Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dance Upon the Air

Dance Upon the Air (Three Sisters Island, #1)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 stirring start to a wonderful trilogy. This trilogy was actually my introduction to Nora Roberts. I have loved it ever since I read it the first time. It has everything a good romance needs; love, magick, friendship, and finding oneself. This book, and this trilogy will always remain close to my heart. If you have never read Nora Roberts before, this would be a very good introduction. If you love romance, and a bit of magick, you'll love this book.

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Last Boyfriend

The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro, #2)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 memory?

I liked this book for it's Nora Roberts romance that all her books have in it, but as I said before, this book kind of just feels like a bridge. Not a whole lot happens to move the plot of Lizzy the ghost forward, nor the story as a whole other than Avery and Owen exploring their romance.

There is a very late plot dealing with Avery's long-gone mother, but it doesn't happen until late in the book, and doesn't really do much to advance the story as a whole. I can see where not having this book would make the trilogy/story as a whole incomplete, but at the same time, it's kind of forgettable.

However, if you have a love of contemporary romance, this book will hit the spot for you, and will also keep you satisfied until you move on to The Perfect Hope.

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, October 24, 2014

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
27. Blood Oath- Christopher Farnsworth
28. Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles Book One- David Bruns
29. The Awakened Mage- Karen Miller

~♥~
Lady D

The Next Always

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1)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? Pick up The Next Always, the first book in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy and find out!

I really had trouble getting in to this book. Honestly, at one point, I had completely given up on it. But I recently decided that I wanted to read a good romance novel again, and I had to turn back to my wonderful go-to romance author, Nora Roberts.

Once I picked it up again, I could not put it down. It was wonderful! The stories that Ms. Roberts weaves are wonderful, and intimate, and deep. She knows how to take you into the worlds of her characters, and really makes you care about what happens to them!

This is a great contemporary romance novel, and if you're a fan of Ms. Roberts, or contemporary romance, you'll like this book!

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Beautiful Ashes

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1)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

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Twilight

Twilight (Twilight, #1)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 small town where there are little to no changes in day to day life.

When she meets the Cullens though, it all changes. Bella surmises, through a little help of an old friend, that Edward Cullen, who seems to hate her, but then slowly starts to warm up to her, is a vampire. And she starts to fall in love with him.

But when a rival band of vampires come to town and decide that Bella looks like a yummy snack, it's up to the Cullens and Bella to keep her out of harms way.

All in all, yes, the storyline doesn't seem very exciting, but the whole book/series is about finding love, and the differences that "people" face going through love. If you like YA romance, and you like vampires, and you put the movies out of your mind, chances are, you'll like this series.

All in all, the whole series gets better as the books go on, and while they can be a bit dry at times, and the writing can be a bit juvenile, the series isn't bad. It's an entertaining read.

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles Book One

Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles - Book OneIrradiance: 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 map. It's truly a shame, because as I said, I was really excited to try this book. I did not finish this book, and I don't think I honestly ever will.

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dark Skye

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14)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 just where he wants her... or so he thinks.

Can Lanthe and Thronos stand to be near each other long enough to escape the dangers facing them? And will they be able to fight the love that once was there, and could rise again? Or will they be fated to remain star-crossed lovers?

Lanthe was a bit of an enigma for me. There were times that I could totally relate with her, and was on her side, and there were other times that I just wanted to bash her head into a stone. But then again, the same could be said about her fated mate, Thronos. This book, while right up there with some of Ms. Cole's greats, was a bit of a tough read for me. Don't get me wrong, I ended up loving every second of it, but especially at the start, I had a bit of trouble getting along with our two main characters.

If you've read books by Kresley Cole before though, you know, just as I did, that things were set to be action-packed, and super steamy, and I soon got over my qualms. If you've not yet dipped a toe into the IAD series, know that each book can be read standalone, but they're much better (not to mention more coherent) if read in order. So do yourself a favor and continue the IAD series, or go and pick up book one, and inhale them until you get to this book, and give it a try!

