Friday, November 23, 2012

Review of High Stakes (Vegas Vampires Series #1 )by Erin McCarthy

  • ISBN-13: 9781101220504
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 47,208
  • Series: Vegas Vampires Series , #1
  • File size: 307 KB

  • Overview

    Unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is a nice guy-and a hot, casino-owning vampire. And with elections coming up, he'd like to find his First Lady-if his opponent's hit men don't find him first. (Barnes and Nobles)

I really enjoyed this book!! I loved the characters and the way they developed. I also found that her odd mixing of couples was the prefect combination to put this series on the right track. 

After living for 700 years Ethan Carrick finds his match with Alexis a tiny Las Vegas prosecutor with one heck of a karate kick. Ethan is running for reelection as the vampire president he is looking for a First Lady to show he has changed his playboy ways. So when he meets a dentist named Brittany he thought he found just what he need. That is until her sister Alexis shows up ready for a fight. 

She agrees to stay with Ethan in her sisters place. Even though Brittany is there willingly. Ethan agrees to the swap even though Brittany would be better for his image because he hasn't ever been so attacked to a women before. Through the course of her promised week their relationship starts to change. They start to have a real relationship not one that is just for show. In the mean time Ethan's opponent hires a hit man to kill Ethan.

This is a great step out of the normal for vampire books by making it life for them very normal indeed. I wouldn't suggest this book for anyone under 18 due to the amount of sex and violence. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Review of the Finding Nemo Show at Disney's Animal Kingdom

I've got to say this isn't one of the best shows I've ever seen at Disney. I was actually a bit disappointed in it. 

This was the first time I actually made it into the show. I always just miss it. I had a seat at the back of the theater so I could see everything around me including the other audience members. The show I saw started at 6pm; and I was very disappointed that the Cast still let people into the show for about 10 minutes after it had started so you had people disturbing others. This is the first time I have experienced this in a closed theater show. Normally at show time the theater doors close and you are out of luck if you missed show time.

The show it's self runs about 45 minutes and its a condensed version of the movie. The music however was different and not as catchy as you normally find in Disney productions. The show is mostly a puppet show however the puppeteers are not hidden like normal. They are actually dressed in costumes to go with there puppet and you can watch them actually sing and talk while operating the puppets. I'm sure this is meant to be a cool new aspect to the show and to give the puppeteers more of a chance in the spotlight. However I mostly found it very weird and distracting.

I was also starting to dislike some of my favorite characters such as Dory! I just found her very annoying and aggravating. The only saving grace for this show was that there was a 2 and a half year old in our group and he was totally enthralled with the show. I'm not sure that I'm going to bother to watch this show again. I think once might have been more then enough. With that being said I am not taking anything away from the performers they are very hard workers however they can only work with what they are given. If anyone should be getting a disappointed head shake it should be the shows writers. This theater was much better when it was the open air theater used for the long gone Tarzan skateboard show! 

Bottom line if you are planning a trip to Animal Kingdom. This isn't something that you should be to upset if you miss! Depending on when you are there you might not have time for everything. I would suggest skipping this. Not only is it not that great but it is also really long!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review of Vampire Vintage by Ashlyn Chase

  • ISBN-13: 9781419908460
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/14/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 37,914
  • File size: 307 KB


Maura Keegan, addicted to vampire romance novels, decides to add a gothic section to her vintage clothing store in SoHo. What better way to get a tax-deductible trip to Romania - and meet her future vampire mate?
Adrian, a sexy vampire living right under her nose in New York, owns a vineyard in France producing very special wine for exclusive clients. It allows him and others like him to walk in daylight and avoid snacking on strangers.
He's horrified to learn that the redhead he admires is planning to visit Romania to summon a ""real"" vampire. Adrian has every intention of being that vampire. Only trouble is, she thinks he's a wino tourist intent on spoiling her fun. A visit to his wacky Romanian family might help convince her he's for real, or send her screaming into the night. (Barnes and Nobles)

This was an awesome read! However it is defiantly not for younger readers. I loved that Maura wasn't one of those rail thin sexy girls but a sexy curvy girl. I also found that Adrian's description to  one that I could easily see. 
I also loved that even though Maura was head strong and independent she was still a bit unsure of herself. I also like that she was that girl that has a crazy idea but stands her ground with it even though her friends think she may have lost it. She was also willing to travel across the world to find her beloved! Even though she didn't need to. 
This book was also full of crazy family members, suspenseful plot twists, and very hot sexual encounters. If you like Vampire book this is defiantly to read. However if you want wimpy vampires this is not the book for you. The vampires in this book are old school sexy killers.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review of The Witching Pen (Book One of The Witching Pen Novellas) by Dianna Hardy

  • BN ID: 2940011447945
  • Publisher: Bitten Fruit Books / Satin Smoke Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/2011
  • Sold by: SMASHWORDS - EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 10,428
  • File size: 464 KB


It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other.

But on discovery of a magic pen, Elena's life is about to get a whole lot worse... (barnes and nobles)

The Witching Pen is a spectacular read! I am so glad I picked this book up. This is the first book by Dianna Hardy; I have read. I loved that this story added a new twist to the same old witch story. 

There were several twists and turns. I didn't want to put this book down until I finished it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I can't wait to hear what happens to the characters. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Review of The Lycan Wars: The Catalyst by Janet MacDonald

  • BN ID: 2940044962149
  • Publisher: Janet MacDonald
  • Publication date: 9/10/2012
  • Sold by: SMASHWORDS - EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 4,330
  • File size: 65 KB


Victor Feral steals the only child of his enemy Alaric Dickson in an effort to stop an alliance that would see his pack destroyed. By Mating the girl he hopes to force her father to make an alliance with the Feral pack instead. (from Barnes and Nobles)

This book is about 40 pages. I have to say it left me disappointed and confused! The way the book ended it just ended. Like there should have been more of a story. I discovered while getting the books information on Barnes and Noble that there is a second book. So maybe that will finish the story. Although I don't know why they weren't just one book instead of a couple different installments. 

The story its self wasn't a bad story. As a general rule shifter books are my favorite and will embrace all of them. But this one just left me pissed off. I was so pissed that it ended the way it did. I felt like I had pages missing but there wasn't. Needless to say I have already started another book so I don't know when I will get around to reading the rest of the story.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review of Open Graves

While flipping through the channels I found a movie on SciFi I had never seen before. So I thought since it had Eliza Dushku in it; it should be a winner. 

I wouldn't really call it a winner! The plot is a group of American surfers discovers an old board game; every time it's played someone dies. The game supposedly came from the Spanish Inquisition and was made from the skin of one of the girls that was tortured. 

So of course the girl cursed the game and all who play it die a horrible death. The winner of the game gets to make 1 wish. 

However the movie lacks substance and real terror that you would want from a horror movie. What could have been a terrifying movie was actually more like Jumanji meets Groundhog Day with some ok death scenes.

I feel like this is time I wasted and will never get back. The only reason I decided to watch it was because Eliza Dushku. I tend to love movies and shows she has been in but this one just fell short!