Out of darkness and danger You can’t hide your secrets from Lathan Montgomery-he can read your darkest memories. And while his special abilities are invaluable in the FBI’s hunt for a serial killer, he has… More
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The final installment of The Queen of the Tearling series, The Fate of the Tearling, is publishing today!!! This is definitely a Terrific Tuesday for me! I fell in love with this series when I read The Invasion of the Tearling. I will be honest, I loved the cover and the synopsis sounded intriguing. Once I started reading I fell in love with the writing style! It was an emotional rollercoaster and the story just came alive for me. The second installment in this series was no disappointment and that is also how I know I will love this next novel.
Am I disappointed that this series is coming to an end? No, I am desperate to know what happens to the people of the Tearling. I can not wait to (hopefully) finally see what Kelsea’s connection to Lily is. I have to know! What is going to happen while Kelsea is a prisoner in Mortmesne? So many questions, I need this book!! Ha ha ha, can’t wait!!
In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.
To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned in Mortmesne.
Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.
About the Author
Erika Johansen grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. She went to Swarthmore College, earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and eventually became an attorney, but she never stopped writing.
If you want to know more about the The Queen of the Tearling series you can check out the website HERE.
Author: EXO Books
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: November 15, 2015
Publisher: EXO Books, LLC
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ of 5 stars
Captain Lincoln’s last day is the hardest day of his life.
An old, onetime Captain of the interstellar spaceship USNAS Hope Eternal, Lincoln always knew that this day would come. For just as birthdays are carefully planned, so are deaths. And although he must reckon with his fate, this is not a somber story. It is a tale of love and sacrifice, told in the context of the most advanced civilization ever to exist—a society that has taken to the stars in an effort to save all that is best in humanity.
Follow Lincoln through his internal struggles, his joy in having lived, and his journey to peace.
The End is just the beginning.
This review is based on a digital copy I received from EXO Books. It is an honest and voluntary review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
I enjoyed this book! I was able to get my sci-fy geek on but there was also a deeper thematic significance that revolves around death. This is set in space aboard a ship that is run by the most advanced sentient supercomputer to have ever existed in their galaxy (oh hells yeah!!). The society set up on the ship is close to a utopian society. They exist on a nutritionally optimized vegetarian diet which they grow and harvest themselves. Which makes sense because who is going to take cattle or chickens in space, ha ha ha. The humans have real time medical monitoring and several pieces of implanted technology that allow them direct access to lots of neat features aboard the ship and with the ship. The humans have also had some genetic improvements but nothing outlandish.
Life aboard the ship is regulated, even the act of procreation. Every five years a number of babies are born (a regulated number) otherwise there is no procreation. Now that does not mean there is no sex, that is freely allowed and not regulated, everyone aboard the ship is sterilized so no accidents there. Which brings us to the theme of this book. With every generation born a generation must die. Which begs the question if you had a “death date” already known to you how would you live your last day? Would you be able to accept the inevitable?
This story follows Captain Lincoln through his last day. There is enough of a backstory given on how he felt about his upcoming death date so that you know where he is mentally and emotionally. The story is really more about a thematic pondering on the inevitability of death that the character is dealing with than character development. Through his final day we learn about how the human race came to be in space, how daily life is run, how the life span is structured, and what hope for the future that the human race has. It is brilliantly written!
The book does contain pictorial depictions of certain parts of the story and the pictures are anatomically correct, just as a heads up. I was not wowed by the pictures myself but I can appreciate what they represent. I do think that this story can appeal to a wide audience but I especially recommend this book to science fiction fans. Such a good read!
*Thank you to EXO Books for this complimentary copy of The Last Day of Captain Lincoln*
Author: Chelsea Field
Release Date: November 24, 2016
Purchase: ◊ Amazon ◊
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ of 5 stars
Mistletoe seems a whole lot less romantic once you’ve been poisoned by it. Isobel Avery would know — it’s one of the perks of being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous. Still, with the weather as cold as it gets in Los Angeles and a hot new date, Izzy has a few ideas on how to keep herself warm this Christmas. They just don’t start under mistletoe.
However, before her cozy plans can come to fruition, she needs to survive meeting her date’s family over Christmas lunch. With a long, awkward road trip that has her wondering whether she’s fallen for the Grinch, a mysterious poisoner intent on killing the holiday spirit, and a Santa’s sackful of secrets she’s not allowed to spill, Izzy will need a Christmas miracle to avoid disaster.
