Friday, September 20, 2019

Recent Reads: Accountants and Witches and Saints

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookly app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of accountants, witches, and saints.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Mini Review: Lucky And The Axed Accountant (The Carriage House Capers #2) by: Emmy Grace

Release Date: September 18, 2019
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"**Lucky Boucher never has to go looking for trouble. Trouble finds her just fine all on its own.**

What do a stolen book, a waxing kit, and an axed accountant have in common?

You guessed it. Me. Lucky Boucher, the girl that’s a magnet for trouble.

I’m minding my own business when I find the town accountant dead in his office. My sweet friend and ancient mobster, Miss Haddy enlists my help to solve the crime. It turns out Andrew Ames kept more than tax records. He was the guardian of a black book filled with the secrets of nearly every resident in Salty Springs, and now it’s missing. That means double duty for me—recovering the book and catching a killer. Fortunately, I’m never without help. In this case, my crotchety landlady, a maddening ex-FBI agent, my lucky pig, Gumbo, and my boss and best friend, Regina, who also provides me with a steady stream of new products to test.

If you know me at all, you know things work out in the end, but the middle… Well, I just have one word for you.


My Thoughts:

This series is just so much fun and I can’t handle it. Lucky is just such fun as a character. She is a walking talking murder mystery solving disaster and I love her so much. She is just so much fun. Nothing ever seems to go right around her, until it does and she has a knack for solving mysteries. In this story, Lucky stumbles across the town’s accountant murdered and naturally this means she is on the case, because as it turns out, this accountant holds some secrets. And along the way to help her is our grumpy former FBI agent Liam. I also love Liam. He is so cranky and serious, but that makes him play off Lucky so well. Their banter is so much fun and I am getting immense enjoyment watching him constantly sneak up on Lucky. They are a great crime solving duo. And the cast of secondary characters is so great. I love Regina so much. And Miss Haddy is just something else. The cast of characters combined with the addictive quality of the plot just makes for a quick and fun and engaging read. Lucky And The Axed Accountant delivered in every single way.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Review: Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove #1) by: Shelby Mahurin

Release Date: September 3, 2019
from Harper Teen
Goodreads | Amazon
Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou's, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou's most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all."

My Thoughts:

When I saw that this book had a romance between a witch and a witch hunter, I immediately was like SIGN ME UP I AM HERE FOR THIS. And turns out that initial reaction was correct because I loved Serpent & Dove. This is a great fantasy world with an intriguing magic system and great characters.

Lou is a great heroine. She is strong and smart and does what she needs to do to survive. I loved her wit and how she never backed down and how she refused to be controlled or told what to do. Then Reid… he is the tougher one. He has been brought up to believe certain things and that is always hard to break, but Lou makes him question things. Lou and Reid bicker constantly and seem to never agree on anything and you know doesn’t help that she is a witch and he is a witch hunter… but at the same time they just work. I loved their bickering and their chemistry was crazy. This book is enemies to lovers done so right. I also have to mention Coco, because I adore her. She’s a great friend to Lou and is just so great. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Ansel. Ansel is a muffin and he must be protected at all costs.

What I love best about this book is that there is no clear cut good and evil. Some say the witches are evil, but we’ve partially gotten there because they have been hunted and burned, so then the witches retaliate. But the Chasseur’s (witch hunters) believe they are good but can’t fathom that any witch could also be good and don’t even get me started on their views of women. So it’s a balance. Neither side is the good side and there are just good and bad people all caught up in this mess. Even our characters aren’t fully good or evil. Lou does some questionable things to survive and Reid really needs to sort out his world view… but neither of them are wholly bad and in the end everyone just has priorities and what they’re willing to fight for and cross lines for. Add on top of this a very intriguing magic system and addictive plot and killer romance and you have a book that is hard to put down.

Serpent & Dove is a really good read and such a promising start to the series. I already miss Lou and Reid and I cannot wait for more from this world.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Mini Review: Hunting Ground (Alpha & Omega #2) by: Patricia Briggs

Release Date: August 25, 2009
from Ace Books
Goodreads | Amazon

"Anna Latham didn’t know how complicated life could be until she became a werewolf. And until she was mated to Charles Cornick, the son — and enforcer — of Bran, the leader of the North American werewolves, she didn’t know how dangerous it could be either...

Anna and Charles have just been enlisted to attend a summit to present Bran’s controversial proposition: that the wolves should finally reveal themselves to humans. But the most feared Alpha in Europe is dead set against the plan — and it seems like someone else might be too. When Anna is attacked by vampires using pack magic, the kind of power only werewolves should be able to draw on, Charles and Anna must combine their talents to hunt down whoever is behind it all — or risk losing everything..."

My Thoughts:

I am so hooked on this world and I’m just devouring these books. Hunting Ground was another great addition to this world and I am just loving Anna and Charles. These two! My heart! I adore Charles and his mother hen ways but I also love how he knows Anna needs to be her own person and doesn’t try to stifle that in any way. We love a hero who knows his heroines worth and lifts her up. And Anna is just… so wonderful. I love her and I love her strength and how far she has come. These two are still trying to find their footing and learn how to communicate but I love being along for the ride. It’s such an interesting dynamic because they are so clearly in love with one another but they haven’t quite nailed the communication thing just yet. I also loved the mystery aspect this brought and the way it wove in some of my favorite mythology. Also… Tom and Moira have my heart. Hunting Ground was another great read and I can’t wait to see what’s up next.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

On My Shelf: World War Z by: Max Brooks

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I bought this one after I saw the movie, because I really liked the movie. But then of course I just had so many other books I wanted to read and this one just got pushed to the side. I am not as obsessed with zombies as I once was, but I am still intrigued by this one.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

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