Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

I have been seeing this tag pop up all over the place lately and while I wasn't tagged, I did want to participate.  I believe the original was created by ReadLikeWildfire on Youtube, but feel free to correct me if I am wrong.  Obviously I am updating it to be current to this year. So on with my freak out  . . . 


Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017
I always have a tough time with these questions because I have read nearly 200 books already this year and how do you pick just one top book? I have to go with A Man Called Ove though because it just hit so many things just right.  



Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2017
I know I am late to this game but I absolutely loved this book, far more than I ever expected. I really disliked the Throne of Glass series (and actually gave up on it) so was hesitant to pick this series up but once I started I was so glad I did.  While I did enjoy the first book, this second one was fantastic! Now the third was a little bit of a disappointment but I won't go into that here.



New Release You Haven't Read, But Want To
For this one I have two answers, first I purchased Dawn Study when it first came out in January, the conclusion to one of my favorite series but I still haven't picked it up.  Second I was interested in Eliza and Her Monsters which just came out but after hearing so many awesome reviews I purchased it and now want to read it soon.
 


Most Anticipated Release of the Second Half of the Year
Again this was really hard, at first I was so excited that Kristin Cashore was coming out with a new book (Jane Unlimited), but the more I hear about it the less excited I am. I am still really anticipating it and will read it but it isn't as high on my priority list anymore.  One that is very high is Monstress Vol. 2 which comes out on July 11th.  I am also very excited for The Speaker by Traci Chee (the second book in The Sea of Ink and Gold series) is being released in November. I loved The Reader so much that I am going to the Boston Teen Author BookFestival just to meet her!
 

Biggest Disappointment
Again another hard choice, I have read a lot of disappointing books this year (I'm looking at you Harry Potter) but I think the biggest disappointment for me was The Book Thief, not that it was a bad book I just had expected to absolutely love it like everyone else but it wasn't a good fit for me at the time.


Biggest Surprise
I have had a few surprises this year, the ACOTAR series for one and then The Winner's Curse series but I think the biggest surprise for me was Heartstone by Elle Katharine White. It was a Pride and Prejudice retelling with a fantasy twist, now I really dislike Jane Austen so did not have any hope for this book but because it had dragons I gave it a try and I ended up really enjoying it!


Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)
This is an easy one, now I have read a lot of new to me authors and a few debut but only one author that I went out and read every book she has released and requested upcoming releases on Netgalley, and that is Katie Ruggle
  


Newest Fictional Crush
Oh boy, here we go! I have so many new crushes, Archer from The Reader, Rhys from ACOTAR series and George Holloway from Gone Too Deep are the tops so far this year.

Newest Favorite Character
Again this is so hard, obviously all the leading men mentioned above but also Parvaneh, the cat and Ove from A Man Called Ove, Rory from Fan the Flames, Arin & Kestral from Winner's Curse series, Grady from More Than Peaches and Lord Blackheart from Nimona are among the top favorites!

Book that Made You Cry
Two books stand out to me this year that made me cry, A Man Called Ove was one but it was already mentioned a few times.  The other one was a debut called From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle and it is guaranteed to make you cry!


Book that Made You Happy
I know this is going to see rather odd, but I think I have to go with Pancho Bandito and the Amarillo Armadillo for this one.  I have a real special place in my heart for tall tales and this one, while a new release, definitely has the feel of a classic Tall Tale and it has an armadillo!!



Favorite Book to Film Adaptation You Saw This Year
I don't see many movies and I haven't seen any book to film adaptations yet. But the favorite new to me movies I have seen so far this year are Moana and the new Beauty and the Beast.  I am going to finally watch the Harry Potter movies, Fantastic Beasts and Wonder Woman soon.

Favorite Review You've Written This Year
I always hate evaluating my own work, it is never quite to the level that I imagine it was, but I think my favorite review post was of The Reader by Traci Chee because I took a little more time to think about it and develop my opinion on it.

Most Beautiful Book You Bought (or received) This Year
I was going to say Norse Mythology for this one but I just received Finding Wonders in the mail yesterday and it is beautiful!


