Monthly Archives: August 2009

Booking Through Thursday: 8/27

Booking Through ThursdayToday’s Booking Through Thursday topic: What’s the lightest, most “fluff” kind of book you’ve read recently?

I read a lot of fluff books, but the one I’ll put on here is:

Naughty Neighbor

There was one little mystery in this book, but it didn’t take long for it to come out, and it was about a pig. The only heavy action after that was in the bedroom. There was a lot of lovin’ in this book. It was an easy, light read.

Click the book to check out my review on Naughty Neighbor.

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AnnAlysis: Zombie Blondes

Zombie Blondes

I bought this book because I needed a book that started with Z for my A to Z Challenge. This was the first one I ran across and actually, I enjoyed it.

Hannah’s dad has had trouble ever since he turned in some dirty cops. Now he and Hannah move around every 1 to 6 months to stay away from bill collectors and harassment for his past.

Their newest town? Maplecrest. It seems like a ghost town driving in. Houses are For Sale everywhere.

Hannah makes a new friend at school, but he’s not the most desirable. He’s a bit of a freak, to put it nicely. And within the first day, Lukas is warning Hannah of the “it girls”.

They are the popular girls. They are the cheerleaders. They are beautiful. Super skinny. Electric blue eyes. Ghost white skin. And all of their names start with M.

Hannah would do anything to be one of the popular girls, but as her dream starts to come true, she realizes it may be more of a nightmare.

The title pretty much gives the point of the story away, but that didn’t ruin the book for me.

It was very well written and quite the page turner. And although the plot is obviously not realistic, I imagine most teenage girls could relate. High school is all about popularity and to be popular, there aren’t many boundaries.

One thing that I didn’t like about this book – even though it was a pretty big part – was all the girls names start with M. I understand the concept, but throughout the book, I never knew who anyone was. I know Morgan is the mean one. Meredith is the nice one and Maggie is the leader, but it took me until the end of the book to figure it out.

I’m very much a “series book” kind of girl. I liked the ending of this book because it left it open for a series if James would ever want to write one. And he left it with a lot to work with.

I enjoyed this book and although I’ve heard it hasn’t gotten many good reviews, I’m going to give it 4 bookmarks.

4 bookmarks

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Zombies Ate My Neighbors

As I am reading Zombie Blondes I am reminded of my favorite childhood Nintendo game, “Zombies Ate My Neighbors.”

Zombies Ate My Neighbors

If you’ve never played this game, you’re definitely missing out.

You can either be a girl or a boy.

Zombies Characters

You have to go around and save your neighbors from the zombies. You have a certain amount of neighbors you have to find and save before the zombies get them, sending their souls to heaven.

You have to fight everything from muscled dudes with chainsaws, werewolves and even a blown up baby. Not to mention the zombies!

You die when the zombies get to the neighbors before you do. I must admit I’ve never beaten this game, which makes me sad. I don’t think I’ve ever beaten an entire game.

I borrowed this game from my cousin, and we kept it for years. When I was in college, my roommate and I hooked up our Super Nintendo so we could play Donkey Kong. I looked for Zombies, but my brother gave it back.  One of these days, maybe I can find it on EBay and go after those Zombies once again.  Maybe Mikey will be able to help me beat it 🙂

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Teaser Tuesday 8/25

Teaser TuesdayIt’s Tuesday which means it’s time to head over to Should be Reading and check out some teasers and see what everyone else is reading.

Ok, before I tell you the title, I don’t want you to laugh. I spent a couple of hours in Borders one day looking for books to go with my A to Z Challenge. When I got to Z, I looked forever and could only find one title:

Zombie Blondes

Today’s teaser for Zombie Blondes by Brian James comes from the back of the book. I’m not too far into it and so far haven’t found anything great to tease.

“A lot of houses were for sale and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes she ran into a group of cheerleaders – the most popular girls in school. The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful and deathly pale.”

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Musing Monday 8/24

I’ve been debating doing Musing Mondays for a while now. I’ve recently started Teaser Tuesday and Booking Through Thursday, but when I saw today’s topic, I had to respond.

Musing Mondays_(BIG)[5]The 8/24 Musing Monday topic: Do you prefer to read stand-alone books, or books in series? Do you stick with a series the whole way through or stop after the first instalment? Are there any particular series you enjoy?(question courtesy of Elena)

I think by looking at the list of books I’ve read in the past year, you can tell I’m a series girl. When I meet a character, I like to stay with  them and keep learning about them.

