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The third book in Jeri Smith-Ready's WVMP series which began in WIcked Game and Bad to the Bone.
This book really gets the story into it's stride.
In Wicked Game we met Ciara (pronounced Kee-rah) Griffin a con artist trying to go straight and get a part time job while doing a degree in Sherwood.
She started at the local radio station, and got more thna she bargained for when the DJ's turned out to be vampires. Each stuck in their own time, trying to stop an eventual Fade as time goes on.
In her new role at the staition Ciara set out to market the vampires as exactly what they were. Vampires, Rock and Roll with Bite.
In the last novel Ciara negotiated with the Control a paramilitary style organization dedicated to caring for Vamps and fit them into mainstream life. They were interested in Ciara's bloods ability to cure Vampires of Holy Water and Holy icon burns (something Ciara beleived came from her complete lack of faith after her years as a child with her con artist parents and their faith healing business made her an atheist)
Bring on the Night starts three years after the last book with Ciara now training in the Control and ready to start her job with them as contracted.
At home in Sherwood a fatal extreme chicken pox virus starts to spread, and Ciara has never had the disease or even an incoulation. Not only may she be te next to catch it but corpses are starting to rise from their graves.
Ciara must put her faith, and life, in magic. Will anything ever be the same again?
I have to say this book really advanced the series for me, before it had just been an interesting twist on vampires (especially an interesting fact regarding why female vamps can't sleep with mortal men which was a new twist). I think the only other series dealing with radio and the supernatural has to be Carrie Vaughns 'Kitty Norville' series.
This book however really got into it's stride and the prose and story telling really draws you in. I found i empathised alot more with Ciara than i have done before. We also see the tender side of some of the vampires that we haven't before after Ciara makes a vital decision.
This decision is something that impacts her whole life and we can really feel her fear at how it will affect her relationship with grunge DJ Shane and her fears of how her life as a whole will change.
Ciara has never really had more than the one special skill and as a human we learnt about her life and the books didn't seem to be going anywhere.
Now they are and without going into more details and so ruin the surprise i have to say not many books and authors have done this change in their main character. I'd love to talk about it more but if you read this book you'll understand what i mean.
I'd have to say it's not my favourite series out their but with this book it's becoming a series i will continue to follow.
If you like books about vampires or rock and roll then this is a must read, if you just like supernatural booksi its worth a read. Start at the beggining of the series and bear with it it gets alot better as it goes along
Catnip bubbles, sounds kinda fun, yopu and your cat can enjoy a good time together,
My cat is 6 now, she adores catnip it sends her absolutely doolally. She's rubbed catnip chocs into my bedspread before and has found a few toys that she goes crazy over, biting them then kicking them then loving them to death over and over.
So catnip bubble sounded like something she might jump about after.
i was very wrong, they don't smell hugely strongly of catnip and the cat took one look at them and ran away, the only interest she showed was in the areas where they had popped.
So we tried them out on my neighbours cat, same story.
Cat's just do not appear to like these bubbles at all, though the concept is good and i imagine some cats out there may love these things if they like bubbles already in my cats and my neighbours' cats case its a huge no go.
So if your cats already like bubbles go for it, otherwise they're just another gimmick.
WHiska's Oh So meat or fish was a product that looked veyr interesting to me.
My cat is 6 years old and has a tendence to lick all the jelly off her meat or fish before she even goes for the meat, also the chunks that are in some products can be a bit big for her as her teeth aren;t in the best of shape. So 'Oh So' seemed great as it's flakeys and covered in jelly or gravy. I don;t normally give her whiska's but in this instance i did.
And did i regret it? oh yes!
A: it's expensive against other cat foods at 4.26pence for a box of 12 85g packs that really seem pretty small to me,
B: for some reason my cat reeks after she eats this, she gets really bad wind and just smells awful. She also has some problems passing the food.
So the good points may be that she can eat it better and it looks like real meat or fish, but the expense of the product plus the smell my poor cat produces amoung other things means this Whiska's is Oh So... not for my cat!
This is the first book in Alayna Williams' Dark Oracle series about Tara Sheridan.
