Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Vampire's Rise (Stone Masters #1) by V.M.K. Fewings

From the Publisher...

For a vampire, the journey from life to death is just the beginning. For Daumia Velde, this torment will take him from the savage bullfighting arenas of 15th century Spain, into the terrifying chambers of desolate mausoleums. From the darkest, winding, city streets of London into bohemian castles imbued with corridors of eternal secrets and endless lies, yet to be discovered. As Daumia hunts down his brother's murderer, he becomes entwined in the fateful love of the alluring Sunaria, the woman that will change his life forever. But as the blood spills and the love grows, Daumia finds that the price of revenge may be the very salvation of his soul. Struggling to hold on to the last remnants of his humanity, Daumia emerges from the underworld, rising out of the ashes of his past and evolving into the deadliest of killers, one that no mortal or immortal can resist.

From Me...

Cover: The artwork on the cover of this book is so intriguing.  My initial interest in this book was based on the title and the cover.

The Story:  I really enjoyed the story.  Especially since it was different than most vampire novels that I have read.  In this book, we get to see a man grow up from being a boy.  He becomes a man, falls in love and has a family. In protecting his family he becomes a victim and is turned.  

The story takes place over many decade, instead of following one instance in a vampire's life.  Usually, a book will follow something that is happening to the vampire within a short time, and eternity is acknowledged as an abstract idea.  In this book, the reader travels between decades while Daumia is both human and an unchanging vampire.   The reader becomes involved in the immortal aging process.
The only problem I have with this story are the villains.  Over the course of the book there were several villains, each one with deadly intentions.  Each antagonist is dispatched throughout the book, but not without some gruesome confrontations.  The focus of the story seemed to get lost as each new villain emerged. While I liked the idea that the reader followed decades of Daumia's life, this meant that the reader had to follow several story lines.  This felt slightly convoluted and distracting, as I had too many things to focus on.

The writing:  I really enjoyed the writer's style.  The sentence structures were good, and the descriptions are excellent.  My only issue, and this is a stylistic thing, is that the reader entered each seen while it was happening.  Rather than introducing the actions that are taking place, we are thrown into the action and forced to infer from the dialogue what has happened.

Overall Impressions: I really enjoyed the story of this book, but I wasn't captivated by it.  I truly believe this a stylistic thing.  Though I am giving this book a three, I will probably read the second book in the trilogy.  Jump to the second book's trailer below. 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

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Overview of Dark Isle

When evil begets evil, a choice is forced on Quinn, the one person who can see
the danger. Does she save the ones she loves, or does she save the world from

As the realms of Fae and human collide, Quinn's future has never
looked so grim, or so damn impossible.

Genre- Urban Fantasy
Overview of Enemy in Blue

 The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold
What if the good guys weren't good?
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cover it up?
Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a
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Genre- Thriller

Overview of Land of the Noonday Sun

When two strangers have nothing left but their dreams,
they must forge a relationship in Nantahala, North Carolina, a small town known
as Land of the Noonday Sun.

A man with a
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career as a whitewater guide. Everything changes though when fate hurls a woman
into his path. His carefree life is in turmoil, and his former weaknesses
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Overview of This Time Forever

Delaney Brannigan and Blake Morrisson
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Fourteen-year-old Cassidy Jones wakes up the morning after a minor
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Overview of Gray Justice

Gray Justice is the fast-paced debut
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Overview of Gone at Zero Hundred 00:00

"Their lives are in the hands of two 18-year-olds..."
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Overview of Allegiance

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After exposing one of the most notorious rings of police corruption in history,
lawyer Cruz Marquez planned on starting a new life south of the border. That
plan unraveled when an extremist group of Minutemen captured and tortured him
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Will Cruz pledge allegiance to do right, or will he do anything
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Curbchek-Reload is a dark account of the streets as they were worked by
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop

Shadowland by CM Gray


From the Publisher...

‘I have lived more years than I can remember, probably more than the sum of all your years combined. Kings have called me friend and brigands have sworn to burn the flesh from my bones even if they have to search all seven halls of the shadowland to find me.’

