Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weekly Reads (07/21/17)


So it's been an extremely hot week here at The Farm.  Seriously hot! Like bring on Fall hot.  At least it was cooler Saturday before Hades set in and it was a nice evening to have a cookout and a surprise cake for Grandpa.  Some extended family members showed up at his house, Mr. Barb grilled, everyone had a really nice time and Grandpa had a lot of fun.

We haven't really found many movies to watch so luckily some of our summer series have started back up.  Both Game of Thrones and The Strain started last Sunday and I am thrilled to be watching both of them again.  If you haven't checked out The Strain, I definitely recommend it and heck, everyone's heard about Game of Thrones.

This weekend I'm planning on trying to stay cool and keep the pups comfortable.  Mr. Barb has been able to walk the the past two morning before going to work so it's not been too bad on them but there have been a couple of run-ins with a loose pitbull roaming the neighborhood.  Don't get me wrong - I'm not anti pitbull and would actually love to have one some day.  I think it's all about the owner's and how they are raised.  However, this one had broke his leash and was running around the hood and literally charged at my dogs before Mr. Barb ushered them all back in the door.  I won't tolerate any animal risking the safety of mine - pitbull or chihuahua.  The Humane Society wasn't really concerned since no one was bitten (sad, but true) and luckily before I raised too much hell someone came driving through the neighborhood looking for it.  I'm keeping my eye out though.

Here's what up next on the reading stack.  Hopefully I can make some good progress.  I really went overboard with library books this week (which you'll see in my haul tomorrow) so I need to knock some of these out of the way.  Looks like I will be having a very supernatural reading week!


So what are your plans this week?  Been doing anything fun?  Hope all our readers are staying cool and safe!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Two Bloggers One Book - Lost Boy by Christina Henry


So today we're taking a look at a book Stormi and I both read a few weeks ago -  "Lost Boy" by Christina Henry.  I know we both enjoyed this book a lot and I can't wait for all our readers to see why.  I know Stormi and I chatted quite a bit back and forth with this one and to be honest, I'm still trying to come up with new and innovative ways to kill Peter.  So after you read my review, hop on over and check out Stormi's thoughts at Books Movies Reviews, Oh My!

As an added bonus, the publisher has agreed to give away one copy of "Lost Boy" (sorry, US only) so if your interested, make sure to let us know in comments and leave us a way to contact you.  A winner will be randomly chosen on July27th.

TITLE: Lost Boy
AUTHOR: Christina Henry
PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
PUBLISHING DATE: July 4, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.


MY THOUGHTS:  A long time ago I started Christina Henry's Black Wings series so I knew I already enjoyed her writing. In fact, I should probably pick those books back up soon. I also own her Alice duology. However, none of this prepared me for how much I would love "Lost Boy."

As anyone would imagine from the title and cover, this is a sort of Peter Pan retelling. I've never read the original story, and on the whole, never cared much for Peter Pan, but I was drawn to the idea of a dark imagining of the tale - one where the reader might find out who the actual bad guy of the story is - Peter or Jamie (who eventually becomes Captain Hook). Peter and his lost boys inhabit the tropical island and Jamie, whom he rescued from abuse as a young lad, has been his best and longest companion. The boys on the island don't always live long lives despite never growing up so Peter ends up adding to the group on a pretty regular basis. He eventually brings a 5 year-old Charlie to the island and that's where the problems start. Charlie is very young and is not the playmate Peter expected. Jamie takes Charlie under his wing and protects him, as he does many of the boys and Peter's jealous side starts to show more and more. He doesn't want anyone else to have Jamie's attention and the reader soon discovers he'll do whatever it takes to keep Jamie to himself.

This book has a little of everything one comes to expect from a Peter Pan tale. There are giant spiders, pirates, fairies, crocodiles and mermaids. Although I've seen some people feel the tale started out slowly, it immediately swept me in and was just the dark tale my soul was craving. Henry creates deep and complex characters and her imagination takes Neverland to a whole new level. I've always been taken by Captain Hook and this book solidifies him as one of my favorite heroes - and yes, I mean hero (not villain).

