Friday, March 16, 2012

Going Under by Georgia Cates

When Jesse Boone gets transferred to East Franklin High he's not happy to be starting his senior year with nothing but rich kids. Jesse's from the south side where all the kids are poor. When he takes the position of starting quarterback, Forbes decides he wants his spot back. That's when Jesse decides he'll take Forbes' girlfriend. Unfortunately, Claire is more than Jesse bargained for and he finds himself falling in love. But what are the odds of anything coming of a bad boy drug dealer and a rich princess?

LOVED it! I couldn't put the book down. I loved Jesse from the first moment and I would have fought just as hard to keep him. Claire was very real and sweet and perfect for Jesse. I did feel for Jesse with what his home life was like. These characters where so real. They had great emotions and dialogue. I didn't feel like I was reading something written by a middle schooler or someone who just slapped a book together in hopes it would sell. Ms. Cates is a wonderful author and I would love to read more of her work. I will say that there are a few places where there were added words or missing words but it didn't take me out of the zone too badly.

Stars- 4
Passion- 1
Length- 440 KB on Kindle

We Closed!

Sorry I haven't been writing any reviews. My husband and I closed on our first house Tuesday and I have been so busy packing that I have barely picked up my Kindle. I want to get into my beautiful new house as soon as possible. It has taken me most of the week to read a book so in a few moments I will post my review. I just ask that you wonderful people be patient with me while I move and get my internet service turned on and get unpacked. This is a lot harder with two kids than it was when it was just me. I'll try to keep you posted.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Brazen Ecstasy (Grey Eagle) by Janelle Taylor

This is the fourth book in the Grey Eagle series.

When Shalee and Grey Eagle have finally lived in love for the past five winters, Shalee starts to fear that too much love and happiness will find a way to fall apart. When Bluecoats attack Shalee and push her into the river, she is carried miles away from home. When no one can find her or any signs they start to fear her dead. Grey Eagle refuses to believe that she is lost to him.When he finally gets word that she's been found, he rushes to her side only to discover that she can't remember him. She can't remember the last five years. Now Grey Eagle has to make Alisha fall in love with him and become Shalee again.

I loved this! Grey Eagle was so loving and caring throughout this whole book. The amnesia aspect was wonderful and kept me engrossed. The feelings and reactions felt so real that you could almost taste the confusion and torment. Again, another wonderful book by Ms. Taylor.

Stars- 5
Passion- 4
Length- 496 pages

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Forbidden Ecstasy (Grey Eagle) by Janelle Taylor

This is book three in the Grey Eagle series.

The day after Shalee (Alisha) and Grey Eagle's joining, when they have vowed to love one another, Grey Eagle goes to replenish supplies and leaves Alisha in the desert. She starts becoming concerned when he hasn't returned after two days. Has he been harmed? When Powchutu comes to her and claims that Grey Eagle returned to the camp and said that she died by enemy braves, her world crumbles. Powchutu talks her into going East with him and trying to go back to England. Along the way there are many troubles and many enemies.

I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it was an enjoyable read, but on the other, I was disappointed. When I realized where these feelings came from, I enjoyed the book more. It came from them being separated. You don't hear from Grey Eagle after the first part of the book until chapter eighteen. I think I would have enjoyed it more if it had gone back to him occasionally. This book focused on Alisha and what she was living and going through, which was fine. By the time I finished the book I realized how much I did enjoy it. Forbidden Ecstasy followed in the line of the previous two with the descriptions and emotions. I cried while reading this book. It evoked great emotion. I was worried and anxious right along with Alisha. Ms. Taylor has captivated me with yet another book in her Grey Eagle series.

Stars- 4
Passion- 3
Length- 500 pages

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Defiant Ecstacy (Grey Eagle) by Janelle Taylor

Part two in the Grey Eagle series

Alisha has just been taken from Fort Pierre by Grey Eagle. He has decided to show her his love and she couldn't be happier. The next morning when two strange Indians show up, one obviously a chief, and start to examine her, Alisha can't help but be hurt and afraid that Grey Eagle has sold her to another. Was his love just another evil and cruel joke?

Brave Bear treats Alisha wonderfully. He's thoughtful and sweet. He's kind and gentle. Alisha determines she's going to obey him and make him a wonderful slave. That is until Grey Eagle shows up to reclaim her. Should she go back to his cruelty or should she fight to stay where there is kindness and acceptance?