On the night of midwinter’s eve, a storyteller takes his listeners back to the Dark ages and a tale from his youth.

Deserted by its Roman masters, Britain has been invaded by the Saxons at the invitation of Vortigern, traitorous leader of the Britons. Now, as the tribes unite to reclaim their land, one man must rise to lead them and become their true and only king.

From Me...

First of all, I love books like this one!  It starts off with a man who has lived an adventure and is retelling the story.  IT reminded me instantly of Water for Elephants, which I loved.  I have also read retellings of Uther Pendragon, and this one was remarkably unique.  As someone who loves the basic Athur adventure, and knows many of its characters and details, I was happy to find that the characters could still surprise me!  Though some were blatantly obvious, some identities were hidden and later revealed.  Love the intrigue!!!

The writing was very good, with lovely descriptions that put the reader in the middle of the scene.  While the beginning is very intriguing, the middle lacks a little oomph.  Generally, this happens when characters are introduced and integrated, but it felt most noticeable here.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  The magic was present, but not overwhelming.  The characters were interesting and compelling.  A really fun read that I would definitely recommend.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

My Booket List is Coming to Life!!!

I just found out that two of my Booket List titles are coming to the big screen!  I have read both of these, so I  am soooo excited to read these! Check out the trailers and tell me what you think!

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Book Synopsis:

The sensual, rebellious Anna renounces a respectable yet stifling marriage for an affair that offers passion even as it ensnares her for destruction. Her story contrasts with that of Levin, a young, self- doubting agnostic who takes a different path to fulfillment. 

The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby Poster
Book Synopsis:

Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Introducing the Giveaway Page!!!

I love that so many blogs are having reviews, and then links and blog hops to help get review out there.  So I decided to make a giveaway tab.  Anyone can add their giveaway, and I will upload the link.  I will need to get a link for your blog and your giveaway.  Also, please give me a description of the giveaway, to entice people to enter!!!  Obviously, they will enter the giveaway from your site!  This is just a place where people can go to look up new giveaways.   Just email me the link at or @buckeye_gal4 and I will upload it.  Also, you can leave the link in the comments section, and I will upload it in its own post.

If you are just looking for a giveaway to enter, all you have to do is come to my blog and click on the giveaway tab.  Hopefully soon there will be tons of giveaways to enter!  Good Luck!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

For Love of Social Media

Last night I was reading Twitter, enjoying the occasional review, when someone posted something that got me thinking.  The question, posed by @kimbacaffeinate & @booklove101 was this: what books do you almost always recommend when someone asks for a suggestion.  Their lists were pretty good, and I definitely agreed with most of them, but I felt the list was too focused on YA, which is fine, especially if that's what you like!  I mean, who would recommend a book they didn't like?! 

Anyway, I started thinking about the books that I would recommend.  I was thinking of the bokos that I have recommended, or books that I have let people borrow. Then I started wondering what other people would recommend.  So I decided to stop wondering, and just I love having a blog!!!  Below you will find my list, and I would love to know yours!  Please don't feel like you have to have a full list, if you just want to make a suggestion, that's cool too!

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  4. Twilight (leave me be, these are fun books!!!) by Stephanie Meyer
  5. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  6. Beach Road by James Patterson
  7. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  8. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  9. The Locket by Richard Paul Evans
  10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Monday, July 16, 2012

But I Want it Now!!!


Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) 

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy, #2)"Together we lifted our feet and stepped into the unknown"—the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller A Discovery of Witches

Deborah Harkness exploded onto the literary scene with her debut novel,A Discovery of Witches, Book One of the magical All Souls Trilogy and an international publishing phenomenon. The novel introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and the handsome geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont; together they found themselves at the center of a supernatural battle over an enchanted manuscript known as Ashmole 782.

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending,Shadow of Night plunges Diana and Matthew into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens.

Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries, delivering one of the most hotly anticipated novels of the season.

