Saturday, September 30, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #89


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

Surprise...this was another busy week.  Maybe not quite as filled as last week but still busier for my tastes.  I went to see Matchox Twenty and the Counting Crows in concert Tuesday night which really was a lot of fun and the weather was perfect for an outdoor concert.  The marching band my daughter is a member of will be spending today at a band competition.  My husband and I are helping out with the band all day so it may be Sunday before I can get around to visit everyone. 

Books for Review

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison (NetGalley)
Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle (Edelweiss)

I added two review books this week.  I am pretty excited about getting the chance to read both of these.  I have heard some great things about Lie to Me and it really sounds like my kind of book.  I must be auto-approved for Sourcebooks titles on Edelweiss since they all show up as available to download for me which is pretty exciting.  I downloaded Survive the Night to my kindle just hours after it was listed because I am really looking forward to Otto's story.

Books Purchased
White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland (Audible Purchase)
Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuval (Audible Purchase)
11-22-63 by Stephen King (Audible Purchase)

This was another week that I couldn't resist an Audible deal.  I received an email that if I used 3 credit by a certain date then I would get a $10.  I had more than 3 credits and a wish list a mile long so I picked these 3 beauties.  Now I just have to decide what to buy with the credit once it hits my account.


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, September 29, 2017

Review - The Hunt by Chloe Neill @chloeneill @BerkleyPub

The Hunt by Chloe Neill
Series: Devil's Isle #3
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Date: September 26, 2016
Date Read:  September 26, 2016
Source: NetGalley

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels—the hunter becomes the hunted in a New Orleans devastated by a Paranormal war....

When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil’s Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.

Now the weight of Liam’s own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she’ll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23014597-what-doesn-t-kill-her
My Review

This was a really good book!  I was really excited to dive back into this series after reading and enjoying the first two installments.  This was a solid addition to the series.  I feel that this is a series that really does need to be read in order since the events in each book builds on the earlier events.  I found myself really getting hooked by the story and I ended up most of it in a single day.

Claire and the rest of the crew are laying low in New Orleans.  Liam left without a word to anyone now that he has magic like Claire.  When Liam is accused of murder, Claire insists on going to find him along with a couple of other members of the group.  They do find him but also find another problem that seems to be putting paranormals at risk.

I really have been enjoying the wonderful cast of characters in this series.  Each of the recurring characters are well developed and I think that I like them just a little bit more with each installment.  They have all grown over the course of the series and have learned to rely on each other.  The world that this story takes place in is equally well done.  I really liked the contrast of the world outside of New Orleans that we saw a bit of in this installment.

I thought that the mystery at the core of this book was entertaining and quite complex.  I found myself really working to figure out who was really responsible for the murder and how it connected to everything else going on.  Claire must also deal with a few discoveries that are quite personal.  The book does end in a very exciting manner that makes me want to get my hands on the next book as soon as I possibly can.

I would recommend this book to others.  This is a really exciting series that takes place in a well crafted world that I think a lot of readers will enjoy.  I can't wait to find out what happens next to Claire and the rest of the group!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.

The Series - Devil's Isle
Book #1 - The Veil - My Review
Book #2 - The Sight - My Review
Book #3 - The Hunt - Now Available!
About the Author

Photo by Dana Damewood
Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

Author Links:

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Review - Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis @JillShalvis @avonbooks

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #4
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Date Read: September 16, 2017
Length: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss

Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

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

I just loved this story!  I have found this series to be consistently good so I was really excited to get my hands on this newest installment.  I was even more excited to read this one once I discovered it would be Spence's story since I have really enjoyed his character in the previous books in the series.  I had pretty high expectations going into this book and it met or exceeded every one of them.  I had such a good time reading this charming romance.

Spence and Colbie are the focus of this story.  Spence has had a role in the previous books in this series that revolves around a group of friends and the building that they live and work in.  Spence happens to own the building and is the genius of the group.  He spends his time inventing and working out complex problems.

Colbie is a big name author and the stress of her life has prompted her to run away from everything for just a bit.  Colbie meets Spence during an unfortunate encounter at a rather famous fountain.  They are so much fun to see together from that very first meeting.  Colbie decides to stay for a while so that she can get the break that she so desperately needs.

Spence and Colbie were just adorable together.  They had great chemistry from the very beginning of the story.  There were so many moments that brought a huge grin my face and I may have chuckled out loud a time or too.  The banter between this pair was really well done and provided a nice balance to the hotter sections of the story.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.  This book is the fourth book in the Heartbreaker Bay but it could easily be read as a stand alone novel.  Readers of the series will enjoy seeing all of the characters featured in earlier books in the series.  I can't wait to see what happens next in Heartbreaker Bay!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Avon Books via Edelweiss.

