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Friday, March 25, 2011

Heart of Fire by Linda Howard (Free Book, US only)




I borrowed this on my local public digital library. I love using Dallas Public's digital library. It's so convenient to download it to my iPod and when I'm done, just delete it. I used to load up CD after CD of books to listen to audio.

I didn't recognized that this was the same book published in 1997. I enjoyed the story, but it is not my favorite Linda Howard story. I like the alpha male character though, and the girl is not so bad. It's good company while I'm driving for 35 hours at night.

If you want a free copy of this book, leave a comment and follow me. Will pick up a winner next Thursday via random.org.

From Publishers Weekly
Archeologist Jillian Sherwood attributes her lackluster professional reputation to the fact that her late father, also an archeologist, was notorious for his supposedly crackpot theories, such as one about a lost city in the heart of the Amazon jungle that was home to a band of Amazon women warriors. Equipped with a map from her father's papers, Jillian is determined to find the lost city, thereby salvaging her father's reputation and her own. She is accompanied on the two-month expedition by Rick, her half-brother, who still resents her being daddy's favorite; Steven Kates, an unprincipled crook who has money to fund the venture and plans to steal anything valuable that turns up; Ramon Dutra, a jungle-wise thug; and Ben Lewis, an experienced guide who is more macho than any human being needs to be. Unfortunately, the more intense their adventures, the less realistic they appear because the characters have charmed lives. A pirate attack, an encounter with a jaguar and a hazardous walk along the side of a mountain give Howard's ( The Touch of Fire ) romance an adventure-yarn feel, but since Jillian seems to be virtually indestructible and Ben, as her only possible love interest, is inevitably guaranteed survival, the book lacks real suspense.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly



Revolution [ENHANCED]
Edition: Unabridged
by Jennifer Donnelly
Readers: Emily Janice Card
Emma Bering

Publisher: Listening Library
Subject(s): Fiction
Historical Fiction
Juvenile Fiction
Language(s): English
Awards: Odyssey Award Honor
American Library Association

Description

BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She's angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she's about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights' most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn't want--and couldn't escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine's diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There's comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal's antique pages--until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine's words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present.

Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls' stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.



I did not like this book at first. I just finished Sherrilyn Kenyon's Acheron and I wasn't in the mood for more angst in my audio book. I just feel like I'm going to end up driving onto a tree if I hear anymore suffering. However, this is Jennifer Donnelly. THE Jennifer Donnelly who wrote The Tea Rose and The White Rose, books which I re-read because I enjoy and love the story very much. It's right up there with Paullina Simon's The Bronze Horseman, or Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian, C.W. Gortner's The Last Queen. Historical, epic and not to be missed. So I listened. I have to restart the first disc three times. But that's not strange for me. I have to restart Diana Gabaldon's Outlander about 7 times before I found my groove and adored the book.

I didn't understand what the book was at first. There were some pretty neat lyrics though. Anyway, by the time I put the 2nd out of 12 disc, I'm in. I want to know what happened to Andi's brother. I want to know what she's going to do next. I'm invested. This is the best possible way to enjoy a story. Being invested in a character.

I'm still 4 discs away from finishing, but I'm confident that I recommend this book. Don't missed it. Jennifer Donnelly did it again. This author is so talented, reading her book (or listening to it) is a gift.

Why one star less? Only because I have to restart more than once to get into the story. I'm not sure if this is due to my having to get used to the reader or some other thing. However, I love the book now and enjoying it very much.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday, Baby



It just seem like yesterday when my doctor said, "I'm sorry. You're not going home. You're going to be induced today."

I went to the hospital 2 weeks before my due date. I had fever and I was worried that my baby was not moving. Do you know that babies gets distressed when mothers are having flu? After two days, I was ready to go home. Only, I couldn't because I have a bad case of preeclampsia. My blood pressure was very high. So high that when my baby turned breach mid-labor, they had to do a c-section instead of taking the time to turn him around.



It was all worth it because I have a beautiful baby afterward. We'll light a cake today, celebrate over the weekend because I go to school and so does every body else.

Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Acheron (Dark-Hunter, Book 12) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]
Sherrilyn Kenyon (Author), Holter Graham (Narrator)

I read this book when it came out in August of 2008. When I was in my local library, I saw that they also have it there. Since I have been driving at least 20 hours a week, I decided to keep up with 'reading' by listening to audio books. I started with David Baldacci's audio books which I have on hand. Then I saw this one. Nineteen (19) discs long!

I still like the story, but I just never noticed before how almost half of the book, Acheron suffered. For such a powerful being, for someone who has the power of life and death of all beings, he sure is powerless for up to disc 10. I understand he didn't know he was a god before. There's an excellent reason for this. But what about afterwards? After he knew?

Would I recommend this book? Sure! It is a Sherrilyn Kenyon after all. However, I just want to warn you that the utter hopelessness, pain and humiliation is worth the book. I think that I listened through it all because I like Ash from the previous 11 books. I wanted to know why he behaves the way he does. This book can be read or listened to by itself....but just know it's part of a Dark Hunter Series, too.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Formerly, ThisBookForFree.com

I have to change my domain. It was hacked and godaddy.com cannot help me with fixing it. I find it very annoying, but what can I do?

I am back in school, elbow deep in guts and blood, and wading my way through Spanish class, too. So, here I am, starting over (sort of). Will have lots of goodies for you guys.

Let me know what kind of free books you'd like to see. I'm interested to know.