Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This Week's Reads

Gilded Cage by Vic James
Dark Gifts #1 (Goodreads) release date: Feb. 2017
**Received from NetGalley. It's a new fantasy series where magic rules. Really looking forward to reading this one.

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley
Alternative Detective #1 (Goodreads)
**Something about the cover and blurb for this one just made me bring it home. Kind of Steampunk and Alt History mixed with mysteries. All genres that I enjoy.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 09/26/2016

A Day and a Life by Penelope Wilcock (#9 The Hawk and the Dove)
A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward (#2 In Bitter Chill)
A Highlander's Christmas Kiss by Paula Quinn (#5 The McGregors: Highland Heirs)
Against The Wind by Rebecca Zanetti (#1 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Alien Vs. Predator by Tim Lebbon (#3 Rage War)
Blame It on the Cowboy by Delores Fossen (#4 McCord Brothers Trilogy)
Blinding Rain by Elisabeth Naughton (#7 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Blue Skies by Dee Davis (#8 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Bold Beautiful Love by Angel Payne (#3 Temptation Court)
Brave The Storm by Lisa Mondello (#3 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge (#1 Bright Smoke, Cold Fire)
British Manor Murder by Leslie Meier (#21 Lucy Stone Mysteries)
Broken Trust by W. E. B. Griffin (#13 Badge of Honor)
Captivate Me by Ryan Michele (#5 Ravage MC)
Christmas at Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard (#2 Promise Lodge)
Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke (#20 Hannah Swensen Mysteries)
Christmas on My Mind by Janet Dailey (#1 Cowboy Christmas)
Cloudbound by Fran Wilde (#2 Bone Universe)
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (#2 Six of Crows)
Dandelion Dead by Chrystle Fiedler (#4 Natural Remedies Mystery)
Dark Forces by Stephen Leather (#13 Dan Shepherd)
Darkest Journey by Heather Graham (#20 Krewe of Hunters)
Days Of You And Me by Tawdra Kandle (#3 Keeping Score)
Deadly Is The Night by Dusty Richards (#9 Byrnes Family Ranch)
Death By Pumpkin Spice by Alex Erickson (#3 Death By Coffee)
Do You Want to Start a Scandal? by Tessa Dare (#5 Spindle Cove Series)
Fire and Rain by Julie Kenner (#5 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Girl in Danger by Leigh Russell (#2 Lucy Hall Mystery)
High Kicks, Hot Chocolate, and Homicides by Mary McHugh (#5 Happy Hoofers Mystery)
Hot Seal Rescue by Lynn Raye Harris (#3 Hot SEAL Team)
It's Your Party, Die If You Want To by Vickie Fee (#2 A Liv And Di In Dixie
Lightning Strikes by Lexi Blake (#4 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson (#2 The Gold Seer Trilogy)
Lured In by Laura Drewry (#2 Fishing for Trouble)
Possession by Helen Hardt (#3 Steele Brothers Saga)
Presumption of Guilt by Archer Mayor (#28 Joe Gunther)
Quiet Storm by Dee Davis (#6 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Return Fire by Christina Diaz Gonzales (#2 Moving Target)
Shadow Silence by Yasmine Galenorn (#2 Whisper Hollow)
Shadows of a Wolf Moon by Jodi Vaughn (#5 Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves)
Shoot 'Em Up by Janey Mack (#3 Maisie Mcgrane Mystery)
Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne (#5 Haven Point)
Storm Warning by Larissa Ione (#2 Rising Storm, Season 2)
Swarm by Scott Westerfeld (#2 Zeroes)
The Babe Ruth Deception by David O Stewart (#3 Fraser and Cook Mystery)
The Citadel by Alexey Osadchuk (#2 Mirror World)
The Fever Code by James Dashner (#0.6 Maze Runner)
The Murder of a Queen Bee by Meera Lester (#2 A Henny Penny Farmette Mystery)
The Semi-Sweet Hereafter by Colette London (#3 Chocolate Whisperer Mystery)
The Sinner by Amanda Stevens (#5 Graveyard Queen)
The Tengu's Game of Go by Lian Hearn (#4 Tale of Shikanoko)
The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis (#2 Heartbreaker Bay)
The Truth Factory by Cody McFadyen (#5 Smoky Barrett)
Unbound by Erica Stevens (#7 The Captive)
Wolf on Board by Heather Long (#9.5 Wolves of Willow Bend)
Woman of God by by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro

Monday, September 26, 2016

Mini Review ~ The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors

The Field Guide to Sports Metaphors

by Josh Chetwynd
published by Ten Speed Press
Genre: Sports, Nonfiction, Historical

**I received from Blogging for Books (website) in exchange for an honest review and did not influence my opinions.

Summary (Goodreads): There are many metaphors we can quickly identify from the realm of sports: covering all the bases (baseball), game plan (football), and par for the course (golf). But the English language is also peppered with the not-so-obvious influence of sports and games, such as go-to guy (basketball) and dead ringer (horse racing). Filled with pithy entries on each idiom, plus quotes showing how big talkers from President Obama to rapper Ice-T use them, this quirky little handbook from former minor league ballplayer and award-winning journalist Josh Chetwynd is sure to be a conversation starter at tailgates, cocktail parties, and in the boardroom.

My Thoughts: If you have an interest in a words/phrases, sports, or just random trivia to throw around this book fits all of those. My family enjoys all three so I couldn't resist giving this book a try.
Overall, I mostly liked it with only a few complaints. Most of my complaints are not about the actual content of the book but the layout. There are inset boxes (with extra words/definitions) throughout that cause the reader to have to flip pages to finish the section they're on and then go back to read the inset box. This was something that just bothered me aesthetically. When I'm reading, I want to be able to read straight thru without have to keep going back to read things I had to skip at the time.
I was surprised how many phrases came from sports that I never would have associated with it. An example is Fluke: this word comes from billiards. Back when the billiard balls were made from ivory they would warp and not move perfectly. Fluke became a shorthand to explain a poorly played shot. This and others like it are the phrases that I found most interesting and kept me reading the book.

Rating: 4 due to layout/aesthetics

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

This Week's Reads

**We finally bought book shelves 5 years after moving in. Not many books this week since I finally have access to all my books that have been boxed up since the move. Still sorting and shelving so not reading anything specific from my piles.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #0.5 (Goodreads)
**Looking forward to this movie coming out later this month. I really enjoyed the first book and hubby is currently reading the second and thinks it is even better.

Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables
edited by  Stephen L. Antczak and  James C. Bassett (Goodreads)
**I'm picky about steampunk, not everything grabs my interest. Short stories seemed like a good way to try out different authors.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 09/19/2016