What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of This Year
You really don't want me to list all of the books I plan to read in the remainder of the year, but I will be continuing my Trilogy Challenge with the Grisha Trilogy, Code Name Verity Trilogy, The Black Jewels Trilogy The Pendragon's Banner TrilogyFinding WondersEliza and Her Monsters.  I also plan to read several of the books by the authors coming to the Boston Teen Author Book Festival in September that I will be attending (if anyone else is going and want to meet up please email me).  I will also be attending the Fall In Love With New England Conference in October and hope to read books by several of the authors attending this one too.  And here are a few more books I want to read this year . . .
  
 




So are you freaking out yet because half the year is already gone?! If you also post this tag please let me know so I can come check out your answers!








Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Audio Book Review of The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

Read for: Audio Book Challenge & I am a big Star Wars Fan

Synopsis: "The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a (sort-of) regular teenager.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience."



My Review: I had been wanting to read this one for a while and finally picked it up in audio book format. It was a lot shorter than I expected it to be and there were less from her actual journals than I expected and more of her and Harrison than I expected. So needless to say it was different than I really expected but it was a pleasure to listen to her narrate her own book and talk about the shock that was becoming Princess Leia and forevermore being Princess Leia. I really enjoyed her sense of humor, sarcastic, realistic and completely entertaining. With all that said I was hoping to fill a little bit of my longing for more Star Wars but it wasn't as much of an insight to the character and making of the movie as I had hoped. I did enjoy it and will be picking up more of her books.


My Rating: While this one was not exactly what I was expecting in most aspects it was still a very enjoyable read and I loved having it narrated by Carrie herself.  I much prefer books, especially comedy, be read by the author to get the proper inflection intended.  I give this one a rating of Three Paws.

Monday, June 19, 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

Sword & Verse by Kathy MacMillan
Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher by James Dean (Early Reader)
The Beastly Pirates by John Kelly (Bedtime Story - but don't read at bedtime)
Over the Garden Wall by Jim Campbell, Pat McHale & Amalia Levari (Graphic Novel)


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

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Angel Catbird
Last Day Blues
A Court of Wings and Ruin
Catch Crusher

Currently Reading:
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert - Audio - 53%
Waking Land by Callie Bates - Kindle - 18%






 Books to be Read Soon:



Pages Read/ Time Listened
117:20 Hours Listened (none listened this week)
29,082 Pages Read (1,619 this week)

Books Added to Shelves This Month
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling
Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Seduced by the Billionaire by Carly Carson
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert


Books Read From My Shelves
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows




Interesting Tidbits on the Web:



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I finally finished Harry Potter!! I do have the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but that should be a quick read and at least will feature different characters.  I will be working up a full series review on this and tell you my thoughts (and I do have quite a few thoughts but most will be unfavorable). With that said as soon as I finished that book I dived right into ACOWAR and didn't come up for air until it was done 3 days later. So that is the reason for the gap in posts last week but I don't regret it. I will also be posting a review of the series by Sarah J. Maas, again a lot going on with this one but not much I can discuss without spoilers so I will be debating how to post that review.

Friday night Hubby and I celebrated our 10th anniversary, we actually got a sitter and went out for dinner. It was wonderful to have time together but had to call it a night early because Hubby had to leave for work the next morning at 5:00am.  Saturday Munchkin had his award ceremony and fun day for Tball, he has one game left on Tuesday and that will wrap up his first sport season! Father's Day was a bit of a whirl wind, unfortunately poor Hubby had to do some house work to finish painting the basement wall so we can mount cabinets next weekend. But it will be made up for when we get to put his new grill together and he can BBQ to his heart's content.

I have gone on a little bit of a book buying binge and am waiting for several orders to come in but more on that soon!

Hope you all have a great week!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Graphic Novel Review of Over the Garden Wall by Jim Campbell, Pat McHale & Amalia Levari

Read for: Graphic Novel Challenge

Synopsis: "journey home in a style reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows and Sleepy Hollow.

