Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The 8th Confession ~ James Patterson

You can find Mr. Patterson’s books at any online or brick and mortar retailer, as well as drug stores, groceries and places like Target.

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As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women's Murder Club series, The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can.

So, I’ve had this love/hate relationship with James Patterson since I read my first Alex Cross novel quite a few years ago.  See, he writes these amazing stories but he breaks them up into itty bitty chapters.  Why is this a bad thing?  Well, mainly it’s a bad thing because you find yourself sitting there, at nearly nine o’clock at night thinking, “Hmmm, it’s only three pages… I can do one more chapter.”  Before you know it, it’s creeping up on eleven o’clock and five thirty AM is staring you in the face.  I literally devour each and every one of his books that I’m presented with.  And this was no exception.

As per usual, you have your main mystery coupled with at least one side story, to keep you guessing as well as entertained.  However, he really outdid himself this time as there were two side stories as well as the personal interactions of the Women’s Murder Club, plus Lindsay’s partner, Rich, to think about.  But in true James Patterson style, he wove all three stories, as well as the continuing story of the Women’s Murder Club, into one seamless tale by the end. 

I love the way he works in not just the way Lindsay interacts with her friends – Cindy, Claire, and Yuki – but also their personal lives, like including Claire’s family and Lindsay’s relationship with Joe.  It rounds out the characters and brings their choices and decisions into a more realistic light.  Not only that, but I find it fun to know everything I can about a character.  For me, that’s what brings them fully to life. 

There are only two complaints in regards to this book.  1) There wasn’t nearly enough Lindsay/Claire interaction for my tastes.  I love the way that Claire mothers her and Lindsay lets her.  2) Cindy.  She’s always been a bit on the annoying side for my tastes, but knowing that she’s a reporter, I’ve always tried to put it to the side, blaming it on her doing what needed to be done to get her story.  However, as far as I’m concerned, there were points in this book where she was a raving biotch, to put it lightly.  And while you can chalk it up to being passionate about her cause, there wasn’t ever really any reason for it, other than Cindy being Cindy.

That said, everything else about The 8th Confession was awesome.  There were surprises along the way and a lot of good times. You laugh, you cry, you shout out in disbelief or frustration.  If there was ever a master of the rollercoaster emotion, it is James Patterson. 

And thus, one more reason I have such a love/hate relationship with the man.  Should I ever meet him, I’m afraid I’d hug him, stomp on his toes, and then hug him again. 

I’d like to think that he’d understand why, too.

DISCLAIMER: I borrowed this book from the library, free of charge, via my Kindle.  I did it solely out of my misguided love for Lindsay Boxer and her dog, Martha.

DUMB BLOGGER’S SIDENOTE: I just noticed that instead of ‘serial killer’ my tag reads ‘serial killeer’. I guess that’s a killer with an accent.  LOL!

~TCBL

Friday, October 21, 2011

D is for Deadbeat ~ Sue Grafton

This series started when I was nine.  The newer books should be available in libraries and bookstores everywhere.  Some of the older ones you might have to scour a used bookstore or find online.

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When Alvin Limardo walks into P.I. Kinsey Millhone's office, she smells bad news. He wants Kinsey to deliver $25,000. The recipient: A fifteen-year-old boy. It's a simple matter. So simple that Kinsey wonders why he doesn't deliver the money himself. She's almost certain something is off. But with rent due, Kinsey accepts Limardo's retainer against her better judgment…

When Limardo's check bounces, Kinsey discovers she's been had big time. Alvin Limardo is really John Daggett--an ex-con with a drinking problem, two wives to boot, and a slew of people who would like to see him dead. Now Kinsey is out four hundred dollars and in hot pursuit of Daggett.

When Daggett's corpse shows up floating in the Santa Teresa surf, the cops rule the death an accident. Kinsey thinks it's murder. But seeking justice for a man who everyone seemed to despise is going to be a lot tougher than she bargained for--and what awaits her at the end of the road is much more disturbing than she could've ever imagined…

I accidentally stumbled across R is for Ricochet several years ago while perusing the local library.  Little did I know that that one book would open up a world of mystery for me.  I have since gone back to the beginning and started the series in the order it was meant to be read.  However, if you’re impatient, so far as I can tell, you can read them as stand-alones with only minor references to previous books.

