Thursday, November 15, 2018

Shore - YA Bound Book Tours

TITLE: Shore
AUTHOR: Enrique Rosado
PUBLISHER: Createspace Independent Publishing
PUBLISHING DATE: November 2017

SYNOPSIS: Lahar's life was regular- college, work, then binge watch whatever was in her queue. That is until she wakes up on a beach, with no idea how she got there. A young wizard named Arena, who has made a home by the mysterious shore, offers to help her home. With his massive dog and mystical creatures called Wisps, she studies under Arena's tutelage and tries to find a way back. Though mysterious forces lurk below the sand, clambering to make themselves whole, no matter the cost. 

MY THOUGHTS: When I first saw the cover of this book, I was immediately intrigued.  And then I sad mention of a massive dog and I knew I wanted to give it a chance.  

"Shore" starts out rather suddenly as the reader is immediately thrown into the action.  Lehar awakens one morning to find herself on a beach and meets a wizard, Arena, who has agreed to help her find her way home.  However, on their journey, they meet a wooden man named Void, who agrees to help her in exchange for Arena's life.  The remainder of the book is Lehar refusing to assist Void while learning magic from Arena, and the two of them growing closer as they try to figure out exactly what has gone on.

Now I will admit that this book is definitely odd, so if that attracts you, I think you might like it.  We meet lots of magical beings including a large dog named Pie who can shoot fire at people.  I actually wish my pups knew that trick.  In addition, "Shore" is a rather short novel which makes it a great quick read and face it, who doesn't love to immerse themselves in a totally fantastical world from time to time.  Rosado definitely has quite an imagination and I would love to see an animated version of "Shore" come to life one day.


The kindle edition is on sale for only $0.99 through November 16th! If you have Kindle Unlimited you will be able to read the book free anytime you want! Buy on Amazon!

About the Author

Enrique Rosado, is a Puerto Rican who grew up on the island for a bit before landing in Killeen, Texas, a town that cultivated him and made him who is is today.  He currently lived in New York City and writes any chance he gets. 

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Awwww....Puppy Love!

TITLE: A Midwinter's Tail (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #3)
AUTHOR: Bethany Blake
PUBLISHER: Kensington
PUBLISHING DATE: November 27, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: To bark or not to bark . . . 

Professional pet sitter Daphne Templeton loves the holidays in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. And nothing gets her into the spirit more than the town's annual Bark the Halls Ball. The whole community will be there to wag their tails, especially this year's special guest--Celeste "CeeCee" French, founder of a national chain of pet care franchises, who's returning home to announce plans for a bright new flagship store.

But not everyone's celebrating CeeCee's homecoming. Daphne's friend Moxie Bloom, owner of Spa and Paw, a unique salon for people and their pets, has plenty to growl about. So when CeeCee is found face down under Sylvan Creek's town Christmas tree, stabbed with a distinctive pair of professional-grade pet shears, suspicion lands squarely on Moxie. Despite Daphne's promises to Detective Jonathan Black, she quickly reprises her role as amateur sleuth. Ably assisted by her basset hound sidekick, Socrates, she must hurry to prove her friend's innocence before a killer barks again . . .

MY THOUGHTS:  There are so many things I love about this series and this installment that I don't know where to start.  Once again readers are quickly immersed into Sylvan Creek, the quaint small town that adores its pets.  This time, the town is in the middle of their Christmas preparations which include a rather unique play and a Bark the Halls Ball.  Unfortunately, once again Daphne has discovered a dead body beneath a park tree and it just happens to be a visitor from the past who was working on opening a famous name retail pet store.  There are plenty of suspects but first on the list just happens to be Daphne's best friend, Moxie.

I love so many of the characters from Sylvan Creek.  Moxie is offbeat and unique, Daphne is a real animal lover who is always taking in dogs and cats, Daphne's high-strung vet sister is even growing on me.  And while there are some hints of romance in this one, I find myself actually wanting some of the couples to move faster because they are just so darn perfect for each other!