Return to the Unknown with new Over The Garden Wall stories that expand the world of the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network series.
Writer and artist Jim Campbell spins a tale that follows Greg and Jason Funderburker as they traverse the Unknown and find new friends along the way. Meanwhile, the Woodsman’s daughter Anna, wanders alone in the Unknown after her father is tricked by the Beast. Written by Amalia Levari with artist Cara McGee—find out how Anna learned to survive on her own as she starts her journey to save her father before his fate is sealed. Both of these stories are something no Over The Garden fan will want to miss!"



My Review: I happened to pick this up at a sale not too long ago, Munchkin was done shopping so I just grabbed something and this happened to be it. I found it to be really kind of obscure. It has a series of little adventures but they don't seem to be in any sort of timeline or sequence (if you know me you know I like chronological order). The stories strike me as folk tales along the lines of Boy Who Cried Wolf but with an Alice in Wonderland obscure twist. The art was also a little odd, and I believe it is along the lines of Adventuretime, but I have never seen that show or gotten into that fandom at all. This might be a great ones for those fans but it really just didn't suit me, just a little too out there for my liking.
 

My Rating: I must admit that maybe it wasn't the best idea to just pick up something random. This definitely wasn't the one for me either in story line or in illustrations. I give it a rating of Two Paws.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Not a Bedtime Story: The Beastly Pirates by John Kelly

Read for: Children's Book Challenge & received in a Subscription box

Synopsis: "They're called The Beastly Pirates
and this fearsome ugly bunch
scour the seas for other pirates
they can gobble up for lunch.

Beware THE BEASTLY PIRATES – the scariest sailors on the seven seas.
They're a cutlass-toting, pirate-eating bunch of renegades and the list of their dastardly deeds is endless. Dare you come to face to face with this motley crew?

WARNING: This is most certainly NOT a book for bedtime . . . unless you like your pirates with a bit more bite! Perfect for fans of Jonny Duddle."



My Review: Munchkin received this in either a subscription box or as a gift and just pulled it off the shelf. Of course I failed to notice the warning that it is not a bedtime book, and it definitely wasn't though thankfully we didn't have any nightmares. This is one that is more appropriate for older children as it is rather dark and gruesome with talk of eating pirates and the horrible ways to do so. Though the subject is a little creepy, the rhyming was fantastic and the words just roll off the tongue in a smooth pirate song kind of way. Again this is better for older kids who can distinguish fiction from reality and best not read before bed.
 

My Rating: This was definitely not a great one for bedtime but I can really appreciate the difficulty of making up these rhymes.  With that said, Munchkin isn't really into pirates and definitely not into scary so this wasn't the book for us.  We give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.


Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Early Reader Review of Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher by James Dean


Read for: Early Reader Challenge & we love Pete the Cat

Synopsis: "New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings readers in for a big school surprise in Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher.

When Pete goes to school, he finds out his teacher is out sick and the substitute teacher is . . . his mom! It’s up to Pete to teach the teacher what school is all about.

Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child."


My Review: Pete the Cat had quite a surprise at school! It is a very good early reader, very simple sentences and short text on the pages. It also shows a lot about different classes in school like art, gym and music that may get young readers excited to go. While it wasn't our favorite Pete the Cat book it was still a very good one.

My Rating: Another great book for Pete the Cat lovers as they grow older.  It wasn't our favorite one, maybe because Munchkin isn't in a real school yet but it was still very good, we give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review of Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan

Read for: TBR & the cover is stunning

Synopsis: "Raisa was only a child when she was kidnapped and enslaved in Qilara. Forced to serve in the palace of the King, she’s endured hunger, abuse, and the harrowing fear of discovery. Everyone knows that Raisa is Arnath, but not that she is a Learned One, a part of an Arnath group educated in higher order symbols. In Qilara, this language is so fiercely protected that only the King, the Prince, and Tutors are allowed to know it. So when the current Tutor-in-training is executed for sharing the guarded language with slaves and Raisa is chosen to replace her, Raisa knows that, although she may have a privileged position among slaves, any slipup could mean death.

That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people. Joining the Resistance could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved, an honorable man she knows wants to help the slaves.

Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.

And Raisa is the one holding the key."


