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Review: North of Sunset

North of Sunset Henry Baum
If there's an everyman, then Michael Sennet is every celebrity. Michael Sennet is a movie star. He should be happy, but he's bored. What does he do after he's achieved the best of everything: the best women, the best cars, the best homes, the best drugs? He doesn't have an answer. Meanwhile, the Vanity Plate Killer is roaming the streets of Los Angeles looking for new victims and dreaming of fame of his own. When Michael Sennet uses the M.O. of the Vanity Plate Killer, they find something that eclipses any starring role.
I need to start off by saying that the language in this book really held me up for some time. During the first few pages I think I read the F-word used in every part of speech. Seriously... noun, verb, adjective. The whole bit. For me, it was a bit much, even though I know people talk like this often. I managed to keep reading because I knew the story line would be good, I just had to make myself read through the language. Us…

Blog Hop and Follow Friday (20)

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted at Crazy for Books. This week's question asks us "How many books are in your TBR pile?

I really thought I had a lot of books waiting to be read, but then I saw that some people have over 1,000! I'm pretty sure I would be kicked out of my house at that point. Currently, I have two large shelves full of books (two rows each, of course). I think that equals around 150 once you include my little piles around the house and next to my bed. I use my books as decorative pieces. =) You know, like Potterybarn does with the coffee tables and all. 

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee's View and features a new blogger each week. This week's feature is Rhiannon Paille. This week's question is:  What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

Fantasy is my favorite genre-- hands down. I think it all started with a Tamora Pierce book that featured a main character with my name. Four series and 15 b…

Review: The Wild Adventures of Eli Johnson and Curly Bill

The Wild Adventures of Eli Johnson and Curly Bill Dan Wright

Product Details: Pages: 113 ReadingLevel: Middle Grades (boys) Publisher: CreateSpace, October 30, 2010 ISBN: 1453721045 Source: A copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
In the mid 1800 s many American s headed West in search of gold and adventure. These folks traveled on horses and buggies down perilous trails filled with bandits, wild animals, and hostile Indians in an effort to strike it rich. Our story follows a young man from Virginia, Eli Johnson, who shares the same dream of discovering gold. His plans are derailed as a card game goes bad in a small hotel/saloon in the mountains of Colorado, and is forced to live a life on the run with his comrade Curly Bill. Along the way, the men encounter a host of interesting characters, battle dangerous animals, and try to stay one step ahead of a group of bandits looking for revenge. The men learn valuable lessons about friendship, survival, and a …

Author Interview + Giveaway

Gatehouse: The Door to Canellin E.H. Jones

I read this book a few weeks ago and fell in love with the story instantly. This has to be one of the BEST fantasy novels I have read in a long time. A really long time. The Door to Canellin has everything that you could want in a fantasy book: magic, struggling protagonists, evil dragons, adventures, and plenty of sword fights. You can read my complete review here. It's an amazing book!

The author, E.H. Jones, has graciously agreed to an interview (below) and to giveaway a copy of his book to one lucky person!

Contest Rules:
The contest is for US participants only. The contest will run from June 15-21. I will e-mail the winner, which will have 48 hours to respond with his/her mailing information. From there, the author will ship the book. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

I would like to thank E.H. Jones for participating in this interview AND giving away a copy of his awesome book. I can't say en…

Mythological Mondays (4)

Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by It is used to highlight all things myth related.

I thought rather long and hard about something myth related to post on this week. I didn't want to repost a review or highlight an already over played book. So, I went to my bookshelf, pulled out a book, and started reading covers to see which ones had mythology undertones. This is what I found:

This book will hit the shelves in August (2011), but it's already receiving a lot of attention in the blogosphere. Rightfully so. Doesn't the cover look amazing? LOVE all that red hair. Not sure what this book is about? Check out the synopsis:
Wondering where the mythology element is? Me too! Ok, I THINK those three girls mentioned that choose who will face the consequences for their actions... I think they are supposed to be something like the Fates. Call me crazy, but I think that's where things are headed with this one. Luckily, I have an …

In My Mailbox (11)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

For review:

Stay With Me by Paul Griffin. No cover image available at this time, but here's the synopsis from my copy:

Cece and Mack didn't expect to fall in love.She's a sensitive A-student; he's a high school dropout. But soon they're spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their darkest secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until. Until. Mack makes a horrible mistake, and suddenly the future they'd planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, bothe Cece and Mack must find meaning and hope in the memories of what they had. To survive when the person they love can't stay.   Bought at Books-a-Million:

Bought at Barnes & Noble:

I think it should be noted that my cover of Siren looks MUCH more interesting than this one I found on Amazon. I probably would not have picked this version up.

Given to Me: