Jun 28, 2013

Book Review: The Eternity Cure




Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike


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I wasn't quite sure just what I was getting into when I picked up THE ETERNITY CURE because it was the second book in the series.  All to often lately I have been finding that series books just aren't robust enough to stand on their own merits.  Happily THE ETERNITY CURE is not one of those.  I would pick up bits and pieces of what occurred in the first book but I didn't feel lost because I hadn't read it.  Kudos for Ms. Kagawa for writing a wonderful book that stands on its own merits.

I feel in love with the main character Allie.  She is a vampire who is determined not to be a monster.  When she feeds, Allie intentionally looks for the dregs of society:  the murders, the rapists and the thieves.  She is also loyal to her sire and is determined to rescue him.  Allie is far from a stagnant character as she questions her humanity and grows as she discovers new answers.

And she is far from the only character that stands out.  THE ETERNITY CURE is full of complex characters with their motivations.  Some become allies, others seek to stop Allie on her quest.  I am going to let you read the book to become introduced to them.

I do recommend THE ETERNITY CURE to my readers who enjoy the paranormal with touches of romance.   For myself,  I will be keeping an eye out for the next book in this intriguing series.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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Jun 22, 2013

Book Review: The Wolf Prince



Willow was unlike any princess he'd ever met

As heir to the throne, Ruben must choose an appropriate mate to preserve his royal bloodline—despite his fear that his true nature will destroy them both. Yet the female he craves above all others is a dangerous combination of fairy and shifter, a mesmerizing creature who inspires both passion and suspicion. Then violence strikes the castle, and the two are forced to track a killer into perilous magical territory. But with treachery everywhere, will Willow and Ruben's growing bond be enough to shift the fate of their two kingdoms?

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This really has been an unusual year for me in that reading has been very hit or miss.  I might devour three or four books in a week and then not pick up another for three weeks.  So I do apologize in that I haven't had as many reviews as I usually do.  Now onto the review.

I found THE WOLF PRINCE to be a book that I found myself reading when I was sitting in doctor's offices with my other half.   I found that Ms. Whiddon did a wonderful job with the characters of Ruben and Willow but the others were rather shallow.  They seemed to have only one driving force and nothing else to redeem them.  If only a bit of the complexity that Ruben exhibits could have been spread around.  

Likewise, I thought that the premise of the plot would be rather interesting but it fell short.  It wasn't bad enough that I felt like throwing my Kindle across the room but there really wasn't anything to draw me back when I set it aside.  That's probably why it took me almost three weeks to finish.

Now I have read other books by Ms. Whidden that I have very much enjoyed but I would have to recommend that my readers give this one a pass.  Your mileage however might very well vary.  I rate this book a 2.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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Jun 20, 2013

Don't loose me!!

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For those of you who follow me through Google Reader, remember that they are shutting down at the end of the month.  I have switched over to BlogLovin which makes it very easy to categorize the blogs that I follow.  They also allow you to bring over all the blogs that you have at Google Reader.  If you haven't found a reader that you like, be sure to check them out.


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Jun 18, 2013

National Splurge Day




There is a holiday for everything and this one happens to be my favorite.  Today is a day to treat yourself.  So you want that slice of pie?  Go ahead.  How about a message?  Make that appointment and go get one.  Have your eye on that piece of jewelry?  Well go buy it!
Jun 15, 2013

Summer Elements Blog Post

I haven't been participating in as many blog hops as last year and I was missing the lack.  So I turned to Facebook and put out a call on one of the jewelry groups that I am a part of.  And I even managed to find to find a hop that calls to my pagan soul.

Tolec Jewels of Jewel School Friends was hosting a hop where each participant posts pictures, songs, poetry and jewelry celebrating  their favorite element.  Well I am either an overachiever or I just couldnt' decide which element is claiming me at the moment,  I made up a piece of jewelry to pay homage to each.  I also have some pics that I am taken for a few of them.

Water

I am a Cancer so I have always had a particular affinity for water so I am starting here.  Put me down on a beach with wind and water. Never happier.






 


These earrings were made using some vintage Lucite, Egyptian crystal, GP chain as well as findings.  They are also currently for sale at Shaiha Designs.


 
Air


Using vintage sequims that like to dance in the breeze,  this pair of earring pays homage to element of air.  The white, orange and yellow beads are a few decades old and are from Japan.  The wire wrapping and the chain as silver filled, and the earwires are sterling.  Oh and I plan on fixing the bead cap.  I just didn't notice it until I started editing.

Earth


These are the only pieces show that are not for sale.  The beads are from BeatleBaby Glassworks.
  
 Fire




And lastly but definitely not the least is this necklace.  What is more apt to signify fire then then the sun?  The focal and the matching ceramic beads are from Jennifer Jangles, the aqua bead was made my Momma Straub and given to me in a swap years ago.  The other beads are Indonesian glass and all are hand-knotted using an aqua jewelry cord.
 
