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
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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.

Disaster."

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
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"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?

Monday, September 9, 2019

87 Thoughts I Had While Re-Reading Tower Of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 5, 2017
from Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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"Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica-the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both-and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined."

My Thoughts:

1. Spoilers for the series.
2. Alright Chaol, I’m ready for you.
3. I know a lot of people were super pissed when Chaol was cut from Empire Of Storms, but for me, I think it was necessary. That book is already so long and Chaol’s story is super removed from what the rest of them were doing. Plus, I really think it worked out well this way because Chaol and Yrene and Nesryn’s story was so expansive and it really needed its own book.
4. Chaol has so much to work through.
5. Forever grateful for this book because Nesryn got her chance to shine and to go home and also because I needed this book to make up with Chaol fully AND CAUSE SARTAQ.
6. But most importantly… YRENE. OH HOW I LOVE YRENE.
7. All of these people annoy me so much playing their power games when Dorian and Aelin are legit trying to save the world from utter destruction.
8. Everyone wants to paint Aelin as a villain so badly and there she is ready to give her life for all these worthless assholes.
9. I dislike Hasar immensely.
10. YRENE! I remember I was so excited when I first heard she was coming back and she was just such a delight and fantastic.
11. And it warms my heart that she has kept that note from Aelin this whole time.
12. Yrene is harsh on Chaol in this first meeting, but it’s also like, well, maybe you know how Aelin felt when he dumped all that blame on Aelin for things that were not her fault.
13. The sass on Yrene! I love to imagine her and Aelin getting on splendidly at events and what not.
14. Sartaq is such a Nesryn fan boy.
15. Kashin and his territorial BS over someone who has told him she doesn’t welcome his advances is some serious nonsense.
16. Hasar is just the worst friend.
17. I love Yrene noting that Chaol is more than capable even with his injury.
18. I just… I love Yrene so much and I’m forever grateful she got to come back and shine and I loved that she brought another strong dynamic woman into this already strong cast of women.
19. It always kills me when Yrene talks about Aelin to Chaol and Chaol doesn’t know its Aelin.
20. Yrene not taking Chaol’s shit and I am here for it.
21. Love my fluffy big bird Kadara.
22. Nesryn defending Aelin! Women supporting women for the win.
23. Don’t worry Chaol… Aelin is working on those armies.
24. Chaol thinking “Aelin would have been beside herself with glee” as he is watching Yrene teach the girls self-defense is just SO FITTING being that Aelin taught Yrene.
25. Kashin is so annoying and does not take a hint.
26. “The heart he’d offered and had been left to drop on the wooden planks of the river docks” – look I am firmly in the Rowan and Aelin camp but this line hurts me inside.
27. The fact that healers were so targeted really should have tipped us off.
28. Hasar annoys me every time she shows up.
29. And it’s really shitty of Hasar to ask Yrene to spy on her patient.
30. AND SUCH A BITCH for threatening to keep Yrene from leaving.  I dislike her immensely.
31. Chaol and Nesryn slowly breaking up is sad but also feels right and I love how they are both so mature about the situation and realize that what they had wasn’t there anymore.
32. I hate Hasar. A thing I shall keep repeating.
33. I think some of it is that she’s just such a typical spoiled princess in many ways and then we have our other princesses fighting and bleeding for their countries and here Hasar is playing stupid games.
34. Chaol telling Yrene that Aelin will be in Skulls Bay thinking it’s the last place she will be but it’s actually exactly where she’s going is just SUCH a Chaol move.
