Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Sunday Salon - Mini Reviews (thoughts)

Good afternoon Saloners! I'm getting a bit of a late start this morning as we just got back from a weekend away with the kiddos. We didn't actual go anywhere but instead spent the weekend at a local hotel where we had passes for free rooms. The kids got to swim, swim, swim which made for the "best weekend ever" according to my daughter :) Happily, we are all home now and laying low for the rest of the day.

On the reading front, I decided that today I would play catch-up and share my thoughts on a few books that I read in 2011 but never posted about. I've got about 9 books that I never reviewed from 2011 and sadly it is looking like posting my thoughts on those books is never going to happen. So I decided to remedy that and share my abbreviated thoughts on three of them today.

Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler

Erica Spindler is one of my favorite authors to go to when I'm in the mood for a good thriller. She didn't disappoint with this one and I found myself caught up in the suspense that was constantly present throughout the book. I enjoyed the setting of the story and liked how the story referenced Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. The storyline was sufficiently creepy and the ending managed to take me by surprise. Both good things in my opinion. That being said, this wasn't my favorite by this author but it was still a VERY good read. Recommended!

14 by J.T. Ellison

Another thriller that kept me on my toes and my second read by this author. I liked this book WAY more than the first book, although I think that if asked I would have a hard time explaining why. Although it was quite gory at times, it was a book that I could NOT put down. I liked the mystery, liked the two main characters that were from the previous book, and just plain enjoyed this thriller. I'm eager to continue on and see what this author comes up with next. Recommended but with the warning that it can be quite gruesome at times.

(And I would start with book one if I were you)

Visions of Magic by Regan Hastings

I adored this book from beginning to end and cannot wait to read more! From the very beginning of the novel I was entranced, and when I finished turning the pages I was almost sad to see the story end. The storyline was both fresh and original. I loved the romance that grew between the two main characters. It was enjoyable seeing the two of them grow together as a couple. If this is how this series is going to go, then consider me an instant fan! I cannot wait to read more by this author. I would highly recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance!

That's all out of me for the day. I'm off to spend the rest of it doing laundry and maybe finishing off my current read. Happy Sunday!


  1. I like the sound of that Hastings book :)

  2. Just these covers give me the heebie jeebies. I'm such a wimp. ;)

    What a wonderful weekend! Sometimes stay-cations are the best. Scott and I will be taking one in a few weeks--going to Fort Worth for the night. Can't wait!

    Hope you have a wonderful week. :)

  3. I am loving these mini reviews. I've noted all three..shame on you for adding to my list!! LOL!! Bring on more!

  4. I've been wanting to read that J.T. Ellison series!

  5. I have quite a few of those "read in 2011 but never reviewed" books. Someday I should do a chunk of mini-reviews. So glad that you had fun today!

  6. Fun mini reviews! I enjoyed reading this post. :)

  7. Awww...that sounds like a nice little getaway.
    Nice mini reviews, I do enjoy J.T. Ellison's books.
    Visions of Magic also sounds good.

  8. That sounds like a great way to spend the weekend. :) Have a great week!

  9. An original storyline and a great romance?! I'm adding Visions of Magic to my TBR now. Thanks.

  10. Keep going with JT Ellison. I wasn't impressed with the first at all and then was given one of her newest for review which I tried and loved, have read 2 more, need to go back and read the others in the series.

  11. Blodeuedd- It was really good so I would recommend it! I'm looking forward to picking up the 2nd book sometime soon!

    Trish- LOL! I love a good creepy thriller but I'm a HUGE wimp when it comes to scary movies. I make Jack watch them by himself :)

    Staci- I'm planning on doing more of these just so that I can say that I reviewed every book that I read last year :) I'm nutty like that!

    Stephthebookworm- I've read the first two books in it and they were both good so I would definitely recommend!

    Aths- It was nice getting these off of my list of books that I wish I had shared my thoughts on :) You should definitely do the same!

    Thanks Suko!

    Naida- How far are you into her series?? And I think that you would enjoy Visions of Magic so you should definitely read it at some point!

    Kailana- It definitely was! We need to get away more often...

    Missie- I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did!

    Marce- I'm eager to grab book three! The 2nd book was WAY better than the first!


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