Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Ash has the extremely rare ability to see faeries, and she must do everything she can to make sure they never find out. But when a fairy of sun court takes a special interest in her, it becomes more and more difficult to keep her secret. Ash must find out why they have taken such an interest in her before she can return to her normal life, but will the faeries let her?

A great book and a very quick read. Every main character (with the exception of one) is very dynamic and as events unfold, they personalities and reactions change which made me latch on and cheer for the good guys and want to yell and scream at the bad guys. The only downfall to the book was that the ending is slightly predictable, which is why it's only 3.5 instead of 4 stars. A worthwhile read that is the first tale of Faerie, and I look forward to reading the second.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Robert Quinn

Ishmael is looking for a student, a student that wants to change the world. He finds one in our author and together they delve into the history of man, the universe, and our current culture. They cover everything from why we do the things we do, to how things got to be this way, to how we are living against the laws of nature. We follow the author through not only a quest for knowledge, but an emotional quest that teaches him about himself and makes him take a close look at what he believes. This is one of those books that stays with you forever, and has the potential to change how you think about the world around you.

This is definitely a book that is going to make my own personal list of ‘Must Reads”. If I could give a book 6 stars, then I would give this one 6/5. I read it twice, back to back and was just as awed when I finished the second time as I was the first.

It’s given me a new motto in life “You can’t change how people act without first changing how they think.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Well, the book unpacking is nearly complete. I just have to round up the oddballs that got put into boxes they didn't belong in. I'm to about 440ish and counting. I never imagined I had that many and the number will be growing with my birthday coming up in about a month, too.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Mackintosh Bride

22. The Mackintosh Bride by Debra Lee Brown

Alena has a secret. The secret she hid for the Mackintosh when they were but children shortly before he disappeared. Will they ever find each other agian, and if they do will the realize who they are?

Alena also has a decision to make. She can either marry the man she hates or watch as her family is cast out of the clan.

The story unfolds around multiple mysteries to be solved and main characters that evolve more and more with every page.A novel set in the Highlands, the scenery and historical background captured my attention quickly. It is written in dialect, lots of lasses and lads and bluidy hell, but in a way that draws you in instead of making it difficult to read. The wonderful writing and the strong characters stay with you after the book is finished. I normally would not rate a romance over 3 stars, but I have to give this one 4.

4/5 stars

Since I'm a bit behind in my goal for the year, I've been pulling books from the shelf of Harlequins that someone decidedd to give me in pristine condition. I have to admit I'm a bit suprised at the fact I like them. Never a big romance fan, the writing a characters draw me in where the plot sometimes fails to do so.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shotgun Grooms

Shotgun Grooms by: Susan Mallery and Maureen Child

Lucas and his brother Jackson, both carrying emotional scars from the war, have been left in a predicament by their Uncle Simon. In order to receive their inheritance, they must both find a wife.

A "typical" romance in my opinion. Two head strong, above the norm females tackle scarred and distant men in an attempt to find true love. While not overly original the story-telling was done well enough to keep me from putting the book down.

3/5 stars

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Book Unpacking

Well, we are into the house now, and the boxes upon boxes of books are stacked helter skelter about. I've gotten through the first two boxes and part of third. I'm actually able to take the time and put them up in order and get them cataloged on librarything.com which makes me a whole lot happier. I'm curious to see the grand total for how many I have once I'm done.