The Laments

The LamentsThe Laments by George Hagen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an odd sort of book. This story follows the Lament family and their trials and tribulations throughout their life. We first meet Howard and Julia. We find out about their past and what lead them to become married. Soon after Julia is with child and gives birth. However, trouble and tragedy strikes the Laments. This will be the first unfortunate event that will follow Howard and Julia throughout their life time. Soon the years go by, the family moves from country to country, and we get to see the characters grow into their own. This book wasn’t too bad and it wasn’t great. It kept me mostly interested in the storyline while I crocheted a baby blanket.

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Book Summary:
Meet the Laments—the affably dysfunctional globetrotting family at the center of George Hagen’s exuberant debut novel.

Howard is an engineer who dreams of irrigating the Sahara and lives by the motto “Laments move!” His wife Julia is a fiery spirit who must balance her husband’s oddly peripatetic nature with unexpected aspirations of her own. And Will is the “waif with a paper-thin heart” who is given to Howard and Julia in return for their own child who has been lost in a bizarre maternity ward mishap. As Will makes his way from infancy to manhood in a family that careens from continent to continent, one wonders where the Laments will ever belong.

In Bahrain, Howard takes a job with an oil company and young Will makes his first friend. But in short order he is wrenched off to another land, his mother’s complicated friendship with the American siren Trixie Howitzer causing the family to bolt. In Northern Rhodesia, during its last days as a white colony, the twin enfants terribles Marcus and Julius are born, and Will falls for the gardener’s daughter, a girl so vain that she admires her image in the lid of a biscuit tin. But soon the family’s life is upturned again, thie time by their neighbor Major Buck Quinn, with his suburban tirades against black self-rule. Envisioning a more civilized life on “the sceptered isle,” the Laments board an ocean liner bound for England. Alas, poor Will is greeted by the tribal ferocity of his schoolmates and a society fixated on the Blitz. No sooner has he succumbed to British pop culture in the guise of mop-top Sally Byrd and her stacks of 45s, than the Laments uproot themselves once again, and it’s off to New Jersey, where life deals crisis and opportunity in equal measure.

Undeniably eccentric, the Laments are also universal. Every family moves on in life. Children grow up, things are left behind; there is always something to lament. Through the Lament’s restlessness, responses to adversity, and especially their unwieldy love for one another, George Hagen gives us a portrait of every family that is funny, tragic, and improbably true.

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)

Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*Sigh* my poor, poor Zsadist. How I just want to hug you and tell you everything is alright. I understand how you feel. How scared and scarred you are. How you don’t want anyone getting close to you because you think you’re tainted because of your past. Well let me tell you something, you’re a beautiful creature of the night, and I love you for all that you are. Things will get better, you just got to believe. Now for anyone who hasn’t read any Black Dagger Brotherhood books, or this book, you must go and pick it up right now! Well, if you’re into this type of genre, it’s a must read and you won’t be disappointed! I know I wasn’t. I had to get my Zsadist fix nightly til I was done, and now I’m heartbroken that it’s over. Well maybe until I read the book again! 🙂

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Book Summary:
In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

Luna of Mine (The Grey Wolves #8)

Luna of Mine (The Grey Wolves, #8)Luna of Mine by Quinn Loftis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great read from Mrs. Loftis. This time we are transported back in time to when the great Vasile met his courageous mate Alina. However, this is just not some ordinary love story. This story is made of tragedies, loss, and even despair, with years of heartache in between. Yet, by some miracle or should I say certain fairy this couple not only survives and but triumphs! This a great almost ending to the series.

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Book Summary:
Every life leaves behind a legacy. Every story has a beginning and an end. The Alpha of the Romania Grey Wolves knows this better than most. He also knows it’s the things that transpire to create that legacy and the experiences, triumphs and failures that happen in the middle of the story that matter. His story began a century ago and now a tragedy has led him to his rightful place as Alpha of the Eastern Romania pack. Before he led hundreds, he had to learn to lead a few. Before he sacrificed for all, he had to be willing to sacrifice for any. Before he could be the man destined to save his race he had to be willing to serve them. In order to be raised up he had to first be torn down. There was only one who could do this and live, only one who could light his way when the darkness closed in; his mate, his Luna. This is the building of their legacy, the middle of their story. Their triumphs, their failures, and their tragedy’s that would one day make them strong enough to restore a race torn apart by greed, envy, and fear.

Insanity (Mad in Wonderland #1)

Insanity (Mad in Wonderland, #1)Insanity by Cameron Jace
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

” We are all mad here, Alice.” I was thoroughly enthralled with this book. I didn’t want to put it down due to wanting to know what Alice was up to next. I was transported into a lunatic asylum where Alice Wonder is a patient. She is kept in a cell underground where her only friend is a potted Tiger Lily flower and she avoids mirrors due to seeing a rabbit in them. What got Alice admitted in the first place? Well lets just say she has hallucinations about the Wonderland Monsters. I can’t say much more without spoiling the book, but the true adventure begins when she meets with a hooka smoking patient that sets her on her true course. I can honestly say that is the best book I have read by this author so far! I can’t wait to read the next book to this series. I love twisted fairy tales.

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Book Summary:
After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.