What to expect when visitng my blog...

I would like to take a minute and share with you what to expect when looking over my blog. This page is an opportunity to share with others what I like to do in my spare time. These activities range from reading, which I need to do more of (have a mountain of books to conquer and I still buy more =)...) making my own greeting cards, ornaments and more.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray

Title: Demons Not Included
Author: Cheyenne McCray
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Demons Not Included is the first book in a new series for McCray. This being the first book I have read by McCray I was impressed how she the story flowed and each aspect of the characters presented will fleshed out in the story line. McCray introduces you to a half-human half-Drow woman named Nyx During the day when she does most of her work with the human world she is a blonde haired human nothing out of the norm. However at night Nyx becomes as she states it several times an amethyst (NOT PURPLE)-skinned, dark-haired Drow.

Nyx gets her strong will and strength from her dad and her daytime human form from her mother. The difference between Nyx and other Drow is she would rather live in the human realm and she is a female warrior. Nothing that the male drow's look favorably on.

While in the human realm she finds that others are being killed by a demon and with the help of her co-worker and a cute police officer who knows about the paranormal they set out to find out who is committing the murders.

McCray's writing grabbed me from the beginning of the story and had me routing for Nyx and her cute cop friend. The story never got dull with me and at the end had me wanting the next book in the series to be out. I hope the wait for the next book in the series is not a long one as I want to continue the story McCray has started for Nyx.

This book has everything in it that I could ask for love and romance, mystery and action. Great job by Cheyenne McCray

Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris

Title: Living Dead in Dallas
Author: Charlaine Harris
Rating: 4 out 5 stars

Just when Sookie thinks things are settling down for her and Bill she is requested actually demanded to go to Dallas by Eric Sookie agrees to go as long as Bill is there with her. And so the next adventure in Sookie’s life begins.

Upon arriving in Dallas an attempt is made to capture Sookie but is unsuccessful. After getting to the hotel and checking in Sookie discovers that there are other telepaths in the world. She is not alone. When meeting with the vampires of Dallas Sookie comes to learn her job. There is a vampire missing and they want Sookie to find out if the fellowship of the light is responsible. Teaming up with her is a man by the name of Hugo who is also dating a vampire.

What happens next can come as a surprise to the reader. This book was a nice sequel to the first in the series Dead Until Dark. Harris does a great job of keeping the same characters prominent in the book while telling a new story building on the last book.

The only problem I had is if you are watching the series True Blood you will find the similarities of the first season and the first book end just there. Season two is based loosely around book two.

I recommend that one read this series as just that a book series not a series that a tv show is based on less you maybe disappointed.

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Title: Dead Until Dark
Author: Charlaine Harris
Rating: 4 out of 5 started

I originally picked this book up a year ago and never read it. I gave the book to a friend and thought nothing of it until I started watching the HBO show True Blood and found out that it was based on the series by Charlaine Harris. So I purchased a box set of the books. Books 1-6 I believe. Usually I like to read the books first that a show is based on but I did it in reverse order. For all you True Blood fans season one closely follows book one in the series.

Dead Until Dark you meet Sookie Stackhouse a young girl living in Bon Temps and working as a waitress. However, Sookie is not your average girl. Sookie possesses a power that allows her to hear what people are thinking. This causes Sookie to viewed as an outcast. Sookie's life is thrown upside down when she meets a gentleman by the name of Bill Compton. He is different then the others in town for the fact that Sookie can't hear his thoughts. The world is quiet when she is around him. Sookie soon finds out that Bill is not your average man, he is a vampire.

Sookie soon falls in love with Bill and together work to solve the mystery of the murders being committed in Bon Temps. While trying figure out who is behind the killings Sookie is asked by another vampire, Eric, to help find out who is stealing from him. Eric knows of Sookies powers and wants to use her to help him out.

Harris does a good job of tying all the story lines together by the end of the book. She keeps the story going and makes the reader look forward to the next adventure in Sookie's life.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Upcoming reviews

Hello everyone,
Here is the scoop going to take a break from the reviews momentarily of books that I have purchased in order to get caught up on reviews for ARCS. the following ARCS will be reviewed and posted by the end of next week. (Fingers crossed.lol)
  • Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
  • The Pale Assassin by Patricia Elliiott
  • Screw Cupid by Samantha Schofield (this will be posted September 3 as part of a blog tour)

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Hello everyone so after much thought and planning and help for ideas from my friend Gail I have decided to hold my first giveaway. So here it is.

I am giving away an ARC of Hush Hush. I have read and loved the story and my review can be found here. So to continue on with the details of the giveaway.

  1. This contest is open to everyone.
  2. One entry if you leave a comment here on this post.
  3. retweet the contest on twitter placing @bgale11 in the post.
  4. mention the contest on your blog and leave a note with the blog address so I can go check it out. (sidebar is okay with link back to this post)
  5. Send me a message on facebook ( forgot to include my name on facebook for those of you that don't know me. you can find me here)
  6. This giveaway will end on September 15.

Good Luck everyone.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Title: Hush Hush
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Release date: October 2009

While scrolling through an email from Shelf awareness I came across an add for this book. I read the idea behind the book and thought this is a book I could really enjoy so I requested an early reviewer. After requesting the Arc I went about my days not knowing if I would get a copy. Came home one day and to my surprise I had a copy waiting for me. I was sooooo happy. Any who I have read the book so on to the review.

Becca does a wonderful job of throwing the reader right into the story from the very first page. At first I was like what do the first couple of pages have to do with the plot but as I read the book and more came about each character I understood why the book began the way it began.

Meet Nora Grey a high school student who has no idea how her life is going when meeting a guy named Patch. Patch has a mysterious side to him and lets out information that he feels is needed and nothing more. Nora at first wants nothing to do with Patch and is horrified when she is teamed up with him in biology class. She tries her best to get it changed but with no luck.

As Nora gets to know Patch the more she has feelings for him however, she is told by others that she should avoid Patch at all cost. Although she wants to not like him he is the one she calls when she is in trouble. Then one night Nora finds out more about Patch's past and fears arise.

What will happen next will the truth come out as to who Patch is and if he can change his mysterious ways?

Hush Hush one of the best books I have ever read and recommend it to others who want a book that keeps you guessing until the end.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Current List of books to be reviewed

  1. Wish you were dead 5 out of 5 (was asked by author to wait until book is released to post review as some things have changed from the ARC I received)
  2. Midnight Cravings. 5 out of 5
  3. Handcuffs 4 out of 5
  4. Going to Far 4 out of 5 stars (How could I have forgotten this one)
  5. Intertwined 5 out of 5 stars (added 6/29/09)
  6. Demons Not Included 5 out of 5 stars (added 7/6/09)
  7. The last of the Red hot Vampires (added 7/11/09)
  8. Strange But True America Weird Tales From All 50 States 3 out of 5 stars (added 7/15/09)
  9. Dead Girls Are Easy 4 out of 5 stars (added 7/19/09)
  10. Dead Until Dark 4 out of 5 stars (added 7/31/09)
  11. Cracked Up to be 4 out of 5 stars