August 26, 2008

A Crusade video and hiatus

How do the serious/regular bloggers do it? I've not had time to keep up with posting - I'm taking a break, but will still read and maybe comment elsewhere, hopefully. Finding new authors and feeding my TBR list won't change.

Moving on to something far more interesting, especially for Crusaders...

Richard Armitage had a birthday recently. Here's a great North and South video created to celebrate that fact, which might be of particular interest to those who are fans of the book - it uses a short audio clip of him reading from the novel.


August 13, 2008

A book trailer

I don't usually pay much attention to book trailers, which are popular now. But this one for Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas caught my eye. And with the buzz about her recent release Delicious, I think both books will move higher on my to read list now.



July 31, 2008

reading roundup

Letters to a Secret Lover by Toni Blake

A random library find, and a good one at that. This was in the new paperbacks section, so I got to read it first and crease the spine. Thumbs up from me – it was scorching and there were some twists like the Gina reveal I didn't see coming.

Small town Montana folk welcome Chicago advice columnist Lindsey when she comes to check out Moose Falls after a humiliating, public ending to her engagement back home. Her great aunt Millie lived there and wanted to leave her business and property to Lindsey, but Lindsey originally turned down the request. Now that her aunt has passed away, and needing to get away from all the public attention, Lindsey reconsiders and comes to Moose Falls to convince the current owner to sell it back to her. Enter Rob, the handsome, mysterious current owner with a secret past. Animal-print hotness follows.

The pacing picks up in the last half. I ended up reading it in one day, staying up into the wee hours to finish because most of the plot twists are later in the book and I needed to know how it all ended.

Cover nitpick: why is there a horse? There's a bear, but no horse appearance whatsoever in the book.





The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

notes: young adult

Turn of the 19th century Manhattan (party like it’s 1899), where sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland are central to this teen tale. I’ll admit, this went on my to read list based on the cover.

Overall, it was okay – I found myself not very interested in Elizabeth that much; Diana was the more appealing Holland sister to me. The way the book is structured, jumping back in time from the opening made the ending no surprise. I’m not sure if the intent was for the ending to be a big reveal, or if it was about the journey, knowing the end result. Still, I’m interested enough to continue with the series to see what happens to Diana, rival/friend Penelope, suitor Henry, and former Holland maid Lina. The second book in the series is
Rumors and the third book is supposed to come out in fall 2009.

And I saw recently that the library already put
A Wallflowers Christmas in their catalogue. I'm number eight, I think it was, for requests so I should be in the first batch of people to receive it.

July 25, 2008

chocolate

I remember coming across Kit Kats that had short sayings stamped right into the chocolate, and lately I've been into Kinder Bueno and the individually wrapped Dove chocolates. The foil wrappers have bits of advice:







July 22, 2008

Quick book thoughts

The prince trilogy by Elizabeth Hoyt

It seems that many people liked The Serpent Prince the most, but the dueling thing didn’t really grab me. Still, an enjoyable read. The Leopard Prince I would have liked more without the whole sheep mystery angle, but I really liked Harry and Georgina together. The Raven Prince requires a certain level of disbelief – he doesn’t recognise her despite the half face mask? But even with that, I thought it was a good read. Overall, a pretty compelling series: I read each book more or less in one go and they were all smokin'. *fans self.* I read them out of order with The Serpent Prince first, but it hardly mattered, there’s not a lot of mention of the other men in each book. I get the buzz now and the new series has moved higher on my to read list.


Moon Shadow by Lucinda Betts

This sounded intriguing from the summary, but the system of magic didn’t really work for me, and I mostly skimmed through this. Sokaris is a love wizard, in need of a magical apprentice to aid her in casting her spells and making potions, etc. In particular, she's working on something to help rape victims, as there have been a string of recent cases. Gage is a low-ranking level wizard
whose marriage has broken down because of his alcoholism. He's looking for a job and answers Sokaris' help-wanted ad. Despite the hot factor, the technical/scientific take of the magic and spell casting didn't appeal to me (protein receptors, molecules and the like – kinda made by eyes glaze over.)


Royal Brotherhood series by Sabrina Jeffries

An okay series, I think it got better as it went along. Three men find out they are half brothers with the same biological father, The Prince of Wales. The last book,
One Night With a Prince is the only one that I'll probably be able to remember down the road. Is it just me who gets into the habit of reading a series back-to-back? I gotta say, I was quite tired of seeing the word ‘impudent’ by the end of the third book. Suggestions from MS Word thesaurus: insolent, brazen, impertinent, presumptuous.

 
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