Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Audio Book Review of Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Read for: Audio Book Challenge


Synopsis: "Pax was only a kit when his family was killed, and “his boy” Peter rescued him from abandonment and certain death. Now the war front approaches, and when Peter’s father enlists, Peter has to move in with his grandpa. Far worse than being forced to leave home is the fact that Pax can’t go. Peter listens to his stern father—as he usually does—and throws Pax’s favorite toy soldier into the woods. When the fox runs to retrieve it, Peter and his dad get back in the car and leave him there—alone. But before Peter makes it through even one night under his grandfather’s roof, regret and duty spur him to action; he packs for a trek to get his best friend back and sneaks into the night. This is the story of Peter, Pax, and their independent struggles to return to one another against all odds. Told from the alternating viewpoints of Peter and Pax."


My Review: I have been wanting to read this book, the cover is stunning and the story sounds like something right up my alley. I downloaded it on audio and Munchkin wanted to listen too, admittedly this book is well advanced for him. Being as I was listening with Munchkin and could only listen to about 15-20 minutes a day, this story took a very long time to finish. The writing is very descriptive and for someone who is younger several of the descriptions really didn't make sense to him, as an adult I enjoyed it but for the target audience that is often on the verge of becoming a reader or start to hate reading it was maybe a bit much. I did enjoy the characters though and the way each of them developed. The story does tackle some tough subjects from war and PTSD to finding who you are and what is important to you as an individual. The ending was a little lackluster for all the build up and Munchkin kept asking what happened to the war, how did Peter get home, where did he go home? So we were left a little disappointed and almost bored with the ending, it is too bad because it had some really great developments.

My Rating: I really enjoyed this one and it will probably be great for young teens who are already bookworms. While it did take us a while to get through this audio book, it was still a very slow moving story with a lot of set backs that didn't always seem to add to the story.  The ending was so abrupt that it almost seems like there should be another story, I understand leaving an open end for you to imagine  your own but to leave so many questions that were presented in the story unanswered seems like it might leave young readers with a lack of closure.  We give this one a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Reading List



Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!




Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Audio Book Review)
Summer Treasure by Margaret McNamara (Early Reader)
Dear Teacher by Amy Husband (Bedtime Story)
Monstress Vol. 2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu (Graphic Novel)


 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Ban This Book
Heir to the Shadows
Prince's Gambit
David Goes to School

Currently Reading:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - Print - on page 265 of 435
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - Print - on page 37 of 513




 Books to be Read Soon:

Pages Read/ Time Listened
150:23 Hours (about 6 Days) Listened (18:48 listened this week)
38,100 Pages Read (620 this week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently TBR
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English
New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins
World Mythology in Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels
Eliza and Her Monster by Francesca Zappia
Turning Pointe by Katherine Locke
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
Frogkisser by Garth Nix
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Princess Leia: Royal Rebel by Calliope Glass
Northern Exposure by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
Southern Comfort by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
Eastern Ambitions by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
Western Ties by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
The Misfits by James Howe
Totally Joe by James Howe
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
Also Known as Elvis by James Howe
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley
New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
Puss Without Boots by Shari L. Tapscott
Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. Liu
Everyone is an Aliebn when ur are an Aliebn too by Jomny Sun
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Saints Blood by Sebastien de Castell
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman



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It doesn't seem like I got much reading done last week until you look at the amount of time listened.  I am so glad I have the ability to listen to audio books! I was super busy last week with cleaning the house (yes it still stinks like skunk a little bit) and getting ready for Munchkin's 5th Birthday Party this weekend.  

I am trying to kick off my Bout of Books today, but I will not be in the office much as Munchkin and I will be heading to a Planetarium about an hour away so that we can watch the eclipse.

I hope you all have a wonderful reading week!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bout of Books #20: Sign Up & Updates

I have been very busy with the readathons lately but Bout of Books is one I try to never miss. I love the flexibility of a week long readathon.  This time around it will be an extremely busy week and I will not be able to read from Friday through Sunday at least (maybe not even Thursday) so I will have only a few days to participate but I will still do the best I can.


