Thursday, April 30, 2009

Book: Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson series #4)

Bone Crossed (Mercedes Thompson, #4) Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Poor Mercy. Can't keep on anyone's good side, can she?

Mercy is pack now. She and Adam are offical. But the head of the Tri-Cities's seethe, Marisilla, is PIIISSSSed at her for killing Andre. What now?

Can't a girl heal? Mercy's got more mental and physical scares than most girls could stand after she got done with Tim. But Mercy isn't most girls and now she's even ticked off James Blackthorn, another Master.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Book: Angel with Attitude

Angel with Attitude (Warner Forever) Angel with Attitude by Michelle Rowen

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
A good read by Michelle Rowen. I would call this urban fantasy (as I would call all of her works - especially the Immortality Bites series). This is PG compared to most of the "paranormal romance" out there. Good lazy day read or beach day where you are leery of the kids over turning your book (and reading something they shouldn't be).

A fallen angel who has no idea why she was kicked out of Heaven is sent on a mission to save the world from Lucifer's insane (and apparently impotent bastard son, Julian). On her way, she meets the thing that all Fallen Angels dread, their Tempter demon. Valerie's is called Nathaniel. And does he have to be that hot?

Good luck Val. You're gonna need it!

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Book: Down & Dirty (Vikings II series #7)

Down and Dirty (Viking Series II, #7) Down and Dirty by Sandra Hill

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
WHOOO HOOO. Finally. My name.

You don't understand if you have a name like Susan or Katie or any other name that is common place. But my name is Britta.

I've never had magnets that I could buy or pencils with my name on it ... or key chains or cups ... my name isn't a "normal" name. Sure, I bought the Brittany magnet once and cut off the "ny" but that's not the same (althought this did make me happy at the time).

BRITTA Asadottir is a strong woman ... very very strong. And when she's pulled from her home in 1000 Norseland to 2000 California (on a Navy WEALS training course no less) she finds out what she's made of. Reaquiainting herself with Zack-hairy, the man who followed her around like a love sick puppy when the SEALs team was transported back to Norseland in Max's book, Britta wonders if all she will ever be is a warrior.

Holy hell. Could life get worse for Zachary "Pretty Boy" Floyd? His five year old son, who he stole from under a terrorist's nose in Afganistan, is running him ragged and now Britta ... BRITTA is here. And he's chasing her ... Zachary doesn't chase women ... they chase him. What is wrong with this picture?

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Book: The Undead Next Door (Love At Stake #4)

The Undead Next Door (Love At Stake #4) The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another great book by Kerrelyn Sparks. She reminds me of a combination between Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kresley Cole. Funny and heartfelt, Spark's books grab you and take you for a ride.

Hee-zair (Heather) has been dealt a lot of rough cards: an ex-husband from hell, a controlling mother, and an unfullfilling career as a teacher. But that all changes when she follows her childhood friend, Sasha, to a fashion boutique's grand openning.

Fashion in backwoods (or praire) Texas? Who knew right? Certainly Jean-Luc Echarpe, high-praised French fashion designer, and vampire, didn't. And who is the stunning mortal in his shopping ... STEALING HIS DESIGNS?

When Jean-Luc heads out to stop Heather from sketching designs (she was only fixing his designs so that she could wear them - she's not made of money and she won't fit into a size 2 anyways) he finds more than he could ever bargain for ... maybe the family he's always dreamed of.

That's when Lui returns, bent on revenge and fully equiped to kill anyone Jean-Luc holds dear. Will Jean-Luc ever rid the world of his old nemesis?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Book: Hurry Down Sunshine

Hurry Down Sunshine Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I went to college with and had a very scary incident with a boy who was bipolar. When he went into one of his manic phases (at this point in time I had no idea he was bipolar - he only told one of the three other people I lived with) and my two roommates and I went to the Cambridgeside Galleria (a mall in Boston) leaving a third roommate alone with him, we came home to police cars and ambulances at our apartment. We were scared to say the least but not as scared at that third roommate who believed she could solve all this boy's ills by kindness and (apparently) converting him to a vegetarian lifestyle. Turns out the boy had grabbed one of kitchen knives (a brilliant set of cutlery left over from one roommate's days as a Cutco saleswoman which I could never look at never mind use again after that day) and threatened to kill my third roommate. Then, he turned the knife on himself.

This book reminded me in brilliant comparison of the boy I went to school with. In it's nonsentimental/non-whiney tones, it captured my attention and made me feel for Sally. Sally and I were the same age (give or take a year). It's scary to think how easily each of us could be effected or a victim of the mental health disorders out there.

And I'm glad for once to see a book that doesn't "search for blame." I find books like that to be the worst sort of shit possible. The author instead focused on Sally and how he could help her transition to her new life. (Also, I loved all "subtle" transition references ... the woman who gets her dry cleaning the first day Sally is in the hospital or all the birthing room references).

The writing style was fresh and expressive. I especially liked how Greenberg went back to his novel manuscript and "sanitized" it, taking out any extrainious emotions. It was a perfect parallel to the actual novel.

All around I would encourage others to read this book.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Book: Kiss of Heat (Breeds Series #4)

Kiss of Heat (Breed Series, #4) Kiss of Heat by Lora Leigh

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Kane is thrown back into the world of Breeds after his baby sister, Merinus (see Book 1 in the Breeds Series) mates with Callan. And who he finds in the group of half-human/half-felines is more startling than the Breed's genetic makeup. Sherra. His mate that he thought had been dead for the past 11 years.

Sherra. The woman who had endured her mate walking away from her 11 years ago, just before she lost their child that she had been carrying.

Kane. The man she had hardened her heart to. He's back and the mating heat is on.

Good (as in better than the first book in my opinion). There was plot to this book. There was action. There was A LOT of sex (which is a true staple of Lora Leigh's writing style). But there was an emotional element to this novel too.
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Book: Fanged & Fabulous (Immortality Bites Series #2)

Fanged & Fabulous (Immortality Bites, Book 2) Fanged & Fabulous by Michelle Rowen

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Only having been a vampire for three months, Sarah Dearly is still confused. She loves her boyfriend, Toronto's Master Vampire, Thierry, but she's not sure how he feels about her. And he's pulling back. Things just haven't been the same since Mexico ...

And when her apartment explodes, Thierry hires bodyguards, her dog (really a werewolf0 morphs back into a man, and the ever present Michael Quinn kisses her (again), Sarah's life gets even more confusing.

3 out of 5 because the book moved fast but almost so fast there wasn't a plot. There was obviously a plot but nothing so good that I would put down another book for this one. Forgetable is a good word to describe it. But still, I would recommend this book to others.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter Egg Coloring

It being the day before Easter, I thought it would be ADORABLE if Ava and Aden came over to color eggs. So, I bought 2 dozen eggs (white ... I remembered this as I had bought the eggs and walked out to the car and went ... derrrrr ... can't color COLORED eggs dumb ass Britta ... I went back and traded). And I boiled them. This was also something I almost forgot to do.

Then I made 2 pizzas, 1 cheese and 1 all veggie ... by hand. OK Pat helped because the damn dough just didn't want to stretch! I hate pizza dough btw.

We ate and then the fun began.

I bought one of those PAAS kits ... those are alot more work then you think they are going to be! You have FAR too many options ... do you wants pastels or regular colors or vibrants (I settled for vibrant). And while Aden made pretty eggs ... I wrote bad words on the eggs and insinuated (in crayon form) that my brother couples with goats.

Aden loved his easter basket from me ... mostly because it was chocked full of candy and bubbles and crap like that. You know ... stuff that's messy and will make him hyper ... at home ... not here ... I'm evil like that.

Ava is adorable.

I got my hair done today. I'm officially part of the blonde brigade again as Brigdet and Courtney would say. Then I HAD to go and get a pedicure. I love pedicures but the lady yelled at me for not coming in enough ... I agree with her but my wallet does not. Alas ... there is no compromise.

This is a video of Ava "talking"

And now for some pictures ....

Dad Kissing Ava

Mom and Ava "talking" (poor Ava has to deal with Dale!)

Again Dad and Ava (you think she's a Granddad's girl????) and mom in the background
Ava with her Easter "Guinea Pig" on her head (which was already covered in slobber ... not the dogs - her own)
Michaleen and Aveleen

Me and Ava (this was seconds before she decided my hair would taste good and too an enormous fist full into her mouth and wouldn't let go!)

I call this ... Daddy ... put me down before I puke.

My mom and Ava and My dad and Aden

Dad mom and Ava

Wet & Wild (Viking II, #4) Wet & Wild by Sandra Hill

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars

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