Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hostage to Pleasure Release Contest

In celebration of the upcoming release of Hostage to Pleasure, Nalini Singh is hosting a contest. Up for grabs is a $75 gift certificate to an online bookstore of your choice.


(a)Do a post on your blog, livejournal, myspace, facebook or website etc, where you answer at least one of the questions below. You can do all three questions if you like!

Which fictional hero (from books, tv, movies...) would you most like to hold hostage?

Which fictional hero would you most like to be held hostage by?

Which fictional world would you most like to be held hostage in?

(b) link back to this post & mention the contest
(c) post the cover of Hostage to Pleasure if possible; and
(d) leave a comment here with a link to where you've posted your entry (if, for some reason, you can't comment, email me the details at nalinisinghwrites @ (without the spaces))
*NOTE: If you're leaving a Myspace link, please leave a link to your profile - the direct links to the blogs aren't working.
(e) do all this before midnight September 5th, 2008, PST.

Here I go:

Which fictional hero (from books, tv, movies...) would you most like to hold hostage? Christian Jervaulx from Flowers from the Storm. He is just so lovely.

Which fictional hero would you most like to be held hostage by? Daemon Sadi from The Black Jewels Trilogy.

Which fictional world would you most like to be held hostage in? Hm, that's a tough one. I'll go with the alternate world that Nalini Singh has created. Changelings and Psy and Humans, oh my!

Friday, August 29, 2008

RIP III Challenge

For me, there's no better season than Autumn. So, what better way to begin the approaching season than by reading an atmospheric tale. Carl V from Stainless Steel Droppings has kicked off this season with a challenge. He is hosting the RIP III Challenge. I love challenges, but I'm not good at sticking to them because I tend to procrastinate and not meet deadlines. Well what's really good about this one is that the amount of books you choose to read varies on your personal choice.

I'm accepting the Peril of the Second. Under this peril I will need to read two books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that I choose. If I'm able to read more, I will.

Here are the pool of books that I'm interested in reading. I'll choose at least two from my list to review:

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Mina - Marie Kiraly
Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

This challenge runs from September 1 through October 31. For more information visit Stainless Steel Droppings: RIP III Challenge.

When Twilight Burns- Review

I have a guest review for When Twilight Burns up at The Book Binge today.

Ruining Victoria's homecoming, a vampire stalks the streets of London – during the daylight. Not only is Victoria unable to detect the vampire with her heightened senses, but she's being framed as the prime suspect behind the killings.

Meanwhile, her heart is still divided between the enigmatic Sebastian Vioget and her fellow slayer Max Pesaro. The battle is made even more difficult by the legacy of a vampire's touch – a vampire who left in Victoria's veins boiling blood that forces her to fight evil on two fronts: against the new breed of undead threatening London, and against the darkness within herself.

I love this series. It keeps on getting better.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Bright of the Sky- Review

Book: The Bright of the Sky
Author: Kay Kenyon
Category: Science Fiction
Series: The Entire and the Rose, Book 1
Grade: A

Titus Quinn along with his wife and young daughter were thought to be dead after a space mission gone wrong. When Titus reappeared with white hair, aged, little memory of his time spent away, but claiming to have been to another realm, Minerva, the company that had sent him on his mission, figured that he was distraught over the loss of his wife and child. But Quinn was adamant that he had been to a parallel universe and that his wife and daughter were still there. Minerva wrote him off as crazy, let him go, and paid him to keep his mouth shut about what he believed had happened.

Then an artificial intelligence system leads Minerva to question whether Quinn's nonsense ramblings might have been true. They pursue an unwilling Titus Quinn in hopes that they will be able to get him to go back to this parallel universe in a mission find the correlates that will allow easy access between the realms. At first Quinn doesn't want to give the company that deserted him the satisfaction of him agreeing to go, but the lure of being able to save his wife and daughter is one too enticing to pass up. So Quinn relents and sets off to an alternate universe known as the Entire.

The Entire is a world that is continually bright. Though without a sun, the sky remains lit in an everlasting stage of burning light. This strange world is inhabited by the Chalin, a people that are descriptively close to the human race yet very different, and host of strange creatures that live alongside the Chalin. Ruling over this world are the Tarig Lords. The Tarig are insectoid-like creatures: Seven feet tall, bronzed and cruel. They are set on keeping the people of the Rose (earth) from knowing about the Entire even though they are very aware of the Rose. Scholars of the Entire have been able to look through the veils separating them from the Rose for and have taken some of the earth's customs and shaped their own culture with them, like loosely modeling their culture after the ancient Chinese. The time in the Entire is also different. In a sense it is warped. Their years go by faster than the earths and this somehow extends the life spans of the people there, granting them thousands of years of life.

Upon his tumultuous arrival into the Entire, Quinn tries to regain his memories. With the reluctant help of Yulin, who would rather see him--the infamous Titus Quinn--dead, but feels that he may be able to use Quinn to advance himself, Quinn is able to slowly regain his past life in the Entire. But the threat to him is great. During his previous stay in the realm, Quinn had formed a reputation. He was a man of the Rose that lived tentatively among them for many years until his notorious escape that left him with many enemies. Quinn has to be careful to go unnoticed as getting caught could mean not only his demise, but that of those who are aiding him.

One of his aids is the beautiful Ji Anzi. Anzi is the niece of Yulin and a Chalin woman who knew Quinn during his past time in the Entire. She helps him in re-learning the Chalin language and customs, and in disguising himself as a Chalin man. These are the tools Quinn will need in order to have any measure of success in his mission. When Quinn begins his great quest, Anzi is his travel partner. The two navigate their way across the bleak Entire. Their travel is wrought with danger as they try to hold on to their anonymity while meeting new people, avoiding the ruling Tarig Lords, and discovering secrets that threaten life as both of them know it.

