Sunday, October 19, 2014

Platform 21: Review

From Goodreads:
Luke's life is about to take a dangerous turn. 
But first he has to die. 

In the year 2052, high school sophomore Luke Gibson considers himself an average teenager in a world on the brink of monumental change. Joining his parents and sister, Laura, at the first World Energy Initiative Conference, he is among thousands gathered in a Denver arena to celebrate free renewable energy when a massive earthquake strikes killing everyone in the stadium. The last thing Luke sees before his death is a girl reaching out to him--a stranger whose face he remembers from his dreams. 

The end, however, is not the end. Suddenly, inexplicably, Luke is back home in Ohio and everything is different. His sister is gone, the victim in an unsolved homicide years before. Angela, his mysterious dream girl, is here also, and the only person besides Luke who recalls the previous reality. And now their determination to uncover the truth about Laura's murder and their transformed world is making them targets--forced to flee for their lives from a nameless shadow organization and a government seeking vengeance for an unthinkable act of terror--as they stand on the threshold of a dark conspiracy that threatens all humankind. 

My Review:


One of the things that I didn't like, was the language. It was either a bit awkward, or it wouldn't be what a teen-aged boy would be saying, even if he's a teenage boy 40 years in the future. It just pulled me out of the story, so many times, that I almost gave up on read this book mutilple times. And that's just too bad, becuase that means that others did stop. And it's a great book, it just needs a bit more polishing!

Author: T.R. Patrick
Series: Beyond the Veil #1
Read: October 18th, 2014
Source: Worldwind Tours Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Createspace
Published: October 1st 2013
4/5 Hearts
3/5 Books
1/5 Stars
Bio:
Author Timothy R. Patrick, born in 1985, started writing when he was only nine, delivering his first short story to his Mom for her birthday. Since then, writing has been an incredible passion. Every chance he could write, he took it. He even scratched out a few stories in Naval Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Tim spent four years in the Navy achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd class. He served three years aboard USS Chosin and was deployed twice in support of the Global War on Terror, and Iraqi Freedom. However, he would always be remembered as the guy who sat in the corner of the mess decks writing a book he would never release. He said it wasn't good enough.

After his time in the Navy, Tim became a Test Engineer working for companies like Scientific Research Corporation and Hewlett Packard. During this phase of his life he moved to Charleston, South Carolina where he bought a home and tried to settle into the American Dream. But Tim wasn't content with that, he wanted to do something more than work the 9 to 5. So, he tried his hand at politics and ran for Dorchester County Council as an Independent. They said he was too young and verbose. After losing the election, he decided to try his hand at writing instead.

Today, Timothy Patrick is the author of, Platform 21 - the first installment of the "Beyond the Veil" series. Platform 21 is a novel set in the near future which follows a young man on a journey to solve his sister's murder in the midst of global conspiracy. His current project is, The Vorago Initiative - which picks up right where Platform 21 left off.

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Emergency Review-a-Thon Part 2 Update 25

OK, so I've written my next review, Venom, and I'm going to write a review for Elusion and Etherworld next! And I'm halfway through my my second goals!

Reviewed Part 2: Angel BurnShadowfell, Raven Flight, The Caller, Dragonfly in AmberCrusadeAlienationStolen AwayThe Darlings in LoveDaughter of the CentaursThe Sky is EverywhereSomeone Else's LifeThe Guardian DukeThe Lonely Girls ClubThe LuxeFinding Her Way BackWanderloveKatanaAngel BurnShadowfellShadowfell and Raven FlightTo the NinesNaturalsThis Strange and Familiar PlaceExit Strategy, Made to Be Broken, Wild JusticeThe Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Skeleton Key, The Devil Colony, Venom.

Reviewed All: The Eternity KeyUnveiled and FirebloodOutlanderEvery Which Way But DeadEvery Which Way But DeadH2OA Fistful of CharmsA Fistful of CharmsTail of the DevilThe Devil's LiegeCrusadeAngel BurnShadowfell, Raven Flight, The Caller, Dragonfly in AmberCrusadeAlienationStolen AwayThe Darlings in LoveDaughter of the CentaursThe Sky is EverywhereSomeone Else's LifeThe Guardian DukeThe Lonely Girls ClubThe LuxeFinding Her Way BackWanderloveKatanaAngel BurnShadowfellShadowfell and Raven FlightTo the NinesNaturalsThis Strange and Familiar PlaceExit Strategy, Made to Be Broken, Wild JusticeThe Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Skeleton Key, The Devil Colony, Venom.

Week 41: The Eternity KeyA Fistful of CharmsTail of the DevilAngel BurnShadowfell, Raven Flight, The Caller.

Week 42: Dragonfly in Amber.

Goal: 10, 50
Reviews: 10, 25

Emergency Review-a-Thon Part 2 Update 24

OK, so I've written my next review, The Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Skeleton Key, The Devil Colony, and I'm going to write a review for Venom next!

Reviewed Part 2: Angel BurnShadowfell, Raven Flight, The Caller, Dragonfly in AmberCrusadeAlienationStolen AwayThe Darlings in LoveDaughter of the CentaursThe Sky is EverywhereSomeone Else's LifeThe Guardian DukeThe Lonely Girls ClubThe LuxeFinding Her Way BackWanderloveKatanaAngel BurnShadowfellShadowfell and Raven FlightTo the NinesNaturalsThis Strange and Familiar PlaceExit Strategy, Made to Be Broken, Wild JusticeThe Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Skeleton Key, The Devil Colony.

Reviewed All: The Eternity KeyUnveiled and FirebloodOutlanderEvery Which Way But DeadEvery Which Way But DeadH2OA Fistful of CharmsA Fistful of CharmsTail of the DevilThe Devil's LiegeCrusadeAngel BurnShadowfell, Raven Flight, The Caller, Dragonfly in AmberCrusadeAlienationStolen AwayThe Darlings in LoveDaughter of the CentaursThe Sky is EverywhereSomeone Else's LifeThe Guardian DukeThe Lonely Girls ClubThe LuxeFinding Her Way BackWanderloveKatanaAngel BurnShadowfellShadowfell and Raven FlightTo the NinesNaturalsThis Strange and Familiar PlaceExit Strategy, Made to Be Broken, Wild JusticeThe Last Oracle, The Doomsday Key, The Skeleton Key, The Devil Colony.

Week 41: The Eternity KeyA Fistful of CharmsTail of the DevilAngel BurnShadowfell, Raven Flight, The Caller.

Week 42: Dragonfly in Amber.

