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text 2018-08-16 01:40
Reading progress update: I've read 130 out of 468 pages.
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn

Ah, there's the Jones we all know and effing despise. He finally came out to play.

 

 

This guy was nuttier than a bag of pecans.

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review 2018-08-15 18:28
Well this was one short but sweet story...
Last Chance - RJ Scott

'Last Chance' was originally released in the 'Love for All Seasons' charity anthology...which I have to admit I missed out on and if this story is any indication of what it contained I definitely missed out on something good.

 

It's Luke and Justin's last year of college and granted they're not besties or anything of the sort but they shared a scorching hot kiss during their freshman year that Luke's never forgotten and if you ask Luke...Justin can't seem to remember, however, that's where Luke is about to find out that he's wrong.

 

'Last Chance' is just that as we quickly discover it's the story of the lengths that Justin is willing to go to in an effort not to loose what he feels is his last chance to have something with Luke...the boy who's never left his mind or his heart.

 

First off I'm just going to get this off of my chest right from the start...my only real problem here is that this story has the potential to be so freakin' much more. I loved Luke...he's an adorable geekie, ginger and Justin's equally adorable but even more than that I just kept wondering how on earth the captain of the hockey team...the head jock and yes this would be Justin, ended up with a group of the dorkiest, most incredibly goofy and sweet hockey player jocks for his friends. These guys were hilarious and I loved them and seriously dear author...there's a series here. Every one of them needs a story all their own...opportunity's knocking....please answer the door!!! and while your there maybe Luke and Justin's story could be expanded to start with that first kiss rather than just have it be a memory...just a thought :)

 

Ok, in spite of my greedy little grabby hands need for more overall even though this one has little to no actual on page sex and moderate steam...come on it's only 20ish pages it's still a lot of fun to read... it's a short, sweet, fun, essentially angst free story with a lovely HEA that'll leave you smiling and like me probably wanting more...but in the best possible way.

 

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A copy of 'Last Chance' was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2018-08-15 17:59
Halloween Bingo 2018 --My Tentative Reading List

I've always wanted to play, I just didn't know if I would be able to find enough books that I want to read considering I don't really like scary books.  Lately, though, I've been branching out with my reading, and I couldn't be happier with that...so why not give this a try.  Thank you, Moonlight Madness & Obsidian Blue for hosting this challenge.  BTW, I've always thought your graphics for your cards are fabulous.

 

MY HALLOWEEN BINGO CARD

 

 

 

 

 

#1~AMATEUR SLEUTH - This mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement.

Planning on Hunting Prince Dracula by Carrie Maniscalco

 

 

 

 

 

#2~COZY MYSTERY - A subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.

Planning on A Geek Girl's Guide to Murder by Julie Ann Lindsey

 

  

 

 

 

#3~MODERN NOIR - Mystery with noir elements, including authors like James Ellroy, Ian Rankin, anything that falls generally under the category of Nordic Noir, Tartan Noir, Granite Noir, etc. 

Tentatively planning on Snow Blind by Ragnar Jonasson or Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.

 

  

 

 

 

#4~NEW RELEASE - Mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural that was published after 10/31/17.

Tentatively planning to read Sunburn by Laura Lippman or Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman.

 

 

 

 

 

#5~13 - Any book that relates to bad luck, superstitions, including (but not limited to) black cats, ravens or crows, or the unlucky number 13, either in the title, series, book cover or page count.

Planning to read The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

 

  

 

 

 

#6~MURDER MOST FOUL - Any murder mystery. 

Tentatively planning on A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer or Ten by Gretchen McNeil

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7~ROMANTIC SUSPENSE -Any romance which has a significant subplot that involves mystery, thriller or suspense. 

Tentatively planning on The Swan & The Jackal by J.A. Redmerski

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8~DEAD LANDS - Elements of the undead - zombies, wights, vampires and other revenants. 

Tentatively maybe reading The Burning World by Isaac Marion.

 

 

 

 

 

#9~CREEPY CARNIVALS - Horror/mystery/supernatural/suspense set in or concerning a carnival, amusement park, or other party/festival.

Planning to read FantasticLand by Mike Bockoven

 

  

 

 

 

#10~TERROR IN A SMALL TOWN - Any mystery, supernatural, horror or suspense that takes place in a small town.

Planning on Wayward by Blake Crouch

 

 

 

 

 

 

#11~DARKEST LONDON - Any mystery, suspense, horror or supernatural book set in London. 

Planning on reading Winterblaze by Kristen Callihan

 

  

 

 

 

#12~DOOMSDAY - Anything related to the end of the world, doomsday cults, or a post-apocalypse world.

Planning to read In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

 

 

 

 

 

 

#13~FREE SPACE - I'm leaving this one open for now...

 

 

 

 

 

#14~FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP - Mystery, suspense, supernatural or horror books with sea-related elements: sea creatures, ships, shipwrecks, and/or sharks.

Tentatively planning on Sea Witch by Sarah Henning or Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

 

 

 

 

 

#15~A GRIMM TALE - Any fairy tale or retelling of fairy tales, folklore, legends, etc.  Planning to read  All the Ever After's by Danielle Teller

 

 

 

 

 

 

#16~DIVERSE VOICES - Written by an author of color.

Planning to read Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

 

 

 

 

 

#17~SOUTHERN GOTHIC - Mystery, supernatural, suspense or horror set in the Southern part of the United States. 

