Monday, January 29, 2007

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ~ J. K. Rowling

This is the Third book in the Harry Potter series. This is Harry's third year at Hogwarts, and the year starts off with an escape from prison, by the person who was convicted of turning Harry's parents over to Voldemort, though Harry has no idea who he is or what he has done. Harry returns to school, and many things happen, the school is being guarded by Dementor's the guards from Azkaban. Also, Harry and his friends start new classes, and have another new teacher for Defense Against the Dark Arts. Harry has a very busy year, with studying, and Quiddich, plus everything else that his happening at school.

Very good, I really enjoy these books, and this is one of the best, actually, I think as they progress, they get better.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ~ J. K. Rowling

This is the second book in the Harry Potter series. We return to Harry's story on his twelfth birthday. At which time his Aunt and Uncle try to prevent Harry from returning to Hogwarts for his second year. Harry's friend Ron, and Ron's twin brothers, George and Fred, rescue Harry and he spends the rest of the summer with their family. After Harry's return to Hogwarts, strange things keep happening leading us to believe that the Chamber of Secrets has once again been opened. The question is who has opened it, and what will they do before they are caught!!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone ~ J. K. Rowling

This is the first book in the Harry Potter series. Harry, a young boy who has been raised by his aunt and uncle, discovers on his eleventh birthday, that he is a wizard, and there is a whole other community than the one he has been living in. He is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where both of his parents attended before they were killed when Harry was a baby. Harry discovers that his parents were killed by an evil wizard, and not killed in a car accident as his aunt had told him. As we follow Harry's first year at Hogwarts we learn a great deal about the magicking world and Harry's history in it.

I really enjoy these books, I have read them several times already and was just in the mood to do so again.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Corset Diaries ~ Katie MacAlister

This book tells the story of Tessa Riordan, an American, who has been hired to live as an English Duchess did in 1879 for one month, for a television show. It is written as a diary, of the events and adventures that happen as she attempts to live a lifestyle she has only read about. Along the way, she meets Max, the Duke for the show, as well as many other people playing rolls for the program.

This book was hilarious I laughed and laughed.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Even Vampires get the Blues ~ Katie MacAlister

This is the fourth book in the Dark Ones series. In this novel, Paen, a Dark One, has been contacted about fulfilling a contract that his father agreed to two hundred and fifty years earlier. He must find and return a statue to the demon the contract was with. In trying to fulfill this contract, Paen hires Samantha Cosse, a half-elf private detective, to aide him in the search. it is quickly discovered that Samantha is his Beloved, though not nearly as accepted. This is a pretty good story, with several twists and turns that really surprised me.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sex, Lie and Vampires ~ Katie MacAlister

This is the third book in the Dark Ones series. In this novel, Nell, a Medieval history professor and charmer, has been hired to find Damien, a Dark One child, who has been abducted and is being held by a demon lord. Along the way, she meets Adrian, a dark one known as Adrian the Betrayer, as he is bound to a demon lord, and had turned Dark Ones over to him in the past.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sex and the Single Vampire ~ Katie MacAlister

this is the second book in the Dark Ones series. Christian, who we met in Single Girls Guide to Vampires, is in London for a book signing, and visiting with Joy, Raphael and Roxy. While in London, he meets Allegra, Allie for short, a Summoner there on tour, visiting haunted places in town trying to document ghosts and summon them. Allegra agrees to help Christian find a friend of his who has disappeared, and they have a great adventure.

Monday, January 15, 2007

A Girl's Guide to Vampires ~ Katie MacAlister

This is the first in a series of vampire books by Katie MacAlister. In this book Joy and her friend Roxy visit the Czech Republic in a hunt for a writer who writes their favorite series.. about vampires. Along the way they meat new people, and discover that there has been a series of murders following the vampire fair that is in the area where they are going. They attempt to solve the crimes, and Joy falls in love at the same time.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

A Bite to Remember ~ Lynsay Sands

This is the fifth book in the Argeneau series. In this novel Vincent, an actor, is having trouble with his productions, it appears as though someone is sabotaging them, forcing him to stop productions on several plays. Vincent hires a private detective who is used to dealing with vampires. Jackie Morrisey, who's name he got through Bastien, his cousin. Jackie has been dealing with vampires since she turned 18 and her father brought her into the detective agency. She has had some encounters with vampires that have left her very leery of them and unable to trust them.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Tall, Dark and Hungry ~ Lynsay Sands

This is the fourth book in the Argeneau series. In this story we follow the tale of Bastien Argeneau, as he is trying to help his brother Lucern, and his fiance Kate, prepare for their wedding, suddenly, Kate's cousin / best friend Terri is coming to town, and Kate and Lucern need to go out of town. Terri ends up staying at the family penthouse with Bastien while they try to make sure everything goes smoothly for the two people who are so important to them!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Robot Santa ~ Dean Koontz

The Further Adventures of Santa's Twin, this is a sequel to Koontz's Santa's Twin. This is written as a poem, similar to Twas the Night before Christmas, but with much more mischief. Santa's twin brother, Bob, has built a robot to help out Santa on the big night.. but something has gone wrong!!!

I found this quite amusing, it was written as a children's book, like the Santa's Twin, with some really great illustrations. It is definitely a collector's item!!

Single White Vampire ~ Lynsay Sand

This is the third in book in the Argeneau series. In this story, Lucern, a writer, who has been writing the stories of his siblings' romances and had them published as paranormal fiction, meets Kate, his new editor, who is determined that Lucern do at least one publicity event.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Love Bites ~ Lynsay Sands

This is the second book in the Argeneau series. This is the story of Etienne Argeneau, a video game programmer, and Rachel, a local coroner. Etienne ends up in Rachel's morgue, when she realizes that he appears to be healing... and all of a sudden a man bursts in, and tells her that Etienne is a vampire, and proceeds to attempt to cut his head of with an ax. Rachel steps into the way and is morally wounded by the ax, the man runs off. Etienne turns her to vampire to save her life, and then must teach her how to survive. While trying to protect her from the man who is trying to kill him.

