Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Audiobook Review - Hit Me by Peter J. Thompson

Hit Me by Peter J. Thompson
Narrated by Gary Tiedemann
Publisher: Peter J Thompson
Publication Date: March 15, 2019
Date Read: April 6, 2019
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes
Source: Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
Who put the hit on Charley?

Hitman. Husband. Daddy. Dead man?

Charley Fieldner appears to have the perfect life: a well-paying job, a loving wife, two great kids, and a beautiful home. He also has a big secret.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review - The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick

The Master of Dreams by Mike Resnick
Series: The Dreamscape Trilogy #1
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
Date Read: April 13, 2019
Length: 304 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★☆☆
Opening a new fantasy trilogy from Hugo award winner Resnick, this novel offers an adventure through space and time as Eddie Raven tries to outrun the dark forces pursuing him.

Eddie Raven isn't quite sure what's happening to him--and he's in a race to find out before it kills him.

His adventures begin with a shooting in a very strange shop in Manhattan--but soon he finds himself the owner of a very familiar bar in Casablanca. By the time he adjusts to that reality, he's suddenly become one of several undersized people helping a young woman search for a wizard. And after confronting the wizard, he somehow finds himself in Camelot.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Review - The Storm King by Brendan Duffy

The Storm King by Brendan Duffy
Narrated by Jon Lindstrom
Publisher: Ballantine Books | Random House Audio
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
Date Read: March 30, 2019
Length: 400 pages | 12 hours 58 minutes
Source: NetGalley | Purchased
★★★★☆
Haunted by dark secrets and a shattering graduation night mystery, a young doctor returns to his isolated Adirondacks hometown in a tense, atmospheric novel in the vein of Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places and Jennifer McMahon’s The Night Sister.

Nate McHale is a committed family man and a dedicated pediatric cancer specialist. But he has another side, a dark, manipulative persona he has struggled to leave behind in Greystone Lake, the Adirondacks town where he reigned as the untouchable Storm King, a rage-filled teenager who led his devoted group of friends on midnight vigilante raids, wreaking vengeance on those who crossed them. At the center of the circle is wild, beautiful Lucy Bennett, linked forever to Nate by the tragedy that destroyed both their families, and Nate’s oldest friend Tom Buck, son of the chief of police, as open and earnest as Nate is veiled. Now a body has been discovered in the deep woods surrounding the town, a body that will lay bare the lies they have all told themselves and reignite the mystery that has haunted the town for fourteen years. And Nate McHale will come home at last, to find the truth—and the man he really is.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Audiobook Review - Taken by Benedict Jacka

Taken by Benedict Jacka
Narrated by Gildart Jackson
Series: Alex Verus #3
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: January 27, 2014
Date Read: April 4, 2019
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Books from the Backlog #56


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.  

Monday, April 15, 2019

Pardon the Silence


I am taking a short unplanned break.  A storm hit our neighborhood over the weekend which took out our power.  The power went out around 2:00 am Sunday and wasn't restored until 9:00 am Monday.  I usually spend my Sunday's working on the blog and doing all of the mom things around the house that need to be done, such as laundry.  You guys, this mom gig is just as glamorous as you have heard.

So no post went up on Monday and I will not have time to get Tuesday done either.

I hope to be back on Wednesday but will be back on Thursday at the latest.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Friday, April 12, 2019

Blog Tour Review - When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Date Read: April 7, 2019
Length:  368 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★★
In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life--and heart--to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick.

Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.

The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Books from the Backlog #55


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.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review - The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves @tgarvisgraves

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Date Read: April 5, 2019
Length: 304 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★★
New York Times bestselling author of On the Island, Tracey Garvis Graves, presents the compelling, hopelessly romantic novel of unconditional love.

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose, is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people's behavior confusing, she'd rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Blog Tour Review - This Book Is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni @PeterBognanni @PenguinTeen


I am really excited to participate in the blog tour for This Book Is Not Yet Rated.  I had a lot of fun with this Young Adult novel filled with great characters and a healthy dose of film references.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Friday, April 5, 2019

Review - Wild Country by Anne Bishop

Wild Country by Anne Bishop 
Narrated by Alexandra Harris
Series: The Others #7 | The World of the Others #2
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group - Ace | Penguin Audio
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Date Read: March 24, 2019
Length: 496 pages | 17 hours 57 minutes
Source: NetGalley | Audible Purchase
★★★★☆
In this New York Times bestselling powerful and exciting fantasy set in the world of the Others series, humans and the shape-shifting Others will see whether they can live side by side...without destroying one another.

