May 032016
 
April Mini Reviews: The Good, The (Not So) Bad, and The Ugly

So the month of April kicked my butt reviewing-wise, but I did manage to read a few books.  I’m a little late with this Mini Review installment, but here is  a good sampling of the books I read in the month of April!     Heartsick by Chelsea Cain Read by Carolyn McCormick Book #1 in Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell Genre: Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: March 4th 2007 Audiobook Borrowed from Local Library Synopsis from Goodreads: Damaged Portland detective Archie Sheridan spent ten years tracking Gretchen Lowell, a beautiful serial killer, but in the end she was the one who caught him. Two years [ Read More of this Review ]

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Jan 052016
 
Genre Book Showdown: This is Where it Ends vs Violent Ends

I’ve been sitting on This Is Where It Ends for a long time.  I requested it months ago, but wanted to put my review out closer to it’s release date.  While I waited Violent Ends came out, and I thought it was interesting that the two were very similar.  Not only were both books about school shootings, both of them were also told from multiple perspectives, none of which are the shooter.  I wondered if these books would make for a perfect comparison review, and I was eager to put these two books in the ring and see who came out the winner. If you’ve [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 272015
 
New Release Review: Chimera by Mira Grant

Chimera by Mira Grant Parasitology #3 Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Publication Date: November 24th, 2015 Publisher: Orbit Books   Synopsis from Goodreads: The final book in Mira Grant’s terrifying Parasitology trilogy. The outbreak has spread, tearing apart the foundations of society, as implanted tapeworms have turned their human hosts into a seemingly mindless mob. Sal and her family are trapped between bad and worse, and must find a way to compromise between the two sides of their nature before the battle becomes large enough to destroy humanity, and everything that humanity has built…including the chimera. The broken doors are closing. Can Sal [ Read More of this Review ]

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Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

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Sep 242015
 
Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio Genre: YA Contemporary LGBT Publication Date: April 07th, 2015 Publisher: Balzer & Bray   Synopsis from Goodreads: A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between. What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant? When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

New Release Review: The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

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Sep 172015
 
New Release Review: The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Scam by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg Book #4 in Fox and O’Hare Genre: Romantic Suspense Publication Date: September 15th, 2015 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Random House Synopsis from Goodreads: Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t touch. Criminals like brutal casino magnate Evan Trace. Evan Trace is running a money-laundering operation through his casino in Macau. Some of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 17, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jul 212015
 
New Release Review: Flight from Death by Yasmine Galenorn

Flight from Death by Yasmine Galenorn Book #1 in Fly by Night Genre: Urban Fantasy Publication Date: July 7th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Berkley Synopsis from Goodreads: I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 21, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: Blood Ties: A Novel by Nicholas Guild

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Jul 102015
 
Review: Blood Ties: A Novel by Nicholas Guild

Blood Ties: A Novel by Nicholas Guild Genre: Suspense/Psychological Thriller Publication Date: May 12th, 2015 ARC provided by Tor/Forge Synopsis from Goodreads: Homicide detective Ellen Ridley of the SFPD is tracking a serial killer terrorizing young women in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ridley is sure she’s cornered her most likely suspect: Stephen Tregear, a hacker and code breaker who works for U.S. Naval Intelligence. But Tregear is not the killer… he’s the killer’s son. Ridley and Tregear team up to look for Tregear’s father, Walter, in an elaborate game of murderous cat and mouse. As the body count rises, Ridley [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 10, 2015 at 7:00 am
May 152015
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 14

Outlander: Episode 14 The Search was one of the slower episodes, I thought.  The episode didn’t even contain Jamie!  Not even a little!  Not even a glimpse!  That’s not a complaint, because it wouldn’t have made sense to cut to Jamie onscreen.  They certainly didn’t in the book.  Still, when he’s not in an episode you certainly notice.  For all we love Claire, we looooove Jamie. Okay so let’s rundown: Jenny, hopping right up after giving birth to Maggie within the week, heads out on horseback to help Claire find Jamie.  Jenny tracks the Redcoats that have a carriage, appearing to hold something [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 15, 2015 at 8:00 am

From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 13

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May 062015
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 13

Outlander: Episode 13 Watching episode 13, The Watch this weekend made me feel soooo much better about where I’m at as a viewer.  I’ve been feeling like most of my Outlander Starz blog posts have been kind of negative, especially in the second half of the season.  I started to wonder if I’m not quite as understanding of adaptations as I thought I was… Good news guys, I was wrong! The Watch was almost entirely all new!  There were moments here and there that were pulled from the pages, such as Jenny telling Claire about how it was between Ian and Jamie growing up, but overall [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 6, 2015 at 8:03 am
May 012015
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 12

Outlander: Episode 12 I’m sorry folks, but I can’t say that I was thrilled with this episode.  All of the things that I enjoyed before still stand, of course.  The acting was amazing.  The scenery is gorgeous.  Jamie is… so handsome and dynamic. Then of course there was the near rape scene, which became the BJR penis scene.  That was awkward at best.  I was having a hard time not laughing myself, watching Randall attempt to entice himself.  Honestly, it looked like a prosthetic.  Do they make those?  Prosthetic manhoods for acting purposes? However, probably the biggest topic to be [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 11