Tara was once a criminal profiler melding her skills from her intellect and doctorate with her gifts at reading the Tarot to see the future.
Once a member of a secret female group of Seers known as Delphi's Daughters Tara left both that life then her work behind after an encounter with a seriel killer known asThe Gardener left her almost dead and covered in scars.
Now she lives in the wilderness with her cat, until a close friend of her mothers and Delphi Daughter comes to her asking for her help in searching for a missing physicist Lowell Magnusson. Lowell was using a Super Collider in the shape of the symbol of Infinity to look into Dark Matter in the New Mexico desert working for the military.
Agent Harry Li becomes her sidekick in this vestigation one that takes many deadly turns and Tara must protect herself and Lowell's daughter Cassie from many mysterious elements while working the case and battle her attraction for Agent Li while her powers unfold once more.
I have to say that this book is beautifully written, the author is well versed in the subject matter and melds supernatural and science fiction tremendously. Her prose is lyrical in quality describing the synchronicity of events and even the most mundane things with joy. You can tell she enjoys writing this book and i truely enjoyed reading it.
A small but good example being a quote : 'her quilt was frosted in cat hair' a very poetic use of language.
She is never patronising about her subject matter, and the fact that she has included so much science astounded me as most boks dealing with supernatural gifts don't do so.
I'm a huge science fiction and supernatural fiction fan so she combines both worlds into a book for a fan of either genre.
The characters are well written and pretty well rounded and i truely couldn;t put the book down as i was charmed by Tara, the dog, agent Li, the cat, and Cassie.
A must for any reader of Supernatural Fiction
Saint Agur is a pasteurized Blue cheese made in the town of Beauzac (the Auverne region of France) by the cheese company Bongrain. It was developed in 1988 made from pastuerised cows milk enriched with cream and contains 60% butterfat making it a double cream cheese. The cheese is aged for 60 days and gets spicier and stronger over time.
The white creamy cheese has characteristic veins of blue green.
Though it has the name Saint Agur their is no town or saint with this name.
Saint Agur can be found in most supermarket cheese counters and comes in three main varieties The Saint Agur Blue veined 150g packs, Creme de Sait Agur 150g, and Saint Agur Delice 140g.
Usually sold in 150g packs for around 1.99
per 100g: Calories 363kCal, Fat 33.5g, Sat Fat 23.2g, Sugar: 0.2g, Salt: 2.8g.
This product contains milk so lactose intolerant people should avoid and is suitable for Vegetarians not Vegans
I love this cheese, it's gorgeously spreadable making it perfect for crackers (i hate it when crackers break in half when you put cheese on top).
I also enjoy this cheese on french bread, with salad, or with a jacket potato. It's alsoi great with rich and salty bacon.
Because it is made with cream it's richly cream texture means that the blue side of it is not as overpowering as a blue cheese like Stilton can be.If you like cheese but find most blues too strong this may be a perfect alternative. If you like a strong stilton this can be a rich creamy alternative to your usual blue because it's so creamy and spreadable.
Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from sweetened water flavoured with either a fruiot juice or puree.
Tescos lemon sorbet is 'flavoured' thought the ingredients say its flavour comes from concentrated lemons.
It is low in fat as all sorbets so makes a great dessert for anyone who wnats to watch the calories. It costs around 2 pounds for 500ml
Ingredients : Water, Lemon Juice from Concentrate (24%), Sugar, Glucose-fructose Syrup, Lime Juice from Concentrate (3%), Flavouring, Stabilisers (Pectin, Carob Gum), Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid), Rice Proteins.
The upsides of this dessert: Suitable for vegetarians, 100g of the product contains only 0.6g of fat, no saturated fat and only a trace of salt.
The downsides of this dessert are unfortunately many:
it has way too much sugar, at 26.9g per 100g, and you can taste it. It doesn't taste as fresh as you would expect lemon to. In fact i'd say to me it tastes fairly fake. It's another one of those desserts that may contain nuts too so for anyone allergic steer clear.
