Friday, May 21, 2010


Alright y'all--I'm transferring the posts from here to my regular blog, because I keep forgetting that I even have this blog. I'll go ahead and keep the blog up, but I won't be posting here.

So, to read my reviews, go HERE. <3

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Gosh, it's been a while! I'm so sorry I've been lacking over here--I have been reading (kinda) but I'm in the middle of moving from one place to a new place and the new one is...well, let's just say it needs a lot of work.

We've only just gotten the internet hooked up here at this place -- the internet is turned off at my current sleeping place, so reviews of recent reads will be forthcoming some time after the end of next week.

Recently finished (off the top of my head)

Vampire Diaries (The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury, The Dark Reunion)
The Amaranth Enchantment
The Iron Hunt

I know I finished others (quite a few others) but I can't remember at the moment. I will definitely be back in business before the end of the month, though, so expect me to return!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

Review: Eden's Hell

Title: Eden's Hell: I: The First
Genre: (Erotic) Romance
Author: Dawne Dominique

In the beginning... God created man and called him Adam, a fine specimen replicated in his own image. He then created woman to ease Adam's loneliness and named her Lillith. Unfortunately, God realized his mistake too late in giving woman free will, for she would rule her domain-not man. When Lillith left Adam, God created another for his first-born son, and gave her the name Eve and a kingdom called Eden, but by then it was too late, for he'd unleashed Hell into the world of man.

Dawne very sweetly sent me this E-Book a while back, an ARC for review, and I kept forgetting that I had it when I was switching all my files and such over to my new netbook from my monster of a laptop, F.R.E.D.

I finally managed to wedge in enough time to read Eden's Hell, and I did enjoy it.

Warning: This review contains spoilers. I couldn't find a way around it without just leaving it at "I enjoyed it." So read on only if you don't mind knowing the plot/some details!

I liked the overall plot--I particularly liked that she brought Lillith, Adam's first wife, into play. It's rare that she gets any screen time, even as a villain--she's usually a footnote with a cursory "she was disobedient, God replaced her, and now she's evil."

I don't like that Satrina's name didn't have a correlation to Lilith the way Addison/Adam, Eva/Eve did. It felt odd to me. I thought it was a bit strange that Addison took Eva to fancy places when Satrina was so hot to have Eva to herself. I'd have thought that Satrina would be fully capable of treachery, even with the Elders and the Alluminatae's rules, the Vampire Bible as set down by God and Lucifer (which, I did think was pretty darn cool). I also didn't quite understand why Satrina wanted her so much--she didn't know who Eva was, she was just some human morsel as far as Satrina was concerned...why go to so much trouble?

After centuries of living near each other without major conflicts, why pick this single girl to destroy everything?

I liked the fact that Eva didn't immediately fall into Addison's arms--she did fight to keep herself, and she didn't trust him right off the bat. He had to prove himself. It made the story more real to me.

Addison...there was a bit of a cliche with him--brooding older man who is inexplicably drawn to this sweet, (mostly) innocent girl. I did kind of think it was out of character when, nearing the end and he was telling Eva who he really was, who he used to be, he was a bit...preachy in how he spoke of God and his disobedience. And while I know that it's technically accurate, it didn't feel real for the strong character that Addison had been through the rest of the book.

The...three or four sex scenes in the book were a 10 out of 10 on the Oh My God Scale. If there is one thing you cannot say about Dawne Dominique, it's that her sex scenes are timid or lacking in any area. She doesn't flinch from using naughty phrases and giving you the nitty gritty of the down n' dirty.

The ending was a shock--and I admit that I was both disappointed and satisfied, if that makes sense. I liked that they (obviously) ended up together. I didn't like the loose end of Satrina--it could be foreshadowing for later books (I hope so) or it's a plotline that ends there (I hope not.).

Taking everything into account, I'd have to give this book a 3.5 rating. It was a good set-up book, and I enjoyed it, but there were things that kept me from going "Wow!"

