Book Report: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward

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Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11)Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

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On the Go: Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

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Okay, so up until last week, I didn’t know who this group was. I will freely admit this. But as I was perusing some Justin Timberlake music, I noticed that iTunes had this on their top 10 List. Of course, I listened to the 1:30 sample and thought, this is really good!

I downloaded it along with some JT and RiRi. Imagine my surprise when I heard this song on the television. Now I have to wonder if I liked it so much because it’s good or because I was subconsciously familiar with the song. As I sit and listen to it now, I can’t tell you what they used it to market and I’m taking this as a good sign. If the song is memorable for me as a song and not as the soundtrack to some random commercial, then it has to be good, right?

As a disclaimer, this video is weird as hell.

So, without further ado:

Book Report: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

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The Thirteenth TaleThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise–she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels.

Late one night while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.

As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets. As well as the ghosts that haunt them still.

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On the Go: Mirrors by Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake, JT, the lead in N*Sync. Yes…him! So, I was not blown away by his first single off his new album The 20/20 Experience. BUT! His new single, Mirrors, is the bomb.com. Seriously, it is perfect in tempo, beat, harmony and lyrics. This should have been his first single. I’m not a big fan of buying songs from iTunes, but I snatched this up yesterday from there.

I usually have my top songs from the album the song came from, but I honestly haven’t listened to anything else other than this song since yesterday afternoon. Just being 100% here.

So, for all those who haven’t heard it yet, enjoy!

 

 

On the Go: I Know You Care by Ellie Goulding

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Ellie Goulding. I’m so shocked that she’s still not super popular in the US. She has a way of singing that is raspy and full of so much emotion. Usually, when a person sings, they lose their accent. She manages to keep it and it adds so much more to the music.

As I was youtube stalking her, I came across this song. Absolutely beautiful – a must share.

Her album,  Halcyon has some amazing hits on it. Some of my favorites are:

  1. Anything could Happen
  2. Lights
  3. I know you Care

So, go on and enjoy this soft ballad.

On the Go: Shake It Out by the Cast of Glee

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Last week, I mentioned Florence + the Machine’s Shake It Off. Well, last season, the cast of Glee sang a version of the song that was really great. The scene is always very poignant and adds a whole other level to the meaning of the words as they sing them.

Of course, the original is even better but, I wanted to show you how awesome musicals are!

For the original song (Because you really should hear it twice):

On the Go: Stay by Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko

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I will be honest, I know Rihanna isn’t the best singer out there, she’s not even a particularly good singer. But, her album, Unapologetic is amazing. Say what you will but the collection of music on that album is just hit after hit. This new single of her’s: Stay ft. Mikky Ekko speaks to my soul in a way a song hasn’t since Florence + the Machine‘s Shake It Off.

Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):

  1. Love Song (feat. Future)
  2. Diamonds
  3. Pour it up

So, to start off the 2013 season of my reviews, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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