Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Howling at the Moon by Karen MacInerny

Howling at the Moon is the first book in the Tales of an Urban Werewolf series.

Sophie Garou is a half werewolf, half human who has done her best to hide her furry side and lead a normal life. She has a good job, and a handsome successful boyfriend, and things are going good until a client of her mother's dies, and her mother is arrested for murder.

While trying to investigate and prove her mother innocent of wrong doing, Sophie meets her first real, full werewolf, and feels an undeniable attraction to him. He is a bounty hunter, on site to solve a problem for the local pack (she didn't even know there was a local pack), but he's also dating her best friend, and that means hands off. Which is okay, because she loves her boyfriend, he's wonderful! But she has so many questions about life as a werewolf, since her father deserted them and she's never known him, or learned much about her heritage.

This is a fun paranormal romance, humorous and fast paced, a little bit of a chick lit feel, and Sophie's mother is quite a character. The description of Sophie as a werewolf, and what she goes through is great!

For more information on Karen MacInerny and her books, visit her website.

This is my third read for the Paranormal Romance Challenge hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WWW Wednesday 6/22/11



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

Then head on over to Should be Reading and leave a comment with a link to your post so others can see!

I'm currently reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comNylon Angel by Marianne de Pierres -- Fantasticfiction describes it thusly "Quentin Tarantino meets Blade Runner in an ultra-violent future world controlled by the media" Sounds fun and action packed, we shall see!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comThe Golden Acorn (Jack Brenin #1) by Catherine Cooper -- Jack Brenin's life is changed when he finds a golden acorn, could he be The One? A children's fantasy downloaded free from Amazon for Kindle, it still was free on Sunday, so check it out if you're interested.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comNarcissus in Chains (Anita Blake #10) by Laurell K. Hamilton -- It's been awhile since I've checked in with Anita, and I've got quite a few to catch up on now!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comKraken by China Mieville -- I picked this up to read along with the Fantasy Faction Book Club for June, it's the first by this author for me, and not something I normally would have chosen. I'm still struggling with this one, not even halfway yet. At this point I'm starting to consider not finishing it. It's not bad, it's just not really for me. We'll see.


Since last Wednesday I finished reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comImperium by Robert Harris -- The story of Roman Senator Cicero as told by his slave and secretary Tiro. I liked Pompeii by the same author, and also enjoyed this one, but I think more because I listened to it then read it. It is historical Roman political fiction, and I think it might have been a challenging read on it's own. Simon Jones is a wonderful narrator and really brought life to the characters, something I don't think I could have done in my head. I do recommend it, the story is good, but especially the audio version.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comAn Uplifting Murder (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper #6) by Elaine Viets -- A fun cozy mystery series where the main character is a mystery shopper by profession, and along with her friend Alyce, gets in all kinds of scrapes on the job. This time she's mystery shopping an upscale lingerie store where she runs into her old gym teacher, and receives another blast from the past when a not so friendly girl she went to school with appears, and is later found murdered.


Probably up next:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comKiss of the Rose by Kate Pearce -- Druids and vampires in the time of Henry VIII... interesting, no?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WWW Wednesday 6/15/11



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

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I'm currently reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comImperium by Robert Harris -- The story of Roman Senator Cicero as told by his slave and secretary Tiro. I'm listening to this one and love this narrator already, Simon Jones, who also read the Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud. I also just discovered he reads the Charlie Bone books, so I may have to get those too! He's great!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comNarcissus in Chains (Anita Blake #10) by Laurell K. Hamilton -- It's been awhile since I've checked in with Anita, and I've got quite a few to catch up on now!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comAn Uplifting Murder (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper #6) by Elaine Viets -- A fun cozy mystery series where the main character is a mystery shopper by profession, and along with her friend Alyce, gets in all kinds of scrapes on the job. This time she's mystery shopping an upscale lingerie store where she runs into her old gym teacher, and receives another blast from the past when a not so friendly girl she went to school with appears, and is later found murdered.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comKraken by China Mieville -- I picked this up to read along with the Fantasy Faction Book Club for June, it's the first by this author for me, and not something I normally would have chosen. It sounded interesting in an odd way though, so I'm giving it a try! Billy Harrow is conducting a normal every day tour through the museum he works at, ending with the prize exhibit of the facility, a giant preserved squid. Only, it's not there, and there's absolutely no way anyone could have taken it without someone seeing, or leaving behind some sign. This sounds like a fun mix of Mystery and Fantasy/Sci-fi!


Since last Wednesday I finished reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comSomething Rotten (Thursday Next #4) by Jasper Fforde -- Thursday is back from the world of fiction, taking a break from her stint as head of Jurisfiction, with her son Friday in tow (and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark). She wants to get her husband Landen reactualized, from when he'd been eradicated by Corporate behemoth Goliath, who is now recasting itself as a religion, in order to avoid a prophecy coming true. This is a hysterical series, full of literature references and action, I just love it! I'm listening to this one as a download from Audible.com. I have to say that the ending on this one was quite emotional, a little unexpected in a series that I've come to associate with intelligent humor. Wonderful, highly recommend!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comSpeed Dating by Nancy Warren -- A light, fun NASCAR themed romance that I got free off Amazon for Kindle, it may still be there if you're interested. Kendall's fiance dumps her right before a big work banquet at which she is an honoree, announcing that not only had he been seeing someone else, but that she's pregnant. Kendall then throws caution to the wind when she accidentally winds up locked out of her room, in her underwear, and finds herself in the room of NASCAR driver Dylan Hargreave who believes she's an actress that's been hired to help him get through his ex-wife's latest wedding. This was a sweet read, just the thing for light romance, being in the accounting profession myself, I can relate to Kendall in some ways!


