Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Review ~ Her Ladyship's Curse

Her Ladyship's Curse (Disenchanted & Co. Book 1, part 1)

by Lynn Viehl
published by Pocket Star
genre: Adult, Steampunk, Supernatural, 

*e-galley received from netGalley/ publisher in exchange for an honest review.
**Disenchanted & Co. was first released in 2013 as two parts. The full book Disenchanted & Co. is available as of 1/28/2014

Summary (Goodreads): In a steampunk version of America that lost the Revolutionary War, Charmian (Kit) Kittredge makes her living investigating magic crimes and exposing the frauds behind them. While Kit tries to avoid the nobs of high society, as the proprietor of Disenchanted & Co. she follows mysteries wherever they lead.

Lady Diana Walsh calls on Kit to investigate and dispel the curse she believes responsible for carving hateful words into her own flesh as she sleeps. While Kit doesn’t believe in magic herself, she can’t refuse to help a woman subjected nightly to such vicious assaults. As Kit investigates the Walsh family, she becomes convinced that the attacks on Diana are part of a larger, more ominous plot—one that may involve the lady’s obnoxious husband.

Sleuthing in the city of Rumsen is difficult enough, but soon Kit must also skirt the unwanted attentions of nefarious deathmage Lucien Dredmore and the unwelcome scrutiny of police Chief Inspector Thomas Doyle. Unwilling to surrender to either man’s passion for her, Kit struggles to remain independent as she draws closer to the heart of the mystery. Yet as she learns the truth behind her ladyship’s curse, Kit also uncovers a massive conspiracy that promises to ruin her life—and turn Rumsen into a supernatural battleground from which no one will escape alive.

My Thoughts: The author did a good job of sucking you right into this story considering the length of this first part. I was instantly interested in Kit, her job, and what exactly made her so special. Was there something "special" about her or was she correct in her belief that there is no such thing as magic?
I found the rest of the characters just as interesting if not liable. I liked both of Kit's friends, they were so very different from each other and different from Kit that it worked and made sense for these two to be her friends. I started with a strong dislike for Dredmore but at the same time wanted to know where the author was going with the relationship between him and Kit. It had some very high moments just to turn around and have some of the lowest follow almost immediately.
Overall, while this was just part of the first book in the series, it gives you a glimpse into the world and the characters that live there. I thought the alternate America was well done without making it the typical western that you find in some steampunks. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this story/series.

