Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Their Baby Miracle by Lilian Darcy (review)

Their Baby Miracle
By Lilian Darcy
Genre(s): Romance
Their Baby MiraclePages: 256
Published: March 2005
Publisher: Silhouette Books 

When Lucas Halliday saw Reba Grant for the first time in months, he was in for a shock: Reba was pregnant with his baby and she'd just gone into labour!

Reba couldn't believe it this baby was coming way too early. And Lucas was hardly supposed to be her birthing partner. For she'd thought and feared that she'd seen the last of the billionaire businessman, despite all that had happened between them. Now, with their tiny daughter fighting for survival, Reba was surprised to realize Lucas was a loving, devoted father. And that gave her hope that maybe Lucas had potential as a husband, too .

Review:     I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I picked it up at random while enduring a long wait for an appointment. By the time I left, I was over halfway though the book and hooked. Lucky for me the secretary said I could take the book with me.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bone Key by Keith R.A. DeCandido (review)

Bone Key (Supernatural, #3) 
Supernatural: Bone Key (3)
by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Genre(s): Paranormal
Pages: 283
Published: Aug 2008
Publisher: HarperEntertainment

Summary:  "Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America . . . and he taught them how to kill it. Sam and Dean are headed for Key West, Florida, home to Hemingway, hurricanes, and a whole lot of demons. The tropical town has so many ghouls on the loose that one of its main moneymakers has long been a series of ghost tours. But the tours are no more, not since one of the guides was found dead of an apparent heart attack . . . his face frozen in mid-scream. No one knows what horrors he saw, but the Winchester brothers are about to find out.
Soon they'll be face-to-face with the ghosts of the island's most infamous residents, demons with a hidden agenda, and a mysterious ancient power looking for revenge. It's up to Sam and Dean to save the citizens of Key West . . . before the beautiful island is reduced to nothing more than a pile of bones."

Previous books in the series:
Supernatural: Nevermore (1) by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Supernatural: Witch's Canyon (2) by Jeff Mariotte 

Review:  Lots of mixed feelings on this Supernatural-based novel. It wasn't bad, especially for being a spin-off from a tv series, yet was far from impressive. The best paranormal-hunting brothers are always worth reading about.

**Warning if you have not seen at least the first 2 season of the tv series, this review may contain spoilers for you**

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spiritual Police 1 by Youka Nitta (review)

Spiritual Police, Vol. 1Spiritual Police vol 1
by Youka Nitta
Genre(s) Graphic Novels, Manga, 18+, Yaoi-M/M
 Pages:  168
Published: May 2013
Publisher: SuBLime
Summary:  "On the recommendation of one of his senior detectives, Nagatsuma, a member of a special criminal investigative unit, starts receiving therapeutic bodywork from blind masseur Aoi, a man with both skilled hands and gorgeous looks. Nagatsuma quickly becomes addicted to the relief that Aoi brings him and begins looking forward to the time they spend together. But Aoi's got a secret he can't ever let Nagatsuma find out... A tale of passion and obsession from the creator of Embracing Love!"

Review:  An interesting start to the series. Although I fear that may be all this will be. Over 1 year has passed on no official news can be found about the next volume. A lesson I have learned with manga...that often means a series has been dropped and discontinued.

However, I like to be hopeful and for the time being I give this volume 3.5 star rating. Consider it less of it is not continued.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stacking the Shelves 66


I have had an amazing two weeks for new books!!  I have a lot to share so I will only be showing covers and have links to go view the book information.  For to give you a sneak peak, here are my new books that I have print copies of.  Plus ebooks!  My, oh my!  Let get to this so I can get to reading! 
 Oh, and a couple cookbooks too!! :)
Most of these I bought at a local New/Used bookstore.  A few swaps, some given by my grandmother, a couple for review...
And my favorite of all:   All the lovelies you see in the last pictures (the one that has two stacks) is for a prize a won at Step Into Fiction
Forgot to get the pictures included.
Below are all my ebooks, audiobook downloads, etc that I cannot so easily take pictures of.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (review)

by Mary Shelley
Genre(s): Classics, Horror, Historical Fiction
Pages: 261
Published: 1818 Originally. 
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Summary: "Shelley's enduringly popular and rich gothic tale, Frankenstein, confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism and science--topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and humankind's ability to act as creator of the modern world. This new edition, based on the harder and wittier 1818 version of the text, draws on new research and examines the novel in the context of the controversial radical sciences developing in the years following the Napoleonic Wars. In addition it shows the relationship of Frankenstein's experiment to the contemporary debate between champions of materialistic science and proponents of received religion.
About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more."
Review: An interesting tale filled drawn out in the elegant prose of the era in which it is written. Full of depth and emotions one does not often see in today's literature. Yet there are a few things that kept this from being as fulfilling as the potential it held.

Starting off are some letters that at first confused me. I thought I knew the story of Frankenstein but I had no clue who this captain was. Luckily the pieces are soon drawn together. Yet while I am trying to figure out who is who my mind is rapidly working to change gears from common, current verbiage to the poetic, old English style in which this story is form. While utterly beautiful, it did take awhile to be able to fully appreciate it.