Nimia’s Blog

Okay, so I usually just post about the books I read, but today I feel like mixing it up a bit. Sometimes people just piss me off!! I just wish they were smart enough to realize that when they constantly baby their kids & make sure they ALWAYS get their way, they are not only totally screwing up their kids for the rest of their lives, but also being unfair to the other kids around them. And when it happens at school, it just pisses me off even more! I mean seriously, if a second grader can throw a fit & cry until they get their way, what is that teaching the other kids in the class? I am not sure which one I am more pissed about. The stupid mom who babies the kid & calls the school to complain anytime her kid gets upset because she didn’t get her way?…..or the teacher for allowing it?. …or maybe its not the teacher’s fault. It could be the Principal’s fault, maybe she is telling the teacher she has to give in to this particular big ass baby kid’s every whim. Personally I think they should kick the kid out of school. Her behavior is completely disruptive to the classroom. After all, how much can the kids really be learning other than if you cry enough you will get your way? Pretty sure the REAL world doesn’t work that way. Isn’t it about time she learned that? How long is the school going to let this go on? Obviously the mother will probably let it go on forever. Boy she sure is helping her child out. DUH!!!

On the same, yet slightly tangent subject…..how is it that another kid can get in trouble for hurting this kid’s feeling when they did nothing wrong. All this other child did was say they went somewhere, or that they got a new toy. Isn’t that what kids do? Aren’t you supposed to tell your friends when you get something. How is that bragging? That to me is so completely ridiculous it is almost beyond my comprehension. So basically in this particular classroom, not only are the kids are learning that if you act like a big ass baby you will be rewarded, but they are also being taught incorrect definitions of words. I’m pretty sure that if I tell you my daughter is out jumping on the trampoline with her friends, I am just stating that A: she is outside. B: she is getting exercise. C: by jumping on the trampoline. & D: that she is not doing it alone, but with friends. That is NOT bragging. If I tell you that she got a zhu zhu pet in her Easter basket, that is NOT bragging. Bragging would be something more like “I got to got to the Taylor Swift concert, and the Miley Cyrus concert, and the Jonas Brothers concert & the Demi Lovato concert, because my mom takes me to every concert I want to go to.” Somehow that seems a little more like bragging to me. Just saying…..

 

Okay, I think I am going to get off my soapbox. I think I feel a little bit better. But I will be making a phone call to the school on Monday requesting a teacher OTHER than the one I spoke of above for my daughter’s teacher next year.

So I have read a few more books since my last post.  Here they are…..

Shift by Rachel Vincent

This is one of my FAVORITE series.  I just wish she were able to crank them out faster.

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine

Another installment in the Morganville Vamps series.  This is a “YA” series, but still really good.

Elvis & the Dearly Departed by Peggy Wood

This is the first in a cozy mystery series involving a hairdresser that not only works in a salon, but also does hair for her families funeral home.  And one can’t forget that she has her faithful companion, Elvis, who just happens to be the King reincarnated as a Basset Hound.  Pretty good starter book.  I am planning to look for others in the series.

Raising the Stakes by Wendy Etherington  &  Crossing the Line by Jean Brashear

These are both part of the Harlequin NASCAR series.  They were both good & the story has unfolded as I expected.  I really like the fact that although these are your typical romances where boy meets girl & then boy gets girl, there is so much more to them.  They follow the fictional families of NASCAR & so each book is inter-related while still a stand alone.  I have enjoyed following along & seeing what happens to them all.  Can’t tell if there are more to come or if they are going to change over to something new, but whatever happens I will keep reading.

So far in 2010 I have read 15 books.  These are not necessarily in the order I read them since I am a major slacker & had just been stacking them without logging them. 

PRIDE by Rachel Vincent

PREY by Rachel Vincent

DARK MAGIC by Cheyenne McCray

TIMELESS MOON by CT Adams & Cathy Clamp

COLD MOON RISING by CT Adams & Cathy Clamp

FORBIDDEN FALLS by Robyn Carr

ANGELS PEAK by Robyn Carr

MOONLIGHT ROAD by Robyn Carr

LORD OF MISRULE by Rachel Caine

INTO THE CORNER by Marisa Carrol

THE COMEBACK by Abby Gaines

MURDER GAME by Christine Feehan

THE RENEGADE HUNTER by Lynsay Sands

ASHES OF MIDNIGHT by Lara Adrian

ACCIDENTALLY DEMONIC by Dakota Cassidy

Okay, so obviously I failed miserably at keeping a Book Blog last year.  I didn’t even make it half of the year.  I am someone who learns from their mistakes & so will NOT be trying to accomplish this again this year, since I know that it would also result in failure.  I am thinking maybe I will try & just keep a running list of what books I have read without trying to give a synopsis or review or any other bs I tried to include last year.

