Sunday, October 31, 2010

It's Monday what are you reading? #4

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Last Week:

Currently Reading: 
Stealing Lumby by: Gail Fraser
Miranda, Queen of Argyll Past Sins by: Julia Phillips
Plum Blossoms in Paris by: Sarah Hine
City of Ashes by: Cassandra Clare

Next Up to Read: 
(hopefully, although this always changes due to my mood)
Lumby's Bounty by: Gail Fraser
 Miranda, Queen of Argyll Unlikely Saints by: Julia Phillips
Tithe by: Holly Black

What are you reading this week? 
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The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser

Description from GoodReads:
Nestled in the Northwest is a quaint little town that its quirky residents are proud to call home. With charming shops lining its one main thoroughfare, Lumby is home to the oldest apple tree in the county and the smallest bank in the state. And though it's hours from the nearest big city, you'll always find Lumby close to your heart.... Nearly destroyed by fire, Montis Abbey remains a ruin on the outskirts of Lumby. Once home to a resourceful order of monks, it stands abandoned, surrounded by its overgrown orchards. Then Mark and Pam Walker, a vacationing couple from the East Coast, stumble upon it -- and upon the answer to their prayers. Leaving behing their hectic lives to to restore the monastery and turn it into an inn is a dream come true. But some residents of Lumby take a while to warm up to outsiders. One of them is irascible William Beezer, owner of The Lumby Lines -- the newspaper "worth the paper it's printed on." At every turn, he tries to hinder the Walkers' efforts. The couple soon learns that for every citizen like William, there are many more willing to lend a hand, and that Lumby isn't just a place, it's a way of life.

My Review:

This book was great quirky fun that had you wanting more. Everytime I turned around I had to run to read the Lumby Lines paper to my husband which had us in stitches. The characters remind me of Murder she Wrote minus Jessica living their her whole life. Definitely adore Gail Fraser's Series. Adding monks aka Brothers to the book intensified the history aspect of the story. I could read these over and over again. This book was sent to my via FSB Media for a fair and honest review and all I can say is pass the next one here. Can't wait to start Stealing Lumby. If you haven't picked up any of these I would say what are you waiting for?? The Walker's are very down to earth characters looking for something to reconnect them. And in some ways Lumby offers them that. The ability to restore the Abbey and meet new people and find some level to connect with them. Mind you they are far from idiots, they are just people that don't approve of outsiders. Which can be very typical of small towns. You find yourself looking forward to the local paper and police reports. And for me myself being from NH I appreciate what those animals do. Reminds me of home in a big way. I rate this book a big 5 stars, it's out of the norm for me. Not mystery, romance, or paranormal and I loved it with a passion.
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Cellar by: A.J. Whitman

Description for Goodreads:

Everyone at school can’t stop talking about how hot Meredith Willis’s new next-door neighbor, Adrien, is. But Meredith can’t help but think there’s something strange about the cool, sophisticated new guy, and those sunglasses he constantly wears are the least of it. Every time he’s around, Meredith sees things—terrifying things that nobody else seems to notice. And when she dares to sneak a look into the windows of his house, she sees something in the cellar that makes her believe that Adrien might be more than just a creep—he may be an actual monster. But her sister, Heather, doesn’t share Meredith’s repulsion. Heather believes Adrien is the only guy who really understands her. In fact, she may be falling in love with him. When Adrien and Heather are cast as the leads in the school production of Romeo and Juliet, to Heather, it feels like fate. To Meredith, it feels like a bad omen. But if she tries to tear the couple apart, she could end up the last place she’d ever want to be: the cellar. Can Meredith convince her sister that she’s dating the living dead before it’s too late for both of them?

