Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thursday Randomness

I somehow missed this on Tuesday. The last volume of the Fables series came out this week. I'm still on vol. 19 and have all the side stories (like the Jack of Fables) to read as well. I've really enjoyed this series and it got me reading in a genre that I hadn't paid much attention to before I started reading these.

Fan Art/ Cover Art
While looking for Fables artwork or fan art found the DeviantArt page for Dan Dos Santos (DsIllustrations). Had a couple of Fables artwork I really liked as well as covers for some of my favorite books. Not sure how I missed this artist before now.
Fables Deluxe Edition, book 9
by DSIllustration
I don't remember this story but have to find it now because of this picture...
Peter and Max
by DSillustration
Not Fables but one of my favorite Mercy covers
Bone Crossed
by DSIllustration
Short Story video by Tyler Novo. Teddy Bears fighting the monsters under the bed.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 07/27/2015

A Wedding on Primrose Street by Sheila Roberts (#7 Life in Icicle Falls)
All the Ways to Ruin A Rogue by Sophie Jordan (#2 Debutante Files)
Attack Of The Living Shadows! by Jake Bible (#4 ScareScapes)
Bad News Cowboy by Maisey Yates (#3 Copper Ridge)
Beware of Me by Cynthia Eden (#4 Last Option Search Team)
Breaking by Barbara Elsborg (#2 Fall or Break)
Broken by Natasha Thomas (#5 Devil's Spawn MC)
Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay (#1 Promise Falls)
Brush Back by Sara Paretsky (#17 V.I. Warshawski)
Confessions of a Queen B* by Crista McHugh (#1 Queen B*)
Coyote’s Kiss by Crissy Smith (#4 Shifter Chronicles)
Dragon Fall by Katie MacAlister (#1 Dragon Fall)
Dragons Live Forever by D'Elen McClain (#4 Fire Chronicles)
Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith (#4 Caprice De Luca Mystery)
Every Last Breath by Jennifer L Armentrout (#3 Dark Elements)
Extinction by D. J. Molles (#6 The Remaining)
Fall of Blaze by H. O. Charles (#6 The Fireblade Array)
Fatal Pursuit by Elisabeth Naughton (#3 Aegis Security)
Frisk Me by Lauren Layne (#1 New York's Finest)
Half a War by Joe Abercrombie (#3 Shattered Sea)
If He's Noble by Hannah Howell (#7 Wherlocke)
In the Drink by Allyson K. Abbott (#3 Mack's Bar Mysteries)
Inferno by Angela Graham (#5 Harmony)
Killer Jam by Karen MacInerney (#1 Dewberry Farm Mystery)
Killing Pretty by Richard Kadrey (#7 Sandman Slim)
Lady Be Good by Meredith Duran (#3 Rules for the Reckless)
Lone Rider by B J Daniels (#2 Montana Hamiltons)
Never Die Alone by Lisa Jackson (#8 New Orleans)
Queen of Pentacles by Katee Robert (#4 Sanctify)
Redzone by William C Dietz (#2 Mutant Files)
Servicing the Target by Cherise Sinclair (#9 Masters of the Shadowlands)
Silent Creed by Alex Kava (#2 Ryder Creed)
Siren's Call by Jayne Castle (#12 Harmony World #4 Rainshadow)
Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep (#13 Elemental Assassin)
The Blind by Shelley Coriell (#3 Apostles)
The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward (#1 The Bourbon Kings)
The Conquering Dark by Clay Griffith (#3 Crown & Key)
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan (#1 The Dinosaur Lords)
The Forbidden Billionaire by J. S. Scott (#3 Sinclairs)
The Forgotten by Heather Graham (#16 Krewe of Hunters)
The Highlander Takes A Bride by Lynsay Sands (#3 English Bride in Scotland)
The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter (#2 Original Heartbreakers)
The Legacy of Copper Creek by R C Ryan (#3 Copper Creek Cowboys)
The Orchard at the Edge of Town by Shirlee McCoy (#3 Apple Valley)
The Promise of Love by Billi Jean (#6 Love's Command)
The Secret Sister by Brenda Novak (#1 Fairham Island)
The Silence of the Chihuahuas by Waverly Curtis (#5 Barking Detective
The Terrans by Jean Johnson (#1 First Salik War)
Thrill Me by Susan Mallery (#18 Fools Gold)
White Death by Ted Bell (#9.5 Alexander Hawke)
Wired  by Julie Garwood (#13 Buchanan)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

I've shown this movie before but now we have the official trailer for The Good Dinosaur. Loving the look of this one as well.

