Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Public Domain Podcast

The Public Domain Podcast

Wanted to let everyone know about this great site!!

They take public domain novels and record them so that you can listen to them on audio. I found this through the Lostcasts podcast... so everyone pat them on the back for sharing a good resource!!

The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning

Review Coming soon! A-

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Summer Lovin' by Carly Phillips

This was the first book I have read by Carly Phillips and overall it was a sweet little story.

Of course, you all know how I hate reading books out of order... but this one was available on audio and its prequel, Under the Boardwalk, was not. So I offered it up and read the books out of order.

This story is about Zoe, who at 30 is being pressured by her family to settle down like her twin sister. Wow, could I feel that pain. It made me very sympathetic to Zoe as a heroine, but I really didn't like the hero. Let me rephrase, I liked the idea of him, a uptight, New Yorker who is tossed into a kooky family through a situation beyond his control, but the problem was I didn't believe that his actions were in character.

From the beginning I could tell that the story was going to have its moments, because there was a lot of "purple prose". Descriptions of things repeated over and over again with flowery words... adding nothing to the story itself.

The plot was decent, it only took me meeting the bad "guy" twice to figure out what the outcome was going to be, but the resolution was a good one.

Best parts of the book... the monkey and the little girl.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Date With the Other Side by Erin McCarthy

Light fluffy read with cute characters. This is the third book I have read from this author and they are all pretty good reads. Entertaining but not fabulous. This book takes place in Cuttersville Ohio, the most haunted town in Ohio. The first scene is very vivid and hooks you from the moment the heros member is caught in the holes of an antique knit coverlet. I really loved the heroine's ex-husband too. I hope that he and Amanda (the hero's boss' daughter) are highlighted in related books.

4 stars!

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter

If you are fans of the early Anita Blake books, this one has the same sort of feel to it. The plot: Aliens live among us. There are many species that have entered our planet through portholes.. think... Stargate. They have abilities that the humans can't match, so an elite task force is created in local police forces to hunt bad aliens down and eliminate them.

Our heroine is one such hunter. Her name is Mia Snow and she has the requisite horrible background making her a very tough woman in a position of command in the Chicago PD. When her partner Dallas is injured saving her from certain death, she is forced to bargain with a very attractive alien for a way to cure him.

The mystery isn't really the key to this story's success. It's more about building the world and learning about Mia. This book could kick off a really long series if treated the right way. The writing flowed and the story engrossed. Thumbs up for this first Huntress book from Showalter.

4 1/2 stars!