The real question is, will her evening be naughty… or not?
This review is based on an eARC I received from Author Chelsea Field. It is an honest and voluntary review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
I have reviewed both books in the Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery series and have thoroughly enjoyed both books. So, when I had an opportunity to read another story from that series I was very excited. This may be a short story but it is humorous and fast paced. A delightful addition to an already charming series.
This story takes place just two days after the end of the previous book, The Hunger Pains. There are just a couple of days until her date with Connor which just so happens to be on Christmas day. It is to be date #1 and it is also where Izzy is to meet his family for the first time. No pressure, right? 😉 Well this is Connor we are taking about and he is a bit on the stiff side so do we get to see a new side to him?? Ha ha, you will have to read and see.
I really enjoyed reading this story. It brought back some previous characters from book one, Eat, Pray, Die, and I was not expecting to enjoy their inclusion but I really did. The writing was able to take a creepy character and make him almost likeable. There is a bit of mystery woven into the story but the main focus is that this is Connor and Izzy’s first real outing as a couple and how it is going to pan out. The ending leaves you chuckling to yourself and wanting to get your hands the next installment in this series. If you have enjoyed either of the books in this series or are looking for a light and humorous read, then I highly suggest this story to you.
*Thank you to Author Chelsea Field for this eARC of Taste of Christmas*
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Author: Susan O’Brien
Genre/Subgenre: Mystery/Cozy Mystery
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Henery Press
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Life is finally settling down for private investigator Nicki Valentine, her kids, and her boyfriend Dean. But when a jailed mom seeks help for her endangered biological daughter, who just “aged out” of foster care, Nicki can’t say no.
With Dean by her side and her free-wheeling BFF eager to investigate too, Nicki braves back alleys, drug dens, and the strip-club scene, all while wondering if any risk is too great when it comes to finding a teen in trouble.
As if navigating the mean streets of King County, Virginia, isn’t enough, Nicki also faces the realities of dating as a single mom, including “sleepover” requests she never anticipated. Ultimately—in both relationships and work—Nicki must decide, “How much am I willing to risk for love?”
This review is based on an eARC I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Entertaining, witty and an easy read! This is the third book in the Nicki Valentine Mystery series and I had no issues picking up the history of the series. It could be read as a stand-alone but where would the fun be in that? Nicki is a fabulous character and I love that although she is a confident woman she is not written as perfection. Life as a private investigator is not always simple and she struggles with the impact that her career choice has and could have on her role as a mother. I really appreciated that this dilemma was a part of the story but not an aspect that the main character lamented on throughout.
I loved the character of Kenna, Nicki’s best friend and neighbor! Nicki and Kenna together just crack me up! They get themselves into some crazy and dangerous situations. There are also no lengths to which Kenna will not go to in order to save her friend. I adore stories that has a true friendship element and this story fits the bill to perfection.
I thought that the author took difficult social issues (aging out of foster care, human trafficking, prostitution) and was able to weave them into a light and easy read without making light of the issues. A really nice way to bring awareness to the subjects.
I enjoyed that the mom aspect was truly a part of the plot. Nicki had to think about situations like being home for the bus, arranging childcare, talking to the kids after Nicki’s love interest, Dean, had watched them for a long period of time just to make sure that he was on the up and up and didn’t try any funny business. Those are very realistic scenarios and I am glad that they were not glossed over. I mean the main character was supposed to be a single mother so she would have her kid’s welfare come before her PI business.
Was there anything that disappointed me? There was really no mystery. Basically it was a story about finding a missing person and the storyline was more or less outlined in the beginning and the rest was picking up the explanatory pieces to bring it all together. There were a few blushes of suspense but no red herrings, no moments where it looked like they ran out of possibilities. Everything just fell into place. Do not get me wrong it was engaging but I like a mystery to have an actual mystery.
This is an amusing story that has well developed characters, it is insightful, has great pacing and a very satisfying ending. There is action, danger, love and friendship woven throughout this entire book and it is lively from start to finish. I would highly recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries aka “cozies” or anyone looking for an entertaining read.
*Thank you to NetGalley & Henery Press for this eARC of Skydive*
Today in the United States we are celebrating Thanksgiving Day. It is supposed to be a day were we take a moment to consider all that we are grateful for and spend time with our families.