35. Gods the amount of information this book reveals is unreal.
36. That moment when Celaena snapped on Chaol really dug in deep to wounds he already had.
37. I love that Nesryn gets to go have her own adventure.
38. Lololol, yes Aelin does love throwing her many names around.
39. Sartaq is Nesryn’s biggest fan and it amuses me greatly.
40. Nesryn has Aelin pegged in so many ways and sees how she really does keep herself in check and how she does actually plan and I love it. That someone can really see who Aelin is when idiots like Aedion (who should know her) don’t is just so great.
41. And yes I am complaining about Aedion in a book he isn’t in because I’m never gonna forgive him for how he treated the perfection and gift that is Lysandra.
42. Ahh Borte. My girl. Love her.
43. HEY THERE LYSANDRA’S UNCLE. This was so awesome. Falcon, a random character, who spent like 5 seconds in a novella, pops back in to be prettttty important.
44. I will never get over that Sartaq is basically a fan boy who took his chance with his fave celebrity and succeeded.
45. Only a great warrior can kill the spiders--- THAT’S RIGHT MY CINNAMON ROLL DORIAN IS GREAT.
46. Hate spiders hate spiders HATE spiders.
47. Good boy Falcon.
48. “I’m no assassin… I’ve met a few” LOLOL.
49. I literally cannot stand Hasar and her bullshit.
50. I cannot STAND these siblings trying to frame Aelin as a villain and a conqueror because it’s all a fucking game to them.
51. GODSDAMNED CHAOL STILL NOT SWEARING AELIN WOULDN’T CONQUER OTHERS BECAUSE HE IS STILL A PAIN.
52. Borte is such a Queen.
53. I get that the Khagan is grieving, but he is being purposely obstinate and is unwilling to look beyond his own safe land.
54. “Get up.”
55. That poor baby hatchling breaks my heart.
56. Like what kind of shitty person does it take to purposely give Chaol a difficult horse when he is healing from a major injury.
57. Also, Hasar throwing a party for Yrene and not inviting a single friend of Yrene’s just says everything about her.
58. I just think Hasar provides a nice contrast to Aelin… because Hasar has never known real hardship and gets to act on her every whim and then you have Aelin struggling and hiding and spending her youth figuring out a way to save the world.
59. Chaol dropping the Rowan bomb is my favorite.
60. Also love that these idiots are realizing Aelin is surrounded by legendary warriors.
61. Hasar is such a bitch. She purposely makes her “friend” uncomfortable.
62. I very much enjoy when Yrene pushes Hasar into the pool. She deserved it 100%. With all the bullshit and then mocking Chaol’s wheelchair.
63. “Aelin frightens everyone… but not him. I think that’s why she fell in love with him, against her best intentions. Rowan beheld all Aelin was and is and he was not afraid.”
64. The birthday gift Chaol gets Yrene is perfect.
65. It makes me so happy that Chaol found himself again.
66. Gahhh Yrene telling the story of Celaena is so perfect.
67. Man Chaol you owe Aelin so much.
68. These damn spiders are so horrible but man are they full of useful information.
69. THAT MAEVE BOMBSHELL.
70. “Ripped into their minds” this is so friggin similar to Rhys’ power.
71. Falcon looking for Lysandra… Nesryn knowing Lysandra… GAHHHHHH.
72. It’s always crazy to me that this book was so integral to the overall story.
73. Poor Chaol being dragged through these memories.
74. Hasar gleefully giving the news of Maeve attacking Aelin is just UGH.
75. The valg hiding in Duva was so sneaky.
76. Can’t wait for Yrene to kill Erawan.
77. Hafiza is such a badass.
78. Chaol launching in front of Yrene *sobs*.
79. “Get up.”
80. I love the resolution of Chaol’s injury and the cost to save him.
81. *eeeeeeep* I love Sartaq and Nesryn.
82. My Nesryn gonna be an Empress.
83. Sarah is the QUEEN of secret weddings!
84. And Chaol finally puts it all together… that Aelin saved Yrene.
85. “A gift from a Queen who had seen another woman in hell and thought to reach back a hand, with no thought of it ever being returned, a moment of kindness, a tug on a thread.”
86. Aelin’s kindness is so important… always.
87. UGH THAT FIREHEART CHAPTER. IT HURTS ME. WE WERE HAVING SUCH A GOOD TIME. AND THEN BAM.