Goal: 10, 50
Reviews: 10, 24

How Well I Stuck to It #5, October 19th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 43 Review:
Platform 21 by T.R. Patrick, Fuse by Julianna Baggott, Kiss of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning, Cooper by Harper Sloane, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Sunday: Warrior by Ellen Oh, King by Ellen Oh, Get Even by Gretchen McNeil, After the End by Amy Plum, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal, Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas
Monday: Air Bound by Christine Feehan, Polaris by Mindee Arnette, The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney, The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney, The Legacy of Eden by Nelle Davy, Precious Blood by Tonya Hurley
Tuesday: Passionaries by Tonya Hurley, Stray by Elissa Sussman, Originally Human by Eileen Wilks, Mortal Danger by Eileen Wilks, Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker, Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper
Wendesday: Ice Hunt by James Rollins, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, The Taking by Kimberly Derting, In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis, A Questionable Client by Ilona Andrews, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, Bridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Thursday: Claiming the Highlander by Kinley MacGregor, Born in Sin by Kinley MacGregor, Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson, The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Bloggett, The Savage Blood by Tamara Rose Bloggett, Death Sworn by Leah Cypress, Death Marked by Leah Cypress
Friday: For a Few Demons More by Kim Harrison, The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison, The Holidays Are Hell Anthology, Voyage by Diana Gabaldon, I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre, As Long As You Love Me by Ann Aguirre, The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre

Tour Books: Platform 21. Check.

Review Books: Passionaries, The Savage Blood. Check.

NetGalley: Fuse, My Last Kiss, Luminosity, The Legacy of Eden, Dead Over Heels, I Want It That Wya, As Long As You Love Me, The Shape of My Heart. 8 which means I can have 5 extra rereads or new books. Check.

Edelweiss: King, Get Even, After the End, Snow Like Ashes, Polaris, The Invisible, Stray, Beware the Wild, Salvage, Exquisite Captive, The Taking, In A Handful of Dust, Death Sworn, Death Marked. 14 which means I have have 12 extra rereads or new books. Check.

Meme Books: Voyage. No check.

Rereads: Ice Hunt, Claiming the Highlander, Born in Sin, For a Few Demons More, The Outlaw Demon Wails. 5. Which means I used up 0 of my extras from above. Check.

New Books: Kiss of the Highlander, Cooper, The Fault in Our Stars, Air Bound, Mortal Danger, Magic Bites, The Winner's Curse, Scent of Shadows, Holidays Are Hell. 9, but 5 are exceptions, which means I used up 3 of my extras from above. Check.

So another week where the only thing that didn't make it was the Memes, and that everything else was just fine. Hopefully next week Memes will pass!

Claire LaZebnik Author Page

The Story: I just had to read Epic Fail, it just sounded so awesome, cute, and yeah, just got it from the library, and I devoured it, it was just a great, funny, hilarious contemporary book, one that I just enjoyed so much!

Website

Stand Alone's: Epic Fail and her site, my review, The Trouble With Flirting and her site, my review, The Last Best Kiss and her site, my review, Wrong About the Guy

Cindi Madsen Author Page

The Story: I got All the Broken Pieces from NetGalley, and yeah, it was just a fantastic, really enjoyed it, and yeah, such an awesome mystery! Can't wait to read more of her books!

Website

Series: Cipher.

Cipher: Cipher and her site, my review, Rift and her site, my review, Resolution and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: All the Broken Pieces and her site, my review, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and her site, my review, Demons of the Sun and her site, my review.

Christopher Paolini Author Page

The Story: Lots of people were reading the Inheritance Cycle, and yeah, it just sounded really good! And I watched the movie with my grandparents in the theatres, and yeah, while it wasn't as good as the books, it was pretty OK!

Website

Series: The Inheritance Cycle.

The Inheritance Cycle: Eragon and her site, my review, Eldest and her site, my review, Brisingr and her site, my review, Inheritance and her site, my review, my reread.

Claudia Gabel Author Page

The Story: I got both Elusion, and Etherworld, from Edelweiss, and yeah, they both sounded so good! And yeah, unique, and awesome, amazing books, and yeah, I really enjoyed reading both of them! I hope Cheryl and Claudia writes more books together!

Website

Series: Elusion.

Elusion: Elusion and her sitemy reviewEtherworld and her site, my review.

Cheryl Klam Author Page

The Story: I got both Elusion, and Etherworld, from Edelweiss, and yeah, they both sounded so good! And yeah, unique, and awesome, amazing books, and yeah, I really enjoyed reading both of them! I hope Cheryl and Claudia writes more books together!

Website

Series: Elusion.

Elusion: Elusion and her site, my review, Etherworld and my review.

Chelsea Pitcher Author Page

The Story: The S-Word was a DAC Book, and it sounded so freaking good! And yeah, it was just so fantastic, and I'm going to be reading The Last Changeling soon because it's up on NetGalley!

Website

Series: Faery Revolutions.

Faery Revolutions: The Last Changeling and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: The S-Word and her site, my review,

Celeste Bradley Author Page

The Story: There was a description mess up on a library site, of Desperately Seeing a Duke, and another site (I can't remember which book I wanted, another or that one) and yeah, it sounded really good, so when I had time, read the trilogy! So good!

Website

Series: Heiress Brides, Liar's Club, Royal Four, Runaway Brides, Worthington.

Heiress Brides: Desperately Seeing a Duke and her site, my review, The Duke Next Door and her site, my review, Duke Most Wanted and her site, my review.

Liar's Club: The Pretender and her site, my review, The Imposter and her site, my review, The Spy and her site, my review, The Charmer and her site, my review, The Rogue and her site, my review.

Royal Four: To Wed a Scandalous Spy and her site, my review, Surrender to a Wicked Spy and her site, my review, One Night With a Spy and her site, my review, Seducing the Spy and her site, my review.

Runaway Brides: Devil in My Bed and her site, my review, Rogue in My Arms and her site, my review, Scoundrel in My Dreams and her site, my review.

Worthington: When She Said I Do and her site, my review, And Then Comes Marriage and her site, my review, With This Ring and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man and her site, my review, Fallen and her site, my review.

Anthologies: My Scandalous Bride and her site, my review.

Cat Patrick Author Page

The Story: I liked the sound of Forgotten, and yeah, lots of people had lots of great things to say about it, and yeah, it was just so great! And I've enjoyed all of the books that I've read by her!

Website

Stand Alone's: Forgotten and her site, my review, Revived and her site, my review, Just Like Fate and her site, my review, The Originals and her site, my review, Court.

Cassie Mae Author Page

The Story: I got Switched from NetGalley, it sounded really fantastic, and I read it so quickly, because it was just so good, so much fun and entertaining! Such great awesome, amazing, awkward situations that I just love to read about!

Website

Series: How To, Beds,

How To: How to Date a Nerd and her site, my review, How to Seduce a Band Geek and her site, my review, How to Hook a Bookworm and her site, my review.

Beds: True Love and Magic Tricks and her site, my review, King Sized Beds and Happy Trails and her site, my review, Beach Side Beds and Sandy Paths and her site, my review, Lonesome Beds and Bumpy Roads and her site, my review.

Stand Alone's: Switched and her site, my reviewReasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend and her site, my review, Friday Night Alibi and her site, my review, The Real Thing and her site, my review, Unexpectedly You and her site, my review, Secret Catch and her site, my review.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon October Sign Up

Write On Review-a-Thon
So the October review-a-thon, hosted by The Book Vixen, and yeah, I'm signing up, because yeah, most of 2012 and 2013 reviews still have to be written! 

Review-a-Thon Details:

-Reviews can be of the written variety or in video format.
-This event is not limited to book reviews. If you write/vlog reviews for movies, super cool gadgets, or anything else, you are welcome to participate.
-To participate, create a post on your blog with a list of reviews you need to complete. Don’t forget to grab the official blurb (above) and event button (grab code below). If you don’t have a blog, you can announce your intent to participate via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) with a link back to this sign up post so others can join in as well.
-Add the DIRECT LINK to your sign up post to the linky found at the end of this post. The sign up linky will be open until 11:55 pm PDT on 10/24.
-On 10/24, get working on those reviews!
-There will be a wrap-up post linky here on The Book Vixen on 10/26.

Goals: I want to write 20 reviews, again. My goals are any Week 43 reviews, reviews for books that I reread this year and had the first review in a year that I didn't post, and the December 2013 reviews! Yep. What about you guys? Happy reading (and writing reviews!)

Week 42 Reviews: Cole...Meet Ali, Alice of Zombieland, Through the Zombie Glass, The Queen of Zombie Hearts



From Goodreads:
I promised to rewrite the scene where Ali and Cole meet in Alice in Zombieland from Cole's point of view, and today I'm delivering.

Are you curious to know what thoughts rolled through Cole's head when he first met Ali? Read on!

From Goodreads:
She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real….

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies…

From Goodreads:
Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

I have a plan. 

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us. 

Either way, only one of us is walking away. 

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun. 


As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

My first review of Alice in Zombieland, Through the Zombie Glass
My second review of Alice of Zombieland
My Review:

Favourite lines from Cole...Meet Ali: "Doesn't he know we’re guys?  Anytime we show a softer side, we reveal a weakness we can’t afford to have. Girls pounce." As I girl, I kinda take offence at that. Oh, well, it's Cole! "We have abilities we don’t understand and consider nothing impossible, but if I admit I'd just mind-molested a strange girl, they'll go after her, might scare her. Do I want to see fear in those ocean water eyes?  Hell, no.  Not while I so vividly remember seeing passion…" Aw, so sweet and bad ass at the same time! "It's wrong of me—I know it’s wrong—but I smile.  Ready or not Ali, here I come." And I want to reread him doing so!

Favourite lines from Alice in Zombieland:

"The lunacy! Justin had asked the same thing about Cole. Throw in the reaction I'd gotten from Kat, Reeve, Poppy and Wren regarding my association with both Cole and Justin, and one thing became crystal clear: Speaking to a guy at Asher High was the equivalent of picking out wedding bands." Which is a bit extreme, what, it's high school! "But Cole, I can't ever give you a ride. I don't have a car, so there's no-" Well, of course he knows that, so go Ali, for annoying him! "Realized. But please refrain from mind-punching my pretty face. I like it just how it is." We do, to! "I ruined the saccharine-sweet request by trying to punch him." Which kinda defeats the purpose of the previous favourite line! "Settle down before you hurt my favorite body part. I'm really fond of my...gut." Riiiight, your gut. "Excuses are merely the cherry topping of an E. coli-infested sundae, Miss Bell." Which is totally gross! "The note read, Doing stuff. Kissing. Fighting." Yeah, that's real helpful and specific! "Goody! Time to enact Operation Boys Will Cry." To Be With Us, should be the full title! "We can't really spy on them if they're not spying on us, now can we?" Well, you could, but it wouldn't be as fun! "Boys! I swear. I peered up, ready to tell whichever guy had decided to come after to back off. I--I should never have doubted Kat." No, really shouldn't! "Something that allows a guy to put his hands all over a girl isn't dumb, It's genius." Have to agree with that as long as the boy's hands are staying in appropriate places in public! "Here? Now? My second was more panic." First kiss that's not in a vision? Reason for panic! "

Favourite lines from Through the Zombie Glass:

"Calm? Calm! I . Utterly. Exploded." Yeah, not a good idea to tell someone to calm down, when they're agitated! "...nothing would stop me from stealing this moment. 'O-kay. I should have guessed this was why you both took off so unexpectedly.' Nothing except Frosty." Ah, the troubles of young love-interruption being one of them! "Your grandmother is the toughest coc-uh, sex block I've ever come across." I can't not laugh at this! "We are what we eat, right? My brain was definitely eating that journal." Food for thought!!! "Ali Bell doesn't play hide-and-seek. She plays hide-and-pray-I-don't-find-you." Yes, she does! And "When Ali Bell gives you the finger, she's telling you how many seconds you have to live." and "Fear of spiders is arachnophobia, and fear of tight spaces is claustrophobia, but fear of Ali Bell is just called logic." and "There used to be a street named after Ali Bell, but it was changed because nobody crosses Ali Bell and lives. True story." and I heard Ali Bell once got bitten by a rattlesnake, but after three days of pain and agony, the rattlesnake died." and "Well, I heard that when Ali Bell wants to laugh, she reads the Guinness Book of World Records." Yeah, because Ali is just that bad ass! "What was the problem? I was only going ten miles an hour under the speed limit. If ten was the new word for twenty. And twenty was the new word for thirty. Whatever." Uh, if you go lower then 30, then in those words, you're not moving at all! "'You thinking you'll end up spanking me?' 'Knowing it.'" Well, it doesn't quite work out that way! "I mean, you weren't there the night we discovered you sneaking out to meet Ethan. Wait. You were there, you just didn't know we were. He freaked out. Like, hard-core." This is just so cute! "Her ace? What was her ace? What did I even care? He'd tattooed my name on his chest. He was mine, period." Yes, he is! "Alabama is an ocean of untapped, horny fish and daddy likes his seafood." Continuing your ho-bag ways? Not very smart! "I think I've told you how stubborn you are, how curious and now, even jealous, and you're also quick tempered, and you've got the meanest right cross of all time. But I get more joy from your smiles than anything else." And it continues on, but yeah, just so loveable! "He'd broken up with Mackenzie when she moved in, citing things were getting too serious. For me, he said, things couldn't get serious enough." No, they can't! "Mr. Holland's expression was all, like, oh, no, I'm going to need my balls reattached, and Cole's was all, you're about to lose something else. sucka." I can't stop laughing at this! "'Don't want Kat and Reeve to hear your best moves?' 'Don't want Kat and Reeve to hear the way you respond to my best moves.'" The cockiness in that statement is just so awesome! "Why don't you just take my sac, instead? The result will be the same." Well, you might think so, but we don't! "You may look at me and see a teenager. An afterthought. I will look at you and see a target. A dead one. I'm very good at hitting my targets." Great statement of fact!

