Monthly Archives:: August 2013

Aug 30
Film Friday: War and Peace

Film Friday: War and Peace

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. Earlier this week it was Leo Tolstoy’s birthday and what better way to honor the memory of a great Russian author, than to feature his novel War and Peace. War and Peace is an extensive novel and in this version it focuses on Natasha, Pierre, and Andrei’s complex relationship along the backdrop of the events leading to the Napoleonic invasion. Gen. Kutuzov: The only important battle is the last. War and Peace (1956) Napoleon’s tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

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Aug 29
Blog Tour: Review-Karen Ranney’s The Devil of Clan Sinclair + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Karen Ranney’s The Devil of Clan Sinclair + Giveaway

I’ve always wanted to read Karen Ranney’s books, but I’ve never had the chance. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t say no! Ranney’s The Devil of Clan Sinclair was a delightful read! I’m a big fan of reunited lovers and Ranney’s The Devil of Clan Sinclair doesn’t disappoint! Writing was engaging and I loved the banter between Macrath and Virginia. I most particularly enjoyed how Ranney introduced us to the couple and especially how their romance developed and how they were torn apart. Character development was strong, but I couldn’t feel much empathy for Virginia especially after she agrees to Enid, her mother-in-law’s plan. I know people do crazy things in desperate times, but I just wanted her to show some backbone. Even Enid… Read more »

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Aug 28
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Answers In A Game Of Questions

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Answers In A Game Of Questions

Today is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s birthday and I decided to share my favorite poem: Answers In A Game Of Questions. What’s your favorite von Goethe poem? Answers In A Game Of Questions THE LADY. IN the small and great world too, What most charms a woman’s heart? It is doubtless what is new, For its blossoms joy impart; Nobler far is what is true, For fresh blossoms it can shoot Even in the time of fruit. THE YOUNG GENTLEMAN. With the Nymphs in wood and cave Paris was acquainted well, Till Zeus sent, to make him rave, Three of those in Heav’n who dwell; And the choice more trouble gave Than e’er fell to mortal lot, Whether in old times or not. THE EXPERIENCED. Tenderly a woman view, And… Read more »

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Aug 28
The Round Table: Famous People As Book Characters

The Round Table: Famous People As Book Characters

As I read Veronica Roth’s Divergent last week, I got to thinking: do the book characters you imagine ever mirror real life actors, singers, athletes, or models? For example, I know a person who only pictures Matt Bomer in all the books she reads no matter what. Most of the characters I read remain faceless. By that I mean, they aren’t based on anyone real (as far as I know). I have yet to picture a celebrity as Gideon Cross and my ideal Cross isn’t anyone people have suggested (ie: Henry Cavill, etc). Although there are times when I do picture a celebrity for a brief moment and it is just for that small moment in time and then it passes. For example, in a scene in Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting… Read more »

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Aug 27
Book Review: Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right

Book Review: Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right

I feel that I owe you a reason as to why I decided to read Darynda Jones’ First Grave on the Right. I attended a local book festival and she was on a panel. She was so much fun and I felt bad I hadn’t read her books and afterwards when I went to have a few books signed for a blog giveaway we talked. I had her sign First Grave and promised I’d read it and did. Initially I wasn’t going to write a review because the book has been out for a while, but Octavia from Read Sleep Repeat wanted a review and here goes. Charley Davidson has a secret and one that’s helped solve some of Albuquerque’s most difficult cases. She’s a grim reaper and as one… Read more »

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Aug 26
Book Review: Kathleen S. Allen’s How to be Almost Famous in Ten Days

Book Review: Kathleen S. Allen’s How to be Almost Famous in Ten Days

Seventeen-year-old Cassie Cee just wants to be seen. When her best friend, Rachel, gets noticed by the cute Starbucks barista, Cassie is disappointed because she’s almost certain she caught his eye. Armed with the book she bought at the local secondhand bookstore, she sets out to do the impossible: become famous in ten days. Will Cassie succeed or will she come to realize that she’s awesome just the way she is? Kathleen Allen’s How to be Almost Famous in Ten Days is a quick and light read. It also has a positive message that everyone can walk away with. Cassie’s main problem is having a shallow best friend, Rachel. Rachel doesn’t care about anything that doesn’t revolve around her and we see it several times especially when Cassie wants to… Read more »

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Aug 25
Cover Reveal: L.G. Castillo’s After the Fall