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (#1 Kingdom on Fire)
All About You by Natalie Ann (#6 All Series)
Anywhere You Are by Elisabeth Barrett (#3 Return to Briarwood)
Ashton: Lord of Truth by Grace Burrowes (#13 Lonely Lords)
Billionaire on the Loose by Jessica Clare (#5 Billionaires and Bridesmaids)
Death's End by Cixin Liu (#3 Three-Body Trilogy)
Drawn Deeper by Brenda Rothert (#3 Lockhart Brothers)
Eight Second Ride by Elana Johnson, Liz Isaacson (#7 Three Rivers Ranch)
Fashionably Dead and Wed by Robyn Peterman (#7 Hot Damned)
Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch (#3 Snow Like Ashes)
Gears of Revolution by J Scott Savage (#2 Mysteries of Cove)
Her Renegade Rancher by Jennifer Ryan (#6 Montana Men)
Home by Harlan Coben (#11 Myron Bolitar)
Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands (#24 Argeneau Vampires)
Infamy by Robert K. Tanenbaum (#28 Butch Karp & Marlene Ciampi)
Jared by Nicole Edwards (#2 Coyote Ridge)
Lone Star Dad by Linda Goodnight (#3 Buchanons)
Loves Christmas by Bruce Hale (#7 Clark the Shark)
Loving Isaac by Rebecca Kertz (#5 Lancaster County Weddings)
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (#9 Kate Daniels)
Markus by Dale Mayer (#7 Seals of Honor)
Masterful Lord of Thessaly by Rachael Slate (#5 Halcyon Romance Series)
Mattie's Pledge by Jan Drexler (#2 Journey to Pleasant Prairie)
Movie Night Murder by Leslie Langtry (#4 Merry Wrath Mystery)
Not Quite Perfect by Catherine Bybee (#5 Not Quite)
Nothing More by Anna Todd (#6 After)
Outrage by T. R. Ragan (#2 Faith McMann)
Overexposed by Megan Erickson (#4 In Focus)
Pushing Up Daisies by M. C. Beaton (#27 Agatha Raisin)
Seas by Colleen Oakes (Wendy Darling #2)
Seducing Stag by Laurann Dohner (#10 Cyborg Seduction)
Skin Deep by Kimberly Kincaid (#1 Station Seventeen)
Surrendering To The Italian's Command by Kim Lawrence (#1 Monteverro Marriages)
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter (#8 Will Trent)
The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez (#2 Offbeat Crimes)
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (#1 The Queens of Renthia)
The Spaniard's Pregnant Bride by Maisey Yates (#1 Heirs Before Vows)
The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (#2 Prisoners of Peace)
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (#1 Three Dark Crowns)
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble (#3 Sunset Cove)
Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini (#3 The Worldwalker Trilogy)
Wyvern’s Prince by Deborah Cooke (#2 The Dragons of Incendium)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

This Week's Reads

The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel
**I've been really into cozy mysteries lately and liked that this one included a book club. Had to request it when I saw it on NetGalley.

The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman
The Invisible Library #2 (Goodreads)
**I really enjoyed the story, characters, and world that the author created in book 1. Cannot wait to find out where it goes next.

Assassin's Apprentice by SR Vaught, JB Redmond
Oathbreaker #1 (Goodreads)
**I had not heard of this book before I saw it as the library and don't really know if it's good but the cover grabbed my attention. Hoping the story does as well.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 09/12/2016

A Love Made New by Kathleen Fuller (#3 Amish of Birch Creek)
A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan (#3 Sorcery Ascendant Sequence)
Act Two by Denise Grover Swank (#2 Magnolia Steele Mystery)
An Obvious Fact by Craig Johnson (#12 Walt Longmire Mysteries)
Blue Madonna by James R Benn (#11 Billy Boyle World War II Mystery)
Body on the Bayou by Ellen Byron (#2 A Cajun Country Mystery Series)
Class Election by Neil Swaab (#2 Secrets to Ruling School)
Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan (Ree Varekai #1)
Entrapment by Aleatha Romig (#4 Infidelity)
Eternity's Mind by Kevin J Anderson (#4 Saga of Shadows)
Fall of Hades by Richard Paul Evans (#6 Michael Vey)
Gamescape: Overworld by Emma Trevayne (#1 The Nova Project)
Lament for Bonnie by Anne Emery (#9 Monty Collins)
Mad Lizard Mambo by Rhys Ford (#2 Kai Gracen)
Murder in G Major by Alexia Gordon (#1 Gethsemane Brown Mystery)
Navigators of Dune by Brian Herbert, Kevin J Anderson (#3 Schools of Dune)
On The Prowl by Cynthia Eden (#2 Bad Things)
Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano (#2 Pram)
Pirate by Clive Cussler (#8 Fargo Adventure)
Rebellious by Gillian Archer (#2 True Brothers MC)
Robert B Parker's Debt to Pay by Reed Farrel Coleman (#15 Jesse Stone)
Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton (#1 The Broads Abroad)
Somewhere With You by Debra Clopton (#2 Windswept Bay)
Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima (#2 Timber Creek K-9 Mystery)
The Burning Tide by Jonathan Auxier (#4 Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts)
The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud (#4 Lockwood & Co)
The Final Trade by Joe Hart (#2 The Dominion Trilogy)
The Fourth Figure by Pieter Aspe (#4 Pieter Van in Mystery)
The Haunted Howl by Eric Luper (#3 Key Hunters)
The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow (#1 Mighty Odds)
The Reader by Traci Chee (#1 Sea of Ink and Gold)
The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders (#1 Laetitia Rodd Mystery)
The Shadow Guard by J D Vaughn (#2 Second Guard)
The Sound of Seas by Jeff Rovin, Gillian Anderson (#3 Earthend Saga)
The Talented Mr. Rivers by HelenKay Dimon (#2 End Of The Line)
The World Series Curse by David A Kelly (#1 Ballpark Mysteries Super Special)
Travis Justice by Colleen Shannon (#3 Texas Rangers)
Wake the Devil by Robert Daniels (#2 Jack Kale and Beth Sturgis Thriller)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

