Exciting News!

Tomorrow.  Yes, in less than twenty-four hours I will be unveiling my newest little feature here in my confessional.  I’m not going to tell you what it is today, because that will spoil the surprise for tomorrow! But, it will be awesome!

I may have another surprise or two for you tomorrow with the unveiling of my newest little feature.  If I decide on doing them, then they will be tied specifically with my new feature, and be giveaways that will probably last for about a week or two.

So! Are you excited yet? Really? I mean, are you just anxiously awaiting what I will unveil to you tomorrow?

Are you nervous? Are you afraid? If you are afraid, don’t be.  I promise you’ll like it! Really, really like it! So, be looking out for my announcement tomorrow along with my Sunday update!

Lots of love and keep reading,

Cae!

Welcome to the Weekend!

Hiya!

This week, as most of you know has been hellacious for me and I’m still kinda sorta in shock and just kinda moving along numbly, and still trying to get donations together to replace my Kindle, any little bit helps in the form of Amazon.com gift cards.

I’ve got reviews to post, which I’ve finally managed to piece together without the notes that I had on my Kindle.  Unfortunately, I can’t access the galley copies of the books that I will be posting reviews on, so it had to be from memory.  I advise you to check out my art <a href=”http://caedy.deviantart.com”>Caedy’s Art</a> and see what I have been doing lately.  Despite being without my Kindle I still have plenty to read, and I am currently using Kindle for PC which isn’t as great as an actual kindle, but is allowing me to still read some of the books that I want (can’t get the galleys any more so my activity on netgalley.com is going to slow).

However, if anyone knows how to add downloaded .mobi files to Kindle for PC that advice would be greatly appreciated because I can’t figure it out.  Right now, I am in the middle of two fantastic books and they are complete opposites of each other.  On Kindle for PC I am reading, Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales: A Story of Addiction by Marni Mann and in paperback I am currently reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.  City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, and I’m liking it thus far, though Clary has a tendency to get on my nerves.  I’ve also read the first two books in her Infernal Devices series as well, and I have to say I like them both.  I know most people have a preference of one over the other, but honestly, I like both of them.

Anyway! I have also just signed up for CampNaNoWriMo.  Yes, you heard me, Camp National Novel Writing Month.  Which is holding two sessions this year (June and August), on top of the traditional National Novel Writing Month in November.  Am I going to be psychotic and attempt to do both months AND NaNo in November, you bet your behind I am going to be trying to do all three!

Yes, that is 3 novels I will be attempting to cobble together by hook or crook.  One in June, one in August and one in November.  Oh, and there is also Flash Fiction Month which if I recall correctly is in July! Yeah. So, we shall see if my writing blossoms over the next handful of months or if I burn out and am so completely unsuccessful.  But, I’m hoping that the second does not happen!

I think that’s about it for me right now. Have a fantastic weekend and there will be art coming! I promise!

 

Current 2012 Reading Challenge update:

Goal: 200 books by 12/31/12

Current Total: 124 books

# of Books Ahead: 48 (24%)

# of Pages Read: 24,595

Longest book: The Witching Hour by Anne Rice at 1,036 pages

Book Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Dreamfever
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 5/5

Summary: The walls between human and Fae worlds have come crashing down. As Mac fights for survival on Dublin’s battle-scarred streets, she will embark on the darkest-and most erotically charged-adventure of her life.

Review: After I read this fourth book in the Fever series I had three words running rampant in my head for several days before I could fully process what I had just read, those words were OH MY GOD! – circling round and round and round my head. I was floored by this one, and at the end of the third I knew something like it was going to happen, but I did not expect it to be this temperature spiking!

Mister Jericho Barrons can pretty much call me whatever the hell he wants to call me after this wonderful installment to the series. If you thought that this man was naughty in the first three books, I must inform you that you have not seen anything yet. Mister Jericho Barrons needs a spanking for all that naughtiness and I know several individuals that will agree with me on this (though truth be told I wouldn’t mind him spanking me instead – wait, I think I just said that out loud…oops!).

I do however, have a favorite scene. It is an argument that is so simple, and yet so perfectly describes the relationship between Mac and Barrons:

He shakes me. “Say my name.”
“No.”
“Damn it, would you just cooperate.”
“I do not know that word, ‘cooperate’.”
“Obviously,” he growls.
“I think you make up words.”
“I do not make up words.”
“Do, too.”
“Do not.”
“Too.”
“Not.”
I laugh.
“Woman, you make me crazed,” he mutters.

See, perfectly yet intensely complicated. This book is far from over the top, and there is plenty of build up before anything even remotely sexual happens, and even then there are unnamed extenuating circumstances that bring about the explosive release to the sexual tension.

Barrons is HOT! Dear god that man sets my blood to boil and I want to let him do dirty things to me (much like I would let Christian Grey do whatever the hell he wanted to me), and I disliked him being gone for so long, but I understood that it was at some point necessary for it to happen. This series is fast paced and not one to beat around the bush for the most part, and I am more often than not hanging on every word and waiting to find out what happens next, and then I get to the ending and for the second time I am like WHAT IN THE EFFING HELL?!

I have not yet gotten my hands on Shadowfever which is the fifth and final book in the series, and of course I will have the same dread about going into it that I do every other final book in a series, but I will know that things are going to hopefully work out in the end! They HAVE to work out in the end or I am going to lose my grip on sanity and it will be entirely KMM’s fault.

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Book Review: Beneath the Highland Mist by Karen Marie Moning

Title: Beyond the Highland Mist
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Rating: 5/5

Summary: He is a powerful laird, she a woman of the 20th century that was sent back in time by the fae. He wants her, she can’t stand beautiful men and is one of the first people in who knows how long to tell him “no” right from the start. A fun little story truth be told.