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Apr 222015
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 11

Outlander: Episode 11 The witch trial… fans of the books have been waiting for this episode.  I feel it’s safe to say that Claire’s trial is one of the biggest scenes in the book, not only because of the trial itself but for what happens afterwards.  It’s ‘The Big Reveal’ between Claire and Jamie. Sadly, I’m not sure that I can say it was everything that I had waited for.  The first half, the trial, attempted to build the anticipation and the adrenaline.  There were just some plot choices that were made that drove me crazy.  For instance, the television [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 22, 2015 at 8:05 am

From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 10

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Apr 152015
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander, Episode 10

Outlander: Episode 10 Episode 10 was a lot of filler, I thought.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that it wasn’t good.  It was still very good, it was just that it was an episode that’s purpose was to hop through the time spent at Leoch, before everything that goes down with the Witch Trial. We got to see Claire’s discovery of the changeling baby, and the fallout of the ill-wish that was left in her room by Laoghaire.  I actually find that I dislike Laoghaire far more in the series than I did in the book.  It’s a lot harder for [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 15, 2015 at 8:21 am

From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 9

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Apr 082015
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 9

Outlander: Episode 9   Welcome back, fellow rabid Outlander fans!  Have you missed Heughan’s Jamie Fraser as much as I have over these long months??  Were you hanging on the same precipice?  Or, window ledge as the case may be… Outlander’s opening scene did not pick up on that ledge with Jamie pointing his pistol at Black Jack Randall.  Instead, it took us back and gave us what the book didn’t: Jamie’s point of view and what happened when he went to talk to Horrocks.  Also!  We got Jamie narration!  I know in the beginning I wasn’t a huge fan of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on April 8, 2015 at 8:24 am
Mar 302015
 
Early Review: The Memory House by Linda Goodnight

The Memory House by Linda Goodnight Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: March 31st, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Harlequin Synopsis from Goodreads: Memories of motherhood and marriage are fresh for Julia Presley–though tragedy took away both years ago. Finding comfort in the routine of running the Peach Orchard Inn, she lets the historic, mysterious place fill the voids of love and family. No more pleasure of a man’s gentle kiss. No more joy in hearing a child call her Mommy. Life is calm, unchanging…until a stranger with a young boy and soul-deep secrets shows up in her Tennessee town and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on March 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

Reconnecting with old Friends, Bibliophile style!

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Feb 182015
 
Reconnecting with old Friends, Bibliophile style!

    I’m sure that this is a post that most of you have experienced.  It’s a post about those long ended series that you loved so much.  The ones that you think about frequently and find yourself missing.  The books that you still, even 2 or so years later, tell yourself that you just wish there was something more.  They meant so much to you, and when you came to the end you just were not ready to say goodbye to either the characters, or to the world. I was lucky that when that surge of nostalgia came upon me I [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 18, 2015 at 8:44 am

Early Review: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

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Feb 022015
 
Early Review: Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner Book #3 in Tessa Leoni Genre: Psychological Thriller Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Dutton Synopsis from Goodreads: My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t. Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero. I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist. Sergeant Wyatt [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 2, 2015 at 7:00 am
Jan 222015
 
Reviews: Viscount of Vice & Earls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana Galen

HISTORICAL ROMANCE REVIEWS Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen Book #0.5 in Covent Garden Cubs Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: January 6th, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca Synopsis from Goodreads: Whispers and secrets are no match for love… Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. That incident destroyed his family, and now he’s on a path of self-destruction that no one can interrupt… Lady Emma Talbot can’t stand watching the man she secretly loves destroy himself little by little. She’s determined to show him that [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 22, 2015 at 7:00 am
Nov 242014
 
New Release Review: The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg

The Job by Janet Evanovich & Lee Goldberg Book #3 in Fox and O’Hare Genre: Romantic Suspense Publication Date: November 18, 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Random House Synopsis from Goodreads: He’s a charming con man and she’s a dedicated FBI agent, and they’re about to drive each other crazy . . . again! The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 24, 2014 at 7:00 am

Early Group Review: Symbiont by Mira Grant

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Nov 212014
 
Early Group Review: Symbiont by Mira Grant

    Symbiont by Mira Grant  Book #2 in the Parasitology Trilogy Genre: Sci-Fi Horror Publication Date: November 25, 2014 Publisher: Orbit   Synopsis from Goodreads: THE SECOND BOOK IN MIRA GRANT’S TERRIFYING PARASITOLOGY SERIES. THE ENEMY IS INSIDE US. The SymboGen designed tapeworms were created to relieve humanity of disease and sickness. But the implants in the majority of the world’s population began attacking their hosts turning them into a ravenous horde. Now those who do not appear to be afflicted are being gathered for quarantine as panic spreads, but Sal and her companions must discover how the tapeworms are taking over [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 21, 2014 at 8:22 am
Nov 202014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: Science Fiction - A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Science Fiction for October (yes, we’re late!) and we decided to try a new-to-us author, Claudia Gray, and her newest novel, A Thousand Pieces of You. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray Book #1 in Firebird Genres: Young Adult Science Fiction Publication Date: November 4th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Harper Teen Synopsis from Goodreads: Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray. Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm