Saturday, May 28, 2016

Review: Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham

The serial killer known as the Archangel Killer is on the loose on a cruise ship after his latest murder in New Orleans. Will our heroes find out who it is before the next victim is found?

This is number 18 in the Krewe of Hunters series. The Archangel Killer is so named because of the way that he displays his victims in churches with saintly medallions at their throats. Jackson Crow, head of the Krewe of Hunters, has been assigned the case after having the ghost of one of the victims appear to him. Jude McCoy, a local agent in New Orleans, is assigned to work with Jackson. He doesn't know that they both are capable of seeing and interacting with the dead.

After following what they think might be the killer on board the cruise ship Destiny, Jude has an occasion to meet Alexi Cromwell who works the ship's piano bar as the entertainment. The more they interact, the more their attraction grows and the clearer it becomes to Jude that they are both seeing ghosts to his surprise, and not just the victim's ghost.

The race is on though. They are expecting at least 3 more murders because there are 3 more medallions in the set that the killer has been using to mark his victims. Can Jackson and Jude keep people safe while searching for the killer and without causing a panic?

So, we have here a book with a strong mystery and a secondary romance. They work well together and I had my doubts as to how well it would work on a limited location like a cruise ship. I liked that the characters come to accept seeing the ghosts as unquestionable rather easily. So many books end up giving a lot of space to the denial of their abilities as part of the plot. The pace of the mystery  is good. It gradually increases until it's solved. I found myself reading fast trying to find out who the murderer was and being somewhat surprised at the identity. There were some good red herrings in the pool of suspects.

Overall I give this book 4 stars out of 5. Both the mystery and the romance were handled well. It's a good addition to the Krewe of Hunters series.

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

An Alphabet Book Tag


I have seen a few posts about this tag recently and thought why not?
The Rules:
Pick a book that is on your shelf (TBR) or one that you have read in the past and fill out each letter of the Alphabet with the title.
A: Anne Frank: a Hidden Life by Mirjam Pressler
B: Belle Weather by Celia Rivenbark
C: The Complete Poems of Ray Bradbury
D: Dreams Underfoot by Charles de Lint
E: Eternally Bad: Goddesses with Attitude by Trina Robbins and Rachel Pollack
F: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
G: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
H: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I: Illusions by Richard Bach
J: Jackaby by William Ritter
K: King Lear by Shakespeare
L: Lamb by Christopher Moore
M; Mort by Terry Pratchett
N: Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past by Sharyn McCrumb
O: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
P: Poison Promise by JenniferEstep
Q: Quicksand by Gigi Pandian
R: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
S: The Shotgun Arcana by R.S. Belcher
T: Three to get Lei'd by Jill Marie Landis
U: The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone
V: Volstok by Steve Alten
W: Waking the Dead by Heather Graham
X: 
Y: 
Z: Zane's Infinite Words by Zane

As you can see, there were 2 letters that I couldn't come up with a title for. I think I've read a Y, but not an X. I just couldn't remember the title.

So, who do I tag? Anyone who wants to give this a shot. And if you do it, would you please leave a link to your answers in the comment section? Have fun!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #139: Halloween by David J. Skal


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.  

This week the book that I am waiting on is Halloween: The History of America's Darkest Holiday by David J. Skal. 

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Acclaimed cultural critic David J. Skal explores one of America's most perplexedly popular holidays in this original mix of personal anecdotes and social analysis. Skal traces Halloween's evolution from its dark Celtic history and quaint, small-scale celebrations to its emergence as mammoth seasonal marketing event.
Skal takes readers on a cross-country survey that covers remarkably divergent perspectives, from the merchants who welcome a money-making opportunity that's second only to Christmas to fundamentalists who decry Halloween a form of blasphemy and practicing witches who embrace it as a holy day. He also profiles individuals who revel in this once-a-year occasion to participate in elaborate fantasies. Their narratives, combined with the author's cultural analysis, offer a revealing look at an intriguing aspect of our national psyche.


