Babbling Vixens

I've had the pleasure of knowing Fiction Vixen (online) for over 5 years now. We ventured into the book blogging community at the same time and I must say that so far I've had a blast. She introduced me to some great reads, including: Sookie, the Black Dagger Brotherhood and most recently the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost (thank you!!!). I always look to her for book recommendations; she never steers me wrong. So here's where I pick her brain.

On My Wishlist (8)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every  Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't  actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an  event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready  for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more  click here.


The Maze Runner by James Dashner




Angel Star by Jennifer Murgia



What's on your wishlist?

Teaser Tuesday: Halfway to the Grave


Compulsively I kissed him, piercing my lower lip on his fangs and hearing him groan when he sucked the blood off. "So sharp and sweet," he muttered thickly.

p. 164, Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Review: Tangled by Carolyn Mackler


Title: Tangled
Author: Carolyn Mackler
Format: ARC
Source: Won it from the author
Release Date: 12/29/2009










From the author's website:
Paradise wasn’t supposed to suck.
Not the state of being, but a resort in the Caribbean. Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen are all there for different reasons, but at Paradise their lives become tangled together in ways none of them can predict. Paradise will change them all.
It will change Jena, whose first brush with romance takes her that much closer to having a life, and not just reading about those infinitely cooler and more exciting. It will change Dakota, who needs the devastating truth about his past to make him realize that he doesn’t have to be a jerk just because people think he’s one. It will change Skye, a heartbreakingly beautiful actress, who must come to terms with the fact that for once she has to stop playing a role or face the consequences. And it will change Owen, who has never risked anything before and who will take the leap from his online life to a real one all because of a girl he met at Paradise….
From confused to confident and back again, one thing’s certain: Four months after it all begins, none of them will ever be the same.

Tangled is about four teenagers, who couldn't be any more different, whose lives come together while vacationing in Paradise.

First, we have Jena who is the average teenager. She likes reading. She's goes through some self esteem issues; she's not stick-thin and finally decides that she is "luscious". She's the one I can relate to, her and Owen. Jena has this "everything book" where she jots down quotes and favorite sayings, anywhere from a book to a movie to something one of her friends might say (or write in a note). She even has some Nicholas Sparks (my favorite author!) quotes in that book!

Next, there's Skye, the aspiring actress. She popular, pretty and everyone wants to either be her or be with her. Jena is very jealous of Skye and gets uncomfortable during any conversation they have. Jena and Skye are on vacation together at Paradise because their moms are BFFs. Skye may seem perfect from the outside but she's battling her own demons.

Dakota is an athlete and a typical horny teenager. He's hot and can get any girl he wants. He's on vacation with his brother, Owen, and their mom.

Owen is the computer nerd who has more friends online than in real life. He writes a blog, Loser with a Laptop, and is the complete opposite of Dakota.

My Thoughts:
Since this was my first read by Carolyn Mackler, I have to admit I didn't know what to expect. I am happy to say that she didn't disappoint; her writing blew me away. I was pulled in right from the beginning. Her writing flows smoothly and there is no fumbling. I got completely absorbed into the story from page one. This is the type of book where before you know it, you're halfway through it. And boy, does Carolyn do a great job of getting into the head of a teenage boy!

Tangled is told from 4 points of view, following each character for one month. The reader is left with a cliffhanger at the end of each character's narration but things come together by the end of the book. I was left wanting more. I wasn't ready to give up Jena's story but I got closure later on.

The title and cover fit perfectly with this book. The title is simple yet captures the essence of the book with one word. These four teenagers' lives are tangled with each other. The cover, too, is simple but it's also cute and eye catching. I love how the pink ribbon and blue ribbon meet in the middle as purple.

All in all, Tangled was a great read. I will definitely check out Carolyn Mackler's other releases!