Wrap Up:
I seriously love this book and I love how integral it all is. I love that we got to see Chaol heal and that we got to catch up with Yrene. And I just adore Sartaq and Nesryn. It’s just such a good book.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Recent Reads: Werewolves and Scots and Dracula and Felons

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 werewolves, scots, Dracula, and felons.


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Mini Review: Lucky And The Falling Felon (The Carriage House Capers #1) by: Emmy Grace

Release Date: September 4, 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 dead guy, a stolen pig, and night vision goggles have in common?

Me.

Hi, I’m Annabelle Boucher, but everyone calls me Lucky. Despite my nickname, I’m a magnet for trouble. I can get myself into more jams and pickles than ants at a picnic. My most recent predicament involves being nearly killed by a dead body then finding a note that implicates me in the murder. My only option is to find the killer and clear my name. Fortunately, I have the help of a surly ex FBI agent, a 102-year-old mobster that looks like Mrs. Claus, and my wacky menagerie of rescue animals.

Many of my stories begin with me doing something “inadvisable” and end with me catching a criminal. This one is no different. But you’ll soon learn that, with me, the middle is where things always get interesting."

My Thoughts:

I cannot put into words just how much I loved this book and how fun it was and how it was exactly the book I needed at the time. This book is just pure fun from beginning to end. And it’s the perfect book to sit down with and breeze through in a few short hours. It’s a quick read, but addictive and a great escape from the real world. Lucky and her antics are an absolute riot and you just cannot help but love her. She always seems to find herself in the middle of trouble and she’s always caught up in something ridiculous and it just makes for such a good time. She has such a big heart and especially for animals and I loved that about her. When trouble finds Lucky again she is determined to solve the case and won’t let anything get in her way… not even grumpy former FBI agents named Liam. And speaking of Liam, I loved him too. He is grumpy and cranky but that makes him play off Lucky so well. These two working together made for some great banter and fun times. Lucky And The Falling Felon is just a flat out great read and one that doesn’t take itself too seriously, but still delivers an engaging and addictive plot with great characters and I seriously hope I get to check in with Lucky again in the future.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Book Review:The Lady Rogue by: Jenn Bennett

Release Date: September 3, 2019
from Simon Pulse
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Source: I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"The Last Magician meets A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue in this thrilling tale filled with magic and set in the mysterious Carpathian Mountains where a girl must hunt down Vlad the Impaler’s cursed ring in order to save her father.

Some legends never die…

Traveling with her treasure-hunting father has always been a dream for Theodora. She’s read every book in his library, has an impressive knowledge of the world’s most sought-after relics, and has all the ambition in the world. What she doesn’t have is her father’s permission. That honor goes to her father’s nineteen-year-old protégé—and once-upon-a-time love of Theodora’s life—Huck Gallagher, while Theodora is left to sit alone in her hotel in Istanbul.

Until Huck arrives from an expedition without her father and enlists Theodora’s help in rescuing him. Armed with her father’s travel journal, the reluctant duo learns that her father had been digging up information on a legendary and magical ring that once belonged to Vlad the Impaler—more widely known as Dracula—and that it just might be the key to finding him.

Journeying into Romania, Theodora and Huck embark on a captivating adventure through Gothic villages and dark castles in the misty Carpathian Mountains to recover the notorious ring. But they aren’t the only ones who are searching for it. A secretive and dangerous occult society with a powerful link to Vlad the Impaler himself is hunting for it, too. And they will go to any lengths—including murder—to possess it."

My Thoughts:

This book hit all the right spots for me! It was so much fun and I just adored the characters so much. It has a real addictive quality to it and was just so easy for me to devour. 

I loved Theo so much! She was so fierce and so smart and had such an inquisitive mind. She has a knack for puzzles and all things paranormal… which is why she is rightly annoyed when her father leavers her behind on his treasure hunting adventures. I loved Theo because she knew her worth and she did not give up. She took action and was stubborn and kept doing what she believed was right and needed to be done. And then we had Huck who I just adored. Poor Huck, he is not a big fan of the paranormal and when you are with Theo there is no avoiding it. I loved the dynamic here and that Huck readily admitted when he was afraid. He was funny and sweet and charming and I LOVED his constant use of incorrect clichés. And then the banter when Theo corrected him was amazing. Honestly their banter as a whole was amazing. These two have so much to work through but I loved them so much. One of my favorite things about this book was that it really heavily focused on Theo and Huck and didn’t have too expansive of a cast. Don’t get me wrong, I love big casts but there is something to be said for really getting to know two characters very well and following them along in their adventure.

This book had such an addictive plot and I loved following Theo and Huck and they traveled in search of her father and uncovered secrets of Dracula’s ring along the way. These two get into so much trouble and it is so much fun. This book gets going really quickly and it does not let up from beginning to end. I loved the pacing and I loved keeping up with these two. And I really loved the balance of the mystery and the action and the romance.

All in all, The Lady Rogue was a really enjoyable read. I loved the characters and I loved the mystery of it all. Great read for readers who enjoy historical novels with a splash of fantasy.

Release Blitz: Styx & Stones by: Carmen Jenner

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Cancer sucks … and then you die.
Styx and Stones an all-new emotional, mature young adult romance from USA Today bestselling author Carmen Jenner is available now!

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Alaska Stone is a walking wet dream.
My wet dream.
For years, I’ve watched her in the halls, wanted her, but she never knew I existed.
Not until she walked into my chemo session.
For me, it was love at first sight.
For her? It might take a little longer.
But hey, it’s not like we’re on a deadline or anything.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

September Releases I Am Looking Forward To


This is a relatively new feature I have started on the blog. Each month I am going to feature the upcoming releases I am most looking forward to. September has so many books coming up early in the month and idk how I am going to keep up!

September 3, 2019
I absolutely love Loki and I am so excited that he is getting a book all to himself. I am so excited to see what trouble he gets into.

September 3, 2019
This book sounds so so good! It sounds like fantasy with heavy romance elements and I am here for that.

September 3, 2019
This one sounds absolutely adorable and I super love this cover.

September 3, 2019
So here for a Dracula inspired treasure hunt. It sounds like such a good one.

Lucky And The Falling Felon
September 4, 2019
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book and I cannot talk this book up enough. It is pure fun from start to finish.

September 24, 2019
I actually haven't started this series yet, but I love the covers and the series just sounds right up my alley.

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