Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bluebird, Bluebird

Title: Bluebird, Bluebird
Author: Attica Locke
Publisher: Mulholland
ISBN: 978-0-316-36329-7
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Very interesting mystery combining race and family secrets.  Not sure if all the appropriate clues were really obvious, though.

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 11/12-11/18

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Be the Parent, Please by Naomi Schaefer Riley

First Reads from Goodreads:
Guilty Blood by Rick Acker
Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Bubblegum Blonde

Title: Bubblegum Blonde
Author: Anna Snow
Publisher: Gemma Halliday
ISBN: n/a

Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: Great PI cozy, but the romance was rushed and thus awkward in the beginning.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mrs. Fletcher

Title: Mrs. Fletcher
Author: Tom Perrotta
Publisher: Simon Schuster
ISBN: 9781508232834
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Best described as a coming-of-middle-age novel  Odd yet compelling.

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 11/5-11/11

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Widening Gyre by Chuck Grossart
The Husband Hunter's Guide to London by Kate Moore
A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart

LibraryThing Early Review:
Dead Sea Games by J. Whitworth Hazzard

Received in November's Scriptd:
Sunset Baby by Dominique Morisseau
Ironbound by Martyna Majok

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Beyond the Bright Sea

Title: Beyond the Bright Sea
Author: Lauren Wolk
Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: 9781101994856
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Wonderful historical fiction about some topics that are not normally discussed in modern MG novels.  The ending is exactly what is needed.

Rating: 5/5

The Curious Tale of Gabrielle

Title: The Curious Tale of Gabrielle
Author: Zachary Paul Chopchinski
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 9781523401987
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Great concept, but story was confusing and characters seemed too distant.

Rating: 2/5

Monday, November 6, 2017

Lucky Penny

Title: Lucky Penny
Author: Ellie Ashe
Publisher: Gemma Halliday
ISBN: 9781943587278
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: A fun cozy uniquely featuring forensic accounting.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A Good Cry

Title: A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter
Author: Nikki Giovanni
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 978-0-06-230045-8
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A collection of poetry on the bittersweet topics of aging, death, and the past.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 10/29-11/4

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda

First Reads from Goodreads:
Hardheaded by Kim Law
The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender

Friday, November 3, 2017

Appropriate

Title: Appropriate
Author: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Publisher: Dramtists
ISBN: 9780822231912
Why Read?: Scriptd

Thoughts: This was twisting and twisted, but really gives you a lot to ponder, especially the various meanings of the title.

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Final Girls

Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781524776800
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Started off slow, but really picked up halfway through.  I figured there was a twist, but it caught me off guard, and ended up being more satisfying that the one I imagined.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 10/22-10/28

Received in November's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Never Mine by Megan Mitcham
The Boy Friend by Mika Jolie
The Highlander's Princess Bride by Vanessa Kelly
Totally His by Erin Nicholas
Most of All You by Mia Sheridan
The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Among the Dead

Title: Among the Dead
Author: Hansol Jung
Publisher: Samuel French
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Scriptd

Thoughts: This was a rather trippy read, which works for a play about Vietnam.  I do think I would get more out of it by seeing it, as I spent most of it imagining how I would stage it if I were directing it.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 10/15-10/21

For review (on Bookloons):
Cici's Journal by Joris Chamblain & Aurelie Neyret

Winter Warning

Winter Warning
by Jerome Charyn
published by Pegasus
October 2017
ISBN 978-1-68177-348-3

Like much of Jerome Charyn's work, Winter Warning is fraught with melancholy.  While this particular novel does not involved a historical character, it still feels like it could be true with its Cold War politics and realistic suspense.

This is the 12th book featuing Isaac Sidel, but it is unnecessary to read the previous ones, which date back to 1975.  This easily stands alone, and Charyn explains any of Sidel's backstory needed to jump right into Winter Warning.  Although you can jump right in, as with any of Charyn's stories, the current is slow, meandering along through the plot.  Since this is suspense, there are a few rapids, but nothing that will leave you breathless.

Fans who have read the previous Isaac Sidel novels will definitely enjoy this one.  Suspense fans who are not used to Jerome Charyn's writing, however, might not find what they are looking for in Winter Warning.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, October 20, 2017

Fantastic Fables of Foster Flats

Title: Fantastic Fables of Foster Flats
Author: Orrin Jason Bradford
Publisher: Porpoise
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: This collection of speculative fiction short stories has some hits, but others that completely lost me.  I think it may have worked better without the frame story.

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

Title: A Beautiful, Terrible Thing
Author: Jen Waite
Publisher: Plume
ISBN: 9780735216464

Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: This starts out a tad slow, but it is non-fiction after all.  Towards the end, it really picks up pace and reads more like fiction, making you pause in shock when you remember this is someone's life.

Rating: 4/5

Do Not Become Alarmed

Title: Do Not Become Alarmed
Author: Maile Meloy
Publisher: Apex
ISBN: 9781370117956

Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: The story was OK, but every character made such idiotic choices, that I just could not get into it - and one character, Penny, I absolutely despised.  If I had read the book, I might have rated it higher, but the author read the audiobook with such a melancholoy tone that it just heightened the idiocy of the characters.

Rating: 1/5

Beautiful Sorrows

Title: Beautiful Sorrows
Author: Mercedes M. Yardley
Publisher: Apex
ISBN: 9781370117956

Why Read?: Early Review

Thoughts: Collection of melancholoy short stories and flash fiction that high light the disconcerting horror of everyday life.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Usborne Books - 12 Days of Christmas Bundles!

My child and I love Usborne books, so I recently became a consultant so that I could help spread the love of reading!  I have an awesome special going on until October 23rd on 12 Days of Christmas Bundles (that means 12+ books).  For more information, check out my Facebook VIP group.  Also, anyone who joins by October 28th will be entered in my contest!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Marriage Pact

Title: The Marriage Pact
Author: Michelle Richmond
Publisher:  Bantam
ISBN: 978-0-385-34329-9
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Taught psychological thriller that takes pulse-pounding twists chapter after chapter.

Rating: 5/5

Reluctant Reunion

Reluctant Reunion
by Ruth J. Hartman
published by esKape
August 2017
ISBN 9781370450572

Reluctant Reunion is a sweet chick lit novel about finding where you truly belong.  And surprisingly, there is no romance.  Also, somehow Ruth J. Hartman wrote a story with no cats (but there are baby alpacas).

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 10/8-10/14

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Welcome Home Diner by Peggy Lampman

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Yesterday

Title: Yesterday
Author: Felicia Yap
Publisher:  Mulholland
ISBN: 978-0-316-46252-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Very inventive alternate universe with a good mystery.  However, the twist was lacking basis.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 10/1-10/7

For review (on Bookloons):
Tortall: A Spy's Guide by Tamora Pierce
Demon 3 by Jason Shiga

Won:
A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett

First Reads from Goodreads:
Whisper of the Moon Moth by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
Make No Mistakes by M. H. Helpers

LibraryThing Early Review:
Sorrow's Lie by Danielle DeVor

Received in October's Scriptd:
Among the Dead by Hansol Jung
Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins