Sep 30, 2013

Glass Houses

I can remember picking up Glass Houses from the library knowing nothing of the story or the author who created it. I just wanted another vampire book to read and this one sounded good. I had no idea that I would read it in on sitting and devour all the other books in the series.


From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don't show many signs of life, but they'll have Claire's back when the town's deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town's terror or will she drown like everyone else?



Claire Danvers is a normal teenage girl...aside form the fact she's sixteen already in college and super smart. Not to mention she's going to college in a small Texas town that has it's fair share of pale people. She soon finds out just exactly what goes down in Morganville.

Claire is one of my favorite female protagonists. She starts out as this terrified young girl thrown into a world that is much more complicated than she could imagine. She's dealing with bitchy girls and soon snippy vampires. What I loved was even though Claire was scared she had this underlying wit and strength that hadn't quite come out yet. But you knew it was there even when she was out of her mind terrified. And even then she held her ground a lot of the time.

Rachel Caine is the queen of witty dialogue. I've never read a series where each character had such amazing snark. The great thing about Rachel Caine's dialogue is each character has their own wit to them and when they get snarky with each other it's hilarious. Shane and Eve in particular have some of the best things to say. I would love to live in the Glass House. Sure, their life is nuts but the wits and friendship that Shane, Eve, Claire and Michale have are amazing.

The very first time I read this book I thought maybe something was brewing between Claire and Michale but I am so glad that wasn't the case. Claire and Shane...they are something special. They aren't the type you'd pair up. Claire is intelligent and driven where as Shane is a slacker with a troubled past but together they just spark something. By far one of my favorite book couples.

Oliver is one of my favorite characters in this series...surprisingly. He's got such an innocent act and then you realize he's not exactly what he appears to be. With each book I've grown to like this character as well as hate him. But now after reading fourteen of the fifteen books in this series I find myself oddly attached to Oliver. Seems strange because he's not that great of a guy. But then he has this little moment and you just ache for the jerk. It's a love-hate thing with Oliver.

There's a lot to love about this book. It's got wit, spunk and amazing characters. You've got Eve who you instantly want as a best friend and Michale who's a total caring hunk with a secret of his own. You haven't read a really good and different Vampire book until you've read Glass Houses. Rachel Caine has brought vampires to a completely and refreshing new take. Her writing is supber and just gets better with each book. Glass Houses is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. It's a page turner that leaves you wanting to know more about the small town Morganville.



Sep 5, 2013

Gilt

For me I've never been one to easily fall into historical fiction. I've always found it very hard to fall into the flow of many authors writing but with Gilt by Katherine Longshore the moment I started the book I was drawn in and the writing flowed beautifully. If anything all I want now is to read nothing but historical fiction!


In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--
and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.


Kitty Tylney is Catherine Howard's best friend. She's the only person she has. When their dream comes true and they are taken into Henry's court Kitty soon begins to see that court isn't all it's cracked up to be and the people you think are you're closest friends are only out for themselves.

I have never been a person who could really get into historical fiction. I've read one other book that was set in a historical time and it was okay but it took me a long time to read it and I never fully understood it all or if I really liked it even. With Gilt something just sparked. I fell in love with the story and the characters from page one.

Kitty Tylney was an interesting character. I really loved her voice and seeing how she grew into a woman throughout the book. She's the type of character who no one really notices but deserves to be noticed. She's intelligent and beautiful in her own way. Katherine Longshore created such a strong voice for her that it was impossible not to get sucked into her story.

Catherine Howard is such a self centered wench. I called it. Out of all of King Henry's wives she has to be the worst. She's just so terrible and I love how Katherine Longshore portrayed her. I had times where I wanted to compare her to what I knew about Catherine Howard but Katherine did such a fantastic job of giving her a voice different from what I knew that I stopped. She just became the Catherine Howard that Katherine Longshore had created. A witch at that but I loved that about Katherine's writing! She didn't hold back with Catherine.

If I hadn't recently finished watching the HBO show The Tudors I probably never would have thought to pick up this book. It was historical fiction--not my thing but I needed more about King Henry and his wives and boy am I happy I picked up this book! If I wasn't a fan before I am one now. Katherine Longshore's way of writing is so mesmerizing and captivating that I wanted nothing more than to keep reading her work until I've read everything she's published!

I loved the love story between William and Kitty. It may not have been like most love stories that I'm used to but it was a refreshing one. There was something about the simplicity of it that made is so much more to love! William truly cared about Kitty and I loved his genuineness.

Gilt is a beautifully written historical read that takes you into King Henry's court in a way that leaves you wanting more. One who isn't big on historical fiction I'd recommend this book to anyone and everyone I loved it so much. Gilt is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book Tarnish!



Sep 4, 2013

Missing In Action

Where the heck have I been? Well I have been missing in action from the blog. I posted one thing recently. ONE THING. I used to have to restrain myself from posting three things a day. And now I barely am putting out one post if any at all.

I haven't had the time to really think about trying to blog or even read. Life has been quite busy between work and my family. It's funny I had more time when I was doing school my junior year than I did this whole summer. And I didn't start to really get back into reading until the last week of summer--which was just last week. School is in session! Four five months anyways and then my Senior year is O-V-E-R. Can you tell I'm ready to just be finished with High School?
 


This summer was a whirl wind. I got another job at a farmers market and that started at 8AM pretty much everyday I could go and then from there I had to get to the barn and I was pretty much there until 8 or 9 every night. That left no time to read because by time I got home I was exhausted. And even when I had the time to read this summer I didn't. Why? I couldn't focus on anything. My brain would just wander off and I'd still be on the same page trying to retain one single line. Pretty much I've had a lot on mind and it's been preventing me from being able to read the way I would like thus why there have been zero reviews posted.

I suppose I could have posted other things like meme's and such but I didn't have it in me honestly. I felt burnt out on blogging for a while. It was stressing me out to be totally truthful. In everyday life I am a worrier. I worry about everything. I can't help it!

So of course I'd be worrying a lot about what to post and whether or not people would actually find it interesting and getting books read at a certain date among other things. I found I was reading all of these books that I didn't really want to read at the time. Many books have been sitting on my shelf because I have felt that I couldn't read them yet. There was always another book that needed to be read first. I stopped Netgalley awhile back because I had no restraint to stop requesting all these amazing books. I even closed my review requests because I couldn't keep up with it. But even then I wasn't into blogging like I was when I first started.

To be truthful I didn't have any intentions of really starting back up. I thought okay I'm done. It was fun for a while but I need to read for me. Not for the blog. But for me. And I have been lately and it is really refreshing. The thing is though I miss the blog. I miss chatting with other bloggers who love the books I do! I've come to the conclusion that I'm not gonna worry anymore. I'm going to post for me and not worry about who reads it and who doesn't. Easier said then done but I'm going to try. I might not post something everyday but I'm slowly going to try and get into the swing of things starting with posting a few reviews.