Saturday, April 19, 2014

Library Loot - April Edition


As if I didn't have enough books that I wanted to read this month, I went holds crazy at the library about a week ago.  Of course they all came in at once as holds usually tend to do.  These are all going to be unofficially added to my April reading plans because why not?  I'm super excited about all of these for various reasons.  Here is what I picked up:
  • Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne - I'm in the mood for some paranormal romance and this has been on my TBR list since it first came out.  I am more than ready to finally give it a try!
  • Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn - I picked this one up thanks to another blogger who had this great post about if you like this type of book, try this with recommendations.  This was one of her recommendations for unreliable narrators and I couldn't resist.  Sadly, I have no clue whose blog this post was on or I would share with you.
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 4: The Heart's Desire by Robert Kirkman - The last volume left off on a bit of a cliff hanger so I instantly requested this one from the library!
  • The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood - Oh my goodness, I added this one to my TBR list when I saw Stephen King tweet about it.  Then I read the premise and it became a must read!  I cannot wait to read this one as it sounds super creepy!
  • Omens by Kelley Armstrong-  Remember when I said I want to read some chunkier books soon.  Well, this will definitely fit and I have also had this one on my TBR list since before it came out. 
 Don't these all look great?  Which one would you read first if you had to choose?  This weekend I'm currently reading Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes.  Good so far but I've just begun.  I'm also really starting to get into Dirty Magic by Jaye Wells.  Finally!  Sometimes my reading suffers a bit when I read on my ipad.  Just too many other distractions :)  I'm off to get my house clean and laundry started.

I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Sunday Salon: Reading Randomness

Happy Sunday!  Whew, I feel like these last two weeks flew by in a blur.  It was a lot of go, go, go and not a lot of down time.  That's okay because today is going to be one of those rare quiet days where we have absolutely nothing going on.  Priceless!  Although the last two weeks were super busy, I managed to fit in a fair amount of reading in there.  That's a positive!  The flu ran through our house though which was definitely not fun.  My youngest had it the worst, and he is just now starting to act like himself again.  What else?  Oh yes, my oldest son was outside practicing baseball and managed to get a black eye after missing a pop fly.  Just in time for school pictures.  LOL!  I just may have to buy one to keep.  Other than that it was a just a normal albeit busy two weeks.

In 2014, I have already managed to read 28 books including graphic novels and audios.  That is fantastic for me and means that I'm six books ahead of my goal to read eighty books (according to Goodreads).  I was pretty happy with that number until I realized that I really haven't settled down with a good chunky read yet.  This is going to have to change!  I have a bunch of longer books that I want to read but never actually take the time to read.  I've already made my reading plans for this month but in May I shall be picking one large book that I want to focus on.  Because I know that I constantly say that I want to read ALL of the books, but really my focus is quality over quantity.  I could be missing out by not reading some of those longer books off of my TBR list.  I haven't decided yet which book that I want to read but possibles include It by Stephen King, Parasite by Mira Grant, and The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters.   I'm open to suggestions if you have any other big books that you've loved recently.

On to the books I finished in the last two weeks which were:



Dark Witch by Nora Roberts- This was a good read for me but it didn't suck me in like other trilogies of hers have.  It was good enough that I definitely want to read the next book, but I was glad that I waited for my library to get a copy.  I feel like I liked it better then some other reviews I've seen, but it wasn't as great as I hoped.  Review to come.

Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett-  This is good urban fantasy and was a great read!  I love the characters, love the unique storylines, and always find myself eager to grab the next book.  In fact, I'm already putting the third book on hold at the library because I want to read it NOW.  I will be reviewing this one very soon!

Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams- This was a cute beginning to a cozy mystery series with some paranormal aspects.  I almost instantly found myself caught between the pages but the ending of the book was a bit of a let down.  I'm hoping that the next book in the series will give us more of the answers that I didn't find from this book.  I'll be writing up my thoughts on this one as well.

