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text 2018-09-07 08:00
Friday Reads - September 7, 2018
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets - Svetlana Alexievich,Bela Shayevich
The Siren - Kiera Cass
An Affair with Mr. Kennedy - Jillian Stone
A Touch of Midnight - Lara Adrian
Black Rose - Nora Roberts
Wolves at the Door - Skye Jones
Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

This week I watched as my daughter (my youngest) went into her first day of Kindergarten. Now that both kids are in school, I have some time for myself which means going back to the gym and volunteering at the library again. 

 

I read more books this week than I did for all of August. Seems Halloween Bingo is the cure for my reading slump. But now I have to review a bunch of books. For non-Halloween Bingo reading, I am working my way through Secondhand Time. For H'ween Bingo reading, her is what I am reading this weekend and into next week:

 

1. The Siren by Kiera Cass (Fear...Deep square)

2. An Affair with Mr. Kennedy by Jillian Stone (Darkest London square)

3. A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Relics and Curiosities square)

4. Black Rose by Nora Roberts (Ghost Story square)

5. Wolves at the Door by Skye Jones (Cryptozoologist square)

6. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury (Creepy Carnivals square)

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text 2018-08-31 09:00
Friday Reads - August 31, 2018
Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them - Jennifer Wright
Khobar Towers: Tragedy and Response - C.R. Anderegg,Perry D. Jamieson,Air Force History and Museums Program (U.S.)
Rockets' Dead Glare (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
A Touch of Midnight - Lara Adrian
The Demon of River Heights - Stefan Petrucha,Sho Murase
Miss Frost Solves A Cold Case: A Nocturne Falls Mystery (Jayne Frost Book 1) - Kristen Painter
A Deadly Brew (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
Hollywood Scandals - Gemma Halliday

2 TBR piles for September and October - 1) Regular reading and 2) Halloween Bingo.

 

Regular Reading: Starting Tuesday, I will be listening to the audiobook version of The Flat Book Society September's pick, Get Well Soon, as that is the only copy of the book my library system had. Next on the non-fiction que is Khobar Towers, which is only 153 pages so it should go quickly. I am hoping to finish Hollywood Scandals soon.

 

Halloween Bingo Reading: A Deadly Brew by Lynn Cahoon (Free Space - will be released Sep 4th), Rockets Dead Glare by Lynn Cahoon (Amateur Sleuth), A Touch of Midnight by Lara Adrian (Relics and Curiosities), The Demon of River Heights (Nancy Drew, Girl Detective #1) by Carolyne Keene, Stefan Petrucha and Show Murase (Baker St. Irregulars), and Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristin Painter (Cozy Mystery). All are short books that I can get through quickly over the weekend. 

 

Because my husband was denied leave (vacation time) and was TDY to Iceland for a month this summer, he has spent little time with the kids, who are now in school. So we are taking a day trip to Legoland Windsor on Monday as an end of summer surprise. HEE HEE HEE Adam and I can't wait to see their faces when we drive through the arch into the park.

 

Happy Labor Day my fellow Americans!

 

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review 2018-08-25 04:51
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NightDrake - Lara Adrian

There was so much potential to the beings and the world Lara Adrian introduced in this short story. If it had been a full-length book, it might have been awesome. As it was, everything was rushed and shallow and the breakneck speed made the love story almost ridiculous. I'd love it if Ms. Adrian revised this and turned it into a novel one day, but as it is now I was let down.

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review 2018-07-05 15:02
Claimed in Shadows - Lara Adrian

Aric Chase is kind of like royalty in the Order as son to Stirling “Harvard” Chase and Tavia. He has worked his way up the ranks and wants nothing more than to run his own team. On his way back from England, he is ordered to take a detour in Montreal in order to aid in an operation only a Daywalker, like him, can do. He is teamed up with Order rookie Kaya who is also dedicated to earning her spot in the Order. They butt heads at first and she doesn’t think much of him. He is a rich charmer that comes across as not having to work too hard for anything in his life, while she grew up poor on the streets and had a rough life until she fell in with the Order. While on their mission, things don’t go as planned and she thinks she has ruined all chance for her to earn a spot on a team. Aric is definitely drawn to her but he isn’t looking for any sort of entanglements, especially not a Breedmate, so he tries to keep his distance but the spirit and drive he sees in Kaya appeals to the same traits he has to accomplish his goals. They work together to try and stop Opus Nostrum and their war against the Breed, but with every lead they discover, someone beats them to it and kills the suspect violently. As more leads die it becomes apparent that they have a mole and Aric can’t help but see that Kaya isn’t being honest with him and is growing more and more distant. It isn’t until it is almost too late to stop the attack that she comes clean about her secrets. It was enjoyable and entertaining. Action packed and passionate. I feel really sorry about his best friend Rafe so I really hope his book is next and whomever he ends up with will definitely have a battle to earn his trust after what happened to him in this book. So good. Want more.

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review 2018-07-02 15:08
Midnight Unbound - Lara Adrian

The novella focuses on the Hunter, Scythe, and a widow named Chiara. It is set in Italy, on a vineyard no less, and these two come together to deal with a stalker who broke into her home and attacked her. Scythe is called into deal with the threat and he really doesn’t want to do it. He is attracted to Chiara and her son Pietro, but he lost a woman and son he cared about many years ago and he refuses to get involved in another pair in danger. He grudgingly agrees and they go back to her home to wait and catch the stalker because they know he will come again. Scythe tries to avoid Chiara and Chiara is frustrated with his cold demeanor, but she can’t help being drawn to him as well. Their story was enjoyable. It is a novella but their relationship was started in another book so the quickness of the relationship was believable and not quick at all. The plot was entertaining and the conflict was strong. I liked the characters and the struggles they faced in order to have a happily ever after. I enjoyed it.

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