Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 9/01/2014

A Texan in Her Bed by Sara Orwig (#2 Lone Star Legends)
A Winter Wedding by Amanda Forester (#3 Marriage Mart)
Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer (#3 Southern Reach Trilogy)
Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury (#1 Angels Walking)
Celtic Fire by Alex Archer (#50 Rogue Angel)
Countdown by Fern Michaels (#2 Men of the Sisterhood)
Dark Blood by Christine Feehan (#26 The Carpathians (Dark))
Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 13 by Rei Toma (#13 Dawn of the Arcana)
Death in the Dolomites by David P Wagner (#2 Rick Montoya Italian Mystery)
Death Is Like a Box of Chocolates by Kathy Aarons (#1 Chocolate Covered Mystery)
Fat Cat at Large by Janet Cantrell (#1 Fat Cat Mystery)
Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster (#4 London Steampunk)
Fortunes of the Imperium by Jody Lynn Nye (#2 Imperium)
Gets the Sniffles by Wanda Coven (#12 Heidi Heckelbeck)
Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens (#2 Ghost Seer)
Ghoulfriends The Ghoul-It-Yourself Book by Gitty Daneshvari (#7 Monster High)
Groomed For Murder by Annie Knox (#2 Pet Boutique Mystery)
Haunted by Kay Hooper (#15 The Bishop/Special Crimes Unit)
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas (#3 Throne of Glass)
Heir To Scandal by Andrea Laurence (#3 Secrets of Eden)
Hidden by Benedict Jacka (#5 Alex Verus)
Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper by Elizabeth Kiem (#2 Dukovskaya)
House Immortal by Devon Monk (#1 House Immortal Trilogy)
Hunter's Trail by Melissa F Olson (#3 Scarlett Bernard)
Island of Legends by Lisa McMann (#4 Unwanteds)
Joyful by Shelley Shepard Gray (#3 Return to Sugarcreek)
Katfish by Obert Skye (#4 Creature from My Closet)
Light Up the Night by M. L. Buchman (#5 Night Stalkers)
Love Bites by Angela Knight (#9.5 Mageverse)
Marked Down for Murder by Josie Belle (#4 Good Buy Girls)
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan (#1 Bloody Mary)
Matched to Her Rival by Kat Cantrell (#3 Happily Ever After, Inc.)
Midnight Betrayal by Melinda Leigh (#3 Midnight)
Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman (#22 Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus)
Murder of a Needled Knitter by Denise Swanson (#17 Scumble River Mysteries)
Night of the White Buffalo by Margaret Coel (#18 Wind River Novels)
Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall (#5 Immortal Guardians)
Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison (#7 Elder Races)
Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy (#1 Dream Club Mystery)
Not the Boss's Baby by Sarah M Anderson (#1 The Beaumont Heirs)
November Rain by Daisy Harris (#4 Fire and Rain)
Personal by Lee Child (#19 Jack Reacher)
Practice Makes Perfect by Melanie Spring (#3 Varsity)
Rebel Without a Cake by Jacklyn Brady (#5 Piece of Cake Mystery)
Reunited with the Lassiter Bride by Barbara Dunlop (#7 Dynasties the Lassiters)
Revealed by Margaret Peterson Haddix (#7 Missing)
Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine (#3 Finding Fate)
Roman Reunion by Crystal Jordan (#3 Destination: Desire)
Screwdrivered by Alice Clayton (#3 Cocktail)
Sealed with a Lie by Kat Carlton (#2 Two Lies and a Spy)
Shatter by Erin McCarthy (#4 True Believers)
Shattered by Mari Mancusi (#2 Scorched)
Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs (#8.5 Mercy Thompson)
Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon (#25 Dark Hunters)
Stalked by Patti Sheehy (#2 Boy Who Said No)
Still Point by Katie Kacvinsky (#3 Awaken)
Tempting Mr. Perfect by Rebecca Rose (#2 Unlikely Love)
The Bully Bug by David Lubar (#5 Accidental Monsters / Monsterrific Tale)
The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert (#5 Darling Dahlias)
The Desire by Dan Walsh, Gary Smalley (#3 Restoration)
The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler (#6 Fargo Adventure)
The Golden Princess by S. M. Stirling (#11 The Emberverse )
The Jewel by Amy Ewing (#1 The Lone City)
The Laird by Grace Burrowes (#3 Captive Hearts)
The Low Road by A D Scott (#5 Joanne Ross)
The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (#1 Midnight's Daughters)
The Savior by David Drake, Tony S Daniel (#9 General)
The Secret Place by Tana French (#5 Dublin Murder Squad)
The Skeleton Takes a Bow by Leigh Perry (#2 Family Skeleton Mystery)
The Texan's Twins by Donna Alward (#3 Texas Rodeo Barons)
The Twelfth Night Murder by Anne Rutherford (#3 Restoration Mystery)
The Wedding Soup Murder by Rosie Genova (#2 Italian Kitchen Mystery)
The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire (#8 October Daye)
The Wolfe Widow by Victoria Abbott (#3 A Book Collector Mystery)
This Good Man by Janice Kay Johnson (#5 Angel Butte Mystery)
To Fudge or Not to Fudge by Nancy Coco (#2 Candy-Coated Mysteries)
Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini (#1 The Worldwalker Trilogy)
Wickedly Dangerous by Deborah Blake (#1 A Baba Yaga Novel)
Wood Sprites by Wen Spencer (#4 Elfhome)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Review ~ Visions