Favourite lines from The Queen of Zombie Hearts: "Roses are red, violets are blue, be very afraid, we're coming after you." Please be slayers saying to the zombies, please!

"Hey! Don't make me pimp-slap you, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. A. Because I will." Love this, go Kat! "'That boy needs rest just as much as Miss Parker does.' 'So he doesn't need any, and he's good to go?'" True words, that! "'Sweet sling, Cole. It ony knochs three points off your alpha-male card.' 'I'm sure spanking a naughty little girl like you will return my number to its original glory.' 'You didn't tell me that your boyfriend had a pain-and-punishment fetish.' 'You didn't ask. But yeah, he does. I'm threatened with a spanking daily.' 'Lucky.'" Ah, how they banter with each other! "'You're my decoration.' 'And you're my toy.'" Go..uh...I can't think of a cutesy couple name for them, Aliol or Coli. Both aren't really cute! But go them as a couple! "Had to be a comical sight, two sticks trying to balance a grade-A manimal." Yeah, that would be funny! "Two choices.You'll do what she says. Or you'll do what she says. Feel me?" Oh, yeah, I think Kat does! "Ding, ding. Round one of The Bloodbath has begun." Well, it didn't really turn into much of a bloodbath! "Cole: Kat-no. U-DON'T WAIT LIKE A SWEET LITTLE TARGET, GO HOME. Me: News flash, Holland. ALL CAPS DOES NOT INTIMIDATE ME. Cole: IT SHOULD. THE WRATH OF C.H. IS NOT A PRETTY THING. Me: Bite me. Cole: This just in-I will. W/pleasure. But I want U 2 come back & get me. Currently there r no other cars available. BTW this is non-negotiable. Me: Sorry, babe, but this was an FYI exchange & not a solicitation 4 orders. U can use the time apart 2 negotiate this, (I used an emoticon to flip him off.) Cole: So that's a soft yes?" More texting banter! Love it! "Bring my boy toy home & all will be 4given." Yes, the love between Kat and Ali must be free of all flaws! "'So, I have to ask  you a personal question, because our next move hinges on your answer.' 'Ask.' 'How do you feel about stealing cars?'" Probably not what she was expecting! "A lady never smirks. Since when have I ever been a lady? I smirked." Yes. Awesome because she was right! "So, yeah, I kind of wanted to claw her face off and spit in her skull. Graphic, much? Straitlaced Ali piped up. Not graphic enough,  Bloodthirsty Ali quipped.  Hello, new personalities. So nice to meet you." Yeah, more sides of Ali! "First: that was a scary thought. A cranky Frosty was a murderous Frosty. Second: if we were going to stay together, wed need a SUV. Fabulous. 'Looks like we're all about to become freelance valets.'" Awesome! "Kat: Cake! Crazmasing! Knew U could do it, Ali me girl! Kat: WAIT. I know U Said he's good 2 go, but does he still have all his parts? I need 2 know if I can knee his man junk. HE MADE ME WORRY ABOUT HIS WELL-BEING. Reeve: Is Bronx speaking, or has he gone silent? Tell me! Please! I have 2 know which side of him I'll B dealing w/ so I'll know which Reeve 2 let greet him-the lover or the he-woman street fighter (yes, I fight. Sue me!) Kat: Would now B a horrible time 2 break up w/ him? Who cares! I'm gonna do it. Causing a girlfriend untold worry is a crime punishable by death! Kat: BTW how many people did he have 2 kill 2 survive? & is that why U left me behind (&and almost earned an alley kat experience U would never 4get?) B honest. U didn't want me 2 C the bodies, did U? Reeve: WHY AREN'T U HERE??? I"ll street fight YOU if U don't hurry." Kat: Is it bad that I'm turned on right now?" Kat and Reeve, they are so loveable! "'I'm going to regret number seven for the rest of my life, aren't I?' 'And probably part of your afterlife, too." That is a given! "'Mouth.' 'Yes. I have one." Yeah. that's what he means by that! "Reason fourteen. You are one smoking blond. All this hair...I like it wrapped around my fists." Another reason, yeah! I wonder how many we're going to get up to! "He spit the words like weapons. Which was kind of funny, considering the fact that he was actually holding weapons" and "One read There IS No Place Darkness Can Hide When Light Shines. The other read Cole Belongs to Ali, Now and Always." That is so sweet and cute! "Kick some zombie butt, dear. For sheezie." Oh, Nana's teen speak! "..that I'm to remember that just because he isn't around doesn't mean I can ride the carnal carousel with my girlfriend." Never heard it phrased that way! "Distraction was the number one cause of death among slayers. Well, that and zombie toxin, Anima plots and not asking for help when it was needed. But that was beside the point." That's a lot of number one causes! "The one we'd stolen...I mean, valeted...had already been wiped and moved." Love this running joke! "'The thought of Anima's destruction is my new happy place.' 'Not my bed? I've been usurped?' 'You aren't interested in going all the way. So yes, you've been usurped.' 'Ali Bell. Are you pressuring me to have sex with you?' 'Yes.'" Serves him right! "'What'cha doing?' 'Cole.' 'Uh, I happen to know you're not doing him.'" Give me more! "Reason fifteen. Intrepid." I think, maybe, 20. Given that we got 10 right away. 5 more should be the list we get in this one (though it'll go on in the future, we probably won't get them.) "'Customers can't be back here.' 'Good thing we're not customers.'" This is very true! "I filed the new ability in the back of my mind under the heading: Favourite toy. Subtitle: Zombies go boom, boom. Humans? Not sure." It is pretty cool! "Thanks for the invite. Maybe next time rethink sending the four horsemen of the apocalypse as escorts. They aren't exactly a welcoming first act." True, that! "Pop-Tart? Because I'm packed with fruit and super tasty? Thanks." Why do some guys call girls terms that could be considered derogatory? I mean, really. "'Please tell me you aren't one of those people who subscribes to the 'say something nice or stay silent' philosophy.' 'I'm one of those people who comes in peace...until it's time to leave everyone in pieces." Exactly. You don't mess with Cole or Ali. "Could he, perhaps, be related to Gavin?" Very possibly, or brothers from other mothers who haven't met yet! "Only and idiot wouldn't want her. Are you saying you're an idiot?" I guess he is! "'How did she do that?' 'Here's a better question. Why can't you do it?'" Yeah, it's kinda sad that you can't! "He was naked, and he didn't care that I had a perfect view of his perfect butt." It is awesome! "Even if you know the end is coming, you refuse to let me go." Reason #16! Love love love! "Hey now! We weren't making out! Z.A. was trying to eat him." Yeah, big difference! "Great! We didn't have time for this. Um. A slayer with time for Zombies? I should finally get that spanking, because dang, I was being so dumb." Well, you are incredibly busy! "If they could get hold of our text exchanges-and according to Castle, they totally could-there would be problems." A Castle reference! Love it! "I was hunting zombies. Kids like to play video games, you know?" And both are true. They just aren't connected like the police would connect it! "Possessive little buggers, aren't they?" Yeah, they are! "'I have moments, too. Practically every single one I live. So let's do ourselves a favor and make things interesting.' 