Sunday, June 27, 2010

Need a little book advice

I just checked out Promise of the Wolves by Dorothy Hearst to read while I'm waiting for a couple of books to come in. Has anyone read this and if so, was it worth reading? I'm only a couple of chapters in right now and I can take it or leave it. Any opinions out there? Should I finish it or read something else? Thanks for any help guys.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


I finally read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I haven't read anything by her before and I kept hearing good things about this book and the sequel Linger so I finally tried it. It was pretty good but not great in my opinion. I really like reading books with different views on werewolf and vampire legend and this one definitely had that going for it. I don't have a rating system on my reviews (hmm...maybe I should start one) but if I did have a scale or something like that, 10 would be the type of books I can read over and over (like the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs or Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes) and 0 would be the ones I can't even finish. Shiver would probably rank about a 7 because I didn't have any trouble finishing it but I don't think I'll read it again. I don't exactly know what it was that I didn't like about it but I would still like to try Linger anyway.

Here is the summary from my libraries website:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a haunting presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human -- until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears and the temperature drops, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Silver Borne

I have been looking forward to reading Silver Borne (book 5 in the Mercy Thompson series) by Patricia Briggs ever since I finished Bone Crossed (book 4). But sadly I am very broke. I was just going to wait for someone I know to buy it so I could borrow it. I know that sounds bad. BUT... my pathetically understocked library surprised me by buying a copy first!!!! Woo Hoo!!!! So I just finished it and I loved it (just like the other 4).

Sorry if this spoils anything for anyone who hasn't read them yet. I have been very worried about Samuel through the other books but finally I don't have to worry anymore! That's all I'll say about that. I don't want to give too much away. Mercy had a few oddly mushy lines in this one. I get that she's in love and whatnot but the gooey mushy lines aren't really very Mercy-like. Other than that, the book was great!

I already returned this book to the library so I had to find a summary from a library website instead of the book cover like I usually do.

When mechanic and shapeshifter Mercy Thompson attempts to return a powerful Fae book she'd previously borrowed in an act of desperation, she finds the bookstore locked up and closed down. It seems the book contains secret knowledge-and the Fae will do just about anything to keep it out of the wrong hands. And if that doesn't take enough of Mercy's attention, her friend Samuel is struggling with his wolf side-leaving Mercy to cover for him, lest his own father declare Sam's life forfeit. All in all, Mercy has had better days. And if she isn't careful, she might not have many more to live...

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Friday 56

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of

Title: Shiver

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Page 56 sentence 5-7ish:

I was completely disoriented; I had to keep stopping to listen for shouts and faraway footsteps through the dry leaves. My breath was burning my throat by the time I saw the first orange cap, glowing distantly out of the twilight.

Midnight Predator

I recently finished Midnight Predator by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. I love all of her books (Hawksong being #1 on my list though). She is an amazing author and I'm pretty sure she was only 13 (maybe 15) when she wrote her first book. The only criticism I have is that I wish it would have been longer or there were a sequel. I would really like to know what Turquoise did after this book but I doubt there will be another at this point ,so I'm stuck wondering. : ( Oh well! I usually put the summary from the back cover but I already brought this one back to the library (sorry) so this is from

Midnight, the ancient evil sanctuary of vampires and their human slaves that was burned to the ground centuries ago, has risen from the ashes to open its dark doors once more. And it's up to Turquoise Draka, famed human vampire hunter of the Bruja guild, to stop Midnight's founder and vampire most malevolent, Jeshikah. But once inside Midnight's walls, Turquoise discovers that instead of Jeshikah, the surprisingly benign vampire Jaguar is at the helm. Acting as a human slave, Turquoise tries to discern Jaguar's mysteriously kind motives as she works at planning Jeshikah's assassination. Meanwhile, her acting servitude is playing havoc with her memories, as she begins to recall the bleak days when she used to be a human slave herself, the time before her training as an elite Bruja warrior. With bitter memories of beatings and humiliations battling with her present suicidal assignment, Turquoise must do everything in her power to keep from blowing her cover and losing her sanity.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Blue Smoke

Just finished Blue Smoke by Nora Roberts again. I really like this book. Its one of the few books that I can re-read when I have nothing else and it is just as good as the first time I read it. It is an adult book with adult content (sex, violence, language, murder) just to warn younger readers. Here is the summary from the inside flap:

The blaze that night at her family's pizzeria changed young Reena Hale's life in more ways than one. Neighbors and relatives would pull together to help the Hales get through the crisis and rebuild. The Baltimore authorities would arrest the arsonist responsible. But as Reena gazed into the fire, beheld its brutal beauty and destructive power, her destiny began to take shape. She would study, struggle, and walk the gauntlet to understand and master its terrible force--and one day become an investigator herself.

But she is not the only one fascinated by the flames. Someone else sees their power as well--and is obsessed not with conquering the fire but with controlling it, owning it, using it to exact vicious revenge....

When Reena achieves her goal and joins the arson unit, her strength and wits are constantly tested. Though sometimes the job seems like a snap compared with her love life. One relationship after another has ended for her--some in tragedy or drama, some not with a bang but with a whimper. And she can't always blame them--after all, a soot-caked woman barking orders and smelling of smoke isn't the biggest turn-on in the world. Then she meets Bo Goodnight, who seems different. He's been trying to find Reena for years, and now that she is close enough to touch, he has no intention of letting go.

Nor does the man who has begun to haunt Reena's life--with taunting phone calls and a string of horrifying crimes. And as Reena tries desperately to trace the origins--of the calls, the fires, the hatred aimed in her direction--she will step into the worst inferno she has ever faced....