From Me... *Spoilers*

First I want to share the intense sadness I experienced by reading this book.  If you have ever experienced this, I am so sorry!!!

Moving on from this tragedy was difficult, but with my trusty hair dryer, I made it through and could read the book--and I am so glad I did!!!  

This book had something for everyone.  If you enjoyed the first book, then you will love the character development.  For instance, Matthew and Diana finally have sex!!!  After 700 pages in the first book, and a couple hundred more in the second, they finally figured it out!  Yay!!!

If you enjoy historical fiction, then this is the book for you. This book is almost entirely set in the 16th century.  Matthew and Diana time travel to 1590 so that Diana can learn to become a witch and they can both find Ashmole 782.

If you like supernatural books, this one is great!  We have vampires, witches and demons galore, plus famous literary giants who are supernatural as well.  For instance, Sir Walter Raleigh and Shakespeare are not human.  Delicious!  Especially for someone with a degree in English, like me.

There  is so much to love in this book, but I do have some criticisms.  I wish Ms. Harkness had focused Matthew and Diana more.  I did not understand why the characters kept getting distracted!  We are talking about a life and death situation so dire that they had to go back in time to fix it!  Yet, they travel to multiple courts, placated multiple rulers, and take in children?!?!  I mean it was sweet to see Matthew help Jack with his nightmares, but it felt entirely superfluous.  

Otherwise, I really loved the book.  Then again, I am attached to the characters.  I can't wait to see Diana be pregnant with a growing belly.  I bet that will change her magic like crazy!  Plus, I want to know how Deborah Harkness is going to answer the one question that plagues vampire and non-vampire romances...will she become a vampire?  I mean right now everything is great, but give it ten years, or twenty, or fifty!  He will continue unchanged but she won't.  What will happen?  Guess I have another two years to wait.  Start the Clock!!!

Let me know what you thought about this book, the first book, or anything else you feel like saying!


Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Semi-Charmed Summer Book Challenge

SO I discovered this way late, but I wanted to join the fun!  I went ahead and counted my books from May 1, 2012.

How to keep track: I’ll post a check-in every Sunday on which you can comment with your progress. I will also include the scoreboard from the previous week on each check-in post. (Sorry if that doesn’t make sense; just check back on Sunday, May 6, for the first check-in.)


The Challenge:

5 points: Read a book chosen for the U.S. 
2012 World Book Night.
10: Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted. (If you were super studious and never did this, then read a book most people were assigned to read in high school but you weren’t.)
10: Read a memoir or narrative nonfiction book. (Examples: Friday Night LightsWhen the Game Stands TallThe Devil in the White City, etc.)
15: Read a book in one calendar day. (Must be at least 150 pages long.)
15: Read a book that you've always wanted to read but haven't gotten around to yet.
20: Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles. (For example: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Boy in the Suitcase, or The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Heart of Darkness, etc..)
20: Read a book that is set in a place you've never been but want to visit.
25: Find a book written the year you were born that was later made into a movie. Read the book and watch the movie; compare. Or find a movie released the year you were born that was based on a book. Do the same thing.
25: Go into a bookstore or library. Pick any bookshelf. Read the third book from the left on the fourth shelf from the top. (If it's not at least 200 pages, pick the next book to the right.)
25: Read a book about which you’ve heard bad things. (Hey, you can’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it, right? And I’m upping the points to make it worth your while.)
30: Read a trilogy (or any three consecutive books in a series). Total page count for all three books together must be at least 500 pages. (Remember, you can’t have read any of the books before! Suggestions: The Robert Langdon seriesThe Hunger GamesTwilight...)

Thanks so much for participating! I can't wait to see what everyone decides to read.

My Score: 75 points so far!!!

10:  Read a book you were supposed to read in school, but either bailed on or Cliff-Noted: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
15:Read a book in one calendar day: Into the Dreaming by Karen Moning
20:Read a pair of books that have antonyms in the titles: City of Lost Souls and Second Nature
30:Mortal Instruments Series

Monday, July 9, 2012

Versatile Blogger Award!!!

I am so thankful to Insomnia of Books for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!!! 

There are a few rules one one must follow before accepting the award and they are as follows:

  1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging.
  2. Let the nominated bloggers know that they have been nominated for this award.
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself. 
  4. Thank the blogger who has nominated you. 
  5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post.
7 Random Facts About Me:

  1. I love An Affair to Remember
  2. I know every word to The Little Mermaid, the songs and the dialogue
  3. I am messy and I hate it!!!
  4. I love football.
  5. I play fantasy football every year.
  6. Even though I have two B.A.'s and a J.D., I would love to get my M.A. in English.
  7. I love card games, including Euchre and Pounce!!!
15 Blogger Nominations:

  1. XWish's Reading Corner
  2. Alice + Wonderland
  3. Bajan Rosa's Books
  4. Batty for Books
  5. Books for Me
  6. Cover 2 Cover
  7. Daydreaming Bookworm
  8. Half Filled Attic
  9. Know Your Books
  10. Lace and Lavender
  11. Nette's Bookshelf
  12. The Blooming Reader
  13. The Things You Can Read
  14. The Relentless Reader
  15. Read That Also
Congratulations to all of the Winners, and thank you all so much for your continued support!!!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

SO Excited for Tuesday!!!

I was trying to think about something to post on today.  I have finished a couple of books, but I'm just not inspired to write any reviews right now.  So I thought about what I am inspired by, and I realized that I am so excited about Tuesday's book release, that I am not focused on anything.  In fact, I am reading a really fun book called Abdication by Juliet Nicolson.  So far it's enjoyable, but I know if I don't get it finished by Monday night, I will put it on hold because...


In honor of my excitement, I am posting a recent review of Shadow of Night!!!  Enjoy and happy reading.

From: Entertainment Weekly


Shadow Of Night (2012)

The first year of marriage — what a beast. In her 2011 best-selling debut, A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness introduced readers to Diana, the deeply intelligent historian wise on all matters save her untapped powers as a witch, and Matthew, the 1,500-year-old vampire whose sex appeal was matched only by his mood swings. They tumbled hard into love and marriage, which is where Harkness' sequelShadow of Night picks up. The newlyweds travel back in time to 16th-century England, searching for an enchanted manuscript known only as ''Ashmole 782'' and the answers — to their forbidden romance, to Diana's powers, and to her mysterious background — it might contain. The joy that Harkness, herself a historian, takes in visiting the past is evident on every page.
In the first chunk of the book, Diana gapes at Matthew's esteemed circle of friends, like Sir Walter Raleigh and Christopher Marlowe, while she adapts to a woman's life in Elizabethan England, learning to lace her corsets and write with a sharpened quill and ink. It's a bit of a slog — would that an editor had whipped out his or her magic pen more often. But when the couple visit Matthew's mercurial father, Philippe, the story finds its true momentum. And thus a great spell, the one that can enchant a reader and make a 600-page book fly through her fingertips, is cast.
Diana and Matthew chafe in familiar, amusing ways as they adjust to their new roles of husband and wife. It took a book and a half, but finally Harkness treats her readers to a bodice ripper of a consummation scene. And in one fun exchange, in which Harkness acknowledges the comparisons one might be tempted to make between her books and Twilight, Diana tries to explain to Matthew the allure of vampires in pop culture. ''You'd be surprised how many women seem to want a vampire boyfriend,'' she tells her dubious husband.
The climax of the book takes place not between the sheets but in the escalation of Diana and Matthew's quest for the elusive Ashmole 782. The trail leads them everywhere from Queen Elizabeth's royal court to Mary Sidney's laboratory to the gloomily beautiful Prague Castle. Along the way they meet winning allies (the witch Goody Alsop deserves her own book, as do the vulnerable London street urchins Annie and Jack, who come under the couple's care) and battle the creepiest of foes. Like any love affair, Shadow of Night has its rough patches. But its enduring rewards are plenty.

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