Thursday, November 27, 2014

Turkey Day Randomness

It's Thanksgiving here in the states. Time to remember all the things you are thankful for and eat way too much food. I'll be cooking all day and getting ready for family coming in the following weekend.
Ocellated Turkey
The first football game broadcast on Thanksgiving was at University of Detroit Stadium in 1934. Featured the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. The two teams are playing against each other today as well.
© Cartoon by Rick McKee

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 11/24/2014

Abracadaver by Laura Resnick (#7 Esther Diamond)
Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline (#13 Rosato and Associates)
Black Widow by Jennifer Estep (#12 Elemental Assassin)
Broken Open by Lauren Dane (#2 Hurley Boys)
Captive by Aimée Carter (#2 The Blackcoat Rebellion)
Cold As Ice by Sarah Mlynowski (#6 Whatever After)
Curves 'em Right by Milly Taiden (#4 Paranormal Dating Agency)
Damnation by Jean Johnson (#5 Theirs Not To Reason Why)
Dead But Not Forgotten by Charlaine Harris (#14 Sookie Stackhouse)
Deadly Obsession by Maggie Shayne (#4 Brown and De Luca)
Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd (#2 Kurland St. Mary Mysteries)
Endsinger by Jay Kristoff (#3 Lotus War Trilogy)
Exquisite Danger by Ann Mayburn (#2 Iron Horse MC)
Farewell to Ceder Key by Terri Dulong (#6 Cedar Keys)
Ghosts of Christmas Past by Corrina Lawson (#3.5 The Phoenix Institute)
Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye (#3 Hard Ink)
Jinn and Juice by Nicole Peeler (#1 Jinn and Juice)
Last Chance Family by Hope Ramsay (#9 Last Chance)
Lying In Wait by Ann Rule (#17 Ann Rule's Crime Files)
Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews (#7.5 Kate Daniels)
Mine to Take by Jackie Ashenden (#1 Nine Circles)
Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean (#4 Rules of Scoundrels)
Saving the Sun Dragon by Tracey West (#2 Dragon Masters)
Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh (#13.5 Psy-Changelings)
Shadow Watchers by K. F. Breene (#6 Darkness)
Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne Hinton (#1 Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery)
Symbiont by Mira Grant (#2 Parasitology)
The Burning Girl by Lisa Unger (#2 The Whispers Series)
The King by Tiffany Reisz (#6 The Original Sinners)
The Shape of My Heart by Ann Aguirre (#3 2B Trilogy)
The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy (#2 Twelve Kingdoms)
Twice Tempted by Eileen Dreyer (#5 Drake's Rakes)
Unchained by Caris Roane (#3 Men in Chains)
Unwrapping Tess by Krystal Shannan (#5 Vegas Mates)
Vampire in Paradise by Sandra Hill (#5 Deadly Angels)
Wicked Ways by Lisa Jackson (#4 Colony)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Book Review ~ The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception

by Mary E Pearson
published by Henry Holt & Co.
genre: YA, Fantasy,

Summary (Goodreads): A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor's secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can't abide. Like having to marry someone she's never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

My Thoughts: This should have been such a higher rating. I enjoyed the story, the characters and the world/mythology that the author created. Yet it just seemed to drag. It took me a week to read this and usually when I'm loving a book I can read it in a day or two.
I found Lia to be an interesting character. I wasn't sure how I felt at first. It jumps right into her fleeing from her marriage. Since we don't really know her yet it is difficult to feel for her at this point. I still liked her just wasn't sure. I did like how she wasn't your normal royal princess. She was a younger sister that clearly grew up a tom boy. I also liked her with Pauline. They had a great relationship that felt more like friends then servant/princess.
Kaden and Rafe both caught my attention as well. I hate love triangles and yet enjoyed all these characters that I was able to overlook it, mostly. It also helped that Lia had a clear favorite even when she was saying otherwise. Both men have their secrets and trying to figure out which is the assassin and which is the prince was not as easy as these things usually are.
There are questions I have. Like who was Gwen a spy for. She seemed shady when her and Pauline were going back to Civica. Also, Pauline herself is about to walk into something that could not only have an effect on her future but the relationship she has with Lia.
Of course the main reason for wanting to read the next book is to find out what happens now that we have all three main characters on their way into enemy territory. Not sure what the plans are that the two men have but cannot wait to watch them play out. I'm also interested to find out more about Lia's gifts and how they come into play.

Rating: 3.5 (only because it read so slow for me)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

There were not many movies that came out this year that my son/family wanted to see. The list for next year just keeps getting longer. Stills were released this week for a new Peanuts movie. My son loves reading the comic strips and watching the cartoons. 

I've been reading various comics/graphic novels. Found the Girl Genius series at my local library. I've read the first book and enjoyed the story and graphics. Then I found the whole series has been archived and available to read online. I haven't read more yet but looking forward to it. website,

So has anyone heard of this site? It's called Indie Arcs. It's like NetGalley but for Indie authors. I created an account but haven't really had the time to look around. It looks more interactive than netGalley. There are book groups, forums, etc. that you can join and connect with other readers and authors. (Website)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 11/17/2014

A Cursed Bloodline by Cecy Robson (#4 Weird Girls)
A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson (#8 Dandy Gilver)
Bound by Ink by Marcella Burnard (#2 Nightmare Ink)
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day (#4 Crossfire)
Captured by Lorhainne Eckhart (#3 Saved)
Ella and Micha: Infinitely and Always by Jessica Sorensen (#5 The Secret)
Hart Attack by Cristin Harber (#5 Titan)
Heritage of Cyador by L E Modesitt Jr (#18 Recluce)
I Belong to You by Lisa Renee Jones (#5 Inside Out)
Rogue Knight by Brandon Mull (#2 Five Kingdoms)
Stolen by Melissa de la Cruz (#2 Heart of Dread)
The Escape by David Baldacci (#3 John Puller)
The Job by Janet Evanovich (#3 Kate O'Hare)
The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum (#10 Inspector Sejer)
The Shiro Project by David Khara (#2 Consortium Thriller)
The Void by J. D. Horn (#3 Witching Savannah)
Undefeated by Melissa Cutler (#2 Destiny Falls / Bomb Squad)
Unwrapped by Maisey Yates (#3.5 Silver Creek)
What The Greek Wants Most by Maya Blake (#3 Untameable Greeks Trilogy)
Wild by Sophie Jordan (#3 Ivy Chronicles)