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BOOK REVIEW FOR “WEREWOLF SINGS THE BLUES” BY JENNIFER HARLOW

  I received this book from NETGALLEY.COM for an honest review.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

If Vivian’s life had a soundtrack, every song would be the Blues 

  1. Pushin’ Thirty (Hard Life Takes Its Toll)
  2. Singer Going Nowhere Fast
  3. Mysterious Stalker Got a Hold on Me
  4. Bullets, Blood, and Fur
  5. Long Lost Werewolf Daddy Done Me Wrong
  6. Ain’t No Pack War Gonna Keep Me Down
  7. Love on the Run (feat. Sexy Jason)
  8. Melting in His Icy Eyes
  9. She’s No Good (Born Under a Bad Moon)
  10. Don’t Let Her Song Be Cut Short
  11. Livin’ La Vida Werewolf (Bonus Track)

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When Vivian’s father suddenly shows up back into her life, everything goes to hell fast. She is suddenly on the run with a guy who claims to be a werewolf. Jason has been sent by her father to bring her back to the pack, and when she gets there she has a short time with her father before they are attacked and he is killed. The characters are very likeable, and the story line was great. This was a fun read, with a few twists and turns in the plot. And the suspense of who betrayed the pack had you guessing until the end. I would recommend this to my friends and family. I really enjoyed the book, so I give it 5/5 stars.

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HEART OF STONE BY CHRISTINE WARREN

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Book Description

         Publication Date:         December 31, 2013
From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about

a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?

HEART OF STONE

Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.

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Christine Warren knows how to draw you into a story and make the unbelievable, believable. Heart of Stone was well-developed, with a storyline and characters that were believable. Ella has magical abilities that she does not know how to control and she keeps hidden from everyone. She works in a museum and is still tormented over the death of her parents, because she believes she killed them with her uncontrolled magic as a kid. She has always liked the gargoyle in the garden at the museum, and when it suddenly comes to life to rescue her from someone with evil intentions, her life will never be the same. Kees is one of the Gaurdians that are to protect mankind from evil and  the seven demons who are part of a group called the Nocturnis. He has to protect Ella from them, for they want her particular magic to summon the seven demons, and then be able to summon the Darkness. The more Kees is with Ella shows him that he is capable of emotions, and especially love. That his heart is not completely made of stone. The more Ella is with him he shows her one night when she believes the night her parents died, he shows her that she did not kill her parents It was the drunk driver who swerved into their lane. This book had a lot of action and emotional aha moments that  helped to move the story along. I really enjoyed it and cannot wait until the next one. I give HEART OF STONE 5/5 STARS.

 

 

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ALL FIRED UP BY KATE MEADER “WHO WILL GET BURNED?”

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Book Description

         Publication Date:         November 5, 2013

Her sweetest mistake . . .
Cool as a Chicago winter, private events planner Cara DeLuca is a model of self-control . . . until she meets the one temptation she can’t resist: Shane Doyle. The sexy, Irish pastry chef is too hot, too sure, too young, and after a crazy night in Vegas – her new husband. While at first Cara wants nothing more than a way out of her sham marriage to Shane, she soon finds that beneath his farm boy demeanor lies a man who can match her drive, both in and out of the bedroom. How can the wrong guy feel so deliciously right?
. . . Tastes so, so good

Shane has carefully structured his career and life around one goal: connecting with the family that doesn’t know he exists. Marrying a woman with more issues than a magazine stand wasn’t part of the plan, but melting Cara’s icy exterior is so worth the detour. Now as the annulment date nears and long-buried secrets are revealed, Shane will have to fight for the one thing guaranteeing the perfect life he craves . . . the current Mrs. Shane Doyle.

