Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (70) - The Boys Are Back In Town!!!!

"Waiting on" Wednesday" is weekly meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming anticipated releases.

"Guess who just got back today.....those wild eyed boys who'd been away..."

OK, so technically Cassius and I didn't go anywhere, but we are taking over the blog again and sharing a couple of books we know Mom's waiting for...or actually that WE told her to put on her TBR.

March 7, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: When Cody, a troubled fourteen-year-old, witnesses a murder, she tells no one. But it begins a spiral for her from which she cannot escape. Her worried mother Skye thinks a change of scene is just what her introverted, withdrawn daughter needs and since her dream has always been to own an inn, she jumps at the chance to buy a dilapidated bed & breakfast in the Berkshires. But being an innkeeper is harder than it seems and Cody still seems to fall in with the wrong crowd. When Adam March arrives as the inn’s only guest, he is accompanied by his rescued pit bull, Chance, a dog who has saved Adam in more ways than one. Cody and Chance begin a wary bond and soon, Adam finds another rescue who needs the kind of attention he gave Chance years ago. With Adam and Skye beginning a tentative relationship and Chance showing Cody how to trust again, this new-found family seems to be on the brink of second chances. But soon, a murderer is closing in—someone hiding in plain sight, and threatening everything and everyone—even Cody’s life.

WHY BOOKER T IS WAITING:  Isn't that cover really pretty (I hear Mom say things like that all the time).  I love how the dogs are just looking out over the lake.  Looks like a place Cassius and I would like to visit.  I also sniffed around Mom's shelves and she has a couple of other dog related books by this author so she must like her.

December 6, 2016

When a rash of college students falls seriously ill after ingesting Molly, a “club drug” also known as ecstasy, Officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner Brigit are tasked with tracking down the dealers. Going undercover at the university leads Megan closer and closer to infiltrating the drug trafficking ring. But when the investigation implicates her former partner and workplace nemesis, Officer Derek Mackey, Megan’s powers of discernment are put to the test.
Thwarted when the Feds seize control of the investigation and frustrated by the lack of attention the DEA is putting into the case, Megan continues her own unofficial investigation with Brigit’s help. But when the trail leads them in an unexpected and dangerous direction, Megan and Brigit find their own lives at risk. Can the K-9 team take down those in power? Or are some criminals simply above the law—and paw?
Above the Paw is the fifth book in Diane Kelly's series featuring Fort Worth Police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 dog partner Brigit.

WHY CASSIUS IS WAITING:  Booker T told me to.  (But I secretly know Mom LOVED the first one in this series and owns all 4 of the previous one - sticking my tongue out at Booker T!!!!!)

Monday, August 22, 2016

TTT - 10 Books That Have Been On My TBR Since Before I Started Blogging

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading.  This week I am showing you some books that have been on my TBR since before I started blogging ( which was roughly 2 years ago).  This really shouldn't be too hard - how sad!

Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports #1) - Cherie Priest

The Urban Fantasy Anthology

Blood Feud (The Saga of Pandora Zwieback #1) - Steven A. Roman

 Damned (Damned #1)

Roam - (Alan Lazar)

Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death #1) - Bethany Griffin

Black Howl (Black Wings #3) - Christina Henry

Hollyweird - Terri Clark

I Thought You Were Dead - Pete Nelson

My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie #1) - Diana Rowland

So have you read any of these?  What made your list this week?  Thanks for stopping by!

Team Gabriel All The Way!! (Betrayals Review)

TITLE: Betrayals (Cainsville #4)
AUTHOR: Kelley Armstrong
PUBLISHING DATE: August 9, 2016

FROM GOODREADS: When Olivia's life exploded--after she found out she was not the adopted child of a privileged Chicago family but of a notorious pair of convicted serial killers--she found a refuge in the secluded but oddly welcoming town of Cainsville, Illinois. Working with Gabriel Walsh, a fiendishly successful criminal lawyer with links to the town, she discovered the truth about her parents' crimes in an investigation that also revealed the darker forces at work in the place that had offered her a haven. As if that wasn't enough, she also found out that she, Gabriel and her biker boyfriend Ricky were not caught in an ordinary sort of love triangle, but were hereditary actors in an ancient drama in which the elders of Cainsville and the mysterious Huntsmen who opposed them had a huge stake.

