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

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

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
                Blood Game
                Eight Days to Live
Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz
                Blue Bloods
                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
                Danse Macabre
                The Harlequin
                Blood Noir
                Skin Trade
Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
                Vampire Academy
                **Shadow Kiss
                Blood Promise
                Spirit Bound
                Last Sacrifice
Vampire Kisses Series by Ellen Schreiber
                Vampire Kisses
                **Kissing Coffins
                Dance with a Vampire
                The Coffin Club
                Royal Blood
                Love Bites

Happy Reading!

Moon Called, Blood Bound, Iron Kissed, Bone Crossed, and Silver Borne Friday, Oct 1 2010 

This entry will be a bit different than the others–I get to fit FIVE novels into one review! I found out about the Mercy Thompson series thanks to my roommate during sophomore second semester. I read through them so fast that I caught up with my then roomie and when she finished, I plowed through that one as well. So let’s see, five books, one entry. Pretty much, mini reviews for all. You will have to trust me in the amazingness that is the Mercy Thompson series. Patricia Briggs is a genius!

Moon Called
Meet Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson. Shifter and bad-ass extraordinaire. Oh, and she’s a mechanic. Friend to werewolves, the Fae, ghosts, and vampires. Hahaa, yes! So anyway, this novel was filled with action and an obvious underlying love triangle between three characters. Love Briggs’ characters–was so sad that Mac died. Enter Adam, the very well written Alpha male in a werewolf pack that lives next to Mercy. Lots of different kinds of tension–it was wonderful. I will give Moon Called a 4/4.5 out of 5. 🙂

Blood Bound

Vampire-centric. I would say hell yes, however, these vampire are nasty pieces of work. Mercy is back and this time she is helping her vampire friend, Stefan, with a vampire that is visiting from outside his Mistress’ seethe or coven. Only, things are definitely not as they appear. Let me put it this way, werewolves, vampires, and Fae all have a wonderful thing called politics, and if you think the politics of our world are messed up–you won’t know what to think of these. In any case, Mercy gets mixed up with a vampire that is not only a vampire, but also a wizard who is  a wee bit past crazy–so, in short, the thing is horrifying and downright extreme! This novel does some more exploration of an old relationship with Samuel and Mercy, and the blooming of something new with our heroine and Adam. Blood Bound gets 4/4.5 out 5.

Iron Kissed
In this installation, Mercy is dealing with the Fae. Those of magical folklore. Note to readers: Never say thank you to the Fae–they will take it as you are indebted to them and that will just allow them to play games with you. Games that will kill you. Catch my drift? Good. Now that we have that covered, Zee, Mercy’s Fae boss, needs her help to solve a murder on the Fae reservation. Then Zee gets accused of the murder which was totally bizarre. However, upon finding out who the real killer is, things begin to go south really fast for Mercy. The last few chapters were really hard to read because of the subject matter–rape–but it was handled well. There is conflict between Adam and Mercy because he has declared her his mate and she is not sure who she wants. I give Iron Kissed a 4/4.5 out of 5.                                    

Bone Crossed
Vampires and the Fae are all sorts of bad, but this time, Mercy is… well, I will say this nicely–up shit’s creek without a paddle. Stefan has been sent to Mercy really messed up as a warning that his Mistress is going to hurt Mercy for events that happened in  Blood Bound. An old friend of Mercy’s comes into the picture and in comes a vampire that is horrible, nasty, just all bad! Characters from B.B. return and bring issues full circle. Issues between Mercy and Adam have gotten much better, thank God. Samuel is sinking quicker and quicker into a desire to not live anymore, which for a werewolf, just does not happen. Anyway, loved Bone Crossed and it gets 4/4.5 out of 5.

