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Monday, October 31, 2016

Sacked by Jen Frederick

Summary: "Knox Masters is a quarterback's worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. Now, he's set his sight on two things: the national title... and Ellie Campbell. Sure, she's the sister of his fellow teammate, but that's not going to stop him. Especially not when he's convinced Ellie is the one. But Ellie isn't as sure. She's trying to start a new life. And it's not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother's teammates that keeps her away-- Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing."

Well, it started off a little rough, but next thing I knew, I was half-way finished with the book! I enjoyed it, even though it became a little too unrealistic toward the end. Oh well! Knox was obnoxious at first, but he was actually a good guy throughout the book and had a refreshing mindset. 

385 pages

"Out of Nowhere" by Roan Parrish

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, called "In the Middle of Somewhere," and this story focused on Colin Mulligan, one of the brothers of Daniel (the hero in the first book).  In the first book, Colin was a mean, homophobic jerk to his brother.  This story is told from Colin's point of view and explains why he was that way.  We learned at the end of book one that Colin is deeply in the closet; this book shows how that happened.  While Colin isn't nearly as likable as Daniel, the author clearly shows his mental anguish at hiding such a large part of himself from his family and friends.  Although not as good as the first book, mostly because the main characters weren't as sweet as Daniel and his boyfriend, Rex, it was still a compelling story.  300 pages (Kindle edition).

Eat, Drink and be Wary by Tamar Myers

 Eat, Drink and be Wary by Tamar Myers

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Pages: 272

Magdalena Yoder reluctantly agrees to re-arrange the bookings for her Pennsylvania Dutch Inn to be able to host a cooking contest and house all of the contestants and judges. After all, Freni, her cook and cousin is a competitor and dear friend. Neither of them suspected the event would be dangerous. But the sponsor of the contest is murdered with a paring knife from the kitchen and Freni is the number one suspect. Magdalena has to solve the crime and save the reputation of her cook and her Inn.

Book six of the Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery series. A fun series of cozy mysteries with recipes.

Fräulein M. by Caroline Woods

Fräulein M.Woods transports the reader to Weimar Berlin's cabaret scene. Berni, Anita, and Grete are characters that are hard to forget.

285 pages.

The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade by Virginia Smith

The Most Famous Illegal Goose Creek Parade (Tales from the Goose Creek B&B #1)

If you are looking for a fun, feel-good read, this book is sweet and satisfying, just like the recipes for lemon cake and vanilla scones that are included within. Millie is determined to restore a Victorian home and run it as a B&B in her small Kentucky town despite her husband's objections.

224 pages

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Sinner by Amanda Stevens

The Sinner (Graveyard Queen, #5)The Sinner by Amanda Stevens

The protagonist's career as a cemetery restorer will appeal to preservationists and history buffs, as will the South Carolina lowcountry setting. Reads similar to Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series.

378 pages

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The Kingdom of Gods by N.K.Jemison

This is the final volume in The Inheritance Trilogy, and the longest.  In this volume, the story is told from the viewpoint of Sieh, the trickster godling, son of Nahadoth.  The story begins as Sieh returns to the castle of the ruling Arameri family and encounters two six-year old children, Shahar, a girl, and Dekarta, a boy.  In this chilling encounter, Sieh tests the children by threatening to kill Dekarta, but Shahar wins by using her wits.  In return, Sieh grants them a wish, and to his surprise they wish to become his friends.  But as they swear the friendship oath, Sieh is very damaged and changed from a god to a mortal, We later find out that the two children are both themselves part godling, and therefore their blood is toxic to other godlings. The rest of the story follows Sieh as he attempts to regain his status as a godling, but also learns what it is to be a mortal.  The story culminates in a grand battle among the godlings for dominance and destruction of this universe - to determine the ultimate inheritance of this world.  Jemison explores many large themes in this trilogy, from what is it to be human to how do the spiritual and physical worlds coexist.  I found the plotting to be a bit confused at times, as characters that played major roles in the first two books were left behind for other viewpoints in the second and third volumes.  Still, this is an engaging fantasy trilogy if you don't analyze it too much and enjoy the author's excellent description, dialogue, and scene setting.   539 pages.

Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the Twenty-First Century by Katerine Newman and Hella Winston

There's been a lot of promotion of the need for education beyond the high school degree, particularly promoting easier access to a four year college degree.  I don't believe that is the only, or even best path to success  for most Americans, and neither do these authors.  Newman and Winston take a close look at what kinds of job skills are needed in the current work force and how well our high schools, technical schools, community colleges and colleges are succeeding at helping young people learn those skills. They also examine some programs in other countries, particularly Germany, where there is a very close training and apprenticeship program available to most high school students that does a superior job of preparing students for today's high tech work environment.  It ain't your granddaddy's shop floor any more; now manufacturing jobs focus on fixing the robots that perform the actual work. That takes a good degree of applied math, and great problem solving and communication skills. Good food for thought, especially for those involved or interested in the education system.  246 pages.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Grimm's Tales for Young and Old by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm

Grimms' Tales for Young and Old by by 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Pages: 633

This 1983 translation by Ralph Manheim includes all of the original Grimm's works and were translated from original German editions. Manheim is a prize-winning translator and presents the stories unadorned and as true to the direct rhythm of oral storytelling that he could.

There were quite a few tales in here that I hadn't heard or read before, besides some variations on familiar tales. These stories are definitely more "Grimm" than any Disney version or the versions of the tales I heard as a child.

No Use Dying over Spilled Milk by Tamar Myers

No Use Dying over Spilled Milk (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series) by Tamar Myers

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Pages: 260

Magdalena Yoder receives an upsetting phone call from Amish family in Ohio, her cousin has been found dead. Freni, her cook, is a closer relative to the deceased and is also Amish. Magdalena offers to drive her cousin to Ohio from Pennsylvania for the funeral. Once they arrive she discovers this was no ordinary farming accident, the deceased was found drowned in a tank of milk, completely naked. Magdalena realizes the local police and her Amish kin are willing to call it an accident but there seems to be more going on here and more lives may be in danger. Magdalena ends up in a land war between Amish farmers and a powerful cheese company.

This is book 3 in the Pennsylvania Dutch cozy mystery series. All the books in this series come with recipes.

Monet Talks by Tamar Myers

Monet Talks (book 12 of Den of Antiquity) by Tamar Myers
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars 
Pages:  325

Charleston antiques dealer Abigail Washburn purchases a beautiful antique birdcage fashioned after the Taj Mahal. Unfortunately, the cage comes with a mynah bird named Monet. Monet is mouthy and rude to her customers but they all seem quite taken with him. Just as she decides not to get rid of him, he is bird-napped. The ransom note demands she exchange a real Monet painting for the bird. But Abby has no idea what the note is talking about. She has never owned a Monet, so she decides to let the thief keep the bird. But then her mother goes missing and the ransom note phone call is delivered by Monet the mynar bird.

Death of a Rug Lord by Tamar Myers

Death of a Rug Lord by Tamar Myers

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Pages: 294

Book 14 in the fun, cozy mystery series: Den of Antiquity this title once again finds our heroine antique dealer, Abigail up to her eyes in trouble. Abby finds herself in a business slump. A new rug store is luring away her customers with rock bottom prices even though they are antique rugs. She decides to check out her competition and is amazed to find a priceless Persian rug amid the cut-rate carpets. She approaches the store manager, Gwendolyn to verify the price and is shocked when the manager insists that she take the rug home for the price listed. Abby feels guilty about such a steal especially when  Gwendolyn is found dead the next morning wrapped in a cheap rug.

While attending social gatherings with her friends and family, Abby discovers that valuable rugs are going missing from some of Charleston's elite families and have been replaced with cheap fakes. Now Abby is convinced Gwendolyn was trying to send her a message but will she be able to find out who is stealing the valuable rugs before anymore disappear and anyone else gets hurt?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Summary: "In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts--and a violent destiny."

This book just blew all the other books I've read this year out of the water. I believe that it was first popular a few years ago, and the term people used was "assassin nuns." :D Can't get much cooler than that! It's not for the faint of heart, as it deals with some dark and nasty stuff. But the story of a "handmaiden of Death" is actually lighter and more inspiring than you might think! 

It reminded me a bit of Poison Study, and Duval (main male character) is quite like Valek, which is a very good thing!!

I enjoyed this story so, so, so much, and I can't quite explain why. Grave Mercy is over 500 pages, but it felt like 100. I read through it super fast, and it still didn't leave me satisfied. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one! 

549 pages

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Long Lost by David Morrell

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

His younger brother was kidnapped  by a cult family, raised for decade.  His life was bad, he did bad things.  He’s back and now he wants his brother's family and will kill to get it.

