Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #58: We Are Pirates by Daniel Handler


"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 I am waiting on We Are Pirates - a Novel by Daniel Handler. I've not yet read anything he's written for adults. And this looks like it might be a good place to start. It's due out February 3, 2015 from Bloomsbury USA.
From the Publisher: 
Mega-bestselling author Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) gives us his long-awaited and most ambitious novel yet: a dark, rollicking, stunningly entertaining human comedy.
A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the twenty-first century and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay.

Phil is a husband, a father, a struggling radio producer, and the owner of a large condo with a view of the water. But he'd like to be a rebel and a fortune hunter.

Gwen is his daughter. She's fourteen. She's a student, a swimmer, and a best friend. But she'd like to be an adventurer and an outlaw.

Phil teams up with his young, attractive assistant. They head for the open road, attending a conference to seal a deal.

Gwen teams up with a new, fierce friend and some restless souls. They head for the open sea, stealing a boat to hunt for treasure.

We Are Pirates is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives. 

Also, it's about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, while her hapless father tries to get her home. 

It sounds offbeat and appealing to me. I'm hoping there is enough light humor to carry it and balance the dark comedy.

So, what are you waiting on this week? Tell me about it in the comments or leave a link to your WoW, Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  Should Be Reading.
Anyone can participate. just do the following.
Rules:
• 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, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

Published October 14th 2014 by Amulet Books
My teaser comes from The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters which is being released today.

The scene is near the beginning of the book at the hypnotist's, Henri Reverie's, show. Olivia is attending with some friends on her birthday. Genevieve Reverie is playing a pipe organ.

Silence swallowed up the theater again, but before we could all lean back into the comfort of the calm, Genevieve lunged towards the keys and played a series of eerie notes that swelled into a passionate rendition of Camille Saint-Saens's "Danse Macabre." She hunched her shoulders and plowed her feet into the instrument's pedals, as if she were racing through the streets of the underworld on a tandem bicycle, on which we were all unwitting passengers. (p.7)

So far I am enjoying the book. I am about 25 pages in. 

So, what's your teaser this week? Give us a taste or a link in the comments. I'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Too Hot Four Hula by Jill Marie Landis

Published June 30, 2014
by Bell Bridge Books
Too Hot Four Hula by Jill Marie Landis is really a funny mystery with a touch of romance. And if you are familiar with Hawaii and Hawaiian culture or just like learning more about it, the book also provides for that in subtle ways. Bits of culture and words are sprinkled throughout and explained within context giving the book even more of a Hawaiian feel.

My synopsis:
Em's Uncle Louie, owner of the Tiki Goddess bar and master mixologist, has entered the Cocktail Shake Off Competition in Honolulu on Oahu. Em and the Hula Maidens have accompanied him from Kauai. Louie's "Booze Bible" was stolen. And to make things worse, Em's ex-husband was killed shortly after she met with him. Who has the drink bible? Em's alibi stinks for the murder. Will Roland, her lovely cop and part-time fire dancer from Kauai, be able to keep her out of jail? Will the Hula Maidens provide more help than hindrance as they take it upon themselves to solve the mysteries? Throw in a monkey and even more chaos ensues.

This is the fourth book in the Tiki Goddess Mystery series. Jill Marie Landis continues to write winners in this series. The characters that are most active are fleshed out. Both their virtues and their faults are visible and yet they are lovable. For example, the Hula Maidens wouldn't be the same without Kiki Godwin, who craves attention, to lead them and Pat, who is former military, but has no sense of rhythm, to keep them in line. The Hula Maidens also provide comic relief at times when the mystery is getting too heavy.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a great addition to the series. All the characters act true to themselves. The book has mystery, humor, and a dash of romance - a wonderful combination. I would recommend it to people that like to read about the Hawaiian Islands and people who enjoy humorous cozies.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Few Halloween Reads - Adult Fiction



 There's less than a month to Halloween. So, I thought that I would mention a few good Halloween reads. These were not all published in  2014, but they are good reads.

