Author: Rowena

Best Reads of April!

Posted May 1, 2007 by Rowena in Features | 25 Comments

Rowena here and it’s been a good month of reading for me, I didn’t read anything that I absolutely hated and there were just a few DNF, but I’m not going to give up on my DNF’s, I’m just going to get back to them at a later date.

In the month of April, I read:

I’m reading, Rock Star by Roslyn Hardy Combs which is the book that I won over at Devon’s blog and I’m really digging it, I’ve read two great reviews from both Devon and Bam so I was really excited to read it and I’m totally agreeing with what they both said in their reviews, it really is fresh and witty and just everything good.

My favorite read of the month has to be Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder because I just loved being all wrapped up in Yelena’s world, seeing the world that she should have grown up in, the adventures she gets herself into with trying to do what’s right for her. It was a great second novel by Mrs. Snyder and I am anxiously awaiting the release of Fire Study, bring on more of sexy hunky Valek please!!!

Isabel

In April I read:

The Rest Falls Away
Ps I Love You
Lord of Scoundrels

These were all good books but my favorite read was Lord of Scoundrels. I heard nothing but good reviews on this book so when I finally read it, I was not disappointed. I loved Dain and Jessica and their love story. Right now I’m reading “Something Sinful” by Suzanne Enoch.

So there’s what WE read last month, what did you guys read?

and…

What was YOUR favorite read in the month of April?


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Bring on the Sexy Lairds Please…

Posted April 27, 2007 by Rowena in Discussions, Reviews | 18 Comments


It’s been a long while since I’ve been swept away into a world where handsome Scottish Lairds wed and protect their damsel in distress heroines from the harsh winters of the Highlands and the danger that awaits them around every corner, because you just know that in these novels, the heroine or the hero have to fight to protect each other from their enemy clans to the south who want to kill the Laird so that they can have his land and rule over all of the clans in the Highlands.

It’s funny how some of my favorite books are set in the Highlands and last night as I was browsing through my bookshelves, I came across a lot of books that I have read and loved over the years. Most of them are about macho lairds who’s wives are starting wars with all of the nearby clans, while others are running off with men that they’ve foolishly asked to marry them when they were too young to know any better which sets off other wars with the jilted fiance’s clan. So many of these books were funny, filled with great characters, a great sense of family and loyalty and I really miss reading those kinds of books, I want to read another one of these kinds of books…these kinds of storylines seem to be missing from my life right now and I want those storylines back dammit!

I’m almost done with my TBR Challenge with Ames over at Thrifty Reader and I’m in the mood to read about some horse hung, kilt clad hunks from the cold Scottish Highlands with their overbearing attitudes and thick scottish brogues.

Bring on the Scotsman, ladies (and gents if you’re out there and know of any good ones! =P) …I’m looking for some great romance novels that take place in the Highlands, way before my great, great great grand daddy was even thought of.

I enjoy the likes of Karen Marie Moning, Julie Garwood and I’m sure there are others but my silly mind is drawing a blank here, so please…step up and pimp some great highland romances!!!

And while we’re talking about this, I’d like to pose a question to you lovely readers. Who in your opinion writes the best Highlander stories? Are you a straight up KMM fan who loves the virginal and too smart for their own good heroines and the horse hung, dead sexy heroes that are over the top yummalicious? Or are you more of a Julie Garwood type, the alpha males that are sexy and funny and everything ooey gooey delicioso?

How is Janet Chapman’s Highland series? I’ve heard conflicting reviews on this series, some love it to pieces while others don’t care for it at all? What do you think? There’s also the Hannah Howell books, would anyone recommend those and if you do, please leave the titles in order to be read when you comment so that I can put it on my list of books to search for.

Are there any authors that I’m missing that you’d like to pimp to me? Please, help a sister out! I’m imaging sexy Gerard Butler in a kilt and well, it’s what triggered all of this must find new highlander books to read mindset.


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The Festival of Books at UCLA!

Posted April 26, 2007 by Rowena in Discussions, News | 3 Comments


For the booklovers in or around the Los Angeles area, there will be a huge Festival of Books this weekend, 4/28-4/29, at the UCLA campus. It promises to be an event any booklover would love to attend.

There will over 400 authors in attendance, 300 exhibitors, 97 author panels, 6 outdoor stages and just loads of book lovin’ fun.

You can check out more details on the Festival of Books by clicking here.

