The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is a wonderfully poignant tale about Santiago, a simple shepherd with whom, before having dreams about treasure at theThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is a wonderfully poignant tale about Santiago, a simple shepherd with whom, before having dreams about treasure at the Pyramids, had a simple life and simply contented with what he had. But as I said, that was before the dreams.
Santiago, started out as an ordinary shepherd, then having extraordinary dreams, and them out of the blue, meeting a real king (which doesn't happen everyday, especially to a shepherd). The king, obviously an intelligent lot, had guided the boy into following his dreams, and this starts up Santiago's extraordinary journey of finding his dreams' treasure, learning the simple secrets and joys of life, and following the path of our destiny, because if we want something so bad, life will conspire for us to achieve our desires. But hey, who said it had to be easy? ♥...more
You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister is a breath of fresh air.
It's a way different brand of paranormal romance. There's no vampires hanging around. Just plYou Slay Me by Katie MacAlister is a breath of fresh air.
It's a way different brand of paranormal romance. There's no vampires hanging around. Just plain old guardians, witches, demons and hot dragons in human form.
Aisling Grey, a simple American courier (at least simple was what she thought she was), was to deliver an aquamanile (a bowl used in demon rituals) at France. However, arriving at the house of Madame Deauxville, she discovers Madame Deauxville's body hanged on top of a demon summoning circle. On the site of murder, Aisling meets mysterious Drake Vireo, a man claiming he is a dragon and Aisling a guardian (someone who guards portals to Abbadon/Hell). Of course, Aisling doesn't believe all this, but becomes desperate as the French police suspect her for murder, plus the fact that Drake Vireo stolen her aquamanile.
Looking for the thief and murderer, she goes to G&T (a club which caters for the magical people), she sees Drake and asks, or rather orders him to return her aquamanile, but having the sexual tension between them, Drake kisses Aisling, but she withstands the fires of his kiss, and ultimately becomes the Dragon's mate.
Aisling, after so many encounters of people claiming she is a guardian, feels the need to test driver her powers, so she purchases items for a demon summoning ritual. But seriously, she needs a Guardian 101 book, because she absolutely has no idea what she's doing and what she's up for. The ritual, in a way, became awry, because she summoned a demon in a newfoundland dog form who is unclaimed, which also makes her a demon lord.
Deaths begin to stack up around Aisling and the police are more wary of her. Even dragons are on her tail. But there's no stopping this guardian. Training or no training, they should watch out for her. For nothings gonna stop this chick. She's out challenging dragons and summoning Bael/Lucifer.
So move over vampires, because guardians and dragons are the new in. :)...more
Georgina Kincaid is a succubus, an alluring demon who feeds on human life force by forging a physical connection, eitheSuccubus Blues by Richelle Mead
Georgina Kincaid is a succubus, an alluring demon who feeds on human life force by forging a physical connection, either by sex or by kissing, with the mortal. She could also shapeshift to any of your fantasies, even the bizarre. Even a seductive demon in heels with horns and wings to boot. She could be anyone you want. She could be anything. Except what she wants. Which is normal.
However, if given a choice, she would have been anything other than what she is. Because being a succubus, even with its perks of having irresistible charm and beauty beyond anything one could ever imagine, its tormenting since having someone to care about might not be a good idea. You might suck out the life out of him. Literally.
But being a succubus doesn't render her incapable of loving. Because demon or not, once given a chance of grabbing true love, this succubus isn't letting go. __ This book was a fast read and it hooked me instantly. I always loved guys who just couldn't have the girl, though how much they loved her, they always ended up with the guy in mainstream. And this book, is the gender opposite thing. Alas, I really loved this book, just the way I love deprived heroines and forbidden/impossible love. And this is exactly that.
This book is an exciting ride which I dare you to take. Seatbelts are optional. ...more
Unfortunately, Naomi had seen Cal naked. She'd walked in on them making love once. After retreating, she'd stood behind the closed door and complaine
Unfortunately, Naomi had seen Cal naked. She'd walked in on them making love once. After retreating, she'd stood behind the closed door and complained bitterly about people who didn't have the common courtesy to make some noise while doing it so the world could know what they were up to and not accidentally walk in.
The quote above, is one of the most striking things Susan Mallery has taught me. That quote alone, made me conclude that Mallery is brilliant and very wise.
Anyway, if there's 3-in-1 instant coffee, there's also 2-in-1 books. That is what this book is. It's 2-in-1.
Not only have you got a romance novel in your hands, but also an educational one. I have read this, and I felt that I have hit two birds with one stone. If you have plans of opening a restaurant, pick this book up. It presents a lot of probable problems one could encounter when you have your own restaurant.
Delicious is a funny and light read packed with many laugh out loud moments, and tons of times, made me hungry just imagining Penny's fish and chips.
It is only now that I have read a book where the couple has been married but divorced. At first the story was very enjoyable to the point that I declared "I will be a fan when I finish this book." However, the last few pages made me take back my statement. Again and again, events which are similar were just being thrown into my face, that it became frustrating. One is enough, two is too much and the third time around had the potential of choking me. For me, it just took too long for the H/h to get their happy ending, considering that they already been divorced though they deserve to be together.
Well, I just guess that love is sweeter, the second time around. If it worked with Cal and Penny, I'm hoping that the second time around, me and Mallery will be in better terms....more
Savor life. Wallow in it. No one else can have these memories for you.
I honestly have to say that at first, this book frustrated me. I had to admit, ISavor life. Wallow in it. No one else can have these memories for you.