Someone on FB posted this list from BoredPanda that shows fairy tale architecture from Norway. These are a couple of my favorites.
Bridge of Lateffossen Waterfall

Road Vindhellavegen

Artist Dreemers (Elasar Reem) (DeviantArt) combined Disney and League of Legends to come up with this set of Fan Art

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 07/20/2015

A Little Bit Closer by Evelyn Adams (#5 The Southerlands)
Agents of the Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone (#2 Internet Apocalypse)
An Obsession with Vengeance by Nancy Haviland (#3 Wanted Men)
Balm of Gilead by Adina Senft (#3 Healing Grace)
Bare for You by Lexxie Couper (#3 Outback Skies)
Caught Up in the Touch by Laura Trentham (#2 Falcon Football Series)
Chaos by Jamie Shaw (#3 Mayhem)
Dirty Thoughts by Megan Erickson (#1 Mechanics of Love)
Essential Beginnings by Kennedy Layne (#1 Surviving Ashes)
Exposed by Brighton Walsh (#2 Captive)
Focus on Me by Megan Erickson (#2 In Focus)
Jaguar's Judgment by Lia Davis (#10 Ashwood Falls)
Kansas City Secrets by Julie Miller (#2 Precinct: Cold Case)
Killing Secrets by Dianne Emley (#5 Nan Vining Mysteries)
Over The Top by Rebecca Zanetti (#4 Maverick MT)
Pale Kings & Princes by Cassandra Clare, Robin Wasserman (#6 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy)
Protected by a SEAL by Cat Johnson (#5 Hot SEALs)
Rake Most Likely to Thrill by Bronwyn Scott (#2 Rakes on Tour)
Release Me by Ann Marie Walker (#2 Chasing Fire)
Resonance by Erica O'Rourke (#2 Dissonance)
Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (#2 Dark House)
Rolling Like Thunder by Vicki Lewis Thompson (#3 Thunder Mountain Brotherhood)
Sinclair Justice by Colleen Shannon (#2 Texas Rangers)
Slate by Kelly Gendron (#2 Breaking the Declan Brothers)
Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs (#18 Temperance Brennan)
Stand Down by J A Jance (#23 J P Beaumont)
Take the Fall by Marquita Valentine (#1 Take the Fall)
Tamed by HelenKay Dimon (#8 Corcoran Team)
The Art of Sinning by Sabrina Jeffries (#1 Sinful Suitors)
The Bride Wore Denim by Lizbeth Selvig (#1 Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys)
The Dead Man's Reach by D. B. Jackson (#4 Thieftaker Chronicles)
The Devil's Bag Man by Adam Mansbach (#2 Jess Galvan)
The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani (#3 School for Good and Evil)
The New Order by Chris Weitz (#2 The Young World)
The Other Son by Alexander Soderberg (#2 Brinkmann Trilogy)
The Redeemers by Ace Atkins (#5 Quinn Colson)
The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare (#2 Billionaires and Bridesmaids)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Review ~ The Stars Never Rise

The Stars Never Rise 

by Rachel Vincent
published by Delacorte Press
genre: YA, Fantasy, Supernatural, Dystopia

Summary (Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she's too busy trying to actually survive. Her town's population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she'll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie's sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can't survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

My Thoughts: I always worry when everyone else loves a book. Hyped books don't always work for me. This one did. It is right up there as one of my favorite reads so far this year.
Even though the Church is in charge and everyone follows whatever they say, it wasn't a preaching/ religious story. It was clear from the beginning that everyone was under the thumb of the Church even if most didn't agree with what they were saying. Because of the demon invasion the Church rules by fear.
Nina was an interesting character for me. We kept being told that she was slow on the uptake and her sister was the smart one. For me, I'll take the slightly slower character that can survive in the world she lives in than the smart sister who is either incredibly selfish or not as smart as we are being told. Nina's new group of real exorcists are an interesting mix and have something for everyone.
The only thing that stopped this from being a five star for me was the romance. I liked the idea of Finn, at first he was one of the better characters. Unfortunately, the big reveal didn't work for me. It was just weird. I get the idea and could see how his situation greatly helped the group in their work but as not as far as being Nina's romantic interest. The situation just seemed to put her in a situation where she is just making out with random guys. Even if Finn is there, it's not really him. Like I said, I liked him as a character but not as a romantic interest.
Overall, for being a first in the series, the author grabbed me from the start and kept me until the end. I'm looking forward to seeing how the group does out in the wild dealing with everything that was figured out during this book.

Rating: 4.5