23. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance

Trouble in high heels by Christina Dodd, 400 pages, read by Melody, on 02/22/2015

When Brandi Michaels discovers her fianceé hopping a flight to Vegas to marry his girlfriend, she pawns her engagement ring, buys herself a fabulous outfit, and spends one sultry night in the arms of a gorgeous Italian stranger named Roberto Bartolini. When Brandi becomes the mark for a killer, she has no choice but to turn to Roberto—a man who’s destined to be either her savior or her downfall. But one thing’s for sure: She’s not going down without a fight.

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23. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Dying for love by Rita Herron, 334 pages, read by Kim K, on 02/21/2015

Amelia Nettleton has struggled to overcome her childhood trauma and finally has a chance to lead a normal life—a life with a husband and a family. But a recurring nightmare haunts her: she dreams of a baby crying for its mother…a baby that may be hers, and was stolen from her.

Six years ago, special agent John Strong woke up in a hospital with no memories—but with a strong feeling that he committed terrible acts. Now, driven to atone for a history he can’t remember, he works with the FBI to locate missing children.

When Amelia turns to John for help, an intoxicatingly familiar passion ignites between them. But the closer they get, the more secrets from their dark pasts come to light…secrets that someone will kill to keep them from discovering.

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23. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Fast track by Julie Garwood, 336 pages, read by Melody, on 02/21/2015

Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy’s girl—her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother.

Cordelia can’t suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia’s best friend’s older brother. He’s oblivious to the fact that she’s had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he unknowingly puts her life at risk. He’s recently angered a powerful congressman by refusing to purchase overvalued land. Congressman Chambers is not a man to let such an offense slide, and he has the resources to get even and to get what he wants.

In Australia sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but multiple attempts on Aiden’s life are made while Cordelia is with him, and he realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.

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23. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, 264 pages, read by Angie, on 02/20/2015

The Boon family is moving yet again. The father has decided they are going to start making cigars and moves the family to the country. The house is a ramshackle place with the front door in the back and no porch. There is a lot of room for the big family though and the girls christen it Nine Open Arms for how wide the place is. Sisters Fing, Muulke and Jess love having their own room and not sharing with their four brothers, grandmother and father, but they don’t like that there is no running water or that there appears to be a tombstone in the cellar. They also live right across the road from the cemetery where they get their water. While their father and brothers are trying to figure out the cigar business, the girls are trying to discover the secrets of Nine Open Arms.

The story goes between the Boon family in the 1930s and the story of Nienevee and Charley Bottletop in the 1860s. The family learns about the story of the house from Oma Mei and her crocodile, a suitcase filled with pictures from which Oma Mei tells her stories. This book is translated from the Dutch original and for the most part the translation works rather well. I loved the quirkiness of the story and the timeless feel of it. I don’t think this is a book that every reader will appreciate though. I am not sure if it is the story itself or the fact that it was originally written in another language for another culture, but there were things that didn’t always come through how I imagine the author intended. Of course, since he wasn’t writing for an American reader, it might be exactly how he intended. There was just something so charming about this story that I really enjoyed even if there were hiccups in the telling of it.

20. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Kira · Tags:

Dragon Rule: Book Five of the Age of Fire by E.E. Knight, 368 pages, read by Kira, on 02/17/2015

Dragon-Rule-E-E-Knight-Paperback13-lgeThis book in the series weaves the three sibling dragons more closely together.  Auron accepts a “protectorate” within Naff’s kingdom.  Wistala acts as queen consort, since Nilrasha lost her wings (in battle in the previous book).  There is far more politics in this book than in the others (which I personally do not enjoy).  Plus ome of the political machinations left me
grousing for example “come on, its obvious who tried to assassinate you!!”  The ending is a little bleaker than other volumes – to be fair, this title has been described as a bridge book.

The best part of the book was the minor twist at the very end of the book.