Audio:  7 hrs. 9 min.
Print:  384 pages

Sunday, October 23, 2016

"The Devious Book for Cats: A Parody" by Fluffy & Bonkers

This book is borrowed from Tammy P. and is written by cats for cats.  It has advice on lots of topics like cardboard boxes, catnip, kitty litter, grooming, vacuum cleaners, and my favorite, crazy cat ladies.  There are also plenty of devious instructions in chapters like "Getting Away With It," "Secrets of Daredevil Cats," "The Pros and Cons of Being Sullen," and "Toying With Allergy Sufferers."  It's a good thing cats can't read or we would all be in big trouble!  224 pages.

"In the Middle of Somewhere" by Roan Parrish

Daniel Mulligan has just moved to Holiday, Michigan, to teach at a small college after finishing his PhD in English.  Originally from Philadelphia, Daniel is a tough and tattooed outcast who's never really fit in with his family or classmates.  His mother died when he was young, and his father and three older brothers (all mechanics) never much cared for him, especially after he told them he was gay.  So Daniel feels especially out of place in the small town until Rex Vale comes back into his life.  The two men met six months earlier when Daniel was in town for an interview with the college and was literally rescued by Rex when he wrecked his rental car in a snowstorm.  They soon begin a relationship, but Daniel has never really dated and Rex doesn't want to get too attached to Daniel due to others in his life leaving him.  But as they grow closer, they discover that being vulnerable and letting someone help you is not the same as being weak.

This was a great book with two memorable and very likable main characters who seem to have little in common but complement each other well.  Rex doesn't talk much but can fix or build just about anything, while Daniel loves his books and overthinks everything.  Secondary characters, especially Daniel's best friend, Ginger, help move the story forward to a satisfying conclusion.  I have already started reading the next in the series.  350 pages (Kindle edition).

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Summary: "Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face to face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they’ve kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as co-workers for one reason only: to make partner at the firm. But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case."

Whew, another Julie James' book! She is just one of the best! It was a bit inspired by Pride and Prejudice, which was fun to read in terms of rival lawyers in a big law firm in Chicago. I was disappointed with a few bits of how Payton and J.D.'s rivalry played out...but overall, it was a great story! 

305 pages

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot

Summary: "A viral scandal draws notorious celebrity golfer Reed Stewart back to his tiny Indiana hometown, where he reunites with small business owner Becky Flowers in ways that challenge their perceptions about each other."

I adore the books in the Boy series by Meg Cabot, especially Boy Meets Girl. Boy Meets Girl is one of my all-time favorite books, and it's one that I read over and over again. Thus, my expectations for the newest installment of the series were a bit high. However, in reality, the book fell a bit short of meeting those expectations. The creativity of the format was not as interesting as it could have been, nor was Becky's character as well-developed as she should have been. She did not have 1/10th of the personality of Kate Mackenzie. I did enjoy Reed's character and overall the story was interesting, just not nearly as funny or clever as the other books in the series. 

357 pages

Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes, and Other Notables Who've Made History by John A. Wright, Sr. and Sylvia Wright

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

Missouri TV personalities such as Julius Hunter, news anchor, journalist, and author, musicians W.C. Handy and Count Basie, and politician Freeman Bosley, Jr. are some of the black Missourians who are in this wonderful book.  240 pages.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Summary: "Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship."

Oh.My.Gosh. I LOVED Starflight! What a fun and refreshing read! This novel has everything I love: 

  • band of misfits, 
  • enemies to lovers trope, 
  • a lost princess, 
  • cage fights, 
  • adventure, 
  • space exploration, 
  • pirates --- 
What more could you ask for from a novel? I can't explain all the good parts of this book without spoiling it, but it was a solid read!

I am eagerly anticipating the next novel, Starfall, due out next February! 

359 pages

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the GiftsThe Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This started out interesting and lost steam. The plot was fine, but my interest lagged after the first 1/3. I think the concept initially was charming (zombie MC doesn't realize she's part zombie--thinks she's a normal girl).

However, after that, there was never enough character development and growth to keep me interested in all the running around that occurred in the plot. The themes became repetitive for me. I don't dislike it, by any means, but I just lost the initial level of excitement I had when I started the book.

The funny thing is that the plot might be a bit slow in the start, and it's right at the point where things kick up a notch that I started returning to the book with more and more reluctance. Therefore, it receives a very conflicted 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4, for consistency). It's worth a look, just for the interesting perspective, but I don't absolutely love it.