I honestly have to say that at first, this book frustrated me. I had to admit, I was extremely irritated at Becky for always trying to escape circumstances that seem to be dead ends. In short, she's a bit selfish, or maybe just to afraid of the consequences. Or maybe she's just wallowing in life. But she seemed miserable doing so. However, she must be given a round of applause for pulling off things that seem to be impossible to do.
This book is amazing, just don't let yourself to be put off by Becky's selfishness at the first few pages of the book. Bear with her. Because she's going to make it up to you. She's going to show you how big of a heart she has.
And maybe, despite the circumstances, though how impossible things might seem, there might be a way to make things work. However, I am not suggesting for you to plan two weddings on the same day, but things are never impossible. Especially if your Rebecca Bloomwood. Or Should I say, Rebecca Brandon? ♥...more
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 painsI 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 ♥...more
"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew th"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that it had begun."
This was Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy's reply when Ms. Elizabeth Bennet asked him when he fell in love with her.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen had put my left out dictionary into good use. I have to admit, I was very slow in the first pages, however, nearing the end, I was like a driver going at 100mph, eager to reach the finish line.
At the first pages, I have to admit I was frustrated, for Jane Austen had called her characters Miss Bennet, and I must duly mention that there are five Miss Bennets. And the use of various nicknames, confused me more. I thought Elizabeth and Eliza and Lizzy are different persons. So, I put a book guide into good use as well.
I must also mention my despise of Mrs. Bennet. I hated her more than anyone in this novel. She has no talent in being a mother whatsoever and have no notions of leading her daughters in the right path. The only thing that matters to her is the marrying of her five daughters. After the misfortune of Lydia running away with Wickham, she was frivolous as to forget the elopement as soon as news of marriage were ensued. She considered the hunting for a wedding gown, the most of her problems. I've never seen a woman as fickle-minded as her and no one as blinded to riches than her. Nor do I have a desire to meet one.
Lydia Bennet, is another matter. She is selfish and insensitive as anyone can get. I have to mention this, to unload the hatred in my chest.
How Jane and Elizabeth turned out to be well bred is a wonder, considering the type of mother they are born with.
But enough of what I hate of the book, because it will soon be forgotten, and all but the love of Mr Darcy for Elizabeth would remain.
This is a genuine love story. I've fallen in love with Mr Darcy. He wanted to change his ways for his beloved Elizabeth. He helped her in so many ways and he needed no credit for it. For him, it was enough that he knew he helped her. He also hid his love for her for so long, its endearing.
No part of the book was useless. All were vital for the fruition of Mr Darcy and Ms Bennett's love story. As you go deeper in the book, all pieces come together, like a puzzle, slowly making meaning.
Indeed, Ms. Elizabeth Bennet is lucky, to have loved and to be loved in return. Despite the troubles their love had to endure, it was victor in the end. ♥ ...more
I love you. Don't lie to either of us by pretending you're leaving for my good. All you'll do is deny us both a chanceDreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
I love you. Don't lie to either of us by pretending you're leaving for my good. All you'll do is deny us both a chance at happiness. I'll long for you every day and night, but at least my conscience will be clear. I haven't held anything back from you, out of fear, pride or stubbornness. Stay with me. Let me love you.
Dreaming of you is an immaculately romantic book that every romance reader MUST read.
Sara Fielding is an ordinary girl from the country who traveled to London for research for her novels. Unfortunately, researches include, but not limited to, observing at brothels and gaming clubs, where she is in no way safe. But the matter isn't entirely unfortunate, because if not for her so-called research, she would have never helped Derek Craven when he was attacked, thus there would be no budding romance in this book. And all would have been a waste.
Derek Craven is a gaming club owner. He was an orphan and street urchin in his youth, but worked hard. And from rags, he became rich. As in filthy rich. Feeling intense attraction for Sara, he tries to protect her from the most dangerous thing he thought of, himself. She was so pure, while he was soiled. If he had her, he would only sully her, or so he thought. But despite the fact that they tried going separate ways, destiny has a way of bringing two people fated to be together even closer. Let's call destiny in the name of Lily Raiford.
Having trying to fight it, but failed, Sara and Derek find each other as they were meant to, conquering the odds, shooting a little person here and there but still loving each other with every fiber of their being. And despite failing to fight destiny, they still became victors, as they had a prize, which is each other. ____ This is actually my first Lisa Kleypas read. This book hooked me at the instant and I wished I was at home rather than a work, because work does cause a hindrance to reading. However, this book made my heart flutter in my chest, because Derek Craven is wonderfully astonishing in his sweetness. Once he opens up pieces of himself, he couldn't stop pouring out the rest.
This book has fueled my future devotion to Lisa Kleypas. And nothing is going to stop me from reading more of her works ♥ ...more
I liked the book, but I certainly didn't love it enough to give it five stars. But I have to admit that I enjoyed it in a certain extent. And fine, II liked the book, but I certainly didn't love it enough to give it five stars. But I have to admit that I enjoyed it in a certain extent. And fine, I became teary eyed in a few parts.
It's a nice read, but there were a lot of parts in the book that were "Fillers" or rather unnecessary and were just there to make the book even longer. Or rather, similar to what I'm doing, which is beating around the bush.
I never really enjoyed Western romances, and I have to admit that I was disappointed that this wasn't a historical romance set in England. I seem to enjoy those historical romances most, but set aside, I enjoyed this one. Plus there was England in here. I love England. And this book showed me extreme differences of living in England and in America in the past, and made me realize that America would be the most logical place to live in, in the past if I wasn't black.
However, this book is a romantic one. It could make your heart yearn for a love like Mary Rose and Cole. And indeed make you wish you could find one. ♥...more