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20. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Cats, Kira, Short Stories

Cat tales : Radio Stories that won't Let You Go. by NPR Driveway Moments., 68 pages, read by Kira, on 02/17/2015

NPR cats A collection of cat stories – both nonfiction and fiction.  There were scientific essays about cats biology and genetics, conservation stories about big cats, short memoirs, celebrity cats, famous Facebook  cats, cats running for political office etc.  These were enjoyable.  m6Sn57l
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20. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Fiction, Kira, Teen Books · Tags:

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley, 265 pages, read by Kira, on 02/13/2015

wanting s Charlie Duskin is a shy but talented musician, who spends every Christmas at her grandparents, except this year, not only is her Mom dead, her Granny has recently died as well.  Next door to Grandpa lives Rose, who has ignored the girl from the city for years, but now that Rose wants to take a scholarship year off in the city, she realizes that Charlie may be her ticket out of the small backwater town she lives in, that Chamarblebarrlie visitsSmall Waterfall in Ku-ring-gai Chase NP, Sydeny, Australia.  This is a fine coming of age story.  I liked that people besides the main protagonist experience growth.  This book is recommended for those who liked Eleanor and Park (which I loved).

20. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Award Winner, Fiction, Sarah, Teen Books

The Program by Suzanne Young, 405 pages, read by Sarah, on 02/19/2015

  Sloane and her boyfriend, James, live in a world where suicide has become an epidemic among the teens.  The only cure is the Program which cures your depression, but sends you back hollow without your memories.  They vow to each other to stay safe and protect each other through anything, but how can they stay strong enough to avoid the Program?

This is an intense book that I really enjoyed reading.  What if you could wipe out all of the memories that make you sad?  Would it be worth it to lose your identity in the process?  I highly recommend “The Program.”

19. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction

How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks, Sarah Watts (Illustrations), 320 pages, read by Angie, on 02/18/2015

Birdie is the bogler’s apprentice. She helps Alfred the bogler by luring bogles out into the open with her singing and then Alfred kills them. Bogles are monsters who like to eat children so it takes a child to lure them out. Alfred and Birdie help all kinds of people throughout Victorian London. Birdie loves what she does even if she is sometimes afraid. Alfred and Birdie don’t have a lot but they have a room and food and each other. One day they are hired by Mrs. Eames who wants to learn more about bogles. She is a scholar and is appalled that Alfred puts Birdie’s life in danger. She keeps sticking her nose in and offering all kinds of suggestions on their work. Birdie and Alfred don’t really appreciate her help until they discover Dr. Morton. Dr. Morton wants to summon bogles and gain control over them. He has been sacrificing children to obtain his demon bogle. When our heroes interfere in his plans he comes after them. Birdie, Alfred, Mrs. Eames and their friends must work together to stop the evil Dr. Morton.

I really enjoyed this book, but I am not sure I will read the rest of the series. I liked the uniqueness of the story and the characters. Birdie and Alfred were fantastic. Victorian London is sometimes a hard sell with young readers and there is a bit of vocabulary in this book that could be challenging to that age group. However, if they stick with it I think they will enjoy it.

19. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Jessica, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Three, Two, One by JA Huss, 365 pages, read by Jessica, on 02/19/2015

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Battered, barefoot, and huddled under a bookstore awning in the pouring rain, Blue only knows one thing. After fifteen months of captivity, finally… she is free.

TWO FRIENDS
Self-made millionaires JD and Ark are not out to save anyone when they stumble upon a wet and shivering girl one early Sunday morning. But when you sell sex for a living and salvation rings your bell… you answer the call.

THREE SOULMATES

After years of searching, love lifts the veil of darkness, and three people–with three very big secrets–find themselves bound together in a relationship that defies the odds.