Here is the information you need in case you want to sign up too!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21st and runs through Sunday, August 27th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

  


So this post is going to be my base for the week, I will continue to come back and update it each day with my progress (as I already have a lot of posts planned for this week and don't want things too jumbled up).  I will also be updating on Instagram @EasternSunset9


Time Devoted to Reading

I would like to read between 2-3 hours each day and read about 200 pages each day.
Averaging about 1.5 hours and work and another 1.5-2 at home after Munchkin goes to bed.
  

My Goals

Read a total of 1,000 pages
Read at least 2 hours each day
Read 4 books

Books to Read

Totally Joe - 224 pages
Lawn Boy - 88 pages
When Dimple Met Rishi - 380 pages
Saga Vol. 7 - 152 pages
Finish The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - 360 pages remaining



Other Possible Books


Kings Rising - 385 pages
On the Chase - 416 pages
Under a Painted Sky - 10:11 (384 pages)
Songlines - 320 pages




Updates:


Monday
Number of Pages I've read today: 23
Total Number of Pages: 23
Time spent reading today: 1/2 hour
Total number of books I've read: 1 (Totally Joe)
Books completed: None
Thoughts:  So I am off to a crawling start! I took Munchkin to see the solar eclipse at a planetarium about an hour away, I had planned on listening to an audio book to and from but he put the veto on that since he was trying to nap and it kept him awake.  By the time I got home (after long lines, a flat tire and lots of traffic) and finished my chores, I only had the energy to read for half an hour before crashing hard.  I had hoped to have a better Tuesday but it has been super busy in the office today too, so we will have to see how the rest of the day goes.


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I will not be participating in any of the challenges this time around, I am just have too much to do in prep for Munchkin's Birthday, Annual Summer Party and Best Friend visiting from out of state.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Graphic Novel Review of Monstress Vol.2: The Blood by Marjorie M. Liu

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge



Synopsis: "The Eisner-nominated MONSTRESS is back! Maika, Kippa, and Ren journey to Thyria in search of answers to her past... and discover a new, terrible, threat. Collects MONSTRESS #7-12"

My Review: I understand that is not a very good synopsis, but honestly I don't really know how to describe this one because I am not even really sure what is going on. There is a bit of a gap in the timeline from the previous issues and I am not sure how the characters got here or what the plan is, I am just along for the ride. I do really enjoy most of the characters, and as I said before the art is absolutely amazing!! I will continue this series, if only for the artwork and Kippa and Ren are favorite characters, but in all honesty the storyline really isn't making sense to me yet.
 

My Rating: As I said, this is a rather confusing storyline to follow and I am rather lost, but I do enjoy the elements of the story, just not the story as a whole.  I highly recommend this for the art though, the illustrations are so detailed and absolutely stunning!  I give this one a rating of Three Paws.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bedtime Story: Dear Teacher by Amy Husband

Read for: Children's Book Challenge

Synopsis: "This hilarious collection of letters from Michael to his new teacher comes packed with alligators, pirates and rocket-ships, and much, much more. Can Michael's imagination save him from the first day of school?"

My Review: There comes a time when kids will start to dread going back to school and this fun book shows the creativity Michael has to avoid going to school on the first day. I like how this is written in letter format between the new teacher and Michael. Each letter gets a little more creative and is full of illustrations of the adventures Michael comes up with. I think a lot of kids will enjoy this book though the kids who don't like school are probably too old to be picking up a picture book.

My Rating: This was such a fun and unique book and a great one to read if a kid is having some anxiety about returning to school. We had a lot of laughs with this book and I am sure it will be re-read again.  We give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.


Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Early Reader Review of Summer Treasure by Margaret McNamara

Read for: Early Reader Challenge


Synopsis: "A Robin Hill School first-grader gets a summertime surprise in this sunny Ready-to-Read!Since it's summer, instead of attending Robin Hill School, Hannah gets to do other fun things, like go to the beach with her family. Imagine her surprise when she sees her teacher, Mrs. Connor! In a bathing suit! Turns out, teachers don't live at school--and they are just as friendly outside of the classroom. Together, Mrs. Connor and Hannah look for treasure on the beach and share a beautiful summer day."

My Review: This is such a fun book to read during summer vacation, it has silly elements and fun things to do during the school break. It has simple words and sentences and will be a story that young beginning readers will enjoy. Munchkin really enjoyed this book since it surprised him the first time he saw a teacher at the grocery store.

My Rating: This was such a fun book to read during summer vacation and Munchkin really enjoyed it.  Young readers will think it is great and will be able to connect with the story.  We give it a rating of Four Paws.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Audio Book Review of American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Read for: Audio Book Challenge/ BTAFest


Synopsis: "The rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?"


My Review: I picked this book up because Ibi Zoboi is going to be at the BTA Fest this fall and even though this is pretty far outside my normal comfort zone I wanted to give it a try. It was interesting and it seemed pretty authentic, at least as far as I can tell not having lived in the inner city or been to Haiti or having even a slightly similar background. The characters were all very interesting and well developed. I was a little put off by the vast amounts of cursing, I don't mind some (heck I am pretty bad about it myself) but this book really took it to an extreme. It was interesting to read about some of the Haiti traditions and beliefs tucked in throughout the story. I was left hanging a little bit, the conclusion got a little rushed and I am not entirely sure as to what happened. I am glad I read it and I can see lovers of YA contemporary really enjoying this one. If you can get the audio book, I highly recommend it; the narrator, Robin Miles, did a fantastic job with all the accents.

My Rating: As I have said before, contemporary is not my genre and especially those without much or any romance.  With that said this book certainly has a story to tell and a message behind the story.  While it may not have been the book for me, I can still appreciate it.  For me it was a Three Paw book but I believe that it will rate much higher for those who prefer the genre.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It's Not Monday Reading List



Its Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey. Share what books you have finished in the last week, are currently reading and what might be coming up next!




Reviews Posted Last Week:
Links will take you to my review

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Dory's Story by Random House Disney (Early Reader)
What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada (Bedtime Story)
Northern Exposure by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (After Dark Series Review)
Southern Comfort by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (After Dark Series Review)
Eastern Ambitions by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (After Dark Series Review)
Western Ties by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon (After Dark Series Review)


 Books Finished Last Week:
Reviews will be posted at a later date

Captive Prince
American Street
The Kingmaking
Berenstain Bears Around the World
It Came in the Mail
Berenstain Bears Gone Fishin'
This Book Will Not Be Fun
Everyone's an Aliebn when Ur an Aliebn Too

Currently Reading:

Scythe by Neal Shusterman - Print - on page 265 of 435
Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop - All formats - 28%
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee - Print - on page 37 of 513




 Books to be Read Soon:

Pages Read/ Time Listened
131:35 Hours Listened (8:35 listened this week)
37,480 Pages Read (1,202 this week)

Books Added to Shelves Recently TBR
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
How to Tame a Willful Wife by Christy English
New World: Rising by Jennifer Wilson
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Finding Wonders by Jeannine Atkins
World Mythology in Bite Sized Chunks by Mark Daniels
Eliza and Her Monster by Francesca Zappia
Turning Pointe by Katherine Locke
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
Frogkisser by Garth Nix
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
Princess Leia: Royal Rebel by Calliope Glass
Northern Exposure by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
Southern Comfort by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
Eastern Ambitions by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
Western Ties by Jayne Rylon & Mari Carr
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Beast's Garden by Kate Forsyth
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
The Misfits by James Howe
Totally Joe by James Howe
Addie on the Inside by James Howe
Also Known as Elvis by James Howe
Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley
New Leash on Love by Debbie Burns
Puss Without Boots by Shari L. Tapscott
Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie M. Liu
Everyone is an Aliebn when ur are an Aliebn too by Jomny Sun
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
Saints Blood by Sebastien de Castell
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman



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I am honestly a little surprised with how much I read last week (and yesterday - it was a holiday here in RI).  I ended up really getting into The Kingmaking, even though it was a large dense read, I didn't want to put it down but that worked out well for my Tome Topple Readathon!  I am also a little surprised at how much I was able to read with everything going on at home this last week.  On Monday night last week our lovely dog Niko got himself sprayed by a skunk and bolted into the house, EVERYTHING stunk! I spent all week washing every piece of fabric in our house, including all the clothes in the dressers, closets and all the upholstery.  Even the walls needed to be scrubbed where he rubbed against them.  Finally on Saturday I managed to get the house smelling good again and was finishing the last of the laundry when we discovered our dishwasher was leaking through the floor into the basement and on to one of my bookshelves!! So yup it was a good thing that I had an extra day off yesterday because I was so busy all last week and weekend that I needed the day to get back to school shopping done and the last of the birthday party prep done!

YIKES! I need a break big time!! Anyway, there are only a few days left in the Tome Topple and I am trying to finish a second tome, we will see how it goes. I have been doing really good with updating on Instagram, and have been doing good keeping up with photo challenges so far too!

Hope your week last week went better than mine and I hope we all have good weeks this week!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

After Dark Date Night: Series Review of Compass Brothers Series by Mari Carr & Jayne Rylon

I have been trying to figure out a way to share all these books I read with you but still include other non-review posts on the blog.  One method I have come up with was to share the reviews for an entire series (or pair) of books in one post.  I will do my absolute best to keep spoilers out of these posts in case you plan to read the books, but there is a slight chance that even the synopsis of a book can give away the result of the previous book. So if you don't want to know anything at all about the later books in a series that might giveaway something in the first book STOP READING NOW!


So I read the series Compass Girls last year by the same authors, it is actually a companion series that takes place after the Compass Boys series.  I really loved it last year so made a point to read this series this year.  This is an erotic romance series and does have a lot of explicit scenes in a variety of flavors but it also has great stories of finding the one, your home and most importantly about family, loyalty, hard work and a lot of love.





 Synopsis: "All roads lead home when that s where you ve left your heart.

"Compass Brothers, Book 1"

Silas Compton always had his eye on Lucy, the veterinarian s daughter. He was even content to wait for the girl of his dreams to grow up before getting anywhere near her with his family s double-edged legacy.

Waiting around led to fooling around with his best friend and an impulsive eruption of desire that Lucy s innocent eyes weren t meant to see. Figuring Compton Pass wasn t big enough for either the three of them or the pain he d caused, Silas let loose his tightly reined wanderlust and headed for Alaska.

Ten years later, when an oil rig accident sends him home, he braces himself for the reopening of old wounds. Instead he finds himself in the care and welcoming arms of Lucy and Colby, whose marriage has plenty of room for the man they both still love. And forgive with all their hearts.

As things start to unravel at Compass Ranch, Silas must dig deep for the strength to assume his rightful place in the Compton family and lay the foundation for a future with his lovers. If he can forgive himself.

Warning: This book is overflowing with sexy cowboys who like to saddle up and ride each other as well as the woman of their dreams. The likelihood of becoming addicted to their ranch family is high. With three more stories yet to come, beware. You won t be able to read just one!"

My Review: I originally read the Compass Girls series a couple of years ago and loved it, but when I went to purchase this series they weren't available. Luckily they just were re-released so I was able to pick them up. I love all of the characters in this series and it was great to read the beginnings of the family a little more. I of course love the setting of a ranch in Wyoming. I also like the way that each of the characters works hard, is dedicated and loyal, but above all family comes first. It reminds me so much of home where hard ranch life is it and family is what matters most. With that said, the steam pouring off the pages of this book makes it almost too hot to handle, but the sex scenes do not take over the story, they are nicely integrated. The development of Silas is great along with Colby and Lucy, though with a little communication everything could have been easier, but it is a classic romance trope and easy to use. This book is a fast, easy read with great characters and loads of heat.