The Book Vixen's Rating:
 

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Secret Santa

I received my Secret Santa package about a week and a half ago but waited to share my goodies with you until today, Christmas Day. Here's what I got:

Review: Candy Girl by Diablo Cody


Title: Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper
Author: Diablo Cody
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Jamie at Confessions of a Book Junkie







Synopsis from Goodreads:
Decreed by David Letterman (tongue in cheek) on CBS TV’s The Late Show to be the pick of "Dave’s Book Club 2006," Candy Girl is the story of a young writer who dared to bare it all as a stripper. At the age of twenty-four, Diablo Cody decided there had to be more to life than typing copy at an ad agency. She soon managed to find inspiration from a most unlikely source— amateur night at the seedy Skyway Lounge. While she doesn’t take home the prize that night, Diablo discovers to her surprise the act of stripping is an absolute thrill.
This is Diablo’s captivating fish-out-of-water story of her yearlong walk on the wild side, from quiet gentlemen’s clubs to multilevel sex palaces and glassed-in peep shows. In witty prose she gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at this industry through a writer’s keen eye, chronicling her descent into the skin trade and the effect it had on her self-image and her relationship with her now husband.

My Thoughts:
I normally won't dabble in non-fiction, especially a memoir, but I have to admit this book caught my eye. The cover. The premise. I've heard of the name Diablo Cody but didn't know exactly where to place her. So I googled her and found out that she wrote the Academy Award winning screenplay for the movie Juno. Her writing is raw and descriptive and it pulls you in. Just in the few pages of this book I knew I wanted to know more about her year as a stripper. 

Candy Girl is a memoir of a 24-year old woman the year she worked as a stripper. She was working at an advertising agency as a copy typist, where she was bored and feeling unsatisfied. Whereas you and I might escape our boredom by reading a book, she stumbled across a seedy strip club and tried out for amateur night. She didn't win but she didn't stop there either. She worked at several clubs in the skin trade, not because she needed the money and couldn't get a "real" job, but because she need to satisfy her inner rebel. She did it for fun. You'd think it would be awkward to scale a pole, window dance and prance around in your birthday suit in front of (and on top of) sober men. That's right. Sober men. Apparently, Minneapolis has an ordinance that states clubs cannot serve alcohol in establishments where the ladies are fully nude. 

Candy Girl is an entertaining and funny read by a self-proclaimed sheltered geek, however, it is also very candid and explicit. Diablo is a fascinating woman. She possesses an ever-evolving look and reinvents herself at every chance she gets. When watching interviews of her on YouTube, I didn't recognize her until her name was mentioned. And in case you're wondering (because I was), her birth name is Brook Busey.


The Book Vixen's Rating:

 

Read Jamie's review of Candy Girl. 

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On My Wishlist (7)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every  Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't  actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an  event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready  for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more  click here.



 

What's on your wishlist?

Teaser Tuesday: Tangled


I thought he was joking, so I lay there quietly, unsure what to do. But then Dakota walked his fingers across my belly and eased my shirt back up again.


p. 55, Tangled by Carolyn Mackler





Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate


Title: Fallen
Author: Lauren Kate
Format: ARC, 1st book in a 4-book series
Source: Provided by Around the World Tours, hosted by Princess Bookie








Synopsis from Goodreads:
There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. 

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce--and goes out of his way to make that very clear--she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret...even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story. 


My Thoughts:
There have been mixed reviews on this one but I had to see, and read it, for myself. And I'm glad I did. Fallen is dark, edgy, mysterious and exciting. I found myself turning page after page in wonder. After reading the story, I went back and re-read the prologue, then read the epilogue. In doing so, I found I gained a better sense of the story and its history. The prologue ties the history with the story very well.

It takes a while before the story starts to come together but it's worth the wait. Try to be patient and enjoy the story-building. The characters, both the protagonists and thw secondary characters, are well developed as result of this. Readers will be rewarded with a fast-paced, action packed ending. 

This story focuses on three main elements, which I enjoy and think make for a good read: A forbidden love, a love triangle and sexual frustration. I'm going to leave it at that (no spoilery here).


The cover is dark and beautiful. It's eye-catching and compliments the mood and tone of the story.

The reader is left with quite a cliffhanger. There are some loose ends that I hope come together in the next installment, Torment, which is set to be released in September 2010. Fallen left me hungry and craving for more of Luce's story. I cannot wait for Torment! 

Move over vampires; Fallen angels are coming into town!


The Book Vixen Rating:

 


 


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On My Wishlist (6)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every  Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't  actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an  event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready  for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more  click here.



 

 

 

What's on your wishlist?

