Thursday, August 31, 2017

Audiobook Review - Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs @Mercys_Garage @PenguinAudio

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
Narrated by Lorelei King
Series: Mercy Thompson #7
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Date Read: August 22, 2017 (2nd read)
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 10 hours 1 minutes

Mercy Thompson returns in the seventh novel in the number-one New York Times best-selling series.

Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more....

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam's disappearance may be related - and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This was another great installments in an excellent series.  I have been working my way through an audio re-read of this amazing series over the course of this year.  It surprises me how much I am enjoying this series during my re-read.  This book isn't one of my favorites in the series but it was really good.  I wanted to listen to this book for hours at a time because I wanted to stay with Mercy and the gang and make sure that everything would work out for them.

This book opens with Mercy and Jesse doing some black Friday shopping.  Mercy gets into a small traffic accident while they were out which really shouldn't have been a big deal.  They realize that there is a problem when they can't reach Adam or any other member of the pack when they call for a ride home.  The entire pack has been abducted.

Mercy is such a strong character and great leader.  She takes her role as Adam's mate seriously and works to keep everyone she safe.  There is quite a bit of excitement as she works to protect the few connected to the pack that were not taken.  She is able communicate with Adam through her mate bond so she isn't completely unaware of things that are happening.

I really enjoyed spending time with some of my favorite characters.  Mercy was incredibly brave and smart in this story.  She is willing to sacrifice her own safety to keep others safe when needed.  Adam was fierce at times but such a great leader and protector.  I do wish that Mercy and Adam hadn't been separated so much during this story.  I really enjoyed the focus on Ben, Tad, and Asil in this book since they are characters that we don't always see a lot of.

Once again Lorelei King does a fantastic job with the narration.  There were a few sections of this book that were told from Adam's point of view and I thought she did a great job with those.  She really does bring Mercy to life.  There is so much emotion that really comes through in her narration.  She is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators and I look forward to listening to more of her work soon.

I would highly recommend this series to others.  This is my second time experiencing this book but it will not be my last.  It is simply wonderful to find a series of books that you know you will enjoy no matter how many times you read them.  I can't wait to listen to the next book very soon.

The Series - Mercy Thompson
Book 7 - Frost Burned
Click the links to read my reviews for the other books in this series!
About the Author
Photo: © Mike Briggs
#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs lives in Washington State with her husband, children, and a small herd of horses.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - White Trash Zombie Unchained

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:

White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland
Series: White Trash Zombie #6
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group DAW
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Sixth in the dark and funny zombie series that “shines in a crowded genre” (USA Today).

Angel Crawford has finally pulled herself together (literally!) after her disastrous dismemberment on Mardi Gras. She’s putting the pieces of her life back in order and is ready to tackle whatever the future holds.

Too bad the future is a nasty bitch. There’s a new kind of zombie in town: mindless shamblers, infectious and ravenous.

With the threat of a full-blown shambler pandemic looming, and a loved one stricken, Angel and the “real” zombies scramble to find a cure. Yet when Angel uncovers the true reason the plague is spreading so quickly, she adds “no-holds-barred revenge” to her to-do list.

Angel is busting her ass dealing with shambling hordes, zombie gators, government jerks, and way too many mosquitos, but this white trash chick ain’t giving up.

Good thing, since the fate of the world is resting on her undead shoulders.


Pre-Order:  Amazon | BAM! | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo 


Why Am I Waiting?
I have really enjoyed this series so far and I am looking forward to this newest installment.  I have been slowly making my way through the series in audio.  I still need to listen to the fifth book but plan to do so soon so that I am ready for this newest one once it is available in audio.  Allison McLemore does such a fantastic job narrating this series that I couldn't imagine experiencing it any other way.  This book should prove to be a lot of zombie fun!

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

New Releases - August 29, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks


It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it…

Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart?


Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Find it at:
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen's personal assassins named for the rings she wears -- Ruby, Emerald, Amethyst, and Opal -- their world changes. They know it's a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge.