Each novel in the Kinsey Millhone series gets better as we go along.  The mysteries become more tangled and the characters more devious and varied.  One of the biggest draws to this series for me is is the setting.  Having grown up and become a real person in the eighties, I find it fun to watch her walk around town, call everyone and even use the library resources to get the information she needs.  Makes you look at today’s private investigators and think, “Man, they’ve got it easy – they’ve got the Internet!” 

While I had some idea of who the killer was starting about halfway through, I was still shocked at the outcome of Kinsey’s investigations.  I never dreamed it would end the way it did, although in retrospect, it doesn’t surprise me much (now).  Kinsey’s leaps of intuition and her cleverness, however, keep you guessing.  I enjoy that seed of doubt the author is constantly planting in your mind. You’re reading along and screaming silently, “The butler did it! I know he did!” and then you turn the page and think, “Wait, maybe the maid did it…”  That’s a great mystery writer for you.  And who knows, maybe the butler did do it.

I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.     

The Hunger Games ~ Suzanne Collins

You can find this book online or at any major bookstore, Target, or wherever you find books.  Seriously.  I’ve seen it at the grocery store for heaven’s sake.

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In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

This book has interested me since I first saw it sitting in the bookstore one day.  After so many of my friends simply raved about how wonderful it was, I had to try it out for myself as well.  When I discovered Amazon.com had the trilogy for the Kindle priced at $4.38, I jumped on it, figuring that if I only read the first of the three novels, I’d still come out ahead (the first book alone was priced over that for Kindle).

There is a lot to love about this book.  The characters are refreshing and encouraging.  Despite living in poverty, they take matters into their own hands and find a way to survive and even, possibly be happy.  They don’t dwell too much on how awful their life is, although their hatred for the Capitol is vivid and understandable.  The characters also evolve quite a bit during the span of the novel, which is a huge plus in my book. 

However, there are a few issues as well.  The resolution of several plot points was overly predictable and while not a wholly awful thing, sometimes that ending you expected is what you needed, in this situation, I think there could have been better resolution.  Despite a bit of a shock at the ending, the ending itself left me a little wanting.  My biggest issue, and this might just have been me and not the author’s writing, but I found two or three places where I was lost and wasn’t sure if Katniss was talking to the reader, or talking aloud to whomever she was with at the time.  I found myself having to backtrack on a couple occasions and re-read a page or two to clear things up.

All in all, this was still a very good book and was well worth the time I spent reading it.  It’s the kind of novel that makes you think and that can only lead to good things, right?  I’m looking forward to reading the next in this series as well and have it waiting on my Kindle at home.   

Warnings: If you are giving this to your teen to read, I’d definitely recommend it for older teens, fifteen and older maybe, because of the level and amount of violence involved. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Forbidden Mind ~ Kimberly Kinrade

You can find Kimberly Kinrade here and you can purchase this book here or at Amazon

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She reads minds.
He controls minds.
Together, they might get out alive.

Sam thinks she's months away from freedom. After spending her life in a secret school, rented out to the rich and powerful as a paranormal spy, she is ready to head to college like any normal eighteen-year-old.

Only Sam isn't normal. She reads minds. And just before her big going-away party, she links to the mind of a young man who changes everything.

Drake wasn't raised as a 'Rent-A-Kid.' He was kidnapped and taken there by force. But his exceptional physical strength and powers of mind control make him very dangerous, especially to Sam.

When they meet, Sam is forced to face the truth of her situation, and to acknowledge that not all is as it seems in her picture-perfect world. For what awaits her on her eighteenth birthday isn't a trip to college, but an unexpected nightmare from which she may not be able to escape.

To survive, they must work together.

But will their powers be enough to save them before it's too late?