'Are you challenging me to a Zombie Kill-Off?' 'Person how slaves the most evil spirits wins? Done.' 'Not done. There's no way to keep track. I ash them horde at a time.' 'Smack talk already.' 'Truth talk.' 'If you aren't good enough to count your kills, well, yo already lost. At least try to redeem yourself.' 'I didn't agree to anything.' 'Did I hear we're having a kill-off?'" First her banter with River, and then Gavin! Yeah! "Some were quite inventive, suggesting I have sex with a few of my weapons." Which seeing as he's in pain, makes sense! "'Guy was fast, but not fast nought. We were able to introduce him to our fists.' 'And our elbows.' "And our knees and boots. He didn't stand a chance.'" And he doesn't deserve it, the assassin dude! "'Reeve and I are locking horns over a joke. I say it's wonderful, and she says it's lame. We need a final ruling.' 'Let's hear it.' 'What did the zombie say during a wrestling match?' 'What?' 'Do you want a piece of me?'" I'm with Kat! "Threaten? No, darling Cole. Remove? Yes." Ali really wouldn't like it, and next line has another! "I'm sure Bronx would love to hear you've contemplated putting you hands on my junk. I'm staying and keeping my private property. Ali like me intact." And like Ali thinks, truer words were never spoken! "I'm going to live with Frosty, and he's going to cater to my every whim. When I've decided he's earned the right to be Mr. Kat Parker, I will marry him. You two will be maids of honor, or course. I'm going to force you to wear the most hideous gowns ever created. Can't have anyone thinking you're prettier than the bride." Nope, can't have that, and such a wonderful future image! "Usually 'you're so amazing, Cole.' And 'I want to be your slave, Cole.'" That's enough to not deliver on the spanking? Weak! "Has anyone ever called you sweet? Np? Good." Because blubbering should not be a highlight? "They weren't mine. They were...practice." Very true! "Any guy who makes a girl feel like she needs a bigger rack isn't worth shi-crap." Slow save, but a save, minus the teasing that gets! Also, this is very true, and the opposite is true! "Maybe I was testing my resolve. I got an F, by the way." Yes, weak resolve in the face of Ali seduction! "If you tell me Frosty saw himself in bed with Bronx, the way Gavin saw himself in bed with Jaclyn, I will absolutely, one hundred percent...want front--row seats when it happens." Me, too! "Roses r red, violets R blue, I have five fingers & the middle 1 is 4 U." Awesome poem by Kat for Frost! "Dude. You'd never win me back." Yeah, her and Kat, never would Cole or Frosty, be able to part them! "That's the only way to fight, Coleslaw." I just can't see Cole as coleslaw! "'Me? Throw myself at you? Sugar, you couldn't get laired in a whorehouse with a fistful of twenties." Jacyln and Gavin flirting! "Seriously. Enough! I'm usually a big fan of sexual tension, but this is like an X-rated kindergarten class, with two little jerks crushing on each other, both too stupid to admit it out loud." Exactly! Love River! "Sure, we'll trade you. In never." Yep. "I wanted to stand on a rooftop and shout. Hey, world! Cole and I finally had sex!" Yeah! "I think we both know that plan was destined to fail. And stupid.. And a crime against nature." It was! Good thing that it did fail! "'And you're not dying of shame for memorizing something from a chick flick?' 'Baby, that movie isn't a chick flick. It's the best wingman of all time. Any guy can get laid afterwards. Besides, the thought of Ryan Gosling made you go all dreamy and crap.'" Uh, who's Ryan Gosling? I might know his face, but I can't connect it to his name. "Names. Plural. Just how many girls did I need to hospitalize?" Probably a lot! "'I've got it all figured out. On my downtime, I'll be a survivalist, taking care of people out into the woods and teaching them how to thrive.' 'And telling them what to do.' 'That's just a bonus.' 'Well, it's perfect for you. But what about your up time?" 'Law enforcement.' 'You'll get to deal with punk kids with secrets.' 'Karma.' 'The cow.'" Love this! So cute! "Oh, no. I'd hate to have your nails embedded anywhere on me...again." Snorts. "If you're talking about my penis, I'd like to think it's precious to you, too." So stop threatening it! "...where the computer screen flashed a picture of Frost. I did a double take. He wore a formal gown, as pink as Reeve's walks used to be, complete with ruffles and bows." and "I'd like one of Cole in the same outfit. Only sleeveless." And he deserves deserves it! And the Frosty picture sound so hilarious! "Cole and I had sex. In other news, I want to smash his face." Deserves that, too! "I don't think I've ever heard you sting so many words together at once. But let me see if I got the gist of what you were saying. Cole needs to be castrated?" Yeah, that was a whole paragraph 11 lines long speech! "Yeah, but you're a girl. The braver species." This is very true! "You come back to me. Ali-cat. You're nothing without me." Go Kat and her healthy ego! "You'll what? Yell at me?" Yeah, not much to do to hurt a dead person but hurt their loved ones, but Cole would never hurt Ali! "When he wasn't gunning people down in a hallway, he was actually kind of sweet. And charming. And witty. And so hot he made my mouth water." Awesome! "I gasped at the beautiful buffet suddenly displayed before me. Strength and vitality-life. He was bronzed and muscled. Tattooed-good glory! That was my name etched across his chest, stretching from one nipped to the other. Ali Bell, not Sami. And one of those nipples was pierced!" Ali seeing Cole's bare chest for the first time, a second time! Love this! Though it's a bit different then the first first time! "I put the fun in funeral." Only Kat could possible say this without it hurting! "Let me guess. You skipped ahead. You're reading this before you glance at a single word of Ali's tale because you're too impatient, have to know if there's a happily ever after for everyone. Too bad. I'll tell you nothing. I'm evil like that. Or I was. Can you hear me grumbling?" I did! I so did that! "We'll get married-he says he may lock me down before college. Can't have other guys getting ideas about his 'gator or he'll have to give up his dream of being a crime fighter and become a felon. Bones will have to be broken. Blood will have to be spilled. I wouldn't mind the carnage. thought. I know the beast I'm paired with and love him anyway." We all do! So cute! Cole and the future Mrs. Cole. Ali and the future Mr. Ali." Yes, go Ali and Mr. Ali!!!