Pages: 448

The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Book two of the Inheritance Trilogy begins with a new set of characters and focuses on the aftermath of the complete shift in power that ended Book One.  The primary god of book one, 'Bright Itempas', god of order, ruler of sunlight arrogant and self-righteous, had, at the end of that volume, been reduced to mortal status and sent to serve penance among mortals.  Book two is narrated by Oree, a young blind woman who makes a living selling artwork in the capital.  She encounters Itempas in his reduced mortal form, and allows him to share her home.  Oree is well acquainted with the lesser godlings who now roam the capital, and is the former lover of  one of the chief male godlings, Madding.  One day she discovers a female godling who has been murdered - which is unthinkable, because only one substance can kill a god or godling.  That substance is the blood of the child of a the union between a god and a human.  Only a very few such beings exist, and much of the story revolves around figuring out who is plotting to destroy the gods and godlings using this new weapon. At least 'Bright Itempas' begins the process of maturing and becoming less self absorbed, for he is sentenced to serve his penance until he can show that he can truly care for others.  Book two has further developed the story of this world that Jemisin has created, but from a very different viewpoint.   She has described this world very vividly.   I'm partway through the third book, and eager to see if she can pull all the different themes together.  381 pages

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K.Jemisin

This is the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy, a truly unusual fantasy trilogy.  Jemisin introduces us to a world in which gods and mortals regularly meet and converse (and more), and engage in plots one against the other.  In this first book we follow a young woman, Yeine, a member of the ruling dynasty who has grown up in exile because her mother, the heir, married a lesser noble.  She is summarily summoned to the capital, to participate in the ceremony to transfer power to the next ruler.  Once she arrives, she starts unraveling the full implications of the rivalry among family factions, and also engages with several of the gods and godlings who also live in the capital, imprisoned there after a great war among the gods and now subject to the whim of the ruling family.  Jemisin has created some engaging characters and unexpected plot twists.  At the end of the first book, Yeine has survived the ceremony but has been transformed, leaving a great opening to pull us into the second volume.  386 pages

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"The Game Changer" by Kay Simone

This is the second Kay Simone book that I have read, and although it felt very different from the first ("The Company We Keep," which was great), I really enjoyed it.  Malcolm Rodgers is a professional quarterback who's having a very bad week.  First, he's injured in a game that will require him to undergo weeks of intensive physical therapy causing him to miss at least six games in the season.  Second, his fiancee calls off their wedding and breaks up with him for reasons he can't quite comprehend.  Malcolm ends up spending most of his time with Vance Coberly, his team's head physical therapist, just trying to get his leg back in shape as fast as he can. Although different in the way they approach life, the two men become friends.  However, when the seemingly straight Malcolm kisses the out-and-proud Vance, the two will never be the same.

This novel was about a lot of things: self-discovery, family obligations, friendship, homophobia, professional football, and love.  The author takes time to flesh out the two main characters, why they are the way they are, their fears, and their faults, which doesn't always happen in character driven novels.  This was another winner from Simone that had me hooked from beginning to end.  403 pages (Kindle edition).

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Frost Like Night (Snow Like Ashes, #3)Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The ending is so fantastic and satisfying that my initial impulse was to give this book a 5. Wow. That's the way to successfully wrap up a fantasy trilogy.

I have settled at a 4, just because there were some things in the first half that weren't quite as smooth for me. Overall, this is an excellent YA fantasy series, set in a fascinating and creative world, with plenty of dark magic to suit my dark side, and enough hope to please my often hidden light side.

It's a definite win, and I confess part of my confusion at the start might have been due to the gap of time from when I read the first two books. If you have time for a reread, I think that would be ideal. If not, definitely read a good summary or synopsis of the first two books before diving in, because it's a complex world with a lot of characters.

Pages: 496

Friday, October 14, 2016

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies (Pottermore Presents, #1)Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection dug deeper on some of my favorite characters, including Minerva and Remus. Again, if you're a Potterhead, this is for you.

Pages: 68

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

Summary: "As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear." - The official script of the original West End production.

Oh.My.Word. I was blown away by this play and all the places that J.K. Rowling went with it. I cried, I laughed, and I yelled. It gave me all the feels. I wish I could see it in person - maybe one day! 

I was pleasantly surprised by the Malfoys in this play, and I truly loved Scorpius as a character. He is simply the best. 

327 pages

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay. It's about monsters, so that's awesome. The world itself is fascinating, though the world building at times is a bit forced. I like it better when I learn a bit as I go, rather than having the backstory forced on me, which is how I felt at the start of the novel.

However, I have to say things smoothed out for me after a few chapters, and I really got into this. The characters were interesting. Even though I don't feel like a whole lot actually happens in the start of the book, the ending kicked things up a notch. I'm hopefully that this is a great starting point for an interesting series, and the next book just blows my socks off.