Sunday, March 14, 2010

On The Shelf (4)

This is my first In My Mailbox meme, which I've titled On The Shelf despite the fact that most of my books are pretty spread around. *wince*

I've actually picked up a few books the past few days, and I can't wait to dive into them once I've caught myself up on reviews and such. (I have been beyond slacking.)

Demon hunter Maxine Kiss wears her armor as tattoos, which unwind from her body to take on forms of their own at night.
They stand between her and her enemies, just as Maxine stands between humanity and the demons breaking out from behind the prison veils.
It is a life lacking in love, reveling in death, until one momentaand one mana changes everything.

I read the excerpt to this book's sequel a few months back and it caught my attention enough that I remembered it on Thursday and decided to find it. I only had enough to get the first one (since I was getting the rest of the Cal Leandros books), but I'm really excited to get started reading it.

In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named.

Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve that star and bring it back for her.

It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

This isn't the same edition that I have since the library gave me a hardcover copy. I've seen the movie (I hadn't known it was based on a book until afterward.) and I thought it was pretty good. (Cross dressing Robert's hard to get better than that, my friends.)

It's time to lock, load, and hit the road...

Once, while half-human Cal Leandros and his brother Niko were working on a case, an ancient gypsy queen gave them a good old-fashioned backstabbing. Now, just as their P.I. business hits a slow patch, the old crone shows up with a job.

She wants them to find a stolen coffin that contains a blight that makes the Black Death seem like a fond memory. But the thief has already left town, so the Leandros brothers are going on the road. And if they're very, very lucky, there might even be a return trip...

Ahhh, the Leandros boys. I do love this series, and I only started it last month. I picked up Moonshine, Madhouse, and Deathwish as well....but they aren't on my To Be Read pile anymore. I bought them last Thursday, and damned if I didn't devour them within 48 hours. I started Roadkill today, and I make no promises on how long I'll be able to keep from absorbing it, but I can tell you right now: I'll be rereading this series many times. (I also got my dad started on them too. *grin*)

For Grace, one yellow-eyed wolf is a chilling presence in the woods behind her house.

During winter, Sam lives in the frozen woods and the silent company of a fearless girl.

In summer, he lives a few precious months as a human.

Soon, Grace and Sam find themselves risking everything to remain together.

Frankie Diane was doing a giveaway for Linger, the sequel to Shiver, a little while back, and when she found out I had yet to read this, she demanded that I procure it immediately, so I ordered it from the library, and picked it up on Thursday along with Stardust. I've already started reading it, and I'll say it isn't what I had expected, so far.

I also have my very own....Fedora Hat!!!

Me in my Fedora.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


I suck, I know! I was supposed to post the reviews for The Hunger Games books and the 2nd half of Percy Jackson books...and I didn't. *hangs head in shame* This month has been like molasses mixed with ether--slow and sleepy. (Does that even make sense?)

This Thursday, the parentals are taking me to a play that's going on up at Southeastern University calling "Parking Lot Babies." This'll be the third play I've been to (not including the Opera they held) and I can't wait!

I'm hoping to cash the check my grandfather sent for Christmas last year so I can pick up a few books while we're in Hammond. If I do manage it, I'll be picking up the rest of the Cal Leandros series. I've already got book 1, but I'm dying for the rest.

I'm also looking for up-coming book challenges--preferably ones that have yet to start, so I have time to get ready--so if any of y'all find any, let me know!

I have to do more with this place. Gods know I've got plenty of time on my hands! Just need to get off my butt. I'm a fast reader, but a slow writer. *blush*

Coming (at some point) this month:

Review: Percy Jackson & The Olympians Part 2
Review: Eden's Hell (E-Book / Donation) (because I totally forgot that I had it! Sorry Dawne! I am so on this, I promise!)

PS: There's a new meme going around, called Book Blogger Hop, held on Fridays to find new book blogs! Here's the info:

Hey book bloggers! Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on!

Now, I follow a lot of blogs and I haven't seen this feature yet, so if someone else is doing a Book Blog Hop, please let me know!! I don't want to step on any toes or anything!

So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this, sign MckLinky below, and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!!