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

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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

Misguided Angel & Keys to the Repository Saturday, May 21 2011 

Hi Readers,

It. Has. Been. A. While. And that being said… let us proceed. 🙂

I bring you a two-in-one post today and let me tell you, I only stopped reading for an hour, and right after that hour, it was back to the books. Although this time, these books are not necessarily required reading, haha. A warning to all, this post may contain spoilers.

Misguided Angel

“The Silver Bloods were in cahoots with… humans? She felt sick. It didn’t make sense.
Nothing did.” (153)

Misguided Angel starts off, for the most part, where we left Schuyler and Jack–in Europe, off the Italian coast. Quite honestly, this particular book was not as good as its predecessors. It was great, but there was something missing from it that was quite present in the first four. I can’t peg it down though. Through much of the action, it felt like Melissa de la Cruz was distracted.

In any case, Misguided Angel is divided up into sections and the chapters within said sections: 1) Schuyler Van Alen and the Gate of Promise; 2) Mimi Force, Regent of the Coven; 3) Deming Chen, Mercy-Killer; 4) Forks in the Road.  The fourth section is split between Schuyler, Mimi, and Deming. (Deming Chen is a Venator from China who is brought over when Mimi becomes certain she won’t be able to find the Blue Blood murderer on her own).

It was so nice to see Mimi as a decent being to Oliver. They have a ton in common even if neither want to admit it. Granted, she is still hellishly angry with Jack–to some extent, she has every right to be… but it’s not like she wasn’t messing around too. She has gained a conscience, the quantity of human familiars she has had… well, it outnumbers almost every other Blue Blood, that’s for sure. However, if there is one theme in this novel that is heavily mentioned as regards to Mimi, it is her grief in losing Kingsley… and I can’t blame her for that.

Deming Chen is a new face. And she brings with her a new… well, new for us… breed of vampire. She is a starborn twin. Quoted from pg. 201, “It was a rare thing in the vampire world, to have a trueborn sibling. Starborn twins were two halves of the same person, made from the same empyrean star that split and produced two spirits instead of one and were identical in every aspect… Starborn vampires usually lived out their cycles alone” because they don’t have a bondmate. Anyway, Deming is a Venator who, like Kingsley, is very good with her craft and will take whatever measures necessary to get results. And boy does she get results. This indirectly involves Deming… but Melissa de la Cruz is bringing in the Nephilim, the result of an angel and a human. My guess is that she will draw more of that particular story thread into the next book.

Misguided Angel kept me reading for a little less than four and a half hours. I liked it, but not as much as the previous four. Booklist gives a star and says, “‘De la Cruz introduces a conception of vampires far different from traditional stake-fleeing demons, coupling sly humor with the gauzier trappings of being fanged and fabulous.'” I’d say keep an eye out for Lost in Time, the sixth novel in the Blue Bloods series. I give Misguided Angel a 2.5/3 out of 5. It brings a bit more explanation to the overall story, but I feel it was at more of stand still in regard to plot development.

Keys to the Repository

“The following documents you are about to read contain top secret and classified information concerning the history of the Blue Bloods” (7)

True to this quote, the book gives loads of background information. Keys to the Repository is a companion book to the Blue Bloods series and was great to read. It took me about three and a half hours to finish and Blue Bloods 1-5 are clearer than ever. Keys to the Repository outlines the Family Records for the Van Alen, Force, Llewellyn, and Off-Coven families. Also explains the Venator Records, and the Fallen Brethren: House of the Morningstar. This book deals with many other parts of the Blue Bloods series, but I can’t give EVERYTHING away… now can I? 😉

However… there was one part dealing with Dylan Ward… it broke my heart. He’s such a great character–reminds me of some of my friends from school–dark clothing and brooding, but a complete sweetie. I was so sad when he was killed–not cool de la Cruz, not cool.

Long story short, I can’t say much about this particular book because the point of reading it is to better understand the worlds of our beloved Blue Bloods. 🙂 This is the first companion book I’ve ever read, so, I’m giving Keys to the Repository a 5 out of 5. I respect Melissa de la Cruz so much–being able to create a world that detailed is amazing. 🙂

Until next time my dear readers.

❤ Nolaleigh

P.S. Another Blue Bloods companion book just came in at the library. I’m so excited! 🙂

I’m So Blue With You Friday, Apr 15 2011 

Hi Readers,

Long time no read… well, kind of. It has been awhile since I’ve posted anything in regard to my thirty days of photos challenge. If you haven’t noticed, it has been a wee-bit longer than thirty days. Writing papers and reading multiple books will have that effect. But I’m working on it, I promise.

On the other hand… back to the wonderful world of books! Today’s post is all about my favorite book. Unfortunately, it comes in the form of a series. Fortunately, that means more of the characters I love!

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.

Blue Bloods is the first book in a series by Melissa de la Cruz. I love this book. I love this series. There are few books where I can start reading and I will completely lose myself in its pages. I guess this is why people love to watch me read–everything I feel or think becomes written across my face–more so at that moment than ever. I even start having conversations with the characters, and yeah, most people might do that anyway. But I take these conversations to a whole new level. Ask my roomie-friend and fellow blogger, Amanda–she will tell you all about it! haha

But seriously, I was apprehensive to read them in the first place because a former dormmate recommended them.  But I read them anyway because this is a series about vampires. I could not stop reading. Historical, biblical, all kinds of mythology just shot up out of the woodwork–I was forever enchanted. Yes, it is a series about teen vampires–but there’s a lot more to these books than hormones, I promise! lol

I hope you are having a great month, I’m sick at the moment. The soonest I will probably have a moment to write again is at the end of April. Exams are the first week of May. Then, LOTS of things are happening–I think that might actually deserve its own post–and the Reading List for 2011 might be able to start-up. 🙂

❤ Nolaleigh

Just A Little Bit Wednesday, Oct 20 2010 

Hello Readers!

 I thought I might let you in on what has been going on with my 2010 Reading List and a little bit about me… just a little bit. Here goes…

I have removed a certain number of the titles I had on the list. For a couple of reasons I might add–this way nobody can spit thorns in my direction. There were just too many titles to get through. It was a wonderful thought–read over 150 books in a year or less. Granted, I am still reading most of them–I just took away about 50 titles, maybe a couple more. I had too much of a topic that I love reading about in small doses, namely European royalty. Also, I started reading Nefertiti, but I have to return it–have to read other books, so I’ll be returning to Egypt one day. 🙂 In any case, that is what’s going on there.

New news with me–I am in the process of making a 2011 Reading List. It is very short and reasonable. The books for 2011 seem to have a theme so that should be fun to play with and see where it takes me. I would like it if I could finish it by the end of 2011, that is how short it is. I am giving my 2010 list a little over a year to be done, however, starting Summer 2011, I’ll probably be mixing up the lists just a bit. I will release the 2011 list in the new year. However, I suppose if you want a sneak peek, you could always ask–ya know? 😉

My original list can be found here, 2010 Reading List. My revised list goes as follows:

Anything that is crossed out, I have finished reading and reviewed by October 19, 2010.
** Indicates that it is currently on hold and what is to come within the next month

Singles
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter by Stephen R. Prothero
The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker
The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
Nefertiti by Michelle Moran
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran
Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran

Series
Millenium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson
                The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
                The Girl Who Played with Fire
                The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Eve Duncan Saga by Iris Johansen
                The Face of Deception
                The Killing Game
                The Search
                Body of Lies
                Blind Alley
                Countdown
                Stalemate
                Quicksand
                Blood Game
                Eight Days to Live
Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz
                Blue Bloods
                Masquerade
                Revelations
                The Van Alen Legacy
                Misguided Angel
Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
                Moon Called
                Blood Bound
                Iron Kissed
                Bone Crossed
                Silver Borne
                River Marked
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series
 by Laurell K. Hamilton
                Guilty Pleasures
                **The Laughing Corpse
                Circus of the Damned
                The Lunatic Cafe
                Bloody Bones
                The Killing Dance
                Burnt Offerings
                Blue Moon
                Obsidian Butterfly
                Narcissus in Chains
                Cerulean Sins
                Incubus Dreams
                Micah
                Danse Macabre
                The Harlequin
                Blood Noir
                Skin Trade
                Flirt
                Bullet
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
                Vampire Academy
                Frostbite
                **Shadow Kiss
                Blood Promise
                Spirit Bound
                Last Sacrifice
Vampire Kisses Series by Ellen Schreiber
                Vampire Kisses
                **Kissing Coffins
                **Vampireville
                Dance with a Vampire
                The Coffin Club
                Royal Blood
                Love Bites

Happy Reading!

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