Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Reading (or Listening) Challenge 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Book

11. "So Pretty it Hurts" by Kate White (Hardback)

After a few years, Ms. White wrote another Baily Weggins mystery. I'm so glad she did! I'm not a fashionista, a fan of gossip magazines or tabloids, but the books in Kate White's Baily Weggins series are fun - well-written fun! Bailey finds herself (once again) having trouble in her love-life (I do believe that she is the commitment-phobe) and runs off on another adventure to put space between her and her emotions. Great plot-line with nods to the publishing and entertainment industries. Good read.

12. "Blood Wyne" by Yasmine Galenorn (Audio Book)

The 9th installment in the Otherworld Series picks up the plot-line from Menoly (the Vampire's) point of view. I love that we get to see the other characters through the eyes and life of each one of the sisters one book at a time. I've sang the praises of Ms. Galenorn before and will continue to do so. I love the story, the paranormal aspects and the reader (Cassandra Campbell).I got so into the book that when it finished, I jumped right in and started listening to he next in the series...which leads me to...

13. "Courting Darkness" by Yasmine Galenorn (Audio Book)

In the 10th book, Camille (the oldest sister, Moon Witch and High Priestess of the Moon Mother) takes over and we experience the story through her eyes and senses. Everything moves so seamlessly between the tales of each sister. I am amazed at the way the books flows so beautifully; it is magic. The books have their dark sides, but there are glimmers of hope; bright spots. It never gets so dark that the light won't shine through and yet, the lightness gives way to the dark reminding the readers and listeners that there is still danger on the horizon. All I know is that I really enjoy the whole lot of them and I am in it for the long haul. This is a GREAT ride!

14. "The Cinderella Pact" by Sarah Strohmeyer (Paperback)

I started reading Sarah Strohmeyer's novels back when she was writing her Bubbles Yablonsky series. At the time, I lived in the Allentown, PA area (18 years ago).This series (Bubbles) was set in he surrounding community of Bethlehem, PA. I knew all of the places that she wrote about in the books! Bubbles is also of Polish/Eastern European descent and so am I. The characters and settings remind me so much of my home and my childhood, I mean I knew some of the characters! The names were different, but they are the same people! I LOVED BUBBLES! I was so very disappointed when Ms. Strohmeyer stopped writing about Bubbles and her exploits, but that did not deter me from reading some of her other books; stand alone novels written in the same warm and friendly style. From "The Sleeping Beauty Proposal" to "Sweet Love" to "The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives"...I finally reached into the book shelf in my home, dusted off my copy of "The Cinderella Pact" and sat back for an enjoyable journey. It turns out, much to my surprise and delight,  that Bubbles makes a cameo appearance in this book. Magic. A sweet cupcake of a read that became a Lifetime made for TV movie...

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