Monday, May 13, 2013

Music Mondays

I started this week highlighting the music of Manchester, and as I was getting ready to post a few things I realized my mum was a big influence on me when it came from music of this region, well really any early music. So since yesterday was Mother's Day, I decided to pay tribute to her and one of her favorite bands ( yes they come from Manchester)

I grew up on great music. My mum always played it. We spent many evenings together on the floor listening to her records. My father was away a lot in the military and we were always alone. This was our time killer. Luckily for me she had great taste in music. I heard Elvis's Hound Dog the first time with her. I received my first Beatles album from her and we spent countless hours listening to Herman's Hermits. It was one of her favorite bands. So for my mum, who gave me the love of music ( how kick ass is it to have a mum like that) , I play a few of the songs that I remember vividly ....

I can you not like this song? It was one of my most favorite songs she played!!!

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there. And to the ones who are still at home with their mothers, to young to be one, go ask your mother about her early music taste. I bet you will find a common ground to talk to her about..heck you might even find a few songs worth listening too

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Book Review- Playing Patience by Tabatha Vargo

Good Reads Summary

Sometimes all you need is Patience.

Life’s been hard for Zeke. Being a punching bag for his alcoholic father has turned him into stone. Not even the dodgy trailer park he lives in can scare him. Fighting is his release and sex, drugs, and his guitar bring him peace, but deep down Zeke isn’t quite as hard as he makes himself out to be. When he meets Patience, she finds all his broken pieces and puts him back together, but she’s a ray of light in his shadowed life and the last thing he wants to do is bring her into his dark world. Playing careless is easy, playing the bad guy can be fun, but playing Patience is impossible, especially when she can see right through him.

Zeke isn’t the only one who’s broken, and for the first time, in a long time, Patience feels alive. Her black and white world gets a shot of color when she meets Zeke. He’s unlike anyone she’s ever met with his tattoos, piercings, and blunt honesty. She wants nothing more than to let go and ride the wild side with him, but some wounds never heal and the broken pieces of Patience aren’t so easy to find.

Tee's Review

I had never heard of this book or Tabatha Vargo for that matter , but Mary over at Booknerds posted a link to it on our Facebook and I thought I would give it a shot. HELLO....this book was meant for me...Bad Boy who plays a guitar..all the ingredients for a winning book.
And for the most part it was good, it had a lot of good aspects to it. It dealt with some pretty heavy social issues and had a fairly decent romance in it, it was also a fairly short book , but it had a lot packed into it. For someone, who wasn't a slower reader like me, it would have been possible to finish this in a day.
Both Zeke and Pay were very hurtful to each other, so there wasn't any of that dreadful insta-love going on here, but it did irritate me a lot on the many times they played martyr with each other and walked away for the " good " of the other.
If you like bad boys, you will most certainly like Zeke. There were times when even I, a big lover of the bad boy, cringed at the way he treated woman ( along with his band mates) and the things he would say to either them or about them.
Patience was an OK character for me. She did knock my socks off or anything, but I did love the few times when she would give Zeke a taste of his own medicine ( tho they came few and far between )
The few things I did not like about the book...Well I usually love back and forth POV chapters. I think you get a lot of insight having both characters tell their story when this is done. However i do think that Tabatha Vargo struggled with trying to do this. I felt like the new chapters in the opposing viewpoint were just rehashing what i had just read in the previous one. it took several paragraphs to expand on the story. i would actually find myself skipping the first few paragraphs, just to get on with it. i am also unsure why it was considered New Adult. Both of the characters were still in high school. Yes, it dealt with 2 major social issues, there were sex and drugs, but it wasn't anything i hadn't encountered in YA before.
I give Taking Patience a 3.5. For the most part it was good. The story was pretty solid and except for a few minor other complaints that are to nit picky to get into, i enjoyed reading it.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Book Review- Die for Her Amy Plumb

Good Reads Summary

Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for

Tee's Review
Ugg...I am going to be the bubble buster here, and for that I apologize in advance. I have always enjoyed Amy Plum's Die for Me series, and I think the reason I have enjoyed them so much is the fact that Jules is in them. I am  NOT a paranormal fan, so for me to read AND enjoy these books is saying something about them, and or the author's writing. So when Flo, over on our Booknerd's blog told me our monthly read along was Die For Her and it was Jules story I was excited.

