Thursday, January 28, 2010

Book Review: Dark Slayer

Dark Slayer by Christine Feehan

Thoughts: I love the Carpathian books and wish they came out more often. It is a combination of a story about two people who fall in love and are soul mates and the overall story of what is happening to that race of people. In fact over time it seems like more and more of the story has to do with the overarching story then the smaller story of just their love story.

In this case I would probably start with an earlier book in the series then this one. But if you know anything about the Carpathians – I would definitely pick it up and read it.

What genre would you consider this?
Paranormal Romance


Monday, January 25, 2010

Book Review: Seducing an Angel

Seducing an Angel by Mary Balogh

Thoughts: How would you feel if the only reason for the romance starting up is that you need money or you will be left destitute (as well as your friends). So instead you find a man who is willing to pay you to be his mistress. But he is much more of a stand-up man so he won’t do it. He will give you the money but he won’t let you put yourself out that way.

It was nice to see “little” Stephen from the books about his sisters finally find the person he belonged with. I am really looking forward to what his cousin finds in a woman. She has to be someone special.

What genre would you consider this?
Historical Romance


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Book Review: Home Safe

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg

Thoughts: I couldn’t imagine living with a man for years and when he dies suddenly finding out that there is something about him that you don’t know about him. Something significant. It would take you to another level of despair when you are already trying to deal with things.

Add to that the way the mother/daughter relationship works for the two of them. It is fine to rely on people but to be that close – and unable to function on your own just seems odd to me.

I wouldn’t say this is a feel good book (I mean it starts out with a death) but it is a book about the progression of a person to being someone new. And the movement of someone into or out of your life will do that to you.

What genre would you consider this?
Family Dynamics


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Book Review: Fail Nation

Fail Nation

If you have ever read Fail Blog and found it to be amusing then this is the book for that person. There is not a lot of reading but there will be a lot of chuckling. At least that is how I found it. There were many times I found it laugh out loud funny.

The photos that are found in this book make you wonder – what were people thinking. (In some cases at least I can figure out maybe what they originally thought – even if it wasn’t what they did.)

What genre would you consider this?
Coffee table book


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Book Review: A Rogue of My Own

A Rogue of My Own by Johanna Lindsey

Description: Rebecca Marshall has been granted an honor few women are - a lady in Queen Victoria's court. But every court is surrounded in intrigue. In this case the intrigue involves Rupert St. John. Rupert can't trust that Rebecca has his interests at heart. So when a liason between the two of them turns out to be everything he could ever have wanted what is he to do.

Thoughts: I love Johanna Lindsey (seems like all I am doing is reading authors I enjoy - maybe because very little else holds interest to me). And it is an ok book. Of course it has nothing to do with my favorite family - the Mallory's which could be part of it. Other then that it is a fun romance set in Victorian times.

What genre would you consider this?
Historical Romance


Friday, January 8, 2010

Book Review: Larger Than Life

Larger than Life by Kay Hooper

Description: Singer Saber Duncan arrived on the scene a little known act. Then disappeared. A few years later she reappeared and something changed. She is now much better then she had ever been before. What is her secret?

Fame means that biographer Travis Foxx is on her heels trying to figure out what her secrets are. But he swears he is in it for love - not for the story. Can Saber trust him with the truth about herself?

Thoughts: What happened to the Kay Hooper I loved. I can't tell you how many times I have read her paranormal books that are also mysteries. I LOVE them. In fact I even made my husband listen to them in the car. But I find this romance genre to fall a little flat.

What reporter would take the story of his life - fall immediately in love with someone (knowing nothing about them but what they sing and look like) and give it all up just to spend time with them? It just all happened to fast. Things get resolved eventually which was nice - but it was one of those books that I put down and waited until I felt like I should just go ahead and finish it. Even though I really didn't want to. That doesn't happen for me and books that I like even a little (I am way to impatient!).

What genre would you consider this?


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Book Review; The Wedding Girl

The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham (also known as Sophie Kinsella)

Description: Milly has it all. A wonderful fiance who loves her (even if he doesn't know the real her. A family that loves her (maybe a little too much at times). But what they don't know is she has a secret - she has been married before. But things have to work out for Milly - right? You see a family in turmoil as each member has their own secrets. But their intentions are all for the good. So they try to work out whatever they can - even if it means confronting their past.

Thoughts:I really enjoyed the Shopaholic Series and when I found out Madeleine and Sophie were the same authors I was looking forward to the book. It wasn't a bad book - but it really didn't interest me. The idea of a young to-be wife who lies to her fiance because she doesn't want him to know the real him has a touch of the Shopaholic in it. But the idea that things just get better (like still being married) without facing it -is just wrong. Maybe it is me that has changed instead of the writer. Because the plot in a lot of ways seems similar (substitute shopping for being married). I guess the major difference is you don't get to fall in love with this character before she sets herself up for a lifetime of things not working.

If you like chick lit set in England and you like the Shopaholic you might like this. Or you may be like me and find something missing.

What genre would you consider this?
Family Dynamics/Romance


Sunday, January 3, 2010

Book Review: Knock Out

Knock Out by Catherine Coulter

Description: Savich is contacted in a different way by seven year old Autumn Backman. He knows he has to help her and her mother. But he has his own mysteries to contend with before they hurt him or his family.

Autumn meanwhile comes in contact with Sherriff Ethan. He can’t help but believe the girl and her mother. They are scared and with perfect right. Uncle Blessed is on his way to do whatever he can to take the girl away from her mother. Uncle Blessed has his own powers. And what Ethan ends up seeing is a world he never would have believed in.

Thoughts: Catherine’s Sherlock and Savage books are always good. But they focus much more on the stories of catching these horrible people then on the romance of the characters. That is especially true in this book. Just being in each others presence is how they fall in love.

The paranormal twist to the thriller part of it is always different and interesting. I definitely will keep reading the series. Just expectations shouldn’t be that it is mostly romance – it is mostly a Sherlock and Savage book.

What genre would you consider this?