Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Book 144: PHANTOM EVIL Review

Do you believe in ghosts? Maybe you believe that evil, pure evil can transcend human life. Both beliefs are at the core of Phantom Evil by Heather Graham. 

A new team of paranormal investigators, lead by a profiler from the FBI, is sent to New Orleans to investigate the suspicious death of the wife of a state senator. In addition to confronting ghosts and the evil that is inhabiting a local house, these investigators stumble upon corrupt politicians (say it isn't so), a cult masquerading as a church (oh no), and a racist hate group. I forgot to mention that a local voodoo priestess provides probable insight into the beliefs of the deceased. I also forgot to mention that two of the investigators fall head-over-heels in lust after only 2 days, but I digress. I know it sounds like I didn't like this book but it was a decent read even with all of the cliches. I personally think it would have been just as good without the lust fest (I couldn't really call it a romance) between two of the investigators, but that's just my opinion. All things considered Phantom Evil makes for a pretty good weekend or vacation read.

The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop starts now... This giveaway is being hosted by Leeswames Blog and will end at midnight Eastern Time on June 29, 2011. I'm giving away a paperback copy of The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Both books will be shipped by BookDepository.com and is open internationally. The only restrictions and requirements are these: shipping is strictly limited to those countries BookDepository.com ships to, one entry per person/email address AND following is required. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and posted on June 30, 2011.
To enter, please click here to visit my giveaways page and complete the entry form


  1. The Forgotten garden sounds great. Count me in. Thanks for the chance to win great reads.
    GFC @Jennifer
    BookNoise at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    bookd.out at gmail dot com

  3. Count me in for the first novel!


  4. Love The Secret Garden, so I'm sure I'll love The Forgotten Garden!

    Awesome giveaway.

    GFC Follower: Elizabeth OR Elisquared


    eliweibley AT gmail DOT com

  5. I've been wanting to read The Forgotten Garden for awhile! Thanks for the great giveaway! I hope I'm doing this right!


  6. Thanks for the giveaway! The Secret Garden was my favourite book as a kid... I read it over and over and over.. I wonder what happened to my copy?

    I am an old follower.



  7. These books are treasures. They bring back such memories. THANK YOU!!


  8. I love the garden theme of this giveaway! I'm a new follower. cuc15 at psu dot edu

  9. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

    My mom has been sick, so I never got around to signing up to participate in the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop. I have a June Giveaway going on this month at my blog, and I'd love to invite you to stop by and throw your name in the hat for this book! It's a US giveaway only this month, but next month, I'll be offering an international giveaway for an Amazon card.

    If you follow my blog, let me know. I always follow back.

  10. Hi just popping over to say hello as part of the bloghop.

  11. Ohhh ... those books sound great! It's good to see a giveaway hop with classics and sophisticated reads - so thanks for the chance!

    GFC follower

    danaan at gmx dot at

  12. Following your blog! These books are great- thanks for this giveaway!

    jo.tee35 AT gmail DOT com

  13. I've been really wanting to read The Forgotten Garden. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I follow via GFC quixoticdreamer


  14. Thanks for the giveaway and hop!
    GFC follower as Diana

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  15. Thanks for the giveaway. Found you through the blog hop, I'm participating as well at www.lenasledgeblog.com

    Hope to stay connected.

  16. I found you through the blog hop, and enjoyed browsing your blog! Joined as a follower.

    Already own The Secret Garden (lovely book), but would love a chance to win The Forgotten Garden, as I have never read one of hers and really need to!

    Thanks! Care Burpee