I did want to take a moment and say that I am truly grateful for all followers and visitors of this blog! You guys are truly the best! If you are in the U.S.A. Happy Thanksgiving, don’t go into a turkey coma! For everyone else out there I hope you have an amazing day!
Do you love Indie romance? Whhhattt? You too? Well I have some great news some of my pals are having a Giveaway from November 24 – November 30, 2016! Just click on the following image to enter and (hopefully) win $20 amazon gift card, Annie Arcane’s book Hart Broken, and Amanda Siegrist’s book Merry Me!
I thought what better way to spend some time today than checking out some mini-reviews from the month of October. I once again broke the books up into categories. I am really looking forward to next month’s wrap up because I am actually going to be able to have a TBR listing for the month as the Wobble Challenge has finally ended over at Goodreads. So now I am actually raising up my head and looking at what books have come out recently or are coming out and starting to compile a list of books to be read.
During the challenge there was no piling up of anything. I had to read everything I could get my little hands on. I started the challenge on June 17, 2016 and ended on November 07, 2016 and during that time I read 355 books!! Just reading one book a day seems too slow to me now. I hope to recover soon, lol. No more having to read for a challenge, no more title relays, and no more trying to find the right colored cover. It has been weird being able to actually read whatever I want when I want to read it. Anyhow are you wondering how we did? Our team placed 5th place out of 24 teams, seriously that is pretty awesome!!
Now on to the Mini-Reviews:
Four stars! This was great story full of action, mystery, and humor. After I got over my whole, they are just children feeling I rather enjoyed reading this book. Anthony Lockwood is just a wonderful character although for whatever reason Lucy reminded me of Hermione Granger. Probably because she is always trying to be the voice of reason, ha ha ha. Very good read for juvenile fiction! I was surprised about how much I really enjoyed this story.
Four Stars! In fact I enjoyed the previous book so much that I had to continue with the series. What I like it that there is that the sub-plots are just as enjoying as the overall plot and when woven together make for a great read. The characters have not really grown any but it is juvenile fiction so I was not expecting much in that area. It is the action that I truly enjoy. The ghosts, rapiers, mysteries and rivals make it all the more interesting.
Four Stars! This is the third in the series and Sarah finally got what she wanted! I do enjoy this series. It was more than just a light romance. There were plenty of dark elements as well. I am curious to see how the author will continue the series? There was much discussion regarding Hugh’s brother?? I wonder if he will ever be the focus of a book? Anyhow it was a good read!
Four Stars! This was a really nice story and romance. The Sexy Times were not over the top and the sub-plot kept me engaged. I wanted to know what the hell was behind the locked door!! Seriously like 19 chapters and I am still trying to figure out what was behind the locked door and why he could not get married? I loved it!
Four Stars! This was lovely! I loved this story about friendship. Marie is just a wonderful and sparkling character with a larger than life personality. Her group of friends are very entertaining and it was nice to read a contemporary book where her love interest doesn’t end up actually screwing her over. It is an easy read and it has a very satisfying ending!
Three Stars! I love the idea of everyone finding their Mr. Darcy and I liked the pretense of this book that the main protagonist was so fixated on the idea of Mr. Darcy that no one could ever live up to her fantasy. In order to shake off that vicious cycle Jane decided to go all in and play out her fantasy to get it out of her system so that she could join the real world. It was really cute, I just had a hard time with the whole pretense of “play acting” the fantasy. It seemed ridiculous to me. I enjoyed the story and highly recommend.
Three Stars! I like stories that involve shapeshifters and this story offered that but there was very little character development. There was almost no depth to the story as well. There was a bit of good romance but just when things became interesting the story ended. I think that this would have been a fabulous story if it had been developed more.
Three Stars! This is a book in the Blue Moon Saloon series and was a direct continuation with the story of Todd who was really f-ed over in the previous book on many levels. Honestly in this book he mostly is getting the short end of the stick and there is a major plot point that I just had issues with. Sigh, with that said I did really enjoy the story. I liked Anna and her affect on Todd. In the end I was very satisfied and happy for Todd. About time for that guy!😀
Three Stars! I did like this story. For me it started out great(ish), not exactly the greatest fan of her coping mechanisms, the middle was wah, wah, wah for me, then it all came together at the end. I liked the characters, the story was unusual and I enjoyed it, and I did emotionally connect with a few of the characters. Overall nice way to spend my time.