This book is as steamy as it is an escape from everyday life, and you'll love the mini-vacation you end up taking.

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, September 8, 2014

Magic Breaks

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)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 if it means finally coming face to face with her father.

Can Kate keep things in check until Curran gets back? Or will the Pack be facing war with the People? And when Kate finally faces her father, will she really be able to kill the man that gave her life?

If you have not read the Kate Daniels series yet, but love Urban Fantasy, well, shame on you. This is one of my favorite series, and honestly, it's amazing. As I said at the start, this is the best book of the series to date. The last book, Magic Rises, seemed like a bridge, and was almost stagnant compared to the other books... with the exception of the end. But this book was not in any way like that. This book was non-stop action from start to finish, and it will leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat. I started it yesterday, and basically could not put it down.

Ilona Andrews has another winner with this book, and honestly, I'm eagerly awaiting what comes next! Note: This book does have a hint of finality to the ending, but the author, Ilona Andrews, has said that it is not the last book, for which I am eternally grateful! So, go pick up this book, and if you haven't already, go pick up the whole Kate Daniels series!

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, September 5, 2014

Voyager

Voyager (Outlander, #3)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 I loved seeing all the "old" characters come back; Jenny, Ian, Jared, Fergus. And some new friends that we get to meet; Yi Tien Cho, Young Ian, Innes, Marsali.

Once again, Ms. Gabaldon spins a great web of historical fact and locations with a highly entertaining story, spinning around two people who could not be more in love or more perfect for each other. While I loved reading about Scotland and France, I love that Ms. Gabaldon is able to take us new places historically, such as the Caribbean Islands, and we get to see what took place there as well during this time.

This book will not disappoint, just like the two before it did not. If you have not read this series, you're truly missing out, and if you have read it, you really should re-read it... As I'm re-reading it, it's like I'm experiencing it all again for the first time!

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dragonfly in Amber

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)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 loved ones, as well as a whole country from a period of slaughter, starvation, and suffering? Will they be able to stop the Bonny Prince from trying to reclaim his throne?

Once again Ms. Gabaldon has a page turner with Dragonfly in Amber. I do have a warning: When you pick up the book, do not be confused. You are indeed reading the next book in the series. Book 2 starts out in 1968, and since this was the second time I've read the series, I remember before, as well as this time stopping, and thinking; "Wait, this isn't where we left off..."

Ms. Gabaldon does explain shortly though, and once again, you will be transported back in time to a love that will break your heart with its tenderness. I all but screamed when this book ended, with the way it ended, but I was super relieved that the next book was out already and I had it on my book shelf so that I could continue the story and see what happened.

Jamie and Claire are who I want my husband and I to be everyday. Their love, and how tender and loving they are to each other is how I try to be in my life. I love it.

But once again, the romance is only part of the story. The history and background that Ms. Gabaldon weaves will suck you in and leave you gasping for more. Any history buff will be panting with lust at the way she is able to describe the times.

This is a great continuation of the series. If you have not yet read this series, you need to do so... it will become your new favorite!

~♥~
Lady D

Outlander

Outlander (Outlander, #1)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 to help herself from falling in love with Jamie? Will she be able to make it back to the stones and her "Real" husband Frank? Or will she be stuck in 1743, with a man whom she doesn't know that she can really trust, facing a war that will have dire consequences on the country that she presently calls home.

END SPOILER

Outlander is a wonderful tale that allows a person living in the present to escape. Their is wonderful romance, but the whole store isn't really focused on that, and I wouldn't call it as a whole a romance novel.

The history in the novel is amazing, and from someone who's family came from Scotland in the early 1900's, it's amazing to be able to read about early Scottish history, and it really allows me to feel closer to my heritage.

Ms. Gabaldon has a way of weaving a background that really makes you feel like you're there, and I promise, from the first sentence, you will really care what happens to these people.