My Rating: Boy this series did kick off with quite a bit of steam, and it already started jerking on the heart strings.  You can't help but fall in love with all the characters, especially side characters. I give this one a rating of Four Paws!

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Synopsis: "Caught between desire and a promise…

Seth Compton knew from the first that his boss’s daughter was all wrong for him. She was too feisty, too damned independent and, at seven years his junior, too damned young. When she comes home with a college diploma and fiancĂ© on her arm, though, he can’t quite remember all the reasons he held her at arm’s length.

It’s not just his jeans-tightening reaction to her all-grown-up curves. Something doesn’t feel right about her impending marriage, and he won’t rest until he’s stopped her from making the biggest mistake of her life.

The morning after her wild bachelorette party, Jody expected a hangover. The surprise? Waking up tied to a bed with sexy-as-sin Seth. He’s got some wild idea about proving they belong together, but she’s not buying it. Besides, she has a promise to keep that’s too close to her heart to risk, especially not with a man who, until now, made his disinterest plain.

No one ever said Seth backed down from a challenge. She’s going to make him work for it? No problem. Luckily for him, he has plenty of rope…

Warning: This story contains a bondage lovin’ cowboy who kidnaps and hogties a cowgirl to his bed and does all sorts of naughty things to her. Fun, right?"


My Review: I really like how this second book is integrated with book one, you get bits and pieces of the other books, just from Seth's perspective. While this book yet again has the poor communication wedge trope of romance novels, it has a fun way of resolving the issue. I adore Jody and her head strong and yet loyal ways, she fits in perfect with the rest of the family. I also really liked how Seth had a much softer side than you see in the other brothers of the series (at least so far). The steam is still rolling off the pages, but like in the first book they mesh well into the story and don't feel out of place at all. These books are working out to be perfect summer reads.
 

My Rating: I love how these books integrate the same scenes but with the different brother's perspective.  I don't know but I think Jody might be one of my favorites and Seth is certainly right up there with my favorite brothers. This is definitely a solid Four Paw book for me!


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Synopsis: "He’s lost everything. Can he win her heart?

Compass Brothers, Book 3

Sam Compton never liked getting his hands dirty, at least not on Compass Ranch. Armed with a business degree, he’s about to become the youngest VP at an illustrious Wall Street investment firm. Until his partner in an office romance turns into an ultra-refined snake in the grass.

Staggering from the punch of betrayal, another blow threatens to level him. His father is dying. He races home to lend his brain to his brothers’ backs at the ranch, and finds something he never expected. A sophisticated yet playful woman stimulates his mind…and parts below the belt.

Compass Ranch gave Cindi Middleton’s wounded soul everything it needs: a home, acceptance, and respect—not to mention unlimited sex—from the ranch’s sexy cowboys. Despite their instant and intense sparks, Sam’s defection to the bright city lights she left behind is a big red flag. She’s been there, done that, burned the T-shirt.

Yet the heat of their attraction brings them circling back to each other’s arms…until a certain snake reappears, threatening to endanger the acquisition of the one thing Sam has realized is truly priceless.

Warning: Tissue alert! The authors recommend you have a few on hand while reading this book. To make up for any sniffles, a host of cowboys with open arms await to console you, distract you or make your wildest dreams come true"


My Review: This was probably my least favorite of the series so far but it was still really good. I just wasn't a fan of Sam's life in the East and rich lifestyle. He is full of excuses and assumptions, while we do get to see him develop as a character, he only does so after learning a couple of Cindi's secrets. Cindi certainly has some spunk to her and I like the way she handles situations around her, tough yet caring. Again this works with the other books so you get some of the same scenes but from Sam's perspective and a little more of the overall story development. There are definitely some very hot scenes in here and may not be to everyone's liking, somethings did catch me off guard but this is a fictional erotic romance so to each their own.
 

