Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #101: Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs


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 I am waiting on is Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. It's the 3rd and final book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. It's due out September 22, 2015 from Quirk Books. An excerpt is available on Scribd

Synopsis from Goodreads.com

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.

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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Girl Meets Class by Karin Gillespie


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read and open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
My Teaser this week is from Girl Meets Class by Karin Gillespie. It's due out September 8, 2015 from Henery Press.
Some of the labels that appeared with the synopsis included: chick-lit, women's fiction, humorous fiction, and Southern humor.

My palms dampened with sweat. Why had my father told her about  my arrest? He must have been really miffed to do that. When it came to my high-strung aunt, my father and I always operated on the mushroom principle: Keep her in the dark and feed her ... well everyone knows what mushrooms grow in."
~ from 6% on my Kindle

Would you keep reading? What's your teaser from this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out. Happy Reading!



Saturday, August 29, 2015

Review: Liquid Fire by Anthony Francis

Liquid Fire by Anthony Francis is a 4 star urban fantasy that was released May 22, 2015 from Bell Bridge Books.

Dakota Frost is back again in the third book in the Skindancer series. This time she and her daughter Cinnamon are on their way to San Francisco for Cinnamon to accept a math award. The trip is doing double duty for Dakota and her friends as they have a meeting with the edgeworlders in the city to discuss having a Magical Security Council similar to what has developed in Atlanta. Edgeworlders are vampires, fae, wizards, were-kind and the like. 

In the course of things, Dakota meets a fireweaver named Jewel on the airplane. They become friendly and flirty. Dakota ends up being dragged into a magical feud in which dragons and liquid fire play a major role. "The race is on to find the truth about liquid fire, the secret behind Dakota’s magic tattoos, and the message hidden in the fireweaver’s secret codes—before the world goes up in flames."(from the synopsis on goodreads.com) 

The characters of Dakota and Cinnamon are more comfortable with each other and their roles as parent and child. Generally speaking, the characters are interesting and the major players are well developed. Plotwise, there are ups and downs the way there should be, high action interspersed with downtime. There is a place in the middle of the book where it almost seems like it could have been broken into two books, but it works as a whole. I got a little bogged down in the science of how things work and found myself skimming after a while. These parts will interest you especially if you have an interest in codes and cryptography. I enjoyed the parts that spoke to the mythology/history of things.

Overall, the book is well written and deserves its 4 star status. 

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #100: Diner Knock Out by Terri L. Austin


"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 the publisher:
Due out October 20, 2015 from Henery Press
ROSE STRICKLAND RETURNS!
Rose Strickland’s life is complicated. Besides her waitressing gig, she works part-time for Andre Thomas, a PI with no faith in Rose’s ability to investigate, her love life with Sullivan has stalled, and her BFF, Roxy, has found a new bestie, leaving Rose out in the cold.
Determined to prove herself, Rose takes a case on the sly. As she searches for a missing MMA fighter, Rose discovers an illegal fight club, a group of ruthless businessmen, dead bodies, and a trail of drugs.
Hunting down clues that lead too close to home, Rose finds herself in the fight of her life. Can she beat the killer to the punch before she gets knocked out for good?
Why am I looking forward to this book? It looks like fun. The description reminds me a little of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. There's currently a giveaway of this book on Goodreads.com It ends on August 27th.
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, August 25, 2015

Teaser Tuesday - Dollar Daze by Karin Gillespie


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Miz B of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate, just do the following:
  • Grab your current read and open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and the author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers.
Reading something a little different from the past few weeks. This week's teaser is from Dollar Daze by Karin Gillespie, book #3 in the Bottom Dollar series, published by Henery Press.