Teaser Tuesday: Fallen


Her second kiss in as many days. Where Daniel's kiss had been hungry and almost desperate, Cam's kiss was gentle and too perfect, as if he had been practicing on a hundred girls before her.


p. 342, Fallen by Lauren Kate


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Review: Skin Game by Ava Gray


Title: Skin Game
Author: Ava Gray
Format: Paperback, 1st book in a series
Source: Borrowed from the generous KC at Smokin' Hot Books


 






Synopsis from Goodreads:
A beautiful fugitive—wanted dead or alive. Kyra is a con woman and a particular kind of thief. She steals with a touch, but she only takes one thing: her target’s strongest skill. Which means she can be a fighter, an athlete, a musician, an artist—anything she wants… for a limited time. Heartbroken, she turns her gift toward avenging her father’s murder; with deadly patience, Kyra works her way into casino owner Gerard Serrano’s inner circle. After pulling off the ultimate con, she flees with his money and his pride.

A hit man who never misses the mark. Reyes has nothing but his work. Pity for Kyra, he’s the best and mercy never sways him once he takes a job. He’s been hired to find out where Kyra hid the cash—and bring her back to face Serrano’s “justice.” Dead will do, if he can’t locate the loot. He’s never failed to complete a contract, but Kyra tempts him with her fierce heat and her outlaw heart. So Reyes has a hell of a choice: forsake his word or kill the woman he might love.
 
My Thoughts
Insanely delicious. That is what comes to mind when I think of Skin Game. I couldn't put the book down and when I had to (because life gets in the way sometimes), all I could think about was what was going to happen next with Kyra and Reyes. When I was about 100 pages away from the end, all I thought about the whole entire day was this book! I had left off at a bit of a cliffhanger and when I was finally able to pick up where I left off and finish, I felt complete.

Kyra is a sexy, self sufficient woman. She is a con artist by trade, taught by her father. She's been on her own since her dad was killed. She sought revenge on the man that was responsible and did a kick-ass job of hitting him where it hurts (his pockets and his ego). Now she's on the run knowing he'll send his men after her. She has the ability to "borrow" a person's talent, for an unknown amount of time, by a simple touch. She usually uses the talent against the owner, which comes in handy when she's doing a con. It even works when she gets herself in a pickle and needs to fight her way out. She first meets Reyes after hustling her way through a game of billiards.

Reyes is a rough, hands-on (in more ways than one) type of guy. He was contracted by Kyra's ex-fiance, Gerald Serrano, to capture Kyra, find the money and bring her back to Serrano. He's one of the best and has the track record to prove it. It takes him a while to find Kyra but when he does, it's instant attraction.

It's been a few days since I've finished reading Skin Game and it's still fresh on my mind. I can't stop thinking about the sexual chemistry between Kyra and Reyes. They know how to heat things up under the sheets. A book that I thoroughly enjoyed is one that stays with me. And Skin Game definitely falls into that category.

Skin Game is full of action, adventure and sexual energy right from the start. Ava Gray wastes no time capturing your attention. This book is action-packed from the get-go. Be warned, this book is so hot, it'll leave a burn mark on your shelf! 

Next books in the series are: Skin Tight (June 2010), Skin Privilege and Skin Dive. 


The Book Vixen's Rating:



See what these vixen's had to say about Skin Game:
Fiction Vixen's Review
Smokin' Hot Books' Review
Smexy Books' Review 

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Lauren Kate Book Signing

The lovely Pat from Peace Love and Pat, and I went to Lauren Kate's reading and signing on December 8th at the 3-story(!!) Barnes & Noble in Glendale, California. This is only the second book signing/author event I've been to. I was very excited to be there. 

Lauren reading from chapter 4, the detention scene:

On My Wishlist (5)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every  Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't  actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an  event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready  for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more  click here.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What's on your wishlist?

Teaser Tuesday: Candy Girl


What is it about that damned pole, anyway? Some girls assault it, some girls ignore it, some girls hitch a ride on it and spin.


p. 212, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper by Diablo Cody


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Book Spotlight: You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas


Title: You Better Not Cry: Stories for Christmas
Author: Augusten Burroughs 
Available: Now









Synopsis:
You’ve eaten too much candy at Christmas…but have you ever eaten the face off a six-footstuffed Santa? You’ve seen gingerbread houses…but have you ever made your own gingerbread tenement? You’ve woken up with a hangover…but have you ever woken up next to Kris Kringle himself? Augusten Burroughs has, and in this caustically funny, nostalgic, poignant, and moving collection he recounts Christmases past and present—as only he could. With gimleteyed wit and illuminated prose, Augusten shows how the holidays bring out the worst in us and sometimes, just sometimes, the very, very best.