The Walking Dead: Volume 3, Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman- I'm so loving reading these comics.  I never know what to expect, and they are getting darker and more intense as I go on.  This one left off with a cliffhanger so I'm putting the next one on hold asap!  I just hope that it comes in fast at the library.  I probably will wait to share my thoughts on this one until I have at least read one more volume.  So review to come.

I'm currently reading the following:


I haven't even had the chance to crack this one open yet but it will be my next read.  I've been meaning to start this one for ages (in fact according to Goodreads I added it to my TBR list back in 2011).  I'm finally pulling it off of my shelves, and am ready to see what the buzz about this series is all about.  Up next will possibly be this one:


Squee!!  I saw this on NetGalley and instantly requested it.  I just loaded it onto my ipad so I'm ready to go.  This may be my MOST anticipated read for 2014 so I will not be waiting long to read it.  Yay, yay, yay!  Happy days!

Plans for today include laundry and reading.  That's it!  It's raining outside, my house is clean (mostly), and I have nothing else planned.  I shall blog, read, and then maybe blog so more!  It sounds perfect!  What are you doing on this rainy Sunday?

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke (thoughts)

Summary from Goodreads:

"On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare-something she must write down-floating on the edge of her consciousness.

Something followed them from Russia."


My Thoughts:

Wow!  This book is one that sure took me by surprise!  The book started off slowly for me but turned into quite the page turner by the end.  The book had a sinister feel to it where you knew from the very beginning that something wasn't right but you weren't sure what was off.  And that bad feeling continued to grow as the book moved on which caused more suspense than if something would have jumped out at me.  I found myself trying to read faster but this book isn't meant to be read fast.  It is meant to slowly build up to a thrilling ending and that is exactly what it did.  I knew that something was wrong but I still found myself completely blown away by the ending.  What a great ending!

 I went into this book not really knowing anything about it.  That really worked for me as I had no expectations other than thinking that it would be a creepy read.  It was exactly that but it was also more.  It was a book filled with secrets, with sadness, and I think regrets.  The author took the snow storm and built the book around it in such a way that there was an isolated feel to it.  It was almost as if there was a layer of unreality where everything was happening but then it wasn't.  Does that make sense?  Probably not but I think that you will understand if you read the book.  That questioning feel really made the book more tense and suspenseful then it would have been otherwise.  I couldn't trust everything that was going on and I didn't know why.  Just thinking about it makes me excited to hear what other readers think about this book!

Although I really enjoyed this book it wasn't perfect.  It started slowly and took a bit of time for me to sink my teeth into it.  It was definitely worth the wait though!  I also found Holly a bit off putting at times.  It took me awhile to connect to her character and I never fully understood her actions.  It helped add to the mystery of the book because once again I could never completely trust what was going on.  This book would be one to reread just to see all of the clues and hints that the author probably gave us and I missed.

Overall, I ended up finding myself quite impressed with this book.  It wasn't your typical thriller but instead slowly built up to a stunning climax.  I'm really eager to read more of this author's books after finishing this one.  If they are half as good as this one turned out to be then I shall be in for a real treat!  My reading recommendations for this one are take your time with it.  Let the spooky atmosphere and suspense slowly pull you in...and trust that it will all be worth it in the end.  Recommended to readers of suspense, thrillers, or just fiction lovers in general!

Bottom Line:  A book filled with questions and suspense...what a ride!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher as part of a TLC book tour.  Thoughts are my own!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett (thoughts)

In Kindling the Moon we meet Arcadia Bell, a bartender in hiding, thanks to her famous parents who are on the run for murder.  Because her parents are wanted by the occult community, Arcadia has to keep her identity secret from everyone around her.  Everything changes though when her parents are spotted for the first time in years.  Now the occult community is demanding justice: either her parents or Arcadia herself are what they want and they want retribution.  It is up to Arcadia to figure out what really happened all those years ago and to find the demon that was present during the murders.  Can she find the truth before time runs out?

