Game of Thrones – Character Dissection

So I started rereading A Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, the other day so that I can finally review it. It’s one long series that I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying, both reading and watching the television series.

Upon starting to read it from the beginning again, I decided to make a character chart of each of the character and note down little pieces from each so I can remember what’s going on. The way the book is written is different from what I’m used to, each chapter is told in a different character’s point of view. So instead of sticking to one main story line your subjected to the main plot plus the little side plots. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of.

When I read the novel the first time I found that if I didn’t like a certain character I tended to skim through their chapter just to get to another character I liked more. It didn’t happen so much in this book as it did the others in the series.

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It’s actually proving to be particularly handy and I’m glad I’ve done it, I’ll most likely continue to do it throughout the rest of the series.

Snippet of Writing (#1)

This is just a rough unedited scene that I wrote for the novel I’m writing. It’s by no means the best and I understand that, I appreciate any comments and feedback that anyone who has read it wants to give.

Charlie jogged up the back steps of her porch. She stopped when she noted the sliding door was open and music was through the door. Cautiously she slid the screened door open and stepped into the kitchen. Nic stood at her stove, with a pan sizzling on the burner. She stood stunned, not expecting him to be here.
“Hey” he said with a smile turning to look at her.
“Hi” she returned the smile, she walked forward and picked up the water bottle from the island where she had left it. She saw her note, open on the island. “You stayed”
“I did” he said. He turned. “You seem surprised”
“It’s just after last night…”
“Last night wasn’t your fault and you couldn’t have predicted what would happen”
“Still you didn’t have to step up to the plate”
“I wanted to…and I wanted to make you breakfast”
“and now I owe you…twice” she grinned.
“That’s alright” he said. He turned down the volume on the radio and turned to face her. “I hope you don’t mind”
“No” she said shaking her head lightly.
“so, you run?”
“Yes, I try to every day” she replied. She kicked off her running shoes and took a seat at the island, she opened her bottle of water and took a long drink.
“Where?”
“Usually just along the beach, provides good resistance” she glanced up at him “Do you?” She caught her appearance in the reflection off the cooker hood, and noted she looked awful, face flushed gleaming with sweat, and yet if he noticed he didn’t show it.
“Um…hold that thought” she said holding up her hand. “I’ll be right back”
“Okay” he replied. She hopped off her stool, walked over to the back door and picked up her sneakers before walking out of the kitchen and in the direction of the stairs that would take her to the second floor.

Again, it’s not the best. It is rough and unedited but I appreciate any creative feedback and comments.

 

January Book Haul

So theses are the following books that found their way onto my shelf for the month of January.

Store Bought:
City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

NetGalley:
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson
Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Goodreads Giveaway:
Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad
Blood Reunited by Amber Belldene
Alabama Sons by E. A. Whitehead

Giveaway:
A Holiday Miracle In Apple Blossom by June McCrary Jacobs

January Review Novel Wrap Up

I’m going to try to do a monthly wrap up of the novels I’ve read, link their reviews and mention what Reading Challenges I counted them towards, and since I don’t think I’ll get any more reading done for the month of January I’m just going to post it now. However if I do, then I’ll update this post accordingly.

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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– 2014 Book Bingo Reading Challenge
– Just For Fun Reading Challenge 2014

Review

An Earthly Knight

An Earthly Knight by Janet McNaughton

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year 2014 Reading Challenge
– 2014 Everything YA Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– Meet the Protagonist Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

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Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2014
– 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia Ballad

Challenges
– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014
– The Literary Exploration Reading Challenge 2014

Review

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins

Challenges

– 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge
– 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
– Book Bingo Reading Challenge 2014

Review

Book Review – The Laird Who Loved Me

The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen HawkinsTitle: The Laird Who Loved Me
Author: Karen Hawkins
Series: MacLean Curse – Book #5
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: August 25th 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4165-6026-5
Source: owned (paperback)

Synopsis

Handsome Alexander MacLean enjoyed his intoxicating flirtation with lovely Caitlyn Hurst…until she embarrassed him in front of the entire ton. Orchestrating Caitlyn’s attendance at a fashionable house party, Alexander plots her downfall. But to his fury, her charm and wit thwart his plan to ruin her.