My Rating: While I still loved this book and the series as a whole, I wasn't really thrilled with Sam.   I did drop my rating in this one to Three Paws and a Stump Wag because of Sam's character flaws that stand out against the rest of the books.


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Synopsis: "How strong are the ties that bind?

Leah Hollister’s sex life needs a swift kick in the pants. Small-town Compton Pass, though, isn’t the place to explore her need for bondage. When she gets an invitation to a BDSM party out in LA, she wastes no time booking a flight. Her plan to play anonymously is shot to hell when she runs into high-school crush Sawyer Compton—and he lays immediate claim to her.

Sawyer Compton commands total control, in and out of the bedroom. He never thought Leah could handle his darker urges, but one look at the white bracelet that marks her as a sub ripe for the picking, and he knows exactly how this night is going to end. With Leah in his bed.

Leah didn’t expect to enjoy the comfort Sawyer’s familiarity brings, even as his touch takes her to unimaginable heights of pleasure. When bad news from home sends him reeling, she’s more than prepared to offer him anything he needs: her body, her friendship. Even her heart—if Sawyer can loosen the reins over his own to accept her love.

Warning: Invest in tissues. Lots and lots of tissues. Between spicy, set-the-sheets-on-fire bondage romps and the last Compass brother coming home, you'll need them."


My Review: That little warning at the end of the synopsis was not a joke, you will need lots of tissues! I enjoyed this book quite a bit, the series long story arc was drawing to a close and while you knew what was coming it still was heart-wrenching and yet beautiful in the way that family comes together to support one another. I enjoyed Sawyer's story, being the baby of the family he already had a chip on his shoulder and then to be kept in the dark gave him every reason to be angry. Again family can bring out the best and the worst in us. The relationship between Sawyer and Leah was an interesting one, I like the background you got and the way they developed together. This was a great conclusion to this series, I am however glad that there is a branch off series for the next generation and you get to spend more time with this family.

My Rating: Boy was this book a finale or what?! Lots of emotions, more great characters and it really brings the series all together. I loved this book and Sawyer might be in the running with Seth to be my favorite Compass brother.  I give this book a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag.


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Full Series Review:  While these books might not be at the top of the literary quality pile, they definitely serve a purpose and serve it well. This was a great contemporary western erotic romance series.  I loved all of the characters, each individual was so well created that they jump off the page.  The setting is near and dear to my heart so I loved the authentic descriptions of small town Wyoming ranch life.  The series long story arc is one that will grab your heart and take it on quite the ride, with family being at the core of it all.  All in all this is definitely a solid Four Paw series and one that I will re-read to revisit these beloved characters.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bedtime Story: What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada

Read for: Children's Book Challenge

Synopsis: "From the same author and illustrator as our #1 nationally best-selling What Do You Do With an Idea? comes a new book to encourage you to look closely at problems and discover the possibilities they can hold.

What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it?

This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.

This is a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had a problem that they wished would go away. It's a story to inspire you to look closely at that problem and to find out why it's here. Because you might discover something amazing about your problem… and yourself.

What are problems for? They challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us to discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we don't always want them, problems have a way of bringing unexpected gifts.

So, what will you do with your problem? Now that's up to you."



My Review: I picked this book up for Munchkin because I got it on a good sale and it sounds like a good idea. I loved the artwork in this book, an interesting combination of dark and light with simple color scheme. Like I said the idea behind this book is a great one, figuring out what to do with a problem. While I like the idea of figuring things out for yourself and facing the problem down head on, I would have liked there to be a little bit about it being okay to get help from someone else when the problem gets to big. Munchkin also had a really hard time grasping what a problem is, and with it being so generalized in the story it took longer to discuss this with him than it did to read the story. It is great to start these conversations but I would have preferred a little more explanation in the book itself.


