Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This Week's Reads

White Crystal Dragon
by sandara (DeviantArt)

A Promise Of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Kingmaker Chronicles #1 (Goodreads)
**I picked up books 1 and 2 from this series. I'm about halfway through A Promise of Fire and am undecided. I like all of the characters except Cat at times. Her inner dialogue seems very childish and does not match her outer self.

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
Blood Rose Rebellion #1 (Goodreads)
**I'll admit to being drawn in by this cover more than the story promised. I'm worried that it has too much similar to Gilded Cage but still giving it a try.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 05/15/2017

A Reference to Murder by Kym Roberts (#2 Book Barn Mysteries)
A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd (#3 Treasures of Surrey)
Battleship Indomitable by B V Larson, David VanDyke (#2 Galactic Liberation)
Buttons and Pain by Penelope Sky (#3 Buttons)
Dating-ish by Penny Reid (#6 Knitting in the City)
Death in the Abstract by Emily Barnes (#2 Katherine Sullivan Mystery)
Devil's Own by Megan Crane (#3 The Devil's Keepers)
Ember by Paula Quinn (#2 Rulers of the Sky)
Fallen Crest Forever by Tijan (#7 Fallen Crest High)
Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child (#5 Dr. Jeremy Logan)
Ghost of a Machine by Cynthia Sax (#9 Cyborg Sizzle)
G-Man by Stephen Hunter (#10 Bob Lee Swagger)
Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
Hospitality and Homicide by Lynn Cahoon (#8 A Tourist Trap Mystery)
Hot Blooded Prizefighter by Mickey Miller, Holly Dodd (#2 Windy City Bad Boys)
It's Me Again, Baby by Katie Reus (#3 O'Connor Family)
Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti (#2 Blood Brothers)
Mother's Little Helper by Karen MacInerney (#3 Margie Peterson Mysteries)
No Second Chances by Kate Evangelista (#3 Dodge Cove Trilogy)
On a Pale Horse by Monica Corwin (#4 Revelations)
Price of Duty by Dale Brown (#21 Patrick McLanahan)
Raised in Fire by K. F. Breene (#2 Fire and Ice Trilogy)
Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh (#1 Morgan Dane)
Seeker by Veronica Rossi (Riders #2)
Small Things by Robert J. Crane (#14 Out of the Box)
Sticks and Bones by Carolyn Haines (#17 Sarah Booth Delaney)
Taming a Savage Gentleman by Tammy Andresen (#5 Taming The Heart)
Testimony by Scott Turow (#10 Kindle County)
The Crown's Fate by Evelyn Skye (#2 The Crown's Game)
The End of Magic by Amber Benson (#3 Witches of Echo Park)
The Journey to Dragon Island by Claire Fayers (#2 The Accidental Pirates)
The Woodpecker Always Pecks Twice by J. R. Ripley (#3 Bird Lovers Mystery)
The Wright Boss by K. A. Linde (#2 Wright)
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (#5 The Queens Thief)
Tower Down by David Hagberg (#21 Kirk McGarvey Adventures)
Trying It All by Christi Barth (#4 Naked Men)
Vanguard by Jack Campbell (#1 Genesis Fleet)
World Without End by Stephen R Lawhead, Ross Lawhead (#3 !Hero)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there. Have a Great Day today and everyday!

by TsaoShin (DeviantArt)
Fun Facts
  • In the United States alone, around 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day.
  • In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.
  • Carnations are very popular flowers for Mother’s Day and are thought to be made from the tears of Jesus’ mother (Mary) when she wept at his feet the day He was crucified.
  • Pink and red carnations are given to mother’s that are still alive, while white ones are for those that have passed away
Under Her Wings
by concettasdesigns (DeviantArt

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This Week's Reads

Wake a Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh
Breeds #31 (Goodreads)
**I have not read this series in order but I was in the mood for a PNR and the library had this on their new shelf. I really should read the ones I've missed.

Blood of The Earth by Faith Hunter
Soulwood #1 (Goodreads)
**I wasn't able to get the next book in the Jane series so decided to start this one that takes place in the same world as Jane Yellowrock.
Only concern is that I do not like Rick but hoping away for Jane I'll like the character more.

Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter
Short Stories from the World of Jane Yellowrock (Goodreads)
**Grabbed this to tide me over until I can get Black Arts (#7) of this series.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 05/08/2017

Assassin's Fate by Robin Hobb (#3 Fitz and the Fool Trilogy)
Bloodling by Lene Kaaberbol (#4 Wildwitch)
Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent
Cavanaugh on Call by Marie Ferrarella (#34 Cavanaugh Justice)
D'arc by Robert Repino (#2 Mort(e))
Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon (#1 Deadman's Cross)
Deep Check by Kimberly Kincaid (#1.5 Station Seventeen)
Edited Out by E J Copperman (#2 Mysterious Detective Mysteries)
Face Off by Lisa B Kamps (#10 Baltimore Banners)
February Stars by Mari Carr (#2 Wilder Irish)
Fight and Flight by Scott Meyer (#4 Magic 2.0)
For Joy's Sake by Tara Taylor Quinn (#12 Where Secrets are Safe)
Heart Of The Land by Sarah Prineas (#5 Spirit Animals: Fall of the Beasts)
Making It Right by Catherine Bybee (#3 Most Likely To)
Owl and the Electric Samurai by Kristi Charish (#3 The Adventures of Owl)
Ravenheart by Dannika Dark (#2 Crossbreed)
Royal Chase by Marquita Valentine (#3 Royals in Exile)
Score by Victoria Denault (#1 San Francisco Thunder)
Sheriff by Laura Scott (#3 Classified K-9 Unit)
Silent Rain by Karin Salvalaggio (#4 Macy Greeley Mystery)
Spirited Away by Fern Michaels (#8 Godmothers)
Talon of Scorpio by G T Almasi (#3 Shadowstorm)
Tangled by Rebecca Zanetti (#8.25 Dark Protectors)
Tease by Ella Frank (#4 Temptation)
The Girl on the Bridge by James Hayman (#5 Mike McCabe)
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
The Play of Death by Oliver P√∂tzsch (#6 The Hangman's Daughter)
The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon (#2 The Bird and the Sword Chronicles)
The Rancher's Cinderella Bride by Sara Orwig (#3 Callahan's Clan)
The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel (#2 Vinyl Detective)
The Thirst by Jo Nesbo (#11 Harr Hole)
Tycoon Cowboy's Baby Surprise by Katherine Garbera (#1 Wild Caruthers)
Until Sage by Aurora Rose Reynolds (#2 Until Him)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

This Week's Reads

Revolutions of Terror by  Nick Abadzis, Elena Casagrande
The Tenth Doctor vol. 1 (Goodreads)
**I have enjoyed the few Doctor Who stories and graphic novels that I have read. The writers so far seem to have firm grasp on the world/s and the Doctor they are writing about.

A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn
Veronica Speedwell #2 (Goodreads)
**I really enjoyed Ms Speedwell's adventures in book one and couldn't resist picking this one up when I saw it at the library.

House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick
**Received from netgalley/publisher.
***I like the idea of a story intertwining three different people in three different eras.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