Rating: 4

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 2/24/2014

*All links go to Goodreads

A Growing Suspicion by Jacqueline Dembar Greene (#10 American Girls: Rebecca)
A Promise at Bluebell Hill by Emma Cane (#5 Valentine Valley)
A Taste Fur Murder by Dixie Lyle (#1 Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery)
A Wicked Pursuit by Isabella Bradford (#1 Breconridge Brothers)
Angel Seduced by Jaime Rush (#3 Hidden)
Baby, Be Mine by Vivian Arend (#2 Thompson & Sons)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead by Patricia Eimer (#3 Speak of the Devil)
Blackberry Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke (#18 Hannah Swensen Mysteries)
Blades of the Old Empire by Anna Kashina (#1 Majat Code)
Burn Bright by Bethany Frenette (#2 Dark Star)
Creature Teacher: The Final Exam by R L Stine (#6 Goosebumps Most Wanted)
Dear Drama 2 by Braya Spice (#2 Dear Drama)
Death Among the Ruins by Pamela Christie (#2 Arabella Beaumont Mystery)
Death of a Policeman by M. C. Beaton (#30 Hamish MacBeth)
Dog Gone! by Mary Amato (#2 Good Crooks)
Evening Stars by Susan Mallery (#3 Blackberry Island)
Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott (#1 Fire & Flood)
Four Weddings and a Fireman by Jennifer Bernard (#8 The Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel)
Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye (#2 Hard Ink)
Heavy Hitters by Mike Lupica (#3 Game Changers)
Honor's Knight by Rachel Bach (#2 Paradox)
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis (#9 I Survived)
Is Not Exactly Famous by Steve Cotler (#4 Cheesie Mack)
Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep (#6 Mythos Academy)
Kiss and Tell by Fern Michaels (#23 Sisterhood)
Labyrinth of Stars by Marjorie M Liu (#6 Hunter Kiss)
Love and Chaos by Gemma Burgess (#2 Brooklyn Girls)
Love Another Day by Gina Robinson (#4 Agent Ex)
Love Game by Elise Sax (#3 The Matchmaker)
Love Match by Monica Seles (#2 The Academy)
Missing Monkey! by Mary Amato (#1 Good Crooks)
Mr. Jack Is a Maniac! by Dan Gutman (#10 My Weirder School)
Night Owls by Lauren M Roy (#1 Night Owls)
Out for Blood by Michael Spradlin (#3 Killer Species)
Queen's Man by Rory Clements (#6 John Shakespeare)
Shame On You by Tara Sivec ( #1 Fool Me Once)
Storming the Black Ice by Don Brown (#3 Pacific Rim)
Take a Chance by Abbi Glines (#1 Chances #6 Rosemary Beach)
The Book of the Crowman by Joseph D'Lacey (#2 Black Dawn)
The Bride Says Maybe by Cathy Maxwell (#2 Brides of Wishmore)
The Chance by Robyn Carr (#4 in Thunder Point)
The Chase by Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg (#2 Kate O'Hare)
The Clockwork Wolf by Lynn Viehl (#2 Disenchanted & Co)
The Cottage on Juniper Ridge by Sheila Roberts (#4 Life in Icicle Falls)
The Missing Marlin by David A Kelly (#8 Ballpark Mysteries)
The Problem with Promises by Leigh Evans (#3 Mystwalker)
The Raider by Monica McCarty (#8 The Highland Guard Series)
The Resistance Man by Martin Walker (#7 Bruno, Chief of Police)
The Rift by Bob Mayer (#3 Area 51)
The Scandalous Duke Takes a Bride by Tiffany Clare (#3 Dangerous Rogues)
The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow (#1 Secret Diamond Sisters)
The Shadow Throne by Jennifer A Nielsen (#3 Ascendance Trilogy)
The Thief by Stephanie Landsem (#2 Living Water)
The Time Tutor by Bee Ridgway (#2 Time Travel)
The Trouble With Honor by Julia London (#1 The Cabot Sisters)
The Undead Pool by Kim Harrison (#12 The Hollows)
Thea Stilton & the Great Tulip Heist by Thea Stilton (#18 Geronimo Stilton Special Edition)
Thrown for a Curve by Sugar Jamison (#2 Perfect Fit)
Top Student by Miranda Baker (#4 Come Again)
Tremor by Patrick Carman (#2 Pulse)
Two to Tango by Sheryl Berk (#2 Dance Divas)
Unforgotten by Jessica Brody (#2 Unremembered)
When Shadows Fall by J. T. Ellison (#3 Samantha Owens)
When the Duke Was Wicked by Lorraine Heath (#1 Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James)
Where Evil Waits by Kate Brady (#2 Mann family)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Review ~ Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers

Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers; Vol.4

by Bill Willingham
illustrated by Mark Buckingham, Craig Hamilton, Steve Leiahola, P. Craig Russell
published by Vertigo
genre: Graphic Novel, Adult, Fantasy, Re-tellings

Summary (Goodreads):  When Little Red Riding Hood suddenly walks through the gate between this world and the lost Fable Homelands, she's welcomed as a miraculous survivor by nearly everyone - everyone except her old nemesis, Bigby Wolf, who smells spying and subversion more than survival. But will he be able to prove his case before disaster strikes? And how will it all affect Prince Charming's upstart campaign to become the new mayor of Fabletown?

My Thoughts: Storywise, this was one of my favorites so far (I know I'm only on vol. 4). The Illustrations were what I've become used to and did not disappoint. They really help add to the written storylines.
I liked learning more about the original war with the Adversary that caused the fables to flee to  New York. I also liked knowing about fables that did not make out alive and not wondering if they will show up in the future.
Lots of focus on Little Boy Blue and Red Riding Hood. How they formed a relationship amid the war and how that was used to forward the story.
The usual main characters were present and for the first time we had everyone from both Fabletown and The Farm together working towards a common goal.
Overall, I liked where this started and how it moved the story forward. Still cannot stand Prince Charming and would like to see less of him (I know this isn't going to happen). Interested in how Snow and Bigby deal with having a child and how all the remaining characters react to the aftermath of the attack.

Rating: 4

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Book Review ~ Circle of Death

Circle of Death (Damask Circle #2)

by Keri Arthur
published by Dell
expected release date: February 25, 2014
genre: Adult, Fantasy, Supernatural, PNR

**eGalley received from netGalley/publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary (Goodreads): PASSION REBORN

In one vicious night, Kirby Brown’s world is torn apart. Her best friend is dead, killed by a madman who is now after Kirby, and she has no idea why. When the police prove incapable of protecting Kirby, she has no choice but to trust a mysterious stranger. And while she finds herself inexplicably drawn to him, she fears the strange abilities he wields.

An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. What he doesn’t expect to find is a cadre of witches capable of controlling the elements, a sorceress determined to take that power for herself, and a broken woman who is more than she seems. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby’s past—a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn’t the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby’s special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.

My Thoughts: I have not read the first book in this series. Other than not being familiar with the group in the circle, this did not hinder my reading or enjoyment of this book.
The action starts right from the start and just keeps going. At first I wasn't sure about Kirby. The consistency of her character was off for me. While she was the strong female lead you would want and need to be paired with Doyle. Her inability to trust (even though she couldn't tell you why) just dragged out too long. There were times when I just wanted to say that's enough of that same dialogue can we move this forward. Still overall, she worked in the long run, just the small things.
Loved Doyle and his team. Even if the book had just focused on the three of them and catching this killer I would have been happy. I didn't need the HEA to enjoy this story.
Overall, once I started reading I could not put this down. I had to know what happened next and how much trouble Kirby was going to cause for Doyle and if they stood a chance against this killer when they hadn't up to that point. The end went the usual HEA route that you would expect but was still well done.
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the first book to understand the circle more and have already been approved for the third book Circle of Desire.

Rating: 4

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 2/17/2014

A Proposal at the Wedding by Gina Wilkins (#3 Bride Mountain Trilogy)
Before you Break by Christina Lee (#2 InterMix)
Draw of Kings, A by Patrick W. Carr (#3 The Staff and the Sword)
Dungeon Royale by Lexi Blake (#6 Masters and Mercenaries)
Like a Mighty Army by David Weber (#7 Safehold)
Moving Target by J A Jance (#9 Alison Reynolds)
Once In a Lifetime by Jill Shalvis (#9 Lucky Harbor)
Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (#2 Mind Games)
Reflected by Rhiannon Held (#3 Silver)
Runner by Patrick Lee (#1 Sam Dryden)
Sizzle by Liliana Hart (#10 The MacKenzie Brothers)
Summer Fling by Mari Carr, Jayne Rylon (#3 Compass Girls)
The Course of True Love by Cassandra Clare (#10 Bane Chronicles)
The Daddy Secret by Judy Duarte (#1 Return to Brighton Valley)
The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros (#1 The Darkest Joy)
The Dream Dress by Janice Thompson (#3 Weddings by Design)
The Gates of Babylon by Michael Wallace (#6 The Righteous)
Vampire Most Wanted by Lynsay Sands (#20 Argeneau Vampires)
Working It by Kendall Ryan (#1 Love By Design)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Review ~ The Exile

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel (Outlander 1.5)

by Dianna Gabaldon 
illustrated by Hoang Nguyen
published by Del Ray 
genre: Adult, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Historical

Summary (Goodreads): After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland—but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie’s late parents he’d watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There’s already a fat bounty on the young exile’s head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who’s crossed paths—and swords—with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew’s loyalty—or his life—and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who’d sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum’s heir.