There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Books from the Backlog #54


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, April 3, 2019

Review - The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman

The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
Date Read: March 31, 2019
Length: 242 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★☆☆
A smart debut novel—a wonderfully engaging infusion of Lab Girl, The Assistants, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine—that pits the ambition of scientific discovery against the siren call of love.

How does smell work? Specifically, how do olfactory sensory neurons project to their targets in the olfactory bulb, where smell is processed? Justin McKinnon has hired fresh-faced graduate student Emily to study that question. What Justin hasn’t told Emily is that two other scientists in the lab, Aeden and Allegra, are working on a very similar topic, and their findings may compete with her research.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Review - You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn

You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Publisher: St. Martin's Press - Wednesday Books
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Date Read: March 30, 2019
Length: 304 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Books from the Backlog #53


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 27, 2019

Review - Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
Series: Small Spaces #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Date Read: March 16, 2019
Length: 224 pages
Source: Library
★★★★☆
Bestselling adult author of The Bear and the Nightingale makes her middle grade debut with a creepy, spellbinding ghost story destined to become a classic

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think—she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Review - The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie @allycondie

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Date Read: February 28, 2019
Length: 336 pages
Source: Publisher / Bookish First
★★★★☆
Who do you become when you have nothing left to lose?

There is something Poe Blythe, the seventeen-year-old captain of the Outpost’s last mining ship, wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River.

Revenge.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Review - A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #4
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
Date Read: March 21, 2019
Length: 336 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
A bride mysteriously disappears on her wedding day in the newest Veronica Speedwell adventure by the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey series.

Lured by the promise of a rare and elusive butterfly, the intrepid Veronica Speedwell is persuaded by Lord Templeton-Vane, the brother of her colleague Stoker, to pose as his fiancée at a house party on a Cornish isle owned by his oldest friend, Malcolm Romilly.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

Review - Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu 
Narrated by Suzy Jackson
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group / Recorded Books
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Date Read: March 15, 2019
Length: 336 pages / 8 hours 54 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
"Moxie is sweet, funny, and fierce. Read this and then join the fight."—Amy Poehler

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Books from the Backlog #52


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.  

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review and Giveaway - Run Away by Harlan Coben @HarlanCoben

Run Away by Harlan Coben
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
Date Read: February 24, 2019
Length: 384 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★★
A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.

You've lost your daughter.


She's addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she's made it clear that she doesn't want to be found.

Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she's not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Audiobook Review - Cursed by Benedict Jacka

Cursed by Benedict Jacka
Narrated by Gildart Jackson
Series: Alex Verus #2
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: January 6, 2014
Date Read: March 13, 2019
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures-destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power...

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Review - The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay

The Good Ones by Jenn McKinlay
Series: Happily Ever After #1
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Date Read: March 14, 2019
Length: 336 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
A romance bookstore owner finds her own happily ever after with a single dad in a new romance series from the New York Times bestselling author of Every Dog Has His Day.

Ryder Copeland is an accomplished architect and one heck of a father...not to mention tall and sexy. He's everything a hero should be, and Lord knows, Maisy Kelly has read enough of her great-aunt Eloise's romance novels to recognize one when she sees one. But like all fairy tales, Maisy can't help but wonder if this Prince Charming is too good to be true...

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Books from the Backlog #51


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 13, 2019

Review - The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston @DetectiveGretel

The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston
Narrated by Marisa Calin
Series: Found Things #1
Publisher: St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Date Read: March 11, 2019
Length: 307 pages / 12 hours 43 minutes
Source: NetGalley/ Library
★★★★☆
New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter Paula Brackston returns to her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in The Little Shop of Found Things, the first book in a new continuing series.

An antique shop haunted by a ghost.
A silver treasure with an injustice in its story.
An adventure to the past she’ll never forget.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Audiobook Review - Shadow Magic by Nazri Noor @NazriNoor

Shadow Magic by Nazri Noor
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: Darkling Mage #1
Publisher: Nazri Noor
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Date Read: March 6, 2019
Length: 7 hours 35 minutes
Source: Author
★★★★☆
The gods are dying. But for one man, death is only the beginning.

