Monday, February 21, 2011

Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith

This is a three in one book. The Hunter, Chase, and Kill are all included in this one book. Jenny wants to buy a game for her boyfriend, Tom's, birthday, but she doesnt want anyone to know. She decides to go to the wrong side of town were no one knows her. When she suspects that there are men following her she quickly ducks into one of the stores on the deserted street, were she meets Jullian. He is as mysterious as the Game he puts into her hands. When the all the quests have arrived they set up the game. It is a cut out of a house with little human pieces that you color to represent you, you must also write down your deepest fear and place it into the house. When everyone wakes up in the house Jenny is faced with Jullian. All of her friends are in different rooms of the house all of them are facing thier worst fears. She must go and rescue them all. After the game is won she must venture to Jullians land to get her friends back that failed during the game. There she finds her grandfather and is determinded to set him free. Jullian must decide what is more important the woman he has been watching for years, or his life.

This book will keep you on your toes wondering what is going to happen. I thought that this book had a very good story line and i couldnt put it down. This author writes wonderful books and i love reading all of them.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Clary believes that she is a normal girl with a normal artistic mom. When she goes to the club and sees a gang of kids torturing someone in the closet she wants to call the police. But how can you call the police if your the only one who can see whats going on? Her mom calls her warning her not to come home, when Clary rushes home she is almost killed by a demon. After Jace, one of the kids from the closet, rescues her, her life will never be the same again. She now is involved in a secret world with vampires, werewolves, and demons. She is part of the elite shadowhunters, the police of this secret world. When she finds out that the infamous Valentine is the one who kidnapped her mother, she will not stop until she finds him, and the ugly truth he unveils.

This book had so many twists and turns, that it kept me on my toes. I did not expect the ending to this book, nor the views on vampires and werewolves. I enjoyed reading this book and immediatly started on the second one. I cant wait to finish it and start reading the third one.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Bride in the Bargain by Deeane Gist

Anna Ivey works as a cook to a man who tries to force himself on her. She applies to Asa Mercer to become a cook in Seattle to a lumberjack. What she doesnt know is that she is to wed the man who employs her. Haunted by the deaths of her father, brother, and mother, for which she blames herself, she is unwilling to marry Joe Denton or let him close. When she finds out that he either marrys or loses his land she feels sympathetic towards him, but not enough to help him out. Feeling she must stand on her own she leaves his land and becomes a nurse. Joe wont let her go that easy so he starts to court her and notices how sick she is becoming. The doctor diagnosed her with tiburculosis after they marry, so he puts his land up for sale and plans on moving down south. While on thier honeymoon in San Fransico they get a second opinion, they find that she is only allergic to clorophorm.

This book had me laughing several times throughout its pages. it was a great read and ties into her previous book The Meassure of a Lady. I enjoyed reading about lumberjacks and why they always were cutoff pants. Also about how they chop down trees. This book only strengthened my conviction to read all books by this author.

The Measure of a Lady by Deeanne Gist

Rachel Van Buren arrives in San Fransico during the gold rush, with her younger sister and brother. Trying to get to her morals she agrees to work for a man who owns a hotel and bar. Her younger sister falls prey to the men who shower her with thier affection and her brother becomes a gambler. She opens a resturaunt that only accepts family people. When a fire spreads througout the city she learns that the women she scorned arent so horrible after all. After she is married she opens up a resturaunt and employs soiled doves to give them a second chance.

This book was full of interesting twists and turns. I enjoyed reading about a woman, in the midst of sin, stand on her beliefs and try to help other people. The book was very good and i know i will read this one several times.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Diamond of the Rockies series

This book is christian and uses scripture. Carina DeGratia is from a large Italian family were everyone is close and they all know your secrets. When her heart is broken she moves to the mining town of Crystal Colorado and meets with all sorts of trouble. While finding solitude in the skeletal town of Placerville she stumble upon the mystery of Rose and Wolf, who happen to be her new husbands parents. After forcing him to uncover the truth about his parents they travel north to her home. Her family is less than thrilled about her marrying outside the family and without thier consent. Carina is now forced to face the man who broke her heart while trying to get Quillian accepted by her family.

This series were very good and i have read them a few times. I enjoyed reading some Italian scattered throughout the books. They keep you captivated and wondering what could possibly go wrong next?

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

This is a christian book with many references to scripture. It is set back in colonial America were women and men with felonies were shipped over seas to either be brides or indentured servants. Constance Morrow is the daughter of a Lord with a sharp mind for numbers. When her uncle is charged with a crime and awaiting transportation to America Constance finds herself in trouble. Being kidnapped and sold as a bride she tries pleading her case only to be forced into marriage. Before her father can come rescue her, she finds herself in love with the man she is wedded to.

I have read this book at least twenty times and still find it an enjoyable read. It is humorous and historical. I enjoyed reading many books from this author, and hope she is not done writing yet.

The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen

Lillian Haswell is the daughter of an apothecary, with a photographic memory. She leaves for London with her mother's relatives and when she returns she is surprised to see that her life she left behind is in shambles. Her father has fallen ill and has let his shop go to ruin. Now she must not only restore the Haswell name and get the store back to rights, but also decide were her heart is. She faces many trials with the local doctor and the new rules constricting the apothecarys way of life.

This book was an interesting read. The plot was well layed out, since you couldn't predict what was coming next. The ending, though was a surprise. I was hoping for a different direction, but overall it is an excellent book.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora Greys life is inturuppted when a mysterious man named Patch walks into her life. She doesnt know whether to trust him or run away as fast as her feet can carry her. After several near death experiences she hopes that she can trust him with the truth, if not her life, when a suspected killer transfers to thier school. Not only is she determinded to get to the bottom of the murder, but she is desperatly trying to save her friend from thier influence. When she is threatened into playing hide and seek in the school, her life is on the line, so is everything she thought she knew.

This book was a great read if you have time to get lost within the pages. The plot kept you interested and I can not wait to read the sequal Crescendo. This is one of those books that captivates you and leaves you wanting more.