And then there is Claire Randall—mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie’s life to stir his  compassion . . . and arouse his desire.

But even as Jamie’s heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she’s been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can’t believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices—a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.

My Thoughts: This was a difficult one for me. I love this series/book and have really been enjoying graphic novels of late. This is story takes part during the first part of Outlander but is told from Jamie and Murtagn's POV.
I was expecting something different from this story. Even though it was told from different POVs it was really just a rehash of the story we've already read. I didn't feel like I learned anything new, if there were some new points it didn't jump out at me.
The other side is the illustrations. I loved the fact that this was full color throughout but that was mainly it. The biggest problem for me was Jamie. I don't know how to describe it other than his character drawing just seemed very vague to me. For being the main character in this story he never seemed very defined. Claire was distinct where Jamie just looked like the rest of the men, a little taller and with red hair. It may be a case of having a definite picture in your head and knowing the artist is never going to get it just right.
Overall, this just fell a little short for me. It didn't feel there was anything new and while the drawings overall were well done the actual characters did not work for me.

Rating: 3.5

Friday, February 14, 2014

Book Review ~ Wednesdays in the Tower

Wednesday in the Tower (Castle Glower #2)

by Jessica Day George
published by Bloomsbury Children
genre: MG, Fantasy,

Summary (Goodreads): A castle that is constantly rearranging itself, and a young royal family sworn to protect it... Celie, Rolf, and their beloved Castle Glower are back in this exciting sequel.

Strange things are afoot in Castle Glower: new rooms, corridors, and even stables keep arriving, even when they aren't needed. Celie's brother Bran, the new Royal Wizard, has his hands full cataloguing an entire storeroom full of exotic and highly dangerous weapons, while Celie has her hands full . . . raising the creature that hatches from a giant egg she finds! Will they be able to find out what's making the Castle behave this way in time?

My Thoughts: This book was entertaining but had some issues for me. I loved the griffin and Celie trying to raise and hide it once it is hatched. I also enjoyed the characters looking and finding different things in the castle that show a history of the castle and griffins. I just wished it had been a little more explored and given more time in the story considering where this story ended and how the next is shaping up.
Overall, the story just seemed to be choppy at times and incomplete in others. That said I still enjoyed it. It felt more like a filler story to move us from the story in book one into the story coming in book three. I've enjoyed all of George's other books and will still read book three before making any decisions on this series.

Rating: 3.5

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Skin Game

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking The Spine. It's a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

Skin Game (The Dresden Files #15)
by Jim Butcher
published by Roc
expected release date: May 27, 2014
genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy, Supernatural,

Summary (Goodreads): Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day….

Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful.

He doesn’t know the half of it….

Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains—led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone—to break into the highest-security vault in town so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

It’s a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world—which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he’s dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.

Dresden’s always been tricky, but he’s going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess—assuming his own allies don’t end up killing him before his enemies get the chance….

**This is one of my favorite authors and series. Always look forward to new books.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 2/10/2014

