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text 2017-10-20 17:13
Halloween Bingo Tracker - Week 7
Sleight of Paw - Sofie Kelly
Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
Frostbite: The Graphic Novel - Richelle Mead,Leigh Dragoon,Emma Vieceli
Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Ac... Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) by Richelle Mead (2013-12-31) - Richelle Mead
Final Crisis - Grant Morrison,J.G. Jones,Carlos Pacheco,Jesús Merino,Marco Rudy,Doug Mahnke,Christian Alamy

 I can't believe Halloween is next weekend (at least for me, as the school's big fundraiser/after school Halloween festival is next Friday and the base is doing trick-or-treating in housing next Saturday).

 

I got my first bingo (diagonal from lower left corner to upper right corner). If I can get some of the books I have set aside for this weekend's Dewey, I will be on track to get three more (just waiting for Supernatural square to be called). I will then only have one book left to read next week to make a fifth bingo. Pretty good ending for what was looking at a no-bingo card due to lack of reading on my part last month.

 

I will updating my Dewey progress all weekend here. Good luck to my fellow participants.

  

Squares Called

9/1/17 Free Space (N3)

           Read and Reviewed: The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1)

9/1/17 Ghost (I4)

           Read and Reviewed: Dying for the Past

9/3/17 Cozy Mystery (I2)

            Read and Reviewed: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

9/5/17 In a Dark, Dark Woods (B3)

           Read and Reviewed: The Undoing (Call of Crows #2)

9/7/17 Genre: Horror - Not on my card

9/9/17 Locked Room Mystery (O2)

           Read and Reviewed: Secrets in Death

9/11/17 Murder Most Foul (G2)

             Read and Reviewed: Brighton Belle

9/13/17 Witches (N4)

              Read and Ranted: Dime Store Magic         

9/15/17 Werewolves (O1)

              Read and Reviewed: Switching Hour

9/17/17 Modern Masters of Horror - Not on my Card 

9/19/17 Terrifying Women (G5)

             Read and Reviewed: Killer Party

9/21/17 Diverse Voices (B4)

             Read and Reviewed: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening

9/23/17 Haunted Houses (N5)

             Read and Reviewed: All By My Selfie

9/25/17 Serial/Spree Killer (N1) - Not reading anything for this square

9/27/17 Terror in a Small Town - Not on my card

9/29/17 Aliens (O1)

             Read and Reviewed: Saga, Volume 1

10/1/17 Darkest London (B2)

             Read and Reviewed: London Calling

10/3/17 Gothic - Skipping

10/5/17 80's Horror - Not on my card

10/7/17 Classic Noir -  Not on my card

10/9/17 Chilling Children

              Currently Reading: Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel

10/11/17 Magical Realism (B5)

              Read and Reviewed: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat

10/13/17 Romantic Suspense - Skipping

10/15/17 Vampires

               Currently Reading: Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel

10/17/17 Country House Mystery

                Final book for Halloween Bingo, I am going to get to Fatality by Firelight

10/19/17 Amateur Sleuth

               Currently Reading: Sleight of Paw

10/21/17 Demons - not reading anything for this square

 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-10-01 13:48
September Re-Cap
The Fixer - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mad: A Novel (Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy) - Chloé Esposito
The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
The Pact - Karina Halle
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson
The Orchard: A Memoir - Theresa Weir
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski
World After - Susan Ee
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Tantor Audio,Becky Chambers,Rachel Dulude

 

A mediocre reading month...some good...some not so good, some good but long (everything under the sun).  I listened to more books than I physically read this month by far, including a re-listen/read for an old favorite.  I did not read a single arc...I think that's due to me feeling like I don't want to be a guinea pig for new books.  Essentially, that's what you are, after all, which is the price you pay for being able to read books before they come out.  I'm just not sure if I want to do it anymore.

 

 

 

(eBook) The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  09/02

3.8/5 STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Audiobook) Mad by Chloe Esposito

Finish Date:  09/03

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Finish Date:  09/10

4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finish Date:  09/12

3/5 STARS - GRADE=C

 

(eBook) The Pact by Karina Halle

Finish Date:  09/13

2.7/5 STARS - GRADE=C-

 

(Audiobook) The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Finish Date:  09/16

4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) The Orchard: A Memoir by Theresa Weir

Finish Date:  09/20

3.5/5 - GRADE = B-

 

(eBook) Everything Under the Sun by Jessica Redmerski

Finish Date:  09/24

4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) World After by Susan Ee

Finish Date:  09/25

4.8/5 Stars - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (review pending)

Finish Date:  09/30

4.3/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

10 books Total for a total of 4,083 pages (including audio).

7 Audiobooks and 3 ebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-30 22:59
September 2017 Wrap Up
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb
Brighton Belle - Sara Sheridan

The volunteer position I took on in June for my son's school PTO board is proving to be a full-time job and my reading suffered as a result. 10 books is the least amount of books I have read in any one month all year. A lot of what I did read was "meh" to "grit my teeth and bare it to get the square filled"; the four books attached to this post is the best of my reading this month.

 

I participated in the Fandom Box swap and Grimlock did an amazing job of finding just the right things to put into my box. Luckily, the receiver of the box I put together liked what I put in their box.

 

Here's to hoping that October has better reading in store for me.

