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, #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