Sunday, January 31, 2016
A Brief History of Seven Killings: I usually really like any book that's on the Man Book Award list of nominees. This one was the 2015 Winner so I figured it was going to be really good. It was so complicated and hard to understand. It had too many points of view and they just weren't coming together in a way I could understand. That, and the Jamaican accent of the audiobook readers were so heavy at times I couldn't figure out a word they were saying.
The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen: I might have to chalk this one up to the audiobook narrator. I've heard his voice in quite a lot of Middle Grade and YA audiobooks that I equate it to more juvenile books. It wasn't working for me in this more serious type book. The story just wasn't holding my interest like Katherine Howe books normally do. (Kari didn't like this one either!)
Sea of Tranquility: I was hoping for a good YA romance. Instead, I got an angsty mess. I didn't like any of the characters. The whole things was just too depressing that I gave up.
Shriver: This was a random audio library pick. It has great reviews and was touted to be a humorous satire. I found nothing humorous about it. I made it to the third disc and realized I was bored. I'm not sure I laughed once. Maybe I just don't get satire.
Whistling Past the Graveyard: I found the main character of the book annoying. After the first couple of chapters, I was bored.
Undertow: DNF at 30%. Not only did it take 5 chapters before I had an inkling what was going on, but then I still wasn't sure after 2 more chapters. Crappy world building! I knew it was going to go downhill fast when the Lyric said she was kind of dating a guy because he was hot. Did she mention he was hot? Yes, several times. Ugh.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Starting Over: I thought this was a cute second chance story. It's a quick read and worth checking out. Cameron was too cute. Although, I was a little frustrated with Vanessa, I could understand her reluctance to date again. The epilogue made up for that frustration.
The Hidden: The latest in the Krewe of Hunters series (#17) ended up being a fairly good read. It has a good mystery with a second chance at love story. I didn't really buy into the love story too much as they kind of got over their issues a little fast for me. The next one comes out in May and I look forward to it.
Friday, January 29, 2016
published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
publish date: April 14, 2015
Denton Little’s Deathdate takes place in a world exactly like our own except that everyone knows the day on which they will die. For Denton, that’s in just two days—the day of his senior prom.
Despite his early deathdate, Denton has always wanted to live a normal life, but his final days are filled with dramatic firsts. First hangover. First sex. First love triangle—as the first sex seems to have happened not with his adoring girlfriend, but with his best friend’s hostile sister. His anxiety builds when he discovers a strange purple rash making its way up his body. And then a strange man shows up at his funeral, claiming to have known Denton’s long-deceased mother, and warning him to beware of suspicious government characters. . . . Suddenly Denton’s life is filled with mysterious questions and precious little time to find the answers.
I had been wanting to read this book for quite awhile. I was so happy to finally get around to it. I was thrilled that this book was quirky and funny and such a good story.
Denton lives in a world where everyone knows when they will die. The story starts 2 days before his deathdate. Denton wakes up with a terrible hangover in his best friend's sisters bed. He doesn't remember anything that has happened and he has to get ready for his funeral. In this world, you go to your funeral while you're still alive to enjoy it. That's when things start to get crazy because a stranger shows up claiming to have known his long dead mother and telling him to avoid anyone from the government. Denton only has the time left on his Deathwatch day to figure out what's going on.
Lance Rubin is a great writer. I really enjoyed his writing style. He had great humor without being overly rude. I would definitely recommend this book. I'm looking forward to more from this writer in the future.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
First published in 1930, revised in 1959 by Grosset & Dunlap
Nancy, unaided, seeks to find a missing will, and the search not only tests her keen mind but also leads her into a thrilling adventure.
In The Secret of the Old Clock, Nancy decides to try and track down a missing will to help a family collect their promised inheritance. For me, there really wasn't a mystery as you kind of know ahead of time there is a the key to a will in an old clock. You just go along for the ride as Nancy tries to find it.
After reading Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey (my review), which made a lot of references to Nancy Drew, I decided to revisit an old favorite of mine. I first read Nancy Drew mysteries when I was in middle school and I remember loving the books. I'm not sure at a young age, I realized what a "Mary-Sue Sunshine" Nancy really is. Not in a bad or annoying way, but definitely in a 50's, everything is sunshine and roses way. It was fun to read a book in which the character solved a case with no internet, Google or smart phones. In fact it was kind of refreshing.
One interesting fact that I never knew (thank you Wikipedia) is that Carolyn Keene was a pseudonym for several different writers who all contributed to the series over the years. If you haven't read a Nancy Drew mystery in a while, I encourage to pick this one up. It's like visiting with an old friend.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
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The man has been done in by a vicious beating, so violent that his skull has been crashed in.
It's barely a day before a second victim is found . . . once again so badly thrashed that the water runs red. The city becomes riddled with fear.
An old family friend comes to Danni Cafferty, telling her that he's terrified, he's certain that he's received a message from the Blood Bayou killer--It's your turn to pay, blood on the bayou.
The two quickly become involved, and--as they all begin to realize that a gruesome local history is being repeated--they find themselves in a fight to save not just a friend, but, perhaps, their very own lives.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Date of Publication: January 21, 2016
Delia Langley has been a prisoner all her life - a prisoner to high society and its conventions. A prisoner to her wealthy father's overprotective measures. A prisoner to a fiance-to-be in an arrangement made by her father to have a royal heir. In fact, the only time in her life that Delia ever felt free was when she was captured by the much-feared pirate Blackheart and his crew, and held for months while her father negotiated her ransom.
