Thursday, October 11, 2012

Review: Kresley Cole – Poison Princess

Arcana Chronicles:

Book 1:

Poison Princess: Evangeline “Evie” Greene and Jackson Deveaux
  Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)

Purchase this book on Amazon: Kresley Cole - Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles)
She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

Ok so I am kind of struggling with this review. I don’t read much YA so I don’t really know how to go about reviewing for it. Lol… So on one hand I want to review it as an adult novel for adults, then on the other hand I think should I try to put myself in the shoes of an actual YA and think if I was an YA how would I feel about this book? And then a small part of me thinks should I think of this from an adult stand point on how I would feel if I had a teenager and they read this book? I’m all discombobulated and making it too complicated I know. HAHA So, I guess since pretty much all my reviews are for adults, I’ll go with as an adult for an adult reading this novel.
I have to admit when I had heard that my beloved Kresley Cole was writing a YA book I was not pleased. I knew this YA title would take away from the Immortal’s After Dark series. If she was writing YA she couldn’t be writing a new IAD title and that did not sit well for me because it is my favorite series! However, since I am a dedicated Kresley Cole fan, I decided to try out this YA adult title, I mean how bad could it possibly be, it’s still a Kresley Cole title YA or not…
I am so glad that I gave this title a try, it sucked me in from the beginning and would not let me go until it was finished. I had to force myself to put the book down at after 2 am and then as soon as I could the next day it was right back open and I did not put it back down to the last page. I was even looking at my progress with dread because I knew the book was coming to an end and I didn’t want it to!
This tale as a whole is dark, I mean come on its dealing with a freak’n apocalypse. It’s definitely not going to be sunshine and rainbows. So it has a darker edgier feel to it, which as an adult I had absolutely no problem with. The book is not quite as funny as a lot of the IAD titles but Cole does manage to get some humor and wise cracks into the dialogue.
The quality of writing is on par with anything you would come to expect from Kresley Cole, Kresley Cole is on point with everything. She pays attention to details and gets it right EVERY time. Poison Princess is no exception, if there was a lingering question from the beginning if it was meant to get answered in this installment it gets answered.
Ok on to the characters. Evie at first glance is sunshine and rainbows. From the outside looking in she is a shining example of genteel southern belle. She wears the correct clothes, she’s beautiful, smart, rich, is a cheerleader and her boyfriend is the perfect southern gentleman. When you look below the surface is where you see the true Evie. She has deep dark hallucinations which are getting harder and harder to cover up and she hears all these voices in her head. When Jackson a Cajun boy from the other side of the tracks starts at her school she spirals further down the rabbit hole. Her reaction to him is almost as confusing to her as the hallucinations. School is becoming more and more difficult for Evie and she starts worrying she is going to be thrown in the nuthouse again. Annnnd then the apocalypse happens and suddenly she’s not so crazy as she saw all those events before they actually happened. When Jackson shows up at her farm it is both a blessing and curse. Jackson forces Evie to face her new life post apocalypse and quite frankly she is not very good at facing or surviving necessarily. I kept hoping that she would man up and learn some survival skills, she did learn some but Jackson was definitely carrying this team. I also wanted her to embrace what she is, but if she did right away we wouldn’t have her inner conflict. Of which she had plenty. Evie kind of reminds me of a young Macayla Lane from the Karen Marie Moning Fever Series. You love her and are rooting for her but at the same time she can frustrate the hell out of you.
Now Jackson Deveaux is a character all onto himself. I quite liked him. I loved the Cajun charm and adored how Kresley Cole through in the Cajun dialect and the Cajun French, it is one of the many things I enjoyed with this book. I could imagine his rumbly voice speaking in French; it’s quite the panty dropper. Not that any panties were actually dropped in this book. The sexual tension between Evie and Jackson is palpable and the sparks fly! Now, I can see how some people might have a problem with Jackson as a character, he is constantly drinking (although never actually drunk). I say it’s the damn apocalypse drink as much as you want! You never know if you’re going to make it into the next day. He’s also a rake, well he was before the apocalypse, but with the shortage of females and all…. And he has his eye on our favorite gal. But at the heart of Jackson he is a good guy, he is loyal and protective, very intelligent and sure he makes some mistakes along the way but who doesn’t? He felt like a real person to me. Plus he saves Evie’s butt time and time again, she couldn’t be in safer hands. Now Jackson kind of reminds me of the IAD’s Cadeon the Kingmaker, only a bit darker, not quite as charming.
Would I recommend this book to other adults and AID fans? ABSO “f’n” LUTLY!! Infact I was utterly absorbed, I think I actually finished the book faster then it took me to write this damn review. LOL I think adults will enjoy this book, it’s not too teenagerish. The kids have to grow up fast. There is plenty that goes on to keep an adults attention, there are cannibals, zombies, superpowers, visions, and survival of the fittest. For the IAD fans, I would recommend that you completely banish IAD from your mind while reading this book, this is not IAD, it is not even close. There are very few similarities between the two so to compare the two wouldn’t be far to either series. What I did kind of miss was in the IAD series KC switches POV’s between the hero and heroine so we know what each is thinking. In this book it is strictly from Evie’s POV so we don’t get into Jackson’s head, and I would like to spend some time there.
Ok, so I know this is a hecka long review, but I just had so much to say! I just have to mention one other thing… The ending… It is one hell of a WTF, it’s just ending there?!?! So if you abso HATE cliffhangers… You might want to wait a bit closer to whenever book 2 is going to release. But do pick it up!
OK, I’m done now! I promise.