This was one of the best beginnings to an urban fantasy series that I have read in a long time!  Arcadia's one of those characters that you just can't help but like.  I found myself instantly drawn into the story.  In fact, one of the best things about this book in my opinion is that I was never overwhelmed by the world building even though this is the first in a series.  Very often an author can give almost too many details as they set up a new series, but Bennett managed to set up this new world without overdoing it.  I also appreciated the fact that she managed to leave questions unanswered especially in regards to Cady (as Arcadia is known) and her abilities.  In fact, I feel like we just skimmed the surface a bit when it comes to all of the characters and what we know about them.  But in the best possible way!  We were given a taste and I'm thinking that future books will really allow for us to learn more about all of the main characters.  I'm hoping that means we continue to see lots more of Len as I loved the relationship that was beginning to develop between him and Cady.  He isn't your typical hero as he is part demon, older, and has a child of his own that he raises.  I thought he was great!  And I really want to see more of him!

This book was very fast paced and hard to put down.  I found myself eager to keep reading even when I should have been doing other things.  Like laundry.  I was very, very close to instantly picking up the second book as soon as I finished this one.  As it is, I'm more than ready to pick up Summoning the Night right now!  The ending of this book didn't take me by surprise as halfway through I kind of guessed the direction that this book was going.  It didn't matter though as I still found myself reading with breathless anticipation.  Very satisfying conclusion but bring on book two!

All in all, this was a great beginning to this series, and I'm kicking myself for not starting it sooner.  I am super excited to have found such a great series though so that is a positive!  I finished this one in a matter of days and was left feeling completely satisfied.  Such a great read!  This book is one that I would easily recommend to fans of both urban fantasy and paranormal romance.  Highly recommended!

Bottom Line:  A fresh and original beginning to this urban fantasy series!  Oh so good!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher for review.  Thoughts are my own! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April Reading Plans (2014)


I have such fun creating a pile of books that I want to read each month.  Even though I didn't follow my pile as closely in March, I couldn't resist picking out books that I wanted to read in April.  This month is going to be busy, busy as soccer, t-ball, and baseball are all beginning but I still want to read all of the books.  I'm just going to have to work a bit harder to fit them all in.  I think that it is completely doable if I just skip the whole sleeping thing.  Kidding!  I need my sleep or else :)  Here are the books that I'm hoping to read in April:
  • Crooked House by Agatha Christie - Off of my shelves and because I have a goal to read all of her books.  It might help if I actually read one of her books to meet this goal!
  •  Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire - I seem to hoard her books without reading them.  I adored her zombie series (Mira Grant) but have yet to begin this urban fantasy series by her.  That shall all change this month when I finally read this one.  Also off of my own shelves.
  • The Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart -  I've been meaning to read more by Stewart every since I finished (and loved) This Rough Magic by her. Considering that was two years ago it is beyond time that I took this one off of my bookshelves.
  • Pies and Prejudice by Ellery Adams - First in a cozy mystery series that I've been wanting to try.  I'm on a mystery kick this year so I can't wait to read this one.  This is a library pick.
  • Something About You by Julie James - I've been in the mood for a good romance and I believe that this one is romantic suspense.  Yes!  I cannot wait to finally give this author a try.  This one is also from my local library.
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men by Molly Harper - I found the first book in this series to be a fun read but then I never continued on with it.  It is WAY beyond time for me to finally read this second book.  Plus, it is a review copy that has been languishing on my shelves.  Time to change that!
  • Summoning the Night by Jenn Bennett - Review copy and second book in this urban fantasy series.  I loved the first book so I'm not waiting to pick this one up.  I cannot wait!
  • Under a Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes - This is for a TLC book tour and one that I'm been anticipating for awhile now.  The author's first book Into the Darkest Corner was such an intense thriller...I have high expectations for this one!  
  • The Walking Dead, Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars by Robert Kirkman - I'm going to need something to fill in the gaps after the season finale of the show so I'm planning to continue on with the comics while I wait.  This one just came in for me at the library.
  • The Book of You by Claire Kendal - This is a review copy and sounds like a disturbing thriller.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what it is all about!
Not pictured here are two books that will also be added to the stack as soon as I pick them up from the library.  I'm writing all of my posts early this week (trying to get ahead) so I won't actually be able to pick these books up until Monday after work.  But they are definitely going on my reading plans for April list!  They are:

 
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts - Instantly went on my TBR list as soon as I heard about it.  I've read mixed reviews but I still want to give this one a try.  It is finally in for me at the library after waiting for about a month on the holds list.

