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Burned by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Burned by PC and Kristin CastBurned by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #7
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Atom on April 27th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 323
Format: Hardcover
three-stars

Y’all need to get yourselves together. Here’s a newsflash from the only High Priestess you have left at this dang school: Zoey isn’t dead. And believe me, I know dead. I’ve been there, done that and got the fricken tee-shirt.
Zoey Redbird is the youngest High Priestess in House of Night history and is the only person—vamp or fledgling—that can stop the evil Neferet from raising all kinds of immortal trouble. And she might just have a chance if she wasn’t so busy being dead.Well, dead is too strong a word. Stevie Rae knows she can bring her BFF back from her unscheduled va-cay in the Otherworld. But it’s going to take a lot more than hoping to bring Zoey back. Stevie Rae will have to give up a few secrets of her own...

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

Once again the mother-daughter duo created another filler book. This book was purely made to deal with what happened at the ending of the last book. Sure all of them are sort of like that but this book takes place directly after Zoey’s soul was shattered. I read some of the other reviews on this book and I believe them that this book could have been better but it really wasn’t. I mean sure it kept me entertained as I read it but also I could see that it wasn’t really edited and it also purely sucked.

I mean I know I said it before and I also know it’s too late for what I say to take effect for the Casts but this series should have been put into third person, like in some of the chapters, and should have been told throughout her journey in the finishing school. I mean it’s supposed to be a finishing school for vampyres but this book series only focuses on Zoey’s first year. But like I said it should have been in each year. Like the first three books should have been her first year, the next three should have been her fourth year, the next three should have been her fifth year, and the last three should have been her sixth year. While at the end of her sixth year after she saves everyone she should have turned into a vampyre. Or something like that instead of pushing it all in her first year as a fledgling.

Also another thing I don’t like about it is all of the stereotypes. I know I should have mentioned that before in my other sixth reviews but I just didn’t think it would be important enough to do so. Anyways we have the gay stereotype(Damian and Jack), the black stereotype(Kramisha), the rich stereotype(Aphrodite and Venus), the blonde stereotype(Erin), and the country stereotype(Stevie Rae). I think that is it for the stereotypes but I could be wrong those are the only ones I have caught so far. But still each of those stereotypes are pretty much present throughout the book series. I didn’t add in Shaunee because she isn’t really a part of a stereotype really…or at least I don’t think so. Anyways these stereotypes are pretty much obvious a whole lot throughout the book.

I love this series I do and I will continue on reading it until I get to the twelfth book but I just hope that it gets better or I’m not going to be too happy. Anyways this book is actually pretty good. It doesn’t receive a five or four stars from me. It gets a three star. I usually start out with five then I take stars away if I need to. For this book sure it kept my attention and made me want to continue on reading it but what I didn’t like was how this book to me was made purely to have as an after effect of the last book. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good book but it also could have used a little bit more editing and probably be reread from someone else and maybe add in some more things from the Otherworld from Zoey or Stark or even Heath’s point of views. Oh or even Kalona’s point of views. But oh well.

I’m glad though that Stevie Rae isn’t dating Dallas anymore and that some things are a little bit better about the book but not by much. Opps that is totally a spoiler but you could tell by reading the plot up above this review that something was going to end up happening about that. Yeah hating the stereotypes and other things. Oh and I even more hate the whole abbreviations I mean yeah its target to teenagers and I was a teenager when I started out this book series but the whole way they made the teenagers act in the books are also another thing that I hate about the book series. I mean I know that the two aren’t teenagers anymore clearly but they should have at least let a teenager read the books as a beta reader to see what they think of it. But again oh well it’s already over with. And I think I am done with my rambling of this book review. I hope this review has helped you out.

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About Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.


Tempted by PC and Kristin Cast

Posted June 8, 2015 by karenbaron in Boarding School, Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Supernatural, Teen, Vampires, Young Adult / 0 Comments

Tempted by PC and Kristin CastTempted by P.C. Cast, Kristin Cast
Series: House of Night #6
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Atom on October 23rd 2009
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 319
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang.Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal.Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on those closest to her. Will Zoey have the courage to chance losing her life, her heart, and her soul?

My take on this book:: CAUTION! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK ALREADY!!!!!!!

All I have to say about this book is that it is pretty good. Sure the whole thing of Zoey still fighting Kalona and Neferet in her freshman year of being a fledgling is still getting to me but at least this one was longer. We also got to have different chapters with different people being the main character in them. Granted it gets a little confusing if you aren’t suspecting it to be in third person point of view after reading sort of six books in all the first person point of view of Zoey. I mean Zoey is still in first person point of view in the book but I think that the mother and daughter duo will have better chances if they do all of the books in the third person point of view for all the characters that they are making into chapters.

I mean yeah there isn’t much of anything between Zoey and Neferet and Kalona but it’s still good. I will give it five star review because of how good it is. I mean it kept me entertained throughout the whole book. I actually liked how Stark and Heath were working together better than Stark, Heath, and Erik.