19. February 2015 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Drama, Fiction, Jessica, Romance

The Thief by Tarryn Fisher, 295 pages, read by Jessica, on 02/16/2015

91GdSWwNckL._SL1500_Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

18. February 2015 · 2 comments · Categories: Adult Books, Angie, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop, 416 pages, read by Angie, on 02/13/2015

The cassandra sangue have been freed from the men who controlled them. They have been sent to live among the Inuits and the Simple Life Folk, but they are not adjusting as well as Meg has adjusted to life in the Courtyard. The Humans First and Last movement is still gaining support and causing even more trouble for the Others and the humans who work with and support them. Meg is trying to control her urge to cut and to find a way to help the other blood prophets survive on their own. Simon and the Others in the Courtyard are trying to find a way to protect their human pack and to put a stop to the machinations of the HFL.

I love this series. I think Anne Bishop is a master storyteller that just gets better the more she writes about her characters. The world of the Others is fantastic and unique and comes to the forefront in this book. We learn more about the Others outside of the Courtyards and just how much power they actually yield. The humans don’t seem to realize that they are are not the first to rebel against the rule of the Others and they will not be the last. To the Others in the Wild Country they are just insignificant creatures to be crushed when they become a nuisance. The only thing I don’t like about this series is waiting until the next book comes out.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.

18. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Deadpool, Vol. 4: Deadpool vs S.H.I.E.L.D. by Brian Posehn, 136 pages, read by Brian, on 02/13/2015

deadpoolS.H.I.E.L.D. didn’t pay all of their bills, they forget our wise cracking friend, Deadpool.  Deadpool declares war on the agency but not everything is as it seems.   Hmmmmmmmm.

 

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Suicide Squad, Vol 2: Basilisk Rising by Adam Glass, 192 pages, read by Brian, on 02/12/2015

suicide2Suicide Squads first mission failed and the surviving members attempt their second mission against the Basilisk, what could possibly go wrong?

 

18. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fiction, Horror

Passage by Justin Cronin, 766 pages, read by Brian, on 02/14/2015

The Passage is the first book in Justin Cronin’s vampire trilogy.  The book is quite long but Cronin goes into great detail of the characters and because of this I felt like part of the story.  I loved it.  This is a story of man’s search for power and what happens when it escapes and how to survive the consequences.

 

18. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Horror

Last American Vampire by Seth Grahame-Smith, 399 pages, read by Brian, on 02/11/2015

vampireHenry Sturges, the vampire who helped Abraham Lincoln destroy other batty creatures is back telling us the story of 20th Century America.  This alternative history story is exciting and surprising.

 

18. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Suicide Squad, Vol 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass, 160 pages, read by Brian, on 02/10/2015

suicideSuicide Squad comes from the DC Universe where imprisoned favorites like Harley Quinn are forced to help the “good” guys in illegal operations.  If they refuse a bomb planted in their necks goes off and they are toasty goo.

 

17. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Drama, Fiction, Paula, Teen Books

If I Stay by Forman, Gayle, 201 pages, read by Paula, on 02/13/2015

In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck…

A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make–and the ultimate choice Mia commands.

 

17. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Kim K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Cover your eyes by Mary Burton, 400 pages, read by Kim K, on 02/16/2015

Don’t Look

At first, they struggle to escape. Then a torrent of blows rains down upon their bodies until their eyes cloud over in final agony. The killer shows no remorse–just a twisted need to witness each victim’s last terrified moments.

Don’t Speak

Public defender Rachel Wainwright is struggling to reopen a decades-old case, convinced that the wrong man is in prison. Homicide detective Deke Morgan doesn’t want to agree. But if Rachel’s hunch is correct, whoever fatally bludgeoned young, beautiful Annie Dawson thirty years ago could be the source of a new string of brutal slayings.

Just Prepare To Die

Rachel’s investigation is about to reveal answers–but at a price she never thought to pay. Now she’s become the target of a rage honed by years of jealousy and madness. And a murderer is ready to show her just how vicious the truth can be. . .

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17. February 2015 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody K, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Hotshot by Julie Garwood, 368 pages, read by Melody, on 02/16/2015

Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishop’s Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit—only then will they own it.

A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic. Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.

There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding. Among them are Peyton’s contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didn’t inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.

It’s soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare her—until she’s nearly killed. She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. He saved her life once; he can do it again.

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