This was a bit of a surprise as I have a fondness for Tescos mango and blackcurrant mixed sorbet which is fresh and delightful
Sorry Tescos i won't be buying your lemon sorbet again and will stick to my old favourite.
Sour cream is a traditional product made of cream usually it contains 12 to 16 per cent butterfat and gets its 'tang' from lactic acid created by the bacterial process. Commerical sour cream contains thickening agents such as gelatin, rennin, guar and carrageen.
Because it's a product that isn't fermented fully it requires refridgeration. It is a traditional topping for baked potatos.
In mexican foods its an accompanyment to nachos, chilli con carne, fajita's, taco's and the like. It is seen frequently as an ingredient in many hungarian dishes is and is most known for being in Beef Stroganoff.
As a dip it is most common to be seen with chives.
Tescos serves it in 200g tubs (there is also a light option available) it's price changes depending on the store and the offer but is usually 88pence per 200g.
Soured Cream (56%), Mayonnaise (30%) (Vegetable Oil, Pasteurised Egg, White Wine Vinegar, Water, Sugar, Salt), Onion, Chive (3%), Vegetable Oil, Cornflour.
Allergies Information: Contains Eggs & Milk; May contain Nuts
sat fat 8.5 g
Sugar 2.4 g
This product is value for money, delicious and creamy and wonderful as a snack with dipping elements such as crisps and breadsticks or as an accompanyment to chilli or jacket potatos.
I frequently buy it when it's on offer and can't really eat chilli or mexican foods without it. I prefer the Tescos product to many other supermarkets as it has more flavour and is a better price. I have also found that the lower fat options lack flavour so always go for full fat despite the calories.
Chili powder is a generic name for any spice mix that contains a large amount of Chili peppers, commonly cayenne peppers or red peppers of the family Capsicum annuum.
The spiciness of any mix is variable due to its contents varying ingredients being pure chilli powder or including other ingredients such as cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and salt or even black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, mace, nutmeg, or turmeric.
Chili powder is a staple of Indian cuisine and is popular in American cuisine being one of the primary ingredients of Chili con carne.
Schwartz is a well known producer of Herbs and Spice and can be found in the Herbs and Spices section of most supermarkets.
They have a range that provides the glass jars with labels for your first purchase, and small refill packets for a smaller cost for people who already have the spices.
Schwartz started in 1889 and provide herbs, spices, seasonings and blends from all the corners of the world.
Their chili powder comes in three different strengths: Hot, Medium and Mild.
Chilli Powder (Chilli Pepper, Cumin, Salt, Oregano, Garlic, Anti-caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide), Cayenne Pepper (20%)
Suitable for Vegetarians
Nutritional Information Values per 100g
Energy: 363 KCal
Protein: 14.2 g
Carbohydrates: 53.1 g
Fat: 10.4 g
This chilli powder is easy to use with an easy open cap that isn't too hard to open and clicks back together well so you don't have to worry about spills and so forth. It's flavour is rich and appealing and hot but not blow the roof of your mouth off scalding.
It works well with both chili con carne and a chili chicken recipe that I use it most frequently for.
The handy little refil packs are very handy and great for anyone whos recycle or green conscious. The bottle is a bit bigger than my spice rack and holds 38 grammes of the powder, in a taller jar than other brands, so it has to go in the cupboard seperately.
Schwartz is also slightly more expensive than generic supermarket brands. overall for flavour i'd give this a thumbs up, for price and jar size i'd give it a medium on suitability and so forth. If you have the money and a rack that will hold it though it's worth it.
The Broadacre Hotel is a family run business situated on the South Coast of Britain in the middle of New Romney. The building itself is in parts beleived to be 17th century and was originally a farmhouse.
THE TOWN AND AREA
New Romney is one of the Cinque Ports on the edge of Romney Marsh about a mile and a half from the seafront, it is famous for the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.
Romney Marsh is famous for it's stories of smugglers and smuggling in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in particular the tales of gangs such as Hawkhurst Gang, the Mayfield Gang and the Aldington Gang, known also as the Blues. Smugglers were commonly known as owlers.