I liked this book even better than the first. I loved Brave Bear and all his kindness. His thoughts and feelings were pure. At the same time you get to see more of Grey Eagle's love for Alisha. It makes you start to disregard the Stockholm syndrome idea. It goes into more detail of the kindness he did show her between the brutality and his reasoning behind it. There's that cultural barrier and the fact that he's the chief's son. Of course, as modern day women who are free from the hold that men held over women in the 1700s, and as early as the 1900s, it's a little harder for us to comprehend, I think. Still, wonderfully descriptive and captivating. The first chapter is a rehash of the last chapter of the first book, but I did notice some added parts and different people's views thrown in so it can't hurt to read it if you want different perspectives.

Stars- 5
Passion- 3
Length- 472 pages

Friday, March 9, 2012

Savage Ecstasy (Grey Eagle) by Janelle Taylor

Alisha has only been out west for the past year. In her beautiful innocence she doesn't understand the hatred between the Indians and whites. She feels that if they would just talk to one another then everyone could get along. Her life unknowingly gets turned upside down the day the men capture a devastatingly handsome brave and bring him into the fortress. When they start to whip him she runs to his rescue. She tends his wounds and brings him food and water. When he escapes, Grey Eagle decides to spare her in his vengeance. He wants her as his own slave. Even through his brutality towards her, Alisha loves Grey Eagle with all her being. Can these two finally find a truce?

Okay, I have to admit I couldn't put the book down. I just had to know what was going to happen next. Ms. Taylor wrote a wonderful and very descriptive book. She held nothing back from her descriptions of battles, rapes, beatings, and love. This isn't a sugary sweet romance. Grey Eagle is a rather brutal man demanding Alisha bends to his will. In my personal opinion, the woman is suffering from some serious Stockholm syndrome. He rapes her, she loves him. He beats her, she loves him. He kills off all the whites in her fortress, she loves him. It's a never ending list of his brutality, yet she loves him with all her heart and soul. Yet, I again must say, I did enjoy reading the book for the amount of depth the characters displayed as well as Ms. Taylor's descriptions. There's lots of history and her explaining reasons and customs. You're not just reading and expecting to understand. She tells you what you need to know.

Stars- 5
Passion- 3
Length- 532 pages

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Twist of Fate by Karen Michelle Nutt

When Arianna Ward comes to and sees three strangers standing over her, she's not sure if she should run or stay. When snatches of memories or dreams or something starts coming to her, she decides to stay. What she can't figure out is why the man she's told is her husband looks at her with such disdain. The longer Arianna talk to people the more she finds out how horrible she was before her accident, when she was Annabelle. When snatches of a memory surface of a fortune teller telling her she belongs in the past, she's not sure if she should believe it or think she's going crazy.

Keldon isn't sure he should believe his black heart of a wife when she says her name is Arianna instead of Annabelle. What game is the evil witch up to now? Unfortunately, he can't help falling in love with such a kind and gentle soul as Arianna.

I was thoroughly caught up in this beautifully written and descriptive novel. The characters were beautiful with their depth, the locations were described wonderfully. I felt as if I was on the sea and at the plantation right along with them. This does contain the ugliness that was slavery, but the author was wonderful about making Arianna compassionate and wonderful towards the slaves. We didn't have to endure the horrible struggles these poor people went through on a daily basis because the slaves were a large part of the book. I think it would have been just too sad. The author also did her research and stuck to the facts as best she could with making them fit the story, which she talks about at the end of the book.

Stars- 5
Passion- 2
Length- 360 pages

Monday, March 5, 2012

Moon Spell by Samantha Young

Caia has just returned to her pack. She's been in hiding for the last ten years since The Hunter killed her parents. Now the pack leader Lucien says that it's okay for her to come home. What neither of them bargain for is the crazy attraction towards one another. What Caia never expects is why the water turns on or pipes burst when she gets really emotional. When the truth starts to come out, can Caia find it in herself to forgive and trust again?

This was a well written YA novel. It was beautifully told with well rounded characters. You could feel the emotions running through these characters. You were there running through the woods with the pack. There was some great suspense trying to figure out who done it for a while. Then to keep the story rolling, it's told who around the 3/4 mark in the book. Still doesn't take anything away from the action.

Stars- 5
Passion- 2
Length- 264 pages

Thursday, March 1, 2012

We Now Have a Diagnosis

My loyal readers

I have just spent the last five hours in the hospital. I finally gave in and went because of still running a fever and the ever present headache. I apparently have...

Viral Meningitis

This is why I have felt like crap and have not been able to do much reading or anything else. My neck and head hurt to the point of tears most of the time, also bringing on nausea.

So the nice doctor gave me a prescription for some pain killers since Tylenol and ibuprofen won't even touch the headache and I have a nice  prescription for an antibiotic. Hopefully I will be well and reading and writing reviews daily again in no time.