- Flowood, MS, USA
- member since June 24, 2009
Hi Sam, how are you! I'm so pleased to hear that you have caught the reading bug again and managed close to 30 books (impressive!) in a month. The most I've ever managed was 18. Yes, I have heard of Jenny Pox, I've had it on my wish list for a while but haven't been able to get a copy. I understand there are four books in the series? Is the 4th book the last one? Unfortunately I don't have a kindle so I still have to buy most of my books if the library doesn't have them in stock. The libraries in our area are all interlinked so that if I order a book and it's in another town, they will order that copy for me and I can collect it at my local library. Despite this they are poorly stocked and I have had to buy my own copies in a series if the library has one or two missing. Currently the library doesn't even have Jenny Pox never mind the three follow ups! I do like the myth/god/goddess genre though. Last year I read Josephine Anjellini's Starcrossed and Kelly Keaton's Darkness Becomes Her which were based on this genre too and loved them to bits! Have you read them?
Well it took me forever to complete the Weather Warden books but I was satisfied with the ending. I tried something different - Gabriella Poole's Dark Academy series. I had read three of her books two years ago and decided to re read them along with her fourth book. It wasn't bad, secret goings on at an academy, a girl's mysterious death the year before, new scholarship girl gets more than she bargains for when she tries to uncover what happened etc. Now I'm reading (you'll laugh at this) a spinoff series to the Weather Wardens again ;) It's called the Outcast series. The WW series was about the love hate relationship between human wardens and djinn. The Outcast series is about a fallen djinn who is forced to live as a human and rely on them to survive. The djinn see humans as beneath them so it's quite interesting reading how this djinn is trying to adapt to her new status. I was lined up to read Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series next as I almost have the whole collection to date. Have you read them?
Thanks for telling me more about Rhiannon Frater - the zombie books look quite interesting actually even better than the vampire ones so I've added them. I'll look them up on the library website. Let me know if you change your mind about Goodreads and start adding books again and I'll look you up. I like that it's interlinked with facebook so friends can see what I've read.
Looks like we are coming towards the end with The Vampire Diaries :( Can't believe we like the same characters ;) Great minds and that. They reckon there will be a spinoff called The Originals so hopefully we'll see a lot more of Elijah and his siblings ;) I managed to download The Host online and am really looking forward to watching it. Have you seen it yet? If not it's available on Megashare. Hope it lives up to your expectations as I know you were a fan of the book. That's twice a films come out before I've read a book - the first one was The Hunger Games, which I kept meaning to read but ended up seeing the film instead. I remember you recommending Michael Grant's Gone series once upon a time and even purchased the first three books but just haven't had the chance to read them yet.
Anyway keep us posted on what you are reading Sam and take care. Great chatting with you as always :)
Lots of Love
Hi Sam! So sorry for my late reply. Hope you are feeling better as you mentioned you had the flu in a previous note. I haven't logged on Shelfari for a while so didn't see your note until today. I've been posting my reads on Goodreads which is interlinked with facebook, so my friends get to see what I've read after I post a book. Do you have a Goodreads account? I still prefer Shelfari to Goodreads as Shelfari has a better layout and the books are easily accessible. My reading has been going slow too Sam so you are not alone. I think we definately need to read something new to inspire us. I've stuck with the Weather Warden series out of sheer stubborness. I don't think they match up to her Morganville Vampire series. I find it hard to remember that Rachel Caine has written them at times. Having said that Sam, I know you weren't a fan of the Morganville books so the Weather Wardens might be your cup of tea. I look forward to your thoughts on them when you start to read them. I'm halfway on the second to last book so not long. I've fallen behind on my 2013 target but hope to catch up with a couple of YA quick reads after the Weather Warden series and get myself on track.
How did you get on with your audiobook? I'm not familiar with Rhiannon Frater Sam so you'll have to enlighten me on her books in your next note please. I like to read a book series as you know! Recommendations are always welcome! Let me know what you have decided to read next.
I caught up on the Vampire Diaries last night and my heart skipped several beats at the return of Elijah, just as I was getting seriously bored with the series. Elena has been acting awful. Katherine on the otherhand seems to have softened in her old age although I can't forgive her for her part in Jeremy's death. Who's your favourite character Sam?