The Town has an impressive Norman church in the centre of the town which originally stood on the seafront. There are a series of Almshouses on West street founded by John Southland in 1610. The local comprehensive school is named for him.
The town also has a golf course which has been used several times for qualifying in the Open Championship and was a favourite of Denis Thatcher husband of Margaret Thatcher Prime Minister during the 1980s.
New Romney sits on the A259 and is easily accessible by road. The main beaches at Littlestone and Greatstone are popular and beautiful the former being a stone pebbled beach the other mostly sand dunes.
Just up the road is the town of Dymchurch which has a small fairground and many tourist shops situated right on the beach.
If you follow the A259 up the coast you can reach Folkestone and Dover giving easy access to the channel Tunnel and the Harbours there to France.
Along the coast you can still see historic Martello towers that formed key parts of the defense of the are during the Second World War
In literature Romney Marsh features in the Doctor Syn novels by Russell Thorndike about the famous smuggler hero. There are many postcards and pictures available showing illustrations of Doctor Syn some of which can be found in the foyer of the hotel.
Many other well-known writers have been associated with the area: the children's writer Monica Edwards, E.F. Benson, author of the Mapp and Lucia novels; Henry James, who lived in Rye; H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, Stephen Crane, Radclyffe Hall, Noel Coward, Edith Nesbit, Rumer Godden, and Conrad Aiken. Rudyard Kipling and his Smugglers' Song are famous.
The hotel was once known as The Gables and has 4 star guest accomodation in the main house and the cottage within the grounds. In total there are 9 rooms varying in price from 50 to 80 pounds per night. All of the rooms have ensuite, flat screen televisions (with freeview channels), tea and coffee making facilities, bottled water and biscuits.
There is free Wifi access available and a code given on your key to your room.
There is car parking space beside the hotel available for 8 cars and parking in the street directly outside between the hours of 6.30pm and 8.00am.
All rooms come with a breakfast served in the main dining room with options from serve yourself cereals, fruit and orange juice, to tea and coffee, toast and cooked breakfast from the kitchen. Vegetarian meals can be ordered via prior arrangement. Saturday, Sunday and Monday breakfast hours are 8 am till 9am and weekdays 7.30am till 9am.
Dinners are also available Monday to Thursdays between 7.00pm and 8.30pm
There is a bar attatched to the hotel with a beer garden that offers some special occassionas during the summer months. Opening hours Monday to Saturday 6pm till 11pm, Saturday Lunchtime 2pm till 3pm, and Sunday hours 7pm till 10.30pm.
The Hotel is easilt contactable through their website http://www.broadacrehotel.co.uk which also gives a list of many local attractions.
I worked for the Smith family in 1998 as a weekend waitress and recently went back to stay for a brief weekend in order to see family in the area. The staff are friendly and cheerful, always happy to help, lend an extra cup for your room or have a brief chat about any events they may have during your stay.
The decor of the foyer in leather chairs and sofas in comfortable seating arrangements with a cosey atmosphere. The dining room has cottage style furniture and is clean and tidy.
The rooms are very english country in style and pleasantly warm and clean throughout.
The breakfasts are plentiful and enjoyable served by waiters and waitresses.
One of the nights that i stayed at the hotel they had a barbecue in the Beer Garden and a small family band playing rock and country tunes with a raffle. My family and I had an enjoyable time.
The only complaint i had was getting the shower head to the right height for little ole me and twisting it the right way for an appropriate spray.
If you are looking for a warm, friendly hotel on the south coast then you can't do better than this, they have kept up their standards in the ten years since i worked their briefly and will I imagine continue to do so in the future.
The first book in the story of Kitty Norville the werewolf radio DJ
this book is set in and revolves around a late night dj called Kitty.
We learn about how she became a werewolf after a traumatic event and the attitudes of the people who are were's towards her as a submissive wolf.
Kitty begins the journey to realise she's alot more than her pack pegs her as during her late night talk show when she starts talking about the supernatural world and starts the show 'the midnight hour'. She encourages her listeners to think for themselves, and gradually does so herself.
She bargains with her alpha to keep her show because it means he will get more money from her wages as the show becomes more popular.