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Find it at:
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A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero--and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Find it at:
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He's come back to Copper Ridge, Oregon, to keep a promise—even if it means losing his heart…

Putting down roots in Copper Ridge was never Alex Donnelly's intention. But if there's one thing the ex-military man knows, it's that life rarely unfolds as expected. If it did, his best friend and brother-in-arms would still be alive. And Alex wouldn't have inherited a ranch or responsibility for his late comrade's sister—a woman who, despite her inexperience, can bring tough-as-iron Alex to his knees.

Clara Campbell didn't ask for a hero to ride in and fix her ranch and her life. All she wants is the one thing stubborn, honorable Alex is reluctant to give: a chance to explore their intense chemistry. But Clara has a few lessons to teach him, too…about trusting his heart and his instincts, and letting love take him on the wildest adventure of all.
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32920267-the-chesapeake-bride?ac=1&from_search=true#https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32195037-thirteen-rising?ac=1&from_search=true#https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33296568-here-comes-the-bride?ac=1&from_search=true#https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33225520-tumble-blue?ac=1&from_search=true

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Review - Ready to Run by Lauren Layne @_laurenlayne @readloveswept

Ready to Run by Lauren Layne
Series: I Do, I Don't #1
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: August 22, 2017
Date Read: August  , 2017
Source: NetGalley

The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This romance was just charming!  I am not usually too eager to read wedding themed books but I like Lauren Layne's writing enough that I knew I had to read this one.  This was a really fun premise with most of the wedding talk being about a groom who had a history of leaving his brides at the alter.  Throw in a reality show wanting to capitalize on that and and you have a great set up.  This was just a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed every page of it.

Jordan comes to Lucky Hollow with one thing on her mind.  She is determined to secure Luke Elliott, the hunky local firefighter, for a new TV show.  Luke has left 3 brides standing at the alter and seems to be the perfect choice for the new reality TV show.  There is only one problem.  Luke isn't interested.  At all.  Jordan refuses to give up too quickly so she settles in for an extended stay in the small town of Lucky Hollow.

Luke is an all around good guy.  He works for the local fire department and has a great group of friends.  He is not at all interested in the attention he is getting in regards to possibly staring in a new reality show.  He has had 3 relationships end poorly but he has moved on with his life.  The entire town seems to want him to sign on for the show and they have all become friends with Jordan.

I really enjoyed Jordan and Luke as a couple.  They started out as adversaries because of the TV show before giving into their attraction to each other.   Even when they were arguing with each other, they had some great chemistry.  They seemed to be really good together anytime they shared a scene.  They both had some painful events in their past that were heartbreaking.  

I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This was a really fun story filled with wonderful characters.  It was one of those story that leaves you with a big grin on your face by the time you get to the last page.  I can't wait to read more of this new series soon!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
About the Author

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL's ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #84


I am really excited to participate in Stacking the Shelves, a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality

So...I didn't win the Powerball.  I tried though if that counts for anything.  On Monday, I saw the solar eclipse and it was actually pretty amazing.  Since my area was in near totality, people were pretty excited.  We got to go home early from work (which I found very exciting) and I watched it from my house with my 3 dogs.  My husband and I went to a Cardinals game on Tuesday which was fun even though the Cardinals lost horribly.  On Wednesday night, I got to play with my 3 year old niece and nephew and I learned that I am pretty popular with the 3 year old crowd.  Friday night was the first marching band performance of the year...and there may have been a football game going on as well :)

All in all a busy week.  Reading was rather slow just because of how many things were on my calendar.  Starting next week, things should slow down just a bit.

Digital Books
Perfect Gravity by Vivien Jackson (NetGalley)
To Marry a Texas Outlaw by Linda Broday (NetGalley)
Blackwing by Ed McDonald (NetGalley)
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Edelweiss)

I actually have a copy of Blackwing from First to Read but cannot get the file to open so I decided to request it on NetGalley ~ I have pretty high hopes for this one.  I read Knight on the Texas Plains a couple of months ago and loved it so I decided to request the newest Linda Broday novel.  I have been wanting to start reading the Tether series by Vivien Jackson ~ it sounds like my kind of read.  I am super excited to be approved for Heart on Fire and will most likely start reading it right away.