I lost 2.8 kg in 11 days when I last participated in the 11 Day Diet Plan. I was really chuffed as my weight loss seemed to be stuck on the same number for about three weeks which was really upsetting as I was cutting down on virtually everything. I've started it again and I'm on my 10th day so last day tomorrow. We are allowed 3 days off at the end before starting it up but I ended up putting weight on on the three days off even though I didn't go overboard. I'm not going to have any days off this time - just start again. Do you still have the same email address we used to used to use? I'm going to send you a copy of one. I subscribed to the website - it's about $39. You can generate a new plan every 11 days but Day 8 and 11 aill always be the same as the are exclusively fruit/veg days. Take a look at the one I send. With items on like frozen yoghurt dessert and pineapple smoothies - it doesn't feel like dieting sometimes! I'll send it you after this note.
Anyway take care and chat soon I hope!
Lots of Love
Hi Sam! So sorry to hear you've been sick with the flu. I hope you feel better soon. My son's hayfever symptoms kicked in yesterday which reminded me to start taking my antihistamines in advance. He and I tend to suffer from March to May as we are allergic to the birch tree. Weather's freezing and we've got hayfever which is ironic as one associates it with the summer.
I'm still in the world of the Weather Wardens and Djinn - book six I think. I have all nine but feel like taking a break and reading something different. I like to read a series back to back as the plot stays fresh in my mind but theres' something strange about this series. Still only three more to go and I can say another series has been done and dusted. What are you reading at the mo?
I'm completely up to date with The Vampire Diaries and agree about Jeremy's death Sam. I liked Jeremy and felt his death had been unnecessary. The reasons given for killing him off are so that Elena would switch off her humanity. I felt that they could have thought of another way to do that. I wasn't keen when Elena became a vampire but her struggle and desire to revert to a human kept me watching. Elena minus her humanity is like watching another Katherine and we already have one of those. I was also disappointed when they killed Alaric - such a waste of a popular character with so much potential. Even Jenna was a lovely character. There aren't alot of humans left now and the show seems to be becoming more vampire angsty. The series has been renewed for a 5th season so the writers must have something in mind. Fingers crossed! I'm currently watching Fringe from the beginning so hopefully will be able to discuss season 5 in the very near future. The 5th season dvd will be released at the beginning of May so we should have seen all four seasons by then. (Although some days we watch four episodes back to back) We're also fans of The Mentalist - have you ever watched an episode? What do you watch as a replacement for Fringe?
Wow you lost 20lbs huh? Thats alot Sam do you have any tips? I'm currently on the 2nd day of my 11 day 'Diet for Idiots' diet with the potential to lose between 3-4kg. Its a website online if you're interested. You pick between 7-15 items from two coloumns and they juggle them for you into 4 meals a day. You can eat as many portions as you want but the only rule is you stop prior to being full and drink as much water as you can throughout the day. I can't stop peeing Sam! Several people in my family have done it and its worked for them. I've put on so much weight in the last ten years Sam - really let myself go since my mum divorced my dad and just left. I promised myself that come the new year I would slim down. This is the longest I've ever kept a new years resolution!
Anyway Sam it's been great chatting with you as always - I hope you are feeling alot better and have a great time visiting family. Hope to chat to you soon!
Lots of Love
Hi Sam! It's always lovely to hear from you whether your notes are short or long. Hope you and your hubby are well. Thanks for your thumbs up on the Under the Never Sky series - I added both books on my 'to read' list last year but forgot about it. Your description has made me move it up the list - do you know when the third book is due out? It would be nice to read them back to back. I understand Warners Brothers brought the film rights. Your description of Crewel by Gennifer Albin sounds really intriguing too and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. The sequel, Altered comes out on October 29th apparently.
