Book Review: Angel with Attitude by Michelle Rowen

Monday, June 29, 2009

Angel with Attitude
by Michelle Rowen
Warner Forever
2006
367 pages
ISBN: 9780446616997

I read Bitten and Smitten (my review here), Michelle's first book so when her second book, Angel with Attitude became available to me on Bookmooch, I jumped on it. I'm not really a reader of paranormal romance outside of the vampire genre but surprisingly I really enjoyed this book.

Valerie Grace, a fallen angel kicked out of Heaven for no apparent reason has to find a way back or be stuck on Earth for 70 years. She has to fight her very own Tempter, tall dark and incredibly handsome, Nathaniel whose job it is to make sure she never makes it back to Heaven her only help sems to come from her friend turned rat, Freddy.

The antics in this story really kept me going, the witch, Claire who works at McDonald's and the dialogue between Freddy and Val was great...really funny! I wasn't bored with this book and appreciated that it wasn't full of sex like most romances seem to be today. It ended well with an unexpected twist that made it very interesting. I wish this wasn't a stand-alone novel...can't wait to read her next book with similar characters, a young adult novel called Demon Princess: Reign or Shine.

Back from the Beach!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Wheewww I'm back from the beach!! It seems like I've been away from my blog for ages!!! It has been 10 days!! Since I left the beach at 3:30AM this morning I won't be doing a book review today...I'm just waaaayyyy too exhausted! I'll be back up and running full speed tomorrow with more reviews!

By the way...I totally didn't read ANYTHING while I was at the beach! Yeah I know right?! I took 8 books and didn't get to start on one!!!! For starters it was over 90 degrees most of the time so I stayed in the water and when I wasn't in the water I was in the car and I get VERY carsick if I read sooooo...yeah you get the picture! I don't think I'll be going on vacation again this summer so check back often for new book reviews and updates!

Happy Summer,

-Renee

Book Review: Vampire Diaries The Fury and Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion
by L. J. Smith
Harper Teen, 2007, 520 pages
ISBN 9780061140983

Okay I'll admit it, I jumped on the vampire bandwagon by reading Twilight early last year and have since been hooked. Since the popularity of Twilight is ever increasing, it seems that there are many new authors writing in the paranormal/vampire romance genre. I've read a lot of the newest releases and am happy to say, for the most part I enjoyed them. When I see a vampire book at the store that looks interesting I go home and put it on my Bookmooch wishlist with hopes that it will soon become available to me...as I'm too poor to buy every book that I would like to purchase at the bookstore. When I saw The Vampire Diaries I thought, "Oh, another new book...looks interesting." I was shocked when I received it however, to learn that it was first published in 1991, nearly 15 years prior to Twilight!! Needless to say I got right down to it and started the books immediately and devoured them both in two sittings!

The Vampire Diaries: The Fury and Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith is the companion to The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening and The Struggle (my review here). It continues with the story of golden-girl Elena and two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon who are bitter enemies and the evils they all must face together in the small town of Fells Church, Virginia.

Since The Struggle left me hanging I was soooo happy that I didn't have to wait long to get the next book...and it did not disappoint! L.J. Smith really shocked me with some unexpected events that I didn't think would bide well for the rest of the book but surprisingly it worked! I also loved the introduction of a werewolf, which REALLY made the story dynamic. It didn't get boring, that's for sure and I totally did NOT expect the book to end like it did but that's a good thing, 'cause who wants to be able to predict how the story is going to end?! These books are well worth the $8.99 cover price especially since you're getting 2 stories in 1 volume.

Happy Reading :-)

-Renee


P.S. Did I mention that I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a 5th book was released in the series entitled Nightfall and that there are more stories to follow soon?! Yay!!! :-) Can't wait to read 'em.

Blog Tour June 15-19 : Tour de Force by Elizabeth White

Monday, June 15, 2009

Thanks to Ruth at This That and the Other Thing for introducing me to www.blogtourspot.com and Tina for all the wonderful information about the tour for Elizabeth White's novel, Tour de Force! As I haven't yet received the book I can't do a review, but you can be sure that I will post my thoughts soon, so be sure to check back often!



Elizabeth White is the author of Controlling Interest, Off the Record, Fair Game, Fireworks, and the Texas Gatekeepers series for Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired Suspense line. She lives in Mobile, Alabama.

Learn more about Elizabeth at her website: http://elizabethwhite.net/

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Tour de Force by Elizabeth White.

Gillian Kincade is a soloist with Ballet New York, a sought-after guest artist, and a committed Christian. Though she may be an anomaly in the world of dance, Gilly believes her devotion to God isn’t compromised by following her dreams. Then she meets Jacob Ferrar.

Jacob is the brilliant young artistic director of the Birmingham Ballet Theatre and a born-again Christian. When he offers Gillian the lead in his latest ballet she accepts, knowing it won’t necessarily further her career, but it will touch her soul.

On the chaotic road to opening night, Gilly and Jacob develop a deep professional respect for each other and begin to fall in love. Then their brilliant first performance is destroyed by a terrible accident, and suddenly both must face an uncertain future. Together, they dance the fine line between personal vision and God’s will, listening for the guidance of the Father’s heart.

Tour de Force
By Elizabeth White
Zondervan
ISBN – 0310273900
336 Pages
PUB DATE: May 2009

Tour de Force is available on Amazon

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Faith 'n Fiction Saturday

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Friend Amy asks this question:

How do you feel about speculative fiction in general and specifically how do you feel about Christian speculative fiction? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages that you see to Christian speculative fiction?

My Response:

I know a lot of people who read Christian fiction simply because it doesn't contain pervasive language or explicit sexual content, and not necessarily for the spiritual message . I have to admit it's one of the reasons why I started reading it. I think if an author can include a faith message in a romance or mystery, why not in a sci-fi book? Let's face it, a lot of the Christian fiction on the market are romances...how many guys do you know that want to read that??!! So a Christian sci-fi or speculative fiction book (which I think tends to lean more towards men) may be some of the only good stories out there for the men to read.

Also I read a lot of vampire fiction so I agree with Amy that if you would introduce Jesus in there the vampires would always have to be evil and it would be kinda weird. I'm interested to see what Christian author, Tracey Bateman does with this in her book, Thirsty (see what I have to say here) which is to be released later this year.

To see what Amy has to say about speculative fiction visit her blog!!

CITY OF CHAMPIONS!!!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wooooohooooo!!! 2008-2009 has been a great year for my favorite sports teams the six time Super Bowl Champions, Pittsburgh Steelers and now the Stanley Cup Champions, Pittsburgh Penguins!!!! Wow...what a season!!! Earlier in the year it didn't look like the Pens were even going to make it to the playoffs, but thanks to the leadership of coach Dan Bylsma and Captain Sydney Crosby WE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!! What a job by goalie Marc Andre Fleury blocking those fierce last second shots and Forward Maxime Talbot getting Pittsburgh their 2 goals! In the words of Mike Lange (Pens announcer in Pittsburgh), "Elvis has just left the building!"Congratulations to the Stanley Cup Champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins! What a great time to live in Southwestern Pennsylvania, who can ask for more than two championship trophy's in the same year?

FINAL SCORE: Pittsburgh Penguins 2
Detroit Red Wings 1

Book Review: COURTING THE DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER by Janet Dean

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Courting the Doctor's Daughter by Janet Dean
Steeple Hill, May 2009, 280 pages

As you know I'm a big fan of the mass market romances that you can buy at the drugstore for 5 dollars, in these difficult financial times, who isn't (go here)??? I read mostly historical romances so when Steeple Hill introduced the Love Inspired Historical line in February 2008, I was thrilled! I think I've read most of them and enjoyed just about all of 'em. Janet Dean's, Courting the Doctor's Daughter was no exception! Thank you Janet for sending me the signed copy!!!

This story is the sequel to Janet's first book, Courting Miss Adelaide (which I haven't read) but it can be a stand alone book. Doctor's Daughter is the story of Mary Graves, her three sons, and a doctor turned peddler, Luke Jacobs. Being a doctor's daughter, Mary is naturally suspicious of anyone touting a "cure-all" elixir and immediately confronts Luke while fighting the instant attraction between them. What Mary doesn't know is Luke's secret, which will affect her life and her family's forever.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story simply because it had a lot more conflict between the characters and dealt with blame and guilt from the pasts of both Mary and Luke and the true remedy from the Great Physician. Janet did a wonderful job describing the hurt and pain but also the love between family and brought it together nicely in the end. This is a nice book to read while you're on vacation or on break between classes, I might just read it again myself this week when I go to the beach or at least, make my cousin read it :-P

To find out more about Janet and her books visit:
http://www.janetdean.net/
OR
Her blog at Cup of Faith
OR
http://www.steeplehill.com/

Book Review: THE ENGLISH GARDEN SERIES, Book 2: THE RESCUE by Lori Wick

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Rescue by Lori Wick
Harvest House Publishers, 2002, 297 pages

For some reason I don't really care too much for Lori Wicks' books (I'm probably one of a few) but it could be because I read The Rescue before I read any of her other books and they just didn't compare!

The Rescue is a regency period romance between Anne Gardiner and Robert Weston. Anne literally falls for Robert Weston and is forced by her feeble-minded father to marry the complete stranger who rescued her! Anne is such a sweet and innocent girl it's hard not to like her and Weston is such a kindhearted gentleman, I'm half in love with him myself!!!!Of course it's a romance so we know what happens in the end but what happens in between is a terrifically sweet, romantic development.

I have a soft spot for romances where the characters enter an arranged or hasty marriage and wind up in love. This story does not disappoint. If you are a fan of regency romance and amusing characters, I recommend this book. This series has been repackaged and re-released just this year so you shouldn't have a problem finding it in stores or getting an older edition for a few dollars online. The other books in the series are okay but The Rescue is by far my favorite!

To find out more about The Rescue and Lori Wick's other books visit:
http://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/books_authordetail.cfm?ed_id=100307

I'm back...with a CONTEST LINK!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hi I'm FINALLY back home...for A few days anyways! My OBX weekend starts on June 20th so my blog posts may not be as frequent that week! BUT for now I have some great news for fans of Stephenie Meyer! My Friend Amy's Blog is giving away up to FIVE copies of The Host if you leave a comment within the next few days! Please stop by her blog and comment to win! Good luck!!!

Busy in Ohio!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hello all,

I'm sorry I neglected to tell yinz guys (I'm from Southwestern Pennsylvania so I'm allowed to use "Pittsburghese") that I'll be out of town until June 8th sooooo I won't be able to keep up my blog this week! June is going to be a very busy month for me, as the weekend of June 20th I'll be leaving again for a week, but this time for a relaxing vacation at OBX!!! Woohoo!!! I will be posting some reviews next week so be sure to look for those! I'm not sure what books they will be but I'm hoping they'll be terrific reads! Plus, when I return from OBX I'm sure I'll have a few more reviews to post as I'll be reading while I'm working on my tan...errr...well sunburn :-P So look for me then! Til then best wishes, for a great Summer reading season!

Love ya,

Renee