Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Eve in Hollywood Review

I've been meaning to post for awhile now, but I've been working on a cross stitch project, it's book related so I don't feel too bad about not posting as often as I would have liked, once I'm finished I'll be posting a picture of it.  So on to the book:

I thought that this was a interesting book, I liked how it jumped from different character in each chapter and how they all connected.  I liked the part with Olivia DeHavilland and Gone with the Wind, it's one of my favorite movies.  I would be interesting in reading more from this author in the future.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Bones of the Lost Review

Bones of the Lost is the latest in the Temperance Brennan series from Kathy Reichs.  Most of the action takes place in North Carolina, but Tempe also visits Afghanistan and Fort Lejeune on another case. 

The victim in this case is a young girl who is run down on a deserted stretch of road.  Tempe pushes Slidel, the detective in charge, to keep digging to identify the victim before the case gets cold. 

To complicate matters, there is the matter of the airline club card that is found in the girl's possessions.  How did she come to have the club card of a man who died in a fire several months earlier? 

Meanwhile, Tempe is dealing with her feelings about her daughter, Katy's impulsive decision to enlist in the Army. 

Tempe is asked to investigate the deaths of two Afghani men who were killed in a firefight by an American soldier.  She flys to Afghanistan to do an autopsy of the bones to render her opinion. 

It took me some time to get into the story, but once I did, I didn't want to put the book down.  Reichs kept me guessing until the end.  I didn't see the ending coming until the last minute. 

Writers Between the Covers

I started this book in the morning at work the day after I got it from NetGalley, the day was super slow so I ended up reading most of this book throughout the day. 

It was really interesting to read about all the authors, it was a bit ironic that I had just finished A Fatal Likeness, which was about Mary and Percey Shelley, and their story was featured in this book as well.

Reading this book made me want to go read some of the authors books.  I hope to find more books like this one.  It's really interesting to learn things that aren't too well known.

Hemlock Grove


















I started the tv show before I began reading the book, only because I didn't know it was a based on a book till I looked us more about the show.  Then I figured that I would just wait until I was finished with the show to start reading it. 

I really enjoyed it, so much so that I started rewatching the show and picked up so much more the second time that I missed the first time.  Then after listening to the After Buzz TV podcast I learned about the prequel graphic novel and I went over to the website and read it.  (check it out they have it up for free).  It was interesting and made some things make more sense. 

I can't wait for the next book.

Wolf Moon Rising

So Michelle was looking at NetGalley and she found this one for me, I was really excited to be able to read this, since I'm a huge fan of the show.

I didn't really care for the second book in this series The Salem Branch as much as I liked Angelique's Descent, but it was interesting how things that happened in the book happened in the new movie.

Wolf Moon Rising was very good, I like how we get to know more about David and more of a back story for Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard.  I really enjoyed how Lara Parker used Joan Bennett's life as a inspiration Liz, it made the story more real. 

Reading books based on the show make me want to pull out my DVD's and start rewatching the entire series.  

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Fatal Likeness Review and next book

This has to be one of the best books I've read in so far this year.  I didn't want to stop reading it. 
It was so interesting, especially after reading the end where the author talked about what was based on fact.  I don't know much about the Shelley's so this made me interested in finding out more about them.  I would definitely read more from this author.

My next book is Hemlock Grove, I just finished the show on Netflix, and enjoyed it so much.  I can't wait for the next season.  If you go to http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/03/read-an-exclusive-graphic-novel-prequel-to-new-horror-series-hemlock-grove you can read the prequel. 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Coat Route Review

I won this an advanced reader copy of this book from LibraryThing. I really don't read a lot of nonfiction. I like how the beginning of each section started with the story of how the coat was put together. It was an easy read and really interesting to find out how thing made.

Misisipi Review Finished Psycho 2

I was a bit unsure if I was going to like the book, but once I got past the first couple chapters I was hooked. I did feel that there were a few parts that could have been cut from the story, just to make things move along faster, but I really enjoyed it. I really liked it when the story jumped to Julianna's point of view. In a way I was sort of reminded of Gone Girl.  I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.


