Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tell Me Something Tuesday 9/30

Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted at Rainy Day Ramblings where Heidi discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging and encourages people to weigh in on the subjects in the comments or in their own blog posts.  I've been reading her posts for awhile, but when I saw this week's question I had to join in:

Library Love: Do you support your local library and take advantage of all it has to offer?

I love, love, love my local library and while I don't take advantage of all it has to offer, I do take advantage of most of it's reader services.  I check out & reserve books, audiobooks and movies.  I love talking to the library staff and listening to their suggestions for me since they have gotten to know me pretty well from my coming in there for years, using their reserve system and just generally checking out stacks of books at a time.

In  fact, my library pile has about 14 books in it right now and I just checked and I have 4 that came in today.  So it appears I love my library.

And while I go through phases where I like to read real books and phases where I prefer ebooks, the library seems to be where I mostly get my real book fix as of late.  And audiobooks, I fell in love with audiobooks because of my local library.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Currently Reading: A Place Called Harmony by Jodi Thomas

A Place Called Harmony by Jodi Thomas
Obtained From: Author for blog tour

Why I chose this one: I've been reviewing the Harmony books for Jodi since the start and I look forward to each new one.  And getting a look at how the whole town started has me really excited.  I love the town as much as each love story so this should be a great one!
Date Started: 9/27/14

About A Place Called Harmony:
New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas has captivated America with her novels set in the small town of Harmony, Texas. Now she tells the story of the three hard-luck men who first settled the town, a place where last chances and long-awaited dreams collide…
Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town—discovering strength, honor and true love along the way.

After drinking away the grief from his family’s death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love—until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open…

All Gillian Matheson has ever known is Army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse. But when a wounded Gillian returns home to find her desperately fighting to save their marriage, he’s determined to become the husband she deserves.

Amidst storms, outlaws, and unwelcome relatives, the three couples band together to build a town—and form a bond that breathes life into the place that will forever be called Harmony.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Currently Reading: Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson

Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
Obtained From: Library
Why I chose this one: Time to play catch-up with the Alex Cross series

Date Started:9/25/14

About Alex Cross, Run:
Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties," bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. 

But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach. When a third mutilated body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers on the loose send Washington D.C. into an all-out frenzy. 

Alex is under so much pressure to solve these three grim cases that he hasn't noticed that someone else investigating him-someone so obsessed and so twisted that they'll do anything-ANYTHING- to get the vengeance they require. Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson's most unrelenting story yet-a white-hot, sensational thrill ride with the most extreme and gripping characters Patterson has ever brought to life.

Just Finished/Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 337
Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 0316254770

My Review:
What a fun and cute story.  No real angst, a little love at first sight, but distance presents problems so I felt it and understood it.  Both characters have their own family issues but I like how those are worked through in the book.

Cute start with the elevator breaking down and the blackout in New York City bringing these two characters from two different economic backgrounds together and they find common ground and bond during those hours together.  Because Lucy lives in the building and Owen is the super's kid, these are not kids that would normally meet, but they do and it works.  Lucy is not worried with her status in life, she just wants to see the world and explore.  Owen longs to do the same thing but has been brought to NYC against his better judgment.  But just as these two get to know each other their families unknowingly pull them apart.

But I like them apart, it gives them time to grow without the other one affecting them.  It's interesting how they keep coming together and how they are always on each others' minds even when things aren't smooth.  The Geography of You and Me was a fun book and a great one that explores growing up and finding your way on your own and hopefully finding your way back to that true love you have found but didn't really realize how much it meant.  I loved this book, read it in one day and now cannot wait to go back and read Jennifer E. Smith's backlist books.

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

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Author Biography

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.

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***I received this book from my wonderful local library for my reading enjoyment. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Bound by Night by Larissa Ione (my review) & Chained by Night is out next week!

Book I of The MoonBound Clan Vampire series

Bound by Night was a fantastic start to this very promising new series…
a very tasty treat from a must be read author.  Happy reading everybody…you’re bound to love it.
Night Owl Reviews for Bound by Night

“The exceptionally entertaining Ione kicks off a sexy new vampire series…
Ione does what she does best: deliver paranormal romance with a sexy and dangerous bite!
RT Book Reviews ****HOT Review for Bound by Night

My Review:
 I haven't been reading vampire based books like I use to, so when I was sent Bound By Night in preparation for the release of Chained by Night, I wasn't sure what I was getting into.  And to top it all off, Larissa Ione is a new author to me (yes, I know, I've been living under a rock, or a mountain of ARCs by new authors). 

