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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Dream of You (Wait for You, #4.5; 1001 Dark Nights, #21)Dream of You by J. Lynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't get to read this novella when I read the "Wait for You" series earlier this year. This was just a nice little short edition to the series. It would have been better if I read it closer to the others since they do come up a little. I don't remember much about the people they where talking about.

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131 Pages

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

House by Frank E. Peretti and Ted Dekker

 House (Books of History Chronicles)
by Frank E. Peretti and Ted Dekker
Pages: 368
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Two writers of supernatural thrillers with a Christian viewpoint join forces for this haunting story of the darkness inside all of us.

Two couples are stranded on a back-roads highway in the middle of the woods in rural Alabama. Separately, each couple arrives at the only shelter for miles. An unassuming house in the middle of nowhere inhabited by an elderly couple and their adult son. Unfortunately, the family does not have a phone to call for help and their is no cell reception. They all sit down to supper together when they are locked inside the house a psychotic killer. He loves to play games and this one will be over at dawn.

This story had it's scary moments, a few moments of the characters personal discovery and some internal soul-searching, but I think it could have been something more. Each of the four main characters has some trauma from their past to face as well as mistakes and sins to own up too. But there just isn't enough time given for the characters to face both their psychological demons and spiritual demons as well as the physical ones that are the eminent threat in the house. The ending felt rushed to me and as a fan of both writers previous works, it was a disappointment. 

My friends who enjoy really creepy traditional horror wouldn't like the psychological and spiritual components of this book and it is not religious enough for my friends who only read Christian fiction to enjoy.
Wallbanger (Cocktail, #1)Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book started out very funny and had me interested in what was going to happen. However, as the book went on I started to lose interest a little. Than towards the end I got a little more interested. I have not decided if I will move on to book two yet or not.

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384 Pages

Monday, June 11, 2018

Mary and O'Neil: A Novel in Stories by Justin Cronin

Mary and O'Neil: A Novel in Stories by Justin Cronin

Justin Cronin's debut novel focuses on O'Neil Burke and Mary Olson, tracing their experiences through early adulthood and marriage. Told in short stories, the reader is given a glimpse into the lives of Mary and O'Neil both separately and as a couple, as well as the lives of O'Neil's parents before their untimely deaths and that of his sister, Kay, who is struggling with illness.

243 pages.
Rumor Has It (Animal Magnetism, #4)Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Griffin Reid comes homes to recovery from his war injury, he realizes that he has feelings for his sisters friend. They both have been hiding how they have felt about each other for years. Kate has been putting off her own life because of her younger siblings.

I enjoyed this but not as much as the first 3 books. It just didn't have much in there to keep me wanting more.

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281 Pages

Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

The House of Night series by bestselling authors P.C Cast and Kristin Cast is set in a world very much like our own, except in 16-year-old Zoey Redbird's world, vampyres have always existed. In this first book in the series, Zoey enters the House of Night, a school where, after having undergone the Change, she will train to become an adult vampire--that is, if she makes it through the Change. Not all of those who are chosen do. It's tough to begin a new life, away from her parents and friends, and on top of that, Zoey finds she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess, Nyx. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite club, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny--with a little help from her new vampyre friends.

There is a lot to like in this book.  The characters are believable, and I like the overall premise.  I especially appreciated the Native American elements throughout.  My issues lie with the writing.  For example, about half-way through, I wanted to pause to write a letter to the author just to let them know that there are other words out there besides "said".  Also, the stakes just didn't feel high enough.  The mean, popular girl is - wait for it - abusing her power.  Shocker, I know.

I did enjoy it enough to give the series another go in book two, but I'm not holding my breath.


306 pages

Friday, June 8, 2018

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

Vignettes provided by Campbell and booksellers around the world about strange conversations they've had or overheard in their bookshop over the years.

208 pages.

Tandem (Many-Worlds, #1)Tandem by Anna Jarzab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sasha lives with her grandfather after her parents death. She grew up hearing stories about a parallel world. She would have dreams that she was in a different place. Grant/Thomas takes Sasha to the parallel world to help them with a issue, she has to become the alternate version of herself.

