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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Currently Reading & To Be Read

I have been ill again so my reading progress has been slow.  However I am still ahead of my goal for 2015 and hope to keep ahead of it!

Currently Listening to :

No, this is not the same book I was listening to the last time I posted my Currently Reading list.  This is the second book in the Rose Gardner series and I downloaded it before I was even halfway through the first book.  Actually I would have downloaded them all if I had the credits/money but it seems Audible only have the first three!  I will rant about that more in my review.

This second book is not as addictive as the first installment but it is still an enjoyable listen.  At first the narrator sounded different....slower?  I went straight from listening to the first book to this second one and there was a change.  I just wasn't sure what.  However now I am deep into the story the difference, whatever it was, isn't bothering me.

As plots go this is an interesting one and there are some funny parts that have me giggling.  Although this time around Rose is being a bit more 'does he really love me' and not as carefree.  Slightly annoying but still in an acceptable level.   Turning out to be a good series but the supernatural aspect is too low key for my liking.

Currently Reading :


My previous experience with this author was a good one so I decided to try the debut for this new series out when I saw it up for grabs.  It is exactly what I expected in terms of cursing, wildness and craziness but only slightly toned down because this is of course Young Adult.  On saying that if this was a film it would definitely have a more adult film rating.

While I am enjoying this strange and dangerous adventure Atlanta Burns is on I have been fighting off a pretty horrible head cold and haven't managed to finish this yet.  I planned on getting it read this weekend but a fever didn't help my plans.

I am going to be grabbing this one as often as possible and will hopefully get it finished within the next couple of days.  I need to know what happens.  I have to see where it is all leading to.  There has to be a bigger picture or a twist coming and I can't wait to find out what!


The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :


There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I try and read these before the release date but sometimes I don't mange it!

I have quite a few books that are just not making it to the top of the pile!

Some of these books are ones I intend on reading asap but new releases or reviews keep taking over.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

13) Death and the Readheaded Woman by Loretta Ross

The Blurb :

A strange death calls on Wren to be a jewel-seeking sleuth

As someone who appraises and prepares houses for auction, Wren Morgan has seen her share of fixer-uppers. But when she arrives at her newest project, Wren is unprepared to find something she can't easily fix--a naked, dead man.

Soon after her disturbing discovery, Wren meets Death Bogart, a private investigator and surety recovery agent who's looking for the famous missing jewels of the Campbell family. When it becomes clear that there are actually two sets of lost family jewels, Wren and Death team up to solve not only the mystery of the jewels, but also the naked man's murder. With their case growing more and more complex, though, will they be able to catch the killer and bring home the loot?

My Thoughts :

Before I start my review I have to apologise for the lack of reviews this week.  I am ill for the third time in six weeks and it is really messing up my reading schedule!   However it is books like this one, Death and the Readheaded Woman, that can really make you feel better even if you have a sneezing fit every few pages.  Loretta Ross has managed to make this cozy mystery amusing, romantic and easy to read.  Just what I needed!

Some things about this book and the mystery involved were a little too easy.  The romance happens quickly and without question and the characters just fall into things without thinking about any of it.  However the lack of all this long drawn out 'should I?' or 'Shouldn't I?' was actually a relief and it left more time for the plot.

The Auction Block Mystery debut makes a nice impression.  I found myself liking the style straight away and enjoyed the little laughs along the way.  The romance was not drawn out or over the top which suited me fine.  There are only so many times you can put up with the 'will they?' or 'won't they' situation that spreads over five books.

The auction aspect of the mystery was well implemented into the story and wasn't forced or over the top.  I liked the family that Wren works for and they added some funny moments to the book.  Wren is very likable but I would like to get to know her better while Death has disclosed lots of his history and seems to be more of an open book.

I really enjoyed this debut and would definitely check a sequel.  I look forward to seeing where the author takes the series and hope the town and characters get some more depth but that the author doesn't over do things and keeps the light and cozy feeling she has already created here in the first book.



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

12) Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank

The Blurb :

For Rose Gardner, working at the DMV on a Friday afternoon is bad even before she sees a vision of herself dead. She’s had plenty of visions, usually boring ones like someone’s toilet’s overflowed, but she’s never seen one of herself before. When her overbearing momma winds up murdered on her sofa instead, two things are certain: There isn't enough hydrogen peroxide in the state of Arkansas to get that stain out, and Rose is the prime suspect.

Rose realizes she’s wasted twenty-four years of living and makes a list on the back of a Wal-Mart receipt: twenty-eight things she wants to accomplish before her vision comes true. She’s well on her way with the help of her next door neighbor Joe, who has no trouble teaching Rose the rules of drinking, but won’t help with number fifteen-- do more with a man. Joe’s new to town, but it doesn’t take a vision for Rose to realize he’s got plenty secrets of his own.

Somebody thinks Rose has something they want and they’ll do anything to get it. Her house is broken into, someone else she knows is murdered, and suddenly, dying a virgin in the Fenton County jail isn’t her biggest worry after all.

My Thoughts :

After reading a Christmas novella featuring Denis Grover Swank's character Rose Gardner, I decided I had to try the series as soon as possible.  The novella was a story that saw Rose meet up with a character from the Mudbug series and seeing as I have been following that series via Audible I decided that if this one was also available as an audio I would try it that way.  So I was delighted to see it on Audible and snapped it up when my new credits arrived.