So what did I think?  I thought the world building for this one was fasscinating.  Vampires as slaves, a vampire uprising, vampires living on their own, yet being hunted down.  All of this made this book a great start to a new series.  I also enjoyed the characters, Nicole who has her own history with vampires and Riker who just wants to live his life in peace.  But of course when they are thrown together everything hits the fan.

Bound by Night starts out just a bit slow because of the world building but it quickly picks up pace and once the pace hits it's stride I could not put the boook down and I would have rushed into my ARC of Chained by Night if life hadn't gotten in the way in the form of school starting and football for the boys.  But I will be reading it very soon to see what happens next with the MoonBound Clan.

Excellent suspense, action and romance with very interesting world building make this a series that is a must-read for people who love vampire books or ones that are looking for a good series to start with.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

Book II of The MoonBound Clan Vampires series
“Ione’s second MoonBound Vampires paranormal deftly uses a mixture of complex rivalries, primal violence, and sex to portray a society in which frequent vampire enslavement provokes a civil-rights dispute…Ione’s characters are relatable and sympathetic both because of and despite their id-drenched setting, and Ione’s flavor of vampirism produces a fascinating mixture of authoritarianism, atavism, and compassionate humanity that works on multiple levels.”
Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW August 25th
“Ione has created a fascinating vampire world steeped in Native American traditions and lore and developed a path to happiness for Hunter and Aylin that is fraught with potent and poignant internal and external conflicts. The action-packed plot and creative worldbuilding keep us enthralled; the romance and sexual tension keep us emotionally invested.”
Kirkus Reviews August 28th online, Sept. 15th print

“Major talent Ione is back with the second installment in her gritty new MoonBound Clan Vampire series, where vampires live under the threat of enslavement and torture by humans.  Ione’s vampire world is made up of sometimes warring clans who fight against each other as well as humans.  Uniting the clans may be the vampires’ best hope for survival in the upcoming war with humans.  With so much at stake, these excellent character relationships are fraught with intense and conflicting emotions.  Hang on tight, as this is one exciting and dangerous world!”
—Romantic Times ****1/2 HOT

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Sept. 23

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  So go there to check out more info, link up and see the future topics. 

This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

  1. Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth by V.C. Andrews - I just can't help it, I'm a sucker for this series and I'm interested in it from Christopher's POV.
  2. The Tudor Vendetta by C.W. Gortner  - I love the historical books by this author and can't wait to read this new one.
  3. Sideswiped by Lia Riley - Loved Upside Down so I can't wait to get more of Talia and Bran.
  4. Snow Falling on Bluegrass by Molly Harper - I just can't help it, this sounds like a fun and I am a sucker for a trapped in a place book.
  5. Motherless by Erin Healy - simply because Ms. Healy has never disappointed me.
  6. Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd - because Fall needs a great romantic suspense to read
  7. Final Lap by Erin McCarthy - it has racing and it's by Erin McCarthy, enough said.
  8. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - because it's time I get through this book and continue along the wonderful Harry Potter series.
  9. The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - for those of you that have waited two years for this book, I am so sorry.  I just finished book #2 and cannot wait to get my hands on this one!
  10. Burying Water by K.A. Tucker - simply I have never read a bad book by this author so I'm ready to see what she can do away from the Ten Tiny Breaths series.
What books are on your must read list for fall.  Add your list to the linky at The Broke and the Bookish and/or tell me about some interesting books in the comments.  I just got an Amazon GC so I have some money to burn :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Currently Listening: Game On by Tracy Solheim

Game On by Tracy Solheim
Obtained From: Tantor Audio for review at Ramblings from that Chick

Why I chose this one: I'm a sucker for sports romances right now and this one intrigued me.  I also have the second in the series and I can already tell I'm going to enjoy these books.

Date Started: 9/21/14

About Game On:
With a reputation for fast moves on the gridiron and even faster moves off the field, Shane Devlin was a player in every sense of the word. Unfortunately, his bad-boy persona has made him a risky prospect as a quarterback, and only the Baltimore Blaze are willing to give him a chance. And he’s about to take a hit he never expected.

Working for the Blaze, Carly March knows too well how jocks think—and what they think with—so she’s always made a point of keeping them at arm’s length. But when she shares a kiss with the devilishly handsome Shane, she finds it hard to play by her own rules—and even harder to resist him.

Can a football hero and a business-minded beauty take it all the way? Or will their mutual attraction cost them the big game?