Sunday, March 26, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: Cruel and Unusual by Patricia Cornwell



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Tynga publishes her post each Saturday, so be sure to link up your posts and check out what books others have added to their shelves that week.

From the Library:

This is the 4th book in the Kay Scarpetta series.  I enjoy a good murder mystery every now and then, so I started reading this series a while back.  There are a TON of book currently out, but I haven't felt the need to binge read the series.  I just read one or two a year.

Cruel & Unusual by Patricia Cornwell

Cover image for Cruel and Unusual

Friday, March 24, 2017

Review: Evertrue by Brodi Ashton

Evertrue (Everneath, #3)

***Spoiler Alert...I do not mention any spoilers from Evertrue (book 3 in the series), but if you haven't finished Everbound (book 2) there are some spoilers and you probably shouldn't proceed.*** 

Evertrue is the third and final book in the Everneath series and picks up where book two left off.  Nikki and Jack are now on a mission to destroy the Everneath and restore Nikki's mortality. They have one major problem.  Nikki has to rely on Cole to feed her every night or she will lose her energy and die.  Even that is a short term solution to her  problems.  She has about a week to discover how to destroy the Everneath or she will be forced to choose between feeding on a forfeit for a century or allowing herself to die. They also hove no idea how to defeat the shades and the current queen.  

I was shocked by a major twist that took place in this book.  Cole and his band disappear one evening and their condo is ransacked.  When Cole reappears, he isn't the same.  He is speaking like he is from the early 1900's with an ancient vocabulary and a strange accent.  I don't want to give away any spoilers, but Nikki and Jack decide to use this to their advantage.

We see a much different side of Cole in this book.  Personally, I liked the overly confident version of him better.  This version; however, did allow the reader to connect with him on a new level.  Even Nikki couldn't help but feel sorry for him.

Jack, on the the other hand, is now a version of the Hulk... or Hercules if we are going to use the mythological equivalent.  He somehow grew in size and strength when he freed himself from the Everneath.  In addition, he now has a very short temper.  Every time Nikki and Cole were together I pictured him clenching his fists (which is constantly mentioned in the book) and turning into the Hulk before he went into one of his rages.  It came in handy at times, but for the most part he was a bit annoying.  I would have selected the old Cole over him any day.

The ending wasn't much of a surprise, but there were some repercussions I didn't see coming.  I wish there could have been a happily ever after for everyone, but I guess that was never in the cards.  I was satisfied with how Brodi tied up the series and thoroughly enjoyed my time with these characters.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cover Reveal: Don't Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray


Don’t Kiss the Messenger Information Sheet:

Book Title: DON’T KISS THE MESSENGER
Author: Katie Ray (pen name of Katie Kacvinsky)
Release Date: 4/10/2017
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Author Email: kaz@uwalumni.com
Author Website: www.katieraybooks.wordpress.com
Author Twitter: @TheWeirdists
Author Facebook: Katie Ray Kacvinsky
Author Goodreads: Katie Ray


~A modern retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac~

Synopsis:

For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him. CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate. Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl...

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll fall in love.

Author Bio:

Katie writes teen and new adult fiction novels. Her latest book, Don't Kiss the Messenger, is published under her new pen name, Katie Ray. She also has six books published under her legal name, Katie Kacvinsky (First Comes Love, Second Chance, Finally Forever, Awaken, Middle Ground, and Still Point).

Her books have been nominated for YALSA awards, and First Comes Love was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She lives in beautiful Ashland, Wisconsin, on the shores of Lake Superior, with her husband, two kids, and a very high-energy dog. To find out more about Katie and her books, check out her website: www.katieraybooks.wordpress.com

If you are interested in participating in the blog tour, click on this link for the sign up information.  

I have read all of Katie's books and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one.  I have a copy of Don't Kiss the Messenger and will post my review along with Mary on Book Nerds Across America.  As always, I will share my review here as well.

My Reviews of Katie's Books:
Maddie's Tattoo (Novella)

Waiting on Wednesday: Brave by Tammara Webber


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

Brave by Tammara Webber
Tentative Release Date: Fall 2017

I LOVED Easy and have read all of the books in Tammara's Contours of the Heart series.  I have no idea how I missed this announcement, but I found Brave listed when I pulled Tammara up on Goodreads yesterday.  I was beyond excited and immediately scheduled this as my next WoW post. 

Brave (Contours of the Heart, #4)Goodreads Overview:

Courage means rising up to defend your beliefs… or daring to question them.

Get ready for Erin's story: A new standalone novel in the Contours of the Heart world.

Greed. Betrayal. Loss. Revenge. And that's just where it begins.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Have Read In A Weekend


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten List on something bookish.  Click on the link above if you wish to participate.

Top Ten Books I have Read In A Weekend

This week's topic was supposed to include books completed in a day or even one sitting.  That isn't realistic for me since I work full time and I have a very active son.  I usually finish a book a week, so any books completed in two days or less is a feat for me.

Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
I read most of this book on a lengthy travel day to Hawaii and finished it the next morning. I loved the story and plan on reading Breathe, Annie, Breathe in the very near future.

Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)

Until Midnight
This is a 112 page novella (book 1.5 in the Alienated Series) which I finished in a day.

Until Midnight (Alienated, #1.5)

Die Once More by Amy Plum
This is a 100 page novella (3.5 in the Revenants Series).

Die Once More (Revenants, #3.5)

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
A full length novel that I read over a holiday weekend home alone.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A 227 page novel that you simply can't put down once you start.

We Were Liars

Keeping Her  by Cora Carmack
176 page Novella (1.5 in the Losing It Series)

Keeping Her (Losing It, #1.5)

New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
I was in a bit of shock when a character left and needed to see how this one finished.

New Moon (Twilight, #2)

Because of Anya
My son's teacher read this to the class, but he was in the hospital.  It is only 114 pages so we read it together.

Because of Anya

The Guard by Kiera Cass
A 64 page novella (2.5 in the Selection Series)

The Guard (The Selection, #2.5)

The Prince by Kiera Cass
A 64 page novella (0.5 in the Selection Series)

The Prince (The Selection, #0.5)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Creativity Corner: Johanna's Christmas Page 2


My 12 year-old son, Preston, is very crafty and enjoys all forms of art.  I decided to start this Creativity Corner feature as a way for us to look back on our projects while sharing ideas with others.

This week I completed the second page in Johanna's Christmas by Johanna Basford.  





Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: The Death Cure by James Dashner



Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  It is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, be it physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Tynga publishes her post each Saturday, so be sure to link up your posts and check out what books others have added to their shelves that week.

From the Library:

The Death Cure by James Dashner

I have been working my way through the Maze Runner series over the past year.  I really enjoyed book 1, but book 2 (The Scorch Trials) left a bit to be desired.  Hopefully The Death Cure will put the series back on the right track.


The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)