And finally there are the pets.  Moxie has a pet rat and although I'd never own one, he sounds so cute and adorable.  Of course Daphne has Socrates, her wise Basset and still pet sits regularly for her favorite Detectives dogs, Axel and Artie.  And this time around we get to meet Snowdrop - the spoiled poodle of the deceased whom Daphne ends up caring for.  And let me tell you, Snowdrop steals Socrates' heart!  We also meet a sneaky little pug named Tiny Tim, who runs around town in a Bah Hum-Pug!  sweater the whole book.

So if you like a good mystery (and one which I didn't figure out), wonderful pets, great characters and a fun cozy town, you can't go wrong with Blake's setting.

I received my copy of "A Midwinter's Tale" from the publishers and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  I also read it as part of th #HoHoHo readathon.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (184)

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: Dr. Harleen Quinzel grew up in an abusive household with a criminal and became a psychologist to deal with her own broken family. At Arkham Asylum, she attempted to treat the Joker and instead fell hopelessly in love with him, helping him escape and becoming a member of his organization. Quinzel became Harley Quinn, a bizarre contradiction of violence and mercy. She blames Batman for her inability to maintain a stable relationship with the arch-villain, and that causes her to have an abiding hatred for the hero, who she seeks to kill. Upon capture she becomes a violent inmate at Belle Reve Penitentiary, and is assigned to the group of government-maintained super villains known as the Suicide Squad. 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  A book about Harley Quinn - my fave DC character.  I can't believe I have to wait until February for this one!


Monday, November 12, 2018

TTT - Bookish Items I'd Like to Own

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish they  handed 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. 

Today we're looking at bookish merchandise we'd like to own.  Honestly, I'm not huge on stuff like that but let's see what we can do.  

I'm sure we call all relate to this sentiment at one time or another

Staying with the Pooh theme I think these are absolutely adorable.

While not a huge fan of magnetic bookmarks, I do think these ones are awesome.

I think these are perfect for an Addams Family fan.

I think this is gorgeous and yes, I often read past my bedtime, but it does not match the decor in my house at all.

I would wear this Losers Club sweatshirt proudly.

Same goes for the t-short from The Overlook Hotel!

This is awesome but clowns freak me out so there's a possibility it could end up in the closet.

I really think my tree needs this ornament.

And while it's not book related, it is Prince related and while a tad bit controversial, I NEED this coffee cup.  Only a true fan will understand.  I swear - he means coffee beans!

So there you have it. All of these great items can be found on Etsy - where else??

Beware the Cost of Fame

TITLE: We Sold Our Souls
AUTHOR: Grady Hendrix
PUBLISHER: Quirk Books
PUBLISHING DATE: September 18, 2018

FROM GOODREADS:  In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success -- but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western - she's tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry's meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris's very soul.

This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It's a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that's darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul...where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.

MY THOUGHTS:  When "We Sold Our Souls" starts out, we are introduced to Kris, a teenager facing long evenings in the cold basement teaching herself to play electric guitar because heavy metal is her one true calling.  We then fast forward 3 decades and see Kris working the night shift as an area hotel, forced to wait on drunks who would rather urinate on her desk than go to their room as asked.  We learn Kris and her friends were able to tour for several years as the heavy metal band, Durt Wurk but right when they were ready to hit it big, "contract night" changed their fates and only the lead singer rose to fame as a single act known as Koffin.  Now Koffin is on his farewell tour and Kris is determined to find out why the rest of the band's life has gone to hell.

If you are a music fan, and in particular a heavy metal fan, "We Sold Our Souls" is the book you've been waiting for.  Hendrix does an exceptional job of weaving the music biz with horror and the result is a novel that starts out slow but ends with a band (at least it did for me).  I also think Hendrix did something really special making the main character a female.  It showed a real insight for how hard it is as a woman to make it in the rock business and I have a newfound respect for any female who chooses that path.  The books has some truly horrific scenes and instead of focusing on someone's rise to fame, it focuses on the fall.  There are no cute fairy tales in "We Sold Our Souls" and really no happy ending along the way.  Still, in the end, the novel lived up to the hype and now I'm excited to see what Hendrix has planned for his readers next.