My Rating: I had really high hopes for this book and while it had a good intention behind it, the message goes over little kids heads and it doesn't have anything about asking for help when overwhelmed with a problem.  I must admit I was a little disappointed with this one.  We give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.


Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Early Reader Review of Dory's Story by Random House Disney

Read for: Early Reader Challenge


Synopsis: "Disney/Pixar Finding Dory reunites the friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the true meaning of family along the way. This Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader based on the film is perfect for boys and girls ages 4 to 6. Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help."

My Review: We picked this book up because we adored the movie. This book basically recaps the movie in a very, very abbreviated way. While the familiarity of the characters and story help a young reader decipher the words and sentences, I would have preferred to have less of the movie crammed into one book. We didn't to see much of favorite characters. It is still a very good level 2 book and if you are struggling to find something to grab interest, this is definitely one to try.

My Rating: This is one that will grab young readers interest and the knowledge of some of the details will give them confidence with the words. I do find to be a little too condensed from the movie and kids might be disappointed if a favorite part got left out.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review of Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Read for: Requested Review/ Netgalley 
(Look at that cover! Don't you want to read it too?)


Synopsis: "Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal Leon steals a poster announcing open auditions for the Left Hand, a powerful collection of the Queen's personal assassins named for the rings she wears -- Ruby, Emeral, Amethyst, and Opal -- their world changes. They know it's a chance for a new life.

Except the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. But Sal must survive to put their real reason for auditioning into play: revenge."



My Review:  Excitement has been building for this book for some time, and even though I was approved for this book on Netgalley several months ago, I wanted to wait until close to release day before picking it up. I am glad I waited so that I would be able to rave about it and discuss it with other readers while it was still fresh in my mind. Now please bear with me, even though I finished this book last week I still have had a hard time putting my thoughts (and there are a lot of them) about this book in to some kind of understandable order and concise statements. I must admit that I was originally attracted to Mask of Shadows because of that stunning cover (I am looking forward to it gracing my shelves) and the synopsis drew me in with it's high fantasy element yet the brutality of a Hunger Games like battle to the end, sounds about perfect to me. And it was exactly what I was expecting in that aspect, there was a lot of brutality, stabbing, plotting and scheming. The world building was fantastic, it was developed throughout the story but in a way that you weren't confused until things were explained, it was well integrated with the plot. The only thing that would have made it better would have been a map, which I am sure will be included in the final versions. Now on to the characters, I did not notice or think twice about the gender fluid main character until I got closer to starting this book. I started to worry that this would be a book that is about making a statement that it looses its story or was possibly just going to be banking on the current push for more books with LGBTQ+ characters. I shouldn't have worried, Sal is Sal and their orientation just fit the personality and the story so well that you didn't even really notice the statement of it. With that said I did learn some interesting things about gender fluid and how they should be referenced, and I am hoping that this is accurate information. The Left Hand were fantastic! I want to hang out with their crew but yet I am somewhat terrified of them. I did find the romance element with Elise to be a little forced, it didn't seem to fit fully into the story and felt like a bit of a side note or a plot device for the next book, but honestly that was the only real draw back for me and it wasn't that big of a deal. The romance if read by itself was beautifully done, and slow to develop but it just didn't feel right in with the development of the rest of the story. All in all this was a great book and I can't wait to read the next book! When does it come out? Oh and also, the marketing of this book by Sourcebooks is brilliant and I am enjoying every moment of it!


My Rating: Yup, another really long review there, sorry.  I really enjoyed this book, it had so many elements I enjoy and even some new to me that I discovered I enjoyed.  I will admit that this story does have a slow start, but I promise it is worth it to continue! I can't help but give this book a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!



I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


You can find out more about Linsey Miller and her debut book on her Goodreads Page or Website.


Mask of Shadows will be released August 29th but you can pre-order it in print or digital format from Amazon  or Barnes & Noble or check with your local book supplier.
(I also happen to know that if you pre-order Mask of Shadows you can enter to win a special box HERE)