Print Books

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (ARC from publisher)
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Finished copy from publisher)

I really excited to start reading The Girl and the Tower and am thrilled to have a copy of The Bear and the Nightingale for my bookshelves.  Thank you Random House - Del Ray!

Current Giveaway

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Click here to enter for a chance to win a copy of Seeing Red by Sandra Brown!


What books do you add to your shelves this week? 
Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own STS post!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Review - So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks @KerrelynSparks @SMPRomance

So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Date Read: August 21, 2017
Length: 496 pages
Source: NetGalley

Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knows nothing of her past, except that she is Embraced: born with powers that forced her into hiding. Everything changes when she learns she’s a princess, hidden away from her villainous half-brother who now rules the kingdom. But he knows about Brigitta, and he’ll do anything to get her back. Unless a certain roguish pirate has anything to say about it…

Rupert is both an infamous pirate and a sorcerer with the power to harness the wind. He’s been waiting nineteen years for revenge—and he needs Brigitta to get it. What begins as a kidnapping of the fiery beauty turns into a fierce attraction. But can he win the captive princess’s heart?

My Review

I loved this book!  I enjoyed the first book in the series, How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days, so I was really excited to start reading this book.   This book was just as good as I had hoped it would be.   Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down and ended up reading almost the entire novel in a single day.  I didn't want it to end because I was having such a good time getting lost in this magical world.  This really was a joy to read.

Brigitta and her sisters from the Isle of Moon are on their way to be with Luciana.  During their travels, their boat becomes a target and Brigitta learns that she is actually a princess.  She ends up on Rupert's pirate ship along with a nun to act as her protector.  Rupert is a pirate and is known as a sorcerer.  He has the power to control the wind which turns out to be rather handy while at sea.

I really liked Brigitta and Rupert together.  They just clicked right from the start.  They had a lot of things in common and just seemed to connect with each other and had a lot of chemistry.  Their relationship did move pretty fast but it worked with in the context of the story.  I loved that Brigitta and Rupert had equally exciting backgrounds and I wanted to keep learning more about each of them.

This book was incredibly exciting to read.  There were a lot of scenes that were just filled with action.  I loved how Brigitta and Rupert's special abilities were described in this story.  I wouldn't have imagined how exciting the power to control the wind could really turn out to be.  This book really does a little bit of everything with some really funny moments worked into the story and a pretty entertaining secondary romance.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance.  While I do think it is possible to read this book as a stand alone novel, I think this series is best enjoyed in order.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in this delightfully entertaining series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press.

The Series

Book #1 - How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days - My Review
Book #2 - So I Married a Sorcerer
Book #3 - Eight Simple Rules for Dating a Dragon - Coming March 27, 2018!
About the Author

Jennifer Berry Studio
Kerrelyn Sparks apparently has issues with reality. After writing more than a dozen books about vampires, she has now completely gone off the deep end and wound up on another planet. But how thrilling that she can share this magical new world with her readers! Although she is best known (so far) for the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list, she hopes her readers will love The Embraced as much as they did her merry band of vamps and shifters. To learn more about her paranormal, historical, and upcoming out-of-this-world fantasy romances, please visit Kerrelyn on Facebook, Twitter, or her website at www.kerrelynsparks.com.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Audiobook Review - Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel @neuvel @randomhouse

A Quick Note About this Review
I originally read and reviewed this book back in April 2016 (see review).  At that time, I liked the book but I didn't love it.  I actually only gave it 3 stars.  I saw a few people saying how good the audiobook was and when I saw it on sale, I decided to pick it up.  I was amazed by how much I enjoyed this book in audio.  Since my thoughts are so different this time around, I thought I should write a review based on this reading experience.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel 
Narrated by Full Cast
Series: Themis Files #1
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Date Read: August 16, 2017 (2nd read)
Length:  8 hours 28 minutes
Source: Audible purchase
★★★★★
An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a literary thriller fueled by a quest for truth - and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved - its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discovery - and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Thoughts

This was really good!  Amazingly good!  I am kind of thinking that I am a big dummy for not realizing how good it was when I read the book last year.  I liked it the first time around but I wasn't nearly as impressed as I was with this listen.  I really do think that the narration of this story took everything to a whole new level.  I listened to it over just a few days and really never wanted to stop listening.  I am so glad that I decided to give this book another try.