I was invited to go to this by a friend of mine who knows I love to read books. I don’t think she knows that I love to read romance novels because I didn’t see one author on the authors list that I knew or even heard of, so I don’t think I’ll be attending this event. However, I wanted to post this up just in case anyone else was interested in attending and is in the area.

If you do end up going, come back and tell us how it was…I’d love to hear how it went. Has anyone ever been to one of these kinds of events? How are they, crowded? With that many people attending, it must be utter chaos…anyone know how these kinds of things turn out? I might change my mind and end up going but I’d love to hear any feedback on whether it’s worth driving all the way over to the UCLA campus and fighting for parking to attend.

-Rowena


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Schedule of Events.

Posted April 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments


This is where you can find out about the latest happenings here at Book Binge and what we’ve got in store for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email to thebookbinge@gmail.com.

If you are an author or publisher and are interested in having a guest spotlight, please contact us at thebookbinge@gmail.com.

This is a work in progress. Please bear with us as we update and organize.

Thanks,

Holly, Casee and Rowena

May

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER CRUSIE

June

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: JUDITH MCNAUGHT


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Review: Twilight by Meg Cabot.

Posted April 26, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Twilight by Meg Cabot.Reviewer: Rowena
The Mediator #6: Twilight by Meg Cabot
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 1st 2005
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 256
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four-half-stars

Suze has gotten used to ghosts. They wake her up in the middle of the night. They haunt her locker at school. She's even spotted a few down at Carmel Beach. Suze is a mediator, after all, and communicating with the dead is all in a day's work for her. The last thing she ever expected was to fall in love with one: Jesse, a nineteenth-century hottie.

But when she and Paul Slater, himself a mediator of undeniable power (and dubious intent), discover that the powers they share aren't limited to helping ghosts resolve their earthly woes, but can also be used to determine whether or not they become ghosts in the first place, Suze can't help but freak. Not because she suddenly knows how to alter the course of history, but because Paul can, too. And Paul would like nothing better than to prevent Jesse's murder, keeping him from becoming a ghost and allowing him to live a natural life at last ... but in the nineteenth century. Meaning Jesse and Suze would never meet.
Suddenly, Suze is faced with the most important decision of her life: allow the only guy she's ever loved to have the life he's always longed for ... or keep him anchored forever in half-life at her side. Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

Will Jesse choose to live without her, or die to love her?

I finished this book earlier this week and I’ve got to say that I loved the way this series ended, because this series DID end with this book, right? Goodness, I hope so because the series needed to end just the way it did in Twilight.

Meg Cabot did an excellent job with this series and I’m being totally serious here. This is a series that I’m enjoying right along with my two nieces, Chloe and Chelsea. Brenna (my daughter) is excited to read it when she turns 14 and my nieces Meghan, Makenna, Chaylene and Cheridan are waiting in line to read this series as well. I’ve read aloud to them nightly and so they are all really looking forward to reading about Suze’s adventures being a mediator and pleasing the many ghosts who came knockin’ or really, yelling in her room.

Meg Cabot sure doesn’t disappoint with Twilight. It was an upbeat, funny story just like her other stories were but I’ve got to say that I wanted to strangle Suze more than once in this book. She was so hot damn whiny about stopping Paul from doing what she didn’t want him to do and if you ask me, her reasons for stopping Paul from doing what he wants to do…for Jesse are so effing selfish they made me want to bitch slap her upside her damn head and then karate chop her knee caps off.

Seriously, the dumb broad shows her age (all of 16) when she bitches and moans about why Paul can’t go through with his plan to “save” Jesse’s life.

I mean, she loved Jesse so much that she wanted him to stay dead and with her in her room for all of her years and however many years it took for him to move on, I guess.

It was so stupid!

But she makes up for her stupidness in the end and I was happy with the way the story ended. It’s all make believe and if I can read and love stories where Dark Hunters get their souls back and give up their immortality to be with the ones they love, I can totally dig ghosts and their lives and whatever that they have in this story.

I would totally recommend this series to anyone that wants to read great, teenage fun chasing ghosts and righting wrongs for the dead. It’s a laugh a minute and the characters are sweet, warm and very lovable.

Get these books now and read them, a treat for all ages!! =)

I read and reviewed the rest of this series over at my old book blog, Sanctuary’s Finest so you can find the other reviews here:

Book 1: Shadowland
Book 2: Ninth Key
Book 3: Reunion
Book 4: Darkest Hour
Book 5: Haunted
Twilight

Grade: 4.75 out of 5

four-half-stars


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