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TV Shows I watch Finales 2013

Sunday, May 5th The Amazing Race Season 22 Finale (CBS) 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 12th Survivor: Caramoan Season 26 Finale (CBS) 7:00 PM Once Upon a Time Season 2 Finale (ABC) 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 14th The Mindy Project Season 1 Finale (FOX) 8:30 PM
Wednesday, May 15th Supernatural Season 8 Finale (The CW) 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 16th The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Finale (The CW) 7:00 PM The Big Bang Theory Season 6 Finale (CBS) 7:00 PM
Friday, May 17th Grimm Season 2 Finale (NBC) 8:00 PM
Monday, May 20th Hawaii Five-0 Season 3 Finale (CBS) 9:00 PM
Wednesday, May 22nd Modern Family Season 4 Finale (ABC) 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 29th Psych Season 7 Finale (USA) 9:00 PM

Book Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast.  Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.
On the even of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny’s wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoe, whose maternal grandparents pull every string to gain custody.  In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve th…

Book Review: Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven – Lauren Oliver

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven Originally published as digital novellas, Hana, Annabel, and Raven each center around a fascinating and complex character who adds important information to the series and gives it greater depth.
Hana is told through the perspective of Lena’s best friend, Hana Tate.  Set during the tumultuous summer before Lena and Hana are supposed to be cured, this story is poignant and revealing look at a moment when the girls’ paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.
Lena’s mother, Annabel, has always been a mystery—a ghost from Lena’s part—until now.  Her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state is a taut, gripping narrative that expands the Delirium world and illuminates events—and Lena—through a new point of view.
And as the passionate, fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven plays and integral role in the resistance effort and comes into Lena’s life at a crucial time.  Crackling with intensity, Raven is a brilliant stor…

Book Review: Lover at Last - J.R. Ward

Lover at Last - J.R. Ward

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own.  Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society.  But his life is not complete.  Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another…
Blay, after years of unrequited love has moved on form his feelings for Qhuinn.  And it’s about time:  The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young – just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself.  It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen.  As he’s learned first hand.
Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for …

Book Review: One Good Dog - Susan Wilson

One Good Dog - Susan Wilson

One note.  Three words.  And Adam March's well-ordered life and well-laid plans are shattered.

The very definition of a hard-nosed businessman, Adam March has no room in his life for anything but the cold drive to succeed.  Not for his social-climbing wife or for his rebellious teenage daughter.  Then, in an instant, he loses everything.  Due to an untimely collision of arrogance, stress, circumstance, and a momentary loss of self-control, Adam finds himself alone, unemployed, and reduced to bussing tables in a homeless shelter, serving men he'd always gone out of his way to avoid.

One instant of opportunity.  Enough for one dog to find his freedom.

Chance was born in a inner-city cellar, a mix of pit bull and God-knows-what.  Bred to fight and damn good at it, he lived in a dank, dark, and vicious world.  Not that he wished for something better; that world was all he knew.  But when the moment presented itself, Chance made the most of it in a new lif…

Book Review: The Curiosities:A Collection of Stories - Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff

The Curiosities:A Collection of Stories - Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, Brenna Yovanoff From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.
-A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck. -Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing. -A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).
These are but a few of the curiosities collected  in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.
But The Curiosities is more than the stories.  Since 2008, Maggie, Tessa, and Brenna have posted more than 250 works of short fiction to their website  Their goal was simple: create a space for experimentation and improvisation in their writing--all in public and without a backspace key.  In that spirit, The Curiosities includes the stories and each author's comments, critiques, and kudos in the ma…

Book Review: The Truth About Delilah Blue - Tish Cohen

The Truth About Delilah Blue - Tish Cohen Delilah Blue Lovett has always been a bit of an outsider, ever since her father moved her from Toronto to L.A. when she was eight, claiming Delilah's mother no longer wanted to be part of their family.   Twenty now and broke, but determined to be an artist like her errant mom, Delilah attends art classes for free--by modeling nude at the front of the room, a decision that lifts the veil from her once insular world.  While she struggles to find her talent, her father, her only real companion, is beginning to exhibit telltale signs of early-onset Alzheimer's.  And her mother, who Delilah always assumed had selfishly abandoned them, is about to reappear with a young daughter in tow...and a secret that will change everything.  Delilah no longer knows which parent to trust--the only one she can really rely on is the most broken person of all: herself.
4/5 stars (really liked it) Delilah was a likable character and I felt like the author reall…

Book Review: Carrier of the Mark - Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark - Leigh Fallon

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place.  After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school.  She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRis.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago--and that the passion that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

3/5 stars (liked it) I found the beginning of this book very similar to Twilight.  Girl moves to a new town (in this case new country), she's never had a boyfriend before, makes friends with a group of people, interested in the "strange" family and boy that everyone tells her not to waste her time on.  But those similarities ended there and the rest of the book ended up being quite different form Twilight.  I like the supernatural beings and Megan…

Book Review: Boundless - Cynthia Hand

Boundless - Cynthia Hand The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated.  Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her...even if it means breaking both their hearts.  Leaving town seems like the best option, so she's headed back to California-and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.
As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move.  And he's not the only one...With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny.  But it…