Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This Week's Reads

by TsaoShin (DeviantArt)

Kushiel's Avatar by Jacqueline Carey
Phedre's Trilogy #3 (Goodreads)
**Finally getting back to this series. This is the final book in the first trilogy. Phedre along with Joscelin are looking to rescue Hyacinthe.

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier
Blackthorn & Grim #1 (Goodreads)
**Been reading a lot of fantasy lately and this is another set to add to the list. Something about the covers made me want more. Blackthorn is duty bound to help anyone who asks for it and with the help of Grim the adventures begin.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 07/172/017

A Desolate Hour by Mae Clair (#3 Point Pleasant)
Arabella and the Battle of Venus by David D Levine (#2 Adventures of Arabella Ashby)
Armistice by Harry Turtledove (#3 Hot War)
Assassin Next Door by Eve Langlais (#1 Bad Boy Inc.)
Blotto, Twinks and the Stars of the Silver Screen by Simon Brett (#7 Blotto, Twinks)
Casual Impressions by Kennedy Layne (#4 Safeguard)
Collared by David Rosenfelt (#16 Andy Carpenter)
Cornered in Conard County by Rachel Lee (#33 Conard County : The Next Generation)
Do You Take This Cowboy? by Vicki Lewis Thompson (#11 Thunder Mountain Brotherhood)
Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden (#1 A.L.F.A. Novel)
Escape with a Hot SEAL by Cat Johnson (#12 Hot SEALs)
Ghosts by Nicholas Sansbury Smith (#2 The Hell Divers Trilogy)
HOT Valor by Lynn Raye Harris (#11 Hostile Operations Team)
Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon (#9 A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Look Behind You by Iris Johansen (#5 Kendra Michaels)
Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace (#2 Charmed in Texas)
Manhunt on Mystic Mesa by Cindi Myers (#3 Ranger Brigade: Family Secrets)
Mischievous Prince by Michelle M Pillow (#5 Captured by a Dragon-Shifter)
Protection Detail by Julie Miller (#4 Precinct: Bachelors in Blue)
Rocky Mountain Home by Vivian Arend (#11 Six Pack Ranch)
Secret Agent Surrender by Elizabeth Heiter (#3 Lawmen: Bullets and Brawn)
Seeds of Malice by Dale Mayer (#11 Psychic Visions)
Shadow by Colleen Oakes (Wendy Darling #3)
Soul Cage by Tetsuya Honda (#2 Reiko Himekawa)
Spellbinder by Thea Harrison (#2 Moonshadow)
Strange Dogs by James S A Corey (#6.5 Expanse)
The Emperor of Mars by Patrick Samphire (#2 Secrets of the Dragon Tomb)
The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall (#3 The Conspiracy of Us)
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
The Late Show by Michael Connelly (#1 RenĂ©e Ballard)
The Library of Light and Shadow by M J Rose (#3 Daughters of La Lune)
Vegas Wedding, Weaver Bride by Allison Leigh (#16 Return to the Double-C Ranch)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Children's Review ~ The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle

The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle
by Stuart Samuel
illustrated by Nathaniel Dailey
published by Jupiter Scientific
expected release date: July 18, 2017
genre: children's, picture book

Summary (Goodreads): Thomas the Turtle lives with his family on a picturesque pond. He is told by his mother not to go to a forbidden region of the pond. But Thomas's curiosity gets the better of him and one day he ventures too close and is swept away. What follows is a battle with nature as Thomas struggles to reunite with his family.

**Received from netgalley/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:  This is a cute story about a young turtle who one day, decides to go against his mother's rules, going to the forbidden region. Thomas' father was lost in the forbidden region of the pond and never seen again. Thomas goes on a wild ride and ends up far from home and struggles to find a way back. Fortunately, two children are there to assist him.
The illustrations made this book for me. They were very well done and do a great job showing Thomas' story from home, to the forbidden region, and back again.

Rating: 4

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This Week's Reads

Always Summer Here
by  Chromamancer (DeviantArt)

Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow by Juliet Grey
Marie Antoinette #2 (Goodreads)
**I really enjoyed the authors writing in book one and wanted to read more. This book starts with Marie and her husband Louis XVI ascending to the French throne.

Warren the 13th and The Whispering Woods by Tania Del Rio, Illustrated by Will Staehle
Warren the 13th #2 (Goodreads)
**This is a middle grade series that I found very entertaining. I especially liked the illustrations and could not pass up reading book 2.

The Waking Land by Callie Bates
**Was not familiar with this author/ book before I saw it on the shelf but could not resist the cover. Then I couldn't help but be intrigued by "a homeland of magical legends".

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 7/10/2017

30 Second Death by Laura Bradford (#2 Tobi Tobias Mystery)
A Basket Full of Bargains by Lorraine Bartlett (#2 Life On Victoria Square)
A Kiss Before Doomsday by Laurence MacNaughton (#2 Dru Jasper)
Another Man's Ground by Claire Booth (#2 Sheriff Hank Worth Mystery)
Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine (#3 Great Library)
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (Bannerless Saga #1)
Beautiful Tempest by Johanna Lindsey (#12 Malory Family)
Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble (#8 Rock Harbor)
Besieged: Stories From The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne (#8.6 Iron Druid Chronicles)
Blood Bound by Brandy L Rivers (#10 Others of Edenton)
The Devil's Muse by Bill Loehfelm (#5 Maureen Coughlin)
Conditioned by Liz Crowe (#3 Brewing Passion - Revamped)
Dark Exodus by Thomas E Sniegoski (#2 Demonist)
Dark Flight by Cynthia Sax (#2 Refuge)
Dark Water by Parker Bilal (#6 Makana Mystery)
Death on Delos by Gary Corby (#7 Athenian Mysteries)
Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo (#9 Kate Burkholder)
Fire and Fog by Andrew Grey (#6 Carlisle Cops)
First Blood by Jane Hinchey (#3 Awakening Series)
For The Birds by Denise Grover Swank (#2 Rose Gardner Investigations)
Forever in Love by Susane Colasanti (#3 City Love Trilogy)
Fury of Surrender by Coreene Callahan (#6 Dragonfury)
Game on Askole by Gail Koger (#7 Coletti Warlords)
House of Spies by Daniel Silva (#17 The Gabriel Allon Series)
Hunger by Jacquelyn Frank (#2 Energy Vampires Series)
I Need You Tonight by Stina Lindenblatt (#3 Pushing Limits)
Jilted by Sawyer Bennett (#2 Love Hurts)
Justice Burning by Scott Pratt (#2 Darren Street)
Landon Calling by Amanda M. Lee (#10.6 Wicked Witches of the Midwest Mysteries)
Loved by Kristin Cast, P C Cast (#1 House of Night Other World)
Maybe This Summer by Jennifer Snow (#4 Colorado Ice)
Monstress Volume 2: The Blood by Marjorie M Liu (#2 Monstress)
Perish From the Earth by Jonathan F Putnam (#2 Lincoln and Speed Mystery)
Pounding Skin by L. A. Witt (#2 Skin Deep Inc.)
Reckoning by Shana Figueroa (#3 Valetine Shepherd)
Resurrection by Katie Reus (#1 Redemption Harbor)
Say You'll Stay by Kathryn Shay (#2 To Serve and Protect)
Shameless by Lisa Renee Jones (#2 White LIes)
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (#2 Reluctant Heroes)
The Carnelian Crow by Colleen Gleason (#4 Stoker & Holmes)
The Delirium Brief by Charles Stross (#8 Laundry Files)
The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship by Shirley Jump (#1 O'Bannon Sisters)
The Possibility of Perfect by Brinda Berry (#4 Stand By Me)
The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey (#3 The Girl at Midnight)
The United Continuums by Jennifer Brody (#3 The Continuum Trilogy)
Tomorrow's Kin by Nancy Kress (#1 Yesterday's Kin)
Two is a Lie by Pam Godwin (#2 Tangled Lies)
Unraveling by Sara Ella (#2 Unblemished)
Watchful Wisteria by Angela Pepper (#4 Wisteria Witches Mystery)
World's Collide by Chris Colfer (#6 Land of Stories)