I thought I could handle any book but ewww zombies just can't handle the description that zombie's entail yucky yucko.  So for now until I can some how muster through it, it's gonna sit for a while.  While it could be a good book I just couldn't get past the zombie aspect.
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Friday, October 29, 2010

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review

the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future

Description is from Goodreads

My Review:

While this is a great book and story there are areas where I was wondering what was up with Grace's parents who seem almost obsolete. During most of this book Sam and Grace are sleeping in the same bed together, he hides in her room but her parents never seem to catch on to this. That to me is a little questionable. Mainly cause I think in this day and age that I don't know too many parents who would be so self absorbed not to notice what was going on with their own daughter. And the violence that happens to the wolves seems a bit over the top. Shotguns I don't know I would want my children reading something dealing with guns. But that could be just me. The story of Grace and Sam is a good story, just certain parts seem a tad hard to swallow. I rate this book a 4 star book mainly due to lack of adult figures in the book other than Beck.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White Book Review

This book is the story of Evie who has grown up in the foster system until she comes across a cemetery and is taken in by International Paranormal Containment Agency. She works for them tagging paranormals. Evie finds out that she is named in a prophecy of Faeries, who work for the IPCA. Her ex-boyfriend being a faerie and the current boyfriend a shape shifter named Lend. She has always wanted a normal life and here she got everything but normal.

What a great book, full of all sorts of various things going on. The ending definitely left me wanting more. I really like the relationship between Evie and Lend it's a cute romance. And definitely not liking Reth, her ex-boyfriend. I can't wait to see what Evie and her friends deal with next. I enjoyed Kiersten's writing not to heavy on history, but enough that you could follow what was happening. And I love the cover of the book what a cool picture to say the least. My rating is a 5 cup book totally!
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

It's Monday what are you reading? #3

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Reading: 
The Iron King's Daughter
City of Bones
Hush Money  

Currently Reading: 
City of Ashes

About to Read:
Blood of Gold
City of Glass
My Blood Approves 

So what are you reading this week? 
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hush Money by: Susan Bischoff

Hush Money is part of the Talent Chronicles featuring Jocelyn, Kat, Dylan, Eric and many other students all have abilities which make them a risk to others. These talents often get sent to a special institute that no one hears from again like Joss's friend Emily, a firestarter. Joss spends most of the time hiding what she can do until it becomes apparent through one of the trouble maker students Marco is blackmailing talents. A price for silence. Joss unable to accept it especially when he blackmails her due to her sister, decides to fight back.

This book was a great read, some parts are slow but that I think is more of Joss's reluctance to get involved and her not allowed friends or even a boyfriend. She misses out on normal things, but by the end you think she has a shot at it. Definitely an author I will be looking for future titles by her. I rate this book 4 cups due to alot of the back info that has to be established in a book can get boring, but it has to be done. Can't wait to read the next talent book.
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Clifford's First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell Review

This is like all the other Clifford books a great read. This one is how Emily Elizabeth and Clifford recall the first time he went out in the snow when he was a puppy. It a enjoyable story about going sledding, ice skating building a snowman.

And of course enjoying some nice warm soup as the day winds down. If you haven't read a Clifford book you should take the time now the stories are great and lots of fun to read. A 5 cup winner.
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There is a Bird on your Head! by Mo Williams Review

Again a great book by Mo Williams this is the story of a Elephant and Piggie. The Elephant notices that something is on his head, so with the help of his friend Piggie he finds two love birds and babies perched on his head.

A cute story one with loads of laughs. Definitely a 5 cup book and good humor for all small kids.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare Review

City of Bones is the story of Clary Fray and her mom Jocelyn who live in New York. While her and her mother are artistically talented they have their differences. Three people in life that Clary ever loved were her mom, her mom's friend Luke, and her best friend Simon. What Clary didn't know was that she could see things that weren't human, she found this out while visiting a popular club in the city. Her mother has kept many things hidden from Clary to protect her. That she came from a family of Shadowhunters, who hunt all things paranormal. Clary can't access parts of her memory due to a spell placed on her by Magnus Bane who her mother pleaded with to protect her daughter from the Shadow World. The spell is fading and Clary winds up meeting three Shadowhunters who take her to the institute to find out what she knows. She also learns who her father is, about a brother she never knew she had, and more about her mother and Luke.

My review:

This book was awesome to say the least, adventure, action, drama, paranormal beings, kick butt teens. I was hooked from this book the moment I began it. I was very interested like Clary to find out what was hidden in her memories, and how Luke could turn her away when her mother went missing. It was a great book and one I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a thrill edge of your seat ride. I really like the writing that the author put into it. She told you just enough without telling you too much. I would definitely put this above the Twilight series, even the Sookie Stackhouse series. This one really holds interest and keeps you guessing what is going on. I rate this book a 5 cup book for sure. Glad I opened the book to read it.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Swearing with Book Titles Oh My!

So I was looking through Amazon's kindle to see if anything good was available to download and for the second time I've come across a book with swears in the title.  I won't post the books here as C.B.S. is for anyone and I don't want to lower it by using distasteful words, but my question is are we in the era that the only way to put out a book is with a swear in the title?  I can tell you this it definitely puts me off from buying it.  While I am tolerable to a degree with four letter words in my books, in a title is another thing.  I mean I could just see a friend coming over and saying what is with that book???  As with anyone who owns books your friends end up seeing them when they come over and I couldn't see trying to explain that to anyone.  Talk about foot in the mouth.  I think these publisher's and editors really need to put the kabash on these titles.  Can swears really sell?  Maybe I'm just old fashioned all though my friends and family usually say otherwise go figure.  What are your thoughts on this theory?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tom Bosley 1927-2010

"Happy Days" dad Tom Bosley died of heart failure Today.

He was 83. Bosley's 50 years as a television actor included roles on dozens of shows, but he was best known as Howard Cunningham, the patriarch of a 1950s "Happy Days" family, a show that aired for 11 seasons starting in 1974. "

Bosley's professional acting career began on stage in the 1950s, including a Tony for his role as New York City Mayor LaGuardia in the 1959 musical "Fiorello!" He had just completed chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer, which was diagnosed five months ago, when he suffered heart failure, his wife, Patricia Carr, said. Funeral arrangements have not been announced, but the family is asking people to make donations to their favorite cancer charity. Before his "Happy Days" work, Bosley was found regular work on "Love, American Style," "Night Gallery," "The Debbie Reynolds Show" and dozens of other television shows.

Bosley stayed busy through the 1980s, including several "Love Boat" episodes. He co-starred on "Murder, She Wrote"  Bosley played the title role in "Father Dowling Mysteries."

New Book/Supporting My Book Obsession #2

Supporting my book obsession is a meme from Savannah over @Books with Bite.  Today while my boyfriend was at the store he bought me a book to add to my collection.

I, Alex Cross by James Patterson:

Back of the Book Jacket: Can Alex Cross survive his most chilling-and personal- case ever?  Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered.  Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.'s wildest scenes.  And she was not this killer's only victim...The hunt for the murderer leads and Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in.  Soon they confront some very important, very protected, and very dangerous people who will do anything to keep their secrets safe.  As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable--a revelation that could rock the entire world.
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Monday, October 18, 2010

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa Review

This book follows Winter Prince Ash and Summer Princess Meghan as they are in Winter Court where Meghan is reminded that she is only half fae. She gets treated poorly through out this, when someone decides to storm the court and kill Sage, Ash's older brother. Ash decides to get Meghan back to her court where she would be safe under the care of her father. Rowan Prince Ash's other brother has teamed up with the Iron Fey to conquer the Nevernever. Where they meet up with Puck who's trying to bring Meghan back to her side. The three decide to stop the Evil Virus as she had at one point infected Ash with Iron.

I really enjoyed this story the action was great as it has been through the beginning. Now the two main characters, Summer Princess Meghan and Winter Prince Ash find themselves exiled to the human world. I am curious to see how that will play out especially with Ironhorse stating to Meghan that she was the Queen of the Iron Fey. Can't wait for the next book in the series to come out The Iron Queen. I rate this book 5 cups. Great read for anyone.
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It's Monday what are you reading? #2

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Finished Reading This Past Week:
 Blueberry Muffin Murder by: Joanne Fluke
The Iron King by: Julie Kagawa
Winter Passage by: Julie Kagawa 

Currently Reading: 
The Iron Daughter by: Julie Kagawa
Hush Money by Susan Bischoff
Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Next Up to read: 
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My Blood Approves by: Amanda Hocking
Bitter Frost by: Kailin Gow

What are you reading this week? 

