**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.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Memoirs of A Scandalous Red Dress

Author: Elizabeth Boyle

I wasn't really looking to read a romance novel. Most of the time I think they are really cheesy. But this book was a suggested read out of the back of one the books I really enjoyed so I thought I'd give it a try. I was suprised to find I actually enjoyed the story.

I don't really know where to start so I think I'll just post what the author wrote on the back of the book. Maybe once I read a couple more of these type books I'll know where to begin...

What if all you have are the memories of a rake.... and the scandalous red dress that nearly brought you to ruin? Reminders of the kisses he stole? Or his seductive, rakish smile as he charmed his way into your bed, stole your innocence and your heart? To proper and respectable Philippa, Lady Gosset, such memories are best locked away. At least so she thinks, until a stranger arrives on her doorstep and offers her a chance to tempt fate once again....to tempt Dash back into her life and quite possibly into her bed....

But the man Pippen loved all those year ago and the man she discovers are hardly the same. Captain Thomas Dashwell has a score to settle with the now-unattached Lady Gossett, the vision in red who has haunted his life for so long - ever since that fateful night when she betrayed him and married another. She's the one woman he's vowed to hate until the end of his days...and the one woman he can never forget.....

Vampire Academy Novels

Author: Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy
Shadow Kiss
Blood Promise
Spirit Bound - coming May 18, 2010

In this series there are two types of vampires. Ones that are born, called Moroi. They do not kill to survive. They only take a little from willing blood donors. The Strigoi are made.They are the vampires who kill when they feed. Moroi can be made into Strigoi if they choose to kill. They lose their magic and turn Strigoi. All Moroi have specialize in some type of magic. Either wind, water, fire, or Earth.

With the Strigoi constantly after Moroi, the Moroi have bodyguards, Dhamphirs. These body gaurds are half-human and half-vampire. Lissa is a Moroi Princess and the last of her line. Her family was killed in a car accident. Her best friend Rose, who is a dhamphir, was also in the accident. Lisa saved Rose - though no one knows how. Apparently Lissa doesn't specialize in any of the four magics, but she does specialize in Spirit. That's how she saved Rose. She brought her back from the dead.....but now there's consequences for that as they soon find out.

Rose is bound to Lissa now. Not that she minds, she always wanted to be Lissa's protector. What better way to make that happen now that they are bound together?

The world Mead creates is awesome. She has wonderful characters and story plots. These books were a lot of fun to read, I think I read two in one day just because I couldn't put them down. The next book in the series comes out in about two months and I can't wait. If you go to her website you can read exerpts from each book and see what you think. ENJOY!!

Night Huntress Novels

Author: Jeaniene Frost

Fair warning......these are NOT young adult novels.

Halfway to the Grave
One Foot in the Grave
At Graves End
Destined for an Early Grave

On the cover of the first book in this series another author is quoted as saying, "Cat will have you staked in five seconds flat!".....and boy she wasn't lying. Catherine Crawfield is a half vampire. Her mother always told her that vampires are demons...all of them. Apparently her mother was taken advantage of from a newly turned vamp - which is how Cat came to be. She was born with almost all the "good" qualities of being vampire but without the blood lust. She can fight, run, smell, see, and hear almost as good as any vampire. And all those things are what make her a good vampire hunter. She can feel their power before she even sees them. That's how she makes her moves. She hunts them in bars and clubs. She waits patiently for them to come in and then she acts like any other human. Dancing for them, saying she wants to take it further...just not here. She takes them for a ride to some place with less habitation and then......she stakes them.

But this last time she went out "hunting" she meets a powerful vampire she could not convince to take that ride. So she went after another less powerful vamp. What she didn't know is that powerful one followed her, saw her kill the weaker one and didn't stop her. When they both show up to the same bar the following night he approaches her to take her up on her previous offer. She of course agrees thinking she can take down the devil....but he knows what she does. He captures Cat and demands to know who she's working for. He too is a vampire slayer, only he gets paid, and Cat killed who he was after. He doesn't understand how someone, especially a human, could just go out killing any and all vampires for no money. Not until she shows him that she too is half vampire does he believe her story....and now they have to figure out what to do. They are both on the same side of the law as it were, but he's still vampire and she hunts ALL vampires.