 
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READING CHALLENGE: 100+ Reading Challenge

For 2010, I am joining the 100+ Reading Challenge hosted by J. Kaye's Book Blog.


Here are the rules:

  • The goal is to read 100 or more books. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate. Non-Bloggers: Post your list of books in the comment section of the wrap-up post.
  • Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts.
  • No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed.
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges count.
  • Challenge begins January 1st thru December, 2010. Books started before the 1st do not count.

 

My list of books read in 2010:

  1. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  2. One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  3. At Grave's End by Jeaniene Frost
  4. Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost 
  5. Broken by Shiloh Walker
  6. Kissing Frogs in Cyberspace by Dianne Sweeney 
  7. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  8. The Life of Glass by Jillian Cantor
  9. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt 
  10. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 
  11. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 
  12. Jonas (Beautiful Dead, #1) by Eden Maguire 
  13. Arson by Estevan Vega
  14. Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles
  15. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  16. Stray by Rachel Vincent
  17. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  18. The Secret Year by Jennifer R. Hubbard
  19. The Mark by Jen Nadol
  20. Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian
  21. Operating Room Confidential by Paul Whang, MD
  22. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
  23. This One is Mine by Maria Semple
  24. Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder 
  25. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
  26. Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber
  27. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott (no review)
  28. The Season by Sarah MacLean
  29. Ash by Malinda Lo
  30. Line of Fire by Jo Davis
  31. Crush on You by Christie Ridgway
  32. Her Sanctuary by P.Q. Glisson
  33. How to Steal A Car by Pete Hautman
  34. Always a Bridesmaid by Elaine Hopper
  35. Aces Up by Lauren Barnholdt
  36. The Missing by Shiloh Walker
  37. Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between by J.A. Saare
  38. Restoring Harmony by Joƫlle Anthony
  39. The Ivy by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur
  40. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
  41. The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose
  42. Minder by Kate Kaynak
  43. The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
  44. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
  45. Meet Me in Manhattan by Judith Arnold
  46. Ties That Bind by Anne Patrick
  47. Matched by Ally Condie
  48. The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton
  49. Best iPhone Apps by Josh Clark
  50. Siren by Tricia Rayburn
  51. Summer in Paris by Michele Ashman Bell
  52. Eve of Samhain by Lisa Sanchez
  53. Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
  54. Murphy's Law by Sandy James
  55. Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
  56. Adversary by Kate Kaynak
  57. The Redhead Revealed by Alice Clayton
  58. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  59. Thrill of the Chase by Christina Crooks
  60. Crimson Moon by J.A. Saare
  61. Her Best Friend by Sarah Mayberry
  62. Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens
  63. Lancelot’s Lady by Cherish D’Angelo
  64. White Heat by Brenda Novak
  65. Glimmer by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
  66. Case File: Canyon Creek Wyoming by Paula Graves
  67. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  68. Beg Me by Shiloh Walker
  69. Change of Heart by Shari Maurer
  70. Trail by Fire by Jo Davis
  71. Under Fire by Jo Davis
  72. Hidden Fire by Jo Davis
  73. Ride the Fire by Jo Davis
  74. Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
  75. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
  76. Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
  77. Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
  78. Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning
  79. Unraveled by Gena Showalter
  80. Boycotts & Barflies by Victoria Michaels
  81. Yours for the Taking by Robin Kaye
  82. Friction by Samantha Hunter
  83. Wild and Wicked by Joanne Rock
  84. The Ex-Boyfriend’s Handbook by Matt Dunn
  85. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  86. Everyone Loves a Hero by Marie Force

On My Wishlist (4)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every  Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't  actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an  event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready  for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more  click here.


The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell


Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder




First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost




Party by Tom Leveen


The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins


The Year I Turned Sixteen by Diane Schwemm




Watch Me by Lauren Barnholdt


Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan


What's on your wishlist?

Teaser Tuesday: Skin Game


All in all, Kyra Marie Beckwith was a lot more intriguing than her dossier let on. Too bad he had to kill her.

p. 9, Skin Game by Ava Gray







Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!