Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review - Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton

Never Kiss a Duke by Megan Frampton
Series: Hazards of Dukes #1
Publisher: HarperCollins - Avon
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Date Read: January 25, 2020
Length:  384 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
A disinherited duke and a former lady are courting much more than business in the first novel in Megan Frampton’s newest titillating series, Hazards of Dukes.

Everything he had ever known was a lie…

Sebastian, Duke of Hasford, has a title, wealth, privilege, and plenty of rakish charm. Until he discovers the only thing that truly belongs to him is his charm. An accident of birth has turned him into plain Mr. de Silva. Now, Sebastian is flummoxed as to what to do with his life—until he stumbles into a gambling den owned by Miss Ivy, a most fascinating young lady, who hires him on the spot. Working with a boss has never seemed so enticing.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Review - Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost

Wicked Bite by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Rebel #2 / Night Huntress Universe #15
Publisher: HarperCollins - Avon Books
Publication Date: January 28, 2020
Date Read: December 29, 2020
Length: 384 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★★
In the newest Night Rebel novel, set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, beautiful, daring vampire Veritas risks all to protect Ian.

Some promises are meant to be broken…

Veritas spent most of her life as a vampire Law Guardian. Now, she’s about to break every rule by secretly hunting down the dark souls that were freed in order to save Ian. But the risks are high. For if she gets caught, she could lose her job. And catching the sinister creatures might cost Veritas her own life.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Review - Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark by Victoria Hamilton

Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark by Victoria Hamilton
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Lady Anne Addison Mysteries #1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: October 15, 2019
Date Read: January 22, 2020
Length:  10 hours and 40 minutes
Source: Narrator
★★★★☆
After receiving a distressing letter from a friend, Lady Anne Addison wastes no time in traveling to Yorkshire to offer whatever help she can. She has no idea what she'll find there, but she certainly wasn't expecting to be met by tales of a werewolf terrorizing the area - nor the dead body she discovers upon arriving. Driven by curiosity and a keen intelligence, Lady Anne dismisses the notion of such a beast, but she's nonetheless drawn into the mysteries by the secrecy surrounding her friend and the infuriating yet enticing Lord Darkefell.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Books from the Backlog #96


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Review - Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky 
Narrated by Christine Lakin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing / Hachette Audio
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
Date Read: January 19, 2020
Length: 720 pages / 24 hours and 32 minutes
Source: Publisher / NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
A young boy is haunted by a voice in his head in this acclaimed epic of literary horror from the author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Christopher is seven years old.
Christopher is the new kid in town.
Christopher has an imaginary friend.

We can swallow our fear or let our fear swallow us.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway - Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis

Almost Just Friends by Jill Shalvis
Series: Wildstone #4
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Date Read: January 18, 2020
Length: 384 pages
Source: Publisher/Edelweiss

Piper Manning’s about as tough as they come, she’s had to be. She raised her siblings and they’ve thankfully flown the coop. All she has to do is finish fixing up the lake house her grandparents left her, sell it, and then she’s free.

When a massive storm hits, she runs into a tall, dark and brooding stranger, Camden Reid. There’s a spark there, one that shocks her. Surprising her further, her sister and brother return, each of them holding their own secrets. The smart move would be for Piper to ignore them all but Cam unleashes emotions deep inside of her that she can’t deny, making her yearn for something she doesn’t understand. And her siblings…well, they need each other.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Review - The Janes by Louisa Luna

The Janes by Louisa Luna
Series: Alice Vega #2
Publisher: Doubleday Books
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Date Read: January 15, 2020
Length:  320 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
The electric follow-up to Louisa Luna’s acclaimed thriller Two Girls Down, featuring private investigators Alice Vega and Max Caplan.

On the outskirts of San Diego, the bodies of two young women are discovered. They have no names, no IDs, and no family looking for them. Fearing the possibility of a human trafficking ring, the police and FBI reach out to Alice Vega, a private investigator known for finding the missing, for help in finding out who the Janes were—and finding the others who are missing.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Review - From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
Narrated by Caitlin Doughty
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Date Read: January 3, 2020
Length:  5 hours and 37 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes expands our sense of what it means to treat the dead with "dignity".

Fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies, mortician Caitlin Doughty set out to discover how other cultures care for their dead. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. Grandpa's mummy has lived in the family home for two years, where the family has maintained a warm and respectful relationship. She meets Bolivian natitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and introduces us to a Japanese kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones' bones from cremation ashes.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Books from the Backlog #95


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Review - Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry

Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 14, 2020
Date Read: January 12, 2020
Length:  385 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
★★★★☆
Echoes Between Us is bestselling author Katie McGarry’s breakout teen contemporary novel about a girl with everything to lose and the boy who will do anything to save her.

Veronica sees ghosts. More specifically, her mother's ghost. The afterimages of blinding migraines caused by the brain tumor that keeps her on the fringes and consumes her whole life haunt her, even as she wonders if it's something more...

Golden boy Sawyer is handsome and popular, a state champion swimmer, but his adrenaline addiction draws him to Veronica.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Blog Tour Review - Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
Publisher: St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 21, 2020
Date Read: December 31, 2019
Length:  368 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Reviews - An Easy Death & A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
Series: Gunnie Rose #1
Publisher: Gallery / Saga Press
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Date Read: December 12, 2019
Length: 320 pages
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. Battered by a run across the border to Mexico Lizbeth Rose takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin, and that Oleg’s blood can save the young tsar’s life.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Review - Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong

Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong
Narrated by Therese Plummer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
Date Read: January 8, 2020
Length: 304 pages / 8 hours and 17 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
From New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes a brand new psychological thriller about the lengths one woman will go to in order to save a child.

“Few crimes are reported as quickly as a snatched kid.”

That’s what the officer tells single mother Aubrey Finch after she reports a kidnapping. So why hasn’t anyone reported the little boy missing? Aubrey knows what she saw: a boy being taken against his will from the park. It doesn’t matter that the mother can’t be found. It doesn’t matter if no one reported it. Aubrey knows he’s missing.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Books from the Backlog #94


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Review - Grave Intentions by Nazri Noor

Grave Intentions by Nazri Noor
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: Darkling Mage #3
Publisher: Nazri Noor
Publication Date: December 17, 2019
Date Read: January 2, 2020
Length: 7 hours 4 minutes
Source: Author
★★★★☆
Something has stolen the darkling mage's face.

Reports of arcane theft and violence are pouring in from all over Valero. They all have one thing in common: a perpetrator who looks exactly like Dustin Graves. But Dust has been hanging in the hideout, barely out of sight of his bloodthirsty companions.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Review - This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda

This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 7, 2020
Date Read: January 4, 2020
Length:  384 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
A powerfully affecting story of World War II and the unlikeliest of pen pals—a Japanese American boy and a French Jewish girl—as they fight to maintain hope in a time of war

“I remember visiting Manzanar and standing in the windswept plains where over ten thousand internees were once imprisoned, their voices cut off. I remember how much I wanted to write a story that did right by them. Hopefully this book delivers.”—Andrew Fukuda

Monday, January 6, 2020

Review - Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston
Narrated by Marisa Calin
Series: Found Things #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
Date Read: December 29, 2019
Length: 320 pages / 12 hours 17 minutes
Source: NetGalley/ Library
★★★★☆
The second novel in a bewitching series "brimming with charm and charisma" that will make "fans of Outlander rejoice!" (Woman's World Magazine)

New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston’s The Little Shop of Found Things was called “a page-turner that will no doubt leave readers eager for future series installments” (Publishers Weekly). Now, Brackston returns to the Found Things series with its sequel, Secrets of the Chocolate House.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Books from the Backlog #93


Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

If you would like to join in, please feel free to enter your link and link back to this post, then spend some time visiting some of the other posts.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019 Wrap Up


Happy 2020!

I thought it would be nice to take a look back at 2019 as we celebrate the new year.
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