Monthly Archives: November 2010

Theodora’s Diary: Faith, Hope and Chocolate (Theodora, #1) by Penny Culliford

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From the Back Cover

Saturday 8th May. Emergency!

It is 11:30 p.m. and I am suffering from an incredibly intense chocolate craving that will not leave me in spite of prayer, distraction activities and half a loaf of bread and butter. Got out of bed and searched the flat. No luck. Not even a bourbon biscuit. Not even a cream egg left from Easter. All the shops are closed so no nipping out to replenish supplies. Nothing else for it. I’m reduced to the chocoholic’s equivalent of meths—cooking chocolate.

It’s been one of those days for Theodora. Her mother has become the Greek equivalent of Delia Smith, her boyfriend would rather watch 22 men kick a ball around a field than go shopping with her, and chintzy Charity Hubble wants to pray for her. And of course, the crowning insult is her utter lack of chocolate. Join in her daily life with all of its challenges and joys, tears and laughter.

I have to admit I picked up this book because so many of my middle school girls were reading it.  I mean SO many!  I begin to have my suspicions that it might contain some content that was not entirely appropriate for their age.

I was totally wrong.  This is an excellent, funny, sometimes sad, but always enjoyable story.  Although Theodora is a single woman in her late twenties living in England, I could really connect with her.  I will definitely be reading the rest of the series:  Theodora’s Wedding and Theodora’s Baby . . . and they’re in that order too.

Of course, I still don’t know why the middle school girls love them so much?

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Prince Charming Doesn’t Live Here (The Others, #10) by Christine Warren

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Danice Carter is not one for glass slippers. A stilettos-wearing lawyer at one of Manhattan’s most elite establishments, Danice has a very strong grip on reality. So when she’s asked by one the firm’s founding partners to take on a personal case, Danice knows she’s in for the opportunity of a lifetime. All she has to do is convince her top boss’s granddaughter, Rosemary, to file a paternity suit. Sounds simple enough…until Danice arrives at Rosemary’s home and is pounced on by a handsome stranger.

Private investigator McIntyre Callahan’s was only following his powerful client’s orders: Find Rosemary—at all costs. Instead, he’s found a super-hot lawyer prowling around looking for answers he can’t give. The half-human, half-Fae Mac tries to warn Danice that she’s way in over her head—that Rosemary may roam among The Others, and may have dangerous ties to the Unseelie Court—but she won’t be deterred. Even if that means following Mac to the ends of the earth to find Rosemary…or surrendering to his supernatural powers of temptation…until death do they part. (from Amazon)

This is a great series.  I have been reading them since they were first published in online form only.  This book is a expanded and republished version of her third book Faer Fetched.  And that is the only problem I have with the series.  Even the author does not seem to know what order to list them in.  Once she started publishing in print, there has been no consistency.  I did not even realize this one was a re-release.

The books definitely have a reading order which the publisher has obviously not taken into consideration.  I need to rearrange my collection again to put this one in its proper place.  However, there is a new title due out on April 26, 2011 (Black Magic Woman) and I have no idea if it is a totally new story or another re-release.  Oh well, I will enjoy reading it anyway I am sure.

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Indulgence in Death (Eve Dallas, #38) by J. D. Robb

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First it was a limo driver shot through the neck with a crossbow. Then it was a high-priced escort found stabbed through the heart with a bayonet.

Random hits, thrill kills, murderers with a taste for the finer things in life-and death-are making NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas angry. And an angry Eve can be just as an efficient and dangerous predator as the killer.

As time runs out on another innocent victim’s life, Eve’s investigation will take her into the rarefied circle that her husband, Roarke, travels in-and into the perverted heart of madness… (from Amazon)

I love this series and would dearly love to re-read all of them, but with 38 titles including novellas, I don’t see it happening anytime soon.  This book starts with a vacation in Ireland visiting Roarke’s family.  It gives a glimpse into what his life could have been like if his father had not been the murdering SOB that he was.  It also shows the love between Roarke and Eve.

I like that Robb has gotten away from so much negative tension between them.  The last few books have shown they are more believing in their love for each other.  The only real fights seem to occur when they are trying to protect one another from danger.

Posession in Death (in the anthology The Other Side) will be released November 30, 2010 and the next full novel, Treachery in Death, is due out February 22, 2011.  Normally with books being released that close together, I would wait and read them all at once.  However, I never wait to read an Eve and Roarke book!  I love them way too much for that.