The array of young adult novels available in today’s bookstores is getting better and better.  Forbidden Mind is further proof of this for me.  The author takes a familiar theme – children with superpowers – and twists it into a new and exciting story filled with surprises, horrors, and a touch of romance. 

Sam is a pretty strong and gritty sort of heroine.  She’s always been one to follow the rules, just so long as the rules made sense.  When her beliefs are suddenly challenged, she is forced to adapt and rethink on her feet, something she’s always been good at. 

Drake is, even at the end of the story, still a bit of a mystery, but that’s okay.  Why?  Because what you do learn about him, and his past, endears him to you in a way that you can’t deny.  He’s like a battered and abused stray animal – you take him in and nurse him to health first, then you ask the pertinent questions.  There’s more to know about him, for certain, and I’m eager to see just what it is.

Forbidden Mind will capture your interest from the first page.  It’s fast-pace and intense storyline will pull you in and hold your attention until you’ve read to the very last word.  Despite the fact the novel ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, you won’t be disappointed either.  The author does an excellent job of bringing you to a stopping point without giving away all her secrets.  A definite must-read for both teens and adults alike. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Waking Hours ~ Lis Wiehl

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In small town East Salem something frightening is coming to life. When a teenage girl is found brutally murdered, forensic psychologist Dani Harris is called in to unravel the mystery. With the help of her old high school crush, Tommy Gunderson, they set out to find out just who – or quite possibly, what – could have committed such a nasty crime.

I loved everything about this novel. From the author’s voice, to her interesting characters and suspenseful plot, you are not left wanting for anything but for them to solve the murder. I also found it fascinating that, despite being very devout, Tommy never thought twice about considering a more paranormal culprit behind the murders. In a similar vein, even though Dani is a psychologist and lives her life based in the reality of the facts at hand, she is only a tiny bit reluctant to take things on faith and ‘go with her gut’, so to speak. It was a nice and realistic view of how people of both faith and science can make room for things they normally wouldn’t for a common cause.

This was my first novel by this author, but I can guarantee that this won’t be my last. I’m hoping to read more about Dani and Tommy in the very near future.

Disclaimer: As per FTC regulations, I was offered a complimentary copy of the above novel from BookSneeze® in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Hometown Hero Returns ~ Beth Kery

You can find Beth here and buy her book online at eHarlequin or at any major bookstore.

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At eighteen, Marianna Itani thought she'd found the man of her dreams in Marc Kavanaugh, the quintessential boy-next-door. That perfect romance flew to pieces when an unspeakable tragedy tore them apart. Yet when Marc appeared in her life fifteen years later, the sparks that flew were as explosive as the day they first met.

Now their reignited passion was changing their lives in more ways than one: Mari was pregnant! She was set on putting the pain of the past behind her—not reopening scars that had never truly healed. And their baby might bring these star-crossed lovers back together—forever!

I’ve long been a fan of Ms. Kery’s erotic work and was excited to see a new branch in her already successful career.  Writing for Harlequin is very different from writing for nearly any other publisher on the planet because when you pick up any Harlequin novel, you know exactly what you’re getting.  Or you would, if you ever actually read them (unlike me, for the most part… but you won’t hold that against me, right?  Right?).

The theme of this novel is a familiar one.  Love lost at a young and tender age due to unforeseen – and uncontrollable – circumstances beyond the control of the hero and heroine.  Then, miraculously, after many years, the couple finds one another and is offered a second chance.  A very popular and often enjoyable storyline.  One I enjoy greatly because, at one time or another, we’ve all needed that second chance.  But Ms. Kery adds a special, emotional twist to this familiar theme and brings you into the story, heart and soul.   

The struggles that Mari and Marc face in making their second chance as successful as they both deserve are ones we all encounter on a regular basis – things in our past causing doubts, our family’s disapproval, the uncertain future with someone you once loved but are only just rediscovering.  But what makes this story so special is the forgiveness involved before the healing can start.  The absolute strength on Mari’s part to forget the past and be able to move on.  Marc’s unrelenting courage to face his past and make good on something that was never his fault. 

