Aug 192014
 
Release Day Review: Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Visions by Kelley Armstrong Book #2 in Cainsville Genres: Paranormal Mystery/Thriller Publication Date: August 19th 2014 ARC Provided by Dutton Synopsis from Goodreads: As #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong’s new Cainsville series continues, Olivia’s power to read omens leads to the discovery of a gruesome crime with troubling connections to her new hometown. Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2014 at 7:00 am
Aug 132014
 
Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell *e-book purchased from Amazon* Regina’s Rating: 4.5 stars/Grade A Book Summary: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 13, 2014 at 6:00 am
Aug 112014
 
From Page to Screen: Outlander Episode 1

  Outlander on Starz: Episode 1     Regina: I admit to not being much of a TV watcher.  Books are my vice, when I have time away from my kids and work to do anything else.  I do watch a few shows, but mainly when I am working out.  So while I knew Outlander was being produced on Starz, I wasn’t focused on it or waiting for it.  Okay, well I have now watched the first episode twice — twice! It was amazing, perfect and well done.  The scenery is beautiful and lush; and the characters are just as Diana [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 11, 2014 at 8:00 am
Aug 082014
 
Early Review: Henna House by Nomi Eve

Early Review: Henna House by Nomi Eve Release date: August 12, 2014 Book provided by NetGalley and Scribner Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis from Goodreads: An evocative and stirring novel about a young woman living in the fascinating and rarely portrayed community of Yemenite Jews of the mid-twentieth century, from the acclaimed author of The Family Orchard. In the tradition of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent, Henna House is the enthralling story of a woman, her family, their community, and the rituals that bind them. Nomi Eve’s vivid saga begins in Yemen in 1920, when Adela Damari’s parents desperately seek a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm
Jul 312014
 
New Release Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

New Release Review: Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep Book 11 in The Elemental Assassins series Release date: July 22, 2014 Book provided by NetGalley and Pocket Books Genre: Urban Fantasy Synopsis from Goodreads: Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 31, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 292014
 
Release Day Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Book #7 in the Kate Daniels series Release date: July 29, 2014 Genre: Urban Fantasy ARC provided by Ace Hardcovers and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it… As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 29, 2014 at 7:11 am
Jul 242014
 
Release Day Review: Prototype by M.D. Waters

Prototype by M.D. Waters #2 in Archetype Genres: Science Fiction Publication Date: July 24th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: The stunning debut that began with Archetype— and has readers buzzing—concludes in Prototype, when a woman’s dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future. Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past—both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents’ whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 24, 2014 at 11:48 am
Jul 212014
 
Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Series: Don Tillman #1 Genre: Humor, Romance Release Date: May 1st, 2013 Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 21, 2014 at 6:44 am
Jul 162014
 
Release Day Review: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane

Release Day Review: Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane Release date: July 16, 2014 Book 3 in The Associates series Genre: Romantic Suspense Book provided by the author Synopsis from Goodreads: He’s working undercover for the good guys. That doesn’t mean he’s one of them. HE’S A KILLER. Thorne McKelvey knows exactly how Nadia sees him—as a brute and a killer just kinky enough to play her sexy games. And that’s how it has to stay. Leaving her was the hardest thing he ever did, but his undercover mission could blow up at any second. No way will he drag [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 16, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 142014
 
New Release Review: Child of a Hidden Sea by A. M. Dellamonica

New Release Review: Child of a Hidden Sea by A.M. Dellamonica Release date: June 24, 2014 Genre: Fantasy Book 1 of a 3 book trilogy Book provided by NetGalley and MacMillan-Tor/Forge Synopsis from Goodreads: One minute, twenty-four-year-old Sophie Hansa is in a San Francisco alley trying to save the life of the aunt she has never known. The next, she finds herself flung into the warm and salty waters of an unfamiliar world. Glowing moths fall to the waves around her, and the sleek bodies of unseen fish glide against her submerged ankles. The world is Stormwrack, a series of [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 14, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 112014
 
New Release Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance Publication Date: July 1st 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and HarperTeen Synopsis from Goodreads: Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter’s come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I’ve watched the danger swell. The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I’m the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Jul 032014
 
Group Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

**************************************************************** The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publication Date: June 3rd 2014 ARC Provided by Roaring Brook Press and Netgalley Synopsis from Goodreads: Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 3, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jul 022014
 
New Release Review: On The Fence by Kasie West

On The Fence by Kasie West Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance Publication Date: July 1st 2014 ARC Provided by HarperTeen and Edelweiss Synopsis from Goodreads: She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door… Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 2, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 262014
 
Summertime and the Reading is Easy.....

SUMMERTIME READS June 24th marks the beginning of summer in my part of the world. Summer means hot and humid days, sultry nights, and daylight up to 9PM. Living in Canada means making the most of our favorite season and we try to spend as much time outdoors relaxing with a tall cool drink and a good book (and lots of sunscreen and bug spray, too!). 2014 has been a fantastic year for books and I’ve come up with some great summer reads. Here’s my list of suggestions: The Martian by Andy Weir This book came highly recommended by Michelle [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 26, 2014 at 7:00 am
Jun 192014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge: High Fantasy - Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge takes on high fantasy in June! Christal and AH took a chance on a new YA high fantasy series and looooved the debut. Read on to see why they think you should run out and buy this book now. Half A King by Joe Abercrombie Book #1 in Shattered Sea Genres: Young Adult, High/Epic Fantasy Publication Date: July 15th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Del Rey Synopsis from Goodreads: “I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.” Prince Yarvi [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 19, 2014 at 10:26 am
Jun 102014
 
Release Day Review: The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey Genre: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Publication Date: June 10th 2014 ARC Provided by Netgalley and Orbit Synopsis from Goodreads: Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”  Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 10, 2014 at 10:28 am
Jun 072014
 
To Serial or Not to Serial: The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

  The Serialized Book – Is it Worth It?  Lately, publishers have begun providing readers with a new kind of reading experience. Instead of publishing a full book, they have come up with a “new” idea – the serial. It’s not really a new idea; serialized books have been around a long time. It’s just that with digital publishing, it’s just that much easier to release a book a bit at a time. There are many reasons why a book is released in a serialized format: introduce a new writer, create buzz for a new series, provide stories at a [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 7, 2014 at 7:00 am
May 252014
 
New Release Review and Giveaway!!: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher

Review: Skin Game (Dresden Files #15) by Jim Butcher *early review copy received from publisher — thank you!* Regina’s Rating: 5 stars/Grade A Release Date: 5/27/14   Giveaway Below! Book Summary: Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day…. Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it…. Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 25, 2014 at 1:58 pm
May 242014
 
Reread Review! The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima Series: The Seven Realms #4 Genre: Fantasy Publication Date: October 23rd 2012 Synopsis from Goodreads: A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed-Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love. Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 24, 2014 at 9:46 am
May 222014
 
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge - Dystopian: The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge tackles Dystopian in May! Christal and AH continued on with the Age of X series this month with The Immortal Crown.  Read on to see what we think of this unique and expansive world. The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Science Fiction Publication Date: May 29th 2014 ARC Provided by Edelweiss and Dutton Adult Synopsis from Goodreads: Gameboard of the Gods introduced religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen, the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him. Together they have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on May 22, 2014 at 7:00 am