*This review also appears on my other blog “Paranormal Romance

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday Jams – Twista


Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Jams, a weekly music post hosted here @ Salacious Reads. This is my way to share with you another one of my Wanna share your favorite song or artist, just comment linking back to your site & I'll be sure to stop by.

My pick this week is Twista feat. Pharrell – Lavish

My best friend and I were going through all our old jams this past weekend wondering what in the hell happened to most hip hop/rap these days and this song came up as one of our favorites from “back in the day”.  I miss Twista, where did he go?

So here is Lavish! Enjoy!

SP Sweetpea

Thursday, September 13, 2012

GIVEAWAY! Olivia Cunning – The Sinners on Tour

Hey all! I’m doing a giveaway! It’s been a LONG time since I‘ve done a giveaway, but I had the opportunity to giveaway. With the Trey’s book Double Time looming in the near future I am giving away two sets of Olivia Cunnings first two Sinners on Tour books. Backstage Pass and Rock Hard.

I absolutely ADORE this series! If you love musicians, rock and roll and books hot enough to steam up the windows, this series is for you!

So I am running this giveaway on both of my blogs. I couldn’t decide which one to run it on so I’m doing it jointly. You can enter here or at my other blog

Sorry, but this contest is USA and Canada only. Sad smile It is running from now until September 13th, 2012

So how do you win you ask?  You rack up points, each point earns you an entry. The points the more entries. If I get enough entries I’ll even throw in a $10.00 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Nobles.

Required: Fill out the entry form AND comment with your favorite concert of all time and why you loved it so much.  If you have never been to a concert who do you want to see the most.

Click Here to Fill Out the Form

Good Luck!

Sinners on Tour:

So I have never been that big of a fan of "erotica" I like a story with my sex. LOL! When I heard about this series through one of my goodreads groups (reading is my escape) and the ladies were raving about it I decided to check it out. I'm a big fan of music and musicians so I decided to give it a whirl despite my reluctance and I am so glad I did! I adore this series! The sex is sexy and steamy everything you would expect from erotica and from the characters being musicians but even better are the characters. I fell in love with the Sinners, every last one of them!
What I especially adore about O. Cunnings writing is when you least expect it she pops in this one liner or some situation that has you laughing so hard it brings you nearly to tears! Even more then I like a scorching sex scene I absolutely love to laugh, so to find myself laughing in the middle of an erotica novel means I'm in love!

Backstage Pass:

I really loved Brian, he's a rocker with a romantic heart. If you were to fall for a musician (and I've sworn off musicians fr a reason lol) this is the type of musician you want to fall for faithful to the core. In my dreams I would find myself a Brain, but alas, I doubt he exists so I'll have to settle for reading about him. Myrna is kind eh for me, I didnt really relate to her, but it didnt take away from my enjoyment of this book.

Rock Hard:

In this novel I really adore Sed the misunderstood sex god and lead singer of the Sinners and Jessica the smart, sexy, head strong law student. They are an unlikely match but a perfect one. They definitely have their misunderstanding as two headstrong opinionated always want to be right people but the making up is well worth the fighting. In this books as compared to the first you get more character development and learn more about each of the band mates. I have to admit I have a soft spot for Trey and Jace and hope they get books soon!

Double Time:

Expected publication: November 1st 2012
Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor in this menage story featuring the hottest guy in the Sinners band.

Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bisexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan's sexy bisexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience--and love--with the two men she wants the most.

Friday, September 7, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow - I want to Beta Read For…

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list and say 'Hi!' Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!

Question of the week!
If you could beta read for any author who would it be and why?

Kresley Cole for sure! She is my favorite writer and to be able to read as it progresses would just be amazing to me.

The other would be Nalini Singh! Waiting for her books to release is practically torture. When I was waiting for Achangel’s Storm I about pulled my hair out!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday Jams- Meme


Good Evening Beautiful People! 
Welcome to another edition of Tuesday James, a weekly post hosted  Salacious Reads. This is my way to share with you another one of my Wanna share your favorite song or artist, just comment linking back to your site & I'll be sure to stop by.

I’d like to post my current Song on Repeat: Awolnation – Sail
A friend was playing this song in his car and I had to get it! I’ve been listening to it obsessively every since. It’s a cool mix of electronica and pop.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Free MP3 Songs on Amazon

Ok all, I was looking for some free music and thought why not put it up on my blog for you all. I do a similar post for eBooks on my other blog so why not music for this one. I dont know how long these songs are free so grab them while you can!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

The premise:

The revamped darker version of the old snow white. The kingdom was once peaceful under the reign of the king, Snow Whites father, until the phantom army swept in. The kings men fought the army and won, but found a beautiful “prisoner” who the king instantly became infatuated with and married the very next day. Ravenna kills the king in their marriage bed and lets the real army in, she throws Snow White in the tower and darkness reigns for many years. No one is strong enough to stand against the Dark Queen and her magic, until Snow White escapes her tower…

What I thought:

I had been waiting for this movie to come out, not because I love Snow White or anything but because I adore Charlize Theron. Theron and Hemsworth were the entire reason I went to go see this movie and were the entire reason this movie was worth it. 

Ok so where to start?  We will start with Theron, she acted her ass off, she was FANTASTIC! She was a bad bitch, she wore those costumes like the goddess she is. She inspired fear, yet was strangely vulnerable, you see more to the dark queen then the evil that she has become, but deeper to what she was made due to circumstances.   But she was still the Dark Queen and she played that role til the end she threw people around like they were rag dolls with a flick of her hand she WAS the Dark Queen! For Theron alone I would see this movie again. She is a Hollywood actress at her finest. She is more than a pretty face, she can actually act, she becomes the character she is playing you believe she is Ravenna the Dark Queen and witch a product of what fate has made her.  Her costumes were off the chain, elaborate and elegant and she wore them with finesse. I could have easily seen anyone getting lost in those elaborate costumes but not Theron she look regal and stunning.

The Huntsman, played Chris Hemsworth is also surprisingly good. Ok, we all know that Hemsworth looks good and he’s great in an action role as he has demonstrated as Thor, but as the Huntsman he got a little more emotional.  He’s a drunkard after the passing of his beloved wife, but as the only one whose gone into the dark forest and survived Ravenna needs him to fetch Snow White. The Huntsman is a fixture through pretty much throughout the film so we get to see a lot of him, oh darn. He has a surprisingly emotional scene when Snow White is in her death like sleep, it almost brings a tear to your eye.  I didn’t think he had it in him. Don’t worry there isn’t all that much emotional teary eyed from the Huntsman, you can certainly expect to see lots of fight from him as he protects Snow White from the Dark Queens men and watching Hemsworth fight is always a thing of beauty which I never tire of.

Now on to, Kristen Stewart, I’ll start by saying I am NOT a Kristen Stewart fan. I don’t think she is a very good actress, I only think she can barely get through the Twilight movies because her personality so closely matches Bella’s.   And even in those movies she’s still not very good. I saw some reviews were people were applauding Kristen Stewart’s acting in this movie and I can’t fathom where they are getting this opinion from… She has like 20 lines through the entire film! The little girl who plays a child Snow White I think has more lines then Kristen Stewart, hell the Dwarves have more lines! *Spoiler* When one of the Dwarves was dying in her arms the only thing she said was “Just breathe”, not even am “I’m so sorry, it was an honor to know you.” Or a “Your death will not be in vain.” Something, anything, just “Just breath” COME ON! He just DIED for YOU! Geez! Two words, that’s all, two and not even good words. Lame! *End Spoiler* Just about anyone could have played a better Snow White, hell even Amanda Seyfried would have been a better choice at least she can speak. How are you going to pit Stewart’s limited acting skills against an Oscar winning actress like Theron? Oh, yeah, just don’t let Stewart talk and limit any scenes where they are together, perfect way to solve that problem.

Overall, the movie was pretty good, I enjoyed it. It kept me entertained; there were a few moments where I felt like my intelligence was being insulted.  The timing of the chase was way off, to say the least and there were a few *hand to forehead* far-fetched moments, I won’t mention them and spoil any more of the movie than I already have.  The Dwarves were quite entertaining and I wish they were in the film longer I’d say they only occupied about a third of the film. They added a comic relief to the film without over doing it. *Spoiler* She doesn’t pick a guy which I thought odd but I guess it opens the possibilities for a Huntsman 2. *End Spoiler* I don’t call this movie Snow White since Snow White didn’t talk though most of the movie, let’s just call it what it was the Dark Queen and the Huntsman. LOL! The effects were pretty good; I enjoyed seeing them on the big screen. For the effects I think it would be worth seeing the movie in the theater over Redbox. 

I’d say go see if you were wanting to see it. If you were on the fence, maybe wait for Redbox. 

This review also appears on my other blog

Thursday, May 3, 2012

No Shoe Storage? No Problem!

So like most woman I have a ton of shoes! I love shoes, and if I can find them on sale even better. The only problem with a shoe addition is where to put all your shoes. When I moved into my current abode I had a serious problem as to where to put my shoes. I had no room, so when I went to redo my closet, factoring in my space was an issue. I looked into so many different options. I looked at the on the floor shoe racks, bins, and boxes. I spent way too much time at Ikea looking at different options, but what it all came down to was for the space those options took, they couldn’t hold enough shoes and were expensive.

When I was finally at my wits end, it turned out to be my sister who was my savior. I finally remembered that she has a bookcase full of shoes tucked away in her laundry room. So I went back to my closet and did some measuring and realized that a bookcase would fit PERFECTLY in the edge of my closet. So what I did was go to Ikea, bought a cheapy bookcase with adjustable shelves (This was important to maximize shelving space) and I bought a couple of extra shelves. As we all know not all heels are the same height. I then crammed in as many shelves as I could depending on heel height and all of the sudden I had the perfect shoe storage space. Not only does it hold a crap ton of shoes, it displays them nicely so it is never a problem finding the perfect pair.

When the bookcase was done I realized that I still needed something for my flip flops and flats. These are much easier to store but I still didn’t want them on the floor. What I found was one of the cheapy shoe tree type things that go on the back of doors. I found this one at target for like 15 bux. The slots were big enough that I could get both flats or flip flops from the pair into one slot. Sometimes two pairs to one slot. It ended up being perfect. This shoe rack is on the back of my utility closet door, which is coincidently right next to my shoe-case.

I don’t know how many shoes I have stored away, but I know it’s a lot. I suggested the shoe-case to a friend at work, so she went out and bought a bookcase and is now also in love with her shoe-case. There are always creative ways to storing shoes.

Happy Shopping! 

Feature and Follow Friday

Q: What is one thing you wish you could tell your favorite author?

Dear Maya Angelou,

You are such an inspiration to women everywhere. You are full of wisdom and grace. Ever since I read I Know Why the Caged Bird sings I have been a fan in middle school. And Phenomenal Woman is my all-time favorite poem, EVER, followed very closely by Still I Rise!

A fan for life,

Sweet Pea

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Pretty Reckless – Hit Me Like a Man EP

Release Date: March 6th, 2012
I purchased this album through for under 4 bucks ($3.61) for 5 songs. And I have to say it was $4.00 well spent! There are two songs that are on the previous album “Light Me Up” but these versions are LIVE! I’m not usually one for live recordings, sometimes the crowd screaming gets in my way, but it was dimmed down in these recordings.
There are three new songs, and they are fantastic! I’ve been a Pretty Reckless fan since I first heard Just Tonight, when I recieved the single as a free download on iTunes. These new songs do not disappoint. They are hard edges, guitar riffs and Taylor’s voice at the forefront.  This is Rock n’ Roll!
I have to take a moment to talk about Taylor Momsens voice. I’m a voice girl, I love or hate voices and in this case I love! I just don’t understand how someone so young can put so much into their voice. If you didn’t know who was singing, you would never guess that the person behind this soulful emotion filled voice was under 18 or maybe she is now just barely 18. Her voice sounds as though she has lived a 100 years and not all of them good.   She just gets it right, and you feel what she feels as she is singing. When she hits certain parts of songs, I’ll even get chills on occasion.
There are so many young starlets singing now days it becomes hard to distinguish between all the teeny bopper voices and cookie cutter songs, this is not the case with actress turned musician Taylor. This is one of the rare cases where I feel like an actor turned musician actually works. I think the only other instance I can think of where the actor turned musician makes you forget that they even acted is Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars.  These two would probably tell you that music was in their blood before acting was even a thought. 
Rating: BUY IT!
My new favorite Pretty Reckless Song: Under the Water
Hit Me Like a Man Tracks:
Make Me Wanna Die (Live) – 4:12
Hit Me Like A Man – 3:33
Under The Water – 4:03
Since You’re Gone (Live) – 3:25
Cold Blooded – 4:43

The sound is a little off, but here is Under the Water from YouTube