I’ve read all of the Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum novels but one. This year I’ve also read Son of a Witch, which is the second in the Wicked Years Series. I’ve read the second book in the Poseur series. I also read A Job to Kill For which is the second in the Lacy Field Mystery Series.

I read the first 12 Plum books one after the other, but since then, I’ve slowed down a little. On the other ones, I normally just read them when I get to them. I rarely ever go to the book store when a book is released, even if it is next in my series.

My favorite series is the Plum Series. Check out my book list and I’m sure you will be able to tell.

Every now and then I like to read a single novel to get my mind off things, but in the end, I think I’ll always come back to a series!

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AnnAlysis: Naughty Neighbor

Naughty Neighbor

It took me two weeks to read Dracula  and it’s taken me a day and a half to read this. When I finished it, my fiance looked at me and said, “Already? You just started.” What can I say, it was a cute, easy read and I love me some Janet Evanovich. That’s probably obvious since half the books I’ve reviewed have been by her.

Naughty Neighbor is before the Stephanie Plum era, but I see a lot of similarities. The lead female is always witty, the lead male(s) is always dreamy and the family is always a riot, especially the grandma. Definitely rang true in this book as well. I almost forgot to mention the great use of animals. Yes, there is a pig on the cover of this book for a reason 😉

I also like that I can relate to many of Evanovich’s stories. In this one, a former journalist (Pete) is trying to break a crazy story about a politician. Right down my alley.

It starts with Pete and his neighbor Louisa. They know everything about each other before meeting because the walls are thin. They hate each other in the beginning, but in the end … yeah right. You know I don’t like spoilers.

I will leave you with a couple of parts of the book that I loved though.

“The table was set for two with a white linen tablecloth, wineglasses and lavender candles. There was a daisy on her plate. It only had one petal left. Without thinking, she automatically played the game and plucked the remaining petal, silently chanting ‘He loves me.'”

How sweet is that?? Fellas, if your still reading my mushy post, definitely steal this idea 🙂

And in true Evanovich fashion, the love for donuts:

“Maybe she wouldn’t starve to death, she decided. Maybe she’d eat herself into obesity and explode. Death by doughnut.”

That’s what I’m talking about 🙂

Let me tell you though, this is a steamy book. It doesn’t take it too far and isn’t vulgar, but it’s hot!

I didn’t intentionally go to the store to get this book. I had 7 letters to fill for my  A to Z Challenge and stumbled upon this for N. I am really glad I found it because it was a good book. And I like to see Evanovich’s early stuff.

There is one MAJOR drawback for this book though. One three different pages, I found errors. One page said “stick for dinner” instead of steak. One page  had a set of squiggly lines between words. This may be something I don’t know about, but since there’s not one on my keyboard, I’m doubting it. And finally, there was a missing apostrophe. And it completely changed the sentence. It was supposed to be he’ll leave grease spots but was “hell leave grease spots.”

As much as I liked this cute love story, I absolutely can’t stand typos. If anyone else has read this book and thinks I’m reading wrong, please let me know.

If you can overlook the typos, pretend there are four bookmarks. If you’re anal like me, stick with the three.

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Butchering in Brazil

What is going on in Brazil? I normally am up to all the crazy news stories, but my fiance actually brought this one to light.

The Sun reports a 17 year old girl was arrested at a street fight and gave them more information than they expected. She confessed to killing 30 men in the past couple of years. She said she started when she was 15 when a man threw a glass of brandy in her face.

They’re not sure why she continued killing, but some believe it may have been mob oriented.

Either way, 30 men in 3 years? Shoo, that’s almost one a month!

Oh, and she killed them all with the same knife. And they say she even smiled when rattling off the names. To this, The Sun says “which is feared to make her the world’s most prolific teenage serial killer”.

Why did she confess now? She is getting ready to turn 18 and didn’t want to be tried as an adult. I’m going to have to do some research and see if they’re system is anything like ours where age ain’t nothing but a number. If you commit a crime so heinous, you still may be tried as an adult.

That’s not all in Brazil either. At the bottom of that story, it talks about a Crime TV Show host who allegedly was staging killings to boost ratings. WOWZA! Maybe he never took an ethics class!

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