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Born of Night review

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: Fiction, Library, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Support Your Local Library Challenge | Tags: , |

Born of Night
Sherrilyn Kenyon
539 pages
Rating: DNF

Source: Public Library

Challenges: Support Your Public Library Challenge

Synopsis: from Barnes and Noble

Awakened from a drugged sleep in a cold cell, the Princess Kiara finds herself a prisoner of the merciless marauders who threaten her father’s planetary kingdom. Miraculously, a rescuer appears, but behind his fearsome mask is the handsome face of a dark avenger whose outlaw touch sets her very soul aflame.

Review:  I had read all over the internet that this series was supposed to be really good.  I am totally LOVING the Dark Hunter series so I thought I’d give this one a try and I was NOT happy.  I tried several times to get into this book and it just was NOT happening for me.  I guess what frustrates me the most is that I waited MONTHS for my number to come up in the library system and I wasn’t able to get into the book.

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Going To Far review

Posted on January 12, 2010. Filed under: 2010 YA Challenge, Book Challenges, Fiction, Jennifer Echols, Library, Reviews, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Young Adult | Tags: , |

Going To Far
Jennifer Echols
256 pages

Source: Public Library

Challenges: YA challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge

Synopsis (from Barnes and Noble):

  HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far…and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge — and over….

Review: I checked this one out of my local library.  I waited like a good little girl until my number came up in the system and when it came up I was really excited because I had read so many great things about this book. The very unfortunate thing was that I just could not get into the book AT ALL.  This is my first EVER Did Not Finish.

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A Personal Stand Review

Posted on January 5, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, Book Challenges, Library, Reviews, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Trace Adkins | Tags: |

A Personal Stand Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck
Trace Adkins
244 pages

Source: Public Library

Challenges: 2010 Support your Local Library, 144 Books in 2010, 100+ Challenge 

Synopsis:

Country music superstar Trace Adkins isnt exactly known for holding back whats on his mind. And if the millions of albums hes sold are any indication, when Trace talks, people listen. Now, in A Personal Stand, Trace Adkins delivers his maverick manifesto on politics, personal responsibility, fame, parenting, being true to yourself, hard work, and the way things ought to be.

Review:  I am a big Trace Adkins fan.  I picked this book up at my local library.  Normally I am not big into politics but after reading what Trace has to say about things I think that maybe I need to be a little more aware.   Of course these are just Trace’s observations about the state of our country.  From our war on Terror (“The war on terror is like herpes.  People can live with it, but it’ll flare up from time to time,”) to 9/11 (Trace was the first country music star to visit Ground Zero and he even wrote a song 9/11 called Welcome to Hell…it’s written in the first person the Devil to one of the 9/11 hijackers).  Overall, I liked the book.  I didn’t love it but it was still a good read.

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How To Tame A Modern Rogue Review

Posted on January 3, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 Contemporary Romance Challenge, 2010 Romance Challenge, Book Challenges, Diana Holquist, Fiction, Library, Reviews, Romance, Romance Reading Challenge 2010, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

How To Tame A Modern Rogue
Diana Holquist
320 pages

Source: Public Library
Challenges: Romance Reading Challenge 2010, Support Your Local Library Challenge, 2010 Romance Challenge, 144 Books in 2010, 2010 Contemporary Romance Challenge, 100+ Challenge

Synopsis: 

Commitment-phobic Sam Carson has only dated model-gorgeous women. But one stolen kiss from a plain-Jane schoolteacher and he’s hell-bent on stripping away her floral dresses and teaching her the art of being bad. If only her good-girl ways didn’t make him want to be a better man…

Ally Giordano is at the end of her rope. Her beloved grandmother actually believes that she’s living in her favorite romance novel in Regency England and Ally doesn’t have the heart to set her straight. But now Granny Donny’s last wish is for a retreat to the country and Ally can’t refuse her…until she demands that Sam accompany them. And though his smiles turn her knees into jelly, Ally knows better than to trust a playboy…and she definitely knows better than to try to change one. Or does she?

Review:  Overall, I really liked this book.  It’s a little smut in a pretty package.  Loved Granny Donny…In all her Regency era mindset.  Ally was kind of a hard ass though…But still likeable.  I guess you get to be a bit of a hard ass when life dumps on you pretty bad. Sam has a heart of gold under all those bad boy tendencies too.  I’ve never read this author before but I do like her writing style a lot.  I’ll be reading more of her books for sure!