Now nineteen, the beautiful Delia is ready to leave another prison, the manmade "city in the sky," Beau Monde, where she's been tucked away, high above London all these many years. The plan is that after her debutante ball, her marriage to Lord Thaddeus Templeton will be announced, and the wheels will be set in motion for Delia to take her place as a proper society lady. Except she has other plans. Frustrated by the greed of the rich and the plight of the poor who live in the Shadowlands, a ghetto cast in darkness by the floating city of wealth above, Delia has been masquerading as Madame X, a French pirate, who has arranged to purchase her own pirate airship from the mysterious "Professor." Then there's Nicholas Crawley, the dashing, bachelor son of the family who have opened their home to Delia for her London visit. He's ruggedly handsome - and he's impossible. She doesn't expect to fall for him, but there's no denying the electricity that surges between them. A future with him would ruin everything, but her attraction to him is only one of many surprises poised to thwart her pirating plans in this charming steampunk tale.
The spires of London grew in the distance as Delia hurtled through the air, her petticoats and skirts flapping in the wind. Delia opened her mouth to scream but her cry was drowned out by the sound of air rushing past as she tumbled toward the earth.
About Maggie Dallen
Maggie Dallen is a big city girl living in Montana. She writes adult and young adult romantic comedies in a range of genres. An unapologetic addict of all things romance, she loves to connect with fellow avid readers on Facebook, Twitter or at www.maggiedallen.com.
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Monday, January 25, 2016
Author: N. Raines
Publisher: N. Raines, LLC
Date of publication: Janaury 2016
In high school, Sam Pennywell had a massive crush on Rick Russo. But he was her cousin’s boyfriend and strictly off-limits. Meeting Rick again years later, she can hardly recognize the man he’s become.
As a paramedic, Rick’s career is all about helping others. But in the line of duty, he’s become one of the injured. He’s caught in a dark place he can’t escape on his own. He can't make Sam any promises of love. Promises are too easily broken.
Sam spends her life taking care of sick and homeless animals. She's never met a stray she didn't love, and Rick is the most important rescue she'll ever make.
In No Promises, Sam has had a crush on Rick since high school. When he gets too drunk to drive at her cousin's party, she can't help but offer to give him a place on her couch. Rick is at a crossroads, trying to figure out what is next in his life. Go back to his job, or try something new...Sam and her father might just be the friends he needs to help him figure that out.
I definitely recommend this NA book. It was a quick and cute story that will make you smile when it's over.
About the author:
Author: Dr. J. Denee
- Journey Beyond the Trauma is available at Amazon.
- Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
- Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Publisher: CP Publishing
Date of publication: January 2016
I loved Clay. Despite his horrible childhood, he still has a soft and caring heart, even if he won't admit it. He tends to find strays and help give them a fresh start. Lucky for Samantha, right? Samantha was actually pretty well grounded for having been raised in luxury her entire life. I liked that she didn't seem to be a snob at all. In fact, she adapts to "normal life" fairly well. I liked them together and their attraction was definitely hot!
What I didn't love was the timeline. It kind of happened a bit fast for me. Samantha knows this guy not even a day and she is ready to sleep with him. I found that a bit much. Despite that, I did like that book. I am intrigued by Clay's brothers, Mason and Levi. I l am looking forward to Mason's story which comes out next.
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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Date of publication: May 2014
Putting the dead in deadline
To Bee or not to Bee? When the widely disliked Honeywell Stingers football coach is found murdered, 17-year-old Millie is determined to investigate. She is chasing a lead for the school newspaper - and looking to clear her father, the assistant coach, and prime suspect.
Millie's partner is gorgeous, smart-and keeping secrets
Millie joins forces with her mysterious classmate Chase who seems to want to help her even while covering up secrets of his own.
She's starting to get a reputation…without any of the benefits.
Drama-and bodies-pile up around Millie and she chases clues, snuggles Baxter the so-ugly-he's-adorable bassett hound, and storms out of the world's most awkward school dance/memorial mash-up. At least she gets to eat a lot of pie.
I have read a lot of negative reviews for this book, so I was a little reluctant to read it. I guess I am in the minority when it comes to this book. I thought Buzz Kill was a pleasant surprise. The basic premise is that Millie is a smart slacker who aspires to be a journalist, maybe. Her father is accused of murdering the head football coach at her high school. She takes it upon herself to solve the mystery.
I really liked Millie's character. There are many comparisons in the book to Nancy Drew. While Millie definitely march's to her own beat, I could see some of Nancy's qualities in her. She is a character I would love to see in other books. The other characters in the book made the story very entertaining. I was totally surprised at the reveal in the end.
I would recommend this to any YA mystery lover. I wouldn't mind if it became a series.
Friday, January 22, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of publication: January 2016
The Restaurant Critic's Wife involves Lila, a former career woman turned mother and house wife. She is the wife of Sam, food critic for the city newspaper. After their recent move to Philadelphia, she finds that her new life isn't all it is cracked up to be. I ended up with mixed feelings about this story. In the end, I liked it but didn't love it as much as I wanted to.
What I did like about the book was the only part in which I could relate and empathize with Lila. Her struggles at juggling a toddler and a newborn rang very true and humorous. I've so been there and done that and found myself laughing. I think many moms will relate to the trials of out of the house trips and the perceived judgement from "perfect" moms.
While I could relate on the mom aspect, I had a hard time liking Lila and Sam. Sam's antics and attempts at anonymity were a bit over the top and it seemed to draw more attention to himself. I also guess I didn't understand the need for it, especially since it seemed most people knew who is was already. Lila came across as whiny to me. Her pining for her single child-free life got a bit tiring after a while. The lack of communication between the couple drove me crazy.
Would I recommend it? Sure, it's a fairly quick read. But, I will warn you with all of the food mentions, you might want to eat first.