If you love dark tales and especially if you've never been a huge fan or Peter, definitely consider picking up "Lost Boy" and losing yourself in her tale. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


RATING: 5 PAWS
  

Cover Reveal - Monsters & Angels


Monsters & Angels
Anne Marie Andrus
Publication date: October 2017
Genres: Historical, New Adult,Paranormal, Romance
Fledgling nurse Sorcha Alden knew she had the skills to save lives, but she never dreamed that her own life would be the one in danger.
Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha embarks on a journey that takes her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York, through the sultry and seductive city of New Orleans, and into the brutal jungles of Nepal. Forging friendships and carrying on her mother’s mission of healing was her dream. Plunging into a love affair with the mysterious Dr. Ashayle could have been a fairytale.
Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster—became her living nightmare.
Torn away form a life that had just begun, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire, forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of devilry and decadence. Complicated politics, bitter rivals and jealous ancestors stand between her and the promises she’s still determined to keep.
In a realm where the boundary between good and evil is as murky as the Mississippi River and immortal does not mean invincible, will Sorcha ever risk her shattered heart and love again? Can the magical harmony of the Crescent City give her enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?


Author Bio:
Anne Marie has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, candy-striper, EMT, and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Miserables--which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.
The inspiration for Anne Marie's debut novel, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn't writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (115) - Another Creepy One

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.






FROM GOODREADS:
After hearing voices among an eerie copse of trees in the woods, seventeen-year-old Curtis must confront his worst fear: that he has inherited his father’s mental illness. A desperate search for answers leads him to discover Gravenhearst, a labyrinth mansion that burned down in 1894. When he locks eyes with a steely Victorian girl in a forgotten mirror, he’s sure she’s one of the fire’s victims. If he can unravel the mystery, he can save his sanity . . . and possibly the girl who haunts his dreams.

But more than 100 years in the past, the girl in the mirror is fighting her own battles. When her mother disappears and her sinister stepfather reveals his true intentions, Mila and her sister fight to escape Gravenhearst and unravel the house’s secrets—before it devours them both.


WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  Basically all I needed was to read the tagline on the cover - "The house won't stop until it's been fed."  That pretty much sealed the deal right then and there.

WHAT BOOK CAN'T YOU WAIT FOR THIS WEEK???


Binge Watching - Why You Have to Watch Riverdale!


Do you spend hours in front of the TV, maybe days?  Did you ever want to chat with other Binge Watchers or ask people for suggestions or maybe just review the season you watched.  Stormi from Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My! and Michelle from Because Reading had the perfect idea to create a bi-weekly meme to do just that. 

This week I'm sharing with you a TV series which Greg from Book Haven raved about and Stormi recently watched as well - Riverdale.


Riverdale is a teen drama which aired on the CW earlier this year.  It's based on the Archie comics but all I can say is this isn't the Archie comics I remember.  This Riverdale is much darker and more edgier.  When the season opens, there has been a murder in town of a very popular high school twin. The remainder of the season centers around the investigation and what happened with some very interesting side stories thrown in.  While somewhat creepy (in a tame way) the scariest thing to me about the show was the surviving twin.  I was pretty sure there might be an incest twist popping up somewhere the entire time I watched it.


I honestly can say the characters of Archie and Betty interested me the least, despite them being the main leads initially, but I LOVED LOVED LOVED Jughead, and was very taken with Veronica as well.

I never thought I would enjoy this show so much and all I know is now I can't wait for Season 2.  Riverdale is currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Well - A Really Good Horror Read

TITLE: The Well
AUTHOR: Marie Sexton
PUBLISHER: Self Published
PUBLISHING DATE: May 22, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a seance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he's willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.

But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He's nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he's determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie's ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all - how did she know the secret of the well?