My Review: This was a complete cover by for me about a year ago, granted the synopsis did sound interesting as well. For being a completely fantasy world, belief system and culture it was a pretty easy book to read. The world building was nicely done though not very detailed. I found it interesting to read this after The Reader where books didn't exist, and in this book writing is forbidden except for the elite. I liked the integration of the story of the Gods in with the story, it helped give the world building a boost as well as make sense of the storyline. I was expecting a little more depth to the story but it mostly focused on the relationship between Raisa and Mati. We do get to see the development of the resistance and the role Raisa plays as well as the writing. I did find that this would be a great stand alone fantasy book, but there is another one expected out some time next year. While I enjoyed the characters and the story I think the conclusion is so nicely wrapped up, even with some open ends that you can decide for yourself.

My Rating: While this was a good fantasy, it did have a pretty complex world and system and it really didn't get moving until pretty late in the story. It does in my opinion read best as a stand alone. I don't know if a lot of readers would have the patience to push through 2/3 of the book  for the pace to pick up.  I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.

Monday, June 12, 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

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle
Outside My Window by Melissa Lagonegro (Early Reader)
Little Owl's Day by Divya Srinivasan (Bedtime Story)
On His Watch by Katie Ruggle (Series Review)
Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle (Series Review)
Fan the Flames by Katie Ruggle (Series Review)
Gone too Deep by Katie Ruggle (Series Review)
In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle (Series Review)
After The End by Katie Ruggle (Series Review)

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

The Princess Diarist
Sword & Verse
Dear Teacher
Hundredth Queen

 
Currently Reading:
 
Loki's Wolves by K.L. Armstrong - Print- on page 46 of 358
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Print - on page 455 of 784





 Books to be Read Soon:


 

Pages Read/ Time Listened
117:20 Hours Listened (5:10 listened this week)
27,463 Pages Read (708 this week)

Books Added to Shelves This Month
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling
Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner
Dawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Saga Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Seduced by the Billionaire by Carly Carson
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert


Books Read From My Shelves
Sword & Verse




Interesting Tidbits on the Web:


 

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It doesn't seem like much reading based on my numbers from last week but it was really a great reading week for me! I am so close to being done with the Harry Potter series, I can almost taste it.  I have given myself some motivation in that I can't pick up ACOWAR until it is done. Even with all that reading I also got a lot done at work and around the house.  We have been working on our basement a lot at home, we had to install 2 new windows, put up sheetrock and paint. This next weekend we will be able to finish painting, mount some cabinets and finish cleaning and purging the basement. 
These next couple of weeks are going to be very busy for us, Hubby and I celebrate our 10th anniversary this weekend, my Mother -in-law's birthday and of course father's day too.  It is also both my nieces birthdays over these two weeks, Munchkin finishes up his last games of TBall and graduates Pre-K!

Gosh I can't believe how time is flying! I hope this week is a good one for you and that the work days fly by for you too!


Oh and don't forget to enter my giveaway for the whole Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue Series by Katie Ruggle HERE

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Date Night: Series Review of the Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue Series by Katie Ruggle + Giveaway

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!


I had received Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle in a raffle basket at the Fall In Love With New England convention last fall.  Being the 3rd book in the series,  I needed to read the first two books.  I downloaded the first books, never expecting to become so wrapped up in the characters or storyline that I ended up reading every one of these books in less that 2 weeks.  These are Suspense Romance, normally out of my reading genres but they completely captured me.  So here are my reviews of the entire series, and if it captures your attention, guess what? I have a giveaway for you at the end.  So the series starts with a novella, I didn't read it first and while not necessary, I suggest starting there.

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Synopsis: "In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...



Ice rescue diver Derek Warner never meant to be a hero. But when two little girls go missing, he's the first in line to bring them home-even if that means scouring the wilderness with the woman he once loved and lost, Artemis Rey.

Artemis has never stopped wanting Derek. Now, racing to find the girls before it's too late, minutes turn to hours. Night falls. Old flames rekindle. And a danger grows in the darkest wilderness that may be more than even the Search and Rescue brotherhood can hope to face..."