Now someone is killing street kids in the city, and the police have tied Ricky to the crimes. Setting out with Gabriel's help to clear Ricky's name, Olivia once again finds her own life at risk. Soon the three are tangled in a web of betrayals that threatens their uneasy equilibrium and is pushing them toward a hard choice: either they fulfill their destinies by trusting each other and staying true to their real bonds, or they succumb to the extraordinary forces trying to win an eternal war by tearing them apart.

I literally couldn't get enough of this book over the weekend and now I'm so bummed that it's finished. I can honestly say I have never disliked a Kelley Armstrong book. Of course I've never read her YA stuff, and I haven't started "The City of the Lost" and hey, I also need to pick up the Nadia Stafford series (oh my gosh, how does this woman write so much?????), but I am current on the Cainsville series and I've read all of the Women of the Otherworld series so that's saying something.

Once again Armstrong grabbed hold of me and pulled me into the Cainsville world. Lamiae are turning up dead in the city of Chicago and once Olivia's beau Ricky is implicated in the mess somehow, she, along with him and Gabriel, set out to find out what is going on. In my opinion, this book introduces us to the supernatural elements of the story more than its predecessors. There is a lot of Fae folklore to explore in "Betrayals" and we learn more about The Hunt and the Hounds (thus the awesome dog on the front). All the main characters also learn more about their destinies in this mixed up fae world.

I love love love the characters in this book. And even though this book features a love triangle which usually annoys the heck out of me, Armstrong does it SOOOOO well. The relationships between Ricky, Gabriel and Olivia only continue to evolve and because there is so much folklore and history embedded in the triangle, it really makes so much since that it exists.

I don't want to give too much away because you really need to read the first three books in order to have an understanding of this one. And by the way, if you haven't already started this series, why not????? Even though I like Ricky, I LOVE Gabriel and after reading this am all the more convinced that Gabriel and Olivia belong together. However, I guess like everyone else I'm going to have to wait a long, painful year to find out what eventually happens.

If you love Anne Bishop's Others series, I think picking this one up is a no-brainer. And Kelly, if you ever see this review by chance, can I just say TEAM GABRIEL please!!!!!



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Not Who I Want For Neighbors (review)

TITLE: The Couple Next Door
AUTHOR: Shari Lapena
PUBLISHER: Pamela Dorman Books
PUBLISHING DATE: August 23, 2016

FROM GOODREADS: How well do you know the couple next door? Or your husband? Or even—yourself?  

People are capable of almost anything. . . 
Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all—a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

Inside the curtained house, an unsettling account of what actually happened unfolds. Detective Rasbach knows that the panicked couple is hiding something. Both Anne and Marco  soon discover that the other is keeping secrets, secrets they've kept for years.

What follows is the nerve-racking unraveling of a family—a chilling tale of  deception, duplicity, and unfaithfulness that will keep you breathless until the final shocking twist.

MY THOUGHTS:  Wow, I almost don't know how to review this book because I have some mixed emotions going on but I'm going to give it a go. "The Couple Next Door" starts with the disappearance of Anne and Marco's infant daughter Cora one night while they are at a next door neighbors' dinner party. They have left the child alone because the babysitter canceled, thinking it was OK as long as they had the baby monitor with them and as long as they checked on her every half hour. When they return home after 1am, they are shocked to find Cora missing and very few clues about what happened to her. The remainder of the story is a mix between trying to get Cora back and what happened that led to her loss in the first place.

I will say one of the positive things about this book is its fast pace. Big events immediately start happening in the book and overall, it is a decent enough read. I am sure many people will enjoy it because it is full of action as well as lots of twists and turns. However, I found those twists to be too predictable. In fact, I can't think of anything in this book that didn't play out the way I had anticipated. I was never surprised at anything that happened. Also, I never really GREW ATTACHED to any of the characters. Strike that, I just pretty much didn't LIKE any of the characters. I didn't even get the chance to really like Cora because you don't even get to meet her before she disappears. Also, there is something about the author's writing style that irks me, and I can't quite pinpoint what it is. It may be related to a lot of the book being told in first person and present time and that it was done in a confusing manner. PLUS, for some reason, when the book had wrapped up, the author had to go and throw ANOTHER twist at the end which I felt was pretty much uncalled for because for me, the book had already ended. Of course, following this twist the book finally does end abruptly which left me with a "WTF" look on my face.