Three Stars! This was a dystopian fantasy where the Fae are not revered and are treated more with disdain than admiration. At the bottom of that heap is Sam as she is a Void. A half-fae who can take the magical properties from another super natural which makes her very unpopular within the supernatural community. I really enjoyed the story and how we see Sam’s plight within her community. It definitely made me mad for her. I did not like how she was treated and I am hoping that her dad gets a dose of his abuse in the next installment in the series. I also liked the set up between Sam and a mysterious Mage who seems to call to her. Although with how things were left at the end I am not sure if there is going to be anything positive to develop between them.
Well that is the end of my October 2016 mini-reviews. Stay tuned for my November monthly wrap-up and December TBR!
Author: Beatrice Colin
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Flatiron Books
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ of 5 stars
This review is based on an eARC I received from NetGalley and Flatiron Books. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love.
In February 1887, Caitriona Wallace and Émile Nouguier meet in a hot air balloon, floating high above Paris–a moment of pure possibility. But back on firm ground, their vastly different social strata become clear. Cait is a widow who because of her precarious financial situation is forced to chaperone two wealthy Scottish charges. Émile is expected to take on the bourgeois stability of his family’s business and choose a suitable wife. As the Eiffel Tower rises, a marvel of steel and air and light, the subject of extreme controversy and a symbol of the future, Cait and Émile must decide what their love is worth.
Seamlessly weaving historical detail and vivid invention, Beatrice Colin evokes the revolutionary time in which Cait and Émile live–one of corsets and secret trysts, duels and Bohemian independence, strict tradition and Impressionist experimentation. To Capture What We Cannot Keep, stylish, provocative, and shimmering, raises probing questions about a woman’s place in that world, the overarching reach of class distinctions, and the sacrifices love requires of us all.
Synopsis via Goodreads
I enjoyed the details that were a part of this story. So many wonderful details! I love when I am reading a story and the particulars are built upon, layer after layer. It is as if the author took my hand and led me through this story and discussed with me at length the world she created. I felt all the emotional pulls that were intended and I was engrossed with the story from beginning to end.
There were many historical details that gave this book authenticity, I feel like it could have been based upon a true story (maybe it was ). I loved, loved, loved how the author captured Paris and the building of the Eiffel Tower. I liked how the main characters Emile and Cait were given backstories and that they were developed slowly throughout the book. The supporting characters had very little backstory but what they added to the main story was well done.
What made the story difficult for me was that there were a few times in the story where situations would occur but the reaction from the supporting character was not explained or justified. So I was left pondering why were they upset? What was so bad about that? Or how did that make the character feel? It should have been devastating or some other emotion should have occurred, I should not have to wonder. There should have been enough details that I understood without doubt why the incident incited the reaction I was shown. All in all it was a wonderful story that I think many will enjoy.
*Thank you to Flatiron Books & NetGalley for this eARC of To Capture What We Cannot Keep*
Author: Beth Moran
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: September 27, 2016
Publisher: Lion Fiction
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ of 5 stars
All Faith Harp wants is a quiet life–to take care of her troubled brother, Sam, earn enough money to stop the poverty wolves snapping at her heels, and to keep her past buried as deep as possible. And after years of upheaval, she might have just about managed it: Sam’s latest treatment seems to actually be working, Faith is holding down a job, and she’s engaged to the gorgeous and successful Perry. But, for Faith, things never seem to stay simple for long. Her domineering mother-in-law-to-be is planning a nightmare wedding, including the wedding dress from hell. And the man who killed her mother is released from prison, sending her brother tumbling back into mental illness.
When secretly planning the wedding she really wants, Faith stumbles across a church choir that challenges far more than her ability to hold a tune. She ends up joining the choir, led by the fierce choir-mistress Hester, who is determined to do whatever it takes to turn the group of ragtag women into something spectacular. She also meets Dylan, the church’s vicar, who is different than any man she has ever met before . . .
This review is based on a paperback copy I received from LibraryThing and Lion Hudson/Kregel Publications. It is an honest and voluntary review and the complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
Charming, heartbreaking and yet utterly lovely! This was an endearing novel with elements of friendship, humor, darkness, danger, heartbreak, love and healing. The author was able to tie many subplots together in such a smooth way that it made for a realistic story that had me all misty-eyed by the end.