New Releases ~ week of 05/01/2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas (#3 Court of Thorns and Roses)
A Piece of My Heart by Sharon Sala (#4 Blessings, Georgia)
A Purely Private Matter by Darcie Wilde (#2 Rosalind Thorne)
A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese (#5 The Men of Halfway House)
Alien Education by Gini Koch (#15 Katherine "Kitty" Katt)
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (#3 To All the Boys I've Loved Before)
Avenged by Amy Tintera (#2 Ruined)
Battle Born by Caitlin Ricci (#3 Robbie & Sam)
Borrowed Souls by Chelsea Mueller (#1 Soul Charmer)
Cold Reign by Faith Hunter (#11 Jane Yellowrock)
Count All Her Bones by April Henry (#2 Girl, Stolen)
Darkship Revenge by Sarah A Hoyt (#5 Darkship)
Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons (#1 Undead Dating Service)
Dead and Berried by Peg Cochran (#3 Cranberry Cove Mystery)
Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi (#0.5 The Star-Touched Queen)
Death in Dark Blue by Julia Buckley (#2 A Writer's Apprentice Mystery)
Free Space by Sean Danker (#2 Evagardian)
Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge (#3 Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery)
Hard Rock Sin by Athena Wright (#3 Darkest Days)
Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble (#6 Rock Harbor)
Heat Storm by Richard Castle (#9 Nikki Heat)
Hunted by Maggie Shayne (#5 Shattered Sisters)
I Do, Or Dye Trying by Aimee Nicole Walker (#4 Curl Up and Dye Mysteries)
Just Dreaming by Kerstin Gier (#3 Silver Trilogy)
Killer Characters by Ellery Adams (#8 Books by the Bay Mystery)
Little White Lies by Robert B. Parker, Ace Atkins (#45 Spenser)
Locke and Key by Cristin Harber (#9 Titan)
Lord of Pleasure by Erica Ridley (#2 Rogues to Riches)
Love Me Again by Jaci Burton (#7 Hope)
Marry in Haste by Anne Gracie (#1 Marriage of Convenience)
Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong by Emily Brightwell (#35 Mrs Jeffries)
Murder in the Bowery by Victoria Thompson (#20 Gaslight Mysteries)
Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison (#4 Honeychurch Hall Mysteries)
Netherspace by Andrew Lane (#1 Netherspace)
Nightshade for Warning by Bailey Cattrell (#2 Enchanted Garden Mystery)
Pawn by Timothy Zahn (#1 Chronicle of the Sibyl's War)
Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen (#3 Brooklyn Bruisers)
Proving Ground by Peter Blauner (#1 Lourdes Robles)
Quest for the Golden Arrow by Carrie Jones (#2 Time Stoppers)
Quickening by Amy Lane (#5 Little Goddess)
Random Road by Thomas Kies (#1 Geneva Chase Series)
Reconciliation Day by Christopher Fowler (#31 Bibliomysteries)
Red Wolf by Jennifer Ashley (#10 Shifters Unbound)
ReV by Madeline Ashby (#3 Machine Dynasty)
Texas Fire by Gerry Bartlett (#2 Texas Heat)
The Battlemage by Taran Matharu (Summoner #3)
The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey (#2 The Girl With All the Gifts)
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan (#2 The Trials of Apollo)
The Fallen by Eric Van Lustbader (#2 Bravo Shaw)
The Farmer's War by Elise Kova (#3 Golden Guard Trilogy)
The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller (#20 Liaden Universe)
The Graves by Pamela Wechsler (#2 Abby Endicott)
The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis (#1 Signal Airship)
The Homestead by Linda Byler (#1 Dakota)
The Song of the Dead by Carrie Patel (#3 Recoletta)
The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter (#4 True Vampire)
Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson (#2 Evie Blackwell Cold Case)
Walking on My Grave by Carolyn Hart (#26  Death On Demand)
Wedded Bliss by Celeste Bradley (#5 Worthington)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Book Review ~ Lord of The Abyss

Lord of The Abyss (Royal House of Shadows #4)

by Nalini Singh
published by Harlequin Nocturne
Released: November 22, 2011
genre: Adult, Romance, PNR,

**Originally received from NetGalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary (Goodreads): Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy.

Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.

***Book 1: Lord of The Vampires by Gena Showalter, Book 2: Lord of Rage by Jill Monroe, Book 3: Lord of The Wolfyn by Jessica Anderson.

My Thoughts: I rated this book based on it being a Harlequin couple book rather than the final book in a PNR/UF series. As a couple book I really liked and enjoyed Lily and Micah's story. I'll get into why this didn't work as a final in a series book later.
We start with the last and youngest of the King and Queen's children. Micah was sent to the abyss where he was kept in a kind of sleep/stasis until he was old enough to learn how to be the Lord of The Abyss.
Lily grew up with her father, the Blood Sorcerer, and though her mother was around she didn't know she was Lily's mother. We find out how horrible her younger years were and the things that her father did to try and break her and bring her more fully to his side. Instead she endured the beatings and other things and when she was able ran away to try and find the last one needed to defeat her father.
Due to the way both Lily and Micah were raised there was a very naive innocence to them at times and no real social skills. At one point this did cause me to pause during one of the couple parts because the way it was worded sound more childish than naive. Luckily it was just one line/part in one scene but still gave me pause.
Throughout their story I kept waiting for them to start on their way back Elden to meet up with the other three siblings and spouses to face off with the Blood Sorcerer. This is the part that did not work for me. We spent 3 3/4 books hearing about how horrible and powerful this man is and when Micah and Lily finally make it to Elden it takes them longer to cross the moat with people eating fish than it did to finish off the Blood Sorcerer. Not only was he dead within a couple of sentences it took only one person to kill him. None of the other siblings or their spouses were even needed to defeat this all powerful man that we had been lead to believe was so powerful he destroyed the King and Queen and decimated their kingdom.
As I said this completely worked as a couple book. Watching Lily and Micah grow both as people and as a couple learning how to love someone for the first time was done very well in this book. For me, this series should have been five books, four for the couples and then a final to have them all come together to save their kingdom and defeat the Blood Sorcerer.

Rating: 4 (based only on it as a couple book)