Why Can’t I? Thursday, May 30 2013 

Hi Readers,

Any ideas as to what this post could possibly be about?

Oh, I don’t know. Let’s think about this…

I would love to post every single time I finish a book… but that is just not going to happen. For one reason or another I just can’t do it. Hell, I can’t post once a month. Maybe it isn’t “can’t…” I don’t know. Not a clue. Either way… you’re reading this post for some reason, and me? I am posting this out of some off sense of obligation. Without further ado, here is what I’ve read since January 1, 2013, (spoilers might be involved):

1-15-13: Blood Noir, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5, “Sometimes it’s not the light in a person you fall in love with, but the dark. Sometimes it’s not the optimist you need, but another pessimist to walk beside you and know, absolutely know, that the sound in the dark is a monster, and it really is as bad as you think. “

1-31-13: Skin Trade, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5, “I’m a Christian, but if God is truly a God of love, then why would he have a private torture chamber where he put people that he was suppose to love and forgive to punish forever? If you actually read the Bible, the idea of hell like in the  movies and  most books was invented by a writer. Dante’s Inferno was ripped off by the Church to give people something to ba afraid of…”

2-14-13: Flirt, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5, “I put power into the words, all the power I had, and willed it to work.” (149)

2-19-13: Bullet, Laurell K. Hamilton, 3/5, “I’d more likely be staring into a pair of my own dark brown, and I can see that everytime I look in a mirror. I’m not fond enough of my own eyes to want to see them in someone else’s face.” (356)

2-24-13: Lost in Time, Melissa de la Cruz, 4/5, “The battle was finished.” (328)

2-28-13: Gates of Paradise, Melissa de la Cruz, 4/5, “Sometimes love means letting go.” (332)

3-3-13: Last Sacrifice, Richelle Mead, 3/5, “‘Just because we want something doesn’t mean it’s right.'” (452)

3-12-13: Hit List, Laurell K. Hamilton, 5/5, “‘Tell that to the BTK killer,’ I said. ‘He was a churchgoer, raised two kids, married, and resisted the urge to kill for decades. He was a person, but he was a monster, too.'”

3-21-13: Kiss the Dead, Laurell K. Hamilton, 4/5, “I’m beginning to try and wrap my head around the thought that no one gets to hurt the people I love, not even another man that I love.” (359)

3-22-13: The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court, Michelle Moran, 4/5, “He smiles widely. ‘As accomplished as any Hapsburg archduchess should be.'” (12)

3-26-13: Cleopatra’s Daughter, Michelle Moran, 4/5, “He brushed his lips against my ear. ‘A brave young woman who has always fought for what was right, even when it was unpopular. A woman who can’t return to the land of her birth, but is welcome to cross the seas and rebuild Alexandria in mine. And a woman who has suffered enough in Rome and deserves happiness for a change. Will you come to Mauretania and be my queen?'”

4-8-13: Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life, Natalie Goldberg, 4/5, “Writing practice brings us back to the uniqueness of our own minds and an acceptance of it. We all have wild dreams, fantasies, and ordinary thoughts. Let us to feel the texture of them and not be afraid of them.Writing is still the wildest thing I know.”

4-9-13: The King’s Concubine: A Novel of Alice Perrers, Anne O’Brien, 4/5, “‘It is important for a woman to have the duplicity to make good use of whatever gifts she might have, however valueless they might seem… You have to have the inner strength to pursue your goal, and not care how many enemies you make along the road. It is not easy.'”

4-16-13: The Last Nude, Ellis Avery, 4/5, “She looked up at me then as if I were a dream she was having, and that’s when I thought it: I can do whatever I want to her.” (287)

4-18-13: Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson, 5/5, “She wipes a snowflake off my cheek. ‘You’re not dead, but you’re not alive either. You’re a wintergirl, Lia-Lia, caught in between the worlds. You’re a ghost with a beating heart. Soon you’ll cross the border and be with me. I’m so stoked. I miss you wicked.'” (196)

4-25-13: Daddy Love, Joyce Carol Oates, 3/5, “Of every one hundred children perhaps one interested Daddy Love in the depths of his soul. Of every two hundred children perhaps one excited him.” (53)

5-2-13: The Vanishers, Heidi Julavits, 3/5, “Blame is the cord you can never sever, the viscous umbilical you can swipe at with you hands, but there it will be always ghostily hover, connecting you to monsters exactly as pitiful and needy and flawed as yourself.” (278)

5-23-13: God is Not One, Stephen R. Prothero, 5/5, Click here to read my review!

5-23-13: Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, 5/5, “Each clue was hidden in a spot where I’d cheated on Amy. She’d used the treasure hunt to take me on a tour of all my infidelities.” (226)

5-26-13: Frost Burned, Patricia Briggs, 4/5, “I was going to have to come up with a rank for myself besides Alpha’s mate. In the pack, I was just Mercy- but if ten more people called me the Alpha’s mate, I was going to hit someone. It sounded like a chess move.” (316)

I love Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. Damn near addictive. Michelle Moran is truly fantastic! The authors that I keep returning to… they know their stuff. Wintergirls broke my heart. The quotes at the end are my favorite lines–just fyi.

Daddy Love and Wintergirls… they were difficult to read. That is probably the point, but after reading them, I felt angry. And I’m not going to lie… a part of me still isn’t over it.

In other news, I feel like a majority of 2011’s Reading List is going to be… cancelled? Yes, cancelled. I’m just not into the titles now like I was when I first found them. That being said, I am finished with 2010’s Reading List–even God is Not One by Stephen R. Prothero. I’ve been reading it since January–it is fairly intensive on some portions, so I decided to take it slow.

So, it is the end of May… and this entry has been five months in the making. Here’s to attempting another entry similar to this in June. Or maybe we’ll all wait until December…

Always,
Nolaleigh

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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

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

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