Mar 232016
 
Reviews: The Bedding Proposal & Happily Bedded Bliss by Tracy Anne Warren

The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren Book #1 in The Rakes of Cavendish Square Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015 ARC Provided by Penguin Synopsis from Goodreads: Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcée Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance. But the spirited woman seems to have no intention of accepting his advances no matter how much he chases—or how hard he falls…. Once a darling [ Read More of this Review ]

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Feb 052016
 
Audiobook Review: The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne Book #1 in Victorian Rebels Genre: Historical Romance Publication Date: September 1st, 2015 Synopsis from Goodreads:  STEALING BEAUTY Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is a ruthless villain. Scarred and hard-hearted, Dorian is one of London’s wealthiest, most influential men who will stop at nothing to wreak vengeance on those who’ve wronged him…and will fight to the death to seize what he wants. The lovely, still innocent widow Farah Leigh Mackenzie is no exception—and soon Dorian whisks the beautiful lass away to his sanctuary in the wild Highlands… COURTING DESIRE But Farah is no [ Read More of this Review ]

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Dec 202015
 
Review: The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell

The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #2 Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction Release Date: Feb 10, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews Someone wants to kill Mari, a young Steam Mechanic in the Guild that controls all technology. She has learned that her world of Dematr is headed for a catastrophe that will destroy civilization, and that Mages really can alter reality for short periods. Someone also wants to kill Alain, a young Mage who has learned that Mechanics are not frauds as his Guild teaches, and that Mechanic Mari is the only person who [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 20, 2015 at 6:45 am
Nov 122015
 
New Release Review: Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith AKA J.K. Rowling Series: Cormoran Strike #3 Genre: Mystery Release Date: Oct. 20th, 2015 Audiobook Narrated by: Robert Glenister When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible–and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality. With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 12, 2015 at 6:53 am
Sep 152015
 
Review Hodgepodge - Trying to get caught up!

Sometimes I get so caught up in the joy of reading, I forget I’m also supposed to (hopefully) be helpful and informative to other people when they’re choosing books or if they just want to compare notes. Today, I have some books I’ve read, but been so gung-ho to start my next read that I’ve blown straight past reviewing. May these reviews be helpful and maybe spark some note comparing! One More Shot by Victoria Denault Book #1 in Hometown Players Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015 ARC provided by Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing Synopsis from Goodreads: They [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 15, 2015 at 7:00 am
Sep 022015
 
Review: The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell

The Dragons of Dorcastle by Jack Campbell Series: The Pillars of Reality #1 Genre: Fantasy Release Date: Dec 2nd, 2014 Audiobook Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews For centuries, the two Great Guilds have controlled the world of Dematr. The Mechanics and the Mages have been bitter rivals, agreeing only on the need to keep the world they rule from changing. But now a Storm approaches, one that could sweep away everything that humans have built. Only one person has any chance of uniting enough of the world behind her to stop the Storm, but the Great Guilds and many others will [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on September 2, 2015 at 6:39 am

Should You Read This Series? – Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

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Jun 252015
 
Should You Read This Series? - Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

At the beginning of the year, I decided I wouldn’t center my reading goals around the number of books I read. The pressure to read a certain amount of books in a certain amount of time was too much. I set my goal way too high and got stressed out when I had to lower it. Instead, I’d step outside of my comfort zone, which is primarily Contemporary and Historical Romance. Young Adult is one of the genres I wanted to explore more of, and I discovered the Dairy Queen series when I needed a third book for a challenge I was [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on June 25, 2015 at 7:00 am

Review: Daring by Elliott James

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Dec 192014
 
Review: Daring by Elliott James

Daring by Elliott James Series: Pax Arcana #2 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: September 23rd, 2014 Audiobook narrated by Roger Wayne THE WEREWOLVES HAVE A NEW LEADER…AND HE CANNOT BE STOPPED. Something is rotten in the state of Wisconsin. Werewolf packs are being united and absorbed into an army of super soldiers by a mysterious figure who speaks like an angel and fights like a demon. And every Knight Templar—keepers of the magical peace between mankind and magickind—who tries to get close to this big bad wolf winds up dead. No knight can infiltrate a group whose members can smell [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on December 19, 2014 at 6:47 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 092014
 
New Release Review: Shattered by Kevin Hearne

Shattered by Kevin Hearne Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #7 Genre: Urban Fantasy Release Date: Jun 17, 2014 For nearly two thousand years, there was only one Druid left walking the Earth—Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword kept him alive while pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’s apprentice Granuaile is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 9, 2014 at 7:01 am

Summertime and the Reading is Easy…..