Every person who has read these books that I've talked to cannot help but fall in love with them. They may seem imposing at first, since they're all over a thousand pages, but they're very much worth the read.

Allow yourself to fall through time and voyage with Claire, and before long, who knows, maybe you too will fall in love with the highlands, and a young Scottish Highlander.

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wanderlust

Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax, #2)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, she starts pulling away from March, which seems to be ruining the love that they have.

Will Sirantha be able to make it through these trials and make it to Ithiss-Tor? Will she and March be able to reconcile their feelings for each other before it's too late?

If you like the series Firefly, or if you like Space/Sci-Fi novels/movies/TV Shows/Games, then this series is right up your alley. Sirantha Jax is one tough cookie who wants to live her life her way, and no one is going to stop her. She is thrown for a bit of a loop when asked to be an ambassador, but with help, she starts to figure it out. I loved this book just as much as the first, and I bet the third is going to be even better.

There are a few things in the series that I'm waiting to sort themselves out, but due to the fact that I can't really say what without giving away too many spoilers, I'll just say that you have to pick up these books, since they're totally awesome.

~♥~
Lady D

Third Grave Dead Ahead

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson, #3)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 their guard dog rottweilers.

Will Charley be able to find the missing wife before she dies if she's not already dead? Will she be able to find Earl Walker, the man that Reyes supposedly killed before Reyes gets picked up by the cops again? And will she be able to find out who is poisoning the bikers' dogs before another dies?

This is the third book in the Charley Davidson series, and I love each one more and more as I read them. Charley is tough as nails, and has one hell of a mouth. She is quirky, smart, and a bit on the clumsy side. She's always making friends and enemies of the strangest people. Her dialogue with her assistant/best friend Cookie just cracks me up... and the scenes between her and Reyes move from steamy to blazing and everywhere in between.

If you like detective novels with steam, and wit, Darynda Jones is just the lady to see, because Charley Davidson is the whole package.

~♥~
Lady D

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Grimspace

Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1)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 of the crew of the Serenity, and Sirantha is a tough as nails chick who takes no shit from anyone.

I totally got into this book from the first sentence I read, and I didn't want to put it down! And when Jax and March butt heads, sparks leap off the page.

Ann Aguirre's writing is gritty, suspenseful, and addicting, and I can't get enough! I've already started Book 2, Wanderlust, and I can't wait to see where she takes Jax and Co.

If you like space/sci-fi thrillers with a touch of romance, pick up this series!

~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Frost Burned

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)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 of the Mercy Thompson series written by Patricia Briggs. If you haven't read the series up until this point, you're missing out, and you really need to catch up before you read this book. But most of the books are short, around 300 pages, and they're super fast reads... mainly because you can't put them down.

This book is no exception. I did not want to put it down. As always, Ms. Briggs keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole book. While some bookstores may shelve this in romance, there are no sex scenes, and the romance between Mercy and Adam is very underplayed, as it has been in the whole series... this is not really a romance series so much as it is a paranormal suspense series.

And while I'm not really into the suspense genre, if you can't tell from my reading list, I'm addicted to this series. If you haven't read this book yet, you need to! As I said, pick up the rest of the series first, and give it a read! You WILL NOT be sorry!

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime FrancePriscilla: 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 her through most of her teen years.

Priscilla married a French noble very young, and soon found herself in a loveless marriage. During the occupation, Priscilla was with a lot of men, which helped her survive. She depended on German sympathizers for support and protection, and yes, she was in relationships with quite a few of them. They didn't all help her though, as she ended up finding herself in a Nazi internment camp for foreign women who happened to find themselves in France.

After the internment camp though, she was back with her various men. After the war, Priscilla suffered from PTSD, and did end up finding love with a man who ran a mushroom farm. She slipped into alcoholism as she suffered through her stress from the war, and eventually died of a brain tumor.