This Week's Reads

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn #1 (Goodreads)
**I've seen this one everywhere and finally decided to read it. Hoping it lives up to all the hype.

Cast in Sorrow by Michelle Sagara
Chronicles of Elantra #9 (Goodreads)
**This is the ceremony that they were traveling to the whole of book 8. I think this series is getting better the further into it I get.

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
The Great Library #2 (Goodreads)
**Ink and Bone was one of my favorite reads from last year. Cannot wait to dive into this one.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Releases ~ week of 09/05/2016

113 Minutes by James Patterson (#17 BookShots)
A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt (#1 Dr. Genevieve Summerford Mystery)
A Gathering in Hope by Philip Gulley (#3 Hope)
A Kiss of Fire by Jacquelyn Frank (#2 A Kiss of Magic Series)
A Little More Love by Kendra Leigh Castle (#5 Harvest Cove Series)
A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson (#3 Sapphire Brides)
A Rake Reformed by Shirley Marks (#6 Gentleman of Worth)
All Paws on Deck by Daphne Maple (#4 Roxbury Park Dog Club)
Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb (#43 In Death)
As Old as Time by Liz Braswell (#3 Twisted Tales)
Because I'm Watching by Christina Dodd (Virtue Falls #3)
Beyond by Jason Chabot (#3 Broken Sky Chronicles)
Billionaire Boss, M.D. by Olivia Gates (#5 Billionaires of Black Castle)
Books vs. Looks by Debbie Dadey (#15 Mermaid Tales)
Brownstone by Dean Kutzler (#1 The Jack Elliot Series)
Bury the Living by Jodi McIsaac (#1 The Revolutionary Series)
Cancelled by Murder by Jean Flowers (#2 A Postmistress Mystery)
Change of Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn (#2 Unbreak My Heart)
Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe (#4 Tufa)
Cheddar Off Dead by Julia Buckley (#2 An Undercover Dish Mystery)
City of Strangers by Mark Wheaton (#2 Luis Chavez)
Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah (#2 Hercule Poirot Mystery)
Curse of the Boggin by D. J. MacHale (#1 Library)
Deja Who by MaryJanice Davidson (#1 Insighter)
Destined for a King by Ashlyn MacNamara (#1 Bastard Brotherhood)
Digging Up the Dirt by Miranda James (#3 Southern Sisters Mystery)
Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord (#2 London Explorers)
Downfall by J A Jance (#17 Joanna Brady)
Eden's Escape by M Tara Crowl (#2 Eden of the Lamp)
Elite by Mercedes Lackey (#2 Hunter)
Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas (#5 Throne of Glass)
End Game by David Hagberg (#20 Kirk McGarvey Adventures)
Fighting To Be Free by Kirsty Moseley (#1 Fighting To Be Free)
Frank Einstein and the EvoBlaster Belt by Jon Scieszka (#4 Frank Einstein)
Ghosts of Havana by Todd Moss (#3 Judd Riker)
Gods of Nabban by K V Johansen (#3 Marakand)
Guardian's Mate by Jennifer Ashley (#9 Shifters Unbound)
Hester Takes Charge by Linda Byler (#3 Hester's Hunt for Home)
Inception by Michael J. Martinez (#1 Majestic-12)
Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams (#2 The Legends of Orkney)