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1.5, 1, 2, 3
First Read: September 27th, 2012, October 2nd, 2013
Second Read: September 4th, 2013
Read: October 15th, 15th, 17th, 17th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books! And The Queen of Zombie Glass is a End of Sereis 2014 Book, WoW Book, and WTC Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: September 25th 2012, September 24th 2013, September 30th 2014

Alice of Zombieland:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Cole...Meet Ali:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Through the Zombie Glass:

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









The Queen of Zombie Hearts:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars



Week 42 Review: Hotter Than Hell

From Goodreads:
Beyond the boundaries of the everyday is an unseen realm where anything you imagine is possible. Your demon lover is waiting for you in the shadows, ready to fulfill your secret wishes and most dangerous fantasies. Here passion has a face and form both titillating and terrifying—and love has teeth and claws. Get ready to give in to your craving for something exquisitely dark . . . and different.

Hotter Than Hell gathers together a baker's dozen of today's boldest and best authors of supernatural fiction and paranormal romance in a breathtaking anthology that blends black magic with red-hot desire. From the tantalizing tale of a conflicted psychic vampire driven by a powerful, savage love to the strange saga of a Greek warrior woman battling to save the world, these are stories outside the limits, as hypnotic as the full moon . . . and hotter than the sun.

My Review:


Authors: Kim Harrison, Tanya Huff, Marjorie M. Liu, Cheyenne McCray, L.A. Banks, Susan Krinard, Keri Arthur, Heidi Betts, Lilith Saintcrow, Denise Little, Susan Sizemore, Carrie Vaughn, Linda Winstead Jones
Series:The Hollows #4.5
Read: October 16th, 2014
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Reading the whole series! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Harper
Published: June 24th 2008
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 42 Reviews: Elusion, Etherworld


From Goodreads:
Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

From Goodreads:
In this sequel to Elusion, three teens fight a virtual reality program that threatens to destroy their minds. Dangerous secrets and lies add up to a thrilling futuristic fantasy with an Inception-inspired twist.

Elusion was hailed as an exciting leap in technology—until users began to disappear amid rumors of addiction. Regan’s search for the truth led her and her new love interest, Josh, to Etherworld. Etherworld is a dimension hidden deep beyond Elusion's firewall, where players can hide, and ultimately fight back. Regan's father and others are here working to destroy Etherworld, but the longer they stay the less likely they'll be able to return to the real world alive.

Escape means attacking Elusion from within the program. It's dangerous and it’s a puzzle. And even if they manage it, how will they be able to stop Orexis from distributing Elusion to the masses when the people who run it are corrupt?

My Review:


Favourite lines from Elusion: "Patrick: How awesome am I? Go on tell me, I can take it. ;-)" A bit egotistical, that I can say!

Favourite lines from Etherworld: "Any kid of David's is a friend of mine." Well, that's kinda weird, plus Regan is David's only kid! "I'm flat on my back, lying on the cold, hard ground." Remind anyone of some music lyrics? "Yeah. On fire. In hell. No big surprise, right?" Right! "Avery. Me. A kitchen. A cake. And now a knife..." Yeah, not the safest of situations! "'And take off with your boyfriend on his motorcycle.' 'Yeah, right!' 'Okay, that last part was hard for me to say. But I mean it.'" Yeah, not really what a dad tells his daughter most often!


Authors: Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Series: Elusion #1, 2
Read: October 11th, 15th, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Reason Why: They both sounded good, beautiful covers, and they're 2014 Dystopia Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Books! And Etherworld is going to be a WoW Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: March 18th 2014
Expected Publication: March 30th 2015

Elusion:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars










Etherworld:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
4.5/5 Stars

Week 42 Review: Dragonfly in Amber

From Goodreads:
The second book of the Outlander saga... For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the danger of his. Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart.

My Review:
So this was a really fantastic book! And like it says, it's a spellbinding tale, one in which while there was over 900 pages, and I read it in 2 days, and that time would've been less if I hadn't had a Thanksgiving dinner on the first day, and went to see The Maze Runner on the 2nd. Yeah. Because it was just so incredible, and I wanted to know what was going to happen next! to

So it starts off with Roger's POV, the nephew of the reverend that Frank was doing research with at the beginning of Outlander, the little boy that was there. Well, he's not a boy, seeing as it's 23 years later. And then Claire and her daughter, Brianna show up, and enlist him in finding out what happened to a list of men.

Because somehow, between the end of Outlander, and some time before this book starts, Claire came back to the 1940's. And the majority of this story is that time, the story leading up to her coming back. And it's a pretty heart-breaking tale!

There were a lot of intrigues, and lots of things happen, Jamie copies Charles' letters, to help his and Claire's cause to try and keep the battle where most of the Scotsmen die, and then their traditions are banned, from happening. Oh, and Claire gets a reputation for being a White Lady, seeing into the souls of men, and capable of destroying their privates, in both France, and Scotland, the rumours in France being started by Jamie, so he wouldn't be teased for not using a prostitute.

And there were some personal things, like Jamie promises to leave Black Jack alive for a year, so that a child could be created to be Frank's ancestor. And then he breaks that promise-for a good reason-and cuts off Black Jack's privates, which he so deserves, but don't fear-things turn out good for Frank being born!

But that breaking of the promise has some negative effects for Jamie and Claire. Because first she miscarries the baby, just as Jamie, as she thinks, kills Black Jack, which initially she blames Jamie for, but then really, it's just because it was a difficult pregnancy. And then to get Jamie out of prison for duelling, she has to gain favour from the King, which is supposed to be sex, but he uses her for her White Lady abilities, and then a quick sealing of the deal which was short, and well, yeah, just a few strokes, and then he goes and uses that for his mistress. So not fun for Claire, but it gets Jamie out so he can continue on with their plan!

OK, when Claire's resting after the miscarriage, and gets the note from Murtagh, the way it was written, "The hand is that of Monsieur Murtagh." I thought that meant it was Murtagh's severed hand, which would be gross and bad. Thankfully, it just means that it was written by him!

When I was going back to add some favourite lines, I reread over that Old Fox had claimed Jamie's men as part of his own, later on in the battle. Which sucks, because Jamie prevented that from happening at first, and then the Old Fox just slides it in. And I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing for the men listed!

When Jamie killed Dougal, well, I wish that Dougal had just a bit less headstrong-rush-into-things-without-all-the-facts mentality, to have let Claire and Jamie explain, instead of just barging in, calling Claire names, trying to kill her. It's not very nice!

 That Roger is Gellis' and Dougal's number of great's, grandson, and Claire came back to Scotland in 1968, the year that Gellis said that she came from, well, yeah, that's hard on Roger-does he help send Gellis-or Gillian, as she's known before she goes-to her fiery death after 10 years in the past, or keep her in the present, and have himself probably not exist? That's a hard thing to deal with!