Im currently reading the fourth installment in the Weather Warden series and it's going well. The first book ended with a character dying after going through a terrible time and re emerges as a djinn and I was like what?! Then the second book was excruciatingly slow as that character has some relationship angst and tries to adapt to their new life as a djinn. Then by the middle of the book boom! It really took off. Just as I get used to the character as a djinn boom! They become human again and I was kinda sad that they lost all their powers. Am I hard to please or what?! lol I have lots of faith in Rachel Caine and I realised after book two that the two books made us get into the heads of the human weather wardens respectively and was necessary in order to understand why what happens ends up happening in the later books. Third book was exciting and fourth book has started off well too. Hope I've not given too many spoilers away - I wanted to explain my reasons for being a bit ruffled by the direction the first book took. Hopefully when you read them in the future, you will have forgotten this note :)
Sam I agree with all your comments on Fringe and Walter. I also smiled over your hubby calling your cat Olivia. It's a lovely name. I'm really pleased it ended well. I'm going to catch up on season 4 as soon as possible and we can chat more about what happened. I'm relieved to know that Peter, Olivia and Walter eventually come together. Peter and Walter's relationship was one of the things that most appealed to me when I first started watching it. That first episode when Walter can't sleep on his first night out of the mental institution and Peter sings Row Row Row your boat to him so he'll feel like he's still there. So funny but poignant at the same time.
I'm loving the Vampire Diaries, the UK are four episodes behind the US as we had a long break form the programme after Xmas. They are showing episode 10 this week. I've downloaded four episodes off megashare so I shall be caught up with you by our next note hopefully. I know someone has died on the island but don't know who it is. I love Elijah but sadly he's not been in it for a while :( Are you a Damon fan or a Stefan one?
Have you seen Breaking Dawn Part II yet Sam? I downloaded it off megashare three nights ago and really enjoyed it. It's a clear copy too but it's in two parts. Anyway Sam, I'll leave you for now as I'm off to do some running on the old treadmill. I've been dieting since the new year, currently I've lost 8kg in seven weeks. I started a high protein low carb diet yesterday which consists of having four meals a day which I'm finding abit difficult as I've been calorie counting during the past seven weeks. Now it's like I'm going over my calories so I feel obliged to exercise to burn some of the protein off. It's called Diet for Idiots and it's available online. Apparently it confuses and tricks the body into losing weight. You pick your favourite foods from a list they provide and then the site juggles them and gives a summary of what foods to eat and when. The only rule is that you stop eating before you feel full. Fingers crossed it works ;)
Take care Sam, chat soon hopefully.
Hi Sam, thank you for your note. Don't worry about your reading, I'm sure when you feel the urge to resume you will gobble books up and be back on track in no time. Sometimes I feel like I burn out and can't bear the thought of another book. This happened towards the end of last year where I felt exhausted and needed a bit of a rest. I ended up changing my target from 150 to 100 and just chilled over the xmas hols and watched xmasy films instead. Time was when I'd read between 12-15 books a month - now I struggle to read 8 in a month. It's not that I don't still love reading cos I do, it's just juggling my time.
Let me know your thoughts on Paranormalcy so we can swap notes. There were some slight Mac and V'lane (from the Fever series) overtones in the 1st book. Faeries are so deceptive that you never know where you stand with them don't you think? lol I'm on the second installment of the Weather Warden series. Sam, the first book ended really strangely and I wasn't happy about where the author was taking it. I love Rachel Caine and thought I'd give her the benefit of the doubt. The first quarter of the second book I was bored brainless but it started picking up somewhat by the middle thank goodness. I can't say too much cos I don't want to give the ending away of the first book but I'm curious what you will think too.
I haven't read Warm Bodies yet Sam or seen the film. I've borrowed two books of the Weather Warden series from the library and the rest are my own so I feel I'm on a deadline to read the library ones first as you never know when a reader will request them. I shall read Warm Bodies after and probably wait for the film to come out on dvd too. I would like to have gone to see Beautiful Creatures in cinema but don't have a mutual fan of the series to go with as it's not the kids cup of tea methinks. It's a pity we don't live closer to one another or I would drag you along to see it with me. These things should be shared with mutual fans to enhance the experience.
I didn't know they'd made a film of The Host Sam. Do you know I've had that book on my shelf since 2009 - I brought it as I loved the Twilight saga and wanted to read something else from Meyer. I still haven't read it for some unfathomable reason and you're the first person whose praised it. I shall put it higher up my 'to read' list Sam so thanks for telling me.
As for Fringe, I purchased Season 4 just before Xmas but Sky were already halfway through season 5. Now I need to wait for season 5 to be released in May and watch 1-5 in all their glory. I loved the first three seasons so much Sam but when I saw the first five episodes of season 4, I didn't like where Olivia and Walter didn't know Peter. The whole appeal of the show for me was their relationship with one another and I kept wanting them to go back to the commadarie they shared. I fell behind after that and decided to wait for the dvd release. What did you think of the seasons - did you have a favourite season or character? Did it end satisfactorally in your opinion? I hope so as it would be nice if it ended on a high.
Anyway it's been great chatting with you Sam as always. Look forward to hearing from you very soon. Meanwhile best of luck with your reading and take care :)
Hi Sam, I'm glad you made it back safely and hope the family are well and coping somewhat with their grief. It knocks the stuffing out of you when you lose a loved one and it will take some time to feel some semblance of normality I' sure. I'll try to cheer you up a little bit in my notes or at least get your mind off your loss just a little.
You mentioned that you are still finishing off a book - is it the killer unicorn one or the zombie one? It feels wierd writing that! ;) I think perhaps you need to try something abit nostalgic, uplifting or inspiring to coincide with your mood? What's your audiobook about? I've had two audiobooks - Jodi Piccoult's Change of Heart and a historical fiction novel by Elizabeth Chadwick called The Champion. You're right - they can be awfully long but they are great to listen to as you do your house work as I too find it difficult to just sit and listen. My brains too active so I need to be doing several things at once. Its probably why I can't remember where I put half of my things sometimes! I think the narrator's voice is important though as some can be a bit annoying or not suited to the book or story - do you know what I mean? I would still add them to your reading list though Sam as it still counts as you've still read it even if it is at the expense of someone elses eyesight ;) lol
I've finished the Paranormalcy trilogy Sam and it wasn't bad. Try to get it from the library rather than buy it though as I'm not sure it's a keeper although I did cry at the end - actually it was more like during the final two chapters ;) I've just started Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series - have you read them by any chance? I know you weren't a big fan of the Morganville Vampires - perhaps because they were aimed at teens? Well the Weather Wardens are definately aimed at older readers and might just be your cup of tea. They are about a handful of humans or wardens who have the ability to control the four elements, fire, water, air and earth. Every human has a Djinn who is bound to them albeit against their will unless they are accidently released. Then they are down right dangerous when they've been released. I'm 3/4 of the way through the first book and hooked.
I bought my own copy of the Warm Bodies book and have since discovered there's a prequel available but only as an e book which is a shame. The film seems to have done really well at the box office. Who knows - Warm Bodies could do for zombies what Twilght did for vampires. There's hope I can be converted yet Sam! lol
Anyway take care my friend, it's being great chatting to you as always.
Hi Sam, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing away of your maternal grandfather and want you to know that my thoughts are with you and your family. It's always sad when we lose a loved one and I hope and pray that you will have strength during this time of loss. I'm fine and so are the boys thanks for asking. Don't worry about not writing as I completely understand. Take time out with your family and I'll write in a couple of days.
Thinking of you,
Hi Sam, I hope you are well. Thank you for your note. I really enjoyed the first installments of the series by Keaton, Angellini, Hand, and Tiernan and would definately recommend them - my only problem is the excruciating wait between books. Angellini's third and last book of her Starcrossed trilogy comes out in June so after a 3yr wait I'll finally get put out of my misery. I've no idea when Keaton's Gods and Monsters #3 comes out but Darkness Becomes Her and A Beautiful Evil are both available. If you are a fan of Greek Mythology then these are your cup of tea. Cynthia Hands is a different take on the angel theme and luckily the 3rd installment, Boundless is out in Febraury but that was also a 3yr wait as I read Unearthly back when it first came out. All three books of Tiernan's Immortal Beloved series are out though but I've only read the first as yet.
I hadn't realised that Warm Bodies was a book - I figured it was just a movie. I saw an interview featuring it's star, Nicholas Hoult last week and thats how I knew about it. I've just looked it up though and our local library has a copy so I shall get it if I can. I can cope with a zombie romance - it's the other ones that scare me. Must stem back from my childhood when I saw Night of the living Dead :/ I'm a chicken I admit.
How have you got on with Fringe? I believe it's finished now in the US? I have the DVD for the 4th season of which I've seen about 6 episodes. Were you satisfied how it ended?
Anyway take care Sam, keep us posted on your reading and chat soon.
Hi Sam, it was a lovely surprise to log on today and see your note - I could definately get used to this ;) I feel like I have my reading groove back now I have my top Shelfari pal to compare books with. I'm pleased to hear you read and enjoyed the Fever series too. Jericho Barrons spoilt me for men after I finished reading the series honestly ;) I'm inclined to read them again this year. I've read the first three books in the Need series and they weren't bad Sam. Who knew pixies could be so vicious? lol I really enjoyed the Gemma Doyle series too, they were really hard to put down at times I think. I got completely lost in the realm and some of the characters I found myself sympathising with - even the baddies i.e Circe. The Wicked Lovely series were great too - I loved the bookss featuring Irial and the Dark Court best such as Ink Exchange, Radiant Shadows and Darkest Mercy. Irial, Niall, Seth and Donia were my favourite characters.
I'm into four series at the moment - Kelly Keaton's Gods and Monsters, Josephine Angellini's Starcrossed, Cynthia Hand's Unearthly and Cate Tiernan's Imortal Beloved. Have you read any of them? I was totally hooked from the first books and am waiting for the complete set before gobbling them up. I like books featuring the greek gods and the 1st two I mentioned did a great job.
Sam I loved Karen White's first Tradd St book and regularly look on Amazon and other sites for a cheaper offer on the 2nd and 3rd installments but they are quite expensive. I think I'm going to have take the plunge eventually though as I really want to know what happens next. You gave me a great description in one of your letters once and I really liked the direction the books took.
Thanks for recommending the Tithe series - I'm going to look them up after your note. I purchased the hardback copy of A Discovery of Witches when it first came out but haven't read it yet as I understand it's a trilogy so want to wait closer to the time of the release of the third one. I forget plots so easily sometimes as a result of the different books I read and sometimes the wait is so long in between publication that I have to re read them again.
I started Paranormalcy last night and have almost finished it as it's a quick read. Not bad at all so far. I've got the whole trilogy fortunately so I'll keep you posted ;) Let me know how you get on with your Killer Unicorn series as well as the zombie one. Zombies scare me abit but I've had the Generation Dead series as well as The Forest of Hands and Teeth on my shelf for some time and I understand they are becoming more popular these days what with the up coming release of Warm Bodies starring Nicholas Hoult (which looks quite good actually!)
Well it's been great chatting as always Sam, take care won't you and chat soon!
Hi Sam, first of all it's absolutely wonderful to hear from you. I can't tell you how much I missed our chats and was tempted several times to drop a note this past year. My instincts told me however that you needed some space and I felt I should respect that. It was very hard though for some reason as despite living on the other side of the world I felt a connection with you from the onset of our friendship. Even my kids (who wanted feeding) would sometimes see me writing one of my long notes to you and say,"Oh she's writing to that Sam again!" I think I missed you most when I was reading a sequel to some series that we'd originally started to read together and I thought, "I wish I could talk to Sam about that!" I understand though that you needed some time out and I hope you continue to go from strength to strength :)
My reading suffered abit this year as I went through an historical fiction phase for about four months - mainly the works of Elizabeth Chadwick. Her books are usually 500+ pages so my reading target suffered alot. Her books were fabulous reading though. I took a complete rest from vampires in 2012 - I know you're probably finding that hard to digest! I went from reading Karen Marie Moning's Fever sereis (Awesome) Carrie Jones' Need series, Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle (loved it) to books from the likes of Daphne Du Maurier, Rachel Hore, Susanna Kearsley, Santa Montefiore, Kate Morton and Kathleen Webb. I don't know if you've heard of any of these authors?
I returned to vampires just before Xmas where I read the House of Night books (all ten back to back) and have just read the Morganville Vampire books (all thirteen). I'm about to start Kiersten White's Paranormalcy trilogy - have you heard of it?
I remember you being a fan of the Beautiful Creatures books and wondered if you had heard of the film version coming out in Februrary? I never got round to reading the 3rd installment but hope to soon.
Anyway it's been great catching up Sam, let us know of any recommendations that stood out for you in 2012. I look forward to chatting with you soon.