The Girl Who Disappeared Twice by Andrea Kane - Thanks to a TLC book tour I read the 3rd book in this series first.  I'm ready to go back to the first one and start at the beginning.  This book is also waiting for me at the library.

Okay, that is WAY more books than I can possibly read in one month.  Oh well, it is fun trying!  I have so many books on this list that I cannot wait to read.  I don't know how I will choose what to read first.  Any suggestions?  I think that April may turn out to be my best month of reading yet!

What books are you hoping to read in April?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

March Reading Wrap-Up (2014)


March was another month of cold temps with just a hint of spring here and there.  These hints of spring have been treasured though as finally winter may be giving up its' hold on us.  Yay!  We have been trying to spend as much time outside as possible when the weather permits, and my kids have been loving it!  Jaxon's birthday was this month which means my oldest turned eleven.  Yikes!  It seems like it was just yesterday when he was toddling around, and now he is just a couple of years from being a teenager.  People always say that times goes fast but it doesn't click how fast until you watch your kids grow.  If it could just slow down a little bit I would appreciate that! 

March was also a successful reading month for me as I finished eight books.  Audiobooks helped give my numbers a little boost this month which was nice.  And again, I really didn't read a bad book at all so 2014 is turning into a really solid year of reading for me.  The books I finished in March are:
  • Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  • Deceiving Lies by Molly McAdams
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters
  • Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews
  • Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
  • Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke


My favorite book of the month was really hard to choose but it came down to Crocodile on the Sandbank. This book made me laugh and was such a delight to read.  This is a series that I should have been reading a long time ago but I'm so glad that I found it now.  Magic Strikes and Kindling the Moon both came in as close seconds, but in the end Peabody and Radcliffe won out.  My unexpected blog break this month didn't help me catch up on reviews so I really, really need to focus on this in April.  I'm also hoping to continue listening to more audiobooks in April. 

I don't have many other plans for April other than lots of reading!  I need to focus on making exercising more of a priority since I started to slack off on this a bit in March.  I think I need a change of pace with that though.  Hopefully running outside will help to jump start my motivation.

What are your plans for April?  And tell me, what was your favorite read for March?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Sunday Salon: A Reading Update

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!  The sun is shining, the kids are already playing outside (I shall go join them soon), and spring finally feels like it is here to stay.  I've got my fingers crossed that it really will stay but I'm not sure that the weather forecasters agree.  It doesn't matter as I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts!

I've got lots and lots of stuff going on this week as the upcoming sports seasons starts for my older two kiddos.  What this means is that EVERY single night this week my kids have practice for something.  Seriously!?!  Luckily, we get to skip Friday as we are going out of town for the weekend but it is overwhelming to think about.  I have no clue when I am going to get anything done.  It should be interesting as we all adjust.  It does mean that I should have plenty of reading time while I watch practices, but I will have to wait to see if that actually happens.  Anyways, last week I skipped out on catching you up with the books that I have finished recently so that's what I'm going to share about today.  Here are the books that I've finished since I last updated you:



Deceiving Lies by Molly McAdams - Was an interesting sequel that left me with mixed emotions.  You can see my full thoughts on it here.

The Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters - Has solidified my love for this series!  I loved this one just as much as the first book.  I would already be reading the third if it was on my shelves.  Since it isn't, I will remedy that soon!  I'm going to try to write a double review for the this book and the first soon.

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews - This series just keeps getting better!  This was my favorite book so far but I just cannot wait to continue on with the next book.  A must read urban fantasy series for me!  Review to come soon as well.

Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke - Was one of those books that starts off slowly but by the end....oh my goodness!  I've been holding off on reading other people's reviews, but now that I'm finished I can't wait to see what everyone else thinks about it!  I read this one for a TLC book tour and my thoughts will be posted on April 9th.