The Series - Heartbreaker Bay
Book #1 - Sweet Little Lies - My Review
Book #2 - The Trouble with Mistletoe - My Review
Book #2.5 - One Snowy Night - My Review
Book #3 - Accidentally on Purpose - My Review
Book #4 - Chasing Christmas Eve - Now Available!
About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Audiobook Review - The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey @michaelcarey191

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
Narrated by Finty Williams
Series: The Girl With All the Gifts #1
Publisher: Hatchette Audio
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Date Read: August 30, 2017
Length:  13 hours 4 minutes
Source: Audible purchase
★★★★★
Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

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

Wow!  This was a bit of a surprise for me.  I don't really know why it was a surprise since I have heard wonderful things about it but it was.  I guess I went into this book thinking that I would probably like it but I had no idea how much I would end up enjoying it.  Once I started listening, I was hooked and I wanted to know more about Melanie.  I spent hours at a time listening to this book and enjoyed the experience immensely.  This is a zombie story that I will not be forgetting anytime soon.

This book is told from Melanie's point of view.  She is a very bright girl but her experience at the start of the story has been very limited.  I really enjoyed seeing the world she know through her eyes.  Melanie's entire existence is limited to her cell and her classroom.  She knows the rules and how things are supposed to be.  She knows exactly what to expect from day to day.

Melanie was a fantastic character.  I would never have imagined that she would turn out to be so easy to relate to but she was.  I loved the way she worked out problems in her mind and how observant she was of everything going on around her.  She was able to work things out very quickly and made the people she was around re-think some of their beliefs.  All of the key characters in this book were really well developed and added something important to the overall story.

I thought that Finty Williams did a fantastic job narrating this book.  This was the first time that I have listened to her narration and I wasn't sure of her voice as the book first began.  I was over any reservations that I initially had pretty quickly and her voice became Melanie's voice.  I thought her voice was very pleasant and she brought a lot of excitement to the story.  I was able to listen to this story for hours at a time and never tired of her narration.

I would highly recommend this book to others.  It is a different kind of zombie story that was highly entertaining and hard to put down.  I would not hesitate to read more of M.R. Carey's work in the future.
About the Author

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a USA Today bestseller and is a major motion picture based on his BAFTA-nominated screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel's flagship superhero titles. His creator-owned books regularly appear in the New York Times bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, two radio plays, and a number of TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

New Releases - September 26, 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:


Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn't been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks—and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother's death. And now, it looks as though he may finally find what he's been looking for.

When Maura's fingerprints turn up in the rental car of a suspected murderer, Nap embarks on a quest for answers that only leads to more questions—about the woman he loved, about the childhood friends he thought he knew, about the abandoned military base near where he grew up, and mostly about Leo and Diana—whose deaths are darker and far more sinister than Nap ever dared imagine.


The Hunt by Chloe Neill

Find it at:
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels--the hunter becomes the hunted in a New Orleans devastated by a Paranormal war....
When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.
Now the weight of Liam's own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she'll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out....

Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
Meet cute...

Run for the hills—temporarily. That's Colbie Albright's plan when she flees New York for San Francisco. Wrangling her crazy family by day and writing a bestselling YA fantasy series by night has taken its toll. In short, Colbie's so over it that she's under it. She's also under the waters of a historic San Francisco fountain within an hour of arrival. Fortunately, the guy who fishes Colbie out has her looking forward to Christmas among strangers. But she's pretty sure Spencer Baldwin won't be a stranger for long.

Make merry...

Spence's commitment to hiding from the Ghosts of Relationships Past means he doesn't have to worry about the powerful—okay, crazy hot chemistry—he's got with Colbie. Just because she can laugh at anything, especially herself... just because she's gorgeous and a great listener just because she gets Spence immediately doesn't mean he won't be able to let Colbie go. Does it?

and hope for a miracle.

Now the clock's ticking for Colbie and Spence: Two weeks to cut loose. Two weeks to fall hard. Two weeks to figure out how to make this Christmas last a lifetime.

Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Jenn McKinlay

Find it at:
Goodreads | Booklikes | LibraryThing
New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay returns to Bluff Point, Maine, where one woman finds love with the help of an adorable golden retriever.

LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD.

Carly DeCusati returned home to Bluff Point, Maine, with her tail between her legs. But she’s determined to get her life back on track—and that means finding new homes for the elderly golden retriever and overly talkative parrot she inherited before her old life fell apart.

Enter physical therapist and hot one-night stand James Sinclair. James doesn’t care that Carly doesn’t do relationships. He is determined to win her heart, promising to help her with the pets if she’ll just give him the time of day.

Carly agrees to date the irresistible James, and, for the first time in years, she’s dreaming of a happily ever after. But James has secrets, and if he can’t open up to Carly, their future could go to the dogs...
More Great Books Being Released Today
(Covers link to Goodreads)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33785097-long-tall-cowboy-christmashttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32920220-the-blackbird-seasonhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33152795-invictushttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15797848-there-s-someone-inside-your-house?from_search=true

What new releases are you excited about this week?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Review - Lucas by Sawyer Bennett @BennettBooks @readloveswept

Lucas by Sawyer Bennett
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #8
Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Date Read: September 22, 2017
Source: NetGalley

The Carolina Cold Fury hockey team is stacked with hotshots. But when a new player joins their ranks, he learns that even superstars can’t go it alone when it comes to love.

