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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Teaser Tuesday #73

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser. 

I am casting the net. Pray for my success, that I may increase our number and find those for whom I search. The porch light cast a shadow across our lawn. Before me, on the crunchy, dried-out autumn grass, a smaller, darker me walked to my car.

So what did you think? I know one thing, this book is amazing so far.  I'll also be posting my full review as soon as I finish it.  This one has three books in one, so it might take me a few weeks to finish.  We shall see. 


Monday, October 5, 2015

It's Monday...What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey!
So I'm pretty excited about this month and the reading challenge I'm participating in.  Going to be reading a lot of witches and vampire books this month.  But anyway, below is what I plan to read this week. 

Today/This week I'll Be Reading
(This is a book I'll probably be reading for the next weeks.  It's a three book in one volume book so it will probably take me about two weeks. ) 

 Morgan Rowlands never thought she was anything other than a typical sixteen-year-old girl. But when she meets Cal, a captivatingly handsome coven leader, she makes a discover that turns her whole world upside down: she is a witch, descended from an ancient and powerful line. And so is Cal. Their connection is immediate and unbreakable; Cal teases out Morgan's power, her love, her magick. But Morgan discovers too soon that her powers are strong-- almost too powerful to control. And she begins to suspect that Cal may be keeping secrets from her . . . secrets that could destroy them both.

I'm Also Going to Be Reading 

Sometimes a man finds trouble...and sometimes it comes looking for him... Heartache makes for good country music. It's what country superstar Butch McCormick keeps telling himself. He's done with women and can't handle one more disappointment. He's taking a few months off to work on the old house on his parents' land to fix shutters, scrape paint, and figure out what he wants in life... Then she appears out of nowhere, with red hair and a peaches-and-cream complexion...and just so damned lost. Architect Kate Riley doesn't have the luxury of getting lost, having a damaged car, or being smitten by a sexy-talkin' cowboy with an irresistible smile. But the longer Kate stays at Elderberry Farm, the stranger things get. For one, there's the crazy chemistry between her and Butch. For another, dead bodies are starting to turn up...and Kate might be the murderer's next victim.

So there is what I'm going to be reading this week.  What about you, what are you reading? 


Friday, October 2, 2015

Book Blogger Hop #12

Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.   
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop! 

This Weeks Question:  
Halloween Edition: You're volunteering to read a book to a group of young children at a library. What scary themed book for kids would you read to them?

Hmm this is a hard question, let me think for a few minutes.... I think it would have to be this book...

I've read this one to my kids a few times and they loved it! 

So what book would you read? I would love to know, leave me a comment below and tell me which book you would read to the kids. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Review: Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Awakened
Author: J.R. Ward
Publisher: Signet
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Date Published:  September 5th 2006
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 434 pages
ISBN #:  0451219368

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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society. Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

Now I've found my favorite vampire in this series! Yes I know I say this every time, but this time I really have.  Zsadist is officially my favorite Black Dagger Brotherhood Favorite! With all of that out of the way, let's talk about Lover Awakened.

My favorite part of this book is the most saddest part.  I love hearing the vampire's backstory and Zsadist's, to me, is the most heart wrenching backstory.  I don't want to give anything away, but I cried reading everything he had been through. The whole time reading this book, I kept saying he is the most tortured soul I've ever read about and still to this day I have to agree.  My heart breaks just thinking about everything.  (If you haven't read this one, you really need to pick it up and start reading it now.) Everything he thought about himself as unworthy I wanted to hug him.

I will say this, I love who his mate ends up being, at first I wasn't sure it was going to happen.  Bella has become my favorite of all the girls in these stories. I kept asking myself if he was going to open up and let her in, or was she going to end up with someone else.

Really enjoyed all the action in this book as well, not that there was less in the other two books before this one, but I liked reading it more in this one.  It's great getting to know the other brothers in this book as well, I think that's what really drew me into this story the most.  So many different takes on everything going on and so many characters walking around, but not so many that it's hard to keep up.

I will say one thing I'm really happy about, this one didn't end in such a cliff hanger.  Sometimes too many of those can be too much.  Another thing I really enjoyed about this one is that author J.R. Ward really pushed the character into talking about his past in this book and talking to someone about it and not bottling it in any longer.  I really hate to see authors that don't mention that part of the healing process for a character with this type of backstory.

I guess I'm another sucker for the wounded character, but I just love this story and Zsadist so much.  I would suggest anyone that loves the wounded character like me, to read this book, but make sure you read the other two in the series first.  This way you can see a bit more into Zsadist first.

“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, though I could see. And then you came...and I was awakened.”

As if you didn't already know...

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Eternal
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #2
Publisher: Signet
Format: Hardcover
Pages:  441 pages
Published Date: March 7th 2006
ISBN #:  0451218043
Genre: Paranormal Adult Fiction

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In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him. Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves...

Hot Vampires...Do I really need to say more. Just teasing, but seeing as this is a review I'll talk a bit more about said hot vampires.  As you should know, seeing as my review of the first book in this series, sung it's praises, I of course started this book Lover Eternal right away.   J.R. Ward has done it again with Lover Eternal, drawing me into the Vampire world all over again and holding me in place till I finish every single last word.  Not that I would want to stop reading in the first place.  This is the second book in this fantastic series.

Lover Eternal focuses on Rhage, as you can see from the summary above has a curse on him from the Scribe Virgin, who in this book I really hated.  I felt sorry for Rhage and wanted nothing but to make it all better for him, but honestly that's what Mary is in the book for.  She has battled cancer and is a volunteer and at first she rejects Rhage, which of course makes him wonder why.  She is thrown into his world by mistake, but needs his protection more than she even realizes at first.  Of course they end up falling for each other, even if they don't want to admit it at first.  

The only thing I wanted more of in this book was the hot vampire bedroom scenes.  In the first book in this series, there was plenty of hot vampire sex, in this book it's a bit toned down.  Honestly though, it doesn't take away from the actual story, so all in all I enjoyed this book.

I love the world that author J.R. Ward has created in this series, it's one that even if I wait a month or two to read the next book, I know for a fact I can jump right back into and know exactly what's going on. It's a world I hope she never stops writing in, but then again I say that about a lot of books.  I really loved the character Mary in this one, yep it's not the vampire that's my favorite for once.  I love how strong willed she is and how much she ends up loving this cursed vamp.  It just shows that love preservers.  I enjoy that about The Black Dagger Brotherhood series, there are so many ups and downs in these books, but each "brother" ends up finding that one person that is their perfect mate.  

I have heard this book compared to a Vampire version of Beauty and the beast and I have to say I agree with that comparison.  I really hope that J.R. Ward comes back to show more of their story though. Also we get to meet John Mathew for the first time in this book and I love this character so much.  I can't wait to read more about him in the future books. 

Again my favorite line in this book is only two lines...

“You are a manipulator." "I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.”

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