I also finished two audiobooks recently thanks to my Harry Potter addiction.  I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as well as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.  Both were excellent ways to re-experience this series.  I cannot get over how many of the details I had forgotten but there are many.  I'm going to be a bit lost when I finish the last book on audio.  I suppose it just means that I will have to listen to them all again :)

I'm currently reading Vampire Empire: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith.  Steampunk and vampires?  Heck yeah!  I'm kicking myself for letting this one languish on my shelves for so long.  It is really good so far!



I'm not sure what I will be reading next but it will probably be off my April stack of possibilities.  There are just SO MANY books that I would like to be reading right now.  The choices are endless.

Today's plans include the Harry Potter marathon, a run (since I've been failing miserably with this), and my usual loads of laundry.  I'm going to try and get ahead with my blog posting for the next two weeks but I really don't know if it will happen or not.  Otherwise, I might just go blog silent again.  We will see how motivated I get!  Plus, season finale of The Walking Dead tonight!!!!!!!!!  I can't.  I have no words.  Just please don't kill any of my favorite characters!

What are your plans for this week?  Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!

Friday, March 28, 2014

On My Wishlist (Radar) #14

On My Wishlist is my way of sharing all of the books that I cannot wait to get my hands upon and read. These are a mixture of books that are about to be released along with some older titles that I really want to read as well. (All summaries are from Goodreads).

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

"The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways.

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance." 


I think that I have all of this author's books on my TBR list even though I haven't read any of them yet.  This one sounds AMAZING though so I will be reading it! (And hopefully as soon as it comes out!)  It comes out in September so it will fit in perfectly with my R.I.P. reading if I do say so myself :)



Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

"Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe."


How creepy does this book sound?  I have high expectations for it and I know next to nothing about it!  I cannot wait till it releases!!
 
Made For You by Melissa Marr

"When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva."

This one sounds super intense which makes me want to read it RIGHT NOW!  Plus, the cover is just gorgeous as well.  How could I possibly not want to read this? 

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

"It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be."


I have been meaning to read more by Waters every since I finished and adored Affinity.  This book sounds like my type of book so I am impatiently waiting for it to release.  Plus, the cover is vintage gorgeous!  Love!


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

"A dead girl walks the streets.

She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.

And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan."


This one sounds creepy as well which means it instantly was added to my TBR list.  Plus, I'm planning on reading more YA this year so this is one that I am bound to try!  Sounds great!




So many good books here that I just cannot wait to get my hands on!  That doesn't even include the ones that I are on my most anticipated reads for 2014 list.  I think that I just need to read faster!  Because until they release, I will be waiting most impatiently for all of these.  

What books are you wishing for? Or what books have you added to your TBR list recently? 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Deceiving Lies by Molly McAdams (thoughts)

Summary from Goodreads:

"Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they've had, she's ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there's something else waiting—something threatening to tear them apart.

Kash is ready for it all with Rach. Especially if all includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. With his line of work, he knows how short life can be, and doesn't want to waste another minute of theirs. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him ... and it's the girl he loves who's caught in the middle."


My Thoughts:

This is going to be a hard book to review without spoiling anything but especially if you haven't read the first book.  Don't say I didn't warn you!  Deceiving Lies continues where Forgiving Lies left off so it is a must for you to read the two of them in order in my opinion.  I also think that if you are planning on reading Forgiving Lies then you really need to have the sequel sitting there ready to go because you will want it.  Trust me on this!  But on to my thoughts for this book.

This author isn't afraid to make her reader's sweat!  Wow!  This is a book that you can't put down because everything is SCREAMING for you to find out what is going to happen next.  This isn't always a good thing.  It sometimes was frustrating.  But it does make the book both unforgettable and unputdownable so it kind of balances out.  I seriously wish I could explain my reading experience a bit better for you but it was a jumble of emotions.  There was laughter, happiness, and anger all mixed into one big ball.  Rachel and Kash are far from perfect but they really fit together well.  And as much as you love them together there are times when you just want to shake them.  Yet I was still constantly rooting for them to finally get there happy ever after.