Unfortunately  when she said it was Jule's story, I thought I would be getting HIS story, not a quick rehashing of the first two books. I wont even get into the emosih way that Jules pined for Kate throughout this story. It was so not the Jules of the books, who is witty and charming and well..loveable. It was like his personality was completely re-written for this short story.

As always, Amy Plumbs writing is both wonderful and descriptive, and some of the behind the scene scenes were very interesting and brought to light things. She just failed to give me what I was hoping for....which was Jules story. Every bit of his charm, his wit, his jokes and his ladies man ways. I am sorry girls, I was totally disappointed ....I might have even mourned the death of the real Jules just a wee bit!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Music Mondays

Do you remember the first time you heard Kings of Leon? Remember when in about 2010 you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing Use Somebody or Sex on Fire? With the risk of sounding like a hipster, my love for them started way before that time period. One year way back in about 2004 Catherine flew over with her list of music and asked if I had heard of Kings of Leon..of course I said no and she was shocked considering these were Oklahoma boys and Oklahoma was my adopted state. She introduced me to their album Aha Shake Heartbreak. I instantly feel in love with Caleb Followill's gravely voice. Over the next few years they became one of my favorite bands, and the release of each album was a fantastic experience of joy for me. I was blown away by Only By The Night when it was released in 2008, and it quickly became my favorite album of theirs. I can remember the first time I heard Use Somebody on the radio ( sometime in like 2010?) excited I was to hear my favorite band FINALLY. Little did I know it would be the downfall of me and Kings of Leon. I do not know why it took so long for the radio stations to pick up this album and play it, but play it they did. Don't get me wrong, I was excited that they were finally finding such fame here in the states. it sent them home to Oklahoma to perform live and I went happily ( even tho it was this huge venue and I have a hate for big venues) I was BEYOND happy to finally get to see them. I wont bore you with the details, but let me say it was possibly the worst concert I have ever seem, but will mention that a few days later was when Caleb had his notorious breakdown in Dallas. My heart broke a little that night and my love for them lessened.
So today I'm celebrating Kings of Leon. Why? you ask...well its simple. This weekend I found a old vinyl copy of one of their albums and have been listening to them and it has reminded me, that even with all the overplaying of two songs ( two which were always my least two favorite even before the radio bombardment) and their all their drama, they are still a fantastic band.

I do love the album Only By The Night, as I said it one of my favorites. I just think there are better songs than Use Somebody and Sex on Fire..Crawl being one of them..

It's a toss up between these two songs of which is my favorite on the album..This song drips with all kinds of sexiness

Possibly my very most favorite song by Kings of Leon....

And one of the great songs from the Because of the Times vinyl I just bought...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Review- Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines

Good Reads Summary

Life outside of her house was a new experience for Della Sloane. The dark secrets of her past weren’t something she ever intended to share with anyone. They would never understand. No one would ever get close enough to find out. There was always a chance she’d go crazy sooner than they expected…

Woods Kerrington had never been one to be attracted to fragile females. They seemed like too much work. He wasn’t in it for the work just the pleasure. A night full of naughty fun had been exactly what was on his mind when he’d laid eyes on the hot little number that didn’t know how to pump gas and needed some help.

What he didn’t know was she was as fragile as they came.
The carefree girl who spoke her mind and didn’t care what the world thought of her was more breakable than he could ever imagine

Tee's Review
Let me start by saying I love Abbi Glines. I have read almost all her books and have enjoyed them all, and while I liked Twisted Perfection it wasn't one of my favorites. I have these little nagging things about it that I cant seem to get past. So let's start shall we....