Faith Harp’s character, hmmmm, ok I liked her character and understood the choices she made and why but at the same time I felt like saying “really??” She very clearly understood where she stood emotionally with Perry from the beginning but she kept trying? Yeah, not the biggest fan of that weakness. Then the other part of me was like she is doing everything for her brother Sam and then the other part…you can see where this is going. Faith’s character is pulled in many different directions within herself that she cannot see the path that she should choose for her happiness. She is so wrapped up in duty that it is really unhealthy. Which is also the beauty of this story. We are able to follow the story of Faith’s journey to finding herself.
I loved, loved, loved the Grace Choir ladies. A choir that was brought together in a run-down part of town made up of women who were broken and unaware that they needed mending. Hester the choir conductor is really fantastic! Her character would just not allow the women to do anything but move forward. Now that was a perfect storyline to keep me entertained. Every character in this choir were written perfectly and what they added to the story was entertainment and a feeling of togetherness. Loved it!
In what world is a pastor written as a swoon worthy hunk? Ha ha ha, the world that the Author of this novel created. I just adored Dylan’s character. Such a sweet character and how he was there for Faith and tried so hard to deny his attraction to her and just be her friend. Amazing!
I found parts of this book regarding the on-goings with Faith to be confusing at times. I wondered at one point what the time period was of the storyline because it felt very old-fashioned to be in a modern setting? I also felt that although there was meant to be a love triangle it never amounted to much because her feeling towards one party was pretty clear from the beginning of the story. I did find the story to be a really sweet story with some edginess thrown in. I highly recommend for fans of Women’s fiction.
*Thank you to LibraryThing and Lion Hudson/Kregel Publications for this complimentary copy of The Name I Call Myself*
Author: Michael P. Michaud
Genre/Subgenre: Comedy/Dark Comedy
Release Date: November 26, 2016
Publisher: Black Opal Books
ISBN 13: 9781626945470
Purchase: ◊ Amazon ◊
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
A vacuum salesman by day, the introvert lives a quiet life alone with his dog until a work relationship and a dark secret from his past team up to create an uncomfortable imbalance in his otherwise ordered life, one that soon finds him squarely at the center of a murder investigation. With his thoughts continually urging him to make people “red and open” and to “achieve it” with his girlfriend Donna, what follows is a sometimes brutal, oftentimes hilarious, and absurdist account of the life of one very anti-social and unexpected anti-hero.
This review is based on an eARC I received from Author Michael P. Michaud. It is an honest and voluntary review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
This is my first time reviewing black humor which is a genre of comedy that usually touches on themes that are taboo or usually considered too serious to touch on. It is usually sardonically humorous involving morbid or grotesque situations that deal with suffering, anxiety or even death. This book is a perfect fit within that genre.
The story is told from the view point of the main character. The first thing that struck me is that I read the entire story and not once was the protagonist named. You know that the story is all about him but not once is his name mentioned. That is actually really well done because even without the basic descriptions that I have come to expect this story was interesting and carried me through to the end.
His deal with the “red and open” for me was, at first, funny because I took it in the sense that he was being facetious. Hmmmmm, then it took a turn into crazy land. I love that he is passionate about certain things (yes, being vague 😉) and that he is willing to go to great lengths to “right some wrongs” and all but there are so many other ways in which the goal could have been achieved that this “black humor” was pretty much lost on me.
The character himself basically spends his life either trying to keep his calm on so that no one ends up “red and dead,” which I actually enjoy how he rationalizes everything, or he filters every life situation he encounters through his company handbook. The handbook has situational guidelines and he uses it as a mantra for most of his conflicts that arise. Hilarious! So for me the best parts were his inner thoughts where he rationalizes everything.
As a whole this is a great story. Written in an easy to read manner. You get caught up in the story and can’t help but to want good things for the main character. I do not think the character is shy or an introvert, I think he is a psycho that has been given good coping skills and is adult enough to be able to keep himself, for the most part, contained. I was not able to really form any other opinion on the main character. For that reason, I am not in love with this book but if you enjoy this genre of fiction then dang it will knock your socks off and I highly recommend it to you.
*Thank you to Author Michael P. Michaud for this eARC of The Introvert*