Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Insurgent by: Veronica Roth

Title: Insurgent
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: HarperCollin's Children's Books
Series: Divergent #2
Pages: 525
Format: Nook e-book
Source: Purchase


One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

My Thoughts:

In this book Tris is still fighting to save those she loves while not loosing anymore people than neccessary.  We also meet Tobias's mother who's factionless and see more of his father and discover what is behind the wall.  What is being hidden from them?  And to what price will some pay to discover the secrets being hidden there?

Oh my god all I can say is that I'm really glad I have the last book in this series to read next or else I'd be going nuts wondering what is going to happen now.  This trilogy is so great it pulls you in and wants to really leave you hanging with so many questions.  I read this book in one day and couldn't put it down.

Ms. Roth has really hit on something great with this trilogy the ability to write about something like Divergent and not get it tangled up with love triangles, or your typical dystopian she went way beyond that and offered us a great story that you can't help but want to continue to see how it ends!  Can't wait to read the last book in the trilogy!

Next is:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: Dogwood Hill by: Sherryl Woods

Title: Dogwood Hill
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Chesapeake Shores #12
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods tests the strength of the beloved O'Briens and proves that love and family can always triumph!

When former pro football quarterback Aidan Mitchell comes to Chesapeake Shores to take a high school coaching job, he's embraced by the town—especially the O'Briens. But Aidan has a secret that could alter all their lives.

For wounded Liz March, who's trying for a fresh start after a devastating betrayal, taking a chance on Aidan may be more than she can handle. Her heart, however, refuses to listen to her head. But just when forever seems within reach, Aidan's secret threatens to change everything.

Does this tempting stranger who's made her feel alive have the power to convince her to look beyond the past and reach for the future?

My Thoughts: 

This book introduces two new characters to Chesapeake Shores both characters hiding a secret.  Liz March is trying to move on past the death of her husband but there is something there she isn't saying about what happened with her husband.

Aidan Mitchell comes to Chesapeake Shores to coach the football team hoping that maybe they can change their loosing streak.  His secret becomes known to the reader pretty quickly.  How will Aidan deal with his connection to the O'Brien clan and will his secret destroy them?

I enjoyed reading about these two characters they were new and fresh as we haven't heard much about either one of them.  I loved watching these two push each other away as the heat between them kept heating up.

We also got to see other O'Briens we haven't seen lately Jess and Will, Susie and Mac really was nice to read more about them as well.  Definitely a fabulous series that just gets better everytime!

Review: Catwalk by: Sheila Webster Boneham

Title: Catwalk
Author: Sheila Webster Boneham
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: An Animals In Focus #3
Pages: 336
Format: NetGalley ebook
Source: Great Escapes Book Tour


Agility can be murder for cats, dogs, and people! 

Animal photographer Janet MacPhail is training for her cat Leo’s first feline agility trial when she gets a frantic call about a “kidnapping.” When Janet and her Australian Shepherd Jay set out to track down the missing party, they quickly find themselves drawn into the volatile politics of feral cat colonies and endangered wetlands. 

 Janet is crazy busy trying to keep up with her mom’s nursing-home romance, her own relationship with Tom, and upcoming agility trials with Jay and Leo. But the discovery of a body on the canine competition course stops the participants dead in their tracks—and sets Janet on the trail of a killer. 

My Thoughts:

Janet has her work cut out for her in this book when she helps her friend catch a cat only to meet a very cranky Mr Rasmussen who seems to have a thing for hurting his wife.  Unfortunately he has friends in high places and has set his eyes on getting rid of all feral cats in the area.   It isn't long until Janet is served with a law suit over her find the cat.

Also in this book we see more of Janet's mother who lives in a retirement community and is suffering from Dementia and getting worse everyday.  Janet's mother has found love again with Mr.  Rasmussen's father in law much to the anger of his son in law.  He even threatens to send his father in law to a different community to keep the two apart.

What I enjoyed:

I loved hearing about Jay, Leo and the other felines and dogs.  I loved watching the relationship between Tom and Janet and to see where it is headed.  Overall it was a great book.

What I didn't like:

The mystery in this book wasn't central to the situation, there seemed to be too much other stuff going on so it felt like a bit of confusion when I read the story.  That is just my thought someone else may love all the little mysteries in the middle of it.  That part of the story the little mysteries intertwined in the story felt rushed.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Review: The Christmas Bouquet by: Sherryl Woods

Title: The Christmas Bouquet
Author: Sherryl Woods
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Chesapeake Shores #11
Pages: 288
Format: NetGalley e-book
Source: NetGalley


When it comes to family and Christmas, #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods always looks to the O'Briens for a little holiday magic...

For the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she's sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with family medicine resident Noah McIlroy, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well-laid plans for the future. It doesn't help that Noah—with a whole lot of help from her O'Brien relatives—is completely on board with the prospect of marriage and happily-ever-after.

It takes a whole lot of patience, love and family persuasion to help Caitlyn realize that she can still have everything she ever wanted, including a home in her beloved Chesapeake Shores and a man who understands all of her dreams.

My Thoughts: 

I was so excited when I saw this book appear on NetGalley I had been having a romance withdrawal in regards to this family.  I love their stories and was sad when they ended but alas they have been coming back and I'm eager to see what everyone is up to!

In this book we get to follow Abby's daughter Caitlyn Winters as she has just found out she is pregnant with her boyfriend Noah McIlroy.  This news changes everything Caitlyn had been working towards which was returning to Africia to help people who need medical care.

Noah has plans that he wants to accomplish, Marry Caitlyn, have a family and set up a practice in Chesapeake Shores.  What he didn't count on was how meddling the O'Brien's can be and how stubborn Caitlyn is being with her world changing.

What I loved:

I loved seeing all those crazy O'Brien's back in the swing and not missing a step with the meddling.  All of them in their own way are on a meddle overdrive situation with Mick at the helm of the crazy train.

I loved watching Caitlyn and Noah try to figure out what they want and if they can get there together or not at all.  I loved reading more about Caitlyn and Carrie and their relationship.

I loved how Noah didn't pressure Caitlyn and let her come to her own conclusions and find her way to him, and decide that she can have it all even if it takes time to make that happen!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Lost Under A Ladder by: Linda O. Johnston

Title: Lost Under A Ladder
Author: Linda O. Johnston
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Series: A Superstition Mystery
Pages: 336
Format: NetGalley ebook
Source: Great Escapes Book Tour


 Is it luck or is it . . . Destiny? Are superstitions real? Rory Chasen doesn’t think so–until her beloved fiance walks under a ladder and is killed by a car five minutes later. Needing closure, Rory takes her dog Pluckie to a town called Destiny, where superstitions are a way of life. Rory’s visit to Destiny takes an unexpected turn when Pluckie saves the life of Martha, the owner of the Lucky Dog Boutique. To show her gratitude, Martha offers Rory a job at the pet store. But when Martha becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the local bookshop owner, Rory refuses to believe that she would do it. Rory is convinced the real killer still roams Destiny’s streets, and she must uncover the truth before Martha is hauled off to jail.


In this book Rory Chasen goes to Destiny where all superstitions come to life.  When Rory's fiancé Warren walks under a ladder and ends up dead Rory is stuck wondering if the superstition was really true or just a bad series of things that happened to lead Warren to his untimely death?

In Destiny Rory notices how much people buy into the superstitions like walking on cracks, finding a lucky penny etc.  Rory walks her dog Pluckie and next door to a bookstore finds the Lucky Dog Boutique where the owner seems to be missing but is injured and Pluckie saves Martha Jolpie the owner has had an accident and suddenly Rory and Pluckie's time in Destiny has gotten a whole lot busier.

Then when superstitious author and co-owner of the bookstore wind up dead it's up to Rory to do what she can to clear Martha's name as she recently had a heated fight with the victim Tarzal.  With only that for the police to go on Rory will uncover what she can to clear her new friend Martha.

My Thoughts:

This book was cute and quirky and had you really wondering who killed the author and how Rory was going to figure it out?  I also enjoyed meeting the people of Destiny including the cute chief of police Justin who seems to have a thing for Rory despite Rory not being ready for any kind of romance.  I loved this story and can't wait to see what is next for Justin, Rory, Martha and of course PLUCKIE!


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Review: The Long Quiche Goodbye by: Avery Aames

Title: The Long Quiche Goodbye
Author: Avery Aames
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: A Cheese Shop Mystery #1
Pages: 325
Format:  Kindle
Source: Purchase


Welcome to the grand opening of Fromagerie Bessette. Or as it's more commonly known by the residents of small-town Providence, Ohio-the Cheese Shop. Proprietor Charlotte Bessette has prepared a delightful sampling of bold Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, delicious tortes of Stilton and Mascarpone, and a taste of Sauvignon Blanc-but someone else has decided to make a little crime of passion the piece de resistance. Right outside the shop Charlotte finds a body, the victim stabbed to death with one of her prized olive-wood handled knives.

My Thoughts: 

In this book we meet local Cheese Shop owner Charlotte Bessette, her cousin Matthew, his twin daughters and her grandparents.  Early in the book Charlotte hosts a wine and cheese sampling and confrontations run high between Charlotte's grandmother and Kristine who wants to over take and become Mayor of the town claiming to fix all that is wrong.  When Kristine's husband winds up dead all leads point to Grandmère Charlotte's grandmother who gets placed under house arrest.

Unlike most cozy books this one seemed to have no shortage of suspects but not much on motive or means.  Could it be Ed's wife Kristine finding out that Ed was doing shaddy deals?  Or was it Meredith Charlotte's best friend who seems to have something to hide?  Was it the museum curator Felicia who had a falling out with Ed?  And who is the mysterious person having an affair with Ed?

What I liked: 

I liked the relationship between Charlotte and Rebecca it was such a great rapport between the two.  They work well together in the shop.  I also enjoyed how Rebecca convinced Charlotte to look into what was really going on!  I also loved the references to various tv shows and mystery movies.

I loved the relationship between Charlotte, Matthew and the grandparents it meshed well together.  I also enjoyed the discussions on various cheeses and watching the romance between Charlotte and Jordan along with Matthew and his love interest.

What I didn't like: 

The big thing I wasn't a fan of and if it was me as Charlotte I'd want to really scream at Kristine about being so blind as to how her daughter was behaving towards other kids.  Taking things her mother said and running at the mouth to Matthew's daughters and instigating situations where the twins looked bad and like trouble makers, but in the end it seemed to work out to a better situation by the end of the story.

Also I think Kristine got a little extreme with the whole election coming up and making a fool over herself trying to sell out Grandmère as a murderer.  Being under house arrest really made it impossible for her to fix her image and work on things as the mayor, but I enjoyed how it played out in the end!

Next in the series:


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: The Lodge on Holly Road by: Sheila Roberts

Title: The Lodge on Holly Road
Author: Sheila Roberts
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Life in Icicle Falls #6
Pages: 368
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


How Santa Gets His Christmas Spirit Back…

James Claussen has played Santa for years, but now that he's a widower, he's lost interest—in everything. So his daughter, Brooke, kidnaps him from the mall (in his Santa suit!) and takes him to Icicle Falls. She's arranged a special Christmas at the lodge owned by long-widowed Olivia Wallace and her son, Eric. And yet…Brooke wants Dad to be happy, but she's not ready to see someone else's mommy kissing Santa Claus.

Single mom Missy Monroe brings her kids to the lodge, too. Lalla wants a grandma for Christmas, and her brother, Carlos, wants a dog. Missy can't provide either one. What she'd like is an attractive, dependable man. A man like John Truman… But John's girlfriend will be joining him in Icicle Falls, and he's going to propose.

Of course not everything goes as planned. But sometimes the best gifts are the ones you don't expect!

My Thoughts: 

This was a great themed book when a bunch of various people all get together at the lodge owned by Olivia Wallace and her son Eric.  James Claussen gets dragged to the lodge by his son and daughter a year after his wife's death her kids are hoping to make new Christmas memories even if their father is fighting it.

Missy Monroe takes her kids to the lodge to give them a great Christmas treat being a single mom and hoping to move past her current situation and into a better one.  There she meets John Truman who spends time with her and the kids until his girlfriend shows up where he plans to propose to her.  

Unfortunately in this book not everything goes as planned and new relationships are formed.  Definitely a great adventure to go on with love in the air! 

I really enjoyed the different stories and watching various couples get together and form their own happily ever after, even romances that didn't seem to work out did in the end!

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