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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summer Knight

Title: Summer Knight
Author: Jim Butcher
My Rating: 4/5

Amazon Review:
"Private detective/wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is suckered into tangling in the affairs of Faerie, where the fate of the entire world-and his soul-are at stake."

My Review: 
Harry Dresden, a wizard private investigator is in trouble yet again. Harry is worn out in this book and the white council is meeting to judge him about the war with the Red Court vampires. Harry's faerie debt to his godmother is traded to a fellow faerie. He agrees that the debt will be wiped clean after 3 favors. The first favor is that he must find who actually framed the Winter Faerie Queen.  

How Harry manages to survive in these books I do not know, but each and every one of them are intriguing and I cannot get my fill of them. Harry shows his human side in this book, he has to make some decisions on if he should help his problems or help everyone. I have read books 1-4 so far, and this was by far my favorite. I cannot wait to read the next!

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Discovery of Witches

Book: A Discovery of Witches
Author: Deborah E. Harkness
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Amazon synopsis:
"A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

Debut novelist Deborah Harkness has crafted a mesmerizing and addictive read, equal parts history and magic, romance and suspense. Diana is a bold heroine who meets her equal in vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont, and gradually warms up to him as their alliance deepens into an intimacy that violates age-old taboos. This smart, sophisticated story harks back to the novels of Anne Rice, but it is as contemporary and sensual as the Twilight series-with an extra serving of historical realism."

My review:
A Discovery of Witches was by far the best book I have read in a long time. While yes, the size of the book itself is slightly intimidating, it was a pretty fast read that keeps your attention. I did not want to put this book down, because things just seemed to keep happening. You begin to really connect with each character and become engrossed in their world and stories. I will happily buy the second book and eagerly await its arrival.

Diana is a sweet main character that is pulling manuscripts for research. She unknowingly receives one that is spelled and manages to unlock the spell without really trying. No one has been able to call the manuscript out of hiding for hundreds of years. This makes her quite popular with non-humans, since they all want it for some reason and will stop at almost nothing to get it in their hands. Matthew, a vampire is quite an interesting character that has you hoping they will get together.

I believe this series could be the equivalent of the Twilight series, but for adults. Though it is better written, has a more interesting story line, and characters. If you begin to read it and are not too interested give it about 1/4th of the way through the book, that is about when I fell in love with it.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Shadow Kin Review

Book: Shadow Kin
Author: M. J. Scott
My Rating: 4/5

Amazon synopsis:
"On one side, the Night World, rules by the Blood Lords and the Beast Kind. On the other, the elusive Fae and the humans, protected by their steadfast mages...
Born a wraith, Lily is a shadow who slips between worlds. Brought up by a Blood Lord and raised to be his assassin, she is little more than a slave. But when Lily meets her match in target Simon DuCaine, the unlikely bond that develops between them threatens to disrupt an already stretched peace in a city on the verge of being torn apart.."

My review:
Lily, a wraith plays the role of assassin for a Blood Lord. She is sent to kill a sunmage and that is where everything changes in her life. There is a connection between Simon and Lily that cannot be denied and you find yourself hoping that they wind up together. Lily and Simon have a lot of character growth through out the book. You will be intrigued and not want to put the book down once you start reading it. The story has an alternating point of view between Lily and Simon. The way the author did this is perfect, you can easily tell what is going on and what each character is thinking without being lost. All in all, the book was an awesome read and I am really happy I was exposed to the talent that is M.J. Scott.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

August 2011 Birchbox

Hey everyone! I just got my monthly subscription of Birchbox in the mail. I can honestly say I was not as impressed as previous months, but I am still really happy with all of this and can't wait until next month.

1. blinc | Eyeliner
*0.02 oz, Worth $2.29
*Kind of bummed about this eyeliner, the brush is thick so there is no way I will get a thin line out of this.
2. Carol's Daughter | Monoi Repairing Hair Mask
*0.71 oz, Worth $2.94
*Smells weird, but it is really awesome for your hair. It made mine super soft and smooth.
3. Pangea Organics | Cleanser for Combination to Oily Skin
*1 oz, Worth $7
*This comes out as almost an oil, it smells like herbs. Not a bad smell and left my face clean.
4. Wei | Tibetan Chyrsanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads
*2 packs of 2 pads each, Worth $1.67
*Comes out super wet (ie: dripping), it made my eyes sting a little bit when I put them on, and it felt super cold. I did not notice a difference after one application.
5. Twistband | Hair Tie
*1 Hair Tie, Worth $1.67
*No different than a normal hair band except it is thicker and supposedly will not leave a crease mark in your hair.

Box worth $15.57

Monday, August 1, 2011

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf Review

Book: The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf
Author: Molly Harper
My Rating: 4/5
Info from amazon:
"Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone’s throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valley’s pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg. Maggie just can’t seem to convince Nick to leave . . . and even worse, she can’t convince herself to stay away from him. Cross-species dating is problem enough for a harried alpha female, but on top of that, a rival group of werewolves is trying to move into the valley. With interpack war threatening, Maggie can’t afford to be distracted. Combining romance and a career can be tough for anyone; for a werewolf in love with a human, it may be disastrous... "

This is the second book in the series, and it was a really great read. The main character is Maggie, who seemed like a huge bitch in the first book. I found that Maggie has a lot of character growth through out this book, especially if you compare it to book 1 (How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf). It has an interesting whodunit that will make you want to keep reading until you are finished. You do not have to read book 1 to read this book, though it might be helpful so you know who the characters are. Book one focuses on Maggie's brother and his love interest, while this book focuses on Maggie and her love interest.

I would not say this is a very different paranormal novel compared to others out there, though with Molly Harper's humor and mystery it will make the reading fast and keep your interest.