Unfortunately she offends the local vampire's and a hit is called on her.
This starts a snowball of events, Kitty outs herself to the world, becomes friends with the hitman Cormac and sets the stage for events to come.
I utterly love these books, this heroine goes on a true journey of discovery and power. She has little at the beggining and we really feel like she is growing as a person and you can;t help but cheer her on through her traumatic confrontations, her wins and her losses.
The writing draws you into the characters though i do feel the pack is a bit 'flat' character wise.
I can't recommend this series enough to supernatural fans it's different to some of the other stories out there and you can't help but be charmed by Kitty and grab all the other books in the series. I love some of the advice Kitty gives and her reactions to her callers! true genius.
The First book in the Morgan KIngsley Series
This is a parellel world where demons posses people and as long as they don't kill, or posses someone unwilling they can hang around.
Morgan is an exorcist, she doesn't like demons. Her brother is willingly posessed by one and it tears her up inside.
The premise of the book starts with a routine exocism that goes wrong but for some reason while trying to posess her the demon backs off.
Our heroine gradually unravels secrets, finds blank spots in her memories and has her world turned upside down when she finds she herself is possesed without her knowledge so she finds help with other demons and confronts some home truths about her prejudices.
As a book and a concept this series isn't too bad, it's likeable in many ways but for some reason i just couldn;t get on with the concept. Also there's some hardcore sex scenes so i'd saw this is definately a book for adult readers.
overall i can;t highly recommend it and i have read a few others of the series which do lessen up on the sex side of things and introduce a few new elements to the demon wars so it's probably a book you love or you hate. i got rid of mine and that's something i rarely do.
Overall though it is well written so no complaints on that side.
Dead Beat is the first Harry Dresden novel by the Author Jim Butcher to be published in Hardback by Roc in May 2005, it was so popular it sold 15,000 copies in 3 days.
It is the seventh book in the series and a pretty hefty storyline
I'd suggest starting at the beggining with Storm Front as this series is enjoyable and goes from strength to strength. Jim Butcher is pretty good about explaining any back story you need but with this book out hero Harry really does some amazing things with his wizard powers and you get a scope for how much he is growing as a wizard.
Harry Dresden is listed in the Phonebook of Chicago under 'Wizards' he's the only one in it. The common or garden worlkd doesn't beleive in magic. But just because no-ones beleives doesn;t mean it's out there. Harry has introduced us to various and sundry of his friends and allies like
Karrin Murphy the Petite blonde Detective in CHicago's Special Investigations,
Bob, the skull housing a spirit repository of knowledge stolen from Harry's mentor the evil Justin Dumorne at his death bob was once a nasty piece of work, nowadays he sits on Harrys shelf reading romance novels, helps Harry out and begs to go to Frat parties.
Mister, Harrys large housecat who doesn;t ave a huge role but ya gotta love him
Mister, the humongous Temple Dog that senses evil, is very smart and guards his friend Harry
Butters, a morgue assitant obsessed with Polka
Thomas Raith, Harry's half brother the white court vampire who feeds of sex
In this book Harry and his allies must fight zombies, necormancers and the powers of the dead. All because of Mavra, the evil leader of the Black Court, who likes a bit of blackmail and wants a book known as the word of Kemmler.
Harry is determined to protect his town and his friends
Cue mayhem, zombies, murder, the Knights, more wizards, a wicked beat and a dinosaur
Yes a dinosaur
Jim Butcher is as always hilarious, fun, well written, engaging and irressitable to put down as we follow the grumpy curmudgeon we can't help but love on his quest.
A must read for any fan of fantasy or the supernatural or even if you like a bit of comedy.
If i tell you too much more i'll reveal the plot and really it has to be read to be beleived :D
This is the ninth of the Sookie Stackhouse novels
if you are a new reader do not start with this book, start from the beggining.
Sookie the telepathic Barmaid by this time is incredibly involved in the events of the supernatural world after her time as Bill's Girlfriend, her brief stint with Eric when he had amnesia (and he now remembers what happened), her time with Alcide searching for Bill and witnessing the wilf pack leadership fights, as her boss is a Shapeshifter she also has connections there. Her brother is now married into the werepanther comunity and she has a witch as a roommate ever since her soujorn to New Orleans to sort out her cousin Hadleys last posessions.