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Winter Passage by: Julie Kagawa Review

Is the short novella from Julie Kagawa which details the move from Meghan's home to the Winter Court where she has a contract to fulfill. Along the way she gets confused with the signals coming from the Winter Prince Ash. Kind of reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. I would definitely read this in between The Iron King and The Iron Daughter. We also learn that Puck's fate hasn't changed much he's still in a coma like state. As always I love these covers with this series and the story telling makes you feel like you are going along for the ride. A 4 cup book, as I wish it was a little longer than it was.
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The Iron King by: Julie Kagawa Review

Description of Amazon's Site: 

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny—one she could never have imagined… Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.  

My Review 

This was a great story not your normal happy light book but more action adventure and darker forces type story.  The descriptions were great and I felt like I was walking along with Ash and Meghan.  I also enjoyed the talking cat who helped her as well.  I think anyone young and old will love this story.  The climax of the story is great building up the anticipation of rescuing Ethan from the changeling in his place.  Definitely something I could loose myself in time and again.  I rate this a 5 cup book definitely.
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Chicka, Chicka 1,2,3 Book Review

This is another great kids book from the backpacks of Caitlyn and Natalie. This book is about learning numbers and is a lot of fun when the numbers climb up the apple tree and what happens when bees approach the tree. Lots of great colorful pictures and action to keep grades 1-3 amused.

I thought this was a great little book with lots of fun things with numbers and making kids books funny. My girls were in hysterics about this book. As with the book previous to this they love the Chicka, Chicka series. If you haven't read them check out Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom. You won't be mistaken. They rate this one 6 cups but my rating doesn't go that high so another 5 cup book.
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Knuffle Bunny Too Book Review

This is a great picture book for 1-3 grade it's the story of Trixie and how one day when she was going to school she brought her stuffed bunny to share with the class not knowing that a fellow classmate Sonja had a knuffle bunny as well. And as with most cases of the same toy the bunnies got swapped and at 2 am when Trixie was freaking out over her bunny so was Sonja who had her parents phoning Trixie's and exchange was made for the correct bunnies.

I love this story as do my 3 daughters they thought it was great and wanted to hear it over and over again they rate it a 5 cup book and one all kids will love.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Tasteful Books or Dis-tasteful Books?

When you read a mystery are you more drawn to books that are specific like Hannah Swensen or are you more prose to books like the Alex Cross novels that have a bigger following?

Right now as you can tell by the reviews I am reading the Hannah Swensen series, when I was a young teen my aunt got me into the Cat who books which I thought were great good mysteries without the language issue.  As an adult I often wonder why authors feel the need to be crude?  I don't think it sells as well.  Even reading paranormal teen books I notice that the language isn't always the four letter words, so obviously language does weigh in when people purchase books.  I just always wondered if people prefer the crude language or does that make the book less tasteful?  

As a parent of small kids, both girls and a boy I try to find teen books, (when I'm looking for teen books) that are tasteful that I can pass down to my children when they are old enough.  They may like it they may not, but I liked how family members were able to pass books down to me as a kid.

So if anyone has any opinions on my random questions feel free to share your thoughts.  I will respond to any questions people have as well.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blueberry Muffin Murder by: Joanne Fluke Review

Directly off Joanne Fluke's Website:

Bakery owner

Hannah Swensen is back--an

d the cookies are crumbling--as acclaimed author Joanne Fluke serves readers another helping of murder, mayhem, and mouthwatering mystery...

With charming characters, a quaint small-town setting, and exciting plot twists, BLUEBERRY MUFFIN MURDER is a tempting treat that will leave mystery readers hungry for more.