RATING: 4 Paws

Friday, November 9, 2018

Weekly Reads/Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post (11-09-18)

To say it's been a heck of a week at The Farm is an understatement.  Many of you already know that I was T-boned Monday by a BIG SUV.  I was at stop light and a lady was pulling out of a side street.  She "looked but didn't see me" and whammed right into my driver's door.  5 hours later at the ER room I was given the clear but each day is a lesson in what hurts now.  It could have been worse though because she was fully insured and completely at fault.  I'm waiting for someone to contact me about repairing my truck and finishing up the medical stuff (which will be ongoing for a while).  I have a rental for 15 more days which will help as well.  I want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and messages!  Enough of that mess.....

On to a new one.  This was also the week the kitchen was getting new flooring and ceiling.  The guy told Mr. Barb he could do it in one long day with his "helper."  We we are now on one long day and three long evenings but I hope that by the time you see this, his part is done!  I really just want to sleep people!

So basically TV watching has been limited (we did watch the Steeler game Thursday) and I managed to get two books read but I really hope to have a somewhat relaxing weekend.  Here are the books I'd like to get to in the upcoming week:

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 cans you cam 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

I had an epic library haul this week. I had requested these and since my library chose to order them all (they are so great), they all came in at once.  I've seen awesome reviews of "Sawkill Girls" and can't wait to read it.  I am a tad worried over "The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel" because La La in the Library said it was too much romance and I trust her judgement.  "Agony House" has such cool formatting and I adore Cherie Priest and I saw "Riddance" somewhere and was pretty curious. It actually has a much longer title so check out Goodreads - oh, and it's horror.

Finally I got three new review books from Netgalley and the publishers.  "Dead as a Door Knocker" and "A Literal Mess" are the first in new cozy series and "Save Me From Dangerous Men" is a new thriller coming out in March.

So what do you have planned this coming week and did you add any new and exciting books???

Dashing Through the Snow!

So Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer is once again hosting this lovely readathon and I had so much fun last year, I can't resist.  Plus, life's been so stressful this past week, I think it's time for some more relaxed reads.  I will post the rules and if you're interested, there's still time!

  • *Link-up (it is not necessary to link to goal post, just link to the account/blog you will be using)
  • *Before or on November 9th post a goals post to your blog.  If you do not have a blog, declare your intentions on social media, then create a shelf on Goodreads with intended books and link to this page. Be sure and link back to Caffeinated Reviewer. If you do not have a blog or Goodreads account and wish to participate you could use Instagram or Facebook. Contact me if unsure.
  • *It might be a good idea to friend, like or follow me on whatever social media site you use so we can see your progress. Just mention #HoHoHoRAT, so I can follow you back.
  • *Grab the image and share! Tell your friends, post the image and link on social media using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google + or Instagram Be sure to include a link to this page, so others may join.
  • *Participate in at least one challenge to be eligible for grand prize
  • *Read/listen to as many Holiday or Winter themed books as you can. (Winter can be new years setting, snowstorm etc. If you are unsure contact me. Goodreads is a good source for finding Winter settings)
  • *Tweet your progress using #HoHoHoRAT
  • *Twitter Party! Sunday, November 18, 2018, at 3:30 pm (EST) #HoHoHoRAT Come chat about the books you have read. There will be prizes.
  • *Challenge schedule and Grand Prize widget will post on November 9th at/by 8 am (EST)
  • *Read-a-thon starts on November 9th 12:o1 am (your time zone) and ends on November 18 at 11:59 pm (your time zone)
  • *Challenges will be open from 8 am (EST) on the 9th and stay open until Nov 18th at 11:59 pm (EST)
  • *Grand Prize Raffle will be open until November 19th at 11:59 pm (EST) to allow you to submit entries.s 
  • *All winners of challenges and the grand prize will be notified by November 20th.
Here's what I hope to read:

Plus we may even get flurries tonight.  I'm not excited about that at all but does seem fitting!

November Cloak & Dagger Link Up

So I hope everyone is doing well with their challenge.  If not, then you still have time to kick it in gear.  I need to tally up my reads and see where I stand.  I'm pretty sure I've fallen behind.  Happy Mystery Solving!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.....

TITLE: 'Twas the Knife Before Christmas (A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery #2)
AUTHOR: Jacqueline Frost
PUBLISHER: Crooked Lane Books
PUBLISHING DATE: November 13, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: A Christmas delight, ’Twas the Knife Before Christmas will charm the stockings off readers of Joanne Fluke and Leslie Meier. 

