Saturday, February 7, 2009

~The Smoke Thief~ by Shana Abe

2. Book that was read and Reviewed in the Fall Challenge

My expectations were very high for this book, the story begins with a quick history of the drakon, then begins with background story of Clarissa and Chrsitoff. The story jumps few years later and we discover that Clarissa now Rue has become a thief, she is no regular thief she has special powers, but unfortunately are only those that are drakon. Now that Christoff is older and has taken the place of his father he along with the council know they need to find this mysterious thief who has the same powers and bring them back before they are discovered, but no one knows who it could be. Once Christoff arrives he is also done in by the thief, but using his special powers he begins to track the thief.

Up onto this point I was really into the story and enjoying it very much, but about midway through the story went downhill, toward the end of the story it again comes alive but only for a few pages. I wanted to give it 2 stars, but again the beginning was great and again dragged me in at the end, so I went for 3. I know so many enjoyed this series, but not sure what I missed but during the middle of the book I had to force myself to pick up and continue.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

~Only With Your Love~Lisa Kleypas

This is the second to Only in Your Arms and is the story of sons of Maximillien Vallerand, Philippe and Justin.

Philippe is returning to Louisiana with his wife Celia, but they are attacked by pirates, and Philippe is killed and thrown overboard in front of his wife. Celia is resuced by Captin Griffin who is rough with her and ends up taking her virute. He eventually delivers her to her in-laws the Vallerands, and makes a shocking discovery, that Captin Griffin is Justin, brother to her dead husband.

Justin and Celia develop feelings, and Justin begins to change his rough ways, but others stand in the way, some wants justice for Justin's being a pirate, but can the Vallerand's save him? His father wants him to become his brother so he may stay safe, but will he be able to pull it off?

A great story, I did not enjoy it asw much as the first book.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

~ It's Good to be Queen ~

Wow, another challenge could not resist this one love reading about Royalty....
  • Chose 2-4 books on any women who reigned as Queen.

  • Your Queen can be from any era as long as she she held the title Queen Or Empress at some point in her lifetime.

  • The books can be Fiction or Nonfiction which ever your prefer
  • The Challenge starts January 30,2009 and runs til June 2, 2009.

I am going for Four books...
1. The Life of Elizabeth I ~ Alison Weir
2. Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France ~ Leonie Frieda

~Victorian Challenge~

The challenge starts the 1st January 2009 and ends the 30th June 2009 click on banner for the rules and to join.

Reading Levels:

A drink at Whitechapel: 3 books
A walk in Hyde Park: 4 books
A tour of the British Museum: 5 books
A visit to Buckingham Palace: 6 books

Great idea for a challenge I want to go for A visit to Buckingham Palace....hope to see you there!!
1. Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu
2. Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
3. Book by Elizabeth Gaskell
4. Undecided
5. Undecided
6. Undecided

Monday, January 5, 2009

A To Z Challenge

Read titles A to Z. Commit to reading 26 books theoretically speaking
Click on photo for more information & to sign up.
Taking suggestions for tiltes that begin with "X" and "Z"
An Offer from a Gentleman
Beguiled ~ Shannon Drake
Come this Spring ~ Julie Garwood
Dangerous to Know ~ Mary Jo Putney
Emily's Secret ~ Jill Jones
For the Roses ~ Julie Garwood
Guardian Angel ~ Julie Garwood
Her Man of Affairs
It's in His Kiss ~ Julia Quinn
Jane Boleyn
Kissed by Shadows
Lady Elizabeth ~ Alison Weir
Martha Peake
Never Lie to a Lady
One Night with a Prince ~ Sabrina Jeffries
Queen of Dragons ~ Shana Abe
Ransom ~ Julie Garwood
Sense & Sensibility ~ Jane Austen
Three Little Secrets
Until You
You Belong to my Heart

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The 2009 Support Your Local Library Challenge

I love to go to the library, but do not go as often as I used to, and when I found this challenge this challenge this will be a great way to get back into checking out more books in 2009. Since we are all different, there will be three sizes of challenges. ** The first is to read 12 books from your local library in 2009. ** The second is to read 25 books from your local library in 2009. ** The third is to read 50 books from your local library in 2009 Click on photo for more information.

I commit to reading at least 12 from my local library, I hope to do more.

Historical Fictional Reading Challenge 2009

Looking forward to participating in this challenge again. Read 3 historical fiction books in 3 months from 1st Jan 09 - 31st March 09. Historical fiction will be counted as anything set or written prior to World War II. This will include classic novels, time travel novels or anything you feel fits the genre. Click on photo for more information and/or to join.