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I’m Going on a Picnic… #2

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 30, 2011

For those of you who don’t know this game, “I’m going on a picnic…” is a game usually played on long car rides or when you’re really bored.  Normally you would mention an item you’re bringing to the picnic starting with the letter A. The person after you must state what you said, and something with the letter B. And so on, and so on, until you reach the letter Z.

We’re going to put a new twist on a classic.  Last time we had a steamy hot picnic with sexy males from literature.  This time we’re going to have a sleepover with awesome chicks from literature!  State the chick that you want to join us in our sleepover, and what book or series she is from. Each comment should be a different letter of the alphabet until we reach Z.

I’m going on a sleepover and I’m bringing Alice from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer…

[The next person who comments must bring Alice, and a character starting with the letter B]

Next… Go!

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E2

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 26, 2011

The reason why I am so obsessed with this show (besides the paranormal element and hot guys, of course), is because the story is constantly moving and never gets stale.

Last season, we barely saw Klaus, and when we did he annoyed me for some reason. This season? It’s only two episodes in and I am loving him! He is such an awesome bad guy.

I was never much of a Stefan fan (team Damon!), so I don’t mind that Klaus is overshadowing Stefan. Paul Wesley is just not cut out to play an evil character. He is much better as the loving, doting boyfriend. I feel Stefan is being pushed more towards a background character, giving a chance for other characters to step up.

Cue Matt and Jeremy. I cannot stress how much I love the two of them working together to help bring Vicki back. I loved her character and was surprised when they killed her so early on. I’m not sure how Jeremy can help bring her back, but I am definitely intrigued to find out. But what is the deal with Anna saying not to trust Vicki? I also really liked Anna, and thought that her and Jeremy were so cute together.

However, where is Bonnie in all this? I want to know what she is going to think of all this. And as a witch she’s going to either figure out what is going on, or Jeremy may need her help. That may be a sticky situation…

If I were Bonnie? I would fight two dead girlfriends for Jeremy. Each episode he keeps getting hotter! And it’s so wrong! I should not be thinking about such adult thoughts about a guy his age…

*cough* so uh, how about Carol Lockwood slipping vervain into Tyler’s coffee? For some reason, I thought she knew he was a werewolf (as Tyler did, too). Now that she knows, Carol Lockwood has a change of heart just the way Caroline’s mother did. Although Carol Lockwood tried to save Caroline, it doesn’t seem that Caroline’s father shares the same heartfelt emotion. He is such a mysterious character and I’m curious to see where his storyline leads.

Elena… ohh, Elena. Did she really have to pull the dumb bitch move in the woods falling and tripping while running? Can some female represent and run through the woods without falling? Seriously?

Anyway, no matter how much Damon spends time with Elena, her heart will always be for Stefan. Even Alaric knew that when he asked Elena if she knew what she was doing.

Side note: So happy Alaric is moving back in with Elena and Jeremy. Although does anyone else think the little chat between Alaric and Elena in the car was a little… crossing the line with a minor? I’m not sure what that was supposed to be about.

All of the story lines are opening up and new story lines are being created. I cannot wait to see where the next episode leads!

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In My Mailbox #4

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 25, 2011

Best week of In My Mailbox yet!  Woot woot!  I made out like a bandit this week.  A huge shout out to everyone that had badass giveaways!

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Autographed copy of DreamWeaver by Rejean Giguere. Zeke Jackson’s sister has gone missing in the jungles of Southeast Asia. His search for her takes him from the red light districts of Vietnam to the mean streets of New York. Finally he finds the help he needs in the back alleys of one of South Africa’s most notorious shanty towns.
Huge thanks to Rejean Giguere!

Advanced reading copy of A Crimson Warning (Lady Emily #6) by Tasha Alexander. Secrets prove deadly in this new novel from Tasha Alexander featuring Lady Emily Hargreaves. Some very prominent people in London are waking up to find their doorsteps smeared with red paint, the precursor to the revelation of a dark secret – and worse – by someone who enjoys destroying lives.
Thanks to jeanne-marie.

Autographed copy of Shadow’s Lure (Shadow Saga #2) by Jon Sprunk. There are some things a son of the Shadow cannot ignore, and some fights from which he can’t run. In this battle, all of Caim’s strength and skill won’t be enough. For none can resist the Shadow’s Lure . . .
Huge thanks to Jon Sprunk!

