A big family, a reading addiction, and the occasional celebrity scandal are the ingredients of life that create one woman's opinion on just about everything.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Some stuff I need to tell you...

Nope no July book list yet. I had such high hopes for today too because I took the day off from work and thought... You know I might get to do some fun stuff. No such luck.

I do have a couple of things I want to say about some recent reading though because I haven't had time to do proper reviews and because I don't want to lose the "feeling". Do you ever have feelings that linger long after you read a book? Sometimes I want to exercise more, or cook, or get to work earlier, or make something with my kids or... it can be just about anything. Something will grab me and just not let go.

As I think I mentioned when I first got back from DC I began reading my ARC of INDISCREET by Carolyn Jewel right away. I'm making big assumptions about this writer from the very kind and sweet woman I've met only a few times, but I'm telling you, a lot of stuff is going on in that brain of hers. Her characters are so human and real. She reminds me that a bigger than life dilemma doesn't have to be created when surviving the REAL life stuff is hard enough. I'll be posting this review closer to the release date of the book, but obviously I'm still loving her work.

Another of my favorite writers, Jenna Kernan, had a release this past week. This one is called SIERRA BRIDE. I stopped reading it. The hero was too schizo for me. The heroine too self sacrificing and not in a good way. SL Wendy was 100 pages in and liking it. I put it down thinking maybe I wasn't in the right mood for it because I normally adore Kernan's books.

It took me the better part of a week but I finished TASTING FEAR by Shannon McKenna. Regular visitors to my blog know that she's one of my favorites. Yes, I know that her heros are sometimes what is considered well, jerks. BUT, they are jerks with heart. Anyway, I've vowed I'm not going to apologize for liking the over protective hunky brutes. However this book of 489 pages is actually three books. It was like reading three Blazes back to back. I think I might have liked it better if she'd intertwined the stories more, but I won't swear to that.

Here's the thing. There are three parts, one for each sister, who in turn has her own hero. However, the sisters, who are not biological sisters as they were each adopted, seem exactly the same to me. I also felt that Ms. McKenna was trying too hard sometimes to write in answer to her critics who found her previous heros a bit too neanderthal. I, of course, wasn't one of those people, so making the men more sensitive and the women more independent and self sufficient didn't bother me. What bothered me was the sameness. That bummed me out. GG on the other hand, has just discovered McKenna. Yes, you read that right.

He just finished reading BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and gave it a 'B'. He asked for the next one but sort of backed up a few steps when he saw that the trade size book, STANDING IN THE SHADOWS was hot pink in color. Dunno if that one will get read or not.

My first book of August is THE FIRE KING by Marjorie Liu. Damn she's good. Now her characters...no two alike. Karr and Soria are wonderful. While the book proudly wears a DIRK & STEELE NOVEL on it's cover, in my so very humble opinion it stands on it's own very well. Good book people.

I think that's everything I wanted to get off my chest. Now I have to go get ready to go out. Tonight I'm off to my niece's bachlorette party. I haven't been to one in years. What does one wear to bachlorette parties these days?

I love my niece. Adore her in fact. I'm thrilled and happy for her, but don't you think it's odd she wants her aunt at her bachlorette party? Of course, I'm not saying there aren't some things I could teach her...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still completely envious of your Carlyn Jewel ARC. I agree with you, I read Scandal and wow, her characters really are extremely human and easy to relate with.

I hope you have a great time at the bachelorette party!!!

5:34 PM PDT  
Blogger nath said...

Awwww, well the July book list will come in time, right? :P

First, I hope you have fun at your niece's bachelorette party!! :P

Okay, Carolyn Jewel. I'm still trying her historicals. Started Lord Ruin and I'm not sure. Had Scandal in my bag for a while and still haven't read it ^_^; I think I'm having an author block...

Never heard of Jenna Kernan ^_^;

As for GG, buy him a manly book cover slip, LOL :P Men can be so shallow sometimes LOL :P Bet he doesn't wear any salmon color shirt, right?

6:58 PM PDT  
Blogger Wendy said...

I've stalled on the Kernan, and am still working on it. Was busy today doing chores. Ugh.

Funny you should mention the self-sacrificing heroine - I'm not seeing her as a martyr. I'm seeing her more as someone who keeps getting dealt a shit hand. The hero though? Yeah. Really not feelin' him. He's too single-mindedly horny and high-handed at the moment. Still hoping for a turn around :) But so far? Not lovin' this one like I lurved Outlaw Bride.

Hopefully GG will read Standing In The Shadows. I actually prefer it over Behind Closed Doors, and so far it's my favorite McKenna to date. That being said, she's wildly hit or miss for me. I either really enjoy her stories or really, really loathe them.

7:45 PM PDT  
Blogger azteclady said...

Oh cool, go have fun!

What to wear? Not a clue--I've never been to a bachelorette party.

(No, I'm not *that* weird, just grew up in a different place--and time)

8:08 PM PDT  
Blogger Lori said...

Rock on, GG!! Sooo proud. Can he talk to Bob?

I'm conflicted about the new McKenna. To read or not to read...

9:30 PM PDT  
Blogger Renee said...

So happy to hear the Carolyn Jewel new book continues to live up the the high esteem I know you have for her writing. I can't wait for this one to be released!

I've been meaning to read the Dirk and Steele series for ages. Will get to it eventually. I have Iron Hunt (1st book from her other series) on my tbr shelf, but it felt sort of confusing, and I heard the prequel novella in an anthology really helps set the stage for this book. So it waits for me to get it from the library. I keep hearing how beautiful her writing is!

Have fun at the Bachelorette! :-)

10:30 PM PDT  
Blogger Rosie said...

Barbara, have you tried her paranormals? Those heroes...ho-lee!

Nathie, July list coming up...I think! :D What do you mean you never heard of Jenna Kernan? I review her every time I read her because I love her books. Of course, she writes westerns...maybe you block those out?

Wen, well, the books sits on the bed side stand. All alone in it's hot pinkness. Although to be fair the bed side stand is in the office because the carpets are being cleaned. He might read it... I'll let him know it's your favorite.

AL, I went with some khaki long shorts and layered top with flip flops. We ate at a pizza joint so it was appropriate. I decided I was invited to be the designated driver. There was an air of determination to be swaying before going home.

Lori, uh...I'm sure the Man to Die For benefits from your reading. Isn't he the teeniest bit curious? That's what got GG hooked.

Hey, I'll hang on to my copy of TASTING FEAR. I was going to send it to the UBS. Want it?

Renee, Carolyn Jewel is so good with characters. As for Liu. I partly am amazed at her imagination and then her writing just flows so beautifully. Smooth and easy.

1:06 PM PDT  
Blogger WarriorM said...

So you've totally turned me on to Carolyn Jewel and I finished Scandal a week or so ago and loved it! It's almost hard to believe that she writes those paranormals too because the genre's are so different, the characters unique in all and all great stories!

I'm always amazed when you tell me GG has read one of your books. GOod for him! McKenna should make for some interesting"conversation" at your house! I don't think my fella would read anything that had a hot pink cover unless it was only at the house. They're secure in their masculinity, but they have their limits!

You have tons to teach The Peanut, most of which would make her blush up to her earlobes! Give her a McKenna book with some "dark channel" action and that should make for an interesting Honeymoon! I'm just sayin'! :-)

2:34 PM PDT  

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