**And just an FYI: if you see a book listed on my blog that is part of a series, just go ahead and assume that I've read all the books, or am working on reading ALL the books within that series. I may not always list them on here but trust me - they were read.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Author: Diana Gabaldon

Let's see if I can explain this book..... on second thought - it might be better to give you what the author wrote on her website as her description of her own book.

       In 1946, after WWII, a young Englishwoman named Claire Beauchamp Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank.   She’s an ex-combat nurse, he’s been in the army as well, they’ve been separated for the last six years, and this is a second honeymoon; they’re getting re-acquainted with each other, thinking of starting a family.  But one day Claire goes out walking by herself, and comes across a circle of standing stones–such circles are in fact common all over northern Britain.  She walks through a cleft stone in the circle….and disappears.  Back into 1743, where the first person she meets is a gentleman in an 18th-century army officer’s uniform.  This gentleman, Jack Randall, looks just like her husband Frank–and proves to be Frank’s six-times-great-grandfather.
     Unfortunately, he also proves to be a sadistic bisexual pervert, and while trying to escape from him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Highland Scots, who are also trying to get away from Black Jack Randall–though for other reasons.
       In order to avoid being handed over to Captain Randall, Claire is obliged to marry one of the young clansmen.  So she finds herself trying to escape from Castle Leoch and her Scottish captors, trying to get back to her husband Frank, trying to avoid being recaptured by Captain Randall–and falling in love with Jamie Fraser, the young man she’s been forced to marry.   The story rolls on from there…

So there you have it. I know I enjoyed the book - but a warning to those who have over-active imaginations like myself.....do NOT read this book before bed. I had a really hard time sleeping after reading this book because of some of the things that happen, described in detail. I suggest putting it down and give yourself time to put other things in your mind to dream and think on.

Now....get to reading!

Lover Enshrined

Author: J.R. Ward

Ohhh....sweet Phury. Always sacrificing himself for others. Being a celibate you have to wonder why he chose to become Primale of the Chosen, the one obligated to create the sons and daughters of the race...

Cormina. Phury's Chosen First Mate, has a little bit of her own life to figure out as well. Being placed into the position she's in by the former Directrix, Phury isn't sure he can "take advantage" of her. But what he doesn't understand is that Cormina is falling for him. So he keeps her a safe distance away until he can stand it no longer, only to hate himself after for putting her in a position she can do nothing to change.

And John Matthew....one of my favorite Brother's. His story comes along too. His history is exposed (and if you don't know what that history is - I have NO intention of telling you here) to his friends and his enemy, Lash. Quinn takes matters in his own hands and make decisions that will change his life, and Lash's' forever.

If you haven't started reading The Black Dagger Brotherhood, jump on this bandwagon and get to reading! Seriously. It's really good. ;) Check out Ward's website for a chance to read chapters out of each of her books and see if it's something you would enjoy....although I know you'll love them as much as I do.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Last Sacrifice: A Vampire Academy Novel

Author: Richelle Mead

This, the last book in Rose Hathaway's journey, is the best ending to a series in my opinion. Although it does leave open some options for future books - Richelle Mead has made it clear that this was the last book for Rose and Lissa - but not necessarily the characters throughout the book. She's creating a "spin-off" from this one involving Adrian, Jill, Eddie and others. :)

So...Rose is accused of murdering the Queen. Locked in jail and awaiting trial that would likely be a death sentence is not how she pictured her life going once she rescued Dimitri. Being busted out by him, her father, and several guardians who believe that she's totally innocent wasn't expected either....but hey - she couldn't say "No thanks, I like the cave I'm in right now", could she.

So with that beginning we start that last tale. Rose and Dimitri are "on the run" just trying to hide from everyone long enough for Rose's friends to figure who's set her up for murder. But we ALL know Rose isn't one to just back and wait...she wants to help Lissa figure this out, and believes she knows the way to do so....if she can talk Dimitri into it.

Such a great book. All the books in this series were a lot of fun and easy to read. The next series involving some of these characters is due out August 23rd of this year. :)


Author: Carrie Jones

This is the third book in the 'Need' Series. It's a young adult novel and a quick, entertaining read. It's all about Pixies, Weres, Elves, Gods, and of course humans.

In this particular book we follow Zara as she tries to find a way to save Nick. He was killed in the last book but was technically 'saved' and taken to Vahalla since he was such a fierce warrior. Zara is desperate to get him but nervous too because Nick doesn't know she chose to become Pixie herself just so she could save him. And to top it off....not only is she just a Pixie, but she's Astley's Queen.

Astley has vowed to help Zara get her wolf back, if only to see her happy again, but that's not the only reason. He's got some dark secrets he's been keeping from her and if she finds out what they are...then what? Will his reign be over or will Zara forgive him?

Carrie Jones is a fun author to read. I'd suggest these books to anyone - young or not. The ONLY thing I don't like is having to wait for another one (but that's pretty much true for any book).... it'll be worth it though. :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Lover Unbound

Author: J.R. Ward

*giggles*.....The story of Vishous. Oh, could it get any better? I think NOT. Member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Vishous possesses a destructive curse and has the ability to see into the future. He is definitely not who you would want to piss off.

Never believing in the whole bonding ritual, let alone that he would ever find someone that would satisfy his urges, V finds himself confused when he wakes in a human hospital and is extremely territorial over the Doctor who saved him.

To top it off V finally meets his real Mom only to find out that he's the Chosen one who is supposed 'repopulate' the species as it were.

 J.R. Ward is at the top of my favorite authors list....perhaps I should make one of those and post it to my blog here?? I think I might.


Pale Demon

Author: Kim Harrison

This is the 9th book in the Rachel Morgan Series....and it's so hard to put down. I ♥ it.

In this book we continue Rachel's story. She's been shunned by her community as a 'Black Witch' and is scheduled to be at her hearing in just a matter of days. Getting there however is going to be a problem. Since the same witches who are in charge of her hearing are also gunning for her the whole way to California. And to top it of, Trent Kalamack has approached Rachel to accompany him to California as 'security ' for himself and for her. His thought is the witches after Rachel won't attack if he's with her.... a slight miscalculation on his part.

So the road trip begins. Will Rachel be banished to the EverAfter to live with Al or be pardoned for doing the Black Magic she's done in the past? Is Rachel truly a Black Witch, a Demon, or a White Witch who can just do Black Magic?? Rachel fights with herself over whether or not Trent is trustworthy, whether or not she's more a liability to her friends than not....and whether or not she can trust herself.

Such a great book!! I've already started buying the Ebooks as they come on sale. It's a series I could read over and over. Give Kim Harrison a try, she's awesome!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Lover Revealed : Black Dagger Brotherhood

Author: J.R. Ward

I ♥ J.R.Ward! *giggles*
This is the fourth book for the series and I cannot stress enough how great this author is. When I get her books and open one up I CANNOT put it down. Seriously guys...awesomeness is what these books are.

This is the story of Butch O'neal. An Ex-homicide detective who has become the ONLY human allowed into the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Butch fell in love with Marissa during the last book and their story continues. With the Lesser's starting to take civilian vampires for torture and information Butch finds himself in their clutches. Being tortured beyond his limits, his best friend V finds him in the woods and brings him back from the brink of death. He also calls in Marissa. But even with her there it may not be enough to save his life.

I just cannot tell you enough how much I enjoy this author. Go get them from your local library or book store. Totally worth it! Then come back and let me know how you guys liked them.