Probably up next:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comKiss of the Rose by Kate Pearce -- Druids and vampires in the time of Henry VIII... interesting, no?
Free image hosting at imagecave.comNylon Angel by Marianne de Pierres -- Fantasticfiction describes it thusly "Quentin Tarantino meets Blade Runner in an ultra-violent future world controlled by the media" Sounds fun and action packed, we shall see!

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

WWW Wednesday 6/8/11



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

Then head on over to Should be Reading and leave a comment with a link to your post so others can see!

I'm currently reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comAn Uplifting Murder (Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper #6) by Elaine Viets -- A fun cozy mystery series where the main character is a mystery shopper by profession, and along with her friend Alyce, gets in all kinds of scrapes on the job. This time she's mystery shopping an upscale lingerie store where she runs into her old gym teacher, and receives another blast from the past when a not so friendly girl she went to school with appears, and is later found murdered.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comKraken by China Mieville -- I picked this up to read along with the Fantasy Faction Book Club for June, it's the first by this author for me, and not something I normally would have chosen. It sounded interesting in an odd way though, so I'm giving it a try! Billy Harrow is conducting a normal every day tour through the museum he works at, ending with the prize exhibit of the facility, a giant preserved squid. Only, it's not there, and there's absolutely no way anyone could have taken it without someone seeing, or leaving behind some sign. This sounds like a fun mix of Mystery and Fantasy/Sci-fi!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comSomething Rotten (Thursday Next #4) by Jasper Fforde -- Thursday is back from the world of fiction, taking a break from her stint as head of Jurisfiction, with her son Friday in tow (and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark). She wants to get her husband Landen reactualized, from when he'd been eradicated by Corporate behemoth Goliath, who is now recasting itself as a religion, in order to avoid a prophecy coming true. This is a hysterical series, full of literature references and action, I just love it! I'm listening to this one as a download from Audible.com.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comSpeed Dating by Nancy Warren -- A light, fun NASCAR themed romance that I got free off Amazon for Kindle, it may still be there if you're interested. Kendall's fiance dumps her right before a big work banquet at which she is an honoree, announcing that not only had he been seeing someone else, but that she's pregnant. Kendall then throws caution to the wind when she accidentally winds up locked out of her room, in her underwear, and finds herself in the room of NASCAR driver Dylan Hargreave who believes she's an actress that's been hired to help him get through his ex-wife's latest wedding. This has been a cute one so far, but I can't get past the underwear thing, I'm having a hard time picturing much underwear that could be mistaken for just a skimpy outfit, but then I'm pretty conservative when it comes to clothes! I really wanted someone to notice and ask why she was in her underwear, but of course no one did!


Since last Wednesday I finished reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comLover Mine (Black Dagger Brotherhood #8) by J. R. Ward -- I chose this as my reading treat for the week of my birthday and I was not disappointed! J. R. Ward delivers as usual, and the story of John Matthew and Xhex was as riveting as all the others have been, even though I'm past the book of my favorite Brother, Vishous. A Lot of things are brought full circle in this one, answers revealed, and ends tied up. It's got a big ol' sappy happy ending, at least for John Matthew and Xhex, hopefully I'm not spoiling anything there, because you gotta know they'd end up together, I mean, it is their book after all! It's a painful road getting there for sure though, true?


Probably up next:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comKiss of the Rose by Kate Pearce -- Druids and vampires in the time of Henry VIII... interesting, no?
Free image hosting at imagecave.comNarcissus in Chains (Anita Blake #10) by Laurell K. Hamilton -- It's been awhile since I've checked in with Anita, and I've got quite a few to catch up on now!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comNylon Angel by Marianne de Pierres -- Fantasticfiction describes it thusly "Quentin Tarantino meets Blade Runner in an ultra-violent future world controlled by the media" Sounds fun and action packed, we shall see!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock

From the Back of the Book:

Being dead isn't all it's cracked up to be. Take it from Francesca Marinelli, trapped underground for over 200 years and rediscovered during the renovation of a Victorian mansion in historic St. Augustine. A tourist attraction herself, she's well suited for a job as an Old Ghost Town Tour guide. Francesca's due for a new lease on afterlife-and with enough sunblock, she can finally live it.

Unfortunately, everything she learned about men is a little dated. And when people in her tour group turn up dead, naturally the police suspect her. After all, she is a vampire. Which is why a crazed vampire-hunting vigilante squad is out to get her as well. Between the dead bodies, the stalkers, and a seriously non-existent love life, she's starting to wish she was dead. Or at least buried, where she was safe.

Shaunie's opinion:

I gave this one 3 of 5 stars, it was enjoyable, but doesn't really stick out for me. I liked Francesca, that she was a ghost tour guide, and that she was getting into some modern hobbies and past times, but I found the bad guys, and even the male love interest a little exaggerated. With so many other books to read, I probably won't actively seek out the rest of the series, but do want to say that it was a fun read, and would certainly continue it if I come across it or have a friend share it. If the above blurb sounds interesting to you, definitely give it a try! There are two more books in the series so far: Last Vampire Standing, and Always the Vampire, just released this year.

For more information on the author and her work, visit her website: Nancy Haddock

This is my second read for the Paranormal Romance Challenge hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance.
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