A Quick Bite ~ Lynsay Sands

This is the first installment in the Argeneau series. This is about Lissianne, a vampire, but the twist is that vampires are not what we have always thought of them as, they are basically human, but need blood to survive, like hemophiliacs. The race originally started way back in Atlantis, when nanos were invented (tiny, tiny computers, that are introduced into the body intravenously, designed to repair the body, then self destruct) the problems is that the body is always sustaining damage. From the sun.. from aging.. from disease... so the nanos are constantly repairing the body, so you live much longer, and it is the nanos that require the blood, they use blood to reproduce and for fuel, so the more damage your body sustains, the more blood you need to drink.

Anyway, Lissianne has a phobia... she is hemophobic, this can be a major problem to someone who must drink blood to survive!! So her mother kidnaps a psychologist who specializes in phobias for Lissi's birthday to cure her of her phobia.

This was great, I can't wait to get to more in the series!!!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Motor Mouth ~ Janet Evanovich

This is the second book in the Barnaby series. Alex Barney has a taste for speed and trouble. In an attempt to help a friend Barney and her sometimes boyfriend, Hooker, "borrow' a NASCAR hauler, discover a dead body and become wanted for questioning in said murder. The owners of the hauler want something back that was hidden in the hauler, and are willing to forget that it was "borrowed" only if that item is returned, undamaged. It turns out to be a wild ride, running from the bad guys and dealing with the bodies that keep turning up. There is a great deal of comedy and blunders that just keep you laughing and engrossed as the story rolls along.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Mistral's Kiss ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the fifth novel in the Merry Gentry series. Merry is a half faerie, as in one of the magic peoples from Ireland, and is in a contest to become the queen of the Unseelie, the first person, Merry or her cousin Cel, to reproduce shall become ruler, Merry would be Queen, where Cel would be King. There is a battle going on among all the Faerie peoples in the underworld ruled by the Unseelie, between those who want to see Merry rule, and those who want to see Cel rule.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Danse Macabre ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the fourteenth book in the Anita Blake series. This book seems to be where we will work out a lot of emotional issues. In the very beginning, Anita believes she may be pregnant, and is unsure how to deal with how she is feeling about this possibility. We also see some of Richard's issues, a lot more of Anita's and even some of Asher's.

At the same time, they have a bunch of visiting Master's of the City, who have been invited to enjoy a traveling ballet group, made up entirely of vampires. And, of course, there are complications in dealing with all the visiting Masters.

Micah ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the thirteenth book in the Anita Blake series, it is a short story, at least much shorter than the average book in this series. In this book, Anita and Micah take a trip to Philadelphia for an Animating (raising a zombie) job for the FBI. The agent in charge of the case that Anita has been hired for is one that already knew Micah, and Anita now learns the story of how Micah became a wereleopard. Also in the story they learn that though Anita is not a Lycantrope, she is a carrier for four different kinds of lycantropy, which is totally unheard of! Great story, shows a bit more back ground and day to day life for Anita and her men.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Incubus Dreams ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the twelfth book in the Anita Blake series. We see a lot of progress in Anita's personal situation in this book, she realizes that she is not giving Nathanial what he needs, that in trying to make herself feel like she is not using him, while making him her Pomme de Sang, that in fact, she is making him feel used. She also manages to forge another Triumvirate, this one between her, Nathanial, and Damian, and in this one Anita is the Master.

Anita also moves to another level in her dealings with the Ardeur, and in the amount of power that her triumvirates wield. During all this, Anita is also trying to help the police solve a serial murder, committed by vampires.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Fear the Darkness ~ Sherrilyn Kenyon

This is a short story that is part of the Dark Hunter series. It tells a small portion of Nick's tale, Nick was a friend to Ash, for a long time, until Nick's mother was killed by Daimons. Nick blamed Ash and called down Artemis, and when Artemis told him that he had to be dead to become a Dark Hunter, he killed himself. Now Nick is determined to use his immortality to get revenge against Ash for allowing his mother to die.

Cerulean Sins ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the eleventh book in the Anita Blake series. In this book, the vampire at the head of Jean-Claude's line has sent a representative to visit with Jean-Claude, she arrives three months early and totally unexpected, and this causes many problems. We deal with the visiting vampires, as well as Richard's issues with himself and his beast, as well as a serial murderer loose in St. Louis. Anita is also learning to deal with and control the Ardeur, which is what makes Anita a form of Succubus, it is a need she gained when she and Jean-Claude married the marks of her being his human servant.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Narcissus in Chains ~ Laurell Hamilton

This is the tenth book in the Anita Blake series. In the very beginning of this novel, Anita is called to rescue Nathanial, one of her wereleopards. Once she gets to the club where he is, there is more going on that they originally thought. Anita and Jean-Claude, along with Richard, ‘marry’ their vampire marks, meaning that Anita and Richard receive the 4th and finial mark of servant, and they are now a true triumvirate. In the fight to get Nathanial back, Anita is severely injured, and it now appears that Anita may be a wereleopard herself, and the true Namir-Ra to her pard. Anita also has to try to save Damien, the vampire she has managed to free from his creators and his blood oath to Jean-Claude, by way of her necromancy, who after she cut herself off from everyone to try to come to terms with herself, went crazy and has spent the last 6 months locked in a coffin covered in crosses.