MY THOUGHTS: 
It took me way to long to review this book even though I really loved it. Twenty years ago a popular high school student and 5 of her friends decide to spend the night in a supposedly haunted house. Although Cassie loves to play jokes and her cousin, Haven expects a night of twists and turns, things go horribly wrong and Cassie ends up dying. Haven has never really gotten over the death of his cousin and now, two of the twins that were originally there have a "ghost hunting" show and contact Haven because they want to go back to the scene of the crime. Haven used to have a secret crush on one of the twins, Pierce, so he agrees to go back home.

I really liked the way the book is told in dual timelines. The author makes it easy for the reader to understand what is going on now and what has happened in the past. As the take unravels, I really started connecting with Haven and really wanted him to find out once and for all what happened to his cousin and how it ties it to a mysterious well on the abandoned property. I also really enjoyed that Haven and Pierce's budding relationship wasn't "in your face" and instead complimented this tale of horror - not take it over.

This is a really good thriller/mystery. There is just enough horror for it to be considered a horror novel, but not a whole lot. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to give horror a try but doesn't want to go all out and gruesome. Also, it's a really fast paced read and did a wonderful job of getting me through a potential slump. I really glad I picked up "The Well" and hope more people give it a chance.


I received a copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: 4 PAWS
 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saga Vol. 6 - The Love Continues

TITLE: Saga Vol. 6
AUTHORS: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PUBLISHING DATE: July 5, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.


MY THOUGHTS:  The Saga series has cemented itself among one of my most favorite graphic novels of all time. In this volume, we see Marko and Alana searching for their daughter, who is being held in a sort of intergalactic prison camp. Haze, their little girl is now 5, attending school, and is wise beyond her years. The Lying Cat once again makes a small appearance and I hope we see more of him in the future. Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ghus and honestly hope this little seal man keeps on surviving. His courage in protecting the prince is this volume is so courageous. So basically, if you haven't picked up this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!!!!

RATING: 5 PAWS



AND FOR SOME EXTRA ADDED PLEASURE....


Meet Ghus.  Isn't he just the cutest thing ever????

Friday, July 14, 2017

Stacking the Shelves - 119/Sunday Post

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. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book ReviewerI'm hoping to discover some new blogs to love.

I ordered two books from Abe Books and they finally arrived this week.  I originally saw Shock Rock I over at Sci-Fi & Scary and when I went searching for it, found out it was no longer in print.  I also then discovered there was a Shock Rock II.  I was able to find both on Abe Books for less than $7.00 total (including shipping) so I took the plunge.  They are in decent shape and remind me of old-time pulp horror.  I hope to read both of these collections in October. (Also pictured is a new lawn ornament Mr. Barb bought me for our Pet Memorial Garden we have in our back yard - isn't he cute?)


Next up are some books I grabbed for my Kindle (aka - Paul Anka).  They were either cheap deals or free and since they are combined from the last 2 weeks, I'm not really sure which were which.  I know I paid full price for "A House at the Bottom of a Lake" because it was a reward for going 4 weeks without any soda.  "Black Widow" and "Thor and Peace" were daily deals at some point.  "A Beautiful Poison" was my Kindle First choice this month and "Thea" and "The End of Me" were free. Gee, I guess I do remember!



Finally I received a few books for review.  I've been looking forward to "Graveyard Shift" and "The Big Get-Even" and "Friend Request" sound like decent thrillers.


So what did you add to your shelves this week?  Have you read any of these?


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weekly Reads (07/14/17)


So it's always hard returning to work after vacation but overall, it's been a smooth transition back. Mr. Barb has to work this weekend (he works one a month) but he had two extra days off more than I did so it won't be too bad.  I plan on running errands, doing some cleaning and binge watching some TV while he is at work.  He still gets home by 4pm so that's not bad.