Cover Reveal: L.G. Castillo’s After the Fall

I have a cover reveal for L.G. Castillo’s After the Fall. The first book is Lash and you can read the synopsis for it here. I really like After the Fall‘s cover! It is a beautiful cover! I really like the colors! * * * Cover designed by Mae I Design Title: After the Fall Author: L.G. Castillo Series: Broken Angel #2 Publication date: September 15th 2013 Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance Synopsis: There’s a Spanish proverb that says, “From the thorn and the pain, a flower is born.” Naomi Duran never really understood what that meant until she became an archangel. Finally reunited with the love of her life, Naomi thought she had everlasting love and happiness in Heaven. Even with the rebellious Lash by her side, she learns… Read more »

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Aug 24
Book Review: Alice Bello’s Hope Entangles

Book Review: Alice Bello’s Hope Entangles

Hope Entangles picks where Hope Breaks left off. Those of us hoping for a Jake and Hope reconciliation, well…we have to wait some more. Hope Entangles isn’t about them getting back together, but rather what Hope does get over what she did to Jake. Now if you haven’t read Hope Breaks stop reading this review NOW, read it then proceed. Like Hope Breaks, Hope Entangles is told via Hope’s point of view, but we also get Jake’s. I always enjoy getting to see Hope’s world, but the real treat was getting to know Jake! Bello left some unanswered questions in the first novella especially with regards to how Jake knew Hope in high school. That question is answered and I’m glad she gave us his perspective alongside Hope’s. Also, I… Read more »

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Aug 23
Film Friday: Fahrenheit 451

Film Friday: Fahrenheit 451

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. Yesterday was Ray Bradbury’s birthday and what better way to honor the memory of a great American author, than to feature his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. Guy Montag: Well, it’s a job just like any other. Good work with lots of variety. Monday, we burn Miller; Tuesday, Tolstoy; Wednesday, Walt Whitman; Friday, Faulkner; and Saturday and Sunday, Schopenhauer and Sartre. We burn them to ashes and then burn the ashes. That’s our official motto. Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. Guy Montag is a firefighter who lives in a lonely, isolated society where… Read more »

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Aug 22
Spotlight: Alice Bello’s Hope Entangles

Spotlight: Alice Bello’s Hope Entangles

I really enjoyed Alice Bello’s Hope Breaks and it ended on a cliffhanger so I naturally I needed to know more! I’m glad book 2 is now available! Title: Hope Breaks Author: Alice Bello Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: August 18 2013 Synopsis: Hope Jones did a very, very stupid thing. She betrayed the man she was falling in love with just to keep her job, and is crippled with guilt. But now she has a problematic new neighbor who’s more than just a pain in the ass, a new addiction to breakfast breads, and she has to try and teach a teenager how to drive. Will she be able to do all this, get past the darkness in her past that comes calling, and still save her job… again?

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Aug 22
Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s Let Me Go

Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s Let Me Go

Chelsea Cain’s Let Me Go is the sixth book in her Archie Sheridan / Gretchen Lowell series. If you haven’t read the series, start with Heartsick and work your way down. For a standalone, read The Night Season. Let Me Go is not a standalone and Cain mentions a few cases and people from the other books, hence the reason I recommend starting with Heartsick. Let Me Go picks up shortly after Kill You Twice leaves off. Gretchen is still at large and for once Archie takes things in stride. When Archie receives some unsettling news, he sets out to meet with Leo Reynolds, son of drug lord Jack Reynolds and a secret DEA agent. Soon Archie finds out Jack is the one pulling the strings and Leo is being… Read more »

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Aug 21
Excerpt: Elizabeth Marx’s Stained

Excerpt: Elizabeth Marx’s Stained

Title: Stained Author: Elizabeth Marx Genre: Contemporary Publication Date: August 20, 2013 Synopsis: What happens when your darkest truth is revealed to the world? Scarlett Marbry was just sixteen when her mother, an acclaimed Sacred Harp singer, committed suicide in front of her, sending her running from rural Alabama and the darkness that pushed her mother over the edge. Now, after five years of building a fragile cage around her heart to protect herself, she must return to Crossroads for her grandparents’ funeral. There, she’ll not only be forced to deal with the reality of her deep Southern roots, but she’ll have to face the one she left behind. Revell Marshall is used to working with fragile objects. He’s built a life and career around reassembling the delicate stained glass… Read more »

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