Saturday, April 12, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Notes from the playlist: "Waiting Game" by Banks
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, April 05, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Notes from the playlist: "Angels" by Within Temptation
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 22, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Pros: Cute concept, easy read
Cons: A lot of little things that add up.
The Bottom Line: The premise of this book is very promising, but it doesn’t quite deliver.
I’m a sucker for ghostly love stories, but they’re tricky because it means that somebody is already dead – so how can there be a happily ever after in that case? Either way, I wanted to see how this one ended because hey, the summary made it sound like love might just find a way.
Giving the mystery case a time limit makes for a good ticking clock, but Lori only had about three days. Three! First of all, that’s not enough for a Civil War cold case. It isn’t nearly enough time for them to fall for each other to the point that they’re taking up time because they’re making out (during the battle’s anniversary he gets to become physical for a while, hence the ability to make out). Likewise, I’m pretty sure Nathaniel would feel making out with a girl without properly courting her is inappropriate, even if he has been lingering around in this plain of existence long enough to comprehend many of the changes.
While I do nag on this book a lot, like I said it’s a lot of little things that just added up that I wish the author’s critique buddies, agent, or even editor had pointed out. It was still a very fast and easy read, and I really liked Nathaniel (he’s a union soldier by the way, but I guess that wouldn’t have sounded as good for the title), and it was neat having a setting in Gettysburg with a Civil War mystery going on. Maybe nab it from the library and give it a whirl – maybe you’ll like it more than I did.
Notes from the Playlist: "The Mystic's Dream" by Loreena McKennitt
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 15, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Notes from the playlist: "Merida's Home" by Patrick Doyle
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 08, 2014
Labels: children's books
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Notes from the playlist: "Skyfall" by Adele
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, May 04, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Blood for Wolves by Me!
Yep. I have finally done it. I self published my book. I went the ebook route for now just to test the waters. I love it, naturally, so I guess the question will boil down to - will you?
As a wolf biologist, Caroline McKenna hates those old fairytales where the wolf is always the bad guy.
Except when she tries to keep a lost little girl from drowning in a pond, she ends up in the Kingdom of Red—where wolves are the bad guys.
And the girl she tried to save? Nowhere to be found.
Now, Caroline has no idea how to get home, and the Kingdom—once ruled by Little Red Riding Hood herself—is in trouble. Her only guide is a man named Wolf, whose golden eyes and oh-my-what-big-teeth-you-have are as startling as they are enticing. Caroline isn’t willing to leave without knowing the young girl is safe, but that means sticking with Wolf. Especially since her only other option is to wander around a fairytale forest alone.
But that means facing dangerous creatures and evil enchantments. There is more happening in the Kingdom than anyone realizes, and if Caroline wants to stay alive she has to figure out her role in this story—and she knows Wolf isn’t telling her everything.
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, April 20, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, April 13, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Redshirts by John Scalzi
I've been wanting to read this book for a while, and considering how much I enjoyed Old Man's War, I figured this would be pretty good since Scalzi knows how to bring on the humor while keeping plenty of seriousness in check. Here we have Dahl, who just got an assignment to the Intrepid. Sounds like a great job - except there's a very high death rate in the ship. In fact, it seems as though every time there is an away team, someone dies. Someone unimportant. The captain and other high ranking officers always come back. So what's going on? Why are all the low ranking guys dying? Start channeling your inner Guy from Galaxy Quest and ask the right questions - while this was a teensy bit predictable, I had a good time and look forward to getting my hands on Scalzi's other works. I still like Old Man's War better, though.
Notes from the playlist: "Rise" by John Dreamer
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, April 06, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems
First the Pigeon wants to drive the bus. Then he finds a hot dog. Then he wants to stay up late. But now there's a Duckling involved - and today the Duckling has somehow, inexplicably, managed to get a cookie. The Pigeon can't believe it. How on earth did the Duckling get a cookie when the Pigeon can't even have a hot dog?? This is inexcusable. The Pigeon won't stand for it. That cookie has chocolate chips and nuts and everything. But perhaps this time the Pigeon will be in for a surprise... This was the first book I read from Mo Willems involving the Pigeon and it was definitely amusing. Such a simple concept involving a duck, a pigeon, and a cookie. Who would have thought? It's a giggle-worthy book that kids will like, so make sure they get their Pigeon plushie ready (and maybe some cookies at the end).
Notes from the playlist: "Metal Gear Solid Main Theme" by Harry Gregson-Williams
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 30, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Notes from the playlist: "Bangarang" by Skrillex
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 16, 2013
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Notes from the playlist: "One Way Trip" by Alan Silvestri
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, March 09, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Saturday, February 16, 2013
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Saturday, February 9, 2013
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
While admittedly things are getting pretty repetitive in this series, it's still fun to read and because books in this series come out so far apart, it makes them easier to handle. (Unlike that one point in time when I read about 30 Fear Street books in a row and wanted to tear my hair out.) Here it's time for Grandma Mazur to go undercover to help Stephanie find Geoffery Cubbin, a guy who embezzled a truckload of money from an assisted living facility. But while she's working with Morelli to solve the case, she'll need some rent money - which means doing a job for Ranger. And we all know what happens when two guys butt heads over one woman. Oh, and have I mentioned that Stephanie's car blows up before you even get to page 10? Yep. Here we go.
Notes from the playlist: "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" by Bing Crosby
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, December 08, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
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Saturday, November 10, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims
Yes, it is shameless romance, but I needed a little of that in my diet (besides, the next book on deck is Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay). And while vampires have never been all that jazzy to me, I do enjoy a good shifter novel. It took me some time to find this novel because I discovered a teaser piece in the back of My Fair Succubi - except nowhere could I find the Jill Myles book. But that's because she doesn't write this series under that name. I do know why some authors have various pseudonyms, but when a romance author has 3 or more and their material is essentially the same, then I can get confused (unless they have different publishers, but that's not the case here).
Midnight Liasons is a dating service for those with...special talents. Bathsheba just does the bookkeeping and date organizing. But when someone cancels on Beau Russell, leader of the Russell clan, Bathsheba is stuck being the replacement date - even though it's against company policy. But maybe dating a were-cougar can come in handy since something big and freaky has decided to stalk her... It's an enjoyable read, but there are a lot of inconsistencies. As usual, wolves tend to get the raw end of the deal, but whatever. At the very least, I wanted a bit of entertainment, and that is exactly what I received. So if you don't mind a bit of sexy-time with a were-cougar, this might be something to take a peek at.
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Notes fromt he playlist: "Sleep Alone" by Two Door Cinema Club
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, October 13, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
I didn't actually buy this book - instead I got it for my birthday! I've been wanting to read this for months and I'm #19 on the library list and they only have two books. I had a customer come in requesting this book and initially I thought (from the title) that it was a nature book. When I saw it was fiction, I found the book for him and then proceeded to read the blurb myself. I was immediately intrigued. Only later did I hear it was being made into a movie. But that doesn't matter to me since books are 99% of the time better than their movie counterparts. This book is one of those begin in the past and work its way toward the far-future kind with all sorts of little connecting threads that just sounded oh-so-interesting. I very much look forward to reading this and falling into whatever world(s) Mitchell crafts and discovering all the little details that bring his characters together across time.
Notes from the playlist: "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Posted by Nicole at Saturday, October 06, 2012