On the inside cover of this novel is this: Life, love and family!  These contemporary romances will strike a chord with you as the heroines juggle life and relationship on their way to true love.  This is, I’m guessing, the tag line for Harlequin’s Special Edition line and, let me tell you, this novel definitely did strike a chord with me in more ways than you’ll ever know.  Having a baby and being unable to break the news to anyone, the destruction that was wrought because of the addiction Marc’s father suffered from, the unbearable weight of having to bear responsibility of the actions of another person… it all hit home in a way that I hadn’t expected.  And the last two pages of the book?  Yeah, they had me bawling like a child missing her favorite teddy bear.  The faith, the hope, the undying love of a person with such a pure heart was more than I could bear.  I couldn’t recommend this book any more highly.    

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sharin’ the Lurve…

I’ve mentioned on various occasions that I have a co-worker who loves me.  Every now and then, I arrive at work to find something like this:

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Yeah.  Five books sitting on my desk!  How cool is that?  Four of the five were Star Trek related while one was Tolkien. 

The rundown:

The Star Trek Reader ~ James Blish

The Book of Lost Tales ~ J. R. R. Tolkien

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Imzadi ~ Peter David

Star Trek: Enterprise – The First Adventure ~ Vonda N. McIntyre

Star Trek Memories ~ William Shatner with Chris Kreski

So, it looks like I’m in for a bunch of fun reading.  While not a huge Star Trek fan, I do enjoy the many universes traveled between the series.  That, and well, you know me… I’ll read just about anything.

Until later,

TCBL

Christian Encounters Series: J. R. R. Tolkien

This book can be purchased from Amazon.com, Thomas Nelson Publishers, or any major book retailer.

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Fantasy lovers all over the world know who J. R. R. Tolkien is and what he wrote. But what we don’t know is why he brought Middle Earth to the world around us. Nor, did we have any clue what inspired him to create the characters we so dearly love. This short yet informative biography answers all those questions and sheds light on many things I’d never even thought about before now.

Having fallen in love with The Hobbit as a kid, I was fascinated by all the hardships and changes Tolkien endured during his lifetime. From surviving World War I to fighting for the right to marry the woman he loved, he met every obstacle with the faith of a true believer and the patience of a man with a greater plan. His dedication, bordering on obsession, to only produce the absolute perfect work, also shows through in his writing.

J. R. R. Tolkien will forever be an inspiration to this writer’s heart. He gave his all to bring both his faith and the love of the written word to all that surrounded him. In my world, there is no greater accomplishment.

Note: As per the FTC’s new regulations, I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze® in exchange for this review.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Fanfic: Extremely Lazy Napping

Title: Extremely Lazy Napping
Author: Mel (accordingtomel)
Characters/Pairings: Jeff/Chip
Rating: PG
Word Count: 2,176

Disclaimer: All fake. Every word. No offense is meant to anyone in this fic or anyone reading it. I’m just having fun.

Prompt: #144 – Jeff/Chip cuddles after a show on the bus.

Author’s note: Once again, written for the Whose-a-Thon challenge over at wl_fanfiction. I can’t thank my beta, adelagia, enough for her feedback and suggestions with this. You make my fics about a billion times better, so thank you, hon!

Now, while, for the most part, I stay away from RPF (real people fiction), I have stumbled across this author’s Live Journal account and have fallen in love with the way she handles these two particular comedians.  She is so totally spot on with her characterizations of these two that you can’t help but love every word of her fics. 

So, does this mean that you shouldn’t read it, or won’t be interested if you don’t have any idea who the two of them are?  Absolutely not.  Why?  Because the situations that she puts them into are so real-to-life and so relatable that you can easily fall into the story and forget that you’re supposed to know who they are.  She’s just that good. 

So, go forth and enjoy!

*Side Note: Thought about this when adding tags… while this story does depict a possible relationship between two men, there isn’t anything graphic involved.  No kissing, no smexy stuff, just cuddling.  Yeah.  Cuddling.  Of the best sort.

~Your Crazy Fanfic Addicted Lady

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Books, Books, Books... And Mobile Apps

Found a Blogger app for my Andriod phone, so I thought I'd have a little fun with it.