Her disastrous London season left Caitlyn filled with regret and determined to make things right with Alexander. She’s delighted to find him at the house party to which she’s unexpectedly invited – but it’s clear that the sexy, arrogant Highlander hasn’t forgiven her. So Caitlyn comes up with a bold scheme, proposing an unusual contest drawn from legend: each must complete a set of “mythic” tasks. If Caitlyn succeeds, Alexander promises to relent and forgive her previous rash behavior; if he succeeds, she will join him in his bed! But can Caitlyn force Alexander to give up his quest for vengeance without giving up her heart in return?

My Thoughts

I did mention that I loved historical romance a few posts back and this book was no exception. I usually use a book in that genre as a pick me up after a really crappy day…or week and this book served it’s purpose. I spent a matter of hours reading it, and the book left me in an aura of belief that something like that could actually be out there.

The book was absolutely hilarious, the character’s crazy antics were one that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading about. Although this book is part of a series (number 5 in the series) this was the first of the series that I’ve read and I found that I don’t really need to read the other ones to know what was going on previously. The novel hinted with the tale of the curse and mentioned brothers and sisters of Alexander but not enough to leave you clueless. The author gave you enough to get you through the book without having to read the entire series.

I loved Caitlyn but I didn’t like how all the men were attracted to her, really can anyone have that much charisma that they attract an entire room full of men? I liked her personality and spirit, how she never gave up and always was looking to prove peoples (Alexander) wrong. I didn’t like  Georgianna, but I feel like her story or plot line didn’t quite get a finish, unless I missed something. Sure she had a hand in the fight between Alexander and Dervishton but was that it? Yes she made Caitlyn feel two inches tall the night she left but Georgianna wanted to ruin Caitlyn and felt that she didn’t try hard enough. I wanted Caitlyn to come out on top in the first place but I also would have liked her to have had the chance to knock Georgianna down a peg if she had tried like she had expressed to ruin Caitlyn.

I’m very glad that Alexander came back in the end because after everything they put each other through they really did deserve their happy ever after together. I even actually shed some tears in the end.

The end of the book hinted at maybe another book, with the next generation? Caitlyn and Alexander’s children, I think I would definitely read the rest of the series from start to finish.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads: The Laird Who Loved Me
Author’s Website: Karen Hawkins

Update

So lately I’ve been a little behind with updating….it happens.
I recently went back to work…post ankle injury and wouldn’t you know my ankle has been swollen since my first shift back – not surprised, just maybe a little peeved.

With the Sims 3 Island Paradise expansion…post…I played and found that I am totally in love. Island Paradise has to be by far my favorite expansion pack yet that I own.

My reading and reviewing has been lacking lately…*cough* … *cough*…
I started to read The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson and surprisingly it’s taking me forever and I mean that. It’s an ARC from Netgalley and of course I have it on my phone as opposed to my e-reader since the phone is well on me all the time. That’s besides the point…it’s a good story, I’m enjoying it, it just feels like it’s taking forever to read it. I like it but I mean I can put it down and walk away for a few days before I think to pick it back up again.

My copy of A Holiday Miracle In Apple Blossom by June Mccrary Jacobs – the uncorrected proof from Bookworm Lisa’s Clear Your Shelf Hop   came in the mail, so that review will hopefully be up soon.

Books on the prominent to read list:

1. The Tyrant’s Daughter by J. C. Carleson – Currently reading…and like I mentioned above, it’s taking forever.
2. A Holiday Miracle In Apple Blossom by June Mccrary Jacobs
3. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Piccoult
4. The Laird Who Loved Me by Karen Hawkins
5. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

 

Sims 3: Island Paradise

island paradiseSo today I went and finally bought Island Paradise, and my first play…which was very short had me very excited for all the new possibilities. It’s actually given me a new source of inspiration to start a legacy family and hopefully finish it.

I also pre-ordered sims4 finally even though they don’t have a release date. Can’t wait and I’m so excited.

