Ravings of a Book Junkie

An avid reader, if books were sustenance I'd be fat as a hog. I mainly read dark urban fantasies, but like to mix things up book-wise, just never enough time to read all the books I want to read!

Not Another Bad Date (Avon Romance)

Not Another Bad Date - Rachel Gibson A funny chick-lit read that's good for curling up on your couch with, it's got three things going for it: a hot guy, a less than usually whiny female protagonist and an angel with a fashion fetish.

Lord of Misrule (Morganville Vampires, Book 5)

Lord of Misrule - Rachel Caine Another fast-paced installment in the Morganville Vampires saga. This one continues the battle between ancient vampires, Amelie and Bishop, for ownership of the town. There are some unexpected twists which leave the kids of Glass House on divided teams with an insane vamp pulling the strings. A really excellent cliffhanger book!

Shopaholic & Sister (Shopaholic Series)

Shopaholic and Sister - Sophie Kinsella I really enjoyed this installment of the Shopaholic series. In S&S Becky and Luke are back home after a 10 month honeymoon around the world. There's a very funny scene where Becky achieves "enlightenment" from a piece of jewelry and walks barefoot over burning coals that I got a good chuckle from. And, surprisingly, Becky shows some real growth and acknowledges that her spending habits are extravagant compared to ordinary people and sees that her spending is also causing stress in her marriage. We also get to meet Jess, Becky's newly discovered half-sister. Jess is Becky's opposite in everything and it seems unlikely they'll find any common ground until Becky, true to form, sticks her nose where it's not welcome with some painful and funny results! Suze and Becky are also on the outs with the arrival of Suze's new friend, Lucy, a married mother of four who doesn't get Becky one bit and who it seems may put a permanent wedge in their friendship. Great read!

20th Century Ghosts

20th Century Ghosts - Joe Hill I really enjoyed this collection of stories and really loved JH's debut novel as well. I think it's unfortunate that he keeps getting compared to his father instead of strictly on the merit of his own writing. He is a gifted writer who weaves stories that will draw you in and keep you entertained. Anyway, back to 20thCG, my favorite stories were Voluntary Committal and Best New Horror and unlike most short story collections I've read I actually enjoyed most of the pieces herein instead of a mere handful. A story I liked but didn't fit my definition of a horror tale but was just an odd piece was Pop Art. The above two though are stories that will stay in your mind long after you've read them. The BNH twist of a horror story being about a horror story - genius! It was also one of the creepiest tales I've ever read, hands down. Overall, this book and Mr. Hill should be judged on their own merit and not by who his papa is who, after all, is in a class all his own.

Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5)

Silver Borne - Patricia Briggs Another fabulous installment in the Mercy Thompson saga. The love Adam-Mercy-Samuel love triangle has been resolved in a mature and responsible way, Mercy's brutal attack hasn't been glossed over but Ms. Briggs reemphasizes Mercy's refusal to be a victim, she's not a superwoman, however, and we do see poignant moments of vulnerability. Overall, though, she forges ahead and gets on with her life. I won't go into detail about what happens as you can glean it from the other numerous reviews here. Suffice it to say, this is a dang good book and a kick-*** series - I can't imagine what trouble Mercy will find herself embroiled (no pun intended re: Stefan, haha) in next but I can't wait to find out!! Grade: A

Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story - Christopher Moore I love Mr Moore's humor and his quirky imagination. His take on what has normally been such serious genre - vampire lore - is delightful and, at times, laugh out loud funny. Our heroes are a group of late-night supermarket turkey-bowlers and a homeless man who calls himself the Emperor of San Francisco accompanied by his faithful furry companions. How can you not love this stuff? Jody, our female protagonist, is a newly-turned vampire is such a cool chick you may wanna offer her up your own neck. Between her and Flood's attempts to educate themselves on what it means to be "vampire" while avoiding the sun, curious cops, and the murderous 800 yr old vampire who turned Jody, life is pretty weird, wacky and wild! If you read this be sure to follow it up with the continuing saga of Jody & Flood in "You Suck!" (I read them outta order, due to ignorance, but they both rocked!)

