Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Redder than Blood by Tanith Lee


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I was able to become - not my father's son, or my family's irrelevant annoyance, let alone any villain's plaything - but Myself.  (location 47 on my kindle)
She was desire incarnate, genius rising like Venus on the waters of imagination. (location 51 on my kindle)
Both quotations are from the short story "Redder than Blood" which shares its name with the anthology of retellings. Redder than Blood is due out April 4, 2017 from DAW.
What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!
Disclaimer: The quotations come from an ARC of the book and may appear differently in the final copy.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"You might just fit in here after all, Yank." She smiled back at him before she grabbed the steel round dough cutter and plopped out biscuits on a cookie sheet.
I swear I rolled my eyes so hard I saw my own brain. If the shoe were on the other foot and I'd said that to her, she'd have called my mama despite the fact that I was a twenty-eight-year-old woman.
~ 20% on my  Kindle: Viola talking to Deputy Finn, then Sheriff Kenni thinking to herself about their exchange.
What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!
Disclaimer: The quotations come from an ARC of the book and may appear differently in the final copy. Southern Fried, the second Kenni Lowry mystery, is expected to be out April 4, 2017 from Henery Press.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock, a best-selling author of Christian fiction, has another winner with If I'm Found, book two of the If I Run trilogy. If you haven't read book one, this review might have a few spoilers to it.

Casey Cox has been on the run since book one of the trilogy. In book one she found her friend's body and was framed for his murder by crooked cops. Book two picks up as she is running away again to avoid prosecution and probable death.

In addition to being pursued by the crooked cops, she is also being sought by Dylan Roberts, a private investigator who was hired by her friend's parents. Dylan says that he believes she is innocent and wants to help her. Casey is slightly skeptical. Both of them seek ways for her to clear her name and keep her safe.

The book is written with alternating points of view in different chapters. This works in part because each chapter is clearly labeled as to who is telling the story at that point. It's also effective because it lets us get into the different characters heads.

There are two interesting subplots. One is about Dylan's struggle with PTSD. The other has to do with Casey finding a suicide note and an abused girl. Both reveal more about the characters.

The book also has a small focus on the relationship Dylan and Casey have with their faith. In Casey's case, it is a question of establishing and developing faith. Dylan prays for Casey on at least one occasion.

The pace of the book is fast for the most part increasing towards the end as things come to a head. Even though you can pretty much tell "whodunit," how it will be resolved is still up in the air. Casey has to decide if she will trust Dylan among other things.

I had not read book one. I had no trouble getting into book two and up to speed on what was going on. Things are not totally resolved at the end of this book. It will leave you anxious to have book three in your hands.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a good thriller. I would read book three to find out what happens next. It's well-written suspense.

If I'm Found is due to be released March 21, 2017 from Zondervan.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #180: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.

 Synopsis from Goodreads:

A generations-spanning family of psychics--both blessed and burdened by their abilities--must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us. 

The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there's Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years. Until: As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life?


Spoonbenders is due out June 27, 2017 from Knopf.

Why am I waiting on this one? It seems like it will be an unusual story. And it says there is humor as well as tenderness. I'm all for it being a little weird with humor. Not sure yet how I feel about the tender parts, but I envision it overall being enjoyable.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Review: These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

When I was approved to read These Ruthless Deeds by Swoon Books through NetGalley, I ordered book one, These Vicious Masks, to read as soon as possible. It was a good idea. Book #2 pretty much picks up where Book#1 leaves off,

Evelyn and Miss Grey are trying to find and help other people with powers. Things go awry as they try to rescue a young woman with telekinesis from an insane asylum. The Society of Aberrations steps in and helps to rescue them. In turn, the Society tries to recruit them.

Evelyn is seriously wary of the Society after events in book one with a rogue agent claiming to be working for the society, but engaging in repugnant acts on his own. While Captain Goode claims the society had nothing to do with the other's actions, Evelyn is still erring on the side of caution until she finds out there may be a way to help Mr. Braddock deal with his disastrous power of making those around him sick. This she thinks might be worth joining the Society.

Meanwhile, her parents have returned to London with money found by her father's accountant. It appears her reputation has been restored. A Lady Atherton comes forth with her son and suggests that Evelyn participates in the little season. And she appears to be involved with the Society of Aberrations as well.

Evelyn goes on missions for the society along with her friends and some of the other members of the Society. There are surprises in store both during the missions and aside from them.

Evelyn is as enjoyable as she was in the first book. She is caring, but snarky at times. She has a solid group of friends on which to rely. And there is a little bit of a love triangle between her, Mr. Kent, and Mr. Braddock. I enjoyed the characterization of her friends as well.

The pace of the book is faster than book one. It leads up to a major scene which both resolves some problems and introduces more, paving the way for a third book in the series.

Altogether, the book is well written. the emphasis is on the action rather than the romance. It still reads as book one advertises a bit like "Jane Austen meets the X-Men." There is fun, and there is tragedy. To say more would be spoilers.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I like the characters and the pacing as well as the mystery of just what the society is up to. There is also another mystery that becomes apparent after a while. I would recommend the book for people who enjoy a blend of science fiction/fantasy with their historical literature. A certain amount of suspension of disbelief is required, but not so much that it can't be done. I would recommend reading book one in the series before reading book two. And I am seriously looking forward to book three. The end of These Ruthless Deeds has a little bit of a cliffhanger to it. I want to see the situational troubles wrapped up and the interpersonal problems resolved.

Teaser Tuesday: If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
"There is real evil in this world. I've seen it up close. Hiding for the rest of my life would be an acceptable cost for avoiding that evil. If only it weren't everywhere..."
~ 5% through on my Kindle
Would you keep reading? 
What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!
Disclaimer: The quotations come from an ARC of the book and may appear differently in the final copy. If I'm Found is due out March 21, 2017 from Zondervan. It's book 2 in the If I Run series.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #179: Southern Fried by Tonya Kappes


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried… 

After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades-old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding. 

The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan.


Southern Fried is due out April 4, 2017 from Henery Press.

Why am I waiting on this one? I love a good humorous mystery. And I like it even better if it takes place in a southern setting. And Henery Press has a knack for publishing humorous mysteries. 

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!