Thursday, July 13th was my Grandfather's 96th birthday.  I got to see him briefly when he was in town and will go and visit him Saturday morning.  My Uncle is on the barge in stormy Illinois/Wisconsin so he won't make it in but they celebrated before he left.  Going to take him a surprise birthday cake!

So we did mange to watch Kong: Skull Island before we went back to work.  I really liked it even though I had to cover my eyes during parts of the movie.  I'm such a  "kill all the humans you want but leave the animals alone" watcher.  The effects were good and for once, I actually didn't like a character portrayed by Samuel Jackson - that doesn't happen too often.

I've gotten quite a bit of reading done lately although some of it has been graphic novels.  I've just started "Final Girls" so it's at the top of the stack but here are all the books I hope to at least crack open over the next seven days.



Also, I've heard rumblings that Riley Sager is a pen name for a popular author.  Has anyone else heard that and if so, any clues?  Stuff like that drives me NUTS!

Hope everyone has a productive, safe and fun week!!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I Want More! (Gwendy's Button Box Review)

TITLE: Gwendy's Button Box
AUTHOR: Stephen King & Richard Chizmar
PUBLISHER: Cemetery Dance Publications
PUBLISHING DATE: March 16, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: The little town of Castle Rock, Maine has witnessed some strange events and unusual visitors over the years, but there is one story that has never been told... until now.

There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974 twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong (if time-rusted) iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside.

At the top of the stairs, Gwendy catches her breath and listens to the shouts of the kids on the playground. From a bit farther away comes the chink of an aluminum bat hitting a baseball as the Senior League kids practice for the Labor Day charity game.

One day, a stranger calls to Gwendy: "Hey, girl. Come on over here for a bit. We ought to palaver, you and me."

On a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat like for a suit, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat...

Journey back to Castle Rock again in this chilling new novella by Stephen King, bestselling author of The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, and Richard Chizmar, award-winning author of A Long December. This book will be a Cemetery Dance Publications exclusive with no other editions currently planned anywhere in the world!


MY THOUGHTS: 
So having just finished this book, and by just I mean within the last hour, I'm kind of going with an impulse rating. Part of me wants to go with 3/5 but then there really isn't anything horribly wrong with it and there are a few things that I really like that to me deserve more than a 3/5, so I'm going a tad higher.

The summer before she starts middle school, Gwendy spends everyday running up the "suicide steps" at her local park. Before school finished, some classmates had taken to calling her "goodyear" because she is somewhat on the chubby side, and Gwendy is determined to have a fresh start. Toward the end of summer, she is approached by a man at the top of the stairs wearing a black suit and hat. Gwendy thinks the man is a creeper, but she talks to him anyway and at the end of the encounter, she is given a box with two levers on the sides and different colored buttons on top. One lever opens a door which produces a tiny chocolate candy which makes her no longer want to overeat and crave food, and the other produces a silver coin, worth quite a bit of money. The buttons are a different story and Gwendy knows that if she chooses to push one, something bad will likely happen. The remainder of the story revolves around Gwendy's care of the box, the decisions she makes and the things that happen to her.

My main issue with "Gwendy's Button Box" is its length. Call me crazy, but I'd rather read one of King's mammoth tomes than a book which has less than 200 pages. I like his character development and how everything from the town to its people weave together and I just believe there was a lot more in this story that could have been fleshed out. Overall it felt kind of rushed. However, in my opinion, the concept is pure King. The book has some cool artwork sporadically throughout and on a side note, my hometown has its own set of suicide stairs which made for a fun extra. The ending of the tale is quite satisfying and I was immediately attached to Gwendy and cared what happened to her.

So basically my opinion is this - if you are a big King fan, you're probably going to read this book. I don't think it's one of his stellar works, but it's a strong read and quite enjoyable. If you're not a collector of his books, grab this one from your library because it was somewhat painful to pay such a high price for this Cemetery Dance hardback release given it is so short. However, I don't regret my decision one bit!


RATING: 4 PAWS

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (114)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.







