The Laughing Corpse Monday, Jun 13 2011 

Hi Readers,

It has been a year, maybe a little more or less since I’ve read Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series. It is unfortunate because she is a great writer and her novels really pull the audience in. I’m not sure why I stopped reading… other than my school work… BUT, I’m back now and so is Anita in The Laughing Corpse:

Messy, Dolph had called it. A master of understatement. Blood was everywhere, splattered over the white walls like someone had taken a can of paint and thrown it. There was an off-white couch with brown and gold patterened flowers on it. Most of the couch was hidden under a sheet. The sheet was crimson. A bright square of afternoon sunlight came through the clean, sparkling windows. The sunlight made the blood cherry-red, shiny. (Pg. 18)

Trust me, I was being gracious by posting that particular quote. Hamilton does have a way with words. ūüôā I really can’t wait to read her other works, and more specifically, the ever-growing Anita Blake series. I kind of wonder how much Anita resembles Ms. Hamilton; her picture on the back-cover fits the image I get when I’m reading about Anita.

I love Anita. I love Jean-Claude. I absolutely adore¬†Hamilton’s other characters… but Anita and Jean-Claude… Their dialogue was awesome in The Laughing Corpse. I’m serious! Ask my mum… I scared the crap out of her one evening around 1 am because I was laughing so hard. I’ve been restraining myself from going and finding out what is in store for them in the future books… and I’m not a fan of being someone’s servant, but I am rooting for these two. Then again, if the relationship “works” between any vampire character and the mortal woman, I root for it… ANYWAY… These two characters are so well drawn out; in the first book, Guilty Pleasures, I really liked them bickering and overt “lusting” as Anita calls it, but here, I love it. I was all antsy waiting for Jean-Claude to show up–and he didn’t disappoint.

So, a little bit about the second novel in the Anita Blake series. This time, Anita has been asked to raise a corpse for a¬†client with deviant preferences. Ms. Blake soon learns the more powerful a person is, the more their monster within surfaces. Whether she’s defying a vampire’s rights over her life, or a voodoo grandma with a bad rep, she does it amazingly well. Sarcasm in full swing, Anita Blake kicks ass and asks for names later. Which in all truth, makes this series…

Monstrously entertaining.
— Publisher’s Weekly

The plot was hella¬†intriguing. I’d be getting ready to put the book down for the evening, and then BAM!, something would happen. I’d sit up in bed, “Say what?!” Aaand keep reading. On a side note, I don’t necessarily want to get involved, but researching voodoo would be pretty cool.

As soon as I can, I hope to pick up another book from the Anita Blake series. I mean, every time I finish one of these books, I become a bigger fan of Hamilton and this series. So, I am giving The Laughing Corpse a 4.5/5 out of 5. I was thoroughly entertained and can’t wait to pick up the next novel!

Until next time.

‚̧ Nolaleigh

Bloody Valentine Wednesday, Jun 8 2011 

Instead, his love had been absorbed and dispersed into his spirit (Pg. 34)

Hi Readers,

This post is probably going to be fairly short. I’ve a bit going on right now, but I promise a better book review soon. Without further ado…

I bring you another companion book to the Blue Bloods series. Bloody Valentine tells the healing story of Oliver Hazard-Perry, the forbidden love story of Allegra Van Alen, and the bonding of Schuyler Van Alen and Jack Force.

I gotta be honest, I was more excited for the bonding than anything. AND it went above and beyond expectations! The entire Blue Bloods series is becoming a problem. New novels and series are branching from the original series which does not help me finish my lists. Oh well, they are amazing, so it is completely worth it! Haha.

I’m giving Bloody Valentine a 5 out of 5. This companion book answered some questions and filled in blanks that I’m sure will be slightly left out in the sixth Blue Bloods novel which I am very excited for! My one issue that isn’t really an issue: You have to carefully read Allegra’s story and be willing to read between the lines…

Fans came for the romance but stayed for the  slow-build family family and murder mysteries.
–Entertainment Weekly

Until next time…

‚̧ Nolaleigh

Low Red Moon Sunday, Jun 5 2011 

Hi Readers,

If my memory serves me correctly, this is the first posting for the 2011 Reading List, whoop whoop! I’ve decided to make minor changes to my book reviews as of now. You might notice, you might not. Either way, if you read my blog, I hope you enjoy what you find and that it might be a little helpful. So, here goes…

Ivy Devlin’s Low Red Moon is about a young woman named Avery who can’t remember the night her parents were murdered. Strange events begin to take place and she wonders if she is losing her mind. Interestingly enough, she falls for Ben, ¬†the new guy in town who can’t remember that particular night either. It is a race to regain her memories and stand against the evils clouding the town.

I was covered in blood when the police found me. Head to toe: in my hair, on my eyelashes, in the skin between my toes. Dried so deep into my clothes they were taken away and I never saw them again.
(Pg. 1)

Small note: This quote makes me think of¬†the show, Dexter… when he remembers who killed his mother and you get the full visual of his mother’s murder. The amount of blood in the show is cringe inducing, but a good show nonetheless. Anyway…

Worth note, the word “moon” is written in red every single time it is on a page. Seeing a red word makes me think of auto-correct¬†in Microsoft Word. It took a while to¬†get used to it–but the concept is original, at least to my knowledge.

My only complaint: By the very beginning we have a Twilight-esque¬†novel. I mean, there are no vampires, but we have werewolves in place of the Cullens. In the middle of a BFE town. And I kid you not, almost word for word, Avery and Ben have the same discussion about being 17-years-old and for how long–almost EXACTLY like Bella and Edward. WHY? And the bond mate issue–seeing someone and being bonded immediately. At least Avery has a reason to be upset! I won’t even finish that thought, I think you get the idea.

Ivy Devlin’s Low Red Moon¬†is my favorite new paranormal romance! Lyrical and engrossing, with a heroine we can all relate to and a sexy, mysterious new boy who’s a total fox–I mean, wolf!
— Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times–bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series

For the age group it is written for, very good book. I would recommend it to girls in high school. So, keeping in mind this book is geared towards Young Adults, I give Low Red Moon a 3.5/4 out of 5. The only major problem I had with this story is the huge  similarity to Twilight.

Until next time.

‚̧ Nolaleigh

May’s Top 10 Countdown Wednesday, Jun 1 2011 

Hi Readers,

I am so, so happy to be reading and posting again. I mean, I guess some people can say that if you really want to post, you’ll figure out a way. But with the amount of reading and other homework I had this past year, it just was not going to happen… which¬†is why I decided to post other activities (some more frequent than others)¬†when I could not read and post book reviews. In any case, you know the drill. ūüôā Click here to see a complete list and enjoy:

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
2. Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler

Hardcover Fiction:
1. Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
2. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Paperback Trade Fiction:
1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Paperback Mass-Market Fiction:
1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
2. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
2.The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Happy Reading!

‚̧ Nolaleigh