Review: Argeneau series by Lynsay Sands

quickbiteSYNOPSIS: This modern-day vampire family lives a fairly normal existence, just going to work and drinking their daily dose of blood… until they find their lifemate. Trying to convince a human they are your soulmate isn’t easy, especially when there are rogue vamps going around killing anyone associated to the Argeneaus.

AUTHOR: Lynsay Sands is a Canadian author who sent her first ms to Harlequin before college, and when she was asked for a rewrite and other of her works she took as a rejection. Now she has written over thirty books, making bestseller lists and winning awards.

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Book Review: Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong

* This is an overview review of the Women of the Otherworld Series, not just one book*

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Synopsis: The series began with Bitten in 2001 and  continued for thirteen novels, introducing other supernatural characters –witches, ghosts, necromancers, half-demons.  The books spin off to the stories of these other characters, all within this fantasy world and usually connected in some way. Past characters continued to appear in guest roles and often returned to narrate new novels or short fiction. After Thirteen, the final novel, the series continued with short fiction and novellas until 2016.

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Teaser Tuesday (Sept-3)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Everlasting Desire by Amanda Ashley

She didn’t know much about vampires, but being bitten by another vampire seemed like the most logical way to join the ranks of the fanged and dangerous.

Megan couldn’t help grinning. It had never occurred to her that vampires brushed their fangs. 

Teaser Tuesday (Sept-2)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Under a Vampire Moon by Lynsay Sands

It was just… Well, he didn’t know what the hell it was. He was so confused he didn’t know what to think.

Turning his head, Christian hissed, so far gone he bared his fangs before he recognized it was his mother who had grabbed him by the ear. 

“Gay or not, we love you.”
“I’m not gay,” he pointed out.
“But if you were, we’d still love you. You wouldn’t have to hide in the closet with the smelly old shoes.” 

Teaser Tuesday (Sept-1)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors by Molly Harper

The previous week, I’d caught him trying to “reboot” my wireless network by kicking the router across the room. That was a long conversation. 

“Gabriel can alter human memories. It’s a handy skill when you’re feeding off your neighbours and need them to remember falling neck-first on a barbeque fork.”

“You look like Cinderella,” Mama cooed.
“If she was doing the walk of shame home from the ball,” Andrea muttered.

Books In My Mailbox (May-3)


This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

My favourite place on earth is anywhere that has books, so needless to say I go to the library at least once a week. It has gotten to the point that I can’t keep track what books are due when as I have been getting out so many, any day of the week! In my most recent excursion I acquired:

In the Company of Vampires by Katie MacAlister
Sweet Kiss of Summer by Sophie Gunn
Hot Zone by Catherine Mann

Along with my favourite author, Katie, I grabbed two books I know nothing about by authors I have never tried. I just saw the spines were uncracked and thus obviously fairly new additions to the library. So it seems that I shall be reading a paranormal novel, a chick lit romance-type book, and a contemporary/military story.

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Book Review: Angelina’s Secret by Lisa Rogers

Synopsis: Angelina Cartwright believes her dreams are premonitions of the future, but she didn’t know it was really ghosts trying to contact her. When Angel’s childhood imaginary friend reappears telling her she has the gift of seeing the deceased, Angel decides to tell her family the truth. Unfortunately, that lands her in a psychiatric hospital with little hope of ever getting home…

Author: Lisa Rogers previously worked in medicine, until deciding to follow her dream of becoming an author. With her children grown, Lisa now researches paranormal phenomena and dedicates much her time towards writing novels.

Point of View: The story is told in third-person, but for the most part follows Angel through school, her home life, and eventually her stay in the mental hospital. There are the occasional scenes that focus on various members of the Cartwright family, but even those revolve around their reaction to Angel’s secret.

 Pacing: The action of this book is more mental/internal, as it is about a girl who can talk to ghosts. It manages to keep the reader on the edge of their seats with the fear that Angel will get caught “talking to herself” and thus be committed to the west wing of the psychiatric ward. What would normally be an inner monologue of the main character; in this book it becomes a dialogue between Angel and her ghosts.

Theme: This novel has an underlying moral about what it is to be a family. Most parents tell their children to come to them about anything, but when Angel tries her parents refuse to listen. Even after being diagnosed as insane, Angel never tries to stop getting her parents to believe in her.

Character: Sam is the big brother every girl wants, but is rarely seen outside of books and television. Sam and Angel have a close relationship, because he is protective, supportive, and has faith in her. Sam is also more open-minded to the possibilities, and never hesitates to be there whenever Angel needs him.

Character Development: Normally it is the main character who shows development throughout the novel, but Angel is the one who remains the same while everyone else changes around her. What develops in this story is the sense of family as the Cartwrights struggle to accept Angel for who she is.

Personal Thoughts: This story makes you question what it is to be insane.  In this novel a teenager talking to ghosts doesn’t seem so unusual, even though it causes her to be committed, because -other than her not knowing who is alive and who is deceased- Angel seems completely normal. On the flip side you question the sanity and morality of those working in the mental hospital as they consider crying a sign of deep-psychosis, even though your family just had you committed.

Quote: Whatever happened to honestly being the best policy, anyway? Apparently all honesty does for a body is get you thrown into the nuthouse.

The Verdict: I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to like this book as the topic was of a teenager who sent to a psychiatric hospital, but it exceeded my expectations.  While the subject is a rather serious one, the antics of the ghosts add plenty of humour to the situation, and Angel never gives up hope.

Question: If someone told you they could converse with ghosts, what would you do? 

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