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 138/150

Pop Sugar: 0

Library Love: 4

Halloween Bingo: 10/25 squares read

 

1. The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston (Free Space square)- 5 stars

 

2. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Library Love) (Diverse Voices square)- 2 stars

 

3. Brighton Belle (Mirabella Mystery #1) by Sara Sheridan (Murder Most Foul square) - 3.5 stars

 

4. Dying for the Past by TJ O'Connor (Library Love) (Ghost square) - 1 star

 

5. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Doidge (Cozy Mystery square) - 2.5 stars

 

6. Switching Hour (Magic and Mayhem #1) by Robyn Peterman (Werewolves square) - 2 stars

 

7. Dime Store Magic by Kelly Armstrong (Witches square) (Library Love) - 0 stars

 

8. Killer Party (Tourist Trap Mystery #9) by Lynn Cahoon (Terrifying Women square) - 3 stars

 

9. All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle (Haunted Houses square) - 1.5 stars

 

10. Secrets in Death (...In Death #45) by J.D. Robb (Locked Room Mystery square) (Library Love) - 3 stars

 

Currently 50% in The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston for the Dark Woods square. Up next is Welcome to Albaterra (Albaterra Mates #0.5) by Ashley L. Hunt for the Aliens square.

 

 

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review 2017-09-29 08:24
Book Review for Hail No by Lani Lynn Vale
 
 
 



Title: Hail No
Series: Hail Raisers #1
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: MC Romance
Release: September 27, 2017
Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
ARC copy provided for honest review
Kindle Edition
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Evander Lennox doesn’t do anything he doesn’t want to do. At least, that is, until he’s sent to prison. The four years he’s incarcerated, he’s had no choice but to do the things that he’s asked to do, when he’s asked to do them. And now, if he doesn’t, it will mean a one-way ticket straight back to hell.
Once he’s free, it takes him twenty-four hours to get his old job back, his dog at home where he belongs, and an understanding that people aren’t as forgiving as he once thought them to be. He’s just about given up hope of ever integrating back into society when a woman slams into his heart, literally and figuratively.  *** Kennedy Swallow just wants to belong somewhere. When she was younger, her parents divorced, and chose to separate her from her twin. Fast forward fifteen years, and she’s finally getting to meet the family she’s always wanted to be a part of. To make that happen, she uproots her life and moves to the tiny town of Hostel, Texas—giving her almost everything she’s ever wanted. Just when she thinks she’s making progress in winning her family over, she finds out that her twin is ill, and the only reason her family tolerates her is due to the convenience of having a free caretaker whenever they might be in need of one. After a few eye-opening experiences, she quickly realizes that she’s being used. Vowing to herself that she’ll make the best of the situation, she begins to steel her heart. What she doesn’t prepare for is a man named Evander who sees that barrier as a challenge. *** It takes Evander all of ten seconds while watching the woman on the floor, bleeding from her jaw, to realize that maybe life isn’t as bad as it could be. This woman with her thrill for life, a crazy obsession with chickens, and a desire to be wanted, changes everything he thinks he knows. But it doesn’t take long for him to realize that just by being around her, the people of the town have judged her guilty by association. Her business suffers, and soon after, she realizes what it will mean to have him by her side—the loss of everything she’s worked so hard for. Kennedy knows that Evander is worth it. Evander, however, decides that he’s not letting another person get hurt because he was stupid enough to care.
 
 
 
 
 

iScream Book Blog - “Hail No = Hell Yes!”

Britt Red Hatter Book Blog - “As always, Hail No is an addictive book that will instantly suck you in and leave you unable to step away for even a second.”

MJ’s Book Blog and Reviews - “The first book of this new series was amazing, and had me going through all the feels.”

Evander and Kennedy

Ms Vale does it again.I have to say that this is a fairly new author to me that I started reading this past year and we started with her MC series that we absolutely love and we enjoyed her current Romantic Suspense just as much.


We really loved the story from cover to cover.The story had so much going on that it just kept you turning the pages to the very end.This was just such a sweet romance read with a great cast of leading characters from the onset of the story and I have to say that I loved them both.


I love it when you connect with the characters that you read about and Kennedy and Evander made it very easy to do just that.I loved when that happens because when that happens I know I am going to love the story to come and I did just that.


I always pick a favorite character in the story I am currently reading and I have to say I was just a little bit in love with Evander so I picked him.

What an awesome guy he was sweet ,kind ,patient, protective,generous,sexy and an amazing caring lover.I loved his interactions with Kennedy they were super sweet and how they were together as a couple and their sex together was super hot.An alpha for sure but kept himself in check.My heart broke a little bit for all the betrayals he endured like him going to jail for a crime he did not commit and have a brother who took part in his downfall.My heart broke for him and the shitty family he had and how they treated him yet he never gave up on them even knowing he should have.

Kennedy was a lover,spitfire,one who defies convention,sweet ,kind and and all around super sweet gal.My heart broke for her as well as her family treated her horrible to and I think for that reason it was easy to form a bond with Evander as they already has so much in common.


My favorite scenes in the story for me were the scene in the grocery store and her digging that  hole in her backyard.One scene showed just how protective she was of her man and how she had know problem standing up for the man she loved and the other was just showed you how much she loved him and the lengths she went to in order to lessen the pain he was feeling.


A great read with tons of twists and turns and betrayals but , also about how an unlikely pair of lovers who found solace in one another and one who was willing to see into the heart of her man and believe him when others thought him to be nothing but a criminal and ex con.When Kennedy sat down in that diner across from Evander even after he warned her away saying he was a bad bet had me cheering and saying go girl ! This sweet and quiet girl had fire in her!What a surprise and I liked it !


A recommended read to all!


5 stars from us


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I’m a married mother of three. My kids are all under 5, so I can assure you that they are a handful. I’ve been with my paramedic husband now for ten years, and we’ve produced three offspring that are nothing like us. I live in the greatest state in the world, Texas.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2017-09-23 19:33
Review: Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon
Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon

A good quick read. Jill is up to her sleuthing ways while also juggling school, her business, her aunt's health, and her relationship with Gregg. This time, Gregg is not the lead investigator, but he enlists Jill's help in finding his friend's killer. Lots of red herrings, but the killer was there all during the investigation. Still recommend this cozy series.

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