In this book Sookie comes to terms with how she feels about her current boyfriend Quinn the weretiger and his family commitments, the were's and shifters decide to come out to the world and the vampire king of nevada start to get involved in the affairs of the weakened state of Lousisiana. Sookie also learns more about the fairy side of her family.
This books to me felt like a filler, the author wraps up alot of events that we know of from previous books and starts off what i suspect will be her new angle for the series. Personally i felt very let down though enjoyed seeing the shifter community come out to the world.
Sookies decision over Quinn felt petty and rather selfish and i really felt disheartened by her characters' behaviour in this instance (i feel the author suffered from reader pressure to get sookie back to the vampires maybe cause quinn sure was my favourite of sookies men so far and there were better reasons for her to choose as she did)
As usual the patois is written so you can really feel the characters' accents and it's still an interesting read if you like the series just to keep up with current events.
overall its got to be the weakest of the series
The third book in Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series.
Mercy is a shapeshifter coyote with native american heritage. A skinwalker able to 'shift' at will she lives in the Tri-Cities area and works as a mechanic.
The world she lives in knows about the creatures of the Fae as they came out to the world during a murder case several decades before on the orders of the mysterious and scary Grey Lords.
Mercy has been through quite alot in the last two books fighting her attraction to her Neighbour and leader of the local wolf pack Adam, juggling her feelings for her old love the wolf Samual son of the Marrock (leader of the Packs of America who she grew up with) who recently moved in with her, and dealing with the local Vampires through her friend the Scooby Doo obsessed vampire Stefan.
In this book Mercy is asked to solve a series of fae deaths occuring on the fae reservations for her old boss and mentor Zee (Ziebold Adeblbertsmiter a metalworking fae able to touch iron which few fae can do he owned the garage and trained Mercy as a Mechanic, then sold it to her after the Fae came out and the public reacted badly to their existence setting up the reservations)
Im the process of her investigations Mercy learns more than the fae want her to know and experiences the most traumatic events of her life.
Patricia Briggs writes a beautiful series, her writing style flows easliy and you sink comfortably into her books. She explains everything well without patronising a reader and draws you into her worlds and characters who feel fully alive. You fight with them, and cry with them.
Anyone who loves Supernatural fiction should read this series, though i'd recommend starting from the beggining so you know the background and characters patricia Briggs is pretty good at keeping the background sensible if you did choose to start the series with this book.
I personally think this is one of my favourite authors her heroine has real strengths and weaknesses and she's just so easy to read. She has some funny moments and she handles the incidents in this book that Mercy goes through with sensitivity and tact without being overly explicit.
FOr all Lovers of Kelley Armstrong's WOmen of the Otherworld series,
The women of the otherworld began in Bitten and introduces the werewolves and their secret world of the pack continuing through the other books in the series even if only in hints of the other womens' stories. The first introduction of other characters outside the PAck occurs in Stolen when the Wolves are exposed to the wider world of Witches, Vampires, Shamans, Ghosts, Half- Demons and more. Kelley Armstrong then goes onto other books of these women explaing the stories of Paige the witch, Eve the half witch half demon ghost, Jaime the Necromancer, and many more
This collection of short stories varies from Paiges wedding stress story to Lucas's meeting Eve, to the longer story of Clay and Elena's first meeting.
i was most excited to read Clay and Elenas story and it gives some great background and depth to the story of Bitten. If you're a big Armstrong fan this is just going to be the icing on the cake to all her other books. Though some of her stories are stronger than others and many have been produced in anthologies before.
If you are about to commence on the Women of the Otherworld series then read Elena and Clay's story first it won't spoil any surprises and gives you some depth to what you will read in Bitten.
Overall kelley armstrong is a good and engaging author with a relaxed writing style that doesn't overflow with too much hyperbole. She's straight simple, to the point and very engaging and ocassionally pretty funny. Her characters are well rounded and you can't help but be charmed by them.