It’s out of the cupcake tin, into the fire for Holly White’s best friend, Caroline. Can Holly clear Caroline’s name in time to go caroling?

When a body turns up in the dumpster behind Caroline’s Cupcakes, Holly White is horrified to learn her best friend Caroline is the main suspect. Everyone in town, including Mistletoe, Maine’s sheriff, saw Caroline fighting with the victim on the night of his death. Worse, Caroline’s fingerprints are all over the murder weapon, a custom-designed marble rolling pin.

Now, just ten days before Christmas, Holly’s up to her jingle bells in holiday shenanigans and in desperate need of a miracle. Juggling extra shifts at her family’s Christmas tree farm and making enough gingerbread jewelry to satisfy the crowd is already more than she can handle—and now she has to find time to clear her best friend of murder. Add in her budding relationship with the sheriff, and run-ins with an ex-fiancé looking to make amends, and Holly’s ready to fly south until springtime.
But her Sherpa-lined mittens come off when Caroline is taken into custody. Can Holly wrap up the case in time for Christmas…even after she gains the true killer’s attention? Find out in ‘Twas the Knife Before Christmas, Jacqueline Frost’s second pine-scented Christmas Tree Farm mystery. 

MY THOUGHTS: If you would have ever told me I'd fall in love with a Christmas cozy series, I'd have said you were nuts.  Come on, I'm just not that jolly.  However, I have fallen in love with Frost's newest addition to last year's debut.  A new murder has taken place right as the festivities for Christmas Tree Farm are beginning. This time, Caroline is not a suspect and instead the police are looking at her friend Holly.Mistletoe, Maine has one of the cast of characters I've met in a long time.  The reader really gets sucked into this Christmas obsessed town and quickly attaches to many of the characters.  Like most cozies, there is an element of romance, but it's not overwhelming and I dare any reader not to cheer on the main couple. In addition, the mystery element was fun and satisfying.

I was initially worried that the author couldn't sustain a mystery centered around one particular holiday year after year.  However, that is no longer the case and I can't wait to see what happens next.  If you love great characters, good mysteries and a fun setting, you have to give this series a try!

I received a copy of "'Twas the Knife Before Christmas" from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: 5 paws

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (183)

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.

SYNOPSIS: Deep in a Wyoming mine, hell awaits. Nat Blackburn is given an offer he can't refuse by President Teddy Roosevelt. Tales of gold in the abandoned mining town of Hecla abound. The only problem - those who go seeking their fortune never return. Along with his constant companion, Teta, a hired gun with a thirst for adventure, Nat travels to a barren land where even animals dare not tread. Black-eyed children, strange lights and ferocious wild men venture from the deep, dark ghost well as a sinister force hungry for fresh souls. 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  Because it's Hunter Shea and I'm loving all the Flame Tree Press releases!


We Interrupt This Program

So while this picture isn't really accurate, it's gonna have to work.  I may not be hopping around the next few days or answering comments because I was T-boned yesterday at lunch.  Totally the other person's fault and while I am not seriously injured, I was beaten up pretty good and it hurts to do much else beside breath.  I'm just grateful the pups weren't with me. Catch you soon!  I already miss you guys so I'm sure it won't be a long hiatus.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Don't Let the Title Mislead You

TITLE: One Day in December
AUTHOR: Josie Silver
PUBLISHER: Broadway Books
PUBLISHING DATE: October 16, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don't meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.

Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It's Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

MY THOUGHTS:  So as I've said, don't let the title of this debut novel fool you - this is not a Christs.mas tale.  Sure, it starts during the holiday, and even ends during holiday, but in between, there are ten  years.  Riding home from work one evening, Laurie looks  out the bus window and meets the love of her life.  But she doesn't get off and he doesn't get on.  She then spend, the next year scouring London for him, along with help from her best friend and roommate, Sarah.  When Laurie finally finds Jack, as we later finally get to put a name to the entity, she learns that her friend Sarah has fallen in love with him.  

