Where The Wolves Read

A blog where I review mostly books. I also review, if my appetite allows, movies, music, and video games. Enjoy the feast!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tempting the Beast by Lora Leigh

Summary: Callan Lyons is a genetic experiment. One of six fighting for freedom and the survival of their Pride. Merinus Tyler is the reporter who will tempt him, draw him, until the fury of the "mating frenzy" locks them into a battle of sexual heat there is no escape from. Deception, blood, and the evil Genetics Council are hot on their trail. Callan will use his strength to try and save them both...and do all in his power to keep his woman in the process.

Review: I was pretty darn excited to read this book because (even though the wolves are my favorite so far) this book started everything off. I enjoyed reading about Callan and Merinus very much, and I loved Merinus' attitude. She made me laugh so hard it was fantastic. I was amused at how everyone was freaking out about the "mating frenzy". I was probably only amused because I've read later books where people pretty much say, "You're super horny? You're just in a mating frenzy." I'm so glad I read this book. Definitely worth the read in my opinion.

5 howls

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sleeping in Parking Lots by Joe Lengson

Summary: Follow Joe Lengson as he experiences heart break and struggles with the acceptance of faith. Learn how Lengsons life changed as he joins mychildren mybride. Experience all the struggles Joe faces out on the road. Read about how Joe learns about himself and learn about yourself along the way.

Review: There are 2 things I'm not a huge fan of: non-fiction and metal. The first can be fixed by easing myself into the world of non-fic as I've been doing. I don't see much helping the second. This is the story of a guy named Joe who was asked to play bass for a Christian metal band. A friend told me to read this book and I figured, "Why not?" This book is more than just about a guy who found God. It's about inspiration too, and dealing with crap when you don't have your usual support system around you. Dealing with new struggles as they come, and old struggles as they resurface. I'm having a hard time writing a review for this book because there is so much in it. I can't possibly limit it so just a few words. This only happens when I find a really good book and this has only happened with a few books. It was a comfort knowing that someone else has struggled with prayer. That is currently one of my biggest issues with God. I'm so used to being let down and I'm afraid of not getting prayers answered because I don't want to be let down again. I have 2 favorite stories. The one about Sunshine because that was just amazing, and the one about the woman who offered to put the band up for the night because that was hilarious. I can't say much else, but this book was incredible. I loved it very much. Here are a few quotes I took to heart:

"I once head this story of a guy who wanted to change the world. So he wnet out and tried to change the world, but the world was too big and he was unsuccessful. So he tried to change the nation, but the nation was too big and he was unsuccessful. So then he tried to change his state, but his state was too big and he was unsucccessful. He then tried to change his community, but his community was too big and he was unsuccessful. He then tried to change his street, but his street was too big and he was unsuccessful. He then tried to change his family, but his family was too big and he was unsuccessful. So then he sat and contemplated for a long time and finally concluded he should try to change himself...And he was successful.

When he changed himself he became an example, then he changed his family. His family went out and then changed his street. His street went out and changed his community. His community went out and changed his state; his state went out and changed his nation. Then finally his nation was such a good example, that they changed the world. It all starts with one person. You."

"To trust in something, is expsoing your vulnerabilities and only hope your openness will not be taken advantage of."

"Listen, I know there wer days you wanted to die. It happens. We all have had that feeling. You might know what I was going through, if you do, well I'm sorry, but it's not the end of the world."

"My heart one minute was shattered, then the next minute, I can feel it being mended back together. I knew somehow things were going to be all right. This is where my journey began."

I think those are the only quotes I'm going to put up, but there are so many more. Check this book out.

5 howls

Wolfe's Hope by Lora Leigh

Summary: Hope believed Wolfe was dead, but he was only waiting for teh right time to claim her. The scientist who created him, Hope's mother, has forced his hand. She wants her creation back, and she wants any children he may breed on her daughter.

He is a man whose DNA was altered, infused with the genetic code of the wolf. His unique genetic makeup has created a male unlike any other and will make itself known in the most surprising ways. Now Hope must convince her mate she hasn't betrayed him, and they must defeat the plans of a scientist gone mad.

Review: This was the first book I got on my snazzy new e-reader and I thought I got robbed when I saw it was only 40+ pages. Of course I was wrong and this story is actually that short. I'm not really sure how I feel about it though. As short as it was it did manage to fit in a decent story as well as plenty of play between Wolfe and Hope. I enjoy reading both characters very much in later books, but this book made me sad. I hated seeing Hope and Wolfe at odds against each other. And I wasn't a fan of the torture sex. There is a big difference between BDSM and what went on in this book. Overall, it was decent considering it is (I believe) the first book of the wolf breeds.

3 howls

Friday, June 10, 2011

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Summary: Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the lfie of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose lfie she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it. in order to make aments and move on with her life.

Review: This is a book I have heard many great things about. I don't usually read a lot of contemporary novels, but I had to check this one out. I'm glad I did. Valerie annoyed me quite a bit at the beginning of Hate List, but towards the end she had grown on me. Val's parents annoyed me, but I liked her little brother very much. The other characters were more meh to me than anything, but the story was fantastic. I loved how it switched between memories from before the shooting to after the shooting. I think it does a great job of showing Old Nick versus New Nick. I loved the concept of this book. It isn't about a guy getting pissed and shooting up a school. It's about the survivors of a horrible incident and how they have been managing. I think graduation was my favorite part. This is a book everyone should read. Some parts of this book were similar to things I had to deal with and some things I had actually thought about. People need to know what little words/actions can do. This book does a great job of showing that.

4.5 howls