I feel bad for Stevie Rae because she is still trying to get used to being a vampyre but also trying to take care of two group of fledglings. One group wanting her help and the other not. While also keeping a Raven Mocker a secret because she is trying to help him. Granted he isn’t technically human but I am thinking that since they have this Imprint that something might be happening between the two of them which in turn is making Nyx happy.

I also feel bad for Zoey at the end of the book. Well not so much Zoey but more for Heath. I just hope that they will be able to fix her sometime during the seventh book.

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About Kristin Cast

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the House of Night YA series. She has stand alone stories in several anthologies, as well as editorial credits. Currently Kristin attends college in Oklahoma where she is focusing on attaining her dream of opening a no kill dog rescue shelter in midtown Tulsa.

About PC Cast

P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. Ms. Cast is a New York Times Best-Selling author. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Prism, Holt Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, Booksellers’ Best, and the Laurel Wreath. P.C. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker.


Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Chick Lit, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Series, Supernatural, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Wicked Business by Janet EvanovichWicked Business by Janet Evanovich
Series: Lizzy & Diesel #2
Published by Bantam on June 19th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 299
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Whether it’s monkey business, funny business or getting down to business, Janet Evanovich's Lizzy and Diesel series proves that there's no business like Wicked Business
Lizzy Tucker's once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel.
When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences. On their way they'll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and general mayhem.
Diesel's black sheep cousin, Gerwulf Grimoire, also wants the Stone. His motives are far from pure, and what he plans on doing with the treasure, no one knows...but Lizzy Tucker fears she's in his crosshairs. Never far and always watching, Grimoire has a growing, vested interest in the cupcake-baker-turned-finder-of-lost-things. As does another dangerous and dark opponent in the hunt - a devotee of lawlessness and chaos, known only as Anarchy.
Treasures will be sought, and the power of lust will be unmistakable as Lizzy and Diesel attempt to stay ahead of Anarchy, Grimoire, and his medieval minion, Hatchet, in this ancient game of twisted riddles and high-stakes hide-and-seek.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

This is another good book from the Lizzy and Diesel series. Of course in this one we have our duo trying to get the stone of Lust and having to use stuff from the dead Harvard professor that was killed by a girl that didn’t normally have powers.

This book in all of this glory is a good one and I don’t really want to spoil anything on it since they are so good. Janet Evanovich is a good author and I love her books. I hope that everyone that gets to read this book and likes it as well. I love this book and I give it a five star as well.

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Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Series, Supernatural, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Wicked Appetite by Janet EvanovichWicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Series: Lizzy & Diesel #1
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 14th 2010
Genres: Chick Lit, Fantasy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 313
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long — Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues’ gallery of power seekers. He’s an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire.
That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She’s freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston’s North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle’s bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it’s suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat.
Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She’s not sure about Diesel. He’s offering up his own set of unusual talents, promising to protect her from Grimoire. The kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night.
The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

We all know that Diesel is one of those characters that were in the Stephanie Plum novels that were in between the numbers throughout the series. Well for a while that is. He is now in Wicked Appetite with his own series and it is a good one.

This whole book..well book series is all in Elizabeth Tucker’s point of view. Lizzy and Diesel are all pretty good and everything works. I love this book and the book series. It’s all good. The first Seven Deadly sin that we encounter is gluttony. I love this book and I give it a five star. This book has a bunch of quirky characters. I think that this book series could be better than Stephanie Plum’s series.

This book series is really good and it’s awesome. Despite what anyone thinks of it this series is good. I love it very much.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Top-Secret Twenty-One

Posted June 7, 2015 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Comedy, Crime, Fiction, Mystery, Review, Romance, Series, Womens Fiction / 0 Comments

Top-Secret Twenty-OneTop Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum #21
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Bantam on June 17th 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Cozy, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Romance, Women's Fiction
Pages: 305
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.
Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.
To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.
Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.

My take on this book: CAUTION! IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK YET. CONTINUE AT YOUR OWN RISK! THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!

I know that this book is the newest Stephanie Plum book and I don’t really want to write a review for all nineteen of the others. I wrote a review for the Takedown Twenty but other than that I haven’t wrote any for the other at all. I love this series as it is a good one and everything about it is pretty good.

This one is even better than nineteen and all other books before. Grated Briggs’s is an annoying little midget that whenever he is in a book I always feel sorry for Stephanie since she always get stuck with him.

I love this one a lot because one of the FTA’s (failed to appear) thinks he is Gru and that all of the Chihuahua’s that he owns are his minions. Everything about this book is excellent including Grandma Mazur and Grandma Bella’s little scrabble’s about who did what. I highly recommend this book for anyone that needs a good laugh. I give it a five star rating.

This Review was previously posted on my blogspot site which I will be closing soon.

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About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.