Some of the things in my TBR pile - mostly new.



Monday, June 13, 2011

Fanfic: Casey vs. Human Elements

I stumbled upon this lovely author’s writing by chance.  And now, I’m not even sure how, but I’m so very glad I did.  I started out as a reader and have since been lucky enough to become her beta. 

Anyway… Skye has just completed the second chapter/novella/what have you in yet another wonderful series of stories.  The first part, Casey vs. Redemption, can be found here, and while you don’t need to read it, you certainly won’t be sorry you had. 

The newly completed second installment, Casey vs. Human Elements, can be found here.  And, the even better news is, she’s already knee-deep in the next installment.  I can’t wait.

Some quick notes on the story:

Title: Casey vs. Human Elements

Author: skyesurfer12

Pairing: Chuck/Casey

Rating: PG-13 with moments of a very sweaty R.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go show her some lurve. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

From Peanuts to the Pressbox: Insider Sports Stories from a Life Behind the Mic ~ Eli Gold

This book can be purchase from Thomas Nelson Publishers here or at any major book retailer,such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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From Peanuts to Pressbox was an interesting and fun trip through the trials and successes that lead Eli Gold to go from mere sports fan to well-loved announcer. Come along with Mr. Gold as he recounts his budding desires as a kid and his eventual success in making his one true dream come true, finding a way to move out of the stadium and into the pressbox, where he knew he belonged.

I have long been a sports fan, having grown up in a family that lives and breathes sports of all kinds – baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis, you name it, we watch it – so Eli Gold’s story was an instant draw for me. His sheer determination and desire to become a broadcaster intrigued me while his come-what-may attitude surprised me. Not once did he ever let things get him down. With each bump in the road, he just picked himself up, brushed off the dust, and moved forward. In addition to his inspiring determination, he treats us to many funny and interesting stories from behind the scenes of the many teams he’s worked for over the years, giving you a better idea of just what some of these minor league athletes –and broadcasters – have to endure on their way to the big leagues.

It doesn’t matter what sport you call your favorite. If you’ve ever loved a game of any kind, and if you’ve ever had that favorite voice behind the team, then you will enjoy Eli Gold’s story and all of the stories from behind the mic.

*A copy of this book was provided, free of charge, by BookSneeze®, for review purposes.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Strange Neighbors ~ Ashlyn Chase

You can find Strange Neighbors and it’s sequel, The Werewolf Upstairs at any major bookstore or online retailer.  You can find Ms. Chase here.

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He's looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance...
There's never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field...

A girl just wants to have fun...
Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry's not sure she's ready to trust him with her heart...especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.

Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs...

Okay, so I normally don’t include book trailers with my reviews, but while I was looking for Ms. Chase’s website, I saw that she’d included this on the page for the book I’d just finished.  So, I figured I’d give you an added reason to read this charming story.  Fun, huh?

Merry is one of those characters who can either be very endearing and relatable, or such a complete hot mess that you just want to slap.  See, she’s never been out on her own, having taken over the running of her family after the death of her mother.  While not very worldly, she’s not exactly na├»ve either, which is refreshing.  I loved Merry to no end, I was happy to see that she was not the kind of first-time-in-the-city girl that has no clue whatsoever.  Her innocence and lack of experience is charming and a natural part of her allure, instead of making her seem helpless and weak.  I think one of the things that helps with this is the fact that her romantic interest, Jason, finds her rural charm just that – charming.  In the end, however, she proves herself as an independent and strong woman with a mind of her own.  She’s a wonderful balance of fun and sexy, wrapped up in one woman.

Jason is my kind of guy all around.  Pro baseball pitcher, hunky, and carrying a secret.  Okay, so maybe I’m not all about the man in my life carrying deep, dark secrets, but in my fiction it’s just fine.  I was happy to find he wasn’t arrogant in any manner, but a good ol’ boy from Minnesota with his feet firmly on the ground.  Having  been all around the world, his experience balances out Merry’s inexperience in a good way.  They learn from each other and feed off the other’s emotions and actions in a way that real couples do.  Together they make a cute and believable couple.  And they’re not perfect, either.  Another nice touch.  She’s not immediately accepting of his dark secret, but they talk things out and make it work, like you would in the real world.  That, in my opinion, makes a story that much better. 

