Thursday, April 14, 2011

Of Ghosts, Cowboys, & Witchcraft

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

When I first read the back of Texas Gothic I was puzzled. Cowboys, witches, and ghosts? I could not imagine how Rosemary Clement-Moore was going to make this work. But my interest was caught and I decided to give it a try.

Decision = Great! =)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Of Books and Guest

Hey there fellow bloggers! Gilber&Gomez are happy to know that you have been reading our blog and appreciate what we are doing.

We just want to give you an update of books we are currently reading and let you know that there will be guest bloggers writing brief comments on our blog. We just couldn't keep this fantastic blog to ourselves, so we offered to let our book club members write paragraphs about their opinions on the books.

Guest bloggers:

Books we are currently reading:
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Matched by Ally Condie
A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
The Blackhope Enigma by Teresa Flavin
Faerie Ring by KiKi Hamilton
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Of Angels, a Journey, & Unknown Events

Angel by L.A.Weatherly

“A stunning read that will have you on a roller-coaster of a ride."

In a world where angels are beyond redemption, Alex thinks he's found one that might deserve mercy. Alex is a ruthless assassin - of angels. Forget everything you've heard about them before. Angels are not benign celestial creatures, but fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans, draining them of their vitality until there is barely anything left. As far as Alex is concerned, the only good angel is a dead angel...until he meets Willow. She may look like a normal teenager but Willow is no ordinary girl. Half-angel, half-human, Willow may hold the key to defeating the evil angels. But as the hunter and the hunted embark on an epic and dangerous journey and Willow learns the dark and terrifying secrets of her past, Alex finds himself drawn to Willow...with devastating consequences. Eoin Colfer reinvented the fairy, Stephenie Meyer reinvented the vampire, L.A. Weatherly reinvents the angel! This is a heart-pounding, knuckle-whitening, paranormal romance action-adventure for fans of the "Twilight" series. This is the first in a devastating new trilogy.

This is a heads-up from Gilbert....a few spoilers are in this review, so BEWARE the crossed out sentences.

Alex is an AK, Angel Killer, who has been working for the CIA on Project Angel killing angels and protecting the humans that would be their victims, that is until he receives a text about Willow Fields, a seemingly normal human with an unknown side. Now, the AK and the half angel are on the run from an angel that wants Willow dead because she is destined to kill all angels and ruin their plans to venture into the human world and feed of humans’ life-force. Willow and Alex go on a journey across the country fighting crazed angel fanatics, falling in love, and finding out the ultimate truth. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Of Tragedy, Time Travel, & Romance

Timeless by Alexandra Monir
"Breathes life and vibrancy into the luxurious, stylish golden age of New York City."

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

I loved Timeless! It was a great romance about love that spanned the ages. The fact that Michele had been dreaming about Philip her entire life was absolutely adorable! It's like they were always meant for each other. Michele's life had been laid out for her since who-knows-how-long and that added mystery to the story. Then on top of that there was the intrigue of watching Michele being involved in her family's history throughout time.

Of Astrology, Astronomy, & Secret Societies

Starstruck by Cyn Balog

When Gwendolyn “Dough” Reilly’s boyfriend and best friend Wish moves away in seventh grade, the only consolation she can find is in her family bakery’s donuts.  Now, it’s sophomore year, and Wish is coming back.  But in only three years, they’ve both changed—drastically.  She’s seriously overweight, and suddenly Wish is the most popular guy in school, and girls everywhere want him.  Dough has doubts that appearances don’t matter and that Wish can love her as she is, so she launches into a plan designed to keep them together.  That is, until she discovers that Wish’s gorgeous looks and charm might not be all they appear to be. 

I loved the characters Wish and Gwendolyn and how they were best friends before they started dating. Wish and Gwen know each other so well it’s just plan creepy. But, I guess that was the conflict; Gwen knew Wish so well that she instinctively knew something was up, even if she didn’t know what until Christian told her. Oh and speaking of Christian, he was the randomness guy ever! I mean first off he seems like a delinquent. Secondly, he had a creepy feeling about him; that is until Gwen got to know him.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Of Prom, High Society, & Love

Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single girl of high standing at Longbourn Academy must be in want of a prom date."

    After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious, very wealthy, girls-only Longbourn Academy are suddenly obsessed with the prom, which they share with the nearby, equally elitist, all-boys Pemberley School. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on scholarship, isn't exactly interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be-especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.
    Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance, but less than impressed by Will Darcy, Charles's friend, who's snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn't have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk—so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making?

     Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice lovers will find a delightful read in Elizabeth Eulberg's Prom & Prejudice. I think Eulberg's idea is so fun. It's the high school version of Pride and Prejudice, if you were to go to a really fancy all girls boarding school...of course. Moving on.


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