Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Books to Bark (and Crow) About #5 - Mom's Life's a Mess!

So we kept telling Mom we were due a blog feature and she kept ignoring us (however, we can cut her a break because June has been kind of traumatic for her).  Finally, one day at lunch, it dawned on her and then she was all dog treats and apologies.  This week, Cass and I are each sharing a book we think Mom ought to purchase, as well as one which is already on her shelves.

There's a new dog next door which is driving me crazy.  Personally I could care less about him because I know firsthand if he keeps snapping at me, Cass will take care of him.  (yea Mom, I hear ya, it's not him, it's his OWNERS....blah  blah blah).  So in honor of Rodney, I'm featuring some Doggy-horror.  You know that is completely unlike me so you can only imagine the stress I'm under!  "Dog Days O'Summer" is what they call a coming of age story and I think it's about werewolves but the cover looks more like the "Shaggy DA."  Or at least Mom thinks it does.  "Rodney" oops I mean "Hell Hound" is a book Mom's had on her shelf for some time.

  So since brother went all dark and twisty, I'm going to share two mysteries books with you.  Dogs are popping up all over the place in mysteries and for good reason - we're darn smart.  Plus we can be both sneaky and cute - both which can be used to get what we want.  I think both of these would be good books to take our mind off of Rodney and unlike Booker T, I'm pretty sure Mom ALREADY owns both of them.

So there you have it guys.  Our very late 6th Edition of Books to Bark (and Crow) About.  Wish Rodney (oops, we mean us) luck!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (163)

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:  Cainsville, Illinois. A town founded by fae escaping the Old World. A town both part of the world and cut off from it. A town that a young woman will run to, fleeing her past, only to discover that her past extends further than she ever imagined, into the distant history of Cainville itself. Collected in this volume are the stories of the town’s past, of the people and the fae she will eventually meet. 
A child tormented by visions of fae castles and fierce dragons. 
A hobgoblin who strives to avoid his role in an ancient prophecy. 
A boy who wants the perfect Solstice gift for his aunt. 
A writer who discovers all publicity is not good publicity after all. 
A much-maligned orange cat who won't quite stay dead. 
Another cat with more than his nine lives, one continually reborn to right an ancient wrong. 
And, finally, a story of the young woman who ran to Cainsville, now running away, searching for answers she can’t quite find. 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT: I love Armstrong and especially enjoyed her Cainsville series.  In fact, it has one of the most satisfying conclusions for me.  However, I never managed to read any of the short stories she shared through various means so I'm thrilled to see them here is one collection.  Plus it means new materials and spending time with some of my favorite characters again.


Monday, June 18, 2018

TTT - Review Books I WILL Read This Summer

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing over the reins to ThatArtsyReaderGirl who can be found HERE.  Each week she will focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

This week's topic is books to read by the pool or at the beach.  I do neither.  I prefer "Porchville."  I nice shady place where the dogs can relax and Mr. Barb and I can share a drink or two.  In addition, if there is too much heat, Porchville has an electrical socket so I can always BYOF - Bring Your Own Fan.  So I'm going to share some review books I must make time for this summer - perhaps will relaxing in Porchville - not to be confused with Margaritaville, though they might be neighboring countries.

I love this cover and you guys know I love Hunter Shea so "Rattus New Yorkus" is a definite must-read.

Gotta have at least one dog book - although I'm sure they'll be more.  "In the Dog House" is the start of a new cozy series.

Described as a Gothic read, "Girl at the Grave" is a historical mystery I'm super excited for this summer.

I think summer is perfect for some middle grade and "Rules of the Ruff" fits that bill.  Plus, I never tired of seeing that adorable cover.

Since thrillers seem to be popping up around every corner, I might as well as "Sister of Mine" to the summer TBR.  It's about two sisters bound together by murder.

I'm hoping "The Mermaid" sits better with me than "To Kill a Kingdom."  I'd hate to give up on mermaids altogether.

Hailed as a combination of Sharp Objects and Stand By Me, "Big Woods" has some mighty big shoes to fill.

"You Lucky Dog" is on standby for when I need a lighter read.  Plus, the cover just reminds me of summer.

