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text 2017-05-26 18:55
Friday Reads - Summer Holiday Weekend Part I
After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo
Her Last Breath - Linda Castillo
Among the Wicked: A Kate Burkholder Novel - Linda Castillo
Death by Tiara (A Jaine Austen Mystery) - Laura Levine
Egg Drop Dead - Laura Childs
Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery) - Maggie Sefton
Nothing but Trouble - Susan May Warren
Diary of an Accidental Wallflower - Jennifer McQuiston

I feel like it has been a long time since I did a Friday Reads post. I hope all my fellow US'ians have a safe holiday weekend. I hope my British neighbors have a safe bank holiday weekend. We got caught in a heat wave (in the 80s come afternoon time) so I broke out the kiddie pool; forecast states we have one more beautiful summer day, then the rain and lower temps are coming by the end of the weekend. I am spending most of my weekend with books and a long walk in the Thetford Forest with the family before the rain comes.

 

Here is what I hope to read over the weekend/the final week in May.

 

1. After the Storm by Linda Castillo

2. Her Last Breath by Linda Castillo 

3. Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo

      I picked these three books from the library. They're from the Kate Burkholder series (Amish police procedurals). I've wanted to try this series for a while now. These books are from later in the series.

 

4. Death by Tiara by Laura Levine

5. Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childs

6. Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton

        Another bunch from the library, this time in really cute cozy mystery flavor. The first is from the Jaine Austen series, and the name of the series was enough for me to take it off the shelf. I tried one book from Laura Childs before (from that tea shop mystery series) and DNF'ed it, so I don't have much expectation for this one (from the Cackleberry Club series). The last one's titled just made me laugh.

 

7. Nothing But Trouble by Susan May Warren

           Borrowed this one from OverDrive because I kept getting recommended it (OD has the first three books in the series). I'm at the 62% mark and really liking it; PJ is not one of those perfect model of a Christian, but she is a Christian with good intentions and a good heart. The writing is different from a lot of Christian fiction without being profane. I am looking forward to book two and three.

 

8. Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuinston

          My BL-opoly pick which makes it a priority. New to me author, but I loved the interviews she did for the Smart Podcast, Trashy Books podcast - she talked about her work at the CDC in general and her work in Africa dealing with Ebola outbreak specifically....along with her weekend job writing historical romances.

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-05-26 08:45
The Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff Strand
The Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff Strand

Stanley is a loser, nearing middle age with not much to show for it. After he dies in a freak accident, he is brought back to life on live TV and starts his second life as the Amazing Mr Corpse. He is now essentially owned by a corporation who are looking to cash in on his infamy, forcing him to do all manner of 'celebrity' appearances. When he begins to get cocky about his importance he is shown that a second death will be far more unpleasant than the first and that he was not the scientific miracle he thought he was but something far more sinister.
I enjoyed this one a lot, I'm a big fan of Strand and this one certainly didn't disappoint although I thought the main character wasn't as good as some in his other work. The ending was also slightly anti-climatic.
Strand uses this to lampoon celebrities who are famous for being famous, how they are viewed and the cult like status that some of them achieve for doing absolutely nothing. Stanley is a fairly talentless individual who soon begins to believe the hype of his own fame before it all goes wrong. Secondary characters were done well but for some reason none of the characters really resonated with me that strongly however the story itself was engaging, pulling several threads together at the end and gave me almost everything I come to expect in a Strand novel. As with most of his other work this was fast faced and darkly funny and whilst it's not my favourite it was still a fun read.

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text 2017-05-25 20:14
My Overdue Book Haul and Giveaway

 

It has been a very, very long time since my last Book-Haul, so I figured it is time.  

I have decided to only list and show the books I have on my shelves, otherwise this list would be miles long lol 

So here are most of the books I gotten over the last couple months in the mail:

 

  • Back To Good by Laura McCarthy Benson and the  complete Bayberry Island Trilogy by Susan Donovan  I won in giveaways.

Arcs I received were 

 

  • Lost Rider and Kiss my Boots by Harper Sloan 
  • New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan
  • Belle by Anonymous Girls
  • A Fire in the Blood by Amanda Ashley
  • The Turn by Kim Harrison 

Random books I bought, that are standalones or I already own part of the series 

 

  • King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard 
  • Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Not pictured or in different pictures are 
  • Blade Bound by Chloe Neill 
  •  The Struggle by  Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 Next we have some books by Sarah J. Maas 

 

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Plus as mentioned above The Struggle.

 

I found the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins in a second store for 3 bucks all together for books 1-7. I didn't know what they about but figured for 3 bucks I can't go wrong.

 

 

Next we have Cassandra Clare's books. I will get Lord of Shadows next time I get to the store....or I'm hoping anyway.

 

  • Lady Midnight 
  • Complete The Infernal Devices series 1-3
  • Complete The Mortal Instruments series 1-6

 

The last are Rick Riordan Books I meant to read the for a while now so I figured I might as well get them, plus my kids can also read them. My son actually read three of the Percy Jackson books.

 

  1. The complete The Heroes of Olympus series 1-5
  2. The Complete The Kane Chronicles series 1-3
  3. The complete Percy Jackson and the Olympians series 1-5

 

That is about, I think for hard copies. I have tons and tons of e-copies yet but way to many to list. 

The spring giveaway is also still going on and we will have a new summer one starting mid or end of June ;) 

But for now I will add the spring giveaway again in case tou have not entered or want to enter again (some are daily entrees).

 

 

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Snoopydoo sigi

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/overdue-book-haul-giveaway
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review 2017-05-25 20:05
Review: The Whitby Witches by Robin Jarvis
The Whitby Witches (Egmont Modern Classics) - Robin Jarvis


I would like to thank Egmont Publishing for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book.

 

I somehow managed to miss this author's books as they were originally released many years before my own children were of age to read them. Last year I happened across his newer series, The Witching Legacy and have since read both books one and two and loved them. So when I saw this one I was eager to delve into it, especially as it's set in Whitby like the newer books.

 

The Whitby Witches was a lot of fun. It was full of adventure, imagination, and danger. I was completely swept along with the characters and their story. The writing was easy to read and the world was vividly described. It was wonderfully dark and atmospheric and a lot of fun all round. Everything was so easily pictured in my mind as I read. It was like being a child all over again, reliving that wonderful sense of adventure, danger and anticipation.

 

The only negative aspect, and it's not something that's particular to this story alone but something that seems to be a trend across many children's stories and books and something I'm more aware of now as a mother, is the fact that the majority of villains or bad guys in children's stories always seem to have some kind of disfigurement or disability. They are always "ugly" scarred or disfigured in some way. Why are we portraying this kind of message to our children? How a person looks doesn't portray whether they are good or bad. Beauty is only skin deep, the outside does not reflect who a person is on the inside. "Monsters" can look just like everyone else and just because someone isn't what most would class as "normal" it doesn't make them the bad guy to be feared. Perhaps that is too scary of a concept in truth for children but it's reality. Anyway, I realise this is a more general comment and not something particular to this book alone but it's something that I found myself contemplating after finishing this one so I wanted to comment on it.

 

All in all, The Whitby Witches was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm going to have to get my hands on the rest of the series now.

 

 

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text 2017-05-25 18:31
Reading progress update: I've read 19 out of 397 pages.
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson

 

I can't. I can't breathe!

 

Omg.

 

This book. And I thought the movie was good.

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