FROM GOODREADS:  Everyone in Vallen knows that ice wolves and scorch dragons are sworn enemies who live deeply separate lives.

So when twelve-year-old orphan Anders takes one elemental form and his twin sister, Rayna, takes another, he has to question whether they are even related. Still, whether or not they’re family, Anders knows that Rayna is his best and only true friend. She’s nothing like the brutal, cruel dragons who claimed her as one of their own and stole her away.

To learn what he needs to rescue her, Anders will have to enlist at the foreboding Ulfar Academy, a school for young wolves that values loyalty to the pack above all else. But for Anders, loyalty is more complicated than blind obedience, and friendship is the most powerful shape-shifting force of all.

New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman delivers heart-pounding adventure and breathtaking magical inventions in this unforgettable story about finding one’s place in a sharply divided world.


WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  First of all, I've heard lots of good things about the author, Amie Kaufman.  Secondly, that cover (actually that should probably be first).  And last but not least, I love wolves and can't wait to learn more about a school for young wolves.

WHAT BOOK CAN'T YOU WAIT FOR THIS WEEK??? 

Monday, July 10, 2017

July Musts & Mights - Better Late Than Never????


So once again I'm running late with this feature and I definitely see a trend going on.  Perhaps it's because I was on vacation and got lazy.  Or perhaps it's because I read quite a few books on vacation that I don't know where to place them on this list so I've continued to procrastinate.  Either way, I'm going to give it the good old college try.  As many know, I participating in the COYER Summer Reading List Challenge and already posted the 30 books on that list.  That pretty much covers the Mights so just look for a link.  However, there are definitely a few I need to make priority in July.  '

Also, every time I finish 5 from the list, I can add 5 new ones and I've not officially announced them yet so I'm adding that at the bottom of this post.

MUSTS:

MIGHTS:

NEW READING LIST ADDS:


So I've added a book I need to read for a tour, one Stormi and I are buddy reading for our August feature and Jaws!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Just As Great As the First - The Supernatural Pet Sitter 2 - The Curse

TITLE: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse
AUTHOR: Diane Moat
PUBLISHING DATE: July 6, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In the first book, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of.  She wouldn't have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper's life.

Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it  takes.  She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first she keeps her plans a secret, but it's not long before Pepper realizes she will need all of the help she can get to end this curse.  Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.

Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse and break it - before the witches get the best of them.

MY THOUGHTS:  When Diane contacted me and asked if I was interested in reading Pepper's latest adventure, it was a no-brainer to agree, especially since I enjoyed the first novel so much.  All of my favorites are back - Luna, Pepper's best friend, her Grandma Nonna, and even Mr. O'Brien and King Arhur, my favorite familiar from book one, play important roles.  This book shares with the reader a lot of history and the reader starts to get a better understanding of why the witches, gnomes and werewolves all have a very delicate balance with each other.

This book is full of action and I really enjoyed the family dynamic between Pepper and her brother.  Even though they're clearly siblings who like to bicker with each other quite a bit, they also have a bond only siblings can have and they go out of their way to help and support each other.

I don't know where books like this were when I was a kid.  No sooner did I finish this one than I immediately wanted to harass Diane and ask when she plans to work on the third one.  Even though the book is wrapped up nicely, there are some lingering aspects which make me want to read the next book NOW!  I really need to figure out what's going to happen regarding Pepper's newest predicament and TROLLS!

If you have middle graders in your life, you need to get a copy of this series for them.  I'm definitely planning on getting them for Christmas gifts for any middle graders on my list this year.  Oh and don't worry, if you're an adult who likes supernatural tales, you will also want to give The Supernatural Pet Sitter a chance!

RATING: 5 paws

Friday, July 7, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (118)/Sunday Post

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. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book ReviewerI'm hoping to discover some new blogs to love.

I have a few quick books to haul today.  Since I've been on vacation, I haven't been on the computer as much which I have found tends to lend itself to fewer books. There are still a few great ones to share though.  I managed to get all of these from the Penguin First to Read program and am probably the most excited about "Spellbook of the Lost and Found."