So many people are already raving about "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle."  I can't wait to get started.

I can't believe I haven't read "Trail of Lightning" yet so I must remedy that this summer.  

So there you have it.  Of course, there will also be more mystery, horror and dog books as well as library books abound - looks like it's shaping up to be a good summer.

Don't Let the Dog on the Cover Fool You!

TITLE: The Wild Inside
AUTHOR: Jamey Bradbury
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
PUBLISHING DATE: March 20, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: A promising talent makes her electrifying debut with this unforgettable novel, set in the Alaskan wilderness, that is a fusion of psychological thriller and coming-of-age tale in the vein of Jennifer McMahon, Chris Bohjalian, and Mary Kubica.

A natural born trapper and hunter raised in the Alaskan wilderness, Tracy Petrikoff spends her days tracking animals and running with her dogs in the remote forests surrounding her family’s home. Though she feels safe in this untamed land, Tracy still follows her late mother’s rules: Never Lose Sight of the House. Never Come Home with Dirty Hands. And, above all else, Never Make a Person Bleed.

But these precautions aren’t enough to protect Tracy when a stranger attacks her in the woods and knocks her unconscious. The next day, she glimpses an eerily familiar man emerge from the tree line, gravely injured from a vicious knife wound—a wound from a hunting knife similar to the one she carries in her pocket. Was this the man who attacked her and did she almost kill him? With her memories of the events jumbled, Tracy can’t be sure.

Helping her father cope with her mother’s death and prepare for the approaching Iditarod, she doesn’t have time to think about what she may have done. Then a mysterious wanderer appears, looking for a job. Tracy senses that Jesse Goodwin is hiding something, but she can’t warn her father without explaining about the attack—or why she’s kept it to herself.

It soon becomes clear that something dangerous is going on . . . the way Jesse has wormed his way into the family . . . the threatening face of the stranger in a crowd . . . the boot-prints she finds at the forest’s edge.

Her family is in trouble. Will uncovering the truth protect them—or is the threat closer than Tracy suspects?

MY THOUGHTS:  I finished this book just last night and if I don't write the review soon, I fear I may never do so.  I like books that are strange and odd but even this one had me going at times.  First let's talk about the things I liked in the book.  I really enjoyed the family dynamics.  Tracy's mother died a few years back when she was tragically hit by a car (or I think she was, now I'm not sure) and it's interesting to see how Tracy, her brother Scott and her father pick up the pieces following the tragedy.  They don't always get along and the struggle to put everything back into its proper place is very believable.  I also enjoyed the dog aspect of the book, as I knew I would.  The whole family, minus Scott, is active in the "mushing" lifestyle.  They raise dogs and while it would be impossible for me to do so because I'd have the WHOLE TEAM inside with me, the dogs added a very enjoyable aspect to "The Wild Inside."  I also liked that Bradbury created a very diverse character and wove them into the plot without shouting "LOOK AT THE DIVERSE CHARACTER!" if that make sense.

Now for some things that didn't work for me.  And I'm going to be honest - there was a lot.  Having finished the book, I still don't know what the heck happened. The author makes no secret that Tracy possesses something others don't.  She is able to drink blood of animals, which she needs for strength, and experience what they have went through.  She is able to do the same thing with people, but her mother told her not to do so.  Does she listen - NO.  And it causes all kinds of problems, but not the ones you'd suspect.  Tracy becomes weak when she tries to stop this disturbing habit, so she is unable to do so for long.  But not once in the book is it explained why Tracy can do this.  I don't think she's a shifter, but is she a vamp?  Probably not because she doesn't shy away from sunlight.  Is she mentally ill - probably but it brings about the chicken and the egg controversy.  I didn't really care for many of the characters, especially Tracy and Jesse, but I didn't hate them either.  

Finally, I have to add this.  This book kind of grossed me out which is hard to do.  Tracy needs blood to stay strong.  But when it isn't available, she is at least able to remedy the problem once a month.  You see where I'm going right? Because I refuse to spell it out.  

I requested my library order "The Wild Inside" when it came out and they complied.  I really did want to read it and despite my rating, I never once considered DNF'ing it.  I mean, I wanted answers.  But I didn't get them.  And oh, there might be ghosts.