Faefever (Fever #3) by Karen Marie Moning. When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt; For answers. For revenge.
Thank you, @Adm_SWalker.

Badass swag: Night is Darkest, Jayne Rylon trading card; Death’s Mistress, Karen Chance bookmark; Starfire, Kate Douglas postcard; Ghost Hunter, Paige Tyler bookmark; Stone Kissed, Keri Stevens coaster; Wicked Seduction, Jade Lee teaser pamphlet.
Huge thanks to @Adm_SWalker.

Enticed by this Forgotten Lover (Pregnancy & Passion #1) by Maya Banks. Bryony Morgan pulls no punches. Even when she’s very pregnant and facing down the father of her unborn child. She fell for wealthy hotelier Rafael de Luca when he courted her for her beachfront real estate. Then he disappeared. Now, she’s in New York for answers—and she won’t accept a brush–off.
Thanks to Fatin of Novel Sidekick!

Tempted by His Target by Jill Sorenson. Wanted for the murder of a Mexican drug lord’s son, party girl Isabel Sanborn fled to Oaxaca. Now she owes her life to Brandon Knox, a passing tourist who just saved her from a hit man. But Knox is no accidental hero—he’s an undercover U.S. marshal assigned to bring Isabel to justice. Instead, wanting to protect her, he joins her on the lam…with cartel goons and corrupt police in hot pursuit!
Huge thanks to Jill Sorenson!

Legend of a Ninja 2: Rise of the Shadowsalve by Jarius Raphel. Five years after the secrets Beneath the Shadows were revealed… Leena wants to feel like a ninja. Looking for honor, she finds herself in the middle of a war between the Gods and the Ninja. A Bond of eternal love, to the son of a God, may be the only way to save her life… and doom everyone else.
Huge thank you to Jarius Raphel!

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos. What would you do if an old friend needed you, but it meant turning your new life upside down? Pen, Will, and Cat met during the first week of their first year of college and struck up a remarkable friendship, one that sustained them and shaped them for years – until it ended abruptly, and they went their separate ways.
Thank you, Chelsey!

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Book Review & Giveaway: Envy, by JR Ward

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 24, 2011

3 of 5 stars
Book 3 of the Fallen Angels series
Genre(s): Paranormal Fantasy, Suspense

As the son of a serial killer, homicide detective Thomas DelVecchio Jr grew up in the shadow of evil. Now, on the knife-edge between civic duty and blind retribution, he atones for the sins of his father. Hired to monitor Veck is Internal Affairs officer Sophia Reilly, whose interest in Veck is both professional and arousingly personal. But Veck and Sophia have a common interest. He’s Jim Herron, a mysterious stranger enlisted to save the soul of a killer’s latest victim, one precariously hovering between heaven and hell. Before Herron’s job is done, Veck and Sophia will be inexorably drawn into a battle of good against evil, where the risk is nothing less than total damnation.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book!  Each of the Fallen Angels books keep getting better and better.  This story took off right from the first page, and didn’t stop until the last page. The suspense, action, and (woot, woot) romance was off the charts.

Veck was first introduced at the end of Lover Unleashed, which was great segue into this novel.  Veck discovers a body in the woods, and can’t remember what happened (vampire mind fuck, anyone?).  Veck calls 911, and his partner, the infamous Jose de la Cruz, appears on scene.  An internal affairs officer, Sophia Reilly, is also notified to look into Veck’s background to make sure he did not commit the murder.

In typical romance book fashion, Veck and Reilly hit it off, and I love the dynamic of their relationship.  Reilly is Veck’s supreior until he is cleared of the crime, and allowed back to regular duty.  Since they must spend all this additional time together, this book gets real steamy.  JR Ward does love her bathroom counters ; )

Uh, Eddie?  Did that really happen?  I kept waiting for something to happen so he could come back to life.  Eddie has to be coming back. There’s no way he can ‘die.’  And why would Colin offer to protect the ‘vessel’ if not to help ‘repopulate’ it?

As much as I am enjoying this series, there is one thing that is stopping me from fully enjoying it: Sissy.  I still don’t understand how Jim is so obsessed with Sissy.  They’ve barely met, he’s spoken to her for a total of minutes before she had to ‘go back into Devina’s wall.’  I get that he feels guilty because he couldn’t save her and she was the first sacrifice, but really? Getting choked up and walking around her bedroom? Besides being stalkerish, it feels forced. I’m not exactly buying it.

Veck’s father being a serial killer influenced by Devina was such a great addition to the story.  I liked Veck having evil in his veins and shadows following him.  Until I found out that Reilly was the body hanging from the ceiling, I thought Devina was going to win this round.  Masking Reilly as Kroner was ingenious on Devina’s part, and I never saw it coming.  I just hope each book isn’t Jim wins, Devina wins, Jim wins… because then it will start to become too predictable.

It’s hard not to compare the Fallen Angels and Black Dagger Brotherhood series since they’re both fantasy worlds created by JR Ward, but I think I finally understand why the BDB stories are more compelling: Ward is trying to do too much with the FA series.  There’s Jim’s story, Veck and Reilly’s relationship, Devina’s story, Eddie and Ad’s story, and Nigel and the angels.

However, this series does keep getting better and better.  This book was extremely enjoyable and I definite recommend!

Giveaway time!

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While at a JR Ward book singing, I grabbed extra bookmarks to give away to my awesome followers!  The bookmark  is double sided promoting Envy on one side, and the hard cover collector’s edition of Dark Lover on the other.  Seven winners will receive a double-sided Envy and Dark Lover bookmark.  Giveaway ends September 29, 2011.

Giveaway winners!  Congrats!

Marlene, Shari, Ruby, Michelle W, Barbara Jean,
Amanda of BookLove101, Aurien of boeklogboek

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Book-vs-Movie: Northern Lights, by Nora Roberts

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 21, 2011

Book published in 2004: 4 of 5 stars
Movie released in 2009: 4 of 5 stars

Nate Burke, a Baltimore police detective, blamed himself for the death of his partner in a shootout, and the resulting anger and grief sent him into a depression so dark and deep he thought he would never climb back out. Then Nate decides to accept the position of police chief in the small town of Lunacy, Alaska, and it seems as if life is giving him one more chance. Things are certainly different in Lunacy, and Nate begins to enjoy his encounters with the town’s colorful inhabitants, especially bush pilot Meg Galloway. The unexpected romance that slowly develops between Nate and Meg becomes quite complicated, however, when the body of Meg’s father, who disappeared in 1988, is found in an ice cave, and Nate has to try to keep his new love safe from a cold-blooded murderer who is willing to kill again to keep old secrets safely buried.

I read the book first, and it is actually one of my favorite Nora Roberts novels.  I enjoyed the edgy dynamic between Nate and Meg, and love how strong both of the characters are.  It was a refreshing “city boy moves to a small town” story.  Nora Roberts writes with such detail about Lunacy, Alaska that it becomes a character in the book.  The town was such a fun setting, and it was great reading about what life would be living living in a small town in Alaska.

I thought this movie was perfectly cast: LeAnn Rimes was excellent as Meg.  She was just as independent and determined as the character in the book.  Eddie Cibrian played an excellent Nate (doesn’t hurt that he’s pretty damn sexy without a shirt on!).  He is believable as a man with a haunted past that wants to start a new chapter in his life.  The charisma between the two actors is really what made this movie just as heartwarming as the novel.  Meg’s pain over her father brought tears to my eyes; Nate’s uncomfortable feelings about being the new guy in town was quite humorous; and the sex scenes were hot!

The movie didn’t leave out much from the book; just condensed the timeline and details.  The scene I loved most in the movie was the New Year’s kiss.  It was so sweet and perfect with the northern lights glowing in the background.  It gave me butterflies  : )

A lot of the smaller crimes were left out to save time, which made sense for the movie.  Mayor Hopp, played by Jayne Eastwood, was an absolutely fabulous character!  I wished that she was included more in the movie, but the focus was on the relationship between Meg and Nate.  The relationship between Meg and her mother was also portrayed really well on the film.  Especially the scene when Meg tells her mother about her fathers death.

If you have not read this book, I definitely recommend it!  It was suspenseful and romantic.
If you’ve read the book, watch the movie now!  It was that good.
A definite recommend for both.

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Book Review: Max, by James Patterson

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 20, 2011

5 of 5 stars
Book 5 of the Maximum Ride series
Genre(s): Young Adult, Suspense

Just when Max and the Flock are settling into blissful freedom, a hoard of monstrous Machine Geeks come a-knockin’. These unholy hybrids are at the beck and call of Mr. Chu, a megalomaniac of uncommon intensity.

So far this is my favorite book in this series!  Max’s mother gets kidnapped and is being held on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean.  The entire flock flies to a naval base in Hawaii to help get her back.  The only way that the navy will allow the flock on a submarine to save Dr. Martinez is to go through basic training.

Training with the navy in Hawaii was absolutely hilarious. The fact that Iggy and Gazzy referred to the training BS?  Great!  During the combat training, the government agents were ‘incapacitated’ by Gazzy and a six year old Angel.  Loved the scene when they had to explain that to their superior!

I’m liking how Angel is coming into her own.  Her standing up to Max and then yelling at the sharks was just so… adorable!  She’s a cute little six year old trying to be a hardcore badass and I can’t help but smile.  I have a feeling she will grow up to become a very powerful young woman.

*singing* Love is in the air… Fang and Max, finally!  Woot woot!  It’s about time.  Although I will admit I was enjoying Max’s inner termoil over ‘the red headed doctor.’  Max and Fang going on their first official date was so sweet. It brought back old dating memories.  They were so awkward that it was adorable.  Total also falls in love!  He falls paws-over-heels for Akila, one of the rescue dogs at the naval base.

Don’t mess with Max’s flock or family.  The flock saved Dr. Martinez with a vengeance, killing a new form of machine underwater erasers.  Once Max and crew found Dr. Martinez, she says to Max, “I knew you would find me.”  Sweet family moment that almost brought a tear to my eye!

Max is maturing as a flock leader and pseudo mother.  She allows Nudge to stay at a school, even though Max and the rest of the flock does not want to.  Max is letting the rest of the flock ‘spread their wings’ and make their own choices as they grow older.  I can’t wait to see how the Max and the rest of the flock matures.

This book was all around solid fun. It had its usual suspense and great story.  A definite recommend!

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In My Mailbox #3

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 19, 2011

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Kitty’s Big Trouble by Carrie Vaughn. Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat.
Thanks to Jen from Red Hot Books!

ARC copy of The Radleys by Matt Haig. Kitty Norville is back and in more trouble than ever. Her recent run-in with werewolves traumatized by the horrors of war has made her start wondering how long the US government might have been covertly using werewolves in combat.
Thanks to Free Press Books.

Autographed Paradise 21 mini poster.
Thank you, Aubrie Dionne!

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This week in review…

JR Ward Book Signing Recap

Guest Blog Post: Book that Thing! Interview and book review of Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

BBAW: My Favorite Blogs

TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E1

Book-vs-Movie: The Da Vinci Code

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Book-vs-Movie: The Da Vinci Code

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 17, 2011

Book by Dan Brown: 3 of 5 stars. Published in 2003.
Movie: 4 of 5 stars. Released in 2006.

Yes, you read that correctly. I liked the movie better than the book (ducks to avoid getting hit by fans).  When books become extremely popular, I try not to read them right away because they tend to get too hyped. Then I read it and feel let down because it’s not earth breaking… which is exactly what happened with The Da Vinci Code. I will admit that I watched the movie first when it had come out, and just recently read the book (so I might be slightly biased).

I was surprised how similar the book and the movie were. The movie and book both start out exactly the same: Sohpie Neveu’s grandfather is murdered in The Louvre by the albino. Robert Langdon is abroad and is contacted by Interpol to look at the body. Sophie gives Robert her cell phone to listen to her voicemail message telling him to meet her in the bathroom. Sophie tells Robert about the tracker in his jacket pocket, and she attaches it to the soap and throws it out the window. The two sneak back into the museum to look at the body. They find the clues in black light writing, then the fleur-de-lis key. They are then chased out of the museum by security, and must run for safety. Simultaneously, the albino monk has killed the final living members of the primary guardians of the grail.

The safety deposit box scene at the bank was extremely similar as well. The scene at Lee’s house is almost verbatim from the book, which I thought was great.

I’m getting a little confused with the cryptex. I believe in the book there were two, one embedded within the other; and in the movie there was only one. (book and movie were starting to merge!) But both words to open the final clue were Apple.

The major difference between the book and the movie was Sophie. In the book, the story revolves around Sophie, her family, and her past. In the movie, the story is about how Robert helps solve the crime. I wish that the movie would have made Sophie more of the lead character she was in the book.  But I understand how Hollywood works, and how Tom Hanks had to be the movie lead. However, I don’t think it would have made much of a difference if Sophie has the larger role she did in the book.

Another difference was the man at the church at the end of the movie.  We are led to believe that he is just someone that works at the church, however in the book he is Sophie’s brother.  Sophie was led to believe that her parents and brother were killed in a car crash, but it was a rouse to split up her family to help protect the bloodline.

The book was more detailed, which is always the case when a book is turned into a movie. Some of the background in the book was extremely interesting… however some of the content is very ‘textbook like.’ I had a flashback to a college art history class, and felt some of it was unnecessary and too much. But I understand and respect why it was included.

The ending of the book and movie were the same: Robert discovering that Mary’s body is being held in the Louvre.  However, I feel the movie has more impact. Listening to the score build, and Robert following the Roseline is much more compelling than simply reading the words on paper.

I know many people are not going to agree with me on this, but that’s what blogging is all about right? These are my personal opinions. Have you read the book and seen the movie? What are you opinions? I’d love to hear them!

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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries S3E1

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 15, 2011

Three magic words: Damon. Bubble. Bath.
Enough said!

I know not to expect much from the first episode of a season… but 3 dead chicks, 2 dead exgirlfriends, and 1 tortured werewolf ain’t a bad start!  I didn’t realize how much I missed this show until I watched this episode.  Every week the show is so great, that I can just never give it up!

The one thing I was disappointed with was Ehlana’s birthday party.  I have no problem watching a party scene with people drinking, smoking weed, and hooking up.  But for the young teens watching the show?  Not really sure that’s a good example… or am I just getting old?

Jeremy is growing up! He’s looking like a real man… and it feels wrong. I used to look at him like a little brother! I’m really intrigued to see where the Jeremy-seeing-his-dead-girlfriend thing goes.  I really liked both Vicki and Anna, so I’ll be happy if those characters are going to come back.

Stefan and Klaus working together… yeah, that’s just weird.  Stefan does not play a good evil vampire.  He’s not good at it.  Although the scene of them playing darts in the bar with the werewolf gave me a really good laugh.

I can’t believe that Rick is moving out of Ehlana’s house!  Where is he going to go?  He is one of my favorite characters on the show, so I hope they’re not cutting down his screen time.  I also definitely missed the interactions between Damon and Rick.

We all knew that Caroline and Tyler were going to hook up, and I’m so happy they finally did!  (which I’ll admit was pretty nice to watch!)  Now poor Matt can finally move on, and he can get his own story line.  It looks like he’s going to be spending more time with Jeremy.  Possibly helping Vicki?

And what an ending!  Protect your son, Mrs. Lockwood!

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BBAW: My favorite blogs

Posted by The Obscured Vixen on September 14, 2011

Before becoming a blogger myself, there were many blogs that I visited to read book reviews.  Being an avid reader myself, I’ve always wanted to become a blogger.  A little while ago I thought, “Why haven’t I done this already?”  So I bit the bullet and started my own blog.  One of the best things I’ve ever done!

I’ve had a lot of help from my fellow bloggers along the way. I’ve bugged them with questions and learned from their great examples.  I could not thank them enough.

Book Bloggers Appreciation Week is to show love and appreciation for all the effort and hard work that goes into running a book blog.  Below is a list of my favorite blogs, that are run by phenomenal people.

(listed alphabetically)
A Life Bound By Books – alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com
Bona Fide Reflections – bona-fide-reflections.com
The Book Nympho – thebooknympho.blogspot.com
The Book Vixen – thebookvixen.com
Books-n-Kisses – books-n-kisses.com
Chick Lit+ – chicklitplus.com
Dark Readers – dark-readers.com
Hanging with Bells – hangingwithbells.blogspot.com
Heroes and Heartbreakers – heroesandheartbreakers.com
Hippies, Beauty, and Books. Oh My! – hippiesbeautyandbooksohmy.com
Joan Swan – joanswan.blogspot.com
Just One Opinion – melissa-justoneopinion.blogspot.com
Literary Escapism – literaryescapism.com
Me, My Shelf, and I – memyshelfandi.com
Parajunkee’s View – parajunkee.com
Red Hot Books – redhotbooks.com
That’s What I’m Talking About… with Twimom227 – twimom227.com
That’s What She Read – thatswhatsheread.net
twimom101 Book Blog – twimom101bookblog.blogspot.com
Vampire Book Club – vampirebookclub.net
Wicked Little Pixie – wickedlilpixie.com

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