It's song is Pompeii by Glee Cast, because I just started lisening to it when I was reading this book, and yeah, I just put it on repeat, and listened to it non-stop while reading this book! I mean, it's a great song, and nice to listen to it, and yeah!

Favourite lines: "Names got muddled with enormous frequency, especially in the Highlands, where half the population at any given moment seemed to be named 'Alexander.' Consequently, men had customarily been known by their place-names, as well as their clan or surnames. Sometimes instead of the surnames. 'Lochiel.' one of the most prominent Jacobite chieftains, was in fact Donald Cameron, of Lochiel, which distinguished him nicely from the hundreds of other Camerons named Donald." That is a lot of people with the same name! "He had never before been exposed to such a barrage of domesticity. In short, Fiona was driving him mad." That's too bad! "My dear woman, this is Scotland. Of course not liking whiskey is a crime." So arrest me, because I don't like any alcohol! "Hearts of oak are our men, stainless steel are their bums, It builds the national character." *snorts* that's a weird thing to have to build character! "The Scots, unaccustomed to receiving anything from the South by armed invasions and political interference, had risen to the challenge magnificently." So funny! "Though I've always supposed Mr. Macintosh was rather a lily-livered sort; most Scots I've known were relatively impervious to rain." And he invented the rain coat, it sounds like? Then I agree with Claire! "In most cities, the usual response of taxicabs to rain is to disappear, as though they were soluble. In Inverness, though, such behaviour would render the species rapidly extinct." I'll go with that, seeing as I've never been there, it sounds right! "He said one morning he came in early and turned on the light, to find a genuine Highlander dirk sticking in His Grace's belly. Said id gave him a right turn." Well, "his grace" deserved it, and much earlier, where it might have done some good! "I opened my eyes, to see the anxious face of Jamie Fraser hovering a few inches above me." That's a bit startling! "Maybe not, Sassenach, but I may." And we wouldn't want that! "He let go of the mantelpiece, took a step toward me, and crumpled slowly onto the hearth, eyes blank, and  wide, sweet smile on his dreaming face." You'd think that'd hurt! "I raised on one elbow to examine the remains. Not too bad, I thought critically. His eyes were screwed tightly shut against stray beams of sunlight, and his hair stuck out in all directions like a hedgehog's spines, but his skin was pale and clear, and the hands clutching the coverlet were steady." Just so cute! "I couldn't budge you, so I just laid a quit over you and left you on the hearth. You came to life and crawled in under you own power, somewhere in the middle of the night." and "'No. I couldn't have.' 'Yes, you could. Twice.'" And...he doesn't remember. Guess it's a good thing she does! "Tell me, are all Scots born knowing about politics, or is just you?" Yeah, he seems to know a lot! "Plainly this last qualification was at least sufficient to balance, if not outweigh, the book-drinking and flesh-eating." Yeah, money is a pretty strong motivator! "If Scotsmen were stubborn about anything-and, in face, they tended to be stubborn about quite a number of things, truth be known-it as the virtues of oatmeal parritch for breakfast. Through eons of living on a land so poor there was little to eat but oats, they had as usual converted necessity into a virtue, and instead that they liked the stuff." Since I don't know what it is, well, good for them, and yeah, funny about the stubbornness! "If you've had much to do wi' Highland Scots, then ye'll know that it's rare to find two of them in agreement of anything much beyond the color of the sky-and even that is open to question from time to time." This is fun! "...Herr Gerstmann humming in my ear like a demented bumblebee." That is a very strong image that comes to mind! "Forgot to eat? Christ, you did have it bad." Yeah, sounds like! "Pushing? Are ye meaning to visit the place, or move into it?" Who knows! It is a hospital, after all! "What d'ye think of 'Dalhousie,' Sassenach?" Dalhousie is a station on Calgary C-Train. Not a name of a child! "At least I don't expect you'll come home from a hospital wi' your privates plucked bare." No, I don't think that'll happen! "'Horrible.' I answered, beaming broadly." So I guess that means you liked it? "I'll leave it to you, Sassenach, to imagine what it feels like to arrive unexpectedly in the midst of a brothel, in possession of a verra large sausage." It'd be hilarious for all but the one who does it! "Seizing upon this unexpected manifestation of maleness..." Hilarious! Poor Jamie! "Why, the sausage, of course. Ye dinna think I'd let it go to waste?" I'd be more worried if something transferred onto it from hitting the one guy and breaking his nose! "I willna be reading the man's love letters. Evena plotter must scruple at something." That's a weird line to make! "After all, ye couldna expect a mere husband to hold the same sort of appeal as an inflamed bowel or a case of bilious spots, could ye?" Love this rhetorical question! "'Och, don't worry,' he said cheerfully. 'There's another bottle in the cupboard.'" I don't think that's what she's worried about! "Think it over, laddie. I'm a damn sight bigger than you. I wouldna undertake any rash ventures, if I were you. Faster, too." That's not a very nice thing to say to a dog, Jamie! "'What would have done with him, once you'd got him wrapped up in your plaid?' 'Thrown him out the window and run like hell.'" And that's even worse! Though teasing him about it is fun! "I hope it willna disturb ye, Sassennach, if I castle in my sleep." That's a lot of chess! "...and he tumbled to the ground in a flurry of plid and bare legs that would have revealed to a discerning observer that this particular Scotsman wasn't wearing anything under his kilt at hte moment." Which some of the ladies were wondering! "I always wanted to be a pirate, when I was a bairn. Pity I canna wear a cutlass." Yeah, too bad! "Whatever God meant you to be, Jamie Fraser, it wasn't a monk." Nope! "...I found myself thinking that I had always heretofore assumed that the tendency of eighteenth-century ladies to swoon was due to tight stays; now I regather thought that it might be due to the idiocy of eighteenth-century men." It could very well be! "If 'complaisant' was not the very last world that came to mind at the thought of Jamie Fraser, it was certainly well down towards the bottom of the list." Yeah, you could say that! "Have ye ever had seasickness while covered wi' nettle rash, Sassenach?" Sounds really unpleasant! "Well, Sassenach, all I can say is, it's a hell of a place to be wounded." Yeah, losing your privates must hurt! And Black Jack totally deserves it! "Insofar as I could gather, this meant 'lazy tower,' which made at least as much sense as applying the term 'North-facing Tower' to a cylindrical structure." So, pretty much none. Just loosely, at least, for the later! "Oh, it's fallen down a number of times. The folk that lived there just put i back up again' that's likely why it leans." Ah, so cute! "Then, with a hissing sigh of resignation, he got laboriously to his feet. With a moody twitch of his shoulder, he summoned Ian and the two of them turned, following Murtagh, who was already out the door. As he passed, Jamie reached down a long arm, hauled Fergus to his feet, and dragged the boy sleepily along." All so they don't bring ghosts into the house? So hilarious! "I dinna kien quite what its like to have to wash and