Monday, February 8, 2010

Bubbles *recharged* and a Book Rec

New Year's Resolution tracking:
Writing progress:  More like editing progress, but good. 
Weight progress:  Maintaining weight loss and hoping for a few extra pounds this week...slow but steady.
Reading progress:  Excellent!  Finished "Beautiful Creatures" and moved on to "The Serpent's Kiss"

Had some computer issues this morning - so fingers crossed that I get this post out before something blows up.

I have to admit that my weekend turned out to be just what I needed!  I forced myself not to get on the internet, even once, until I finished a few things that needed to be done.  Success!!! 

Here's my list of motivated things that I accomplished this weekend, because, well, I feel pretty good about them and having gotten a few of these things off of my list has in essence, *recharged* my bubbles and de-stressed me more than I thought possible.  Apparently I don't function well when too many aspects of my life need attention.  I'm relieved to return to my normal state of too much to do.  So here's what I managed to get accomplished in one short weekend: 
         *Tax return - both federal and state - filed! 
         *Dining room wall - painted! 
         *Items that needed to be taken to Goodwill - taken!  Garage is actually nearing an organized state...almost. 
         *The Wolf Within manuscript - Line Edited!  This was a HUGE one...phew! 
         *Blinds put up in the guest bedroom - check!  (our poor guests have had no blinds since we moved into this house 6 months ago - so they finally have privacy!)
         *Beautiful Creatures - finished!  I was sad to see it end but can't wait for the next one! 
         *Superbowl - Watched! 

I'm sure there are things I'm missing, like spend quality time with the husband and son, but that's pretty much a given.  I feel pretty good about going back to work.  On the list of things to do today is (1) catching up with friends and family that I ingored over the weekend in an attempt to get my mental state back under control, (2) update my goodreads books and (3) rearrange my blog site.  Oh, and (4) work on revising my current work in progress with the awesome critique notes I have!  And yes, there's always a list...whether mental or written down, I thrive on goals.

But...on to more exciting things like the book I just finished this weekend, Beautiful Creatures.   

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
There were no surprises in Gatlin County.

We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
My review:
I loved this book.  For me, it was four and a half stars out of five.  I couldn't put it down once I started because I really just had to know what was going on and how it would end.  I love when a book does this to me.  As I neared the end I found myself slowing down, not because I wasn't curious or because the book slowed down, but because I truly wanted to savor what I knew was about to end.  The authors hint at a sequel or another installment, so maybe I'll get lucky and be able to read more about Lena and can only hope.
As for the story itself - I thought it was very unique and well done.  I enjoyed many of the characters (Uncle Macon is one of my favorites) and the Southern spin that seemed to flow throughout the book without being too overdone.  This book seems to rely alot on suspense and mystery to move you from chapter to get little clues here and there...a bit of music (loved this idea) with verses to pique your interest.  I'm trying hard not to give anything away here.  It's rough. 
All in all, the creativity and plot were my favorite aspects, along with the characters.  Is there anything else?  My only complaint is that I wanted to know more about both some of the characters, which is in all actuality, is a great complaint to have.  You can't tell your readers each character's life story but if you've made them interesting enough you have certainly piqued interest in not just the main story but the world you've created.  I found it believable and I was able to get lost in it.  Bravo.  Well done.  You must all read it!  I'd love to know everyone's thoughts.
For now I have to cut it short...time for work.  Hope everyone's weekend went well!  I'm feeling revived and ready to take on the world today...let's see how long it lasts!
As always - thanks for reading!  Can't wait to see what I missed this weekeend and what you all have been up to!


  1. Beautiful Creatures sounds like something I'll have to check out. Thanks for the review.

    And congrats on meeting all your goals. Wow!

  2. Now those are the bubbles I'm used to seeing!!

    But...did you have to bring up taxes?!? UGH!!

  3. Way to go you! So many accomplishments this weekend. Impressive. My husband did our taxes last week as well. But then again he's a Financial Planner, so it's kind of his job to be on top of those things. For you, it is way awesome that you did it in February!

    That book cover is beautiful! I think I will be very picky about covers when it comes time. How about you? What will the cover of 'The Wolf Within' look like?


  4. Good for you and your weekend. It feels so good to get things like that done and to top it off, you finished a book!

  5. YAY!!! You finished Beautiful Creatures. I'm so happy you liked it!

    And I must bow down to you right now for getting so much done. Wow! Really, you were one busy lady this weekend. Good job!!! : )

  6. I really need to finish this book. Sometimes I get so caught up in writing that I stop reading.

  7. I keep hearing about that book and have yet to even put it on my TBR list. Just might make it on there at this rate.

    Congrats on your task completion! I keep trying to stay off the internet until I get things done... I will use your post as inspiration. Tomorrow. ;)

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