Thursday, October 23, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

Decided to do some book stuff this week. Starting with some new covers that I came across. None of these come out until 2015 (which is closer than it sounds).

Velvet by Temple West (Goodreads) Orphan and Demon Vamp neighbor. Not familiar with this author but really like the cover.

Siren's Fury by Mary Weber (Goodreads) This is the second in the Storm Siren series (Storm Siren #1). Another that I'm not familiar with but sounds like you will either love or not.

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (Goodreads) Came across this awhile ago but thought I would add. This one sounds like something I would give a definite chance. I love fairy-tale retellings, this one is inspired by Little Red Riding Hood.

Lastly... a trailer for the new Morganville series. Starts on October 27 only on Geek & Sundry (website) Not sure how I feel about this. Loved the book series but....

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 10/20/2014

Beta by Jasinda Wilder (#2 Alpha)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (#3 Raven Cycle)
Burn Me Down by R G Alexander (#3 Fireborne)
Change of Heart by Jude Deveraux (#9 Edilean)
Covering Kendall by Julie Brannagh (#4 Love and Football)
Dangerous Surrender by Katie Reus (#4 Serafina: Sin City)
Demon's Vow by Jocelynn Drake (#3.2 The Asylum Tales)
Desert God by Wilbur Smith (#5 Ancient Egyptian)
Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade (#2 Cornerstone Run Trilogy)
Into Darkness by J. T. Geissinger (#6 Night Prowler)
Liberators by James Wesley Rawles (#5 Patriots)
Loving Him Off the Field by Jeanette Murray (#2 The Santa Fe Bobcats)
One Night with Her by Lauren Blakely (#3.5 Seductive Nights)
Rowdy by Jay Crownover (#5 Marked Men)
Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones (#7 Charley Davidson)
Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella (#7 Shopaholic)
Snowfall by Shelley Shepard Gray (#3.5 Days of Redemption)
The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton (#1 Chronicle of the Fallers)
The Land Uncharted by Keely Brooke Keith (#1 Uncharted)
The Lost Empress by Steve Robinson (#4 Jefferson Tayte)
The Maverick's Thanksgiving Baby by Brenda Harlen (#5 Montana Mavericks: 20 Years in the Saddle)
The Nightingale Before Christmas by Donna Andrews (#18 Meg Langslow)
The Ties That Bind Cooper by Liliana Hart (#4.5 The MacKenzie Brothers)
Time's Edge by Rysa Walker (#2 The Chronos Files)
Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson (#10.5 Walt Longmire Mysteries)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review ~ The Whispering Skull

The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. # 2)

by Jonathon Stroud
published by Hyperion
genre: MG/YA, Supernatural, Fantasy, Paranormal

Summary (Goodread): In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn't made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood's investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George's curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood's annoyance. Bickerstaff's coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.

My Thoughts: This is a book where I really like the world the author has built. Ghosts of every type have taken over the night time and the only ones that can see and stop them are the young. The only down side is the POV. For some reason I do not like Lucy's voice. She seems very snobby and at times seems to be trying to hard to be the "mean girl". My annoyance with her made me put the book down several times.
It's unfortunate because when I forced myself to look past her and focus solely on the story it was really good. We had talking skulls in a jar, a source that kills with a look, and a "friendly" competition between Lockwood agency and one of the large official agencies. Throw in deaths, black market auctions, and an interesting mystery and you have a good read.
Overall, I had a hard time rating this one. The story was good, with lots of interesting elements that kept the story moving. On the other hand I wish it had either been told by someone else or mixed in at least one other voice. The ending makes me want to find out what happens next but it's really going to depend on mood and who's POV it's told in.

Rating: 3.5

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

So I decided to check out Arrow. Binged watched the first five episodes. Needless to say I am now hooked. I so did not need to add another show to my line up. This will probably be more of a dvd catch up show rather than watching when they originally air.

Found a site called Earth Porm. It has some great ( and some maybe not great) photography lists. I love nature and seasonal shots. Below are some shots from their 25 Beautiful Autumn Photos (website).
My little guy was born 10 years ago today. While labor was not long, it was painful both during and after. Would not change a thing, except maybe when he is being mouthy :) Still sometimes wish they could stay little.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 10/13/2014

*Links go to Goodreads

A Moment of Passion by Jess Michaels (#2 Ladies Book of Pleasures)
Alex by Sawyer Bennett (#1 Cold Fury Hockey)
Alpha Divided by Aileen Erin (#3 Alpha Girl)
Armageddon by Christina Bauer (#3 Angelbound)
Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix (#4 Old Kingdom)
Dark Craving by Cheryl McIntyre (#2 Dark Calling)
Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt (#7 Maiden Lane)
Demon's Fury by Jocelynn Drake (#3.1 The Asylum Tales)
Depths of Lake by Keary Taylor (#3 McCain Saga)
Hero Complex by Margaux Froley (#2 Keaton School)
Jacob's Ladder by Bianca D'Arc (#3 String of Fate)
Olympus by Bryan Q. Miller (#5 Smallville: Season 11)
One In A Million by Jill Shalvis (#12 Lucky Harbor)
PathFinder by Angie Sage (#1 Todhunter Moon)
Primal by Sasha White (#1 Overwatch)
Prophecies, Libels & Dreams: Stories by Ysabeau S Wilce (#3.5 Flora Trilogy)
Redeemed by Kristin Cast, P C Cast (#12 House of Night)
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (#1 Snow Like Ashes)
Tempted by Midnight by Lara Adrian (#12.5 Midnight Breed #10 1001 Dark Nights)
The Counterfeit Heiress by Tasha Alexander (#9 Emily Ashton)
The Golden Throne by Katia Fox (#3 Copper Sign)
The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich (#2 √Čireann)
Undivided by Neal Shusterman (#4 Unwind)
Wolf Slayer by Angela Addams (#2 Order of the Wolf)