I won't say there is animal cruelty because the dogs are well cared for in the novel but there is a lot of hunting...and blood drinking...and oh, a cat dies which I found extremely sad and vicious.  So if any of that bothers you, stay away from this book.  But if anything sounds uniquely intriguing, then give this book a try.  The immediately afterwards hit me up on Goodreads and feel free to explain it to me.


Sci-Fi Summer Readathon Wrap Up

So I participated in the Sc-Fi Summer Readathon for the first time this year which was perfect because one of my resolutions was to read more science fiction.  I managed to read two books which count and although the reviews won't be up until later, I decided to give you a sneak peek.

First up was "To Kill a Kingdom" by Alexandra Christo.  This was a very dark book which is one reason I was excited to pick it up.  I liked it okay, but have to admit I never really felt too attached to the two main characters.  I liked the side characters much more. 

Then there was "Jurassic Florida" by Hunter Shea.  Shea is one of my favorite horror authors and I've read quite a few of his books.  This one was tons of fun and I loved it.  

Even though I didn't read it during the readathon, I finally got my review for "Outpost" up last week as well as featuring its sequel on Can't Wait Wednesday.  You can find the posts HERE and HERE.  Check them out because I think this sci-fi series needs more love and is a great place for newbies like me to start.

Thanks to Seasons of Reading for hosting!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (166)/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 Reviewer

So first up I got a preorder this week for my Kindle and I'm super excited.  I've been waiting for "Atticus" for over a month.  Now if the Dogs Days of Summer Challenge just hurries up and arrives, I'll be set (not like I wasn't set anyway).  Isn't that cover too cute???

The next three were free.  I couldn't resist "Destroyer of the Planets" because come on, tentacles!  I'm not going to lie, "Outcast" was a total cover grab and when I saw a free book from Crystal Lake Publishing, "Tales of the Lake Vol. 2" I had to make sure I got it.

And lastly a few review copies.  "'Twas the Knife Before Christmas" is the second installment of a Christmas cozy I fell in love with last year.  "A Tale of Two Murders" sounds like a good Victorian mystery and "The Death and Life of Eleanor Parker"  looks like an interesting thriller.

So what did you add this week and are you looking forward to reading any of these???

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Weekly Reads (06/15/18)

Another week in the books and boy am I glad!  So basically Grandpa got out of the hospital for two days and is now back in.  He is in ICU and has some internal bleeding...lots of internal bleeding. They don't know if they are going to figure out what is causing it and try to remedy that or... well, I don't know what else.  I'm hurt, confused and angry and I don't wanna see him go out like this.  He doesn't deserve to suffer so if God decides to take him, I hope he does it quickly.  Plus my Uncle spent 5 days on a barge in the middle of the Gulf before FINALLY deciding he should come home Thursday.  I'm pretty much spent and here is a wonderful picture of what I would choose to do if only I could!

We did watch some movies this week.  We watched "The Strangers: Prey at Night" and I loved it.  Mr. Barb did too.  I have to say Bailee Madison did an awesome job playing a punk, grunge teenager.  We also watched a Nicolas Cage movie called "211."  It had horrible reviews but for a movie that went straight to DVD/streaming, it was pretty good.  We plan on watching "Tomb Raider" this weekend.

I have been able to read some.  In fact, it's pretty much the only way I can keep my mind preoccupied.  Several of you have seen some of my comments on one of my current reads "The Wild Inside."  Strange doesn't even begin to cover this book.  I'm also a few chapters into "Intermission."  
Then I'll probably start another review book.

Oh and I forgot - Mr. Barb fell off a porch.  He and a neighbor were replacing the back porch steps and the bottom one wasn't nailed yet so he went flying and his head bounced off the fence and his body off the ground.  He's okay but me and the pups gave him special care for a few days.  So that give you a clue what kind of week I've had - I almost forgot all about it and it was just last Sunday.

So I just want to thank everyone who takes the time to visit my blog and comments when they can.  Sometimes I feel like I can't give it enough attention, but the friends I have made and the enjoyment I receive from it always keeps me coming back.  You guys rock!