Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Blogger Tag Along! (18 and over)

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Have a wonderful Friday, and an even better weekend!
This blogger will spend her weekend working (Argh), and reading "When Blood Calls" by J.K. Beck for RRT.. and hopefully many more awesome books.

Review of "The Ghost Hunter" by Lori Brighton

Another angel book! Maybe I should start calling this blog Glow's ANGEL addiction. Thoughts? Alright, alright, I won't. You can find the direct link to purchase this book here - The Ghost Hunter.  On with the review!

Disclaimer: The reviewer (me!) was provided this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. She (me!) was not given any monetary incentive for a good review.

Type: Angel!, Paranormal Romance, Ghosts, Fighting The Big Bad Guy, Witches, Sexy Accents!, Adult

About the book, from the Smashwords page: Ashley Hunter is intent on uncovering the truth about her father's disappearance. But Ashley realizes she's in for more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited a decrepit pub, she's also inherited ghosts and demons. Then Cristian arrives, a mysterious man who insists he only needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing...

"The Ghost Hunter" by Lori Brighton is a very interesting story with an equally interesting cast of characters. There's a girl who sees ghosts (Ashley), witches, faeries, angels, werewolves, vampires, demons, and more. And indeed, the final showdown is between a demon and an angel, which is always an epic battle the whole family will enjoy - as long as they are over the age of 17, because no kids are invited to this party. And speaking of interesting types of characters.. there was an appropriate amount of buildup to the reader finding out what Cristian really is, but once that's revealed.. it seems like sort of a let down. Like with all that build up, I was expecting more of a reaction from those not in-the-know, but it seemed to me that they moved on a little too quickly. Same with the disappearance of ghosts. Oh sure, Ashley is bothered by it when she's reminded of it, but it's not something that really bugs her, though we get the feeling it should be. And in fact, there was a time or two I forgot about the disappearance of ghosts all together.

As for the characters themselves, I loved Devon. Dearest Devon is mostly a side-character (or at least not a main character), but I thought he was danged important.. especially near the end. Poor Devon gets quite the shock when a memory spell goes awry, and to top that off, he's got a demon parasite that is making him do some really jerky things. It was certainly interesting to see how each of these changes affected his character and his actions. And there was a time or two I actually liked Devon more than Cristian. Cristian seemed a little heavy-handed sometimes, he would intentionally keep things from Ashley, answers she was obviously searching for, and yet he was shocked and often amazed by how little she knew. Uh, duuhhh, maybe because you won't tell her anything! And he would switch from wanting to teach her how to protect herself, to saying how she wasn't going to make it because she didn't know anything. Maybe you should stop huffing about and do something about it then! You and your wing tattoos and sexy accent should pick up your awesome sword (I kinda want one that's able to do what his can) and do something about it!

And sadly, I didn't really feel that spark between Cristian and Ashley. There was something there, obviously, but it felt like lust at best, not the supposed deep, lasting connection they kept making it seem like it was. It just didn't feel.. real enough to me, somehow. I wanted to delve further into the characters, and pick them apart, to find this connection and see if it was real, and if it worked. Which may sound awful, but I don't mean it to be harsh, in fact, it's probably a good thing that I want to reach further into each character and learn more about them.

And now to the rating. "The Ghost Hunter" by Lori Brighton really was a good, quick read. There was a very interesting storyline there, I just needed more than what I was given, I needed to feel more. I had some mixed feelings about this book, so I'll have to go with a middle-of-the-road rating - a FOUR out of FIVE (4/5). The good did outweigh any issues I had with it, and this book was something I could easily sit for hours and read, as opposed to feeling the need to get up and move around between chapters. I hope to see more by this author in the future, to see how her work develops because I can see a ton of talent here.

Have you read this book? Tell me your thoughts in the comments. Do you want to read it? Find it at, or

Buy the book here.
Author's Smashwords page: Lori Brighton
Author's webpage: Home Page

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Whatcha Got Wednesday?

This is me being excited about recent buys/loans/books sent to review. And I thought I would share it with you all! I already mentioned some of them, but now... now I have pictures! (dun dun dun). Um.. well anyways, on with the picture.

Bought: Books 1 - 7 of the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine (yay!). Can't wait to re-read these.

On Loan from my local Library/work: "Fourth Comings" by Megan McCafferty. I read books one and two and LOVED them. I have three sitting here, waiting for me to finish up some books I was sent to review so I can get started on it. n.n

Won: ARC of "Haunted By Your Touch" an anthology featuring Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, and Sharie Kohler. I was going to buy this one when it came out.. I was so excited to win it!!

To Review: "When Pleasure Rules," "When Blood Calls," and "When Wicked Craves" (not pictured) by J.K. Beck. All for RRT. Originally I was only going to review book three for them, but they ended up assigning them all to me. I've heard some excellent things about this series, and I'm excited to have been given them all to review (I hated the thought of coming into the series at book 3).

Now it's your turn.. Whatcha Got?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Review of "Wicked Appetite" by Janet Evanovich

Wicked Appetite Diesel! Diesel finally gets his own book. His own SERIES even! And I.. am so happy. *Tear*

Disclaimer: This book was purchased by the reviewer for her own  enjoyment. I was not given this book (nor anything else) in exchange for a positive review. However, I am an Amazon Affiliate.. which does practically nothing for me. Just sayin'.

