Thursday, October 23, 2008

Curl Up by the Fire

Books for Fall/Winter

Wish You Were Here

Lani Diane Rich

Release Date: Oct. 28, 2008

Every Now and Then

(September 11 Series, book #3)

Karen Kingsbury

Release Date: Nov. 11, 2008

Sweetwater Gap

Denise Hunter

Release Date: Dec. 30, 2008

Playing Catch-Up

Other Books by Lani Diane Rich worth reading:

A Little Ray of Sunshine Released Feb. 5, 2008

Ex and the Single Girl Released Nov. 14, 2005

Other Books by Karen Kingsbury in this series:

One Tuesday Morning/ Beyond Tuesday Morning (books 1-2 of September 11 Series) Released Aug. 1, 2006

Other Books by Denise Hunter worth reading:

Surrender Bay (Nantucket Love Story Series book 1) Released Nov. 6, 2007

The Convenient Groom (Nantucket Love Story Series book 2) Released April 29, 2008

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Want More Twilight??

Edward's Version of Twilight

Can't get enough of Twilight? Check out this sneak peek at a currently on-hold project of Stephanie Meyer's called Midnight Sun. Relive Twilight from Edward's point of view.

You can read the partial version of Midnight Sun here...



Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Twilight Saga

"Softly he brushed my cheek, then held my face between his marble hands. 'Be very still,' he whispered, as if I wasn't already frozen. Slowly, never moving his eyes from mine, he leaned toward me. Then abruptly, but very gently, he rested his cold cheek against the hollow at the base of my throat." As Shakespeare knew, love burns high when thwarted by obstacles. In Twilight, an exquisite fantasy by Stephenie Meyer, readers discover a pair of lovers who are supremely star-crossed. Bella adores beautiful Edward, and he returns her love. But Edward is having a hard time controlling the blood lust she arouses in him, because--he's a vampire. At any moment, the intensity of their passion could drive him to kill her, and he agonizes over the danger. But, Bella would rather be dead than part from Edward, so she risks her life to stay near him, and the novel burns with the erotic tension of their dangerous and necessarily chaste relationship.Meyer has achieved quite a feat by making this scenario completely human and believable. She begins with a familiar YA [young adult] premise (the new kid in school), and lulls us into thinking this will be just another realistic young adult novel. Bella has come to the small town of Forks on the gloomy Olympic Peninsula to be with her father. At school, she wonders about a group of five remarkably beautiful teens, who sit together in the cafeteria but never eat. As she grows to know, and then love, Edward, she learns their secret. They are all rescued vampires, part of a family headed by saintly Carlisle, who has inspired them to renounce human prey. For Edward's sake they welcome Bella, but when a roving group of tracker vampires fixates on her, the family is drawn into a desperate pursuit to protect the fragile human in their midst. The precision and delicacy of Meyer's writing lifts this wonderful novel beyond the limitations of the horror genre to a place among the best of YA fiction. (Ages 12 and up)"

Patty Campbell;

Within minutes of starting Twilight I knew I had found an exceptional new saga that I would have to read through more than once to even come close to quenching my thirst for the captivating love story of Edward and Bella.

"Recovered from the vampire attack that hospitalized her in the conclusion of Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005), Bella celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend Edward and his family, a unique clan of vampires that has sworn off human blood. But the celebration abruptly ends when the teen accidentally cuts her arm on broken glass. The sight and smell of her blood trickling away forces the Cullen family to retreat lest they be tempted to make a meal of her. After all is mended, Edward, realizing the danger that he and his family create for Bella, sees no option for her safety but to leave. Mourning his departure, she slips into a downward spiral of depression that penetrates and lingers over her every step. Vampire fans will appreciate the subsequently dour mood that permeates the novel, and it's not until Bella befriends Jacob, a sophomore from her school with a penchant for motorcycles, that both the pace and her disposition begin to take off. Their adventures are wild, dare-devilish, and teeter on the brink of romance, but memories of Edward pervade Bella's emotions, and soon their fun quickly morphs into danger, especially when she uncovers the true identities of Jacob and his pack of friends. Less streamlined than Twilight yet just as exciting, New Moon will more than feed the bloodthirsty hankerings of fans of the first volume and leave them breathless for the third."

Hillias J. Martin, New York Public Library:

*spoiler* I felt utterly lost in this book without Edward and craved the sound of his voice almost as much as Bella, looking forward to the parts where she went to extremes to hear him( if only in her subconscious). At first I was anxious to get through the book; anxious to get back to times when Edward and Bella were together; however, as I slowed down and focused on the story that filled the pages within their time apart I became engrossed in all it had to add and offer the continuation of this intensely emotional saga.

Edward's soft voice came from behind me. I turned to see him spring lightly up the porch steps, his hair windblown from running. He pulled me into his arms at once, just like he had in the parking lot, and kissed me again.
This kiss frightened me. There was too much tension, too strong an edge to the way his lips crushed mine—like he was afraid we had only so much time left to us.
* * *
As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob—knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?"