Murdered as a ritual sacrifice, amateur thief and professional charmer Dustin Graves mysteriously survives, finding himself gifted with strange, dark magic. Then more dead bodies turn up. Some are human, but one is a god of the old world, slain at his own doorstep.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Review - A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn

A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn
Series: Veronica Speedwell Mystery #3
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Date Read: March 8, 2019
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
Veronica Speedwell returns in an adventure filled with betrayal and deception from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey Mysteries.

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly-discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. The disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

Review - Fated by Benedict Jacka

Fated by Benedict Jacka
Narrated by Gildart Jackson
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: December 24, 2013
Date Read: February 27, 2019
Length: 10 hours 33 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Books from the Backlog #50


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 6, 2019

Review - Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher 
Narrated by James Masters
Series: The Dresden Files #6
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: April 06, 2010
Date Read: February 22, 2019
Length:  13 hours 5 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Review - She's Not There by Joy Fielding @joyfielding

She's Not There by Joy Fielding
Narrated by Tanya Eby
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books / Brillance Audio
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Date Read: February 18, 2019
Length: 368 pages / 10 hours 37 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
A vanished child, a family in turmoil, and a fateful phone call that brings the torments of the past into the harrowing present . . . the New York Times bestselling author of Someone Is Watching weaves these spellbinding elements into a gripping novel of psychological suspense—a must-read for fans of Laura Lippman and Mary Higgins Clark.

“I think my real name is Samantha. I think I'm your daughter.”

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Books from the Backlog #49


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 27, 2019

Review - Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul
Narrated by Ben Levi Ross, Mike Faist, and Mallory Bechtel
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Audio
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Date Read: February 13, 2019
Length: 368 pages / 8 hours 8 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★☆☆
From the show's creators comes the groundbreaking novel inspired by the Broadway smash hit Dear Evan Hansen.

Dear Evan Hansen,

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Review - The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik, Therese Plummer
Publisher: St. Martin's Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: January 16, 2016
Date Read: February 7, 2019
Length: 338 pages / 9 hours 49 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
Anna Forster is only thirty-eight years old, but her mind is slowly slipping away from her. Armed only with her keen wit and sharp-eyed determination, she knows that her family is doing what they believe to be best when they take her to Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. But Anna has a secret: she does not plan on staying. She also knows there's just one another resident who is her age, Luke. What she does not expect is the love that blossoms between her and Luke even as she resists her new life. As her disease steals more and more of her memory, Anna fights to hold on to what she knows, including her relationship with Luke.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Review - The Girl in the Glass Box by James Grippando

The Girl in the Glass Box by James Grippando
Series: Jack Swyteck #15
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers - Harper
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Date Read: February 21, 2019
Length: 368 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
Miami attorney Jack Swyteck lands in the heart of the contentious immigration debate when he takes on the heart-wrenching case of an undocumented immigrant who fled to America to protect her daughter and save herself, in this timely and pulse-pounding thriller that explores the stories behind the headlines from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Friday, February 22, 2019

Review - This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Narrated by Nick Podehl, Whitney Dykhouse, Kate Rudd, Lauren Ezzo, Amy McFadden, Brittany Pressley, Scott Merriman
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire / Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: January 5, 2016
Date Read: January 30, 2019
Length: 286 pages / 6 hours 18 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Books from the Backlog #48


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 20, 2019

Review - Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin
Narrated by Vanessa Johansson
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing / Hatchette Audio
Publication Date: June 20, 2017
Date Read: January 29, 2019
Length: 352 pages / 8 hours 11 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Purchased
★★★☆☆
Two missing girls. Thirteen years apart.

Olivia Shaw has been missing since last Tuesday. She was last seen outside the entrance of her elementary school in Hunts Point wearing a white spring jacket, blue jeans, and pink boots.

I force myself to look at the face in the photo, into her slightly smudged features, and I can't bring myself to move. Olivia Shaw could be my mirror image, rewound to 13 years ago.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway - Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas @LisaKleypas @avonbooks

Devil's Daughter by Lisa Kleypas
Series: The Ravenels #5
Publisher: HarperCollins - Avon
Publication Date:  February 19, 2019
Date Read:  February 16, 2019
Length:  384 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of a beautiful, young widow who finds passion with the one man she shouldn't...

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself...as none other than West Ravenel.
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