Review: I am a fan of historical romances, the time travel aspect is even more of a kicker to me if brought on by some touch of the faery folk. This series reminds me of Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series in so much that you’ve a “modern” woman taken from her time and thrust into the more primitive Scottish highlands. Though Adrienne de Simone did not come through at a stone circle like the heroine in the Outlander Series, she was transported from modern day Seattle.

Adrienne’s sudden appearance causes problems for quite a few people, least of all the Laird known as Hawk who has gained his name through becoming a legendary predator on the battlefield and in the bedroom, his conquests are monumental. Each time Adrienne denies him it only strengthens his want for her, his need to possess her and ultimately he does, ultimately there is the romance that is needed between the pair of them. A good first in a series book, and now I must find more of them, because I suffer from MRBIOs (Must Read Books In Order syndrome).

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Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Rating: 5/5

Summary: 14-year-old Susie Salmon is dead. She was murdered in a time before milk carton photos and public service announcements, in 1973 people still believed that children and people in generally just didn’t mysteriously disappear. Susie gives her personal account of what happened and her adjustment to the place that she finds herself in after her death. Susie watches her family as they go through their grief in different ways, her father’s hunt for her killer, her sister becoming more daring, and her brother building a fort in her honor to begin his own healing.

Review: I have seen the movie, and they did a very good job transitioning from print story to movie. This story is not sunshine and happiness, it is depressing and it is going to have an effect upon you. These things just do not happen in suburbia, not in 1973, children do not go missing, children do not have bad things happen to them. That was the way things were until 14-year-old Susie Salmon doesn’t come home from school one day, and ultimately is never found at least not whole.

The man next door literally crafts a family’s worst nightmare when he murders their 14-year-old daughter and gives them a glimpse into the reality of the world. When Susie goes missing, any and everyone becomes a suspect in her disappearance, and it ultimately comes down to her father to find the man that killed his daughter when the police are not moving fast enough, or following up on the near paranoia that Mister Salmon has concerning their neighbor who gives him at times conflicting information but it takes him some time to figure it out.

Also, Susie’s heaven is a wonderful place, that actually looks somewhat like her school playground. In her heaven there are other children, and even some adults, but they all have one thing in common – they were murdered by the same twisted individual who at the moment lives next door to the Salmon family.

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Book Review: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (PPZ Prequel) by Steve Hockensmith

Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
Author: Steve Hockensmith
Rating: 4/5

Summary: This book takes place four years before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, it is the birth of a heroine. The Bennet sisters are enjoying their peaceful life in the English countryside, idle days filled with reading, gardening and daydreaming about future husbands. Then, at a funeral at the local perish changes everything when things take a rather unfortunate turn, and before the remainder of the corpses buried in the cemetery can begin to rise from the earth, there is one family that can stop them.

Elizabeth Bennet’s evolution from a naïve young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead begins, training beneath Master Hawksworth and Dr. Keckilpenny who wishes to use science instead of violence to rid the world of the undead problem.

Review: I’ve heard many things about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and as I’ve read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I could not resist seeing what Steve Hockensmith had done to this timeless classic by adding the influence of the shambling, brain consuming undead. I loved reading this prequel, and now I will have to get my hands on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to read what has become of Elizabeth Bennet and her siblings.

I did however, find myself missing Mr. Darcy a bit, but there were plenty of characters to fawn over and delight in. Some of them had me laughing quite a bit throughout the story. This story is quite humorous, and it made going out at night or even in the predawn hours a bit more creepy, considering that I tend to walk by a large open area, and then past heavily wooded areas that would be perfect for a zombie to come shambling out of! I need to read PPZ now and further follow the Bennet sisters in their quest to rid the world of the undead.

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Book Review: Indecent Proposal by Jack Engelhard

Title: Indecent Proposal
Author: Jack Engelhard
Rating: 4/5

Summary: In Atlantic City, after watching a major player lose and win back millions at the blackjack table, Joshua Kane and his wife Joan are presented with a devil’s deal when they meet a rich Arab sultan who offers Joshua one million dollars in exchange for a night with Joan. But that night isn’t the end of their entanglement. Jew and Arab, the men are brothers even when murderously jealous. The Gentile woman is between them, but neither can wholly have her. The outcome will be a rupture of the fragile tolerance that unites the three-a descent into a bloody triangle. This controversial novel spawned the Hollywood blockbuster movie starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore-a movie in which Hollywood tried to hush the Arab/Jewish themes of the story. In his foretelling and gripping tale, Engelhard captivates the reader with his controversial theme of “What would you do for a million dollars?” (Taken from Goodreads.com)

Review: Most of the reviews I’ve seen say that is much different than the movie, and it is. The movie did not incorporate much of the details that were shared in the book. The tensions and passions in the Middle East are much more prominent within the pages of this story, and it becomes the biblical struggle between “Isaac” and “Ishmael” and the prize this time is the American dream – financial security in a time of recession as the Sultan is offering the sum of one million dollars for a singular night with his wife.

What would you do for a million dollars? That is the question that this story boils down to even amid all the other tensions between Joshua, his wife Joan, and the rich Arab Sultan. A very rich man likes to gamble with his money, Joshua got to see it first hand at one of the blackjack tables, when he got pulled into the anchor position at the roped off table that the Sultan sat at one night in one of the casinos in Vegas. There is so much more between the three of them, the Jew, the Arab and the Gentile woman between them that none of them can actually possess wholly.

I enjoyed the book just as much as I enjoyed the movie, despite some typing and grammatical errors in the Kindle version that I received as a free purchase from Amazon.com a few weeks ago.

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