Thursday, November 28, 2019

Books from the Backlog #88


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, November 27, 2019

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving 2019


I want to wish everyone celebrating Thanksgiving a very Happy Thanksgiving a bit early!  Since I always post Books from the Backlog on Thursdays, I decided to push this post up a day.

I hope that everyone gets their fill of turkey, stuffing, and all the goodies.  I will have my eye on the dessert table all day since I have a big sweet tooth.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Review - The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard

The Beast of Beswick by Amalie Howard
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Date Read: November 24, 2019
Length: 380 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
★★★★★
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare meets Taming of the Shrew in the start to a new Regency series from award-winning author Amalie Howard.

Lord Nathaniel Harte, the disagreeable Duke of Beswick, spends his days smashing porcelain, antagonizing his servants, and snarling at anyone who gets too close. With a ruined face like his, it's hard to like much about the world. Especially smart-mouthed harpies―with lips better suited to kissing than speaking―who brave his castle with indecent proposals.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Review - Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer

Dead Before Dying by Kerry Schafer
Narrated by Teri Clark Linden
Series: The Shadow Valley Manor Series #1
Publisher: Write at the Edge
Publication Date: October 30, 2019
Date Read: November 12, 2019
Length: 7 hours 46 minutes
Source: Author via Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
Sidelined by an on the job injury, veteran paranormal investigator Maureen Keslyn reluctantly accepts an assignment at Shadow Valley Manor, an upscale retirement facility where someone - or something - is picking off residents and staff at a grisly clip.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Review - Survive the Aftermath by Grace Hamilton

Survive the Aftermath by Grace Hamilton
Narrated by Maxwell Zener
Series: Small Town EMP #2
Publisher: Relay Publishing
Publication Date: September 18, 2019
Date Read: October 30, 2019
Length: 9 hours 43 minutes
Source: Author via Audiobook Boom
★★★★☆
The New World Order is at hand.

Civilization has crumbled since the EMP thrust humanity back into the Stone Age, and dangerous factions now scavenge for scarce resources in this terrifying new world.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Books from the Backlog #87


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, November 20, 2019

Review - The Line that Held Us by David Joy

The Line That Held Us by David Joy
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Date Read: November 17, 2019
Length: 256 pages
Source: Purchased
★★★★★
From critically acclaimed author David Joy comes a remarkable novel about the cover-up of an accidental death, and the dark consequences that reverberate through the lives of four people who will never be the same again.

When Darl Moody went hunting after a monster buck he’s chased for years, he never expected he’d accidentally shoot a man digging ginseng. Worse yet, he’s killed a Brewer, a family notorious for vengeance and violence. With nowhere to turn, Darl calls on the help of the only man he knows will answer, his best friend, Calvin Hooper. But when Dwayne Brewer comes looking for his missing brother and stumbles onto a blood trail leading straight back to Darl and Calvin, a nightmare of revenge rips apart their world. The Line That Held Us is a story of friendship and family, a tale balanced between destruction and redemption where the only hope is to hold on tight, clenching to those you love. What will you do for the people who mean the most, and what will you grasp to when all that you have is gone? The only certainty in a place so shredded is that no one will get away unscathed.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review - Man Cuffed by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby

Man Cuffed by Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby
Series: Man Hands #4
Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Date Read: November 16, 2019
Length: 254 pages
Source: Author/Publicist
★★★★☆
A new comedy from the USA Today bestselling duo!

Mac
A good cop can always spot trouble. That’s why my senses started pinging the moment I met the hottie next door. The neighborhood may never be the same. First she confuses me for a male stripper and tries to remove my uniform. (The guys on the force will never let me live that down.) And then there’s the breaking and entering.
I don’t know what to do with her. My libido has a few ideas of its own, though. Bad, bad ideas.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Review - Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin

Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin
Narrated by Armando DurĂ¡n
 Series: Jimmy Vega #1
Publisher: Kensington / Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Date Read: November 6, 2019
Length: 352 pages / 11 hours and 11 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library
★★★★☆
A body is found in a reservoir fifty miles north of New York City. The victim is young, female and Hispanic. In her purse, the police find a photograph of a baby they believe is her daughter--a little girl they can't identify. Or find. Where is the child? Is she still alive? And what is the meaning behind the disturbing note in the woman's bag? "Go back to your country. You don't belong here."

