Review: Blood Feud

Blood Feud by Alyxandra Harvey: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2010
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Format: Paperback , 272pp
  • Sales Rank: 28,428
  • Age Range: Young Adult


It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.
The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.
This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.

My Review:

I really don’t have a whole lot to say about this book. It was an okay read, but not something that I would pick up to read again.  It was difficult both bounce back and forth between two different points of view, as well as, present to flashbacks.  While I understand the history is important to the story I think that it made it a more difficult read that it had to be. 

Overall, the story has a decent plot but was very predictable.  I knew very early on where the story was going and what I could expect from the different characters.  For a simple just sit down and red book it is good for that but not for really getting vested with characters and wanting to know more.

I was most interested in the flash backs to the eighteenth century and what Istabeau had to do to stay alive in this troubled time in France. 

I would rate this book 3/5 stars

Review: Running Around (and such)

Running Around (and Such) (Lizzie Searces for Love Series #1) by Linda Byler: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2010
  • Publisher: Good Books
  • Format: Paperback , 324pp
  • Sales Rank: 98,990
  • Age Range: Young Adult


A romance novel by an Amish writer, based on true experiences! It isn’t that Lizzie doesn’t want to stay Amish. There is just so much to figure out. What will become of LIzzie? Is she too spirited, too innocent and almost too uninhibited to be a young Amish woman?

My Review:

I was lucky enough to win this book and really did not know what to expect of it.  I was drawn to the idea that I might learn more about the Amish way of life and the challenges that it holds.  I was pleased that I was left wanting to know more about this culture. 

Lizzie Glick is the 2nd oldest of a family of 5 children who are moving to a new Amish community a great distance from their current home in Jefferson County to a farm because her father is looking for a new challenge.  We are walked through Lizzie as she learns about herself, God, and the ways of the Amish.  She is challenged with who she is and how she feels about the different boys in her life.  She is also challenged with how she fits into her family and working outside the home.  What drew me the most to this story was Lizzie trouble with her weight and self-esteem.  This was very real to me, something that has always been a struggle for me and it made me feel connected to Lizzie even though we come from very different backgrounds.  The book left me wanting to know what decision Lizzie will make for her future. I will look to read the following books in the future.

I rate this book 4 of 5 stars.

Review: Side Jobs by Jim Butcher

Side Jobs by Jim Butcher: Book Cover

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Hardcover , 418pp
  • Sales Rank: 907


The first short story collection in the #1 New York Times bestselling series-including a brand-new Harry Dresden novella!
Here, together for the first time, are the shorter works of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher-a compendium of cases that Harry and his cadre of allies managed to close in record time. The tales range from the deadly serious to the absurdly hilarious. Also included is a new, never-before-published novella that takes place after the cliff-hanger ending of the new April 2010 hardcover, Changes. This is a must-have collection for every devoted Harry Dresden fan as well as a perfect introduction for readers ready to meet Chicago’s only professional wizard.

My Review:

I would highly recommend that one have read all of the books in this series before taking this one on.  I love the wit and humor in the Dresden Files and this book continues though it while filling in some of the blanks that I had while reading thought them.  Butcher does a nice job of explaining each short story, as well as, where it falls in the series.  I was pleased to see stories from Thomas, Dresden’s brother, and Murphy, cop he works with and has always had feeling for.  I enjoyed seeing the different styles that Butcher can write from outside of what I have seen him write in the past.  I was a little disappointed when this came out as the next book in the series because it felt like it was just a filler book and that the series might die off but after reading Aftermath I think there will be more to come for Harry Dresden.  It really does not give us any idea what is too come but leaves the door wide open for more.  4.5 stars for this book – mostly due to the fact that it is a collection rather than a continuation of the story.  

Please be sure to check out review of Ghost Story the book that follows Side Jobs.