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King of the Wind Review

Posted on January 1, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 YA Challenge, Animals, Book Challenges, Fiction, Library, Marguerite Henry, Reviews, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Young Adult | Tags: , |

King of the Wind
Marguerite Henry
176 pages

Source: Public Library
Challenges: Support Your Local Library Challenge, 2010 YA Challenge, 144 Books in 2010, 100+ Challenge

Synopsis: 

He was named “Sham” for the sun, this golden-red stallion born in the Sultan of Morocco’s stone stables. Upon his heel was a small white spot, the symbol of speed. But on his chest was the symbol of misfortune. Although he was swift as the desert winds, Sham’s pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and owners.

This is the classic story of Sham and his friend, the stable boy Agba. their adventures take them from the sands of the Sahara. to the royal courts of France, and finally to the green pastures and stately homes of England. For Sham was the renowned Godolphin Arabian, whose blood flows through the veins of almost every superior thoroughbred. Sham’s speed — like his story — has become legendary.

Review: I’ve always been a big fan of animal stories.  I am also a HUGE fan of horses…They’re just so beautiful to look at!  Marguerite Henry has been one of my all time favorite YA authors since I was young…Well since I got my first library card anyway.  I picked up this book while pursusing the MG shelves at my local library and I came home and devoured this book in one sitting.  This book is fiction but it is based on ACTUAL events that took place.  There are MANY famous racehorses that can trace their ancestory back to “Sham.”  The characters are endearing, Sham the bay colt that nobody took a liking to for a VERY long time and Agba a mute boy who is put in charge of Sham.  The story itself is a roller coaster for both Sham and Agba but in the end everything works out for the best.  Overall, I will most definately be reading more of Ms. Henry’s books in the future!

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Duke We’re Glad We Knew You Review

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: Herb Fagen, Library, Memoirs, Non Fiction, Reviews |

Duke We’re Glad We Knew You
Herb Fagen
4/5

Source: Library

Synopsis: To millions of movie fans, John Wayne was heroism personified, and to this day he is as big a star as he was in his prime. He was voted the 5th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly, the 4th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere magazine, and #13 Greatest Actor on the 50 Greatest Screen Legends list put out by the American Film Institute.

Here, in loving memory of the Duke thirty years after his death, is the updated and expanded edition of Duke, We’re Glad We Knew You, featuring never-before-seen photos and interviews. The legendary icon is made real through vivid anecdotes and observations from the insiders who worked, gambled, drank, and fought with the outsized personality that was John Wayne. Candid, funny, revealing, moving and inspiring, this two-fisted tribute shows John Wayne as the true hero he was.

Review: John Wayne is my personal ALL TIME FAVORITE actor. He is quoted as saying “you shouldn’t go to movies if you don’t believe in hero’s.” This book is a collection of rememberances from those fortunate enough to have worked with Duke Wayne during his impressive film career. From Harry Carey Jr. to Ben Johnson they are all there telling us their stories of the Duke. Stories that just goes to show that even John Wayne was human.

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Fireproof Review

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Eric Wilson, Fiction, Library, Movie Tie In's, Religon, Reviews |

Fireproof
Eric Wilson

Source: Library

Synopsis: Growing up, his wife Catherine always dreamed of amrryuing a loving, brave firefighter…just like her father. Now, after seven years of marriage, she wonders when she stopped being “good enough.” Countless arguments and anger have them wanting to move on to something with more sparks.
As they prepare for divorce, Caleb’s father challenges him to commit to a 40-day experiment: “The Love Dare.” Wondering if it’s even worth the effort, Caleb agrees, for his father’s sake more than for his amrriage.
Surprised by what he discovers about the meaning of love, Caleb realizes that his wife and marraige are worth fighting for. His job is to rescue others. Now Captain Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever…rescuing his wife’s heart.
Complete with action, humor, and romance, this entertaining novel by Eric Wilson will have you laughing, inspired, and challenged. Based on the screenplay by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the Fireproof novel includes subplots, characters, and back story not included in the movie.


Review: I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. I very rarely say this but the movie is better than the book in this case. I did NOT care for all the “extras” that were put into the book at all. For me personally, the book was pretty much the movie word for word plus all those extremely unwanted “extras.”

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Broken A Love Story Review

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Library, Lisa Jones, Memoirs, Non Fiction, Reviews |

Broken A Love Story
Lisa Jones

Source: Library

Synopsis: Writer Lisa Jones went to Wyoming for a four-day magazine assignment and came home four years later with a new life.

At a dusty corral on the Wind River Indian Reservation, she met Stanford Addison, a Northern Arapaho who seemed to transform everything around him. He gentled horses rather than breaking them by force. It was said that he could heal people of everything from cancer to bipolar disorder. He did all this from a wheelchair; he had been a quadriplegic for more than twenty years.