Why am I waiting on this book? I love Halloween. I am curious to see what he has to say about it.  According to the Boston Globe, It's "Entertaining … and scholarly … Like a bag of Halloween candy, the book is a lot of fun."

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 ever-growing TBR lists. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
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!
Expected publication:
May 24th 2016 by Mira
And while he prayed that no one on the Destiny would be murdered, and that they'd weather the storm and did make port, he also prayed they'd catch the killer before that.
Because if they didn't...
More were destined to die.
~60% on my Kindle
Special Agent Jude McCoy is thinking about the serial killer they think is on board the cruise ship.
Would you keep reading? What's your teaser this week? Please share it or a link in the comments so we  can check it out. Thanks for coming by!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

Published May 17th 2016
by Saga Press
"What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of?"(From the synopsis)
Imogen and Marin were raised by a highly dysfunctional, abusive mother. And yet they've managed to mostly grow beyond that experience. They have both been accepted to a prestigious program at a place called Melete where they will work with a mentor to improve their crafts. Imogen is a writer. Marin is a dancer.
As with most fairy tales, there is more than meets the eye here. And there will be some big decisions to be made. Imogen is finally getting to live out a fairy tale with some similarities to Tam Lin. But, “Perhaps the only happily ever after is to survive to tell the story.”(location 2492 on my Kindle)
This book is wonderfully well written. It stayed with me long after I had closed it. And in fact, it was one of the few books I wanted to re-read right away. The cover has a very positive blurb from Neil Gaiman saying how good the book is. 
I could see the elements of Tam Lin. Using two sisters instead of a couple was a great idea. The two sisters in fairy tales is a theme used throughout the book. I liked that the book referred to other older fairy tales where the Good Folk were often not so good and the solution of the story wasn't always exactly a happily ever after.
The pace of the book is sometimes dreamy like fairy and sometimes faster. It makes sense and suits the story. 
Overall I felt this book was excellent. I give it 5 stars out of 5. I started to give it 4, but realized how much it had stuck with me in the days following my finishing the story, and the desire to re-read it right away made me give it the last boost up to 5. This is a book I will revisit. I also look forward to seeing more from this writer in the future.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: In Sunlight or in Shadow ed. Lawrence Block


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.  


Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Edward Hopper is surely the greatest American narrative painter. His work bears special resonance for writers and readers, and yet his paintings never tell a story so much as they invite viewers to find for themselves the untold stories within."

So says Lawrence Block, who has invited seventeen outstanding writers to join him in an unprecedented anthology of brand-new stories: In Sunlight or In Shadow. The results are remarkable and range across all genres, wedding literary excellence to storytelling savvy.

Contributors include Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, Michael Connelly, Megan Abbott, Craig Ferguson, Nicholas Christopher, Jill D. Block, Joe R. Lansdale, Justin Scott, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Warren Moore, Jonathan Santlofer, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Child, and Lawrence Block himself. Even Gail Levin, Hopper’s biographer and compiler of his catalogue raisonĂ©e, appears with her own first work of fiction, providing a true account of art theft on a grand scale and told in the voice of the country preacher who perpetrated the crime.

In a beautifully produced anthology as befits such a collection of acclaimed authors, each story is illustrated with a quality full-color reproduction of the painting that inspired it.


Expected publication of this book is December 6, 2016 from Pegasus Books.

Why am I waiting on this book? The whole idea of stories based on paintings is intriguing. And the selection of authors for the anthology is nothing short of stellar. I wonder how many of the stories will fall into the mystery genre based on the list of authors. 

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy reading!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.
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!
Nothing lasts forever, and midnight is a purposeful stop. A pause to remind you that there is always a clock ticking. There will never be enough time, and for every Beauty who saves  her Beast, there will be a voiceless mermaid who dissolves into sea foam.
~13% on my Kindle
It was hard to pick a teaser from this book. It is very well written. It's a fairy tale with a twist, sort of a version of Tam Lin.
What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!