Thursday, July 2, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

We took our son to see Inside Out this week. We enjoyed it just as much as everyone else has. Anger was my son's favorite which was fitting since he has had trouble controlling his in the past. I won't go as far as to say it was my favorite Pixar movie but it is right up there. My favorite is still UP.

We saw several trailers for upcoming movies that we are already looking forward to seeing. Two I've talked about before, The Minions and The Good Dinosaur.
Pan ~ Not sure how I missed when these trailers when they both started showing up but both me and hubby thought it looked good.

Book Stuff
Epic Reads did a week of cover reveals (website). I also came across some that were new to me.

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine (Goodreads)
This one grabbed my attention right off. There is a part of my that really likes it and another that keeps thinking this should go along with Stitching Snow series by R.C. Lewis.

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdue (Goodreads)
The cover was interesting but the blurb for this one grabbed me more. It's about a girl who can feel what everyone around her feels, whether physical or emotional.

Another book that looks like something I would like is A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes. Of course I really need to read more of her  Falling Kingdoms series.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 06/29/2015

*Links go to Goodreads

A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander (#2 Bakeshop Mystery)
A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins (#1 Masters of Seduction)
A New Hope by Robyn Carr (#8 Thunder Point)
All Dressed Up and No Place to Haunt by Rose Pressey (#2 Haunted Vintage Mystery)
Artemis Invaded by Jane Lindskold (#2 Artemis Awakening)
Ascendance by John Birmingham (#3 David Hooper)
Bones on Ice: A Novella by Kathy Reichs (#17.6 Temperance Brennan)
Brothers in Valor by H. Paul Honsinger (#3 Man of War)
Burned by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy (#1 Dragons of Eternity)
Can't Fight This Feeling by Christie Ridgway (#3 Cabin Fever)
Charge of the Lightning Bugs by Troy Cummings (#8 Notebook of Doom)
Danger in Ancient Rome by Kate Messner (#2 Ranger in Time)
Death At Tammany Hall by Charles O'Brien (#3 Gilded Age)
Death by Tiara by Laura Levine (#13 Jaine Austen)
Death in Brittany by Jean-Luc Bannalec (#2 Commissioner Dupin)
Exit Strategy by Lena Diaz (#1 Exit Inc.)
Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez (#2 On the Ropes)
First Light by Linda Nagata (#1 Red Trilogy)
Goal Line by Bianca Sommerland (#7 The Dartmouth Cobras)
Hard Ride by Opal Carew (#3 Ready To Ride)
Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye (#4 Hard Ink)
Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland (#2 Sisters of The Craft)
Her Hometown Hero by Melody Anne (#2 Unexpected Heroes)
How To Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly (#4 Renegade Royals)
In Plain Sight by Fern Michaels (#25 Sisterhood)
Insider by Olivia Cunning (#1 Exodus End)
Kiss Me by Susan Mallery (#17 Fools Gold)
Minutes to Kill by Melinda Leigh (#2 Scarlet Falls)
Murder, D.C. by Neely Tucker (#2 Sully Carter)
Neighbors with Benefits by Marissa Clarke (#2 Anderson Brothers)
Of Enemies and Endings by Shelby Bach (#4 The Ever Afters)
Passion's Pride by Piper Kay (#3 The Passion)
Played by JL Merrow (#2 Shamwell Tales)
Put Up Your Duke by Megan Frampton (#3 Dukes Behaving Badly)
Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne (#2 Snow Angel Cove)
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (#3 Chaos)
Run You Down by Julia Dahl (#2 Rebekah Roberts)
Scam Chowder by Maya Corrigan (#2 Five-Ingredient Mystery)
SEAL's Code by Sharon Hamilton (#10 SEAL Brotherhood)
Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst (#4 Searching For)
Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis (#1 Cedar Ridge)
Soul Scorched by Donna Grant (#6 Dark Kings)
Storm by Amanda Sun (#3 The Paper Gods)
The Devil Wears Spurs by Soraya Lane (#1 Texas Kings)
The English Spy by Daniel Silva (#15 The Gabriel Allon Series)
The Hollow Queen by Elizabeth Haydon (#8 Symphony of Ages)
The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor (#8 Pike Logan)
The Longest Yard Sale by Sherry Harris (#2 Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery)
The Mask by Taylor Stevens (#5 Vanessa Michael Munroe)
The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton (#2 Thessaly series)
The Silenced by Heather Graham (#15 Krewe of Hunters)
The Sleepwalking Dead! by Jake Bible (#3 ScareScapes)
The Undying Legion by Clay Griffith (#2 Crown & Key)
Tomorrow War by J L Bourne (#1 Chronicles of Max)
Violent Things by Callie Hart (#1 Chaos & Ruin)
What Doesn't Kill Her by Carla Norton (#2 Reeve LeClaire)
When You're Back by Abbi Glines (#12 Rosemary Beach)
Winter Turning by Tui T Sutherland (#7 Wings of Fire)

Monday, June 29, 2015

What We're Reading

So I finally started The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Finished The Eye of the World this past weekend. While I enjoyed it overall, it is a long book and there were certain spots/chapters that I felt could have just been skipped. I do have a lot of questions still and will be going on to book two to find out more.                                                                  

I also squeezed in Saga Vol. 1 this past weekend. I've heard nothing but great things about this graphic novel series. I'm not sure how I feel about it. Right now I don't love it as much as everyone else seems too. I did think the artwork was better than a lot I've seen but the story didn't really grab me. I'll read the next volume at least to see if it interests me more.

Library Haul
I do have several books from the library this week that I'm trying to decide between, I've started Rook
by Sharon Cameron. It's another that hasn't fully grabbed my interest. I find the main character annoying and don't know if I want to invest my time to continue.
I'm also trying to catch back up on some series I started. I have a list going of book 2s that have been out for awhile but I still haven't gotten to. The first I picked up is The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. I grabbed Vicious by this author while I was there.

Some others that I picked up that are more likely to be read are: Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones (will be caught up on this series), The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent, and The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason.

Plenty to choose from, now just to settle in and start reading.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 06/22/2015

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes (#1 Spirit and Thieves)
A Dangerous Fury by J. S. Scott (#3 The Sentinel Demons)
A Girl Undone by Catherine Linka (#2 Girl Called Fearless)
Bengal's Quest by Lora Leigh (#30 Breeds)
Breakwater by Shannon Mayer (#2 Elemental)
Brutality by Ingrid Thoft (#3 Fina Ludlow)
Curse of the Mummy's Uncle by J Scott Savage (#4 Case File 13)
Dream of You by J Lynn (#4.5 Wait for You)
Dressed To Kill by Lynn Cahoon (#4 A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Dying to Date by Victoria Davies (#2 Fated Match)
Ever After by Jude Deveraux (#3 Nantucket Brides Trilogy)
Fall Deep by Zoe York (#4 SEALs Undone)
Fighting for Forever by J B Salsbury (#6 Fighting)
Finally Found You by Carrie Ann Ryan (#3 Tempting Signs)
His Crime by Debra Kayn (#3 Moroad MC)
Into the Darkness by Jay Allan (#1 Crimson Worlds Refugees)
On My Knees by J. Kenner (#2 Stark International)
Safe at Last by Maya Banks (#3 Slow Burn)
The Devil You Don't Know by Peter Nealen (#4 American Praetorian)
The Forever Man by Eoin Colfer (#3 W.A.R.P.)
Torn  by Avery Hastings (#2 Feuds)
Trailer Park Fae by Lilith Saintcrow (#1 Gallow and Ragged)
Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather (#2 Trapped)
Up in Smoke by Tessa Bailey (#2 Crossing the Line)
Vixen by Bill Pronzini (#40 Nameless Detective)
Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich (#3 Wicked Series (Lizzy and Diesel))
Wicked Ride by Rebecca Zanetti (#1 Realm Enforcers)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Stacking the Shelves ~ Armchair BEA

Just a quick post to thanks the people that put together Armchair BEA (learn more here) and the publishers/ authors that donated books for the event. I was lucky enough to win three prizes this year. Two were for daily posts and then one during a twitter party.

From Julie Wetzel and Crimson Tree Publishing
On The Accidental Wings of Dragons (Goodreads)

It was dragons and the first book in the series so I couldn't resist choosing this as one of my picks.

From David Stabler (author) & Doogie Horner (Illustrator)
Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends (Goodreads)
published by Quirk Books

Picked this one out for my son. He is a huge sports fan and loves non fiction books. Anything that keeps him reading is good with us.

I also was lucky enough to get the Chronicle Books tote pack. Love the fact that the tote has a little pocket at the top. I'm always just throwing my keys into the bottom of totes when we take them places, so it's nice to have someplace to put them.
Came with three Arcs:
*A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz (Goodreads) It's about Fairies!
due out August 2015
*The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason (Goodreads) This was the reason I picked this. It is the third book in the Stoker & Holmes series.   due out Sept 2015
House Arrest by K.A. Holt (Goodreads) This is a middle grade, think it is a contemporary which I don't normally read but may give it a try. Hubby is also going to try it. due Oct 2015

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye by Tania Del Rio (netgalley)
I saw this book while looking at the books Quirk had available with Armchair BEA. I was reading Gris Grimely's Frankenstein at the time and this cover reminded my of it for some reason.