Type: Unmentionables, Abilities, Bad Guys Named Wulf, Good Guys Named Diesel, Seven Deadly Sins, Gluttony, Paddles, Cupcakes, A Monkey Named Carl, A Cat Named Cat.

From the book jacket: "  For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long -- Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues' gallery of power seekers. He's an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire.

That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She's freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston's North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle's bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it's suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat.
Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She's not sure about Diesel. He's offering up his own set of unusual talents, promising to protect her from Grimoire. The kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night.
The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that's fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.    "

I love Diesel, so of course I will read anything with him in it... in Plum-world, he's the mix of the sexy-ness of Ranger, with the more human-ness of Morelli, and then add a touch of Something Different. But this was far from Evanovich's best work. It was enjoyable, no doubt, but it's so like her Stephanie Plum series, it's scary. Yes, Lizzy seems to have a bit more talent than Stephanie (Lizzy has a dayjob that she's actually good at, and maintains without a problem), but there are far too many similarities to name them all.

And I love humor with my stories. I'm more likely to read something if there's some funny in it to break up all the tension, but some of this funny takes a swan-dive into Just Plain Silly. And on occasion, into Annoying. Carl the Monkey makes a return (he was in one of a Between-The-Numbers novels in the Stephanie Plum series),  and he gives people the middle finger almost constantly. I'll admit, I chuckled the first few times. Maybe more than a few. But after a while, it gets old.

This story sounded wonderful, like something I could really get into ( Has anyone else noticed the influx of Seven Deadly Sins- related books? ), but it honestly felt like just another silly Plum re-make. In fact, I had a hard time refering to Lizzy as Lizzy in my head, it kept coming out Stephanie.

That all said, I still enjoyed the book for the most part. It was amusing, almost light and fluffy, and I do plan to read the rest in the series when they are released. And I really enjoy this Bad Guy. Wulf is the big bad for the series, but he's not all bad. Or at least not yet. Oh, he's scary, and he can kill someone no problem.. but he also has a set of ethics. Frankly, I'd like to see him keep being an anti-hero. Someone that has their own agenda, and definitely has moments of evil, but in the end, they're not truly evil. The scene that gives me hope of this is near the end, so I'll put up a spoiler warning..

****** SPOILERS AFOOT******

Near the end, Lizzy has been grabbed and has a sword held to her throat by the crazy henchperson Wulf hired to help him. But both Wulf and Diesel are there, looking for said henchperson's weak points, and a way to get him off Lizzy to help her. So instead of just sitting back and letting Diesel save the damsel in distress, Wulf is lending a hand. Mind you, he knows he will need Lizzy down the road, so helping her could have been for his own selfish reasons. Right thing, wrong reasons, maybe? Either way, this scene, and a few little ones along the way, make me hope Wulf ends up being a bigger, cooler player in the series.

******END OF SPOILERS******

So... in the end, I think I'll have to rate this book a THREE out of FIVE (3/5). It wasn't awful. It wasn't great. It had good points, and bad. So because I wasn't sure how I felt about it exactly, I decided to give it a middle-of-the-road rating. Evanovich can do so much with this series, I hope she steps it up and doesn't make it just a Plum remake. She has a great story line to run with, and some interesting characters (Diesel! Wulf!) to mold into something fantastic.

But what are your thoughts? Have you read it? Tell me about it in the comments. Do you want to check it out? It's got a good (cheap!) price at

Now that that's done, I'm going to curl back up in bed with a big box of tissues and a book until I have to get ready for work. Oh cold and allergy season, how I haven't missed you at all!
Wishing you all a day with no need for tissues!
~!~ Morning Glow

Monday, September 27, 2010

Back! With cool (maybe) new stuff!

Whoa, sorry everyone for taking all of last week off, instead of the few days I intended. I ended up getting sick, and I was so tired I just said "blegh" and went to bed. But I'm back! Still sick, but back! Despite all the sleeping and work (which is mostly what I've been doing), I did manage to read a little, and reviews will resume tomorrow. But for today, I have fun stuff!

First off, other bloggers have posted about this - KB for instance ( linkity ) - but I'm sharing it here as well.

A desk made of books! If only my library/work was this cool.

Speaking of books... do you guys like my new background? I got bored and fiddled with some settings, and voila, books. I know, I know, nothing fancy. But considering how blog-challenged I am, it's the best I can do!

Next up in exciting news for me.. I GOT BOOKS IN THE MAIL! An entire box of them. And what are they? Books 1 - 7 in the Morganville Vampire series. I read these ages ago, and have been wanting to re-read them.. and finally I broke down and bid for them on ebay. The books are in good condition, and are currently sitting at there, begging me to read them.

Well, that's it for today, folks! Come back tomorrow for my review of "Wicked Appetite" by Janet Evanovich. And then on deck is my review of "Ghost Hunter" by Lori Brighton. Plenty going on this week, and in the near future - my humble little blog will be a stop on several upcoming blog tours, and I'm sure excited.

Until next time - Keep your feet propped up and your nose in a book - Doctors (okay, Librarian's) orders!
~!~ Morning Glow