First of all let me say..Karma is a bitch..or possible What Goes around comes around? I am ashamed to say that I chuckled a bit and probably enjoyed the very ending a bit more than I should. Does this make me a bad person? Yeah, probably does, but.....
Secondly, I will say ...ummmm...this book was HOT. Woods was a naughty naughty dirty boy and I liked it. Chalk up another one to being bit of a bad person LOL.
So now I get to those pesky things that drove me banana's. It was Della mostly. Don't get me wrong, Wood's wasn't exactly angelic here with his desire for a position with the family business and willing to do anything to get it. For me his hotness and his protectiveness of Della made me forget all the bad he was doing. ( Funny how sexy guys can get away with so much innit?)
So here it is.....Della spends most of her life locked away in a house with her cray mum. I mean literally locked up, she has only been out of it when she snuck out. She is even home schooled so she doesn't have to leave the house. So is her crazy mum the one schooling her? I mean she is crazy right? So how? ( Yep its a very small little thing that I couldn't seem to get past..) But wait there is a bit more....
She finally gets out and takes off from Macon Georgia on a road trip to discover herself. She stops in Rosemary Florida and doesn't know how to put gas in her borrowed car. Of course Woods is there to save the day..( Actually I haven't a problem with this at all. I have been know to pull the dumb card to get to know a hot guy) Woods tho, he pumps way more than just Della's gas. Seconds later they are going after it in the cab of Woods truck, they couldn't even wait to get to the hotel. I wont lie, the sex was hot, but for me it seemed a bit much for a girl who has been locked up all these years..well maybe not..who knows.. She leaves Woods behind and goes to San Diego , where she gets a job, meets Tripp and has an affair with her boss, who just happens to be married. Tripp ( who I REALLY liked and thought he actually cared for Della as a person) sends her to his condo and hooks her up with a job with his friend, so she can escape the situation. Where to? Rosemary , of course and yep you got it, his friend is Woods. Now I am not saying this COULDN'T happen, but really people, what are the chances?? OK that was my rant..I am over it and can move on...
I thought Twisted perfection was a fun read. It was fairly typical, girl from shady background meets rich boy and falls in love, then crap hits the fan and yada yada yada.....But I never really felt a " Love " connection between Woods and Della , other than the excessive protectiveness that Woods felt for Della. Their relationship seemed more like lust to me. I would have loved for them to spend more time exploring their relationship and less time exploring each other. I felt I was reading more sex than storyline ( God, has reading YA gotten to me??) I like sex.....we all like sex....but I want a story with some hot sex thrown in ( I am ranting again. I'm sorry)
I liked all the minor characters, sometimes better than the main ones. I liked Bethy and Jace. As I mentioned earlier I loved Tripp, I would have liked to see him and Della possibly have a relationship. I even thought that Wood's father was a well written character. I didn't like him, but he was great at being the overbearing rich father who know what was best for his son and by that I mean the family name.
This book is def New Adult. You don't want your 13 year old reading it and it was certainly entertaining. It is one of those books you can plow thru quickly without thinking to hard about. It's like a good laying on the beach book. And I still haven't met a Abbi Glines Book I haven't liked, even this one. Did it have its irritating parts for me? Yes. Am I glad I read it? Yes. Would I read it again? Nope, but I am def going to be picking up the sequel to see what happens to Woods and Della.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Music Mondays-

Saturday was a vinyl junkie's Christmas, it was Record Store Day!

As always I was up early to start the hunt with my usual posse of vinyl friends, but as you can see by this picture, we were extremely late by others standards. That is our positioning in line getting there way before the door's opened at the biggest record shop in town..

I had my list in hand with 17 items on it, 2 of which I REALLY wanted. If you are not familiar with RSD I will tell you this...There is a limited number of each record printed..usually like 2000 ( for the whole US ) , so not every store gets what they have ordered and if they do, there is no guarantee there will be a large amount there to buy ( hence the lines to get in the store..) So it really is a proper hunt. Most important on my list was The Cure Kiss Me Kiss Me and Jesus and Mary Chain Psycho Candy, both reissues. I was able to get my hands on The Cure, after traveling to 3 record stores and playing a bit of tug-o-war with the remaining copy of the album. Unfortunately Psycho Candy remains on my wish list.