My Review: I unfortunately didn't notice this book until I had read pretty much the rest of the series. It is still a great read to pick up at any point in the series but it would have been best to read before the first book as it introduces us to the main characters of that first book. With that said, I really liked Derek, Artemis was good too but her name just didn't work for me and it kept throwing me off. This book also makes the series name a little more clear as a search and rescue mission is what starts it all. I love the hints and foreshadowing of the series long mystery in this one too. All wrapped up with a good dose of romance and steam to melt that rocky mountain snow.

My Rating: While I wasn't a big fan of Artemis, I did love Derek and I loved getting to see the beginnings of the rest of the series, especially when characters are first meeting, it really is a great set up to the series.  I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.


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Synopsis: "In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...


As the captain of Field County's ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise "Lou" Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he's never felt more alive...even if keeping her safe may just kill him.

Lou's new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she's determined to make it on her own terms...no matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou-and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever."

My Review: I picked this book up months after it sitting on my shelf and proceeded to consume it in less than 48 hours. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, I was thinking maybe it would be a classic hero protects the girl and they fall in love, but I was so off the mark. It ended up being a little more suspense and a little murder mystery and a whole lot bad-assery. I ended up completely falling in love with the characters, Lou is such an upbeat and determined character, annoying at times but always rock solid. Then there is Callum, oh how I love the grumpy gruff men who eventually show a soft spot. There is never a dull moment from the start of the book to then end, some of it was predictable but it all made for a great read. 

My Rating: This series really kicks off with a bang, some really fun and interesting characters, a lot of banter and of course a lot of danger and page turning action and suspense.  I give this one a rating of Four Paws.


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Synopsis: "In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...

As a Motorcycle Club member and firefighter, Ian Walsh is used to riding the line between the good guys and the bad. He may owe the Club his life, but his heart rests with his fire station brothers...and with the girl he's loved since they were kids, Rory Sorenson. Ian would do anything for Rory. He'd die for her. Kill for her. Defend her to his last breath-and he may just have to.

Every con in the Rockies knows Rory is the go-to girl for less-than-legal firearms, and for the past few years, she's managed to keep the peace between dangerous factions by remaining strictly neutral. But when she defends herself against a brutal attack, Rory finds herself catapulted into the center of a Motorcycle Club war-with only Ian standing between her and a threat greater than either of them could have imagined."


My Review: Oh how I adore this book, it is such a great combination of suspense, action, romance and total badass characters! I was not really expecting this book to be Ian's book but I really enjoyed it once I got into it. Rory is by far my favorite character so far in this series, such a fun combination of naïve and total badass, she is a gun toting, socially awkward and a blushing innocent. Ian is also a great character, so conflicted with his legally questionable MC history and attachments and his do-good firefighter career. Of course everything has to come to a head and it certainly does with a flash and a bang, repeatedly, this book is so action packed and danger filled you have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. And it all happens in a tiny town where everyone knows everyone (and everyone's business), nosy neighbors and those looking out for their own. I so enjoyed this book and will be jumping right into the next book!
 

My Rating: I definitely have a little bit of a girl crush on Rory, she is so totally bad-ass and yet a little naive and awkward. I love the suspense that gets your heart racing and the pages turning.  I also really like how this book fit into and developed the over arcing storyline.  I give it a rating of Four Paws!

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 Synopsis: "In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...

George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He's the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There's just one problem-Ellie's everything George isn't. She's a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.

With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.

Ellie's determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey..."



My Review: Okay we are over half way into this series and are introduced to one new character and one relatively new character (or at least undeveloped so far). After the last book Fan the Flames I didn't think anyone could really beat out Rory and Ian but George just blew them all out of the park. George is a big bear of a man, a little anti-social and very rugged. Ellie is a city girl who wants to fix everything but is a little unprepared for mountain life. I loved both of them but especially George, with all of his non-vocal conversations and his healthy fear of moose and mountain tracking and survival skills. Anyway, enough of my raving about George, my newest book boyfriend. This story is action packed and full of danger, from wilderness, mountain snow, shootouts, stalkers, etc. there is not a dull moment in the book. It also builds on the series long plot lines, with a few Holy Sh - Sugar! moments. Definitely my favorite book in the series!

