Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don't you just hate it when. . .

Don't you hate it when you can't remember everything you've read.  I feel like I'm missing something, but for the life of me I just can't think of what it could be.  Maybe I'll remember, if I do I'll be sure to post it here.

The Pierced Heart by Lynn Sheperd

I got to review this book from Netgalley, I was really excited since I got her previous book A Fatal Likeness, which I really enjoyed. 

I was excited to read this since I am a huge fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula, which I've read more times than I can count. 

What I really like was how this story paralleled Dracula, taking elements from that story and twisted them, it reminded me of what they are doing on the show Penny Dreadful, which I loved and I can't wait for the second season. 

If you are a fan of Dracula then I think that you would enjoy this book.

where has the time gone?

I can't believe how quickly time goes by, I will try to be better at updating this blog with what I've been reading.  

So what I've read:  

I got picked by House Party (Chatterbox) to review That Night by Chevey Stevens.  I had never heard of this author before so I was pretty excited to read this book, and was glad that I really enjoyed it. 
It’s about Toni Murphy who is convicted of murdering her sister with her boyfriend.  When she is released 16 years later, she has to adjusts to her new life.  When her boyfriend contacts her wanting to find out who really murdered her sister, at first she wants to just move on, but soon she is investigating and finds out what really happened.  There was a great twist ending that I didn’t see coming,  I like how the author laid out the story and how and when the flashbacks came.  The parts of the book that took placei n the prison reminded me a lot of Orange is the New Black, which at the time I was reading this book I was finishing with the first season.   This was a good book and I look forward to reading more from his author in the future. 
I have also been reading the Dollanganger series by VC Andrews,   I discovered to blogs devoted to the books of VC Andrews and really enjoyed their snarky take on the books, and decided that I wanted to see what the deal was with the books.  They are definitely a guilty pleasure kind of book.  I would never go out of my way to read them again, because I do not like one character at all from these books, they all have irredeemable flaws that I can’t get past.  If I had to pick a favorite character it would be Bart Sr, and that is probably only because he doesn’t make it past book two.  The worst is Christopher and Cathy.  I plan on watching the rest of the movies that Lifetime is making, but after that I think that this will be the end of VC Andrews for me. 
I finished all by the prequel, which I think I’ve got half way through before I wanted to read something with a bit more depth to it.

I’ve been on a Phantom of the Opera kick lately, watching and listening to the 25th anniversary version, which is awesome.  Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess are the best.  I ordered new copy of the book from Thriftbooks and while I was waiting for that to come, I was reading fanfiction, so good and some just terrible.  Then I found Unmasqued on my Kindle.  It’s by Collette Gale. This is an erotic version of The Phantom of the Opera, and according to the author the real story of what happened, but let’s be honest this is just fanfiction, just as smutty as any story you will find on, clearly inspired by the movie, since the Phantom is so hot, at least on one side of his face.  I found that the first half of the book was good, but the second half was terrible.  Clearly most people, thanks to the musical want Christine to end up with the Phantom and she does in this book.  The thing that I hated the most about this book was that the Phantom was given a new back story and spoiler alert he is now the step brother of Raoul and his sadistic brother.  If you want to read a great book about The Phantom of the Opera read Phantom by Susan Kay. 

Right now I’m reading The Book of Life, the last of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.  After that I am eagerly awaiting the new Pendergast book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and then I want to reread the Hannibal Lecter series, I want to do this since I am in withdrawl since the show Hannibal won't be back until next year.