Monthly Archives: July 2012

It's a great Monday. A little on the warm side, but when is it not warm for me? This past Saturday was my birthday. It seems to be a trend that I end up cooking my own (actually grilling) birthday dinner. Things will be different next year. My sister ended up in the hospital again. Third time in less than a year. A hot mess. At least it's not pneumonia this time.

Photo bomb by Kai the cat, of water colour portrait birthday gift, from my sister.
An unobstructed view. I love it!

I wasn't planning on watching the Olympics, outside of the opening ceremonies, but I spent a good portion of the weekend watching it anyways. Watching the Canadian women's 8 row team qualify for this Wednesdays final was pretty cool. As of this morning the Canadian men's team is going to the finals as well. For some reason I enjoy watching rowing. That's something that I would like to try one day, I don't know if my knees could handle it though. But my back, shoulders & arms would look fabulous!

My free shirt for the Olympics. I enjoy free stuff! Go Canada!

Swimming is a favourite event of mine as well. The fit bodies make me want to get out and start swimming. Okay, I actually need to know how to swim but that will come. Get the pool and then the private lessons. I did take swim lessons as a child but it didn't stick.

I also can't wait for track & field to start. I hope Caster Semenya places well, if not getting her gold medal. I wish people would stop talking about what happened in 2009 and just wish the young woman well. God forbid a female athlete perform better than the rest.

Are you watching the Olympics or avoiding them like the plague?

Anyway off to do reviews and editing. Have a beautiful & blessed day! Good luck to all the athletes!

Song of the Week: Marry Me Again, The Wilsons, See Marry Me Again. Love the Wilsons. Their music, reality show. Just a great vibe from them. (Links may not work in all countries.)

Till next time,

Nadia

Bitten by Kelly Armstrong, is a fictional, paranormal drama. Narrated by Aasne Vigesaa. Released in audiobook form, 2004.

Main character Elena Michaels, is just trying to live her life like everyone else. She lives in downtown, Toronto, Canada with her boyfriend Philip. She has friends and a job in journalism that she loves. A pretty normal life by most standards. Except, once a week she needs to leave her apartment in the middle of the night and stretch her feet. Or rather, her paws.

You guessed it, Elena Michaels is a werewolf. One of a small number in the world. She's also the only female. In this tale males are mostly born, but sometimes made werewolves. The gene is not passed down to females. Elena was made. The first female to survive a werewolf bite.

After years of living with her werewolf pack she wanted a "normal" human life. Now the pack needs her back. Trouble is starting with some rogue werewolves, jeopardizing their species. Elena's other life is away from the city. Remote and far away from humans. She also has Clay, a past love who has never stopped seeing Elena as his mate.

Elena has to decide can she continue to live as a human (most of the time) or will she be drawn back to her pack, her duties and her werewolf life?

Pros:

  • The narrator, Aasne Vigesaa did a great job with making me believe that she was the multiple characters, that she voiced. Not an easy feat for many narrators. As much as I love a full cast, this narrator pulled it off, beautifully.
  • I like the length of the audiobook. Although, almost 13 hours may be too long for some.

Cons:

  • The Canadian accent. I'm from Ontario, Canada and the narrator was exaggerating a lot (my opinion only). Kind of what non-Canadians expect to hear us to sound like. More than annoying, at times. Maybe it just depends on what part of the country you're from.
  • The sex scenes, were a little long and graphic for my taste. Start and phase out, I get what's going on. 😉

I give Bitten by Kelly Armstrong 4/5.

Bitten also available in paperback, published in 2001.

Who are some of your favourite paranormal authors? Enjoy your Friday and have a fabulous weekend!

Till next time,

Nadia