My Rating: Oh my sweet, silent George! I am in love! But besides George this book was crazy, a lot of action, even more suspense and some totally blow your mind twists at the end that will have you on the floor. I give it a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!

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Synopsis: "In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...

It's all come down to this...

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she'll never be a part of the world...until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good."


My Review: After the way the previous book in the series, Gone Too Deep, left off with a crazy plot twist I was really excited yet a little nervous to pick this book up. I had so many theories running around in my head and I wasn't sure where Ruggle was going to take this book. I was a little thrown off with meeting Daisy, she was only briefly mentioned in the earlier books and even then I had her pictured as much older. While I feel like Daisy was mostly used in this book to move the series long plot line along, I did really enjoy her and was especially happy to see Chris getting a little love. This was definitely an adrenaline filled book with a lot of danger and a few rather crazy twists throughout the book. I love how Katie Ruggle kept you on the edge of your seat and the pages turning. While the ending is pretty satisfying and does wrap a lot up, I was very happy to find out that there is a novella that takes place after. 

My Rating: So at the end of the previous book we found out who the bad guys were and it was a matter of just catching them in the act and putting them away. I was kind of expecting a little more of a blah book since the big twist and reveal already happened, but luckily Ruggle kept us into the story with some really creepy bad guy moves and an oh so sweet hero.  I give this one a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.

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Synopsis: "For fans of sexy, brooding ice divers
Motorcycle Club bad boys turned firefighters
Tall, dark, and silent wilderness guides
And cops with hearts of gold...
The end is just the beginning.

What happens after happily ever after? Now that the murderer has been caught and the arsonist is behind bars, the town of Simpson, Colorado has returned to its sleepy, picturesque former glory. Yet for the heroes of Search & Rescue, work is never done...

...especially not if the extraordinary women if their lives have anything to say about it.

Told in alternating chapters focusing on four unforgettable romances, this slice-of-life novella catches up with fan favorites from Katie Ruggle's Search & Rescue series—proving once and for all that the end is just the beginning.

After the End is the fun and heart-warming epilogue novella to the exciting Search & Rescue series by Katie Ruggle."


My Review: I really wasn't ready to let go of these characters so thank goodness Ruggle wrote this little novella. Each of the couples gets their own little chapter (and we get a good look at the men as each chapter has its own cover). We get to revisit all of our favorites and find out how their life is going after the crime streak has been resolved, their lives are moving forward and I get a little giddy with each story. The final story about Chris & Daisy also nicely connects it to the next series, starting with Run to Ground.

My Rating: I loved this last little moment with each of the couples in the series, I liked seeing them move on with their lives and settling down into routines. It also lead us right into her next series of Rocky Mountain K9s.  I give this one a rating of Four Paws.

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Full Series Rating: I can't believe how much this series sucked me in, I seriously couldn't even think about another book or anything else, I just wanted to keep reading these books.  I adored all the different and unique characters that Ruggle developed, they were all well developed and identifiable as individuals. While each book had it's own plot, they all worked well together towards the series long plot line. Each book and each character added something.  I am so in love with all of these characters, I can definitely see myself revisiting this series often!  I give this series overall a Four Paw rating!



Now since I loved this series so much, I want everyone to read it (or at least those of you who like romance) so I have a little giveaway for you.  I have for you Kindle Ebooks of books 1-4 of this series to give to one lucky winner.  (Both the novellas are free on Kindle).  You just have to enter below in the Rafflecopter widget.  You must be 18 because these are adult books with adult themes.  Also, you must be willing to give me your email address to send the gift ebooks to.  Thank you and I hope you will all give this series a try!


Friday, June 9, 2017

Bedtime Story: Little Owl's Day by Divya Srinivasan

Read for: Children's Book Challenge
 
Synopsis: "Chikit-chikit-chik!
A squirrel is chittering. Bees are buzzing. The sun is high in the sky. And Little Owl is supposed to be asleep, but when he wakes up early, he’s just too curious to close his eyes again. The forest he knows so well at nighttime is completely different – and exciting – in the day! After watching butterflies dance, wolf pups play, and then his very first rainbow, Little Owl returns to his tree. He has many new stories for his mama.

