5/22/15

Hex Hall-Hex Hall #1 {My Thoughts}

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Info
Paperback, 323 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Disney-Hyperion (first published March 2nd 2010)
original title Hex Hall
ISBN 1423121392 (ISBN13: 9781423121398)
edition language English
series Hex Hall #1
characters Jenna, Sophia Mercer, Archer Cross, Elodie, Mrs. Casnoff
setting Georgia, United States (United States)
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BOOK SYNOPSIS
Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

My Thoughts
This was absolutely a delight to read, had to put it down several times but raced through it in one day despite that as too good not to go ahead and finish.

Despite there being a few times where a twist took me by surprise this was not a story with a lot of reveals you don't see ahead of time, none of which detracted from enjoying this foray into the series.

My library only has book 1 and 3 to borrow so am going to miss out on certain key scenes that advance things for Sophie in Demonglass but hopefully book 3 Spell Bound will recap enough to catch me up when I read the last of the trilogy.

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5/21/15

Exposed Ecstasy-Psychic Menage #3 {My Thoughts}

Exposed Ecstasy (Psychic Menage #3)Exposed Ecstasy by Houston Havens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Info
KINDLE Edition, 304 pages
Published December 15th 2014 by Syn Publishing
ASIN B00QHMTZ24
edition language English
series Psychic Menage #3
other editions None found
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Daughter of the Dirt Dweller’s ruler; Tessla Reto attempts to escape the Underworld after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend. She knows her untimely death is also near if her father, Landen Reto discovers her part in forming the rebels to fight against him. The two men sent to help her get away are killed and she’s rescued by a handsome stranger…or is she?

Faerydae returns to Earth in search of an inner peace his soul can’t find after the death of his friend Chandra Lamar. Instead, he finds himself in an unplanned rescue of a woman that stirs everything he’s fought a lifetime to deny. Can Faerydae stay focused on his goal to expose his past and true Fae bloodline, or will destiny play her hand?
Shomar’s uncomplicated world is tossed asunder when his best friend, Faerydae, shows up with a stray puppy and a woman who steals the heart of his soul the moment he looks at her. Only to discover Faerydae and the woman claim they can’t stand each other, yet his intuition tells him otherwise. Will Shomar be able to win the woman of his dreams or will Faerydae always have her heart?

Will Tessla find her freedom? Will Faerydae keep his, or will Shomar succeed in his plan to expose them to their hidden ecstasy?

My Thoughts
The third book in a series that pushes boundaries as well as follows the exploits of a diverse group of characters this time we are exposed to more background information about those characters as well as the differences in the cultures they grew up in.

Fairydae was a side character who appeared in both book 1 Sinful Surrender and book 2 Phantom Desire. He long ago vowed to never let his heart overrule his head, having no attachments has kept him from grieving the loss of loved ones in the past but at the moment that peace is shattered after seeing a dear friend die right in front of him.

Add that to his quest to find out his true origins of birth and he has enough on his plate, that is until he stumbles upon a plot to cause harm to the unsuspecting Tessla which he manages to prevent thus becoming a hero in her eyes.

Tessla is new to the cast, even though she was mentioned before as being the daughter of the Dirt Dweller’s ruler, and finds herself rescued by Fairydae when he thrwarts a plot to kidnap her. She finds herself attracted to a man for the first time in her life but the mixed signals Fairydae sends her lead to confusion, frustration and anger as her hero turns into her captor.

Shomar, Fairydae’s best friend and roommate falls in love with Tessla which causes her all kinds of mixed emotions as she finds herself attracted to two men at the same time.

As a Dirt Dweller she was taught that attraction was unnatural, but as she soon finds out the only thing unnatural would be to fight her feelings for both men as her heart has enough room for them both to share.

What happens over time is a new chapter for each of the three in their lives, a healing for all of them that was much needed to erase past demons for Fairydae and Tessla especially as their future promises to be filled with joy!

The continuation of the rebellion is touched upon with a bit of the action reintroducing earlier characters but this is really a book that focuses on the romantic relationships formed between Fairydae, Shomar and Tessla.

As intense as both books prior to it, and as darkly edgy.

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5/20/15

When It Rains, It Pours.......

Metal storage building when under construction 2012
They have a saying that bad luck comes in threes, well not sure about that because sometimes we seem to have more than three things go wrong.
The never ending rain has made it soggy and miserable now for over several weeks and we need the water table and lakes to go up but not the flooding all over Texas that is for sure!
Rainstorms are now the norm with lightening, thunder, high winds and of course a huge Hackberry fell on the side of our metal storage building during one of them almost a month ago. It took 2 weeks to get rid of it as every person who was in the tree trimming/hauling off business was busy all over Central Texas from the same problem. 
However since the damage was confined to the back and left side gutters it was not too bad and can be repaired easily, if we ever get a break from the rain and can find someone who works with metal building repair for a reasonable amount of money.
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When we were in Austin on the 6th of this month of May, 2015 we came home to discover that my Rav 4 that we bought back in September of 2014 had been punked in on back right fender and part of right back door. Luckily no scratched paint and no real damage that prevents driving the vehicle but still a real pain to have a 9 month old vehicle with a big dent on the side!
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Grandma and Granddog  Nikki in 2011 on new couch
Now have my 78-year-old Mother in the hospital as Sunday the 17th she fell in the tub and broke her right hip, surgery went well and now we have recovery and healing process to go through. She had good response to being under anesthesia so hopefully she will recuperate easily as well, let us pray for that outcome!
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My husband has managed to lose his keys for work 3 times in this period due to frazzled nerves, luckily he has found them but not soon enough to stop the tantrum as he needs to get out the door when he cannot locate the key ring. Hopefully that will stop soon if things get on a more even keel.
The icing on top of the cake however is when we were in Austin we took me on the 6th for MRI scans of my brain, cervical and thoracic spine. Good news is my MS has not progressed as no new lesions since last MRI of the brain in late 2013, bad news is there is a questionable mass in my neck so have a CT scan scheduled in a few weeks. Until than just have to take it day by day and hope it really is an enlarged lymph node and not my Thyroid or worse.

What bad luck have you had lately?


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