[Dual Novella] Review: Huntress & Stunner (Alexa O’Brien, Huntress, #0.5 & #0.75) by Trina M. Lee

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huntressTitle: Huntress
Series: Alexa O’Brien, Huntress
Author:
Trina M. Lee
Genre:
Urban Fantasy
Source:
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A brief look at Alexa O’Brien before meeting the one man who would change her life forever. A werewolf with the power of a vampire, Alexa discovers that love may just be her greatest enemy yet. 

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So this was my first foray into the world of Alexa O’Brien AND into the writing of Edmonton, Alberta author, Trina M. Lee. I have to say, not only do I not think that I read enough Canadian authors, but there are so many authors in my own backyard, just minutes away from me who I should be reading. When I started reading this series, I knew that this would be a series I would love — and that Trina would be an author on my radar!

Lately, I’ve been into more of the contemporary, non-paranormal books, but this book (or at least, the first two prequels to the Alexa O’Brien series) really got me back into that world. These books are about werewolves and vampires, namely a town that is under the control of the werewolves.

With this very short novella, we get an introduction to Alexa’s character and the one werewolf who seems to control her — the Alpha. It’s super short, but still very steamy, and it was definitely enough to nudge me on to the next novella in the series. My one main complaint with this novella is that it was just way too short! I wanted more information about Alexa, more interactions with her pack, and just … well … more!

Still, like I said, this was a decent intro to the series — a series I look forward to reading more of in the future!

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stunnerTitle: Stunner
Series: Alexa O’Brien, Huntress, #0.75
Author: 
Trina M. Lee
Date(s) read: 
August 16, 2013
Genre: 
Urban Fantasy
Source: 
Kindle Freebie

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A prequel short story from the urban fantasy Alexa O’Brien Huntress series. A brief look at Arys and Alexa’s first meeting.

Reckless and young, Alexa O’Brien has finally met her match. A werewolf with unusual power, Alexa has a talent for finding trouble. This time trouble is a vampire who will change her life forever.

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Since the first novella prequel to the Alexa O’Brien series was so short, I just had to start reading the second one as well to get a better taste of the world the series takes place in and a better understanding of the characters. I was very happy to keep on going because this book was full of werewolves, vampires, and more glimpses into Alexa and her past.

We get more of Raoul, too, who plays that almost skeevy, creepy vampire character. He’s creepy, but very much drawn to Alexa (who seems to know better than to fall for his come ons). I’m quite eager to see how his role will play out in the series. Also, I really enjoy the glimpses of friendship I’ve seen between Alexa and Shaz!

But the biggest mystery to this story is the character of Arys, a vampire who seems to be drawn to Alexa. Arys seems like an incredibly sexy character and all I wanted when the story ended was MORE! I need to know what is up with him and Alexa — where is their story going to go? Also, Alexa’s character is still in the beginning of unravelling her layers. There were times where she felt quite timid, almost weak, but other times where she was very strong and fierce.

This may have just been a taster to the series, but I really, really enjoyed it. I’m happy to see that there are so many books in the series so far AND Trina has a few standalone books as well. If you’re looking to get a taste of this series, these two prequels and the first book in the series are FREE on Amazon! Be sure to pick them up — if you love urban fantasy books, you won’t be disappointed!

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Review: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

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pride and prejudiceTitle: Pride & Prejudice
Author:
Jane Austen
Genre: Classic
Source: Purchased (Paperback)

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners–one of the most popular novels of all time–that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twntieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

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(This review was originally posted on my blog Winter Distractions on March 6, 2013)

Oh, Jane Austen! I really hate to admit it, but throughout the hundreds of years I’ve been around (I may exaggerate a bit), I have never read anything by Jane Austen. That’s not to say that I never have the best intentions to do so — I just never get around to it. BUT my book blogging friend Anne got me completely addicted to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, which is a modern adaptation of the classic, so I felt it was due time that I finally read the original.

Well, first off, the whole idea of this story is just so strange to read in modern times, with the idea that the best thing for a girl is to marry — and that all a woman would want to do is marry. I guess that’s just what happened in those times, but a girl of sixteen or slightly older just seemed way too young to me. But, that’s just my twenty-first-century brain talking. Elizabeth’s mother can be QUITE the character in that all she wants is for her daughters to marry and it seems to cloud her brain from thinking about anything else.

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”

I loved getting to know Elizabeth, as well as her sisters. They were all such different characters, but Elizabeth really stood out to me. I loved how she stayed true to her character and would turn down an opportunity for marriage if she felt that it wasn’t right. It’s a little odd that one of the characters was her cousin — who wanted to marry her — but, again, I needed to ensure my brain stayed in the mindset of the nineteenth-century.

One of the wonderful things about this story is that it’s not like the “love” stories of this century. It’s one of those books that really gives you time to get to know the characters and fall in love with them. It’s not two characters meeting one time and immediately falling in love. Instead, it’s a long, slow ride until the satisfying end. And really, Darcy is not painted in a pretty picture in the beginning, so it would be easy to hate him, but I really didn’t. I could see how Elizabeth could have negative feelings towards him, but I did really love seeing them both overcome themselves to ultimately get to know one another more. It really is a case of not judging someone by first appearances. While Darcy comes off as too proud for the Bennet’s, he’s just a man who’s quite in love.

And really, it’s nice to have a character like Darcy who’s just so … Darcy that we see he needs a characte like Elizabeth who can really put him in his place. She’s a welcome challenge for him.

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

The only complaint I have about this story is that there tended to be some very LONG soliloquey’s or letters throughout the story, that I sometimes had to go back and make sure I knew who was talking and about whom they were talking. I had been alternating between the audiobook and the physical book, so it was nice to be able to follow along once in while during listening, and maybe go back just to confirm who was talking. BUT the great thing is that the narrator, Flo Gibson, did a really great job with her pacing that it was easy to follow along and go back as I pleased.

I have to admit that I now have the biggest crush on Mr. Darcy — and I’m sure it’ll only get worse since I now want to get my hands on adaptations, movies, etc. I can’t get enough! This is a perfect read for the romance lover!

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Making Music @ Reading In Winter (5)

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It’s time for another installment of Making Music!

A few years ago I put myself to the test. Could I write 31 songs in 31 days? Probable. BUT — could I write and record a decent track as well? That might be a little tougher. It was all going good until I started to reach the halfway point and my idea bank was dwindling. So, naturally, I turned to Twitter for answers and a follower asked me to write a song about Twitter.

Of course, I didn’t want to come right out and say Twitter in the song, so I thought I’d poke fun at it, thinking like people who don’t use social media (For example, I love my dad, but find it hilarious when he says “The Facebook.”). To other people, especially those who don’t use social media, it’s all about sharing the things you did in the day and, basically, all of the details of your life. Is anything ever private anymore?

The fun part was recording this song and I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, this is the ONLY song where you’ll catch me meowing and barking.

Mark my words.


What did you eat for breakfast today?
Where did you go and who did you see?
What time did you go to bed and what time did you get up?

Do you chirp? Do you meow?
Do you moo? Do you peck? Do you bark?

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Where do you work and where do you live?
What kind of car do you drive?
What’s your social security number?
Where did you go to high school at and what about university?
Who was your best friend and do you have any enemies?

Do you gobble? Do you cluck?
Is it oinking?
Do you peck? Do you bark?

What did you have for breakfast today?
Where were you born? What month was it in?
What size of shoe do you wear?
What colour are your eyes? What colour is your hair?
What is your dog’s name? What about the cat? What about the fish?
Do you go home to somebody?
Are you married? Are you single?

Do you chirp? Do you meow?
Do you moo? Do you peck? Do you bark?
I just can’t think of what it is …

What did you eat for breakfast today?
Where did you go and who did you see?
What time did you go to bed and what time did you get up?
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Where did you go and who did you see?
What time did you go to bed and what time did you get up?

Is there anything else you can tell me? Because I really want to know.

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