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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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Thursday, March 7, 2013
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Posted by Jamie Kline (Bookerella) at 9:00 AM
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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Synopsis from B&N:
The past always finds a way to bite you in the ass.
As a three-hundred-year old vengeance demon, I’ve made a lot of enemies. The worst was Queen Maria, the Italian Court’s most devious succubus and a ruler who used me as a weapon of mass destruction to inflict pain and kill hundreds of humans in her torture chambers.
Now she’s back, this time as a ghost, and she’s invited a new friend to the party—a vampire king who wants my head on a stake. Together they’re bringing a war to Chicago that will topple the carefully constructed world I’ve protected for centuries.
But I’m Kali Sweet. I never run from my past…and I’m not about to hide from my present.
Posted by Jamie Kline (Bookerella) at 8:00 AM
Monday, January 7, 2013
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Friday, December 28, 2012
I had the best of intentions to jump right back into book reviewing, but I'm really struggling. I thought it would be easy, because it would take my mind off my grief, but it is the grief that is making it hard to want to do anything. It still doesn't feel real at all and I find myself going through all of the stages, from overwhelming sadness, to anger, to denial, and back again. I think it's time to admit to myself that it's ok to ask for help, and plan on making a doctor appointment in the near future. I just want to thank everyone for understanding and for being there for me. I know I'm not alone and that helps. Keep an eye on this page; I just finished reading Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult and fully intend to work on the review.
Posted by Jamie Kline (Bookerella) at 11:22 PM
Monday, November 5, 2012
I owe everyone an explanation for where I've been most of this year. I made promises to a lot of amazing authors and I failed to follow through on those promises. I don't have a good excuse for the earlier part of the year. I guess the only thing I can say is that I was just enjoying not having to do anything when the semester ended, since I had a full load of classes that left me no time to spend with my husband and wonderful 5 year old son. Then August came around and it was back to school; I also made the mistake of taking too many classes again.
Recently though, my life came to a screeching halt. On October 11 of this year, my mom passed away. It's hard to even write this, but it's also sort of therapeutic as well because sometimes I still forget that she's gone and expect her to come up the stairs. She lived with my husband and I for the past 3 years and we were pretty much inseparable. That wasn't new to us though. All my life we were not only mother and daughter, but also best friends. I could always tell her anything and everything, and she was such an important part in my son's life. She watched him a lot while I was in school, and even after I would get home in the evening she would spend time with him when I couldn't because I was so busy with homework. He's handling this so much better than everyone else, and I suppose it is because of his age. I ask him sometimes if he misses her, and he says he does, but that she's not coming back. He never asks about her; I thought it would be a hard concept for him to grasp, the finality of death, but maybe not. The week after her death, I tried going back to school. I tried, because I know that's what my mom would have wanted; she was so proud of me. I just couldn't do it. Not only could I not focus on my work, but I also was having a hard time with the fact that with all of the homework I consistently had, I would be neglecting my son. I was not okay with that. With my mom gone and my husband working 3rd shift, who would spend time with him? So I made the decision to drop out of school. I knew it was the right decision for me, because I didn't feel upset about it afterwards. No, I felt relieved. At this moment, I don't know if I'll ever go back to college. I was starting to hate my classes even before this happened, so maybe I was going down the wrong path again anyway.
I miss my mom every second of the day. Every where I look, everything reminds me of her. I keep thinking, "I can't wait to tell mom....", then the crushing realization hits me that I'll never be able to talk and joke with her about things again. The only thing that makes this halfway bearable, is that I had no regrets as far as our relationship was concerned. I told her I loved her absolutely every day and we never fought with each other. This of course makes the hurt worse as well, because our connection was so strong, but I'm glad that I can say that she knew how much I loved and cared about her. At this point I can't even imagine it getting easier. I know it hasn't even been a month, but every day is just hard. On one hand I wish for the hurt to go away, even just a little; on the other hand, I don't want it to fade because I'm afraid of my memories of her fading as well. Things seem so clear right now, but what about in 5, 10 years? Will I still remember how her laugh sounded, or even just her voice? She hated having pictures taken, even worse hated videos, so there aren't a lot for me to watch and remember. I'm terrified that my son won't remember her, so we look at her picture every day and I keep telling him to remember the fun times we had.
I have a lot of free time now and reading has really helped me escape my thoughts for awhile. So I'm going to try and revive my blog. I can't promise how it's going to go, but it's something I love and wasn't sure I'd be able to do again. I want to give it a try and I hope you'll all be patient with me. So, if you're an author who had contacted me and I had agreed to read your book and review it, I'm going to go back over my emails and start reading. I'll try and shoot you all emails individually to let you know my plans. Thanks for your understanding and I'm glad to be getting back in to this.
Posted by Jamie Kline (Bookerella) at 8:51 PM
Monday, July 2, 2012
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Publisher: Champagne Books
Publication Date: 2/6/2012
You have the right to remain cherished. Anything you read or scream out in rapture can and will be used against you in the bedroom of Willow DeVane. You have the right to enjoy a big, sexy cop. If you can't find your own, one by the name of Raith Malloy will be provided for you to enjoy and explore thoroughly within these pages.
I have to fan myself after finishing up this read; it was incredibly hot and steamy! The main characters, Raith and Willow, certainly did not experience love at first sight. Lust, yes, but not love. For over half the book they were constantly getting on each other's nerves, biting back with snarky comments, and trying to convince themselves that they actually hated each other, all while having mind-blowing sex. It drove me a bit nuts at times; they both clearly were developing strong feelings for the other, but were too stubborn and afraid of rejection to express it. They wasted a lot of time trying to pretend they were just in it for the sex. However, I did really enjoy their interactions. One minute they would be tearing each other apart, the next they were rolling around in bed...or on the table...or wherever they happened to be. Like I said, very steamy! The secondary characters added some different dimensions to the story and I liked them for the most part. I became slightly annoyed by Willow's cousin, Camille; one minute she would be kind of okay with Willow being in a "relationship" with Raith, and then she would admonish her for continuing to see him. I guess she probably couldn't decide if she should support what her cousin wanted or be completely against it.
The relationship between Raith and Willow was not typical, but that's what I liked about it. Every once in a while they let their guard down and it was actually pretty sweet. I'm bummed that I can't tell you more. One of my favorite quotes from the book would be a huge spoiler, and I don't want to ruin this book for anyone. So disappointing! I'll just say that it was a really sweet quote by Raith and it may have brought a little tear to my eye.
I loved the ending. The story started to lose me after a certain huge plot turn that felt a little ridiculous, but I felt different about it by the end. The suspense part of the novel seemed more of an after thought. I realize the main theme of the book is the complicated relationship between Raith and Willow, but I wish the stalker aspect would have been developed just a little more.
I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I started this book, but I would say it exceeded my expectations. I liked the characters and really enjoyed the story line. If you're in the mood for a steamy romance with a little suspense thrown in, definitely check out this book!
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
Posted by Jamie Kline (Bookerella) at 12:01 AM