Like I mentioned, I'm sure lots of people will enjoy "The Couple Next Door." It's a decent enough read but I don't feel I would have missed much had I passed on it. If you love thrillers and wait for it......if you liked "Gone Girl" then you might want to give this one a go. I think it's pretty much getting mixed reviews so you will just have to decide for yourself.

I received an ARC of this book from the Penguin First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rat Queens Vol. 3 - Where Did The Tentacles Go?

TITLE: Rat Queens Vol. 3: Demons
AUTHOR: Kurtis J. Wiebe, Tamra Bonvillain, Tess Fowler
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PUBLISHING DATE: April 13, 2016

FROM GOODREADS: Having survived the end of the world, the Queens follow Hannah back to where it all began: Mage University. A long perilous journey awaits the Rat Queens as they attempt to find out what happened to Hannah's father while battling their own demons. 

MY THOUGHTS: This volume was quite different than the first two mainly because it has new illustrators. I have to admit I really enjoy the artwork more as it just seems to suit the girls and they style better. This volume follows Hannah back to her school days at Mage University and we learn more about her past and why she is who she is today. I can't say that Hannah is my favorite Queen - that title goes to Betty, but there is enough of the other girls and some additional happenings which made for an interesting read. I will admit this was probably actually closer to a 3 paw read, but there is the cutest scene between Betty and an Ice Dragon that in my opinion, totally stole the show and highly influenced my rating. I look forward to the next installment and if you are a fan of the series, you must read this one as well!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (77)

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews.  Clicking on the book should take you to the Goodreads page. 

I had some time this week to visit my not-so-local library (who am I kidding, it's still only about 5 miles away) and grabbed a few things.  It's a nice library, just not as big as my "home" one.  Since I can renew on line and return the things checked out to my "home" library (go figure), I visit it about once every 2 months. Here's what I managed to grab.  I love the cover for  "The 13th Sign" and even though I have a digital ARC of "Las Call...." I wanted to read the trade paperback when I saw it.

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge The 13th Sign Night of the Animals

Then I think I hit the ARC jackpot this week.  Some approvals have came in that lingered so long I almost forgot about them and then I actually got approved for a few titles I had featured on my Waiting on Wednesday feature so all in all, I'm a happy camper (although I don't camp).

The Dog Ray The Apothecary's Curse Chasing Embers Stranded
The Family Plot The Rahtrum Chronicles The Carver Dead Dancing Women

And then I received the following from the Penguin First to Read Program:

See, told you I hit the jackpot!  So what did you guys add this week?  Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

Weekly Reads (08/19/16)

This week has been a doozy!  There has been some extended family drama going on since Sunday and the husband and I are almost done with it all!  I won't say too much because I believe the nightmare may be wrapping up and I don't want to jinx anything.

It's still been pretty hot here, but we did have a shower or two, and one brief downpour for which I am grateful.  I feel so badly for the people in Louisiana with all the flooding and California with all the fires so my best wishes go out to all of them.

We managed to binge watch a new show on Netflix over Monday and Tuesday which was good as it took our minds off a lot of things.  It's called The Get Down and if anyone likes 70's/80's shows that feature time period music and drama, you might find it a decent watch.  It's supposedly about the early days of hip hop but I found it to be more of a tale of kids trying to grow up in New York City during that period.  We also watched "The Thirst" and an old horror film, "Bat Out Of Hell."  The first one was decent and the second one was at least entertaining although I laughed when the 4 feet tall bat appeared.

I hope to cram some good reading time in this week. I actually got a lot read last week amidst everything else.  Here's what's up next on the TBR pile:

Betrayals Dark Matter pic name pic name

So what are you all planning for the upcoming week? Stop in tomorrow to see what books I've hauled!