously going wrong with Jax's health, they decide to head back to Lachion to meet with Doc and see if there's anything he can do to help, or at least help them figure out what's wrong.

But before they even get to Lachion, they get waylaid by an emergency on a distant outpost, and all of a sudden, they're thrown into a war that they know nothing about. Add to that, the Syndicate (Mafia of Space) wants nothing more than for Sirantha to fail her mission to Ithiss-Tor.

As things get worse for Jax, …

Third Grave Dead Ahead

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Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Darynda Jones strikes again in book three of the Charley Davidson series. Since Charley, at the end of the last book, bound Reyes to his corporeal body, she's unable to sleep due to the fact that the second she does, he shows up in her dreams to give her earth shattering orgasms. But Charley's life takes a turn when a "distraught" husband shows up in her office, wanting to hire her to find his missing wife.

Charley takes the case, but immediately suspects the husband. While she's investigating the husband, she gets taken captive by Reyes, who has escaped from prison to tell her/hire her to find his father, the man that he went to prison for killing. Apparently, the man is still alive.

And then, while Charley is trying to sneak into the abandoned insane asylum to speak to her ghost friend Rocket, the biker gang that lives there catches her, and wants to hire her to find out who's been poisoning th…

Grimspace

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Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grimspace is the story of Sirantha Jax, a former Corp "jumper;" a person who can propel space ships through a section of space called Grimspace, which allows long distance space travel fast. When her ship crashes on Matins IV, killing everyone on board, she becomes the scapegoat for the Corp. But Sirantha can't remember what really happened... Did she cause the crash and deaths of 82 people, including her lover?

When she's busted out of a Corp psyc facility by a Pilot named March and his motley crew, she finds herself on the run, with bounties on her head. Now she's trying to figure out what happened on Matins IV, while helping March and his crew with their project as well.

Will Sirantha be able to figure out what happened to her before it's too late? And what about March, is he a man she can really trust?

Grimspace, and the world it takes place in reminds me a bit of the world of Firefly. March et al remind me o…

Frost Burned

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Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been in love with this series from the first moment that I started reading it. This book is no exception! Mercedes Hauptman, mate and wife to the local werewolf Alpha Adam Hauptman once again seems to find herself in a spot of trouble... but this time, the trouble doesn't seem to be focused on her.

While out on a Black Friday shopping trip with her step-daughter Jesse, Mercy finds herself in a small car accident, and she can't seem to reach any of the Pack for help... mainly because someone has taken the ENTIRE Pack hostage. Who would kidnap a Pack of werewolves?

Mercy slowly starts to uncover the mystery, with the help of the werewolf mating bonds, but things seem to run deeper than what was just on the surface... soon Mercy finds herself embroiled in a heap of trouble that has very little to do with the Pack at all. Will she be able to fix things before they get out of hand?

Frost Burned is the latest installment o…

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France

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Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**Advanced Reading/Review copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review**

I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways, and I was honestly intrigued by the whole concept. I've read many WWII books, from the perspective of the Jewish people who perished in Nazi concentration camps, and from historians who were doing research on the U.S. Soldiers and what they faced in the European and Pacific Theaters, but I'd never read one from the perspective of just a person who lived through it in Europe.

The story centers on the author's Aunt, Priscilla, who was the daughter of the at the time famous radio personality SPB Mais. Priscilla grew up in England, under her parents' unhappy marriage, until they finally split. She dealt with her mom's awful boyfriends and flings, and grew apart from her father. Her best friend Gillian is all that really helped…

MacRieve

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MacRieve by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MacRieve is the story of Uilliam (Will) MacRieve, a strong, handsome Lykae male, and his human/soon to be Immortal mate, Chloe Todd. Will as a child was abused by a succubus, and because of his young age, ended up losing both his parents, and his unborn sister. Haunted by their deaths, he has a... hard time coping with his life, and with relationships.

Chloe lives with her widower father, and is a professional soccer player. One day, during a huge match, in which Olympic scouts are in the stands, she notices something strange... REALLY strange... her hearing is all of a sudden magnified. She also starts noticing other issues, all seemingly super-human. When she tells her dad about the strange call she heard him on during the game, he disappears, but only after revealing a secret world of Immortals that she never knew about.

With her father gone, one night Chloe gets kidnapped by witches, and set to be sold at an auction, since she has t…

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife

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The Longest Date: Life as a Wife by Cindy Chupack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I entered the Goodreads contest for it. I knew it was going to have some comedy, which is always a good thing, and would mostly be lighthearted, which is again a good thing.

What I didn't expect was for Cindy Chupack to invite us into her and her husband Ian's life for 200 pages. And I'm glad I read it! This book was just a wonderfully delightful trip through the ups and downs of another person's marriage.

Now, don't get me wrong, she doesn't go into all the sordid details of their marriage, but rather, she tells stories and anecdotes to show that life isn't perfect, and neither is marriage. She and her husband got married later in life, and they tried for children; and failed. And that part of the book is what got to me the most I think.

As a married woman, it's inevitable to get the questions of "when are you going to have…

DNF List Cont'd

Another book to add to the DNF 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
22. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
23. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia
24. Dawn on a Distant Shore- Sara Donati
25. Dark Witch- Nora Rober…

GoT

So, I know I've been quiet as of late. And the reason for that is because of the book series that I'm working on. It is a massive, epic, undertaking, and to be honest, because each book is so large, I have a tendency to let the books run together in my mind. So, what I'm going to do is to do a review on the series as a whole (to date), as soon as I'm done with it. Game of Thrones, as it's better known (It's actually A Song of Ice and Fire), is what will be coming next. I'm finishing up A Storm of Swords right now, and honestly, I breezed through it. So, yes, that means that right now, I'm very quiet, but I promise that I am still here, and I am still working. :)

~♥~
Lady D

Up From the Grave

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Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm a huge Jeaniene Frost fan. I've read every single one of her Cat & Bones books and novellas, and I also own them all. But this book, to me, wasn't as strong as I was hoping for. it's the last book of the series, and maybe that's just why I was expecting so much more. At the same time, I was also skeptical of this book because of that.

This book, as well as the previous, for me at least, were just not as strong as the other books in the series. Did I still read them? Of course. Do I still own them? Of course. But do I want to re-read them over and over like I do the other books in the series? Not so much.

So, Cat and Bones are settling into their life of retirement after putting away the most dangerous ghost in history, when Cat's ghostly Uncle Don comes to tell her that her former team is missing, and he knows that Jason Madigan, his new replacement at the top secret gov't facility that Cat…