Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This Week's Reads

Gilded Cage by Vic James
Dark Gifts #1 (Goodreads) release date: Feb. 2017
**Received from NetGalley. It's a new fantasy series where magic rules. Really looking forward to reading this one.

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Alternative Detective #1 (Goodreads)
**Something about the cover and blurb for this one just made me bring it home. Kind of Steampunk and Alt History mixed with mysteries. All genres that I enjoy.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 09/26/2016

A Day and a Life by Penelope Wilcock (#9 The Hawk and the Dove)
A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward (#2 In Bitter Chill)
A Highlander's Christmas Kiss by Paula Quinn (#5 The McGregors: Highland Heirs)
Against The Wind by Rebecca Zanetti (#1 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Alien Vs. Predator by Tim Lebbon (#3 Rage War)
Blame It on the Cowboy by Delores Fossen (#4 McCord Brothers Trilogy)
Blinding Rain by Elisabeth Naughton (#7 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Blue Skies by Dee Davis (#8 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Bold Beautiful Love by Angel Payne (#3 Temptation Court)
Brave The Storm by Lisa Mondello (#3 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge (#1 Bright Smoke, Cold Fire)
British Manor Murder by Leslie Meier (#21 Lucy Stone Mysteries)
Broken Trust by W. E. B. Griffin (#13 Badge of Honor)
Captivate Me by Ryan Michele (#5 Ravage MC)
Christmas at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard (#2 Promise Lodge)
Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke (#20 Hannah Swensen Mysteries)
Christmas on My Mind by Janet Dailey (#1 Cowboy Christmas)
Cloudbound by Fran Wilde (#2 Bone Universe)
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (#2 Six of Crows)
Dandelion Dead by Chrystle Fiedler (#4 Natural Remedies Mystery)
Dark Forces by Stephen Leather (#13 Dan Shepherd)
Darkest Journey by Heather Graham (#20 Krewe of Hunters)
Days Of You And Me by Tawdra Kandle (#3 Keeping Score)
Deadly Is The Night by Dusty Richards (#9 Byrnes Family Ranch)
Death By Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson (#3 Death By Coffee)
Do You Want to Start a Scandal? by Tessa Dare (#5 Spindle Cove Series)
Fire and Rain by Julie Kenner (#5 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Girl in Danger by Leigh Russell (#2 Lucy Hall Mystery)
High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides by Mary McHugh (#5 Happy Hoofers Mystery)
Hot Seal Rescue by Lynn Raye Harris (#3 Hot SEAL Team)
It's Your Party, Die If You Want To by Vickie Fee (#2 A Liv And Di In Dixie
Lightning Strikes by Lexi Blake (#4 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson (#2 The Gold Seer Trilogy)
Lured In by Laura Drewry (#2 Fishing for Trouble)
Possession by Helen Hardt (#3 Steele Brothers Saga)
Presumption of Guilt by Archer Mayor (#28 Joe Gunther)
Quiet Storm by Dee Davis (#6 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzales (#2 Moving Target)
Shadow Silence by Yasmine Galenorn (#2 Whisper Hollow)
Shadows of a Wolf Moon by Jodi Vaughn (#5 Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves)
Shoot 'Em Up by Janey Mack (#3 Maisie Mcgrane Mystery)
Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne (#5 Haven Point)
Storm Warning by Larissa Ione (#2 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld (#2 Zeroes)
The Babe Ruth Deception by David O Stewart (#3 Fraser and Cook Mystery)
The Citadel by Alexey Osadchuk (#2 Mirror World)
The Fever Code by James Dashner (#0.6 Maze Runner)
The Murder of a Queen Bee by Meera Lester (#2 A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery)
The Semi-Sweet Hereafter by Colette London (#3 Chocolate Whisperer Mystery)
The Sinner by Amanda Stevens (#5 Graveyard Queen)
The Tengu's Game of Go by Lian Hearn (#4 Tale of Shikanoko)
The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (#2 Heartbreaker Bay)
The Truth Factory by Cody McFadyen (#5 Smoky Barrett)
Unbound by Erica Stevens (#7 The Captive)
Wolf on Board by Heather Long (#9.5 Wolves of Willow Bend)
Woman of God by by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mini Review ~ The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors

The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors

by Josh Chetwynd
published by Ten Speed Press
Genre: Sports, Nonfiction, Historical

**I received from Blogging for Books (website) in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinions.

Summary (Goodreads): There are many metaphors we can quickly identify from the realm of sports: covering all the bases (baseball), game plan (football), and par for the course (golf). But the English language is also peppered with the not-so-obvious influence of sports and games, such as go-to guy (basketball) and dead ringer (horse racing). Filled with pithy entries on each idiom, plus quotes showing how big talkers from President Obama to rapper Ice-T use them, this quirky little handbook from former minor league ballplayer and award-winning journalist Josh Chetwynd is sure to be a conversation starter at tailgates, cocktail parties, and in the boardroom.