 Now that you have seen my humble offerings, be sure to check out what everyone else has come up with. 

The Summer Elements Blog Hop Participants: 

Toltec Jewels (Hostess)     http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/
Marlene Cupo                   http://amazingdesigns-marlene.blogspot.com/
Cheri Reed                        http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com/
Ailsa Cordner                    http://www.bramalfiebeadsetc.co.uk/
Robin Reed                       http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Nan Smith                         http://www.wirednan.blogspot.com/
Sherri Stokey                     http://www.knotjustmacrame.com/
Christie (Charis Designs)    http://charisdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Carolyn Lawson                 http://carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com/
Susie Harris                        http://jewelleryjunkie.blogspot.com/
Andrea Glick-Zenith           http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Nelly May                          http://smellynelly.blogspot.com/
Melissa Trudinger               http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com/
Dini Bruinsma                     http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/
Kathy Lindemer                 http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Cory Tompkins                  http://tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com/
Robin Reed                       http://willowdragon.blogspot.com/
Gina Hockett                     http://freestyleelements.blogspot.com/
Karen Martinez                 http://www.fairiesmarket.blogspot.com/
Liz                                    http://beadcontagion.blogspot.com/
Jasvanti Patel                     http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com/
Solange Collin                    http://www.blog.ahowinjewelry.com/
Gerda                                http://gerdascraftsblog.blogspot.com/
Karla Morgan                    http://texaspepperjams.blogspot.com/
Anindita Basu                     http://alankarshilpa.blogspot.com/
Alicia Marinache                http://www.allprettythings.ca/
Andrea Trank                    http://heavenlanecreations.com/
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell     http://deelitefuljewelrycreations.blogspot.com/
Mischelle Fanucchi             http://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/
Tanty Sri Hartanti               http://tjewellicious.blogspot.com/
Mary Govaars                    http://mlhjewelrydesigns.com/
Becca Sirevaag                  http://godsartistinresidence.blogspot.com/
Lennis Carrier                    http://windbent.wordpress.com/
Regina Wood                     http://www.gina-design.blogspot.com/
Sue Kennedy                     http://suebeads.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Breeding             https://www.facebook.com/99BOBOTW

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Jun 11, 2013

Comfy & Contest



Now you will usually find me barefoot.  There is just something about feeling the ground beneath my feet.  Yeah I am a little strange that way.   But here is where I get rather strange.   When I do wear shoes, I tend to prefer high heeled boots or lately high heeled tennis shoes.  But then come the regrets...I might love my boots but my feet don't and will tell me so loudly.



That was then.  That was until BzzAgent sent me a sample which contained a pair of Dr. Scholl's® Massaging Gel® Insoles to check out and of course voice my opinion on.  So yeah, I didn't buy them but my opinion is definitely my own.  

I have slipped mine into my new heeled tennis shoes and I have to say they have become my favorite pair of shoes.  They are now so comfy that it is like wearing your favorite pair of slippers.  All day!  My feet are no longer yelling and I have even noticed that my back isn't as sore.

I was actually chatting with a friend at meeting and remarked on these wonder insoles.  Apparently she has been using them for a while and are the only thing that allows her to enjoy hiking.  And this is after she has had pins in her leg.

So yeah.  I do recommend Dr. Scholl's® Massaging Gel® Insoles to any of my readers.  I rate them a 4.6.  Oh and they are offering a new program right now where you get extra goodies for trying out a pair.  So check out the Extra Step program.

BzzAgent is awesome!  They also sent me some coupons to share with my readers. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Jun 9, 2013

Contest Winner



And as promised, I have selected a winner for the earrings.

 
 
You made so very many lovely pieces that I just don't think I could pick a favorite among your designs. They're each so special in their own way. I like how you were able to create pieces that had a mixture of styles from elegant to fun to causal. Well done!

I have sent Hope an email and will hopefully hear back from her within the week.
Jun 7, 2013

Contest Update



I am so sorry.  Life go ahead of me again.  I will be posting the winner of the earrings above on Saturday so if you haven't entered, why not?  Just check out my Bead Soup posting.
Jun 6, 2013

Art Bead Scene June Challenge


Jackknife Village, 1926

It has been awhile since I have participated in this monthly challenge sponsored by Art Bead Scene but now that life is semi-settling down... Well anyways when I saw the artwork above, an idea sprang immediately to mind.  And it was all about the sea.  The feeling of this painting really reminds me of my favorite place which just happens to be Cannon Beach Oregon.  And those clouds coming in...well perhaps stormy seas are acomin'.






The focal is by Suburban Girl Studios and the stones are a type of jasper whose name I forgot to jot down.  There are also some freshwater pearls making an appearance amoung the sealife.

And it is looking for a new home.  For further pics and info just click on the picture.

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