A blue sky companion to Little Owl’s Night, Little Owl’s Day is just right for young children and the perfect introduction to the joy and wonder of the natural world."



My Review: This should really be read around the same time as Little Owl's Night, they work so well together. It will bring your child's observations of the day time hours to a different level, they will find new things fascinating that they never noticed before. I love all the sounds and wonders throughout the book. Munchkin really enjoyed this one and liked to show me the things he has seen on his own outside.
 
 
My Rating: Munchkin really liked that he was familiar the story and could tell me what the animals were doing during the day.  We enjoyed it and even thought it is about Owl's daytime adventure, it is still a nice light read for bedtime.  We give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.
 
 
Good Night! Sweet Dreams!

Early Reader Review of Outside My Window by Melissa Lagonegro

 
 
Synopsis: "Expect adventure, heart, humor, and hair . . . lots of hair, when Disney Tangled comes to theaters Holiday 2010! With simple text and full-color illustrations, this Step 2 reader retells the complete story of the swashbuckling, computer-animated comedy."

My Review: I picked this book up because Munchkin wanted to read a book with his cousins and this seemed like a great book to share with them. It is a very good Level 2 book with slightly more text and complicated sentence structure. The words are still easy for young ones to read. This book does pretty much sum up the whole Tangled movie so kids will mostly likely be familiar with the character and storyline too.
 
My Rating: While this is a great level 2 beginning reader, I am not of fan of when they take an entire movie and try to cram it into a single short book.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A to Z Bookish Survey (Tag)

So once again, I feel like I have been flooding you with tons of reviews. I wanted to take a little break and post a tag, I am trying to get better about noting things about the books as I read them so I can have more discussion posts, but for now here are my answers to the A to Z Bookish Survey (I originally discovered this on Booktube channels SuperSpaceChick and HaileyInBookland but the original was from a blog, PerpetualPageTurner).
 
 
A - Authors you have read the most books from:
Technically, Bonnie Bryant but that is because I read her entire 110 book Saddle Club series as a kid, next is Mary Pope Osborne with her Magic Tree House series.  For adult books it is Laurel K. Hamilton with her Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series (neither of which I follow any longer)for a total of 34 books 
 
B - Best sequel ever:
This is so hard to answer, recently would be Gone to Deep (3rd book in the Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue series) by Katie Ruggle, there were some major plot twists thrown in that I wasn't expecting!
 
C - Currently Reading:
Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher on Audio
 
 
D - Drink of Choice while reading:
This depends on where I am, if I am at work it is either Coke or flavored water usually. If I am home it could be tea or wine or something a little harder.
 
E - E-Reader or Physical Book:
I tend to prefer Ebooks just because I can read them anywhere but if I really love the book I will re-read it in print.
 
F - Fictional Character you probably would've dated in high school:
I tended to like the quiet, strong, lots of responsibility types, I guess I would have to say either Rhys from ACOTAR series or Brigan from Fire by Kristin Cashore
 
G - Glad you gave this book a chance:
There are so many books but recently A Man Called Ove blew me away, also the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas, only because I really wasn't going to pick it up due to my dislike of Throne of Glass but I have been loving this series.
 
H - Hidden Gem Book:
Another tough choice, I have a few books for you From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle is a emotional yet heartwarming story of the strength of brotherhood.  Pancho Bandito and the Amarillo Armadillo by Mike and Jonathan Sundy is a new children's book with an old tall tale feel. The Aglaril Cycle series by Rich Feitelberg is a classic fantasy quest series with a variety of characters to enjoy. There Was a Fire by Nancy Roy was my top read last year and just so amazing!
 
I - Important moment in your reading life:
Well obviously when my mom introduced me to books as a tiny child. Then, when I read Frankenstein in high school, again in college when I took Epic Poetry. Then I discovered Goodreads and it opened up so many more books to me and finally when I started blogging, I have been able to make friends and talk books to my heart's content.
 