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428 Pages

  Tether (Many-Worlds, #2)Tether by Anna Jarzab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am very disappointed with the way that this one needed since she didn't move onto the 3rd book. It left you hanging wanting to know what would happen in the next world. Maybe she will still some day finish.

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320 Pages

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

 Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops
by Jen Campbell
Pages: 268
Stars: 5 out of 5 stars

Jen Campbell has worked for many years in Bookshops in England. She started a blog about weird things customers say and now many of them have been collected here for your entertainment and enlightenment. For this American edition she also requested and then included quotes from book stores in America and Canada.

I have never worked in a bookstore but the questions I received at the public library weren't that different. Have fun!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ella Ewing: The Missouri Giantess by Jason Offutt

Ella Ewing: The Missouri Giantess by Jason Offutt

Part of the Notable Missourians series aimed at young readers, Ella Ewing: The Missouri Giantess details the life of Ella Ewing, a woman born in La Grange, Missouri in 1872. By the time she was in her 20s, Ella had reached 8'4". She would go on to travel the nation with the circus, including Barnum & Bailey and the Ringling Brothers, as well as Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. But no matter where her travels took her, Ella always called Missouri home.

48 pages.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they're worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

First of all - holy beautiful cover art, Batman!  :)

This is an odd review for me.  I enjoyed both characters, and I was interested in what happened to them.  The issue is that I just didn't feel really engrossed or invested in what was going on.  I kept waiting to feel the action - to react with the characters.  It just didn't happen.  Was this a good book?  Yep.  I finished it in a couple of days and would recommend it to those who enjoy this kind of thing.  It just didn't grip me in any meaningful way. 


384 pages

Everneath (Everneath, #1)Everneath by Brodi Ashton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nikki gets sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath and she is given six months before the Everneath comes to claim her. Six months for good-byes, redemption and figure out what happened to her. She was able to survive the underworld thinking about her boyfriend Jack.

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370 Pages

Everbound (Everneath, #2)Everbound by Brodi Ashton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nikki and Cole work their way down to the underworld to help bring Jack back out. Nikki turns to Cole because she doesn't know anyone that can help besides him. Nikki doesn't give up until she finds Jack and saves him. Cole has his own plans for why he helped her find Jack.

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358 Pages Evertrue (Everneath, #3)Evertrue by Brodi Ashton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the final book, but towards the middle I wish the story would have picked up pace a little. I felt like it started to take a little longer to get to the point in the middle. The ending left me thinking that they should have keep going with the series or explained the ending a little better. It just left me asking well what happened.

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336 Pages

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lady Be Good by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lady Emma Wells-Finch, the headmistress of St. Gertrude's School for Girls in England, has arrived in Wynette, Texas with a mission: She's determined to rid herself of her spotless reputation in order to save everything she holds dear. Kenny Traveler, by all accounts the laziest pro golfer the world has ever seen, is equally determined Emma will arrive back home with her reputation intact. After all, the only reason he isn't at the Master's is because he has to restore his reputation. Emma is set on causing a scandal, but Kenny is ready to do everything in his power to stop her.

384 pages.

The New World by Patrick Ness

The New World by Patrick Ness

Readers are introduced to Viola Eade, a young girl whose family has been chosen to lead their society to a new world. Emotional and heartbreaking, The New World explores what happens to Viola shortly before the beginning of The Knife of Never Letting Go, and will leave the reader wanting to know what's next for Viola. 

Prequel to the Chaos Walking trilogy. 25 pages.

On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni

On Two Feet and WingsOn Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an interesting true story about a 9-year old who fled from Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war. The writing isn't brilliant, but the story has its own kind of value.

Book 217 read in 2018

Pages: 256

Until Jax (Until Him, #1)Until Jax by Aurora Rose Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jax decides to take in Ellie and her daughter to make sure that they are kept safe. All that is left of Ellie's family is her mother, and she is the one that got her in trouble and needed Jax to keep her safe. Jax decides right away that she is the one for him and he needs to work on proving that to her. Also needs to make sure that she is safe and the people that took her can't find her again.

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242 Pages

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

More NAMES!!! (Cold Fury Hockey Series)

Ryker (Cold Fury Hockey, #4)Ryker by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Single dad stories. They always get me in the feels.