These books were a blast to read. Completely easy to get lost in. I highly recommend these. And Frost has 3 other books to add to this series however the next one isn't due out till February 2011....but I'm positive it's worth the wait.

All Unquiet Things

Author: Anna Jarzab

The murder of Carly Ribelli has never really been closed. Her uncle was charged with her murder, but his daughter who was also Carly's best friend, doesn't believe her father killed Carly. With new determination, Audrey has decided to investigate her cousins murder and find the real killer. With Carly's ex-boyfriend Neily finally deciding to help her with this task, they start uncovering secrets that some would rather keep hidden. With trouble after them they struggle forward trying to track down a killer who might get to them first....

The Hallows

Author: Kim Harrison

These are NOT young adult novels.

Dead Witch Walking
The Good, The Bad, and the Undead
Every Which Way but Dead
A Fist Full of Charms
For a Few Demons More

Meet Rachel Morgan. A witch and bounty hunter for the Inderland Security. She brings in all those otherworldly creatures who have devious plans and actions. She's a good "runner" for the I.S., but it seems like someone is trying to make her disappear. Lately she's only getting the bad jobs tossed at her. Ones that even a 1st year runner could do...and she's not sure why. Soon enough she finds herself in a partnership with Ivy, a beautiful vampire who is as dangerous as they come, and and pixy named Jinks, who can do just about anything. Harrison creates a world that is easy to get lost in and fun to take part with.

I've requested the rest of the series from the library and am waiting patiently for them to be available. As soon as I read them I'll update you. :)

The Anna Strong Novels

Author: Jeanne Stein

These are NOT young adult books..... just a warning.

The Becoming
Blood Drive
The Watcher

So if you got the opportunity to read the Sookie Stackhouse Novels and you liked them, you'll like these too. The Becoming: Anna Strong was a bounty hunter, and a good one. One night, she and her partner were after a guy who no one else could catch. Turns out he was a vampire. He attacked Anna after he beat up her partner. He didn't kill her though, she survived. But now.....she's a vampire. Follow along as she learns how to deal with her past and her future. Who to trust is key, and Anna learns that all to well by the end of the book.

In Blood Drive Anna and her parents are presented with an impossibility. When Anna was young her brother died. He had a girlfriend at the time who he was head over heals with, and apparently now that she has a daughter who she calls "out of control" - she finds Anna's family and tells them that her daughter is their family. Anna has her doubts about this woman, but without knowing if she is actual family or not - she vows to help find the runaway child. Anna finds her instincts about this woman are right. She made her daughter take part in things she should never even have known about, which is the reason she ran away in the first place. Anna also finds out there are other supernatural beings out there - like weres.

The Watcher: Anna has survived a lot of changes in a little time. She has signed up to be a Watcher. She keeps rogue vampire - among other supernatural beings- in check. She's is the judge, jury and executioner most of the time. And because of this she is having a hard time keeping her humanity in check. Anna is after a powerful Witch, one who threatened her new friends. Now, Anna is after a group who can possibly change the world in one night. She knows the danger is there, and she could possibly die, but she has to save her friends....and the rest of humanity.

I've read the other two books the series, but I figure your either interested in them by now and will read them anyway no matter what I write....or your not interested at all and it won't matter what I say. I really enjoyed these books and found them hard to put down.

Token of Darkness

Author: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Cooper Blake was a popular football player around his town. That is until the car accident. Since then life has changed. He can walk again, but only because a new friend refused to let him quit on himself. This new friend is named Samantha, and she happens to be a ghost. So far only Cooper can see Samantha. During this story follow Cooper while he tries to figure out how to help Samantha... and that presents more danger for the both of them than they realize.

Beautiful Creatures

Author: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

In a southern community where nothing changes, Ethan cannot wait till he can escape the sleepy old town.But lately he's been dreaming of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the oldest plantation house in the town - Ethan is mysteriously drawn to her and realizes she is the girl from his dreams. He's determined to find out what the connection is between them. And apparently, this connection started way before these two were even born.

This is a love story at heart, along with some witchcraft and drama between friends, family and neighbors. It was a pretty decent book and they left it open for another. :)