This book was a very interesting book, but not really what I thought it was going to be about. I expected to see a lot of day to day stuff, such as dealing with food shortages, and dealing with Nazi personnel, and while that was touched on, what this most focused on was how Priscilla chose men to help her survive. The author muses at one point about how to most people his aunt would be considered a loose woman, but that was what some women did to survive the occupation. We can't really judge them, since we weren't there.

I love biographies, and I love WWII, so, this book was right up my alley. As I said, it wasn't quite what I expected, but it was still an interesting and entertaining read, and I'm glad I picked it up.

~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MacRieve

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark, #13)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 turned out to be the daughter of Preston Webb, the Order's head. Will and his twin Munro, go to the auction in hopes of buying the Daughter of Webb, and making Webb pay for what he did to MacRieve. But while there... he realizes Chloe is his fated mate...

Chloe and MacRieve are perfectly happy together at first... he's a super awesome guy. But when Chloe's transition happens, she begins to turn into MacRieve's worst nightmare... With the full moon approaching, will Will be able to get over his hang-ups, and love Chloe for who, and what she is?

Of the Immortals After Dark (IAD) series, I tend to like the Lykae books more than any others... the Lykae are strong, wild males, who are total Alphas. Their books, with the exception of maybe Conrad Wroth's, also tend to be darker in nature. MacRieve's is no exception. Their are undertones of sexual abuse, but it's handled very well.

The sex, like every of Ms. Cole's books is super hot! Will and Chloe SCORCH the pages. And Ms. Cole makes you feel the anguish of the couples as always.

You do get to see glimpses of some of your old favorites... Mariketa, Regin, and of course, Nix. All in all, this book definitely keeps pace with the IAD series, and while maybe not my favorite of them all, is definitely up there! If you've never read the IAD series, you're missing out! Definitely go pick it up, and read it, especially since Dark Skye is coming out VERY soon! You WILL NOT be sorry.

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife

The Longest Date: Life as a WifeThe 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 kids?" and "are you pregnant yet?" And she kind of helped me calm in that area. She and her husband suffered from infertility, and ended up adopting.

The only reason I did not give this book five stars is that I just can't relate to their upscale lifestyle. Cindy Chupack is a writer. She wrote for "O" magazine, as well as being a screenwriter for a little show called "Sex in the City." They talk a little about their famous friends, and the amazing dinner parties that they hosted, and I just couldn't relate to that. So, all in all, this book got four stars from me.

I kicked myself when I started reading it for not reading it sooner. If you're looking for a fun, lighthearted look at true life, and romance, pick up this book. I know I'll be giving it as a gift to all my currently married friends, and a gift at all bridal showers I visit in the future...

~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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 Roberts
26. The Next Always- Nora Roberts
27. Blood Oath- Christopher Farnsworth
28. Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles Book One- David Bruns
29. The Awakened Mage- Karen Miller

~♥~
Lady D

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Up From the Grave

Up From the Grave (Night Huntress, #7)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 used to work for is to blame. So Cat and Bones set out to save her old team from certain doom, enlisting along the way help from several of her and Bones' old contacts and friends. But will they be able to save the team before it's too late? And when Cat discovers a secret that could cause war with the ghouls, will she and Bones be able to stop what could be possibly the worst thing to happen to the undead world?

The biggest problem for me with this book was the fact that things were so predictable. I've never really had that with one of Ms. Frost's books before. They introduce a new character, and right away, I knew where she was going with that whole character. And then a new plot "twist" would happen, but I'd have already seen it coming, and know where she was going with it. Other than that, the characters were snarky and well written as always, and the scenes between Cat and Bones were very steamy. Overall, I gave this book three stars, because while I was entertained while reading it, I just don't think it holds up to the rest of the series. If you're a fan of Ms. Frost, be sure to pick it up, and give it a go yourself. If you've never read her, go pick up the Night Huntress series, and give it a read! It's a great series, and she's a wonderful writer.

~♥~
Lady D