This story is quite imaginative.  Rose falls into a hole as a small child and discovers what appears to be the hand of a giant metal robot.  I was hooked right away.  The entire premise is just so interesting and I loved watching this group try to figure everything out.  Since I had read this book just a year ago, I already knew how things would play out but that didn't lessen the excitement for me.

This book is laid out a little differently than the norm.  Instead of a running narrative, this story relies on a series of interviews, reports, and journal entries.  The interviews are conducted by a character that doesn't have a hands on role with the project but seems to have a lot of power over everything that is going on.  I found myself not only trying to figure out what was going on with the project but also trying to get some kind of clue regarding the identity of the nameless character.

One of the main reasons that I decided to give this story another try was the fact that this audiobook is performed by a full cast.  Having read the book before, I had a feeling that if done right this audiobook could be amazing.  I was right.  I almost felt like I was listening to a play being performed.  Each character in the book had a different narrator.  Interviews would be conducted back and forth between two narrators.  The narrators were all really good and captured the characters very well.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  If you are someone who enjoys audiobooks, I would recommend that format if you have the option.  The full cast production of this audiobook really does take a good story to a whole new level.  I can't wait to continue with this series.

About the Author
SYLVAIN NEUVEL dropped out of high school at age fifteen. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics, and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Holiday Wishes

 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

My Waiting on Wednesday pick is:

Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4.5
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: November 7, 2017

It's Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O'Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother's bachelor weekend, he's planning to get through this weekend as well as he can and fulfill his duties as best man. What he's not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago - a woman he's never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she's just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be wild and free, and when she sees how good Sean grew up, she thinks he might actually be the perfect candidate.

As the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he's ready to find happily-ever-after with Lotti. But is she ready to open her heart once again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, love and magic are in the air.


Pre-Order:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 


Why Am I Waiting?
I am really enjoying the Heartbreaker Bay series so I am pretty eager to get my hands on this novella.  I am a fan of second chance romances so this one really appeals to me.

What are you waiting for this week? 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Releases - August 22, 2017 #newreleases #newbooks


It's Tuesday!  That means it is time to make a little bit of room on the bookshelves, load up your ereader, or make your way to your local library.  In other words - It is time to get your hands on a new book!

Here are just a few books that have just been released that you may want to grab soon:


Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
A magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.

What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.


Ready to Run by Lauren Layne

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The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.

Shattered by Allison Brennan

Find it at:
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Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her―they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure―so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law― Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth―but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family―and herself―the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling―with Max's research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

Young Jane Young by Gabrielle Zevin

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From the bestselling author of the beloved The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry comes another perfect fable for our times--a story about women, choices, and recovering from past mistakes.

Young Jane Young's heroine is Aviva Grossman, an ambitious Congressional intern in Florida who makes the life-changing mistake of having an affair with her boss‑‑who is beloved, admired, successful, and very married‑‑and blogging about it. When the affair comes to light, the Congressman doesn’t take the fall, but Aviva does, and her life is over before it hardly begins. She becomes a late‑night talk show punchline; she is slut‑shamed, labeled as fat and ugly, and considered a blight on politics in general.

How does one go on after this? In Aviva’s case, she sees no way out but to change her name and move to a remote town in Maine. She tries to start over as a wedding planner, to be smarter about her life, and to raise her daughter to be strong and confident. But when, at the urging of others, she decides to run for public office herself, that long‑ago mistake trails her via the Internet like a scarlet A. For in our age, Google guarantees that the past is never, ever, truly past, that everything you’ve done will live on for everyone to know about for all eternity. And it’s only a matter of time until Aviva/Jane’s daughter, Ruby, finds out who her mother was, and is, and must decide whether she can still respect her.

A novel about a world that continues to want to define what women are and what they can, and cannot, do, Young Jane Young follows three generations of women, plus the wife of the Congressman. Told in varying voices through e-mails and even a Choose Your Own Adventure section, it captures not just the mood of this particular, highly charged moment but is an accessible, witty, smart take on the double standards that are alive and well and waiting to trip up ordinary and extraordinary women alike.  
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