Stephenie Meyer;

While I loved every book in this saga, I was utterly depressed at certain intervals of this particular book. While later in the series I was able to understand Bella and Jacob's attachment, it only frustrated me in this book... my heart continually breaking for Edward. However, the story continued to suck me in and even though I planned to go to bed after reading the last page of Eclipse, I had to immediately pick up Breaking Dawn to find out what happened next.

"Do you ever think that your life might be easier if you weren't in love with me?" Edward Cullen

"Great love stories thrive on sacrifice. Throughout The Twilight Saga (Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse), Stephenie Meyer has emulated great love stories--Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights--with the fated, yet perpetually doomed love of Bella (the human girl) and Edward (the vampire who feeds on animals instead of humans). In Breaking Dawn, the fourth and final installment in the series, Bella’s story plays out in some unexpected ways. The ongoing conflicts that made this series so compelling--a human girl in love with a vampire, a werewolf in love with a human girl, the generations-long feud between werewolves and vampires--resolve pretty quickly, apparently so that Meyer could focus on Bella’s latest opportunity for self-sacrifice: giving her life for someone she loves even more than Edward. How close she comes to actually making that sacrifice is questionable, which is a big shift from the earlier books. Even though you knew Bella would make it through somehow, the threats to her life, and to her relationship with Edward, had previously always felt real. It’s as if Meyer was afraid of hurting her characters too much, which is unfortunate, because the pain Bella suffered at losing Edward in New Moon, and the pain Jacob suffered at losing Bella again and again, are the fire and the heart that drive the whole series. Diehard fans will stick with Bella, Edward, and Jacob for as many twists and turns as possible, but after most of the characters get what they want with little sacrifice, some readers may have a harder time caring what happens next. (Ages 12 and up)"

Heidi Broadhead;

*spoiler* I loved this book from beginning to end. Everything I could have wanted the story to become came to be in Breaking Dawn (the conclusion to the Twilight saga). I loved the beginning, feeling giddy during the romantic wedding and honeymoon. I loved the middle, biting my nails at the twists and turns that teetered on the edge of peril, and I LOVED the end as Bella was finally able to show Edward how deep her love for him really ran. I started reading very slow as I neared the end; sad that it's over.. but ready to read them all again!

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Sunday, July 6, 2008



Looking for the best reads of the summer? Here is my list of the top releases from April-August of 2008.

April 1st- Peculiar Treasures by Robin Jones Gunn


May 13th - Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin


June 24th- Jack With a Twist by Brenda Janowitz


July 1st- Beach Dreams by Trish Perry


August 1st- Reconstucting Brigid by Lee Nichols



The great books that led up to these new releases.

The Christy Miller Series
Christy and Todd: The College Years

Something Borrowed
Something Blue
Baby Proof

Scot on the Rocks

The Guy I'm Not Dating
Too Good to be True

Tales of a Drama Queen
True Lies of a Drama Queen


I am constantly immersed in what is being referred to as "Chick Lit." So, I personally think I have become very picky. With the fiction/literature section of my local bookstore overflowing with the genre, there are numerous options but few extraordinary reads. I don't mind a mediocre story line and lackluster romance for an afternoon at the beach (any easy read with do), but most often I require much, much more. In 2005, I found a new author to look forward to. Welcome to my favorite list, Emily Giffin.

Something Borrowed - 2005.
Something Blue - 2006.
Baby Proof - 2007.
Love the One You're With - 2008.


"Something Borrowed tells the story of Rachel, a young attorney living and working in Manhattan. Rachel has always been the consummate good girl---until her thirtieth birthday, when her best friend, Darcy, throws her a party. That night, after too many drinks, Rachel ends up in bed with Darcy's fiancé.

Although she wakes up determined to put the one-night fling behind her, Rachel is horrified to discover that she has genuine feelings for the one guy she should run from. As the September wedding date nears, Rachel knows she has to make a choice. In doing so, she discovers that the lines between right and wrong can be blurry, endings aren't always neat, and sometimes you have to risk all to win true happiness. Something Borrowed is a phenomenal debut novel that will have you laughing, crying, and calling your best friend."

The 5 trips I made to the bookstore after the release of Something Borrowed were part of a dance of indecision that revolved around this book. I picked it up and put it down over and over. I thought there was no way my heart would jump on the bandwagon of a cheating best friend. I thought I could never relate to this heroin, never feel for her or cheer for her; I thought it would be a waste of my time... but, at the same time, I was drawn to it. Finally, the praise on the front of the book won me over. It read, "You don't have to lust after your best friend's boyfriend to worship this book (trust me on this)..." -Lauren Weisberger. She was right. It may not have been a love story I longed to live out in my own life, but it was a love story that had me hook, line and sinker.

It's Emily's genuine and emotional writing that draws you in. When I read this book the rest of the world disappears. I become emotionally involved and invested in the outcome (even though I already know what the outcome is). Every time I read it I laugh and I cry and I love every minute of it. It may be romantic chick-lit on the surface, but deep within the pages, it's so much more than that. It's a story that delves not only into the complicated, beautiful mess of falling in love, but explores the boundaries of friendship and the endless struggle of learning how to really love yourself.