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I am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, #1) by Pittacus Lore

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Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next. (from Goodreads)

This is the first title in a new series that will be written by a group of authors like the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books have been.  I wish I didn’t know that because I tend to read based on the author rather than the series.  There are several series which are written by different authors . . . 39 Clues is one.  I tend not to read them because I don’t want one author who I might not like to ruin an entire series for me.

Anyway, having said all that, I am Number Four was actually a pretty good book.  It follows the premise that aliens are among us.  As a matter of fact, there are two different groups of aliens from separate planets.  One group invaded the others’ home planet and have followed the survivors to Earth to finish wiping them out.

I will probably have to read the rest of the series because my interest has been caught.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention there is a love story between one of the aliens and a human girl.

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Eat Prey Love (Love at Stake, #9) by Kerrelyn Sparks

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Carlos Panterra is looking for a mate, a woman who will love and care for the young orphans he’s recently taken under his wing (or paw, as the case may be). When the shape shifter spies the beautiful Caitlyn, it’s like sunshine amidst the darkness. At last, he’s found the perfect woman, except…

Caitlyn Whelan is mortal. Worse, her father is the head of a CIA agency bent on hunting the undead. Still, Caitlyn knows that Carlos is the man for her, shape shifter or not. So she jumps at the chance when her sister offers her a job to work with him, determined to show Carlos their attraction is more than just animal magnetism. But danger lurks in the night, and their unleashed, untamed passion might just get them both killed… (from Goodreads)

This was not one of my favorites in the series, but I think that was because I was getting tired of reading them.  I did have problems with Carlos’ determination to only mate with another full-blooded panther shifter.  I understand that he was trying to save his species, but all that “nobility” can be hard to stomach.

There was some foreshadowing to indicate that he may not be as alone as he thinks.  I certainly hope so.

Book ten, Vampire Mine, goes on sell March 29, 2011.  We are finally going to get Conner’s story.

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The Vampire and the Virgin (Love at Stake, #8) by Kerrelyn Sparks

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Olivia’s packing list:

1. Sunscreen
2. Bathing suit
3. Flip-flops

FBI psychologist Olivia Sotiris is looking for a cool ocean breeze, sand between her toes, and a break from her crazy, and sometimes dangerous, life. But when she escapes to the Greek island of Patmos, all she gets is a meddling grandmother trying to marry her off. None of the men there interest her—except a mysterious Scotsman named Robby MacKay.

Robby’s packing list:

1. Synthetic blood
2. More synthetic blood
3. Jogging clothes (even a Vamp has to stay in shape!)

Robby needs to cool off, too, since all he can think about is revenge on the Malcontent bloodsuckers who once held him captive. But then he meets Olivia, the beauty with wild curls and a tempting smile. When a deadly criminal from one of her cases back home tracks her down, Robby will have to save her life, along with giving her a first time she’ll never forget … (from Goodreads)

As much as I enjoy these books, I am glad I am reaching the end of the series . . . or at least, so far.  It is definitely time for a change of pace.  Anyway, Olivia is an empath, but she cannot read vampires.  Personally, I have problems with that.  The vampires are alive during the night, so she should be able to read their emotions.  I guess it can be blamed on their psychic powers and ability to block others from their minds.

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Forbidden Nights With a Vampire (Love at Stake, #7) by Kerrelyn Sparks

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Vanda Barkowski is in trouble.

As the owner of a hot nightclub, she’s more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it. But after three former employees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class. Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponsor. Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her . . .

If Vanda knew who—or what—Phil really is, she’d reconsider her attraction to him, for his true nature is wilder than anything she’d ever imagined. He has tackled the beast within and now is the perfect person to help Vanda with her rage . . . if only he can keep his cool when she makes him so undeniably hot. But with rogue vamps on the loose, will they ever have their forbidden nights? (from Goodreads)

This one is definitely a change of pace.  We have a female vampire (not the first), but she is matched with a shape-shifter.  In this case, the shifter is an alpha werewolf.  It’s amazing how different authors twist the vampire and werewolf legends to suit their books.  Of course, since there is not “true” history or description, anything goes.

This book definitely includes some foreshadowing for future novels.  I think Phil’s sister will have her own book at some point.

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