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What I’ve Been Reading This Week

Posted December 1, 2008 by Tracy in Features | 17 Comments

Hey there, hi there, ho there,

It has been a crazy week. I know I said it before, but thank you all so much for your support at the beginning of the week with the death of that little boy. You all are amazing people and I’m so happy to have you “met” you all! 🙂 The family is still pretty hysterical. We did find out from the coroner that it wasn’t suffocation as previously believed but they haven’t said what it actually was. Still waiting.

Thanksgiving was wonderful. We went to my in-laws for an early meal (they live about an hour and a half away) and then went to eat with my family (who were about an hour and a half away from the first place but only a 1/2 hour from my house). It was great being with the whole family for the day, but very tiring. That was the first time we’d tried to do 2 fams in 1 day for Thanksgiving and it’s probably our last! lol I hope you all had a wonderful day!

I just went and saw Bolt with my kids. They loved it – so glad. It was ok but not fabulous for the parents, IMO. Could have been the pounding headache I have but I can’t be sure. 🙂

Ok – so on to what I read.

First off was The Demon King and I by Candace Havens. It was ok – not great. Just an eh for me. If you didn’t see my previous post and want to read my review go here.

Next up was The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn. Yes, I’m totally into the Bridgerton’s and am reading them all. I probably will be reading a lot of them in the next few weeks since a local friend got them all from the library and is passing them on before they’re due. Unfortunately she reads like friggin lightening so they’re starting to back up on me! lol Anyway, loved Anthony’s story. The man was just killing my heart there for a while but Kate brought him through! Loved the book.

Next I read a couple of short stories for review on The Book Binge. A Pirates Hellion by Jaden Sinclair and Elfing Around by J Morgan. The reviews should be up sometime soon. The first one – horrid. The second a cute Christmas tale.

Then I read Slippery When Wet by Kimberly Raye. I will be doing a review on this soon – keep your eyes peeled!

Get A Clue by Jill Shalvis. Jill Shalvis has been recommended to me and I just had to see what all the fuss was about. I have to say when I started the book I was wondering if I was gonna like it but after about 10 pages I was completely hooked. Cute story about a woman jilted at the altar and the funny/bizarre happenings when she goes on her honeymoon alone. Oh and it has a hunky cop too – you gotta love it.

Nikki had given me the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr with the instruction that I HAD to read them! They’ve sat there for a couple of weeks so I decided to dive it. I started with Virgin River and let me tell you it was great. I truly enjoyed delving into the different lives and loves of the people of this small moutain town. Great story telling and a pretty darn good romance – 2 things I don’t like to pass by.

I honestly can say that as much as I loved Virgin River I had absolutely no intention of immediately starting Shelter Mountain which is book 2 in the Virgin River series. But, I made the mistake of reading the excerpt in the back of VR, which was chapter 1 of SM, and I was once again hooked. SM was just as good as book 1. I really like this series a lot. To save myself I did not read the excerpt for the next book when I finished SM even though I really wanted to. Book 3 is stting on my shelf I’ll try to stay away for a few days!

Oh and I didn’t blog hop all week and I’m almost going through withdrawal so hopefully I’ll be catching up this week with everyone!
Happy Reading!

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It’s Like She’s Twins

Posted November 26, 2008 by Tracy in Miscellaneous | 5 Comments

Cuz she’s two places at once!

Ok, I’m not really but I do have some reviews over at The Book Binge that you all might like.

Diamond Wolf by Kat Haeske – an m/m were/vamp short story.

The Demon King and I by Candace Havens – Earth Girl meets Demon King.

And here’s a lovely Thanksgiving poem for all of you:

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Among many other things I’m so thankful for the friends I’ve made here on Bloglandia. You guys are wonderful and I’m giving you all a huge virtual hug right now. Can you feel it? Good. Know that you are lurrrrved!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

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Guest Review: The Demon King and I by Candace Havens

Posted November 26, 2008 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 3 Comments

Genres: Paranormal Romance
Tracy‘s review of The Demon King and I by Candace Havens

The Caruthers sisters are heiresses with privilege, wealth, beauty, and brains. But these party girls have something extra. As the Guardian Keys, possessors of an ancient family secret, they hold the fate of the world in their hands.

Gillian, the eldest, is a sensation in the art world – this world, that is. In her other world she’s the Assassin, a knockout who snuffs out dimension-jumpers who foul up her personal space. She never expected to join forces with one. But when a plague of murderous demons plunges the earth in darkness, she has no choice but to get a little help from a being who knows his stuff.

Gillian and her 3 sisters are rich, very powerful figures in society but they’re also these Guardians that keep Earth safe. When beings from other worlds come through a portal into our world they are alerted and the being is either ushered back to their world or they are killed. Each sister is in charge of a different world. For Gillian it is the demon world.

Gillian meets the demon king when she is summoned by him. The new king, Arath, is more human looking than any species of demon she’s ever seen. He’s extremely powerful which he proves time and again.

When a “darkness” (evil) is detected and things start going haywire on earth the sisters must work together to try to fix things. There have been murders on earth and thefts of jewels and artifacts. While they are fixing things on earth, Arath is doing his part on the demon world to try and figure out who is directing this evil. During the time all of this is happening Gillian is fighting an attraction to the new king.

So my thoughts: Yes these sisters were powerful humans fighting for justice in the universe but for a secret that was supposed to be held closely to their family too many people knew about it. Also I thought the “romance” between Gillian and Arath was kind of forced on the reader. They definitely had the attraction thing going on but they really hadn’t had that much time together – next thing you know Gillian’s in love. If they hadn’t brought up love and just made her caring for him it would have been much more believable to me.

Now I did like Arath but there wasn’t enough of him in the book for my liking – he kept popping in and out and we really didn’t get to know him well. I also liked Gillian’s brother, Bailey, but again, he wasn’t in it enough. The sisters – they were ok but I didn’t really form an attachment to them in any way. I’m not sure I’ll want to read any subsequent books.

I was really looking forward to reading this book but it just didn’t end up working for me. There were good parts of the book, but IMO, not enough.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5

This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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