Lucas Fournier is only serious about one thing: hockey. The league’s fun-loving charmer, Luc is always up for a good prank or a great lay, and he has no intention of settling down. But being traded to the Carolina Cold Fury—and to play alongside his big brother, Max—is no joke. With another title in sight, the last thing Luc wants is to let his new teammates down. To succeed, Luc will need to keep his head in the game and the most . . . er, demanding member of his anatomy in check. But when temptation hits, Luc hits back harder.

Museum curator Stephanie Frazier has always put business before pleasure, which just about explains her nonexistent sex life. But when Stephanie meets Luc at a champagne-fueled gala, she finds herself flirting like crazy—and going home with the uninhibited athlete. For one night, she learns what passion is all about. She just never counted on the little surprise Luc leaves behind. And that’s when things really start to get . . . interesting.

Sawyer Bennett’s New York Times bestselling Carolina Cold Fury series can be read together or separately.

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

I liked this book a lot.  So far, I have enjoyed every book in this series so I went into this book with pretty high expectations and I am happy to say that they were met.  Each book in this series has featured a member of the Cold Fury Hockey team but that is really where the similarities end.  I am kind of amazed by how different each of these stories really are and I think that is why I still get excited when I learn about a new book being released.  Lucas is the eighth book in the series but it can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

The book focuses on Lucas and Stephanie.  Their story has an unusual start since the book opens with them sharing a rather hot one-night stand.  That one night stand leads to a more lasting situation.  Lucas and Stephanie must figure out how they make things work out.  It was really very interesting to see this pair get to know each other.

Lucas was really the star of this book for me.  He was so patient with Stephanie and seemed to instinctively know the right thing to say and do.  He does have a couple of bonehead moments and there was a couple of times that I caught myself cringing because of him but these things made him seem a little more real.  I am still trying to completely forgive him for one scene.

Stephanie was a bit more frustrating.  She really seems to have her act together but she is terribly afraid of getting close to anyone.  She had a terrible childhood and it made sense that she would approach relationships with caution.  I wanted so much for her to give Lucas a real chance and I couldn't help but get a bit frustrated, kind of like Lucas, when she resisted.

I would recommend this book and series to others.  Fans of the series will be happy to see quite a bit of the characters featured in Max since Lucas and Max are brothers.  I can't wait to read the next book in this wonderful series!

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
 
Cold Fury Hockey Series
#1 -Alex
#2 - Garrett - My Review
#3 - Zack - My Review
#4 - Ryker - My Review
#5 - Hawke - My Review
#6 - Max- My Review
#7 - Roman - My Review
#8 - Lucas - Now Available
#9 - Van - Coming November 28, 2017!
#10 - Reed - Coming February 6, 2018!
#11 - Marek - Coming May 28, 2018!
About the Author

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Mary’s strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #88


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

The drum majors with the band's trophy.
(My daughter is in the middle holding the trophy)
This week was exhausting.  Last Saturday, we spent the day at a band competition where my daughter's band took third place.  I was so tired that on Sunday I didn't even want to move.  My daughter called me Monday when the car wouldn't start so I dealt with that and then had to spend the evening at school for the National Honor Society Initiation ceremony.  On Thursday, I took my daughter to her jazz group which took up my whole evening.  I had planned to use that time to get caught up with some things online but the wifi wouldn't work.  I even smashed my finger right before I left for work Friday morning.  I barely had the chance to do any reading this week.  I finished one book that was only 244 pages which is pretty short.  It has just been one of those weeks!

Books for Review

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben (NetGalley)
The Storm King by Brendan Duffy (NetGalley)
Hello Again by Brenda Novak (NetGalley)
Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis (Edelweiss)

I probably didn't need to add so many review books this week but that all sound so good!  I am really excited about four of these books and cannot wait to start reading them.  I was also auto-approved for Harlequin titles on NetGalley this week which was pretty exciting for me.

Books Won
The Last Move by Mary Burton (Goodreads Giveaway)

It has been ages since I won anything on Goodreads so I was shocked to get the email that I had won a digital copy of The Last Move.  It showed up in my kindle account immediately which was pretty cool.  I also won a copy of The Summer That Made Us from Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer.  I have been wanting to read Robyn Carr for a while so I was pretty excited about getting this book.

Books Purchased
Hold Tight by Harlan Coben (Audible Purchase)
And One Last Thing... by Molly Harper (Audible Purchase)
Alice by Christina Henry (Audible Purchase)

I couldn't resist a few titles from the Audible sales this week.  The Harlan Coben and Molly Harper books were $4.95 each and the Christina Henry book was $2.95.  I have a membership this year so I am stocking up while I have access to all of the great sales.

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!
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