A Graveyard of Memories by Barry Eisler (#8 John Rain)
After the Rain by Daisy Harris (#2 Fire and Rain)
All That Glitters by Jill Santopolo (#1 Sparkle Spa)
All That Glows by Ryan Graudin (#1 All That Glows)
As Hot As It Gets by Elle Kennedy (#10 Out of Uniform)
Carnal Secrets by Suzanne Wright (#3 The Phoenix Pack)
Crimson Twilight by Heather Graham (#11.5  Krewe of Hunters #2 1001 Dark Nights)
Fates by Lanie Bross (#1 Fates)
Feral Curse by Cynthia Leitich Smith (#2 Feral)
Fool's Gold by Philippa Gregory (#3 Order of Darkness)
Game of Clones by M E Castle (#3 Clone Chronicles)
Gum Luck by Rhode Montijo (#2 Gumazing Gum Girl)
Killer by Jonathan Kellerman (#29 Alex Delaware)
Lady Thief by A. C. Gaughen (#2 Scarlet)
Love Me by Rachel Shukert (#2 Starstruck)
Moccasin Tracks by Reid Lance Rosenthal (#4 Threads West: An American Saga)
Pirate Vishnu by Gigi Pandian (#2 Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery)
Purple Nails and Puppy Tails by Jill Santopolo (#2 Sparkle Spa)
Somethin' Dirty by Em Petrova (#4 Country Fever)
Split Second by Kasie West (#2 Pivot Point)
The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf by Martin Millar (#3 Kalix MacRinnalch)
The Broken Path by Erin Hunter (#4 Survivors)
The Worlds We Make by Megan Crewe (#3 Fallen World)
The Dreams of a Dying God by Aaron Pogue (#2 Godlanders War)
Three by Kristen Simmons (#3 Article 5)
Twin Affairs by Lynn Kelling (#2 My Brother's Lover)
Where Monsters Dwell by Jørgen Brekke (#1 Odd Singsaker)
White Space by Ilsa J Bick (#1 Dark Passages)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews to share your weekly book haul. It can be what you bought, received, borrowed, or were gifted. For more info you can go here.

Silent Truth by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Diana Love
Beneath a Blood Red Moon by Heather Graham

from Harper Collins
Otherworld Chronicles by Nils Johnson-Shelton
~The Invisible Tower, The Seven Swords, The Dragon King

Review  (netGalley/ Strange Chemistry)
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
Once Upon a Crime by Michael Buckley
The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon and Hoang Nguyen
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Ghoul Goblin: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Review ~ Palace of Spies

Palace of Spies (Palace of Spies #1)

by Sarah Zettel
published by HMH Books
genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Spy

Summary (Goodreads): A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't.

Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love...

History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.

My Thoughts: This was a hard book to write a review for. I really liked this book but thought there were many things wrong with it. I kept putting it down and it took me a lot longer to read than usual. Even though I put it down, something made me keep picking it back up.
I liked Peggy, she was stronger and more independent than you would think of a girl in this time period. All this was needed once she was working for the three and ended up at court. Everybody at court was a very different type of the lady in waiting. You had the smart, the pretty, the manipulative, and the airhead. All together they worked and made for an interesting read.
Two things that bothered me. One, there was a sexual assault early in the book and it bothered me the way it was handled and everybody including the person assaulted moved on by the next chapter and it wasn't really mentioned again. Two, the story of the girl that Peggy was taking over for. It just seemed to keep going around and around. Every time someone said something the whole story would change. I was happy with what seemed to be the final story, it just took too long to get there.
Overall, there were problems with the story but I still enjoyed reading it. I'm looking forward to how the author handles what they are wanting Peggy to do next.