Book 210 read in 2018

Pages: 269

Hawke (Cold Fury Hockey, #5)Hawke by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First love gets a second chance. Love this trope.

However, I personally, under no circumstances, would ever want another chance with my first love, I appreciate that some people do and could have probably made it work if they had just had about 5 or 10 more years of life and relationship experience under their belt when they had met that person.

Book 211 read in 2018

Pages: 275

Max (Cold Fury Hockey, #6)Max by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story is probably the sweetest thing since cotton candy, and since we're all aware that my dark twisty heart loves a bit of contrast, I especially enjoyed this one. Also, more kids, which add an interesting element to the story and relationship.

Book 212 read in 2018

Pages: 306

Roman (Cold Fury Hockey, #7)Roman by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh Roman, by far one of my favorites, just for your wild and brash ways. It's a nice contrast of incorrigible bad boy and quirky, ukulele playing gal. Also, this story is actually a double romance and tracks two couples.

Book 213 read in 2018

Pages: 242

Lucas (Cold Fury Hockey, #8)Lucas by Sawyer Bennett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one starts with a slam bang intro and is full of delicious angst.

Book 214 read in 2018

Pages: 244

Van (Cold Fury Hockey, #9)Van by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one is amusing on so many levels. It's wild and shiny, but also a bit rough and twisty. I appreciated the contrast to some of the other stories.

Book 215 read in 2018

Pages: 224

Reed (Cold Fury Hockey, #10)Reed by Sawyer Bennett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is absolutely cute. Friends to lovers trope, which is fun.

Book 216 read in 2018

Pages: 189

Noah (5th Street, #1)Noah by Elizabeth Reyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Veronica decides to join a gym because she has put on some weight after all the stress she has been dealing with. She meets Noah who is 9 years younger than her and will be her trainer. She joins with her friend, but than she starts having issues so Veronica keeps going by herself. Noah and her become friends and she offers him a room since he really doesn't have a place to leave. Than they start falling for each other but she needs to decide if she can't get past the age gap they have.

I enjoyed this book, but I just felt like the drag out most of the story and could have made it better by not dragging it out so long.

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352 Pages

The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel

West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. Mysterious lights are seen moving across the sky. Domestic animals are found slaughtered and mutilated. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

It was fun to read, but I got more UFO than Mothman sightings discussed in the book and Keel tends to ramble quite often and doesn't draw clear conclusions on what was actually going on in the town.   

Rating: 3/5

Pages: 272
My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so funny book. It was a very amusing and romantic set in historical setting. It was a nice little twist to a normal romance book. The second book will be coming out later this month. I will have to check that one out as well.

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491 Pages

Monday, June 4, 2018

Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review

 Cancel Your Own Goddam Subscription: Notes and Asides from National Review
by William F. Buckley, Jr.
Rating:3 out of 5 stars

After having worked at a couple of small newspapers in mid-Missouri and having dealt with publication renewals for a couple of libraries on the other side of the phone line, this title intrigued me. Conservative writer and public figure, William F. Buckley Jr., kept a file of what he considered the most interesting letters to the editor from the National Review. As the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief he had access to all of these letters. Here is his collection of these letters often with his reply. Sometimes funny, sometimes biting and rarely politically correct, this is a brief window into the 1970s and 1980 news and politics. With letters from Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Auberon Waugh, John Kenneth Galbraith and Arthur Schlesinger Jr. 

How to Stop Time

How to Stop Time
by Matt Haig
Pages: 325
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Tom Hazard learns as a teen that he is different. His mother dies because of his secret. He is a man lost in time. Though he looks like an ordinary 41-year-old he is really, much, much older. He has a rare condition that causes him to age incredibly slowly and boosts his immune system to fight off disease. He has fell in love once and still mourns her loss. He has meet Shakespeare, Captain Cook and F. Scott Fitzgerald but what he really wants is to be ordinary. To be able to enjoy ordinary things, have friends and connect with other people without endangering them.

But the Albatross Society tracks down everyone with Tom's condition and enforces strict rules of behavior including rule number one -- don't fall in love. Can Tom actual form a friendship and maybe even fall in love again or will he be forever stuck in the past with the leader of the Albatross Society?