Every Woman Needs a Wife

Every Woman Needs a Wife - Naleighna Kai A book that starts with an unusual twist turns out to be a riveting read despite a few bumps. Those were that despite the book's unusual premise both women read as stereotypes to me. For example, that Brandi took over a year and a half to clue in to Vernon's cheating rang false considering how astute she was in other aspects. That, Tanya, coming from such a horrifically abusive childhood (where she fought back) would become Vernon's "submissive" woman. It doesn't fit the way she's otherwise portrayed. But, other than a few moments of disconnect for me, I was very intrigued by this novel and its characters. That the women worked to improve themselves (without Vernon) and their relationship with each other really made me enjoy this book. I also grew to understand and like Vern, but man, he was a tough one to care for! Anyway, I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author.

Salem Falls

Salem Falls - Jodi Picoult Salem Falls is a modern-day rendition of the famous play "The Crucible" and follows the path of Jack St. Bride, a recently released prison inmate. Jailed due to the fantasies written in a teen girl's diary, Jack is determined to keep as far away from crush-prone teenagers as possible, but working as a dishwasher in the town's diner he's soon targeted as a challenge by the town's princess, Gillian Duncan. The daughter of a powerful pharmaceutical company owner and a practicing Wiccan, Gilly is determined to ensnare Jack despite his firm rebuffs of her childish attempts at seduction. One night, after an argument with his new girlfriend, Jack decides to drown his sorrows at the local bar. Afterward, walking home he stumbles upon Gilly and her coven in various stages of undress celebrating Beltane in the town's cemetery but is too drunk to understand what he sees. Back home he's reconciled with Addie when the cops show up and arrest him for the alleged rape of Gillian Duncan. Addie is stunned and the town rallies behind Gillian. Following a hunch, Addie searches out Jack's first accuser and finds a sad fearful teenager zealously safeguarded by her rigidly controlling pastor father. Unable to convince her to return and give testimony, Addie returns to SF to support Jack through out the remainder of his trial. Another gripping and well-researched novel by Picoult, I highly recommend it.

My Man Michael (SBC Fighters, Book 4)

My Man, Michael - Lori Foster I checked this out of my library on a whim. I hadn't heard of the SBC series but am familiar with Lori Foster whose writing I generally like, but not this time. Hands down, I'd have to say this is one of the cheesiest plot lines I've ever read. Those of you who've not read LF before, don't start with this one, and established fans SKIP THIS.

Wife for Hire LP (Large Print) By Janet Evanovich

Wife for Hire LP (Large Print) By Janet Evanovich - Caleb Melby (Author) A good premise that showed promise but failed to deliver. The characters had little depth and things happen that make no sense when explained (kidnapping, break-ins) later. Hank & Maggie are both likable and flakey (this is stressed over and over) but their relationship goes from comic to sexually involved to not speaking for months then happily made up in too short of a time span. Overall, the story starts out cute and funny, but then distinergrates as zany secondary characters begin performing unbelievable stunts that pull away from this tale of two eccentric hearts discovering their soulmates. However, for a bad story by Evanovich, this is still a decent read for whenever you're in the mood for some fluffy fare that you'll soon forget.

Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2)

Lover Eternal - J.R. Ward Simply addicting & deliciously erotic!

Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2)

Lover Eternal - J.R. Ward Though I do find the vampire characters macho/chauvinistic personalities a bit hard to swallow I am thoroughly enjoying this series and what we're learning about each vampire. There's also a side story involving a pre-transiioned vamp named John Matthew that's interesting, too.

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3)

Lover Awakened - J.R. Ward Excellent book, imo! The war between the vampires and their strange enemies known as "lessers" continues to escalate with Zsadist nearly out of control due to Bella's kidnapping. Held captive 6 weeks she is the obsession of the lesser known as Mr. O who is convinced she's his reincarnated wife. After being rescued, Bella is determined to stay as physically close to Zsadist as possible despite his apparent psychological & emotional issues and strenuous objections. Seeing her struggles as she copes with the effects her kidnapping. Zsadist, touched by his observations of Bella, slowly opens up to her and shares the disturbing details of his early life when he was a blood slave. We get the back story of his kidnapping as an infant and the eventual rescue by his twin, Phury, after 100 years of separation. *Torture and rape scenes are extremely graphic and disturbing. Definitely not suitable for young readers.

Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

Needful Things - Stephen King Read this many years ago and really loved it.

It Happened One Autumn (The Wallflowers, Book 2)

It Happened One Autumn - Lisa Kleypas I read this entire series quite some time ago it was full of originality and had many interesting characters that I couldn't get enough of - A+ in my book!

Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires, Book 1)

Glass Houses - Rachel Caine Not the best book in this series, but it does a decent job of keeping the story interesting while setting up the characters and giving you the town's back story.