Really, I've barely even scratched the surface of this book. There are many characters who are brought to life through their own motives, both on earth and in the Entire. I did find that the time spent reading about the Entire was more interesting than the chapters spent reading about the earth goings-ons. Not to take away from that aspect, because it has its own much needed place in the story. But the Entire is more intriguing, and is described in such depths that it becomes almost tangible. Credit goes to Kay Kenyon's writing for this, that is descriptive yet very simplistic. She takes her time with the story and lets the world of the Entire unfold in imaginative detail. Many passages I went back to more than once just to savor the prose.

Here, During their journey, Quinn sits with Anzi and watches ebb. The ebb is the time when where the sky burns less fiercely. Night for the Entire.
She sat next to him, watching the veldt dim. The sky, having lost its high glitter, now fell quickly into the last of day. A lavender blush colored her face, the roof of the train, and the veldt. In the distance, the storm wall crouched dark and solid-looking, and to one side a wisp of the sky, an axis fell to the plain like a dust devil. The train carried them onward, swaying and humming. They had been traveling for eight days and in all that time they had not passed one other inhabited area. The Entire, Anzi had said, was mostly empty. This emptiness, combined with the vast distances, forced a calm on activities, as though there was enough time for everything.

The Bright of the Sky was a pleasure to read. While the overall pace of the story meanders in some places, the endearing characters, worthy foes, unseen surprises, and effortless prose kept me turning the pages. I've already ordered book two in this series and am anticipating it's arrival. Grade A.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Melting Pot

For those like me who love the Tairen Soul series, the release date for Queen of Song and Soul has been pushed back. Instead of the anticipated January release, the book won't be coming out until June. *tears*

In unrelated news: Though it may seem like I have disappeared, I'm still around. Just reading and reading some more right now. I've become engulfed in The Bright of the Sky, a SF that reads like a cross between Fantasy and SF. I am loving this book so much. I'm also reading When Twilight Burns, the fourth book in the Gardella Vampire Chronicle's. So far so good, but I just know that the love triangle will end badly for me. My sister was happy with the ending so I know that I will not be. :(

Now a meme: I was recently tagged by Jace to do this meme.

The Rules

- The rules are there ain't no rules. Just kidding. Copy the list below.
- Mark in bold the movie titles for which you read the book.
- Italicize the titles that you’ve watched.
- Tag 5 people to perpetuate the meme. (You may of course play along anyway.)

1. Jurassic Park
2. War of the Worlds
3. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
4. I, Robot
5. Contact

6. Congo
7. Cocoon
8. The Stepford Wives

9. The Time Machine
10. Starship Troopers
11. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
12. K-PAX
13. 2010
14. The Running Man
15. Sphere
16. The Mothman Prophecies
17. Dreamcatcher
18. Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)
19. Dune
20. The Island of Dr. Moreau
21. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
22. The Iron Giant (The Iron Man)
23. Battlefield Earth
24. The Incredible Shrinking Woman
25. Fire in the Sky
26. Altered States
27. Timeline
28. The Postman
29. Freejack (Immortality, Inc.)
30. Solaris
31. Memoirs of an Invisible Man
32. The Thing (Who Goes There?)
33. The Thirteenth Floor
34. Lifeforce (Space Vampires)
35. Deadly Friend
36. The Puppet Masters
37. 1984
38. A Scanner Darkly
39. Creator
40. Monkey Shines
41. Solo (Weapon)
42. The Handmaid’s Tale
43. Communion
44. Carnosaur
45. From Beyond
46. Nightflyers
47. Watchers
48. Body Snatchers

Since I'm late to the party and I'm sure everyone has done this I won't tag anyone. But feel free to play along!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Love Triangles: The bain of my book reading

I don't know if I've ever mentioned this before, but I loathe love triangles. They get under my skin. Why? Because I never fail to root to the wrong love interest and become sorely disappointed when my guy gets left out in the cold. I've been burned enough to steer clear of books with triangle themes, even going so far as to not read a book (if there is a triangle) until I know who comes out on top. I do this to prevent myself from becoming favorable towards the wrong guy. Most recently I did this with the Mercy Thompson Series.

There have been times when I've began reading a series or book and I have no clue that there will even be a triangle and by the time the triangle comes into play I'm already invested in the series. This is the worst position for me to be in, because while I don't want to continue reading about a woman split between two interests, I do want to see how the story ends.

In truth, the hardest part isn't in rooting for the wrong guy, that, I can somewhat deal with. The aspect that bugs me the most is when the guy that I did cheer for doesn't get a happy ending, or the one he ends up with is not, in my opinion, worthy of him. Or the worse of the worst; he does something outrageous that justifies the heroines choice.

I believe I lack the love triangle chip that would allow me to enjoy the back and forth. I wish I had it because there are a lot of series' out there that I won't read because I can't handle triangles.

How do you feel about love triangles? Does reading them bother you? Do you normally root for the wrong or right guy? Or are you able to enjoy the back and forth while waiting for the three to become two?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Dark Knight + Book Binge Giveaway

Today is the day! After waiting and waiting for my husband to return to Hawaii and then for the moviegoer traffic to ease down a little, I will finally be going to see The Dark Knight. I've been real giddy about it all day, my heart is racing, I feel like a kid in a candy store, so excited!

On another cool note:

the ladies over at Book Binge are having a big giveaway. Sherilyn Kenyon's Acheron and Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer are up for grabs. Hurry over and enter!