Wednesday, February 3, 2016

This Week's Reads

War Cry by Jim Butcher, Illustrated by Mark Powers, Carlos Gomez
Dresden Files Graphic Novel #4 (Goodreads)
**This is one of my all time favorite series. Plus I needed a change of pace and hadn't read any graphic novels yet.

The Masked Truth by Kelley Armstrong
**I like mysteries and thrillers but really only picked this up because of the author.

Story Thieves by James Riley
Story Thieves #1 (Goodreads)
**This was another where I was just looking for something different, lighter to read.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 02/01/2016

A Deadly Tail by Dixie Lyle (#4 Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot Mystery)
A Disguise to Die For by Diane Vallere (#1 Costume Shop Mystery)
A Familiar Tail by Delia James (#1 A Witch's Cat Mystery)
A Turn for the Bad by Sheila Connolly (#4 County Cork Mysteries)
A Whisker of Trouble by Sofie Ryan (#3 Second Chance Cat Mystery)
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers (#1 Assassin's Heart)
Banished by Kimberley Griffiths Little (#2 Forbidden)
Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna by Maia Chance (#3 A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery)
Bewitched by Amanda M. Lee (#8.5 Wicked Witches of the Midwest Mysteries)
Bind Me by Anna Zaires (#2 Capture Me)
Blackjack by Robert Knott (#8 Virgil Cole & Everett Hitch Westerns)
Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter (#Stories Jane Yellowrock)
Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman (#31 Alex Delaware)
Brotherhood In Death by J. D. Robb (#42 In Death)
By Break of Day by M. L. Buchman (#21 Night Stalkers)
Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey (#1 Chesapeake Valor)
Darkness Fair by Rachel A Marks (#2 The Dark Cycle)
Darkness Raging by Yasmine Galenorn (#18 Sisters of the Moon/Otherworld)
Dreaming Death by J Kathleen Cheney (#1 Palace of Dreams)
Ember's Fire by Norah Wilson (#2 The Standish Clan)
For Cheddar or Worse by Avery Aames (#7 Cheese Shop Mystery)
Fused by Cari Quinn, Taryn Elliott (#4.5 Lost in Oblivion)
Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane (#10 Young Wizards)
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold (#16 Miles Vorkosigan)
Grave Visions by Kalayna Price (#4 Alex Craft)
Hard Ever After by Laura Kaye (#5 Hard Ink)
In Place of Never by Julie Anne Lindsey (#3 Calypso)
It's a Wonderful Knife by Christine Wenger (#5 Comfort Food Mysteries)
Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron (#13 Jane Austen)
Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy (#7 Killer Instincts)
Murder on Wheels by Lynn Cahoon (#6 A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Notorious by Carey Baldwin (#3 Cassidy & Spenser)
Off the Books by Lucy Arlington (#5 Novel Idea Mystery)
Pain Killer by LS Sygnet (#2 Raver/Castillo)
Raging Sea by Michael Buckley (#2 Undertow)
Remembrance by Meg Cabot (#7 Mediator)
Revisionary by Jim C Hines (#4 Magic ex Libris)
Riders by Veronica Rossi (#1 Riders)
Savage Nights by Mia Gabriel (#2 The Savage Trilogy)
Scene of the Brine by Mary Ellen Hughes (#3 Pickled & Preserved Mystery)
SEAL Wolf In Too Deep by Terry Spear (#18 Heart of the Wolf)
Spoils of Victory by John A Connell (#2 Mason Collins)
Starflight by Melissa Landers (#1 Starflight)
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer ( Lunar Chronicles Collection)
The Alchemy of Chaos by Marshall Ryan Maresca (#3 Maradaine)
The Art of War by Stephen Coonts (#6 Tommy Carmellini)
The Bride Wore Starlight by Lizbeth Selvig (#3 Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys)
The Custodian of Marvels by Rod Duncan (#3 Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire)
The Grim Steeper by Amanda Cooper (#3 Teapot Collector Mystery)
The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne (#2 To Tempt a Highlander)
The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard (#2 The Florentine)
Thirty Nights With a Dirty Boy by Shiloh Walker (#1 Heroes and Heartbreaker)
Town in a Cinnamon Toast by B B Haywood (#7 Candy Holliday Mystery)
Unreasonable Doubt by Vicki Delany (#8 Constable Molly Smith)
Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren (#4 Wild Seasons)
Wickedly Powerful by Deborah Blake (#3 A Baba Yaga Novel)

Monday, February 1, 2016

Book Review ~ Night Study

Night Study (Soulfinders #2)

by Maria V Snyder
published by Mira Ink
release date: January  26, 2016
genre: Fantasy, Adult, 

**E-galley received via Netgalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary (Goodreads): Ever since being kidnapped from the Illiais Jungle as a child, Yelena Zaltana's has been fraught with peril. But the recent loss of her Soulfinding abilities has endangered her more than ever before. As she desperately searches for a way to reclaim her magic, her enemies are closing in, and neither Ixia nor Sitia are safe for her anymore. Especially since the growing discord between the two countries and the possibility of a war threatens everything Yelena holds dear.

Valek is determined to protect Yelena, but he's quickly running out of options. The Commander suspects that his loyalties are divided, and he's been keeping secrets from Valek...secrets that put him, Yelena and all their friends in terrible danger. As they uncover the various layers of the Commander's mysterious plans, they realize it's far more sinister that they could have ever imagined.

My Thoughts: Another great addition to this series/world that Snyder has created. I had a few problems but not enough to take me out of the story. We'll start with the good.
This may sound weird but I was glad when Yelena and Valek went their separate ways. I love them as a couple and was happy with the family, commitment stuff but was ready the action/trouble that I'm used to from this series.
There was a definite focus on Valek in this book. A lot happens with the magicians but there didn't seem to be enough of a focus on it all. It seemed as if every step Yelena, Ari, and Janco took there was some bad thing waiting to take them more than two steps back. I was also glad to start and get some small explanation as to what has been going on with Yelena's magic. Which takes us back to Valek.
My favorite parts of this book revolved around Valek. Always moving forward trying to find his way back to Yelena  but still being able to get things done and scare a few people along the way. Figuring out who and where the storm thieves were. Finding the twins, taking them home before sneaking them into Sitia, and learning that they are family. I will say Valek's mother did not leave me with a good impression, I definitely liked his dad better.  I also liked how his immunity to magic and new abilities worked. Every part that took place made sense to both the character and this world.
The biggest problem with this book was that it felt like a middle book of a trilogy. There were a 100 pages left and it felt like nothing had happened and there wasn't much time left. At 40 pages, some things had happened (everyone was in one place) but it still felt like there was no way there was going to be any resolution in this book.  When the book ended and our heroes were not out of danger but at least together it worked, sorta.
This book definitely set up book three. Cannot wait for the battle/confrontation with the commander and Owen, Bruns and company. I'm really hoping for a resolution to everything we learned in this book without it turning into a sappy cop out. I want everyone to have an HEA (at least the good guys) but I want it to be believable. Now for the long wait...

Rating: 4

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Some Thursday Randomness

I knew at some point that The Magicians was based off the books but had forgotten until I started watching the first episode. I've liked what I've seen so far. The acting is definitely better than the next show in this post. For the most part I liked the books so it will depend on the writing and actors for the show.

Next up Shadowhunters. I wanted to like this, I really did. I am still recording it in hopes that it might get better but chances are looking slim. Some things work but overall the acting is what is killing it for me. The girl playing Clary didn't bug me until the last episode and it wasn't even her acting it was her running. If they are going to put these actresses in these heels and then expect them to run around chasing things, they need to practice until they look comfortable doing it. Oh well, like I said may give it a few more weeks before fully giving up.

Fun Stuff
Just a random dance video...

I cannot think of a time when I would pay this much for a vase (almost $1200) but they are really beautiful pieces.
High Wave Vase
by Kela's Gallery ( website
Music Fractals
by Dmitry Bitus (deviantArt

Magician of Darkness
by Hyun (deviantart)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

This Week's Reads

The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
(Stoker & Holmes #3) Goodreads
**I received this book from Armchair BEA last year. I read the first two books right away but am just now, finally getting around to reading this one.

Swords and Scoundrels by Julia Knight
(The Duelists Trilogy #1) Goodreads
**This was an impulse pick up at the library. The cover got my attention and it just sounded like something I might like. Haven't really looked to see what it's ratings are.

The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
(The Cinder Spires #1) Goodreads
**Butcher is one of my favorite author so I've been looking forward to this one. I've seen mixed reviews but hoping I either really enjoy it or it's like the Dresden books where it didn't fully grab me until book 3-4.