I loved this book straight away.  Rose's demeanor and naive character made her likable but not annoying or frustrating.  Within the first few chapters you start to see her evolving and finally coming out of the shell she has been kept in.  Rose basically starts living her life and her decisions, actions and funny ideas are inspiring.  Getting mixed up in all the action makes the story even more interesting and the slight paranormal angle of Rose's visions make this even more fun to read.

Don't judge a book by its cover is a term well used for this one.  What looks like a young adult girly romance read is actually a cozy mystery southern enough to rival Sookie Stackhouse and have you giggling on more than one occasion.  I found myself mentally cheering for the leading lady and hoping that she would get through her list of wishes.  Some may find Rose a silly and naive woman but I liked her ability to finally stand up for herself and taking no nonsense from anyone after the huge hurdle that was her momma was out of the way.

The narrator on the audio version was great and I enjoyed listening to the book a lot.  I already had the second book downloaded before I was halfway done with this first installment.  I think that shows how much I was enjoying it  Unfortunately I have noticed that while this series is at least six books long there are only three of the books available on Audible.  I hoping this will change soon.  It would be very annoying to switch over to reading the series after listening to it.  Especially when the narrator is so good.

Well worth checking out if you liked the Sookie Stackhouse series, every enjoyed Stephanie Plum or are just a cozy mystery lover.  There is a little bit of something for everyone including some romance, comedy and action.  The plot is well thought out and the characters are unforgettable.  I am looking forward to starting the second book tomorrow and if it is as good as this debut then I am sure it won't take long to finish.  I found myself listening to this one whenever I had the chance!



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Monday, January 26, 2015

11) The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

The Blurb :

A few hours ago, Sherry Carne would have sworn that vampires didn’t exist. That’s before rogue immortals rampage through her store, leaving bloody chaos (literally) in their wake. The kicker comes when Sherry learns that one of the vamps on the bad guys’ trail may be her life mate. Her head says it’s impossible. The rest of her takes one look at Basileios Argeneau and has much more interesting ideas.

Whatever Basil expected in a life mate, funny, outspoken Sherry isn’t it. But mind-blowing chemistry and instinct don’t lie. They tell him something else, too—that Sherry’s connection to the immortal world goes deeper than she knows. And that she’s in the kind of danger only Basil can save her from—if she’ll just trust him, now and forever . . .

My Thoughts :

Like all the previous Argeneau novels, this was a wonderful reading experience.  The author never fails to come up with another original and exciting story in the world of her immortals.  With each life mate story that comes along there is always a new twist and a different plot.  However the same story is there in the background and all the characters from the previous books come along for the ride.

It amazes me how Lynsay Sands manages it.  Twenty-one books in and she never fails to spin a different tale that ends with the same satisfying ending.  Romance combines with mystery and the paranormal for the foundation of this series which is always the same.  The main characters stories always build on this foundation and make a new but familiar tale that sucks you in from the very beginning.  I know that they will make it in the end but how they get there is the huge mystery that keeps me coming back for more.

This time around there are some developments in the on-going story that will please a lot of fans.  There is also the usual group of characters from the previous books making an appearance or being referred to.  It is always nice to find out how everyone is doing.   You can expect some hot scenes and some thrills as well as some amusing moments.  Everything I have come to know and love about this series.

Argeneau immortals are one of the best 'vampire' series out there.  A great strong concept with fabulous characters and spectacular writing.  I hope there will be another twenty-one books in the series because I just can't get enough of the different ways the life mates meet, get together and stay together.  Oh and I hope Bricker is the next one to find his life mate!



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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Currently Reading & To Be Read

It has been quiet around here the last few days but I have been busy reading.

Currently Listening to :

This one of those books where the cover does not do the contents justice.  If I had come across this book on my recommendations or anywhere else where the cover was shown, I doubt very much that I would have even bothered to check out the blurb.  However this series/author was part of a Christmas novella with that teamed up with the Mudbug series.  After reading about Rose Gardner in that short story I have been hoping to try the series.

I picked this up on Audible and I have already downloaded book #2.  I am really enjoying this audio and am quite addicted to the story.  I have been listening to bits here and there all weekend when I usually only listen to books during the week.  This is really turning out to be a wonderful story.

If you haven't already come across this one then I can recommend giving it a go.  There is a slight supernatural twist and so far I have to say the plot is very addictive and has some lovely twists and turns.

Currently Reading :


I haven't really started this one yet but it is the next one up on the tbr pile due to its release date.

I got this one from Netgalley and it looks like it could be a good read.  It is definitely going to be one of those books that need to grab me straight away for me to keep reading till the end though!  I am getting a little behind with my reading again and have no time to waste on books that don't wow me in some way.

The cover looks interesting and the blurb sounds like it could be a very busy read.  I am really loving my cozies lately and love checking what else is out there.

It could take me all week to get around to reading this but I am determined to have this one read and reviewed before its release date in February.

The Dreaded 'To Be Read' Pile :


There are a few books on this list that are ARC's I try and read these before the release date but sometimes I don't mange it!

I have quite a few books that are just not making it to the top of the pile!

Some of these books are ones I intend on reading asap but new releases or reviews keep taking over.

How do you manage your to be read pile?   I don't think I am strict enough with myself!