Hi Sam, it's lovely to hear from you. Don't worry we all get like that sometimes where we need a break once in a while. I want you to know though, that when your ready, I'm here. If you ever need to talk on a more personal level then you always have my email address too. By the way I'm envious of you for having read The Strangers on Montagu Street. Is it the last book in the series do you think? Do Melanie and Jack finally get it on or not?! lol I have fond memories of us reading the first book together. Anyway thanks for joining the book challenge invite I sent you. I look forward to hearing your book recommendations for 2012. Take care Bye! xxxx
Hi Sam, it's been forever since we last chatted and I figured you were taking some time out from writing and concentrating on reading for a while. It's been eight months (where has the time gone!!) though and I've really missed our chats. Hope you are fine anyway and that you'll drop a line to let me know your're ok. Take care Bye! xx
Hi Sam, hope you are well. I apologise sincerely for replying late to your letter. I currently have family over from abroad and have had my hands full. I've felt too exhausted at times to attempt my emails. Hopefully they'll be gone in the next couple of weeks and things can get back to normal.
You sound abit depressed in your note and I'm sorry that I've not been there for you while you've been feeling down. I hope you are feeling better. I'm glad you've done so well with your reading though and I'm going to look carefully at the ones you've mentioned are good. I'm going to move Darkness Becomes Her up my shelf. DO you know when the sequel, Haven, is due out? Wither sounds really good too. I wasn't the one who recommended the Fever series although I have it them on my wishlist. I'm very curious to read about Jericho Barrons though!
I've thought about you alot over the last couple of weeks because I've been reading all the books you've read yourself and reviewed in the past in your notes and each time I've found myself totally agreeing with your analysis. The books I'm referring to are Fallen, Hush Hush and Beautiful Creatures. You weren't too impressed with Fallen and I have to say that Torment was even more of a letdown. Nothing of any significance actually happened in Torment apart from Luce questioning her love for Daniel and whether or not he was worth all the times she'd died in the past only to be reincarnated. Sam, you know where the heroine's warned about something but goes ahead heedlessly EVERYTIME? Thats Luce. I think the author was saving the good stuff for the third installment - at least I hope there will only be three! You were right, Hush Hush was in a lot of ways superior to Fallen. I preferred Patch to Daniel and Nora was less irritating compared to Luce. Crescendo was a bit slow though, so I hope the third installment picks up. You were right about the surprise ending - I didn't see THAT coming lol.
Beautiful Creatures was a surprise Sam. It was very imaginative I thought. Just as I'd think the story was going one way, there would be another surprise. Beautiful Dark started off very slow but halfway through the book BOOM! Shock after shock. You see I liked Macon from the start and was quite upset when he was killed off at the end of Beautiful Creatures. I never imagined though that Ethan's mother had loved Macon before she met his father and that she should help Ethan from beyond the grave to resurrect Macon was a lovely surprise. I'm really looking forward to Beautiful Chaos.
Another series I've recently read are Adrian Phoenix's The Makers Song. The series is a bit disturbing in places (especially the first book) as it contains elements of sadism and child abuse but they have a great Fallen Angel/Vampires thing going on which is interesting. I've just started Jenna Black's Morgan Kingsley series which has got off to a flying start so I'll let you know how I get on.
Anyway thats about it Sam, hope to chat to you very soon. Take care wont you?
Your friend Always
Hi Sam, it's lovely to hear from you. It's great that you are putting off reading the Morganville Vampire series yet as there's still hope that we can read them together. Several books end on cliffhangers too so it's nice when you've got the next installment on hand.
I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed Afterlife and found it to be a satisfying conclusion to the Evernight series. I'm looking forward to reading it as soon as I get my hands on it. I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on Darkness Becomes Her though as I have it on my wishlist and am wondering whether to buy it. Also what did you think of Wither?
The Chicagoland Vampire series were quite fun at times. First two books were good but the third book went a little off target at times. It finished good though so I'm looking forward to the fourth installment in May. The heroine is funny, sassy, strong willed and fiercely independent. There are also a host of fun supporting characters too and they all bounce off each other in such a way that I've laughed helplessly at times.
I'm so pleased that Fringe is still going from strength to strength. I can't wait to see the 3rd season - are there any rumours that there will be a fourth season do you think? I hope so. I think the US are currently showing the third season of The Mentalist Sam. I've such a soft spot for the lead as he's very appealing to watch. He has one of those smiles that lights up his whole face and makes you smile with him. The series is centred on a man named Patrick Jane who formerly had a lucrative career as a con man, successfully posing as a psychic medium and enjoying near-celebrity status. He appeared on television to claim that his paranormal abilities helped the police profile a serial killer named Red John. Red John, angered by the perceived slight, murdered Jane's wife and young daughter in revenge. Jane subsequently abandoned his career as a psychic and teamed up with the CBI, using his skills to help them solve various crimes. His main focus is on the cases involving Red John or Red John copycats. He admits to faking the supernatural aspects of his skills, often asserting that "there's no such thing as psychics", yet he has finely honed skills in cold reading, hypnotism, and pickpocketing, as well as powerful observational skill and a deep insight into the human psyche and behavior. We've just watched season 1 and 2 back to back and really enjoyed the show.