All Fired Up was a was a sweet, fiery read, with well-developed characters, and story line. Cara and Shane are great together with great chemistry between them. The first time Shane and Cara meet is in Vegas when Cara  is there for a wedding. They have a great time together and end up married. They don’t see each other until Shane shows up in Chicago working in Jack Kilroy’s restaurant Sarriette’s. The sparks and chemistry is still there, and Cara is fighting her attraction to Shane. She calls her lawyer and has him to draw up the papers for an annulment. Shane does not sign them and wants to try to make a go of their relationship, but he knows that if she finds out the true reason that he really wanted a job a Sarriette’s she would never forgive him. As their relationship progresses they open up to each other, and end up falling in love. I really liked the way she handled the way of telling about anorexia, and how todays world messes with a woman’s image of herself with always showing really thin models. In today’s world that is not always the truth, we are a more full-figured nation and these young girls are given an image problem by our marketing strategies of showing thinner airbrushed models.  I loved this book and give it 5/5 stars. Kate Meader is an author I will recommend to everyone.

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: THE NAME OF THE WIND BY PATRICK ROTHFUSS

They say, writers should write what they love and Patrick Rothfuss seems to do so. He love stories. Telling them is one thing but to live and tell them is astonishing. And how a writer can live in the stories?… By his imagination. Imagination is infinite. You certainly don’t have to pay for it. It is legal to use. And it’s the best thing a human has got, I believe.  The Name of the Wind . At first, I never wanted to read it. But then, when strongly recommended by one of my friend, I borrowed his copy and read it. Now I can say, I can’t wait to read the second.  The Name of the Wind  introduce us to Kvothe, a figure which is hard to ignore not because he has red hair but because the mysterious intelligence the character has.

At the start level, the book is slow for a few pages, and it took me sometime to adjust. May be I was reading after a long time. But after reading the book, I read the starting few pages again. And I must say the style used by Patrick keeps things as simple as possible and he tries to create an enclosure by his words such that if a reader is immerse in his words, he will find hard to emerge out back to reality. The book, I must say, after reading 50-70 pages is very hard to put down. Though they say, the start and the end defines a book, I must correct them, ‘their’ saying might work for a story or a novella for they are short in length but for 600 plus page novel like The Name of the Wind you need to give it some time and at least 50-70 pages might be sufficient to start being judgmental about the book. Most of the times  this will work for fantasies as they happen to be a bit bulky in the length.

As I said the story will bind you from it roots and you will be immersed in the world of Kvothe. The culture, the geography ,the background of the story and especially my favorite part, the characters, which are developed at such a level that they won’t disappoint the reader. According to one interview, Rothfuss spent 14 years in developing this trilogy and I don’t know the truth, nor am I being judgmental here.

So I would recommend this book, but then you might end up reading the trilogy.

3.5 out of 5 from me.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE BOOK THIEF

The extraordinary New York Times Bestseller for 230 weeks must be on your reading list this year. This book is a treasure, a modern classic I would say. Set during the time of Nazi Germany and World War II, it tells the story about a foster girl, Liesel Meminger with a fine and an extraordinaire narrative by Death. The narration was one of the reasons I picked this book due to the immense curiosity, I can say I am completely satisfied and I have read after along time, a totally satisfying book. It leaves with a mysterious thrill which is hard to define in words and can only be experienced if you read it. The book is very well structured. It seems all perfect due to the intensive narration of the Death’s perspective. Markus Zusak is impressing in this one.

The narrative, Death, in not some kind of boring grim reaper with a scythe. He’s a jolly character, tries to enjoy himself and is always indulged in his work. His role is a strong one, and in some ways he makes himself a slave of humans – dealing with the impact of their wars and atrocities as he is always haunted by humans. A reader’s imagination also has a serious part in coping up with the characters. The other characters of Liesel Meminger, Hans Hubermann, Rudy Steiner, and Max Vandenburg are some perks of the book. Each character has its own story as always. I could not find myself falling for one character ( just like The Great Gatsby) which is a good thing as I could maintain the transparency of my readership towards the book. Though The Book Thief succeeds on the most post-modern of levels, its impact on the reader is as much due to superb old fashioned plot and characterization as anything else. It is, afterall, simply a beautiful and painful story of a young girl as she deals with an important and tragic point in history.

There is no doubt that you are not going to enjoy this story. It is one hell of a story.  The story wraps itself around you. Your mind and your heart will be stolen as it did mine. It won’t disappoint you, that’s for sure.

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