I do still need to include a Page of everything I read in 2009, since there may be that 1 person in the world who will read this & want to know.  Unfortunately they will have to wait since I do not have the list completed on the computer yet.  But I did do a good job of keeping my written log of what I read.  That counts for something, RIGHT?!?!?

Book 27

Posted on: May 22, 2009

You’re the One That I Haunt by Terri Garey

372 pages

ISBN: 978-0-06-158203-5

The Devil Went Down to Georgia…

Nicki Styx has always known that the devil’s in the details – but does he have to move in next door, too?  Worse, he won’t take no for an answer.  Nicki would never leave her beloved boyfriend, ER doc Joe Bascombe, but hell hath no fury like a devil scorned.  He’s determined to make Nicki’s life a living hell – even if it means exposing Nicki as an unwilling ghoulfriend to the dead.

Now, just when she was getting used to being able to see and hear – and help – spirits, Nicki’s got a whole new set of problems.  With ghosts descending from all sides, the bereaved knocking down her door, and Joe trying to take things to the next level, Nicki may finally be in over her head.  It would be so easy to dance with the devil…but if Nicki crosses over to the dark side, she may never leave.

This is the third book in Terri Garey’s Nicki Styx series.  They are light and humorous.  After reading this I realized I had somehow missed reading the second book.  It turned out fine, I had not missed enough to make me realize it until I found the second book still on my TBR mountain.  Oops!!  Nicki runs a vintage clothing boutique with her gay male friend.  The devil has a thing for her & is always trying to find ways to get her to leave her boyfriend (who used to married to her sister) for him.  And if that isn’t enough…she has a rather odd transvestite grandparent who happens to be a magic practicing Wiccan.  I think from her you can gather where the humor comes into play.  There are numerous situations that arise that throw a kink into Nicki’s plans for a HEA life.  It could seem that it is too unrealistic that so many obstacles pop up, but Hey!  Its fiction & its supposed to be that way.  All in all a good series, and one that I will continue to read, hopefully without skipping anymore of them.

Finished April 13, 2009

Book 26

Posted on: May 22, 2009

Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr

416 pages

ISBN: 978-0-7783-2657-1

Shelby McIntyre has big plans – plans that include finding Mr. Right.  Her dream man will have a clean-shaven jaw, creases in his pants and hopefully an advanced degree.  What she gets is Luke Riordan.

At twenty-five, after five years as her mother’s caregiver, it’s time for Shelby to experience freedom and adventure.  Time for travel, college and romance.  But when she visits Virgin River, she runs into Luke Riordan, decidedly not whom she has in mind.

A handsome Blackhawk pilot, Luke exited the army after twenty years, four wars and having been shot out of the sky three times.  At thirty-eight he’s tough and jaded.  His major was in one-night stands, with a minor in commitment avoidance.

Technically, these two are all wrong for one another.  But sometimes what you want and what you need are two different things…two very good things.

This is the fifth book in the Virgin River series, and another wonderful installment.  This series keeps pulling me in & not letting go.  If Robyn Carr could write a book a week about these people, I would definitely be willing to read each and every one of them.  I can’t help myself for falling in love with the town and all of its residents.  I cannot recommend this series enough.

Finished April 8, 2009

Book 25

Posted on: May 22, 2009

Second Chance Pass by Robyn Carr

389 pages

ISBN: 978-0-7783-2646-5

THE COMMUNITY OF VIRGIN RIVER SAW VANESSA RUTLEDGE THROUGH HER DARKEST DAYS – NOW SHE’S LOOKING TO A BRIGHT FUTURE

In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband, Matt, and gave birth to their son – breaking her heart while filling it with with a whole new kind of love.  But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn’t exist.

Paul Haggerty lives by the marine motto: Semper Fi.  Ever faithful to his best friend, he’s done right by Matt’s widow as best he can…considering he’s been secretly in love with her for years.  Now, just as he’s about to make his move, another woman has staked her claim on him – a claim that will be tough to escape.

With courage, humility and not a little meddling from the good folks of Virgin River, vanni and Paul might just get a second chance to have the love they both desire and deserve.

This is the fourth book set in Virgin River.  All of the same familiar faces that we love are here.  It is hard not to fall in love with both the people and the town when you read these books.  What more can I say?  If you have read the other books, this is a Must Read!  If you haven’t read them and you enjoy a feel-good romance that is more about the people and their lives and relationships than a lot of steamy meaningless sex, then go get the first book, Virgin River, and get reading!!

Finished April 6, 2009

Book 24

Posted on: April 5, 2009

Darkness Unknown by Alexis Morgan

358 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4165-6343-3

 

 

Gwen Mosely’s life changes forever when she stumbles across a handsome stranger, bleeding and left for dead in the woods behind her farm. But the real shock is how his wounds heal overnight – a trait he shares with Gwen’s teenaged half-brother Chase.

 

Jarvis Donahue can’t keep his eyes – or his hands – off the sexy redhead who rescued him. Gwen’s warm smile and lust-filled eyes are impossible to resist…but Jarvis immediately recognizes Chase as a fellow Paladin, a warrior born to defend mankind in the relentless battle against the Others. Although Gwen may hate Jarvis for it, he is duty bound to introduce Chase to the Paladins’ dangerous lifestyle.

 

As the barrier between the two worlds weakens, the threat grows perilously close to Gwen’s farm. Jarvis is determined to protect his lover – but if he reveals his identity, he not only betrays his people’s secret, he risks losing her forever…

 

This is the fifth installment of Alexis Morgan’s Paladins series. For me, the series is still fresh & exciting. I really like the storyline & the characters are well written. There are some recurring themes of course, but as of this time, this isn’t one of those series that become the same book only the names have been changed to try & trick the reader into believing it is a new story. There are way too many series that have been around a while that have gotten very close to that line & a few have even begun to cross it. I am hoping that Morgan can continue to keep it fresh like she has been. I would most definitely recommend this series to any paranormal reader out there. It involves “Others” that are basically aliens, but they are more from a parallel universe than another world so it isn’t all sci-fi or anything too out there. I don’t really do time-travel or futuristic and luckily these are not either of those. There aren’t any vamps or weres in these books, but the Paladins are still pretty freaking cool. You really need to meet them if you haven’t already done so.

 

Finished April 4, 2009

 

Book 23

Posted on: April 5, 2009

A Total Waste of Makeup by Kim Gruenenfelde

ISBN: 0-312-34872-x

359 pages

 

Charlize “Charlie” Edwards certainly knows, in theory, what it takes to lead a successful and happy life. She owns a nice house in Silverlake, LA.’s trendiest neighborhood. She has glamorous and loyal friends who accompany her to the hottest clubs in town. And she works as the personal assistant to Drew Stanton, Hollywood’s sexiest movie star. But she’s turning thirty, chronically single, and faced with serving as maid of honor at her younger sister’s wedding. Charlie finds herself struggling to juggle the chaos of wedding planning (while wondering if she’ll ever wear the white dress herself), her all-consuming job for lunatic boss Stanton, and a serious crush on Jordan, a photographer on the set of Drew’s latest feature- a man who might actually return her feelings. And while the drama unfolds around her, Charlie tries to hold on to her sanity by writing a book of advice to her great-grandniece-since she fears she may never have kids of her own – sharing words of wisdom she has learned over the years, and passing along lessons like “Don’t wait by the phone!”, “Never chase a man!”, and “Every action has a consequence.” But you can’t always live by the rules – and face it, some days are just a total waste of makeup…

 

This was a cute story. I think it would fall into the genre of “Chick Lit”, but since I don’t normally read that genre I could be wrong. I found it to be light & humorous but not so much so that it made you want to puke or throw the book away because there was nothing to it. I liked the story & the characters. I believe the next installment in the life of Charlie comes out later this year & I will be anxious to see what else happens. If this is a genre that you read frequently I would suggest this book to you. And if you have never read this genre before this is one of a few that I would recommend. Unfortunately this isn’t my number 1 recommended read for this genre, but it is still up there.

 

Finished March 30, 2009

Book 22

Posted on: April 5, 2009

Bedlam, Bath and Beyond by J.D. Warren

295 pages

ISBN: 978-0-505-52698-4

 

Charmed….

Samantha knew she wasn’t the first woman to feel brainwashed by her suburban utopia – beautiful house, perfect children, attentive husband. But somehow none of it felt like hers. As it turns out, it wasn’t. The kids are evil fiends, her husband’s not even human, and her mother –in-law – well let’s not even go there.

 

And Dangerous

The only man who can possibly help her is the unearthly Cor, shape-shifting leader of a mysterious race known as the Kin. Together they’ll let nothing stop them from reclaiming Sam’s life – not the missing girl who holds the key to everything, not the demon hell-boars tearing up the Las Vegas strip in search of them. And definitely not the undeniable attraction they feel for each other…

 

 

This was one of those books where you enjoy it while you are reading it, but once you are done you can’t really find anything to rave about. I think I will most likely read the second book in the Storm Raven’s series, mainly because I did enjoy this book as I was reading it. I doubt I rush out to get the next book, but it will eventually end up on my TBR mountain and work its way up to being read. And this one will remain on my shelf as a keeper for the time being at least, but I have the feeling that when I get into a space crunch on my shelves again (which ALWAYS happens), this one may find its way into the non-keeper bag. I wish I had more to say about this book but it just wasn’t memorable enough to evoke any strong emotions one way or another.

 

Finished March 26,2009

 

 


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  • Terri: I enjoy this series too! I got a little disenchanted with it with Chosen. I was disappointed with Zoey's choices, but boy did she pay for them. I was
  • akbookmama: You know, I'm having the exact same issue with Midnight's Daughter by Karen Chance. I'm just not really digging the world these characters live in. An

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