Rating: 3.5

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

New Releases ~ week of 2/3/2014

A Family for Tyler by Angel Smits (#1 Chair at the Hawkins Table)
A Fatal Slip by Meg London (#3 Sweet Nothings)
A Million Guilty Pleasures by C L Parker (#2 Million Dollar Duet)
A Tale of Two Biddies by Kylie Logan (#2 League of Literary Ladies)
A Tough Nut to Kill by Elizabeth Lee by (#1 Nut House Mysteries)
Alienated by Melissa Landers (#1 Alienated)
All For You by Jessica Scott (#4 Coming Home)
All You Need Is Love by Marie Force (#1 Green Mountain)
An Air of Treason by P F Chisholm (#6 Sir Robert Carey)
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (#1 Southern Reach Trilogy)
Avenger's Heat by Katie Reus (#4 Moon Shifter)
Bad Reputation by Jane Tesh (#4 Madeline Maclin)
Be With Me by J Lynn (#2 Wait for You)
Beewitched by Hannah Reed (#5 Queen Bee mystery)
Belle Fury by Lola Dodge (#3 Manhattan Ten)
Books, Cooks, and Crooks by Lucy Arlington (#3 Novel Idea Mystery)
Bred by Magic by Diana Marie DuBois (#0.5 Guardians, A Voodoo Vows Tail)
Bubble by Anders De La Motte (#3 HP Petterson)
Bullseye by David Baldacci (#2.5 Will Robie)
Burn by Julianna Baggott (#3 Pure)
By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan (#3 Last Werewolf)
Can't Stop Lovin' You by Lynnette Austin (#3 Maverick Junction)
Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee (#2 Carousel)
Cavanaugh Hero by Marie Ferrarella (#26 Cavanaugh Justice)
Codename Zero by Chris Rylander (#1 Codename Zero)
Cotton's Inferno by Phil Dunlap (#4 Sheriff Cotton Burke)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (#3 Lunar Chronicles)
Days of Wine and Roquefort by Avery Aames (#5 Cheese Shop Mystery)
Death of an Irish Diva by Mollie Cox Bryan (#3 Cumberland Creek)
Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann (#1 Reluctant Heroes)
Dryad-Born by Jeff Wheeler (#2 Whispers from Mirrowen)
Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald (#3 Everness)
Falling Light by Thea Harrison (#2 Game of Shadows)
Fallout by James K Decker (#2 Haan)
Gideon's Spear by Darby Karchut (#2 Finn Finnegan)
Green Living Can Be Deadly by Staci McLaughlin (#3 Blossom Valley Mysteries)
Had To Be You by Robin Kaye (#3 Bad Boys of Red Hook)
Haunting Blackie by Laurann Dohner (#8 Cyborg Seduction)
Heartland Courtship by Lyn Cote (#3 Wilderness Brides)
Hopeful by Shelley Shepard Gray (#1 Return to Sugarcreek)
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (#4 Shatter Me)
India Black and the Gentleman Thief by Carol K Carr (#4 Madam of Espionage)
Jaded by Anne Calhoun (#2 Walkers Ford)
Kaleidoscope by Kristen Ashley (#6 Colorado Mountain)
Letting Go by Maya Banks (#1 Surrender Trilogy)
Lion Plays Rough by Lachlan Smith (#2 Leo Maxwell Mysteries)
Love Finds Faith by Martha Rogers (#2 Homeward Journey)
Lynx Destiny by Doranna Durgin (#8 Sentinels)
Melting The Ice by Jaci Burton (#7 Play By Play)
Mia Fashion Plates and Cupcakes by Coco Simon (#18 Cupcake Diaries)
Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble by Mignon F Ballard (#4 Miss Dimple Kilpatrick)
Miss Molly Robbins Designs a Seduction by Jayne Fresina (#4 Sydney Dovedale)
Much Ado about Jack by Christy English (#3 Shakespeare In Love)
Murder With Ganache  by Lucy Burdette (#4 Key West Food Critic Mystery)
Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michels (#1 in Tricks of the Ton)
My Brother's Lover by Lynn Kelling (#1 My Brother's Lover)
Nick & Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by Bob Pflugfelder (#2 Nick and Tesla)
Night's Promise by Amanda Ashley (#6 Children of the Night)
Perfect Together by Carly Phillips (#3 Serendipity's Finest)
Poison at the PTA by Laura Alden (#5 Beth Kennedy (PTO Mystery))
Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck (#2 Royal Wedding)
R Is for Rebel by Megan Mulry (#4 Unruly Royals)
Red Delicious by Kathleen Tierney (#2 Siobhan Quinn)
Rise of the Arcane Fire by Kristin Bailey (#2 The Secret Order)
Risk Taker by Lindsay McKenna (#3 Shadow Warriors)
Royal Wedding Threat by Rachelle McCalla (#5 Protecting the Groom)
Rule Breaker by Lora Leigh (#29 Breeds)
Scandal in Skibbereen by Sheila Connolly (#2 County Cork Mysteries)
Scarlet Devices by Delphine Dryden (#2 Steam and Seduction)
Scintillate by Tracy Clark (#1 Light Key Trilogy)
Shredded by Tracy Wolff (#1 Extreme Risk)
Sinfully Yours by Cara Elliott (#2 Hellions of High Street)
Stolen by Erin Bowman (#0.5 Taken)
Texas Fandango by Cynthia D'Alba (#3 Texas Montgomery Mavericks)
The Baby Rescue by Margaret Daley (#1 Witness Protection)
The Bad Boy Billionaire's Girl Gone Wild by Maya Rodale (#2.5 Bad Boys & Wallflowers)
The Collection by Shannon Stoker (#2 Registry)
The Countess Confessions by Jillian Hunter (#11 Boscastle Family)
The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride by Carolyn Brown (#3 Cowboys and Brides)
The Drowning Spool by Monica Ferris (#17 Needlecraft Mysteries)
The Ghost Runner by Parker Bilal (#3 Makana Mystery)
The Guard by Kiera Cass (#2.5 The Selection)
The MacGregor Lady by Grace Burrowes (#3 MacGregor Trilogy)
The Magic Mistake by Barbara Brauner, James Iver Mattson (#2 Oh My Godmother)
The Mark of Evil by Craig Parshall, Tim LaHaye (#4 End)
The Ride of Your Life by P J Night (#18 You're Invited to a Creepover)
The Seers by Julianna Scott (#2 Holders)
The Valentine's Day Disaster by Lori Wilde (#4.5 Twilight Texas)
Throw in the Trowel by Kate Collins (#15 Flower Shop Mystery)
To Sail a Darkling Sea by John Ringo (#2 Black Tide Rising)
Town in a Strawberry Swirl by B B Haywood (#5 Candy Holliday Mystery)
Walking On Air by Catherine Anderson (#1 Valance Family)
Watch Your Back by Karen Rose (#4 Baltimore)
What the Groom Wants by Jade Lee (#4 Bridal Favors)
Wild on You by Tina Wainscott (#1 Justiss Alliance)
Wild Things by Chloe Neill (#9 Chicagoland Vampires)
Wildwood Imperium by Colin Meloy (#3 Wildwood Chronicles)
Wings of Death by James Axler (#68 Outlanders)
Winter at Mustang Ridge by Jesse Hayworth (#2 Mustang Ridge)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Review ~ Doctor Who: The Forgotten

