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.

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.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Audiobook Review - The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne @KevinHearne

The Purloined Poodle by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #8.5
Publisher: Kevin Hearne
Publication Date: September 30, 2016
Date Read: January 26, 2019
Length: 2 hours 57 minutes
Source: Purchased - Audible
★★★★☆
Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it - and furthermore, he knows he can handle it.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Books from the Backlog #47


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 13, 2019

Audiobook Review - Tricked by Kevin Hearne

Tricked by Kevin Hearne
Narrated by Luke Daniels
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #4
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: April 24, 2012
Date Read: January 25, 2019
Length: 10 hours 42 minutes
Source: Purchased - eStories
★★★☆☆
Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Review - The Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Rockton #4
Publisher: St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Date Read: February 10, 2019
Length: 368 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Watcher in the Woods is the next gripping installment of #1 bestselling Kelley Armstrong's riveting Casey Duncan series.

The secret town of Rockton has seen some rocky times lately; understandable considering its mix of criminals and victims fleeing society for refuge within its Yukon borders. Casey Duncan, the town's only detective on a police force of three, has already faced murder, arson, and falling in love in the several months that she's lived there. Yet even she didn't think it would be possible for an outsider to locate the town and cause trouble in the place she's come to call home.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Review - The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Date Read: January 31, 2019
Length: 288 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
The thrilling second novel from the author of The Chalk Man, about a teacher with a hidden agenda who returns to settle scores at a school he once attended, only to uncover a darker secret than he could have imagined.

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang--the betrayal, the suicide, the murder--and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn't have a choice. Because judging by what was done to that poor Morton kid, what happened all those years ago to Joe's sister is happening again. And only Joe knows who is really at fault.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Books from the Backlog #46


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 6, 2019

Review - Ransacker by Emmy Laybourne

Ransacker by Emmy Laybourne
Series: Berserker #2
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Publishing Group/Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
Date Read: January 27, 2019
Length: 448 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
The gripping, heart-wrenching companion novel to Emmy Laybourne’s much acclaimed historical fantasy Berserker.

Rare powers. Precious metals. A final showdown.

1886. The Hemstads possess supernatural powers bestowed upon their family by the ancient Norse gods. Now Sissel, the youngest at 16, discovers her gift: she is a Ransacker. She can find gold and other precious metals and pull them to her. Hers is an awesome and dangerous gift.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Review - Stray Moon by Kelly Meding

Stray Moon by Kelly Meding
Series: Strays #2
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Date Read: February 3, 2019
Length:  336 pages
Source: Edelweiss
★★★★☆
Para-Marshal Shiloh Harrison has always been a great number two for the East Coast unit. But after her boss is found dead (having betrayed the paranormals he was sworn to protect), she’s suddenly thrust into a leadership role she isn’t prepared for. And it doesn’t help that she traded away memories of one of her most important team members to save another’s life during her last mission.
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