Thursday, June 30, 2011

Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance, Book 1)

Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance, Book 1)

Book Description: They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.


Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can't-or won't-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman's safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara's life.


About the Author: Larissa Ione is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Demonica and Lords of Deliverance series. She also writes sexy contemporary romance stories for Samhain and Red Sage, and has a novella coming out with Kensington in September 2011. Her alter ego, Sydney Croft (pen name with romantic suspense author Stephanie Tyler), writes erotic paranormal action-adventure.
 
An Air Force veteran, she has been a meteorologist, EMT, and professional dog trainer. She is now lucky enough to write full time while living a nomadic lifestyle with her U.S. Coast Guard husband, son, and an extremely high-maintenance cat.

When not writing, she can be found reading, playing RPG's on the computer, and watching re-runs of Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Supernatural.


Here's What I Think: This book is a spin-off of the Demonica Series by Ione. In Sin Undone (book 5 of the Demonica Series) Ione introduces us to the Lords of Deliverance - briefly but specifically and my attention was grabbed right away. And Eternal Rider did not dissapoint. Once again Ione has created a word that is so full of life and excitement you are immersed from the first chapter. Ares and Cara are characters that you care about and what to read about. I am very interested to read the next book in the series of four.



Disclaimer: Although I did receive this book for review purposes, I was in no other way compensated to publish this post.
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What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? BOOK Giveaway Linky -6/30-7/6

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - June 29, 2011


This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type in the sentence that you are currently reading. (Remember to indicate any spoilers!)
You can participate by leaving your WRW teaser in a comment below, or you can make a post on your own blog and link back to this post in the linky below. Feel free to use the WRW graphic, just please be sure to link back to Busy Moms Who Love to Read.

"Dr. Cable stepped closer, and Tally fought to hold her ground though her whole body screamed run." Pretties by Scott Westerfeld 

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Review: Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 11)

Book Description:With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows...

About the Author: Charlaine Harris (born November 25, 1951 in Tunica, Mississippi) is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over twenty years. She was raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began to write books a few years later.


After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a lighthearted series "starring" Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden, with Real Murders, a Best Novel nominee for the 1990 Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight Aurora titles. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare's Counselor, the fifth--and last-- was printed in fall 2001.


After Shakespeare, Harris created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series about a telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first of these, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each book follows Sookie as she tries to solve mysteries involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which now numbers nine titles, has been released worldwide.


Sookie Stackhouse proved to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new show for HBO based upon the books. He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008. It was an instant success and was quickly picked up for a second season.


In October 2005, Harris's new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. There are now three Harper titles (GRAVE SIGHT, GRAVE SURPRISE, AN ICE COLD GRAVE) with a 4th (GRAVE SECRET) to be released in 2009.

Harris has also co-edited three very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.


Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. Personally, Harris is married and the mother of three. She lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

Here's What I Think: I have been an avoid reader of this series and loved every minute of it - until now. This latest installment was something of a let down. It's not that it was particularly bad but it just was. Nothing special happened, nothing really exciting occurred. The best that I can describe it is that I think Harris wrote an extra long installment to the series and the publishers broke it up into two books. I say this because a lot of new plot lines are opened up in Dead Reckoning that are not really brought to a close by the end, so there will definetly be another book or two. And I will read at least the next one, but if I once again feel like "nothing happened" I will likely be done with this series, as sad as that makes me.





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Thursday, June 23, 2011

What Are You Giving Away This Thursday? BOOK Giveaway Linky - 6/23-6/29

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Whatcha Reading Wednesday - June 22, 2011


This week's Whatcha Reading Wednesday works like this:
Type in the sentence that you are currently reading. (Remember to indicate any spoilers!)
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"Only at night could she escape from the tiny room, the nervous stares, her own ugly face." Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I AM BACK!!!

Hello All!
Well it was a whirlwind but I am finally back! I ended up on bedrest for the last several weeks of my pregnancy and since I do not have a laptop - and my doctor specifically said sitting in front of the computer doesn't count as bedrest - I could only spend so much time blogging. Then I ended up having to have a c-section since my little girl was breech on top of everything else. I did however have lots of time to read books, and although I didn't read as many as I would have expected, I do have lots of reviews to post over the next few weeks and I plan to do one of my "Follower Appreciation" giveaways from my stash of books! So keep a close eye out for that!
Happy Reading!