Visions (Cainsville #2)

by Kelley Armstrong
published by Dutton
genre: Adult, Supernatural, UF, 

Summary (Goodreads): Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the cross-hairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed.

My Thoughts: I'm enjoying the mix of mythology and supernatural crime drama. We find out a lot more about the town of Cainsville and it's inhabitants in this book. I actually found this part of the story more interesting than the dead person in the car. The person in the car did become a part of the overall story but still felt disconnected to me.
The three men in Olivia's life were also a big part of the book. I have to say I like Ricky above the rest as far as couple material. James is just crazy and if there is not more to his story then I will be amazed. Then there's Gabriel. I really like this guy but at the same time I'm torn. I've reached the point that I'm tired of over half of Olivia's commentary being excuses for Gabriel. Whether it's for his actions or his in actions I don't need her excuses, it's part of who is he is and I wish it could just be.
Overall, I'm still happy with this series and where it seems to be going. I like the Fae aspect and want to know more about how all three are intertwined in this ongoing feud between the different factions.

Rating: 4

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

It's the week before Back to School! Been really crazy trying to make sure all the lists are filled and son is mentally prepared to go back. I'm ready for it to be over and a nice normal routine to start again. 

Now for some art. I was in the mood for dragons this week.
by Agaave (deviantArt)
Ecelion Brilordan
by FlorindaZanetti (DeviantArt)
Nature's Sanctum
by CazziArt (DeviantArt)
And a just because I think they're cute movies...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 8/25/2014

