Thursday, March 26, 2020

Books from the Backlog #105


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, March 25, 2020

Review - Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

Dead Beat by Jim Butcher 
Narrated by James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #7
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: April 06, 2010
Date Read: March 17, 2020
Length:  15 hours 7 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you've heard about in stories, and even more you've never heard of...Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It's all real.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Review - A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison

A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison 
Narrated by Marguerite Gavin
Series: The Hollows #4
Publisher: Tantor Audio (Audio)
Publication Date: February 15, 2008
Date Read: March 10, 2020
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 17 hours 5 minutes
★★★★☆
The evil night things that prowl Cincinnati despise witch and bounty-hunter Rachel Morgan. Her new reputation for the dark arts is turning human and undead heads alike with the intent to possess, bed, and kill her - not necessarily in that order.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Review - Curse of the Gypsy by Victoria Hamilton

Curse of the Gypsy by Victoria Hamilton
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Lady Anne Addison Mysteries #3
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Date Read: February 17, 2020
Length:  10 hours and 14 minutes
Source: Narrator
★★★★☆
Finally home in Kent after her recent adventures in Yorkshire and Cornwall, Lady Anne Addison is shocked to spy her erstwhile suitor, the Marquess of Darkefell, skulking around the gypsy camps near her property. Outraged that he has followed her there, she writes a scathing letter to him and his family, which brings Darkefell - and his denials that it was he - to Kent.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Books from the Backlog #104


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, March 18, 2020

Review - The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben

The Boy from the Woods by Harlan Coben
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Date Read: March 11, 2020
Length: 384 pages
Source: Publisher / NetGalley
★★★★☆
A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Run Away.

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.

No one seems to take Naomi Pine's disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde-with whom she shares a tragic connection-to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Review - Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #12
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group - Ace
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Date Read: January 19, 2020
Length: 352 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.
My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I'm going to need them.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Review - Crush the King by Jennifer Estep @Jennifer_Estep @HarperVoyagerUS

Crush the King by Jennifer Estep
Series: Crown of Shards #3
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: March 17, 2020
Date Read: September 5, 2019
Length: 432 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★★
A fierce gladiator queen must face off against her enemies in an epic battle in this next thrilling installment of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep’s Crown of Shards series—an action-packed adventure full of magic, murderous machinations, courtly intrigue, and pulse-pounding romance.

Queen Everleigh Blair of Bellona has survived the mass murder of the royal family, become a fearsome warrior trained by an elite gladiator troupe, and unleashed her ability to destroy magic. After surviving yet another assassination attempt orchestrated by the conniving king of Morta, Evie has had enough. It’s time to turn the tables and take the fight to her enemies.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Books from the Backlog #103


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, March 11, 2020

Review - The Chronicles of The One Trilogy: Year One, Of Blood and Bone, and The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Back in January, I featured Year One as one of my Books from the Backlog picks.  Anne from Books of My Heart asked me if I wanted to buddy read the books and I eagerly took her up on the offer.  (See, I do read some of these books that I feature in Books from the Backlog!)  We both enjoyed the first book and decided to work our way through the whole trilogy.  Anne is a much faster listener than I am but that didn't stop our discussions of the books.  All in all, this trilogy was a great listen for both of us and fun buddy reads!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review - A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn

A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #5
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Date Read: December 16, 2019
Length: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
Veronica Speedwell navigates a dark world of scandal and murder in this new adventure from New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award nominated author Deanna Raybourn.

Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian colleague Stoker are asked by Lady Wellingtonia Beauclerk to help with a potential scandal so explosive it threatens to rock the monarchy. Prince Albert Victor is a regular visitor to the most exclusive private club in London, known as the Club de l'Etoile, and the proprietess, Madame Aurore, has received an expensive gift that can be traced back to the prince. Lady Wellie would like Veronica and Stoker to retrieve the jewel from the club before scandal can break.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Review - World Departed by Sarah Lyons Fleming

World Departed by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Series: The Cascadia Series #1
Publisher: Amazon.com Services LLC
Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Date Read: March 8, 2020
Length: 782 pages
Source: Kindle Unlimited
★★★★★
In the zombie apocalypse, your worst enemy may be yourself.

From the Until the End of the World and City Series universe comes the story of the virus on the West Coast. Where the end of the world is only the beginning…

Rose Winter has enough problems. With a marriage going down the tubes and a dreaded anniversary party on the horizon, the last thing she needs is the zombie apocalypse. She wanted to get drunk and sing karaoke, not murder her undead neighbors. It’s clear the party’s over, however, and now Rose has more problems—a missing husband, an overbearing houseguest, and keeping her family alive.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Books from the Backlog #102


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, March 4, 2020

Review - Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Troublemaker by Linda Howard
Narrated by Tanya Eby
Series: GO-Team #1
Publisher: William Morrow / HarperAudio
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Date Read: February 25, 2020
Length:  400 pages / 14 hours and 10 minutes
Source: Edelweiss / Library
★★★☆☆
A thrilling, fast-paced novel of romantic suspense from sensational New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Linda Howard.

For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Worried that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most dangerous mission yet.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Review - The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 3, 2020
Date Read: March 1, 2020
Length:  336 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
★★★★☆
Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart.

Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish--to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she'll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age--her tyrannical father has made that much clear.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Review - Damaged by Lisa Scottoline

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline 
Narrated by Rebecca Lowman
Series: Rosato & DiNunzio #4
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Date Read: February 13, 2020
Length:  405 pages / 13 hours 35 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library via Overdrive

One boy. One lawyer. One chance for justice.

Ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick's grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick's true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart...

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Books from the Backlog #101


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, February 26, 2020

Review - Trapped by Kevin Hearne

Trapped by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #5
Publisher: Random House Audio
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Date Read: January 27, 2020
Length: 9 hours and 2 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
After twelve years of secret training, Atticus O’Sullivan is finally ready to bind his apprentice, Granuaile, to the earth and double the number of Druids in the world. But on the eve of the ritual, the world that thought he was dead abruptly discovers that he’s still alive, and they would much rather he return to the grave.
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