From the book jacket:
Preparations are underway for Lake Eden, Minnesota's annual Winter Carnival--and Hannah Swensen is set to bake up a storm at her popular shop, The Cookie Jar. Too bad the honor of creating the official Winter Carnival cake went to famous lifestyle maven Connie Mac--a half-baked idea, in Hannah's opinion. She suspects Connie Mac is a lot like the conf
ections she whips up on her cable TV cooking show--sweet, light, and scrumptious-looking, but likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

Hannah's suspicions are confirmed when Connie Mac's limo rolls into town. Turns out America's "Cooking Sweetheart" is bossy, bad-tempered, and downright domineering. Things finally broil over when Hannah arrives at The Cookie Jar to find the Winter Carnival cake burnt to a crisp--and Connie Mac lying dead in her pantry, struck down while eating one of Hannah's famous blueberry muffins.

Next thing Hannah knows, the police have declared The Cookie Jar's kitchen crime scene off-limits...she's a baker without an oven--and the Carnival is right around the corner. Hannah's only alternative is to cook up a plan to save her business--by finding the killer herself. But there are more suspects in this case then there are ingredients in Hannah's Multiple Choice Bar Cookies.

There's Connie Mac's assistant, Janie, w
ho's been MIA since the night of the murder--and a local photographer who got fed up with the home-making diva's incessant demands. Not to mention all of Connie Mac's disgruntled employees, including a driver she callously canned, and her unhappy attorney, Alan Carpenter. Hannah's starting to realize that she may have bitten off more than she can chew--and that solving this crime won't exactly be a piece of cake.

My Review:
I am finding myself loving this series, the characters are quirky and hilarious. The recipes are looking more enticing as I read these books. I loved how the bond between Andrea and Hannah is improving with each book. Definitely enjoying this series and can't wait to see what Hannah cooks up next. My only concern is that the men fighting over Hannah I wish she would narrow down which man she wants to be with. I hope it's Norman but knowing my luck it's probably Mike. 4 cup review for sure.
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Just Release It Already

This is a meme created by Savannah @Books with Bite Where you can mention books you want released.

This week I really want Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Description off Amazon's Site:
The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!
Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can't figure out if it's for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.
The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father's death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn't answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?
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Supporting My BOD- Book Obsession Disorder #1

This was a meme started by Savannah @Books with Bite where she shows off new books she has gotten recently.  So here goes.

This week I got for review:
When Strawberries Bloom by Linda Byler

I bought this week: 

Hush Money by Susan Bischoff
Wisdom (My Blood Approves Series) by: Amanda Hocking
Deed to Death by: D.B. Henson
Bitter Frost (Frost Series) by: Kailin Gow 
Forever Frost  (Frost Series)by: Kailin Gow
Moon Dance (Vampire for Hire Series) by: J.R. Rain
Vampire Moon (Vampire For Hire Series) by: J.R. Rain 
The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo by: J.R. Rain   

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

It's Monday What are you reading?

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Books Finished This Week:
Terminal Care by: Christopher Stookey
Strawberry Shortcake Murder by: Joanne Fluke

Currently Reading:
Goldwulf Manuscript by: Robert B. Parker
Blueberry Cupcake Murder by: Joanne Fluke
The Summer I Dared by: Barbara Delinsky

Next Up For Reading: 
Paranormalcy by:Kiersten White
On Mystic Lake by: Kristin Hannah 
Lemon Merinque Pie Murder by: Joanne Fluke
Abby Cooper Psychic Eye by: Victoria Laurie

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake Murder by: Joanne Fluke

Directly from the Author's Website:

In her debut mystery, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder, intrepid amateur sleuth and bakery owner Hannah Swensen proved that when it comes to crime, nothing is sweeter than a woman who knows how to really mix it up. Now, the flame-haired, tart-talking (and baking) heroine is back, judging a contest where the competition is really murder.

From the Book Jacket:
When the president of Hartland Flour chooses cozy Lake Eden, Minnesota, as the spot for their first annual Dessert Bake-Off, Hannah is thrilled to serve as the head judge. But when a fellow judge, Coach Boyd Watson, is found stone-cold dead, facedown in Hannah's celebrated strawberry shortcake, Lake Eden's sweet ride to fame turns very sour indeed.
Between perfecting her Cheddar Cheese Apple Pie and Chocolate Crunches, Hannah's snooping into the coach's private life and not coming up short on suspects. And could Watson's harsh criticism during the judging have given one of the contestants a license to kill? The stakes are rising faster than dough, and Hannah will have to be very careful, because somebody is cooking up a recipe for murder...with Hannah landing on the "necessary ingredients" list.

My Review:

This was a great book with a mix of good desserts and mystery which you almost think Hannah won't get it solved in time. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. Definitely a 4 cup book. I think these books are well written and have just the right amount of mystery, and adventure. Hannah also works well with her sister, which is good to see as she hasn't had a way to connect with her sister.
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Terminal Care by Christopher Stookey

This book was sent to me via the author for a honest and fair review as part of Pump Up Your Books.

This book was awesome for those who enjoy medical thrillers.  Our main character Phil Pescoe heads on vacation after being called before the QA Committee after patients on the Annex keep dying.  Phil and Clara Wong spent much of their time in a race against the clock to find out what is happening to the elderly patients.  The coverup offered in this book goes so high.  It was a great read that dragged you into the book, making you feel like you were riding along with them trying to determine what was causing the deaths.  Can't wait to read more books by this author it was a great read with lots of action, adventure, humor and mishap.  If you like Robin Cook, then you will definitely like Christopher Stookey.  

I also enjoyed the way the ending played out, that with what was going on the two decided to pack up and move far away where they could do some good without the politics.  Of course with this book you also find yourself really hating the big bad company and people conspiring against the patients and the two doctors.  I rate this book 5 cups, great for anyone looking for medical thriller/adventure.  
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Monday, October 4, 2010

It's Monday what are you reading?

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Books Read This Week: 
Hush, Hush,
Critical Care
Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder
One Bad Apple

Currently Reading: 
Strawberry Shortcake Murder

About to Read (I hope, I always pick ones then end up switching what I read):
Blueberry Muffin Murder
On Mystic Lake
Still Missing 
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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Review

Directly of the Author's Website:

Falling in love was never so easy . . .

or so deadly.

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
This book was amazing. Just when you think you have it figured out it completely changes. Definitely a book I couldn't put down. I read it in less than 24 hours and talk about a great ride. Can't wait to read Crescendo. I give this one 5 cups, and recommend this to anyone who loves a good paranormal book with twists and turns.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Follow My Book Blog Friday

A new follow Friday type thing from Parajunkee

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list
  2. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
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Annexed by: Sharon Dogar Review

This story follows young Peter van Pels as he was along with his parents forced to go into hiding, in the famous Annex that Anne Frank wrote about in her diary (aka Kitty). While she wrote about the silence that they endured Peter's story is about how he felt. It started out when he went to a friends house Liese and watched as she was carted off to the death camps. Even though Peter was silent in the majority of Anne's story it is interesting to see what he thinks, how God deserted them while in the Annex. How Peter wanted to be a man, to build things out of wood, make love to a girl. How their future was undefined.

The writer did a great job at telling such a sad story. We all know the outcome for the future 8, and that in the end the one left was Otto Frank to tell his daughter's story. How Anne asked Peter "Would anyone ever know about them, or their story?" How a boy who hated Anne Frank so much came in the end to fall in love with her.

I know in this day and age alot of people have trouble still to this day with the what the German's did but if one can read Anne's diary one should definitely try to read Peter's story. It gives you a different spin on what was happening. How he wanted to beat up the German's.

At one point Peter thinks he just wants to be a man, not even saying he's Jewish. In the beginning of the book he went out walking with out his sticker on his sleeve and how people treated him differently. They treated him like he was normal and not Jewish.

Once they were caught the story went beyond the Diary to talk about what it was like in the camps that more than likely Peter survived a long time, 6 months longer than his father and a few days longer than his mother. That when the German's marched him on a death march, to wear his body down hoping he would die. He died at age 19.

This story was very well told, makes you feel bad for those who went hiding but good to know their story was told. I would recommend this story to others. I rate this book 5 cups for anyone who is interested in what happened during this time in history.

This book was sent to me via FSB Media for a honest and fair review

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