I've only ever seen the first movie, the remake and the new tv show, so I didn't know anything about the sequels. I really enjoyed the story, and the twist ending. I did guess the ending, but it didn't take away anything from the story. I look forward to reading the last of the series.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Review of Shakespeare v Lovecraft: A Horror Comedy Mash-Up featuring Shakespeare's Characters and Lovecraft's Creatures

I got a copy of this ebook to review from NetGalley, I was interested in reading it because I really enjoyed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Jane Slayer, and Little Women and Werewolves

I found the beginning a bit slow to get into, but once I got to the part of the story with Richard III and then Romeo, I began to really enjoy the story.  I liked the use of the Shakespeare quotes, even if they weren't said by the correct character, they were used to fit the story well.  I think that this would make a great comic book, or a movie would be fun. 

Over all I enjoyed this book.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Finished Psycho and When Siren Calls on to Psycho 2




I finished Psycho this morning, I liked it more this time reading it then the first time, I think because of watching Bates Motel.  There are a few things that I think they reference in the show that wasn't shown in the movie. 




I also finished When the Siren Calls today, I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing, I was really excited to read it, since the description seemed interesting.
I thought that the story was interesting, it pulled me in right away. I didn't really like some of the characters, but I thought that the story was well written. I don't really get why there is a comparison to Fifty Shades of Gray, which I can't finish because of how poorly written it is. I will be interested to see where the story goes from where it left off.

 I decided to go on to Psycho 2 since I wasn't sure what to read next.  I've never seen the movie sequel, so it will be interesting to see where the story goes.


Monday, May 27, 2013

Finished Etiquette and Espionage. . . started Psycho

I finished this book sometime last week, but since I was getting ready to go on vacation I didn't post.  I thought it was a start to a good series, honestly it was a bit hard getting into, but I find that happens sometimes with the beginning of new series, though sometimes it happens in the middle of a series, that happened to me when I first read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  What I really liked was the characters from her other series popped up.  I really like the heroin of this series, she is a lot of fun.  I liked all the descriptions, especially of the school.  I am really curious about who the vampire is at the end of the book, I have a guess, so I really hope that we will find out in the next book.  I really liked the double meaning of finishing in this book, I can tell that this will be a fun series, and I look forward to reading the further adventures of Sophronia Temminnick and her friends.  I can't wait to see what other characters from the other series will pop up.


We started watching the new series on A&E Bates Motel, and it made me want to reread the book, which I read years ago, I can't remember how old I was. 

I got all three Psycho books, but the first one is the only one I've read before, so it will be interesting read them. 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Down and Out in Beverly Heels done, started . . . .

I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot of fun, and I heard that Kathryn Leigh Scott is writing a screenplay based on the book, I think it would make a fun movie. 

I started the first book of the new series by Gail Carriger, Etiquette and Espionage, so far it seems like it will be a fun book, with lots of interesting characters.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Timeless finished Down and Out in Beverly Heels

I finished Timeless this morning and I really liked it, it's a bit sad to say goodbye to this series.  I think that the first one is still my favorite of the series.  It would defienetly make a great movie or tv series.

So the next book I'm reading is Down and Out in Beverly Heels.  It's written by Kathryn Leigh Scott, who was in the great soap Dark Shadows.  So far it's really good, and I'm looking forward to more books from her.

Fifty Shades of Brains

   I discovered this site when an author I follow on Facebook posted that there was a ARC giveaway of her latest book.  It's called LibraryThing.  I signed up and I won a couple ebooks.  This was the first one I won, and I'm so glad that I did.  It was hilarious, and was written better than the book is was parodying.  I made a list of all the inner personalities that the heroine has, my favorite was the last one on the list.  Also I loved that in this version there isn't a Mrs Robinson, but  Rue McClanahan, who is his “Golden Girl” I loved that.  It was a lot of fun to read.

