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Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: Buzz Books 2016 Fall/Winter

Another great collection of samples for the upcoming Fall/Winter season!
Title:  Buzz Books 2016 Fall/Winter
Release Date:  May 2, 2016
Publisher:  Publishers Lunch
Source:  NetGalley

The ninth Buzz Books edition evokes all the excitement of BEA with substantial excerpts from 40 of the most highly-touted books to be published this fall/winter. 

Our “digital convention” features such major authors as Amor Towles, Christina Baker Kline, T.C. Boyle, Ann Patchett, Maria Semple, Marisa Silver, and Andrew Gross. We showcase sparkling debuts from soon-to-become literary stars such as Emily Fridlund, Thomas Hill, Elan Mastai, and Stephanie Gangi. (Goodreads)

My Review:

Another great collection of samples for the upcoming Fall/Winter season! Here are some of the titles that left me wanting more!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

July 2016 Wrap Up

July 2016 Wrap Up
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 21 books this month. I don't think I've ever read that many books in a single month. Ever. Yowza!

  1. Fated by Donna Augustine
  2. Dead Ink by Donna Augustine
  3. Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  4. Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  5. All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  6. A Demon Bound by Debra Dunbar
  7. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  8. The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker
  9. Hell Is Coming by N.P. Martin
  10. Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinelli
  11. Satan's Sword by Debra Dunbar
  12. Elven Blood by Debra Dunbar
  13. Devil's Paw by Debra Dunbar
  14. Imp Forsaken by Debra Dunbar
  15. Angel of Chaos by Debra Dunbar
  16. Kingdom of Lies by Debra Dunbar
  17. Make Me by Lee Child
  18. Three Wishes by Debra Dunbar
  19. Never Go Back by Lee Child
  20. Demons of Desire by Debra Dunbar
  21. Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull

July Reviews

Unwanted by Jennifer Estep

Overall

A great reading month but that's about it. I binge-read several authors but wrote almost nothing. Balance is still a problem and there are several pending reviews I need to finish.

Going to concentrate on getting my TBR review pile cleared so I can go back to reading what I want, when I want. Read whatever I wanted in July and had so much fun!

Finally watched all the Harry Potter movies, which is sorta book related. Made me want to reread the series, but I need to catch up on my outstanding review copies first. A new goal!

How was your July? Anything fun happen? I taught my dog to play tug-o-war and read lots of books, but that's about it.

Can you believe it's August already? Here's to the end of Summer! Happy reading!


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...


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