So the remainder of the book is Laurie hiding her feelings, never admitting to her friend who Jack really is, meeting new people and working through all kinds of baggage.  I'm not a huge contemporary reader and will admit this book held more in store for me than originally anticipating.  In fact, I would say it's more a tale about friendship than a romance novel. Still, I struggled with it at times.  For one thing, the whole falling in love in a few seconds was hard for me to buy into.  And secondly, thought I've never been there, I'm sure London is quite populated (a recent Google search clued me in - 8,787,892. So the chances that Laurie would find Jack were slim to begin with, so we're to believe her roommate managed the impossible without even trying.  And lastly, this book is too long. It comes in at over 400 pages and even though I love long books, I think it was unnecessary.  And then, when it finally .did end, the ending felt rushed. How does that happen???

So if you are looking for a not-so-cute romance with strong themes of friendship, "One Day in December" is the book for you.  Just prepare yourself for the long haul and be open to some highly improbably things becoming probable.


Friday, November 2, 2018

Weekly Reads/Stacking the Shelves/Sunday Post (11/03/18)

So it's been a good week at The Farm.  Mr. Barb and the pups are doing good even though he had two days of training this week which meant 3 hours on the road each day.  Gpa still has a small cold hanging on but other than that, he's doing well too.

I'm sad that Halloween is over but am still enjoying some spooky books and shows.  We finished "The Haunting of Hill House."  Overall I liked it and it was definitely creepy.  I haven't really dove into "Sabrina" yet but am looking forward to it.  There's only two more "American Horror - Apocalypse" left and it's as crazy as ever.  I wasn't a fan of this week's episode - they killed Black Phillip!  (If you haven't seen "Witch" just ignore the reference.)  Also, there's only one more episode of "The Purge."  I'll miss it as it turned out better than I anticipated.

This weekend will be more TV, movies and football.  Tuesday, while I'm at work, the neighbor and Mr. Barb are putting in a new flooring in the kichen.  Wish them luck!  I do want to read this weekend (as always right?) and here's what's up on the stack.

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 cans you cam 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.

I finally had some holds come in at one of my libraries.  I was first on the list to get these two and they've been "in processing" for 5 weeks.  I just know all the librarians were reading them first! I think everyone who is interested has probably heard about both of these already. 

And I received a few copies for review.  "The Bone Keeper" sounds scary, thrilling and awesome.  Of course I couldn't resist "Hero Dogs" and hope to read it over the Christmas holiday. It talks about the search and rescue dogs used in some of America's greatest disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. And finally, I got "Apple of My Eye."  

And finally, I spent too much money on this little gem at Wal-Mart.  Seriously, it's the size of a kid's classic picture book - with more pages.  It better be good!

So what did you add to your shelves this week????

Pretty Much What I Expected

TITLE: You May Now Kill the Bride (Return to Fear Street #1)
AUTHOR: R.L. Stine
PUBLISHER: Harper Teen
PUBLISHING DATE: July 24, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: Two sisters, divided by time. Each with a terrible resentment she can barely contain.

Two Fear family weddings, decades apart... Each bride will find that the ancient curse that haunts the Fears LIVES ON. It feeds off the evil that courses through their blood. It takes its toll in unexpected ways, and allows dark history to repeat itself.

MY THOUGHTS:  I never actually read any Fear Street books when I was younger and they were popular.  I think I would have enjoyed them, but I kind of delved straight into adult horror - even as a child.  That being said, I was curious when I first learned of this book and was glad my library gave me the opportunity to read this without losing anything.

This book goes back and forth between two time periods which is a format I really enjoy.  It portrays two families each where a young woman is getting married, and the curse that spells death and destruction for the families when she does.  

There's not a lot else to say about the plot.  "You May Now Kill the Bride" is a quick read but I never felt attached to any of the characters.  I actually didn't care if they lived or died.  And there was only a smidgen of witchcraft and I can sort of sum the book up as "blah."  That being said, I'm sure people who have been fans of this series since kids will enjoy this resurgence and it was a decent enough way to spend a rainy Sunday while watching football.

RATING: 3 paws

November Contenders

So this month looks like it will be a mix of horror, cozy mysteries and Christmas.  So many people were doing Halloween features on their blogs that I ended up adding more books than I can possibly handle. Add that to the fact that I read horror all year round and I didn't get to some I wanted to read last month and that's why there is still a fair share of it here.  Plus...Christmas (I can't even believe I'm typing that!)

There's way too many good looking books here this month! Have you read any of these???