My Thoughts: If you have an interest in a words/phrases, sports, or just random trivia to throw around this book fits all of those. My family enjoys all three so I couldn't resist giving this book a try.
Overall, I mostly liked it with only a few complaints. Most of my complaints are not about the actual content of the book but the layout. There are inset boxes (with extra words/definitions) throughout that cause the reader to have to flip pages to finish the section they're on and then go back to read the inset box. This was something that just bothered me aesthetically. When I'm reading, I want to be able to read straight thru without have to keep going back to read things I had to skip at the time.
I was surprised how many phrases came from sports that I never would have associated with it. An example is Fluke: this word comes from billiards. Back when the billiard balls were made from ivory they would warp and not move perfectly. Fluke became a shorthand to explain a poorly played shot. This and others like it are the phrases that I found most interesting and kept me reading the book.

Rating: 4 due to layout/aesthetics

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This Week's Reads

**We finally bought book shelves 5 years after moving in. Not many books this week since I finally have access to all my books that have been boxed up since the move. Still sorting and shelving so not reading anything specific from my piles.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #0.5 (Goodreads)
**Looking forward to this movie coming out later this month. I really enjoyed the first book and hubby is currently reading the second and thinks it is even better.

Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables
edited by  Stephen L. Antczak and  James C. Bassett (Goodreads)
**I'm picky about steampunk, not everything grabs my interest. Short stories seemed like a good way to try out different authors.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 09/19/2016

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (#1 Kingdom on Fire)
All About You by Natalie Ann (#6 All Series)
Anywhere You Are by Elisabeth Barrett (#3 Return to Briarwood)
Ashton: Lord of Truth by Grace Burrowes (#13 Lonely Lords)
Billionaire on the Loose by Jessica Clare (#5 Billionaires and Bridesmaids)
Death's End by Cixin Liu (#3 Three-Body Trilogy)
Drawn Deeper by Brenda Rothert (#3 Lockhart Brothers)
Eight Second Ride by Elana Johnson, Liz Isaacson (#7 Three Rivers Ranch)
Fashionably Dead and Wed by Robyn Peterman (#7 Hot Damned)
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (#3 Snow Like Ashes)
Gears of Revolution by J Scott Savage (#2 Mysteries of Cove)
Her Renegade Rancher by Jennifer Ryan (#6 Montana Men)
Home by Harlan Coben (#11 Myron Bolitar)
Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands (#24 Argeneau Vampires)
Infamy by Robert K. Tanenbaum (#28 Butch Karp & Marlene Ciampi)
Jared by Nicole Edwards (#2 Coyote Ridge)
Lone Star Dad by Linda Goodnight (#3 Buchanons)
Loves Christmas by Bruce Hale (#7 Clark the Shark)
Loving Isaac by Rebecca Kertz (#5 Lancaster County Weddings)
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (#9 Kate Daniels)
Markus by Dale Mayer (#7 Seals of Honor)
Masterful Lord of Thessaly by Rachael Slate (#5 Halcyon Romance Series)
Mattie's Pledge by Jan Drexler (#2 Journey to Pleasant Prairie)
Movie Night Murder by Leslie Langtry (#4 Merry Wrath Mystery)
Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee (#5 Not Quite)
Nothing More by Anna Todd (#6 After)
Outrage by T. R. Ragan (#2 Faith McMann)
Overexposed by Megan Erickson (#4 In Focus)
Pushing Up Daisies by M. C. Beaton (#27 Agatha Raisin)
Seas by Colleen Oakes (Wendy Darling #2)
Seducing Stag by Laurann Dohner (#10 Cyborg Seduction)
Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid (#1 Station Seventeen)
Surrendering To The Italian's Command by Kim Lawrence (#1 Monteverro Marriages)
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (#8 Will Trent)
The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez (#2 Offbeat Crimes)
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (#1 The Queens of Renthia)
The Spaniard's Pregnant Bride by Maisey Yates (#1 Heirs Before Vows)
The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (#2 Prisoners of Peace)
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (#1 Three Dark Crowns)
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble (#3 Sunset Cove)
Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini (#3 The Worldwalker Trilogy)
Wyvern’s Prince by Deborah Cooke (#2 The Dragons of Incendium)