J - Just finished:
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
 
K - Kinds of books you won't read:
I am one of those people who will give just about anything a try but I will not read any political or current events books (at least modern current events). I work in a law office but my boss is also a politician, I get enough of all of that in my daily life.
 
L - Longest book you've read:
It is hard to tell, since I have been keeping track on goodreads (2011) the longest single book I read was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 870 pages, but I know I have read books longer than that in years prior.
 
M - Major book hangover because of:
I don't usually suffer from book hangovers, I either have the next book waiting in the wings or push through and find a new book to love, but ones in recent memory that could have lead to bookhangovers would be: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (the second book in this series and I am still a little stressed out waiting for the next book), The Christmas Shoes by Donna VanLiere (I knew I would be an emotional mess so picked light books to read after), A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir (I am still waiting for the next book and am just trying to distract myself), and Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber (the final book in the series and so emotional).
 
N - Number of Bookcases you own:
2 - 7' shelves, 3 - 6' shelves, 1-4' shelf of Munchkin's books and 1 - 3' shelf for my annual TBR pile for a total of 7 bookshelves (but I need so many more these are all full).
 
O - One book you have read multiple times:
I have read a few books multiple times but I think the book I have read the most is Fire by Kristin Cashore
 
P - Preferred place to read:
In my living room on the couch or in a comfy chair, but oddly enough I am most comfortable reading at my desk at work.
 
Q - Quote that inspires you/ gives you all the feels from a book you've read:
I struggle with remembering quotes from books but recently I had a couple of great ones that I managed to write down.  "Happiness is loving what we need, needing what we love - and obtaining it" from The Little French Bistro by Nina George.  "But books are curious objects.  They have the power to trap, transport, and even transform you if you are lucky." from The Reader by Traci Chee.
 
R - Reading regret:
I have a couple of reading and just bookish regrets. First is giving into the hype so many times but particularly with Harry Potter. Next is not paying attention to my passion for books and pursuing an education and career where I could be involved with books all the time.
 
S - Series you started and need to finish (all books are out):
I am sure there are a few series that are waiting on my shelves but right now my focus is just on getting through this last book of Harry Potter!
 
T - Three of your all time favorite books:
This is so hard, I read nearly 400 books per year, that is a lot of books to choose from, but I do have 2 definite favorites.  First is Frankenstein and second is Fire by Kristin Cashore. After those two things get a little too tight to say what book is next.
 
U - Unapologetic fangirl for:
The Graceling Trilogy by Kristin Cashore of course, then the Embers in the Ashes series, and yes I have jumped on the band wagon of ACOTAR fan club. Finally my number 1 fan club is Star Wars, followed closely by My Little Pony.  Yes, I am a bit of a geek but I am totally okay with that.
 
V - Very excited for this release more than all the others:
Why do you make me choose just one?! I am definitely super excited for Jane, Unlimited! by Kristin Cashore, just because I love the Graceling series so much but I am a little worried because this sounds like it will be so totally different.  Also, Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet, the third and final book in the Kingmaker trilogy.
 
W - Worst bookish habit:
This is going to sound a little weird but I have to say speed reading. I don't fold pages, write in my books, break spines, etc. I just read too fast.  I am not able to fully remember the details of the books I am reading. I would love to be able to go back and talk about the side characters or even the various plot changing moments or quotes or lines from the books I have read but unless they are really outstanding, I really have to go through all my past reviews to figure it out.
 
X - X Marks the spot (start in the top left of your bookshelf, what is the 27th book):
 Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione
Y - Your most recent book purchase:
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert, I downloaded the audio book. I can't tell you exactly what attracted me to this book but I bought it almost the day it came out.
 
Z - ZZZZ snatcher - the last book that kept you up way too late:
I tend to stay up a little late reading but one book I really could not stop reading until I finished it was A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
 
 
 
 
So there you have my A to Z Bookish Survey. I tried to keep my answers varied but I have a really hard time looking back at the books I have read in the past, what is freshest in my mind is always the only thing I can think of, but I am working on this (I am going back and making a little spreadsheet to keep track of little points in books).  If you participate in the tag too, let me know I would love to see  your answers.