Doctor Who: The Forgotten

by Tony Lee
illustrated by Pia Guerra, Stefano Martino, Kelly Yates
genre: Graphic Novel, Sci-Fi, Fantasy 

Summary (Goodreads): Stranded in a strange Museum that's dedicated to him, and with no TARDIS in sight, The Doctor and Martha must make sense of their surroundings, hindered by one small fact - The Doctor has lost his memories of every one of his previous incarnations! With items relevant to each Doctor in their possession, The Doctor must try to use them to regain his memories before it's too late, starting with his earliest incarnation's memories, involving Susan, Barbara, and Ian... but quickly moving on to Zoe and Jamie, and more. This all-new series written by Tony Lee (Starship Troopers) features artist Pia Guerra in her first monthly comic since Y The Last Man.

My Thoughts: I picked this one up at the library for the simple fact that it had something about all the doctors in it. I just started watching the show this year and only from #9 forward.
There were quick little story for each doctor based on an item they found with their individual outfits. I liked the glimpses of the older doctors and their companions. It did peak my interest to find time in the future to visit the older seasons.
Martha was not one of my favorites but the reason for her being there was well done and played an important role in the Doctor starting to piece things together. The villain in this story was the least interesting but still needed in order to move the story forward.
Overall, I enjoyed both the story and the graphics from this series. There was a very noticeable change in the drawings at one point but was explained in the note from Tony Lee at the end.

Rating: 4