"To be fair, Attalee often invited her along on outings with Dooley, but Mavis would just as soon stay home. The two of them were constantly kissing - so loud they sounded like the suction cups of a rubber mat being pried from the tub - and Mavis felt like a fifth wheel."
~ From 4% on my Kindle

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
Cupid is running rampant in Cayboo Creek, South Carolina, and all the Bottom Dollar Girls have been struck dizzy with his arrows…

When high school heartthrob Brewster Clark returns to town, both Birdie and Mavis are angling for his affections, threatening their long-term friendship.

Ever-so-proper Gracie Tobias meets Rusty the dreamy doctor of her dreams but soon discovers he’s actually a blue-collar duct doctor. Will their wildly different social positions drive a wedge between them? Meanwhile Elizabeth is trying to put the sizzle back to her marriage. Not even octogenarian Attalee is immune to love’s siren call. She gets engaged to beau Dooley and plans a wild bachelorette party and steamy honeymoon.

Traveling love’s rocky road keeps the Bottom Dollar Girls asking, “Is it ever too late for moons and Junes?” Through much laughter and a few tears the girls discover that the answer is a resounding no.

Would you keep reading this book? What book are you reading this week? Share your teaser or a link in the comments.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review: Spider's Trap by Jennifer Estep

Gin Blanco, aka The Spider, is at it again. As Ashland's new queen of the underworld, she is still having to fend off attackers, but something is different about this one. Something feels very familiar to her about the particular style of the attack and the rune that the killer leaves behind. This goes back into her past when her mentor Fletcher was still alive. This will be one of her most dangerous opponents yet. 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
One important lesson I’ve learned in the assassination business is that to be the best you have to roll with the punches. Now that I’m queen of Ashland’s underworld—by default, not by choice—a lot more punches are being thrown my way. But I suppose that’s the price of victory for taking down some of the underworld’s top dogs. Good thing I have my Ice and Stone magic to help me survive my volatile new position. Just when I think things are finally settling down, someone tries to murder me during a hush-hush underworld meeting. But the real surprise is how strangely familiar my shadowy assailant seems to be.

My job is to maintain order among killers, crooks, and thieves, and soon I’m embroiled in a bloody game where the ability to keep secrets could be the greatest superpower of all. My enemies have all sharpened their knives and laid their traps, waiting for me to fall. But this Spider weaves her own webs of death.

What happens when your main weapons are silverstone knives and you have to go up against a metal elemental? Gin will find out. And why is she making milkshakes for someone she normally wouldn't do that for. What is right on the tip of her memory? And will she remember it and recognize it in time to keep from getting killed or losing any of her loved ones?

I really enjoyed the book. I didn't like the cover. The model's head seems to be swiveling like an owl's.

Gin and her friends and family were their usual selves. Gin really does seem to enjoy cooking for people, but is uncomfortable in her role as the head of Ashland's underworld. In fact in the opening of the book she is supposed to be mediating a meeting between 3 of the head criminals. She is getting rather exasperated with the 2 men. The third, a woman, doesn't seem to be bothering her as much. 

The plot was action packed with several attempts on people's lives as the book progresses. I don't think that's really a spoiler since this is a book about an assassin. I like the character Silvio who seems to be acting as her assistant and occasionally conscience prompting her to do things.

It's a good addition to the Elemental Assassin series as number 13. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It's interesting and enjoyable to watch Gin settling into her new role in the underworld and fighting a blast from the past.

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

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review: Romantic as Hell by Rodney Lacroix


Newly released as of August 20, 2015 Romantic as Hell - Tales of woe, Tips of woo by Rodney Lacroix is a fun and funny book to read about relationships. Ever wonder what to get your romantic interest? Wonder if there were better ways to be romantic? Check out this book. There were times that I laughed out loud at his descriptions of situations and other times I nodded in recognition of what myself or someone I knew had gone through searching for a way to be romantic. As well as being a fun book, it also has some good tips in it. It's a humor book, but it can't hurt your relationship either. At best the book can improve it. There are tips for both men and women. An excerpt is available on the publisher's website


The book can be purchased at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and from  RCG Publishing.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.