Kristen on July 29th, 2010

The first 10 pages of Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran.

Can you say action packed? The story begins in Alexandria just after Octavian defeats Marc Antony for control of Egypt. If you know anything about history you know what happens to the ruling couple of Egypt. In case you don’t here is a glimpse into the book…

Queen Cleopatra is preparing her children for Octavian’s arrival and the lose of their home and freedom. She orders the guards to tell Marc Antony that she and the children are dead in hope that he will flee and save himself. Heartbroken over the news of his family, Marc Antony kills himself before Octavian arrives at the palace. When Octavian tells Cleopatra that he plans to parade her and her children by Marc Antony through the streets of Rome during his Triumph she takes her own life leaving her children by Marc Antony as orphans.

Initial thoughts…I can’t wait to see where this story will take us. What will happen to the children of Cleopatra and Marc Antony??

Stay tuned for the full review of Cleopatra’s Daughter.

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Kristen on July 22nd, 2010

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Published 2010 - Pages 320 (Hardcover)

Dead in the Family – Charlaine Harris

OK…so you all know I was excited about reading this book. Unfortunately, it was not as good as I had hoped. :(

Some key factors were that there was no real story, a lot of items were left unanswered and we learned very little about any of the characters. I think the character we learned the most about was Claude and even saying that is a stretch. I feel that the story fell short on many levels. We did not get much regarding the relationship or lack of relationship between Sookie and Bill. Eric’s maker comes to town and we do not get much of a description of him or his relationship with Eric. The book barely touched on the romantic relationship between Sookie and Eric. Things were even left unanswered with Sam and Sookie. Will they go to the wedding together or not?? One thing I was happy about was Alcide’s presence in the book. I was glad we had a little glimpse back into the Pack.

All in all the story was all over the place but really went no where. The other books in this series were much better.

In the end I was left feeling disappointed.

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Kristen on July 21st, 2010

“The First 10″ definition: My reaction after reading the first 10 pages of a book.

Today’s book is Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris.

OK…let me start by saying I am excited to read this book. I enjoyed the series (The Sookie Stackhouse Series) so far and am enjoying the TV show based on the novels (True Blood). These books are usually a pretty quick read so I should have my full review to you shortly.

I just finished the first 10 pages of Dead in the Family and so far we have recapped all the major events of the last novel in the Sookie Stackhouse Series. At this point I have been refreshed on who has died, who Sookie is dating and what physical condition she is in since her last battle. All good points to catch up on since they can change so quickly when you are dealing with the supernatural. Not too much action or drama yet but stay tuned for the full review.

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Kristen on July 20th, 2010
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Published in 1996 - Pages 1070 (paperback)

Drums of Autumn – Diana Gabaldon

I have to admit, when I stared this series it was by accident. My fiancé and I were in the book store and I was searching for a book to take on a business trip. Knowing how quickly I devour a book, he was on the lookout for something to keep me busy. He came across a shelf of Diana Gabaldon novels. The books were thick and it was a series – Bazinga! These books seemed to be the perfect fit. I bought Outlander and got started. A few chapters in I was thinking that I had made a mistake. But I wanted to give the book a fair chance so I kept reading. Boy am I glad I did. The series is great and I am HOOKED.

Drums of Autumn is the fourth book in the Outlander Series and I would recommend reading the first three before reading this one. Up to this point in the series there are 2 main characters, Jamie and Claire. There are MANY other characters to love or hate but in the end it all revolves around them. If you are a woman (which I am betting anyone reading this series is) you have already fallen in love with Jamie Fraser. (How could you not??) This book picks up where the last one left off – following the adventures and love affair of Jamie and Claire.

The book starts off in 1967 in Charleston at the hanging of a Scottish man named Hayes. Jamie Fraser was a prisoner with Hayes many years before. Jamie attends the hanging to help him find peace  in a familiar face during his final moments. This is just the beginning of the Fraser’s journey to settle in the Colonies. Who will settle in the new land with them?

Diana Gabaldon’s writing is exciting and enthralling. I find myself so interested in not only the story she is telling but also in the history. I can’t count the number of times that I paused reading the book to look up some of the historical events she wrote about. I am by no means a history buff but this book (actually the whole series) has sparked my interest in historical events from Scotland to the Islands to the US. She writes accurately about the time period and her descriptions of the places and events are vivid. Each book leaves me wanting more and at an average of 1,000 pages that is saying a lot.

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Kristen on July 19th, 2010

When I decided I wanted to start a blog I though what better to write about than my only addiction in life…Reading. Let me start by telling you I am by NO means a good writer. I will most definitely have typos, spelling mistakes and just bad grammar in my posts. (You should see the number of red underlined words there are when I type things out!) But I don’t think that really matters. I enjoy reading…I do it a lot…and I would like to share my thoughts with you :)

I have 2 hopes for this blog.

1. That you enjoy the posts.

2. That I inspire you to read…not necessarily the books I write about… just to read.

That being said, Welcome to my world. Please feel free to post your thoughts, comments or anything else that comes to mind. Book recommendations are ALWAYS welcome and much appreciated.