Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Reading Goal

I didn't quite make my goal. My goal was to read 50 books in 2011 and I read 37, which is still pretty good. I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't quite make my goal but am glad I came as close as I did. I think that for 2012 I'm going to lower my goal to 40. That way I'm still challenging myself to read more but am also setting a goal that may be a bit easier to reach.

Monday, December 26, 2011

My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers Series #3)My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There is a new drug out there. Frost (as it's called in the human world) begins to make an appearance at the high school. Can Kaylee and Nash cut off the supply and protect their friends? One of whom is already hooked.



And so is someone else...



I very much enjoyed this one and can hardly wait to see what happens next.



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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2)My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this one very much. What a great continuation of an already amazing series. I can hardly wait to see what happens next.

Kaylee Cavanaugh is a bean sidhe; when she screams, someone dies. But when pop star Eden dies onstage Ksylee doesn't scream, and she knows something is wrong. Teenaged stars are trading their souls for fame and fotune, unaware of the eternal torment that awaits their souls when they die.

Kaylee can't let that happen. Even if it means breaking her father's rules and risking her own life and soul.





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Friday, September 16, 2011

100 Quotes to make you think!100 Quotes to make you think! by Wolfgang Riebe

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting this to be, but it was alright. It did have some funny quotes and others that really did make me think. All-in-all, it was good for what it was.



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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bookstore LoreBookstore Lore by Tom Lichtenberg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was a quick entertaining read. It makes me question the stupidity of some people. The only downside is that its a bit repetitive.



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Reaper (Soul Screamers, #3.5)Reaper by Rachel Vincent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed this one. It was nice to get the story of how Tod became a reaper.



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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow... What a book! Although the beginning was a bit slow, it finished with a bang. The ending had a few surprises I hadn't seen coming. I very much enjoyed reading it and can hardly wait to see what happens next.



Kaylee Cavanaugh can sense when someone around her is about to die, and forces beyond her control cause her to scream. She just wants to live a normal life and survive high school; but when she catches the attention of Nash, the hottest guy in school, she quickly learns that he knows more about her than she does. When her classmates start dying, Nash lets Kaylee in on the secret of who she is and together they discover what is going on and wonder who will be next.



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Friday, August 19, 2011

Ready Player OneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

What do you do when the real world goes to hell? For many, the answer is quite simply to avoid it as much as possible. In a time when the world is consumed by war, famine, and poverty the Oasis offers and much desired escape. Not to mention the opportunity to win over $200 million. When the creator of the Oasis dies, he leaves behind the ultimate challenge. Somewhere is the Oasis an egg has been hidden and whoever finds it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars along with ownership of the Oasis. A prize with killing for.

The main character Wadd Watts (avatar name Parzival) is among millions of gunters (egg hunters) who are searching for egg. After five long years of research he makes history by being the first gunter is find one of three hidden keys. Now its a race against time to win the race while being hunted down both in the game and out.

Who will come out on top?

I very much enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys video games and/or pop culture.



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Friday, July 29, 2011

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5)My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I very much enjoyed this story and am looking forward to reading the entire Soul Screamers series.



Kaylee Cavanaugh is shopping at the mall with her best friend when she becomes overcome with anxiety and starts to scream. She finds her worst fears exposed when she awakes in a psychiatric hospital, where she tries to convince everyone that she's fine. All she wants is to go home; however, she fears that may not happen when the urge to scream returns accompanied by the shadows she sees surrounding another patient.



Everyone thinks she's crazy. Everyone except Lydia, a patient with some special abilities of her own...







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Writing Reviews

I've recently realized that I may need to change the way I write my reviews. I know I need to include more than just my opinion of the book. The problem I seem to be having is that I have yet to determine how much I can say about a book without it being too much. Personally, I don't enjoy reading book reviews that leave me feeling as though I know the story and therefore don't need to read the book.

I plan to begin experimenting with different methods of writing reviews and ask my readers to bare with me as I experiment and find the way that best works for me.

Thanks and happy reading to you all.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trouble Down South and Other StoriesTrouble Down South and Other Stories by Katrina Parker Williams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

I found this book to be rather interesting. Knowing that the fictional stories were in fact based on historical events allowed me to take a new perspective as I read. I found this to be a well written collection.



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Monday, July 4, 2011

The Marriage Solution (Harlequin American Romance)The Marriage Solution by Megan Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.



This was a sweet little story. I enjoyed the relationship development between the main characters.



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Friday, July 1, 2011

Thieves Get Rich, Saints Get Shot: A NovelThieves Get Rich, Saints Get Shot: A Novel by Jodi Compton

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.



I gave up on being able to finish reading this one. Although I thought the storyline and plot was decent, the pace was far too slow.



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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hit List (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #20)Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I absolutely loved this book.



I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Anita Blake books but in my opinion this is one of the best out of the latter half of the series. I am pleased that sex didn't seem to be such a major part of the plot as it has been in several of the earlier books in the series.



Hit List has reminded me why Laurell K. Hamilton has been and will continue to be one of my favorite authors. Her creative mix of genres in her writing makes reading her work an excited adventure that never grows old.



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Friday, June 17, 2011

Prophecy the FulfillmentProphecy the Fulfillment by Deborah A. Jaeger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.



WoW... What a story? This was a very intense tale of immaculate conception that kept me on the edge of my seat. Honestly, it was better than I initially expected it to be. I very much enjoy it and will most definitely be reading it again in the future.



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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Update...

My goal was to read 60 books in 2011, but I've changed it. After giving it some thought I've realized that 60 may have been an unrealistic goal for me. My new goal is to read 50 books in 2011 which seems more practical. I feel confident that I'll be able to reach this goal and possibly even surpass it.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kevin My Military ManKevin My Military Man by Shane Kaelle

My rating: 1 of 5 stars






I was disappointed with this book because although I thought the story itself had a great deal of potential, I did not find it to be written very well.


Sunday, May 29, 2011

A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your ManA Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars






Wow... What a book! I was drawn in from page one. I found it to be almost as though I were reading two stories at the same time. That of Ophelia Harrington in the past and of Piper Chase-Pierpont in the present.



The authors did an extraordinary job of intertwining the past with the present. This book was a thrill to read. It was an endearing love story that I would recommend highly to fans of romance.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011