The Desert Island Keeper Book Tour

So a couple of my blogger/book friends and a few of their blogger/book friends all got together last night and decided to go sailing, or yachting, whichever the case may be. Anyway, they seemed to have been shipwrecked and left on this island to fend for themselves...with a wet bar and cabana boy, I'm sure.

So they each were able to keep 6 books with them and none of the friends could have the same books.

Check out their blogs to see what great books they each decided to take with them. The legal ones and of course the illegal contraband.

Enjoy their selections and feel free to add yourself as a stowaway!!

Alright so I've decided to join the land lubbers - I mean who can resist the cabana boy?
My picks:

1. Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop
What can I say? Everything about this book just pulled me in and it's something I can read over and over.

2. Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop
If I've got book 2 I have to have book 3! The love and romance that poured from this book was amazing. If you haven't read the Black Jewels Trilogy you are definitely missing a great Fantasy/romance read.

3. Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
I'm usually a straight romance kinda girl and don't usually go for the whole fantasy thing but this was highly recommended and was an incredible world to fall into.

4. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night by Kresley Cole
Bowen & could I NOT bring this book!

5. Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon
*sigh* what can I say...Wren. *sigh* Just love him. He had such a sheltered life with people who just didn't care about him enough to really look at him.

6. Winterbourne by Susan Carroll
Melyssan & Jaufre...He loves her despite her physical handicap...she loves him and calms the angry warrior. Just a wonderful historical!

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight Blurb:
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.

What Bella doesn’t realize is the closer she gets to him, the more she is putting herself and those around her at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back. . . .

So yesterday I took my oldest daughter to a birthday party and dropped her off. It was either sit and watch her go down huge inflatable slides (um, no thanks) or mosey around the nearest store since I had forgotten to bring a book (I know, what was I thinking?). So I drove to Target and immediately went to the book section. The very first book I see is Twilight. My friend Christine raves about this book but I had never read YA before so I hadn't really given much thought to reading this one. I grabbed it off of the shelf but still looked around. Nothing else seemed to grab me so I bought Twilight, sat down in the food court and started reading.

ok - how stupid am I? Don't answer that! When I put off reading books that people tell me that are great and then I finally read them that's the first question I have to ask myself. I should know by now that my "book" friends just don't steer me in the wrong direction! Example: books I've put off reading then kicked my self afterward: Dark Lover by JR Ward and the rest of the BDB series, the Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Anne Bishop's Black Jewels Trilogy - you see the pattern.

That being said - I LOVED Twilight. I thought that it was a charming, sweet love story that had adventure & humor. Can you ask for more? Bella's thoughts (and of course her dry humor and sarcasm) as she moves to a new town and starts a new school were so familiar to me since my family moved a lot up until I was about 20. Because of that I was immediatly drawn into the story and then just couldn't put the book down.

I don't think I'll be putting off reading these highly recommended books any longer. And I certainly won't not read a book just because it's labeled YA.

Rating: A+

My Little Princess

Oy - what the heck am I gonna do with my little Kyra? She says she wants to be a model when she grows up - no problem. But she's really smart and I don't want her to limit her options. Ok, so she's only in Kindergarten but still...

Anyway she went to a "Runway Party" for her little friend and they really had a Runway show - crazy! The girls all looked adorable but of course mine was the cutest - I'm sure I'm not prejudiced at all. Thought I'd share some pics.

TBR Day Review: The Hunters: Rafe and Sheila

Title: The Hunters: Rafe and Sheila

Author: Shiloh Walker

Year published: 2005

The Hunters are a group of Vampires, Shapeshifters & Witches that protect the innocents of the world.

An enemy of the Hunters has set up a playground in this land that seems to call to Rafe. He and Sheila, and the motley crew they assemble, must defend and cleanse this land of the evil that dwells there. And Rafe must lead them through horror and sacrifice as he comes into his own—a Master, defending his land, who must bring his woman home. But, to his home, his heart…

This is book 6 in the Hunters series and one of my favorites. I think that Rafe & Sheila's relationship was well done. I appreciated the fact that Ms. Walker didn't overdo the "I can't want you" scenario that we see in so many romances nowadays.

I very much enjoyed the two characters that she brought into the book: Ella and Robbie. They had been through so much heartache and terror at the hands of the evil Pierre but were still so pure at heart. I don't want to give away any plot details but let's just say when things came to a head I was crying like a baby. Yes, I'm a big softy at heart!

Rating: B+

Reviews and Disclaimer

I'm a romance girl.  I rarely read anything other than romance and I pretty much stick to historical, contemporary and paranormal...with the occasional UF stuck in there for good measure.  I also read m/m romance which is usually contemporary or paranormal.

I do accept, on occasion, books for review from authors, publishers and/or media outlets.  I also get some books from Netgalley as well.  I'd say 95% of the books that I read are purchased by me or given to me by friends (not including the books that I do guest reviews for on The Book Binge).

The fact that I accept books from outside parties does not guarantee a review in that books favor. I like to be truthful to my friends and blog readers about the books I read and whether I've purchased the book or received it from an outside party I will be completely honest in how I feel about that book - whether it's positive or negative.

If you offer something up for review know that it will fall somewhere in this category on my rating scale:

5 Stars = Excellent

4 Stars = Very Good

3 Stars = Good

2 Stars = It was OK/Not So Good

1 Star = Sucks

I also add the incredibly handy 1/4 and 1/2 star in there a lot but I'm sure you can figure it out.

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