dress your move your bowels in public, but I can tell ye that it's a verra humbling experience to have to stand there and explain to one of your father's tenants just what we did that's about to get your arse scalded for ye." I would imagine so! "You can boil them, too. Or mash them with milk. Or fry them. Or chop them up and put them in soup. A very versatile vegetable, toe potato." Yes it is. And as someone who made mashed potatoes (which is one of my most favourite of foods) well, technically it's yesterday when I write this, but when I post it, it's going to be 7 days. Yeah. "I'm going to stick ye upside down in yonder kettle an' ye dinna leave off pokin' me in the balls." Yeah, Small Jamie, leave Big Jamie alone! "Watch them sometime, when they're walking the fields together. I dinna suppose they even realize they do it still, but they do. Jamie always moves to the left, so Ian can take up the place on the right, guardin' the weak side." Aw, this is so cute! "'You,' I said to the invisible rooster, 'are living on borrowed time.'" Yeah, a middle of the night awakening is not fun! "There's a pot right by your bed,d clot-heid. ye must have stepped in it on your way out; why can ye no get it through your heid to use that one? Why have ye got to come use mine, every night in creation?" Because you're his mom! "Bangers and mash." and "Sausages with mashed potatoes. A nice traditional English dish, hitherto unknown in the benighted reaches of Scotland." And Claire's just the person to get it there! "No matter how much Ian's intrusion had been resented, I couldn't imagine a mole trying to strangle him in retaliation." So how bad is the real story? "We shouted at each other, I now that much. And I wanted to hit him, but I couldn't because of his leg. And he wanted to hit me, but couldn't-because of his leg." So it's inconveniencing them both! "Oh, womanly sympathy, love and food? Don't want a lot, do you?" Not really! "Aye, well, I dinna recall Adam's asking God to take back Eve-and look what she did to him." True. "How does it go? Why, I'll tell you, sir! it goes to the east, and then it goes to the west, and then half of it comes downhill to have luncheon, while the other half marches off to devil-knows-where! That's where it goes!" Sounds rather aggregating! "The Camerons have been drillled all day. By now, they've been marched to and fro so much that they can't tel tehir pricks from their arsholes." Well, that doesn't sound very nice! "The only saving grace of the matter, is that the English have been forced to turn themselves about as well, in response to our movements. They've turned Cope's entire force no less than four times, and now he's strung his fight flank out nearly to the sea, no doubt wondering what in God's name we'll do next." This is quite hilarious! "Given the behaviour of the Father and the Son, the Highlander army had better hope that the Holy Ghost doesn't choose to descend today." Yeah, they'd better! "I had it when I went out." Jamie, stop teasing! Claire wouldn't be happy if you lost it! "At last he lay back with a dismal sigh, and mumbled his consent to let a 'wumman' lay hands on his private parts." Because you don't want Jamie's inexperienced hands with Claire's  needles to sew up said private parts! "Someone, he supposed, had tripped over a furze bush." Well, what the English think was a furze bush, instead of a Highlander warrior! "Didn't realize your husband was in the habit of roasting and eating small children, did you?" Ah, Such liars, these English are! "I had no fear at all of assault in the darkness; even had I not been known by now to all the Jacobite troops occupying the city, the prevailing horror of fresh air kept everyone indoors." This is hilarious! "Perhaps I'd better add some garlic to the list; worn in a silver pomander-locket about the neck, it was supposed to ward off disease. What it actually did do, I supposed, was to keep disease-ridden companions at a safe distance-equally satisfactory, from my point of view." Yeah, either one works! "'You must tell me if there is some way in which I might repay your generous service.' 'There is. I want to take my husband home to bed. Now.'" Though I think not for the purpose that first pops into people's heads, seeing as said husband is sick! "Scottish clansmen fought according to their ancient traditions. Disdaining strategy, tactics, and subtlety, their method of attack was simplicity itself. Spotting the enemy within range, they dropped their plaids, drew their swords, and charged the foe, shrieking at the tops of their lungs. Gaelic shrieking being what it is, this method was more often successful than not. A good many enemies, seeing a mass of hairy, bare-limbed banshees bearing down on them, simply lost all nerve and fled. Well schooled as it might ordinarily be, nothing had prepared Jamie's horse for a grade-A, number one Gaelic shriek, uttered at top volume from a spot two feet behind its head. Losing all never, it laid back its ears and fled as though the devil itself were after it." With Jamie still attached! So much fun! "And you're needed such attentions, Grandsire, I'll see to it myself. It's no pleasure to me to be stickin' my fingers up your hairy auld arse, but I expect it's my filial duty to save ye from exploding in a shower of piss, no?" This is hilarious! "I always thought there was some reason why 'Scot' rhymed with 'plot.'" This, too! "I dinna suppose the English would hang him." Yeah, they're unlikely to hang a horse! "Its  flame strengthened and rose, revealing what I had suspected from the sound of that vigorous Gaelic expletive-Mary, invisible save for a pair of wildly scrabbling hands, face smothered under a pillow and body flattened by the prostate form of my large and agitated husband, who despite his advantage of size, appeared to have his hands well and truly full." Seems like it! "I didn't think she was going to consider an armed Highlander an adequate substitute for her absent lover." I don't think so, either! "Sorry, cully. If you think that's bad, just wait 'til he gets back on." Yeah, Jamie is pretty big! "I'll tell ye, Sassenach; if ever I feel the need to change my manner of employment, I dinna think I'll take up attacking women-it's a bloody hard way to make a living." Yeah, first the laundress who took you hair, then the housekeeper who got him in the balls, and then Mary who scratched him when he thought she was Claire! Poor Jamie! So funny! "Lord, ye gave me a rare woman, and God! I loved her well." Yes, you have Jamie. "'You're going to get your head chopped off, you old Scotch cur!' 'I expect I shall, you ugly old English b***t!'" That sounds like Jamie's Grandsire! "I? I who read souls for the King of France? This will be pie." Yeah, it would be, in comparison! "Finally, they had left, with their forms and badges and cars with flashing lights, to oversee the removal of Greg Edgar's body from the ring of stone, to issue ta warrant for the arrest of his wife, who, having lured her husband to his death, had fled the scene. To put it mildly, Roger thought dazedly." I would say so, seeing as she went over 200 years in the past!

This was just such a fantastic book! And such a compelling story, and while it's enormous, it's just the kind of book that I just adore to bits!

Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #2
Read: October 11th-12th, 2014
Source: Own. Well, technically my mom, but since she only reads e-books now, yeah!
Reason Why: Loved Outlander, and it's a Historical Fiction 2014 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book, and a WTC Book!
Publisher: Dell
Published: November 2nd 1993
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars