Now You See Her by Linda Howard is actually an enjoyable read. This is the second book I have read from this author. The first book was not memorable,...moreNow You See Her by Linda Howard is actually an enjoyable read. This is the second book I have read from this author. The first book was not memorable, but with this book I am impressed. This book is about a painter with special gifts.
Paris Sweeney is a gifted painter. But her gifts become more intense. It started a year ago, but now, she can see ghosts, guess every answer in Jeopardy with 100% accuracy, been lucky with green lights and parking spots, can grow plants even if they are out of season, and she can paint events without being in the scene.
She was never impressed with her recent work, feeling as if something is missing, or the colors are unrealistic. Coming from a small town where she knew almost everybody, the ghosts strike conversation with her, and she responds back, and the people who are alive start to doubt her mentally. She moves to New York where the ghosts are snobbish and do not bother with her.
Her art dealer, Candra Worth has asked her to paint a portrait, and Sweeney needed the money since she is good with portraits. However, meeting the Senator Mcmillan and his wife, whom she dislikes very much, she excuses herself and says she cannot make the portrait. It almost starts to rain, so Richard Worth, Candra's soon to be ex-husband, gives her a ride. There is attraction between the two of them, and Richard is vocal about this, but Sweeney says no, since Richard is still technically married.
Sweeney starts sleepwalking, and paints in her sleep. She starts with the hotdog vendor, who ends up sprawled on the street with blood oozing from his head. The hotdog vendor was mugged and murdered. After every episode, Sweeney is attacked with chills that are debilitating. But Richard visits and sees Sweeney's condition and takes care of her. Sweeney draws a pair of shoes next, One is a woman's heel, the other is a man's shoe. Sweeney knows it's a murder scene, but the big question is, could she help prevent it and save a life?
I liked Sweeney and Richard's characters. Sweeney has zero tolerance for bullshit. She's a refreshing character. Richard is in every way a gentleman, and all I can say is Sweeney is one lucky lady. (less)
Though Sookie had a taste of more than one man in this book (Bill, Eric, Sam, Quinn, Calvin), I only want a taste of ERIC NORTHMAN.
This was another gr...moreThough Sookie had a taste of more than one man in this book (Bill, Eric, Sam, Quinn, Calvin), I only want a taste of ERIC NORTHMAN.
This was another great installment in the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries. Charlaine Harris also gives us a deeper plunge in the paranormal world she created, which I must say, is highly imaginative and addictive.
But still, despite Sookie having a gap between her two front teeth, she still manages to attract tons of men. Kudos Sookie!(less)
Imagine a smaller version of me, roaming some busy streets, not quite lost, but I was looking for something. I really didn’t know what I was looking f...moreImagine a smaller version of me, roaming some busy streets, not quite lost, but I was looking for something. I really didn’t know what I was looking for, until, Charlaine Harris came along. We walked hand in hand, and stopped at a candy store. Then Charlaine buys me this really delectable lollipop that has this delicious filling inside, that I wanted to eat it on the spot. However, my buddy stops me, and takes me further for a walk. We see designer shoes and so on and so forth, but what I want is the candy she bought me. I say, ”Can I have the candy now, please?”. She gives it to me. I open it up, and put it eagerly in my mouth. I enjoy and savor it. However, just as I get the taste of really divine chocolate, Charlaine grabs the lollipop from my mouth and says “You had enough sweets for today.”
That is what I felt when I read Dead to the World. I felt that Charlaine Harris gave me this really sweet candy, only to take it away, when I was about to reach the best part of it.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you would probably wonder what I am talking about. However, if you already did, I bet you already see the picture.
In this instance, the candy I am talking about is, ERIC Northman, whom I picture as this:
See what I am saying? If he was the lollipop, would you be able to stop, despite the increased risk of Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity? Cause, I definitely won’t.
But unfortunately, Charlaine Harris had to take all the fun, and as the caption on the picture says: “It hurts so good."
So here’s where my real review kicks in.
Dead to the World is my favorite among the Sookie Stackhouse series. And if you haven’t guessed why, I have to tell you it’s all because of ERIC NORTHMAN.
Sookie is finally single! With Bill sort of out of the way, namely Peru, I'm celebrating. Yey! One night, as she comes driving from work, she finds arrogant Eric half naked. Not only that, he lost his memory and is tamer! He no longer acts as the proud sheriff of Area 5, but more of a scared man needing protection. Sookie contacts Pam, Eric’s second in command, and discovers that Eric is wanted by some evil wiccans/Weres, also intoxicated with Vamp blood, who want to take over Shreveport. Of course, Sookie, being good natured as she is, takes Eric under her care. But it’s not just Eric, who’s being taken care of. He also takes care of Sookie, and we see Eric as a compassionate person vampire. Sookie, as expected, has tons of problems. Aside from a giant supernatural battle that has to be fought, Sookie's only family, namely Jason, is missing.
Dead to the World, is a fun, quick, entertaining and unpredictable read. Though I honestly didn't like Dead Until Dark, book 1 of the series, and was disappointed by the writing, I believe the books become an "acquired taste". They get better over time, and I am definitely happy that I stuck with it.
Thirteen years from now, on October 6, 2023, a baby boy will be born. He will grow up into a sexy, mysterious man who will someday own 28% of the worl...moreThirteen years from now, on October 6, 2023, a baby boy will be born. He will grow up into a sexy, mysterious man who will someday own 28% of the world. His description: black hair, blue eyes, 6 feet, 2 inches, 173 pounds. His name will be Roarke.
In this near future, specifically 2058, when JD Robb talks of cars flying, the cars are literally flying. You could buy a more pointed nose and a different eye color. You could be anyone you ever dreamed of. There aren’t any diseases spreading about, except the dreaded flu virus. There are licensed companions/ prostitutes to go around. It makes me imagine Amsterdam as our future. Anyway, the humans could already travel in space and there are space stations built for pleasure and entertainment! How cool is that?
This is my second book from Nora Roberts, but first under the pseudonym, JD Robb. This is also my first futuristic romance. I found Roarke fascinating for a male, but my heart became his when he was sitting in his huge library, reading a book and petting a cat. But it became his more, when he showed his ability to hack the US government. He has a wonderful head that goes with his awesome physique.
I enjoyed the mystery. I pointed fingers on almost everyone and still I was ‘almost’ wrong in the end. I absolutely loved the romance of the book. With the futuristic aspect, I enjoyed imagining the technology, however, since the world JD Robb drew was farfetched from what we have now, I had trouble imagining the tubes of Coke, which I imagined as a tube of Colgate, just with a different label. But still, I enjoyed the story and would anyone ever doubt my love for Roarke?
For now, advance happy birthday Roarke! I’m waiting for you to be born, and the medicine that could reverse my age a bit, cause once you hit your 30’s, I would be in my 60’s, so a little age reversal wouldn’t hurt. Don’t ever let Eve Dallas ever soften her hold on you, because that is when I would get you! No way will I let my white hair and arthritis get in the way! LOL
*This review was made on the 06th of October, 2010
_____ I have to know who Roarke is since many goodreads friends hold him in very high esteem.
I never expected much from a woman named after a fruit. Especially a plum.
And I didn't expect a lingerie buyer to do a spectacular job out of bounty h...moreI never expected much from a woman named after a fruit. Especially a plum.
And I didn't expect a lingerie buyer to do a spectacular job out of bounty hunting either.
Apparently, even the police and Vincent Plum, owner of 'Vincent Plum Bail Bonding Company" didn't expect much either.
But when a girl has been laid off and desperate enough, there is nothing she wouldn't do, just to get $10,000, even though her life is at stake.
SO how does she get the $10,000? All she has to do is bring Joe Morelli in. The Joe Morelli with whom Stephanie Plum played Choo choo train with. And when I say choo choo train, Morelli is the train while the thing between Stephanie’s legs is the tunnel. We’re talking about the very Morelli who devirginized Stephanie in college, and never bothered to call her back. The Morelli whom she almost killed with her car. Well, aside from the past history with Morelli, bringing him in sounds easy. But the thing is, Morelli is an ex-cop and was charged with murder. Does Stephanie stand a chance when she has ZERO self defense mechanisms up her sleeve and is even scared of her own gun?
The first book of the Stephanie Plum series, One For the Money, is pretty cute and enjoyable. Though the mystery is predictable it didn’t destroy the book at its good moments. There were parts that I laughed out loud, I especially found Grandma Mazur pretty cute for someone overaged. Stephanie has character and I liked her. But the book just wasn’t that remarkable as I expected to be. Thus the three stars. For the record, I’m definitely moving on with the series.
Jaine, Marcie, TJ and Luna, a group of friends became overnight celebrities because they made a list. One might think they...moreIt all started with a list.
Jaine, Marcie, TJ and Luna, a group of friends became overnight celebrities because they made a list. One might think they came up with a diabolical list to destroy mankind, like (1)nuke the earth, (2) use tons of aerosol cans loaded with chlorofluorocarbons per household to destroy the ozone layer and fry mankind and so on and so forth. However, these ladies made a far cry of a list I mentioned above. Ask me what list they made? They made a list of qualities Mr. Perfect should have. Come to think of it, the list sounds pretty harmless. It started out as fun, but in the end, it became the cause of something that would end their lives.
At first, I found the Mr. Perfect list airing on TV silly. Don't they have any decent news up their sleeves? That they had to resort to a Mr. Perfect list? But controversy sells, and TV programs need to sell.
Anyway, the romance between the H/h was too fast paced that it didn't work much for me. I couldn't even remember the two of them dating. They just suddenly noticed each other and then hitting it off. But I loved the dialogues between them. They were both smart characters. I also liked the mystery. The murderer was named, but still, I didn't see that ending coming.
So I've been searching for Mr. Perfect on google. But I found a wrestler instead. I found him fat. However the blue guy below is the closest I got to Mr Perfect. (less)
Who would have thought that after giving the first book a miserly two stars, that I would come to enjoy the third installment of the Sookie Stackhouse...moreWho would have thought that after giving the first book a miserly two stars, that I would come to enjoy the third installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series four stars?
Sookie is again in some serious trouble. Bill is abducted by the King of Mississippi, and clearly Sookie needs tons of help. Eric, of course, comes to Sookie’s aid. (Well, maybe I should mention that Eric’s head is on the line since Bill has business with the Queen of Louisiana, but I still think he does it for Sookie) Sookie goes to Mississippi, and enter Club Dead as Alcide Herveaux' girlfriend. (BTW, Alcide is a werewolf with animal magnetism. Literally.)
But dang. Having red nails is never a good idea, because red nails attract trouble.
Hell, not only is Bill missing, but Sookie attracts other werewolves' attention and somehow ends up being staked.
Speaking of Alcide Herveaux, I just got to see how he looks like. For me the shirt is unflattering. But why bother with the shirt when he could look sizzling without it.
Eric Northman plus Alcide Herveaux definitely makes True Blood a MUST watch. (Just to have a sizzling visual presentation.)So I AM going to catch up on the series. The books are enjoyable as well, but True Blood has all the eye candy ♥
And I got accustomed to Charlaine Harris’ writing style, because I honestly enjoyed this book so much more than I have anticipated. Maybe because Bill was finally presented as a jackass, and Eric Northman finally appears to be the IT bad boy I wanted to swoon for. Club Dead is surely fast paced and enjoyable, it's no wonder I'll be gobbling up the next book soon. :D
Valentine, Inc. The Trusted and 98% succesful Matchmaking Agency.
Vision Envisions a future where heartbreaks would have no space on the earth. Where...moreValentine, Inc. The Trusted and 98% succesful Matchmaking Agency.
Vision Envisions a future where heartbreaks would have no space on the earth. Where everyone could live in complete harmony. Where everyone is happy and content with their love lives. Where there is no need for annulment and divorce. (Well, that was oddly TOO optimistic for me.)
Mission Utilizing the use of “matching auras”, we at Valentine’s Inc. make sure that our clients are happy and satisfied and of course, “in love”.
CEO Oscar Valentine A professional and well trusted figure in the matchmaking world with abilities to see auras. Currently out of town, recuperating from a heart attack, after having sex with someone other than his wife at the beach. (Okay, maybe we shouldn’t mention him having sex on the beach, it kind of dampens our competency.)
Temporary CEO Lucy Valentine With a degree in Business, minor in English. Former barista, day-care worker and dog walker. Gifted with the abilities to find lost objects.
___ Huwat? Lucy Valentine has no ability to see auras. Unfortunately, being electrocuted does that to the Valentines. She’s left with the gift to find lost objects.
But never underestimate Lucy’s gift. It definitely comes in handy especially me who loses almost everything. Unfortunately, Lucy isn't precisely near me. But with her gift, she manages to help a few families and reunite lost lovers.
Truly, Madly is a refreshing brand of paranormal romance. There’s also a mystery. It’s interesting, but why the miserly three stars?
For me, the romance was sadly lacking. It was there, but I wasn’t satisfied. I need romance in large doses. It’s interesting as I said, but the story line wasn’t grabbing me enough. The characters were interesting, but somehow, I wasn't able to sympathize with them.
But still, the first book offers enough promise. Despite me giving it three stars, one shouldn't definitely over look this book. (less)
I positively adore Amanda Quick and I absolutely love her historical romances. Except this one.
This book disappointed me. I was expecting something hi...moreI positively adore Amanda Quick and I absolutely love her historical romances. Except this one.
This book disappointed me. I was expecting something hilarious and something that would cause my heart to flutter in my chest. But it definitely wasn't this.
Apparently, Amanda Quick wants to try writing paranormal romance since the genre sells like hotcakes, but this attempt is utter failure. She doesn't use any vampires in the book, but she might as well thrown in a little vampire action in the mix, since vampires are hotter than psychics. However, there are no vampires. Only people with psychical abilities, such as mesmerists, predators and people who can see auras. And we also have to add naturalists and Darwinians in the bunch.
Venetia is a spinster/photographer. She was employed by the Arcane Society, a society populated by the secretive, reclusive eccentrics who are obsessed with the arcane and uncanny, to take photographs of various antiquities in the Arcane House, which I must point out is hidden from civilization. This presents Venetia a chance to fulfill her goal to not remain a virgin for the rest of her life, to experience a night of passion with no strings attached.
Venetia's prey is Gabriel Jones, of course, men are know as weak species when it comes to resisting allure of women and Gabriel failed to fight Venetia off, so they spend a night together.
But after the interlude, despite the fact that Gabriel had more than a one night stand in mind, thieves arrive and the two lovers are parted.
Venetia then sees in the papers that Gabriel Jones is dead by a fire. She's saddened by the news, but needs to move on since she's the family breadwinner. She poses as Mrs. Jones, a widow photographer and puts up a business. The supposed to be Mr. Jones died from falling off a cliff, engulfed by raging waters in the Wild West.
But of course, Mr. Jones comes back and claims Venetia's special abilities to locate the thief and ultimately as his "wife".
___ What I love about Amanda Quick's romances is that they're light, funny and entertaining. However, she attempted to make this a thriller, throwing clues here and there. Then tosses psychical abilities, alchemy and other scientific mumbo jumbo, destroying the lightness and funniness of the story. But still, it was entertaining.
But still, despite the complaints, I wasn't actually suffering from reading it, thus the three stars. But I felt it was actually generous of me, because I can't make myself give Amanda Quick something less. (less)
It was extremely hard thinking of Eric Northman, 6'4", blonde with blue eyes, need I mention a super gorgeous hunk, a vampire, and Sheriff of Louisian...moreIt was extremely hard thinking of Eric Northman, 6'4", blonde with blue eyes, need I mention a super gorgeous hunk, a vampire, and Sheriff of Louisiana Area 5, an entrepreneur (owner of bar Fangtasia) in a PINK LYCRA especially when I pictured him as Alexander Skarsgård who looks like this
But imagining the bulge his would form, Eric Northman in a pink lycra doesn't seem like a bad idea. I think I'm pro pink lycras. Especially if someone this hot would wear them. I even think I should advocate the wearing of lycras on men. *drool* Hmm, well maybe not in pink, but in more manly colors :)) ___ Dead in Dallas, the second installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris, is an entertaining quick read. I'm not a big fan of Charlaine Harris' writing style, but I have to admit, the lady has a great imagination.
This book, practically covers up the entire second season of True Blood. But don't think that it's basically the same, because it's not. It's different in a way the the TV series has more drama. But still, as I said, the book was very entertaining.
Sookie Stackhouse is attacked by a maenad, a worshiper of the God of wine and all things crazy, as a message to Eric Northman. After Sookie being healed, she is lent to the Dallas vampire sheriff, to read the humans who might have seen the missing vampire Farrell. But the search becomes complicated as they end up searching at the religious group, Fellowship of the Sun with a century old suicidal vampire as an ally. After fixing the Dallas affair, Sookie goes off with Eric Northman (yes, in a pink Lycra) to an orgy, to find LaFayette's murderer. But, not only do they find LaFayette's murderer, they also manage to be in the middle of the maenad's frenzy.
The main reason why I'm reading this, is because it's agonizing to wait for every season of True Blood in HBO to come, since it's painstakingly long. It's pure torture.
I'm not a big fan of the books, but, if Charlaine Harris makes me imagine men in more pink Lycras, I think this will soon be my favorite series :))(less)
I am a true follower of the True Blood series in HBO. And how it brings me great sorrow to wait for the succession of the series which is taking pains...moreI am a true follower of the True Blood series in HBO. And how it brings me great sorrow to wait for the succession of the series which is taking painstakingly long. Thus, I have decided to take things in my own hands, and read the series so I would be way ahead than the tv show. Better to know what I'd be dealing with for the next season, right?
Well, I wouldn't say the book was well crafted as I expected it to be. This is a best seller, so I expected quite a lot from it.
But it wasn't a huge disappointment either. It was still Sookie. It was pretty much True Blood, only simpler, but in the book, we get a glimpse of what's going in Sookie's mind.
If your looking for something to get rid of your aching hunger for True Blood, then this book would be perfect for you ♥(less)