The first 2 books are collections of short stories that have something to do with Halloween. Both books were edited by Paula Guran who does a great job. The picture on the left is the first anthology, the one on the right the second. The first collection has a variety of authors some current and some classics such as Ray Bradbury and H.P. Lovecraft. The second anthology is pretty much all current authors, but it is a good read as well. Halloween edited by Paula Guran was released September13, 2011. Halloween: Magic, Mystery, and the Macabre edited by Paula Guran was released September 10, 2013.



Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor Lavalle is a kindle single that was released last year. It is definitely a creepy novella. Lucretia, or Loochie as her family calls her, remembers her brother Louis saying, "Horrors come for kids too. Being young doesn't protect anyone." Her friend Sunny has been away getting treatment and is weak from it and from the illness she has. Suddenly she disappears. A Kroon comes onto Loochie's fire escape and tells her with gestures that Sunny is up in apartment 6D. And the horror/adventure begins. If you click on the title, it will bring you to my review of the novella.

The Ocean and The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman is a full length novel. I listened to on CD and didn't write a review of it.That doesn't mean it wasn't good. It was excellent. It's listed as a sort of adult fairy tale. The narrator drives back to his old neighborhood after attending a funeral and finds himself remembering all sorts of things from the year he was 7 years old. Some of them are nice things, like the 11 year old Hempstock girl. Other things are less pleasant, a malign force that follows him and Lettie home from another dimension and the consequences. It might not have set out to be horror, but it certainly gave me chills at times. It's well written and if I had reviewed it, I would have given it 4 stars. The audiobook is read by Neil himself.

If you are looking for something more classic, you might want to try something by Ray Bradbury like Something Wicked This Way Comes or The Halloween Tree. Dracula by Bram Stoker is also an interesting read if you haven't read it before. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is good too.

There are many more titles available than I've mentioned here. What's your favorite Halloween read? Or, is there a new one coming out that you're looking forward to? Please share with us in the comments. And thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #57: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen


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

February 3, 2015
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
I don't much go in for middle grade novels, but this one I have to read. A retelling of Beauty and the Beast where the beast is a girl? Yes please! Something different. It's told in first person point of view from the girl's perspective. 

From the publisher: 

Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.

When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

I hope it works well. I like the novelty of a girl that is the beast. And I wonder, among other things, what if anything Sarah's mother walking out on the family has to do with the curse coming to fruition for her father.

What do you think? What's your WoW? Let us know. Leave a link or a title in the comments and Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Too Hot Four Hula by Jill Marie Landis



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of  Should Be Reading.
Anyone can participate. just do the following.
Rules:
• 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, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! 

Published June 30, 2014
by Bell Bridge Books
This week's teaser comes from the fourth book in the Tiki Goddess mystery series by Jill Marie Landis, Too Hot Four Hula.

The teaser from about 29% through on the Kindle:
Nat: "Do you think you're safe?"
Em: "From pretty much everyone but the monkey."

The synopsis:
Em's Uncle Louie, owner of the Tiki Goddess bar and master mixologist, has entered a tropical drink mixing contest on the island of Oahu. Em and the Hula Maidens have accompanied him. Louie's "Booze bible" was stolen. And to make things worse, Em's ex-husband was killed shortly after she met with him. Who has the drink bible? Em's alibi stinks for the murder. Will Roland, her lovely cop from Kauai, be able to keep her out of jail? Will the Hula Maidens provide more help than hindrance?

It's really a funny mystery with just a touch of romance. I'm enjoying the humor and the writing.

What's your teaser this week? Give us a link or a taste in the comments below. 
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #56: Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh


"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, Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh sounds interesting to me. It's Book One of the Dreamcatchers' series, a YA series, due out October 23, 2014 from Curiosity Quills Press.

From the publisher: 

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop. 

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him. 

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

The reviews on Goodreads are mostly positive. There are a few that were dnf (did not finish). It seems like people either loved the book or hated it. I'm hoping I fall into the love it crowd since the bit about nightmares sounds so different. And being told mostly from a male pov (point of view) is different as well.

So, What book are you waiting on this week? Give us a link or a title in the comments and thanks for stopping by!