Aurora’s inner personalities
1.       My inner drill sergeant
2.       My inner sex goddess
3.       My inner smart ass
4.       My inner child
5.       My inner timekeeper
6.       My inner schoolmarm
7.       My internal career counselor
8.       My inner lifeguard
9.       . . .let my inner pals hash it out
10.   My inner angst-ridden teenager
11.   My inner psycho chick
12.   My inner therapist
13.   My inner mathematician
14.   My inner non-sequitur
15.   My inner exhibitionist
16.   My inner fairy godmother
17.   My inner wimp
18.   My inner psychoanalyst
19.   My inner absurdist
20.   My inner fourth grader
21.   My inner school girl
22.   My inner bully
23.   My inner heel
24.   My inner goddess
25.   My inner negotiator
26.   My inner idealist
27.   My inner rebel-without-a-cause
28.   My inner inferiority complex
29.   My inner animal
30.   My inner body clock
31.   My inner badass
32.   My inner elitist
33.   My inner math teacher
34.   My inner soccer mom
35.   My inner gangsta
36.   My inner class clown
37.   My inner kindergartener
38.   My inner grammarian
39.   My inner survivalist
40.   My inner neurotic
41.   My inner zombie hunter
42.   My inner megalomaniac
43.   My inner perfectionist
44.   My inner dominatrix
45.   My inner stylist
46.   My inner girl with the dragon tattoo
My favorite lines from the book
·         “That’s why I came,” he said.  “To protect you.  There’s something about you, Aurora.  Something completely irritating, yet irresistible, like a badly written BDSM novel.  I’m finding it impossible to stay away.”
·         “It’s not a fucking piñata,” Caligula hissed.   “Open your goddamn eyes.”
·         Appendix 1: Rules
Flip back to Chapter 7 if you really need to read these again.  What kind of book would print these twice or three times?  (On second thought, here it is.  It helps pad the page count.)
·         “. . . her caregiver moves aside barely glancing up from her book.  I look at the cover, wondering what the hell could be so engrossing.  Who would read a book about a grey silk tie?
·         “I scan the room, trying to locate a weapon.  The other patient is long gone; the caregiver as well, although she’s left her book.  I wonder briefly if I could somehow smash his skull with the thing, then quickly dismiss the idea.  Too lightweight.  I need something more substantial.”


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Update on what I'm reading now




 I've been rereading the first three books to this series I thought I had read four of them, but as I was reading Heartless I realized that I hadn't read this one, I have now started the last book.  This is a great series, it's a lot of fun and hopefully a movie or a series will be made soon.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Boss chapters 4-8

Yikes I'm really behind on posting about this story.  We are getting chapters quicker now, since the reaction has been so positive, and lucky us we will be getting sequels.
http://abigailbarnettestheboss.blogspot.com/
The author really knows how to get you hooked into a story, and like the characters, and she really gets you wanting more when the chapter ends.

Except the Dying finished started Soulless

 I finished Except the Dying, and I really enjoyed it, I'll have to check out the tv movie version and the episode that was based on this story as well.  I've read a lot of different detective shows but I don't think I've read a period detective show that took place in Canada before.  It was a good read.

So I couldn't decide what I wanted to read next, so I asked Michelle and she suggested that I reread the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, I've read them all except for the last one of the series, so she thought it would be a good idea for me to reread them all before I got to that one.  I don't know yet if I will read them all in a row or what yet.  They are great books, a lot of fun, and hopefully we will get a movie or at least a tv movie of this great series in the future.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Finished Beautiful Creatures on to the next book

 I finished this book today, which I'm glad since I wanted to see the movie for my birthday, so hopefully we will be going today or tomorrow.  I liked the book a lot, I thought it was well written.


On Monday we went back to the The Poisoned Pen Bookstore for a book signing for the author Maureen Jennings, Michelle and I are fans of the TV series Murdoch Mysteries, so when we heard that she would be coming we decided to go.  She was there for her new book, but since I haven't read the first one, I decided to get the first Murdoch book.  I didn't get very far yet, but so far I am enjoying it.  If you haven't seen this show, you can watch the first 3 seasons on Netflix. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Chapter Two and Three of The Boss

I totally forgot to post about chapter two, mainly because I wasn't done with The Blood Gospel, when I got it.  Anyway, the story is getting better and better, and as always it leaves you wanting more.  I think, as of right now my favorite chapter is the third chapter.  I like the chemistry between Neil and Sophie while they are at the restaurant.  I can't wait to find out what happens next.  So far this is 100,000,000 times better than Fifty Shades of Grey

Finished The Blood Gospel

I finished this book this afternoon, I loved it and can't wait for the next one.  I loved the way they brought in real people into the story.  Part of the story reminded me of a Hammer movie, if you are familiar with some of their movies, and then read this book, you might see it as well.
I was looking at the end of the book where it talks about the authors, and I realized that I have a book by Rebecca Cantrell, iDrakula, if I had known that she wrote this I would have brought it with me when I went the signing, hopefully they both come back for the next book, so I can get her to sign my copy.