Friday, November 15, 2019

Review - First Drop of Crimson & Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Huntress World #1 / Night Huntress Universe #5
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: July 5, 2010
Date Read: October 23, 2019 (Re-read)
Length: 10 hours and 6 minutes
Source: Purchased
★★★★☆
From the New York Times best-selling author of the Night Huntress series comes a breathtaking new journey to the dark side of desire.

The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows—her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield—and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness—and a demon shape-shifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Books from the Backlog #86


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, November 13, 2019

Review - Wild Life by Keena Roberts

Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs by Keena Roberts
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: November 12, 2019
Date Read: November 11, 2019
Length: 352 pages
Source: Publisher
★★★★☆
Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight meets Mean Girls in this funny, insightful fish-out-of-water memoir about a young girl coming of age half in a "baboon camp" in Botswana, half in a ritzy Philadelphia suburb.

Keena Roberts split her adolescence between the wilds of an island camp in Botswana and the even more treacherous halls of an elite Philadelphia private school. In Africa, she slept in a tent, cooked over a campfire, and lived each day alongside the baboon colony her parents were studying. She could wield a spear as easily as a pencil, and it wasn't unusual to be chased by lions or elephants on any given day. But for the months of the year when her family lived in the United States, this brave kid from the bush was cowed by the far more treacherous landscape of the preppy, private school social hierarchy.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review - Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
Series: Small Spaces #2
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Date Read: October 22, 2019
Length: 236 pages
Source: Library
★★★★☆
Bestselling author Katherine Arden returns with another creepy, spine-tingling adventure in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Small Spaces.

Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man in Small Spaces, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Review - Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf

Find Me Their Bones by Sara Wolf
Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #2
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Date Read: November 10, 2019
Length: 400 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
★★★★☆
No one can save her.

In order to protect Prince Lucien d’Malvane’s heart, Zera had to betray him. Now, he hates the sight of her. Trapped in Cavanos as a prisoner of the king, she awaits the inevitable moment her witch severs their magical connection and finally ends her life.

But fate isn't ready to give her up just yet.

With freedom coming from the most unlikely of sources, Zera is given a second chance at life as a Heartless. But it comes with a terrible price. As the king mobilizes his army to march against the witches, Zera must tame an elusive and deadly valkerax trapped in the tunnels underneath the city if she wants to regain her humanity.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Books from the Backlog #85


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, November 6, 2019

Review - Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan

Fortress of Blood by L.D. Goffigan
Narrated by Danielle Cohen
Series: Mina Murray #2
Publisher: L.D. Goffigan
Publication Date: September 23, 2019
Date Read: October 28, 2019
Length: 5 hours 51 minutes
Source: Narrator
★★★★☆
Mina Murray returns in this suspenseful retelling of a classic tale....

Transylvania, 1890. Mina and her allies have found the Transylvanian countryside dotted with empty villages and whispers of monsters who wear human skin.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Review - Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire

Laughter at the Academy by Seanan McGuire
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2019
Date Read: November 2, 2019
Length: 376 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
From fairy tale forest to gloomy gothic moor, from gleaming epidemiologist’s lab to the sandy shores of Neverland, Seanan McGuire’s short fiction has been surprising, delighting, confusing, and transporting her readers since 2009. Now, for the first time, that fiction has been gathered together in one place, ready to be enjoyed one twisting, tangled tale at a time. Her work crosses genres and subverts expectations.

Meet the mad scientists of “Laughter at the Academy” and “The Tolling of Pavlov’s Bells.” Glory in the potential of a Halloween that never ends. Follow two very different alphabets in “Frontier ABCs” and “From A to Z in the Book of Changes.” Get “Lost,” dress yourself “In Skeleton Leaves,” and remember how to fly. All this and more is waiting for you within the pages of this decade-spanning collection, including several pieces that have never before been reprinted. Stories about mermaids, robots, dolls, and Deep Ones are all here, ready for you to dive in.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Review - Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao
Series: Rise of the Empress companion
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Date Read: November 3, 2019
Length: 288 pages
Source: Publisher via Bookish First
★★★★☆
From the acclaimed author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns comes a fantastical new tale of darkness and love, in which magical bonds are stronger than blood.

Will love break the spell? After cruelly rejecting Bao, the poor physician's apprentice who loves her, Lan, a wealthy nobleman's daughter, regrets her actions. So when she finds Bao's prized flute floating in his boat near her house, she takes it into her care, not knowing that his soul has been trapped inside it by an evil witch, who cursed Bao, telling him that only love will set him free. Though Bao now despises her, Lan vows to make amends and help break the spell.
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