Strange Neighbors is a fantastic book that will provide something for your every need.  The first thing you notice is the author’s wonderful sense of humor.  You won’t go for more than a page or two without a giggle of some kind, and most likely a full out laugh.  The second thing you notice is that the building they live in?  Yeah, it’s peopled with nothing but the oddest of critters – a ghost, shifters of every kind, a couple of witches, and a vampire in the basement.  Lastly, you are sucked in and held by the wonderful budding relationship between Jason and Merry.  And I don’t mean just the sex – although that by itself is a reason to read this novel, hot, steamy and very satisfying – but the whole ritual of finding and getting to know someone well enough to fall.  I love how all the elements of this story work together to build a better and more complete world.  I also loved the fact that the shifters in the building aren’t the kind you’d expect, either.  All in all, there’s not anything you’ll find to disagree with here. 

And now, if you’ll excuse me… I’ve got The Werewolf Upstairs loaded on my Kindle, just waiting for me… (PSSST… it’s $2.36 at Amazon right now, go buy the sequel!)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Friday Bookmark 01-07-11

Finished:

None

In Progress:

The Water Wars by Cameron Starcher – print/hardback - 75%

Ill Wind, Weather Warden book 1 by Rachel Caine – audiobook – 45%

Up Next:

Merely Magic by Patricia Rice – print/paperback – 344 pages

Hades’ Daughter, The Troy Game book 1 by Sara Douglass – print/paperback – 658 pages

Princess, Princess Volume 2 by Mikio Tsuda – print/paperback – 200 pages

Wolf Shield, Eternal Blood book 1 by Maria Isabel Pita – eBook – 50 pages

I feel like I’m missing something, but I won’t really know until I get back to work Monday.  Oh well.  If I did, it’ll just end up on next week’s list, right?

~The Crazy Book Lady

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2010 Reading Log

I don’t normally blog a list of my yearly reads, however, since I keep track for my reviewing, I thought I’d share a list of my reads for 2010.

Total books: 97

Total pages read: 21,792

Average pages per book: 224.7

The List:

Title                       Author                  Pages

Devil's Cub                                                          Georgette Heyer             310

Love Not Forgotten                                        Ellen Ashe                           216

Death du Jour                                                    Kathy Reichs                      451

The Scarlet Lion                                               Elizabeth Chadwick         549

Silver Bells                                                           Hunter Raines                   82

Reparation in Blood                                        Ariel Tachna                       332

Feral Heat                                                           Lacey Savage                     343

Freaksville                                                           Kitty Keswick                    327

The Enchanted Flute                                      Nichelle Gregory              21

GRRR!                                                                   Reese Johnson                 28

Black Legacy                                                       Juliana Stone                     48

Pas de Deux                                                       Fiona Jayde                        68

Beta Read                                                                                                           416

The Witchy Ways of Abbie Adams            Rhonda Hayter                  242

When Good Wishes Go Bad                        Mindy Klasky                     344

Heat Wave                                                          Richard Castle                    198

Cold Victory                                                        Fiona Jayde                        104

Saving Sarah                                                       Michele Bardsley             84

Uncertain Magic                                               Laura Kinsale                      480

Donny's Day                                                       Brandon Brentson           62

Love Bites Back                                                 Christopher  Newman   42

In Flesh and Stone                                           Hal Bodner                          366

For the Love of the Dead                              Hal Bodner                          203

Forest Heart                                                       Liberty Stafford                164

Immortal                                                             P. C. Cast & Others          185

Something Terrible Happened…              Marci Stillerman               200

Talk Dirty to Me                                                Jack Greene                       27

Last of the Vhalgens                                       Kayelle Allen                      35

C is for Corpse                                                   Sue Grafton                       213

Coraline                                                               Neil Gaiman                       162