I'm finally starting Lauren Kate's Fallen series tonight so hopefully I can discuss the book with you next time. It's been great chatting as always. Take care won't you? Bye matey! xx
Hi Sam, it's wonderful to hear from you. Yes, I've finished The Immortals since my last note and they were a bit of a mixed package I thought. Evermore was a decent start (I gave it three stars) but the second and third book went really downhill. I gave them both two stars. Dark Flame, however, picked up abit and Night Star finished with a twist that has me counting the days until June for the release of the last installment. I don't want to put you off Sam as I want you to make up your own mind. We'll discuss it hopefully when you've had a chance to read them yourself.
I haven't read Kristin Cashore's Graceling or Fire Sam, but I'll look them up it you think they are good. I'm currently reading the second book in Chloe Neil's Chicagoland Vampire series - have you read them by any chance? They are smart, fun and have some great characters.
March is a bit packed for me Sam as I want to complete the CV series and finally get round to Becca Fitzgerald's Hush Hush, Lauren Kate's Fallen and Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers which I've been promising my friends like forever! Everyone seems to have read them but me. Please go ahead with the Morganville's Sam as it wouldn't be fair to have you wait. I remember the first six books enough to be able to chat about them. Hopefully I can catch up with the series in April as the tenth book will be released in May.
How have you been getting in with Fringe? Still waiting for the start of the third season here. I've discovered a new series though - it's called The Mentalist. They are currently showing season 1 and 2 back to back on TV on Demand so I'm in my element. Have you heard of it? Have you ever watched Lie To Me? The Vampire Diaries is becoming more complicated by the minute. I was sorry to see Tyler leave the other week. I'm a huge Caroline fan, couldn't stand her in the books but love the version of Caroline in the TV show.
Anyway I look forward to hearing from you soon, let me know how you get on with the Morganville's. Take care Sam.
Hi Sam, I'm doing well too thank you. I'm so glad to hear that you are revelling in your decorating, when it's all done you'll feel a wonderful sense of accomplishment! I'm so glad to hear that you and your hubby got round to seeing Moonlight. I know what you mean about how some of the execution could have been better. The show seriously suffered halfway into the season due to the writers strike a couple of years back. Do you remember the strike? It lasted quite a while and several shows never recovered and got cancelled as a result. Moonlight was never picked up for a second season. I thought the two leads had great chemistry though and I used to send the kids bed just so I could ogle at Alex O'Loughlin in peace.
I'm so happy to hear that you were affected by the Shifter books as well. You and I are big softies I think and it just proves how absorbed we get into the books we read. I'm sure if the author knew how much we were affected by her books that she would feel like she'd done something right. I was so proud of Faythe towards the end. It was wonderful watching her grow and come into her own. My only small regret was that we didn't get to see her recognised as Alpha of her Pride by the Territorial Council. I would have loved to have seen previous supporters of Calvin Malone who'd refused to recognise her as Alpha finally eat humble pie. The book seemed to finish a bit sudden once the war was won. I still gave it a five star rating though. I loved the series. I started Alison Noel's The Immortals straight after and they seem so tame next to the Shifters. They've been on my shelf forever though so I'm going to get them out of the way. I should start the fourth book, Dark Flame tonight straight after Shadowland. Have you read them by the way?
Cryer's Cross sounds really good and I've added it to my shelf. I haven't gotten round to Elizabeth Chandler's Dark Secrets series yet. I've not been in a rush because I own them so I know I can read them anytime. I'm looking forward to reading them though. Some of your March releases coincide with ones I'm looking forward to as well, particularly Afterlife and Vampire Diaries The Return: Midnight and Lover Unleashed.
Anyway, I'm off to fix a snack and do a spot of reading, so I hope to chat to you very soon. Take care duck.