So right now I don't know what I'm going to read next, there is so much on my Kindle, but I'm leaning towards Beautiful Creatures, since we are going to go see it for my birthday, or Return to Peyton Place.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Finished Confessions of a Teen Sleuth started The Blood Gospel

 I finished this book this morning, it was a lot of fun and I really recommend this book. 


January 9th we went to The Poisoned Pen to see James Rollins and Rebbecca Cantrell, for their new book The Blood Gospel, here is a link to the webcast that they streamed of the event http://new.livestream.com/poisonedpen/TheBloodGospel.

It was really interesting, as all the events we've gone to are.  So far the book has me hooked, Michelle is also reading this and has told me that there are a couple twists, so I can't wait to get to them.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Peyton Place review and new book


I finished Peyton Place last night.  I really enjoyed it, and was surprised by some of the changes that they did in the movie, some I could understand why, but others I'm not sure why they did it.  This would be a book that would benefit from a remake in my opinion, especially if it was done on HBO, that way they it can be as long as it needs to be.  I still like the movie, but after reading the book I think I like the book better.

So on to my next book, I chose Confessions of a Teen Sleuth by Chelsea Cain.  It's a parody of Nancy Drew, I just started it today and I'm almost half way through it.  It's really funny, and makes me want to go back and read the series.  It's been ages since I read a Nancy Drew book.  This is one that I definitely recommend.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Peyton Place

I totally forgot to post about the next book I chose to read. 

I've always wanted to read this book, it's been one of my favorite Lana Turner movies, but I've never been able to find a copy.  Not too long ago when my dad was out to visit we went to this used book store that we just heard about and I found a copy.  So far I'm really enjoying it, it's really interesting to be able to compare the difference between the book and the movie.

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Boss Chapter One

I got a sneak peak at the first chapter of The Boss and I loved it.  It definitely left me wanting the next chapter, here is the link to the blog where you can read it for yourself The Boss in 3 days.  It has elements of the Devil Wears Prada, so if you liked that then you will probably enjoy this too. 

The Land of Stories The Wishing Spell

I just finished this book today, it was really cute and just the thing I needed to read after a thriller.  It was a bit predictable, but I think that has to do with the fact that if you know the fairy tales in the story well you can see where the story it going.  It was a great read.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Boss

My sister introduced me to this blog Sweater for days. . . where Jenny recapped the book 50 Shades of Grey, I actually started reading the original version of the story when the characters were still Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, but I honestly couldn't finish it, it was then and still is some of the worst writing I've ever read, but to be honest I wanted to know what happened, and Jenny has made it so easy.  Check out her recaps, every post is hilarious and so entertaining.  She decided that she wanted to write a story in the same genre as 50 Shades.  The first chapter of The Boss will be available January 15, so check it out.

Two Graves and The Land of Stories

So I finished this book yesterday, I liked it so much more then the last book, but I am glad that this was the last part of the story.  If you haven't read any of the Pendergast series, then I recommend that you do, the first book is The Relic, but my favorite book of the series is Cabinet of Curiosities and Still Life With Crows. 

So I was trying to figure out what I wanted to read next, I was thinking about rereading L.A. Confidential, but I wanted something a little lighter after the last book, so I went with The Land of Stories- The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer.  I've only read the prologue but it seems like it will be a lot of fun.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I love books

So I decided to start another blog.  This one will record all the books I read through out the year.


I love going to the bookstore and getting a new book.  Since moving into the new house we decided to make the living room a library, this is a current view, we've added more books to it and plan on getting at least 4 more bookshelves.  My sister and I go to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona, where a lot of authors come to talk about their latest book and to sign copies. There is always someone that we want to go see at least a couple times a month.  This month we plan on going to see James Rollins, Brad Meltzer, and Ian Rankin.  Check this place out this it's a great place.  

 So right now I'm reading the latest Pendergast book, Two Graves by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, so far I like it better then the last book, Cold Vengeance.  The Pendergast series is one of my favorite series.


I just finish City of Bones, and loved it, I can't wait for the movie.  

I'll post my final thoughts on Two Graves when I'm finished and let you know what my next book will be.