What did you add to your shelves this week?


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Weekly Reads (07/07/17)


So other than the 4th, it's been a pretty low-key week here at The Farm.  The 4th was mostly wonderful.  We had some friends and family over and Mr. Barb cooked a feast, which is one the things he is best at, and everyone ate, drank and was merry.  It wrapped up pretty early in the evening which is fine with me because we had to be on firework lookout with Booker T.  He could sense they were brewing I believe.  I have to admit that the city fireworks, which we can hear in the faint distance, didn't bother him like last year.  It's just the people putting them off in the neighborhood into all hours of the night that bothers him.  I understand people want to have fun.  I'm all for city-planned festivities.  However, I don't believe fireworks should be sold to individuals.  I feel badly for pets, vets, and others who might have PTSD which could get triggered.  Booker T did fairly well with support from me, his Dad and brother and he didn't even have to take any meds.  It poured yesterday and has rained all day today (Thursday) which is OK with me because it's cut down in people using them.  OK, enough of my rant.

The boys did enjoy the festivities and food some and here is a picture of them my cousin (one of the few I DO claim) snapped.


We haven't really watched any movies of note, but hope to get to Skull Island sometime this weekend.  I had to google the ending though because I was afraid it would bother me.  It seems like a safe watch now (trying to avoid spoilers).  I have gotten a lot of reading done which has been fun and if all goes well, I may even finish another book or two before I return to work on Monday.  Here's what I plan on starting next.


Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.  What are you up to this weekend???

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Elvis Visits Graceland - Elvis and the Mephis Mambo Murders Review

TITLE: Elvis and the Memphis Mambo Murders (A Southern Cousins Mystery #3)
AUTHOR: Peggy Webb
PUBLISHER: Kensington
PUBLISHING DATE: October 1, 2010

FROM GOODREADS: Elvis--the king of sleuthing basset hounds--is back in this third mystery as he, Callie Valentine Jones, and the gang head to Memphis to keep Mama out of trouble at the regional dance competition. But someone is knocking off dancers, so Callie goes undercover to catch a killer.

MY THOUGHTS: 
I love love love Elvis so much! (the dog, not the singer). But are they really one in the same?

So it's been a while since I read this and I can't believe I haven't reviewed it. Once again Callie and the gang get mixed up in the middle of a murderous mess. Seriously, if I were these people, I'd be afraid to go out of the house. Callie's mother has entered a ballroom dancing contest so most of the family, Elvis the basset included, head to Memphis for the competition. However, suddenly the contestants start dropping like flies and Callie fears her mother is next.

This book was a lot of fun and even though I nailed the perp on the head, I still enjoyed the ride. I love the characters who are all full of southern charm and quirks. Once again I think Callie's cousin and best friend Lovie steals the show and I'm curious to see if Callie's mother and uncle ever become romantically involved - the tension is definitely there. However, it's no surprise that Elvis once again is the star of this novel. After every few chapters, the author inserts a chapter written in Elvis' POV. These little interludes are always very pertinent to the plot and are a blast.

I will be grabbing the next installment when I hit my not-so-local library in a few weeks. 


RATING: 4 PAWS

 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (113)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. 






FROM GOODREADS:  
Three friends go looking for treasure and find horror in Jeffrey Ford's The Twilight Pariah.

All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation was to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion's outhouse they find way more than they bargained for: a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid, along with the bizarre skeleton of a horned child

Disturbing the skeleton throws each of their lives into a living hell. They feel followed wherever they go, their homes are ransacked by unknown intruders, and people they care about are brutally, horribly dismembered. The three friends awakened something, a creature that will stop at nothing to retrieve its child.


WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I am really stoked to find out more about the creature that gets awakened and the horned child.  Doesn't  this sound AWESOME!

WHAT BOOK CAN'T YOU WAIT FOR THIS WEEK???