Thursday, July 31, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

The Maze Runner trailer

Doesn't Summer 2015 just seem too far away.I know there are a lot of great movies coming out before then but I want to see this one.

In other notes. Lay's has chosen their new flavors for people to vote on (here). Saw them in the store and none of them jumped out and made me want to buy them. A couple sound really bad. Will probably try a couple of them but cappuccino flavored chips, just not happening for me.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 7/28/2014

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan (#1 Debutante Files)
All Out War Part 2 by Robert Kirkman (#21 Walking Dead)
Beach Bags and Burglaries by Dorothy Howell (#8 Haley Randolph Mysteries)
Beautifully Forgotten by L.A. Fiore (#2 Beautifully Damaged)
Between the Sheets by Molly O'Keefe (#3 The Boys of Bishop)
Blightborn by Chuck Wendig (#2 Heartland Trilogy)
Bound to be Tamed by Becca Jameson (#2 Emergence)
Breakdown by Joseph Monninger (#3 Stay Alive)
Cast in Flame by Michelle Sagara (#10 The Chronicles of Elantra)
Cursed by Angela Addams (#1 Order of the Wolf)
Death, Taxes, and Silver Spurs by Diane Kelly (#7 Tara Holloway)
Deserves to Die by Lisa Jackson (#6 Montana "To Die")
Expose Me by Kate Hewitt (#3 Fifth Avenue Trilogy)
Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey (#9 The Kowalski Family)
Fast Track by Julie Garwood (#12 Buchanan)
Hardship by Jean Johnson (#4 Theirs Not To Reason Why)
Hideaway Cove by Anna Sullivan (#2 Windfall Island)
Homecoming by Lily Everett (#4 Billionaire Brothers)
Kalona's Fall by Kristin Cast, P C Cast (#4 House of Night Novellas)
Libby's Sweet Surprise by Lisa Schroeder (#3 Charmed Life)
Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl (#2 Jackson Girl's Night Out)
Loving Rose: The Redemption of Malcolm Sinclair by Stephanie Laurens (#3 Adair's Casebook)
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (#7 Kate Daniels)
Marion Strikes a Pose by Callie Barkley (#8 Critter Club)
Memory Maze by Gordon Korman (#2 Hypnotists)
Murder in Retribution by Anne Cleeland  (#2 New Scotland Yard Mystery)
Only With You by Lauren Layne (#1 The Best Mistake)
Path of Smoke by Bailey Cunningham (#2 Parallel Parks)
Rogue by Katy Evans (#5 Real, Raw & Ripped)
Rogue with a Brogue by Suzanne Enoch (#2 Scandalous Highlander)
Shifter's Claim by A C Arthur (#4 Shadow Shifters)
Shipwreck Island by S. A. Bodeen (#1 Shipwreck Island)
Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead (#5 Bloodlines)
Swan Point by Sherryl Woods (#11 Sweet Magnolias)
The Golden Shell by Paula Harrison (#14 Rescue Princesses)
The Hexed by Heather Graham (#13 Krewe of Hunters)
The Lazarus Curse by Tessa Harris (#4 Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mystery)
The Unwritten Fables by Mike Carey (#9 The Unwritten)
The Winter King by C. L. Wilson (#1 Mystral)
The Young World by Chris Weitz (#1 The Young World)
Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda Collins (#3 Wicked Widows)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review ~ What's a Witch to Do

What's a Witch to Do (A midnight Magic Mystery #1)

by Jennifer Harlow
published by Midnight Ink
genre: Adult, Romance, Mystery (Cozy), Supernatural

Summary (Goodreads): High Priestess might sound like an ’80s hair band, but its Mona McGregor’s life. She runs the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia, and leads a large coven. She’s also raising two nieces and hasn’t been with a man for fifteen years…until a handsome doctor takes an interest in her. But Mona’s life really heats up when Adam Blue, a sexy werewolf, arrives at her door. Adam informs her that someone wants her dead and he is there to protect her. Hell’s bells! When a demon begins stalking her, Mona has to suspect her coven members, and even her family.

With two handsome men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead . . . and who really wants her.

My Thoughts: While this looks and reads more like a cozy mystery, I would definitely label it more under romance. The mystery was there but the "will she ever find love" question was the bigger story line. Since there were plenty of supes in this story it did not bother me that it was a romance.
I liked Mona for the most part. I almost quit the book at one point because the author kept using the term moron but spelling it mo-ron. I was glad when she stopped. Mona flipped a lot between being this strong, high-priestess type character and a whiny why me type. This doesn't sound good but it fit with the character and the situation/town she lived in.
The mystery part of the story was obvious and used more as a reason to throw Mona and Adam together. Even when they "caught" the person responsible you knew it wasn't done.
Overall, I was more interested in the setting and overall supernatural groups than Mona/Adam's HEA. The story of Mona's sister and her 2 nieces is probably what I want to know the most about. Also, the FREAKs. Since there is a series featuring them (F.R.E.A.K.S. squad investigations) I may check it out before reading the second in this series.

Rating: 3.5

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Some Thursday Randomness

Thursday Randomness

Can I just have this room. It's just gorgeous and combines my favorite things, books and artwork.
The Philosophical Hall at Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic
Here's another for good measure.
Library at the Benedictine Monastery of Admont — Admont, Austria
Artwork by Michael C. Hayes (website)
He also did the cover art for Miserere, which I am currently reading.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 07/21/2014

A Pinch of Magic by Kiki Thorpe (#7 Never Girls)
Blood Med by Jason Webster (#4 Max C├ímara)
Dash by Kate Klimo (#5 Dog Diaries)
Desired by Stacey Kennedy (#3 Club Sin)
Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke (#1 Dissonance)
Endless by Kate Brian (#3 Shadowlands)
Falling for Her Husband by Karen Erickson (#3 The Renaldis)
Hounded by David Rosenfelt (#12 Andy Carpenter)
Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep (#11 Elemental Assassin)
Remains of Innocence by J A Jance (#16 Joanna Brady)
Return to Homecoming Ranch by Julia London (#2 Homecoming Ranch)
Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard (#3 Something Strange & Deadly)
Support and Defend by Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney (#1 Campus)
Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Lena Diaz (#4 The Nursery Rhyme)
The Burnouts by Lex Thomas (#3 Quarantine)
The Fire Wish by Amber Lough (#1 Jinni Wars)
The Order of the Unicorn by Suzanne Selfors (#4 Imaginary Veterinary)
The Secret of the Key by Marianne Malone (#4 Sixty-Eight Rooms)
The Year of Chasing Dreams by Lurlene McDaniel (#2 Year of Luminous Love)
Veiled Target by Robin Bielman (#1 Veilers)
Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz (#1 Dark House)
Wild Water Magic by Lynne Jonell (#4 Magical Mix-Ups)