Tentatively planning on Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#18~SPELLBOUND - Books containing witches, warlocks, sorcerers, and witchcraft. 

Tentatively planning on A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

 

  

 

 

 

#19~GOTHIC - Any book with significant: a genre or mode of literature and film that combines fiction and horror, death, and at times romance. 

Tentatively planning on Alice by Christina Henry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#20~SUPERNATURAL - Mystery, suspense or horror books which include elements that defy current understanding of the natural world, including magic, witchcraft and/or crypto-zoological aspects. 

Tentatively planning on A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa

 

 

 

 

 

 

#21~TERRIFYING WOMEN - Mystery, horror, suspense or supernatural written by women. 

Tentatively planning on City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong or Ten by Gretchen McNeil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 #22~SHIFTERS - Werewolves, skin-walkers, and all other therianthropes. 

I tentatively haven't planned anything, because I don't really like shifter stories, I am open to suggestions from anyone, though.  I might use the wild card here...

I found one!  Planning to read Winter by Marissa Meyer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 #23~GENRE: SUSPENSE - Anything that fits into the suspense genre. 

Tentatively planning on An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.

 

 

 

 

 

 #24~GHOST STORIES - Any story involving ghosts or hauntings, including haunted houses, buildings, graveyards, etc.

Tentatively planning on Darkhouse by Karina Halle (maybe).  This one I'm not sure on...

 

 

 

 

 

#25~RELICS AND CURIOSITIES - Concerning magical, supernatural or haunted objects, such as spell books, talismans or swords. 

Tentatively hoping (Netgalley request) reading The Devil's Thief by Lisa Maxwell or the Lost Codex by Heather Lyons

 

 

 

 

& MY MARKER WILL BE...

 

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review 2018-08-15 14:18
Review: The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

 

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

 

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

 

 

 

I enjoyed this book much more than the last and I can see why these books get such a hype.

I really started likening the Raven Boys and of course Blue, but I think what I liked most was the friendship that was being build.

There was a lot happening in this book and the I wont say much to not spoil it but I really liked the overall plot and twist that happened.

I really liked the whole Mr. Grey part it was mysterious and fun to follow.

Blue, really came into her own this book and I loved that she just became so much more confident not only in her own skin and family but also around our boys.

The Raven boys. I can’t seem to pick a favorite, they all are unique and fun in their own way.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and looking forward to the next.

I had the paperback and the audio and must say the audio was fantastic to listen to. I absolutely loved it.

I rate this book 4 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Links

 

Amazon *** B&N *** Kobo

   

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review 2018-08-15 02:11
Turns out that things went a little better this time around...
Sun and Shadow - Dirk Greyson,Andrew McFerrin

Ok, here we are at the end of book #2 and somethings worked better for me so let's take a look at them...

 

First off there's the overall story...the mystery/thriller/action all that stuff and this time around this part of the story was on the plus side of things for me. I liked the story premise...a lot! I'm a bit of an art geek so when story is based artworks like this one was it gets brownie points with me from the get go and then there was the whole issue of the race between Knight and Day vs the Russians which definitely had some good moments even...dare I say humorous ones...

like when Day told Knight they couldn't go around messing with the cars of every Russian they meet...ok, if you say so Day but personally I'm cool with it, especially when it seems like every Russian you meet is trying to kill you. I say go for it.

 

and then we have Knight. I'm still not sure that I can say I like him but I was happy to see a bit of growth with him and I liked the whole side story of him and the kid that he caught robbing his garage...it was sweet, but not overly and that's all I'm saying on that subject. Well that and the fact that this was a nice little side step from everything else that was happening and I liked getting to see Knight interact with someone other than Day or the 'bad guys'. While he still maintained his gruff demeanor, we also got to see a kinder more caring Knight than I had believed was there...I have hope!

 

As for Knight and Day's relationship well there was a bit of growth there as well. While Knight's still got a long way to go at least this time around we got to see a bit of introspection on his part...although the visit from the dead wife was something I so could have done without...but maybe that's just me.

 

Day has thankfully stood up for himself form the word go with Knight and I like that this continued in spite of the fact that he's willing to take care of Knight when he's needed, it didn't mean that he wouldn't stand up for himself whenever Knight decided to be a jerk! Day would call him on his douchy behavior, something that Knight desperately needed. But on the other side of this coin I have to admit that I found it hard to buy the attraction between these two because of how often they were at odds with each other...maybe, if this aspect of things could shift a bit so that the conflict between these two eases up a bit I'll find them to be more believable as a couple and maybe that's just me and I'm cool with that too. We all have our own personal preferences as to what does or doesn't work in a relationship and I can honestly think of more than one couple that have had pretty high levels of antagonism going on between them and still as a couple it's worked for me. This is such a subjective aspect and while Knight and Day aren't quite there for me as a couple at least this time around I started to feel like I could see the possibility.

 

Once again I was treated to the opportunity to enjoy the narrations of Andrew McFerrin and he did not disappoint in any way especially since having the same narrator in the second story as there was in the first one made it that much easier to become invested in the story.

 

Even more important than whether or not a narrator sounds how I think a character should sound is having the consistency of that character sounding the same from story to story. Something that adds believability and realism to the story for me as a listener.

 

So far there's one more book listed for this series, 'Dawn and Dusk' and I have to admit while I doubt I'll read the e-book if it gets released on audio and  Andrew McFerrin's the narrator I may just give it a try. 

 

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An audio book of 'Sun and Shadow' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

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