Silver Borne

“I slid slowly down the wall, bringing him with me as his skin stretched and the bones moved. Watching a wolf change is not a beautiful thing.” (169)

So, so, so amazing! I am so lying if I say I am just a fan. Get ready, fan-girl squeal: Eeeeeeeeeee!!!!! I think this particular novel is my favorite so far. No dealings with vampires in this one and the fae are few, thankfully! Never thought I would change my mind when it came to vampires and werewolves–but for this series, I would sooo be a werewolf’s girlfriend. Now that you are probably eeked by me…

Samuel has gotten worse and it is so sad–buuut… things are looking way up for Samuel by the end of the novel. I typically would not give away the ending, but that is just one part of the ending–so relax. 😉 I really can’t wait for Briggs’ new installments. Ms. Briggs, please hurry!! Hmm… this time around Mercy has not really done anything to antagonize anyone. She just has something that the Fairy Queen wants. As usual, Briggs’ descriptions and her content have worked we together to make something AMAZING. Her characters are so alive and do not necessarily fit the stereotypes set down by society at large. I am enjoying the characters that are slowly but surely being added to the series and I can only imagine how huge the final installment will be–I mean, you can’t really just stop Mercy Thompson.

There’s so much action and a bit of romance for those of us who enjoy that 😉 😉 Briggs goes into more detail about the mate bond between Mercy and Adam which is oh-so-helpful when thinking about how Adam acts when he feels that something is wrong with Mercy. The pack bond he forged with her is also helpful. Love it!! I am giving Briggs’ Silver Borne a 4/4.5 out of 5. I love this series!

“In the increasingly crowded field of kick-ass supernatural heroines, Mercy stands out as one of the best.”–Locus

Fifteen Books Thursday, Aug 19 2010 

For my fifteenth entry, I’d like to suggest fifteen books that I have read and loved. They might be from way back in grade school to recently read. I’d suggest them as gifts depending on age and preferences of the receiver.

1. The Dear America Series by Various Authors.
There is something so very personal about reading a diary. Add that to historical fiction, and I am pulled in. I have a couple of favorites and began reading this series when I was in 4th grade and continue to read them every now and then. With a beautiful hard cover and satin ribbon for a page marker, it makes a perfect Christmas Gift.

2. The Royal Diaries by Various Authors.
This series is a spin-off of The Dear America series. I would say this is more of a birthday gift. I discovered this series in 5th grade when I discovered my first book about Elizabeth I of England–of Tudor fame. 🙂

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.
I do not care how old you are, almost everyone I have met has read this series and connected with one or more of the characters. If you ask my roommate, Amanda, what she thinks, you will get a long rant about the crappiness of the 7th book. Feel free to click here to view her blog. Apart from that, this series is wonderful and have been with me through some of the hardest times in my life.

4. Night by Elie Wiesel.
This is probably one of the most phenomenal stories I have ever read. I read it in my sophomore year of high school and could not put it down. I have read it multiple times since then, and everytime, I love it more.

5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
It is Jane Austen! Probably one of my all-time favorite love stories. I read it in 7th grade and loved it!

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
Ah! The story of lovers who have a severe problem with giving each other whiplash. I read this particular novel in 8th grade and found that the characters could easily be diagnosed with some form of mood disorder or another. Great for picking apart character development.

7. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.
My mama gave this book to me. I was a bit unsure about reading it because… well, I don’t rightly know why I was… just was. In any case, Albom’s writing style really pulls you in and allows you to do what few books do today–think.

8. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.
Same with this novel. I really enjoy reading Albom’s stories. Fantastic author.

9. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory.
Love the book, like the movie. Books will almost always be better than the movie. Gregory really gives her characters room to grow and evolve. Very impressive.

10. Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende.
I truly loved reading this novel! So amazing. Check out my blog entry for Allende’s Island Beneath the Sea here.

11. Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz.
If you have not already guessed, I love vampire books. Melissa de la Cruz is refreshing because she brings all these new ideas about vampires to the forefront.

12. Skin Deep by Lois Ruby.
I was in 8th grade when I read this book. The story of a girl who is love with a boy who becomes a skin head. Dramatic story, and the topic was handled well. Especially it being a book for younger readers.

13. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
 One of the most amazing love stories–EVER! Granted, it is kind of like Thornbirds and being able to be with someone who is promised to God. Anyway, was very apprehensive going into it and came out loving it.

14. Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Series by Laurell K. Hamilton.
Just started this series and already I love it to death. No pun intended. Hamilton’s writing and content is probably for older teens rather than Twilighters… but no matter… Still really, really good.

15. Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs.
Well… you can ask one of my friend’s from school, completely addicting. You put one down and want to pick up the next one. Love, love, loove the main character and her main man. 🙂 Another book with vampires and werewolves. 🙂 🙂

Do you have any books that you would suggest?