Tuesday 31 July 2012

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is upon us!

To take part all you have to do is:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Then skedaddle on over to Should Be Reading to add your link to the comments. 

Here's my teaser for the week:

"'Do not threaten us, heathen!' boomed Wulfweard the priest, marching from his church holding a wooden cross before him. He was a huge man, a warrior once some said, and he set himself before the Norsemen like a squared stone from his church."

Page 37, Raven: Blood Eye by Giles Kristian

This book counts towards the New Author Challenge 2012 hosted by Literary Escapism.

Monday 30 July 2012

Random Quote #94

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. 

William Styron

Tuesday 24 July 2012

The Return Of Teaser Tuesday

I have been absent from Teaser Tuesday for three weeks (did you notice?). The first week (that being the week before the week before last week) I had a particularly bad hypo (I have insulin dependant diabetes for anyone new here) so I had no energy.

Then the second week (that being the week before last week - are you following this?) I completely forgot. It wasn't until I got in to bed that I remembered.

Then last week I didn't take part through sheer laziness - I have no excuse for last week.

But I'm back now.

So the rules of this meme are simple:

Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Then head over to Should Be Reading to add your link to the comments. 

So here are my teasers for the week:

'If I hadn't been armed to the teeth, surrounded by murderous vampires, in view of way too many other cops, I'd have hugged Zerbrowski. "Thanks, Zerbrowski."'

Page 43, Kiss The Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton 

This book counts towards the Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge hosted by Book Chick City.

I'm not sure yet whether this also counts towards the Zombie Reading Challenge 2012 which is also hosted by Book Chick City. The Anita Blake books usually have zombies in at some point. But I'm over one hundred pages in and no zombies so far.

Monday 23 July 2012

Random Quote #93

Follow your inner moonlight; don't hide the madness.

Allen Ginsberg

Friday 20 July 2012

Random Thought #40 - Them Peppers Is Like Hot

Recently I have found myself eating more Mexican style food... it all started with a chicken fajita pizza that blew everyone else's heads off whereas I really liked it despite needing to get my tongue resurfaced due to the number of jalapenos on my slice (my sister scraped nearly all her jalapenos on to my pizza - so I had twice as many).

So today I was eating a fajita when I thought of a certain scene in a certain movie - that made me laugh just thinking of it.


Monday 16 July 2012

Random Quote #92

Blackadder: Of course you know what your great discovery means, don't you Percy?

Percy: Perhaps my Lord

Blackadder: That you Percy, Lord Percy, are an utter berk!

Money, Blackadder II (1986)

Friday 13 July 2012

Book Review: Not Wicked Enough

DISCLAIMER: I received Not Wicked Enough by Carolyn Jewel free as a First Read on Goodreads

I haven't reviewed a book for some time... and even then I wasn't particularly good at so I'll keep this brief.

This was my first historical romance, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect (although I assumed that there would be some steamy scenes… and I wasn’t wrong).

Basically our heroine – Lily – goes to visit her recently widowed friend. On arriving there she meets her friend’s brother – Mountjoy – and the sparks begin to fly.

Lily isn’t your stereotypical HR heroine (as far as I know) and I was a little unsure of her and Mountjoy at first, but I began to like them both more as the story went on.

Both parties are trying to avoid becoming involved with each other for their own reasons. But this soon fails. Then they try to keep it as a brief affair until the time comes for Lily to leave, but Mountjoy starts to become more emotionally involved.

Banter flies back and forth between the two. They can both be very stubborn, although Mountjoy seems slightly more willing to concede, which I liked about him. The story is more from Mountjoy’s point of view – you get more of a sense of his emotions than you do of Lily’s. He sometimes forgets himself when he is with Lily in the presence of other people whereas Lily seems able to keep the two relationships (public and private) separate.
It was these aspects of Lily’s personality that had me wondering, at some points how the relationship would work. Would Lily change her mind about love or would she run for the hills as soon as Mountjoy revealed the slightest emotion?

The sub-plot involving Mountjoy’s brother - I kind of saw it coming. And the sub plot involving Lily’s cousin, I knew all was not as it seemed with him but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what.

I thought the story was very well paced; it didn’t drag on but it also didn’t feel rushed. The balance between sex and story seemed to be about right. We got a good sense of the main characters and overall it was a good read.

4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads

This review can also be found on Goodreads.

Monday 9 July 2012

Sunday 8 July 2012

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Friday 6 July 2012

I'll Walk If You Don't Mind

Every now then a book will appear that almost everyone seems to be reading (I’m sure you can think of your own examples).

But when it comes to jumping on the bandwagon I find myself turning the ride down and walking along by myself; reading books that aren’t so popular, aren’t so well known.

The last book bandwagon I was on was Harry Potter – and then I could only read them once my sister had finished reading each book.

A bandwagon
 I read somewhere (I’ve forgotten where it was) where someone said that if everyone is reading it then clearly it must be a good book – why else would it be so popular?

Yes that is true but there is just something that makes me think ‘I’ll give it a miss’.

I’m not saying that I will never read said book just that it is unlikely in the near future.

By all means you can all go together but I’ll find my own way.

Monday 2 July 2012

Random Quote #90

 Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

Leonardo Da Vinci