Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mysterious Saturday Review: Killer Instinct

* Book 2 in the Naturals series
After the narrow escape Cassie had last time the group worked on an open case, security tightens around the Naturals. When a new murder occurs - the team can't believe that it's a perfect copy of Dean's father's crimes.

More than anything, the group wants to help Dean by catching the killer so life can return to normal. But lying, sneaking out, and putting themselves in danger doesn't seem to be helping - especially when every lead only goes cold.

Cassie hates watching Dean relive his past - even more than she hates him withdrawing from her. Can they figure out the  truth out getting themselves into too much trouble - or killed?
My Thoughts: I adore this series - it's intense and leaves me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't read this after dark - but I also couldn't put it down. I loved how the team came together to try to help Dean even though he tried shutting everyone out. I liked the moments between Cassie and Lia - and how they learned much more about each other. I admire the group's sense of loyalty even though they're not the best of friends.  My heart broke for Dean and how he had to talk with his father and relive the moments of his worst nightmares. I liked the addition of Sterling -she is touch, determined, fair, brave, and smart. I figured out the ending just before the final plot twist. A gruesome fantastic read that I highly recommend. I can't wait to see what happens to the group next in light of the new rules. 

Cover Thoughts: I love it -especially how it ties into the book
Source: My Library

Friday, November 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Adult Spin-Offs Sequel

This week we talked about Sequel and I had a huge list, so I broke up my sequels in YA and adult. Here's the adult list.

Dark Chocolate DemiseDouble Fudge Brownie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #18)Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel, #3)All the President's Menus (A White House Chef Mystery, #8)

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (Smythe-Smith Quartet, #4)Still the One (Animal Magnetism, #6)This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek, #8)Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1)

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (The Rules of Scoundrels, #4)Dogwood Hill (Chesapeake Shores, #12)

No Covers Yet:
At the Drop of the Hat
Lure of the Moonflower
Last One Home

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Thursday Review: My True Love Gave to Me

I usually don't read short story collections but I make an exception for Christmas ones. I loved these. With so many great author contributors - how could I not?

My favorites (and it is hard to pick) were from Ally Carter and Stephanie Perkins. I want a book from their stories. I also really loved Rainbow Rowell's story too. 
There's something for everyone here: fun, friendship, family, romance, and of course holiday spirit. 

If you haven't read it, snatch this one up. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What's on my Hold List (95)

My Librarian friend Jess from I Read to Relax came up with a great idea.  It's to highlight the books on hold at the library. I usually have 20-40 items checked out at the library and another 20 items on hold. 

Sequels: I love series, titles I can't wait to read. 
The Job (came out Yesterday): Great series of a thriller with tension and lots of humor. 

One in a Million: The last book in the Lucky Harbor series - I will be so SAD when it's over because I love this series

Captive: I loved Pawn and can't wait to see what happens next. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Sequels

This week's topic is our top upcoming sequels that we want to read. I'm going to slip my lists into two (look for the adult spin-off on Friday). I love series books, so this is hard for me to narrow down, but I'm going to do it.

Throne of Glass #4 (no cover or title yet)

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

Ruby Circle
The Fixer (just finished book 2 and it was AMAZING - no cover)
The Heir (The Selection #4)
The Heir
PS I Still Love You (no cover)
Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2)
Miss Mayhem
A Conspiracy of Princes (Allies & Assassins, #2)
Conspiracy of Princes
We Can Work It Out (The Lonely Hearts Club, #2)

We Can Work it Out
I Am the Traitor (The Unknown Assassin, #3)
I am the Traitor

Tween Tuesday Review: Slam Dunk

Lists of 10 covering a variety of things in basketball from skills to shoes to hairstyles.

The Good:
Lots of great pictures
Interesting List Topics: Clutch players, sixth man, fans, triple-double threats, game winning shots, and much more. 
Lots of Facts and Stats within the lists
Easy to pick up and put down because of the format

The Bad:
There's ONE two list that features WNBA players and one woman's mentioned in a list of basketball families. But that's it.
I know the WNBA is no where near as popular as the NBA, but still I felt like more women should have been included.

Overall: A great book that with have basketball fans checking out and arguing over the lists. Perfect for conversation starters. Perfect for fans of the game. Great for reluctant readers. I think this one will circulate like hotcakes in a library 

* Source: Sent for Review

Monday, November 17, 2014

NaNoWriMo Check In

How's everyone doing? It's a little over than halfway through the month - which means, everyone should be near 25K or a little over.


I'm at 31K and I know that it's going to be a rough writing week for me because I'm crazy busy this week. I wrote a little extra yesterday because of it.

Are you on target?

Are you enjoying it or does it feel like a chore?

Are you needing to find some creative juices (I like dancing around the room like maniac - it helps loosen me up and makes me feel a little silly.)

Are you finding yourself trying to edit your work (Try to avoid this - that's what the new year is for - editing process)

Do you know where you're going in the story and how to get there? If not, maybe a plotting session is in order.

Leave a comment and let me know how it's going for you!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Mysterious Saturday Review: On Borrowed Time

* Book 5 in the Library Lover's Mystery series*
Lindsey's brother shows up unexpectedly at her library. He asks her if he can nap on the sofa. She agrees and leaves him be until the end of her crafternoon book club. When she returns to check on him, she discovers her brother missing and a man dead on the floor.

She's not sure what's going on, but until she knows her brother's safe, she's not about to share all her knowledge with the police. Lindsey doesn't want Jack becoming the prime suspect in a murder. She's also not giving up until she knows the truth about his whereabouts and how he's connected with the dead man in the library.
My Thoughts: I really loves this library mystery series, especially the scenes in the library - both the interactions with her coworkers and with the patrons.  I love the loyal friendships that Lindsey's found in this small town - even if they start taking sides about her love life. The love triangle she finds herself in the middle of becomes an area for humor as two men battle for her affections and try to one up each other. I liked meeting Jack - it's funny that danger runs in the family. I liked the strength of their bond. I love the idea of the crafternoons - book discussion and crafts. A great addition to the series set in a charming town full of great friendships, readers, and a spark of romance.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library