Intrigued, Lisa sat at Stanford’s kitchen table and watched. She saw neighbors from the reservation and visitors from as far away as Holland bump up the dirt road to his battered modular home, seeking guidance and healing for what had broken in their lives. She followed him into the sweat lodge — a framework of willow limbs covered with quilts — where he used prayer and heat to shrink tumors and soothe agitated souls. Standing on his sun-blasted porch, pit bulls padding past her, she felt the vibration from thundering bands of Arabian horses that Stanford’s young nephews brought to the ring to train.

And she listened to his story. Stanford spent his teenage years busting broncs, seducing girls, and dealing drugs. At twenty, he left the house for another night of partying. By morning, a violent accident had robbed him of his physical prowess and left in its place unwelcome spiritual powers — an exchange so shocking that Stanford spent several years trying to kill himself. But eventually he surrendered to his new life and mysterious gifts.

Over the years Lisa was a frequent visitor to Stanford’s place, the reservation and its people worked on her, exposing and healing theplaces where she, too, was broken.

Broken entwines her story with Stanford’s, exploring powerful spirits, material poverty, spiritual wealth, friendship, violence, confusion, death, and above all else,”a love that comes before and after and above and below romantic love.”

Review: I was looking through our libraries shelf of “new” releases when I came upon this one. The cover is what caught my eye….I have a “thing” for horses….I just LOVE them. As I was reading I got a little lesson in Native American history, which I did not expect but I thought it fit really well with the story. I also learned that life on the “rez” is not all that great….you pretty much have to learn how to go without in many case and that you are judged by your skin color. The characters (main and supporting) all have very interesting stories too. A little something that I picked up from this book from the author and the rest of the characters is that we are all a little bit “broken” it’s just a matter of figuring out how to put the pieces back together again.

Overall, this was a really good book. I was really happy that I checked this one out. It did take me a little longer to get read than I would have liked (dang real life!) but it was totally worth that extra time.

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I Love A Man In Uniform Review

Posted on December 4, 2009. Filed under: Library, Lily Burana, Memoirs, Non Fiction, Reviews |

I Love A Man In Uniform A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles
Lily Burana

Synopsis – 10/10

Plot – 10/10

Characters – 10/10

Overall Story – 10/10

Conclusion – 10/10

Overall Score – 50/50

Synopsis: An all-American love story about a former punk-rock stripper and her unlikely marriage to an officer in the U.S. Army.

In this brave, eloquent, and often funny memoir, critically acclaimed author Lily Burana writes about love, war, and the realities of military marriage with an honesty few writers would dare.

A former exotic dancer who once had a penchant for anarchist politics and purple hair dye, Lily’s rebellious past never would have suggested a marriage into the military. But then she met Mike, a Military Intelligence officer, and fell hopelessly in love, resulting in a most unorthodox romance-poignant, passionate, and utterly unpredictable.

After Lily and Mike said “I do” in a brief, pre-deployment City Hall ceremony, Mike left for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Lily was left in a strange town to endure his absence alone, with no support system and little knowledge of the vast and confusing military world into which she had married.

Upon Mike’s return from the war, the couple moved to historic West Point, where Lily found that life on base had its own challenges. As the war continued and the past intruded unexpectedly into the present, Lily and Mike found themselves plunged into the nightmare of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Struggling to cope in a community where admitting weakness is the ultimate taboo and “suck it up” is the suggested response to emotional pain, Lily suffered from depression so severe, it almost ended their marriage. With the help of a revolutionary therapeutic technique, the couple made their way out of the darkness and back to each other. Through it all, Lily wrangled with her preconceptions about the military and found herplace within the uniquely supportive sisterhood of military wives.

From harrowing emotion to the dishy details of life on base, Lily Burana bares her heart and soul as a modern military spouse. I Love a Man in Uniform is a profoundly moving story of how a woman can locate, and heal, her true self as a dedicated Army wife, free spirit, and freedom-loving American.

Review: I was perusing the shelves at my local library when I found this gem. Personally, I think the synopsis pretty much says what I would have said about it. I LOVED this book, which is pretty evident by the elusive perfect score. Once I got started reading it I had a very hard time putting it down. It’s funny, it’s a tear jerker but most importantly….It’s real.

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I’m proud of myself….

Posted on October 11, 2009. Filed under: Library |

I’ve finally paid my library fine, a whole $5…Thought it was considerably more but I was good with that number, and now I’ve finally figured out how to order books from my public library from my home computer. It’s the small things in life. 🙂

Have a great day everyone!

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