The plot in this book was a bit on the unbelievable side but the author made it work.  I had to suspend my disbelief and just read, but I found that easy to do once I was sucked into the story.  I just think that Rachel has had almost too much bad stuff happen to her.  That being said the storyline was definitely a page turner.  In fact, I found myself so wrapped up in this book that I finished it in less than two days which is not the norm for me.  I cannot emphasize how much of a pull this book has even when you don't expect it to.  

In a nutshell, this book made me feel all of the emotions but in the end left me happy.  It wasn't an easy reading experience and there were times that it made me crazy but I did like it?  I'm at a loss to really explain it in any other way.  I honestly am not sure if this review even makes sense.  That's how muddled it made me feel at different points.  I'm looking forward to having my sister read this one, because I'm curious to see if it makes her as crazy as it did me.  I do know that I will remember this book (actually both of these books) for awhile thanks to the addictiveness that was this book.  I would recommend this book if you have read the first one or if you are a fan of angsty romances.  Just be warned that you are in for a wild ride!

Bottom Line: A twisty, turning, unexplainable reading experience!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review thanks to the publisher as part of a TLC book tour.  

Here is my thoughts on the first book Forgiving Lies if you are interested.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Sunday Salon - Books! (My Poor Shelves)

Good morning everyone!  The last two weeks seem to have slipped by me in a blur which meant an unexpected blogging break.  It was bound to have happened with all of the hours that I had been working so I didn't stress about it.  And happily enough I'm back to my regular forty hour work week which is much needed (and completely doable).  There wasn't much that happened that was exciting over my blogging break other than I finally broke down, and visited my used book store.  I had a bag filled with books to turn in for credit so I didn't even feel guilty for going.  I came out with a smile on my face and a small stack of books to add to my shelves.  My poor overflowing shelves!  In my defense. I still have over forty dollars worth of credit to use so really I could have brought home so many more.  In fact, I think that if I had known that I probably would have bought more books so maybe it worked out for the best.  Here are the books that I brought home with me (sorry for the crappy picture):


  • The Hippopotamus Pool by Elizabeth Peters- only to find out that this is NOT the 3rd book in the series but instead the 8th.  Why they would list the series out of order is beyond me but I've learned my lesson.  Don't trust the list for series books that is included in the book.  Oh well, it gives me an excuse to go back for the third book.
  • Birdman by Mo Hayder- First in this series and because I really enjoyed Gone by this author.
  • All Shall Be Well by Deborah Crombie- 2nd in this series and because I adored the first book (which I really need to review).
  • Beg For Mercy by Jami Alden- It sounds creepy and I love romantic suspense but don't read a lot of it.
  • H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton- Next book in a mystery series I love.
  • Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter- A book that I've had on my TBR list for awhile now.

I've also received a couple of books for review.  I can never decide if I want to share books I receive for review on here or not.  I've never really done a Mailbox Monday post or anything but I feel like I should at least post about the books that come in to my house.  Kind of to make myself accountable for actually reading them.  But....I just don't know.  Because then that would include ebooks and you guys would really see my reading addiction.  LOL!  Plus, I would have to keep track which I usually don't do.  I received these two books thanks to the lovely folks at Harper.  I'm hoping to add them both to my April reading plans list. 

In keeping with accountability, I have bought a few new books for my ipad. 


In my defense they were on sale AND my library didn't have copies of either.  Good enough reasons for me! 

Since I now have plenty of reading ahead of me (and it's not like I didn't before), I'm going to skip talking about the books I've read these past two weeks.  I will play catch up next Sunday instead.  Plans for the rest of my Sunday include catching up with all of you, review writing, a run, and TONS of laundry.  Oh yeah, and preparing myself for this week's Walking Dead episode since last week's one was CRAZY BUT SO GOOD!  I fully admit that I will be a bit lost when this show goes on break until season five.  Aack!  So worth it though :)

Happy Sunday and Happy Reading!