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (#1 Brooklyn Brujas)
Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart (#2 Constance Kopp)
Live and Let Swim by Mo O'Hara (#5 My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish)
Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger (#15 Cork O'Connor)
Mercenary by Michele Mannon (#2 Deadliest Lies)
Murder of a Cranky Catnapper by Denise Swanson (#19 Scumble River
My Wild Irish Dragon by Ashlyn Chase (#2 Boston Dragons)
Nightmare Highway by William Vitka (#1 Hellcat)
No Farm, No Foul by Peg Cochran (#1 Farmer's Daughter Mystery)
Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P Beaulieu (#0.5 Song of the Shattered Sands)
Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes (#2 Olivia Twisted)
On Edge by Albert Ashforth (#2 Rendition)
Once Broken Faith by Seanan McGuire (#10 October Daye)
Paint the Town Dead by Nancy Haddock (#2 Silver Six Crafting Mystery)
Plain Truth by Debby Giusti (#10 Military Investigations)
Pottermore Presents series by J.K. Rowling (Short Stories #1,2,3)
Prince of Outcasts by S. M. Stirling (#13 The Emberverse)
Project Elfhome by Wen Spencer (#4.5 Elfhome)
Resurrection by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant (#7 Alien Invasion Series)
Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry (#22 William Monk)
Rivals of the Republic by Annelise Freisenbruch (#1 Blood of Rome)
Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte (#2 Body Shop Bad Boys)
Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen (#1 Brooklyn Bruisers)
Skyborn by Lou Anders (#3 Thrones and Bones)
Steady Stroke by A M Arthur (#2 Off Beat)
Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker (#1 Kate Fox Mystery)
The Bear Who Loved Me by Kathy Lyons (#1 Grizzlies Gone Wild)
The Cowboy's Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown (#4 Burnt Boot)
The Dark Talent by Brandon Sanderson (#5 Alcatraz)
The Dead Hand by Michael A Kahn (#12 Rachel Gold)
The DH by John Feinstein (#3 The Triple Threat)
The Dread Line by Bruce DeSilva (#5 Liam Mulligan)
The Fix by Ferrett Steinmetz (#3 'Mancer)
The Gate To Futures Past by Julie E Czerneda (#2 Reunification)
The Hawaiian Quilt by Wanda E Brunstetter (#4 Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club)
The King's Traitor by Jeff Wheeler (#3 The Kingfountain Series)
The Magician's Duel by Judith Janeway (#2 Valentine Hill Mystery)
The One Real Thing by Samantha Young (#1 Hart's Boardwalk)
The Rancher's Wife by April Arrington (#2 Men of Raintree Ranch)
The Sleepless Stars by CJ Lyons (#3 Fatal Insomnia)
The Templar Archive by James Becker (#2 Knights Templar)
The White Mirror by Elsa Hart (#2 Li Du)
Two Tall Tails by Sofie Kelly (#9 Magical Cats Mystery)
What Gold Buys by Ann Parker (#5 Silver Rush Mystery)
What the Duke Doesn't Know by Jane Ashford (#2 The Duke's Sons)
Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao (#1 Change of Fortune)
Winning It All by Victoria Denault (#4 Hometown Players)
Winter's Child by Margaret Coel (#20 Wind River Novels)