Plain Brown Wrapper                                     Shelby Morgan                 261

The Mobius Striptease                                  Carolyn Haley                    349

The Spy Who Snagged Me                           Dakota Cassidy                  249

Our Sacred Balance                                         Marguerite Labbe            293

Stringz                                                                  Michael Wenberg            216

Vampire Kisses                                                 Ellen Schreiber                  272

Grave Peril                                                          Jim Butcher                        378

Downfall                                                              Elene Lewis                        63

The Apprentice's Touch                                Mary Winter                      72

Mistress for Marcos                                        Ellen Ashe                           29

Goldeneyes                                                       Delia Latham                      263

Kissing Coffins                                                   Ellen Schreiber                 224

Unholy Embrace                                               Neil Benson                        204

Velvet Cataclysm                                             Beth Kery                            170

Girl Gone Nova                                                 Paulline Baird Jones        434

The Celtic God Who Loved Her                  Selene Noreen                 44

On the Beat of Passion                                  Crystal Brewton                158

The Art of Running in the Rain                    Garth Stein                         321

33 A.D.                                                                  David McAfee                   277

Shane                                                                   Crystal Brewton                29

Beta Read                                                                                                           411

Karma Bites                                                        Stacy Kramer/Valerie Thomas    352

Holly's Inbox                                                      Holly Denham                    736

Transylvania, Louisiana                                  Evelyn Smith                      90

Holly's Inbox: Scandal in the City               Holly Denham                  535

Blockade Billy                                                     Stephen King                    132

Deadly Decisions                                              Kathy Reichs                      301

Umbrosus                                                           James Herring                   362

7th Heaven                                                         James Patterson              353

The Fugitive Countess                                   Anne Herries                     280

To Catch a Killer                                               Kimberly Van Meter       216

The Point                                                             Victoria Blisse                    47

Going Bovine                                                     Libba Bray                           480

Kiss Me Before I Die                                       Rena Marks                        127

Black Destiny                                                     Juliana Stone                     57

Crossroads                                                          Keta Diablo                         73

Crossroads: Showdown                                 Keta Diablo                         67

Crossroads: Shadowland                              Keta Diablo                         66

Crossroads: Revisted                                      Keta Diablo                         79

Sizzling Sixteen                                                 Janet Evanovich               320

The Secret Society of the Pink…                Risa Green                          320

Princess Princess Volume 1                         Mikiyo Tsuda                     208

Black Magic Lover                                            Cynthia Cooke                   281

Chivalrous Captain Rebel Mistress            Diane Gaston                    281

The Abused Werewolf Group                    Catherine Jinks                 418

Witch Wolf                                                          Winter Pennington         242

Hope in Patience                                              Beth Fehlbaum                 312

Whitechapel Road                                           Wayne Mallows               300

Vampire Island                                                  Adele Griffin                    129

Beta Read                                                                                                           406

Half Bitten                                                           P. J. Hawkinson                332

Stopping Point                                                  Victoria Blisse                    78

Dark and Disorderly                                        Bertina Harris                     262

The Accidental Highland Hero                     Terry Spear                        125

Prequel: Zuko's Story                                     Avatar Manga                    144

Ivan and Marya                                                 Anna Kashina                     174

The Last Airbender                                          Avatar Manga                    128

Moonstruck Madness                                    Laurie McBain                    365

The Surgeon                                                      Tess Gerritson                   350

Eternity and a Day                                           Aline Hunter                      219

Voices in the Dark                                            Lacey Savage                     48

Bloodsucking Vegas                                        J. J. Wylie                           170

Consequences                                                  M. Flagg                               405

Jasmine                                                               Crystal Brewton                165

Shelter From the Storm                               Samantha Sommersby 150

Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale     M. R. Sellars                       56

Colter's Wife                                                      Maya Banks                        32

Okay, and so yeah, I know, the formatting is a bit skewed, but if you had any idea how much I fought with this list, you’d understand why I just don’t care any longer.  LOL

So, is anything familiar on that list?  Anything that interests you?  Let me know!