This year things seemed a bit harder to come by, hopefully this was due to more people enjoying this one day event. With that and limited funds (Not being a very responsible adult when it comes to vinyl I have to take cash and leave all plastic at home or I would be in debt until I die )  I had to make a few cuts from my list, but I was very happy with what I came home with

Since RSD is all about supporting your local independent record store, I always leave a bit of money for non-RSD releases. The store's don't fail us either, they bring out some good finds ( Most vinyl stores deal in both new and used copies ) Last year I actually spent most of my budget on a Original Apple release of the Beatles White Album ( it even had all the inserts and posters) This year I was extremely happy when I found a 1966 copy of The Troggs  Wild Thing. Once again it took a good chunk of my funds but was so worth it.
I have been a big fan of the Troggs for a long time. They were one of those British Invasion bands of the 1960's, who I think are a bit overlooked. Luckily for me. my parents had fantastic taste in music and introduced them to me. I have looked for a long time for a Troggs album, but have never been able to find one with both Wild Thing and A Girl Like You on it ( When Wild Thing was released as a single in the 60's it's B side was A Girl Like You) So major score and probably the purchase I am most excited about !
So naturally I am going to showcase the Troggs today. Now you might be saying to yourself..I have never heard of these people ( I told you they were overlooked) but I bet you have heard their music. I will start out with Wild Thing, their only number one hit in the US.....

Now, the reason I bought this album and possibly my favorite song by them...A Girl Like you ...

And lastly another song, one that isn't on my album, but is waiting on one somewhere out there for me to find ( A vinyl junkie's hunt is never over) Love is All Around. This song made it to number 7 on the US charts in 1967

Sadly for the music world front man Reg Presley died on Feb 5th of this year of lung cancer, but he will live on in the great music he created.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Music Mondays

Since I reviewed Abby Road by Ophelia London today as part of a book tour, I thought I would showcase the Beatles on Music Monday to kind of go along with it.

My love for the Beatles goes way back. My parents were fans, I have all their old and original vinyl copies of the albums they had. I heard them constantly as I grew up.

I had a Beatles song played at my wedding, and as a wedding gift my hubbie gave me signed lyrics by John Lennon. He knew the way to a happy long marriage with that gift! I have also got countless books etc...over the years
 my collection has grown...

 So you see I have a long relationship with them. I love them. I think they were probably the one band that made me love music so much. But, when I decided to do this post, I didn't realize how hard it would be. If you ask me my favorite Beatles song, it would probably change each time you asked me. How does one answer the question.." What is your favorite Beatles song?" I even went so far to email a friend and ask her..Her answer was a list of songs with the statement.." I could go on and on..." I am not sure it is possible to narrow it down to one, and apparently neither was she! So basically I threw caution to the wind and picked 5 songs that I love by them. Are they my favorites? Of Course..but as I said earlier...Cone back tomorrow, the songs will probably change!

I can almost guarantee that this song would make my list of favorites every time, And while my hubbie has indulged my love of Beatles thru out the years, he stopped short when I wanted to name our first born Lennon Jude.

Aww...I love every Beatles song written by Lennon, especially this one. Again my hubbie came thru one anniversary by surprising me with a trip to NYC and Strawberry Fields <3

So Beautifully written and sung. It was the song that was played at my wedding..

Possibly my favorite Beatles album is what is called The White Album. Every song on it is different than the next. A lot of my favorites come from this album, including While My Guitar Gently Weeps and this one....

So if I asked you the question.." What is your favorite Beatles song.." Could you answer with just one song? Or are you like Chrissy and'd pull out a list....Drop your favorite, or favorites into the comment box..maybe it is one I totally forgot about and should be included here!!!