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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

An Oldie but a Goodie: Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

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Feb 092014
 
An Oldie but a Goodie: Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts First Published: 1991 Genres: Romantic Suspense Available in Paperback, Ebook, Audiobook Burned out and still reeling from a love affair gone bad, world-class violinist Caroline Waverly goes to her grandparents’ home in Innocence, Mississippi, for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Instead she finds herself overwhelmed all over again—first by Tucker Longstreet, a charming local with a sideline in no-strings-attached relationships, and then by a deadlier, more disturbing development. For Innocence is being stalked by its very own serial killer, whose brutal knife blows have pierced the veil of tranquillity in this sleepy Southern town and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on February 9, 2014 at 6:24 am
Jan 132014
 
Double Feature Review/Anthology Maddness!: Dark Duets by Christopher Golden and Dangerous Women by George R. R. Martin

Anthologies can be hit or miss for me.  Often, they seem to be positioned as a way to introduce readers to series and authors.   Now this is just my opinion, but too many times short stories aren’t as engaging and just don’t pull me in like a novel.  The characters may not be as well introduced because they exist in a series or novel already.  There are exceptions of course.  For example, Alice Munro, Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher write beautifully executed short stories.  But honestly, too often there are so many authors in an anthology that I don’t [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on January 13, 2014 at 8:03 am
Nov 252013
 
Author Spotlight: Linwood Barclay

The everyday Joe… How appealing is this for a main character, he is a contractor? I’m not talking about a person who takes contracts out to kill. Nope, just an everyday, hardworking house building contractor. If that doesn’t excite you, maybe you’ll find the lawn & garden guy more appealing. His exciting career is lawn maintenance. These are some of the given careers of the main characters in Linwood Barclay books. They don’t have military training, secret CIA clearance or millions of dollars to buy the top surveillance gadgets. They are everyday people who gain their muscles from hard work, have seemingly normal families & [ Read More of this Review ]

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Nov 142013
 
Review of Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre

Review of Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre *purchased audio book from audible.com* Regina’s Rating: 3.5 stars/Grade B+ Book Summary:   The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy. The horde is coming. Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they’re not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn’t run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on November 14, 2013 at 9:27 am

Michelle’s Badass Bundle of Books

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Oct 282013
 
Michelle's Badass Bundle of Books

Reading is my passion. It is my escape from the real world. You would think that reading being an escape for me would mean I would read more when real life was not at its best. Thus, the need for an escape. That is not how my brain works. Nope, not me. I seem to only want to read when my real life is happy, and problem free. Now don’t get me wrong, my life is almost never problem free. It just has never been so problem full as it has been lately. What does this long, boring intro mean [ Read More of this Review ]

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Aug 282013
 
New Release Review: The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan Series: The Riyria Chronicles #1 Genre: Epic Fantasy Released Aug 6, 2013 Audiobook Narrated by Tim Gerrard Reynolds TWO MEN WHO HATE EACH OTHER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE MISSION. A LEGEND IN THE MAKING. A warrior with nothing to fight for is paired with a thieving assassin with nothing to lose. Together they must steal a treasure that no one can reach. The Crown Tower is the impregnable remains of the grandest fortress ever built and home to the realm’s most valuable possessions. But it isn’t gold or jewels the old wizard is after, and [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 28, 2013 at 6:58 am

Series Review: Tales of the Underlight by Jax Garren

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Aug 192013
 
Series Review: Tales of the Underlight by Jax Garren

Series: Tales of the Undelight by Jax Garren Books: How Beauty Met the Beast, How Beauty Saved the Beast, How Beauty Loved the Beast Genres: Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling, Steampunk, Magic, Mythology Released: Nov 2012 – May 2013 Audiobooks Narrated by Therese Plummer Fairy tale inspired stories set in the punk-alternative community of Austin, Texas in the very near future. They center around two warring secret societies. Our heroes are a part of the Underlight, a US-based network of anarchists who have an underground base in Austin. The antagonists of the series are from the Order of Ananke, a cult [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on August 19, 2013 at 7:05 am
Jul 272013
 
Audio Book Review: 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (5th Wave #1)

Audio Book Review: 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (5th Wave #1) *audio book purchased from audible.com* Regina, Michelle and AH’s Rating: 4 stars/Grade A Book Summary: The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 27, 2013 at 11:36 am
Jul 132013
 
Memory of A Summer and America's Past -- Review: Joyland by Stephen King

Joyland by Stephen King *audio book purchased from audible.com* Regina’s Rating 4.5 stars/Grade B+ Book Summary: “I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts,” says Stephen King, who has combined these elements into a wonderful new story. Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a ‘carny’ in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the [ Read More of this Review ]

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 Posted by on July 13, 2013 at 9:28 am