Thursday, July 24, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

Can I just have this room. It's just gorgeous and combines my favorite things, books and artwork.
The Philosophical Hall at Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic
Here's another for good measure.
Library at the Benedictine Monastery of Admont — Admont, Austria
Artwork by Michael C. Hayes (website)
He also did the cover art for Miserere, which I am currently reading.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 07/21/2014

A Pinch of Magic by Kiki Thorpe (#7 Never Girls)
Blood Med by Jason Webster (#4 Max C├ímara)
Dash by Kate Klimo (#5 Dog Diaries)
Desired by Stacey Kennedy (#3 Club Sin)
Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke (#1 Dissonance)
Endless by Kate Brian (#3 Shadowlands)
Falling for Her Husband by Karen Erickson (#3 The Renaldis)
Hounded by David Rosenfelt (#12 Andy Carpenter)
Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep (#11 Elemental Assassin)
Remains of Innocence by J A Jance (#16 Joanna Brady)
Return to Homecoming Ranch by Julia London (#2 Homecoming Ranch)
Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard (#3 Something Strange & Deadly)
Support and Defend by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney (#1 Campus)
Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Lena Diaz (#4 The Nursery Rhyme)
The Burnouts by Lex Thomas (#3 Quarantine)
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough (#1 Jinni Wars)
The Order of the Unicorn by Suzanne Selfors (#4 Imaginary Veterinary)
The Secret of the Key by Marianne Malone (#4 Sixty-Eight Rooms)
The Year of Chasing Dreams by Lurlene McDaniel (#2 Year of Luminous Love)
Veiled Target by Robin Bielman (#1 Veilers)
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (#1 Dark House)
Wild Water Magic by Lynne Jonell (#4 Magical Mix-Ups)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mini Reviews ~ Blood Lite

Blood Lite (Blood Lite #1)

edited by Kevin J Anderson
genre: Anthologies, Adult, Fantasy, PNR, UF

Summary (Goodreads): The Horror Writers Association Presents Blood Lite...a collection of entertaining tales that puts the fun back into dark fiction, with ironic twists and tongue-in-cheek wit to temper the jagged edge.

My Thoughts: I only read the stories by the authors on the front of the book. I tried reading some of the others but wasn't in the right mood, will try and go back when I have more reading time.
Jim Butcher (Dresden 10.1): Harry's Day Off: Cute story about Harry trying to keep plans for a day off and everything going wrong. From his assistant blowing up his lab to the local were's getting fleas.
Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter 15.5): Where Angels Fear to Tread: This was the one that had me turning the page and going wait I want more.
Kelley Armstrong (Otherworld 8.2): The Ungrateful Dead: This was another I enjoyed even though I'm not this far into the series yet (really need to finish).
Overall, I bought this for these three stories and they were worth the price of the book. Since I own the book, if I'm ever looking for new authors I can check out their works in this book.

Rating: 3.5(on stories read)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

How did I miss this? Not just the movie news but the book it is based on. Daniel Radcliffe is staring in this adaptation set to come out this Halloween. The trailer looks great and I actually want to see this (been awhile since I've wanted to see a horror movie). More importantly I want to read the book.

Horns Trailer

Horns by Joe Hill (Goodreads)
Summary: Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples.
At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more—he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin's death damned all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look—a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. . . . It's time the devil had his due. . .

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 7/14/2014

*Links go to Goodreads

Addicted by Tracy Wolff (#2 Ethan Frost)
Billionaire's Secret by Chantelle Shaw (#4 Chatsfield)
Blade of the Samurai by Susan Spann (#2 Shinobi Mysteries)
Breaking Danger by Lisa Marie Rice (#3 Ghost Ops)
Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally (#5 Hundred Oaks)
Bridegroom Bodyguard by Lisa Childs (#3 Shotgun Weddings)
Captain Awesome vs. the Evil Babysitter by Stan Kirby (#11 Captain Awesome)
City of Devils by Diana Bretherick (#1 City of Devils)
Cut and Thrust by Stuart Woods (#30 Stone Barrington)
Dare to Surrender by Carly Phillips (#3 Dare to Love)
Days of Rage by Brad Taylor (#6 Pike Logan)
Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry (#2 All Our Pretty Songs)
Elective Procedures by Merry Jones (#2 Elle Harrison)
Enemies at Home by Lindsey Davis (#2 Flavia Albia Mystery)
Evidence of Passion by Cynthia Eden (#3 Shadow Agents: Guts and Glory)
Fifth Touch by Clara Kensie (#5 Run To You)
Full Fathom Five by Max Gladstone (#3 Three Parts Dead)
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (#1 Half a King)
Herbie's Game by Timothy Hallinan (#4 Junior Bender)
Knight Avenged by Coreene Callahan (#2 Circle of Seven)
Last Orders by Harry Turtledove (#6 War That Came Early)
Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron (#1 Heartstrikers)
Peanut Goes to School by Thea Harrison (#6.7 Elder Races)
Revolutionary by Krista McGee (#3 Anomaly)
Shame on Him by Tara Sivec (#3 Fool Me Once)
Sight Unseen by Iris Johansen (#2 Kendra Michaels)
Slaves of Socorro by John Flanagan (#4 Brotherband Chronicles)
Taking Fire by  Radclyffe (#4 First Responders)
Tamed by Emma Chase (#3 Tangled)
The Boleyn Reckoning by Laura Andersen (#3 Anne Boleyn Trilogy)
The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron (#5 Mike Bowditch Mystery)
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (#3 All Souls Trilogy)
The Catch by Taylor Stevens (#4 Vanessa Michael Munroe)
The Causal Angel by Hannu Rajaniemi (#3 Quantum Thief)
The Heist by Daniel Silva (#14 The Gabriel Allon Series)
The Highest Bid by Joey W Hill (#4 Naughty Bits)
The Last Town by Blake Crouch (#3 Wayward Pines)
Trash Can Nights by Teddy Steinkellner (#2 Trash Can Days)
World of Trouble by Ben H Winters (#3 The Last Policeman)