365 Days of Wonder by R J Palacio (#2 Wonder)
A Love to Call Her Own by Marilyn Pappano (#3 Tallgrass)
A Royal Tea by Debbie Dadey (#9 Mermaid Tales)
A Scandal to Remember by Elizabeth Essex (#5 Reckless Brides)
Astray by Amy Christine Parker (#2 Gated)
Bramblestar's Storm by Erin Hunter (#7 Warriors: Super Edition)
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Making Money by Tommy Greenwald (#4  Charlie Joe Jackson)
Darkest Ecstasy by Tawny Taylor (#3 Black Gryffon)
Deadly Bonds by L J Sellers (#9 Detective Wade Jackson Mystery)
Death of a Dog Whisperer by Laurien Berenson (#17 Melanie Travis)
Deliverance by C J Redwine (#3 Defiance)
Don't Let Go by Michelle Gagnon (#3 PERSEFoNE)
Escape From Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi (#6 Amulet)
Escape to California by Jeff Brown (#12 Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures)
Evernight by Kristen Callihan (#5 Darkest London)
Harbor Island by Carla Neggers (#4 Sharpe & Donovan)
Her Last Whisper by Karen Robards (#3 Dr. Charlotte Stone)
I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre (#1 2B Trilogy)
Irresistible Force by D D Ayres (#1 K-9 Rescue Series)
Is Sort of Freaked Out by Steve Cotler (#5 Cheesie Mack)
It's in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis (#10 Lucky Harbor)
Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan (#2 Maids of Honor)
Mercy by B J Daniels (#5 Beartooth, Montana)
No Limits by Lori Foster (#1 Ultimate)
Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney (#6 Lost Lords)
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh (#3 Nevermore)
On Impact! by Nate Ball (#4 Alien in My Pocket)
On the Record by K. A. Linde (#2 Record)
Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath (#2 Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James)
Own by Katie Porter (#1 Command Force Alpha)
Playing With Fire by Cynthia Eden (#3 Phoenix Fire)
Revenge on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach (#3 Missing on  Superstition Mountain)
Sanctum by Madeleine Roux (#2 Asylum)
Second Chances by Victoria Schwab (#2 Everyday Angel)
Sins of the Father by Christa Faust (#3 Fringe)
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (#2 Smile)
Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren (#2 Gargoyles)
Summer of the Dead by Julia Keller (#4 Bell Elkins)
Summer's Moon by Lacey Baker (#3 Sweetland)
Sweet on You by Laura Drake (#3 Sweet on a Cowboy)
The Aftermath by Jen Alexander (#1 Aftermath)
The Arrow by Monica McCarty (#9 The Highland Guard Series)
The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (#1 Broken Destiny)
The Bellingham Bloodbath by Gregory Harris (#2 Colin Pendragon Mystery)
The Benedict Bastard by Cate Campbell (#3 Benedict Hall)
The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren Dane (#1 Hurley Boys)
The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks (#3 Lightbringer)
The Destruction of Pompeii, 79 A.D. by Lauren Tarshis (#10 I Survived)
The Far Dawn by Kevin Emerson (#3 Atlanteans)
The Getaway God by Richard Kadrey (#6 Sandman Slim)
The Highlander Next Door by Janet Chapman (#6 Spellbound Falls)
The Homecoming by Robyn Carr (#6 Thunder Point)
The Hot Zone by Jayne Castle (#3 Rainshadow)
The Iron Sickle by Martin Limon (#9 George Sueno and Ernie Bascom)
The Island of Excess Love by Francesca Lia Block (#2 Love in the Time of Global Warming)
The Locker Ate Lucy! by Jack Chabert (#2 Eerie Elementary)
The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (#10 Chief Inspector Armand Gamache)
The Phantom Music Box by Suzanne Weyn (#2 Haunted Museum)
The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore (#5 Lorien Legacies)
The Rule of Thoughts by James Dashner (#2 Mortality Doctrine)
The Search for Treasure by Geronimo Stilton (#6 Kingdom of Fantasy)
A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale (#3 Ever After High)
To Die Fur by Dixie Lyle (#2 Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery)
Torch by KD Jones (#7 Galactic Cage Fighters)
Flashpoint by Gordon Korman (#4 39 Clues: Unstoppable)
Villainous by Matthew Cody (#3 Supers of Noble's Green)
Voices from Beyond by Simon R Green (#5 Ghostfinders)
Wanted: Wild Thing by Jessica Sims (#4 Midnight Liaisons)
Whiskey You’re the Devil by Liliana Hart (#4 Addison Holmes Mysteries)
Winning Love by Abby Niles (#3 Love to the Extreme)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Review ~ New York to Dallas

New York to Dallas (In Death #33)

by J.D. Robb
published by Berkley
genre: Adult, Sci-Fi, Cop Drama, Mystery

Summary (Goodreads): The number-one New York Times-bestselling author J. D. Robb presents an intense and terrifying new case for New York homicide cop Eve Dallas, one that will take her all the way to the city that gave her her name-and plunge her into the nightmares of her childhood.

When a monster named Isaac McQueen-taken down by Eve back in her uniform days-escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind. One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.

My Thoughts: There was a lot going on in this one. At one point it was too much.
The story starting out with Peabody and Eve getting medals for the work they had done in bringing down the dirty cops was a nice way of closing off that story. Before we can get there Eve gets a message, n the form of a hostage situation, that a serial pedophile/kidnapper that she put away when she was a rookie has escaped. It's very clear from the beginning that his focus is more on Eve than on getting back into things.
This has not stopped him from going back to his old ways, he's just not as good at it. Not only is Dallas where Eve is from it is also where two of McQueen's victims are from. The emotional trauma that surrounds Eve and the city of Dallas has been a running story line throughout this series. Add in what McQueen is and where he has decided to set up shop and it all comes back up again.
The only thing that didn't work for me was the twist with McQueen's partner. It was just too much. The reveal felt like a throw away. With everything else that was happening this story didn't need it. It seemed as if the author was closing off some loose ends so she wouldn't be asked about them anymore. It was just off for me.
Overall, I liked the book even though a lot of it was old stories putting themselves in the forefront again. The relationship between Eve and Roarke took some hits but managed to right itself with the help of some old friends. I did miss the usual team. While the Dallas people were fine it didn't have the same feel as the group you're used to. Almost caught up with this series and still enjoying it.

Rating: 4