There were a few things that seemed a bit inconvenient, and it initially seemed to be leaning hard towards romance over fantasy. However, by the end, I would say the fantasy factor was very high, and the romance factor was extremely low. I can't decide how I feel about that, because I love fantasy. That makes me wish more time had been thrown into the issues of the world, rather than the two main characters and the will-they-or-won't-they-be-a-thing conundrum.

Despite how wordy this review is, I really did enjoy this story and world, and when book 2 comes out, I will definitely read it. I am hoping book 2 embraces the monsters even more, because when you have a world that dark and vicious, I just want the writing to be a bit darker and . . . bloodier? More painful? Messier? I wanted some additional ugly oomph, I guess, if that makes any sense, which it probably doesn't.

Pages: 464

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Martian by Andy Weir

Confession: I watched the movie before I read the book. 

Therefore, I pictured many of the characters as they were depicted and portrayed in the movie. Luckily, they matched up pretty easily! Also, the movie sets/scenes allowed my brain to concentrate on the technical details of the novel, rather than trying to imagine images of Mars all on my own. 

I particularly loved Mark's voice, spirit, determination and humor. It was also oddly inspiring, as if Mark can figure out how to survive on Mars, then I can certainly get a few simple things done here on Earth!

Conclusion: I loved this book!

369 pages

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Places No One KnowsPlaces No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an emotional read with a magical realism thing happening that is quite fascinating.

I personally wanted to shake the MC a few times for treating her dream world as being completely separate from her real world, but then I guess if I started dreaming myself into places I knew I wasn't supposed to be, I might be a bit confused and overwhelmed too.

Pages: 384

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Kids of AppetiteKids of Appetite by David Arnold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed both the diversity in this story and the excellent writing. It's easier to understand than Mosquitoland (his previous novel), which sounds like a positive, and in some ways, it was a positive. Just not in all the ways.

There were a few gimmicks that didn't pan out so well when listening to the audiobook, including the repetition of the same sentences 100 times. That was pure agony to a listener, despite how well the reader tried to vary the sentence in both volume and emotion, but if you were reading instead, you would just flip the page and not read that sentence 100 times, which would be less torturous.

I understand that it was a writing risk and was intended to make a point and impact emotions, which it actually did. Visually, I am sure those pages were fascinating, but the point grew old somewhere around the 11th time the reader repeated the sentence on the audiobook. I had to fast forward by 37 or go insane.

Still, that's a very minor complaint. Overall, it's an interesting story. It's a mystery but not at all intense, despite the dramatic setup. The suspense level leans more towards a curious vibe, rather than the deep psychological worry/fear that some stories will inflict upon you. I thought the way the story panned out was pretty obvious, but I still enjoyed the different characters and the way their stories overlapped.

It alternates some between present to past which is done in a way that is interesting enough not to make you feel like the whole book is backstory, which is kind of impressive as basically the whole book is backstory. I think this would appeal to reluctant readers and teens in difficult home situations, as most of the teens in this story came together out of challenging situations.

Pages: 352

Monday, October 10, 2016

"Fish Stick Fridays" by Rhys Ford

Opposites attract in this romantic suspense novel about a biker dude trying to do right by his eight-year-old niece and a wealthy bookstore owner in small town California.  Deacon Reid is trying to raise his dead sister's foul mouthed daughter away from the chaos they were both born into.  He buys a garage in Half Moon Bay and rents a house from Lang Harris, who owns a bookstore just down the street.  They both feel attraction when they meet but are wary of getting too close to each other due to mistrust in past relationships.  Then things blow up, people get shot, and craziness ensues.  But who is the target?  Unusual characters and a whodunit make this an above average read, but the little girl cussed so much that it was a distraction for me.  204 pages (Kindle edition).

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists (Pottermore Presents, #2)Short Stories from Hogwarts of Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are a Potterhead, you will obviously want to read this and will probably enjoy the tidbits and insights. If you are not a Potterhead, then you are not the intended audience.

Pages: 63

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Felton and Fowler's Best, Worst and Most Unusual by Bruce Felton and Mark Fowler

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

A collection of blunders, oddities, and curiosities.

Audio:  10 hours, 43 min.
Print:  302 pages

Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay by Reed Farrel Coleman

(Posted for Paul Mathews)

He's been killing for two decades and loves what he does; Jesse Stone and others are in danger.

352 pages

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is was good as everyone said that it was. It illustrates that much of what we believe is reality is based on perception. The book builds to a thrilling crescendo. The only downside is that I did not find all of the characters believable.

336 pages.

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