My Obscene design magazine collection

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Just thought I should post this, I had to clean out my desk area for my sister in law and decided to organize my magazine collection before I took it upstairs. I’ve been collecting for years and I finally brought it all together, it’s big enough to fill three milk crates full and boy are they heavy to move.  It all fuels my inspiration in my design world and when decorating in sims 3.

Book Review – Daughter of Oreveille

Daughter of Oreveille by Tricia BalladTitle: Daughter of Oreveille
Author: Tricia Ballad
Series: Oreveille Cycle – Book #1
Publisher: Faeland Press
Release Date: November 16th 2013
ISBN: 978-0-615-910390
Source: Goodreads Giveaway (Paperback)

Synopsis

Brianna will inherit everything – if she can play by the rules.

Instead she rejects yet another fine noble of the Faelands in favor of a half-Fae commoner.

The House of Oreveille has been without a Defender since her father’s death in the jotnar wars. Her mother’s drunkard second husband has neglected his duties; the estate has fallen into decay and rumors are flying that the grand house of Oreveille, protector of the border between Gaia and the Faeland for thousands of years, may soon fall.

How much will Brianna be forced to sacrifice to protect the life – and the man – she has chosen?

My Thoughts

First off I must express how overcome I was with emotion with this novel, and I’m absolutely thrilled that Gabriel has come back…in the form of Gabe, yay!!

This novel was probably the quickest read (2 hours give or a few minutes) that I’ve had in a long time, and the only regret that I have…well two actually is for one that I wished it was longer. The story was over as fast as it began and I wished it didn’t have to end. The other being I hit a bit of confusion, when the novel jumped or so I thought into the future. The chapter page stated it was still the same time (month and year) as when the book started, even though on the second page in the chapter (chapter 23) they talked about how it had been years. Left me a bit confused as to how much time had passed since they first left her home. < Now that, that bit is out of the way let me get on with what else I have to say that’s positive.

The characters were so easy to fall in love with…well with the exception of Cordov and Brianne’s mother…by the end of the novel I was kind of glad they ended up with each other because in a sense they deserved each other. They were both manipulative in ways that ended in Gabriel’s death. Hell if Cordov hadn’t of told Gabriel to pretty much kill Brianne’s step father then they would have never had to leave in the first place and Brianne could have had help to properly heal Gabriel’s wound. Brianne did however become Madam of the house in the end I can only assume her mother passed on, or shall we see her in the next book? The author for me left a lot of questions hanging. For instance what happened to Brianne and Gabriel’s daughter Kathleen?

All in all it was a different kind of novel with the Fae elements, a refreshing read for me and I can’t wait to read the second installment when that becomes available.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads: Daughter of Oreveille
Authors Website: Tricia Ballad

Book Review – Hard As It Gets

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Title: Hard As It Gets
Author: Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink – Book #1
Publisher: Avon Books
Release Date: November 26th 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-226788-7
Source: Owned (Paperback)

Synopsis

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey’s tattoo parlor. Becca Meritt is warm, sexy, wholesome – pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigating turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…

My Thoughts

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting with this novel. It was most definitely a quick read and was quite gripping. It kept me on the edge of suspense and I often found myself wincing when it came time for the bad guys to jump into the scene and hurt poor Becca.

I was quite sad with the ending, I think I expected more, a little bit more of the adventure and thrill with the crime plot and more with Becca and Nick’s relationship. I quickly came to like Becca and Nick however there were times when I’d throw the book down whenever he decided to play the hardass card and became a complete prick.

I’m hoping there’s more of their story in the sequel but from reading the synopsis of the second book it doesn’t like there will be. I was quite interested in her tattoo even if it wasn’t a permanent one. I will read the second novel and probably the third just to see the story continue since I love the plot so far. As far as being a contemporary romance novel, it sucked on my romantic scale. Sure they had their moments but the novel was mostly tied up in kidnapping aspect and Nick dealing with his issues over Becca’s father and bringing in his team and dealing with their issues with Becca and her deceased father.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Goodreads: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye

Author’s Website: Laura Kaye