Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Quick Blog Update ~ Personal Note

Just a note to let you now the blog will be quiet for at least this week. We had a death in the family over the weekend and will be unavailable for a bit.
Stay Safe and those in the States, have a Great Holiday Weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Some Thursday Randomness

Haven't done one of these in awhile. It has been crazy around here with the end of summer vacation, getting ready for middle school and whatever else decides to creep up on us.

Shannara Chronicles on MTV: I haven't read any of these books so not sure what the characters are supposed to look like. MTV shared a post (here) sharing the official character portraits. Some don't look like they belong in a fantasy show to me but again I don't know (Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler) looks like Jace from Cassandra Clare's series.). Here is my one of my favorites:
Commander Tilton
I know many did not enjoy the first Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp but I did. The first posters for Alice Through the Looking Glass make me want to see this movie next year.

I haven't liked all her songs but I've been a fan of Carrie Underwood's voice since she was on American Idol. I've had many days this past year where I've looked at the hubby and said "this is one of those days I wish I drank", this song sums that feeling up.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 08/24/2015

On The Hunt by various (anthology)
A Ghostly Demise by Tonya Kappes (#3 Ghostly Southern Mystery)
Taste of Sugar by Marina Adair (#3 Sugar, Georgia)
An Indecent Invitation by Laura Trentham (#1 Spies and Lovers)
Another Day by David Levithan (#3 Every Day)
Bounce by Noelle August (#2 Boomerang)
Breakout by Ann Aguirre (#3 Dred Chronicles)
Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis (#1 Reign of Secrets)
Cancans, Croissants, and Caskets by Mary McHugh (#3 Happy Hoofers Mystery)
Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier (#23 Lucy Stone Mysteries)
Cat in a Zebra Zoot Suit by Carole Nelson Douglas (#27 Midnight Louie)
Claiming His Cowgirl by Lori King (#3 Crawley Creek)
Cold Hearts by Sharon Sala (#2 Secrets and Lies)
Dragon King by Donna Grant (#6.5 Dark Kings)
Eden by Candice Fox (#2 Archer and Bennett series)
Even Vampires Get the Blues by Sandra Hill (#6 Deadly Angels)
Ever After by Rachel Lacey (#3 Love to the Rescue)
Fall for Him by J.C. Valentine (#3 Forbidden Trilogy)
Find Me by Laurelin Paige (#6 Fixed)
Forces From Beyond by Simon R Green (#6 Ghostfinders)
Game on by Calvin Slater (#3 Coleman High)
Gone but Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks (#3 Quilting Mysteries)
Guerilla by Mel Odom (#2 Makaum War)
Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey (#1 Boston Fire)
Her Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan (#3 Montana Men)
Illusive by Nina Levine (#6 Sydney Storm MC)
Insidious by Dawn Metcalf (#3 Twixt)
Internship In Murder by Donald Bain (#28 Capital Crimes)
It's a Wonderful Wife by Janet Chapman (#3 The Sinclair Brothers)
Just a Little Kiss by Renita Pizzitola (#3 A Crush)
Keeper's Reach by Carla Neggers (#5 Sharpe & Donovan)
Koko The Mighty by Kieran Shea (#2 EBK)
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (#2 Diviners)
Lies Ripped Open by Steve McHugh (#5 Hellequin Chronicles)
Luck Be a Lady by Meredith Duran (#4 Rules for the Reckless)
My Savior by Alanea Alder (#4 Bewitched & Bewildered)
Nightwalker by Jacquelyn Frank (#5 The World of the Nightwalkers)
Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney (#7 Lost Lords)
Paradise Road by C. J. Duggan (#2 Paradise)
Passing His Guard by Melynda Price (#2 Against the Cage)
Released by Shay Savage (#3 Caged)
Running Wild by Susan Andersen (#4 Sisterhood Diaries)
Scotsman of My Dreams by Karen Ranney (#2 MacIain)
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore (#2 Grim Reaper)
Shadows Strike by Dianne Duvall (#6 Immortal Guardians)
Some Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan (#2 Puffin Island)
Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs (#11 Lakeshore Chronicles)
Storm Surrender by Magda Alexander (#5 Storm Damages)
Sustained by Emma Chase (#2 Legal Briefs)
Take A Chance by Micalea Smeltzer (#4 Willow Creek)
Kill or Die by William W Johnstone, J A Johnstone (#3 Flintlock)
The Drowned Boy by Karin Fossum (#11 Inspector Sejer)
The Golden Vendetta by Tony Abbott (#3 Copernicus Legacy)
The Last Time I Saw Her by Karen Robards (#4 Dr. Charlotte Stone)
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny (#11 Chief Inspector Armand Gamache)
The Prince and I by Karen Hawkins (#2 Oxenburg Princes)
The Veil by Megan Chance (#3 Fianna Trilogy)
Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait (#2 A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
Time Patrol by Bob Mayer (#4 Area 51)
To Desire a Highlander by Sue-Ellen Welfonder (#2 Scandalous Scots)
Tough Love by Lori Foster (#3 Ultimate)
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines (#1 Field Party)
Vampire in Crisis by Dale Mayer (#8 Family Blood Ties)
What to Do with a Duke by Sally MacKenzie (#1 The Spinster House series)
When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare (#3 Castles Ever After)
Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr (#9 Thunder Point)
X  by Sue Grafton (#24 Alphabet Mysteries)
You're the Earl That I Want by Kelly Bowen (#3 Lords of Worth)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New Releases ~ week of 08/17/2015

#Poser by Cambria Hebert (#5 Hashtag)
A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (#7 Bess Crawford Mystery)
A Sweet Possibility by Natalie Charles (#2 Archer Cove)
A Warrior Wedding by Teresa Gabelman (#7 The Protectors)
Lost Souls by Seth Patrick (#2 Reviver trilogy)
Agent to the Rescue by Lisa Childs (#3 Special Agents at the Altar)
An Alpha's Choice by Carrie Ann Ryan (#10 Redwood Pack #2 Talon Pack)
Be My Valentino by Sandra D Bricker (#2 Jessie Stanton)
Bitter of Tongue by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brenna (#7 Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy)
Born to Be Wild by Matt London (#3 The 8th Continent)
Broken Hearts by Sam Crescent (#7 Chaos Bleeds MC)
Court of Fives by Kate Elliott (#1 Court of Fives)
Damage Report by Mandy M Roth (#2 Immortal Outcasts)
Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong (#3 Cainsville)
Deep Night by Kathy Clark (#3 Denver Heroes)
Forsaken by Lisa Renee Jones (#3 The Secret Life of Amy Bensen)
Getting Wilde by Jenn Stark (#1 Immortal Vegas)
Here Comes Trouble by Anna J. Stewart (#2 Tremayne Family Romance)
Insatiable by Leslie Kelly (#5 Unrated!)
Killer Run by Lynn Cahoon (#5 A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Laid Out by Sidney Halston (#4 Worth the Fight)
Last Words by Michael Koryta (#1 Markus Novak)
Love After Dark by Marie Force (#13 The McCarthys of Gansett Island)
Never Say Never by Nicole Edwards (#2 Sniper 1 Security)
Night of the Cobra by Jack Coughlin (#8 Sniper)
Noir by Jacqueline Garlick (#2 The Illumination Paradox)
Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black, Lexi Blake (#1 The Perfect Gentlemen)
Sinful by Lexi Buchanan (#5 Bad Boy Rockers)
Suspicions by Cynthia Eden (#3 Battling McGuire Boys)
Tangling with the Tiger by Vivi Andrews (#5 Lone Pine Pride)
The Bachelor Takes a Bride by Brenda Harlen (#8 Those Engaging Garretts!)
The Banished of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler (#1 Covenant of Muirwood)
The Reckoning by Carsten Stroud (#3 Niceville)
Two Minutes by Dannika Dark (#6 Seven)
Vagrant by Gemma James (#4 Condemned)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Book Review (Arc) ~ Warren the 13th and The All Seeing Eye

Warren the 13th and The All Seeing Eye

by Tania del Rio
Illustrated by Will Staehle
published by Quirk Books
expected release date: November 24, 2015
genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mystery,

**received from publisher/netgalley in exchange for honest review.

Summary (Goodreads): Meet Warren the 13th, a cursed 12-year-old Victorian bellhop who’s terribly unlucky . . . yet perpetually optimistic, hard-working, and curious. Orphan Warren’s pride and joy is his family’s hotel, but he’s been miserable ever since his evil Aunt Anaconda took over the management. Anaconda believes a mysterious treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye is hidden somewhere on the grounds, and she’ll do anything to find it. If Warren wants to preserve his family’s legacy, he’ll need to find the treasure first—if the hotel’s many strange and wacky guests don’t beat him to it! This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

My Thoughts: I wanted to read this for two reasons. The first cover (here) caught my attention when I was scrolling through netgalley. The final cover and illustrations the author posted made me want it even more. The second reason is my son. He is not a fan of fiction books, reads mostly non-fiction, and I am always looking for stuff for him to read that will make his teachers happy. This is one I will be getting for him when it comes out.
Warren comes from a long line of Warrens, all eventually become owners/managers of the hotel. Unfortunately, our Warren receives the hotel before he is old enough to run it, leaving him and it in the care of his aunt and uncle. The uncle is lazy and spends all his time eating and sleeping and the aunt is evil, always coming up with new ways to torture/discipline Warren.
Anaconda fills the classic villain role well. She is evil, greedy, and will do anything to get what she wants. Power, power and more power. With the help of her sisters (and several others) they manage to tear apart the hotel looking for the Eye, all under the nose of the oblivious uncle.
There were many twists and turn along with all of Warrens ups and downs throughout the book. Warren, while not your typical leading character, is still great and you cannot help but root for him. There are many surprises and great side characters, meaning there is something for everyone.
As I said, I'll definitely be getting this for my son and personally, I'm most looking forward to seeing the final illustrations.

Rating: 4