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Monday, July 18, 2016

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep book review

The fallout from his disastrous “family reunion” in Bitter Bite has left Finn feeling hurt, angry, and depressed. He can barely stand to look at himself in the mirror, much less eat any of the delicious barbecue from Gin’s famed Pork Pit restaurant.
Title:  Unwanted
Author:  Jennifer Estep
Release Date:  July 18, 2016
Publisher:  Pocket Star
Source:  NetGalley

The fallout from his disastrous “family reunion” in Bitter Bite has left Finn feeling hurt, angry, and depressed. He can barely stand to look at himself in the mirror, much less eat any of the delicious barbecue from Gin’s famed Pork Pit restaurant.

But when the funeral for a slain security guard at his bank turns into a showdown with some nasty underworld giants, Finn knows that he must act in order to protect an innocent family.

Finnegan Lane might be the most unwanted man in Ashland these days, but he’s determined to try to make amends for his past mistakes... (Goodreads)


My Review:

The Elemental Assassin books are one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors, and this novella doesn't disappoint!

Finn is the foster brother of Gin Blanco, aka the feared assassin The Spider. He's one of my favorite characters, even if he did act like a bit of a jerk last time round. But his love and loyalty for his family and friends can't be doubted.

Still reeling from the events of Bitter Bite, Finn is having a hard time coming to terms with the fallout or forgiving himself for what happened. Even though Gin doesn't seem to blame him, plenty of his co-workers place the blame squarely on his shoulders. That doesn't bother Finn too much, as he blames himself too.

Needless to say, things have been more than a little frosty at the bank where he works. Doesn't help that his boss insists that Finn attend the funerals for all of his fallen co-workers.

While at the funeral of one of the bank guards, Finn notices something unsettling. Investigating further, he decides to stick his nose where someone wishes he wouldn't. But despite everything, Finn is still Finn and I loved seeing him step up to the plate!

Wouldn't really recommend this one if you haven't at least read Bitter Bite, as I don't think it would make much sense. Nothing against the author, but it's too short to really set up the backstory or anything.

Loved this little glimpse of things from Finn's point of view and can't wait for their next adventure!


Previous reviews:

Bitter Bite (#14)
Spider's Trap (#13)
Poison Promise (#11)
The Spider (#10)
Heart of Venom (#9)
By a Thread (#6)
Spider's Revenge (#5)
Spider's Bite (#1)


Friday, July 8, 2016

I'm NOT Embarrassed to be a Book Blogger

The book blogging community has weathered worse and we'll get through this as well, but what's new is the feelings of embarrassment. What's up with that? Why would the actions of one blogger have such a far-reaching impact on other bloggers?

Seems like the book blogging world has been hit with yet another scandal.

While I usually miss the drama because I'm not as plugged in as I should be, a Facebook post from Herding Cats & Burning Soup piqued my interest enough to go blog hopping.

Yep. Another scandal. What makes this one a little different is that a well known blogger wrote a post saying that now she's embarrassed to be a book blogger. That got me scratching my head, especially when other book bloggers chimed in with their embarrassment.

Why on earth would anyone be embarrassed to be a book blogger?

Just because a book blogger was illegally selling ARCs at inflated prices?

The only embarrassing thing about this is that people actually thought that $20 was a reasonable price for shipping three books! 

But otherwise? What's there to be embarrassed about? One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch, girl! (points if you get the Osmond reference!)

The book blogging community has weathered worse and we'll get through this as well, but what's new is the feelings of embarrassment. What's up with that? Why would the actions of one blogger have such a far-reaching impact on other bloggers?

One psycho author doesn't mean all authors are cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

One snotty PR person doesn't mean all PR people are snotty.

One rude encounter doesn't mean you have to burn all your bridges.

So why should one greedy blogger tar all of us with the same brush?

Makes no sense to me, but in the meantime I'm proud to be a book blogger! No, they can't take that away from me...


Monday, July 4, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

June 2016 Wrap Up

This month was a little better than last month so I seem to be on the right track. My burst of productivity did peter out quicker than expected, but I think I just need to pace myself better.
My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read 13 books this month. Woo hoo!

  1. Little Is Left To Tell by Stephen Hendricks
  2. Unwanted by Jennifer Estep
  3. Diary of Anna the Girl Witch by Max Candee
  4. Bad Ass Faeries 2: Just Plain Bad anthology
  5. Relentless by Tera Lynn Childs
  6. Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth
  7. Dead To Me by Anton Strout
  8. Deader Still by Anton Strout
  9. Mind Readers by Lori Brighton
  10. Dead Matter by Anton Strout
  11. Dead Waters by Anton Strout
  12. Karma by Donna Augustine
  13. Jinxed by Donna Augustine

June Reviews

On the Blog 

Took part in the Mini Bloggiesta, a weeklong event that gave me the opportunity to catch up on a few neglected chores. Started the 30 Days of Books Challenge, but didn't finish. Had a burst of productivity, but it petered out. :(


Overall

This month was a little better than last month so I seem to be on the right track. My burst of productivity did peter out quicker than expected, but I think I just need to pace myself better.

One thing I did differently this month was to read a few non-review books. Loved it! I really, really need to cut back on accepting review copies as it was so much fun to read what I wanted, when I wanted. Felt liberating! I even binge-read a couple of series. So much fun!

Going to use my bullet journal to try and keep on track in July. Learned all about bullet journaling thanks to Emily's bloggiesta challenge a few months back. My journal has been hit and miss lately, but going to see if I can keep up with it next month.

Speaking of July, where did the first half of 2016 go?








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